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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Serving Communities in Northwest Washington Since 1967 Vol. XLVIII, No. 3 The Northwest Current Hearing airs diverse views on pop-ups By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer John Stokes has dealt with many community issues as the chief of staff for the city s Department of Parks and Recreation. On Thursday, though, Stokes found himself in the opposite position a resident petitioning the D.C. government due to a developer s plans to convert the row house next door to his Varnum Street home into a seven-unit condo. Stokes was one of many residents asking the Zoning Commission to support proposals that would limit such pop-up projects in many row house neighborhoods. Many witnesses at the four-hourplus hearing were similarly affected by the developments, or feared their own blocks would be the next to see such projects. I lose my view, I lose my privacy, I lose my wellness and the wellness of my home, Stokes told commissioners. I m not sure what can be done, but this is simply not fair. The city s Office of Planning has developed a series of proposals See Pop-ups/Page 5 Some farmers markets weather the winter By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent When you think of farmers markets, the first associations that come to mind might be summer-specific: ripe heirloom tomatoes, fresh corn and the scent of basil wafting through the air. Yet several D.C. farmers markets are open yearround, offering fresh, locally grown produce to Northwest residents even in the winter. In fact, Twin Springs Fruit Farm, which operates eight farmers markets in the area and participates in 10 others, just decided to keep its Saturday market at the Maret School open in the winter. When you have a market that weekend of service Brian Kapur/The Current As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, multiple cleanups took place throughout Rock Creek Park, including this one at Peirce Mill. Volunteers of all ages helped pick up trash and clear invasive ivy. Deirdre Bannon/The Current Twin Springs Fruit Farm recently began operating its Maret School market year-round. goes year-round, you can establish a certain amount of momentum, said Aubrey King, owner of Twin Springs. We found that with markets that close in winter, we lost a lot of that momentum and people forget about you. You hope customers still get your s and snail mail, but every year it s like you have to rebuild your business. King is also able to offer his employees year-round work, which helps him retain staff. The market s strong customer base and the amount of produce Twin Springs is able to offer also helped King make the decision. On a recent Saturday, customers at the market braved the chilly temperatures to buy items you might expect to find in January, like potatoes, carrots and butternut squash but Twin Springs also had eight varieties of apples, cider and, perhaps surprising to some, salad greens See Markets/Page 26 More of Spring Valley may require cleanup Contamination: Army names new areas of interest Current Staff Report More than two decades after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began cleaning up World War I-era contamination from Spring Valley and American University, the Army has said its work in the neighborhood is mostly complete. But last week, officials reported that some century-old munitions might remain in the area, and that some residents may be living in properties where there is an unacceptable risk from hazardous Parking garage plan wins conditional ANC support Development: AU project heads to Zoning Commission By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer Westover Place residents concerned about flooded basements filled last Wednesday s Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting, where American University was seeking support for plans to excavate a two-level parking garage. The commission ultimately voted 8-2 to support the plans with conditions affecting noise and traffic but not flooding. The university had already won Zoning Commission approval for the 150-space garage as part of its broader 10-year campus plan, but subsequently concluded it needed a minor modification to spread the spaces over two levels instead of just one. The last-minute change sparked concern in Westover Place, a community of town homes that backs to the Nebraska Avenue parking lot that is now becoming the university s East Campus a five-building development with dorms, retail, chemical contamination in the soil. At the Jan. 13 meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board, which oversees the cleanup, Army officials previewed a new report that they plan to publicly release in March. During World War I, American University hosted the U.S. Army s main chemical warfare testing station. Munitions tests, and the postwar burial of various hazardous materials, contaminated areas of the campus and the surrounding woods, which subsequently became the Spring Valley community. The residential areas that might have continued risk from chemicals See Munitions/Page 5 Brian Kapur/The Current American University officials say the East Campus project is on schedule to wrap up by fall classrooms and offices. Residents are seeking assurances that excavating an additional 7 feet more than the earlier plan (to a total of about 24 feet) wouldn t divert groundwater into their homes. I frankly don t care if they dig it down to the center of the Earth my only concern would be the impact of the displaced water, said resident Gerard Gallucci. It basically adds another 7 feet to what s basically a swimming pool, except the water s outside the pool. University officials at the meeting said the D.C. Department of the Environment, D.C. Water and Sewer See Campus/Page 14 NEWS Bill would give free books to children ages 5 and younger Page 3 SPORTS Burke girls, boys basketball teams black out WIS Page 9 NEWS Garrison community fears diversion of modernization funds Page 5 Calendar/18 Classifieds/25 District Digest/2 Exhibits/19 In Your Neighborhood/8 Opinion/6 INDEX Police Report/4 Real Estate/13 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/23 Sports/9 Theater/21 Tips? Contact us at 2 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 The CurrenT Bill would give voting rights to non-citizens At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso introduced legislation yesterday to grant voting rights to local non-citizens with permanent residency status. Council members Charles Allen (Ward 6), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Elissa Silverman (at-large) co-sponsored the Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2015, which would apply to D.C. municipal elections. What most District residents care about are the tangible things that impact their day-to-day lives like potholes, playgrounds, taxes, snow removal, trash collection, red light cameras and more, Grosso said when he announced the bill, according to a news release. All of these issues are important to voters in D.C. Unfortunately, not all of our residents have a say in choosing the officials who make these decisions. In my opinion, that is unjust. Police investigating brawl in Petworth Police are investigating a fight in a Georgia Avenue nightclub early Friday that required officers to briefly close the street. One person was hit in the head with a bottle and seriously injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at 5123 Georgia, according to information posted to an area listserv. When the fight erupted, over 200 patrons exited the Trinidad and Tobago Association (also known as Clubhouse DC) and then a fight erupted on the sidewalk and street. When 4th District officers arrived, District Digest those involved with the fight fled, and due to the remaining chaos the officers closed Georgia between Ingraham and Jefferson streets. Anyone with information can call the Metropolitan Police Department at or send an anonymous text to Culture Call today for a personalized tour Military Road, NW Washington, DC ABC Board continues Zanzibar suspension The city s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last week decided to continue its suspension of the liquor license of Heritage India/The Zanzibar after a Jan. 3 stabbing. The board held a 10-hour hearing on the case, in which 35-yearold Joseph Ricardo Johnson of the District allegedly stabbed another man at the 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. club. The alcohol board initially ruled that there were not enough security personnel at the establishment and that bar employees acted improperly, but Heritage India appealed the decision. Last week board members decided that the license will remain suspended until the establishment s owners develop an enhanced security plan the board accepts, according to a news release. The board will also permanently prohibit the club from offering entertainment such as DJs and live bands, charging a cover fee or using promoters. The board has also referred the case to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General to bring formal charges, which could result in fines or penalties. Bowser meets with Mexico City s mayor Mayor Muriel Bowser and the new head of the city s Office of Latino Affairs met with the mayor of Mexico City last week, discussing D.C. s fight for statehood and the benefits and burdens of being a federal city. Other Latino leaders from the District also took part in the meeting with Mayor Miguel Mancera. Jackie Reyes has headed the Office of Latino Affairs since Jan. 2. She previously served on the staff of former Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, where she worked to address the needs of local Latinos, including by securing financing to rebuild the Monseñor Romero Apartments in Mount Pleasant after a 2008 fire. Local Village group names new director Musician and arts-group manager Mark Ohnmacht started last week as executive director of the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village. Woodley Park resident Ohnmacht, who has worked for the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Bach Consort, among The CurrenT Delivered weekly to homes and businesses in Northwest Washington Publisher & Editor Davis Kennedy Managing Editor Chris Kain Assistant Managing Editor Beth Cope Advertising Director Gary Socha Account Executive Shani Madden Account Executive Chip Py Account Executive George Steinbraker Advertising Standards Advertising published in The Current Newspapers is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services as offered are accurately described and are available to customers at the advertised price. Advertising that does not conform to these standards, or that is deceptive or misleading, is never knowingly accepted. If any Current Newspapers reader encounters non-compliance with these standards, we ask that you inform us. All advertising and editorial matter is fully protected and may not be reproduced in any manner without permission from the publisher. Subscription by mail $52 per year Telephone: Address Street Address 5185 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 102 Mailing Address Post Office Box Washington, D.C others, says he is inspired by the mission of the village, which helps seniors live at home as they age. Work in the performing arts has given me a solid grounding in community relations, marketing, development and volunteer management that I ll draw on heavily as I work with the Village board to increase the organization s membership and footprint in the neighborhood, he says in a news release. Palisades resident to screen her short film Palisades resident Shoshana Rosenbaum s short film The Goblin Baby will screen at the Rosebud Film Festival Showcase in Arlington Saturday. The supernatural thriller, which premiered at the DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition last year, tells the story of Claire, the sleep-deprived mother of a new baby who can t shake the foreboding sense that something in the woods is stalking her, according to a news release. It was shot entirely in the Palisades. Saturday s screening will begin at 5:39 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. Tickets for the entire showcase, available at, cost $10. More information on the film is at Capriotti s opens new Georgetown eatery Delaware-based Capriotti s Sandwich Shop recently opened a Georgetown eatery at 3347 M St. Capriotti s, which is known for roasting whole turkeys daily, was founded in 1976 in Wilmington, where it s a favorite of beachgoers, according to a news release. Landon School alumnus George Vincent Jr. brought the restaurant to the D.C. area, where he plans to open a dozen shops in the next two years. He already has outposts at 1800 M St. NW and in Rosslyn. The Georgetown Capriotti s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Woodley Park church celebrates 100 years St. Thomas the Apostle church in Woodley Park recently marked its 100th anniversary, with Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl celebrating Mass with the Catholic parish to commemorate the occasion. Since July 2013, the Community of St. Philip Neri has run the Woodley Road church. Details on the church are at Corrections As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at Textile Museum to reopen in March in Foggy Bottom By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer With the Textile Museum ready to reopen in its new Foggy Bottom location in March, there could be renewed interest in the sale of its now-vacant former home in Sheridan-Kalorama. Realtors say they re relaunching the sale of the museum s property at 2320 S St., which at $22 million is currently the priciest listing in D.C. real estate. Now that the Textile Museum has finished clearing its staff and wares, agents can show the historic property free of furnishings for the first time. This is kind of a new beginning, to be able to show the property as empty, said Realtor Sylvia Bergstrom of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who said the Textile Museum had officially moved out by the end of December. But Bergstrom said agents have already been showing the 34,125-square foot property regularly, seeing interest from wealthy private individuals as well as countries seeking an embassy or ambassador s residence. Art collectors The week ahead have also demonstrated interest, she said. The property has been on the market since the summer of 2013, after the Textile Museum teamed up with George Washington University to create a new museum complex at 21st and G streets NW. That new four-story facility is now scheduled to open on March 21. In addition to the Textile Museum s collection of more than 19,000 objects dating back to 3000 B.C., the new Foggy Bottom complex will display pieces owned by the university as well as the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of nearly 1,000 pieces documenting the city s history. Small donated his historic Washington maps, documents and other rarities to the university in Major construction on the new space ended over the summer, and the building is now getting finishing touches, according to a news release from the university. [T]he final stage of installing the museum requires extraordinary behind-thescenes preparations, including coordinating loans, mounting exhibi- See Museum/Page 10 Wednesday, Jan. 21 The D.C. State Board of Education will hold an organizational meeting to select leadership for The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. The Community Alliance for Upper Fourteenth Street, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Xi Omega Chapter, the Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association and the 16th Street Heights Civic Association will hold the Heights Community Soup, a potluck dinner where neighbors will choose and help fund community projects. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Alpha Kappa Alpha-Xi Omega Chapter, th St. NW. The $5 suggested donation includes soup, salad, bread and a vote. For details, proposals are due by Jan. 12. Thursday, Jan. 22 The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Friday, Jan. 23 The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public oversight roundtable on the potential environmental effects of Exelon Corp. s proposed acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Saturday, Jan. 24 EmpowerTalk and Esther Productions Inc. will co-host The People s State of the Union with a citizens group named the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Participants will express their views about their communities; the condition of our culture; and the state of the union locally, nationally and globally. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Tuesday, Jan. 27 The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1107, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood is scheduled to discuss the revised D.C. zoning code, and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier has been invited to address public safety concerns. Wednesday, Jan. 28 The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a Capital Bikeshare open house. Representatives will present proposed fare increases, review system highlights and performance, solicit feedback from riders, and discuss issues related to the system s growth and development. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Registration is requested at or The Current ch n wednesday, January 21, Bill would offer book a month to young kids By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer Cora Allen was willing to come downstairs, but only on one condition. When the 2-year-old s parents asked her to join them at the breakfast table last Friday morning, she was adamant about bringing along an armful of books. It was a source of amusement, to be sure, but it also provided her father, Ward 6 s new D.C. Council member Charles Allen, with a handy personal anecdote for the press conference he was about to hold. Standing outside the Southwest Library a few hours later, the lawmaker worked his daughter into an announcement of legislation to create a new early childhood literacy program in partnership with D.C. s See Literacy/Page 8 4 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 n g The Current get fired up. bring your heating bills down. You have the power to control your utility bills. Replace your old heating system and get up to $500 cash back. Connect at #REPRESENTDC This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 12 through 18 in local police service areas. psa 101 PSA 101 downtown Assault with a dangerous weapon block, F St.; 1:19 a.m. Jan. 18. Motor vehicle theft 12th and E streets; 5:26 a.m. Jan. 18. Theft block, 11th St.; 11:16 a.m. Jan block, 13th St.; 3:30 p.m. Jan block, 12th St.; 2:30 p.m. Jan block, H St.; 3:19 p.m. Jan block, F St.; 1:30 p.m. Jan block, F St.; 6:15 p.m. Jan block, F St.; 5:56 p.m. Jan block, H St.; 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Theft from auto block, 14th St.; 1:58 a.m. Jan. 15. psa 102 PSA Gallery 102 place PENN QUARTER Robbery block, 7th St.; 8:46 p.m. Jan block, 7th St.; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Assault with a dangerous weapon block, G St.; 11:26 a.m. Jan. 17. Motor vehicle theft H and 6th streets; 3:37 p.m. Jan block, L St.; 6:17 p.m. Jan. 16. Theft H and 6th streets; 8:40 p.m. Jan block, 8th St.; 10:45 p.m. Jan block, 9th St.; 4:40 p.m. Jan block, 7th St.; 8:30 p.m. Jan block, H St.; 12:20 a.m. Jan block, 7th St.; 8:36 p.m. Jan. 18. Theft from auto block, K St.; 6:46 p.m. Jan block, 5th St.; 11:27 a.m. Jan th and K streets; 3 p.m. Jan block, D St.; 4 a.m. Jan block, K St.; 5:22 p.m. Jan block, 5th St.; 1:10 a.m. Jan th and G streets; 3:35 a.m. Jan. 18. 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