From the archives: This month in past years’ Current Newspapers


Developers intend to raze the 1980s commercial building at Wisconsin Avenue and Upton Street NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

This month in …

1972 — Firefighter Maurice L. Butler, a private assigned to Georgetown Engine Co. 29 and Truck Co. 2, received the Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award. Butler was recognized for the rescue of a 3-year-old girl and her mother trapped in a burning boarding house in the 2000 block of N Street NW. He was one of several firefighters who responded to the early-morning call and found the lower floors engulfed in flames. Butler saw the trapped pair on a window ledge, climbed to a nearby porch and swung himself from window to window to reach the victims. He took the child to safety and then helped his colleagues rescue the mother.

1977 — Residents near Fort Reno Park complained about noise and safety problems related to evening concerts at the park. The area’s advisory neighborhood commission voted to relay the concerns to the National Park Service.

1982 — A senior at Anacostia High School, Tanya Turner, became the first student representative to the D.C. Board of Education. She defeated three other candidates, including Wilson High School student Sam Frumkin. “The new position, which will offer to the board the students’ opinions and concerns, is a welcome addition,” said Ward 3 board member Wanda Washburn.

1987 — Three advisory neighborhood commissioners from the Cleveland Park/McLean Gardens area — Peggy Robin, Phil Mendelson and Peter Espenschied — were among the local residents arrested at the site of the nearly completed office and retail complex at 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The developers were building an access road that intruded on the northern entrance to Glover Archbold Park. Residents stood on the grass protesting as construction vehicles were maneuvering to regrade the land and remove trees.

1992 — Businesses and residents in Georgetown urged the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to approve a moratorium for the neighborhood to prevent any further concentration of liquor licenses — but opinions differed over the details. The business community recommended a two-year extension of the existing moratorium, while residents wanted one with new restrictions. The advisory neighborhood commission sought to include most of K Street NW and to drop an exemption for the shopping center at 3251 Prospect St. NW.