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Vol. XLVII, No. 2

The Northwest Current

City plans for Klingle trail move forward

Park Service resumes deer reduction effort

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Transportation is down to the final details of a long-debated plan to convert a long-closed stretch of Klingle Road into a hiker-biker trail. The agency has scheduled a Jan. 16 meeting to update the public and present design details for turning the eroded roadbed into a parkland trail. Plans include removing remnants of the road that winds through Rock Creek Park from Porter Street to the open stub of Klingle Road at Cortland Place in Woodley Park; correcting erosion problems; and adding lighting, fencing, benches, signage and a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge that will cross part of Klingle Creek. That meeting will cap a twodecade-long debate over the fate of the deteriorating two-lane road, which had become a battleground for residents living east and west of the park. The fight over Klingle seems, metaphorically, longer than its seven-tenths-of-a-mile. The stretch of winding roadway was closed in See Klingle/Page 16

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Federal sharpshooters killed 16 deer in Rock Creek Park Monday night, the first of several planned population control efforts that will take place through March 31. In total, the National Park Service hopes to remove 106 deer in early 2014, reducing the park’s population by nearly a third as part of an effort to decrease deer numbers more greatly over the next several

DMV center could reopen at Georgetown mall in May By ELIZABETH WIENER Brian Kapur/The Current

Youngsters took advantage of the District’s heaviest recent snowfall to go sledding, snowboarding and tubing at Fort Reno Park on Friday.

2013 established framework for years to come By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

This past year has been filled with plans for the future. Varied visions have abounded for where D.C. residents will live, how they’ll get around and where they’ll go to school. Plans have appeared for new buildings. New political candidates have lined up to seek office. New laws have been passed. From development projects to political challenges to new regulations, here’s some of the area’s top 2013 news: ■ School system reshapes itself. D.C. Public Schools shuttered 15 schools citywide, including Ward 4’s MacFarland Middle School and

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Construction began last year on a controversial new Chevy Chase apartment building.

Sharpe Health School. The system granted a reprieve to Ward 2’s Garrison Elementary and Francis-Stevens Education Campus amid heavy lobbying from parents. But the latter was spared only via

a controversial merger with the School Without Walls magnet high school, with the two campuses sharing administrators. The school system has — at least for now — dropped plans to have high-schoolers attend classes at both campuses. Next up for debate is the issue of school boundaries, which the deputy mayor for education is studying to prepare a proposal due in the fall for the 2015-2016 school year. The D.C. Council postponed extending the Lab School of Washington’s lease of the old Hardy building on Foxhall Road in case the school system needs the facility. ■ Gray seeking re-election amid wide field. Despite an ongoing fedSee Review/Page 27

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years. A National Park Service study concluded a few years ago that the deer population in the 2,800-acre park was out of control — four or five times the healthy levels. Officials say the deer were eating all available vegetation, crowding out other species and affecting regeneration of the woods. “Their numbers have grown so large that they’re eating nearly all the tree seedlings and preventing the forest from growing,” Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison said in a Thursday conference call with reporters announcing this year’s See Deer/Page 17

Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles is negotiating for space to reopen its popular service center in the Shops at Georgetown Park mall in May, an agency official told The Current. If it works out, the 3222 M St. spot will be the DMV’s fourth fullservice location in the District and only outlet in Northwest, offering learning permits, disability tags, non-driver IDs and other services. “We are in the process of securing new space” in the mall, DMV associate director Gabriel Robinson said Friday. He said the service center will be on the same below-grade floor as before, albeit in a slightly different location, and will provide the same broad range of services as the original. The Georgetown service center closed abruptly in May 2012 as the mall was emptied for renovation by its new owner, Vornado Realty Trust. Now the multifloor shopping complex has numerous tenants, including a T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and H&M, with an upscale new bowling

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The Shops at Georgetown Park location would be the agency’s only service center in Northwest.

alley called Pinstripes slated to open in January. Robinson said DMV is confident it will secure space there, too. Though some drivers had criticized the Georgetown Park DMV location because of its pricey underground parking and poor transit access, the closure was greeted with dismay by many residents in western parts of the city. While residents were initially directed to temporary space at 301 C St. NW to transact business, that location — like most motor vehicle offices in the city and indeed nationwide — was overcrowded, with See DMV/Page 16

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Group solar panel purchase in works for Upper Northwest

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D.C. Council waits on tax assessment bill but passes senior relief measure By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A clearly torn D.C. Council postponed consideration of a bill yesterday that would lower the cap on annual property tax increases for homeowners. But the council unanimously approved — on an initial vote — a separate measure eliminating property taxes for seniors with modest incomes.

The two measures clearly have appeal for homeowning voters in a heated election season. But neither was incorporated in the recommendations of a commission that spent the past year studying a more comprehensive revision to the District’s overall tax structure. Those recommendations, which would reduce some income and business taxes instead, are due at the council in several weeks. The D.C. Tax Revision Commission chair,

former Mayor Anthony Williams, urged the council to hold up on any tax changes until the full report can be considered. “Lots of work went into it,” Williams tweeted Tuesday morning, just before the council’s monthly meeting. That suggestion seemed to have an impact on Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, author of the bill that would slice the cap on annual property assessment hikes from 10 percent to 5 percent. Although Evans argued

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Mayor set to announce new chief librarian as MLK project progresses By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The replacement for former D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper will be announced tomorrow, according to city officials. It looks like the pattern may continue of plucking talent from Brooklyn, with the chief of that system rumored to be taking over for Cooper, who also helmed the New York borough’s libraries before coming to D.C. According to local activist Terry Lynch, the District has offered the job to Richard Reyes-

Gavilan, the chief librarian of the Brooklyn Public Library. D.C. library officials couldn’t confirm that information, saying only that Mayor Vincent Gray would publicly announce the selection at a Thursday morning news conference. Lynch, who served on former Mayor Anthony Williams’ task force on library improvements in the mid-2000s and has remained involved in such issues, said he heard the news from internal sources within the library system. A D.C. library employee who spoke anonymously said that Reyes-

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 8

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1114 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Gavilan announced to his Brooklyn staff Tuesday that he’d be departing for a new job. After seven years at the helm of D.C. Public Library system, Cooper retired and moved to Portland, Ore., in November. During her tenure 17 city libraries underwent modernizations, while plans advanced to redevelop the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown. The library system has also boasted increased circulation and longer hours, restoring Sunday operations this year. Before she came to the District, Cooper served as head librarian for the Brooklyn Pub-

lic Library from 2003 to 2007. Reyes-Gavilan, according to his resume online, has worked for the Brooklyn system since 2008, first as central library director and since 2011 as chief librarian. Before that, he worked for the New York Public Library system for 11 years. An online profile emphasizes ReyesGavilan’s focus on technology, with “much of his time ‌ devoted to reimagining libraries in the digital age,â€? as well as an interest in sharing library facilities with “like-missioned partner See Librarian/Page 16

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The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include Northwest projects at 1837 12th St., 1442 T St. and 1835-37 Wyoming Ave. ■ The National Capital Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting, which will include review of final site and building plans for the Old Post Office Building redevelopment and an informational presentation on the D.C. Streetcar System Plan. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the commission’s offices at Suite 500, 401 9th St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Business Association and the Citizens Association of Georgetown will host a mayoral debate. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Reservations are requested; call 202-337-2288.

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At-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds will hold a “Community Action Summit� on housing and neighborhood development issues in wards 2, 3, 4 and 6. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor community room at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. ■ The Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Ward 2 Education Network will host a community education forum on D.C.’s new Next Generation Science Standards. The forum will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R St. NW. Reservations are requested at W2EdNetwork@gmail.com. ■ The D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, the D.C. Public Charter School Board and D.C. Public Schools will present the DC Education Festival, featuring school exhibits, a town-hall meeting, workshops, arts and cultural performances and information on the My School DC enrollment lottery. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Registration is requested; visit dcedufest.org.

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District Digest Powell modernization brings new windows

Students at Powell Elementary School returned from winter break yesterday to find new windows installed at 1350 Upshur St. NW. The installation took place over the holiday recess as part of a $10 million modernization project the D.C. Department of General Services began at the school last summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Powell is known for having a warm and inviting atmosphere in addition to rigorous academics,â&#x20AC;? principal Janeece Docal

said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having these beautiful windows complements that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the icing on the cake.â&#x20AC;? Docal said the construction on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two wings even became an educational tool for second-graders studying engineering as they observed builders at work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The modernization became real-world learning,â&#x20AC;? she said. According to General Services Department spokesperson Darrell Pressley, the oldest windows at Powell dated back to 1959. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was time for them to be replaced,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview.

 

Pressley also listed other modernizations that have been completed during the past half-year, including electrical and plumbing work and new wall partitioning, lighting, painting and carpeting. In addition, security cameras were installed. The General Services Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next project at Powell will be to build two additional wings. The first will house more classrooms; the second will contain support spaces, including a cafeteria, a media center and a computer lab. Pressley said the timeline for this upcoming construction remains uncertain, since his agency still needs to secure further capital funds from the D.C. Council for the work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we receive funding, it will be a 12- [to] 14-month project,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Graham Vyse

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The National Capital Trolley Museum is commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the end of the last streetcar service in D.C., with a two-day â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. Transit Daysâ&#x20AC;? event. On Jan. 25 and 26, visitors to the museum will be able to ride the first of 489 modern streetcars that ran on D.C. streets from 1937 to 1962. And on Jan. 25, the museum will present an illustrated talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;H Street Corridor: Retrospective and Prospectiveâ&#x20AC;? at 1:30 p.m. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streetcars helped the city expand to the north and south into areas such as Chevy Chase. They made their last runs on 14th and U streets on Jan. 28, 1962, though the city is working today to resurrect service in parts of town. The museum, located at 1313 Bonifant Road in Colesville, Md., is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For details visit dctrolley.org or call 301-384-6088.

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Coalition working to set up Council advances plan to bury key Pepco lines solar purchase in Northwest By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Over the past 30 years, Forest Hills resident Jacques Kapuscinski has been following the evolution of solar panels. Early versions of the technology were prohibitively expensive, so he held off on adding them to his home. More recently, Kapuscinski found out about DC Solar United Neighborhoods (also known as DC SUN), a coalition of local cooperatives that mobilized dozens of homeowners in Mount Pleasant, Petworth and other neighborhoods to add solar panels to their dwellings. The group arranged a discounted bulk purchase, and Kapuscinski wanted the same in Upper Northwest. So he got a few interested neighbors on his street to band together. Forty people attended the first informational meeting. Other meetings in Ward 3 have

followed. Tonight, DC SUN will host another one about bulk purchases of solar panels for residents in Ward 3 and parts of Ward 4. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. So far, 21 homeowners in wards 3 and 4 have signed up to be part of the bulk purchase, according to Anya Schoolman, president of DC SUN. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the minimum number she needs to send out a request for proposals for an installer. Still, she wants more people to get involved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; around 40 to 50 by the end of February. At tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, DC SUN representatives will explain each participantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s savings in buying the panels in a group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; around 20 to 30 percent. The meeting will also cover the incentives residents will receive from the federal and city government for adopting the energy-effiSee Solar/Page 16

The D.C. Council yesterday took a first step toward an ambitious plan to prevent power outages by burying about a third of Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main feeder lines. By unanimous first vote, the council endorsed a financing system for the roughly $1 billion project. It roughly follows recommendations of a task force convened by Mayor Vincent Gray after the 2012 summer derecho â&#x20AC;&#x201D; raising about $500 million from surcharges on Pepco bills, $375 million from District-backed bonds, and $125 million from local and federal street-paving funds. The financing bill requires a second vote. But it

still leaves details of the undergrounding project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including identifying the 50 to 60 most vulnerable feeder lines to bury and setting a schedule for the work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the D.C. Public Service Commission. The seven-year project will focus on outlying areas of the city, as most feeders downtown are already buried. Monthly electric bills for the average District homeowner are projected to jump by $1.50 in the first year of construction, rising to a $3.25 increase by the seventh year. Low-income ratepayers can be exempted from the extra costs. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

                                 





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Theft ■ 800-899 block, 7th St.; 10 a.m. Dec. 31. ■ 800-899 block, 7th St.; 11 a.m. Jan. 2. ■ 600-699 block, 6th St.; 1:34 p.m. Jan. 2. ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 9:38 p.m. Jan. 4.

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Robbery ■ McKinley and 39th streets; noon Jan. 4. Burglary ■ 3600-3699 block, Jocelyn St.; 1 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 5314-5359 block, Nevada Ave.; 3:45 p.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto ■ 3600-3699 block, Quesada St.; 12:37 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 3230-3299 block, Worthington St.; 11:53 a.m. Dec. 31. ■ 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:48 p.m. Jan. 2. ■ 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:42 p.m. Jan. 2. Theft ■ 5600-5628 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:24 a.m. Jan. 3. ■ 3021-3099 block, Military Road; 11:35 a.m. Jan. 3.

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■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 3800-3899 block, Van Ness St.; 8:05 p.m. Jan. 4 (with knife). Burglary ■ 4300-4317 block, Fessenden St.; 5:39 a.m. Jan. 1.

■ 4401-4499 block, River Road; 8:01 a.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto ■ 4400-4499 block, Butterworth Place; 11:54 a.m. Dec. 30. ■ Garrison and 42nd streets; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 4100-4199 block, Fessenden St.; 12:38 p.m. Jan. 2. ■ 4600-4699 block, Warren St.; 1:53 p.m. Jan. 3. ■ Harrison Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 4:17 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ Albemarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 7:25 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ 4700-4799 block, Warren St.; 4:19 a.m. Jan. 5. ■ 4500-4599 block, Warren St.; 11:15 a.m. Jan. 5. Theft ■ 4200-4226 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:44 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ 3900-3999 block, Alton Place; 4:43 p.m. Jan. 4.

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■ forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

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Burglary ■ 4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:19 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft from auto ■ 3400-3499 block, Yuma St.; 4:49 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft ■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:32 p.m. Jan. 1.

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■ Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery ■ 2700-2748 block, Devonshire Place; 2:02 a.m. Jan. 5 (with gun). ■ 2700-2748 block, Devonshire Place; 2:46 a.m. Jan. 5 (with gun). Motor vehicle theft ■ 3800-3821 block, Garfield St.; 7:18 a.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto ■ 38th and Garfield streets; 5:21 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 3200-3299 block, Woodley Road; 1 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ 42nd Street and Tunlaw Road; 3:34 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ Fulton and 39th streets; 9:51 a.m. Jan. 2. ■ 2200-2274 block, Cathedral Ave.; 8:51 a.m. Jan. 3. ■ 2700-2799 block, Woodley Road; 9 a.m. Jan. 3. ■ 2500-2519 block, 28th St.; 10:26 a.m. Jan. 3. ■ 2701-2899 block, Calvert St.; 4:14 p.m. Jan. 3. ■ 2900-2999 block, Woodland Drive; 5:15 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft ■ 3820-3899 block, Garfield St.; 9 a.m. Jan. 1. ■ 2241-2318 block, Wisconsin

Ave.; 5:22 p.m. Jan. 4.

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Robbery ■ 800-899 block, Butternut St.; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30 (with gun). Theft from auto ■ 1400-1499 block, Holly St.; 12:58 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 8000-8099 block, 14th St.; 12:51 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ 6279-6899 block, Eastern Ave.; 7 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ 7800-7899 block, 12th St.; 3:35 a.m. Jan. 1. ■ 1-199 block, Walnut St.; 12:41 p.m. Jan. 5. ■ 7400-7599 block, Georgia Ave.; 8:29 p.m. Jan. 5.

Motor vehicle theft ■ 712-799 block, Madison St.; 6:32 a.m. Jan. 1. ■ 1300-1399 block, Nicholson St.; 10:45 a.m. Jan. 5. ■ 5300-5399 block, Georgia Ave.; 4 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft from auto ■ Georgia Avenue and Jefferson Street; 3:58 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft ■ 5400-5499 block, 5th St.; 7:48 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ 5100-5199 block, 16th St.; 1:41 p.m. Jan. 2. ■ 5300-5399 block Illinois Ave.; 1:34 a.m. Jan. 4.

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■ 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404

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Theft ■ 1300-1318 block, Geranium St.; 8 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ 7720-7799 block, 16th St.; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

Robbery ■ 4100-4199 block, Georgia Ave.; 7 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 4200-4205 block, Kansas Ave.; 5:59 p.m. Dec. 31.

psa PSA 402 402

Motor vehicle theft ■ 3700-3799 block, 14th St.; 12:07 a.m. Dec. 30. ■ Shepherd Street and Kansas Avenue; 8 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 1200-1299 block, Shepherd St.; 11:40 a.m. Jan. 5.

■ Brightwood / manor park

Robbery ■ 5800-5899 block, 5th St.; 8:43 p.m. Jan. 1 (with gun). Burglary ■ 5714-5799 block, 4th St.; 3:49 p.m. Dec. 30. Motor vehicle theft ■ 6316-6399 block, 14th St.; 4:15 a.m. Jan. 3. ■ 1300-1399 block, Somerset Place; 8:26 a.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto ■ 400-499 block, Oglethorpe St.; 12:24 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 300-399 block, Peabody St.; 5:22 p.m. Dec. 31. ■ 5800-5899 block, 5th St.; 11:55 a.m. Jan. 2. ■ 6400-6403 block, Georgia Ave.; 9 p.m. Jan. 3. ■ 6300-6399 block, Georgia Ave.; 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ 6400-6403 block, Georgia Ave.; 3:45 p.m. Jan. 4. ■ 1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 12:12 p.m. Jan. 5. ■ 1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 1:02 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 10 a.m. Dec. 31. ■ 6118-6199 block, 13th St.; 12:08 p.m. Dec. 31.

psa 403

■ Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Robbery ■ Georgia Avenue and Hamilton Street; 3:25 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 5300-5399 block, 4th St.; 4:05 a.m. Jan. 2 (with gun). ■ 5246-5499 block, Colorado Ave.; 6:20 p.m. Jan. 5 (with knife).

Theft from auto ■ 1400-1499 block, Quincy St.; 10:35 a.m. Dec. 31. ■ 1100-1299 block, Spring Road; 10:35 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 4400-4499 block, 14th St.; 3:14 p.m. Jan. 2. ■ 3640-3699 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:32 a.m. Jan. 4. Theft ■ 1300-1399 block, Shepherd St.; 10:13 a.m. Dec. 31. ■ 4400-4499 block, 17th St.; 10:53 p.m. Jan. 4.

psa PSA 407 407 ■ petworth

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 400-499 block, Delafield Place; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 (with gun). ■ 900-999 block, Delafield Place; 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4 (with knife). Theft from auto ■ 5000-5099 block, 1st St.; 11:50 a.m. Jan. 1. ■ 3800-3899 block, 8th St.; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 8th and Randolph streets; 3 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 3900-3999 block, Georgia Ave.; 4 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 400-499 block, Crittenden St.; 7:05 p.m. Jan. 1. ■ 3800-3899 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:54 a.m. Jan. 4. Theft ■ 700-799 block, Taylor St.; 11:14 p.m. Dec. 30. ■ 4200-4299 block, 3rd St.; 6:10 p.m. Jan. 2.


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What to say for year â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13? Not â&#x20AC;&#x153;unlucky,â&#x20AC;? as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen. It has now been 50 years Since the March on Wash. brought cheers, Oratory, exhortation For our city and our nation. Many folks â&#x20AC;&#x153;remember when,â&#x20AC;? But a lot has changed since then.

TO START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT? How about a shiny new estate plan, to organize everything for family and friends One thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure, we always care How we get from here to there. Service lane: Remove? Repave? Cleveland Park shops beg: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please SAVE.â&#x20AC;? Now, mid-block, on Conn. Ave., HAWK: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dart out! Push button. Walk.

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Council, Congress, get this right: Wages raise, not building height. Zoning changes? Never fun. Do your best, Phil Mendelson.

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Electoral reform

The nine candidates in the current mayoral race serve as a reminder of election reform that we and others have recommended in the past. Budget analyst Elissa Silverman, who ran for an at-large D.C. Council seat last year, also jogged our memory, tweeting last week that she hopes the crowded race will encourage creation of a runoff system. It wouldn’t be fair to implement such a change before the April 1 primary, but we think it’s a prime time to push for a new system for the future. We’ve advocated for a runoff before — an instant runoff in particular. In this approach, voters rank a first, second and third choice on the ballot. That’s still our preference, because it would yield a winner with a majority vote while also allowing citizens to comfortably select a dark horse as their top pick; if that dark horse lost, the voter’s second choice would rise to the top of his ballot, preventing a spoiler effect. Plus, an instant runoff would avoid the added cost of holding an additional election — one that would be unlikely to draw large crowds. At this point, though, we’d settle for any sort of runoff system. Too many local elections are settled by far less than a majority. And we’d like to undo the advantage held by incumbents when numerous opponents divide the opposition. In Ward 1, for instance, Council member Jim Graham’s three challengers this year are likely to have trouble standing out from one another. Should Mr. Graham be pitted against only one of them, however, that newcomer might have a better chance. Of course, therein lies the problem for this sort of reform: Those in power have little reason to support it. Thus a public groundswell will be necessary to see any change. The argument for reform is compelling, with the current situation no doubt spurring some would-be voters to cynically skip the polls. We think runoffs would also increase the likelihood that all candidates and officeholders would represent the interests of the whole city. With a provision for majority support, the winners will be in a stronger position to do their jobs well.

Piecemeal tax changes

Yesterday the D.C. Council considered two property tax relief bills — postponing consideration of a measure to cushion the blow of soaring assessments while passing, on first vote, a total exemption for seniors with modest incomes. We had hoped the legislators would delay action on both bills until they hear, within the month, about a proposed package of tax revisions from a specially appointed commission. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who withdrew his legislation to reduce the cap on annual increases to taxable property value assessments, said he wanted to wait for the presentation. But it appeared he also didn’t have the votes to pass his measure. And while the senior citizen measure passed on a unanimous vote, Chairman Phil Mendelson wisely requested a broader look at the situation before the council gives the bill a second review. The measure would provide an exemption on property taxes for longtime residents who are 75 years and older and have annual incomes of $60,000 or less. The chairman noted that many senior renters could use financial help as well, and some say the measure should have a higher income threshold. It would undoubtedly help to consider the measure as part of a broader effort to upgrade the city’s tax policies — exactly the chore with which Mayor Vincent Gray tasked his 11-member Tax Revision Commission. The group’s goal was to find possible relief for businesses and moderateincome residents. After working on the issue for a year, the commission unanimously adopted a package of suggested reforms, including cutting business franchise taxes, establishing new income-tax brackets, and raising slightly and expanding the sales tax — but not changing property taxes. It seems a mistake to consider property tax relief without first weighing the commission’s reasons for avoiding it. It would certainly be a waste of the commissioners’ time, including that of the chair, former Mayor Anthony Williams, who tweeted yesterday that the council should delay consideration of the two bills. We hope the council will give careful thought to the former mayor and his team’s recommendations before taking a second vote on the senior exemption — or a first vote, if one arises, on the cap reduction.

The Current

More and more and more … This year’s mayor’s race will have any number of candidate forums. The latest one is in Georgetown Thursday night. Privately, all of the candidates grouse that more neighborhood or ward groups don’t get together and sponsor big, single events rather than the foxhole-tofoxhole ground war they have to conduct. But none is bold enough to publicly call for such a plan lest he or she be seen as less committed to the campaign. No one was more aggravated by the process than then-candidate Anthony Williams, who in 1998 won against more established candidates. Williams and other candidates — including Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans making his first try for mayor — dutifully showed up night after night. “One-minute opening statements” don’t give you much time to say anything, Evans said this past week, speaking for himself and probably for other candidates. But at this point, the forums will only increase as we rush to the April 1 primary. Before a federal law required a change, the city’s primary was held in September. This is the earliest ever for a city election, so the forum gauntlet will be shorter but maybe more intense. Back in 1998, one person wrote to the online DCWatch site to complain about “the sorry spectacle of … mouthing platitudes at those stupid, repetitive, mind-numbing candidate forums.” Whether you agree or not, a forum — or two — is coming to a meeting hall near you. ■ More tax relief. Dolores Tucker has been a Ward 1 activist for more decades than she wants to count. At 84, she still owns the Euclid Street NW home that her father first bought in the 1920s before she was born. “He took his tuition money and put that on the house, and my mother was so mad at him she didn’t know what to do,” Tucker told us in an interview this week. Now Tucker hopes the home will one day — but not any day soon — go to a son. Tucker is just one of more than 4,000 senior citizens who’ll benefit from legislation passed by the council. It would exempt residential property taxes from anyone who is at least 75 years old, has lived in a home for 15 years and earns less than $60,000. “Not only do you have to keep [the house] up, but then you have taxes on top of it,” Tucker said. “Poor people on fixed incomes can’t afford it. If your income is fixed, it’s fixed.” Tucker, who still keeps lists of local citizens near her telephone and helps run things at her church, marvels at the homes and businesses and restaurant changes on nearby 11th and 14th streets. She welcomes the new residents, the new homeowners and the new taxpayers. She doesn’t worry about any money the city may lose on the tax relief for seniors. “They’re going to get tax money. They’re going to get plenty of it,” she said. “Every home or every house that’s available is snapped right up.” ■ More star power. First-time mayoral candidate Andy Shallal wins the prize so far for the most star

power associated with this mayor’s race. Veteran actor Danny Glover is coming to town on Saturday to spend the day with Shallal and to speak at a couple of churches and maybe a fundraiser or two. They’ve worked together on some social justice campaigns. “He’s going to be stumping for me,” Shallal told us on Monday. “He’s a great social justice advocate. He’s worked on TransAfrica. He’s worked on the living wage bills. He’s worked on many issues that I think we have in common.” ■ More “Hacks & Flacks.” Political reporters can’t get enough of political events, so we sometimes have our own. The latest version of Hack & Flacks will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Public Tenley bar in Tenleytown. It’s basically an unstructured gathering of political and community types (flacks) who mingle with reporters (hacks). It’s open to candidates and advocates and journalists alike. No cover, but you buy your own drinks. This one is a chance to say goodbye to Nikita Stewart. She has left The Washington Post to join The New York Times and its metro investigative unit in a couple of weeks. ■ More and more. The latest U.S. Census numbers have the city’s population up to 646,000. The city appears to be gaining a net of about 1,200 new residents a year. And the total increase over the past 10 years is just shy of the 100,000 goal that then-Mayor Anthony Williams set. Former D.C. Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi — who left office on Thursday after serving as CFO since 2000 — said the new arrivals are mostly young and employed and have two household paychecks. “They are adding a substantial dimension” to city life, Gandhi said. He said the District was, in fact, now “hip.” At the use of that word the Notebook had to stop for us both to laugh. We had never heard Gandhi be so flippant. He replied, “Now, I’m free!” The downside of the city’s recent growth is the pressure on middle- and lower-income residents who feel priced out of the city. “We have so many people who do have jobs,” said Mayor Vincent Gray told NBC4. “But even with two or three people in the household working, there’s still a challenge where the housing — the cost of it — is constantly being bid up.” The mayor said the city now has $187 million targeted for affordable housing for the poor and working poor. “The need is great,” he said, “and we want to make sure that we continue to be a city that is a place where if people want to be here, they have a reasonable chance to be here.” But the upside to the city, its stability and its financing is not lost on city leaders. “This is the largest number of people we’ve had in our population since the 1970s,” Gray said. “It’s a place where people want to be, and we’re ecstatic about it.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

TOM SHERWOOD’s

Notebook

Letters to the Editor On the Redskins, taxicabs and noise

Here are random ruminations on some of the stories of 2013: ■ On renaming the Redskins: A lot of noise has been made lately by outsiders who have not bothered to inform themselves on the history of the team. The team originated in Boston, and the name honors the patriots who dis-

guised themselves as Indians on Dec. 16, 1773, to throw the British tea shipment into Boston Harbor. No real Native Americans were involved. But of course the Professionally Offended are never hindered by mere facts. ■ On repainting the taxicabs: This has to be one of the most egregious examples of stupid government meddling I have seen in a lifetime of watching stupid government meddling. Let the Yellow Cabs stay yellow, the Silver Cabs stay silver, the Red Top Cabs stay red-topped, and all the other fleets keep their distinctive color

schemes so we can tell them apart. ■ On the ruined wedding reception (the subject of so many letters to the editor): It’s clear to me that Mr. Greene needs to find himself a place out at the far end of Loudoun County, with lots of acres, so that he is entirely surrounded by nothing and has no neighbors to disturb his precious silence. City living means having neighbors, and on occasion hearing them. Anyone who can’t deal with this has no business living in the city. J. G. Huckenpöhler Sheridan-Kalorama


The Current

Magnet schools should have central location VIEWPOINT terry lynch

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.C. Public Schools’ and Mayor Vincent Gray’s vision for a new Duke Ellington School of the Arts and for many of the city’s other top-performing magnet schools are stuck in decisions that were made decades ago. In doing so they fail to meet the needs of a dramatically changed city. As everyone can see, Washington, D.C., is not the city it was 20 or 30 years ago, or even five years ago — and the dramatic changes seem to move faster each day. To spend hundreds of millions of dollars on school modernizations at locations that were selected based on needs from decades ago does not reflect the current state of the city or the interests of the families attending these schools. Which way is the city moving? By all sights and sounds the heartbeat of the city has moved dramatically to the east, just as it once was, to revitalized, growing neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale, NoMa and H Street NE. It no longer makes sense to have schools that draw enrollment from all eight wards located in a corner of the city. They should be centrally located to provide equal access to all and to be able to take full advantage of each other and the vibrant activities the city’s central areas now offer. Ellington, the magnet arts school, would be best served, both now and with the likely growth over the next 20 years, in the fast-paced, up-and-coming central areas of Columbia Heights, NoMa, H Street or Cardozo-Eckington. These areas are easily accessible via Metro, and they are filled with the kinds of art, musical and theater activities in which the students of Ellington are engaged. This applies as well to the city’s other magnet schools. For example, School Without Walls High School is located on the city’s west side, in Foggy Bottom. This magnet academic high school is bursting at the seams with almost 600 students yet has no sports or arts facilities of its own, having to beg and borrow from other locations often at a significant distance from the school. It, too, should be relocated to a central area with a fully appropriate, modern facility with the bells and whistles all other new high schools have.

Letters to the Editor D.C. taxes shouldn’t hamper businesses

When polar opposites can sit down and hammer out a plan they can agree on unanimously, it gives citizens hope that good government for all is not a fantasy [“Tax panel recommends compromise proposal,” Dec. 25]. I am grateful for Anthony Williams’ continued leadership and service to the District of Columbia. Keeping our city’s character and charm depends on making sure that we create a business environment where entrepreneurs can

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, a top magnet serving youth from all eight wards, has sat neglected for years now and is not slated for modernization until 2017 — but it is right in the heart of the revitalizing Columbia Heights community. If Banneker were modernized and Walls and Ellington were relocated nearby, students could take advantage of courses or after-school activities at all three sites. Many colleges allow students to take courses at nearby schools — why not replicate this for our model high schools in a logistically sound way? With Howard University nearby and many of the families who use these schools having Howard University connections, all types of partnerships could be forged. The concept should also extend to the magnet middle and grade school programs. For example, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is a successful preK-through-eighth-grade program that draws students from across the city. It currently is broken up into two buildings about a mile apart, making for tremendous logistical difficulties for the administrative staff. The buildings are also hard to reach and not designed for the level of car traffic that occurs for dropoff and pickup, with families driving from all parts of the city — a similar problem for magnet high schools like Ellington. There would be side benefits as well from centralizing the city’s magnet schools. The Ellington building could again be used as a neighborhood high school with students walking there, which makes sense given the lack of a nearby Metro stop. This could relieve the tremendous overenrollment situation currently at Wilson. The buildings used by Oyster-Adams could also be returned to neighborhood school use, again relieving pressure on the overenrolled Deal Middle School. D.C. Public Schools needs to be planning school locations based on the demographics, concerns and issues of today and tomorrow, not from decades ago. To spend hundreds of millions of dollars on renovations at sites like Ellington locks the city into that use for decades to come. That approach does not best meet the needs of the current and future generations of D.C. students and families. Terry Lynch is a Mount Pleasant resident and 16-year D.C. Public Schools parent with a child currently attending School Without Walls.

succeed. The recent reduction in sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent has been a good thing that should be continued, not rolled back as the commission recommends. The reduction in the franchise tax on businesses is also an investment in making sure we have vibrant businesses that employ local citizens. The introduction of separate single and married rates will also be an investment toward building a robust economy that can weather the changing demographics of our society. Where reform is also desperately needed is in the enforcement of tax policy. Already we have seen how the careless sale of tax liens opened some of our most vulnera-

ble to predatory developers. But we should also examine how punitive and damaging the current penalties and interest rates charged by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue can be to individuals and small businesses. In comparison to commercial rates and fees, the District is practically usurious. As a longtime resident of Washington, I’ve constantly heard a refrain from residents and business owners alike that “I wish it wasn’t such a ‘gotcha’ game with D.C.” As the D.C. Council moves forward with its inevitable tweaking of the commission’s proposal, I urge legislators to consider these points as well. Phil Lepanto Owner, Old School Hardware

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Last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase Citizens Association meeting featured updates about our association and our community, the approval of a proposed update of association bylaws and a holiday celebration of community that included refreshments. Thanks are particularly due to business members Arucola Osteria Italiana for providing pizza, Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for providing a vegetable platter, the Parthenon for providing a hummus platter and Subway for providing a sandwich platter. At the meeting, at-large D.C. Council member David Grosso provided a legislative update and answered questions. Discussed topics included a proposal for public financing of campaigns, the fiscal year 2015 budget process, ideas to preserve local small businesses, ways to improve health care, an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana, a proposal to seal records of those convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, a proposal to prevent the shackling of pregnant women prisoners, the installation of streetcars, improvement of council ethics, public school boundary and feeder issues, and efforts to ensure highquality public elementary and middle schools. In addition, association president Jonathan Lawlor briefly discussed our 2013 highlights, including co-sponsoring Chevy Chase DC Day, maintaining the rain and butterfly gardens at the Chevy Chase Community Center, and coordinating our Neighborhood Watch Program, as well as informative programs and other activities. For more information, visit our website at chevychasecitizens.org. Lawlor also previewed our meetings for the remainder of our 20132014 program year. The first meeting in 2014 will be on Feb. 18 at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave. NW), featuring a celebration of local art. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with local art on display. Around 7:30 p.m. there will be an interlude for our regular meeting. Other meetings are scheduled for March 18 (co-sponsored with Northwest Neighbors Village), April 15 (annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? meeting) and May 20 (annual election and public safety meeting). All are welcome to attend. More details will be posted at chevychasecitizens.org as they become available. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

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Sidwell rebuilding after losing Hart By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Sidwell’s boys basketball team has been one of the premier squads in the Mid-Atlantic Conference over the past four years, winning three league championships during that span and appearing in every title game. But the Quakers will be hardpressed to reach their championship standard without 2013 graduate Josh Hart, who was among the best players in the area last year. So far this season, the squad has been in rebuilding mode, starting the year with a 3-8 record, including an 0-3 mark in MAC games. “The group isn’t non-talented — it’s just very inexperienced, and you see it at times,” said Quakers coach Eric Singletary. “A lot of our losses have been very close. [We’ve been] winning in the fourth quarter, but we don’t know how to finish games, which is typical of a young team. … They’re just struggling to find that confidence and finishing ability.” It’s a major change for Sidwell, whose winning tradition was built not only around Hart but also Jamal Lewis, now a University of Pennsyl-

vania sophomore averaging 17 points per game. As for Hart, the Villanova freshman just earned Big East rookie of the week honors in a 19-point outburst, while averaging nearly 10 points per game. With the graduation of Hart and six other seniors from last year’s team, Sidwell has a major void to fill with new faces. “I’m still excited,” said Singletary. “I’m just encouraging them and talking consistently about the plays that are out there for them to make and that nobody else is going to do them.” To help accelerate his players’ development, Singletary has had the team look at game film more often. “Sometimes you can tell a kid they’re doing something, but when they see it themselves on film they’re like, ‘Oh coach, I didn’t realize that.’ We’ve incorporated it a lot more this year with the younger group,” he said. It’s a season where game experience — both in good and bad moments — will be critical for building the team toward a playoff push. “Just giving them the opportunity” is important, said Singletary. “If

they make enough mistakes and see enough situations that we talk about, hopefully they push through and have a breakthrough moment.” Some players have already begun the process of breaking out. Junior point guard Aaron Washington has settled into his role as the team’s floor general. “He looks good,” said Singletary. “He’s starting to get more confident. He’s not a natural point guard, so he was thrust in this position. But it will See Quakers/Page 12

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Without 2013 graduate Josh Hart, the Quakers find themselves as the underdogs this season. The team hopes to learn from mistakes early in the season and build momentum to make a playoff push.

Cadets senior shows versatility at Under Armour All-America game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Cadets senior quarterback Will Ulmer, left, was a dual threat as a passer and runner for St. John’s last fall. The coaches at the Under Armour event put his athleticism to the test by moving him to wideout. Ulmer showed he could play the new position with ease.

High school football players across the country share the goal of earning an Under Armour All-America jersey. It’s a ticket that essentially declares its wearers among the top 90 high school players in the country, and it also means a chance to showcase talent in an all-star game. St. John’s senior quarterback Will Ulmer scored a spot at the event this season, heading to Florida Dec. 27 for several days of practice before the Jan. 2 game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Despite seeing so much skill on the field, Ulmer wasn’t intimidated. “I definitely felt that I had the advantage over a lot of guys,” he said. “There was great talent there. But I felt like my speed and skill set stood out.” When Ulmer — who will play for the University of Maryland at College Park next season — first arrived in Florida, the Under Armour coaches asked him to switch positions and play wide receiver rather than quarterback. Though he sees himself as a quarterback at the college level, Ulmer was willing to make that move. The senior had seen some snaps at receiver at St. John’s — as part of some of the creative looks the Cadets offense showed last season — but the Under Armour event marked his first time getting into the nuances of the

position. “It wasn’t too bad of an adjustment given that I’m very athletic and fast,” said Ulmer. “I still felt very fast against the top talent in the country. It was a pretty good adjustment — there were just a couple of things I needed to learn.” Ulmer said his versatility seemed to catch the eye of observers at the event. “The coaches said I’m very explosive. They couldn’t tell that I never played receiver before,” he said. “They said I would be good at it.” Despite that feedback, he remains steadfast that at Maryland his “goal is quarterback.” He said Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has assured him he’ll be playing in that spot. “I talked to Coach Locksley and he’s very excited to keep me at quarterback,” Ulmer said. “And he believes that there’s an opportunity for me to play as a freshman.” The Under Armour event capped an illustrious high school career for Ulmer, who led St. John’s to the league title game last fall and was named the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference’s first-team quarterback. But now his focus has shifted to College Park. “Now it’s time to move forward to bigger and better things,” said Ulmer. “I’m looking forward to getting back to quarterback and just from there moving on to college and hopefully … the next level after that.”


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Gonzaga junior quarterback Nick Johns, who missed the second half of the football season with a collarbone injury suffered in October, recovered in time to go to Florida for the recent Under Armour combine, where players go through drills, practices and workouts for evaluators. The event serves as a major college recruiting opportunity during the Under Armour All-America festivities, which took place Dec. 27 through Jan 2. For Johns, making it to the event became his goal after he was ruled out for the remainder of Gonzaga’s football season following his Oct. 5 injury. Johns was able to keep his recovery on schedule and began training before the event to get back into football shape. “It’s a hundred percent as of a month ago,” Johns said of his recovery. “I started lifting and I’m back to 100 percent — and back to where I was at the beginning of the season, so it turned out pretty well.” The injury had cooled off the Gonzaga junior’s recruiting, but he was able to reignite interest at the

combine. He tested well in the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, 185-pound bench press and broad jump. Johns has drawn interest from a slew of Division I football programs across the country, and he has an offer from the University of Virginia. “They told me I was the best quarterback there out of all the quarterbacks they saw,” said Johns. “They said my combine times at each event were impressive. They really enjoyed me down there. I hope I can be back down there for the All-American game.” While at the combine, Johns also had a chance to bond with Gonzaga teammate and fellow junior offensive lineman Richie Petitbon. “Hanging out with Richie and making new friends with all of the top guys from across the country — and possibly future teammates — was great,” said Johns. The junior said his strong showing at the combine was just the first step. Aside from setting up his prospects for college, the quarterback hopes to leave a legacy with the Eagles. “[The injury] motivated me a lot,” said Johns. “I’ve been working really hard to get back into things.

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Nick Johns reportedly wowed scouts at the combine.

Now I’m all the way back. I’m going to keep building on top for what I’ve worked for. I think we should win the whole thing without a doubt next year.”

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help him become a better player overall.” The team has also leaned on sophomore guard Mickey Bell, who saw plenty of playing time as a freshman. “Mickey Bell played a prominent role on last year’s team,” said Singletary. “He’s our leading scorer. We’re just trying to get him to be more aggressive.”

❝I want us to be a tough out. I hope that if we build our confidence and get a few more wins, the guys will catch some momentum come playoff time.❞ — Sidwell coach Eric Singletary And the Quakers have also seen junior guard Alex Gamble step into a bigger role. “He’s doing a really good job for us,” said Singletary. “He’s our second leading scorer. He’s a really good rebounder. He has really come into his own.”

Scores Dec. 18 through Jan. 6

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Wilson 65, Ballou 28 Walls 50, Wash. Metropolitan 48 Sidwell 53, Landon 45 Cardozo 93, Bell 85 Covenant Life 73, Burke 22 GDS 55, Sidwell 50 Woodson 71, Walls 22 Roosevelt 57, McKinley 51

Wilson 57, Eastern 56 Covenant Life 57, WIS 44 Coolidge 62, Coral Springs 55 Ballou 74, Walls 71 GDS 71, Field 45 Roosevelt 68, Eastern 59 Anacostia 56, Wilson 55 Washington Metropolitan 71, Bell 70 GDS 91, Sandy Spring 55 St. John’s 74, Wise 61 St John’s 67, Gonzaga 59 Maret 61, Cesar Chavez 49 Gonzaga 82, American 37 Maret 66, North Point 52 Sidwell 67, Annapolis Area

The Quakers are relying on Gamble, Washington and senior forward Matt Levy for guidance. The squad has especially looked to Levy, who provides a post presence and fires up his teammates. “He’s a tremendous leader for us,” said Singletary. “He’s played for me since middle school. He knows exactly what I’m looking for.” Singletary also has high hopes for freshman guard Jelani Williams. “We think he’s going to be a really good player,” the coach said. “He’s been really exciting at times. He has a chance to be really special.” With youth across the board, Sidwell doesn’t enter the season as the favorite for the MAC championship, but for Singletary that hasn’t been the goal. He has strived to build a team that outplays the opposition regardless of talent. With that relentless effort, he hopes the Quakers can be a factor during the playoffs. “My only goal and objective as a coach at Sidwell is to be a tough out,” said Singletary. “All the championships have been great. But I want us to be a tough out. I hope that if we build our confidence and get a few more wins, the guys will catch some momentum come playoff time.” The Quakers will try to get on a roll when they host St. Albans on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Christian 62 St. John’s 89, North Charleston 46 Roosevelt 62, Dover High 48 St. Albans 49, McDonogh 35 St. John’s 65, Wando 60 Brooklyn Collegiate 78, Roosevelt 71 Putnam City High 60, Gonzaga 54 St. John’s 68, Imhotep 54 Paul VI 69, Gonzaga 47 Maret 80, Landon 56 Coolidge 77, Miller 68 Roosevelt 68, Clinton Christian 67

DeMatha 75, Wilson 38 St. Albans 76, Flint Hill 68 Bishop Gorman 57, Gonzaga 49 St. Stephen’s 62, Sidwell 50 St. John’s 87, Kecoughtan 72 Maret 65, Woodlawn 52

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Bell 54, Cardozo 11 Coolidge 60, Walls 27 Wilson 68, Ballou 46 Bullis 40, GDS 37 MATHS 61, Bell 57 Sidwell 69, Stone Ridge 65 Episcopal 57, Field 14

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Last July my house on Cathedral Avenue had a bad fire and I lost my toys. It happened at 3:30 in the morning when I was asleep. I had to go outside in my pajamas and no shoes. My dad burned his feet. My cats Titus and Tillman were OK. We had to live in a hotel. Now we live in a house on MacArthur Boulevard. I am excited for my old house to be fixed in September because I will have a bigger closet. I was sad because most of my Christmas ornaments got burned. One day at school there was a big surprise. The whole kindergarten gave us new Christmas ornaments and lights and stockings and candy canes! My favorite ornaments are Hello Kitty, Santa, snowflakes and the angel for the top. My teacher Miss Flannery gave my dad a Maryland Terps ornament because he went there. My teachers Miss Flannery and Mrs. Wignall made a great card with my class.

Students at 13 District schools are among approximately 16,000 high school seniors nationwide selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists have an opportunity to compete for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $35 million. The scholarships will be awarded in the spring. Semifinalists at D.C. schools are: â&#x2013;  Field School: James F. Catterall and Nicholas Stares. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Day School: Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, Griffin T. Black, Fatima G. Fairfax, Veronica M. Kane, Shelby A. Mahaffie and Julia H. Novey. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Emma A. Keegan and Lauren E. Singer. â&#x2013;  Gonzaga College High School: Alexander P. Bonham, Aidan Fielding, John F. Giordano, Tyler O. Jones and Erich P. Meissner. â&#x2013;  Maret School: Michael C. Laporte and Miriam L. Pierson. â&#x2013;  National Cathedral School: Ann B. Graham, Rachel J. Kellogg, Skylar E.

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the living room to the dining area. Here, prospective homeowners can see the bounty of natural light that the wide main window, occupying much of the east wall, provides. In the dining room, there’s also a contemporary chandelier providing light. White cabinetry, with a builtin wet bar between storage units, takes up the south wall of this eating area. The kitchen is divided into two separate areas — one for cooking and the other for cleanup. One side features a washerdryer combination unit and a deep sink as well as a large refrigerator with double doors. The opposite end has a built-in microwave and stainless steel electric oven and five-burner cooktop. The unit’s neutral motif continues in the kitchen, with white cabinets and subway backsplash tiles, as well as granite counters. The sunlight streaming from the dining room’s window enhances the brightness of the area. Across from the kitchen is a

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This renovated three-bedroom condo unit on Connecticut Avenue is priced at $545,000. shared bathroom and a linen closet with double doors. The master suite has corner sliding windows, providing plenty of sunshine. It also has a walk-in closet that passes through the private bath, which has textured ceramic tiles and a pedestal sink. Along the same hallway are the two other bedrooms, outfitted with double-door closets. The second largest room is directly across the hallway from the master. It, too, enjoys ample natural light, with its corner sliding windows facing parts

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of Connecticut Avenue. In the middle of the hallway is the smallest bedroom, which could also serve as an office or study. The nine-story building was built in 1948. Its amenities include an exercise room, roof terrace and 24-hour attendant at the front desk. Indoor parking can be separately purchased from the building. Giant, Whole Foods, Politics and Prose and Starbucks are within walking

distance from the building, and the Van Ness Metro stop is also a few blocks away. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo unit at 4600 Connecticut Ave. is listed at $545,000. For more information, contact Anslie Stokes Milligan at McEnearney Associates Inc. at 202-270-1081 or anslie@stokesrealtor.com. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.


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1991 because of erosion problems so severe that the then-strapped District government did not have the funds to maintain it. Ever since the closure, supporters of reopening the road have said it provided a critical east-west pathway through the park, linking residents in wards 1 and 4 to stores, schools and jobs in more affluent Ward 3. Opponents have said the narrow stream valley was never an appropriate site for a road, and that it should be converted to a woodland path with permeable surface. The battle played out in advisory neighborhood commissions, the John A. Wilson Building and, ultimately, the courts. In 2001, then-Mayor Anthony Williams said Klingle should be converted permanently into a trail. In 2003, the D.C. Council rejected his recommendation, demanding that the closed stretch through Rock Creek Park be repaired and reopened. But the National Park Service, apparently reluctant to endorse that plan, dallied over a required environmental review. Then in 2008, Ward 3 Council

member Mary Cheh persuaded her colleagues to reverse their vote and authorize a permanent road closure, a new trail and correction of longstanding stormwater problems in the stream valley. The federal government approved a â&#x20AC;&#x153;finding of no significant impactâ&#x20AC;? for that project in March 2011. And finally, in 2012, a U.S. District Court judge rejected a legal challenge to the trail from some angry residents in Ward 4, saying the congestion and transportation impacts they cited stemmed from the 1991 closure, not the proposed construction of a trail. Since then, the Transportation Department has been planning in earnest, in consultation with the Park Service, D.C. Historic Preservation Office and affected utility companies. The federal government is expected to pay 83 percent of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost, according to a Transportation Department spokesperson. A cost estimate was not available. More information is available at ddotfiles.com/KlingleValleyTrail. The public update session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library on Thursday, Jan. 16.

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cient system. There are also Solar Renewable Energy Credits, tradable certificates that can be sold upfront for a fixed price. Participants receive a credit for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity produced by a solar energy system. Without the bulk purchase, the owner of a typical row house would pay around $13,500 to $22,500 to go

solar without counting incentives, according to DC SUNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimates. With a bulk purchase (and a Solar Renewable Energy Credit upfront payment), the group says, row house owners pony up around $7,050 to $11,750 each in initial costs. Including tax credits and estimated cost savings, homeowners will have spent $3,330 to $5,490 after one year, the group says. Randy Speck, a Chevy Chase

advisory neighborhood commissioner who installed 10 panels at his home five years ago, notes that the costs of solar panels have gone down dramatically recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our installation cost $21,000,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a third of that paid through rebates from the District government. Another third of the cost was covered by the federal tax credit. By now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recovered our cost.â&#x20AC;?

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long lines for even the most basic transactions. The agency has urged residents to use dmv.dc.gov for the many services that can be completed online, including renewals of driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses and vehicle registrations. But some transactions, such as knowledge tests, eye tests and photos, still require an appearance in person.

Agency officials had reportedly been seeking space in Northwest, while Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans urged the agency to reopen the Georgetown office as soon as possible. Last week the Old Georgetown Board approved, without debate, designs for signage for the new service center. The departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other full-service facilities are located at 3220 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 2350 Washington Place NE, and 95 M St. SW.

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organizations.â&#x20AC;? One recent achievement was introducing a collaborative learning space, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;information commons,â&#x20AC;? in Brooklyn last January. Since Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s departure, Joi Mecks, who had served as the library systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of communications, has served as interim chief. For whoever takes over the permanent role, one major task will be overseeing the renovation of the King building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a topic that has been debated and planned for many

years. Currently, the city has committed to either redeveloping a standalone library at 901 G St. NW, or expanding the facility so it could be shared with other uses, most likely office or residential. Of the 10 architect teams that initially competed for the high-profile project, three made the short list: Vancouver-based Patkau Architects, with Ayers Saint Gross and Krueck and Sexton; the Dutch firm Mecanoo, with the D.C.-based Martinez and Johnson Architecture; and the international firm STUDIOS Archi-

tecture, with the Freelon Group. The teams are slated to present their proposals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both for a standalone building and a mixed-use project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the public on Feb. 15. In an email, D.C. library spokesperson George Williams wrote that a technical evaluation committee along with an advisory panel will then recommend a winning team, with the final selection announced the week after. The District has budgeted more than $100 million to renovate the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe structure, which opened in 1972.


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deer cull plan. The Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate goal is to reduce the deer population from roughly 330 to 60, and then maintain the population at that level. The agency intends to use U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters for the initial population cull, and then a still-undetermined mix of lethal and nonlethal measures to keep deer levels at about 60. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 to 20 deer per square mile, instead of 77 per square mile as of November 2013, according to the Park Service. Meat from killed deer will be donated to charity; last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient was the DC Central Kitchen. Specific dates and locations for the sharpshootings wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be announced, but they will take place between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. on various nights. The park is closed at dark regardless, and short-term road closures would go into effect in the specific shooting areas, potentially as early as 6:30 p.m. but generally after 9:30. Streets that could close as early as 6:30 are Ross Drive, Ridge Road south of Grant Road, and Glover Road south of the horse center. Other potentially affected streets, whose closures would not take place before 9:30 p.m., include Beach Drive, Wise Road and the rest of Ridge and Glover roads, among others. Military Road, Rock Creek Parkway, Broad Branch Road and Tilden and Porter streets will not be affected. Park Service spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles wrote in an email to The Current that details, including road closures, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be available in advance because of safety concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people know when and where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occurring they could reasonably be expected to try and show up which would put both themselves [at] risk but also the operational teams,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. The deer culling plan has drawn

fierce resistance from some residents and animal rights groups. They argue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; citing experts theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve consulted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that the present deer population is not a problem, and that regardless contraception measures would be a far better solution. These opponents filed a federal lawsuit against the deer cull plan, but a judge rejected that suit early last year, accepting the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert judgment that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deer contraception technology wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet its needs. The agency subsequently began the process of reducing the deer population, killing 20 on March 29, 2013. An appeal by the opponents is pending. Chevy Chase resident Carol Grunewald, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, also criticized the Monday night deer cull in particular. In cold weather, animals need to bunker down and expend little energy, she said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and gunshots in the park disrupted that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last night, every animal species in and around that park that really needed to be conserving energy to stay alive was instead greatly stressed,â&#x20AC;? Grunewald said in an interview yesterday. She also said the cold weather would reduce the dexterity of the marksmen, increasing the risk that a deer would be painfully injured instead of quickly killed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever decided to go ahead with this on the coldest night in 20 years should be fired,â&#x20AC;? said Grunewald. Anzelmo-Sarles said the cull was appropriate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reduction actions would not have occurred, if at any point, there was a concern regarding the weather,â&#x20AC;? she wrote, adding that the 16 deer were killed Monday â&#x20AC;&#x153;safely and without incident.â&#x20AC;? The Park Service hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t said specifically how many times it will conduct the deer reduction efforts in the next three months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will go out this year for as many nights as it takes to bring the population down by 106 deer,â&#x20AC;? the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nick Bartolomeo said in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference call.

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of more expensive homes, and because the District already has the lowest property tax rate in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We already have mechanisms to reduce property taxes,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said at a legislative briefing Monday, citing the homestead deduction for all owner-occupants, and a similar even more generous tax break for seniors. But on the second bill, which would waive property taxes altogether for homeowners over 75 with household incomes under $60,000 and who have owned their homes for at least 15 years, there was less resistance. With those caveats, the bill introduced by at-large

member Anita Bonds would have limited impact, affecting only 4,362 residents. It would cost the city $5.3 million the first year, and $21.7 million over the next several years. But as passed on first reading, it would not take effect until funding is identified to offset those costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provides much needed relief for those of very limited income,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 1 member Jim Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many seniors are house poor. â&#x20AC;Ś We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to sell their houses. We want them to stay in the District.â&#x20AC;? But Mendelson, again, was skeptical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bill provides no relief for 75-year-old renters,â&#x20AC;? who may have even lower income, he said. But he, too, voted yes after Bonds agreed to discuss alternatives prior to a final vote.

    

    

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Wednesday january 8 Class ■ Gyrotonic instructors and exercise specialists Ellen Barlow and Francesca Jandasek will lead an osteoporosis support group in exercises focused on improving balance and preventing falls. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Center, Suite 217, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. frontdesk@elementscenter.com. Concerts ■ Ethiopian singer-songwriter Wayna will perform a mix of soul, rock, reggae and world music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present soprano Ana María Martínez (shown) and pianist Thomas Jaber. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Singer-songwriter Amanda Shires will perform her blend of Americana and altcountry music. 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Chang-rae Lee will discuss his novel “On Such a Full Sea.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Author Shane Harris will discuss how

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Events Entertainment a small group of government officials built the vast national security apparatus at the center of the debate over surveillance and privacy. 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Gretchen Rubin will discuss her book “Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.” 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. ■ Richard Breitman, professor of history at American University, will discuss “President Roosevelt and Early News of the Holocaust.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. ushmm.org/events/breitmanlecture. Thursday, Jan. 9 Thursday january 9 Antiques show ■ The Washington Winter Show — featuring antiques and fine arts — will open with a champagne reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers, from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; and for gala patrons and young collectors, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $145 to $500. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. Class ■ The Washington Network Group will

present an interactive workshop led by Your Edge for Success LLC president Katherine Metres on “Selling Yourself on Paper: An Employer’s Perspective on Cover Letters and Résumés That Work.” 4 to 6:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Regus at Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW. washingtonnetworkgroup.com. Concerts ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society Adult Gospel Choir will perform works by Raymond Wise and Stanley Thurston. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Brass quintets from the Marine Band and the National Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of the “NSO in Your Neighborhood” series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ The “NSO in Your Neighborhood” series will feature National Symphony Orchestra musicians Aaron Goldman, Eugene Mondie and Sue Heineman performing classical works. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Lincoln Room, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. kennedy-center.org/nso. ■ The Alex Hamburger Quartet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $10. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. twinsjazz.com. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk

Thursday, january 9 ■ Discussion: Kate DiCamillo (shown), the 2014 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will join her predecessors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson to discuss the program’s advocacy efforts. 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. by independent environmental professional Robert B. Smythe on “Climate Change: Science vs. Politics.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Law professor Thomas Healy will discuss his book “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind — and Changed the History of Free Speech in America.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Dan Balz will discuss his book “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. ■ Historian C.L. Bragg will discuss his book “Crescent Moon Over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty.” 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Drew Chapman will discuss his book “Ascendant.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Reza Zarghamee will discuss his book “Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ John Gurche, artist in residence at the Museum of the Earth’s Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, N.Y., will discuss his book “Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us          

Understand Our Origins.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Gary Shteyngart will discuss his memoir “Little Failure.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A discussion series on award-winning young fiction writers will focus on Salvatore Scibona’s “The End,” a finalist for the National Book Award in 2008 and winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award in 2009. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Financial planner Alexa von Tobel will discuss her book “Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ The “Authors Out Loud” series will feature a talk by Lori Rotskoff, a cultural historian and author of “When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made.” 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3254. ■ Kelly Lambert, professor of psychology at Randolph Macon College, will discuss “The Parental Brain: Transformations and Adaptations.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films ■ The National Archives will present the 2007 documentary “The Loving Story,” a behind-the-scenes look at the legal challenges and emotional turmoil of the landmark case that overturned laws against interracial marriage. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Director Erik Proulx will present his documentary “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley,” about the reverberations around Pennsylvania State University after the trial and conviction of Jerry Sandusky. 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 365daysthefilm.com. Performances ■ Gus Heagerty, resident assistant director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, will direct a staged reading of “Vincent in Brixton,” a fictionalized account of Vincent van Gogh’s early years in London. 6 p.m. $8 to $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. ■ The collective LYGO DC and ODB Live! will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Courtney Fearrington. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th St. NW. lygodc.com. ■ Underground Comedy and LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Courtney Fearrington, Sean Joyce and Mike James. 8:30 p.m. $15. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. lygodc.com. ■ Busboys and Poets will present its monthly “Nine on the Ninth” poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Special event ■ “Winternational: A Global Celebration of the Season” will feature cultural performances, a gingerbread cookie decorating See Events/Page 19


Continued From Page 18 station, cultural exhibitors, and complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and apple cider. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. itcdc.com/ Upcoming-Events/Winternational.aspx. Friday,january Jan. 10 Friday 10 Antiques show â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques and fine arts, with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southern Celebrations: Traditions Handed Down.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $20. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. The show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mompou, Schumann and Cambini. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will perform. Dance lessons at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Classical pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform. 7 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Nicholas David will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. thehamiltondc.com. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort, vocalists Rosa Lamoreaux and William Sharp, and Philadelphia-based baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brave New World,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the musical interpretations of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO in Your Neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? series will feature National Symphony Orchestra musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Jan Chong, Mark Evans, Joe Connell and Rick Barber performing classical and popular music. 8 to 9 p.m. Free. Lincoln Room, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. kennedy-center.org/nso. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin will perform her blend of folk, urban and pop music. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. â&#x2013;  David Wright & The Wright Touch will perform jazz selections. 8 and 10 p.m. $16. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. twinsjazz.com. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. â&#x2013;  Virginia-based band Chamomile and Whiskey will perform. 10:30 p.m. $5. The Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202223-6941. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show will feature a lecture by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, founders of the Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, on the history and evolution of Southern cuisine. 10:30 a.m. $135. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. â&#x2013;  Ishmael Beah will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radiance of Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz Film Fridayâ&#x20AC;? series will fea-

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Events Entertainment ture the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Jacob Kornbluthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inequality for All,â&#x20AC;? about the chasm between the very rich and everybody else. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations suggested. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The 18th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partoviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closed Curtain.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature Kim Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebelle (War Witch).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $6 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performance â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present its fourth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Shelf: The Best Stories of the Year,â&#x20AC;? featuring eight finalists. 7:30 p.m. $22. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. speakeasydc.com. Special event â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. events@gloverparkvillage.org. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 7 p.m. $59 to $560. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Saturday, Jan. 11

Saturday january 11 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake Up Your Saturdays: Prompting the Bardâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance for children and parents to explore the designs of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays and take a closer look at language and prompt books used in productions (for ages 6 through 12). 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Galette des Roisâ&#x20AC;? will feature a storytime accompanied by Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cake to celebrate the Epiphany. 10:30 a.m. $5 to $8. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  NSO Kinderclassics will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola,â&#x20AC;? featuring violinist Karen Lowry-Tucker, violist Elizabeth Pelju-Owen and cellistmagician Drew Owen. 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a choral workshop featuring works by Bach, Haydn, Gounod, Brahms, Rach-

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features bluegrass, gospel, country and rock â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jan. 24 through Feb. 23. A story of hope, love and healing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Violetâ&#x20AC;? is set in the early 1960s and follows the story of a physically scarred young woman, who travels across the South in search of a televangelistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing miracle. In Oklahoma, Violet meets two soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth. Tickets cost $15 to $62. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Themaninoff, Thompson, Lauridsen and Leavitt. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 16th and O streets NW. peterbaum@cox.net. â&#x2013;  A symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medical and Modern Yogaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a keynote address by Dean Ornish of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $100 to $180; reservations required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. medicalyogasymposium.com. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The aging-in-place group Glover Park Village will present a tai chi class for beginners led by instructor Geri Grey. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. events@gloverparkvillage.org. â&#x2013;  Knowledge Commons DC will present a class led by Neal Fersko on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise of Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll, 1945 to 1962.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Communiverse, 1406 Webster St. NW. knowledgecommonsdc.org. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO in Your Neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? series, National Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will conduct a DC Youth Orchestra

atre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800982-2787; fords.org. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University and Nomadic Theatre will present a senior thesis production of Caryl Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Mouthful of Birdsâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 16 through 25 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. Loosely based on Euripidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bacchae,â&#x20AC;? this bold collage of vignettes depicts a Dionysian clash of seven urbanites on the verge of violent transformation. Tales of possession, lust and madness hinge on a swirling blend of contemporary and ancient forces. Tickets cost $5 to $12. The Georgetown University campus is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu.

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Continued From Page 19 day Morning Music Club will present a concert. 4 p.m. Free. Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 16th and O streets NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Como Mamas, a gospel trio from Mississippi, and Grace & Tony, a Tennessee-based husband-and-wife â&#x20AC;&#x153;punkgrassâ&#x20AC;? duo, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Award-winning arranger Gyorgy Kurtag will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kafka Fragments, for soprano and violin,â&#x20AC;? featuring the writings of Franz Kafka. 8 p.m. $20 to $33.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Nashville performer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale will perform, followed by D.C.-based singer Natalie York. 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  CafĂŠ Philo DC will meet to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is Personal Identity and Can We Change It?â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Large Meeting Room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  American University professor Chris

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Sunday january 12 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Czech theater artist, choreographer, director and author Mirenka CechovĂĄ will lead creative and experimental physical theater workshops. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for participants of all levels; 2 to 6 p.m. for intermediate and advanced participants. $15 to $40. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and Knowledge Commons DC will present a workshop led by Catherine Wood on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money Resolutions 101: Getting Out of Debt.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. knowledgecommonsdc.org. â&#x2013;  The Washington School of Psychiatry will host a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grief and the Elderly.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 4 p.m. $15; reservations required. Suite 400, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-237-2700. Concerts â&#x2013;  The locally based groups Dead Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hollow and Smoke nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mangos will perform. 2:30 p.m. $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. â&#x2013;  The Steinway Series will feature vio-

Saturday, january 11 â&#x2013;  Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist David Greilsammer performing alternating sonatas by Scarlatti and Cage. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.

linist James Stern (shown), cellist Steve Honigberg and pianist Audrey Andrist performing works by Beethoven and Korngold. 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street lobby 30 minutes before the performance. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Raphael Trio will perform selections from the piano trio repertoire. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â&#x2013;  Guest organist James Hicks will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  The African Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir will perform childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. 6 p.m. Free. Northeastern Presbyterian Church, 2112 Varnum St. NE. 202-526-1730. â&#x2013;  The hip-hop duo The ReMINDers will perform in a preview concert for the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $51 to $67. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Orchestra will present a CinĂŠ-Concert featuring the world premiere of an orchestral score by Andrew Simpson for Buster Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1926 silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The General.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. 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. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO in Your Neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? series, National Symphony Orchestra musicians Aaron Goldman, Charles Nilles, Joe Connell and Tony Nalker will perform jazz and chamber music. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, 1007 H St. NE. kennedy-center.org/nso. â&#x2013;  The Bobby Muncy Band will perform jazz selections. 8 and 10 p.m. $10. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. twinsjazz.com.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  George Washington University creative writing instructor Jody Bolz will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow Play,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and J. Michael Lennon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norman Mailer: A Double Life,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on Facture, the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new journal for conservation, will feature Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator; Melanie Gifford, research conservator; Lisha Glinsman, conservation scientist; Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture; and Kimberly Schenk, head of paper conservation. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will feature Christine Ibarra and Erin PlossCampoamorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Las Marthas,â&#x20AC;? about the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas. A discussion will follow. 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202939-0794. â&#x2013;  The Wagner Society will present Hilan Warshawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jews,â&#x20AC;? about the notoriously anti-Semitic German opera composer Richard Wagner and his complex personal relationships with Jews. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 703-370-1923. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Buffalo Sabres. 3 p.m. $53 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Monday, Jan. 13 Monday january 13 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital DCPLâ&#x20AC;? will feature instruction on downloading books, magazines and more from the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. 6:30 p.m. Free; attendees should bring their own fully charged device, cords and library card. Conference Room, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202243-1188. 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;  The Bombay Royale, a Melbourne, Australia-based ensemble, will perform surf, disco and funk tunes inspired by 1960s and 1970s Bollywood. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO in Your Neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? series, musicians Natasha Bogachek, Zino Bogachek and Eric deWaardt will perform classical works. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Seventhday Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Ave. NE. kennedy-center.org/nso. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Katherine Metres on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cover Letters & Resumes That Score the Interview.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-3871582. See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 ■ Providence Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center will present a program on diabetes. The event will include complimentary A1C diabetes and blood pressure testing. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. The event will repeat Jan. 27 and Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon. ■ Senior object conservator Daphne Barbour and research conservator Melanie Gifford, will discuss Facture, the National Gallery of Art’s new journal for conservation. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mirta Ojito will discuss her book “Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an AllAmerican town.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Sue Monk Kidd will discuss her novel “The Invention of Wings.” 7 p.m. $15 to $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Library will host the “Marvelous Movie Mondays” series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. ■ Georgetown University’s Mortara Center will present Eva Orner’s documentary “The Network,” a behind-the-scenes look at Afghanistan’s largest and most successful television station. A post-screening discussion will feature Orner and Saad Mohseni, CEO of the MOBY Group in Afghanistan. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. thenetworkfilm.eventbrite.com. ■ “Books on Film” will feature John Curran’s 2006 film “The Painted Veil,” based on a novel by Somerset Maugham. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present short films in conjunction with the current exhibit “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 700 Independence Ave. SW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present William A. Levey’s 1979 film “Skatetown, U.S.A.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. wpfs.org. Performance ■ Storyteller Bill Grimmette will present “Meet Dr. King,” featuring Martin Luther King Jr.’s own words. 6:30 p.m. Free. Black Studies Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Reading ■ The theater company Crash of Rhinos will present a staged reading of Malcolm Pelles’ new comedy “Slam Theatre 3.0.” 7:30 p.m. Free. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. theconservatory.org/now-playing.html. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Tuesday january 14 Classes and workshops ■ Ellen Mulligan of the National Archives Cartographic and Architectural

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along with more-recent Western landscapes, will open Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Horsley’s Western landscapes were taken at sites photographed by great 19th-century photographers like Timothy O’Sullivan and John Hillers, but they contrast with these earlier works by depicting the West from the modern urban viewpoint of the artist, a longtime resident of the Washington area. Horsley will give a talk Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., the same day the show closes. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. ■ “Nucleus,” presenting new ceramic sculpture by California artist David Hicks on botanic and organic themes, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cross MacKenzie Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202333-7970. ■ “Figures and Vistas,” featuring paintings and drawings by Dupont Circle artist Gordon Binder and Falls Church artist Joyce McCarten, will open Friday at Gallery plan b and continue through Feb. 16. Robert Freeman’s art An opening reception will is featured in a Zenith take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery exhibit. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. ■ Zenith Gallery will open an exhibit Friday of paintings by Robert Freeman, who is known for using large brush strokes in his vivid and powerful depictions of people. The show will continue through March 1. Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ As part of the Science Cafe 360 series, Dr. Allistair Abraham will discuss sickle cell disease based on his experience performing bone marrow transplants at Children’s National Medical Center. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen

Michael Horsley’s 2012 photograph “View of Downtown St. Louis” is part of an exhibit at the District of Columbia Arts Center. An artist’s reception will take place Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Located at 1429 Iris St. NW, the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-783-2963. ■ Watergate Gallery will open an exhibit of Haitian paintings Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Featuring colorful works from the Rainbow Gallery in Port-au-Prince, the show will continue through Feb. 22. Receptions with discussions of Haitian art will take place Jan. 22 and Feb. 12, both at 6:30 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ “Play by Play,” exploring the darker side of children’s playtime, will open Saturday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at Project 4. Continuing through Feb. 1, the exhibit features works by Amy Hughes Braden, Bridget Sue Lambert, Janelle Whisenant and Mark Williams. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202232-4340. ■ “Van Gogh Repetitions,” the first Vincent van Gogh exhibition in Washington in 15 years, has been extended at the Phillips Collection and will now close Feb. 2. Dated and timed tickets are required for entry. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 18 and younger. 202-387-2151.

Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. sciencecafe360dcjan2014.eventbrite. com. ■ “Conversations on the Constitution” will feature U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Yale University law professor Akhil Reed Amar. 7 p.m.

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Continued From Page 21 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories of the Subcontinentâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Mira Nairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monsoon Wedding.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Moviesâ&#x20AC;? series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library will present a staged reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letter From the Birmingham Jail,â&#x20AC;? accompanied by a musical performance. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present its monthly show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phoenix: stories about rising up from the ashes and do-overs.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. speakeasydc.com. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature ensembles Love Onion and People Like Us. 9 p.m. Paywhat-you-choose. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. washingtonimprovtheater.com. Reading â&#x2013;  The Washington Stage Guild will present a reading of Sidney Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play

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Wednesday january 15 Book launch â&#x2013;  Area authors will read from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!)â&#x20AC;? as part of a book release party. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. WomenOnFireDC@gmail.com. Classes â&#x2013;  Science of Spirituality teacher David

Newcomb will lead a three-part class on ways to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. The class will continue Jan. 22 and 29 at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;January: A New You.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will feature jazz saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  The 16-piece Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are the 9â&#x20AC;? series will feature singer-songwriters. 8 p.m. $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Ori Z. Soltes on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tangled Web: Why the Middle East Is a Mess and Always Has Been.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202895-4860. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of the National Active and Retired

Federal Employees organization will present a talk by attorney William Fralin on elder law, reverse mortgages, wills and other matters. Noon. Free. Second-floor meeting room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-387-7936. â&#x2013;  Lisa Raye Garlock, a textile artist and licensed art therapist, will discuss art therapy through â&#x20AC;&#x153;arpilleras,â&#x20AC;? or cloth images sewn by women around the world. Noon. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Shelley Sturman, senior conservator and head of the department of object conservation at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conservation of the Shaw Memorial: The Long Journey.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel will join contributors Marc Lynch and Radwan Ziadeh to discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Syria Dilemma.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spotlight on L.A. Designâ&#x20AC;? series, architect Leo Marmol will discuss his firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-traditional practice and its design-build approach that ensures projects are built to its standards. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Doug Herman, senior geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Ancient Navigation: Voyages of the Pacific Islanders.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Rhett Allain, associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University and Wired magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dot Physics blogger, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Physics of Gym-

nastics.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Laurie Halse Anderson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impossible Knife of Memory.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Lamont Carey will discuss the reallife experiences that inspired his books â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hillâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wall.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Age of Anxiety: Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mindâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Hanna Rosin. 7 p.m. $12 to $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Film â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Jason Reitmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Maison de la Radio,â&#x20AC;? about Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equivalent of NPR. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings Happy Hour series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beltway Poetry Slam,â&#x20AC;? featuring poets competing with original works. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $10 to $809. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a wine tasting. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

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REVIEW: A look back at Northwest news of 2013 From Page 1

eral investigation, Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking the Democratic nomination for his post, facing four D.C. Council members and myriad other candidates, while independent at-large Council member David Catania eyes a November run. Meanwhile, at-large Council member Anita Bonds — who won re-election to her interim seat in a March special election — is facing four challengers in April 2014. Former at-large member Michael Brown, voted out of office in 2012, dropped out of the March 2013 special election shortly before he was arrested on charges of accepting bribes in an FBI sting. ■ Test scores rise. Students saw an increase of four percentage points in their D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) exams — to 51.3 percent proficiency, counting both D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools. Critics said the figure remains too low and that further reform is needed soon. ■ Supermarkets becoming mixeduse projects. Two Northwest Safeways — in Tenleytown and the Palisades — are being eyed for redevelopment with housing atop larger supermarkets. The latter has attracted substantial controversy, with residents saying the project is out of scale for the community. Similar opposition is likely once the Tenley plans advance, based on a prior plan that disintegrated at the site. Elsewhere in Northwest, construction is underway at the Petworth Safeway, which is also being transformed into a mixed-use project; and at the Cleveland Park Giant, which is part of the broader Cathedral Commons development project. Another planned supermarket project, at Georgia and Eastern avenues, would include housing above a new Harris Teeter. ■ Visitor parking pass program changes little. The D.C. Council overruled plans to issue visitor parking passes valid for a full year to every D.C. household on a block with Residential Parking Permit restrictions. In response, the city instead mailed out the passes only to households already in the program, replacing those that had expired. ■ Walter Reed developer named. The District selected Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden as the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center property. The team’s “Parks at Walter Reed” vision includes 2,097 housing units, 250,000 square feet of retail space, a science center and an arts district. Other portions of the Walter Reed campus will accommodate embassies, with planning overseen by the U.S. Department of State. ■ Panel proposes tax changes. The Tax Revision Commission issued a series of recommendations that include tax relief for businesses and low- and moderate-income residents. The mayor and D.C. Council will consider the proposals this year. ■ City selects Oregon Avenue

design. The D.C. Department of Transportation ended years of debate by electing to add a sidewalk but no bicycle lane to Oregon Avenue while rebuilding the roadway in Chevy Chase. The project is slated to begin this year. A similar debate also began for nearby Broad Branch Road — another street with a rural, tree-lined character that some feel would be disrupted by a possible sidewalk and bike lane, while others argue for improved accessibility. ■ Office of Planning proposes zoning rewrite. Residents aired divergent views on a rewritten zoning code that would boost density and reduce parking requirements, among other changes. The crux of the issue is whether the District should be preserving the status quo for issues of density and parking or making the city attractive and attainable to a greater number of people, including those seeking a car-free lifestyle. The Zoning Commission will hold further hearings on the Office of Planning’s proposal in early 2014. ■ Large-retailer living wage bill vetoed, but minimum wage to rise. The D.C. Council approved legislation to increase the hourly minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 by 2016, in coordination with Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The measure came after an unsuccessful attempt to require certain big-box retailers to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 an hour; the council narrowly failed to overturn a mayoral veto and Walmart threatened to cancel its planned D.C. stores if the law went into effect. Meanwhile, the first two Walmarts did open for business in December — in Brightwood and near Union Station — with three or four more stores on the way. ■ Babe’s project wins approval. Controversial plans for a Tenleytown apartment building with just one parking space won the Zoning Commission’s approval, with various conditions intended to ensure that residents there won’t own cars. The project, dubbed Tenley View, will replace the vacant Babe’s Billiards building. ■ Sewer plans in parks spark outcry. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has outlined plans to repair or replace deteriorating sewer lines in Glover Archbold and Soapstone Valley parks. But when it became clear that dozens of trees would be cut down so that workers could access the pipes, residents and the National Park Service urged the water authority to find other solutions, which remain in the works. ■ Height Act changes seem less likely. Despite indications from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that he’d support a relaxation of the federal height limits in D.C. and a push from the D.C. Office of Planning, the idea seems to be stymied by feedback from residents, D.C. Council members and other stakeholders. ■ Jack’s Boathouse owner loses lease. The longtime operator of the boathouse by the Key Bridge lost its

National Park Service lease after the agency said it had no formal agreement in place with Jack’s Boathouse. A Massachusetts firm won a twoyear concession contract to take over the site. It also bought the boats and dock from Jack’s. ■ Tide shifts against some liquor license caps. Dupont Circle’s 17th Street liquor license moratorium was amended to allow for new restaurants, but extended without change for taverns and nightclubs. A similar measure was also proposed for Adams Morgan, but with unique restrictions on the new restaurants’ operations. And the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected calls for a new moratorium for the 14th and U streets area, agreeing with arguments that nightlife has benefited the area. ■ Renovated playgrounds open. The city’s “Play DC” initiative includes 40 playground renovations across the city, most of which reopened last year, and eight of which will soon be designed. Playgrounds completed in 2013 include Emery, Palisades and Volta. ■ Streetcar plans detailed. The D.C. Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on the first section of its streetcar line, on H Street NE. Last year the agency also identified the route for its next line – running mostly along K Street between Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown and Union Station. Officials also launched a planning study to identify a particular route for a north-south line in roughly the Georgia Avenue corridor. ■ Billion-dollar effort eyed for undergrounding power lines. As recommended by a city task force, Pepco would bury 50 to 60 feeder lines to protect them from outages. The $1 billion price tag would be borne by the city and by a surcharge on customers. ■ Connecticut Avenue apartment buildings break ground. Construction kicked off for a controversial apartment building at 5333 Connecticut Ave. after a coalition of neighbors lost a battle over the project’s permits. Developer Calvin Cafritz Enterprises reached a memorandum of understanding with the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission that laid out conditions for the project, including some modifications, but for many residents the building’s scale and design are wrong for the site. Farther south, at 4455 Connecticut, the Park Van Ness project is also underway, replacing the former Van Ness Square commercial building with a new apartment building and sidewalk-fronting retail space. ■ Wisconsin Avenue reconfigured, but not for long. The D.C. Department of Transportation carried out a controversial project to improve pedestrian safety in Glover Park, which included reducing travel lanes in favor of left-turn lanes and a median. The resulting traffic congestion prompted an outcry and a promise from the agency to restore the lanes in 2014.


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