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I����� T��� W��� C������ A�������� ‘I��������� P������’ D��’ By a unanimous vote in its first order of business Tuesday night, the Falls Church City Council put Falls Church on record with only 55 other U.S. cities to declare the second Monday of October, normally recognized as Columbus Day, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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and celebratory events ran from Friday night through midday Sunday. After the City of Falls Church was incorporated as an independent city in August 1948, and therefore totally responsible for its own school system, one of the first moves was a voter approval of a $700,000 bond referendum in 1949 authorizing the purchase of 25 acres at the corner of Leesburg Pike and Haycock Road and more acreage at what became the Mt. Daniel Elementary.

At its monthly board meeting Tuesday morning, the 15 members present of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse a “yes” vote on the $120 million Falls Church school bond referendum on the ballot next month. Chamber executive director Sally Cole reported that almost the entirety of Tuesday’s meeting was devoted to a thorough discussion of the subject, based on the recommendation of the board’s Legislative Committee that it go on record in favor of a “yes” vote. In a statement released by the Chamber board Tuesday, it was stated that the passage of the bond referendum “will have a profound impact on the City of Falls Church,” adding, “The Chamber board believes the presence of a new, modern high school is very important to attract new business and new revenue to the City.” It continues, “A new high school would be more environmentally efficient, safer for teachers and students, be ADA compliant, and would help maintain or increase property values.” It noted that passage of the referendum “would enable up to 10 acres of the property to be developed for commercial tax generating purposes,” while, “on the other hand, incurring such debt is risky given economic uncertainties and doing so would necessitate significant increases in residential and commercial property tax rates.”

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Most people know Tony Suggs as a hardworking employee at Koons Ford Falls Church, a motivational speaker, author and devout Christian. He’s also the subject of a new documentary, “Out of the Ring, Still in the Fight,” screening next week in Alexandria. SEE PAGE 8

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Until recently, Virginia seemed to be emerging from some of the darker shadows of its history. The state is becoming more ethnically diverse, more culturally open; it is, you might say, becoming more like America. But is Virginia’s apparent moral progress an illusion? SEE PAGE 14

M���� F������� D���� 1�� G��� �� Y��� George Mason Mustang football suffered its first defeat of the season last Friday, losing 22-21 at home to an aggressive Strasburg Rams squad. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 20


Editorial.................6 Letters...................6 News & Notes10–11 Comment ........ 12-14 Calendar .......18–19

Sports .................20 Comics, Sudoku & Crossword ..........21 Business News ...22 Critter Corner......22 Classified Ads .....23

A YOUNG ATTENDEE takes a break in a wheelbarrow at Farm Day in the City of Falls Church last Saturday. The 24th annual event took place at Cherry Hill Park in the Little City and included hayrides, pumpkin painting, cider pressing, tours of the historic farmhouse and more. (P����: G��� M�����)

Program of Dedication Found for New GM High School 65 Years Ago BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON


An original copy of the 12-page program provided to all who participated in an October 1952 threeday dedication of the new George Mason High School campus in Falls Church was stumbled upon late last week and was shared via the school’s website. As citizens of Falls Church today are faced with the responsibility of voting on a $120 million school bond referendum next month for a

new George Mason High, the vivid reminder of the 65-year-old dedication of the original school footprint has underscored the importance of the upcoming vote. Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, who came across the original program, posted it on the daily morning briefing site for the schools this week. Falls Church citizens of that era were clearly very proud of their new school, as a perusal of the the Dedication Ceremony program makes clear. The dedication was billed as “A Festival of Progress,”

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1952 George Mason High Dedication Program Found Continued from Page 1

The cost of the land purchase by the City was $40,000 and the high school was designed to accommodate 325 students, including 22 full-time and five part-time teachers. (Today, the bond referendum on the ballot next month is for $120 million and 10 acres of the school land is valued at $40-45 million. The new high school would accommodate 1,650 students). Construction of the new school was delayed when a major backlash erupted in the City leading in 1951 to overturning of the City Council and to the resignation of six of the seven members of the then-appointed School Board. in 1951. But the new George Mason Junior/Senior High School was eventually completed and opened for grades 6 to 12 in September 1952. According to a News-Press eyewitness, its design plans had been acclaimed as among the top 14 of over 200 entries from school systems across the U.S. but a shortage of funds offered by the new City Council delayed the completion of a larger footprint, and from its opening classes had to be held in the gym, for example. A lot of what needs fixing at the high school now are materials and components that were part of the original 1952 construction. The October 10-12 dedication as a “Festival of Progress” was proclaimed in the program by Falls Church Mayor Charles E. Kellogg, who invited all citizens of the community to “participate in this festival as good neighbors and friends, remembering with humility our debt to the past, cherishing with pride our present achievements, and facing the future of our city, state and nation with confidence and unity.” Fifty-six original patrons of the festival included such groups as the Greater Falls Church Citizens Association, Page Hughes Buick, the Lions Club and Kiwanis, Robertson’s 5 and 10 Cent store, Goot’s Linoleum, Bunny Gibson’s Seafood Market, Horace E. Brown, the Chamber of Commerce, Falls Church Community Theater, the Cherrydale Cement Block Company, the Falls Church Womens Club and City founding father Claude Wells, after whom the City Hall was later named. The program’s illustrations were the work of students Kasha LaRew, Marylou Taylor and Roberta Rucker. The events began with a citywide dance in the school gym (still there, now known as ‘The Pit’) and on Saturday they commenced with

a parade from Cherry and Broad west on Broad to the school site. Outdoor ceremonies began at 2 p.m., with the groundbreaking for the new addition by School Superintendent Irvin H. Schmitt and School Board chair John A. Johnson. Future F.C. Mayor Herman L. Fink was among the keynote speakers along with Virginia State Sen. John A. K. Donovan. On Sunday, the events continued with “a pilgrimage of historical places in the City of Falls Church” sponsored by the Falls Church chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Members of the Falls Church School Board then were Johnson, Oliver Caldwell, Richard Saintsing, Daniel Stapleton, H. P. Strope, Francis W. Trapp and John W. Wells. In addition to Fink, another future mayor, Charles Hedetniemi, was an officer of the high school PTA and future mayor Lee Rhoads was on the dedication committee. The program included a statement congratulating the clergy and congregation of the St. James parish on the completion of its new parish, and suggested that “everyone go to the church of his choice on Sunday, Oct. 12, to thank almighty God for his blessings which have inspired our Festival of Progress.” A robust drawing of the school mascot, the Mustang, up on its hind legs, filled out the program for the event. But the most momentous individual listed in the program was Johnson, chair of the School Board. The general counsel to the Air Force, he was the only member of the School Board who did not resign in 1951, and went on to spearhead the City schools’ integration efforts following the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown Vs. Board of Education in 1954. Leading the effort over the reluctance of other members of the School Board, he championed the effort in the 1950s such that the Falls Church schools eventually became only the second district in Virginia to integrate, though not until the early 1960s. In 2005, on the occasion of the dedication of the new Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, the News-Press tasked reporter Darien Bates with an extensive research project that led to a two-part series in September 2005 spelling out a detailed history of how the Falls Church City schools were integrated. It included interviews with Lou Olom and the late Jessie Thackrey. It was then that Johnson’s seminal role was first and decisively documented.



F.C. Chamber Board Endorses ‘Yes’ Vote on Bond Referendum Continued from Page 1

The lengthy statement noted that the Chamber’s mission “is to promote local business interests in order to foster economic prosperity and civic well-being in the greater Falls Church community.” It added, “One of the ways in which the Chamber advances its mission is by supporting business and community growth and development,” and then noted that the projected outcomes of the referendum’s passage next month “are not guarantees,” stating “there is risk to either outcome” of the passage or rejection of the referendum. It concludes, “What is certain is that there is significantly less, if any, opportunity for commercial development if the school is not replaced with a different footprint.” According to longtime Chamber board member and CPA Michael Diener, the 40-minute discussion of the issue was never

contentious Tuesday morning, and there were only very minor suggestions for word changes. The issue was introduced by Allen Frank, general manager of Eden Center, who heads the board’s Legislative Committee. The action was reminiscent of the historic decisions by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s, when a marked change in the dynamic between the City’s residential interests and those of its business interests took place. Since its founding in 1948, the City of Falls Church saw pro-school forces pitted against anti-tax business interests, often represented by the Chamber of Commerce. Then in 1994, a fundamental change occurred when the Chamber board of that year weighed in to support full funding for a contentious proposed School Board budget request. Those recalling the politics of that era saw in that seminal move a shift in the appreciation of the Chamber for the City schools, and

of the school community for the merits of the business community’s contribution. Now, the Chamber, as reflected in Tuesday’s vote, affirms the value of the schools for the economic viability of the City, including for its climate for business development. Next Tuesday, the Chamber will host all the candidates for City Council qualified for the Nov. 7 ballot in Falls Church at its monthly public luncheon next Tuesday. The Chamber is not expected to endorse candidates either for the Council or the School Board. Four seats on both the sevenmember Council and School Board are being contested in the election. Tuesday’s candidates forum will follow one this Friday night, Oct. 13, at the Council chambers of City Hall, at 7 p.m. hosted by the Falls Church League of Women Voters and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society.

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Proud of Our Hometown

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the incorporation in the City of Falls Church of Benton Communications, Inc., the parent company of the Falls Church News-Press, which was launched in March 1991. The incorporation followed the migration of its founder and the News-Press owner-editor to Falls Church in 1985, which came as part of his move as a lifelong Californian to Houston, Texas in 1981 and subsequently to the Washington, D.C. region. The incorporation marked a distinct break from his earlier career but, as time has passed, also a critical point in his adoption of Falls Church as his new hometown. Notwithstanding there are people who’ve lived here twice as long, it is time for him and his business, our beloved newspaper, to claim the Little City as his and ours. We hope the older timers don’t object. But it matters to a town when a resident wants to claim it this way, especially when that resident has had such a long history in exotic locations far away. It would be easy and apropos for our man to claim California locations like Santa Barbara and San Francisco as his native home, for example, which has been pretty much how he’s seen it up to now. This week, however, something changed to make claiming Falls Church a proud and happy event, something beyond the 30th anniversary celebration of the business. It has to do with the highly moral and eventful decisions by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, on the one hand, and the Falls Church City Council, on the other. The Chamber of Commerce board’s decision to come out four-square and unanimously in favor of a “yes” vote on next month’s Falls Church school bond referendum is the first case. It harkened back to the early 1990s when, after starting the NewsPress, our man became president of the Chamber for two years and helped to engineer with his successor in that role, Michael Diener, a shift in the posture of the pro-business Chamber toward the Falls Church City Public Schools, seeing them not as sucking tax dollars out of the business community, but as contributing to a deeper value for the entire community. The new spirit of collaboration between businesses and the school community which arose from that helped lay the groundwork for the renaissance of business development that has occurred in the last two decades and that holds such promise for the campus development site now. The second action, taken by the City Council Tuesday night, involved its repurposing the Columbus Day holiday as “Indigenous People’s Day,” putting the City at the forefront of the movement to do this across the U.S. It was done as routine by the Council, but that’s the beauty of it. It put the Little City into the avant garde for equality and social justice nationally, and we could not be more proud.


Taking a Stand Against The City’s Bicycle Bullies Editor, Two weeks ago, while I was crossing the street I was nearly run over by a bicyclist who didn’t even slow down at his stop sign. He was so close I smelled his sweat and he nearly hit me. I said, “Don’t stop at stop signs!’ as he scurried on his way. A few moments later he shouted back at me. We installed speed bumps and traffic signals to protect all of us, including seniors, but many

bikers believe laws do not apply to them. They’re special. They help our environment. I’m 73 and have fought for law, justice and equal rights since I was that young man’s age, but it makes me wonder how long it will be before one of your bicycle bullies barrels through a stop sign, breaks an old man’s hip, cusses the senior out, and then sues the senior for getting blood and gore on his bike. But


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more than that, I wonder how this young man arrived on earth without grandparents in his life, and feeling no compassion for those of us who are seniors. It’s time we all make a stand. When you see a biker like this biker, with such a disregard for the law, for human life, and for common civility, call him out. Scot Walker Falls Church

F.C.’s Strong Schools Could Help Land New Amazon HQ

Editor, I was pleased to see you make

the argument that Falls Church shouldn’t count itself out of competing for a world-class new development such as Amazon’s second headquarters. I’d add that the city has top-notch public and private schools. My sons have attended St. James school and St. Joseph’s preschool, both of which are well regarded throughout the area and beyond. Bishop O’Connell High School, Dulin Cooperative, Trinity at Meadow View, Westminster and Congressional are also well regarded for the caliber of the students, educational quality and outcomes. Matthew Beh Falls Church



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Although the recent weather presents a somewhat different picture, autumn is upon us. Two clear signs — the ubiquitous pumpkin spice flavoring in any comestible imaginable and growing political campaign rhetoric. I cannot tell you which is more unpalatable, but I can tell you that one is more dangerous than the other. I applaud the important public service that our candidates for School Board and City Council are willing to undertake and value their commitment to our City. I do take exception to the language being used to describe what is possibly one of the most significant financial undertakings this City has contemplated — the November 7 bond referendum. At $120 million, this borrowing will have historic impact upon the City’s financial health for the next thirty years. It is our obligation to parse the campaign rhetoric carefully and understand what is being asked of us. Some would argue it is a case of “dueling numbers” and dismiss any opposition to the referendum as a partisan issue. This is a dangerous misapprehension. Borrowing $120 million over a 30-year period requires debt service of $7.4 million during the term of the bonds or 15.5 cents on the tax dollar. A regrettable decision to “mute” the immediate effect of this borrowing on the debt service will put $10 million of the water sale money into the mix.

Why regrettable? Because once dedicated to School Division debt service (and let us remember that while the debt service shows on the City-side of the ledger, it is in

“The voters are being given a ‘take it or leave it’ scenario. Actually, we aren’t even being given the ‘leave it’ option. It is ‘take it,’ or education as we know it for our high schoolers is forever compromised. ”

fact a School Division debt) that money is gone. No opportunity for additional necessary infrastructure, teacher salary, pension obligations, etc. The $120 million does not contemplate additional costs such as heating, air conditioning, equipment, books (yes, those…) teachers, pensions, etc. In classic “bricks over books,” the drive to create a landmark piece of architecture overshadows the actual need. We do need a safe, comfortable, wholly

adequate learning place for our students now and in the future with a structure that benefits from technology which aids learning and reduces running costs. Many iterations have been considered, but only one option has been put forward. And that is the other aspect of dangerous rhetoric. The voters are being given a “take it or leave it” scenario. Actually, we aren’t even being given the “leave it” option. It is “take it,” or education as we know it for our high schoolers is forever compromised. This of course isn’t true, there are multiple opportunities for different outcomes from different scenarios. The wheel does not need to be re-invented. But fear is a useful political weapon and regrettably the real needs of our students are being buried under layers of opaque and fanciful economic projections. Years ago, I sought counsel from Lou Olom, who needs no introduction for readers of the News-Press. Lou cautioned me that as a new Council member, if I ever felt confused about what decisions to make, to go back to basics. Ask myself if my vote was concordant with City values. In doing so, I believe that to vote YES on this referendum is to vote at odds with the values that City leaders, staff and Council have vowed are central to their work. The City’s recent strategic plan says that “In 2025, Falls Church is an independent city that respects citizens and provides personal attention to meeting their needs. It

is a unique place to live, work, and shop, offering diversity in housing, amenities, and services. Its historic charm reflects the stewardship of residents and their local government. It is built on a human scale, where visitors and residents alike can find everything they need while experiencing the fabric of life in a friendly, close-knit community. The City is financially sound, environmentally sustainable, and a leader in one of our nation’s most dynamic metropolitan areas.” With a tax rate climbing at a rate that far exceeds our neighboring jurisdictions, what part of economic diversity does this vote embrace? With more and more development sought, where are those green places we talk about? What part of a small town remains with a single-minded effort to create more density? Where are those walkable streets? What is the future of our historic charm? And in borrowing $120 million and “cashing in” the water fund revenue, how can we possibly talk convincingly about financial sustainability? Going back to basics does not mean going backwards. It means getting clear on intent, on process, on goals and on a sustainable way forward. Johannah Barry is a former City Council member and former co-chair of the Budget and Finance Committee

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Anthony Suggs’ Road to Redemption BY MATT DELANEY


Life can knock you down. It’s a cliché, but a true one that has been trivialized by the comforts of modern living. Stepping in an unseen puddle, losing a button on a favorite shirt or, God-forbid, no access to Wi-Fi all qualify to be voted as a metaphorical knockdown in our cozy existence. For former amateur boxer Anthony “Da Beast” Suggs, however, life doled out its sneakiest of jabs and heaviest of hooks that put him on the canvas in his youth. It was only with the wisdom that comes with age was he finally able to pick himself up, go the distance and transform his life into one of meaning rather than missed opportunities. Today, the Tony Suggs most people meet is a hardworking employee at Koons Ford Falls Church near Seven Corners, a motivational speaker, author and devout Christian. He’s even the subject of a new documentary, “Out of the Ring, Still in the Fight,” which will be screened at the Alexandria Black History Museum next week. In his former life, he was natural talent in the ring who was driven to make his way out of a chaotic upbringing. And that destiny appeared all but assured until a tragedy derailed his promise. “Boxing allowed me to punch my way to being the number-one ranked amateur in the country, number-four ranked amateur in the world and the ‘Man to Beat’ for the 1988 Olympics,” Suggs told the News-Press, reflecting on the moment that changed his fate forever. “It was the night before I would fight the rubber match for U.S. Olympic Festival Gold Medal and [got the news that] my daughter died in the wee hours of the morning. I got mad with God, mad with the world because I felt

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like I had already been through so much.” His daughter, Ashley, died of SIDS at only seven months old. Her passing was the final shred of leeway Suggs had for a life that was characterized by uncertainty for just 21 years on Earth. As a child, Suggs witnessed his parents’ hostile relationship and felt the ripple effect of their separation when left in the custody of his father. While Suggs’ father was off womanizing and dealing drugs, he was at home raising his brother on an empty stomach with spotty utilities. Maybe most intense was the shame Suggs felt from living such a piecemeal life. He put pressure on himself to keep it a secret, worrying he was the only person facing hardship and wouldn’t receive any understanding from those around him. Despite that, Suggs was a self-described daddy’s boy as a kid. He revered his father and used his boxing lessons, coupled with Suggs’ big fists and inherent power, to make a himself into a formidable contender inside the ropes. Suggs would go on to win his first 20 matches by knockout as an amateur. Five Golden Glove and four USA Amateur Boxing Federation titles later, along with a bevy of other accolades, had outlined a guarantee of a bright future for him. Though when news of Ashley’s death reached Suggs, something popped. He felt he had already fulfilled the raw deal of his youth. When the cruelty of life reared its head right as Suggs was on the precipice of his big break, it toppled him. “I wasted my prime years in and out of jail,” Suggs continued, recounting the five-year period between 1987-92 when he was addicted to crack and later became a dealer himself. “I knew it, too, but just like drug addiction that

“DA BEAST” still lurks within Tony Suggs, but nowadays he’s using that energy on the job and to help the community rather than dealing punishment inside the ropes. (P����: M��� D������) lifestyle is addicting as well. The money, cars and girls, having people think I was making it from boxing but I really wasn’t. Trying to be something I’m not.” By the time he was 28 the smoke had lifted and Suggs wanted to turn his life around. He asked God to help him climb out of the hole he dug for himself, and in return he would make sure that no young person would be tempted by the same path that he took. Before embarking on that journey wholeheartedly Suggs did attempt a comeback in boxing, but realized that his hiatus thwarted any chance at a competitive return and caused him to hang up the gloves for good in 2001. That’s when he committed himself to being a motivational speaker. He passes on his message of resilience to a variety of community and institutional settings: drug awareness and prevention programs throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area


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schools, youth detention centers and county jails, community recreational centers, churches and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria are a few of his main landing spots. Each time he presents, and sometimes, even when he’s not, he can feel the positive vibes audiences take from his experience. “It touches my heart when my story has some sort of impact on somebody,” Suggs added. “I was at a party and this young lady came up to me and thanked me for writing my book. She told me she didn’t know how I had the heart to talk about it because she would’ve taken hers to her grave, and so many people feel like that. But when you carry that baggage it weighs on you, and that’s what keeps you getting high — to suppress those feelings.” Suggs’ autobiography, Da Beast Within, Still the Champ, has brought him a slice of local fame as copies of the book are

distributed to juvenile detention centers. It’s prompted a few streetside stoppages where residents will recognize him and want to chat about the inspiration they received from the text. And even though Suggs himself isn’t a gifted writer, he was blessed with the right amount of help and the fortitude he learned from boxing to help accomplish the feat. When reflecting on his lowest point, Suggs is hesitant to say that he hasn’t messed up his life. He knows he’s helped change people’s lives for the better, but also knew of his potential in the ring and the chance he wasted. Still, he says his greatest pursuit now is achieving peace with God, and that’s one he aims to stick out until the final bell rings. Smart money would give him a fighter’s chance. “Out of the Ring, Still in the Fight” will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe St., Alexandria).



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NEWS BRIEFS City Council Proclaims ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ By a unanimous vote in its first order of business Tuesday night, the Falls Church City Council put Falls Church on record with only 55 other U.S. cities to declare the second Monday of October, normally recognized as Columbus Day, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day." According to the proclamation, “the Commonwealth of Virginia is built upon the homelands and villages of the indigenous peoples of this region…whose knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts and deep cultural contributions have substantially shaped the character of the United States.” The movement to change the subject of traditional Columbus Day celebrations to those of Indigenous Americans had only two cities, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Calif., until just three years ago when the list of jurisdictions making the switch began to grow. Council member Letty Hardi then said the Council should move to make the change permanent for the City and asked to City staff to offer the means for doing that. The Council’s strong statement said it “opposes the systematic racism towards indigenous people in our country, which perpetuates poverty and income inequality,and exacerbates disproportionate health, education and social stability” and affirmed that the City “wishes to help close the equity gap for indigenous peoples through practices that reflect the experiences of indigenous peoples, ensure greater access to opportunity and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history and contributions.” The proclamation was signed by Mayor David Tarter on behalf the entire Council.

Candidate Forums Next 2 Fridays in F.C. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) are sponsoring two forums for candidates seeking seats on the Falls Church City Council and the Falls Church School Board this fall. The event for Council candidates will be on Friday Oct. 13, followed by the School Board forum on Friday, Oct. 20. Both events will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in City Council chambers, 300 Park Avenue. Candidates will respond to questions posed by the two organizations and selected from audience members. The League will publish its traditional voter’s guide in the Falls Church News-Press on Oct. 26 and additional copies will be distributed at apartment buildings and at city polling places on Election Day Nov. 7.

F.C. Mother of 3 Facing Felony Charges for Leaving Children in Hot Car A 26-year-old Falls Church woman, Alexa Faulkison, is facing three felony charges for cruelty to a child for leaving her three young children in a hot car. Fairfax County Police officers were called to the 5600 block of Columbia Pike on Oct. 3 after a report came in of three young children locked in an unattended vehicle in a business center parking lot. Faulkison had brought the children to her work but left them in the car because she did not want to take them inside the workplace. Officers found the children, ages five, six and seven, suffering from heat exhaustion inside the vehicle. One child punched a hole through a taped-up window in order to get air into Alexa Faulkison. the car. The children were in the vehicle for at least 45 minutes Photo: Fairfax Co. Police and the interior temperature reached as high as 150 degrees. Police accompanied Faulkison to the hospital, along with Child Protective Services, so the kids could be examined. There Faulkison was charged with her felonies, and the children were left in the custody of their stepfather.

Cauldron’s 9th Anniversary Gala Saturday Nine years in Falls Church are being celebrated by the Creative Cauldron at its annual gala this Saturday night, being held for the first time at the new Lincoln at Tinner Hill residences across Maple Ave. from the Cauldron’s location starting at 6 p.m. The Cauldron now boasts 13 Helen Hayes Awards since its founding as a theatre troupe in 2009.

F.C. Council Walking Tour Monday at 6 p.m. In lieu of its work session next Monday night, Oct. 16, the Falls Church City Council will assemble at the northeast corner of Broad and Washington St. to do a walking tour of the proposed mixed use development project at that intersection. The tour will then proceed over to the 301 W. Broad (Harris Teeter) building. The public is invited to join the tour.

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Community News & Notes

SAY CHEESE for the ribbon-cutting of a new business, Falls Church Distillers, during its official opening back on Sept. 21. Those in attendance ranged from City Council members to state delegates to Mayor David Tarter himself, whose last minute quip broke the formality of the occasion and is what’s responsible for chuckling expressions of F.C. Distillers owner Michael Paluzzi and State Delegate Kaye Kory to Tarter’s immediate left. (Photo: New-Press)

Forums for Candidates to be Held This Friday & Next The League of Women Voters of Falls Church and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) are sponsoring two forums for candidates seeking seats on the Falls Church City Council and the Falls Church School Board this fall. The event for Council candidates will be on Friday Oct. 13, followed by the School Board forum on Friday Oct. 20. Both events will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in City Council chambers, 300 Park Avenue. Candidates will respond to questions posed by the two organizations and will follow with some from select members of the audience. The League will publish its traditional voter’s guide in the Falls Church News-Press on Thursday, Oct. 26 and additional

copies will be distributed at apartment buildings and at city polling places on Election Day Nov. 7. Information on the candidates and about the general election will also be available at vote411. org, the League’s comprehensive election information website. Printed responses to the 2017 VPIS Candidates Questionnaire will be available for review at each forum and online at vpis. org. For more information on the Falls Church League, go to For more information on VPIS, go to

Local Student Studies Abroad in the Galapagos

Casey Michelle Howard, a senior majoring in neuroscience at the University of Rochester, is spending the fall semester in Galapagos, Ecuador. Howard, the daughter of

WELCOME BACK to George Mason High School, Class of 1967 as the crew of alumni celebrated its 50th class reunion this past Saturday. Among some of the usual festivities, the alumni were treated to a discussion by Mayor David Tarter about upcoming plans for the new school and were also treated to a visit from the Robotics team. Many in attendance hadn’t revisited the school since their graduation. (Photo: Courtesy Barry Buschow)

Cheryl Howard and Jeffrey Howard, is a resident of Falls Church, and a graduate of George C. Marshall High School. Hundreds of University of Rochester students study outside the United States each year in more than 40 cities. Most take full-time study programs while others earn academic credit for internships, which are supported by related coursework in government offices, museums, health organizations, theaters, law offices, or corporations. These programs are operated under the auspices of the Center for Education Abroad in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

Discussion on Green Schools Taking Place Next Thursday The community is invited to attend a panel discussion on

green schools, hosted by the City of Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) at its next meeting, on Thursday, Oct. 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. The panel will explore the value of sustainably designed schools for students, teachers and the broader community. Panelists will share practical implementation strategies and results from communities that have already built sustainable schools, with a particular focus on Arlington’s Discovery Elementary School. The panelists are: Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council; Sean O’Donnell, Principal & K-12 Practice Leader, Perkins Eastman; Cathy Lin, Energy Manager and Stormwater Program Administrator, Arlington Public Schools; Tony Hans, Vice

President, CMTA Consulting Engineers (designed Discovery Elementary School in Arlington) and Wyck Knox, Principal, VMDO Architects (designed Discovery Elementary School in Arlington) Regardless of the November bond referendum outcome, the Falls Church community will need to commit substantial resources to dedicate to school facilities going forward. The hope and aim of this panel is to engage decision-makers, the community and sustainable buildings experts in a discussion of how the Falls Church City Public Schools system can incorporate high performance, environmental design into its facilities, maximizing benefit to the students and the entire school community. The panel discussion will start shortly after 7:30 p.m., will last for approximately one hour, and will take

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place in the Dogwood Room in City Hall. For more information, contact Cory Weiss, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Council, at cafirestone@gmail. com.

Blues Artist Michael Roach Returns to United States This Sunday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. marks the return of Piedmont Blues (East Coast Blues) guitarist, singer and storyteller Michael Roach, back to the U.S. after a five year absence. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church will be Roach’s first stop while back stateside when he performs at a private residence (166 E Broad St., Falls Church). A Washington, D.C. native, Roach learned from the some of the best musicians like John Jackson, John Cephas, Archie Edwards and “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks. He is a former president of the D.C. Blues Society and helped guide it during its early years. In 2012, he and his daughter, Sadie, performed at the annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival. As a cultural arts performer, Roach has promoted AfricanAmerican culture through the use of the blues. He has lectured for the Smithsonian Institute, Oxford University in the United

Kingdom and more recently at the University of Metz in France. He’s the founder of the European Blues Association and serves as its Director of Development and Secretary. He is also the Director, guitar instructor and vocals teacher for the annual Blues Week program in the UK where he now resides. The concert will be followed with a discussion of early blues history and a dessert reception. For more information on Roach, visit his website at

Eagle Scout Project In Need Of Volunteers this Saturday Local Eagle Scout William Schneider is seeking volunteers to help with his Erosion Control Conservation Project this Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fort Taylor park (off N Roosevelt St., in between E Broad St. and the Oakwood Cemetery). The goal of the project is to install barriers alongside the trail so that water will be channeled away from the path and ultimately avoid causing harm to the trail itself. Interested volunteers are encouraged to bring a wheelbarrow, shovels and a small sledgehammer, though if they own close substitutes for these items that they believe will help, those are


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Sejoon Park Piano Recital Being Held this Sunday Renowned pianist Sejoon Park, whose technique and musicality has been on display for audiences throughout the world, will be performing at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (3241 Bush Drive, Falls Church) this Sunday at 4 p.m. Park is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Peabody Institute and is a multiple International competition winner. Previously, he was a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchesta, the Salina Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The program will include: “Sonata in A Major, Op.33, No.1” – Clementi; “The Lark” – M. Glinka/ M. Balakirev; “Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57, Appassionata” – Beethoven; “Études-Tableaux Op.33, No. 1~8” – Rachmaninoff; “Fragilité, Op.51/3” and Sonata No.5, Op.53” – Scriabin; “Consolation No.5 in E Major” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10” – Liszt. Admission is free, though a $20 donation is suggested. Wine and cheese reception follows the concert. For more information, e-mail or call 703-200-7489.


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701 W. Broad St. (Rte 7) Falls Church VA ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL in the City of Falls Church’s Eden Center is Virginia’s Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam (center-left), alongside State Delegate Marcus Simon (left). Northam was treated with the punny-est of gifts to commemorate his visit to Northern Virginia’s hub for the Vietnamese community. (P����: C������� A��� B. F����)



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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Although resilience is one of my favorite words, and the basis for today’s Mason District Resilience Summit and Expo at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale (Senior Safety Seminar from 2 – 4 p.m., Expo from 4 – 6 p.m., and General Session from 7 – 9 p.m.), last week’s massacre in Las Vegas by one man wielding warlike firepower is hard to fathom. How resilient is the human spirit, and the local response, to such carnage? That’s the question asked after Virginia Tech in 2007, Sandy Hook in 2012, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, and so many other mass shootings that have plagued this nation. Our first responders can train and re-train for such events, but uniformed officer training is neither possible, nor appropriate, for regular folks, like you and me. Still, life must go on. We cannot allow ourselves, or our community, to bend or cower in fear. Whether a disaster is natural or human-caused, that innate spark inside us – the human spirit – forces us to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess, go back to work, and live to share another dawn, another sunset. That’s what resilience is all about, and with a little preparation, that innate spark can glow brighter and more positive, sustaining us and those around us, to regain the normal rhythms of daily life. For the visitors and residents of Las Vegas, it may take a little more time to recover from one man’s rampage, not quite the same as nature’s lashing of Houston, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, but resilience will overcome nonetheless. Resilience is more than stashing away bottled

water and shelf-stable meals, or making sure you have enough gas in the car and cash in the pocket to get by without electricity for several days. Resilience also is about good decision-making, looking far enough into the future to recognize how to react to an emergency. I recall a situation when our older daughter was evacuated from lower Manhattan on 9/11. Visiting friends when the planes hit, she donned sturdy running shoes, not sandals, grabbed her phone, backpack, and some water, and moved quickly down 23 flights of stairs to the street. While some still were trying to figure out what to do, she already was walking to mid-town to safety. She had the good sense to figure out where she was, where she could go, and what she should take, even away from home. She rarely speaks about what she saw that day, but keeping a cool head is an important facet of resilience. Saturday is the Third Annual Taste of Annandale, along Tom Davis Drive in downtown Annandale, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Festivities will kick off with a 5K run at 10 a.m., followed by live entertainment, food to purchase, a chili cook-off between police and fire department personnel, and children’s programming at ACCA’s Child Development Center right across the street. Weather looks good, and admission (and parking) are free, so plan to join your neighbors and friends for a full day of fun  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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Richmond Report Since this is my last column before November 7th, Election Day 2017, I think it is appropriate to offer my observations on the current choices facing Virginia voters. This election cycle includes the statewide contests for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and the House of Delegates. (Virginia’s Senate – which is on a four year cycle – has this election off). Again this year Democrats have to overcome our gerrymandered district boundaries, the standard menu of voter suppression tactics (photo ID requirements, confusing absentee-inperson rules, poll hours that are a challenge for those who work late etc) and a cynical negative campaign from the Republican gubernatorial candidate in order to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Governor of Virginia with enough House of Delegates members to uphold his vetoes. If you have read this far, you must have more than a passing interest in the election outcome. The current 100-seat House of Delegates is comprised of 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats. Further, only 17 Delegates are women, placing Virginia very low among the states in percentage of women Delegates. That the electorate which made McAuliffe Governor, Northam Lt. Gov and Herring AG four years ago, and then swung our state into Hillary Clinton’s camp last year, could produce these HOD membership numbers must be attributed to flawed governance in drawing district lines. This skewed map has resulted in ideological and mean-spirited legislation, particularly directed at women and low-income families. The Nov. 7 results will be especially critical to Virginians because a Republican statewide victory will likely see Virginia supporting Trumpian policies instead of protecting itself from the dangerous decisions being made in Washington. Over the past four years, the balance of power between Democratic Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Mark Herring and the Republican-controlled General Assembly has moderated extremely partisan ideological agendas. This has been frustrating to some, but in these highly charged political times, arguably it has been rather Jeffersonian.

Mainstream Republicans probably feel fortunate to have a candidate with the chameleonlike political skills of former Reagan acolyte and Capitol Hill political lifer Ed Gillespie who has achieved one percent wealth status as a highly successful Washington lobbyist beginning in 1999. Mr. Gillespie has deftly side-stepped questions of affinity with President Trump and attempted to focus on the standard corporate Republican playbook: leading with tax cuts and promises of an economic development bonanza. Of course, he gives mandatory lip-service to “red meat” social issues like defunding Planned Parenthood, universal gun rights and clamping down on immigration. Sadly, the Gillespie campaign has adopted the Trump campaign’s vile, nativist tactics by attempting to paint Northam as an unwitting tool of the Salvadoran gang, MS-13. Gillespie’s pedigree includes terms as RNC Chair (2003) and the Counselor to the President filling Karl Rove’s shoes for Bush 43 (2007). And Ed Gillespie is about as archetypal a figure in the “Washington Swamp” that candidate Trump promised to drain Ralph Northam stands in sharp contrast to Ed Gillespie. He is not a “career” politician, but entered politics a little over 10 years ago as a moderate Democrat. He has a superlative resume as a former military doctor who currently leads a practice as a pediatric neurologist in Norfolk. He was highly respected by Republicans and Democrats when a two-term Senator, prior to winning a statewide election to become Lieutenant Governor in 2013. His healthcare expertise will be a particular strength as he leads Virginia through whatever healthcare morass that emerges from Washington. To conclude my partisan remarks, I say: Ralph Northam’s quiet demeanor belies his ferocity as a public servant. Listen to his words, review his record and you will have no doubt that he is the most qualified candidate. He should become our 43rd Governor!  Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house.




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Our Man in Arlington had of By Charlie Clark

Electronic signs are announcing testing of rush-hour toll lanes on 10 miles of I-66, set to open in Arlington and points west in December. Solo drivers willing to shell out extra bucks can benefit — if they procure an E-Z pass — from the commuter highway at peak hours. The state benefits from revenue and a continued nudge toward carpooling. And everyone (assuming not too much confusion) benefits from a decrease in traffic backups made possible by computers that set toll prices based on real-time congestion. The high-tech solution offered by HOT lanes would have been unimaginable to our forebears when they battled over an earlier “solution” to Arlington’s clogged auto arteries: The proposal to build another span over the Potomac called the Three Sisters Bridge. Named for those peeking midriver rocks made legendary by Native Americans, this project – which dominated Arlington politics in the 1960s – has a long history. Thoughts of putting a bridge aligned with the Spout Run Parkway to Georgetown date from the 1950s. (Actually, you could trace them to the 18th century, says Wikipedia.) The post-World II period was a time of car worship (recall that I-66 itself was originally envisioned as 12 lanes with no sound walls) and little environmental consciousness. Federal proposals for the Three Sisters Bridge

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the support Arlington’s Republican Rep. Joel T. Broyhill and Virginia Democratic Sen. William Spong. The notion was to capitalize on federal highway aid to unclog Arlington and speed the daily journeys of federal workers from Fairfax or Prince William. In a drama of more than a decade, the bridge was opposed by the Arlington County Board, many in Georgetown, D.C. voters in a referendum and grassroots protesters. One lawsuit went to the Supreme Court, and a House committee chairman named William Natcher (D-Ky.) held up funds to build Metro for years waiting for the Three Sisters to win approval. Arlington-based Broyhill tried to block the appropriation for the District if the Three Sisters wasn’t funded. (Broyhill later changed and got Metro funded.) “Build the Bridge,” admonished an editorial in the Northern Virginia Sun, Aug. 28, 1968, slamming county officials for their lawsuit and requested injunction. “It is sad that parklands must be taken for feeder roads to the bridge,” it wrote. But “if it is not, Northern Virginia’s economy will be strangled simply because there will not be enough routes into and through the area.” Begging to differ was board member Thomas Richards, who said the project “would mean the loss of much of the beautiful Spout Run Parkway in Arlington and would mar the beauty of the Potomac Palisades.” Some 500 protesters occupied the rocky Potomac islets acces-

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CRIME REPORT Week of Oct. 2 — Oct. 8, 2017 Larceny – Theft from Building, 1300 blk Seaton Cir, Oct 2, victim reported that while at the Kensington of Falls Church (700 W Broad St) items of value were taken. Investigation continues. Smoking Violation, 6757 Wilson Blvd, #15 (H2O Café), Oct 3, 8:25 PM, a male, 50, of Fairfax, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. Celebrate the diversity that makes America, America. Add your photo to the true portrait of America at

Driving Under the Influence, Roosevelt Blvd/Wilson Blvd, Oct 4, 4:10 AM, a male, 47, of Annandale, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Larceny, 600 blk E Columbia St, Oct 3, 12:22 AM, an unplanted land-

scape tree was taken from a yard. Suspect(s) were in a white work cargo van. Investigation continues. Hit and Run, 600 blk E Columbia St, Oct 4, between 3PM and 7:50 PM, a vehicle parked on the street was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny – Shoplifting, 1150 W. Broad St (CVS), Oct 6, 12:15 PM, 3 unknown suspects, described as black males, filled their backpacks with assorted merchandise and fled the area in a gray Nissan. Investigation

sible only by boat, the Washington Post reported. Other opponents, including the fledgling Congressional Black Caucus, fought the Nixon administration, fearing the bridge would destroy African-American neighborhoods. In the end, the final nails in the Three Sisters coffin weren’t hammered until 1977, when I-66 won final approval. Arlington’s modern resistance to I-66 tolls was less sensational, with criticism built around fears that “Lexus Lanes” disfavor lowincome folks, opposition to widening the highway and concern for protecting bike lanes. If you try the HOT lanes and get to work faster — be grateful. For critics, think of that multiyear battle to prevent an overabundance of arching spans across our green Potomac. Things could have been worse. *** Washington-Lee High School made the front-page of the Wall Street Journal last weekend. The reason was not necessarily flattering. “You’re All No. 1!” shouted the headline, a jab at the rising trend of high schools honoring multiple valedictorians. Our own W-L made the subheadline for its feat of naming 178 valedictorians last year. That was a third of the senior class, or all who racked up a 4.0 GPA. School communities nationwide are divided by the issue, some saying picking a top valedictorian produces unhealthy competition, others saying the mass selections render the honor meaningless.

continues. Larceny – Theft from Building, 223 Little Falls St (Falls Church Community Center), Oct 6, 10:56 PM, a black Fuji bicycle was taken from the bike rack in front of the building. Driving Under the Influence, 100 blk N Oak St, Oct 7, 2:07 AM, a female, 23, of Arlington, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Driving Under the Influence, 100 blk N Washington St, Oct 8, 12:36 AM, a male, 23, of Washington, DC, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Drunk in Public, 100 blk N Washington St, Oct 8, 1:16 AM, a female, 22, of Washington, DC, was arrested for being Drunk in Public.

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Weinstein Scandal Not a Sideshow

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is not a sideshow. It occupies one of the three main rings under the big top of the circus that America has become. While the foul-smelling, bleating Donald strives to command a lion’s share of attention with his feeble stream of little tweets, even as the GOP’s legislative failures mount, local leaders struggling to meet the effects of hurricanes and other natural disasters, kneeling professional football players defying racist conventions and, now, the mounting Weinstein scandal are, combined, exposing and eclipsing the already-failed president and grabbing the nation’s interest. Of course, there are those trapped in the Washington bubble who want to cast all of these things in lowestFALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS common-denominator partisan terms. But in the big wide open spaces of this land, these are all symptomatic of a cultural sea change that is occurring as a healthy reaction to everything Trump represents. It is turning out that the November 2016 presidential election will be remembered as a form of a morality play, notwithstanding it still may be nullified by incontrovertible evidence that it was skewed by an intervention from a hostile foreign power. We are now learning, for example, that it is impossible for the U.S. intelligence community to pronounce with any certainty that no actual votes were changed at the ballot boxes last November. For whatever reason that was asserted, it is false. We now know that in fact, remotely changing votes when certain types of voting machines are involved is entirely possible. We can be confident that investigations underway are mapping the tell-tale evidence of where the Russian propaganda effort through Facebook, Google and Twitter was strongest – certain critical areas of Michigan and Wisconsin – and the possibility of tampered ballots in those same areas. While this may lead to a movement to nullify the election altogether, the even more important consequence of all this lies in the unique opportunity to expose Russian propaganda methods to public scrutiny. This is critical for us all, because right now even some of our most well meaning leaders lack a necessary frame of reference to evaluate this. First of all, it is not about Russian aims versus America’s, but about where the aims of certain factions in both powers coincide. Starting in the post-World War II era, the so-called Cold War was precipitated to justify what evolved into the McCarthyite witch hunts in the U.S. of the 1950s. The goal of this was not to stem the influence of Soviet communism, but on behalf of the U.S. military-industrial establishment to unravel the impact of 12 years of Roosevelt administration reforms, including the empowerment of labor unions, senior citizens and racial and ethnic minorities. Targets of these efforts were known euphemistically as limp-wristed “New Dealers.” On the other side of the Cold War, cynical deals were cut with Soviet totalitarian regimes to squeeze out the same influences on behalf of the like-minded and long-standing Russian oligarchical forces. Nixon, under the “Detente” of the early 1970s, provided for an infusion of Russian thugs into the U.S. to attack the American labor unions, so-called organized crime and the counterculture, including the rising civil rights, feminist and gay rights movements. The Russian mafia was formed out of this and became a Trump asset. In this context, the CIA and FBI launched massive, covert domestic interventions to discredit and undermine the potential for these movements to coalesce, and utilized debased cynicism, nihilism and selfish self-interest as its cultural cudgels, along with some well-timed assassinations of key public figures. This gave rise to the “Reagan revolution” of the late 1970s and 1980s when self-empowered women came under particularly-ferocious attack in the name of male chauvinist objectification of women’s bodies, physical abuse, intimidation and rape. The crimes of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby and Trump were celebrated in this “Playboy” environment, and it was not confined to one party. Ergo Weinstein and who knows how many more. But the sensibilities of the civil rights and feminist movements persisted to react against the invasion of Iraq and elect Barack Obama and then our nation’s first woman president, by a three-million vote margin, whose office was stolen from her.

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Virginia is for Haters Why is America the only wealthy nation that doesn’t guarantee essential health care for all? (We’ve made a lot of progress under Obamacare, but not enough, and the Trump administration is doing its best to kill it.) Why do we have much higher poverty than our economic peers, especially among children, and much higher infant mortality despite the sophistication of our medical system? The answer, of course, comes down to politics: We are uniquely unwilling to take care of our fellow citizens. And behind that political difference lies one overwhelming fact: the legacy of slavery. All too often, white Americans think of the social safety net not as something for people like themselves fallen on hard times, but as a giveaway to Those People. NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE This isn’t idle speculation. If you want to understand why policies toward the poor are so different at the state level, why some states offer so much less support to troubled families with children, one predictor stands out: the AfricanAmerican share of the population. The more blacks, the less compassion white voters feel. The story gets even clearer if you look at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which allows states to expand Medicaid coverage at federal expense — that is, to provide health insurance to a large fraction of the population at no cost. You might think that this was a no-brainer, and so far 31 states and the District of Columbia have taken advantage of this opportunity. But only two of those states are among the 11 that seceded in 1861 to form the Confederacy. Which brings me to Virginia, which is holding crucial state elections in four weeks. Until recently, Virginia seemed to be emerging from some of the darker shadows of its history. The state is becoming more ethnically diverse, more culturally open; it is, you might say, becoming more like America. For the “real America” is more than small towns and rural areas; it’s a place of vast variety, unified — or so we like to think — by a shared commitment to universal values of democracy and human rights. Not accidentally, Virginia has also become politically more like America, at least in national elections: Like the electorate as a whole, it supported the Democratic presidential candidate in the last three elections. But is Virginia’s apparent moral progress an illusion? And if it is, what does that say about America as a whole?

Paul Krugman

Virginia was, of course, the site of the infamous Charlottesville march by torch-carrying white supremacists — “very fine people,” according to Donald Trump — that ended with the death of a counterprotester. More important, perhaps, is the fact that despite its growing political moderation and its Democratic governor, Virginia is among the states still refusing to expand Medicaid, even though that refusal means gratuitous financial hardship for many and a significant number of people dying from lack of medical care. How is this possible? Democratic-leaning voters are much less likely than Republican-leaning voters to cast ballots in state and local elections; as a result, a politically moderate state has a hard-right Legislature. And there’s a real possibility that it may soon have a Republican governor, too. Here’s how that might happen: Ed Gillespie, the GOP candidate, is trying to pull off an upset by going full-on Trumpist, doing all he can — with assistance from the tweeter in chief — to mobilize the white nationalist vote. He’s accusing Ralph Northam, his Democratic opponent, of dishonoring the state’s Confederate heroes. (Funny how people who accuse their rivals of being unpatriotic worship men who engaged in armed rebellion against the United States.) He’s not only accused Northam of being soft on illegal immigration, but he’s insinuated that this somehow makes him an ally of a violent Central American gang. These cynical ploys probably won’t change many minds in a state that disapproves strongly of Trump and all his works. But they might mobilize enough angry white voters to swing the election if Democrats don’t come out in equal force. Whatever happens in Virginia, the consequences will be huge. If Gillespie pulls this off, all the worst impulses of the Trumpist GOP will be empowered; you might think that things can’t get even worse, but yes, they can. If, on the other hand, Northam wins and Democrats make big inroads in the state Legislature, it won’t just probably mean that hundreds of thousands of Virginians will get health insurance, and it won’t just be an omen for the 2018 midterms. It will also encourage at least some sane Republicans to break with a man they privately fear and despise (see Corker, Bob). For whatever reason, however, Virginia isn’t getting nearly as much play in national media or, as far as I can tell, among progressive activists, as it deserves. Folks, right now this is where the action is: Virginia is now the most important place on the U.S. political landscape — and what happens there could decide the fate of the nation.



Tysons Library Opens Saturday After 2 Years of Renovations BY PATRICIA LESLIE


It’s been a long and dreary 22 months since the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library closed for an overhaul. Now those dreams of a new library are a reality as a modernized collection and sleek new setting have local readers aflutter with excitement. “This is not simply a remodeling job,” Daniela Dixon, the library’s new manager who brings with her 15 years of experience, told the News-Press in a phone interview last week. “There’s a real passion we feel for books and reading, and working in a library is a great way to make a living.” On Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., book and library lovers alike will fling open the doors and celebrate the reopening of the new and improved (“refreshed” in library parlance) Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library which will have a formal ribbon-cutting, music, story hour, all day technology open house, refreshments and best of all, the unveiling of new features in sparkling space. Using the same 24,521 sq. ft. footprint of the former library, the new design presents a better configuration of space and resource uses with more meeting rooms, natural lighting, a large children’s area, a double gaming console setup for teens to use with headsets or with sound off, an early literacy station for preschoolers and group study rooms. The library’s new look brings with it new opportunities for the community to engage with learning materials, though roughly the same number of staff will be emplyed at the location. “We have much more meeting space,” Dixon said. “One of the

meeting rooms can be divided into two rooms, and we have a conference room with a table and 12 chairs. There are two group study rooms and private study rooms which are glass enclosed and study carrels.” To meet demands of the many Spanish speaking residents nearby, the new library has added a story hour in Spanish and a native Spanish assistant to its youth services department, according to Dixon. It was almost 32 years ago on October 26, 1985 when the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Branch opened with 80,000 books and materials. The new collection numbers about 100,000 with more non-fiction titles to meet customer requests “Everything on the shelves will look like they are brand new. It’s been totally refurbished. Newer copies have been added, and we have brand new titles coming in,” Dixon added. “The staff and I cannot wait for our customers to enjoy this new space. And we have a lot of excellent events planned for this fall and winter.” The library was rebuilt according to green standards adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2008, and its retrofit used the facility’s main shell which meant reduced waste in the landfill. The new library is LEEDcertified which means it meets strict environmental and energy criteria while simultaneously offering people a healthy setting for work and study. Thirty percent of the building’s construction materials came from within 500 miles which helped lower transportation costs, and 65 percent of construction waste was

recycled. Energy saving designs, including water reduction in the restrooms and LED lighting, forecast a lower energy bill by 26 percent. Janelle Blanchard is president of the Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library who helped manage the book sales that funded the Friends’ $30,000 donation toward new new library materials. The Friends are also providing opening day refreshments although Blacnhard’s heard that Trader Joe’s is coming, too, to help give out treats. This week the group is hurrying to finish the landscaping which falls under its purview, with necessary responsibilities to maintain, weed, water and beautify on its calendar. (The Friends could use a few more helping hands and at $5 a year to join, it may be the cheapest bargain in town.) Fairfax County’s library marketing director, Mary Mulrenan, applauds voters who supported a 2012 bond referendum which allowed the Tyson’s’ library renovation and other Farifax County library remakes, too. County residents “think so highly of this important resource, even people who don’t use libraries value lifelong learning. ‘I love libraries’ is a universal feeling,” Mulrenan said. “People need electricity. We had a lot of older equipment. Now we are able to catch up with consumer demand.” Mulrenan continued. “The renovation allows us to serve customers better and have a 21st century space for them to work in.” The Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library is located at 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

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A NEW ENTRANCE (top) along with a host of other features that include an expanded book collection, a revamped skylight that will invite in more natural light as well as adding gaming consoles for non-readers and even a new reception desk (bottom) that will all be available for locals to enjoy once the library of�icially opens its doors Saturday at 10 a.m. (P����: C������� F������ C����� Public Libraries)

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POSTED UP and ready to greet fellow Mustangs for the Club Fair at George Mason High School is this student, who appears to be pulling double duty. The clubs ranged from Black Student Association to Chess Club and received a strong turnout. (P����: FCCPS P����/K���� C����)

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Inaugural Denim & Diamonds To Support All-Night Grad The first ever Denim & Diamonds event to benefit the 2018 All-Night Graduation Celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21. from 6 – 10

p.m.. at 601 Hillwood Ave., Falls Church. Tickets cost $75 for singles, $125 for couples. This adultsonly night will combine a social evening with a preview of this year’s All Night Grad Celebration. At Denim & Diamonds, food from several area food trucks (including Rito Loco and Donut Heaven), live music, casino games, a photo booth and more are all included with your ticket.

First Ever Lego League Tourney Comes in November Falls Church City Public Schools will host their inaugural FIRST Lego League (FLL) Tournament on November 18-19, 2017 at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). Over the course of two days, 600 elementary and middle-school students, accompanied by their families and coaches, will compete by showcasing their Lego robots. The tournament is in need of sponsors. To be a Lead Sponsor requires a payment of $500, to be a General Sponsor requires a payment of $250. Recognition includes logo on shirts, signage, inclusion in Morning Announcements, opportunity to distribute materials about the sponsor’s business and advertisement in the tournament’s program.

FLL is also in need of donations in order to fill the 600 promotional tournament gift bags. This is an ideal chance for restaurants, family businesses and STEM businesses to get involved and attach their name to this new event. Lastly, the event needs volunteers to join in and serve as judges, marshals, greeters and other positions to help the tournament run smoothly. For interest in any of the roles, contact Henderson technology teacher, Dr. Ray Wu-Rorrer through the school’s main contact number, 703-720-5702.

Community Tour of George Mason High School If you’re curious about the state of the high school and have heard a lot about the decision to renovate or build a new school, then you’re encouraged to come on a tour of George Mason High School and see for yourself on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 – 7 p.m. Spend time learning from knowledgeable tour guides. All are welcome, including: Elementary, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and Mason parents; alumni families; retirees and senior citizens and new residents Attendees should meet at the welcome desk Tours will start every 15 minutes and last approximately one hour.



Creative Cauldron’s ‘The Mistress Cycle’ Tells Intricate Tale to Start New Season BY ORRIN KONHEIM


The inaugural production of the Falls Church theater group Creative Cauldron’s 2017-18 season is the Washington D.C.area debut of the musical “The Mistress Cycle,” the story of four diverse historical figures linked by a commonality – they were all mistresses – and a woman in the present who relies on their guidance as she struggles with a decision to engage with a married man. Three of the historical figures are pulled straight out of the textbooks. Anias Nin (played by Julia Capizzi) is a high society girl living it up in Jazz Age era New York who was a pioneer of erotica. Lulu White (Iyona Blake) escaped servitude in Alabama to become a brothel owner and eventually one of the wealthiest landowners in New Orleans. And Diane de Poitiers (Abby Middleton) is a 16th century lady-in-waiting who shared a mutual love with King Henri II of France and was ulti-

mately kept away from his deathbed due to their unofficial marital status. The degree to which the play tries to weave a defining thruline through history is partially undercut by the thematic muddling of a word it seems hellbent on deconstructing. The play’s opening number defines a mistress as “a woman who illicitly occupies the place of a wife” but it’s a stretch to use that word for the relationship between Lulu and her “clients” or to define Nin by that word when history shows she was on the receiving and giving end of deceit. In that same light, the play’s shortcomings at delivering on its own gimmick is a testament to the richness of these women that they are all more interesting than a simple label. The only snag is that without a connective thread, it’s largely an array of interesting women’s stories that sink or swim on their own merit. Fortunately, people will likely find many stories particularly resonant. In particular, the story of the

14-year-old concubine from 12th century China (Justine Icy Moral) is the play’s most evocative and emotionally trying. Whereas the first three stories can be celebrated (partially or wholly) as unlikely triumphs, hers is one of servitude to both the king and senior concubines and her prayers at the shrine of her late grandfather are particularly bleak. In the midst of all these remarkable women there’s not as much space for us to get to know the central character, Tess Walker (Erica Clare). She’s a modern day woman who’s been unlucky in love and gets socially flustered at an art gallery where she works. Clare handles the material well but there’s no reason the script couldn’t have made her backstory more interesting than every woman (and man) in a standard romantic comedy. According to Creative Cauldron director Laura Hull, the play was conceived and staged in the tradition of song cycles: The staging is minimalist and much of the action is played out through

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THE FIVE protagonists of “The Mistress Cycle” gather for a musical number. (P����: K���� W�����/K� P����������) five leads are all strong singers with variation. Capizzi has certain poppish edge to her voice, whereas Moral’s numbers feel more operatic. The piano score has a lot of subtlety to appreciate (particularly, the haunting pentatonic arpeggios during the concubine’s number) and is able to convey both urgency and mood. The only critique here is that the melodies aren’t particularly memorable and it feels like scoring all the way through. “The Mistress Cycle” is playing at the Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church) from Oct. 5 – 29. Tickets are available at

songs aimed directly at the audience as opposed to alongside a scene partner. Without a scene partner, the play veers into a more experimental territory, but that’s well within the spirit of Creative Cauldron’s repertoire which suits itself to more intimate space and makes use of it quite well. The end result is something akin to “Chicago”’s “Cell Block Tango” if it were stretched out to an hour and everyone got an extra turn at the microphone so a second song could round out their narrative. With music playing such a heavy emphasis, it helps that the

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Hurricane Maria Discussion. Warwick Butler, a friend of a Falls Church resident, just returned from Puerto Rico where he withstood the Eye of Hurricane Maria. Come to this informal discussion to learn about the effects Hurrican Maria is having on Butler as well as millions of Puerto Rican residents in the aftermath of the storm. Private Residence (324 Little Falls St., Falls Church) 6:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Candidate Forum. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) are sponsoring two forums for candidates seeking seats on the Falls Church City Council and the Falls Church School Board this fall. The

event for Council candidates will be on Friday, Oct. 13, followed by the School Board forum on Friday, Oct. 20. Candidates will respond to questions posed by the two organizations and selected from audience members. The League will publish its traditional voter’s guide in the News-Press on Oct. 26 and additional copies will be distributed at apartment buildings and at city polling places on Election Day Nov. 7. City Council Chambers (300 Park Ave., Falls Church) 7 – 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Recycling Extravaganza and Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Recycle electronics, computers, eyeglasses, medical equipment, sewing machines, bikes, clothing, textiles, batteries and more. Shred up to three boxes of documents. And, properly dispose of consumer products that are toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. Go to RE for a full list of which items

will and will not be acceptable for disposal. Recycling Center (217 Gordon Rd., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5160 or e-mail Tysons McLean Orchestra. The Tysons McLean Orchestra kicks off their new season with a performance titled “Majesty,” featuring pianist Eric Himy who will be playing Beethoven and Schubert. Falls Church Episcopal Church (115 E Fairfax St., Falls Church). $15 – $40 7:30 p.m. Call 703-893-8646 or visit TysonsMcLeanOrchestra. org for more information.

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 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.

PAWS to Read. Children can read with a canine companion. Readers rising grades K-5. Registration Required. Registration takes place at the Youth Services desk by phone or in person. Registration not accepted by email. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia, Falls Church). 5 – 6 p.m. 703-248-5034.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 “A Little Night Music” In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sexstarved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs. Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” “A Little Night Music” is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m. sigtheatre. org.

THURSDAY, 2 SATURDAY,FEBRUARY OCTOBER 14 “Moon Over Buffalo.” From the master of period-perfect farce, Ken Ludwig, this fast-paced comedy is set in the Erlanger Theatre in Buffalo in 1953. Charlotte and George Hay are on tour with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank


Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a slew of self-obsessed performers desperately try to keep things from (hilariously) falling apart. James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church) $20. 7:30 p.m. “The Mistress Cycle” Jezebel, Siren, Vixen or Enchantress? “The Mistress Cycle” tells the story of five women: Tess, a struggling 30-something Manhattan photographer; Anais Nin, the famed sexual adventuress of the early 20th century; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 16th century; Lulu White, a turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans Madame; and Ching, a 14-year-old concubine in 12th century China. Though they come from different times and cultures, they share a sisterhood. An intelligent new musical work filled with stories of passion, compromise, heartbreak and renewal. Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church). $30. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train.” Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now Angel’s life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. 1st Stage Theater (1742 Spring Rd., Tysons). $33. 2 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, 2 THURSDAY,FEBRUARY OCTOBER 12 Britton James. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.


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Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. Mountain Heart. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $30. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Pink Floyd Laser Show Spectacular. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $19 – $24. 8:30 p.m. 703-237-0300. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Shartel & Hume. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $30. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. The Dusty 45S with Dear Creek. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $15. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. Cargo & the Heavy Lifters. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504.

MICHAEL ROACH will be at playing at a private home in Falls Church this Sunday. (Photo: ArtistPicturesBlog)

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

Fiesta Zakke + DJ Rockativo & The Latin Rock Invasion. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566.



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

Bentwood Rockers. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-2419504.

Snake Farmers. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Eric Andersen. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 3 p.m. 703-255-1566.

David Choi + Crys Matthews. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18 – $30. 6:30 p.m. 703255-1566.

Drew Holland. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

The VI-Kings. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Brent Peterson. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

Chris Brunn. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

Jenn Grinels + Caleigh Drane.

Manu Chao Tribute Live with La

An Evening with Michael Roach. Private Residence (166 E Broad St., Falls Church). $25 – $30. 5 p.m. 703-241-4109. Jammin Java Songwriters Circle: “A Tribute to Tom Petty” feat. Luke Brindley, Anthony Fiacco and Todd Wright. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $16.

7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Cheyenne Jackson. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $45 – $55. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Oz and the Revue Motown. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Mother2Mother (M2M): A Community Cabaret. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Wayne “The Train” Hancock + The Rock-A-Sonics. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Dollar Fine, followed by a Chuck Berry Birthday Tribute. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-2419504.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 The National Parks with RIVVRS + Ryan Harris Brown Live and In-Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Troker. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $20 – $22. 8 p.m. 703255-1900. Open Mic Night with Bob Hume and Martha Capone and the Band. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Messer Chups featuring the Black Flamingos and the Atomic Mosquitos. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $10 – $15. 8:30 p.m. 703-237-0300.

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Late Strasburg Surge Seals Mason’s 1st Loss of Season BY ALEX MOORE


The George Mason High School football team suffered its first defeat of the season last Friday, losing 22-21 at home to an aggressive Strasburg Rams squad in a game that was close until the very end. With the defeat, the Mustangs’ record fell to 5-1. Strasburg advanced to 3-3. This high school football game followed a different script than recent Mustang contests, when the team has taken early leads and never surrendered them. In this one, Mason traded punches against a tough opponent and never led by more than seven points. Strasburg opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before pushing the score to 8-0 with a two-point conversion. Next, the Mustangs countered with two scoring drives of their own. First, Mason senior running back Finn Roou capped a 19-play drive in the second quarter off with a two-yard touchdown, and after halftime he followed up with a nine-yard scamper. The Rams soon evened the game at 14-14, scoring a touch-

SCANNING THE BACKFIELD while warding off blocks is the Mustang defense in the team’s nail-biting 22-21 loss to the Strasburg Rams last Friday. (P����: C������� T���� R���) down and failing on a second two-point conversion attempt. A 30-yard breakaway from

junior running back Jack Felgar would return the advantage to the Mustangs with five minutes

remaining in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Rams turned over the ball

on downs on their next drive, giving Mason a short field and an opportunity to close out the game. However, the Mustangs then committed a momentumkilling penalty, as they had several times throughout the evening, and quickly returned the ball to their opponents. With less than three minutes remaining, Strasburg found a spark. Three big plays moved the Rams across the field for a touchdown, after which they would attempt — and succeed — on yet another two-point conversion to go up for good, 22-21. For the Mustangs, the loss was disappointing, especially considering how a slew of penalties seemed to disrupt a team that’s had played with strong discipline throughout its season. “I think the penalties held us back,” said Mason coach Adam Amerine after the game. “We just can’t afford them since our offense isn’t designed to rely on chunk plays.” After the game, Roou and senior offensive lineman Mitchell McKeon both said they’ll encourage teammates to move on and start focusing on the Oct. 20 contest against Mason’s crosstown rivals, the Marshall Statesmen.

Mustangs Rebound from Short Slump to Win 2 Key Matches BY MATT DELANEY


Bouncing back from a short mid-season slump, George Mason High School’s volleyball team re-established its winning rhythm with a sweep over Clarke County and 3-2 gritty win against Rappahannock County High School. Against Clarke on Tuesday, Mason was clearly the better team. They passed fluidly, dug out the visiting Eagles’ attempts to score and were able to dictate the pace of the match in a more effective manner overall. The only problem was the Mustangs were well aware of this from the opening set. So yes, the team swept Clarke County with relative ease, but didn’t do so with the level of polish that inspires unwavering confidence. “We have a lot problems finishing, it’s one of the big things we work on in practice so we’re going to try and get better at that,” junior setter Evelyn Duross said. “It might be because we think ‘Oh, we’re so close [to winning the set], this point doesn’t matter,’ but then it starts getting close so we realize we need to start taking

care of business again.” The Mustangs shot out of the gate against Clarke, taking a 16-4 lead without breaking a sweat in the first set. Though a lull in their play allowed the Eagles to shrink the lead to 18-14 in no time. Mason responded by shutting the door on their opponents with a scoring stretch to win the set 25-18, but this trend would pop up in the remaining sets. A 13-4 lead that eventually became a 19-9 advantage should’ve had Mason cruising to another victory. However, the Mustangs eased up for the remaining points and allowed Clarke County to cut into their momentum until Mason regrouped and finished with a 25-18 set victory. A 10-1 start to the third set devolved into a narrow 16-14 edge midway through. Yet again, the Mustangs retaliated with a 25-17 victory, but the unnecessarily close calls put them at risk of upsetting defeats. It’s all the more perplexing because when Mason is backed into a corner, they perform at an exceptional level. On the road against Rappahannock County last Thursday, a 25-22 first set victory was followed by 28-26 second set

POPPING UP an opponent’s scoring attempt is junior McKenzie Brady, who’s helped Mason make sure the team’s losing streak stopped at two games. (P����: C���� S��) and 25-17 third set loss. Facing defeat entering the fourth set, the Mustangs rallied and closed out with a 25-21 win and capped it off with a 15-12 final set victory to take the match. That’s a great sign for a team that’s struggled to coun-

ter their opponent’s hot streaks in the past. “The finishing that we had a problem with [tonight] wasn’t happening then,” Duross continued. “We actually finished all those sets and showed that we

could do it, now we just need to be more consistent in doing it.” Mason will host Central High School tonight before boarding the bus to Strasburg High School to face off against the Rams next Tuesday, Oct. 17.





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Planning Delays Threaten to Kill State Theatre

Housing Crisis Shows Up as Sudden Fiscal Deficit in F.C.

Falls Church City Manager Hector Rivera issued a strongly worded letter to the City’s Planning Commission this week in the wake of the Commission’s refusal to grant approval for owners of the State Theatre to push ahead with their renovation plans. Citing growing burdens of mounting debt on the two young entrepreneurs who bought the historic old State Theatre building, Rivera urged the Commission to approve the site plan for the project so that construction can start before winter.

The harsh fiscal reality associated with the residential real estate market decline through the region broke in on the Falls Church City Council at its metting Tuesday night. A memo from the City’s chief financial officer John Tuohy to City Manager Wyatt Shields last week was shared with Council members and indicated a $645,000 revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year that could rise to $1.1 million by next summer.

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Business News & Notes Virtual Reality & Home Trends Event Takes Place Tonight MOSS Building & Design and EcoNize Closets are hosting a Virtual Realty & Home Trends event tonight from 7 – 9 p.m. The event will include refreshments, an interactive design presentation, and a chance to try virtual reality and learn about kitchen, bath, closet, and storage trends. The event will take place at EcoNize Closets, 703 Park Avenue, Falls Church. For more information, visit or email Jenn Zschunke at

Chamber of Commerce to Host City Council Candidate Luncheon The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City Council Candidate Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Argia’s. Five of the six candidates running for Council will be in attendance to address issues of import to the local business community. Tickets with advanced registration are $27 for Chamber members, $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available. To register or for more information, visit

Conte’s Bike Shop to Offer Free Bicycle Maintenance Class Conte’s Bike Shop is offering a free bicycle maintenance 101 class on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The class will cover how to change a tire, how to inflate tires, how to clean a bike, and how to adjust a derailleur. The class is free but space is limited. Call Ben at (703) 639-0343. Conte’s Falls Church location is at 7121 Leesburg Pike Suite 101. For more information visit

Goldfish Swim School Officially Open for Business Goldfish Swim School opened its doors at 7395 Lee Highway, Suite K to young swimmers and their families during a grand opening event on Saturday, Oct. 7. Families were invited in for pizza, cake, and a chance to tour the facility and enjoy open family swim time. This is the second Virginia location owned and operated by Gina and Ryan Bewersdorf, who also own and operate the franchise operation in Reston. The more than 9,000 sq. ft. of pool and party space is open for swim lessons, parties, water safety presentations, and a variety of other swim and water safety services. Welcoming the Bewersdorf family and their Goldfish Swim School team to Falls Church were Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, City Council member Letty Hardi, New Editions Consulting’s President Shelia Newman, former Chamber chairman Gary LaPorta, and Chamber staff Cathy Soltys and Sally Cole.  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at

COMFORTABLE as ever while perched on the back deck during this cool autumn night is the Ziayee family’s Siberian Husky, Thor. When he’s not protecting the Kingdom of Asgard, he’s enjoying chicken treats and squirrels that play chicken. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

Dr. Richard Fisher Dies at 96 Dr. Richard (Dick) C. Fisher Jr. passed away from natural causes at the Green Spring Village community in Springfield, Virginia on October 2, 2017 at the age of 96. Dr. Fisher was born to Richard C. Fisher and Ellen R. Kuhl on Sept 16, 1921 in Storrs, Connecticut. He served in the Army Civil Engineering Corp. from 19421946 and built communication towers during WWII in Europe. He attended Ohio State University and the Medical College of Virginia, graduating as a doctor of dental surgery. Dr. Fisher was a dedicated family man. In 1953 he and his wife Lois chose the City of Falls Church to raise their family, and were residents of The Little City and Sleepy Hollow for more than 50 years. Dr. Fisher practiced family dentistry in Falls Church for 35 years. His first dental practice opened in the West End shopping center in 1953, then moved to the Fink Building at 200 Little Falls Street. He retired his practice in 1989. All of the Fisher children attended Falls Church City Schools, as does his great grandson. Dr. Fisher enjoyed snow and water skiing, boating, growing roses, dancing, travel, playing piano, and a good cocktail. He was a founding member of the Washington Ski Club, belonged to the “Over the Hill Gang” ski club, was

a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Northern Virginia Dental Society. Dr. Fisher is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois (Roush) Fisher, four children: Anne Miller, Richard Fisher III, James Fisher, Barbara Metz, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Memorial Service will be held October 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Green Spring Village Church at 7420 Spring Village Drive, Springfield VA 22150. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Richard C. Fisher Jr.




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on September 11, 2017; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO17-14) ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SALE TO COMMUNITY HAVENS, INC. OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY AT 366 NORTH WASHINGTON STREET (MILLER HOUSE) In order to facilitate the construction of a group home for low to moderate income cognitively disabled adults, the City desires to sell city-owned property (house and land) located at 366 N. Washington Street, known as the Miller House, for the price of $1.00, and subject to the terms and conditions of a Comprehensive Agreement, to Community Havens, Inc. All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at (703-248-5014) or The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK


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