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July 3, 2008


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Could it be that Serena Williams next Tuesday will be fresh from a Wimbledon victory and play her first US match thereafter on opening night of our new downtown tennis team? That was the whispered hope last night on the rooftop of 1101 New York Avenue, where Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein and Capitol File magazine gathered an unusual mix of sports, political, tech, and real estate figures to celebrate Washington’s latest cool thing. 


Councilman Jack Evans (here with sports marketing guru Katherine Kennedy) surveyed everything on the skyline of Washington from the Capitol to beyond Georgetown and admitted, “It’s all my district.” He has no summer travel plans—that's the problem of having a primary election in September.


Two of the Kastle’s four team members, Sacha Jones and Mashona Washington, with coach Thomas Blake. Since Thomas has to hear all the time “Oh, you’re the brother of James Blake,” one of the world’s current top players, we’d like for once to say, “You know that guy James Blake? He’s Thomas’ brother.”


The name Kastles comes from Kastle Systems that Mark Ein, right, bought last year: if you work in a typical office in this region, you of course know them as the key fob people. Mark’s a tennis nut but also a big civic player who wants to help bring life to the old convention center site, where he’s built a stadium that will be around the next couple years before the area gets big new planned offices, condos, apartments, and retail. With him, Teatro Goldoni owner (since eight months ago) Michael Kosmides, who’s giving Café Milano’s Franco Nuschese a run for his money these days hosting the glamorous DC crowd.


Former XM Satellite CEO Hugh Panero, DC Chamber president Barbara Lang, Greater Washington Board of Trade president Jim Dinegar, former Congressman and Washington Bullet Tom McMillen, Kastle Systems founder Gene Sandberg, Studley tenant-rep-to-the-stars (including Kastle) Paul Schweitzer. Gene founded Kastle Systems in 1972 and sold it last year to Ein. Factoids: He bought his condo duplex in Rosslyn from Forrest Mars, and Rep. Charlie Wilson (aka Tom Hanks) shared a wall; he named his Bethany House Sand Kastle (get it—combining his personal and company names). Barbara has a house near Ocean City she goes to on weekends, but it doesn't have a name.


Senator turned lobbying powerhouse John Breaux with NBC corporate relations head Bob Okun. Both are tennis crazies; John played yesterday morning at a friend’s in McLean.


Long time vice chair of the Sports and Entertainment Commission Bill Hall, Kastles GM Jessica Jacobs, that Tom McMillen and Jack Evans again (brazenly violating our rule against two pics in an issue—oh, wait, we invited them in), and Greg O’Dell, the Sports Commission CEO. Bill is a walking sports arena: He played basketball at Bucknell under legendary coach Jim Valvano, and chairs the Commission’s baseball committee that negotiated both the return of the Expos and construction of the new stadium. 

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It was called "Prive, a party by the pool," held at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, last Saturday, and was thrown by Baron Cruz. Here’s our own Aram Taghavi with Saleisha Stowers of America's Next Top Model, left.  As for woman on right, what’s this, Aram, you didn’t get her name??  (Just having her telephone number won’t do for our caption.)


Can you tell “all white” might have been the theme?  Reston Limousine’s Kristin Tanzi, Belfor Property Restoration’s Gale Paige, DC Modern Luury’s Tony Hudgins, Apprentice one-time-star-turned-celebrity-auctioneer Sam Solovey, Reston Limousine’s Lisa Ragusa, and in front, Razorsight’s Vesna Cottrell.

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