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Class on wheels for area kids, Artmobile delivers

January 14, 2012

Aspiring young Picassos take note. There’s a bus traveling around Georgetown you’ll want to park your paintbrush in. Donated by the Friess family, the bus sports eco-friendly interiors courtesy of Amicus Green Building Center, a design by ACG Architects, and a build by volunteers from award-winning Georgetown-based, Superior Home Services, Inc. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington (BGCGW) now has their very own traveling arts classroom.

Daniel, Jaylund and Jalen checking out the colorful interior (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel, Jaylund and Jalen checking out the colorful interior

A billboard of creativity, the Artmobile is covered in cheerful student paintings.

Daniel Steinkoler inspects now artwork (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel Steinkoler inspects now artwork

Presented to BGCGW last fall at the ICON Gala, the Artmobile is the brainchild of Daniel Steinkoler, president of Superior Homes Services, Inc.

Alli and Ana working on portrait animations (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alli and Ana working on portrait animations

Designed to bring art where it’s most needed, the mobile studio, equipped for inspiration, is run (literally) by Tony Small, BGCGW artistic director. Dave Rossi, Jelleff Community Center arts director teaches class in Georgetown. The bus travels weekly between BGCGW clubs.

"I like the bus. It's a transportable way for me to express myself." Jaylund told The Georgetown Dish.

Dave Rossi works with Alli on her portrait (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dave Rossi works with Alli on her portrait

As president of the men’s leadership group, Steinkoler raised money for the prototype in the "hopes that it can be replicated wherever it’s needed."

“This was the first thing I did at Superior,” said Katie Kundrotas. “With a background in the performing arts, it’s wonderful to be able to use my experience to help kids incorporate arts in their lives.” Acknowledging how arts programs have been cut severely, she continued, “I grew up when arts were a big deal. This really reaches kids who need it.”

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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Work halted at collapsed Wisconsin Avenue building

January 12, 2012

Photos taken in early January show workmen clearing out debris and rubble at 1424 Wisconsin Avenue before a stop work order was issued January 5, 2012 by D.C. Historic Preservation inspectors Toni Cherry and Keith Lambert for work conducted without a building permit.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

A Thanksgiving Day implosion at the unoccupied Georgetown building on Wisconsin Avenue resulted in the property and neighboring buildings being boarded up pending an investigation into the cause of the collapse.

According to Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the building owner needs to come forth and request a hearing before work can resume.

 

 


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Water Street Gym: valet parking, river view

January 11, 2012

“We’re on our third generation of Georgetown moms,” says owner Steve Kostorowski. “We opened Water Street Gym in 1989, and it’s always been a place where you could bring your kids, plop them down in their car seats, and work out.”

Steve Kostorowski, Patricia Peva and Susan Kostorowski (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Steve Kostorowski, Patricia Peva and Susan Kostorowski

At their present location (above Cycle Life at 3255 K Street) since the end of last year, Water Street Gym offers a Pilates studio, massage room, and PT clinic run by doctor of physical therapy, Susan Kostorowski.

Compu-trainers room (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Compu-trainers room

A mecca for triathletes, there’s a room outfitted with Compu-trainers (bikes custom programmed for training) and a Bod Pod (measures body fat and metabolic rates). As community outreach director, Patricia Peva says, “Athletes are into data.”  

Bod Pod (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bod Pod

While The Georgetown Dish was there, the first Egyptian pro triathlete, Omar Nour (bike in tow ) was training for the 2012 London Olympics,and a spandex-clad former D.C. mayor was finishing up his workout.

Omar Nour, Olympic triathlete trainer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Omar Nour, Olympic triathlete trainer

With incomparable Potomac River views, no mandatory contracts and valet parking for your cycle (or tricycle), it's your New Year’s resolution minus any of the excuses.

Pilates studio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pilates studio

Check out Water Street Gym and warm somebody’s day (besides your own).  Now through January 31st, Water Street Gym is working with Georgetown Ministries on a coat drive.

Climbing to top of Washington Monument (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Climbing to top of Washington Monument

Omar Nour, Olympic triathlete trainer and Melody Parry Jones, Brooks Guru (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Omar Nour, Olympic triathlete trainer and Melody Parry Jones, Brooks Guru

Valet parking room (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Valet parking room


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