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Gray accepts school boundary plan


■ Schools: Mayoral hopefuls

put implementation in doubt By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Following a summer of draft proposals and public meetings across the city, Mayor Vincent Gray announced last week that he is approving plans for the first comprehensive changes to D.C. school boundaries since 1968. Gray offered his unqualified sup-

port for sweeping recommendations from a citizen advisory committee led by Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith. The panel spent the better part of this year reconfiguring the boundary map — and reforming school feeder patterns — in order to address overcrowding in some District schools and the underutilization of other facilities, among other concerns. The city will develop an implementation plan for these changes by October, and there will be subsequent community outreach to

explain the changes to the public, but officials don’t intend to request further feedback on how to revise the boundaries. Several controversial changes are planned for Northwest neighborhoods, most of which are poised to take effect in the 2015-2016 school year, although nothing is set in stone until the next mayor assumes office. All three major candidates have raised concerns about the proposals, with Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser saying she “cannot See Boundaries/Page 16

AU’s East Campus sees continued delays By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Lily Carpenter, 4, and her mother Cyndy helped out Saturday at Lafayette Elementary during the annual D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day prior to the first day of classes Monday.

Planned construction at American University remains idled amid concerns stemming from a finding of mercury in the property’s groundwater earlier this year. Excavation and building permits for the East Campus project at the site of the school’s Nebraska Avenue parking lot are on hold pending sign-off from the D.C. Department of the Environment. Matt Orlins, spokesperson for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, says his agency can’t approve the permits until the environment agency is on board. It’s not clear what, exactly, the Environment Department is looking for. Agency spokesperson Donna Henry was unable to answer questions over the last several days, and university representatives declined to discuss See Construction/Page 23

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American University is working to redevelop its Nebraska Avenue parking lot, but D.C. regulators haven’t yet issued necessary permits.

Local students spend enlightening summers

Efforts underway to develop global program at Roosevelt


■ Education: Plans coincide

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Blood, sweat and tears were all a part of Nick Shevchik’s summer. The St. Albans junior climbed Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. To reach the summit of 19,340 feet in June, he had to hike up the scenic yet challenging Machame trail for five days. He got several bloody noses and experienced bouts of exhaustion and high altitude sickness. But he says the experience was worth it. In undertaking a trip that he and his mother have been dreaming of for two years, the 16-year-old Woodley Park resident also raised nearly $6,000 for the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. The funds will benefit families who lost members this past winter during pro-


with school’s modernization By KAT LUCERO Courtesy of Lydia Shevchik

St. Albans School junior Nick Shevchik climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Ukrainian families affected by violence.

tests in Ukraine. “There was tragedy,” said Shevchik, who is of Ukrainian descent. “I saw an opportunity to do what I wanted to do all along and also help people.” Shevchik’s climb was among the summer adventures See Summer/Page 13


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As renovation continues at Roosevelt High School, the city is also laying the groundwork to upgrade the curriculum for the Petworth school to become an international studies campus by next August. In doing so, school officials are recruiting a diverse set of advisers to help design the education program, said Anjali Kulkarni, D.C. Public

Schools’ deputy chief of school planning and implementation. Part of the “Roosevelt Community Cabinet,” these representatives are expected to weigh in significantly on the foreign language offerings at the new international-themed school that will complement existing programs for adult education and culinary arts. “We want Roosevelt to be unique and [for it to] offer advanced language courses — languages that won’t be offered otherwise” at other schools, Kulkarni said last Thursday at a meeting of the Ward 4 Education See Roosevelt/Page 16



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Education board to consider At-large candidate Hart backs housing bill change to use of science tests

only non-Republican ANC commissioner in the race,” a reference to Putta’s GOP affiliation until two years ago. (Putta recently told The Washington Post In the midst of an at-large D.C. Council race with he hasn’t felt connected to the party for some time.) Hart had much more to say about his own cammore than a dozen candidates, Brian Hart found a paign platform. If elected, his first legislative priority way to get noticed this month. The Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood com- would be helping to pass the “Disposition of District Land for Affordable Housing missioner was the only at-large Amendment Act of 2013” introhopeful to make a Board of Elecduced last year by Ward 5 D.C. tions challenge against another Council member Kenyan candidate seeking a spot on McDuffie. Under the bill, whenNovember’s ballot. ever city land is sold to develop Hart insists that contesting private multifamily residential Dupont neighborhood commisbuildings, at least 20 percent or sioner Kishan Putta’s petitions 30 percent of the new units wasn’t personal. (He said his would have to be set aside as team found numerous signatures affordable housing. belonging to non-residents.) And Hart is an advisory neighborhood “I think that makes a lot of yet his challenge stands out as commissioner in Adams Morgan. sense,” Hart said. “Because the perhaps the most aggressive move thus far in a low-key race that has seen no ball is already rolling on that, I think it’s something we could get done in short order.” significant sparring between candidates. Like most of his rivals, Hart said he’s focused on “I don’t have much to say about it, to be honest,” Hart said during an interview with The Current this fighting unemployment and improving schools in addition to creating affordable housing. Asked what week. He didn’t offer any explicit criticism of Putta part of his background would help him deliver on See Hart/Page 13 either, though he made a point of calling himself “the By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

The D.C. State Board of Education is set to vote tonight on whether to use science tests District students took within the past year to classify the academic performance of different schools. A majority of board members appear to oppose a proposal from State Superintendent of Education Jesús Aguirre, who hopes to omit science scores from school assessment ratings while teachers transition to new science standards the District adopted in December. This idea would need approval from the U.S. Department of Education. At a school board meeting last Thursday, Aguirre said many teachers were beginning to change their instruction methods in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards’ focus on hands-on learning and engineering. But the stan-

dardized tests, he said, reflect previous teaching practices — an inconsistency that would make it unfair to count the scores. “If we’re telling them these are the new standards that are in place and then we’re testing them on something else, those scores really don’t mean anything,” said Aguirre. But many board members were bewildered by Aguirre’s suggestion that schools transitioned to the new standards haphazardly during this past spring semester. “In the 2013-2014 year, we had the old standards and the old tests. There was no ambiguity,” said vice chair Mary Lord. Ward 2 member Jack Jacobson said he and his colleagues had been operating under the assumption that changes would take effect in the 2014-2015 school year. (The resolution they passed in December made reference to full implementation of See Testing/Page 27

The week ahead Wednesday, Aug. 27

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to vote on the District’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver extension request, which includes several amendments to D.C.’s waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Police Department will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, Aug. 28

The Age-Friendly DC Task Force will hold a public meeting on draft goals and objectives in the creation of an inclusive and accessible environment that encourages active and healthy living for all D.C. residents. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Advance registration is requested; contact or 202-727-7973.


Monday, Sept. 8

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host a “Community Forum on Arts Education: Perspectives From Mayoral Candidates.” Of the five invitees, independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz have confirmed they will attend, according to a meeting announcement. The forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

The D.C. Public Service Commission will hold a final community hearing on the proposed first three-year Underground Infrastructure Improvements Plan jointly filed by Pepco and the D.C. Department of Transportation. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the D.C. Public Service Commission Hearing Room, 1333 H St. NW. To testify, call 202-626-5150 by Sept. 4.

Thursday, Sept. 11

The University of the District of Columbia will host the Green Living Expo DC in conjunction with its annual back-to-school barbecue from noon to 8 p.m. on Dennard Plaza at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW. The event will include nearly 50 exhibitors, demonstrations, live music, local food, children’s activities, panel discussions, speaker presentations and an eco-bike tour. For details, visit ■ The Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission will sponsor an informational meeting on Ingleside’s planned expansion. The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Gallery at Ingleside, 3050 Military Road NW (near the Broad Branch Road entrance).





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The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will host “Tenant Knowledge Is Tenant Power,” the seventh annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit. The agenda will include speeches, panel discussions, a legal clinic, elderly/disabled registration information, exhibits, giveaways and lunch. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Reservations are suggested; for details, visit or call 202-719-6567.

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District Digest DCPS reports highest enrollment since ’09

The D.C. Public School system admitted more students Monday than on any other first day in five years, welcoming more than 47,000 students to 111 schools, according to a news release. To support the increase, the system hired 300 new teachers, 24 new librarians and 29 new guidance counselors, among other staffers,

the release states. The system is undertaking various citywide improvement efforts this year, such as instituting longer days at 25 schools, including world language classes at all schools and hiring new reading specialists or assistant principals for literacy at 55 schools. Seven schools, including Janney, Shepherd and Stoddert elementary schools, have new pre-k classrooms. Four additional elementaries

— Ross, Eaton, Murch and Stoddert — are employing the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to nurture creativity. A number of new schools will use blended learning technology programs, and 50 fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms will partner with embassies to learn about countries around the world. Seven new career academies will be offered at Wilson and other high schools, and overall, high schools will offer more Advanced




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Corcoran admission free after mergers

Agreements to disassemble the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its affiliated college have been finalized, launching a new partnership with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art. As part of the deal, admission to the 17th Street gallery will be free through Oct. 1, when it will temporarily close. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Under the merger, George Washington University will take over the 17th Street building, some of its art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design — which is becoming the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, part of the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Classes at the school will begin Aug. 27. The National Gallery of Art will organize modern art shows at the 17th Street facility and take over most of the art collection.

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Knowledge Commons to begin 11th season

Knowledge Commons DC will launch its 11th season Sept. 2, offering more than 50 free classes around the city on a range of topics, including website development, the Welsh language and basic foot care for diabetics. “KCDC recognizes the breadth of knowledge that lies within and near the District. With so many people, places, and experiences in the area, there is always something to learn, and always something to share,� states a news release. Registration opens eight days before a given class begins; wouldbe participants are encouraged to register early to ensure access. The full schedule is available at

Agency solicits input on pocket park rules

The D.C. Transportation Department has extended the public comment period on a proposed rulemaking regarding private improvements to public pocket parks. Comments may now be submitted through Sept. 19. The proposed regulations, available at, are “intended to ensure that all improvements to DDOT controlled triangle or ‘pocket’ parks maintain public and open access,� states a release, adding that the rules also establish policies for adopting or improving the small public spaces. Comments may be sent to


In the Aug. 13 issue, the report on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D’s Aug. 6 meeting misstated the address of the apartment building where several recent burglaries had taken place. They occurred at 4000 Massachusetts Ave., not 4100 Massachusetts Ave. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Advocates seeking legal aid for undocumented minors By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Various local advocacy groups are seeking legal support for D.C.’s recent influx of undocumented children and teens fleeing Central America without a family member or guardian. At a vigil at the White House Monday, groups called for more pro bono attorneys to represent each of the thousands of immigrant children, who otherwise won’t have legal representation during court hearings to determine their status in the United States. “The need for representation of the children is at an all-time high,�

said Laura Nelly, pro-bono coordinator at Kids in Need of Defense, or KIND, speaking at the Aug. 25 vigil. Catholic Charities is one of the larger groups offering legal counsel to these children. Program analyst Fani Cruz said that legal help is the top “priority at this time� among all of the services her organization normally provides, including food and shelter. Over the past few months, the U.S. Border Patrol has counted almost 63,000 children and teens unaccompanied by adults flooding the U.S. southwestern border. The number of arrivals has doubled from last year, with more minors fleeing See Minors/Page 12

Dupont Circle’s Christian Heurich House is known as “the Brewmaster’s Castle,� due to the brewing company that was run by its namesake. But the 1307 New Hampshire Ave. mansion — now open to the public as the Heurich House Museum — is not licensed to serve alcohol, according to Kim Bender, the museum’s executive director. So when the staff wants to hold the monthly “History & Hops� beer tasting or offer patrons a glass of wine during a musical performance, the Heurich House must apply for a temporary license or hire a catering firm with its own license. Accordingly, the museum is hoping to apply for a liquor license of its own, a “CX� permit that allows alcohol for special events. The

Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission voted Aug. 13 to support Heurich House’s right to apply for a license after regulatory hurdles appeared to threaten this plan. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration initially told Bender that the Heurich House falls within the West Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone, which limits the number of licenses in the area in an effort to protect neighbors from noise and other disruptions. With its Aug. 13 vote, the neighborhood commission challenged the agency’s contention, stating in a resolution that “the Heurich House Museum has, at no point, ever been within� the moratorium zone. New Hampshire Avenue is the zone’s southeastern boundary, but the zone itself is across the street from the museum, commissioners said. See License/Page 12


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Sushi won’t displace salon in Georgetown By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Entrepreneur Steve Mugati is backing away from original plans to use 1513 Wisconsin Ave. to house a new sushi restaurant, next door to his planned teriyaki restaurant. The Current reported last week on Mugati’s vision for two merged Japanese restaurants, which he described to the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in July. But after the article came out, representatives of Violet Salon & Spa, the tenant now

occupying the ground floor of 1513 Wisconsin, insisted that they weren’t moving out, as Mugati’s statements had suggested. Mugati, who has owned the Georgetown building for less than two years, clarified the situation over the phone this week. He said he is “not going to proceed with my project� now that he knows for certain Violet Salon wants to stay put. “They weren’t sure before,� he said. “Now they’re sure.� “They’ve been great tenants; they have a wonderful business,� he added. “I’d love for them to stick See Salon/Page 27


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Aug. 18 through 24 in local police service areas.

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Theft from auto ■ 3400-3499 block, Yuma St.; 9:36 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:50 p.m. Aug. 19. Burglary ■ 5420-5499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:47 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 6300-6599 block, 31st St.; 11:18 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 5520-5599 block, Nevada Ave.; 5:23 p.m. Aug. 23. Theft from auto ■ 6100-6199 block, 32nd St.; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Theft ■ 5313-5329 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:53 a.m. aug. 21. ■ 6922-6999 block, 32nd St.; 1 p.m. aug. 24.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:50 p.m. Aug. 19. Burglary ■ 4300-4399 block, Military Road; 11:51 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 4300-4399 block, Military Road; 2:18 p.m. Aug. 22. Sexual abuse ■ 4100-4199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6 a.m. Aug. 22. Theft from auto ■ 42nd and Harrison streets; 12:56 p.m. Aug. 18. ■ 4400-4499 block, Fort Drive; 6:47 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 4300-4399 block, Harrison St.; 7:54 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 4200-4299 block, Garrison St.; 9 p.m. Aug. 19. Theft ■ 5224-5299 block, Wisconsin Ave; 7:16 p.m. Aug. 18. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:28 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 4520-4599 block, 49th St.; 10:48 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:16 a.m. Aug. 20. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:24 p.m. Aug. 23. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:24 p.m. Aug. 23.

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Burglary ■ 4800-4899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:02 p.m. Aug. 19.

Theft ■ 3700-3999 block, 37th St.; 3 p.m. Aug. 21. ■ 3500-3599 block, Alton Place; 12:14 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:43 p.m. Aug. 23. ■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:07 p.m. aug. 24.

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Robbery ■ 6700-6727 block, Eastern Ave.; 3:40 p.m. Aug. 20 (with knife). ■ 7512-7599 block, 13th St.; 3 p.m. Aug. 21. Burglary ■ 6900-7099 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:15 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 6658-6799 block, Georgia Ave.; 10:06 a.m. Aug. 20. ■ 7000-7099 block, 5th St.; 9:26 p.m. Aug. 23. Motor vehicle theft ■ 7720-7799 block, 16th St.; 6:59 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 7100-7199 block, Georgia Ave.; 1 a.m. Aug. 20. Theft from auto ■ 7720-7799 block, 16th St.; 9:50 p.m. Aug. 18. ■ 7800-7899 block, 12th St.; 10:09 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 6600-6699 block, 7th Place; 10:40 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 7400-7499 block, 13th St.; 5:42 p.m. Aug. 21. ■ 6936-6999 block, Piney Branch Road; 11:08 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 6800-6899 block, 4th St.; 3:15 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 6800-6899 block, 4th St.; 4:07 p.m. Aug. 24. Theft ■ 7400-7599 block, Georgia Ave.; 1:17 a.m. Aug. 20. ■ 6600-6699 block, 1st St.; 8:58 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 6658-6799 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:54 p.m. Aug. 23.

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Robbery ■ 6400-6489 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:10 p.m. Aug. 24 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1306-1399 block, Fort Stevens Drive; 11 p.m. Aug. 18 (with knife). Burglary ■ 500-699 block, Peabody St.; 2:02 p.m. Aug. 20.

■ 6200-6299 block, 14th St.; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Motor vehicle theft ■ 1300-1399 block, Sheridan St.; 7:14 a.m. Aug. 22. Theft from auto ■ 900-999 block, Sheridan St.; 10 p.m. aug. 20. ■ 5700-5717 block, 4th St.; 5:17 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 1300-1399 block, Sheridan St.; 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 6200-6299 block, 3rd St.; 10:33 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 6500-6599 block, Piney Branch Road; 6:06 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1000-1199 block, Sheridan St.; 6:26 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 6312-6399 block, 5th St.; 11:32 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road; 1 p.m. Aug. 23. Theft ■ 6212-6299 block, 5th St.; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 300-399 block, Van Buren St.; 7:15 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 1300-1399 block, Somerset Place; 7:25 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 6212-6299 block, 7th St.; 2:53 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 6100-6199 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:05 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 300-399 block, Van Buren St.; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23. ■ 300-399 block, Van Buren St.; 7:40 p.m. Aug. 23. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:48 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Robbery ■ 5400-5499 block, 5th St.; 5:30 a.m. Aug. 21 (with gun). ■ 500-699 block, Kennedy St.; 1 p.m. aug. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 5300-5399 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:41 p.m. Aug. 18. ■ 700-799 block, Longfellow St.; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 (with knife). Sexual abuse ■ 1200-1299 block, Ingraham St.; 11:24 p.m. Aug. 22. Burglary ■ 1300-1399 block, Nicholson St.; 3:45 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 1300-1399 block, Nicholson St.; 11:30 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 5200-5299 block, 5th St.; 5:48 p.m. Aug. 20. ■ 500-699 block, Ingraham St.; 7:40 p.m. Aug. 21. ■ 300-399 block, Jefferson St.; 12:39 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 500-699 block, Jefferson St.; 2:01 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 5817-5912 block, 14th St.; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 5200-5299 block, 2nd St.; 6:54 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 5600-5699 block, 13th St.; 10 p.m. aug. 22. Theft from auto

■ 5300-5399 block, 2nd St.; 1:31 p.m. Aug. 19. ■ 3rd and Kennedy streets; 11 a.m. aug. 22. ■ 500-699 block, Jefferson St.; 4:52 p.m. Aug. 24. Theft ■ 3900-3999 block, 14th St.; 1:22 p.m. Aug. 18. ■ 599-699 block, Ingraham St.; 6 p.m. Aug. 20. ■ 800-899 block, Ingraham St.; 12:18 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 5700-5899 block, Georgia Ave.; 11 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 1300-1399 block, Jefferson St.; 5:08 p.m. Aug. 24. ■ 400-499 block, Kennedy St.; 7:20 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Sexual abuse ■ 3900-3999 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:02 a.m. Aug. 18. Burglary ■ 1600-1699 block, Webster St.; 9:45 p.m. Aug. 23. Motor vehicle theft ■ 963-1099 block, Randolph St.; 3:39 a.m. Aug. 18. Theft from auto ■ 1720-1779 block, Shepherd St.; 9 p.m. Aug. 20. ■ Allison and 14th streets; 3:07 p.m. Aug. 24. ■ 4802-4807 block, 17th St.; 4:24 p.m. Aug. 24. Theft ■ 3900-3999 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:39 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 3700-3799 block, Georgia Ave.; 8:45 p.m. Aug. 20. ■ 4800-4817 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:24 p.m. Aug. 22.

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Robbery ■ 4700-4799 block, 3rd Place; 8:50 a.m. Aug. 19. ■ 500-599 block, Crittenden St.; 9:24 p.m. Aug. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 4200-4299 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 10:30 a.m. aug. 20. ■ 1-99 block, Farragut Place; 3:32 p.m. Aug. 20. Burglary ■ 5000-5059 block, Georgia Ave.; 10:52 a.m. Aug. 18. ■ 900-904 block, Taylor St.; 11:59 p.m. Aug. 19. Theft from auto ■ 4800-4899 block, Illinois Ave.; 1:57 p.m. Aug. 21. Theft ■ 3800-3899 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:22 p.m. Aug. 21. ■ 4600-4699 block, Kansas Ave.; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 509-699 block, Webster St.; 6:41 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Francis-Stevens sees boost in enrollment post-merger By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Two years after low enrollment threatened to close its doors, School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens began a new school year Monday with a student body of more than 400 students, up from about 300 last year. In an interview with The Current last week, principal Richard Trogisch attributed the increase to positive word of mouth about the prekindergarten-through-eighth-grade school in Foggy Bottom, which merged last year with the highachieving School Without Walls High School located a mile away. Trogisch thinks the Walls affilia-

tion helped boost Francis-Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reputation, along with academic requirements he has implemented during his tenure. These include mandatory Latin language instruction for every student at every grade level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a program the Washington Post Magazine highlighted in a feature article just a few weeks ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school has inspired confidence in places it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist a few years ago,â&#x20AC;? parent Chris Sondreal told The Current in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something about the merger and the re-branding made people give it a second look.â&#x20AC;? According to Trogisch, the Francis-Stevens campus has added two new teaching positions to accomSee Enrollment/Page 27

Hyde-Addison parents push for progress on new building By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Hyde-Addison Elementary School students returned this week to a completely renovated main building, with new classrooms, bathrooms, lighting and other upgrades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a modern school now,â&#x20AC;? parent John Lever said of the first phase of renovation for the 3219 O St. campus, in which workers gutted and replaced the interior of the 1907 Hyde building. But while the school community is pleased to see the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering how long the next part of the project will take. As Lever notes, Hyde-Addison still lacks basic amenities including a dedicated music room and gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare apples to apples with the next best school, or with an equivalent private school,â&#x20AC;? said Lever, who is also a member of the School Improvement Team. That next project phase is a big one: an addition (proposed at around

25,000 square feet) connecting the separate Hyde and Addison buildings. The new building was originally scheduled to be ready for fall 2015, but now the timeline is unclear. Darrell Pressley, spokesperson for the D.C. Department of General Services (which undertakes all school modernization projects), said the funding schedule now releases money for the addition in two parts by 2017. The city has allotted $6 million for fiscal year 2016, and $9 million for fiscal year 2017, he said. Pressley couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide a specific start date for the construction, but he said work is expected to take 12 months. Hyde-Addison parent Christine Churchill, also a member of the School Improvement Team, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still hopeful that the addition will be completed in time for fall 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have senior people in the city government telling us thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get this project up See Hyde-Addison/Page 12








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Mayor Vincent Gray announced last week that he was adopting the recommendations of a panel formed last year to assess school boundaries and assignment policies, which had not been reworked in more than 40 years. We recognize the need to revise a system in which only about 25 percent of students attend their assigned school and over 20 percent have the right to attend multiple schools. Add in the overcrowding at many popular high-performing Ward 3 schools, and it’s clear action was necessary. Unfortunately, there’s no way to reduce population at top-performing schools without upsetting families rezoned to less successful programs. The Crestwood community is a prime example, with parents in an uproar over a shift from Wilson High to the less popular Roosevelt High and from parent favorite Deal Middle to the planned new MacFarland. In terms of the middle grades, officials vow to create a top-quality language program — but residents need proof MacFarland will offer as strong an education as Deal does. We appreciate the plan to phase in these changes, allowing current students to stay in their schools; third-graders and older to stick to the existing feeder patterns; and younger siblings to follow their big brothers and sisters in many circumstances. But to address the concerns of younger families in Crestwood and other shuffled communities, officials should go further, creating a multiyear scheme to ease into the new maps. Extending the existingstudent privileges to entire neighborhoods would delay needed changes to school population size, but it might provide enough time for new and other receiving schools to improve — and even entice parents. Another option is giving such areas temporary preference in out-of-boundary set-asides. Officials should prepare detailed school improvement plans that spell out programmatic changes. For Roosevelt, such a plan would flesh out the idea of an international campus with varied foreign language offerings — though we’d also like to see the addition of a top-flight math and science magnet program along the lines of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. If school officials don’t take steps to improve receiving schools, many families will defect to charter, private and suburban schools. Increased flight is certainly not the outcome school system officials are aiming for, nor would it help improve D.C. Public Schools as a whole.

Firing offenses

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When we last opined on the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department’s response to a unit’s botched January response to a man’s heart attack, we had questions. We knew that Medric Mills Jr. had collapsed of a heart attack at a Northeast shopping center on Jan. 25, and that witnesses had run to a nearby fire station seeking help, which they did not receive. But we wanted to know whether the lieutenant on duty, Kellene Davis, ignored two initial reports of the situation — made by other firefighters over a partially disabled P.A. — or simply didn’t hear them. We wondered about the motivation of a firefighter who, after conveying some information to Lt. Davis, retired to a bunkroom to study instead of following through with her. We wanted to hear the accounts of those involved. But that was not to be. Disciplinary hearings held in June were closed to the public, and an internal department report on the day’s events was kept secret. Officials announced last week simply that one of the firefighters found guilty of negligence would be reprimanded, and another — the one who went to his bunk to study — would be suspended for 60 hours. (A third was cleared, and Lt. Davis had been allowed to retire — and collect an annual pension worth about $70,000 — before the hearings began.) Perhaps the details shared behind doors would help explain the lenient response, but we can’t say. What is clear is that efforts to improve agency operations must include revamping the disciplinary system. Currently, a disciplinary board of firefighters metes out the punishments, with no opportunity for the chief to intervene. It’s a system that was established through collective bargaining between the union and agency officials, and Mayor Vincent Gray and interim Fire Chief Eugene Jones have complained that the union agreement prevented stronger action in the Jan. 25 case. Clearly it’s time for a change. Mr. Jones noted that in Prince George’s County, where he previously worked, a disciplinary board decides culpability but the fire chief doles out punishments. Dividing duties offers the agency head a means for holding employees accountable, but also sets a check on his power. Our legislators should step in to adopt reforms that will ensure department discipline. The D.C. Council should also pass legislation to prohibit a firefighter, police officer or any other city employee from retiring when his or her actions are under investigation. And hearings should be made public when the conduct in question affects civilians.

Nothing’s out of bounds …


f there were any doubt that schools would be a significant issue in this year’s mayor’s race, Monday cleared that up. Using opening day of the new school year as a backdrop, independent mayoral candidate David Catania threw more cold water on the plan to redraw school boundaries for the first time in 40 years. He said that, despite hard work by a lot of people, he thinks the boundary change will send too many students to lower-performing schools. Even if you like the school boundary changes — and many don’t — Catania said he didn’t think the school bureaucracy could handle the change in time for the school year that starts just 12 months from now. “For these reasons, among others, I intend to take action to delay implementation of the [boundary changes] until at least school year 2016-2017,” the chair of the council’s Education Committee said in his announcement. That’s two years from now. As of Monday night, Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser had not weighed in on the final boundary plan that Mayor Vincent Gray announced Aug. 21. Last spring, Bowser initially said the Gray proposal, still under development, contained some “very good ideas.” Some parents and others reacted badly to that proposal, disliking the cluster plans and lotteries included. A few days later Bowser clarified that she would support only “neighborhood school assignment.” As Catania has sought to make schools a focus of his campaign, Bowser also has changed positions on whether she would commit to retaining Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The Ward 4 council member initially said she would not discuss potential appointees until winning the mayor’s race. But in June, Bowser told supporters she would keep Henderson. Catania has praised Henderson but has kept to his position that he won’t discuss jobs unless and until the people give him the job as mayor. Catania reiterated that last week when he was asked about another popular official, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. But Catania has made school reform his central issue. Although only a fraction of voters have children in the public or charter schools, they tend to be

very active in their communities. In a move that his critics call overtly political, Catania has spent the past 18 months visiting 144 of the city’s nearly 200 schools. Catania meets with students, parents and school officials. At the very least, it provides him with a heck of a contact list. Although Catania seems to be outflanking Bowser on education, she’s not standing still. Her website says, “Improving our school system remains the single most important thing we have to do as a city.” She says there is a “crisis” in the middle schools. While Catania passed legislation directing $80 million to schools with more at-risk students — a break in the long-used per pupil formula that treated every student the same — Bowser backed free Metro rides to eliminate one reason children don’t get to school. Independent Carol Schwartz issued a statement praising the thrust of the latest school boundary plan while criticizing parts of it. Neither she nor Bowser has joined Catania’s call for delay. However school reform shakes out in this campaign, you can expect to hear a great deal about it — and nothing’s out of bounds. We’ve come a long way from the control board era and its stumbling effort at school repair in the 1990s. Mayors Tony Williams and Adrian Fenty really got the school reform movement going, and Mayor Gray has embraced it, too. The next mayor will have no choice. It’s just a question of how aggressive that mayor will be. ■ Looking up, up, up. Although official numbers will come later, Chancellor Henderson was touting a great first day of school on Monday. “We are going big this year,” Henderson said in stats-filled statement that said initial enrollment of about 47,000 students is the highest in five years. Charter schools account for about 38,000 other students. Henderson noted the school system has instituted a host of classroom-level improvements. In part, she said, the schools have hired an additional 300 teachers, 29 new counselors, 24 new librarians, 13 social workers and six new coaches. (We’re sure there’s a partridge in a pear tree somewhere in there, too.) Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



letters to the editor neighbors harmed by embassy project

With work on the German Embassy almost complete, this deplorably managed project has imposed unreasonably high costs on the residents of Reservoir Road and the surrounding area with no acknowledgment from the embassy. Because the embassy made no arrangement for parking for the scores of workers on the project, not only were we and our guests unable to park on our street six days a week for two years, but our driveways were also blocked and “no parking” signs were torn down. As parking enforcement escalated on this “emergency route” in response to our neighborhood association’s actions, a dangerous dance ensued each day at the height of rush hour as each work-

er moved his truck every three hours, jamming our narrowed street with hazardous U-turns. At the same time, commuters grew impatient and huge trucks delivering and removing equipment and materials blocked one lane and left behind debris. At least 12 of us in the neighborhood have nails in our tires as a result of these careless deliveries, while the chaos, fumes and noise affected all. Had an emergency evacuation been necessary, Reservoir Road would have been a seriously impaired route. As it was, firetrucks and ambulances were caught up in this mess. And because the embassy made no arrangement for eating, workers congregated around a food truck near the embassy’s entrance each day and dispersed to sit on our walls and under our trees, leaving chicken legs, drinks, food wrappers and other garbage behind. The embassy made no effort to clean up, including in front of its own property. For the first time in 30

years, we have rats, and we have received no compensation for eradication expenses. Even more seriously, some neighbors’ cars and windows were damaged by careless application of an epoxy resin by one contractor at the site on a windy day. Our neighborhood association, the Foxhall Community Citizens Association, appointed a liaison to work with the German Embassy, but, in spite of this and much to our disappointment, our concerns were either dismissed or not heard at all. While the Germans have been good neighbors for most of our 30-plus years on Reservoir Road, this appallingly mismanaged project raises serious concerns about how residents of the District can work with the embassies to ensure our reasonable interests as peaceful neighbors are met during their major construction projects. Mary Jane Bilik Florence Stanley Foxhall

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What is recess like at your child’s school? viewPoint SuSan COMfORT


hen my youngest started first grade, I watched with pride and nervousness as she navigated her new “big kid” territory. When she came home a few weeks later saying “I don’t like school,” I was puzzled. She was a good student, she had friends, and she’d liked this school for three years already. But she didn’t want to talk about it. It took a while — too long — for all of us to figure out that my daughter was being excluded at recess. She wasn’t called names, she wasn’t in fights, she was simply excluded, and yes, that is enough to make a child dislike the entire school day. Now that I direct Playworks DC, I see similar challenges across the city, and I know there are effective solutions to cure recess problems in any elementary school. But first things first: Why is recess important? Because it gives students a chance to be physically active and to learn important social and life skills, such as fair play, resolving disagreements and having empathy for others. It helps them return to class cheerful, energized and ready to learn. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers it a crucial part of the school day — crucial for a child’s overall development. Finland has figured this out, too. So how can you be sure that your child’s school delivers a recess that is safe and healthy, not chaotic and full of conflict? Start by asking your child’s principal or teacher a few basic questions: ■ Does this school have daily recess (at least 20 minutes)? ■ Do all kids feel included and do kids have an opportunity to lead play? ■ Do children have a common set of rules and a conflict resolution strategy? ■ Are there active, trained adults on the playground? ■ Is there a variety of games for kids to play? ■ Does this school withhold recess as punishment?

letters to the editor tenants looking for d.C. Council support

Forget about “The Silence of the Lambs.” The mayoral candidates aren’t lambs, and it’s their silence that greatly bothers tenants all across the District. Independent David Catania claims Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser is doing nothing for affordable housing as chair of the D.C. Council committee responsible for it, and he’s right. This, however, comes from a man who, when asked for support for significant rent reform, responded, “Yes, if AOBA [the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, aka the landlord-real estate lobby] says OK.” Bowser, in turn, bottles up sig-

(You can obtain more information at ask-about-recess.) As a parent, I know full well that every mom and dad already has an overflowing plate of tasks they take on to make sure their child is safe, happy and successful in school and in life. Paying attention to that recess period can go further than you might imagine in reaching these goals. Playworks has created a recess and play program used in more than 900 schools throughout the country. Here in D.C., we provide full-time services to 18 schools and part-time training to dozens of others, reaching over 14,000 kids. Our Northwest schools include HydeAddison Elementary, Barnard Elementary, Brightwood Education Campus, Capital City Public Charter, Powell Elementary and West Education Campus. Research conducted by Stanford University and Mathematica Policy Research reports that in the Playworks schools studied, bullying decreased, children felt safer, there was more vigorous physical activity and teachers gained eight minutes of quality classroom time each day. As Jill Vialet — my boss, Playworks CEO and founder, and a D.C. native — has explained, “Unlike when most of us were kids, many children today just don’t have the same opportunity to learn how to play. We had more free time, safer streets, and older neighbors and siblings teaching us the rules. Today’s kids need a little help along the way.” My daughter’s recess experience has a happy ending. Her school hired Playworks for a full day of playfocused professional development, and recess quickly became more inclusive. Phew. Another problem averted. I hope 2014-15 is the school year when all principals, teachers and parents understand the fundamental importance of recess in elementary school. It’s not extra. It’s mission-critical. Susan Comfort is the executive director of Playworks Washington, D.C.

nificant reform proposals in her committee, won’t budge, and won’t meet with tenants or even let her staff meet with tenants, despite pleas to the contrary. So while both Catania and Bowser shy away from commitment to rent control — including its most important component of all: repeal of the 2 percent outrageous add-on to the rent increase formula — enter Carol Schwartz, the third major mayoral candidate. Thankfully she breaks the silence and forthrightly promises sympathetic consideration of the proposal. Bravo for her! Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham’s bill to repeal the onerous extra 2 percent tenants must pay in rent increases each year is crucial. Without his legislation, your rent can double in 10 years and almost triple in 20. Kudos and heartfelt thanks to Graham for sponsoring this legislation. We urge all uncommitted council members, including

several endorsed by the D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition, to become co-sponsors of this key legislation. A majority of the council is willing to pass it, but Bowser won’t let the bill move out of her committee. We remind all candidates, landlords and the public that the extra 2 percent, added in 2007, was to be revisited by all parties if it became too burdensome. It has, and it must go! Landlords reaped a fortune for years without the extra 2 percent. With it they reap a king’s ransom. The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition urges the candidates and public to attend our next candidates forum, which we will schedule before the November election. Save rent control now! Save affordable housing! End the 2 percent rip-off now! Jim McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution relating to a proposed substantial change to the Alcoholic Beverage Control license for the Dancing Crab, to accommodate proposed increased capacity. â&#x2013;  presentation on and possible resolution regarding a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4429 Faraday Place to permit a rear addition and deck. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant request from the Lisner-Louise-DicksonHurt Home for support for a Zoo Day event in October. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant request from Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Studio. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Forest Hills of DC (formerly the Methodist Home of D.C.), 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013; chevy chase

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803 or email ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013; colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park shepherd park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  administrative matters, including discussion of a Ward 4 mayoral debate and approval of a switch of meeting location to the Jewish Primary Day School. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  discussion of East Rock Creek Village. â&#x2013;  discussion of D.C. Department of

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Robberies, burglaries and crimes such as recent airbag thefts are rare in Chevy Chase D.C. Our community helps fight crime with one of the most active Neighborhood Watch programs in the city, with more than 200 block captains. While the primary goal is crime reduction, that is not the only aim. The program has been a lifesaver for some, and it has established a family feeling of community for others. Block captains in the Hawthorne section, under the lead of captain Marianne Becton, work together to organize the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer community picnic. The streets are blocked off with trash cans and cars, and everyone brings food. Neighbors meet neighbors while children ride their bikes in the street. Adults exchange advice about schools, tutors, politics and community needs. Petitions are signed for repaving needy streets. Because neighbors now know neighbors, suspicious behavior is more noticeable. This has led to more than nine arrests, for crimes ranging from bike theft to burglary. On one block, the connections helped an elderly woman with no family who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was not able to drive, but her block neighbors formed a transportation squad to take her to and from chemotherapy treatments. They shopped and cooked for her when she was too weak to prepare her own meals. Another way to create a feeling of family is through blockwide yard sales. Neighbors use their Neighborhood Watch block list to coordinate the best date. Together, they design and then staple posters on neighboring street telephone poles, one neighbor driving while the other jumps out to hang the sign. They coordinate a block holiday party in December, a Passover Seder and bike parades for July 4. They invite single neighbors without nearby family to join in for holiday meals. Neighborhood Watch is more than just crime prevention. If you would like to become a block captain or to start Neighborhood Watch in your community, please contact Samantha Nolan, citywide Neighborhood Watch trainer, at And come meet Lt. John Hedgecock at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Chevy Chase Community Center for up-to-date crime news. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Nolan

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

Mayor Vincent Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith last week released proposed school boundary adjustments, scheduled to begin with the 2014-15 school year. The Shepherd Park community breathed a sigh of relief to see that, at least according to this plan, children living in Shepherd Park, North Portal Estates and Colonial Village will now officially have Shepherd Elementary, Deal Middle and Wilson High as their elementary through high school continuum. While this has been true for most local children for several years, the online database of school boundaries has listed Coolidge High as the secondary option. That will now change. The community will continue to keep an eye on developments as the three major mayoral candidates have all raised questions and concerns about the plans, as have some in other areas of Ward 4. Another issue affecting our community, as well as communities around our country, is that of gun violence. This is especially timely given the situation in Ferguson, Mo. The Northminster Presbyterian Church at Alaska Avenue and Kalmia Road NW has joined other churches in providing information and encouragement to action in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memorial to the Lostâ&#x20AC;? remembrance of all who died in the greater Washington area in 2013. White, yellow and blue T-shirts are placed on the church grounds, one for each of those killed in D.C. (82), Northern Virginia (31) and suburban Maryland (63). The church also held a showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence.â&#x20AC;? Questions about the memorial can be addressed to the church. Go by and walk among the T-shirts; you cannot walk away unmoved. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; June Confer Consumer and Regulatory Affairs concerns. â&#x2013; discussion of D.C. Urban Forestry Administration matters. â&#x2013;  construction update on 16th Street and Military Road. â&#x2013;  discussion of renovations at Paul Public Charter School. 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 hold a special meeting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop-upsâ&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at

the Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Patrol Services and School Security Bureau, 801 Shepherd St. NW. Representatives from the Office of Planning, the Office of Zoning and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office are expected to attend, and the community will have an opportunity to discuss how city officials should address the issue. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit


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Fresh faces defending NCS soccer crowns By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

National Cathedral’s soccer team comes into this season fresh off winning a triple crown last season: the Independent School League regularseason and postseason championships, along with the D.C. State Athletic Association title. Senior Sarah Lipson says the team “would definitely like to keep it going,” but the squad — which is replacing 10 seniors from last year — will have to rediscover its chemistry. “It’s a little bit of a rebuilding year,” said coach Danielle Malagari. “We’re replacing seven seniors that were in the starting lineup last year. So we have to do some tinkering.” The retooled squad will rely on a trio of seniors — Lipson, Rubii Tamen and Marta Sniezek — to lead the way. “Everyone is going to look to them,” said Malagari. “It’s their job as seniors to bring the team together and make sure we are a cohesive group. I’m very excited about the work rate of this group.” The Eagle offense will look to

Tamen as a go-to striker. “She’s a force, she’s strong, she can run through people, she’s good with the ball at her feet, and she can strike the ball,” Malagari said. Meanwhile, Sniezek, who has committed to playing basketball at

Stanford University next fall, spent her summer playing in several hoops events, but she comes into the fall season looking forward to her last time playing soccer. “I love soccer,” said the forward. “Soccer was my first love initially. It’s fun to play, it’s a good workout, and I’m friends with everyone on the team.” Sniezek rejoined the team only last week after her summer of basketball and then a vacation to Bel-

gium, but Malagari says the dynamic two-sport athlete hasn’t missed a beat. “She hasn’t touched a ball since last November, and she still looks as natural as can be out there. She’s just an athlete and she’s going to battle and fight and work hard, and the rest of the team will still feed off that,” she said. The team will also return junior goalie Erica Sanders, who will have a new coach in Didi Haracic, who plays the same position for the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. Cathedral also brings back junior midfielder Hazel Horvath, and Malagari hopes she’ll step into a bigger role this season. “She’s going to come in and make an immediate impact in the midfield,” the coach said. “She’s very technical. She has no limitations and will be really good for us in the middle.” The squad will also get some talented freshmen, including Jordan Gasho and Niaa Jenkins-Johnston, who played on Cathedral’s middle school team. “I’ve been able to see them grow

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The Eagles are replacing 10 seniors from last season, including seven starters, and will rely seniors Rubii Tamen, Sarah Lipson and Marta Sniezek to lead the young squad. over the last few years,” said Malagari. “I think they’ll come in and add a good amount to our midfield and our attacking. They’re two really good freshmen that can add some depth for us.” The Eagles saw their first live action of the season last Wednesday in a scrimmage with Churchill, from Potomac, Md. The squad fell to the visitors 2-0 after heavy rains and thunder forced officials to call the game with less than 13 minutes to play. In the loss, the Eagles played without Lipson, who is recovering from a concussion; the game was Sniezek’s first time on the soccer field since last fall.

“This was our first test of the season,” said Malagari. “We really went out there with no expectations, just hoping to see what we have.” Despite the early setback, the team hopes to successfully defend its crowns. The players come into their final scrimmage at Washington International School today at 4 p.m. looking to make a few adjustments before the regular-season opener at Bishop Ireton on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. “It’s definitely going to be challenging, but we have a good coach and good captains leading us,” said Sniezek. “We want to do well. We want to win, but it will take hard work.”

St. John’s Cadets work to march back to title game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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After reaching the WCAC championship game and beating its most bitter rival — Gonzaga — twice last season, St. John’s comes into this season hoping to take a step forward and win the team’s first championship since 1993.

After falling short to DeMatha in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football championship game last season, St. John’s comes into 2014 hungry to end the school’s gridiron title drought, which dates back to 1993. “This is a redemption year for us,” said senior running back Omar Garcia. “We’re coming back more focused and more intense. We’re just ready for it.” Last year’s squad took several important steps forward, including beating its most bitter rival, Gonzaga, two times in a season for the first time in school history and achieving postseason success after years of early playoff exits. The Cadets believe those accomplishments should help them make the leap to a championship. “Those experiences help us a lot because we have a lot of veterans on the team that have been there and done it and know what it’s like to get there,” said senior defensive end Jared Harris. “I believe that we can make it there again and win it.” Fourteen players graduated from last year’s

WCAC runner-up squad, with the biggest change occurring at quarterback. Will Ulmer, the first team all-WCAC player at the position for St. John’s, is now suiting up for the University of Maryland at College Park. The Cadets have turned instead to a pair of young passers — junior Talik Mann, who transferred over the summer from Meadowbrook in Richmond, Va., and sophomore Miles Temoney, who played on the Cadets’ freshman team last year. “They both have pretty good ball placement,” said St. John’s coach Joe Patterson. “They’re both new to the varsity position at St. John’s.” The rest of the squad has bought into both passers during camp and scrimmages, and they feel it’s a win-win regardless of who is throwing the ball. “We just have to gel together as a team,” said Harris. “The new quarterbacks are learning really fast. I think they can fill the role really well and step up.” Patterson doesn’t plan to name a starter before the team’s first game on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While the team is unsure who’ll be taking snaps from under center, it returns Garcia to his familiar spot at running back and adds senior

Ayron Monroe to the backfield, along with his receiving role. The Cadets are also looking to junior tight end Terrell Hall and senior wideout Scotty Washington to make plans in the passing game. “We return a number of experienced guys who have really taken the lead of the team. It’s been a great August and a great summer and a great offseason,” said Patterson. “They have a very distinct purpose this year.” St. John’s saw its first live action of the season in a scrimmage against Gilman in Baltimore on Friday morning. The Cadet defense seemed to pick up where it left off last season — swarming to the ball and not giving up big plays. The unit held Gilman scoreless in three quarters of play. “The defense was just like piranhas out there, like last year,” said Garcia. “It was just all 11 [guys] to the ball.” With a loaded defense and an offense that flashed potential in the Gilman scrimmage, the squad has a simple but bold goal for this season: “Championship, nothing but championship,” said Harris. “We’re that team. I believe that we can achieve that goal of a championship — [D.C. State Athletic Association] and the WCAC championship.”


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Bender said in an interview that the alcohol agency was willing to accept her application upon support from the neighborhood commission. Their resolution also notes the irony of the issue: â&#x20AC;&#x153;ANC2B finds that a CX license would be in line with the historic nature of the establishment, which was the home of famous brewer Christian Heurich, and, is in fact often referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the Brewmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Bender said the museum isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeking to change its operations with the new liquor license, just to avoid the cost and inconvenience it currently faces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course our hope is to always increase the number of programs that

we have here ... but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no push to add tons of events on our calendar. We have a small staff,â&#x20AC;? Bender said. Bender said she intends to file the application by the end of the year, at which point the community will have a chance to weigh in on the merits of the application; this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue was only whether the Heurich House should even be allowed to apply. Some neighbors have complained in the past about noise from outdoor events, which Bender said the museum has addressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not highly residential, but there are definitely people who are right next door,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very aware that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to impact in any negative way their experience in their home.â&#x20AC;?

HYDE-ADDISON: Parents push for planned addition From Page 7

and ready by next school year,â&#x20AC;? Churchill said. And since the project has been under discussion for over four years, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to believe thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense of urgency in our government to get this â&#x20AC;Ś done.â&#x20AC;? Under the last proposal, presented to the Old Georgetown Board this past spring, the new three-story addition included a gymnasium, cafeteria and media room, as well as additional classroom space, to address overcrowding and lack of amenities at the school. The new building, with the bottom level mostly below grade, would be located between the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hyde building on O Street and the Addison building on P Street. Project architect Milton Shinberg

wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to provide details on the latest status of that proposal. According to Pressley, the Department of General Services â&#x20AC;&#x153;is in ongoing discussions on the overall designâ&#x20AC;? for the addition, and is scheduled to hash out some details with the Old Georgetown Board early next month. Pressley said $7 million was spent for the renovation of the Hyde building, which wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wrap up completely until this December. (The Addison wing, which had been vacant, was upgraded and put into use several years ago.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a parent, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really happy that the city has finally invested into this school,â&#x20AC;? Lever said of the new features in the main building, including a bathroom and water fountain for each classroom, and new PA and

security systems. This need is particularly potent as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment rises steadily. Lever said the current number, around 340, is only going to increase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly with newly approved boundary changes that will gradually shift Burleith students from Stoddert to Hyde-Addison. Another big change for the school this year is a new principal, Elizabeth Namba. She replaces Dana Nerenberg, who took a new principal job in Portland, Ore. Namba previously served as an assistant principal in Alexandria and has held teaching positions at different grade levels in Russia, Ethiopia and India. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new principal is a force of nature already,â&#x20AC;? Lever said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got non-stop energy.â&#x20AC;?

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violence and gangs in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many have been released to sponsors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; families or people who want to be legal guardians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all over the country. Of the over 5,000 minors released to sponsors and family members in the Washington area since January, 265 have settled in the District, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that takes in young people under age 18 in shelters until they are released to sponsors. D.C. has seen waves of immigrants from Central America since the 1980s. Over the past two years, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a gradual rise of unaccompanied minors arriving, but the number this year has been the highest, according to D.C. Office of Latino Affairs director Roxana Olivas. Under U.S. immigration law, any person who is undocumented and detained by border officials must go to court, regardless of legal representation. A judge will then determine the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigration status. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just imagine a 15-year-old trying to argue a case of political asylum on his own,â&#x20AC;? Abel NuĂąez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center, or Carecen, said in an interview, adding that nine out of 10 young people in this situation donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have legal representation. Although some sponsors have been able to find attorneys, an additional problem is the expedited review the immigrant courts have implemented for many of these cases. The short timeline doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow for many â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including those who may be eligible to stay in the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to obtain legal representation, according to advocates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the concern. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pushed to court without representation and are sent to fail,â&#x20AC;? said Ana

Negoescu, Carecenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of citizenship and civic engagement. Advocates at the vigil also called for the prompt release of children from detention centers and said the government need to ensure their safety and implement standards in areas such as transportation, health care, counseling, education and religious services. The D.C. government is also working to find ways to make sponsorships for these children easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process as it exists now requires [some time]. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to find ways to make that simpler,â&#x20AC;? said Olivas. Carecenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NuĂąez also suggested that the city establish a legal fund similar to efforts in California and New York. The Columbia Heights-based Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center has served 500 accompanied minors in the last few weeks at its four centers in the D.C. area. Founded in 1988 to support the influx of Latin American immigrants to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, the organization is keenly aware of the dangers in the journey and the impact from that experience, especially for young people. Many faced trauma such as sexual abuse and violence while they were living in Central America and/or during their journey to the United States. Among the specialized services of the federally qualified health center is providing mental health therapists at 11 D.C. public and public charter schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; primarily in neighborhoods with a large Latino population, according to Lyda Vanegas, Mary Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of advocacy and communications. These include Northwest elementary schools Powell, Bruce-Monroe, E.L Haynes and Bancroft in the Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View and Petworth neighborhoods. A statement from D.C. Public Schools says the school system has seen a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dramatic increase in enrollment of Spanish-speaking students from Central America since January.â&#x20AC;?


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these issues, he pointed first to his experience as a public interest attorney. Hart has done pro bono work through the organization DC Appleseed, helping public schools in the District decide how to better implement health education standards, and he believes his knowledge of the law would make him a particularly capable legislator. On school reform, Hart would seek more transparency and accountability from charter schools as well as a renewed focus on special education for disabled students, a policy area that he says “has been neglected for years.” Hart said he has been generally pleased by the work of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. He has also enjoyed getting to

know students in the school system as a mentor at Anacostia and Ballou high schools in Southeast. Pressed to describe how he plans to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates, Hart said he would be campaigning full-time and spending time in every ward of the city. He also made mention of a key member of his staff. Hart’s field director, Niccole Rivero, joined Hart’s campaign after organizing for Brianne Nadeau, the young communications consultant who stunned D.C.’s political establishment this past spring when she defeated longtime incumbent Jim Graham in the Democratic primary for Ward 1’s council seat. This article is the fifth in a series exploring key policy objectives of at-large D.C. Council candidates.

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that have left a major impact for some Northwest students. Lauren Jackson at Deal Middle School was selected to become part of a four-member D.C. delegation to a monthlong peace camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Being abroad for the first time, she experienced the Brazilian zeal for soccer during the World Cup and grew to love the country’s popular soft drink Guaraná. But most importantly, she learned life lessons about inequality through the camp activities with 40 other 11-year-olds from around the world. In one role-playing exercise, Jackson was among nine campers selected to be a “rich person” who sat on the table to eat full meals, while the rest of her peers played the part of “poor people” who sat on the floor eating only rice and beans. “It’s upsetting that they don’t get what we get,” she said, adding that she and others sneaked food to the other group. “It was not a fun memory to remember.” Jackson also got a glimpse of what war can do to people through another activity in which camp counselors, dressed in black, randomly destroyed towns that participants built. Amid the mayhem and confusion, some of the groups, including hers, destroyed other towns. Upon reflection after the activity, the lesson learned, she said, was similar to that of the golden rule — “do unto others as you would do unto yourself.” Two students in National Cathedral Scholars, a three-year college preparatory program for underserved youth, also had an eye-opening experience during a two-week trip to Britain. Coolidge High School’s Kelvonn Hucks and Columbia Heights Education Campus’ Katheryn Perez were selected to participate in the British Studies Program, a study abroad course for 18 high school students from the United States and the European Union.

The opportunity fulfilled a few firsts for Hucks and Perez: first time out of D.C., first airplane ride and first time being away from home for a long period. It took adjustment for both the students and their parents, but after traveling through the British Isles, as well as interacting with other participants, they learned about the world outside of D.C. “Not only did I get to learn about other [European] cultures, I got to learn the different cultures of other U.S. states,” said Hucks, 18. The senior also raved about fresh and interesting food served, which he said made him feel healthier. “You are really making connections with people,” said Perez, 17, of the students she bonded with at the program. A tennis player, she was also thrilled to see the Wimbledon grass courts at the All England Club: “It was an awesome experience.” Meanwhile, recent high school graduates Anna Tsai of School Without Walls and Liwen Wu of Capital City Public Charter School got an opportunity to be young scientists for the summer. They were selected to represent D.C. alongside delegates from each state at the National Youth Science Camp. They spent four weeks studying cancer treatment, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability, taught by top scientists and professors. In addition to coming to love the various outdoor activities at the campsite in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, Tsai learned the value of community by participating in group activities. “As amazing as our surroundings were, a place isn’t really as special without the right people. … My fellow delegates were all terrifically smart people, but more importantly they were friendly and engaging people,” Tsai wrote in an email. She added that the experience further convinced her that she has made the right choice to pursue mechanical engineering at the University of Washington.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a bear,â&#x20AC;? said Kulkarni, adding that implementation may be phased. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to make decisions to get it done by August 2015 or August 2016.â&#x20AC;? Last May, Henderson proposed an international studies theme as part of a new image for Roosevelt, which has suffered for many years as an underperforming school with low enrollment. But under principal Ivor Mitchell, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been some progress even in its interim home during construction, the vacated MacFarland Middle School. Mitchell has implemented more Advanced Placement courses, seen strides in academic achievement and morale, and increased attendance. For this year, the school enrolled 20 more students, an increase of 4 percent to its former population of 493. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big deal,â&#x20AC;? said D.C. Public Schools chief of planning Emily Durso last Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been doing a good job.â&#x20AC;? D.C. Public Schools also plans to improve Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career and technical education component as part of a citywide effort to provide high-quality options for students who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t headed to college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;High schools [are the chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] new

Alliance. D.C. Public Schools envisions an interdisciplinary curriculum for Roosevelt with the international focus. For example, lessons related to the global water shortage can be taught in science, history and English classes. Technical education programs will also integrate international business, finance and culinary arts. Study abroad programs and strong partnerships with D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many embassies and international organizations are also part of the vision. For the new advisory group, officials hope to pluck representatives who reflect the multifaceted neighborhood surrounding the school at 4301 13th St., which closed last summer for a $121 million renovation. The group will include community stakeholders, a pair each of current students and parents, one or two alumni, and representatives from Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prospective feeder schools. By winter, there will be a general plan for Chancellor Kaya Henderson to approve. Decisions on how to execute the new curriculum will follow.

priority,â&#x20AC;? said Durso, adding that this fall, Henderson â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be rolling out a number of initiatives strictly for high schools.â&#x20AC;? Held at Coolidge High School, last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting also inspired camaraderie between the two Ward 4 high schools. Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mitchell encouraged Coolidge representatives to highlight improvements in student test scores despite the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging facility. He also urged more collaboration, suggesting that Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary arts students could work at events held at a prospective banquet hall that Coolidge alumni requested as part of its renovation, slated to begin next year. Some parents, however, werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pleased to learn that there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been much progress yet on reopening MacFarland Middle, which closed last year due to underenrollment. Recently, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been new energy behind the push to reopen MacFarland to fill Ward 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s void of a stand-alone middle school feeding rising ninth-graders to Roosevelt, which will have space for around 1,150 in the new facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that the middle school is not even considered as part of the equation, just an afterthought, is profoundly problematic to the

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families in this community,â&#x20AC;? said resident Neela Banerjee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is a critical step thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missing. You could have this great program at Roosevelt. But if people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to enter the feeder system because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a middle school that ties it all together, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a great idea that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be fulfilled.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser allocated $7 million in June to this effort. But the fact that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no existing middle school feeding into Roosevelt has prompted Mitchell, as principal, to market his school citywide to increase enrollment, and in turn, the per-student funding.

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accept these recommendations,â&#x20AC;? atlarge Council member David Catania declaring he â&#x20AC;&#x153;cannot support implementation of the recommendations at this time,â&#x20AC;? and former atlarge Council member Carol Schwartz saying the plans will need changes. Under the proposals, the Crestwood and 16th Street Heights neighborhoods would lose rights to the coveted Deal Middle and Wilson High, instead feeding to Powell Elementary and West Education Campus as well as a new MacFarland Middle and Roosevelt High. Eaton Elementary students would also lose the option of attending Deal, instead feeding Hardy Middle exclusively. Meanwhile, some Marie Reed Elementary students living near the former Adams Elementary would be shifted to Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, and others would go to School Without Walls at FrancisStevens. Students who live north of Cathedral Avenue within the current boundaries for Stoddert Elementary would be shifted to Eaton. Students south of Whitehaven Parkway in the Stoddert area would be shifted to Hyde-Addison for 2016-2017 after the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization. An earlier proposal by the committee to move Foxhall Village out of Key Elementaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment area into the boundaries of Hyde-Addison has been dropped. Similarly, Foxhall Crescents will remain in the Key area instead of shifting to Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as previously proposed. Changes would be phased in over time. For example, no students would be removed from schools where they are enrolled as of this

current students who have completed second grade would keep their current feeder rights for middle and high school. In endorsing the recommendations of Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose development the mayor said he followed closely â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gray put his imprimatur on plans that have not been embraced by any of the leading candidates running to succeed him. Bowser, who defeated Gray in Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic primary, said in a statement yesterday: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan on school boundary changes is not ready. His plan serves to exacerbate educational inequality and does little to move school reform forward faster. It lacks the necessary budgetary and leadership commitments to bring about a truly fair neighborhood school assignment policy.â&#x20AC;? Catania, Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief rival and chair of the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education Committee, said in his own statement that he hopes to delay implementation of the recommendations until the 2016-2017 school year. He agreed with the direction of many of the recommendations, which he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;an important foundation for work over the next year to address school quality citywide.â&#x20AC;? But Catania said more time is needed to ensure the public is comfortable with such major reforms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If not properly executed, the proposed changes will undermine the fragile confidence that parents and guardians have in our public school system,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that thoughtfulness and thoroughness should trump haste.â&#x20AC;? Cataniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main frustration is that Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan would move some students to lower performing schools without plans for improvements.

asking too much,â&#x20AC;? he said. Schwartz said in a statement that she had hoped the changes could be delayed but understood Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to forge ahead. She said she believed the proposals were greatly improved since initial drafts were released earlier this summer but that further changes would also be beneficial. Gray administration officials made their case for the proposals last week, saying there was no way to craft a plan that satisfies everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anybody thought there was not going to be some pain associated with this, I think there were unrealistic expectations,â&#x20AC;? Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told reporters Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the committee did an amazing job of minimizing the number of people who are unhappy, given the potential that this had.â&#x20AC;? Henderson has said she supports the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations. Committee member Matthew Frumin, who also chairs the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, told The Current that the committee responded to public feedback by preserving a system of neighborhood schools while also adding more options. Committee member Evelyn Boyd Simmons of Logan Circle agreed. She told The Current that she was also pleased by the plan to give â&#x20AC;&#x153;at-riskâ&#x20AC;? students preferences in the annual school lottery. The committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adopted recommendations provide seats at every school for out-of-boundary students, a move meant to foster diversity. Elementary schools would set aside 10 percent of their seats, while middle and high schools would reserve 15 and 20 percent, respectively, starting a year from now.

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Chevy Chase – 5368 27th Street NW. Unparalleled luxury in Chevy Chase DC! Expansive 8,000+ sq. ft. home is perfectly sited across from Rock Creek Park on a 1/2 acre lot. A plethora of amenities! Chef's hi-end kitchen opens to family room/breakfast area/mudroom/porch overlooking sylvan yard. Luxurious MBR suite/FAB closets. Private in-law suite/level! Park 8+cars, includes 2-car garage. $3,400,000. Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

LeDroit Park – 1837 6th Street NW. Renovated Federal Style row home with open floor plan design perfect for entertaining. Features include Ceiling speakers, pre-wired for tele-communications, two large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, deck, off street parking and 2 blocks to Metro. Located in convenient LeDroit Park to restaurants, theatres, downtown, etc. $875,000.

Kalorama – 2115 S Street NW PH#3A. Coming soon: Kalorama penthouse condo with private balcony and Monument views! Approx 1,300sf, 1BR+Den/1.5BA, fireplace, new CAC, wood floors. 3 blocks from Dupont Red Line Metro and all amenities of Dupont Circle. Few blocks to 14th St corridor restaurants and shops. Broker cooperation invited. $669,000.

Brookland / Michigan Park – 4325 20th Street NE. Glamorously renovated spacious brick colonial, new kitchen with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances, 4 new baths, new HVAC, new roof, new windows. Finished lower level, huge yard with garage and parking. $649,900.

Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

Georgetown Office 202.333.6100

Mary Keegan Magner 301.785.1601

In 2013, among our closest competitors, Coldwell Banker sold homes closer to the original list price in Washington, DC.

Chevy Chase – 4620 Park Avenue #1509E. Just renov 2BR, 2BA+ Den. Modern aesthetics. Open Layout for gracious entertaining. Floor to ceiling windows & large balcony for natural light and airiness. Bathrooms w/Porcelanosa bath/shower enclosures & tiles. Kitchen w/stone counters & top of the line appliances. All Floors have wide wood planks. W/D in unit & Garage. $675,000. Chadley Toregas 240.421.1787

Forest Hills – 3883 Connecticut Avenue NW #704. Approx. 1,000 SF at The Connecticut. High-floor, 2BR, 2BA, sunny, open floor plan with balcony. Wood floors, Stainless, Granite. GARAGE PARKING conveys. Building is full of amenities: pool, gym, party room w/computers & printer, front desk. $650,000.

Georgetown Office 202.333.6100

Alexandria 703.518.8300 Dupont 202.387.6180

Logan – 142 N Street NW #308. Spacious & sunny 2BR unit with a deeded parking space in Logan Circle Area. Huge Master BR with 2 walkin closets. Wood floors, roof-top pool & 24-hr desk service. Walk to Metro stations, restaurants, Studio Theatre, Whole Foods, downtown, etc. $509,000. Georgetown Office 202.333.6100







Columbia Heights – 3704 13th Street NW. Well maintained Victorian townhouse. Located in Columbia Heights between 2 Metro stations. 3-4 BR, 1.5BA, wood floors, sun room, den, walk up attic & Parking. Walk out basement with several rooms, laundry, etc. $649,999.

Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

Closest competitors determined by using the top seven brokerages for total transactions based on information from Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Incorporated, all rights reserved, for the period 1/1/13 through 12/31/13 for properties with a sold price below $1 Million in Washington, DC. This data is only informational and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Bethesda – 4408 Sangamore Road. Spacious 4BR, 3.5BA house in Sumner. Great main level living/entertaining flow, with a deck opening to the dining and living rooms. Study/office on main level, table space kitchen. Lower level rec room + 4th bedroom/office with adjacent full BA. Two (2) car garage. $997,500. Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

Bethesda 301.718.0010 Georgetown 202.333.6100







Cleveland Park – 3024 Wisconsin Avenue NW #B12. Incredibly large 2 Bedroom on Terrace level. Wood floors, updated kitchen, large bedrooms. View of Cathedral from front door. Separate entrance to front of Cathedral Court. Pets welcome. Private dog park. Motivated seller wants offers. $327,500. Mary Keegan Magner 301.785.1601

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Wednesday auguSt 27 Classes and workshops 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;  Joe Ryan, managing principal of, will lead a skills-building workshop for job seekers on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Networking and Other Ways to Find Work.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The progressive Latin American act Kotebel will fuse avant-garde symphonic rock with a range of classical, jazz and world music influences. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Marine Dixieland Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Airmen of Note will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiempo Latino! A Celebration of Latin Jazz.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  A singer-songwriter showcase will feature performances by Lobo Marino, Dan Lipton and Devin Tuel. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  University of the District of Columbia community educator Sapna Batheja will present a nutrition seminar on herbs and spices. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Nelli Babayan of Freie Universität Berlin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Close But Yet So Far: Transatlantic Democracy Promotion and Its Outcomes in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott

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Events Entertainment School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Mary Gordon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Liarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife: Four Novellas.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Prose Book Group,â&#x20AC;? for ages 21 through 35, will meet to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middlesexâ&#x20AC;? by Jeffrey Eugenides. 7 p.m. Free. Kitty Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sheaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D.C., 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watermark,â&#x20AC;? a global look at the beauty, mystery, influence and power of water over the course of time. 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Nobuhiro Doiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nada Sou Sou (Tears for You)â&#x20AC;? as part of a series about the people and culture of Okinawa. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A summer singalong series will offer a chance to hop in a canoe and find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around the river bend. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-0971. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the D.C. premiere of the 2014 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Above All Else,â&#x20AC;? about a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL. A postscreening Q&A will feature filmmaker John Fiege; the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., CEO

and president of the Hip Hop Caucus; and Steven Mufson, energy reporter for The Washington Post; and Julia Trigg Crawford, who appears in the film. 7 p.m. $10. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. â&#x2013; The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor movie series will present Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hook,â&#x20AC;? starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Julia Von Heinzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about a young German woman who goes to Israel to push her career by working with disabled people but encounters unexpected complications. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peking Opera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfangâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mei Baojiu and other stars of the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Plays of the Mei School.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will feature musician Kevin de Souza, burlesque artist Aurora Wells and comedians Danny Charnley, Natalie McGill and Nik Oldershaw. 8:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202-431-7404. â&#x2013;  Dwayne B will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Thursday, Aug. 28

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Wednesday, auguSt 27 â&#x2013; Concert: The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will feature American folk music band ilyAIMY. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ment Center will present a workshop on the development of a business plan. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music on the Mallâ&#x20AC;? will feature vocalist Damien â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safarâ&#x20AC;? Alishaw performing reggae music. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string ensemble will perform. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. Flag Hall, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Marine Dixieland Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-4334011. â&#x2013;  Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Esther Haynes will perform. 9 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Manuela Moschella of the University of Turin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Central Banks and Macroprudential Responsibilities.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Emmanuel Karagiannis of Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, London, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Political Islam in Central Asia.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Motivational and Self Improvement Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Search Inside Yourselfâ&#x20AC;? by Google engineer ChadeMeng Tan. 6:30 p.m. Free. Popular Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Scandinavian authors Salla Simukka (shown) and Emmi Itaranta will discuss their respective novels, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Red as Bloodâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memory of Water.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  A support group for job seekers will host a breakout session for participants to network and strategize. 7 p.m. Free; reser-

vations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twentythirtysomething Book Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a casual discussion group for ages 21 through 35 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Talibanâ&#x20AC;? by Malala Yousafzai. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Breadsoda, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Circle Yoga Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Sufferingâ&#x20AC;? by Phillip Moffitt. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202-686-1104. Films â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library will host a sci-fi movie night. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present David Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rothkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rooms,â&#x20AC;? about artist Mark Rothkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and the development of his work. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Archives and the National Gallery of Art will present Nancy Buirskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq,â&#x20AC;? with introductory remarks by the director. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Hill Center will present the silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polyanna,â&#x20AC;? featuring Mary Pickford in the classic childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  Beasley Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Movie Series will feature the 2013 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozen.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. Rose Park, 2609 Dumbarton St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Maryland-based dance company Footworks will perform a blend of traditional Americana music and percussive dance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art on 8th,â&#x20AC;? presented by Dance Place and Monroe Street Market, will feature Cheick Hamala DiabatĂŠ, a West African historian in the griot tradition and a recognized master of the ngoni, a traditional Malian instrument. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peking Opera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfangâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mei Baojiu and other stars of the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mean a Thing, If It Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Got That Swing: U Street Memories From Duke Ellington to Marvin Gayeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a celebration of the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U Street Oral History Project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature live performances by the Greater U Street Jazz Collective and R&B guitarist Greg Gaskins and historical commentary by WPFW radio personality Rusty Hassan and Georgetown University professor Maurice Jackson. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202See Events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 18 387-7638. tours ■ A horticulturist will lead a tour and discuss some of the plants in the National Museum of American History’s Heirloom Garden that were passed down from generation to generation and cultivated in American gardens prior to 1950. 1 p.m. Free. Meet at the southwest corner of the Mall Terrace, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s gargoyles and grotesques. 6:30 p.m. $6 to $15. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday, Aug. 29

Friday auguSt 29 Concerts ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings ensemble will perform 20-minute sets. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. In front of the “America by Air” display, National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Dixie Power Trio will perform zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana funk music as part of the 14th season of “Jazz in the Garden” concerts. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will present the talents of some of D.C.’s best street performers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A celebration of the one-year anniversary of singer-songwriter Justin Trawick’s podcast “The Circus Life” will feature Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes, the Tiffany Thompson Band, Victoria Vox, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Mundy, Don Kim and His Famous Band, Louisa Hall and DJ Sam Snow. 9 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussion ■ Finnish authors Emmi Itaranta and Salia Simukka will discuss their respective books, “Memory of Water” and “As Red as Blood.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1449. Film ■ A Friday night film series will feature Kasim Abid’s 1999 film “Naji Al Ali: An Artist With Vision.” 6:30 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202338-1290. Meetings ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. ■ Overeaters Anonymous will host a beginner’s meeting. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performance ■ “Art on 8th,” presented by Dance

Place and Monroe Street Market, will feature Freddie Dunn Jr. of POP (People, Objects, Play) and Carla Perlo performing live jazz, interactive dance and hoop jam. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202269-1600. Saturday, Aug. 30

Saturday auguSt 30 Book signing ■ Sandra O’Connell will sign copies of her book “An American Family in World War II.” Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about summer’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ The Glover Park Village will present a weekly “Tai Chi for Beginners” class led by Geri Grey. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. ■ Bahman Aryana of Rondezvous Tango will lead a class on the Argentine Tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ “Skyline Ride” will feature an intense interval-based spin class. 6 p.m. $30; reservations required. Penthouse Pool Club Sundeck, VIDA Fitness, 1612 U St. NW. Concerts ■ The DC Blues Society will present the 26th annual DC Blues Festival with Shakura S’Aida (shown), Selwyn Birchwood Band, Eddie Turner Band, Shirleta Settles and Friends, Hardway Connection, Stacy Brooks Band and more. Noon to 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. ■ Young musicians from the Frederick Chopin School of Music Level II in Opole, Poland, will perform classical works by Polish composers for piano, violin and flute. 5 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-7852320. ■ The Petworth Jazz Project’s concert series will feature The Singing Lizard, at 5:30 p.m.; and saxophonist and composer Braxton Cook, at 6:30 p.m. Free. Lawn, Petworth Recreation Center, 8th and Taylor streets NW. ■ The Dirty Bourbon River Show will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussion ■ Benjamin Cash, a research scientist at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, will discuss the science and impli-


Print exhibits set to open

The National gallery of art will open two exhibits Monday and continue them through Feb. 1. “Modern American Prints and Drawings From the Kainen Collection” is the final in a trio of exhibitions celebrating the

On ExhIBIt 2012 bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen (1922-2009), whose gift has enriched the gallery’s holdings through a wide range of schools, including the first seven decades of the 20th century. “From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925” highlights a period of art largely neglected by history with some 80 prints, drawings and illustrated books by 53 artists, ranging from works inspired by the ancient past, set designs, poetic landscapes and striking approaches to non-representational art. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-7374215. ■ “ApocalyptiCAT,” highlighting German woodcut and papercut artist Franca Bartholomäi in commemoration of Franca Bartholomäi’s work is the start of World featured at goethe-Institut. War I a century ago, will open today at the goethe-Institut with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 10. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. ■ “Icons of British Sculpture,” featuring works by Kenneth

cations of climate change. 2 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Festival ■ The 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature talks and signings by E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Engel, Peniel E. Joseph and more than 100 other notable authors and illustrators, as well as family activities like a bookmarkcreation station, cooking demonstrations and photo ops with literary characters. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Film ■ “From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 mm” will feature “Revitalization,” a

Stuart Davis’s lithograph“Barber Shop Chord” is part of the National gallery of art’s exhibit of work from the Kainen Collection. Armitage, Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, will open tomorrow with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady art gallery. The show will continue through Oct. 10. Located at 805 21st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525. ■ “The Sixth Interfaith CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art,” which brings together 48 artists from Christian, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds, will open Saturday at Washington National Cathedral and continue through Oct. 6. Located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW, the Cathedral is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-5376200. ■ “Kafka & Co.,” featuring humorous drawings, lithographs and etchings by Jirí Slíva inspired by Franz Kafka and others, will open Sept. 3 with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. The show will remain on view through Oct. 31. The Embassy of the Czech Republic is located at 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. To RSVP for the reception (by Sept. 1) or to schedule an appointment to see the exhibition, email

program of 1990s films by Eve Heller, David Gatten, Naomi Uman and Tomonari Nishikawa, among others. 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ The Kennedy Center’s 13th annual Page-to-Stage Festival will feature readings and open rehearsals by more than 40 area theater companies. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Various locations, Kennedy Center.

202-467-4600. The festival will continue Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ As part of the Kennedy Center’s 13th annual Page-to-Stage Festival, the Millennium Stage will host “In His Own Words: A Concert in Tribute to Walter Dean Myers.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ KanKouran’s Senior Company, Junior Company, Children’s Company and community class participants will present “SouSee Events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 nougal (Our Boat),â&#x20AC;? a celebration of cultural unity. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Special events â&#x2013; The National Zoo will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the public opening of a new exhibition featuring the American bison, the animal that inspired the Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding and helped spark the conservation movement. 10 a.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The conversation club Quecuando will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spanish Boot Camp,â&#x20AC;? featuring language immersion with role playing and real-life situations in Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant. Basic level from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; intermediate level from 3 to 6 p.m. $60. Meet at the Q Street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station. 703531-8987. The event will repeat Monday at the same times. â&#x2013;  The Washington Studio School and instructor Jo Weiss will present a three-day â&#x20AC;&#x153;Labor Day Weekend Drawing Marathonâ&#x20AC;? focusing on experimentation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $400 plus material fee. Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Historic Congressional Cemeteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Day of the Dogâ&#x20AC;? will feature games for canines and kids, demonstrations, vendors, adoptions, pet portraits, live music, and food and drink. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host local events for the fifth annual International


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Events Entertainment a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Cosplay Day. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Freer and Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. tours and walks â&#x2013; Writer Rocco Zappone will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? a look at downtown Washington filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Is Burning! August 1814,â&#x20AC;? a two-part walking tour about the invasion of Washington by British troops during the War of 1812. 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $15 per session. Meeting location provided upon registration. The event will repeat Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Historic Congressional Cemetery will host a weekly introductory tour. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at the front gate of Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present its new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capitol Hauntingsâ&#x20AC;? tour focusing on stories of otherworldly visitors on Capitol Hill. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Meet outside the Capitol South Metrorail station.

Sunday, auguSt 31 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of American music from television shows, movies and Broadway musicals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature singers Nicole Parker and Christopher Johnstone (shown). Open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202416-8114.

Class â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.

9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â&#x2013; CUE, the adult division of YouthCUE, will present 140 singers from across North American performing works by Handel, Rutter, Dan Goeller and Mack Wilberg. 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.

Concerts â&#x2013; Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to

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Films â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watermark,â&#x20AC;? a global look at the beauty, mystery, influence and power of water over the course of time. 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 mmâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosis,â&#x20AC;? a program featuring films such as Rose Lowderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sources,â&#x20AC;? Lawrence Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;acteâ&#x20AC;? and Bruce Baillieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Girl.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13th annual Page-to-Stage Festival, the Millennium Stage will celebrate the winners of the 30th annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance competition and present a staged reading of excerpts from several of the scripts. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half-Price Summer Sundays.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. $4 to $5; free for ages 18 and younger. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls, 2:30 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000. Monday, Sept. 1 Monday SEPtEMBER 1 Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13th annual Page-to-Stage Festival, Synetic Theater will perform excerpts from its physical theater adaptation of the horror classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Island of Dr. Moreau.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  A Labor Day barbecue will feature seasonal favorites. 4 to 6 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 5 and younger. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Tuesday, Sept. 2

Tuesday SEPtEMBER 2 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. >V]b]Pg9SbWV>ObbWa]\ BVSAVOYSa^SO`SBVSOb`S1][^O\g>`SaS\bObW]\AS`WSaWaa^]\a]`SRPg2`>OcZO\R;`a@]aS1O`bS`

Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature cellist Ismar Gomes performing works by Sibelius, Ligeti and Prokofiev. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Peruvian singer Corina Bartra will

perform Afro-Peruvian jazz music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;War of Worlds: The Impact of Russian State Television Propaganda on the Russian Internetâ&#x20AC;? will feature Evgenia Olimpieva of the University of Chicago and Christina Cottiero, Katherine Kucharski and Robert Orttung of George Washington University. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses monthly labor series will feature a forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of Unpaid Internshipsâ&#x20AC;? with Alan Morrison, associate dean at George Washington University Law, and Eric Glatt, a law student at Georgetown University and the lead plaintiff in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. â&#x2013;  Timothy Denevi, a visiting writer at George Mason University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imperfectionistsâ&#x20AC;? by Tom Rachman. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book Club With a Beatâ&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the Worldâ&#x20AC;? by John Szwed. 7 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its weekly Pop Movies series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Okinawa Film Festival will feature awamori cocktails and three short films â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sachiko Fukumotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indigo Love,â&#x20AC;? Chikako Yamashiro and Atsushi Sunagawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Path of Kumiodoriâ&#x20AC;? and Tsukasa Kishimotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother of the Groom.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DMV Roast of Congressâ&#x20AC;? will feature comedian Dylan Meyer. 8 p.m. Free. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202-431-4704. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Love Onion and Madeline, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Allied Forces victory in the See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Pacific and the end of World War II with a ceremony featuring a keynote address by George Prescott Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. 9 a.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. tours ■ A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ A U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer will lead an afternoon tour. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Wednesday, Sept. 3

Wednesday SEPtEMBER 3 Classes and workshops ■ Knowledge Commons DC will open its 11th session of free classes with an “Anatomy of a Website” workshop led by Robert Thomas. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ Centro Ashé Herbs & Education will begin a three-part “Intro to Herbal Medicine” class. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $45; reservations required by Sept. 1. Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. The class will continue Sept. 10 and 24. ■ 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. ■ Joe Ryan, managing principal of, will lead a skills-building workshop for job seekers on “Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts ■ A lunchtime summer concert series will feature jazz and R&B music performed by Fly, featuring Nala D. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. L’Enfant Plaza, 10th and D streets SW. ■ The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer-songwriter Brent Peterson. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The Dixie Power Trio will perform an eclectic mix of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and original compositions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Communion DC” will feature up-andcoming musical acts Diane Birch (shown), Crash and Margo MacDonald. 8:30 p.m. $9.50 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ National Museum of Women in the Arts chief curator Kathryn Wat will discuss Mariko Mori’s “Miko no Inori.” Noon to

12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ “Iraq in Crisis: Understanding the Challenges Confronting the Nation” will feature panelists Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee; Adil Shamoo, associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Sami Albanna, Iraq analyst and commentator. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-3381290. ■ Yasuyo Sakata, professor of international relations at the Kanda University of International Studies in Japan, will discus “The U.S.-ROK Alliance as an Asia-Pacific Alliance? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in U.S. Policy.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 503, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, a writer from Mexico City and editor in chief of Artes de México, will discuss the life and career of the Nobel laureate Octavio Paz on the 100th anniversary of his birth. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. ■ Scott Einberger and Stephen R. Mckevitt will discuss their respective books, “A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness & Washington, D.C.” and “Meridian Hill: A History.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. ■ The H&B Book Club will discuss “The Smartest Kids in the World — and How They Got That Way” by Amanda Ripley. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Theoretical physicist Jim Gates, a professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss “Solving the Higgs Puzzle: The Evolution That Led to the Higgs Boson.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Elizabeth Green, a journalist and CEO of the nonprofit education news organization Chalkbeat, will discuss her book “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone).” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center’s Okinawa Film Festival will feature Okinawan food, awamori cocktails and Claude Gagnon’s 2012 film “KaraKara,” about a retired professor in his early 60s who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with a 40-year-old runaway wife. Tasting at 6 p.m.; film at 6:40 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ The Programmer’s Choice series will feature Swedish director Jan Troell’s biopic “The Last Sentence,” about crusading Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt and his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performance ■ Holly Bass will host an open mic


Studio stages ‘Belleville’

Studio theatre will stage American playwright Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” Sept. 3 through Oct. 12. Abby and Zack traded the comforts of America for noble adventure abroad, moving to the trendy Parisian enclave Bel-

On StagE leville for his prestigious post with Doctors Without Borders. Although their lives seem perfect, Abby returns home early one afternoon and uncovers a few seemingly inconsequential surprises. Tickets cost $44 to $88. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ theater alliance will open its 12th season with the world premiere of Caridad Svich’s gritty drama “Spark” Sept. 4 through 28 at the Anacostia Playhouse. When a veteran returns from war, she and her family must battle to overcome economic challenges, emotional conflict and the specter of war that haunts them. The play examines a society’s responsibility to address its veterans’ physical, emotional and mental needs and to break the cycle of abandonment in families. Tickets cost $20 to $35. The Anacostia Playhouse is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE. 202-241-2539; ■ theater J will stage the musical “Yentl” Aug. 28 through Oct. 25 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event ■ The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 — Franz Kafka” with a special exhibition “Kafka & Co.,” featuring drawings, lithographs and etchings by Czech cartoonist Jirí Slíva. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. The

Jacob h. Knoll and gillian Williams will star in “Belleville” at Studio theatre. Tickets start at $35, except for pay-what-you-can previews Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 and $30 previews Aug. 30 and 31. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The Shakespeare theatre Company will present its 24th annual “Free for All” production — William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” — through Aug. 31 at Sidney Harman Hall. Tickets are free and can be obtained by online lottery or in person. Visit or call 202-547-1122 for details. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. ■ The North American tour of “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage” will visit the National theatre through Sept. 14. Tickets start at $48. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849;

festival will feature concerts, films and performances through Oct. 31. Sporting event ■ The Central American Cup 2014 will feature soccer matches between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, at 5:30 p.m.; Honduras and Belize, at 7:30 p.m.; and El Salvador and Guatemala, at 9:30 p.m. $40 to $70. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. tasting ■ Theo Rutherford, a whiskey expert

with Beam Global, will present “The Distilled Truth: Smoke and Mirrors,” about the difference between smoky and peated whiskeys. 7 p.m. $50; reservations required. Rí Rá Georgetown, 3125 M St. NW. 202-751-2111 Thursday, Sept. 4

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Class ■ Lyriel Claire will lead a four-week class on “Aura & the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection.” 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. $20 to $22 See Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 per session. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. The class will continue Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Concerts ■ The Brown Bag Concert series will feature a chamber music performance. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s string ensemble will perform. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Music on the Lawn series will feature a jazz concert by the Larry Brown Quartet. Grounds open at 5 p.m.; concert from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202333-7100. ■ “Art on 8th,” presented by Dance Place and Monroe Street Market, will feature guitarist Alex Martin. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The New Mastersounds and Higher Hands will perform. 8:30 p.m. $20. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Stephan Leibfried of the University of Bremen will discuss “The European Union


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Events Entertainment at the Crossroads: Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 701, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The Palisades Village Book Club will discuss “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Literary Book Group will discuss “How to Breathe Underwater” by Julie Orringer. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Malte Rolf, professor of history at the University of Bamberg, Germany, will discuss “Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin’s Times.” 3 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Consultant Victoria Tillson Evans will discuss “Making the Most of Senior Year.” 6 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ The Mystery Book Group will discuss “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ A support group for job seekers will host a breakout session for participants to network and strategize. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.

feature the Dave Matthews tribute band Crowded Streets. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. ■ Rocco DeLuca and Gideon Grove will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

■ Todd Moss will discuss his novel “The Golden Hour.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ The D.C. Public Library and the Museum of Science Fiction will present a milestone film in science fiction history. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. ■ The Second Biennial DC Chinese Film Festival will feature native Tibetan novelist and filmmaker Pema Tseden’s 2011 film “Old Dog.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies: It’s a Whole New Ballgame” will feature Bennett Miller’s 2011 film “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. ■ Beasley Real Estate’s Summer Movie

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Discussions and lectures ■ “Sunday in the Park and PostImpressionism” — a talk about Georges Seurat’s iconic painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” and its role as inspiration for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sunday in the Park With George,” now on stage at Arlington’s Signature Theatre — will feature Signature Theatre’s artistic director Matthew Gardiner, education director David Zobell and production designers. Noon. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Terek Masoud, associate professor of public policy at Harvard University, will discuss his book “Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Tony Zinni will discuss his book “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How American Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Will Allen, pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award winner, will discuss his book “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; tickets required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-242-5327. Films ■ The Second Biennial DC Chinese Film Festival will feature Huang ChiaChun’s 2013 film “Rock Me to the Moon,” at 2 p.m.; and Tsai Ming-liang’s 2013 film “Stray Dogs,” at 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Georgetown Library’s September film series will offer a taste of New York City from the gritty and the zany. 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Okinawa Film Festival will feature Yuji Nakae’s 1999 film “Nabbie’s Love.” 6:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Smithsonian Channel, the National Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present the premiere of “Aerial America: Wilderness.” A post-screening discussion will feature producer Alicia Green and other guests. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1658. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.


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the issue in detail. What is known: â&#x2013; Mercury emerged in one of four routine groundwater samples taken as part of the permitting process somewhere on the East Campus site (neighbors believe on one of its four corners) earlier this year. Its origin is unknown, with the university suspecting old paint or a discarded car battery, but with neighbors fearing further contamination resulting from the World War I-era munitions testing station at the university. â&#x2013;  The first stage of work on the project was scheduled to start early this summer, but it has not taken place. The university closed off the parking lot in May to prepare for development, and its original timetable called for excavation for foundations and an underground parking garage to run from June through October. That would allow for construction of the garage to begin in September and end in February so that buildings could then start going up above it. â&#x2013;  No new estimated start date is available. As of yesterday, the most recent update on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction website said that the construction team would â&#x20AC;&#x153;begin to secureâ&#x20AC;? the parking lot on May 19. The university plans to convert much of the

surface parking lot property into a new development with 590 beds of student housing along Nebraska Avenue and smaller academic and administrative buildings behind them. The school must complete the project on schedule to meet its Zoning Commission requirement to have room for 67 percent of its undergraduates on campus by fall 2016. Dorms at the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Campus have already been demolished to make way for new Washington College of Law facilities. In an email to The Current, American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Linda Argo said officials arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concerned by the current pace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any project of this size builds in the possibility of delays caused by a range of issues, such as the regulatory process and inclement weather,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. As to the specific delay from the D.C. Department of the Environment, Argo wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are continuing to work with DDOE to make sure our construction means and methods are in compliance with all environmental regulatory standards before the issuance of permits. We are still in that process. And, I should emphasize, there has been no â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;investigationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; again, this is consistent with standard permitting and approval processes.â&#x20AC;? But some neighbors and community leaders are pushing for more intensive review of possible contamination at the site due to the

universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World War I history, which has cost some $250 million in cleanup over the last two decades. The parking lot site was never used for the same Army chemical munitions testing that affected other parts of the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t owned by the university at the time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Slowinski worries that soil could have been taken there from toxic areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they moved contaminated soil to the site from another property, you could expect to find the same chemicals,â&#x20AC;? Slowinski said last Wednesday, at a meeting of the local advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nascent environment committee. And a former owner of the parking lot site had leased other land to the Army, Slowinski said, making it possible that dirt could have been moved around. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said that mercury has not been a widespread contaminant associated with the American University Experiment Station. Furthermore, its investigators looked into the parking lot site in 2009 and found only â&#x20AC;&#x153;native undisturbed soil,â&#x20AC;? a spokesperson said earlier this year, but it did not check for chemicals. Slowinski, meanwhile, points to a 1922 aerial photo showing ground scars on the property that he says point to disturbances, and neighbors note that mercury has been found in soil (though not

groundwater) in the university campus. The neighborhood commission earlier this month asked the city to conduct an environmental investigation of the property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; similar to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been done elsewhere on the campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before issuing any permits. That includes soil, air and groundwater sampling, with tests for several hundred chemicals associated with the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities in the area. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, attendees also worried that the Environment Department has limited authority over project approvals. But Orlins of the Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Department said the other agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sway is in fact considerable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to issue a permit if DDOE does not approve it,â&#x20AC;? Orlins said in an interview. According to the regulatory departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, a few other issues are also outstanding before some East Campus permits can be issued, reflecting various details raised by other city agencies. Additionally, the neighborhood commission is appealing a decision by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning administrator that would allow the university to build two levels of underground parking at the site when the school had applied for only one level during zoning hearings. Neighbors say digging deeper represents a greater environmental impact and deserves a new round of public hearings.




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TESTING: Board to vote tonight From Page 3

Next Generation Science by the 2016-2017 year.) “My understanding was they went into effect when you adopted them,” Aguirre told Jacobson. He said many schools also had that understanding, adding that representatives of those schools would be attending tonight’s meeting to make their voices heard. But board president Mark Jones, the Ward 5 representative, was appalled that schools would be talking to Aguirre’s office about these issues without consulting him and his colleagues. “We’ll never move

the needle in this city until we’re all on the same page,” Jones said. Aguirre’s proposal regarding science scores is one of several items the board will vote on tonight as part of a broader application Aguirre’s office crafted to the U.S. Department of Education related to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In an interview with The Current, Jacobson said he expects “a clear majority” of his colleagues to oppose Aguirre’s proposal as it relates to science. Tonight’s meeting will be held at 5:30 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, Room 220 South.

SALON: Restaurant plan altered From Page 5

around.” Violet Salon has been in place there since 2005, according to manager Sandra Patterson. She said the business has a 10-year lease for the space, with the option to renew in another five years. Mugati has plucked former Sushi-Ko chef Koji Terano to helm both the sushi place and the planned “Yakitori” restaurant at 1515 Wisconsin, serving a distinct style of skewered chicken. Though he said it would be ideal for the two restaurants to operate side by side, he’s now looking at other properties in Georgetown for the sushi spot.

In particular, Mugati is zeroing in on a property he owns at 3073 Canal St., which already hosts a sushi to-go place. The idea would be to transform that operation into a more upscale restaurant, he said. Mugati said the “Yakitori” plan is still on for the 1515 Wisconsin property, which he has owned for about a decade. He said the current tenant there, John Rosselli Antiques, also has the option to renew its lease, but plans to move out. Mugati said he has also looked into putting the sushi restaurant on the second floor of the neighboring property, above Violet Salon, but it doesn’t seem feasible. “The more I look at it, I just don’t see that being a great location up top,” he said.

ENROLLMENT: School sees rise From Page 7

modate the growing number of students. Middle school grades are at capacity, and children are being turned away from early learning programs. There is still some extra space on the campus, which has the ability to serve more than 500, and Trogisch may seek to expand that capacity as part of the school’s renovation slated for 2016. In light of the growth at FrancisStevens, D.C. Public Schools is reiterating its commitment that no high school students from Walls will be required to take classes at the lower school campus. High school parents had voiced anxiety about the prospect of their children traveling back and forth between the two campuses during the school day, but D.C.’s chief of schools, John Davis, declared again this month that there are “absolutely no plans” for that to occur. In a letter sent to the entire School Without Walls community, Davis also clarified that education officials don’t envision sending high school students to Francis-Stevens in the future. Some high school parents still have lingering concerns about the merger, including the fact that high school and lower school students share Trogisch as principal. But

Davis wrote in his letter that Trogisch must continue to oversee both campuses in order to sustain a prekindergarten-through-12th-grade model that allows interaction between older and younger students. “These additional opportunities will continue to lead to a more enriching educational experience for all students,” Davis wrote. Several other concerns raised by high school parents appear to be addressed by Davis’ latest pronouncements. In a joint letter to the high school community, Local School Advisory Team chair Ed Lazere and Home and School Association chair Melanie Gisler expressed satisfaction that high school students would stay at the high school for their classes. Lazere and Gisler were also pleased that the high school will now have a separate budget from the Francis-Steven campus, a change from this past year. In an email to Davis, Lazere wrote, “I greatly appreciate your work to bring this to a resolution that balances all interests.” Increased enrollment at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens comes as D.C. Public Schools announces its highest overall enrollment in five years. School system spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said the latest Francis-Stevens numbers are “good news all around.”

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BRINGING OUR EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL Woodley Park 3100 Conn Avenue $429,000. New Listing! Amazingly large 1BR w/den, located between Cleveland Park & Woodley Park Metros. Almost 1,000 sq ft, incl big LR & BR plus super kitchen renovation. Read more on our website.

New Buyer’s Agent Heather Skinner Joins the T.A.G. Team

Palisades 5745 Sherier Place NW $1,185,000. Great price for bright, modern home with flexible, open floor plan for easy living & gracious entertaining. 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom beauty close to shops, the C&O Canal, historic Georgetown and Downtown DC. Read more on our website.


Chevy Chase DC 3239 Rittenhouse St, NW $1,219,000. Classic Colonial with fabulous modern twist…wonderful home with 4BR and 3BA up, super-cool Porcelanosa kitchen plus formal LR & DR, powder room and great screen porch/deck on main level; great rec room with 2nd fp…even a 2-car attached garage! Read more on our website.

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Cathedral Heights 3051 Idaho Ave NW, Unit 414, $179,000. Efficiency unit with nice view, full-size kitchen appliances, renovated bathroom, walk-in closet and wood floors. Charming English Tudor style historic building with roof deck for amazing Cathedral views. Extra storage locker, bike storage, party room, attractive common areas, small pets but no dogs permitted. Read more on our website. Read more on our website.

“I love homes, I love finding homes, and I love connecting with people. I’m very excited about joining the T.A.G. Team!”

Bethesda 7531 Bradley Blvd $639,000. Convenient contemporary townhome with green house! 4BR, 3.5BA, open plan w/ high ceilings, granite counters; balcony and patio overlook woodlands; reserved parking plus additional spaces, too. Read more on our website.

The Taylor Agostino Group is proud to bring a new expert to our neighborhood team! Heather Skinner is joining us with a love for DC-area real estate and a background in marketing and analytics. She applies a methodical approach to finding buyers the perfect home, comparing wish lists with available inventory with an eye for the little things. A Bethesda-area native and University of Maryland graduate, Heather has strong ties to the area. Her home-grown insights will directly benefit Taylor Agostino Group clients in more ways than one! For more information and to contact Heather please call (240) 381-0556 or email her at


Bethesda 6229 Walhonding Road $735,000. Presenting a spacious contemporary home in a fabulous neighborhood. The 4-bedroom property includes a big screened porch, 2 fireplaces, open floor plan, and attached car port. Big family room with wall of windows. Unfinished room ready to become Bedroom #5. Read more on our website.


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Forest Hills 2813 Albemarle Street, NW $1,449,900. Real Value for fantastic 5+BR/4.5BA Forest Hills home, nestled in the trees, overlooking the Italian Ambassador’s residence. Beautiful private views in almost every direction, while keeping you close to shops, Metro and downtown DC. Read more on our website.



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Northwest Current - East Edition

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Northwest Current - East Edition