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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vol. XLV, No. 21

The Northwest Current

Council bumps up funding for Deal

winding it up

■ Schools: Capital dollars

will make room for more kids By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council is speeding up restoration of the historic Reno School as well as an addition linking the structure to Alice Deal Middle School, which has seen its popularity — and enrollment numbers —

soar since a major modernization project was completed in 2009. Council members, at the urging of Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, agreed May 15 to expedite some $8 million in funding for the Reno School and its addition, both just west of Deal, so that construction can begin this fall. Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget proposal would have held the bulk of that money for construction work in fiscal 2014 and 2015.

The shift, according to a Cheh aide, means that the project could be complete by the beginning of winter break in 2013, allowing teachers time to fit out new classrooms before students return to school in January 2014. It also means that Deal, which now has a capacity of 980 sixththrough eighth-graders, will be able to accommodate 1,200 students. But the school is already overcrowded, See Deal/Page 5

Future uncertain for ‘blighted’ property By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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DC’s Backyard Band performed a Chuck Brown tribute on Thursday outside the studios of WUSA9 to honor the legendary “godfather of go-go,” who passed away on May 16.

The only property classified as “blighted” in Ward 3 sits on a tony block of Observatory Circle, west of the Washington National Cathedral. The once-elegant fieldstone house is stripped and moldy inside, with an upstairs window hanging open — and located just down the block from the $2.2 ■ TAXES: Firm million home of the U.S. secretary of that bought tax housing and urban development. lien for house The story of 3833 Cathedral Ave. remains tied up is still a mystery to neighbors. They in court. Page 5. say it’s been unoccupied for at least eight years, although a relative of the owner paid for repairs when the roof collapsed in 2010. The future of the house is also uncertain, since the company that bought rights to it in a 2009 tax sale is now being sued for fraud by the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. See Vacant/Page 24

Mann third-grader organizes hair drive for cancer sufferers By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Sara Kroll was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in October 2008, when she was 34. There was no family history of the disease, and she had little warning. “It was like a fluke,” she said. “I was crossing my arms … and I felt what felt like a string bean in my left breast. … I think it probably wasn’t there that long.” Kroll went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but the forecast wasn’t good. She said stagefour sufferers are generally expected

NEWS New parking plan ready for Cleveland Park fire station

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“to have a three- to seven-year lifespan.” That’s particularly tough news for the mother of a toddler. Kroll, whose daughter Katherine is now in kindergarten, said the poor prognosis has “given our household a completely different approach to every day.” For one thing, after a year of juggling work, parenting and chemotherapy, she dropped the job, relying on her husband to support the family. She has also found new priorities in terms of parenting. “I’m stricter in the things that are See Mann/Page 22

Bridge replacements planned on 16th Street, Kalmia Road By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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The owner, whose whereabouts are unknown, owes over $180,000 in taxes for the 1928 house at 3833 Cathedral Ave. The home has been empty for years.

Drivers seeking to cross Rock Creek Park in upper Northwest will likely face significant congestion starting this fall as the D.C. Department of Transportation works to simultaneously replace two deteriorating bridges in the area. The agency intends to demolish and replace 16th Street’s overpass above Military Road, likely starting in October. In a separate project, the agency will also rebuild the partially collapsed culvert carrying a stream under Kalmia Road between East

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Beach and West Beach drives, starting in November or December. On 16th Street, the overpass is more than 60 years old and has exceeded its expected lifespan, according to Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez. This nine-month, $10 million project will also include upgrading the Military Road median, improving drainage and replacing street lights and traffic signals between 14th Street and Oregon Avenue, she said. Both 16th and Military will be reduced to one lane in each direction See Bridges/Page 23

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Cleveland Park ANC backs revised parking structure at area fire station By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The Cleveland Park fire station, where officials recently received approval to enlarge the historic doors to accommodate modern fire engines, has advanced its plan for another remodeling effort: parking for its firefighters.

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has proposed constructing a five-space parking deck behind the fire station at 3522 Connecticut Ave., with spaces for seven more vehicles on site as well. Battalion Chief David Foust, capital projects officer for the agency, provided details of the project Monday to Cleveland Park adviso-

The week ahead Wednesday, May 23

The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its annual awards reception. Recipients include Friends of the Chevy Chase DC Library, Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Nancy MacWood, the D.C. National Guard, the Foxhall News and the Glover Park Gazette. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. Tickets cost $40; reservations are required. For details, contact ■The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will present “Conversations on Great Streets: Celebrating Historic Georgia Avenue.� The program will honor the Industrial Bank of Washington, Jones Haywood Dance School, Morgan’s Seafood, and Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe; a panel discussion on “The Seventh Street Turnpike: D.C.’s Longest Commercial Corridor� will feature Maybelle Bennett, Haile Gerima, Sandra Fortune Green, Romeo Morgan and B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave. NW. Tickets cost $50. For details, visit ■ The Civic League of North Portal Estates will hold a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Marjorie Webster House at the Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW.

Thursday, May 24

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include a nine-story rear addition for a hotel behind the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1770 Euclid St.; redevelopment of the Christian Science Monitor Building, 900 16th St.; and draft master plan and design guidelines for the McMillan Park Reservoir site. ■The D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility and the Office of the People’s Counsel will hold a forum to help D.C. residents and small businesses learn about how they can save money and energy through the utility’s programs. The forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 152AB of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Reservations are required; contact info@ or 855-693-2738. ■ D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012� meeting for Ward 4 residents. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW. ■ The Friends of Lafayette Park and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will sponsor a public meeting for neighbors to discuss the idea of a dog park at the site with Department of Parks and Recreation officials. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a “community dialogue� with D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who will discuss the District’s 2013 budget and answer questions. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

ry neighborhood commissioners, who voted unanimously to support the plan. The city’s Historic Preservation Review Board approved a previous plan for parking at the station, but neighbors’ concerns about that plan prompted the fire department to revisit its proposal. Commissioners and others Monday gave Foust high praise for working with neighbors

to come up with a solution that addressed concerns with a previous parking plan. “I do apologize for [the last version] of the parking structure,� Foust said at the meeting. “We were trying to bring our parking problems onto our property instead of yours.� Originally, fire department officials proSee Fire Station/Page 7


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The D.C. Office on Aging will hold a Senior Symposium to discuss options and community resources for older residents. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW. Admission is free; reservations are required by calling 202-535-1439 or emailing

Tuesday, May 29

The Tenley Neighbors Association will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 212, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Agenda items will include discussion of the D.C. zoning update. ■The D.C. Department of the Environment will hold a public meeting to discuss its draft D.C. Environmental Literacy Plan, which outlines ideas for implementing environmental education throughout the curricula from kindergarten through 12th grade. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

Wednesday, May 30

The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its regular meeting, which will include Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans as featured speakers. The association will also present its annual awards and hold elections. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.

Saturday, June 2

The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and the Greater Washington Urban League will host the fourth annual DC Housing Expo, which will feature workshops on homeownership, tenants’ rights, fair housing laws and aging in place. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. For details, call 202-442-7200 or visit


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D.C. school officials are still seeking an exemption from federally required yearly progress standards after the U.S. Department of Education last month rejected the alternative evaluation metrics the city proposed. The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education requested the waiver from No Child Left Behind provisions in February, calling the federal standards unrealistic and saying they force unnecessary changes at successful schools. In its proposal, the District incorporated other quality metrics into determining schools’ progress, as opposed to a narrow focus on standardized test scores. The city’s plan also decreased emphasis on schools’ improvements after they had achieved baseline standards, while No Child Left Behind can rate schools as failing if they don’t display continued improvements. But in an April 17 letter made public Thursday, the federal Education Department raised “significant concerns� with the city’s alternative plan, writing that key components were vaguely defined and lacked detail.

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DMV shutters branch at Georgetown Park

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles abruptly shuttered its Northwest office over the weekend as the Shops at Georgetown Park mall empties for renovation, according to a news release. The agency announced on Thursday that the branch was about to close, and its release says that a temporary spot will open June 4 at 301 C St. NW near Judiciary Square, sharing space with ticket adjudication services. Motor vehicle services continue to be available in the meantime at 95 M St. SW and 3220 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, but the release warns of “extremely long lines� at those locations before the C Street branch opens. The agency is urging residents to use dmv.dc. gov for any services that can be done online, including renewals of drivers licenses and registrations. Anticipating the need to close the Georgetown Park location at 3222 M St. NW, the District last spring issued a solicitation of offers for a new location in Northwest or Northeast. Plans then called for a location selection by July 2011. Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Lucinda Babers said Thursday she couldn’t comment on the progress toward finding a permanent spot “due to continuing negotiations.�

D.C. unemployment rate drops in April

Approximately 9.5 percent of the District’s residents were unemployed last month, a decrease from 9.3 percent in March and from an unemployment peak of 11.2 percent in September 2011, the D.C. Department of Employment Services announced Thursday. The private sector gained 3,000 positions, while the public sector lost 300 jobs. Each ward saw reduced unemployment compared to the previous

month, according to a news release. Ward 3 had the city’s lowest unemployment rate in April: 2.4 percent, compared to 23.5 percent in Ward 8, agency spokesperson David Thompson said. Ward 1 had 8.1 percent unemployment, Ward 2 had 4.6 percent, Ward 4 had 7.7 percent, Ward 5 had 12.8 percent, Ward 6 had 9.5 percent, and Ward 7 had 15.7 percent, he reported.

Schools audit tracks non-resident students

As many as 276 residents of other jurisdictions may be improperly receiving free education in the District, according to an independent auditor’s report released last Wednesday by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The numbers include 126 D.C. Public Schools students and 32 public charter school students, along with 118 special-education students receiving D.C.-funded tuition at private schools, according to a news release. Non-resident students must pay tuition to attend D.C. public schools, which 78 students have done this school year. If further investigation finds that the 276 students flagged by the auditor aren’t District residents, the non-payment of tuition will lead to a referral to the Office of the Attorney General “for collection and prosecution,� the release states.

Dupont citizens group elects new leaders Dupont Circle Citizens Association members elected Doug Rogers as the group’s new president this month, according to a news release from the association. Former president Debbie Schreiber will now serve as second vice president, the release states. Other elected officers are Charlie Ellis, first vice president; Susan Volman, secretary; Jim Dudney, treasurer; and Ron Clayton, Robin Diener, Ruth Horn, Deb Johnson, Mary Lord and Nelson Marban, board members.


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D.C. attorney general’s case against Chicago firm remains in litigation By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The real estate recession has spawned a “cottage industry� of companies that scroll the Internet for municipal tax sales, pay off one year of delinquent property taxes, then try to profit by getting the owner to pay up, along with interest and hefty attorney fees. It’s known as “tax lien investing.� The D.C. Office of Attorney General is suing one on those firms, Aeon Financial LLC of Chicago, which calls itself “one of the nation’s leading purchasers and servicers of delinquent municipal property tax liens.� The lawsuit, filed in 2009, charges Aeon with “abu-

DEAL From Page 1 said Cheh’s education expert, Drew Newman, with a current audited enrollment of 1,014. With Deal’s projected enrollment to hit 1,124 next year, the city plans to install four portable classrooms behind the school this summer. “Deal is exploding with children, with not enough room to teach them,� Cheh said. Shifting the construction work forward will cost nothing extra, the council member noted in an interview. “There’s no additional fiscal impact. No one else’s project will be affected.� Officials have long considered renovating the vacant Reno School, a simple red-brick schoolhouse built in 1903 to serve children from the largely African-American community of Reno City. That community was systematically demolished in the 1930s and 1940s, in part to make room for a whites-only Woodrow Wilson High School and Deal. The Reno School — though briefly used for special education and school offices — fell into disrepair. Initial plans called for restoring Reno School only. But as Deal’s enrollment began to climb, officials hatched the idea of a glassy new

sive and fraudulent conduct,� including inflating attorney fees it bills to homeowners and misrepresenting their legal rights. Aeon apparently buys tax liens in at least 10 states. According to a 2009 story in the ■Tax lien buyer Washington City Paper, Aeon involved the firm spent $4.6 million with ‘blighted’ in 2008 buying tax liens Ward 3 house. on 445 District properties, Page 1. or 35 percent of the purchases from the District’s delinquent property tax list that year. By all accounts, Aeon and similar firms have no interest in actually owning the properties, profiting instead from the fees and interest they charge property owners

two-story addition connecting Deal to the old Reno building. The total project will provide 12 new classrooms for Deal, and its design has already been endorsed by preservation authorities and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. But the enrollment boom is still creating dilemmas, as most Ward 3 schools — especially those already modernized in a construction spree initiated by former Mayor Adrian Fenty — are attracting more families that might have sent their kids to private schools or moved out of the city in previous years. Deal’s attendance boundaries extend to the northwestern edge of the city, south to Massachusetts Avenue, and across Rock Creek Park to parts of Ward 4. Newman said officials have already decided not to allow any new “out-of-boundary� students to sixth grade at Deal next year. But students who attend in-boundary elementary schools are guaranteed admission no matter where they live, he said. Wilson High School is feeling the same type of enrollment pressure since the renovated school reopened last fall. Wilson is not accepting any new out-of-boundary students for ninth grade next year, Newman said, but must accept all comers from its feeder schools, which include Deal, Hardy and Jefferson middle schools.

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 1000 block, E St.; store; 1:30 p.m. May 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1000 block, G St.; hotel; 9:30 a.m. May 15. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; drugstore; 3:15 p.m. May 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; office building; 9 a.m. May 13. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 3:30 p.m. May 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, New York Ave.; sidewalk; 3:38 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; street; 5:30 p.m. May 20.

psa 102

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PSA 102


Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1200 block, New Jersey Ave.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. May 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  800 block, E St.; drugstore; 8:42 p.m. May 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 12:05 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 6:15 p.m. May 15. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5th and E streets; street; 9 p.m. May 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 6th St.; street; 6:15 p.m. May 19.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3000 block, Military Road; parking lot; 6:55 a.m. May 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5400 block, Nevada Ave.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:05 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Morrison St.; residence; 11 a.m. May 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Jenifer Street; street; 6:30 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 11 p.m. May 18.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4100 block, Harrison St.; residence; 5 p.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Jenifer St.; residence; 8:15 a.m. May 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Belt Road; street; 6:30 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  5100 block, 41st St.; street; 12:01 a.m. May 19.

psa 203

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

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 8:35 p.m. May 15. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:37 a.m. May 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:50 p.m. May 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:20 p.m. May 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Nebraska Ave.; street; 7:10 p.m. May 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, 37th St.; street; 9 p.m. May 16.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 3100 block, Garfield St.; sidewalk; 11:05 p.m. May 13. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. May 16. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2500 block, Woodley Road; sidewalk; 12:55 p.m. May 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 9 a.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Cleveland Ave.; residence; 9:30 a.m. May 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, 28th St.; street; 1 p.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  3100 block, 35th St.; residence; 10 p.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 1:30 p.m. May 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; school; 2 p.m. May 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; residence; 9:30 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; residence; 10 p.m.. May 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; parking lot; 10 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; parking lot; 10 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; parking lot; 10:30 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; 12:10 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Davis Place; street; 7:30 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Davis St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; street; 11 p.m. May 16.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft ($250 plus)

â&#x2013; 1400 block, Foxhall Road; residence; 1 p.m. May 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Foxhall Crescent; residence; 6:05 p.m. May 18.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 3000 block, K St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. May 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 33rd St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. May 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:15 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 3:15 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:50 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 9:15 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 2:53 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 1:40 p.m. May 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 27th St.; street; 8 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  38th and R streets; street; 8:20 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  39th and S streets; street; 1 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  39th and T streets; street; 3 p.m. May 17.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2500 block, I St.; store; 11:59 p.m. May 18. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; alley; 10 p.m. May 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; street; 7:09 a.m. May 15. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2000 block, F St.; street; 4:22 p.m. May 19. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2000 block, F St.; residence; 8:40 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 1:19 p.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; office building; 9:15 a.m. May 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 12:05 a.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; store; 6:15 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; construction site; 10 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  2500 block, I St.; street; 11:23 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  2000 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; store; 10:22 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; drugstore;

1:20 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013; 2100 block, K St.; store; 3:02 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  600 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 6:50 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  900 block, 14th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 3 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 9:10 a.m. May 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, L St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. May 16.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. May 16. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  20th and P streets; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. May 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; hotel; 2:30 a.m. May 20. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; street; 8 p.m. May 19. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 18th St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. May 19. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:50 a.m. May 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 2 p.m. May 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 2:35 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 3 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:35 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 8:58 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 10:45 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; store; 2:05 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; parking lot; 2:30 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5:30 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 6 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 8:40 p.m. May 19. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. May 15. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 8:30 a.m. May 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 7:45 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; alley; 9 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  20th and Q streets; street; 8:20 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 8 a.m. May 19.

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No voice for Norton

Insult was added to injury last week in the District. As the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution prepared to hear testimony on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the city beyond 20 weeks, the committee chair rejected D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s request to testify. That means an Arizona Republican — Rep. Trent Franks — removed the District’s already-limited voice on a measure that would reject the District’s right to govern itself. We find that outrageous. “It isn’t even a close call,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We have a member of Congress who wants to come in to talk about her district. I can’t even imagine a situation where someone else would be denied that opportunity, and I think it’s wrong.” Of course, those of us in the District can imagine such a situation — at least regarding Del. Norton: Just last year, the same committee rejected her request to testify on a bill to permanently ban the city from spending its own money on abortions for low-income women. Clearly, there’s a connection here, and partisanship no doubt played a role. That’s unfortunate on its own, but we’re particularly tired of seeing D.C. treated as a football in this fight. We hope Norton’s exclusion won’t prevent representatives from voting down this wrong-headed measure. Regardless of one’s stance on abortion, such intrusions into the District’s affairs are wrong and extremely unfair. The Constitution may allow such meddling, but in situations where other states are left to their own devices there’s just no moral basis for the feds to play politics in D.C.

Aim high on education

As we approach the end of another school year, the mixed signals that District residents are receiving from the city’s public and public charter schools may never have been so starkly opposed. We have failing performances in science, but a Wilson High student has been named a Presidential Scholar. Newly modernized schools such as Deal Middle and Wilson High are overenrolled, but many other campuses operate far below capacity. Smaller programs such as Banneker’s International Baccalaureate curriculum and School Without Walls’ magnet program are succeeding, but the overall picture is bleak, with a dismal four-year graduation rate of 58.6 percent. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has rolled out a five-year plan to increase that percentage and aim for dramatic gains in students’ proficiency in basic skills. We understand that focus on failing students and schools — the system has failed too many pupils. But we also believe that one way to help all students is to aim high; namely, we suggest that the city work to develop a sizable, topflight high school program of the sort that Virginia boasts in Thomas Jefferson and Montgomery County offers in Montgomery Blair or Richard Montgomery. The District has made progress in reversing the trend that had parents fleeing the city once their children reached school age. But demand for high-performing high school options still far outstrips supply. We must address this shortage to keep residents in the city. We’ve discussed this issue with D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, and he is supportive of the goal. Now he and other city leaders need to get the ball rolling. Why now? Two of the city’s high schools, Ward 4’s Roosevelt and Coolidge, are due for modernizations soon. Both are underenrolled, making them good candidates for the addition of a magnet, or schoolwithin-a-school, program. In addition, Coolidge is Metrorail accessible — a big plus for a program that should have a citywide draw. We don’t know exactly what such a program would look like, whether it would be a rigorous math and science magnet taking up a portion of a larger school, or a highly selective International Baccalaureate program, or another configuration. But a successful program would be a source of pride for the city, a feather in our educational cap instead of yet another failing grade.

Scandal heat just got hotter …


he yearlong criminal investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign for mayor took a significant turn this week. For the worse. Prosecutors charged campaign assistant treasurer Thomas Gore, a close Gray ally, with felony destruction of evidence. If Gore continues to cooperate with prosecutors, his penalty could be about two years in prison. Gore — appearing somber in federal court Tuesday — also was charged with three misdemeanors for creating a total of $660 in fake campaign contributions that wound up in the hands of minor mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown. It’s the first clear evidence that Gray’s campaign did in fact pay Brown to hector then-Mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail that season, just as Sulaimon Brown alleged in The Washington Post in March of last year. The big question, of course, is whether Vincent Gray knew about the payments to BRown or other diversions of his campaign cash. The federal criminal probe long ago widened into allegations of shadow campaigns and unaccounted-for funds. And Thomas Gore is no peripheral figure. As Post reporter Mike DeBonis wrote on Monday, “With a plea deal likely to hinge on Gore’s cooperation, prosecutors have secured a set of eyes and ears in the very center of the Gray campaign.” Lawyers watching the case say Gore does indeed have “eyes and ears” in the campaign. The question now, they say, is whether he’ll open his mouth to tell what he may know. Gore was intimately involved in Gray’s 2004 race for the Ward 7 seat and again in 2006 when Gray won the chairmanship. He was there again for the 2010 campaign for mayor. That’s an insider’s insider. Gore, 56, has no criminal record. He’s been deeply involved in education and development issues in large parts of Southeast Washington. He lives in Anacostia, in the true historic area of that neighborhood. One person who has known Gore a long time said he was stunned to hear he may be involved in such campaign wrongdoing. Stunned. At the beginning of the week, there were no comments from Gray or Gore or their attorneys. The mayor is due to return this week from a retail convention in Las Vegas. It’s an important annual trip for top city officials. Reporters waiting back home likely will have few questions about what happened in Vegas. As the

advertising campaign says, what happens in Vegas can stay in Vegas as far as many reporters are concerned. We’d really like to know what happened here in the District in that 2010 Gray campaign. Maybe we’re about to find out. • Disrespect. Nothing else. Our major topic this week was going to have been the latest insults from Capitol Hill for our Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and our citizens. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has proposed legislation in the House to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Norton asked for courtesy to appear before Franks’ subcommittee. Nope, she couldn’t. When she showed up anyway, Franks offered to let her sit with the Democratic members of the committee, but she couldn’t say anything. She rightly declined. No matter where you are on abortion, it seems unAmerican to ban a sitting member of Congress from offering testimony on something that affects his or her district. And elsewhere on the Hill, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., got the House to pass an amendment to the city’s gun control law. The amendment — nonbinding — would assert that any active member of the U.S. Armed Forces should be able to carry his or her weapon in the District, exempt from city laws. Norton says that could be thousands of guns in the city if the measure were enacted. In both instances, she said, “They pick on D.C. because they think they can.” Norton is working with Senate allies to block both bills. And people wonder why District citizens want a full-fledged voting member of Congress or statehood. No such affront to a congressional district or state would be tolerated. But we’re just the little ole District. Who really cares? • Final word. The city is entering the final days of the budget debate for 2013. D.C. Council members are appearing throughout the city to discuss additions and changes before the final vote. We spotted this headline on a Ward 3 listserv: “Council Chair Brown at Ward 3 Dems Thursday to Speak about the Budge.” Well, the word “budge” means to “move slightly; begin to move.” Sometimes the budget discussions feel just like that, barely budging. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Washington Latin appreciates support

On behalf of Washington Latin Public Charter School, I want to express my gratitude for your recent editorial [“A deserving school,” May 16], which spoke highly of our school and supported us in our search for a permanent site. We sincerely appreciate the support of local organizations and institutions as we continue our mission to provide a challenging, classical education to middle and high school students. I am also happy to report that now all of our 42 seniors have been accepted to college and plan to attend. We look forward not only to celebrating their gradua-

tion on June 8 — the first in the school’s history — but also to supporting them as they take the next step in their educational journey. Martha C. Cutts Head of School, Washington Latin Public Charter School

Gray should strike new bond tax law

Thank you for the excellent job you do keeping citizens advised of local news and events. Most important to me are the articles on the D.C. government. The Current is my main source for this information. As your May 16 article stated, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown revised the fiscal year 2013 budget, which the council then adopted. Despite Mayor Vincent Gray’s request to priori-

tize repealing the tax on non-D.C. municipal bonds, Chairman Brown overrode the mayor. Then the council put the repeal of this tax at the bottom of its wish list. This is upsetting and unfair to retirees, who are affected the most by this new tax. Interest from these bonds supplements retirees’ incomes. It is unjustifiable for the chairman to apply this new tax on existing non-D.C. bonds. It should apply to new bonds only. But my preference is to cancel this tax altogether. By copy of this letter, I am asking Mayor Gray to override the council on this matter. The tax penalizes retirees and jeopardizes their retirement income. The mayor should also be firm with the council in banning new programs the city cannot afford. Patricia Senchur Cathedral Heights

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

D.C. needs more available affordable-housing options VIEWPOINT jessica fulton


inding a place to live in the District of Columbia can be tough — especially if you are on a budget. If you have tried to look for an apartment or buy a home in D.C., you know just how expensive a place it is to live, more than ever in recent years. Because the District did fairly well compared to other jurisdictions during the recession, businesses and new residents continue to flock to the area to take advantage of a relatively strong job market and everexpanding amenities in the metro area. But while the rising popularity of D.C. is a good sign of the District’s economic progress, it also has contributed to a rapid rise in housing costs that is making it harder to find affordable places to live. How high have housing costs risen? Over the last decade, average rents for a one-bedroom apartment rose dramatically — from $735 a month in 2000 to $1,100 a month by 2010. Rental prices increased even during the recession, when many District residents were struggling to make ends meet. The rapid rise in housing costs has contributed to a vanishing supply of affordable housing. Since 2000, the supply of affordable rental units (those that cost less than $750 a month) dropped by half while the number of high-cost units (those costing more than $1,500 a month) more than tripled. Home prices also have skyrocketed. Although prices dipped somewhat during the recession, the median home value nearly doubled over the last decade, from $200,000 in 2000 to $400,000 by 2010. As a result, low-cost D.C. homes — the kind that might be bought by a first-time home buyer or moderateincome family — have nearly disappeared. The number of homes worth less than $250,000 has fallen by more than 70 percent over the last decade. Housings costs in D.C. are rising a lot faster than incomes. Because of this, more and more D.C. residents are now spending more than half of their income on housing — one-fifth of D.C. households now spend this much — making it harder for families to pull themselves into the middle class. They have less to spend on education, transportation and health care, and they

are at greater risk for being one economic shock away from homelessness. Although the problem remains most heavily concentrated on D.C.’s lowest income families, housing burdens are moving up the income scale and impacting more moderate-income families. With a significant loss in affordable housing stock, and housing costs that are rising much faster than incomes, the District is struggling to retain affordable housing

A thriving economy rests on diversity of residents. that would allow all residents to survive in the city. The private market produces little affordable housing on its own, so it is critical that the District invest in the creation and preservation of affordable housing. Tenants in buildings like The Norwood in Logan Circle have been able to preserve their affordable apartments thanks to help from the Housing Production Trust Fund, the District’s main source for affordable-housing production and preservation. The tenants used the fund to help them purchase their building and keep it affordable. Tools like this one are becoming even more important, as housing costs have risen tremendously in recent years. Funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund and other housing programs fell dramatically during the recession. Yet just this month, the D.C. Council took an important step and began to reinvest in programs that help increase the supply of affordable housing in D.C. The council used the 2013 budget to allocate nearly $25 million in additional funds to help build and preserve affordable housing, to move homeless families out of shelters and into stable housing to help them get back on their feet, and to fund a program that helps low-income families purchase their first home. Affordable housing is an integral piece to economic development in the District of Columbia. A thriving economy rests on diversity of residents. By investing in affordable housing, the District helps to diversify its economy and helps to ensure that the District is a place where residents across the economic spectrum can live. Jessica Fulton is outreach director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Purple reign: Gonzaga lax thrashes DeMatha to claim third-straight title By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

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Taste of greatness: The Eagles demolished DeMatha 10-3 to win the WCAC lacrosse championship Wednesday.

When a championship comes down to a matchup of rivals, everything heats up. The hits are harder and the thrill of victory reaches new heights with a title on the line. Gonzaga and DeMatha met that heightened standard Wednesday night at the University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field, where the Eagles captured the school’s third-straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship by pummeling the Stags 10-3. “It’s big,” Gonzaga junior Alex Corboy said of winning the threepeat in College Park. “Growing up right down the street from DeMatha, coming here and beating them … . That’s the best team we’ve beat in the WCAC for me.” “It’s great,” added Eagles head coach Casey O’Neill after taking photos with his team and the tro-

phy. “I know that’s very generic, [but] these kids have bought into everything we have been doing the last couple years — family, never

give up, accountability. Championship games like this don’t come easy. Those are probably the hardest-working 10 goals you’re going to find. I’m just really proud for these guys.” Four of those 10 goals came courtesy of Corboy. The lanky 6-foot-3-inch attacker got the Eagles offense going a little over seven minutes into the game when

he beat his defender on a curl around the cage for a point-blank shot. Corboy assisted fellow junior Max Planning three minutes later on a low ripper from the right side. Moments after, Corboy netted his second goal to make the lead 3-0 midway through the second quarter. As the junior helped spark a potent offense, the Eagles defense also smothered the Stags all night. Gonzaga — which held nine of its last 10 opponents this season to fewer than five goals — allowed just three shots in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game, and nine overall for the first half. The team’s defense kept DeMatha without a goal until four minutes were left in the third quarter, when the Stags made it 6-1. “Their defense has been doing that all year long, and they came out and pressured our attack and we struggled, especially in the first See Gonzaga/Page 12

Visi Cubs maul Walls Penguins for D.C. Classic Softball Championship

Sidwell baseball falls in title game By BRIAN KAPUR


Many teams would give up in the face of an 8-0 hole going into the bottom of the final inning. But Sidwell’s baseball team showed heart and resiliency Friday during the MidAtlantic Conference championship game, rallying to get five runs and two runners on base with the tying run at the plate. Junior Chase Plebani came to the plate with two outs already on the board and a chance to complete the comeback. But facing a full count, Plebani hit a fly ball that a Potomac School outfielder caught to end the contest 8-5. “We just waited too long to hit,” said coach John Simon. “You can’t be down eight runs and start hitting — [it’s] that simple. We started hitting and it was too late.” Potomac School jumped on Sidwell at the top of the first inning and built a 4-0 lead before the Quakers could notch the third out. The Quakers were unable to string together any consistent offense until the seventh inning, when, with their backs against the wall, they finally got on track. First senior shortstop David Steinbach got an RBI to put Sidwell on the board and make the game 8-1. Then senior outfielder Ellie Goldman hit a screamer for a double, scoring two runners.

Georgetown Visitation left no doubt Saturday afternoon that it’s the best softball team in the District, shellacking D.C. Public Schools champion School Without Walls 23-1 to claim the fourth annual D.C. Classic Softball Championship at Guy Mason. “I’m very proud of these girls because they’re a young team. We only have three seniors [and] mostly sophomores,” said Visitation coach Mary Conlon. The Cubs did the majority of their damage in the top of the fourth inning, when the squad scored 11 runs and went through 15 batters. Freshman Caitlyn Fischer was the star of the inning after legging out a triple that scored two runners and a single to left field to bring in two more. The Penguins, who had claimed the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title over Wilson, mustered their only run in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice hit. But as the runs piled up against Walls and the outcome became inevitable, the team continued to play hard and cheer each other on. “It’s fun. I mean, it’s not fun to lose, but there is a lot more going on than just winning or losing the game, and they didn’t lose sight of that,” said coach Arthur Klawender. Visitation pitcher Kate Silk’s left arm was

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The Quakers scored five runs in the final inning Friday against Potomac School.

That’s when starting pitcher junior Aidan Monheim came to the plate. The junior had been visibly frustrated with his play on the mound and the Quakers’ stagnant offense throughout the game. Monheim took his feelings out on the ball, launching a home run over the fence and onto the roof of a parked car. The play sent the Sidwell faithful into a frenzy and brought the team within three runs. The Quakers then bunted and were walked to get on base and put the tying run at bat. But that’s where the magic ran out for Sidwell’s incredible comeback bid.

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Visitation throttled School Without Walls Saturday, winning 23-1.

a big contributor to Walls’ offensive failures. The junior stymied the Penguins all afternoon and got better as the game progressed. “In the beginning I was pretty nervous, and I think it might have showed a little bit,” said Silk, who is in her first year on varsity. “But we got our momentum going, and it made it a little easier to for me to get it in there.” Abby Petersen was named the MVP for Visitation, while sophomore and starting pitcher Eleonore Edgell was deemed MVP for Walls. Edgell — the only Walls pitcher present at the game — pitched all seven innings Saturday.

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Visitation lacrosse falls in ISL title game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Two weeks ago, Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team pounded Potomac School to win the Independent School League â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;AAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; regular-season banner. But the victory came with a price tag: The squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scorer, junior midfielder Tess McEvoy, suffered a high ankle sprain. McEvoy sat out the next three games, but returned to play in the championship game Wednesday against perennial ISL stalwart St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes. Her return, with a heavily taped ankle, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to save Visitation from the Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18-6 win for the tournament championship cup. Despite last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss, the Cubs had already made history by unseating the Saints on April 18 to win the regular-season championship. It was the first conference loss for the Saints since the early 1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really the peak of our season, beating them for the banner,â&#x20AC;? said Cubs coach Aubrey Andre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not to say that we peaked â&#x20AC;Ś We definitely still improved.â&#x20AC;? On Wednesday the Saints won the first four draws and set the tone

GONZAGA From Page 11 half,â&#x20AC;? said DeMatha coach Scott Morrison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a group of athletic defensemen they have down there, and they are going to be tough next year.â&#x20AC;? With the final buzzer, the Eagles earned the seventh WCAC tourna-

by turning those possessions into a 4-0 lead within five minutes. Andre took a timeout to refocus and settle her team. The strategy worked, with Visitation winning the next draw. McEvoy then dished the ball to sophomore middie Kelly Myers, who fired it into the back of the net to put the Cubs on the board. Visitation won the next draw, and senior attacker Dina Miller scored to bring the Cubs within two goals with 16:34 to play. That was the closest that Visitation would come. The Saints held a 7-2 draw control advantage for the remainder of the first half, using it to build a 11-4 lead on the scoreboard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it came down to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, it all depends on possession,â&#x20AC;? Andre said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just outplayed us in the midfield. And every draw control was basically theirs.â&#x20AC;? In the second half, the Cubs took two point-blank shots on goal, but the Saints goalie made terrific saves and squashed any hope of a Cubs comeback. Although Visitation will graduate six players this year, Andre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who was in her first season at the helm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expects the Cubs to con-

tend again next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel confident,â&#x20AC;? said Andre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got solid kids who played on [junior varsity] to help fill out six senior spots.â&#x20AC;?

ment title in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and the third-straight conference championship. One of the biggest reasons they got back to the title game was WCAC Player of the Year Connor Reed, who had a quiet night Wednesday. Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only goal of the game came on a circus dive from 10 yards out that left him pumping his chest with teammates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fitting end to

his high school career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, we were up by a lot, and I just wanted to end my career with a goal, so I â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? Reed was cut off. A boy held up a pen, asking him to sign his shirt. Reed leaned down, putting the red pen against the cotton. A few seconds later his name joined dozens of other signatures of the 2012 WCAC lacrosse champions.

Sports Desk NCS lax falls one goal shy of ISL title

National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team traveled Wednesday to St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Potomac, Md. with a chance to avenge a loss to Holton-Arms and win the Independent School League â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship. But the Eagles came up one goal short and fell to the Panthers 6-5. National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense was led by senior midfielder Margaret Gabriel and freshman middie Tess Schaberg, who combined to score four goals. On defense, senior Izzy McCullough made 16 saves. National Cathedral scored the first three goals of the second half and held a precarious 5-3 lead. But the Panthers responded by tying the game and firing in the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play.

Local boats shine at Stotesbury Cup

Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first eight rowing team continued its undefeated run by winning the senior eight Stotesbury Cup Saturday on Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schuylkill River. The Eagles finished with a time of 4:06.69. On the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side, National Cathedral finished with silver in the senior eight final. The Eagles were just two seconds away from winning gold. Among the other top local performers was St. Albans, which took the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second eight final with a time of 4:19.12.

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The Saints stifled the Cubs in the midfield Wednesday.

Field School track takes PVAC gold

Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys and girls track teams won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championships last week. The boys squad posted 150 points while the girls chimed in with 144 points. The Falcons also swept the MVP awards. On the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side, Marcus Robinson took the honor after running to victory in the 200- and 400-meter races and anchoring the winning 400-meter relay team. Meanwhile, Naomi Franck was the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MVP, striking gold in the 100- and 400-meter races as well as the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hires new boys hoops coach

Sean McAloon will take over as Cadets head basketball coach, the school announced in a release Wednesday. McAloon replaces Paul DeStefano, who was let go after 16 seasons. McAloon comes to the District after seven seasons at the helm of Benedictineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball program in Richmond, Va. While McAloon was at Benedictine, 17 of his players went on to play at the college level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited to welcome Sean McAloon to the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community,â&#x20AC;? President Jeffrey Mancabelli stated in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is an outstanding coach, and more importantly heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of person you want developing and shaping young men.â&#x20AC;?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Aidan Montessori School had an event called Special Persons’ Day on May 11. Special Persons’ Day is a day when grandparents, parents, other relatives, friends and neighbors who mean a lot to us come to see us work. In the church basement across the street from our school, we sang songs from Spain and China and from our school play, “The Sound of Music.” Fifth-grader Isabel Bouhl said, “I used the peg board, which is used for square root.” Her mother could not attend, so she shared her work with her friend’s mother. Third-grader Zari Garfield said, “I like singing and showing all my work to my parents.” Her parents and two aunts came to see her. Her favorite song was “Gracias a la Vida.” Sixth-grader Nina Gumbs said, “My grandparents came. I showed them some of my cover letters.” A cover letter is what you send to a company or store when you are applying for a job. You try to persuade them to hire you, and you tell them about your previous experience and your qualifications. We enjoy Special Persons’ Day because it is fun when you get to work with your special people. It’s a good chance for your special people to see how you work in a Montessori classroom. — Eva Gondelman, fifth-grader, and Serena Brown, sixth-grader


British School of Washington

On Friday, Boston Class had an assembly about the Olympics. We have been learning about the Olympics in our International Primary Curriculum work. Some believe that the first Olympics was held around 2,788 years ago and was held every four years in Olympia. Now, it is held in different host countries. Many countries take part, and men and women compete. Then, only boys could take part. Now medals are awarded to athletes, but then coins were given or wreaths made of olive leaves. Now there are 26 sports. Then there were only a few. — Oliver Bloomfield, Year 1 Boston (kindergartener)

Deal Middle School

On May 11, a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders went to the Library of Congress to hear Walter Dean Myers speak. I am writing this article because I feel, as a student, I asked Walter Dean Myers a very important question. For those of you who don’t know, Walter Dean Myers is a famous author who has written many famous books. He is also the ambassador of young people’s literature. Myers writes books about average African-Americans who live in cities (many of whom are involved in crimes). Some of his books are


about his time in Harlem, where he grew up. Myers was born in 1937. His original name was not Walter Dean Myers. Actually his real name was Walter Milton Myers, before he was adopted. I asked Walter Dean Myers if he had to decide what book he would edit or rewrite, which one would it be? He looked at me and said, “Wow, no one has ever asked me that question before!” I knew that was true from what he said when he looked up and said “Oh, wow!” His answer was “The Nicholas Factor.” (He said he thought that book was a “stinker.”) Overall I’m pretty sure everybody had a good time hearing Walter Dean Myers speak at the Library of Congress. — SeVaughn Coates, seventh-grader

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Wednesday, May 23

Wednesday may 23 Classes ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a talk on financial literacy, the first in a monthly series of financial seminars. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. The series will continue June 27 and July 25. ■ As part of the “Wednesday’s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips” series, chef Juliette Tahar will discuss healthy snack ideas and demonstrate a black bean salsa dish. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 materials fee per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will conclude June 13. Concert ■ The Washington National Opera will present a season preview concert, featuring mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi (shown), bassbaritone Andrew Foster-Williams and members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. 6 p.m. Free. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Oualid Ammar, financial officer at the

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Events Entertainment International Finance Corp.-World Bank Group, will discuss “Prospects for the Tunisian Economy and Financial Sector.” 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Choral Arts Society of Washington founder and artistic director Norman Scribner will discuss his decision to retire, his career highlights and his legacy in music. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16. ■ The University of Phoenix will host a résumé-writing workshop. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. University of Phoenix Washington, D.C. Campus, Suite 150, 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall will discuss “The Search to Understand Our Human Origins.” A book signing will follow. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. ■ “Slate Political Gabfest — Live” will feature Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discussing the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama and the mammoth Supreme Court cases of the

spring term. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ The “Fate or Free Will?” discussion series will focus on “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The Glover Park Village will present a talk on “Planning for Long-Term Care” with Howard Gleckman, author of “Caring for Our Parents.” 7 p.m. Free. Stoddert Elementary School, 4100 Calvert St. NW. 202-436-5545. Films ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present the 2011 documentary “The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese.” Journalist and author Adam Schrager will discuss the film’s subject. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present the 2004 film “The Day After Tomorrow,” starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. ■ Reel Israel DC will present Keren Yedaya’s 2004 film “Or (My Treasure),” about a teenager who struggles to keep her mother from returning to life as a pros-

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Wednesday, may 23 ■ Discussion: Richard Ford will discuss his novel “Canada.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. titute on the streets of Tel Aviv. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performance ■ As part of the Alliance Française de Washington’s “Urban Corps” hip-hop festival, dancer and choreographer Aurélien Kairo and his Compagnie De Fakto will present a fantasized story of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s passion for dance. 8 p.m. $20; $10 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. Readings ■ “Time Shadows 2012” — a celebration of Chinese, American and German cultures through modern poetry and music — will feature readings by D.C. poet and artist Fred Joiner and other local writers. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Small Nations Poetry Night 2012 will feature ambassadors from Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco and Slovenia reading poetry and lyrics from their home countries. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-6776. Tour ■ Dumbarton House museum curator S. Scott Scholz will lead a D.C. Preservation League-sponsored “behind the scenes” tour of the Georgetown landmark. 6 to 8 p.m. $25; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Thursday, May 24

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Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers navigate the purchase process and take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts ■ The Golden Triangle Summer Concert Series will feature the group Sin Miedo performing salsa music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. ■ Vocalist Mary Alouette will perform gypsy jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,

Discussions and lectures ■ Rebecca Roberts, program director at the 204-year-old Historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill, will discuss her book “Historical Congressional Cemetery.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Jacob R. Strauss, Jennifer Hayes Clark, Matthew Glassman and Colleen J. Shogan will discuss their book “Party and Procedure in the United States Congress.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Scholar Emer O’Dwyer will discuss “Significant Soil: Dairen and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria, 1905-1937.” Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-3302. ■ Journalist and political commentator Morton Kondracke will discuss the life and political career of Jack Kemp. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Inventing Language — Paul Klee’s Art.” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ In honor of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of George Peabody in Georgetown, the Peabody Room will host a talk by James H. Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ A panel discussion on “Burma’s Future and the Role of Women in Burmese Society” will feature Melanne Verveer (shown), U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues; Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy; Kelley Currie, senior fellow at the Project 2049 Institute; Myra Dahgaypaw, human rights activist; and Robert Herman, vice president of regional programs at Freedom House. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. washington@embassy. (put “Burma Event” in the subject line). ■ A panel discussion on “The Culture of Memory in Immigrant Society” will follow a screening of the film “It Is Also My History — Neighborhood Women Search for the Roots of National Socialism.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 166. ■ Author Scott W. Berg, attorney Whayne Quin, city planner Jeff Speck and National Building Museum senior vice president and curator G. Martin Moeller Jr. will discuss the history of Pierre L’Enfant’s plan for Washington, D.C., and how the plan influences the look and feel of the city today. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Non-Fiction Book Club will focus on Sudhir Venkatesh’s “Gang Leader for a See Events/Page 15


Continued From Page 14 Day,â&#x20AC;? about a young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013; Eleanor Clift will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selecting a President.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Gregory Levine of the University of California at Berkeley will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Look and Logos of Zen Art Modernism,â&#x20AC;? and Katherine Ann Paul of the Newark Museum will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Settings or Shrines? Displaying Tibetan Art.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Barcelona filmmaker Pere Portabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary shorts about his friend Joan MirĂł. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The films will be shown again Friday at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank and the Embassy of Portugal will present the D.C. premiere of Miguel Gonçalves Mendesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;JosĂŠ and Pilar,â&#x20AC;? about Portuguese novelist JosĂŠ Saramago and his wife Pilar del Rio. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  The American Repertoire series will feature Robert Altmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nashville.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1979 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manhattan,â&#x20AC;? starring Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  A K-Cinema Movie Screening will feature Kan Hyeong-cheolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunny,â&#x20AC;? about South Korean society in the 1980s. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Alliance Française de Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Corpsâ&#x20AC;? hip-hop festival, KLP Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour of Duty,â&#x20AC;? about a group of friends reminiscing about the past as they discuss the birth of hip-hop. 8 p.m. $23. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ten: An Alternative Shavuot Experienceâ&#x20AC;? will feature an acoustic performance by Matisyahu and a discussion between the hip-hop/reggae artist and The Atlanticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeffrey Goldberg. 7:30 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Tour â&#x2013;  Local historian Alice Stewart will lead

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Events Entertainment a walking tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trace the Steps of German Immigrants.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW.

her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Family in World War II.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Friday, May 25

Friday may 25 Concerts â&#x2013; Wyatt Smith of Rapid City, S.D., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Tom Principato Band performing blues. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Maryland-based guitarist and vocalist Jonny Grave will perform hill country blues. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Acies Quartett will perform works by Haydn, Gulda and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-8956776. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dinner & a Movieâ&#x20AC;? will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i: A Sound, a Band, a Legend,â&#x20AC;? about the charismatic band that helped launch the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Performances â&#x2013;  The three-day 2012 National College Dance Festival will feature performances by students and faculty members from across the country. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The festival will continue with performances Saturday and Sunday at 2


Saturday, may 26 â&#x2013; Concert: Vocalist Nancy Scimone will perform works by Barber, Bernstein, Berlin and Mercer. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202785-2040.

and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013; More than 120 participants in CityDanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after-school Dream program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including students from Oyster-Adams Bilingual School and Brightwood Education Campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The City Is Ours,â&#x20AC;? featuring social issue-inspired choreography. 7 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Special event â&#x2013;  The Palisades Village will present an exhibition of the bookbinding art of Stanley M. Sherman, featuring 24 of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creations. Sherman will be available to talk informally about his work. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202244-3310. Saturday, May 26

Saturday may 26 Book signing â&#x2013; Sandra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell will sign copes of

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Children will hear a story about silent film actress Anna May Wong and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IberoAmerican Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival will feature the 2010 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La RevoluciĂłn de Juan Escopeta,â&#x20AC;? about an 11-year-old boy from a small mining town who sets out to find his brother, a hero of the Mexican Revolution. 3 p.m. $8 for children; $10 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  After a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veteran Made: Selections From the Combat Paper Project,â&#x20AC;? participants in a hands-on workshop will learn about the process of papermaking and try their hand at â&#x20AC;&#x153;pullingâ&#x20AC;? paper. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tango Practicumâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance for novices and experts to practice their dance moves. 2:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  Sonic Circuits will present area artists performing works by American composer John Cage. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Rob Patterson. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Jazz @ Wesley will feature jazz pianist Dwayne Adell. 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.

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â&#x2013; Jazz pianist Dick Morgan and his quartet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Blues Alley Supper Club, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  In honor of Memorial Day, historian Tara Tappert will lead a guided tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veteran Made: Selections From the Combat Paper Project,â&#x20AC;? which presents works on paper made from military uniforms. After the tour, Tappert will discuss the American militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of crafts from World War I through the present day and how such projects have helped veterans. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss the personal stories of the men who died saving Washington, D.C., during the Battle of Fort Stevens. 2 p.m. Free. Battleground National Cemetery, Georgia Avenue and Van Buren streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Richard Seymour will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Insurgents: A Brief History of American AntiImperialism.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Festival â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Festival: Healing and Alohaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Hawaiian artists and performers, as well as practitioners of traditional Hawaiian healing and culture. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present shorts by Czech avant-garde animator Jan Svankjmajer. 1 p.m. Free. East Building See Events/Page 16

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Continued From Page 15 Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Greek director Michael Cacoyannisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electra.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zou Bisou Bisou,â&#x20AC;? an after-hours party, will feature drinks, music, art and live performances. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the show. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Tulsa Shock. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New England Revolution. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Sunday, May 27

Sunday may 27 Concerts â&#x2013; The National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2012 will feature choirs from across the country and special guests. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036. â&#x2013;  Pianist Mary-Victoria Voutsas, clarinetist Elena Maria Liberatore and collaborating musicians will perform works by Brahms, Beethoven, Hindemith and others. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Camerata will perform works by Shostakovich and Schumann. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Nelson Dougherty. 5 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Louis Perazza from New Hope, Pa., will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.

â&#x2013; The National Memorial Day Concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and performers Daughtry, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Jessica Sanchez, Selma Blair and Ellen Burstyn, among others. 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Czech avant-garde animator Jan Svankjmajerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Otik.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In Films: Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will present Anne Misawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of Aloha,â&#x20AC;? about Hawaiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 years of statehood. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park while explaining how to identify birds through sight and sound and why migratory birds choose Rock Creek Park as a stopover on their long seasonal journey. 7:30 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a spring stroll through Dumbarton Oaks Park and explain why it was called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;crowning achievementâ&#x20AC;? of landscape architect Beatrix Ferrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. 10 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger; $30 per family. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, May 28

Monday may 28 Concert â&#x2013; A Memorial Day Swing Dance Party will feature music performed by Lady Luck

â&#x2013; The National Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the American Veterans Center, will feature veterans, active-duty military personnel, marching bands, military vehicles, floats, flags and special guests Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise and Buzz Aldrin. 2 p.m. Free. Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street NW. 703-302-1012, ext. 227. 29 29 Tuesday, TuesdayMay may

Sunday, may 27 â&#x2013; Concert: Soul guitarist Nate Foley, artist-in-residence at Strathmore, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. and the Suicide Kings and dance lessons taught by Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg. 5 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Film â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Larry Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bone.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Cultures in Motion series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;James Wong Howe Himselfâ&#x20AC;? will offer insight into the life of the Academy Award-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, known for the films â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rose Tattooâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hud.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8520. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memorial Day at the Cottageâ&#x20AC;? will feature guided tours of President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage and the U.S. Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Airmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home National Cemetery, as well as wreath-laying ceremonies to remember fallen soldiers. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; $15 for cottage tours. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232.










Classes and workshops â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Greeks/ Modern Livesâ&#x20AC;? program, Aquila Theatre Company will present an introductory acting workshop led by three classically trained actors. A discussion will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a weekly Pilates in the Park class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. The classes will continue through June 26. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Duo Marchand. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  French singer/songwriter Antoine Bleck will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Unit Pricing to Deceptive Television Ads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caveat Emptor for Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consumers.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Net Impact DC will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driving Sustainability in Retail Supply Chains,â&#x20AC;? featuring Adam Siegel (shown) of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Taryn Sullivan of Efficiency Exchange. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Film Club will present    

Tay Garnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Mark Twain. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202724-8707. â&#x2013; The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular movie series will show Rodrigo Garciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Albert Nobbs,â&#x20AC;? starring Glenn Close. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances â&#x2013;  Participants in New York Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterans Writing Workshop will read from their work. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Greeks/ Modern Livesâ&#x20AC;? program, Aquila Theatre Company will present a staged reading of scenes from Greek drama. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Wednesday, May 30

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Concerts â&#x2013; Mezzo-sopranos Kate Jackman and Sarah Mesko (shown), winners of Vocal Arts DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Artists Competition, will perform with pianist R. Timothy McReynolds. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present a concert by bass-baritone Gidon Saks and pianist Roger Vignoles. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Dan Tepfer Trio. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch Bytes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Digital Art & Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature artists Beat Suter and Marisa Olson discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise of the Amateur: DIY and Remix Culture.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Beeâ&#x20AC;? by Chris Cleave. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  Moment Magazine and the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum will present a discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under Siege in Iran: Religious Liberty and Freedom of the Press.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Knight Conference Center, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Matti Friedman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  DC Latino Pride will feature a panel discussion on employment discrimination faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Minnesota Lynx. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.


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Gallery at Iona exhibit features artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expressive pieces


he Gallery at Iona opened a retrospective exhibit last week of work by its artist-in-residence, Jenne Glover, who is presenting colorful oil paintings, intricate mixed-media collages and hand-sewn textile montage wall hangings. Done in an

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expressive style from 1980 to 2012, the works will remain on view through Sept. 6. A hands-on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch and Learnâ&#x20AC;? workshop with the artist will take place tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.; advance registration is required. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will be held June 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 4125 Albemarle St. NW, the Iona Senior Services center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202895-9407. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Year of the Chief,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit devoted to chief petty officers, opened recently at the U.S. Navy Memorial, where it will continue through March. Located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the

memorialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Naval Heritage Center is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013; The Crime Museum recently opened a new permanent exhibit about serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Featured are newly acquired items from Gacyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, including both of his infamous clown suits. Located at 575 7th St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (spring and summer hours). Admission costs $21.95 for adults; $19.95 for seniors and military and law enforcement personnel; and $14.95 for children ages 5 through 11. 202393-1099. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;About Change: Photos and More,â&#x20AC;? featuring artworks from Central and South America, opened recently at the World Bank, where it will continue through June 30. The exhibit can be viewed by guided tour only on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. An RSVP is required two days in advance. The World Bank is located at 1818 H St. NW. 202-458-0333. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spun,â&#x20AC;? highlighting Danish-born furniture

designer Mathias Bengtsson, opened recently at Industry Gallery, where it will continue through June 29. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202255-7076. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could Be: The AIA DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting winners from the last four years of an award program that recognizes outstanding unbuilt projects by local design professionals and students, opened recently at the District Architecture Center. The exhibit will continue through June 30. Located at 421 7th St. NW, the center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-3479403. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? a touring exhibit of more than 60 works by six artists who practice the Falun Gong method now persecuted in China, opened recently at Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery. The exhibit will continue through

Woolly to present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Post-Electric Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; premiere


oolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Anne Washburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Playâ&#x20AC;? May 28 through July 1. Armageddon has struck and the


grid is down: no TV, no radio, no Internet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Simpsonsâ&#x20AC;? proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Performance times are 8 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Burns, a PostWednesday through Saturday, 3 Electric Playâ&#x20AC;? will run May 28 through July 1. p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. seems. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013; Washington National Opera Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 will close Jules Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D St. NW. 202-393-3939; p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wertherâ&#x20AC;? May 27 in the Kennedy prices start at $29. 202-467-4600; Center Opera House. â&#x2013;  The Bolshoi Ballet will present Performance times are 7:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoppĂŠliaâ&#x20AC;? May 29 through June 3 â&#x2013;  The Source Festival will celeSunday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera brate its fifth year with debuts of 24 prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; House. original works from June 8 through The enigmatic CoppĂŠlia, â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance is presenting July 1. believed to be the daughter of the The festival lineup will include the world premiere of Nicholas reclusive toy-maker CoppĂŠlius, sits three full-length Wardigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humâ&#x20AC;? through June 2 at on her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays, 18 the Atlas Performing Arts Center. balcony, seem10-minute pieces Performance times are 8 p.m. ingly oblivious Thursday through Sunday and 2 and three â&#x20AC;&#x153;artisto the world p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $35. tic blind dates,â&#x20AC;? around her. Her Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. in which nine neighbor, the artists of varying 202-241-2539; feisty Swanilda, â&#x2013;  Constellation Theatre disciplines are is angered by Company is presenting united to create CoppĂŠliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aloof The Bolshoi Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoppĂŠliaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? through June 3 at three new interattitude, and will visit the Kennedy Center May disciplinary Source. becomes even Performance times are 8 p.m. works. more alarmed 29 through June 3. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Performance when her fiancĂŠ Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 times vary. Tickets cost $10 to $20, Franz begins to take more than a p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to with four-play passes available for passing interest in the girl. When $0. Source is located at 1835 14th $55 and all-access passes available she breaks into CoppĂŠliusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house to St. NW. 202-204-7741; for $100. Source is located at 1835 confront her rival, she realizes that 14th St. NW. 866-811-4111; CoppĂŠlia is not quite what she

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Craftsman-style home in Palisades wins design award By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


hen Palisades resident Robert Crooks was looking to move into a craftsman-style home, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expecting to demolish an existing house and build a new one in its place. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what happened â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and when the project was complete, it won a local award for best custom home of the year. Crooks, a native of Australia who lived in Mount Pleasant for 20 years before moving to the Palisades, was looking to downsize. Originally, he hoped to find a Sears kit home to restore, but instead, he came across a foursquare on the 5500 block of Sherier Place that had fallen into disrepair. Built in the 1920s, the house had served as a group home, and some modifications had stripped it of its historic features, like the original woodwork. Poorly constructed renovations left the house structurally unsound, and water damage in the basement and asbestos siding sealed its fate: Crooks hired Landis Construction, a local design-build firm, to help raze the structure and build a craftsman-style house in its place.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea was to fit the house into the neighborhood and not overdevelop the site,â&#x20AC;? said Crooks, who purchased the property in February 2010. In addition to creating a traditional craftsman-style aesthetic, Crooks wanted the house to incorporate green-building elements. It has an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, and incorporates features like rain gardens and barrels to collect and reuse water. One design concept was particularly important to Crooks: a floor plan that would allow him to age in place. As such, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a master bedroom suite on the first floor, along with a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. Crooks also installed a home office at the rear of the home and a breakfast room that overlooks the backyard. Two bedrooms on the second floor and an in-law apartment in the basement complete the layout. While the new house is more than double the size of the original structure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; going from under 2,000 square feet to about 4,500 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Crooks didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to seem that way from the street. Senior project designer Armin Bondoc chose to extend the home inconspicuously into the backyard rather than to stretch it high or wide. That effort

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The newly constructed home on Sherier Place replaced a smaller, deteriorated 1920s structure. helped the house maintain the scale of the lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original structure, and that of neighboring homes. While the house is new, it features a traditional craftsman design. A large front porch with substantial columns faces the street, and flared siding on the ground-level exterior combined with cedar siding on the second level finishes the look. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recently met a man who drives by the house on a regular basis, and he thought the home was a historic renovation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it was basically built from scratch,â&#x20AC;? Crooks said. Designer Bondoc said the house was a special project for more than one reason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great project to work


on from a design point of view because it was a challenge to create something very specific to a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and aesthetics and to manipulate the space so it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a cookie-cutter layout,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was also important not to make the house look too big from the outside,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We manipulated the height of the second-floor roof so that it still maintains a traditional arts and crafts look, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still quite spacious on that floor.â&#x20AC;? Inside the home, there are oak floors, custom cherry cabinetry and a stone mantel surrounding the fireplace. The scale of the rooms keeps

consistent with the modest craftsman style. In January, the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry honored the project by Landis Construction as the 2011 best custom home over $1 million. It was the first time Landis won for a whole-house project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy with the house,â&#x20AC;? said Crooks, who noted that he spends most of his time in the study in the back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the sunniest part of the house, overlooking the backyard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kitchen turned out great, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for hosting big dinner parties.â&#x20AC;?
















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The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 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 ■ cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ community concerns. ■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Mac Market & Deli, 5185 MacArthur Blvd., for substantial changes to its nature of operation: a switch from Class B to Class A to allow the sale of spirits as well as beer and wine, and an adjustment in hours of operation and sales. ■ presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration. ■ presentation by Britany Waddell, director of community relations at the George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, on proposed enhancements to the school’s Whitehaven Parkway entrance. ■ consideration of a public-space application at 5001 Palisade Lane to close an existing curb cut and construct a new curb cut, driveway and steps.

■ consideration of a public-space application at 4801 Dexter Terrace to close an existing curb cut, construct a new curb cut and driveway, and replace an existing leadwalk. ■ consideration of a public-space application at 2935 and 2939 49th St. to construct a new shared driveway, leadwalk, steps and stoop. ■ presentation by the Field School, 2301 Foxhall Road, on its plans for the future. ■ discussion of a request asking the Zoning Commission to reconsider its order in the American University campus plan case. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown ■ american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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At the commission’s May 14 meeting: ■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Victor Braschnewitz reported that crime overall was down 23 percent in Police Service Area 203 in the previous 30 days compared to the corresponding period in 2011, but that thefts from autos had increased. Commissioners voted unanimously to thank Braschnewitz for his service, in light of his impending retirement from the department after working in the neighborhood for the last 11 years. ■ commissioner Tom Whitley reminded residents that planned revisions to Connecticut Avenue Metrobus lines will go into effect June 16. The changes eliminate the L4 route, reroute the L2 to pass under Dupont Circle and add buses to the L2 route, commissioners said. ■ representatives of Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., discussed their plans to serve beer and wine during book events. The store needs a tavern license for this type of alcohol service, said the representatives, who assured residents there would be no community impacts from the plan. The commission will vote on the application and a voluntary agreement at its June meeting. ■ a representative of the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St., reported that the church is seeking permits for a redesigned front sign. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support liquor license renewals for Tenley Wine and Liquors, 4525 Wisconsin Ave., and Sheffield Wine & Liquor, 5025 Connecticut Ave. ■ commissioners tabled discussion of commissioner Tom Whitley’s proposal to seek sidewalks in the 3000 and 3100 blocks of

Brandywine Street because it wasn’t clear whether neighbors supported the idea. The commission will consider the issue at its June meeting. Commissioners also indefinitely tabled discussion of sidewalks in the 3900 block of Idaho Avenue and the 3500 block of Tilden Street after privately hearing objections from residents. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support Alexandra Beninda’s nomination to the D.C. Commission on Human Rights. ■ commissioner Bob Summersgill reported that the Board of Zoning Adjustment had sided with the neighborhood commission in approving a new garage behind a home at 2933 Tilden St. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support a stipulated liquor license and sidewalk cafe at 876 Café, 4221 Connecticut Ave., and to give commissioners Karen Perry and Bob Summersgill the authority to finalize a voluntary agreement on the commission’s behalf. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to request that the Public Space Committee postpone its hearing on a proposed sidewalk cafe at Buck’s Fishing & Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave., because the commission didn’t receive notification of the plans in time to consider them. ■ commissioner Karen Perry reported that she’s heard concerns from Davenport Street residents about the condition of the roadway near Broad Branch Road. ■ commissioners voted 6-0, with Karen Perry abstaining, to spend $570 to advertise commission meetings on the new Forest Hills Connection website for three months. The body will decide whether to continue the ads based on their effectiveness at driving traffic to the commission website. Perry abstained because she said she was disappointed in the Connection’s quality. ■ commissioner Karen Perry complained that the Hearst Elementary School PTA didn’t acknowledge receiving grant money from the commission while publicizing a recent recycling program. The commission had explicitly requested this acknowledgment, Perry said. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, 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 ■ CHEVY CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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Kalorama – 2126 R Street NW. 2011-2012 full renovation of prominent Kalorama single family residence. Steps away from countless embassies. Built 1905, all brick 4-story home. Shows very well. 5-6 bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, 2 Parking. $2,747,000.

Potomac – 4 Beman Woods Court. Natelli Custom Home with spectacular views of the 18th hole at award winning TPC Avenel Golf Community. Spacious floor plan includes gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances. 5 bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, 2-car garage. $1,675,000.

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Chevy Chase – 3801 Underwood Street. New Listing. Sunny, quiet, updated, features high-end kitchen (Subzero, Thermador, custom Varenna cabinets, soapstone counters) and master bath. Porch overlooks beautifully landscaped 9,048 SF garden. 2 car tandem garage. 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half bathrooms. $1,350,000. M. Hagen & S. Bergstrom 202.257.2339

Coldwell Banker was named among the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies* Dupont – 1737 Johnson Avenue NW #D. Spectacular 3-level penthouse loft. Exposed brick, 28' ceilings, original elevator gears, concrete and steel floating staircase, wide open floor plan. Two spacious decks with views of the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. Indoor parking! 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. $1,295,000. Joseph G. Zorc 301.351.5274

Mount Pleasant – 1915 Calvert Street NW #302. Spacious, 1269 sq ft of luxury living in this intimate 16 unit Beaux Arts building. 10 foot ceiling throughout. Sleek baths. Large balcony in rear. Walk to Woodley metro & Adams Morgan. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. $659,000. Camille Gemayel 202.210.2314

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AU Park – 4407 Fessenden Street NW. Traditional semi-detached home in American University Park one block west of Wisconsin Avenue. Convenient to shops, restaurants, and a few blocks to Tenleytown Metro. Hardwood floors, garage with back entrance to the home. Needs updating but very livable. 3 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms. $639,000. Gregory Ennis 202.276.1778

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Wesley Heights – 4200 Massachusetts Avenue NW #314. Corner end unit in fullservice building. Classic finishes, high ceilings, oak flooring, and floor to ceiling windows with views in every room. Access to 1800 sq ft balcony from every room. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. $1,195,000 Charles York 202.471.5251

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Northwest Real Estate MANN: At third-graderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, 16 children and adults donate hair to help cancer victims From Page 1

life-building skills,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And more lax in the things that are just OK.â&#x20AC;? That includes stuff like â&#x20AC;&#x153;falling asleep in bed with her â&#x20AC;Ś [and] stopping and lying down in the park and staring at the clouds to see what we can see.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made me slow down,â&#x20AC;? she said. Her cancer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which doctors have controlled, but not eliminated, through near-continuous chemo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also has inspired Kroll and her husband to focus on the positive.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really dedicated to â&#x20AC;Ś looking at all of our blessings,â&#x20AC;? she said. They count among those their family and friends, Krollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doctors and, notably, her insurance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also focused on the community that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford those things,â&#x20AC;? she said. So on Monday, Kroll and her daughter drove from their home in Chantilly, Va., to Horace Mann Elementary School in Northwest to support an effort that would benefit many in the greater community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Share Your Hairâ&#x20AC;? drew donors willing to lop their ponytails to make

wigs for needy women and girls with cancer-related hair loss. The organizer? Krollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9-year-old niece, Madeleine Voth. Voth organized the donation drive as an alternative to taking part the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Kroll and her husband have been involved with the walk since her diagnosis; coincidentally, it takes participants right past the MacArthur Boulevard home in Kent where her niece lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to do the Avon Walk, but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an age limit,â&#x20AC;? said Voth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we were think-






ing about what people with cancer need, and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They need hair!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Her parents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Krollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Peter Voth, and Maria Dratch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were impressed with the idea, and went online to look up options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started doing our research, and this is a very, very responsible charity,â&#x20AC;? Dratch said of Beautiful Lengths, which will receive Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever needs a wig gets a wig.â&#x20AC;? Kroll was touched by her nieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has always had such a gentle and compassionate presence,â&#x20AC;? Kroll said. Madeleine wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only one lined up to help contribute to those recipients Monday. Her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts, backed by Mann principal Liz Whisnant, drew 16 kids and adults to the small plastic chairs where B Salonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terrell Norris and Karla Rodriguez were stationed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 50,â&#x20AC;? Cleveland Park resident Tessa Leon remarked just before bidding adieu to her ponytail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need long hair down to my butt anymore.â&#x20AC;? Leon said she had donated twice before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both times cutting the hair herself, and then sending it to the organization Locks of Love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been planning to do it on my own. And this was just easier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and cheaper,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that she

also enjoyed taking part in a community event. Lyudmyla Voronkova wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to donate her own hair because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s color-treated, but she had brought her daughter, Angelika Utagawa, a kindergartner at Mann, to take part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We heard through emails,â&#x20AC;? Voronoka said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We explained to herâ&#x20AC;? how it worked, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;she decided to do it.â&#x20AC;? According to Panteneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, the six ponytails required to make a wig must be dyed to match one another, so color-treated and gray hair, neither of which absorbs new color well, are no-nos. Perhaps for that reason, many of Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donors were young, like Angelika. One mom even showed up with a little boy, ready to donate his blond locks. For Kroll, whose hair has come and gone over the years of chemotherapy, an early bout of baldness was incentive to buy a wig â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and she noted that she was fortunate to be able to afford the purchase. She was working full-time at that point, and the wig made it easier to go out in public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such a wonderful thing to be able to go places and not answer the question, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with you?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. For details, visit and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful Lengths.â&#x20AC;?

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Northwest Real Estate BRIDGES: Agency warns of delays during construction on Kalmia Road, 16th Street From Page 1

during at least part of the project, Hernandez said, though the thoroughfares will remain open throughout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking at some pretty heavy impacts,â&#x20AC;? she said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could take 15 to 20 minutes, maybe even longer, just to get over that bridge.â&#x20AC;? The Kalmia project, meanwhile, will close one of the two roads north of Military Road that run eastward from Beach Drive (the other being Sherrill Drive across from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center). Kalmia Road is also the only east-west connection to and from a section of the Colonial Village neighborhood. At a May 1 presentation to the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commission, the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reginald Arno named 16th Street as the best alternate route to

avoid the Kalmia Road project. But in the period when the two bridge projects overlap, that route will have its own issues, as Kalmia intersects with 16th Street barely a mile and a half north of the overpass over Military Road. During the reconstruction of the 16th Street overpass, the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic will share a single two-lane span while the other two-lane half is under construction. Work on each side of 16th Street is projected to take three months. Hernandez said during those six months, the Transportation Department will encourage drivers to use Georgia Avenue instead of 16th Street, using Arkansas Avenue to connect between Georgia and 16th south of Military and using East-West Highway in Montgomery County to the north. In an interview, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said she has asked the

Transportation Department to carefully study the potential effects of simultaneously carrying out the replacements of the 16th Street overpass and the Kalmia Road culvert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know there will be an impact, and a lot of planning has to be done before the projects can start, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both necessary projects,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said. The timeline for the 16th Street project remains uncertain because the department hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet hired a contractor, Hernandez said. The target start date remains October, she said, but it will be up to the contractor to decide when to carry out different stages. Once the overpass and median improvements are completed, Military Road will be repaved as part of a citywide contract. On Kalmia Road, the $1.9 million culvert reconstruction project will include a narrower roadway to reduce impervious surfaces, a

wider pipe that will allow fish to pass through, and replacement of an aging D.C. Water and Sewer Authority pipe. The weakened section of the roadway has been blocked off since part of the culvert collapsed in 2009, but the remaining section has still been wide enough to accommodate two travel lanes. Bowser said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been concerned that the culvert could collapse further if the repairs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done soon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as occurred on Broad Branch Road last spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in Rock Creek Park these culverts start to fail,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the last thing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to see is â&#x20AC;Ś an unplanned closure of that road.â&#x20AC;? Unlike 16th Street and Military Road, Kalmia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which Arno said handles several thousand cars a day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be closed throughout the six-month reconstruction project between East Beach and West Beach drives.

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VACANT: Cathedral Avenue house mired in tax complications gets â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blightedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; designation

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen on Cathedral Avenue,â&#x20AC;? said one mystified neighbor. What is known, according to District tax records, is that the four-bedroom, 2.5-bath house, built in 1928, has been assessed at $1.3 million, and was classified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? late last year. That classification makes the property tax 10 times the normal residential rate. Although a tax payment was made in 2010, the current unpaid balance is listed as $187,664. But bills and other notices to the owner of record, Frances Collier, come back to the tax office labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;return to senderâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;unable to forward.â&#x20AC;? No one interviewed by The Current knew of Collierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? classification and its high tax rate are part of a citywide effort to get buildings back into productive use â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, if the owner is unable to pay, sold to someone who can afford repairs. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear who has the legal right or the funds to do that. Over the past decade, the Cathedral Avenue house has been repeatedly listed as delinquent on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual tax sale list. Several times, the tax lien was purchased by an entity that paid one yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back taxes but did nothing further.

Occasionally, records indicate, an unknown relative paid some of the overdue taxes and mortgage bills. Court records also show that â&#x20AC;&#x153;someone (perhaps a relative) made representations about trying to redeem the property,â&#x20AC;? according to the D.C. attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The last property tax payment was $39,000 in September 2010, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover the full amount owed. Frances Collier is listed as an attorney in the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Index online, which says she was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1974. The only address listed for her is 3833 Cathedral Ave. Her ex-husband, Earl M. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dukeâ&#x20AC;? Collier, who apparently paid for some of the back taxes and repairs, is now executive chair of Arsenal Medical in Watertown, Mass. According to a company bio, he had worked as an attorney in Washington and once served as the deputy administrator of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration. He did not respond to a phone message from The Current. When the roof caved in in late 2010, family members hired a contractor to fix the damage. A building permit to â&#x20AC;&#x153;repair collapsed roof structure [and] replace damaged rafters,â&#x20AC;? dated November that year, is still pasted inside a

front window. Contractor Tom Brown of Bethesda said family members, all from out of state, used the occasion to clear out what looked like years of hoarded furniture, paper and books inside. Some looked like childhood belongings, he said. The house presented a puzzle, Brown said. With 16-inch-thick stone walls, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like a teardown. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;to fix it up, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to gut the place,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had it assessed at $1.4 or $1.5 million, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a million to fix that thing up.â&#x20AC;? Last November, at a meeting of the Cleveland Park/Cathedral Heights advisory neighborhood commission, neighbors got an update on the house from Reuben Pemberton, who oversees the blighted and vacant property list at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Reporting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;properties of concern,â&#x20AC;? Pemberton said 3833 Cathedral was designated as blighted effective fiscal year 2012. One observant commissioner noted that the house was still getting a homestead deduction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a tax break reserved for owner-occupied homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the deduction was later removed. Aeon Financial LLC, a Chicago-based company that bids on delinquent properties,

bought a tax sale lien on 3833 Cathedral in 2009 by paying the delinquent tax for 2008. Under normal procedures, the owner would have six months to pay that money back and redeem the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The overwhelming majority of tax sale homes get redeemed by the owner,â&#x20AC;? a tax official said. If the owner doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t redeem, Aeon could go into D.C. Superior Court and ask a judge to â&#x20AC;&#x153;foreclose on the right of redemptionâ&#x20AC;? after determining that the homeowner was properly notified but did not respond. Aeon has a status hearing scheduled on the Cathedral Avenue property on June 6. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney declined to comment on the litigation. The D.C. Office of Attorney General is suing Aeon, charging fraud, inflated fees and misrepresentation in all its 2008-2009 tax sale transactions. The lawsuit, before Judge Brook Hedge, seeks to void all those sales. The company has no interest in owning homes, according to someone familiar with the case. It just bids on tax sale liens, then hopes to be repaid by the actual owner, with attorney fees, interest and other fees added to the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They end up purchasing nothing. They go to tax sale as an investment,â&#x20AC;? he said, assuming most homeowners will pay up rather than losing their homes.

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Holy Trinity just held a very important event: International Night! Our teachers had picked a country for each class to study throughout the school year. On International Night we made our classrooms look like the country we are studying. Every class from pre-k to fourth grade performed a traditional song and dance from the country it was studying. For example, the thirdgraders are studying Thailand, and they performed a skit called “The Umbrella Queen” and two songs called “Sawatdee” and “Chang (Elephant).” We were in the skit ourselves. One of us played the bass xylophone and the other was an umbrella dancer/village woman. “The children worked hard all year to learn about their countries,” said our music teacher, Mrs. Tober. “Their performances showed how much fun they had learning to sing in different languages.”

Art is another important part of International Night. We made decorations, stage backgrounds and even costumes. The third-graders made Buddha sculptures from Thailand. Others were macaws from Brazil and German flags. We also got pretend passports, which were stamped by the country (classroom) as we traveled around the school. All classrooms had at least one activity going on. For example, China (fourth grade) had a Chinese zodiac activity and Thailand (third grade) had a game where we guessed the smells of herbs that are used in Thai food. — Lydia Furlong and Sofia Daubert, third-graders

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Do you know what it was like to live in Georgetown more than 200 years ago? The third-graders got to explore what it was like while visiting Dumbarton House and Tudor Place in Georgetown. Dumbarton House was cool. We learned about natural resources and primary sources. A blueberry could be a natural resource because it’s not man-made. Primary sources are original pieces of information like the letters we saw that had been written by a man who had lived in the house. He wrote to his wife about the American Revolution. Another cool primary source that we saw at Tudor Place was a letter by George Washington. He was real anxious about the war. “I was surprised he was anxious,” said Samir, “because he was a leader.” Tudor Place is an old house that has been there for many generations. Many people have lived there, like members of the Washington family. As we toured the house, we learned how they lived back then. They got their ice from a place called the icehouse. And to communicate with their servants they pulled a rope, which made a bell ring downstairs. There were more trees and fewer roads back then. Tudor Place is a great place to visit, and we learned a bunch of history at both houses. — Samir Bhojawani and Izzy DePinto, third-graders

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grade teacher Ms. Lisa Jensen is the creative force behind it all, and fellow third-grade teachers Mr. Joe Rogall, Ms. Ashley Tepfer and Ms. Blake Yedwab also contribute. Music teacher Ms. Elizabeth Stinson taught the students the songs from the Civil War. In art class, Ms. Laurie McLaughlin helped third-graders create centerpieces. These were awesome monuments to the friendship between Douglass and Lincoln. Lots of parents and volunteers helped. “I think this year is going to be one of the best!” predicted Ms. Jensen. And it was. — Maddie Eggen, Ally Han and Abby Levine, third graders

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On May 16, the fifth-graders traveled by bus to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. We viewed art and objects from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, places we have studied in social studies class. In the Mesopotamia exhibit, we saw stones with carvings of the Mesopotamian gods, their writing and a big stone with a picture of a god, which was from Assyria. We were able to view statues of Egyptian gods and mummies, and we saw Canopic jars in the Egyptian exhibit. In the Greek exhibit, we saw vases, Corinthian soldier helmets, and a stone with a picture of the main gods they worshiped. In the Roman exhibit, we saw statues of the emperors Augustus and Marcus Aurelius. We saw a statue of a Roman Republican. We also saw a sarcophagus with the Roman god Bacchus on it. The last thing we saw was a Roman couch. — Mark Schlager, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

On May 9, the lower school held its annual Field Day. Students are chosen for the blue or white team when they enter the school by the team captains. However, if a student’s brother, father or grandfather was on a certain team, the student is assigned to that team. This tradition dates back to the school’s beginnings in 1909. The opening event on Field Day is the long jump, where the top four jumpers from each team’s seventhand eighth-grade classes compete. Following the long jump are the dash qualifiers, with the top four competitors from each heat qualifying for the finals. The next events are the sack races, three-legged races and the parent-son threelegged races. Then the dash finals showcase the fastest four runners from the two teams. Following the dash finals, the fourth-, fifth- and sixthgraders take part in football relays, and the seventh- and eighth-graders compete in hurdle relays. The final running event is the quarter-mile relay for the top four runners from each grade on each team. Finally, the last event is the tugof-war, where blue and white teams from each grade level compete

against each other, with two tugs for the seventh and eighth grades. After the sporting events, all of the students and parents walk to the amphitheater for an outdoor lunch and the results are announced. This year the white team won 162-158. — George Walker, Form II (eighth-grader)

School Without Walls

With prom fast approaching, faculty and administration concern for student safety is understandably high (not to say that they don’t normally care about our well-being). They are rightfully worried; statistics across the country have shown significant spikes in alcohol-related deaths around this time of year. This week the Walls senior class was treated to an unexpected visit. The authors (one of them a former Walls parent) of a pamphlet about the dangers of drugs and alcohol spoke to the gathered graduating class about that very same subject. Though the speakers had the very best of intentions, a number of students believed that the presentation did not quite connect with the audience, the entire presentation appearing to be geared toward parents not familiar with the subject matter. On a lighter note, the Walls ultimate Frisbee team defeated Edmund Burke in a close-fought game on Thursday (13-11). Its last game against Burke resulted in a crushing 13-5 victory for Walls. The Frisbee season will end next week with games against Wilson and Washington Latin. Unfortunately, the boys lacrosse team ended its season 0-7, with a 6-2 loss to St. Albans. Despite the loss it was one of the best games the team played all season. Senior Tunde Smith and sophomore Curtis Williams scored, making Curtis the team’s leading scorer this season. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

On May 17 the Jammy-Jam was the main attraction in Shepherd’s auditorium. We had a good time. We did the limbo dance contest. We had refreshments such as hot dogs, juices, Airheads, M&Ms, Starburst, Snickers, chips, water and more. I heard students say, “I love this song” or “Yum!” I saw some students with hula-hoops twisting to the beat. We listened to Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adele, Niki Minaj, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Willow Smith — oh, and LMFAO! Mr. Velez did a great job as DJ and helping out, so thank you to him. It was the best. All the money benefits the BWL band. BWL’s performance will be held on Friday, June 1, so come, come, come! Well, fellow Mustangs, I hope to see you all at the performance. —Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Our class, Ms. Devour’s kindergarten, went to the Audubon Naturalist Society at Woodend. We

took the bus. It was a white bus with seats. We saw birds. The birds were flying. There was a flower bird. It has a pink stomach, and its body is yellow. It looks like it has a little flower on its head. It’s beautiful. We also saw a bullfrog. He was bumpy and eating. He was eating flies. He is brownish green. He made a ribbit sound. He ate the flies with his tongue. We saw a bird’s nest. It was made of sticks and plastic. There were blue eggs that were open in it. — Ellie Rosser and Caitlin Reynaldo, kindergartners

Washington International

Washington International School’s 15 members of the Model Arab League Club and faculty adviser Philip Benson recently attended the 2012 National Model Arab League National Conference held at Georgetown University. The conference was structured to mirror the meetings of the Arab League. The Washington International student delegation represented Sudan and Syria. There were several councils for each delegation, including joint defense, Palestinian affairs, political affairs and environmental affairs. My group, the Council of Environmental Affairs for the delegation of Sudan, was dedicated to addressing pressing environmental issues. There were three council sessions over the two days. We discussed and drafted resolutions on three topics: methods to increase conservation of wildlife, habitat and biodiversity structures and systems across the Arab world; ways to address water scarcity; and the environmental impacts of waste, including formulating a comprehensive strategy to improve collection, transportation and storage. — Mackenzie Moore, 10th-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

The upcoming eighth-grade art show on May 24 will have the theme “A Black Tie Affair.” Some of the artwork exhibited deals with stereotypes and environmental issues. Students will choose from projects that create movement, tell a narrative, use recycled materials, parody advertisements, or are a 3-D piece of artwork inspired by the style of a famous artist we’ve researched this year. Eighth-graders have helped organize the annual event. Every student in the grade participated by joining the floor plan committee, which decides how to set up the actual space for parents and visitors; the refreshments committee, which is in charge of the food and drinks; the graphics committee, which types up the information about the artwork; or the publicity committee, which advertises for the event. Students chose our theme of “A Black Tie Affair” by a grade-wide vote. We’ll be using this theme for decorations and costumes, to make it a more formal event. — Chloe Henderson, eighth-grader

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