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Vol. XLV, No. 4

The Northwest Current

Activists push ballot measure on campaigns

Panel likely to accept AU development plan

winter celebration

■ Zoning: Deliberations will

continue at Feb. 16 meeting

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Supporters of an initiative to ban corporate campaign contributions in the District plan to make their first big push to gather signatures at precincts around the city during the April 3 primary. They’re predicting success, but they don’t expect much help from the D.C. Council. It was, in fact, the council’s inaction on the issue, as it passed an omnibus ethics reform package in December, that spurred the new proposal. The effort’s supporters want to let city voters decide if corporations should be able to continue funding campaign war chests, transition and inaugural committees, and council members’ constituent service and legal defense funds. The measure, delivered to the Board of Elections and Ethics Jan. 17, would also effectively ban bundled contributions from limited liability corporations controlled by the same owner. Such bundling — which allows company owners to exceed the current $2,000 limit on individual contributions — pushes See Initiative/Page 24

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Although they have yet to finalize their ruling, D.C. zoning commissioners appear supportive of American University’s extensive and highly controversial plans for large-scale development over the next decade. The Zoning Commission was scheduled to vote Monday on the school’s campus plan, which outlines its development in the coming

Hardy tapped as pilot for new enrichment program ■ Education: Model applies

research on gifted, talented

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Joseph Ngwa, an ancestral master drummer from Cameroon, performed Saturday as part of the Textile Museum’s “Celebrate Africa” mid-winter family festival.

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Delayed school modernizations rile Ward 4 By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

A school modernization meeting last week drew ire from Ward 4 residents when Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced that plans to modernize Coolidge and Roosevelt high schools would be delayed by one year under the city’s new proposed capital budget. The standing-room-only audience at Coolidge High School had expected modernization plans at Roosevelt to begin this summer, with Coolidge to follow in 2013. But when school improvement team meetings — which the city typically initiates in the months before mod-

NEWS ■ Adams Morgan ANC considers whether to add new parking limits. Page 3. ■ Panel approves Deal addition. Page 2.

decade and asks permission to begin construction immediately on several projects. Among other proposals, the school hopes to construct two highrise dormitories on its main campus and to redevelop its Nebraska Avenue parking lot and Tenley Campus. But commissioners postponed the vote, saying they couldn’t discuss some key aspects of the plan until the university is able to better nail down its timeline for bringing more undergraduates into on-campus housing. In discussing the various proposals Monday, however, commissioners said most of the See Campus/Page 24

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The project at Roosevelt is now scheduled to start in 2013.

ernization projects begin — weren’t scheduled for Roosevelt, community members wanted answers. The room erupted Wednesday when the deputy mayor outlined the new proposed timeline.

Wright, along with D.C. Public Schools chief operating officer Anthony DeGuzman and Department of General Services director Brian Hanlon, said current budgets for school modernizations citywide are inadequate for the projects’ estimated costs. They now propose that the city hold off on all modernization plans that haven’t yet started until full funding for individual projects is secured in the next budget cycle, at which time planning meetings can resume. For Roosevelt High School, Wright now says it will take $127 million to modernize the school built in the 1930s, rather than the $66 million currently allocated in the capital See Schools/Page 16

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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson last week selected Hardy Middle School in Georgetown as one of two District schools that will pilot a schoolwide enrichment program for gifted and talented students in the 2012-2013 academic year. Based on programs that seek to cultivate the potential of individual gifted students, the “Schoolwide Enrichment Model,” as it is formally known, instead involves a curriculum that aims to develop the strengths and talents of all students in a given school. “I’m thrilled — absolutely, positively thrilled,” said Hardy principal Mary Stefanus. The model was developed at the University of Connecticut, where researchers have been studying and designing programs for gifted and talented students for more than 40 years. According to Carey Wright, chief

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Hardy Middle was one of two D.C. schools selected.

academic officer for D.C. Public Schools, Hardy and Kelly Miller Middle School in Northeast will each have a dedicated and specially trained gifted-and-talented resource teacher to help implement the program and teach special classes. To reach students schoolwide, there will be three tiers of instruction: one that involves all students in enrichment lessons that enhance the existing curriculum; one that that creates specialized learning opportunities for small groups of students with similar interests; and a third that works with students one-on-one. “The beauty of implementing a schoolwide model is that all kids benefit,” said Wright. “Students See Hardy/Page 5

INDEX Business/7 Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/34 In Your Neighborhood/20 Opinion/8

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Army Corps prepares to start Design commission backs Reno School plans cleanup of Glenbrook parcel

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Officials at Alice Deal Middle School have learned that if you build it, they will come. The recent renovation of the campus is attracting so many new students that a plan to restore the historic Reno School on the same property has been expanded to include yet another major addition. Architect Ronnie McGhee won warm support for the latest, slightly revised, scheme from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week. Recent changes focus on the 25,500-square-foot addition that will connect Deal’s new gym to the landmarked Jesse Reno School. The construction and restoration project, expected to be completed in 2013, will accommodate 300 new students, up from Deal’s current

capacity — already exceeded — of about 900. The project, as a whole, “symbolically and physically integrates” the long-vacant Reno school, which was built for black children in 1903, and Deal, a school constructed for white students after the surrounding community, known as Reno City, was systematically demolished in the 1930s and 1940s, McGhee said. Originally, the city was hoping simply to restore the dilapidated Reno school, perhaps as a community center or theater. It was designated a historic landmark in 2009, the same year that the $72.6 million modernization of Deal was completed — and the rapid influx of new students made clear the pressing need for more academic space. McGhee’s first design scheme would have See Reno/Page 5

Current Staff Report A late-February final approval is expected for plans to clear buried World War I-era poisonous waste from the property at 4825 Glenbrook Road. The recommended plan, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released in December, calls for tearing down the Spring Valley home and digging up to 12 feet beneath it to remove any buried munitions and chemicals. The work, which is expected to cost about $12.5 million, will ultimately restore the site to residential standards, according to the Army Corps. The Restoration Advisory Board, a group of residents and experts consulting on the Army Corps’s Spring Valley cleanup, anticipates hearing details of the Glenbrook Road plan in March, co-chair Dan Noble said at the board’s Jan. 10 monthly meeting. Noble said the plan still requires the approval of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environment, safety and occupational health, and the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management. The Army Corps has spent more than $200 million on munitions cleanup in the Spring Valley neighborhood since 2003. During World

War I, the Army used American University as a testing site, firing weapons into then-undeveloped woods around the campus. In 1918, 4825 Glenbrook Road was a dumpsite for chemical and explosive munitions and related debris; officials believe a pit was disturbed there when a home was built in 1992. American University, which owns the property, will be reimbursed for the value of the home if it’s torn down. A federal advisory organization, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will also be providing a $75,000 “health consultation” focused on 4825 Glenbrook. The Army Corps asked the agency to get involved after reviewing the nature and extent of contamination at the site in 2010. Kent Slowinski, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in the area and former member of the Restoration Advisory Board, has expressed concerns that the current plan doesn’t account for possible poisonous residue left beneath the adjacent property, 4835 Glenbrook Road. According to Slowinski, bulldozers ran over bottles of a blistering agent at the border of the properties See Munitions/Page 18

Dupont Circle station’s 19th Street entrance will close in February for about 8½ months. This entrance must be closed because we’re replacing all three escalators. Once this work is complete, you can count on years of safe and reliable escalator service at Dupont Circle’s 19th Street entrance. While the work is taking place, please use either Dupont Circle’s Q Street entrance or Farragut North’s L Street entrance. And remember, all your favorite businesses around the 19th Street entrance will still be open. We know our escalator work can be inconvenient and frustrating for you. That’s why we do the work as quickly and safely as possible. We truly appreciate your patience while we do the work that must be done to keep Metro running.

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Adams Morgan considers resident-only parking program, visitor passes By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A parking program that’s been tested in various parts of the city could be headed next to the streets of Adams Morgan and other areas of Ward 1. Next month, the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission will vote on whether to participate in a “enhanced residential parking program,” which would reserve one

side of residential streets exclusively for cars with Zone 1 parking permits. The program would also mail annual visitor parking passes to households with parking permits, allowing regular guests unlimited parking in residentially zoned spots. At a community meeting last week to discuss the potential changes, Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham said the city’s seen a “terrific response” to previous versions of the program, with residents reporting that

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 25

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to review high school graduation requirements for social studies. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ Advisory neighborhood commissions 4C and 4D will hold a community meeting on pedestrian safety issues at Sherman Circle and along New Hampshire Avenue between Webster and Farragut streets. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, 4501 Kansas Ave. NW. ■ The Walter Reed Army Medical Center Local Redevelopment Authority Committee will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 1327 Van Buren St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. The agenda will include reports from Cmdr. Michael Reese and Assistant U.S. Attorney Trena Carrington on recent crimes and prosecutions.

Thursday, Jan. 26

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include design guidelines for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, concept review of a new five-story apartment building at 2225 California St. NW, a revised rear addition at 1845 Kalorama Road NW, and door widening and security screens at Engine Co. 29 at 4811 MacArthur Blvd. NW. ■ The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue will hold a public hearing on iGaming and the Lottery Amendment Repeal Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The U.S. General Services Administration will hold a public forum on the federal government’s planned auction of the West Heating Plant in Georgetown. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. ■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature presentations on the history of Adams Morgan. Mary Belcher and Howard University professor Mark Mack will discuss “Pierce Park Archaeology,” EHT Traceries’ Laura Trieschmann will discuss “Adams Morgan’s Historic Districts and Landmarks,” and National Zoo officials will discuss the future of the historic Holt House. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Saturday, Jan. 28

The Cleveland Park Energy Co-op and Weatherize DC will hold an energy-efficiency workshop and house tour. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are requested; contact cpenergycoop@gmail.com.

Monday, Jan. 30

The D.C. Council Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation will hold a public hearing on the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2011 and the Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs Parity Amendment Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the District of Columbia Community Schools Incentive Amendment Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold an oversight hearing on implementation and effects of recent revisions to the disorderly conduct law. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Three D.C. Council committees will hold a public oversight roundtable on the Streetcar Land Use Study. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. The group will hold an endorsement vote in conjunction with the forum; Ward 4 residents registered to vote in D.C. as of Jan. 27 are eligible to participate. Voting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

“for the first time in years, they were able to find a parking space on their block.” The resident-only program started as a pilot in 2008 to preserve parking around Nationals Park in Ward 6, and Graham later tested it out in the area around the DC USA shopping mall in Columbia Heights. Meanwhile, versions of the visitor parking pass program have operated in Mount Pleasant and various parts of wards 3, 4 and 5, sometimes in conjunction with resident-only parking programs.

In Ward 1, the new resident-only program would affect blocks where residential permit parking restrictions are already in place, and it would adopt existing time restrictions. For example, if a block currently allows permitonly parking until 6:30 p.m., the new program would designate one side of that block exclusively for permit-holders until 6:30 p.m. Now that Graham’s legislation authorizing the program has gone through the D.C. See Parking/Page 18


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The Current

District Digest Board weighs moving two polling places

Two Northwest polling places may be relocated beginning with the April 3 primary election: Precinct 11 in Ward 3, and Precinct 63 in Ward 4. This month, the Board of Elections and Ethics gave preliminary approval to moving Precinct 11 from the International Union of Operating Engineers building at 2461 Wisconsin Ave. to Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St.; and moving Precinct 63 from the

Takoma Community Center at 300 Van Buren St. to Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road. The board will vote on finalizing the moves at its Feb. 1 meeting.

Gray joins mayors in gay-marriage effort

More than 75 mayors from across the country, including Vincent Gray, gathered in D.C. Friday to promote the “Freedom to Marry” campaign supporting gay marriage, according to a news release from Gray’s office.

“These loving and committed couples have been prevented from sharing in the critical safety net of protections associated with marriage for far too long,” Gray states in the release.

D.C. beats states for LEED building density

The District has more buildings certified as environmentally friendly under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, per capita, than any state, the U.S. Green Building Council announced

last week. According to a news release from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office, the District has 31.5 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. With 223 certified buildings, D.C. is also the nation’s No. 3 city in this measure, behind New York and Chicago, the release states.

the board. Alberti, a Ward 6 resident, held the chairmanship on an interim basis after former chair Charles Brodsky resigned in May. The council voted in December to approve Miller’s nomination to the board. It also confirmed appointee L. Jeanette Mobley, a Brookland resident, as a board member.

Miller assumes post as ABC Board chair

Columnist honored by Washingtonian

Ruthanne Miller has officially taken over as chair of the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Mayor Vincent Gray nominated Miller, the former chair of the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment, for a seat on the alcohol board in July. Miller, who is also an attorney and former member of the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission, replaces acting chair Nick Alberti, who remains on

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GWU library to host new Churchill center

George Washington University has received an $8 million pledge to establish the National Churchill Library and Center at its Foggy Bottom campus, the school announced last week. The money comes from the Chicago-based Churchill Centre, a group dedicated to preserving the legacy of late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, according to a university news release. Th funds will go toward renovations of the university’s Gelman Library to create the new Churchill center on the ground floor. The money will also pay for rare books and research materials, as well as academic positions to study Churchill and British history.

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donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to apply to participate in the program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all students in the pilot schools will be involved in the program.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Research shows that it has a tremendous affect on student achievement schoolwide,â&#x20AC;? she added. Teachers and parents will be able to refer students for small-group or individual gifted-student instruction. And rather than identifying â&#x20AC;&#x153;gifted children, teachers will be looking for gifted behaviors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for students that exhibit aboveaverage ability, creativity and task commitment,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. She said this means a greater number of students with all ranges of learning abilities could be identified for special learning projects in areas they gravitate toward, giving more children access to the giftedand-talented resources than in similar kinds of programs that work with only a narrowly defined group of students. All teachers within the pilot schools, not just the resource teacher, will deliver lessons that enrich the standard curriculum. This Friday, Stefanus and a group of Hardy teachers will travel to nearby Howard County to observe classes that have successfully implemented the schoolwide enrichment model. Additional training will come this summer, when Stefanus, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching coach and the gifted-and-talented resource teacher will travel to the University of

Connecticut for a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every parent Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to about the program is delighted,â&#x20AC;? said Hardy PTA co-president Gregory Mize. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perfect model, as I understand it, for a citywide middle school, as it draws out and builds on the diverse interests of our students.â&#x20AC;? Both Wright and Stefanus admit that the program also aims to appeal to Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-boundary parents, many of whom send their children to private or other public schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since some of our feeder-school parents have asked for a gifted program, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping that Hardy can now attract parents in the neighborhood back to our school,â&#x20AC;? said Stefanus. Eaton, Hyde-Addison, Key, Mann and Stoddert elementary schools feed into the middle school. In 2010-11, about 9 percent of Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 521 students were inboundary, according to the D.C. Public Schools website. Hardy has had some challenges lately. In 2009, former Chancellor Michelle Rhee ousted popular principal Patrick Pope and asked Dana Nerenberg to become principal of both Hardy and neighboring HydeAddison, where she already worked. That appointment ultimately didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out, and Stefanus, who has more than 30 years of experience in education, took over as Hardy principal last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see this pilot program as a community-builder rather than a community-splitter,â&#x20AC;? said Mize. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to make our school attractive to all fifth-grade families, no matter what part of the city they come from.â&#x20AC;?

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From Page 2 restored the 12,900-square-foot Reno building to accommodate four classrooms and exhibit space explaining the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, while adding a two-story glassy addition set basically parallel to the historic school. It was widely applauded at several design reviews last fall. But after consultation with preservation and school officials, he made subtle changes. The major programmatic change will sacrifice a proposed day-care

center for children of Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers in favor of a public meeting room or lecture hall at the north end of the addition. It will have its own entrance, making it accessible to community groups. Designwise, a subtle shift in the footprint of the addition angles the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the two-story public meeting room/lecture hall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; out to the west, providing better access to, and better views of, the playing fields and the two older school buildings. The facade of the addition has also been refined, adding a brick base that ties it into the design of the Reno school. Altogether, the project will add

12 classrooms, an elevator, restrooms, a green roof and several â&#x20AC;&#x153;social learning spaces.â&#x20AC;? Each cluster of four classrooms, part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;teamâ&#x20AC;? approach used at Deal, will have an enlarged science classroom, McGhee said. Officials say the latest revisions are not expected to impact cost estimates or the timetable for construction, still expected to begin next October. The Fine Arts Commission, which approves the design of government buildings in D.C., applauded the changes. Together, â&#x20AC;&#x153;these are vast improvements to the design,â&#x20AC;? said member Edwin Schlossberg.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:25 p.m. Jan. 20. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; restaurant; 1 a.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:55 p.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 4:51 p.m. Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  3500 block, R St.; school; 3 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  P Street and Wisconsin Avenue; restaurant; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 4:45 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:35 p.m. Jan. 17. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  30th and M streets; street; 6:35 p.m. Jan. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 27th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 33rd St.; street; 8 a.m. Jan. 19. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  2600 block, P St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

psa 202

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dence; 2 p.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013; 2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Jan. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Davis St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Fulton St.; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 16.

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

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2000 block, 37th St.; resi-

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 700 block, 21st St.; sidewalk; 8:40 a.m. Jan. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, 23rd St.; university; 1:20 p.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013;  800 block, 16th St.; hotel; 12:05 a.m. Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, M St.; restaurant; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 7 a.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 20th St.; office building; 1 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  15th and K streets; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 5:20 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  19th and I streets; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19.

â&#x2013; 600 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  900 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 2:10 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  900 block, 22nd St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 26th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

psa 208

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 2:25 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2:15 a.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 2:20 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5 p.m. Jan. 19. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; tavern; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, S St.; street; 10:15 p.m. Jan. 20.

psa 301 PSA

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Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 2200 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:10 a.m. Jan. 21. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  15th and U streets; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11:50 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  17th and Corcoran streets; parking lot; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 1 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; residence; noon Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  14th and S streets; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

psa PSA 303

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2300 block, Champlain St.; sidewalk; 12:10 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 11:20 a.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; restaurant; midnight Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 5 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Quarry Road; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 16.

â&#x2013; Columbia Road and Quarry Road; street; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 20.

psa PSA 307

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Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 1200 block, 10th St.; sidewalk; 7:25 a.m. Jan. 18. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; store; 7:45 p.m. Jan. 21. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 13th St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 5:30 a.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 11 a.m. Jan. 16. â&#x2013;  12th and M streets; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

psa 404

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Shepherd St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Quincy St.; residence; 3:10 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Shepherd St.; residence; noon Jan. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 16th St.; residence; 5 a.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Mathewson Drive; residence; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 3:55 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, Quincy St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Spring Road; street; 4:30 a.m. Jan. 18. â&#x2013;  4400 block, 17th St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  4500 block, 17th St.; street; midnight Jan. 22.

psa 407

PSA 407 â&#x2013; petworth

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 4500 block, 5th St.; residence; 10 p.m. Jan. 16. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Jan. 20. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  500 block, Shepherd St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  7th and Shepherd streets; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Grant Circle; sidewalk; 5:40 p.m. Jan. 19. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  5000 block, 4th St.; residence; 8 p.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  5000 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Jan. 21.


The Current

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Vida veteran opens personal fitness studio

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aime Andrews says most clients at her new Logan Circle fitness studio have similar needs: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re weak in the lower back and hunched in the shoulders. Where they differ, she said, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;mentality toward fitness.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to gauge what people needâ&#x20AC;? in terms of a trainer, said Andrews. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people really need to be yelled at. Some people really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll burst into tears.â&#x20AC;? To address the varying personality types, she has to toggle between â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Jillian and the Bob,â&#x20AC;? as she put it, referring to the distinctly different trainers from the TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Biggest Loser.â&#x20AC;? The split-personality requirement is especially salient at Jamie Andrews Fitness (jafitnesstraining. com), where Andrews is the only trainer on staff. She opened the studio in October at 1440 N St. NW after working for five years at local gym chain Vida fitness. As a trainer who

Wednesday and Friday, and 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants sign up for two to three times a week, beth cope and Saturday classes also welcome had grown into a management posi- drop-ins. Boot camp classes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which tion, she had experienced both the simulate military-style workouts, pros and cons of gym workouts. offering varied exercise options, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a gym, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a personal usually outtrainer, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are training eight to actually a big 10 people a day. part of what It is way too spurred much,â&#x20AC;? she said. Andrews to â&#x20AC;&#x153;You walk out open her own the door, and space. She theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on to the started teaching next person.â&#x20AC;? Courtesy of Jaime Andrews such a camp She said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this summer at Andrews opened her own studio not the fault of Vida, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I the trainer or the after five years at Vida. ended up getgym; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just ting like 20 people in August,â&#x20AC;? she â&#x20AC;&#x153;how the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built.â&#x20AC;? said. At her own studio, Andrews is Andrews had always dreamed of aiming to train no more than five people per day. She also offers boot opening her own fitness studio, but she assumed the move would have camp classes 11 times per week: 6 See Fitness/Page 28 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday,

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Time for action

There’s a grass-roots initiative afoot that likely has D.C. politicos worried — and with good reason. Activists fed up with the role of big money in local politics want to let District voters decide whether to allow corporations to continue contributing to campaigns and other political war chests. Initiative supporters have a big job ahead of them, including passing the elections board’s muster and collecting 23,000 signatures. But the D.C. Council shouldn’t underestimate organizers, among them Bryan Weaver, who ran an energetic and popular campaign for the council’s open at-large seat last year. Mr. Weaver said he was “devastated” by the council’s failure to address the city’s most glaring campaign finance loopholes when it passed its ethics bill recently. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who chairs the committee that oversees election rules, says that hearings “sometime this year” could address campaign finance reform. Unless the council moves quickly, however, city politicians might well end up losing the ability to receive corporate contributions at all. Allowing those donations may in fact be the best course; to ban them outright may trigger legal challenges of the sort that led via Supreme Court decision to the “super PACs” now dominating the national campaigns. But there are a host of options the council has to achieve what should be the paramount goal: transparency. “Bundling,” or the grouping of donations from the same person under different corporate guises, should be ended — or, at the very least, have its shroud of secrecy removed. Any donor with contracts signed with the city or pending before the council should have to disclose those ties. And reporting rules should be tightened to demand weekly disclosure of contributors during the month before an election. Other funds’ donors should be disclosed in a timely manner — far more quickly, in other words, than the one year it took Mayor Vincent Gray to tell the public about the details of his nearly million-dollar transition fund. If council members want to assuage some of the public anger against them and — perhaps — avoid having their corporate dollars yanked, they’ll heed the initiative’s organizers. “If you want to stop a citizen revolt, they should enact this before we get it on the ballot,” Mr. Weaver advised. “It would be wonderful if this thing gets them off their collective duff.”

A generous gift

Journalist W.M. Kiplinger came to art collecting casually. After buying a dozen or so antique prints, “I heard that I was a collector,” he said in a 1964 Washington Post interview. “It pleased me so much that I got to be one.” It should please Washingtonians, too: That anecdote is delivered in a news release about the Kiplinger family’s recent donation of more than 4,000 D.C.-focused prints, paintings and photographs to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Thanks to the family’s years of collecting — which continued in the hands of W.M. Kiplinger’s son Austin and grandson Knight — the city’s historic resources are now 4,000 items stronger. If a picture is worth a thousand words, that’s 4 million more things to say about local history. The donation is also a boon to the historical society, which has struggled financially in recent years and recently partnered with Events DC for help in maintaining its Carnegie Library building, which the two entities will share. The Kiplinger Washington Collection will be stored at the Mount Vernon Square facility, where the items will be available for display in the building’s exhibits. The collection is the largest of its sort ever assembled privately, and we’re thrilled it will be accessible to the public. Included in its pages are items rare, important and even mundane. The Kiplinger family deserves much praise for the generous gift.

The Current

Marching, meeting and eating … We covered the March for Life again this week for NBC4. It was the 39th annual demonstration against the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that declared most abortions legal. It was cold and rainy this year. Some years the weather is better. But the message of the march is the same: End abortion. We wrote about the march last year, about the passionate people who persevere, and how it seems that this large march — tens of thousands attend — gets less media attention than some others. The abortion issue, barring a dramatic turn, may be an intractable battle for generations. (We wrote that last year, too.) The marchers come from nearly every state in the union. Each person also is petitioning his or her representative or senator to do more to end abortion. Some congressional members speak at the march rally. But again, as we wrote last year, the citizens of Washington have no voice in the national decisions on abortion one way or another. We have no vote in Congress, neither on the House floor — where this subject is most often raised and where our “delegate” can’t vote — nor in the Senate, where we have no representation at all. Whatever the social issue before Congress, we the people of the District have no say. It especially matters right now because Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has said he wants to add more restrictions on abortions in the District. His bill would prohibit the abortion of fetuses after 20 weeks. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she’ll try to fight this latest intrusion into city affairs. But Franks chairs the Judiciary Committee, where the measure will be heard, so it stands a good chance of passing, at least in the House. ■ Bring your camera. Norton has had better success with another Capitol Hill matter. The U.S. Capitol Police are now in charge of Union Square, the plot of land and reflecting pond between 1st and 3rd streets in front of the Capitol on the west side. Until recently, that end of the National Mall was handled by the U.S. Park Police. Now, Norton has gotten something of a promise from Capitol Hill that the Union Square area will not be turned into the city’s latest “security” fortress. At least for now, visiting tourists and demonstrators will still be allowed into the area to petition their government or simply take pretty pictures. We still worry that “security theater” advocates will take over and another piece of the nation’s capi-

tal will be lost behind new bollards and barriers. ■ A big meet-up. Mayor Vincent Gray is taking a page from former Mayor Tony Williams. On Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., about a thousand people are expected to attend his citywide “One City Summit” to discuss a broad range of issues and ideas in the city. The mayor promises to use some of those high-tech gadgets where everyone gets to vote. Here’s one vote: Don’t do it. The mayor is opening himself up to more criticism that his administration is not active enough (a criticism he rejects). Mayor Gray is the polar opposite of former Mayor Adrian Fenty. We don’t believe Mayor Gray can ever get enough of meetings and cabinet sessions and discussions, large and small. Several city leaders have said they worry that at some point the meetings themselves become the goal, rather than a step toward the goal. It’s the same with some of the mayor’s appointees, one official told us. Some feel that being appointed to a job is the same thing as doing the job. But just holding the job doesn’t make you important; it’s doing something with it that does. You have to register to attend the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The signup number is 202-709-5132. We called that number on Monday night. We were asked to leave a message, with the promise that someone would “return your call shortly.” If you go to the summit, let us know what you think of it. ■ Food fight. The battle between the increasingly popular food trucks and established “brick and mortar” restaurants is entering a new phase. The Gray administration has just published proposed rules that would bring some order to where trucks can park and how long they can stay. The mayor’s office says “street vending, food trucks and farmers’ markets are important components” of the city’s street life. But the mayor says he’s seeking a “careful balance” on how food trucks will operate. The proposed rules are open for public comment, and the final versions must also pass muster with the D.C. Council. You can put the food truck battle in the same category as the tensions between cars and bicycles. We’ll probably have Middle East peace before either of those two urban battles is settled. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Notebook

Letters to the Editor Letter was wrong on ANC commissioner

Last week, The Current published a letter to the editor from me about the deficiencies of democracy in the District of Columbia, and specifically in my area of Washington Heights. In that letter, I referred to advisory neighborhood commissioners in my area either having had or having links with the alcohol beverage industry, including my current representative. That latter person has responded to me, saying “Since I’m not a lobbyist nor am I employed by ‘a firm that represents part of the alcohol beverage industry,’ I’m not entirely sure who or what you are refer-

ring to.” I had obtained my information from public websites, which I assumed to be accurate. However, in at least one case, I misread the information — the firm that this person works for does not represent the alcohol beverage industry. I apologize for the misstatement and withdraw the comment. Vic Miller Washington Heights

Ward 4 Dems voting caters to incumbent

The Ward 4 Democrats’ forum for Democratic candidates for the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat in the April 3 primary will be held Feb. 1. The forum, scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will feature candidate presentations followed by a question-and-answer period.

Surprisingly, the Ward 4 Democrats announced the holding of an endorsement vote for Ward 4 council starting at 7 p.m., before the forum even begins. Voting to endorse before debate diminishes the forum’s purpose. The Ward 4 Democrats, whose officers are stacked with supporters of the incumbent council member, are giving a clear signal of their awareness of the council member’s vulnerability. This faux forum denies Ward 4 voters access to full, open, robust political dialogue before the endorsement takes place. I call for postponement of the endorsement vote until March, and urge the current council member and all other candidates to support postponement. Renee Bowser Candidate, Ward 4 D.C. Council seat


The Current

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Critics of wildlife bill failed to read carefully VIEWPOINT mary cheh

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ou may have heard some debate through various media in the past week about the Wildlife Protection Act, a law that I wrote in 2010 and that the D.C. Council enacted in 2011. This legislation seems perfectly comprehensible to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pest control companies, which the law affects most directly and which supported the bill during its development. As a result, you can imagine my surprise when a state attorney general and a national commentator seemingly did not understand it. Or, if they did, then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all the worse for misstating its reach to score cheap political points. The primary purpose of the law is to require that wildlife that finds its way into our yards or homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not rats or mice, but wildlife â&#x20AC;&#x201D; be treated as humanely as the circumstances allow. Maiming, crushing or causing needless suffering of captured animals is barbaric, irrespective of the jurisdiction. And so the Wildlife Protection Act requires that, when circumstances permit, animal-control professionals use nonlethal, humane methods of capture, and that if animals must be killed, that they be killed humanely. The law also requires that companies tell homeowners how the animals may have entered and what they can do to prevent the situation in the future. To be clear: The District exterminates rats and

Letters to the Editor Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s criticism not well-founded

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a little concerned about Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board member Alma Gates. In her Jan. 18 critique of advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Slowinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 11 Viewpoint, Gates piously slams Slowinski on four separate occasions for not naming his sources at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the D.C. Department of the Environment and American University. â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨ Needless to say, in the penultimate paragraph of his Viewpoint, Slowinski did in fact name those very officials: Public health consultant Dr. Paul Chrostowski is identified as the American University official; the Environmental Protection Agency/Department of the Environment photogrammetry expert is Terry Slonecker; and the advisory boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own technical consultant, Dr. Peter deFurr, is named as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the sourceâ&#x20AC;? who compiled a comprehensive list of chemical contaminants at 4825 Glenbrook Road. Moreover, despite Gatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; repeated charge that Slowinski used â&#x20AC;&#x153;outof-context hearsayâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;quotes out of context,â&#x20AC;? his Viewpoint was entirely free of such rhetorical devices. Instead of pontificating to others about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the high road,â&#x20AC;? Gates

rodents. We do not protect them and do not transport them. Views to the contrary are in the imagination of the national pest industry and the Virginia attorney general. Our Department of the Environment head has confirmed this, and enforcement of the law has and will proceed on that basis. I always aim to make laws plain and accessible to the people they affect. At seven pages, the Wildlife Protection Act is a short bill in which the very first page expressly exempts mice and rats found in the District. I would have hoped that people would have been inclined to read the bill before raging against it. Over the past few days, the bill has been the subject of some national comment, and as a result, my inbox has been filled with emails disparaging me for â&#x20AC;&#x153;requiring rats to be exported rather than killedâ&#x20AC;? (again, flatly not true). Firing off uninformed missives and calling me â&#x20AC;&#x153;babeâ&#x20AC;? must have been easier than actually reading the legislation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;? was, however, not the only four-letter word I was called in the emails. It is rather unfortunate that misinformation and anger can get the best of people. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect everyone to agree with me, and I certainly am not offended or surprised when people give voice to that disagreement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; public debate is good. What I do expect is for citizens to remain civil as they engage in the civic process and to attempt to understand legislation for themselves, rather than relying on third-party sources for answers. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council.

should find a way out of her own cul-de-sac. Allen Hengst Washington, D.C.

Bill takes flawed approach to snow

I am writing in response to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 11 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council votes to fine shoveling scofflaws.â&#x20AC;? The word â&#x20AC;&#x153;scofflawâ&#x20AC;? implies blatant disregard on the part of District residents, as if character were the sole determinant for sidewalks shoveled or not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scofflawâ&#x20AC;? could more aptly describe the current council of fraudsters, scavenging for revenue while ignoring their wrongdoings and other pressing matters. As a senior and a resident of Washington for nearly 50 years, I take issue with this approach. In December 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-foot snow, I shoveled the approximately 200 feet of public sidewalk around my corner lot in addition to my entrances. At 80 years old, I needed a total replacement of my left knee (in which I had no previous pain or injury) after one year of painful, unsuccessful injections. The knee is still problematic today. In early 2011, weeks after knee surgery, I testified before the council about the fact that my knee replacement was directly related to the threat of impending shoveling enforcement during the blizzard. This legislation does not take into account the volume of snow, its impact on various populations

or the reasons some people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shovel sidewalks or afford to hire someone. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh has touted/dragged out this legislation for two-plus years now as if Snowmageddon were a pressing matter for her and the council to resolve! It is not. Would the nearly 30 percent unemployed in Ward 8, the majority of seniors in Ward 4 or the recent robbery victims in Ward 3 agree? Such deeply flawed priorities are another example of how out of touch the D.C. Council is with the general public. Council member Cheh claims the sidewalks need clearing for seniors and children. Well, I am a senior, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see many older folks out walking in the snow. They are afraid of falls and fractures. Children are often out playing in the snow when school is out. Experts say we can expect more severe weather patterns in the future, with both heat and cold. If 1- to 2-foot snows are in our future, how are we going to open up roads and, in the case of prolonged power outages, get our citizens to appropriate shelters? Sidewalks will be the least of our worries. As a registered nurse, I can tell you there will be far more injuries with people out of condition, for whatever reason, trying to lift overly heavy shovels to avoid fines. A smart council would have all these ducks in order. Snowstorms or snow jobs? You decide. Maureen Gehrig Cook Chevy Chase

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Its regular meeting date falls on Presidents Day. For details, contact davidanc2d01@aol.com or visit anc2d. org. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 12 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners approved a slate of officers for 2012: Brian Cohen, chair; Jackie Blumenthal, vice chair; Ben Thielen, secretary; and Charles Fulwood, treasurer. â&#x2013;  Lt. Ralph Neal and another official from the Metropolitan Police Department discussed a slew of recent robberies in the 2nd District. Neal said there have been four recent robberies in police service area 204, which covers Glover Park: Dec. 1 at 10:37 a.m. in the 3400 block of Wisconsin Avenue; Dec. 14 at 9:44 p.m. in the 2500 block of 41st Street; Dec. 26 at 7:39 p.m. in the 3900 block of Davis Place; and Jan. 2 at 7:35 p.m. in the 3000 block of 32nd Street. They said there have been a total of 14 robberies in the 2nd District that police believe were committed by the same people. They said the assailants, one to three men who wear ski masks and carry guns, typically take the victimsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cellphones first to prevent their calling the police and make the victims walk away before they leave the scene. Neal said officers are on alert, particularly in the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark areas, but he warned residents to be aware of their surroundings and he suggested they avoid walking alone and stay off their cellphones when walking. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jackie Blumenthal reported that the Glover Park liquor license moratorium, which caps the number of licenses in the area, is up for renewal in April. She said the commission is accepting resident comments on the moratoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efficacy and will consider a recommendation at its February meeting. Blumenthal said the moratorium, which began in 1996, is one of five in the city. It caps the number of licenses for serving beer, wine and liquor in Glover Park at 12. A few of those, she said, are currently not in use. The owner of now-closed Margaritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been tasked with selling her license within the next six months, or it will be revoked, she said. Town Hall also has an extra license, as it is moving into the old Blue Ridge space and has bought that establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. She also said the license for JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is not in use, as the strip club is closed. â&#x2013;  commission chair Brian Cohen reported that the D.C. Council has

voted to rename the recreation center portion of Stoddert as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glover Park Community Center,â&#x20AC;? and the mayor is expected to sign the law as well. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Its regular meeting date falls on Presidents Day. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 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;  discussion of Pepco service upgrades in the Palisades. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application for a fence at 2903 44th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of applications for certificates of need from the State Health Planning and Development Agency to permit MedStar Medical Group to establish primary-care physiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices at 4901 Massachusetts Ave. (family medicine) and 3301 New Mexico Ave. (internal medicine). â&#x2013;  discussion of the Spring Valley munitions cleanup project. â&#x2013;  discussion of the commission bylaws. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park

friendship heights / tenleytown

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 12 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted 3-0, with Tom Quinn and Sam Serebin absent, to approve a contract for a new commission assistant. â&#x2013;  Tom Smith, Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward 3 liaison, announced the Feb. 11 One City Summit, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event, which Smith described as a large town hall meeting, is open to all D.C. residents who register at onecitysummit.dc.gov. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0, with Sam Serebin absent, to approve a $5,000 grant to Northwest Neighbors

Village. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation experiment with operating the intersection of 46th and Yuma streets as a four-way stop. As proposed, the agency would set the traffic signal to four-way flashing red, and would either reset the signal to a conventional cycle or remove it in favor of stop signs based on the results of the pilot. Neighbors at the meeting agreed that speeding is a problem in the area, but were divided on the appropriate solution. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier and other police officials discussed recent robberies in the area. â&#x2013;  representatives of Safeway and Clark Realty Capital discussed their plan to reconstruct the supermarket at 42nd and Davenport streets as part of a mixed-use apartment building. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-1, with Beverly Sklover opposed, to support a requested curb cut for a new home at 3825 Harrison St. Commissioners were hesitant to support it until they learned that off-street parking is legally required for a new home. Without the curb cut, the property owner would need a Board of Zoning Adjustment exemption. Sklover opposed the measure because it did not require the property owner to get support from nearby residents. â&#x2013;  representatives of Douglas Development discussed their planned retail and apartment building on the former site of Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards, Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to delay the election of 2012 officers to the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s February meeting because it was after midnight. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-0, with Beverly Sklover absent, to send a letter to the D.C. auditor asking that the District not withhold $10,000 from the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allotments to compensate for checks the auditor said were improperly issued. Although the commission had approved the expenditures, $10,000 worth of checks in recent years didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the required signatures of two commissioners, according to commissioner Matt Frumin. As planned, the District will withhold $1,000 out of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next 10 quarterly allotments, Frumin said; the commission normally gets roughly $14,000 per year. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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Gonzaga edges DeMatha in thrilling WCAC showdown at Bender Arena By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Gonzaga forward Kris Jenkins, who scored a game-high 27 points, celebrates the narrow win with his schoolmates. The Eagles are now in first place in the WCAC with a perfect 18-0 record.

When Gonzaga and DeMatha met at American University last February for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, Gonzaga’s then-sophomore forward Kris Jenkins was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle. The DeMatha Stags went on to win the championship, leaving Jenkins and the Eagles stewing over the loss. “It always sits in the back of my mind,” said Jenkins. “I’m never going to forget it. I’ll probably remember it when I get old and have kids myself. It’s something that’s always going to stick with me.” Last Saturday, the WCAC championship wasn’t on the line, but early momentum in the postseason race was at stake. Jenkins made up for lost time as he led the Eagles past the Stags 76-74 in front of more than 3,000 fans at Bender Arena. The Eagles’ wins over DeMatha Saturday and Bishop Ireton yesterday have Gonzaga sitting atop the WCAC with a perfect 18-0. On Saturday, with junior point guard Nate Britt sidelined with a calf injury for a third straight game, Jenkins shouldered the scoring load and dropped 27 points on DeMatha. Several of the Eagles’ role players stepped up in big spots for Gonzaga, including junior guard

Charles Glover, who finished with 16 points; sophomore forward Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof, who added 14 points; and senior center Will Rassman, who chipped in 13. “Charles was back in the starting lineup for us,” Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner said of Glover, who missed time earlier this season with an injury. “I thought tonight he was on his game and looked like the Charles we had all summer long.” The Eagles jumped on the Stags early and built a 17-6 lead midway through the first quarter. “We just wanted to come out and play as hard as we could and just get a win,” said Jenkins. The only negative for the Eagles in the early going was that Jenkins picked up two fouls in the first quarter and was forced to sit out the entire second quarter. Despite playing without their leader, the Eagles maintained their lead and continued to frustrate the nationally ranked Stags. “The rule is always two fouls, you come sit on the bench,” Turner said. “We knew we would need him in the second half.” Turner added that others stepped up to fill the hole: “Jordan came up big off the bench, [and Charles] came up big as a starter tonight in Nate’s position.” Even with Jenkins on the bench, the Eagles took a 37-29 lead into the

locker room at halftime. After the break, Jenkins took over the game. The junior showed his versatility by shredding the Stags’ defense with 3-point buckets, jumpers and attacking the rim to give the Eagles a 53-44 edge going into the final quarter. “He’s been our leader,” said Turner. “In the third quarter when he has his opportunity to take over, he did. … He’s taking up some extra void without having Nate out there, and we are proud of the job he’s doing.” In the fourth quarter, Jenkins continued to sizzle. He hit a pair of treys as Gonzaga took a commanding 62-46 lead early in the final period. “I just wanted to be aggressive after sitting out the whole second quarter,” he said. “I just wanted to give us the best possible chance to win.” DeMatha tried to run a full-court press to force turnovers and get back into the game. But Gonzaga had the tactic well-scouted, and AbdurRa’oof scored three easy cherrypicking dunks as the Eagles stretched the lead to 68-51. “We made plays when we needed to — getting out of the press and finding Jordan a few times for dunks,” said Turner. DeMatha was able to hit a couple See Gonzaga/Page 12

St. John’s falls to Good Counsel in close game for first place in WCAC

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

St. John’s battled Good Counsel down to the wire at Gallagher Gymnasium Friday in a contest for first place in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Cadets made critical mistakes down the stretch, which cost them the game, 81-77, and their position atop the conference. “I’m really proud of our effort, and we always stress that wins and losses come in the details,” said Cadets head coach Jonathan Scribner. “There were probably about three or four plays late [that decided it]. We had a couple of unfortunate turnovers, and we didn’t make a couple of shots that would normally go.” Senior guard Mooriah Rowser led the way for the Cadets, scoring a team-high 20 points. Junior guards Lindsay Allen and Tori Oliver each added 17. It was a nip-and-tuck game from the onset,

and neither team led by more than six points in the first half. That trend continued into the final minutes. With less than three minutes to play, Rowser hit a fast-break layup to put the Cadets up 72-69. But two untimely traveling violations helped the Falcons go on a 9-1 run to take a 78-73 lead with a minute to go. Students in the Cadets’ section responded to the deficit by Tebowing: dropping to one knee and bowing their heads in the pose made famous by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. St. John’s had one last gasp when Allen was awarded three free throws with 20 seconds remaining. The junior hit two of the freebies to cut the Falcons’ lead to 78-75. But the Cadets couldn’t come any closer. “We weren’t strong enough, and we had too many turnovers,” said Allen. St. John’s will look to bounce back when they travel to play the WCAC’s last-place Bishop O’Connell Knights Friday at 7 p.m.

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Junior Lindsay Allen and St. John’s hung tough with Good Counsel Friday, but mistakes cost the Cadets the game.


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The Burke Dome, which had been a raucous scene throughout the game, fell silent. The physical and close boys basketball match between Edmund Burke and Field had come down to the final shot. With the Bengals clinging to a two-point lead, the Falcons brought the ball up the court with 11 seconds remaining. The capacity crowd rose to its feet as a Field player squared up for a potentially game-winning shot in the right corner of the court. But the shot was off the mark, giving the Bengals the win and sending the ecstatic Burke student section onto the court to celebrate the 47-45 victory Friday. “We came out with good intensity, and that’s what made the difference,” said junior guard Josh Seligman. “We made some big shots down the stretch.” Seligman, who scored a game-high 18 points, sparked the Bengals’ attack. Meanwhile, Zach Klaiman led Field with 13 points despite missing some game time after being elbowed in the back of the head. Field took advantage of Burke’s small basketball court by packing its defense in a zone to stop dribble penetration and force the Falcons into jumpers. Seligman and the Bengals obliged as they connected on long jumpers to build a 36-30 lead midway through the third quarter. But Field refused to let the Bengals pull away and made it a tough game until the final seconds. After a flurry of exchanged baskets, Klaiman hit a layup to cut the Bengals’ lead to 47-45, but Field wouldn’t come any closer. Burke will host Grace Brethren-Clinton Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Field will try to bounce back when the team travels to St. Anselm’s at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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Burke’s girls team had one thing on its mind going into its annual “blackout night” Friday: revenge. At last year’s blackout — when students pack the gym wearing black attire for the Field game — Field beat Burke and swept the season series. But the Burke Bengals found redemption this year in front of a capacity crowd at the Burke Dome, winning the game 37-26. “We lost to Field twice last year,” said senior forward Savannah Windham. “We wanted it so bad — trying to make any shot from any angle.” The win gives Burke a season sweep of the Falcons, thanks also to a Jan. 6 win on the Falcons’ court. On Friday, the Bengals fed off a great home atmosphere to jump out to a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Burke seniors Dana Brozost-Kelleher and Windham scored 13 points apiece to lead the way for the Bengals. On defense, Burke’s game plan was to limit Field’s leading scorer, senior guard Sidney Hyde. Guards Nora Howard and Molly McCabe worked hard to pressure Hyde into giving up the ball or taking difficult shots. She still came away with 12 points, but it wasn’t enough to steal the win from Burke. “We did a real nice job of stopping [Hyde’s] dribble penetration and made her pass the ball,” said Bengals head coach Mike McQuaid. Late in the game a technical foul gave Field a chance to pull close, and Falcons senior guard Sonya Boltansky hit the accompanying free throws. But Brozost-Kelleher answered with a fade-away jumper to effectively seal the game. “It’s one of my favorite moves,” she said. “It felt really good senior year to have this win and be playing this well,” she said. — Brian Kapur

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Junior Josh Seligman, left, and senior Savannah Windham led the scoring for Burke’s teams Friday.

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of 3-pointers and force some turnovers, and the Stags trimmed the Eagles’ 17-point lead down to 73-70 with 1:30 to play. Then, DeMatha forced the Eagles into a turnover and made it a one-point game with 27 seconds to go. Next, they intentionally fouled Glover to preserve time and force him to the free-throw line. The junior hit one of the two

freebies to give the Eagles a 74-72 edge with 18 seconds to play. On the Stags’ ensuing possession, they tied the game at 74 with nine seconds to play. With the game on the line, the Eagles went to Abdur-Ra’oof in the paint. The sophomore was fouled with a second to play, earning two free throws. He calmly hit both to provide the final margin for the Eagles, and the Gonzaga students rushed the court to celebrate the win.

“That’s just the passion of our school,” said Jenkins. “I believe that we have the best student body ever.” The win gives the Eagles a boost when they travel to DeMatha on Feb. 10 for a nationally televised game. “It’s just having confidence and believing that we could win. For us to come out and get a win was big for us,” said Jenkins. The Eagles will look to remain undefeated when they travel to McNamara on Friday.


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January 25, 2012 ■ Page 13

Former MPD detective delves into a new chapter

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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avid Swinson took a roundabout path to becoming an author, writing his first novel as a retiree after experiences in Hollywood and D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. But “I always knew I wanted to write,” he said, and the impetus for his crime novel, “A Detailed Man,” came when he was still working as a detective. “This book has been in my head for a long time,” he said. “A Detailed Man,” published this winter, follows veteran D.C. detective Ezra Simeon as he takes on a high-profile case involving the murder of a young escort. The investigation brings Simeon in contact with a lonely professor at the University of the District of Columbia and a posh, confident software developer who lives in Dupont Circle. Pursuing his instincts in spite of practical reasons not to, the detective digs into the connection between the two men and the murder. Swinson envisions “A Detailed Man” as the first in a series of crime novels featuring reappearing characters, and taking place on the same streets where he once lived and worked. Swinson joined the D.C. police academy in 1994 and started out as a uniformed officer in the Adams Morgan area of the 3rd District. He later advanced to become a detective, specializing in burglaries (which he describes as “the gateway to every crime imaginable”) and particularly “narcofencing” — investigating locations known to traffic in both stolen property and narcotics. He ended up in the Special Investigations Bureau and the now-defunct Career Criminal Unit,

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debriefing criminals and taking on cases that could last several years or even go international. In 2003, he won the honor of “Detective of the Year.” Police work in D.C. was a second phase of adulthood for Swinson, who also spent more than a decade in a vastly different environment in California. “I fell into the punk rock scene,” Swinson said of his postcollege years. Almost accidentally, he landed in the job of concert promoter for two venues in Long Beach, booking acts like Devo, Social Distortion and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “I had some wonderful times with all of those bands,” he said. He also pursued his interest in filmmaking, producing the cult classic “Roadside Prophets.” The surreal road movie — penned by “Sid and Nancy” screenwriter Abbe Wool, and starring Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys — came out in 1992. But Swinson’s experience with the film soured him on Hollywood. “I started seeing the

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■ Massachusetts Avenue Heights resident Joan Aghevli has co-authored “The Poet’s Daughter: Malek o’Shoara Bahar and the Immortal Song of Freedom,” a translation of Parvaneh Bahar’s memoir of her life in Iran. Parvaneh Bahar, who used to work at

David Swinson retired in 2009 from the Metropolitan Police Department, where he started as an officer with the 3rd District and worked his way up to detective. He recently published his first novel, “A Detailed Man,” which is set in areas of the city where Swinson worked. script get lost in translation,” he said, and he grew to despise “the politics of filmmaking.” At the age of 33, he did an about-face. “I made a decision to become a cop in D.C.,” he said. “It was where I wanted to be.” The location choice wasn’t random: Swinson moved into the Dupont Circle condo where he’d spent a large part of his childhood. Growing up, his family had traveled the world with his father’s Foreign Service career, but D.C. was always home base. To transition from punk rock and Hollywood into the “paramilitary” atmosphere of the D.C. police academy was “scary at first,” Swinson said. He quit cigarettes and put himself on a strict regimen of push-ups, sit-ups and running. “The structure did wonders for me.” And though police work involved some inevitable disappointments — “you realize that although you’re doing some good stuff, you’re not changing much,”

the International Monetary Fund with Aghevli, is the daughter of a well-regarded poet and freedom fighter. ■ Longtime D.C. resident Stephen Hansen has written a book about his neighborhood. “Kalorama Triangle: The History of a Capital Neighborhood” describes how the community over the years drew wealthy colonists, Civil War barracks and hospitals, Gilded Age excesses and the ill-fated Knickerbocker Theater. Hansen is principal of D.C. Historic

Swinson said — he never experienced the same disillusionment that he did in Hollywood. “It got in my blood,” he said of his career as a detective. These days, Swinson lives with his wife and young daughter in Fairfax Station, Va., and has devoted himself to writing after retiring from the police department in 2009.™ Though his personal experiences certainly informed the details and setting of “A Detailed Man,” and Swinson prides himself on a “realistic, not Hollywood-style” portrayal of the city of D.C., he said the story isn’t based on any of his real-life cases. In fact, he began writing with a character in mind, rather than a plot or ending. “I liked the idea of a character who was really flawed,” Swinson said of Det. Simeon, a divorced man who lives alone, carries on a long-distance but platonic relationship with a female friend, and, at the outset of the novel, is healing from a case of Bell’s palsy that

Designs LLC, a preservation and architectural design company. ■ Former Georgetown University neurology professor Mark Ozer recently authored another in a series of local history books. “Northwest Washington, D.C.: Tales From West of the Park” charts the evolution of the quadrant’s storied neighborhoods. Ozer lives in Cleveland Park. ■ North Cleveland Park freelancer Beth Kanter has published “Food Lovers’

leaves half his face immobilized. “A Detailed Man” starts with Simeon working in quiet isolation on the cold-case unit. But the sudden death of a colleague — a friend from his academy days — jolts the detective into a more demanding reality. Taking over a homicide case his friend had investigated, Simeon challenges himself and some of his authorities in pursuing some initially improbable leads. Swinson said this character might not feature as prominently in his next novel. “I’ll probably get more into my love/passion for burglary,” he said, hinting that Det. Simeon may be partnered with a “more innocent-looking detective … someone like a younger version of myself.” Swinson will appear at One More Page Books in Arlington to celebrate the book launch for “A Detailed Man” on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at the store, at 2200 North Westmoreland St., #101.

Guide to Washington, D.C.,” a handbook for those dedicated to finding the best markets, brunches, festivals, food trucks, fine dining and everything in between. ■ Native Washingtonian Ron Wheeler, a member of the Department of Exercise Science faculty at George Washington University, has published “The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu,” about the world’s first martial arts techniques. This is a first book for Wheeler, an accomplished martial artist himself.


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PETWORTH $249,900 ALMOST SOLD OUT! FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. 1BR w/den. Quality & affordability, finished w/ stylish and superior materials: gran, ss, HW & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! www.804taylorstreet.com. 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 POTOMAC / AVENEL $1,998,000 STUNNING $1 million renov of prime golf course home. Exquisite KIT, high ceilings, amazing entertaining spaces, multi-level deck & pool w/views of the 18th fairway at Avenel’s TPC Gold Course. 1st flr Mste & guest quarters. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SW WATERFRONT $329,000 SPECTACULAR, Bright & Especially Large. Huge 2BR, 1BA situated in the heart of the SW Waterfront with a modern open floor plan, WICs galore, and a top of the line Chef's KIT complete with granite and stainless steel. Full service bldg with pool and gym. Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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watchers alike. Those jaded by the typical price tags for the area may wonder whether some flaw with this Barnaby Woods property has inspired its list price, but a visit to the home reveals instead a complete, conscientious and recent renovation. The headliners of the work just completed a few months ago are all here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; brand-spanking-new kitchen and baths, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the hidden details can be more telling than the highlight reel. Take a peek inside closets, for example. Pristine paint jobs extend into these hidden spots, and shelving is often new and custom. New doors and hardware in some spots are also indicators of a thoughtful project. The midcentury Barnaby Woods home is sunnier than many of its vintage, thanks to wraparound corner windows that ensure that the living room in particular is a bright spot. That space centers on a gas

fireplace surrounded by sleek slate. The adjacent dining room is open via a twolevel breakfast bar to the new kitchen. Warm cream cabinets stretch to the ceiling, and granite counters are a cool counterpoint. A glass-front built-in china cabinet helps to distinguish this spot, as does a Kenmore convection oven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a favorite among bakers. Storage is copious throughout this home, and renovations have added even more. The ground-floor master bedroom now features a second closet, for example. That spacious bedroom also is a sunny spot, thanks to another corner window that, like others here, features a casement window to welcome in breezes. The main floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovated bath is close to this bedroom and includes a skylight, pocket door,

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budget. Instead of beginning construction this year, the project would be pushed back to 2013, with a completion date expected in 2016. Coolidge High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed modernization budget is $96 million, up from the $86 million now allocated. Instead of beginning this fall, the planning process would be moved to fall 2013, with construction to start in 2014 and complete in 2017. Community members at the meeting werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced of the merits of the new plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We waited patiently for our turn,â&#x20AC;? said Terry Goings, parent coordinator for Coolidge High School, who noted that Ward 4 families watched neighboring schools get overhauls but agreed to abide by the original modernization schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I trusted in the system that the money would be there for us â&#x20AC;Ś and now they tell me it will be pushed

back even further? I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slap in the face.â&#x20AC;? A study by 21st Century School Fund, a local nonprofit that looks at school planning and capital budget issues, shows that in a ward-by-ward comparison, there is inequity among school investments. Ward 4 schools have received the least amount of recent funding for modernization. Between 2000 and 2010, Ward 4 schools were allocated just over $72 million for renovations. In comparison, Ward 3 schools received almost $317 million; Ward 5 was allocated nearly $226 million; and Ward 7 received almost $194 million. Meanwhile, advocates for Roosevelt and Coolidge say the two buildings remain in disrepair. At the meeting, community members expressed frustration that for more than a decade, students at Roosevelt have had to enter their school through the back door because the front doors wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open. Windows are broken and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close, they say, bathrooms are missing stall doors and sinks, and leaking

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Others involved in the cleanup have challenged some of Slowinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims. This month, the neighborhood commission voted to reject his call for further investigation. Munitions investigations are ongoing in the broader area, and Noble reported that the latest planned removal of arsenic-affected soil was scheduled for the week of Jan. 10 for a home on the 3900 block of 52nd Street. The site,

which an earlier cleanup had missed, had arsenic at levels well above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Three pieces of World War I munitions were removed earlier from a residential property on the same block. Noble also reported that an investigation of the Dalecarlia Woods area has been completed, and a full report will be made at the February board meeting. Among the items the

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Council, and regulations have been finalized, individual advisory neighborhood commissions in Ward 1 are deciding whether to â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt in.â&#x20AC;? The Shaw/U Street commission needs to formalize a previous vote in favor of participating, the Mount Pleasant commission voted to opt out, and votes are pending for the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan commissions. In Adams Morgan, the program would temporarily exempt areas affected by the ongoing streetscape construction on 18th Street, a project expected to conclude this May. The program would apply only to areas already designated for residential parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a detail that got some attention at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Some attendees pointed out that in Adams Morgan, certain apartment dwellers stand to lose out on the privilege of visitor parking passes. Because some apartment buildings on busy commercial corridors, like 18th Street and Columbia Road, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of the existing residential parking program, they would also be exempt from the new program. The intended benefit of the visitor passes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to allow residents to host regular guests like nannies, family members or contract workers without parking hassles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would therefore remain inaccessible to these residents. Damon Harvey of the D.C. Department of Transportation explained that these residents could always just use the old method of

procuring a visitor pass â&#x20AC;&#x201D; picking one up from the police station every two weeks. Harvey also said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been instances where such residents have sought special permission to participate in the residential parking program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a multitude of tools in our system,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can right-size solutions for blocks.â&#x20AC;? Neighborhood commissioner Steve Lanning said his constituents probably need a more concrete solution than that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there anything more you can give me â&#x20AC;Ś than â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll handle this on a case-by-case basisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can work something out,â&#x20AC;? Harvey responded. Residents at the meeting also raised concerns, as they have in other neighborhoods, about potential abuse of the visitor parking passes. Harvey said the Transportation Department has developed relationships with sites like eBay and Craigslist to watch out for fraud, and that residents also seem to do a good job of looking out for transgressions. And though one resident said the visitor pass was â&#x20AC;&#x153;hugely scary for the impact of the number of cars it could addâ&#x20AC;? to the neighborhood, Harvey argued that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely households would â&#x20AC;&#x153;use the pass at the same time in the same way.â&#x20AC;? To residents who objected to the process of mailing free visitor passes, transportation officials said the agency is working on a new system for the future, when the program may be unrolled citywide. They said online registration for passes, as well as possible fees, are among the options under review.

                                                                                                                 

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Jan. 13, the upper elementary class went to the Pentagon. We got a tour of the many floors and talked to a historian and a Marine. Fourth-grader Sebastian Lenart said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great because I met high-ranked people.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was incredible,â&#x20AC;? said fifthgrader Elliot Sealls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were so many facts.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was awesome because we met a two-star general,â&#x20AC;? said sixthgrader Lucia Braddock. After the tour, Josie Schifferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father took us to his office for a pizza party. Sixth-grader Nina Gumbs said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a veggie pizza, and it was delicious.â&#x20AC;? Fifth-grader Isabel Boul said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was OK. It was really cool being in an office at the Pentagon.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Sylvia Altman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I tried my first grape soda there.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Amira Clark said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked that it had a small mall for personal use, and I liked the memorial for Sept. 11.â&#x20AC;? Fifth-grader Eva Gondelman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really cool because it had a Dunkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donuts, and I liked that they had a memorial for the people who died on 9/11.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the multiple exhibits and all the facts about the people who worked there,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Edvin Leijon. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josie Schiffer, fourth-grader, and Lukas Leijon, fifth-grader

Beauvoir School

Here are some books I recommend: 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seaâ&#x20AC;? by Jules Verne: This is a very creative and inspiring story. It starts out as a mystery, and then it turns into an adventure, so if you like mystery or adventure, then you will love this book! It is appropriate for students in second grade and up. 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobeâ&#x20AC;? by C.S. Lewis: This book is very creative. If you like magic, this is just the right book for you! It is appropriate for students in second grade and up. 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invention of Hugo Cabretâ&#x20AC;? by Brian Selznick: This book is very adventurous. It is about a small boy called Hugo Cabret who is trying to fix a robot. If he gets it working again it will write a letter. Hugo is so tempted to know what it would write that it becomes the center of his life. This

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Blessed Sacrament School

The gym went quiet with anticipation as another geography bee contestant was eliminated from the competition. It was down to two. On Jan. 12, Blessed Sacrament students gathered to compete for a spot in the District geography bee. Grades five through eight each had three students competing. Matt Wilson, the reigning champion for two years in a row, has gone to the national finals, where he placed 13th! Nora Rhodes was going for her first win. It was a close competition. The questions became harder and harder. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until the championship round that things really started heating up. The audience members were on the edge of their seats, some wringing their hands. Two championship questions passed, finally coming to the final question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timbuktu, a center of caravan trade for almost 1,000 years, is located on the Niger River in which landlocked country?â&#x20AC;? Everything went quiet. Without hesitation, Matt Wilson wrote something on his board, but the other contestant was stuck. She held up a question mark. Matt had done it! His answer, Mali, was correct, and he claimed his third consecutive geography bee. Everyone stood up and clapped for the winner and for all the participants. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

The Eco Committee started big this year and has already completed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biggest Loserâ&#x20AC;? competition. Our next big event is preparation for Green Week. Every year, our school dedicates one week to being a bit greener. It includes a fair, a power-down day, and some activities throughout normal lessons. Each year, we have a theme. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is water and especially rivers. We will be trying to teach students about the importance of water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how it helps us, and how much we value clean and healthy water. The Eco Committee also has plans to earn our first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eco Flag.â&#x20AC;? An Eco Flag is an award for the school for doing green things, such

as turning off unnecessary lights, picking up litter and recycling. One of our main goals is to make the school a more eco-friendly place throughout the whole year, and not just for competitions or special weeks. Hopefully, the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work will pay off and help make the school a little greener and, in time, help make the world a little greener as well. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emma Venables, Year 7 San Francisco (sixth-grader)

Deal Middle School

How can we make a difference in our larger community? This is the question that the eighth-grade Spanish Humanities III class at Deal is trying to answer. In response

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and the proceeds will be donated. We realized that child labor is a more complex issue than we had first thought. Having to work at an early age deprives children of their education and can put them in potentially dangerous situations. However, in some cases, it is the only way a child can support his or her family. There is no obvious solution. By educating others, we are strengthening support for child laborers nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rachel Page, eighth-grader

Edmund Burke School

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Wednesday january 25 Concert â&#x2013; Singer/songwriter Bilal will perform neo-soul and jazz music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert O. Blake Jr., U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. Interests in Central Asia and Its Strategy for Advancing Them.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. caciforum.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  J. Morgan Grove of the U.S. Forest Service will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest MultiTasker Ever: Urban Trees.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. acw39@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss the process of reinventing Tysons Corner as a walkable, sustainable urban center. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Robin Sawyer, an expert in human sexuality and adolescent health, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens and Sexuality.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5. Black Box Theater, Tregaron Campus, Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-243-1800. â&#x2013;  Melissa Jacobs, editor of the website thefootballgirl.com, will discuss what it means to be a female NFL fan. 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film|Neuâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the East Coast premiere of Michael Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. filmneu.org. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature

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Thursday january 26 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a winter scavenger hunt. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class â&#x2013;  The Sri Chinmoy Centre of Washington, DC, will present a four-part class on basic meditation techniques. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-452-5954. Concerts â&#x2013;  The New York-based Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra and clarinetist JĂśrg Widmann will perform works by Mozart, Widmann and Schubert. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Musician Paolo Pandolfo will perform baroque music on the viola da gamba. 7:30 p.m. $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. instantseats.com. â&#x2013;  Students of the European Academy of Music and Art will perform works by Bellini, Mozart and Verdi. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. thingstododc.com. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present soprano Lydia Teuscher and pianist Graham Johnson. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science for an Active Planetâ&#x20AC;? by David Applegate, associate director for natural hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860. â&#x2013;  George Dalton Tolbert IV will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Access â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Life of a U.S. Senate Photographer.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Mark Stein will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. â&#x2013;  Ginger Cucolo will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dog Tags: The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact and Future of Military Identification.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of

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Wednesday, january 25 â&#x2013; Discussion: Leigh Stein will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fallback Plan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5510. â&#x2013;  Scholar Anastasia Kalyuta will discuss land ownership patterns among the Aztec nobility in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on artist Elizabeth Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of cartoon-like shapes, vibrant colors and zany characters in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sun and the Moon,â&#x20AC;? which she created while battling cancer. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Marcela Valdez, a freelance writer, the books editor at The Washington Examiner and a contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, will discuss poetry and the National Book Critics Circle. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Authors and historians Mark E. Neely Jr., Brian McGinty, Frank J. Williams and Harold Holzer (shown) will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln and the Constitution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Nonfiction Book Club will discuss Amy Chuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Far Euphrates.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 310, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. gwu.edu. Films â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Megumi Sasakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Herb and Dorothy.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film|Neuâ&#x20AC;? series will close with the international premiere of Simon Verhoevenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men in the City II.â&#x20AC;? 7 and 9:30 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. filmneu.org. Performances â&#x2013;  The Children of Uganda will perform a celebratory program of song and dance, showcasing East Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant culture and history. 7:30 p.m. $20; $5 for students.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Bach and Marx. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Singers from the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform arias and duets from popular operas. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The Beethovenfound Philharmonic will perform works by Bach, Alibinoni and Gershwin. 7:30 p.m. $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The KC Jazz Club will present saxophonists Grace Kelly (shown) and Phil Woods. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Imani Wind Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Arthur Mitchell, senior counselor at White & Case LLP, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovery in Tohoku: Is It Likely to Happen?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 500, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. reischauer@jhu.edu. â&#x2013;  Poets Pedro Serrano and Rei Berroa will discuss Greek surrealist poet Odysseas Elytis and his significance in Hispanic literature of the late 1930s and the 1940s. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Author Deborah Scroggins will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wanted Women: Faith, Lies & the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Aafia Siddiqui.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Katsuhiro Otomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 sci-fi epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steamboy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp. Performances â&#x2013;  Choreographer, teacher and dancer John Heginbotham will present a dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vertical Voices Playback Theatre, a troupe of student actors that brings personal stories to life on the stage, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Your Life Speak: A Celebration of Stories.â&#x20AC;? See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Middle School Drama Studio, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-5378150. Sporting event â&#x2013; This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monster Jam show will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dennis Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monster truck Grave Digger. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $63; $11 for ages 2 through 12. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The show will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 Saturday, Saturday january 28 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature storyteller Chris Davis telling timeless tales of ancient Greece with kids cast as fearsome monsters and fair maidens. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about chef, author and restaurant owner Alice Waters 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. Concerts â&#x2013;  In honor of the reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries, Men in Blaque will perform French music from the 1870s, at 1 and 3 p.m.; and organist Alexander Frey will perform, at 2 and 4 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart (shown) will perform jazz selections with organist Bobby Floyd. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Musician Paolo Pandolfo will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Suites for Unaccompanied Celloâ&#x20AC;? on a 1708 viola da gamba. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Neale Perl and Richard Kahn will discuss their collections of small bags and rugs. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. 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;  Thomas Byrne Edsall will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and David Satter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened: Russia and the Communist Past,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Karen Shanor will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bats Sing, Mice Giggle,â&#x20AC;? about echolocation, circadian rhythms and other communication techniques used by animals of the Eastern deciduous forest. 3 p.m.

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202-537-6200. â&#x2013; Alsarah & the Nubatones will perform music from different parts of the Middle East and East Africa, including classical Taraab music from Zanzibar and Kenya. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble will perform works by FaurĂŠ, Massenet and other French composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 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.

Films â&#x2013; West End Cinema will present Bob Herculesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.â&#x20AC;? A question-and-answer session with past and present members of the Joffrey Ballet will follow. 1:30 p.m. $15. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Elia Kazanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man on a Tightropeâ&#x20AC;? and his 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild River.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Children of Uganda Choir will present a program of music and dance celebrating Ugandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Humorist Jeanne Robertson will perform. 8 p.m. $34.50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  The National League of American Pen Women, District of Columbia Branch, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life in Music: A Performance Programâ&#x20AC;? by pianist and author Elizabeth Smith Brownstein. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. trish.wootten@gmail.com. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The DC Rollergirls will present matches between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and DC DemonCats and between Majority Whips and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. tickets@dcrollergirls.com. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a vigorous winter hike in Rock Creek Park. Noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will point out the â&#x20AC;&#x153;extrasâ&#x20AC;? built into the Old Stone House that provided some upper-middle-class comforts in an otherwise common Colonial home. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851.

Saturday, january 28 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. p.m. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. 202-7262080. â&#x2013;  Bruce Caviness, organist of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, will perform works by Franck. A reception and an exhibit of watercolors by Cynthia Farrell Johnson will follow. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  South Korean pianist Yoonjung Han will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Cathedral organist Scott Dettra will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by James Baker, former secretary of state, secretary of the treasury and White House chief of staff. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain of Georgetown University, will speak as part of a series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minority Status of the Three Abrahamic Religions.â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Nave, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nineteenth-Century Redux: A New Look at a Great Collection of French Paintings.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Musicologist Christina Taylor Gibson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carlos ChĂĄvez and Modernism,â&#x20AC;? followed by a concert by faculty, alumni and students of Catholic University. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss the various types of games and activities enjoyed by children of the Colonial era. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-

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6851. â&#x2013; Zbigniew Brzezinski, formerly national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and now a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, former director of education at James Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montpelier, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Jean Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;French CanCan,â&#x20AC;? about the origins of the Moulin Rouge screens. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Parade â&#x2013;  The Chinese New Year Parade will celebrate the Year of the Dragon with appearances by the Shaolin Monks and other entertainers. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. The parade will start at 6th and I streets NW and proceed through Chinatown before ending at 6th and H streets NW. chineseparadedc.com. Performance â&#x2013;  KanKouran will present a display of choreography and polyrhythmic drumming from Senegal, Mali and Guinea. 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Walks and tours 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. See Events/Page 22



Jan. 29 Sunday, Sunday january 29 Concerts â&#x2013; In honor of the reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries, the Singers Companye will perform French music from the 1870s, at 1 and 3 p.m.; and organist Alexander Frey will perform, at 2 and 4 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Cellist Natalie Spehar (shown), violinist Francis Liu and pianist Jessica Stitt will perform works by Ravel, Keane Southard and Rachmaninoff. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  Men in Blaque, a choral ensemble from the University of California at Irvine, will perform spirituals, seasonal selections and Gounodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in C,â&#x20AC;? and organist Jung-A Lee will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty in the Wind,â&#x20AC;? featuring the world premiere of a new work honoring the St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tercentenary Celebration. 4

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Continued From Page 21 â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a winter stroll through Dumbarton Oaks Park. 10 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Jan. 30

Monday january 30 Concerts â&#x2013; The Moorland Ensemble and violinist Kunie DeVorkin will perform works by Beethoven and FaurĂŠ. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. chaw.org. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Brass Quintet will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, 421 Seward Square SE. 703-696-3399. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections and Undercurrents: Printmaking in Venice, 19001940. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Tamara Sonn, professor at the College of William & Mary, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab Spring: A View From Libya.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. tamarasonn.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  John de Graaf will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Economy For, Anyway? Why Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Muslim Public Affairs Council will present a talk by Ashraf Khalil, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Adam Johnson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orphan Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Son: A Novel of North Korea.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unstrung Heroes,â&#x20AC;?

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Events Entertainment starring Andie MacDowell and John Turturro. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013; The Global Lens 2012 film series will present the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Qarantina,â&#x20AC;? about unexpected sources of resilience in the wake of catastrophe in Baghdad. A question-andanswer session with director Oday Rasheed will follow. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. mortaracenter@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present Robert Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbird.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Deeper Lookâ&#x20AC;? will feature Simon Verhoevenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men in the City.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melanie Scott Memorial Movie Night,â&#x20AC;? presenting a short film about the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and a surprise feature. 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Dervish.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Monday, january 30 â&#x2013; Concert: Brazilian-Armenian guitarist JoĂŁo Kouyoumdjian will perform as part of the Movimento ViolĂŁo. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Teaching artist Richelle Kaufman will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day in the Life of a Forensic Artist.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. chaw.org.

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Concert â&#x2013; Robert Birch, adjunct professor of trumpet and coordinator of woodwind and brass studies at George Washington University, will perform music by 20th-century American composers. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. gwu.edu.

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a six-week â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-8959448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Artist Chuck Baxter will lead a six-week â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Your Hand at Artâ&#x20AC;? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  The Washington Project for the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artist Residencies and Retreats: Making It Work for You.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. lgeorges@wpadc.org.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Journalist Eleanor Clift and Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron will speak after a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics and the Supreme Court.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Douglas Brinkley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quiet World: Saving Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Ayad Akhtar will discuss his novel

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Chicago Bulls. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

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Saturday, January 28, 6 p.m. "?TGB1?RRCP 'R5?Q*MLE2GKCEM LB'R,CTCP&?NNCLCB LWU?W (Yale Univ., $29.95) One of the issues raised by the fall of Communist governments concerns the clash between individual rights and the objectives of the state. In his third book on Russia and the Soviet Union, Satter, former Moscow correspondent for The Financial Times and special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal, examines the end of the USSR from a humanist perspective. Sunday, January 29, 5 p.m. #JGX?@CRF"MUJGLE2?WJMP 1J?TC'L2FC5FGRC&MSQC (Palgrave Macmillan, $28) The first White House memoir was written by Paul Jennings, who was part of the Madisonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; household staff. Jennings was a slaveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;freed only much later by Senator Daniel Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and was sold by Dolley Madison after her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Taylor, former director of education at James Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montpelier, chronicles Jenningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long life (he lived to see his sons fight in the Union army) and the racial attitudes he encountered. Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m. Sixth & I Synagogue 8@GELGCU PXCXGLQIG with +GI? PXCXGLQIG 1RP?RCEGA4GQGML (Basic Books, $26) In his latest book, the former National Security Advisor looks back to the optimism following the fall of the Communist bloc and outlines a strategy by which the United States can reassert that position of strength. His analysis focuses on the changing distribution of global power and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in that new arrangement, especially in relation to China. This event will take place at Sixth & I Synagogue and is ticketed. Two tickets come free with each purchase of the book ($26) or tickets can be purchased separately for $10 each in advance of the event ($12 on the day of ).

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Films â&#x2013; The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rear Window,â&#x20AC;? starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Input: Television Out of the Boxâ&#x20AC;? will feature unusual programming from Germany and Switzerland. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 169. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goat Rodeo Sessions Liveâ&#x20AC;? will feature cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolin player Chris Thile and vocalist Aoife Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donovan in a live broadcast from the House of Blues Boston. 7:30 p.m. $15. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. Wednesday, Feb. 1

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Class â&#x2013; 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 class will repeat Feb. 8, 15 and 22 and noon and Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Classical guitarists Charles Mokotoff (shown) and Matt Palmer will perform works by Brahms, Boccherini, de Falla, Johanson and others. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Harpist Rebecca Smith and organist Michael Lodico will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cupidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harp.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature trombonist Jen Krupa and saxophonist Leigh Pilzer. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan will speak. Noon. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-0292. â&#x2013;  Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Path to Entrepreneurial Success.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6 p.m. Free; registration required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St.

NW. thepathatgw.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013; Alec Wilkinson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ice Balloon: S.E. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? book discussion series will kick off with a look at Robert Faglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; translation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? by Homer. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Dylan Ratigan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires From Sucking America Dry.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â&#x2013;  Multidisciplinary artist William Pope.L will discuss his career and aspirations. 7 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Jose Maria Aznar, former president of Spain, will discuss his tenure, including the decision to deploy Spanish troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and the 2004 Madrid terrorist attacks. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. eventbrite.com/event/2764138613. Film â&#x2013;  The ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival will open with a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warrior Champions,â&#x20AC;? about four Iraq War veterans who return home with life-changing injuries that they strive to turn into Olympic dreams. The event will include hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a talk by Richard Bernstein, a blind lawyer and marathoner. 6:30 p.m. $25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. greaterdc.reelabilities.org. The festival will continue through Feb. 9 with screenings at various venues. Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley will celebrate the birthday of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Special event â&#x2013;  The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Split This Rock will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices Out Loud,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the centenary of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. The event will include spoken word performances by poets Chris August, Regie Cabico and Twain Dooley; video clips; and remarks by Walter Naegle and Wade Henderson. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. brownpapertickets.com/event/215760. BgafMk^gj@Yhhq@gmj =n]jqEgf\Yq%>ja\Yq >jge,%/he Dggc>gjGmjKmf\Yq:jmf[` :]_affaf_BYfmYjq)kl

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icassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition,â&#x20AC;? tracing the development of Pablo Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing technique with some 60 works from the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early years, will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art and continue through May 6. Concurrently, the gallery will also mount

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione,â&#x20AC;? showcasing works on paper by the Italian baroque master and by his contemporaries and followers. The gallery will also reopen its 19th-century French impressionist and post-impressionist galleries Saturday, following a twoyear renovation. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the National Gallery of Art is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; The Old Print Gallery will open its Winter

Contemporary Show on Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-965-1818. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tidewater: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs,â&#x20AC;? featuring images from Burleith photographer Stephen Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book of the same name, will open Friday with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and continue through the end of March. Brown will deliver an illustrated talk on his work tomorrow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with an admission cost of $15. Located at 723 2nd St., Annapolis, Md., the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 410-295-0104. â&#x2013;  The American University Museum will open five exhibits Saturday with an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception from 6 to 9 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anil Revri: Faith and Liberation Through Abstraction,â&#x20AC;? featuring Revriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meditative paintings, will remain on view through April 15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GabarrĂłnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roots,â&#x20AC;? highlighting colorful

sculptures by CristĂłbal GabarrĂłn that evoke archaeological and zoological mysteries, will continue through April 15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raoul Middleman: City Limits,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Baltimore artist Middleman, will continue through March 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regaining Our Faculties: ZoĂŤ Charlton, Tim Doud, Deborah Kahn, and Luis Manuel Cravo Silva,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting work by American University faculty members, will continue through March 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids@Katzen: The Photographic Life,â&#x20AC;? presenting photos by Kids@Katzen participants, will remain on view through Feb. 28. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the Seafloor Melts: Ocean Mud, Ceramic Change & the Connected Mind,â&#x20AC;? presenting works by ceramic artist Joan Lederman, will open today at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spagnuolo Gallery and continue through April 1. There will be a panel discussion with the artist and guests Tuesday at 4 p.m., followed

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up donations for candidates, without requiring disclosure of the true source of the funds. The elections board will hold a public hearing on the measure Feb. 13 to see if it is a proper subject for ballot initiative, and to approve language for a title, summary and legislative text. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approved, supporters would have 180 days to collect about 23,000 signatures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 percent of registered voters citywide, including at least 5 percent of the voters in five of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight wards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to get the measure on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Sponsors say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not daunted by the cumbersome process. Bryan Weaver, an Adams Morgan activist and one of the organizers of the self-titled D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust, said support is pouring in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been inundatedâ&#x20AC;? since the initiative was filed, Weaver said, with several hundred volunteers signed up already â&#x20AC;&#x201D; enough, he said, to put signature gatherers

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development seems reasonable and that some of the feared impacts can be addressed at future zoning reviews. Universities require a zoning exemption to operate in residential areas, and they must demonstrate that their required 10-year campus plans would not create adverse impacts on their neighbors. In crafting a zoning order, the commission is judging whether each university proposal would either generate no

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at every precinct April 3. Sylvia Brown, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 7, is also helping direct the effort. The group will get another shot at signatures May 15, when Ward 5 holds a special election to replace disgraced council member Harry Thomas Jr. Weaver said the decision to go for a ballot initiative came after the council passed its major ethics bill in December, yet shelved amendments to deal with the most pressing campaign finance prob- Weaver lems. Ward 6 member Tommy Wells won no support, for example, when he proposed prohibiting campaign contributions from companies that hold city contracts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a milder measure than the outright ban on corporate contributions thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already in place in federal campaigns and in 23 states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were devastated by what we saw in the ethics debate,â&#x20AC;? said Weaver, noting that the council still has the power to ban corporate contributions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crisis of shaken con-

adverse impact, cause an adverse impact that can be mitigated in a particular way, or be irreconcilably objectionable. Neighbors and community organizations testified at a series of hearings last year, with most critics stating that the planned growth would concentrate large buildings near single-family homes and add to traffic congestion in the area, among other issues. But zoning commissioners said the university has taken appropriate steps to mitigate such burdens. Speaking about the plans for 590 beds of student housing and two academic/administrative buildings

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fidence in the city. â&#x20AC;Ś If you want to stop a citizen revolt, they should enact this before we get it on the ballot. It would be wonderful if this thing gets them off their collective duff.â&#x20AC;? But, Weaver noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it may be easier to get 23,000 Washingtonians than 12 council members.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who chairs the committee that oversees election rules, said she wants to take a more comprehensive look at campaign finance issues, and is promising hearings â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometime this year.â&#x20AC;? But in various interviews, Bowser has made clear she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t favor an outright ban on corporate contributions. On WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Politics Hour last Friday, for example, Bowser said the council â&#x20AC;&#x153;made an affirmative decision that campaign finance warrants a comprehensive look.â&#x20AC;? Of the initiative, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fully support the democratic process.â&#x20AC;? But a ban on corporate contributions could just shift the funds elsewhere, she said, such as to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super PACsâ&#x20AC;? now dominating federal campaigns with their unlimited funds. Instead, Bowser said, improvements in

planned for the Nebraska Avenue parking lot, adjacent to the Westover Place community, commissioner Peter May said the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redesigns have resolved many of his concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may not be the most brilliant piece of campus planning, but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sensitive to the context and the real potential for objectionable impacts from immediate neighbors,â&#x20AC;? he said. The university originally proposed 1,000 beds on this site, dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Campus,â&#x20AC;? but reduced its proposal during the zoning process. Commissioners remained skeptical, though, of the amount of retail proposed for the site: 9,000 square feet, barely half the original proposal but still three times the amount the D.C. Office of Planning recommends. Plans to relocate the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington College of Law to the Tenley Campus, another much-criticized redevelopment, also won general support from commissioners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right location for that school,â&#x20AC;? said Konrad Schlater. Key aspects of the campus plan that remain in flux are how many students American University will be able to enroll and how many of them it will need to house on its campus. Commissioners were supportive of the proposed cap of 13,600 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an increase of 1,000 students at the main campus over 10 years com-

disclosure laws might be in order. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will not refuse corporate donations. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud in my ward to raise funds from companies and individuals,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But all our laws should make clear whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving.â&#x20AC;? Wells of Ward 6 is backing the citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative, and predicts itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely to pass. He said the average citizen would be offended at the common practice of corporate lobbyists, some of whom previously served in city government, wandering the halls of the Wilson Building pushing legislation for their clients, and also holding fundraisers for candidates and contributing to their campaigns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disclosure wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent multiple corporations with the same ownership from bundling,â&#x20AC;? Wells said, suggesting his colleagues are reluctant to ban the practice because â&#x20AC;&#x153;five or six members are up for re-election, all receiving funds from corporations. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be an issue this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created an opening for the initiative.â&#x20AC;? Wells also noted that when District voters approved an initiative capping campaign contributions at $100 in the early 1990s, the council overturned it.

pared to the current cap â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comfortable with allowing undergraduate enrollment to increase until planned new dorms are ready. Commissioners discussed ways to hold the university to its word that its plans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t harm the neighborhood. Under the campus plan process, the Zoning Commission first approves rough outlines for planned development and a school must return later for â&#x20AC;&#x153;further processingâ&#x20AC;? approval for each individual project it seeks to begin constructing. At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, commissioners said that in the future, they would consider denying those further processing applications if the university hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t successfully managed the impact of other aspects of its plan, such as problems resulting from the development it hopes to build sooner. American University has already applied for further processing of the East Campus, the North Hall dorm on Massachusetts Avenue and the Tenley Campus, among other projects. But from what has been presented thus far, commissioners said, many of neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feared impacts seem unlikely to be major problems. The university already has strong procedures in place to deal with disruptive off-campus students and with university-related vehicles that park on neighborhood streets, they said. Commissioners also said that objections to many future developments, such as the South Hall dorm near Rockwood Parkway, could be addressed in further processing deliberations, which include another

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public hearing process. In an email, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Taylor wrote that the school appreciates the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;acknowledgement of AUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to minimize impacts and the changes we have made,â&#x20AC;? and said the commission and the university have a shared interest in getting dorms built quickly. He added that the school â&#x20AC;&#x153;will work with the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestionsâ&#x20AC;? for less retail on the East Campus. At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, the Zoning Commission did request additional information from the university about community accusations that the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic study didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accurately address the impact of proposed development. Tom Smith, the former chair of the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission, who presented the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony on the campus plan, blasted the Zoning Commission in an email to The Current yesterday. In discounting neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns, he wrote, the commissioners â&#x20AC;&#x153;failed even to show the most basic command of the details of the proposed plan.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although nothing has been finalized yet, the Zoning Commission showed a breathtaking indifference at last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing to the concerns outlined by the community, including ANC 3D,â&#x20AC;? Smith wrote yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents would be justified in thinking that their local government has abandoned them and the community.â&#x20AC;? The Zoning Commission is now scheduled to take its final action on the campus plan Feb. 16.

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The Hyde basketball team has about 13 players this year. We have fourth- and fifth-grade boys and girls on the team. Our coaches are Mr. Grigg and Mr. Faden. The team is working hard on getting strong rebounds and passing the ball. We are also working on setting screens. A screen is a way to stop a defender who is defending someone with the ball. We’ve played five games, winning one by three points and losing one by just two points. We lost the other games. One of our biggest challenges is that we don’t have a gym so it’s hard to practice. Even though we’ve lost more

games than we’ve won, we’ve been having a lot of fun and getting better with each game. — Brian O’Neill, fourth-grader

Janney Elementary

After two years, basketball has returned to Janney. The boys team has played many exciting games, picking up two wins and three losses in the first part of the season. On Jan. 14, the Janney Jaguars faced off against Lafayette. Students and teachers joined in the gym to cheer on the Jaguars. Blue and white pompoms were passed out to fans and there was much cheering going on. Students would shout things such as “Janney Jaguars!” and “Let’s go, Jaguars!” The Jaguars definitely had the home court advantage. Janney got the tipoff but sadly fell behind in the first half. “Our coach told us that we were making good shots but they were not going in the basket,” said Asa Espinosa, a fourth-grader on the boys team. Janney lost 28-19. Despite the loss, the boys continue to develop and always make the Janney community proud. — Meg Buzbee, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Key School basketball started up this season, and we are poised for a great year! We have a girls team and a boys team, both from fourth and fifth grades. The girls team usually plays on Wednesday. The boys usually play on Thursday at 4 or 4:30 p.m. The boys team’s record is 2-2; the girls’ record is 1-3. “We’re playing against a lot of aggressive teams — a lot!” said Jasmine Reid, who plays on the girls team.

to wait until she moved away from D.C. and its expensive rents. But over the summer, she tested that assumption, looking beyond commercial spaces. She ultimately came upon the one-room spot in a condo building on the same N Street block as her apartment. “I decided to do it, and it was so scary,” she said. But so far, it’s working out. “People love it. I love it. It’s just such a great way to work out,” she said of the boot camp classes. While they take place mostly outdoors, the studio is important, too, she said, offering a place to meet, an option for inclement weather, and a spot to store equipment. She believes her studio provides some appealing differences from a gym setting: “A gym is a scene, you know?” In her new space, Andrews can offer privacy, more flexibility and cheaper classes. She also prides herself on being a full-service trainer, providing education and “a very high level of care.” Andrews said she spent time working in high-end hospitality — at a Ritz-Carlton hotel — so she knows about “getting people what they want before they know it.” Both teams have “Coach Arthur” as their head coach. Arthur Jackson is also a fourth-grade parent and runs One on One Basketball, which he co-founded. He led Key School to victory last year in the Jelleff Cup. He is a very organized coach, and he knows his basketball. — Idris Hasan-Granier and Mica Gelb, fifth-graders

Maret School

Third-graders are working to get ready for Biographical Character Day. We started by choosing five people we wanted to study. Then, as homework, we picked three people with our parents. We brought our homework in to our homeroom teachers and they chose the final person from our lists. We have done research on our characters using iPads, computers and books. Some of the famous people we studied included jazz great John Coltrane and first lady Michelle Obama. We have written speeches about our characters and are memorizing them now. We are also creating collages in art class. When we are finished giving our speeches, we will show our pictures to the audience. We will present to the whole lower school and our families on Feb. 10. — Helen Khuri and Winston Wardlaw, third-graders

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mix to give to Friendship Place Community Council for the Homeless, where homeless people can go to get help. Also, families made 79 toiletry kits for Children of Mine. Children of Mine is a place for children to go to if they had a bad day, if they need some love, or if they need food and supplies. The event drew 182 people who donated 16 bags of groceries. Participants made 105 cards for Central Union Mission, a place where homeless people can eat and get cared for. The Day of Service event was great fun. It is a great way to do community service on a day off from school/work. — Allie Witt, sixth-grader

St. Albans School

Lower school students have returned to their everyday lives after a pleasant four-day weekend marking the end of the first semester. Seventh- and eighth-graders are looking forward to new challenges after working hard to prepare for last week’s mid-year exams. Only seventh- and eighth-graders had to take exams, but fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders still had challenges to face while finishing up the longest quarter of the year. The second quarter is always difficult academically because of its length. Report cards will be mailed out next week. The beginning of the second semester is always a stressful one, with new schedules for the seventhand eighth-graders and a very short third quarter, which does not provide a large margin for academic mistakes. Even though at first the second semester seems a very difficult one, it is also very fun with spring sports, the science fair and the art show in the future. In addition, students now participate in clubs, which they selected a few weeks ago. The clubs encompass a variety of sports and interests, including dodgeball, handball, cooking and chess. Hopefully, this year’s spring will see calmer weather than last year, though students do hope for at least one snow day. — Keith Simms, Form II (eighth-grader)

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This week saw finals in all halfyear classes as well as midterms in a handful of others. For many students, this meant about one exam a day, but a lucky few got to sit through back-to-back exams on Wednesday, each lasting two hours, with no break inbetween. The hearts of all Walls students were with those brave, intrepid adventurers. Sadly, this incredible journey of exams and rearranged schedules ended with the half-day on Friday, the last day any makeup work could be submitted as well as the day (for teachers) that grades were due. Monday is the start of a new advisory. Some will have new classes and teachers.

One event shattered the otherwise serene calm of exam week. Though most students did not realize it until after they went home, Walls witnessed a schoolwide lockdown on Wednesday after an armed robbery on George Washington University’s campus. In order to maintain calm, only faculty were notified of the lockdown. While it was an effective way to prevent panic spreading to the student body, and the security measure lasted well under an hour, the question remains, would students have been notified had it been a more serious problem? Surely, they have some right to know. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

I’m Robert Mailley, and I have always loved looking at maps and highways. Once my dad told me about going to Oshkosh. I’d never heard of Oshkosh before and I never thought that I’d get a question on that city at Stoddert’s geography bee last Thursday. The question was: Oshkosh is located in what northern state? My correct answer was Wisconsin! I’m Casey Bressler (second place). I got interested in geography in third grade. I like bees and competitions because you have a chance at winning and you get tested on what you know. The question in the bee that I thought was the hardest was: Okefenokee Swamp is in Florida and what other state? The correct answer is Georgia. I’m George Turmail (third place), and geography is really my thing. I got a kid’s atlas in first grade from my grandparents. I thought the regions of the world were really interesting. For this bee, my mom got me geography study books. Physical and cultural geography is hard. The hardest question for me was: Which state capital city is on the Puget Sound? The answer is Olympia. — Robert Mailley, fourth-grader; Casey Bressler, fifth-grader; and George Turmail, fourth-grader

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In eighth-grade music, we are in the midst of a project on composers. After we research their life stories, we write a presentation, make a poster or create a video. Some students are producing a project on Johann Sebastian Bach, and selecting excerpts of his music to be played in class. Others have chosen to Ludwig van Beethoven and Giuseppe Verdi. 

 Some students are using posters to include details about each composer’s life, like where he or she was raised, when he or she was introduced to music, and what some of his or her most famous songs are. Others are making a presentation using notecards. These presentations show us that composers aren’t just a collection of songs; they are real people who had interesting and surprising biographies. — 
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INTERNATIONAL OFFERING CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND Spectacular renovation! Exquisite LR, large DR seats 10+, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, two-story sophisticated FR, plus LL wine room, game room, catering kitchen. 6BR, 6F/2HBA. Large lot. $4,995,000 Joanne Pinover 301-404-7011 Florence Meers 202-487-7100

INTERNATIONAL OFFERING KENT, WASHINGTON, DC European-styled jewel with modern interior & exquisite finishes, great entertaining flow, expansive porches & balconies, chef's kitchen, master bedroom suite & bath. Media room, wine cellar, & a 2-car garage. $3,950,000 Mark McFadden 703-216-1333

INTERNATIONAL OFFERING FOREST HILLS, WASHINGTON, DC Beautiful Arts & Crafts style home set on nearly an acre. Meticulously rebuilt in 2000 from the foundation up. 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths. A unique residence for the most discerning purchaser. $3,795,000 Margot Wilson 202-549-2100

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Stunning renovation & attention to detail. Chef's kitchen, in-law suite, 4 finished levels with 3 fireplaces. Spacious deck & fenced rear garden. $1,995,000 Mark McFadden 703-216-1333 Tricia Messerschmitt 202-330-2275

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Truly spectacular, light-filled floor plan with stunning views of historic C&O & Georgetown. Modern kitchen & baths, 2BR plus a library. 2 garage & storage spaces. Condo fee includes all utilities. $1,895,000 Mark McFadden 703-216-1333

BERKLEY, WASHINGTON, DC Handsome 4BR, 4FBA, 2HBA residence with a renovated kitchen with top of the line appliances, an elevator, gracious large rooms, beautiful city views, a beautiful garden with pool & detached 2 car garage. $1,575,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Beautifully renovated semi-detached home with 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Gourmet kitchen, master bedroom suite, Waterwork baths, hardwood floors & 1st floor powder room. 2 car parking. $1,495,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

WEST END, WASHINGTON, DC Luxurious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment at the Ritz Residences with over 1,700 SF, private garden terrace, plus balcony. Large formal living room & dining room. Parking. $1,195,000 Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick 202-728-9500

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC NEW PRICE! Spacious and beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath historic residence. Elegant rooms, high ceilings, gorgeous staircase, two fireplaces, living room, library, veranda, eat-in kitchen, deep rear garden. $1,150,000 Terrell McDermid 202-256-5871

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Located in the Wooster building, this 2-story unit has 3 sides of amazing windows streaming in natural light as it faces south. This unit is 1600 SF of living space and has 2BR, 2.5BA, large open floor plan and a chef's kit. 2 car parking. $1,085,000 John Eric 703-798-0097

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC NEW PRICE! Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on one of the most sought after streets in Georgetown. Featuring hardwood floors, an open floor plan, renovated kitchen, renovated baths and large & private patio. $899,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Stunningly updated rambler with gourmet kitchen, contemporary feel with tons of natural light, hardwood floors, spacious LL walks out to a flat backyard. 2 car garage. Close to everything! $869,000 John Eric 703-798-0097

DUPONT, WASHINGTON, DC Renovated 3-level brick bay Victorian with architectural features offering 2BR/2BA + in-law ste; move-in ready. Hardwoods & new roof. Near Metro, shops, & cafes. Gated parking! $849,999 Nelson Marban 202-870-6899

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA This two story loft is located on the top floor of the Wooster with southern exposure. 1100+ square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, chef's kitchen and an expansive living space. Large outdoor patio, two parking spaces. $791,000 John Eric 703-798-0097

COLONIAL VILLAGE, WASHINGTON, DC Custom built, center hall brick colonial with new prvt rear flagstone terrace. 4BR, 2.5BA, wd flrs, FR with FP, den, eat-in kit, CAC, 2-car garage. Silver Spring Metro & minutes to downtown Bethesda. Open Sun, 1/29, 2-4PM. $780,000 Marilyn Charity 202-427-7553

MOUNT PLEASANT, WASHINGTON, DC Mid-Century 2,100 SF home has open floorplan great for entertaining. Updated kit, fin LL with FBA. 3BR and an updated hall bath. Rear garden. 1-car parking. $629,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620


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