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Vol. XLVI, No. 31

The Northwest Current

D.C. schools see growth in test scores

tenle y protest

■ Education: Officials cite

boost under mayoral control By JULIA O’DONOGHUE Current Correspondent

D.C. officials were all smiles Tuesday morning when they released the latest test data for the city’s public schools. Students in the traditional public school system earned the highest

scores in recent history on this year’s annual math and reading assessments. And for the first time ever, more than half of charter school students tested at proficient or advanced levels in both of those subjects. “We’re beginning to see the systemic changes that we worked hard for,” said Mayor Vincent Gray during a news conference held at Kelly Miller Middle School in Ward 7 Tuesday.

When taking both charter and traditional public school students into account, 51.3 percent of the city’s pupils scored at the proficient or advanced level in spring 2013. That’s an increase of four percentage points over last year’s results on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System exam. “This gives us a lot to celebrate,” said D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “Not many people See Scores/Page 19

Bakery slated for vacant Van Ness space By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Protesters representing the group OurDC filled the McDonald’s in Tenleytown last week to push for a “living wage” and a greater voice for employees.

After a long search, D.C. bakery king Mark Furstenberg is now in advanced negotiations to lease a space in Van Ness for his new concept, “Bread Furst.” Furstenberg, who founded Breadline and Marvelous Market, is eying the spot at 4434 Connecticut Ave., a former real estate office on the north side of the Flagship car wash. He came upon the space after past negotiations failed in Dupont Circle and Chevy Chase, among other places. But plans appear to be rolling ahead for Bread Furst to move into the two-story Van Ness building, with the advisory neighborhood commission setting up a special meeting last week to consider some necessary zoning changes. With Furstenberg eager to wrap up the paperwork and set up shop, the neighborhood commission thought it See Bakery/Page 15

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The area’s advisory neighborhood commission held a special meeting last week in hopes of speeding zoning relief needed for the proposed bakery.

Historic district pitched for Meridian Hill area

Spring Valley healthier than nation overall, study finds


■ Public health: Rates for

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When Mary Henderson built her castle at the foot of Meridian Hill in 1889, 16th Street to the north was lined by vacant land, a few shanties and a cluster of homes built by black residents after the Civil War. But long before the castle was torn down in 1949, the corridor had been transformed into an enclave of elegant embassies, grand mansions, monumental churches and upscale apartment buildings, all flanking what some call the most beautiful park in the city. Now the District’s Historic Preservation Office wants to designate Meridian Hill as a historic district, stretching roughly from the east side of 15th Street to 17th Street on the west, with V Street to the south and Irving Street to the north.


some cancers raise concern By ELIZABETH WIENER Bill Petros/The Current

The proposed historic district includes Meridian Hill Park and 61 buildings nearby, including the former Embassy of Spain at 2801 16th St.

The area includes 61 buildings (15 already landmarked), as well as the elaborate neoclassical Meridian Hill Park, the Francis Asbury Memorial and the wall that remains around what was once Henderson’s castle. The various structures have something in common, accordSee Meridian Hill/Page 20


Cheh seeks review of problems with Tenley library, pool — Page 3

D.C. Dobermans rally past Maryland for hoops victory — Page 11

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A long-awaited community health study has concluded that Spring Valley residents generally enjoy better health than the nation as a whole, but adds that slight upticks in the incidence of certain cancers could be related to arsenic exposure. The final report by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

doesn’t pinpoint cause and effect, but calls for further monitoring of the health of a neighborhood where the U.S. Army tested — and haphazardly buried — chemical weapons during World War I. In particular, it recommends monitoring cancer rates and other health conditions reported more frequently than the national average. “Residents can be assured that community health is very good and most environmental indicators are in compliance with established standards or are similar to conditions in other urban areas,” the report states. See Health/Page 18



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ANC decides not to join appeal of Cafritz permits amid continuing talks By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission has decided to focus on its negotiations with developers of a large new apartment building, rather than joining a community group’s appeal of the project’s building permits. Calvin Cafritz Enterprises has faced com-

munity opposition to its planned 90-foot-tall glassy apartment building at 5333 Connecticut Ave., between Military Road and Kanawha Street. City officials have agreed with Cafritz that the 263-unit development can be built without the special zoning approvals that would trigger a public review process. But the 5333 Connecticut Neighborhood Coalition — which formed to protest the project — believes that determination to be incor-

rect based on its own analysis. Many neighbors and several neighborhood commissioners worry about the project’s impact on parking and traffic, and they say its modern design is incompatible with the community. The coalition has filed several other appeals in the past, two of which were joined by the neighborhood commission. But Thursday, commissioners said they wouldn’t join this

third appeal — at least for now. Commissioners worried that the new appeal could disrupt their ongoing discussions with Cafritz, or even bring the talks to an end. Commissioner Randy Speck, who has been involved in the negotiations, said that conversations with developers have been very civil and that “progress has been made.� “A vote tonight would be in some respect See Cafritz/Page 20



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Cheh pushes for council look at persistent issues at Tenley pool, library By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Ongoing problems at two recently renovated public buildings in Tenleytown — the Wilson Aquatic Center and Tenley-Friendship Library — have sparked concerns from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. For the Wilson pool, Cheh has called for a council oversight hearing to investigate longrunning maintenance and managerial issues at the 4551 Fort Drive facility. “There’s been a steady drumbeat of complaints about the Wilson pool,” she said in an interview. “I think it’s time to take stock and say, ‘Why is this happening?’”

The pool’s closure for over a week this month, due to air conditioning and ventilation malfunctions, served as a catalyst for Cheh’s request. She said she wasn’t satisfied with the explanation she heard from city officials, that summer heat caused the problem. “I think it’s so lame that that’s their explanation,” she said. The library, about a block away at 4550 Wisconsin Ave., also shut down services this month — the full building on July 15, and its upper level the next two days — so workers could fix air conditioning problems. According to Cheh, the building has a longer history of issues with its interior temperatures. “They’ve never had the heating and cooling right there.” Cheh has reached out to her council col-

leagues about the problems at both Tenleytown buildings. “Both of these facilities are relatively new and very expensive,” she said. Some neighbors are worried “that these buildings were put up in a big haste [and] maybe there are some problems that are inherent to what they put there.” With the Wilson pool, the directors of both the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services wrote to Cheh last week that “the record-breaking 138 continuous hours of over 80 degrees Fahrenheit” caused this month’s closure, “overtaxing … HVAC compressors and control units.” But in calling for an oversight hearing, Cheh hopes to look at a larger pattern of prob-

lems at the aquatic center. She described a host of them in her letter Monday to Council members Marion Barry and Kenyan McDuffie, who chair committees involved with recreation facilities. After reopening as a “beautiful, state-ofthe-art facility” in 2009 following a $35 million renovation, she wrote, the aquatic center has seen problems including pump failure, weak water pressure, white markings on its exterior, and improperly mixed pool chemicals. She also mentioned management issues such as staff shortages and a recent “spate of thefts.” Though the incidents seem minor individually, together they show a trend, the letter See Tenley/Page 15

The week ahead Wednesday, July 31

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to preview revisions to annual report cards on performance prepared by the D.C. Public Schools system and charter schools. Members will also hear public comments on the D.C. Council’s pending education bills. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The District of Columbia Bar will hold a seminar on “Beyond the Consumer Protection Procedures Act: Little Used Consumer Statutes,” including the D.C. auto lemon law and the computer fraud act. The seminar will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St. NW. Admission is free, but registration is required; call 202-626-3463 or visit

Thursday, Aug. 1

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include construction of a new row house at 1412 T St. NW and an addition at 901 16th St. NW.

Saturday, Aug. 3

At-large D.C. Council member David Catania, chair of the Education Committee, will hold a Ward 1 community meeting on “The Future of Public Education in the District of Columbia.” The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. ■ The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will host a public meeting on the Height Master Plan, focusing on the modeling study and economic feasibility analysis. The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details visit

Monday, Aug. 5

At-large D.C. Council member David Catania, chair of the Education Committee, will hold a Ward 4 community meeting on “The Future of Public Education in the District of Columbia.” The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District will hold a National Night Out anti-crime event from 4 to 7 p.m. at Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District will hold a National Night Out event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 3rd District will host a National Night Out event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3200 Hiatt Place NW.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority will host a Ward 2 town hall meeting on DC Health Link, a new online marketplace for comprehensive health coverage. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. ■ The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will host a public meeting on the Height Master Plan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. ■ In response to residents’ requests, George Washington University will hold a community meeting to discuss construction issues in Foggy Bottom. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 553, Duques Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details contact

Saturday, Aug. 10

The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will host a public meeting on the Height Master Plan from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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District Digest D.C. planners submit draft zoning package

The D.C. Office of Planning released a 997-page draft of proposed zoning rules Tuesday, a milestone in the yearslong project to review and update the District’s land-use regulations. The Zoning Commission, which received the draft Monday evening, is expected to hold hearings in the fall. Members indicated that they are likely to vote Sept. 9 on whether to move forward with public hearings on the proposed draft. In a blog post, the Office of Planning noted the community consultations that have led to the current submission: 41 meetings of a zoning task force since 2007; presentations at 111 community and advisory neighborhood commission meetings; and discussion at 24 meetings of the Zoning Commission. The post does not specify what had changed from previous drafts but says that “background

pieces” and a description of the latest revisions are forthcoming. Proposals on issues from parking to accessory apartments have drawn spirited discussion, even before the formal submission the Committee of 100 on the Federal City called on citizens to testify this fall. “It’s your city, your neighborhood and way of life that’s at stake,” said Nancy MacWood, chair of the 90-year-old group active on land-use and planning issues. The draft regulations were posted yesterday at

New principal named for Hardy Middle

Former Stoddert Elementary principal Patricia Pride took over the top post at Hardy Middle School on Monday, according to a letter to parents from Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Leadership at the Georgetown school has been in flux over the past four years. In late 2009, the school system removed longtime principal Patrick Pope from the position and assigned the head of nearby Hyde-Addison Elementary to cover both schools. After complaints about the arrangement, longtime educator Mary Stefanus took over at Hardy in 2011; she’s now retiring. Pride comes to the position with many years of experience, including a decade in the classroom. She joined D.C. Public Schools in 2008 and has since served as assistant principal at Roosevelt Senior High and principal of Jefferson Middle and Stoddert Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Missouri State University and a master’s degree in education

administration from the University of Phoenix. In her letter, Henderson said that many Hardy community members helped in the selection process, and that Pride was their top choice. “After balancing your input with the needed experience and skills that research links to success, we concur with your recommendation that Patricia Pride is the strongest candidate to lead the Hardy school community,” she wrote.

Police investigating Cathedral vandalism

A 58-year-old woman was arrested Monday in connection with vandalism at the Washington National Cathedral, where paint was splattered on a mural, walls and an organ, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. Police charged Jiamei Tian with defacing property after responding to the reported incident at about 4:30 p.m. Cathedral security had detained Tian, who police say has no fixed address. Detectives are looking into whether the suspect has been involved in similar offenses, and they’re working with the U.S. Park Police on the case. Paint was also splashed recently on the Lincoln Memorial and elsewhere on the National Mall. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 202-727-9099 or texting the anonymous tip line at 50411.

Safety groups seek more traffic cameras

Two groups that advise the D.C. mayor on safety — one focused on

bikers, the other on pedestrians — are urging expanded use of cameras to enforce city laws. The D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council and the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council sent a letter to all members of the D.C. Council Monday making their case. Their missive came in response to statements by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., that he wants to ban camera enforcement in the city, and at-large Council member Vincent Orange’s response: an idea for a bill that would establish a twoyear moratorium on new cameras. The two safety-focused councils, both established by law and charged with advising the mayor, say the cameras help reduce speeding and thus pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and death. The groups’ news release notes that “when the District’s photo enforcement program began, 1 out of 3 drivers was speeding and today only 1 in 40 speeds. As speeding has decreased so have traffic fatalities. Between 2001 and 2012, traffic fatalities in the District decreased 73% (from 72 to 19).” They also point to an April study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing that D.C. residents “overwhelmingly support photo enforcement.”

Restaurant Week to fete Chilean wines

D.C.’s Summer Restaurant Week runs from Aug. 19 through 25, offering diners three-course menus for $20.13 (lunch) and $35.13 (dinner). The list of participating restaurants throughout D.C. is available at NBC4, American Express and Wines of Chile are sponsoring the week of offerings, and encouraging diners to try Chilean wines and then

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Palisades Rec Center hosts new camp The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has introduced a new environmentally focused adventure camp at the Palisades Recreation Center this year. The second four-week session began Monday, but registration is still open, according to a news release. Tuition is $560 for District residents. The camp serves children ages 8 through 13. Activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking and a five-day, four-night stay at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Md. — where campers will put to use newly acquired skills such as map reading and orienteering. Details are available by calling 202-674-6619 or sending an email to

El Centro to debut soon in Georgetown

El Centro D.F. will open a second location of its 14th Street taqueria in Georgetown next month. The new restaurant, at 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will offer Mexican comfort food and more than 200 tequilas. Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval is the name behind the new spot, one of many in his New York City-based empire. In D.C., he also owns Masa 14 and Zengo. At his second El Centro restaurant, Sandoval is working with chef Juan Romero, who will add some new dishes to a number of popular items that will carry over from 14th Street. The menu will include four varieties of guacamole, prepared at the table; an assortment of traditional Mexican braises, served with warm tortillas, Mexican-style rice and crema fresca; and new tacos like Vuelve a la Vida, with octopus, shrimp, scallops, chorizo and tomatillo salsa. El Centro will also offer more than 200 tequilas, some specially infused in-house. The restaurant, slated to open in mid-August, will serve lunch and dinner, with happy hour specials nightly from 5 to 7, and a late-night menu inspired by Mexican street food available from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Details are at


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D.C. Council to consider Cheh bill to allow sale of home-cooked food By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

Amateur bakers could start selling the goods whipped up in their own kitchens if the D.C. Council approves a measure now advancing through the legislative process. Introduced in March by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, the Cottage Food Act of 2013 would alter current law requiring that forsale food be made in commercial kitchens. The legislation would allow such “cottage food� businesses to sell their products only at farmers markets or public events, and it would

apply only to bakers earning less than $25,000 a year from their home-cooked food. In offering the bill, Cheh followed the lead of dozens of states that have relaxed some of the licensing procedures and fees for people interested in preparing small batches of foods in their private residences. According to her staffers, Cheh’s bill was particularly modeled after cottage food laws in Maryland. Sellers would have to label all their goods with basic nutritional information and include a disclaimer that the food has not been subject to a formal health inspection — though the D.C. Health Department could investigate any

Local partnership helps fight kids’ summer learning slump

complaints about goods sold through the cottage food business, according to Andrew Laine, a law fellow at Cheh’s office who worked on the bill. The council’s Committee on Health recently backed the Cottage Food Act and will present the legislation to the full council upon return from recess in September. While Laine said he has not heard much disagreement over the bill, he said it will eventually be up to the Department of Health to define the regulatory parameters. For example, the bill is designed for startup businesses that produce “non-hazardous�

foodstuffs (baked goods being at the forefront), but the Department of Health will have to define exactly what “hazardous� foods would be excluded. One obvious prohibition would be meats prepared in unlicensed home kitchens, Laine said. But the bill could give potential smallbusiness owners the encouragement they need to get off the ground in the comfort of their own homes, said Niall Cooper, who recently opened BakeHouse with his wife at 14th and T streets NW. The couple began by perfecting See Bill/Page 15

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Since launching in D.C. in 2010, Tales2Go, a mobile app service that streams children’s audiobooks, has expanded to classrooms and homes all over the country, and won several parents-choice awards. But this summer the educational company is focusing on a goal close to home. During the vacation months, Tales2Go has been working to help shrink the opportunity gap for some students just a mile north of its Foxhall headquarters. At St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, where a summer enrichment program serves economically disadvantaged students, participants can access a wide variety of Tales2Go titles such as “Little Women,� “The Hunger Games� and “Pete the Cat.� By partnering with the enrichment program — called Horizons Greater Washington — Tales2Go is working to help prevent the academic learning slump known in the education world as “summer learning loss.� The loss is prevalent among students who have little access to educational programs outside the regular academic year. Tales2Go CEO William Weil has always wanted his tool to be used in all types of classrooms. Through the Horizons collaboration, he said, his service is helping “kids who normally don’t have certain kinds of resources push them along in their reading.� Weil, a former television executive at National Geographic and Nickelodeon, co-founded Tales2Go with his wife, Tracey, to make their children’s learning experience easier and more engaging. According to the Weils, listening to audiobooks improves a child’s ability to listen, comprehend reading materials, build a vocabulary and pronounce words. In the past three years, their product has become a popular education tool, merging the traditions of storytelling with today’s newest mobile gadgets. For Horizons Greater Washington, the new partnership with Tales2Go helps “build [students] up and then augment them with an enrich-

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Summer students at Horizons are streaming audiobooks.

ing experience,� said the program’s executive director, Maria Barry. Horizons is a nonprofit that has been helping students from lowincome families maintain and improve their academic outcomes since 2000. Currently, it partners with three private schools — Maret, St. Patrick’s and Norwood in Bethesda — to host summer and yearlong programs for students attending local public elementary schools H.D. Cooke, Bancroft and Rock Creek Forest. For the summer, the nonprofit offers six-week programs with a mixed curriculum of math, art, reading, writing, field trips and recreation. Head teacher Katherine Orlando’s students — who will be entering third grade at Bancroft Elementary in Mount Pleasant this fall — are among the first in the Horizons summer program to experience Tales2Go. During a 30-minute scheduled reading session, Orlando sets up three rotating learning stations. At these areas, each group of five students spends 15 to 20 minutes working on reading and comprehension skills with Orlando or an assistant teacher. One of these stations is an independent listening section, where students can hook up headphones to an See Learning/Page 15

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Burglary â&#x2013; 5518-5599 block, 39th St.; 12:22 a.m. July 25.

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Theft â&#x2013; 3200-3299 block, Patterson St.; 5:23 p.m. July 28.

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Robbery â&#x2013; New York Avenue and 12th Street; 10:30 p.m. July 24. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 13th St.; 12:50 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2:36 a.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  12th and H streets; 3:15 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  New York Avenue and 14th Street; 11:53 p.m. July 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  800-821 block, 11th St.; 5 p.m. July 27.

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Theft from auto â&#x2013; 4218-4299 block, 46th St.; 10:42 a.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Windom Place; 11:26 a.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:47 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  4400-4423 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:14 p.m. July 27.

Theft â&#x2013; 500-599 block, 14th St.; 12:54 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 10th St.; 5:32 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New York Ave.; 11:30 a.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 14th St.; 10:05 a.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, F St.; 11 a.m. July 27.

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psa 203

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Robbery â&#x2013; 600-699 block, I St.; 2 a.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  G and 7th streets; 5:54 a.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 12:35 p.m. July 25.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 2900-2999 block, Ordway St.; 1:30 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, Tilden St.; 6:46 p.m. July 24.


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PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park

Theft â&#x2013; Albemarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 10:09 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:49 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  Jenifer Street and Western Avenue; 7:03 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  4404-4499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:50 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6 p.m. July 26.

â&#x2013; Gallery place


psa 202

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 400-499 block, L St.; 10:45 a.m. July 24 (with knife). â&#x2013;  700-799 block, F St.; 12:15 a.m. July 26. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  700-799 block, F St.; 3:29 p.m. July 23. Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 11 a.m. July 25. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  H and 8th streets; 11 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, K St.; 7 p.m. July 27. Theft â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 1 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  K and 5th streets; 9:31 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 12:30 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 11:11 p.m. July 26.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Robbery â&#x2013; 5800-5839 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; 5:13 p.m. July 26.

cleveland park

Theft â&#x2013; 4900-4999 block, 30th Place; 12:04 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  5150-5299 block, 36th St.; 11 a.m. July 26.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary â&#x2013; 2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:30 a.m. July 25. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3900-4099 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:40 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:36 p.m. July 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2200-2274 block, Cathedral Ave.; 2:45 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  2806-2899 block, 27th St.; 4:43 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, 38th St.; 8:38 a.m. July 27. Theft â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 12:40 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  3900-3979 block, Fulton St.; 2:12 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Garfield Street; 8:54 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Calvert St.; 7:30 p.m. July 23.

â&#x2013; 2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, 37th St.; 4 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, Cathedral Ave.; 8:25 a.m. July 26.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Burglary â&#x2013; 5000-5099 block, Sedgwick St.; 4:52 p.m. July 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4409-4450 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 9:13 a.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  5100-5198 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 2 p.m. July 27. Theft â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, 45th St.; 2:37 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  5100-5198 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 6:18 a.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  5181-5299 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 8:14 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  4529-4599 block, Westhall Drive; 8:51 p.m. July 27.

psa 206 206 PSA

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery â&#x2013; 1000-1199 block, 30th St.; 1:29 a.m. July 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3900-4399 block, Reservoir Road; 10:34 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, N St.; 3:20 p.m. July 28. Theft â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 10:49 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  3000-3091 block, K St.; 5:30 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  1000-1003 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 6:33 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  1334-1399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:17 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1133-1333 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  3101-3299 block, S St.; 8:27 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  3400-3499 block, Q St.; 2:47 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  1028-1063 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 8:52 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  3000-3091 block, K St.; 10:27 p.m. July 26. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:59 p.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 12:30 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  2700-2899 bock, Virginia Ave.; 4 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  71-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:24 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  Water and 33rd streets; 6:45 p.m. July 28.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 13th and F streets; 8:37 p.m. July 24. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 25th St.;

2:41 a.m. July 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, 25th St.; 9:01 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  H and 23rd streets; 7:16 p.m. July 26. Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:26 a.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 12:48 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, H St.; 4:07 p.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 18th St.; 8:42 a.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, H St.; 12:44 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, H St.; 2:49 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, K St.; 3:24 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1700-1709 bock, K St.; 4:19 p.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1130-1199 block, 17th St.; 8:40 a.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 11:49 a.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 25th St.; 12:10 p.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, I St.; 3:26 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 24th St.; 4:13 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 23rd St.; 5:56 p.m. July 28.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1500-1523 block, 15th St.; 11:59 p.m. July 25 (with knife). â&#x2013;  17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; 3 a.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  1700-1771 block, N St.; 4:20 a.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 12:37 a.m. July 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Newport Place; 12:52 a.m. July 22. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  O and 16th streets; 2:40 p.m. July 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Church St.; 7:48 a.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:10 a.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, N St.; 7:05 a.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1521-1599 block, 16th St.; 8 a.m. July 24. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 17th St.; 5:38 p.m. July 28. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 2:40 a.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:39 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 8:20 a.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 9:02 p.m. July 25. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 14th St.; 9:39 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4:50 a.m. July 27. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:32 p.m. July 27.

ch n g The Current W ednesday, July 31, 2013


Development plan moves forward for last lot at Cleveland Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rosedale By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The last buildable lot on the Rosedale estate has a buyer, and the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week tentatively OKed plans for a steep-roofed Norman-style home on the property. However, the board requested some detail

Zoning panel OKs churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for site By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Plans to redevelop the concreteheavy Third Church of Christ, Scientist, site at 16th and I streets received preliminary zoning approval on Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the final regulatory hurdles for the longplanned project. ICG Properties and JBG Cos. will demolish the octagonal Brutalist church and the adjacent Christian Science Monitor building to make way for a nine-story mixed-use building. The new structure will predominantly house offices but will also include space for the new church, a public reading room and ground-floor retail. A double-height first story will face the street, and several stories of intricate glasswork will adorn the 16th Street facade of the relocated Christian Scientist church area and reading room. The first eight stories of the building will rise 90 feet, in line with most buildings nearby; a ninth story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; set back from the street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will bring the total height to 112 feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is an excellent project thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long time in the making, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fully supportive of us moving forward with it,â&#x20AC;? Zoning Commission member Robert Miller said at the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday meeting. The church has sought for more than 20 years to get out of its 1970 building, which congregants found unwelcoming and difficult to maintain. Progress was stymied by preservationists who made a case for the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural significance and successfully sealed its historic landmark status in 2007. But the church ultimately won permission to pursue the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redevelopment after appealing to religious freedom protections. During a Zoning Commission hearing in June, some residents argued that the site would be better served by a residential building than office space, but the commission sided with developers that the area is appropriate for commercial use. Another opponent, the ownership of the office building next door at 1625 I St., dropped objections after seeing additional renderings of the See Church/Page 30

changes amid some community concern that the new building would be too close to the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18th-century farmhouse. Erika Kelton, a noted whistleblowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, has a contract to purchase the expansive 30,000-square-foot lot that rises above the parklike land set aside for public use by the nonprofit Rosedale Conservancy. Kelton and her architect, Laura Campbell, have plans for a 5,400-square-foot two-story home, with shin-

gle siding and a pitched slate roof, that would be oriented around a swimming pool. The new home would sit to the east of the historic house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; parts of which date to the 1730s, making it the oldest dwelling in Cleveland Park and possibly the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest standing farmhouse. The conservancy in 2003 carved out eight lots from the Rosedale property, intending to use the proceeds from the sales to protect the

heart of the historic estate from private school use or other development. The Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation approved that deal, but only with strict development constraints to protect the iconic farmhouse and the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open space. The last lot still undeveloped is the biggest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roughly two-thirds of an acre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps the most sensitive. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the market See Rosedale/Page 30

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013



The Northwest


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

A Walter Reed milestone

The July 18 presentation of proposals for the shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus marked something of a milestone in the project’s history: After years of discussion about the pending redevelopment, there’s now something tangible to consider. It’s truly exciting. And we liked a lot of what we saw in the proposals from the three possible “master developers.” All are proposing a combination of housing, retail, green space and an institution of higher education or research for the site of the old Army hospital, which closed in 2011. (The site will also offer veteran housing and support services, space for charter schools and medical facilities for Howard University, though those aspects were not highlighted in the recent presentations.) We’re especially pleased by the developers’ emphasis on recreation and parkland. The Forest City team, in particular, emphasized a proposed sixacre park. The team has on its resume Southeast’s lively Yards Park, an excellent facility that offers room for both activity and relaxation. We think that combination would work well at Walter Reed, too. Housing will be a major component of the redevelopment project, and all three developers are right on to suggest putting the large buildings on the campus’s interior and constructing smaller town houses on the edges. The lower-scale homes will provide both a buffer to the larger developments on the site’s interior and a mirror of existing houses in the area, helping ensure that the redone campus fits comfortably into the community. In terms of retail, we like the idea of wooing a major grocery store to the site and agree with community enthusiasm for the Wegmans chain. All three teams mentioned the popular grocer, though Hines-Urban Atlantic gets extra points for having worked with the company before, and Roadside Development gets credit for bringing a company representative to the meeting. We think Wegmans would suit the site well because the Walter Reed campus doesn’t have any other supermarkets nearby and it offers a variety of products, from basic to high-end. Another chain mentioned — Whole Foods — is already well-represented in the general area. The developers’ various plans for a research/innovation/higher-education facility sound intriguing, so we’ll be interested to learn more about the options. Obviously a scheme that’s truly viable — warranted by the market, practical for the site and likely to draw employees from the community — will be the best fit. Finally, we’re eager to see an innovative design on the campus. Let’s not allow another concrete-covered “town center” full of cookie-cutter chain stores. Small, independent businesses, distinctive design and ample green space would be a dream come true for both the community and the city.

On-campus progress

The Foggy Bottom-West End advisory neighborhood commission recently raised a fuss over a request from George Washington University to close a public alley to make way for a dormitory. The neighborhood commission wasn’t opposed to the alley closing per se, but commissioners felt it offered an opportunity for the city to seek a cash payment from the university. They proposed financial support for creation of a second entrance at the neighborhood’s Metro stop. The Zoning Commission and D.C. Council both rebuffed the request — appropriately, we believe. We’re disappointed that the neighborhood commission pushed so hard for this quid pro quo. The alley closing is necessary so that George Washington University can build its so-called “superdorm,” a combined three buildings that will house almost 900 students on campus. The plan to move more undergrads into this central location — where they’ll be less likely to disturb other neighborhood residents — comes directly in response to community complaints. So we don’t believe a further neighborhood benefit is warranted. During the council’s consideration, Chairman Phil Mendelson noted that the government originally received land for the city’s streets and alleys from adjacent property owners, which is why there is no cost for the owners to close the alleys and take back the land. Perhaps this policy should be revisited wholesale — where the property owner is no longer the original donor, for instance — but the council was right to avoid addressing the matter on a piecemeal basis. Along with George Washington, American and Georgetown universities are also moving forward in creating more student housing on campus — a major plus for surrounding neighborhoods. Both schools included new dorms in their city-approved plans, and work is now underway to bring those buildings to fruition. That looks like real progress.

The Current

Lew scores, but the mayor …


ity Administrator Allen Lew has another big accomplishment to his name. Or does he? It’s probably too early to tell whether the city’s tentative deal with D.C. United for a new soccer stadium is well grounded or not. There are too many moving pieces that are far from settled. But Lew deserves some benefit of the doubt. Lew orchestrated construction of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Now open a decade, it has been neither the white elephant nor the neighborhood scourge that critics foresaw. Lew also oversaw construction of the city’s baseball stadium. Yes, it cost more than first projected. But the ballpark appears to be a plus. It has great sightlines, and its architectural design fits well with the developing neighborhood. (Thank goodness the city didn’t give in to temptation to build a retro ballpark that looks like something Disney would construct.) The stadium is drawing big suburban crowds, the construction bonds are being paid off and maybe — maybe — the Nats will turn around this season. But back to Allen Lew. Although there has never been a full public accounting of how much D.C. has spent on school modernizations, Lew also gets lots of credit for overseeing the renovation and reconstruction of the city’s once-decrepit school buildings. New classrooms, new bathrooms, new HVAC units and state-of-the-art playing fields have done a lot to raise neighborhood pride in formerly embarrassing facilities. ■ Media “strategy”? The Gray administration shot itself in the foot by the way it handled the soccer announcement. It secretly shared advance details with The Washington Post while shutting out all other media (including this reporter and NBC4). The Gray administration — and other mayors — have done this before. The reason usually given is that The Post is the big foot in local media, and it can give a story major treatment on the day of the announcement, with details, background, photos and graphs. It’s an outdated ploy even if it was once useful. NBC4, the area’s leading television station, has a website for such information, and so do other media outlets, so the Post favoritism doesn’t make as much sense. And if this mayor or other politicians believe they’re currying favor with Post reporters, editors or the editorial page, they better rethink that. The long

record of scandal stories and related editorials say otherwise. But it is true that such favoritism is dismissive of other media outlets, which are left out of advance information sharing and stonewalled when asking breaking-news questions. Here’s a little media inside baseball on the soccer announcement. The mayor’s staff bitterly complained that your Notebook’s TV persona on NBC4 covered the big soccer story without including the mayor’s comments on his big announcement. (The largely upbeat story did quote Lew, the architect of the deal, among others.) The mayor got minimal attention in other reports, too. To summarize — the mayor’s office snubbed the major media and then complained when the mayor, who is under federal criminal investigation, wasn’t given the favorable centerfold attention his staff thought he deserved (and needs). Good media strategy is an important part of any politician’s or public official’s portfolio. The media is paying attention. It’s not personal; it’s business. ■ The soccer deal. The deal negotiated by Lew is far from complete. He says so himself. Land parcels owned by developers have to be appraised. Legal land remediation and swaps need to be drawn up. Decisions have to be made on how much the city will pay developers. Lew told NBC4 he thought it would be at least a year before anyone is close to any groundbreaking. As Post reporter Mike DeBonis wrote, there are many possible pitfalls between now and an openingday kick. “Whatever numbers are presented at today’s news conference, one thing is certain: They will change,” DeBonis wrote. DeBonis noted that landowners Chip Akridge, Mark Ein and Pepco “are savvy players who will be intent on getting top dollar for their land. How much will the costs inch up over time, fueling opposition to the deal?” And DeBonis and others wonder whether D.C. Council members will — like they did with the baseball stadium — insist on costly changes and community benefits. “It happened with Nationals Park,” DeBonis wrote. “Don’t be surprised if it happens here.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Fort Stevens Battle merits full attention

I continue to find it odd that media outlets — including your newspaper, which purports to serve Northwest Washington — omit any reference to Walter Reed being a principal site of the only Civil War battlefield within the confines of the District of Columbia [“Developers unveil ideas for Walter Reed parcels,” July 24]. The nearby Fort Stevens is the only verifiable location where a sitting American president actually came under hostile fire — thereby prompting the action that engulfed the future Walter Reed reservation. The 150th anniversary of this key battle will occur next year on July 11 and 12. Forget Gettysburg as decisive

— the Fort Stevens battle (with Walter Reed ground as central) occurred in the election summer of 1864. Lincoln was almost shot, the nation’s capital almost captured by Confederates and the course of history almost turned. If developers and the city regime are not concerned with the historical significance of the ground, the citizenry should be. Tom Sherwood’s Notebook column — which, ironically in the same issue of the newspaper, superbly handled the St. Elizabeths travesty — is the ideal vehicle for coverage. The Alliance for the Preservation of the Defenses of Washington — a group that supports the National Park Service, which owns and maintains the site of Fort Stevens proper — has on numerous occasions brought the Civil War historical significance of Walter Reed to the attention of the D.C. government, the U.S.

Army, the U.S. State Department and the neighborhood stakeholders, as well as potential developers. How about some coverage of the whole story? B. Franklin Cooling Chevy Chase, Md.

Suggested roads would harm parks

I am dismayed that the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority wants to build permanent roads in Soapstone Valley and Glover Archbold parks [“Park Service questions sewer work,” July 17]. These two oases of greenery are priceless gems, enjoyed throughout the year by myself and numerous others who walk or run their trails. Their forest ambiance — a rarity within the boundaries of a major city — should be preserved, not diminished by roads. Howard Fox Forest Hills

The Current

Sewer work in parks requires careful scrutiny VIEWPOINT tara D. Morrison


he National Park Service appreciates the public interest generated from The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage about the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projects to address deteriorating sewer pipes in Glover Archbold Park and Soapstone Valley Park, which are administered by Rock Creek Park. Since the beginning of the planning for these projects, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve explored several concepts with DC Water to address the issues with the pipes. These include replacing the pipes using open-trench excavation, relining the existing pipes with an epoxy resin, and running new sanitary sewer pipes off parkland. Early in our discussions, it appeared that relining the existing pipes would be the least environmentally harmful approach. However, as planning progressed, it became clear that this approach would disturb up to 35 acres of parkland and remove between 650 and 950 trees greater than 17 inches in diameter in Glover Archbold Park. In Soapstone Valley Park, up to five acres of parkland would be disturbed and up to 160 trees of greater than 17-inch diameter would be removed. These numbers do not include the thousands of trees less than 17 inches in diameter that would be affected by the construction. The impacts from removal or disturbance of potentially thousands of trees would be substantial. Critical habitat for birds and other animals living in or migrating through the parks would be lost. Large open areas would be created, fueling the growth of non-native invasive plants, which already threaten the environment in both parks. The cover provided by mature trees would be removed, increasing the temperature in the streams below and accelerating stormwater erosion that already is a serious issue in both parks. And in 50 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just as the parks begin to fully heal from these impacts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we may have to revisit these

Letters to the Editor Ten changes would improve zoning code

Having participated in numerous zoning proceedings, our 16th Street Heights residential community hoped that a fundamental goal of the rewrite would be to simplify the regulations to make them userfriendly. Such changes can expedite zoning proceedings, benefit all participants and assist in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. Here are 10 suggested changes to current zoning regulations: 1. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t schedule a hearing on an application until the paperwork is complete, so that the community has all the information needed to determine the impact. Baltimore has included this its recent zoning code rewrite. 2. Ensure public access to Office of Planning and Department of Transportation advisory reports before hearing a zoning application, which would assist the community in determining whether to comment or attend. 3. Allow community associa-

issues again. We are told that the relining would last a half-century at most and can be done only once. If that is the case, the pipes would need to be replaced, either in the parks or along city property. We certainly recognize the condition of these sanitary sewers and the potential for very damaging consequences if we do nothing. The structural problems in the pipes and manholes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including cracks, holes, root growth inside pipes and exposed pipe in natural streambeds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pose unacceptable health, safety and environmental threats. We are committed to working closely with DC Water for ways to correct these deficiencies. However, the possible damage to park resources from relining the pipes requires that we look very closely again at all the options for completing these projects and all the methods that could minimize impacts to Glover Archbold and Soapstone Valley parks. This reexamination also could potentially avoid the much greater damage to the parkland that would occur when a complete replacement of the pipes is needed in 50 years. DC Water is aware of our concerns and the need to more thoroughly investigate alternatives. We have every reason to believe that DC Water will complete this task in the near future and provide the National Park Service and the public with the information. We remain committed to working with DC Water to ensure that a thorough study of alternatives is completed in full compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, and that the sewer infrastructure is fixed as quickly as possible. We encourage the public to become involved and provide feedback. Comments can be made online at the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. To submit comments, visit Thank you for your coverage about these critical projects. Tara D. Morrison is superintendent of Rock Creek Park.

tions to seek to be notified and participate in proceedings, as currently occurs in Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cases. 4. Expand the radius of property owners to be notified beyond the current 200-foot radius given traffic increases and other changes in the District over 50-plus years. Many major cities use a notification radius of at least 500 feet. 5. Set out written standards as to what constitutes minor or major variances and when off-site parking can be substituted for on-site required parking. Many jurisdictions already do this. 6. Incorporate major zoning decisions made over 50-plus years that are not included in the current regulations, thereby significantly reducing the need for communities to be or retain experts in zoning and land-use law. 7. Clearly identify the zoning standards to be used by advisory neighborhood commissions in evaluating an application and which must be incorporated in order for their reports to be given great weight in zoning proceedings. Neighborhood commissioners arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experts in zoning and landuse law, and the commissions rarely

have funds to retain experts. 8. Set up a mechanism to oversee future compliance of community agreements, provisions of conditional variances, and traffic and staging orders. 9. Ensure that applicants comply with zoning decisions, setting up penalties for noncompliance and identifying changes that will require commission review. 10. Incorporate a user-friendly layout of the regulations, allowing users to clearly follow the required process and identify the role of participating agencies (as Baltimore has done in its zoning code rewrite). In addition, our 16th Street Heights community is concerned that the current zoning regulations have not adequately protected our neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential character, which has resulted in more than 50 institutions located among our homes. The rewrite should address this concern, which has been raised repeatedly in the Comprehensive Plan. The rewrite should set clear, protective standards regarding items such as the placement and screening of parking lots and play areas. Doreen Thompson President, Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association

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he ongoing battle between Walmart and workers is about the role that workers play in our city and our nation. We need to ensure that workers also benefit when economic growth continues and corporations produce more profit, higher stock prices and everescalated CEO compensation. The fight over Walmart is not about a better minimum wage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about livable wages, and the role of Walmart in the economy. We need profitable, efficient companies like Walmart to pay decent wages, and taxpayers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be subsidizing them when their CEOs and other top executives are making hundreds of millions of dollars a year. As Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest company, Walmart has a huge impact. Not just in Washington, D.C., but in every community with a Walmart. Walmart brings down wages everywhere. Its low wages require public subsidy of its workers, since Walmart employees make so little that they must rely on Medicaid and other public assistance programs to make up the difference between their insufficient salaries and what it really costs to make ends meet. Walmart can afford to pay workers more. The Walton family has a combined wealth greater than that of the bottom 48.8 million American families combined â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 41.5 percent of all U.S. families. One of Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest competitors, Costco, pays an average wage of about $20 per hour. Walmart could pay its top executives less and pay workers more, or it could raise workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wages and still make plenty of money for the Walton heirs by passing costs on to consumers. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley figured out that if every Walmart in the U.S. had a minimum wage of $12 per hour and passed the entire

additional cost on to consumers without taking anything out of Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profit margins, it would increase prices by a mere 1.1 percent, or $0.46 per shopping trip for the average Walmart shopper. How do we convince Walmart to have better pay practices? Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest to enter urban markets like D.C. gives leverage to those of us who think that someone who works hard all day should make enough to live on. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this fight is about. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the degradation of work in America. Americans want to work hard and make a livable wage. We need an economy where work pays. If Walmart paid workers a living wage, it would have a positive impact on many workers in other companies and in many sectors. Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efficiencies mean it can pay decent wages and provide decent working conditions while still being able to provide low prices. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Instead, Walmart has been a leader in driving down wages for workers. The Walmart case shows how far we have let corporate notions of fair pay for ordinary workers become divorced from real-world living conditions. The $12.50 per hour wage that the company is refusing to pay its workers in D.C. would equal $26,000 per year before taxes for a full-time worker. This is far below the $70,235 necessary for a one-parent, one-child family to have true economic security. For a two-parent, twochild family in the D.C. area, it costs $88,615 to secure a decent yet modest living. Paying workers a decent and livable wage is the best way to get equitable growth and a more rapid and sustained recovery. Taxpayers should not have to subsidize healthy and growing businesses. Lawrence Mishel is president of the Economic Policy Institute, and David Cooper is an economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Both are D.C. residents.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Retrocession-liteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right course for D.C. VIEWPOINT Vince treacY


ep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has re-introduced the District of Columbia Voting Rights Restoration Act of 2013 (H.R. 299), a bill promoted by the Committee for the Capital City as â&#x20AC;&#x153;retrocession-lite.â&#x20AC;? The bill would â&#x20AC;&#x153;restoreâ&#x20AC;? the right of D.C. residents to vote for president, senators and a representative in Maryland, without making the District a part of Maryland. Gone would be the D.C. delegate, the shadow senators and representative, and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three electoral votes for president. The billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s champion says it would give D.C. residents â&#x20AC;&#x153;federal voting rights equal to that of all other Americans. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that, after all, the goal?â&#x20AC;? Sadly, the bill falls far short of that goal. It preserves the District clause, letting Congress interfere with local matters. Even worse, it is unconstitutional on its face. The bill creates a Maryland â&#x20AC;&#x153;congressional districtâ&#x20AC;? for District residents. This violates Article I of the Constitution: the â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen ... by the People of the several States.â&#x20AC;? The District is not a state, and has not been part of a state since it was created in 1801. Its residents therefore cannot be counted as people of the several states, although they are United

States citizens. House electors in each state must have â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.â&#x20AC;? Under the 17th Amendment, Senate electors also must have the same qualifications. D.C. residents do not have â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and have not had since 1801 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the qualifications to be electors of any state legislature. Maryland election officials could not constitutionally register any District residents. The bill violates the 17th Amendment: the Senate â&#x20AC;&#x153;shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof.â&#x20AC;? With respect to Maryland, the residents of the District are not, and cannot be, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the people thereof.â&#x20AC;? Senators cannot be elected from any area that, like the District, is not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;State.â&#x20AC;? Under the Constitution, a representative or senator must be, when elected, â&#x20AC;&#x153;an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.â&#x20AC;? Even if District residents were allowed to vote, no D.C. inhabitant could ever serve as senator or representative. The bill purports to grant the right of the people of D.C. to be considered as â&#x20AC;&#x153;inhabitantsâ&#x20AC;? of Maryland for federal elections, â&#x20AC;&#x153;notwithstanding any other provision of law.â&#x20AC;? But the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and cannot be altered by a mere statute. In a conflict, the Constitution prevails. The bill orders Maryland offi-

cials to register D.C. residents to vote for presidential electors. This violates the Article II presidential election requirement that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electorsâ&#x20AC;? equal to the number of its senators and representatives. It denies Maryland its constitutional right to direct the manner of appointment of presidential electors. The bill describes the District as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;enclave,â&#x20AC;? although it is not a federal enclave, but a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Districtâ&#x20AC;? created by the Constitution as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Seat of the Governmentâ&#x20AC;? of the U.S. The bill provides no votes of approval by either Maryland or the District, although the Constitution requires both congressional and state approval for any â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agreement or Compact with another State.â&#x20AC;? This clause applies to compacts between a state and the District. Under the Virginia precedent, Maryland could agree to accept the District as an integral part of the state, giving D.C. residents rights to vote in federal and state elections as state citizens. But there is a vast difference between full retrocession and the perennial semi-retrocession schemes. There is no study of its constitutionality by legal experts, nor by the Congressional Research Service. It has little chance of passage. So why is it still around? Vince Treacy is a Spring Valley resident.


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D.C. Dobermans show plenty of bite as they rally past the Maryland Ball-Stars By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Before the newly christened D.C. Dobermans took the court Saturday, some of the players thumbed through the Basketball Alumni Legends League game programs, while others questioned teammates about the rules. But after the first tipoff, they found that despite the new league and its various rule changes, the game was still basketball at the core. The new rules made for a fast-paced game and helped the Dobermans rally from a first-half deficit to knock off the Maryland Ball-Stars 113-99 at George Washington University on Saturday night. The new league — known as The BALL — has given Mid-Atlantic stars a chance to continue their hoop dreams close to home. The four teams are made up of former regional college stars, and the league plans to expand to a 20-game schedule next summer. The BALL has also provided an extra opportunity for players who missed out on the draft in 2011 — the year of the NBA lockout, which led to fewer prospects getting picked up domestically. “It’s good to have something like this going on,” said Doberman guard Austin Freeman. “We’re trying to win.” On Saturday, the Dobermans were led by 37 points from Freeman, a Georgetown University alumnus. Fellow former Hoya Henry Sims added 27 points. Alumni from George Washington — Tony Taylor, Mike Hall and J.R. Pinnock — chipped in 11, eight and four points respectively; while American University grad Vlad Moldoveanu tacked on four. “We have a lot of offensive power on this team,” said Moldoveanu, a

graduate of St. John’s College High School. “We got lucky with how they put this team together. We’re unselfish; we get the ball to who’s hot.” While the Dobermans scored an explosive 113 points overall, the squad got off to a slow start, falling into a 22-6 hole in the first half. During that stretch the Maryland BallStars constantly beat D.C. to rebounds and the Dobermans’ offense was out of rhythm. The team hadn’t practiced together before the game, and coach Johnny Newman was still sorting out the rotation. But in the second quarter the Dobermans began to jell, and the players used some of the league’s different rules to their advantage. Hall hit a four-point bucket — awarded for certain long-range shots — to help spark a run. Moments later, Freeman hit a tough layup and won an automatic extra point, rather than a free throw, after he was fouled on the play. That seven-point swing helped D.C. trim the deficit to eight by halftime. “We just really had to pick the intensity up,” said Newman. “I always tell these guys that if you want to get to the next level, you have to have that motor going non-

Sports Desk Capitol City all-stars team takes Little League championship

Capitol City’s all-stars team of 11- and 12-year-olds knocked off the Northwest squad to win the D.C. Little League championship 7-1 last week. Sofia Ohanian, the only girl playing in the tournament, hit a two-run shot to provide the deciding scores in the championship match. Pitchers Robert Reynolds and Duncan Hudson combined for a perfect game. Capitol City — which is made up of nine former Lafayette Elementary students, one

stop at both ends.” In the second half, it was Sims who shouldered the load: The Dobermans continually fed the former Hoya the ball in the post, and he proved to be an unstoppable force as he threw down an alley-oop to knot the game at 66. “I had a pep talk with him at halftime,” Newman said. “He’s a great talent.” In the final quarter, Freeman and Sims’ chemistry from their days on the Hilltop was evident as they created shots for each other while helping their team build a 101-91 margin. The Maryland team wouldn’t

former Murch Elementary student and eight current Deal Middle students — won seven games in 10 days. The squad will continue its quest for a spot in the Little League World Series when it travels to play at regionals in Bristol, Conn., on Friday.

Local fencer wins gold

Cleveland Park resident Isaac Shelanski won a gold medal at the USA Fencing Summer National Championship earlier this month. Shelanski earned the title of National Champion in Y14 Men’s Epee at the national event, which is known as the largest fencing tournament in the world.

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Although the Dobermans had to thumb through the event program to learn some of the new rules, Georgetown grad Austin Freeman, bottom left, led the team to victory with his 37-point performance. take the lead again. “Austin is like a brother to me,” said Sims. “I love playing with him. … He knows how I play. I know how he plays. It’s fun.” The BALL league’s rules appeared to speed up the game, which started at 7 p.m. and was over within two hours. “It was definitely an adjustment,

but it makes basketball go faster, which is great. It’s a lot of fun,” said Moldoveanu. The Dobermans will look to build off their strong start when they battle North Carolina at George Washington University’s Smith Center tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or via

The 14-year-old won seven straight elimination matches en route to the title.

and coached in the past to never give up on their dreams.”

SJC alum to play for national women’s volleyball squad

Local middle schooler to earns a chance to dive at nationals

Kristen Dozier, a 2006 graduate from St. John’s who went on to play at Ohio State University, joined the U.S. national women’s volleyball team last month. “To be able to compete at a world class level on a daily basis and be called a member of the team that represents our great country is an honor of a lifetime,” Dozier said in a statement on the Cadets’ website. “I’m truly blessed to have been selected and encourage all of the young players that I have trained

Saige Gootman, a rising sixth-grader at Deal Middle School, will compete at the USA Junior Olympic National Diving Championships in Minneapolis Aug. 10. “I started diving during the summer on my pool’s team when I was about six years old,” she wrote in an email. “I just loved our coach and being with my friends. And I love the feeling of flying through the air. I never imagined that I would end up in the National Championships.”

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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the library at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest ■ Forest hills / North cleveland park At the commission’s July 16 meeting: ■ commissioner Mary Beth Ray announced that the Van Ness Vision group will not meet in August. ■ commissioner Sally Gresham reported that the second, third, fourth and sixth floors of American University’s building at 4401 Connecticut Ave. are now occupied. The university’s ongoing public space improvements should be complete by Sept. 1 after encountering delays because two gas lines were not where they were shown on maps. Gresham also reported that hard sketches have been completed for the Forest Hills playground, and a formal presentation is planned by the Department of Parks and Recreation. ■ at-large D.C. Council member David Grosso discussed a draft bill on public financing of city elections, which he and Ward 5 member Kenyan McDuffie have introduced. The bill proposes a city match, possibly as high as 4-to-1 or 5-to-1, of small contributions, with the purpose of getting more people involved in politics and reducing the importance of large contributors. Grosso said he is also considering introducing non-partisan elections under which the top two or three candidates in a primary would face each other in the general election. “This is a work in progress,” he emphasized. The best way to support public financing, he said, “is to come down and testify and give us suggestions.” He estimated that the cost to the city would be about $1 million each election cycle. ■ Gerry Widdicombe, executive director of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission, described the commission’s role: to make policy recommendations to the mayor and D.C. Council. Goals include increasing fairness in taxes; broadening the tax base; making tax policy more competitive with surrounding jurisdictions; encouraging business growth and job creation; and modernizing, simplifying and increasing transparency in the District’s tax code. So far, the commission has prepared 12 expert reports; the remainder should be completed by the end of September, Widdicombe said. By late November or early December, the commission will draft 40 to 50 recommendations and hold a public hearing. The recommendations will be presented to the D.C. Council in mid-January. ■ John Heermans, a policy analyst for the mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative, told commissioners that adopting the administration’s environmental plan would make the District stand out within 20 years as the healthiest, greenest and most liv-

able city in the country. Achieving the goals, he said, will depend not just on implementation by the government but also on residents embracing the plan’s recommended practices. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support a public space application associated with the planned Park Van Ness mixed-use apartment building at 4455-4469 Connecticut Ave. The 271-unit project, which will replace the Van Ness Square commercial complex on the site, may be built as a matter of right, with no zoning relief needed. But developer B.F. Saul needs approval for streetscape work that includes a new sidewalk, new hedges and trees, sidewalk cafes, bicycle racks, streetlamps and other items. Commissioners asked developers to explore alternative streetlamp designs and tree-box fencing, and to push for a Capital Bikeshare station to be incorporated into the streetscape plan. The commission emphasized its support for certain aspects of the plan, including a driveway even with Yuma Street, to be used for residential pickups and drop-offs; and certain types of paving materials proposed for the driveway and sidewalk. Construction on the project is due to begin in September or October and last 27 to 28 months, according to B.F. Saul representatives. Contractors haven’t yet established the impacts of the construction, but they will be discussed in a future community meeting. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to simplify their grant deadlines, eliminating specific categories. The commission continues to require that it not be the sole source of funding for a project, however. Also, commissioners agreed unanimously on a preliminary vote to eliminate a bylaw that grants must be awarded only on a one-time basis for specific community projects. They voted to add that the commission can waive elements of the guidelines for specific projects so long as doing so does not conflict with federal or District law or directions from the D.C. auditor or attorney general. Commissioners also voted unanimously to spend $300 on a grant brochure and $1,200 for advertising on listservs and in The Current. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE

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District of columbia office on aging news

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

Vol 1, No 10

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging this month’s edition of the Spotlight on Community Living highlights Mrs. Janet Reid, a D.c. office on aging’s (Dcoa) customer. recently, Dr. chantelle teasdell, associate director of Dcoa’s aging and Disability resource center and i visited with mrs. reid, who suffered a stroke on January 5, 2013, to speak with her about her experience and how she’s been able to manage after returning to her community. when i knocked on mrs. reid’s front door, we were met by her sister and granddaughter and a couple of small dogs. as we entered the house, i met mrs. reid’s oldest daughter and friend. as indicated by the strong family presence in her home, with dogs included, mrs. reid has solid family support. this is a key factor in an individual’s successful adjustment to life after experiencing a serious health encounter, whether that support consists of family, close friends or church members. mrs. reid credits her family in her recovery and her ability to resume a quality life in her community as they have been instrumental in transporting her to medical appointments, to physical therapy appointments and providing in-home care. i especially appreciate the intergenerational presence with mrs. reid’s granddaughter being in the picture as research tells us of the benefits that young children can have on

seniors such as increasing seniors’ physical activity to improve circulation. as Dr. teasdell and i entered mrs. reid’s living room, she walked in from the dining room to greet us as she lightly gripped her cane for a little assistance. my first impression of mrs. reid as a soft spoken, introverted senior is quickly diminished by her liveliness and excitement as she spoke about her career and leadership in her profession until her retirement in 2007, her civic engagement in her community, and the stroke she suffered earlier this year that has temporarily altered life as she has known it. Mrs. Reid As A Leader During her 40 year career with the federal reserve, mrs. reid served as a manager where she managed an $80 million budget. retirement did not mean riding off into the sunset as mrs. reid is actively engaged in her church and community. the budget and finance skills that she developed while working for the federal government were instrumental in helping her to manage a much smaller budget as treasurer for her church as well as for her family reunion planning committee. she has also served as recording secretary of woodridge civic association, but has chosen

to step down from that position since having the stroke that has challenged her physical activity.

the stairs. mrs. reid says her strong faith has kept her alive and she is getting stronger every day.

The Stroke – Beating The Odds on January 5, 2013, mrs. reid experienced her second stroke. like the first stroke in november 2009, this one occurred on a saturday morning. unlike the first stroke, this one would show physical signs usually consistent with the onset of a stroke. she began to feel the symptoms of the second stroke that saturday while at home. she walked down the stairs, informed her younger daughter of what was happening, as she personally dialed 911 to request that fire and emergency management services (fems) come quickly to her home because she was having a stroke. according to mrs. reid, fems promptly arrived and transported her to the hospital where she remained for seven days prior to being admitted to the national rehabilitation hospital. she was discharged from that hospital on february 16, 2013 after having been away from home for over a month. During her time at both medical facilities, she knew that she was on the road to recovery. upon returning home, she quickly regained the confidence and strength to ambulate up and down

DCOA’s Involvement not too long after having the stroke, mrs. reid’s younger daughter, tanya reid, contacted me at the office on aging to inform me of her mother’s health crisis and to explore options that could help her mother achieve her desire to return home. we discussed equipment such as a wheelchair and a ramp for the home and Dcoa’s homebound meals. i was able to send a social worker to the home to conduct a home assessment and enroll mrs. reid into one of our newest food programs, mom’s (mail order meals) meals. through this food program, mrs. reid receives a home delivery of meals every two weeks. she is able to choose from nearly 50 meal options. this feature is designed to give customers control over their food preferences. During our recent visit, i asked mrs. reid to describe for us a typical day at home. she responded that she enjoys watching tv, completing crossword puzzles, and surfing the internet in the comfort of her living room. i encouraged mrs. reid to take advantage of the ward 5 model cities senior wellness center, which is approximately one mile from her home. i informed her that she can

participate in chair exercises five days a week. i even shared that one of our participants in the ward 1 senior wellness center is a stroke survivor and he participates in chair aerobics. this is a great way to be physically engaged by exercising muscles, which will increase blood flow throughout the body, while meeting friendly neighbors. the purpose of highlighting mrs. reid in this issue of the Spotlight on Aging is to inform you of the integral role that Dcoa can play in assisting you in exploring home and community-based services after hospitalization. through the hospital Discharge Planning Program, an aDrc social worker can assist you with identifying options for receiving post-acute (after the hospital) care to ensure your success after returning home. like mrs. reid, many people who suffer a stroke or experience some other type of major health crisis understand that there is a road to recovery. however, they want to be able to return home, be with family, eventually return to their place of worship, and regain their regular routine as much as possible. Please contact Dcoa if you or someone you know could benefit from our services. there is no problem too simplistic or too complex for us. we want to help you! Please call us at 202-724-5626. ~

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Community EvEnts CalEndar AUGUST 1st • 10–11:30am MeMory Loss support Group: For people diagnosed with early stage memory loss and the people who care about them meets at Iona’s Breckinridge Building, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. Fee: $15 per person per session. | Limited scholarships available. Individuals diagnosed with memory loss and their family and friends are all affected by the diagnosis and the changes that come from memory loss, but the experience is different for the diagnosed individual and those who care about them. Iona offers two groups (one for individuals with memory loss, and one for their caregivers) that meet simultaneously and provide support, information, and resources specific to each one’s needs. We strongly recommend that both the individual with memory loss and their care partner attend these meetings, but this is not required. 6th • 12pm D.C. CareGivers onLine Chat at Noon at Chats are designed to provide resources, tips and other information to assist persons caring for older adults informally. If you miss the noon chat, go back to the site

and hit replay to view the conversation. For more information, contact Linda Irizarry at 202-535-1442. 13th • 2–4pm LivabLe D.C. series: Age in your neighborhood and know your rights. Come and be part of a three-session summer series where experts in the field of housing, transportation and health share knowledge on how you can receive services that support the community at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. For more information, call 202-966-1055.

and other external beautification efforts. Volunteers and supplies are needed at over 100 schools. If you have any questions, call 202-719-6601, e-mail for more information.

20th • 12pm D.C. CareGivers onLine Chat at Noon at Chats are designed to provide resources, tips and other information to assist persons caring for older adults informally. If you miss the noon chat, go back to the site and hit replay to view the conversation. For more information, contact Linda Irizarry at 202-535-1442. 24th • 9am–1pm beautiFiCation Day an annuaL DCps event established in 2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Beautification efforts will include landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers,

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MS. SenIOR D.C. 2013 The District crowned Ms. Senior D.C. 2013 nancy a. berry during the recent Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant held at the University of the District of Columbia. Berry, a resident of Ward 5 was one of five contestants to compete for the title. Ms. Senior D.C. was awarded Best Talent, Best Evening Gown and Best Interview and voted Ms. Congeniality by the contestants. First Runner-up Sharon Lockwood was awarded Best Salesperson. Amelia Anderson-Weaver was the Second Runner-up for the event. Pictured from left to right Ida Crews, escort Michael Hawkins; Hope Spruill, escort Charles Hudson; Amelia Anderson-Weaver, her husband Samuel, Ms. Senior D.C. Nancy A. Berry, her grandson Troy Holland, Jr., and Sharon Lockwood, her husband David. Nancy A. Berry crowned Ms. Senior D.C 2013.

COMMODITy SUppLeMenTAL FOOD & SenIOR FARMeRS’ MARkeT nUTRITIOn pROGRAMS The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides FREE nutritious food and nutrition education to low-income D.C. residents: Women who are pregnant, up to 1-year postpartum; Children ages 1 thru 5 years; and Seniors 60 years or older. Senior income eligibility (2013) for a family of one has to be less than $1,245 per month, and for two less than $1,681. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides checks to CSFP seniors for the redemption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The SFMNP has begun issuing checks to CSFP seniors this July and they may be used through the end of November. For more information, please contact Gregory Foy (202-535-1417; at the D.C. Office on Aging.

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY FISCAL YEAr 2014 AGING AND DISABILITY rESOUrCE CENTEr PrOGrAm GrANTS The Government of the District of Columbia, Office on Aging (DCOA) is soliciting applications from qualified applicants to provide a full array of services and activities designed to enhance the overall health and well-being of the District’s elderly population, aged 60 and above and persons 18-59 years old with disabilities. Funding is available for one applicant

to serve Wards 1-8 in the District of Columbia. Funding is available through the Office on Aging from both federal and District appropriated funds. The purpose of these funds is to complement existing supportive and social services and start up programs that target the population living in the District of Colum-

SpOTLIGhT On COMMUnITy LIvInG Spotlight on Community Living is published by the External Affairs and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K street, ne, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA Executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

bia. Examples of the service areas include, but are not limited to the following: n comprehensive assessment n case management; n congregate meals; n counseling; n health promotion; n home delivered meals; n nutrition counseling; n nutrition education; n recreation socialization; n transportation of home delivered meals; n transportation to site and activities; n weekend congregate meals; and n weekend home delivered meal service n Information Referral and Awareness n Person Centered Transition and Support n Options Counseling Options Counseling Advice and Assistance n Streamlined Eligibility Determination for Public Programs n Consumer Populations, Partnerships and Stakeholder Involvement n Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement In addition, the operator of the Aging and Disability Resource Center has the following responsibilities: 1. Develop and implement a needs assessment to identify the needs in the

target community/ward; 2. Develop and implement a structured community outreach program; and 3. Establish a Members Advisory Council to serve as advisors to help develop a coordinated service delivery system. Applicants who apply to this Request for Application must design services and document performance outcomes to meet the complex and ever-changing needs of the elderly individuals with the greatest economic and/or social needs, with particular emphasis on the low-income minority elderly. Nonprofit organizations with places of business within the physical boundaries of the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. For profit organizations with places of business within the physical boundaries of the District of Columbia are also eligible to apply, but must not include profit in their grant application. the rFa deadline for submission is august 19, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be obtained from the D.C. Office on Aging, 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. The RFA will also be available on the Office on Aging’s website, and on the Office of Partnerships and Grants Services website,

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suggests. Meanwhile, Tenleytown residents are also concerned about ongoing maintenance issues at the library, which reopened in 2011 after an $18 million renovation. Cheh wrote yesterday to at-large Council member David Catania, who heads the committee in charge of libraries, to bring his attention to the Tenley facility. Outgoing D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, in a letter, said she shares concerns â&#x20AC;&#x153;about the failure of the a/c control in a system this newâ&#x20AC;? in Tenley. Cooper said library officials are in contact with the design firm and manufacturer to address the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The initial indication is

that it was simply a bad control mechanism,â&#x20AC;? she wrote to Cheh. Cheh also aired her concerns about the two Tenley facilities last week in a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray. She said she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard back yet from the mayor, or from Council members Barry or McDuffie. If an oversight hearing is scheduled for the Wilson Aquatic Center, Cheh said, it might incorporate discussion of other D.C. pools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;not only to see if there are other problems but also make comparisons.â&#x20AC;? This is not the first time Cheh has called attention to issues at a recently renovated Tenleytown building. Last summer, she identified problems such as cracking floor tiles at the modernized Janney Elementary School at 4130 Albemarle St.

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their recipes in their home kitchen, and they shared samples of the goods in several small D.C. marketplaces as part of their â&#x20AC;&#x153;product development.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great for us to get a little bit of buzz, to practice recipes for a live audience,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. While the couple always intended to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this legislation will certainly encourage that kind of entrepreneurial start. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an advantage to people starting out,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can also make a little bit of money to start to build up credit with suppliers, if they do get [commercial kitchen] space.â&#x20AC;? Farmers markets will also embrace the bill, said Haround Hallack, who describes himself as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;market masterâ&#x20AC;? of the Chevy Chase/Broad Branch Farmers Market set up at Lafayette Elementary School every Saturday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would be a great opportunity for people who are very creative to sell their goods, especially those that cannot afford the overhead

charges of baking in a commercial kitchen,â&#x20AC;? Hallack said. Hallack, who has overseen the market at 5701 Broad Branch Road for 10 years, said he has had to turn away many cooks hoping to sell products baked in their homes because they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t produce documentation that the goods met Department of Health regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a setback for many,â&#x20AC;? he said, and it was frustrating to turn people away while nearby states become more flexible about their homemade food sales regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In West Virginia, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re baking the goods in your house, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can sell them in public. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that law here,â&#x20AC;? he said. BakeHouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooper said he believes the bill will ultimately both promote area entrepreneurship and satisfy what he describes as a growing demand for local and diverse food products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes for a more interesting food scene, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the local economy,â&#x20AC;? said Cooper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows people to strike out into the business industry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but in a bitesized version.â&#x20AC;?


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iPhone, iPod or iPad and tune in to their chosen story, streamed from the Tales2Go app. Some students have also opted for listening to audio stories during non-scheduled learning times such as breakfast at school or on the bus, said Orlando. A student who was bored on the bus even asked his teacher if he could use her iPhone to listen to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombies Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Play Soccerâ&#x20AC;? from Tales2Go. Orlando said she was glad to oblige. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like Tales2Go because I like to listen and imagine the pictures in my mind,â&#x20AC;? said Joshua Kiprono, 7.

Some of his classmates attest that using Tales2Go also helps them understand the context of their books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps you read fluently,â&#x20AC;? said 7-year-old Alfredo OrtizHernandez. Although a thorough assessment of the partnership wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur until after the summer program is over, Orlando said she thinks her students are understanding their reading material much better now that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re listening to assigned books on a regular schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you spend so much time teaching them just how to decode a book that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not working on their comprehension skills,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been a great tool to help them with their comprehension skills.â&#x20AC;?

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wise to signal support and help expedite the process, said commission chair Adam Tope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like, you know what, we could hold this special meeting and approve this special change and be proactive to bring this business to Van Ness,â&#x20AC;? Tope said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hopeful that this showed him that the ANC and the community [are] supportive of the idea.â&#x20AC;? Furstenberg, who was not available for an interview, described plans to the commission for a retail bakery emphasizing freshly made breads (especially wheat) and pastries, according to Tope. The kitchen would be on the second floor of the building while the first floor would include counters and seating, Tope said, and the business would be open for daytime hours all week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounded pretty appealing,â&#x20AC;? Tope said. Tope had pitched Van Ness as a location to Furstenberg a few years earlier on a food website where the well-known baker was lamenting his

inability to secure a new space in Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been at this now for three years, trying to find a location for a retail bakery,â&#x20AC;? Furstenberg wrote in 2011 on, describing his failed attempts at 1825 Connecticut Ave. in Dupont Circle, the Chevy Chase Arcade building at 5520 Connecticut Ave., and spots in Adams Morgan and Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Washingtonians would like to have a neighborhood bakery but it is a business that in my opinion requires pedestrian traffic. â&#x20AC;Ś I have confined my search to those few neighborhoods where people do walk and might stop for good bread, a pie, a cookie,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Furstenberg, a longtime D.C. resident (whose late sister, Carla Cohen, founded the Politics and Prose bookstore), introduced highquality artisanal bread to the area in the 1990s. He no longer heads the two stores he founded â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Breadline, the bakery at 1731 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; and Marvelous Market, now a chain with several D.C. locations. More recently, Furstenberg

consulted to help develop G Street Food downtown. This summer the chef and teacher also caught attention when he wrote a Washington Post Magazine article pointing out the voids in the D.C. food scene. For his new spot in Van Ness, four local advisory neighborhood commissioners met last Friday to quickly support expanded hours for the parking lot behind the building. The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment needs to approve the new hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; requested for 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for about a dozen parking spots, because the space is currently zoned as residential and not commercial. Lawyers for the building owner requested the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in moving that procedure along, according to Tope. In a recent post on the Forest Hills Connection blog, several residents expressed excitement about Bread Furst coming to the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough location, in line with the car wash and [Burger King], but we will FLOCK there to support it,â&#x20AC;? wrote Jane Solomon, a former neighborhood commissioner.

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Period details abound in 1909 Cleveland Park house


tepping inside this Cleveland Park home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that the turn-of-the-century property has been well-loved, as many of the


original details remain. The family that had the house built in 1909 is thought to have come from Kansas, and they incorporated prairie-style architecture in the project. But they also added a few Victorian touches, like a turret on the side of the house, which would have been in fashion in the District at the time. The five-bedroom, five-and-ahalf-bath house at 2957 Newark St. is on the market for $1,995,000. Set back from the street, the property has curb appeal that includes a deep, welcoming front porch running the width of the house. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perfect spot to relax and take in the leafy neighborhood. A grand entranceway opens to a wide center foyer that offers glimpses into the formal living and dining rooms, as well as to rear glass doors that open to a deck and garden. The large living room runs from

the front to the rear of the house, and it features a brick wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. Period details found here and throughout the home include high ceilings and original hardwood floors, windows, millwork and light fixtures, including several sconces and chandeliers. The aforementioned turret â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which spans three of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four stories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; includes curved-glass windows that create a light-filled, rounded area in the living room. The dining room is large enough to accommodate at least 12. It features original wainscoting and a deep bay window with a window seat. An adjacent butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry and additional pantry closet offer an abundance of storage space for kitchen accoutrements. The pantries lead to a spacious and bright eat-in kitchen, which new owners may want to update. Off the kitchen is a powder room and the sliding glass doors that open to the massive back deck, great for outdoor entertaining or for enjoying the beautiful formal Japanese garden below, with bamboolined walkways, mature plantings and a fountain. A grand staircase in the center of the home leads to four of the five

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Northwest Real Estate HEALTH: Spring Valley study finds few problems overall but slight upticks of some cancers

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But the $250,000 study â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a follow-up to work done in 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dispel all the concerns regarding the long-term impacts of buried chemicals, including arsine and mustard gas, as some residents questioned the adequacy of the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sample size and focus areas. Overall results, presented publicly last Wednesday, clearly reflect the general affluence of the area. Researchers used Chevy Chase, D.C., as a point of comparison, because of similar education and income levels, as well as racial composition. The overall health of both communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ZIP codes 20015 and 20016 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very goodâ&#x20AC;? compared to the nation as a whole. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one statistically significant difference in cancer rates between the two communities: The incidence of lymphoma from 2005 to 2009 was somewhat higher in Spring Valley than in Chevy Chase. In another finding, the incidence of bladder, lung and bronchus cancer, and of deaths from lymphoma, trended modestly upward in Spring

Valley, as rates for major cancers are declining in the nation as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased that both the 2007 and current study have said there seems to be no obvious link between diseases and contamination in Spring Valley,â&#x20AC;? said Nan Wells, an advisory neighborhood commissioner who has been active on the issue. As with much medical research, there are limitations to this work. An online survey was returned by a tiny fraction of households in the target neighborhoods. And researchers freely admit that it is difficult to track the health of a highly mobile population, with exposures that could have occurred nearly a century ago and cancers that have long latency periods. Roughly 41 percent of Spring Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current residents moved there after 2005, lead researcher Mary Fox said. Also, Fox said, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no indepth health data on other â&#x20AC;&#x153;formerly used defense sites,â&#x20AC;? known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;FUDS,â&#x20AC;? and none with similar demographics or development patterns. The closest comparable, she said, is the former Camp Sibert in

Alabama, where chemical weapons were tested during World War II. But that community is â&#x20AC;&#x153;lower income, older, more diverse,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community health is poorer, so cancer rates are higher.â&#x20AC;? The latest study, building on research by Johns Hopkins in 2007, includes a community health assessment, based largely on morbidity and mortality data kept by the District and federal governments; an online health survey; and an â&#x20AC;&#x153;environment and exposure analysis,â&#x20AC;? looking at contaminant levels in the air and drinking water, as well as ongoing water testing by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the Spring Valley cleanup. Fox said the research team has additional confidence in the results because they generally echo those of the 2007 scoping study, which also found community health status â&#x20AC;&#x153;very good,â&#x20AC;? albeit with a slightly increasing trend for some cancer deaths compared to the U.S. as a whole. But some attendees at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation cited

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exposure and a specific disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need to know where a child was playing, how long ago and what chemicals were there then,â&#x20AC;? he said. There was also much skepticism about the online survey, completed by only 865 households of the roughly 41,000 people who currently live in the areas invited to participate. They generally reported good health, with only 17 percent of respondents living within the socalled FUDS area complaining of â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair or poor health.â&#x20AC;? Fox said the research team posted notices of the survey on neighborhood listservs, put up fliers and notified news organizations, senior groups and advisory neighborhood commissions. She said the response rate is considered relatively good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So out of all the thousands of people, 865 responded,â&#x20AC;? one audience member countered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody got a mailing, nobody went door-todoor. People without computers were left out, and many diseases were left out. Isolated seniors who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have computers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it gives a clear picture of Spring Valley,â&#x20AC;? she said. Another statistic jumped out a bit, without explanation. Inside the FUDS area, the researchers found a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pattern of higher reporting of learning disabilityâ&#x20AC;? than elsewhere. Some learning disabilities could be related to arsenic exposure, Fox said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or not. The report recommends tracking the incidence of learning disabilities in Spring Valley, but acknowledges such data would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficult to evaluate.â&#x20AC;? The summary of the study and the full report are available at jhsph. edu/springvalley.

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Northwest Real Estate SCORES: City officials hail DC CAS increases as evidence schools continue to improve

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around the country are making fourpoint gains in one year.â&#x20AC;? But some critics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including atlarge D.C. Council member David Catania â&#x20AC;&#x201C; question whether there has been enough progress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 3 or 4 percent increase is a sign that is encouraging, but we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be celebrating that half of our kids are not proficient,â&#x20AC;? Catania, who heads the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Education, said in an interview. Test scores have mostly been on an ascent since former Mayor Adrian Fenty won approval in 2007 to abolish the local school board and bring the D.C. Public Schools system directly under mayoral control. But the four-point increase is the largest single jump seen since the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office started playing a larger part in operating the school system six years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going in the right direction and we should be celebrating,â&#x20AC;? said Abigail Smith, Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy mayor for education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can transform public education in this city and we are going to do so.â&#x20AC;? D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson attributed the gains to strong leadership. School officials, the mayor and the council have worked together on school reform,

he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, we need to be patient. We tend to get impatient in this city,â&#x20AC;? said Mendelson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a number of years before we saw these improvements, but now, we see them.â&#x20AC;? Breaking down performance at D.C. Public Schools by ward, officials reported improvements in reading and math proficiency over 2012 levels in all but one case â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading score, which dropped slightly from 80.5 percent to 80.4 percent. The wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s math scores climbed from 80.5 percent to 82.2 percent. The next highest geographic area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ward 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had scores of 70.0 percent in math and 66.5 percent in reading. Math proficiency rates elsewhere in D.C. ranged from 27.2 percent in Ward 8 to 53.2 percent in Ward 1; reading rates ranged from 25.8 percent in Ward 8 to 47.6 percent in Ward 6. Since 2007, charter school students overall have consistently tested higher than traditional public school students on the D.C. state assessment, and this year was no different. The gap is particularly wide for students who are African-American or economically disadvantaged. In 2013, charter schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proficiency rate was at least 10 points higher than the traditional school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when it came to those two sub-

groups. But Henderson, who oversees the traditional school system, told charter leaders that gulf is disappearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are coming for you,â&#x20AC;? she said. And not all subgroups tested better at charters. White students in both charter and traditional schools tested proficient at basically the same rates as each other, with less than a percentage point difference in math and reading scores. Forty-three percent of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public student population attended charter schools in the 201213 school year. Henderson said the once-contentious relationship between the traditional system and charters is improving, with leaders at both types of schools collaborating regularly. Catania, in the interview, said more radical changes are needed to improve the education provided to many D.C. students. Last month, he introduced seven education bills, including measures that would drastically change the school funding and budgeting structure as well as legislation to end the practice of passing students along to the next grade if they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perform the appropriate academic work. Catania said such reforms would help improve performance in D.C. public schools even beyond what the city is

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â&#x2013; One hundred percent of Benjamin Banneker High School students scored proficient on the D.C. math assessment. No other school had 100 percent proficiency on either the math or the reading exams. â&#x2013;  School Without Walls had the highest overall proficiency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 99.3 percent in reading and 97.3 percent in math. â&#x2013;  Only two elementary schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Janney and Lafayette â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had more than 90 percent of students test proficient in reading and math. â&#x2013;  Duke Ellington School of the Arts saw a 17 percent rise in the number of its students scoring proficient on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s math assessment from 2012 to 2013. A larger portion of the arts school student body is now proficient (74.5 percent) than that of Wilson High (60 percent). â&#x2013;  Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ross Elementary saw an 18.4 point jump in reading scores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from 64.6 percent to 83.0 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a 5.8 percent rise in math scores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from 72.9 percent to 78.7 percent. Meanwhile, Logan Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garrison Elementary experienced substantial drops in both categories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from 50.7 percent to 32.8 percent in math, and from 44.8 percent to 31.0 percent in reading. â&#x2013;  MacFarland Middle, a Ward 4 school that was closed at the end of last year, saw a 20.2 point increase in the percentage of students testing proficient in math and a 19.7 point increase in the percentage of students testing proficient in reading. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donoghue

currently seeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no question that we have been on an upward trajectory since school reform started, but having high expectations isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t where we are yet,â&#x20AC;? said Catania. Still, officials pushed back on the assumption that more aggressive

reform programs are needed for the school system. Gray said he wanted the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay the courseâ&#x20AC;? with the current approach, given the positive test scores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provided the framework for the kinds of changes we are seeing today,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said.




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Northwest Real Estate MERIDIAN HILL: Plans for new historic district win backing

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ing to the preservation office: They are all part of Mary Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision â&#x20AC;&#x201D; obsession, perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of creating a grand gateway to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidents Avenue.â&#x20AC;? If the new historic district is approved, 16th Street would have landmark protections all the way from the White House to the southern part of Mount Pleasant. The nomination is expected to be formally submitted in September. But unlike some recent historic district proposals, this one has attracted almost no opposition and, to date, strong support from three advisory neighborhood commissions in Ward 1 that lie partially within its borders. There are perhaps two reasons. First, the stretch includes virtually no single-family homes, whose owners typically worry about restrictions on or additional review of exterior alterations. The former mansions are now largely in the hands of institutions or embassies, and their owners seem intent on restoring and preserving them. Second, the various structures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BeauxArts, Venetian Gothic, French Renaissance and

other classic styles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make up such a magnificent, largely intact, collection that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to argue they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be protected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architecturally, historically, culturally, it unequivocally meritsâ&#x20AC;? historic district protections, said Kim Williams, landmark coordinator for the preservation office, who has spent several years researching the various buildings and documenting the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. When she makes presentations, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everybody asks, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t this an historic district already?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Williams said. Williams will be presenting the proposal to a fourth neighborhood commission, representing U Street and Columbia Heights, in the near future. The Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association and nonprofit Meridian International Center are co-sponsors. According to Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; research, Henderson and her husband, Missouri Sen. John Henderson, built their castle at the foot of the hill, then worked tirelessly to transform the stretch above it into an elite enclave of mansions and foreign legations. They purchased land, and from roughly 1905 to 1928, built â&#x20AC;&#x153;specâ&#x20AC;? mansions designed to attract embassies

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and diplomats. They also sold lots to others with the same vision. Many of the mansions were designed by Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect, George Oakley Totten, who was fluent in various classical styles. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one unpleasant side story. Henderson lobbied Congress to purchase a threeblock tract on Meridian Hill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then partially occupied by a community of about 200 blackowned homes, stores and a school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to create a park. Henderson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any shanties, and she vowed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatever there is of civic incongruities will be wiped out.â&#x20AC;? So after Congress in 1910 coughed up the money, the black homeowners moved away. Williams said no one knows where they went, although some research is underway. The proposed period of significance for the historic district would stretch from 1889, when the Hendersons built their castle, to 1949, when it was torn down. That includes a period after Mary Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1931 death, when several upscale apartment buildings were built on the hill. But Williams said those buildings, too, embrace Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of an upscale

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The proposed historic district includes a number of prominent buildings, such as the Embassy of Lithuania at 2622 16th St.

enclave, while showing the gradual acceptance of apartment building living even among the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Developers bought up [this land] with the idea of continuing this elite community, with luxury apartments close to the park,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about Henderson; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the totality of it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the park and buildings surrounding it, the views to and from and through the park. Developers, when they chose to purchase, knew it was luxury living on the hill,â&#x20AC;? Williams said.

CAFRITZ: ANC wants to continue talks with builder From Page 2

superfluous,â&#x20AC;? Speck said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be better for the negotiations and the ultimate outcome if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a position now. If circumstances change, we can revisit it.â&#x20AC;? The provisions under negotiation now include a potential ban on residential parking permits for tenants of the new building, which would require them to use the provided parking garage. Speck said this would be a win-win for the community and the developer, because preventing tenants from opting for street parking would reduce the community impact while also ensuring that the Cafritz garage would be used. Cafritz representatives did not respond to a request for comment. Peter Gosselin of the neighborhood coalition, in asking the commission to appeal the building permit, reminded commissioners that his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past objections to two other issues had launched the discus-

sion process with Cafritz in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pressure has made a difference,â&#x20AC;? he said. In an interview yesterday, Gosselin said he understood the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision, though he wishes commissioners had acted differently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that either there will be a lot of progress in the conversations between the developer, the ANC and the residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or that the ANC will join soon,â&#x20AC;? said Gosselin. Neighborhood commissioner Speck said yesterday there had been no further discussions with Cafritz since the July 25 meeting. The coalition of neighbors plans to continue pushing for changes to the project, Gosselin said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether through privately reached agreements, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment or the court system. In addition to parking restrictions or additional parking spaces, the neighbors want to see a redesigned building with less glass and fewer stories, , and other detail changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not a no-building coali-

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Local ensembles bringing Shakespeare to summer stage


affety Punk Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bootleg Shakespeare: Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labours Lostâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 5 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Directed by Lisa Bruneau, the production will feature the entire play rehearsed and performed in a single day. In it, the King of Navarre and his lords swear off love in order


to focus on their studies. The king, however, has forgotten a scheduled visit from the Princess of France. The performance time is 7 p.m., and free tickets (up to two per person) will be available at the Folgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box office at noon on the day of the show. Unclaimed seats will be released to the standby line at 6:45 p.m. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. NW. For details visit â&#x2013; The newly formed Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade will stage an outdoor production of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastoral comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;As

You Like Itâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 14 through 18 at Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grace Episcopal Church. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders, Heather Cipu and Alexis Truitt, plan to offer D.C. free outdoor productions of the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works each summer. Their first selection follows the heroine Rosalind as she finds safety and, eventually, love after fleeing to the Forest of Arden. Performance times are 8 p.m., with the grounds open for pre-performance picnicking at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details visit â&#x2013; The Studio 2ndStage will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the horror comedy musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Rocky Horror Showâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 11 in the Metheny Theatre. The newly extended run includes a late-night show on Saturday, Aug 10. Two lovers, Brad and Janet, seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of pansexual, cross-dressing scientist Dr. Frank â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Furter and his cadre of madcap minions. Stripped of their clothes and their inhibitions, the couple embarks on a wild odyssey.

Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $40, with some discounts available. The theater is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; â&#x2013; The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present Gilbert and Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comic opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pirates of Penzanceâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 1 through 10. The summer production continues a tradition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;slightly twistedâ&#x20AC;? versions of Gilbert and Sullivan offerings. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 202547-6839; â&#x2013;  Warner Theatre will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africa Umoja: The Spirit of Togethernessâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 4. The pulsating celebration of South African song and dance provides a journey through the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indigenous music . Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35.50 to $85. The Warner Theatre is located at 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000;

Phillips exhibit celebrates Armoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centennial

Tonya Beckman and other Taffety Punk Theatre Company members will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labours Lostâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 5 at the Folger. â&#x2013; Ambassador Theater will present the U.S. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Breastâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 4 in the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint. Written by Ireneusz Iredynski and translated by Sylvia Daneel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Breastâ&#x20AC;? depicts characters attempting to escape from everyday life in search of true identity. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW.



istory in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the centennial of the New York exhibit that introduced mod-

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ern art to the United States in 1913, will open tomorrow at the Phillips Collection and continue through Jan. 5. Featured are paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Phillips Collection by several leading American and European artists represented in that landmark exhibition. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission on the weekends costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 18 and younger. Admission during weekdays is free. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot, Hot, Hot,â&#x20AC;? a group show highlighting area artists, will open today at the Foundry Gallery and continue through Sept. 1. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement,â&#x20AC;? a permanent exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, will open Friday at the Newseum. Opening concurrently is a threeyear changing exhibit on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil Rights at 50,â&#x20AC;? which will be updated each year to chronicle milestones in the civil rights movement from

Theodore Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two in a Boat,â&#x20AC;? an 1891 oil on canvas adhered to cardboard, was acquired by the Phillips Collection in 1920. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now part of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit highlighting the 1913 Armory Show. 1963, 1964 and 1965 through historic front pages, magazines and news images. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military personnel; and $12.95 for ages 7 through 18. It is free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse: The Art of the Superhero â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Revisited,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by F. Lennox Campello, Carla Goldberg, Simon Monk, Dulce PinzĂłn and Andrew Wodzianski, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lounge at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. It will continue through Aug. 25. Located at 10 I St. SW, the lounge is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 202-488-7500. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;MiniSolos@Touchstoneâ&#x20AC;? will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Touchstone Gallery. Featuring 38 guest artists, the

exhibit will continue through Aug. 29. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Journey From Argentina,â&#x20AC;? highlighting artists Eliana Macri and Franco Lippi, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Watergate Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 27. Macri is presenting paintings from her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Roomâ&#x20AC;? series journeying through the labyrinth of line, space, rhythm and balance. Lippi is showing selected paintings from his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Bangâ&#x20AC;? series, in which he explores the collission of science and magic. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488.


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Wednesday july 31 Classes ■ The Downtown Business Improvement District’s “Workout Wednesdays in Franklin Park” will feature a weekly fitness class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. The classes will continue through Sept. 25. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on “Who Am I? Who Are You? A Buddhist Perspective.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-9862257. The classes will continue through Aug. 14. Concerts ■ The Washington International Piano Festival will present the Adult Pianist Showcase Concert, at 6:45 p.m.; and Tanya Gabrielian, recipient of prizes in the Scottish, Sydney, Aram Khachaturyan and Bosendorfer international piano competitions, at 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Reineke, Chabrier and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. ■ Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy will perform idiosyncratic indie rock. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Catholic University’s summer lecture series on architecture will feature Andrea Leers of Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel. 5:30 p.m. Free. Gensler’s Washington Conference Space, 2020 K St. NW. ■ Rosalie Riegle will discuss her books “Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community” and “Crossing The Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. ■ Matthew Berry will discuss his book “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports From the Guy Who’s Lived It.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Gary Ross’ 2012 film “The Hunger Games.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor          


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Events Entertainment series will feature Tim Burton’s 2010 movie “Alice in Wonderland.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-5117. Meeting ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Young Prose Book Group,” for ages 21 through 35, will meet to discuss “Room” by Emma Donoghue. 7 p.m. Free. Kitty O’Shea’s D.C., 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performances ■ The collective LYGO DC will host a stand-up comedy show featuring Sara Armour and Adam Friedland. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. ■ The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Poetry magazine and the Corcoran Gallery of Art will present “I am the beggar of the world,” a reading of Afghan folk poetry by journalist Eliza Griswold and filmmaker Seamus Murphy. A screening of Murphy’s short film “Snake” will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. ■ Actor Dwane Starlin will present his one-man show “Walter Cronkite: ‘The Most Trusted Man in America.’” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202724-8707. Sporting events ■ The 2013 Citi Open tennis tournament will feature Angelique Kerber, Juan Martin del Potro, Tommy Haas and Denis Kudla, among others. 2 p.m. $25 to $70. William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. 800-745-3000. The tournament will continue through Sunday at various times. ■ The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 7 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, Aug. 1 Thursday august 1 Children’s program ■ An exercise activity will teach participants how to train like astronauts. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host a chamber music concert. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ The fifth annual Washington International Piano Festival will present its Young Pianist Showcase. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 6 p.m. ■ The Pink Line Project’s Glow Sessions series will feature a concert by the local band Paperhaus. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

nity Center will host a game night with drink and appetizer specials. 6 to 9 p.m. $27. The Board Room Game Bar, 1737 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature The Sniffs, Nervous Impulse, and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Reineke, Chabrier and Sousa. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202433-4011. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform classic tenor arias as part of its “Sunsets with a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Demonstrations ■ Roy Underhill of the PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop” will offer a traditional woodworking demonstration. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will lead a cooking demonstration focused on late-summer produce. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Scholar Patricia O’Brien will discuss “English Colonialism and Piracy From the Atlantic to the Pacific.” Noon. Free. Room 113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ The “Growing Local” series will feature a panel discussion on gardening as an educational act of change locally and nationally. The event will feature drinks and locally produced food. 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Victory Garden, National Museum of American History, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. events/food-garden. ■ Seng Luangrath, head chef at Bangkok Golden Thai Restaurant, will discuss how food is prepared in her native Laos and offer samples of several dishes. 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ University of Washington law professor Ronald K.L. Collins will discuss his book “On Dissent: Its Meaning in America.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Palestinian-American author and political commentator Susan Abulhawa will discuss her recent experiences in Gaza and present her forthcoming poetry collection “My Voice Sought the Wind.” 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and


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Tour ■ A close-up tour will focus on ironwork at the Washington National Cathedral. 3 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Friday, Aug. 2

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Wednesday, july 31 ■ Concert: Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts will perform a mix of his own compositions and traditional songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies” will feature an outdoor screening of Joss Whedon’s 2012 film “The Avengers,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 2nd and M streets SE. ■ The Corcoran Gallery of Art will hold a short film competition inspired by the museum’s exhibition “Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Meeting ■ The Mystery Book Group will discuss “Midnight in Peking” by Paul French. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performance ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will provide chess sets for players of all ages and abilities. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. The program is offered daily during the library’s operating hours. ■ “Phillips After 5” will feature a jazz performance by violinist David Schulman and Quiet Life Motel; a gallery talk about “Sensorial Space: Braque’s Reimagining of the Still Life”; and “A Moveable Feast,” featuring an art activity, locally sourced foods, and a talk by area distillers about cocktails. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a “milkshake happy hour” for interns and recent college graduates. 5:30 p.m. $5. Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ Celebrity chefs Carla Hall, Bart Vandaele and Victor Albisu will compete in the “Chef Challenge” as part of the 2013 Citi Open tennis tournament. 6 to 8 p.m. $100. William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. 202721-9500. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Commu-

Concerts ■ Organist Charles Miller will perform works by Hollins, Dupré, Bach and Vierne. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-7970103. ■ The U.S. Navy’s Brass Quintet will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. ■ Keyboardist and singer Brian Simms will perform as part of the Jazz in the Garden series. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-2893360. ■ Students in the DC Youth Orchestra Program’s summer program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202-698-0123. Films ■ “DC Drive-In” will feature Roger Donaldson’s 1987 film “No Way Out,” starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Lot opens at 7 p.m. for cars with reservations and 8 p.m. for others; pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; film starts at 9 p.m. Free admission. Union Market, 305 5th St. NE. ■ The 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature Wong Kar-wai’s 1991 film “Days of Being Wild,” starring Leslie Cheung. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ “Liner Notes” will feature a multimedia production with live music and poetry. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The U.S. Marine Corps will host a weekly Friday Evening Parade with music and precision marching. 8:45 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marine Barracks, 8th and I streets SE. 202-4336060. ■ Busboys and Poets will host an open mic and talent showcase. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tour ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present “Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn,” a walking tour focusing on the National Mall’s history, design and architecture. 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. $29 to See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 $35. Meet at the Mall exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-633-3030. The tour will repeat Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. and Aug. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 Saturday august 3 Children’s programs ■ Rock Creek Park geologist intern Chelsea Lewis will lead a three-mile tour of the park while discussing the park’s history and geology. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ “Cross the Delaware With Washington” will feature stories, activities and refreshments (for ages 9 through 13). 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10; reservations required. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ A park ranger will lead a night sky tour in the Rock Creek Park planetarium. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956224. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the weather in the solar system. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes and workshops ■ An AARP driver safety course will offer instruction in proven safety strategies. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $14; reservations required. Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-6213. ■ Andrea Petty-Brown will lead an arts and crafts workshop. 12:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. ■ Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango will lead an Argentine tango class for all levels. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Instructor Catherine Fleishman will lead a yoga class in Rock Creek Park, from 2 to 3 p.m.; and a Zumba fitness class, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. followyogadc@ Concerts ■ Washington International Piano Festival participants will perform. 11 a.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. washingtonpianofest. com. ■ Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles will perform New Orleans sounds in a program rooted in African and Native American traditions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Fort Dupont Park summer concert series will feature the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band. 6 p.m. Free. Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St. SE. 202-426-7723. ■ The Krayolas, a veteran power-pop group from San Antonio, Texas, will perform. 8 p.m. $10. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-629-4535. Discussion ■ Local textile collector Colin England will discuss the diversity of weaving around


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Events Entertainment Kerman in Persia, and how regional designs evolved in the 20th century. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.

■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522.

Films ■ The Black and White Classics Film Series will screen Billy Wilder’s 1950 film “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s 2005 documentary “Ballets Russes.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Discussion ■ National Gallery of Art curatorial associate Maryanna Ramirez will deliver the lecture “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner: Little Dancers After Degas.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances ■ A theatrical group from Ipswich, Mass., will present “16 Elm Street,” a 30-minute play based on the story of five residents who lived in a centuries-old Ipswich home on display at the National Museum of American History since the 1960s. 12:30 and 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. ■ Jamel Johnson, Ahmed Huidobro, Randy Syphax and Kareem Omary will star in “Wake & Bacon,” a weekly brunch and comedy show presented by the collective LYGO DC. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shaw’s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. ■ More than 100 American and Chinese performers will sing, dance and play instruments together as part of the third annual America-China Youth Cultural Art Festival. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. ■ Glade Dance Collective and UpRooted Dance will perform modern dances about sociopolitical topics. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.

Saturday, august 3 ■ Concert: The Washington International Piano Festival will present a concert by Yekwon Sunwoo, first-prize winner of the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition. 4 p.m. $10 to $20. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. washingtonpianofest. com.

Ennis, will offer beginners a chance to learn a few easy chords and more advanced players an opportunity to improvise and jam. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. Concerts ■ The National Building Museum’s Sunday Concert Series will feature a performance by the Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The Irvine Classical Payers/Seraphim Symphony of Irvine, Calif., will perform works by Bach, Biber, Vivaldi, Sarasate, Chopin and Brahms in a concert celebrating its 10th anniversary. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Films ■ The Ciné-Concert series will feature Alfred Hitchcock’s 1925 film “The Pleasure Garden,” with accompaniment by pianist Andrew Simpson. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Busboys and Poets will screen the documentary “The House I Live In,” followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Eugene Jarecki, via Skype. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performances ■ Vibes on a Canvas, a nonprofit organization for young artists, will present an eclectic art showcase. 5 to 8 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The collective LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Kat Timpf, Mike Storck and Rich Bennett. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. ■ Busboys and Poets will host an open mic night focused on LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Klezmer Brunch will feature a kosher buffet from Distrikt Bistro and a program of traditional Eastern European

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music infused with modern beats by the Alexandria Kleztet. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30 for concert and brunch; $10 for concert only. Reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer free admission to its summer exhibits. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Benevolent Media will present a community bike ride and river cleanup, followed by a screening of the Sundance Award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” to raise awareness about climate change. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Living Classrooms. $10. Ride to Kingman Island begins at 11:30 a.m. from BicycleSPACE, 1019 7th St. NW; film screening will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Sporting event ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Los Angeles Sparks. 4 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Walks and tours ■ Rock Creek Park will host a “Fun Run,” featuring a three- to four-mile loop and a five- to seven-mile option. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Ranger Tony Linforth will lead a horseback tour through Rock Creek Park. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $45; reservations required. Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Road NW. 202-362-0117. ■ Park ranger Michael Zwelling and his dog Brooke will lead a “Bark in the Park Hike” — for well-behaved canines and their companions — to Peirce Mill and back. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. See Events/Page 24

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Special event ■ The Washington Project for the Arts will present “Synchroswim 2013,” a synchronized swimming performance art competition. 5 p.m. Free. Pool, Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Montreal Impact. 7:30 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000. Walk ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Columbia Heights and the neighborhood’s “Cultural Convergence” heritage trail. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the north exit to the Columbia Heights Metro station. Sunday, Aug. 4 Sunday august 4 Children’s program ■ Volunteer Libby Moulton will introduce games and toys popular in the 1770s (for ages 6 through 12 and their families). 3 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Class ■ A weekly Ukulele Circle, led by Liz


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Continued From Page 23 â&#x2013; A close-up tour will focus on ironwork at the Washington National Cathedral. 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Monday, Aug. 5

Monday august 5 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Corcoran School of Art + Design instructor Erik Swanson will teach students how to make their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;claymationâ&#x20AC;? videos (for ages 9 through 18). 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $75; reservations required. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. The class will continue daily through Friday. â&#x2013;  Staff members will perform a puppet show based on the illustrated book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tops & Bottomsâ&#x20AC;? by Janet Stevens (for ages 7 and younger). 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature Mary Christ and Sunwolf. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Nancy Abramson on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overcoming Obstacles in Your Job Search.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Mandy Carter, founder of the National Black Justice Coalition and the national coordinator

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Tuesday august 6 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Tudor Place and the Georgetown Library will celebrate the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig Into Readingâ&#x20AC;? summer theme with songs, stories and art activities in Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic gardens. 10 a.m. Free. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Instructor Jillian Penndorf will lead a gentle yoga class. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Strings will perform works by Schuman, Bach, Wilder, Shapiro and Bacewicz. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature bassist Antone â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chookyâ&#x20AC;? Caldwell. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  El Gusto, an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians separated by the outbreak of war in Algeria, will reunite after 50 years to perform soulful Algerian Chaabi music. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Jazz saxophonist Michael Horton and his band will perform a concert in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. 6 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Air Force Strings ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sonia Sanchez and Matt Meyer will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Toby Barlow will discuss his novel

Monday, august 5 â&#x2013; Concert: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature singer-songwriter Melissa Cox and her band Mythica performing Celtic favorites. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babayaga.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invictus,â&#x20AC;? starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present IsmaĂŤl Ferroukhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free Men,â&#x20AC;? about an Algerian spy in German-occupied Paris. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will offer a guided tour of its historic garden and landscape. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $10; free for members. Reservations suggested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacehistoricandgrowing.eventbrite. com. â&#x2013;  An in-depth tour of the Washington National Cathedral will precede a traditional English tea. 1:30 p.m. $30. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The tour will repeat Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,august Aug. 7 Wednesday 7 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Children will learn about the evolution of grinding grain during a hands-on

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The National Archives will host a workshop on basic genealogy research using federal records. 11 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Local artist and author Marcella Kriebel will lead a watercolor painting class. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. â&#x2013;  Ana Chuquin of Rock Creek Park and Mary Farrah of the University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension Service will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Non-Native Invasive Plant Removalâ&#x20AC;? class. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees Headquarters, 3030 12th St. NE. The class will conclude with a hands-on field session in Rock Creek Park on Aug. 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Homegrown Concert Series will feature The Brotherhood Singers of Kentucky and Ohio performing R&B and gospel. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  The Brotherhood Singers, an a cappella group specializing in the four-part harmony â&#x20AC;&#x153;jubileeâ&#x20AC;? style, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Marine Band will perform works by Bryant, Ticheli and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts associate educator Addie Gayoso will discuss selections from the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paintings of the 1960s.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver Evans: Titan of the Industrial Revolution,â&#x20AC;? about the man who patented the automated gristmill. 2 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Art historian Elaine Ruffolo, a lecturer for Syracuse Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic program in Florence, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ravenna: City of Byzantine Splendor.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Washington Post columnist Dan Balz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Jewish Military History will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Above and Beyond the Call of Duty,â&#x20AC;? followed by a tour of a Congressional Medal of Honor exhibit led by retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. See Events/Page 25

Continued From Page 24 ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Costas Kapakas’ 2011 comedy “Magic Hour,” starring Renos Haralambidis as part of a hapless duo on a road-trip odyssey. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ Dumbarton House will continue its Jane Austen film festival with a screening of the 2005 adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice,” starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. 8:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. janeaustenatdumbartonhouse. Performances ■ Local teens will lead a tour that will bring the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through original, student-written plays. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The performances will report Thursday and Friday at noon and 2 p.m. ■ The collective LYGO DC will host a stand-up comedy show featuring Stavros Halkias and Lawrence Owens. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. Special events ■ The National Zoo will celebrate Gorilla Day with educational and fun activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Great Ape House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4462. ■ Dance Place will throw a final dance party before beginning work on an extensive renovation project. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. Teen program ■ Lewis “LeWONe” Ford will lead a hiphop workshop. 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Thursday,august Aug. 8 Thursday 8 Children’s programs ■ Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band will perform America folk music (for ages 5 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. The performance will repeat at 1:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. ■ Kids will take a blindfolded nature walk as part of Rock Creek Park’s junior scientist series. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class ■ Judy Tiger, owner of D.C.-based Just That Simple, will share the basics of getting and staying organized. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts ■ Jazz trumpeter Freddie Dunn will perform as part of Dance Place’s “Free Events


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in August” series. 5:30 p.m. Free. Brookland-CUA Metro station. 202-269-1600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature Paint Branch and Quiverd. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Bryant, Ticheli and Sousa. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202433-4011. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform works by Sousa and Bernstein as part of the “Sunsets with a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “The Courts of Renaissance Italy: Power, Patronage, and Prestige.” 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $90 to $130. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Rhythm and Blues — Jacob Lawrence and the Jazz Age.” 6 and 7 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The “Growing Local” series will feature a panel discussion on soil and the future of fertilizers and composting in backyard gardens. The event will feature drinks and locally produced food. 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Victory Garden, National Museum of American History, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. americanhistory. ■ Area gallery owners will discuss collecting contemporary paintings. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-986-0105. Films ■ The Inter-American Development Bank will present the D.C. premiere of Rodrigo H. Vila’s documentary “Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America.” about a Grammy Award-winning Argentine singer whose career spanned four decades. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies” will feature an outdoor screening of Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 2nd and M streets SE.

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Thursday, august 8 ■ Discussion: Former D.C. prosecutor Allison Leotta will discuss her novel “Speak of the Devil.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events ■ “Wet and Wonderful Hydration Day” will feature tips from Jocelyn Amini of Professional Healthcare Services on how to stay hydrated and healthy. 11 a.m. Free. Dining Room, Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ Chris O’Brien, author of “Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World,” will lead a beer tasting of summertime brews and regional berries. 7 p.m. $23 to $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 am.

Children’s program ■ Bill Nye the Science Guy will lead an educational program about caves and crystals, and participants will make their own rock candy (for ages 6 through 12). 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Concerts ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. 202-767-5658. ■ Jazz guitarist Josh Bayer will perform. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360. ■ The Shanghai Students Arts Troupe will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ DC Casineros will perform Cuban salsa music as part of the Dance Place’s “Free Events in August” series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The Nairobi Chamber Chorus will perform African music and American spirituals at a benefit concert for Retrak America’s work with street children in Africa. 7 p.m. $20 to $25; $10 to $12 for children. The City Church, 4100 River Road NW. ■ The Washington Post Going Out Guide will sponsor Reggae Night. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-4260486. Discussion ■ Archivist Valerie Sallis will discuss

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medicinal works from the Revolutionary era. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Performances ■ Paso Nuevo and participants in Gala Hispanic Theatre’s Summer Intensive Youth Program will present an evening of original works, “Paso Nuevo’s College Show 2013” and “Your Shadow Leaves You in the Dark/Tu propia sombra te oscurece.” 8 p.m. Free. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. ■ The U.S. Marine Corps will host a weekly Friday Evening Parade with music and precision marching. 8:45 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marine Barracks, 8th and I streets SE. 202-4336060. ■ Busboys and Poets will continue its Nine on the Ninth monthly poetry series with performances by established and upand-coming poets. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event and include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate “free” if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.

Meeting ■ The Talking Book Club will meet to discuss “Broken Harbor” by Tana French. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances ■ The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington will present a performance highlighting the talents of local youth. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Students from the Energizers Creative Arts Camp will perform music and dance programs. 7 p.m. $5 to $12. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 p.m. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10


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associated with the project. Such amenities are mandatory on certain projects — including this one — when zoning flexibility is required through planned-unit development provisions. The Planning Office determined in this case that the contribution did not count as a community benefit. But a majority of zoning commissioners agreed instead with the developers, considering the funds for affordable housing an amenity that would not be possible with a smaller project built without zoning relief. A second, final Zoning Commission vote — generally a formality — is due this fall.

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for about a year now, with an initial price tag of $3.9 million for the land alone. “Lots of folks want to be sure this is done right,” said Anne Brockett, an architectural historian who reviewed the project for the preservation board. Architect Campbell’s design is vastly different from the last proposal, by a Potomac, Md., couple, to build a 12,000-square-foot Italianate mansion. That plan raised such opposition, from conservancy leaders and surrounding residents, that the would-be buyers withdrew. According to Campbell, one of the biggest considerations in drawing up plans was to respect the farmhouse. The southern facade of the current proposal would be set well back from that of the historic building, and the peaked roof makes the new house appear shorter, she said. The footprint of the new dwelling would cover only a quarter of its lot. Brockett and most neighbors who testified praised the overall plan. The biggest point of contention is its distance from the farmhouse — 73 feet. Campbell and Kelton said the siting is dictated largely by topography. The lot slopes sharply down to the east, near the backs of houses on 34th Street, and neighbors there greatly fear water damage if the new structure is too close, they said. And if the new house is pushed eastward, “it will appear to be hanging off the hill,” Campbell said. But the conservancy and the

Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission disagreed. Neighborhood commissioner Nancy MacWood, who also sits on the conservancy board, said that during years of discussions about Rosedale, “nothing gives you pause so much as what will be developed on this remaining lot. This lot is so significant to the farmhouse,” she said, urging the architect to “explore moving” the new house “a bit farther to the north, and to the east.” MacWood said water and drainage problems are endemic to Cleveland Park, and doubted the precise siting would make much difference. But she also suggested hydrological borings “so the 34th Place neighbors can be reassured.” Jonathan Abram, who bought the iconic farmhouse when the conservancy was created, then painstakingly restored it, said Kelton’s proposal largely alleviates his concerns about what would be developed next door. But he urged the board to ask Kelton to move her new home “as far away as possible” to protect views of the historic building. The board took a sort of middle position. Members did not dictate a specific distance between the farmhouse and new structure, but suggested design changes, landscaping and perhaps relocation of the pool to create more visual separation between the old and new. “You’re close, which is spurring all the comments, but not there yet,” said board chair Gretchen Pfaehler. Campbell and Kelton must return to the board with final plans.

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