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Embassy plan outlined for Walter Reed

Boundary changes get airing in Chevy Chase


■ Education: Parents worry

about potential adjustments

By gEORgE ALTSHuLER Current Correspondent

The U.S. State Department moved a step closer to breaking ground on a 43.5-acre section of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center with a public hearing it held last week at Tifereth Israel Congregation. The department plans to parcel out the land to 10 to 15 countries so that they can construct buildings for their diplomatic missions. The land, located on the western side of the Walter Reed campus, connects to the 67 acres along Georgia Avenue that will be transferred to the District and transformed into a mixed-used development. If everything goes smoothly, the State Department will begin construction on its section in mid-to-late 2015. The State Department plans to demolish all but between one and four buildings on the site now, but will preserve most of the trees in the area. The campus will be open to the public. Department officials said they need to offer countries more diploSee Embassies/Page 14

By gRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith left another crowd feeling anxious Monday night after she visited Chevy Chase with her pitch for changes to school boundaries and feeder patterns. The deputy mayor has been on a citywide outreach tour in recent months, soliciting community feedback on a reform process initiated by Mayor Vincent Gray that would

St. Ann’s Academy to close due to drops in enrollment Brian Kapur/The Current

St. John’s College High School sophomore forward Sarah Overcash carried senior Britani Stowe, the D.C. State Athletic Association title game MVP, off the court Thursday as the Cadets celebrated winning the city crown. See story, page 11.

By gRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer


Photo courtesy of Nate Bennett-Fleming

Bennett-Fleming says he would seek free community college and new college mentoring programs.

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of streaming speeches, he reads Atlantic Cities, a news site that tracks policy trends in urban centers across the globe. In an interview last week, Bennett-Fleming said all this observing of other municipal governments directly informs his own proposals, including his current plan to strengthen higher education in the District with a focus on community college. His initiative was inspired by a recent proposal from Gov. Bill Haslam, R-Tenn., to fund two years of free tuition for community college and technical school students. Haslam pitched an annual investment of $34 million for his state, but Bennett-Fleming said the cost to See Bennett-Fleming/Page 7


■ Tenleytown: Community By KATIE PEARCE

At-large candidate calls for higher ed access Of all the Democratic at-large D.C. Council candidates this year, it would appear that Nate BennettFleming spends the most time on The District’s shadow representative in Congress says he often visits C-SPAN’s online video library to watch state-of-the-state and state-ofthe-city addresses from elected officials across the country — a ritual that keeps him abreast of policy initiatives from leaders he admires. Bennett-Fleming, who also teaches at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, used to follow Cory

restructure the way D.C. children are assigned to public schools. In short, District officials argue that decades of population changes and school closings — combined with other factors affecting school supply and student demand — necessitate alterations to the boundary and feeder system. The current format, they say, makes some schools overcrowded, leaves others underutilized and generally causes confusion and inconsistency. None of the nearly 75 attendees at Monday’s meeting of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission challenged the evidence of See Schools/Page 16

After 144 years in Tenleytown, St. Ann’s Academy plans to shut its doors in June, citing decreased enrollment and a $500,000 budget deficit. The Catholic school at 4001 Yuma St. saw its enrollment drop from 220 in 2009 to 139 this school year, according to Chieko Noguchi, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Washington, which last week approved the school’s request to close. Community members at St. Ann’s who spoke to The Current attributed the decline to tensions between parents and the school’s leadership, with many families choosing to withdraw. According to Noguchi, the St. Ann’s leaders “have worked tirelessly over last two years with parishioners, faculty, staff and alumni to find solutions.” The archdiocese itself contributed $200,000 in tuition assistance, she said, and the

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The school has been on Yuma Street for more than a century.

school hired a marketing consultant to try to drum up enrollment. Noguchi said “there’s no dialogue at this time” about the future of the school building, which is located off Tenley Circle and behind St. Ann’s Catholic Church, the parish that runs the kindergartenthrough-eighth-grade school. For longtime St. Ann’s families, the news of the closure is “disheartening and discouraging,” said Kaitlin Kernan, who attended the school in the 1990s. Several large Catholic families in Northwest D.C., including Kernan’s, See Closing/Page 15



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St. John’s girls, Roosevelt boys win city hoops titles

Fort Reno outage at fault for last week’s boil-water advisory

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Board OKs size for Georgetown condo project District to amp up its noise

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A controversial condo proposal at the site of an M Street Exxon station needs aesthetic revisions but its size is reasonable, the Old Georgetown Board determined last Thursday. Developer EastBanc hopes to build 26 to 28 luxury condominium units in a five-story building at 3601-3607 M St. at the base of the “Exorcist Steps.� A number of residents on Prospect Street overlooking the site have criticized the proposed 50-foot height





(topped by a pool and up to 14 feet of mechanical equipment). Others have called the modern design inappropriate for the spot, a gateway to historic Georgetown. Because the neighborhood is a federally protected historic district, all development projects are subject to design review by the Old Georgetown Board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Commission secretary Thomas Luebke said in an interview that overall the board gave a “positive� review to the project. See Exxon/Page 7



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checks for nightlife venues By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Starting tomorrow, the District will be stepping up its noise compliance efforts, sending out inspectors four times a week to nightlife venues throughout the city, according to the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration director Fred Moosally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think that the frequency weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going out will benefit us in terms of responding that night to many of the noise complaints we receive,â&#x20AC;? he said Monday at a public safety meeting hosted by the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. The inspectors will arrive at businesses unannounced between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Previously, the noise task force conducted sound checks once or twice a month on a Friday evening at restaurants, taverns and nightclubs. Established in 2012 by the alcohol regulation agency, the group also includes inspectors from D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and Metropolitan Police Department. Moosally said his agency will be sending letters to licensed businesses about the increase in compliance checks, as well as reminding proprietors of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noise Control Act, which includes a requirement that no more than 60 decibels can be

heard coming from an establishment from outside its property between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. This letter will also soon be posted on the alcohol agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. A noise enforcement fact sheet will also be distributed to neighborhood groups, detailing noise control rules. The compliance checks will also include non-licensed venues, such as house parties, but Moosally emphasized that the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is on mechanical noise that come from DJs, live bands and other amplified sound systems. If an individual is causing a disturbance, the task force will rely on the police officers for enforcement. Nightlife venues south of Dupont Circle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Centralâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have been attracting public safety complaints recently. A neighborhood group called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. Nightlife Coalitionâ&#x20AC;? was formed in response to noise levels that the group claims exceeds D.C. law. Based on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 8 investigation from midnight to 2 a.m., members recorded amplified noise â&#x20AC;&#x153;more than 10 times the legal limit of 60 decibelsâ&#x20AC;? from some businesses, according to a news release. Some of these findings included 90 decibels at Rosebar, 1215 Connecticut Ave., and 101 decibels coming out of the rooftop at See Noise/Page 16

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Agency assures water is safe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break the law,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gray says in address following Fort Reno outage By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is assuring residents that their water is safe after a contamination advisory last week affected thousands of homes and businesses in Upper Northwest. The water authority is now investigating the source of the problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a power outage at the Fort Reno Pump Station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as ongoing upgrades continue at the facility, said spokesperson Pamela Mooring. Following the March 5 outage, the authority (also known as DC Water) warned residents in the affected area to boil their drinking and cooking water due to possible contaminants. Officials lifted that advisory by noon Friday after testing water quality at multiple sites and finding no risks. The affected area included parts of Chevy Chase, Foxhall and Ten-

leytown, as well as the campus of American University, which shut down dining facilities and provided students with hundreds of water bottles. Seven public schools within the zone skipped normal meal service during the advisory. Several restaurants reported slower services due to the mandatory boiling for all cooking. According to DC Water, the power outage at Fort Reno created a loss of water pressure in certain areas, which increased the potential for contaminants to enter the system. Mooring, in an email, wrote that the problem â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be relatedâ&#x20AC;? to an ongoing project to upgrade the 1978-built Fort Reno facility, although that work â&#x20AC;&#x153;does include significant electrical upgrades, which will provide for greater reliability in the future.â&#x20AC;? That project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which aims to improve water quality and system See Safety/Page 16

Mayor Vincent Gray pledged extra funding for education and affordable housing and a new effort to address homelessness, among various other plans, in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of the Districtâ&#x20AC;? speech last night. He also used the address as an opportunity to convince residents of his trustworthiness amid allegations of illegal campaign activities. Before getting to the meat of his address, Gray addressed statements that businessman Jeffrey Thompson made in court Monday, when he alleged that Gray knew about the illegal â&#x20AC;&#x153;shadowâ&#x20AC;? campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; financed by Thompson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that helped elect the mayor four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ask you, who do you believe? A greedy man attempting to save himself, or me, a public servant who has dedicated his entire career to giving back to our communities?â&#x20AC;? said Gray, according to the distributed text. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To some in our city, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just another corrupt politician from the other side of town. I ask them to look beyond their preconceived notions, and instead to look at my record, both as mayor and especially as a human being.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I say this to all of you now, clearly and unequivocally,â&#x20AC;? Gray continued: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break the law.â&#x20AC;? Gray went on to highlight his accomplishments and detail some of his plans.

The week ahead Wednesday, March 12

The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Logan Circle Community Association will hold a forum for candidates on the Democratic primary ballot for at-large D.C. Council member, shadow senator, national committeeman and national committeewoman. The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Iona Senior Services, the Methodist Home of D.C. and Sunrise Assisted Living will hold a meeting about Connecticut Avenue crosswalks with no traffic signals. D.C. Department of Transportation pedestrian coordinator George Branyan will present results of an evaluation of 10 crosswalks. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting to present plans for the renovation of the Guy Mason playground. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith will hold a public briefing on the review process for D.C. Public Schools boundaries, feeder patterns and student assignment policies. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Ward 4 Democrats group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW.

Thursday, March 13

cation forum to continue discussion of D.C. Public Schools boundaries, feeder patterns and student assignment policies. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW. Reservations are requested at

Sunday, March 16

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The UnForum: Honest Conversations With the D.C. Mayor Candidates,â&#x20AC;? a series focusing on inequality in the District of Columbia, will feature discussions with Muriel Bowser and Vincent Gray moderated by The Washington Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marc Fisher. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, Building 52, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free; RSVP at

Tuesday, March 18

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a town hall meeting on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently issued proposed real estate tax assessments for 2015 and the appeals process. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of Potomac River issues. The meeting will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. at the Georgetown office of Long & Foster Real Estate, 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Staff members from the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tax Resolution Dayâ&#x20AC;? from 4 to 8 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Representatives will help with individual, business and real property tax issues, but the services will not include tax preparation. â&#x2013; The Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association will hold a candidates forum in the Ward 1 D.C. Council races at 7 p.m. at the King Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2324 Ontario Road NW.

Wednesday, March 19

Friday, March 14

Thursday, March 20

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold an open house to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the draft proposed changes to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing zoning ordinance with the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff. The event will be held at the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite E650, 1100 4th St. SW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advocacy Coalition will hold a candidates forum and straw poll for the 2014 primary election from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

Saturday, March 15

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a community edu-

He pointed to overall education improvements, especially in middle schools; a decrease in unemployment, including in wards 5, 7 and 8; the creation of nearly 34,000 new private-sector jobs; three years of budget surpluses and the highest fund balance ever; higher bond ratings from Wall Street; the start of construction on 5,000 units of affordable housing; and progress on seven major development projects, including Walter Reed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, that is success by any measure,â&#x20AC;? he said. Moving forward, Gray pledged to spend an extra $116 million on education, partly to fund longer instructional days at the 40 lowest-performing D.C. public schools, and announced that he will introduce legislation establishing paid maternity and paternity leave for city employees. The mayor also promised $100 million more for affordable housing, part of which will allow the city to provide property tax relief for seniors. He also discussed two new programs to address homelessness: â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 Families, 100 Daysâ&#x20AC;? involves leasing 100 apartments for homeless families between now and June, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Congregation, One Familyâ&#x20AC;? asks local houses of worship to each adopt one homeless family to offer support. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beth Cope

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The D.C. Open Government Coalition, the National Press Club and other sponsors will host the third annual D.C. Open Government Summit, which will include featured remarks by Traci Hughes, the first director of the D.C. Office of Open Government. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required; for details visit Mayor Vincent Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and State Superintendent of Education JesĂşs Aguirre will hold a hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget for public schools in the District. The hearing will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton St. NW. â&#x2013; The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a forum for Democratic at-large D.C. Council candidates (rescheduled from a previous date). The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. Candidates Anita Bonds, Nate Bennett-Fleming, Pedro Rubio and John Settles have confirmed their participation.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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District Digest Panel OKs driveway for Cafritz project

The D.C. Public Space Committee signed off Feb. 27 on an application for two curb cuts at 5333 Connecticut Ave. to allow for a circular driveway at the Calvin Cafritz Enterprises apartment building under construction there. The entire project has faced fierce resistance from many Chevy Chase neighbors, who are con-

cerned about the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance and bulk, and its effect on shadows and traffic. They also worry that the driveway could kill Connecticut Avenue street trees. But the driveway won support from the local advisory neighborhood commission, which concluded that it would improve traffic by moving pickups, drop-offs and deliveries away from Connecticut. The building will also have an underground parking garage


accessed by a rear alley. And according to neighborhood commissioner Gary Thompson, the Urban Forestry Administration also backed the applications despite initial concerns. Cafritz has pledged to try to preserve the trees.

DC Water seeks input on infrastructure plan D.C. residents now have until April 14 to comment on the D.C.


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The Yellow Tape Project, a new Northwest D.C.-based anti-gun organization, will wrap police-style tape labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Act Now/Stop Gun Violenceâ&#x20AC;? around trees on Chevy Chase Circle tomorrow to coincide with the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have created a strong visual symbol of concern that we believe can inďŹ&#x201A;uence lawmakers to take action,â&#x20AC;? group organizer Babe Healy King said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite all groups and individuals to join our nationwide effort to stop gun violence. The goal is simple â&#x20AC;&#x201D; send a uniďŹ ed visual mes-

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Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s updated plan to reduce sewer overflows into local rivers, which newly incorporates green infrastructure. Plans include using green roofs, bioretention facilities, rain barrels and pervious pavement to deflect rainwater from storm sewers. In heavy rains, those sewers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which also hold wastewater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; become overloaded, causing sewage to spill into local waterways. DC Water officials hope that the rainwater-deflection efforts will allow them to eliminate some of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;massive tunnels planned to convey stormwater and sewage to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. Specifically, green-infrastructure projects could replace a tunnel proposed for Piney Branch in Rock Creek Park and allow for a shorter tunnel along the Georgetown waterfront. The green-infrastructure additions to the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Long Term Control Plan were released Jan. 12. Comments can be submitted at

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Sibley Hospital names new operating officer Sanjay K. Saha took over as chief operating officer of Sibley Memorial Hospital last month, leaving his post as executive vice president of operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in WinstonSalem, N.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanjay is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in leading teams of physicians and clinical leaders to improve safety and quality, and to implement highly reliable and patient-focused processes,â&#x20AC;? Sibley president Richard Davis said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He understands the complex and ever-changing health care environment and will help lead Sibley to becoming a leader in innovation, collaboration and service excellence.â&#x20AC;? Saha has also served as senior vice president at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., and held senior leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Methodist Home wins overall five-star rating

The Methodist Home of D.C. has earned a five-star rating in the U.S. News & World Reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Nursing Home Rankings.â&#x20AC;? The nonprofit at 4901 Connecticut Ave. earned the only perfect score of any skilled nursing facility in the D.C. area, earning five stars in three categories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as in the overall rating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Nursing Facility staff has done an excellent job ensuring that every resident is receiving the best possible person-centered care,â&#x20AC;? CEO Sandy Douglass said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This honor, however, is not just for our great nursing department but reflects the efforts of our entire team including Social Work, Activities, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Dining Services and Admissions. We are fortunate to have such a highly professional and dedicated staff.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. ratings are available at


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Board approves revised apartment plans at Washington Hilton property By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Although the project is already under construction, developers have decided to make design changes to the new apartment building next to the Washington Hilton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; raising the height, restyling the facade, revising landscaping and adding amenities. The Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously approved the revised plans at its hearing last Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful project. I think the enhancements in this proposal are terrific, so please proceed with all due course,â&#x20AC;? said board member Andrew Aurbach. Built into the hillside at Florida Avenue and

T Street, the project is slated to include roughly 200 luxury rental apartments. Its semicircular shape roughly mirrors the southern wing of the 1965 Hilton hotel building, which is protected as a historic landmark. The new building will be mostly glass, but because it sits uphill from the street level, pedestrians will mostly walk alongside a terraced garden and a plant-covered trellis wall, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;green screen.â&#x20AC;? The running changes are intended to boost the competitiveness of the luxury apartments, project architect Hany Hassan of Beyer Blinder Belle said at the meeting. A previous version of the plans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; approved in 2011 but only just getting started with construction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was designed to economize, with lower ceilings

and less recreation space for residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming back to make this adjustment to react to the current market,â&#x20AC;? said Hassan. Under the latest change, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more amenity space and fewer housing units on the ground floor of the building, which Hassan said necessitates a higher ceiling on that level. The latest plans also include a second pool for residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 12 inches deep on the roof, designed for residents who want to relax in a lounge chair in the water. (Board member Joseph Taylor repeatedly referred to this feature as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the birdbath.â&#x20AC;?) The higher ground-level ceiling pushes the total height of the apartment building from 82 feet to 88 feet, making it about 1 foot shorter

than the Hilton. Hassan also noted that one earlier iteration of the project had been approved at 89 feet tall. One concern that several board members raised to the developers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a suggestion, not as a condition for approval â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was that metal slats or wires might be better for the green screen than the planned wood, which could deteriorate over time. Board member Graham Davidson was particularly complimentary of the concept, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very glad to see the green screen being built. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those wonderfully expensive experiments that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad someone else is undertaking so that we can learn from them,â&#x20AC;? he said.

GWU alley reconfiguration heading to vote By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

A request from George Washington University to relocate an alley in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue is due this spring for consideration by the D.C. Council. The university hopes to move the alley to make room for a planned office building that received zoning approval last year. It will replace six commercial row houses and the former Kaiser Permanente headquarters on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Square 75â&#x20AC;? block. Ordinarily a routine matter, the alley proposal faced recent scrutiny by the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission because of the value of the alleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land in an expensive part of the city. While the legal term for the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;alley closure,â&#x20AC;? the actual plan is to reconfigure the alley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning no rear access or square footage will be lost. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee of the Whole held a public hearing last

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trict is one of the most important factors in examining an alley closure/reconfiguration.â&#x20AC;? At the March 4 meeting, Corson and Carnes suggested that the university should have to pay the difference between the $1.5 million value of the current alley and the $987,000 that the land is worth at its new proposed location. The commission rejected this concept on a 2-3 vote, instead taking no position on the alley closing. On a similar issue last year, involving George Washington University closing an alley nearby on Square 77 to connect three dormitory buildings, the neighborhood commission had sought to consider the land value of the alley. The D.C. Council rejected that approach, saying that alley closure determinations are based on effects to the transportation network and are not subject to payment. In that case, the university was the only landowner on the block and See Alley/Page 14






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This is a listing of reports taken from March 3 through 9 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

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Burglary ■ 600-699 block, 13th St.; 3:09 a.m. March 5. Motor vehicle theft ■ 900-999 block, F St.; 11:16 a.m. March 8.

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Theft ■ 1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 9:47 a.m. March 3. ■ 600-699 block, 12th St.; 4:38 p.m. March 4. ■ 1000-1099 block, F St.; 5:35 p.m. March 4. ■ 800-899 block, 14th St.; 5:19 p.m. March 5. ■ 1306-1399 block, H St.; 7:36 p.m. March 5. ■ 1100-1199 block, New York Ave.; 10:33 a.m. March 6. ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 6:50 p.m. March 6. ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 2:20 p.m. March 7. ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 4:30 p.m. March 7. ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 4:52 p.m. March 8. ■ 1300-1399 block, G St.; 1 p.m. March. 9. Theft from auto ■ 1300-1399 block, K St.; 9 a.m. March 6. ■ 11th and H streets; 12:50 a.m. March 9.

psa 102

■ Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery ■ 600-699 block, Indiana Ave.; 8:30 p.m. March 8. Theft ■ 400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:30 p.m. March 3. ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:57 a.m. March 5. ■ 800-899 block, 7th St.; 7:20 p.m. March 5. ■ 700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:34 a.m. March 6. ■ 400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:20 p.m. March 6. ■ 7th and H streets; 5:20 p.m. March 7. ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 7 p.m. March 7. ■ 800-899 block, 7th St.; 8:52 a.m. March 8. ■ 7th and H streets; 11 a.m. March 8. ■ K and 6th streets; 11:13 a.m. March 8. ■ 400-499 block, K St.; 7:56 p.m. March 8. Theft from auto ■ 1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 9:41 a.m. March 4. ■ 700-799 block, G St.; 10:23 a.m. March 5. ■ 400-499 block, 5th St.; 8:53 p.m. March 8.

Police Report psa PSA 201 201

■ chevy chase

Theft ■ 5400-5419 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:32 p.m. March 3. Theft from auto ■ 5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:30 p.m. March 6.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Motor vehicle theft ■ 4400-4499 block, Windom Place; 9:45 a.m. March 8. Theft ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; noon March 4. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:57 p.m. March 4. ■ 4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:03 p.m. March 5. ■ 4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:17 a.m. March 6. ■ 4700-4799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:26 p.m. March 9. Theft from auto ■ 5500-5549 block, Western Ave.; 10 a.m. March 4.

psa 203

■ forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Motor vehicle theft ■ 4700-4710 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:38 a.m. March 4. ■ Ordway and 35th streets; 4:20 p.m. March 8. Theft ■ 4900-4911 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:22 p.m. March 5. ■ 3700-3899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:49 p.m. March 6. ■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:46 p.m. March 8. Theft from auto ■ 2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 9 a.m. March 8. ■ 4000-4199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:57 p.m. March 8.

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204

park / cathedral heights

Theft ■ 2200-2298 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:14 a.m. March 5. ■ 1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:46 p.m. March 7. ■ 2900-3099 block, Cathedral Ave.; 10:30 a.m. March 8. ■ 4200-4349 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:20 p.m. March 8. ■ 3600-3699 block, 38th St.; 1:02 a.m. March 9. Theft from auto ■ 3500-3599 block, Garfield St.; 7 p.m. March 5. ■ 3800-3899 block, Newark St.; 5:43 a.m. March 7. ■ 3701-3799 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8:56 a.m. March 7.

■ 3500-3599 block, Woodley Road; 2:54 p.m. March 7.

psa 205

■ palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft ■ 4400-4446 block, Q St.; 11:46 a.m. March 8.

psa 401

■ colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery ■ 8000-8099 block, 14th St.; 2:30 a.m. March 6 (with gun). ■ 700-799 block, Dahlia St.; 1:17 a.m. March 9 (with knife). ■ 700-799 block, Dahlia St.; 1:30 a.m. March 9 (with knife). Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1400-1599 block, Whittier Place; 12:19 a.m. March 3. Theft ■ 8000-8099 block, 14th St.; 1:23 p.m. March 6. ■ 7720-7799 block, 16th St.; 11:30 p.m. March 7. Theft from auto ■ Luzon Avenue and 14th Place; 4:30 .m. March 4. ■ 6900-6999 block, Willow St.; 5:30 p.m. March 4. ■ 7400-7599 block, Georgia Ave.; 8:44 a.m. March 5. ■ 500-599 block, Butternut St.; 2:12 a.m. March 8. ■ 6900-6999 block, 5th St.; 3:24 a.m. March 8. ■ 500-599 block, Butternut St.; 3:50 a.m. March 8. ■ 7122-7199 block, 8th St.; 2:35 p.m. March 8.

psa PSA 402 402

■ Brightwood / manor park

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1328-1399 block, Peabody St.; 6:50 p.m. March 4. Theft ■ 6312-6399 block, 5th St.; 1 p.m. March 4. ■ 6500-6599 block, Piney Branch Road; 4:30 p.m. March 6. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 5:35 p.m. March 7. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:34 a.m. March 9. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 5:16 p.m. March 9.

Burglary ■ 5600-5699 block, 13th St.; 5 p.m. March 5. ■ 5200-5299 block, 2nd St.; 11:11 a.m. March 6. ■ 5729-5799 block, Colorado Ave.; 2:40 p.m. March 6. ■ 5400-5439 block, 4th St.; 8 p.m. March 6. ■ 5200-5290 block, North Capitol St.; 4:55 p.m. March 8. Theft ■ 5200-5299 block, 2nd St.; 3:19 p.m. March 6. ■ 5300-5399 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:10 p.m. March 7. Theft from auto ■ 400-499 block, Jefferson St.; 12:26 p.m. March 3. ■ 1400-1599 block, Montague St.; 8:57 a.m. March 6. ■ 5800-5899 block, Manchester Place; 5 p.m. March 6. ■ 1400-1499 block, Gallatin St.; 4:50 p.m. March 7. ■ 5700-5799 block, 13th St.; 8:26 a.m. March 9.

psa 404

■ 16th PSA 404Street HEIGHTS


Sexual abuse ■ 4700-4799 block, Blagden Terrace; 5 p.m. March 3. Burglary ■ 4800-4899 block, 16th St.; 2:25 p.m. March 9. Motor vehicle theft ■ Quincy and 14th streets; 5:46 a.m. March 9. Theft ■ 3700-3799 block, Georgia Ave.; 11:30 a.m. March 7. ■ 3714-3813 block, 14th St.; 12:58 p.m. March 7. ■ 1400-1498 block, Upshur St.; 3:31 p.m. March 7. Theft from auto ■ 1200-1299 block, Shepherd St.; 1:40 p.m. March 6. ■ 4700-4799 block, 14th St.; 4:30 p.m. March 7. ■ 4300-4399 block, 16th St.; 11:54 a.m. March 9.

psa PSA 407 407 ■ petworth

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 200-299 block, Upshur St.; 1:30 p.m. March 8 (with gun).

Brightwood park PSA 403

Theft ■ 3700-3799 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:14 p.m. March 3. ■ 200-299 block, Gallatin St.; 12:47 p.m. March 4. ■ 4700-4799 block, 4th St.; 10:15 a.m. March 6. ■ 200-299 block, Farragut St.; 8:25 p.m. March 6. ■ 400-499 block, Delafield Place; 11 a.m. March 8.

Robbery ■ 1300-1331 block, Missouri Ave.; 11:50 p.m. March 6.

Theft from auto ■ 1-199 block, Webster St.; 9:46 a.m. March 7.

Theft from auto ■ 1400-1599 block, Van Buren St.; 1:15 p.m. March 4. ■ 6200-6299 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:12 p.m. March 4. ■ 6200-6299 block, Georgia Ave.; noon March 6.

psa 403

■ Brightwood / petworth

16th Street heights

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BENNETT-FLEMING: At-large candidate seeks to broaden access to higher education

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D.C. likely would be much less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as large an investment here in the District of Columbia, because we have fewer residents,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get into the numbers right now, but I would certainly be willing to spend $34 million on this project.â&#x20AC;? Bennett-Fleming also wants to create a pipeline from the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community college to the various private four-year universities throughout the

city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure they have strong exit options and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to advance their education and training as far as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to take it,â&#x20AC;? he said. To that end, the shadow representative supports a guaranteed admissions program similar to the one allowing Northern Virginia Community College graduates to attend the University of Virginia, George Mason University and a variety of other area schools. And for fouryear students at the University of the District of Columbia, he wants an honors program to create a more rigorous academic environment

EXXON: Board seeks changes From Page 2

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve anything, but they were basically fine with the mass,â&#x20AC;? said Luebke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The height is not the issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically about the architectural articulation.â&#x20AC;? Even though members werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet ready to give it a final OK, their positive assessment represents a departure from a 2011 EastBanc design at the site that the firm scrapped after repeatedly failing to get the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval. Luebke said the main objection to the current plan is that the proposed angular, glassy building with a dark metal frame would not be compatible with the general feel of M Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very relentless horizontality that needs to be mitigated with more vertical articulation, and the general character was too dark and somber in color,â&#x20AC;? Luebke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They recommended that [developers] try to lighten some of that up.â&#x20AC;? Luebke said there was also some debate among the board members about whether to accept the proposed rooftop pool. At its March 4 meeting, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission had urged the Old Georgetown Board to: limit the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height to 40 feet instead of 50, or require a tiered design in which little of the building would stand

higher than 40 feet; require a more traditional brick or stone facade; reject rooftop amenities; and investigate whether construction at the site could affect the stability of the Prospect Street homes overlooking it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The site deserves a design that is less boxy and blends better with this area of Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution reads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Georgetown constituents as well as the millions who use Key Bridge and the nearby streets and sidewalks deserve a building that better represents the uniqueness of our village.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, EastBancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mary Mottershead said the company was unperturbed by comments from the Old Georgetown Board last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got the signoff on the massing and the volume and the height and the footprint,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into decorating the box, so to speak. â&#x20AC;Ś We like the [current] design, but there are plenty of designs that can work for the site.â&#x20AC;? Mottershead said last month that EastBanc hopes to break ground in spring 2015. EastBanc budgets several months for the Old Georgetown Board process, she said, so the project remains on schedule. The design may also require Board of Zoning Adjustment review for the layout of its rooftop mechanical equipment, but otherwise complies with zoning regulations as designed, Mottershead said.


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and attract top students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have to do a better job of letting young people in our high schools know about their options,â&#x20AC;? Bennett-Fleming said. To accomplish that goal, he would seek to fund a college preparatory resource center based on the one Mayor Castro opened in San Antonio in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have mentors, computers and test prep, to make sure that our young people are ready for the college process,â&#x20AC;? the shadow representative said. Despite his own educational accomplishments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including degrees from Morehouse

College and the University of California at Berkeley law school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Anacostia native said he knows he could have benefited from the type of programs heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now proposing. For that reason, the self-proclaimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;want to-be academicâ&#x20AC;? plans to keep scouring the country for policies D.C. could adopt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always tried to have a career where I could have one foot in the world of ideas but also a way to implement ideas,â&#x20AC;? he said. This article is the third in a series exploring key policy objectives from at-large D.C. Council candidates.

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The mayor’s race, revisited

This week’s allegation that Mayor Vincent Gray knew about the “shadow” campaign that businessman Jeffrey Thompson financed to help elect him in 2010 has forced us to rethink our mayoral endorsement. Mr. Thompson charged in court Monday that the mayor was not only aware of the nearly $700,000 funneled into his campaign — just a portion of the more than $2 million Mr. Thompson delivered to various candidates — but that in fact Mr. Gray requested help from the shadow campaign, notably for get-out-the-vote efforts. The mayor says these allegations are untrue, levied by Mr. Thompson in an effort to reduce his prison term. As our columnist Tom Sherwood notes in this week’s column, someone is lying. But who is it? We stated last week that we believed Mayor Gray: We thought he was unaware of the illegal contributions. Today, if we were considering the two stances in a vacuum, we would stand by that assessment. Even within the context of Monday’s revelations, there’s still room to believe the mayor, as Mr. Thompson could indeed be spinning yarns to facilitate his plea deal. But we question whether federal prosecutors would allege that Mr. Gray knew of the illegal campaign unless they had some evidence beyond Mr. Thompson’s word. Doing so would not make sense in such a high-profile case. And given this possibility we regretfully withdraw our endorsement for the mayor’s re-election. That’s not to say that we’re reassessing our views of Mayor Gray’s governance. We think he has done excellent work in bringing improvements in our two biggest problem areas — the public schools and the high unemployment rate, particularly among those who lack even a high school diploma. And, thanks largely to the mayor’s administration, this progress has occurred while the city’s finances have improved rapidly; we have almost reached the goal of having two months’ worth of expenditures covered by cash on hand. But this outstanding record does not stand alone. We are now less certain about Mr. Gray’s innocence. And the burden of proof for voters is far less than in a court of law: Our mayor should be above reproach. Accordingly we must retract our endorsement of Vincent Gray for the Democratic mayoral nomination. We will make a new recommendation in the near future.

For Ward 1 council

Ward 1 voters have a difficult choice to make on April 1 in the Democratic primary. Longtime D.C. Council member Jim Graham has done an excellent job for the ward, but he has been penalized for ethics violations. His opponent, Brianne Nadeau, does not have as strong a command of the issues, but she is well-informed for a non-incumbent. Mr. Graham is particularly proud of his efforts to preserve the First Church of Christ, Scientist, building in Adams Morgan, which will become part of a new hotel development. He arranged for the project to receive a tax abatement, provided that the hotel hires at least half of its workforce from Ward 1. Ms. Nadeau said she is not convinced the hotel project needs a tax abatement to proceed. While we haven’t been privy to the financial data, we think the abatement makes sense to ensure the development goes forward. The incumbent is also justly pleased with his constituent service work, as well as his contribution to the development of the highly successful Columbia Heights retail cluster. Ms. Nadeau lacks the extensive experience of Mr. Graham in city affairs, but she spent two terms on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B and has served as vice chair of the Ward 1 Democrats. She is certainly not a novice. Ms. Nadeau’s campaign has stressed “zero tolerance” for ethics violations. She points out that Mr. Graham did not report bribes offered to him and his staff, and that he violated ethical standards of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors while serving as a member. For his actions, he was reprimanded by his fellow D.C. Council members, and his committee lost supervisory authority over alcoholic beverage matters. We certainly agree these are serious matters. Ms. Nadeau also challenged Mr. Graham’s use of constituent services funds, but in looking at a sampling of the records we found no substantiation of her allegations. Nevertheless, Mr. Graham’s verified transgressions are disturbing. If we were unsure of Ms. Nadeau’s experience and knowledge when it comes to the District’s problems and needs, we might feel it necessary to back Mr. Graham regardless. But as evidenced by her endorsements from D.C. Council members David Grosso and Tommy Wells, Ms. Nadeau seems prepared for the post. Thus, we endorse her for the Democratic nomination.

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‘These are absolute lies … ’ Well, someone is lying. Even though it had been long expected, federal prosecutors stunned our city on Monday with a sweeping disclosure of massive campaign fraud by moneyman Jeffrey Thompson. In the course of less than a decade, Thompson disgorged more than $2 million in phony campaign contributions and outright shadow expenses for federal and local campaigns, most notably $668,000 for Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 victory over thenMayor Adrian Fenty. Prosecutors laid out in chilling detail how then-Council Chairman Vincent Gray (identified only as “Candidate A”) knew of, sought and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in “shadow” campaign help. Mayor Vincent Gray, in his office with NBC4 late Monday, insisted that Thompson’s courtroom disclosures were “absolute lies” to save his own skin. (The headline above is the mayor’s quote.) “I maintain these are lies; these are absolute lies, Tom,” the mayor said quietly in his office. Gray added: “I was not involved. I have said that, and the things I’ve heard today are fabricated.” But the detailed accounting in court is a new and heavy burden for Gray. Under the threat of more prison time if he’s lying, Thompson is saying Gray knew of and solicited money for the “shadow” campaign? If it wasn’t before, the shadow campaign is now front and center as voters head to the polls. Early voting starts Monday. ■ More corruption? The court documents lay out how Thompson, whose fortune came from lucrative health contracts with the city, lavished illegal money on more than a dozen city campaigns since 2006. (Already convicted former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is shown to have taken even more money — $200,000 — than anyone had thought.) U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen was blunt in his news conference Monday: Anyone who illegally benefited from Thompson’s pockets had better voluntarily come in to meet with prosecutors. “We aren’t going away,” Machen said. And neither is this scandal. ■ Catania jumping in. At-large D.C. Council member David Catania intends to announce for mayor this week. In the wake of the stunning scandal news, Catania plans to formally file for the November general election as an independent and run, no matter who wins the April 1 primary. The Thompson scandal shows corruption running deep in city politics. Catania plans to say we’ve had enough of this gang of leaders. ■ Motorcade madness. Do we all have to suffer when the president wants a burger for lunch? Or gives a speech at a downtown hotel? Or when he visits a local school? The emotional issue of presidential — and other — motorcades routinely snarling business and inhibiting freedom of movement here reared itself this past week when Gray publicly expressed outrage with the U.S. Secret Service for creating gridlock downtown. The Secret Service, to its credit, said it would review its procedures.

Let everyone stipulate that the president, vice president and visiting heads of state require security in a dangerous world. Secure movement requires planning, clockwork precision and, yes, disruption of routine daily flow. But how secure is a motorcade route when city police cars show up and park at every intersection 20 minutes or more before the limos arrive? Talk about signaling impending movement to people who may mean harm and are looking for opportunity. We’ve never understood the noisy parade of motorcycle police that herald — alert the bad guys to? — a motorcade’s imminent arrival. We’ve seen enough motorcade preparations. We’ve seen many well-meaning officers watching the motorcade rather than the crush of vehicles and pedestrians jammed up at those intersections. What security is that? Any of those cars, trucks or vans could contain opportunities for violence that could occur in a flash. And what about traffic control? If a secure motorcade is necessary, why isn’t it necessary to do perimeter traffic control to divert traffic rather than just block it? If you’re going to shut off busy 14th Street (one of the mayor’s complaints), why not commit additional police and traffic controllers to nearby major intersections to avoid inevitable gridlock? Given the frequency of sirens and flashing lights — not just in motorcades but in daily doses from dozens of police departments that operate in our city — is anyone worried that the general public is becoming inured to such theater? (And we’re not even talking about those few officers who flip on emergency lights/sound just to get through traffic themselves. That is a particular disservice to the police officers who are doing their jobs.) ■ Mini-motorcades. The nation’s capital is filled with two- and three-car motorcades escorting this official or that. Usually the motorcades include a couple of hulking, dark-colored SUVs with blue and red lights hidden in the grille and taillights. We do a lot of driving around town, and it seems these mini-motorcades would be a lot more effective and safer if they didn’t flout traffic laws, straddle lanes or park so illegally that they actually draw attention to themselves. Is there some security guidebook about how not only to protect your human cargo, but also how to avoid hot-dogging tactics that aggravate citizens, cause needless traffic problems and seem designed to flaunt how important someone is rather than keep them safe? We’d like to read it. ■ Tough job. The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder wrote about the difficult protection world in February 2011, available at Ambinder stressed that the Secret Service can’t do its job without help from local law enforcement. That’s particularly true here in the District. The whole city would benefit from better coordination and respect from all security forces for the very public — not to mention the way of life — that security is supposed to help and protect. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Icy sidewalks put pedestrians at risk

Snow removal is a continuing problem that needs to be revisited. For those of us who must rely upon either public transportation or walking, having clear side-

walks, crosswalks and clearing of snow at bus stops is critical. We do need to get out for grocery shopping, filling prescriptions, et cetera. Having to stand in the middle of the street is dangerous and unacceptable. Apartment complexes and institutions should be required to clear their sidewalks and crosswalks. However, I believe the clearance of bus stop areas might

be a city responsibility; also, where there is no establishment in a given area, I would think the city has the responsibility. This really is a serious problem. It is said that when you want something done, go to the top. Thus, I’ve written Mayor Vincent Gray on this issue, and I hope he will give it his attention. Caroline Browne Cathedral Heights

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Safeway open to feedback on Palisades plan VIEWPOINT craig m. muckle


e know many people in the Palisades community are anxious to see the latest proposal for the Safeway on MacArthur Boulevard. And we realize it’s tempting to get creative about why a revised plan for the Palisades Safeway site has not materialized yet. We assure you there is no unspoken truth, as one might be led to believe, about the timing. The fact of the matter is, this unique site presents challenges — for us, the community and all the stakeholders involved — and we need to get to the reasonable and right solution. That cannot be done overnight. Additionally, we know we are dealing with a committed group of residents dedicated to their community who are concerned about the impact of larger corporate changes on their neighborhood. While we at Safeway have witnessed countless corporate changes over the decades, two things have remained certain since 1942: the service to the Palisades residents and the sign on the front of our MacArthur Boulevard store. We are not changing that. We will be presenting a revised version of our plan soon. We have been working diligently on the proposal for the new Palisades Safeway and assure you it will be responsive to the community. We proactively sought feedback from our most immediate neighbors, Palisades residents, Palisades Citizens Association leaders, advisory neighborhood commissioners, city officials, community groups and local businesses about how we can improve on the initial proposal. We continue our dialogue with all of them to this day. Our new version will incorporate ideas from all of those stakeholders. All the while, the planned-unit development process has not even begun. We chose this process because it is specifically designed for a land-use application such as this, including multiple opportunities for the public to

Letters to the Editor Invasive ivy places area trees at risk

Throughout Georgetown and other heavily wooded parts of Washington, many stately trees are threatened by invasive ivy. It is a serious problem that is choking to death about a third of the trees in Georgetown. The winter months are a good time to observe it, as ivy remains green when trees have shed their leaves. One only has to walk down a street, or through a park, to see how bad the problem is. The ivy starts at the base of the tree and gradually works its way up, growing thick vines and denying the nourishment the tree needs to live. Eventually the tree dies. The result is fewer trees around residences and in public parks. More seriously, when a tree dies, it will fall. It may fall on a home, a car, a person — in a matter of seconds. What can be done? Look at trees on your property. If you see ivy growing on any of them, trim it all around the base of

have a voice. The Palisades community deserves a new store, and our development concept has generated excitement from many of you. A hasty response to community feedback is an inadequate response. A response that reflects input, has its bearing in facts and hard work, and respects and prepares for the planned-unit development process, is a fair expectation. Someone recently described the challenges presented by the site on MacArthur Boulevard as a Rubik’s Cube. Every time you move one square on the cube it changes the outcome of the other parts. One of the biggest challenges we face is balancing the interests of the residents surrounding the site, the students and parishioners on U Street, and the businesses along MacArthur, all while maintaining access along 48th Place for the farmers market. These challenges have resulted in our architectural team and transportation engineers exploring multiple options to arrive at the best solution — allowing the project to move forward, respecting the character of Palisades and providing a mix of current and new uses on the site preferable to other alternatives. Traffic, parking and height — these are all significant impact issues we take seriously and have been working to address in a new plan. At the same time, we have heard many other ideas from residents on how we can improve on the original proposal. A couple of those suggestions included adding community space and providing a Capital Bikeshare station. We will be anxious to hear additional comments once we have unveiled the proposal. We also acknowledge that there may still be some who cannot support the revised project, but we believe the majority of Palisades residents want to see an updated Safeway. With our past experience of success in the region, we understand that we cannot ask for everything. Ultimately, good solutions are typically derived from no one interest getting everything they want. Craig M. Muckle is manager of public affairs and government relations for Safeway Inc.

the tree. You will need clippers to do this. If the vines have become thick, you will need a small saw. Finally, the National Park Service needs to step up its attention to this problem. It takes only about 20 to 30 minutes to trim the vines at the base of the tree. A greater commitment of resources to a problem that is killing trees is certainly warranted. John A. Boffa Georgetown

Settles would bring experience to post

I enjoyed your Feb. 26 article on D.C. Council at-large candidate John Settles’ Jobs Trust Fund. This initiative seems like just the type of innovative policy the District needs to take the next step forward. Over the past few years, D.C. has made tremendous progress in many key areas. However, our city’s leadership, specifically the D.C. Council, lacks members with the real-world experience necessary to conceive of and implement a strategy for our city to achieve its full potential. John has just that kind of experience and is exactly the leader we’re missing.

While working with him at Hearst Elementary (where we were co-chairs of the Local School Advisory Team, and I was PTA president), I have come to appreciate John’s skills and experience. John is the only at-large candidate with children (three) in D.C. Public Schools, and he has put forward innovative proposals to improve education across the District. He’s also a dedicated advocate for building sustainable communities with local job opportunities, schools and neighborhood amenities. John’s legislative priority for a Jobs Trust Fund exemplifies the practical expertise he has built during his extensive time working in the public and private sectors. His commitment to addressing key District issues, such as poverty, education, job creation and housing affordability in all wards is unique among the candidates. I hope D.C. residents continue to consider the at-large candidates in preparation for the April 1 primary and come to the same conclusion I did. A vote for John Settles is a vote to move D.C. forward. David Dickinson North Cleveland Park

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ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights


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"School refo rm in the Dis trict is working. â&#x20AC;Ś Tremendous gains in the past tw o years show there has be that en no lessen ing in the intensity of under Mayor school reform Vincent C. G ray."


D.C. schools â&#x20AC;&#x153;are making big strides.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, 2014 STATE OF THE UNION




 Paid for by Vince Gray 2014. 1816 Kalorama Road, #103, Washington, D.C. 20009. Charles Thies, Jr., Treasurer. A copy of our report is filed with the Office of Campaign Finance.

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consent-calendar review of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a landscape and driveway proposal for 3417 Lowell St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a patio and surface parking lot at 2926 Porter St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a second-floor addition to Yes! Market at 3425 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding the zoning regulations involving tree protection issues. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the Commons at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American Park friendshipUniversity heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  presentation by 2nd District police. â&#x2013;  presentation by Pepco on work in the area. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority on stormwater management proposals and the recent boil water alert. â&#x2013;  discussion and possible vote on a resolution regarding installation of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;green alleyâ&#x20AC;? behind Harrison Street NW between 44th and 45th streets. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on the modernization of Murch Elementary School. â&#x2013;  discussion of plans under consideration for Public Tenley and a resolution seeking a stay of its liquor license change application. For details, visit

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chevy Chase Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Club, on March 19, at 7:15 p.m., at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Mary Ellen Fernandez will discuss proper pruning techniques. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a gardening book or magazine to exchange. For questions, email In other news, spring classes will begin at the Chevy Chase Community Center the week of April 7 and will run for eight weeks. Starting Monday, you may register in person at the community center or online at by clicking on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Activities and Programsâ&#x20AC;? located on the top of the screen and following the drop-down menu directions. A complete listing of programs at the community center is available online. For more information, contact the center at 202-282-2204. On a related subject, online registration for District residents is now open for the Department of Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014-2015 Cooperative Play Program, which will operate five days a week from Sept. 8, 2014, through May 22, 2015, at various locations, including the Chevy Chase Community Center and the Chevy Chase Recreation Center (located at 5500 41st St. near the intersection with Livingston Street). Enrollment for non-District residents opens March 17. The Cooperative Play Program is offered for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment is subject to availability. There is a $50 enrollment fee to reserve a space in the program. To register and for more information about the program, go to On another subject, the Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library is having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Cleaning Bag Sale,â&#x20AC;? on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Fill a brown grocery bag for just $5. Choose from a couple thousand titles, mostly fiction, in the Best of the Rest corridors behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;FOLio,â&#x20AC;? the friends groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-floor bookshop. The bookshop will be open as usual, with quality, gently used books, most priced individually at $2 to $5. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

â&#x2013; Forest hills / North cleveland park

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  remarks by D.C. Department of General Services director Brian Hanlon. â&#x2013;  discussion regarding the Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Sheridan School to increase enrollment by four students and to make its special exception that allows operation of the school at the current site permanent (rather than subject to review every 10 years). â&#x2013;  discussion and possible resolution regarding improvements to traffic and pedestrian safety on the 2800 block of Davenport Street. â&#x2013;  discussion of and resolution regarding a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for continued use of an accessory parking lot by Burger King, 4422 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  discussion and resolution to support the Great Streets grant application for Sushi Para. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

ANC 4A ANC 4A Colonial Village â&#x2013; colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. The regular meeting date was changed to avoid occurring on the day of the D.C. primary. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th

â&#x2013; petworth/16th Street Heights

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; government reports. â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  community comment. â&#x2013;  discussion of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green infrastructure plan. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Safeway store opening. â&#x2013;  discussion of 16th Street bus line improvements and consideration of support for a resolution or letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation. â&#x2013;  presentations by the Office of Tax and Revenue and the Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for a curb cut at 3926 5th St. â&#x2013;  discussion of the 125th anniversary of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit


Athletics in Northwest Washington

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Roosevelt’s boys basketball team was focused on finishing the season with championships after last year’s 21-0 start yielded bitter disappointment and no hardware. The team used a slower, methodical approach through the early part of this season to keep its players fresh for the stretch run. But that plan changed after a loss to Coolidge in early February, which inspired coach Rob Nickens to make a bold decision. “We decided not to play halfcourt defense anymore,” the coach said. “After that game I said I would go full-court pressure the rest of the way. Either you’re going to blow me out or I’m going to blow you out.” And the team embraced the new strategy. “It took an incredible amount of conditioning to be able to play this way, but the guys bought in,” said Nickens. “The kids believed in the system.” The shift in mentality was just the jolt the team needed. Roosevelt reeled off 10 straight wins to end the season and capture the D.C. State Athletic Association hoops crown with a 57-53 win over Maret at Verizon Center Thursday night. “Our whole goal in the spring, summer and fall was to get to this stage,” said Nickens. “Working hard every day and believing in the system, we finished tonight.” For Nickens, it was the third time coaching in the city title game. And after defeats his first two times around, in 2008 and 2011, he was


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Roosevelt rules city hoops By BRIAN KAPUR


elated to finally be at the top. “It’s an unbelievable feat,” the coach said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. I understand that you don’t get three opportunities to come here. To be able to finish this time is an unbelievable thing. It’s a lot of work to get to this stage.” Roosevelt was led by senior guards Troy Stancil and Johnnie Shuler, who scored 15 and 11 points, respectively. Junior forward Anthony Whitney added eight, and senior forward Jibreel Faulkner had seven. For Maret, senior forward Jalen Barnes had a game-high 17 points. Senior guards Drake Goddard and Steffen Davis chipped in 11 and eight. Roosevelt started the game with its high-speed offense and suffocating full-court defense in top gear. And the Rough Riders set the tone for the contest when Shuler scooped up the ball on a breakaway and appeared to be going up for a righthanded layup. But he kept rising and rising until he slammed the ball in for his first career dunk, despite a Frog tightly defending him. The play sent the Roosevelt fans and team into a frenzy. “I guess the Verizon Center floor has springs in it,” said Nickens. “He got up pretty good. He’s a great player.” It was the perfect time for Shuler to break out the play, but his dunking inexperience showed as he missed the landing and crashed to the court with a splat afterward. But the senior popped up unscathed, feeding off the See Roosevelt/Page 12

DCSAA has evolved into coveted crown

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Roosevelt senior Johnnie Shuler, right, netted his first slam dunk of the season in Thursday’s championship game at Verizon Center.

Traditions are often so ingrained that even when they grow outdated, change draws at least some complaints. The format for determining the District’s city basketball champions was no different. In 2013, the D.C. State Athletic Association ended the vintage system in which the winners of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association competed for the crown. The arrangement originated in 1957 and became an annual event in 1973. The old template allowed any team from the WCAC — which includes schools in Maryland and Virginia as well as D.C. — to make it into the title tilt. The last two champions were DeMatha, from Hyattsville, Md., and Paul VI, from Fairfax, Va. The new format ensures that the city winners are from the District, by allowing only private, public, independent and charter schools within the city to participate. “There is an appetite for this type of competition in the District of Columbia,” said Clark Ray, the DCSAA director of athletics. Automatic bids are given to District teams that win the WCAC, Mid-Atlantic Conference, the IndeSee DCSAA/Page 12

Cadets take DCSAA championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Cadets senior guard Britani Stowe, far left, was named the DCSAA girls basketball title game MVP after scoring 16 points and playing gritty defense Thursday.

As the final seconds ticked off in the girls basketball city championship game Thursday evening, St. John’s held a 16-point lead. That comfortable advantage allowed Cadets coach Jonathan Scribner to take his starters off the court and finish the game with his seniors. But one starter remained on the floor — senior guard Britani Stowe. After serving as the team’s one constant during its injuryplagued season, it seemed fitting for Stowe to both start and end the championship game. Led by Stowe’s senior guidance and MVP performance, St. John’s captured the D.C. State Athletic Association crown that night, knocking off Northwest rival Visitation 58-42 at the Verizon Center. “She has grown so much from November to being the MVP of the city title,” Scribner said of Stowe. “She has earned it all the way. She made unbelievable offensive plays. She was always there, playing 31 minutes of every

game. What can you say — amazing.” For the team, the DCSAA tournament was a chance for redemption after falling in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game. “Coming off that loss, we had practices and we bonded,” said Stowe. “We just worked hard for it and came out with a win.” The senior also felt a responsibility to lift the team back to the Verizon Center championship game — where the Cadets took the city crown in 2011, but missed out on competing last year. “A couple of years ago our varsity team made the city championship against H.D. Woodson, and we knew that we had to follow through with the win,” she said. Stowe led the Cadets with 16 points, junior guard Amari Carter added 13 and sophomore guard Shelbi Harris chipped in seven. “Britani has stepped up a lot this year,” said Carter. “She had a great season. We all really wanted to win badly. She came through big See Cadets/Page 16

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adrenaline and momentum he had created. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was my first dunk ever in a game,â&#x20AC;? said Shuler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just made us play better. It just fell in.â&#x20AC;? Shulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constant attack on the rim created opportunities on the perimeter, with the Frogs defense sagging to stop Roosevelt from driving to the basket. Stancil took advantage by hitting four three-pointers en route to earning the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MVP award. Stancil is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great shooter,â&#x20AC;? said Nickens, pointing to Shulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity as point guard as the catalyst. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when people close out on [Shuler], that allows Stancil and [senior

guard Jarell] Allen to take free shots from the corner. Tonight Troy had the hot hand.â&#x20AC;?

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It was Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first city crown under coach Rob Nickens.

Stancil credited the Rough Ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitment to a wide-open fast pace to his strong shooting during the Rough Ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DCSAA and D.C.

Interstate Athletic Association title runs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past couple of games, when we changed the tempo, I felt like I was at home and I could play and shoot the ball in this style,â&#x20AC;? he said. Roosevelt led 43-34 going into the fourth quarter, but Maret wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to fold easily. In the final minutes the Frogs cut into Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, making it a one-possession game in the final minute. But Roosevelt hit its free throws to hang on and clinch the city championship. It was a moment the Rough Riders have been working for since their season ended last February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt this run coming before the season even started,â&#x20AC;? said Shuler.

DCSAA: In two years, new format has won over city From Page 11

pendent School League, DCIAA and the new D.C. Public Charter School Athletic Association, or finish with the best record among D.C. teams in their respective conferences. Another automatic berth goes to one of the schools that are deemed independent or that complete in a conference without other D.C. schools, like St. Albans. Atlarge bids are awarded to schools based off a point system that takes into account wins, strength of schedule and other factors. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament included all of the top teams in the area, with St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys and girls teams entering the fray for the first time, along with the Visitation girls and Maret boys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It legitimizes the tournament,â&#x20AC;? Ray said of the expanded field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What drove that was the students themselves. They want to compete against each other here in the District of Columbia. Sometimes the adults in the room block that a little bit based on past experiences or the inability to try something new.â&#x20AC;? He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those of us who have lived in the District for a period or time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here 26 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have a champion be from the District of Columbia. Our student athletes deserve that.â&#x20AC;? The changes have resulted in a more genuine championship, with Roosevelt knocking off both highly ranked St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the semifinals on March 2 and Maret (the two-time defending Mid-Atlantic Conference champions) in the DCSAA title game on Thursday at Verizon Center. On the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side, Visitation and St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the two pre-eminent girls basketball programs in the city over the last decade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; clashed for the title, with the Cadets winning on Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a D.C. city title,â&#x20AC;? said St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach Jonathan Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to the girls, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to the team and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to our school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new format, and change is always strange for everyone. But this is it now. This is something we want to be in every year and win every year.â&#x20AC;? But this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament also had some debatable omissions, like Archbishop Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls team, which had an overall record of 15-16 with a mark of 1-3 against D.C. schools; and Gonzaga, which had a 12-17 record including 1-4 against District team. Both schools had talented squads, which played tough out-of-conference schedules and more games than some of the teams that did make the bracket. But with their records and standings in the point system, Ray said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify for at-large bids.â&#x20AC;? In the views of some local coaches, that system still needs some tweaks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on points, which is very skewed,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga coach Steve Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in because we were penalized for playing more games. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great

concept, but we have to make sure the best teams are in it and it can be the best event that it can be.â&#x20AC;? Turner pointed to the Virginia Independent School Athletic Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s format, which includes weekly standings, as a formula that could work. The coach said the DCSAA updated the teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rankings only once during the season. Turner expressed an interest in forming a committee to work on ironing out the issues. Ray explained that the tournament is still a work in progress after only two seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the tournament last year we sat down with a group of basketball folks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; coaches and administrators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and talked about what they would like to see and how they would like to see it unfold.â&#x20AC;? Ray said these discussions yielded the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point system, and the expansion from eight teams to 12. The WCAC and Visitation were slow to adapt to the new format, with the teams skipping the inaugural DCSAA event last year due to other commitments to national postseason tournaments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Alhambra Catholic Invitational on the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side, and the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational. That kept the top-ranked local girls team, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and Visitation, which had a share of the Independent School League championship, out of the DCSAA bracket. In last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament H.D. Woodson went on to beat Georgetown Day for the girls crown. On the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side, Coolidge defeated Ballou in the finale. Not participating were Gonzaga, the team with the WCACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best regular-season record, and St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which played in the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title game. This year, more interest and participation in the tournament brought out schools from every corner of the District that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t otherwise meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have Georgetown Day School traveling to Anacostia and Friendship Collegiate playing at National Cathedral last year ... it is a cross-pollination,â&#x20AC;? said Ray. For the non-WCAC private schools, it was a welcome change. Visitation and Maret wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had a chance to earn the city crown in the past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city title game is a big deal for our team and our school,â&#x20AC;? said Visitation coach Mike McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be a great experience for our girls. I have always thought that a true city championship was a great idea.â&#x20AC;? The excitement of post-game celebrations offer proof of the championshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; increasing legitimacy. When National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team won the title in 2012, the team gave the new accolade a lukewarm reception. But after winning the crown this year, players stormed the field for their DCSAA championship sweatshirts and tried to drench their coach with a Gatorade shower. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something they want. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do away with trophies and plaques because what they really want are those sweatshirts,â&#x20AC;? Ray joked.

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Tudor home combines neoclassical touches, fresh interior


estled inside a Wesley Heights cul-de-sac is a handsome 1932 Tudor dwelling. A distinct property among

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its Colonial neighbors, it features a stone pathway that reflects the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facade. This lane passes through a manicured lawn, climbing up to a prominent turret that serves as the main entrance. A wooden arched doorway complements the idyllic motif. Newly listed, this five-bedroom, four-and-half-bath property at 4450 Dexter St. is on the market for $2,850,000. The cul-de-sac is surrounded by the woodlands of Glover Archbold, Battery Kemble and Wesley Heights parks. While the property is located away from the main thoroughfares of New Mexico Avenue and Foxhall Road, this little pocket has its own social setting. The house overlooks a long, grassy median furnished with Adirondack chairs and a flagpole. Neighborhood children also frolic with their canine companions on this miniature field.

Inside, the home boasts a spacious and stylish main level. A renovation five years ago optimized the natural flow. The construction also cosmetically enhanced the interior, blending classic touches such as neoclassical entablatures above the entryways with modern recessed lighting. Straight to the back from the foyer sits an open area that comprises the family room, kitchen and dining area. The expansive spot is clad with beige limestone floors and marble on the counters. The gourmet kitchen features white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf six-burner stove with a pot filler, and a dual oven. A beverage cooler and wine fridge sit under an island large enough to accommodate a breakfast bar. The family room has a woodburning fireplace, built-in speakers and three sets of French doors that open to a fenced rear yard. A large flagstone terrace has wrought-iron railings and offers access to the garage. Down the steps is a grassy area with formal landscaping and mature greenery. The kitchen, too, offers side access to the garage. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an


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This five-bedroom Tudor on Dexter Street is priced at $2,850,000. entry point to the driveway next to the dining area. This entrance is accompanied by a mudroom and powder room. A swinging door separates the breakfast area and formal dining room. The dining room faces Dexter Street and opens to the foyer. On the other side of the first floor is the living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace and an entryway to the rear great room. An adjacent sunroom features vaulted ceilings and three walls of windows facing the cul-de-sac. The second floor houses four bedrooms. The master occupies the rear of this floor. Its grand marble bath features a dual vanity, a soaking tub and a separate shower with

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custom tiles. The bathroom has access to a walk-in closet with custom shelves and dressers. The bedroom includes more closet space and a Juliet balcony. The second bathroom has two closets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for linen and the other clothing. It also has its own private bath. Period details here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a pedestal sink and black and white tiles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have been refurbished. The two other sleeping quarters are on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west side. A shared hallway bath with a tub sits between the two. The third level currently serves as a playroom. The slanted ceilings

bookend a cozy, carpeted space with ample storage and window seats on each end. The basement currently provides another play space, as well as a full bath connected to an au pair suite. This area has built-in shelves and access to the laundry room. This five-bedroom, four-and-ahalf-bath home at 4450 Dexter St. is listed for $2,850,000. For more information on this property, contact Washington Fine Properties Realtors Matthew McCormick, 202243-1651; Ellen M. Morrell, 202243-1616; or Ben Roth, 202-2431619.

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Northwest Real Estate ALLEY: GWU request for alleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reconfiguration set for D.C. Council consideration

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demonstrated that no one else needed the alley. On Square 75, because the alley is being relocated instead of closed, traffic will still be able to go through the area. In September, the neighborhood commission voted to support the alley closure, but it changed its position to non-objection in January â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in deference to the West End Citizens

Association, which has been critical of the plan. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy said the new information discussed last week wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to sway the commission. In the beginning, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staunchest opponents were residents of The President, a condo building at 2141 I St., which backs onto the university land. They argued that the reconfigured alley would be too close to their homes and that the new office building would devalue

their property and diminish their quality of life. Since then, the university has reached an agreement with the condo association. According to Stephen Joyce, the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairman, the university will conduct an appraisal before and after the construction to assess potential damage from the construction activity; clean up the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior; provide landscaping; and make sure construction activity halts at the agreed hours.

And as part of the zoning approval for the office building, the university also agreed to provide amenities to the community, including a teaching fellowship for School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. According to university spokesperson Kurtis Hiatt, a doctoral student was hired as the fellow late last year. Another amenity is office space payment for the newly formed Foggy Bottom West End Village.

EMBASSIES: State Department airs plans for embassies on western Walter Reed site

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matic space because the U.S. receives land abroad based on how much it provides here. For example,

during the 1990s China granted the United States a 10-acre plot in Beijing because the State Department gave China a three-acre space in the District.





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The department first announced the Walter Reed project in mid-2012 and has held three public meetings on the subject in the past nine months. At the March 6 hearing, residents were invited to comment on the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s draft environmental impact statement; members of the public can continue commenting formally on the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federally mandated environmental statement through March 31. The document includes analyses of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on historic buildings, the natural environment, the local economy and traffic. At the March 6 hearing, Stephen Whatley of the Shepherd Park/16th Street Heights advisory neighborhood commission expressed support for the project on behalf of the elected body, whose jurisdiction borders the project area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State Department has done almost all of the things that [community members] have talked about over the last few years,â&#x20AC;? Whatley said in an interview after the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tweaking that needs to be done, but for the most part they did a good job.â&#x20AC;?

Whatley said he fears that the plans will lead to increased traffic in the surrounding neighborhood. Other citizens echoed this concern, particularly in regard to the State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to allow cars to

â??I see the concern about 14th Street, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to address.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clifford Seagroves cross Alaska Avenue on 14th Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried that by opening up the campus and having an exit on 14th Street the traffic is going to be excessive in our neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said resident Wendy Blake-Coleman. In an interview, Clifford Seagroves, the director of the State Department office that oversees diplomatic property, was amenable to feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see the concern about 14th Street, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to address,â&#x20AC;? said Seagroves, whose branch is within the State

Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Foreign Missions. Other members of the public testified that too many historic buildings will be demolished. The State Department will definitely preserve the chapel near the intersection of 14th and Dahlia streets. It will decide at a later date whether to keep the old Red Cross building, the Institute of Research building and the medical warehouse. Because of the format of the hearing, the State Department did not respond to citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns during the March 6 event. Afterward, Seagroves expressed interest in incorporating feedback into the final version of the environmental impact statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will get back to the neighborhood as soon as we can about a way to include their input going forward,â&#x20AC;? he said. Blake-Coleman, who has attended previous meetings about the project, said government officials have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;very responsive.â&#x20AC;? But she still worries that the new buildings will negatively affect the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest concern is that we get some modern monstrosities in the midst of a lovely setting and residential area,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to work on that, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see.â&#x20AC;? Whatley said the State Department has agreed to let his advisory neighborhood commission comment on the countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; designs before construction begins. The buildings will be between two and four stories tall. He was optimistic that the chanceries, the technical term for any office building that is part of a foreign mission, will contribute to the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it will be a tremendous opportunity for the neighborhood to have chanceries here,â&#x20AC;? said Whatley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to want to outdo the others.â&#x20AC;? After the comment period on the environmental impact statement ends March 31, the State Department will submit a final version of the document to a variety of entities including local agencies. The department will then enter a public process to evaluate whether historical elements on the property should be preserved. To read the draft environmental statement or submit a comment, visit

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Northwest Real Estate CLOSING: Enrollment woes lead to end for Tenleytown institution St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

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have deep roots with St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Kernan said her family can trace that connection back to the late 1800s. Her grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins all attended St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and her parents have run the Catholic Youth Organization basketball program there for more than 30 years. Her mother teaches pre-kindergarten at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is how I grew up,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I was going to be running the CYO one day.â&#x20AC;? Kernan and other sources who spoke anonymously blamed the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decreased enrollment and budget on management problems, with many parents taking issue with the tactics of its principal and pastor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Families did not leave because of the [dollars] and cents, but the lack of appropriate administrative leadership,â&#x20AC;? Kernan said. One source said particular tensions flared up two years ago due to escalating problems with bullying and lack of discipline, and the related termination of a longtime art teacher. A group of parents mobilized to ask the Archdiocese of Washington to replace the principal, Thomas Wharton, the source said. According to that source, the inaction of the archdiocese and St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastor Msgr. Godfrey Mosley led to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mass exodusâ&#x20AC;? of students, including those from longtime legacy families. In spite of the legitimate financial troubles, another source said she believed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the school could have been savedâ&#x20AC;? with different leadership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are families in that parish that could save the school.â&#x20AC;?

Principal Wharton and other St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officials didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond directly to an inquiry from The Current. Noguchi, of the Archdiocese of Washington, said â&#x20AC;&#x153;to blame the pastor or principal or leadership issues, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they worked tirelessly over the past two years.â&#x20AC;? As of yesterday evening, there was no information posted about the closing on the St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, which was advertising a planned March 29 fundraising gala and featured reminders about enrollment procedures for next year. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, which started in Tenleytown in 1867, started a school in 1870, according to documents on the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The school closed in 1896 but reopened in a new facility in 1905. In the early 20th century, St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a growing concentration of Catholic institutions just northwest of what is now Tenley Circle,â&#x20AC;? the document says. That enclave included the Immaculata Seminary, which offered elementary, high school and college programs run by the Sisters of Providence. Immaculataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property, across the street from St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is now American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Campus. Friendship Heights resident Bridget Morris attended St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the 1970s and later sent her four children there. The St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s she remembers from her childhood was a different place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a true neighborhood school for Tenleytown, â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost completely parishioner-based,â&#x20AC;? run by nuns and with about 40 students per class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody lived in the neighborhood and went to the school, kind of like Janney [Elementary] these days,â&#x20AC;? Morris said.

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By the time her children attended in the 2000s, she said, St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drawing so much from the parish anymore, so the kids there were coming from all parts of the city and Maryland.â&#x20AC;? Morris said â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was a nice little school and very diverse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; socioeco-

dents better,â&#x20AC;? he said. According to Noguchi, a school fair will take place at St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on March 18 to help families transition to other schools within the archdiocese, which have also â&#x20AC;&#x153;been made aware of the availabilityâ&#x20AC;? of the St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faculty and staff for hiring.



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NOISE: District officials announce enforcement effort CADETS From Page 2

Ozioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1813 M St. (Nightlife advocates have said these readings often pick up the ordinary sounds of city life rather than isolating the noise from a particular establishment.) In the past year, there have also been several violent crimes near these nightlife venues, which have prompted discussions in Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Adams Morgan. These incidents included a fatal shooting in the 1000 block of 17th Street on March 21, 2013, and a stabbing in the 1700 block of I Street on Dec. 29, 2013, in which police officers were injured, according to Patrick Powell of the Golden Triangle business group. A club owner at the meeting said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to determine who is perpetuating the problems outside their club.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard to judge, as a club owner, who is right or wrong in a situation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people have been drinking, all kinds of situations come up and we try to address them. The police department is as wonderful as they can be in deciding who is right or wrong. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much we can do other than address the situation.â&#x20AC;? Nightlife veteran David Karim said at the meeting that the vibrancy of the clubs and bars have improved the safety of the area, compared to the past when it was riddled with drugs and prostitution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot different now of because of bars and restaurants,â&#x20AC;? said the co-owner of The Gryphon at 1337 Connecticut Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These bars and nightclubs are not a nuisance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made the city safer and made money for the city. Yes, there are some bad apples. In general, most of the operators Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen are great operators.â&#x20AC;?

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reliability, and increase pressure in some areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is on target to wrap up by August 2015, according to Mooring. In Tenleytown tomorrow night, the local advisory neighborhood commission plans to question DC Water officials about last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues. (Agency representatives were already scheduled to attend the meeting to discuss an unrelated initiative.)

Tenleytown commissioner Jonathan Bender and others on local listservs have expressed concern about uneven distribution of warnings from DC Water, with some residents not learning of the risks until hours into the advisory. In an interview, Bender said schools seemed to be the first to hear the warnings, with the information then dispersing to the general public. Mooring said the agency issued the advisory Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x153;via as many communications as possible as

quickly as possible,â&#x20AC;? using Twitter, press releases, email and text alerts, robocalls and hand-delivered door hangers. George Hawkins, general manager of DC Water, said in a news release that his agency sent out the warning in â&#x20AC;&#x153;an abundance of caution,â&#x20AC;? although no contamination was found. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website said affected residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to take any more precautions, like discarding ice or sanitizing appliances.

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time.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, senior Sarah Tierney had a game-high 19 points for Visitation and sophomore Alexis Gray had seven. The Cadets viewed slowing Gray down as a key part of the game plan. Stowe was constantly matched up with the sophomore, and her efforts on defense made the real difference, according to Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She guarded [Gray] the entire game and basically held in check an important scorer for them,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. While St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eventually turned the title game into a comfortable win, Visitation was up for the task. The Cubs took a quick 6-2 lead in the early going when Tierney and senior guard Ana Hagerup each buried three-pointers. But Stowe, Carter and Harris all made important buckets in the first half to put St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead 31-21. Visitation made one final rally and a 10-3 run to cut the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead down to 34-31 in the third quarter on the strength of scores from senior guards Maddy Reed and Alexis Bryant. The run was halted by a threeball from Stowe. Then the Cadets ended the third period with a buzzerbeating three by senior Raley Hinton

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Amari Carter, right, scored 11 points Thursday.

and a 39-35 lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raley hit a big shot in the corner for three that was probably the biggest shot of the game,â&#x20AC;? said Carter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got hot at the right time.â&#x20AC;? The Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shooters continued to sizzle in the final period, with Carter and Stowe hitting critical three-pointers as the team outscored the Cubs 19-7 in the fourth quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to finish off your senior year with a championship,â&#x20AC;? said Stowe. The senior will move on to Eastern Michigan to play basketball on scholarship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Britani has had an amazing season, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to college for free because of her amazing work,â&#x20AC;? said Scribner. The Cadets finished off their season at the Bishop Walsh tournament over the weekend, but losses to WCAC rivals to Good Counsel and Seton derailed their hopes in that bracket.

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existing problems. But more than a few raised concerns to the deputy mayor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even as she explained that the advisory committee for the reform process has yet to release even preliminary plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to Chevy Chase and spent a lot of money on a house and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking your kids are going to go to Lafayette and then onward to Deal,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Gary Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a scary process that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that maybe the boundaries could change. It seems unfair.â&#x20AC;? Thompson said he felt confident that all D.C. residents would continue to support efforts to bring quality schools to every part of the District, but in-boundary students should be allowed to remain where they are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you live near a school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in its geographic boundary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you should have priority to attend that school over those who do not.â&#x20AC;? Smith acknowledged that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we would have a massive political firestorm on our handsâ&#x20AC;? if District officials told parents expecting to send children to Lafayette and Murch that they could no longer do so. But she tried to get the crowd to empathize with parents who might be less excited about their options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people in Ward 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the part of Ward 4 that Lafayette is in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are holding pretty good cards right now,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

want their cards to change. If you were in meetings, as I am many evenings, with families who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like their hand is so good right now ... . What do they want? Change.â&#x20AC;? As she has at every stop on her tour, the deputy mayor explained the timeline for reform going forward. The 23-member advisory committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; comprised of education activists selected by Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will release draft policy scenarios by the end of this month. There will then be a multimonth period of back-and-forth between the committee and the public, culminating in the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement of a final plan in September. Near the end of Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, the crowd heard from advisory committee member Matt Frumin, who also chairs the advisory neighborhood commission for Tenleytown and Friendship Heights. Recognizing that Chevy Chase does not have a representative on the advisory committee for the reform process, Frumin pledged his willingness to work with anyone from the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education has been a subject of debate in this city for six years. ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to really start,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Niagara Falls in a barrel and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to go over the falls.â&#x20AC;? Deputy Mayor Smith will hold another community meeting on these issues tonight at Wilson High School at 7 p.m.

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Voters Guide

The Current april 1, 2014 ■ PRIMARY election About the Voters Guide The Current’s Voters Guide for the April 1 primary election appears in The Current and The Washington Informer. It is also available online at The Current’s staff interviewed the major candidates in the Democratic contests for mayor, D.C. Council chairman, at-large D.C. Council and the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat. In the mayoral race, Carlos Allen was not interviewed because he did not meet either of two threshhold requirements: having served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner or held other elected office in D.C.; or having raised at least $10,000 in campaign funds.

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Muriel Bowser

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal


Tommy Wells

Muriel Bowser

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Muriel Bowser, 41, lives in Riggs Park and serves as Ward 4’s representative on the D.C. Council. She chairs the council’s Economic Development Committee and sits on the board of directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. If elected mayor, Bowser’s three priorities would be accelerating school reform across all eight wards; growing the District’s middle class, with a focus on affordable housing and jobs; and building an open, transparent and efficient government with top talent to lead D.C.’s public agencies. With regard to school reform, Bowser did not commit to retaining D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, but said, “I think she’s a great chancellor with great ideas, and I’m looking forward to talking to her about how we can work together to advance reform across the city.” See Bowser/Page V4

Jack Evans, 60, lives in Georgetown and serves as Ward 2’s representative on the D.C. Council, where he chairs the Committee on Finance and Revenue. If elected mayor, Evans would concentrate on jobs and economic development, education and affordable housing. On employment, the council member points to his lengthy legislative record as evidence of his abilities. Specifically, he touts his involvement in big economic development projects in D.C. such as Nationals Park, the Verizon Center and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, all of which faced initial opposition. “These projects have led to ... thousands of jobs for District residents,” Evans said. “As mayor, I will use the experience I’ve gained to continue to create jobs, particularly for residents in wards 7 and 8.” See Evans/Page V4

Vincent Gray, 71, lives in Hillcrest and serves as the District’s mayor. Prior to his election in 2010, he chaired the D.C. Council. If re-elected, Gray would continue to pursue fiscal stability, education reform and economic development. On fiscal stability, the mayor argues that he inherited a city in a precarious position. “We weren’t broke,” he said, but the District’s discretionary reserves were virtually nonexistent. Earlier this year, Gray announced that D.C. has a $321 million surplus. That turnaround “suggests we are a fiscally healthy jurisdiction,” he said, crediting the city’s population growth and expanding economy. Once the District has 60 days’ worth of extra cash on hand, Gray supports investing revenue back into public services or tax relief. Gray also makes the case that he has corrected fiscal irresponsibility See Gray/Page V4

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal

Tommy Wells

Mount Vernon Square resident Reta Jo Lewis, 60, is an attorney who most recently worked for the U.S. State Department. If elected mayor, she would focus her energy most on eliminating corruption, improving education and getting District residents more job opportunities. Lewis favors an elected attorney general “to create a partner in fighting corruption,” she said in an interview. “I believe an elected AG would probably be a law-and-order candidate, who would be another partner the chief executive would have to move out fraud and abuse. “The tone,” she added, “must be set at the top by the mayor.” Lewis said the city needs to increase transparency with regard to contracting. There is a real need, she said, “to shine a spotlight on contracts and procurement,” with the D.C. Council providing regulatory oversight rather than See Lewis/Page V5

Vincent Orange, 56, lives in Brookland and serves as an at-large member of the D.C. Council, where he chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. If elected mayor, Orange would focus on education, affordable housing and finances. On education, the council member would prioritize creating a pipeline for students to remain in the District from pre-K through college. Ideally, he wants government-funded college scholarships to give incentives for students to pursue higher education in the city. “Keep the dollars here,” Orange said. “Keep our young people here.” He also noted that college students tend to live near their schools after graduation. The council member portrays his record on school reform as an indication of his future performance. He describes longtime support for earlychildhood education and robust wrapSee Orange/Page V5

Andy Shallal, 58, is an Adams Morgan resident and the owner of Busboys and Poets. An Iraqi-born entrepreneur, artist and activist, he has been involved in the civic life of the District for decades. If elected mayor, he would focus on education, local business development and making the city a more affordable place to live. On education, Shallal would seek to chart a dramatically different course from Mayor Vincent Gray or any other mayoral candidate, largely rejecting fundamental assumptions underlying the past decade of D.C. school reform. He is wary of charter schools and the prevalence of standardized testing, and he thinks schools that are classified as failing often could succeed with the proper investments, but without needing disruptive overhauls in leadership and staffing. Though Shallal has declined to declare whether he would keep D.C. See Shallal/Page V5

Tommy Wells, 57, lives in Capitol Hill and represents Ward 6 on the D.C. Council, where he chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. If elected mayor, Wells would focus on education, public transit and youth investment. On education, Wells’ first priority is elementary schools. “Under a Wells administration, every family will have an elementary school within walking distance of their home, which they can attend as a matter of right,” he said. Asked to evaluate D.C.’s current school reforms, the council member sounded a note of frustration. “We have the greatest achievement gap between black and white students in the nation,” he said. “As a matter of social justice, we must do better.” Pressed on whether he would retain the current D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Wells said he is “inclined to keep Kaya Henderson,” arguing for See Wells/Page V6

The Washington Informer’s staff interviewed the major candidates for the D.C. Council seats in wards 5 and 6. These wards are outside The Current’s distribution area and do not appear in The Current. Due to space limitations, we were unable to include the statehood senate seat, in which Pete Ross is challenging incumbent Paul Strauss, or various Democratic State Committee posts. The incumbent Ward 3 council member, D.C. delegate to the House of Representatives and statehood U.S. representative are uncontested in the Democratic primary. There are no contested races in the Republican or Libertarian parties. The D.C. Statehood Green Party’s contested at-large D.C. Council race — between Eugene Puryear and G. Lee Aikan — was not included due to the limited number of party members.


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The Current Anita Bonds

Nate Bennett-Fleming

Pedro Rubio

John Settles

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Anita Bonds

Nate Bennett-Fleming

Pedro Rubio

John Settles

Anita Bonds, 68, lives in Bloomingdale. She has chaired the D.C. Democratic State Committee since 2006, and she was appointed to a vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council in 2012 and elected in a special election in early 2013. If re-elected, she would focus on reducing poverty, creating affordable housing and addressing youth development needs. With regard to poverty, Bonds authored legislation approved in March that will eliminate property taxes for residents over 70 who have annual household incomes under $60,000 and have lived in their homes at least 20 years. The council member also wants to root out abuse of the elderly, especially by their guardians. She supports closing the District’s homeless shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital and shifting homeless families into permanent public housing. “In other words, I think we need to do something we haven’t done in a long time — have the government become a landlord,” Bonds said. “We could purchase some apartment buildings as well as some row houses and town houses.” She also suggested that the city make use of surplus public properties like former schools. Bonds supports the D.C. Promise college scholarship program, which recently won council approval and now needs sign-off from the mayor. The initiative would provide high school graduates from low- and moderate-income families with up to $7,500 a year for higher education, and Bonds believes it would be a good addition to the council’s recent antipoverty strategies. “We’ve increased the minimum wage,” she said. “We are headed in the right direction.” Concerning affordable housing, Bonds would pursue modifications to current rules so that units do not become market-rate when a lowincome tenant leaves. She also supports giving public grants to landlords to subsidize upgrades to affordable units. In addition, she believes incentives should be offered to developers of city-owned land in lower-income communities, if the projects include an affordable housing component. On youth development, Bonds is calling for a “unified approach” akin to the District’s push to help seniors. “We really need a Department of Youth Development,” she said, “to give young people an opportunity to become solid citizens and give parents See Bonds/Page V5

Nate Bennett-Fleming, 29, is D.C.’s shadow representative in Congress. A resident of Anacostia, he is also an adjunct law professor at the University of the District of Columbia. If elected to the D.C. Council, he would focus on three areas: education; jobs and economic inclusion; and housing affordability. On education, Bennett-Fleming would seek to prioritize neighborhood schools and ensure that school buildings are community hubs. “Often they are silos and not directly related to their communities,” he said. With regard to teacher accountability, the shadow representative said, “Evaluation should have less focus on high-stakes testing. Teachers should not be fired if their students are improving. Improvement should have more weight than proficiency.” Bennett-Fleming would also push for increased family involvement for public school students, mandating that parents and guardians participate in college counseling sessions with their children. In terms of classroom learning, the shadow representative believes schools should teach computer coding and programming, preparing students for a digital economy. “Even if they don’t go to college, these skill sets can connect them to jobs,” he said. Some of the specific school-related initiatives Bennett-Fleming would back include subsidies for enrichment programs for low-income students as well as a new network of open-door college prep centers across the District. On jobs and economic inclusion, the shadow representative favors boosting job training, especially for digital skills. This means promoting private programs such as Comcast’s Internet Essentials, which provides online training to low-income customers. It also means giving tax credits to businesses that train their workers or employ low-income people. “The problem is not necessarily a shortage of jobs. It is barriers to employment due to lack of education and criminal justice problems,” Bennett-Fleming said. “We need stronger partnerships with research universities and the private sector to make the District more of an innovation hub and connect community colleges with training programs in areas of job growth such as nursing, data analytics and information technoloSee Bennett-Fleming/Page V6

Pedro Rubio, 27, lives in Brightwood. He works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense and serves as a board member of the D.C. Latino Caucus. If elected to an atlarge D.C. Council seat, his top three priorities would be after-school programs; safe, walkable communities; and affordable housing. Rubio wants to see the District government finance after-school programs for all students. Specifically, he is pitching a $5 million plan to fund 83 afterschool mentorship programs across the city. The initiative would give annual grants of $60,000 to nonprofit programs operating in schools and churches. These programs could offer tutoring, learning opportunities across subject areas, and activities in arts and sports. He envisions students from D.C. colleges and universities as key volunteers. He also believes that creating more facilities for school sports (especially to equalize opportunities for female athletes) should be a budget priority. To increase walkability and safety in blighted communities, Rubio suggests adding more police officers and offering incentives like tax breaks and loans for more businesses to set up shop. To enhance transportation, Rubio would like to see the city invest more in bus service, including expansion of the DC Circulator into more neighborhoods. He also supports expanding the city’s network of bike lanes. The candidate described several ways in which the District should bolster its efforts to protect and enhance the availability of affordable housing. Since many D.C. families pay more than 30 percent of their income in rent, Rubio believes more assistance should be available for home purchases. One program that could be expanded is “DC Opens Doors,” which helps certain homebuyers with their entire down payment. Expansion of the Housing Production Trust Fund could also help develop more affordable two- and three-bedroom units. He suggested that the city could dip into its reserve funds to finance such projects without harming its credit rating. He said public-private partnerships could also support such projects, which should focus on housing families and seniors. The properties could also include spaces for the community at large to use. See Rubio/Page V4

John Settles, 43, is a Wells Fargo mortgage consultant and a resident of Logan Circle. If elected to an at-large D.C. Council seat, he would prioritize housing affordability, education reform and neighborhood development. With regard to affordable housing, Settles said he would invest more in the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund. In addition, he would push for D.C. to acquire new properties to house residents with modest incomes. “Over the course of the recent recession and drop in prices, the city had an opportunity to acquire properties at below-market prices that then could have been used to ease the crunch,” he said. “I think we need to invest between $25 and $50 million a year into land banking. The more we aggressively land bank, the more housing we produce.” Settles said D.C.’s high housing prices are a problem for longtime residents facing rising costs of living, but they also hurt new arrivals, many of whom are young professionals. “I’ve talked to so many young people who work for an NGO or a nonprofit, and instead of making the $150,000 they could make, they’re making $40,000 and $50,000,” he said. “They come here to make the world better, but they can’t afford the economic costs. I think that’s why we lose people.” Concerning education, Settles said he thinks about the issue daily, as the father of three children attending Hearst Elementary. “As co-chair of my kids’ school’s Local School Advisory Team, I deal with a wide range of issues, from the budget to school security, performance and facilities,” he said. He hopes to focus on transferring the best practices of charter schools into D.C.’s traditional public schools. He also pledged to improve collaboration and coordination between the District’s education agencies, ensuring “a single point of accountability” for charter schools. He would have schools in under-served neighborhoods function as community centers. On the subject of accountability for students and teachers, Settles said he is primarily concerned with students showing growth, as opposed to consistently meeting achievement benchmarks that might be unrealistic. “It should be about steady progress,” he said. “We don’t have enough teachers who have the depth of experience,” he added. “We have too many teachers that get burnt out.” See Settles/Page V4

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Phil Mendelson

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Calvin Gurley Calvin Gurley, 57, lives in Takoma and has 23 years of experience working in the federal government, primarily as an accountant and an auditor. If elected D.C. Council chairman, he would push policies aimed at creating jobs, expanding affordable housing and improving D.C.’s education system. With regard to jobs, Gurley believes District residents should be prioritized to fill local government positions that become available through retirements and vacancies. He also supports building a Las Vegas-style hotel and casino on Buzzard Point. Finally, Gurley hopes to open more vocational high schools offering apprenticeships in fields such as automobile repair, plumbing and nursing. “They should be located in the areas of most need, where they have high unemployment and high school dropout rates,” he said. Concerning affordable housing, Gurley would encourage developers to build needed units on D.C.-owned property and on the sites of abandoned housing developments such as East Capitol Dwellings in Southeast. “We need to bring some

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accountability to the Housing Production Trust Fund to finance an agreed-upon number of units per year,” he said. On education, Gurley pledges to return D.C. to an era before mayoral control of the school system. “Mayors generally are not good at education — not unless they come from an educational background,” he said. Specifically, Gurley would revert the District to a school system run by an elected school board. He would push for free meals and tutoring for all students. Asked about his other educational priorities, Gurley said, “There’s a need to do less standardized testing, and our curriculum needs to focus more on math, science, analytical reasoning, music and extracurricular activities.” Gurley, who ran for the same post in 2012, has served as the president of the Fairlawn and Takoma civic associations. A graduate of Eastern High School, Gurley holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowie State University. He has also taken graduate business administration courses at the University of the District of Columbia. He is married with two children.

Phil Mendelson Phil Mendelson, 61, has chaired the D.C. Council since 2012. The Takoma resident was first elected to the council in 1998, winning an at-large seat. If re-elected, Mendelson will have three priorities: improving the professionalism, transparency and reputation of the D.C. Council; reducing truancy in D.C. Public Schools; and using council oversight to improve the University of the District of Columbia. Regarding improvements to the council, the chairman supports enhancing the quality of legislative reports accompanying bills, which he said “vary enormously.” Some “barely explain legislative intent,” he said. Mendelson backs boosting resources for the council’s budget office and its general counsel. He also pledges to make public documents more accessible to citizens and to continue working to minimize ethical infractions by council members. “I can’t make a council member not take bribes or not commit a criminal act if he or she is so inclined,” he said. “However, the amount of contentiousness and embarrassing episodes has declined in

Jim Graham

the past year and a half that I have chaired the council.” With regard to truancy, Mendelson supports continued investment in grants for community organizations that work with parents to address the root causes of chronic absences. When bullying is the cause, these groups sometimes help children find new schools. On funding, Mendelson believes the city should invest more in middle and high schools, and carefully analyze the data on elementary schools “to see what is working best.” For the University of the District of Columbia, which “spent the last two years contracting and finding its focus,” Mendelson seeks to provide oversight without jeopardizing its independence. “The community college is a tremendous opportunity for workforce development to improve job opportunities for District residents,” he said. A graduate of American University with a bachelor’s in political science, Mendelson worked as a council aide and served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in McLean Gardens prior to his election to the D.C. Council. He is divorced and has one daughter.

Brianne Nadeau

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Jim Graham Jim Graham, 68, has served as Ward 1’s representative on the D.C. Council since 1998. Should he be re-elected, Graham would focus most on Ward 1 issues, concerns related to his position as chair of the Committee on Human Services, and affordable housing. Graham said he is particularly proud of his constituent service successes because they make a real difference in the quality of life of residents in his ward. Given the ward’s diversity, with large numbers of people from Vietnam, Latin America and Ethiopia, immigration and cultural issues are important, he said. Development is also a hotbutton topic in Ward 1, he said, noting that he was a major contributor to spurring growth in Columbia Heights and in the U Street area. Currently, he is working to attract a full-service grocery store to the proposed Howard Town Center on lower Georgia Avenue. Graham said he is also pleased with his efforts to preserve the First Church of Christ, Scientist, building in Adams Morgan, which will be merged into a new hotel. He secured $41 million in tax relief for the development, conditional upon 50 percent of the employees being Ward 1 residents. “It’s going to be a great project,” he said. The incumbent also touted his efforts

on the Committee on Human Services. “I’m very proud of the work I’ve done in fighting poverty,” he said. “We now have a promising employment program to move people from chronic welfare dependency to self-sufficiency.” When asked about his support for a bill that would have raised the minimum wage at Walmart and some other stores — but which drew threats that the megachain would cancel planned outlets — he stood his ground, even though the new stores have meant hundreds of new jobs for D.C. residents. “We want people to get out of chronic dependency,” he said, adding, “I wasn’t moved by the [Walmart] threat. Whether or not they withdrew was irrelevant to me.” Graham also said the “context” surrounding the Large Retailer Accountability Act was important. New York and Los Angeles also “fiercely opposed” Walmart, he said, noting also that he didn’t know that the council would later approve a hike in the minimum wage for everyone, not just those working at large nonunion companies. Related to poverty issues, of course, is affordable housing. Graham says the city must focus on bringing “an end to chronic homelessness in D.C.,” though “we’ll always have a need for emergency assistance.” When asked if emergency assistance See Graham/Page V5

Brianne Nadeau Brianne Nadeau, 33, has lived in the neighborhood surrounding Meridian Hill Park for 10 years and is a former advisory neighborhood commissioner. If elected, her three top priorities would be strengthening schools, maintaining affordability and focusing on ethics. School reforms, she said, are working, “but the kids ... need wraparound services such as health care and social workers who deal with behavioral issues.” And she said all schools should have solid art programs, music, after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities. She would also like to see more honors and Advanced Placement courses available to top students. “We are learning from successful charter schools. ... E.L. Haynes and DC Prep provide lots of services for their kids and with great results,” Nadeau said. But she said neighborhood schools fill a distinct role and draw different populations, as parents must apply to charters, which can expel students who fail to perform. Neighborhood “schools should be community hubs,” Nadeau said. By working with nonprofits, businesses and area residents, she said, the city can ensure community engagement and arrange for services ranging from food pantries and health care to after-school jobs for older children.

Nadeau is also interested in athletic equality. “We should rotate fields so boys and girls have equal space,” she said. “There should be a needs assessment for additional sports facilities.” Another area of concern is the cost of housing in the city. Nadeau supports tax abatements for low-income residents to maintain housing affordability. She also believes the government should help residents “shift to renewable energy to reduce their costs.” “We need some affordable housing to be family-sized,” she said. “We are not providing enough long-term affordable housing.” One way to improve the situation is putting more money into the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund, which should maintain a minimum designated amount, she said. “Our top priority must be moving people out of poverty,” she said. “We cannot have 1,800 people needing shelter in the wintertime. … We must move more people into homeownership or limited equity co-ops,” in which the owner shares equity with the co-op. “We must produce more affordable rental units through government incentives or when government land is involved.” Nadeau said she’s particularly concerned about ethics because Ward 1’s 15-year council member, Jim Graham “has not held himself to ethical standards See Nadeau/Page V6


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SETTLES From Page V2 Settles believes there should be more wraparound social services for students, largely provided by school social workers. In terms of neighborhood development,

EVANS From Page V1 Asked about Walmart’s recent D.C. expansion, the council member said it’s impossible to know if the superstore was bluffing when it threatened to abandon the District if minimum wages were increased for large retailers. He voted for a bill to mandate a living wage for large nonunion stores, after securing backing for a decrease in the District’s sales tax. On education, Evans declined to say whether he would keep Kaya Henderson as D.C. Public Schools chancellor, saying “all personnel decisions would be made after I’m elected.” The council member said he believes the current schools budget is adequate, though he questions whether it is always spent wisely. He does not favor varying education funding levels based on the socioeconomic status of neighbor-

hoods, because so many District students travel outside their neighborhood to attend school. The two school reform policies Evans said he would prioritize are expanded early-childhood education offerings and increased after-school programs. “It’s clear to me that children who start school at an earlier age acquire better skills to succeed,” he said, adding that all children should be enrolled by age 3. “Secondly, it’s very important for many of the children and families in our city that they be provided with after-school homework helpers,” Evans said. To that end, he wants to initiate a partnership with D.C. universities through which college students receive academic credit for tutoring in the District’s public schools. “I would have to work out the details of how it would be financed or implemented. Maybe universities would do it for free,” the council member said. Overall, Evans said he believes

BOWSER From Page V1 Reforming the District’s middle schools is Bowser’s biggest priority in education. “I think confidence and quality in our lower grades has improved dramatically,” she said. “Parents lose confidence as their children approach the middle grades, and we know parents start making those decisions as early as second grade.” The council member is pitching a citywide reform initiative — “Alice Deal for All” — modeled on Ward 3’s Deal Middle School. “I think we need to identify schools that are on the brink of being top-tier schools and identify the resources they need to push them to tier-one status,” she said. According to Bowser, improving middle schools would have the added effect of boosting high school achievement as well. At the

GRAY From Page V1 from Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration, like the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program overspending its $20 million budget by $23 million. On education, Gray has continued the sweeping reforms begun in 2007 under D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. He remains a strong supporter of Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s successor, whom he appointed in 2011. As external validation for his school reform vision, the mayor has touted recent national standardized test scores that show the District making larger academic gains than any state or big city in

Settles worries about communities that currently lack the kind of amenities all “livable, walkable” neighborhoods should have. “For example, in Shepherd Park, despite the high incomes, there isn’t a sit-down restaurant other than Ledo Pizza. Nor a grocery store. Many of the residents have to go to Silver Spring,” he said. Settles believes the D.C. government should

there is a straightforward formula for every good school: a strong principal, excellent teachers, a topnotch curriculum, a safe environment and, critically, an involved group of parents. He acknowledges that parental involvement is often the most difficult part, but pledges to increase the school system’s outreach to families. In his view, the next mayor will need to do a better job of integrating D.C.’s traditional public schools with its charter school sector. On affordable housing, Evans is quick to point out that he worked with Mayor Anthony Williams to create the Housing Production Trust Fund, which he sees as “the primary and most successful vehicle to create affordable housing in our city’s history.” The council member is proud that the D.C. Council allocated more than $100 million for affordable housing just this year. “In addition, I have made sure that when the city is a participant in

high school level, the council member would focus curriculum on science, technology, engineering and math. She would also increase technical skills education such as training in computer coding. Asked about expanding high school offerings for students with the highest academic aptitudes, Bowser said, “With upcoming high school renovations, we have the opportunity to replicate programs like Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and the School Without Walls in other parts of the city.” In terms of D.C.’s early learning initiatives, Bowser said the key is qualified educators, and described early development of vocabulary and reading skills as “a key indicator” of a program’s success. Throughout D.C.’s schools, Bowser supports more language immersion programs in Chinese and Spanish as well as more extracurricular programs. “I think we need a vision at the top for what athletics should

the country. “I think we are demonstrating that our children can learn,” he said. “We also recognize that there continue to be very substantial achievement gaps in the city, but we’re starting to close those.” Asked about the criticism that Rhee’s and Henderson’s reforms unduly burden teachers and place too much emphasis on standardized testing, Gray talked about striking a balance. “I don’t think people should spend all their time teaching to a test,” he said. “I think that will be a continuing challenge.” Gray takes particular pride in special-education and early-childhood programs. “When I came into office, we had spent $168 million the previous year on sending children to private schools because of

help plan these types of developments by “identifying an ideal site, working with the property owner to ensure that they had the proper zoning and re-permitting.” Married for 17 years, Settles has three children. He is a graduate of St. John’s College High School and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University. any development project involving housing, at least 35 percent of the units built are affordable,” he said. As mayor, Evans would maintain current funding levels for the Housing Production Trust Fund and work with nonprofits to build as much low-income housing as possible. “Our preference certainly would be for people who are in affordable housing to be longtime District residents, but I doubt it is legal to have a requirement,” the council member said. A Pennsylvania native, Evans has lived in the District since 1982 and was first elected to the council in 1991. He previously served as chair of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission. Married with three children and three stepchildren, Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh.

look like across the city,” she said. To grow D.C.’s middle class, Bowser’s first concern is affordable housing. She pledged to continue to invest $100 million annually and to seek a steady funding source for the Housing Production Trust Fund. Bowser clarified that her financial commitment would include preserving existing housing units, not simply acquiring new properties. The council member also said she thinks some amount of workforce housing should be created each time a public project is initiated on public land. In terms of increased jobs training, Bowser said, “We will play close attention to women exiting the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.” She also pledged to work with private-sector partners to offer training to former prisoners readjusting to the workforce. Finally, Bowser described fundamental reforms she would make to the D.C. govern-

the District’s insufficient capacity to provide special-education services,” he said. At the time, Gray remembers, 2,200 D.C. children were receiving these services in private schools, and he pledged to cut that number in half. “The most recent data I have is that we are down to about 1,150 children,” he said, suggesting that he will soon achieve his goal. On early-childhood education, the mayor touts nationally acclaimed initiatives that he championed as D.C. Council chairman and implemented after assuming office. “We have 70 percent of our 3-year-olds who are in school. We have 92 percent of our 4-year-olds who are,” Gray said. “We showed progress in virtually every area that was measured.”

RUBIO From Page V2 Rubio noted that “a lot of the city is underdeveloped” including the area in Northeast near Union Market; while in Ward 4 the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center still offers many opportunities. “They’re trying still to figure out what we want and don’t want there.” He believes the city’s current rent-control laws are “very successful,” but more should be done to ensure affordable units in new apartment projects — which he said shouldn’t scare off developers. Rubio was born in the District, the son of Salvadoran immigrants. He graduated from American University with a bachelor’s in business finance and is now pursuing a master’s in professional studies at Georgetown University, focused on affordable housing. His career background includes working as an accountant and contract specialist for federal government agencies. In 2009 he cofounded the Inter-American Development Fund, which supports real estate infrastructure in Latin America. Rubio, who is single, lives with his sister, niece and nephew.

ment itself — changes aimed at attracting the best and brightest to serve. “They want to work for a mayor who’s going to focus on the challenges of our future — let them come up with big ideas and stand behind them as we implement those ideas,” she said. On transparency, the council member sought to strengthen the District’s open meetings law, including applying it to advisory neighborhood commissioners with a quorum present. Bowser also introduced measures to strengthen the city’s Open Government Office and to improve agency compliance with Freedom of Information Act requirements. Bowser, who is single, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Chatham College and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. She served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Riggs Park before being elected to the Ward 4 council seat in 2007.

Asked how the District plans to gauge the success of these programs — not simply reporting enrollment numbers — Gray said D.C. is working with several states on a kindergarten readiness assessment. “This tool will be able to measure not only academic skills but also social skills,” he said. For now, the mayor said he is watching for positive indications such as test score improvements in the early grades. He also plans to continue infant and toddler programs and modernizations of school buildings. On economic development, Gray noted that D.C. has created 30,000 private-sector jobs during his first term. “The unemployment rate was in double digits when I came into office,” he said, whereas

it now stands at 7.6 percent. Moving forward, his priority is to diversify D.C.’s economy, boosting new sectors that are beginning to thrive, such as technology. According to the mayor, one fact is certain: Recent austerity measures on Capitol Hill show that the federal government won’t be contributing to major job growth anytime soon. Gray is a graduate of Dunbar High School and George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A widower, he has two children and two grandchildren. He previously served as the Ward 7 council member, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services and head of the nonprofit Covenant House Washington.

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BONDS From Page V2 the resources they may need.” Bonds wants to combat the effect of “food deserts” on children by encouraging development of more grocery stores throughout the city. The council member also believes schools in low-income communities should offer clothing

SHALLAL From Page V1 Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson — “I think that’s an unfair question,” he said — he has continuously critiqued the Democratic Party’s education establishment from the left. For example, he opposes shuttering neighborhood schools, which he believes harms communities. Instead, Shallal would flood struggling neighborhoods with wraparound social services for students, including home visits by teachers. He would increase arts education to make school more enjoyable and call upon local university students to mentor gradeschool children. With regard to student and educator assessments, Shallal said, “I think any kind of high-stakes testing is dangerous. It becomes fraught with cheating.” Moreover, he believes the current evaluation sys-

banks. Bonds also supports implementing a school uniform policy to cut down on bullying. Asked if this would apply to all city schools, regardless of area, she said, “There’s a stigma if it’s just for underserved communities.” The council member was formerly the director of corporate relations for the Fort Myer Construction Co., which performs roadway and bridge work. Her previous District government

tems lack buy-in from teachers and principals alike. “I talk to principals who just learned recently that their assessment got changed halfway through the year,” Shallal said. “That’s unfair. That’s inappropriate. When I set an assessment system for my management team, I have them understand 100 percent of what it means.” As a result, he said, “When you screw up, it’s because you screwed up. It’s not because somebody pulled the wool over your eyes or somebody pulled a fast one on you.” As mayor, Shallal would face the challenge of trying to substantially change school policies while adhering to mandate-heavy federal programs such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. He acknowledges that the District can’t afford to lose federal funding, but insists that the city could find more flexibility within the mandates: “I think more creative principals and

ORANGE From Page V1 around social services. In terms of legislative achievements, he touts his 2001 bill requiring that public school students receive textbooks and other school supplies by the second week of each semester. “It took me two years to get that legislation passed, because they said I was trying to micromanage the school system,” he said. Orange stresses the need for early detection of struggling learners. “The earlier I can ascertain where you are, the better it is going to be for me to provide you what you need,” he said. The council member also supports rigorous entry requirements for Advanced Placement courses, dismissing critics who claim that is a form of discrimination. On affordable housing, Orange criticizes the Gray administration for its handling of contracts in Lincoln Heights, one of the neighborhoods prioritized for development through the New Communities program. Citing a Jan. 8 Washington Post article, he laments how the District denied developer Anthony Wash a request for $1 million to finish apartments he was building. Wash received $7 million in subsidies from the city, but the council member contends that D.C. could have afforded to pay the businessman more. “To his credit, he went into his own pocket and suffered himself, where the government should have,” Orange said. “For Deputy Mayor Hoskins to say in the article that Mr. Wash was naive sends a message to every person east of the river — and every potential businessman — that this government will leave you behind.” Orange supports increasing funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund, subsidizing renters with modest incomes and offering tax

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 experience includes serving in the administrations of Mayors Marion Barry, Sharon Pratt and Anthony Williams. Bonds was also chief of staff for Kwame Brown when he was an at-large council member. A widow with three children and seven grandchildren, Bonds studied chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley after graduating from McKinley Technical High School in the District.

more creative teachers have found a way to work within those confines.” On local business development, Shallal envisions two new initiatives. The first is a micro-lending program awarding seed money to young entrepreneurs, similar to the arts commission funding art projects. Under such a program, “someone who has a great idea can go apply for a grant, a small amount of money, like $5,000,” he said. “Those types of opportunities often pay for themselves.” The second initiative is a socalled Office of Civic Innovation — a kind of public marketplace for entrepreneurial ideas that would aim to connect like-minded citizens around new projects. On affordability, Shallal’s first priority is to fully fund the Housing Production Trust Fund. “When I’ve talked to organizations that do housing, they’ve all expressed the importance of maintaining a $100

breaks to landlords who provide affordable housing. He also said he would seek to ensure the continued affordability of homes owned by low-income seniors, veterans and disabled residents who benefited from city assistance in their property purchases, rather than allowing the individuals to enjoy the full windfall from the market-rate sale of their properties. On finances, Orange pledges to better enforce the law requiring government agencies to spend half of their discretionary budgets on local small businesses. “It’s been documented that the Gray administration has short-changed our business community to the tune of $783 million,” he said. Moreover, the council member said, “We are losing millions of dollars on allowing businesses outside of this city to come in and get contracts when there are available contractors here that can do the job.” As an example, Orange cites Trusted Health Plans, which was known as Thrive Health Plans when it won a $542 million contract from D.C. last year. The company’s two owners are from California and Michigan, respectively. “There needs to be more of an examination of the D.C. dollar, letting that dollar circulate in the District, all things being equal,” Orange said. The council member argues that his record on these issues provides a welcome contrast to Gray’s. Specifically, he said he helped increase D.C. government spending on local small businesses from $98 million to $567 million between 2001 and 2006. Married with three children, Orange holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and communications from the University of the Pacific. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Howard University and a master’s degree in law and taxation from Georgetown University. He has worked as a lawyer, certified public accountant and an auditor, and previously represented Ward 5 on the council for two terms.

million baseline,” he said. “We’ve lost about half of our public housing in the last four or five years, and that has caused a lot of displacement for people,” he added. “Public housing is still an important part of making sure people who are at the very bottom economically are able to have a base to start with.” Shallal would also increase awareness of low-income housing options using phone hotlines — including in Spanish, Chinese and Amharic. In addition, he would seek to redefine affordable-housing eligibility to include people earning less than $40,000 a year. Married with four children and three grandchildren, Shallal is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. Although he studied pre-med as an undergraduate and subsequently enrolled in Howard University School of Medicine, he quickly became disenchanted and began his business career.

LEWIS From Page V1 holding approval authority. All contract proposals and awards should be available online to the public and competitors, she said. The city also must be “more transparent in our hiring,” she said, but those applying must be able to keep applications confidential so they don’t risk their current jobs. Lewis also urges annual online classes in ethical behavior for senior executives, as well as creation of a city ethical team to review related issues. The candidate believes improvements in education are crucial to allow residents to improve their financial standing. “We must continue to put a priority on education so people can move into the middle class,” she said. “Every neighborhood should have a great school.” She said elementary grades have seen “successes, … but parents are terrified going into junior high and high school.” Lewis called for more wraparound services to help out when a child is sick but a parent must work. She said D.C. should partner with nonprofits to develop programs that address this sort of challenge. Banneker Academic High School and School Without Walls High School must be assured of adequate resources so parents will continue to rate them highly, she said. In areas where parent participation is weak, Lewis called for teachers and administrators to make home visits. When a school’s usage starts to decline, steps must be taken to repair it so it need not be closed, she said. The candidate is critical of simply “teaching to the tests,” saying that development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills is most important and those are difficult to measure.


GRAHAM From Page V3 could be limited to D.C. residents, he answered, “It’s very difficult to keep Virginians out. We have residency requirements for the homeless, but I’m not sure they are constitutional. It’s a huge problem. [But] it shouldn’t deter us from solving homeless problems. That’s a result that I can live with, especially in a city with record surpluses.” Overall, Graham said he has done good work on housing. “I’m proud of what Ward 1 has done,” he said, referring to numerous affordable-housing projects in Ward 1, some built in cooperation with the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. Before he was elected to the D.C. Council, Graham taught at the University of Wisconsin law school, worked a staff attorney for a U.S. senator, led the Whitman-Walker clinic as executive director and served as a law clerk to former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren after he had retired. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where he majored in political science, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. He initially came to D.C. to get a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University.

Lewis said computer access is an issue for many students from low-income families, and she called for partnerships with high-tech firms to address the problem. Lewis is also focused on jobs, and she believes small businesses need more help. “We must partner with the private sector and continue to support small businesses,” she said. “We need to get rid of any onerous licensing rules and regulations. We must establish more incubators.” She suggested the District’s “sister city” relationships be expanded from cultural exchanges to also involve economic support. “The Department of Small and Local Business must be integrated within our economic development efforts,” she added. “Locally owned businesses that want to become Certified Business Enterprises to get a leg up on city contracts should be able to go to just one stop instead of running from agency to agency.” Lewis said the District should partner with the federal government, universities and hospitals to prepare residents for careers in growth fields like nursing. “We should constantly counsel with labor on construction-related jobs and must enforce our laws on city projects coming down the pike,” she said. A University of Georgia alumna, Lewis received a Master in the Administration of Justice degree from American University and a law degree from Emory University. Lewis was formerly a senior administrator in the Obama administration’s State Department, serving as a special representative for global intergovernmental affairs. In the Clinton administration she served as a regional political director working with state and local leaders. D.C. government positions have included chief of staff for the Department of Public Works and chair of the Commission on Women.


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BENNETT-FLEMING From Page V2 gy.” On affordable housing, Bennett-Fleming said he would reduce resale restrictions on affordable units. Whereas they currently cannot be sold at the market rate for 15 years, he would support enabling owners to sell them at this rate after a decade.

WELLS From Page V1 continuity between mayoral administrations. However, he said would seek to make several policy changes. Concerning teacher evaluations — criticized in some circles for placing an undue burden on educators — the council member said, “The IMPACT assessment should focus on building capacity rather than just on punishment.” He believes evaluations should do more to measure student progress, in addition to achievement pegged to grade-level standards. “The most important measure of a school is where do parents choose to send their children,” Wells said. Asked for his opinion of federal programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, the council member said federally mandated standardized testing had “gone too far,” but he insisted he

He also said he wants more enforcement of the number of affordable-housing units set aside under inclusionary zoning rules. “It is not adequately enforced right now,” he said. “There is petty fraud.” To solve this problem, Bennett-Fleming would require owners of the set-aside apartment units to report their tenants to the Department of Housing and Community Development on a quarterly basis. Finally, he would continue efforts to fight

would be able to finesse the requirements as mayor. “I’ll have the bully pulpit — right down the street from the [U.S.] Department of Education,” Wells said. With regard to public transit, Wells would continue to build the city’s streetcar system, connecting neighborhoods throughout the District. He would also seek to link streetcars with the DC Circulator buses. In areas that cannot support either mode of transit, he supports adding shuttle systems. The council member insisted these services would be inexpensive for passengers, although he acknowledged they would probably require additional taxpayer investment. “I would look to a potential half-cent sales tax increase to fund the operating cost of city’s transit system,” he said. As he discussed his vision, Wells pushed back on the idea that he is waging a “war on cars,” saying the intent of his plan isn’t to

homelessness. “Our shelters are packed,” he said. “We have to create more options and laser in on homelessness under age 18.” Bennett-Fleming is a graduate of Morehouse College and attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley. While in law school, he won a Harvard Public Service Fellowship and studied as a graduate fellow in public policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008 and 2009. He is single with no children.

replace the automobile. “It just manages our growth,” he said, describing how population increases will likely make D.C.’s roadways increasingly congested. As far as youth investment, Wells has proposed a $100 million annual initiative to fund afterschool jobs for adolescents. The program would start with the District government, paid for with new revenue and by repurposing existing budget funds. “Every city agency should have as a part of its mission a youth engagement initiative, which may include internships, apprenticeships and tutoring clubs,” the council member said. “We have 30,000 city employees. Part of their workday or volunteer time should be given towards promoting healthy outcomes for youth.” Wells wants to engage private companies to provide similar experiences. In the meantime, he plans targeted case management

interventions for at-risk families. “This initiative will serve children from the northwest corner of the city to the farthest southeast corridor,” he said. “I believe we can cut the number of crimes committed by teenagers in half in two years.” With fewer adolescents on the streets, the council member predicts the initiative could bring higher graduation rates. Wells, who is married with no children, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Alabama. He also received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University. He previously worked as executive director of the Consortium for Child Welfare. Wells served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner and a member of the former D.C. Board of Education before joining the council in 2007.

NADEAU From Page V3 set by the council and D.C. law, from not reporting offered bribes to him and his staff and for violating ethical standards of the [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] board, the D.C. board of accountability and ethics and the council itself. … For his action, he was reprimanded by his council peers and stripped of some leadership capacity.” Nadeau said the city should ban corporate contributions to political candidates and shift to a public-financing model for elections. She also said she would push to “reform our contracting processes and remove the council from the process of approving public contracts. The council should still have oversight,” she said, and the substitute approval process must be transparent. “I would also end ... constituent services funds as they have been abused,” she said, saying she was concerned about a lack of detail on some of Graham’s spending. Also problematic is that the accounts are “largely funded by special interests,” according to Nadeau. She also advocates a ban on council members accepting “free or discounted entertainment or professional services.” Born in Michigan, Nadeau graduated from Boston College, where she majored in political science, and she holds a master’s degree from American University in public policy. She works in public relations for a D.C. communications firm.

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What would be your three major areas of concentration as mayor? How would you differentiate yourself from your competitors?

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School reform across all eight wards; middleclass jobs and affordable housing; efficient, open government I’m focused on how to prepare our city for the next 25 years with 200,000 additional residents, and the needed infrastructure and educational facilities.

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal

Tommy Wells

Education; economic development/job creation; affordable housing

Fiscal stability; education; economic development

Ending corruption; Education; affordable improving education; job housing; finances opportunities

Making the city more affordable; education; a focus on local businesses

Education; public transportation; youth investment

Leadership, knowledge and experience, and a record of accomplishment that will enable me to bring the city’s prosperity to all our residents. My involvement with the city’s finances distinguish me from other candidates. I won’t make those decisions until after I’m elected.

I am the mayor; they’re not. I have had a great deal of experience with the job. Previously, I was council chairman and previous to that an administrator. I’ve accomplished the things I said I’d do when I ran.

I’m the outsider with the experience locally, nationally and internationally to lead the city to the next level.

By my record of helping people and producing results. I’ve planted seeds in Ward 5 that provided the genesis for improvements that have blossomed in education, economic development and employment.

I’m the outsider, bringing a fresh vision. I will not accept a salary. I have business acumen combined with social consciousness. I’m CEO of a multimillion-dollar corporation, which I founded.

I’m a reformer, not accepting corporate contributions. My three clear proposals: invest $100 million in youth, assure all families have elementary schools they can walk to, and build a 21st-century transit system.

By and large I think they’ve done a great job. So yes, most of them should stay.

It would be unwise to make decisions before holding conversations and making evaluations. If I retain any, it will be those who share my vision. Outlaw contributions from those with current contacts with the city. End LLC contributions. We must follow federal law on limiting individuals. Yes to public financing after looking at other states’ policies.

I would ask for all their resignations and then interview them to ascertain whether they would fit into my administration.

I would definitely not get rid of all of them. After a one-on-one conversation with each of them, I’ll make decisions.

I’m inclined to keep Kaya Henderson as schools chancellor. I’m open to other current agency heads who meet my standards.

Ban corporate contributions and outside employment by council members, except professors or the selfemployed who have no business ties with the city. I’m sympathetic to public financing.

There should be some public financing. New York has a 6-to-1 match. We should look at their system.

End corporate contributions as in 23 states. It was challenged in Connecticut unsuccessfully. They are not allowed in congressional races. I’d support public financing. It’s successful in New York City.

If elected, which deputy mayors and department heads, if any, would you ask to stay on board? Which ones would you definitely get rid of?

I’ll keep any of the good ones whose vision comports with mine. Keep Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Create an East of the River deputy mayor.

What should be the main elements of legislation regarding political contributions? Is limiting contributions to individuals appropriate? Is it legal given Supreme Court decisions? Should there be some public financing? Should businesses or employees of businesses that do business with the District be allowed to make contributions?

Transparency, disclosure and enforcement. Business contributions are OK if laws are enforced. I’m concerned that public funds would be diverted from pressing priorities.

Full complete disclosure is critical. Limiting contributions to individuals is not appropriate. The court has ruled in a federal case it is illegal. No to public financing.

We have proposed legislation that would prevent LLCs from contributing and ban money orders and cash contributions as well as bundling. Public financing is not at the top of my list.

Yes, they should be allowed, as long as there is proper disclosure.


Anyone should be able to No to both. Bosses can Under my legislation, we No to companies. We would allow employees, cannot limit individuals contribute, but it should pressure employees to give. beyond a dollar amount. be disclosed. but not businesses.

In looking over the upcoming budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like increased and which decreased?

Invest more in middle schools, senior services, getting people back to work, and permanent housing for the homeless. Look carefully at chief financial office’s budget.

Increase funding for the arts and hiring police officers. I can’t think of any cuts right now.

Which taxes would you like increased, and which would you like decreased?

Provide middle-class income tax relief with a new bracket. Be more competitive on business taxes with Maryland and Virginia. Consider linking the estate tax with the federal rate. Reduce the high earner rate. There is no need for increases. I would examine implications of the Tax Revision Commission’s proposed $100 per employee tax on all employers.

The District’s commercial real estate and business tax rates are the area’s highest by far, even though for many small companies, Virginia’s gross receipts tax makes its total tax take higher than ours. Should there be an effort to reduce them to better compete?

Yes. We must send Yes, to the same rates signals that we are open as Virginia, but without a for business. We can’t gross receipts tax. afford to let them leave town. Virginia is very aggressive, especially for law firms.

Follow the local small business spending law so we get some of our money back in taxes. Increase spending on affordable housing, ambulances, fire trucks, and poorly performing schools. Reduce travel and conference spending. Reduce taxes for small I would broaden sales I’m not proposing any No increases. I would like to see decreases in tax increases. I will study businesses and seniors. tax recommendations as this applies to nonNo increases. Look at the expansion and personal income tax increase of the sales tax adding categories to the residents, but I’m rates and in corporate worried about the sales tax. Raise the the Tax Revision and unincorporated estate tax exemption to constitutionality of a Commission business taxes. Raise $100 tax on all the federal level. the estate tax exemption recommended as well employees. Look at as raising the estate tax from $1 million to reducing corporate exemption to the federal federal level of $5.2 business profits taxes level. I’m concerned million. (particularly for small about the commission’s businesses) to stimulate proposed $100 fee for business opportunities. I nonprofit organizations favor raising the estate as many provide tax exemption to the services here. federal level. There are some education areas we want to look at increasing, as well as employment training, early childhood education and affordable housing. I’ve not developed a list of decreases.

Make affordable housing a permanent line item. Put more in education for successful schools with high poverty levels. Put more in job training. I’d review the budget for cuts.

I cannot give a final There should be an answer. I don’t like the effort. We should Tax Revision research the issue. Commission’s $100 per employee fee. Reducing taxes will cost services. I haven’t heard a hue and cry from small businesses.

We are competing very well right now. We have 62 cranes, so we can maintain the course.

Spending for the rainy day fund should be shrunk to 15 percent instead of the current 20 percent. We spend money on homelessness that does not help solve the problem. We should spend more on affordable housing. Reduce business taxes at least to Maryland’s level. Increase the minimum bracket to $60,000 for singles and $80,000 for couples. Match inheritance taxes with federal guidelines. Maintain the soon-toexpire $350,000 income tax bracket.

At a minimum, disclose the contributions. They should be banned if the council votes on their contracts. I would eliminate the taxicab commission, while increasing investment in youth and a new improved transit system.

Decrease commercial property taxes on small businesses with receipts of $2.5 million or less, introducing an allowance to refund the taxes they pay on their leases. Consider a small sales tax increase to pay for operations of the streetcar system and on increased land values it causes. I would strongly consider raising estate tax exemption to federal level.

Reduce the business tax Yes, the commercial rate to Maryland’s 8.25 property tax for business percent. with revenues of less than $2.5 million should be decreased and a tax credit for lessees equal to the difference.

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mayor Democratic primary

Muriel Bowser

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Tommy Wells

More than 60 percent of D.C. government employees live outside the city, and as a result D.C. can’t collect their income taxes. What, if anything, should be done about it? Does the District budget enough for government building maintenance? If not, what changes would you propose?

We need to make extra effort to train high school and University of the District of Columbia graduates to prepare them for our government jobs.

Work with Congress to implement a tax on all non-residents who work here.

I would love to require Have affordable housing residency, but it’s illegal. and better education for The most likely neareverybody. term prospect is to make residents as qualified as they can be.

The budgets are adequate. We need to hold our leadership and developers more accountable for delivering.

I’m pretty sure they are adequate. If not, we should increase them.

For commercial real estate in a high-landcost area such as D.C., the price per square foot is far lower for highrises than for low-rises. Some say this is one reason Rosslyn, Va., is so successful. Should the federal act limiting heights be altered? Many high-end, luxurygoods stores such as Tiffany’s are located in Tysons Corner and in Friendship Heights, Md., across the District line. Do you support offering developers tax incentives to bring such stores here to increase real estate and sales tax revenue? Did you support the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have raised the minimum wage at Walmart and similar stores? Will the decision to increase the District’s minimum wage along with Prince George’s and Montgomery counties end up bringing more Virginians to work here, thereby making it more difficult for unskilled District residents to find jobs? Could we lose new stores to Virginia? What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, longterm District residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes? Or are our current policies generally adequate?

No. Our skyline is a monument, and it should be preserved.


By and large, yes. We’re spending tens of millions of dollars. Bringing things together under one department has made it more efficient. Yes, we feel we should have control — at least outside the L’Enfant area of downtown. There are lots of checks and balances.

Not having seen the line No. We should increase item, I cannot make a them especially since we determination. are improving our buildings. We should have a $20 million to $30 million maintenance fund. Raise it only for No, to maintain the affordable housing and beauty of the District. outside L’Enfant city plan (area south of Florida Avenue).

I support incentives where they are a good deal. I would absolutely consider incentives where they are needed.

I don’t believe it is necessary due to progress the city has made. We have created an environment such that they will locate here.

We want to be competitive, possibly with short-term property tax reductions that contractors would pass on. I think the money would come back to us.

Yes to tax credits.

No. We don’t need them. No. High-end retailers are coming to CityCenterDC.

I’m more interested in incentives for amenities such as grocery stores, sit-down restaurants and drugstores.

No. I voted against it.


No. I vetoed it. It was potentially an economic development and job killer.



Yes. I don’t believe in corporate welfare. I believe in jobs that have a living wage.

No. It was a bad bill with arbitrary standards. It did little to address income disparities for other stores.

It could. It’s a concern I’ve raised. But it was the right thing to do for our residents.

No to both. Eventually, Virginia will also be affected.

Probably not. Look at Costco where 84 percent of employees are District residents. Inner cities are where the growth is, and we have high disposable incomes.

No. We need to make sure folks here who need jobs are trained. We should give tax breaks to businesses that hire locally, as Maryland does. I don’t believe we will lose stores as we’re the nation’s capital.

We’ll have to see. That does concern me. We could provide employer credits for hiring D.C. residents.

I increased the household income level for a 50 percent property tax reduction and created a housing modernization fund. We should do more for renters. Eliminate property taxes for 70-year-olds with limited means.

Lower annual tax increase cap from 10 percent to 5 percent. Eliminate requirement to pay taxes on at least 40 percent of a home’s value. Eliminate property taxes on seniors over 75 with gross incomes under $60,000 who have lived here 15 years.

We have been losing the battle. There is no single answer. I’ve invested $180 million in affordable housing. There is a need for jobs. The cuts in food stamps will hurt us by $15 million.

Current policies are inadequate. We must develop more affordable housing. We could look at an income tax credit for renters and homestead exemptions for owners.

We are now in a position to invest in our lowincome population to educate them and get them employed. We must define what we mean by long term — say 10 years.

We need to have tax forgiveness for lowincome elderly residents who have lived here a long time. There is a huge waiting list for Section 8 vouchers. We need to do something for long-term residents in this category.

We must invest in local rent supplements, especially for seniors on fixed incomes; leverage publicly owned assets for affordable housing; and raise incomes qualifying for senior tax exemptions.

In Virginia and Maryland, the sales tax is at 6 percent; ours is at 5.75 percent. Should we restore ours to 6 percent and use the resulting revenue of more than $20 million to reduce taxes elsewhere? Or use the money to fund services of some kind?

Yes, restore it to 6 percent. Use funds for middle-class tax break.




Yes. Use the money for affordable housing.

Yes. Reduce the business taxes.

I would reserve such a revenue source for financing public transit improvements.

It is unknown what the That’s a concern. We consequences will be in need to train our that regard. workers for those jobs. For most of our city, the new store competition is Maryland, not Virginia.

We’d like to have a commuter tax, but we’re prevented by law. We should try to have a preference program if it is legal.

Andy Shallal


I don’t think anything at this time.

Make a major investment in workforce housing for people making between $35,000 and $65,000. It would entice many government workers to live here.

They seem to be adequate.

Maintenance budgets for our parks and recreation centers are inadequate. We have to find new revenue sources or dedicate revenue to it. The height limit is not limiting growth in the city. We are having record growth. It has forced development across the city.

We should visit the idea of heights in certain parts of the District away from the center.

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The D.C. Office of Planning has been both praised and criticized for favoring fewer parking spaces in new apartment buildings. Supporters say underground parking is expensive to build, forcing higher rents. Critics say it would result in more cars parking on the street, depriving residents of nearby single-family homes of convenient parking. Others say there have been reasonable compromises in the agency’s proposal. What is your position? What additional steps, if any, should the District take to help former prison inmates find jobs?

The Current Muriel Bowser

It’s appropriate to reduce parking space requirements, especially near Metro stations. I’m concerned about eliminating them anywhere.

The government should do more for job training and subsidize job opportunities in both D.C. government and for private sector. Eliminate the crime history box on job applications, but allow it in the interview stage. What steps do you think Invest in improving should be taken to middle schools; give improve public resources to schools on the brink of being top education? tier to attract families; prepare students for math, science, engineering and technology jobs. Yes, we should fund Some educators say schools based on per-pupil spending in areas with a great deal student need. of poverty should be higher than where students generally come from affluent, well-educated families. Do you agree?

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal

Tommy Wells

I support the current parking regulations and oppose changes proposed by the Office of Planning.

We have to do necessary things to reduce the number of cars in the city.

We should not reduce parking spaces in new apartment buildings.

We should not reduce the standard as we are losing many parking places to bike lanes and car-sharing vehicles.

There have been appropriate compromises. I favor keeping current regulations that involve advisory neighborhood commissions.

This is a regulatory problem, not a zoning problem. New apartment buildings should not qualify for local residential parking where parking is limited. Developers usually still need curb cuts that could be denied.

The city needs a more comprehensive approach involving job training, life-skills training and access to existing jobs.

We’ve augmented the Office on Returning Citizens Affairs. We need to get the office working with all aspects of the workforce development system. We have between 2,000 and 2,500 people returning annually. Stay the course. Continue to modernize buildings, offer choice, and have teacher and principal accountability. Why should children with disabilities not have the services of public education? I look at it as health and social service costs. Perpupil spending must be evaluated in this broader context.

The most important thing is getting them jobs, so we need more workforce training. Partner with private sector. Consider tax incentives for firms hiring them.

There should be more training for jobs that are expected to come on line.

The Office on Returning Citizens Affairs should get more funding to help the 60,000 returnees to find job opportunities and housing.

Create a housing subsidy for families and friends to support their housing costs. I’ve introduced legislation banning information about arrests on initial job applications.

Take out the politics. Streamline the involved agencies. Continue the sense of urgency.

Establish a standard that every child entering fourth grade should be able to read, add and subtract, prior to standardized testing.

Ensure every school succeeds. Put the public voice back in public schools. Give more flexibility for experimentation with the D.C. Public Schools.

Continue school reform; better engage parents in creating high-quality elementary schools.


We should spend more to encourage our best teachers and principals to help them. You can’t just throw money at the problem. Quality is needed.


We do it already with federal Title I spending, and I would agree to increase it.

Start children in school at an earlier age, preferably 3; provide after-school assistance to children who need it; continue to improve our academic programs. No. Youngsters from all over the city travel to other areas to attend schools in Ward 3 and elsewhere.

Montgomery, Arlington and Fairfax counties have a reputation of having far better public schools — particularly for brighter students — than we do. A substantial number of residents move there once their children reach school age, middle school age or high school age. Should we have separate classes for the brightest students as a way to combat such moving? What line items, if any, should be altered in the school budget?

Our schools must serve every child. So they should have programs allowing them to excel.


Just continue to improve the overall quality. We are already stemming the flow. We’ve now had enrollment increases in both public and charter schools.

No. I don’t think it’s about the Advanced Placement classes. It’s about the schools.

Yes. We have some pretty good schools providing that challenge. We should have more.

We must ensure every child has the best possible opportunities to succeed. Our schools must be as good as those in the surrounding counties.

I have reversed that trend in Ward 6. The schools there are a reason to live in the area rather than to leave. More work is needed in middle schools.

Look at the central office to see it isn’t topheavy. Put more in the classrooms, especially middle schools.

At this juncture we are working with the chancellor to craft a school budget. At this time, I have no additions or subtractions.

I’m more into finding ways to invest in athletics, especially for girls. Expand other sports like lacrosse and volleyball.

Add teacher professional development, art and culture, athletics, and technology. I’m not looking at any cuts.

The system is moving forward. We should add more resources to the lowest performing schools, not cuts.

Revisit special education money and make the budget more transparent to ensure money spent has the intended impact.

How should the District select technical education choices, or should we have them?

Schools must have pathways for all students. Emphasize science, math, document management and health care where there are a lot of goodpaying jobs.

Yes, we should have them. I would leave the decisions to the school system.

I’m planning for 10 career and technical education academies will be completed in August in information technology, hospitality and construction.

Work with business and labor to look at future jobs in D.C.

We should have them; I’d leave specifics up to the experts. We want to be known for science, technology, math and engineering.

Look at job trends and opportunities that are there: plumbing, car mechanics, electronics.

Add a fraud unit under the state superintendent of education to weed out Maryland and Virginia children. Continue to right-size under-enrolled schools. We should have them along with academic training. It improves outcomes overall.

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mayor Democratic primary

Muriel Bowser

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal

Tommy Wells

How should the District evaluate programs for prekindergarten students?

Look at certification of staff.

I would ask the school system to make sure they have the personnel to evaluate pre-K programs.

We are working on a We can work with those kindergarten entry around the country to assessment along with establish standards. nine states to measure children’s readiness for kindergarten and the programs’ success level.

See if preschool is preparing them for kindergarten. It is where we should identify problems. Does the kid know the colors and ABCs?

By enrollment at the very least.

Shift as many as possible into public schools at age 3. Teachers are evaluated by principals. Parents are involved. Schools should all have standards. I assume they can evaluate whether schools meet the standards.

How should the District go about drawing new school boundaries?

Redrawing boundaries must go hand in hand with school improvements across the city, especially middle schools.

There is a commission examining how to make that determination.

We’re working on the process. It must be collaborative. We haven’t had major changes since 1968. Equity, neighborhood schools, and parent and community engagement are key considerations. We’re giving them preference and have a formal process. It has improved greatly since I became mayor.

In conjunction with parents. Look for best practices around the country.

I favor neighborhood education. Resources should be similar citywide. But students should be allowed to cross boundaries. We want diversity of race and income, and we want educational results. Charter schools should have first crack at closed facilities.

With a lot of community involvement and transparency.

We should pilot drawing the boundaries around the families. We should explore setting them so the closest school is No. 1. If there are too many children, the next preference is the next closest. If I’m mayor, I’d create a skills training center to get people to work may take priority. Closed schools should be used for educational purposes.

Charters should comply with the law.

We don’t want D.C. Public Schools to be the default setting. The public charter school board must be more rigorous.

If true, the money should follow the child.

We should look to see if it is a pattern. The allegation may not be correct.

When the child is expelled, make sure the money follows them to the public schools.


I support neighborhood preference.


There should be a mix of A portion could be so limited. students from all over the city, but the school should be allowed to give preference to its immediate community for part of the student body.

We have an obligation to Some charter school advocates claim the city make them available to charter schools. government ignores D.C. law by not giving them first crack at taking over closed school buildings. What, if anything, would you do about it? We need to tweak the Some charter schools have been criticized for law so no school is expelling students after penalized or rewarded the date when per-pupil for expelling students. funding is decided. What, if anything, would you do about this issue? Should charter schools With the growth of be allowed to limit their charters, a services, in whole or in neighborhood part, to the surrounding preference must be considered. neighborhoods?

I would give charter schools first crack at school buildings as the law requires.

They should have first crack at closed public school buildings.

Charters have been proliferating, so I don’t believe it’s a major issue.

We need to fix the problem by creating a reserve fund for the receiving school or allowing a claw-back. Yes, schools should be allowed to apply to do that if they so choose.

Is the District’s present open meetings law adequate?

Yes, but I will look for ways to increase public access.



Yes, if you send out notices.



No. The council is allowed to meet in secret when they are not taking votes. There should be a stronger law, with an exception for personnel actions. Yes, as long as it has no It should be shared by detrimental impact on all city residents, those who cannot afford including those in neighborhoods that it. already have it such as Georgetown and Capitol Hill.

Should residents of advisory neighborhood commission areas be allowed to vote on undergrounding utilities in their areas, assuming their residents would pay for it through an electric bill assessment?

Our focus must start with areas where reliability of the grid is low.

Probably not.

No, it should be where the most problems are.

No, it should be a comprehensive benefit for all residents throughout the city.

Yes, as long as the area pays for it.

Is the present level of We need to increase enforcement for quality- both enforcement and of-life offenses such as public education. public urination, graffiti and littering generally adequate, too heavyhanded or not tough enough?



It depends on the neighborhood.

Not tough enough.

It depends on the neighborhood.

Not tough enough.

Should D.C. turn over Convicted of violent citizenship information crime. to the U.S. immigration agency when suspects are arrested and booked for alleged criminal activity? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all?

Not at all.

Convicted of a violent Only if there is a legitimate reason. Only if crime. it’s germane to investigating the crime at hand.

Convicted of a violent crime.

Convicted of a violent crime.

Convicted of a severe violent crime.

V12 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 mayor Democratic primary

The Current Muriel Bowser

Jack Evans

Vincent Gray

Reta Jo Lewis

Vincent Orange

Andy Shallal

Tommy Wells

How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, using cellphones and blocking the box, or would you eliminate some of these laws? Should the fines for bicyclists who violate traffic regulations be substantially increased? Should adult riders be allowed on sidewalks? Should D.C. allow residents to set up selftaxing districts where residents agree to pay extra taxes to receive more services, like the business improvement districts in D.C. and municipalities in Maryland?

More public education on rules of law. Expand non-police enforcement across the city.

They are good laws. We Increased camera must direct enforcement enforcement. officers to enforce the laws.

I’m opposed to traffic cameras as it’s an unfair tax. Have more police officers on the street.

We should write more We should revisit all of citations and send them. Most are violators to traffic school. regressive.

I generally support greater enforcement assisted through use of cameras.

We need enforcement of rules of the road for bicycles and drivers. They should be allowed on sidewalks outside the central business district. No. They shouldn’t have to pay more for basic city services.

No to both.

I’m not sure as to the amount. They should not be allowed on sidewalks.

Increase the fines. Ban all bicycles from sidewalks.

No to bicycles on sidewalks. I think the penalties are adequate. But we are not writing the tickets.

$25 is fine. They should not be allowed anywhere in the city on sidewalks.

No bicycles on sidewalks in any commercial areas. The fines should be enforced, not increased.




No. It would be discriminatory in nature.

No. It would increase inequity.

It’s working with business improvement districts; I’m not sure I would give it to neighborhood associations.

Should any changes in height limitations be subject to advisory neighborhood commission review? Should D.C. Council positions become a fulltime job with a ban on legislators earning outside income?

We shouldn’t change the height act. Neither the council nor ANCs determine zoning.

I don’t agree with any changes in heights.

Yes, they should weigh in.


I’m opposed to any changes.


I’m opposed to any changes.

I proposed it as a council member. It would end some conflicts of interest.


Yes, except for professors and the selfemployed with no business with the city.


Yes. We’re paid a handsome salary. It is difficult to eliminate the appearance of a conflict of interest.


Yes, a second runoff.



Yes, instant runoffs to save money.

I support decriminalization. I am not there yet for legalization.

I favor decriminalization including fines, but not legalization.

We should study what’s happening in Colorado.



I agree. We need more enforcement resources.

We should ensure I don’t agree. We can enforcement does occur. always do better, of course. Enforcement has been substantially improved.

We need real enforcement efforts. We can use technology in reporting and disclosure.

I agree. There should be more aggressive oversight by the mayor’s office.

I agree. We need better enforcement. Empty promises should be fulfilled.

Many of our employment laws are not followed. I would create a Department of Labor to enforce these laws.

Yes. Utility costs price many seniors out of their housing. Use the model of our successful DC Sustainable Energy Utility. Muriel Bowser will be a pragmatic, problemsolving mayor who focuses on education reform, ethical leadership and housing solutions for everyone.

We have tax incentives supporting it. I don’t know we need more than we have now. The way to do it is to increase the tax breaks. Jack Evans is running for mayor to bring this city’s growth and prosperity to every resident of the District.

It would cost $20,000 to $30,000 per household. But it should be studied to see if it could be costeffective.

There are a lot of federal funds available. We should educate the public about them.

Continue to fund tax credits for the installation of solar power. We’re doing that with a rebate.

I bring a balanced, reasonable and fair approach to governing without “leaving anyone behind” and “taking no one for granted.”

Because I know how to bridge old D.C. and the new D.C. and deliver real school reform.

Tommy Wells is running for mayor to end corruption in D.C. that has prevented the true progressive government we deserve.

No. I’m increasingly concerned about conflicts of interest when council members have outside employment. I’ve never supported a ban, but my view is evolving. No. Should the District have I’m concerned about runoff or instant runoff increasing costs with little benefit. Most (where voters mark people vote for a second and third candidate who is closest choices) primary and to their values, even if it general elections to is not their top choice. ensure the winning candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote? Yes. Should it be legal to buy Decriminalize and sell small amounts possession, but ban public use. It’s of marijuana for recreational purposes? nonsensical to not provide a legal way to purchase it. Selling should be regulated and taxed. The D.C. auditor has claimed the city does not enforce requirements that city contractors hire local residents. If you agree this is the case, what, if anything, should be done about it? Should D.C. make a major effort to expand solar power for all residents? If yes, how would you do so and much might it cost? In 20 words or less, explain why voters should elect you as mayor.

Yes. Solicit federal and I support solar power. We should work through private-sector grants the Sustainable Energy and loans. Utility. It will reduce electric costs. By continuing what we started and refusing to accept anything less than success, everyone in our city will be uplifted.

Real change requires new leadership. I am the experienced outsider that can make D.C. a city that works for everyone.

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Calvin Gurley

Phil Mendelson

Democratic primary

What would be your three major areas of concentration as D.C. Council chairman?

Jobs, affordable rents, education.

What, if any, additional safeguards are needed on political contributions to ensure honesty of D.C. elected officials?

Prevent contribution bundling.

Should there be a ban on corporate contributions to D.C. campaigns? Would doing so invite a lawsuit the District would lose given recent Supreme Court decisions? Did you support the proposed minimum wage increase for large nonunion stores? Some say very wealthy retired people are the most likely to leave D.C. due to high income tax rates, yet require few if any government services. Should there be an exemption on retirement income such as Social Security and 401(k) distributions similar to Pennsylvania’s? More than 60 percent of D.C. government employees live outside the District, and as a result the District can’t collect their income taxes. What, if anything, should be done about it? Many high-end, luxury-goods stores such as Tiffany’s are located in Tysons Corner and in Friendship Heights, Md., across the District line. Do you support offering developers tax incentives to bring such stores here in hopes of increasing real estate and sales tax revenue? If so, what should the incentives be? What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, long-term District residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes, or are our current policies generally adequate? The District’s commercial real estate and business taxes are the area’s highest by far. Business groups say Virginia attracts many District firms due to attractive tax rates. Should there be an effort to reduce them to better compete? If yes, how would you make up the lost revenue?

Ban contributions from corporations doing business with District government. There is a Supreme Court decision that could be the basis of a lawsuit. Yes, it would have been long overdue. I would not have delayed the vote, as Mendelson did. Yes, so we can afford to offer the benefits to our seniors and federal retirees.

Should the sales tax include services such as gym memberships?

No. Also oppose applying it to home security systems and dry cleaners. Reopen Armstrong Vocational School to offer preparation for apprenticeships in auto mechanics, plumbing, et cetera.

What additional steps, if any, should the District take to help former prison inmates find jobs?

D.C. residents should have priority in hiring. Return police and fire cadet programs to high schools; reopen several District vocational high schools. No to luxury-goods stores, but would offer incentives for car dealers.

I support Anita Bonds’ bill to give a property tax exemption to seniors over 75. Yes.

Build a luxury hotel/casino at Buzzard Point.

What steps do you feel should be taken to improve public education? Develop a five-year plan for more emphasis on math, science and music. Some educators say that per-pupil spending in areas where there is Yes. We need more counselors and social workers. a great deal of poverty ought to be higher than in areas where students generally come from affluent, well-educated families. Do you agree? Last year, no D.C. public school students were named National Merit Hire the Montgomery or Fairfax superintendent. Scholars, while quite a few District private school students and suburban public school students did win the scholarships. What, if anything, should be done about this? Charter school advocates claim they receive less per pupil than the I agree, but we have less control over their budgets, so it’s OK. public school system does, as most charters have to fund their own buildings. Do you agree? If so, what should be done about it? Do you support allowing a neighborhood preference for charter No. schools? Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to the U.S. immigration At the time of a conviction. agency when suspects are arrested and booked for alleged criminal activity? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all? How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle We should issue tickets to enforce these laws. riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, using cellphones and blocking the box, or would you eliminate some of these laws? Should marijuana be legalized? No. Should D.C. Council members be allowed to keep their constituent Yes. Leave them as they are now. service funds? If yes, should they be larger, smaller or left as they are now? Although most District elected leaders have been trying to get I support statehood and will push for federal jobs every year statehood, some observers say it is a hopeless cause as national statehood is denied. Republicans don’t want two more Democratic senators and Virginia and Maryland don’t want a commuter tax. These people say we should go for territorial status, which would mean we wouldn’t pay federal income and corporate profits taxes and could thereby attract businesses that would ease unemployment. What are your thoughts?

Improving professionalism, transparency and reputation of the D.C. Council; reduce truancy; improve the University of the District of Columbia and the community college We need to see how the new law works before making changes; I will introduce bill to encourage people doing business with the city not to contribute. No, it would drive campaign finance underground and make donations less transparent. Unsure about potential lawsuit. I authored the bill, including the exemption for stores with less than 75,000 square feet. We should expand the exemptions on pensions from the current $2,500. Continue to give preference to hiring District residents. I support incentives on a limited basis. Tax incentives should be calculated to produce a net gain for the District.

Look at increasing the homestead deduction for real property owners. Expand the Schedule H income tax credit that benefits homeowners and renters alike. Possibly lower real property tax rates for everyone. Focus on lowering income taxes for low-income people. We should try to reduce our commercial real property tax rate.

I would do it within a balanced budget. We have increasing revenues, so we do have the ability to lower taxes. This past year, I found about $50 million for tax relief while keeping the budget balanced. I am not inclined to expand the sales tax. I authored legislation protecting businesses from being sued for hiring ex-offenders; the bill authorizes certificate of good standing for former inmates, which should be implemented. We should also expand record sealing. I co-introduced a bill banning initial questioning of prison history in hiring. Keep the current chancellor; focus on literacy, providing more resources to poorly performing schools, and truancy reduction. Yes.

We should continue to focus on improving the quality of education.

In general, I agree. We should strive for equity through the budget. Almost always, no. There might be a reason for an exception at times. When convicted of a violent crime. I authored the law prohibiting disclosure for minor offenders. The rules serve a purpose, even if they are not enforced, but enforcement could be improved through greater council oversight. At this time, decriminalize it. Yes. I’ve opposed raising them. I support statehood.

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AT-lARGE SEAT D.C. Council

Anita Bonds

Nate Bennett-Fleming

Pedro Rubio

John Settles

Democratic primary

What would be your three major areas of concentration as D.C. Council member? How would you differentiate yourself from your competitors?

What steps with regard to political contributions should the District take to restore honesty among the District’s elected officials? Should the District ban corporate contributions? Would doing so invite a lawsuit the District would lose given recent Supreme Court decisions? Did you support the proposed minimum wage increase for large nonunion stores? In looking over the upcoming budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like increased and which decreased?

Which taxes would you like increased and which taxes decreased, given our current budget situation?

Reducing poverty; affordable housing; youth development

Education; jobs/economic inclusion; housing affordability

After-school programs; walkable, safe communities; affordable housing

Housing affordability; education; neighborhood development

I’m an experienced community leader. I listen to people and want my work to reflect their interests. I practice honest and results-oriented government.

I’m not invested in the status quo as it relates to pay-to-play. I have the skill set to be an astute legislator.

My passion is service to the community. I’m the only candidate who has mentored D.C. students.

My experience in the relevant areas facing the city, my nonprofit service, my business experience and my ability to be a unifier. I co-chair Hearst Elementary’s Local School Advisory Team.

Contributions are necessary to run a campaign. We must have transparency. I’m not opposed to corporate contributions, especially for nonincumbents. No. It might well invite a lawsuit we would lose. $2,000 cannot buy influence.

We need public financing of elections and to close the LLC loophole.

End contributions from city contractors.

We must address the pay-to-play culture and the multiple donations controlled by one individual.

Yes. Several states outlaw them. They could still give indirect contributions.

No, just from those who receive government contracts.

I originally voted for it, but then voted to uphold the veto. More funds for affordable housing, a world-class educational system and ending D.C. homelessness. Reduce service duplication such as making the recreation department responsible for maintaining school pools. There are similar issues in the tax office. Lower taxes on incomes between $40,000 and $100,000 and lower corporate tax rates. Possibly increase alcohol and tobacco taxes. Tax marijuana if it becomes legal.

Yes, especially if they do business with the city. I think we could write legislation that would have a good chance of passing court scrutiny. Yes. No. Walmart has created jobs and is a No, but I would have introduced a living shopping location for local residents. wage bill affecting everybody. We had actively recruited Walmart. You can’t go back on a deal. Spend more on affordable housing and Increase education funding (especially Invest more in transportation, workforce services to homeless and other for after-school programs) and for the development, neighborhood vulnerable populations. Spend money on Office on Latino Affairs. I see no development and after-school programs. business incubators and start-up potential cutbacks. Save money by properly maintaining fire financing. Decrease parking vehicles. We must now pay $50 million enforcement. for a park in NoMa due to poor planning years ago. Decrease income taxes for those making Do not increase any taxes. Increase the Decrease taxes for those earning up to between $30,000 and $80,000. earned income credit and the standard $85,000. Increase taxes for those Increase standard deductions. No deduction for low- and moderate-income making over $350,000 by 0.5 percent. increases. residents. Reduce the business profits Cut property taxes for seniors making tax to help job creation and under $125,000. Index the homestead neighborhood development. deduction with cost of living.

More than 60 percent of D.C. government employees live outside the District, and as a result the District can’t collect their income taxes. What, if anything, should be done about it? What approaches, if any, should the D.C. government take to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, long-term District residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes, or are the city’s current policies generally adequate?

We should hire more D.C. residents to fill Offer subsidies to teachers, police these positions. officers, firefighters and nonprofit workers to live here. Consider a tax on people who work in congested areas as in London. We have to do things that benefit Some laws are on the books. Keeping families in their homes is very difficult if everyone due to constitutional restraints. there are financial problems, particularly Expand low-income housing requirements on developers when they for renters. The city should be a permanent landlord with units scattered purchase public land and have stronger enforcement of current laws. around the city.

The District’s commercial real estate and business taxes are the area’s highest by far. Business groups say Virginia attracts many District firms due to attractive tax rates. Should there be an effort to reduce them to better compete? If so, how would we make up the lost revenue? Should the sales tax include services such as gym memberships? What additional steps, if any, should the District take to help former prison inmates find jobs?

Yes, the commercial real estate tax should be reduced and the profits tax looked at. In terms of making up the revenue, though we have speed cameras for public safety reasons, they do generate funds for D.C.

What steps do you feel should be taken to improve public education?

Some educators say that per-pupil spending in areas where there is a great deal of poverty ought to be higher than in areas where students generally come from affluent, well-educated families. Do you agree?

Ensure future hiring gives preference to Create more workforce housing so they D.C. residents. I believe it would be legal. can afford to live here.

Decrease property taxes for low-income residents who have lived here more than 20 years. There is not much we can do for renters.

Improve adult education and targeted workforce development programs. Increase affordable housing for lowincome residents. Give rental assistance priority to those here at least five years. Expand programs for senior renters.

Yes, we should make them more competitive, but not down to Virginia’s levels. Make up lost revenue by procurement reform.

No. Our losses to Virginia are largely due to the federal government moving more offices there and companies wanting to be nearby.

Yes. We must lower business profits taxes. Business real estate taxes are not the real issue; it’s the cost of the real estate. I don’t think there will be lost revenue if we attract more businesses.





I co-introduced a ban on questions on prison history on initial job applications. We should purge their records if they stay out of trouble for five years. Look at ending the ban on their living in public housing. I am co-introducer of D.C. Promise scholarship for graduating D.C. students if income is 50 percent or less of the area median income, which is about $107,000. Reduce class sizes to around 15 to 20 where possible to help raise test scores. Have students use more modern technology in preparing reports. Yes.

Strengthen anti-discrimination laws when hiring. Connect them with family centers to support their families. Promote entrepreneurship. Ban questions about previous convictions on initial screening. Strengthen the higher education pipeline; focus on teacher retention; increase extracurricular activities; strengthen science and entrepreneurial education.

Ban questions on prison history on initial We need training programs with a sixapplications and offer more job training. month stipend for them to attend skillenhancement programs. We need more career counseling and affordable housing.


Provide more after-school programs, including reading and writing tutoring; reduce class sizes; and offer more arts and music.

Greater collaboration rather than competition between D.C. Public Schools and charters; expand number of highperforming schools across the city; create a middle school plan; provide wraparound services in schools with high percentages of low-income kids.


We should take a different approach. In neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income kids, we should offer health care, social workers and other services.

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Anita Bonds

Nate Bennett-Fleming

Pedro Rubio

John Settles

Democratic primary

Last year, no D.C. public school students were named National Merit Scholars, while quite a few District private school students and suburban public school students did win the scholarships. What, if anything, should be done about this? What line items, if any, should be altered in the school budget?

I don’t know what the government can do except raise standards.

Create more special magnet programs for the very bright and have more test prep for potential National Merit Scholars.

Smaller class sizes and more afterschool programs.

We need to invest more in our highperforming students and create more gifted and talented programs in the summer.

Add free breakfast and lunch; reduce size of classes in under- performing schools; offer more enrichment activities, art and music; look at cutting administration. Payment must be equitable. But charters should be under the same scrutiny as D.C. public schools.

Decrease administrative costs in central office; increase school security and funding to prevent truancy; use school buildings for social services and other community resources. We must take building costs into account in terms of expenditures.

No reductions; increase after-school programs; reduce class sizes.

Make sure facilities budgets are better spent; increase budgets on security and arts programs.

I agree. Use empty schools for charters.

There should be equal funding, but it’s not always an apples-to-apples comparison.

Charter school advocates claim they receive less per pupil than the public school system does, as most charters have to fund their own buildings. Do you agree? If so, what can be done about it? Undergrounding the entire city’s wiring We should encourage it. Government would be very expensive. Should we should pay a part of the costs as should encourage more undergrounding and if the utilities. so how would you propose paying for it? Should the city’s advisory neighborhood commissions have the right to approve a neighborhood’s undergrounding so long as that neighborhood’s electric bills are raised to pay for it? The D.C. Office of Planning has been both praised and criticized for favoring fewer parking spaces in new apartment buildings. Supporters say underground parking is expensive to build, forcing higher rents. Critics say it would result in more cars parking on the street, depriving residents of nearby singlefamily homes of convenient parking. Others say there have been reasonable compromises in the agency’s proposal. What is your position? Is the present level of enforcement for quality-of-life offenses such as public urination and graffiti generally adequate, too heavy-handed or not tough enough? Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to the U.S. immigration agency when suspects are arrested and booked for alleged criminal activity? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all? How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, using cellphones and blocking the box, or would you eliminate some of these laws? Do you think we have an adequate number of police officers? Should the fines for bicycle riders who violate traffic regulations be substantially increased? Should riders be allowed on sidewalks? Should D.C. allow 17-year-olds to vote? Should D.C. allow residents to set up self-taxing districts where residents agree to pay extra taxes to receive more services, like the business improvement districts in D.C. and municipalities in Maryland? Should D.C. have runoff or instant runoff (where voters mark second and third choices) primary and general elections to ensure the winning candidate receives at least half of the vote. Do you approve of allowing legal recreational marijuana sales?


Yes, but do it over many years. Finance it Encourage it. Dedicate parking ticket through a small increase in taxes on receipts to pay for it. electricity.

We must underground them due to power outages in some neighborhoods. Encourage it by piggybacking when streets are dug up for other purposes.


They, in conjunction with council members, should have input, but the Public Service Commission should decide.


I favor parking in buildings. Perhaps the We don’t need a one-size-fits-all policy. first floor should be used for parking and Different neighborhoods are different and need different policies. housing would start at a higher floor.

Remove parking requirements in denser The city has done a poor job of planning. communities, but retain the requirement We must separate zoning from parking management. We have to get cars off in less dense communities. the street by reducing the cost of transportation options.

It’s adequate.

Generally speaking adequate.


The laws are adequate but enforcement needs improvement.

When they are convicted.

Just when convicted of a serious violent crime.

When convicted.

When convicted of a violent crime.

It’s an area we must examine.

Return human enforcement to its former Increase the police force. level. Increase awareness of laws.

Increased camera utilization will solve much of it. Increase fines from $25 for cyclists and jaywalkers and make sure officers enforce them. Reduce speed camera fines for cars.

Yes, so long as we remain at full capacity.

No. We need an increase.

Yes. We need better deployment. Officers should not do desk jobs civilians could do. Yes to raising fines; it’s only $25. Do not allow riders on sidewalks.


The fines should be equal to cars as it’s No to increased fines. Continue to allow a safety issue. Adult riders should not be them on sidewalks outside the allowed on sidewalks. downtown area.

Don’t increase fines. Allow them on sidewalks except where there are bike lanes.

No. Business improvement districts should be allowed to expand into residential areas with residential approval.

Yes. No. It would make things too complex.

Yes. Yes.

Yes. Yes, with residents’ approval.


Yes for runoffs.

Yes for instant runoffs.

I like the instant runoff idea as it is more efficient.

No, but I support decriminalizing marijuana possession. In years to come, I probably will vote to approve the sales.

I would consider legalization.

No, just for medical use.

I don’t approve of recreational use, but we should lower the fines and make them misdemeanors.

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Brianne Nadeau

Democratic primary

What would be your three major areas of concentration as D.C. Council member? How would you differentiate yourself from your competitor? What steps with regard to election financing should the District take to restore honesty among the District’s elected officials? Should the District ban corporate campaign contributions? Would doing so invite a lawsuit the District would lose given recent Supreme Court decisions? Did you support the proposed minimum wage increase for large nonunion stores? Virginia’s minimum wage is now several thousand dollars less than the District’s for full-time employees on a yearly basis. Will the recent minimum wage legislation attract qualified low-end workers from Virginia, thereby reducing job opportunities for D.C. residents? Will stores favor locating in Virginia over the District? More than 60 percent of D.C. government employees live outside the District, and as a result the District can’t collect their income taxes. What, if anything, should be done about it? What additional steps, if any, should the District take to help former prison inmates find jobs? In looking over the upcoming budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like to see increased and which decreased?

Ward issues; issues under the purview of my committee; affordable housing My record of accomplishments is very strong. I favor public financing as in New York City. Candidates must first raise a certain amount of money. I’ve voted for all the reforms. Only if we have public financing. We might lose a legal case. I support banning contributions from city contractors and their owners.

Strengthening schools; maintaining affordability; improving ethics

Yes. I voted for it.

No. The bill was too narrow and proved to be incredibly divisive. I supported the comprehensive minimum wage increase. Probably not, but it could happen. If needed, we’ll create more incentives for local hiring. The District has a lot to offer retailers. Increasing wages will not negatively impact us.

It’s hard to say. There are so many factors.

Yes. They are banned in congressional elections.

That’s the reality. There is nothing we can do about it.

Create more affordable-housing options and workforce subsidies for police, firefighters and teachers.

Ban the question of convictions from initial job applications for the private sector. Doing this has not created any problems for the city. Increase spending on homelessness, affordable housing; no significant decreases.

Ban question of convictions from initial job applications. Provide more workforce training, mental health counseling and housing placement. Increase spending on housing and education. Be more efficient in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Employment Services. Keep the top tax rate at 9.5 percent; increase standard deduction; reduce franchise (profits) taxes; examine individual and corporation property tax rates. Only if there is job creation or other benefits to the District.

Which taxes would you like increased and which taxes decreased, given our current budget situation?

I support the package from the Tax Revision Commission. If they are piecemealed, then I’ll figure where to go.

Do you approve of tax rebates or other special attractions to induce firms to locate here? How about incentives for the Adams Morgan hotel at the church on Columbia Road? What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, long-term District residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes, or are our current policies generally adequate? The District’s commercial real estate and business taxes are the area’s highest by far. Business groups say Virginia attracts many District firms due to attractive tax rates. Should there be an effort to reduce them to better compete? Should the sales tax include services such as gym memberships, as recommended by the Tax Revision Commission?

Yes, in certain circumstances. We could have still had WETA here and other important companies. I was the author of its tax relief. It saves an historic building that was very much in jeopardy. We should have a real estate tax exemption for people over 75 with incomes under $200,000. We’re very attractive if you look at the entire tax situation. There is a balance that we strike. Virginia has a business gross receipts tax. We don’t.

I will support it if it is coupled with all of its recommendations. If it is separated, I’ll vote no. What steps do you feel should be taken to improve public education? Continue to modernize facilities with quality space; re-establish an elected school board to advise the chancellor and mayor on D.C. Public Schools; provide more autonomy to public schools, the key to charters’ success; add funding for athletics, music, art and field trips. The D.C. Office of Planning has been praised and criticized for There have been reasonable compromises. Developers can agree to favoring fewer parking places in new apartment buildings. What are no residential parking privileges. your thoughts? Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to the U.S. immigration Not at all. agency when suspects are arrested and booked for alleged criminal activity? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all? How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle We do a good job of cellphone enforcement. The bicycle issue is riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, highly complex. using cellphones and blocking the box, or would you eliminate some of these laws? Should the fines for bicycle riders who violate traffic regulations be Not until we deal with the issue of how bicycles are to be treated substantially increased? Should riders be allowed on sidewalks? under traffic laws. They should not be allowed on sidewalks. Should D.C. allow residents to set up self-taxing districts where residents agree to pay extra taxes to receive more services, like the business improvement districts in D.C. and in Maryland municipalities? Should D.C. Council members be allowed to keep their constituent service funds? If yes, should they be larger, smaller or left as they are now? * Do you approve of allowing legal recreational marijuana sales?

I am ethical and collaborative. I support public financing and a ban on corporate contributions.

No. I support the hotel. The tax abatement was given away too quickly. We should have property tax abatement for those with incomes under $50,000, provide long-term supported housing, and help them be energy-efficient. Maintain rent control laws. Reduce franchise (profits) taxes to 8.25 percent and exempt investment funds from the business franchise tax as recommended by the Tax Revision Commission. I oppose the commission’s proposed $100 per employee fee and sales tax increase. Yes. Increase funding for wraparound services, music, arts, and afterschool and summer school enrichment programs in neighborhood schools for real community engagement. Increase honors and Advanced Placement courses for more advanced students. I support the proposed parking minimum relief near Metro stations and other transit hubs. We need market-based solutions for residential areas near commercial corridors. When convicted of a violent crime.

We need more public education and more enforcement for all of them. Don’t increase fines, but do increase enforcement. Don’t allow them on sidewalks downtown or where there are bike lanes. Increase bike lanes in areas where they cause sidewalk hazards.

Yes, if they have the requisite voter approval.


I really meet human needs with mine. Those dollars are very much appreciated.


No, but I approved of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Should D.C. allow 17-year-olds to vote? I think so. There’s an opportunity for a civics connection. Is the present level of enforcement for quality-of-life offenses such It’s virtually nonexistent. If you get people with minor offenses, you as public urination and graffiti generally adequate, too heavy-handed prevent major offenses. I would vote for more officers to handle this or not tough enough? and get results. Should the District have runoff or instant runoff (where voters mark I’m open to instant runoffs. I’ve always won with a majority. second and third choices) primary and general elections to ensure the winning candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote?

I support full legalization. Yes. Adequate, but we need mental health services and education to attack the root causes. Yes.

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Spotlight on Schools Annunciation Catholic School

Last week, Annunciation Catholic School had a science fair. Students were required to type a report including problems, hypotheses, observations, procedures, results and conclusions. We had one day of judging, a day for classroom visits, and then on Sunday, the science fair was open to everyone. First- through fourth-place prizes were awarded in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Prizes were given to the students with the best presentation, speech and project. There are two types of prizes: the judged awards, where three judges go to each class, and the students’ awards, where the students choose their favorite project. In students’ award, there is just one prize. The winner of this year’s students’ choice award was Carlo Mohammed, from eighth grade. First-place winners were Ian Shuler, sixth grade; Quinn Maloney, seventh grade; and a tie between Nicole Gooden and Carlo Mohammed, eighth grade. “My favorite project is Cole Arnold’s,” says writer Raymond Shelton. Cole Arnold’s project was a physics project of how the shape of an object can determine how fast it goes down water. “My favorite was Miles Arthur’s project,” says Joseph Mitchell. Miles’ project was about how your blood pressure changes after you play games. — Raymond Shelton and Joseph Mitchell, sixth-graders

Blessed Sacrament School

Recently, the seventh-graders performed “A Year in Asia Tea Ceremony,” a production to help us learn about traditional Asian music and culture. The grade was divided into five Asian countries: India, Russia, China, Japan and Korea. We learned about each of them and their music. Most importantly, we learned about tea, and how it is used in each of the countries. The performance directed by our music teacher, Mrs. Forcey, and

went hand-in-hand with an art project in which we made clay teacups to display during the show. We dressed in traditional costumes and used fans and ribbons to perform dances from each of our countries. “Year in Asia was an interesting experience. We learned about the beginnings of tea and how tradition influences music,” says Sasha Miranda, who was in the China group. “A year in Asia was fun!” says Marco Kemp, of the Korea group. “It showed us the different displays of the culture of Asian countries.” — Emily Orem, seventh-grader

British School of Washington

The objective of the “Young Entrepreneurs” topic was to create your own business and to learn how to make it successful. We had teams that developed products such as creative and colorful wristbands, delicious cupcakes and lovable little fuzzy puffball dolls. We learned that communication and active participation by everyone in the team is critical. It is important to develop a popular, high quality product and maintain focus, and effective advertising is needed to introduce buyers to your product. I enjoyed conceiving the product in a team, preparing sales pitches and advertisements, and most of all, selling our puffball dolls — which went viral! I sold lemonade on the corner for 10 cents a glass when I was younger and that business was successful. But that was nothing like selling fuzzy dolls at the British School Trade Fair where we cleared more than $250 in profit for charity! — Serena Sara, Year 4 St Louis (third-grader)

Edmund Burke School

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makes for a fun and relaxed class, a great combination for a school subject. The teacher, George Drumwright, is a kind guy and teaches us many new words and concepts. In Latin, we often read and interpret/translate (the verb “to translate” means to bring across) stories from the Internet or in our books. George is very relaxed about jokes, riddles and other related material. For example, we read a story about a pig, and the Latin word for pig is porus or porca, so every time it was my turn to read, I would say “porkchops” and not “pig” and nobody cared much. Another example is from yesterday, when someone decided we should have a riddle battle. Instead of getting annoyed George only laughed at everyone’s attempts to guess the answers. Because the class is small, we learn a lot in each class and therefore we don’t have too much homework. We do a lot of writing exercises in our books, and the teacher has organized several different kinds of work to do, including a crossword puzzle, which is a favorite of mine. The tests are not too difficult and the class agrees that Latin is fun! The teacher says that we are a good and very bright class and that we are learning Latin well! — Duncan Ripoll, seventh-grader

The Field School

Recently at Field we had a new event: Language Day! During the week of Feb. 28, everyone was in mixed grade groups and went around the school to different stations representing different countries run by students. We learned songs, dances and played games from different countries or competed against other groups. At every

station, we received a hint and a stamp on our “passport.” The hints were used to solve a code for a made-up alphabet that looked like hieroglyphics. The first group to figure out the code and turn in all of its hints received a free off-campus lunch. At the end of the day, a group of students from French classes sung a song, “Papaoutai,” in French, and the sixth-graders performed a song in sign language. There are seventh-graders who are playing high school sports because they had previous experience. On the first day of track there were relay races with the highschoolers. On the second day they ran around the Foxhall neighborhood near Field. In PE so far, they have played lacrosse. Soon, they will play tennis and, once the weather is warmer, baseball. A high school sport that seventh-graders play is softball. In softball they are working on catching and batting. — Savannah Jackson, seventh-grader, and Mia Shocket, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

The week of Dec. 2, 2013, was the most recent week during which high school students had a full five days of uninterrupted classes. Last week, a snow day, a two-hour delay and a student-staff breakfast on Friday morning were the causes for another shortened week. The student-staff breakfast is an annual event for students and faculty to gather and enjoy classic breakfast cuisine while listening to live performances such as student a cappella groups. After eating and drinking ourselves to satiation, faculty and students needed a way to burn off all

of these extra calories. Fortunately, the high school physical education department has recently created a “fitness challenge board” in our weight room facility. With the supervision of a PE teacher, students and faculty may attempt to break or set school records in various fitness tests. The record board is formatted to display the male and female records from each grade and from the faculty. However, many of the record slots are empty because no one has even attempted the challenges! The first games and competitions of the spring sports season take place this week. Go Hoppers! — Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

Over the past six weeks, we have been writing about democracy in our country, our city and our school. Our assignment was to write a letter to our principal explaining what we would like to see changed here at Hearst. We were able to voice our opinions and see democracy happening. We learned how to write a thesis statement, a brave opening statement, body paragraphs and a closing statement. We also learned how to make sure that each piece of our letter connected to our thesis statement. In order to write our body paragraphs, we learned that we had to use the three reasons that supported our thesis statement, followed by three examples of those reasons. After the letters were completed, we then created campaign posters so students could vote on what topic they thought would be best to be changed. The work we were doing was See Dispatches/Page 46


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Wednesday march 12 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  Levine Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues Jam,â&#x20AC;? featuring an introductory class followed by a coached jam session for musicians of all abilities and playing any instrument. 7 to 9 p.m. Free for current students; $5 for others. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202686-8000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songwriters: The Next Generation,â&#x20AC;? featuring Nicky Egan and Nii Akwei Adoteye. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Charlottesville, Va.-based band Uncle Charlie, a Grateful Dead cover band, will perform at the Starr Hill Breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release party for its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grateful Paleâ&#x20AC;? ale. 8 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unique Role of the American University in Central Asiaâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Lynne Tracy, deputy assistant secretary for Central Asia at the U.S. State Department; Andrew Wachtel, president of American University of Central Asia; and Andrew Wilder, vice president of South and Central Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington Uni-

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Events Entertainment versity, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Farhad Aliyev, visiting Fulbright scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Challenges to Strategic Interests of the U.S. in Azerbaijan.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Melinda Chateauvert will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. â&#x2013;  Lisa Kathleen Graddy, the National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy chair and curator of the division of political history, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;First Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition: Changing Fashions, Changing Roles.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Actress and writer Annabelle Gurwitch will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50,â&#x20AC;? about aging, parenthood and caring for aging parents. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will sponsor a talk by former Washington Post financial columnist Stan Hinden on the updated edition of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Make This Upâ&#x20AC;? Nonfiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooked: A Natural History of Transformationâ&#x20AC;? by Michael Pollan. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-



1188. â&#x2013; The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hundred Thousand Kingdomsâ&#x20AC;? by N.K. Jemisin. 7:30 p.m. Free. Popular Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Films â&#x2013;  The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library and A Vegan Life will present British filmmakers Or Shlomi and Shelley Lee Daviesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planeat,â&#x20AC;? about adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. 6:30 p.m. Free. Large Meeting Room, Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Human Rights Watch Film Series will conclude with Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rafea: Solar Mama.â&#x20AC;? A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The new bimonthly Programmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring films selected by the Avalon Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Mencher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Jaco Van Dormaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Nobody,â&#x20AC;? starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruder and Rhys Ifans. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ThÊâtre des Bouffes du Nord will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Suit,â&#x20AC;? Peter Brookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stage adaptation of a classic South African story about a lawyer who forces his adulterous wife to treat her loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left-behind suit as an honored guest. 7:30 p.m. $49. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melbourne Theatre Company will present David Williamsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rupert,â&#x20AC;? a revue-style imagining of the life and times of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $69. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Charlotte Bobcats. 7 p.m. $6 to $332. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, March 13 Thursday march 13





Art event â&#x2013; Art 17 at Coldwell Banker Dupont will present a reception with finger foods and beverages for the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Albert Schweitzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magical Critters.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 1606 17th St. NW. 202-3876180. Book launch â&#x2013;  Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck will speak at a launch party for his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a chance for attendees to sample Bluejacket beer, speak with Peck, have

Thursday, march 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: The seventh annual Forum on Women in Leadership â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about changes in the roles, opportunities and obstacles for women in congressional leadership posts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature remarks by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (shown), D-Calif., and a panel discussion with former Sens. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill., and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and former Reps. Connie Morella, R-Md.; Barbara Kennelly, D-Conn.; and Mary Bono, R-Calif. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

their books signed and tour the historic Heurich House. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 for admission; $20 for the book. Reservations required. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Concerts â&#x2013; The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songwriters: The Next Generation,â&#x20AC;? featuring Tyler Lyle and Kavita Shah. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Daniil Trifonov and mezzo-soprano Kelley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor will perform works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Falla and Respighi. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Vancouver-based, China-born recording artist Wanting will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  Capitol Communicator will present the six finalists in â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Band Together,â&#x20AC;? a competition of regional musical talent to benefit the group Hope for Henry. 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present ideas on how to cook the many varieties of potatoes. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Richard Bronk, visiting fellow in the European Institute at the London School of Economics, and Wade Jacob, professor of political science at Brigham Young University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avoiding

Monocultures in the European Union.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Rick Valelly, professor of political science at Swarthmore College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Census of Gays and Lesbians in Federal Service, 1950.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  David L. Roll will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Zygmunt Plater, director of the Land and Environmental Law Program at Boston College Law School, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Snail Darter and the Dam: How PorkBarrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1212. â&#x2013;  A lecture series on Anglo-American foreign policy will feature a talk by scholars John Bew and Martyn Frampton on â&#x20AC;&#x153;America, the Muslim Brotherhood and Realpolitik: Understand the Other.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. The lecture series will continue March 27 and April 10. â&#x2013;  Eric Helleiner, professor at the University of Waterloo, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Lind, associate professor of government at Dartmouth University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rupture and Rescue of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral and the group Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence will host a panel discussion with policy makers, activists and faith leaders as part of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. 4:45 p.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Susan Frank, curator of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in the USA,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the insights gained by looking thematically at American art from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Phil Klay will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redeployment,â&#x20AC;? featuring 12 stories that give an uncompromising picture of contemporary warfare and chart the radical disconnect between soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; military and civilian lives. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. See Events/Page 35


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â&#x2013; Lawrence Douglas, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wages of Justice: The Holocaust, Murder, and Crimes Against Humanity.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. â&#x2013;  Elle Cosimano will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nearly Goneâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  In a talk organized by the Wagner Society, University of Virginia professor Paul Cantor will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wagner and Rousseau: The Ring Cycle as Romantic Creation Myth,â&#x20AC;? about the role Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alberich plays in setting mankind on the road to life. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 703-370-1923. â&#x2013;  The German Language Society will present an illustrated lecture in German by Arnim von Friedeburg, managing partner of German Foods North America, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Farmer to the Dinner Table: A Changing Industry.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Reservations required. Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-2390432.

Class â&#x2013; Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead a Container Garden Workshop on cultivating vegetables. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $20 to $25 per session. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The series will continue April 11 and May 9.

Film â&#x2013; The West End Library will present a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month Movie Night. 6 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Performances â&#x2013;  Wilson Theater Arts and the Wilson Shakespeare Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Veronaâ&#x20AC;? in a production set in present-day New Jersey. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Black Box Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202282-0120. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theater will open its Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, an elimination-style bracketed competition with 73 teams competing for audience favor. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $14. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The competition will continue through April 12. â&#x2013;  RFD will host a second-round March Madness of Comedy performance with eight comics. 8:30 p.m. Free. RFD, 810 7th St. NW. 202-431-4704. Special events â&#x2013;  The General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group will host a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month event featuring a talk and demonstration by Jenn Crovato, catering director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and author of the cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper,â&#x20AC;? about healing with fresh foods. The event will also include a presentation by Brian Coburn of the General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs on the history of the historic Iron Gate property. 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs, 1734 N St. NW. 800443-4392. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice!â&#x20AC;? will feature a trivia contest about portraits in the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection, as selected by curators and historians. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet will perform spirituals, gospel music and Yuroba selections. Noon. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Saint-SaĂŤns, FaurĂŠ and other composers. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present a chamber music recital by percussionist Alex Arshadi, violinist Tavifa Cojocari, bassist James Peterson, violist Eric Costantino and violinist Abigail Tucket. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present violinist Emanuel Salvador and pianist Ronaldo Rolim performing works by Beethoven and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. $150. Portuguese Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Residence, 2125 Kalorama Road NW. 202625-2361. â&#x2013;  Urban Funk and special guest Dave Chappell will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys. com. â&#x2013;  The Kush Abadey Quartet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Broadcaster Ron Barr will lead a round-table discussion on sports, broadcasting and preservation with panelists Brian Billick, football commentator and former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Baltimore Ravens; Adonal Foyle, a 13-year NBA veteran known for his charitable work; Gene DeAnna, head of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress; and Matt Barton, a recorded sound curator. Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5508. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explaining the Latest Developments in Ukraineâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Sergiy Kudelia of Baylor University, Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bill Cullina, executive director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sugar, Sex and Poison: Plant Secrets.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The Q&A Cafe series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now in its 13th year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kojo Nnamdi Show.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. $35. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mobilizing the Anti-Immigration Vote? The 2014 European Parliament

Friday, march 14 â&#x2013; Concert: The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual Overtures Spring Concert Series will feature the trio Sonic Escape, featuring Shawn Wyckoff on flute, Maria Kaneko Millar on violin and Nan-Cheng Chen on cello. 6:30 p.m. $65. Evermay Estate, 1623 28th St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Electionsâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Andrew Geddes, senior professor of political science at the University of Sheffield; Ricard Zapata-Barrero, senior professor of political and social sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra; and Leila Hadj-Abdou, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. 3

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p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; In conjunction with the Francophonie Festival, members of the Association des Jeunes Auteurs Romans will read and discuss their works. 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Chris Pavone will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accident.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Photographer Vincent J. Musi will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the Wild Things Live,â&#x20AC;? about exotic pets. 7:30 p.m. $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Kurosawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1957 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throne of Blood,â&#x20AC;? an adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macbethâ&#x20AC;? set in a mysterious, fog-shrouded feudal Japan. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Bennett Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capote,â&#x20AC;? starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as author Truman Capote. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

Films â&#x2013; The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Bryan Reichhardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pictures From a Hiroshima Schoolyard,â&#x20AC;? about two communities on opposite sides of a world war that exchange unexpected gifts after a horrific human tragedy. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kurosawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Japanese director Akira

Performances â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Chileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Mafia Teatro will present the U.S. premiere of Ariel Dorfmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Muerte y La Concella (Death and the Maiden),â&#x20AC;? inspired by the Chilean transition to democracy. 7:30 p.m. $29. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: InternaSee Events/Page 36

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.

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Continued From Page 35 tional Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tapioca Inn will present the U.S. premiere of Wajdi Mouawadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incendiosâ&#x20AC;? in a Spanish translation by Humberto PĂŠrez Mortera. 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013; GALA Hispanic Theatre will present the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattooâ&#x20AC;? by San Francisco playwright, performance artist and poet Paul S. Flores. 8 p.m. $20. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington DC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Von Trapped,â&#x20AC;? a parody of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sound of Musicâ&#x20AC;? featuring a full chorus with the familiar cast of characters and a number of colorful nuns. 8 p.m. $29 to $54. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. 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 a

Events Entertainment dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Vancouver Canucks. 7 p.m. $42 to $610. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Saturday, March 15 Saturday march 15 Book signing â&#x2013;  A.M. Peabody, president of the Global Woman Peace Foundation, will sign copies of her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Games Froze.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Gospel Spreading Bible Bookstore, 2002 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-745-2665. â&#x2013;  Wil Haygood will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Butler: A Witness to History.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free admission. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rich Potter: Bert the Nerd,â&#x20AC;? featuring feats of skill, stunts and magic.


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9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013; A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film series will feature Tomm Moore and Nora Twomeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret of Kellsâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 7 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  In honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, children will hear a story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and then create a special piece of art inspired by her life and accomplishments. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Time â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? will feature royal stories, crown decorating and a pretend tea party fit for a queen. 2 p.m. Free. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271248. â&#x2013;  St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Crafts will feature a chance to make Celtic-themed items. 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202541-6100. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month planetarium program about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astronomy Stars: Women Who Changed the Nightâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Steven Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Tablet to Tablet: A History of Books.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Modernist Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. 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;  Instructor Carolyn J. Woodson will lead a two-day workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Journey to Joy,â&#x20AC;? about ways to navigate through the losses that everyone experiences and get back to happiness and joy. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. The workshop will conclude March 29 at 2 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist and composer Haskell Small will perform. 1:30 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. â&#x2013;  The Scharoun Ensemble Berlin will perform its signature piece, Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Octet in F major. 2 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Manhattan Concert Productions will present the National Festival Chorus performing choral works under the direction of

â&#x2013; Nicholas Alexander Brown of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henze: The Contemporary German Romantic.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists in the Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by Liliane Willens, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stateless in Shanghai,â&#x20AC;? her eyewitness account of life during the Japanese occupation, the civil war between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung, and the arrival in Shanghai of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liberation Army. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.

Saturday, march 15 â&#x2013; Concert: Dumbarton Concerts will present the Linden String Quartet and pianist Michael Brown (shown) performing works by Mozart and Elgar and the Washington premiere of Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Energy.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

Z. Randall Stroope. 7 p.m. $49 to $79. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The Patrick Henry College Chorale and Orchestra will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will present Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd performing works by Dowland, Granados, Bach, Piazzolla and others. 8 p.m. $12.50 to $25; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. â&#x2013;  A kickoff celebration for the fifth annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will feature the Larry Keel Experience, By and By, and Letitia VanSant & the Bonafides. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3525225. â&#x2013;  Janice Hensley, a re-enactor who produces textiles using the traditional practices of the American frontier, will discuss and demonstrate how shorn wool was spun, dyed and woven into blankets, shawls, straps and other utilitarian textiles. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2330 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  Ruth Kassinger will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Bich Minh Nguyen and Porter Shreve will discuss their respective books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pioneer Girlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End of the Book,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Myra MacPherson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Film â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present David Davidsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hans Richter: Everything Turns, Everything Revolves,â&#x20AC;? preceded by Richterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1929 experimental short â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Richterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1947 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams That Money Can Buy,â&#x20AC;? one of the first featurelength avant-garde films made in America, at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Members of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will present a musical preview of the upcoming production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elixir of Love.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? the National Theatre of Iceland will present the U.S. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harmsaga,â&#x20AC;? about a young couple trying desperately to save their marriage. 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  Chess Challenge in DC will host its third annual Citywide Chess Tournament for D.C. elementary and middle school students. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; registration required to compete. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Grounds to Grounds,â&#x20AC;? a daylong celebration of coffee in honor of a new blend available at Busboys and Poets, will feature presentations on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feed the Cupâ&#x20AC;? by Jeff Taylor, founding CEO of PTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Roasting Co., and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dos Locos Gringos in Potenciana, Costa Ricaâ&#x20AC;? by coffee farmer Michael Pannell, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and a book talk by Rachel Northrop, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Coffee Speaks: Stories from and of Latin American Coffeepeople,â&#x20AC;? about her nine-month investigative journey through Central American and Colombia, from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nerds! Trivia Night!â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Adas Israel Congregation, 2239, EntryPointDC of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and other area Jewish organizations will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DC Purim Bash,â&#x20AC;? featuring an open bar, masks and a megillah reading. 8:15 p.m. $40 to $45; reservations required. Stroga, 1808 Adams Mill Road NW. â&#x2013;  GLOE, the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBT outreach and engagement group, will throw its seventh See Events/Page 37

Continued From Page 36 annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party,â&#x20AC;? with guests encouraged to dress in costume for a night of food, drinks and parades. 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $20 to $30. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Harlem Globetrotters will visit Verizon Center as part of the 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fans Ruleâ&#x20AC;? World Tour. 1 p.m. $16 to $150. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Brooklyn Nets. 7 p.m. $10 to $809. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Teen program â&#x2013;  DC Youth Slam Team coach Jonathan B. Tucker and team members will host a youth open mic event for student poets, singers, musicians and actors. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  In honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, park ranger Jeffrey Reardon will explore the influence of women on the Old Stone House since Colonial days. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Emily Porter, coordinator of Project Budburst at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Signs of Spring Tour.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet in the lobby of the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Sunday, March 16 Sunday march 16 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celebration will feature stories and a chance to build a Leprechaun trap (for ages 5 through 12). 1:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  A Purim Party will feature stories, crafts and games, as well as a noisy costume parade through the library. 3 p.m. Free. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Workt by Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts,â&#x20AC;? artists Jennifer Lindsay and Alice Abrash will offer a hands-on quilt workshop (for ages 10 and older). Noon to 5 p.m. $13 to $15; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Lana Dreyfuss, a certified horticultural therapist since 2004, will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horticultural Therapy: Noticing the Connection.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 4 p.m. $45 to $55; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Concerts â&#x2013;  The 12-person a cappella group Not What You Think, affiliated with the former Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington, will perform pop, light jazz and folk songs. 1 to 5 p.m. $5 to $15. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave.


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Events Entertainment NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013; The Washington Bach Consort will present Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The St. John Passion,â&#x20AC;? featuring bass Richard Giarusso, soprano Laura Choi Stuart (shown), mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, tenor Robert Petillo and baritone Steven Combs. 3 p.m. $23 to $61. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Little Falls Bluegrass Ensemble of Westmoreland Church will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pete Seeger Sing-Along.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; donations will benefit Action in Montgomery. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-2297766. â&#x2013;  Cellist Matthew Zalkind will perform works by Ligeti, Bach and KodĂĄly. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Gerre Hancock, Richard Ayleward, Orlando Gibbons and John Goss. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Christine Clewell will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs and Seeds: A Tribute to Pete Seeger,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, will feature performances by Jonny Grave, Balladâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve, Michael Yugo, Patrick Hawkins, Magpie and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Irina Mozyleva (shown), mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor and pianists Vera Danchenko-Stern and Genadi Zagor will perform music by Russian composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, 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;  The bands Cornmeal and Driftwood will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A community town hall on Pope Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first year and his impact on the Roman Catholic Church, Christians generally and the world will feature moderator Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief for USA Today and an elder at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, and panelists Mark Shields, national syndicated columnist and political analyst on PBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newshourâ&#x20AC;?; Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners senior director of mobilizing and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican â&#x20AC;Ś or Democratâ&#x20AC;?; and Father Jason Welle, a Franciscan friar and doctoral candidate in religious pluralism at Georgetown University. 9:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. 202-338-1644. â&#x2013;  Betty Medsger will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret FBI,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Martin Walker will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Resistance Man: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


Heurich exhibit opening The Heurich Gallery will open an exhibit today of paintings by Baltimore artist Carolyn Case and Northwest artist Joanne Kent, a resident of the 16th Street Heights neighborhood. A reception and artist talk will take place today from

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5:30 to 7 p.m., and the show will continue through June 3. Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-223-1626. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Journals of Duncan Phillips,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the artistic passions of the founder of the Phillips Collection, will open Friday at the Phillips Collection and continue through next February. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission on the weekends costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 11 and younger. Admission during weekdays is free. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loop,â&#x20AC;? a site-specific artand-sound installation by media artist Jennifer Steinkamp and electronic composer Jimmy Johnson, will open Saturday in the Rotunda of the Corcoran Philippe Halsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery of Art and contin1950 image of Marlon ue through April 20. Located at 500 17th St. Brando is part the NW, the gallery is open â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Coolâ&#x20AC;? Wednesday through Sunday exhibit at the National from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Portrait Gallery. Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for military personnel and ages 17 and younger. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the premiere of the 13-part television series of the same name, opened last week at the National Geographic Museum, where it will â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inside Story: Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;? will feature Maygene Daniels, chief of gallery archives at the National Gallery of Art; Gregory Most, chief of library image collections at the National Gallery of Art; and Lynn H. Nicholas, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Treasures in the Third

Joanne Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Rainâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at the Heurich Gallery. continue through July 6. Located at 1145 17th St. NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-857-7588. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Silence,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings, photographs and short films by Marita Liulia on themes of gold and tranquility, opened last week at the Embassy of Finland, where it will continue through March 30. Located at 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the embassy is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-2985800. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Cool,â&#x20AC;? exploring the idea of what it means to be attitudinally cool, opened recently at the National Portrait Gallery, where it will continue through Sept. 7. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Greatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Patronage,â&#x20AC;? presenting decorative art objects to explore how the Russian tsarina blended traditions of Byzantine art with those in the Western neoclassical style, opened recently at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. The exhibit will continue through June 8. Located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and selected Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for ages 6 through 18; it is free for ages 5 and younger. 202-686-5807.

Reich and the Second World War.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Marek Kucia, associate professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University in KrakĂłw, Poland, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meanings of Auschwitz in

Poland, 1945 to the Present.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. â&#x2013; Pamela JP Martin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;niggamayi,â&#x20AC;? about racism as a learned behavior. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th See Events/Page 38


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Continued From Page 37 St. NW. 202-789-2227. Film ■ The National Gallery of Art will present a collection of Czech animated shorts from the 1940s and 1950s. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Parade ■ The 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature floats, marching bands, traditional pipe bands, Irish dancers and military processions. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets NW. 202-670-0317. Performances ■ “In Your Ear” will present readings and performances by poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. 3 p.m. $5. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

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■ Theater Alliance and Faction of Fools will present Matt Wilson in Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; pay-what-you-can at the door. Eastman Studio Theatre, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. ticket. Special events ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host “Purim Carnival 2014,” featuring carnival games, performances, prizes, a costume contest, tasty treats and a new Purim shpiel. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 to $20 per family. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3267. ■ In conjunction with the exhibit “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” and the weekend of National Quilting Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will present in-gallery demonstrations and a free community day. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 3 p.m. $47 to $527.

Monday, march 17 ■ Discussion: The Rev. Mpho Tutu will discuss her new release, “The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World,” co-authored with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour ■ Artist Kandy Phillips will lead a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden and discuss her experiences raising the butterflies and moths she paints. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Monday, March 17 Monday march 17

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Classes ■ Instructor Jackie Powell will lead a community yoga class for all skill levels. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi will lead a weekly class in the meditative martial art rooted in Chinese medicine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3096. ■ Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations

Concerts ■ In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, the Calvert High School Musical Theatre Ensemble and Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A St. Patrick’s Day concert will feature members of the Philadelphia-based band Runa. 7 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. ■ The Washington International Piano Series will feature Boris Berman, piano professor and coordinator of the piano department at Yale University School of Music, performing works by Brahms and Schoenberg. 8 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. Berman will lead a master class Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. ■ “Alchemical Extravaganza: St. Paddy’s Day Edition” will feature musical performances by D.C. funk organ trio Swamp Poodle, recent Wammie nominee Lynn Hollyfield and Baltimore-based Hardcore Whaler, interlaced with comedy by Lars Loving and Jeremy Hall. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10. The Treehouse Lounge, 1006 Florida Ave. NE. Discussions and lectures ■ The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a talk on “Keeping Fit!” by Cheryl Clark, a senior fitness instructor who teachers a strength training course and rehabilitative aquatic programs. 11:30 a.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-393-4900. ■ Lynn Russell, head of education at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Martin Johnson Heade: The Magnolia Paintings.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of

Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Between Salafists, Secularists, and Security Forces: The Politics of Tunisian Youth in the Age of Ennahda” will feature Monica Marks, Tunisian-based Rhodes scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford; and William Lawrence, visiting professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker will discuss their book “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series will feature a talk by Dr. Dana Kuehn on “Managing Your Dog’s Lumps and Bumps.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ The Film Discussion Group will discuss “Woody Allen and His Films.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. 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. ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host its “Fantasy Flicks: Lost in the Game” film series. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present the final two episodes of the award-winning, 10-part German miniseries “In Face of the Crime,” a fast-paced crime drama that reveals a panorama of diverse communities and depicts Russian-Jewish culture. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. ■ The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia” starring Renée Fleming and Michael Fabiano. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again March 22 at 11 a.m. Special event ■ The Greater Washington Ceili Club will lead a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with dancers and musicians performing Irish dances, musical numbers, ballads and a singalong of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.” 7 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Tuesday, March 18 Tuesday march 18 Classes ■ Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ A three-part class led by Rabbi Scott Perlo on “Stories of the Jews” will conclude with a session on “Rachel the Poetess: The See Events/Page 39

Continued From Page 38 Story of Rachel Bluwstein.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mozart and Rameau. Noon. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature flutist Karen Johnson and pianist Carlos Rodriguez, Levine Music faculty members. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility will present cellist Brian Sanders, vocalist and pianist Rivky Grossman and pianist Virginia Lum performing a contemporary and classical repertoire. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The German Embassy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kurt Weil and Contemporaries,â&#x20AC;? a piano and voice recital. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-3311495. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing works by Corigliano and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. $55 to $175. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Flamenco Festival will feature guitarist JosĂŠ FernĂĄndez Torres and the Tomatito Sextet. 8 p.m. $35 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  The Internet, a soul band created by producer Matt Martians and lead vocalist Syd â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kydâ&#x20AC;? of Odd Future, will perform. 9 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Judy Luis-Watson, manager of the volunteer program at the National Archives in College Park, will discuss South African singer Miriam Makebaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tumultuous early career in the U.S., as documented in the holdings of the National Archives. 11 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  Phillip Thomas Tucker will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should the United States Give Up on Arab Democracy?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations requested. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  In celebration of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trailâ&#x20AC;? by Cheryl Strayed. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Peter Smouse, professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sexually Deceptive Australian Orchids.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333.


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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Cynthea Bogel, professor of Japanese art history and Buddhist visual culture at Kyushu University, will discuss contemporary Buddhist art in Japan. 5 to 6:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 112, Reiss Science Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Thompson, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Philosophy Cafe will discuss classic philosophical ideas. 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  James Myall, coordinator of the Franco-American Collection and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, will discuss the history of the Franco-American community in Maine, with a focus on the French-Canadian immigration of the 19th and 20th centuries. 6:45 p.m. $10 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Scienceâ&#x20AC;? will feature NPR science correspondent Joe Palca discussing neuroscience with Sam Wang, associate professor at Princeton University. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Dinaw Mengestu will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Our Names.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Brian Jay Jones will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim Henson: The Biography,â&#x20AC;? about the man known for his iconic work on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sesame Streetâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muppet Show.â&#x20AC;? The event will include video clips of Hensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earliest creations. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Journalist Max Blumenthal, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legislating Speech/ Whitewashing Apartheid: Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Against Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  D.C. resident and environmental historian Dawn Day Biehler will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches and Rats,â&#x20AC;? about local cases that illustrate the struggle for public solutions to pest problems. 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Films â&#x2013;  The Tuesdays at Noon film series will feature the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Rhinos,â&#x20AC;? about entertainment reporter Billy Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to fight illegal poaching of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chitwan National Park. Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature Mohamed Diabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;678,â&#x20AC;? about three women and their


Arena visits Camp David Arena Stage will present the world premiere of Pulitzerwinning writer Lawrence Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Davidâ&#x20AC;? March 21 through May 4 in the Kreeger Theater. Based on true events surrounding the 1978 Camp David

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Accords, the play follows the 13-day meeting between President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as they attempted to create peace in the Middle East. The production â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the second project produced as part of Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stars Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy, Ron Rifkin and Richard Thomas. Molly Smith directs. Tickets cost $55 to $110. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Washington National Opera will stage a revival of Gaetano Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elixir of Loveâ&#x20AC;? March 20 through 29 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Handsome peasant Nemorino falls head over heels for fickle and feisty landowner Adina. But without money, he just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete with Adinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dashing yet Sarah Coburn and Daniel Montenegro pompous suitor. Enter the star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elixir of elixir of love, peddled by an eccentric traveling quack. Love.â&#x20AC;? Stephen Lawless returns to direct the production, which features two star-studded casts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including married couple Stephen Costello and Ailyn PĂŠrez, who share their roles as Nemorino and Adina with Sarah Coburn and Daniel Montenegro. Lawlessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; production was first seen in Washington in 1998 and was revived in 2006. Tickets start at $25. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  Ambassador Theater and the Embassy of Spain will present the world premiere of Cristina Colmenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happily Ever Afterâ&#x20AC;? March 12 through 30 at the Mead The-

search for justice from the daily wrath of sexual harassment in Egypt. A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Herstoryâ&#x20AC;? film series will celebrate Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cineforum 2014 series will feature Vittorio De Sicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1970 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunflower (I Girasoli),â&#x20AC;? starring Sophia Loren as a bereft Italian wife who searches for her

Ron Rifkin (left), Richard Thomas and Khaled Nabaway star in Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp David.â&#x20AC;? ater Lab at Flashpoint. Three couples of different ages, representing a lifetime of romantic struggles and crippled by fears and insecurities, are unable to find fulfillment in love. The play features young lovers bound by a powerful attraction yet destined to part; cynical middle-aged â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-night standersâ&#x20AC;? failing to act on a promising encounter; and an older, deeply unhappy couple keeping up appearances after 30 years of marriage. Tickets cost $20 to $40. The Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. â&#x2013; Arena Stage will present Ann Randolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-woman show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lovelandâ&#x20AC;? March 18 through April 13 in the Kogod Cradle. Frannie Potts, an irreverent oddball, is trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio for her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral. A cast of hilarious characters, all portrayed by Randolph, offer witness to the tragedy, beauty and humor that unite us all in grief. A mini writing workshop follows each performance. Tickets start at $25. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rome School of Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanniâ&#x20AC;? March 20 through 23 at the Hartke Theatre. Based on the legends of Don Juan, the classic opera features music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. It blends comedy, drama and supernatural elements to tell the story of Don Giovanni, a notorious playboy who has seduced more than 1,000 women. Tickets cost $5 to $20. The Hartke Theatre is located on the Catholic University campus at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-5416;

husband in Russia and finds that he has a Russian wife, a daughter and amnesia. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013; The first night of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will feature the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Inner Fish,â&#x20AC;? about how the human body took its

present shape over 350 million years. A post-screening discussion will feature evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin, author of the book that inspired the film. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. yourinnerfish. Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. The film festival will continue through See Events/Page 40



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Continued From Page 39 March 30 with screenings at various venues; details about the festival are available at â&#x2013; The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the Washington premiere of the Canadian documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watermark,â&#x20AC;? about the extent to which humanity has shaped water and how water has shaped humanity. A discussion with Philip Brookman, chief curator and head of research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, will follow. 7 p.m. $10. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom Events will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano,â&#x20AC;? captured live from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 7 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film and Beerâ&#x20AC;? series feature the classic Czech comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eva Fools Around.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW.

â&#x2013; As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the Austrian Cultural Forum will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Belly of Vienna: Naschmarkt,â&#x20AC;? about the food market at the culinary heart of Vienna. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Breaker Breaker and Love Onion, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  Playworks DC will hold its second annual Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, a bracket-style competition to benefit the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with 13 area elementary schools. 6:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. Wednesday, March 19 Wednesday march 19 Classes â&#x2013;  Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices.


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7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013; The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff performing works by AlbĂŠniz, Bach, Cardoso, Solis, Reis and others. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, the Frost Middle School Symphonic Orchestra and Loudoun Youth Guitars will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A two-day festival celebrating 20th-century Viennese composer and pianist Friedrich Gulda will feature a recital by pianist Christopher Hinterhuber. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  A Winged Victory for the Sullen, a neo-classical collaboration between composer Dustin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran and Stars of the Lidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adam Wiltzie, will perform with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 8 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  The bands Dirty Bourbon River Show and the Judy Chops will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Northern Maliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Imarhan Timbuktu will perform as part of a U.S. concert tour supporting their new release â&#x20AC;&#x153;Akal Warled.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. $5. Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. 202-667-0088. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Textile Museum and the George Washington University Program Board will present a talk by George Washington University professor Bibiana Obler on the relation between Al Lovingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1970s fabric assemblages and American quilt traditions. Noon. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  In honor of Phillip Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday, writers Sam Lipsyte and Howard Norman will read from Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, and staff members will present materials from the Phillip Roth Collection. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Workt by Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts,â&#x20AC;? National Museum of Women in the Arts director of education Deborah Gaston will discuss the formal qualities shared by quilts and modern art. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Dialogue on Diversity will host a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month policy forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equity Snapshots: The Worlds of Policy and Economics,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Condition of Women Globallyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Aseel Alawadhi, visiting researcher at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and assistant professor at Kuwait University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle

Wednesday, march 19 â&#x2013; Concert: Israeli pianist Efi Hackmey and English pianist Andrew Harley, both Levine Music faculty artists, will perform works by Schubert and Mozart. 7 p.m. $15. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-7773251. East: Challenges and Prospects.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University School of Business will present a lecture by Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. 202-994-5206. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Green Party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From a Social Movement to Political Mainstreamâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Arne Jungjohann, a political scientist and advocate for a clean economy on both sides of the Atlantic, and Steve Milder, a professor at Duke University and a historian of the environmental movements in Western Europe and the United States. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The West End Library Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literatureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University theology professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on John Mortimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1988 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lease.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Maude Barlow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday A. Miles and Ryan J. Quick will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County and the Civil War: Life on the Border.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 307, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Folger Consort co-artistic director Robert Eisenstein will present an early music seminar in conjunction with the upcoming performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Jardin Chinois: Music of 18th-Century France,â&#x20AC;? about the allure of China seen in the works of Rameau, Marais and others. 6:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books &

Barsâ&#x20AC;? modern-day book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novelâ&#x20AC;? by Percival Everett. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. NW. â&#x2013; William Easterly will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tyranny of Experts: Economics, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Carl Hoffman will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vanished: The Search for Michael Rockefeller,â&#x20AC;? about the truth behind the mysterious, headline-grabbing 1961 disappearance of wealthy young heir Michael Rockefeller while on an expedition to New Guinea to collect native art. 7:30 p.m. $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Adas Israel Congregation and the Foundation for Jewish Studies will present a talk by Gideon Amir on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essence of the Holiness of the Land of Israel.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Library, Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-3624433. Films â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Human Scale,â&#x20AC;? about Danish architect Jan Gehlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contention that cities should be built in a way that takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Werther.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $20. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Amaud Desplechinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy P.,â&#x20AC;? starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two men who build a unique and powerful bond through pyschotherapy. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Department of French will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing Grace or Unmasking Yourcenar,â&#x20AC;? about the life and works of 20thcentury French literary genius Marguerite Yourcenar. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ThÊâtre de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Atelier will present the U.S. premiere of Marguerite Durasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savannah Bay,â&#x20AC;? about a young woman desperate to discover the truth about her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicide the day after her birth. 7:30 p.m. $49. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corcoran Uncorked: I Love Spring Breakâ&#x20AC;? will feature a henna tattoo design workshop, a dance contest, a chance to See Events/Page 41


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Continued From Page 40 look at beaches found in the Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection, a talk about artists who bent the rules and broke from traditions, and beer and shot tastings. 5 to 9 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1770. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet Robert Osborne: Experience the Red Carpet With TCMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legendary Hostâ&#x20AC;? will feature a wine and cheese reception, a conversation with Osborne and National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson, and a screening of the 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Down to Rio,â&#x20AC;? starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Reception at 6 p.m.; conversation and film screening at 6:30 p.m. $50 for reception and film screening; $15 for film screening only. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Guillaume Lamy, vice president of the Americas for Cognac Ferrand, will lead a rum tasting and seminar. 7 p.m. $20 to $30. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Tour â&#x2013;  Masum Momaya, curator at the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asian Pacific American Center, will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the new exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 10 a.m. $25 to $35. Meet in the Constitution Avenue lobby of the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spanish Wine Tastingâ&#x20AC;? with tapas from Taberna del Alabardero. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Thursday, March 20

Thursday march 20 Concerts â&#x2013; In celebration of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Quintet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring Jen Krupa on trombone and Leigh Pilzer on saxophone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will showcase the music of American jazz trombonist Melba Liston. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  In honor of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Ryukyuan folk singer Rimi Natsukawa will present a performance that blends traditional and modern musical elements. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Walter Egan will perform a solo concert celebrating his Govinda Gallery exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martyrs of Rock.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating R. Strauss at 150,â&#x20AC;? featuring soprano IrĂŠne Theorin (shown) and bass-baritone John Relyea. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  A two-day festival celebrating 20thcentury Viennese composer and pianist Friedrich Gulda will feature a performance by pianist Burnett Thompson, vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Nau, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Lennie

Robinson. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013; Musicians Mark Newton and Steve Thomas will perform bluegrass- and country-inspired music. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Tim Carpenter, founder and director of Progressive Democrats of America, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building the Progressive Movement Inside and Outside the Democratic Party.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Growth: The Next Phase of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SW Ecodistrictâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Diane Sullivan, senior planner for the National Capital Planning Commission, and Otto Condon, urban design principal at ZGF Architects LLP, discussing the proposed concept for connecting the National Mall to the waterfront via 10th Street and Banneker Park. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Scenes of the Natural Food Revolution: How the Natural and Organic Food Movement Grew a New Industryâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Joe Dobrow, former head of marketing for Whole Foods and Fresh Fields and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural Prophets,â&#x20AC;? and Seth Goldman (shown), president and TeaEO of Honest Tea and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently and Succeeding.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15; tickets required. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. â&#x2013;  Joyce Tsai, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Modern Art and George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modulating Modernism: LĂĄszlĂł MoholyNagy in America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees 101: Back to Basics.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Nick Pearce, a specialist in the arts of China, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going, Going, Gone: A Market History of Chinese Ceramics.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;  Cassandra Potts Hannahs, professor of medieval history at Middlebury College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossroads and Connections: Exploring Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Channel Islands.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Boston Globe food writer and cookbook author Debra Samuels will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bento: Japanese Culture in a Box.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. Atrium Cafe, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Austin Kleon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jewish Literature Live will feature writer and journalist Claudia Roth Pierpont,

Thursday, march 20 â&#x2013; Discussion: Richard Louv, author of the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Child in the Woods,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reconnecting Children With Nature.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-9412. who will discuss Phillip Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portnoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complaintâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodbye Columbusâ&#x20AC;? and her own book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  In celebration of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the West End Book Club 2 will discuss the classic 1966 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wide Sargasso Seaâ&#x20AC;? by Jean Rhys. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-

8707. â&#x2013; The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Squareâ&#x20AC;? by Henry James. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Loveâ&#x20AC;? column and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Illuminated: Exploring Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Mystifying Subject â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With the Help of 50,000 Strangers,â&#x20AC;? and Sara Eckel, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Singleâ&#x20AC;? (based on her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Loveâ&#x20AC;? column in 2011), will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Modern Love.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12 to $29. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. â&#x2013;  In honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the Georgetown Book Club will discuss Alice McDermottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someoneâ&#x20AC;? and her depiction of her female protagonist. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present Greg MacGillivray and Stephen Judsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to the South Pacific,â&#x20AC;? featuring a look at the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua that are home to whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. A post-screening discussion will feature Chris Palmer, co-executive producer and director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University; Helen Fox, director of marine science at the

World Wildlife Fund; and Mike Henley, animal keeper and dive officer at the National Zoo. 7 p.m. $7 to $13. Johnson IMAX Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Royal Ballet Cinema Seasonâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penny Plain,â&#x20AC;? a puppet theater piece about an old boarding house owner whose end-of-days vigil is interrupted by several bizarre characters. 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bristol Old Vic and South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handspring Puppet Company will present an inventive new take on Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $29 to $49. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a celebration of the Spring Vernal Equinox, combining an ancient ceremony with a contemporary spiritual message. 7:30 p.m. Free. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW.


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Caught! We caught you being good! The Key School student council, led by fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Penfield and science teacher Mr. Wetherald, hopes to increase the number of acts of good behavior in the school. If a student is caught by any teacher showing an act of kindness, confidence, patience, sharing, honesty, acceptance or encouragement, his or her name is printed on a colorful paper fish and hung from large paper fishing rods in the main stairwell. Each fish also says its example of good behavior and each rod has the category on it. Fourth-grader Kat Menditto, who is a member of the student council, says, “I think the Key School 7 is a great way for people to show their good behavior. When students see their names on the wall, they feel rewarded and it’s a nice feeling.” Before spring break, students in second through fifth grades take a test called the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS). Throughout the year we take tests that help us get ready for the DC CAS. The scores show the teachers if you understood all the concepts that we learned during the year. — Samantha Johnson, fourth-grader

Mann Elementary

At Horace Mann Elementary School we have a water problem. We can’t drink water from the fountains because the water is dirty. Also, the faucets might give dirty water, so we have to use hand sanitizer after we wash our hands. If we drink the water we might get sick. That’s why water bottles were brought in case we didn’t have a water bottle from home. The problem started March 6 and continued through the next day. In Mr. Magee’s second grade we have been doing lots of extra study. On Monday and Wednesday mornings we can go to school early and learn multiplication. This is optional. Also after school you can stay and do your homework in the classroom. It’s a great idea to spend your time there doing your homework because then when you go home all you have to do is play! Good news at school is that we see some people finally working on our construction site. We hope to write more about this next time! — Ava Serafino, first-grader; Annika Jobanputra and Neeka Sadeghi, third-graders; and Anna Lane and Madeline McGuire, second-graders

Our Lady of Victory

Last week, the eighth-graders found out where we are going to high school. Students received letters from the schools to which they

applied on Feb. 28 and March 1. The preparation for applying to high school was long and tedious. One of the toughest parts was the high school placement test (HSPT), which we took as a class few months ago. Preparing for the test required weeks of studying and mental preparation. Some of us took a course together to help us prepare. We answered practice questions and took practice tests. The hardest part about taking the HSPT was trying to answer all the questions and feeling pressed for time. As part of the application process, we also had to write a personal essay. We did most of the writing for the essay in class. High schools also looked at our grades and teacher recommendations. The hardest part was waiting to hear where you were accepted. Luckily, almost all of the kids in my class got into the high school of their choice. We received acceptances to St. John’s, Georgetown Visitation, Gonzaga, Holy Cross, St. Andrew’s and Blue Ridge. I have been at Our Lady of Victory since pre-kindergarten. Looking back over the years, the school for me has been a caring and supportive community. — Ben G., eighth-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

We are currently in the middle of the third quarter. Spring is hopefully right around the corner, which means fun and exciting field trips and new topics to discuss. The seventh and eighth grades will be going to DeMatha High School where they will be participating in a chemistry and DNA lab. In science, the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are beginning the science fair process, culminating with the fair on May 8. The seventh graders are discussing ancient Rome and the postJulius Caesar era. They are reading “Sounder” by William Howard Armstrong in language arts. In math, the seventh grade will be going “shopping” at the class store where students will have to calculate unit rates and unit costs to decide which item is the best purchase. — Seventh-graders

School Without Walls High School

Last Saturday, 250 nervous and anxious eighth-graders from around the city came to Foggy Bottom. It was interview day. Walls is a magnet school, meaning it involves an application process to get in. Yet, it is still a public school, which means all are welcome to apply and attend as long as they meet admission requirements. The application is in three main stages: first, students must meet the minimum GPA requirement; second, they must pass an entrance exam; third, they must complete an interview with a panel of current students, teachers and administrators. Current students are included on the panel because as a school, we believe in the philosophy that

they are the best judges of what it takes to be a successful Walls student. The interview is between 15 and 20 minutes long. The parents also have a five-minute interview. The goal of the interview is to get to know potential students better, while also analyzing their responses. Many current students acknowledge that the interview helped prepare them for public speaking or interactions with professionals. Once the Class of 2018 is selected and offered admission, all prospective students have the option to come to a shadow day to follow freshmen around. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We are both in Ms. Choi’s third grade. All of the third-graders went to the Air and Space Museum yesterday to learn more about space. We’re studying the solar system in our class. We’ve been learning about the individual planets. We learned about where the stars come from. There’s a place called a nursery where stars are born. There’s a life to stars and there’s also a death to stars. The sun is a star in our solar system. At the museum, we were able to see what astronauts took on their trip to space. They took ham and gravy, Cheerios and M&Ms. That was funny. It’s hilarious that they took this food! They had to add water because it was dry food. At the museum, we found out that they’re hoping to send astronauts to Mercury next year. They’re going to investigate Mercury. It’s the closest planet to the sun. It looks almost exactly like the moon. We went into the planetarium and saw the constellations. We remember Orion, Leo the Lion and Taurus. We really liked going to the museum. It was an interesting process to learn new things about the solar system. — Shannen Sun and Dima Chiaviello, third-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Washington Latin held its first Indian festival for the fifth grade. Tyler Burke, the middle school geography teacher, organized it with help from several families of Indian heritage. The result was a vibrant and delicious fest. The fifth-graders had been learning about the Indian culture, and held this event to end the unit off on a fun note. The room was set up with stations. There was a food table, dance table and a clothing and music table. The dance table was run by the high school Bhangra team. They taught the fifth grade a basic dance routine. Bhangra is a type of Punjabi dance that originates from northern India and Pakistan. After the students walked to each table, the Bhangra team performed and led a dance party where the students could use the steps they learned from the team. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

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Recently completed stone and cedar craftsman style home features a chef’s kitchen, high ceilings, custom millwork, double sided FP & upstairs family lounge opens to screened porch with views to VA. BILL ABBOTT +1 202 903 6533

Charming 3BR, 3BA semi-detached Federal in one of the East Village’s quietest blocks. Features master suite with sunlit sitting room, finished lower level, private garden and garage parking. JULIA DIAZ-ASPER +1 202 256 1887

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Capitol Hill, DC


Kensington, MD


Views of US Capitol, moments to Senate, Metro. 5 bedrooms 5.5 baths, chef's kitchen. 12 foot ceilings, custom millwork, English basement.

Home Sweet Home! Expanded 3-bedroom, 2-full bath charmer with open layout! Move-in Ready! Close to everything! WJ School Cluster.

Tom Williams 202.255.3650

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

Arlington, VA

Basye, VA


Updated 1-bedroom condo in Park Glen with huge outdoor terrace overlooking Four Mile Run and W&OD trails.

Logan Circle, DC

Jessica Monat 202.725.6306


Silver Spring, MD

3-bedroom, 2-bath home with terrific views from large deck. Renovated kitchen and baths, tankless hot water heater. 0.91 acres.


Beautiful, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 2-car garage townhome, with fabulous roof deck & views! Steps to Metro & shopping. Easy living awaits!

Dave Schauer 540.333.6660

Delaine Campbell 703.299.0030


Light & airy 2-bedroom unit at The Iowa. Generous balcony and outstanding kitchen with ample storage. Garage parking included.

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

All of these properties were under contract in less than 7 days: Kensington, MD


Kathy Byars 240.372.9708 North Potomac, MD $725,000

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Kensington, MD


Mark Hudson 301.641.6266 Forest Hills, DC


Joan Caton Cromwell 202.441.8912

Logan Circle, DC $350,000

Allison Brigati & Kelly Garrett 240.475.3384 | 202.258.7362 Arlington, VA


Leslie Dembinski 202.365.0903


4315 50th Street NW â&#x20AC;˘ Washington, DC

Woodridge, DC

Tom Williams 202.255.3650 Adams Morgan, DC $700,000

Anslie Stokes Milligan 202.270.1081



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