On September 30, Leadership Greater Washington hosted nearly 250 business, nonprofit, government and community leaders at its annual 2015 Fall Kick-Off at Long View Gallery. LGW President & CEO Doug Duncan shared the organization's expanded opportunities for community action, awarded the first-ever Maxine R. Baker Youth Leadership Greater Washington Scholarship award to a promising youth, and welcomed the Signature Program Class of 2015 into the LGW network. The event generated excitement, and LGW looks forward to the coming year working together with top area leaders to find innovative solutions to regional challenges.
Longtime Washington Post columnist Al Kamen plans to retire, National Desk editors told staffers in a memo Friday. Kamen's "In the Loop" column has run for 23 years. His last column is scheduled for October 9. Here's the memo.
There’s no way to dress this up: Al Kamen is retiring from The Washington Post. This news may bring cheer to members of congressional delegations headed overseas and others who wish to keep their foibles and excesses out of the public eye, but it saddens us deeply. Kamen is a Post legend, a Washington institution and a pretty funny guy to have around.
For nearly 23 years, he has written “In the Loop,” the indispensable guide to official Washington. This effort started as a temporary assignment to chronicle the launch of the Clinton presidency. It was thrillingly titled “In Transition.” Deploying his sometimes ouch-inducing wit and the delicious intel provided by his extensive contacts, Kamen turned the column into a Washington must-read. One of Kamen’s old friends, a guy who also likes to identify himself by his last name, wrote this to him: "If you step back for a moment, your column in several ways foreshadowed the Internet age, and Facebook and Twitter - short, informed blasts of news, items pithy and personal, a little sarcastic and knowing of the absurd and conflicted ways of Washington." That friend would be Woodward.
Kamen did more than tell readers who was up, who was down and who was likely to win that plum job. He chronicled seemingly every dubious “codel” and got more than a few of them canceled from sheer embarrassment. He even shook the government of Japan when in 2010 he wrote that the “hapless” and “increasingly loopy” Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was the biggest loser at a Washington summit. “Loopy” suddenly became the popular phrase in Japan and Hatoyama was forced to concede to the Japanese Diet: "As The Washington Post says, I may certainly be a foolish prime minister." He resigned within weeks.
Kamen, who began his reporting career at the Rocky Mountain News after graduating from Harvard, joined The Post in 1980. He assisted Woodward and Carl Bernstein in writing “The Final Days” and then Woodward and Scott Armstrong in writing ”The Brethen.” Before starting “In the Loop,” Kamen covered local and federal courts, the Supreme Court and the State Department. As he frequently noted, he was with Secretary of State James Baker in Mongolia when Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait upended Baker’s plans to hunt endangered Argali sheep—the kind of detail that would be the hallmark of his column for more than two decades.
His last column will appear Oct. 9, but Kamen’s impact on Washington reporting and this newspaper will live on. There will be a caking on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3 pm — please join us to congratulate Al for 35 years of service to The Post.
Cameron Scott Alan
Deputy Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., will replace Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who resigned Friday. Here’s some of what we know about King, a native of Brooklyn:
• In 2009, he wrote an impassioned essay for the Huffington Post about the value of a public school education. After his mother passed away when he was 8 and then his father when he was 12, he says teachers “quite literally saved my life.”
• According to a 2011 New York Times article, King was expelled from the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, "where he rebelled against the strict curfews and cut class." He moved in with family in New Jersey and got into Harvard after he "poured his heart out explaining his circumstances" in an essay. After graduating, he got a Master's at Columbia and then taught social studies for three years before co-founding a charter school.
• Before he joined the Department of Education in January 2015, King was the commissioner of education for the state of New York—becoming the first African-American and Puerto Rican person to assume the role. When he took the job, he was one of the youngest state education leaders in the US. During his tenure, he was a staunch advocate of Common Core teaching standards.
• He currently lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. His two daughters, Amina and Mireya, go to public schools.
• According to his Twitter bio, he's also a "sometimes softball coach."
Flute is an eight-month-old Yorkshire terrier-mix. This friendly, energetic little girl loves playing and cuddling. The only thing she doesn’t always love is other dogs, which means she's picky about her playmates. Flute is looking for a home where she can be the center of attention. She'll have no problem giving you tons of affection in return. If you’re interested in a playful, small canine companion, stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and meet Flute.
Nico arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League after being rescued—along with some 150 other animals—from a hoarding situation in North Carolina. A chronic, untreated infection resulted in a permanently crinkled ear, which only adds to her unique “look.” Nico is very sweet, affectionate, and talkative. She craves companionship and actively solicits petting by climbing in your lap and pushing her head into your hands. Nico is looking for an adult home (or one with older kids) where she will be well loved.
1. Duke Zeibert's: 1950-1994
David Zeibert, later nicknamed Duke, worked his way up through the restaurant business, eventually landing his own venue on L and Connecticut streets, Northwest. His restaurant was famous for hosting the celebrities of the time, from J. Edgar Hoover and Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Zeibert's served dishes including onion rolls and brisket.
We’re bracing for a wet, windy weekend due to a nor’easter possibly combined with Hurricane Joaquin. This means a lot of area events planned for the next few days are cancelled or rescheduled. Here’s what you need to know.
If you leave your house this weekend only to get caught in Hurricane Joaquin, you may want to make a pit stop for an umbrella. If you do, though, we don’t recommend ducking in for shelter at these shops--an umbrella from these retailers will cost you quite a bit more than $25. You’re better off stopping in at a CVS for a cheap umbrella to do the job, or just embracing the weather in all its misery.
While they may be the king of outdoorsy apparel, this umbrella’s $108 price tag at Filson isn’t very wallet-friendly, even with the fancy maple wood handle.
Al Madrigal is really excited about his "Donald Trump cilantro" joke. It’s brand new, it’s a true story, and it will definitely be included in his Kennedy Center performance on October 3. But he's not telling what it is just yet.
Here's what he is saying: The acclaimed comedian admits he’s “super excited, honored and thrilled” to headline this show in DC, where he has reason to believe his political jokes will go over well.
"Comedians love DC,” he says. “You’re getting people that actually understand all your material. Smart, fun people. It’s the opposite of Fort Lauderdale.”
Madrigal’s stand up consists of long-form storytelling pulled from his own history and experiences. He started performing in 1998 and has no plans to stop, saying the feeling of a successful set is “not something you can easily walk away from.”
That said, his talent has found plenty of additional outlets. He’s been The Daily Show’s senior Latino correspondent since 2011. For several years he hosted a podcast with two fellow comedians called Minivan Men. He’s had roles on shows like NBC’s About a Boy. His hour special, Half Like Me, won the Mixed Remixed Festival's Storyteller Award this year. And in 2013 he launched the podcast network All Things Comedy with Bill Burr. “They make fun of me constantly at The Daily Show because of all the stuff I have going on,” he says.
Cuban Pizza at Graffiato
707 Sixth St., NW
Fans of a classic Cuban sandwich will love the Carlito’s Way pie, decked out with roasted pork, capicola ham, provolone, mustard sauce, and pickles ($17).
Naan Pizza at Spice 6
5501 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville
Our favorite bet at this Chipotle-style Indian eatery: a baked-till-crunchy naan loaded with spicy lamb kadai, mozzarella, finely chopped chilies, and cilantro ($9).
Alsace Pizza at Mia’s Pizzas
4926 Cordell Ave., Bethesda
A Neapolitan-style pie meets Alsatian flammekueche—the wonderfully rich bacon-and-onion tart—and the marriage makes for one of our favorite pizzas. The salty-sweet, sauceless round with pancetta, Gruyère, and caramelized onions is set off by a dusting of Parmesan ($15). For an authentic flammekueche try Mintwood Place, which dishes up
Barcelona Pizza at Fire Works
2350 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 201 Harrison St., SE, Leesburg
These twin pizza-and-beer hangouts think beyond the mozz’ for many of their pizzas—and this Spanish-inspired pie ($13 for a small, $19 for a large) is one of their best. Besides nutty, melty Mahon cheese, the expert crust holds chorizo, colorful roasted peppers, and olive tapenade.
Thai Pizza at Franklins Restaurant
5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville
This peanut-sauced pizza ($13) with peanuts, cilantro, crunchy bean sprouts, and mozzarella sounds dubious, but trust us: It works. The ten-incher comes with smoked chicken, but we liked it even better when we asked the kitchen to sub in shrimp.
Greek Pie at We, the Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington
Spike Mendelsohn channels his Grecian heritage with this cast-iron-baked creation ($4 a slice, $20 a pie) topped with kalamata olives, threads of red onion, tomatoes, plenty of oregano and feta, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Where: Bridgeton House on the Delaware, 1525 River Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; 610-982-5856.
What’s special: This luxurious inn, on the banks of the Delaware River in Bucks County, is 30 minutes north of historic New Hope, Pennsylvania. Innkeepers Bea and Charles Briggs turned the 1836 riverside building into a romantic bed-and-breakfast, and out of more than 20,000 destinations nationwide, it was awarded a 2015 Top 10 Romantic Inns designation by ILoveInns.com. Depending on the room, you can enjoy a treetop riverside deck with magnificent views, marble bathrooms, a rain shower for two with heated seats, a two-person whirlpool tub with river views, soaring ceilings, and a gas- or wood-burning fireplace. All rooms have featherbeds and comfy linens. Rates include breakfast (choice of fruit course and main course), afternoon tea (homemade sweets, cheese spreads, breads, and pastries), evening sherry, and access to the stocked butler’s pantry, which contains homemade cookies and biscotti, chips, coffee, and tea. Area activities include wineries, breweries, covered-bridge tours, theater, antiques shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
The deal: Stay two nights in the Luxury Tree House, Boat House, or Penthouse rooms and receive a complimentary cheese tray and bottle of wine, plus a Champagne brunch and late checkout—add-ons worth more than $100. Rates start at $399 a night. Use the booking code WashSpecial.
When: Valid for stays October through December 23, 2015.
In the Heart of the Windy City
Where: Silversmith Hotel, 10 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.; 312-372-7696.
What’s special: At this hotel, a showcase of Arts and Crafts style, the guest rooms have recently been renovated. You’ll find 12-foot ceilings, plush bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and mini-refrigerators. The hotel is a quick walk to the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Willis Tower (former Sears Tower), as well as good shopping and restaurants. We also strongly recommend the architectural boat tour.
The deal: The “In the Heart of the Windy City” package includes handcrafted welcome cocktails in the lounge, dinner and breakfast for two at the hotel’s lounge and restaurant, Adamus, complimentary wi-fi, and a pair of tickets to the Art Institute. Prices start at $299, a 30-percent savings. Use the code WASH when booking online or by phone.
When: Valid for stays October through December 30, 2015. Blackout dates apply.
Driving the Golf Ball
Where: Hilton Head Island, 10 Clubhouse Dr., Hilton Head, S.C.; 843-681-1706.
What’s special: Play some of the best courses on Hilton Head Island, all designed by noted architects such as Arthur Hills, Rees Jones, and Robert Cupp. And if you’re looking for something else to do, you can bike, hit the beach, or play tennis.
The deal: The Heritage Golf Collection’s “Fore” Golf Package includes four nights in villa accommodations (based on availability) and four rounds of golf from Port Royal Golf Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation, and Oyster Reef. Guests receive complimentary range balls, breakfast at the golf clubs, a VIP discount card (for purchases at the club shops and at the restaurants affiliated with Heritage Golf), and all taxes and fees. Washingtonian readers also receive a $50 credit per group. Prices start at $155 per person per night, a savings of 25 percent (deal based on quad occupancy).
When: Valid for stays October through November 7, 2015.
The Sunshine State
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, Fla.; 904-277-1100.
What’s special: Located on a barrier island, this resort’s rooms feature a private balcony with either coastal or oceanfront views, marble baths, and Frette linens. The resort also offers 1½ miles of dune-lined beachfront, 18 holes of championship golf, four cocktail lounges (one outdoors and seasonal), a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, tennis, and an indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool with whirlpool.
The deal: The Autumn Breakaway to the Ritz-Carlton package includes accommodations and a daily $100 resort credit to use in the spa, the restaurant Salt, and the hotel’s shops. Mention Washingtonian and also get a spa welcome basket with Kneipp herbal bath products, a $40 value. Prices start at $319.
When: Valid for stays through January 16, 2016.
Romance in Bermuda
Where: The Reefs Resort & Club, 56 S. Shore Rd., Southampton, Bermuda; 441-238-0222.
What’s special: This intimate, family-owned cliffside resort overlooks a rose-sand cove and offers breathtaking ocean views. Upscale accommodations include guest rooms, suites, and condos, all with Atlantic vistas. On the property is La Serena Spa and three dining venues, including the new laid-back Aqua Terra, with ocean views and plenty of local ingredients on the menu. At the resort, you can play tennis, lounge on the beach, and hit the pool. Or you might leave the sanctuary of the resort to play golf nearby, rent a scooter to explore the island, shop, or go reef-snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, or waterskiing.
The deal: The Romance Package is a six-day/five-night vacation in an oceanview room, with a welcome rum-swizzle drink; Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries brought to the room after arrival; two 60-minute massages (one for each of you); daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner (in October, on the beach); drink vouchers; round-trip airport transfers; and all taxes and service charges, a savings that adds up to 5 to 10 percent depending on room and time of year. The package starts at $3,140 per room. Washingtonian readers also receive a free picnic lunch for two, a $40 savings.
When: Valid for stays through April 1, 2016.