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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vol. XLV, No. 24

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Mendelson, Orange vie for top post

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■ Council: Kwame Brown

resignation leaves opening By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The next D.C. Council chairman faces two daunting tasks: bringing an increasingly fractious council together to do the city’s business, and trying to restore citizen trust in a government wracked by indict-

ments, resignations and ongoing federal investigations of its top officials. Council members were scheduled to elect a new chairman Wednesday morning. Chair pro tempore Mary Cheh, in a resolution circulated Tuesday, proposed elevating at-large member Phil Mendelson to acting chairman and Michael Brown (also at-large) to fill the pro tempore seat. Observers said Mendelson appears to have won support from a

majority of the 12 remaining members. The council must replace Kwame Brown, who resigned as chairman abruptly last Wednesday after indictments for federal bank fraud and a violation of D.C. campaign finance laws. Brown pleaded guilty to both, in back-to-back federal and local court proceedings, on Friday. His successor, who by charter must be chosen from among the four See Council/Page 25

Study will review Cleveland Park safety By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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A group of spectators waves to the crowd from their perch high up on a P Street balcony during the annual Capital Pride Parade Saturday.

Traffic and parking issues in the Cleveland Park commercial district will be reviewed starting this fall when the D.C. Department of Transportation kicks off a longawaited study of the Connecticut Avenue corridor there. The agency will examine safety issues along Connecticut between Porter and Macomb streets, and the effect of potential changes on traffic and parking, according to Transportation Department planner Colleen Hawkinson. A written summary of the planned study states that it will seek solutions for “speeding, aggressive driving, challenging intersection geometry, deficient infrastructure, and multimodal conflicts.” Improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians will also be key. According to Hawkinson, the traffic patterns at the key intersections in the study area will receive the most See Study/Page 38

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The six-month, $200,000 study will include a review of the service lane in Cleveland Park. The research will also examine safety issues along the corridor.

Activists seek more voice in ABC license transfers

Wagshal’s to take over part of former Balducci’s space

By DEIRDRE BANNON

■ Retail: Wesley Heights had

Current Staff Writer

Community leaders and activists in the District are accustomed to weighing in on all kinds of government activity. But two Northwest neighborhoods are learning that there’s one arena where they can’t make their voices heard: liquor license transfers from one owner to another. Owners of Foggy Bottom bar McFadden’s got a green light this month to take over the liquor license of Ireland’s Four Fields in Cleveland Park. Some community members are saying their concerns — along with the McFadden’s track record on Pennsylvania Avenue — should have played a larger role in the city alcohol board’s approval of the transfer. According to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration filing, the alcohol board approved the

NEWS Neighbors reach accord with GU on campus plan, student housing

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complained of loss of market

By BRADY HOLT

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Some Cleveland Park residents have concerns about a new Connecticut Avenue bar to be opened by the owners of McFadden’s in Foggy Bottom.

license transfer June 1, pending submission of a few administrative documents. In Glover Park, advisory neighborhood commissioners are equally concerned about the liquor license for JP’s, a strip club at 2412 Wisconsin Ave. There, a group See Transfers/Page 23

SPOR TS Visitation star in two sports decides on lacrosse, Cavs

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The Wagshal’s Family of Fine Foods company announced yesterday that it will open a new location at 3201 New Mexico Ave. early next year, representing Wesley Heights’ first food market since Balducci’s closed in the same shopping center in 2009. The 4,000-square-foot American University-owned space will be

BUSINESS New restaurant brings Spanish cuisine to Cleveland Park

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designed to complement the local firm’s long-running Spring Valley location, and will offer a “Europeanstyle” shopping experience, according to Wagshal’s president Bill Fuchs. In addition to upscale grocery items, the new location will also offer sit-down and takeout dining, said Fuchs, who lives just a few blocks from the new location. “I’m well-aware of the absence of any kind of food market that the neighbors have enjoyed over the years, and given that there’s so much foot traffic there, it’s a great opportunity for us to engage in the Wesley See Wagshal’s/Page 19

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Hank’s Oyster Bar controversy continues with ABC Board hearing today last month. But the alcohol board will be taking more testimony on the case in its hearing today, with the expectation of making a new decision within 90 days, according to alcohol agency spokesperson Bill Hager. The hearing comes after alcohol inspectors visited Hank’s over the weekend, requiring owner Jamie Leeds to comply with her voluntary agreement and shut down part of her out-

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Today the city alcohol board is set to revisit the case that won’t quit: its 2010 decision to end the voluntary agreement for Hank’s Oyster Bar. The Hank’s agreement is now back in effect, following a D.C. Court of Appeals order

door patio at 1624 Q St. Leeds has publicly criticized that move, along with the Appeals Court decision. In a recent letter, she urged neighbors to tell city officials “that it is time to stop allowing a few residents to dictate what happens in a neighborhood.” When Hank’s originally won permission to terminate its voluntary agreement in November

2010, the case was considered precedent-setting for the city. A handful of other establishments have since won approval from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to end their voluntary agreements, which work as contracts between liquor license holders and surrounding community members. Hank’s first established its voluntary agreeSee Hank’s/Page 18

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New cameras would target speeders, other violators

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

D.C. drivers could receive more traffic tickets if a program that would increase the number of mobile traffic cameras — and the kinds of driving infractions they could capture — moves forward this year. Representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department are making the rounds at advisory neighborhood commissions throughout the city, asking them to urge the D.C. Council to approve contracts for the project’s equipment that totals more than $1 million. This comes on the heels of data released last week by the D.C. chief financial officer that said the city took in a record $55.1 million in revenue from tickets generated by cameras in fiscal year 2011, despite issuing fewer tickets overall. The information was released only after AAA Mid-Atlantic filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the city.

At a meeting of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission last week, Lisa Sutter, a civilian who manages the police department’s photo enforcement program, said the program will address “traffic fatalities and other serious injuries” caused by drivers. According to Sutter, cameras encourage those behind the wheel to modify their behavior when they realize that nearly every move could be documented. She also said the program would pay for itself in revenue from citations. The new program aims to put 112 new and technically advanced mobile cameras on the road. They will be used to not only capture red light and speeding violations, but also to ticket drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks and those who create gridlock when they proceed through traffic signals without enough room to clear an intersection. Some cameras would be See Enforcement/Page 25

The week ahead Thursday, June 14

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Approval Act of 2012. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its annual meeting, which will feature the election of officers, an update from president Susie Taylor on the association’s performance during the past year, and a presentation by at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design will hold a community meeting about the state of planning for the future of the two institutions. The trustees recently voted to explore the feasibility of relocating as one option. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mantel Room, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Reservations are suggested; visit getinvolved. corcoran.org/community_meeting.

Thursday, June 21

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012” meeting for Ward 1 residents. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a final public meeting on their study of ways to improve transit service along 14th Street, including possible changes to Metrobus routes 52, 53 and 54. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the Metrobus Northern Division Facility, 4627 14th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Democratic State Committee will hold its 26th Kennedys-King Gala at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets cost $175. For details, visit dcdemocraticparty.org.

Saturday, June 23

The National Park Service will hold a town-hall meeting to provide an opportunity for area residents to interact with agency officials who manage Rock Creek Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the National Mall and Memorial Parks and National Capital Parks-East. The event will include an open house, presentations about the parks and a question-and-answer session. The meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THE ARC), 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.

Wednesday, June 27

The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public forum to discuss proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan’s Federal Environment Element. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Suite 500 North, 401 9th St. NW.

Thursday, June 28

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012” meeting for Ward 2 residents. The location has not been determined.

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Bill would update city’s drunk driving rules

By ELI OKUN

Current Correspondent

A D.C. Council hearing Friday considered a bill to update and strengthen regulations against impaired driving, drawing general support from most of the 10 witnesses and the Judiciary Committee chair, at-large member Phil Mendelson. The mayor submitted the Comprehensive Impaired Driving Act of 2012 to the council last month, and Mendelson — whose committee held the hearing — said he hopes it will be back to the whole body for a vote before the July 15 recess. Mendelson said the “fairly comprehensive bill”

would clarify regulations across a wide variety of impaired driving issues, including chemical testing, implied consent provisions and subpoena authority. It would also enact tougher mandatory minimum sentences and include additional penalties for impaired driving in commercial vehicles or with a child passenger. The bill is meant to accompany the District’s new breathalyzer program, which will be restarted in the next few months. In February 2010, many of the city’s breathalyzer machines were discovered to have been improperly calibrated for more than a year, and the program has been out of service since then. See Impaired/Page 38

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District Digest House bill would limit abortions in District

A Michigan Republican is planning to introduce a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives stipulating new rules for abortions within the District, according to a news release from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The bill from Rep. Justin Amash would limit who can perform abortions in the District of Columbia, allow doctors or hospitals to refuse to provide the service, and require parental consent for minors, the release states. Norton, in the release, accuses Amash of “spending time in the House meddling in my district, instead of attending to the needs of his own constituents.�

District may renovate different playgrounds A list of playgrounds the city intends to renovate in the 2013 fiscal year is under new review by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, which may alter the plans for its allocated $9.3 million. Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray and then-Council Chairman

Kwame Brown released a list of 24 playgrounds — most of which are in Northwest — that had collectively received the funding allotment. But a news release Friday states that the parks department and the Department of General Services may renovate fewer or different facilities with that money, based on a more thorough analysis of different playgrounds’ needs and current and projected usage. “DPR and DGS are conducting an analysis to determine which ‌ playgrounds are most in need of renovation and how many can be renovated with the new funding,â€? the release says.

Officials to prepare development strategy A five-year “economic development strategy,� expected to come out this fall, will identify possible regulatory changes and incentives to boost private investment in the District, Mayor Vincent Gray announced last Wednesday. Elected officials, city agency heads, university presidents and leading employers will collaborate in preparing the plan. The recommendations will be “comprehensive

and feasible� steps to stimulate business growth and job creation, according to a news release.

Gray offers nominees for healthcare panel

As the city prepares to implement a “health benefit exchange� by January 2014, Mayor Vincent Gray last week nominated seven health-care policy experts to oversee it, according to a news release from his office. These officials will be responsible for implementing the federal health-care law in the District, especially by creating a marketplace in which residents can cross-shop various insurance plans. The seven nominees include D.C. Department of Health director Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Service Employees International Union official Khalid Pitts and Georgetown University health policy researcher Kevin Lucia. The nominations are subject to D.C. Council confirmation. If the council confirms his appointment, Akhter will take an unpaid leave of absence from the Health Department, according to the release.

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Connecticut Avenue will soon feature a permanent light show, as the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District are partnering to pay up to $190,000 for artwork in the roadway’s rebuilt median. The arts commission is now seeking proposals for the project, which it hopes to have in place by mid-November on the four blocks between K Street and Jefferson Place. “The installation will enhance the lush landscaping of the medians and create a dynamic nighttime element along the busy downtown corridor,� the arts commission states on its application form for artists interested in the project. Applications are available at tinyurl.com/light-application and due June 22; the selected project will be announced July 27.

GDS students seek laptops for Africa

Georgetown Day School students who will travel to Africa this summer to volunteer with a health care and education clinic are seeking donated laptops for the children there. The 16 students in the Tenleytown school’s Horn of Africa Program will be working with Project Mercy and the Ray of Hope Foundation’s Clinic and Community Center in Kawange, Kenya. “All the children at these organizations LOVE to learn,â€? student Rhett Stuart wrote in an email, “but unfortunately they don’t have the best resources. ‌ If you have any old laptops, that can hold a charge and have a charger, it could really

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Agency seeks input on dog park proposal

Residents wishing to weigh in on an application for an official dog park at the Guy Mason Recreation Center have through July 9 to send comments to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. The proposal from the Dogs of Guy Mason Alliance, a group of Glover Park residents, is for a 6,400-square-foot fenced off-leash dog park near the center’s parking lot and ball field, at 3600 Calvert St. Email comments to dpr.dogparks@ dc.gov.

Glover Park Village seeking volunteers

The Glover Park Village group is seeking volunteers to help elderly residents with transportation, yard work and other needs, according to a news release. Residents wishing to help out, or those who need services, can contact the village at 202-436-5545 or gloverparkvillage@gmail.com, the release states.

Ellington mural to be restored on U Street

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has hired an art restoration firm to rehabilitate U Street’s G. Byron Peck mural of Duke Ellington, the commission announced recently. The mural, originally painted in 1997 and displayed on the wall of the True Reformer Building at 1200 U St. since 2004, has deteriorated over the years, according to a news release. The Landover, Md.-based firm ARTEX Fine Art Services will spend up to a year on the project.

Crestwood group elects officers

The Crestwood Citizens Association last month re-elected president Gale Black, who also serves as an advisory neighborhood commissioner for the community. David Swerdloff was elected vice president for history; Doug Barker, vice president for the green team; and George and Deb Chaconas, vice presidents for social affairs. Kathy Frank was named secretary; Ellen Wormser, treasurer; Tom Chused, head of communications and the website; Nicole Skinner, head of the kids team; and John Ostenso, head of safety and police.

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Georgetown U. and neighbors reach accord By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

An agreement that could end years of zoning battles over Georgetown University’s expansion plans begins with a grand vision of town-gown cooperation, then details practical policy changes to keep students — and problems with trash, parties and cars — out of the surrounding neighborhood. Announced last week, the agreement between the university and nearby neighborhood groups calls for incentives for students to stay on

campus, and shifts any long-term expansion to outside the 20007 Zip code and the communities of Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall. The main campus would become “an integrated, student-centric living and learning campus,� housing at least 90 percent of undergrads by 2025. The university, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood association and citizens associations from Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall also hammered out dozens of detailed requirements designed to be incorporated in a zoning order

accompanying a seven-year campus plan. For example, the university would forbid most undergraduates from driving to the campus or parking on neighborhood streets. It would also “adopt a policy that living off-campus is a privilege, not a right� and encourage students to “host social gatherings — including parties where alcohol is served� on campus. The neighborhood commission will hold a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the entire agreeSee Georgetown/Page 14

Panel rejects request for new look at AU plan By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Zoning Commission on Monday rejected calls to reconsider its decision allowing a series of development projects and other programs at American University over the next 10 years. The Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission and university neighbor Robert Herzstein separately accused the zoning panel of ignoring vital evidence they presented during months of hearings on the university’s campus plan. In filings last month, Herzstein and neighborhood commissioner Tom Smith wrote that the Zoning Commission should order a halt to all campus plan activities pending new hearings. Zoning commissioners took less than five minutes to rebuff two filings from the neighborhood commission — one for the main campus plan, the other specific to the North Hall dorm — and one from Herzstein. “To hold a new hearing with no new evidence is, I don’t want to say a waste of time, but I don’t think we would have found anything different from where we landed,� said Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood. The neighborhood commission’s filings contend that many sections of the order issued by the Zoning Commission were based on misleading or simply untrue premises, making it “incomplete, inaccurate, and arbi-

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psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013;  DownTown

  



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 4:40 p.m. June 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 3 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; sidewalk; 12:45 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; store; 12:55 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 11th St.; hotel; 10 a.m. June 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; alley; 5 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  900 block, H St.; street; 9:30 p.m. June 9.

psa 102

â&#x2013;  gAllEry PlACE PSA 102

PEnn QUArTEr

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; alley; 12:05 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. June 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; residence; 11:45 p.m. June 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, E St.; store; 1 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 8:45 p.m. June 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  8th and E streets; sidewalk; 8:40 p.m. June 4.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013;  CHEvy CHASE

Burglary â&#x2013;  5100 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9 p.m. June 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2700 block, McKinley St.; drugstore; 4:49 a.m. June 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5400 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Legation St.; residence; 7 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Military Road; residence; 6:30 p.m. June 7.

psa 202

â&#x2013;  FrIEnDSHIP HEIgHTS

PSA 202 TEnlEyTown / AU PArk Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 11:30 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  40th and Albemarle streets; sidewalk; 12:45 p.m. June 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  4900 block, Western Ave.; residence; 10:21 a.m. June 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 4:10 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.;

school; 11:55 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 11:30 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  Albemarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 2 p.m. June 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Warren St.; street; 6 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Warren St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 pm. June 4. â&#x2013;  5300 block, 42nd Place; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. June 4.

psa 203

â&#x2013;  ForEST HIllS / vAn nESS PSA 203

ClEvElAnD PArk

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Upton St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 10:09 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 36th St.; government building; 5:30 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  3900 block, 37th St.; school; 8 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:52 p.m. June 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Rodman St.; street; 6 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Norton Place; street; 12:15 a.m. June 6.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  MASSACHUSETTS AvEnUE

HEIgHTS / ClEvElAnD PArk wooDlEy PArk / glovEr PSA 204 PArk / CATHEDrAl HEIgHTS

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; 12:50 a.m. June 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. June 5. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Cortland Place and Klingle Road; street; 8 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 9:20 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Woodley Road; street; 1:30 p.m. June 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; street; 9 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  3700 block, 39th St.; street; 6 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Rodman St.; street; 9:30 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 29th St.; street; 3 p.m. June 7.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  PAlISADES / SPrIng vAllEy PSA 205

wESlEy HEIgHTS / FoxHAll

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 3 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  5100 block, MacArthur Blvd.; store; 1 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 10:30 a.m. June 9.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013;  gEorgETown / bUrlEITH

Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; office

building; 8 a.m. June 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 32nd St.; store; 10:58 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  34th and M streets; store; 1:26 p.m. June 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 2:30 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7:55 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 7:30 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  3400 block, M St.; sidewalk; 11:30 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 1:56 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:15 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; school; 1:20 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; alley; 11 a.m. June 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 5 p.m. June 9.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013;  Foggy boTToM / wEST EnD

Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 4:45 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 12:15 p.m. June 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; parking lot; 1:30 a.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 2:20 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  L Street and Vermont Avenue; store; 2:22 a.m. June 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 11:25 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:12 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 10:59 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; park area; 3 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; church; 9:58 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2300 block, M St.; church; 5 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 6 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; street; 2:45 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  19th and F streets; sidewalk; 12:28 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; bank; 3:30 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; restaurant; 6 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 1:30 a.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; drugstore; 3 p.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; bank; 3:50 a.m. June 10. â&#x2013;  800 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 11:38 a.m. June 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 2:11 p.m. June 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 26th St.; street;

9 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 11 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 3:30 a.m. June 9.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  SHErIDAn-kAlorAMA PSA 208

DUPonT CIrClE

Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; store; 1:18 a.m. June 7. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  22nd and P streets; sidewalk; 12:40 a.m. June 10. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; government building; 4:45 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  20th and P streets; sidewalk; 1:50 a.m. June 10. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:45 a.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 8:15 p.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; sidewalk; 9:03 p.m. June 9. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 12:30 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; hotel; 3:02 p.m. June 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:17 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 21st St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; residence; 4:30 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 11 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:35 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Newport Place; residence; 9 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:20 p.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  20th and O streets; store; 9 p.m. June 9. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. June 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; alley; 4:35 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, O St.; street; 7 p.m. June 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 12:05 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; street; 12:30 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 18th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; residence; 10:45 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 3:20 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 7:45 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. June 6.


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Pulpo brings tapas to Connecticut Avenue

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ino Tapper, who has owned Dupontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Floriana restaurant since 2010, had four concepts ready to go when he found himself with a second space in the heart of Cleveland Park. His high-end Italian idea seemed overkill in a neighborhood overflowing with pasta, and the spot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which previously housed Tackle Box â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was too big for an intimate restaurant whose theme would change monthly. Plus, nearby Spices made Asian fusion seem a bit superfluous. But his planned Spanish tapas-inspired operation? That was just right. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You name me a tapas restaurant thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s within a mile and a half of here,â&#x20AC;? said Tapper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we saw the space, it was like, this fits our concept beautifully.â&#x20AC;? Within less than two months, Tapper and his partners opened Pulpo (the Spanish word for octopus) at 3407 Connecticut Ave., offering small plates inspired by the Spanish tradition. The restaurant is still in its soft-opening phase: While a liquor license came through last week, unlocking the keys on the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carefully curated wine and cocktail list, the menu is

Spanish tapas in the style of, say, Jaleo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a Spanish tapas restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Spanish tapasbeth cope inspired restaurant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our take on not yet complete. Still, there are this cuisine,â&#x20AC;? he said. plenty of choices already. He also noted that everything Tapper and business partner will be served fresh at Pulpo, which Mike Finkelstein said some of the has no freezer or microwave. A raw most popular bar out front dishes thus far will add to the have been the menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offercocoa-crusted ings, expanding strip loin, which from its current comes with fava eight choices to beans and a fenabout 20, nel mint sauce including tiradi($14); bone tos, which are marrow in a like sashimi, mustard green and three kinds pesto with a of ceviche. beth cope/the current pickled salad Sommelier ($12); a panJeff Bredt said Owner Dino Tapper sought to fill fried quail egg he worked hard a void in Cleveland Park. served over to create a list Spanish chorizo ($8); and naturally, of Mediterranean and South given the namesake, the two octoAmerican wines that pair well with pus dishes: pulpo with fingerlings the variety of choices on the menu, and brava sace ($9) and baby octofrom barbecued ribs to foie gras to, pus, wood-grilled with fennel, of course, octopus. grapefruit and citrus vinaigrette â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a really wide ($11). selection of flavors,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting Tapper stressed that the restaualso that he sought to provide wines See Pulpo/page 25 rant is not aiming to do traditional

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Yet again, a development firm is trying to refurbish the historic Williams-Addison House in Georgetown to make it saleable as an elegant single-family home. The 1817 house, gutted by a previous owner, has been vacant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and its site a messy construction zone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for about six years. Last week architect Dale Overmyer presented plans for minor alterations to the house at 1645 31st St. to the Old Georgetown Board. The new owner, Brian Papke of Capital City Real Estate, did not immediately return calls from The Current, but Overmyer said the plan is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;speculative development.â&#x20AC;? Capital City is a construction and investment firm that produces â&#x20AC;&#x153;high quality residential propertiesâ&#x20AC;? around the metropolitan area, according to its website. Many of the properties listed are downtown or in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Shaw and Columbia Heights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These folks are committed to making it a wonderful house,â&#x20AC;? Overmyer said of the Georgetown

property, adding that the needed work could be done in less than a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be beautiful, and on the marketâ&#x20AC;? sometime in 2013, he said. But that will take some effort since a previous owner, Marc Teren, had stripped the interior of the historic house. He also tore up much of the land, including a tennis court, in a failed attempt to subdivide the roughly three-fourths-acre property and build another house in the rear yard. That plan was repeatedly rebuffed by the Georgetown board and city preservation authorities, and Teren got out a year ago, leaving construction fences, piles of dirt and brick, and a ravaged yard. Teren, too, could not be reached for comment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The person who did this has been punished severely by the market,â&#x20AC;? Overmyer said, referring to Terenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure over what is also known as the Friendly Estate. Though developers Stanley Marks and Paul Hirsch of Marylandbased Mast Realty bought the eightbedroom, 7.5-bathroom estate from Terenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Equity RG firm for $5 million in March 2011, they reportedly See Williams-Addison/Page 22

D.C. Public Library seeks Chuck Brown submissions By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

To kick-start an archive collection devoted to the D.C. go-go scene, the D.C. Public Library is asking residents to donate their Chuck Brown memorabilia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ticket stubs, audio recordings, news clippings and the like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea of doing a go-go archive was something the library has been looking at for a few months now. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been talking about how to make this work,â&#x20AC;? said agency spokesperson George Williams. He said Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent death catalyzed the library â&#x20AC;&#x153;to execute that plan and start collecting items.â&#x20AC;? Brown, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Godfather of Go-Go,â&#x20AC;? died on May 16 at age 75. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered the driving force behind go-goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth as a subgenre of funk music in D.C. in the 1970s. Over the past few weeks, residents and leaders across the city have been searching for ways to honor the performerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. Mayor Vincent Gray has suggested naming a park after the musician, and former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown put forth the idea of creating a permanent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go-Go Hall of Fameâ&#x20AC;? facility, according to news reports. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced legislation last week to make Aug. 22 a national â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuck Brown Day.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on top of the four-hour dance party tribute that took place May 31 at the convention

center. The D.C. Public Library is proposing a special archive collection dedicated to go-go music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stamp on it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; within the Washingtoniana Division of the central library downtown. According to Williams, the fledgling collection has started with contributions from library staffers, including audio-cassette recordings of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances. Williams said the library has also seen responses from media outlets like The Washington Informer, which sent articles and information. A news release from the library invites residents to donate â&#x20AC;&#x153;flyers, posters, photographs, concert-ticket stubs, videos or DVDs, CDs and audio recordings of Chuck Brown and other Go-Go musicians,â&#x20AC;? along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;letters that describe attending a Chuck Brown/Go-Go concert.â&#x20AC;? Williams said the best way to donate items is to deliver them in person to the Washingtoniana Division, located on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW. All donations will require a written consent form to give the library ownership of the items without expectation of payment. The go-go archive will join more than 230 others in the library dedicated to individuals and organizations that have helped shape the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history since the late 18th century, the news release says.


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ANC seeks various changes to cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walter Reed redevelopment plan Current Staff Report The Takoma advisory neighborhood commission last week voted to support the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reuse proposals for the shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but with numerous requested changes, including ditching the approach of hiring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;master developerâ&#x20AC;? to guide the project. Commission chair Sara Green said hiring one company to lead the redevelopment of the 67.5-acre site would create a loss of transparency and â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary opportunities for corruption,â&#x20AC;? even if the city-approved land-use plan is scrupulously followed.

In an interview, Green said the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority, a working group of community members and city officials, had rejected the possibility of the District itself supervising the redevelopment, as well as a hybrid situation whereby city officials could work together with a master developer. Martine Combal, the director of the redevelopment authority, said the city plans to release a public request for proposals to bring in a master developer for Walter Reed. The city is now seeking an adviser to help set qualifications for that request, she said at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting.

Liquor store owner given probation for underage sale By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The owner of a Foxhall liquor store convicted of selling alcohol to a 17-year-old received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation on Thursday. Richard Kim, who owns Town Square Market at 4418 MacArthur Blvd., was also fined $550 and was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service, court records show. Kim was convicted May 22 after a February arrest. Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest came after WUSA reporters documented dozens of transactions allegedly involving underage customers over several months. According to the WUSA investigation, more than 40 teens from across the region who received underage drinking citations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly from Montgomery County

authorities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were found to have purchased their alcohol at Town Square. The February incident was the only one observed by police or Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration officials. Palisades/ Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission chair Stu Ross said in an interview that Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentence was in line with the proven record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if what is alleged [by WUSA] to have transpired with underage drinkers from Montgomery County was before the court, that this sentence would be inappropriate,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But because there was only one incident before the court involving one arrest, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably a fair sentence.â&#x20AC;? D.C. law allows a sentence of up to 180 days in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 for selling alcohol to a See Market/Page 19

Panel denies zoning change for MacArthur Blvd. house By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Zoning Commission on Monday night rejected a zoning change that would allow a Palisades resident to operate a commercial art gallery out of her 5248 MacArthur Blvd. house. Commissioners were clearly sympathetic to Bao-An Nguyen, who testified that a gallery wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impact neighbors and noted that her house is in an area with significant commercial use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since our house is in between a lot of commercial zoning around us, and we think a gallery is a very quiet business, and we are at the end of the block right next to [a Citibank branch], we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d disturb anyone,â&#x20AC;? Nguyen told commissioners. She added that most of her neighbors support her application. But zoning commissioners unanimously agreed that their guiding document, the D.C. Comprehensive Plan, clearly states that commercial use would be inappropriate for that

stretch of MacArthur. In rejecting the proposal, they decided that public hearings wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be necessary to make a final decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate because I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something that would be in great consequence,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Peter May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it seems to be clear ... that there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sufficient support in the Comprehensive Plan for us to be able to pursue this.â&#x20AC;? Nguyen has been seeking a zoning change for several years that would allow the commercial art gallery, which would complement the studio she already operates in her home. The Zoning Commission rejected her 2009 proposal to rezone the entire block of MacArthur between Arizona Avenue and Edmunds Place. Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property is one of eight single-family homes between the Citibank on the same block and a row of small stores on the next block to the south. Another bank and a mixed-use building with offices over retail are immediately across See Zoning/Page 19

When several meeting attendees pointed out that the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profit from the project could create a conflict of interest, Combal said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the land uses will be set in stoneâ&#x20AC;? for the Walter Reed site. A D.C. Council committee hearing on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reuse plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which envisions retail, offices and residences on the former campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will take place Thursday afternoon at the John A. Wilson Building. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but postponed in the wake of Council Chairman Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation. While the neighborhood commission voted

5-1-1 last week to support â&#x20AC;&#x153;the goals detailedâ&#x20AC;? in the existing reuse plan, it also asked the council to reject the master developer tact â&#x20AC;&#x153;unless there are requirements for significant transparency and continuous public participation in the decision-making process.â&#x20AC;? The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution also calls for: â&#x20AC;˘ the District to proceed with plans to lease a site at Butternut Street and Georgia Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x153;as soon as possible ... and immediately redevelopâ&#x20AC;? it for a badly needed fire station; â&#x20AC;˘ a proposed high-rise apartment building at Aspen and 16th streets and high-rises along See Walter Reed/Page 22

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Getting the strongest field

There are two ways of looking at the news that a special election to replace disgraced D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown won’t occur until Nov. 6. Some voters may have hoped for a quick resolution to the latest scandal and a shorter tenure for an acting chair. But we see a silver lining here. The extra time may give city residents a chance to think carefully about their wishlist for the next council chairman — and then to go out and get it. There’s no reason the field should be limited to incumbent council members, no matter how qualified they seem for the job. Instead, we’re thinking of the 1998 movement to “Draft Anthony Williams” as a mayoral candidate — a proactive effort that drew a popular chief financial officer into a race he otherwise might not have entered. Though recent investigations, charges and resignations have left many weary of city politics, a grass-roots effort to crowdsource the next chairman may be just the thing to re-engage our electorate. Now, for our wishlist. We’d like to see someone with a record of service to the District and an impeccable ethical pedigree. Crucially, the ideal candidate would have broad appeal throughout the city and avoid the harmful divisiveness by race, class and ward we’ve seen in recent election returns. And the job begs for someone who can bring together warring council members — or drag them kicking and screaming — while setting a tone of civility. We’d like to see candidates of the caliber of former D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, former D.C. Board of Education president and former city administrator Robert Bobb, former mayoral candidate Marie Johns, former Ward 3 Council member Kathy Patterson and former at-large Council member Carol Schwartz — though the last two have already said they won’t seek the post. It seems likely that the D.C. Council will choose Phil Mendelson today to be its interim leader over Vincent Orange. Mr. Mendelson is the wiser choice, given his long and uninterrupted service on the council and strong knowledge base. We expect that he will be a reliable caretaker during the coming months. Mr. Mendelson or Mr. Orange may prove to be the strongest candidate for the permanent chairmanship — both have said they intend to run — and one will have the interim post as a tryout for the job. But a vigorous field beyond those two — as well as an engaged electorate — will push all the candidates to be their best.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington will honor the 47-year direction of retiring founder Norman Scribner at its season closer tonight. The program at the Washington National Cathedral will feature guest artists who have worked with the esteemed conductor. J. Reilly Lewis, a former associate conductor for the group, will play the Cathedral’s organ in honor of Mr. Scribner. Cathedral director of music Michael McCarthy, whose predecessors inspired Mr. Scribner during his years at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, will conduct two pieces. Robert Shafer, who has worked with the guest of honor for more than 40 years, will lead the chorus in two pieces. And Stanley J. Thurston will direct works in honor of Mr. Scribner’s dedication to recognizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even Mr. Scribner, who will direct his choir for the last time tonight, says the concert will be a can’t-miss event: “We will be celebrating the vast breadth and depth of Washington’s choral community, with highlights from our own journey over these past 47 years,” he says in a release. Mr. Scribner’s own journey has been notable. Born in Washington, he studied music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and then came back to town in 1960 to serve at the Cathedral. A few years later, in an effort to create a permanent group to sing with the National Symphony Orchestra, he founded the Choral Arts Society, now one of the finest choruses in Washington. He will be missed.

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n all our years in journalism, we had never been to two courthouses in one day. We suspect Kwame Brown hadn’t been, either — until last Friday. The disgraced former chairman of the D.C. Council mumbled his way through two court appearances for his guilty pleas, ending probably the worst week of his life — at least the worst week so far. He’ll be back in both U.S. District Court and D.C. Superior Court on Sept. 20 to be sentenced for the felony and misdemeanor now on his record. Some minimum prison time is expected. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon asked Brown if he had been coerced into pleading guilty or thought there was anything wrong with the plea agreement outlining the stunningly amateurish fraud that cost him his career. “No, your honor,” Brown said softly. Some thought the U.S. Attorney’s Office came up short, that Brown committed bank fraud, but only inflated his income and assets like maybe millions do. That’s baloney. Brown falsified a federally required document to boost his fake income by $50,000, then signed a friend’s name to the forgery. We’re not sure which is worse, but both were crimes. But rather than rehashing what we’ll call the Kwame crimes, we want to focus this week on the prosecutors and what’s next. As the headline above suggests, other major characters in these ongoing city scandals haven’t even appeared yet. “When we start these investigations, we go soup to nuts,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, speaking Friday after Brown’s pleas. “There’s going to be consequences.” His most chilling words should strike fear in wrongdoers: “We still have got ongoing investigations.” That’s right, folks, just the middle of the movie. More popcorn, anyone? ■ D.C. corruption unique? Reporters asked Machen if local D.C. is unusually corrupt. It’s a commonplace canard since Marion Barry’s days as mayor. Machen took it head-on. “You’ve got to be careful when you start throwing stones at D.C.,” he said. “Corruption is everywhere. It’s not a D.C. problem. Corruption affects all of our governments. It’s all across the country.” ■ The race factor. And yes, some folks are charging that the Kwame Brown prosecution is part of a concerted and targeted effort to convict black politicians in the District. Machen, who is African-American, responded with ease. “We’re being very inclusive,” he said. “This doesn’t have any color. It’s not a witch hunt.” Machen said hurling the racial charge is “an easy

excuse” for those who don’t want to see the plain words of the plea agreements. We’ve mentioned a couple of times that Machen’s chief deputy in all this public corruption stuff is Vinnie Cohen Jr., the African-American son of the late Vinnie Cohen Sr., a lion in city life, politics and law for decades. And we might as well point out that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to whom the U.S. attorneys report, is also African-American. While there’s no doubt racism is and can be a serious undercurrent in any part of American life, it is quite a stretch — and insult — to think that these three accomplished men of color are somehow knowingly kowtowing to ingrained racism or a white conspiracy. Enough said. ■ That long walk. When Brown was finished in federal court, he walked out the front door with his attorney Fred Cooke to cross the big courthouse plaza at 3rd Street and Constitution downtown. Brown made the agonizing walk knowing cameras were all over him. He became choked with emotion when he read his prepared statement, apologizing to the city, his family and friends — “to all those I have let down.” In 2005, a young Kwame Brown walked into the Wilson Building as a rising star in city politics. On Wednesday of last week, he resigned as chairman of the council when his plea deal became public. And on Friday of last week, he walked out of federal court a convicted felon. Sadly, a lot of his wrongdoing was undertaken so he could own a pleasure boat called “Bulletproof.” Well, maybe the boat was. ■ A good week for Machen. As bad as the week was for Kwame Brown, the legal standing of Ronald Machen rose a bit higher. At the end of the day Friday, Holder appointed Machen as one of two U.S. attorneys to investigate the possible unauthorized disclosure of classified information about an anti-terrorist “kill list.” Republicans complain that President Barack Obama’s administration leaked the information to make the president look tough. Obama said such leaks are a blow to all Americans. Now Machen’s office will do an investigation, and Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Maryland, will conduct a parallel review. ■ A final word. It was to happen after our deadline, but it appeared at-large Council member Phil Mendelson was lining up the votes to become interim chairman of the council until a special election in November. More on that next week. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the eDitor GU efforts have brought progress

Key elements in the 2012 agreement between Georgetown University and the community are very similar to the agreement the university reached with the community 20 years ago. The 2012 campus plan agreement commits Georgetown University to provide on-campus housing for 450 of the approximately 1,200 undergraduates currently living off campus; to conduct off-campus student conduct orientation programs; and to renew the university/community partnership process for addressing

neighborhood issues. The 1990 campus plan agreement called for: on-campus housing for approximately 800 undergraduates (the Southwest Quadrangle project); an orientation program to encourage the remaining undergraduates living off-campus to be “good neighbors”; and a university/community dialogue for dealing with ongoing issues of mutual concern (the Board of Zoning Adjustment quarterly meeting process). The broad measures in both the 1990 and 2012 campus plans are important, but other university “boots on the ground” initiatives over the past 20 years have played a significant role in improving the quality of life in neighborhoods near the university. These include the university’s SNAP program,

which provides patrols of the neighborhood on weekend evenings and rapid response to offcampus student conduct problems; a late-night Georgetown University shuttle service between M Street and the campus; and an aggressive university street cleaning and bulk trash removal program. As long as Georgetown University remains in Georgetown, we will have undergraduates in our midst, regardless of whether they live on or off campus. Celebration of the new campus plan agreement is in order, but we should not lose sight of the university’s day-to-day programs that really make a difference. Grace Bateman Georgetown


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write in response to John Snellgroveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 6 Viewpoint, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extension of bar hours is a good first step.â&#x20AC;? A first step toward what? Further late-night disturbance for residents is the only answer, apart from more profits for the alcohol businesses and a negligible amount of taxes for the District. I live in Adams Morgan, an area severely affected by an overconcentration of Alcoholic Beverage Control licenses, the vast majority of which operate the full legal hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Our problems are already unbearable for many residents. An additional hour on any more days will just make a bad situation worse. And other communities with concentrations of licenses have similar problems. How bad are the problems in Adams Morgan? So bad that a special multi-agency project to address the issues, Operation Adams Morgan, is in its second year. This program brings together the Metropolitan Police Department, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Transportation and the Taxicab Commission to try to maintain a semblance of order. What are the problems? Noise from the establishments and their patrons audible in many residences; public urination and vomiting due to overconsumption of alcohol; traffic jams on residential streets at 2 a.m. as the final wave of partiers arrive for last call; takeover of residential parking by establishment patrons; rowdy behavior of patrons, including brawls and assaults on a regular basis; over-service of alcohol by many establishments; overcrowding of establishments, creating fire and public safety concerns; and lack of compliance with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcohol laws by many establishments, particularly the food requirements. Luckily for the residents of Adams Morgan, voluntary agreements stating allowable hours are in place for most establishments that stay open late. So for at least the short term, the effects of the additional hour will be felt only in a few cases. But what the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heedless action does is set up the likelihood of volun-

Letters to the eDitor Get corporate money out of D.C. politics

There was a pit in my stomach this past week as yet another D.C. politician was swallowed up by senseless scandal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear now that some of our so-called leaders have lost their way, forgetting the true meaning of public service. While despair and cynicism may come easily, D.C. is better than this nonsense. Over the decades, we have been fortified by the struggle for respect, dignity and basic rights. These are setbacks, but the battle for the soul of the District continues. How do we move forward? How do we pick up the pieces of a tattered government? We begin with the foundation. Our electoral system is rotten, tilted to protect

tary agreement termination/amendment requests from the licensees, which by code can come only at renewal. So where peace was achieved in the neighborhoods through negotiated settlements, there will now be a new round of bitterness and poisoned relationships between businesses and residents. Mr. Snellgrove, a board member of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, claims that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;introduction of later bar hours will also dispel concerns of those who had opposed the change.â&#x20AC;? But there is no good justification for the later hours. The deeper into the wee hours alcohol service goes, the drunker the patrons get, and the more likely they will be to disturb residents seeking sleep. And the claim that variable closing times will somehow soften the effect of large numbers of patrons hitting the street at closing is just ridiculous. All this will do is lengthen the period of time that residents are disturbed. He also states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the additional sales tax revenues [will] assist in balancing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget.â&#x20AC;? Well, maybe. But first deduct the cost of the additional regular policing that will need to be provided, and part of the cost of the so-called reimbursable detail officers for which the taxpayers pick up slightly less than half the tab; then add in the cost of the additional regulatory scrutiny from the D.C. agencies that oversee these businesses. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the social cost of the additional traffic accidents, injuries and deaths that will be caused by the drunk patrons leaving the establishments. And how 19 days can replace the $3.2 million that Mayor Vincent Gray claimed would come from his year-round (365-day) extension proposal defies all logic. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington claims that the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote â&#x20AC;&#x153;represents the first step toward an inevitable, across-the-board extension of hours.â&#x20AC;? The intent is clear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the hell with residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns. Well, the residents lost this round, by a vote of 6-7 in a key vote last week. Voting against the hours extension were Jim Graham, Michael Brown, Muriel Bowser, Vincent Orange, Jack Evans and Kenyan McDuffie. We need a council that pays attention to the wellbeing of its residents, particularly those who live close to concentrations of alcohol-serving establishments. Denis James is president of the Kalorama Citizens Association in Adams Morgan.

incumbents and filled to the brim with bundled corporate money. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be clear: Corporate power doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t donate to make friends. It gives because it wants something. It expects something, and it has a bigger, louder voice than you and I do. We need to reset the balance so regular folks like us have a shot at directing our democracy. We need to cut the money line. Right now, hundreds of activists in every ward are collecting signatures to get Initiative 70 on the November ballot. Its purpose is simple: Stop all direct corporate donations to campaigns and other political committees. It closes the main avenue for the seedy pay-toplay deals that pass for legislation here in the District. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a silver bullet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a first step, an opening shot in the battle to reclaim our government. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you can help. First, sign the petition! We need 23,000

signatures by July 9. Second, volunteer to collect ballot petitions. Citizens are organizing drives pretty much every day in all parts of the city. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at supermarkets, soccer games and community parades. Just go to dcpublictrust.org to register. Finally, spread the word. We are building a movement, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to win this fight one signature and one vote at a time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to restore the public trust. Max Skolnik Petworth

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What happens when the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board realizes that houses in the Cleveland Park Historic District also have those new-fangled electrical and telephone wires (cable, too?) that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;visible from a public streetâ&#x20AC;??!? Ralph A. Blessing

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ten years in, DDot is losing steam

Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials recently highlighted â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 years of accomplishmentsâ&#x20AC;? since the creation of the D.C. Department of Transportation. But the record doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live up to the rhetoric. In a news release, Gray said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; improving our lives via innovative transportation approaches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is in harmony with our citywide vision for uniting all of our residents, organizations and businesses in the common purpose of making the District of Columbia one of the best and most sustainable cities in the world.â&#x20AC;? Since its separation from the Department of Public Works 10 years ago under the skilled leadership of Dan Tangherlini, the D.C. Department of Transportation has grown to include responsibility for transportation policy and planning, infrastructure management, public space, urban forestry and progressive transportation services. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evident the department isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hitting the same high notes it did under its initial director. In recent times, transportation planners have avoided working with ward leaders, and the agency has deviated from its core mission. As a result, the agency that is charged with conducting independent traffic analyses for zoning cases largely ignored the recent campus plans for Georgetown University and American University. Instead, it relied on the universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hired experts for answers, took a waitand-see approach to the impacts of planned expansion, and left the public with the burden of proof regarding future traffic impacts. The sorry condition of a section of the historic wall that abuts the C&O Canal from Foxhall Road to Whitehurst Freeway demonstrates the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inattention to infrastructure maintenance. Several of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward 3 infrastruc-

ture managers have been made aware of the wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deteriorating and dangerous condition, so it remains a puzzle why a key cultural resource, viewed by more than 44,000 vehicles a day, is being left to the elements. Pavement markings and crosswalks are barely visible in many areas of the city as the department increasingly focuses its investments on bicycles and streetcars. Given that slightly more than 1 percent of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents use bicycles as a transportation mode, the resources spent on cycling seem quite disproportionate. Add to that the fact that the Metrorail system is on the verge of collapse, and adequate planning for the proposed 37-mile streetcar system is absent, and it should be obvious why the quote from agency director Terry Bellamy seems very self-serving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our relatively short history as an agency, DDOT has helped bring the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation system into the 21st century,â&#x20AC;? he says in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, our city is better connected, more prosperous and safer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks in no small measure to the hard work by our DDOT team on our infrastructure and services.â&#x20AC;? Alma H. Gates Palisades

explaining the DCPs science disconnect

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 16 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children left behindâ&#x20AC;? noted that 76 percent of D.C. public school eighth-graders scored â&#x20AC;&#x153;below basicâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and only 7 percent â&#x20AC;&#x153;proficientâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress science test. You wondered about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;disconnectâ&#x20AC;? between this performance and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science standards, which received high marks from the Fordham Institute. I was on a committee of teachers who revised the social studies standards in 2005-06, and I followed the revisions of the English, math and science standards, which were mainly modeled on highly rated standards from states like Massachusetts and California centered on an expanding hierarchy of subject content. Thus, these standards were in place when Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson took office on June 13, 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; five years ago today. After their arrival, the next logical step was writing grade-level and subject-area curricula, which form the basis of teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lesson plans and should be part of the basis for a teacher evaluation instrument. That important next step didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur. On July 2, 2009, science teachers received a memo from the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of science. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As of yesterday, the DCPS Department of Science has been dissolved, and I have been terminated as the Director of Science,â&#x20AC;? it said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our science content specialist â&#x20AC;Ś will be a generalist with a focus on science. There is no elementary counterpart â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;?

The IMPACT teacher evaluation tool was rolled out that September. It was clear that Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary focus was evaluating teachers by a single set of criteria common to most of those teaching grades two through 12. In October 2010, following his primary victory and Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation, Vincent Gray attended â&#x20AC;&#x153;a gathering of education philanthropistsâ&#x20AC;? and Rhee supporters. Washington Post reporter Bill Turque reported that â&#x20AC;&#x153;their major concern was potential weakening of IMPACT.â&#x20AC;? Science wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned. To your June 6 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schools should aim higher,â&#x20AC;? I would add that the policy of urging high schools to enroll large numbers of unprepared students in Advanced Placement courses (designed to be equivalent to freshman college courses) forces teachers to employ lower standards. The refusal of D.C. public schools and charter schools to post their Advanced Placement, SAT and PSAT results (retrievable each year in early September in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Integrated Summary,â&#x20AC;? which shows no student or teacher names) suggests they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the public to know how students are performing. Again this year, hundreds of students will graduate only because they took shortcuts past the standards in â&#x20AC;&#x153;credit recoveryâ&#x20AC;? courses. Erich Martel Retired teacher, D.C. Public Schools

Work on two bridges should not coincide

I read with dismay The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 23 article about the plan to simultaneously replace the 16th Street bridge over Military Road and the Kalmia Road bridge near East Beach and West Beach drives. Certainly these are both muchneeded projects, but it is crazy to do both at once. When Sherrill Drive was closed for a year for reconstruction, that slowed down crosspark traffic considerably. If all the cars that usually go down North Portal Drive in the morning to cross the park on Kalmia and Wise roads are routed onto 16th Street (which will already be terribly backed up from the single lane in each direction for the 16th Street bridge project), there will be gridlock. The suggestion of using Georgia Avenue to Arkansas is of little help for those of us who need to get from Shepherd Park to locations in Tenleytown and Chevy Chase D.C., and vice versa. I had to laugh about the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;concernâ&#x20AC;? about the need for an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unplanned closureâ&#x20AC;? of Kalmia Road if the culvert collapses. The Kalmia bridge project has been pending for three years, and presumably the 16th Street project didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just show up unexpectedly. Surely the six-month closure of the Kalmia Road bridge could be completed before the start of the nine-month 16th Street project. Beth Allaben Shepherd Park


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Two-sport Visi athlete picks UVA By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Georgetown Visitation rising junior Ana Hagerup has been a two-sport athlete since second grade, excelling in both basketball and lacrosse and helping her high school win Independent School League banners in both sports. Although she still has two more years as a Cub, she’s already tackled the question that loomed over her future — whether to play lacrosse or basketball in college. She went with lacrosse, recently giving a verbal commitment to play at the University of Virginia. The Cubs midfielder had drawn interest from Boston College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and reigning national champion Northwestern, which has won seven of the last eight titles. But Hagerup had ties to Virginia, having participated in lacrosse clinics at the Charlottesville campus when she was younger. A visit in April crystallized the decision. “When I literally walked on the campus and started looking around, I got this feeling — I knew this was where I was going to end up,” said Hagerup. “I loved everything about it. I thought it was a great mix of academics, and the lacrosse program is so renowned over there. I just thought UVA was the best fit for me.” Another key factor was that the Cavaliers play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, widely regarded as the toughest in the country. “They’re consistently reaching the NCAA [tournament], and that was a big factor for me,” said Hagerup. Cubs coach Aubrey Andre has had a big hand in the player’s development, working with Hagerup at camps before becoming

Visitation’s lacrosse coach. “I coached her from sixth through eighth grade on the Stars club team,” said Andre. “With previous experience coaching her and with that of this past season, Ana’s overall lacrosse skill set is fundamentally sound. She looks and plays like an 18- or 19-year-old, but she is one of the younger sophomore players on the team.” That player-coach trust was a big factor as the Cubs won their first Independent School League lacrosse championship with a 12-11 win over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in the regular season. For Hagerup — who scored the game-winning goal with just seconds remaining in overtime — it was a breakout game. “[Coach Andre] just came in and wanted me to be a leader on the team. Our ultimate goal at the beginning of the season was to win a banner,” she said. “I had good games, but I really wanted to bring that win back [against St. Stephen’s] for our school.” Hagerup’s decision to pursue lacrosse in college was three years in the making. Her first love was basketball, and she initially saw herself as a collegiate hoops player. But by eighth grade, her focus had shifted to lacrosse. She stopped going to basketball showcase events and focused on club lacrosse, clinics and summer tournaments. And though Hagerup’s 6-foot height makes sense for the hardwood, she also recognized its value on the lacrosse field, where she can tower over opponents. “Ana’s presence on the field is powerful,” said Andre. “When she gets in defensive position, her actions dictate where the attack can and cannot go on the field. On attack, her dodge to goal beats four out of five defenders every time.” Although Hagerup has chosen to be a col-

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Visitation rising junior Ana Hagerup helped the Cubs to ISL banners in both lacrosse and basketball last season. She will play lacrosse for UVA in 2015. lege lacrosse player, her time on the basketball court should serve her well on the pitch. As defenders in basketball, athletes have to play space and move their feet well. Those same techniques translate to defense in lacrosse, where Hagerup believes she will play in college. “With all of the footwork and communica-

Local pitchers picked in draft

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Right-handed pitcher Matt Bowman, a 2009 graduate of St. Albans, and left-handed pitcher Jimmy Reed, who graduated from St. John’s the same year, were both selected in the Major League Baseball draft, which wrapped up last Wednesday. The New York Mets selected Bowman in the 13th round. And Reed will join Bowman in the subway series rivalry after being selected by the New York Yankees in the 21st round. Bowman starred at St. Albans as a pitcher and shortstop before going on to play at Princeton, where he continued to show flexibility by playing both positions. As a junior at Princeton he averaged .308 at the plate while notching 41 hits and 15 RBIs. As a starting pitcher, he went 4-2, pitched three complete games and tallied 58 strikeouts in nine

starts, according to goprincetontigers.com. “There weren’t many guys like that on the board at that time,” Mets vice president of scouting Paul DePodesta said in a conference call posted on mlb.com. “We were just trying to figure out the best time to call his name, but he was a guy we were pretty intent on taking somewhere.” According to a report on mlb. com, Bowman has a slew of pitches — fastball, slider, curveball and changeup — in his arsenal. “We like the athletic package and think he has some upside there,” DePodesta said in the conference call. “He’s very athletic, a very good strike-thrower.” Reed followed up his decorated high school career at St. John’s at University of Maryland at College Park, where as a junior he showed versatility by beginning the season as a closer before shifting into the starting rotation. Reed posted a 2.70 ERA, notched eight saves, held

tion, basketball totally translates into lacrosse, which has helped me,” she said. Before Hagerup moves on to the next level, though, she still has a few more goals, including winning championships for both the basketball and lacrosse squads. “We’re going to work even harder this spring and winter to get it,” she said.

Sports Desk Eagles bball star chosen for national team

Gonzaga point guard Nate Britt was selected for the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Saturday. The rising senior will play in the 2012 International Basketball Federation Americas U18 Championship tournament in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. The bracket begins on June 16 and wraps up June 20. Matt Petros/Current File Photo

Matt Bowman, who played at St. Albans, was drafted by the Mets.

opposing batters to a 2.26 average and racked up 52 strikeouts, according to umterps.com. “Thanks everyone for all the great support today. Couldn’t have done anything without you. Still have work ahead,” Reed tweeted after getting selected.

Sidwell graduate wins collegiate award

Celena Dopart, who graduated from Sidwell Friends in 2008, won the NCAA Division III Academic All-American of the Year award for women’s at-large while playing field hockey for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, according to a release. This is also the third straight year Dopart has been named a

Capital One Academic AllAmerican. The senior notched two goals and dished out seven assists over the course of the season. Dopart also won the school’s Varsity Club Award, which is given to the top female student-athlete. Dopart, an aerospace engineering major, posted a 4.0 grade-point average, according to the school’s website.

All-conference awards WCAC golf Player of the Year Keegan Boone, Gonzaga First team Keegan Boone, Gonzaga Addison Coll, Gonzaga

MAC lacrosse Curtis Oberg, Sidwell Jack Sollee, Sidwell Nick Matzlevich, Sidwell IAC lacrosse Matt McJunkin, St Albans


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Advisory neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis, Mayor Vincent Gray and Georgetown University President John DeGioia celebrate. Stacy Kerr. The school has not yet identified a site for a downtown campus or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next 100 acres,â&#x20AC;? she said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are looking.â&#x20AC;? Kerr also pointed out that growth plans could fit in with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of bringing institutions to underserved areas like Anacostia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we could effect real change in the neighborhoods, and align our interests with those of the District of Columbia, by growing to the south and east,â&#x20AC;? she said. Mayor Vincent Gray seemed to allude to the same goal when he announced the agreement at a news conference in Georgetown last Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we have a record agreement that serves the city, the community and the students,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gray had convened a meeting earlier this year to launch the negotiations, and he said the resulting agreement could serve as a model for other universities. Despite what appears to be an

unusually broad sign-on, there are dissenters. The Palisades advisory neighborhood commission has expressed concern that the agreement, while banning new university housing in Foxhall and the Palisades, explicitly exempts MacArthur Boulevard from that ban. Students quickly weighed in as well, with the Vox Populi blog listing â&#x20AC;&#x153;what rocksâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;what sucksâ&#x20AC;? about the new agreement. What rocks? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As many food trucks as possibleâ&#x20AC;? roaming the campus at night, new permission for â&#x20AC;&#x153;impromptu partiesâ&#x20AC;? on campus and a new pub in the soon-to-be-completed New South Student Center. What sucks? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party downgrade: If noise can be heard beyond the property line, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too loudâ&#x20AC;?; a satellite campus outside Zip code 20007; and a new rule that students with â&#x20AC;&#x153;serious or repeatedâ&#x20AC;? conduct violations will become ineligible for offcampus housing.

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Deal, Sidwell students land writing awards By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Three students at Northwest schools were recently honored as national medalists in the Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Their awards placed them in the top 1 percent of more than 200,000 submissions nationwide. Fourteen-year-old Gillian Page, who attends Deal Middle School, won a gold medal for her story “US 563,” while her twin sister, Rachel Page, also a student at Deal, won gold medals for stories titled “Lost,” “Things She Wanted” and “Into the Light.” “Lost,” which Rachel said was inspired by Nicole Krauss’ book “The History of Love,” also won her one of two “Best in Grade” awards for the country. Seventeen-year-old Sarah Cooke, a student at Sidwell Friends School, won a gold medal for a collection of three poems about fractured identity. The Scholastic awards were merely the latest in a string of honors for the girls. All three had made it to the national competition — which culminated in an awards ceremony at New York’s Carnegie Hall featuring speaker Meryl Streep — by taking top prizes at a regional level of the contest. They also gave a recent reading at Politics and Prose and have had works published in the inaugural “On the Subject of Walruses: DC’s Best Teen Writing,” sold at the bookstore. Finally, the Page sisters co-wrote a play with a few others that was produced off-Broadway last month. Cooke pointed to D.C.’s nearly three-year-old Writopia Lab as a major factor in her success. All three girls attend the Tenleytown-based program, a nonprofit

AU hosts expanded DCPS art exhibition

A greatly expanded exhibition of artwork by D.C. Public Schools students is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center through Sunday. The citywide Student Visual Arts Exhibition, this year titled “How We See, How We Express,” showcases the work of 1,000 students from all grades, making it roughly four times the size of past school system exhibits. The exhibition, which launched with a ceremony June 1, also gave out scholarships and prizes totaling $50,000. An outside jury selected the winners. Winners of a $10,000 admissions scholarship to Corcoran College of Art + Design included Elbert Ramos of Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Brandon Martinez and Lionel White III of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Duke Ellington student J. Cheik Bell won a pre-college studio residency this summer at the Maryland Institute College of Art, valued at $4,500; Duke Ellington students Glenda Gutierrez and Anthony Frye are alternates. Graduating seniors who won Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Software, valued at $2,600, included Aidan Eubanks of School Without Walls, Sidney Hall of Wilson High, Jose Lazo of Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Malik Taylor of Duke Ellington. Senghor Robinson of Duke

that has published authors lead creative writing workshops for students ages 8 to 18. Writopia is also a partner of the Scholastic competition. “Writopia Lab provides me with a community of wonderfully talented writers and teachPhoto coutesy of Writopia ers, people whom I am Deal student Rachel lucky to know, not only because of their jawPage was one of three dropping talent but also award winners. their desire to spread the joy they feel about writing,” said Cooke, who also works as an intern at Writopia, serving as a teaching assistant to 10- and 11-year-olds. “High school seems a lot less stressful when seen through the eyes of fifth-graders,” she noted, saying that she appreciates the opportunity to be both “student and a teacher. I am extraordinarily grateful that Writopia exists.” Rachel Page said her mother had long searched for a writing class for her girls before finding Writopia. “The only ones she could find were remedial writing classes, and Writopia was the first one she had found that appealed to young people who loved and wanted to write,” she said. Page said she has been writing “since before I could write. Even before I had grasped the fine motor skills needed to hold a pencil, I would tell stories for my parents to write down in little books.”

Ellington won a scholarship for the Digital Media Academy Summer Program, a $1,000 value. Scholarship winners to American University’s Discover Communications Digital Media Summer Program, valued at $750, included Gutierrez and Evelyn Cahall, also of Duke Ellington. Winners of a Corcoran Camp Creativity Summer Program were Cahall and White. At the middle school level, award winners included Kali Gregory, Kelly Palmer and Joseph Weaver of Hardy Middle; Jhadzia Murphy of Francis-Stevens Education Campus; and Gillian Page of Deal Middle. At the elementary school level, the winners included Elbert Starks of Barnard Elementary, Jaiyer Joubert of Francis-Stevens, Oscar Fuentes-Vasquez of Bancroft Elementary, Isiah Nance of Lafayette Elementary and Zoe McCaully of Shepherd Elementary.

Wilson art teacher wins alumni award

Wilson High School art teacher R. Carole Huberman is this year’s recipient of the annual Reed Award presented by the school’s class of 1970, according to a news release from the alumni group. Huberman, who has taught at Wilson since 1994, instituted the school’s Advanced Placement art history program and has regularly exposed her students to exhibits at the District’s leading galleries, the release says. She will receive the

Reed Award and the associated $1,000 prize at today’s graduation ceremony.

Field School student honored for service

Local teen Yoni Kalin was named a finalist in the Huggable Heroes program, a national recognition sponsored by the Build-a-Bear Workshop that honors young people with outstanding community service contributions. Kalin, who is graduating this year from the Field School, was selected for founding and leading Color My World, an organization that provides crayons to shelters and underprivileged schools from restaurants that would otherwise throw them away. Kalin was one of 30 finalists chosen from an applicant pool of over a thousand. Ten winners will be named later this summer. Color My World was originally inspired by a meal Kalin had at Outback Steakhouse, where he saw many crayons discarded after kids left the tables. His organization, staffed by fellow teen volunteers, has since spread across nine states, raised about $10,000 and distributed roughly 20,000 crayons. Kalin has also won other awards through his work with Color My World. Josh Kennedy-Noce, a Wilson High School student, was named a semifinalist for the award in March. He founded a nonprofit called Josh’s Yolka Project to raise funds for the Russian orphanage where he spent the first four years of his life.

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At the British School of Washington, we started our summer term with a new International Middle Years Curriculum topic. After adapting to our last unit, where we learned to be adaptable learners, we moved onto a unit based on balance. In geography weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked at how things in the world are balanced. Science takes a different approach and reveals the elements of the world when they are in the best proportions. In English we looked at bias and balance within advertising and the media. We have also explored balance in history, P.E. and beyond. We also started a blog. This unit built on our earlier adaptability work. We look forward to presenting the exit point to our parents to show them how the effects of balance and imbalance are everywhere. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emma Venables, Year 7 San Francisco (sixth-grader) On June 5, the British School of Washington celebrated Queen Elizabeth IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee. This celebrates that she has been on the throne for 60 years. Only one other British queen has achieved this. Before the activities started, students were asked to bring in freshly cut flowers to school. Classes then created bouquets with the flowers and tied them up with red, white and blue ribbon and tissue paper. These flowers were to be delivered to a military retirement home later that day. After a morning of bouquet

wrapping, students excitedly went outside for a giant picnic. The area in front of the school was filled with picnic tables lined up and decorated with bunting. After lunch, Philip Barton, the British deputy ambassador, gave a speech and asked quiz questions. Shortly after that, the head boy and girl of both the primary and secondary school cut a large cake with Mr. Barton. Tables were set out with giant posters where we could write a special message to the queen and get temporary Union Jack tattoos. After the activities, some pupils traveled to the Knollwood Military Retirement Home to deliver flowers to the residents, who were all born before Queen Elizabeth II took the throne. Some of the residents helped the students to arrange the flowers into vases, which were displayed around the home. Those of us who went really enjoyed talking with the military veterans and learning about their lives. We all really enjoyed celebrating the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee, and we know we will remember the day for a long time. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ella Bardouille-Lewis and Holden Fatheree, Year 6 Birmingham (fifth-graders)

Edmund Burke School

Softball is a sport that Burke offers at the middle and high school levels. One of the best things about middle school softball is the team. The teammates are extremely helpful and if anyone has a problem they give her advice. When you have an injury, they try to help you

and everyone is very kind about it. The stress is strong, but the team spirit is stronger. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out on the field, the cheering in the dugout helps a lot. One of our cheers is â&#x20AC;&#x153;V-I-C-T-O-R-Y; victoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our battle cry!â&#x20AC;? The team is also diverse as it includes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. On the middle school team we have 18 players, which helps when someone is sick, as we have a replacement right away. In practice we work on technique a lot, which can sometimes be boring but always pays off during the games. Everyone is so kind that it is amazing and makes you feel great. The Burke team is filled with amazing hitters, including new slugger Sofia Ohanian, starting shortstop Valerie Kass, leadoff leader Catherine Weis, and No. 2 hitter Kate Shlang. The pitching staff includes Catherine Weiss and Kate Shlang, who are incredible players and leaders. And the best news of all is that our softball team won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference banner. What a great year for the middle school at Burke. Go Bengals! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sofia Ohanian and Morgan Taylor, sixth-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The fifth-graders went on an overnight field trip at Hemlock Lake to celebrate their upcoming graduation. To be able to go on the trip, we raised money from bake sales and a plant sale. We chose this place to go in order to work on our team-building skills. The trip was exciting, and the team-building activities were very complex. Our emotions toward each other worked

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well during this trip, but we had a bit of trouble because of strong criticism in the groups over how best to do things on the ropes course and in the cabins. Overall, our behavior and actions toward each other and the activities went well. Now that we are back at school, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brainstorming time! We have to pick a song for our graduation, and we chose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waving Flag.â&#x20AC;? Only a few days to go before the big graduation ceremony! I suspect that our teacher, Mrs. Katie Roth (who calls us her babies), will miss us a lot and so will the other teachers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you one thing: I will miss HydeAddison dearly. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jacob Duffles, fifth-grader

Parkmont School

What I remember most about the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alaska trip is being a family, helping each other and enjoying the nice weather. I remember going on the ferry and seeing the floating ice and also eating the amazing food. I remember driving in the van and someone yelling out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zebra!â&#x20AC;? Helping Brooks (one of the teachers) with the fire and standing out in the rain was a lot of fun. Hitting Alex (one of the teachers) with the snowball was pretty funny also. I was having a hard time falling asleep because the sun would never go down. Alex got a Frisbee and everyone signed it. Playing Frisbee in the woods was a lot of fun, and dog sledding was, too. I loved hearing the dogs barking because they were so happy. I loved the weather that Alaska gave us that week. Overall, Alaska was a lot of fun and I would really like to go back. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dasha Bell, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Last Thursday the members of the Science Club took ice cream sandwiches and sliced them into quarters. Then we took a thermometer and put it into the ice cream. The red part of the thermometer got lower when it was in the ice cream. When you put the thermometer on your fingers, it got higher. At the very end, we got to eat the ice cream sandwiches. Last Wednesday, we saw a dance program in aftercare. Ms. Johnson was holding a dance show. Aftercare students in pre-kindergarten and up to second grade did various dance routines, and third- to

fifth-graders were doing a dance called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the step.â&#x20AC;? On June 1 there was a concert in the auditorium. The BWL Band performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Price Tag,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t We Be Friends,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make You Smileâ&#x20AC;? and other songs. BWL stands for Black, White, Latino. The dancers were really good. Before the BWL Band started, the recorder and violin students played, and then the guitarists played, and then the clarinetists played. Before the concert started, it was pouring rain and people got soaked as they walked to the auditorium. The next Tuesday there was another concert, this time for students and teachers. Also last week Shepherd had a Family Dinner Night at the Daily Dish restaurant in Silver Spring. It was fun because kids got to play with their friends and make paper airplanes. The food was good, and so were the drinks. I had a root beer float! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cyntia Pattison, third-grader

Wilson High School

Teens in Theater (TNT) is an organization that allows local teens to express themselves through dance, singing and acting. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adviser is Wilson teacher Kia Folsom. This year, the student-run and -directed cast and crew is going to take its audience â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black in Time.â&#x20AC;? Since October, D.C. students from schools across the city have been working long hours on this student-written play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black in Timeâ&#x20AC;? is about a scientist who does an experiment and travels in time through various musical eras, from the 1960s until present day. Not only is this play meant to entertain, but it also allows the members of TNT to express themselves on stage and in other ways, such as writing the script and directing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us the opportunity to take control of what we want to do,â&#x20AC;? said Wilson rising senior Taneya Fisher. But students arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only ones working on the production. Parents, families and alumni have stepped in, leaving more room for the performers to work on their acting. Previously, the students had to spend much of their time making costumes and sets. Come out to Wilson High School at 7 p.m. Friday to support TNT and D.C. teens in this unique production. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gabrielle Hansford, 11th-grader

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decision â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointing, but not surprising.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout this proceeding, the Zoning Commission has consistently deferred to AU and ignored the neighborhood impacts of AUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unprecedented growth and development,â&#x20AC;? Smith wrote. Because neighborhood commissions are prohibited from suing other government agencies, the body cannot further appeal the campus plan case. However, the Spring ValleyWesley Heights Citizens Association

has separately filed a petition for review with the D.C. Court of Appeals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ANC has done everything it can under current law,â&#x20AC;? wrote Smith, who is also an officer in the citizens association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, it falls on the affected neighborhood associations to attempt to bring some balance to AUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans in the courts.â&#x20AC;? In a separate development on Monday, D.C. zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant accepted the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to plant 10 new trees on its property line with Wesley Theological Seminary. The trees,

standing between 10 and 14 feet tall, will replace others that LeGrant said were improperly removed during construction of the North Hall dorm. LeGrant had ordered the university to replace the trees but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impose fines or other penalties. Smith, whose single-member district includes that section of the university campus, criticized the size of the planned new evergreens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which the university said are the largest that can be safely transplanted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and called LeGrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response â&#x20AC;&#x153;no more than a casual slap on the wrist.â&#x20AC;?

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ment with two protest groups in 2005. Five years later, when the agreement was terminated, six protestants brought the case to the Appeals Court, which made its ruling last month. The May 17 court order effectively reinstated Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past voluntary agreement, at least until the alcohol board makes a new decision. Because that agreement set restrictions on outdoor service at Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the alcohol agency sent representatives to the restaurant this weekend to ensure compliance, according to spokesperson Hager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were found in violation,â&#x20AC;? he said of Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Hager said alcohol agency staffers had also visited Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the weekend before, â&#x20AC;&#x153;discussing the voluntary agreement with the ABC manager and general managerâ&#x20AC;Ś to review all the provisions and make sure they were in understanding.â&#x20AC;? Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legal representative, Andrew Kline, gave this headline to a subsequent email blast about the incident: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lesbian Restaurateur Forced to Shut Down Patio for Gay Pride Parade.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Kline said his client plans to prove at tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing that the 2010 alcohol board decision was legit. The recent Appeals Court opinion poked holes in the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s justification for vacating the Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voluntary agreement two years ago. The court contends that D.C. law

requires three separate criteria to be met in order to end a voluntary agreement. The applicant must make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good-faith effortâ&#x20AC;? to negotiate an amendment to the agreement; demonstrate its need for an amendment (such as circumstances beyond its control, like a change in the neighborhood); and show that an amendment or termination would not have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;adverse impactâ&#x20AC;? on the neighborhood. For the alcohol boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 decision, the Appeals Court argued, Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demonstrated only that it met the last of these conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only one that uses the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;terminationâ&#x20AC;? explicitly. But Kline said he intends to show that the first two conditions were also met. He said he tried to reach out to negotiate with the group of residents who originally established the voluntary agreement with Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but was unsuccessful. Kline also said Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can demonstrate â&#x20AC;&#x153;there was certainly a change in the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically, a relaxing of a past liquor license moratorium in Dupont Circle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that warrants termination of the voluntary agreement. The attorney for the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group declined to comment. By D.C. law, liquor license holders can apply for terminations to their voluntary agreements if the contracts are over four years old and their license is up for renewal. Requests for termination were uncommon before the Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case.

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MacArthur, and two art galleries are in the vicinity. Nyugenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway immediately abuts an entrance to the Citibankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot. But some zoning commissioners feared a domino effect that could convert the entire row of homes into businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which they said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term plans were clearly set in place to prevent. In the Comprehensive Plan, even the Citibank site is listed as a spot that would ideally be zoned residential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we need to preserve the [residential] area in this section,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Michael Turnbull said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it an anomaly? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a discussion for a future look of this

area, but at the present time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be reluctant to jeopardize extending the [commercial zoning] down another house.â&#x20AC;? Comprehensive Plan amendments require approval from the D.C. Council, and commissioners said that Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best hope, if she wants to continue seeking commercial use for her home, is to meet with her council member. Separately, the D.C. Office of Planning, which is now undertaking a major rewrite of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code, has suggested some new commercial uses for residential properties. But as currently proposed, those regulations likely wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply to low-scale residential areas like the Palisades.

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minor. Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspended sentence means that he would serve the 30 days in jail if he were convicted of committing the same offense during the two-year probation period. Through an interpreter, Kim told WUSA that he plans to sell Town Square; The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to reach Kim and his criminal attorney, Wole Falodun, were unsuccessful. Ross said that if a sale and trans-

fer of the liquor license go through, the neighborhood commission would review the plan based on the merits of the new application. But based on the current situation, the commission is petitioning the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to decline renewal of Town Squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a negative impact on the community when you have someone in your community who is violating the law, and word among

teenagers will spread about something like that,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure [Kim] feels very chastised right now, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think his license should be renewed.â&#x20AC;? A public hearing before the alcohol board is scheduled for Aug. 15; it was rescheduled from July 25 to accomodate an inspectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule. According to a calendar published Friday, the board was also scheduled to discuss Town Square in a private meeting today.

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Heights area,â&#x20AC;? Fuchs said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten a certain amount of success here in Spring Valley, so we thought it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a stretch to take it into another neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? Because the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;? space will be fairly small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking over just a quarter of the former Balducciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fuchs envisions customers making regular trips to the new market rather than stocking up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a lot of people coming in and just picking up a couple of things for dinner,â&#x20AC;? he said. Items will be available in small quantities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to make you buy half a dozen eggs at a time.â&#x20AC;? Much of the food will be prepared at the same kitchen that already serves the two Spring Valley stores and the Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catering operation, Fuchs said, and prices will be consistent. The design of the Wesley Heights location, though, will have a distinct flavor. European-designed food cases, which Fuchs equated to refrigerated jewelry counters, should make it easier for employees and customers to interact and make for a more engaging shopping experience than the American norm, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to trying to present a different way of shopping, but trying to keep the quality that people have known from our

 

operation in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. Working with such tight quarters wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily be easy, Fuchs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were a little leery of seeing if we could actually make it work, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a challenge in a very small space,â&#x20AC;? Fuchs said. But, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought this was a natural extension for us, and we think we can pull it off.â&#x20AC;? Fuchs said he had been in discussions with American University to lease the space in its building since September. Advisory neighborhood commissioner Lee Minichiello, whose single-member district includes the shopping center at 3201 New Mexico Ave., said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already a regular customer at Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to a Wesley Heights location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more limited than what was there before, which was Balducciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the decrease in size. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But given where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting from, that we essentially have nothing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing.â&#x20AC;? Rumors that Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was coming to the site had been swirling for several months, Minichiello added, and always seemed to get a positive response from residents he talked to about the idea. Many neighbors have previously criticized American University for not securing a grocery tenant for the retail space, accusing it of charging unreasonable rent. Fuchs declined to say the cost of his lease.

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Catholic U, and Providence Hospital . Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 PALISADES $1,055,000 NEW PRICE! Warm and inviting home on quiet cul de sac, large open floor plan with great S exposure. Fun and relaxing KIT, DR and FR. Wonderful deck, priv, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Pk. New KIT has premier ss appls & gran counters. Spacious Mste, finished LL, Garage. 5010 MacArthur Court NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PETWORTH $99,000 SUPER BARGAIN! Large unit loaded with character! KIT, sep DR, big LR, HWF, high ceilings, 3 closets! Pet OK includes dogs (20 lbs). Walk to Fort Totten METRO. Listed in the “Best Address Book”. www.TheChampionCollection.com. MAKE AN OFFER!!! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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CAPITOL HILL $497,000 HISTORIC Lovejoy Lofts! Premier loft offer spacious 1BR + den with approx 1,340+SF. Unique feature includes several original exposed structural beams, skylights & main window view of US Capitol, Washington Monument. Daryl Laster 202-294-9055 Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 geous kit & SS appliances. 202-215-5427 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 Jonathan Smith Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 CATHEDRAL $2,925,000 CATHEDRAL AVENUE’S GRAND DAME DUPONT $325,000 Built in 1928, transformed in 2012. NEW ON MARKET!!! Chic, 2 level, 1BR, Visionary design. State-of-the-art materi- 1BA condo w/ a TH feel. Priv entry on als. 4 BR, 5 BA masterpiece ready to meet gas-lit alley. Newly renov KIT w/ gran and the needs of the 21st century family. Call built-ins. Beautiful spiral staircase to BR for private tour. level w/ updated BA & large closet. Pet Kathleen Bridget friendly bldg. Ultimate Dupont Location. McGovern 210-833-6156 2 blocks to Metro. Utilities incl in fee. Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 www.DonGuthrie.net. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 CLEVELAND PARK $400,000 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 A MUST SEE! The Broadmoor Coop Top Flr. Beautiful, 1BR w/ lots of light & GEORGETOWN $2,000,000 park views. Updtd KIT w/ new ss appls & EAST VILLAGE - Handsome semigran counters. Sep din, HWFs, freshly detached TH with great light. 4+ BR's, painted & custom bookcases. Full Service Large LR and sep DR. Private offices one Bldg. Gar PKG to rent. Walk to Metro & of the many bonuses. Call for apt. shops. www.JohnMammano.com. Judi Cochran 202-415-1510 202-944-8400 John Mammano 571-331-8557 Georgetown Office Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 MICHIGAN PARK $395,000 3BR, DUPONT $334,000 DETACHED, BRICK Colonial LOVELY 1BR co-op unit in the beauti- Spacious LR with Frplc, HWFs, Updated fully ornate Chastleton has is all: HWFs, KIT, Rear Deck with Privacy and View, in-unit W/D, tons of closet space, gor- Detached Garage. Nr Brookland METRO,

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SPRING VALLEY $1,484,900 LIGHT-FILLED, gracious WC & AN Miller built Colonial w/ fab entertaining spaces! LR & Study w/ gas FPLs, formal DR, FR off KIT leads to beautiful pool surrounded by priv gardens. 2nd flr incls 3-4BR, 2 updtd BAs and attic access. LL provides staff quarters or rec area w/ BA, stor, laundry, KIT area and garage access. Ed Stanley Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SPRING VALLEY $2,350,000 UNIQUE, gracious contemp remodeled & expanded in 2007 by award-winning architect. Peaceful, urban oasis w/ enormous entertaining areas, 5BR, some w/priv terraces, 5.5BA, office, media room, gourmet KIT. Close to shops, schools, American University. Pub transp at the door. EZ access to dtown, Gtown, both airports. Nora Stavorpoulos Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 TAKOMA PARK $617,500 STYLISH architectural jewel renov with care and attention to detail. Dramatic lighting, high quality materials and fixtures, chef's KIT, natural light, between the creeks, close to 2 parks, metro, shopping, etc. TRUE BLISS! 7214 Central Ave. Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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ON THE MARKET CAROl BuCKley

ing for attention. But this threeyear-old Craftsman-style home in Chevy Chase succeeds in making an impression while fitting in nicely among its Chevy Chase Parkway neighbors. A deep porch and shake-clad exterior open to a lofty entry that gives away the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newer vintage: Period bungalows are not nearly so airy. The wide hallway runs through the center of the home until it reaches the open-plan kitchen and family room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the nerve center of this home. Windows topped by dividedlight transoms let sunshine from three exposures into the large space, which hefty moldings, a coffered ceiling and a sizable fireplace help to make cozy. On the kitchen side, storage is grouped into base cabinets and a few floor-to-ceiling units, meaning that no upper cabinets disrupt the strong horizontal lines here. A back-

Best of Both Worlds

Lucinda Treat 202-251-4000

splash of marble tiles plays well with dramatic Odyssey White granite countertops. A large island hosts a gas cooktop and steps down to a wooden table that can accommodate a handful of diners. But that perch isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only option. A breakfast room is a charming spot for meals or a coffee break, with a storage-filled banquette and windows on all sides. One of those exposures is a set of glass doors that leads to a screened porch sized to hold yet more dining space. A ceiling fan keeps this spot cool, and a natural wood ceiling makes white trim pop all the more. More formal spaces wait on the ground floor as well, many outfitted with warm, stylish lighting from Visual Comfort, a designer favorite. The upper half of the dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls are lined in a warm pumpkin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an updated version, as are many hues here, of a Craftsman classic. Wainscoting fills out the remainder of the walls, and a coffered ceiling adds more definition. An office or library at the front of the home is kitted out with builtins and faces an inglenook, a small, cozy space with a vintage fireplace mantel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the original home on the lot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at its center. A mudroom and half-bath wait

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This six-bedroom house on Chevy Chase Parkway is priced at $2,195,000. near a side entrance here, as does a laundry room with a chute running to the upper levels. Five bedrooms and three baths make up the second floor, but the master suite is the big draw here. The bedroom is restful in a warm wheat hue, while the large bath is lined in cool marble, including in a walk-in shower. Calcutta Gold granite lines ample vanity space, and glass tiles add further interest along a wall. Though moldings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially around doors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seem straight from a 1920s bungalow, dimensions here, especially of bed and bathrooms,

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are clearly modern. And finishes in those secondary baths, including granite and green marble, are also of-the-moment. That green marble bath waits in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-ceilinged bottom level as part of a bedroom suite that would be ideal for a nanny or longterm guest. Also on this level are a large, sunny recreation room, an exercise room, an office with pocket French doors, and a half-bath. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access from this level to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard, which is

roomy. The entire lot, in fact, seems to fit the house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not always the case with infill construction. A onecar garage with storage space also waits here. This six-bedroom home with four full bathrooms and two halfbaths at 5609 Chevy Chase Parkway is offered for $2,195,000. For more information, contact Claudia Donovan or Richard Seaton of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-251-7011 or claudia.donovan@sothebysrealty.

   

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Georgia Avenue side to help suffering local businesses; â&#x20AC;˘ no zoning changes that would go beyond the current reuse planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for building height, density and parking. Commissioner Douglass Sloan abstained from the vote after arriving late to the discussion, and commissioner Brenda Speaks explained after the meeting that she voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? because she sees no reason for the commission to take a stand when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already a community group working to help guide the project. Several steps must take place before the

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city gets access to its portion of the closed Walter Reed campus. After the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan wins final approval, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to take around 10 months to review it. Only after the housing department approves the plan can the city purchase the property, for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;yet to be determined price,â&#x20AC;? said Combal. Because the agency requires that significant space in the development be devoted to educational, health and homelessness needs, plans now call for site to include an ambulatory care facility for Howard University Hospital, two

charter schools, and housing units coordinated through nonprofits like Help USA. The redevelopment, which the D.C. Office of Planning says will generate about 2,900 jobs and $30.6 million in annual tax revenue, will take about 20 years to implement. The city hopes to take over the site in 2014. One meeting attendee complained that planned high-rises along Georgia Avenue will block the view of 72 homes on the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s east side. Several residents were also critical of plans for a high-rise apartment building at the corner of Aspen and 16th streets.

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did no work. Instead, they sold to Papke and Capital City for $6.2 million in May 2012, according to the Redfin real estate website. Members of the Old Georgetown Board have repeatedly said they will now allow only previously approved alterations to the main house, along with the addition of a two-car garage that was originally proposed to serve a new house. At a hearing before the board last Thursday, Overmyer said there are no plans to enlarge the main house. But he said the new owner wants to â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximize spaceâ&#x20AC;? by glassing in an open porch, putting in a patio and adding a chimney to serve fireplaces in three rooms. He also proposed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;parking courtâ&#x20AC;? for guests, and some new walkways around the house. The board rejected the glassed-in porch, as well as a parking pad, patio and paved paths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the need for any more pavement,â&#x20AC;? said member Anne Lewis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the beauties of this house is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set in a green lawn. You keep nibbling a little bit more,â&#x20AC;? she told

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After six years of vacancy, Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willaims-Addison House is poised for renovation as a single-family home. Overmyer. But members did approve the new chimney, as well as a swimming pool in the rear yard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even though Teren had already excavated the basement of the historic house to put in an indoor pool. The raw concrete rectangle sits there now, unfinished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to maintain it as an option for a purchaser,â&#x20AC;? Overmyer said, as well as adding a â&#x20AC;&#x153;conventional poolâ&#x20AC;? outside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A swimming pool is a reason-

able thing to expect on a site like this,â&#x20AC;? said board chair Stephen Vanze. Overmyer, in an interview, said Teren actually did good work on the house itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fine piece of construction,â&#x20AC;? he said, with mahogany trim, fine stonework, â&#x20AC;&#x153;high-end new windowsâ&#x20AC;? and repointed brickwork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good materials, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not complete. The site is a mess, and sitting there is no good for anybody,â&#x20AC;? the architect said. The Williams-Addison House has a well-documented history, dating to the early 19th century when an owner named Williams carved it out of his larger holdings to create a home for a newly married daughter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often cited as one of the few remaining large or mid-sized estates in Georgetown, and the only one with its original boundaries intact. But the estate suffered repeated indignities during Terenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ownership. According to the Georgetown Metropolitan blog, which sent a photographer inside in March, the interior has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely gutted,â&#x20AC;? with Teren â&#x20AC;&#x153;removing pretty much any historic detail.â&#x20AC;? Also problematic are retaining walls Teren had built along 31st Street and Avon Lane, apparently not following approved plans. Now two parallel brick walls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; taller than permitted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; create a sort of sloppy moat around the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southwest corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rather than do more damage, knock it down to the approved height,â&#x20AC;? Vanze instructed Overmyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And no other retaining walls.â&#x20AC;?


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Northwest Real Estate TRANSFERS: Local groups want to weigh in on license transfers From Page 1

of investors is expected to file an application for a license transfer soon. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws for liquor license transfers, administered by the alcohol administration, say that advisory neighborhood commissioners and other stakeholders can only protest a transfer application if the new owner is proposing â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantial changesâ&#x20AC;? to the establishment. That could include a proposed increase in occupancy or hours, or a proposed addition of a new floor to an establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building. A new owner is not considered a substantial change. When approving a license transfer, the alcohol board will consider criminal background checks of potential licensees, whether they owe the District any back taxes, and if they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;of good character.â&#x20AC;? Whether or not they have a history of violating liquor license regulations at another establishment they own in D.C. is not among the evaluation criteria. Fred Moosally, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, said in an interview that his agency and the alcohol board implement the rules â&#x20AC;&#x201D; changes can only come through legislation. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Human Services oversees alcohol regulations, and he established a task force in December to consider multiple changes to D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license laws. Graham was not available this week to comment on license transfers.

In Cleveland Park, the alcohol boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the new McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take into account 42 investigations of violations at Foggy Bottom location or objections from the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioners and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. Community stakeholders there argue a new owner can represent a substantial change to an establishment. The new venue â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a completely different kind of establishment from Four Fields,â&#x20AC;? said Leila Afzal, advisory neighborhood commissioner for Cleveland Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kinds of events they hold and the way they manage their business is truly different from Four Fields, whose owner was sensitive to the needs of the community.â&#x20AC;? Mark Rosenman, a member of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In an email to ABRA, I argued that they could compare Four Fields to McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using their own records and the records from [the Metropolitan Police Department], to see that the change in ownership does indeed represent a substantial change,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners, who plan to call their new establishment at 3412 Connecticut Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Uptown Tap House,â&#x20AC;? did not reply to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests for comments. The landlord at the new location told the Cleveland Park Citizens Association that owners plan to open a â&#x20AC;&#x153;white-tablecloth restaurant.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the owner told the

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Foggy Bottom ANC when they were applying for their license there, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not how it worked out,â&#x20AC;? said Susie Taylor, president of the citizens association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no reason to think it will be any different for Cleveland Park because the owners wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t communicate with us,â&#x20AC;? she added. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Pennsylvania Avenue offers $1 hangover-cure beers, and patrons can sign up for â&#x20AC;&#x153;guest bartenderâ&#x20AC;? shifts. The owner of the venue is East Coast Saloons, based in New York City, which also owns Sign of the Whale in Dupont Circle and more than 20 other bars across the country. One of their establishments, called Irish Exit NYC, boasts whitetablecloth service along with the guest bartender promotion and â&#x20AC;&#x153;wild late night shenanigansâ&#x20AC;? on its website. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which acquired its Pennsylvania Avenue liquor license in a transfer from Mickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in 2003, has a liquor license violation history that includes being shut down twice this year for service to minors. Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said at a recent Cleveland Park community meeting that McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-knownâ&#x20AC;? to the police department due the number of disturbances there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When a license changes hands â&#x20AC;Ś that transfer should have a 45-day placarding, just as a new liquor license application would,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. In Glover Park, community members say they want to weigh in on the new owners of JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, who have

yet to file paperwork claiming ownership of the establishment. Because the liquor license for JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been dormant for more than two years due to a 2008 fire, there will automatically be a hearing at which neighborhood commissioners and other stakeholders could protest the license transfer. According to Glover Park commissioner Jackie Blumenthal, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet clear under what grounds the alcohol board will allow a protest hearing to proceed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a nude dancing operation, which is so potentially linked to nefarious activities and tends to have secondary effects on the neighborhood, like prostitution, crime and drugs, [the owner of] the bar â&#x20AC;Ś matters a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? Blumenthal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Either we trust ABRA that the right person will be in charge or we have to ask why the community is not involved with these decisions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;ABRA says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their job to protect the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m willing to accept that if ABRA is going to do that work.â&#x20AC;? The other recourse community members have is to wait until September 2013, when the liquor licenses of all of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taverns and nightclubs are up for renewal,

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Investors plan to take over the dormant JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license.

triggering the opportunity to request a alcohol board hearing on an establishment. In Cleveland Park, the citizens association hopes for a chance to talk with John Sullivan, owner of East Coast Saloons. Sullivan has said he will meet with Taylor and others today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only thing we can do,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no other leverage except to say to McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conduct this operation in a way that is consistent with other businesses on Connecticut Avenue, then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think for a minute that you will have an easy go of it next September.â&#x20AC;?

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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. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  update on the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project, including a discussion with D.C. Department of Transportation officials regarding crosswalks and intersections. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception for the Massage Escape Spa. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regarding a modification proposed by the group Friends of Glover Park to fences at the Stoddert field. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Anacostia Watershed Society on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Green Roof Rebate Program. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland Park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heiGhts Massachusetts Avenue Heights cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  presentation of a grant request by Cleveland Park Village. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and the recladding of a side porch at 3523 Quebec St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 3208 Highland Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 3515 Macomb St.

â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a front-porch addition at 3403 Rodman St. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  sPrinG valley / wesley heiGhts Wesley Heights Palisades / kent / Foxhall

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 6 meeting: â&#x2013;  commission chair Stu Ross thanked George Washington University for providing the body with free meeting space. â&#x2013;  commission chair Stu Ross welcomed Penny Pagano as the new representative for single-member district 3D06. Pagano reported that she has retired from her most recent job with American University. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a certificate of need application for George Washington University to add a student-run ambulance service to its Mount Vernon Campus at 2100 Foxhall Road. â&#x2013;  commissioner Tom Smith reported that the neighborhood commission had filed a request that the Zoning Commission reconsider aspects of its order governing American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year campus plan. Smith, who is also an officer of the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association, reported that the association had separately appealed the campus plan in court. He also recommended that neighbors take photos of existing conditions and carefully monitor the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity to determine whether it is complying with the approved zoning order. â&#x2013;  commissioner Nan Wells reported that organizers of the DC Design House showcase at 4951 Rockwood Parkway quickly addressed neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complaints about traffic and parking. The event raised more than $220,000 for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center, Wells said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support the annual July 4 parade on MacArthur Boulevard. â&#x2013;  a representative of the Key Elementary School PTA reported that the association has been raising money for improvements to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grounds, which have suffered erosion damage. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 9-0 to support an application for Mac Market, 5185 MacArthur Blvd., to sell liquor in addition to its existing beer and wine, provided that the owner withdraw an application for later operating hours on Friday and Saturday. â&#x2013;  commissioners tabled discussion of a revised entrance to the George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus on Whitehaven Parkway so they could see renderings illustrating a new fenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sightlines. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application to close an existing curb cut and replace it with a new one at 5001 Palisade Lane.

â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-3, with Ann Haas, Tom Smith and Nan Wells opposed, to support a publicspace application to close an existing curb cut and replace it with a new one at 4801 Dexter Terrace. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a curb cut that will serve two new homes at 2935 and 2939 49th St. â&#x2013;  representatives of the Field School, 2301 Foxhall Road, discussed their plans to apply for increased enrollment and additional classroom facilities. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 9-0 to support naming a trail in Glover Archbold Park in honor of Rachel Carson, who commissioners said used to hike there. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Penny Pagano abstaining, to request that Georgetown University agree not to buy property on MacArthur Boulevard or allow left-hand turns into the campus from Canal Road during rush hour. â&#x2013;  commission chair Stu Ross reported that he and the chairs of other Ward 3 neighborhood commissions plan to collaborate to discuss wardwide issues, such as zoning matters. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. The location has not been determined. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university Park American University FriendshiP heiGhts / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation regarding traffic management options at 46th and Yuma streets. â&#x2013;  consideration of, and possible resolution in response to, the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notice of intent to make the intersection of Belt Road and Fessenden Street a four-way stop by adding stop signs on Fessenden. â&#x2013;  presentation regarding the Sustainable DC initiative. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution in support of legislation encouraging increased use and production of solar energy in the District. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution in support of initiatives to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills

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that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available everywhere but that relate to familiar varietals, so he can find an option for diners seeking comfort in something they know. The large space has a rustic look, and a painting of an octopus on one exposed-brick wall will be mirrored across the room by an actual eightlegged mollusk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in an aquarium, of course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Octopuses are really playful and really clever,â&#x20AC;? said Tapper, noting that they can often find their way out of their confines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lock on it,â&#x20AC;? added

Finkelstein. Chef Scott Perry, a transplant from Italian-themed Floriana, will have his work cut out for him with the size of Pulpo: Trapper said the space is authorized for 138 diners, plus 48 on a planned roof deck. Perry will also eventually be the server for those who choose to sit at an anticipated chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table in the rear. Pulpo, pulpodc.com, is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Weekend brunch and Friday lunch will be added soon.

COUNCIL From Page 1 at-large council members and who cannot hold outside employment, will also get a leg up in a special election Nov. 6 to complete Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term. And, also by charter, the acting chairman would step in as mayor if Mayor Vincent Gray were to resign. Investigations into irregularities in Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 campaign continue, but the mayor has denied any personal wrongdoing. Ever since last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indictments, two at-large members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mendelson and Vincent Orange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have been trying to round up the votes to succeed Brown. Mendelson shared some thoughts on his prospects and role in the council in an interview with The Current. Orange did not immediately respond to an interview request. But late Tuesday, Orange made a last stab at disrupting Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote. In a press statement, he said he said selecting Mendelson as chair, and Michael Brown as chair pro tem, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not in the best interest of the â&#x20AC;Ś council nor the citizens we represent. The reputation of the council â&#x20AC;Ś has been severely damaged.â&#x20AC;? He asked Cheh to bifurcate the resolution and take a separate roll call vote on each position. There were reports that Orange is now seeking the pro tem position if he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win the chairmanship. Mendelson, who has served as an at-large member for 14 years, learned the ropes on the council as a staffer for former chairman David Clarke and then Ward 3 member Jim Nathanson. Mendelson said his first priority as chairman would be to â&#x20AC;&#x153;calm things down and get back to the work of legislation and oversight.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things have to settle down in city hall. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been way too much scandal and drama,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that three committee reorganizations in the past year have also â&#x20AC;&#x153;destabilizedâ&#x20AC;? the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about sweeping change. â&#x20AC;Ś The solutions can be low-key.â&#x20AC;? Mendelson has already announced he will run in November to fill out Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term, which runs through 2014. The council chairman automatically heads the Committee of the

At-large member Phil Mendelson says he plans to run for chairman in the November special election. Whole, which not only weighs in on all legislation from other committees, but has sweeping jurisdiction over the budget, many outside agencies and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; currently â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D.C. public and public charter schools. Mendelson said he would not have to give up his chairmanship of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, but might â&#x20AC;&#x153;look at whether some business in the Committee of the Whole could be delegatedâ&#x20AC;? to even out the workload. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately, education needs to be its own committee,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mendelson said he has good relations with his colleagues and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a decent relationshipâ&#x20AC;? with the mayor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The chair is to some extent a facilitator, making sure members are working together and getting along,â&#x20AC;? he said. When Gray was chairman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he talked to people, and had people talking to each other,â&#x20AC;? he said. As for getting back to normal, Mendelson said the ongoing investigations have created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hypersensitive situation at city hall, and that will not change until the last investigation is complete.â&#x20AC;? But the internal tensions and distrust within the council could dissipate, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to do business when the chair is under investigation. All that awkwardness in council could disappear now.â&#x20AC;? Orange, an attorney and accountant, has served on the council twice: first as a Ward 5 member and then as an at-large member after winning Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old seat in April 2011. He has also run for D.C. Council chairman and mayor. Orange told reporters yesterday that he will run for the chairmanship in November, as well as running for re-election to his at-large seat.

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equipped to measure whether a truck is too tall or too heavy to be traveling down restricted side streets. Sutter faced some skepticism at the Logan Circle meeting, though some attendees said they support the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of photo enforcement. Commissioner Matt Raymond questioned whether the problem of pedestrian safety was being overstated in an effort to bring in millions to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers. Tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian could be as high as $250. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be clear, this is a moneymaking venture for the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even the resolution presented to us tonight talks about the revenue the city could generate,â&#x20AC;? Raymond said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gotchaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; situation, where you feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driving safe â&#x20AC;Ś and then you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a 35-mile-perhour sign because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obstructed, and you get stuck with a ticket.â&#x20AC;? Raymond also said that statistics used to justify the program were taken from higher national figures, not local data. When asked, Sutter clarified that so far this year there have been six pedestrian fatalities in the District, adding that she hopes next year there will be zero.

While the police department credits camera enforcement for a drop in fatalities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there were 72 in 2001 and 32 in 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Raymond argued that the city should not â&#x20AC;&#x153;cede to technology,â&#x20AC;? and called the photoenforcement program â&#x20AC;&#x153;predatory.â&#x20AC;? Unlike in Maryland, where drivers can be traveling 12 mph over the limit before being ticketed by a speed camera, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police department does not disclose what speed would trigger a ticket. Revenue raised from traffic citations goes to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund, which the D.C. Council allots. Concerns raised by residents at the meeting included questions about how possible violations captured on camera would be assessed, for example if a driver doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a pedestrian who might step out quickly onto a crosswalk. Sutter said three members of the police department would assess a violation before issuing a ticket. But many in attendance didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy it. They said that if you want to protest a questionable ticket issued by camera, you have to be willing to take a half-day off of work to go to court. Others disagreed, saying pedestrian safety issues are widespread and justify the camera-

enforcement program. Commissioner Charles Reed had a different perspective, arguing that city leaders could end up disappointed if they anticipate collecting significant funds from traffic citations but find that revenues go down as compliance goes up. Still, he supports the program, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare to get an opportunity like this to stop conduct that is prohibited.â&#x20AC;? The city has 25 fixed and 21 mobile speed-enforcement cameras, according to Gwendolyn Crump, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department. Vehicle-based speed units are also regularly deployed. The proposed new mobile units would be equipped with more advanced technology and the ability to monitor more types of traffic violations. The department began issuing photo-enforced red-light tickets in 1999 and photo-enforced speeding citations in 2001. Sutter said violations are down 60 to 80 percent in fixed-camera locations. The council is expected to vote on the $1 million in contracts for the program in July. If approved, new mobile units could be ticketing drivers by September.

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Classes â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tipsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Francesca Scott demonstrating how to make chicken curry, vegetarian curry and a homemade curry spice. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Josh Burgess. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy Celebration Concertâ&#x20AC;? in honor of its retiring founder, Norman Scribner (shown). Guest artists will include Janice Chandler Eterne, Ralph Herndon, J. Reilly Lewis, Paul Leavitt, Robert Shafer, Stanley J. Thurston and the Heritage Signature Chorale. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Sousa, Copland, von Weber, Knox and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present mandolinist Avi Avital performing works by Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven and Piazzolla. 8 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Beth Ahern and Margaret Atwell of the U.S. Botanic Garden will present a demonstration on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating Containers That Make a Statement.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7 p.m. Free;

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Events Entertainment reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Bola Cole of Professional Healthcare Resources will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Let Your Family Know Your Health Care Wishes When You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Make Them.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. â&#x2013;  Louis Galambos will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Creative Society â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Price Americans Paid for It.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0081. â&#x2013;  Qi Bin, director general of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Research Center, will discuss the development of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital market and the outlook for future growth. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. tcfaglobal.org. â&#x2013;  Philippe Fauchet, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester and director of its Energy Research Initiative, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Healthy Future in Renewable Energy.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  American music specialist Robert Wyatt will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judy Garland, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sad Sweetheart.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  To mark the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, journalist Bob Woodward will discuss his role in reporting the scandal for The Washington Post. 7 p.m. $10; tickets required. Annenberg Theater, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. newseum.org. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HD Summer Encoresâ&#x20AC;? will feature Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolena,â&#x20AC;? starring Anna Netrebko as the ill-

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fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present Terrence Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaun of the Dead.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. nomasummerscreen.com. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will present Matej Minacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family,â&#x20AC;? about the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children organized by Englishman Nicholas Winton just before the outbreak of World War II. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  Baltimore-based contemporary dance company VTDance will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Thursday, June 14

Thursday, june 14 â&#x2013;  Concert: Israeli-American pianist Alon Goldstein will perform works by Liszt and Debussy. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerts June speaker series will feature a talk on â&#x2013;  In honor of Flag Day, Bob Schieffer â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kumarajiva Expedition: and Honky Tonk Confidential will perform Circumnavigating the Taklamakan Desertâ&#x20AC;? Civil War music. 11 a.m. Free. Flag Hall, by author and teacher Surjit Mansingh. 10 National Museum of American History, to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American 202-633-1000. University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Summer 202-885-4860. Concert Series will feature the Lloyd Dobler â&#x2013;  NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martha Anderson will discuss Effect performing modern rock. 5:30 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quantifying Water Use on Farms and 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and Ranchlands.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Dining K streets NW. goldentriangledc.com. Room A, Madison Building, Library of â&#x2013;  The Levine Jazz Quintet will present Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Gershwin Songbook.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 202-707-7450. p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Washington DC â&#x2013;  Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. volunteer Beth Burrous will discuss NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caffeine: Friend and Foe to People, Plants â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Band will present and Insects.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrack,â&#x20AC;? featuring tions required. Conservatory Classroom, selections from John Philip Sousa, the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Duetâ&#x20AC;? from Lakme and a tribute to SW. usbg.gov. Glenn Miller. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. â&#x2013;  Tamara Hamilton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Capitol. 703-696-3399. The concert will Watts to Washington: The Soul Quake repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Experience.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; pro â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform gram at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works by Sousa, Copland, von Weber, Knox National Democratic Club, 1526 New and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Theater, Washington Monument grounds, â&#x2013;  Henry Green, chief executive officer 15th Street and Independence Avenue of the National Institute of Building SW. 202-433-4011. Sciences, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Designing a â&#x2013;  Iraqi-American musician Stephan Resilient Community.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Said will perform. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Cullen Free; reservations required. National Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272NW. 202-387-7638. 2448. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventure of Being Human: The Work of Antony Gormley.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Fashion critic and author Robin Givhan will interview Isabel Toledo about her illustrious career as one of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most celebrated independent fashion designers. A book signing of Toledoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashionâ&#x20AC;? will precede the talk. 6:30 p.m. $35. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art consulting curator Ruth Fine will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multiple Times/Multiple Ways: Jasper Johnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Prints.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Editor Eileen Kugler and a panel of

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contributors will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovative Voices in Education: Engaging Diverse Communities.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Richard Bell, professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worlds of Benjamin Franklin.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Anthony Swofford will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Irene Hoskins, president of the International Federation on Aging, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Global Population of Seven Billion and More: How Do They Fare at Older Ages?â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Film â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will present a rooftop screening of Christopher Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bus Palladium,â&#x20AC;? about a young, four-person band named Lust. 7 p.m. $10. Beacon Hotel Sky Bar, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Performances â&#x2013;  Lesoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Project will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Iraqi actress Layla Mohammed will perform a new Iraqi Arabic adaptation of Heather Raffoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Parts of Desire,â&#x20AC;? translated and directed by Waleed Shamil. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: A Midsummerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enchantmentâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to view imprints from Andrew Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Seriesâ&#x20AC;? and to sample a vodka thyme lemonade cocktail and a sweet-andsavory array of summer-themed treats. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. midsummertudornights.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art Metamorphosis Gala,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of renovations at the Washington Harbour complex, will feature video and light installations by 26 artists, live music, a DJ, hair and fashion shows, and samples from restaurants. 6 p.m. to midnight. Free; tickets required. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. thewashingtonharbour. com/events.html. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night at the Park,â&#x20AC;? Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual fundraiser for his ziMS Foundation and efforts to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, will feature a concert by Guster, as well as live and silent auctions. $60 to $500. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. anightatthepark2012.eventbrite.com. Friday, June 15

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature the Great Time Jazz Band performing Dixieland. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Image Band, a D.C.-based Caribbean group, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Esther Haynes. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ Legendary Broadway star Barbara Cook will perform as part of the “Barbara Cook’s Spotlight” cabaret series. 7:30 p.m. $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ■ “Jazz Night” will feature Akua Allrich, the Jolley Brothers and the Jess Righthand Quintet. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. ■ As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, the ensemble Carmina will present “Passions and Plaints.” 8 p.m. $15 to $20. St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. SE. earlymusicdc.org. Discussions and lectures ■ Curator Bruce Bustard will discuss the stories featured in the new exhibit “Attachments: Faces and Stories From America’s Gate,” and historian Erika Lee will discuss her grandparents’ experience immigrating through Angel Island. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Society of the Cincinnati library director Ellen Clark will discuss society members whose lives were affected by the sinking of the Titanic. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Dr. Chahira Kozma, professor of pediatrics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, will discuss “The Ancient Egyptian Dwarfs of the Pyramids: The High Official and the Female Worker.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. arcedc.org. ■ Author Alan Furst will discuss his spy thriller “Mission to Paris.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Georgetown University professor Andy Steigman will discuss “Cortez and the Conquest of Mexico.” 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. Film ■ Reel Affirmations’ monthly film series will feature Marco Berger’s 2011 film “Absent (Ausente),” about psychological ambigui-

ties that develop between a reserved 16-year-old student and his swim coach. 7 and 9 p.m. $12. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsjunextra.eventbrite.com. Meeting ■ The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performance ■ Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler will perform “I made this for you,” and Kelly Bond will share her solo work “Splitting the Difference.” 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Indiana Fever. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ The Washington Nationals will play the New York Yankees. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, June 16

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Book signing ■ Dupont Circle resident Tom Doyle will sign copies of the anthology “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 28,” which includes one of his stories. 1 p.m. Free. Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW. Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature Goodlife Theater Company’s “The Recycling Pirate.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ “Seeing the Sea,” a workshop for children ages 5 through 7 and their families, will feature a look at what goes into an ocean scene. Participants will sketch the elements they like best and then create their own seascapes. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per child. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770.

Friday, june 15 ■ Concert: The June Chamber Festival will feature the American Chamber Players and harpist Elizabeth Hainen performing works by Donizetti, Debussy and Dohnanyi. 7:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3373050.

Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform. 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. 202-767-5658.

■ Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Doug Pierce. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present “Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, Wayward Sisters will present “Musick for Severall Friends: Locke’s London.” 8 p.m. $15 to $20. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. earlymusicdc.org. Discussions and lectures ■ Textile Museum member Christine Brown will discuss the varied textiles of Romania. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Mark Harril Saunders will discuss his novel “Ministers of Fire,” at 1 p.m.; and Stanley Plumly will discuss his book “Orphan Hours: Poems,” at 6 p.m. Free.

Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ “1940: America Goes to the Movies” will feature George Cukor’s film “The Philadelphia Story,” starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Reel Portraits series will feature Orson Welles’ 1941 film “Citizen Kane.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Bill Morrison: Recent Work” will feature the American director’s 2010 film “The Miners’ Hymns,” at 2:30 p.m.; and his 2011 film “Tributes-Pulse,” featuring live accompaniment by Szymon Krzeszowiec, Peter Navarro-Alonso and Simon Christensen, at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Step Afrika! will perform an excerpt from its newest production, “nxt/stp.” 2 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King See events/Page 28

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Classes and workshops ■ Glass historian and educator Mary Cheek Mills will lead a seminar on “Developing Connoisseurship in American Glass.” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “Tango Practicum” 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 ■ The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s summer concert series will feature The Black Sparks. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-997-0783. ■ The Millennium Stage will feature a concert of works by New Yorkbased composer Drew Gasparini. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium

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Continued From Page 27 Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ The Capital City Showcase will feature acoustic group The Deb Felz Band and comedians Will Hessler, Kyle Martin, Jenn Tisdale and Gabe Zucker. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. capitalcityshowcase.eventbrite.com. Sale ■ The Dupont Market Fair will feature collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, boutique and vintage wear, artisan foods and local music. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. 15th and P streets NW. thedupontmarketfair.eventbrite.com. Special events ■ The D.C. Department of Public Works will hold the fifth annual “Truck Touch,” featuring nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, collect trash, clear snow, respond to emergencies and provide other municipal services. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Parking Lot 7, RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. NE. dpw.dc.gov. ■ “Celebrate Savage Gardens!” — a look at the world of carnivorous plants — will feature hands-on activities and talks about Charles Darwin’s experiments with plants that need to “eat” bugs to survive. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic

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Children’s program ■ Children will hear a story about artist

Sunday, june 17 ■ Performance: “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature poet Sonya Renee, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Romare Bearden and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington

Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown’s 10th annual Concerts in the Parks series will feature the Morrison Brothers Band. 5 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313. ■ The 28th annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert will feature pianists Ignasi Cambra and Justin Kauflin, saxophonist Yongsit Yongkamol and French horn player William Eisenberg. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Catalan jazz pianist Ignasi Terraza will perform in honor of the exhibit “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, Ensemble Gaudior will present “Affetti musicali: A Potpourri of Passion,” featuring works by French, Italian and German composers. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. SE. earlymusicdc.org. ■ “Cathedral Sings!” will feature a singalong of Orff’s “Carmina Burana” under the direction of J. Reilly Lewis. 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Singer-songwriters Lisa Hannigan and Joe Henry will perform. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ The Washington National Cathedral will host a discussion with the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the Cathedral. 10:10 a.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Independent scholar Marina Belozerskaya will discuss “Exotic Beasts and Politics: The Menageries of Josephine Bonaparte, Lorenzo de’ Medici, and Rudolph II.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Regi Ross Rayfield will discuss his book “I Boldly Confess: The Key of Life.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ A Father’s Day reading and discussion will feature Etan Thomas, author of “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge,” and E. Ethelbert Miller (shown), author of “Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Films ■ “Bill Morrison: Recent Work” will feature the American director’s films “Spark of Being,” “Outerborough” and “Release.”

4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ A Caribbean American Heritage Month comedy and storytelling event will feature Von Martin, Wil Sylvince, Lindon “Fatman” George, Susan Kennedy, Williard “Lord Relator” Harris, Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall, Jillian Moore and Errol Fabien. 7 to 10 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. caribbeana.org. ■ VF Dance Theater will present “Futurology,” a full-length production that takes a journey into the year 3012 to explore life and its evolution after 1,000 years. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading ■ The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Kathleen Hellen and Alyse Knorr. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. Special events ■ A Father’s Day event will feature an interactive tour through the historic Tudor Place mansion spotlighting treasures from George Washington and the history of gilding. After the tour, families will work together to gild a frame with gold leaf to take home. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 for children; $3 for adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. fathersdayworkshop.eventbrite.com. ■ Friendship Terrace will host an “OldFashioned Father’s Day Fish Fry.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Operation Paws for Homes will host a Pet Adoption Day. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-333-6100. ■ The Textile Museum will host a “World Wide Knit in Public Day” knitting circle in the historic house and gardens. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Tour ■ 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, June 18

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Concert ■ The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures ■ Grace Delgado will discuss her book “Making the Chinese Mexican: Global Migration, Localism, and Exclusion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Faya Causey, head of academic programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Sigmar Polke’s Bernstein/Amber Series.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East See events/Page 30


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nsembles: Landscapes in On exhiBiT Transition III,” featuring largescale woodblock prints by Alexandria artist Eve Stockton inspired by 633-1000. nature and science, will open tomorrow at ■ “Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Long View Gallery and continue through Isabelle de Borchgrave,” presenting the July 15. Belgian artist’s trompe l’oeil An opening reception will paper representations of histake place tomorrow from toric dresses, will open 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hillwood Located at 1234 9th St. Estate, Museum and NW, the gallery is open Gardens and continue Wednesday through Saturday through Dec. 30. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Located at 4155 Linnean Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Ave. NW, the museum is 202-232-4788. open Tuesday through ■ “1812: A Nation Emerges,” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 an exhibit commemorating p.m. Admission costs $15 for the bicentennial of the War adults, $12 for seniors, $10 isabelle de Borchgrave’s of 1812, will open Friday at for students and $5 for ages 6 paper representation of the National Portrait through 18. 202-686-5807. this 18th-century costume ■ “Watergate,” presenting 75 Gallery and continue is part of an exhibit of through Jan. 27. portraits by Laurie Munn of Located at 8th and F significant players involved her work at hillwood. streets NW, the gallery is in the scandal that led to the open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202resignation of President Richard Nixon, will

open Saturday at the Watergate Gallery and continue through July 7. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ “Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment,” exploring the work of the celebrated third-generation, modernist architect, will open Saturday at the National Building Museum and continue through Dec. 2. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. 202-272-2448. ■ “The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors,” featuring 71 drawings made by diverse artists over five centuries, will open Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and continue through Nov. 25. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday

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On STAGe A dark comedy, “Suicide, Incorporated” focuses on a business that helps its customers perfect their suicide notes. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25. The theater is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-544- Spencer Trinwith stars in no Rules Theatre’s production of the dark 0703; hstreetplayhouse.com. comedy “Suicide, incorporated” at the h Street Playhouse. ■ The Bel Cantanti Summer Performing Arts Center. Belle, a young woman in a provinOpera Festival will come to The rarely performed opera will cial town, and the Beast, a young Catholic University’s Ward Recital be presented with an updated prince trapped by a spell. If the Hall June 15 through 17. English libretto and lyrics. Beast can learn to love and be The festival will feature five Choreographer and dancer Heidi loved, the curse will end — but professional concerts, including Kershaw will bring heightened time is running out. performances of “Carmen” (sung movement to the story drawn from Performance times are 7:30 p.m. in French with English dialogue the Greek classics about a warriorTuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. and supertitles) and “Le Nozze di king, his son — Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Figaro” (sung in an emerging Saturday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Italian with new leader — Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to English supertiand the fate of $151.50, plus fees. National tles). his returning sol- Theatre is located at 1321 Performance diers. Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628times are 7:30 Performance 6161; nationaltheatre.org. p.m. June 15 and times are 8 p.m. ■ Four-time Tony winner 3 p.m. June 17 Saturday and 3 “Memphis” is at the Kennedy for “Carmen”; 3 The Kennedy Center will host the p.m. Sunday. Center through July 1. p.m. June 16 Tickets cost $21 From the underground dance and 7:30 p.m. Broadway musical “Memphis” to $42. The Atlas clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., June 17 for “Le through july 1. is located at comes a Broadway musical about Nozze di 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763; fame and forbidden love inspired Figaro”; and 7:30 p.m. June 16 for inseries.org. by actual events. A white radio DJ an evening of various arias ad ■ Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” wants to change the world, while a opera scenes. Tickets cost $15 to is back at the National Theatre black club singer is ready for her $25. Catholic University is located through June 24. big break. at 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 301The musical, featuring an Performance times are generally 266-7546; belcantanti.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday ■ The In Series will close Mozart’s Academy Award-winning score See Theater/Page 36 from the movie, tells the story of “Idomeneo” June 17 at the Atlas

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Continued From Page 28 Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Katherine Charron, associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark.â&#x20AC;? Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Christopher Hayes, editor at large of The Nation, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral archaeologist John Schofield will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral Before Christopher Wren.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Look Filmfestâ&#x20AC;? series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of France and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will present Diane Kurysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Children of the Century,â&#x20AC;? about the tumultuous love affair between 19th-century French literary icons George Sand and Alfred de Musset. 7 p.m. $8; $5 for seniors and students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. cinematheque18june2012.eventbrite.com. Performance â&#x2013;  Pua Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;I â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ilima, a school of Hawaiian

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Oh Susannah! 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Classes â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a Pilates in the Park class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. goldentriangledc.com. The class will also be offered 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 present the Sage Chamber Players, featuring Kyung LeBlanc on violin and Joseph LeBlanc on clarinet. 12:10 p.m. Free.

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Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Library of Congress editors and curators will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disgraceâ&#x20AC;? by J.M. Coetzee. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Louise Mozingo, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pastoral Capitalism,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Suburban Office: Understanding the Past to Redesign the Future.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Rodger Streitmatter, professor of communication at American University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Author and New York Times columnist Gail Collins will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Texas Goes â&#x20AC;Ś How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Film â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular movie series will show Tyler Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Deeds,â&#x20AC;? about a successful businessman whose life changes upon meeting a single mother. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Performances â&#x2013;  A historical interpreter from the Mount Vernon Estate will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunup to Sundown: The Slave Life of Slamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Joe,â&#x20AC;? about the life of one of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enslaved workers. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Tampa Bay Rays. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 20

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Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss the D.C. governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homesaver Program and other options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chamber Ensembles will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Kerry McCool. 7 to 9

p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform. 7:30 p.m. $27.50. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. thehamiltondc.com. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Williams, von SuppĂŠ and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June speaker series will feature a talk by Robert A. Fratkin and Germaine Broussard on the evolution of political campaign materials from George Washington to the present. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-4860. â&#x2013;  Mattiebelle Gittinger, research associate at the Textile Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Ren Davis and Helen Davis will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  David Hunt, biological anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Skeletal Referenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Forensic Anthropology.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at the Nation Institute, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Author, professor and architecture critic Witold Rybczynski will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum,â&#x20AC;? about the creation of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts in the United Kingdom. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Classical archaeologist Frederick Winter will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secret Societies: Ancient Roots, Enduring Human Needs.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  British historian Antony Beevor will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Second World War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Glover Park Village will present a talk by Victoria Goldhammer, founder of Living at Home Consultations, and Greg Olavarria, owner of Get a Grip, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enhancing the Safety of Your Home.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Stoddert Elementary School, 4100 Calvert St. NW. gloverparkvillage@gmail.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellis Island and the Immigrant See events/Page 32


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Wednesday, june 20 ■ Discussion: Journalist Rachel Bertsche will discuss her book “MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend.” 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. er hearing aids are working properly or whether attendees without one might need hearing assistance. 10:45 a.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. Thursday, June 21

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Children’s programs ■ Griot and master storyteller Baba-C will bring to life the oral histories and traditions of West African cultures through dancing, rapping and singing (for children ages 9 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ Jester Nicolo Whimsey will combine juggling, music, poetry and storytelling in a performance that emphasizes language skills and encourages creativity and tolerance (for children ages 4 through 9). 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts ■ The Golden Triangle Summer Concert Series will feature the cover band Down Wilson performing top 40 and alternative music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. goldentriangledc.com. ■ Dennis Stroughmatt, an Illinois Creole fiddler/singer, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-7675658. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Williams, von Suppé and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.

Special events Demonstration ■ The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will ■ Master printer Scip Barnhart will celebrate its tribal history and heritage demonstrate basic printmaking techniques with food, workshops and performances. presented in “Jasper Johns: Variations on 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National a Theme.” 6:30 p.m. $20. Phillips Museum of the American Indian, 4th Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Street and Independence Avenue SW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 Discussions and lectures a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s ■ Monarch Hearing and Balance June speaker series will feature a talk by Center will present a clinic to check wheth- local filmmaker Aviva Kempner about her

most recent project, a documentary about the 5,300 schools funded by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald for rural black children in the early 1900s. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-4860. ■ Manuel Roig-Franzia will discuss his book “The Rise of Marco Rubio.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Textile historian Jacqueline Atkins will discuss “Omoshirogara: Japanese Novelty Textile Designs.” 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Peter Edelman will discuss his book “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Art historian Bonita Billman will discuss “The Wyeth Dynasty: Generations of American Art.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ John Lanchester will discuss his novel “Capital.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss Virgil’s “The Aeneid,” as translated by Christopher Pearse Cranch. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ Julie Shapiro, artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival, will present “The Sounds (and Stories) of Protest.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss the second half of “Boomsday” by Christopher Buckley. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo will discuss “The Statues That Walked,” about their daring new theory on the statues of Easter Island. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ Richard Gage, founder and chief executive officer of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, will present the group’s documentary “9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out,” which challenges the assertion that the three World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by fire resulting from the jet fuel on the airplanes. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $10; reservations required. American Institute of Architects Headquarters, 1735 New York Ave. NW. expertsspeakout.eventbrite.com. ■ The Friends of Mitchell Park group will open its summertime “Films in the Field” series with a screening of Pixar’s 2008 animated comedy “Wall-E.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. Special event ■ “The Georgetown Dash,” a scavenger hunt-style event benefiting Girls on the Run DC, will offer teams of four a chance to win prizes from local merchants by completing a series of physical and mental challenges. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 per person. City Sports Georgetown, 3338 M St. NW. georgetowndash.eventbrite.com.


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From Page 29 tinue through Oct. 14. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for military personnel and ages 12 and younger. Admission is free for everyone Saturdays through Sept. 1.

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and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $115. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre is presenting “Puerto Rico …¡fuá!” through July 1. A comedic take on the island’s most notorious time in history, Carlos Ferrari’s satirical musical spins tales ranging from the Taíno natives to invasions by the conquistadores and the U.S. to the ups and downs of contemporary life. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $38. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; galatheatre.org. ■ The Kennedy Center is presenting “First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb” through July 1. Featuring a cast of six backed by a 23-piece orchestra, the musical revue will celebrate the songwriting team that created “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and other hits. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $65 to $125. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The Source Festival is celebrating its fifth year with debuts of 24 original works through July 1. The festival lineup will include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute pieces and three “artistic blind dates,” in which nine artists of varying disciplines are united to create three new interdisciplinary works. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $10 to $20, with four-play passes available for $55 and all-access passes available for $100. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 866-811-4111; sourcefestival.org. ■ Studio Theatre is hosting the U.S. tour of Suzanne Andrade’s “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” through July 1. The genre-smashing piece — presented through a collaboration among the London company 1927, the Spoleto Festival USA and Studio — combines performance, live music, animation and film. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. ■ Studio Theatre is presenting Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette” through July 1. Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit and a few eager men. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; studiotheatre.org. ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” through July 1. Armageddon has struck and the grid is down: no TV, no radio, no Internet — how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about “The Simpsons” proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; woollymammoth.net. ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Tony Award-winner “Spring Awakening” through July 8 at the Church

p.m. 202-544-7077. ■ Alex Gallery and Gallery A opened two exhibits recently and will continue them through June 30. “The Month of Color” presents work by David Goslin, Stephanie York, Judith Judy and Inge Strack. Linda Touby is presenting new paintings. Located at 2106 R St. NW, the galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-667-2599.

Street Theater. With a score that swings from folk to rock, the musical follows the journey of a group of students in late 19th-century Germany as they move from adolescence into adulthood. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40. The theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-8920202; keegantheatre.com. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company has extended “The Servant of Two Masters” through July 8 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Theater J is presenting the East Coast premiere of David Bar Katz’s “The History of Invulnerability” through July 8 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The new drama illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel, Superman’s creator, and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his son. Performance times generally are Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $30. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; theaterj.org. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company is ending its 15thanniversary season with “The Merry Wives of Windsor” through July 15 at Sidney Harman Hall. The conniving Falstaff, an impoverished knight, plots to woo two wealthy wives at the same time. His plan backfires and the cunning wives seek revenge, bringing chaos to the small market town of Windsor and embarrassment after embarrassment to Falstaff. Performance times are generally at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $100. The theater is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Arena Stage is presenting “The Music Man” through July 22 in the Fichandler Stage. For Harold Hill, there’s a sucker born every minute. Sooner or later, this smooth-talking “Professor” has everyone eating out of his hand — and the citizens of River City, Iowa, are his latest mark. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon on select weekdays: June 13 and July 5. Tickets cost $46 to $91. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300; arenastage.org. ■ Broadway director George C. Wolfe is remounting Tony winner “The Normal Heart” at Arena Stage through July 29. Fueled by love, anger, hope and pride, a circle of friends struggle to contain the mysterious disease ravaging New York’s gay community. Larry Kramer presents an outrageous look at sexual politics. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $49 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org.


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“We have before us legislation that deals with the issue that has been in the public eye for a couple of years now regarding breath testing for alcohol, but the bill clearly goes beyond just that very limited issue,” said Mendelson. Seven private citizens testified at the hearing, most voicing strong support for the bill or saying that it could go further in certain ways. Joao Vasconcelos recounted an incident a few months ago in which, he said, a drunk driver barreled into him and his girlfriend on the sidewalk as they were waiting to cross the street. Vasconcelos suffered a fractured clavicle and other injuries, and he faced more than $50,000 in medical costs. He said the damage to his left arm left him temporarily unable to work or drive, while the driver who hit him is back on the streets after completing an alcohol rehabilitation program. In his emotional testimony, Vasconcelos said he hoped the bill would prevent such lenience in future cases. “The District prosecutor did request a suspension of the individual’s license, but the judge was unable to grant it due to the way the current law is structured, apparently,” he said. “I hope the current bill will be able to address this issue in cases [that] involve serious bodily harm and fleeing the scene of an accident.” Frank Harris, state legislative affairs manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, supported the bill but said it should be more comprehensive. Harris argued that ignition interlock devices, which allow drivers to start their cars only if their breath is alcohol-free, should be required for all offenders, including first-time offenders, an approach 30

other states follow in some form. He said only one in 50 convicted impaired drivers in D.C. has an ignition interlock device. Harris also said that impaired driving with a child passenger constitutes child abuse and should be upgraded to a felony. Mendelson also suggested that perhaps the penalty should be stricter when a child is injured. Kurt Erickson, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, also suggested making the underage possession of alcohol a criminal offense and lowering the blood alcohol content threshold in a number of sentencing provisions from 0.20 to 0.15. Overall, though, Erickson commended the bill for “its restoration of the District of Columbia’s leadership position in the fight against drunk driving.” He said it is particularly important in light of recent data showing that drunk driving crashes in the District are up: More than a quarter of citywide crash deaths are due to drunk drivers, and there is a drunk driving crash in the District every 19 hours. Not all witnesses spoke in favor of the bill. Bryan Brown, a District attorney who said he has represented many defendants charged with impaired driving, focused on problems with the breath and urine testing provisions. Brown argued that the tests are often inaccurate reflectors of actual blood alcohol content, citing the example of somebody who attends a wine tasting and then registers highly on a breath test without having ingested much alcohol. Brown also raised objections to the Implied Consent Act, which says that people have inherently agreed to submit to breath and urine tests if

they are driving in the District. A refusal to take such tests can be used as evidence in court, he said, but many are unwilling to take breath tests given the 2010 breathalyzer scandal. “We can expect that a number of people, having heard of the District’s problems administering breath testing in a manner that produces accurate and reliable results, would refuse to submit to such a test,” Brown argued. Jack Dalton, director of the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, urged the District to mandate ignition interlocks for convicted offenders. The technology is important, he said, because it provides impaired drivers with help to change their behavior, rather than fines or license suspensions, which are strictly punitive. Andrew Fois, deputy attorney general for public safety in the District, said the bill resulted from collaboration between several agencies. It sought to be fair to all, he said, not to make the District the toughest jurisdiction in the country. Fois also noted that the bill would increase mandatory minimum penalties and incarceration time, in part to provide better deterrence. He also emphasized that the breath-testing program would be subject to independent quality-control monitoring to prevent any future problems. Renata Cooper of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District emphasized that the bill would add specificity to the hit-and-run statute, requiring drivers who hit something to stop and check if it was a person. Mendelson said that the deadline for public comment will be June 22, with a mark-up scheduled for the following week before its probable presentation at the July legislative meeting.


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