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Vol. XLV, No. 1

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Police alter patrol area boundaries

Plan would phase out older taxicabs in city

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Some Metropolitan Police Department officers are patrolling different territory this week, after revised boundaries of the city’s seven police districts and their internal police service areas went into effect Jan. 1. The changes are designed to better equalize calls for police service, and in some cases to adapt to geographic and population shifts, according to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who introduced the proposals over the summer. Some police districts — particularly the 1st District in the downtown area and the 3rd District centered on Adams Morgan — were handling so much nightlife activity that officers couldn’t get onto their radio frequencies, Lanier said. And some police service areas had become too large to manage effectively, or were otherwise relatively overburdened. The borders of the districts and service areas were last overhauled in 2004. Each district has a police staSee Police/Page 20

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Taxis more than seven model years old would need to cease serving District residents and visitors if the D.C. Taxicab Commission adopts a proposal with steep new restrictions on vehicle age and mileage. The commission introduced the proposal — which is separate from a comprehensive taxi reform bill recently introduced in the D.C.

Deal for fire station parcel draws questions over lease ■ Walter Reed: City in talks

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Palisades resident Michael Dolan prepares to coast along the Capital Crescent Trail on New Year’s Day during the annual Inertiad, a competitive event that he began nearly 20 years ago to see how far one can travel without pedaling.

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Metro launches study of 14th Street routes By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has begun a study of ways to improve the 14th Street bus routes, which connect the Takoma, Petworth and 16th Street Heights neighborhoods to U Street, McPherson Square and the National Mall. The study, which is expected to take eight months, will evaluate ridership on the 52, 53 and 54 bus routes and address riders’ needs and possible deficiencies in service along the 14th Street corridor. Chosen as part of the authority’s “Priority Corridor Restructuring Series,” these routes were next in

NEWS ■ City suspends license of Mood Lounge in Shaw. Page 2. ■ Gray looks into new laws for buiding heights. Page 3.

Council — for public comment on Dec. 13. In an interview, commission chair Ron Linton said the body regularly hears concerns about the city’s cabs, some of which are nearly 30 years old. “The fleet has to be modernized, and cars of that age do not provide the kind of service that is necessary,” Linton said. “There’s a strong public desire for a modernized fleet. There are a lot of vehicles out there that are not comfortable, they’re not safe, and we’ve gotten a lot of complaints.” Nearly half of D.C. cabs fail their Department of Motor Vehicles safeSee Cabs/Page 7

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“Express routes” may be added to 14th Street.

line to be studied based on high ridership levels. “We have heard from several ANC commissioners that say there

is a lack of service along the 14th Street line, particularly regarding the number of buses that turn around at Colorado rather than continuing on to Takoma,” said Douglas Stallworth, a transportation planner for the transit authority. “We’re interested in tapping into the ridership of 14th Street line to improve service.” Starting Jan. 10, the authority will ask riders and community members what they think should be done. A survey will be available at bus stops and Metro stations along the 14th Street routes; an online version of the survey will be featured at metrobus-studies.com. Once survey results are comSee Buses/Page 20

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga seals Purple Puck in dominating fashion. Page 11. ■ Visitation wins Chantilly tourney in thriller. Page 11.

The quest to build a fire station on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus has led the city into sole-source negotiations with a private South Carolina firm, based on erroneous information in emergency legislation that exempts the project from competitive bidding. D.C. economic development officials are now negotiating with Keenan Development LLC to relocate Engine Co. 22 to Georgia Avenue at Butternut Street, describing the process as a time-saver in the effort to build the long-awaited firehouse. They have repeatedly said Keenan has an “enhanced use lease” with the U.S. Army to develop that property, known as Building 18. But the Army Corps of Engineers says the lease for the parcel was never executed. A 2004 lease on a different Walter Reed building says only that Keenan could apply for development rights

PASSAGES An earthquake, a hurricane and political storms to boot: A poetic look back at life in Washington in 2011. Page 13. ■

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“Building 18” was formerly a hotel for wounded soldiers.

on Building 18 by submitting an amended business plan, subject to Army approval. And the Army, according to its regulations, can’t enter into that type of lease on a property that already has been declared surplus, which was done at Walter Reed under a base closure process in 2005. Under those regulations, however, the Army could lease or give the property directly to the city. Now some neighborhood activists are questioning why the District, which has been promised use of the property for a fire station, doesn’t wait for a direct transfer — at no cost — from the federal government, rather than entering a sole-source See Lease/Page 21

INDEX Business/5 Calendar/16 Classifieds/26 District Digest/4 Exhibits/19 In Your Neighborhood/14 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/15 School Dispatches/10 Service Directory/22 Sports/11 Theater/19


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City suspends liquor license of Shaw’s Mood Lounge after recent stabbings By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Mood Lounge has lost its liquor license indefinitely in the wake of a double stabbing outside the Shaw nightclub early Friday morning. According to D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration documents, the two victims were Marquis King, a rapper who

performs by the name of “Shy,” and Jason Todd Thomas, who was working as a promoter for King on Dec. 30 at a rap open-mic night at Mood Lounge, at 1318 9th St. Owner Abeba Abye Beyene told investigators she tended bar the entire night and “had no knowledge of any stabbing occurring at Mood,” according to the documents. A surveillance camera at the club was apparently inoperable that night.

As the alcohol agency documents tell it, the stabbings occurred on Mood’s front sidewalk after security officers broke up a fight inside the club. Jackson was stabbed multiple times in the back. The two victims were treated for their wounds at Howard University Hospital and are now listed in “critical but stable condition,” according to the documents. The club has been closed since 6 p.m.

Friday after D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier enforced an emergency four-day suspension. With that closure set to expire yesterday, city officials convened to discuss the future of Mood, which opened about a year ago in the former BeBar and EFN Lounge spot. The officials — from the Office of the Attorney General, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and the See License/Page 25

The week ahead

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Wednesday, Jan. 4

The D.C. Tenants’ Advisory Coalition will hold an open board meeting. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

For more information on the GW Community Calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Government, International and Community Relations at (202) 994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood.gwu.edu.

December 7, 2011–February 10, 2012 Let’s Eat! Work from the GW permanent collection Luther Brady Art Gallery, 2nd floor casings 805 21st St., NW This exhibition is produced in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens campaign and GW’s Urban Food Task Force. Pairing paintings, sculptures, and prints from GW’s notable permanent collection with healthy recipes related to their subjects, this exhibit hopes to demonstrate how small changes in one’s diet can make a difference. This event is free and open to the public.

A Colonial swimmer showcasing her butterfly. Come out and support the Men’s and Women’s swim teams this season.

Sunday, Jan 15 at 1pm GW Women’s Gymnastics Lindsey Ferris Invitational Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd St., NW Come out to the GW Women’s Gymnastics Lindsey Ferris Invitational. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Jan 21 at 11am GW Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Georgetown Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Men’s and Women’s Swimming as they take on Georgetown. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan 18 at 7pm Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW Join the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, in association with Politics and Prose, for a Conversation Series event with Wael Ghonim, author of the upcoming memoir Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater Than the People in Power. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for a ticket, visit http://smpa.gwu.edu/news/ghonim. Thursday, Jan 19 at 5pm The GW Department of History presents: The Kylan Jones-Huffman Lecture Media and Public Affairs Building 805 21st St., NW, Room B07 Listen as Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University, lectures on workers and the Arab uprisings: Shifting the discussion from social media and autocracy/ democracy to political economy and equity. This event is free and open to the public. Thursday, Jan 19 at 5pm GW Men’s and Women’s Squash vs. St. Lawrence Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Men’s and Women’s Squash as they take on St. Lawrence. This event is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, Jan 28 at 8pm Outback Concerts Presents Jeanne Robertson Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW Humorist Jeanne Robertson is an expert in humor, whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor. Jeanne has been awarded every top honor in the speaking profession. Author of three books on humor, Jeanne has produced six DVD/CD humor programs in the last eleven years and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio’s Laugh USA family comedy channels. Tickets are $34.50 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library will host a registration session for District residents as part of the “One City — One Hire” campaign. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. For details, call 202-541-6100. ■ The DC Environmental Network and Rock Creek Conservancy will present a forum on sustainability issues facing Rock Creek Park. The meeting will begin at noon at Global Green USA, 1100 15th St. NW. To register, visit dcen.net/rock-creek-sustainability.

Saturday, Jan. 7

The American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital will hold a “D.C. Statehood Winter Teach In.” Guest speakers will be Elinor Hart, leader of a group of citizens that has been urging members of Congress to co-sponsor the D.C. statehood bill introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; and G. Derek Musgrove, assistant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. To RSVP, email johnny.barnes@aclu-nca.org or call 202-457-0800.

Monday, Jan. 9

The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue will hold a public hearing on the Age-in-Place and Equitable Senior Citizens Real Property Act. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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The Brightwood Community Association will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

The National Capital Planning Commission, the Trust for the National Mall, the City Parks Alliance and the National Archives will hold a panel discussion on “(r)Evolutionary Parks: The Future of Public Space.” The forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit ncpc.gov/rsvp.


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Mayor talks building heights, jobs, schools Current Staff Report During a recent wide-ranging interview that touched on the city’s employment and education issues, Mayor Vincent Gray said he plans to look into changing both federal and city laws to allow taller high-rise buildings in wards 7 and 8. Allowing taller buildings in parts of those wards would help combat unemployment, Gray said. As is, the District’s height restrictions — effectively 130 feet — encourage larger companies to settle in other parts of the region, he said. If the city is able to attract and retain companies in wards 7 and 8, Gray said, a host of new jobs would

become available for unemployed residents, including service jobs within the large new buildings. The mayor said he thinks many companies would be enticed by the locations, which offer views of the U.S. Capitol dome. Gray said he intends to discuss the possible change with city planning director Harriet Tregoning and city Attorney General Irvin Nathan. Nathan has suggested that the issue is a nonstarter, given the existing laws limiting building heights, but Gray said he’s now looking into how the laws could be changed. Washington’s building height limits were first introduced in 1889

to maintain the city’s low-lying landscape. In 1910, Congress passed a measure to restrict new building heights to no more than 20 feet higher than the width of the adjacent street. The law, still in effect today, also generally prohibits buildings taller than 130 feet. Another way to battle local unemployment, Gray believes, would be to create jobs in Rock Creek Park and other federal parkland in the District. The mayor said he wants to talk with the National Park Service about new jobs that would involve clearing out invasive plant species from local See Gray/Page 20

ANC airs concerns about online zoning map By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

It might seem like a straightforward and obvious change: The D.C. Office of Zoning hopes to make its online map the official source for information on a property’s acceptable land use, instead of a printed paper version with handwritten revisions. At a Dec. 22 Zoning Commission hearing on the change, officials said using the Geographic Information System would allow clean, quick, daily updates to the constantly changing map. It would have greater security than a paper version that anyone with a red pencil could surreptitiously revise, they said, and the map is already posted and maintained at maps.dcoz.dc.gov. But one advisory neighborhood commission — 4A, which represents the topmost corner of Northwest D.C. just east of Rock Creek Park — is pushing back against the plan. Crestwood neighborhood commissioner Gale Black said she worries the District won’t carefully ensure that the electronic map is accurate and that it will be hard to trace who made what changes when. Part of the change involves deleting a regulatory requirement that the Zoning Office director certify each page of the zoning map, and eliminating a rule that each

change be initialed and dated. In an interview, Black said that was her biggest sticking point, and officials’ testimony that they interpret the certification provision as a one-time requirement completed decades ago did not change her mind. A statement the Zoning Office filed with the Zoning Commission states that the office would certify the electronic map before it could become official, but such a requirement is not included the proposed regulations. Zoning commissioner Peter May also said he was worried about electronic security of the map. In response to concerns, the Zoning Commission pushed back its vote on the measure from December to February. The Zoning Office will meet with 4A neighborhood commissioners Jan. 11, and the neighborhood commission will decide at its February meeting whether to change its stance. “We have one ANC [objection],” Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood said at the Dec. 22 hearing. “Let’s do all we can to make sure they have a comfort level, which I’m sure they will.” In the interview, Black said she was less convinced. “I understand that we’re moving to the digital age,” she said. “But it doesn’t explain to me why they are See Zoning/Page 25

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District Digest City to collect trees for next two weeks

Residents who leave Christmas trees and wreaths along the street by Jan. 9 will have their decorations collected through Jan. 14 and recycled by the D.C. Department of Public Works, according to the agency’s website. The agency asks residents to remove decorations and place the trees and wreaths in the tree-box

space, loose rather than in bags. After Jan. 14, the District will collect them when placed with regular trash as space permits, the website states, but they will not be recycled.

Murch Elementary to host recycling event

Murch Elementary will sponsor a Christmas-tree recycling program this weekend to benefit its athletic programs, according to the Forest

Hills school’s website. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents may take their bare tree, along with a $15 donation, to the school, located on Davenport Street between Reno Road and 36th Street NW.

Motorist kidnapped, sexually assaulted

Police are looking for a gunman who allegedly got into a woman’s car in the 700 block of F Street NW Dec. 29 and forced her to drive him to a location where he sexually assaulted her, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. The woman called police about an hour after the 7:30 p.m. kidnapping from the 400 block of Farragut Street NW, about four miles from the original location, the release states. Her 15-month-old son was in the back seat, according to the release. Police described the suspect as a black male with medium complexion and a mustache who spoke with a Southern accent, and are seeking tips from the public at 202-7279099 or by text message to 50411.

NEW YEAR - BETTER RESULTS

Gray notes successes from his first year

Although a series of scandals occupied much of 2011’s D.C. politics coverage, Mayor Vincent Gray states in a new publication that his first year in office included significant strides toward achieving his campaign pledges. According to his office’s report, Gray’s successes last year involved his four top issues: job growth and economic development, widely available quality education, fiscal stability, and public safety. “From Day One, I haven’t let anything distract me or my administration from getting results in the priority areas we talked about during the mayoral campaign [in 2010], and I’m proud that we’ve seen major achievements in each of those areas,� Gray says in the release. The full seven-page report listing specific accomplishments, which was released Friday afternoon, is available at tinyurl.com/2011-gray.

Metro to fix elevator at Cleveland Park

The elevator at the Cleveland Park Metrorail station is scheduled to close Friday for a five-month reconstruction project, according to an announcement from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Metro hopes the replacement parts will make the elevator more reliable. Throughout the project, Metro will provide shuttle service to and from the Woodley Park station; the agency also recommends the Metrobus L1, L2 or L4 routes.

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group Historic Dupont Main Streets has stepped down to return to his own historic preservation consulting firm, the business group announced Saturday. In a news release, the organization credited Paul Williams with establishing a litter cleanup program and securing additional District grants since he took over in 2008.

District voters urged to check registration

Residents who hope to vote in the April 3 primary should verify that they are correctly registered to vote by visiting the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics website, according to an agency news release. Visit dcboee.org, click “check your registration status� on the lefthand column, and input your name, birth date and Zip code to see if you are registered. You will also be able to view your polling location and check that your party affiliation and address are correct. In the release, the elections board also reminds residents that they must be registered with a particular party to vote in the primary election. Non-affiliated voters can still participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Council honored for ‘green’ school bills

Participating in a federal program to reduce schools’ environmental impacts and encouraging schools to prioritize efficiency has earned the D.C. Council a “Best Policy Makers� award, according to a news release from the U.S. Green Building Council. The national organization recently issued its “Best of Green Schools 2011� list, with the D.C. Council as one of 10 award recipients. Its news release praises the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, which recommends that new school projects achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standard. The release also notes a 2011 amendment to that bill that nominates D.C. schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program.

Correction

In the Dec. 28 issue, an editorial on D.C. tax policy referred to the D.C. Council’s rejection of Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed hike in income taxes for residents earning more than $200,000, but it failed to mention the enactment later in the year of an 8.95 percent tax on income above $350,000. The Current regrets the omission. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.


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Georgetown frame shop finds new home

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udy Schlosser, owner of P Street Pictures on O, has a loyal clientele. As she was explaining this point to The Current recently, one such devoted customer walked in the door. “You have to say how important it is to support Judy because she’s been here for 28 years,� implored Cookie Tager, who lives nearby and said she’s taken so many pictures to Schlosser for framing that “my wall says Judy on it.� “You even framed my alarm panel,� she told Schlosser. “They had replaced the panel and you know what Judy said? ‘I have a frame for that.’� Tager wasn’t preaching for nothing: Schlosser almost left Georgetown this year when she had to close her longtime shop at the corner of P and 27th streets. The neighboring 7-Eleven is now expanding into the space, where the landlord sought higher rent. Schlosser said she thought about retiring, but “I have one more tuition semester to go,� she said, referring to the younger of her two sons, who will graduate from Pratt Institute in the spring. Plus, she said, “my customers were wonderful.� They were so wonderful, in fact, that they made the move — to O Street just off Wisconsin Avenue — possible. “I had no extra money for the move,� said Schlosser. “So I asked my customers: Buy a $50 credit from me and it’ll be worth $100 in

ness nearly three decades ago after ditching a job in accounting. “I spent 10 years as an accounbeth cope tant and would have to kill myself if I went back to it one more day. I the new space. [In just weeks,] I thought about what I liked to do on had seven, eight thousand dollars.� Saturdays — after I cleaned the toi She said the first customer to respond called and said: “‘Judy, this lets,� she said. She realized she liked — and is ridiculous. was good at — I’m sending you framing. Want $100,’� but proof? Just ask didn’t want any one of her cuscoupons. tomers. Schlosser sent P Street her two anyway. Pictures on O, It’s an unforlocated at 3204 tunate story O St. NW, is with a few silCourtesy of P Street Pictures on O open 10 a.m. to ver linings. “Even my FedEx guy loves me,� 6 p.m. Tuesday First, there was said Judy Schlosser, pictured through Friday the communiand 10 a.m. to with the deliveryman. ty’s backing: “I 5 p.m. got an awful lot Saturday. (“Those were my hours,� of support,� Schlosser said, joking: said Schlosser. “I’ll try that again in “I’ve got accountants, lawyers and the new year.�) Indian chiefs.� Second, the landlord of the new D.C.-area eateries host space — which was “a pit� when ‘Restaurant Week’ deals she first visited, Schlosser said — gutted the two-story spot to fix it up Customers at dozens of restaurants in the Washington area can get for her. And third, the new location discounted meals Jan. 9 through will allow for more art shows, Jan. 15 — $20.12 per person for which she held sporadically in the lunch, and $35.12 for dinner. past. The full list of Restaurant Week Still, Schlosser said these are Metro DC participants can be found tough times for small businesses, at restaurantweekmetrodc.org. especially one like hers. According to the website, the pro “People are not splurging. This motion is sponsored by the is a luxury item,� she said of her Restaurant Association frames. Metropolitan Washington and But it’s work that suits her. Destination DC. Schlosser said she started the busi-

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:01 a.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  5600 block, Connecticut Ave.; government building; 4 p.m. Dec. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5600 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 9:55 a.m. Dec. 29.

psa 202

â&#x2013;  Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 45th St.; sidewalk; 11:05 p.m. Jan. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  4300 block, Fessenden St.; residence; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Fessenden St.; residence; 4 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Albemarle St.; unspecified premises; 1:55 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:45 a.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 8 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Albemarle St.; sidewalk; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, 46th St.; street; 6 a.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Van Ness St.; residence; 7:31 a.m. Dec. 29.

psa 203

â&#x2013;  forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Van Ness St.; residence; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Porter St.; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  3400 block, 36th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Porter St.; street; 11:20 p.m. Dec. 29.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Davis Place; residence; 7:39 p.m. Dec. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2200 block, Cathedral Ave.; alley; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  Calvert Street and Woodley Place; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 29.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, New Mexico Ave.; drugstore; 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Watson St.; street; 11:45 a.m. Dec. 28.

psa PSA 206

206

â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; restaurant; 3:55 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; store; 2:45 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 5:20 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  2700 block, P St.; liquor store; 5:12 p.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 10:39 a.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:25 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; office building; 4 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:45 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:40 p.m. Dec. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Highwood Court; parking lot; 7 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; parking lot; 3 p.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  3400 block, N St.; street; 7:20 p.m. Dec. 29.

psa PSA 207

207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 1:10 a.m. Dec. 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1600 block, H St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 11:35 a.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  19th and K streets; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; office building; 6 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:36 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  900 block, 14th St.; tavern; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; street; 1 a.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  23rd and N streets; street; 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1900 block, I St.; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 27.

â&#x2013;  20th and K streets; street; 1:30 a.m. Dec. 31.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:35 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Jefferson Place; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; residence; 1 a.m. Dec. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, P St.; office building; 9:28 a.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 20th St.; sidewalk; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 2:15 a.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 1 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  21st and Q streets; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; alley; 9 p.m. Dec. 25. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Hillyer Place; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; alley; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 22nd St.; residence; 5 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, N St.; street; 11:20 a.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; noon Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; street; 7:45 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; street; 4 p.m. Dec. 31.

psa PSA 301

301

â&#x2013;  Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 14th St.; street; 10:40 p.m. Dec. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 12:40 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; restaurant; 11:45 p.m. Dec. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; street; 4:05 p.m. Dec. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; street; 1 a.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Florida Ave.; street; 2 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  14th Street and Wallach Place; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Riggs Place; street; 2 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  2100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 4 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, W St.; street; 8 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Florida Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 3 a.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  16th and R streets; street;

4:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

psa PSA 303

303

â&#x2013;  adams morgan

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Summit Place; street; 7:25 p.m. Dec. 29. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Cliffbourne Place; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Ontario Road; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 11:15 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:05 a.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 7:45 p.m. Dec. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; street; 1 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Ontario Road; street; 5 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Waterside Drive; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  16th and Fuller streets; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Kalorama Road; street; 8 a.m. Jan. 1.

psa PSA 307

307

â&#x2013;  logan circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; tavern; 1:15 a.m. Dec. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, M St.; street; 5 p.m. Dec. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; residence; 9:30 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; hotel; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, P St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 12th St.; street; 12:50 p.m. Dec. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, L St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; parking lot; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 1:30 a.m. Dec. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; street; 5 p.m. Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  9th and O streets; street; 11:50 a.m. Dec. 29. â&#x2013;  1100 block, M St.; street; 8:45 a.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; alley; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 14th St.; street; 10:35 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; alley; 1 p.m. Dec. 28.


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CABS

From Page 1 ty inspection on the first attempt, Linton added. But Larry Frankel, chair of the Small Business Association of DC Taxicab Drivers, said the complaints and the data are misleading. In addition to 6,500 registered taxis, he cited estimates that there are more than 2,000 vehicles without proper registration, and he said it is those vehicles that make the rest of the fleet look bad. Furthermore, Frankel said, the existing cab inspection goes well beyond safety, which inflates the failure rate Linton cited. Scratched paint, a dirty engine compartment or a tear in a seat can each lead to a failing grade, and they are just some of the nearly 100 points the city uses to inspect taxis twice a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing wrong with a cab staying on the road for an indeterminate amount of time as long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in good condition,â&#x20AC;? said Frankel, whose own Mercury Grand Marquis taxi is eight years old. According to Frankel, few of the 4,000 independent cab drivers he represents have cars newer than his. Under the proposal, cabs would also have to be retired at 400,000 miles, and could not enter taxi service if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already more than five years old and have driven more than 300,000 miles. The proposal would also prevent vehicles with a salvage title from becoming taxis, but would take no action against existing cabs that were repaired after a serious accident. Linton noted that there are further advantages to newer taxis. They tend to be more fuel efficient and otherwise environmentally friendly, and more comfortable and easier to get in and out of, he said. Frankel said such improvements are in driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interests, too, but they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the

vehicle eight to 10 hours a day, you want something safe, something comfortable,â&#x20AC;? Frankel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a cab driver out here who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to drive a brand-new vehicle.â&#x20AC;? Independent of the taxicab commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh put forward a series of proposed taxi reforms last month in the Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Act. Among that billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provisions is

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Larry Frankel a surcharge on taxi fares that would go into a fund to help cover upgrades to city cabs. Other aspects of the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal will be shaped in part by responses to an online survey Cheh launched last Wednesday, available at taxi.marycheh.com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work to be done before a program is devised, but the idea is to find a way to make it economically more feasible to upgrade the fleet,â&#x20AC;? said Linton. According to Frankel, as long as thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money to do it, few taxi drivers would oppose getting newer vehicles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but so far, fares are too low to fund buying new cabs that frequently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t argue that would be a nice situation if we could afford it,â&#x20AC;? Frankel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want newer vehicles, you have to pay a reasonable price.â&#x20AC;? The Taxicab Commission is now taking written comments at dctc@ dc.gov, and it will take oral testimony at its Jan. 11 meeting. According to Linton, the commission could pass the rules as early as February, but any major revisions to the proposal based on feedback would be subject to further comment.

 



   

    

                      

 

     

    

               

   

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Bright spots

Politically speaking, it’s unlikely anyone would rush to declare 2011 a good year for the District. The mayor, the D.C. Council chairman and a ward council member are all the subject of ongoing investigations, and several other elected city officials came under scrutiny for ethically questionable activities. In significant ways, though, it was actually quite a good year for the city. Officials balanced the budget while laying out a plan to build up the city’s depleted reserves. There also was almost unassailable progress in two key statistics used repeatedly over the past few decades to deride Washington, D.C. In mid-December, the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates of population changes since the 2010 Census. D.C. bested all 50 states in terms of growth, reaching a population of 617,996 as of July 1. The District grew by 2.7 percent in 15 months — an increase of 16,273 residents, or more than half the growth over the prior decade. Even more dramatic is the drop in homicides. There were 108 murders in the District in 2011, an 18 percent drop from 2010. More important, it was the lowest total since 1963 — and a remarkable reduction from the peak of 479 in 1991. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent Gray are right to push for further improvement and to note that even one homicide is one too many, but that doesn’t diminish the progress. While the significance of both statistics seems evident, the explanations are hard to ascertain — and undoubtedly will be the subject of debate. Yet it seems clear that some credit should go to the District leaders who brought the city back from fiscal ruin and insisted on better service from city employees. The list must start with former Mayor Anthony Williams, and should include both Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray — particularly for selecting and retaining Chief Lanier.

Uncertain mood

After a fight inside Shaw’s Mood Lounge spilled into the street and two people were stabbed last week, city officials suspended the club’s liquor license yesterday, effectively extending a police-ordered closure at least until a possible Alcoholic Beverage Control Board appeal and hearing. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans had called for the lounge’s closure before the ruling, noting the many regulation violations at Mood that led to an alcohol board hearing weeks before the latest incident. While our sympathies certainly do not lie with Mood’s operators — permanent closure may indeed be the best option here — we believe that proprietors and residents alike would benefit from a standardized set of penalties for these types of situations. Such a system should avoid the overreactions that can occur after a high-profile incident, but neither should it impose a mere slap on the wrist. For establishments with a history of violence or rule-breaking, a violent incident like that at Mood — or like the recent shooting outside Dupont’s Heritage India following an argument indoors — should trigger a one-month license suspension. For a second incident, a two-month suspension. And a third violent occurrence within a fiveyear period would invite the license’s revocation. The tool needn’t be completely blunt. Establishments that truly make good-faith efforts to improve after a suspension could be less likely to incur the stepped-up penalty if another incident occurs. Such a system could motivate improvements from troubled establishments that could also make life safer, easier and quieter for neighbors. The history at Mood Lounge would clearly make the nightspot a candidate for suspension under this rubric. Open less than a year, the club quickly won vocal opponents among neighbors, some of whom have complained of public urination, sex and fighting by patrons. We urge the alcohol board to consider neighbors’ input carefully in the event of an appeal and subsequent hearing. But in the future, our three-strike system would leave neither owners nor residents in their current positions of uncertainty.

The Current

Bullets … and ballots in 2012 … If the D.C. homicide rate continues to go down each year, do you think the woefully named Washington Wizards might change their name back to the Washington Bullets? We were never offended by the name “Bullets,” and we have never warmed up to “Wizards.” But late team owner Abe Pollin didn’t like the association of “Bullets” in a city that some called the murder capital of the nation. New crime statistics show the ugly moniker is a thing of the past. In all of 2011, there were 108 murders in the District. (There was one on New Year’s Eve, but it’s counted officially as the first homicide of 2012.) That 2011 total is the lowest number in almost half a century. In 2010, there were 131 homicides. Both years are a far cry from the murder rates in the low- to mid-400s in the early 1990s. “While a single murder is one too many, this figure shows our city is on the right track,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a prepared statement. “The days when the District was known as the nation’s ‘Murder Capital’ are long behind us … .” Gray also said he hopes a realignment of the city’s police service areas will make for even more effective use of police resources. There are now 56 patrol areas within the city’s seven police districts. It’s not clear how much credit you can give to police and the policies of politicians — but we all know they certainly get the blame if crime goes up. Last May, The New York Times reported that violent crime in the United States was at a 40-year low even though experts normally expect increases in crime during tough recessions. The newspaper said that, last spring, the odds of being murdered in the United States were about half of what they were in the early 1990s. Whatever the cause, whatever the effect, let’s hope 2012 returns equally encouraging numbers. ■ Solving murders? While the number of murders has gone down, the case closure rate has gone up. Police officials say the closure rate for homicides in 2010 was 79 percent. Last year, that figure rose to 94 percent. ■ A ballot deadline. Today is the deadline for candidates trying to get on the April 3 primary ballot.

Petition forms have been available since Nov. 14. The challenge period for any petitions expires Jan. 17. By then, we should have a clear picture of the candidates. Over the weekend, we were asked what would happen in case of a sudden vacancy on the D.C. Council (say, for example, in Ward 5). Election veterans say that if a vacancy occurs soon, the D.C. Board of Elections could schedule a special election to coincide with the April 3 primary. And a group that hopes to recall Ward 5’s Harry Thomas Jr., Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown says it will be filing soon to start the recall process. Any person or group that files for a recall election has six months to get the required number of signatures, and then the election would be scheduled. In a citywide race, it’s 10 percent of the voters, or about 45,000 names. Any recall election would likely not be held until November. Collecting that many signatures is a tough order. But it could all be short-circuited if U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen takes action to remove any elected officials. Then the recall would be moot, and we could move on directly to elections. ■ The ballot quirk. Independents who want to run in city elections this fall have a longer window to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. Blank nominating petitions will become available on June 15, and the deadline to submit them is Aug. 8. The dates are important this year because for the first time, the schedule allows a candidate who loses in the April 3 primary to run as an independent. In the past, the deadline to file as an independent conflicted with the party primaries that were held in September. You had to choose whether to run in the primary or the general election. But now, with the earlier primary, a candidate could have two bites at the ballot apple. The primary was moved up from September to April in part to satisfy a federal law requiring more time for armed forces personnel serving overseas to obtain ballots for elections back home. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Notebook

Letters to the Editor Don’t alter schedule for D.C. firefighters

As a resident of D.C. living in a town house, I am very much disturbed by D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe’s plans for changing firefighters’ schedules. I believe it would be detrimental to the department’s operations and to my safety and that of my home. It seems to me that the current schedule — 24 hours on the job and 72 hours off — ably serves the firefighters, as well as the people they protect. It allows them sufficient rest to do their work. The proposed plan — to have firefighters work three 12-hour day tours, followed by three night tours — envisions very tired men and women, whose internal clocks are all screwed up. I don’t want them called to my house when they may not be at their peak. It makes no sense to me. The firefighters have built their lives around this schedule, which

allows them to care for their children and often their parents on their days off. Suddenly disturbing their routine is unfair, even if it does save money as he predicts (a claim with which many disagree). It is my understanding that the 24-/72-hour tours are widespread and work well. I urge the chief to keep them in place in D.C. Ellie Becker Foggy Bottom

Spring Valley board fought health study

In Malcolm Pritzker’s latest stab at rewriting history [Letters to the Editor, Dec. 21], he boasts again of how the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board was instrumental in securing $250,000 for the Johns Hopkins University follow-up health study, designed to monitor the health effects of buried World War I-era munitions and chemicals. While Dr. Pritzker is entitled to his own opinions on the matter, he’s not entitled to his own facts. At the board’s public April 12 meeting, when new members pro-

posed writing to Mayor Vincent Gray to request spending authority so the D.C. Department of the Environment could contract for the study, Dr. Pritzker actually helped lead the effort to torpedo this initiative. A sanitized version of his attack on the health study, as well as the board’s subsequent failure to act, is documented on pages 12 through 16 of the meeting minutes posted eight months ago at the Spring Valley Army Corps website. But to truly appreciate how vehemently Dr. Pritzker and other board members fought against funding the follow-up study, I urge readers to listen to an audio recording of their actual 29-minute discussion posted at
tinyurl.com/rab-recording. When he first asserted in his July 20 letter to the editor that “members of the Restoration Advisory Board asked the city to allocate funds” for the study, I ignored the spurious claim. Does Dr. Pritzker now think that by repeating this myth often enough, it will somehow become true? Allen Hengst
 Washington, D.C.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Friendship students â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gear upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to get to college VIEWPOINT donald hense

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or many families in the metro area of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, child and parent alike look forward to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and expect to make â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the journey of going to college. But in the low-income neighborhoods that Friendship Public Charter School serves in D.C. and Baltimore, college is not the norm for parents or children. This is not because these communities and their children would not benefit from the presence of college-educated adults and college-bound children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but rather because of societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low expectations of children from low-income families. Earning a college degree offers students from lowincome families access to opportunities that are simply not available without one. Adults with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree earn over 60 percent more on average than those with only a high school diploma, according to U.S. census data; over a lifetime, the earning gap can be as high as $1 million. Moreover, adults who have graduated only from high school are 12 times more likely to be incarcerated compared to college-educated peers, according to research by the College Board. My school, which has 11 campuses serving nearly 8,000 mostly disadvantaged students, attempts to provide the many resources that support middle-class children on their journey to college. One example involves our work with the U.S. Department of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). This innovative program provides an organized and systematic pathway through high school to college starting in the seventh grade, and continuing through the first year of college. Friendship then follows the students through college graduation. Many of our students participating in this program at our flagship charter high school, Collegiate Academy, have benefited from taking college courses with partners such as the University of Maryland. The GEAR UP program also offers financial aid to help students apply to and graduate from college, organizes campus tours for high school students and helps them through

Letters to the Editor ANC has important role in cleanup work

A recent letter to the editor questioned Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed plans for cleanup and restoration of 4825 Glenbrook Road in Spring Valley. The cleanup, beginning in August/September 2012, is expected to take about two years. Following completion of the Glenbrook remediation, the Army will propose final action on cleanup of the whole Spring Valley site and present plans for long-term monitoring of contamination in the area. The Army has stated that over the past 10 years, more than 500 munitions, 400 pounds of American University Experiment Station glassware and 100 tons of contaminated soil have been removed from 4825 Glenbrook Road.

the application process. The funding from this important program has enabled us to enlist the expertise of guidance counselors and mentors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; important resources in supporting our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; paths to college and every related issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from living away from home to matching college coursework with career aspirations and abilities. The GEAR UP program also has helped students make site visits to dozens of college campuses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; important learning trips that would not have taken place without this funding. These activities can be as critical as mentoring or tutoring. They reinforce the idea that college can be part of a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. Getting students to think of themselves as college-bound changes the way they approach their schoolwork, and increases their personal commitment. It also changes the family dynamic. Because students need family support to enter and complete college, significant resources are devoted to parent involvement. This spring, our first group of GEAR UP students will graduate. Further funding would enable us to build on the lessons learned and launch a new cohort of 350 more students. A new grant would expand our Advanced Placement and pre-AP programs in middle school. These courses provide the academic rigor that we believe is necessary for students to succeed in college. It also would enable us to expand our Early College program with our college partners, and our work with corporate partners providing internships in STEM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; science, technology, engineering and math â&#x20AC;&#x201D; subjects. We would also be able to build on our partnership with George Washington University, through which health professionals mentor and support students interested in pursuing health-care careers. Providing urban youth with the well-proven supports that enable children at selective and private schools to succeed is central to our mission. Three in four students at our charter high school are economically disadvantaged. GEAR UP has been a major contributor to the 96 percent graduation rate of our high school students and to the 100 percent college acceptance rate of the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating class. Donald Hense is chairman and founder of Friendship Public Charter School.

Advisory neighborhood commissioners, elected by their neighbors, consider many issues affecting their constituents. Although primarily concerned with D.C. government actions, the commissioners are authorized by law to present their views to federal agencies. It is important to note that commissioners have been involved in the Spring Valley project for years. In 2009, commission chair Tom Smith and I worked with Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh to provide additional protection and an evacuation plan for the residents and members of the public during the investigation of 4825 Glenbrook. Commissioners also worked with Cheh and with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on funding for the project, including the Johns Hopkins University health study of Spring Valley. In August 2011, the Army proposed to complete the removal and restoration of this site. Our commission has discussed the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal at the past four

meetings. At the Oct. 5 meeting, the commission passed a resolution endorsing the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferred Alternative 5 for 4825 Glenbrook Road. While all commissioners have stated their support for demolition of the house, several have also requested investigations of adjacent properties to make certain that remediation of the area is completed. In the past, the Army has been required to return to some areas for additional work. To ensure complete remediation, it is very important that our commission and residents of the community be involved and fully informed throughout the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleanup of the area. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meeting is Jan. 11. More information is available at anc3d.org. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency page on the cleanup is available at tinyurl.com/ epa-spring-valley; the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is accessible at tinyurl.com/ army-spring-valley. Nan Wells Commissioner, ANC 3D03

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

On a recent Monday morning, we went to Whole Foods as part of our French lesson. We applied our knowledge of food to a real-life situation, follow-

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ing the manager around the store. She was very kind, speaking in French and talking to us about the food. We asked questions, and so did she. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand everything that was said in French, but we were able to guess most of it. The manager showed us some food we had never seen before, including a kind of lemon with a very weird shape. A Moroccan chef who works there spoke with us in French about some of the dishes he had prepared. Finally, we were allowed to buy some of the delicious food and eat it in the little cafe. We talked in French about all of the food we had bought. We returned to the school to continue to discuss our experiences. This was a very fun French lesson. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Year 7 French group (sixth-graders)

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Last week, we had winter break, and it was relaxing. This week, we are back at school. Everyone is excited because a jazz pianist will be coming to our school this weekend. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really cool because he has the same name as our school: John Eaton! We hope that the kids will get to hear him

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Recent Wilson High School graduates Nathan Kohrman and Alexandra Jensen were honored Dec. 19 as the 2011 College Board State AP Scholars for the District. Mayor Vincent Gray and administration officials presented the awards in a ceremony at Wilson High School. Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister Izzy accepted the award on behalf of her sister, who was delayed by traffic on her way from the airport to the ceremony. practice his music during the day on Friday. He will play for the adults on Saturday night. Mr. Eaton is really nice to do this concert, which will benefit the art and music classes that we have. In music class, the fourth- and fifth-graders learn guitar on instruments that our music teacher, Ms. Walson, got for our school. The younger kids learn to sing and to play drums, xylophones and recorders. To add to learning in music class, we also have a spring musical every year that Ms. Walson

helps with. We get to sing and play our instruments for big audiences! In art, we learn about art around the world because we are a World Cultures school. We make flags of the countries that we study, and we learn about symbols of the countries. We also do projects that correspond to the seasons, like haunted houses in October and snowflakes in December. Thank you, John Eaton, for helping John Eaton Elementary School! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava Koerner, second-grader, and Lilly Koerner, fourth-grader

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Eagles trounce Hoyas to capture Purple Puck title

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Coming into this season, Gonzaga head coach Nate Jackson knew sophomore goaltender Nick Platais, who had made a sensational freshman campaign, would be stout between the pipes. But he didn’t know exactly how good his keeper could be. “He was solid last year, and I could tell he had a bright future ahead of him,” said Jackson. “I didn’t quite know he was going to put up numbers this early in his sophomore year.” In the championship game of Gonzaga’s Purple Puck tournament, held Friday at Fort Dupont Ice Arena, Platais played with the poise of a grizzled veteran. The Eagles allowed a goal just two minutes into the game, but Platais wasn’t rattled. Instead, he locked down the net and shut out Georgetown Prep’s offense. With the net secure, the Eagles drubbed the Little Hoyas 5-1 to win the National Capital Hockey Tournament championship for the first time since 2008. “It’s a good barometer for where we stand in the season,” said Jackson. “It’s a good opportunity to

play good out-of-town teams that we wouldn’t normally play. It’s nice to prove to yourself that you can beat [them].” Platais finished with 24 saves on 25 shots and was named the tournament’s MVP. “He had an impressive tournament all around,” said Jackson. “The numbers don’t lie — those are pretty serious numbers he put up. It’s very exciting for us to know we can fall back and rely on goalkeeping when the puck isn’t bouncing our way.” Platais’ play in goal gave the Eagles’ young offense time to find its groove. With 14 minutes remaining in the first half, junior forward Michael Logan scored, tying the game at one. Just six minutes later, the Eagles struck again, with junior forward Jack Slater firing a shot into the back of the net. The Eagles crushed the Little Hoyas’ spirit right before halftime, when Logan rebounded a shot in front of the goal and fired it into the net with seven seconds to go before intermission. Sophomore defender Joey Downey and Slater each added a goal in the second half to pad the Eagles’ win. “They kind of came alive last week,” said Jackson. “I could tell

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Freshman Connor Greshan and the young Eagles blossomed in last week’s Purple Puck tournament. from practice that I had talented kids, and I was just waiting for them to come out of their shell a little bit. I was waiting for them to blossom and it seems like every year some

kid blossoms around the Purple Puck. It just happened to be a bunch of my young guys.” The Eagles will look to keep their momentum going when they

return to the ice Friday to play Bullis at Fort Dupont. “We’re a good team and we’re peaking heading into the second half of the season,” said Jackson.

Bulldogs notch tie in D.C.-based national tournament By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Junior forward Taylor Dremluk led St. Albans with two goals Thursday.

With less than 10 minutes to play, St. Albans’ ice hockey team clung to a one-goal lead over Loyola Academy. But the Bulldogs committed a critical mistake — a tripping infraction — that gave the Ramblers an opportunity for a power play. The penalty proved costly. Loyola Academy took advantage of the man-up situation and tied the game at three with 7:57 to play. Though the Bulldogs pushed the puck and tried to salvage the win, they were unable to break the stalemate and had to settle for a 3-3 tie Thursday at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. “We took a penalty and it really killed us,” said junior forward Taylor Dremluk. “It was rough to get scored on there. If it was even, we definitely could’ve battled. I thought we could’ve won it.” The tie kept the Bulldogs from potentially competing in the National Capital Hockey Tournament’s championship game Friday. “We came out today just looking for a win; we tied, which is upsetting,” said Dremluk. “At times, we could’ve finished, but we didn’t.” The Ramblers jumped on top of the Bulldogs early and scored the first goal just

eight minutes into the game. St. Albans answered seven minutes later when senior defender Sean Heaslip showed he could play offense, lighting the lamp with a goal. Sophomore forward Alex Mandel and Dremluk assisted Heaslip on the scoring play. “Sean is just a really good hockey player,” said Bulldogs head coach Dan Ryan. “He often knows what the other team is going to do with the puck before they do.” The score remained tied 1-1 at halftime. In the second half, the Ramblers again

scored first, 1:30 into the period, to take a 2-1 lead. That’s when Dremluk — nicknamed “Moose” by his teammates — put the team on his back. With 18 minutes to play, the Bulldogs had a chance to score, but both teams were battling for the puck in a scrum. Dremluk kept his eye on the puck, and when it squirted out of the pile, he buried it into the goal to tie the game at two. Junior forward Jon Kang and Heaslip were credited with assists. “Moose just works extremely hard, and he’s got a lot of skill,” Ryan said of Dremluk. “He’s a smart hockey player, and he’s able to create offensive opportunities not only for himself but also for his line-mates.” Six minutes later, Dremluk gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game when he scored a top-shelf goal to put St. Albans ahead 3-1 with 11:19 to play. Mandel and Heaslip both notched an assist on the play. But in the end, it wasn’t enough for a win. “I think on at least two of the goals against we just lost puck battles and you can’t do that,” said Ryan. “You have to win one-on-one battles for the puck, and we aren’t winning enough of them.” St. Albans will look to bounce back today when the team travels to Landon to play the defending Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League champions at 4:30 p.m.


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Cubs win Chantilly tourney championship Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team won the Pohanka Chantilly Christmas Classic tournament in dramatic fashion last week, led by seniors Kate Gillespie and Maddy Williams, who scored 27 and 12 points, respectively. The Cubs beat the tournament host, Chantilly High School, 44-43 Thursday to win the event for the second consecutive year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us confidence,â&#x20AC;? said Cubs head coach Mike McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always nice to win a tournament like that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a couple of close games, so it was good to win a close one. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a brutal schedule, and I think we are battletested.â&#x20AC;? At halftime, the Cubs faced a 10-point deficit to Chantilly, prompting McCarthy to make several adjustments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We switched from a zone press to straight full-court man-to-man on

defense, and that got us moving,â&#x20AC;? said McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Chantilly] played a really spread-out zone [defense], and we switched from our zone offense to our man offense and got some movement, and it freed us up a lot.â&#x20AC;? The tactical changes proved to be shrewd. Visitation outscored the hosts 19-4 in the quarter, led by 10 points from Gillespie, who was named the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MVP. Down the stretch in the fourth quarter, Williams made a clutch 3-point bucket to give Visitation a 40-39 lead. After trading a couple of baskets, the Cubs clung to a 44-43 lead with eight seconds to go. Chantilly made one final attempt, but Cubs center Libby Mosko contested the potential game-winning shot, which clanged off the rim. The Cubs played Georgetown Day yesterday and will continue Independent School League play

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Kate Gillespie was named MVP.

Jan. 14 against Sidwell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our main goal is to win the ISL every year,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a big target on our back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everybody is after us. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up to the challenge.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brian Kapur

Eagles cruise through Piggly Wiggly Classic Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team continued its undefeated season by blowing away the competition in North Charleston, S.C., at the Piggly Wiggly Round Ball Classic last week. The Eagles won their three tournament games by an average of 23 points and moved to a 9-0 record. The tournament win came Friday, when the Eagles pounded Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s South Effingham 51-31. Junior point guard Nate Britt was named the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most outstanding player and junior forward Kris Jenkins was named MVP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were all teams that were undefeated or had one loss going into the tournament,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every opportunity that we can take to go up against another opponent to become better as a team is always huge. To play against another stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top teams and come out with wins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it bodes well to build confidence going into league play.â&#x20AC;? During the three-game tournament, Britt averaged a shade over 15 points, while Jenkins averaged 14 points. The tournament was also a chance for teammates to continue to develop chemistry and for some role players to step into the spotlight. Senior Will Rassman had a solid tournament with 17 total points, and junior guard Tavon Blackmon continued to make key contributions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When maybe one guy didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it going, the next guy stepped up,â&#x20AC;? said Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was able to play a lot guys against good competition and see who will be ready for us when we step into league play.â&#x20AC;?

Score Box Boys basketball

Bell 76, Bel Air 43 Coolidge 91, Lackey 47 Benedictine 61, St. Albans 52 Wilson 75, Forest Park 55 Sidwell 64, Atlantic City 51 Germantown Academy (Pa.) 70, St. Albans 62 Gonzaga 64, James Island High School 42 Roosevelt 75, Lee 47 Red Lion Christian 83, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 79 Coolidge 99, Westlake 55 Wilson 67, Chantilly 51 North Point 59, Coolidge 57 Gonzaga 73, Goose Creek (S.C.) 45

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Tavon Blackmon played key minutes in the tourney.

Gonzaga is 1-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and will continue its league schedule with a big game at Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell tomorrow night. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brian Kapur

Wilson 56, Green Run 46 Abington Friends 55, Sidwell 54 St. Albans 79, Hanover 72 Dunbar (Baltimore) 42, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 36 Gonzaga 51, South Effingham (Ga.) 31 Booker T. Washington 46, Maret 44 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 48, St. Frances 47

Girls basketball

Visitation 66, Langley 35 Kennedy 32, Roosevelt 27 Visitation 52, Mills Godwin 37 Mater Dei 66, Wilson 34 Fairfax (Calif.) 52, Coolidge 46 Visitation 44, Chantilly 43 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56, Mater Dei 54 Cathedral 62, Montrose Christian 38 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56, Wilson 28


The People and Places of Northwest Washington

January 4, 2012 ■ Page 13

How we weathered 2011’s storms ...

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ay “goodbye,” two-oh-one- one, Such high hopes … well, now you’re done. What on earth were we to make Of a year that brought a quake? Message from some higher power? Note Cathedral’s central tower. There it toppled pinnacle. (Or is that thought too cynical?) Cracks in nation’s obelisk; Can’t go up; it’s still a risk.

Council started with much promise; Then came Graham and funds and Thomas. Brown (K) favored SUVs; Cronies seemed the ones to please. Brown (S) made us ask intent: He Sought a job by dissing Fenty?? Hard to tell what’s pay, what’s play. Few clean lines — more shades of gray. Now new ethics rules are drawn. Who’ll enforce? J. Edgar’s gone. Town/gown siblings might get friendly?

Not in Georgetown – maybe Tenley. UDC must problem-solve As expansion plans evolve. Though the schools have lost M. Rhee, Wilson High is great to see!

Rows of red bikes, there to share, People pedal everywhere. Still one issue: Ride with care, Maybe risking “helmet hair.” Watch pedestrians, please do. One of them just might be you. Cellphone driver, don’t you see That we’re crossing? OMG! Let’s establish rights-of-way. That’s a goal for Mary Cheh. Changing landscapes in our town: Some “thumbs up” and some “thumbs down.” Petworth gets a hardware store. Walter Reed is ours no more. New Spring Valley digging found More bad stuff still in the ground. Chevy Chase (they nixed “histor ic”) Suddenly was not euphoric, When a teardown, if it’s done, Means two houses, not just one. After years of brokered deals, “OK, Giant,” says Appeals. High-rise, streetscapes now in plans. Just please bring back Sullivan’s. Georgetown boasts new river park. Georgetown Park, though, may go dark. Boathouse once again seeks “go.” Georgetown U. needs place to row. Wash’ton Harbour needs repair; Next flood, raise the gates! (They’re there.)

Whole Foods, Foggy Bottom goes. Watch your prices, Trader Joe’s! Megastores can’t beat the ease Of a Georgetown stroll to Scheele’s. Local merchants view with frown Walmart’s slow march into town. Georgia Avenue one site? Should the locals stand and fight? Politics and Prose new leaders Keep inspiring city’s readers. Your great novel incubating? Big machine will print. No waiting. Dupont Sundays: farmers mart. Or “First Fridays,” view good art, Sample wine and nibble cheese, All in walking-distance ease. Old D.C. deserves affection: Go see Kiplinger collection. Go slow when you pass the Mall: Note a monument bright white and small. World War I: These soldiers died; Men who then were D.C’s pride. Their memorial’s restoration

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Top: Mayor Vincent Gray, top left, and Council Chairman Kwame Brown are under investigation, and a crane repairing the National Cathedral after August’s earthquake toppled. Bottom from top left: Residents protested Walmart, Capital Bikeshare expanded, Politics and Prose got a print-on-demand book machine, Georgetown U. still wants to build a boathouse, Whole Foods opened in Foggy Bottom, Washington Harbour flooded and Wilson High School reopened. Underscores: We’re part of Nation. Fight, pay tax? We do. So note: Congress, we deserve the vote. Past year just seemed out of joint. Weather pattern made that point: Shaking ground and falling crane, Early snow, late hurricane. Look ahead: Must we expect a Yearly weather-born trifecta? Hopefully, not same-old-same. (Redskins might just win a game.)

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Wesley Theological Seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed 2012-2021 campus plan. â&#x2013;  commissioner updates. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.

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Bozzuto proposes turning vacant Mount Pleasant church into apartments By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

In an intriguing attempt at â&#x20AC;&#x153;adaptive reuse,â&#x20AC;? a developer wants to turn the fire-scarred Meridian Hill Baptist Church into residences, with a skinny seven-story addition on the south side. The proposal won tentative support from the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last month, with discussion focusing on details about the modern tower to be built next to the historic church at 3146 16th St. NW. The church has been vacant for years, since its congregation decamped to the suburbs, and the rear of the building was badly damaged by a 2008 fire that swept through the Deauville Apartments on Mount Pleasant Street. The proposal by Bozzuto Homes to largely restore the exterior of the limestone church has already won support from the preservation board. But the side addition has proved a bit problematic. In the rendition reviewed Dec. 15, the brick tower would have a roof terrace sheltered by a canopy, and a partial seventh story set back behind it; the ground floor, facing 16th Street, would be dominated by a large garage door. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We agree it would be better to

put the garage in back, but the only way to [access] parking is in front,â&#x20AC;? architect Tom Johnson told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to play down the garage, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still out there on the street. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11 feet wide, Bill Petros/The Current and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think cars could The Meridian Hill Baptist Church was badly maneuverâ&#x20AC;? with damaged in a 2008 fire. less. Mount Pleasant said she was City archipleased with the evolution of the tectural historian Tim DennĂŠe was design. As to the garage door, critical of both the roof canopy and Armstrong said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;parking is very the large garage door. The canopy, important in this neighborhood, and he said, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a 1950s-type feature, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other place to put it.â&#x20AC;? out of place on 16th Street.â&#x20AC;? And The board had mixed views the wide garage door, as drawn, about the top floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our one â&#x20AC;&#x153;becomes the focal point of the composition, something that is very case this year where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d encourage you to add a story,â&#x20AC;? rather than unfortunate in any building and an awkward canopy and set-back especially on 16th Street.â&#x20AC;? He sugseventh floor, said chair Catherine gested narrowing the door to allow Buell. only one car to pass at a time, acknowledging that doing so would But members agreed that the garage door, if necessary, has to be create some inconvenience for resismaller or more detailed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dents. garage door cannot be solid, no Faye Armstong of Historic

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Firm vows improvements to affordable apartments

The new owner of four Northwest apartment complexes will upgrade the facilities while continuing to target moderateincome young professionals and families, according to a company news release. Jair Lynch Development Partners last year bought properties at 6676 Georgia Ave., 1111 Massachusetts Ave., 930 Randolph St. and 1339 Fort Stevens Drive that total more than 400 housing units, the release states, as well as 80 more in Northeast. According to the release, the company, which prides itself on â&#x20AC;&#x153;social responsibility,â&#x20AC;? picked apartment projects that would keep some affordable housing in gentrifying areas. Household incomes for the apartments are projected at no high-

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Dupont Realtor elected to groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors

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Wednesday january 4 Classes â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darkroom Portraitsâ&#x20AC;? class led by teaching artist Bruce McKaig. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 202-547-6839. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  Robert McCormick, director of music at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, K Street, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noels Old & New: Works by Daquin, DuprĂŠ, and an Improvisation by the Artist.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Sofia Rei, a native of Buenos Aires, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven and DvorĂĄk. 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by MetroStage artistic director Carolyn Griffin and actress Natascia Diaz about the Alexandria-based nonprofit theater company. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-8954860. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl With the Dragon Tattooâ&#x20AC;? by Stieg Larsson. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  College students will discuss their experiences in a panel discussion for area teens. 5 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Moorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Sighâ&#x20AC;? by Salmon Rushdie as part of a series on

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Events Entertainment heroic adventure in Western literature. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rodelinda.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Nadia Tassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matching Jack,â&#x20AC;? about a woman whose life is turned upside down after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  Poet Holly Bass will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Thursday, Jan. 5

Thursday january 5 Antiques show â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring antiques, fine arts, and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasures of the First Familiesâ&#x20AC;? exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will open with a champagne reception for sponsors and benefactors, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and for gala patrons and young collectors, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $125 to $500. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. Book signing â&#x2013;  George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Concert â&#x2013;  The Stooges Brass Band will perform a blend of traditional New Orleans brass and contemporary urban beats. 6 p.m. Free.

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Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by former NBC News correspondent and White House press secretary Ron Nessen on his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White House.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturers James Meyer and Sally Shelburne will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Talk: In the Tower: Mel Bochner.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Club will discuss Australian author Peter Templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broken Shore.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Roger Rosenblatt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature French musical performances and refreshments, multilevel French language lessons, early motion pictures depicting women performers, and a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pas de Deux: Degasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Representations of Elegance and Strength.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/phillipsafter5. Friday, Jan. 6

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Antiques show â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques, fine arts, and an exhibition on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasures of the First Families.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $20. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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perform. 6 and 8 p.m. $20. Lab Theatre II, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Improv troupe Just Moxie will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Just Good Karma.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 and 10 p.m. $10. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. justmoxiekarma.eventbrite.com. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Saturday, Jan. 7

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Saturday, january 7 â&#x2013;  Concert: Jazz pianist John Eaton will perform at a benefit concert to support arts education at John Eaton Elementary School. 7 p.m. $25. Munday Theater, Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW. eatondc.org/john-eaton-jazz-pianist/. washingtonwintershow.com. The show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by J.S. Bach, JanĂĄcek, Schnittke and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  The seven-piece band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will perform an updated twist on traditional Italian folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort, female vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 (shown) and instrumentalists Shira Kammen and Debra Nagy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval France.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $30 to $40. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature electric guitarist and composer D.J. Sparr. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show will feature a lecture by Nancy Clarke, former chief florist of the White House. 10:30 a.m. $125. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. â&#x2013;  Journalist and author Thomas Frank will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances â&#x2013;  Scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee will

Benefit â&#x2013;  A D.C. Statehood Benefit Party will feature a live performance by singers Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt, former members of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. 8 and 10 p.m. $50 to $100. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-457-0800. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Georgetown Family Saturdays will feature a performance by the Great Zucchini. Proceeds will benefit the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. georgetownmoms@gmail.com. â&#x2013;  Tetsuo Shibata will teach children ages 12 and older the art of model-making. 1 to 3 p.m. $10 per child; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a Dr. Seuss story and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Class â&#x2013;  A weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga @ Your Libraryâ&#x20AC;? class will offer instruction geared to beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts â&#x2013;  Bach to Rock will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;B2R Battle of the Bands,â&#x20AC;? featuring local elementary students competing for the winning title. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. b2rmusic.com. The middle school competition will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the high school competition will be held Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a concert by pianist Orion Weiss. 2 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Asian American Music Society will present a concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  Pianist Alexander Paley will perform an all-Tchaikovsky program. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United See Events/Page 17


Continued From Page 16 Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Textile Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copying Rug Designs and Structures: From Tradition to Fakery.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Members of the Fort Stevens Working Group will discuss new research findings about Civil War Washington. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flour Powerâ&#x20AC;? will explore how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last remaining 1800s grist mill used water power to make flour and help advance the Industrial Revolution. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Parvaneh Bahar will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter: Malek Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shoara Bahar of Iran and the Immortal Song of Freedom,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Eric Weiner (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With Divine,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field Hospitalâ&#x20AC;? will discuss the experiences of wounded and sick soldiers in Washington during the Civil War. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maurice Tourneur: 1930sâ&#x20AC;? will feature the French-American directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1935 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justin de Marseille.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present a 2009 film of Christopher Wheeldonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lake,â&#x20AC;? featuring staging and costumes inspired by Edgar Degas. 2 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present a retrospective of Oskar Fischingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetic and abstract animations. Cindy Keefer, director of the Center for Visual Music, will make introductory remarks. 3 and 4:45 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a vigorous winter hike in Rock Creek Park.

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Events Entertainment Noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

scripts by Samuel Beckett â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1961â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Godotâ&#x20AC;? and 1965â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Jan.january 8 Sunday, Sunday 8 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Workshop participants will make rubber-band-propelled model airplanes (for children ages 8 and older). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $14; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Members of the DC Maxecuters will fly their model airplanes in the Great Hall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Concerts â&#x2013;  South Korean pianist Ko-Eun Lee will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Rochberg. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Tunisian violinist Nidhal Jebali and American pianist Kimball Gallagher will perform their own compositions, as well as works by Franck, Paganini and Jaloul Ayad. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will present Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldberg Variations.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton University and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gnostic Gospels,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Origin of Satanâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam, Eve and the Serpent.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier, professor emerita of art history at the University of New Mexico and a visiting scholar at American and George Washington universities, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pythagoras and Art History From Antiquity to

Sunday, january 8 â&#x2013;  Concert: The National Gallery of Art Orchestra and pianist Jean-Louis Steuermann will present a BrazilianAmerican New Year Concert. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. the Renaissance.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Constantine Petridis, curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and the Culture in the Congo Basin: Where the Sacred Meets the Secular.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Contributors Rae Bryant, Beth Frerking, Jennifer Howard, Esther Iverem, Colleen Kearney Rich, Kim Roberts, Wanda Warner and Kathleen Wheaton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Graces,â&#x20AC;? an anthology of works by area women writers. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Fabrangen will present a talk by Hasia Diner, professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of American Jewry: A Historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 301-585-1162. Film â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Alan Schneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cinematic renditions of two

Special event â&#x2013;  GALA Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Kings Day Celebration/Fiesta de los Reyes Magosâ&#x20AC;? will feature song, dance and storytelling, as well as the traditional nativity and the giving of gifts by the Magi. 2 p.m. Free; tickets suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. A procession with the Three Kings and live animals will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of 14th Street and Park Road NW.

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vibrant African-American community in the 1800s. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a vigorous winter hike in Rock Creek Park. 10 a.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present a tour of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Monday, Jan. 9

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Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Minnesota Timberwolves. 1 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Selma-to-Montgomery March: A Picturing America Program,â&#x20AC;? for children ages 6 through 12, will use films, video clips, books and songs to explore the events of March 1965 and the role of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. The program will repeat at 1 p.m. daily through Friday.

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Continued From Page 17 will lead a weekly yoga class. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concert ■ National Symphony Orchestra musicians Natasha Bogachek, Zino Bogachek, Eric DeWaardt and Yvonne Caruthers will perform works by Gliere, Dvorák and Beethoven. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Discussions and lectures ■ The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. ■ Science fiction author William Gibson will discuss his novel “Distrust That Particular Flavor.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1996 film “The White Balloon.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief” will feature a showing of the director’s 198586 film “Menu Total,” about a mental hospital where a doctor is vomiting incessantly and another person runs around in a Nazi uniform. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Thomas Casey’s 1971

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their communities from the kind of violence they once employed. A panel discussion will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ Busboys and Poets will present Ibi Ibrahim’s 2012 film “Sounds of Oud,” about a Middle Eastern couple who move to America along with a college friend. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Reading ■ “Nine on the Ninth,” hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature poets Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Bettina Judd, Ernesto Mercer and Mendi Lewis Obadike responding to the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s exhibition “30 Americans.” 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tuesday, Jan. 10

Tuesday january 10 Classes and workshops ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concert ■ Preservation Hall Jazz Band member Clint Maedgen will perform with cellist and vocalist Helen Gillet. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by DC Vote public affairs director Eugene Kinlow on “Washington DC and the Struggle for Full Democracy.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present “Better Light for Better Sight,” a video presentation with audio description. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Washington Hospital Center Eye Clinic, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-6081. ■ Amanda Smith will discuss her book “Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Gen. Nicholas B. Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, will lead a discussion with Medal of Honor recipients Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr. and Brian Thacker, among others.

Monday, january 9 ■ Concert: Argentinean bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

A book signing of “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty” will follow. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ Editors Daphne Carr and Alex Ross will discuss the book “Best Music Writing 2011.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A panel of architects will discuss ways that people use and enjoy public parks. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. Films ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1976 film “The Deer Hunter.” 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Close Guantanamo Coalition and the group World Can’t Wait will present the film “Outside the Law: Stories From Guantanamo.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The D.C. Public Library will host a screening of Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s 2011 documentary “The Interrupters,” about three Chicago residents who use bravado, humility and even humor as they try to protect

Performances ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Animal House: Stories about party days and wild nights.” 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. speakeasydc.com. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Jan. 11

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Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat Jan. 18 at noon and Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Concerts ■ Composer, singer and songwriter Pierre de Gaillande and his band will perform English versions of songs by iconic French poet/singer Georges Brassens. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Chris Byars Octet and pianist Freddie Redd will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Abderrahim Foukara, bureau chief of Aljazeera’s Satellite Network, on “Will Arab Revolutions Lead to Real Change?” 10 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400

Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College, London, will discuss “Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?” 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. kbg22@georgetown.edu. ■ Gina A. Rudan will discuss her book “Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Hicks Stone, the youngest son of architect Edward Durell Stone and author of his biography, will discuss the breadth of his father’s life and career. A book signing will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Linda Voris, assistant professor of literature at American University, will discuss “Gertrude Stein: A Writer Is a Writer Is a Writer.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. ■ Donna Britt will discuss her book “Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Petworth Neighborhood Library will present an episode of the documentary series “Eyes on the Prize.” A discussion will follow. 3:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Faust.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. ■ A Kurdish film festival will feature Shawkat Amin Korki’s 2009 film “Kick-Off.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Health event ■ A health fair will offer flu vaccinations, eye exams, prostate and colon cancer referrals, and HIV testing and counseling. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road NW. 202-726-7036. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Performance ■ The “Happenings at the Harman” series will feature new work from local choreographers. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7:30 p.m. $92 to $205. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and they should include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate “free” if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to calendar@currentnewspapers.com or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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tion and a radio frequency; a police service area is a smaller section typically patrolled by a particular group of officers. Lanier described the changes at a series of community meetings and a D.C. Council hearing. Opponents said an established system was being needlessly modified, and they criticized some of the boundary shifts for splitting neighborhoods. Lanier maintained that the new distributions will help reduce crime, and said the department will modify them if they don’t work out. Two of the most controversial changes included shifting the northeast section of the Dupont Circle area from the 2nd District to the 3rd, and moving the 4th District’s border several blocks south into an area that was previously part of the 3rd District. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham became the most prominent opponent of Lanier’s “realignment” plan because of the latter point, in part because it splits his ward between police districts.

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In an interview last week, Graham said he remains skeptical about the decision, but respects Lanier’s authority and hopes the crime data bear her out. Graham said he thinks six months will be a sufficient trial period. “I’m not wishing for a bad thing here,” said Graham. “It would be best if she was right and everything was good. I don’t want turf battles for the sake of having a turf battle, it’s just that we weren’t convinced it was a good move.” Graham said he also wanted to be sure there would be enough officers in each newly reshaped police service area, and he has had trouble getting that information. Capt. Jeffrey Herold, acting commander of the 2nd District during the holidays, said his district worked to minimize changes to its staff, but did pick up a few officers from other districts. “Like with anything, there’s going to be adjustment and learning the new areas, but we’re not anticipating anything major,” Herold said. Other commanders contacted by The Current referred questions to police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump, who said it was too early to comment last week and didn’t

The Current respond to questions yesterday. Kristopher Baumann, chair of the D.C. Fraternal Order of Police union, said in an interview yesterday that he’s heard concerns from officers about how patrol cars and personnel are being allotted to different service areas and districts. “Any time you do something this large, there are going to be some rough patches,” he said. But on only the third day with the new boundaries, he added, it was too early to judge whether changes will be needed. Baumann said it would likely take a week or two to spot the first areas that need adjustment, and a few months to identify an impact on crime data. Most of the changes that went into effect Sunday were presented to the public over the summer; others, such as an expansion of Police Service Area 203 farther south and west into Cleveland Park, appeared on the police website as PDF documents dated November 2011. In an email, 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council chair George Corey said he was not aware of that change. Maps of the new districts and police service areas are available at tinyurl.com/psamaps.

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piled, Stallworth and his colleagues will hold the first of three public meetings in February. A focus group will also address possible improvements to the line. The study is expected to wrap up in July. The transit authority plans to evaluate bus service reliability and route efficiency, and will look at how new developments — such as those in Columbia Heights and those expected at the former site of Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Georgia Avenue — impact ridership, traffic patterns and on-time bus service. According to Stallworth, additional stops may be established, and possible “express” routes may be added as was done for bus lines along 16th Street and Georgia Avenue. The 14th Street routes could see bus schedules change from their current fixed system to one in which a bus comes every 10 minutes, with an on-site supervisor adding or holding buses based on traffic flow. “It’s a priority corridor because

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Metropolitan Police Department — opted to issue a summary suspension to Mood’s owners yesterday, deeming the club an “imminent danger to the health and safety of the public.” That order effectively “shutters the entire establishment” by preventing alcohol sales, according to alcohol agency counsel Martha Jenkins. But “the establishment could still be opened if they intend to just serve food or entertain patrons,” she said. The Current’s efforts to reach Mood’s owners were unsuccessful. Jenkins said they have 72 hours to request a hearing, after which the city Alcoholic Beverage Control Board would have another 48 hours to hold one and then a day to make a decision. Henry Akinnuoye, a former manager of the nightclub, characterized the stabbings, which were nonlife-threatening, as “unfortunate” but not unusual for D.C. nightlife. “Incidents happen … and anything that happens like that in proximity of establishments, [the] city has the right to close the place for review,” he said in an interview. Police Cmdr. Jacob Kishter of the 3rd District said there have been no arrests to date. “Detectives are investigating the matter,” he wrote in an email. The day of the stabbings, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans called for the club to be shut down permanently due to its troubled history. “Since its opening, Mood Lounge has consistently violated District laws and regulations, including public space and trash issues, extremely loud noise, and disturbances by patrons as they leave the club, many involving or leading to violence,” Evans states in a release. Police Chief Lanier, who has the authority to shutter establishments after violent incidents, ordered the temporary closure of Mood the same day.


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Jan. 4 through 29 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The production anchors Theater J’s new festival, “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art From Our Own Garden.” Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center, is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3214; theaterj.org. ■ Washington Stage Guild will present “Amelia” Jan. 5 through 29 in the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; stageguild.org. ■ The In Series will present “Barber & Barberillo” — a double bill featuring Samuel Barber and Giancarlo Menotti’s “A Hand of Bridge” and Francisco Asenjo Barbieri’s “The Little Barber of Lavapies” — Jan. 7 through 22 at Source. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $40 for adults, $36 for seniors and $20 for students and youth. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; inseries. org. ■ Scena Theatre will present Irish playwright Brian Friel’s translation of “Hedda Gabler” Jan. 7 through 29 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $16 to $40, with $10 previews through Jan. 11. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; scenatheater.org. ■ The hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” will close Jan. 7 at the National Theatre. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and

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Elkins’ paintings highlight the District’s vulnerability to control by the U.S. Congress without voting representation. She paints herself as various first ladies who illustrate contentious issues like reproductive rights, the needle exchange program, gay marriage and medical marijuana. For example, she shows herself in one portrait as Michelle Obama smoking marijuana to address the issue of legalizing medical marijuana. The Carnegie Institution of Washington is located at 1530 P St. NW. 202-387-6400. ■ “Stepping Over the Line,” featuring works by Upper Georgetown artist Shahla Arbabi, will open Saturday at the Mansion at Strathmore and continue through Feb. 4. Located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md., the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 301-581-5125. ■ “Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian,” which re-creates the exuberant chef’s legendary kitchen in Cambridge, Mass., will close Sunday at the National Museum of American History for about half a year while renovations take place in the building’s west wing. Located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $41.50 to $276.50. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161; nationaltheatre. org. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will close an extended run of “Much Ado About Nothing” Jan. 7 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ The Kennedy Center’s production of Mo Willems’ “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” will close Jan. 8 in the Family Theater. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20. 202-4674600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will close Chicago comedy troupe The Second City’s new work, “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” Jan. 8. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; woollymammoth.net. ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” Jan. 12 through Feb. 4 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 800-838-3006; factionoffools.org. ■ The Kennedy Center is presenting “Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards,” starring Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, through Jan. 15 in the Eisenhower Theater. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $54. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ “Billy Elliot the Musical” is at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House through Jan. 15. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org.


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