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  • Hardy has a new principal: Mary Stefanus.
  • GM hasn’t been by to verify, but he hears that Serendipity finally opened this weekend. He took a peek through the windows on Friday. It looked like something out of Epcot Center. It probably won’t ever be a locals’ spot, but it’ll probably do gangbusters with the suburbanites and tourists (see: Georgetown Cupcake, business model of).

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  • GM had a prior commitment and couldn’t make it to the Hardy PTA meeting Wednesday night. Thankfully Shaun Courtney was on the job.
  • Some councilmembers are proposing to rename Pennsylvania Ave. as a protest for voting rights. GM sort of proposed that idea a long time ago…

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  • Post reports on Hardy again. It’s another article heavy on the “some say” phrase, which enables just about whatever speculation you want, or more specifically, what speculation the people who are feeding the article to Bill Turque want. Interesting stats on enrollment though.
  • That’s about it today. Maybe it’s the pre-holiday quiet…

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Hardy School continues to be a flashpoint over school reform in the District. Surprisingly, Vince Gray was willing to weigh in on the topic at last week’s Q&A Cafe and appeared to be hinting that he’d return Pope to Hardy.
  • GM missed this last week, but the Current reported that it appears that Vornado is taking over control of the mall. The article stated that ownership is now free and clear, but for what it’s worth, EastBanc’s lawsuit for ownership of the mall appears to be still active.

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What Does a Vincent Gray Mayoralty Mean for Georgetown?

On Tuesday, Vincent Gray soundly beat Adrian Fenty for the Democratic nomination for mayor. Given the one-party state that we live in, Gray can for all intents and purposes be considered the mayor-elect. So what will his mayoralty mean for Georgetown? It’s not clear, since he has not said too much specifically about Georgetown, but that doesn’t mean GM can’t do a little speculation on a few issues!

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GM has kicked around the idea of writing an article about Michelle Rhee’s disastrous meeting with the Hardy PTA last December and call it “The Night Adrian Fenty Lost the Election.” Yes there were other single events that seemed to¬†encapsulate¬†everything that Fenty was doing wrong to get reelected, but the Hardy incident stands out as a particularly bad one. Not for nothing, but the meeting ended with Ward 7 councilmember Yvette Alexander delivering a rousing speech to the angry crowd that to get rid of Rhee they’d have to get rid of Fenty first. Step one can be checked off.

While the post-Pope transition appears to be going along with relatively minimal problems, it seems likely that an appetite remains within the Hardy PTA to roll back the changes and reinstall Patrick Pope as principal. Moreover, there may be an effort to finally convert Hardy entirely into a magnet arts school. Given that the Hardy situation became a bit of a rallying cry for pro-Gray voters, it seems likely that at least some change of course is taken.

Of course much of that depends on whether Michelle Rhee sticks around and how much latitude Gray gives her. The jury is still out on that. Continue reading

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