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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vol. XXIV, No. 13

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Churches join effort to feed needy


■ Homeless: Program to

serve weekend meals expands By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

A group of churches in Georgetown is providing free dinners for homeless people on weekend nights, helping to ensure that those in need are fed throughout the entire week. “We’re trying to provide a niche

in Georgetown for people who need a meal,” said Mike Conway, a parishioner at Holy Trinity Church. Last year Conway spearheaded his congregation’s efforts to establish a Saturday dinner program after working with the lunch service at Grace Episcopal and seeing that there weren’t enough city organizations offering evening weekend meals to meet demand. Conway recruited several neighborhood churches — Mount Zion

United Methodist, Georgetown Presbyterian, St. John’s Episcopal, Jerusalem Baptist and Dumbarton United Methodist — to help out with the “Georgetown Saturday Supper,” which started last November. The weekly event takes place at Mount Zion, a more central location than Holy Trinity. This fall, the program expanded to offer a Sunday evening dinner as well. Georgetown Presbyterian startSee Homeless/Page 52

Young Georgetowner aims to name alley By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Brian Kapur/The Current

Stoddert Elementary’s Fall Festival on Saturday featured a variety of food vendors, face painting, spin art, a beanbag toss, pumpkin painting and other events.

Strange odors, darting vermin, unkempt trash bins and shady activities often give public alleys an unappealing reputation. A quiet rear corridor in the Georgetown Historic District, however, defies this negative perception. The T-shaped, red-brick alley sits behind the 3200 block of Volta Place, where it abuts the stone-covered, cottage-inspired Georgetown Lutheran Church on Wisconsin Avenue. The alley has a secluded atmosphere, due to having only one point of egress, from the south. And soon, this alley may adopt a more formal identity. That’s thanks to 12-year-old Raya Kenney, who inspired a D.C. Council bill to name the corridor behind her house, which has served as a play area for neighborhood children. Two weeks ago Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans See Alley/Page 52

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Raya Kenney, 12, hopes to name an alley in Georgetown after original owner Hazel B. Cashell. The D.C. Council will hold a hearing next week.

Residents asked to recall heyday of local cinemas

Candidates’ experience takes center stage with AG debate


■ Politics: Five lawyers vying

Current Staff Writer

About two years ago, the D.C. Independent Film Festival hosted a discussion about movie theaters of the city’s past. After experts talked about various landmark D.C. cinema buildings — many of them now extinct — the conversation got a lot more personal. Audience members shared nostalgic anecdotes about their own movie-going experiences, like congregating at theaters on Friday nights during high school, or sneaking in through the back with friends. “Out of the discussion, it was clear that going to the movies only had a certain amount to do with the film [itself],” said Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, executive director of the local film festival. “This felt exciting, and it was quite a surprise to some of the people on the panel.”


for attorney general position By GRAHAM VYSE Brian Kapur/The Current

The CVS at 4859 MacArthur Blvd. was once the MacArthur Theatre, notable for hosting the 1979 premiere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

From that, a new project emerged — a quest to collect an oral history of D.C.’s movie-going past at neighborhood theaters. The initiative kicks off next week in the Palisades, focusing on the old MacArthur Theatre. “People had written a fair bit about the history of the See Theaters/Page 1


Design panel seeks changes to gym plan at Washington Latin — Page3

Girls soccer team at St. John’s hopes for WCAC title run — Page 11

Current Staff Writer

The five candidates running to be D.C.’s first elected attorney general debated at the Woman’s National Democratic Club last Wednesday, sparring primarily over which of their legal backgrounds is best suited to the office. Since the candidates broadly agree on the issues the next attorney general should prioritize — fighting

corruption, reforming juvenile justice and enforcing consumer protections, among others — contrasting personal narratives became the focus of the discussion between Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward “Smitty” Smith, Lateefah Williams and Paul Zukerberg. Masters and Racine are the two candidates most associated with experience in the corporate sector, having worked, respectively, at the firms Perkins Coie and Venable. That corporate background may well be an asset in the race, but it also created an opening for a popuSee Forum/Page 52



Agency offers plan to reduce speeding on Arkansas Avenue — Page 5

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