Former Mayor Marion Barry: D.C.’s Most Famous, Powerful Politician Dies at 78

Almost from the moment he arrived in Washington, D.C., as a young, firebrand civil rights activist, Marion S. Barry, Jr., captured the imagination of the city, as he made headlines and news, for better and worse. He was mayor of D.C. for four terms and dubbed “Mayor for Life.” He was at the center of a political firestorm in the infamous 1990 drug bust at a downtown D.C. hotel room. He went to prison and returned in a kind of triumph to become mayor again. He would rise again to become Ward 8 City Council member, and time and time again, through sickness and health, a censure by the District Council, and most recently, a controversial autobiography, Barry made news. He was admired and loved and often when spoke, he outraged more than a lot of people. He was a seemingly endless fodder for stories and headlines. Here is the latest—but not probably not last—headline about him: "Marion Barry, Four-term Mayor of the District of Columbia, Dead at 78." Barry, who had entered the hospital over the weekend, died in the early hours of Nov. 23, after being released to his home. He had been battling various illnesses for a number of years. He died at United Medical Center. The last time we saw Barry, we interviewed him during lunch at the Fours Seasons Hotel in Georgetown about his autobiography, “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Life of Marion Barry Jr.” It is a book which proved revealing about his deep South upbringing that forged his politics and thinking. It also provides some shocking details about that 1990 sting operation that led to his prison term. Mayor Vincent Gray issued this statement about Barry's passing: “Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city. He loved the District of Columbia, and so many Washingtonians loved him.” As the Ward 8 Councilmember, Barry supported an embattled Gray in his bid for re-nomination as the Democratic candidate in the April primary, which was won by Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who was then supported by Barry and went on to win the general election. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, "shocked and deeply saddened" by Barry's passing, said in a statement: "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most and lived his life in service to others. … He has been a part of my family for decades, and he will continue to be an example to me and so many others." Former mayoral candidate and the longest-serving member of the District Council, Jack Evans wrote: "Mayor Barry never backed down from the belief that Washington, D.C., should do more, should be more, for every person who lives here." Barry is survived by his wife, Cora, and one son, Marion Christopher Barry. Memorial services are pending. Mayor Gray said that he will speak with the Barry family and the District Council about government ceremonies that would be “worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

The Shocks, and Aftershocks, of Brexit

The referendum in Great Britain on whether to stay in the European Union kind of snuck up on Americans.

Attempted Rape Foiled By ‘Concerned Citizen’

The attempted sexual assault on 35th Street could involve a serial rapist. Police have increased patrols in the neighborhood.

Weekend Roundup July 05, 2012

Volta Park MPD Meet & Greet July 7th, 2012 at 09:00- 10:00 AM | Free | Tel: (202) 282-0380 | Event Website Come by this Saturday and meet Meet Officer Atkins and strengthen ties with the community & our local MPD representatives! Join us to share strategies to improve neighborhood safety! Sponsored by : CAG’s Public Safety Program. Meet at picnic tables on the lawn and in Case of Rain, meet at the Safeway Cafe. Address Volta Park Recreation Center and Pool 1555 34th St NW, Quest: Road Signs July 7th, 2012 at 09:30 AM | Free | | Tel: (202) 783-3372 | Event Website A talented cast of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing performers celebrates deaf culture in an entertaining performance featuring a mixture of story theatre, mime, A-B-C stories, poetry and songs- all performed in American Sign Language. Address The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Castleton Festival at the Hylton: Grand Opera in Concert: Puccini’s “La Bohème.” July 7th, 2012 at 08:00 PM | $30, $45, $60 | | Tel: 888-945-2468 | Event Website Unencumbered by sets and elaborate costuming, this spectacular concert version of Puccini's "La Bohème" conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel allows the audience to be mesmerized by the Castleton Festival Orchestra and singers performing the beloved music of this heartrending opera. Address Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110 CAPCS Online Summer Concert Series July 11th, 2012 at 12:00 PM | free | Tel: (866) 339-9912 | Event Website Online students don’t just hang out with their computers – they enjoy summer fun with their classmates, too. Students, families and staff from Community Academy Public Charter School Online (CAPCS Online) will be grooving to everything from funk rock to New Orleans jazz this summer during a series concerts throughout the summer. Interested families are also invited to see how the CAPCS Online community likes to have a good time and to get their questions answered by knowledgeable staff members. Address Woodrow Wilson Plaza Washington, DC NSLM Art Exhibit Chukkers: The Sport of Polo in Art July 12th, 2012 at 10:00 AM | free | | Tel: 540-687-6542 | Event Website Chukkers: The Sport of Polo in Art July 12 – September 30, 2012 Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Chukkers: the Sport of Polo in Art, curated by the NSLM and researched by H.A. Laffaye with loans from the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, explores the game and its history with over fifty paintings and watercolors, twenty sculptures and medals, and a selection of antique trophies. Address National Sporting Library and Museum 102 The Plains Road Middleburg, Virginia 20117

Coldwell Banker and Operation Paws Sponsor Pet Adoption

October has been a good month for homeless animals in and around D.C. Earlier this month, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Georgetown office partnered with Operation Paws to sponsor a dog adoption event. An estimated 150 people came to Washington Harbour on the Oct. 13 event, and seven furry, barking friends were adopted. Coldwell Banker Georgetown became involved with Operation Paws through several of its employees who volunteer and foster animals there. Oct. 13 was the third time that these two organizations joined forced for this cause. Previous adoption events took place during October 2011 and June 2012; these two efforts saw a total of 27 dogs adopted. The next adoption event is scheduled for May 2013. Also, now through Oct. 30, the Washington Humane Society is charging no adoption fees on black or orange animals. More information can be found by calling the Humane Society at 202-723-5730. [gallery ids="101031,136007,135984,136002,135991,135998" nav="thumbs"]

Weekend Round Up April 25, 2013

Sam Bush at The Hamilton Live April 25th, 2013 at 07:30 PM | $51.50-$56 | | Tel: 202-787-1000 | Event Website Sam Bush with openers Mark Walbridge, Bob Shank, and Sam Morgan of Hickory Wind. Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sam Bush, known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, and funk. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks, among others. Address The Hamilton; 600 14th Street, N.W. STASH April 26th, 2013 at 06:00 PM | 0 | | Tel: 202-338-0072 | Event Website April 26 - June 8 Opening Reception: April 26, 6-8pm Heiner Contemporary is pleased to announce STASH, an exhibition culled from the gallery's flat files and storage, featuring work by Polly Apfelbaum, Ingrid Calame, Tara Donovan, Deborah Kass, Kate Shepherd, Jon-Phillip Sheridan and Austin Thomas. STASH diverges from typical programming by presenting artwork that is usually viewed by appointment. Address 1675 Wisconsin Avenue NW Georgetown House Tour 2013 April 27th, 2013 at 11:00 AM | $45-50 | Tel: 202-338-2287 | Event Website]( Come to Georgetown on April 27th for the Georgetown House Tour featuring eight to twelve of Georgetown's most beautiful homes. Every home on the Tour will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in your ticket price is a not-to-be missed Parish Tea in Blake Hall at the historic St. John's Church from 2 to 5 p.m. Address St. John's Church; 3240 O Street, NW Bonhams Appraisals, Auction Highlights April 27th, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Free | Tel: 202-333-1696 Bonhams will exhibit auction items and offer free appraisals during the Spring Exhibition Weekend. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Complimentary appraisals are available on April 27 by appointment. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Martin Gammon at Bonhams Address Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. Washington Jewish Music Festival Opening Night: Noa April 28th, 2013 at 07:30 PM | $38; $32 Member/Student with ID/Senior VIP (includes private reception and priority seating): $100 | [Event Website]( Celebrated Israeli artist Noa (Achinoam Nini) will kick off the 2013 Washington Jewish Music Festival with an homage to the beautiful Hebrew songs that inspired her personally and have molded Israeli culture and consciousness for the past 50 years. Noa, accompanied by musical director Gil Dor and the Yoed Nir String Quartet, will play some of her most famous songs from the past 23 years, as well as music from her most recent album The Israeli Songbook. Sponsored by Louie and Ralph Dweck Address Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center; 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Opening of The Kreeger Museum Reflecting Pool and John L. Dreyfuss Exhibition May 1st, 2013 at 10:00 AM | $7-$10 | | Tel: 202-338-3552 | [Event Website]( The Kreeger Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Inventions by John L. Dreyfuss on May 1, 2013. This inaugural exhibit around the Museum’s new reflecting pool includes several large-scale works from the sculptor’s Inventions series and marks a new exhibition space for the Museum. In honor of The Kreeger Museum’s 20th anniversary in 2014, three additional pieces will be fabricated and installed next spring to complete this exhibition. Address The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW Blues Alley Jazz Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant May 1st, 2013 at 06:00 PM | | Tel: 202-662-7638 | [Event Website]( Through its exclusive partnership with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s iconic home for jazz, The Fourth Estate is thrilled to present "Jazz Night". On Wednesday May 1, The Fourth Estate restaurant will be hosting performances by musician-members of the renowned Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Now is your chance to hear the Oscar Peterson or Joshua Redman of the future. All attendees will receive 10% off their bill and will also receive discounts to Blues Alley shows in Georgetown. Address National Press Club; Fourth Estate Restaurant; 529 14th Street, NW., 13th Floor

Capitol Prague Opens at M & Potomac

Capitol Prague opened last week on 3277 M St., NW, in the old Morso space, at the corner of M and Potomac Streets. It also operates a coffee shop two doors away. With Czech and Slovak cuisine—schnitzel, goulash, grilled sausages, braised pork and dumplings—as well as various beers, Capitol Prague claims to be the only restaurant in Washington, D.C., with Czechvar lager on draft. That beer is made by the famed Budweiser Budvar Brewery (Bud?jovický Budvar) in the Czech Republic.

ANC 2E Tonight: West Heating Plant Raze Permit, Hyde-Addison Construction

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E will meet 6:30 p.m, Nov. 4, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 35th Street and Volta Place, Heritage Room, first building on left by gatehouse, second floor. Highlights include discussions on the West Heating Plant (Four Seasons Residences), Hyde-Addison School, alley off R Street and Rose Park. The following is the agenda, as provided by ANC 2E. Approval of the Agenda • Approval of November 4, 2013, ANC 2E Public Meeting Agenda Administrative ? Approval of September 30, 2013, Meeting Minutes ? Public Safety and Police Report ? Financial Report: 1. Resolution approving a FY 2014 budget for ANC 2E 2. Resolution approving Melanie Gisler's employment and salary for FY 2014 3. Resolution approving hiring Marsh Bookkeeping Services ? Transportation Report ? DPW Report Community Comment ? Comcast - construction information / presentation on four updated junction boxes to be installed (underground) in ANC2E ? DC Sustainable Energy Utility – information regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy services New Business ? 24th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run and Fun Walk – Saturday, June 14, 2014 ? CAG legislative proposal re neighbor notification of exterior remodeling plans Zoning ? Georgetown University Northeast Triangle Residence Hall, 3700 O Street, NW, Zoning Commission Case No. 10-32A, Application to permit (a) the construction of a new residence hall on the University’s main campus and (b) the use of the former Jesuit residence on campus for potential future residential / campus life / athletic use as student housing (Hearing November 25, 2013) ? 3343 Prospect Street, NW, BZA Order No. 18555, request for minor modification of plans to extend the permitted space for a yoga studio ABC ? Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St NW, request for extended hours for December 31, 2013 and March 8, 2014 (Spring Daylight Saving) ? Kafe Leopold/L2, 3315 Cady's Alley NW, request for extended hours for December 31, 2013 and March 8, 2014 (Spring Daylight Saving) ? Prospect Dining, t/a George, 3251 Prospect Street, NW, ABRA No. 78058, request for extended hours for Wednesday, November 27 (the night before Thanksgiving) until 3 am,Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) until 3 am, Saturday, March 8 (Daylight Savings “spring forward”) until 4 am License renewals: ? Rialto (formerly The Guards), 2915 M St - Petition date 11/4 The following establishments are not anticipated to be reviewed by ANC 2E for license renewal. Please contact ANC 2E by Friday, November 1, if you have an issue. ? Modern, 3287 M St - Petition date 11/18 ? El Centro, 1218 Wisconsin Ave - Petition date 11/18 ? Rhino's, 4395 M St - Petition date 11/25 ? Kintaro, 1039 33rd St - Petition date 11/25 Old Georgetown Board PUBLIC AND MAJOR PROJECTS SMD 03, Government of the District of Columbia, Department of General Services, OG 14-020 (HPA 14-024), 3219 O Street, NW Hyde-Addison Elementary School, Addition with construction below elevated playground, Concept SMD 07, Government of the District of Columbia, DC DDOT, Paving of residential alley off R St between 31st and 32nd St. NW, Final SMD 05, 1051 29th Street, NW, OG 14-012 (HPA 14-016) West Heating Plant, Residential, New building, site work and glazed connector over canal, Concept SMD 05, 1055 29th Street, NW, OG 14-013 (HPA 14-017) West Heating Plant, Raze Permit PRIVATE PROJECTS: 1. SMD 02, 1625 33rd Street, NW, OG 14-015 (HPA 14-019) Residence, Alterations to rear, site work, replacement fence, Permit 2. SMD 02, 1689 34th Street, NW, OG 13-342 (HPA 13-610) Residence, Alterations to stoop, Permit 3. SMD 02, 1649 35th Street, NW, OG 13-345 (HPA 13-616) Residence, Two- story rear addition, site work, swimming pool, Concept 4. SMD 03, 3310 N Street, NW, OG 14-018 (HPA 14-022) Residence, One- story rear addition, parking pad at alley, Concept 5. SMD 03, 1335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 14-028 (HPA 14-032) Commercial, Addition on public space for new ATM, mural, Permit 6. SMD 03, 1351 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 14-007 (HPA 14-011) Commercial, Rear addition, alterations, demolition, Concept 7. SMD 05, 1025 31st Street, NW, OG 13-317 (HPA 13-540) Commercial, Alterations to rear, outdoor seating terrace; glass enclosure of rear yard, paving – existing, Concept 8. SMD 05, 3320 M Street, NW, OG 13-299 (HPA 13-521) Commercial, Banner for “Maxalto” at third floor facing alley, Permit 9. SMD 05, 3319 Cady’s Alley, NW, OG 14-006 (HPA 14-010) Commercial, Banner for “Steven Alan,” Permit 10. SMD 05, 2822 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, OG 14-023 (HPA 14-027) Commercial, Alterations to storefront, awning and sign for “Amina Rubinacci,” Permit 11. SMD 05, 1214 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 14-005 (HPA 14-009) Commercial, Awning, signs and blade sign for “Goorin Bros. Hat Shop,” Permit 12. SMD 06, 1421 29th Street, NW, OG 14-017 (HPA 14-021) Residence, Replacement door, alterations to rear, deck, Concept 13. SMD 06, 3008 P Street, NW, OG 14-004 (HPA 14-008) Residence, Site work on rear yard, Permit No Review At This Time by ANC 2E: The following additional projects, which are on the upcoming November 7, 2013, agenda of the Old Georgetown Board, have not been added to the ANC meeting agenda for OGB-related design review and we do not propose to adopt a resolution on them at this time. If there are concerns about any of these projects, please contact the ANC office by Friday, November 1, 2013 1. SMD 01, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, OG 14-022 (HPA 14-026) Institution (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – Pasquerilla Healthcare Center), Five antennas for Verizon Wireless on penthouse, Permit 2. SMD 02, 1658 33rd Street, NW, OG 14-027 (HPA 14-031) Commercial, 1-story rear addition with basement, 2-story in-fill in dog leg – in progress, Permit – revised design 3. SME 02, 1622 34th Street, NW, OG 14-008 (HPA 14-012) Residence, One- story rear addition to replace one-story porch, alterations, Permit 4. SMD 03, 3330 P Street, NW, OG 14-001 (HPA 14-003) Residence, Solar panels, Permit 5. SMD 03, 3143 Dumbarton Street, NW, OG 13-260 (HPA 13-450) Residence, Replacement windows, replacement entry and garage doors, Permit – additional information 6. SMD 03, 3143 Dumbarton Street, NW, OG 13-261 (HPA 13-451) Residence, Third floor addition and alterations to rear, Concept – revised design 7. SMD 03, 3411 Prospect Street, NW, OG 14-002 (HPA 14-006) Residence, Replacement fence, Permit 8. SMD 03, 1365 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 13-203 (HPA 13-359) Bank, Light fixtures for ATM at BB&T Bank, Permit 9. SMD 05, 3000 K Street, NW, OG 14-026 (HPA 14-030) Mixed-use, Replace sails with fixed awnings at “Farmers, Fishers and Bakers,” Permit / concept 10. SMD 05, 3104 M Street, NW, OG 13-306 (HPA 13-528) Commercial, Rear addition and replacement windows, Concept 11. SMD 05, 3213 M Street, NW, OG 13-346 (HPA 13-631) Commercial, Alterations to storefront, awnings, signs for “Pandora,” Permit 12. SMD 05, 3291 M Street, NW, OG 13-169 (HPA 13-292) Commercial, Alterations to storefront – existing, Permit – revised design 13. SMD 05, 3299 M Street, NW, OG 14-021 (HPA 14-025) Commercial, Alterations to storefront, new openings, replacement windows, Permit 14. SMD 05, 3100 Dumbarton Street, NW, OG 14-010 (HPA 14-014) Residence, Alterations to rear dormers, Permit 15. SMD 05, 3104 Dumbarton Street, NW, OG 13-339 (HPA 13-607) Residence, Exploratory demolition of garage, Permit 16. SMD 05, 3206 Grace Street, NW, OG 13-318 (HPA 13-541) Commercial, Alterations, replacement windows, awnings, blade sign, flagpole, Concept – revised design 17. SMD 05, 3616 Prospect Street, NW, OG 14-024 (HPA 14-028) Residence, Alterations to rear windows, Permit – revised design 18. SMD 05, 1045 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 14-025 (HPA 14-029) Residential, Alterations to storefronts, Permit 19. SMD 06, 1202 30th Street, NW (also known as 3001 M Street, NW), OG 14- 003 (HPA 14-007) Mixed-use: retail / residential, Security panel, Permit 20. SMD 06, 2725 N Street, NW, OG 13-319 (HPA 13-545) Residence, Alterations to dormer at rear, Concept 21. SMD 06, 2912 N Street, NW, OG 13-313 (HPA 13-536409) Residence, Relocate existing rooftop mechanical equipment, Permit 22. SMD 06, 3040 O Street, NW, OG 13-183 (HPA 13-306) Residence, Enclose rear porch and alterations – existing, Permit – revised design 23. SMD 06, 3030 P Street, NW, OG 13-256 (HPA 13-446) Residence, Demolition of rear addition, 2-story rear addition, Concept – revised design 24. SMD 07, 1644 31st Street, NW, OG 14-009 (HPA 14-013) Tudor Place, Alterations to service entrance, chain-link fence and sliding gate, Permit 25. SMD 07, 1703 32nd Street, NW, OG 14-014 (HPA 14-018) Institution, Replacement roof, Permit 26. SMD 07, 3015 Q Street, NW, OG 14-016 (HPA 14-020) Residence, Replacement standing seam metal roof, Permit 27. SMD 07, 1815 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 14-019 (HPA 14-023) Commercial, Alterations to opening – existing, and third awning, Permit – revision to permit [gallery ids="101528,150215" nav="thumbs"]

With Corcoran Partition, Old Fillmore School on 35th Street to Be Sold

The Corcoran College of Art and Design's Georgetown campus, housed at the old Fillmore School at 1801 35th St., NW, will be for sale with the transfer of the Corcoran School and its real estate to George Washington University, according to the Washington Business Journal. The oldest art gallery in Washington, D.C., the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its art school are to be divided between G.W. and the National Gallery of Art -- with the university receiving the school and the real estate and the National Gallery controlling the Corcoran's works of art. The deal between the Corcoran, National Gallery and G.W. has been completed and awaits approval by the D.C. Superior Court. Meanwhile, the old Fillmore School property at the intersection of 35th and S streets will again be looked at by developers -- to be turned to a condominium, as previously planned. In 2010, EastBanc was in talks with the Corcoran to purchase it, but talks broke down. (The old Fillmore School property is not part of the D.C. Public School System.) The Corcoran located its Georgetown campus in old Fillmore School in 1998. According to the Corcoran, "renowned artist and photographer William Wegman helped launch the campus and taught the first course at Georgetown, allowing students to photograph his famous dogs." [REVISED May 23 for correction and clarification.]