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THE GEORGETOWN CURRENT Pepco, PSC take heat for outages

City to seek new bids for contract at Jelleff


■ Recreation: Attorneys aim


to fix issues raised by protest

Current Staff Writer

After a storm leaves large sections of the District without electricity, it is routine for Pepco to come before the D.C. Public Service Commission to explain how it will prevent the problem from recurring. It is also routine, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said, for the utility to make the same promises while failing to improve the reliability of its system. “The recommendations that they’re offering and the promises that they made, they’re the same, and the problems recur,” Cheh said at a Friday evening roundtable held by the council’s Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs. The hearing was called to discuss Pepco’s performance during the Jan. 26 “thundersnow,” which left about 32,000 District customers without power, some for more than three days. During the roughly six-hour hearing, Cheh called on the Public Service Commission to set tough standards for Pepco’s service reliability and to fine the company for poor performance — and sharply criticized the commission for not See Pepco/Page 23

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

The city’s lead attorney has signaled that D.C. will cancel the final four years of a five-year contract that would have paid the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington more than $2 million total to run Georgetown’s Jelleff Recreation Center. The decision, termed “corrective action” in a letter from the D.C.

Residents mull actions on Glover Park parking ■ ANC: Later end to parking

restrictions under discussion Bill Petros/The Current

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden hosted a Valentine’s Day Tea and Chocolate Tasting event on Saturday. Pat Sowers portrayed Sally Purdie, a servant for Martha Peter, who owned the 19th-century Georgetown estate.


— and enrollment appears to be rising. Take Janney. According to D.C. Public Schools records, the school Ward 3 D.C. Council member was already serving 489 students in Mary Cheh worries that with grow2008. Now, Janney serves 500, with ing enrollment and limited space, nearly all of them coming from insome Northwest schools could soon boundary homes. And while Janney become victims of their own sucwill have a capacity of 550 students cess. once its $25 million modernization “Going forward, we’re going to Bill Petros/The Current is complete, Cheh said it will not be have to figure this out,” she said in long before the students cannot fit in an interview last week. Expanded in 2003, Key is above the space. So on Feb. 8, Cheh sent a letter capacity with 365 students. “It cannot have 600 students,” to interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson outlining her concerns. Specifically, she she said. “What do you do instead?” Meanwhile, Mann, which is scheduled for a modernsaid, the number of students at Janney, Mann and Key See Enrollment/Page 23 elementary schools is beginning to overwhelm the space Current Staff Writer

■ Council funds Janney parking garage, Takoma rebuilding. Page 3. ■ Four projects aim for Connecticut Avenue improvements. Page 5.

SPORTS ■ Gonzaga beats DeMatha to move into first place. Page 13. ■ Coolidge downs Roosevelt to snap Riders’ streak. Page 13.

By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

Cheh flags enrollment growth, boundaries


Office of the Attorney General, comes amid ongoing legal action stemming from a protest by the Friends of Jelleff. That group that was among last year’s bidders to operate the recreation center at 3265 S St. The switch also comes after a move by the city’s contracting office late last year to yank the Boys & Girls Clubs’ contract for a Columbia Heights site and award it instead to the Latin American Youth Center. The contracting office declined to comment because the matter is in litigation. See Jelleff/Page 36

Faced with parking shortages in Glover Park, some residents and community leaders are trying to find solutions that tighten restrictions for non-residents — but also preserve some flexibility for their visitors. Striking the right balance between these two objectives is key to winning enough support to persuade the D.C. Department of Transportation to take action, community members said at a meeting last week. Residents are now mulling ideas like extending the hours for non-residential parking restrictions and limiting parking on one side of some local streets to residents-only. The biggest parking problems in Glover Park occur at night, residents said at last Thursday’s meeting of the area’s advisory neighborhood commission. They said visitors seem to flock to the area after residential permit parking (“RPP”)

PA S S A G E S ■ NHL All-Star helps out elementary school’s garden project. Page 15. ■ Local film festival spotlights ‘Our City.’ Page 15 .

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Glover Park residents say parking is scarce at night. restrictions end, clogging the streets and often forcing residents to park far from their homes. “We have our parking problem beginning when residential permit parking restrictions end, beginning at 7 at night,” said commissioner Brian Cohen. Damon Harvey, a Transportation Department representative present for the meeting, said residents could use “the release valve” of extending permit parking restrictions to as late as 2 a.m. (which, for practical purposes, would set the deadline at See Parking/Page 12

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/27 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/10

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D.C. Council hearing airs pedestrian safety worries By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Nancy Szemraj’s daughter is healing, slowly, from the collision last June when a driver blew through a red light on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park and into a crosswalk, where the fifth-grader was shoved 20 feet, suffering a fractured pelvis, concussion and multiple abrasions. But the anger and disbelief are still raw, Szemraj testified at a recent D.C. Council hearing. The offending motorist was issued only two traffic citations — for running a red light and failure to yield to a pedestrian — which, Szemraj believes, have never been paid. “According to police, unless the pedestrian dies, there’s little they do except fine.” The Feb. 4 hearing on enforcement of traffic laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians, before the council’s committee on public safety, brought out other painful stories of accidents where lax enforcement and minimal punishment meant the culprits suffered far less than the victims. As committee chair and at-large member Phil Mendelson put it, the District’s efforts to promote a bikable, walkable city are meaningless “unless people feel safe.” And unless there are clear penalties, consistent enforcement, and education for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, the accidents will continue, he and others said. There are other perspectives, of course. Some witnesses put the onus

on pedestrians and cyclists for flouting laws, in a city where jaywalking is almost a cultural norm. Anthony Muhammad, chair of a Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commission, said installation of bike lanes there has only increased safety concerns. “Cyclists are not required to wear helmets or use lights. They do not use hand signals, they run red lights and stop signs. Cyclists cause major damage to cars, but they don’t have collision or liability insurance,” he testified. Still, the motorist has a definite advantage, as another witness put it: “There are no ‘fender-benders’ in vehicle/human collisions — it is hard steel against human flesh.” Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Patrick Burke reported that the District has made “tremendous progress” in reducing traffic fatalities, cutting them in half over the past four years to a low of 25 in 2010. Speed and red-light cameras, along with education campaigns, have also reduced nonfatal injuries, even as the total number of collisions has increased, he said. But while bike fatalities have remained both stable and low — about 1.5 per year of late — pedestrian fatalities have not declined. The average is about 16 a year since 2005, with more than half involving a pedestrian violation, such as crossing against the light or not using a crosswalk, Burke testified. Last year District police issued roughly 13,000 tickets for violations that threaten pedestrian safety, a 19 percent jump from 2009, with 98 See Pedestrian/Page 12

The week ahead Thursday, Feb. 17 The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Mayor Vincent Gray as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 The National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration and District Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting about the proposed rehabilitation of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail. The project would encompass the section of the trail from Broad Branch Road to P Street, as well as the Piney Branch Parkway trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue and part of the Rose Park trail from M Street to P Street. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Current Newspapers and The Georgetown Dish will hold a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council seat. Confirmed participants are Sekou Biddle, Vincent Orange, Josh Lopez and Jacque Patterson. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lounge at the Social Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Monday, Feb. 21 Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, will hold a weeklong Community Emergency Response Team class to train volunteers on how to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies. Sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday in the 11th-floor conference room at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Admission is free, but registration is required; visit

Thursday, Feb. 24 The Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a community dialogue with Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The meeting will be held from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.





Council funds projects at Takoma, Janney By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation Tuesday that ensures funding for a 50-car underground garage at Janney Elementary School and reconstruction of Takoma Education Campus, which was devastated by fire late last year. Pieced together by Mayor Vincent Gray, the reprogramming of funds for the school modernization program provides $4.1 million for a garage at Janney, which is now undergoing major renovation and expansion at 4130 Albemarle St. NW. Some Janney parents had worried there might not be enough funds for the promised garage, forcing cars to park on limited aboveground green space. But Gray, working with Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, identified funding for the full 50 spaces. The bulk of the money — $3.5 million — will come from a proposed “central kitchen” to provide nourishing food for schools as part of Cheh’s “Healthy Schools” initiative. Cheh spokesperson David Zvenyach said the transfer “wasn’t our preferred approach.” But he noted that the central kitchen is still in the planning stage, and could be funded later. “The loss is not ideal, but it will not hurt implementation of the Healthy Schools Act,” Zvenyach said. But the shift angered Ward 5 member Harry Thomas, who argued that schools in his ward aren’t getting such luxuries. Citing “gross disparities,”

Thomas asked, “How can we fund an underground parking lot in Ward 3? That’s a Cadillac, and we treat other schools like a Yugo.” The $14.3 million to reconstruct Takoma Education Campus came from a variety of sources. Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser said she was pleased to help identity the funding:“Only a couple weeks ago we only had $154,000 [budgeted].” The school, at 7010 Piney Branch Road NW, sustained major damages during a three-alarm fire in December. Its students have relocated temporarily to a school building in Columbia Heights. The council’s action also provides $2.5 million to plan the modernization of Ballou High School in Ward 8. The badly outdated school had been far back in the queue for an update. Council member Marion Barry, who represents Ward 8, was pleased to snare those funds. But he pointed angrily to what he called “vast inequities” in the school modernization program, with higher spending in wealthier wards. According to Barry’s statistics, 72 percent of public school students in Ward 3 now go to renovated schools, while only 15 percent of students in his ward enjoy modernized or renovated facilities. “Look at Wilson [High School] and Ballou. They were supposed to be on the same track, but Wilson is getting $102 million, and Ballou only $3 million,” Barry complained, adding that he fears the city’s budget problems will limit future funding to modernize Ballou.

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District Digest D.C. won’t lose any post offices, rep says Contradicting recent reports, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said the agency does not plan to close the post office at 1915 14th St NW. In fact, the agency has no firm plans at this time to close any stations in the District, said Sharon Tennison, the local spokesperson for the Postal Service. The ailing Postal Service recently announced its intent to close more than 2,000 offices across the country, in addition to the 491 previously declared closures, according to a January Wall Street Journal report. The agency suffered $8.5 billion in losses during the last fiscal year as mail volume has continued to decline. The Wall Street Journal report identified a “midcity” post office in Zip code 20009 on a list of 491 stations slated for closure. A recent post from the Prince of Petworth blog also took note of the rumor. But Tennison said yesterday: “We’re not closing that office.” — Katie Pearce

Giant Food celebrates its 75th anniversary Giant Food kicked off its 75th birthday celebration last week at its Park Road store in Columbia Heights, near where the chain got its start. On Feb. 6, 1936, N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman opened the District’s first supermarket at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Park Road. Today, Giant has six stores in the District with 800 employees, and 179 stores and 22,000 employ-

studies. In 1997, she completed a graduate certificate in museum management and coursework for a graduate degree in anthropology, both from the University of South Carolina, the release states. As superintendent, Morrison will manage about 72 employees and a budget of more than $10 million.

ees throughout the chain, now owned by the Dutch company Ahold. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham thanked the company last Thursday for returning to its roots to celebrate. He pointed out that during the 1968 riots, residents protected the local Giant store, and it was one of the few buildings unscarred from the aftermath. He praised the chain for defying convention when it built the Park Road store with above-store parking. Graham called the decision key to the revitalization of Columbia Heights. Rob Harman, Giant’s regional vice president, traced the chain’s history, and a group of Tubman Elementary School children sang “Happy Birthday.” Special notice was given to the $2.4 million in merchandise Giant gave last year to local food banks and the $8.5 million the company has given to fight pediatric cancer. Giant was also celebrated as the sponsor of “It’s Academic.”

Police arrest suspect in Champlain murder On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch arrested a suspect in a homicide that took place the day before in the 2200 block of Champlain Street in Adams Morgan. Detectives believe the crime was domestic. They have charged 21-year-old Deon Eugene Thornton in connection with the fatal stabbing of Derrick Phillip Thornton Jr., 22.

Motorcycle fatality under investigation

Park Service names new Rock Creek head

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal Feb. 12 traffic accident, according to a news release. A 37-year-old motorcyclist, later identified as Rubin Cedillo-Ramos of Silver Spring, was killed when he ran into an unoccupied, parked tow truck at 3 a.m. in the 5300 block of 16th Street NW, according to police.

The National Park Service has announced that Tara Morrison will be the superintendent of Rock Creek Park starting March 31. Morrison has been with the Park Service for more than a dozen years, serving for the past five as the head of the African Burial Ground National Monument in Manhattan, according to a release from the Park Service. Before joining the Park Service, Morrison earned an undergraduate degree from Boston’s Northeastern University in African-American

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Field to Fork alliance to hold symposium The DC Field to Fork Network, an organization composed of dozens of local groups working to support sustainable agricultural practices in the region, will host the fourth annual Rooting DC Forum on Saturday at Coolidge High School. The forum will feature presentations by Gordon Clark, founder of Montgomery Victory Gardens, and Paul Blundell, owner of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, among others. The free event, which is expected to draw more than 500 attendees, will also include interactive workshops, cooking demonstrations and panel discussions, according to a release. The forum will be held Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at

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GWU nets accolades for green building West Hall, George Washington University’s newest dormitory, is the second university building in the District to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification. West Hall, formerly called Pelham Hall, is located at 2100 Foxhall Road NW on the school’s Mount Vernon campus. Designed by FYP Architecture & Engineering, the new building was completed this fall, nearly two years after construction began. Solar light tubes power the 288student facility, which includes kitchens, laundry rooms and study areas. The building includes campus amenities such as a fitness center, a dining hall, a dance studio, a studio art room and two art galleries. The dorm was constructed from recycled materials and is equipped with Energy Star appliances, which reduce energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent. The first university building in D.C. to receive a gold certification was George Washington University’s South Hall, located at 2135 F St., which won the designation in early 2010.

Correction Due to a submission error, the author’s name on a school report from Murch Elementary in the Feb. 9 issue was incorrect. The author was fourth-grader Ellen Harris. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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At-large council hopefuls square off at first forum of campaign season Current Staff Writer

A whopping eight candidates competing to take the up-for-grabs D.C. Council at-large seat gathered Feb. 3 to face off in the first forum of the race. But the expected jabs and put-downs never materialized as would-be council members

politely answered — and at times flubbed — the wonky questions from forum hosts DC for Democracy, DC Environmental Network and Greater Greater Washington. Instead, candidates, who ranged from political veterans to first-race newcomers, built off each other’s ideas and at points joked with each other during lulls in the forum, which was held at One Judiciary Square and webcast live.

Candidates also largely refrained from attacking interim at-large member Sekou Biddle, the anointed favorite of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. At the time of the forum, the committee was reaffirming its support for Biddle and deciding — with 46 members voting — to allot $1,000 to his campaign. A few days later, Biddle won the endorsement of DC for Democracy.

Groups spotlight Connecticut Avenue projects By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

Several citizens associations are trying to raise awareness of four overlapping Connecticut Avenue initiatives that aim to improve pedestrian safety and traffic problems along the corridor. While the D.C. Department of Transportation moves on two projects on the avenue, the D.C. Office of Planning and a local volunteer group are still working to find funding for implementation of their recent studies of the area. The four related efforts came into focus at a Feb. 1 meeting hosted by the Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Forest Hills and Woodley Park citizens associations, which featured city and police officials. Susie Taylor, who moderated the discussion, said in an interview that she and other community leaders are trying to spread word of the initiatives because they are not well known but offer significant opportunities for much-sought-after modifications to Connecticut Avenue. “I don’t think many people know about them,� said Taylor, who serves as president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and chair of a community-led Connecticut


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Pedestrian safety and traffic woes are the initiatives’ targets. Avenue coalition. “And I’m not sure how well they’re coordinating with each other. Or what, if any, synergy exists.â€? And if there’s anything her advocacy work on the avenue’s safety has taught her, Taylor said, it’s that using community input to “nudgeâ€? city agencies tends to encourage action. “It is actually easier for citizens to come in and ‌ say, ‘Hey, we’re noticing this; we’re willing to put in the work to organize our community, gather community input, even use volunteers to collect data. Will you work with us?’â€? The answer was “yesâ€? for the

most well-funded initiative along the corridor: the Transportation Department’s $1.5 million Connecticut Avenue Streetscape Improvement and Pedestrian Safety Project, which identifies trouble traffic spots and implements remedial improvements, like adjusting signals and installing midblock crosswalks. The project focuses on the stretch of Connecticut Avenue between Porter and Macomb streets. When Taylor caught word of the effort, she quickly formed the Connecticut Avenue Coalition Committee, with representatives from local community organizations. The committee gathered resident input through a survey and meetings, ultimately compiling a report that it submitted to the Transportation Department. By May, the organization and Transportation Department had worked out a community-endorsed blueprint for the project. Taylor pointed to synchronization of pedestrian countdown signals at Ordway Street and Connecticut and a southbound leftturn signal installed at Porter Street and Connecticut as examples of project plans already put into action. See Avenue/Page 8


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unspecified premises; 2:45 a.m. Feb. 12. Property damage â&#x2013; 5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 6100 block, Nevada Ave.; residence; 1:20 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Nevada Avenue and Runnymede Place; street; 1:20 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Property damage â&#x2013;  5300 block, Nevada Ave.; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 12.


PSA 202 TENLEYTOWN/ AU PARK Burglary â&#x2013; 4500 block, 38th St.; residence; 9 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 2 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Feb. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:28 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 4:50 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft (bicycle) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Albemarle St.; sidewalk; noon Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Albemarle St.; parking lot; 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Property damage â&#x2013;  5000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  4800 block, Brandywine St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

PSA 203

PSA 203 â&#x2013; FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:25 p.m. Feb. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2900 block, Van Ness St.; parking lot; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 11:45 a.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Simple assault â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:40 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Disorderly conduct (fighting) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 11:45 a.m. Feb. 8. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  4100 block, Linnean Ave.;


Simple assault â&#x2013; 2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 2 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 7 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; street; 9 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 1 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Woodley Road; school; 8 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Woodley Road; school; 2 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Woodley Road; school; 2 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 2:34 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 9:15 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 12:30 a.m. Feb. 8. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; street; 11:50 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 9:50 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2000 block, 37th St.; residence; 3:15 a.m. Feb. 12. Property damage â&#x2013;  2600 block, Tunlaw Road; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Tunlaw Road; parking lot; 8 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Fulton St.; street; 8 a.m. Feb. 11.



Simple assault â&#x2013; 4900 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Nebraska Ave.; residence; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 2 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Foxhall Road; street; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Volta Place; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 44th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  Tilden Street and Sedgwick Street; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  4000 block, 47th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Property damage â&#x2013;  5100 block, MacArthur Blvd.; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Tilden St.;

street; 10 p.m. Feb. 11.




Burglary â&#x2013; 3300 block, Prospect St.; residence; 3:20 p.m. Feb. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, 33rd St.; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  3500 block, T St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; street; 10:10 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 1 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Cambridge Place; street; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9. Simple assault â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 12:23 a.m. Feb. 9. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Property damage â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 12. Fraud â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 a.m. Feb. 11.




Stolen auto â&#x2013; 1800 block, G St.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 bock, M St.; government building; 8 a.m. Feb. 8. Simple assault â&#x2013;  27th Street and Whitehurst Freeway; park area; 8:19 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  2400 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 8:25 p.m. Feb. 9. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  900 block, 24th St.; university; 4 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  700 block, 20th St.; university; 10:38 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  600 block, 23rd St.; university; 11 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  600 block, 23rd St.; university; 6:40 a.m. Feb. 12. Fraud â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 8 a.m. Feb. 7. Drug possession with intent to distribute (cocaine) â&#x2013;  500 block, 21st St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Feb. 8.



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 18th and S streets; gas station; 3 a.m. Feb. 10. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  21st and P streets; restaurant; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; restaurant; 8 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; residence; 8 a.m. Feb. 11.

1500 block, 18th St.; residence; 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013; 1800 block, S St.; residence; 6:05 p.m. Feb. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  16th and R streets; street; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 10:45 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 7:20 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft (bicycle) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 11:35 a.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, N St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; street; 6:45 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; street; 2 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  21st and L streets; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; street; 1 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; church; noon Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; tavern; 11:50 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11:50 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:15 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 2:30 a.m. Feb. 12. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:40 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; residence; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, N St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 10. Property damage â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; store; 10:25 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Jefferson Place; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; alley; 6:45 p.m. Feb. 11. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; alley; 3:45 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 14th St.; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 12:35 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013; 


Homeland Security plan worries neighbors By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Neighbors concerned that a proposed expansion at the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nebraska Avenue Complex would overburden their community remained skeptical of planned traffic mitigation strategies presented this month. The General Services Administration has put forth three concepts for the 37-acre campus in which the facility grows in capacity from 2,390 seats to between 3,700 and 4,500, but the number of parking spaces decreases slightly. After a presentation at its Feb. 2 meeting, the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission unanimously passed a five-page resolution spelling out community complaints about the General Services Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chiefly about traffic, but also on parking and aesthetics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said to them is that this plan is really screwy and [they] need to go back to square one,â&#x20AC;? said commission chair Tom Smith. The administration has pledged to boost carpooling and transit use among the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees, but representatives at the meeting couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer a barrage of detailed questions about the master plan. The comments from the Feb. 2 meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as those from another meeting the following week

and those submitted to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be answered in writing in a future draft of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master plan, General Services representative Suzanne Hill said, as the meetings were not intended to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;back-and-forth.â&#x20AC;? In a Feb. 3 e-mail to commissioners, a representative from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office said Norton will host an additional session in which residents can have a dialogue with General Services officials. The date and location have not yet been set. At the Feb. 2 meeting, commissioners were particularly curious about the scope, depth and accuracy of the master planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic study, which the representatives at the meeting said they could not yet address. Commissioners were concerned that the plan does not call for federal investment in Ward Circle or nearby roads, which General Services Administration officials said would be the responsibility of the D.C. Department of Transportation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All you do is wave your hand and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ah, DDOT will take care of it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like all this stuff is just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out of the scopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of your plan, and you just want to pass it along to someone else, and then you go ahead and exacerbate the [poor traffic] conditions,â&#x20AC;? he added, noting the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of money to boost the capacity of its streets. Hill said she hopes an on-site transportation coordinator â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new

post the master plan recommends creating at the campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will help link up employees with transit options and incentives to discourage them from driving alone to work. She also said officials will be meeting with the city Transportation Department to ensure that the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic counts are accurate and up-to-date. But commissioners said they feared the workforce at the facility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 53 percent of which is expected to commute from Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would further clog the routes between the Nebraska Avenue Complex and the Chain and Key bridges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If 53 percent of your employees are in Virginia, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you locate this project in Virginia?â&#x20AC;? asked commissioner Ann Haas. In its resolution, the commission formally â&#x20AC;&#x153;urges GSA to consider alternative locations for its expansion of DHS operations.â&#x20AC;? The resolution further calls for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the least growth possibleâ&#x20AC;? at the site, asks that any new development be screened from the streets, and requests more on-site parking than what is proposed in any of the three concepts presented. General Services Administration officials noted that any development is well in the future, likely not even starting until 2016 and possibly not until 2018 or 2020, so there will be no sudden influx of new employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about a master plan, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about the possibility of further use down the road,â&#x20AC;? Hill said.






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AVENUE From Page 5 Transportation Department pedestrian program coordinator George Branyan said his agency also intends to program â&#x20AC;&#x153;leading pedestrian intervalsâ&#x20AC;? into many signals on Connecticut. The function shows four red lights all at once for at least three seconds, allowing pedestrians to establish a presence in crosswalks before cars can turn. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a technology that resident Taylor persuaded the Transportation

THE CURRENT Department to adopt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wait a minute, how come you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include this in your options?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask us,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. At the meeting, Branyan also said the department had secured federal funding to upgrade street lamps in the project zone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a change the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1.5 million budget wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have covered. And to increase safety at some midblock crosswalks on Connecticut, the agency is testing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;HAWKâ&#x20AC;? traffic light, Branyan said. Prompted by a pedestrian

touch button, the signal flashes two yellow lights at oncoming traffic, followed by two red lights to provide the pedestrian with safer passage than in normal circumstances, when cars stop only on sight of a person. Branyan said one likely Connecticut Avenue HAWK location would be between Macomb and Ordway streets, if the agency can figure out how to synchronize the signal with nearby traffic lights. The streetscape initiative will also beautify the corridor by planting trees and refurbishing side-

walks. And it aims to take a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more in-depth look at the pros and consâ&#x20AC;? of the service lane on a stretch of road between Macomb and Ordway, Branyan said. The second initiative that has some financial muscle behind it is the Rock Creek West II Livability Study, which focuses on an area including American University Park, Forest Hills, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown and parts of Chevy Chase. The Transportation Department study has $250,000 to spend on measures aimed at solving traffic

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problems at their source, rather than pushing them to other street networks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea was to look at a large area,â&#x20AC;? Branyan said. On Connecticut Avenue, recommendations soon to be implemented include curb extensions, raised crosswalks and enhanced bicycle facilities, he said. The far-right lane of Connecticut will also become a shared one for bicycles and cars. The study will also result in more signal timing changes, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;dovetailâ&#x20AC;? with those planned for the Connecticut Avenue streetscape project, Branyan said. Another study discussed at this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting stands as a testament to what community activism can achieve for traffic safety improvement, according to supporters. Marlene Berlin, chair of the Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action group, said the organization distinguishes itself with its big-picture focus, which examines the corridor all the way from Calvert Street up to Western Avenue. Even the Rock Creek West II Livability Study doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expand as far, she said. The grass-roots volunteer effort used more than $30,000 in grants from the University of North Carolina, local advisory neighborhood commissions and citizens associations to produce a report submitted to the Transportation Department recently, Berlin said. The studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations focus on slowing traffic, increasing traffic light timing, and better structuring the environment so motorists stop for pedestrians at sidewalks. Among many other recommendations, the study suggests installing technology-outfitted midblock crosswalks between Ordway and Newark streets and somewhere close to Northampton Street in Chevy Chase, said Taylor, who serves on the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steering committee. But bringing the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations to fruition, said Taylor and Berlin, will now take more â&#x20AC;&#x153;nudgingâ&#x20AC;? of city officials. Berlin said meet-and-greets for at-large council candidates are a good place for neighbors to tune in officials to the recommendations. Like this community-led study, the fourth initiative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Van Ness-UDC Metro Commercial Corridor Enhancement Study â&#x20AC;&#x201D; must also attract funding before its implementation. The D.C. Office of Planning study produced the neighborhoodspecific report to gauge sustainability practices in the area around Forest Hills and Van Ness, including the Connecticut Avenue corridor. The study found that many residents wanted to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;better stewards of our waterwaysâ&#x20AC;? and regretted drab plaza areas, like the one in front near the University of the District of Columbia, according to Andrea Limauro, who led the project. The study is â&#x20AC;&#x153;more of a vision exercise,â&#x20AC;? he said, and must â&#x20AC;&#x153;go after federal moneyâ&#x20AC;? and receive approval from the Transportation Department before it can be translated into action.





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phere, partly due to its French focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The French style â&#x20AC;Ś is much lighter than American and BETH COPE AND English,â&#x20AC;? she said. NELLIE GOLD-PASTOR Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a bit of a commercial feel, due to Rubinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus, the door on that chapter,â&#x20AC;? she said, while in New York, on items drawn â&#x20AC;&#x153;and then it was back to from former shops and restaurants. Washington.â&#x20AC;? On the first of her two floors she As she ran the shop over the displays bistro bottles embellished years, Rubinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work expanded to include her interior design practice. with logos like that of Martini and Rossi ($60), alongside a pair of old â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like a lot of people when bistro tables youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the ($900 each). treasure busiOther finds here ness, â&#x20AC;Ś people include old tea see that you can tins ($300 put things each), together and Napoleon III you become a armchairs buyer/design($500 to er,â&#x20AC;? she said. In $2,500) and the latter half of Bill Petros/The Current two ceramic the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, creatMargaret Rubino is again part of and Plexiglas ing spaces was light fixtures her entire focus. Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail scene. from Australian But in late designer Jeremy Cole ($3,500 2010, she decided to revisit retail. each). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retail right now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;est pas Rubino has her merchandise evident; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the obvious thing,â&#x20AC;? distributed in a catalogued fashion, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy is still at a as if her space were the inside of crawl.â&#x20AC;? But she found a landlord her home. With just a small numwilling to lease her a space tember of pieces set out, she makes porarily at a reduced rate, and customers curious as to what she Rooms & Gardens opened in has hidden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a lot more,â&#x20AC;? she December. While its initial lease said when asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we do have ends this month, Rubino hopes to more. [We will be] revolving and keep the shop open longer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Until evolving.â&#x20AC;? they have someone who wants to For now, Rooms & Gardens is rent it for real â&#x20AC;Ś weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re squatting.â&#x20AC;? open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The interior of her temporary Tuesday through Saturday. space has an airy, peaceful atmos-



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Peace and quiet We’ll be curious to see whether the noise provision of the city’s amended disorderly conduct law yields additional arrests. Previously, the rules on late-night noise allowed arrests for “the intent to provoke the breach of peace.” The updated law lets police arrest those making “unreasonably loud noise” that is “likely to disturb or annoy” nearby residents. It is effective between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. At-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, who authored the amendment, says the change is just a clarification to make the provision clearer. But we think a shift from relying on intent to simply finding likelihood could make it easier for police to enforce complaints about excessive noise. And that’s a good thing. The measure leaves a lot to the discretion of officers, who might appropriately choose to issue warnings before making arrests in most cases. We imagine the change could be useful in the case of disruptive house parties, which are a particular problem near university campuses. Council member Mendelson says that in the case of loud parties, it would be the city’s less weighty noise ordinances — rather than the disorderly conduct law, which is part of the criminal code — that would come into play. But we think police might resort to the higher offense when a party won’t stop, even after a warning or ticket. After the law has been in place a while — six months or a year — the D.C. Council should assess the change to see whether the updated rule is effective. Council members should consider how many arrests have been made, whether cases have been prosecuted and whether judges have taken action. Then, if necessary, they should modify the rule. Strong and solid noise laws are crucial to controlling frustrating breaches of peace and quiet, which are too frequent in many parts of town.

An empty seat It’s been a while since the three-member D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has actually had three members. Last summer, as the September primary election drew near, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty and the D.C. Council reached a lastminute settlement that allowed the board to function. But the appointment of Togo West, former U.S. secretary of the Army, still left the board with only two members. That’s far from ideal in any circumstance, as there’s no room for disagreement and a constant risk of inaction if one member has to miss a meeting. But it is particularly serious in this case. One of the three board seats is reserved for a non-Democrat — and that’s the one that is empty. The requirement for non-majority-party representation stems from the city’s Home Rule Act, and it is there for good reason — ensuring the integrity of the electoral process. The same provision also calls for the members to serve staggered three-year terms to protect institutional memory and lessen the potential for wholesale turnover. Leaving a seat empty runs counter to these two goals. The D.C. Republican Committee rightly sent a letter last week to Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who chairs the government operations committee with oversight over the elections board. The party’s chair, Bob Kabel, asked that she and Mayor Vincent Gray work with the GOP to appoint a Republican to the board. He noted that past mayors have all nominated a Republican to the board. With the April 26 special election rapidly approaching, we heartily agree on the urgency of filling this seat with a capable, well-qualified appointee. Though Mayor Gray’s administration has many important appointments to worry about little more than a month after assuming the reins, this one requires priority attention.


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ews came last week that Ingmar Guandique, a 29-year-old illegal immigrant, had been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. told NBC4, “Ten years ago, everyone wanted to know who was responsible for Chandra Levy’s murder. That question was answered in November, and today the man responsible was held accountable and will spend 60 years in prison.” The sentencing in this case was big news. But it’s unusual, really, for the media to follow up horrendous crimes with news about the indictment of suspects or conviction and sentencing of the bad guys. We looked over dozens of chilling news releases issued in recent months by Bill Miller in Machen’s office. Few, if any, made news. Here are the details from a couple: • One of the most violent members of the Todd Place Crew, a gang known for engaging in murder, assaults, drug trafficking and other crimes, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was 25 at the time. • A 51-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from armed sexual attacks against two women and one boy in separate incidents linked by DNA evidence. He faces up to 45 years in prison and must register as a sex offender. And here are some headlines from news releases: • District man sentenced to more than 30 years for January 2009 murder • Two men sentenced to 36-year prison terms in connection with 2007 witness slaying • Man sentenced to six years in prison for scalding and nearly drowning girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby • Man sentenced to 50-year prison term for firstdegree felony murder of 21-month-old boy • Man sentenced to 105 years in prison for deadly shooting rampage • Maryland woman pleads guilty in fatal stabbing • Man found guilty of compelling women to engage in prostitution • Man sentenced to 14 months in prison in attack against transgender women • Jury convicts mother in slaying of child The work of law enforcement — police, prosecutors and correctional officers — is tough and grimy. We only wish our news media were as diligent at reporting the end road of crime — tough sentencing — as we are in trumpeting the crimes when they occur. ■ Bag the bag search? Metro police last week defended their sporadic bag searches of transit riders. They say unpredictable searches keep terrorists guessing. Some Metro board members say the police should be given wide latitude on this issue. Fairfax member Jeff McKay noted that the board members are not “terrorism experts.” Other members fear choosing to eliminate the searches, only to have the decision thrown into their faces should some horrible incident occur. (That’s the “what if” syndrome that keeps a lot of people from questioning police tactics.) And some board members worry about delayed riders, intrusive searches and an image of hyper-

security tactics making riders more nervous. At last week’s meeting on the subject, some shrugged and noted that people are asked for identification or sent through metal detectors at many buildings, sports venues and the like. But no one raised the questions that come to our mind. When hundreds of thousands of people get on the subway at so many points, isn’t it needle-in-thehaystack stuff to stop only a few? If a terrorist did in fact have a bomb — or several did — would they stupidly walk up to a checkpoint and be searched? (There’s nothing stopping a person from turning around and heading to another station or even another entrance to the same station.) When people try to ask questions like this, someone invariably says something like, “Well, you don’t know what the police know.” We do know that we live in a free and open society, and with that comes risks. Your Notebook loves life, but we’ve said more than once that we’d rather die in a horrific terrorist attack than live in fear behind the barriers that continually are erected in America. Capitol Hill is a good example. Walk the streets around Congress and remind yourself how free and open we are. We can almost hear the groans now. “Oh, Sherwood, you don’t know what you’re talking about. This is a different time and a different era.” Et cetera, et cetera. Well, we say we love America, land of the free and the home of the brave. ■ Policing our debt. Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi and council finance head Jack Evans made a crucial trip to New York City last week. The city leaders paraded before the three bondrating companies, whose decisions could add or subtract millions of dollars in interest the city pays on its debts. Evans says the meetings went well — but the city leaders had to assure the bond companies that the city won’t keep spending down its reserves. Those reserves once stood at $1.5 billion. They’re now down to $600 million. And the trip heightened concerns that the District needs to do something about the United Medical Center in Southeast Washington. The bond companies say the city can’t afford to keep the hospital afloat. Watch for more intense efforts to sell the hospital. Just closing it isn’t really an option given the number of people who need medical services east of the Anacostia River. ■ Let’s play ball. We want to end on an upbeat note after all the grousing about crime and money and Metro. This coming President’s Day weekend, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host a volleyball tournament that is expected to draw about 25,000 people. It’s the fifth annual Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic. The tournament “showcases the versatility” of the downtown facility, said convention center director Erik Moses. He said the event has quadrupled in size since it was first held. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sherwood showed no abortion bias A letter in the Feb. 9 issue criticizes Tom Sherwood for covering the Right to Life march and not the pro-choice counter rally [“Sherwood left out pro-choice

march”]. I thought Sherwood covered the abortion issue fairly. More importantly, the writer of the letter seems confused when she states that anti-choice women proselytizing their beliefs were in “direct violation of the separation of church and state.” What our Constitution mandates is not a “separation” of church and state but a prohibition against Congress establishing a state, i.e.

national, religion. Also in the First Amendment is a guarantee of the free exercise of religion, of free speech, of the right to peaceably assemble, and of the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances — all of which is exactly what the pro-life (and, for that matter, the prochoice) marchers were doing. Anne Allen Hawthorne


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Turnabout’s fair play in snow removal I have two questions for Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh in connection with her proposed new sidewalk shoveling law: Question 1: If the city can fine residents and businesses for a snow-covered sidewalk, then why not allow the residents to fine the city for failing to plow their streets? Some streets in my neighborhood saw no plow, no salt and no sand in the five days after our recent storm. The popular Macomb Street (next to Eaton Elementary) was impassable on Monday, five days after the storm. The police had to stretch tape across the road to keep cars from getting stuck on the untreated pavement. The city completely ignored that and other streets in Ward 3. In the end, the sun did more than the city to clear the snow and ice. If the city were “fined” a tax refund to Ward 3 residents, then maybe it would have an incentive to do a better job — hey, isn’t that the same argument Mary Cheh is using on us to get the city’s sidewalks clean!? Question 2: If the city requires residents and businesses to shovel their city-owned sidewalks, then why not require them to shovel their city-owned streets, too! After all, we deserve not only to walk around, but to drive around, too. Brigitte Adams Cathedral Heights

For slippery steps, try applying sand I have one solution for the senior lady who wrote about the trouble of walking down her steps when it snows [“Sidewalk bill asks too much of residents,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9]. She should buy a small bag of sand, funnel some into a plastic milk jug, and sprinkle sand on the steps and the walk as she goes. It provides a non-slip surface and can even be swept up and used again after the thaw. I try to clear a small path for myself (also a senior with similar steps) and for Mike the Mailman, and the sand is my answer. E. Becker Foggy Bottom

Klingle Trail solution is just doublespeak Even the various parties who prepared the draft Klingle trail environmental assessment couldn’t ignore the Catch-22 situation inherent in the attempt to replace a sec-

tion of Klingle Road with a “trail,” and their attempts to draft around the problems would have made George Orwell proud. The final assessment says that the prior version erred in stating that construction of the trail would require removal of the roadway from the D.C. functional classification map, as well as compliance with the D.C. Street and Alley Closing Act. The drafters of the final assessment have decided that a road can be closed to traffic for some purposes (construction of a trail to replace most of the pavement) but remain open, at least in some technical sense, for other purposes (retaining the easement that gave the city the road in the first place). In other words, when is a road not a road? When those responsible for an environmental assessment attempt to figure out a way around the quite real problems posed by applicable laws and regulations and say (with straight faces, apparently) that the “public” part of a right-ofway refers only to non-motorized transportation and (limited) access for emergency, utility and maintenance vehicles. Fortunately, it is not too late. The mayor and D.C. Council, before spending any more from the strained D.C. budget, would be wise to consider whether the addition of a hike-bike trail right next to more than 1,700 mostly car-free acres in Rock Creek Park (which itself contains extensive hike/bike trails) is a responsible use of D.C. funds. They should also re-examine the issues raised by Mr. William H. Carroll and others [“Experimental Klingle trail is costly, unwise,” Viewpoint, Feb. 2] and should follow the procedures of the Street and Alley Closing Act, including a public hearing. Patty Hahn Cleveland Park

Friendship Academy gets many in ‘Posse’ I read with interest The Current’s Feb. 2 article on Posse Scholars. I think your readers would be interested to know that there is a school in Northeast, Friendship Collegiate Academy, where students earned five Posse scholarships this year — the most of any private or public high school not only in D.C., but in the Washington metropolitan area. Since 2005, Friendship Collegiate Academy students have earned 19 Posse scholarships not only to Grinnell and Lafayette, colleges that were mentioned in the article, but also to the other four participating universities, namely, Bucknell University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Pepperdine University and the

University of Wisconsin at Madison. This year about 1,600 nominated seniors from private and public high schools in the Washington area competed for a Posse scholarship. In the end, 62 Posse scholarships were awarded to seniors from 35 high schools. Of the nearly 100 high schools that participated in the competition, Friendship Collegiate Academy alone accounted for 8 percent of all the Posse scholars, and the rate of success of its students was three times the average rate of success of other winning schools in the area. Arsallah Shairzay Dean of Early College and Director of Advanced Placement Program Friendship Collegiate Academy, Carter G. Woodson Campus

Would noise law also cover trash trucks? I write in response to The Current’s Feb. 2 article “Revised law targets noise disturbances.” Along with party noise, caused by a nearby bar and drunk revelers, our major noise issue is garbage trucks in our neighborhood near the White House. They come at 2:30 a.m. on occasion, and often at 4 or 5 a.m. Between the beeps for backing up and the dropping of Dumpsters, this makes a huge amount of noise. I suspect this is a problem in other areas as well. I know there are rules on this, but there evidently is no enforcement. What can be done about this? Do the current disorderly conduct rules apply? A follow-up article would be appreciated. Scott Osberg Washington, D.C.

Chef Geoff rejection is hard to fathom It appears strange to me that American University assistant vice president Jorge Abud would find it so difficult to find a new market tenant for the retail space on New Mexico Avenue, when one had previously survived there for so long [“AU draws flak over vacant market spot,” Feb. 9]. It seems sad and tragic that the university would turn down restaurateur Geoff Tracy’s request for a similar concept in a smaller size, as this is exactly what the neighborhood has been demanding. Lower your rent expectations, Mr. Abud, and plug in a year-on-year increase of inflation plus 2 percent to 3 percent per annum. From a real estate negotiations standpoint, one can only be left wondering if American University officials are realistic or capable landlords. Barry Madani Washington, D.C.

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PEDESTRIAN From Page 3 percent of them going to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians, failing to obey stop signs and similar violations. Bike safety violations also increased, but cyclists were issued only 300 tickets last year, while more than 700 went to motorists for stopping, standing or parking in a bike lane, Burke said. He also emphasized the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts at education and enforcement, including an intense biannual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street Smartâ&#x20AC;? campaign, use of â&#x20AC;&#x153;bike ambassadorsâ&#x20AC;? to work with city cyclists, and the highly praised â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safe Routes to Schoolâ&#x20AC;? campaign. Police are also planning to install more automated red-light and speeding cameras, which recent studies show reduce traffic fatalities. Other witnesses offered pointed criticism of District police, particularly in writing accident reports that they said improperly blame cyclists for collisions without hearing the cyclistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyclists are routinely faulted for legal behavior,â&#x20AC;? said Shane Farthing, director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even when the cyclist was never interviewed, because they were on the way to the hospital, the police report

would blame the cyclist for the crash.â&#x20AC;? David Alpert, founder of the Greater Greater Washington blog, told of a cyclist hit by a turning truck at 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. After leaving the hospital, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the cyclist found police had filed a report blaming her, but never spoke to the cyclist.â&#x20AC;? Most wrenching was the story told by Ruth Rowan, whose daughter Alice Swanson was hit and killed by a garbage truck that turned right in front of a bike lane on R Street NW in July 2008. Swanson was doing everything right when she was hit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;she was in a bike lane, she had a green light, she was wearing a helmet,â&#x20AC;? Rowan testified. Later, through litigation, the family learned that the driver had not been given a drug test, and had a record of citations for reckless driving and â&#x20AC;&#x153;at fault accidents,â&#x20AC;? Rowan testified. Discovery revealed the driver had been convicted of drug trafficking and was in the United States illegally, using a fraudulently obtained driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, she said. But none of that was in the police report. Instead, it said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the bicyclist struck the side of the trash truck.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice did not hit the truck; the truck hit her,â&#x20AC;? Rowan testified.


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midnight, allowing visiting cars to remain for two hours before facing fines). But Harvey said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hurdle to overcome to make this happen: Advocates would need to secure signatures from 51 percent of residents on each block requesting the change. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no easy task, commissioners said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of signatures to collect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of Glover Park,â&#x20AC;? said commission chair Jackie Blumenthal, who argued that the measure should be neighborhood-wide if it goes into effect. But Cohen, in an interview, said he thinks advocates could indeed garner the requisite John Hancocks, by canvassing block-by-block and posting information on listservs and in the Glover Park Gazette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it comes to that, I think we could probably do it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is an area where we need to sit down to work with DDOT and determine the appropriate way to proceed.â&#x20AC;? The same 51 percent support threshold is required for the other major idea, implementing resident-only permit parking. This parking restriction reserves one side of the street exclusively for neighborhood residents. As with extended hours for residential permit parking, commissioners last week said this change would work only if it takes place comprehensively. Implementing the two restrictions on just one block would only cause parking congestion to spill over onto other streets lacking the protections, they said. The Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvey also brought up another tool that could help the nighttime parking woes: He said his agency is ramping up enforcement of the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;ROSAâ&#x20AC;? (Registration of Out-of-State Automobiles) law, which allows non-D.C. residents only 30 days of overnight parking, after which they are subject to a $100 fine. Though agreeing that enhanced enforcement is a good idea for the neighborhood, residents cautioned against putting too much muscle behind new parking measures, pointing out that excessive restrictions could prevent them from accommodating guests who visit in cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One significant concern that we need to address is what do you do for guests â&#x20AC;Ś if you have dinner parties,

Witnesses at the hearing also offered suggestions to make cyclists and pedestrians safer when they venture onto city streets. Alpert said â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge penaltiesâ&#x20AC;? for traffic infractions are less effective than â&#x20AC;&#x153;small penalties, consistently enforced.â&#x20AC;? He said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the certainty of enforcement, rather than the severityâ&#x20AC;? deters violations. He also asked for release of police department accident reports, to determine â&#x20AC;&#x153;if the police are following through, or giving a ticket to the victimâ&#x20AC;? because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier. Marlene Berlin of Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action testified that surveys by her volunteer group show that one of the biggest hazards is turning cars not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. Berlin suggested a clearer law, modeled on one in Georgia, that specifies more precisely where cars should stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and when they are allowed to proceed again. Mendelson agreed that current District law is silent on those details, making enforcement difficult. Berlin also called for a separate traffic enforcement unit within the police department, a proposal Police Chief Cathy Lanier has rejected in the past, and installation of more photo-enforcement cameras, a proposal Lanier has embraced.

boyfriends, girlfriends,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. Harvey said residents currently have three types of passes they can obtain for guests: the annual guest parking pass all residents receive; 15-day guest passes, which they may obtain at the police station; and one-day guest passes (which Harvey said must not exceed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonable numberâ&#x20AC;?), which they can also pick up at the police station. Probably within a year, Harvey said, this process should get much easier: Residents will be able to go online and enter guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;license plate numbers to procure the passes. Harvey also said residents can apply for an exemption from the overnight ROSA enforcement for a guest who makes frequent visits by contacting the Transportation Department. Residents and commissioners also discussed creative ways to generate new parking spots in Glover Park. An especially promising prospect, commissioners said, is opening up certain streets to two-side parking, which Harvey said is possible as long as the streets measure at least 32 feet wide. Cohen said streets the Transportation Department is evaluating for two-way parking are Tunlaw Road north of Calvert Street and Calvert Street east of 39th Street. Another possibility is eliminating what commissioners and residents say are an excessive number of bus stops in the area. Harvey agreed there seems to be sound rationale for eliminating some of the stops, but he reminded attendees that authority to do so lies with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, not the city Transportation Department. Prompted by one residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleas, Harvey and neighborhood commissioners also said they would investigate inconsistencies in the location of intersection-abutting â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Parkingâ&#x20AC;? signs, to see if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to move some signs farther up and create new spaces. The signs must be 25 feet from the intersection, Harvey said. The community needs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;actively scour the neighborhood for spots where spots are poorly signed,â&#x20AC;? added Cohen. Commissioners and residents also discussed the idea of creating shared parking spots in Glover Park lots. Some raised the possibility of parking in the lot at Stoddert Elementary during non-school hours, but a school representative said some who now use the spots without permission donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vacate by the start of school day.




February 16, 2011 ■ Page 13


Eagles beat Stags, take over first place By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

At the start of the basketball season, Gonzaga dropped its first two league contests and then lost senior Cahli Thomas to injury on a trip to South Carolina over winter break. But head coach Steve Turner never panicked. “We’ll bounce back,” he said at the time. And bounce back they did. The Eagles won 12 of 13 games after the new year to catapult to the brink of first place in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. On Sunday night, they got over the hump. Gonzaga beat DeMatha 6252 at Gallaudet University to take over the top spot in the conference with one week left in the regular season. The win, against the Eagles’ biggest rival — the Celtics to their Lakers; the Blue Devils to their Terrapins — came in convincing fashion. Sophomore sensation Nate Britt scored 17 points and sophomore Kris Jenkins added 13, while Gonzaga’s offense controlled the tempo, dominating most of the way. DeMatha took a brief lead in the fourth quarter as forward BeeJay Anya broke through the Eagles defense for a 3-point play and followed it up with a rim-rattling slam

on the next possession. But Gonzaga came right back. Britt, who has stepped up in key spots for his team since his freshman year, knocked down a big 3pointer from near the left baseline and the Eagles re-gained the lead. The shot completely swung the momentum. “They were cleaning up everything inside … . I had to knock it down,” he said after the game. Thomas hit four big free throws in the final minutes to prevent any late heroics by DeMatha. After recovering from a collarbone injury that kept him out for over a month, he was just glad to be back contributing for his team. “You appreciate basketball so much more when you lose it,” he said. Thomas had initially returned to action on Feb. 6 against Bishop Ireton. Wearing just a light, protective sleeve over his arm against DeMatha, he scored seven points. “He’s our veteran senior leader; he’s a captain of the team,” Turner said. “When it counted the most, he was there for us [tonight].” Gonzaga senior center Ben Dickinson also stepped up. He was tough inside against DeMatha’s big men — Anya, and Mikael Hopkins, a Georgetown University recruit, holding Hopkins to just two points. Turner especially liked his team’s competitiveness on the glass

against a bigger opponent. “We wanted to try our best to keep them off the boards. They’re a heck of a rebounding team … . They’ve dominated everybody they’ve played on the boards,” he said. “We had a big emphasis on making sure that we put a body on somebody every time a shot went up tonight. I thought our guys did a heck of a job of doing that.” Now the Eagles will prepare for another trip to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs. They’ll finish the regular season at DeMatha on Sunday.

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Led by sophomore sensations Nate Britt, above left, and Kris Jenkins, above, Gonzaga has stormed back from a poor start to reach the top of the WCAC as the regular season winds down.

Coolidge knocks off Roosevelt in DCIAA By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

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Coolidge players celebrate after coming from one point down in overtime to end Roosevelt’s long winning streak.

Regulation time wasn’t enough to determine a winner between the top two basketball teams in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division on Friday night. In overtime, Juwan Watkins hit two free throws to give Coolidge (14-8, 81) its second lead over Roosevelt (213, 9-1). The Colts held on for the final two minutes to earn a 60-56 road win and snap the Rough Riders’ 14-game winning streak that dated back to Dec. 27. It was Roosevelt’s first loss

in league play. Khalen Cumberlander scored 23 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime, to go along with six rebounds and three assists to lead Coolidge. Watkins also had a huge night, with 13 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks in the win. “It means a lot to us. It put us on top in the West,” Cumberlander said after the game. “All I had to do was keep attacking with the ball in my hands, make my free throws, play defense, get rebounds and close the game out.” The Colts’ seventh-straight victory moved the team into a tie for first place

with Roosevelt, and it came after a long, back-and-forth battle. The game was tight through all four quarters, with neither team able to gain a significant advantage. Down 48-46 with less than a minute remaining, Roosevelt senior Ezell Starks hit a 3-pointer to put the Rough Riders up 49-48. Then, with only 20.4 seconds to go, Cumberlander was fouled. He hit one of two free throws to tie the game up at 49. Coolidge pressed Roosevelt on the inbound play and two defenders trapped Antone James along the baseSee Colts/Page 14

Sidwell girls take down St. Andrew’s to remain atop conference ■ Basketball Report By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

The Lady Quakers basketball team knocked off St. Andrew’s in a tough road match Friday night, 36-34, giving them a

two-game lead over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in the Independent School League A Division with one week to play. Sidwell (7-1 league) won its sixth game in seven tries and handed St. Andrew’s its third conference loss. Caroline Bowman scored 12 points and Tiara Wood scored 11 to lead the Quakers. Sidwell now turns its attention to its

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St. John’s falls for second time Until Feb. 4, the Lady Cadets were pitching a perfect season. Now the team has to

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Northwest Sports ROUNDUP From Page 13 Junior Mooriah Rowser led St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (23-2, 14-1) with 15 points, sophomore Lindsay Allen scored 12 and senior Mariah Jones added 11 in the losing effort. The Cadets bounced back to win at Archbishop Carroll 64-53 the next night. They faced nationally ranked Good Counsel last night after deadline and still have two league games remaining.

The team will need to shake off the losses before the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament later this month. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fell to Elizabeth Seton in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title game, but the team is a favorite this year, along with Good Counsel and Holy Cross.

Flint Hill basketball still haunts Sidwell The Quakers lost to Flint Hill for the fourth straight time on Friday, 62-55, assuring their nemesis another regular-season banner.

Junior Jamal Lewis scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all teamhighs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, as Flint Hill grabbed a five-point lead by halftime and never looked back. Sophomore Matt Hillman added 12 points for the Quakers. Even after blowing out Georgetown Day Monday 60-37, Sidwell (8-3 league) will settle for another second-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season. The team has one more game before the postseason begins tomorrow at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

SPORTS DESK Bulldogs host wrestling competition St. Albans hosted its annual wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday, featuring private school teams from the Mid-Atlantic region. Wyoming Seminary Prep (Kingston, Penn.) won the event with 256 total points. Gonzaga senior Paul Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill placed second in the 119-pound weight class to Wyomingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dom Malone.

Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ellison commits to Howard Last week, Gonzaga senior center Oliver Ellison committed to playing basketball at Howard University. The 6-foot-8 205-pounder will play for the Bison alongside two other D.C. Metro area players, Gwynn Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brandon Ford and Largoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brandon Bailey.

COLTS From Page 13 line. But Coolidge was called for a push, sending James to the line. James missed his foul shot, and Coolidge got the rebound, but the Colts missed as well. Roosevelt then had a chance to win in regulation. As the final seven

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Local wrestlers competed at St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual tournament last weekend.

seconds ticked off the clock, the Rough Riders took the ball down the court with a chance for one last shot. But unaware of the time, Devin Gallman allowed the clock to run out without putting one up, sending the game into extra time. Starks scored 24 points, Jarrell Allen had 10 and Gallman pitched in eight, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our fourth overtime

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game, so we actually worked on [time and score] in practice,â&#x20AC;? said Coolidge head coach Vaughn Jones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the right decision and it worked out in our favor.â&#x20AC;? Coolidge finished its regular season last night after deadline at Bell Multicultural. Roosevelt will close out at home Thursday against School Without Walls.

Maret 61, St. James 57 Maret 75, Latin School 35 Flint Hill 70, Georgetown Day 27 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 65, Georgetown Day 59

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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Hockey star returns to roots with local students By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer


head injury forced NHL All-Star Mike Green to miss a game for the Washington Capitals last week. But he wasn’t about to miss out on an opportunity to help local kids. Green was on hand Thursday as Powell Elementary School and the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a collaborative effort to design and build a garden at the 16th Street Heights school. The effort is part of the department’s “The People’s Garden” initiative, which aims to boost communities nationwide by creating gardens to promote healthy lifestyles. The Capitals, who have a partnership with the Agriculture Department, sponsored Powell this year, and Green took an interest in planning the garden from the get-go. “I’m a big believer in a healthy lifestyle and eating properly, and this is a great example of that,” he said at Thursday’s workshop. “When they mentioned it to me, I was all for it.” First- through fourth-graders drew designs for the garden with the help of Green, Comcast SportsNet analyst and Capitals alumnus Alan May and others.

Pre-k and kindergarten students were also encouraged to give their input. The children’s concepts will be incorporated by architects Matt Arnn and Bob Snieckus into a blueprint for the garden, which will be unveiled in March, with groundbreaking set for April. Powell principal Janeece Docal said the initiative is a great way for students to make a difference at an early age. “Part of it is a sense of

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Caps star Mike Green signed autographs and sketched designs for a garden at Powell Elementary School Thursday. The hockey player spent part of his childhood on a farm.

pride and ownership in the school that they can create some of the design concepts,” she said. “That’s a real-life skill, to be able

to take that process from a dream to reality.” Green was involved with Powell even before it opened for the school year, helping teachers and administrators prepare. “He’s been one of the family here,” said Docal. “They love him. When he [first] came, he was painting, he was cleaning toilets, he was put-

ting up bulletin boards. He did everything.” The 25-year-old hockey star spoke at the workshop and assisted students with their projects even after suffering a laceration near his left temple on Feb. 6, when a slap shot drilled him in the side of the head. The kids “were nervous that he had stitches,” said Docal. “They want to make sure he’s OK.” See Powell/Page 24

Annual film festival shares stories of ‘Our City,’ encouraging D.C. pride By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent


t an event where nonprofit outreach and community building meets filmmaking, Our City Film Festival screened shorts about D.C. on Sunday that went beyond the city’s wonky exterior and delved into its other defining characteristics. Now in its fourth year, the festival featured 11 films culled by judges from 35 submissions, all of which touched on community issues that festival sponsor Yachad strives to address in its work to repair and rebuild low-income neighborhoods. Yachad, a D.C. nonprofit named for the Hebrew word that means “together,” “mobilizes the resources of the Washingtonarea Jewish community to repair and rebuild lower-income neighborhoods,” according to its website. Festival founder Kendra Rubinfeld, who works as the nonprofit’s director of programming, said the selected films did the best job of exploring city tensions — like

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Our City Film Festival founder Kendra Rubinfeld also works at sponsor Yachad, a nonprofit that helps rebuild low-income communities. The festival’s films focus on issues relevant to that work. stereotypes and gentrification — and telling stories of community-led projects that succeeded in transcending those tensions. “A lot of our films concentrate on things

that are important to Yachad,” she said — “these types of stories that people might not necessarily know about [but] really deserve the spotlight.” The festival not only serves to expose attendees to such subject matter, but also functions as its own community-building event, luring attendees across racial, class and geographic lines, Rubinfeld said. “We want an opportunity to bring people in. We’re bringing people together to celebrate Washington, D.C.” The event, held at the Goethe-Institut in Chinatown, provides valuable publicity for Yachad, too, said Rubinfeld, noting that the festival has helped her organization find volunteers and pro bono workers and contractors. To foster this networking element, the festival features an array of interactive events, many of which mix filmmakers with their audiences and make the contributing artists feel like stars, said Rubinfeld. “It really is — more than even a film festival — a community event, so we really

work hard to highlight filmmakers as well as the subjects and the actors in the film,” she said. Special features included question-andanswer sessions among the audience and filmmakers, a filmmakers’ lounge where artists can “hang out and schmooze,” and food and beer specials for filmmakers at neighboring bar Fado. Lance Kramer, who directed “Community Harvest,” a story about a community-driven effort that produced a public garden in Columbia Heights, said he treasures the work the festival organizers do to make their contributors feel at home. “She’s really interested in having the festival be a place where people can meet each other, exchange ideas,” Kramer said of Rubinfeld. To that end, Rubinfeld threw an openingnight party before the festival and hosted a social gathering the next day to provide a chance for attendees to interact with filmmakers beyond the question-and-answer See Films/Page 24



Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School Since Jan. 27, architects from a Georgetown firm have been coming to Aidan Montessori School to work with Mrs. Mosher’s upperelementary class. Every Wednesday

School DISPATCHES after recess they teach us about the wonders of architecture through fun and exciting activities. “I like building stuff,” said fifthgrader Ariel, “and even though we get homework, I don’t mind because because it’s fun.” The first week they came, we worked on building our architecture vocabulary by acting it out. For example, one of the words was “arch,” so two people stood in front of each other, put their hands up and put their palms together. The second week, we had to do a model of a house and compare the human body to architecture. “The best thing we did so far was ... the plumbing and electrical

work in a model house,” said Amira Clark, a fifth-grader. The third week, they showed us examples of a plan, elevation and section using a bell pepper. During their last visit, we are going to build something using everything we’ve learned. Lucia Braddock said she is enjoying the program because her dad has an architecture company. — Blaire Hardison, sixth-grader, and Brooke Jacobs, fourth-grader

our own dinosaur fossils and erupting volcanoes. This week in Mad Science Club we are celebrating Chinese New Year. We made dragons and decorated a 3-D dragon. When I asked the students about Mad Science Club, they all agreed: Mad Science Club rocks! — Kennon Arnold, first-grader; Abraham Smith, Robert Thompson and Robert Giroux, second-graders; and Jordon Williams and Adia Keene, thirdgraders

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This is Annunciation’s first year of Mad Science Club, taught by Ms. Penny Tsipanitis, our kindergarten teacher. Club members are in first, second and third grades. Over the past semester, our main focus has been to create the solar system. We have been studying each planet’s characteristics and have learned the order of the planets. We are making a replica of the solar system using Styrofoam balls. Other projects include making


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On Feb. 1, students from years seven and eight took a trip to Politics and Prose bookstore to meet David Whitley, author of the “Agora” series. Mr. Whitley introduced himself and started off by telling us about the idea of a Utopia, a perfect world. He said that his books were partly inspired by the idea of a perfect world. He told us that the idea of Utopias had always been in the back of his mind but never truly came out until he went to Prague. He was in the central square of Prague when he noticed there were so many market stalls that you couldn’t see the buildings. The stalls sold miniature models of the beautiful buildings in Prague. Mr. Whitley then thought that if the stalls continued to grow they would have to sell miniature versions of stalls rather than of the buildings. This led him to the creation of Agora, a place where you can literally buy anything (including thoughts and emotions). Mr. Whitley then helped us to create a fantasy world as a group. Our fantasy world was an island made of pure light that was surrounded by great statues that protected our land. The people there were actually shadows and all the buildings were made of glass. Mr. Whitley knew that we could keep on adding to our fantasy world for-

ever, so we had to stop and head back to school. When we arrived back at school, our minds were buzzing and we had smiles on our faces. — Will Churchill, Year 8 Plymouth, (seventh-grader)

Eaton Elementary All students in our school take Chinese. The Chinese New Year was on Feb. 3 and as part of our celebration, the fourth-graders in Ms. Ramsey’s class wrote poems about the new year and about spring. Here are some of our poems: “Spring (Chun)” I smell the flowers all red and green, / See the bees buzz around, / Hear the birds chirping. / I stay outside all day having good times because spring has come! — Annalise Myre, fourth-grader “Happy New Year!” In spring flowers bloom, / And red leaves turn to green. / All is beautiful in the spring. / And new year brings us peace. / Pop! go the firecrackers. / Boom! go the drums. / People dancing in the streets singing gong! Gong! — Olivia Greene, fourth-grader “Dragon Dance” Red and yellow flash, New Year bells clash, / New year has come, firecrackers pop, and everyone stops / To watch the dragon pass. — Sophia Mohammed, fourth-grader “Happy New Year” Happy New Year. / The spring has red and green flowers. / In the summer beautiful birds fly. / In the new year a monster of firecrackers lights up the sky. — Niko Baker, fourth-grader

The Field School Classes were suspended for the

past two weeks in order for students to participate in 60-hour internship programs in a field of their choice. Upon their arrival back at school, students are required to complete “internship projects,” assignments in which students have to display either the skills they have developed in the past two weeks or the experience they’ve gained. For the ninth grade, students had to write blog entries describing their day-to-day duties at their internship. This project was supposed to have been started over the course of the internship, and the teachers can see when students posted their blog entries, so it will be clear who did the work on time. — Nellie G.P., ninth-grader

Georgetown Day School In sixth-grade science, we’ve just started a unit about physics. We’ve focused on potential and kinetic energy and how to calculate speed (distance divided by time). We’ve also learned about the things that affect speed, such as friction and mass. For example, it’s harder for a marble to slide down a ramp with a rough texture than a ramp of ice, because a rough texture would create more friction. We are also learning more about Newton’s laws of motion, which we started to study in fifth grade. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hearst Elementary Hearst Elementary School is proud to be an official National Park Trust “Where’s Buddy Bison Been?” school. There are only 23 schools in the program, and we are the only D.C. public school! Each week a child takes Buddy home and writes about their adventures outside. The child also has a picture taken with Buddy. The pictures can be seen online. We’ve learned about the Buffalo Soldiers of Yosemite National Park, too. We are going to read and illustrate “Buddy Bison Goes to the Park.” We love being a Buddy Bison School! — First-graders

Holy Trinity School Holy Trinity School recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Here are some of the highlights. On Feb. 5, we came together as a school to talk about service and to hear about Haiti’s living conditions. Four people from Holy Trinity parish came to speak to us about their trip to Haiti. Here is some of the information we learned from them: An earthquake brought massive destruction to Haiti. Despite the terrible havoc it caused to the area, the Haitians kept their unbreakable faith in God. We heard that many children in Haiti could not go to school, so for this reason education is cherished. Haitian children have limited See Dispatches/Page 25


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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but, like much of Northwest, holds few traditionally designed homes built later than the 1950s. For some buyers, older homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; façades are more desirable, but they want the large living spaces, open floor plans and amenities typical of high-end homes built in the 1970s and later. This Federal-style brick home, built in 1983 as part of a development on a site formerly used as the Embassy of Nicaragua, has those amenities and more, allowing buyers to focus attention on cosmetic updates instead of knocking down walls and upgrading the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s systems. Most buyers will make one easy change right off the bat: color. Many spaces here are coated in a shell pink, and a simple switch to a cool, neutral palette will update the home immediately. A smart color choice will also highlight the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assets: hardwood floors on much of the ground

level, a double-height foyer and a kitchen that connects to a breakfast spot and the soaring family room beyond. The kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pickled-oak cabinetry will read insufferably 1980s to some, but the whitewashed look has made something of a comeback recently. A few changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cool neutral walls, new hardware and lighting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could yield an updated space without a call to a contractor. The kitchen connects to sizable dining and living rooms, but most low-key gatherings will center on the family room. The casual space gets definition from a brick fireplace and vaulted ceiling, and natural light pours in through French doors. Another ground-floor room gets ample sun through its two front windows and would be useful as a home office, library or more. Four of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five bedrooms are on the second floor. Three share a hall bath, while the master suite has two full baths of its own as well as a sitting room and a walk-in closet. One of the master baths is bigger than the other and includes a spa tub. When updating this space, buyers could keep the arrangement as is or reconfigure the spots easily: Instead of separate baths, for example, new owners could make one

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This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath Federal-style brick home in Forest Hills is priced at $1,350,000. into a larger, all-inclusive bath and the other into a luxurious dressing room. This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom count sets it apart from most of the other homes in the same development, according to Realtor Rita Liptz. Many of those three-bedroom homes also lack the walk-out basement that this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom level offers, she added. That feature makes for a sunny, tiled room that could easily serve for watching movies or stashing exercise equipment. A bedroom and full bath mean that the level could also work to house guests or

an au pair. A two-car garage is another useful feature of this quiet cul-desac property, as is a laundry and storage spot on the bottom level. Though Forest Hills, tucked as it is against Rock Creek Park, is a peaceful neighborhood, residents there have access to some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular spots. Bookstore Politics and Prose, as well as the restaurants and retail

surrounding it, wait just down Connecticut Avenue. And the Van Ness Metrorail stop is less than a mile away for easy transport to other parts of the city. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home is offered for $1,350,000. For details, call Realtors Rita Liptz or Barbara Finkelstein of W.C. & A.N. Miller, a Long & Foster Co., at 240-305-6496 or 202-369-2960.

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ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ GEORGETOWN / CLOISTERS Cloisters BURLEITH / HILLANDALE At the commission’s Jan. 31 meeting: ■ Lt. John Hedgecock of the Metropolitan Police Department said there had been no robberies in Georgetown so far this year. He also discussed a new noise measure, part of an amendment to D.C.’s disorderly conduct law, that allows arrests for “unreasonably loud noise that is likely to disturb or annoy” nearby residents between 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. Hedgecock said police were still wrestling with some of the legal complexities of the law, but planned to use it to combat noise problems in residential areas. ■ commissioners offered a formal commendation to outgoing commissioner Aaron Golds, a Georgetown University senior. ■ commissioner Ron Lewis announced that the commission was “actively seeking community comments” on Georgetown University’s 10-year campus plan. In order to gather more input, the commission opted to delay a vote on the matter until its next meeting. ■ commissioners voted to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to consider measures to improve the traffic flow at the Safeway at 1855 Wisconsin Ave. The commission asked the agency to install a leading left-turn signal for traffic exiting the south driveway onto Wisconsin, and to lengthen the pedestrian-crossing time at the driveway. ■ commissioners voted to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation designate a stretch of Thomas Jefferson Street, between K Street and the Colonial Parking garage, for two-way traffic. The change would allow drivers exiting the garage to avoid M Street. ■ commissioners voted to support the Friends of Rose Park group in its effort to retain the existing location and 6-foot width of the park’s pedestrian footpath. Commissioner Ron Lewis called the notion of widening the path “a hardened perennial” issue that’s now arising for the third time, as the District invites public comments on an environmental assessment for Rose Park. Several meeting attendees argued that the path should be widened to accommodate bikes, but commissioners said a larger path would create safety issues in the small park. ■ commissioners voted to thank the D.C. Department of Transportation for “adhering to the tradition of collegiality” with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on a recent decision to allow 18-inch tree-box fences in Georgetown. The transportation agency’s citywide standard calls for 14-inch fences, which the Fine Arts Commission objected to based on historic preservation concerns. ■ commissioners voted to oppose Maté’s application to the city’s Public Space Committee for two

Citizens Association of Georgetown There has been a lot in the local news lately about Alcoholic Beverage Control issues and voluntary agreements. For decades, our association has worked with the city, the advisory neighborhood commission, Georgetown restaurants and neighbors to find the best way for businesses and residents to coexist. Voluntary agreements are contracts entered into by alcohol establishments and neighbors or neighborhood groups that become part of the liquor license. The voluntary agreement transfers with the liquor license when a new business acquires that license. The agreements can cover issues like hours of operation, capacity limits and noise issues. The purpose of voluntary agreements is not to arbitrarily impose restrictions but to preserve a certain quality of life for all. Georgetown is a unique federally protected historic district. Residents and visitors alike have come to expect a certain vibe in the area. That’s the reason businesses prosper here. Several area establishments have asked the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to terminate their voluntary agreements. But our understanding from the statute is that the contracts may be terminated only if there is a need due to circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or there has been a change in the neighborhood, and the termination would not have an adverse impact on the neighborhood. Thus, it is our position that the agreements may not be terminated simply because one side or the other no longer likes what’s in the contract. This is a condition of the liquor license. We are concerned that if an entity can simply walk away from this contract it would nullify the intent of the law and jeopardize the quality of life in Georgetown for both residents and businesses. We ask that beverage control board members carefully consider the ramifications of possible precedent-setting decisions in the cases before them. — Jennifer Altemus valet parking spots at 3101 K St. Commissioners were concerned about the potential for increased congestion, but said they would be open to a new plan from Maté using a parking garage closer to the restaurant. ■ commissioners voted to approve several noise-control amendments in their voluntary agreement with Third Edition, at 1218 Wisconsin Ave. Representative Andrew Kline said “the substantive meat of the agreement” is Third Edition’s plan to install fencing and landscaping to cut down noise from its rear tiki bar. ■ commissioners voted to approve an amendment to their voluntary agreement with Smith Point, at 1338 Wisconsin Ave., provided the establishment’s owners incorporate certain details in their substantialchange application with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. According to the plan, Smith Point would limit capacity in its summer garden to 170 and prohibit music or any noise that reaches a nearby hotel or residences. ■ commissioners voted to recommend that the Old Georgetown Board approve developer EastBanc’s concept for an addition to the Georgetown Post Office at 1215 31st St. Following a directive from the D.C. Office of Planning, EastBanc is planning a residential project behind the historic post office, abandoning previous plans for an office building. The commission asked the Old Georgetown Board to remain mindful of the three-story building’s impact on its residential neighbors, particularly in terms of privacy concerns. The commission will meet at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 28 at Georgetown Visitation

Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. The commission will meet initially as a committee of the whole to consider a recommendation to the full commission regarding Georgetown University’s proposed campus plan. The commission will then hold its regular monthly meeting. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 10 in the cafeteria of Stoddert Elementary School, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park ■ CLEVELAND PARK / WOODLEY PARK Woodley Park MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEIGHTS Massachusetts Avenue Heights CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. The regular meeting date was changed because it falls on Presidents Day. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ SPRING VALLEY/WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES/KENT/FOXHALL The commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 2 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5225 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit





Northwest Real Estate ENROLLMENT From Page 1 ization/expansion in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, has 274 students and is 30 percent above capacity. And Key, which was expanded in 2003, has 365 students and is 14 percent above capacity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As with Janney, the enrollment at these and other schools in Ward 3 continues to rise each year,â&#x20AC;? Cheh wrote in her letter to Henderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This trend is expected to continue. If this enrollment pressure is not addressed, I fear that it will ultimately hurt the quality of our public schools.â&#x20AC;? So Cheh is urging officials to begin looking at options to address future overcrowding at Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most populous schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One way to relieve in-boundary enrollment pressures would be to consider adjusting attendance zones to shift some new students to other nearby elementary schools that have fewer in-boundary students,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in her letter to Henderson. She noted that fewer than a third of the students who attend Eaton and Hearst live in-boundary. Eaton is currently at capacity with 422 students and is not scheduled for a modernization until 2014. Hearst is 34 percent over capacity, with 241 students, but is scheduled for a modernization and addition in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. But shifting school boundaries can generate a great deal of concern among parents. Many people buy homes in particular neighborhoods largely to secure school slots there. And last year, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee made waves with her effort to draw more

in-boundary students to Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardy Middle School, which has long served a large out-of-boundary population. Janney parent and Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission chair Jonathan Bender said the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increased enrollment amounts to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;blessing and a curse.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows enhanced respect for Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the modernized school could see an enrollment that exceeds its capacity.â&#x20AC;? As a result, Bender said, redrawing school boundaries may be the only â&#x20AC;&#x153;long-term optionâ&#x20AC;? at this point. But he said any change must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;equitable and sensible.â&#x20AC;? Selena Smart, secretary of Hearstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PTA, agrees that something must be done to prevent overcrowding at certain schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Hearst and Eaton have very small boundaries,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a huge number of kids in the Cleveland Park area.â&#x20AC;? Cheh acknowledged that the issue is a difficult one. But she said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial to make sure students have the space they need to learn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to cause heartburn,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have to get the word out.â&#x20AC;? And she emphasized that she does not advocate moving children out of the schools they currently attend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going forward,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that any change would pertain to â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids coming in.â&#x20AC;? Finally, Cheh said any changes to school boundaries must be contingent upon discussion with the stakeholders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many factors involved with adjusting school boundaries and the community must be fully engaged in this process,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in her letter.

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PEPCO From Page 1 having done so already. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem really lies with them in terms of oversight. â&#x20AC;Ś The Public Service Commission has failed us,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said, adding that the independent regulatory agency had gone from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;watchdogâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fat little contented puppy.â&#x20AC;? Commission chair Betty Ann Kane said her agency has several ongoing investigations into Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reliability and noted that it held its own four-hour hearing a day before the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. She added that her commission was particularly upset that Pepco hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t followed through on a previous request to improve its communications during outages. Nonetheless, Kane said, the utility has â&#x20AC;&#x153;largely metâ&#x20AC;? the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing performance standards. Cheh countered that Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to meet any standards, while

scoring poorly in industry ratings of outage frequency and duration, reflects poorly on the Public Service Commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the record is pretty stark that this commission is just timid, reactive and not up to the job, and maybe all of this activity

â??We recognize the importance of meeting customer expectations.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Velazquez will prompt you to change your ways,â&#x20AC;? she said. Cheh and others at the hearing also had harsh words for Pepco itself, with various officials and residents referring to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance as â&#x20AC;&#x153;poor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;woefully inadequateâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;absolutely unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? David Velazquez, executive vice president of Pepco Holdings, the

utilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent company, said Pepco has accelerated a reliability improvement plan that includes trimming trees, improving particularly problematic feeder lines and moving a few lines underground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recognize the importance of meeting customer expectations,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that the company expects to seek a rate increase that works out to approximately $1 per month to help fund the upgrades. Velazquez did not directly answer legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; questions about Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction to an idea to require the company to reimburse customers for hotel expenses during power outages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the best thing we can do is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing: Working to fix the problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have never promised or guaranteed uninterrupted supply â&#x20AC;Ś for events that are outside our control.â&#x20AC;? The council committee will be accepting written comments about Pepco through 5:30 p.m. Friday.



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POWELL From Page 15 Green, who was born in Canada, spent part of his childhood on a farm and maintains an interest in gardening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a little bit of back home when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m training in the summertime,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to grow my own stuff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just to make sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m eating properly.â&#x20AC;? The kids worked hard Thursday drawing designs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and interacting with the sports star. Third-grader Dominique Treadwell hopes to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;oranges and every vegetableâ&#x20AC;? in the garden. Another student rushed to show his friends the autograph he got from Green. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden initiative in February 2009, and

by Michael Blain, about the woman who founded the DC SelfDefense Karate Association. The festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale sent some attendees away licking their lips: Organizers screened the seasontwo premiere of the TLC reality show â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Cupcakesâ&#x20AC;? and served up attendees some of this Georgetown shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treats afterward. But Rubinfeld hopes the audience members took away more than just icing in their stomachs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to say that when people come into the film festival for the first time, they are curious, and when they leave, they are proud of where they live,â&#x20AC;? she said. The festival will take place next year around Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day as it usually does, Rubinfeld said, and is accepting submissions now. Tickets will go on sale in December and will be available on Yachadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

there are now more than 1,200 such projects in the country. More information is available at In a news release from the Agriculture Department, Docal said garden planning is part of a bigger picture at Powell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will create teaching opportunities and authentic learning projects for all of our scholars, ages three to fourth grade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the environment, biology, mathematics and related literature,â&#x20AC;? the principal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also will promote our health and wellness initiatives and enable social and cultural connections among our multicultural Powell community.â&#x20AC;? Green was happy to assist the school on the goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what you do, whether you work in an office, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a CEO, or a professional athlete â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you work at your best when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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DISPATCHES From Page 16 supplies, but this does not keep them from their studies. Because in many places the Haitians have no electricity, they go to bed at twilight and wake up with the roosters. Many people live in tents because their homes have been destroyed and the remaining houses are too expensive to buy. A problem with the tents is that mudslides can destroy them. Another problem in Haiti is health. Clean water is hard to get and so disease spreads. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Kehoe and Chiara Tartaglino, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary How can it be a boring day when a peacock, a penguin and a door mouse come to visit you? That was what happened in a poem called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today Is Very Boringâ&#x20AC;? by Jack Prelutsky. It was one of the more hilarious poems recited to the fourth- and fifth-graders of HydeAddison when they visited the Kennedy Center Feb. 3 to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse.â&#x20AC;? The show was based on poetry written and collected by Caroline Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the show, people acted out and recited a variety of poems. We are studying poetry, and the show helped us to appreciate poetry and to widen our knowledge of how to write poems. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Hla, fourth-grader

Key Elementary Congratulations to Joey Massaro and Daniela Ilhan, who are representing the Key School in the D.C. Cluster 2 Spelling Bee. The Cluster 2 Spelling Bee is Tuesday, Feb. 15. They were the winners of the fifth-grade Spelling Bee at the Key School. If they win, they will go on to the citywide competition. This week, the fifth-graders are partnering with one pre-kindergarten and one first-grade class to read together. The fifth-graders help the younger students with their reading. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marion Lagara, fifth-grader

Lafayette Elementary Ms. Freundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Ms. Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-grade classes enjoyed the 100th day of school on Feb. 8 with a pajama party and a 100-minute read-a-thon. In a read-a-thon, students read a certain number of pages, chapters or words and get sponsors to donate money for all that reading. The fourth-graders decided that the $617.85 that they raised would go to the Red Cross to benefit Haiti. The students read the day away with the comfort of blankets, pajamas, pillows and slippers from home. They sipped Capri Suns and nibbled on a homemade trail mix. Fourth-grader Dallas Hardee said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a really fun day.â&#x20AC;? Laurent Williams added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to

do any work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just read!â&#x20AC;? Students Ellida Parker, Evelyn Smyth and Ben Spaeth agreed that a pajama party read-a-thon was a great way to celebrate the 100th day of school, especially since the money will go to a good cause. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jalen Ciagne, Izabella Pino and Clare Trinity, fourth-graders

Mann Elementary This is Green Week at Horace Mann! Students here are bringing in trashless lunches and snacks all week. We are trying to reduce trash, so it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into a landfill. We do this by using reusable containers, cloth napkins, and metal spoons and forks instead of plastic ones. We wanted to weigh home lunch vs. hot lunch to see which produces the most trash. So far, the study is incomplete, but by doing this, we hope to find out which group needs to work harder to reduce its trash. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also Reading Is Fundamental week in the library! We have Reading Is Fundamental three times per year. Everybody gets to choose one free book that they get to keep forever! Each week has a theme; this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is Terrific Tropical Rain Forest. Finally, every Friday afternoon on our basketball court (or in the cafeteria if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold), we have a farmers market. Different classes each week help make posters and help at the farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; booths. Some of the younger kids even helped sell carrots and herbs once. You can buy eggs, bread, cookies, cheese, fruits and vegetables. This is not just for Horace Mann families, but is open to the public. Feel free to stop by any Friday! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bianca Berrino, Katarina Kitarovic and Chase Palmer, fourth-graders, and Catherina Bley and Nyusha Lin, fifth-graders

National Cathedral School A team of National Cathedral School students recently attended the Chesapeake Bay Bowl at American University. The competition involved six other teams and required students to answer questions about topics ranging from geology to marine policy. Three seniors and a freshman were quick to push the buzzer in response to some challenging questions. The upcoming musical has created a buzz on campus. Students will perform the Broadway hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray.â&#x20AC;? Each year, the upper schools of St. Albans and National Cathedral bring a different production to the Close Theater. One of the actors said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the process of putting together an entire show with a really fun cast. Though the actual performance aspect is great, what really makes the experience so memorable is the group of people you get to work with.â&#x20AC;? The musical will begin on Feb. 25 and continue for two weekends. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

Our Lady of Victory School Last week was Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of Victory School. Monday was Accessory Day. Tuesday was Pajama Day. It was cool seeing all the kids in their pajamas. On Wednesday we could dress up as any movie/television character or sports player, and some people got to be a teacher for the day. Thursday was International Day, when every class was assigned a country and we traveled around the school. When you visited the decorated classrooms, you experienced the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture, history and geography. You also tried some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious food, such as rice and beans, sticky rice, empanadas, fried plantain strips, egg rolls and kiwi. Friday was Decades Day, when you could dress up in an outfit from a certain decade, and there was a talent show. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fourth-graders

Parkmont School In our consumer math class at Parkmont School, we have been learning things in preparation for when we leave school, like managing credit card information and interpreting cell phone and cable bills. We also looked at apartments online and learned how to live within a certain budget. Recently we have begun looking at used cars on We are finding cars within a given budget, and then tried to find the best deals based on mileage, driving style and other details. We also go to the Kelley Blue Book site to see what the cars are really worth. Although some of the math may not be terribly challenging, the context in which we use it makes it a helpful learning experience. Most of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning involves practical scenarios, like equations for loan payments or taxes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Hussey, 12th-grader

Ross Elementary The third-graders had their writing celebration last week. It was a success! They shared their personal narratives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The neat thing was each student brought in props that went with their personal narrative,â&#x20AC;? said teacher Ms. Anderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had fun!â&#x20AC;? The second-graders took what they know about writing how-to books and taught their pre-k buddies how to make a love bug. The second-graders went to the pre-k class and taught them how to cut out a heart, arms, legs and ears. Then they put them together to create their bugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practicing writing steps helped me give directions to my pre-k buddy,â&#x20AC;? said second-grader Nia. The second-graders were also excited to host a guest speaker to learn more about Black History Month. First- and second-graders have started working with Club Invent. During their first session they had

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 to make an airtight container out of wax paper, masking tape and duct tape. The goal was to keep their data logs dry when put into water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I liked best of all was that our logs did not get wet! I knew it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get wet because we used two layers of wax paper,â&#x20AC;? said second-grader Max. Another student, Jackie, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the club is really good and awesome!â&#x20AC;? Grades one through five put on a great performance at Fillmore Arts Center. The third- through fifth-graders sang songs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bye Bye Birdieâ&#x20AC;? and by Michael Jackson. Second-graders presented a warm-up dance, and some even played their violins. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Max Akridge and Nia Diggs, second-graders

St. Albans School As winter changes into spring, preparations for the spring play begin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up the Down Staircase,â&#x20AC;? based on a book by Bel Kaufman, is a comedy about a middle-school student who often acts out in class. Recently, the directors of the play, Mr. Snipe and Ms. Montague, held tryouts to give all students a chance to participate. Following several days of tryouts, the callbacks lists were posted. More than

30 students were invited to callbacks. The actors, in only their first week of practice, are still familiarizing themselves with their parts. At this point, the actors sacrifice their free time in order to attend several practices a week. As the performance date approaches and the anticipation grows, the frequency of practices is sure to increase. But there are more components to the play than actors. An important piece to making the play run smoothly is the tech crew. Many students volunteer to assist the directors by working on the tech. This includes the lighting, scenery, microphones and sound effects. Though only the actors are seen during the play, the jobs behind the scenes are just as important. The performance will take place in Trapier Theater on April 15 and 16. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Spencer Swensrud, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, Feb. FEBRUARY 16 Wednesday 16 Classes ■ Bruce R. Fraedrich of Bartlett Tree Research Lab in Charlotte, N.C., will lead a class on “Innovations in Plant Health Care.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. 202-833-9125. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ The Cathedral Choral Society will host students from area schools for its sixth annual “Celebrate Youth! High School Choir Festival.” 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-5538. ■ The Orion String Quartet and Windscape will perform Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue.” 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fessenden Ensemble will perform works by Mozart. 7:30 p.m. $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures ■ Nelly Lahoud, associate professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will discuss “The Jihadi’s Path to SelfDestruction.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-2692. ■ Todd Gitlin will discuss his book “The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 450,

Intercultural Center, Georgetown University. 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4245. ■ Richard Whitmire will discuss his book “The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999. ■ David Hazony will discuss his book “The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Peter Pfeiffer, professor of German at Georgetown University, will discuss “Balduin Möllhausen: Travel Books and Bestsellers About America.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ Steve Stern will discuss his novel “The Frozen Rabbi.” 7:30 p.m. $11. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ “Movie Night” will feature Mary Pat Kelly’s 2004 film “Proud,” about one of two U.S. Navy ships that saw combat in World War II with an African-American crew. 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin’s film “Enemies of the People,” about the explanations offered by perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide. 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Burno Dumont’s 2009 film “Hadewijch.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000.

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“The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life.” A panel discussion will also feature Moment Magazine editor Nadine Epstein, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and Adas Israel Congregation Rabbi Gil Steinlauf. 7:30 p.m. $7. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Jonathan Franzen’s 2010 novel “Freedom.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232.

Sale ■ The St. Alban’s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Feb. 26 (except Sunday and Monday) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 17 Thursday FEBRUARY 17 Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class ■ Ray Franklin-Vaughn will lead a weekly class on “Classical Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan” for area seniors. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400.

Concerts ■ Deep River, a power-folk trio from Virginia, will perform a combination of pop, folk and blues. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Juilliard String Quartet (shown) and the Afiara String Quartet will perform works by Schubert, Bartók and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ “Tunisia and Egypt: We the People” will feature panelists Radia Daoussi, Mary Elizabeth King, Linda Likar and Elizabeth Spiro Clark. 11:30 a.m. $25. reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ Douglas Waller will discuss his book “Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7988. ■ Tim Jaroch of David Nassif Associates and David Varner of SmithGroup will discuss the collaborative design process undertaken at Constitution Center, the largest private office building in D.C. and now one of its most energy efficient. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Audrey Marks, Jamaican ambassador to the United States, will speak at a Black History Month celebration. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 646-644-9673. ■ Curator Brandon Fortune will lead a gallery talk on rapper and actor LL Cool J. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Panelists will discuss “Recognizing the New Sudan: Innovation, Investment and Capacity Building.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5676. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Roma on My Mind,” about the inspiration Philip Guston took from ancient Roman architec-

Friday, FEBRUARY 18 ■ Discussion: Jonathan Franzen will read from his novel “Freedom” at an event sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Washington National Cathedral. 7:30 p.m. $22; $16 for students and seniors. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.

ture. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “For the Greener Good” will feature a panel discussion on “Life After Plastic.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Historians Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds will discuss “All the News That’s Fit to Print: The Civil War Years,” about the firsthand accounts written by New York Times correspondents about the war. 6:45 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Susan Jacoby will discuss her book “Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Center for the Studies of Self Knowledge will present a lecture on “Enigmatic Egypt — the Sphinx and the Pyramids.” 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-701-3321. ■ Stella Demesticha, a maritime archaeologist with the University of Cyprus, will discuss “Underwater Archaeology: Excavation at the Mazotos Shipwreck in Cyprus.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Roger Gastman, author of the forthcoming “History of American Graffiti,” will discuss the world of graffiti and street art. 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library will host a discussion on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” 7 p.m. Free. 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York, will discuss “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3780. ■ David Hazony will discuss his book

Films ■ “Senior Cinema Thursdays” will feature Peter Weir’s film “The Way Back,” about the escape of a small group of prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries. 10:30 a.m. $6.75 for ages 62 and older. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. ■ The National Archives will present “War Is All Hell,” an installment of Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary “The Civil War.” Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ “Chase Away the Blues With Some Romantic Movies” will feature William Wyler’s 1953 film “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Phillips Collection will present Nicholas and Sheila Pye’s film trilogy “The Paper Wall,” “A Life of Errors” and “Loudly, Death Unties.” A post-screening discussion will feature the husband-and-wife team and Phillips curator Vesela Sretenovic. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151.

Open house ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold an open house and preview of its spring semester. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. Performances ■ Comedian Julie Goldman will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ “A Washington Review” will combine stand-up, improvisation and sketch performances for an evening of satirical comedy. 7:30 p.m. $10. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833. The performance will repeat Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Friday, Feb. FEBRUARY 18 Friday 18 Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Piazzolla, Schumann, Khachaturian and Moussorgsky. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Organist Todd Davis of Christ Lutheran Church in York, Pa., will perform See Events/Page 27





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 works by Brahms and Bach. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013; Violinist Zino Bogachek and pianist Anna Balakerskaia will perform. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based hip-hop artist Asheru will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlight,â&#x20AC;? a theater cabaret performance series, will feature actor and singer Alexander Gemignani. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Le Poème Harmonique will perform works by Rossi, Monteverdi, Merula, Hidalgo and others. 7:30 p.m. $25; $20 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Rahul Sagar, assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Past and Future of Hindu Nationalism.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5722. â&#x2013;  Amy Chua will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Luchino Viscontiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bellissima.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013; Edgeworks Dance Theater will perform signature works and the D.C. premiere of Helanius J. Wilkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trigger.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present the hip-hop dance group Da Originalz and acoustic vocalist Fred Love. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. Tasting â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will host a cognac tasting led by Guillaume Lamy of Cognac Ferrand. 6:30 p.m. $45; reservations recommended. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Tour Walk of the Town tour guide Tim Stewart will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monumental Stories,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour of major attractions. 10:30 a.m. Free; tips appreciated. Meet on 15th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue and the northwest corner of the Commerce Department. The tour will repeat Feb. 19 and 20 at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013; 

Saturday, Feb. 19 Saturday FEBRUARY 19 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature a performance by the Kaydee Puppet Show. 10 a.m. $5.75. Avalon

Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Engineering Family Dayâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance for participants to make slime, experience an online interactive program called MathMovesU, learn about the science of popcorn, and view a tsunami wave tank. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Family Saturdays, organized by the Georgetown Moms group, will feature a performance by Frank Cassel the Banjo Man. Proceeds will benefit the D.C. Public Library Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown Recovery Fund. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. Class â&#x2013;  Cate Meyers will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knitting for Beginners.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Simon Trpceski performing works by Haydn, Chopin, Shahov and Prokofiev. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Seven high school students will compete as finalists in the Marin Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Concerto Competition. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202-4334011. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will present Kenneth Slowik on violoncello performing chamber works by Bach. 7:30 p.m. $28. Smithsonian Castle Commons, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Cuarteto Casals will perform works by Boccherini, Ligeti and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon will perform as part of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series. 8 p.m. $25. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Discussion â&#x2013;  American University professor Clarence Lusane will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black History of the White House.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films A Black History Month film series will feature Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2004 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson,â&#x20AC;? about the first AfricanAmerican heavyweight boxing champion. 1 â&#x2013; 

Sunday, FEBRUARY 20 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist and composer Haskell Small will present the world premiere of his new work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys in Silence,â&#x20AC;? based on paintings in the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rothko Room. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013; The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Japanese American Memorial Foundation will present Junichi Suzukiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;442: Live With Honor, Die With Dignity,â&#x20AC;? about the history and legacy of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. A forum with Suzuki will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alberto Lattuadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without Pity,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Lattuadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1952 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Overcoat,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Living Stones Inc. will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fatherless Generation,â&#x20AC;? about an AfricanAmerican boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search for personal growth, love and affirmation. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From a Changing Middle East: Portraits of Homeâ&#x20AC;? theater festival will feature a reading of David Hareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Via Dolorosa.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $10. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Design Center Sample Sale will feature furniture, rugs, lighting, art and accessories. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW. 202-646-6100. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidential Family Fun Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature craft activities, performances and scavenger hunts. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Drishtipat will host a cultural extravaganza in honor of International Mother Language Day. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will

lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown and share reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. â&#x2013; Melanie ChoukasBradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a hike for ages 7 and older retracing the steps of the five U.S. presidents who used Rock Creek Park for recreation. 2 p.m. Free. Picnic Grove 1, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. The hike will repeat Sunday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and tour guide Brian Kraft will present the second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbia Heights Historical Drinkabout,â&#x20AC;? featuring an exploration of the neighborhood with stops at several of its cafes and bars. 2 to 5 p.m. $20; reservations required. Sunday, Feb.FEBRUARY 20 Sunday 20 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Del Sol String Quartet, soprano Stacey Fraser, pianist Noriko Suzuki and dancer Paige Starling Sorvillo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovation and Tradition: A Confluence of Musical Cultures,â&#x20AC;? featuring the music of Japanese composer Koji Nakano. 2 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  U.S. Air Force Band ensembles will perform with Garry Gekhman of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing With the Starsâ&#x20AC;? and Benji Schwimmer, Sabra Johnson and Jamile McGee of â&#x20AC;&#x153;So You Think You Can Dance.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street between C and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  Organist Clive Driskill-Smith will perform. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.

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â&#x2013; The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by William Smith, Thomas Tallis and Jacques Arcadelt. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Robert McCormick, director of music at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, K Street, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Pianist and composer Everett N. Jones III will perform works by AfricanAmerican composers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Vivaldi Project will perform works by Vivaldi and other Venetian composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; American historian Richard Norton Smith will discuss the role of religion in President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202347-8766. â&#x2013;  Charles Beddington, guest curator, and David Alan Brown, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will offer an introduction to the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Richard Whitmire will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worst School District.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Luciano Emmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday in August.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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Events Entertainment Sings Hadestown,â&#x20AC;? a folk-opera take on the Orpheus myth. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Readings â&#x2013; The Washington Shakespeare Readers will hold a participatory reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? Participants should bring a copy of the play. 1 p.m. Free. Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature a reading by Kim Roberts, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Magnetism,â&#x20AC;? followed by an open-mic event. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Umoja on U: A Black History Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will honor community leaders and feature the talents of local vocalists, musicians, dancers and spoken-word artists. 6 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and ages 12 and younger. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;By Dawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Early Light,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour of Georgetown. 11 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead an exploration of the trails in Dumbarton Oaks Park and discuss Beatrix Ferrand, the pioneering 20th-century landscape architect who designed the naturalistic garden turned public park. 2 p.m. Free. 31st and R streets NW. 202-8956070. Monday, Feb. FEBRUARY 21 Monday 21 Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Presidents Day Choral Festival will feature singers from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., Overton High School in Memphis, Tenn., and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m. $10. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Curtis Institute of Music performing works by

Maurice Ravel. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Monday Night at the National series will feature Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-male a cappella chorus, The Georgetown Chimes. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. Discussion â&#x2013;  Washington Project for the Arts and Foreign Policy in Focus will present a talk by independent art critic and curator Wendy Navarro on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performance â&#x2013;  Agis Center for Arts and Humanities will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinese New Year Acrobatic Spectacular.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 21st and H streets NW. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presidents!â&#x20AC;? will feature an interactive tour of the 1816 mansion, an art workshop and a reading of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1775 letter to Martha Washington. 10 a.m. to noon. $10; $5 for children. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Tuesday, Feb. FEBRUARY 22 Tuesday 22 Class â&#x2013;  Kyla Lupo will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabulous Digital Photos in 10 Easy Steps.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the New England Conservatory of Music. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Quatuor Debussy will perform works by Glass, Puccini, Milhaud and Franck. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-

Saturday, February 19, 6 p.m. !J?PCLAC*SQ?LC 2FC J?AI&GQRMPW-D 2FC5FGRC&MSQC (City Lights, $19.95) Lusaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chronicle of the White House is also the story of the struggle for civil rights in America. A professor at American University and former editor of Black Political Agenda, Lusane recounts the stories of the black laborers who built the White House, the scandal concerning Booker T. Washington and Teddy Roosevelt that earned the building its name, and various crises that pushed forward a progressive agenda. Sunday, February 20, 5 p.m. 0GAF?PB5FGRKGPC 2FC CC#?RCP ( Jossey-Bass, $24.95) Michelle Rhee wrote the introduction to Whitmireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Why Boys Fail; now, in his second book, Whitmire profiles Rhee, fleshing out the public figure with details of her personal life. The center of the story is Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contentious tenure as chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, and the book includes an interview with Rhee on what she learned from the experience. Tuesday, February 22, 7 p.m. PSAC0GCBCJ "C?BJW#K@P?AC (Brookings, $24.95) One of the foremost experts on U.S. Middle East policy, Riedel, author of The Search for al Qaeda, here focuses on Pakistan and its pivotal role in a global jihad movement. Riedel examines how American foreign policy decisions have contributed to Pakistanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radicalization and offers suggestions for ways to help stabilize that country. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Rochelle Davis, assistant professor of anthropology at Georgetown University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brad Taylor will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Rough Man.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Agitatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African American Family.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  Bruce Riedel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadly Embace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Vaults: Ronald Reagan and the Government Film.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The 22nd annual Black Film Festival, spotlighting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blaxploitationâ&#x20AC;? cinema, will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puff Puff Passâ&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fridayâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. â&#x2013;  A Spike Lee Film Festival will feature the 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clockers,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Richard Price. 5:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Don Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rasputin: The Mad Monk.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356.

Performance â&#x2013; Carole Bouquet will portray Antonin Artaud in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lettres Ă  GĂŠnica, folies dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $35. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Reading â&#x2013;  The Lannan Literary Programs series will feature a reading by Kwame Dawes. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  A tour will offer an introduction to Tudor Place, the Georgetown mansion built by Martha Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free; reservations

Monday, FEBRUARY 21 â&#x2013; Discussion: Ariel Sabar will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Wednesday, Feb. 23 Wednesday FEBRUARY 23 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to help area homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712.

Concerts â&#x2013; Flutist Sara Stern and pianist Lisa Emenheiser will perform works by Jongen, Liebermann and Schoenfield. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kamissa Mort will discuss artist, architect and Arctic explorer Russell W. Porter. Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Terri Weissman, assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Donation suggested; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Melvin G. Williams Sr. and retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Melvin G. Wllliams Jr. will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navigating the Seven Seas.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Architect Christopher B. Lethbridge will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smithsonian Art & Industries Building: A Progress Report,â&#x20AC;? about the renovation of the Adolf Clussdesigned museum. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 164. â&#x2013;  Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar of theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fathers and Sonsâ&#x20AC;? by Ivan Turgenev. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library,

1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; Katherine Bankole-Medina, professor of history at Coppin State University, will discuss the health traditions of enslaved and formerly enslaved women in the years before and after the U.S. Civil War. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202673-2402. â&#x2013;  Robert Wyatt will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Steinway & Sons,â&#x20AC;? featuring film clips, archival recordings and a live piano performance. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give Bigotry No Sanction: The George Washington Letter,â&#x20AC;? a symposium exploring religious freedom and democracy, will feature John Sexton, president of New York University; Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum; Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress; and Adam Strom, director of content, research and development for international nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Great Hall, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dambisa Moyo will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Stark Choices Ahead.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Tom Lovejoy, biodiversity chair of the D.C.-based H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, will discuss climate change and its cultural context. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  No Rules Theatre Company will present a talk by teacher, theater artist and life coach Ashley Gates Jansen on â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Fierce Embrace: My Journey With Mental Illness and Mysticism.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Howard Alkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Murder of Fred Hampton.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waste Landâ&#x20AC;? as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Vadim Jeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Land of the Free â&#x20AC;Ś.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Shlomi Eldarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious Life.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000.





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Phillips features ab-ex and ex-ab-ex artists By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


bstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock shook the art world during the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s by forgoing figural depictions and embracing pure gesture in their paintings and sculptures. But many of these same artists later recanted, deciding figuration was OK in art, after all, and giving up the movement. Two exhibitions that opened Saturday at the Phillips Collection both highlight an abstract expressionist: one who remained true to the movement, and one who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The shows focus on pivotal moments in the life of each artist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sculptor David Smith and painter Philip Guston â&#x20AC;&#x201D; exploring what drove the former to forge new ab-ex ground in welded steel and the latter to find refuge in cartoon-like imagery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Smith Inventsâ&#x20AC;? presents six welded-steel sculptures made between 1953 and 1960, a time when the artist found endless fascination with concave and convex shapes. There are also two-dozen drawings and paintings by Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who considered himself a painter working in three dimensions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a selection of photographs he took of his sculptures.

Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement with concave and convex forms began in 1953, when he started a series titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tanktotems,â&#x20AC;? an early example of which is on view. Boiler tanks play prominently in the sculptures, hence the name. Smith drew his raw material from industrial waste, which he brought by the truckload to his rural upstate New York studio and dumped in his yard, where he could contemplate the tantalizing shapes and formulate ideas for making sculptures from them. As he developed his language of the convex and concave, he began arranging shapes linearly, creating pieces meant to be viewed frontally like paintings. These sculptures resulted in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bouquet of Concavesâ&#x20AC;? series, made by laying out similar but slightly different shapes on the studio floor, welding them together, standing the whole upright and mounting it on a stand. Pieces in this series have a delicacy befitting their floral title, but belying their sturdy construction from heavy-gauge steel. They are also marked by the gritty, gray patina of scorched metal, attesting to their fiery birth in the incandescent flames of the welderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s torch. Smith welded auto bodies on a Studebaker assembly line before turning his talents toward strictly aesthetic aims, and

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Brand new,â&#x20AC;? featuring three American premieres, Feb. 17 through 19 at Flashpoint. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Life in Dresses,â&#x20AC;? Sorcha Kenny will introduce audiences to the generations of men and women whose stories unfold in their clothes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Body Travelsâ&#x20AC;? features a â&#x20AC;&#x153;he,â&#x20AC;? Matthew Morrison, transforming into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sheâ&#x20AC;? to present Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first solo piece. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virtual Jukeboxâ&#x20AC;? is an interactive performance in which audience members are invited to join dance collective mouth to mouth in dancing to a unique playlist. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 800-4948497; â&#x2013; Playwright Allyson Currin and director Jessica Lefkow will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benchedâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 17 through 27


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AT-LARGE From Page 5 of his youth. But the forum forced Biddle and other candidates to depart from core messages. On an income-tax question, Biddle said any move toward a more progressive tax structure should be a very broad-based one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick some sky-high numberâ&#x20AC;? and think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to fix everything, he said in a jab at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to raise taxes on those earning $250,000 and more. Budget cuts are also crucial, noted lone Republican candidate Patrick Mara. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to look at

THE CURRENT reducing the salaries of top earnersâ&#x20AC;? and trimming the number of city employees, he said. Mara, now a Ward 1 school board member, also touted his party affiliation as a boon in solid-blue D.C. A divided government is a more transparent one, he argued, promising to engage Republican leaders on Capitol Hill on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf. But Mara said his platform differs sharply from that of typical conservatives, pointing out that he is a vocal supporter of gay marriage and smart growth. In fact, said Mara in a red-meat appeal to Greater Greater Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readership, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own a car. â&#x20AC;Ś You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see my car

parked outside the Wilson Building.â&#x20AC;? On another transportation matter, the crowded field perhaps allowed candidates to take more subtle positions than in earlier, smaller races. In last fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral election, noted former Ward 5 D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, the streetcar question became a political football. But there needs to be more â&#x20AC;&#x153;balanceâ&#x20AC;? in discussing the streetcar, which will make more communities livable and walkable, Orange said. Thursday evening saw Orange coming off the success of a midJanuary poll placing him ahead of Biddle and styling himself as a political veteran with mastery of city issues, particularly finances. But a couple of misstatements have dogged Orange since the forum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly in saying that the bag tax netted $17 million for city coffers; the total in fact was $2 million. Joshua Lopez, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner and

erstwhile aide to former Mayor Adrian Fenty, took the opposite tack from Orange, presenting himself as an outsider with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;young voiceâ&#x20AC;? now missing on the council. Lopez took a few positions dear to his former mentor, contending, for example, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;public-private partnershipsâ&#x20AC;? were key to increasing affordable housing in the city. But he also distinguished himself from Fenty, arguing for an income-tax hike on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealthiest, which Fenty avoided in office. Lopez, a Ward 4 resident, also spoke about tactics against youth violence, which has increased even as overall crime has fallen. A community activist with long experience in serving at-risk youth, former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Bryan Weaver said education is part of the issue as well. He noted that the school-reform movement has so far failed to push the best teachers to serve in the neediest schools.

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The regional Boys & Girls Clubs will be able to compete for the new contract, which will cover operations from September forward. The current contract will remain in effect through August to avoid disruption of services. The Boys & Girls Clubs did not respond to questions by deadline. The new solicitation will be altered “to account for issues raised in the protest,” the attorney general’s letter reads. One change will broaden the definition of “previous experience” to include past performance outside of official contracts. The Friends of Jelleff, a group comprised of the site’s former board of directors, was penalized during the initial bidding process for its lack of contracting work. But group president Marshall Bykofsky said the organization has been “providing [youth] services for over 20 years with a balanced budget.” The new solicitation will also allow money received through fundraising or other “alternate revenue sources” to be considered in the city’s contracting process. That change could also help the Friends of Jelleff, which had submitted two proposals for the contract that covers year-round academic and non-academic programming for D.C. youth. One bid was for $60,000 annually, and one would cost nothing, thanks to private donations. But the revamped process does not mean that the Friends group is a shoo-in. After an internal review late last year led to the change-up in Columbia Heights but kept the status quo in Georgetown, a contracting office representative said the Friends’ bid had several shortcomings — in categories left unchanged by the attorney general’s letter. The city’s move is a gratifying one, Bykofsky wrote in an e-mail to The Current, but details remain to be worked out. The Friends group is “hopeful that this procurement will be conducted in a more reasonable and professional manner than its predecessor,” he wrote. “Whichever can do the best job should get the award,” Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans said in an interview. Advisory neighborhood commissioner Charlie Eason, whose single-member district includes Jelleff, said a fresh start is the fair choice. And the site’s success over the years is due in part to the “dedication of its volunteer board,” whose bid offered significant savings, Eason noted. Though the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington began its city contract only this year, the group has been in charge of the site, formerly a clubhouse, for years. But the nonprofit announced in 2007 that it would close four clubhouses, including Jelleff. City officials struck a bargain in late 2009 to buy three of the sites for $20 million over five years.




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Public Notice The National Park Service (NPS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in conjunction with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center), will hold a public scoping meeting to share information and invite comments on the proposed Kennedy Center/Potomac River Pedestrian Access Improvement Project. Under the proposal, FHWA would provide pedestrian access between the Kennedy Center River Terrace and the Potomac Riverfront in Washington, DC; providing a direct link between the Kennedy Center and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Trail, which is administered by the NPS. The purpose of the project is to improve access between the Kennedy Center River Terrace to the Potomac Riverfront. The action is needed because physical barriers and safety concerns currently discourage pedestrian traffic between these two resources. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the NPS and FHWA are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify alternatives and assess the potential impacts of the proposal. Concurrently, the agencies will conduct consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). As part of this process, an informational meeting will be held in an “Open House” format that will include a brief presentation about the project. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. NPS and FHWA staff will be on hand to visit with you and answer questions. The location, time, and date are presented below: February 22, 2011 Open House: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation: 6:30 p.m. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 Comment sheets will be provided at the meeting; in addition, a court reporter will be available to transcribe oral comments submitted during the open house portion of the scoping meeting. Only written comments, or oral comments transcribed by the court reporter will be accepted during this meeting. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Joel Gorder, (202) 619-7405, or, at least four days in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge. A 30-day public scoping period will be opened from February 14, 2011 to March 14, 2011. During this time, the public is invited to comment on the proposed action, and identify potential issues or concerns for consideration in the EA. Interested parties are also invited to participate in accordance with Section 106 of the NHPA. You may submit comments electronically at the NPS's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website ( Written comments may be mailed to: Greenhorne & O'Mara Attn: Alexis Morris 810 Gleneagles Ct Suite 106 Baltimore, MD 21286 Mailed comments must be postmarked by March 14, 2011 to receive consideration. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Once the EA is developed, it will be made available on the project website and at public libraries for public review for a 30-day period. If you wish to be added to the park's mailing list for this or other announcements, please be sure to indicate that in your response.

DISPATCHES From Page 25 grade teacher, Mr. DeWitt, during morning prayer. We have been reading about famous AfricanAmerican people. The fifth grade is making a quilt. The first- and third-/fourthgraders are making a quilt, too. So far we have made a timeline of events in the civil rights era. Each group will pick an event for the quilt. So far we have learned about the Greensboro sit-ins, the story of Ruby Bridges, the March on Washington in 1963 and Rosa Parks. I hope I get Rosa Parks and the bus boycotts. I like Black History Month. — Alex Kennison, third-grader

St. John’s College High School St. John’s has a strong Christian service program that was in full gear this week. The sophomores and juniors went on class retreats focused on calming the whole person: body, mind and soul. Students had fun learning from one another and from guest speakers. The applications for the summer service projects are due Friday. There are two weeklong trips being offered in July through St. John’s and the Young Neighbors in Action group. One group will travel to Newark, N.J., and one will stay here in Washington. Both trips are part of a larger assembly of schools from all over the East Coast. The D.C. section is new to the program. Participating students will provide a variety of services to the community while experiencing the area’s culture. This is a “wonderful, enriching experience for the St. John’s students,” said Ms. Kernich, director of Christian service. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

School Without Walls This was the National School Counseling Week. There were activities every day of the week. Monday was “Wear Sneakers to School” Day, and many teachers participated enthusiastically. Thursday was the other dress-up day, for which everyone was supposed to wear gear from his or her favorite (or in the case of seniors, future) college or university. There were meetings for two new clubs this past week. Mr. Jones held an interest meeting for an Economics Club, which is geared toward future investors or entrepreneurs. He led this club last year, and it was very successful. At the end of the year, all the members made proposals for new businesses and went down to Florida to present them. The student whose proposal was the best got a prize. Mr. Ambrosio held an interest meeting for lacrosse. The school can start a girls team and a boys

team, but only if enough dedicated students come out. If all goes well, Mr. Ambrosio will coach the boys team, and Ms. Kennedy, the girls. In the spring, the teams will play Wilson and various private schools. Speaking of sports, the ski team returned, after having acquitted itself well over the weekend. It is now preparing for the final trip of the season, the championship. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary Our two third-grade classes, Ms. Chatalian’s and Ms. Choi’s, took a field trip to the National Building Museum to learn about architecture. We got there by school bus, and when we arrived, we were put into groups. We were going to learn about city planning, and that meant learning about modeling a city with factories, train stations, airports, residential buildings and commercial places. I created a factory. It seemed interesting to me. I thought I could build it well. I used pipe cleaners, cardboard boxes and tubes. It turned out well. My factory had a smokestack with smoke coming out and windmills. I chose to build an apartment building in a residential area of the city. I wanted to make a building that would hold the most people. I had two towers with a bridge between them, so people could go back and forth. My building also had a restaurant on the top floor so people could easily get food. I made my building out of cotton balls, cardboard, tubes and pipe cleaners. In the end, we got to place our buildings on a large blank map of a city. We knew not to put factories next to apartment houses. We had to think ahead about placement of commercial and industrial buildings in a community. The building museum is in a really cool building. It has held inaugural balls and it was a pension building for soldiers after the Civil War. — Simone Schneider and Harry Hirsch, third-graders

Wilson High School In mid-January, local high school students were able to participate in the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center. Wilson’s new Health Corps representative, JR Denson, made it possible for students to attend from both Wilson and Friendship Collegiate Public Charter High School. The expo presented many categories of healthy choices. Participants stopped at different tables, where people who are knowledgeable about nutrition, exercise or the heart, for example, gave out specific information. This event was a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday with your family and friends. — Starletta Speaks, 12th-grader

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Complete top-to-bottom renovation, boasting 4,100 sf on 4 finished levels, 6BR, 5.5 baths, luxurious features, wood floors, crown molding, a sunken living room and family room each with fireplaces, top-of-the-line kitchen, baths outfitted with Waterworks fixtures and tiled in marble. Large private back yard with an 8’ x 41’ lap pool.1-car garage. $4,350,000.

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Bethesda. Bradley Village. Custom built just blocks from downtown Bethesda. Large scale rooms for entertaining. 6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, 2 frpls shaft for elevator. 2 car garage. $1,795,000

Georgetown/Hillandale. Quiet gated community, spacious TH w/ elevator to all 4 flrs; 3 Brs, 3.5 Bas incl dramatic MBR suite, kitchen w/ brkfst area and patio; community pool & tennis. $1,250,000

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Town of Chevy Chase. Close to downtown Bethesda, this brick and half-timbered colonial has a gourmet kitchen, 3 Brs, 1.5 Bas, fabulous lot perfect for new construction. $895,000

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Alexandria. Sunny split with 4 Brs., The Dumbarton. Georgetown. 2.5 Bas, renovated Kitchen, Sunroom Bright & sunny 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath addition. Huge Master Bedroom. condo with updated Kitchen & Bath. Close to two Metros. $499,900 Hardwood floors. LL storage unit, Pet Friendly! $375,000 Rachel Burns


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The Westchester. Impressive renovation. 1 Br, 1 Ba, Solarium w/ lawn view. Sleek charming cottage granite & S.S. Kensington. 4 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths kitchen. LR on a quiet cul-de-sac. Great potential. w/ built-ins, spacious entry. Full serChestnut floors, fireplace. Walk to Red vice bldg. Great location. $295,500 Line Metro. $325,000

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