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City scales down Reno School plans
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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
Following a lower-than-expected budget allotment, the D.C. Department of General Services has redesigned and scaled down its plans to renovate and expand the vacant Jesse Reno School and to connect
the historic building to the adjacent Deal Middle School. The latest plans, presented Thursday to the Tenleytown/ Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, were designed to meet a budget of $8.4 million rather than the $12 million to $14 million that implementing the previous plan would have cost. A glass-walled addition to the 12,900-square-foot Reno building has shrunk from a planned 25,500
square feet to 16,000 square feet, officials said at the meeting. The total project, counting the restoration of Reno and the new addition, would add 10 new classrooms to Deal instead of 12, and eliminate a planned multipurpose room. By replacing a video-editing room and conference room with two classrooms in the existing Deal building, the school can accommodate the same number of students as See Reno/Page 28
Pepco draws heat at council roundtable By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
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Kimberly Panzer Harris, of Fundamentals of Music and Movement, entertained children with her music at a fundraising event at Forest Hills Playground on Saturday.
District residents must be patient with Pepco as it carries out infrastructure improvements as part of its multiyear reliability enhancement plan, company officials said last week at a D.C. Council oversight roundtable. Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander called the hearing in her Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs in response to the June 29 “derecho” storm that cut power to some 100,000 of the District’s Pepco customers. At the worst point, 60,000 were simultaneously without power, and 10 percent of the outages remained unresolved across the region five days after the storm. Public comments were overwhelmingly negative toward the power company during the seven-hour hearing, which stretched until 8:30 p.m. Friday. Residents who testified — many of whom said See Pepco/Page 18
Some leaders call for Gray to step down amid scandal
Residents press council on education reform By ELIZABETH WIENER
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Amid turmoil at city hall, a large crowd of parents and education activists waited in line at a D.C. Council education hearing Friday, most to say they want the council to jump back into the charged issue of public school reform. Speaker after speaker asked Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to re-establish a separate committee on education, to make sure that the long-vacant post of school ombudsman is filled, to immediately complete an evaluation of the 2007 school reform effort, and to wade into the ever-touchy subject of public school closures and, perhaps, charter school openings. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said he supports school reform and sees much progress. But, like
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Though many are calling for more underground wires, Pepco says they aren’t a catch-all solution. Officials also asked for patience from residents.
whether mayor should resign
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One parent complained of limited out-of-boundary placements at Georgetown’s Hardy Middle School.
many speakers, Wells said he fears education here is devolving into a “parallel system” of charter schools and neighborhood public schools. And the outlook, he said, is that the charters will flourish and neighborhood schools — “the schools your child can walk to” — will fade away. “The network of neighborhood schools is part of the See Schools/Page 30
SPOR TS St. John’s alum strives for championship in pro soccer
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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer
When is it appropriate to ask a mayor to resign? As revelations come to light about a “shadow campaign” conducted to benefit Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 mayoral run, political leaders from across the city are weighing in on whether Gray should step down. Last week, pressure on the mayor
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mounted when D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (Ward 3), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4) and David Catania (at-large) called for his resignation. Others have said such calls should wait until the federal investigation is complete, while some, like D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, are asking Gray to answer questions about the campaign. Seven of the 12 council members have not issued formal statements, though some have discussed the issue in interviews. Although three people involved in Gray’s campaign have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of See Mayor/Page 12
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Adaptive swing returns to Chevy Chase Playground By ELI OKuN
A handicapped-accessible swing installed at the Chevy Chase Playground last month delighted parents and neighbors who were gratified to see their petitions answered. The playground at 41st and Livingston streets originally featured a similar â€œadaptiveâ€? swing, but it was removed during a renovation last year, and dismayed parents turned to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Internet to air their frustration. The issue gained traction in March, when Chevy Chase resident Jamie Davis Smith wrote a column for The Huffington Post lambasting the District for removing the swing. She said the equipment had been an important source of fun for her 6-year-old daughter, who suffers from intellectual disabilities and a chromosomal disorder that causes low muscle tone. â€œMoving to the neighborhood and seeing an adaptive swing in the park really signaled to my family
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An adaptive swing was installed at the playground last week.
that we had moved to a neighborhood that was not just accepting of peopleâ€™s disabilities but, we hoped, would even welcome my daughter,â€? Smith said of her reaction to the original swing. â€œWe were pretty upset when it was taken away, especially considering the renovation was so extensive and also so costly. This wasnâ€™t a matter of not having resources.â€? Smith posted the article on the Chevy Chase listserv, and neighbors began to rally behind the cause, some offering money and asking See Swing/Page 28
Golf tournament will honor fallen reserve MPD sergeant By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer
The ninth annual DC COPS Classic Golf tournament, an event that recognizes fallen law enforcement officers, will this year honor the late Joseph Pozell, a longtime Georgetown resident who served with the Metropolitan Police Department as a reserve sergeant. Pozell, who worked at the Oak Hill Cemetery for 20 years, died in 2005 after being hit by a car while directing traffic at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. The golf tournament, which will be held Aug. 13 at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va., is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the D.C. chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that provides support for families of officers who have died, as well as for their law enforcement colleagues. Tournament organizer Joe Crespo, a detective with the Metropolitan Police Department, said Pozell was one of the most popular officers in the 2nd District â€” a hard worker who served the city for free. Pozell did everything from foot patrolling to directing traffic and responding to distress calls â€” but he didnâ€™t carry a weapon and he didnâ€™t receive a salary. â€œJoe was the first reserve officer to ever be recognized on our honor wall,â€? said Crespo. â€œHe was part of
our family and was very well liked in the 2nd District.â€? During his three-year tenure with the police department, Pozell could often be seen directing traffic at the corner of Wisconsin and M. â€œHe liked to make order out of chaos, and that intersection can be chaotic,â€? said Ella Pozell, Joeâ€™s wife. â€œHe would have his hands out, and people would hand him a bottle of water â€” he felt appreciated and hoped he was doing something beneficial for the community.â€? Ella said when her husband died, members of the local Concerns of Police Survivors chapter were a â€œconstant presence,â€? supporting her and her son financially and emotionally during an â€œextremely traumaticâ€? time. She added that she was touched that after seven years, her husbandâ€™s fellow officers still want to honor him. â€œI had no idea that there was such a strong tie that binds them â€” they never forget their own,â€? said Ella. Her son, Joe Jr., and many members of their extended family are excited to participate in the tournament, she added. Crespo said the golf tournament is unique among similar fundraisers because itâ€™s open to the public and because families of fallen officers serve as volunteers. â€œAt many tournaments like this one, you donâ€™t get to see the people See Benefit/Page 7
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Evans bill would require that library branches open seven days a week By KATIE PEARcE Current Staff Writer
Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans contends there’s only one way to stabilize the notoriously fluctuating schedules of the city’s libraries: Cement the hours into law. Evans, who says he hears persistent complaints that D.C. public libraries aren’t open enough, has put forward a bill that would mandate service for seven days a week at all branches.
The change would cost about $10 million, D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper has estimated. Evans said he concluded that only a law would keep library hours from slipping through the cracks of the city’s budget negotiations. “Then it has to be funded,” he said in an interview. Robin Diener, director of the D.C. library watchdog group the Library Renaissance Project, said she has “no idea where the bill is coming from,” but was thrilled to hear of it.
The District would be making a statement by adopting this law, Diener said. “Municipalities all over the country think it’s OK to cut libraries,” she said. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if D.C. really invested in libraries and got the most out of our investment?” In a release, Diener noted that the city has pumped $180 million into renovating libraries and building new ones over the past five years. The hours of operation for D.C. libraries have gone up and down over the years, with Sunday hours often getting totally slashed.
Complex process guides council special elections By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
With the District’s small cadre of elected officials falling like dominoes, voters face a complex series of procedures and timelines to replace those who have resigned under criminal charges or moved up to fill the vacant seats. When Ward 5 member Harry Thomas resigned in January before pleading guilty to stealing city funds intended for youth programs, the D.C. Board of Elections scheduled a special election for May 15 to replace him. The board couldn’t move up the special election to coincide with a regularly scheduled citywide primary April 3 — which would have saved some $318,000 — because of timing rules. Now the same board has set a special election for Nov. 6 to replace Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who resigned in early June after admitting to federal bank fraud charges. It’s the same day as the general election, but technically separate — some timing flexibility allowed the board to use the same precincts and personnel, saving $400,000 to $500,000, according to various estimates, and also likely increasing the turnout. Then the council, in late June, chose at-large member Phil Mendelson to move up as chairman. Under council
rules, the chairman must be chosen from among the four at-large members, but Mendelson’s original seat is not considered vacant because he is filling duties of both at-large member and chair. It’s clearly a handful, since he is also revving up to campaign for the full-time chairman’s job in November. If he wins that race, then his at-large seat would become vacant and require a future special election. Now things get really complicated. If — and that’s a big if — Mayor Vincent Gray were to resign, Mendelson would automatically become acting mayor. And the council would again have to dip into its depleted pool of at-large members — independent Michael Brown, now also serving as chair pro tempore; Democrat Vincent Orange; and independent David Catania — to fill the chairman’s post temporarily until a permanent chairman is elected and then sworn in. For its part, the elections board is about to gain a bit more flexibility in scheduling special elections to fill any future vacancies. The U.S. Senate last week sent a bill to President Barack Obama that would allow the city’s elections board to schedule a special election anytime within 70 to 174 days after a vacancy is declared. Currently, a special election has to be held on the first Tuesday 114 See Elections/Page 30
Right now, only the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opens on Sunday. Neighborhood libraries offer evening hours (until 9 p.m.) twice a week. The new bill, introduced last week, would require all libraries to be open “at least” from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The timing of the bill is a little awkward in terms of the city’s budget process — the $10 See Libraries/Page 16
The week ahead Thursday, July 19
The National Capital Planning Commission will present the draft SW Ecodistrict Plan. Staff members will walk stakeholders through a variety of ideas to transform the predominantly federal precinct into a lively mixed-use community and environmental showcase. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at the D.C. Office of Planning, 1100 4th St. SW. Admission is free; to register, visit ncpc.gov/rsvp. ■ The U.S. Department of State will host a meeting to discuss plans to prepare an environmental impact statement for the long-term development of a Foreign Missions Center on approximately 43.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW.
Saturday, July 21
Subaru and United by Blue will sponsor an Anacostia River cleanup project. Volunteers will be provided with free breakfast, lunch, bags, gloves, supplies, bug spray and sunscreen. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; volunteers should meet at River Terrace Recreation Center, located near Anacostia Avenue and Dix Street NE. To register, visit unitedbyblue.com/cleanup/washingtondc.
Tuesday, July 24
Whitman-Walker Health will join with 54 other community organizations to host a Community HIV/AIDS Forum. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Free registration is required at whitman-walker.org/returntolisner.
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District Digest Police to relocate some speed cameras
The Metropolitan Police Department plans to move about 30 of its speed cameras early next month and is seeking recommendations for new sites, the departmentâ€™s Lisa Sutter said at Thursdayâ€™s Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. The department typically relocates cameras once the number of tickets sent out declines, signaling a shift in driver behavior, Sutter said. The city issues warnings rather than tickets for the first 30 days of operation at a new site, unless a camera had been located there previously. Sutter said certain roads arenâ€™t yet eligible for speed cameras, but she said the department will begin to employ more advanced cameras this fall that can be used in a wider variety of locations. Some of the new cameras can track speeding on winding roads and ticket drivers who fail to obey a stop sign or yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The department has declined to officially state the speeds that trigger tickets, but some officers have said drivers have about 10 mph of
leeway over the posted limit. Visit tinyurl.com/mpdcameras for a list of existing camera locations. A link to contact Sutter with recommended locations appears on the bottom of that webpage.
Army set to remove Glenbrook home
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend two weeks next month demolishing most of a vacant home at 4825 Glenbrook Road as part of a $12.5 million cleanup of the property. The Army Corps released the details on Friday of how it will remove the home, which officials believe sits atop a burial pit of World War I-era munitions. Workers will use an excavator to slowly demolish the American University-owned house from top to bottom, likely generating one to three truckloads of debris per day. The August work will not remove portions of the building that have been in contact with contaminated soil. Those parts will instead be excavated and disposed of along with all soil on the property down to bedrock; the Army will present plans for that work once the house
has been removed.
Police seek suspect in Dupont shooting
Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested a suspected robber after a midday scuffle in Dupont Saturday, and are still seeking a teenager believed to be involved in the incident, according to a news release. According to the release, the robbery victim and several witnesses fought two robbers at 3:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of 17th Street, and one of the witnesses was shot. The shooting victimâ€™s injuries were not life-threatening. Police recovered two handguns used in the alleged incident. The suspect who remains at large is described as a black male, 16 or 17 years old, wearing a T-shirt, blue jeans and a black Kufi hat.
Washington Latin nets Rudolph lease
Washington Latin Public Charter School will consolidate its middle and high school programs into the vacant Rudolph Elementary School
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city asks residents for â€˜Smart911â€™ help
The District is asking residents to fill out information about themselves and their homes and offices at smart911.com to assist dispatchers in an emergency, according to a news release. When a phone registered with Smart911 is used to make an emergency call, dispatchers can see all the information that its owner has put on an online profile. Registration is free and participants can share as much or as little information as they choose. The city announced its partnership with Rave Mobile Safety, which developed Smart911, on Thursday. Little Rock, Ark., and Atlanta are among the jurisdictions already using the service, according to the companyâ€™s website.
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The D.C. Office of Human Rights is running a series of newspaper ads asking residents to report illegal housing discrimination as part of its â€œFair Housing Is Your Rightâ€? campaign, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The cityâ€™s ads take the style of a classified advertisement, listing the amenities of an available property but including such language as â€œstraight couples only!â€? and â€œno housing vouchers or disability checks!â€? The ads include contact information for the Human Rights Office. Income source and sexual orientation are among 19 characteristics protected from discrimination under D.C. law.
1801 K garden wins â€˜Golden Streetsâ€™ poll
A garden outside an 1801 K St. office building has won the Golden Triangle Business Improvement Districtâ€™s â€œGolden Streetsâ€? landscaping competition, which is designed to encourage beautification of the downtown area, according to a news release from the business district. A total of 12 properties competed, with the winner selected from more than 1,100 votes on the business districtâ€™s website last month, the release states. Qualifying entries in the competition needed to incorporate some yellow or gold plantings to represent the Golden Triangle branding. The winning garden â€” a series of yellow marigolds planted in triangles, plus other flowers, along 18th and K streets â€” was created by 1801 K property manager Jones Lang LaSalle and the Premier Plantscapes landscaping firm.
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ANC seeks changes to plans Water damage shutters M St. hotel, restaurant for Mount Vernon campus By ELI OKuN
George Washington Universityâ€™s plans for a revised entrance to its Mount Vernon campus on Whitehaven Parkway ran into opposition last week for the second month in a row. The Palisades/Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission voted Wednesday to ask for revisions to the plan, voicing concerns about its impact on driversâ€™ sightlines, pedestrian safety and access for disabled people. The university is seeking to install a new sign and wall at the entrance, part of its 2010 campus plan that closed the W Street entrance and reoriented the campus toward Whitehaven. The issue is now scheduled to go before the cityâ€™s Public Space Committee at a July 26 public hearing. At last weekâ€™s neighborhood
commission meeting, land-use planner Eric Selbst and other school representatives said the sign and wall need to be high enough for the universityâ€™s logo to be sufficiently visible. And the features could not be moved farther from the street because of tree roots and the hillâ€™s incline, Selbst said. Commissioners ultimately moved to request a copy of the universityâ€™s public-space application from the D.C. Department of Transportation, which theyâ€™d never received due to a technical error. The commission also requested a delay of the scheduled July 26 hearing so the university would have more time to make revisions. If that delay doesnâ€™t happen, the commission plans to formally oppose the publicspace application. Last month, commissioners had asked the university for more information about sightlines around the See Entrance/Page 7
The Latham Hotel and Michel Richard Citronelle restaurant closed last week due to water damage, according to representatives from the businesses who estimate the damage will take six months to repair. The hotel and restaurant share a building at 3000 M St. in Georgetown. Chris Daly, a spokesperson for the Interstate Hotels and Resorts company, which manages the shared building, said water damage was noticed last week, though a cause is not yet known. The Latham Hotel and Citronelle made the decision to close after engineers looked at the building. â€œIt was determined that the damage being where
it was, we were going to take the proactive step to close the hotel and the restaurant,â€? said Daly. A spokesperson for Michel Richard, the owner and chef of Citronelle, said the engineers assessing the building are not assuming that the damage was due to the recent â€œderechoâ€? storm that hit the District. She said further analysis will determine the cause. Neither representative could comment on the extent of the water damage. Daly said the company will make capital improvements to the hotel while it is closed. â€” Ally Mutnick
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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from July 8 through 15 in local police service areas.
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Robbery (gun) â– 9th and H streets; bus stop; 3:41 a.m. July 14. Robbery (snatch) â– 600 block, H St.; sidewalk; 7:34 p.m. July 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 700 block, H St.; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. July 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â– 800 block, 7th St.; office building; 5:42 p.m. July 11. Theft (below $250) â– 700 block, H St.; restaurant; 7:57 p.m. July 9. â– 700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 9:16 a.m. July 11. â– 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 5:59 p.m. July 12. â– 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10 a.m. July 13. â– 700 block, 6th St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. July 13. â– 500 block, C St.; sidewalk; 2:51 p.m. July 13. â– 800 block, H St.; restaurant; 8:26 p.m. July 13. â– 700 block, 7th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:12 a.m. July 14. â– 7th and H streets; store; 1:40 p.m. July 15. â– 700 block, 7th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 8:40 p.m. July 15. Theft (shoplifting) â– 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 2:52 p.m. July 9. â– 400 block, L St.; grocery store; 3:50 p.m. July 13.
Theft ($250 plus) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:32 p.m. July 11. Theft (below $250) â– 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 12:56 p.m. July 11. â– 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:02 p.m. July 15. Theft (shoplifting) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:21 p.m. July 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 5300 block, 42nd St.; street; 11:30 a.m. July 12. â– 4300 block, Verplanck Place; street; 8:30 p.m. July 12. â– 49th and Chesapeake streets; street; 9 p.m. July 12.
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Stolen auto â– 5400 block, 30th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. July 9. Theft (below $250) â– 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 10 a.m. July 9. â– 5400 block, 32nd St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. July 12. â– 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 9:52 p.m. July 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 5400 block, Nevada Ave.; residence; 6 p.m. July 11. â– Connecticut Avenue and Military Road; street; 12:30 a.m. July 12. â– 3700 block, Legation St.; unspecified premises; 10:22 a.m. July 12. â– 5500 block, 39th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. July 12. â– 3600 block, Livingston St.; unspecified premises; 7:22 a.m. July 13. â– 6400 block, Barnaby St.; unspecified premises; 7:34 a.m. July 13. â– 3600 block, Livingston St.; unspecified premises; 8:06 a.m. July 13.
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â– forest hills / van ness PSA 203
Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 2700 block, Ordway St.; alley; 2:55 p.m. July 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â– Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street; street; 11:45 a.m. July 9. â– 2800 block, Tilden St.; street; 5:07 p.m. July 11. â– 30th and Ordway streets; unspecified premises; 10:11 a.m. July 13. â– 3300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 7 p.m. July 14. â– 3500 block, Ordway St.; unspecified premises; 3:21 p.m. July 15.
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Burglary â– 3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:07 p.m. July 9. Stolen auto â– 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; noon July 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2600 block, Garfield St.; street; 6 p.m. July 8. â– 2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 8:20 p.m. July 11. â– 3900 block, Watson Place; unspecified premises; 8:17 a.m. July 12.
â– palisades / spring valley PSA 205
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Theft ($250 plus) â– 4600 block, Kenmore Drive; residence; 11 a.m. July 12.
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Robbery (pickpocket) â– 3000 block, M St.; sidewalk; 5:24 p.m. July 9. Robbery (stealth)
â– 3100 block, M St.; sidewalk; 5:40 p.m. July 13. Burglary â– 3300 block, Prospect St.; residence; 10:50 a.m. July 11. Stolen auto â– 1300 block, 36th St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. July 9. â– 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 5 p.m. July 13. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1600 block, 34th St.; sidewalk; 4:33 p.m. July 13. Theft (below $250) â– 3100 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:40 a.m. July 10. â– 3400 block, M St.; park area; 11:29 a.m. July 10. â– 33rd and M streets; street; 3:05 p.m. July 14. â– 3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. July15. Theft from auto (below $250) â– Wisconsin Avenue and S Street; parking lot; 8:50 p.m. July 9. â– 1600 block, 32nd St.; street; 11 p.m. July 9. â– 3600 block, Winfield Lane; street; 11:33 p.m. July 10.
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Robbery (force and violence) â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:48 p.m. July 10. Robbery (snatch) â– 1700 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 3:45 a.m. July 12. Stolen auto â– 1400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 1 a.m. July 12. Theft ($250 plus) â– 25th and N streets; unspecified premises; 2:08 p.m. July 9. â– 1100 block, 15th St.; hotel; 2 p.m. July 12. â– 1500 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 6:40 p.m. July 12. â– 1100 block, 17th St.; store; 3:13 p.m. July 13. Theft (below $250) â– 500 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. July 8. â– 600 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 2:55 p.m. July 9. â– 1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. July 9. â– 800 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. July 10. â– 2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. July 10. â– 600 block, 22nd St.; university; 5:30 p.m. July 10. â– 1400 block, K St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. July 10. â– 1100 block, 22nd St.; alley; 6:25 a.m. July 11. â– 2200 block, L St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. July 11. â– 1800 block, H St.; store; 5:54 p.m. July 11. â– 1600 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 4:53 p.m. July 12. â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; medical facility; 4:59 p.m. July 12. â– 2000 block, M St.; street; 1:50 p.m. July 14.
Theft (shoplifting) â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 4:21 p.m. July 11.
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Robbery (knife) â– 19th and M streets; sidewalk; 12:24 p.m. July 14. Robbery (force and violence) â– 1800 block, S St.; street; 5:15 a.m. July 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 1800 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 6:23 a.m. July 14. Stolen auto â– 1700 block, N St.; residence; 2:44 p.m. July 12. Theft ($250 plus) â– 2100 block, P St.; hotel; 12:19 a.m. July 10. â– 1500 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 7:45 p.m. July 12. Theft (below $250) â– 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 7:52 p.m. July 9. â– 2300 block, California St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. July 10. â– 1700 block, Church St.; street; 3 p.m. July 10. â– 1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 4 p.m. July 11. â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. July 13. â– 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:44 p.m. July 13. â– 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 4:13 p.m. July 14. â– 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 1 a.m. July 15. â– 1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; restaurant; 10:50 p.m. July 15. Theft (shoplifting) â– 22nd and P streets; store; 4:22 p.m. July13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1500 block, 18th St.; alley; 5:30 a.m. July 13. â– 1900 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. July 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1800 block, Q St.; street; 11:30 p.m. July 9. â– 1500 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 11:45 a.m. July 10. â– 2100 block, P St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. July 11. â– 1800 block, Phelps Place; street; 10 p.m. July 11. â– 2100 block, P St.; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. July 12. â– 23rd and P streets; street; 7 a.m. July 13. â– 2200 block, Decatur Place; street; 11 p.m. July 13. â– 1500 block, Church St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. July 14. â– 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 7 p.m. July 14. â– 17th and Church streets; street; 7 p.m. July 14. â– 1700 block, Church St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. July 14.
wedNesday, July 18, 2012
Ross Elementary recieves grant to boost lunchtime literacy program By BETH cOPE Current Staff Writer
The Power Lunch Program at Ross Elementary School will get a boost this coming school year from a $28,000 grant provided by The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In Power Lunch, mentors from local companies and organizations visit area schools weekly to spend a lunch hour reading to stu-
dents. Teachers and principals select mentees who need extra help with literacy or who could use additional adult support, and the relationships last throughout the studentsâ€™ elementary years. Power Lunch is operated by Everybody Wins! DC, the largest childrenâ€™s mentoring and literacy nonprofit in the area. The organization runs reading mentorships in 11 area elementary schools, including Francis-Stevens, Marie Reed and Ross, as well as peer mentor-
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you support, but here the families and the community members can meet and talk with one another,â€? said Crespo. â€œIt helps build the relationship between law enforcement and the community, and that mutual support is an amazing thing.â€? All the proceeds from the tournament will go to the local chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. In addition to providing financial assistance to officersâ€™ families, the chapter sponsors various activities and gatherings, including weekend retreats to help family members and colleagues work through their grief. This yearâ€™s sponsors include Booz Allen Hamilton and Martinâ€™s
Tavern in Georgetown. Tournament organizers welcome additional sponsors, and tee times to play are still available. The local chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors was co-founded in 1998 by Shirley Gibson, whose son Brian was shot and killed in 1997 while on duty in the 4th District. She went on to become a regional trustee and national president of the organization. Brian was honored during the golf tournamentâ€™s inaugural year. â€œI donâ€™t know what we would have done without this organization,â€? Shirley Gibson said. â€œAs long as Iâ€™m living and breathing, I will be there for the next ones coming.â€? For details about the tournament, go to dccopsclassic.com.
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entrance. Selbst followed up last week, presenting a sight analysis the school conducted. It showed that the sign and wall would still allow drivers to see oncoming cars from 140 feet away, as well as pedestrians walking down the sidewalk. Commissioners were divided on whether that was enough room to be safe. Commissioner Tom Smith took issue with the universityâ€™s emphasis on the importance of a visible sign at the campus entrance. â€œThat doesnâ€™t mean ... that we should just condone creating a traffic safety issue because the name of the university is too long [for a small sign] or because theyâ€™re not creative enough to look at other options that would alleviate any concerns,â€? he said. Commissioner Kent Slowinski was unsure of the 140-foot standard, pointing out that the pick-up queue for St. Patrickâ€™s Episcopal Day School across the street could also reduce driversâ€™ visibility. In response, Selbst noted that St. Patrickâ€™s supported the universityâ€™s public-space application. Another major issue appeared to be access for disabled people. Selbst reported that a handicapped-accessible entrance would be installed farther down Whitehaven Parkway, given the steep slope of the hill at the main entrance. One community member in the audience called that plan â€œinsulting,â€? and several commissioners voiced their belief that other options must be available.
Slowinski also criticized the aesthetics of the proposed main entrance, pointing to plans for a bare concrete wall on the side of the main stairs. â€œItâ€™s like putting lipstick on a pig,â€? he said. â€œThis appears to be very ill-thought-out. ... I think you need to go back and look at the bigger picture.â€? In an email to The Current, university spokesperson Michelle Sherrard wrote that the school is addressing many of the commissionersâ€™ worries. â€œThe university has addressed accessibility concerns via an [Americans with Disabilities Act-]compliant ramp already in process under a separate permit application and continues to work to ensure the signâ€™s height and sight-line do not impede visibility for vehicles exiting the campus,â€? she wrote. Sherrard added that the school is â€œseeking input from D.C.â€™s Public Space Committeeâ€? but declined to address whether the commissionâ€™s opposition would be a roadblock. She also didnâ€™t say when the changes might be implemented. At the meeting last week, commissioner Penny Pagano first introduced a motion to support the universityâ€™s plan, citing the schoolâ€™s need for signage and the fact that neighborhood complaints had inspired the campusâ€™ reorientation away from W Street. After her motion failed, commissioners voted 5-3 â€” with Pagano, Philip Thomas and Stu Roth opposed â€” to support the resolution from Smith requesting the delay to the hearing.
ing and story-time programs in 29 schools. Along with providing the grant, The Washington Post also provides mentors for the Ross program. â€œItâ€™s really quite simple,â€? said Everybody Wins! executive director Mary Salander. â€œWe match a child with a mentor, and they meet once a week and they read for pleasure. â€Ś The idea is to make it fun and really enliven and inspire that student to want to read.â€? Salander said the grant will go toward the
costs of operating the program, which include paying a school coordinator, buying liability insurance and purchasing books. Along with providing volumes in the schools for participants, Everybody Wins! also sends student readers home with their own books. Many â€œlow-income families donâ€™t have a lot of books in their own personal libraries,â€? Salander said. â€œSo last year, for instance, we distributed nine books to each student.â€? To learn more, visit everybodywinsdc.org.
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At the commissionâ€™s July 11 meeting: â– Metropolitan Police Department officer Tony McElwee presented a police and traffic summary, reporting that crime in the area had been minimal in the past month, constituting a 57 percent drop from the same time frame in 2011. â– commissioner Nan Wells reported that a decision document regarding the Army Corps of Engineersâ€™ demolition of a Glenbrook Road house is now available. â– commissioners Nan Wells and Kent Slowinski discussed methods to ward off mosquitoes in response to complaints that the area had the highest citywide rate of West Nile virus. â– commissioner Tom Smith reported that he had been to the groundbreaking ceremony for a dorm at Wesley Theological Seminary. He cited what he characterized as a good deal with the neighborhood regarding the buildingâ€™s construction. â– commissioners discussed the contributions of longtime Spring Valley neighborhood activist Chuck Hamilton, who died suddenly the previous week. â– Jerry Price, senior vice president for real estate and construction at Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Greg Sibley, chair of the hospitalâ€™s radiation oncology unit and cancer committee, presented plans for a proposed new building to house proton therapy, an emerging technique that uses new technology to fight various cancers. Though plans are preliminary, the hospital has submitted a letter of intent and the building
would be on the back of Little Falls Road, Price reported. â– commissioners voted 5-3, with Stu Ross, Philip Thomas and Penny Pagano opposed, to ask for a delay of the public-space hearing on proposals for a new sign and entrance to the Mount Vernon campus on Whitehaven Parkway, in order to give the university time to revise its plans after hearing commissionersâ€™ concerns about sight lines, pedestrian safety and access for disabled people. In the event that the July 26 hearing is not delayed, the commissioners voted to formally oppose the universityâ€™s application. â– George Clark and Alma Gates, members of a task force aiding the city with rewriting its zoning regulations, reported to commissioners on that effort. Clark provided a history of the zoning regulation revision work to date, and Gates, a former chair of the commission, presented the changes in the regulations designed to make them more userfriendly. They also led a discussion of some of the most controversial issues, including the green-area ratio and rules for accessory dwelling units, and urged commissioners to get involved before the changes become permanent. â– commissioners voted 7-1, with Penny Pagano opposed, to endorse a resolution crafted by commissioner Tom Smith in response to Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Grahamâ€™s Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012. The resolution supports most of the bill but asks for three changes: loosen the requirement that residents must live within 400 feet of an establishment to qualify to protest its liquor license; give more weight to voluntary agreements; and remove a provision that says an agreement between an establishment and a neighborhood commission negates all other protests. â– commission chair Stu Ross reported that he had received a verbal agreement from the owner of Mac Market to stick to its current 10 p.m. end time for alcohol sales or alert the commission to any changes in the future. â– commissioners voted unanimously to support Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ€™ proposal to require Pepco to come up with a feasibility plan by the end of the year on undergrounding power lines. The commission is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â– american university park American University friendship heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden
streets NW. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills
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At the commissionâ€™s July 9 meeting: â– resident Max Hirshfeld said the city should install four-way stop signs at 31st and Brandywine streets. The D.C. Transportation Department has previously determined there isnâ€™t a justifiable need for a four-way stop based on engineering guidelines. â– commissioners voted 5-0, with Roman Jankowski and Cathy Wiss absent, to write a letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation requesting a traffic study of the neighborhood from Brandywine to Davenport streets. â– commissioners split 2-2 (meaning it did not pass) on a motion to grant $400 to a Boy Scout who plans to carry out repairs to the Melvin Hazen Trail in Rock Creek Park. Adam Tope and Tom Whitley supported the grant, Karen Beiley and Karen Perry opposed it, and Bob Summersgill recused himself. Opponents said the commission can provide grant money only to certified nonprofits, not to individuals, and that no nonprofit had been willing to accept the money on the Scoutâ€™s behalf. The money would buy supplies for the project. â– commissioner Adam Tope said heâ€™s concerned about the height of planned new buildings at Hearst Elementary School, 3950 37th St. The commission will likely take a position on the plans this fall. â– commissioner Bob Summersgill withdrew a resolution to request that a series of alleys paralleling Connecticut Avenue be designated as a bike route, after other commissioners questioned how safe that plan would be. â– Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh discussed a bill she planned to introduce that would start moving more of the cityâ€™s power lines underground. â– commissioners voted 5-0 to ask the Public Service Commission to require Pepco to bury all of its power lines. â– commissioners voted 5-0 to support a stipulated liquor license at Buckâ€™s Fishing & Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave. The commission has already signed a voluntary agreement with the establishment. â– commissioner Tom Whitley proposed requesting that the city add sidewalks to the north side of Brandywine Street between 30th and 32nd streets. Two residents said the loss of parking and the requirement to clear snow from the sidewalks made the plan impractical. The commission did not vote on the idea. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit anc3f.us.
wedNesday, July 18, 2012
Yogurt spot brings 14 flavors to Tenleytown
isitors to Bloo Moo, the new fro-yo spot in Tenleytown, might be surprised to learn it isnâ€™t part of a chain. But owner Paul Park has run so many businesses that he knows how to make a place look professional. â€œI have at one time or another owned over 100 [businesses]. Basically anything with an â€˜Uptownâ€™ or a â€˜Galleryâ€™ in the name,â€? he said, mentioning dry cleaners, markets and cafes throughout the Washington area. In planning his first frozen yogurt shop, â€œwe did try to make this â€Ś not a mom-and-pop shop.â€? Itâ€™s evident in the dĂŠcor: The space at 4530 Wisconsin Ave., formerly a Marvelous Market, looks a bit like a Ben & Jerryâ€™s. Cartoon cows â€” courtesy of a hired illustrator â€” decorate the walls, atop a peaceful blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Modular white chairs and tables provide plenty of seating, and thereâ€™s even a kid-size table with colorful seats. Bloo Moo is self-serve, so customers will also find a wall of do-ityourself yogurt machines, offering a varying selection of 14 flavors (out of a possible 24). Choices include cake batter, red velvet, original tart, pistachio, snicker doodle and strawberry. There are nonfat, low-fat and no-sugar-added versions, as well as non-dairy sorbets and some gluten-free flavors. Park said the yogurt comes from
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the next year, with likely locations in Sterling and Arlington, and to eventually add franchises. He said heâ€™s particularly focused on Virginia because there are not a lot of empty retail spaces in D.C. â€œPlus, thereâ€™s too many yogurt storesâ€? here, he said. Asked if that preponderance of shops made him hesitant to open
a West Coast supplier â€” one of â€œthree or four major distributorsâ€? in the industry. â€œSo the yogurtâ€™s gonna be pretty much consistent wherever you go,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s what you offerâ€? for toppings that makes the difference. And Park said customers love Bloo Mooâ€™s toppings, which include yogurt chips, chocolate-covered pretzels, mini-M&Ms, mini-Reeseâ€™s peanut butter cups, fresh fruit and more. Photo courtesy of Bloo Moo Asked which are the most Bloo Moo opened recently on Wisconsin Avenue, popular, Park offering self-serve yogurt and a range of toppings. laughed. â€œThe his first store, he noted that expensive ones,â€? he said. Tenleytown itself actually isnâ€™t Customers can pile up as many home to any, nor are many of the of those expensive toppings â€” and surrounding neighborhoods. Plus, as much frozen yogurt â€” as they like. The cost is 49 cents per ounce, he said he believes in his product. â€œEveryone loves the flavor,â€? he which can add up for a huge cup but can also be minimized by some- said Bloo Mooâ€™s summer hours are one who wants just a bit of sweet11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and ness. Though Bloo Moo is currently a 11 p.m. on weekends. For more information, including a list of flastandalone operation, Park has big vors and nutrition facts, visit plans for expansion. He expects to bloomooyogurt.com. open two to three more outposts in
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Time to explain
In recent days, three council members have called upon Mayor Vincent Gray to resign due to the illegal activities of his 2010 mayoral campaign. Other legislators — including D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson — have instead urged restraint while the U.S. attorney’s investigation continues. So far, no credible evidence has been made public that Mayor Gray was personally aware of any of this wrongdoing at the time of the campaign. For this reason, we think the calls for his resignation are at the very least premature. Absent formal charges that Mr. Gray himself broke the law, the key question is whether he can continue to do a good job as our mayor when three campaign officials have pleaded guilty to serious offenses. At the very least, the criminal behavior taints the results of the 2010 election. Particularly troubling is the role of Jeffrey Thompson, for years a major insider in D.C. politics. According to media reports, federal prosecutors say he spent $653,800 on an illicit “shadow campaign” in support of Mr. Gray’s election. The scope of such an effort is, to say the least, staggering — equivalent to about a third of the official campaign’s $2 million budget. Thus far, Mayor Gray has not been willing to discuss what he knew and what he didn’t know. We can understand why his lawyer does not wish him to do so, even if the mayor is completely innocent of any illegal activities. What’s more, if the mayor were to speak out fully before the ongoing investigation is complete, it could complicate the job of the U.S. attorney. Indeed, it’s possible that the mayor has told prosecutors about suspicions that they are now investigating. Even so, D.C. residents have a right to be confident that their government is being run in an honest manner. In a democracy, that is of paramount concern. In statements issued last week, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh — one of those who has called for his resignation — and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton both noted Mr. Gray’s well-deserved reputation for integrity. We have long shared that assessment. Yet, for many residents, the revelations about the 2010 campaign are putting that reputation into doubt. Mr. Gray is widely seen as a hands-on mayor, a management style he brought to prior positions as well. Thus, many believe that he was likely a hands-on candidate — and therefore would have been aware of any “shadow campaign” and at least some of the other illegal campaign activities. Serving as D.C. Council chairman while giving myriad speeches throughout the city, however, might well have made it difficult for him to supervise his campaign. We think it is essential for Mr. Gray to explain his role — or lack thereof — in illegal campaign activities. If he was unaware of the illegalities occurring in his campaign, he should explain why he left control to others and why he trusted people who have since been convicted of serious crimes. In particular, he should explain his Jan. 10 meeting with Jeanne Clarke Harris. According to a Washington Post article last week, she discussed the shadow campaign with him during this meeting, and he told her to give details about its spending to his regular campaign so proper reports could be filed. D.C. residents deserve to know what information he received from her, whether he had any suspicions of illegal conduct, and — if he did harbor such ideas — whether he went to authorities. As Del. Norton noted, “Mayor Gray has an obligation to clear this matter up quickly.” We believe the question of whether he can continue to serve effectively as our mayor hinges on this explanation: For a chief executive to govern successfully, it’s essential that he or she have a generally accepted reputation for integrity. And Mr. Gray’s reputation is currently on the line. Mr. Gray should promptly explain his role in the campaign and why he was unable to ensure that it was legally conducted. The U.S. attorney’s completed investigation will tell us the rest.
This news is not nice …
t’s the nature of news that it focuses mostly on things that go wrong. That hasn’t been hard to do in recent weeks. And for Mayor Vincent Gray, things have gone very wrong very fast. Last week, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen scored his biggest legal victory in the Gray campaign scandal when public relations executive Jeanne Harris pleaded guilty to felonies for her part in running a $650,000 “shadow campaign” that helped elect Gray in 2010. The court case was the first official confirmation of that shadow campaign. And it makes the mayor’s role far murkier and more sinister. The Washington Post also reported that even in the midst of the federal investigation, the mayor met this past Jan. 10 in his offices with Harris, who at the time was a principal suspect in the case swirling around him. Sources close to the mayor dismiss the GrayHarris meeting. They say it was just her attempt to inform the mayor that she had some routine campaign expenses from 2010 that had never been officially recorded or reported by the Gray campaign a year earlier. The mayor, in this pro-Gray recounting, simply told her to pass along the expense records to campaign lawyer Lloyd Jordan. At some point, the mayor wrote a follow-up email memorializing his instruction to Harris. This benign version of what happened simply strains credulity for a wide array of sources, both those for and against the mayor. The importance of the meeting is at minimum that Gray learned of $653,800 in unreported expenses on his behalf. But sources make it increasingly clear that Gray’s knowledge of the unreported cash predated that January meeting. How much Gray knew about the shadow campaign and how early he knew constitute the core of the U.S. attorney’s investigation, which is rapidly wrapping up. Journalists and political leaders are speculating openly on when, not if, the mayor will resign. Bottom line — there are a lot of bottom lines in this scandal — the mayor didn’t just arrive in the middle of this scandal movie; he may have been there at the start. And that’s a big problem for him. The official Gray campaign never filed amended reports to reflect Harris’ expenses after the January meeting. By March, the FBI was raiding Harris’ home and the offices of Jeffrey Thompson, the businessman identified in media reports as the man who funded the shadow campaign.
The Gray-Harris meeting in January is puzzling for another reason. Was Harris really in the mayor’s office innocently to clear up some routine bookkeeping left over from a year-old campaign? The court records in Harris’ plea agreement released last week show that just days before her meeting with the mayor, in December 2011, Harris had met with Thompson. The plea agreement showed that Harris and Thompson — who has not been officially named or charged — agreed to have Harris change some business income tax records to reflect the money Thompson had secretly provided for the shadow campaign. So is it really possible that almost immediately after that scheme to disguise the money, Harris went to see Gray just to routinely report the extra campaign cash? Maybe that’s the way it happened. A lot of people want to see the U.S. attorney’s follow-up version of all this. It appears you won’t have to wait too much longer. ■ Tantalizing clues. U.S. Attorney Machen is careful in his public remarks not to get ahead of his investigators. But on careful rereading, his public statements after the Harris guilty plea literally scream the direction in which he is going. Machen says Harris and unnamed co-conspirators — presumably Thompson — had participated in similar donation schemes dating back to 2001, a decade ago. That means the suspects knew what they were doing in 2010; they weren’t just hamhanded operatives fumbling around to help Gray. Machen says the shadow campaign “coordinated” its activities with individuals in the official Gray campaign. That means that until the investigation is complete, everyone in the official campaign up to and including Gray is suspect. And Machen and the court papers say there was an ongoing conspiracy to obstruct justice well after the campaign and up until just a few months ago, when Harris met with Thompson in December and with the mayor in January. Mayor Gray has hunkered down behind his attorney’s tough instruction that he not comment publicly about any of this. That may be the best policy for any attorney in the court of law who’s trying to keep his client out of jail. But in the court of public opinion, the verdict is being formed that the mayor is guilty. We just don’t know yet the final details. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
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Free ‘bike clinic’ is community asset
Burying power lines is needed expense
On a recent Saturday, a nice highlight for me was stopping at the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market at Hardy Middle School on Wisconsin Avenue and discovering the bike clinic. All I expected was to fill a tire that was low on air. But I got air, a thorough inspection, a gear adjustment and recommendations to improve my ride — all free of charge. The gentleman even offered to install the new tires I needed on my next visit. What a treat and great experience. I’ll be sure to stop by again
I would like to respond to your July 11 article “Cheh and Evans push undergrounding bills,” about proposed legislation by D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and Jack Evans regarding the burying of power lines. This urgency should be put into perspective. Neither Pepco nor anyone else should be assigned blame for these power outages. Instead, blame historical growth, osmosis or lack of foresight. So eager were we for electrical distribution a century ago, when the population was far less dense, that we erected local power lines on
shaky poles amid growing vegetation and trees; it was a lovely, pleasant environment! Then, witness World Wars I and II. Europe was devastated, and officials there quickly learned to bury those vulnerable local power lines. The nations of Asia likewise quickly learned to bury lines due to fighting and natural climate disturbances. How fortunate we have been in North America! No wars, no sustained adverse climate — until now. Agreeably, not from war, but perhaps from global climate change? So Europeans now laugh at us, a developed nation, scurrying about during a power failure! No one is to blame immediately, but we must learn, albeit in hindsight and with cost. Edward Abramic Foggy Bottom
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
D.C. needs easier public access to information VIEWPOINT thomas M. Susman
s president of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and a District resident for more than 40 years, I am convinced that the Districtâ€™s Freedom of Information Act needs to be strengthened, not weakened. Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote that â€œsunlight is the best disinfectantâ€?; with so much attention now focused on official corruption in D.C., now is a good time for the D.C. Council to ensure that more sunlight bathes the halls of government. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh has introduced legislation (Bill 19-0166) that proposes to limit the time frame that public bodies have to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests, with extensions permitted only in â€œunusual circumstances.â€? Further, the Cheh bill would create an alternative to litigation by disappointed requesters by providing them the opportunity to have the Open Government Office review their requests. Strengthening the Open Government Office, whose director is soon to be appointed by the new ethics board, is a critically important step in improving Freedom of Information Act administration. Right now a disappointed requester can pursue an appeal to the mayor and go to Superior Court to try to reverse an agencyâ€™s refusal to release information. Judicial review is a time-consuming and expensive option. Having an independent office available to resolve disputes informally, to provide training and guidance for government personnel who handle information requests, and to assist the mayor and council in improving Freedom of Information Act administration generally is perhaps the most important step that can be taken. Even without this legislation, the installation of a citywide electronic Freedom of Information Act processing system â€” proposed three years ago by the then-attorney general as a way of expediting agency handling of information requests and cutting processing costs by more than $500,000 each year â€” would work wonders in improving public access to D.C. government records. In the attorney generalâ€™s own words, this system would â€œallow requesters to make requests online, assign tracking numbers to requests, track requests, allow for enhanced internal collaboration and internal and public reporting, provide documents to requesters more often in electronic form, and provide to
Letters to the Editor In storms, old trees are the real threat
We are residents of the 2900 block of McKinley Street, and weâ€™ve been reading some of the articles lately about the power outages in D.C. and the criticism of Pepco. Pepco has done significant work in our neighborhood in the last few years. It has replaced poles, reattached wires and cleaned up years of neglect as far as power and utility poles are concerned. What we donâ€™t see mentioned is the neglected condition of the trees in our area. The trees are maintained by the D.C. Department of Transportation through its Urban Forestry Administration. When we moved to the neigh-
the public documents previously released under our FOIA statute.â€? We thus have three obvious answers to the question of how the District government can best improve citizen access to information: a stronger Freedom of Information Act, an Open Government Office with real authority, and a Districtwide electronic processing system. Why, then, does Mayor Vincent Gray send up legislation (Bill 19-0776) that appears designed to slow agency responses to requests for information, to expand categories of information that may be kept from the public, and to raise obstacles to the publicâ€™s pursuit of Freedom of Information Act requests? Why, after failing for more than a year to appoint a director of the Open Government Office, does the mayorâ€™s bill propose to weaken the Open Government Office and encroach on its independence? And why, during almost an hour of testimony before a council committee on proposed Freedom of Information Act amendments, did the current attorney general fail even to mention the need for an electronic processing system? The attorney general says that the mayorâ€™s bill is designed to introduce â€œreasonablenessâ€? into processing. But the purpose of the act is to establish a presumption of disclosure and to place on the government the burden of showing why information should be withheld. A person should not have to justify a request for government information and is entitled to obtain access to information requested, not just to information that the mayor, an agency head, a bureaucrat, or even you or I might believe is â€œreasonableâ€? for them to have. A concern with burdensome requests appears to drive many of the mayorâ€™s proposals; however, the limitations would increase the numbers of requests, cause new delays, and expand the burdens on agencies. These kinds of proposals best belong in a â€œFreedom from Information Act,â€? not a Freedom of Information Act. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser chairs the committee with jurisdiction over Freedom of Information Act legislation. Two years ago she drafted comprehensive amendments to overhaul D.C.â€™s Open Meetings Act, and last year she moved the landmark ethics act through her committee and the council. She now has a chance, building on her colleagueâ€™s bill as a foundation, to take a giant step forward to enhance the publicâ€™s access to government information. Thomas M. Susman is president of the D.C. Open Government Coalition.
borhood a few years ago, our street was full of old oak trees. We thought they were well-rooted until a storm came through two years ago and knocked one down. Pepco worked diligently to restore power, and in our opinion its workers did a good job considering the mess the tree made of its poles and lines. Now fast-forward to 2012. Three weeks ago, a storm came through and knocked down a tree down the street â€” a tree that the Urban Forestry Administration had declared to be healthy and in good shape. This time the tree broke power lines, did minor damage to a house and destroyed a neighborâ€™s car. A crew was sent out to remove the tree so power lines could be put back up, and the workers removed branches that were in the way. That allowed Pepco to do its job. Just a week later, our power was taken out again by a fallen tree up the street. Same story: Pepco had
crews restore our power after D.C. sent its crews in to cut up the trees. In our neighborhood the trees are the issue, and the Urban Forestry Administration is doing nothing to fix the problem. It refuses to cut down trees that donâ€™t have enough roots to hold them into the ground, instead waiting for nature to knock down the trees, putting our property and lives at risk. There is a large tree in front of our house, and all the neighbors have asked the city to remove it. Instead, the Urban Forestry Service has scheduled it for a pruning. We want it to be removed and replaced with younger, safer trees â€” before someone gets killed, or any more of our property gets damaged. Weâ€™re tired of being ignored, tired of being told everything is OK and tired of having our homes and property destroyed. James and Deb Florczyk Chevy Chase
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MAYOR: Many debate whether Gray should resign
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electoral fraud, the mayor has said he knew nothing of the illegal activities his staff conducted during the campaign. On advice of his attorney, Gray thus far has declined to comment further on the $653,000 shadow campaign, which could be the largest example of campaign finance fraud in the city since the Home Rule Act passed in 1973. Speaking to reporters last week, Gray said he was most surprised that Cheh â€” an ally of the mayor â€” had called for him to resign. Gray said that as a lawyer, Cheh should know he is â€œinnocent until proven guilty.â€? As debate continues over possible resignation, factors beyond innocence and guilt are playing a role. â€œThere is a tremendous gap in timing between the court of public opinion and the judicial system â€” one can take weeks and the other years,â€? said Daniel Hopkins, American government professor at Georgetown University. â€œIt will take time to play out whether Mayor
Gray is innocent or guilty, and the D.C. Council and the electorate doesnâ€™t want a mayor who could be distracted for years â€” they might not want to wait.â€? Hopkins noted there are times when elected officials are falsely accused of wrongdoing, like the case of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who was charged in 2008 of ethical misconduct but was recently acquitted posthumously. The court of public opinion, though, had rendered its verdict years earlier, contributing to Stevensâ€™ failure to win re-election in 2008. But Lorenzo Morris, a political science professor at Howard University, said evidence of innocence or guilt isnâ€™t the key factor â€” itâ€™s whether a leader is seen as fit to govern. â€œThe critical thing for Mayor Gray to face is whether or not people trust him enough to work with him and be aligned with him,â€? Morris said. â€œLegal culpability is up to the federal investigators, but that is never the independent variable when someone is asked to resign â€” itâ€™s
usually that they are dysfunctional or threatened with dysfunctionality,â€? he added. â€œI donâ€™t think people are compelled to call for anotherâ€™s resignation until that person shows he canâ€™t govern or until it looks like he canâ€™t govern. Now that Gray is losing his allies, that question has emerged.â€? On the council, only Cheh, Bowser and Catania have publicly asked Gray to step down. Most recently, Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham told the mayor it was time to answer questions about his campaign â€” a call that was in line with a statement last week from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who said Gray should clear up the matter. On the opposite side of the fence, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said calling for resignation is premature, and argued that the judicial process should first â€œplay itself out.â€? D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, appointed by Gray, made the same point during WAMUâ€™s Kojo Nnamdi Show on Friday. Council members Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells have reportedly said the mayor should not resign, while Vincent Orange and Kenyan McDuffie have not commented to the media. Chehâ€™s call for Gray to step down seems to be carrying a lot of weight, according to Hopkins and Morris. She supported Grayâ€™s mayoral campaign in spite of representing a constituency that largely voted for Gray opponent Adrian Fenty. â€œFor people who backed the mayor, calling for his resignation goes against their initial instinct â€” therefore itâ€™s more credible,â€? Hopkins said. Morris agreed, saying that since Cheh is a key ally of Gray, her call for his resignation is â€œsignificant.â€? It indicates that the alliance between the two is no longer working and calls into question Grayâ€™s ability to govern effectively, he said. Cheh said in a statement that she thinks the mayor should step down
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The following are statements issued in the past week by D.C. officials regarding Mayor Vincent Grayâ€™s 2010 campaign. â€œToday, I join Council member Catania in calling on Mayor Gray to resign. Whether or not he knew of the massive election fraud that was taking place in his name, he is responsible for it. I cannot overemphasize the sadness that accompanies this action on my part. I came to know Vincent Gray as chairman of the council, and during the four [years] that we served together, I did not know of a single person with more integrity and commitment to the people of the District of Columbia. Indeed, that is why I endorsed him when he ran for mayor. But the facts cannot be ignored and what has happened since has caused incalculable harm to the District. I believe that he would do a great public service if he would step aside now.â€? â€” Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh â€œThe suspicion that there was a â€˜shadow campaignâ€™ in the 2010 mayoral race is not new news. However, yesterdayâ€™s confirmation of the suspicion is news, and it is disturbing. I applaud the U.S. attorney for his investigation and his continuing efforts to expose and prosecute wrongdoing in the 2010 campaign. I am not privy to any more information than what all of us are learning from news reports. Importantly, the U.S. attorney has not accused the mayor of having broken the law, and absent that charge the call for Vince Gray to resign is premature. Indeed, typically people say that the process should play itself out. That is all the more reasonable when there isnâ€™t even a criminal charge. Moreover, given the facts we know, the call for the mayorâ€™s resignation creates instability at a time when we need just the opposite. I will not defend criminal behavior, and I do not defend what we now know about the 2010 campaign. But I also urge restraint in the seeking of another resignation until the U.S. attorney actually asserts that the mayor himself did something wrong.â€? â€” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson â€œVincent Gray is a friend of long standing who I have always known to have high professional and ethical standards. However, the criminal conduct by his campaign aides revealed in court is deeply disturbing and goes to the heart of the democratic process. Mayor Gray has an obligation to clear this matter up quickly. Nevertheless, I have seen no evidence that the investigation has affected District matters pending in Congress, nor should it. We have been fully able to process our business through the House and Senate, including some difficult matters. Cities and states across the country have faced similar investigations, and like the District, they have moved to address them.â€? â€” D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton â€œToday, I met with the mayor. I restated my firm belief that he should provide a formal statement on the campaign issues in an appropriate setting with opportunity for questions. This is important for a questioning public that wants the best and most accurate information. In my opinion, these difficult times require patience and forbearance. I have confidence in the U.S. attorney to ferret out the truth in this matter. I want to wait for further developments before taking any other action. I agree with Chairman Phil Mendelson that restraint is in order until such time that â€˜the United States attorney actually asserts that the mayor himself has done something wrong.â€™â€? â€” Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham because the facts revealed thus far have â€œcaused incalculable harm to the District.â€? She said â€œhe would do a great public service if he would step aside now.â€? Public opinion on the resignation issue is a bit more fuzzy, given the lack of tangible data. â€œIf this were happening on a Senate or presidential level, there would immediately be polls so we could have the publicâ€™s reaction,â€? said Hopkins. â€œIn local politics, we often donâ€™t have such polls, and therefore we donâ€™t have as rich a picture of public opinion.â€? Still, some local voices are making themselves heard. Petworth resident and former advisory neighborhood commissioner Joseph Martin started a petition on the website change.org, calling for Grayâ€™s resignation. As of late Tuesday, the petition had just under 200 signatures. Participants in community listservs like those in Chevy Chase and Takoma are debating the issue. Some called the situation â€œdishearteningâ€? and a â€œstep backwards,â€? while others wondered whether all the council
members are â€œon the take.â€? Morris said he was most surprised by who he hasnâ€™t heard from so far: a broad array of religious leaders and community activists who supported Grayâ€™s campaign. Several prominent Gray backers â€” the Rev. Graylan Hagler and the Rev. Willie F. Wilson â€” have scheduled a rally today. â€œOn ethical questions, I look for cues from those who have ethical concerns at the forefront of their minds, like ministers and community activists ... and we have not heard a positive outcry on his behalf ... . We havenâ€™t heard negative cries from them, either,â€? he said. â€œThe focus in the media has been on who did what, when and where,â€? Morris said. â€œThe political issue never comes down to what an elected official actually did â€” itâ€™s about how the political constituency will act around it.â€? In Grayâ€™s case, support from his constituency is sufficiently shallow, Morris said, to â€œraise doubts as to whether he can mobilize and govern effectively.â€?
Athletics in Northwest Washington
July 18, 2012 ■ Page 13
Cadet alum aims for W-League soccer championship this week
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
When Jerica DeWolfe walked off the pristine pitch at the Maryland SoccerPlex in 2005, St. John’s was celebrating its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls soccer championship, thanks to a dominating 5-1 win over Bishop Ireton. DeWolfe, a junior at the time, never imagined she’d return to that field as a professional. But six years later, she did just that after joining the D.C. United Women’s team, which formed in 2011 and competes in the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League. “I certainly hoped that I would still be at a high level, but I never envisioned that I would be right back on this field,” said Wolfe. “It’s such a familiar field — I played high school here, tons of club games here and tons of tournaments. It’s quite an ideal field.” The D.C. United Women’s team has emerged as a force in its league, clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs Saturday. The squad pounded the Virginia Beach Piranhas 3-0 to secure the top spot last weekend. DeWolfe’s presence on the defensive backline has been a steady force for the club. “She’s one of our better defenders, and she can fill in in other places,” said coach Mike Jorden. “She’s one of the core players on our team.” The squad appears poised to make a splash once the tournament starts at the Maryland SoccerPlex this Saturday, playing the No. 4 seed at 6 p.m. “I think that we’re going in the right direction,” said Jorden. “We’re getting a little better every week. If we score goals, we’re hard to beat; we’re focusing on putting balls in the back of the net.” The opportunity to help the Black and Red win its first championship has brought DeWolfe full circle.
Sports Desk Gonzaga rowers shine at Henley Royal Regatta
The Eagles first varsity eight crew team recently traveled to England to compete against the best crews in the world at the Henley Royal Regatta. The squad, which won Stotesbury and Nationals before heading to the regatta’s home, Henley-on-Thames, won its first
When she played for St. John’s, the Cadets were an up-and-coming team that had to break through perennial powers Bishop O’Connell and Good Counsel. In 2003, DeWolfe helped the squad capture its first winning season. Then her 2005 Cadets team gave St. John’s its first girls soccer title. During her four-year career at St. John’s, DeWolfe notched 63 goals while dishing out 60 assists. She started on the varsity squad every year. “I think our soccer program was unique,” she said. “When I first entered the program, we were kind of in the middle of the road — we weren’t incredibly strong, but we weren’t weak. We showed some promise. But as things went on … we became stronger and stronger.” When DeWolfe moved on to Dayton University, she helped the Flyers win back-toback Atlantic 10 Conference championships. She was named Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year and was selected to the First Team All Atlantic 10 and the Atlantic 10 AllChampionship team. During her four-year college career she scored 17 goals and nine assists while racking up a total of 43 points. Although her senior year at Dayton yielded an Atlantic 10 championship, the grueling season took a toll on the defender. DeWolfe thought about moving on from soccer, but the sport wasn’t ready for her to hang up her cleats. “When I finished at Dayton … I was thrilled at the way it ended, and I was ready to move on to the next step,” said DeWolfe. “But upon graduating there wasn’t much out there. And I had been approached about D.C. United through my college coach. … I figured, why not? It’s the sport that I love, and it was right at home. And D.C. United was a name that rang familiar to me, so it seemed exciting.” Jorden said DeWolfe was referred to him by Dayton coach Mike Tucker. “I found out a little more about Jerica and the kind of player
two races to reach the quarterfinals and the final eight. But the Eagles fell to the eventual champions, rowers from the nearby Abingdon School. Gonzaga was in England for three weeks to train at Henley and race at the Olympic rowing course at Elton. The boat is rowed by seniors Stephen Ueland, Phil Bates, Kevon Bridges, Rene Trujilo and Will Nogay; juniors David White, Thomas Garvis and Anlon McGuigan; and sophomore
Above left: Current file photo; above: Brian Kapur/The Current
Jerica DeWolfe, a 2007 graduate of St. John’s, has helped the D.C. United women’s soccer team grab the top seed in the league’s Eastern Conference. The squad begins post-season play this weekend at the Maryland Soccerplex. she was, and she fit in tremendously with us,” Jorden said. DeWolfe joined the team after graduating. But after taking time off after the taxing collegiate season, she was out of soccer shape, according to Jorden. Once she overcame that obstacle, she became a stalwart for the Black and Red. “She came in after not playing since November,” said Jorden. “So it took her a little bit of time to get fit, but when she did she logged a lot of minutes last year and obviously this year.” And after playing with D.C. United Women last summer, DeWolfe returned to St. John’s that fall as head coach for the junior varsity soccer team and assistant coach to the varsity squad. “I loved my four years [at St. John’s] so
Metro TeenAIDS to sponsor sports at conference
Local organization Metro TeenAIDS will play a major role in the International AIDS Conference to be held next week in the District. And on Saturday, the group will sponsor a Youth Score sports tournament at Bell Multicultural High School from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will also host a
much that last fall I coached for the girls,” said DeWolfe. “I loved coaching St. John’s. I love interacting with kids in general, and I’ve always kind of liked the idea of teaching, although that’s a different route. I’m really passionate about soccer, so it’s something that comes easily to me.” While DeWolfe isn’t sure if she’ll return to St. John’s as a soccer coach next season, the former Cadet hopes to continue her winning ways with the D.C. United Women this summer as the Black and Red push for a championship. “One of the things St. John’s really tried to emphasize was the idea of faith in the entire thing and that it’s a blessing to be out there in the first place,” said DeWolfe. “I try to produce something [on the field] that I’m going to be proud of.”
Youth Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at the Youth Pavilion of the Global Village in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event will feature a variety of speakers and activities. “MTA is hosting events for young people at AIDS 2012 that will be fun, educational, and hopefully life-saving,” Adam Tenner, executive director of Metro TeenAIDS, said in a release. “At MTA, we are making AIDS prevention fun and a nor-
mal part of growing up. We are excited for the opportunity to bring this message to youth from around the world.”
Northwest Little League wins baseball title
Northwest Little League topped Capitol City 4-2 to capture the District Tournament title Friday. The squad will travel to Bristol, Conn., to play in the Eastern Regional Little League Tournament starting Aug. 3.
14 Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In The Spotlight Five D.C. grads win Merit Scholarships
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. last week announced more than 2,000 winners of college-sponsored scholarships, including five D.C. students. Sidwell Friends School graduate Colin Clancy Kelsall, a Northwest resident, received a scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is interested in a career in engineering, according to a release. St. Albans School graduate Daniel T. Moynihan, a Northwest resident, received a scholarship from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He is interested in a career in education. St. Albans School graduate Alexander Jalota, a Silver Spring resident, received a scholarship from the University of Maryland. He is interested in a career in science. Georgetown Day School graduate Rachel M. Scharff, a Potomac, Md., resident, received a scholar-
ship from the University of Chicago. She is interested in a career in law. Gonzaga College High School graduate Nathan L. Thompson, an Arlington resident, received a scholarship from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He is interested in a career in political science. With this month’s announcement, the program has recognized a total of approximately 8,100 students this year as Merit Scholars, the release said.
Friendship resident to hold book signing
Friendship Heights resident Dr. Saralyn Mark will present a discussion and signing of her new book, “Stellar Medicine, a Journey Through the Universe of Women’s Health,” this week at Barnes & Noble’s Bethesda location. The book seeks to provide additional information for those who feel they don’t get enough time to ask questions of their doctors. It provides a “framework of science
and experience to encourage both women and men to live a balanced life,” according to online descriptions. Mark is an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist whose résumé includes stints with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NASA and SolaMed Solutions, of which she is now president. In that capacity she serves as a medical and scientific adviser to organizations that work to improve health. The signing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes & Noble at 4801 Bethesda Ave.
Dupont B & B named ‘distinguished inn’
The Embassy Circle Guest House in Dupont Circle has been named to the “Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America,” making it one of two bed-and-breakfasts in the Washington area to grace the list. Described in a news release as the “premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada,” the registry includes fewer than 400 properties in North America. All listed inns must pass “rigorous, unannounced quality inspections,” the release explains. The 11-bedroom Embassy Circle Guest House occupies a former embassy at 2224 R St. NW. According to the release, the inn draws guests from around the world, making it “a cosmopolitan experience in its own right.” “We are delighted for this recognition,” said Laura Saba, who owns the property with her husband, Raymond. “If you believe that one of the great joys of traveling is
meeting interesting people, we are the ideal place to stay.”
Northwest teachers attend library talks
Five Northwest teachers were selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to take part in a Library of Congress seminar last week. The teachers are Susan Coti and Angelo Parodi of Eaton Elementary School, Denise Dumas of Cardozo High School, Patricia Harmon of Annunciation Catholic School and Sonall Kumar of the Washington International School, according to a Library of Congress news release. Participants worked with library education specialists and subjectmatter experts to learn how to better use primary sources in the classroom. They also gained experience with the millions of artifacts and documents on the library’s website.
Walls students win big at DC STEM Fair
School Without Walls dominated the list of award winners at the DC STEM Fair, held March 24 at Wilson High School. Daulton Sink, Amy Vallis and Philemon Mastewal won the grand prize, second place and third place, respectively, in the high school division. The competition exhibited original research projects across a variety of fields in science, technology, engineering and math. Sink’s project examined the effects of sleep deprivation on activity levels and food consumption in fruit flies. Vallis created and conducted a small-scale system to desalinate seawater in more energy-
efficient ways. Both projects moved on to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May. The other first-place winners at the March fair were Tessa Torgovitsky, of Washington Latin Public Charter School; Coumba Gueye, of Washington Latin; Samuel Palca, of School Without Walls; Ngozi Ugochukwu, of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Kristen Houser, of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Shu Yi Zhu, of Columbia Heights Educational Campus; Joseph May, of School Without Walls; Nia Christian, of Banneker High; Victor Leonard, of Banneker High; and Damante Singleton, Anthony Green and Layton Williams, all of Friendship Collegiate Academy. In the middle school division, the top three prizes went to Eliana Miller, of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School; Gillian Page, of Deal Middle School; and Sofia Laguarda, of Deal Middle. The other first-place winners were Maria Aschenbrener, of Oyster-Adams; Nina Clemente, of Deal Middle; Deanna Moore, of Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science; Josephine Pernet, of Hardy Middle School; Samara Fair, of Takoma Education Campus; Dominick Hogans, of Washington Latin; Julia Nessman, of Deal Middle; Sam Radack, of Deal Middle; Afia Tyras, of Howard Middle; Matthew Smee, of Oyster-Adams; Danyel Tharakan, of Oyster-Adams; and Maya Ettleson, Samantha Mehring and Gabriella Saccocio, all of Deal Middle.
The People and Places of Northwest Washington
July 18, 2012 ■ Page 15
Wilson alum co-directs controversial film
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
fter Trevor Martin graduated from Wilson High School in 2004, he went to Tufts University in Boston to pursue a career as a diplomat. But his ambitions quickly changed after he won a grant during his freshman year to make a documentary in Colombia about violence against human rights workers. “I just caught the bug right there. I loved it,” said Martin. Then he figured out how to tie his new love of filmmaking in with his other passion — baseball. While in Boston, Martin got an upclose look at Major League Baseball stars Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, both of whom were born in the Dominican Republic. That inspired Martin and his two co-directors, Ross Finkel and Jonathan Paley, to find out about the lesser-known and controversial recruiting practices in that country. The result is the movie “Ballplayer: Pelotero,” whose title includes the Spanish word for baseball player. The film opened in 10 theaters scattered across the country Friday, including the West End Cinema at 2301 M St. It’s also available via video-on-demand services and through iTunes. “We recognized that the game is globalizing, and specifically Latinos were becoming a major force in the game,” Martin said, noting that 20 percent of major leaguers are of Dominican descent. “The only imagery really associated with it were kids playing stick ball on dusty Dominican streets with socks as balls. So we wanted to go down there and try to shed some light and figure out for ourselves what the process is.” The documentary depicts the 2009-2010 recruiting season in the
Dominican Republic, with cameras following two teenagers through the process. Their real ages and the practices of the major league scouts are both shrouded in controversy. The Dominican recruits try to appear to be 16 years old, because that’s the age that garners the biggest money, while the scouts try to sign them by dangling promises of fame and fortune. For major league teams, signing Dominican players is cheaper than snagging American prospects. “In the Dominican Republic a lot of emphasis is placed on how old you [are]. … People will change their identity to appear 16,” Martin explained. “Major League Baseball now investigates all prospects, and the process plays out in the film. You don’t know whether the two characters are who they say they are until you watch the movie.” The film builds to the July 2 signing day, where “fortunes are made overnight,” according to Martin. This recruiting practice has come under scrutiny because it encourages kids to drop out of school to pursue baseball careers. “You can’t help the fact that they are selling the dream to these kids, and a lot of these people believe that baseball is the best way to change their lives,” Martin said. “It’s a sad state of affairs because — as we are all aware — it’s incredibly rare to become a professional athlete. If you are dropping out of school at age 12 to pursue that dream … there’s something wrong with the options that are presented to you as a child.” The film has drawn the ire of Major League Baseball, which has offered public criticism. “The film has inaccuracies and misrepresentations and does not reflect the current status of opera-
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Trevor Martin, above, a former baseball player at Wilson High School, co-directed a film that takes an inside look at MLB recruiting in the Dominican Republic. The league has been publicly critical of the movie, but Martin stands by his work.
tions in the Dominican Republic,” reads the organization’s statement to the New York Daily News. “We believe that these changes have made our systems and practices more effective for our Clubs, players and the various parties who contribute to the Dominican baseball establishment.” But Martin and the filmmakers vehemently disagree. “They claim that it’s inaccurate. It’s very frustrating to hear that because the commissioner of baseball, who is doing a lot of this complaining, has also admitted to never even watching the movie,” said Martin. “I invite them to watch the film and to actually respond [and say] what is inaccurate. I stand by this as an accurate representation of Major League Baseball’s recruiting practices on
the island in 2009 and 2010.” Martin also points out that the league has yet to probe several of its employees who displayed unethical behavior in the film. “Some of the most questionable conduct captured in the film has never been investigated whatsoever,” he said. Despite the controversy, Martin’s opinion on the film’s subject matter is torn. Baseball brings good things — including jobs — to the island, he allows. But he also sees a system that sells an
unlikely dream to “the most marginalized members of Dominican society who truly believe they have the chance to become [baseball players].” That uncertainty comes through in the film. “We tried very hard to not have this be a heavy-handed indictment of Major League Baseball,” Martin said. “We leave it up to the viewer to make a value judgment at the end of the day. We didn’t want to tell you how to feel about it. To me that’s one of the film’s successes.”
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million or so necessary to fund the change likely wonâ€™t be available until fiscal year 2014. Evans said council members didnâ€™t seem to prioritize the issue in this yearâ€™s budget talks. The budget that kicks in this October â€” which is now nearly finalized â€” increases the library systemâ€™s budget by 19.2 percent, including an extra $2.2 million for book acquisitions. But those funds donâ€™t provide for expanded hours. And though thereâ€™s a â€œwish listâ€? of budget items that could get funded if the cityâ€™s revenues exceed expectations â€” which includes some provisions for libraries â€” this source couldnâ€™t realistically cover Evansâ€™ proposal. Evans is characterizing the change as one the District can afford to fund. â€œI am confident that out of our $10 billion budget, we can find
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s the fallout from the financial crisis engulfed the housing market several years ago, the Districtâ€™s pipeline of
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new buildings dried up. At the same time, the cityâ€™s relative success in weathering the economic storm drew more and more new residents to the area. The result? A hypercompetitive rental market and rising monthly rents to go along with it. Buyers who want to join the ranks of landlords benefiting from that state of affairs should check out a four-unit apartment building in Columbia Heights, a desirable neighborhood for many renters looking for Metro accessibility as well as nearby retail and entertainment options. A red-brick, bay-front Victorian built in 1908, the building features four one-bedroom units stacked atop each other. Each is individually metered and approximately 700 square feet, with the upper two units slightly smaller than the lower because the bay stops at the second story. Hallways and landings are bright and cheery; the current owner has added artwork to person-
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This four-bedroom, four-bath Victorian at 1314 Irving St. in Columbia Heights is priced at $1,200,000. alize the common spaces further. Inside each apartment, an openplan living area flows into an updated kitchen with ample lightwood cabinets and granite countertops. A peninsula offers seating as well as more prep and serving space than is typically available in a one-bedroom apartment. Hardwood floors line these spaces and continue past a blackand-white bath that nods to the homeâ€™s vintage. A jetted tub adds a bit of luxury to a tub-shower combo. Supersized bedrooms promise to be a real draw for future tenants. These very large spaces include a roomy walk-in closet and â€” in
three units â€” a washer and dryer tucked away in a closet. One tenant has outfitted half the room as a bedroom-cum-den, complete with sofa and television. A home office is another possible use for the area. The English basement unit is the only one not currently rented, which could be a draw for buyers looking to occupy one apartment and lease the others. That arrangement would open up the possibility of owner-occupied tax breaks and a mortgage rate lower than that typically offered to owners of investment properties. That lower-level spot has another draw â€” a rear yard shaded by trees from the summer sun. Though
not huge, the space is large enough for seating and a few container plantings. The basement level also doesnâ€™t have the soaring ceilings of the upper floors, but it offers far more headroom than many other lower levels. Columbia Heights is a huge draw for potential tenants. Anchors include a Giant and a Target, and new shops and restaurants are opening all the time. A new barbecue joint, Acre 121, is one of the
most recent additions, offering a live-music venue in addition to long-smoked â€™cue. After a scheduled rent increase goes into effect Oct. 1, the four units â€” if all rented â€” would provide $6,400 monthly in income. This four-bedroom, four-bath property at 1314 Irving St. is offered for $1,200,000. For more information, contact Yolanda Mamone of McEnearney Associates at email@example.com or 202-552-5623.
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Northwest Real Estate PEPcO: Residents accuse power company of poor performance after June thunderstorm
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theyâ€™re veterans of previous hearings on Pepco â€” criticized the utility for not moving its power lines underground, for taking too long to restore power and for being hard to reach in the stormâ€™s aftermath. They suggested that Pepco should pay fines for poor performance, and reimburse residents for spoiled food. Several also slammed the company for earning strong profits and paying out generous executive compensation rather than investing in reliability improvements. â€œWe come to these hearings and hear Pepco promise improvements,â€? resident Robert Robinson testified. â€œWe see lavish campaigns on televi-
sion and other advertising that tout the utilityâ€™s readiness, but weâ€™ve seen power outages increase in scope and duration.â€? Pepco officials said they sympathize with the frustration of an extended power outage. But they testified the companyâ€™s data support the effectiveness of its current outage prevention methods: removing branches that threaten power lines, installing stronger wires and cables, and rolling out smart meters that can show whether a site has power. In areas where Pepco has improved its lines, officials testified, outage frequencies have reduced by half and average outage duration has reduced by more than two-thirds. Furthermore, the companyâ€™s Beverly
Perry testified, Pepco was the first utility in the D.C. region to get power restored in the wake of an unprecedented storm. â€œWeâ€™re very happy to be here and be able to correct these kinds of misinformation,â€? she said. Some residents said they could see the fruits of Pepcoâ€™s efforts. A Colonial Village resident who owns a business in Northeast said there was a clear difference in outages near his work, where Pepco had performed reliability upgrades, and his home, where it had not. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser said this demonstrated what Pepco needs to do. â€œWe know the feeders that donâ€™t perform. We know where we need
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Wednesday july 18 Children’s program ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ Ruze Dalmatinke, a Croatian singing group from Washington state, will perform folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Practically Einstein. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The Boston-based vocal trio The Other Georgia and the local Georgian ensemble Niavi (shown) will present “Close Harmony From a Distant Shore,” featuring music from the former Soviet republic. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-4626734. ■ The U.S. Marine Jazz Combo will perform works by Pet Metheny, Charlie Parker
Events Entertainment and Peter Erskine. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussion ■ Scholar Alain Touwaide will discuss “Ancient Roman Gardens as Urban Pharmacopeia.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Films ■ A screening of Olivia Wilde’s documentary “Baseball in the Time of Cholera” will precede a panel discussion on the cholera epidemic in Haiti. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ The Voices of Palestine 2012 Film Series will feature Gabriella Bier’s 2011 film “Love During Wartime.” 6:30 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ “The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores” will feature Donizetti’s “Lucia Di Lammemoor.” 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present John Badham’s 1983 film “WarGames,” starring Matthew Broderick and Ally
Sheedy. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. nomasummerscreen.com. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature “The Fairy (La fée),” about a hotel clerk who falls in love with a wish-granting fairy. 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. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor film series will feature Joe Wright’s 2009 film “The Soloist,” about a Los Angeles journalist who befriends a homeless Juilliardtrained musician. 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-6670. Performance ■ Story League’s monthly storytelling contest will feature tales about “Art” and creative output that’s good, bad and questionable. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event ■ “A Vintage Evening: 18th-Century Taverns and Ales” will feature a tasting of Yards Brewing Co.’s “Ales of the Revolution” and a short talk by tavern scholar Rod Cofield. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. Sporting events ■ The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 12:35 p.m. ■ The Washington Kastles will play the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis competition. 7:10 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Thursday, July 19
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Children’s programs ■ “Japan in a Suitcase” will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring the daily life of Japanese schoolchildren (for children ages 7 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ At the International Child Art Foundation’s “Painting With Acrylic” activity, artist and teacher Jessica Axelrad will encourage children to paint about “My Favorite Sport” in honor of the upcoming Olympic Games. 4:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts ■ “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” will present Bill Kirchen performing roots rock. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The Archives, a D.C.-based reggae band formed by Eric Hilton, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will fea-
Wednesday, july 18 ■ Discussion: Kurt Andersen will discuss his novel “True Believers.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ture performances by Deathfix, Hey Arboré and Hen of the Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. ■ The U.S. Army Band will present its “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703696-3399. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ “On the Move Travel Training” will provide tips on navigating the District’s bus and Metrorail system. 11 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. ■ Environmental geologist William F. Althoff will discuss his book “Arctic Mission: 90 North by Airship and Submarine.” Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ Frank Goodyear, associate curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, will discuss what Amelia Earhart, Judith Murray and Mary Cassatt have in common. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ Scholar Emily Kadens will discuss “The Use and Abuse of Custom in the Interpretation of Contract: A History.” Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-3302. ■ Peter Bergen will discuss his book “Manhunt: The TenYear Search for BinLaden.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Christopher Blanchard, research manager at the Congressional Research Service, will discuss “Can Libya Really Become a Democracy?” 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 417, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Human or Animal: Body Biology, and Antony Gormley.” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Jonah Sachs, co-founder and creative director of Free Range Studios, will discuss his book “Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best
Stories Will Rule the Future.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Film scholar Christine Bamberger will discuss “Fred Astaire: Dancing With Genius.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Uzodinma Iweala will discuss his book “Our Kind of People: A Continent’s Challenge, a Country’s Hope,” about the AIDS epidemic in the author’s native Nigeria. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Vanessa Kassabian, director of design at the Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm Snøhetta, will discuss the studio’s multidisciplinary approach and recent projects such as the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss “Parrot and Olivier in America” by Peter Carey. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will show Cesc Mulet’s 2009 film “Miró: The Phosphorescent Trails of Snails.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will also be shown Friday at 12:30 p.m. ■ The Phillips Collection will present Michael Blackwood’s 1972 film “Decoy,” about Jasper Johns’ methods as both a printmaker and painter. 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. ■ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s “DiveIn Movie” will feature Adam McKay’s 2004 film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” starring Will Ferrell. 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. sixthandi.org. ■ The “Gay 101” film series will feature Billy Wilder’s 1959 film “Some Like It Hot,” starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. 8 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Performances ■ As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, storyteller Ellouise Schoettler will present “Pushing Boundaries: An ERA Memoir.” 6 p.m. $17. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. capitalfringe.org. The performance will repeat July 22 at 2 p.m., July 25 at 8:15 p.m. and July 28 at 7:15 p.m. ■ Baltimore’s Jason Weems will headline a comedy show that will also feature Kevin McCarron, Natalie McGill, Rallo Boykins and Abe Barth. 8:30 p.m. Free. London Underground, St. Arnold’s of Cleveland Park, 3433 Connecticut Ave. NW. adamsmorganbar.com. Special events ■ “Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular” will feature dragSee Events/Page 21
Continued From Page 20 ons with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats. 7 p.m. $24.50 to $89.50. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. The show will repeat Friday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m. â– Instructor Vincent Morin will lead a wine tasting class on pairing deserts and rosĂŠs. 7 p.m. $70. La Maison FranĂ§aise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. instantseats.com. Tours â– Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â€œCity of Trees,â€? will lead a tour of the Regional Garden, discuss the arboreal history of D.C. and explain how to identify trees of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. â– A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 6:30 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. The tour will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. July 20 Friday, Friday july 20 Concerts â– The â€œJazz in the Gardenâ€? series will feature the Young Lions performing fusion jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â– Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform works by Schubert, Brahms and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– A German choral ensemble will perform chansons and madrigals from Renaissance Europe. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-3311495. â– WAR, Plunky and Oneness, and FrameWerk will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. Demonstration â– Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will talk about growing vegetables and demonstrate three recipes that include some favorite summertime varieties. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures â– Society of the Cincinnati executive director Jack Warren will discuss the impact of scurvy on 18th-century navies and efforts by physicians to find an effective treatment for it. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â– Martin Walker will discuss his book â€œThe Crowded Grave: A Mystery of the French Countryside.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics
Events Entertainment and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â– A â€œLiving Earth Festivalâ€? will celebrate indigenous contributions to environmental sustainability, knowledge and activism. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. americanindian.si.edu/calendar. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Films â– The National Museum of the American Indian will present the 2010 film â€œTambiĂŠn la lluvia (Even the Rain),â€? about two filmmakers on a journey to Bolivia to make a revisionist movie about the conquest of Latin America. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. americanindian.si.edu/calendar. â– The â€œKung Fu Fridaysâ€? film series will feature â€œFive Deadly Venoms,â€? at 7 p.m.; and â€œThe Kid With the Golden Arm,â€? at 9:30 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Meeting â– 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. Sporting events â– The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 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 and 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. â– The Washington Kastles will play the Orange County Breakers in World TeamTennis competition. 7:10 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. July 21 Saturday, Saturday july 21 Childrenâ€™s programs â– â€œSaturday Morning at the Nationalâ€? will present â€œChris Davis, the Renaissance Man,â€? featuring comic tales from Elizabethan England regarding superstition, romance and science. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â– â€œAmerican Girl Tea: Felicity and the American Revolution,â€? for children and an accompanying adult, will offer a chance to learn what it was like to grow up in 18thcentury America. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5 per person. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. The event will repeat July 31 at 10:30 a.m. â– Librarians will share stories about dragons, and then participants will write
Friday, july 20 â– Concert: The Friday Noon Concert series will feature tenor Peter Joshua Burroughs (shown) and pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
and illustrate their own dragon tales. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Classes and seminars â– Ebeth Johnson, healthy eating specialist at the Whole Foods Market on P Street, will lead a cooking demonstration on â€œLocal, Seasonal & Organic: Farmersâ€™ Market Shopping & Recipes.â€? 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1623 U St. NW. smithcenter.org. â– Case Design/Remodeling Inc. will present a Kitchen and Bath Seminar, featuring the latest design trends for remodeling projects. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-556-2273. â– Christine Saladino of Tranquil Space will lead â€œNamaste at the Corcoran,â€? followed by healthy breakfast treats prepared by Todd Grayâ€™s Muse at the Corcoran. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $25; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. corcoran.org. Concert â– Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Debussy. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â– Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller (shown) and collector Jeffrey Krauss will discuss the animals, gods, legendary figures and auspicious symbols found on Japanese e-gasuri or â€œpicture ikat.â€? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.
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â– Architect Milton Shinberg will discuss the Arts and Crafts movement, a back-tobasics reaction to the Industrial Age of the 19th century. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– Robin Shulman (shown) will discuss her book â€œEat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers and Brewers Who Built New York,â€? at 3 p.m.; and Chris Cillizza will discuss his book â€œThe Gospel According to the Fix: An Insiderâ€™s Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics,â€? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â– The Roald Dahl Family Series will feature â€œThe Witches.â€? 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â– â€œA Musical Summer at TenleyFriendshipâ€? will feature Vincente Minnelliâ€™s 1958 film â€œGigi,â€? starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier. 2 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â– â€œAmerican Originals Now: Mark Streetâ€? will feature the directorâ€™s film â€œIn Plain Sightâ€? and other shorts, at 2 p.m.; and his films â€œHasta Nuncaâ€? and â€œBuenos Aires Balcony,â€? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â– As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, the In Series will present â€œArlen & Berlin Occupy the Fringe!,â€? featuring hits and lesser-known selections from the film and Broadway careers of songwriters Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin. 4:30 p.m. $17. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. â– The eighth annual DC Poetry in the Park will feature spoken-word artist Leroy
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Stringer and others. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. â– Dance Place will host a performance by Jamaican-born dance artist and choreographer Stefanie Diahann Belnavis. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; and $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special events â– The National Park Service will celebrate the water lilies and exotic plants that grow in the ponds at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Events will include African- and Asian-themed performances, workshops on water gardening and guided tours. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street NE. 202-426-7109. â– Whole Foods Marketâ€™s regional butcher champions will vie for a chance to enter the National Best Butcher Competition in New York City at Meatopia. The event will include cooking demonstrations by local chefs Ris Lacoste and Ed Witt, with proceeds benefiting the DC Central Kitchen. 6 to 9 p.m. $20. Rooftop, Whole Foods Market, 1440 P St. NW. bestbutchercontest.com. Tours and walks â– Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Libraryâ€™s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ€™s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â– Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â€œWalking Tour as Personal Essay,â€? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H See Events/Page 22
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streets NW. 202-341-5208. â– The Gross National Product comedy group will present its â€œScandal Toursâ€? bus trip to landmarks such as the White House, the Tidal Basin and the Watergate Office Building. 1 p.m. $30; $25 for seniors; $15 for students. Meet at the Ben Franklin statue at the Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. gnpcomedy.com.
Films â– The National Gallery of Art will present Lionel Rogosinâ€™s 1956 film â€œOn the Boweryâ€? (shown), preceded by the shorts â€œBroadway by Dayâ€? and â€œAstor Place.â€? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– Busboys and Poets will host a screening of the film â€œRe:Generation,â€? about five DJs as they re-create five traditional styles of music. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
22 Sunday, SundayJulyjuly 22 Childrenâ€™s program â– Children will hear a story about iconic baseball player Lou Gehrig 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 â– 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. â– Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform works by Shostakovich, Holst, Debussy and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â€œDC Jazz Jamâ€? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â– The Rev. Pieter Oberholzer, an AIDS activist in South Africa, will discuss his experiences. 11:30 a.m. Free. Nourse Hall, St. Albanâ€™s Episcopal Church, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. stalbansdc.org. â– National Gallery of Art lecturer Diane Arkin will discuss â€œJohn Sloanâ€™s New York.â€? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– African American Civil War Museum curator Hari Jones will discuss â€œHow the Lincoln Cabinet Influenced the Emancipation Proclamation.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium, African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. afroamcivilwar.org. â– Francine Matthews will discuss her book â€œJack 1939.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Special event â– Dumbarton House will host a â€œWar of 1812 Trivia Challenge,â€? featuring a chance to participate in a contest to be filmed for the Web. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202337-2288, ext. 222. Sporting event â– The Washington Kastles will play the Kansas City Explorers in World TeamTennis competition. 7:10 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Tour â– Tour guide Dwayne Starlin will lead a â€œGeorgetown History and Cupcake Tour,â€? with stops at three shops (and a cupcake from each). 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202337-2288. Monday, July 23
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Childrenâ€™s program â– â€œJapan-in-a-Suitcaseâ€? will feature a chance to learn about Japanese culture, try using chopsticks, play traditional games and see and touch clothing from Japan. 10:30 a.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Concerts â– â€œLive! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ€? will feature a performance by singer-songwriter Yasmin Tayeby and her band. Noon to 1:30
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Sunday, july 22 â– Reading: The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Barbara Goldberg (shown) and Mark Smith-Soto. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113.
p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â– Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform works by DvorĂĄk, Schubert and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by the Max Levine Ensemble and Flex Matthews. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. â– The U.S. Navy Bandâ€™s Commodores will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â– The monthly Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar will feature a talk by Kathleen Johnson, adult nurse practitioner with Georgetown Universityâ€™s Memory Disorder Program, on the signs of cognitive decline. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Seventh-floor Wellness Center, National Capital YMCA, 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â– Investigative journalist Greg Muttitt will discuss his book â€œFuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Kenneth W. Mack, a professor of law at Harvard University, will discuss his book â€œRepresenting the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– â€œClassic Conversationsâ€? will feature Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn in a conversation with actor Stacy Keach. 8 p.m. $25 to $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Films â– A foreign film series will feature the 2008 film â€œTulpan,â€? about a Kazakh sheep herder who must find a wife in order to get a herd of his own. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â– â€œHereâ€™s Looking at You, Bogartâ€? will feature John Hustonâ€™s 1941 film â€œThe Maltese Falcon,â€? starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â– The Washington Jewish Film Festivalâ€™s â€œFriendraiserâ€? will feature the D.C. premiere of the 2011 animated film â€œThe Rabbiâ€™s Cat.â€? A reception will follow. 7 p.m. $11; $10 for seniors and students. La Maison FranĂ§aise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â– The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Tsui Harkâ€™s 1984 film â€œMad Mission, Part 3: Our Man From Bond Street.â€? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ€™s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Tuesday, 24 24 TuesdayJulyjuly Childrenâ€™s program â– 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. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Concerts â– The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â– â€œLive! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ€? will feature a performance by jazz vocalist SharĂłn Clark. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â– The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the baroque double-reed ensemble Saraband performing works by 18th-century composers Lully, Handel, Paisible and Philidor. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â– The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701
Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â– The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-7675658. Discussions and lectures â– Steven Raichlen will discuss his book â€œBest Ribs Ever: 100 Killer Recipes Including Slaws, Baked Beans & FingerLickinâ€™ Sauces.â€? 11:30 a.m. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-0911. â– Loretta Neumann, co-founder and vice president of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, will discuss the ring of forts that protected the nationâ€™s capital during the Civil War. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou will discuss his book â€œGods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case will discuss their book â€œTreacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnoldâ€™s Plot to Betray America.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Biologist James Gould and science writer Carol Gould will discuss â€œNatureâ€™s Compass: The Secret Guide to Incredible Animal Journeys.â€? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Films â– â€œFavorite Food Moviesâ€? will feature the 2001 German film â€œMostly Martha,â€? about a headstrong chef who takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â– The D.C. Public Libraryâ€™s popular movie series will show Paul Weitzâ€™s 2012 film â€œBeing Flynn,â€? starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â– Reel Affirmationsâ€™ International AIDS Film Festival will feature â€œStill Around,â€? at 7 p.m.; and â€œSeeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia,â€? at 9:15 p.m. $10 per film. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsaidsfilmfest.eventbrite. com. Performances â– The New York-based Theater Breaking Through Barriers will present â€œMore of Our Parts,â€? featuring six new plays about disabilities in 70 minutes. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Busboys and Poets will host â€œTuesday Night Open Mic,â€? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sale â– St. Albanâ€™s Opportunity Thrift Shop will host a â€œHalf Price Sale.â€? 9:30 a.m. to 3 See Events/Page 24
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This summerâ€™s production continues the Theater. Capitol Hill Arts Workshopâ€™s tradition of pre A vanished father, a pill-popping mother senting slightly twisted versions of Gilbert and three sisters harboring shady little secrets â€” when the large Weston family unexpected- and Sullivan shows. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday ly reunites after Dad disappears, their through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a Tickets cost $20. The maelstrom of repressed Capitol Hill Arts truths and unsettling Workshop is located at 545 secrets. 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839; Performance times are chaw.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday â– The Capital Fringe through Saturday and 3 Festival will run through p.m. Sunday as well as July 29, bringing more 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. than 130 â€œuncensoredâ€? Tickets cost $30 to $35. performances to more than Gilbert and Sullivanâ€™s â€œThe The Church Street 15 venues throughout D.C. Theater is located at 1742 Gondoliersâ€? will run Aug. 2 The festival, which is in its Church St. NW. 703-892- through 11. seventh year, includes one0202; keegantheatre.com. acts, comedies, musicals, dramas, dance, â– The GLBT Arts Consortium and Capitol improv, clowns, poetry and more. This yearâ€™s Hill Arts Workshop will present Gilbert and offerings will include: Sullivanâ€™s â€œThe Gondoliersâ€? Aug. 2 through â– an atypical cabaret, presented by the In 11.
Series, featuring selections by legendary songwriters Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin; â– George Taboriâ€™s â€œMein Kampf,â€? the story of young, down-and-out painter Adolf Hitler and his relationship with two Jews in a Viennese flophouse; and â– â€œMcGoddess,â€? comedian Vijai Nathanâ€™s tales of life as an American-born Indian girl caught between a Marxist father, a superstitious Hindu mom and a born-again Christian sister. All tickets cost $17, plus a one-time purchase of a $5 Fringe button. Tickets can be bought at the Fort Fringe box office, at 607 New York Ave. NW, or by phone or online: 866-811-4111; capitalfringe.org. â– Arena Stage will close â€œThe Music Manâ€? July 22 in the Fichandler Stage. For Harold Hill, thereâ€™s a sucker born every minute. Sooner or later, this smoothtalking â€œprofessorâ€? has everyone eating out of his hand â€” 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
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Events Entertainment options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concerts â– The U.S. Air Force Bandâ€™s Max Impact ensemble will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â– Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, a Colombian group, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Jon Kaplan. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â– The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli and Johnny Mercer. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â– Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller will discuss ancient symbolism on the textiles displayed in â€œWoven Treasures of Japanâ€™s Tawaraya Workshop.â€? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â– James H. Johnston will discuss his
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Wednesday, july 26 â– Concert: â€œThe 9 Songwriter Seriesâ€? will feature locals Justin Trawick (shown), Andy Zipf, Molly Hagen, Luke Mitchem, Ken Wenzel, Charles Harrison, Ben Hofer, Kate Charnock and Nathan Robinson. 7 p.m. $10 to $20. Gibson Guitar Showroom, 709 G St. NW. wearethe9july25.eventbrite.com.
Performances â– â€œLive! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ€? will present a talent contest. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â– Poet Kwame Dawes and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will present â€œVoices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse,â€? a mixed-media performance featuring Dawes, composer and musician Kevin Simmonds, soprano Valetta Brinson and the photography of Andre Lambertson. 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. The performance will repeat Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Special event â– Local and national artists will present a â€œPop-Up Gallery,â€? featuring original paintings, photographs and mixed-media works. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. 6 to 10 p.m. $5 to $10. Napoleon, 1847 Columbia Road NW. eventbrite.com/event/3735866076. Thursday, July 26
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Impressions.â€? 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. janeaustenfilmfest.eventbrite.com. â– â€œNoMa Summer Screenâ€? will present Brad Birdâ€™s 2004 film â€œThe Incredibles,â€? about a family of undercover superheroes forced into action while trying to live a quiet suburban life. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. nomasummerscreen.com. â– Reel Affirmationsâ€™ International AIDS Film Festival will feature â€œPills Profit$ Protest,â€? at 7 p.m.; and â€œSex in an Epidemic,â€? at 9 p.m. $10 per film. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsaidsfilmfest. eventbrite.com. â– The Screen on the Green festival will feature Frank Capraâ€™s 1934 film â€œIt Happened One Night,â€? starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 8th and 14th streets. friendsofscreenonthegreen.org. â– The Reel Israel DC series will present Guy Nattivâ€™s 2010 film â€œThe Flood (Mabul),â€? about a boy whose unstable family threatens to crumble when his autistic brother returns home after spending years in an institution. 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. â– The â€œFilms on the Vernâ€? outdoor film series will feature Peter Webberâ€™s 2003 film â€œGirl With a Pearl Earring.â€? 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-6670. â– The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of the 1984 film â€œProtocol,â€? starring Goldie Hawn as a D.C. cocktail waitress who prevents the assassination of a visiting Arab emir and winds up a national heroine. 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW.
Concerts â– Wouter Kellerman, one of South Africaâ€™s foremost flutists, will perform as part of a U.S. tour. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by MĂśbius Strip, More Humans and Grammar. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. â– The U.S. Army Blues will perform works by Count Basie as part of the â€œSunsets With a Soundtrackâ€? series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703696-3399. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Demonstration â– U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will explain the diversity of carnivorous plants and how theyâ€™ve adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures â– The Q&A Cafe series will feature Carol Joynt interviewing Howard Fineman, editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, on the 2012 presidential campaign. Noon. $35. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-9124110. â– Aquila Ismail will discuss her book â€œOf Martyrs and Marigolds.â€? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– A gallery talk will focus on â€œFragments and Cycles: Jasper Johns.â€? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â– The Georgetown Neighborhood Libraryâ€™s Non-Fiction Book Club will focus on Jon Ronsonâ€™s book â€œThe Psychopath Test.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
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revised plans. Although no one questioned the project’s design sensitivity to the historic Reno building — the only aspect of the plan that is up for public review — some questioned the decision to invest in a more modest expansion of Deal. “This isn’t what was really needed; this is just what we can do with the amount of money that was given to this,” said commissioner Sam Serebin. He also blasted the Department of General Service, which is responsible for D.C. government facilities, for wasting resources on developing the previous plan, and requested that the agency estimate that cost. Commissioner Beverly Sklover also questioned the plan, worrying that despite the school system’s enrollment projections, even the expanded Deal wouldn’t be large enough to meet growing demand from neighborhood students. Interest in the school soared after a $73 million modernization was completed in 2009, quickly overwhelming its capacity. But other commissioners had fewer reservations. “Not bringing this building to life and not increasing the capacity at Deal is only going to make things much worse,” said commission chair Matt Frumin. “It may not be perfect … but we’ve got to take what we can get.” Martha Saccacio, a Deal parent who attended the meeting, said she was disappointed that the city dropped plans for a multipurpose room, which would have offered enough space for students of four classes to work together in one place. “But we recognize that there were budget cuts,” she added, “and we recognize that we need to get this done.”
what they could do to help. Smith directed them to the office of Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, which she said was responsive, and the parks department. “They basically said that it was an oversight and that it was a mistake — that the swing should have been installed as part of the renovation,” Smith recalled. “They dragged their feet a little bit, to be honest.” Miriam Feffer was among the neighbors motivated to act by the listserv post. She said the adaptive swing was significant both practically and symbolically. “It’s just very important to me ... that all of the families in our neighborhood can feel welcome and included in what is a publicly funded playground, and to ensure that all of our neighborhood spaces reflect our values,” she said. Feffer was the first to notify the listserv last week when she saw that the new adaptive swing had arrived at the playground. When she first noticed it, there was already a line to take a ride, with most parents unaware that it was made for children with disabilities and simply excited by the new equipment. The blue-and-yellow swing has a tall back and a large plastic harness that comes down in front of the chest to keep disabled children upright. According to John Stokes, a parks department spokesperson, there were always plans to reinstall an adaptive swing at the playground. After the facility reopened in August, the parks department put in an order for the swing in the winter, and it arrived by mid-June, he said. The parks department generally aims to include handicapped-accessible equipment in every new playground or renovation, he said. But Smith said that in her conversations with parks department officials, the eventual outcome was much less clear. “It was very difficult to get a time frame from them. ... They said they were having problems getting funding,” she said. “But we can’t argue with the results.” Advisory neighborhood commissioner Tom Quinn said he’s pleased to hear that the issue was resolved. “I’m glad somebody was able to get a response from DPR,” he said. “There’s sort of a laundry list of lingering issues with that park, so I’m quite frankly surprised something like that happened so quickly.” Quinn said his remaining concerns about the playground and surrounding park include an intermittently out-of-service splash park, water drainage issues and a sandless sandbox that’s located close to an unguarded flight of stairs. He blamed unnecessary renovations and the city’s lack of maintenance. “They spent money on a bunch of things that didn’t need to be fixed,” he said. “They did all this stuff, but now they’re not caring for it.” For now, Smith is just happy that her daughter can participate at the playground once again. The swing, she said, is “perfect.”
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days after a vacancy occurs, unless there is a regularly scheduled election within 60 days to which it can be appended. District officials have argued for years that more flexibility in scheduling special elections would save the city money. But the Senate bill
was actually spurred by a completely unrelated controversy: a synagogue suing the city for scheduling a special election during the week of Passover. So under the new law, a special election for mayor could be set to coincide with the Nov. 6 general election if Gray were to resign by late August.
With the council chairmanship on the ballot that day, as well as two at-large council seats, four ward seats, an initiative to ban corporate contributions, and a separate measure to forbid officials convicted of felonies while in office from continuing to serve — and, oh yes, the presidency — it could be a pretty busy day at the polls.
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strength of Ward 6 — you know you’re in a neighborhood with good, walkable options,” Wells said. “But charters don’t see themselves as neighborhood schools, so we’re consigned to a parallel system. One day we may be talking about only 10 or 20 percent of our children in public schools, because all the rest are in charters.” The marathon 10-hour hearing was called by Chairman Mendelson, who was recently thrust into the role of chairing the council’s Committee of the Whole, which has overseen education and a host of other issues during the past few years. Mendelson said he wanted to hear from citizens about their priorities for education for the remainder of the year. The new chairman has also said he wants to limit further shake-ups this year, but that he believes education is important enough to eventually merit its own council oversight committee and experienced staff to run it. The arrival of more than 50 witnesses underscored a point many of them made in testimony: Since the abolition of the school board and establishment of mayoralchancellor control, many parents feel their voices haven’t been heard. Several pleaded for specific schools to remain open. Sequnely Gray, a parent at the recently combined school of Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Parkview in Ward 1, said Bruce-Monroe was torn down amid promises it would be rebuilt. Instead, the children were moved to Parkview, and the Bruce-Monroe site turned into a park “that will become condos,” she predicted. “Our children are already displaced,” and now a new Districtwide study of “low-performing schools,” performed by the Illinois Facility Fund, lists the combined school as a candidate for closure or replacement by a charter school. “All we asked is to be at the table,” Gray said. A new mother from Southwest, Lucy Rojansky, said she simply wanted to know the fate of Amidon-Bowen Elementary, the last traditional public elementary left in that quadrant. She said she was encouraged by some reports that improvements are under way, but she’s been unable to get clear information on what the public school system is planning for the building or the school itself. “It’s right around the corner from my house, and I’d love to send my child there,” Rojansky said. Some had specific complaints regarding their children. Howard Wilson said he’d been called to the principal’s office at Bancroft Elementary in June, and told that because of his daughter’s “alleged tardiness,” she would have to return to her neighborhood school. Wilson cited multiple doorways and poor attendance records at Bancroft, and the fact that his fifth-grader took medication before school, which occasionally made her late. After repeated appeals to other school officials, he got the same answer — “return to her neighborhood school. We were never asked why my daughter was late.” Wells noted that the case is exactly the type the Office of Ombudsman — required under the school reform law but abolished after its first occupant, Tonya Kinlow, resigned — was designed to resolve. “We haven’t received any due process,” Wilson said. Others had broader concerns about racial disparities, saying students in the eastern part of the city haven’t fared well under school reform. “Education in D.C. is an apartheid system,” said Maria Jones, a Ward 5 parent. “Schools in [wards] 5, 7, 8 are consistently underfunded, and surrounded by aggressive charters trying to close them,” she said, while schools in the “wealthy wards”
have been identified as “worthy of investment.” “Parents scramble for places in schools west of the park,” Jones said, but this year many have been told that out-of-boundary placements are limited. She said she knew of “four kids with high grades denied entrance to Hardy” Middle School in Georgetown, while “schools in Afro-American neighborhoods are closed.” The January 2012 Illinois Facility Fund study, based largely on test scores, came under fire. The study recommends closing the “lowest performing” public schools and recruiting the “highest performing charter school operators” to run them. Suzanne Wells of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization said there seems to be a rush to close public schools and open charters without coordination. In her neighborhood, she said, “four new charters were approved, while DCPS claims it needs to ‘rightsize.’ Two
❝If we no longer give families a choice of neighborhood schools, we need to talk about it.❞ — Education activist Mary Levy separate school systems are expensive to support.” Mary Levy, a longtime expert on school budgeting, said she supports charters, but fears the system of neighborhood schools is disappearing in favor of “citywide charters. If we no longer give families a choice of neighborhood schools, we need to talk about it,” she testified. Levy also said the council reneged on its promise to complete an evaluation of the school reform effort by this September, instead delaying the report until 2014. She predicted the results would not be pretty. “Reform works very well in wards 3 and 6, but the achievement gap — between black and white students, between whites and Latinos — has widened,” she said. Several charter advocates had their own complaints. Robert Cane, director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, said charters are still not treated equally despite “wildly successful” results in raising student achievement and an ever-increasing share — now 41 percent and rising — of total enrollment. Cane invited the council to be more involved in ensuring uniform funding for charter and traditional public school students, and making it easier for charters to use closed or underused public school buildings. Cane dismissed concerns about running two parallel systems, saying the big problem is that “we don’t have enough quality seats.” Declining enrollment at the less successful public schools increases the pressure to close them. Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham said he recently attended graduation at Cardozo High School, where an expensive modernization and expansion project is already under way. “We have this great high school, but when I attended graduation, they had 87 graduates,” he said. Enrollment data at traditional public schools shows the stark disparity. Wilson, Deal and virtually all public schools in Ward 3 are bursting at the seams, with enrollment exceeding capacity. But in other parts of the city, some senior highs can’t fill even half their seats. For example, according to audited enrollment figures for the past school year, Coolidge, with a capacity of 1,240, had 547 students; Roosevelt, capacity 1,060, had 497; Cardozo, capacity 1,100, had 477; and Dunbar, capacity 1,100, had 514.
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Built by a noted architect and builder, this eight-year-old stucco residence has high ceilings and detailed moldings and finish work. There are wonderful open spaces for private and formal entertaining. Features include a gourmet kitchen opening to a family room, library, media room, wine cellar and a luxurious master suite. $3,595,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7854835 Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344
Nanjemoy Point Farm offers 79 acres sited on the banks of Nanjemoy Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. This private waterfront peninsula estate has three residences as well as a barn, a pool house and a newly built deep water dock. Conveniently located just one hour fifteen minutes from DC. $1,500,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/ch7677323 Michael Moore | 202.262.7762
Beautiful sun filled apartment with gracious floor plan and fabulous terrace overlooking gorgeous front gardens and fountain. Features include a 26-foot living room ideal for large-scale furniture and art, separate formal dining room, breakfast nook, and cook’s kitchen. Located in full-service luxury building, offering pool and fitness center. $749,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7840404 Diana Hart | 202.271.2717
This recently renovated Victorian in Old Town features grand entertaining spaces and period details on four levels. Luxurious amenities include a chef’s EIK, smart house tech, private media rm, elevator and dual staircases to private rooms w/ roof balconies. 2 sybaritic master suites w/ marble spa baths, wine cellar and rear garden w/ parking. $2,495,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/ax7810306 Robin Waugh | 703.819.8809
This outstanding 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Tudor home is sited on a lovely landscaped lot. Features include a living room with fireplace, spacious dining room with French doors to deck, sun room, large, sunny kitchen, finished attic and basement. $1,125,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7843960 Liz D’Angio | 202.427.7890 Carrie Carter | 202.421.3938
Designed in the French Chateauesque style, this very special 2BR, 2BA condo on Embassy Row features high ceilings, crown moldings, hardwood floors, and French doors leading to a glorious private terrace w/ landscaped gardens. Enjoy a relaxing city lifestyle and stylish entertaining. $674,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7864417 Gary Wicks | 202.486.8393 Mary Fox | 202.316.9631
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Exquisite new construction designed by Studio Z & being built by Foxhall Developers. This custom built beauty will feature an open floor plan, generously sized rooms, soaring ceilings and unique architectural details, all sited on a gorgeous 6900+ sf lot near Friendship Hts. on a pretty tree-lined street. Delivery early 2013. $2,250,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7668801 Bill Abbott | 202.903.6533
Opportunity to own a gorgeous 2 bedroom unit in the Metropole! Entertain in your chic kitchen with custom cabinets and Bosch appliances or relax in your 3 spa-like bathrooms. Enjoy the phenomenal finishes in this spacious 1490 sq ft condo located in the heart of Logan Circle. Walk to all that Logan Circle has to offer. $975,000,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7813614 Bill Hounshell | 202.271.7111
2 BR, 1 BA Upper level spacious condo located in a boutique building directly across from a vibrant green park. Bright and open western exposure with beautiful views, gleaming hrdwd flrs, and a generously sized open kitchen w/ample storage. Just steps from Rock Creek Park and the Metro. Centrally located between Dupont and Georgetown. $499,500 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7880244 Amy Dorcy | 202.276.8732
This recently renovated Tudor Revival features 5 BR and 4.5 BA. The kitchen includes marble counter tops, Wolf oven and range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The master suite features a walk-in closet, bath with dual vanities and a balcony. The lower level offers a rec. room and wet bar. Completing this offering is a large backyard and terrace. $2,149,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7867341 Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344
Unique feature is main floor bedroom and full bath. Dutch Colonial with Gambrel roof, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 fireplaces. Bay windows frame the front, hardwood floors on main level and upper level. Large living room and dining room, new kitchen with eating nook, finished basement and one-car garage on alley. $899,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/ dc7881013 Mary Brett | 202.577.5568
Charming duplex beautifully maintained with private terrace. Freshly painted, buffed floors, ready to move in. Flat-screen television, wine rack in kitchen, patio furniture and all lighting fixtures convey. Close proximity to M Street restaurants, movie theater, stores, the Potomac River and canal trail. $475,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7830233 Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887
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Kenwood, Md. Magnificent & grand Colonial on 2/3 acre lot. Featuring 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs. Elegance & grace throughout including a beautiful curving staircase to both the 2nd & 3rd floors. $2,995,000
Ted BeVerley 301-728-4338 paT lore 301-908-1242 BesT oF BoTh Worlds
Palisades. Brilliant new home designed by Chryssa Wolfe. High style & environmentally friendly. 4 levels, 6000+ sf of luxurious living space. 6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs. Gorgeous pool w/multilevel patios, outdoor frpl & dramatic landscaping. $2,900,000
nancy hammond 202-262-5374
Kalorama. The bustle of Dupont & the elegance of Kalorama in this sweeping 5000 sf mansion. Stunning, sunFine TradiTions drenched & urbane. Potomac/Camotop. Wonderful home on 6 BRs, 5 frpls, pkg for lovely cul de sac w/tennis court. 5 BRs, 3 cars. $2,150,000 4 BAs, impressive 2 story foyer. lge kit Lucinda Treat opening to screen porch. Walk out LL 202-251-4000 $1,690,000
Penny Mallory 202-251-6861
Delia McCormick 301-977-7273
American University Park. Exceptional & majestic home on 1/3 acre facing tree lined street. 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Awe inspiring designer living & entertaining spaces unlike anything you’ve seen. All close to Metro & shops. $2,495,000
Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219
sTyle & charm
Chevy Chase, MD. Incredible living space await! 4 beautifully finished levels. Sunny & spacious kitchen w/ breakfast bar & lge eat-in area. Amazing great rm. A must see! $1,599,000
eric murTagh 301-652-8971 karen kuchins 301-275-2255
Chevy Chase. Beautiful new construction by Georgetown Custom Homes features an open floor plan with grand radial staircase, gourmet kitchen/family room with sweeping views of estate-size grounds, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths; 2-car garage. $2,350,000
Karen Kuchins- 301-275-2255 Eric Murtagh- 301-652-8971
liFe aT The Top
Chevy Chase, DC. 3 levels, 4,000+ sf of luxurious open living space plus huge private roof top terrace. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs includes 2 master suites. Large top of the line kitchen, gas frpl, balconies, private elevator. Walk to Metro. 9 year old bldg has concierge. $1,399,990
Delia McCormick 301-977-7273
Georgetown. Beautifully renovated Federal on charming one block street. Sun filled & enhanced w/ renovated kitchen & baths. Great lower level,expansive deck & flagstone patio. TradiTional Values Parking! $1,312,000 Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated Beverly Nadel grand Colonial w/new kitchen, 202-236-7313 baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, Melissa Brown 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. 202-469-2662 One half acre + lot. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,120,000.
Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630
The BesT oF The BesT
Chevy Chase, DC. Impeccable 1930 Colonial. Spacious rms & high ceilings. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs on 4 finished levels.Fam rm, bkf rm & LL rec rm w/full kit. Det. garage. $1,025,000
Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Judy Meyerson 202-276-0755
Tree Top VieWs
Forest Hills. Welcoming 1 bedroom + den on top floor. Renovated kitchen & bath. Tons of closets & indoor pkg. 10’ ceilings & exquisite details. Lovely Beaux Arts bldg. $418,500
Pat Lore 301-908-1242 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338
The Zoo & you!
Adams Morgan. The Richelieu. Attractive & affordable 1 BR in quiet location yet just minutes to 2 Metros & all the action. Bright open flr plan, kitchen w/brkfst bar, office nook, W/D, hrdwd floors. $275,000
Bonnie Roberts-Burke 202-487-8411
The WoW FacTor!
Columbia Hgts. Rare 3 BR 2.5 BA condo in renovated 2 unit TH. Open floor plan, 2 levels. Lge renov. chef’s kitchen w/French drs to deck & patio. Bamboo flrs, built-ins. Walk to Metro, pets allowed, low fee. $685,000
Andrea Evers 202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235
Where iT’s aT
Clarendon, VA. Sunny one bedroom at The Phoenix. Gourmet kitchen w/granite & SS appliances. Open flr plan, balcony. W/D. 1 car garage parking. Rooftop pool & fitness center. 2 blks to Metro. $419,000
rachel Burns 202-384-5140 marTha Williams 202-271-8138
Kalorama. Penthouse efficiency at the Valley Vista. Sunny, close to Metro. Galley courTyard ouTlook kitchen, dining urBan saVVy rm, living rm Palisades. Quiet, light filled studio Columbia Heights. Smart & stylish & huge walkin great location. New stove & renovated studio w/great layout. in closet. Low refrigerator, parquet flrs, lge walk Kitchen w/breakfast bar, slate flr condo fee. in closet. Pet friendly bldg. All $235,000 utilities in condo fee. $210,000 & SS appliances. Customized walk-
Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410
June gardner 301-758-3301
in closet, W/D. Pet friendly bldg. Near to Metro. $189,000
Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624
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