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Vol. XLVII, No. 32

The Northwest Current

Agency delays overhaul of solar rebates

DC CAS results show modest improvements

cultural cuisine

■ Test scores: Some area

schools see dramatic gains

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

For several years, the D.C. Department of the Environment had been putting homeowners on a waiting list to receive city funds for installing solar panels. But the agency elected to replace the old program with a new set of incentives effective Aug. 11, this time covered by utility companies that pay into a fund in lieu of meeting solar energy requirements themselves. The problem: The $700,000 in this new fund couldn’t cover hundreds of previously wait-listed homeowners along with new applicants, so the Environment Department elected to offer it only for new solar installations — eliminating the waitlist. In response to the resulting outcry, the agency last week pledged to postpone the scheduled launch of the new program and create a 13-member committee to “form solutions on the issues that were raised,” deputy director Taresa Lawrence told The Current. See Solar/Page 26

By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer

More students in D.C. Public Schools are proficient in reading and math than at any other time since the current D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System exams were introduced in 2006, D.C. officials announced last week. But even as officials hailed modest improvements in this spring’s DC CAS standardized test scores, the gains were not enough to draw

Agreement clears way for Ellington School project Brian Kapur/The Current

The D.C. Office of African Affairs’ fifth annual Africa Festival took place Sunday at Woodrow Wilson Plaza outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event featured African food, music and a fashion show, plus sales of traditional art and clothing.

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer


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Construction could affect access to the C&O Canal in Georgetown and other nearby parks.

Georgetown plan that include a smaller tunnel than in the current proposal. The study area stretches along the Potomac River from George-

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

town University past Haines Point to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant — the areas that would be affected under various alternatives. DC Water’s revised proposal would avoid placing a tunnel beneath the Georgetown waterfront, relying instead on a combination of “green infrastructure” and sewer separation projects to avoid overflows in that area. In all, the study is looking at nine “combined sewer overflows” — the pipe openings where sewage spills into the waterway. They stretch along riverfront parkland from Foxhall Road south to the Lincoln Memorial. The proposed tunnel is one porSee Sewer/Page 12


Dupont ANC member charged in assault of homeless man

Former Sidwell star returns home to play for Mystics

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■ Modernization: Plans for

‘Skyview Terrace’ scaled back

Input sought on Potomac sewage measures Over the next several months, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will analyze a wide range of issues — from water quality to park operations — that will be affected by a proposed Potomac River tunnel project to control sewage overflows. The agency, also known as DC Water, is seeking public input through Aug. 31 on areas of focus for the project’s environmental impact statement, a study that’s required for the project to move forward. At a community presentation last Thursday, DC Water officials showed off revisions to the

the fanfare of last year’s growth, which had elicited remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. And critics pointed to stagnant scores for at-risk and economically disadvantaged students since mayoral control and new teacher evaluation policies took hold in 2007 and 2008. Overall, the citywide results — comprising the D.C. Public Schools system and the District’s public charter schools — showed an increase in proficiency from 2013 of 1.4 percentage points in math and 0.4 percentage points in reading. This year, 54.5 percent of D.C. stuSee Scores/Page 16

An $82 million renovation of the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Arts is now set to launch, after various partners signed off on a community agreement last week. The agreement includes a vast reduction of uses for a rooftop “Skyview Terrace” that designers originally envisioned as an outdoor performance space with room for 800. In response to various community concerns, the revised concept allows for mainly classroom uses and an approximately 45-person capacity. Friday’s signing event, which drew Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials, was a final step to allow the massive project to proceed. By fall 2016, the now-vacant arts school at 3500 R St. will be approximately 107,000 square feet larger, with a new 850-seat theater and an underground parking lot, among other new features and performance spaces.

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Mayor Vincent Gray participated in Friday’s signing ceremony.

“We have been able to work to find what I think is an extraordinary solution,” Mayor Gray said of the community agreement, which he likened to the campus plan setting terms for the growth of Georgetown University. The Ellington agreement lays out various restrictions for the new outdoor rooftop terrace, prohibiting its use for rentals, fundraising, performances, assemblies or receptions. One rooftop element, a See Ellington/Page 16



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Dupont official faces charge At-large hopeful pitches libertarian platform after late-night altercation

D.C. voters’ many choices for the two at-large seats up for election in November, including the position left open when Council member David Catania Of all the at-large candidates for D.C. Council this decided to run for mayor rather than another council year, Libertarian nominee Frederick Steiner may term. Together with his party’s own mayoral hopeful Bruce Majors and its would-be congressional delehave the pithiest explanation of why he’s running. “Really, I got tired of ranting in bars and decided gate Sara Panfil, Steiner is part of the first crop of general election candidates to run since the I’d better do something,” the Fort Totten D.C. Libertarians earned “major party” resident told The Current in an interview status with the Board of Elections in 2012. this week. He faces tough odds in a city where just a Steiner is a technology consultant who few hundred voters are registered Libertarhas lived in the region for a decade, and ian, but victory doesn’t appear to be his top he’s been frustrated by what he sees as the priority. lack of transparency and abundance of red “I would rather be true to myself than tape coming out of the Wilson Building. As compromise and win,” Steiner said. “I’m a Libertarian, he believes the District ulti- Steiner doing what I’m doing for the future of the mately should eliminate most of its government rules and public services, and he was particu- party.” larly put off by recent efforts to regulate the city’s Asked to flesh out his Libertarian views, Steiner said he would seek to abolish the Mayor’s Office of food trucks. He also opposed recently proposed restrictions on Religious Affairs, which he sees as violating the the emerging “sharing economy,” including ride- separation of church and state. He would “continue sharing services like Uber that compete with tradi- the attempt to privatize the school system,” supporttional taxicabs. “I laugh at the vested interests that are ing school vouchers in addition to charter schools. To trying to preserve their monopolies on such services,” help the poor, he said he would turn to private charity: “If you look at spending, I would suspect that those Steiner said. Now the small government advocate is one of See Steiner/Page 12 By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Leo Dwyer is set to appear in D.C. Superior Court later this month after a latenight altercation with a homeless man on July 28 — making him the second Northwest commissioner to be accused of assault this summer. Dwyer is charged with attacking the man just before 3 a.m. at the corner of 17th and Corcoran streets. (The commissioner lives a few blocks away in the 1500 block of 17th Street.) Dwyer allegedly sprayed household cleaning product at the man, threw the personal belongings of other homeless people into the street and yelled a racial slur. The man was subsequently treated for skin irritation by the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. According to a court affidavit,

Dwyer admitted to police that he sprayed the cleaning product and threw the items, saying the area had a foul stench as a result of its homeless population. Asked if he used a racial slur during the episode, he said, “I don’t think so.” Dwyer’s lawyer Randy Evan McDonald told The Current that he and his client have no comment at this time. The neighborhood commissioner is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Aug. 25 after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge at an initial court hearing last week. Since last week, the allegations against Dwyer have appeared in citywide news reports. Many of his colleagues on the neighborhood commission said they were shocked by the charges. Chair Will Stephens described the situation as “unprecedented” and said the commission might consider See Commissioner/Page 7

Wednesday, Aug. 6

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a round-table discussion on postal service in the District. Speakers will include D.C. postmaster Gerald Roane and representatives from the National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, Aug. 7

The D.C. Democratic State Committee will hold its annual meeting, which will include elections to elect officers and fill vacancies for alternate national committeewoman and at-large committeeman. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a pre-construction meeting regarding the Guy Mason playground. The agenda will include discussion of final design changes and logistics of construction, which is tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 11. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.


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District Digest Charter schools sue over equal funding

A group of charter schools is suing the D.C. government to provide equal funds to charter schools and traditional public schools. D.C. law requires the government to fund students, rather than schools, with the allocated dollars following the student to whichever facility he or she attends. But the plaintiffs hold that traditional public schools actually receive an average of $1,600 to $2,600 more per student than charter schools. The discrepancy comes via extra dollars — on top of per-student funds — dedicated partly to facilities and maintenance, which city officials contend is legal.

The plaintiffs, the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, Eagle Academy Public Charter School and Washington Latin Public Charter School, say their legal action is a “last resort.� “It does not seek damages for past underfunding, which totals more than $770 million just since fiscal year 2008,� they say in a statement. “Instead, it asks the court to enjoin the D.C. government from continuing to flout the equal funding law.�

Summer Restaurant Week set to begin

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Methodist Home now features new name

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MPD expands litter enforcement program Metropolitan Police Department officers are now authorized to issue $75 tickets to any pedestrian observed littering, and they will do so beginning Sept. 1, providing warnings until then, according to a department news release. The effort began as a pilot program in the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th and 6th districts, where officers are already issuing tickets. Pedestrians who receive the tickets must provide their name and address; failure to do so can lead to arrest and an additional fine of $100 to $250. Fines that are not paid will double. Officers will still issue $100 tickets to drivers and passengers who litter, according to the release.

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Main streets groups to expand art event

An arts festival presented by Shaw Main Streets for the past few years will expand this fall to four other neighborhoods as well. The Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street NE and North Capitol Street main streets groups will join Shaw in presenting this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC.â&#x20AC;? Each neighborhood will present its own mix of free artistic programming for the Sept. 27 event, which will run from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. A full list of programming will be available at by early September.

BID installs public art around Georgetown

The Georgetown Business Improvement District recently launched two public space initiatives, distributing 50 blue and gray chairs throughout the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial areas, and kicking off a project to decorate construction barricades at 3000 M St. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bistro Chairâ&#x20AC;? pilot project aims to provide opportunities for pedestrian respite and assess the reaction. Visitors are encouraged to share their experience by tagging Instagram and Twitter photos with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;#GeorgetownDCâ&#x20AC;? printed on every seat. The chairs have proved so popular that the BID will add to the collection in the coming months, according to a release. Meanwhile, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Gongoozlersâ&#x20AC;? mural project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;an idler who stares at length at activity on a canalâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will install a series of art pieces over the main entrance of the shuttered Latham Hotel, all celebrating the C&O Canal. Each mural will ultimately be auctioned off to support construction of a new canal boat and related activities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; goals of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown 2028,â&#x20AC;? the business groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15-year action plan.


In the July 30 issue, the headline â&#x20AC;&#x153;ANC opposes American City sidewalk cafeâ&#x20AC;? did not accurately reflect the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stance on the American City Dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application for an outdoor sidewalk cafe. The commission objected to the proposed design and sought modifications, but its resolution also commended the establishment for its willingness to modify the design to accommodate concerns about adequate handicapped access and pedestrian space on the sidewalk at Connecticut Avenue and Morrison Street. As stated in the article, a revised application is expected. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Preservation board backs Blagden Alley â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;microâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; units with design revisions By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A divided Historic Preservation Review Board approved a Blagden Alley apartment project last Thursday that includes a controversial pedestrian walkway connecting two new buildings above the alley. But with three of seven members opposing any such bridge, the board compromised on a 4-3 vote to OK an unenclosed walkway as opposed to the glass-enclosed connector that developers sought. Phone messages left for the SB-Urban firm were not returned. SB-Urbanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for 917 M St. and 1212

9th St. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two largely vacant lots backing onto the Shaw alley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; include about 124 â&#x20AC;&#x153;microâ&#x20AC;? apartment units in two four-story buildings, along with common amenity space shared by the tenants and a small retail component on the alley. The company is also pursuing similar concepts in Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Patterson Mansion and Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latham Hotel, which SB-Urbanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Balaban referred to at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing as â&#x20AC;&#x153;tailored responses to urban infill settings.â&#x20AC;? In all three projects, the Bethesda-based firm envisions tiny furnished apartment units whose tenants will be young professionals new to D.C. who have few possessions and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive. SB-Urban chooses walkable locations

with good access to transit and car-sharing in lieu of providing parking. Although such a scheme sometimes makes neighbors wary, project representatives said the Shaw community has been enthusiastic about the Blagden Alley proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One [advisory neighborhood commissioner] said to me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You guys are the first ones to come to us understanding what we want and what we need,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Anne Adams, architectural historian for SB-Urban. Despite community support, though, the project faced skepticism from the Historic Preservation Office, which provides recommendations to the appointed preservation board. Project reviewer Brendan Meyer

Study documents Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demographic changes By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much-discussed demographic changes are front and center in a recent report from the Urban Institute, with a decade of census data now providing a closer look at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation. Written by Peter Tatian and Serena Lei, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington, D.C.: Our Changing City,â&#x20AC;? documents the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s declining black population. But it also show how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall population began to grow in 2000, driven by an increase in white, Latino and Asian residents. By the end of the next decade, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roughly 50,000 more whites, 9,700 more Latinos, and 7,900 more Asians called the city their home,â&#x20AC;? according to the study. The overall increase in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population has largely been fueled by growing Northwest neighborhoods, in addition to significant growth in Ward 6. Ward 2 had the biggest gains over the past decade, adding a whopping 13,000 residents, and Ward 3 had the third highest, with 3,500 new people. In terms of racial and ethnic divisions, the study shows that new white residents have almost uniformly avoided neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. Asians have flocked to Northwest, where the Latino population also has grown significantly in spots including Petworth, Brightwood and Takoma. Tatian reviewed these and other findings during a June 26 presentation to the Ward 3 Democrats. But as he

took questions from the older crowd at the meeting, the hottest topic of discussion appeared to be the growth of young millennials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 37,000 new residents between the ages of 18 and 34. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You go across the city and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re everywhere,â&#x20AC;? one woman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like all of our policies are geared towards them. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have bike lanes. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all got to walk to the Metro. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building micro-units because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only thing they can afford.â&#x20AC;? The woman said she wondered what policies the District is pursuing to retain these young people as they get older. At-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds, another speaker at the meeting, said reforming the school system would be key to retaining millennials. She said she understands the fear that focusing on young people could come into conflict with policies for seniors, but added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I must tell you, we are benefiting as a community from these younger citizens of D.C.â&#x20AC;? Tatian told the crowd that the growth of millennials likely would continue for decades to come, leading Bonds to wonder aloud whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inappropriate for her policy focus to be on residents under 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a group that has significantly declined. But Tatian complicated the conversation by saying that the past decade had seen an increase of children in a few Northwest neighborhoods, including Foxhall, American University Park, Van Ness and Chevy Chase: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There could be another wave of kids coming through the system, if those kids stay as they get older,â&#x20AC;? he said.

encouraged the board to oppose the application and seek major revisions, such as eliminating the connection between the new buildings, reducing glass on the facades, and removing plans to widen two alley sections to improve pedestrian safety and accommodate a sidewalk cafe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pedestrian walkway, piazza-like alley dimensions, and over use of glazing â&#x20AC;Ś combine to effectively, and incompatibly, change the scale of this part of the historic district,â&#x20AC;? Meyer wrote in his report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rather than two buildings inserted comfortably amongst the historic buildings of the district, their literal and figurative connection aggregates to take See Project/Page 12

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 600-699 block, 7th St.; 11:30 p.m. July 28. Theft â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:04 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  8th and H streets; 1:56 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 7:52 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 11 a.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 7th St.; 4:30 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 9th St.; 6:30 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  7th and G streets; 12:48 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  7th and F streets; 5:44 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 3 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, E St.; 3:55 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:41 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  7th and G streets; 12:55 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 7th St.; 2:04 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  F and 9th streets; 7:10 p.m. Aug. 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 9 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 9:30 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 1 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 11:40 p.m. Aug. 2 â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 6th St.; 3:01 a.m. Aug. 3.

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Theft from auto â&#x2013; 5840-5899 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; 6:30 p.m. July 30.

psa 202

Alison at 203-815-5881 or

â&#x2013; 4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 6:21 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Veazey St.; 6:39 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Fort Drive; 7:10 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  4000-4099 block, Albemarle St.; 3:23 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  5254-5299 block, Western Ave.; 3:45 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:18 a.m. Aug. 2.

Road; 1:30 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013; Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues; 2:33 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Cleveland Ave.; 9:55 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  2200-2399 block, Tunlaw Road; 12:05 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  4000-4299 block, Cathedral Ave.; 1:29 p.m. Aug. 1.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 4220-4299 block, Military Road; 2:15 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Fessenden St.; 5:44 p.m. Aug. 1.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; Wisconsin Avenue and 35th Street; 10:36 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Lowell St.; 4:41 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  4000-4299 block, Cathedral Ave.; 6:22 p.m. Aug. 2.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:55 p.m. July 31.

Burglary â&#x2013; 4100-4199 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:25 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  5400-5499 block, Potomac Ave.; 5:28 p.m. Aug. 3.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 4300-4449 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:20 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 7:57 p.m. July 29. Theft â&#x2013;  4326-4399 block, Reno Road; 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Macomb St.; 4:36 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  4700-4714 block, 32nd St.; 8:14 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  32nd and Brandywine streets; 8:16 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Davenport St.; 9:21 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3700-3899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:31 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, Tilden St.; 11:08 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  30th and Davenport streets; 11:20 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  28th Place and Tilden Street; 12:01 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3200-3399 block, Albemarle St.; 3:02 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Tilden St.; 9:05 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Davenport St.; 4:49 p.m. Aug. 2.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 4404-4499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6 p.m. July 31.

Robbery â&#x2013; 2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:58 p.m. July 29 (with gun).

Theft â&#x2013; 4404-4499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:35 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:26 a.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:08 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  4350-4399 block, 39th St.; 9:52 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  4350-4399 block, 39th St.; 10:29 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:53 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:46 p.m. July 30.

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:22 a.m. Aug. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Calvert St.; 8:26 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; noon Aug. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  3730-3749 block, Benton St.; 8:13 a.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft â&#x2013; 5200-5209 block, Loughboro Road; 10:12 a.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  3200-3301 block, New Mexico Ave.; 7:03 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  5400-5415 block, Galena Place; 1:48 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  2103-2199 block, Foxhall Road; 10:07 a.m. Aug. 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4900-4999 block, Quebec St.; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3600-3699 block, O St.; 2:16 a.m. Aug. 3. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, 37th St.; 3 p.m. July 30. Theft â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 2:06 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1000-1039 block, Potomac St.; 2:36 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 5:13 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  3400-3599 block, Water St.; 6:30 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 11:23 a.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 5 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, O St.; 6:10 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3400-3599 block, Water St.; 12:22 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:20 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, O St.; 3:30 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, K St.; 4 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3030-3099 block, K St.; 7:59 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3030-3099 block, K St.; 11:15 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 2:10 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.;

2:36 p.m. Aug. 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1601-1649 block, 30th St.; 11 a.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, O St.; 9:45 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 2:32 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, R St.; 6:13 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3030-3099 block, K St.; 11:09 a.m. Aug. 1.

psa 208

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, S St.; 8:12 a.m. July 31. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 2:49 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1500-1519 block, 16th St.; 2:50 p.m. Aug. 2. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1300-1349 block, 17th St.; 1:56 a.m. Aug. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, R St.; 7:35 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:28 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  1200-1219 block, 19th St.; 3:30 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3-5 block, Thomas Circle; 3:56 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  N Street and Connecticut Avenue; 10:35 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, N St.; 10:18 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  11-15 block, Dupont Circle; 1:40 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  2202-2299 block, Q St.; 6:30 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  1524-1599 block, 15th St.; 10:42 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 3 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1615-1699 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:53 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:45 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  P and 15th streets; 4:24 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1518-1599 block, 17th St.; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1818-1899 block, 18th St.; 7:13 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:15 p.m. Aug. 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, P St.; 7:16 a.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, P St.; 7:29 a.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, N St.; 7 p.m. July 28. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, N St.; 3:14 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Sunderland Place; 10:31 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  1200-1221 block, 17th St.; 2:50 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1200-1399 block, 16th St.; 4:45 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, N St.; 11:19 a.m. Aug. 3.

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formal action depending on the outcome of court proceedings. “We’d have to have some kind of discussion about it,” he said. “It’s not something we’re used to dealing with.” Stephens said his biggest worry is that the situation will create the impression that Dupont Circle is unwelcoming to homeless people: “I don’t want the area to get painted as a place

where something like this is likely to happen.” Several commissioners noted their group’s efforts to help provide services to the homeless population in Dupont. For example, earlier this year, the commission was key to securing two $20,000 grants for Charlie’s Place and Sasha Bruce Youthwork, respectively, as part of a community amenities package. “I think we have a pretty strong track record,” commissioner Noah Smith said.

Asked how Dwyer’s constituents should react if their commissioner sticks to his plan to seek re-election this fall, Smith said it was too early to tell. “I think voters should be careful to pass judgment before the justice system has passed judgment,” Smith said. In the other advisory neighborhood commission assault incident, Wesley Heights commissioner Kent Slowinski was accused of repeatedly punching American University’s


community relations director after a June meeting. Slowinski told The Washington Post that Andrew Huff had struck him first. Police were called, but no charges were filed. The university responded, however, by banning Slowinski from its campus and refusing to attend meetings where he was present. Their dispute stemmed from Slowinski’s longstanding concern about soil contamination at the campus.

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Mixed results

Last week’s test score release was a mixed bag: some success stories, some disappointments, and a big picture that’s essentially mediocre. Overall, the percentage of city students testing at the proficient level in math increased by 1.4 points, while the reading percent increased by 0.4 points. That’s better than a decrease, but not much. School officials are touting some accomplishments: Charter officials note that their students, as a whole, are still performing better than pupils at traditional public schools. D.C. Public Schools officials say that for the first time ever, more than half of their students tested at the proficiency level in math. And the school system also points to major gains since the mayoral takeover in 2007 — an increase of 22.6 percentage points in math and 13.0 in reading. Ken Archer of Greater Greater Education argues that 2009 might be a better comparison year, since the resulting school closures didn’t begin until 2008 and the new IMPACT teacher evaluation system went into effect in 2009. And in many categories — black, Hispanic, low-income, English language learner and special education — scores have barely increased, or decreased, since that year. All told, it’s clear there’s nothing much to cheer. At the same time, we remain cognizant that test scores are but one measure of student achievement, and certainly an imperfect one. We hope all who assess teachers and schools based on this data will consider the larger picture. Nevertheless, having data is useful, and we think more can be done with the yields of these eight years of DC CAS scores. The school system will shift to a new assessment next year, so now is the perfect time for further analysis, ideally provided pro bono by students studying education at one of our local universities. Scrutiny of the rises and falls since 2007 could reveal some areas that require increased focus and help direct efforts going forward.

Return the contribution

There’s no evidence thus far in the tangled story of mismanagement at the Park Southern apartment complex in Southeast that mayoral hopeful Muriel Bowser has committed any wrong. Opponent David Catania says she has; he claims that Ms. Bowser tried to interfere with a city takeover of the ailing property to protect a major political supporter who has a stake in its management. Ms. Bowser responded that she was following her usual process when she called a private meeting between city housing officials and board members of the nonprofit that managed Park Southern. The issue came into public consciousness last month thanks to Washington Post reporting on the deplorable conditions — flooding, mold, rodents and more — at the 360-unit complex on the southern edge of D.C., where the management has defaulted on a city-backed mortgage and some rent payments and security deposits are missing. The Post also reported a political twist: The president of Park Southern’s board, which residents have sued, shifted her substantive political alliance from Mayor Vincent Gray to Ms. Bowser right before the primary election that the latter won. The Gray administration then seized control of the property, and Ms. Bowser arranged the private meeting between officials and board leaders. Mr. Catania called foul. It’s appropriate that Ms. Bowser has asked the city inspector general to examine the case. But we think she should also disconnect from the blighted players, returning $20,000 in campaign contributions from Phinis Jones, a former Park Southern manager who has been under questioning regarding $300,000 in unaccounted-for rent payments. We have never had cause to question the integrity of Ms. Bowser, who has represented Ward 4 on the D.C. Council since 2007. And Mr. Jones’ contribution alone doesn’t show wrongdoing. But it doesn’t smell great, and neither do his organizing efforts for her campaign. Particularly given the recent corruption unveiled in the D.C. government, Council member Bowser should do everything she can to present a clean, transparent slate. Continuing to associate with — or benefit from — one of the people involved in this travesty doesn’t help. The issue of Mr. Jones’ support — which came primarily via eight companies he controls or is financially involved in — also underscores the value of a recently passed campaign finance law. The measure, not yet in effect, closed the “LLC loophole,” which has allowed people who formed limited liability corporations to exceed limitations on individual donors. Had Mr. Jones been prohibited from contributing so much money, there would be little question of whether he was receiving political support in return.

Bye-bye FBI? … not yet!


et’s not get ahead of ourselves. With all the news about the planned relocation of the FBI headquarters to the ’burbs, some of us were getting excited. We already were imagining sipping lattes or dining al fresco at the expected spectacular commercial and residential redevelopment of the old, bulky headquarters at 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Well, hold on. The Brutalism dead zone will be with us a while longer. It’ll be at least a couple of years before the FBI even moves out, and longer still before any commercial redevelopment of the site occurs. The federal General Services Administration will spend the next 18 months or so doing legally required environmental assessments of the three potential sites in the suburbs (in Greenbelt, Md., Landover, Md., and Springfield, Va.) and more time picking a developer to design and build the new headquarters with all of its security needs. At some point the FBI will move out of its J. Edgar Hoover headquarters, and then serious moves to redevelop the downtown site will begin. That timetable is pretty long even if nobody attempts to declare the FBI’s current site historic. That could be very time-consuming. Is it historic? Construction on the downtown site began in 1967 and was completed in 1974 at a cost of about $130 million. The building was officially named for longtime FBI director Hoover, who died in 1972. Various stories about the spare building note that originally it was planned to have commercial stores and other amenities, but the FBI wanted a secure headquarters, and American commerce apparently was considered too dangerous to tolerate. After the attacks of 9/11, the FBI became even more isolated. It canceled what had been very popular public tours, especially for high school classes. Officials apparently never appreciated that the nation’s premier law enforcement agency ought to be able to reliably secure its own headquarters enough for the public to see it. ■ Historic, really? The Hoover Building routinely leads or makes any top 10 lists of ugly buildings in Washington. But sentiment can change. The best example of that is what is popularly known as the Old Executive Office Building just to the west of the White House. Its official name is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The building was completed in 1888, and its

French Second Empire style of architecture was almost immediately unpopular, with various calls until the 1950s for it to be remodeled or replaced. According to an official White House account, even former President Harry S. Truman in 1958 urged that the building be saved, saying it deserved to remain as “the greatest monstrosity in America.” We’ll see if the “ugly” FBI headquarters gets any sort of reprieve. ■ D.C. happy to see FBI go? District government leaders are practically falling all over themselves proclaiming that it’s not a bad thing the FBI will be moving to the suburbs. Rather than focusing on the loss of 11,000 city jobs, leaders are salivating over the likely commercial redevelopment we mentioned at the top of column. City officials also are glad the FBI didn’t snare the old Walter Reed site. The city anxiously wants to redevelop part of Walter Reed with housing and commercial projects. The FBI would have created another dead zone, a hyper-security compound that wouldn’t embrace any American free enterprise. But officials in fact would have liked for the FBI to have been part of the city somewhere, maybe in the faltering Homeland Security complex at the old St. Elizabeths Hospital site in Southeast Washington. So the District is not so much delighted the FBI is leaving town but, more likely, resigned. ■ Finally, the mayor’s race. This week is the deadline for independent candidates to file petitions to make it on the Nov. 4 ballot. It’s a big deal for independent David Catania as well as Carol Schwartz, a former council member who jumped into the race late. Catania particularly has been keeping up a steady stream of campaign meet-and-greets and taking political shots at Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser. Bowser declared after her April 1 primary victory that she would not debate any candidates until they formally qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. Her campaign has said there’s no reason to help give her opponents chances to boost their own campaigns. Catania has said he’ll debate Bowser anywhere, anytime, an expected tactic by someone who is seen as trailing the front-runner. But whatever your politics, the petition vetting process will take nearly another month, and then there won’t be any excuse for any candidate to not appear before the public that will choose the next city leader. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Hagler would bring history of advocacy

I was surprised to read the oneliner The Current wrote about the Rev. Graylan Hagler’s role as an advocate in the July 30 article “At-large race attracts slew of independent candidates,” when The Current wrote two paragraphs about Elissa Silverman, including a mention of her work to help pass D.C.’s minimum wage and paid sick leave bills. The Current also went into depth about Silverman’s advocacy background and said nothing about Rev. Hagler beyond identifying him as the pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. Rev. Hagler served as national

president of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ. He also served on the national board of Witness for Peace and on the administrative board of United for Peace and Justice. He helped to found the Neighborhood Assistance Corp., the nation’s largest nonprofit mortgage and neighborhood stabilization organization. This group has helped hundreds of thousands of families purchase a home and avoid foreclosure. Rev. Hagler’s work locally has included fighting to rid the city of payday lenders, keeping Congress from imposing the death penalty on the city, working to keep school vouchers out of the city, raising the minimum wage, and seeking to make D.C. neighborhoods a safe place to live. He stood up against Exxon after it acquired property at North Capitol

Street and Riggs Road NE with plans to build a super gas station. Rev. Hagler rallied the community, which sought to build housing on the site. Thanks to his efforts, there is now subsidized senior housing on the land for 69 residents at affordable rents. Rev. Hagler pledges to push for more affordable housing and the implementation of strategies to keep residents in the city. He also intends to fight to ensure that the D.C. government and the affiliated network of services aggressively and proactively protect elderly D.C. residents from neglect, abuse and financial exploitation. He also pledges to battle the “pay to play” culture that continues to grip the Wilson Building. Carolyn Dungee Nicholas President, Advocates for Elder Justice Hilda and Charles Mason Charitable Foundation Inc.

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The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee and its Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 Dupont Circle NW to consider various agenda items, including discussion of neighborhood parking concerns and the feasibility of policy options. Evian Patterson, the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking program manager, is tentatively slated to attend. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., for a CX license as an exception to the West Dupont Moratorium. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Hyatt Place DC for a new hotel license at 1522 K St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Cities, 919 19th St., for a substantial change to the entertainment endorsement for the sidewalk cafe (entertainment to include jazz bands, steel drums and a DJ; sidewalk cafe capacity of 64; proposed hours of entertainment for sidewalk cafe, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Claudiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, 1501 K St., for a new restaurant-class license (described on the application as a full-service, upper-tier restaurant serving Latin infusion cuisine in a steakhouse environment; interior and sidewalk cafe hours, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; entertainment endorsement for inside and sidewalk cafe with the same hours). â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for street fixture or furniture at 1100 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for valet staging for Dirty Martini at 1223 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for valet staging for ChiCha Lounge, 1624 U St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application to add to porches at 1530 Church St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for support of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for renovations and a 280-square-foot rear addition at 1315 22nd St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for exterior renovations, rear addition and roof deck at 1459 S St. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Office on Aging director John Thompson and

Ward 2 outreach specialist Mark Bjorge on the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services to seniors and their caregivers. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission does not generally meet in July or August. The next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission does not plan to meet in August. The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission does not plan to meet in August. The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Room K106 of the Kresge Building at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  discussion of a residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for soil, water and air testing throughout American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Campus construction area following the finding of mercury in ground-water testing wells. â&#x2013;  consideration of a settlement agreement with 7th Pizza, 4885 MacArthur Blvd., in connection with an application for a new restaurant-class Alcoholic Beverage Control license. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed changes in the zoning regulations review process. â&#x2013;  commission business, including the election of a secretary. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E 3E ANC Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University friendship heights /Park tenleytown The commission does not plan

to meet in August. The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

â&#x2013; Forest hills / North cleveland park

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 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 â&#x2013; CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 28 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Randy Speck reported that the 5333 Connecticut Neighborhood Coalition, a group of Chevy Chase residents opposing the Calvin Cafritz Enterprises residential development at 5333 Connecticut Ave., has filed an appeal in its Board of Zoning Adjustment case with the D.C. Court of Appeals. The board had ruled against the neighbors, who argued that the city erred in granting permits for the project. â&#x2013;  commissioner Rebecca Maydak reported that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lighting task force is working with the D.C. Department of General Services with regards to the planned playground renovation at Lafayette Park. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Jim McCarthy absent, to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a side addition at 3801 Jocelyn St., facing 38th Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a bump-out in the kitchen. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Gary Thompson abstaining and Jim McCarthy voting by proxy, to object to American City Dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public space application for outdoor seating at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Morrison Street. The commissioners called for modifications to the proposal to avoid constricting pedestrian traffic and handicapped access, and their resolution commended the establishment for its willingness to do so. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Gary Thompson abstaining, to send Thompson to the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;moveDCâ&#x20AC;? meetings in September to testify on behalf of the commission, addressing concerns with plans to designate Military Road as a possible â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Frequency Local and Regional Bus Corridor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioner Gary Thompson reported that the refurbishing project for Oregon Avenue between Military Road and Western Avenue is ramping up again after a seven-year lull. The commission will not meet in August. The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803 or email


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Happy homecoming: Lawson bolsters Mystics By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Kara Lawson accomplished everything a player in the WNBA hopes for during her first 11 seasons — winning a championship, making the all-star team and helping Team USA win a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But the Alexandria native hadn’t gotten to represent the D.C. area since high school, when she played at Sidwell as a freshman before finishing up at West Springfield High School in Virginia. (Afterward she went on to star at the University of Tennessee.) In March, a three-team trade among the Connecticut Sun, Atlanta Dream and Washington Mystics moved Lawson from Connecticut to her hometown squad. “I was surprised, to be honest,” said Lawson. “I didn’t think that I would ever come here to play at home.” “A lot of times when you get traded to a new team you have a lot of uncertainty — you don’t know the city, the coach or the system,” she continued. “I didn’t really have any of those fears. I know my way around everywhere and all the good spots to eat.” Coming home also gives Lawson a chance to reconnect with her friends and family and be there for milestones. “You miss weddings — especially with the WNBA playing in the summers — my friends having kids,” she said. “There are so many life moments that you aren’t able to be a part of. It’s great to go around town and every place I go to, I see somebody I know. I will be at Chi-

potle and they will say, ‘Hey!’” The guard began her career as the No. 5 pick in the 2003 WNBA draft, with the Detroit Shock trading her to the Sacramento Monarchs on draft night. She later signed with the Connecticut Sun after the Monarchs organization folded following the 2009 season. In her 12th season, Lawson has offered the Mystics a spark off the bench while helping the team make a playoff push. The former Sidwell student is averaging 22 minutes, 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while seeing action in 25 games. Lawson has also brought unique insight to

❝We hope to be that type of team that can get going, make the playoffs and keep advancing.❞ — Mystics guard Kara Lawson the team. Since 2004, the Mystics guard has also worked as an ESPN women’s basketball analyst. She emerged as a regular contributor to the network’s women’s college basketball coverage and is one of the go-to voices for analysis during the NCAA tournament. Lawson also became the first woman to call a nationally televised NBA contest in 2007. Her offseason role has given her a leg up on the competition, since she’s constantly watching players at the college level before they move on to the pros. “I feel like it has really helped me over my

career,” said Lawson. “There are so many good young players coming into our league, and sometimes the vets haven’t seen the rookies play until they play against them.” Lawson’s extensive playing experience and ESPN background have given her instant credibility with her new teammates in D.C., allowing her to take a leadership role. “If you want to have currency in the locker room, you have to be a consistent practice player — you have to be productive on the court,” said Lawson. “It’s hard to lead and give players advice when you’re sitting on the end of the bench and not playing. You have to produce. There are little tips you can enlighten the younger players with.” The Mystics rookies have followed Lawson from the start of the season. “It’s amazing,” said Mystics first-round pick Stefanie Dolson, the No. 6 overall pick. “She has already given me some advice on the league. It’s an honor to play with her.” Going into last night’s game against the New York Liberty, the Mystics held the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference — the top four teams will make the playoffs — with just five games left to go. The Mystics aim to return after dropping a tough three-game series to the Atlanta Dream in the first round last year. “We have certainly had our ups and downs,” said Lawson. “But this league is about playing well at the end of the season. Year after year you see a team that maybe doesn’t have the best record, but finds a way in the last few weeks to get something going and make a run. We hope to be that type of team that can get going, make the playoffs and keep advancing.”

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Former Sidwell student Kara Lawson, who was traded to the Mystics in March, has provided Washington with leadership and a spark off the bench this season.

Visitation pitcher heats up with the Fever By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Rising Visitation senior pitcher Alee Burke spent her summer playing for the Western Howard County Fever travel softball team. The Cubs slinger was able to add two more pitches to her arsenal with her work and also perform in front of college scouts. The rising senior hopes to play at the college level in her home state of Ohio.

After leading Visitation to an unshared Independent School League softball championship last season, rising senior pitcher Alee Burke has spent her summer adding more pitches to her repertoire and catching college interest. “This past season with Visitation I had about six pitches, and now I am working on my eighth,” Burke wrote in an email. “To be a successful pitcher, you have to be able to keep batters off-balance which is what I am trying to do. I also made it a point to work on my fielding.” Burke has had the opportunity several times this summer to play in front of scouts at a pivotal recruitment time between her junior and senior years. “This summer I focused on getting as much exposure as possible,” she wrote. “My team did about four college showcases this season. Aside from that I’ve done five individual camps and endless college visits.” The extra exposure has bolstered her college options, with several

schools showing interest in the Visitation pitcher. Burke hopes to play in Ohio, the state she grew up in, and major in either elementary or physical education. “The recruiting process has been going very well for me,” said Burke. “I am looking more into D II and D III level schools because I really like the smaller school aspect.” Before the last school year, Burke transferred to Visitation from Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md. She also switched to the Western Howard County Fever for travel ball. “My first year with the Fever was great,” she wrote. “I have never been a part of a travel team who bonds and gets along so well.” Last weekend, the Fever played in the Amateur Softball Association 18U Class A Eastern Nationals. When pool play opened on Thursday, Burke got some infield work at third base and came up with several big plays at the plate. The Fever faced a 5-2 deficit to the Thunderbirds in the sixth inning, but the team dug out of the hole. Burke was the tying run when The Fever knotted

the game at five. The team eventually won 6-5 in extra innings, and later that day knocked off the Loudoun Storm to advance to the elimination round. “The comeback on Thursday, being our first game of Nationals, was a really exciting way to start,” Burke wrote. “I think it was a really big confidence boost for us because they were a very talented team, and it proved that we could compete.” Burke wrapped up her summer schedule with the Fever on Saturday by pitching well in a 3-2 win. The Fever then lost an elimination game later that day to end its summer run. With her summer commitment over, Burke is now looking forward to pushing Visitation toward a D.C. State Athletic Association title, the only accolade that eluded the Cubs last year. “At Visitation this year we just have to focus and bond like we did this past year,” she wrote. “We have a very strong core group of girls returning this year which helps, and hopefully we get a couple incoming freshmen to help boost our team like last year.”

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STEINER: Candidate seeks smaller D.C. government

From Page 3

charities actually touch more people with greater effect than District dollars do.â&#x20AC;? Like many non-Democratic candidates, Steiner said he believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad for democracy when one party dominates political discourse, arguing that District residents should have diverse options at the polls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have no choice, your vote doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter, does it?â&#x20AC;? he said. The presence of Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name on the ballot certainly

gives voters an alternative choice in November, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see much of him on the campaign trail. Steiner is planning to spend no more than $500 on his bid for office, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticipating only one campaign event: a big, boozy outdoor party the week before the election where he and other Libertarians will rally the faithful. Steiner said he hopes to hold the gathering near Duffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub on Vermont Avenue, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big fan of the house chicken wings. This article is the second in a series exploring key policy objectives of at-large D.C. Council candidates.

PROJECT: Blagden Alley apartments approved From Page 5

over this corner of Blagden Alley.â&#x20AC;? Blagden Alley was developed in the 19th century, with working-class homes tucked away behind the more elaborate row houses fronting 9th and M. While this was a common practice at the time, most D.C. alley communities were lost over the years; Blagden was designated a historic district in 1990 to prevent further loss of its buildings. Meyer and board members were generally supportive of the size and shape of the proposed new buildings, one of which would also incorporate a historic one-story structure now used by Rent-A-Wreck. That building was converted in the 1920s into a garage by removing the second floor of several adjacent homes and connecting them. Part of a new M Street building would sit atop this

structure. In addition to the general support, some members said they also had no objections to the walkway, swayed by Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; examples of other connections between buildings in D.C. and around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very skeptical of the bridge while reading the staff report, but I think the applicant makes the case for some leeway on that,â&#x20AC;? said board member Andrew Aurbach. Added Maria Casarella: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delightful and very thoughtful proposal.â&#x20AC;? Others were less enthusiastic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this were another alley where the alley is strictly utility, ... where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a neighborhood alley from a historical standpoint, then I would be OK with traversing across the alley,â&#x20AC;? said Joseph Taylor. Taylor said he would support the project as long as the bridge was

eliminated. SB-Urbanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Balaban said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible, because the concept of small units requires convenient access to the shared amenity space from both of the planned buildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see how it ties the project together, but I see it as an intrusion into the alley,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-3 vote to grant concept approval to the project includes a number of conditions, including a redesigned walkway that is smaller and unenclosed, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;less commercialâ&#x20AC;? appearance for some windows, and detail fixes to some materials and lighting, among others. Most board members supported the general scale, shape and design of the proposed building, along with the wider alley sections. The board expects to review the amended design on its consent calendar at a future meeting.


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SEWER: Overflow solutions eyed From Page 1

tion of the DC Clean Rivers Project that aims to avoid the flow of untreated sewage into the Potomac River, Rock Creek and the Anacostia River. Under a 2005 federal agreement, the District must improve its water quality, in part by reducing the sewage that spills into the rivers when runoff from heavy rain overwhelms the system. The Georgetown tunnel would store excess sewage in the aftermath of major storms until DC Water is able to treat it and discharge it into the Potomac. The capacity would range between 21 million to 58 million gallons, depending on the final configuration. Under the current plan, the entire $2.6 billion DC Clean Rivers Project is expected to be complete by 2025, with construction in Georgetown slated to begin in 2021. DC Water is currently working on a modified proposal for green infrastructure that would extend the completion date to 2032. For the Potomac tunnel, this option would involve incorporating $30 million worth of alternative methods of capturing rainwater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as rain gardens, permeable pavement and cisterns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to reduce the amount of water that enters the sewer system. Water agency consultant John Wiser said at the presentation that such features would be installed in western areas of Georgetown, which have fewer combined sewer overflow systems than do neighborhoods to the east. To improve the situation in the latter drainage area, where most of the flow comes from, the revised plan dedicates $10 million to separating portions of this combined sewer system, shifting stormwater to separate pipes from sewage. These additions reduce the need for tunnel storage, thereby â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantiallyâ&#x20AC;? reducing the length of the Potomac tunnel, said Wiser.

This shortened tunnel would avoid the Georgetown Waterfront Park, potentially running instead from the mouth of Rock Creek east to the National Mall. Bob vom Eigen of Friends of the Georgetown Waterfront Park told The Current that his organization supports the revised proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would eliminate the disruptive effects [that would occur] if the tunnel were extended to the Key Bridge,â&#x20AC;? he said. Vom Eigen also mentioned that the waterfront park group and the Citizens Association of Georgetown plan on serving as â&#x20AC;&#x153;consulting partiesâ&#x20AC;? throughout the planning process. Regardless of the final scheme, construction of the tunnel or alternative infrastructure would impact National Park Service areas where the overflows occur â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the C&O Canal, Rock Creek Park and the National Mall, according to a Park Service representative. When asked about the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns, the representative said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early in the process but that the Park Service will look into the possibility of permanent infrastructure touching the parks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could be a pain, but [DC Water officials] listen to us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Capital Crescent Trail in particular would be significantly impacted if not totally closed during construction,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Brandt, the Park Service superintendent for the C&O Canal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completed, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of an unknown.â&#x20AC;? In a separate interview, Rod Mackler of the C&O Canal Association said the organization is not planning to be a consulting group. Instead, the nonprofit will â&#x20AC;&#x153;just be monitoringâ&#x20AC;? the development. DC Water is aiming to release the environmental impact statementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first draft next spring and a final document by the following winter. To submit comments on the project, visit PotomacRiverTunnel.



September 4, 2014 6:00 pm

This hearing will only be to hear testimony on the amendments to the Zoning Regulations (Title 11 DCMR) the ZC set down for public hearing at its public meeting held on September 9, 2013. Only those individuals, organizations, or associations who have not yet testified at a prior public hearing on the text may testify at this hearing. EXCEPTION: any Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner may testify on this night whether they previously testified on this text before or not.

September 8 thru 11, 2014 6:00 pm

These hearings will be to hear testimony on the alternative amendments to the Zoning Regulations (Title 11 DCMR) the Zoning Commission set down for public hearing at its public meeting held on July 10, 2014. Because this is new text, all individuals may testify.

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District of columbia office on aging news

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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

Vol 2, No 10

Executive Director’s Message

John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging in this issue of the Spotlight on Community Living, i would like to profile mr. shelton roseboro, one of the District’s most amazing citizens who has benefited from the District of columbia office on aging’s programs and services. in addition to telling you a little about mr. roseboro, i would like to increase the public’s awareness, including employers, about the benefits of hiring older adults. shelton roseboro is 58 years of age and spent 15 years working at the library of congress (loc) as a microphotographer. in his position, he was responsible for photographing every piece of the library’s collection. you can imagine that with 15 years of experience, mr. roseboro became an expert in his job. as a microphotographer, he was a highly effective, dependable employee who performed his daily tasks with

pride. in fact, the loc honored mr. roseboro with two incentive awards: one for quality and one for quantity. for the quality award, he was recognized for producing 22,000 exposures in approximately four to five weeks with only two remakes. yes, you heard it correct! he only made two mistakes out of a 22,000 item production. that is remarkable! for the quantity award, he produced 3,200 images in one day and the standard for production was 1,750. this is very impressive, as well! as the saying goes, “all good things come to an end.” because of the technology age, the loc went from microphotography to digitizing all of its collection. subsequently, this led to a reduction in force and mr. roseboro being released from employment with the federal government. for the next 14 years, mr. roseboro was not in a ca-

reer position, but instead, he took various jobs just to pay his bills. he worked jobs in security, retail, and transportation, which were totally different from his work with the library of congress. fortunately, mr. roseboro connected with the office on aging in 2013 and i referred him to our older workers employment and training Program. after a short intake process, we put him in touch with our sister agency, the office of the chief technology officer (octo), under the leadership of mr. rob mancini. at that time, octo was piloting an older workers employment program and was in search of potential candidates who wanted to return to work. the job duties consisted of managing the front desk, greeting customers, scheduling the use of their conference rooms, and addressing facility issues. in essence, these employees were to become the liaisons between the internal stakeholders, octo, and its external customers. although mr. rose-

boro was excited about a fresh job opportunity, he was a bit reluctant to join octo because he was intimidated about using technology. however, he knew that this was his chance to return to government work and to be an asset to his employer. today, mr. roseboro has been with octo for approximately 18 months and is thoroughly enjoying his job. in a recent conversation with mr. roseboro, i learned that he has become very comfortable with using technology as he has started his own blog and website and is now using facebook and twitter. it is very amazing to see how mr. roseboro has grown professionally and personally in the last 18 months. this is not only a win for him, but also for the government as he is giving the government his talent and strong work ethic. older workers, like mr. roseboro, are a huge asset for their employers. Job search training systems, inc. revealed that workers 55 years

of age and older have a higher motivation rate as compared to individuals 18 to 29 years of age. moreover, older workers have longer work histories and performance patterns, which are useful for employers to check into their backgrounds. having had more years in the work world, older workers are more experienced with problem-solving and decision-making and have other transferrable skill sets that are very beneficial to employers. if you are a senior and are looking for employment, you may be able to relate to mr. roseboro’s experience. i encourage you to connect with the office on aging’s older workers employment and training Program (owetP) at 202724-5626. if you are an employer seeking talented, experienced professionals, i urge you to connect with owetP, as well. we have a number of older citizens seeking employment and i am confident that they can be an awesome addition to your team! ~

The 2014 Ms. senior D.C. PageanT has CrowneD a winner! congratulations to ms. senior D.c. toni Jackson, the ward four resident competed for the title and the opportunity to represent the District of columbia at the ms. senior america Pageant in atlantic city, nJ. Pictured left to right billye Jean Dent armstrong; annie cayaban wilderman, ms. congeniality; vernelle cousins hamit, first runner-up, best evening gown; ms. senior D.c. toni Jackson, best salesperson; billie laverne smith, first runner-up, best talent; nancy a. berry, ms. senior D.c. 2013; Janice c. rice. escorts left to right, Dr. Johnathan Johnson, Jess gatchalean, marcus shea taylor, anthony matthews, Jimmy gross and James thompson. the ms. senior D.c. Pageant is presented by the D.c. seniors cameo club, the D.c. office on aging and the office on aging senior service network. ~

gov e rnment o f t he Di s t r i c t o f co l umb i a — vi nc en t c. g r ay, may o r

14 Wednesday, august 6, 2014 Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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

Community EvEnts CalEndar AuguSt EvEntS 3rd • noon to 6 p.m.

the fifth annual D.c. african festival will take place at the ronald reagan building and international trade center, woodrow wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania ave. nw. enjoy music, food, entertainment, storytelling, art a parade of flags and more. african attire is encouraged.

4th • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

iona senior service’s early-stage memory loss support group meets the first thursday of each month. the group is for individuals diagnosed with earlystage memory loss and their family and friends. the fee is $15 per session. limited scholarships are available. call 202-895-9448 for a screening interview and to register. iona is located at 4125 albemarle st. nw

5th • 5 to 8 p.m.

celebrate national night out at the citywide kickoff at h.D. woodson high school, 540 55th st. ne . to learn more, visit or call 202-727-9099.

9th • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join in the activities at the medstar family choice family fun Day at shepherd Park (intersection of martin luther King avenue and malcom X avenue, se). for more information, contact alice thompson at 202-535-1321.

12th • 2 to 4 p.m.

learn about promising developments that can enhance well-being and ongoing enjoyment of life as you age. at an iona senior services program led by geriatrician e. gordon margolin, review

the issues of diet, exercise, medical and mental care, and emotional/attitudinal adjustments that are said to keep life “worthwhile” and discuss the issues of applying the best current knowledge to these endeavors. the free session will be held at 4125 albemarle st., nw.

13th • 11:30 a.m.

a presentation about financial abuse will be presented by the u.s. attorney’s office at the Kibar nutrition site, 1519 islamic way (4th street) nw. for more information contact vivian grayton at (202) 529-8701.

14th • 11:30 a.m.

the Delta towers nutrition site will hold a town hall meeting at 1400 florida ave. ne. for more information contact vivian grayton at (202) 5298701.

16th • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

the hattie holmes senior wellness center will hold its annual family & friends Day/open house. the center is located at 324 Kennedy st. nw. call 202-2916170 for more information.

16th • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Join in the broccoli city fest, a festival that celebrates healthy living, at the st. elizabeth’s east gateway Pavilion, 1100 alabama ave. se. for more information, contact alice thompson at 202-535-1321.

16th • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

a health fair will be held at the nigerian embassy, 3519 international court. for more information, contact alice thompson at 202-535-1321.

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.

19th • 11 a.m.

learn about rodent control at a presentation by the Dept. of health at the Petersburg senior nutrition site, 3298 ft. lincoln Dr. ne. for more information contact vivian grayton at (202) 529-8701.

21st • 10 a.m.

train to be a Dcoa ambassador. ambassador’s help the office on aging reach more residents with programs and services. if you are interested in making a difference in the community, call to register at 202-724-5622 or visit our website for more information, Come to the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Friends Day. The center is located at 2900 Newton St. NE. For more information contact Vivian Grayton at (202) 529-8701.

Vol 2, No 10

The DisTriCT of ColuMbia 2014 real ProPerTy Tax sale the office of tax and revenue has just completed the 2014 tax sale, which started July 14. homeowners who received a notice of tax sale—or who are not sure whether their home was included in the tax sale—should seek assistance immediately. the District provides a six-month grace period to homeowners after the tax sale. by acting now, residents can save their property and avoid additional legal fees and expenses which may come due after six months. for assistance, contact legal counsel for the elderly’s hotline at 202-434-2120. ~

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton held her Senior Legislative Day at Dunbar Senior High School. Nearly 200 seniors were present and received a tour of the new building and legislative updates. Commissioners on Aging Nathaniel Wilson, Jacqueline C. Arguelles, Chairperson Romaine Thomas and Vice Chairperson Ron Swanda are pictured here with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and DCOA Executive Director John M. Thompson.

before The age-frienDly DC sTraTegiC Plan is finalizeD in sePTeMber, geT involveD!


attend a community meeting. During the month of august, there will be a series of community meetings across the city. it’s your chance to give input and feedback on the draft age-friendly Dc strategic Plan. DatE: Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. LoCatioN: Department of consumer and regulatory affairs 1100 4th street, room e200 DatE: Wednesday, August 20, 6 - 8 p.m. LoCatioN: savoy elementary school 2400 shannon Place se, gymnasium DatE: Tuesday, August 26, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. LoCatioN: John a. wilson building 1350 Pennsylvania ave nw, room g-9


volunteer to walk your neighborhood. neighborhood ambassadors – residents familiar with their single member District (smD) – are needed to guide volunteers completing the neighborhood surveys. sign up today by registering at walk0914 or call gail Kohn, age-friendly Dc coordinator, at 202-727-2736.

DCoa is seeking volunTeers for iTs inTergeneraTional PrograM are you interested in volunteering to be a part of D.c. office on aging’s intergenerational Program? Do you have what it takes to make an impact? Dcoa is currently seeking seniors interested in volunteering to build relationships with, mentor, and guide the District’s youngest learners in District of columbia Public schools’ (DcPs) early childhood classrooms. for more information on volunteering, please contact us at 202-724-5622 or send us an e-mail at ~

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

August 6, 2014 â&#x2013; Page 15

Petworth renovation qualifies for highest LEED certification


resh from a major facelift, a 1920s row house in Petworth is now one of the most sustainably built residences in the Dis-

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trict. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? home is on track to reach LEED Platinum status, the highest level of energy-efficient design certification. The city currently has three single-family homes at this level, according to Tanya Topolewski of True Turtle, a builder who specializes in green residences. Her company built two of them. Located at 311 Varnum St., this row house with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths is on the market for $789,900. For this Petworth property, Topolewskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team used a wide range of environmentally friendly features. The project included installation of green appliances and utility systems, as well as the use of sustainable and reused materials in almost every nook and cranny. Filtered fresh air is constantly delivered to every room thanks to an Energy Recovery Ventilator, and

draft-free construction techniques retain quality air inside the home. To top things off, the dwelling is wired for solar panels. Once a new owner installs this renewable energy technology, the home is expected to become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;net-zero energy building,â&#x20AC;? which the U.S. Department of Energy defines as a structure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.â&#x20AC;? Outside, a mix of native plantings typical of the Chesapeake Bay watershed provide low-maintenance greenery that will sustain itself through scorching D.C. summers. There are also perennials and a dogwood tree. A covered porch is set against a brick facade, spruced up with soft blue hues. The entrance opens to a sunwashed living room, which seamlessly flows north to the kitchen. Stainless steel Energy Star appliances, rare chocolate-hued bamboo countertops and espresso-stained wooden cabinets complete the trendy look. An 11-foot-long island seats five people. Toward the rear is the dining room, which was once a sleeping porch, added â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with the section above it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the 1970s. Wide windows and a side door lead out to an elevated deck and spacious rear

yard. Along a side hallway is a study area with shelves and countertops matching the adjacent kitchen. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a rear powder room and more closet space. While most of the interior has undergone major upgrades, the house still has a vintage flavor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable on the second floor, where the renovation kept the original layout and refurbished the doors, transom windows, handles and moldings. In tip-top shape, the shared bath has plenty of original features, from the wall sink and towel rods to the wall tiles and claw foot tub. The black and white floor tiles are new, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in keeping with the bathroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage style. A new skylight now brightens the hallway, and as a nod to modern convenience, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a laundry closet stacked with more energysaving appliances. Two of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four bedrooms look over Varnum Street, while the master suite takes over

Selling The Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest Properties

European Luxury

Bethesda, MD. New classic elegance in Greenwich Forest. Superb culinary center & designer appointments. 5 BRs, 4 BAs. Attached 2 car garage. $2,495,000

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971

Stairway to Heaven

Kent. Sears Bungalow remodeled w/ European flair. Open flr plan. Gorgeous MBR w/cathedral ceiling & en suite bath. Light filled LL w/BR & BA. Lovely deck & deep yard. $1,075,000

Nancy & David Hammond 202-262-5374


Feast Your Eyes

Bethesda, MD. Breathtaking tree top views! 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs on 3 masterful levels. Grand proportions & designer finishes throughout. $1,895,000

Marina Krapiva 301-792-5681

Space â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Inside & Out

Petworth. Spacious 4 level updated townhouse. 5 BRs, 3 BAs plus den. Large front & rear yards. Monument views, just blks to Metro & shopping. $769,000

Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624 Lee Goldstein 202-744-8060

Photos courtesy of True Turtle

This four-bedroom Petworth row house is priced at $789,900. the rear of this level. A private hallway leads to a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. The bedroom sits above the dining room and offers wide views of the backyard. It has the original exposed brick and reclaimed oak floors. Down in the basement is a wide area that could serve as a recreation room. A kitchenette and more storage spaces are also here. The fourth bedroom and third full bath are toward the back, next to another point of access to the yard. By next year, the enclosed rear yard will be lush with goldenrods,

black-eyed Susans, blue flag irises and creeping phlox, among other landscaping. Raised planters are already sprouting some vegetables, tomatoes and strawberries. There are also two parking pads adjacent to the alley. This row house at 311 Varnum St. with four bedrooms and threeand-a-half baths is listed for $789,900. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Tanya Topolewski at 202-550-3671, or visit


Stately Elegance

Chevy Chase, MD. Totally renovated & expanded 1913 classic. 5 BRs, 5.5 BAs. Front porch charm, modern amenities. Fin. LL. Patio, pkg for 3 cars. $1,625,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456

Sweeping Views

Eckington. Light filled corner 2 BR, 2.5 BA condo. Open flr plan. Library nook, balcony. Roof top deck, gym & community garden! $489,900

Craig McCullough 202-650-7781

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ELLINGTON: Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revised design slims down rooftop layout, expands â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; features From Page 1

1,560-square-foot deck located right above the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new theater, will be limited instead to â&#x20AC;&#x153;classroom-size teaching activitiesâ&#x20AC;? for up to 45 students and three teachers. Hours of use for the outdoor deck will align roughly with the school-day schedule, with audible sound prohibited beyond Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property line. The partners to the community agreement will be able to decide caseby-case on activities beyond classroom uses. The changes come in response to community concerns about noise, crowds and evening use of the Skyview Terrace, under its more dramatic original design. But rather than scrapping the entire rooftop concept, planners chose to decrease the amount of usable space on the deck, in the process expanding green

roof elements to a total of 21,686 square feet. Overall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the scale is unchanged,â&#x20AC;? said Brian Hanlon, director of the D.C. Department of General Services, which oversees city buildings. The new design â&#x20AC;&#x153;modified the usable footprint with more green roof and less walkable areas,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview after the signing. Aside from Hanlon and Mayor Gray, signatories on Friday included Ellington board president Charles Barber, school founder and arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and representatives of several homeowner and community groups, such as the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission. Barber said the agreement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not about structure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a relationshipâ&#x20AC;? between the school and the Georgetown/Burleith community.

Neighborhood commissioner Ed Solomon described that relationship as â&#x20AC;&#x153;very close â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like family.â&#x20AC;? The first steps of Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation have already begun, with stabilization work started on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior and a construction fence built around the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perimeter. Next up will be demolition work and abatement of hazardous materials, according to Darrell Pressley, spokesperson for the Department of General Services. For this school year, displaced Ellington students will occupy two closed school buildings in the Columbia Heights/U Street area: the former Meyer Elementary and GarnetPatterson Middle School. They also have a new head of school for the first time in nine years. John Payne, the former director of student affairs at Ellington, replaces former head

Rory Pullens. The renovation will allow for a projected 10 percent growth for the 541-student magnet school, according to the Department of General Services. The agency is undertaking the renovation along with a joint venture of cox graae + spack architects and Lance Bailey & Associates. According to Pressley, one final project approval is â&#x20AC;&#x153;pendingâ&#x20AC;? from the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation. Officials at Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceremony said the community agreement was the last detail holding up that approval. Ellington has occupied the Classical Revival building at 35th and R streets in Burleith since 1974. The school building, originally Western High School, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

SCORES: DC CAS results offer mixed bag for D.C. Public Schools, charter campuses

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dents were deemed proficient in math and 49.9 percent in reading â&#x20AC;&#x201D; up from 30.9 percent and 36.1 percent, respectively, in 2007 and 40.6 percent and 43.8 percent in 2008. In a news release, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she was proud to see continuation of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;upward trajectory.â&#x20AC;? She also alluded to results showing the highest 10th-grade growth in six years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4.1 percentage points in math and reading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m especially pleased that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shown significant growth in our high schools,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m somewhat disappointed that we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to demonstrate greater growth this year. â&#x20AC;Ś We are on the right track and now we just need to accelerate our progress.â&#x20AC;?

But Ken Archer wrote in the Greater Greater Education blog that test scores havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t improved for atrisk student groups, declaring that the achievement gap is widening based on scores for black, Hispanic, low income, English language learner and special education students since 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is DCPS really â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;on an upward trajectoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education system is slowly growing but not for those groups where public education is most likely to make or break success in life, it is not doing its job.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test scores show that Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilson and Coolidge were among six high schools to improve in both math and reading. Wilson rose 8.78 points in math, to 68.86 percent; and 9.21 in reading, to 70.53. Coolidge saw increases of

6.06 in math, to 33.33; and 1.42 in reading, to 36.67. The latest results brought Wilson to an overall index score of 72.75, while Coolidge scored 42.86. D.C. officials noted that Coolidge was among nine of the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40 lowest-performing schools to post rising scores in both math and reading. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top two high schools, Benjamin Banneker Academic and School Without Walls, saw modest reductions in their overall index scores, but they remained the highest in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 101.93 and 101.43, respectively. The schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; math and reading proficiency levels dropped slightly, with the exception of Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading score. Among its school-level highlights, a D.C. Public Schools news release noted that Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mann Elementary and Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ross Ele-

mentary this year â&#x20AC;&#x153;crossed the 90 percent proficiency mark in both reading and math.â&#x20AC;? Results published by the District show that several other schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eaton, Janney, Key, Lafayette, Murch and Stoddert elementaries and Deal Middle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had proficiency levels exceeding 80 percent in both categories. Ross was celebrated for a 13.3point rise in math that brought its proficiency level to 92.0 percent and placed it among 11 D.C. Public Schools campuses to make doubledigit gains in math. The list also included Raymond Education Campus (15.28-point increase, to 56.76), School Without Walls at FrancisStevens (11.02, to 57.75), Truesdell Education Campus (13.98, to 67.0) and Whittier Education Campus (13.32, 53.89). Hearst Elementary, with a 9.48-point improvement (to 76.47), fell just short of the doubledigit mark. Just four D.C. public schools made similarly large gains in reading, with Seaton Elementary (16.55, to 50.62) and Cardozo Education Campus (10.24, to 29.96) on the list. Among elementary and middle schools west of Rock Creek Park,

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most saw fairly modest fluctuations from 2013. Quite often, campuses rose in one category but dropped in the other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deal, for instance, dropped 0.28 in math (to 88.08) and rose 1.15 in reading (to 83.91). Its southern counterpart, Hardy Middle, was an exception with increases in both math (4.8 points, to 71.55) and reading (2.76 points, to 65.23). For the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing charter school sector, students continued to exceed the citywide average, scoring 59.6 percent in math and 53.4 in reading. For D.C. Public Schools, the figures are 51.1 in math â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first time the figure has exceeded 50 percent, according to city officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and 47.7 in reading. A news release from the D.C. Charter School Board highlighted 10 campuses with overall growth exceeding 6.8 percentage points, a list that included the Lamond campus of Hope Community (up 17.5 points) and the Shaw campus of Center City (up 11.6 points). The Washington Latin high school saw a 1.3-point rise in math, to 70.15; and a 14.36-point drop in reading, to 62.69. Meanwhile, the Washington Latin middle school had declines of 1.03 and 1.16 in the respective categories but posted proficiency levels at 77.07 and 78.73 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; figures that placed its test scores seventh among charter schools. BASIS DC, set to enter its third academic year, rose in both categories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 4.26-point growth in math, to 81.28; and a 3.27-point rise in reading, to 84.58. Its overall proficiency figure of 82.9 percent ranked it fourth among charter schools, according to the charter boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release. This marks the final year for the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System. Next year will mark the debut of a new exam â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known as PARCC, for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in place in the District since the 201112 school year. The switch will mean new proficiency standards and complicate statistical comparisons with prior years.

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Wednesday august 6 Classes â&#x2013; The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will feature the band Hand Painted Swinger. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  The all-star blues and dance group Phil Wiggins and Friends will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating Freedom.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Dawn Drapes, the Genuine and Stranger in the Alps will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A pre-purchase orientation session for prospective homebuyers will feature

information on financial assistance programs offered by city agencies. 6 p.m. Free. Housing Counseling Services Inc., 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7006. â&#x2013; The H&B Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibitionâ&#x20AC;? by Daniel Okrent. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Historians Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nixon Tapes.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Anti-trafficking expert Matt Friedman and his son Brandon will discuss their familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new action-based campaign â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking the Links,â&#x20AC;? designed to raise young peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awareness about the crime of human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C., 2111 Florida Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor movie series will feature the 1986 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Gun,â&#x20AC;? starring Tom Cruise. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. â&#x2013;  The Jane Austen Outdoor Film Series will feature Joe Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pride & Prejudice,â&#x20AC;? starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Brenda Blethyn. 8:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The Avalon Docs series will feature Joe Berlingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,â&#x20AC;? about an infamous gangster who terrorized Boston for years. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50.

Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202541-6100. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7

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Thursday, august 7 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uno, Dos, Tres con AndrĂŠsâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to sing, shake and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words (for ages 5 and younger). 1:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Special event â&#x2013;  The Black Student Fund and the Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District & Development Corporation will host a display of photographs and websites by participants in their summer youth employment program. 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd

Art event â&#x2013; Arts on the Block and the Urban Alliance will host a reception with music and art-making activities to highlight their monthlong creative workshop for teens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pour Your ART Out.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW. Benefit â&#x2013;  The DC Metro Chapter of the Twelve Days of Christmas Inc. will present its annual summer soiree â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cocktails@Sunsetâ&#x20AC;? to raise funds to purchase back-to-school supplies for needy families. 6 to 10 p.m. $35. Baby Wale, 1124 9th St. NW. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig In! Herb Potluck Paloozaâ&#x20AC;? will feature tips on how to grow fresh herbs on a kitchen windowsill, how to cook with home-grown herbs and how to compost food scraps. Participants are asked to bring an herbaceous dish to share. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hamilton Recreation Center, 1340 Hamilton St. NW. 202-741-8716.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 & 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fitness in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a Zumba class. 7 p.m. Free. Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place NW. 202-340-8779. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Valerie Simpson performing R&B and Motown favorites. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodwind Quintet will present a community concert. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7675658. â&#x2013;  Justin Trawick and the Common Good will perform Americana, bluegrass and folk music as part of the Sounds of Summer concert series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-8333. â&#x2013;  Indian multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Charanjit Singh will present a concert of raga to a disco beat, featuring several variations on Indian classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art on 8th,â&#x20AC;? presented by Dance Place and Monroe Street Market, will feature the Duende Quartet performing smooth Latin jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  Jazz on Jackson Place will feature tenor saxophonist and composer Eric Wyatt. 6:30 p.m. $30. Decatur House, 748 See Events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment vations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Films â&#x2013; Kristen Powers will present her documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twitch,â&#x20AC;? about the life of an individual going through genetic testing for Huntingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease, a neurological brain disorder that destroys the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to walk, talk, think and reason and eventually leads to death. 3 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Q?rius Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. calendar.asp. The event will repeat Friday at noon and Saturday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Movie Singalongâ&#x20AC;? series will offer a chance to help save China from the invading Huns. 6:30 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1449. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present the U.S. premiere of Patricia PĂŠrezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding GastĂłn: Can a Cook Change a Country With His Food?â&#x20AC;? The event will include introductory remarks by PĂŠrez. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. â&#x2013;  Goethe-Institut will host the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope,â&#x20AC;? about cyclist Maria Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Race Across America. Proceeds will benefit brain cancer research through 3000 Miles to a Cure. 7 and 8:15 p.m. $35 to $100. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canal Park Thursday Movies: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Whole New Ballgameâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Anspaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudy.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Paper Summer Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Doubtfire.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. Garden, Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. â&#x2013;  Beasley Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Movie Series will feature Jason Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pitch Perfect.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Theatre Labâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens will present the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evita,â&#x20AC;? about the rise and fall of Eva PerĂłn. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Theatre Lab, 733 8th St. NW. 202824-0449. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Binge 2014â&#x20AC;? festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remote Possibilities,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ugh Presents: The Improvised Housewives of DCâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Men Improvâ&#x20AC;? followed by an improv jam. 8 p.m. $12 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday with performances by various ensembles at 8 and 10 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  A monthly poetry reading will feature Pamela Murray Winters and Nancy Naomi Carlson, followed by an open mic event. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Bountyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature


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to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam Hagar: Between Fact and Fiction,â&#x20AC;? featuring sculptures that Hagar made by disassembling and reassembling mechanical objects in unusual ways, will open Friday at Flashpoint Gallery with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 6. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-315-1305. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mars Up Close,â&#x20AC;? showcasing the latest images taken by NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curiosity rover as well as full-scale models of the family of rovers sent to Mars, opened yesterday at the National Geographic Museum and will continue through Nov. 30. Located at 1145 17th St. NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Though there is usually an admission to the museum, this exhibit is free. 202-857-7588. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities recently opened an exhibit at Gallery at 200 i, the first public gallery operated by the District government. On view through Sept. 1, the show features works by artists competing for a grant through the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year 2015 Artist Fellowship Program. District artists may be awarded up to $10,000 in unrestricted support. Each artist has submitted a piece that represents his or her body of work and perspective. Located at 200 I St. SE, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-724-5613. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Glass in the City,â&#x20AC;? highlighting glass art by 23 members gallery talks about American art and food, a digital food-based scavenger hunt for prizes, and a chance to sample classic American cuisine through a movable feast of food trucks. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. Tours â&#x2013;  Area teens will lead a theatrical tour that brings the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection to life through an original, student-written play. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will continue Friday at noon and 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  A horticulturist will lead a tour and discussion of some of the vegetables and flowers in the National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-creation on a World War IIera victory garden. 1 p.m. Free. Meet at the welcome desk near the Constitution Avenue entrance, National Museum of

Andrew Fishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saved the Unionâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at Gallery plan b. of the National Capital Art Glass Guild, opened recently at Foundry Gallery and will remain on view through Aug. 31. The guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members include more than 100 glass artists in the U.S. and Canada. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013; President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own slippers recently went on display in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, where they will remain on view through Nov. 30. Located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW, the center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-8290436, ext. 31231. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery recently began accepting entries for its triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, whose finalists will be featured in a 2016 exhibit. The winner will receive $25,000 and the opportunity for a separate commission for the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. For details, visit

American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. The tour will repeat Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forged in Fire: Cathedral Ironworkâ&#x20AC;? will explore the use of wrought iron in the Washington National Cathedral, ranging from fantastic creatures to stunning flowers. 3 p.m. $16 to $20. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.

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Friday august 8 Book signing â&#x2013; Francois De Paul Biloa, Mbassi, will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leadership for the 21st Century: The Secrets and Seven Keys to Success of Paul Biya.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St. NW. Class â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 & 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fitness in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a yoga class. 7 a.m. Free. Chevy           


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Continued From Page 19 202-767-5658. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Julia & Company performing R&B, jazz and blues. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Origem will perform Brazilian jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, composer and arranger CĂŠsar Orozco, Venezuelan bassist Rodner Padilla and Venezuelan percussionist Francisco Vielma will perform jazz fused with the music of their home countries. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art on 8th,â&#x20AC;? presented by Dance Place and Monroe Street Market, will feature the DC Casineros performing Cuban salsa. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  The Friday Night Concert Series will feature Back to Zero performing party covers. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Washington Post Going Out Guide will sponsor Reggae Night, featuring Junior Marvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Force One, Ruth-Ann Brown, Ras Lidj and Deep Band. 7:30 p.m.

Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-4260486. â&#x2013; Pianist Mark Damisch will perform works by BartĂłk, Beethoven and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  Steve Lauri of the Hollies will perform in celebration of the release of his solo album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curfew.â&#x20AC;? 9 p.m. $25 to $30. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historians Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nixon Tapes.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg and the British march of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, Anderson House curator Emily Schulz will discuss a presentation sword awarded by the City of Washington in September 1814 to Joshua Barney, commander of the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Union Market Drive-Inâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casino Royale,â&#x20AC;? star-

ring Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Lot opens at 6 p.m.; gates close and previews begin at 8:15 p.m.; film begins at 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Union Market, 305 5th St. NE. â&#x2013; The 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature Lee Kung-lokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;3D Naked Ambition.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform. 7 p.m. $75 to $150. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Theatre Labâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Acting Institute for Teens and Theater J will present Naomi Iizukaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anon(ymous),â&#x20AC;? a retelling of Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? as the journey of a young refugee from a war-torn country who is searching for his mother in America. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-8240449. â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paso Nuevo and Summer Intensive Youth Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gifted Promises,â&#x20AC;? an evening of original work by young artists. 8 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202234-7174.


Friday, august 8 â&#x2013; Discussion: Anthony Doerr will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Light We Cannot See.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noli Me Tangere,â&#x20AC;? a Filipino opera by Felipe De Leon about forbidden love, betrayal and revenge during the era of Spanish colonization. 8 p.m. $60 to $150. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 11th Hour Poetry Slam will feature two high-intensity, competitive rounds hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pedaling Through History: A Look at Cycling Collections Across the Library of Congress,â&#x20AC;? a special display about the history, technology and sociology of the bicycle. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-7450. Saturday, Aug. 9

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will present Bright Star Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ugly Duckling.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Local singer-songwriter Nila Kay will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fierce! A Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Songwriting Workshopâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 11 through 13). 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. $25. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. NW. 202-547-6839. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 & 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fitness in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a yoga class. 7 a.m. Free. Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW. 202340-8779. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Add Water and Shakeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a low-impact aquatic exercise known as the Zumba Pool Party. 8 a.m. $30; reservations required. Vida Fitness, 1612 U

St. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Small Business Development Center will host a seminar on how to develop a business plan. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Horticulturist and fruit grower Guy K. Ames will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fruits and Berries From City Lots,â&#x20AC;? about the challenges and opportunities of commercial urban fruit production. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. The workshop will repeat Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Village will present a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tai Chi for Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? class led by Geri Grey. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bahman Aryana of Rondezvous Tango will lead a class on the Argentine Tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saxophone Quartet and Brass Quintet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fort Dupont Park summer concert series will feature the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St. SE. 202-426-7723. â&#x2013;  On the Bus, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Potomac Bombs will perform a mix of bluegrass, Americana and roots music. 9:30 p.m. Free. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstrations â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run of the Millâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to see D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only surviving gristmill in action. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reptiles Alive!â&#x20AC;? will feature snake secrets, lizard stories and turtle tales. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The West End Interim Library will host a discussion on macro photography. 10 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-727-8707. â&#x2013;  Architect Mira Locher will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architecture 101: Traditional Japanese Architecture.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Karin Tanabe will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Price of Inheritance.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Art historian Jennifer Henel will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital Dutch: The Evolution of NGA Online Editionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century.â&#x20AC;? 1:15 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The lecture will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening for a World Beyond Warâ&#x20AC;? See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 will feature Jeff Bachman, professorial lecturer in human rights at American University; Nadia Kamoona, Iraqi-American student at the University of Virginia and an intern for World Beyond War; Vincent J. Intondi, associate professor at Montgomery College and director of research at the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University; Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American artist, activist and entrepreneur; and David Swanson, author and director of World Beyond War. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Festivals â&#x2013; The Beach Party Family Festival will feature steel drum music from local band Oasis Island Sounds, summer crafts and games, and hula instruction. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splash Yards,â&#x20AC;? an outdoor water festival for adults, will feature live music, lawn games, a tiki bar, a water battle, a giant inflatable water slide, and two pools with individual motorboats and people-size hamster balls. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. â&#x2013;  The New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; presented by Art Whino, the Petworth Jazz Project, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and Capital Bop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature music, 15 world-class wines and live painting stations where artists will create largescale pieces for a silent auction. 2 to 10 p.m. $20 to $70. Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 mmâ&#x20AC;? will feature films by American avant-garde director Stan Brakhage, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections on Black,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothlight,â&#x20AC;? Made Manifestâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I â&#x20AC;Ś Dreaming.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Dance Place will present the â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Releases Choreographers Showcase 2014.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? a poetry night hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  An artist will lead a morning tour of the Arts in Foggy Bottom biennial outdoor exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpted: Histories Revealed,â&#x20AC;? featuring 16 site-specific contemporary sculptures by 15 artists. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present a

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Sunday august 10 Class â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. erika. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music With the Angelsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature flutist Yana Histova and guitarist Cristian Perez. 3 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-4626734. â&#x2013;  The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussion â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Extreme Life of the Sea,â&#x20AC;? a visual presentation, discussion and book signing with marine biologist Stephen Palumbi (shown) and writer Anthony Palumbi. 3 to 5 p.m. $8. Q?rius Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Films â&#x2013;  The 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature Wong Ching Poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 kung fu movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Time in Shanghai.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening video Q&A will feature star Philip Ng. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadcast Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Nicolas Philibertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Maison de la radio.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  The National Building Museum and Washington Performing Arts will present the troupe Step Afrika! performing with area students. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. Special event â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half-Price Summer Sundays.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. $4 to $5; free for ages 18 and younger. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Monday, Aug. 11

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Monsters,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bat Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on area stages Rorschach Theatre will present Qui Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Kills Monstersâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 15 through Sept. 14 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 1990s in suburban Ohio,

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and Tilly deals with the stress of high school life by creating an elaborate Dungeons & Dragons module where she plays out her fears and fantasies in a world she controls. When Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister sees no choice but to run the gauntlet of this mysterious world, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters created by her sister. Recreation Center, 1330 V St. NW. 202340-8779. â&#x2013; Yoga District instructor Smita Kumar will lead a weekly class. 12:30 p.m. Free; registration required. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-7248698. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host a skills-building workshop for job seekers on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Developing Your Self-Marketing Plan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The New Orleans band Cardinal Sons will perform a mix of indie rock, folk and pop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. 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 Heidi Shierholz on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of the Job Market in 2014.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  Umi Vaughn will discuss his books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cubaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carlos Aldamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life in Bata: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a drum demonstration. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Tickets cost $20 to $30, except for pay-what-you-can previews Aug. 15 through 17. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; â&#x2013; The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new 4615 Theater Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bat Boy: The Musicalâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 15 through 17 at Georgetown Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MacArthur Boulevard campus. Inspired by a tabloid story, the horror-comedy show tells the tale of Edgar, a half-boy, half-bat found in a cave in West Virginia. A kind woman and her daughter try to raise Edgar as a human, but the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband and other townspeople refuse to accept him â&#x20AC;&#x201D; setting off a bloody chain of events, and revealing dark secrets in the

Seth Rosenke and Amanda Forstrom rehearse fight scenes for â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Kills Monsters.â&#x20AC;? process. The staging will transform an orchestra room into an intimate, â&#x20AC;&#x153;campfire-styleâ&#x20AC;? theater space. Tickets cost $14. Georgetown Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lower/Middle School campus is located at 4530 MacArthur Blvd. NW.

â&#x2013; The West End Interim Library will present several TED Talks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Human.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-7278707. â&#x2013;  Biodiversity specialist Bob Szaro will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panama: Crossroads of the World.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Marc Dunkelman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Michael Kaiser, who will step down as president of the Kennedy Center at the end of the month to lead the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, will discuss his

career in the arts in conversation with WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rebecca Sheir. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Films â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books on Filmâ&#x20AC;? series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Audrey: Her Life in Filmâ&#x20AC;? series will feature William Wylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hour,â&#x20AC;? starring Audrey Hepburn See Events/Page 22


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Tuesday august 12 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Blue Sky Puppet Theater will present an interactive puppet show incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (for ages 5 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1449. Classes â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 & 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fitness in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a Zumba class. 7 a.m. Free. Volta Park, 1555 34th St. NW. 202-340-8779. â&#x2013;  Yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present

its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013; The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music on the Mallâ&#x20AC;? will feature vocalist Tolulope Yeboah. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Sundance Trio from Utah performing music for solo wind instruments. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The winner of the 2014 International Young Artist Piano Competition will present a recital. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band will perform as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concert on the Avenueâ&#x20AC;? series. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singing Sergeants ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Can I Keep From Singing.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658.


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The old rebate program had onand-off funding availability, but wait-listed residents said they expected they’d only need to be patient to receive the reimbursements of up to $2,000, depending on the cost of the solar panels they had installed. With no direct updates about that arrangement, which expired last September, the residents felt burned when they found out they were excluded from the city’s new “EnergySmart DC Solar Initiative.” “It really comes across as unfair treatment to people who have demonstrated the behavior that the city wants for its citizens,” said Petworth resident Damiana Astudillo, who signed up last summer and installed her panels this past January. Her home was 284 out of 603 on the old waitlist. Officials at the environment agency got an earful of complaints from frustrated homeowners who packed last Wednesday’s meeting for solar stakeholders, resulting in the decision to postpone the launch. Jacques Kapuscinski, a Forest Hills resident who organized a bulk solar panel purchase in Ward 3 last year, said the meeting was constructive. “It’s encouraging that DDOE was receptive to taking input from a broader group,” Kapuscinski said in an interview. He said he hopes the new committee will “provide input to [the department] to come up with a process that is fair and transparent.” Larry Martin, a local energy expert, explained that the old D.C. rebate, which started in 2009, had been granting money to people in order of its waitlist. Derived from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, the program’s enabling legislation expired in 2012. With D.C. Council approval, it continued into the following year, carrying the wait-listed applicants with it. “It’s been like this for years,” said Martin, who was wait-listed four years ago and later received “a very generous grant.” The new initiative is part of the District’s five-year energy plan called “EnergySmart DC.” For the next fiscal year, $700,000 is allocated for two solar rebate programs. “Solar Advantage” will provide residential applicants with a rebate of $1,000 to $2,000 after they’ve installed their system, while “Solar Advantage Plus” will pay all or part of the upfront costs for low-income homeowners to install the panels. The money comes from the Renewable Energy Development Fund, a new reserve financed by the alternative compliance payments from energy suppliers who don’t meet the city’s solar requirements. At the July 30 meeting, the Environment Department’s Lance Loncke explained that the new initiative’s $700,000 is simply not enough to cover both everyone on the old waitlist and others interested in solar panels. Therefore, the agen-

cy planned to include only people who installed technology after the start date of the new rebates, as well as offer the discounts on a “firstcome, first-served basis.” Wait-listed homeowners have also expressed frustration with communication on the issue. Like many people, Astudillo learned about the new arrangement through a July 25 letter addressed to solar stakeholders from agency deputy director Lawrence. In the letter, the Environment Department wrote that there had been “misleading information provided to residents by some solar installers, in which promises may have been made on behalf” of the District. It also stated that the agency had “provided notice” to people on the website and the public that the old rebate’s end date was Sept. 30, 2013. Lawrence also said in an interview that when people signed up for the old rebate, they received an automatic response with a caveat that the District was not committing to provide funds. But many people, like Kapuscinski and Astudillo, said they never received any notification of the changes. Others were also confused by the agency’s waitlist document, which was marked for its last update on Oct. 30, 2013; people were also able to access the waitlist online after the program’s end date. Astudillo also said that back in April a department representative told her that the program was going to be reinstated. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who chairs the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, said she wants the environment agency and the D.C. Public Service Commission to audit the alternative compliance payments used to fund the new rebate. Cheh said before setting up that fund, officials estimated the total fees would be $8 million, a stark difference from the actual $700,000 collected for this new initiative. “I’m just very skeptical,” she said. “This gap between what was expected actually created the problem.” But even if the lower amount is all that’s available, Cheh is optimistic that the city can find a solution. “I think we should try to meet those expectations if we can,” she said. The D.C. rebate is one of several financial incentives that can add up to thousands of dollars in savings for people adopting solar panel technology. The federal government also offers a 30 percent tax credit off the total cost of a household’s system, while Solar Renewable Energy Credits (or “SRECs”) work as a cost-saving voucher. And net metering provides credit to households for the energy they produce each month. The federal tax credit and the SRECs provide the most savings, according to Anya Schoolman of DC SUN, an umbrella group of neighborhood solar panel co-operatives. The D.C. rebate is “icing on the cake,” she said.

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