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Council Gives Preliminary OK to More $ for Library Renovation

Portion of Budget Surplus to Cover Cost of Project Approved in ’16

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

By a split 4-3 vote, the Falls Church City Council Monday gave a “first reading” preliminary approval to a $10.9 million project to renovate and expand the Mary Riley Styles Public Library, needed to bring it into compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) and to provide significant system modernization and community space increases. The vote on final approval for the plan is scheduled for Feb. 10. The price tag is based on a “guaranteed maximum price” negotiated by the City with the selected construction contractor last week of $7.8 million and additional “soft” costs, including the temporary relocation of the library to vacant trailer classrooms at the Thomas Jefferson Elementary. The City having bonded for the $8.6 million for the project approved by City voters in 2016, the difference of $2.3 million will come from the City’s substantial budget surplus of $4.2 million. The issue, one of the most contentious this City Council has faced to date, comes in the context of the larger matter of how to spend the large (for a City of Falls Church’s size) $4.2 million budget surplus resulting from

a combination of factors. They are underspending the last year’s budget, lower than expected interest rate costs associated with the City’s $126 million school bond sale last fall (at 2.71 percent rather than a projected 4.5 percent), and a postponement of the City’s first payment on that debt. The overall plan proposed by the City staff and presented by City Manager Wyatt Shields and Chief Financial Officer Kiran Bawa, and approved by the 4-3 Council vote, includes $2.6 million for the library above the $8.3 billion that voters approved by a 2-to-1 margin in 2016. That amount is composed of $2.3 million from the surplus and $296,717 from a proffer by the Founders Row project. Other components include $400,000 for neighborhood traffic calming (a boost over the $200,000 per year that has been budgeted recently), $389,211 to the City schools based on an informal revenue sharing understanding, $600,000 to a building permits reserve and $150,000 to closing costs and to seed a Community Development Authority for the West End Gateway development project. Despite these proposed expenditures, the City will remain above its target number for a fund bal-

ance reserve, Bawa said, based on a series of $7 million payments coming in the next years from the West End project developers. In a vote which finally came close to midnight Monday, Mayor David Tarter, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, Phil Duncan and David Snyder voted “yes” to give a preliminary approval to the package, while Letty Hardi, Ross Litkenhous and Dan Sze voted “no.” A large contingent of library supporters who spoke during the petition period and stayed until the midnight hour gathered outside the Council chambers once the votes had been cast and expressed cautious optimism that the vote would hold through the second and final round on Feb. 10. “We are in a very fortunate situation” with the surplus Duncan told his Council colleagues before the vote. “We have a deep capacity to do this well.” The impact is significant, Bawa said, because of the size of the school bond issuance last fall, by far the largest in the City’s history, such that the low 2.71 percent interest rate they went for, below the 4.5 percent budgeted estimate, has made a big difference to the City’s overall fiscal situation.

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AT LAST SATURDAY’S Falls Church City Council “retreat” at the Henderson Middle School library, the chair of the City’s Economic Development Authority Bob Young (left) chatted with City Councilman Phil Duncan. (Photo: News-Press)

F.C. City Hall Work Still Underway for Added $ by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

Made public for the first time at Monday’s Falls Church City Council meeting is the fact, extensively discussed behind the scenes before then, that the work on the City Hall renovation project has yet to be fully completed. F.C. City Manager Wyatt Shields told the News-Press yesterday that the work is substantially confined to HVAC heating and cooling issues, and in the meantime, negotiations between the City and Hitt continue to be ongoing to establish a cost for the

work. Shields said at the City Council meeting Monday that the cost of the change order would be in excess of $450,000 but otherwise, the matter is under ongoing negotiations that he said he’s hopeful will be resolved within a month. Meanwhile, Shields told the Council Monday that the new stormwater task force has established six priority projects around the City with a price tag of about $15 million over 10 years.

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Inside This Week Coronavirus Disrupts Local School Exchange Programs

F.C. 2020 Summer Camp Guide

See Story, page 5

See pages 13 — 20

Longfellow Middle School’s decision to restructure its exchange program with Chinese students in response to the coronavirus outbreak could be part of a larger trend of hiatuses in exchange programs in the area, including the City of Falls Church.

It’s time to plan for the summer! Find all the info you need on the Falls Church area’s selection of summer camps and programs inside this issue.

Mustang Girls Basketball Crushes Manassas Park

George Mason High School’s girls basketball team walloped Manassas Park by nearly 50 points Tuesday night, cruising to a 67-20 victory for its fourth straight win. See Sports, page 24


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A debt issuance to cover these costs will be supported by the City’s Stormwater Reserve Fund and may require an increase in stormwater fees to cover, but the City’s current operating budget surplus will not be required to cover this cost. However, it will be used to add $400,000 to the City’s neighborhood traffic calming program if the Council gives a final OK to the plan for using the current year’s $4.2 million surplus for that purpose in a Feb. 10 vote. Identified improvements are for speed humps on N. Oak and W. Jefferson, striping and signage on Lincoln Avenue, significant work at the Great Falls and Little Falls intersection as well as on the Annandale Road at Gundry Drive intersection and in the Greenway Downs area. Councilman David Snyder noted that legislation is moving through the General Assembly in Richmond now that would allow local jurisdictions to set their own speed limits on neighborhood streets, which would be a big help in traffic calming efforts. Last Saturday, the Council held

its annual planning retreat in the library of the Henderson Middle School, and in a prioritization exercise that included members of City boards and commissions led by Earl Haddad, a collaborative facilitation consultant also involved in other projects with the City, affordable housing and walkability emerged as the two most valued priorities for the City going forward. Councilmember Letty Hardi made a reference that that outcome at Monday’s City Council meeting, noting that none of the $4.2 million surplus money was being earmarked for affordable housing. “We have to advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves,” she said. The City’s regional transportation expert, Snyder, said Monday that Governor Ralph Northam has submitted the “best transportation funding package ever seen in Richmond.” An update on the long-term “bus rapid transit” (BRT) plan to link Alexandria and Tysons on Route 7 through the City of Falls Church was provided at Monday’s Council meeting by Dan Goldfarb of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Noting that currently 600,000

LO CA L passengers use buses daily in the region (compared to 700,000 who use the Metrorail), it has been decided that, rather than light rail, a BRT option would work best along Route 7. It would involve dedicated lanes where possible (not in F.C.), fare collections at the stops and not on the buses, high frequency of buses and real time digital signage with updates on arrival times. The current plan shows a deviation off Rt. 7, going up N. Washington St. to stop at the East Falls Church Metro station and back onto Rt. 7 at Seven Corners. Mayor Tarter said he strongly urges the planning to also take in a stop at the West Falls Church Metro station. This year, the City will be asked to pitch in $50,000 to this effort although the bad news is that the 3T Metro bus line, which comes down Rt. 7, will again be discontinued at the end of 2020. At the City’s request, some of the funds from the new tolls on I-66 were designated for the reinstatement of the 3T line, which served Winter Hill residents with a stop right in front of the Harris Teeter on Rt. 7 headed to the East Falls Church Metro, but poor ridership numbers have cut short its continuation.


Council Gives Prelim OK for More Library $ Continued from Page 1

Lionel Millard, the City’s manager for the library project, Mark Minetti from the project’s design and construction teams, and Jennifer Carroll, the library director, explained the recent negotiation to win a “guaranteed maximum price” for the project that went from $8.9 million down to $7.8 million as per the agreement made on Jan. 22. Millard noted that the guaranteed price, that the contractor had to also secure from subcontractors, can hold only until mid-February. So far, he noted, delays to the project since the bond referendum passed in 2016 have added 5.5 percent per year to the cost of the project. Opposing the project, Council members Hardi and Litkenhous cited the “bad track record” the City has had in the City Hall renovation (it is now

more than $450,000 short of the required cost, being negotiated still) and the “trade-offs” with other pressing needs in the City, including stormwater infrastructure, and affordable housing. Litkenhous called the proposal “fiscally irresponsible,” and that a renovation “needs to be done in a responsible manner.” On the pro side, Councilman Snyder said that delaying the project will only increase the cost. Councilman Sze noted that pulling out now would ensure that the City would incur a significant “convenience cost” from the construction developer, and “the citizens expect us to do this.” He opposed the overall package, however. Vice Mayor Connelly said, “Either we do this now, or it won’t happen at all.” She cited the importance of ADA compliance as a public safety issue. Mayor Tarter said he would support it “but not without concerns,” and said he hoped the dialogue would continue for the next two weeks before the final vote.

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Coronavirus Disrupts F.C. Area School Exchange Programs

by Matt Delaney

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Longfellow Middle School’s decision to restructure its exchange program with Chinese students in response to that country’s coronavirus outbreak could be part of a larger trend of hiatuses in exchange programs in the area, including the City of Falls Church. A flurry of calls from parents both to Longfellow and to Fairfax County Public Schools’ central office last Monday and Tuesday influenced the decision to significantly alter the program, according to FCPS public information officer Lucy Caldwell. The middle school made its decision final on the morning of Jan. 22, the same day that 21 students from Yi Chang, China had landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and planned to bus down to their Falls Church hosts. “Parents had been following the story about the coronavirus and felt the news was concerning enough that, if the students came, there was the potential to

spread the illness,” Caldwell told the News-Press. Fairfax Schools consulted its health department before holding a meeting at Longfellow last Wednesday morning. Health officials, including two epidemiologists, told the crowd of parents that the risk of transmission was low; however, parents felt strongly that the exchange program could cause an issue. Out of an abundance of caution, per Caldwell, Fairfax Schools and Longfellow principal Carole Kihm believed it was best to redesign the trip. Instead of shadowing Longfellow students during their classes and staying with host families, the exchange students stayed in a hotel and visited cultural and historical sites in the area. Per Caldwell, the staff overseeing the exchange students were accommodating to the last-minute changes, though there was some disappointment from the Longfellow students and families. The coronavirus, a respiratory illness that shares symptoms with the common cold, has killed more

than 100 people and infected 4,600 others in the weeks that the virus has been on the public radar. It has also been reported that people can carry the virus without showing any symptoms. Yi Chang, the city where the students hailed from, has been quarantined within the last week to help contain the outbreak. All public transportation, including buses, trains and planes, aren’t allowed to come in and out of the city as a result of the containment efforts. Quarantines originally started in Wuhan, which is roughly 200 miles east of Yi Chang, and now includes 15 more cities that are inhabited by nearly 50 million people, making it the largest quarantine in world history. Longfellow opting to curtail its exchange program may influence the second leg of George Mason High School’s own agreement with the Attached Middle School at Beijing Normal University. The program is organized and sponsored by Alpha Exchange — a third-party, travel agenttype company, according to John

Brett, Falls Church City Public Schools’ director of communications. Seven exchange students had a whirlwind trip to the states, arriving on Jan. 17 and leaving days later on Jan. 22. However, as part of the arrangement, Mason students are allowed to travel to the school in Beijing in April. “I would be very surprised if [the trips to Beijing] were not cancelled,” Brett told the News-Press. “We care deeply about our students and will continue to monitor the situation in China. If the Department of State makes a decision to restrict travel to China due to the coronavirus we will advise our community and ask that par-

ents rethink their decision to send students to Beijing. However, the decision to go or not to go is ultimately one made by families.” He added that whether the program continues to operate this year is Alpha Exchange’s call. Brett referenced the U.S. Department of State’s current travel advisory, which was determined with the Center for Disease Control, and recommends that all citizens avoid non-essential travel. Per the travel advisory, “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province,” which is where the virus is concentrated.

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A Big ‘Yes’ to the Library Expansion

We applaud the action by the majority of four to give a preliminary approval to a thoughtful plan to deploy the City of Falls Church’s $4.2 million surplus it has enjoyed in the current fiscal year. In a close 4-3 vote late Monday night, Mayor David Tarter, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, Phil Duncan and David Snyder voted “yes” on the package that included $2.6 million needed for projected and guaranteed costs for the long-overdue renovation and expansion of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library. Voting “no” were Letty Hardi, Ross Litkenhous and Dan Sze, although Sze made it clear that if it were a matter of the library, alone, and not other elements of the package, he would support it. A second and final OK for the project will be voted on Feb. 10. Hardi and Litkenhous, the two stalwart opponents who have a guest commentary explaining their position in this edition, argued that they’re not against the idea, but just not now and for that much. But in November 2016, with a huge turnout of 85.38 percent of the City’s registered voters, a whopping 66 percent of City voters approved the bond for the library renovation and expansion. The amount they OK’d was $8.7 million, and we believe it is safe to say they were not approving a number nearly so much as the idea of the renovation and expansion. Now, for a lot of reasons not the least of which has been the construction and labor cost appreciations associated with a booming regional economy over a four year period, the project will cost $10.9 million, it being a locked-in guaranteed number the result of some hard negotiations by the City to hold it to that amount. That proves the problem with delaying the project further as Hardi and Litkenhous want to do: Namely, the price will only go up further. In fact, the current negotiated guaranteed price will hold only through mid-February, the City’s manager on the project, Lionel Millard, told the Council Monday. Also, as attorney Gabriel Swiney, a City resident, reminded the Council Monday, the renovations to bring the library into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) are not to be seen as expressions of good will, but as compliance with the law. As long as the City persists in permitting a public building to be ADA non-compliant, it faces a legal liability that can only addressed by a plan to correct the matter within a reasonable time (bringing the current library into such compliance would require reducing its workable space by 25 to 30 percent, Millard estimated.) Finally, the City has never been in a better fiscal situation to take on a project like this than right now. The $4.2 million surplus is the result of one-time windfalls and must, by City policy, be put to a one-time use just like this.


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the Galloway United Methodist Church, who suggested using the name “Watch Night.” Many African American churches use the term “Watch Night” for their New Year’s Eve services, because it is associated with American slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation on Dec. 31, 1862. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation trademarked the term “WatchNight,” and was the fiduciary and financial pass-thru for most, if not all of the funds associated with organizing the event until around 2007. Our treasurer and accountant can attest to that. Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation

transferred the ownership of the trademark to the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation in 2014. However, none of this would have been possible without the blessings of the Falls Church City staff, Falls Church Police and Department of Public Works. Also, special thanks to Barb Cram and many others who have helped to make WatchNight truly a community effort. But, the history and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation’s founding of WatchNight should not be lost because of the passing of time. Edwin Henderson Founder, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation


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As you may have read from this week’s news, your City Council had a difficult deliberation and ensuing 4-3 vote on the latest of several budget amendments. This amendment focused on how to allocate $4.6 million, generated primarily from a revenue surplus, underspending and debt service savings. A request to fund a $2.6 million budget shortfall for the library renovation project was part of the debate. As the dissenting votes, we’d like to share considerations beyond the headline. To preface — it’s important to plainly state that no one doubts the value of our library, the need for work, or the merits of a renovation. Personally, both of our families are avid users: maxing out book checkout limits, visiting story time with young kids and participating in after school and summer programming. And both families credit our children’s love of reading to the weekly visits and impressive selection of books — truly a community gem. We know the library has been patiently waiting in a long queue of overdue city-wide capital projects that we’ve been working hard to address over the past few years. Despite that, as with every funding decision, your expectation of us is to prioritize and deliver public services effectively, while responsibly allocating taxpayer dollars. Our challenge is to carefully consider all needs across the city, anticipate future

challenges, and do our best to balance those competing priorities with limited funds. Unfortunately, the library project is coming on the heels of a City Hall renovation that has not gone smoothly. While reopened to the public and staff since last

“Unfortunately, the library project is coming on the heels of a City Hall renovation that has not gone smoothly.” summer, the project is not yet complete. On Monday, for the first time, it was made publicly known that in order to close out the project, it will come in over budget and we should expect a “major fiscal obligation.” Due to sensitive negotiations, a number can’t be shared publicly yet, but the bottom line is, it will cost us more money. With that as the backdrop, you can understand why we have more trepidation than usual before starting another project. Why should we all give pause? 1. Is this a “do it right the first time” project? With all capital projects, we believe they should be done right the first time, so future City Councils and taxpayers don’t inherit

a project reboot in 10 years. Spend what is needed on the right project, do it well, and do it once, rather than value engineer a project to death. Unfortunately, the current project already has a bad track record with costs. Despite good explanations as to why costs have ballooned since the referendum in 2016, our frustration has grown as the numbers continue to escalate at every update. Are we confident that the new $11 million price tag will be the final number and are we getting the best project we can? For a project that hasn’t started and is already 30 percent over budget, these are reasonable questions. 2. What’s not going to get done? What also hasn’t been discussed publicly until Monday is that funding the library shortfall requires tradeoffs with looming costs, some known and unknown: traffic calming, bike paths, sidewalks, housing affordability, parks, history murals, as well as other bigger ticket items: stormwater and City Hall. With stormwater remediation projects that will likely cost $10 – 15 million, and a final bill for City Hall still unknown, our first impulse can’t be to raise stormwater fees or taxes. We have already obligated our community to shoulder the largest debt issuance in the city’s history to build a needed new high school. With an economic downturn likely around the corner, we cannot afford to raid reserves. While the library project has been in discussion for more than 20 years, many

of these issues have been looming as long, if not longer. Shame on us that one of the community’s top priorities, housing affordability, was omitted from Monday’s funding consideration altogether. 3. Does this meet the bar for public transparency? Most importantly, assuming we can get past the facts that voters only approved $8.7 million, not $11 million (some would call for a new referendum); and given that capital projects should be debt-financed so the costs can be spread out over time, one night of discussion doesn’t meet the bar for openness and transparency. Monday was the first time a full list of projects proposed for the $4.6 million and the suggested tradeoffs have been reviewed in open session. By comparison, each year in the budget process we spend over a month wringing our hands over what comes down to a few hundred thousand dollars. An amount tenfold, merits greater visibility and discussion. More than ever, we should have our eyes wide open. While we agree the library needs an investment, it should be funded responsibly, with public discussion on the additional costs and tradeoffs, and in a manner that mitigates future fiscal strain. Citizens expect that of us, and more. Between now and our final vote on Feb. 10, you can make your voice heard. Letty Hardi and Ross Litkenhous are members of the Falls Church City Council.

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A man, armed with an assault-style weapon, was shot by police Tuesday night in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, it was reported Tuesday. Fairfax County Police report that officers from its Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) were serving a narcotics search warrant and arrest warrants at 10 p.m. on January 28 in the 7600 block of Lee Landing Drive when they confronted David Vo, 24, of greater Falls Church who was brandishing the weapon. Vo was shot by a member of the SWAT team and then officers immediately rendered medical aid before he was transported to a hospital, treated and released. No officers were injured in the incident which police said resulted in multiple assault-style weapons, a pistol and narcotics recovered inside of Vo’s home by detectives. In addition to the underlying charges of felony distribution of marijuana and felony failure to appear, Vo has been charged with distribution of marijuana while possessing a firearm, possession of a firearm with schedule I or II drug, ammunition possession by felon conviction within 10 years, firearm possession by non-violent felon and drug possession schedule I or II. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The officer who shot Vo is a 16-year veteran of the Fairfax Co. Police Department, assigned to the Special Operations Division. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigation, per department policy.

Pedestrian Struck at Little Falls & W. Broad A woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at the corner of Little Falls Road and West Broad Street in the City of Falls Church Tuesday afternoon, the City has reported. According to F.C. Public Information Officer Susan Finarelli, the pedestrian was struck around 12:30 p.m., Jan. 28, while crossing in the crosswalk by a driver who did not yield to her right of way. According to Finarelli, the driver, who stopped at the accident scene, was not driving erratically but reported not seeing the pedestrian. The driver was cited with failing to yield the right of way. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Finarelli reports.

Nominations Sought for F.C. Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Nominations for the grand marshal of Falls Church’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival are now being accepted for the 39th annual parade on May 25. According to a City press release, grand marshal nominees “should have made exceptional, outstanding, distinguished, sustained or unique contributions to the City of Falls Church.” Past grand mashals include Rob Donovan (2019), Midge Wang (2018), Barb Cram (2017), Kathy Hilayko (2016), Kathy and Barry Buschow (2015), Captain Steve Rau (2014), Janet Haines and Audrey Luthman (2013), Harry Shovlin (2012), Howard Herman (2011) and Edna Frady (2010). Nominations should be submitted via email to the Recreation and Parks Department’s Scarlett Williams at sawilliams@fallschurchva.gov by 5 p.m. on March 3. Nominators should send the nominee’s name and describe why that person deserves the honor of grand marshal.

League of Women Voters Fetes 100 Years Sunday A hundred years ago, in February 1920, women got the right to vote, after decades of persistence and dedication by some amazing people — women and men from all walks of life. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church will celebrate the 100th birthday of the national organization this Sunday, Feb. 2. Live jazz with music from the 1920s, remarks from elected officials, and real, live suffragettes will highlight the program. The event will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Falls Church Episcopal social hall, with the formal program from 3:30 – 4 p.m. The cost of admission is $25.

Beyer Assails CBO Forecast Report US. Rep. Don Beyer, vice chair of the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office today released its “Budget and Economic Outlook: 2020 to 2030.” “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just said he still thinks the GOP tax cuts will pay for themselves. What began as a wildly unrealistic political promise has now turned into economic gaslighting. CBO’s new forecast shows just how little growth we got for the Republican tax cuts, and confirms that our children will be paying for these tax breaks for the wealthy for years to come.” Beyer represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church.

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Community News & Notes

Shepherd’s Center In Need of Drivers

WHAT’S BETTER THAN 100? 101! Selma Orenstein enjoyed a Hawaiian-themed 100th birthday last year and rang in one more trip around the sun with a lower-key, but still special 101st birthday with her friends, family and The Kensington staff over the weekend. She is the oldest resident currently at The Kensington, though don’t tell Selma, since she insists she’s still 21. (Photos: Courtesy Donna Buckley)

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church (SCMAFC), an all-volunteer-based organization dedicated to assisting seniors in maintaining an independent and safe lifestyle, is seeking drivers to help seniors get to the doctor, therapy, dental and other appointments. In addition, the Shepherd’s Center offers seniors pharmacy and grocery shopping, help with technology and minor home repairs. All its services are free to seniors. The Shepherd’s Center needs volunteers 18 years of age or older. Volunteers will receive training on their role and how to schedule rides. Ride requests can be viewed at the volunteer’s convenience online, anytime and need only accept a ride that fits with his/her time availability and schedule. There is no requirement for any minimum number of rides. SCMAFC has insurance coverage

and miles driven are a charitable deduction on federal and state returns. For anyone interested, Shepherd’s Center staff are happy to talk in more detail about the work and what’s involved in being a volunteer. The Shepherd’s Center also receives support from religious congregations and businesses in the community. For more information, contact Christine Sheehy at 703 506-2199 or visit scmafc.org.

Jefferson Village Group Seeking Volunteers The Jefferson Village Civic Association is looking for volunteers from the community to help with a number of activities and tasks. Help from volunteers is essential to the neighborhood. Such assistance can be as simple as anything from flyer design, web design, obtaining donations, trim-

ming trees and grass, event photography, delivering flyers, writing articles, reporting on meetings, contacting local schools, social media posting and more. If any interested volunteers would like to know more about contributing in any of the above, or if volunteers would like to sit in on a monthly Director Meetings, feel free to contact the JVCA chair at chairperson@jefferson-village. org.

Final Week of Nominations For Arts Fairfax Awards Arts Fairfax will hold its ninth annual Arts Awards to recognize the visionary contributions that the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The honorees are selected by Arts Fairfax and community representatives. Nominations are open to the public until Feb. 7. Arts organizations and individuals may nominate others or may selfnominate.

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Northeastern Students Make Dean’s List

RECIPIENTS OF “CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER” awards for their roles on the fall sports teams at George Mason High School were honored at the F.C. School Board meeting earlier this month. (P����: N���-P����)

The Arts Awards bring together the arts community, business community, civic and elected leaders to celebrate the contributions of artists, arts organizations and the private sector for their support of the arts in our community. The three awards that can receive nominations are: Arts Education Award —The Arts Education Award recognizes an arts organization or individual arts educator in Fairfax County and/or the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church who has provided

superlative arts education opportunities, experiences or training for youth, students of all ages or emerging artists. Arts Impact Award — The Arts Impact Award recognizes an arts organization, of any discipline, for an arts program or activity that has provided significant opportunity or impact for citizens in Fairfax County and/or cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, based on the quality and/or transformational nature of the program and breadth of individuals served.

Arts Philanthropy Award — The Arts Philanthropy Award acknowledges private sector support of the arts in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, by honoring an individual, corporation or foundation that has provided leadership funding, long-term monetary support, or significant investment in the arts. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7. Any questions regarding the nomination process or require assistance, contact artsawards@

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Northeastern University recognized the following local students who were recently named to the university’s Dean’s List for the Fall semester, which ended in Dec. 2019: • Falls Church (22042) resident Esme Getto, majoring in marine biology; • Falls Church (22043) resident Gwyneth McNamara, majoring in bioengineering; • Falls Church (22043) resident Antonio Bravo, majoring in undeclared. To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

D.C. Area Experienced Many Poor Air Quality Days in 2018 The Washington, D.C.Maryland-Virginia area, home to over six million people, suffered through 86 days of poor air quality due to air pollution in 2018, according to a new report from Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. Statistics from 2018 represent the most recent data available. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

For the report, “Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathed Polluted Air in 2018,” researchers reviewed Environmental Protection Agency air pollution records from across the country. The report focuses on ground-level ozone and fine particulate pollution, which are harmful pollutants that come from burning fossil fuels such as coal, diesel, gasoline, natural gas and from other sources. Recommendations in the report include calling on policymakers at all levels of government to reduce emissions from transportation, support clean renewable energy and expand climate-friendly transportation options with more transit, bike lanes and walkways. The study also calls on the federal government to strengthen ozone and particulate pollution standards, and support strong clean car standards instead of rolling them back. For more information, visit environmentvirginiacenter.org.

Ophthalmology Services Now at Culmore Clinic Thanks to funding from Islamic Relief USA, Culmore Clinic will be adding ophthalmology services for its patients. In the past, this has been a complicated service to offer patients because it involved a specialty referral offsite. But with this implementation of onsite eye care, patients requiring important follow-up care from their yearly screenings with the Lions Club can access difficult-to-obtain testing at their medical home in Culmore Clinic. This eliminates the transportation barriers that often prevent patients from obtaining critical care and testing, and frees up staff time spent searching for glaucoma and other testing services.


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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

January is nearly gone, which means that Census Day is only two months away. The official 2020 Census Day is April 1, and that’s no joke! The nation’s decennial census, as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, is happening this spring, with April 1 as the target date for the count. By being counted in the 2020 Census, you can help determine funding for local school programs, healthcare, emergency services, affordable housing, roads, public transportation, and many other services we rely on each day. Politically, the census affects the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives allocated to each state. Some states will gain House member districts, others probably will lose them. We won’t know until the count is complete and reported to Congress in 2021. Of far more importance, perhaps, is the allocation of funding for hundreds of federal, state, and local programs that serve our communities. Learn why you should be counted at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census. Participating in the census is simple: in midMarch, households will receive a census “invitation” in the mail. You will have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Approximately 95 percent of households will receive their invitation in the mail; five percent will receive theirs when a census taker drops it off primarily for households that use a P.O. Box or other drop for mail. You may receive a reminder letter in late March, and a reminder postcard if you still have not responded in early April. If you still have not responded, a final reminder postcard will be sent in late April, then a follow-up visit by a census taker in person. Mason District has a very diverse population,

so reaching residents where they live and in their own language may prove to be a bit challenging. Everyone must be counted, regardless of citizenship status, employment, or any other criteria. A quick glance at Census Tract data reveals broad differences between nearby Census Tracts, even just blocks apart. In some, more than half of the residents are renters, limited English proficiency approaches 35 percent, access to Internet is limited or non-existent, and the foreign-born population is greater than 50 percent. These differences may make it more difficult to assure a complete count, but greater effort will pay off in the long run. A complete enumeration ensures that all residents in the community are counted. Northern Virginia stands to lose $12,000 each decade for every person not counted in the April 1 census. That’s more than $1,000 in real money lost, per person, each year. Don’t let your tax dollars be spent somewhere else. Plan now to respond to the census invitation as soon as you receive it. It’s quick, easy, and once it’s done, you won’t have to worry about it for another 10 years! The Art in the Mason District Governmental Center program features Rita McCarn and her students at Sleepy Hollow Studio. Rita is a professional artist and teacher, and her students range from preteens to adults. The show includes pencil sketches of pets, watercolor mountain scenes, and still lifes by the students, as well as larger landscapes by Rita. The show runs through Feb. 27, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Shakespeare Theatre Company gives students between the ages of 7 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare. At Camp Shakespeare, students will transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement and imagination, unravel Shakespeare’s plays with text analysis, develop fundamental acting skills, learn the basics of stage combat, perform for friends and family onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Looking for the perfect experience for your camper in preschool through eighth grade? Camp Griffin has just what you are looking for in the summer months with so much to offer! Do you have a budding scientist? A child who loves to swim? Does your child love sports and having fantastic adventures? With our close proximity to so many fun places, there’s never a dull moment at Camp Griffin.

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Camp Griffin at Westminster School 3819 Gallows Road Annandale, VA 22003 703-56-3620, ext 36 westminsterschool.com/campgriffin

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CITY OF FALLS CHURCH RECREATION & PARKS CAMPS Registration will begin February 3 for City Residents and February 10 for non-City residents. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Registrations are taken in person and online only on the first two days of registration. Phone-in registration opens for City Residents February 4 and for nonCity residents on February 11.

City of Falls Church Camps 223 Little Falls St. Falls Church, VA 22046 703-248-5077 fallschurchva.gov/camps


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BLUE BOX SPORTS CONGRESSIONAL CAMP 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.

Congressional Camp 3229 Sleepy Hollow Road Falls Church, VA 22042 703-533-0931 congocamp.org


PO Box 711071 Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 953-1667 blueboxsports.com

BROOKSFIELD SCHOOL 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

44710 Cape Court Ashburn, VA 20147 (703) 729-0985

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.

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CAMP CARYSBROOK 3500 Camp Carysbrook Road Riner, VA 24149 (540) 382-1670 campcarysbrook.com


Study of the Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do System brings together the energy of the mind and the body. Our program is especially beneficial to children and is designed to enable a child to focus and concentrate on achieving worthwhile goals and to meet life’s challenges with total confidence. Our objective is to provide a fun-filled and positive learning environment for all our young students that will enhance the development of basic good habits such as paying attention, following directions, cooperating with others, respect for self and others, self-control, and self-discipline.

573 Friendship Way Palmyra, VA 22963 (434) 589-8950 campfriendship.com

Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do 1136 West Broad Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703-237-7433 jhoonrheetkd.com

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Kenwood offers campers exciting daily field trips to exciting destinations including water parks, mini-golf, roller skating, amusement parks and more. In addition to the field trips we offer arts and crafts, sports clinics and camp overnights here on our Annandale campus.

Kenwood Summer Day Camp 4955 Sunset Lane Annandale, VA 703-256-4711 camp.kenwoodschool.com

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CAMP KANATA 13524 Camp Kanata Road Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919) 719-9622 campkanata.org

CAMP PIANKATANK 1586 Stamper’s Bay Road Hayfield, VA 23071 (804) 776-9552 camppiankatank.org

LANGLEY SCHOOL SUMMER STUDIO Campers can mix + match more than 100 weekly offerings from science and sports to the arts and engineering. Innovative classes allow campers to examine the world through hands-on exploration as they investigate aerodynamics using soapbox cars, tudy the Mid-Atlantic ecosystem as junior naturalists, or discover global cuisines and art forms.

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CAMP ROANOKE 6498 Dry Hollow Road Salem, VA 24153 (540) 777-6327 roanokecountyva.gov

CAMP TWIN CREEKS PO Box 159 Elmsford, NY 10523 (914) 345-0707 camptwincreeks.com

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At our beautiful Old Town location, now in its 11th year, we offer theater education for campers ages Pre-K through 8th grade, conducted by directors, actors and choreographers for a unique summer fun experience. Our exciting programs include improvisation, learning dance steps fit for musical theater and finding your singing voice.

Little Theatre of Alexandria 600 Wolfe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-683-5778 thelittletheatre.com

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, y t i C e l t t i L Big Fun! Registration opens February 3 for City Residents. www.fallschurchva.gov/camps

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HAMEAU FARM THE Saint James 6805 Industrial Road Springfield, VA 22151 703-239-6870 camps@thestjames.com thestjames.com/summercamps

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Ages: 2 years thru rising 3rd Graders Full Day: 7am - 6pm Half Day: 8:00am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 6:00pm Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, Arts & Crafts, Science

St. Philip Summer Camps 7506 St. Philip’s Ct., Falls Church 22042 703-573-4570 stphilipecc.org



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

LIVING EARTH SCHOOL 101 Rocky Bottom Lane Afton, VA 22920 (540) 456-7339 livingearthva.com

MAD SCIENCE CAMP Fairfax, VA (703) 536-9897 madscience.org

We’re Sylvan Learning. Our tutors use a personal approach and interactive technology to help kids learn math, reading, writing and more— turning B’s into A’s and frustration into confidence! According to independent research, students in our Personalized Tutoring programs typically see up to two to three times more growth in their math and reading scores than other students.

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What a frenzy of incredible developments we have going on these days: a budding global pandemic festering in China, the sudden death of a young American athletic icon, the ongoing self-destructive denial by Republicans at their U.S. Senate impeachment proceedings, a president devolving into incoherent mumbling at rallies and for Virginians like me, the advancement of such a veritable cornucopia of progressive legislation as to make up fast for centuries of backwardness, foot dragging and contemptible prejudice. Amid all this has been the Democratic presidential primary race, which officially begins with Iowa caucuses just next week featuring a field of, now, five formidable candidates, FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS as generally conceded and in my view — alphabetically, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg (not contesting Iowa), Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. I suppose Amy Klubechar, winning the New York Times’ endorsement for vice president, could be included, and she could enhance a ticket as someone’s running mate. Bloomberg qualifies because of his money, the millions he’s spending on a Super Bowl ad this weekend, and the fact his anti-Trump ads have been particularly sharp. As a fellow New Yorker, he clearly intimidates Trump in a major way. There are others I wish hadn’t had to drop out, such as Kamala Harris, but among those still in, the five I named have the gravitas and ground games, it seems to me, to do the best. We’ll soon begin finding out. Amid this, overlooked in the last week was the solo live town hall appearance of Mayor Buttigieg on Fox News from Des Moines, Iowa, for an hour Sunday night. Buttigieg was flat out brilliant, articulate and principled. While there were questions about whether his youth (he just turned 38) would hurt him, the question of his self-identification as an LGBTQ person never came up. Not once, not in a whole hour. Not in a whole hour on Fox, no less. As an LGBTQ person myself, I was astonished by this, constantly awaiting for that shoe to fall during the lively town hall. But seeing how deftly he handled a tough question from an anti-abortion Democrat, I am sure he would have shined had it come up. One of his major tasks as someone who has the audacity to seek to be president of the United States has been to handle that question over time, as he did the one on abortion, such that it simply dims in importance for a predominant majority of supporters. It has had to be this way so far because, otherwise, asking fellow Democrats to support him would be asking a lot if he hadn’t already shown how he can put the matter totally into perspective for voters. It’s truly amazing he’s come as far as he has. At an LGBTQ Victory Fund event in D.C. last year, I heard him say, “I can tell you that if being gay was a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade...If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your problem, sir, is with my Creator.” Buttigieg’s professed Christian faith is a far, far cry from the kind of shallow, self-centered pro-Trump “evangelical” judgmentalism. To such people, Trump has accused Buttigieg of “becoming religious all of a sudden, about two weeks ago.” Buttigieg responded at a town hall in New Hampshire that his faith “has been a complex journey for me, as it has for a lot of people, but I’m pretty sure I’ve been a believer longer than he [Trump] has been a Republican.” Again, I am also an LGBTQ person of faith. I completed four years of graduate theological seminary as an honor student. In my view, it is critically important in these days that a fresh approach to affirming a value system grounded in an appreciation of ultimate things be articulated loudly. Such values, not relativist but applied across the board among persons of all faiths, races, ethnicities, genders and loves, that include an unyielding commitment to truth for the shared benefit of all is indispensable to perpetuating our cherished democracy that is coming under such attack these troubled times.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

Powers that be in the deal to bring the Amazon HQ2 to our shores assured us the planners’ term “National Landing” was not an attempt to rename Crystal City, Pentagon City or Potomac Yard. But last week, the board of the Crystal City Business Improvement District announced a proposed new name: National Landing Business Improvement District, necessary to reflect joint participation by Arlington and Alexandria in responding to the impact of Amazon employees on housing, transportation and social services. “Pending approval by the Arlington County Board and a formal vote by the BID’s full members at our annual meeting this spring, the National Landing name will be utilized as an umbrella term for Virginia’s most vibrant and largest walkable downtown,” the board said, citing consultation with neighbors. “It will not replace the existing neighborhood names,… which each maintain their own unique identities and distinct characteristics.” During the Amazon selection drama, county board members welcomed a chance for more joint planning with City of Alexandria officials. But the two jurisdictions have not always gotten along. The tensions actually go back more than 100 years. One of the more obscure books I own is “A History of the Boundaries of Arlington County, Va.,” written by my boyhood neighbor and then-county manager Bert Johnson, published first

in 1957, updated 1967. Johnson (a glutton for punishment?) examined deeds, local histories, surveys, court cases and legislation back to 1607. That includes George Washington’s first survey done in 1749. Johnson shorthands a history of Alexandria County’s retrocession from the District of Columbia (1846-47), describes the efforts of Clarendon to declare itself a city in 1920, and discusses the separation of East Falls Church from Falls Church in 1936 and the short-lived town of Potomac (1908-1929) in what today is astride Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria. As a onetime resident of both jurisdictions (46 years in Arlington, 15 in Alexandria), I got interested when two Alexandria friends who live at Braddock and Russell roads swore their property was once subject of a lawsuit claiming it was part of Arlington. Turns out they were right! Johnson describes how the Alexandria City Council in 1913 sought to annex adjoining territory from both Fairfax and Alexandria County (pre-Arlington). The Virginia Supreme Court approved in 1915, and Alexandria gained 866 acres from the Arlington area and 450 acres from Fairfax. Land grabs continued after Arlington took its name in 1920. In December 1927, the city began new annexation proceedings, with a court ruling in December 1929 that “it is necessary and expedient that the corporate limits of the City of Alexandria should be extended” and that “the territory to be annexed from Arlington County

is a reasonably compact body of land and contains no land which is not adapted to city improvement,… and no land is included which the city will not need in the reasonably near future for development….” Legislation in 1938 precluded further encroachments on Arlington’s 26 square miles. But in 1962, the two areas cooperated in an approach to the General Assembly to enlarge Arlington’s sewage treatment facilities on land on the northside of Four Mile Run belonging to Alexandria. In December 1965, Arlington gained 167 new acres. May the new National Landing promote such peaceful co-existence. *** The school board is confident it can ride out the newly filed lawsuit challenging its removal of Robert E. Lee’s name from what is now Washington-Liberty High School. Last week, the W-L alumni association asked the Eastern District Court to restore the old name and award it injunctive relief, arguing that the public comment process was flawed, the board lacks authority and that the association may shut down due to pressure to change its own name. But the board believes its 2018 decision “was appropriate and will vigorously defend any legal claims challenging it,” spokesman Frank Bellavia told me. The “engagement process included participation from community members, including current and former students, members of the alumni association, W-L staff and members of the wider community.”

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Center for Spiritual Enlightenment Offering Gratitude Journal Event The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment is offering gratitude journal writing with Cathy Raines on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 1 – 2 p.m. Many believe that gratitude journaling leads to outcomes that include improved relationships and self-esteem, better sleep and clearer focus. Attendees are to bring a favorite pen and journal. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment is located at 222 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information about this or other offerings such as a Tibetan Sound Bath and a Drum Circle, visit www.thecse.org.


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Win Streak Now at 4, Mustangs Priming for Playoffs by Caitlin Butler

Falls Church News-Press

George Mason High School’s girls basketball team walloped Manassas Park High School by over 40 points Tuesday night, cruising to a 67-20 win to make it four in a row for the Mustangs Victories over Broad Run, Warren County, Central (Woodstock) and now Manassas Park has Mason running hot at just the right time. Although the winning streak looked in doubt early against the Cougars. The Mustangs struggled in the first quarter with a lack of energy and drive. “We started off a little lackadaisical and not ready to play. As soon as we realized it was a close game we kicked it up with our intensity and started to work as a team like we usually play,” said senior guard Julia Rosenberger. “We were struggling not being engaged in the first quarter,” head coach Chris Carrico chimed in. “We were a little complacent stepping out when the game first started. After the first quarter we definitely got more engaged and left that complacency behind us

for the rest of the game.” The Mustangs did just that by demonstrating their usual intensity and finding their groove offensively. Carrico noted that the enthusiasm and the attention to detail was sharper on both ends of the floor throughout the second quarter, as Mason only allowed the Cougars to score a total of 11 points by the end of the first half, while the home team claimed 39 for itself. Mason owned the court heading into the second half, and practically strolled through Manassas Park’s full court press and nailed consecutive buckets to pick up right where the Mustangs left off to end the first. The game soon got out of hand as Carrico allowed reserves to close out the contest. “At halftime we hyped each other up knowing we could play better than this. That’s why we improved in the second half,” Rosenberger added. “Also our whole team got to play and that always makes games more hype when we know that every single person is going to get in.” In the fourth quarter Mason notched a total of 17 points, six of those belonging to the three-point

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TWO WINS AND A LOSS made up George Mason High School’s boys basketball team’s last week, which started off with a 68-62 victory over Skyline High School in a makeup game from earlier this month. The Mustangs followed that up with another close win over Central High School, this time at a 51-46 margin after an early 20 point lead proved to be just enough cushion for Mason. Manassas Park High School edged out the Mustangs 46-44 Tuesday night, putting the team at 9-7 for the season. Mason will travel to Skyline on Friday to face the Hawks for the second time in eight days. (Photo: Carol Sly)

FRESHMAN GUARD Elisa Goislard (left) helped put away Manassas Park High School Tuesday night with her consistency from beyond the arc. (Photo: Carol Sly) sharpshooter in freshman guard Elisa Goislard. Carrico is looking forward to finishing up the season with hopes of accumulating more positive steps before the postseason.

“Just to keep going on the roll that we are on while staying confident both offensively and defensively. In particular, concentrating on getting off lots of shots during practice for the offense. While

playing as a team on the offensive side of the ball, giving up good shots for great shots is what we have been concentrating on.” The Mustangs will face Skyline High School at home on Friday.





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GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT Isabelle Boyd (foreground) teaches Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School students the steps to the Chimney Sweep dance in preparation for the school’s performance of “Mary Poppins.” The production will be on stage in the Mason auditorium Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20 – 22 at 7 p.m. (P����: FCCPS P����/C���� S��)

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Broadway Desserts Comes To Justice High Saturday Justice High School’s (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) popular Broadway Desserts is happening Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This year’s show is entitled “Broadway Tonight” and will feature classic songs from all kinds of Broadway musicals. Special guests from Glasgow Middle School chorus will join the Justice students for both shows. This family friendly show features students singing some of their favorite Broadway songs. During the intermission, guests are invited to enjoy an assortment of desserts as well as coffee and tea. Suggested donation for entry: $15 for adults and $10 for teachers/seniors/students — credit, cash and checks accepted at the door.

The chorus boosters will also be offering prizes, such as Washington Nationals gear and professional show tickets.

Fees Increase for F.C. Daycare Camp Fees for Summer Day Camp operated by the FCCPS Extended Day Care Program will rise two percent this summer. EDCP, which is self-supported, charges fees to recover costs. The Day Care Advisory Board approved the increase last week and, per the current policy, the School Board signed off on it as well. The program cites increases in staff wages, cost of fuel, supplies and field trip-related costs as the need for the fee hike. Registration for this summer’s program will open in mid-February for families already in the school year’s Day Care program. Sign-ups for all others will open in early March.

Bailey’s Elementary Students Complete Project on Birds Second graders from Spanish immersion teacher Indiana Obando’s class at Bailey’s Elementary are exploring the ways they can help protect migratory birds. The students are engaged in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit on migratory

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Bouncing Babies. Interested attendees can join Tysons-Pimmit library staff for stories, activities, fingerplays and songs to engage infants. For ages birth – 18 months with adult in attendance. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-7908088. E-Resources Open House. Interested attendees can drop in and learn about the library’s growing downloadable/streaming collection of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music and movies. Attendees are encouraged to bring their device and library staff will be on-hand to help get it set up. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 2 – 4 p.m .

703-248-5034. Amateur Writers Group. A group for aspiring writers. Attendees can share their work, give and receive feedback. All kinds of writing considered. Attendees are encouraged to bring something that they’re working on. Meets the last Thursday of the month at Panera Bread (450 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 3-on-3 Basketball Shootout. Free basketball activity for Grades 4-8. No registration necessary. All skill levels welcome. Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 3:30 – 5 p.m. 703-2485027 (TTY 711). Chess Club. Interested attendees can learn chess from coach Ashley Xing, a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2018 World Youth Chess Championships.

Participants can come to play chess, meet other chess players and learn. Players of all ages and levels are welcome. Boards and sets are provided. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 703-790-8088.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Winter Farmers Market. The year-round market is stocked with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy, flowers & plants, honey, music and much more. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5034.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 100th Birthday for League of Women Voters. Interested attendees can join the League of Women Voters Falls Church to celebrate the 100th birthday of the organization. There will be music from the 1920s, remarks from

elected officials and real suffragettes. The group will be honoring its 50-year LWVFC members. Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church). $25 3 – 5 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Teen Council Meeting. Teen Council is a volunteer organization made up of local members. It provides teens with the opportunity to have a “voice” in the community. The mission of the council is to empower teens with the core values of leadership, accountability and service. Anyone in grades 6-8 can join Teen Council. Members participate in monthly volunteer projects, social activities and planning meetings. Light refreshments are served at meetings. Members also assist with special events such as the Halloween Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt. Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 4:30 – 6 p.m. 703-248-5027.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” Adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner), the lives of two Afghan women are inextricably bound together. In the war-ravaged Kabul, Miriam and Laila become unlikely allies in the face of the insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life. Hopes of a new life lead to an unselfish and shocking decision, changing the course of their futures forever. Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, D.C.) $76. 8 p.m. arenastage.org.

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“Passport to the World” allows guests to travel the world without ever leaving Falls Church. Creative Cauldron (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) $25. 7:30 p.m. creativecauldron.org.

“Bloomsday.” A young couple meet on a walking tour of James Joyce’s Dublin, but a misunderstanding keeps them apart. Thirty-five years later, they return to retrace their steps and confront their younger selves about the missed opportunity. An area premiere of this time-bending romance. Undercroft Theatre (900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.) $50. 8 p.m. stageguild.org.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 “Gun Powder.” Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke—African American twins—pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one Black, the other White. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $80. 2 p.m. sigtheatre.org.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Drag Bingo. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Bret Beale Duo Live. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-2378333. Eskimo Bands D.C. Presents Best of The DMV. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566. International Guitar Night — 20th Anniversary Show. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $32. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.


Karaoke. Falls Church Distillers (442 S. Washington Street, Ste A Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-8589186.

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kLL sMTH with DiceMan, Peace Sine, Humdinga. U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW Washington, D.C.). $10 – $25. 10 p.m. 202588-1889.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Cathy D & Jamie K. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Great Good Fine Ok with Aaron Taos. U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW Washington, D.C.). $15. 7p.m. 202-588-1889. An Evening with Parthenon Huxley. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. The Walkaways. Falls Church Distillers (442 S. Washington Street, Ste A Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-858-9186. Kick — The Inxs Experience. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $20. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300. Metronomy + Joy Again. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, Washington D.C.) $30. 10 p.m. 202-265-0930. UltraSwayed. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Snakefarmers. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Chuck Prophet “Solo No Chaser Tour” + Andy Sydow. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $30. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Great Northern with Scarlet Begoniaz. Falls Church Distillers (442 S. Washington Street, Ste A Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-8589186. So Fetch — All The Best Music From The 2000s. The State

LINWOOD TAYLOR will be at JV’s Restaurant on Sunday (Photo: Facebook.com/LinwoodTaylorBand) Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $12. 9 p.m. 703237-0300. The Big Bad Juju. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Karaoke. Mark’s Pub (2190 Pimmit Dr., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-356-3822. Boardwalk Karaoke. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Sharif. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333. The Really Big Tequila Party. U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW Washington, D.C.). $5. 10 p.m. 202-588-1889.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant

(6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504. Kitti Gartner & The Drifting Valentine. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Acoustic Open Mic. Falls Church Distillers (442 S. Washington Street, Ste A Falls Church). 5 p.m. 703-858-9186. Linwood Taylor Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Palace with Janet May. U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW Washington, D.C.). $20. 7 p.m. 202-588-1889. Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Open Mic. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Crazy After Midnight. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $30. 8 p.m. 703241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Spafford + Eggy. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, Washington D.C.) $22. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. Juice Krate Live. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $100. 5:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Tanya Tucker with Brandy Clark. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $47. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1900. Martha Capone and Bob Hume. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703241-9504.

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The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on February 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, to consider the following items: Variance application V1610-19 by David Ogden, applicant and owner, for a variance to Section 48-238(3)a, to allow rear yard setback of 37 feet instead of 40 feet, for the purpose of constructing a 1-story rear addition on premises known as 610 Oak Haven Drive, RPC #51-121-053 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential. Variance application V1611-20 by Mill Creek Residential Trust, applicant, for a variance to Section 48-1265 to allow the following: 1) Section 48-1265(1), to allow three (3) walls signs instead of two (2); 2) Section 48-1265(1)a., to allow a total wall sign area of 144 (rounded up) square feet instead of 50 square feet; 3) Section 48-1265(2), to allow two (2) projecting signs instead of one (1); 4) Section 48-1265(2)a., to allow a total projecting sign area of 303 (rounded up) square feet instead of 20 square feet; 5) Section 48-1265(2)b., to al-

low placement of projecting signs to extend above the lower sill line of the second floor windows, and to project 16 f e e t from the building instead of 4 feet. 6) Section 48-1265(10), to allow five (5) building identification signs instead of one (1), with a total sign area of 368 square feet instead of 80 square feet, to be partially composed of on-individually stylized lettering, and for two (2) of such signs to be mounted on a non-street-facing side of the building; on premises known as 110 Founders Avenue, RPC #51-222-001of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned B-1 Limited Business. Prior to the BZA public hearing, this item will be reviewed at a public meeting by the Architectural Advisory Board (AAB) on February 5, 2020 for recommendation to the Board of Zoning Appeals Appeal application A1612-20 by Rani Doyle, appellant, to appeal a determination by the Zoning Administrator dated December 12, 2019, and amended and corrected in a letter dated December 13, 2019 in response to a request for determination regarding the subdivision application for 807 Villa Ridge Road, RPC #53-207-048 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential. Information on the above application is available for review at: Zoning Office 300 Park Avenue, Suite 103 East Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1) zoning@fallschurchva.gov


A public hearing on the following is scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TR19-41) RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2005 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO UPDATE AND REPLACE CHAPTER 5, “NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT” WITH “ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE, AND NATURAL RESOURCES CHAPTER OF THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN” All public hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at 703-248-5014 or cityclerk@fallschurchva. gov. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK


The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on January 27, 2020; second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO20-02) ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE 1995 AND 1996 AS PREVIOUSLY AMENDED BY ORDINANCE 2003 REGARDING THE BUDGET OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES, APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020 FOR THE GENERAL FUND AND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM FUNDS This ordinance would amend the FY2020 Budget to increase reserves for permit fee revenues by $600,000 and transfer additional funds to the capital improvements programs totaling $3,252,789 using a portion of FY2019 year-end balance of $2,456,000 and reprogramming FY2020 unused debt service of $1,850,000. This ordinance would also amend the FY2020-FY2025 Capital Improvements Program to increase appropriation for School Facilities Reinvestment by $389,211, Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program by $400,000, Mary Riley Styles Public Library Expansion/Renovation by $2,313,578, and the West Falls Church Planning Project by $150,000, using transfers from the General Fund. Additionally, the ordinance includes an amendment to appropriate the voluntary concessions received for the Library Expansion/Renovation project in the amount of $296,817. All public hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at 703-248-5014 or cityclerk@fallschurchva. gov. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING

On Monday, February 3, 2020at 7:30 p.m., the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046 to consider the following item: (TR19-41) RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2005 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO UPDATE AND REPLACE CHAPTER 5, “NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT” WITH “ENVIRONMENT

FOR EVERYONE: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE, AND NATURAL RESOURCES CHAPTER OF THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN” On Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., the City Council will hold a public meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046 to consider the same items (TR19-41) described above. Information on the proposed comprehensive plan amendments can be viewed at City Hall at 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA, Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). You may contact the Planning Division at plan@fallschurchva.gov with any questions or concerns. This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711) The above legal advertisement shall run on January 16, January 23, and January 30, 2020. Please call Shaina Schaffer, Planner at 571-419-7268 or email sschaffer@fallschurchva.gov to confirm the receipt of this ad and if you have any questions.


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Homeless Shelter Filled to Capacity in Recent Storms

Large Office Real Estate Assessments Dive 21% in F.C., Residences Fall 3%

Falls Church’s Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter, now tucked into a corner of the second floor of a City-owned office building on Gordon Road, has been booked through the snow storms, ice and frigid weather of January. The worst winter in four years has been a challenge for the shelter staff to keep it open throughout.

The City of Falls Church issued its official annual report of overall real estate assessments Monday, and if there were any surprises, it was that the recessiondriven overall 6.4 percent decline was not as steep as City officials feared it would be when they began discussing revenue shortfalls last fall.

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CRIME REPORT Week of Jan. 20 – 26, 2020 Driving Under the Influence, 7100 blk Leesburg Pk, Jan 20, 12:13 AM, a male, 25, of Centreville, VA, was arrested for driving under the influence. Larceny from Motor Vehicle, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd, Jan 20, 11:07 AM, a male, 56, of Capital Heights, MD, was arrested for grand larceny. Driving Under the Influence, 100

blk Little Falls St, Jan 20, 10:26 PM, a male, 49, of Arlington, VA, was arrested for driving under the influence. Smoking Violation, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd, Jan 21, 1:27 PM, a male, 59, of Falls Church, VA, was issued a citation for smoking in a non-smoking establishment. Larceny-Shoplifting, 1200 blk W Broad St, Jan 22, 10:38 AM, an individual shoplifted several items of merchandise from the business.

Driving Under the Influence, 800 blk Park Ave, Jan 23, 10:32 PM, a male, 39, of Fort Hood, TX, was arrested for driving under the influence. Driving Under the Influence / Drug/Narcotic Violation, 200 blk E Fairfax St, Jan 23, 11:03 PM, a male, 29, of Vienna, VA, was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Larceny-Theft from Building, 600 blk Fulton Ave, Jan 24, 3:20 PM, an unknown individual stole a package that was delivered to the building. Larceny-Shoplifting, 400 blk W Broad St, Jan 26, 3:36 AM,a male, 35, of Washington, DC, was arrested for shoplifting from a business.unauthorized purchases.

There’s a time to check whether your kid’s in the right car seat. This isn’t it.

IT IS ONE OF OUR MORE SOMBER Critter Corners this week, as we remember Ludo Burroughs (left). Ludo passed away in the last week and is sorely missed by his sister, Lani and his humans. The Burroughs just became residents of Falls Church in December after previously living on Oahu in Hawaii. The sibling combo actually had a bumpy entrance onto the mainland when they got lost in LAX for three hours due to a mix-up from the airline (that shall not be named and won’t be receiving the Burroughs family’s business again). Ludo is a white American bulldog, a distant relative of Chance from the movie Homeward Bound (from the same breeding line), so it’s safe to say he had adventure in his blood. He will be remembered fondly. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to crittercorner@fcnp.com.

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