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Mann, Hearst get expansion funds

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■ Budget: Mayor’s proposal

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Ending months of uncertainty over the modernization of two of Ward 3’s most overcrowded schools, Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to fully fund expansion projects at Mann and Hearst elementaries in the

coming fiscal year. The funding is part of Gray’s fiscal 2014 capital budget announced last week, which also envisions overhauls to recreation centers, libraries, fire stations and other schools in Northwest over the next few years. The extra $13.5 million proposed for adding two wings to Hearst will provide more classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, music room and arts space at the North Cleveland Park

school. Hearst currently has about 300 pre-K-through-fifth-grade students using a 1932 building built for 180, with no common space and demountable classrooms strewn about the property. At Mann, Gray is proposing to spend $22 million on two large additions containing a cafeteria, gymnasium and classroom space. The current capacity of the old brick schoolhouse is 213, yet it now houses 300 See Funds/Page 11

Proposed 7-Eleven store sparks dissent By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Georgetown’s Capella Hotel, located on 31st Street near the C&O Canal, celebrated its official opening last Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Vincent Gray.

A new 7-Eleven convenience store is planned for 1344 Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown, with a targeted opening date of August 2013. But after a frosty reception at the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission’s meeting Monday night, the company is working to amend its plans for the building’s exterior. The location at Wisconsin and O Street, the second 7-Eleven in Georgetown, is part of the company’s nationwide push to increase its presence, spokesperson Margaret Chabris said in an interview. “The D.C. area is one of our growth areas, so we are actively looking for locations and to work with landlords and brokers and developers for good sites that would work well for us,” she said. 7-Eleven has been looking at the long-vacant 1344 Wisconsin site since January 2012, according to See 7-Eleven/Page 8

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7-Eleven is revising its plans to rehabilitate the long-vacant storefront at 1344 Wisconsin Ave. in response to criticisms.

Georgetown zoning plan gets ANC nod

Budget autonomy supporters optimistic about referendum


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Calling the proposals “very appropriate and comprehensive,” the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission voted Monday to back a “customized residential zone” for the community developed by the Citizens Association of Georgetown. The citizens association formed its proposals for the zone over several months in response to the District’s broader effort to rewrite the zoning code citywide. Residents involved in the effort said that while many of the D.C. Office of Planning’s recommendations have merit, they could allow development that’s not in keeping with the feel of the Georgetown neighborhood. “We have considerable historic character that we strive to maintain in our community, not only because


on ballot for April 23 election

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A Citizens Association of Georgetown proposal is crafted to preserve the neighborhood’s character.

we love our surroundings but also because we believe that historic character that has been preserved for centuries is an economic engine for … the city,” neighborhood commissioner Tom Birch said at the meeting. The citizens association’s proposals for Georgetown include instituting a 35-foot height limit, retaining existing lot occupancy restrictions, blocking further commerSee Zoning/Page 8


Brown drops out of D.C. Council race as election approaches — Page 3

St. John’s lacrosse strives to impress in boys lacrosse — Page 9

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Activists behind the D.C. budget autonomy referendum feel confident the measure will succeed in this month’s election, despite skepticism in some quarters over the unorthodox approach. If city voters approve what’s being called both “Referendum 8” and “Charter Amendment VIII” in the April 23 special election, the

District could win more freedom to set its local budget without congressional interference. What’s more, a victory could set a new tone for how the city tackles other autonomy matters in the future. “I would be shocked if people defeated it,” said Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed, the local group that spearheaded the budget proposal along with DC Vote. “For people who live here, it’s a total no-brainer. … Why would you not want to have your local representatives make their own budget decisions?” See Autonomy/Page 4



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District Digest Volunteers sought for Rock Creek cleanup

The Rock Creek Conservancy is seeking volunteers to pick up trash along the waterway and in nearby parks Saturday morning as part of its fifth annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, according to a release. Residents can register online at to participate at any of about 40 locations in Maryland and the District. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Foggy Bottom group nets $40,000 grant The nascent aging-in-place group Foggy Bottom West End

Village has received a $40,000 grant to fund a volunteer coordinator and scholarship assistance for low-income members when services are launched Oct. 1. The Foggy Bottom Association Defense and Improvement Corp. provided the funds, according to a news release. Nearly all of the village’s services will be provided by trained vol-

unteers, making the hiring of a volunteer coordinator key to the group’s success, said the Rev. Monroe Wright, who chairs the group’s board of directors. With the scholarships, organizers hope to ensure that neighborhood residents will have an opportunity to join regardless of income, Wright said. Sign-up forms and details are


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Benefit to celebrate park improvements

A fundraising benefit will celebrate completed restoration of an 1871 fence at Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Hill Park, raising money for the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends group to continue preservation and maintenance of the spot, according to organizers. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at a home at 1692 31st St., with tickets starting at $100 for individuals and $150 for couples. For details email Book Hill Park is located at Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road.


In the March 27 issue, an article on the nine firms seeking a lease for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus misstated aspects of the selection process. After selecting qualified respondents from among the nine firms, District officials in early May will issue a Request for Proposals; during the review period over the summer, the responding firms will present their development proposals to the community. A winning developer will be selected no later than mid-fall, after an opportunity for advisory neighborhood commissions to comment. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Former D.C. Council member Michael Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement Tuesday night that he was dropping out of the April 23 special election came too late to alter The Current Voters Guide.

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Forum draws four council hopefuls Brown drops campaign for at-large seat By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

Four of the candidates running for the atlarge D.C. Council seat turned out Monday night for a forum on the Potomac waterfront, where they mainly stuck to their campaign talking points while also entertaining some Georgetown-centric lines of questioning. Democrats Matthew Frumin and Paul Zukerberg, Republican Patrick Mara and Statehood Green Party member Perry Redd drew a small audience to Tony & Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Place at Washington Harbour. Democrats Anita Bonds, Michael Brown and Elissa Silverman did not attend the event,

which was sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association and the Citizens Association of Georgetown. While candidates tread familiar territory in debates over city parking minimums and D.C. tax rates, the forum touched on Georgetownspecific issues such as local commercial buildup and the proposal for a separate Georgetown overlay in upcoming citywide rezoning plans. Currently, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Planning is developing a proposal of citywide changes to D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code, but the Citizens Association of Georgetown is requesting a customized zone for the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic district to preserve its unique identity. See Forum/Page 28

Michael Brown announced last night that he has dropped his bid to return to the D.C. Council, citing â&#x20AC;&#x153;very important personal and family matters.â&#x20AC;? Brown was one of seven candidates in the April 23 special election to fill Council Chairman Phil Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former atlarge seat, running as a Democrat. He previously served as an independent at-large member from 2008 to 2012, before losing to David Grosso last November. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s withdrawal was first reported by the Washington City Paper. A brief statement on his website expresses â&#x20AC;&#x153;extreme

disappointmentâ&#x20AC;? but does not offer further explanation of his decision. It states he will not be making an endorsement beyond voting for one of the four remaining Democrats. Brown could not be reached for comment last night. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign Brown had focused on affordable housing, jobs and improving the safety net. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brady Holt

Marie Reed soccer field gets global support j3373921;<9B4 Current Staff Report The Marie Reed Community Learning Center will have a new soccer field this fall, following a groundbreaking at the Adams Morgan site yesterday afternoon. The work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expected to cost between $400,000 and $500,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is being financed by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manchester City professional soccer team. The District government, meanwhile, will refurbish the amphitheater area surrounding the field. Manchester City, which is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal

family, has joined the United Arab Emirates in installing fields in Chicago, Miami and East Los Angeles and on a rooftop in New York City. Manchester City won the English Premier League championship last year. The Marie Reed field will be used by local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams and by adults, school principal Eugene Pinkard said in an interview. The times when it will be available for adult and youth teams have not yet been set. When the field is open for play by the start of school next fall, Manchester City will offer trained coaches for the youth teams. The United Arab Emirates ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, is a former left midfielder for Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity team.

The week ahead Wednesday, April 3

The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Thursday, April 4

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Sunday, April 7

Three local chapters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Xi Omega Chapter Center, 4411 4th St. NW. Reservations are requested; visit dcakaspecialelectionforum.eventbrite. com.

Tuesday, April 9

The D.C. Department of Transportation will host the second meeting of the moveDC Transportation Plan Advisory Committee from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chambers of the National Capital Planning Commission, Suite 500, 401 9th St. NW. â&#x2013; The Woodley Park Community Association and the Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a community forum on boundary and program issues regarding the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. Principal Monica Liang-Aguirre will make a presentation, answer questions and receive comments from attendees. The meeting will begin at 7

p.m. at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster campus, at 2801 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013; The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW.

Wednesday, April 10

The D.C. Tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advocacy Coalition will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

Thursday, April 11

The Washington Area Secular Humanists group will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secular Voterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forumâ&#x20AC;? for candidates in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration will hold a public meeting as part of the process of preparing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Union Station to Georgetown Premium Transit Service Alternatives Analysis.â&#x20AC;? The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen and the Latino Economic Development Center will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ward 2 Housing Town Hall.â&#x20AC;? The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will hold a public meeting to discuss the status of the design of the proposed replacement of the 27th Street bridge over Broad Branch. The meeting will begin at 6:30

p.m. at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. â&#x2013; Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 1 town hall meeting on the fiscal year 2014 budget. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 4 town hall meeting to discuss proposed water rates, drinking water, infrastructure and other topics. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Truesdell Education Campus, 800 Ingraham St. NW.

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The Woodley Park Community Association will hold an Earth Day community cleanup. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the triangle park at 29th Street and Woodley Road NW. Coffee, doughnuts, trash bags, rubber gloves and other resources will be provided. Reservations are requested; contact Peter Brusoe at

Wednesday, April 17

The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will hold a meet and greet for candidates in the special election for the D.C. Council at-large seat. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission costs $25; register at or call Pat Fitzgerald at 202-232-7363.



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The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a candidates forum for the special election for the at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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AUTONOMY: Activists foresee District securing budget control through referendum

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The two nonprofits came up with the referendum idea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would amend the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1973 home rule charter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after witnessing repeated failures of D.C. budget autonomy measures on Capitol Hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to look at different avenues, and what authority the [D.C.] Council may have,â&#x20AC;? said James Jones, communications director for DC Vote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt we had the authority to move on our own with our elected officials.â&#x20AC;? But some of those top local officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Mayor Vincent

Gray, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have expressed doubts over the legality of this tactic. While all three support the intent of the referendum, they have warned that it might take an act of Congress for the District to obtain the right to control its own budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in kind of an interesting position,â&#x20AC;? Smith said of the D.C. officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All three of them support this on its merits, but they also want to keep up good relationships with people on the Hill.â&#x20AC;? One fear has been that the referendum will cause members of

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Congress â&#x20AC;&#x153;to bristle at [the] attempt to circumvent their authority,â&#x20AC;? as Mayor Gray wrote in a letter last December to the D.C. Council, which ultimately voted to support the ballot measure Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced. Attorney General Nathan also argued for the D.C. Board of Elections to reject the â&#x20AC;&#x153;illegalâ&#x20AC;? referendum, but the board allowed the measure to proceed. A spokesperson for Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office this week said the attorney general isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;saying anything new about thisâ&#x20AC;? and stands by past statements. Supporters of the referendum maintain that the Home Rule Act is written broadly enough to allow the budget change through an amendment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got some of the best lawyers in town to help us analyze this,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. If voters support it, the amendment would allow the District to enact its budget the same way it does any other local law: Once the mayor approved the budget, it would go before Congress for a review lasting 30 legislative days, and then automatically become law unless both Houses and the president rejected it. The existing budget process requires a more active role from Congress, which must enact the D.C. budget into law before the city can spend its locally raised dollars. Supporters of budget autonomy say it would free the District of its links to federal shutdowns and the federal fiscal calendar, as well as unwelcome riders to the budget. The change would also reduce hassles and costs associated with the delays

of the congressional approval process for the budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We [would] get to set our own agenda, set our timetable,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. The activists expect to see the measure pass in the April 23 special election, during which voters will also elect a new at-large D.C. Council member. The promotional campaign for the referendum has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;very lowbudget,â&#x20AC;? Jones said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of people who are concerned weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to lose.â&#x20AC;? But â&#x20AC;&#x153;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take anything for granted,â&#x20AC;? he added, pointing to factors that make the special election unpredictable, like expected low turnout and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a strong Republican candidateâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Patrick Mara, for the at-large seat. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear how the feds would respond if the measure does pass. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern about a potential lawsuit, but Smith said â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine who would be the plaintiff.â&#x20AC;? Besides, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if Congress thinks this is a bad idea, they have [already] have the authority to just overturn it.â&#x20AC;? But Smith noted that Congress would only have a short timeframe of 35 days to take action to stop the measure. Even if the House acted, the Democrat-controlled Senate would be unlikely to, he said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then President Barack Obama, who has publicly supported autonomy efforts for the District, would need to take action. The idea remains unpopular, however, with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has been working since 2011 to move legislation on

D.C. budget autonomy through Congress. Issa, chair of the House committee with oversight over the District, has characterized the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charter amendment as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;partial secessionâ&#x20AC;? that could result in a lengthy court challenge and set back his own efforts on the Hill. In an emailed statement, Issa said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;regardless of the outcomeâ&#x20AC;? of the April 23 vote, he will continue to work with Del. Norton â&#x20AC;&#x153;to find a path forward.â&#x20AC;? D.C. officials and activists who support the referendum have described it as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;two-track approachâ&#x20AC;? that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t detract from or overshadow Issaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office did not respond to a request for comment, but she has said she would support the measure despite legal reservations and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficult issuesâ&#x20AC;? it raises. Jones said D.C. activists simply felt they had to try a new strategy after seeing too many failed tries on the Hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On numerous occasions, when Congress was about to pass something positive, opponents have attached riders to kill it,â&#x20AC;? he said. If the referendum approach works for the budget, it may open doors for other homegrown efforts at autonomy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; focusing on the powers of the city government. Asked about how a similar strategy might work for the voting rights battle, Jones said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at other ways the D.C. Council and District government can be more active. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely exploring to see if other authorities exist for ways to move forward.â&#x20AC;?


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The Current Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Launch of new website offers School facilities plan names investment areas chance to map fictional D.C. By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

A packed room of about 90 people turned out to the launch party for DC By the Book at the downtown Busboys and Poets last week, where authors Ann McLaughlin, Thomas Mallon and George Pelecanos, as well as editor Adam McKible, read from their D.C.-set novels. DC By the Book, a new online fiction database at, crowd-sources passages from literature set in Washington and then creates an interactive map based on locations featured in the stories or novels. The project is the brainchild of D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Ross and Kim Zablud. But more than a book reading, the launch party was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;multisensory event,â&#x20AC;? as Zablud described it. With slideshows of Washington personas and locales, as well as DJ-mix of music from the 1920s to the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s, the

different elements â&#x20AC;&#x153;provided a larger context to what I think the site is ultimately built and capable of doing,â&#x20AC;? said Zablud â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, reaching across generational lines (and ward boundaries) to create a literary map of the city. The evolving nature of D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an element that some of the authors said they grappled with in their novels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was apparent in the audience, diverse in age, race and ZIP code. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My novels quickly became period novels because the city is changing so fast,â&#x20AC;? said Pelecanos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I consider my books to be a record of the city.â&#x20AC;? One Washingtonian in her 90s said the project had inspired her to rediscover a Georgetown house that she had visited long ago. DC by the Book will host author events and book discussions over the next few months, as well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;mapathonsâ&#x20AC;? at D.C. public libraries to help pinpoint new passages.

The District should focus on funding improvements to middle schools, and concentrate educational facility upgrades in parts of the city with aging or overcrowded buildings, according to a proposal the deputy mayor for education released last week. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facilities Master Plan singles out seven neighborhood clusters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three in Northwest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that have â&#x20AC;&#x153;high needâ&#x20AC;? for improved D.C. Public Schools and public charter school buildings. The Northwest clusters are the Petworth/ Crestwood, Shaw/Logan Circle and Columbia Heights/Park View areas. Much of wards 3 and 4 also

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The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

For at-large council

Special elections are notoriously low-turnout affairs, which can make predicting the outcome particularly challenging. So much depends on a candidate’s ability to get his or her voters to the polls — and to appeal to the voters who seldom miss an election. This time, candidates are vying for the at-large seat held by Phil Mendelson until he was elected D.C. Council chairman. The Democratic State Committee selected Anita Bonds to fill the seat on an interim basis; she and four other Democrats are vying for the permanent seat, along with one Republican and one Statehood Green Party member. Based on our three-hour interviews with all of the candidates, we would rule out four candidates for various reasons. Ms. Bonds, despite her solid experience working for three mayors in key government posts and her service as head of the Democratic State Committee, unfortunately lacked cogent opinions on many of the issues we raised. Former Council member Michael Brown (who last night announced that he was withdrawing from the race) was well-informed and as personable as ever. But the concerns that led us not to endorse his re-election bid last year — including a reputation for not working as hard as some other members, problems paying his own taxes on time, and his behind-the-scenes push to authorize online gambling without a chance for a public vetting — remain. We disagreed with Perry Redd, a Statehood Green Party member, on some key policy points. For instance, he wants to put a hold on new charter schools even though many of them seem to be doing a better job than traditional public schools in the city’s poor neighborhoods. Paul Zukerberg makes a strong case for eliminating criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, but he did not seem to have done his homework on many other issues facing the District. The other three — Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman and Patrick Mara — stood out in our minds as worthy of voters’ serious consideration. Mr. Frumin, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 3, has devoted untold hours to unpaid city service — as a commissioner, as chair of a community group that helped the city modernize Wilson High School and as a member of the task force studying the possibility of undergrounding our utilities. He spoke persuasively on many education issues, but we were a bit disappointed in his lack of reasoned opinions on tax matters. He frequently deferred to the forthcoming recommendations of the tax commission chaired by former Mayor Anthony Williams — as when we asked him whether high business profits taxes in the District lead firms to depart to the suburbs. We expected him to have an opinion on the issue, even if he preferred to await the commission’s recommendations before backing a particular solution. Elissa Silverman brings a wealth of knowledge as a budget analyst for the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and as a reporter for The Washington Post and the Washington City Paper. In part because of her background, we would have expected more forthright answers from her. In our interview, she gave the appearance of avoiding direct answers on tax matters by saying she would await the tax commission’s recommendations, or on budget maters by saying she needed more study. Among the questions she deflected: What line items in the schools budget should be supplemented or reduced? In contrast, we were impressed with Patrick Mara’s reasoning in our interview, even if we did not always agree with his answers. Mr. Mara, a Republican, pledged to focus on education, fiscal responsibility, and open, honest government. And he would provide a worthwhile counter-balance to legislators looking to spend every dollar in the D.C. treasury: He suggested that it’s time to consider tax relief for businesses and individuals now that the city has strengthened its reserves. Mr. Mara represents Ward 1 on the State Board of Education, where he has earned a reputation among his colleagues for being a hard worker — and for showing a willingness to change his opinions when presented with compelling evidence and arguments. He is also able to work well with those with whom he disagrees. For some strong Democratic partisans, it seems the idea of voting for a Republican is too distasteful to consider, particularly given the national political environment that has grown ever more toxic in recent years. But we would remind voters of the memorable plea from former Council member Carol Schwartz, who would tell voters that there is no Republican way to pick up the trash. We see it as unfair to tar a candidate for local office with every element of a national party platform. Additionally, we believe that Mr. Mara’s GOP ties could help the city when it comes to fostering good relations with Republican members of Congress. We believe Mr. Mara is the best choice — sure to bring the diligent work ethic he has shown on the State Board of Education to the job of legislator. We heartily endorse his candidacy.

The Current

An ‘Opening Day’ to remember …


ans by the thousands poured out of the Half Street SE Metro stop and down toward the ballpark. They passed under the giant American flag hoisted by D.C. firefighters. The sun was shining. Hopes were brimming. Beer was flowing and hot dogs were boiling. There was even a big organ bleating “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The organist was Dick Smith of Baltimore — yes, the home of that other team — who told us he felt the Washington Nationals “could go all the way” this season. Monday’s home opener drew 45,274 paying fans, the highest ever for a regular-season Nats game. Young star Bryce Harper electrified the ballpark with home runs in his first two at-bats. Pitching ace Stephen Strasburg threw seven quality innings. The Nats beat the visiting Miami Marlins 2-0. So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the season of promise for the Nats. The National League East champions are picked by many to make it to the World Series this year. “It was a gorgeous day, a great game and you could not have started the season on a better note, all around,” said Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who along with then-Mayor Tony Williams and Council Chairman Linda Cropp was a principal supporter of the ballpark. “The baseball experience has proven to be even better than I anticipated it would be. That’s a success story.” None of the thousands of fans who passed by our NBC4 camera were complaining that the ballpark cost too much when it was built six years ago. No one was complaining that the national recession had slowed development around the ballpark. And no one was saying that Metro couldn’t handle the crowds. (OK, some people, including editors of The Washington City Paper, were grousing that beers in the stadium have topped $9.) David Splitt, a lawyer and former District government official, showed up with his vintage 1960s jacket from the old Washington Senators. He had a bit of trouble still snapping the buttons shut. “It fits me,” he insisted, adding, “My Woodstock T-shirt won’t fit me anymore. This one will barely fit.” Known for his sharp sense of humor, Splitt told us that the baseball jacket was a little tight because “it has to go over all the excessive muscle I’ve

gained through the years.” Now back to reality. Restaurateur Bo Blair only got to peek at the game on television. He runs the wildly successful “Fairgrounds” just outside the center field gate. It’s an expansive, undeveloped space that he leases and fills with beanbag games, bars and live music. More than 6,000 fans were partying at one point in the space Monday. Blair notices, like we did, that more and more fans are wearing Nationals gear rather than for the Yankees, Red Sox and other more established teams. “Yeah, that’s probably one of the nicest things going on,” Blair told us. “People are jumping on the bandwagon, getting behind the Nats. In the years past, the Phillies coming down, the Red Sox and the Yankees — it was so many more of those fans in the stadium.” Blair, who sponsors food “Truckeroos” at the site, is the owner of several local restaurants. He likes what he sees with development starting to pick up in the ballpark area after the last recession. “Five years ago, when we started out, it was incredibly desolate down here. A wasteland,” Blair said. “Year by year we’re really getting a lot of new businesses on board. A few new restaurants have opened a few blocks away.” The restaurant chain Gordon Biersch has just opened at 100 M St. SE near the ballpark. It’s been packed since a soft opening last Friday. The ballpark is in the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, which is also promoting new housing and retail for the area south of Capitol Hill and along the Anacostia River. The area has about 40,000 daytime employees, including the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Transportation. If you look carefully, you’re seeing a whole new city being built along the Anacostia and up the Washington Channel in Southwest, where $2 billion in construction will soon transform the waterfront. (Full disclosure: Your Notebook has been an owner in Near Southwest since 2007.) Baseball didn’t bring all of this development. But the winning Nats are adding rocket fuel to development plans in the area. It’s a real team, and it’s helping to make Near Southwest a real place in the minds of the rest of the city. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor

misguided efforts to prevent it. Nicholas and Karen W. Zill

Deer culling has local supporters

Buttercup spraying expensive, unsafe

Your March 20 article regarding the deer cull in Rock Creek Park gave the impression that residents of nearby neighborhoods were largely opposed to the effort. We are writing to state that we wholeheartedly support it, as we explained in a letter to Jonathan Jarvis, head of the National Park Service. As extensive users of Rock Creek Park, we know that this reduction in the deer population is much needed and long overdue. It will benefit the ecology of the park, the neighborhoods surrounding the park, and the health of the deer herd itself. We thank Park Service officials for their leadership in this effort, and for putting up with the

Chevy Chase

The White House is planning on canceling tours. Yellowstone Park may open late, close early, and be guarded by fewer park rangers. Some convicts in federal prisons may enjoy early release in order to save money as part of the government’s mandatory sequestration. But the National Park Service continued with its annual $82,000 spraying of a dangerous pesticide along the banks of Rock Creek Park in one of the busiest urban parks in the nation. The target of the agency’s chemical assault? The dreaded buttercup, which the Park Service has designated an “invasive species.” (Several other plants will be targeted, including a variety of the honeysuckle.)

Among the many ironies is that one federal agency literally is pouring money down a drain — that is, to the edge of a picturesque creek flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The chemicals were applied on two floodplains with rain forecast before applying, and then the rain did fall. The District has passed the Pesticide Education and Revisions Act of 2012, whose regulations are expected to ban the use of toxic pesticides to within 25 feet of a waterway. As this rule will go into effect Oct. 1, the National Park Service will need an alternative to herbicides next spring if they want to target this plant. Halting the chemical spraying may be a savings that can help our economy as well as foster better spirit toward park users and neighbors. Julia Randall Chevy Chase, Md.

Alan Cohen

Chevy Chase, D.C.

The Current

Cooperation is necessary in Walls merger VIEWPOINT

patrick kennedy, asher corson and mike silverstein


embers of the School Without Walls community have raised concerns regarding the Walls merger with the Francis-Stevens Education Campus, our neighborhood public school. We think that the questions raised by Walls parents are entirely reasonable. As with any school merger, discussions are necessary to reconcile the two campuses. However, the merger itself shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be up for negotiation. Attempts to complicate, stall or unravel the merger damage our shared goal: providing all students with the best education possible. When D.C. Public Schools wanted to shutter Francis-Stevens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; leaving the Foggy Bottom, West End and southern Dupont Circle neighborhoods with no local pre-K-to-eighth-grade option â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our communities united to support the Francis-Stevens PTA in its efforts to craft a reasonable solution. As a result, the chancellor agreed to a bold resolution: the 145-yearold Francis-Stevens heritage would be preserved and reinvigorated under the umbrella of School Without Walls and its principal, Richard Trogisch. Our neighborhood school was saved. It is disappointing that a few are using a scorchedearth approach to fight this merger. Their main target has been Mr. Trogisch, a longtime friend of our community. He did not ask to run a pre-K-to-12th-grade school, and were it not for him saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for him to do so, we might be looking at the last year of primary education in our neighborhood. Mr. Trogisch was informed of the merger plan in a phone call and was asked to run the combined school. His immediate response was that he would accept if his wife could apply to work with him. She is a teacher in the D.C. Public Schools and, by all accounts, an accomplished educator. He was told by his superior that it would be OK for her to apply. It turned out approving such a request would violate D.C. regulations. She never applied. She was not hired. Even so, Mr. Trogisch has maintained his commitment to run the merged school. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Nothing to see here, folks. And yet a few merger opponents have flogged this story incessantly, demanding investigations, issuing press releases and badgering politicians. The reality is that Mr. Trogisch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who has successfully run a K-12 model â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is the right man to lead the combined school. Under his leadership, Walls has

Letters to the Editor Landmarking was hardly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;last-minuteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m grateful to The Current for having accurately quoted the testimony that I submitted for the Historic Preservation Review Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 7 hearing on the design of the proposed office building that would replace I.M. Peiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Third Church, Christ Scientist, at 16th and I streets NW [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian Science church wins boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK,â&#x20AC;? March 13]. It was a mostly balanced report except for one serious error that I wish to correct. While The Current claims there

become one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top high schools; it graduates and sends to college nearly all of its students, who can depart with an associate degree from George Washington University thanks to an initiative he negotiated. It is unfair that this gentleman should have his reputation damaged by spurious accusations. One angry parent was quoted as saying FrancisStevens â&#x20AC;&#x153;brings nothingâ&#x20AC;? to the merger. If she was referring to the Francis-Stevens students, her comment deserves no response. If she was referring to facilities, the merger will enable Walls students to have dedicated athletic fields, a gym, two locker rooms and an auditorium for the first time. The part-time social worker at Walls will be full-time, serving the needs of students at both campuses. There may be other economies of scale. Walls students have pointed out that mentorship opportunities at Francis-Stevens could help fulfill their community-service requirements. There are also â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least for now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some unused classrooms at Francis-Stevens if needed, but no Walls classes will be held on the Francis-Stevens campus during the 2013-14 school year. The real story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; obscured by a negative media campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is that the Francis-Stevens recruitment effort has far exceeded expectations. Parents have canvassed outside at Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, they have talked with families in all eight wards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they have increased next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment so far by nearly 50 percent. Families in the neighborhood and elsewhere are buying into the promise of a quality pre-K-to-eighth-grade school with ties to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best high school. Some grades are already at capacity, but the recruitment continues to fill others. The chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office last week reiterated it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;all inâ&#x20AC;? for the merger. Advisory neighborhood commissions 2A and 2B have both unanimously passed resolutions reaffirming our support. Francis-Stevens parents are â&#x20AC;&#x153;all inâ&#x20AC;? and are working to get ready for next year and the opportunities it will bring. We call on members of the Walls Home and School Association to meet with the Francis-Stevens PTA, along with Richard Trogisch and Thomas Anderson, the D.C. Public Schools official overseeing the merger. There are issues that must be resolved. Problems arise with any such merger, and they should be foreseen and dealt with now. We must work together. Time is short. Patrick Kennedy and Asher Corson are commissioners in ANC 2A, which includes the School Without Walls. Mike Silverstein is a commissioner in ANC 2B, and his single-member district includes the FrancisStevens Education Campus.

was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;last-minute landmarkingâ&#x20AC;? of the church, the fact is that the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and the D.C. Preservation League submitted the paperwork in 1991. At the request of church members, the landmarking was put on hold while they negotiated with the Committee of 100 and the D.C. Preservation League â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often in concert with either their architect of the moment, their developer of the moment, or both; and sometimes in consultation with the staff at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. Only in 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 16 years after the landmark nomination was submitted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was it determined by the D.C. Historic Preservation Office that negotiations were not leading to an acceptable preservation solu-



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ZONING: ANC backs proposal for customized Georgetown zone

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cial growth in residential areas, restricting the size of new rear buildings, and using adjacent buildings as precedent for size and setbacks in many cases. The associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal does not affect Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial corridors. (Full details are at Many of the Office of Planning proposals for the city are designed to promote increased density and

neighborhood-serving retail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which several residents said Georgetown already has in spades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already a dense community; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here a lot of time building ourselves up,â&#x20AC;? said Birch. Current zoning restrictions have helped foster todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditions in residential Georgetown, according to supporters of the citizens association proposal, and changes would threaten that stability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found existing laws to be preferential to the

ones the [Office of Planning was] proposing,â&#x20AC;? said Pamla Moore, chair of the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic preservation and zoning committee. The customized proposal has yet to be adopted by the Office of Planning, which will send its broader citywide rewrite to the Zoning Commission later this year. Residents of other neighborhoods, too, have made similar arguments that adding density would damage their carefully crafted com-

munity characters, disrupting aesthetics, traffic and parking. In Georgetown, residents have said, the threat is particularly acute because of the need for historic preservation. Regardless of zoning, any change to the exterior of a building visible from the street in Georgetown is governed by the Old Georgetown Board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, because the neighborhood is a federally protected historic district.


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7-ELEVEN From Page 1 Chabris, as the company hopes to draw from the avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foot traffic. It will have 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space, with office and storage space on the second floor, she said. Chabris, and representatives at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, said the company is working to fit with Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic character and to restore a deteriorated building. But commissioners and neighboring business owners still arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fans. Though the design is more restrained than the typical 7-Eleven, they said it still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match nearby buildings; they took issue with its proposed multicolored signage, blade sign, masked windows, metal front door, and overly visible mechanical equipment. Comments were biting at times, particularly from Robert Bell, whose O Street architecture firm is near the planned 7-Eleven. Nontransparent windows give the building â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bombed-out look,â&#x20AC;? he said, and the signage â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks like a 1952 Texaco sign or something.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Bill Starrels added that aspects seem â&#x20AC;&#x153;trashy.â&#x20AC;? Chabris said the company â&#x20AC;&#x153;got some good suggestions, so the team has gone back to work on the proposed project a little bit more to incorporate some of those suggestions.â&#x20AC;? The project is scheduled to go before the Old Georgetown Board Thursday. The neighborhood commission and Old Georgetown Board will only review design issues with the plan. But Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which he said are shared by five commercial neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; go further. A 7-Eleven, he said, just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the sort of business that adds to Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first time I ever thought of a building better as vacant than with this tenant,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kind of dollar store, Big Gulp people this is going to bring in are going to do nothing for this block weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked so hard on. â&#x20AC;Ś I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a disaster.â&#x20AC;? An article posted yesterday on the Georgetown Patch website quoted some residents saying they wanted a grocer at the corner. In her interview with The Current, Chabris said 7-Eleven fills that need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone who was quoted, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in one of our stores lately,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have fresh foods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we have fresh fruit delivered every single day.â&#x20AC;? 7-Eleven stores normally cater to customers already in the neighborhood, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically we draw from the existing traffic right there,â&#x20AC;? said Chabris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our trade area is usually about a half a mile, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people who are already working, shopping, living in that area.â&#x20AC;? A 7-Eleven store at 1600 Wisconsin Ave. closed several years ago and was eventually replaced by Edible Arrangements.


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April 3, 2013 ■ Page 9

Wilson Tigers eye city title By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When coach James Silk took over Wilson’s baseball team — which has dominated the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association for two decades — he needed to find a way both to maintain the strong reputation and further elevate the program. In his first season last year, Silk succeeded in taking the program to another level. The coach guided the team to its 20th-straight DCIAA championship win and within one run of the city championship against Maret at Nationals Park. After that success, the Tigers came into this season with high expectations, but also a focus on the little things. “You should never look ahead to one game in June,” said Silk. “That doesn’t symbolize the entire effort of a 20-man roster for three months. We have to work hard every day and focus one day at a time and don’t think about playoffs or the classic.” So far things haven’t been easy for Wilson, even though the team has nine seniors. The squad dropped its first three games of the season while testing itself against tough private schools — DeMatha, McNamara and Riverdale Baptist.

But since March 14 the Tigers have surged ahead to win seven of eight games. “It’s taken us longer than usual to find solid chemistry,” said Silk. “We have nine seniors who’re all learning together how to lead. They’ve come a long way this month.” On Thursday the Tigers had one of their best performances of the young season while knocking off Walter Johnson 5-2, despite a relentless and chilling wind. The win was highlighted by nine

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Senior Pedro Mateo, above, has 11 hits and 11 RBIs for Wilson so far this season and is looked upon as a leader. Meanwhile senior Sean Kelly, left, is the team’s ace in the pitching rotation. hits. The Tigers took a quick 1-0 lead, but were really able to take control in the fifth inning. Junior outfielder Liam Fischer hit a double, which brought in two runners. The team also had two well-placed bunts to balloon the lead to 4-0. “In the fifth inning it all came down to execution,” said Silk. “For

the first time this year, they were doing everything right offensively. It was great to see.” In the seventh inning, Walter Johnson tried to rally off two errant pitches by senior reliever Jack Barbash, but Barbash was able to regain his composure and close out the game.

“He did all he could,” Silk said of the closer. “He sat on the bench for an hour and 45 minutes. I asked him to step in and give us an inning. He worked with what he had and got the job done.” Wilson’s starting pitcher, Sean Kelly, rung up eight strikeouts in six See Wilson/Page 10

Cubs look to take the ISL lax crown By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Senior midfielder Tess McEvoy, right, is the engine that makes the Cubs offense go. The senior’s play has helped Visitation average 14 goals per game so far this season.

Last season, under first-year head coach Aubery Andre, Visitation got a taste of championship glory — winning the Independent School League regular-season banner for the first time — and then the bitter taste of defeat in the ISL postseason championship game against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. That triumph and defeat have served as the Cubs’ motivation going into this season. “We want a repeat, if not a better outlook [this year],” said Andre. “We started this season without missing a beat from last year.” Visitation is off to a perfect 3-0 to start the season. The Cubs haven’t beaten pushovers, either — they knocked off reigning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Holy Cross 14-7 last Friday, after thrashing Bishop Ireton 16-3 and Sidwell 13-2. The team is relying on a trio of seniors — middie Tess McEvoy, attacker Riley Christopher and defender Megan Gray — for leadership on the field. So far this season McEvoy is the engine behind the offense, which has scored an average of 14 goals per game this season. The midfielder keeps the offense in rhythm. “She definitely sets the pace, without a doubt,” Andre said of McEvoy. “Her ability to dictate how our team plays whether we’re

playing composed or not — that matters. She does a great job doing that.” On defense, the team looks to Gray to lead the charge. Junior Ana Hagerup will also provide size on the defensive end. The two upperclassmen are joined on the defensive backline by freshman defender Lauren Martin and sophomore goalie Mary Cole. Gray’s leadership has been especially helpful for the goalkeeper, who is settling into her first year in the starting lineup. “She has been preparing very well and is looking good,” Andre said of Cole. “She’s still growing and is young, but she has a lot of potential and is learning every day.” On offense, Christopher is a fantastic complement to McEvoy. From behind the cage, she terrorizes opposing defenses — wrapping around the goal and scoring or dishing it for an open shot on goal. “She is going to be the quarterback of the attack for the season,” Andre said. The Cubs’ offensive arsenal also includes junior middie Kelly Myers, sophomore middie Maggie Jackson and sophomore attacker Addie Zinser. On April 10, the Cubs will host conference rival St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, which has a perfect 8-0 record. Since both teams have dominated their competition so far, that contest likely will go a long way in determining the ISL regular-season champion.

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Cadets hope to surprise in lacrosse this year By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer


When it comes to spring sports, St. John’s is usually regarded as a baseball powerhouse, while its other teams fall more into the shadows. But that’s changing this season at the Chevy Chase school. The Cadets’ lacrosse program — established in the 1980s and one of the oldest in the District — is now ready for the spotlight. “It’s been a lot of fun building the program at St. John’s,” said Cadets coach Danny Phillips, who is in his seventh season at the helm. “We’ve improved every year. We have four Division I players on our team, which is great. It’s just really exciting. The most important thing I can say is the system we have instilled this season — the kids are really buying into it.” So far the Cadets’ early-season chemistry has been on display as they’ve built a 6-2 record. Against local power Georgetown Prep, St. John’s kept the game close for three quarters before the Little Hoyas pulled away to a 13-7 win. That March 8 contest served as a critical lesson for the Cadets’ up-and-coming squad. “We want a championship,” said senior middie Ryan Fornatora. “We showed it in the Prep game when we hung with them until the fourth quarter. But we kind of just shut down. Once we get that together, we can compete with anybody.” The squad learned from its mistakes and last week beat Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe

Good Counsel for the first time since 2004. The Cadets won 9-8 in Thursday’s game in Olney, Md. “It’s big,” Phillips told after the win. “It’s another stepping stone in what we are building here at St. John’s.” For the first time in a while, the team believes it has the talent to compete for the WCAC championship. But to do so the Cadets know they’ll have to leapfrog Gonzaga, which has built a national reputation. “The WCAC is very competitive, and it looks like we’re all chasing Gonzaga,” said Phillips. “We’re really excited to get playing, and we’re looking forward to what the WCAC has for us.” Captains Fornatora and senior midfielder Alex Washington will lead the way for what could be the program’s renaissance season. “I like talking to the guys and keeping them focused in practice so we can stay focused, work harder and win games,” said Washington. Both will be playing at the college level next spring — Fornatora will suit up for Robert Morris while Washington will play for Washington College. “They bring explosive offensive plays for us, and they can shoot very well,” Phillips said of the seniors. “We’re very excited about them.” The team’s offense will be led by senior attacker J.T. Oliver, who is committed to play lacrosse at the University of New England, and long-stick midfielder Warren Lee, who will join Fornatora at Robert Morris. Phillips described Lee as a “shut-down defender, who makes

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St. John’s has four Division I players, which gives the team hopes in the tough WCAC.

sure opposing teams protect their sticks.” On defense, the Cadets will be anchored by senior goalie Zach Zagone, a three-sport athlete at St. John’s. In addition to lacrosse, he also played football and was a captain of the wrestling team this year. “He’s really doing a great job and holding it down in the cage for us,” said Phillips. The Cadets have several marquee games coming up on the schedule that will determine whether they can take that next step. The next contest is Thursday against St. John’s Catholic Prep. The team will play fellow WCAC up-and-comer Paul VI April 12, DeMatha April 16 and Gonzaga April 30.

WILSON: Tigers look to build on last year’s success

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innings of work while Barbash got the save in the final inning. In addition to its senior-heavy roster, the Tigers have a loaded pitching staff this year. The arms arsenal includes three seniors — Kelly, Noah Lipshie and Vincent Femia — as well as sophomore Devin Rivera. “They bring intensity,” said Silk. “We have four guys who throw strikes. They keep it low and keep a great temperament on the hill.” On offense the team will look to junior Scott Beumel and seniors Joe Greenberg and Pedro Mateo for big atbats. “With nine seniors, we have six who are in our starting nine,” said Silk. “Top to bottom, we are very solid. From one to nine, we have guys who can hit, bunt and steal bases.” There are also some youngsters who will be expected to contribute. Sophomore Ben Carleton will take over third base while fellow second-year Alex Conti will man second. “Both are incredibly sound baseball players as sophomores,” said Silk.

Scores Boys lacrosse

Gonzaga 6, DeMatha 4 St. John’s 19, McNamara 0

The Heights 16, Wilson 2 Oxon Hill 8, Walls 2 St. John’s 9, Good Counsel 8

Girls lacrosse

St. John’s 22, McNamara 6

But the key to the Tigers’ title hopes is Mateo, who calls pitches from the catcher’s position and is a strong batter as well. The senior, who will play at the college level for Grambling State University, played at less than 100 percent last season due to a labrum injury. The injury forced Mateo to play out of position at first base rather than at catcher. “Pedro Mateo is back behind the dish,” Silk said. “He’s our quarterback. He is healthy this year. We had him at first base last year with his labrum [injury]. But we have him at the plate this year where he should be.” With the Tigers emerging from their early-season funk and the bulk of their DCIAA schedule ahead of them, the team believes it can reach the top of the mountain. They’ll have a chance to make a statement against Gonzaga today and later when they take part in the Northwest Tournament beginning April 13, which will include a city championship rematch with Maret. “We expect to compete with everyone,” said Silk. “We’ve gotten off to a slow start, which wasn’t anticipated, but they’re coming together. They expect to win every day, and they should. The talent on this team hasn’t shown on the box score yet, but it will.” Visitation 14, Holy Cross 7


Sidwell 16, Grace Christian 0 Sidwell 12, Grace Christian 1 St. John’s 1, Ireton 0

McQuaid Jesuit 6, Sidwell 2 Lake Braddock 5, St. John’s 4


St. John’s 6, McNamara 1 Wilson 12, Walls 1

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FUNDS: Mayor’s capital budget supports schools, libraries, parks

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children and expects to add perhaps another 100 when the work is complete. A highly rated “blue ribbon school,” Mann is now forced to hold some classes in trailers and hallways, with what leaders say is the smallest physical space per student of any school in the city. Part of the ambitious school modernization effort under way citywide, both projects had been mired in doubt. Neighbors opposed initial designs for the two projects, and Gray’s approved capital budget for the current fiscal year contained only about $10 million for work on each of the existing school buildings — with timing and funding for added space still to be determined. But school leaders, parents and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh pushed hard for full funding. They argued that overcrowded buildings hindered learning and couldn’t offer modern facilities — labs, physical education and performing arts space — that current education specifications require. Proponents also said stretching out construction over several years would only add to the disruption. Until last week, Gray aides said the mayor was committed to both projects, but was still trying to identify the needed funds. Last Thursday, after the budget announcement, mayoral spokesperson Pedro Ribeiro emailed The Current, saying “the budget fully funds Hearst and Mann modernizations! We committed to it, and today we delivered.” Cheh last December chastised the mayor for “breaking his promise” to the two school communities. On Thursday, she issued a statement applauding Gray for fully funding the two “long overdue modernization projects” at Hearst and Mann, as well as investing in other school, library and recreation projects in the ward and citywide. School leaders were also pleased, though uncertain about the timing and final details of the construction work. “We are very excited, and grateful for the involvement of city leaders,” said David Dickinson, copresident of Hearst’s PTA. “We’ll continue to work with the architect to refine the plans. We’re hoping to get a shovel in the ground as quickly as possible.” Dickinson noted that current students in the early grades at Hearst, which draws children from all over the city, will be using the modernized and expanded facilities if the work goes quickly. Gray’s new budget proposal for the next five fiscal years includes funding for dozens of other capital projects in Northwest D.C., often with work phased over several years. Funds for school renovations and modernizations, continuing the ambitious program which began in 2006, include: ■ $81.5 million for Duke Ellington School of the Arts in fiscal 2014 and 2015. ■ $127 million to “fully renovate”

Roosevelt High in fiscal 2014 and 2015. ■ $103 million for Coolidge High, starting in fiscal 2017. ■ $18 million to restore the historic Reno School and connect it, with classroom additions, to Deal Middle. The fiscal 2014 funding was increased to accommodate “strong enrollment projections” at Deal. ■ $14.2 million for Hyde-Addison Elementary, starting in fiscal 2014. ■ $24 million for Francis-Stevens Education Campus, starting in fiscal 2015. ■ $16 million for Garrison Elementary, starting in fiscal 2015. ■ $4.8 million for Ross Elementary in fiscal 2018. ■ $4.8 million to create additional classrooms in fiscal 2014 at Janney Elementary, which was recently modernized and then experienced a jump in enrollment. ■ $51 million for Lafayette Elementary, phased over fiscal 20142016. ■ $10.7 million for Eaton Elementary, starting in fiscal 2016. ■ $32.6 million for Murch

Elementary, for work in fiscal 2014, 2016 and 2019. ■ $7.9 million for Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in fiscal 2015, and an additional $5 million in 2019. ■ $20 million for Shepherd Elementary, with work slated in fiscal 2014 and 2018. ■ $30 million for West Education Campus, with work in fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2019. Gray’s budget proposal also includes $24 million to add special education classrooms, and to adapt other classrooms for special-ed students, in schools citywide — part of the mayor’s effort to accommodate such students in the public schools rather than paying costly private school tuition. For park and recreation facilities, the budget proposes: ■ a $9.5 million renovation of the Palisades Recreation Center, starting in fiscal 2014. ■ $8 million to build a new recreation center at Friendship (Turtle) Park, with $500,000 allocated for design work in the coming fiscal year.

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■ $1 million to stabilize and upgrade the Fort Stevens Recreation Center in fiscal 2015, including a study of additional improvement needs. ■ $1 million to improve the field and field house at Stead Park in fiscal 2015. For libraries, Gray is proposing to spend $21.7 million to demolish the Palisades Library and construct a new 22,5000-square-foot facility, starting in fiscal 2015. The dilapidated Cleveland Park Library is also slated for a $15.2 million renovation starting in 2015. The description for the Cleveland Park project notes there is “potential to redevelop the library in partnership with a commercial venture to be located on the site.” Gray is also proposing to spend $100 million on affordable-housing initiatives and $400 million to expand the streetcar system. The long-stalled construction of “Klingle Trail” along a much-disputed 0.7mile abandoned roadbed in Rock Creek Park is funded for $3 million, with completion promised in fiscal 2015.

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Duke Ellington is slated to get $81.5 million in 2014 and 2015.

The capital budget proposal also includes $12 million to relocate Engine Co. 22 from dilapidated quarters at 5760 Georgia Ave. to a site further north on Georgia at Butternut Street. Documents say an architect has been selected to design a 30,000-square-foot, four-bay fire station, but that construction is “on hold” pending transfer of the property — part of the Walter Reed campus — from the U.S. Army to the city. Funding for a $4.2 million renovation of the historic Engine Co. 23, at 2119 G St. NW, is included in the fiscal 2014 budget. The project will include widening the bay doors to accommodate modern fire vehicles.

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Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday april 3 Concerts â&#x2013; Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talent Development Project will present a recital by vocalists Jacob Neale, Jessica Pollard and Nicholas Gentile. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Institute will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parables, Poetry and Czardas,â&#x20AC;? a jazz concert featuring saxophonist Gaetano Di Bacco (shown), pianist Marguerita Oundijian Smith and pianist Larry Alan Smith. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Your Neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, local historian Brian Kraft will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise and Fall and Rise of Columbia Heights.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. â&#x2013;  Whaling expert Naomi Rose will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captive Whales: Beneath the Surface.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 206, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,â&#x20AC;? will speak as part of the Lannan Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Literary Festival and Spring Symposium, â&#x20AC;&#x153;America From the Outside: How the World Sees US.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Five former White House chiefs of


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Thursday april 4 Class â&#x2013; Arnaud Lucas and Corinne Merzeraud will lead an introductory workshop on tango dancing. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The class will repeat April 11, 18 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013; The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host a chamber music recital. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble will perform new classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Thursdays @ First Churchâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heartful, Heartbroken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Love From Broadway,â&#x20AC;? featuring George Washington University students performing music from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrables,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aida,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chess,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Saigon,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Shop of Horrorsâ&#x20AC;? and other shows. 6 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-629-4317. â&#x2013;  Conductor Hugh Wolff will lead a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Emanuel Ax, who will play music by Albert, Chopin and DvorĂĄk. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. This program will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quasi-rockâ&#x20AC;? group Lethal Bark, featuring Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, will perform. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Gil Troy will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moynihanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moment: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Against Zionism as Racism.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Jewish scholar Erica Brown will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Shannon K. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015

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â&#x2013; Historian Matthew Parker will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panama Fever: A Modern Wonder of the World,â&#x20AC;? about the history of the Panama Canal. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  Benjamin Mouton, chief architect of Historic Monuments of France and vice president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notre Dame: Restoring an Architectural Icon.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Mark Roth of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metabolic Flexibility and Suspended Animation.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  David Sheff will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Tragedy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Washington Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will present a lecture by Florida State University professor Nancy DeGrummond on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Etruscan Human Sacrifice in Myth and Ritual.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 113, Elliott School of Advanced International Studies, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. 202-338-6536. â&#x2013;  Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council, will discuss the advantages of marrying young. 7 p.m. Free. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  In honor of the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Major League Baseball debut, Greenberg experts John Rosengren and Aviva Kempner (shown) will discuss the Hall of Fame player â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the way he influenced both the sports and Jewish world. The event will also celebrate the release of a DVD of Kempnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. See Events/Page 13


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Continued From Page 12 â&#x2013; Alison Wright will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spiritâ&#x20AC;? and her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to capture the human spirit through her photography and writing. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performance â&#x2013;  Mianba Productions will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Sight and Sound: Live De(a)f Poetry II,â&#x20AC;? a performance of music, poetry and dance. 8 p.m. $18 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a preview of the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italythemed annual gala afterparty, a performance by Project Natale and a gallery talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Italy.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will host a benefit auction with music, food and cocktails. 6 to 9 p.m. $100; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  Beer expert Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien will discuss and lead a seasonal beer and bread tasting. 7 p.m. $23 to $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Friday, April 5

Friday april 5 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author and statistician Rebecca Klemm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also known as The Numbers Lady â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will lead children on interactive numerical explorations with the help of fun and friendly number characters. 10 a.m. for 1- and 2-year-olds; 11 a.m. for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. Free. Room G29, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-667-5244. â&#x2013;  Families will tour the historic Tudor Place mansion in search of clues as to

how children celebrated festive spring parties in the past, and then children will decorate their own chocolate egg to take home. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $8 to 10; $3 for an accompanying adult. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013; As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the George Washington University Jazz Faculty Group will perform. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Columbian Square, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 801 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Haydn, Schubert and others. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will present its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Al Caldwell will play country, blues, R&B and jazz on his banjo and bass as part of the Friday Music Series. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen Local Firstâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by D.C. instrumental duo Janel and Anthony, featuring cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble will perform new compositions. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The American University Jazz Workshop will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosis,â&#x20AC;? featuring a program about the mixture of musical styles. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane (shown) and pianist Timothy Andres will perform piano music and songs of their own and others. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-



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Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013; Frederic Hof, senior fellow at the Atlantic Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rafik Hariri Center for Middle East, and Salman Shaikh (via Skype), director of the Brookings Institution Doha Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to End the Battle for Syria?â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will host its inaugural â&#x20AC;&#x153;China-U.S. Forum: New Trends in Policy & Economics.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Nobel Prize-nominated writer FrankĂŠtienne will discuss the complex relationship between Creole and French in Haiti. 6:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested; reservations required. Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW. francophonie2013april5haiti.eventbrite. com. â&#x2013;  Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Party for Socialism and Liberation will present a talk by local activist Eugene Puryear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyewitness Venezuela: A Critical Stage in the Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. 617 Florida Ave. NW. 202-234-2828. â&#x2013;  The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., will present a talk by Dumbarton Oaks fellow Alex Nielsen on archaeological research on ancient llama caravan traffic through the Andes. 7:15 p.m. Free. Sumner School Museum, 17th


and M streets NW. Film â&#x2013; The 2013 Korean Film Festival DC will feature Yoon Jong-binâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Bowen McCauley Dance company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Dance & Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring the premieres of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tableauâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire and Air.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $36 to $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Deafhood Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? will explore deaf experiences through poetry, stories and presentations in American Sign Language. 8 p.m. $40. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of National Robotics Week, the National Air and Space Museum will host a day of events, including presentations by five college robotics teams and a discussion of the use of robots in space. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mingle at the Museum: Cocktails and Creativity,â&#x20AC;? featuring a sampling of available studio arts classes. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $25 to $50. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Saturday, April 6 Saturday april 6 Art show â&#x2013;  The group THIS for Diplomats will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festival des Artistes,â&#x20AC;? featuring the work of artists from around the world. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 35th and R See Events/Page 14







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Continued From Page 13 streets NW. 202-232-3002. The show will continue Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Book sales â&#x2013; The Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Second-floor meeting room, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-6696235. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matthew Pauli: The Sword in the Stone.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  As part of the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Textile Museum will offer a class on how to make â&#x20AC;&#x153;Koinobori,â&#x20AC;? colorful paper koi mobiles. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Children will learn to create their own Japanese books based on folios featuring cherry blossoms. 2 p.m. Free. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202633-1000. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Philosopher Michael Gorman will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philosophy of Human Nature.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Scholar and performer Kenneth Slowik will lead a seminar on Johann Sebastian Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s towering setting of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in B minor.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $75 to $100. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery will lead a Japanese lantern-making workshop. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Freer Courtyard, Freer

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the Future of Craft Art.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The Rev. Jim Wallis will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Learned About Serving the Common Good,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Mary Roach will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Elizabeth Huergo will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Death of Fidel Perez,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Japanese contemporary artist Ayomi Yoshida will discuss melding traditional work methods with her own modern aesthetic. 4 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irrigating DC Food Desertsâ&#x20AC;? will examine the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to alleviate hunger and eliminate the â&#x20AC;&#x153;grocery gapâ&#x20AC;? in wards 7 and 8. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Poet Dan Vera will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking Wiri Wiri.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Films â&#x2013;  The Pendragwn Youth Film Festival will feature 13 shorts by filmmakers ages 11 through 18. 1 to 6 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. â&#x2013;  As part of a series of 10 legendary movie titles from Universal Picturesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vaults, the National Gallery of Art will screen the 1932 films â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mummyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murders in the Rue Morgue,â&#x20AC;? at noon; and the 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black Cat,â&#x20AC;? at 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Filmmaker O.Funmilayo Makarah will present a series of movie shorts as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating a New Black Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? Series. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium,

National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Health fair â&#x2013; The Asbury United Methodist Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual health fair will feature screenings, demonstrations and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Asbury United Methodist Church, 11th and K streets NW. 202-628-0009. Performances â&#x2013;  AU in Motion, American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest student-run dance organization, will perform a variety of dance styles in its spring showcase, from hip-hop to contemporary to ballroom. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $7 to $10; reservations required. Tavern, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Teatro Lirico of DC will present a staged production of Emilio Arrietaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1887 opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marina,â&#x20AC;? featuring tenor Javier Bernardo (shown), soprano Callie Schlegel and baritone Jose Sacin. 8 p.m. $23 to $40. Casa Italiana, 595 ½ 3rd St. NW. 202-360-3514. â&#x2013;  The DC Contemporary Dance Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; previously known as El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform selections from the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new choreography. 8 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Jack Guidone Theatre, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Inspired by the 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boyz N The Hoodâ&#x20AC;? and the early writings of W.E.B. Dubois, New York-based dancer Kyle Abraham will explore urban culture in his performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pavement.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery and










Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will face the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and Casey Trees will present a joint walking tour recounting how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District and the different varieties found in the area. 11 a.m. $20; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meeting site provided upon registration. 202-484-1565. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blossom Secrets Stroll,â&#x20AC;? about how 3,000 Japanese cherry trees arrived in the U.S. capital in the spring of 1912. 2 p.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet at the Independence Avenue exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-4841565. The walk will repeat April 13 at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Sunday april 7 Concerts â&#x2013; Cellist Clancy Newman (shown) and pianist Noreen CassidyPolera will perform works by Beethoven, JanĂĄcek, Brahms and Piazzolla. 3 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will perform with the Borromeo Quartet. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Choir from Cambridge University will perform works by Byrd, Verdi and Britten. 4 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. See Events/Page 32    


D.C.-based group Split This Rock will celebrate National Poetry Month with a curatorled tour, a performance by the DC Youth Slam Team, poetry workshops and a short open mic session for children. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nightâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to move to hip-hop, rock, Latin, country and dance music. 6 p.m. to midnight. $14 to $20. Bender Arena, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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Events Entertainment

Exhibition features illustrated Japanese books


and-held: Gerhard Pulvererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Japanese Illustrated Books,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit of Japanese woodblock-illustrated books, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival. It will continue through Aug. 11. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

On exhibit

â&#x2013; The Washington Society of Landscape Painters will open a centennial exhibition Friday at the Arts Club of Washington and continue it through April 27. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The American University Museum will open five shows Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lee Haner: Mischief,â&#x20AC;? continuing through May 26, features recent mixed-media works inspired by the land and first peoples of the American Southwest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature,â&#x20AC;? on view through May 26, is a group show interpreting the works of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timothy App: The Aesthetics of Precision, FortyFive Years,â&#x20AC;? on view through May 26, highlights Appâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geometric abstractions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturation Point: Nudashank Presents Jordan Bernier, David Armacost, Jamie Felton, and Alex Da Corte,â&#x20AC;? continuing through May 26, presents works from an artist-run commercial gallery in Baltimore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flavor of the Month,â&#x20AC;? on view through April 18, highlights the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-year Master of Fine Arts students.

The Sackler Gallery will open an exhibit of Japanese woodblock-illustrated books Saturday. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; Studio Gallery opened two shows last week and will continue them through April 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down to the Wireâ&#x20AC;? is an installation by Veronica Szalus that explores fluidity through irregular and contrasting forms using dimension and movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural Reaction: New Rust Prints and Sculptureâ&#x20AC;? highlights works by Brian Kirk that include wovensteel sculptures and prints made from rusted iron. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will be held April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734.

Musical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spamalotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; makes final visit to District


he Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty Pythonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spamalotâ&#x20AC;? will return to D.C. for a final one-week engagement April 10 through 14 at the National Theatre. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the


Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, the hit 2005 musical features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, killer rabbits and a legless knight. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-6286161; â&#x2013; Taffety Punk Theatre Company will present Ivan Vyrypaevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxygenâ&#x20AC;? April 5 through 26 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Set in modern-day Russia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxygenâ&#x20AC;? is essentially a live concept album, with the audience guided through the performance by an onstage DJ. The 10 tracks are scenes constructed like prose songs. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2

p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 547 7th St. SE. 202-3559441; â&#x2013; The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program will present the area premiere of Christine Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trojan Barbie: A Car-Crash Encounter With Euripidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trojan Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? April 11 through 20 at the Gonda Theatre. Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; part contemporary drama, part homage to the Greek classic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recasts the legendary fall of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare. British doll-repair expert Lotte Jones books herself on a singles tour to modernday Troy, only to find herself flung into an ancient prison camp. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 to $18. The Gonda Theatre at the Davis Performing Arts Center is located on the Georgetown University campus, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society will stage the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Awakeningâ&#x20AC;? April 4 through 13 at Poulton Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stage III. Performance times are 8 p.m.

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anita Bonds

Michael Brown

Matthew Frumin

Anita Bonds, 67, lives in Bloomingdale and has served as the interim at-large D.C. Council member since the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed her in December. She is on leave as director of corporate relations for the Fort Myer Construction Co., which performs roadwork. Her previous D.C. government experience includes working in the administrations of mayors Marion Barry, Sharon Pratt and Anthony Williams, and as chief of staff for Kwame Brown when he was an atlarge member. She has chaired the D.C. Democratic Party since 2006. If elected to the permanent at-large seat, Bonds said she would focus most on public safety, employment training and healthier neighborhoods. Bonds, who is currently assigned to the council’s public safety committee, said the city needs to look harder at its linked fire department and emergency medical services, possibly splitting the See Bonds/Page V8

Michael Brown, 48, lives in Chevy Chase and lobbies on Capitol Hill for Fortune 500 companies and public entities. Brown, now a Democrat, previously held a D.C. Council at-large seat as an independent for four years starting in 2008. During his council tenure, he chaired committees dealing with economic development, housing and workforce development. If elected again to the council, he said his three major priorities would be affordable housing, jobs and improving the safety net. On affordable housing, Brown said his record speaks to his attentiveness to the issue. “One of the first things I did after being first elected was get the rent control law extended for 10 years,” said Brown. “I strengthened our tenants’ rights laws to protect their ability to purchase a rental building when it is sold.” See Brown/Page V6

Matthew Frumin, 53, has been an American University Park advisory neighborhood commissioner since 2008 and has worked for two major law firms as an international trade attorney. As chair of the Wilson High School Management Corp., he helped oversee the school’s modernization process; he currently is a member of the mayor’s task force on undergrounding utilities. If elected, he said he would concentrate on education, infrastructure and affordable housing. On education, Frumin said the city must address the disparity between the public schools in its eastern and western sections. “In areas west of [Rock Creek Park], we have an increasingly successful but overcrowded local school system,” Frumin added. “Elsewhere, we see a weakening ... system competing with a growing charter sector made of some great and some not-so-great See Frumin/Page V7

patrick Mara

perry redd

Elissa Silverman

paul Zukerberg

Patrick Mara, 38, lives in Columbia Heights and has served as the Ward 1 D.C. State Board of Education member since 2011. A two-time candidate for the D.C. Council seat, Mara does consulting and business development for his company, Dolan Group LLC. If elected, he would be the council’s only Republican. As a legislator, he said, he would focus on education, fiscal responsibility, and open, honest government. On education, Mara said he supports the recent reconstitution of the council’s education committee as “a very good step to continue with education reform,” noting that the new stand-alone committee will provide oversight and resources for both public and charter schools. He said he supports recent school consolidations because larger schools can offer greater diversity in programs and activities. Elementary schools that are struggling to increase enrollment See Mara/Page V7

Perry Redd, 48, lives in Brightwood and works as a volunteer community organizer. He directs Sincere Seven, a nonprofit workers rights advocacy group. If elected, Redd would be the first Statehood Green Party member on the D.C. Council since 1999. As a legislator, he said, he would prioritize promoting statehood, making residents employable and getting justice for residents who have served in prison. On statehood, Redd said his party’s name speaks to the issue’s importance. “Statehood is the chief issue and our party’s reason for being,” Redd said. “With a city of 600,000-plus residents, statehood is a justifiable demand.” Redd said that the District of Columbia — excluding the National Mall, White House, Capitol and surrounding federal core — should be admitted as a state, with the Republican-leaning Puerto Rico added to offset the liberal representatives See redd/Page V8

Elissa Silverman, 40, lives in Capitol Hill and is on leave from her job analyzing the District’s budget and workforce development programs for the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. A longtime journalist, Silverman has previously written for The New Republic, the Center for Responsive Politics and The Washington Post, and is perhaps best known locally for the time she spent writing the “Loose Lips” column in the Washington City Paper. If elected, Silverman said she would focus most on integrity, accountability and investment. She said there are three principal roles for a council member: “Perform tough oversight over the executive branch, legislate where there are public policy gaps, and be an advocate and a voice for residents.” Many who run for the D.C. Council, she remarked, seem to be seeking the role of police chief or schools chancellor. See Silverman/Page V7

Paul Zukerberg, 55, lives in Adams Morgan and works as a sole practitioner trial lawyer dealing with criminal and civil matters. If elected, he said his prime goals would be to make health care reform succeed here, reform portions of the criminal justice system and improve city schools. Zukerberg calls universal health care “the social issue of our time.” He is concerned that the city is “not nearly ready” to implement key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, often known as “Obamacare,” in time for the impending deadline. “We are way behind,” he said. “There is no conceivable way this can be done by Oct. 1.” Major steps and decisions remain, Zukerberg said, such as deciding whether purchase through the D.C. exchange will be mandatory or optional. “There has been no period of public comment because there are no proposed regulations for the D.C. See Zukerberg/Page V7

The Current’s staff interviewed candidates running for the at-large D.C. Council seat vacated when Phil Mendelson was elected council chairman. The interviews provided the basis for profiles detailing candidates’ biographical information and their top priorities, as well as charts offering brief positions on a variety of issues. The Current’s Voters Guide for the April 23 special election appears in The Current and The Washington Informer. It is also available online at

Budget autonomy referendum The April 23 ballot will include Proposed Charter Amendment VIII. The Board of Elections’ summary reads as follows: “Currently, the Home Rule Act requires affirmative Congressional action with respect to the entire District budget (both federal and local funds). “This Charter Amendment, if ratified, enacted and upheld, would permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget for the District of Columbia government; would permit the District to spend local funds in accordance with each Council approved budget act; and would permit the Council to establish the District’s fiscal year.” Under the proposed process, the budget would become law unless Congress passes a disapproval resolution within 30 days that the president subsequently signs, as can occur with other legislation approved by the council.

Republican Party

Democratic Party

Statehood Green Party

Democratic Party

Democratic Party

Democratic Party

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V2 Wednesday, april 3, 2013 D.C. CounCil at-larGE SEat

The CurrenT anita Bonds Democrat

Michael Brown Democrat

Matthew Frumin Democrat

patrick Mara Republican

perry redd statehood Green

Elissa Silverman Democrat

paul Zukerberg Democrat

How would you differentiate yourself from your fellow candidates?

I have a long history of public service in Washington.

I’m talking about what I’ve done; they’re talking about what they will do.

I’ve been deeply involved in local issues through work in the schools, as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, and a member of various cityoriented task forces.

I will put my foot in the revolving door of oldguard District politics, and I understand citywide education issues better than my competitors.

I’m unequivocally for statehood. I won’t accept corporate contributions. My agenda favors lowerincome people.

I have a 15-year track record on transparency, accountability and advocating for investment in our city’s people and places.

I’m the only one giving straight, practical answers to people’s problems.

What do you think of Mayor Gray’s proposed legislation on political contributions, which he says is designed to restore trust in the District’s elected officials?

It’s difficult to use legislation to restore honesty. It would put a damper on ordinary citizens running as it takes money to tell one’s story.

It’s a good first step. I favor public financing for campaigns.

He has offered a positive framework to pursue campaign finance reform.

It’s inadequate. I think we should go to publicly financed campaigns after a specific amount has been raised from individuals only.

I’d like it to go further. I favor public campaign financing.

It is too complicated. I support a ban on direct corporate contributions to local candidates.

No law will prevent dishonest people from being corrupt. What we’ve seen is a character failure of certain elected officials.

In considering the District’s next budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like increased? Decreased?

Would look at reducing personal property taxes, spending more on affordable housing, helping homeless and repairing infrastructure. Can’t identify any reductions at the moment.

Increase affordable housing, job training and safety net. Unsure as to decreases.

Increase schools’ operating budgets. Invest more in infrastructure, parks, affordable housing and the social safety net, especially for homeless youth. Increase efficiency of providing special education.

Decrease bureaucracy. Improve contractor quality. Every school should have a library and librarian. Have more language immersion programs. Slightly increase police foot patrols.

Increase affordable housing, homeless services and green energy projects. Decrease tax abatements to large corporations.

Increase spending on housing production trust fund. Would look at cutting transitional employment program as I don’t believe our money is spent well.

Spend more in early childhood education. Increase salaries and bonuses for highperforming teachers in low-performing schools. Invest in affordable housing and job training. Eliminate council member skyboxes and SUVs.

Given the District’s current budget situation, which taxes would you like to see increased? Which taxes would you like to see decreased?

Would reduce residential property taxes and taxes for new small-business start-ups. Could do surcharge on very wealthy to build up reserves if there is really a need; they are willing to help.

Favored past increases for people earning more than $350,000. Would like cut for teachers and other public-sector workers if they live in the District.

I would like to see what the tax commission proposes. I would like them to be revenueneutral.

Opposed to any increases. Make business taxes more similar to Maryland’s and Virginia’s. Look at reducing taxes on individuals across the board.

Decrease for middleincome earners. Modestly increase taxes on those making over $1 million. They would not move out.

Provide property tax relief for homeowners earning up to $50,000. I favor a progressive income tax, but would await tax commission recommendation before making decision.

No increases. Provide relief for all working men and women, homeowner tax relief, and payroll relief for lower-income groups.

Some argue that high income tax rates encourage wealthy retired people to leave D.C., yet they need few services and their presence helps our treasury. Should there be a tax exemption on pensions, Social Security and 401(k)s, as in Pennsylvania?

It would be a good way to try to keep them here. But these people do need some services.

We should examine it.


We should strongly consider it.


I would ask the tax commission to look at that issue. I don’t know the data.

Low-income seniors shouldn’t have to pay taxes on Social Security. High-income people should.

For commercial real estate in a high-landcost area such as D.C., the price per square foot is far lower for high-rises than it is for low-rises. Should parts of wards 7 and 8 be allowed under D.C. law to have high-rises in an attempt to reduce unemployment levels?

We are going to have to build up there. I’m in agreement with that.


I would support it subject to input of local advisory neighborhood commissions and residents.

I would like to see the report that the U.S. Government Accountability Office is doing on it. I could see it in wards 7 and 8.

No. They wouldn’t employ D.C. residents to build them.

Our unemployment is due to issues of literacy and skills. Building height has nothing to do with unemployment in wards 7 and 8.

I support easing height restrictions where appropriate, after community input, in exchange for an affordable-housing contribution.

Mayor Vincent Gray says D.C. gets little tax revenue from high-tech firms but could expand the sector since the city is very attractive to potential employees. He favors lowering District profits taxes to better compete with Virginia and Maryland, and lowering capital gains taxes for their investors, and he says any taxes D.C. collects will be additional city revenue. Do you agree with this approach?

That’s a premise that can work, but is not necessary as we are a mecca and we are very exciting for IT workers.

Yes to profits taxes, no to capital gains taxes.

I think we should await the tax commission’s conclusions.

Yes to both.

Yes to both, if they hire mostly D.C. residents.

No to capital gains taxes. Aside from that, I would want to get the tax commission’s recommendations first.

Yes to corporate taxes. Need more data on capital gains taxes.

The Current

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

District of Columbia Board of Elections

When and where can I vote in the Special Election?

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You can vote early from Monday, April 8 until Saturday, April 20 at the One Judiciary Square (OJS) vote center only. One Judiciary Square Vote Center 441 – 4th Street, NW Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • You can choose to cast a paper ballot or use the touch screen equipment to cast your ballot. • The early vote center is closed on Sunday, April 14 and Emancipation Day, Tuesday, April 16.

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V4 Wednesday, april 3, 2013 D.C. CounCil at-larGE SEat

The CurrenT anita Bonds Democrat

Michael Brown Democrat

Matthew Frumin Democrat

patrick Mara Republican

perry redd statehood Green

Elissa Silverman Democrat

paul Zukerberg Democrat

What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, longterm D.C. residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes, or are our current policies generally adequate?

We have the homestead act. Perhaps we could give retirees a tax incentive to stay here and fix up their homes.

I led the charge for $50 million of affordable-housing initiatives over the past two years.

I like Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser’s proposal for a moratorium on property tax increases for people who have owned homes for a long time, regardless of income.

Lower the cap on residential property tax increases due to higher assessments to 5 percent annually.

We shouldn’t raise property taxes on those earning less than $40,000.

I support property tax relief for residents with incomes under $50,000.

Increase the homestead exemption. Control utility bill increases. Relax accessory dwelling regulations.

D.C.’s commercial real estate and business taxes are the highest in the area by far. Business groups say Virginia attracts many District firms due to tax rates. Should there be an effort to reduce them to compete?

It should be considered.

Unsure. We are examining them. It would blow a hole in our revenue receipts.

Studying this issue is part of the mandate of the tax commission. I would like to see their proposals.

Yes. Especially for areas with high unemployment.


If the tax commission recommends lowering business taxes, I would seriously consider supporting it.

From what I can see, we don’t have a problem now attracting new businesses.

Should the sales tax include services, such as gym memberships?






I’d want to see what the tax commission says.

Absolutely not.

What steps do you believe should be taken to improve public education?

Truancy and discipline problems would be reduced with a more interesting curriculum and instructors. Serve free breakfast and lunch every day to everyone regardless of income.

More per pupil funding to the classrooms and not the administration. Better wraparound services.

Support local schools and give disadvantaged kids the support needed for them to succeed.

The stand-alone education committee is a start to provide oversight, but we cannot micromanage D.C. Public Schools nor the charter schools.

Have charter and regular schools under one umbrella. Include civics education in curriculum. Set a moratorium on school closings and new charters.

Better oversight of both D.C. Public Schools and charter schools.

Increase early childhood education. Have high schools focus on job skills. Increase resources for lower-performing schools.

What line items, if any, should be reduced, struck from or added to the school budget?

Add free breakfast and lunch. Reduce size of classes in underperforming schools. Offer more enrichment activities and more art and music. Look at cutting administration.

Libraries, physical education, art teachers and nurses should be in every school.

Reduce central office expenses and budgets for special education transportation and private placements. Make food service more efficient and increase its quality. Allow principals to hire more tutors, social workers or teachers where kids have great needs.

Add libraries and librarians, and offer a minimum level of music and art at all schools. We need additional resources for language immersion programs, particularly at elementary levels.

Add line items for at-risk youth, family support services and disabled. No further charter school spending.

I’d have to take a closer look at the school budget.

Increase early education, before- and after-school programs. Offer year-round programs and high school job and skill training. Can’t think of any cuts.

Charter school advocates claim the government does not follow the law by giving them first crack at many closed school buildings. What, if anything, would you do about that?

Charter schools should have the right only based on the quality of their programs.

They should not get first crack in every case.

I think the city is appropriately working to address charter school demands for buildings.

In many cases, they should have the right of first offer when D.C. Public Schools will not maintain the facility for future use.

Nothing. I’m against giving away our public assets.

They should have the chance to locate in closed buildings and co-locate in currently operating schools.

We need a comprehensive review of all school facilities and a plan to effectively utilize them.

Charter school advocates say that charter schools do not receive as much per pupil funding as the public school system does, since most charter schools have to fund their own buildings. Do you agree? If yes, what should be done about it?

It is going to be very hard to make it fair, as they are regarded as businesses. We could help them with start-up money. It’s difficult to be independent and take government money.

Generally no, but there are cases where charters are at a disadvantage.

I don’t agree. They get an allowance to cover their building costs. Their cost structures differ from the public school system’s.

I agree. We need to give them access to adequate facilities or finance the building if they are deemed highquality.

I don’t necessarily agree. They make a choice to become a charter. They can get corporate money, which evens the playing field.

No decision should be made before advisory neighborhood commissions, the Office of Planning, business owners and other community stakeholders have given their recommendations.

There needs to be unified facilities planning for both charter and D.C. public schools. The charter school board and school system administration should have a joint task force on facilities, which could match new charters with closed D.C. public schools.

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services has been criticized for alleged lax supervision of juvenile offenders. Do you believe the agency overall is doing a good job? If not, what should the council do?

It needs improvements. It should have steady, dependable offender supervision. Give more thought to returning juveniles back to the communities. Improve their education so they feel like they belong in society.

It has had systemic issues for years. Aggressive oversight by the council would help. The New Beginnings facility is doing better than its predecessor.

It would be hard to give it high marks. Today, I have no specific proposal to solve its problems.

It’s not doing a good job, as youth offenders seem to have a revolving door.

It’s not doing a good job. The oversight needs to be compartmentalized and much more detailed on placement, personnel and support services. Reports should be bimonthly rather than annually.

More oversight.

We should decriminalize marijuana and not criminalize truancy to assure that youth services focus exclusively on serious problems.

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anita Bonds Democrat

Michael Brown Democrat

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Matthew Frumin Democrat

patrick Mara Republican

perry redd statehood Green


Elissa Silverman Democrat

paul Zukerberg Democrat

What steps, if any, should be taken to help former prison inmates find jobs?

We need an ombudsman to arrange prisoner job training wherever they are incarcerated.

I changed the “First Source” law to ensure returning citizens get job opportunities, and changed the language from ex-offenders to returning citizens to eliminate the stigma.

Give businesses incentives such as tax abatements to hire them. We should also establish support groups.

Establish targeted workforce development programs for jobs that really exist. Many current programs have no measured outcomes.

Provide automatic, citysponsored insurance for their employers, stipend-based employment training and skill-matched job placement.

Train them for appropriate available jobs after assessing their skills and literacy levels.

Increase job-training programs for returning offenders and prohibit discrimination on offenses unrelated to the job position.

Is the present level of enforcement for quality-of-life offenses generally adequate, too heavy-handed or not tough enough?

It’s more than enforcement. Many who commit crimes need health assistance and wraparound services.

Not tough enough.

Not tough enough.

It’s generally adequate, but more policing is needed.

Too heavy-handed. We need to enforce other things.

We should properly enforce our laws and legislate where changes are needed.

Too heavy-handed. Some of these laws are draconian.

Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to U.S. immigration officials when suspects are arrested? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all?

When they are convicted.

After conviction, but not before.

When convicted of a violent crime.

When convicted of a violent crime.

When convicted of a felony.

I would ask criminal justice experts about it.

Just if convicted of a violent crime.

How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, using cellphones and blocking the box? Or would you eliminate some of these laws?

Parking ticket people should have scooters with authority to pull individuals over and ticket them.

Leave it to the judgment of the police.

Traffic cameras help. We need more police to enforce these kinds of issues. Bicyclists should pay the same amount as car drivers do.

It’s an issue that varies in different parts of the city. Get rid of the laws that are not directly correlated to safety.

Would eliminate jaywalking law. The others should be enforced in full or not at all.

Criminal enforcement is more important. Police officers should ticket lawbreakers, especially where there are accidents caused by them.

Everyone must obey traffic laws. But improved transportation planning and facilities can help eliminate these issues.

Do you think we have an adequate number of police officers?

We need more, but many sit behind desks. Many are on leave for extended periods. We should consider changing the union contract to limit this.

Yes, coupled with the other law enforcement branches operating here.

A modest increase will help.

I think we need some more, but we should have an independent commission to evaluate the number.


Yes, there are enough on the payroll, but not on the streets.

Yes, but they’re too busy making small marijuana arrests.

Should the city substantially raise fines for cyclists who violate traffic rules? Should bicyclists be allowed on sidewalks?

Yes to increased fines, no to sidewalks. Bicycles should be registered.

No to increased fines at this time, but we should re-examine it if the bicycle population continues to increase. No to sidewalks.

Increase fines to the same level as car drivers. Only allow on sidewalks if they are so designated.

Increase fines only if it’s co-related with safety. No sidewalks where there is highdensity foot traffic.

No to both.

I would look at best practices elsewhere. Yes to sidewalks outside of downtown and other dense areas.

I think fines are adequate. No to sidewalks unless they are accompanying children.

Is the District’s present open-meetings law adequate?




No. Notice requirements are often only 48 hours. It’s difficult to find out what’s going on with many boards and commissions.

No. Meetings should be recorded and accessible to the general public in real time.

Yes, but not in spirit. Council budget sessions are open, but there are no seats for the public.

No. Too many decisions are made in executive sessions by officials improperly claiming they involve personnel matters or other exceptions.

Should the D.C. Council seats become a fulltime job, with a ban on members earning outside earned income?

There should not be a ban, but it should be a full-time job.


No, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh’s teaching at GWU is not a conflict. The key is the time they spend on the council and whether they opine on matters where there might be a conflict.

Yes, but current members can be grandfathered.


Yes, but current members should be exempted.


Should D.C. Council members be allowed to keep constituent service funds? If yes, should they be larger, smaller or left as they are now?

Yes. They should remain as they are now.

Yes. They should be larger. There are many people in need.

Yes, subject to full transparency, including the names of beneficiaries.

No. There is no measurement of need when paying constituents’ utility bills.

Yes. Increase them.

I would ban individual funds, but have a councilwide fund as a part of the budget for emergency needs.

No. They are just slush funds.

Should D.C. allow residents to set up selftaxing districts where residents pay extra to receive extra services, similar to business improvement districts?

No. It sounds like a good idea, but it could get out of hand.


No. It would take us on a road to deeper divides in the city between the haves and the have-nots.

Yes, if they want to.



No. Everyone should get the same level of services.

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The CurrenT anita Bonds Democrat

Michael Brown Democrat

Matthew Frumin Democrat

patrick Mara Republican

perry redd statehood Green

Elissa Silverman Democrat

paul Zukerberg Democrat

More than 60 percent of D.C. government employees live outside the District, so the city doesn’t collect their income taxes. What if anything should be done about this?

The primary reason for it is the lack of affordable housing. We need to increase the supply of belowmarket-rate housing based on income.

We need to do a better job attracting D.C. government employees to live here. That’s why affordable housing is so important.

Consider providing a $500 monthly voucher for police, firefighters and teachers for mortgages or rent on District housing. It could be revenueneutral or even revenue-positive given increased income-tax receipts.

Offer police, firefighters and teachers who purchase homes in the District a tax credit (the amount of which would be less than their District income taxes).

The city should provide tax incentives to its employees to entice them to live here.

Improve schools and create more affordable housing so people with moderate incomes can live here.

I have no specific suggestion.

Some observers say D.C. statehood is a hopeless cause as Republicans don’t want two more Democratic senators and Virginia and Maryland don’t want a commuter tax. They say we should go for territorial status so we wouldn’t pay federal income and corporate profits taxes, attracting businesses to reduce unemployment. What do you think?

I think we should stick with statehood as a goal.

I don’t agree with territorial status.

Pursuit of statehood and a vote in Congress is a high priority. We should look at ways to pursue a commuter tax.

I support statehood, but think we should concentrate on what’s attainable in the near term — first obtain budget autonomy, then consider other options.

Statehood is an achievable goal. Anything less is unconstitutional.

I want statehood. All Americans have the right to representation in Congress.

I’m a supporter of full D.C. statehood and think we shouldn’t settle for anything less.

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Brown also takes credit for restoring $50 million to the affordable-housing budget’s many programs: the Housing Finance Agency for rental assistance, the Housing Production Trust Fund for producing and preserving affordable housing, the Home Purchase Assistance Program for down payment help, the Local Rent Supplement Program, and programs helping families on the verge of becoming homeless and for young people leaving foster care. “I would like to try to figure out how to increase the available funds ... to stop the wave of diminishing affordable housing,” Brown said. On job creation, Brown said training and placement for residents is essential. To ensure that local jobs are available for residents, he said, he co-wrote D.C.’s revised “First Source” law, which established local hiring requirements for projects that receive between $300,000 and $5 million in government subsidies and added to them for projects over $5 million. But significant training is still required to prepare much of the D.C. workforce for jobs, Brown said. “You can do self-checkout at grocery stores, so we must retrain those folks,” he said. “Construction may be the most visible form of job creation, but it actually is very small. Tourism, hospitality, local universities’ service side, weatherization, green jobs and IT are where the jobs are.” Brown noted he helped increase the budget for the city’s community college — by $6.7 million in the 2013 fiscal year. Its programs, he

said, are an important component of job training. Brown also said he supported a proposal by Mayor Vincent Gray to offer tax breaks to tech firms, provided that the majority of their employees are D.C. residents. Additionally, Brown said he helped overhaul the summer youth jobs program, making it cheaper and more efficient, and blocking non-residents from participating. On the city’s safety net programs, Brown said he has an extensive record of defending the most vulnerable residents. He “took a leadership role in modernizing and strengthening” the city’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. One of the reforms sought to identify barriers that keep families unemployed. About 6,000 families, with about 14,000 children, rely on a mix of District and federal funding, according to Brown — and the money isn’t always sufficient. “The current payment for a family of three is $428 a month. That’s why we have a spike in family homelessness,” he said. He said one of his key initiatives was securing federal money for the District — $20 million for food stamps, and funding to cover 180 children cared for by grandparents and other seniors. He said he also lobbied for $17 million to help the chronically homeless, and for increased federal funding for disabled residents. Brown said he hopes to restart a previous unsuccessful attempt to provide increased property tax relief for low-income residents. A third-generation Washingtonian, Brown graduated from Clark University and the Widener University School of Law in Delaware. He is divorced with two children.

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FRUMIN From Page V1 schools. The big challenge is ensuring we have successful local schools everywhere.” Frumin said the upcoming closures of more than a dozen public schools are concentrated unevenly in certain sections of the city. This will result in “neighborhoods ... that don’t have great local options or at least the hope they are going to get them,” he said. “Resentment is building. When you have closures in one part of the city, it gets very, very difficult to explain the need for expansion in another part.” The school system also needs to improve its wraparound services, Frumin said. “The best charter schools have tutors and social workers,” he said. “In Denver and Houston, they’ve increased staffing in public schools to

ZUKERBERG From Page V1 exchange,” he said. In addition, “major issues have not been decided by the council,” which he said “needs to promptly hold hearings, propose regulations and solicit participation from providers.” If elected, Zukerberg vowed to “work 24/7 to see that our exchange is set up on time, that our software is easy to use, and that our prices and plans are the most competitive in the country. Oregon and some other states are already online.” “When people log in on Oct. 1,” he said, “I want them to ... see their choices and the prices.”

implement lessons from charters. And it is working.” He also recommended locating more specialty programs within comprehensive high schools. And he said funding for athletics must not continue to focus disproportionately on boys teams. Frumin pointed to his experience with Wilson’s $105 million modernization. “I worked on that project from soup to nuts and gained an expertise that I can bring to other projects,” Frumin said. Discussing the city’s infrastructure needs, Frumin said he agrees with Mayor Vincent Gray that green measures like rain gardens and permeable pavement can help address a federal mandate to prevent sewage spills into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. Lowimpact alternatives, he said, are preferable to constructing multibillion-dollar tunnels to store surplus stormwater.

Successful implementation of affordable health care would be a boon to the city, Zukerberg suggested — encouraging “businesses to locate and stay here” and giving both employees and companies “a major perk” through competitive health plans. On criminal justice reform, Zukerberg suggests decriminalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana and instead making that a civil infraction. “For adults it would mean a fine; for juveniles, it’s parental notification plus an educational class,” he said. Zukerberg said current penalties for marijuana create “an enormous drain on police resources” when police are needed more urgently to

MARA From Page V1 need “hooks” or “things that represent what higher-performing charter schools are doing” to remain competitive, such as language immersion programs. Mara also said he supports using school facilities — both public and charter — for after-hours vocational training for both students and adults in “industries and skill sets where jobs exist in the city and will continue to grow.” Athletics, art and music should be used to help engage kids in schools, he said. Students should be awarded academic credit for their work in art or music, and more sports teams should be set up so more students can participate. Students are less likely to skip school if they are held accountable by teammates and coaches, Mara said, and the in-class time set aside for athletics could also be used for remediation or Advanced Placement classes. Mara also said he sees a need for better marketing of schools. He cited Columbia Heights’ Tubman Elementary as a well-marketed example and said others should follow its lead. He also proposed a comprehensive A-through-F rating system that would make it easy for parents to understand the performance levels of all public and charter schools. On fiscal responsibility, Mara said it’s essential to maintain the independence of the chief financial officer. However, the new chief needs to make less conservative fiscal estimates so the city doesn’t have so much unanticipated revenue. Mara also said the city should be considering “tax relief for individuals and businesses”

Frumin suggested that the city find a way to establish a commuter tax in order to fund a regional infrastructure bank with a board including District, Maryland and Virginia members — similar to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. For further investments, Frumin said he favors increased spending on recreation. A facility akin to Montgomery County’s SoccerPlex might be appropriate for Anacostia Park, he said. “Kids in lowerincome areas do not have parks with playing fields,” he said. “It’s why Wilson and Bell [high schools] dominate soccer and Wilson dominates baseball.” On affordable housing, Frumin said the city’s growth “must benefit all our communities” and that part of the resulting revenue should fund ways to allow lower-income residents to live in the District. This should include government employees like librarians,

fight violent crime. “We arrest over 4,000 people each year for small amounts of marijuana,” he said. He also argued that the current approach saddles “young black men with permanent criminal records, which becomes a lifetime impediment to employment and advancement.” He noted that Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and 18 states have already decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. On education, Zukerberg said the city must support and replicate successful programs, rather than focusing just on the D.C. Public Schools system — “I don’t care if it’s DCPS, charter or parochial.” He takes issue with “high-stakes

now that the city’s reserves are close to its average spending for two months. To increase transparency, he proposed a website that would publicly track government expenditures. He also called for improved record keeping to prevent waste and fraud. Mara also said that there should be better evaluation of nonprofits so government money isn’t wasted on those “that aren’t capable of doing what they say they do.” On ethics, Mara said he supports moving to a system where political campaigns are partially publicly financed. Candidates would have to raise a certain amount of money through individual contributions, and then would be awarded a specified amount from the city. Corporate and union contributions would be banned. Mara believes that once in office, council members — exempting the current legislators — should not be allowed to hold outside jobs unless cleared by the council. If elected, he said, he would devote himself full-time to the council. Members should also not be allowed to receive gifts or even cups of coffee from lobbyists, Mara said, but they ought to be able to receive free admission to widely attended events such as Chamber of Commerce dinners. Mara also said the city’s open meetings law needs stricter enforcement, especially for boards and commissions. “In a number of these meetings, people aren’t able to follow what goes on,” he said. Mara, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., graduated from Marist College in 1997, where he majored in environmental science and political science. He received a Master of Business Administration in entrepreneurship from Babson College. He is newly married.

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police officers and firefighters, he said, and should also exist beyond separately subsidized affordable-housing units. “We need to use carrots to attract our workforce to the city: a voucher of something like $500 a month for mortgage or rent in the District for, at first, teachers, firefighters and police,” Frumin said. “If it proves successful, it can be expanded to other city employees. We could then offer incentives to businesses to offer something similar.” He also supports a proposal from Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser to enact a moratorium on increased property taxes for longtime residents at all income levels. Frumin grew up near Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan and moved to the District to attend law school at George Washington University. He is married with three children, who all have attended D.C. public schools.

testing with one big test” to measure performance. Instead, he said he supports “evaluations throughout the year with quizzes and mini reviews.” Teacher evaluations, meanwhile, “should include surveys of satisfaction by students, parents and other teachers.” Advanced Placement classes are important, he said. “Students who can advance should have that opportunity.” But the city also needs more focus on job training and skill development during the high school years. “Good jobs,” Zukerberg said, “are going vacant because our high school graduates do not have the skills necessary to fill them. High school graduates can make it as

SILVERMAN From Page V1 On integrity, Silverman said that she supports transparency in government so that its “actions are understandable and accessible to taxpayers.” “I have a track record of pushing transparency,” Silverman said. “Until three years ago, decisions about the budget were made behind closed doors,” and “I led nonprofit groups advocating to push [then-Council Chairman Vincent] Gray to open up those negotiations, which wouldn’t have happened without my advocacy.” One of the future reforms Silverman said she would seek is to establish a practice of posting city contracts online. She also said called for more oversight of the Children’s Youth Investment Trust Corp., which offers out-of school-programs for District children. The group lost more than $300,000 in recent years, stolen by then-Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer, too, needs increased oversight and accountability, Silverman said. “We need to revisit how the CFO works with our agencies to make sure it is a structure that is beneficial.” In general, she said, there needs to be “better oversight of all of our agencies.” It shouldn’t be “a once-a-year thing with the budget” but rather “year-round work with … the tax and revenue committee.” Silverman supports banning direct corporate contributions to local candidates, noting that her campaign is not accepting them. On accountability, Silverman said her career examining city government from the


dental hygienists. ... They can take courses to prepare for food service management careers.” Zukerberg noted that fewer than 10 percent of D.C. high school graduates complete college within six years. In addition, he said, there’s a problem of “for-profit colleges … snapping up high school graduates desperate to learn marketable skills and saddling them with huge student debts and graduating a very small percentage.” Born in Paterson, N.J., and a graduate of Hamilton College, Zukerberg came to D.C. in 1981 to attend American University’s law school. He is married and has two children who attend local public schools.

outside gives her a strong background. “I have detailed where the city spends its money. This is the kind of accountability I’m talking about: a comprehensive map of where the city spends its workforce dollars. I think we should be doing this kind of oversight and then I would ask the question, ‘What outcomes are we getting for these dollars?’” On investment, Silverman said the city should put more money toward affordable housing and schools because of substantial gaps here both in opportunities and income equality. She said the key reason for the significant unemployment east of the Anacostia River is that “schools are not performing to the level of Janney or Brent,” referring to high-demand elementary schools in Tenleytown and Capitol Hill. “We need to be honest [to parents] about their [children’s] skills and literacy levels and how we get them jobs,” she added. Silverman said she supports schools offering breakfast, lunch, and, if necessary, dinner for students who don’t get proper meals at home. “Then we need to make sure we’re funding housing programs so that the kid is not sleeping in a park, shelter or motel room,” she added. Silverman said the city should “put more money into the Housing Production Trust Fund,” which is the “best generator of affordable housing.” To further stimulate affordable-housing construction, Silverman said the District needs to enforce its existing inclusionary zoning laws, as well as explore other approaches. Silverman, who is single, grew up in Baltimore. She earned her bachelor’s at Brown University, where she studied economics and history.

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BonDS From Page V1 two into separate agencies to save money and improve service. “Eighty-five percent of the calls are for emergency services, not for fires,” she said. Bonds supports increasing the number of police officers in the city. She also said she is “a fan of community policing where officers walk the beat, so you build trust between police and neighborhood businesses … [and] it’s easier to report suspicious people in the neighborhood.” Asked about civic groups that want to fund their own security presence for their neighborhoods, as the Citizens Association of Georgetown has done for several years, Bonds said such groups have “a right to do that as long as it does not infringe on others’ rights. We don’t want gated communities.” In response to recent acts of violence involving D.C. youth, Bonds has urged a comprehensive approach and an “infusion of resources to address the root causes.” She criticized decisions to reduce — and, in some cases, eliminate — funds for effective programs such as the Weed and Seed Initiative and the Roving Leaders Program. On jobs, she wants the District to do more to help ex-offenders integrate into the workforce. “The city should put money into their training while they are incarcerated, no matter where,” she said. “We should match them with a job for which they have been trained and that is appropriate to their skill set and their crime.” Bonds also believes schools should expand their job-training capabilities for specific positions, she said. “That includes open-

The CurrenT ing buildings for evening courses for adults who are unemployed or feel they are underemployed.” She also suggested that “for the hard-core unemployed,” the creation of a service corps could be helpful. Workers could “plant trees, do landscaping and cleaning and sprucing up our neighborhoods,” she said. “They could help our disabled seniors tidy up their properties. They could clean up invasive species in Rock Creek Park.” On the subject of “healthy neighborhoods,” Bonds spoke of the importance of improving the quality of life of District communities. The city must make proper investments in infrastructure like streetlights, and provide opportunities for commercial entities to thrive in neighborhoods. And the “Great Streets” program should be expanded, she said. Cleanliness and healthiness are important for both businesses and residences, according to Bonds. “We have to create a process for grading business establishments for cleanliness and safety as they do in Los Angeles and Singapore,” she said. She also said the city should help residents ensure that front yards and porches remain clutter-free. “It’s helpful to have someone get rid of some of that debris.” In some neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan, the government must “pay attention to oversaturation with liquor licenses,” she said. Bonds, a widow with three children, studied for four years at the University of California at Berkeley. Her background also includes working as a community organizer, chairing the Perry School Community Services Center and managing a youth mentorship program at Georgetown University.

rEDD From Page V1 Washingtonians would likely elect. “The representation from the two jurisdictions would be akin to when Alaska and Hawaii joined the union,” he said. The issue is a matter of civil rights, said Redd. “Disenfranchisement is unacceptable and un-American. Constitutional rights, selfdetermination and self-government should be equal among all Americans.” Some advocates have suggested that the District become a territory, like Puerto Rico, in which residents pay no federal income tax. Redd disagreed with that approach, saying representation in Congress is more valuable both to residents and to the country. “Taxes are a part of the American responsibility,” he said. On employment, Redd said the District should “aggressively support” its “First Source” law, which requires that certain city contractors hire primarily D.C. residents and sets out penalties for out-of-compliance firms. Furthermore, he said, the District should do more to encourage people to live here, including property tax breaks or reduced pay for city employees who live in other jurisdictions. “Living outside of D.C. and working here has no consequences,” he said. “I would create incentives to live where you work.” Redd also the city should increase its jobtraining budget, and tie programs to the types of jobs that are available. “I commit to legislation to open accredited training for tech positions, administrative, management level and in-demand occupations such as green jobs.” On returning citizens who were formerly

incarcerated, Redd said it’s important to treat all residents equally — preventing discrimination by employers based on criminal history, and reinstating ex-offenders’ rights to serve on a jury. Helping returning citizens establish a stable lifestyle is valuable not only for them but for the city as a whole because it reduces the likelihood they will return to crime, Redd said. He recalled data stating that 70 to 80 percent of unemployed returning citizens are arrested again, compared to 20 percent of those who are employed. “It’s a reality that idle time is the devil’s workshop,” said Redd. “So to ensure public safety, provide opportunity and for their selfesteem, employment is a necessary tool.” In addition to providing employment protections, Redd said the city should help returning citizens get back on their feet by using the Housing Production Trust Fund to connect them to subsidized living arrangements. “A majority of them go to shelters or couch surf,” he said. Redd noted that there are times when it’s not appropriate to ignore a citizen’s history. For instance, he said, a convicted child molester should not be hired by a school or the Department of Parks and Recreation, and a bank should retain the right to not hire someone convicted of robbery or fraud. “Ex-offenders should be able to be barred from employment in appropriate cases,” he said, but “I disagree with the part which allows an employer to bar employment just based on any conviction.” Redd, a native Washingtonian, graduated from H.D. Woodson High School and Northwest Academy in Chicago. Divorced, he has a grown daughter, two stepsons and six grandchildren.

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â&#x20AC;¨On Tuesday, Year 5 went to the National Zoo to make documentaries for our International Primary Curriculum topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Express Yourselfâ&#x20AC;?. Each group went off with a parent or teacher to start filming the animals. The zoo had so many animals to choose from. Our group started off with elephants and then moved on to the otters. Next, we saw the Bird House, which had a lot of exotic birds flying around. After that we found the emu in its habitat, and all of us walked around imitating its walking. After lunch, we walked over to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZOOâ&#x20AC;? sign to take some pictures. Then we roared at the lions, and believe it or not they roared back! We met a volunteer by the cheetah enclosure, who showed us the distance that a cheetah could run in one second. We all tried to see if we could beat the cheetah. The highlight of the day was seeing the sea lion show and playing with them. Next was seeing the otters flip in the water and also roaring at the lion as it replied loudly! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sara Stude, Natalie Norman and Lydia Smith, Year 5 York (fourth-graders)

Hearst Elementary

Our class has been reading the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake Up, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Springâ&#x20AC;? by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Yuri asked the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does the earthworm in the story know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring?â&#x20AC;? Our class tried to answer his question, and these were the responses: Marek said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the winter is cold, snow is on the ground and the ground is wet, and in spring the sun comes out and the ground is dry,â&#x20AC;? and Auletta and Malcolm agreed. Racquel said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;when the ground gets cold he knows he needs to go in his home, and in spring the ground gets warm so he knows to go out,â&#x20AC;? and Chloe, Keith, Amalya, Tanya and Peter agreed with her. Lauren that â&#x20AC;&#x153;he is underground and the flowers start to grow and he


can see the roots and seeds blooming,â&#x20AC;? and Mahayana, Nephty and Maymuunah agreed with her. Finally, Gigi added that â&#x20AC;&#x153;when he goes in the ground he feels the coldness and in the spring he hears noises,â&#x20AC;? and Zoe, Maxwell and Dylan agreed with her. They came up with some great answers, and Yuri was satisfied with them all. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Prince and Mrs. Whittakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergarten class

Mann Elementary

Recently, Mann Elementaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girl Scout troop hosted World Thinking Day on the campus. World Thinking Day is a day celebrating the birthday of the founders of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We celebrated by studying one country for a few weeks and then coming together to share our research with other Girl Scouts. This year my troop studied Indonesia. A friend who works for the Indonesian Embassy helped. She told us about the Indonesian culture and gave us some swag to wear at World Thinking Day. She helped us make a snack (shrimp chips). She also invited Voice of America to join us for World Thinking Day. They came and interviewed our troop. We all had a great time. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madeleine Voth, fourth-grader

Parkmont School

On Feb. 24 at Parkmont School, murals class began. The class is painting a mural in the exercise room of the school. The students came up with the idea for the mural â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chaos versus order â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by sketching and talking about it for at least a week. This project will be done by April 2. The teacher, Rose Jaffe, said she really enjoys her job as a murals teacher. She commented that she loves painting and making

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Parkmont beautiful by making murals around the school. And one of the students, Lydia Demissie, also commented that she loves painting. She said it is fun for her and that it is a new experience for her to paint on a wall. Another student, Riche Hawkins, also commented that she loves the idea of painting a mural on the wall because years from now she can come back and see the mural and say she did it herself with other students at Parkmont School. This mural has many details and lot of colors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like colorful buildings, colorful birds and more. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cindy Rodas, seventh-grader

Powell Elementary

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wondered why people find star-gazing exciting. Not once we started learning astronomy in class. We observed the night sky every night for stars. Then we recorded our observation in a chart. It was a fun and interesting experiment. We learned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;astroâ&#x20AC;? means the star, and that a cluster of stars making a picture is called a constellation. They are bright stars that appear close to each other on the sky, but are really far apart. We also learned that the Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our solar system. This name derives from its appearance as a dim â&#x20AC;&#x153;milky glowing bandâ&#x20AC;? arching across the night sky, in which the naked eye cannot distinguish individual stars. It is 13.2 billion years old, and has 300 billion stars. In math, we are learning to divide fractions by whole numbers and dividing whole numbers by fractions. We are also doing an activity


called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Off the Presses.â&#x20AC;? We read an article from a newspaper, and then we answer the following questions: Who is the article about? What is the article about? When did the article take place? Where did the article happen? Why is the article interesting? We then pick three unfamiliar words, guess what the words mean, and find the actual meaning. Then we submit it to our teacher every Friday to be posted on our bulletin board. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

Studios, and they saw the Blue Man Group. Overall, the trip to Disney is an amazing experience that musicians and singers at Walls look forward to every year. Not only do the students have the opportunity to compete, but they are able to enjoy Disney World and spend time with their friends. While the rest of us in D.C. braved the not-so-spring-like weather, these students had a great time in the beautiful Orlando sun. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 11th-grader

School Without Walls High School

Last week 18 members of Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school newspaper, The Beacon, traveled to New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring conference. Students spent three days taking classes and seminars on topics ranging from photography to ethics to how to write a good headline. The classes were taught by professionals in the field, student newspaper advisers and student leaders of award-winning papers. An important aspect of the conference was getting to look at student newspapers from across the country, and getting advice from fellow writers, editors, photographers and layout designers. On top of that, the students got a taste of college life, getting to know the Columbia University campus on the Upper West Side of the city. Highlights for many students were getting free time to explore the city, hanging out in Central Park, thrift shopping in Brooklyn and eating vegan Chinese food in Chinatown. All in all, students left the conference with a plethora of ideas for improving The Beacon, and a renewed passion for journalism. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Erin Sternlieb, 10th-grader

Although often overshadowed by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academics, Walls also has a strong music program that includes a show choir, concert choir, orchestra and stage band. These groups perform at school assemblies and have performed at the Kennedy Center and Washington National Cathedral. For the past three years students in these groups have gone on a three-day trip to Disney World (plus the bus trip there and back). There they participate in a national competition and are judged on the quality of their performance. Recently students made the trek to Disney World to participate in the competition. The show choir, concert choir and orchestra were rated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent,â&#x20AC;? the secondhighest rating possible. The stage band was rated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;superior,â&#x20AC;? and racked in awards including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Classâ&#x20AC;? for jazz ensembles and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Mickeyâ&#x20AC;? for being the second-best jazz ensemble there. The students were not just at Disney to perform, however. They also visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center and Hollywood


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BIG, BEAUTIFUL 4BR, 3.5BA home is within walking distance to Metro. Fabulous kitchen opening to FR, huge DR & LR, great mud room, high ceilings, HWD flrs, screened porch & detached garage. Susan Van Nostrand Friendship Heights Office

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ELEGANT custom colonial residence w/5BR, 4FBA, 2 Powder Rooms, nestled in NW WDC, surrounded by scenic Rock Creek Park. The house is in a picturesque setting amidst sights and sounds of the woods. 1799 Sycamore St. Leon Williams 202-437-6828 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

DUPONT $1,395,000 STUNNING four-story twnhse in sought-after Dupont! 1st time on the market in over a generation. Renov KIT & BAs, 5BR 3.5BA, LL in-law suite. Open Liv/Din/Kit areas, intimate balconies, LR bay window boasts beautiful stained glass. Spacious 2nd flr library or MBR. Near Metro, Phillips Gallery, Dupont shops and restaurants! Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



STATELY, brick Georgian on 16,000 SF lot facing Rock Creek Pk. 5000 SF of open space. 6BR, 4.5BA, 4 fplcs. Marble foyer, grand piano-sized LR, library, great rm w/cath ceilg, large t/s KIT w/brkfst bar & island, sep DR, rec rm, flagstone terrace, 2 car garage. 4668 Broad Branch Rd, NW Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



FABULOUS 1BR has is all! Access to roof deck via door to the left of apt entry. Please call for further details.

Connie Parker Friendship Heights Office

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16TH ST HGTS $129K & $169K PRICE REDUCED! Starting? Downsizing? Second Home? Can’t beat the price. Both 1BRs. 1 blk from Rock Creek Pk @ Carter Barron. Art Deco bldg! Pet OK! Roof top deck! Xtra stor. District plans new arts district. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 16TH ST HEIGHTS $1,250,000 AMERICAN VICTORIANA, circa 1913, meticulously restored w/orig detail. Drapery hrdwr, pocket drs, 10’ coff ceilings, 10 FPs w/orig deco inserts, sconces w/glass drop prisms + more! FR, huge DR, lg KIT+sep bkfst rm, 7BR, 3.5BA, CAC, 4 car PKG incl gar! Steps to RC Pk. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BETHESDA $1,595,000 FABULOUS NEW 4200 SF home on double lot. 5BR, 5BA, FR, LR, fin bsmt, 2-car gar. High end finishes w/beautiful design & architectural details. Grand, 2-story entrance foyer, sunny rooms w/walls of windows. 2 balconies, deck and terrace. Professionally landscaped. Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BETHESDA $1,995,022 FOUR fabulous buildable lots fronting River Road just over the DC line. CAS Engineering feasibility study avail shortly! 3 of the lots feature detached brick homes (2 of which are tenant occupied on a month-to-month basis.) Totaling 0.79 acres, this is an unusual opportunity. Elizabeth Russell / Jeffrey Kochan Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BETHESDA / EDGEMOOR $1,559,000 BEAUTIFUL home on a great corner lot in Edgemoor just across from the swim/tennis club. Loads of light-filled spaces, renov gour KIT, full bsmt & sunroom. Freshly painted thruout. Main level BR or playroom w/FBA. Private MBR ste w/gas frplc, skylight, full BA and WIC. Wendy Gowdey Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


TWO ACRES near the C&O Canal nestled at the foot of a private cul-de-sac, this lovely, 4BR, 4.5BA brick home boast an open, updated KIT/FR w/stunning wooded views. Enjoy 2 FPs, fin LL w/sep in-law ste, w/o to patio, deck and 3 car garage. Carla Labat 202-361-8538 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 THE SHEFFIELD, DC $349,000 LOCATION, LOCATION! Lovely 1BR, 1BA with patio in secure, pet friendly bldg. Large, WIC, SS applcs, xtra stor. Rental pkg avail. Walk to Whole Foods, restaurants, National Cathedral. Convenient Wisconsin Ave bus to Dwtn. 2320 Wisconsin Ave NW Tamora Ilasat 202-460-0699 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WALDORF $289,500 IMMACULATE, bright 3BR, 3BA open, spacious split level w/summer porch off kitchen. Privacy fenced back yard w/shed on large nice landscaped corner lot. Sandra Connor 202-277-0897 Friendship Hgts Office 301-652-2777

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

CAPITOL HILL $219,000 LARGE studio at Capitol House Condo nr Capitol, Metro, Union Station & Stanton Park. New HWF, sep din area, roof deck, Fee incl utils! 305 C St NE #101. Chris Jones 202-441-7008 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

LEDROIT PARK $950,000 MONUMENT VIEWS! Huge 3 story Victorian with English basement. Ready for your renovation or condo conversion. Convenient to U Street & Metro. DUPONT $450,000 240-351-4663 ‘THE CAIRO’ – Wonderful 2BR, 1BA Walt Johnson condo in DC’s historic landmark build- Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ing. Sun-filled LR faces S. TS renov granite kitchen w/wood cabs, marble flr, ss OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $240,000 appliances. Renov BA w/marble & new “POSH LISTING “ Sunny 1BR, 1BA fixtures. Large BRs w/big closets. Best condo with an impressive flr plan at The roof deck in the city, with panoramic Marlyn, a full srvc, pet friendly bldg. Features include: beautiful HWFs, sep views. DR, period details and soothing views of Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 the well-manicured grounds. Seller will Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 pre-pay condo fee for 1 year low condo fees, 3 blks to Metro, trendy 11th St restaurants & action in Col Hts! Adam Isaacson 301-775-0900 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CLEVELAND PARK $434,500 WALK SCORE 86! Classic & sunny 1BR + sunroom in the Prestigious Broadmoor. Large rooms, entry foyer, HWF’s, high ceilings, Sep DR, Updtd KIT w/ss appliances, spacious BA, many closets & freshly painted. Full srvc bldg, Indoor parking avail to rent. Steps to metro & shops. 571-331-8557 GEORGETOWN $2,250,000 BETHESDA, MD $1,499,000 John Mammano SERENE, CHARMING BEAUTY! Totally Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 DASHING Colonial on R St in Gtown's fashionable East Village. Beautifully decorenov home in Whitman School District $279,000 rated, crown moldings, inspired millwork on almost an acre of lovely grounds. COLUMBIA HTS SS/Gran KIT, adjoining FR, fully finished LIGHT-FILLED 1BR condo w/gorgeous and gleaming wooden floors. 3BR, 3.5BA. LL w/FBA. HWs, 2 Fplcs, attached HWF, chefs KIT w/ gran, ss applcs & brk- Elegant LL w/FR, guest room w/BA, launGarage. ALL NEW, just waiting for YOU! fst bar. In-unit W/D, large BR closet dry and entrance from garage. 2810 R St. 202-812-2750 Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 w/ample storage and spa BA with jetted Margaret Heimbold 202-944-8400 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 tub. Pet friendly, private rear courtyard, Georgetown Office

U STREET $540,000 PRIME U ST location. Bright, spacious corner apt with character. 2BR, 1.5BA with windows on 3 sides. MBR has unique circular wall of windows overlooking U. HWFs & decorative fpl. CAC. W/D in unit. 3 blks to U metro. Pets welcome. 2001 16th St #206. Scott Berman 202-641-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

WESLEY HEIGHTS $425,000 RENOVATION just completed on this 1BR, 1,173 SF home! New appliances, granite countertops, ceramic tile flr and new lighting in kitchen. Call for further details. Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Hgts Office 202-364-5200 WESLEY HEIGHTS $1,875,000 BREATHTAKING top-to-bottom Gilday renov has transformed this home into the most up-to-date, classic & inviting residence. Gourmet cook’s KIT and FR with stunning views of professionally landscaped garden & deck spanning the entire back of the house. Top-of-the-line finishes in every bath and designer hardware thruout. 5BR, 4.5BA, walkout lower level. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

WEST END / FOGGY BOTTOM $700,000 PRIME LOCATION: Near Ritz Carlton, Shopping, Metro, Whole Foods, Traders SILVER SPRING $215,000 Joes, Restaurants and more. Huge EXCITING and immaculate 2BR with Duplex! Sunlit and airy 2BR, 2BA with many updates, new remodeled kit, amaz- gleaming wood floors, sep dining, baling amount of cabinets space, pantry, open cony and garage parking. 24 hr front desk. Luxury living in the center of it all. brkfst bar, & professionally painted. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Georgia McLaughlin 703-628-4663 Friendship Hgts Office 301-652-2777 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

Jerome Brown 202-412-3569 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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April 3, 2013 â&#x2013; Page 27

New boutique condo building comes to Glover Park


ew construction in Glover Park brings a boutique five-story condominium building with eight units plus a car-


riage house to 4004 Edmunds St. Called North View, the building offers an urban aesthetic with topof-the-line amenities in a quiet residential setting just a few blocks from Wisconsin Avenue. Prices start at $499,900. The units all incorporate the same high-quality materials and features, with slight variations in each floor plan. Three of the eight condos plus the carriage house (which officially goes on the market this week) are still available. All the units were designed with an open living and dining room layout, and have gleaming Brazilian hardwood teak floors throughout in a rich dark brown. Expansive industrial-style windows and matching French doors with large square panes, along with high ceilings, create an airy and light-filled environment. Home chefs will appreciate the gourmet kitchens, all of which

come with Viking D3 Series stainless-steel appliances, including a newly designed five-burner range top, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Custom wood cabinets have a soft-close feature, which allows the doors to shut smoothly and silently with just the slightest push. Countertops in Silestone quartz and a backsplash in mosaic glass and metal tiles complete the kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleek look. Each unit has a large master bedroom with an en suite bath that includes a soaking tub and a vanity featuring the same Silestone quartz countertop as the kitchen. All of the bathroom floors, in porcelain square tile with a stone finish, are stain and scratch resistant. The condos were each designed to have some private outdoor space, which comes in the form of either a patio, large balcony or rooftop deck. The units also come with a Bosch stackable washer and dryer tucked inside a utility closet. Off-street parking is offered at an additional cost. Two of the available units have two bedrooms and two have three bedrooms. All have a second full bath with either a soaking tub or a large shower with a frameless glass door.

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Units in the new condo building on Edmunds Street in Glover Park start at $499,900. The carriage house, which goes on the market this week, is a threebedroom, two-story separate building located at the rear of the property. A patio terrace connects the two buildings. In front of the carriage houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entrance is a large private patio area. The home opens to an expansive living and dining area and the kitchen. Unique to this unit is a separate study or bedroom adjacent to the living area. It comes with an en suite full bath. Also on this level is a powder room as well as a laundry room with the Bosch stackable washer and dryer. At the top of the stairs on the second level is a large landing that could be used as a family room or


Elegance Defined Kenwood. Magnificent colonial on 2/3 acre grounds, has 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs, great entertaining spaces, paneled library, front and back stairs; beautiful street. $2,795,000 Ted Beverley- 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

One Of A Kind

American University Park. Exquisite & impeccably expanded Colonial on 1/3 acre. 5,300sf interior includes 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. brkfst rm, family rm. Patio & outdoor fountains. A work of art throughout. $2,275,000 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219

sitting area. An exterior door leads to a second private terrace. The large master suite is located at the far end of the hallway, and comes with a walk-in closet and en suite bath with a soaking tub, porcelain tile floors and double vanity with Silestone quartz countertops. An additional bedroom, full bath and large storage closet are also on the second level. The carriage house will have its first official open house this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. North View is located just blocks from Glover Archbold Park,

which has trails maintained by the National Park Service. Also nearby is the Glover Park community garden on 42nd Street. In addition, the building is within walking distance of the shops and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue. The available condominiums at North View on 4004 Edmunds St. range from $499,900 for a two-bedroom unit to $899,900 for the threebedroom carriage house, with condo fees ranging from $267 to $533 per month. For more information contact Kathleen Brandel of Urban Pace at 202-841-3462 or

Jaquet Listings are Staged to Sell

Timeless Style Town of Chevy Chase. Sunny & sophisticated. Thoughtfully expanded & renovated Colonial w/6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Kitchen opening to family rm. Deck, patio, screened porch. Large lot. $1,888,000 Marcie Sandalow   301-758-4894 Catarina Bannier  202-487-7177

Striking & Dramatic

Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. Stone terraced patio. Gated community w/pool, tennis & 24 hour security. $1,750,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410



Classic Design

Spring Valley. Light filled updated Colonial w/5 BRs, 4.5 BA on 4 finished levels. Gourmet kit w/island opens to breakfast rm. Lge family rm w/cathedral ceiling. Patio, attached garage. $1,695,000 Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456

Easy To Love

Columbia Heights. Roomy. 2 level condo w/secure pkg. Main level w/spacious LR, DR, updated kit, laundry, hrdwd flrs. Above: lge loft area + 2 BRs, 2 BAs. $600,000 Kathi Kershaw 301-613-1613

DUPONT 1509 22ND STREET NW 202-464-8400





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Northwest Real Estate FORUM: Four at-large council candidates hit on various issues at Georgetown event

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Georgetown can organize and put together its own zoning overlay with the buy-in of the whole community and the relevant ANCs, then I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sensible idea,â&#x20AC;? Frumin said. Redd said this could set a positive precedent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the same token, that could be applied to several other communities all over the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether that be Brightwood or

Congress Heights.â&#x20AC;? In response to complaints that Georgetown is losing its character and local businesses to incoming large chains, some candidates said the city is not doing enough to keep small business owners in D.C. Mara argued that the extensive taxes, fees and licensing requirements levied on entrepreneurs determine who can afford to run a business in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly large retailers who can absorb the costs.

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Frumin believes the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has not focused enough resources on improving small business districts, especially when compared to the amount of resources he said it seems to shower on large businesses that move into Washington. But most candidates came out in favor of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, a measure that would apply to big-box stores

angling to move into D.C. The bill, which Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced earlier this year, would require businesses with at least 75,000 square feet of retail space and $1 billion or more in annual revenue to pay workers $11.75 an hour, rather than the citywide minimum wage of $8.25. Redd, a community organizer, said he supported the act, though he would â&#x20AC;&#x153;rather it have more teeth.â&#x20AC;? Requiring big-box stores to shell out

more to employees would help â&#x20AC;&#x153;even the playing field,â&#x20AC;? he said, but he remains wary of giant retailers steamrolling local businesses. Frumin and Zukerberg shrugged off suggestions that the act would drive big-box retailers away from the D.C. market, and Zukerberg emphasized his desire to see large chains pay a living wage to employees who live in a place as expensive as Washington. But Mara said the bill ignored some possible unintended consequences of the wage increases. D.C. residents most in need of these types of jobs could be edged out by a â&#x20AC;&#x153;white collarâ&#x20AC;? class enticed by the wages, he said, as well as out-ofstate job seekers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is one of those things that sounds great at a community forum, but somebody has to put the brakes on it,â&#x20AC;? Mara said. One possibly surprising issue all present candidates seemed to tentatively agree on was exploring a relaxation of marijuana possession laws in D.C. A main component of Zukerbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign has been to reduce the possession of marijuana from a criminal matter to a civil infraction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially considering the thousands of young people who are arrested for possession each year and then saddled with a permanent criminal record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many suffer from this disenfranchisement for the rest of their lives,â&#x20AC;? Redd agreed. The issue is especially egregious when considering the D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor four-year high school graduation rates, Zukerberg said. Mara said he had actually spoken with Republicans on Capitol Hill about the possibility of relaxing marijuana possession laws, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they actually thought it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be all that controversial,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elect me to the council, and I would be happy to engage with folks that nobody else is engaging with.â&#x20AC;? The April 23 special election race will fill the seat Phil Mendelson vacated when he was elected council chairman.

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Kalorama – 2449 Tracy Place NW. Grand Kalorama home designed by prominent architect Waddy Wood in 1923. Fully renovated in 2008. Features large entertaining rooms, 6 bars, library, conservatory, 4 fireplaces, and 2-car garage. $3,850,000.

Dupont – 1616 19th Street NW. Savor the luxury and charm of this elegantly restored 1895 Victorian TH in the heart of Dupont Circle. High ceilings, crown moldings, pocket doors, shutters, sconces, period lamps, and 3 working FPs. This TH has 3 units: 3 bedroom with 2.5 bath, junior 1 BR with 1 BA, and studio with 1 BA. $1,950,000.

Monica Boyd 202.321.5055

Shafiq Hirani 202.290.1055

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At the commission’s March 27 meeting: ■ commissioner Eric Lamar announced that the Public Space Committee has approved installation of a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of modern Turkey, at the republic’s embassy at 1606 23rd St. ■ Sarina Loy of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ office reported that Evans has asked the mayor to include $50,000 in the upcoming budget to restore a building at Mitchell Park. ■ Ron Finiw, who chairs the community task force on the Chinese Embassy redevelopment project, reported that the selection of a general contractor should be made by April 5. Groundbreaking at the Connecticut Avenue site is targeted for mid-April, with excavation expected to start in early May. The project is expected to finish by July 2015. ■ Don Malnati of Renovations Unlimited provided an update on the 2225 California St. condominium project. No meeting has been held yet between the developer and nearby residents, he said. The sidewalk on California Street will be closed Monday through Friday during working hours for the duration of the project. The commission will meet at 7

p.m. Monday, April 15, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Community Center at Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ community concerns. ■ presentation by organizers of the 2013 DC Design House on parking and transportation issues at 2507 Foxhall Road during the event’s run from April 14 through May 12. ■ presentation on the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 27. ■ consideration of a public space application at 4624 Q St. to permit curbs, gutters and a porous driveway behind the sidewalk. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for permission to expand a rear deck at 1609 44th St. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit an addition at 5063 Overlook Road. ■ consideration of a public space permit for paving a driveway at a new house on 5401 Hawthorne Place. ■ discussion of D.C. Department of Transportation proposals for new traffic signals at Foxhall Road and

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As we slowly roll into spring, our association is busy preparing for some of our bigger events of the year. First off, our membership committee is working on an Earth Day celebration on April 22 at Georgetown University. The new Regents Hall is certified under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and will be the focus of the evening. Then in May, we will have our annual awards ceremony at Dumbarton House. Our 11th annual Concerts in the Parks season also kicks off in May. This year’s concerts will be held on May 19, June 16 (Father’s Day celebration), and June 30 (Independence Day celebration and parade). Mark your calendars! They are the summer must-do. The concerts planning committee is now accepting ads for the playbill. If you are interested in sponsoring the concerts, please let me know (202-337-7313). While the concerts are free to the public, they cost quite a bit to produce. About 400 Georgetowners read the playbill at each of the three concerts. Join Sprinkles, Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, and Long & Foster in sponsoring these rollicking extravaganzas. In other news, Trees for Georgetown is having its annual fundraiser on May 8. As the tree canopy comes to life, I marvel at what our dedicated group of volunteers has been able to accomplish. Our association’s Trees for Georgetown committee plants and maintains the trees that line the residential streets of our community. The fun will continue into the fall. We just got word that the Italian Embassy has agreed to host the Georgetown Gala on Oct. 18 at its stunning space on Embassy Row. The gala planning committee is thinking all things Italian. This is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, so the timing is perfect. If you are interested in helping plan the gala, please let me know. — Jennifer Altemus W Street and at Dalecarlia Parkway and Loughboro Road. ■ update on the zoning regulation rewrite process. ■ discussion of a D.C. Department of Transportation proposal to extend



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364-1919. â&#x2013; Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Framed and Hung: Architecture in Public From the Salon to the French Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Artist Candace Edgerley will explain how contemporary shibori artists have adapted the ancient Japanese shaperesist dye technique by developing their own tools and methods. 2 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northwest Neighbors Village Supper Salon @ Inglesideâ&#x20AC;? will feature NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg discussing her special brand of interviewing and sharing highlights from



previous interviews. 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 3. Theater, Ingleside at Rock Creek, 3050 Military Road NW. 202-237-1895. â&#x2013; Scholar Jeffrey B. Perry will discuss activist Theodore W. Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invention of the White Raceâ&#x20AC;? as part of Busboys and Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Continuing Talk on Raceâ&#x20AC;? series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Commentator, conductor and composer Rob Kapilow will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? seminar on a piano quintet by Schumann, featuring a performance by musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music. 6 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. Films â&#x2013;  The Contemporary Danish Film Series will feature Lone Sherfigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian for Beginners.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest â&#x20AC;&#x153;CinĂŠ-Concertâ&#x20AC;? installment will feature pianist Andrew Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live accompaniment to the 1913 silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traffic in Soulsâ&#x20AC;? and the 1916 silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Are My Children?â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The National Society of Arts and Letters will present the 2013 Awards for Excellence in the Arts to selected high school juniors in the Washington area. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 919-423-1100.

â&#x2013; The Washington Concert Opera will present Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maria Stuarda,â&#x20AC;? featuring soprano Georgia Jarman (shown) and mezzosoprano Brenda Harris. 6 p.m. $40 to $110. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monologue Madnessâ&#x20AC;? will feature 32 of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top performers competing for a $1,000 grand prize in a four-round theater showcase. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. The Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St. SE. â&#x2013;  Breakout Theatre Company will present a staged reading of David Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terminals,â&#x20AC;? about a frequent traveler who starts moving forward and backward in time. 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Monday, April 8

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Continued From Page 33 Finding Relief” as part of the “Low Vision Lunch and Learn” series. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. MedStar Washington Hospital Center Eye Clinic, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-5329. ■ The Q&A Cafe will feature Carol Joynt interviewing J.W. “Bill” Marriott, chairman of the hospitality giant Marriott International and author of “Without Reservations.” Noon. $38; reservations required. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4121. ■ Rosemary Monagan, former president of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, will discuss her life as a congressional spouse during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ As part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University lecture series, Paul Rosenzweig will discuss his book “From Keystrokes to Logic Bombs: A Short Introduction to Cyber War and Cyber Crime.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Poet, playwright and Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed will present his book “The Thistle & the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-1641. ■ American music curator John Hasse will discuss the legacy of Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, sons of a Turkish ambassador, jazz collectors and founders of Atlantic Records. 4 p.m. Free. First-floor Reception Suite, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Religious scholar Erica Brown will discuss her book “Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Editor Elizabeth Benedict and contributors Susan Stamberg and Eleanor Clift will discuss their anthology “What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ As part of the 2013 Jewish Literature Live Program, Tony Award-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner will discuss his work. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. ■ Author and art historian Donna Gillotte will discuss her novel “Secret of a Medici Mistress.” 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 3. ■ Ira Silverberg, director of literature for the National Endowment for the Arts and a former literary agent, will speak as part of American University’s Visiting Writers Series. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free. BattelleTompkins Atrium, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852973. Films ■ The Films of France series will screen François Ozon’s 2003 movie “Swimming Pool.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

■ The Popular Film Series will feature Kathryn Bigelow’s 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty.” 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances ■ SpeakeasyDC’s monthly show will focus on stories about social gaffes, faux pas and inappropriate choices. 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. ■ The American Ballet Theatre will present a mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances will continue Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Reading ■ Jackie Kay, author of poetry, short stories, novels and children’s fiction, will read from her recent collection of short stories “Reality Reality.” 8 p.m. Free. Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown. edu. Special event ■ The Interfaith Meditation Initiative will present a meditation session guided by Sufi and Christian leaders. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 Lowell St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago White Sox. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 10

Wednesday april 10 Concerts ■ The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble will perform excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience.” 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform works by Ysaye, Scriabin, Scarlatti, Regondi and Mendelssohn. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ For the 54th annual Bishop Hurst Lecture, the University of Amsterdam’s Beate Roessler will discuss the changing norms of friendship in the age of social network websites. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2925. ■ Jessica Lang, an expert on Jewish American literature, will discuss the role of audience in Holocaust literature. Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Historian Gary May will discuss his book “Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.” Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Researcher Thomas Ricks, who specializes in the social and cultural histories of Palestine and Iran, will discuss Palestinian educator Khalil Totah. 12:30 to

2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. ■ A lecture series on contemporary Spanish architecture will feature Alberto Morell Sixto, professor at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid and principal of Estudio Alberto Morell, Madrid. 6 p.m. Free. Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center of Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ■ National Endowment for the Arts honorees Randy Weston and Candido Camero will join other panelists to discuss “Rhythms Changing America,” about the creation of jazz. A concert will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn and German literature scholar Julie Koser will discuss the play “Wallenstein.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ Panelists will discuss “Industry to Art: Revitalizing Cities Through Culture.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by Martin Ganzglass on his book “The Orange Tree,” about the unlikely friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and a young Somali Muslim caretaker. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488 ■ Dina Hampton will discuss her book “Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Palestine-Israel Advocacy Group will host Father Elias Chacour, who has worked for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. 7 p.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-2228. ■ Priscilla Friesen will discuss the differentiation of self in the past and present. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films ■ Red Wiggler Community Farm will host a screening of “Ingredients,” a documentary about organic food practices. A panel discussion will follow. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Martin Sulík’s 2011 film “Gypsy.” 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances ■ Quest Visual Theatre will present “Drew the Dramatic Fool,” a performance inspired by the traditions of jesters, silent film comedians and theatrical clowns. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Tommy Taylor Jr., Mariya Alexander and Chris Milner. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $69 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

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