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The George Mason High School campus and West End Economic Development Project will be the subject of a community forum at the Falls Church Community Center Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 8

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governor last spring, to a hair-thin 51-49 margin with two elections held in the balance until the day the legislature was seated on Jan. 10. The results so far, Saslaw and Simon reported, have been mixed, but the mood has most certainly changed. When Republicans attacked the

The first $880,000 of funds for the renovation and expansion of the Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church was approved by a 4-2 vote of the F.C. City Council Monday night, with the majority led by Mayor David Tarter citing the will of the voters in a landslide passage of a public referendum in support of the effort. Other Council members, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, Phil Duncan and Dan Sze, cited the same reason, Sze stating, “The people voted to do it, and I am encumbered to execute it in the best manner possible.” Citing the burdens of the George Mason High School and City Hall projects, Council members Letty Hardi and Ross Litkenhous voted against, saying they were for it, but the timing was wrong. “It’s too much to do all at once,” Hardi said, “Too many balls in the air at the same time.” But with the go-ahead from the Council Monday, the Library Board of Trustees, with a strong representation at the meeting, will host three community meetings to refresh and update citizens on the library’s expansion and renovation, to be held next Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the library’s conference room (120 N. Virginia Ave, Falls Church). One of the undetermined questions that could impact the cost of the project (the 2016 bond referendum approved $8.7 million) is whether, or for how long, the library will remain open during the two-year renovation.

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If Donald Trump’s election taught us anything beyond the salience of white nationalism among our fellow citizens, it’s that passion matters, and that people respond when they see a leader who is willing to champion them even when it’s risky. SEE PAGE 14

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Roughly two weeks out from the postseason, George Mason High School girls basketball team continues its New Year’s roll. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 26

THE SECOND ANNUAL Women’s March on Washington took place last Saturday, drawing thousands to rally for what organizers say is a mission to “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.” According to Digital Design & Imaging Service, specialists in crowd size and safety studies, the peak size of the Lincoln Memorial crowd occurred at about 1 p.m. (P����: D������ D����� � I������ S������, I��.)

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The impact of the huge 15-vote swing in the Virginia House of Delegates was assessed by Falls Church’s two representatives in the State Legislature before a standing room only assemblage of constituents at a town hall in the F.C. Community Center on

Saturday. Democrats Sen. Dick Saslaw and Del. Marcus Simon faced an energized but supportive audience to give a lay of the land report on Richmond after its first 10 days in session. The November election tightened the GOP control of the House of Delegates from a 66-34 edge, when it was just barely enough to uphold vetoes from a Democratic

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The approval Monday was for a Task Order Award to be given under an existing contract with the BKV Group, Inc., for pre-design services, program confirmation, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction management at risk evaluation/selection, construction administration and warranty/close out. The work will also include all necessary architectural and engineering services to apply for LEED Silver certification. $8.7 million was approved for the library expansion and renovation in the November 2016 bond referendum, which passed with an overwhelming 66-34 percent margin (4,902 “yes” votes to 2,578 “no votes), with $7 million allocated for construction, costs, furniture and moving and storage fees, while $1.3 million allocated for professional design, permitting fees and project management services. The goals of the project are to bring the facility into Americans With Disabilities Act compliance, replace or repair existing building infrastructure, maintain the capacity of the existing physical collection (approximately 150,000 volumes), and provide additional public space and storage space, including the Children’s Room, meeting space, quiet seating and reading areas and the Local History Room. The project will include construction of a 6,000 square foot two-story addition to the west side of the site, and a renovation of the existing 18,500 square foot space.

Once completed, the library will be 25,100 square feet and the entrance of the building will be relocated to Park Avenue, with the aim of better connecting to Cherry Hill Park and City Hall across the street. In other Council developments Monday: Appointed to the Campus Coordinating Committee for the George Mason High School campus and economic development project were the following: Mayor David Tarter, Council member Letty Hardi, Planning Commissioner Russell Wodiska and Economic Development Authority member Michael Novotny. (The School Board Tuesday appointed its chair Lawrence Webb and Justin Castillo to the committee with appointments from the PTA and the Professional Employees Advisory Board to come). Other Council appointments Monday included: Donald Camp and Kathleen Tysse to the Library Board of Trustees, Rachelle Barimony to the Economic Development Authority, Joan Thomas to the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, David Calabrese and John Misleh to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Kathryn Chandler to the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, Linda Valentino to the Historic Architecture Review Board, Isaac Heard and Paul Baldino to the Citizens Advisory Board on Transportation, Joseph Douglas Sr. to the Towing Advisory Board and Edward Rose to the FairfaxFalls Church Community Services Board.



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Impact of Dem Surge in Virginia House Assessed by Local Reps Continued from Page 1

inaugural address by new Democratic governor Ralph Northam for being too partisan, Simon noted, Northam was puzzled and asked what it was that he said to elicit such a response. It turned out it may not have been so much about what he said as it was the boisterous and noisy reaction to his remarks from the 15 new Democratic freshmen lawmakers who’d just been seated in the hall. Their enthusiasm has so far set the tone for the legislative session, even though Republican discipline in vote casting has still afforded them one-vote margins on most committee votes so far, with many of them broken down strictly on 8-7 partisan grounds. But Del. Simon said he was pleased with some of the rules changes that were negotiated under the new narrow margin, such as one that now calls for all votes even in sub-committees to be recorded so that the public can know where lawmakers stand on

every vote taken. But Saslaw said, “I don’t think anything will really happen until we (Democrats) are in charge” on issues such as women’s reproductive rights and other key issues such as gun control, gender specificity and K-12 education. That even goes for extending Medicaid in Virginia under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, something the Democrats came into the session identifying as a top priority. With 400,000 Virginians being denied health coverage allowed by federal law because of GOP opposition in the state legislature, the huge shift in the makeup of the House of Delegates led to the hope that this situation could change. But Saslaw said that he’s “working hard behind the scenes” on the issue, adding that if it does come to pass, it will be called “something different than Medicaid expansion” ostensibly to permit some face-saving by the Republicans. Both lawmakers said it is unclear so far how the federal tax

reform legislation will impact the state, beyond the seeming windfall in revenues that came from citizens filing their taxes before Dec. 31 last month to seek some shelter from the changes. With $1.3 trillion owed by Americans in student loans, Simon said he’s supporting three bills aimed at providing some relief. Saslaw is also backing moves to make the state more progressive in the area of renewable energy. He said he hoped that within a decade, Virginia could become one of the top two or three states in renewable energy. Both shared the concern of a local barber that a push to strip regulatory controls on the licensing of barbers be defeated, and they shared the concern of a constituent for the large backlog for Medicare waivers to address home health care needs. “We need more revenue,” Saslaw said, adding he’d give Amazon “anything it wanted” to get them to locate their second major campus in Virginia (Northern Virginia was announced to be on the corporate

STATE DEL. MARCUS SIMON (LEFT) and State Sen. Dick Saslaw came before an SRO gathering of constituents at the Falls Church Community Center last Saturday morning. (Photo: News-Press) giant’s short list of finalists this week). “They would bring $250 million in annual income tax revenue much less their corporate tax contribution,” he noted. In that context, he assailed the effect of the car tax relief that was the sole content of a GOP gubernatorial campaign in the 1990s that resulted in costing the state $950 million in revenues annually. At the urging of Sara Fitzgerald of the Falls Church chapter of the League of Women Voters, a spon-

sor of the event, the lawmakers also remarked on their concerns for legislative redistricting that will be coming up. Fitzgerald argued that had Saslaw not cut a deal on redistricting in 2011 to let the GOP have its way in the House and Dems in the Senate on the matter, with November’s elections the Democrats would now have control of the House. But Saslaw said at the time “Democrats’ chances were zero” to achieve any other result.


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Medicaid Expansion Now Possible

With the difference between Democrats and Republicans in the Richmond House of Delegates now narrowed to what a single vote can do, the matter of Virginia providing health coverage to an additional 400,000 of its citizens is now on the table. When the legislature was 66-34 proRepublican, there was no way the state would agree to receive up to $5 million a day (a day!) from the federal government to subsidize the expansion of its Medicaid program, because the plan was set up under the auspices of the hated (by Republicans) Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Now, with the political margin hair thin, and another round of a Democratic sweep for its statewide offices has occurred, we’re hearing a different tune. As State Sen. Richard Saslaw told the town hall meeting in the Falls Church Community Center last weekend, if the Medicaid expansion comes, it will probably be under some different label. Well, frankly, who cares? New Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a physician himself, got in hot water with some in his own party recently when he used alternative language about the matter in an effort to win still-necessary (but not universal) GOP support, and he had to make clear that he remains committed to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. So, Sen. Saslaw’s comment appears to be the way it’s going. Now, six important Chambers of Commerce in Virginia, including the monolithic Northern Virginia (formerly Fairfax County) Chamber, have issued statements assembled by the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association (VHHA) showing they all “support coverage of the uninsured and the positive economic benefits it provides,” according to a VHHA press release issued yesterday. The Chambers are the Bristol, Richmond Region, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and Roanoke ones, in addition to the Northern Virginia’s. Together they represent more than 6,000 businesses with nearly 1.2 million employees in Virginia. (The Greater Falls Church Chamber was not involved). “Many Virginia Chambers support this because it will return taxpayer dollars to the Commonwealth, have a positive effect on public health, help workers, stimulate new employment and boost the economy,” the VHHA statement says, citing an economic analysis projecting total economic impact from increased coverage averaging $3.5 billion and 26,500 jobs over five years, nine times greater than if nothing was done. On top of that, newly-inaugurated Gov. Northam, speaking at a Virginia Interfaith Center public policy conference yesterday, said it is time to move ahead with the Medicaid expansion to serve the 400,000 individuals in most cases “working one, two and three jobs and who can’t afford coverage.” He added, “No individual, no family, should be one medical illness away from financial demise. Nobody in this country, in Virginia, should have to make a decision as to whether they stay home or go and seek medical care.” Some remain concerned by efforts to link coverage to employment, which they say will only deter applications.


Maybe Dealing With F.C. Is Too Much of a Hassle

Editor, Before publishing your editorial “WMATA Needs Attitude Adjustment” in last week’s issue, you should have taken a deep breath and thought about the practicalities of any kind of joint endeavor between the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the City of Falls Church with respect to the development of their adjoining properties.

Negotiating the terms of such a joint endeavor (whether it is an actual partnership or just a coordinated development) would be daunting and time-consuming. Take the issue of value: Is every acre of the adjoining properties equal in value? Who would decide and how long would that take? Then there is management. Would the City’s ownership of less than 30 percent of the com-


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bined land entitle it to a veto power on decisions? Would any mayor and city council be brave enough to give up a share of control of the total project? On the other hand, should WMATA reasonably be expected to give the (sometimes quirky) city with a minority interest a veto power? WMATA (with whom I have no connection) could quite reasonably have concluded that any potential benefit it might derive from the coordinated development of the adjoining properties was not worth the hassle. Wayne Johnson Falls Church

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F.C. Of�icials Should Negotiate More Affordable Rental Units B� J����� S������

While the physical landscape of the City of Falls Church has been reshaped by development, so have the demographics of its residents, especially how they are housed. Since 2009, presumably in reaction to the collapse of the housing market and a subsequent reluctance of developers willing to produce homeownership opportunities, there has been a doubling of rental units in the City, while homeownership units have remained static. As of 2015, according to the Census Bureau, there were 2,135 occupied rental units in the City, and 3,031 occupied homeownership units. Absent of updated information related to the developments that have been completed since the last American Community Survey (ACS), when accounting for the West Broad and Tinner Hill complexes, which are close to entirely occupied, one can infer that renters may already make up a majority of Falls Church residents. Even when not including these recently finished projects, the transformation from a small town of homeowners to an urbanized community composed of mostly renters is on track to occur within the next decade. This prediction is based on the future development of mixed-use buildings that are currently in the pipeline and others that are being discussed (Broad and Washington, Mason Row, and the designated commercial land for the school development project).

At first glance, what these figures indicate may not be easily determined, but after weighing them against “cost-burdened” statistics, a concerning analysis unfolds. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), defines the term “cost-burdened” as households that spend

“The transformation from a small town of homeowners to an urbanized community composed of mostly renters is on track to occur within the next decade.” over 30 percent of their income on housing, and in the City, over 40 percent of renters fall into this category. This figure is contrasted by the 25 percent of homeowners in the City that are “cost-burdened.” The act of only producing unequitable and unaffordable housing units demonstrates a departure from a small town comprised of financially invested stakeholders, with a strong desire to be more inclusive. However, by no

means is this isolated to the City. Rather, it is representative of the current housing trends taking place across the nation. As residents of the City of Falls Church, we know that our real estate and rental prices are some of the highest in the region, and our household median income ranks second in the nation. We also understand a higher than average income, doesn’t qualify one as rich or wealthy when adjusting for this area’s cost of living. The property taxes alone in the City of Falls Church have discouraged potential residents and motivated former residents to move to neighboring localities. With these widely established facts in mind, it should not be difficult to comprehend the economic hardships that lower income families face in Falls Church and the region. So, in an attempt to solidify the credibility of the progressive and altruistic sentiments we publicly espouse, we should analyze our motives in building a community, making it successful, protecting it, and then shutting it out to others. With no new market rate homeownership developments in sight, and a dwindling stock of affordable rental units, we are looking at a community that prices out older residents, younger residents returning to the City they grew up in, and prospective residents who are enticed by a quality school system and unique amenities (walkability, safety, and high citizen engagement). It doesn’t have to be this way. We can increase our stock of affordable rental units, by urging our elected officials

and city management to negotiate a higher rate of affordable rental units per every new development in the City. Currently, our only gains in affordable rental units occur when six-percent of all units in a new development are designated as affordable, with a varying area median income (AMI) threshold. There is no reason why this number should not be negotiated at a rate of eight or 10 percent for every new development. This will enable the City to provide more affordable workforce housing to our teachers, police officers, retail employees, and government workers. Fostering a close and reliable community is important to us, and encouraging City employees to live where they work accomplishes this. We can also review our zoning laws, and adjust them accordingly to allow for and incentivize accessory dwelling units to be constructed or reconfigured on privately owned land where single-family homes currently exist. With our imaginations, and policy ingenuity, we can establish housing units which are as inclusive as we strive to be. If we are going to be a Little City where the majority of residents are renters, and the minority are homeowners, then homeowners should not be able to reap the benefits of renters’ lack of equity and infusion of revenue to the City, while not instituting policies that create more affordable rental units, reducing the risk of increasing the number of overall “cost-burdened” City residents.

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F.C. City Hall Renovation Underway The Falls Church City Hall renovation project is officially underway. Starting Monday, Feb. 5, three departments will open in office space rented at 400 N. Washington St.: Community Planning and Development Services, Human Resources, and Public Works. In advance of the move, Community Planning and Development Services will be closed for packing on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 2. Human Resources and Public Works will remain open throughout that time. On Monday, Feb. 5, Human Resources and Public Works will be open for regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Community Planning and Development Services will open at 1 p.m. The G corridor and Council Chambers are closed to the public. Visitors travelling from one wing to the other must walk around the front of the building. Two departments have already moved to temporary space. Housing and Human Services is located in Gage House (401 Great Falls St.) behind the Community Center. The Sheriff's Office is located in the Police Department (G2, East Wing, City Hall, 300 Park Ave.). The new City Hall is scheduled to open in early 2019. The remainder of City Hall in the East Wing will close in April. Those offices are expected to move to 400 N. Washington St.

Campus Project Town Hall Update Sunday The George Mason High School campus and West End Economic Development Project will be the subject of a community forum at the Falls Church Community Center Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. Latest developments, including responses to the “request for proposals” for the high school construction, will be provided by City Manager Wyatt Shields and F.C. Public Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan.

Barbers Fight Disbanding Regulatory Board The introduction of House Bill 892 (HB 892) to the Virginia General Assembly on Jan. 8 aims to disband the state's Board of Barbers and Cosmetology, which is the governing body that oversees, regulates and inspects trade licenses in the state for barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and body-piercing establishments. The bill caused a stir among area tradesmen who specialize in the service and prompted a meeting at the Neighborhood Barbershop in the City of Falls Church Monday night to enlighten the interested attendees on the political process and potential fallout that would come from the bill's passage. According to Dustin Foley, co-owner of the Neighborhood Barbershop and moderator at the meeting, the greatest risk the bill presents is its stripping of public protections. By disbanding the board, there would be no oversight on the level of education or sanitation in a shop, no agency performing background checks on new employees and no place to report any kind of gross negligence conducted by tradesmen. Residual effects could be a lack of coverage from insurance companies due to heightened health risks and a major dent to the tradesmen’s credibility as professionals. HB 892 was introduced by Del. Michael Werbert (VA-18) and is currently awaiting review from the General Laws committee.

Fairfax Sheriff Ends ISGA Agreement With ICE Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid announced yesterday that on May 23, 2018, she will terminate the Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office will not hold inmates past their release date unless an ICE administrative request to detain is accompanied by a criminal detainer issued by a court. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to cooperate with ICE, as it does with other local, state and federal authorities. Operation and policy decisions regarding the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center fall under the authority of the Sheriff, an elected constitutional officer, independent of the Board of Supervisors. The Falls Church-based CASA, the largest immigrant-rights organization in the area, also applauded the decision.

Correction: Consultant Wulff Misidentified The News-Press has learned that it erred in the identification of a consultant retained by the City of Falls Church in its Jan. 8 edition. Bob Wulff, the director of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, was mistakenly reported as Bob Wolff with J Street consultants in an article entitled, “F.C. Personnel Changes Set to Optimize Development.” The News-Press apologizes for and regrets the error. According to the GMU Business School website, Bob Wulff, the man retained by the City, has more than 35 years of Washington, D.C., area real estate industry experience. Most recently, he served as senior vice president at B. F. Saul Company where he was responsible for acquisition and development of projects for the firm’s $6 billion real estate portfolio.


Justice High School Details Funds Raised, New Mascot by Matt Delaney

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Private donations to support the renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High School have reached $43,207, including $22,900 raised in a single day. Along with the school’s new name, students have selected the “Wolves” to be their mascot when the new name is formally implemented at the start of the 2018-19 school year. Over 100 local community members, prominent activists and political figures attended a fundraiser to benefit the renaming of Stuart High to Justice High at Alison and Shane Oleson’s residence in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood earlier this month. Stuart High principal Penny Gros, Mason district school board representative Sandy Evans, Stuart alumnus and Academy Awardwinning producer Bruce Cohen (‘79) and his father, George, as well as State Senator Dick Saslaw (VA-35) made an appearance alongside many parents and students at the event. Cohen and his father gave generous donations to the name change effort, with Saslaw also giving $1,500, according to one person familiar with the fundraiser who spoke to the News-Press on the condition of anonymity for work-related reasons. However, most of those who attended the fundraiser gave somewhere between $100 – $250. The revised total estimated cost of the implementation is $428,412, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Business Case on the new name implementation plan, submitted to the school board on Dec. 11, 2017 by Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand. The Business Case states: “It is important to note, that most of these prices are still considered estimates and have not been competitively bid. We believe additional savings should be realized through the bid process.” There is still speculation that the actual cost may be lower than FCPS’ most recent estimate. Lily Beres, a senior at Stuart who’s advocated for the change the past two years, expects the costs to continue to decrease as FCPS gets a firmer idea of the final price tag, with most of the costs associated with replacing athletics uniforms and re-branding certain facilities. Confusion also surrounds what FCPS means by “substantial” financial contribu-

tions that are expected from private citizens to help with the name change. When original estimates were just shy of $1,000,000, private citizens were expected to shoulder north of $250,000 of the cost. With the new estimate at just over $400,000 that is likely to change. Some close to the process are interpretting that as around $100,000 in private contributions. The implementation date was originally scheduled for no later than the start of the 2019-20 school year, but was officially moved up to the start of next school year at the request of Brabrand at the regular school board meeting on Dec. 14, 2017. In related news, Stuart students, including next year’s freshman class, have chosen the “Wolves” as the school’s new mascot. The Wolves will replace the silhouette of Confederate ‘raider’ J.E.B. Stuart as the former mascot, who was depicted riding on horseback and carrying a Confederate flag. School administrators oversaw several rounds of voting, gradually narrowing the student-nominated selections to their top two choices: the Justice Jayhawks and the Justice Wolves. More than 1,000 students participated in the final selection, announced by Gros. Selecting Justice High’s new mascot was an enjoyable and unifying aspect of the name change process for a student body that hit a minor rough patch at the start of this school year, per Beres. “The general reaction to the name change was indifferent to hostile,” Beres said. “A majority of students didn’t really care, but there were some who were outspoken against the change.” One final intiative that sprung up with the process’ evolution has been the possibility of starting a pre-law academy at Justice High for FCPS students. Local luminaries intend to solicit funding for the academy from local businesses once the school’s name has been formally changed. For those interested in making a tax-deductible donation, FCPS has established an online donation portal (fcps.edu/justice) to receive donations to help offset the costs of the name change.  Friends of Justice High School plan additional fundraisers over the coming months, as well as a corporate fundraising effort, before the name change officially takes effect July 1 in time for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

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Flu Hitting Seniors Hard This Winter BY MATLIDA CHARLES


Flu season is cutting a wide swath this winter, and seniors are being hit hard. Depending on your source, the flu shots we were given in the fall are between 10 percent and 30 percent effective. That’s not very good. The worst one this year is the Influenza A (H3N2) strain. Your protection will depend on the type of shot you got (trivalent or quadrivalent). If you’re over age 65, chances are you were given the high-dose trivalent, which produces a better immune response. To keep tabs on how the flu is moving through your state, go online to your state’s department of health. Many of the sites have

weekly updates showing lab-verified flu statistics, flu-like illness stats, hospitalizations and deaths. Or you can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Influenza Surveillance Report. Look for the USA map and click on your state. You’ll also see that the age range that’s being hit the hardest is age 65 and over, followed by those in the 50-64 age range. One of the best ways to fend off the flu is to wash your hands frequently, especially after you’ve been out. At the grocery store, make use of sanitizing wipes on cart handles, or slather the handles with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands before you put away the groceries, and even before you pet the dog or cat that’s been waiting


for you. Other helpful ideas are to use your own pen at the bank. Keep your hands away from your face. Wrap antibacterial wipes around doorknobs and leave them there until they dry. Wipe down the refrigerator door handle, microwave buttons and cellphone the same way. And did I mention washing your hands? *** Brrr. Over half the country is being brutalized by cold weather, and unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be long-term. Spring will come eventually, but meanwhile we need to take care of ourselves, our homes and our pets. OURSELVES • If you have to go out in the cold, dress in layers. Don’t forget hat, gloves and thick scarf. • Know in advance where the closest warming shelters are in your town. Keep a radio handy, plus batteries, for weather news. Carry a tiny flashlight in your pocket at all times, in case the power goes out. • Don’t forget to eat! Drink

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plenty of water. OUR HOMES • Sprinkle road salt, sand or even kitty litter on your sidewalks and stairs. • Keep your cellphone charged up. • Close blinds and curtains against drafts. Be sure the temperature inside is at least 68 F, because we seniors don’t feel the cold like we used to. If you run a space heater, don’t leave it unattended. If you leave the room, turn it off. • Even if you live in an apartment building, beware any sink, tub or shower that is on an outside wall. Try to keep the faucets open so a small trickle keeps the water moving. • If the worst happens and your pipes freeze, never try to

thaw them out with any gadget that involves a flame. It’s time to call in reinforcements, like your plumber. OUR PETS • If you walk a dog, put a doggie sweater on it and get back in the house quickly. If you have a cat, keep it inside. Don’t let a pet stay outside, even if it has shelter. For more information, go online to fema.gov or call your local senior center for tips and help ... and think warm thoughts.  Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com.

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Community News & Notes

NEW PERSONNEL MOVES at the Falls Church City Hall saw Lee Goldstein (left) join the staff as an economic development specialist working on the West Falls Church project, and Jim Snyder (right) elevated to economic development chief from his former position as Planning Director. In the middle is City Manager Wyatt Shields. (Photo: News-Press)

Arlington Co. Students Take 2nd in Film Competition Gunston Middle School students Sophie Salazar and Meaghan Leahy earned second prize in the ‘Best Short Film– Youth’ category, titled “Cyberbullying Ends when Good Digital Citizenship Begins” at the AT&T Film Awards for a short film on digital bullying. Bullying used to be solely confined to actual face-to-face confrontations with a person and didn’t carry over into someone’s personal life. However, in this digital age where anonymity reigns supreme and everyone is accessible all hours of the day on various social media outlets, bullying has become very prevalent online, especially among younger people who frequently use the

internet. Salazar and Leahy wanted to combat the cruel, offensive and insulting behaviors between their peers by creating a short film on ending cyberbullying through advocating for more ethical character online. Salazar and Leahy won 2,000 dollars’ worth of camera equipment, and they also get the chance to hone their skills at a filmmaking workshop as a result of their second-place finish in the competition.

NOVA Realtors Give Award To Homestretch Vounteer The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) announces the outreach and philanthropy of its 2017 NVAR Cares Committee.

A RUPTURED SPRINKLER in the basement of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School put the floors of the gym, classrooms and wrestling room under two inches of water in the 20 minutes before firefighters could shut it off on Jan. 14. Due to the damage, remaining basketball games will be played in Mason’s gym. (Photo: Seve Pedilla)

This committee considered proposals for funding from 50 local nonprofits and foundations this year and made decisions to donate time and money based on each mission’s alignment with NVAR’s goal for charitable giving. In addition, NVAR awarded its inaugural NVAR Hero Award to a member who was exemplary in giving back to the community. The winning recipient was McEnearney Associates Realtor Stacy Hennessey, a practitioner for 10 years, who was selected because of her fundraising and support services to the Homestretch nonprofit throughout her time as a resident of Northern Virginia. Homestretch’s mission is to empower homeless families to attain permanent housing and

self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope that its clients need to become productive members of the community. Said Hennessey, “By supporting Homestretch, I am seeing real results that the clients achieve in all facets of their lives.” “It is so rewarding to see the trajectory of their lives change from despair to success. Results are everything as 95 percent of the [Homestretch] families remain self-sufficient years after leaving the program.” Homestretch, a Falls Church based nonprofit, is becoming a national model for organizations that serve homeless families by providing a comprehensive and personalized approach to redirect futures on a positive path, according to Hennessey.

Orchestra Performs with Piano Duo in February With a worldwide following, the Silver-Garburg Duo bring their incomprable artistry to a newly-created “Concerto for Piano Four Hands” by Brahms, based on his first piano concerto on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. to the Saint Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean). The strings will perform Vaughan Williams’ turbulent “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” and Tchaikovsky’s lush “Serenade.” Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the door or online at amadeusconcerts.com. Students 17 and under and active military are admitted free of charge. A pre-concert lecture by Music

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Voting for Vehicle Decal Design Contest Now Open Voting is now open in the third annual Vehicle Decal Design Contest, sponsored by the City of Falls Church Treasurer. Voting closes at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 and is open via SurveyMonkey at fallschurchva. gov/VoteDecal. “Our citizen selection committee was thrilled to receive 20 wonderful submissions from local students this year,” said Treasurer Jody Acosta. “In fact, we loved this year’s entries so much we couldn’t narrow it down to just four! Now it’s up to The Little City to choose which artwork from our five finalists will appear on over 13,000 vehicles beginning this fall.” Voting is open to City residents and employees including police, firefighters, library staff, government employees, teachers and other school employees. Only one vote per device is allowed. The winner will be announced at the City Council Meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Center of the Community Center (date subject to change). Twenty area high school students submitted designs to the City of F.C.’s Treasurer in this year’s contest. Only one entry per student was allowed. A citizen panel decided on the top five designs that best reflected the City community. Cash prizes will be awarded to the five finalists.

Mason High Boys & Girls Swim Celebrate Senior Night This past Saturday, the George Mason Boys and Girls swim


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teams celebrated their senior swimmers and the teams’ victories in the final meet of the regular season. Final scores for the Boys were Mason 73 vs Madison County 21 and Mason 59 vs Clarke County 35. For the Girls, Mason 71.5 vs Madison 20.5 and Mason 51 vs Clarke County 43. Even more Mason swimmers achieved state qualifying times during the meet, and swimmers have two more chances to hit qualifying times; the next one is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Bull Run District meet at Manassas Park at 2 p.m.

City Resident Lands Spot on School’s Dean’s List Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Timothy Winters and Matthew Puentes of Falls Church, both of whom are members of the class of 2020, with Winters double majoring in computer science and robotics engineering and Puentes majoring in computer science, were named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2017 semester. A total of 1,608 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s fall 2017 Dean’s List. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects. Founded in 1865 WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities.

McLean Local Appointed COO of Ceca Foundation Ceca Foundation announced last week that Nathan S. Hamme has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within Ceca reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.

THE LADIES of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Beta Omega Chapter and volunteers made it a “Day ON” instead of “Day Off” by volunteering at the Spend Yourself Food Pantry at Columbia Crossroads on the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Members of AKA can be seen here dispersing to their various work stations after receiving their duties for the day. (P����: C������� C�� B��� O���� C������ M������)

“Nate is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results,” stated Matthew P. Lawlor, founder and chief executive of Ceca Foundation. “He has been instrumental in taking us from concept to successful operating foundation, and Ceca now provides hospitals, skilled nursing and hospice centers with a turnkey program to recognize and reward their outstanding caregivers.” Hamme joined Ceca Foundation in 2013 as a Managing Director with responsibility for product management, software development, program implementation and operations. His role expanded over time to include marketing, caregiver engagement, partner acquisition, association outreach, and many administrative

functions. “Nate has taken charge helped drive product manageof the day-to-day management of ment and business development the Foundation, and it is high time at Mobile Posse, a mobile applicahis key leadership role is recog- tion developer in McLean. nized,” stated Lawlor. Thomas Ferry, former CEO McLean Art Society Holds of Nemours-Alfred I. DuPont Meeting this Friday Hospital for Children and a current member of Ceca’s Advisory Meg MacKenzie, known for Board, added, “Nate has the lead- her paintings of horses, will be the ership style and unique skills Ceca featured artist at the Friday, Jan. needs to expand its reach and 26 meeting of the McLean Art fulfill its mission.” Malene Davis, Society from 10 a.m. – noon. at CEO of Capital Caring (hospice), the Dolley Madison Library (1244 commented, “He’s great with peo- Oak Ridge Ave., McLean). ple and knows how to create easyMacKenzie’s work has been to-use technology. He is certainly chosen for display at the Kennedy one to keep the trains running on Center National Symphony time, and we’reFinal fortunate Arttoforwork PrintOrchestra Design House and by with him as one of Ceca’s health- Potomac Valley Watercolorists, care partners.” the Virginia Watercolor Society Before joining Ceca, Hamme and other local groups.

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Sisterhood Is Powerful

“After centuries of individual and preliminary political struggles, women are uniting to achieve their final liberation from male supremacy. Women are an oppressed class. Our oppression is total, affecting every facet of our lives. We are exploited as sex objects, breeders, domestic servants, and cheap labor. We are considered inferior beings, whose only purpose is to enhance men’s lives. Our humanity is denied. Our prescribed behavior is enforced by the threat of physical violence.” These are the opening words of the famous Redstockings Manifesto, delivered by a feminist organization in 1970 when the movement was in its ascendancy, growing as the gay liberation movement did out of the potent civil rights and anti-war movements FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS of that era. It calls on “all our sisters to unite with us in the struggle,” and “on all men to give up their male privilege and support women’s liberation in the interest of our humanity and our own.” This last weekend’s outpouring, largely focused on the obscene behavior and attitudes of President Trump, that brought hundreds of thousands of women into the streets in cities all across America, is the tip of the iceberg of a political uprising that may have the most profound influence on the nation’s future since the North won the Civil War. This goes beyond the delineable “women’s issues,” those reduced to legislative options, which is why even sympathetic commentators like Dana Milbank, in his otherwise meritorious column in yesterday’s Washington Post entitled, “A Gender Chasm That Could Swallow Trump,” hasn’t quite gotten it. Yesterday’s sentencing hearing for Lawrence Nassar, the former USA gymnasts physician, sentenced to an extraordinary 175 years in prison for his years of sexual abuses of young gymnasts, was carried live on CNN and the pain exhibited by his victims, echoed the by judge’s harsh sentencing, was like an indictment of Trump. This, and the rising women’s tide since Trump’s election, cuts much deeper into the American psyche, and with much greater long-term implications. Awakened has been the spirit of what’s been called the second phase of the feminist movement in America. The first phase was the suffrage movement which began, it can be argued, with the American revolution itself, where the spirit of “all men (meaning to many at the time, “people”) are created equal” was aflame, but not realized for almost a century and a half until women got the vote in 1920. The second phase was the late 1960s explosion of sensibility and consciousness when women broke out of the massive counteroffensive against their gains taking the form of a full-on cultural war, in film, television and literature, much less in legislation and the courts, aimed at putting women back in the kitchen. That phase extended the comprehensive notions of women’s liberation beyond narrow issue-oriented fights, as 1970 saw the publication of three seminal works – Robin Morgan’s 600-page anthology of the most powerful writings of the movement, “Sisterhood is Powerful” (in which the Redstocking’s Manifesto was published), Kate Millet’s “Sexual Politics” and perhaps the most profound of all, Shulamith Firestone’s “Dialectic of Sex.” The impact of these works and many more rocked the “establishment” of the U.S., and the smartest among them knew its implications for society, overall, were epochal. Another great counter-offensive was launched aimed at shattering the new feminist movement by unleashing the hounds of a so-called “sexual revolution” aimed at mobilizing the “counterculture” of that era to drown the serious civil rights, anti-war, gay liberation and feminist movements in an orgy of “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” Drugs into the inner cities and hedonistic excess spilling into the general population, all promoted by the organized crime and other assets of the “establishment,” elevated prostitution, pornography and the objectification of women (of all persons, in fact) to shatter these movements. Donald Trump grew up in the 1970s during the height of this counter-offensive in one of its core centers in New York City, mentored by the sleaziest predator of all, the infamous Roy Cohn, ally of Sen. Joe McCarthy, who sexually savaged vulnerable, displaced youths on the streets of Manhattan for decades before dying of AIDS in 1986. Now begins Phase 3 of the American feminist revolution.  Nicholas Benton may be emailed at nfbenton@fcnp.com.

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Chuck Schumer Sells Out Resistance This weekend, more than 1 million people took to the streets nationwide for the anniversary of the Women’s March. Though not nearly as big as the protests a year ago, it was still a larger public manifestation than anything the Tea Party ever managed. And though the demonstration was meant as a rebuke to Donald Trump, one central demand was that Congress stand up for the young unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers, who were brought to the country as children. They now face deportation because Trump has moved to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program protecting them. The energy of the progressive grass roots should be seen as a valuable resource for Democrats. If Donald Trump’s election taught us anything beyond the salience of white nationalism among our fellow citizens, it’s that passion matters, and that people NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE respond when they see a leader who is willing to champion them even when it’s risky. That’s why it was so infuriating to see the Senate Democratic leadership sell the Dreamers out. On Monday afternoon, Senate Democrats made a deal with Republicans to reopen the federal government, which has been shut since Congress failed to pass a budget bill Friday. Democrats had been using their leverage in budget negotiations to demand that Congress pass DACA protections into law. But almost as soon as the shutdown began, Democrats lost their nerve, and the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, announced a deal to fund the government through Feb. 8. In exchange, he received a vague promise by the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to take up some sort of immigration legislation after Feb. 8 if a more wide-ranging compromise on the budget and DACA can’t be found first. It’s hard to overstate how disgusted many progressive leaders are. “It’s Sen. Schumer’s job as minority leader to keep his caucus together and stand up for progressive values and he failed to do it,” Ezra Levin, a co-founder of Indivisible, a left-wing advocacy group modeled on the Tea Party, told me. “He led them off a cliff. They caved.” (An Indivisible chapter [held] a Tuesday evening protest outside Schumer’s Brooklyn apartment.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., said in a statement, “This shows me that when it comes to immigrants, Latinos and their families, Democrats are still not willing to go to the mat.” McConnell has already demonstrated that his word is worth little. In December, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted for her party’s tax bill after receiving

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what she said was an “ironclad” commitment from McConnell to take up further legislation on health care by the end of 2017. No such legislation has been forthcoming. That month, McConnell also promised that if bipartisan negotiators in the Senate could come to an agreement on immigration, he’d bring it to a vote in January. Last week, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced just such an agreement, and McConnell refused to let the Senate consider it. But even if McConnell were a decent and honorable man, a DACA deal in the Senate means nothing unless it’s attached to must-pass legislation in the House. And Democrats have no agreement from Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who has a policy of refusing to introduce legislation that doesn’t have majority Republican support, even if it could pass on a bipartisan basis. Some Democrats in Washington, spooked by Republican accusations that by shutting down the government they were hurting the military to protect noncitizens, think Schumer took the safe, cautious course. They may be right. One poll taken before the shutdown showed that voters were more likely to blame Republicans than Democrats, but another revealed that most didn’t think it was worth shutting down the government to pass DACA. There was a legitimate fear among Democrats that if the shutdown dragged on, they would lose ground and the public might even turn against the Dreamers, who now have broad bipartisan support. But political cowardice carries its own risk. It emboldens your enemies and disheartens your allies. It’s true that Democrats had a lot to lose, but Republicans had even more; if Trump had to deliver his State of the Union to a nonfunctioning government, it would have underlined the sense that he’s a chaos president. Instead, Democrats reinforced their reputation for fecklessness. “Make no mistake: Schumer and Dems caved,” tweeted Fox News’ Brit Hume. “What a political fiasco.” It makes me sick to say it, but he’s right. Aside from the immorality of forsaking the Dreamers, Schumer’s deal is bad for Resistance morale, which hurts Democrats going into 2018. Levin told me about an Indivisible leader in a battleground state whom he’d spoken to on Sunday. Like many in the Resistance, she’s a working mother and had grown weary of knocking on doors every weekend. But seeing the Democrats fighting for DACA, she told him, “makes me want to get out all the more.” Millions of Americans are spending every spare moment trying to limit the damage Trump is causing to this country. If Schumer can’t lead them, he should at least follow.


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ALL STAR LEGACY 44600 Guilford Dr Ashburn, VA 20147 (703) 444-6002 allstarlegacy.com


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4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-2494 american.edu/sis/communityofscholars


3700 South Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 228-4747 arlingtonva.us


700 W Broad Street, Suite 407A Falls Church, VA 22046 (571) 249-4938 bcl-centre.org


43629 Greenway Corporate Dr. Ashburn, VA 20147 (571) 223-3110 beantreelearning.com

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CAMP COLUMBIA AMERICAN UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS A Summer Program for High School Students. • Study international affairs in Washington, D.C. • Earn 3 college credits • Meet other students passionate about creating meaningful change in the world. For More Information. www.american.edu/sis/ communityofscholars 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-2494 american.edu/sis/communityofscholars

Camp Columbia is a summer day camp offering programs for preschool and grade school children. Each week is filled with themed projects including art, cooking, sports, science, field trips, and special guests. Our goal is to provide children with a fun, safe camp experience where they can learn of God’s love, form lasting friendships, and build self-confidence. Columbia Baptist Church 103 West Columbia Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703-534-5739 columbiabaptist.org/daycamp

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CIVIL WAR KIDS CAMP Children ages 8 to 12 will learn about life during the Civil War in this fun and educational history camp. Highlights include drilling and marching, 19 th -century games, hands-on craft activities, Civil War music, and learning from guest reenactors. Preregistration is required. Call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848 to register, or visit www.fortward.org for a registration form. 4301 West Braddock Road Alexandria, Va. 22304 703-746-4848 www.fortward.org

1830 Kirby Road McLean, VA 22101 (703) 356-5437 brooksfieldschool.org

BROWNE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP 5917 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310 (703)960-3000 browneacademy.org

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CONGRESSIONAL CAMP CITY OF FALLS CHURCH SUMMER CAMPS More than 100 different camp offerings including art, outdoor excursions, sports and more! New for 2016: Singing Kidz, Innovation Lab, Science Magic, Adventures in Podcasting, Ninjaneering & more! Registration begins February 1, 2018 for City Residents and February 8, 2018 for Non-Residents. fallschurchva.gov/camps

Congressional Camp is an ACA accredited coed day camp designed for ages 3-14. We’re located on a beautiful, 40-acre campus in Falls Church, Virginia at Congressional Schools of Virginia. Our diverse programs include day camp, travel camps, academic classes and specialty camps which offer summers of new challenges, old traditions, friends and boundless FUN! We are also proud to launch our new site right up the street at Sleepy Hollow Elementary. 3229 Sleepy Hollow Road Falls Church, VA 22042 703-533-0931 congocamp.org


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CREATIVE CAULDRON Guided by the belief that creativity is a fundamental need of the human spirit, Creative Cauldron is dedicated to providing affordable, enriching, and diverse experiences in the performing and visual arts to Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. community. We create original productions, present a broad array of art and artists, and offer transformative educational programs in an intimate and collaborative atmosphere. 410 S. Maple Avenue Falls Church, VA 22046 703-436-9948 creativecauldron.org



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Summer Session: June 18 - August 5 7911 Westpark Drive, Suite 623 McLean, VA 22102 (202) 6740-0499 hyun-michung.net

Kenwood Summer Day Camp is a wonderful summer experience for all kids! Located in Annandale, Virginia, at the heart of Fairfax County. We go on daily field trips to exciting destinations including water parks, mini golf, roller skating, amusement parks and more. We also have arts & crafts and sports clinics Every hour of the day is filled with excitement and entertainment. 4955 Sunset Lane Annandale, VA 22003 703-256-4711 camp.kenwoodschool.com

City of Falls Church

City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Summer 2018 Resident Registration begins February 5 Non-Resident Registration begins February 12 We offer literally hundreds of summer camps and activities for toddlers, teens, and the awkward years in between. Last year, Falls Church News-Press readers voted the Recreation and Parks Summer Camps BEST in the City.

Register by contacting 703-248-5027 or www.FallsChurchVA.gov/Recreation View the 2018 Summer Camp brochure at: www.fallschurchva.gov/461/Camps

Summer Day Camp! Preschool & Grade School Programs Register today!

KETTLER CAPITALS ICEPLEX SUMMER CAMPS Summer Skating and Hockey camps open for enrollment. Full day and half-day camps for ages 4 and up. Hockey Camps for beginners and experienced players. Skating camps for beginners, recreational skaters, and figure skaters! Visit our SUMMER CAMP PAGE for full details, dates, and registrations! 627 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va 22203 571-224-0555 kettlercapitalsiceplex.com


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Join us at our beautiful Old Town location, where we offer the best in theater education for children ages three through 8th grade. Now in its tenth year, LTA is the premier Alexandria location for summer fun and theatre! Visit: www.thelittletheatre.com and click Summer Camps to view a complete schedule with descriptions, teacher bios and registration information. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314 703-683-5778, ext. 2 thelittletheatre.com

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FUNBOTLAB PINECREST PAVILION AT PINECREST SCHOOL Ages 4-12 (Rising Preschool 4 - Grade 6) 9 weeks: June 18-August 17, 2018 Pinecrest Pavilion at Pinecrest School in Annandale offers a creative and enriching camp experience: an exciting mix of STEM, arts and crafts, physical activity and games for 4-yearold preschoolers through rising 6th graders. Scavenger hunts, science experiments, engineering challenges and much more will be part of each day’s fun! Before-care beginning 7:30AM and aftercare until 6PM available for all ages. General public camp registration will open online in mid-February 2018. More details at pinecrestschool.org. Email: camp@pinecrestschool.org

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1125 N. Patrick Henry Drive Arlington, VA 22205 (202) 686-8000 levineschool.org/camp

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WESTMINSTER SCHOOL 3819 Gallows Road Annandale, VA 22003 (703) 256-3620 westminsterschool.com

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CIVIL WAR KIDS CAMP Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

4301 West Braddock Road Alexandria, Va. 22304

June 25 through June 29, 2018

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day $250 registration fee per child


Children ages 8 to 12 will learn about life during the Civil War in this fun and educational history camp. Highlights include drilling and marching, 19th-century games, hands-on craft activities, Civil War music, and learning from guest reenactors. Pre-registration is required.

Call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848 to register, or visit www.fortward.org for a registration form.

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It’s Thursday. Do You Know Where Your News-Press Is?


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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Committees of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors generally are committees of the whole, meaning that all 10 board members also serve on each committee. Most committees meet at least quarterly, but the Board’s Legislative Committee is different. Since the Virginia General Assembly sessions are short — 45 or 60 days in January, February, and March — the Legislative Committee meets nearly every week during the winter. And the meetings are on Friday afternoons, at 4 p.m., instead of the regular Tuesday sessions of other committees. Since the General Assembly usually does not meet on Friday afternoons, the later hour permits county legislative staff to drive back from Richmond and give board members the latest updates about the legislative agenda. Last Friday’s meeting was the first since the new Governor and General Assembly members were sworn in. Committee Chairman Jeff McKay announced his desire to adjourn by 7 p.m., a fruitless goal given the long list of bills under discussion. We finally adjourned shortly after 7:30 p.m. Priority principles for the county’s legislative package include adequately funding K-12 education, dedicated state funding for the Metro system, and preserving local government authority, especially in taxation and land use. Of special interest are bills that address the previously approved proffer bill, violations for passing stopped school buses (penalties would not be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles!), and WMATA capital needs. In every jurisdiction, Metro needs additional new money, not just reallocated funds that will take away from other state-funded projects. A well-functioning Metro system is integral to a healthy regional economy, and that means new

money or new sources of revenue. Another bill would require localities to provide a full waiver of stormwater fees for public use airport runways and taxiways, proposed by legislators from the Roanoke area. Large or small, airports have a lot of impervious surfaces, and should ante up, like the rest of us, to meet stormwater requirements for water quality. Joint resolutions in both the House (Kory, Lopez, Robinson) and the Senate (Surovell, Wexton) propose to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972, notwithstanding the expiration of the 10-year ratification period. The state of Nevada ratified the amendment in 2017, and Congress is considering a bill that removes the time limit. The Board of Supervisors has supported ratification previously, but I felt it was important to state our support this year via a formal resolution, and my motion was adopted unanimously on Tuesday. Women continue to confront a lack of political parity, workplace discrimination, and disparate rates of poverty, rape, and domestic violence assaults. We’ve come a long way since 1972, but basic rights still elude many women, and it’s way past time to right that wrong. The Art in the Mason District Governmental Center program features colorful landscapes by Alejandra Pineiro. The vibrant colors brighten a dreary winter day. Come see for yourself any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary

On the Government Shutdown BY DONALD S. BEYER

The recent government shutdown was deeply concerning to many of us in Northern Virginia. Tens of thousands of in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District work directly for the federal government, additional thousands work as government contractors, and all of us live in communities which feel the economic effects from furloughs and federal work stoppages. I did not want the government to shut down. I tried to help alleviate the effects of the shutdown on rank-and-file federal workers and the local economy by introducing bipartisan legislation with Congressman Rob Wittman to guarantee back pay for the entire federal workforce. I am happy to say that text mirroring this legislation, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, passed into law. Congress’ refusal to live up

to its basic responsibilities to the American people must end. Passing a budget which only funds the government a few weeks at a time inflicts uncertainty and fear on the federal workforce and harms the ability of both defense and civilian agencies to plan for the future. I have voted against short term continuing resolutions — stopgap funding measures – for this reason. I will continue to advocate for passage of a bipartisan spending bill that funds the military, as well as domestic priorities such as infrastructure, community health centers, veterans’ services, and fighting the opioid epidemic. I also feel strongly that Congress must provide relief for communities hard-hit by major natural disasters. I am particularly concerned that Congress has failed thus far in its responsibility to protect Dreamers. Leaders in Congress

and the White House must make it an urgent priority to work together to forge bipartisan consensus on legislation that would protect these hundreds of thousands of young Americans who were brought to the United States as children, and are essential contributors of our community. A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that 73 percent of Americans support such efforts. I will be working with my colleagues in both parties to advance bipartisan solutions that treat immigrants and refugees with dignity and compassion. It is my sincere hope that these priorities can be addressed in the next month without any further government shutdowns.  Rep. Donald Beyer can be reached through his website at www.beyer.house.gov, on Twitter @RepDonBeyer or his office at (202) 225-4376.


From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s

Richmond Report I am sharing this statement adapted from a letter written to me by Eric Welch, a J.E.B. Stuart High School teacher, describing a serious barrier to higher education that must be eliminated: Over the past year some Virginia public colleges have been issuing demands to student applicants to provide their parents’ immigration documents in order to qualify for in-state tuition. These students are US citizens and Virginia residents but have been told they must provide their parents’ immigration documents to receive in-state tuition. Without providing these documents, they have been denied in-state tuition, which frequently prohibits them from attending college due to the cost. Three colleges have insisted that parental documents are the only acceptable documents that can be used for qualifying for in-state tuition are Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, and Old Dominion University. Many teachers and counselors in Fairfax County who work with students on college applications have received complaints about this arbitrary application of the Virginia Code’s language defining eligible recipients of in-state tuition. Not all public colleges have this interpretation of the state law as demonstrated by the experience of some students who applied to multiple public colleges and were not faced with this request. The State Commission on Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) has been contacted regarding this issue, particularly concerning the inconsistent administrative processes. SCHEV’s reply was to the effect that Virginia public colleges are required to follow Section 23-7.4 of the Virginia Code on student domicile and individual colleges may determine what documents students must provide. GMU’s Office of Admissions and its Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Ethics were questioned and immediately responded that this would be corrected for current applicants as well as for future applicants. However, last spring Christo-

pher Newport University stated that their process (i.e. requiring parents’ documents) follows the Virginia Code and would not require any documents other than parental immigration documents for an applicant to qualify for in-state tuition. Old Dominion University has listed students who have immigrant parents as being “international dependent students” and will not offer instate tuition without certain immigration documents in spite of the fact that the student applicant is a U.S. citizen and long-term Virginia resident. The General Assembly or SCHEV must re-evaluate the requirements for in-state tuition language found in Section 23-7.4 of the Virginia Code and provide clear guidance that applicants are not required to provide parental immigration documents in order to qualify for in-state tuition. As GMU’s Office of Admissions acknowledged, there are other forms of legal proof a student can use to prove Virginia domicile. All Virginia public colleges should offer all the options in the law to applicants. A student should not be denied their legal right to in-state tuition as a Virginia resident. Three states (South Carolina, Florida, New Jersey) and the District of Columbia were sued for denying in-state tuition to state resident students based on their parents’ immigration status. In every case a court or state commission ruled that such policies are unconstitutional. Virginia should not wait to be sued, but should lead by example and end this confusion that limits a student’s higher education opportunities. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Southern Poverty Law Center stand ready to use legal action no if other remedy is offered by SCHEV or the General Assembly. Let’s do the right thing, Virginia!  Delegate Kory represents www.fcnp.com the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house. virginia.gov.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

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The stately Arlington home that gave its name to Bellevue Forest is, oddly, not in that subdivision off Military Road along the Potomac. Instead, the storied 150-plusyear-old white house with a view of the D.C. skyline stands at 3311 N. Glebe Road, a block north of the country club. I recently was treated to a tour by William Dempsey, the retired attorney and railway industry negotiator who, with wife Mary, has owned the historic home for 50 years. Veterans of renovating an 18th-century home in Alexandria in the early 1960s, they bought Bellevue to make room for their children with full knowledge of its import. The five-bedroom former farmhouse with its 12-foot ceilings, three original mantels, large vertical windows with real shutters, boasts in its attic a unique spiral chimney featured in Eleanor Lee Templeman’s 1959 book “Arlington Heritage.” Romantically, she tells the tale of Union Army Lt. Alfred Grunwell, stationed at Minor Hill after the Civil War, who on his way to Chain Bridge got lost. He flirted — at first gruffly — with a belle named Jane Vanderwerken on the veranda at the Falls Grove farmhouse (a block further north on Glebe, torn down in 1966). After the war, they married and built the home using timbers from Fort Ethan Allen (now the grounds of the Madison Center). Templeman details their contact

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among the web of interlaced 19th century families — Lockwood, Saegmuller, Rixey — in that neck of old Arlington’s woods. But another source of Bellevue’s story recently emerged. Unbeknownst to owner Dempsey, the local history affecting his house was recently compiled by his neighbor, Tom Murray. He lives a block away in a handsome 1904 home built by the same Grunwell family. Murray painstakingly went through century-old Evening Stars, deeds and 1920s real estate ads to describe the families living along the electric rail line via the Rock Spring Station in this section of “Alexandria County.” His nifty chronology traces how Civil War officer Grunwell, who became head of Arlington’s board of supervisors, fathered children who built Murray’s future home and who would develop Bellevue Forest beginning in 1938. Bellevue went out of the Grunwell family in 1946, sold to Basil DeLashmutt, who later sold it to William Hunter. In the mid-‘60s, Army Col. J.A. Hoag, an associate of Eleanor Roosevelt, bought the property but couldn’t move in due to his wife’s health. That’s when Dempsey, through an enterprising realtor, got wind of the home’s availability. “I told Col. Hoag I couldn’t afford his price,” Dempsey told me. Hoag then came down to $90,000 and took out a mortgage for him, because “his wife saw that my wife and I loved old homes as did they, and they could entrust it to my wife with confidence that it

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Driving Under the Influence, 1000 blk W Broad St, Jan 16, 8:57 PM, a male, 19, of Falls Church, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Hit and Run, 500 blk N Oak St, Jan 18, between 3:45 and 6 PM, a parked vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene. Larceny/Theft of Vehicle Parts, 503

Roosevelt Blvd (Oakwood Apartments), sometime between Jan 9 and 10 a catalytic converter was removed from a vehicle. Simple Assault, 6757 Wilson Blvd, (Eden Center), Jan 19, 11 PM, officers responded to a fight in progress call. Victim had been assaulted by a mob and transported with non-life threatening injuries by medics. Investigation continues. Larceny from Building, 500 Roosevelt Blvd (Roosevelt Towers), Jan 16, between 8 and 8:30 PM, a package containing an item of value was taken by an unknown suspect. Larceny from Building, 134 W Broad St (CVS), Jan 20, between 12:35 and 12:47 PM, a white male, wearing glasses, blue jeans, and a green military camo designed backpack, took a six-

would be treasured as they would have treasured it.” The Dempseys, starting “back when Glebe was a two-lane road,” performed renovations, finishing the basement, adding a porch and two large patios, plus landscaping and a fence. Their colonial flavor décor features antiques, framed engravings, a floral-patterned Bluthner piano. Descendants of the Grunwells, Dempsey told me, have shown up on their doorstep to reminisce about the home where they grew up or spent their honeymoon. One even gave him a recording of an ancestor reading from the diary of Alfred, that lovesick Civil War officer. *** I witnessed a rare vision of Arlington’s tallest prominent sports heroes. On Jan. 19, outside the basketball game at Washington-Lee High School, staff and alums celebrated the induction of six into the Athletic Hall of Fame. There stood three former W-L hoopsters who went on to fame in college and/or the pros. Standing for photographers at ‘6’6 was earlier inductee Ed Hummer (Class of ’63), his 6’9 new honoree brother John Hummer (’66) and the tallest at 6’11, Walter Palmer (‘86). Palmer’s 6’9 brother Crawford (’88), couldn’t be there. The crowd, as a student choir sang the alma mater, also honored Henry Kerfoot Jr. (’52) for golf, Ronald Deskins (’64), for football-baseball, Robyn Johnson (’64) for swimming, and Dave Morgan (’70) for wrestling. pack of beer without paying. Hit and Run, Hillwood Ave/S Roosevelt St, Jan 20, 5:48 PM, unknown vehicle struck a fire hydrant, which was broken off and left on the sidewalk. Drunk in Public, 306 Hillwood Ave (Lesly Restaurant Bar and Grill), Jan 21, 2:13 AM, a male, 31, of Lanham, MD, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Abduction, 100 blk Rees Pl, Jan 21, 3:18 AM, a male, 44, of the City of Falls Church was arrested for Drunk in Public, Abduction and Domestic Assault and Battery. Smoking Violations, 6795 Wilson Blvd, #2 (Gio), Jan 21, 12:33 PM, a male, 43, of Woodbridge, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. OTHER ARRESTS Jan 19, 11:40 AM, a male, 27, of District Heights, MD, was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on a Warrant for Felony Grand Larceny related to a Stolen Vehicle from Koon’s Ford on November 22, 2017.

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Mustangs Hit Their Stride, Win 5 of Last 6 Games by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Getting hot at the right time, George Mason High School’s boys basketball team builds steam toward the postseason with victories over 4A Park View High School, 66-57, and Bull Run district rival Clarke County High School, 52-44 on the road this past week. The Mustangs (9-7) have now won three games in a row and five of their last six to get themselves over .500 for the first time all season. It seems as if Mason is finally getting over the hump of inconsistency by playing to the team’s primary strength — jump-shooting from the wings, often created by deliberate ball movement, and timely defense to stave off potential comebacks. Since settling on an identity the Mustangs have done a 180 from where they were a month ago and put the team in good spirits as the postseason nears. “No coach wants their team playing their best ball in December or early January,” Mason head coach Chris Capannola said. “Now is the time, and things are trending upwards for us in that regard.” Against Park View on Monday, the Mustangs flexed their muscles

from the jump. A back-and forth first quarter had Mason just ahead at 18-15. However, in the second quarter the Mustangs blew the game open when the team connected on six three-pointers, with three coming from senior guard Biruk Teshome off the bench. The hot shooting helped amass a 22-point quarter for Mason as they took a 40-28 advantage into halftime. As the third quarter got underway Mason showcased the notso-glamorous part of the team’s makeup — their ability to keep opponents in the game. Park View outscored Mason 13-10 in the quarter to cut the lead to 50-41 heading into the fourth. The Patriots used that momentum to fuel a competitive final period where they tallied their most points in a single quarter at 16. Even with that surge, the Mustangs matched Park View’s offense with 16 points of their own and some tight defense at key intervals to hold off the Patriots and secure the win. Senior guard Anish Chatterjee and junior forward Hollman Smith led the team with 17 points each while junior guard Max Ashton was close behind with 14 points. Facing Clarke County on Jan. 19, Mason came out cold and had to adjust on the fly to some poorly

FEELING OUT the defense in Mason’s win over Madison County High School on Jan. 16 is junior guard Max Ashton. The combination of Ashton, junior forward Hollman Smith and senior guard Anish Chatterjee have made the Mustangs offense a force this season. (Photo: Carol Sly) preconceived notions. “We thought we could just show up and win [against Clarke]. They only had seven healthy players and I think that got into our heads,” Capannola added. The Mustangs were knotted up at 10 by the end of the first quarter, though they inched ahead at 25-22

by halftime after their offense found some footing. Midway through the third quarter Mason was down 3430, but a 9-0 run that ended the quarter gave the Mustangs a much-needed boost entering the fourth, where they outscored the Eagles 13-11 and were able to clinch the victory. Ashton and Smith led the scor-

ing with 16 apiece and senior forward Thomas Creed followed up with 12 of his own. Mason faced Rappahannock County High School last night but results weren’t available by press time. They’ll face Strasburg High School at home this Saturday.

Mason Girls Keep Streak Alive by Defeating Clarke & Rappahannock by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Roughly two weeks out from the postseason, George Mason High School girls basketball team continues its New Year’s roll as they boatraced Rappahannock County High School, 60-21, and Clarke County High School, 66-40, in the squad’s last two recent games. There’s something about Mason (12-4) and the month of January. Their month-long six-game win streak has been sustained through a slate of Bull Run district matches and, more tellingly, has been largely carried by the defense’s ability to dictate the tone of games. Killing their opponents’ offensive momentum is why recent contests have been so lopsided and has also allowed the Mustangs to accomplish rare feats such as holding Rappahannock scoreless for the entire second quarter of Tuesday’s game. “I don’t care who you’re playing, to hold any team scoreless [for a quarter] is amazing,” Mason head coach Michael Gilroy said. “We probably do more defensive drills in practice than offense, and that’s probably going to be the key to success if we’re going to make any strides down the road.”

ASSERTING HERSELF in the paint is junior guard Maddie Lacroix in Mason’s 66-40 win over Clarke County High School on Jan. 19. Lacroix’s ability to maintain the Mustangs’ high quality of play coming off the bench has helped Mason add to their month-long win streak. (Photo: Carol Sly) Mason asserted itself early and often against the Panthers. Within the first four minutes of the first quarter, the Mustangs had already built a 14-2 lead. That advantage grew in the second quarter when five different players scored buckets in a variety of ways — corner three’s, putbacks on the offensive

glass and defensive steals that created offensive fast breaks. By halftime, Mason led 37-5 and hadn’t allowed Rappahannock County to score since the last two minutes of the first quarter. The Panthers broke the streak with a free throw early in the third quarter, but the Mustangs would

outscore Rappahannock 15-2 in the rest of the period. Entering the fourth quarter up 52-6, Mason relented and cleared the bench to finish out the game. Senior guard Nicole Bloomgarden had a landmark game as well, scoring her 1,000 career point on a trip to the free throw line to end the

third quarter. The game was briefly stopped so Bloomgarden could give the game ball to her parents in the stands. “At the beginning of my senior year, [Gilroy] told me I was close but he wouldn’t tell me how close I was because he thought I would try to score too much and get me off my game,” Bloomgarden said, who’s been on Mason’s varsity team since she was a freshman. “It was awesome to reach my goal.” The Mustangs’ win over Clarke County last Friday had a similar trajectory to it. Mason bludgeoned the Eagles in the first quarter by taking a 21-3 lead, which ultimately proved insurmountable. At halftime the Mustangs led 40-14 and kept the starters in for some of the third quarter before letting the reserves in. Senior forward Kaylee Hirsch led all scorers with 14 points, followed by sophomore forward Emma Rollins with 13 and Bloomgarden with 10. Seniors Elizabeth Dodge and Jenna Short also accounted for seven points each. Mason is on the road next week as they travel to Strasburg High School tonight, Madison County High School on Saturday and Central High School next Tuesday, Jan. 30.



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SEVENTH GRADER Annika Hermans won Congressional School’s National Geographic Bee this week. Competing in a �ield of 10 student-�inalists, Hermans navigated several championship rounds and numerous tie-breaker rounds in order to win. Hermans now advances to the statelevel competition that will determine which students will compete at the national level later this year. The National Geographic Bee is an opportunity for students in grades 4 – 8 to potentially compete for a $50,000 college scholarship. Hermans is pictured with Social Studies teacher, Denise Yassine. (P����: C������� T�� C������������ S�����)

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1st Grade Students Begin Nonverbal Testing this Week First grade Falls Church City students will take the Naglieri Nonverbal Test of Ability, Third Edition (NNAT3) in their regular classroom sometime between Jan. 29 – Feb. 15. The NNAT3 is a brief, nonverbal measure of general ability requiring students to analyze abstract designs. Items in the test assess higher order thinking skills without requiring a student to read, write or speak. It does not rely on academic achievement or verbal skills, so the NNAT-3 minimizes potential testing bias related to cultural differences or

language development. Scores are used along with other abilities and achievement information to identify students for gifted education services beginning in third grade.

Henderson Parents Invited To ‘Parent’s Night Out’ Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (MEHMS) parents can attend the second annual Parents’ Night Out in the Little City. Parents will go to dinner at one of the participating restaurants listed in the event’s flyer and a portion of your tab will go to MEHMS Parent-Teacher Association. After dinner, head to Viget (105 W. Broad St., 4th floor, Falls Church) to socialize with fellow middle school parents. There will be beer, wine, desserts and light snacks. This is a parents-only event. All proceeds benefit teacher grants at Henderson. Visit mehpta.org to purchase tickets and view the event’s flyer.

Longfellow Model UN Makes Statement at Conference Longfellow Middle School’s Model United Nations (UN) club earned the Outstanding School Award at the 13th annual GarField High School Model UN conference in Woodbridge. Delegates sought resolution to issues such as the world-wide poaching crisis

and the South China Sea conflict along with one committee set in the future focused on the potential of life in space. In addition to the UN committees, there was one centered on the Justice League. Individual awards included Chanyoo Lee, Outstanding Delegate award as Superman on the Justice League committee. On the UNI Space 2068 committee: Erika Li and Valerie Li, Outstanding Delegate representing Chile, and Kacy Lee and Odessa Zhang, honorable mention for their representation of the Russian Federation. On the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Nyla Marcott and Anna Raymond earned a verbal commendation representing the Philippines. Honorable mentions went to Eve Ginsberg and Cathy Zhang for representing Cuba, Jin Shin and Kyra Li for representing Colombia, and Julia Tan and Cynthia Ma for representing the United Kingdom. In the Special Political and Decolonization committee: Justin Dong and Jeanie Qi earned the Best Delegate award for representing France; Blaire Zhao and James Hoadley earned a verbal commendation for representing the United Arab Emirates, and honorable mentions went to Yusuf Gunter-Rahman and Simal Mann, who represented the United States and Kevin Fan and Elliott Lee, who represented Japan.


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B������� N��� � N���� F.C. Wellness Center Hosts ‘Ladies Night’ The Falls Church Wellness Center is hosting “Ladies Night” on Friday, Jan. 26 from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is an evening of dance, wine, and socializing held on the third Friday of each month. Attendees will learn new dance techniques and enjoy snack and beverages while making new friends. Gym attire is suggested. The Falls Church Wellness Center provides comprehensive client-centered healthcare and is the largest professional treatment center for combined mental and physical healthcare in the D.C. metro area. For more information visit www.FallsChurchWellness.com. Falls Church Wellness Center is located at 520 N. Washington Street, Suite 100, Falls Church.

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Make it @ the Library. Bring any craft from home to work on or make something from the library’s supplies in this inviting group settings. This month’s theme is paper – folding, cutting, drawing, coloring or anything else you can imagine. This is not a class, but the group can troubleshoot and learn new techniques together in this team-like setting. For Grades 6-12, registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 – 7 p.m. 703-248-5034.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Used Book Sale. Stop by the library’s regular monthly megasale, which is usually held on the last weekend for two days at different times (Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.) of every month in the library’s confer-

ence room. There are multiple tables covered with used books for adults and children, all at rock bottom prices. Proceeds support library programs and services. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 703-248-5034. Farmers Market. The award-winning market returns to the City Hall parking lot, filled with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy, flowers & plants, honey, chocolates, gifts, music and so much more. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – noon.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Community Meeting on Campus and West Falls Church Projects. Interested attendees can join the School Superintendent and City Manager for presentations and a Question & Answer session on the high school construction project and the West Falls Church economic development project that will unfolding in the shiort.

Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 2 – 4 p.m.

Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.



Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034.

Community Meeting on Library Renovation Projects. Library, City Staff and the City’s architectural design team will hold a meeting to discuss the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (MRSPL) expansion and renovation project. Two separate meeting times are available; the first meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. and a second at 7 p.m., in the conference room of the library. The project design team will facilitate a discussion on the community’s vision for the services and spaces important for the library over the next 30 years. The project is currently in the Preliminary Design phase, and this is the community’s opportunity to provide vital initial input on the future of the library. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Contact mrspl@ fallschurchva.gov for more information.

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their second language. Meets every Monday at regularly scheduled time. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia


FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 “Guilt.” The powerful story of a philandering priest named Grandier (1590-1634). The nuns in his convent fall in love with him—and the church believes that he has cast a spell on them. So Grandier is unmercifully burned at the stake. This riveting play traces the accusers’ remorse and denial over burning an innocent man. “Guilt” is a bold metaphor for the culture of lies, clash of religions, and rejection of human rights in modern times. Atlas Performing Arts Center – The Lang Theatre (1333 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $25. 8 p.m. scenetheatre.org.

THURSDAY, 2 SATURDAY,FEBRUARY JANUARY 27 “A Queens Girl in Africa.” The New York Times showed Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ breakout play “Queens Girl in the World” plenty of love when it debuted in 2015. Now, the playwright’s back on the theatrical scene with its sequel, “Queens Girl in Africa.” With local Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Erika Rose in the starring role, the play picks back up with

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Jacqueline Marie Butler as she and her family sail to Nigeria following the assassination of her father’s close friend, Malcolm X. Mosaic Theater Company brings the world premiere of this touching coming-of-age story. Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE, Washington, D.C.) $25. 8 p.m. mosaictheater.org.

“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. folger.edu.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 ”4,380 Days.” For the last 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposé into the most dangerous prison of all—fear. With a graceful poetry and a fluidity that spans time and place, DC playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity and what it means to be American. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $65. 7 p.m. sigtheatre.org.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 The Ventures. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m.


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703-549-7500. Chris Barron “Angels & One Armed Jugglers” CD Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Dave Chappell Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:45 p.m. 703-2419504. Britton James. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Dan & Chuck. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (encore performance the following night at the same time). The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Aaron Tveit (encore performance the following night at the same time). Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $40 – $55. 8 p.m. 703255-1900. Soldiers of Suburbia “Depressed Stormtrooper” Album Release Show The Offbrands + Vice Years. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $25. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. The Legwarmers – DCs Biggest 80s Retro Dance Party. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $18. 9:30 p.m. 703237-0300. 40 Dollar Fine, Traveling Wilbury Tribute Show, Tom Petty Tribute Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504.

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(6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Britton James. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Pittsburgh’s Own Joe Grushecky And The House Rockers. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Jimi Smooth and the Hit Time. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703241-9504.

Herb and Hanson. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

Ari Jacobson Duo. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.



Bachapalooza (Bach 2 Rock Herndon). Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $5. 1 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1:15 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Big Tow Band. JV’s Restaurant

Eric King Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls

Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Lone Holdout “Welcome to the Northland” Album Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $22. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. The Conrads. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Brainfang, Neutered Stallion. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29 Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. The Delarcos, Spidercake. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 Chieflow with Sauce + Electric

Heart. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Sol Roots Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 Baffle Bobby Lee: Challenge Guitarist. Cafe Kindred & Townshend Bar (450 N. Washington St. Ste. F, Falls Church) 7 p.m. 571-327-2215. International Guitar Night featuring Lulo Reinhardt, Calum Graham, Marek Pasieczny and Michael Chapdelaine Live and In Concert (encore performance the following night at the same time). Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $27 – $30. 8 p.m. 703255-1900. Open Mic with the Bob Hume and Martha Capone Band. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

Calendar Submissions Email: calendar@fcnp.com | Mail: Falls Church News-Press, Attn: Calendar, 200 Little Falls St., #508, Falls Church, VA 22046 Be sure to include time, location, cost of admission, contact person and any other pertinent information. Event listings will be edited for content and space limitations. Please include any photos or artwork with submissions. Deadline is Monday at noon for the current week’s edition.

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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) 3678530. Toll free call (888) 5513247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.

AND THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY. It’s against the law for landlords to deny your application, give you the run around, charge you more rent, or steer you away from a rental complex or neighborhood because of your disability. If you suspect housing discrimination, file a complaint with HUD or your local fair housing center, so we can investigate it.

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FAIR HOUSING IS YOUR RIGHT. USE IT. A public service message from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the National Fair Housing Alliance. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability. For more information, visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing.

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3 More Candidates Announce for City Council Race Here

Byrne-Connolly Primary Roil Expected as Davis Bows Out

Three more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to run for the Falls Church City Council in the upcoming May 5 general election. Dan Gardener will seek the endorsement of the Citizens for a Better City (CBC) when it holds its nominating convention Feb. 17, but the other two — Kathie Winckler and Roger Neighborgall — are planning to run as independents. Gardener unsuccessfully sought the CBC nomination for the School Board two years ago.

A long-standing, sharp intra-Democratic Party rivalry between Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Gerry Connolly and U.S. Rep. Leslie Byrne is expected to translate into a white-hot primary contest to replace Rep. Thomas M. Davis III this spring. With Davis’ official announcement yesterday that he will not seek re-election to his 11th District Congressional seat in the fall, Democrats see a major opportunity to pick up an extra seat in the U.S. Congress.

F.C. Native Jim Olcheski Dies at 54 Jim Olcheski, 54, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A native of Falls Church, Virginia, Jim moved to Kitty Hawk on August 30, 2001, where he enjoyed fishing, the beach, collecting beach glass, and feeding the wild birds. He also enjoyed playing with the family Border Collie, Lucy, hanging out in his man cave with friends, and completing newspaper puzzles. Jim loved the beach and was living his dream residing in Kitty Hawk, NC with his wife Nancy. He was adventurous and fearless. He never considered that something as tame as a mandatory hurricane evacuation was a reason to leave the Outer Banks. Jim was a skilled craftsman, a talent he inherited from his paternal grandfather. He made his living doing home renovations and repairs and was a perfectionist when it came to the finished product. He was well known in the neighborhood as a handyman. Prior to each hurricane, he had people calling to get on the list to be the first ones to have Jim check their homes after the storm. Very outgoing and friendly, Jim wanted to help others and always tried to make people laugh with his humor and wit. He will

BELOVED COMPANIONS Brautwurst, or “Braut” for short, a fiveyear old Piebald Dachsund (left) and his pal Slinky, a Doxie, both enjoy putting on fashion shows for the Lothian family in their Lake Barcroft residence. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to crittercorner@fcnp.com.

be sorely missed by everyone that knew him. Many of you may also remember him from attending the stamp shows with his Dad, Bill Olcheski, Sr. over the years. Jim is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy Greenstreet; a son, Paul E. Perry and fiancé Amanda Davidson; his Dad, Bill Olcheski; Sr. of Ashburn, VA, and siblings: Julie Stirling (Bob Bakley), Bill Olcheski, Jr. (Renee), Cathy Ahrendsen (Mark), and Sue Robson (Bill). And Mother-in-law, Jean Greenstreet. He was also blessed to have a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and more. Cannot forget his beloved dog, Lucy. He was predeceased by his mother, Rosemary

Olcheski. We will miss Jim, particularly his sense of humor. There will be a memorial service in the spring on the beach that Jim enjoyed so much. We appreciate all the messages and prayers during the twelve days when Jim was on life support following his heart attack. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at TwifordFH. com. Family can be reached at Olcheski Family, c/o P.O. Box 6051, Falls Church, VA 22040 or Greenstreet Properties at the Beach, 5121 Lindbergh Ave., Kitty Hawk, NC 27949



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