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Vol. XLV, No. 12

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Fire station parking plans raise questions

Report: D.C. WASA ‘misled’ on lead issues

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■ Health: Findings support

$200 million suit, lawyer says

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The plan was intended to help neighbors, officials said. The proposed mechanical parking structure envisioned behind the Cleveland Park fire station would end the practice of firefighters competing with residents and shoppers for spots in the heart of the neighborhood’s historic district. “Our intent wasn’t for anything more than to clean up our act and stop imposing on the neighbors,” Battalion Chief David Foust, capital projects officer at the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said at Monday’s Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting. But residents — who complained their opinions weren’t sought while the plan was being developed — said at the meeting that they fear early-morning noise as the structure mechanically shuffles parked cars, and worry that additional traffic would overwhelm narrow alleys. The fire station at 3522 Connecticut Ave. has been closed See Firehouse/Page 10

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The drip, drip, drip of investigations into the District’s scandal over lead in drinking water continues, with a new report from the city inspector general finding that top officials of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority “intentionally misled” federal regulators, the D.C. Council and the public about the extent of the problem — and its health impacts — after the frighten-

Council delays new rules for handicapped parking ■ Transportation: Cheh

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Runners in Saturday’s Sun Trust Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon head north on Connecticut Avenue after passing through the tunnel beneath Dupont Circle.

Former legislator’s street may bear her name By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The late Hilda Mason, a teacher, civil rights activist and D.C. Council member, could be honored with the ceremonial designation of a Northwest city block in her name, if proposed legislation passes in the council. The “Hilda H.M. Mason Way Designation Act of 2012” would designate the 1400 block of Roxanna Road, where Mason’s family home was located, in recognition of Mason’s contribution not only to her Shepherd Park neighborhood, but to the city as a whole. Mayor Vincent Gray authored the act, and Council Chairman

NEWS ■ Area schools get cherry trees as part of blossom festival. Page 4. ■ Panel offers ideas on liquor law changes. Page 3.

ing story broke in 2004. That may seem like old news, but the report released Friday could bolster a $200 million class-action lawsuit still wending its way through the courts, alleging that the utility’s failure to notify the public when lead levels spiked more than a decade ago left children at risk of irreversible behavioral and cognitive damage. “This confirms what we’ve been saying for years, and definitely supports our case,” one of the lead attorneys in the class-action case told The Current Sunday. “WASA knowingly misled the public” by not See Water/Page 24

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The prematurely installed signs will be removed until approved.

Kwame Brown introduced it to the Committee of the Whole last month at the mayor’s request. A hearing on the bill will take place tomorrow. Even though the legislation is still in progress, the city’s Department

of Transportation has already moved ahead: “Hilda H.M. Mason Way” signs have been installed on Roxanna Road. Mason’s family is excited about the honor. “I know this would make my mother very happy,” Mason’s daughter, Carolyn Dungee Nicholas, said in an interview. “I’m so grateful Mayor Gray thought enough of my mother to propose this legislation. I hope the council members vote for it because she did so much for D.C.” “Native Washingtonians may know her name, but newcomers and children may not,” said Gray spokesperson Doxie McCoy. “Just as we remember Martin Luther King and See Mason/Page 27

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga lacrosse beats St. Albans in D.C. Classic. Page 11. ■ St. John’s lax proves too fast for Sidwell. Page 11.

calls agency’s work ‘disastrous’ By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council Tuesday hastily suspended the controversial new “red top” parking meter program, which reserved nearly 10 percent of metered street spaces for the disabled — and then required them to feed the meters to park there. Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Department of Transportation had come to essentially the same conclusion, announcing just hours earlier that they would suspend enforcement of the fees for disability parking. The new red-top program, with 400 special meters already installed and 1,100 more promised, is intended to halt the widespread practice of drivers — many from outside the city — using fraudulent disability placards to park free, often for the entire day. By instituting meter fees but allowing double the time to park, transportation officials believed they could eliminate any incentive to use

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The city has already installed 400 new “red top” meters.

counterfeit placards, but still ensure adequate street parking for the legitimately disabled. Gray, in a letter to the council Tuesday, said the program is based on “established best practices” in many other jurisdictions nationwide. But this month’s start-up caused what Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh called “confusion, unnecessary hostility and anxiety.” She said “it’s fair to say DDOT’s handling was disastrous.” And charging meter fees for See Meters/Page 10

INDEX Calendar/28 Classifieds/37 District Digest/5 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/26 Opinion/8 Passages/13

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Graham task force tackles ABC reform Cheh authors money order bill By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A group of community leaders and nightlife industry representatives helping to craft reforms of the District’s alcohol policies are facing the often-conflicting priorities of establishments and their neighbors. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham convened the working group late last year to weigh various proposed changes to voluntary agreements, security requirements and other rules governing the District’s liquorserving bars and restaurants. The votes of the two-dozen members at their biweekly meetings will shape a bill that Graham hopes to introduce this spring as chair of the committee that oversees Alcoholic Beverage Control matters. Graham declined to share his own views on specific proposals that various parties — community leaders, the nightlife industry and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration — have introduced to the working

group, saying, “That would be short-circuiting the process.� But Graham and working group members described a process of civil discussion that has nonetheless included many sharply divided votes. “Clearly what’s shaping up, in my opinion, is a showdown between citizens on one side and alcohol establishments on the other, with their attendant attorneys,� Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Ramon Estrada, a working group member, said at his commission’s meeting last Wednesday. Estrada and Logan Circle commissioner Charles Reed, another working group member, have criticized various industry proposals. Reed said a number of the ideas are “anti-community�; Estrada said some appear designed “to keep citizens from having rights.� One of the more hotly contested issues is the voluntary agreement, a contract through which an establishment works out various operating conditions to reduce feared impacts on neighboring residents. Reed said one See Liquor/Page 27

The week ahead Wednesday, March 21

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

Thursday, March 22

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a public hearing on the draft Central 14th Street Corridor Vision Plan and Revitalization Strategy. The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Education Campus, 1338 Farragut St. NW. ■The Kalorama Citizens Association and the Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association will host a candidates forum in the partisan at-large D.C. Council races. Invited participants are D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates G. Lee Aiken and Ann Wilcox; Republican Mary Beatty; and Democrats Sekou Biddle, E. Gail Anderson Holness, Vincent Orange and Peter Shapiro. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a “community dialogue� with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. In conjunction with the meeting, committee delegates will hold an endorsement vote in the at-large D.C. Council and shadow senator races.

Friday, March 23

The Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation will hold a public hearing on the proposed expansion of vehicle doors at the MacArthur Boulevard firehouse, a historic landmark. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Suite E650, D.C. Office of Planning, 1100 4th St. SW.

Saturday, March 24

The D.C. Federation of Democratic Women will hold its annual convention, “Empowering Women to Become Agents of Change.� The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To RSVP or for more information, call Lillian Huff at 240-603-5598 or Ella C. Peete at 202-829-9002.

Monday, March 26

George Washington University’s chapter of the group D.C. Students Speak will join with the Ward 2 Democrats to sponsor a candidates forum and straw poll for the D.C. Council at-large race. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 113 at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.

Tuesday, March 27

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a review of graduation requirements in art and music. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 412 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its regular meeting, which will focus on D.C. taxes. Invited speakers include Eric Goulet, the mayor’s budget director; Elissa Silverman, budget analyst at the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute; and Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. Council. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.

Wednesday, April 4

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW.


A majority of the D.C. Council Tuesday backed legislation to ban money order contributions of more than $25 to city political campaigns. The measure follows a flood of news reports about multiple money order contributions to mayoral and council campaigns, some appearing to exceed a $1,000 limit on individual contributions. Many are connected to a local businessman, Jeffrey Thompson, whose firm has a major health-care contract with the city, or to other firms and individuals who do business with the city. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh,

who authored the bill, said it would set the limit on money orders at the same level as for cash contributions, and “hopefully get at this abuse.� But Ward 2’s Jack Evans offered a note of caution. While limiting money order contributions might help, he said, the larger problem is a lack of staff at the Office of Campaign Finance, which is charged with reviewing campaign reports and determining if they are properly attributed or exceed individual limits. Evans said he would move to increase the office’s staff during budget deliberations this spring. — Elizabeth Wiener

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As basin blossoms, schools prepare for trees Spring Valley team wants to work on Fordham Road site

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As the city’s residents and scores of visitors begin to enjoy the blooming buds at the Tidal Basin, three Northwest schools and the University of the District of Columbia are welcoming a new crop of cherry trees, part of a gift from the National Cherry Blossom Festival. H.D. Cooke Elementary School, the British School of Washington and the Kingsbury Center were selected to participate in the festival’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program. The idea behind the plantings is to “continue the circle of giving that began with the 1912 gift from Tokyo,� and to help different communities “start their own festival tradition,� according to a news release from festival organizers. Casey Trees has partnered with the festival to plant more than 150 cherry trees, 20 of which will be installed at various public and charter schools in the District.

“We are excited to be adding trees at these schools,� said Casey Trees spokesperson Jared Powell. “The trees will provide a hands-on learning experience for faculty and students, and will help create outdoor classrooms that can provide a local context for math, biology and technology lessons. “The trees will also make the schools more welcoming for parents, faculty and students,� Powell added. Each school received five trees, including several Yoshino cherry trees — one for the British School, and three apiece for Cooke and Kingsbury. Powell said Casey Trees’ “right tree, right place� planting model assessed each school’s location to determine which types of trees and how many would do well in a given location. In addition, the University of the District of Columbia will soon have an orchard-like planting, with 40 trees to be planted on campus later this spring. And some of them will have quite a pedigree: Ten of the 40 trees heading to the school’s campus See Trees/Page 25

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Current Staff Report The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to tear down one Spring Valley house to address possible buried munitions underneath, but officials reported last week that they have been unable to get permission to access another potentially contaminated property. At the March 13 meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a group tasked with overseeing the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s munitions cleanup â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brenda Barber, a Corps project manager, shared details of the impending work at 4825 Glenbrook Road. She said officials are awaiting final approval, which is expected by the end of the month. Meanwhile, overall project manager Dan Noble reported that he has been unable to gain access to a home in the 3700 block of Fordham Road, where he suspects there might be another burial pit of potentially dangerous chemicals.

American University was the site of a U.S. Army research center during World War I, and some poisonous chemicals tested for the war were buried under areas that now comprise the Spring Valley neighborhood. In preparing to demolish the Glenbrook Road property, Barber said, the Army Corps has been measuring background noise levels to figure out how to limit construction noise. Demolition work is expected to start in early to mid-May and last through the end of June. Work is currently scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor has been asked to change the hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the site will be restricted by a safety fence, which will be locked after hours and on weekends, and traffic on Glenbrook Road will be restricted at times to just one lane. See Munitions/Page 25

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District Digest Cheh introduces bill on school boundaries

With enrollment climbing at many public schools, especially in her own Ward 3, D.C. Council member Mary Cheh Tuesday introduced legislation to require a thorough study of D.C. school boundaries every 10 years. Cheh said school reform efforts, along with building improvements, have helped drive up enrollment by 23 percent over the past three years in Ward 3, with all 10 of its schools now over capacity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great,â&#x20AC;? she said, but she warned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are quickly reaching the pointâ&#x20AC;? where education quality could be affected. Cheh said there is currently no regular process to examine enrollment and population patterns to determine whether school boundaries should be changed. Her bill would ensure that those currently enrolled in a school, along with their siblings, could remain there despite any boundary changes.

Dumbarton to host blood drive, exhibit

Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dumbarton House is preparing to host a special exhibit about the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former use as an American Red Cross facility, along with a Red Cross blood drive, according to a news release. Residents are asked to email or call 202-337-2288 to register for a slot in the March 29 blood drive, which will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at 2715 Q St. NW. Blood donors will receive one free ticket to the Dumbarton museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special Red Cross exhibit, which will run from March 29 through June 30, accord-

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D.C. United to stay at RFK Stadium

The D.C. United soccer team will stay at RFK Stadium through at least the 2013 season, Events DC announced last week. Events DC, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official sports and convention authority, will renovate the stadiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathrooms, replace its bleachers and improve its concourse lighting, according to a news release. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, 19,467 seats will be available for home games at the stadium, which the team has used since 1996.

Mayor names task force on housing

A new Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force will spend the next few months studying how the District can increase its affordablehousing stock, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The group will review such issues as funding, regulations and the roles of various city agencies, and publish a draft report based on community input over the summer. Harry Sewell, director of the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, and Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of the real estate company Forest City Washington, will co-chair the

task force. Members were sworn in at an event yesterday.


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â&#x2013; downtown

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 900 block, F St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. March 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  12th and I streets; tavern/ nightclub; 5:30 p.m. March 18. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 2:40 a.m. March 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; bank; 3 p.m. March 11. â&#x2013;  13th and G streets; sidewalk; 5 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New York Ave.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 7 p.m. March 15. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 1:55 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. March 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 12th St.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  900 block, New York Ave.; street; 8 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. March 16.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1000 block, 4th St.; street; 2:45 a.m. March 16. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; street; 1:55 p.m. March 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  7th and K streets; construction site; 3:45 p.m. March 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, E St.; sidewalk; 4:30 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  700 block, E St.; restaurant; 7:14 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 9 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  900 block, 9th St.; hotel; 5:15 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  6th and F streets; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. March 16. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 8:55 p.m. March 12.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Burglary â&#x2013; 3800 block, Military Road; residence; 8:45 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 1:50 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Jenifer St.; residence; 7 a.m. March 15. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3100 block, Quesada St.; residence; 4 p.m. March 11.

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:27 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5400 block, 31st St.; street; 5 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 31st St.; street; 8 p.m. March 16.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 5 p.m. March 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 5:15 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:39 p.m. March 17.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Stolen auto â&#x2013; Albemarle Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 7:40 p.m. March 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; university; 4:14 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 11:30 a.m. March 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  36th and Newark streets; street; 4 p.m. March 11. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Ordway St.; street; 11:30 p.m. March 11.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2600 block, Woodley Place; sidewalk; 1:15 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 1:45 a.m. March 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:30 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Devonshire Place; street; 11 a.m. March 11. â&#x2013;  Woodley Place and Woodley Road; street; 12:30 a.m. March 15.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 4400 block, Reservoir Road; sidewalk; 3 a.m. March 18.

dence; 1:15 a.m. March 12. â&#x2013; 3500 block, O St.; residence; 12:15 a.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 36th St.; residence; 9:20 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 7 p.m. March 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; restaurant; 10:30 a.m. March 11. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; store; 1:05 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 1:30 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:45 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7:50 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  3000 block, K St.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. March 17.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 1 p.m. March 14. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; street; 9 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  18th and H streets; street; 10 p.m. March 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and L Street; unspecified premises; noon March 13. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 3:08 p.m. March 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; hotel; 11 p.m. March 11. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 9:45 a.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 7 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  600 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; office building; 8 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 9:15 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 3 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Maine Ave. SW; parking lot; 2 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; alley; 4 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 8 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; street; 10:35 p.m. March 13.

psa 208

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3300 block, Cadys Alley; alley; 2:10 p.m. March 12. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, 32nd St.; resi-

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1400 block, N St.; government building; 12:01 a.m. March 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  1500 block, 18th St.; resi-

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

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dence; 3:30 a.m. March 18. â&#x2013; 1900 block, Sunderland Place; office building; 6 p.m. March 12. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2100 block, Ward Place; street; 7 a.m. March 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:10 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 4 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 12:40 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:05 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 9:50 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 2 p.m. March 12. â&#x2013;  15th and Church streets; street; 1 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; alley; 7 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 22nd St.; street; 8 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Bancroft Place; street; 10:40 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Hillyer Place; street; 8:45 p.m. March 18.

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 1600 block, 17th St.; street; 9 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; sidewalk; 12:40 a.m. March 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; residence; 11 p.m. March 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; residence; 1 a.m. March 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Riggs Place; street; 3 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; street; 9 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 14th St.; street; 5:30 a.m. March 17.

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PSA 303 â&#x2013; adams morgan Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 7:50 p.m. March 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  16th Street and Florida Avenue; street; 11:30 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 12:15 a.m. March 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:10 a.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. March 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Biltmore St.; street; 10 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; alley; 2 p.m. March 16.

ch n The Current W ednesday, March 21, 2012

Report recommends pedestrian safety laws By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Pedestrian: a growing yet endangered species in lively, congested cities like Washington, D.C. That’s the portrait painted in a new study of pedestrian safety laws in the District, which also looks at how to protect walkers from an expanding number of cars, bikes, cellphones, iPods and smartphones — and from themselves. The report from the Council for Court Excellence recommends some pretty drastic solutions, like banning the use of electronics in cars, and perhaps banning them for pedestrians and cyclists as well. It also recommends some familiar — if not so popular — ideas like higher fines and points on drivers’ licenses for endangering pedestrians, and more cameras to catch violators. The council’s main mission is to improve the administration of justice in the city. But an ad hoc committee was created in 2007 to step outside that area of expertise to address what it sees as a relatively high pedestrian fatality and injury rate here. The District’s growth and vitality in recent years have fueled the problem. Young people ages 21 through 30 have the highest number of pedestrian-involved crashes, the report says, and it’s young people — who tend to walk more — who are increasingly coming to live in the city’s most rapidly growing and congested neighborhoods downtown. The District is the fourth most congested urban area in the nation, the report says, and

Appeal targets La Forchetta ABC decision By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board improperly modified an agreement between the planned La Forchetta restaurant and its neighbors, according to a brief the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association filed Monday with the D.C. Court of Appeals. The Italian restaurant at 3201 New Mexico Ave. signed a voluntary agreement with the citizens association, the local advisory neighborhood commission and a group of about a dozen residents last year. Such agreements place various restrictions on an establishment’s liquor license. But the alcohol board said last month that it lacks the authority to enforce some of the La Forchetta agreement’s provisions, and last week members rejected a call to reconsider that decision. The citizens association’s appeal focuses on limitations intended to discourage La Forchetta from becoming a hangout for rowdy American University students. The key provisions struck from the agreement read: “In order to discourage casual consumption of alcohol, Applicant will not: … Serve pizza by the slice; Accept ‘Eagle Bucks’ student debit cards; … Distribute handbills or other forms of flyers on the American University campus and other forms of outdoor advertising directed specifically to AU students.” See Appeal/Page 25

newspaper accounts indicate that a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle here about three times a day. District police and legislators are responding. The Protecting Pedestrians report found relatively low fines for “failing to yield to a pedestrian” and similar offenses compared to other cities, but then notes that the D.C. Council increased that fine fivefold to $250 in late 2008. It also notes that enforcement has increased, with tickets for failure to yield to a pedestrian and for distracted driving — virtually unheard of five years ago — rising in exponential numbers over the past two years. The new ideas in the report will probably be more controversial. It asks legislators to consider “a possible city-wide ban on the use of cell phones and portable electronic devices in moving vehicles,” a ban on the use of electronic devices by pedestrians while crossing streets, and a ban on cyclists using mobile phones and music players while riding on city sidewalks and streets. “Every day in Washington, sidewalks and crosswalks are filled with people who are plugged into … the ether, listening to music, talking on cell phones, using Blackberries, and texting messages,” the report says, and “bumping, slipping, falling and harming themselves through inattention.” It says New York State is considering legislation to ban pedestrians from using mobile phones, iPods and other electronics while crossing streets. A similar ban on use of electronics by cyclists is under debate in California. The report is available online at



Wednesday, March 21, 2012



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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

For at-large council

The timing of this year’s local primary — five months earlier than the traditional date in September — may be limiting the public’s awareness of the choices on Election Day. But the Democratic ballot includes a key D.C. Council contest that is worthy of attention. At-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, a former Ward 5 representative who won his citywide seat last year in a special election, is seeking a full term against several challengers, including appealing contenders Sekou Biddle and Peter Shapiro. Mr. Orange has made some good strides in his time on the council. We’re pleased with his efforts as chair of the Committee on Small and Local Business Development. It is difficult for small businesses to complete the reams of paperwork necessary to operate here, and Mr. Orange has worked to get bureaucrats to simplify things. But we have concerns about some aspects of his fundraising. Both the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service recently raided the home and offices of one donor, Jeffrey Thompson, whose firm, DC Chartered Health Plan Inc., holds a city contract worth $300 million annually. Mr. Thompson, whose network has reportedly given more than $100,000 to Mr. Orange’s campaigns over the years, has been connected with a series of money order donations to last year’s campaign that Mr. Orange now calls “suspicious and questionable.” Mr. Orange said Mr. Thompson helped him raise the money provided through the orders, which may exceed campaign donation limits. We’re disappointed that Mr. Orange’s campaign managers accepted these funds. Mr. Orange, a certified public accountant, should certainly know better. Another major contributor to Mr. Orange is Joe Mamo, whose Capitol Petroleum Group owns more than 60 percent of the gas stations in the District while also supplying gas to many D.C. stations. The result of this near-monopoly is higher gas prices. Mr. Orange voted against recent legislation proposed by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh that would have broken Mr. Mamo’s hold on the local industry. Notwithstanding any issue of his intent, whenever a council member takes action that helps a major contributor, it raises uncomfortable questions. Challenger Sekou Biddle also received contributions from Mr. Mamo, but he favors Ms. Cheh’s bill. Given the poor reputation of the council these days, we believe it is essential to elect candidates for whom there isn’t even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Thus, although we usually agree with him on legislative and policy issues, we cannot endorse Mr. Orange. Mr. Biddle and Mr. Shapiro, like the incumbent, both demonstrate an excellent grasp of the issues facing the District. Mr. Biddle held the at-large seat on an interim basis after Kwame Brown was elected to chair the council. Before that, Mr. Biddle served as an elected member of our State Board of Education. Mr. Shapiro grew up in the District and then moved to Prince George’s County, where he served on the Brentwood Town Council and as a two-term member of the Prince George’s County Council, which he chaired for two years. In considering the two candidates, two key points stand out. Mr. Shapiro, who lacks experience in District affairs, told us that should it be necessary to raise revenue, he favors raising taxes on the wealthy. While wise on a national level, raising such rates locally could push some wealthy people to move to Virginia, where income taxes are considerably lower than here. Mr. Biddle, on the other hand, told us he favors a detailed study of the effect of tax rates by the newly appointed tax commission. He also supports replenishing the city’s reserve funds. In addition, one of the biggest challenges facing the District is the struggles of our public schools. Mr. Biddle previously worked for KIPP, one of the most successful charter schools in the country. He has a particularly strong understanding of education issues. We are thus pleased to endorse Sekou Biddle for election in the Democratic primary.

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‘March Madness’ …


e’re not talking about the dismal misfortunes of our regional teams in this year’s college basketball tournament. We’re talking about a flurry of subpoenas from U.S. Attorney Robert Machen that went out last week. Nearly every council member got one, and more may be arriving any day to any campaign — win or lose — undertaken in the city since 2003. The subpoenas, first reported by NBC4, may be an important gamechanging moment in the wide-ranging federal criminal investigation into campaign corruption. The subpoenas are looking for more than just detailed campaign finance records. They ask for any documents relating “meetings, planning documents, attendance records, invitations and RSVPs” associated with businessman Jeffrey Thompson and a list of his associates. “This is big. This is going after campaigns back to 2003,” said one council staff member, who described a tense and nervous political atmosphere in the John A. Wilson Building downtown. The number and scope of subpoenas suggested to some that prosecutors are advancing their investigation, looking for evidence to confirm what some witnesses plan to tell the grand jury. But it also suggests that a great deal of paperwork still must be done, an indication than any formal charges or other decisions could be weeks or many months away. On Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray showed a little of his own frustration with the year-old probe and the stunning subpoenas. News4 also had reported from unnamed sources that Gray personally accepted as much as $100,000 in contributions from Thompson. When reporters indicated on Monday that they were about to ask more questions on the subject, Gray essentially called a timeout. He shooed the cameras away and said he would no longer comment in any way on the investigation. Robert Bennett is Gray’s lawyer. And like most defense attorneys, he doesn’t want his client commenting on every development in the investigation. Gray says he’ll stick to his simple statement that he called for the investigation and wants it done as thoroughly and as quickly as possible. It’s hard to believe that Sulaimon Brown’s complaints a year ago have led to this extensive probe into fundraising, money orders, unreported cash and other aspects of campaign finances. Brown became almost a sideshow to the main event last fall. And

now, with the subpoenas, we’re about to head into the criminal probe’s version of the Final Four. But we’re not there just yet. March Madness continues. ■ Our economy. The Washington region withstood the 2008 recession pretty well, thanks in large part to massive federal government spending. But that could change. The Greater Washington Board of Trade hosted George Mason University professor Stephen Fuller last week. He’s an expert go-to guy when it comes to understanding the local economy. “Our region’s economy has lost steam and the slowdown is attributable to dysfunction on Capitol Hill,” Fuller noted in a report released by the Board of Trade. He said the region needs to reduce its dependence on federal spending and employment, no matter who might win the White House or control Congress. At the Board of Trade event, Fuller predicted “very little economic growth in the region over the next decade.” The report said only three of 13 job sectors that Fuller studied were projected to experience job growth in the near future: business and professional services, leisure and hospitality, and health and education. ■ Mazel tov! We close the column this week by noting a historic first at Adas Israel Congregation this past weekend. Founded in 1869, Adas Israel has been home to a wide range of historic events and viewpoints. Visitors have included President Ulysses S. Grant, who attended the 1876 dedication of the old site at 3rd and G streets NW, Martin Luther King Jr., Golda Meir and so many famous others. And now, as Rabbi Gil Steinlauf said on Sunday to applause, the long historic list includes “Michael and Alan.” On Sunday, Michael Rodgers and Alan Roth — partners for 17 years — became the first same-sex couple to be married at Adas Israel in its 143 years. In addition to being historic, the marriage ceremony was warm, funny and heartfelt for the many guests (including your Notebook) who came from around the region and the nation to applaud. During the vows, the couple stood in the center of the traditional chupah, open on all four sides as a show of openness and friendship to all who approach. “You are not isolated or alone,” Rabbi Steinlauf declared. “Your family, your community” are here, too, he said, “and [it’s] a joy for me.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Traffic cameras help boost public safety

I’m writing to compliment the Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commission for its March 12 resolution in support of traffic cameras to reduce red light and speed limit violations. Lisa Sutter, the photo enforcement person for the Metropolitan Police Department, stated that a goal of the program is fewer pedestrian fatalities. Success is measured by a reduction in tickets given. That means successful use of cameras does not produce maximum revenues because success is higher compliance. Lisa said drivers receiving tickets can view their driving video on a D.C. website. She also

explained that three people review ticket videos to ensure minimal ticket mistakes. My view is that cameras enforce laws but also ask us to be generous with our friends and neighbors by adding a couple of minutes to our travel times. My compliments to the commission. Jan Buresh Forest Hills

D.C. needs reform for disability parking

As someone with limited mobility who holds a handicapped placard, I applaud the city’s effort to clear a space for us with red meters (I wish they had made them bright blue like the official color of the parking spaces in most lots, but I’m not complaining). I do not object to having to pay

for parking. It is privilege enough to have a convenient, reserved space and to have a little longer to run my errands since I’m not as nimble as I used to be. But I don’t see how the red meters are going to curb the scofflaws. For many, the privilege of parking conveniently is just as important as parking for free. Just cruise through any shopping center parking lot in hopes of finding a space when even the handicapped spaces are filled. Then, watch as a young parent with sprightly kids in tow comes skipping out of a shop and climbs into an SUV that is made legal with Grandma’s tag. The misuse of handicapped bathroom stalls when plenty of regular ones are not in use is another one of my gripes, but we will leave that for another day. Eleanor Oliver Cleveland Park

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District residents endure unfair tax burdens g. lee aikin


oday, we face a number of major issues, including statehood, housing, schools, small-business growth and Walmart. Underlying most is the very unsexy issue of taxes. Nobody likes taxes. We generally try to ignore them; we pay, grumble and move on to nicer things. We have even ignored asking why we in D.C. are some of the highest taxed people in the country. How did we get that way, what has it cost us and how can we fix it? When Congress granted us home rule in the early 1970s, it said, â&#x20AC;&#x153; ... it is the intent of Congress, that the tax burdens in the District be reasonably comparable to those in the surrounding jurisdictions ...â&#x20AC;? (D.C. Code, Paragraph 47-817). To figure out how we got so overtaxed, we need to understand several technical terms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adjusted gross incomeâ&#x20AC;? is the amount of all income received, less certain individual expenses. From the adjusted gross income, everyone is then allowed to subtract deductions and exemptions. The figure remaining is the number typically used to determine the tax we owe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our taxable income. In 1974, the deductions and exemptions in D.C. were similar to the federal rates, both allowing a $2,000 deduction for a couple. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a key distinction, though: Federal rates change yearly to reflect inflation; D.C. rates do not. By 2004, the local deductions and exemptions were about one-third the federal rate, and D.C. still allowed $2,000 per couple â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after 30 years! That year, I realized I was paying more in D.C. taxes than in federal taxes. Years earlier, I had paid only about a half. I explained this to at-large D.C. Council member David Catania, who introduced a bill in 2005 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;coupleâ&#x20AC;? our deductions and exemptions with federal rates. The bill failed, but a slight increase occurred in 2006 and another in 2008. I think my efforts saved each D.C. taxpayer about $28 yearly in 2006, rising to around $90 in 2008. In 2011, the D.C. deductions and exemptions are $4,000 per couple or $1,650 for an individual. The fed-

Letters to the Editor Boathouses should avoid C&O Canal Park The National Park Service is conducting a feasibility study for a non-motorized boathouse zone along the Georgetown waterfront, for an area extending from 34th Street to 1,200 feet upriver from Key Bridge and inside the C&O Canal National Historical Park. This study provides a great opportunity for everyone who appreciates the waterfront to suggest ways to enhance the area and accommodate the needs of boating, biking, walking, running, touring and other activities. Defenders of Potomac River Parkland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a coalition of more than 20 conservation, recreation and historic preservation groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was established in 2003 in opposition to a private Georgetown University boathouse proposed for a site within

eral deduction is $11,600 per couple and $5,800 for an individual; there is also a $3,700 exemption. If D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;coupledâ&#x20AC;? our deductions and exemptions with the federal rates, the taxable income would be $15,800 lower for a family of four, $11,700 lower for a couple, and $3,850 lower for an individual. Has this tax unfairness helped drive families out of the city? I fear it has. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans proposes cutting the tax rate by about 0.5 percent from the top down. I say, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cut taxes from the bottom up, restore the 1974 parity and keep our families. There is another aspect to our burdensome tax environment as well. Unfair property tax rates have really hurt our businesses. Surrounding jurisdictions tax residential and business property at the same rate. In contrast, D.C. taxes homes at 85 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, but businesses pay $1.85 per $100 of assessed valuation. Thus, small-business ownership is a losing proposition unless your enterprise is located in a high-end neighborhood or it is a liquor store, club or restaurant. Fine little businesses fail regularly because their sales donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover the cost of rent and taxes. In Arlington and Alexandria, property taxes are about 85 cents per $100. Is this fair to Georgetown businesses paying $1.85? Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County rates range from 88 cents to $1.08. Montgomery County rates range from $1.18 to $1.69. Perhaps Upper Wisconsin Avenue can compete with Bethesda, but how can Anacostia and Georgia Avenue compete paying $1.85? If we raise our deductions and exemptions and lower business taxes to fair levels, more funds will be needed. What are some possible sources? Ask the federal government for more payment for our untaxable land. Pay only two-fifths federal income taxes since we lack three-fifths fair representation; this would give residents more taxable income for D.C. Revisit the commuter tax issue. Allow much taller buildings in certain undeveloped areas. Reduce salaries of upper-level D.C. employees; should I win a D.C. Council seat, I would gladly accept 10 percent less than the $125,000 council salary. G. Lee Aikin is a candidate for the D.C. Statehood Green Party nomination for an at-large council seat.

the C&O Canal Park. Our group has submitted these comments to the Park Service for the feasibility study: â&#x2013; Protect the C&O Canal Park from private development. â&#x2013;  Preserve the wooded tidal floodplain upriver from the Washington Canoe Club. â&#x2013;  Expand the boathouse study zone downriver to include Thompson Boat Center and other locations. As residents of the Potomac River area, we are all stakeholders and stewards of an extraordinary national, regional and local treasure in our backyard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the C&O Canal Park. Please support the effort to protect the park while suggesting ways to enhance the waterfront. Express your views to the National Park Service by posting your comments on the Park Service website for this project. Visit; the deadline is March 30. Sally Strain D.C. coordinator, Defenders of Potomac River Parkland

Fines are insufficient to control speeding

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent quote from Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commissioner Adam Tope â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I drive around my neighborhood, I drive as I wish because I know nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to pull me overâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; exemplifies one of the main shortcomings to the use of traffic cameras [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cameras slow down Porter Street drivers,â&#x20AC;? March 14]. Namely, monetary fines are simply insufficient to control unrepentantly dangerous drivers. Mr. Topeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement typifies the attitude of many drivers. It shows just how indifferent and unapologetic drivers are to the threat they impose on those around them and how unpersuaded they are by traffic laws. Fines from cameras should be accompanied by points on the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license at minimum. James Wagner Bethesda

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since November 2010 because of deteriorating conditions, and its renovation is subject to approval from historic preservation officials. The planned parking facility is a threelevel, 14-space prefabricated metal structure that would sit on an existing concrete pad behind the firehouse, accessed by an alley and nearly invisible from the street, officials said at Monday’s meeting. Because there isn’t much avail-

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able space, the structure would automatically store and retrieve cars, generating estimated noise levels of 75 decibels from 20 feet away — less than the sound of city traffic, officials said. Most of the activity would be at changes of the 24-hour shift, between 5:30 and 7 a.m. daily, officials said. Eleven firefighters are on duty for each shift, with a total of 60 assigned to the station. “You have all these people shifting around — you’re going to have 20 minutes of operations of this thing at 5:30 in the morning,” said Bradley Olander, whose Ordway

Street home backs to the fire station. “If I could give you the [parking] spot in front of my house, I’d rather do that, gladly, rather than have this thing operating,” he added. Residents asked whether a nonmechanical parking structure would be possible, and officials said it would max out at seven cars instead of 14. Neighborhood commissioner Leila Afzal is organizing a meeting at the fire station to review the plan and possible alternatives on-site; the date and time haven’t yet been set, but she said she hopes it will be as early as next week.

The timeline and details of the broader firehouse renovation remain uncertain because of the building’s historic status. The 1916 structure has garage bays too narrow for today’s fire trucks, but changes would compromise its facade. After a lengthy review process, the issue is now in the hands of the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation. The parking structure, however, has already cleared the Historic Preservation Review Board, on the condition that officials develop a way to screen the structure with siding or vegetation.


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those previously allowed to park for free represents a “policy change” that the council should debate, said Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, noting that disabled drivers — those most affected by the change — had no opportunity to comment. There are also concerns about whether the city installed enough red-top meters or too many — and whether the disabled could still park at regular meters, and for how long. Together, Bowser and Cheh crafted an emergency bill that suspends the entire program — “and restores the status quo,” Cheh said — for 90 days. Council staffers said Tuesday afternoon that it’s unclear at this point whether the city will continue enforcing the $250 fine for non-disabled drivers parking at the red-top meters that have already been installed. In the meantime, Cheh’s transportation committee has scheduled a round-table discussion for March 29 to hear from the public, while transportation officials will be required to report back on the demand for special meters and their locations, fees and hours. And, Ward 1 member Jim Graham said, “We want a detailed report and strategy from DDOT on how to control the use of fraudulent placards, which is still a huge problem.”


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March 21, 2012 ■ Page 11

Strong second half propels Visitation lax past Ireton

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After a close and mistake-filled first half in Alexandria against Bishop Ireton, Visitation went into the locker room at halftime Wednesday clinging to a one-goal lead. The Cardinals used a patient offensive scheme to limit the Cubs’ possessions, but when Visitation did have the ball, self-inflicted mistakes wiped a goal off the scoreboard. Despite the early difficulties, Visitation outscored the Cardinals 5-2 down the stretch to put the game out of reach and win their second contest of the young season 10-6. “We wanted to beat B.I., and instead we started to beat ourselves in the first half,” said Cubs coach Aubrey Andre. “It wasn’t until the second half — when we started to play our own game — [that] we were able to compose ourselves and play solid.” Senior attacker Dina Miller led Visitation with three goals, and freshman midfielder Maggie Jackson and senior middie Tess McEvoy each chipped in two. The

Cubs outshot the Cardinals 30-17 and benefited from 24 Ireton turnovers. But Visitation also worked through some early season kinks and had two more goals negated by penalties in the second half. Andre said poor ball placement on too many shots hindered the Cubs’ attack. “We should have capitalized on more goals than we had,” said Andre. “The ones that were called back were just an unfortunate consequence to our poor shooting and poor decision-making.” After Ireton established the pace in the first half, the Cubs made sure to take control after halftime. The teams traded goals early, and the Cubs held a precarious 6-5 lead with 12:27 to play. But Visitation won the next three draws, which fueled its offense. First, senior middie Riley Christopher dished the ball to senior midfielder Mary Grace Mooney, who finished the play with a goal to push the Cubs’ lead to 7-5. On Visitation’s next possession, Christopher backed down an Ireton defender, wrapped around the front of the cage and fired in a shot to

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Goalie Genevieve Giblin, left, and rest of the Cubs defense contained Ireton Wednesday. boost the Cubs’ lead to 8-5. With 3:36 left to play, the Cubs then scored two more goals to put the game out of reach. While the Cubs offense clicked late, the defense allowed only one

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any attack, but they needed to work together,” Andre said. “That’s what they did in the second half.” The Cubs will look to remain undefeated when they travel to play Holy Cross at 4 p.m. today.

Maret welcomes new boys coach By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

As hordes of green-clad pedestrians swarmed D.C. streets looking for fun, excitement and a little bit of luck in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, one purple-clad teenager decided to celebrate his day another way. Gonzaga junior attacker Patrick Myers took home MVP honors after scoring four goals and leading his team to a 6-3 win in a defensive battle over St. Albans in the fourth annual D.C. Lacrosse Classic Saturday afternoon. “I knew it was a big game and we were just trying to go out and get the ‘W,’” said Myers. “I tried to go out there and play my game.” It was the Eagles’ game in the first half as they rushed to a 2-0 lead in the opening quarter. Midfielder Connor Reed, the team captain, found senior midfielder Brian Murray in the middle of the crease with a quick pass for the easy goal. Reed also set up the second on a fast break for junior attacker Daniel O’Berry, whose shot was initially blocked by St. Albans senior goalie Alex Vicas, but then spun into the cage. St. Albans was lucky to be down only two

goal in the final 12 minutes of play. “Our girls finally marked up and stayed on their marks, and our goalie [Genevieve] Giblin controlled them with her voice. …They realized as a unit they can defeat

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Junior attacker Patrick Myers’ four goals earned him MVP honors Saturday.

after the Eagles put the Bulldogs defense through a barrage of shots in the opening See Gonzaga/Page 12

After a host of mistakes and mishaps caused Maret to drop its season opener to Bishop Ireton 7-0 Thursday, the Frogs’ firstyear coach Mark St. Germain gathered the boys lacrosse team on the side of the field. The coach stressed the little things — passing crisply, minimizing mistakes and taking care of the ball. The Frogs and St. Germain, who brings 20 years of coaching experience in the area, hope to right the ship and compete in the MidAtlantic Conference this season. “Right now, we are just trying to get better every day,” said St. Germain, whose past gigs include stops at St. Stephens & St. Agnes, Flint Hill, St. Albans and John Paul the Great. “We’ve got to take it one step at a time,” he said. “We want to build the program the right way. … We have 29 guys in the program now, and we are going to take our time with it and do things the right way.” St. Germain’s long-term goal for Maret’s boys lacrosse program is to consistently compete. “The program has gone up and down,” he said. “The numbers are good, [but] my idea is to build it from the bottom up and just make sure we are fundamentally sound year in and year out. I don’t want to be spotty and have

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The Maret Frogs will look to bounce back on the lacrosse field in the MAC this year.

one good class and a couple of down years. I want to have it so we have a solid core each and every year.” The Frogs will look to their three senior captains to lead the team as they adjust to their new coaching regime. “For them, I think it’s tough because coming into their senior year they have a new coach and new experience,” said St. Germain. “But they have been out there leading the way.” The Frogs will look to get on the winning track when they travel to play Trinity Episcopal March 29.

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Northwest Sports

Cadets trounce Quakers at D.C. Classic By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

The St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player corralled the ball. He surveyed the field for a second and took off, cutting up the field and racing past Sidwell Friends defenders whose sticks checked only air. He made it all the way to the cage and let off a rocket shot. It sailed wide. The crowd groaned. Justin Rosenberg slowly jogged back, past the attackers and midfielders, even the defenders, to his cage. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the goalie. On Saturday, the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cadets demonstrated that, from the cage to the bench, they can score from anywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they can do it with a fast-paced approach that leaves opponents in their dust. Using a blitz of speed, stifling defense and a five-goal performance from senior attacker Chris Balla, the Cadets raced past Sidwell Friends, 10-5, to close out the fourth annual D.C. Lacrosse Classic late Saturday afternoon. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wasted no time, scoring 38 seconds into the game after Balla weaved inside and let off a clean shot for his first goal. Not to be outdone, sophomore attacker Jack Sollee, who finished with a hat trick, responded for the Quakers two minutes later to tie it up 1-1 after running into the crease and firing off a low shot. But it was all St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from then on. The Cadets outscored the Quakers 4-1, including three more from Balla, to put them up 5-2 at the half. While Sidwell clearly had a height advantage, the Cadets caused fits both offensively and defensively,







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quarter. But as the game wore on, the St. Albans defense stiffened and began to limit nationally ranked Gonzaga. In the end, however, those opening 12 minutes put them in too deep a hole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played too much defense. The whole first quarter we played defense,â&#x20AC;? said St. Albans coach Malcolm Lester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[There are] 48 minutes in [the] game; my guess is [Gonzaga] had the ball in their sticks for at least 30 of them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Scores March 13 through 19

Boys basketball, City Title game Paul VI 70, Coolidge 64

Boys lacrosse

St. Albans 9, DeMatha 5 Mount St. Joseph 8, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 St. Albans 10, Sidwell 2

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Sophomore Jake Pawela and the Cadets were to fast for Sidwell Saturday at the fourth annual D.C. Classic. outshooting the Quakers and winning the turnover battle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one thing we do say to the guys is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the other team be better athletes than us,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and we definitely feel we are a tad more athletic,â&#x20AC;? said coach Danny Phillips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think that showed today with our speed.â&#x20AC;? Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team smothered the Quakers with an aggressive and physical defense using a flurry of checks and hits behind Rosenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stellar play in goal. They were able to kill most of Sidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man-up advantages, including once when the Cadets were down two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our aggressiveness really helps a lot,â&#x20AC;? said Rosenberg, who ESPN RISE has named No. 2 ranked goalie in the D.C area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to get out and pressure and make teams turn

over the ball.â&#x20AC;? Sidwell was able to crack the defense early in the second half, with an over-the-shoulder goal from junior midfilder Ryan Soscia to claw back within two. But once again, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stepped on the gas and ran off three straight goals, cumulating with a Balla ripper from the right side for his fifth and final goal. While a dominating win on both sides of the ball would be enough to keep most players content, Balla was looking to improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just need to get mentally and physically prepared. We have a tough schedule this year, and our team was slacking a little bit today,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a good game against Mount St. Joseph and we played well, so hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pick it up.â&#x20AC;?

hard to win when thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening.â&#x20AC;? Myers added another goal to give Gonzaga a 3-0 lead at halftime. The Bulldogs couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any offensive attack going against the Eagles, taking their first shot of the game with three minutes to go in the first quarter and finishing with four shots for the entire first half. But St. Albans wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go away easily. In the opening 19 seconds of the second half, junior midfielder Michael Sniezek found wide-open sophomore attacker Beau Bayh on the right side of the cage to cut the lead to two. Six minutes later, junior midfielder Kevin Dougherty took a

pass on the right side again and sneaked in the goal to make it 3-2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been trying to figure out for a while how to come out stronger in the third quarter, not necessarily just this game, but in all games. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to identify that and figure out a way to be more pumped up,â&#x20AC;? explained Gonzaga coach Casey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill. Myers charged back with three straight goals for the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions, including a left-sided low shot that made the score 4-2 and quieted the opposition, who never came close again.

Georgetown Day 17, Roosevelt 10 St. Albans 6, Gonzaga 3 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10, Sidwell 5

Girls lacrosse

Cathedral 10, Stone Ridge 10 Visitation 10, Bishop Ireton 6 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18, Field 11 Potomac School 14, GDS 2 Bullis 13, Cathedral 12 Sidwell 13, Flint Hill 12 Holy Child 23, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 Maret 14, Trinity Christian 1

Cathedral 12, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 7


Wilson 19, Bell 0 Lake Braddock 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3 Maret 11, Gonzaga 0 Sidwell 11, Pallotti 8 The Heights 10, Field 0 Gonzaga 7, Pallotti 4 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10, Maret 0 Wilson 22, Roosevelt 0 Bullis 10, Georgetown Day 0 Pallotti 8, School Without Walls 1

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11, Gonzaga 6 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2, Gillman 0 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 4, Maret 3


Bishop Ireton 11, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 Wakefield 9, Visitation 7 Wilson 30, Dunbar 0 Cathedral 5, Visitation 1 School Without Walls 25, Anacostia 0 Edison 9, Maret 7 Jewish Day 26, Field 0 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 18, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

March 21, 2012 ■ Page 13

Glover Park filmmaker connects ozone issue to climate change in documentary

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


hough filmmaker Dan Evans doesn’t consider himself an activist, his documentary “Shattered Sky” — debuting tonight at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital — contains an unmistakable call for political action. The film, which Evans created along with co-director Steve Dorst, looks to the past to offer a potential model for addressing climate change at the international level. In September 1987, leaders from around the world convened for a few tense days in Montreal to tackle the crisis of ozone depletion. They faced hard scientific evidence that chlorofluorocarbons, then used as propellants in aerosol cans for hairsprays and many other products, were harming the ozone layer and in fact had already torn open a “hole.” It had taken a long time to reach that point — years of skepticism and debate about the severity of the issue and its impact on human life. And for many countries, the economic stakes for banning chlorofluorocarbons, called CFCs, were high. Discussions in Montreal lasted late into the nights and grew nasty at times. The United States was pitted on one side against Europe. But in the end, all 192 countries in the United Nations signed onto the Montreal Protocol, agreeing to phase out CFC products and eventually prohibit them outright. Twenty-four years later, the ozone hole is now shrinking, and according to “Shattered Sky,” it

Right, Bill Petros/The Current; above and below, courtesy of Dan Evans

Dan Evans’ documentary, “Shattered Sky,” looks at the controversial but ultimately successful effort to ban CFCs in the 1980s, linking the issue to today’s climate change debate. The film premieres tonight with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. will close entirely during this century. That success story doesn’t get much attention anymore, Evans said, but those in the know look to it as an important way to “kickstart the discussion” about today’s pressing issue of climate change. A former Environmental Protection Agency employee, Jeff Cohen — who became executive producer of “Scattered Sky” — recognized that a documentary could help make this connection more explicit. “He knew the ozone story fell into the cracks — people had forgotten about it,” Evans said. “He suggested it could be a good way to address climate change.” That was back in 2007. Evans and his partner Dorst had worked together on a previous sports documentary about a race in Africa, as well as on contract assignments for various D.C. nonprofits and organi-

zations. With the money they’d raised through that work, they were ready for another full-length project. Evans, who has a master’s degree in international relations from American University and now lives in Glover Park with his wife, concedes that he knew “not a lot” about the ozone crisis when he started. He spent the summer of 2008 making his way through “a stack of about 20 books,” he said. The filmmakers then conducted dozens of interviews with experts — industry leaders, scientists, journalists, a Nobel Prize winner and politicians who had been involved with the Montreal Protocol, among others. Though they knew they wanted to parallel the ozone crisis with the climate change crisis, they faced the challenge of narrowing their focus. Ultimately, the carbon-dioxide emissions from coal stood out as

the “the best parallel in the climate story to the CFCs in the ozone story,” Evans said. A description of the film uses words that can apply to both the CFCs of the 1980s and C02 emissions today: “An invisible compound threatens Earth’s life-support systems, with effects so pervasive that scientists sound the alarm, businesses must innovate, politicians are forced to take action — and American leadership is absolutely vital.” The documentary focuses on the ozone story — using vintage TV clips and ads and newspaper accounts, along with the recollections of its interviewees. In its present-day footage, “Shattered Sky” uses a “stylized look,” Evans said, with slowmotion and time-lapse shots intended to convey a “stuck” feeling. The film doesn’t suggest a direct course of action for climate change, but points to modest steps toward progress — like work on the Clean Air Act legislation in this country — and presses for more urgency. It positions the United States as a potential worldwide leader for reducing coal dependence and strengthening economies through renewable energy development. As one panelist, journalist Jeff

Goddell, says in the film: “The central issue in solving this problem is, what is America going to do? This is the American moment.” “Shattered Sky” will get its first airing as part of the Environmental Film Festival, which opened last week and runs through Sunday. The event, which turns 20 this year, is offering 180 films at venues throughout the area. Evans said the festival is a perfect fit for his film — providing “an engaged environmental audience” with minds already open to the subject matter. “Shattered Sky” will show tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, and again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The latter showing will include a panel discussion featuring Evans, Dorst; journalist Goddell, who wrote the book “Big Coal”; and Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation. Next up, “Shattered Sky” will air on Maryland Public Television sometime this fall, Evans said — ideally to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. More information about the film is available at, and details on the film festival are at

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Wednesday, March 14, Mrs. Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary class celebrated Pi Day. We ate pie and played fun number games. Before Wednesday, lessons were given on things like the circumference of a circle, area of a circle and total surface area of a cone and a cylinder. These lessons were given by some of the students to their fellow classmates to help them better understand the meaning of pi. The pies were homemade and were brought in by some of the students. There were cherry, chocolate, fruit, blueberry and apple pies. They were delicious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite pies were apple pie and chocolate pie,â&#x20AC;? said Leyu Negussie, a fourth-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a lesson on deriving pi,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Gondelman, a fifth-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to teach lessons with Sofia Brown,â&#x20AC;? said Ariel Garfield, a sixthgrader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked that we had pie, and I liked the number games,â&#x20AC;? said Ian Smith, a sixth-grader. Looks like Pi(e) Day was a huge success, and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for another one. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ashton Lindeman, sixth-grader, and Jaquelin Weymouth, fifth-grader

Beauvoir School

The art room at Beauvoir is a place where kids can really express their emotions and thoughts through art. Mrs. Cotter, the art teacher, is very good at teaching us painting, drawing and sculpting.


Mrs. Cotter plays music for us while we work so that we can really focus and be creative. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a few of the things we get to do in the art room. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alma Haft, third-grader

British School of Washington

The student council has meetings every Monday. In those meetings, we brainstorm what we could do to improve the school, whether it is charity events or things in general. We recently met with a representative of the Eco Committee to talk about how we can help make our school more green. Some of our ideas include being green, being more social and much more. We are thinking about putting more recycling bins around the school, so that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to put any paper or plastic in regular trash cans. Recycling is good for the school, good for the environment and good for the planet. The student council has a goal each meeting. The goal is to think of a good idea and how can we achieve it, and then to get all the permission we need to get to do it. Sometimes we spend our whole lunch meeting generating our ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Teodors Grava, Year 7 Manchester (sixth-grader)

Deal Middle School

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Assessment. Also, the battle of the bands was last Thursday. Students battled others with their musical talent. We jammed along with music from rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll to pop. In the end, only one band could win. It was a very exciting and fun event. Model United Nations is starting up with many eager students ready to solve world problems. Deal has long been an internationally focused school. In fact, as part of the Embassy Adoption Program, sixthgrade students got visits from three different embassies. We had many interesting countries come, and each sixth-grade team listened and learned about them. I personally enjoyed learning about the culture and the accomplishments of Israel. Many countries even bought regional foods for students to eat. Last Thursday was Pi Day (3/14) and boy, did Deal celebrate! In my math class, we ate pie and learned more about this intriguing number. Also, one of our administrators called students in to recite digits of pi and earn prizes. Many students also tried out for spring sports teams. Track, baseball and softball are all popular. Debate team had a huge and exciting debate that lasted all of last Saturday. The acting and singing students tried out for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? Other students joined the tech and backstage crews to help out. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Korn, sixth-grader

Edmund Burke School

The eighth-grade students at Burke are working on leadership projects. We divided into three groups, and each one designed an event for younger kids in the school. The first event was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infection.â&#x20AC;? It was a giant hide-andseek game for the whole middle school using the entire school building. The event had a zombie twist: It started with one person named a zombie, and whoever found him or her became a zombie as well. The

winner of each round received a giant candy bar as a prize. The second leadership project was laser tag and other activities for the sixth- and eighth-grade students. A company that hosts laser tag events came to school and set it up in the gym. The other activities were board games, foosball and pingpong. It was a fun, interesting and successful event. The third project will be our Middle School Prom. It has a Paris theme and is for seventh- and eighth-graders. It will be held inside the school theater, where there will be lots of great light effects. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matthieu Leo, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Lights! Camera! Action! Community Production Week is wrapping today with its last and arguably best show. Community Production involves a cast of middle school students who write, produce and perform several skits. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Family.â&#x20AC;? My favorite skit is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandma at the Bank,â&#x20AC;? written by Erkin Verbeek. My family held the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;HFFâ&#x20AC;? (Hay Family Favorites) awards. The nominees are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hero Day,â&#x20AC;? written by Ari Calem; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skydiving Animals,â&#x20AC;? written by Alan Jinich and Daniel Levine; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tilly in Twistergamble,â&#x20AC;? written by Michelle Pollowitz; and last but not least, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 51st Annual Most Embarrassing Moments Competition,â&#x20AC;? written by Evan and Jack LaFleur. And the award goes to â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 51st Annual Most Embarrassing Moments Competition,â&#x20AC;? written by Evan and Jack LaFleur. There were record numbers of sixth-graders in Community Production this year. Hopefully, there will be a record number of seventh-graders next year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hay, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School

Every year, we have a student-



faculty basketball game where the eighth-graders play some of the teachers. The students usually win, but the game is always very close. At one point this year, the teachers were up by six points. The girls played in the first and third quarters, and the boys played in the second and fourth quarters. Between quarters, two lower school kids competed in a contest called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dress Like a Titan.â&#x20AC;? The titan is our mascot. They put on really big shoes and a really big Holy Trinity uniform. Contestants had to dribble a basketball across the court in between putting on the big clothes. After they put on the clothes, they dribbled down to the basket, and the first person to make a basket won. Both contestants got a gift card. Every eighth-grader who participates in a school basketball team can play in the game. Sister Regina coached the teachers, and Bobby Skonberg and Lucas Chapa, both Holy Trinity graduates, coached the boys team. Gina Mahoney and her father coached the girls. With about 10 seconds left, the teachers were down by one point and had the ball. A player on the teacher team got the ball, and the ball slammed into the front of the rim. Then, Mr. Hennessy missed a shot. An eighth-grader got the ball for the students and dribbled down for a layup and missed with no time left. All the students in the stands rushed out onto the court after the game and piled on the student team. The final score was 41-40, students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jackson Namian and Charlie Neill, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

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Knollwood celebrates 50 years in Chevy Chase By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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James Laufenburg, acting director of Knollwood, and Betty Kadick, a Knollwood resident since 1990, cut a cake with a cavalry saber during a party celebrating the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary.

t Knollwood, the first retirement community in the nation to exclusively serve military officers and their families, residents have a lot to celebrate this year. In January, Knollwood commemorated its 50th anniversary. And earlier this month, a new president was named to oversee both the retirement community and the nonprofit that helps fund it. But what residents say excites them the most is the thriving camaraderie that they experience every day in this historic community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big mĂŠlange of interesting people here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met a more generous and outgoing bunch of people in my life,â&#x20AC;? said retired Brig. Gen. Geoffrey Cheadle. He has lived at Knollwood for four years with his wife and serves as the president of the Knollwood Residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided a long time ago that we wanted to live here because it seemed like the place to be,â&#x20AC;? Cheadle said. Knollwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history dates to the 1930s,

when the Daughters of the United States Army initiated the idea of building a retirement home for the widows of Army officers, who at that time did not receive benefits or pensions. In 1958, the Army Distaff Foundation was created to raise money for the home, and in 1962, the residence, then called Army Distaff Hall, opened with the help of Mamie Eisenhower, who had participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking two years earlier. The residence expanded its admissions policies in 1989 to include male and female officers from all uniformed services, their spouses, and female members of their immediate families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Distaff,â&#x20AC;? an old-fashioned term taken from spinning to denote the female branch of a family, no longer worked as the name for the facility. The property was then dubbed Knollwood, named after the Tudor mansion Knoll House, which sits atop the residenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16-acre campus at 6200 Oregon Ave. in Chevy Chase. Today, Knollwood houses approximately 300 residents. About 50 percent of them are from the Army, 25 percent from the Navy,

and 20 percent are from the Air Force, with the remaining 5 percent from the other services: the Marines, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service. Dating back to its beginnings, Knollwood has provided for residents in financial need, whether they live independently in one of the apartments or require skilled nursing care. The military bond residents share is the keystone of the Knollwood experience, community members say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things I like best,â&#x20AC;? said Cheadle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the reconnection that goes on when you meet people you have served with before.â&#x20AC;? Cheadle met up with an old West Point classmate, Brigadier Gen. Michael Greene, when he moved to the facility. Greene served as Knollwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director before becoming a resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a lot of people, if they find residents they knew before, it eases things,â&#x20AC;? Cheadle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most proud of is our welcoming committee, which works hard See Knollwood/Page 18

Iona partners with groups to offer counseling services By JESSICA GOULD Current Correspondent


t was on Thanksgiving a couple years ago when Donna Marshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother-in-law fell and the family decided something had to change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her health began to fail,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made us realize her situationâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; living independently in her own apartment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;was not sustainable.â&#x20AC;? But Marsh said navigating assisted-living options was both challenging and time-consuming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were scrambling,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want my congregants to have to scramble like that.â&#x20AC;? The Rev. Marsh is a pastor at National Presbyterian Church at 4101 Nebraska Ave., and she said the experience with her mother-inlaw inspired her to look for ways to help church members as they assist elderly relatives, or navigate the logistics of aging themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are certainly prepared to work on spiritual issues around aging,â&#x20AC;? she said. But what about the practical? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How can we build our capacity to meet their needs in a sustainable way?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she recalls. Enter Iona Senior Services. Marsh said a grant has allowed the church to partner with a social worker from Iona who spends several hours every week counseling church members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her role is to help our older

adults find practical solutions,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been able to help people find safe, reliable home care. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been able to help our middle-aged adults deal with the family issues that go along with making choices for older adults.â&#x20AC;? Iona Senior Services executive director Sally White said the Tenleytown-based provider has been offering elder-care assistance to local institutions for years. For instance, she said Iona developed a partnership with Fannie Mae a decade ago. Now, a staff member maintains an office at Fannie Maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northwest headquarters and often flies to field offices to assist employees there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tremendous program,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the nice things about being embedded in the office is people can just stop by.â&#x20AC;? As a result, she said employees often come by after a visit with an elderly relative to share their observations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can Mom go back home? Does she need someone living with her?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, White said the Iona counselor can help mediate between family members who have different views about the next steps for their aging parents, or talk through the finances of a move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These situations really creep up on you because they are slow changes over time,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really helpful to have someone with training who knows the resources.â&#x20AC;? See Counseling/Page 20

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2011 2012 Northwest group begins collecting oral histories By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


ow can you increase interaction among neighbors? Ask them to interview each other. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the organizers of the Northwest Neighbors Village are doing with their new oral history project. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;aging in placeâ&#x20AC;? organization covering American University Park, Chevy Chase, Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park and Tenleytown launched the effort last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainly a way to get members involved,â&#x20AC;? said village president Janean Mann. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because some of our members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to go to social events â&#x20AC;Ś but do like visitors.â&#x20AC;? Mann said there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;so many fascinating people who are our membersâ&#x20AC;? that village leaders thought compiling their stories would provide an interesting resource for both the village and the community at large. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One [member] escaped from East Germany; See Interviews/Page 20

Pilot program helps provide independence By JESSICA GOULD Current Correspondent


illiam Walker has a favorite adjective, and he employs it often to describe his life. Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s he feeling these days? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel great,â&#x20AC;? he said. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his apartment like? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great,â&#x20AC;? he added. And what about the aides who help him cook, do laundry, steer his wheelchair and take a bath? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great people,â&#x20AC;? he said emphatically. But life wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always so great for Walker, who is 67. Ten years ago, Walker suffered an aneurysm after being robbed and beaten by two men wielding pipes. He was in a coma for a year. When he woke up, he discovered he was paralyzed on the right side of his body. He spent the next decade at a nursing home. But as his health improved, he began to yearn for increased autonomy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to be more independent,â&#x20AC;? he said.

And now, he said, he is. Five months ago, Walker moved into his own apartment in Southeast D.C. through a program called Money Follows the Person. The national pilot program is an outgrowth of the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 and allows people to transfer their Medicaid funding from a nursing home to a residence in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provides options for people,â&#x20AC;? said Leyla Sarigol, the Money Follows the Person project director for the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. Sarigol said the program assists with the basics of the transition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; covering everything from moving expenses to security deposits to the purchase of furniture and household items. The program then contracts with home health aides and other providers to make sure the individual is cared for during that first year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It supports the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s network of home- and community-based services,â&#x20AC;? Sarigol said. Then, after the first year, she said,

the services continue through Medicaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term-care coverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone has the right to move home,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re providing resources for people to move back.â&#x20AC;? Sarigol said the program, which also assists individuals with intellectual disabilities, began serving the elderly in 2010. To participate, individuals must be Medicaid recipients who have lived in a care facility for 90 consecutive days. Seventeen people have participated in the D.C. pilot for seniors so far, and Sarigol said officials hope to extend the service even after funding for the national demonstration project runs out in 2016. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actively working to transition people from nursing homes to the community,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, Walker said the program has made a big difference in his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in control of what you watch on TV, what you eat, when you want to sleep,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great.â&#x20AC;?

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to ease new residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; passage into being an old-timer here.â&#x20AC;? For others, their families already have a long history with Knollwood. Thelma Mrazek, the wife of retired Army Col. James Mrazek, has lived with her husband at


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Increasingly, D.C. seniors seeking out â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;horizontal livingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; options By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


eggy Nolan has lived in her Barnaby Woods home since 1969, and she wants to stay put. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly why she joined the Northwest Neighbors Village a few years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you live some place 45, 50, 60 years, you think twice about wanting to move.â&#x20AC;? But Nolan is realistic about how much the village â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which offers support to residents who choose to remain in their homes as they age â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can help her with the obstacles within her own four walls. Last spring, she made upgrades to her first floor, realizing she might want to move her bedroom there someday. At 78, Nolan teaches English classes twice a week and has no problem getting to her second floor, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking of the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the time were to come when I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the stairs anymore,â&#x20AC;? she would want to be comfortable living on the first floor, she said. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various aging-inplace villages are starting to see more of this desire for â&#x20AC;&#x153;horizontal living,â&#x20AC;? especially as the Baby Boomer generation grows older. Rather than moving into retirement communities that might allow them to avoid the stair issue entirely, many seniors are choosing instead to commission construction projects for their own homes. Though Bob Holman, vice president of the Northwest village, personally sees the merits of moving â&#x20AC;&#x153;to a place where you can independently live and go into constant care when you need it,â&#x20AC;? he said a lot of this generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors are rejecting that option. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there all their adult lives, and they just want to stay there.â&#x20AC;? Holman, who is also a developer, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen a rise in projects aiming to make the first floors of private properties more elder-appro-


priate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s becoming more prominent,â&#x20AC;? he said. So much so that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s becoming a regulatory issue for the city, according to D.C. Department of

â??â&#x20AC;Ś Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there all their adult lives, and they just want to stay there.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bob Holman Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nicholas Majett. At a DC Chamber of Commerce forum in February, Majett said the city expects to see a steady rise in applications for first-floor expansions. Though some seniors wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have problems matching their projects to existing regulations, other cases may require zoning relief. These situations can get â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly contentious,â&#x20AC;? Majett said, with neighbors sometimes fearing a precedent of expanded homes. Majett wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available this week to elaborate on the topic. Holman said these types of issues arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very relevant in the area where he works, around Chevy Chase, which features more suburban-style homes that can adapt well to conversions. Often, the most challenging part of such projects is extending plumbing to add a new bathroom, which can get expensive, he said. But in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s row-house communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially those with historic protections â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the issues might get even trickier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about,â&#x20AC;? said Lynn Golub-Rofrano, executive director of the Georgetown Village. Currently, the village, which just launched in December, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeing any cases like this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The members we have at this point are able to go up to other floors,â&#x20AC;? she said. But members are talking about

whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for the future, said Golub-Rofrano, and Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrow homes and stringent preservation guidelines might pose obstacles for some projects. The Capitol Hill Village has a little more experience with this terrain, as the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest village. It started in 2007. Executive director Katie McDonough described a few ways the village copes with residents who no longer have the mobility to walk up stairs. For one, the group has worked with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society to allow exceptions for projects that help seniors navigate front stairs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a feature of most of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes. Though historic guidelines normally prohibit exterior changes, the

society gives leeway for temporary structures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like stair lifts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in these cases, McDonough said. But, acknowledging that rowhouse living is not the best match for some elderly residents, McDonough said her village is also trying to increase the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock of â&#x20AC;&#x153;horizontal housing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with various developers. When we have a new [project] coming in the neighborhood, we interact with them to make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about the needs of our membersâ&#x20AC;? and designing one-story, easily accessible living spaces, she said. In general, the village continually provides its members with education and guidance about adding accessibility features to their homes. Some residents prefer installing lifts

to their interior staircases, or even an elevator, McDonough said. Other villages in the city are progressing in that same direction. Northwest Neighbors Village helps connect its members with contractors to ensure they get fair prices and good treatment. Barnaby Woods resident Nolan said she benefited from that during her first-floor project last year. Nolan renovated an existing first-floor bathroom, removing a bulky claw-foot tub and adding wheelchair-accessible features. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be very usable for a handicapped person,â&#x20AC;? she said. She also upgraded the room that now serves as her den, envisioning it as a bedroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very nice room; it looks out on a good backyard,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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The important thing, White said, is for institutions to offer the kinds of elder-care assistance services that work best for them.

“There’s a lot of different ways to do it,” she said, noting that some organizations, such as Fannie Mae, prefer to have an in-house social worker, while others opt for part-time programs. “There are also opportunities, we think, for sharing social workers.” But however institutions choose to deliver

their services, she said the demand for them is growing. “There’s a lot of research out on how much time people spend at work dealing with elder-care issues. There’s billions of dollars lost, and people sometimes have to quit their jobs,” she said. “What child care was in the past, elder care is going to be in the

future.” Marsh agrees. “With the demographics of our nation changing, all kinds of institutions are going to have to be more creative about how they support families and the needs of older adults,” she said. “We see our program as a pilot and want to be a model for others.”


another one saved a lot of children during the Holocaust. And we have ambassadors and people who’ve done all sorts of interesting things,” she said. “They come from a variety of careers, all quite amazing,” added village executive director Marianna Blagburn. “I realized many of them were at the forefront of [things like] the Peace Corps.” The program also provides a

new way to help for volunteers, some of whom aren’t able to help with the chores like driving that make up the bulk of the work. It’s a way “to get people in contact with each other,” said Mann. “Because we’ve found that once [that happens], they really establish some terrific friendships.” Blagburn said many of the organization’s volunteers have a background in this sort of work, too. She’s trained as an anthropologist, and there are former journalists and researchers among the group’s ranks.

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BROOKLAND $599,990 New Construction hard hat tour. 3BR + den, 2.5BA on 3 finished lvls. Windows on 3 sides, a huge lot, deck and secure garage. Call for more details. Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 CAPITOL HILL $1,500,000 DETACHED VICTORIAN 4 rms deep, 2 stories + English Bsmnt w/ side courtyard. Bldg has been a law office for over 25 years. Prime block in the shadow of the US Capitol, “Barracks Row” restaurants, shops, night life and loads of foot traffic. 2-3 blocks from Eastern Market Metro. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

EAST VILLAGE, JUST LISTED! Delightful, light filled semi-detached 2BR/2.5BA + den home includes a large formal LR with FP and a wall of windows opening onto a beautiful patio & large garden; a separate formal DR, charming eat-in kitchen, and MBR with a private sitting area.

CLEVELAND PARK $525,000 SUNNY 2 bedroom 1 bath condo with 2 GARAGE SPACES, wood floors, fireplace and balcony in a full service building with doorman, pool and gym just 2 blocks to Metro! View at: 202-329-6900 CHEVY CHASE $309,900 Richard Oder 202-483-6300 WALK SCORE 89! 2BR, 1BA condo Woodley Park Ofc recently redone at The "Jacqueline". $529,000 Neutral palette, carpet and paint. New COLUMBIA HEIGHTS appls, new BA. One PKG spot conveys. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS CUTIE! Very well Pets OK. Low condo fee incls all utilities maintained, updated Wardman porch front. except cable/phone. Fab urban location, Inviting foyer, bright & sunny LR, formal in beautiful residential neighborhood. 10 DR, half bath, & open kitchen leads to enclosed rear porch. 3 generous BRs, 2 BA minute walk to METRO! Barbara Fagel 301-351-5558 up. Plus in-law suite w/ W/D. 2 car secure Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 PKG. Walking distance to 3 Metros. Take a peek at 202-262-6968 CLEVELAND PARK $409,000 Scott Purcell 202-483-6300 MUST SEE! The Broadmoor Coop - Top Woodley Park Ofc Floor. Beautiful large 1BR w/ lots of light & $799,000 park views. Updated Kit w/ new SS COLONIAL VILLAGE Appliances & Granite Counters. Sep FABULOUS top-to-bottom renov of spaDining HWF's, Freshly Painted & Custom cious det home on 10,000+ SF lot. Grmt Bookcases. Full Service Bldg. Garage Gran/SS KIT, open DR, large LR w/gas FP. Prking to rent. Walk to Metro & shops. Stunning Master w/sitting rm, private deck & dramatic travertine en suite BA w/ soakView at John Mammano 571-331-8557 ing tub & huge glass shower. 5BR, 4.5BA, Woodley Park 202-483-6300 large FR, generous rec rm, sunny patios, CHEVY CHASE $297,500 Affordable 700+sf 1BR w/low fee that allows DOGS, hi ceil, pretty HWD, updated kit, walk to Metro & shops. Susan Van Nostrand 301-529-1385 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

KALORAMA $425,000 MINTWOOD’S JEWEL!! Sunny, spacious 2BR overlooking one of the Triangle’s prettiest streets! Fab Kit-Din-Liv renov completely changed the space into a stunning & luminous area. Perfect for day-to-day living & easy entertaining! Original wd flrs, stained 5-panel drs, high ceilings & large windows reflect Old World charm. Close to METRO. Pets OK! Shelley Gold 202-271-5885 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 LOGAN $525,000 WOW! Designer styled urban living. Beautiful, quiet unit overlooks historic park. 1BR/Den w/designer finishes thruout. Hardwoods, granite, SS, Travertine, custom hwd closets, custom drapes/sheers, pvt balc, gar pkg, spectacular rf deck. Jeanne Kayne 202-262-4555 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

RESTON, VA $349,000 GREAT LOCATION in the heart of Reston. 3BR, 2FBA & 2HBA. Doubled driveway, cherry flrs, CAC & more. Near sided frplc, deck on the main level overSilver Sprg Metro, shops, restaurants, etc. looking trees. Light filled walkout basement with a patio. Freshly painted and The Linda Low Team Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 new carpeting throughout. This lovely townhouse with assigned PKG is situated DUPONT, DC $369,000 in park like setting. 2369 Generation Dr. 202-503-8607 LOCATION, SPACE, CONVENIENCE! Emmanuel Sturley 202-944-8400 Cosmopolitan living in highly desirable Georgetown Office neighborhood. Quiet setting w/open floor $1,295,000 plan, marble flrs, Berber carpeting & SPRING VALLEY recessed lighting. KIT w/cherry cabs, gran STATELY BRICK Colonial with slate roof & SS appls. Large BR, BA w/glass shower. and circular driveway. Gracious entry foyer with den, LR, formal dining, KIT W/D. Metro, Pets OK. 1900 S St NW. Adrienne Szabo 202-445-0206 and powder rooms on main level. DR Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 opens to screened porch that overlooks private landscaped garden. 4BR, 4FBA. FOGGY BOTTOM $875,000 Frplcs in LR and lower level FR. 0.25 acre STUNNING 1,916 sq ft 2BR/2BA pent- on quiet street. 4020 51st St NW. 202-338-8824 house w/ sweeping open views & great Roberta Theis 202-944-8400 layout! Gourmet kit, huge LR & DR, mas- Georgetown Office ter suite w/ sumptuous bath, & spacious $1,675,000 private balcony for sunset Cathedral WESLEY HEIGHTS views! Top notch bldg w/ pool, 24hr desk. STUNNING renov by Jerry Marpole – completed in 2010. Fab finishes, WOW View at Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 KIT opens to FR, screened porch and Woodley Park Ofc 202-483-6300 deck. 2 frpls and Mste beyond compare. 3BR up plus 2 on the sunny daylight LL. This one is a “10”!!!! GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH $849,000 Nancy Itteilag 202-363-1800 THREE LEVEL end unit rowhouse with Foxhall Office

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Arts and Crafts home retains period details


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charm about it. About to wrap up its first century, the 1915 Arts and Crafts property has been fortunate enough to retain loads of original detail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including yards of pristine, never-painted millwork â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to receive upgrades made by owners sensitive to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural charms. Buyers who think that Arts and Crafts equals â&#x20AC;&#x153;smallâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;bungalowâ&#x20AC;? will have those notions upended. This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lofty side-hall entry opens into a large living room anchored by a woodburning fireplace; period sconces provide additional ambiance. Windows brighten the space from several exposures, thanks to an open floor plan that feels remarkably modern. A wide doorway leads to a bright dining room distinguished by its picture rail and double window. Just beyond, light streams into a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling through glass walls and a skylight; a flagstone floor emphasizes

the indoormeets-outdoor feel. The heart of this home is a combo kitchen, casual dining and sitting area. A brick hearth centers the space, and even with spring on the way, the spot seems perfect for a dinner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or study session, or game night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by a roaring fire. The white kitchen is equally welcoming. There are high-end stainless steel appliances and enough work space for even a serious cook. Wood floors ground the white cabinetry and white Corian counters and help maintain the approachable, vintage feel of the space. A powder room is a useful spot on the ground floor. Upstairs, three sizable, sunny bedrooms lined by heart pine floors share a hall bath. The master suite is the result of smart upgrades that leave the owners of the house with a large dress-

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This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath Chevy Chase home features an open floor plan and lofty side-hall entry. It is priced at $1,495,000. ing room with built-ins, as well as a sizable bathroom and sunny bedroom. Bottom-level renovations are another example of this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good fortune. Nods to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture can be found in the built-in storage in the casual family room here. A bedroom and full bath are also on this level and feature ample natural light and an exit to the rear yard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guest suite that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave visitors feeling that they were relegated to a basement. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another option for housing long-term guests. A few

steps from the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear door waits a studio built as an airy retelling of Arts and Crafts style. Light and lofty and including a kitchenette and full bath, this spot is ideal as a home office as well as a home base for in-laws, nannies or others. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space for off-street parking here, but Metrorail fans will appreciate the nearby

Friendship Heights stop. Also nearby are shops and restaurants in that area and along Connecticut Avenue. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 3910 Livingston St. is offered for $1,495,000. For more information, contact Nancy Taylor of Long & Foster Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Agostino group at nancy. or 202-997-0081.

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Northwest Real Estate WATER From Page 1

warning residents to filter, or avoid drinking, tap water, said attorney Stephanie Roemer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the focal point of our lawsuit.â&#x20AC;? The new report recites what seems like a familiar story. Changes in the water treatment process around 2000 caused lead to leach from old pipes around the city, and D.C. Water and Sewer Authority officials, although aware of the elevated lead levels, did little to alert federal environmental officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and almost nothing to warn families who depended on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supply. For example, it says top officials at the time â&#x20AC;&#x153;were aware of elevated water lead levels during the July 2001-September 2003 timeframe,â&#x20AC;? but â&#x20AC;&#x153;sought to minimize the problem by sampling water from residences that were unlikely to have elevated lead levels.â&#x20AC;? Former officials, it says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;presented erroneous

information regarding the number of tests conducted, the testing methodology used, and DC WASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compliance with EPA regulations.â&#x20AC;? The firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler filed the class-action suit in 2009 after a father from Capitol Hill realized that his twin sons, who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder and learning disabilities, drank formula made with tap water during the early part of the decade because the water utility had not disclosed the lead problem. Since then four other families, including five more children, have joined the suit as named plaintiffs. All the children were under the age of 6 between 2000 and 2004, when chloramines were added to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water as a disinfectant. The treatment system was altered after a January 2004 Washington Post story indicated that the chemical was causing lead to leach into the water. D.C. Superior Court judge Anita Josey-Herring refused to dismiss the suit, which alleges â&#x20AC;&#x153;fraudulent mis-













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representationâ&#x20AC;? by the water authority and seeks free testing, medical monitoring and treatment if needed for any child who drank city tap water during those years, and special education for those who suffered adverse consequences. Sanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys are now completing depositions and preparing to file for class certification, with a trial date not yet set. But in the end, attorney Roemer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we absolutely believe our experts will show that symptoms [of the plaintiffs] are attributable to lead in the water.â&#x20AC;? The inspector general is more cautious. Asked to examine that key question, the report says that â&#x20AC;&#x153;lead experts and health officials could not determine with certainty whether a correlation existed between elevated lead levels in District tap water and lead-poisoned District children.â&#x20AC;? It notes that the issue is complicated because old homes with lead pipes are also likely to have lead paint â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a better understood hazard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flaking from their walls. That conclusion â&#x20AC;&#x153;stunnedâ&#x20AC;? Dr. Marc Edwards, who in 2009 presented a widely cited study showing, he said, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;direct correlation between elevated lead levels in District water and a higher incidence of lead poisoningâ&#x20AC;? during the key years from 2001 to the end of 2003. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When lead in the water droppedâ&#x20AC;? after the water authority changed its treatment system, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the incidence of lead poisoning plummeted,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The science is perfectly clear.â&#x20AC;? Edwards, an expert in lead corrosion issues at Virginia Tech, said in an interview that he shared and explained those findings with the inspector generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In their

defense, they are not trained in scientific research. They just kind of threw their hands up. They never tried to resolve the discrepancy.â&#x20AC;? The report also tends to exonerate city Department of Health officials, who, while struggling to understand technical issues, appeared to make an earnest effort to address the health risks by offering blood tests and warning â&#x20AC;&#x153;vulnerable populationsâ&#x20AC;? to stop drinking tap water without filters until the lead hazard was better understood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DOH was taking steps to gather information, learn about the effects of lead in the water, warn the public â&#x20AC;Ś about the potential dangers, and deal individually with specific persons whose test results indicated high blood lead levels,â&#x20AC;? the report says. But it offers scathing criticism of the water authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;former general manager, deputy general manager, and chairman of boardâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; none named in the report â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for â&#x20AC;&#x153;intentionallyâ&#x20AC;? misleading the council, the public and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the extent of the lead problem. Internal memos from the water authority obtained by the inspector general show efforts to â&#x20AC;&#x153;selectively eliminate sites with high lead samples from its testing â&#x20AC;Ś to ensure that the results would fall below the EPA Lead Action Level.â&#x20AC;? Top water authority officials were aware of higher lead levels as early as 2001 or 2002, and in fact informed the Environmental Protection Agency as early as June 2002, according to the report. But they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protocols for replacing lead service lines and increasing the frequency

of lead level monitoring, even â&#x20AC;&#x153;suspending lead compliance testing in geographic areas of the District that were known to have high water lead levels.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt that thousands of kids were damaged, because WASA chose not to tell peopleâ&#x20AC;? about the elevated lead levels, said Edwards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those three years of exposure were completely unnecessary.â&#x20AC;? Those top officials are all gone now, and the agency has rebranded itself as DC Water, in part to dispel memories of the lead problem. Former general manager Jerry Johnson, who has said he was unfairly tarred by the scandal, now holds the same job at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. A spokesperson for the D.C. agency, Alan Heymann, said Monday that he could not comment on allegations about former officials or the ongoing class-action suit. But, Heymann emphasized, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water has tested well below federal lead limits since early 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want your customers to wake up in the morning, read a headline and conclude thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something wrong with the water today,â&#x20AC;? he said. This is the inspector generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third report on the issue of lead in water, but the first to examine â&#x20AC;&#x153;whether D.C. authorities intentionally or negligently misled the public.â&#x20AC;? Besides answering that question in the affirmative, the report also recommends that city officials â&#x20AC;&#x153;consider commissioning a study regarding the effects of elevated levels of lead in tap waterâ&#x20AC;? on those who have no other exposure to lead in their everyday environment.

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Northwest Real Estate APPEAL From Page 7

La Forchetta, which was previously intended to be called Al Forno, is envisioned as a family-friendly destination featuring prominent chef Roberto Donna, according to owner Hakan Ilhan. Some residents fear the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promised reasonable prices and its proximity to the university campus will lead to noise and other disruptions if its operations are not carefully controlled.

TREES From Page 4

are legacies, spliced from original 1912 trees gifted from Japan, according to university spokesperson Alan Etter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We approached the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organizers to see if they might like

The citizens associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal aims to allow the restaurant to open under the approved voluntary agreement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided that other parties in the case accept the deletions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the other restrictions to be added if the appeal is granted. The neighborhood commission has already accepted the abbreviated agreement, which still includes several pages of provisions. Ilhan has agreed to accept the eliminated conditions in a side agreement with the neighborhood commission, but this agreement wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enforced by the city.

to partner with us to celebrate the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 160th anniversary,â&#x20AC;? said Etter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they decided to engage with us and plant 40 cherry trees on campus as part of the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th anniversary.â&#x20AC;? Because the university is renovating the interior courtyard where the cherry trees will be planted, just one tree will be planted in time for


After the house is taken down, work will begin on cleaning out any possibly dangerous remains from the site. That work will last through the end of 2013. Noble said Corps officials also want to investigate the Fordham Road property, but its owners have not given permission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes sense that there could be a disposal pit. We want to prove the negative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a disposal pit,â&#x20AC;? Noble said. Old photos of the site show a series of trenches leading to the Fordham Road site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; similar to trenches in other areas that led to burial pits. There is also a 1918 aerial photo showing a scar on the ground that looks similar to scars where other buried munitions have been found. Noble said Army headquarters will make a decision as to whether to take legal action to gain admission to the property, depending on the danger it might pose to neighbors and the general community.

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an April 27 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The rest will kept at a university farm in Beltsville, Md., until the grounds are ready. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope the trees will create educational opportunities for our faculty and students, and we hope it will create opportunities to reach out further into the community as well,â&#x20AC;? said Etter.

Steve Hirsh of the Environmental Protection Agency said there must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantial endangermentâ&#x20AC;? to force entry to the property, which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a pretty high standard.â&#x20AC;? Noble said the property owner did allow the Army Corps to take arsenic samples of the yard at one point. Clem Ganes, a spokesperson for the Corps, said in a later interview that four readings taken at the site had arsenic counts greater than 20 parts per million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the agreedupon safe limit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;one as high as 107.â&#x20AC;? Ganes also reported that the Corps was allowed to conduct a geophysical survey on the property in 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found several locations where our metal-detecting equipment noted something,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The usual procedure is to excavate the area. However, we have not received permission from the property owner to do that.â&#x20AC;? Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner Nan Wells said at the meeting that the property owner has a beautiful garden that would likely be destroyed by a thorough investigation. In response to a question, Noble said the Corps would have the necessary money to remediate the Fordham Road property should permission be granted.

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ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â&#x2013; adams morgan The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  presentation on the D.C. Superior Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Courts. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel on Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requested rate increase, smart meters and other topics. â&#x2013;  update on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for proposals for redevelopment of the historic Stevens Elementary School site. â&#x2013;  update on Penzance Realtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for the Watergate office building at 2600 Virginia Ave. â&#x2013;  presentation on the DC Triathlon. â&#x2013;  presentation on the National Multiple Sclerosis Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity walk on Saturday, April 21. â&#x2013;  discussion of Zoning Commission matters, including an update on the planned-unit development at the West End Neighborhood Library site. â&#x2013;  discussion of Historic Preservation Review Board matters, including revised plans for the George Washington University Museum at Woodhull House, 2033 G St. â&#x2013;  discussion of Board of Zoning Adjustment matters, including a minor modification to a project at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or

visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013; logan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  Glover Park / Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit 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. Monday, April 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit 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, April 4, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University friendship heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 12 meeting: â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Victor Braschnewitz announced heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be retiring in two months after 26 years with the department. Braschnewitz also noted that crime is down in Police Service Area 203 this year compared to the corresponding period last year, but he warned residents against keeping pricey electronics in their cars. â&#x2013;  commissioner Tom Whitley announced that American University has purchased an office building at Connecticut Avenue and Windom Place to house WAMU radio and some school administrative functions. â&#x2013;  commissioner Adam Tope discussed the initiative seeking a refer-

endum on banning corporate campaign contributions. Commissioner Bob Summersgill is collecting signatures for the effort. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0, with Karen Perry and Cathy Wiss absent, to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for an alley garage at 2933 Tilden St. The new garage will replace a previous one at the site that collapsed, commissioners said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-1, with Roman Jankowski opposed and Karen Perry and Cathy Wiss absent, to support increased automated photo enforcement of traffic violations and to call for additional traffic enforcement by police officers. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  discussion and vote on an application by Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for renewal of its liquor license at 5626 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  discussion of a new traffic sensor at Connecticut Avenue and Livingston Street. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter on the Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter to the National Park Service regarding a community garden in Rock Creek Park at Shoreham Drive. â&#x2013;  discussion of a four-way stop sign at Utah Avenue and Northampton Street. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automated traffic enforcement program and possible vote on a resolution. â&#x2013;  announcement of spring grant applications (due April 21). â&#x2013;  discussion of improvements to the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council race Tuesday, March 27. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@ ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit

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proposal was to block voluntary agreements from including conditions on certain matters, such as hours of operation. According to Estrada, prominent liquor attorney Michael Fonseca also proposed letting the agreements automatically expire after three years instead of authorizing Alcoholic Beverage Control Board review after four years. This particular proposal was voted down, Estrada said, but more discussion of voluntary agreements is expected at future working group meetings. Fonseca didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return calls for comment. Establishment owners and their representatives have frequently argued that voluntary agreements can force needless restrictions that go far beyond whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required by District law.

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Dorothy Height, we want to remember her as someone who attempted to break down barriers and help the District move forward at a time when the city was fighting for the rights of its citizens.â&#x20AC;? According to McCoy, the idea to designate Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home block in her name came from the D.C. Office on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy and Initiatives, which wanted to recognize both Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, celebrated in March, and women who made a difference in the District. Mayor Gray, who had known Mason since her early days in office, was on board. Mason, who often introduced herself as a communal â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand- Mason mother,â&#x20AC;? represented the D.C. Statehood Party on the council for more than 20 years, beginning in 1977 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just four years after the body was established â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before losing her bid for a sixth term in 1998. Born in Campbell County, Va., in 1916, Mason relocated to D.C. in 1948. She became a teacher and taught at schools in Adams Morgan before being elected to the Board of Education, on which she served from 1972 to 1977. Mason died in 2007 at age 91. She and her husband, Charles Mason, who was a lawyer, helped to establish the law school at the University of the District of Columbia, and a law library there is named in their honor. But she may be best known as an advocate for home rule, as she fought for D.C. voting rights throughout her career. Bill Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Field, executive director of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, worked with Mason from 1982 to 1990, while she served on the council. He said D.C. statehood and education were among the issues Mason cared about most. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She liked fighting the good fight. She put in long hours and

Yet owners have said they often have no choice but to enter into the agreements with neighborhood organizations and community groups, lest they face the delays and the expense of a protest hearing. Logan resident Reed said he hopes Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation will ultimately strengthen, not weaken, the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in striking a balance between the interests of establishments and their neighbors. Right now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult for neighborhood commissions to ensure that the agreed-upon provisions are being followed, he said, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly impossible to get a licensee punished for not abiding by its agreement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Applicants do not have to agree; they always have the option to go to a protest and let the ABC Board decide whether to grant the application or not,â&#x20AC;? Reed said. Another controversial proposal discussed at the working group meetings was to limit who

expected us to do so as well,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Field said. He also said Mason treated staff like family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she would often come up to his desk and sing a song to lighten the mood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She called herself the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grandmother of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because she really cared about people and wanted to help,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Field said. Shepherd Park/Crestwood advisory neighborhood commission chair Dwayne Toliver, whose singlemember district includes the 1400 block of Roxanna Road, said he hand-delivered copies of Mayor Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed legislation and a request for support to residents on Roxanna Road and the surrounding streets. He said many neighbors supported the bill, and in February the commission voted unanimously in support of the legislation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hilda Mason came up during a time when the city was growing up itself under home rule,â&#x20AC;? Toliver said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her legacy is really her dedication to youth and to the community at large. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hilda was like a bulldog with [her] focus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she fought for issues she felt were important,â&#x20AC;? Toliver added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She advocated for the less fortunate and the forgotten in our community without insulting people. Her demeanor and the way she dealt with folks was commendable.â&#x20AC;? Toliver noted that the honorary designation of Hilda Mason Way would not change postal delivery or the official name of the street. Since those street signs went up recently, before the council officially approved them, Council Chairman Brown, who supports the measure, has called for a step back to allow for proper procedure. A Transportation Department spokesperson was not able to say late yesterday afternoon why the agency had installed the signs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once it was brought to my attention that the ceremonial street sign for Hilda H.M. Mason Way had already been installed, I immediately contacted the executive,â&#x20AC;? Brown wrote in an email to The Current yesterday afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayor Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office assured me that it was a mistake and informed me that they will be taking the sign down tomorrow.â&#x20AC;?

can protest a license, said Estrada and Reed. One idea was to restrict the protest process to advisory neighborhood commissions, rather than also allowing community groups and any group of five or more nearby residents to lodge protests. Another proposal was to require that the members of the protest group live within 200 feet of the establishment rather than 600 feet as it is now, but Reed said that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t incorporate everyone affected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two hundred feet is not a reasonable limitation beyond which those problems diminish,â&#x20AC;? he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet clear what will be included in Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill when he introduces it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the working group has several more meetings, and Graham said he expects to hold a broader round-table meeting by late April or early May as well. But Reed said if the bill is introduced with the 200-foot provision, the Logan Circle commission would likely oppose that section

of the legislation. According to Reed, there have been several key areas in which all sides have reached accord within the working group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By and large, there is a clear consensus that there needs to be better methods of enforcement,â&#x20AC;? Reed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The text and language for that is under active review, and some of those provisions have been put into placeâ&#x20AC;? as recommendations to Graham. Additionally, said Reed, there appears to be general agreement on provisions of a bill by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans requiring establishments to hire reimbursable police details as security for events with promoters. The working groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. March 27 in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings are open to the public, but only the working group members are invited to participate.

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Wednesday march 21 Concerts â&#x2013; A program on Czech polka dances will feature the band Czech and Then Some. Lesson at 5 p.m.; performance and open dancing at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Concert organist Charles Miller will perform a pipe organ recital featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Proceeds will benefit repairs needed to the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic sanctuary due to the August 2011 earthquake. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palestineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prospective Path.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Day School Parent Education Series will feature a talk by sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Each Other.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Steve Sapienza, a D.C. resident, will screen his latest video documentary from South America as part of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reportingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evening of short films on the impacts of natural resources extraction. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Root Auditorium, Carnegie

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Thursday march 22 Class â&#x2013; Certified yoga practitioner Reva Hamilton will lead a class on how yoga can restore balance in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Concerts â&#x2013;  The semifinals of the 2012 Johansen International Competition will feature 34 young violinists, cellists and violists. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 301-9469531. The semifinals will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; the finals will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach, will perform DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stabat Mater.â&#x20AC;? 7

p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; Singer Maria de Barros, a native of Senegal, will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  Pianist Peter Frankl will perform works by Brahms, Beethoven and BartĂłk. 8 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5414. â&#x2013;  The Congressional Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake, Rattle and Roll: A 1950s Cabaret.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sandra Cheldelin, professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roles in Conflict and PostConflict Reconstruction.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchids in Nature.â&#x20AC;? Noon and 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Work With an Architect on Your Second Home.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise of Islamist Parties in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 200, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, &


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Thursday, march 22 â&#x2013; Concert: The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will present performances by New York-based singer/songwriters Andre Henry and Julia Haltigan (shown). 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. World Affairs, 3307 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  Trinidadian author Earl Lovelace will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Just a Movie.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Hilltop Lounge, Blackburn Center, Howard University, 2400 6th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing Paris,â&#x20AC;? about modern artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; depictions of life in the French capital. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Edward W. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipâ&#x20AC;? Gnehm Jr., professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula affairs at George Washington University and a former U.S. ambassador, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gulf Monarchies: Facing Change.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Curators Elizabeth W. Easton, Eliza Rathbone and Ellen W. Lee will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot: Post-Impressionist Photographic Experiments.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Pearl Abraham, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Romance Readerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Taliban.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 405, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Nonfiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Garden of Beasts:

Films â&#x2013; George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sustainability will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life,â&#x20AC;? about buildings that connect people and nature. A post-screening discussion will feature filmmaker Bill Finnegan and University of Virginia professor Tim Beatley. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Building Museum will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urbanized,â&#x20AC;? about the design of cities. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The International Reporting Project at the School of Advanced International Studies will present three films about multinational corporations and their impact on local communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhopali,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Has Firestone Liberia Gone Far Enough?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indonesiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palm Oil Dilemma.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery will present the 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Muir in the New World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Institute will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social in the World,â&#x20AC;? a selection of five short films by Italian directors. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013;  Kevin J. Williams will present the D.C. premiere of his film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fear of a Black Republican.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature Williams, producer Tamara E. Williams and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. 7 p.m. $20. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. fearofablackrepublican. com. The film will be shown again Friday at 11 a.m.; tickets cost $11. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Davis Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Road Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Traveled,â&#x20AC;? about decisions made by President Barack Obama. See Events/Page 29 @Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

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Continued From Page 28 Group discussions will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Corcoran Gallery of Art will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadline Every Second: On Assignment With 12 Associated Press Photojournalists.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature Richard Drew and Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press and Shawn Thew of the European News Agency. 7 p.m. $12; $6 for students. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Performance â&#x2013;  American University will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circus of Fallen Angels,â&#x20AC;? about a prison where the detainees must continually rehearse a trapeze-based adaptation of Miltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradise Lost.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The grassroots group United 4 Equality, formed by Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioner Carolyn Cook, will mark the introduction of a Senate bill to remove the deadline for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; registration requested. Room 385, Russell Senate Office Building, Delaware Avenue and C Street NE. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will celebrate its 10th anniversary with raffles, cupcakes and live music from Esther Haynes and The Sweater Set. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Hanami, the Art of the Cherry Blossomâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate the Yoshino cherry blossomsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; return to the Tudor Place gardens. The event will feature a look at a 19th-century vase from Japan and an 1886 publication on Japanese design, as well as an Asian-themed menu. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will hold its 59th annual meeting and dinner, which will feature a silent auction and awards ceremony. 6 to 9 p.m. $60; registration required. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Friday, March 23

Friday march 23 Benefit â&#x2013; A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bon Voyage Partyâ&#x20AC;? will raise funds to help the Columbia Heights-based group Sadiki take a group of D.C. students on a

10-day trip to Ghana. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10. Ras Hall Restaurant, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-361-0501.

Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Winnipeg Jets. 7 p.m. $50 to $145. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

Book sale â&#x2013; Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will present performances by composer and performer Andy Akiho (shown) and New England roots singer Celia Woodsmith. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Prince William Symphony Players will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Histoire du Soldat.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. 7:30 p.m. $100. Embassy of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd St. NW. 202-6252361. â&#x2013;  The Modigliani String Quartet will perform works by Arriaga, Beethoven and DohnĂĄnyi. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Togzhan Kassenova of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kazakhstan and Global Nuclear Politics.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Emily Schaeffer and Caroline Beck of the Israeli organization Yesh Din will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defending Human Rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Threats to Israeli Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Jack Goldsmith, professor of law at Harvard University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Zoo will host the D.C. premiere of Klaus Reisinger and




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Friday, march 23 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform works by Liszt. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Frederique Lengaigneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Size Memories,â&#x20AC;? about two photojournalists who use a large-format camera to portray Asian elephants living in captivity. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Visitors Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present Ellen Triplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dying Green,â&#x20AC;? about one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of using green burials to conserve land. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. Performances â&#x2013;  Kabuki dance master Bando Kotoji will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manzai,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tamatori Amaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoshino-yama.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $39. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Theatre & Dance will present an evening of student-written one-act plays. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat March 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 and April 1 at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Comedian Ralphie May will perform. 8 p.m. $32.50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grande FĂŞte de la Francophonieâ&#x20AC;? will feature cuisine and cultural displays from more than 35 French-speaking countries, as well as music and dancing. 7 p.m. $35 to $55. La Maison Française, 4101

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature banjo player Frank Cassel, juggler Nathan Bynum and face painter Painted by Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;eao in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banjos and Juggling and Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Oh My!â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Takoma Park Neighborhood Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eggstravaganza!â&#x20AC;? will feature an egg hunt, egg toss, craft activity and stories for children and their families. 10 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Francophonie Cultural Festival 2012, the Weekend Family Matinees series will feature the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moomins and the Comet Chase.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. $7.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Classes â&#x2013;  Lisa Passaglia Bauman, assistant professor of art history at George Mason University, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rivals and the Art of Confrontation.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Astrophysicist Mario Livio will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Eye on the Universe: The Hubble Space Telescope.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  A workshop will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Cork Wine Bar will present a tasting class featuring artisanal cheeses and specialty beers. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $40; reservations required. Cork Wine Bar, 1720

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14th St. NW. â&#x2013; Pastry chef Peter Breet will lead a class on cherry blossom-inspired treats. 3 to 5:30 p.m. $65; reservations required. Blue Duck Tavern, Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW. 202-419-6768. â&#x2013;  Master tea maker Garret Chan of Tealeaves will lead a class on the art and science of tea. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $45; reservations required. Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW. 202-419-6768. Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piano Quintet.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music instructors and staff members will perform. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Jazz @ Wesley will feature singer Luci Murphy and guitarist Richard Miller. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors; free for children 12 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarist John Feeley will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. â&#x2013;  Concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman, musician-in-residence at American University, will perform works by Mozart. 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. â&#x2013;  Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo, a native of Benin, will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Georgia-based band Reptar will perform a blend of indie, dance and pop music. 9 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A meeting of the Society of the Preservation of Millsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mid-Atlantic Chapter will feature a talk by a park ranger on the mills of Rock Creek. A tour of Peirce Mill will follow. 8:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. See Events/Page 30




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Continued From Page 29 202-895-6070. â&#x2013; As part of the James Renwick Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Craft Weekend, a panel discussion will focus on the Japanese influence on American craft. 10:30 a.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Eric Berkenpas and Alan Turchik, members of National Geographicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tech Team, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gee Whiz!â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $16; $12 for children 12 and younger. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  Reem Bassiouney will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professor Hanaa,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Traci Brimhall (shown) will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Lady of the Ruins: Poems,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Maira Kalman, an illustrator and New Yorker contributor, will discuss Diane Arbusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; untitled photograph of five adults in Halloween costumes. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Traditional dance master Bando Kotoji will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Kabukiâ&#x20AC;? and demonstrate scenes from famous plays. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Carol Allen, supervisory horticulturist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overcoming Orchid Pests and Diseases.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4 p.m. $15; $7 for students. Reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Family activities â&#x2013;  National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days will feature hands-on activities and performances. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The House of Swedenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Day Funâ&#x20AC;? event will feature Mad Science

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Events Entertainment shows, a scavenger hunt, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories and interactive exhibitions. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protecting Wild Lands: 20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival Retrospectiveâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kelly Duaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monumental: David Browerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight to Protect Wild America,â&#x20AC;? at noon; and Ann Dunskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butterflies and Bulldozers: David Schooley, Fred Smith and the Fight for San Bruno Mountain,â&#x20AC;? at 1:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Perry Miller Adatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris the Luminous Years,â&#x20AC;? about the city from 1905 to 1930. 1 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Pendragwn Youth Film Festival will feature 15 shorts by 11- to 18-year-old filmmakers. 1 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-546-0065. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devil, Probably,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Lotte Stoopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grande Hotelâ&#x20AC;? and Harun Farockiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silver and the Cross,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protecting Wild Lands: 20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival Retrospectiveâ&#x20AC;? will culminate with the world premiere of James Redfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host a Video Game Day for ages 13 and older. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-2622083. â&#x2013;  Semifinalists in the 2012 Makes-MeWanna SHOUT! Chocolate Layer Cake -RKQ(0DUORZ*XLWDU6HULHVSUHVHQWV


Sunday, march 25 â&#x2013; Concert: Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich will perform works by Prokofiev, Ravel, Scarlatti and Stravinsky. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. Baking Challenge will compete for prizes and bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. 2 to 4 p.m. $20; tickets required. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table, 2114 14th St. NW. mmwschocosemifinals.eventbrite. com. â&#x2013;  Participants in George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D.C. Reads tutoring program will compete in a spelling bee. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Shawna Malone, founder and executive director of Three60World Inc., will host an open house, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Combating Stress Through Acupuncture, Art and Your Environment.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 6 p.m. Free. 5239 Western Ave. NW. 202-681-9502. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Harlem Globetrotters will show off their one-of-a-kind basketball skills. 1 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $15 to $154. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tower Climb will offer a chance to climb the 333 steps to the bell-ringing chamber in the great central tower 300 feet above

the ground. 9:30, 10:15, 11 and 11:30 a.m. $18; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a stroll through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blossom Secrets Stroll,â&#x20AC;? about how the Japanese cherry trees arrived in the American capital in the spring of 1912. 2 p.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence Avenue exit. 202-484-1565. The tour will repeat March 31, April 7 and April 14 at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Washington Bach Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Fugue,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Bach. 3 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Pianist Matthew Griswold will perform works by Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin and Brahms, as well as his own compositions. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  The Washington Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camerata will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of the East,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Holst, Matsushita, Sato, Shimizu and other composers. 4 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. â&#x2013;  The experimental music group Gray will perform. 4 p.m. $30; $15 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Eric Plutz from Princeton, N.J., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Soprano Jessica Jones and pianist Danielle Hahn will perform music by Nadia Boulanger, Lori Laitman, Clara Schumann and other composers in honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue











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NW. 202-737-4215. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interfaith Dialogue From a Muslimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Patrick Henry College government professor Mark Mitchell will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of Political Geography: Where Do We Live?â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Diabetes National Institute and the Diabetes Research & Education Program at Georgetown University will present a seminar on insulin pumps. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Second floor, Pasquerilla Healthcare Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. 202342-2400. â&#x2013;  Lee Stout will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and David Dorsen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Eraâ&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Craig Clunas, professor of history of art at the University of Oxford, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emperorâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinese Painting and Its Audiences.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. A video of the lecture will be shown Wednesday at noon. â&#x2013;  Literary scholar and cultural theorist Terry Eagleton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus and Tragedy.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. Films â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Nir Bergmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimate Grammar,â&#x20AC;? about a sensitive, lonely boy whose romantic ideals are at odds with everyone and everything around him. 10:30 a.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. The film will be shown again Wednesday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Opera in Cinema will present Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Bohemeâ&#x20AC;? from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  National Marine Sanctuaries and environmental filmmaker Bob Talbot will present his films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections: A Florida Keys Experience,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctuary in the Sea: A Gulf of the Farallones Experienceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea of Change: A Monterey Bay Experience.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with Talbot will follow. 1 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  Filmmaker Ken Burns will present excerpts from his forthcoming PBS film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dust Bowl,â&#x20AC;? about the worst manmade ecological disaster in American hisSee Events/Page 32


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oug Aitken: Song 1,” a 360-degree cinematic work that will cover the exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s iconic cylindrical building with pro-

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jected moving images, will debut tomorrow at sunset. Created by Redondo Beach, Calif., artist Aitken on commission from the museum, the work will be projected onto the building every night between sunset and midnight through May 13, accompanied by a soundscape. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Adventure Residency Program Headquarters,” an exhibit about an

artist-development program run by Calder Brannock of College Park, Md., will open Friday at Flashpoint Gallery and continue through April 27. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305. ■ “Ripography: Works With Paper,” featuring recent collages made by Cleveland Park artist Rex Weil from torn paper and exploring some of the hidden messages of commercial photography, will open Friday at the District of Columbia Arts Center and continue through April 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833.

■ “Rodgers Naylor: A Journey From Paris to the South,” presenting paintings by D.C. native Naylor inspired by scenes he saw in Paris and the south of France last year, will open Saturday at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through April 21. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. ■ “Colby Caldwell: gun shy,” featuring photographs of neglected objects by rural Maryland artist Caldwell, will open with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Hemphill. The exhibit will continue through May 26. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ “Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount

Doug Aitken’s “Song 1,” shown in a conceptual rendering, will cover the Hirshhorn’s exterior with moving images nightly from sunset to midnight through May 13. Fuji,” presenting the most acclaimed print series by Japan’s most famous artist in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees on the Tidal Basin this spring, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue through June 17.

Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-6331000. ■ “Glittering Machines,” an exhibit of modular, kinetic, interactive, sonic and illuminating sculptures by See Exhibits/Page 36

O’Neill event continues with ‘Strange Interlude’


hakespeare Theatre Company will present “Strange Interlude” March 27 through April 29 at Sidney Harman Hall in conjunction with Arena Stage’s Eugene O’Neill Festival. One of O’Neill’s early plays, “Strange Interlude” is a drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over

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her fiancé’s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she doesn’t love. Months later, pregnant with her husband’s child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a dramatic and emotional chain of events that spans two decades. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as noon Wednesday, April 25. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122; ■ American University will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 29 through 31 at the Greenberg Theatre. Overachieving outsiders vie for spelling supremacy and the chance to fit in — that’s the stuff of this Broadway musical comedy that includes volunteer audience spellers. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. American University will stage The Greenberg Theatre is locat- the musical “The 25th Annual ed at 4200 Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787; ■ Arena Stage will present “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” March 30 through May 6 as part of the Eugene O’Neill Festival. Meet the Tyrones: Like many families, they have had their share of highs and lows — from celebrity and financial success to illness and loss. One fateful day, they are forced to confront the demons that plague them individually, in a final effort to save the family.

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Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude” will play at Sidney Harman Hall March 27 through April 29. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon April 11, 17 and 25. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Georgetown University’s Black Theatre Ensemble will present “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” March 21 through 25 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. Part of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, the play explores the unrelenting realities facing an AfricanAmerican blues superstar during a cold Chicago winter. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ Wilson High School’s Shakespeare Society will present “Macbeth” March 22 through 24. The story of one couple’s political ambitions and the depths of depravity to which they will stoop to achieve them has it all — witches, magic, murder and mayhem! Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $5 to $15. Wilson High School is located at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. To order tickets, email

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Events Entertainment depths of his despair. 5 p.m. $2. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. â&#x2013; Target Family Night will feature the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penny the One-of-a-Kind Piano.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Continued From Page 30 tory. A post-screening discussion will feature Burns and senior producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kim Kwang-Sikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Dear Desperado.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Man Escaped.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious Knowledge,â&#x20AC;? about the Tucson Unified School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican-American studies program. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

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Detroit Pistons. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, March 27

Tuesday march 27

Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature violinist Mary Findley. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Levine School of Music will present a concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Minnesota Wild. 5 p.m. $50 to $161. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Monday, March 26

Monday march 26

Performances â&#x2013; The Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Festival will feature a reading of the playwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-act play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exorcism,â&#x20AC;? about a young man in the

Concert â&#x2013; The New York-based group Luminescent Orchestrii will perform a blend of Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats and Appalachian fiddle. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sokari Ekine will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Mark Updegrove, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by former National Press Club president Gil Klein on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reliable Sources: 104 Years at the National Press Club.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Ashley Robertson of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House will discuss the National Council of Negro Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement in the civil rights movement. 6 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Scott Ruby, curator of Russian and Eastern European art at Hillwood, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stylish Empire: The Beauty of Russian Design in the Age of Napoleon.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $7 for students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Laura Barcella will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Science writer Wray Herbert will lead a discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Thyself! Outwitting Your Brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hard-Wired Ways.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Peter Beinart will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crisis of Zionism.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Bachar will show clips to illustrate the major challenges facing wildlife filmmakers in the field. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Buffalo Sabres. 7 p.m. $45 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, March 28

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Class â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,â&#x20AC;? a seven-session class, will feature local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class.

Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. Concerts â&#x2013; OperaBelle will present a spring concert by soprano Angela Knight, soprano Katherine Keem and mezzo-soprano Anna Korsakova. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation will present pianist Yoonie Han performing works by Bach, Granados, Liszt and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. â&#x2013;  Young virtuosos from the Marlboro Music Festival will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  La RĂŞveuse Ensemble will perform chamber music. 7:30 p.m. $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Elias Quartet and pianist Jonathan Bliss will perform works by Suk, JanĂĄcek and DvorĂĄk. 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;  Experts will participate in a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jung and Aging: Bringing to Life the Possibilities and Potentials for Vital Aging.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveuâ&#x20AC;? by Carolyn Morrow Long, who will lead the conversation. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  Artist Janine Antoni will discuss her work. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Laura Danielson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Card Stories,â&#x20AC;? about 50 recent immigrants. 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? discussion series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jane Eyreâ&#x20AC;? by Charlotte BrontĂŤ. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Open house â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Speech and Hearing Clinic will hold an open house to discuss upcoming literacy programs to be held this summer. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 2115 G St. NW. 202-994-3027. Performance â&#x2013;  Bowen McCauley Dance Company will celebrate the legacy of choreographer Eric Hampton. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16.




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March 14 was Pi Day! Since pi equals 3.14, and the digits of March 14 are 3/14, it has been a tradition at Lafayette to celebrate Pi Day. That week, math specialists Robert Thurston and Erin Bet set out pi challenges on the blacktop and in the great hall for kids and teachers to try to solve. The problems are about circles and about the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. On Friday of Pi Day week, Mr. Thurston and Ms. Betz hold a contest to see who can memorize the most digits of pi. This year’s

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The fourth annual Murch Lip Sync was held on March 8 and 9. There was a lot of cheering for all of the performances, which were done by students at every grade level. The gym was as packed as a can of sardines. The teachers went first and really looked like they were having a great time. Some Murch classes and clubs performed, as well as small groups of students and even individuals. The peer mediators, girls basketball team and student council put on great acts, representing our school’s clubs. Mr. Patterson’s fourth-grade class, Ms. Friedman’s third-grade class, Ms. George’s third-grade class, Ms. Stephen’s second-grade class, Ms. Seltzer’s pre-k class, Ms. Finberg’s fourth-grade class and the fifth-graders, led by Ms. Otten, did a wonderful job representing our grade levels. Everyone had a great time and See Dispatches/Page 38




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put in a lot of time and effort. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you next year for another Murch Lip Sync! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Tilghman, fourth-grader

National Presbyterian

The sixth-graders have just begun their poetry unit in writing. They are working very hard on their poems: two list poems, an acrostic poem, a personal bio poem, an I-donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-understand poem, a threeword-form poem, a Diamante poem, an I-believe poem (credo), an ode, three haiku poems, a sense poem, a cinquain poem, an If-Iwere-a-(fill in the blank) poem, a limerick, a shape poem, and two poems based on the book they are reading, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love That Dog.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like the poetry unit because I am learning about all different kinds of poems and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m able to write them,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader Allie Witt. In all, they get to write 19 different types of poems! They are really going to enjoy the rest of their unit. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Natalie Bock, sixth-grader

St. Albans School

Recent weeks at St. Albans have heralded the end of the infamously difficult third quarter and the coming of the new and significantly more relaxed fourth quarter. The third academic quarter is the shortest of all four, spanning only eight to nine weeks yet containing just as much material to cover as the others. The fourth quarter is one of the longest in the school year and involves more relaxed academics as the year comes to a close, including many social events and class trips. The coming of the new quarter almost directly coincides with the coming of the spring sports season. The winter teams finished off their seasons with championships and tournaments several weeks ago, and now the students have a choice of track and field, lacrosse, baseball, intramural voyageur or tennis. The swim team finished its winter season by hosting and winning the 25th St. Albans Junior Open by almost 200 points. The spring middle school production of George Orwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Farmâ&#x20AC;? is to be performed by seventh- and eighth-graders from both St. Albans and National Cathedral School on April 13 and 14. Also occurring this spring on March 20 is the second annual independent middle schools concert, featuring choirs from St. Albans, Georgetown Day School and St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School and hosted at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. All St. Albans students in fifth through eighth grade are also required to submit a science project of their choice to the lower school science fair in April to be judged and graded by their teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James Flood, Form II (eighth-grader)

School Without Walls

Despite any clever arrangements

of letters, it is impossible to spell out â&#x20AC;&#x153;internationalâ&#x20AC;? from our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name (you can spell â&#x20AC;&#x153;achoo,â&#x20AC;? but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different matter entirely). Some schools, like Washington International School, are lucky enough to have such a word in their title, but not Walls. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got such amazing letter combinations as â&#x20AC;&#x153;schoolâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;withoutâ&#x20AC;? and even the famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;walls,â&#x20AC;? but nothing that suggests country-spanning connections. Some may take offense, citing the large proportion of foreign exchange students, but not I. What we lack in a word we make up in our actions. Last year, a group of students from 10th to 12th grades spent a week embedded into not only a school in Sunderland, England, but also the English culture itself (which, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll happily tell you, is markedly different than that of D.C./America). This year was Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turn to play host. Last Wednesday, a congregation of students from Sunderland arrived at school at the bright and early hour of 6:30 p.m., fresh from their incredibly long and stimulating plane ride. Not only were these new arrivals part of the group who had welcomed and bonded with the Walls congregation the previous year, but many of the Walls welcome party were those who had made the initial foray across the Atlantic. Beginning with International Night Thursday evening, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for a jam-packed week full of fun and excitement, after they recover from jetlag. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Last Thursday was picture day. What was neat about it was you got to choose your pose. The photographer said to get your hair the way you wanted it. He told some of us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give me some attitude!â&#x20AC;? What he meant by that was to put your hands on your hips. Another nice thing about picture day is that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wear uniforms! In Science Club, we watered the plants, and for more than four weeks we will probably be gardening. The plants have already begun to sprout. We planted daffodils, tulips, trees and small bushes. Some of us also found worms; we got to get a jar and put dirt and soil in the jar so the worms could just hang out. After a while, we let them go free. On Tuesday, March 27, the school will hold a Family Dinner Night at Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Route 1 in Hyattsville, Md. The PTA will get 20 percent of what you spend for dinner and at the general store next door, but you have to have a flier to qualify. You can print one at the school website, What I like about Family Dinner Night is that you get to see other kids from school who you know, and parents might also talk to parents. You can also go to Family Dinner Night to meet people from school who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never

met before. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cyntia Pattison, third-grader

Stoddert Elementary

On Wednesday, we were invited to the White House to welcome Prime Minister David Cameron. He is the prime minister in the United Kingdom. We have been working with the British Embassy through the Embassy Adoption Program. We had to be at the White House at 7:15 a.m. on March 14. We were admitted at a special gate. There were a lot of people there. There were other students and adults. Two of our classmates got close to the front, and they actually shook hands with the president! After the greeting of the prime minister, we heard President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Cameron give speeches. They talked about the relationship between the two countries. The military band played â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Star-Spangled Bannerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Save the Queen.â&#x20AC;? There was a 19-gun salute. The day before, two of our classmates got to go to Andrews Air Force Base to greet the prime minster as he arrived by plane. He asked us about the weather. There were State Department representatives there, too. They gave us purple flowers to give to Mrs. Cameron and red ones for the prime minister. There was also a red carpet for our special guests from the United Kingdom at the plane steps. After the greeting, we were taken to lunch by one of our classmates whose parent is a colonel in the Air Force. We ate at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clubâ&#x20AC;? on the base. This has all been a wonderful experience. The British Embassy has been very generous to our class. We will remember this experience forever. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daniela Kidder-Luciano and Tobias Euell, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

The winners of our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school spelling bee continued to the area cluster bee and the D.C. finals. In the cluster bee, we competed against 20 other kids from six other schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; five charter schools and one private school, Jewish Primary Day School. The rounds of the bee started with easy words, such as angelic and mesa, and only a few contestants got out. A few rounds later, there were only 10 spellers left, half of the original group. I misspelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;ramada,â&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;r-am-a-d-d-aâ&#x20AC;? but still finished third. Then, sixth-grader Dev Bhojwani misspelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;tamale,â&#x20AC;? mistaking the final â&#x20AC;&#x153;eâ&#x20AC;? for an â&#x20AC;&#x153;i.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Eric Wright won the cluster bee. Because we scored in the top seven, we proceeded to the next bee, which was a competition between the top seven spellers from each of the six clusters. In the final spelling bee, which will air on NBC4, Dev finished in eighth place for D.C. as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mahler Revsine, seventh-grader

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