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City of Falls Church Police are on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver who ran a red light, struck another car and sent four people to the hospital last Saturday night. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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Starting the new year strong, George Mason High School’s girls basketball team downed Thomas Jefferson High School and won their first district match against Rappahannock County. SEE PAGE 24

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RECOGNIZED AS THE longest active member of the City of Falls Church Police, Sergeant Steve Rau receives a newly-designed badge commemorating the department’s 70th anniversary as F.C. Police Chief Mary Gavin looks on. Community and spiritual leaders performed a ceremonial blessing of the badges at an event commemorating the anniversary last Sunday. (P����: G��� M�����)

F.C. Personnel Changes Set To Optimize Development BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON



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Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields announced at the City Council meeting Monday a series of major shifts and additions to City staff aimed at helping gain the maximum economic development punch from what’s now being called the “West Falls Church Project,” formerly known as the 10 acres set aside for commercial development on the George Mason High School campus.

The Council also voted 5-2 to exercise eminent domain on the so-called Fellows Tract on S. Oak St. adjacent Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Under the personnel changes announced, the City’s Economic Development and Planning Offices are merged under this plan, with current Planning Director Jim Snyder elevated to head up the recruitment of potential developers and tenants for the 10 acres, and current senior planner Paul Stoddard elevated to


the position of planning director. In addition, the consulting group of Alvarez and Marsal will be retained through the summer of 2019 to also work on finding the best developers and development plan for the project, while the Washington D.C. Deputy Mayor for economic development, Lee Goldstein, has been retained to be the manager of all the major decisions of the project. He will begin Jan. 16.

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Despite the desires and expressed intentions of top City of Falls Church officials to seek cooperation and collaboration with the surrounding areas as they proceed toward development of the 10-acre West Falls Church development project, they were caught totally unaware this week when reports surfaced that new plans for the adjacent 24 acres of property at the West Falls Church Metro station were submitted to Fairfax County in December. The plans, in the form of a “North (Fairfax) County Site Specific Amendment Proposal” to adjust Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan, were submitted by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to the county’s Office of Planning and Development on Dec. 5, 2017. Its main new component calls for 150,000 square feet of office uses and 50,000 square feet of retail uses, over and above 500 proposed residential units, closest to the West Falls Church Metro station. The plan calls for, along with the residential, a 85-foot maximum height limit with an urban plaza adjacent Haycock Road and framed by the office-retail buildings to “function as a gathering place and visual anchor,” and with a walkway linking the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech education center with (Falls Church’s) George Mason High School to the West Falls Church Metro station.


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Veteran developer Bob Wolfe of J Street Consultants will be retained on a piece-work basis as “an advisor in key parts in the process.” Wolfe was on the Urban Land Institute team that first proposed the W. Broad at Haycock location for the City’s 10 acre development, and has also consulted for WMATA. Shields said that the annual retreat of the City Council on Feb. 10 will be an opportunity for a major discussion of the changes and their impact, and a town hall forum on the project will be held in advance of that on Sunday, Jan. 28. Councilman David Snyder commented that he was concerned about what he called “the absence of an aggressive outreach to the development community” in the moves, and he questioned the use of advisors who’ve also worked for WMATA, given the surprise revelation this week that WMATA has submitted plans to Fairfax County for a major development at the West Falls Church Metro station, adjacent the City’s property, without any prior notification to or conversation with the City. Councilman Ross Litkenhous

LO CA L also expressed concern that these changes will leave the City adequately staffed to address other development plans at issue in the City, to which Shields said he feels “we are,” with more decisions to come on staffing. Councilman Dan Sze said he “applauds the realignment,” and asked the role of deputy economic development office staff person Becky Witsman in this new arrangement, and Mayor David Tarter also expressed support for the moves, saying that Jim Snyder “will thrive in that role.” In the Council’s only major action Monday, it voted 5-2 to proceed with the imposition of eminent domain on 1.95 acres known as the Fellows Tract adjacent the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on S. Oak St. Council members Dan Sze and Ross Litkenhous voted against. The sole long-time resident of the site, Lilia Fellows, died last fall and the City had already taken the action to designate the property for park land or a school. It is assumed that the acquisition, while for purposes of a park at first, is ultimately being done to enable the further expansion of TJ Elementary. The offering price by the City for the land is set in the ordinance at $3,250,000, or in terms of the seven plots into which it has been subdivided by the trustee to the family

estate, a value of $420,000 per lot. Steven Carpenter, the trustee for the estate who addressed the Council Monday night, said the land value of “seven prime pieces of land” is much higher than the amount designated in the ordinance, with plans to build seven 3,500 square foot bungalows. The land has been in the Fellows family since 1920, almost a century. “It’s worth way more than what’s offered,” he said. “We’ll fight hard on this.” Five residents adjacent the site all spoke against the eminent domain move. In response to questions, Shields said the difference between the Fellows Tract and other single family homes in the area is that taking over individual homes, rather and a two acre tract, would be more disruptive of the neighborhood, and although no review of the plan for a park on the site has been undertaken by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, only minor changes are envisioned. Right now, construction work at the site is for the realignment of sewer and water pipes in the event of the heirs’ desire for a subdivision and development. The Council went into a closed session after the public hearing before emerging to vote on the eminent domain ordinance.


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City Officials Blindsided After West F.C. Metro Plans Emerge Continued from Page 1

In WMATA’s mind, as explicated in their plans, no area of the City of Falls Church is subsumed into its 47-acre “West Falls Church Transit Station Area,” and its “concept for future development” is carved into an area of Fairfax County abuting the City of Falls Church, while at no point crossing over the line into the City. This careful, surgical exclusion of the City of Falls Church, much less the failure of WMATA and Fairfax County to notify Falls Church about these new plans has given some City officials pause. Falls Church Mayor David Tarter told the News-Press last weekend that he had no clue about the WMATA submission to Fairfax County. Councilman and former mayor David Snyder was clearly incensed at Monday’s City Council meeting having learned about the plan from a News-Press article

posted online last weekend, and stated publicly that anyone hired as consultants by the City should not also be consultants to WMATA, as that could constitute a conflict of interest. (Bob Wolfe of J Street Consultants has been retained by the City for its West F.C. Development effort despite also being a consultant to WMATA). An option in the WMATA plan includes “an opportunity for 240,000 square feet of institutional use on the City of Falls Church and University of Virginia and Virginia Tech tracts” which “may be appropriate for development of an education center.” The land is owned by Falls Church, but located in Fairfax County. Of particular concern to some in the City is the extent to which the City of Falls Church was persuaded by consultants, such as the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and other groups Wolfe has been active with, to limit its commer-

cial development options to the portion of its land the farthest from the area WMATA is now intending for its most dense development. If that was done with the foreknowledge of what WMATA has now submitted its plans for, then concerns for a conflict of interest between Falls Church and WMATA for anyone involved with the two entities become even more pronounced. The WMATA submission does acknowledge that “opportunities may exist for a joint development effort between the City of Falls Church, WMATA and private owners...for 1,100 dwelling units plus 243,800 gross square feet of commercial development,” but that option comprises only the 5.34 acre site currently owned by Falls Church but leased by the universities located in Fairfax County, and not the City-owned 10 acres presumably to be further down Haycock at W. Broad in the F.C. city limits.

The announcement has come as a blockbuster for the City of Falls Church, which is in the preliminary stages of developing 10 acres of its own on George Mason High School property immediately adjacent the WMATA site. Falls Church Mayor Tarter told the News-Press that while the City has been in touch with neighbors to the site about the potential for collaboration in development efforts, this week’s news has come as a surprise to him. Tarter noted that the West Falls Church Metro station site has been losing about $1 million a year since the Silver Line opened and has been siphoning off passenger traffic from points west on the Orange Line from where it merges with the Orange

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Line at the East Falls Church Metro station. A structured parking lot at the West Falls Church station has been largely vacant since the Silver Line opened, and according to the Journal report, WMATA’s plans there “plays into the authority’s work to monetize its real estate holdings and increase ridership.” According to the report, the county is now processing the WMATA nomination, along with others around the county, and a community review will commence in March. Public hearings on resulting proposed comprehensive plan amendments beginning in June. Final Fairfax Board of Supervisor approval of any changes are not expected until 2019.

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WMATA, Fairfax Exclude F.C.

It was in mid-October of 2014 when the City of Falls Church was visited by a team from the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute (ULI) in the period following the acquisition by the City of the 34 acres of the George Mason High School-Henderson Middle School campus that, according to the terms of the acquisition from Fairfax County, included 10 acres that could be susceptible of economic development. It was before the City had formulated any ideas about how to configure the land, where to put things, including the 10 acre commercial component. To many, it seemed self-evident at the time that the City should take advantage of the site’s close proximity to the West Falls Church Metro station and put something there that would optimize its potential for revenue, such as is being done all over the region at other Metro station locations. So, the ULI gifted its services for a two-day analysis of the site, and behold, when it presented its findings at a meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn, it had concluded that the best place to put the 10 acres of commercial development was not by the Metro, at all, but in fact as far away from its possible. They planted it at the intersection of West Broad and N. Haycock, and pressures of various sorts have kept that location in the minds of the City ever since. Some in the room at that Oct. 14, 2014 meeting objected, including the News-Press, that intoned, “What about the elephant in the room here, the opportunity represented by the West Falls Church Metro station?” The notion was dismissed by a barrage of vague reasonings, including the better exposure to possible business on Rt. 7 (which already has plenty and will get plenty more). Even though the site was never seriously challenged after that, the narrative that the site was “near the Metro” was a constant refrain as an incentive for the development. So, behold, it’s come to light this past week that WMATA, owners of 24 acres by the station, with the help of Fairfax County, has carved out for itself acreage right by the Metro that it now wants to develop with office and retail, in addition to residential, up to 85 feet. Well, those developments, as smelly as they may seem to the suspicious, could be dismissed as coincidental if it were not also the case that WMATA had conveniently circumscribed its 47-acre West Falls Church Transit Area to a space contained entirely within Fairfax County, to the exclusion of a single square foot in the City of Falls Church city limits, but right up against them for much of it. Why is this? Why has the City been kept in the dark about WMATA’s new plans for the West Falls Church area, even as the City has made overtures to enhance collaborative development of the area? We don’t want to think the worst.


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Editor, The News-Press’s call for us to “Stand With Us For Truth” in its Dec. 28 sounds like a great principle. At least it would, if its decrying “Disregard for the truth, in favor of whatever advances a personal or political agenda, is an assault on those on the receiving end of such dissembling and lying” weren’t endorsed 10 pages later by allowing our Rep. Beyer do exactly that. He throws out the falsehood that

no working class Americans will be helped by the recently passed tax cut, while the left-leaning Tax Policy Center states that 80 percent of Americans will benefit. His concern about the tax cuts expiring in a few years is touching — if only he knew of someone with the power to vote to retain them! His concern for our ballooning debt would ring truer if he didn’t support our last president, whose $10 trillion addition to our debt made the $5 trillion added


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by his predecessor look frugal. And finally, allowing people to keep the money they’ve earned is not a “wealth transfer,” and suggesting otherwise is dishonest. If he’s so concerned that not enough of his windfall from the tax cuts will reach his employees, perhaps he can show that he’s capable of generosity absent a government mandate and can hand out bonuses as a number of other companies have done. Or, at the very least he can create more jobs by using his extra income to invest in expanding his business of worsening climate change by putting more carbon spewing automobiles on the roads. Jeff Walyus Arlington

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In the spring of 1937, my grandmother realized she and her family had to leave Germany. My aunt had just come home from school, her hair dyed black with ink and the words “Jew” written all over her clothes. This was the final straw. Within a matter of days, my grandmother, grandfather, aunt, and my mother (only 3 years old) snuck out of the little town of Dudlesheim, Germany, leaving everything behind and paying bribes to officials to obtain visas to exit the country. They boarded a ship to New York and were fortunate enough to have cousins who could sponsor their entry into America. My aunt and mother were educated in America’s public schools and universities. My mother became a teacher and my aunt a doctor. My grandmother worked for the Girl Scouts of America and my grandfather became a die-hard Yankees fan. They became Americans. They loved this country and had a deep sense of patriotism, which continues through their children and grandchildren today. They would not have lived and I would not exist without America opening her doors to my family. I am a high school teacher in Falls Church, Virginia. I teach many students who remind me of my mother and my aunt. These students and their families also came to America to escape violence,

poverty, and religious or political persecution. And just like my family, they are Americans (whether a document officially says it or not). They love the opportunity this country has provided to them and want to make the most of it. Each generation, the American dream

“ ‘Chain immigration’ is why I am alive. It’s also why students from Iraq, Sierra Leone, and El Salvador are in my classroom, safely learning and thriving, rather than being killed or living in squalor.” is renewed and continued, by the ancestors of previous immigrants and by new immigrants. What made America great, and what will make America great again, is immigration. The first European immigrants to America came with the hope of religious freedom and economic prosperity. How is this any different than a family today wanting to come to America from

Yemen or Guatemala? John Winthrop, an early leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, said America needed to be a “city on a hill” whose light is a beacon. Leaders, such as President Ronald Reagan, have reminded and challenged us to live up to this vision that truly makes America exceptional among the nations of the world. The current anti-immigration movement, spurred on by Donald Trump suspending the DACA program, demanding a border wall be built, and calling for an end to so-called “chain immigration,” is troubling because it attempts to move our country in a direction different than our past. “Chain immigration” is why I am alive. It’s also why students from Iraq, Sierra Leone, and El Salvador are in my classroom, safely learning and thriving, rather than being killed or living in squalor. Should we stop being a beacon to these people? Unfortunately, the anti-immigration movement is fueled by a belief that to allow others to have the opportunities we have as Americans is going to take away from our own wealth and prosperity. A prime example of this is the argument Virginia state Senator, Richard Black, made against DACA students receiving in-state tuition, “Every time you give free stuff to people here illegally, you have to take it away from an American.” This understanding of economics is misguided as well as selfish.

History has proven that the contributions of immigrants to America improves our economy, increases our tax base, and creates more jobs and opportunities for all Americans. DACA students, and their families, are trying to live the American dream, and in doing so, they are contributing to, not taking away from, what makes America great. From a moral argument, I am reminded of the story a Lutheran pastor recently told. He said imagine two rooms. One is well-lit and another right next to it is completely dark. When the door is opened, the light from the well-lit room enters the dark room and illuminates it. Yet, as that light spreads, the well-lit room continues to stay just as bright as it was before. When America opens its doors, we do not lose our own wealth, prosperity, and well-being. Rather, we allow it to grow and spread and become greater than it was before. I urge you to remind Congress, our President, and all of us who make up this country to remember that immigration is what has and will continue to make America great. Eric Wolf Welch is a social studies teacher at JEB Stuart High School and coordinator of the “AVID” program, an academic mentoring program to help students attend college, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college.

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Fa l l s C h u r c h

NEWS BRIEFS Hit & Run Driver Hospitalizes 4 City of Falls Church Police are on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver who ran a red light, struck another car and sent four people to the hospital last Saturday night, it was reported today. Police say the driver was travelling north on N. Washington St. around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, when it failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of N. Washington and Columbia St. Four passengers, which police reported included two adults and two children, were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The striking car, which did not stay on the scene and was reported to have fled north into Arlington Co., was described as possibly being a dark-colored Dodge Charger which should have some front-end damage. There is no available description of the driver. Police ask anyone with information to contact the City of Falls Church Police Department at 703-241-5050.

Webb, Reitinger Re-Elected by F.C. School Board Lawrence Webb as chair and Phil Reitinger as vice-chair were re-elected by the Falls Church School Board at its first meeting of the year this week.

Noonan Unveils His Recommended Budget Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan outlined his first budget proposal before the School Board in its first meeting of the new year this week. Dr. Noonan's plan for the 2018-2019 school year focuses on three priorities: compensation and training for FCCPS' human capital, additional support to meet the needs of our diverse community, and additional resources to continue our stated mission of being the premier IB School Division in the country. To that end, the expenditures in the Superintendent's Proposed Budget include a three percent Cost of Living adjustment for all employees, and additional staff to support Special Education and the PYP curriculum support, and repurposing an LEIP teacher as an ESOL resource teacher.

Residential Fire in Lake Barcroft Causes $120K+ in Damage Failure to extinguish any residual embers from smoking materials caused a small fire at a Lake Barcroft residence on Jan. 5. Around 1 p.m. last Friday, units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6300 block of Cavalier Corridor in the Lake Barcroft section of Fairfax County. Units arrived on scene to find fire in the carport area that was extending into the attached, single family, one-story home. Crews quickly advanced fire hose to both the carport and the interior of the home. The fire was quickly contained. Due to power lines being down around the home, final extinguishment was delayed until the power company could shut off power to the downed lines. There was one occupant present at the time of the fire. The occupant smelled smoke and upon investigating the odor discovered the fire in the carport. The smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the attached carport. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted for five occupants who were displaced as a result of the fire. There were no reported injuries to civilians or fire and rescue personnel. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $122,500.

19 Newcomers Sworn in at Richmond The Virginia House of Delegates unanimously elected Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) yesterday as the 55th Speaker of the House. Cox was sworn in immediately following his election. He will preside over a House with 19 newcomers among the 100 total, a dozen of whom are Democrats who unseated Republican incumbents. The new group included many firsts. The House is seating more women than ever, 29 as compared to 17 last year. Half the Democratic caucus is women. The freshmen class of delegates is also marking several firsts for representing ethnic groups. Dels. Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman, both Democrats from Prince William county, will be the first Latinas in the legislature. Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), of Filipino descent, and Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax), a Vietnamese refugee, will be the first Asian American women. Ten of the incoming lawmakers are under the age of 40, all replacing older incumbents. The youngest is Jerrauld “Jay” Jones, a 28-year-old Democrat from Norfolk. Younger members also means a loss of institutional knowledge. Roughly half will have less than four years of experience. The number of delegates who have served longer than 15 years declined from 31 to 16 over the last two decades.



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Community News & Notes ‘Passport’ Music Series Continues with New Artists

McLean Community Center Board Seeks Candidates

Creative Cauldron’s (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church) Passport to the World of Music continues this weekend with Big Howdy Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Jo Go Project Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Ernesto Bravo and Juan Cayrampoma Sunday at 7 p.m. Interested attendees can witness a unique concert series that celebrates the music and dance of cultures around the world. Adult general admission is $22 with seniors/military at $20, students at $18 and tables for two and four with wine at $55 and $110, respectively. Sponsored by Eden Center. To buy tickets, go to

The McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking candidates to run for seats on its 2018-2019 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (The Alden) and The Old Firehouse Center. The center is an agency of Fairfax County Government. MCC’s Ingleside Ave. facility is closed for renovation; the temporary administrative office is located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr. To run for a seat on the 11-member board, a candidate must reside in the Center’s tax district (Small District

1A-Dranesville). To have their names placed on election ballots, candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean tax district residents in their respective categories (either adult or youth). Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The three adult candidates who receive the three highest vote counts will serve three-year terms. Youth members will serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years of age as of McLean Day (Saturday, May 19). Youth candidates must be 15-17 years of age as of McLean Day. One youth member will be elected from the McLean High School boundary area and one will be elected from the Langley High School boundary area.

Youth candidates are not required to attend either school, but they must reside in the boundary areas served by one of the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

City Council Declares MLK Day as ‘Day of Service’ The Falls Church City Council declared Jan. 15, 2018, to be an official Day of Service in the City of Falls Church. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”,’” the proclamation reads. “Each year, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together to serve their neighbors and com-

munities.” The City will join thousands of communities around the country in a national day of service projects. City Council, board and commission members, and staff will prepare lunches at Homestretch, a non-profit in the city that helps homeless families with children attain permanent housing. Families of students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Mount Daniel Elementary School or Jessie Thackrey Preschool are invited to a PTA-sponsored event to create food packs for disadvantaged families. Anyone is welcome to donate food or funds to the effort. Visit for details. Find other volunteer opportunities by searching databases

MAYOR AND SCOUTS MEET. Cub Scouts from Pack 657 recently met with Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, which sponsors Pack TAKING ADVANTAGE of the freezing weather was the Peltz family, who 657. As part of the requirement for earning their Arrow of Light badge, the Scouts passed the time last Saturday making ice ornaments, filled with flower petmet with the Mayor to learn about his duties and to discuss community issues. (Photo: als, berries, purple, red and green foliage and baby pine cones, which they then used to decorated the tree in their yard. (Photo: Courtesy Mara Peltz) Courtesy Bob Dunn)

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TAKING IN some of the �ine pieces of art on display at Falls Church Arts newest exhibition held at The Kensington, titled “Focus” are (from left to right) Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter, President of Harley Cook Associates Harley Cook and City Council member Phil Duncan. The three are enthusiastically admiring Cook’s contribution to the gallery, which is a photo titled “Union Station.” (P����: C������� S���� V�� S����) managed by The Corporation for National and Community Service or All for Good. The Tinner Hill Foundation is hosting its second annual March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice, followed by a celebration program. Marchers representing diverse races, religions, ethnicities and more, will walk to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and gather for a program of unity, racial healing, and justice. The half-mile march will begin at the Tinner Hill Historic Monument, where 100 years ago the first rural NAACP began in oncesegregated Falls Church and end at The Falls Church Episcopal where the program will be held. The march line-up begins at 12:30 p.m. on the sidewalks of the intersection of South Washington St. (Rt. 29) and Tinner Hill Rd. The march will start at 1 p.m.

and will end at The Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax St.). The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and feature a video honoring Dr. King followed by an open-panel discussion with guest speakers. Both events are free and open to the public. There is free parking at the Lincoln at Tinner Hill complex (455 S. Maple Ave.) and The Falls Church Episcopal. A shuttle bus for the elderly and disabled will return marchers to Tinner Hill Rd. after the program. Visit for the most up-to-date event information.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Lends a Hand on MLK Day Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. Chi Beta Omega Chapter of Falls Church City is making it a “Day ON” with

Columbia Baptist Church from 9:30 –11:30 a.m. on Jan. 15. The ladies of AKA will be at the Speak Yourself Food Pantry at Columbia Crossroads (3245 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church) where they will be pre-packing bags of food, shelving food items and preparing the food pantry for their regular weekend operations in an effort to help families tackle the critical issue of a lack of food.

Crossing Guard of the Year Nominations Now Accepted Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 26, by the Virginia Department of Transportation for Virginia’s 2017 Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year. Parents, students, and teachers are welcome to submit a nomination and photo online.

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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, a statewide event to say thank you to the individuals who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school, will be celebrated in Virginia on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will observe the day by honoring the 80 crossing guards who manage 174 school-related crossings every day. FCPS crossing guards are employees of the Fairfax County Police Department. Schools and communities can plan their own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day activities to recognize the valuable role crossing guards play in ensuring student safety. The FCPS Safe Routes to School program is working with the Fairfax County Police Department to distribute thank you gifts to all FCPS crossing guards. Additional ideas for celebrating school crossing guards are available on the Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School website.

Open House for Marshall Academy Starts Tonight at 6 Marshall Academy, a Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy, will host its annual open house for prospective students today from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (snow date: Jan. 18). The program will include an overview of the academy and two classroom visitation sessions. Marshall Academy courses include: Automotive Technology, Chinese Language, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Cyber: Computer Systems Tech A+, Cyber: Network Administration, Cyber: Routing and Switching, Cyber: Security + Capstone, Entrepreneurship and Robotics Systems. Visit the website for more information. Marshall Governor’s STEM Academy is a highly special-

Judges, Mentors and Volunteers Needed Two upcoming events taking place at both Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) and George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) require help. Science Fair season is underway and teachers at MEHMS and GMHS are recruiting judges and mentors for the event. If you have any expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math, your help is requested The MEHMS Science Fair is Thursday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Judges will review projects with students and select those who move onto Regionals. The GMHS Science Fair Mentor Day is Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. Mentors will visit students as they prepare their projects for the Regional Science Fair. Mentors will provide guidance and feedback. GMHS is also seeking four volunteers to help out at the Scholastic Bowl Regional Competition on Friday, Jan. 26. Two “Readers” who can read the questions to the team and two “Judges” who will make decisions on answers if needed are requested to help out. There will be a short training meeting at 5 p.m. and the competition will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Marybeth Connelly at by Wednesday, Jan. 17.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts


News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Not quite three years ago, the Board of Supervisors approved recommendations to update the county’s Comprehensive Plan for the Seven Corners/Willston area. Specific language was added for building an elementary school, if the school system deems one necessary. Potential residential density was reduced by 20 percent for the Seven Corners Shopping Center property, and follow-on motions addressed transportation analysis and the challenging Seven Corners intersections. The stable residential neighborhoods nearby are protected and preserved, but many agree that the mid-20th century model needs to change to attract new residents and businesses – those moving here in the next 30 to 40 years. Providing guidance now through the Comprehensive Plan gives form and function to the abstract concepts of change and density over a 40-year planning horizon. That extended time frame often gets lost when discussing potential redevelopment in the area. The Plan changes never were anticipated to be implemented immediately, or even across a period of a few years, but gradually, over time, as property owners make decisions about their long-term investments. Comparisons often are made with the Mosaic District in Merrifield as an example of a communitycentered, walkable, and popular neighborhood for living, dining, shopping, and recreation. And Mosaic certainly is all of that; however, today’s Mosaic redeveloped a nearly dead industrial area that was once home to a multiplex movie theatre, popular in its time, but fatally affected by location, changing demographics, and movie industry policies. After the multiplex closed, there was “no there there” in Merrifield, and then-Providence District Supervisor Gerry Connolly instituted a community process to redevelop and revitalize Merrifield, including the missing residential component. What is at Mosaic

now took more than 15 years to achieve, and it’s not done yet. Most, if not all, of the remaining properties will require private investment to implement the next phases of Mosaic, and that probably will be years in the making. In contrast, the Seven Corners/Willston area is a thriving retail, commercial and residential center. Both centers are nearly fully leased, with national stores like Target, Home Depot, PetSmart, and Safeway as anchors. Hundreds of apartments there are fully leased, with many renovations done during the past 20 years. Unlike the old Merrifield, Seven Corners/Willston is economically viable, and continues to serve the community and support the local economy. It will take a lot of diligence by property owners to determine how they might redevelop their properties for the 21st century, and ensure a level of financial return for their efforts. Those deals don’t happen overnight, and may take years before the market is optimum for investment. When that happens, the Comprehensive Plan provides the roadmap to get there, just as it did for the smaller, and probably easier, Mosaic District. In the meantime, in addition to the recent pedestrian intersection upgrades, Fairfax County continues to apply for federal funding to augment the county’s effort to make transportation improvements. A rezoning for a new townhome community on the old medical building property near Target also was approved. While the bulldozers aren’t coming up Route 7 yet, incremental steps are underway, to ensure that Seven Corners/Willston still is a dynamic place to live and do business.

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Real Estate Winter 2018

New Tax Law Breeds Uncertainty In F.C. Projects, Housing Markets

by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law brings major changes to the local real estate market that prompt anxious anticipation about the shifting role and rewards of homeownership. Depending on the resulting effects the law has on home evaluations, it could cause the Falls Church City Council to adjust previous promises in order to keep recently approved major public projects on schedule for completion. Here are the basics of the law’s alterations to the real estate market: It reduces the limit of the mortgage interest deduction (MID)

from $1 million to $750,000 for all loans taken out after Dec. 15, 2017, applies a cap to itemized state and local tax (SALT) deductions at $10,000 while doubling the standard deduction for all filing status categories. The law also preserves the capital gains exclusion that allows single taxpayers to exclude up to $250,000 (and $500,000 for married couples) from a home sale as long as they’ve lived in the home for two of the past five years. The capital gains exclusion was a necessary victory for realtors in the transient Washington, D.C. area (and more relevantly, in the City of Falls Church) since it makes home sales much more palatable

for owners who may be required to move due to work obligations. Essentially, the law is expected to cool the hot housing market by trimming the amount of tax incentives associated with purchasing a home and slow the natural appreciation of home values in the process. It makes the absolute value of buying a home cheaper, but also decreases the financial support given by the government. Increases to the standard deduction makes the tax differential between 90 percent of renters and homeowners nominal, according to the National Association of Realtors. Add in the lowered MID and the cap on SALT deductions and owning one of the high-

YOU COULD being see a lot less, or a lot more, of these signs all over Falls Church depending on how the local real estate market shakes out under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (Photo: Matt Delaney) priced homes that are standard to the D.C. metro area rather than renting a modest flat becomes less savory. But even with all the changes, realtors don’t believe it will have a pronounced effect on local sales despite some decline in home values. “If homes are priced correctly, they will sell,” Lorraine Arrora, Chairman of the Northern Virginia

Association of Realtors (NVAR) and managing broker at Weichert Realtors in Fairfax, said. “[Homes sold] during the savings and loan crisis and when interest rates were at 18 percent. It will be a bit of a challenge, but buyers have to see what’s right for them because it’s so specialized. We may see a

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dip [in sales], but we’ve seen that before.” Arrora’s sentiment is agreed with by Re/Max West End agent Louise Molton, who works in the City. Molton acknowledges that certain parts of the new law, such as stripping away personal exemptions, even out the clear benefits of the law’s other aspects such as the doubled standard deduction. But in general, most people will be paying less overall in taxes and therefore will have more money to spend on items such as housing – as long as the price is right. However, Molton felt the MID reduction could have an indirect effect on sellers. Without government subsidies being as generous toward prospective buyers, many may decide to pursue houses outside of the City that fall comfortably within their price range. If buyers become fickle, sellers may consider hovering around the $750K threshold in order to make a stronger case in the market. Or, they could become dissatisfied that their investment isn’t appreciating at the expected rate and hold out until the market becomes ripe again, according to Nicholas Lagos, an NVAR board member and associate broker at Century 21 in Arlington. Since the buyers of larger homes are typically the sellers of smaller homes, Lagos believes the law runs the risk of bogging down the natural turnover in ownership that facilitates the dispersion of wealth in society. Reducing the MID was a curious move due to the deduction’s legacy in modern American lore. Both political parties have touted homeownership as the surest path to middle class stability and the bedrock of the American Dream. The MID has been pitched as the vehicle to help people achieve that dream. Now tax benefits between a large majority of renters and homeowners will be negligible. Though the equity advantage of owning a home versus renting will still remain, it begs the question of why exactly homeownership is being de-emphasized as the building block toward financial security. “The jury’s still out on that one,” Lagos said. “One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a home is to have that deductibility. In a sense, this almost discourages homeownership.” As the dust settles, it will become easier to forecast the law’s concrete effects on the local

real estate market. City Assessor Ryan Davis estimates it could take until early 2019, at the latest early 2020, to identify any detectable trend in shifting home valuations, though Treasurer Jody Acosta believes a viable projection could be possible by the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. While the market takes shape, the City government prepares itself for the perceivable obstacles the law presents toward the completion of the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). Property taxes account for roughly 60 percent of the City’s total revenue. If home values take a hit due to the new law, then so does the City’s wallet during a historically ambitious period of public works with the renovations of City Hall, Mary Riley Styles Library and the construction of a new George Mason High School all on tap for the next six years. As the News-Press reported back in September, City Manager Wyatt Shields alerted the City Council that a projected six-cent increase to the real estate tax will be required for the first four years before being reduced to a four cent increase in order to front load the borrowing to fund the CIP. The City has diversified its revenue stream with growing commercial development, but property taxes are still provide the lion’s share of Falls Church’s revenue. If home values sink to an uncomfortable level, the City may be inclined to raise the tax rate even more to ensure the projects stay on schedule. “As long as there’s that political will to raise the tax rate to what it should be, then no, there shouldn’t be [delays to the CIP],” Acosta said. “But I don’t know if there’s that political will out there to adjust the tax rate if needed.” Per Acosta, the City likes the idea of modifying the tax rate to equalize any shift in assessments that occur due to market or legislative circumstances. But since she joined the City government in 2006, she’s only seen the tax rate adjusted once because of changes in assessments — when they ballooned in the period leading up to the Great Recession. Otherwise, she expects them to keep rates the same due to already high expenses the City is saddled with. Falls Church’s ability to absorb financial shocks shouldn’t be discounted. It endured and recovered from the Great Recession and some unfavorable court rulings on its ability to draw a return on investment from its water system. And it did so at an accelerated

MODEST HOMES (top) won’t have as much trouble attracting buyers since their values are closer to the recently lowered threshold for the mortgage interest deduction of $750,000. However, for larger, newer homes, sellers will have a hard time parting with their property if they feel it hasn’t appreciated to a level of their liking in the coming years. (Photos: Matt Delaney) rate due to the upper-middle class demographic that flocks to the City for its schools and homey feel. Residents are so well-heeled that the flood of property taxes paid to beat the enacting of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in recent weeks were largely done out of pocket, rather than through an escrowed account with a mortgage

lender. That prevalence of wealth could signal that reductions to the MID and SALT may not be as detrimental to home sales in the City as some fear. However, it’s still in a “wait and see” mode. Molton speculated that lowered SALT deductions on top of CIP tax hikes could dissuade prospective buyers from living in Falls Church. If

housing inventory grows, it would put a downward pressure on the assessments and put the City government in the aforementioned bind regarding what to do about tax rates. Though with no solid answers on how the market will react to the new law until at least the early summer, no new solutions can be broached about how to move forward.



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Rebuilding Together Helps Seniors Age in Place with Safer Homes BY PATRICIA LESLIE


When Frances Stallings opened her property tax mailing from Fairfax County, she studied an insert with information about an organization working to help low-income homeowners. Little did she know it would lead to long-needed improvements to her Alexandria home where she has lived for decades. “I am indeed grateful to Rebuilding Together,” Stallings said. “My husband passed in 2004 and there really is a lot of upkeep for a house. Given the fact, too, that it’s 48 years old, it requires a lot of maintenance.” Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization which brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. According to Patti Klein, the executive director of the organization’s Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church affiliate, improvements to Stallings’ home matched one of the organization’s top goals: to improve safety in houses. “We mobilize teams who volunteer their time and go out and make repairs for homeowners,” Klein said. “We target people with limited incomes, most of whom are

seniors who live on Social Security and, often at one time, could support themselves but through illness, divorce, or a loss of job now find themselves in vulnerable positions” when it’s hard to make home repairs themselves. Rebuilding has a checklist it uses to assess homes before teams begin work. That includes making sure stairs and individual steps are safe and secure, discovering any obscure tripping hazards as well as detecting moisture problems that can lead to mildew and attract pests. The affiliate’s director of partnerships is Don Ryan who trains and manages teams on-site. He said Rebuilding Together’s local branch emphasizes aging in place for the seniors that make up 80 percent of Rebuilding Together’s clientele. In its “express” program, homes can be improved for $400 or $500 with four or five volunteers in a day, Ryan said. Rebuilding Together can spend up to $15,000 or more on a home, but Klein added that the nonprofit doesn’t do “extreme makeovers.” Rebuilding Together learns about persons in need from social agencies, referrals, hospitals, nonprofits, therapists and persons may self-apply, like Stallings did.

A CREW consisting of (from left to right) Brian Goggin, Brendan Lewis and Don Ryan measure out where to cut the wood in order to make a hand rail for Frances Stalling’s home. (P����: K��� G�����) Services are offered to individuals who own their homes and meet income requirements. The group used to known as “Christmas in April” but now it’s Christmas yearround, which is the way Stallings

described it in her church newsletter. “I was at a point where I would not get in the tub because of the difficulty I had getting out,” Stallings continued. “But now, with the grab bars, I can take a tub bath, if I

choose to. I feel more secure moving about in the house.” Last year about 1,200 volunteers assisted with 73 local projects. Its

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From Hand Rails to Light Fixtures, the Work of Rebuilding Together is Diverse Continued from Page 15

“signature day” is the last Saturday in April which this year falls on April 28. Volunteers Kate and Brian Goggin, Falls Church residents, were looking for something extra to do after they became empty nesters. Brian is a retired agricultural attaché for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his work took the family to Mexico and Bulgaria where “we really enjoyed volunteering as a family,” Kate said. They learned about Rebuilding Together from Brian’s colleagues. “I’m sort of a do-it-yourselfer,” Brian said. “[At Rebuilding Together] we go in and do the most necessary repairs that relate to the needs of the client. Safety improvements are 90 percent of the work.” Kate added: “Living in unhealthy conditions impacts your health and has a ripple effect. We work to reduce the possibility of people falling in homes and breaking a hip.” Brian’s consulting business consumes a large part of his time, yet he finds about 12 to 16 hours a week to

volunteer for Rebuilding Together, and Kate averages between five and six hours a month while working in communications for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She applies those skills to Rebuilding Together work and takes before and after photographs. Said Klein, “We can use anyone who is willing to give their time. No special talents are required, and we can use any volunteers at any skill level. It’s like a puzzle: Here are the pieces and here is what we need.” Interested persons and companies can sign up on the website which has more information. “There are so many people in need,” Ryan said. “Fairfax, Arlington, and Falls Church are really wealthy places, and I cannot imagine what it’s like elsewhere. With more than a shoestring budget we could do so much more.” Rebuilding gets funding from grants, foundations, area churches, corporations, banks, construction companies, Fairfax and Arlington counties and the City of Fairfax. “We used to apply to city of Falls

Church but it’s a big process,” Klein said, quick to add that some churches in Falls Church contribute, as well as individuals and sometimes, beneficiaries of projects, “but we never ask them.” Stallings praised the volunteers who came out to her house and installed new electrical outlets, interior and exterior railings, a carbon monoxide detector, deadbolts for her doors and new bath and tub grab bars in her bathrooms. The volunteers also improved lighting in the house and lettering for her outside address, checked to ensure her dryer vent met safety standards and patched floor tiles and more at no cost to Stallings. “They were wonderful,” Stallings said. “They are terrific people.” On a tour of her home to display its improvements, Stallings’ happiness beamed across her face which seemed far younger than her age. “I am aging, but better that than not,” she laughed. For more information, contact the Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church affiliate at 703-528-1999 or info@

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Unfilled Construction Jobs Causes Ripple Effect in Country by Orrin Konheim

Falls Church News-Press

Affecting everything from the fulfillment of national infrastructure projects to the industry’s ability to stock residential developments with capable workers in metropolitan suburbs, including the City of Falls Church, multiple reports from the development sector have shown a shortage of skilled labor in the area. Associated General Contractors of America reported in an August survey that 70 percent of construction firms report difficulty filling hourly craft positions despite half of the firms reporting an increased base pay to cope with the shortage. Additionally, a joint report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and materials manufacturer USG showed 67 percent of firms anticipating hiring key positions in the next six months with 95 percent reporting some difficulty. Many sources reporting on the trend at a national level point to everything from tougher immigration laws, the effects of the economic recession that hit a decade ago and a decline of interest among the people who would potentially enter the workforce. Furthermore, a CBS news report stated that for every person entering the industry, five leave. The News Press spoke with three contracting firms in the city – ADS Construction, L.F. Jennings and WINN Design and Build. WINN Design and Build is a remodeling company with 12 employees who do everything from the foundation to finishing. Since the company’s inception in 2006, they have been recognized by Arlington Magazine, Remodeling Magazine and INC Magazine for their quality of work and speed of growth, but despite all these accolades, production manager Sean Du Launay said that the firm has trouble finding labor. “To use a day labor, obviously, that’s easy, but experienced people of quality are harder to find,” he said. In his role of hiring manager, Du Launay often has the most hit-ormiss with contractor’s assistants. As a result, he often puts them through probationary periods so he’s not penalized by the state (in terms of paying for unemployment) if things don’t work out. In terms of unskilled labor, he often finds people who he says are referred to as a “chuck in a truck:” an unlicensed carpenter with varying levels of experience who he believes can be a stain on the industry due to their lack of professionalism. When his firm was looking for a lead carpenter six months ago (someone capable of both running

A DEARTH OF SKILLED LABOR is making job sites like these in the City of Falls Church fewer and farther in between locally and nationwide. From brick masons to carpenters to multi-faceted handymen, the construction industry is severely lacking in interest among craftsmen ever since the Great Recession hit. While companies within the City are experiencing varying degrees of luck when it comes to finding steady help on jobs, this trend is limiting the frequency of all kinds of development. (Photo: Matt Delaney) jobs on-site and leading the manual work), Du Launay lucked out in finding a great worker but he believes those candidates are exceedingly rare. ADS Construction Inc is a small two-man operation run by mechanical engineers Matt Sabet and Hooman Amir. They have run their business for 15 years and focus on metal and framing that relies on a labor crew of between four and 20 depending on the season. Like WINN, they have had trouble finding quality as they go to the big companies. In response to a CBS News report this past October that of the 1.5 million construction jobs estimated, the 2008 recession drove the same number of construction workers out of the industry with only half of those jobs being recovered. When asked if there was anything that could reverse the job market to benefit employers, Sabet joked, “a crash like the one in 2007.” He noted, that from his experience, the recession of a decade ago forced many tradesman to either switch

jobs or expand their skills causing the quality of the work to go down. For instance, a lot of the development was in commercial which required different skill sets and a lot of retraining. “When we lose a mechanic, it’s hard to get one back. If we can’t find the same people we used before, and we go with a new crew, the quality goes down. We’re just going to have to work harder to make sure we keep up the quality,” said Sabet. Sabet and Amir also are concerned about the external costs that OSHA-imposed regulations might cause, a potential raise in the minimum wage or a reduction in immigrants (the company uses Tax IDs for all their workers to make sure it’s all above board). “One danger is if the government issues future work permits to immigrants, we don’t have much of a Plan B except to charge higher costs for mechanics,” said Amir. For a company like L.F. Jennings which has been an area institution for 65 years, employs 400 employ-

ees and has contracted for projects as diverse as the Mosaic District in Merrifield and Union Market in Washington, D.C., it has been significantly easier to weather any fluctuations in the labor market. Still, senior vice president Mike Killelea believes the company’s high retention rate is due to a conscious effort to provide a great work atmosphere with excellent employee benefits. “L.F. Jennings is a family business and we treat employees like family,” said Killelea. Tradesman International cited a drop in high schools offering shop classes and an educational market geared more towards the type of white collar careers that four-year colleges offer in concluding that “a whole generation of younger workers are no longer even considering construction as a viable career option.” L.F. Jennings has been able to connect to some of the college programs specializing in construction such as Virginia Tech’s Department of Building Construction

and Eastern Carolina University’s Construction Management Program for internships for their upper level management and works them up the pipeline. A lot of tradesmen come to the company through word of mouth, but Killelea notes that some of those workers have stayed at the company for twenty years or more. Moreso, Killelea believes it was the company’s decision not to undergo mass layoffs during the Recession that has proved the company’s advantage to this day. “We dug deep and invested retained earnings to train our staff, improve our systems, and invest in the latest technologies. The result is today we are better prepared serve our clients because we have the depth of experience and the continuity of the people we invested in during the recession,” said Killelea. Like Sabet and Amir, Killelea does note that certain crafts such as bricklaying are hard to find. He also believes that the labor market is going to tighten if crackdowns on immigration continue.



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Top Falls Church Home Sales

September-December #2 $1,700,000

#1 $1,776,000

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Falls Church Area Housing Market — 3rd Quarter 2017 Report Zip Code


Average Price

Number of Homes Sold

Average Days on Market


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Home Sales Vs. 1 Year Ago

Home Prices Vs. 1 Year Ago

Change in # of Homes Sold: 3Q ‘17 vs 3Q ‘16

Change in Average Home Price: 3Q ‘17 vs 3Q ‘16


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

The steadiest hometown newspaper in Arlington would be the Sun-Gazette, nee the Northern Virginia Sun. Its inaugural issue on Dec. 12, 1935, which I viewed on microfilm, was a far cry from today’s expressly local and conservativeleaning chain-owned Sun-Gazette. The original was a high-brow, region-wide compilation that included global UPI dispatches and a commitment to racial progress. “The Sun has come into Arlington and Fairfax counties at the invitation of a substantial number of citizens,” wrote publisher Paul W. Ferris and editor Thomas A. Daffron Jr. on the first front page. The impartial Sun “has no connection — political, financial or otherwise — to any outside interest.” It was welcomed by Falls Church Mayor L.P. Daniel, Gov. C. Perry, and Arlington Chamber of Commerce President F.S. Loos. The eight-page weekly broadsheet that cost a nickel was produced by four staffers in the Masonic Building in East Falls Church. The newsroom then moved to a succession of offices around Clarendon, I’m informed by the Center for Local History: 2611 Wilson Blvd., 1224 N. Hartford St., 3440 Wilson Blvd. and finally 1227 N. Ivy St. Sample early story: “Work will be sped on Lee Blvd.,” a reference to today’s Arlington Blvd. By the Jan. 7, 1949, issue, the Sun was 10 pages under editor and Publisher Howard B. Bloom

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Jr. It reported a church-state advocacy group complaining about Bible classes on Arlington school grounds. Later stories described work on the “Jennie Dean Park for Negroes” and the Lions Club raising $250 for Arlington Hospital. The Jan. 21 issue reported the “formal opening of the Westover library,” and an editorial criticized Fairfax school superintendent W.T. Woodson for forcing black students on long bus rides to schools in Manassas. By 1956, editor and publisher CC Carlin Jr. in the renamed Daily Sun was recycling editorials from other cities. He included comics and Jane McCorkle’s high school “chatter.” Big changes came in the late 1950s. The Sun was taken over by a sophisticated Washington braintrust fresh from Democratic presidential campaigns. They got money from the Sears Roebuck and Hahn Shoes fortunes to back Georgetown journalist Clayton Fritchey and top diplomat George Ball, says Wikipedia. Investors would lose a half a million smackers cultivating suburban Washington commuters. It was heavy on policy. They ran a column on developments in Laos by Sen. Barry Goldwater and cartoons about Latin American “poverty and serfdom.” One Aug. 3, 1962, story showcased a “fed up” citizens group who wanted Arlington bypassed by the coming I-66. “The New Dealers” were so-tagged by subsequent Sun editor and publisher Herman Obermayer, who bought it from them and for 25 years

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pants and white tennis shoes. Last seen leaving on foot headed south toward Douglass Ave. Assault – Simple, 107 N Virginia Ave (Northern Virginia Pediatrics Center), Jan 2, 12:52 PM, officers responded for an altercation between two employees. A female, 44, of Washington, DC, was arrested Jan 5 at 9:31 for Assault and Battery. Larceny from Vehicle, 6767 Wilson Blvd, between 11:40 AM and 1 PM Jan 5, items of value were taken from the trunk of a car. Larceny from Vehicle, 1150 W Broad St (CVS parking lot), between 7 AM and 12:22 PM, Jan 6, a license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

ran it as a conservative. In 1990, it was subsumed by the Sun-Gazette chain and in 2006 taken over by American Community Newspapers. Today the Sun’s successor is owned by Rappahannock Media. “I enjoy the weekly column from the first editor, which ran from the start of the paper to about 1951,” said current SunGazette editor Scott McCaffrey, my friendly competitor who has written on Sun history. “It really was the `blog’ of its day — filled with interesting and a sometimes irreverent take on facts and foibles of the growing community. It’s my hope that someday the columns could be edited into book form, because they are a tremendous asset for someone who would want to chronicle the community’s evolution.” *** Much of Arlington’s charitable and political establishment gathered Jan. 6 at Rock Spring Congregational Church for the memorial service for Bill Bozman. Bozman died Nov. 30 at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads at 93, having charted a fine federal career during and after the Great Society era. He then began a “life of service” in Arlington, heading the United Way and shepherding low-income housing projects. He was the famously supportive husband of the late county board stalwart Ellen Bozman. Once during the 1960s, as former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple recalled in her tribute, Ellen Bozman was on her way out the door to “desegregate Arlington’s theaters.” Her husband asked slyly, “Do you have your bail money?” Hit and Run, 1230 W Broad St (Giant parking lot), Jan 6, between 3 and 3:30 PM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny from Building, 6763-R1 Wilson Blvd (Planet Fitness), Jan 6, between 3 and 5 PM, an item of value was taken from an unsecured locker. Hit and Run, N Washington St/ Columbia St, Jan 6, 9:03 PM, a dark colored Dodge Charger struck another vehicle and then left the scene without exchanging any information or rendering aid. No visible injuries but the victims (2 adults and 2 children) were transported by medics. OTHER ARRESTS Jan 3, 2018, a male, 30, of Alexandria, VA, was arrested by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office on a Falls Church Capias. Underlying charge was Assault and Battery.

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Feinstein’s Courage Will Change History

A righteous act of revolutionary sisterhood by former San Francisco mayor and veteran U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has dramatically shifted the balance on the battleground Russian-Trump collusion investigation. Feinstein’s dramatic decision to defy the prohibition by her Republican committee chair and to release the unclassified 312-page transcript of the Senate Intelligence Committee interview with the head of Fusion GPS, responsible for the infamous Steele Dossier, is the biggest break in the case so far. And yes, if there remains any justice in this land, not only Trump, but many high level Republicans in Congress, now exposed for their egregious and deliberate coverups and FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS deflections of the evidence of massive Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and of Trump’s collusion with it, will be going to jail. This will go down in history are perhaps the greatest, most widespread scandal in the history of the U.S. It is astonishing that even as the damning contents of the Fusion GPS interview are being digested, so many Republicans in Congress are insisting on digging themselves even deeper into the hole that, it can be claimed, is headed straight to hell. They’ve continued to insist in a manner more indefensible than ever that the Fusion GPS intelligence and everything associated with it, is somehow a joint Hillary Clinton and FBI conspiracy. This tired, shop-worn tactic of trying to turn the tables, to argue that it is the accuser who must be accused, may have worked for Trump’s old mentor Roy Cohn in the corrupt courtrooms of Manhattan of the 1970s, but not in the face of the investigations well underway by the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and by an increasingly alert U.S. public that is watching first hand via the Internet and social media and not just sitting idly by. The entire transcript of the interview is readily available online to be read, unfiltered, by all American citizens, who can draw their own conclusions. Due to these factors, including this current level of public participation by social media that no corrupt old political dinosaur could anticipate, there is not a single Republican lawmaker, shown to have known better, who will escape the iron hand of justice and public humiliation that are to come. This includes Senate Intelligence Committee chair Grassley, Senator Graham, U.S. Rep. Ryan and the entire hoard of Republican lemmings who have been drilled to parrot their party’s official lies on the subject. They will all be disgraced as slimy traitors in the eyes of the entire world and of history in perpetuity. The flimsy lie of the Clinton-FBI conspiracy was dashed by Feinstein’s courageous action this week. The interview reveals that the Steele Dossier was hardly the only evidence that the FBI was basing its increasingly grave concerns about Trump and the Russians over the course of 2016. Other key components, that were corroborated by the Steele Dossier, included the fact that the Australian government forwarded to the FBI in early 2016 based on a drunken conversation that Trump insider George Papadopoulos had with an Australian ambassador in London. Papadopoulos was arrested, pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with the investigation. Another component is an insider inside the Trump team who has been feeding vital information and cooperating with the investigation in an ongoing basis. The threat of a lawsuit by Trump (my, what a novel idea for him!) against Fusion GPS is designed solely to intimidate anyone who might want to corroborate the claims in the Steele Dossier, but it is the kind of threat that can be a double-edged sword as a lawsuit would open Trump up for discovery, a process aimed at demonstrating credibility for the accusations of a lawsuit, but which could readily blow back in Trump’s face. If there is any lesson to be taken from this, it is to applaud the action by Sister Feinstein to break the rules in the name of truth and justice. Maybe she was inspired by the new movie, “The Post,” about how the leaking of the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 ended a war and brought down a presidency.  Nicholas Benton may be emailed at

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The Decline of Anti-Trumpism

Let me start with three inconvenient observations, based on dozens of conversations around Washington over the past year: First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Donald Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected from his tweetstorms or the media coverage. They generally say that he is affable, if repetitive. He runs a normal, good meeting and seems well-informed enough to get by. Second, people who work in the Trump administration have wildly divergent views about their boss. Some think he is a deranged child, as Michael Wolff reported. But some think he is merely a distraction they can work around. Some think he is strange, but not impossible. Some genuinely admire Trump. Many filter out his crazy stuff and pretend it doesn’t exist. My impression is that the Trump administration is an unhappy place to work, because NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE there is a lot of infighting and often no direction from the top. But this is not an administration full of people itching to invoke the 25th Amendment. Third, the White House is getting more professional. Imagine if Trump didn’t tweet. The craziness of the past weeks would be out of the way, and we’d see a White House that is briskly pursuing its goals: the shift in our Pakistan policy, the shift in our offshore drilling policy, the fruition of our Islamic State policy, the nomination for judgeships and the formation of policies on infrastructure, DACA, North Korea and trade. It’s almost as if there are two White Houses. There’s the Potemkin White House, which we tend to focus on: Trump berserk in front of the TV, the lawyers working the Russian investigation and the press operation. Then there is the Invisible White House that you never hear about, which is getting more effective at managing around the distracted boss. I sometimes wonder if the Invisible White House has learned to use the Potemkin White House to deke us while it changes the country. I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information. More antiTrumpers seem to be telling themselves a “Madness of King George” narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us. I’d like to think it’s possible to be fervently antiTrump while also not reducing everything to a fairy

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tale. The anti-Trump movement suffers from insularity. Most of the people who detest Trump don’t know anybody who works with him or supports him. And if they do have friends and family members who admire Trump, they’ve learned not to talk about this subject. So they get most of their information about Trumpism from others who also detest Trumpism, which is always a recipe for epistemic closure. The movement also suffers from lowbrowism. Fox News pioneered modern lowbrowism. The modern lowbrow (think Sean Hannity or Dinesh D’Souza) ignores normal journalistic or intellectual standards. He creates a style of communication that doesn’t make you think more; it makes you think and notice less. He offers a steady diet of affirmation, focuses on simple topics that require little background information, and gets viewers addicted to daily doses of righteous contempt and delicious vindication. We anti-Trumpers have our lowbrowism, too, mostly on late-night TV. But anti-Trump lowbrowism burst into full bloom with the Wolff book. Wolff doesn’t pretend to adhere to normal journalistic standards. He happily admits that he’s just tossing out rumors that are too good to check. As Charlie Warzel wrote on BuzzFeed, “For Wolff’s book, the truth seems almost a secondary concern to what really matters: engagement.” The ultimate test of the lowbrow is not whether it challenges you, teaches you or captures the contours of reality; it’s whether you feel an urge to share it on social media. In every war, nations come to resemble their enemies, so I suppose it’s normal that the anti-Trump movement would come to resemble the pro-Trump movement. But it’s not good. I’ve noticed a lot of young people look at the monotonous daily hysteria of we anti-Trumpers and they find it silly. This isn’t just a struggle over a president. It’s a struggle over what rules we’re going to play by after Trump. Are we all going to descend permanently into the Trump standard of acceptable behavior? Or, are we going to restore the distinction between excellence and mediocrity, truth and a lie? Are we going to insist on the difference between a genuine expert and an ill-informed blow hard? Are we going to restore the distinction between those institutions like the Congressional Budget Office that operate by professional standards and speak with legitimate authority, and the propaganda mills that don’t? There’s a hierarchy of excellence in every sphere. There’s a huge difference between William F. Buckley and Sean Hannity, between the reporters at The New York Times and a rumor-spreader. Part of this struggle is to maintain those distinctions, not to contribute to their evisceration.



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Mustangs Win 40-31 Over Strasburg on Off Night by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

An 11-day break between games left George Mason High School’s boys basketball team in rusty form as they toughed out an ugly win against Strasburg High School, 4031, last week. Points were hard to come by in Mason’s (6-6) first return to action since they defeated Fairfax Home School at the Joe Cascio Holiday Classic. It wasn’t by design — the Mustangs had a game to play against Rappahannock County High School on Jan. 4 that was cancelled due to wintry weather. Playing the hand they were dealt going against a less talented but chippy Strasburg squad proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated. “I think the 11-day break between games had something to do with it, but also we seem to play to the competition, and Strasburg was not very skilled,” Mason head coach Chris Capannola said. “It seemed we were waiting for them to implode and they never really did.” Mason was waiting for so long that they actually found themselves trailing in the game’s early goings. Strasburg willed its way to a 12-9

BREAKING FOR A LAYUP is junior forward Hollman Smith in Mason’s game against Trinity School at Meadow View in December. The offensive staples of Smith, junior guard Max Ashton and senior guard Anish Chatterjee will be needed against Central High School tonight. (Photo: Carol Sly) lead much to the Mustangs surprise, and even preserved that lead heading into halftime, though barely, at 20-19. “We had a couple of steals and

got three transition baskets and it looked like things were going our way. But we let up and allowed Strasburg to pass the ball around and get shots, and we stopped scoring.”

Junior guard Max Ashton, typically a spark plug for the offense, was held scoreless in the first half. The other two prongs in Mason’s offensive trident — junior forward

Hollman Smith and senior guard Anish Chatterjee — also showed signs of stagnancy as their usual high-scoring ways were tempered throughout the game. Coming into the second half, the Mustangs shifted their focus to the defensive end to get the job done. The strategy change worked swimmingly as Mason held the Rams to 11 second half points while putting up 21 in their own favor. A 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter ultimately clinched the game for the Mustangs as it forced Strasburg to sell out for buckets and allowed Mason to trap and pounce on passing lanes, causing further problems for the Rams. Smith led the team’s scoring totals with 11, followed by Ashton with nine, senior forward Thomas Creed with eight and Chatterjee with seven. Next up is a strong opponent in Central High School tonight on the road. “We need to figure out if we want to be a good team and rise to the occasion of a basketball game and not to the level of the opponent. We are at 11-1 Central-Woodstock Thursday, I think the kids will be ready for the challenge,” Capannola said.

Mason Girls Bounce Back with 2 Big Wins Against TJ, Rappahannock by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Starting the new year strong, George Mason High School’s girls basketball team downed Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 36-33, and won their first Bull Run district match against Rappahannock County High School, 63-37. The Mustangs (9-4) bounced back from their two game slump to end 2017 with two victories that summarize this team’s range of play: a lunch-pail-and-hard-hat kind of game against Jefferson followed by a blowout over a weaker conference opponent in Rappahannock. Getting a taste of the easy and difficult ways to win should keep Mason honest during a January stretch against district rivals. “This is crunch time for the seniors, less than a month left in this season. All league play from here on out,” Mason head coach Michael Gilroy said. “Everyone needs to be fully engaged, whether it’s a game or practice, and ready to go for the duration of the season. If we can do that, I feel great about our chances going forward.” The Jan. 3 contest against Jefferson was a slugfest. Neither team’s

offenses clicked with the same synergy they normally do, so defenses were working double time to keep their respective heads above water. That was the chief objective for Mason, who was looking to cancel out Jefferson’s efficient pick and roll game that’s run through their talented point guard and forward. The Mustangs applied the clamps successfully. A narrow 7-5 lead following the first quarter was built on heading into halftime up 16-12. Both teams exploded (relatively speaking) on offense in the third quarter, with Mason’s 15 points just outpacing Jefferson’s 13, thanks in large part to senior guard Nicole Bloomgarden’s three consecutive three-pointers. Behind at 31-25, Jefferson outscored the Mustangs in the final frame 8-5 but were unable to secure any kind of winning margin due to Mason’s stingy defense. Bloomgarden led Mason’s scorers with 15 points while senior forward Jenna Short led the team with nine rebounds. Against Rappahannock County last Friday, a shootout quickly turned into a blowout once Mason found its defensive form. Leading 18-13 after the first quarter, the

SENIOR GUARD Nicole Bloomgarden, who’s seen here in a December match up against Washington-Lee High School, has sharpened her game in the recent weeks as both a leader and a defender who has helped the Mustangs return to their winning ways. (Photo: Carol Sly) Mustangs knocked the wind out of the Panthers with a 14-3 second quarter that had Mason up 32-16 by the half. The remainder of the game was a formality for the Mustangs as they furthered their lead to 49-26 by the third quarter until carrying the game to its final score. Bloomgarden led the team again with 20 points while senior guard Elizabeth Dodge was close behind with 14 points, all scored in the sec-

ond half. Elevated play from Bloomgarden has been a boon for the Mustangs as her ball handling and scoring ability are some of the best on Mason’s team. However, lately it’s been her ability to control the court, not the just ball, that’s been the biggest help. “Past two games, Bloomgarden has been locked in,” Gilroy continued. “She is having the type of

games that we both envisioned prior to the season. It’s not the points that I care about, it’s being a pest on defensive, talking to her teammates and getting everyone involved and being ready to play, herself included.” Mason hosted Strasburg High School last night, but results were not available by press time. Next up, the Mustangs will play Central High School this Friday at home.



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Back in November, some members of the 7th and 8th grade Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School orchestra auditioned for the District 10 Juniors Honors Orchestra. Three MEHMS students made it into this distinguished onetime event, including Emerson Mellon who earned 1st chair out of over 100 other students who auditioned. This past Saturday, the students rehearsed all day with Ms. Abigail Alwin, a nationally recognized music educator, and performed a concert later in the evening. Congratulations go to Anna Teply, Ethan Choi and Mellon, along with their MEHMS music teacher, Mr. Jonathan Mills, for helping elevate the students’ play.

George Mason High School’s boys and girls swim teams won Saturday’s tri-meet against Madison County High School and Central-Woodstock High School. Many Mason swimmers have achieved the times needed to compete at States, and coaches are looking for more swimmers to hit the mark this week. On Tuesday night, the Mustangs faced off against Osbourn High School and this Saturday the Mustangs compete against Stonewall Jackson High School and Clark County High School at 4 p.m.. Both meets are at the Manassas Park Community Center (99 Adams St., Manassas Park). There is a $5 admission fee for spectators on Saturday.

GIVE Day is a service learning event for Thomas Jefferson Elementary (601 S. Oak St., Falls Church) school families that takes place at the school on Monday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. – noon. It is run by TJ’s 5th grade ambassadors, who decide on that year’s focus for GIVE Day. They are responsible for the planning, publicity and fundraising for the event as well. This year the ambassadors decided to focus on issues of hunger and disaster relief and are partnering with Food for Others, who provide power packs to local schools for children needing food over the weekend. For disaster relief, the ambassadors found two elementary schools that were impacted by hurricanes this

summer. Tinsley Elementary in Houston is in need of school supplies and Riverdale Elementary in Orlando, which took in 32 students from Puerto Rico, is in need of emergency clothing. GIVE Day participants’ goal is to assemble 1500 power packs for Food for Others, 50 hurricane care packages for Orlando and 300 school supply packs for Houston. To meet these goals, the participants estimate that this will cost $14,500 in donations, including shipping. Donations can be made online at

Marshall High Sponsors Toy Drive for Local Youth Marshall Academy and George C. Marshall High School partnered up to sponsor a toy drive for Second Story, a local shelter and neighborhood support system for local youth. Academy ambassadors and students enrolled in Marshall’s Leadership class marketed the drive, collected toys and managed the donations that were received from generous local citizens.

Founded in 1972 as Alternative House, Second Story transforms the lives of children and youth, helping them stay safe, make positive decisions, achieve educational success, and overcome personal crises by providing counseling, shelter, and neighborhoodbased support. Contact Shelli Farquharson at smfarquharso@

Local Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship Marisa Sims, of Falls Church, received the Lewis J. Ort Health, Physical Education and Recreation Scholarship for study at Frostburg State University (FSU). Sims is the daughter of Janet and Ken Sims and attended Falls Church High School. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Middle School Book Club. The middle school book club meets on a monthly basis and is designed to be a book discussion group for teens in Grade 6-8. January’s book is City of Masks: Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman. Copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required for the school year, spaces are limited. Call or visit the Youth Services Desk for more details. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-2485034. Teen Digital Music Production Class. Open to Arlington Middle and High school students. Teens (ages 10 – 18) will learn the basic skills needed to create their own beats using a computer. Teens are welcome to bring and use their personal laptops and flash drives. Thomas Jefferson Community &

Fitness Center (3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington). 4 – 6 p.m. 703-2287783.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Writers in our Midst. If you’ve ever thought about getting into any kind of writing, two different writers will share how they followed their passion and started to write. BeeJay McNeice started writing poetry in 1969 and novels in 2006. Catherine Franz began writing self-empowerment articles more recently. Each will share their writing beginnings and offer tips on how to get started. For seniors ages 55+. Walter Reed Community & Senior Center and Park (2909 16th St. S., Arlington). 10 – 11 a.m. 703-228-0955.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 Day ON with AKA. The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chi Beta Omega chapter will be hosting a Day ON at the Speak Yourself Food Pantry pre-packing

bags of food, shelving food items and preparing the food pantry for their regular weekend operations in an effort to help families tackle the critical issue of a lack of food. Columbia Crossroads (3245 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church). 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact

the Monument at 12:30 p.m., and the march will begin at 1 p.m. The activities at the church will begin by 1:30 p.m. Parking is available at the Lincoln at Tinner Hill underground parking, where the march begins, and at The Falls Church Episcopal parking lots. All are welcome to attend this free event. This will be a peaceful march.

March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice. Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is sponsoring its second annual March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The march will be followed by a panel discussion and open forum. The event is designed to focus attention on the need for communities to come together in demanding justice for those whose rights are in danger of being violated and to begin a dialogue on solutions to heal our nation’s divisiveness. The march will start at the Tinner Hill Civil Rights Monument and will end at The Falls Church Episcopal. Marchers will gather by


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“The Way of the World.” Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage — a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land inhabited by the Hamptons’ one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted by Theresa Rebeck (co-creator of the hit TV show “Smash” and Broadway’s “Seminar and Mauritius”) from William Congreve’s classic comedy of manners, “The Way of the World” is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class. Folger Theatre (201 East Capitol St. SE Washington, DC). $55. 8 p.m.

Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.


School Recital. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504.

”Crazy for You.” Beloved songs meet sensational dance in the ultimate feel-good musical comedy for the holiday season. A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theatre decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy and a whole lot of charm. Flush with mistaken identities, a classic love story and 1930s glamour, The Gershwins’ and Ken Ludwig’s “Crazy for You” radiates with playful humor and highenergy show-stopping numbers. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 5 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Guitar Legend Albert Lee (with his full band). Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $28. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.


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Eddie from Ohio with Jake Armerding. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $42.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Ben Miller Band with Sons of Pitches + Southpaw Country. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Lez Zeppelin: All Girls, All Zeppelin. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $22– $48. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300.. Downtown Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Eric Benet Live and In Concert. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $69.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Jammin’ Java presents Birds For Eyes featuring Blindfoot for a special Dual Album Release Show concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Open Mic Night with Bob Hume and Martha Capone and the Band Live and In Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) No cover. 8 p.m. 703522-8340.

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Trading as: Falls Church Distillers, LLC, 442 South Washington Street, Suite A, Falls Church, Virginia 22046-4419. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Mixed Beverages On-Premise license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Michael E. Paluzzi, CEO. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS CITY COUNCIL CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA A public hearing regarding the resolution referenced below is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TR17-45) RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO (1) AMEND CHAPTER 4 TO ADD A “SPECIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT FOR EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”; (2) DESIGNATE ON THE FUTURE LAND USE PLAN MAP APPROXIMATELY 34.62 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 7124 LEESBURG PIKE (PORTIONS OF REAL PROPERTY CODE NUMBERS 51221-001, 51-221-002, AND 51-221-003) PARTLY FOR “PARKS & OPEN SPACE” USE WITH TWO SCHOOL SYMBOLS (24.28 ACRES) AND PARTLY FOR “MIXED USE” (10.34 ACRES); (3) DESIGNATE A “SPECIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT FOR EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” OVER THE ENTIRE 34.62 ACRES OF THIS LAND; (4) DESIGNATE APPROXIMATELY 2.40 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 7100 GORDON ROAD (REAL PROPERTY CODE NUMBER 52-101-012) AS “BUSINESS” ON THE FUTURE LAND USE PLAN MAP; AND (5) DESIGNATE APPROXIMATELY 0.62 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1230 WEST BROAD STREET (PORTION OF REAL PROPERTY CODE NUMBER 51-219-011) AS “BUSINESS” ON THE FUTURE LAND USE PLAN MAP All public hearings will be held in the Falls Church Community Center, Senior Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at (703-248-5014) or The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK

We are pledged to the letter andspirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.


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Brangman, Scully Announce They Won’t Seek Re-Election this May

F.C. Council to Vote on 6 Initial OKs for City Center

At least two incumbents on the Falls Church City Council — Mayor Alan Brangman and Council member Jane Scully — won’t seek re-election this May, the News-Press learned this week. After an initial inquiry by the NewsPress last weekend, both Brangman and Scully were prepared by Tuesday to make definitive statements. The two other council members whose seats are up in the May 5 election — Vice Mayor David Snyder and Kieran Sharpe — remain undecided.

A sweeping package of six ordinances and resolutions encompassing all the necessary components for the launch of the long-awaited new Falls Church City Center will come to the City Council for a round of preliminary votes this Monday. The most critical vote involves the development agreement between the City and the Atlantic Realty Company. Since it involves the transfer of City-owned land into the overall development package, that will require six out of seven votes to pass.

Lila, an 11-pound female black and white cat with an orange collar that says “Lulu” on it, was last seen on James Ct. in the Winter Hill neighborhood on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 17. Lila is very responsive to treats. If you see Lila, please call her owner, Natalie, at 202-384-3784 or e-mail her at pinnoin@

Former F.C. Presbyterian Church Pastor Thomas Schmid Dies Long�me F.C. Resident

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Thomas Henderson Schmid of Santa Barbara, CA, died peacefully, on Dec. 25, 2017, with Elizabeth Wheatcroft Schmid, his loving wife of 51-years by his side. Tom was born on August 6, 1943 in Houston, Texas the third child and second son of Albert “Abe” D. and Nancy Bell Hunter Schmid. He attended Houston Public Schools, Austin College (B.A. – History), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and McCormick Theological Seminary (D. Min.). Tom served in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, working aids to navigation on the lower Mississippi river between Memphis, Tennessee and Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was Honorably Discharged from the service at the end of 1971 the same year he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Tom was called to serve churches in Lafayette (LA), New Orleans, San Antonio, Lincoln (NE), Mechanicsburg (PA), and Falls Church (VA) mentoring many of his associates into their own pastorates. During his 38-year ministry Tom was the author of

one book, Dawn in the Afternoon, as well as countless poems, sermons, and book reviews. Upon his retirement the Falls Church Presbyterian Church proclaimed him Pastor Emeritus. Tom enjoyed many jokes with his illustrious sense of humor and memorable, distinctive laugh. He believed in facial hair, sporting at least his signature mustache most of his life. Tom loved trains enjoying many traveling adventures over much of the United States and choosing his burial plot based on its proximity to the Amtrak line in Santa Barbara. Tom was a veracious reader and the custodian of a large personal library that featured many texts from multiple genres. He loved listening to classical and jazz music while sitting in his library reading a book, writing or working a crossword puzzle. Tom loved eating biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, red beans and rice, ice cream of all varieties (especially strawberry), Krispy Kream Donuts, and the occasional glass of bourbon (W. L. Weller was a favorite) but no food was as important to Tom as the hot dog which he enjoyed with chili

and onions. His favorite hot dog stand was James Coney Island in Houston, Texas. More than anything Tom loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joe Hunter Schmid and mentor, the Rev. George Richard “Dick” Wheatcroft. Tom is survived by his loving wife and their children, Albert Schmid and his wife Kimberly, Gretchen Schmid and her wife Tiffany James, Rachel Van Mullem and her husband Justin, and Bennett Schmid and his wife Ana; his sister Gail Smith and her husband Wayne of Longview, Texas; sister-inlaw Judy Schmid of Katy, Texas; nine adored grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. If desired, gifts in memoriam may be directed to the Santa Barbara Family YMCA Campaign for Children and Youth or The Edward Hake Phillips Internship Endowment at Austin College that Tom helped to establish.

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Gareth Howell Dies Gareth Howell, a native Welshman and an active member of the Falls Church community with an extraordinary career in international development, died Jan. 4 after a valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Amy Titus, and sons Llewellyn Howell and Rhys Howell, both graduates of George Mason High School. Gareth was born in Rhiwbina, Wales, in 1942, and attended Cowbridge Grammar School in Wales, Mill Hill School near London, and received an Honors Degree in Law from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In a career that spanned the globe, from Colombia to Pakistan to Thailand to Indonesia to Europe, Mr. Howell managed to never lose sight of his essential identity as a Welshman. He started his career in labor relations at the Ford Motor Company in the United Kingdom, and later worked for the World Bank Group on improving higher education in Nepal and Pakistan, and helping the governments of Mexico and Colombia on designing labor development strategies. During his time at the International Labor Organization, he worked with the United Nations on reconstructing Kosovo and East Timor. He was fluent in numerous languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Urdu, and Welsh. But Mr. Howell, who lived in the United States from 1999 until his death, was also passion-

ate about the Welsh heritage that shaped his life. He was a Welsh magistrate and drafted early proposals for the Welsh constitution, which was enacted in 1999. The Law School of the University of Aberystwyth awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in July 2017 in recognition of these contributions. He was also President Emeritus of the St. David’s Welsh-American Society of Washington, D.C., a board member of the Welsh North American Association, and North America Secretary for the Welsh Legal History Society. Gareth was generous and gracious, with an encyclopedic memory and an ever-ready smile and served as a valuable mentor and advisor to many, many friends and acquaintances. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Gareth Howell will be held at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.


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