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The Falls Church City Council reaffirmed its commitment, first made in August, to the 174-unit new affordable housing complex planned for the City’s downtown Monday. It voted a preliminary approval for fee and tax exemptions and a $2 million subsidy by 4-1 margins in two votes Monday. A second and final round of votes is due in early December, in time for the Falls Church Housing Corporation to apply for tax credits from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) worth $12 to $16 million to build the project, known as the City Center South Apartments.

But despite the willingness of the Council majority to fund the project despite the troubled economy might not be enough to ensure it actually happens. “It’s still all only on paper,” said Carol Jackson, executive director of the Housing Corporation, who worked arduously to piece together a complicated four-way agreement to make it happen. In particular, two major hurdles remain beyond the Council’s second vote in December. The first is whether or not the tax credits are approved by the VHDA next spring. The second will be the state of the credit markets next year, as City Manager Wyatt Shields cautioned Monday. While the interest rate on municipal bonds could rise to

six percent, that would not be as prohibitive as rates the Housing Corporation might have to pay for its loans could be, he told the News-Press yesterday. The enthusiasm exhibited by the four Council members who voted to push ahead with the project, however, had not waned since the first vote in August. Mayor Robin Gardner, Vice Mayor Hal Lippman, Dan Maller and Lawrence Webb all spoke strongly in favor, while Nader Baroukh, as he did in August, voted against. Council members Dan Sze and David Snyder were not present. Shields reiterated to the Council points made the week earlier (and reported in the News-Press) of a projected 2.5 percent net decline in assessed real estate values, a five percent decline in sales and business license taxes, and a projected 15 percent decline in state funds. That will leave the City $1.3

Against the backdrop of the Virginia Railway Express’s station at Backlick Road yesterday, Sharon Bulova, who is also the current vice chair of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, announced her candidacy for board chair, ending months of speculation that the Democratic supervisor intended to replace outgoing chair, Congressmanelect Gerry Connolly. During the morning press conference, Bulova reaffirmed her commitment to continuing the “outstanding leadership” of

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million short in revenue going into the next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009. The City will also incur added costs, due to rising health care costs and its requirement to maintain the value of pension funds despite declines in their market values. But he said that a concerted effort is being made by Chief Financial Officer John Tuohy to come up with a concrete number on those added costs in the next days. “It’s going to be very important that the community has good information going forward, in order that it can make the best decisions,” he said, noting that the year after “won’t be any easier, either.” Still, the approval of the City Center South Apartments will not impact the City budget for the next couple years, as the existing balance in the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund can cover the

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annual debt service costs on the planned $2 million bond issue for a time. “Compared to our neighbors, we’re moving forward with significant strengths,” said Councilman Maller. He said the decision to affirm the affordable housing project in tough economic times is based on “qualitative, not simply quantitative, judgment.” “As I said before, I want to live in a city that wants to do this project,” he said. “It comes down to the question of whether or not the city has a soul.” Assistant City Manager Cindy Mester noted that current development projects approved for the City could bring in 1,500 new employees, and the project will make housing available for a significant number of them. “This is a very, very ‘half full,’ and not ‘half empty’ project,” Lippman said. Webb said the project “will make the city a more friendly

place,” and Mayor Gardner added, “For eight years, affordable housing, despite our on-going expressions of support for it, has taken a back seat. Now, it’s a top priority.” Baroukh, while saying he supports affordable housing, voted against the project, he said, because it is “not prudent in the current economic climate.” Shields said Monday that Falls Church’s strengths compared to surrounding jurisdictions in tough times include its prime location, its diverse economy and its competitive tax rate, the seventh lowest in the region and the second lowest among small jurisdictions. He also cited the City’s “prudent financial management,” including its compliance with its own debt and fund balance policies, its fully funded pension funds and its near-perfect (AA-plus) bond rating.


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Connolly, who was elected last week as the Virginia 11th District’s new representative in the U.S. Congress, and was at Bulova’s side yesterday. “I will work with my colleagues and constituents to bring us into fiscal equilibrium as we address this current economic downturn,” Bulova said. “We will protect and enhance the excellence and the quality of life our county is known for.” No other candidates have yet announced for the race, but Pat Herrity, the Republic supervisor for Springfield district and son of the late supervisor Jack Herrity, is rumored to be considering a run. The date for the special election which, has not yet been set, will be determined by the Fairfax County Circuit Court no less than 30 days after Connolly resigns his post in January to be sworn into Congress. The location of the conference beside the Virginia Rail Express, which Bulova helped found in 1989, hearkened to

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her advocacy of and avid participation in building Northern Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. Bulova said she supported extending Metro service to Dulles International Airport, which will cross through Tysons Corner, and along the I-66 Corridor to Centreville. Since 1988, Bulova has been a member and a former chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Speaking on Bulova’s behalf, Connolly stressed the importance of electing an “experienced” candidate who has dealt before with financial crises in the county. Connolly said Bulova represented Fairfax’s best hope to maintain and increase the county’s “progress and diversity.” “I am running for Fairfax County chair,” said Bulova, “because I believe I have the experience, commitment and priorities to keep our community moving forward.” In an exclusive interview last month, Bulova told the NewsPress that she intended “to continue the positive momentum

that the board’s put in motion.” Bulova commented on building the county’s relationship with the City of Falls Church, and also shared her outlook on the future of expansion in Tysons Corner. Additionally, she said she plans to bring “hands-on leadership” to tackling Fairfax County’s growing fiscal woes. Bulova described Connolly’s departure as a “bittersweet loss” for the board. “I have very much admired him,” Bulova said of Connolly as board chair. “He has been great on the environment, human relations, housing issues, and has brought the board together to move the agenda forward.” His election to the U.S. Congress, however, bears well for the county, Bulova said. “Connolly will be an effective member of Congress, and will give us a tremendous advantage as a federal contact. I know folks will be happy with his service as a congressman,” she noted. With regards to Fairfax County – City of Falls of Church

relations, Bulova said she aims to improve the sometimes tenuous dialogue between the two communities. Historically, Falls Church and Fairfax have butted heads over jurisdictional issues, most importantly the city’s water system, which provides approximately 56-percent of Tysons Corner’s water needs, according to a 2007 Tysons Corner Land Use Task Force. “As chair, I would work toward a positive, effective

relationship with Falls Church,” she said, referring to her collaborative efforts with the City of Fairfax, where she helped devise a city-county joint committee that “discussed sister jurisdiction issues like the judicial center and the synchronization of traffic lights.” Bulova also cited “no reason” for Falls Church and Fairfax County to remain at odds, saying she hoped during her time as Continued on Page 8

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chair to provide “more opportunity” for the two jurisdictions to “move outside of the issues that we’re struggling with.” A county resident since 1966, Bulova has been neither a stranger to Fairfax, nor a stranger to her Braddock District constituents, whom she has represented as their supervisor since 1987. Her activity in county politics has gone beyond her role as supervisor, serving as a member on numerous local, county and state-level initiatives and groups that promote positive growth and better transportation infrastructure across the county. As chair, Bulova said she hopes to emulate Connolly’s skill at consensus-building, and to ensure that the board’s current “fiscal policies, environmentalism, housing policies and advances continue to happen.” In contrast with Connolly’s powerful personality, Bulova’s disposition is more reserved, yet she is equally passionate in her aims to carry on the vision and growth of Fairfax County that Connolly set in motion over his 10-year-long tenure as board chair. “I can truly help achieve consensus, bringing people together,” Bulova said about her style of leadership, which she honed from two decades on the board and committee assignments. “My style is to engage the community in adopting plans for the future.” Bulova referred to her extensive work as the chair of the Budget Committee, which she has held for the past 16 years, and stressed that the importance of “bringing the community to the table” in discussing budget needs and proposed cuts. In particular, Bulova has taken decisive action in dealing with the projected $430 million shortfall for the 2010 fiscal year, which the board will finalize next spring. “We’re preparing for this early in a new way, with intensive discussions within the community,” Bulova said. So far, Bulova has organized 20 such community dialogues, which started on Sept. 20 and will run until Nov. 16. The dialogues are facilitated by country officials and address where “people see places we could cut back or organize differently.” Nevertheless, Bulova remained confident of Fairfax County’s ability to rebound from the current financial crisis, which she blamed on “foreclosures and irresponsible lending practices.” But “it’s a cyclical thing,” said Bulova. “Properties appreciate, and inflation and the market do correct themselves.” It’s a cycle Bulova has wit-

nessed before, in the early 1990s when another recession hit the nation and Fairfax County. “We experienced a dramatic drop in revenues and real estate taxes. There wasn’t a recovery for six or seven years,” Bulova said, emphasizing that during that recession, “the board was able to handle the downturn in a responsible way.” As the chair of the pro-growth initiative Greater Washington 2050, Bulova said current financial pressures will not impede long-term goals in the county, particularly in Tysons Corner, where ambitions for a Metroconnected, “walkable” urban center run high, even in the face of foreseeable transportation budget crunches. For Bulova, the Tysons plan, which is now in review by the planning commission, remains “the blueprint for the future” of the county and should be pursued as “expeditiously as possible.” “The Tysons Corner plan is going to increase the surrounding aura, the environment and create an exciting place for people to work, with close proximity to clean, open space,” she said. Bulova was cautious, however, about progress in the near future, adding, “The current economy shouldn’t have an impact on the 50-year project in Tysons Corner, but with the downturn, we won’t see the same degree of development over the coming decade.” Despite the Tysons plan’s status on paper, Bulova said that “federal funding seems to be coming together” and that the first phase of the Metro expansion to Dulles has been given “the green light” with the promise of federal funds. Candidate Bulova’s cooperative efforts and vision for the county will depend on her success at the polls next year. If elected chair, Bulova will leave behind her own vacancy for the Braddock District supervisor’s seat. Bulova named Ilryong Moon, a Fairfax County school board member, and Jan Hedetniemi, of the Oak Hill Citizens’ Association, as two individuals whom she believes could replace her should she win in February. Either way, Bulova said, “Braddock will be left in good hands. Looking forward, Bulova remarked that she has learned “more looking back, to how things have changed and what things didn’t work.” Considering the immense role the next supervisor will play in rescuing the county economy and planning for expansion, Bulova said she “has seen a lot of change in the county since moving here. I’ve seen the county grow and mature; Tysons Corner was just a little town.”

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It’s only been a week since the defeat, but the battle lines have already been drawn in the fight over the future of conservatism. In one camp, there are the Traditionalists, the people who believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed. George W. Bush was a big-government type who betrayed conservatism. John McCain was a Republican moderate, and his defeat discredits the moderate wing. To regain power, the Traditionalists argue, the GOP should return to its core ideas: Cut government, cut taxes, restrict immigration. Rally behind Sarah Palin. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are the most prominent voices in the Traditionalist camp, but there is also the alliance of Old Guard institutions. For example, a group of Traditionalists met in Virginia last weekend to plot strategy, including Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. According to reports, the attendees were pleased that the election wiped out some of the party’s remaining moderates. “There’s a sense that the Republicans on Capitol Hill are freer of wobblykneed Republicans than they were before the election,” the writer R. Emmett Tyrrell told a reporter. The other camp, the Reformers, argue that the old GOP priorities were fine for the 1970s but need to be modernized for new conditions. The reformers tend to believe that American voters will not support a party whose main idea is slashing government. The Reformers propose new policies to address inequality and middle-class economic anxiety. They tend to take global warming seriously. They tend to be intrigued by the way David Cameron has modernized the British Conservative Party. Moreover, the Reformers say, conservatives need to pay attention to the way the country has changed. Conservatives must appeal more to Hispanics, independents and younger voters. They cannot continue to insult the sensibilities of the educated class and the entire East and West coasts. The Reformist view is articulated most fully by books, such as “Comeback” by David Frum and “Grand New Party” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, as well as the various writings of people like Ramesh Ponnuru, Yuval Levin, Jim Manzi, Rod Dreher, Peggy Noonan and, at the moder-

ate edge, me. The debate between the camps is heating up. Only one thing is for sure: In the near term, the Traditionalists are going to win the fight for supremacy in the GOP. They are going to win, first, because congressional Republicans are predominantly Traditionalists. Republicans from the coasts and the Upper Midwest are largely gone. Among the remaining members, the popular view is that Republicans have been losing because they haven’t been conservative enough. Second, Traditionalists have the institutions. Over the past 40 years, the Conservative Old Guard has built up a movement of activist groups, donor networks, think tanks and publicity arms. The reformists, on the other hand, have no institutions. There is not yet an effective Republican Leadership Council to nurture modernizing conservative ideas. There is no moderate Club for Growth, supporting centrist Republicans. The Public Interest, which used to publish an array of public policy ideas, has closed. Reformist Republican donors don’t seem to exist. Any publication or think tank that headed in an explicitly reformist direction would be pummeled by its financial backers. National candidates who begin with reformist records – Giuliani, Romney or McCain – immediately tack right to be acceptable to the power base. Finally, Traditionalists own the conservative mythology. Members of the conservative Old Guard see themselves as members of a small, heroic movement marching bravely from the Heartland into the belly of the liberal elite. In this narrative, anybody who deviates toward the center, who departs from established doctrine, is a coward and a sellout. This narrative happens to be mostly bogus at this point. Most professional conservatives are lifelong Washingtonians who live comfortably as organization heads, lobbyists and publicists. Their supposed heroism consists of living inside the large conservative cocoon and telling each other things they already agree with. But this embattled-movement mythology provides a rational for crushing dissent, purging deviationists and enforcing doctrinal purity. It has allowed the old leaders to define who is a true conservative and who is not. It has enabled them to maintain control of (an ever more rigid) movement. The Republican Party will probably veer right in the years ahead, and suffer more defeats. Then some new Reformist donors and organizers will emerge. They will build new institutions, new structures and new ideas, and the cycle of conservative ascendance will begin again.

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama is getting a lot of advice on how to govern when he takes office on Jan. 20. So I’ll add my two cents, for what it’s worth. He should move first to stop the painful housing foreclosures. Then he should bailout Detroit’s bankrupt auto industry. What’s good for the nation’s banks is good for General Motors and Ford Motor Co. The auto industry saved the country in World War II by re-gearing its assembly lines to the production of thousands of planes and tanks. President Bush is balking at helping the strapped auto industry unless the reluctant congressional Democrats approve a trade agreement with Colombia. Democrats are proposing a $25billion bailout for the automakers. Detroit has 9 percent unemployment. We have great expectations of the nation’s first black president in American history. Right now

he seems to be moving toward the comfortable center even when bold moves and compassion are required. Oddly, Sen. John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate, and his former running mate have accused Obama of being a “socialist” who wanted “to spread the wealth around.” But the Republican ticket was silent when the Bush administration rushed government aid to Wall Street and ended up buying into some banks. Ironically, although Obama cut into line and pushed the heiress-apparent Hillary Clinton out of the presidential race, he has become heavily dependent on former President Bill Clinton’s White House staffers, naming Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff and John Podesta to head his transition team. Reaching out for a bipartisan look, there are reports that Obama may ask Robert Gates to stay on as secretary of defense for a year or so. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke also may be tapped to continue at his post to provide continuity in the efforts to recover from the economic meltdown. Continued on Page 42

Suddenly, everything old is New Deal again. Reagan is out; FDR is in. Still, how much guidance does the Roosevelt era really offer for today’s world? The answer is, a lot. But Barack Obama should learn from FDR’s failures as well as from his achievements: the truth is that the New Deal wasn’t as successful in the short run as it was in the long run. And the reason for FDR’s limited short-run success, which almost undid his whole program, was the fact that his economic policies were too cautious. About the New Deal’s long-run achievements: the institutions FDR built have proved both durable and essential. Indeed, those institutions remain the bedrock of our nation’s economic stability. Imagine how much worse the financial crisis would be if the New Deal hadn’t insured most bank deposits. Imagine how insecure older Americans would feel right now if Republicans had managed to dismantle Social Security. Can Obama achieve something comparable? Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s new chief of staff, has declared that “you don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste.” Progressives hope that the Obama administration, like the New Deal, will respond to the current economic and financial crisis by creating institutions, especially a universal health care system, that will change the shape of American society for generations to come. But the new administration should try not to emulate a less successful aspect of the New Deal: its inadequate response to the Great Depression itself. Now, there’s a whole intellectual industry, mainly operating out of right-wing think tanks, devoted to propagating the idea that FDR actually made the Depression worse. So it’s important to know that most of what you hear along those lines is based on deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. The New Deal brought real relief to most Americans. That said, FDR did not, in fact, manage to engineer a full economic recovery during his first two terms. This failure is often cited as evidence against Keynesian economics, which says that increased public spending can get a stalled economy moving. But the definitive study of fiscal policy in the ‘30s, by the MIT economist E. Cary Brown, reached a very different conclusion: fiscal stimulus was unsuccessful “not because it does not work, but because it was not tried.” This may seem hard to believe. The New Deal famously placed millions of Americans on the public payroll via the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. To this day we drive on WPA-built roads and send our children to WPA-built schools. Didn’t all these public works amount to a major fiscal stimulus? Well, it wasn’t as major as you might think. The effects of federal public works spending were largely offset by other factors, notably a large tax increase, enacted by Herbert Hoover, whose full effects weren’t felt until his successor took office. Also, expansionary policy at the federal level was undercut by spending cuts and tax increases at the state and local level. And FDR wasn’t just reluctant to pursue an all-out fiscal expansion -- he was eager to return to conservative budget principles. That eagerness almost destroyed his legacy. After winning a smashing election victory in 1936, the Roosevelt administration cut spending and raised taxes, precipitating an economic relapse that drove the unemployment rate back into double digits and led to a major defeat in the 1938 midterm elections. What saved the economy, and the New Deal, was the enormous public works project known as World War II, which finally provided a fiscal stimulus adequate to the economy’s needs. This history offers important lessons for the incoming administration. The political lesson is that economic missteps can quickly undermine an electoral mandate. Democrats won big last week – but they won even bigger in 1936, only to see their gains evaporate after the recession of 1937-38. Americans don’t expect instant economic results from the incoming administration, but they do expect results, and Democrats’ euphoria will be short-lived if they don’t deliver an economic recovery. The economic lesson is the importance of doing enough. FDR thought he was being prudent by reining in his spending plans; in reality, he was taking big risks with the economy and with his legacy. My advice to the Obama people is to figure out how much help they think the economy needs, then add 50 percent. It’s much better, in a depressed economy, to err on the side of too much stimulus than on the side of too little. In short, Obama’s chances of leading a new New Deal depend largely on whether his short-run economic plans are sufficiently bold. Progressives can only hope that he has the necessary audacity.

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While the optimism and hope generated from last week’s historic presidential election returns have the nation, and much of the world, still aglow, there’s one segment of the pro-Obama population whose emotions are mixed, at best. A mean-spirited effort led by religious fundamentalists and Mormons to quash a court ruling in California legalizing gay marriage resulted in a statewide ballot referendum that narrowly passed in the same historic election. A massive mobilization nationally by lesbian and gay organizations and their friends, albeit overshadowed by the Obama tidal wave, raised millions in a full-forced effort to defeat the infamous Proposition 8, but it could not match the fundraising and zealous efforts of the religious right. Anger and disappointment have eclipsed the joy of Obama’s victory in the passions of millions, nationwide, as a result. Huge, simultaneous demonstrations are being planned in major cities from coast to coast against the Proposition 8 vote to disenfranchise the rights of significant segment of U.S. society. It is particularly painful that the vote to consciously deny a civil right for lesbians and gays came from voters who, in the same election, carried a landslide majority for Obama in the same state. It certainly does underscore the fact that the battle for the “selfevident truth that all men are created equal” has always been a matter of uneven struggles with fits and starts, gains and setbacks. But in the Proposition 8 case, it is a pyrrhic victory for the hateful forces of reaction. The cruel irony of achieving the pinnacle in the struggle for racial equality in the same election where fundamental rights are stripped from another class of persons is not being lost on the nation. It is only a matter of time, in the wake of the Obama cultural paradigm shift, before that last class of Americans institutionally discriminated against will also enjoy its full share of equality under the law. It may be the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps augmented by a couple of justices appointed by Obama, that overturns the outcome of Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. That will end that brand of discrimination, once and for all, at least in the law. The preconditions for that were already set in the Supreme Court’s landmark Lawrence Vs. Texas ruling in November 2003, when it ruled that sodomy laws constituted discrimination against a whole class of persons otherwise entitled to equal protection under the law. But long before that might happen, millions of Americans are already rethinking their attitudes on the subject, now that the hypnotic hold of the religious right has been wrested from the national psyche, and that the pro-equal rights legions of lesbians and gays and their friends have been sparked into action. One of the most eloquent expressions of this on-going social transformation came from Keith Olbermann, a newsman and commentator on the MSNBC all news television network this week. Olbermann, a former ESPN sportscaster famous in recent years as a progressive, rational counterpoint to such rug-eaters as Bill O’Reilly on Fox, delivered a six-minute commentary on the Proposition 8 outcome. Maintaining his Sports Center demeanor throughout, and disclosing at the outset that he’s straight and barely knows anyone who’s not, so as not to have a personal stake in his comments, Olbermann unleashed one of the most frank and moving commentaries in this writer’s experience. It can be found on YouTube, merely by typing Olbermann and Proposition 8 in the “search” box. Watching this will be one of the most valuable six minutes a person can spend, as it has been for about 350,000 YouTube viewers so far. From this straight man’s point of view, Olbermann asks why anyone would want to deny happiness to someone else, the way that the passage of Proposition 8 has done. To his straight-forward logic, it’s not a matter of religion or equal rights, it’s a simple matter of human happiness and love. What religion, what set of personal values, he intones, can possibly justify denying the opportunity for companionship in a cold and lonely world, to anyone who is seeking it? He put his argument in the context of the 16 states that outlawed interracial marriage as recently as 1967, and the abject lack of moral justification for that. The commentary struck just the right tone of sincere and resolute moral umbrage against the hateful excesses of the religious right that will be the hallmark of the new America under Barack Obama.

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WASHINGTON – Sarah Palin represents a huge historic leap forward for women. When Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton ran, their fates were inextricably linked with their gender. If they failed, many women felt, there was an X through the whole X chromosome. A blot on the female copybook. If not this woman now, Hillary’s supporters would ardently ask me, what woman ever? But Sarah Palin can come across as utterly unready to lead the world – or even find the world on a map – and that doesn’t reflect poorly on the rest of us. It only means that she doesn’t have enough mind grapes or thoughtsicles, as Tracy Morgan refers to brain droppings on “30 Rock,” to be president soon. (It’s W., Cheney and Edward Liddy, the CEO of AIG – who can’t seem to stop the conga line of bailout beneficiaries from going on luxury retreats, even though taxpayers have to keep ponying up – who may have clinched the case that overprivileged white men are biologically or cognitively unsuited to hold higher office.) Palin told Greta Van Susteren Monday on Fox News that her faith will guide her on a 2012 run. “I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere – this is what I always pray – don’t let me miss the open door,” she said. “Show me where the open door is, even if it’s cracked open a little bit, maybe I’ll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it.” The Alaska governor, who now thinks she is even bigger than her vast state, has certainly not missed an opportunity to throw open the door to the national press this week, letting them hang in her Wasilla kitchen as she makes moose chili and cake and baby formula and hefty servings of spin. After her brutal transformation by the McCain campaign into a shopaholic, whack-

job diva – “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” as one angry McCain aide characterized it to Newsweek – Palin is now trying to unmake that makeover and morph from uptown cloistered girl back to down-home

accessible girl. Just hanging in the kitchen with her family and a bunch of camera crews, washing lettuce and washing John McCain and his tattling, gossiping sewing circle of aides right out of her fluffed-up hair. The same McCain aides who blasted the press as sexist for wondering if Palin was hopelessly over her head swiveled around and blasted Palin to the press as hopelessly over her head. The snippy McCain snipers once loved Palin’s sassy ability to burn Barack Obama and Joe Biden with snide little remarks. So let’s see how they like the burn turned on them? She said that the anonymous aides scapegoating her were “cowardly” “meanspirited,” “immature,” “unprofessional” and “jerks.” She’s right. And where was the usually gallant John McCain during all this? Usually Republicans protect their own. There was plenty W. didn’t know during his coaching sessions when he was running for president, but it never leaked out from staffers. And yet, Palin still seems disturbingly unconcerned about how much she does not know. Calling Tina Fey. Here’s Palin defending herself on the contention that she got confused about Africa: “My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.”

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On Election Day, 70-percent of African Americans voted to take away a gay person’s right to marry primarily based on a book – the Bible - that calls on slaves to obey their masters. Mormons funded the measure – even though religious discrimination drove them from Missouri and Illinois in the 1830’s. The defeat of Proposition 8 can’t be blamed exclusively on African Americans and Mormons. There were plenty of white Catholic and protestant religious leaders – such as pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church – that share responsibility. And, there are legitimate questions about how the No On 8 campaign was run, which will be endlessly debated. For example, did the campaign’s decision to closet gay people in its ads lead to defeat? Still, there is something particularly galling and repugnant about people who have felt the sting of discrimination, turn around and step on another minority. What happened at the ballot box feels like a personal betrayal and the hijacking of history. To the Mormons who bankrolled the bigotry, religious discrimination is awful, as long as it is happening to them. For the black people who voted for Proposition 8, the civil rights movement was about emancipating black people - and no one else seems to matter. These solipsistic individuals and their prejudiced pastors appear to lack an ember of empathy and have turned freedom into a private fiefdom. The civil rights movement was much larger than the plight of black people, just as the fight for religious freedom is bigger than Mormons. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that all people are equal under the law and should be judged by the content of their character. Barack Obama largely embodied this universally appealing message and this is why he made history. (His opposition to marriage the one duly noted stain on his record) The Congressional Black Caucus, the late Coretta Scott King, basketball star Charles Barkley and Archbishop Desmond TuTu are among those who share this inclusive vision. Coretta Scott King once said that, “Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.” In the next campaign, this message needs to be taken directly to African American voters. But before this happens, the GLBT community needs to have a serious discussion so we can figure out some solutions. When natural allies vote like enemies, there is much work to be done. One person not to consult is black lesbian writer Jasmyne Cannick. In a hypocritical op-ed in the Los Angles Times, she said that the Prop 8. Campaign should have done more to reach out to black voters. Then, she turned around and said, “to tell black people how to vote on something gay isn’t effective outreach either. There’s nothing a white gay person can tell me when it comes to how I as a black lesbian should talk to my community about this issue.” This is a perversion of Dr. King’s dream. A white person should be able to talk freely to a black person about discrimination and vice versa. Cannick’s ideas are abhorrent and the antithesis of judging a person by their ideas or the content of their character. It is also shameful that Cannick claims that she went door-to-door on behalf of Obama and proudly refused to ask African Americans to vote against Proposition 8. Her actions were closeted and cowardly. Cannick also asks, “Does someone who is homeless or suffering from HIV but has no healthcare, or newly out of prison and unemployed, really benefit from the right to marry someone of the same sex?” Imagine how grotesque it would have been in 1965 if a black person had written: “Does someone who is homeless or suffering from cancer but has no healthcare, or newly out of prison and unemployed, really benefit from the right to marry someone of a different race?” Another way to stop progress is for those hurt by this stinging defeat to verbally or physically assault African Americans. There were reports that this was occurring at rallies condemning Prop. 8. Mirroring the ugly actions of anti-gay haters is anathema to what our movement stands for, which is widening the circle of liberty. We need to be smart, rational grownups and not look for scapegoats. There is a lot of blame to go around for the failure of Proposition 8 and the first step to healing and moving forward is honesty. Let’s not pretend that the repudiation of Dr. King’s dream by African American voters did not hurt more than, say, rejection by white evangelicals. It did. Equal rights for some, or at least those who look the same or hold like beliefs – is not the movement I signed up for, nor is it one that I want any part of. In moving forward, we must move beyond pigheaded parochialism and build a coalition that embraces a universal set of principles that apply to all people. If we stupidly divide ourselves by sexual orientation or race – we can only expect a race to the bottom.

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The pendulum of history has swung. The Democratic Party now has one of the largest governing majorities ever. But with this victory comes great responsibility -- to govern fairly and openly and competently. But we should also recognize that this election is a mandate for change. It is a rejection of the narrow, ideological conservatism that has come to define today’s Republican Party. The Economy Trickle down economics didn’t work. It made us all poorer. Today, this country’s wealth is concentrated at the very top to a more extreme degree than at any time since the Great Depression, ¾ of a century ago. The wealthiest 10% of Americans now own more than 80% of our nation’s wealth. The simplistic notion that they are entitled to keep as much wealth as possible without paying a fair share of the cost of the military that protects it, the roads and rails that transport it, or the education of the work force that produces it, is simply un-American. Foreign Policy The notion that having the world’s largest military (it’s 29 times larger than the militaries of all seven of our principal enemies) entitles us to declare war unilaterally and preemptively is simply wrong. When Dick Cheney said “We don’t negotiate, we dominate,” he weakened our security around the world. The fiasco in Iraq has served for seven years as al Qaeda’s principal recruiting tool and ral-

lying cry. The Environment And the notion that we should drill here, drill now, maximizing the natural resources we can extract for our own convenience today without regard for their environmental consequences or the needs of future generations, is also wrong and counterproductive. It takes us down the same dead end dependency on fossil fuels that has strengthened our enemies and bankrupted our consumers. With 4 1/2% of the world’s population, we simply can’t continue to use up 25% of the world’s energy supply. Never before has any administration used up so much of its

children’s financial future and natural resources in such a short period of time. Yes it is time for a change. And if we do what is right, if we repair our economy, restore our international reputation, end the war in Iraq, and invest in, rather than borrow from, our future, then we will fulfill the destiny that should be our legacy. We have repudiated the politics of fear and smear; we have turned our back finally on the injustice of prejudice. We have elected a man on the content of his character, the clarity of his intellect and the courage of his commitment to make America great again, in the words of our forefathers, “to make this nation a moral guidepost to the world”. This happened because each of you and all of you said to yourselves “I will make this happen.” And now it is up to you again to make this nation we love so much all that we know it can be and determine that it will be!

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Dear President-Elect Obama: Congratulations on your resounding victory in the last week’s Presidential election! The hopes and dreams of millions of voters, young and old, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, are now in your hands. Their expectations are high, and you must not disappoint. It’s been noted that the country has been driven into a ditch; perhaps there’s even a flat tire, so getting back on the highway will be even more difficult. Those challenges are tempered with an enthusiasm and positive outlook that our nation has not enjoyed in many years. As I visited the 28 precincts in the Mason magisterial district of Fairfax County, Virginia (a battleground state as you know), the excitement was palpable. Veteran poll watchers worked alongside brand new voters, and some students too young to vote. No one complained about the length of time they had to wait in line. In fact, they chatted in line with their neighbors about how happy they were to be there. Everyone was proud of exercising that basic right and responsibility of democracy: the right to vote. Just as everyone is proud of the result, so too, I think, are they ready to work together on the challenges ahead. Even though the Presidency may be the loneliest job in the world, the people do not expect you to do it all alone. They know that to achieve the objectives you outlined in your victory speech on Election Night will take everyone’s efforts, working together, patiently, deliberately, in a bipartisan or even non-partisan fashion. I hope you will remind us, as the solutions prove to be elusive or hard to define and implement, that

Well, I goofed! I predicted that Arlington would go 75 percent for Obama. It only went by 71.8 percent. Oh my! Many years ago, a friend of mine called and said that he had a strong challenger in his congressional race. For the first time he was required to raise money in Washington. Would I help him? The morning after the election the newspaper said that he had won by 78 percent of the vote. Later that day, I rolled into his Washington office and asked his chief of staff, “What on earth was that all about Frank?” “You have to understand, Dick, he thinks he has lost if he gets less than 80 percent!” That’s the way it is in Arlington! It was an exhilarating win nonetheless. Arlington, with 3.2 percent of the total Obama vote in Virginia, accounted for an astounding 32 percent of his margin of victory in the state. (Thanks to Sun Gazette editor Scott McCaffrey for working this out.) Way to go Arlington! Election scholars are calling this the most significant presidential election in at least forty years. Some date it all the way back to Franklin Roosevelt. It appears to mark the emergence

patience is a virtue, and governance is hard. I especially liked your comments about our nation not being blue states, or red states, but the United States. Sometimes, when typing the words “United States,” I find in proofreading that I have made it the “Untied States.” Yet, that’s what we have become during the past several years, the untied states, and we must work to become united once again. For our strength is in our diversity, in our respect for one another, and recognizing that what is important is our similarities rather than differences when addressing the problems that affect us all. Too often we get caught up in differences, which are very small in comparison to our similarities. Local elected officials find that most people want the same things – good schools, safe streets, clean water and clean air, a sustainable quality of life. However, those issues that can be addressed only at a higher governmental level – the economy, foreign policy, justice, health care, for example, will require new and positive partnerships that your presidency will create. Senatorelect Mark Warner and Congressman-elect Gerry Connolly are important new partners in that effort. And Virginia’s local elected officials stand ready to heed your call, too. We all have to work together to get out of that ditch. Respectfully, Penny Gross

of a new generation of political leaders and workers who will shift significantly the direction and tone of our political system as did Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. Arlington was a microcosm of the superb campaign run by Obama nationwide. Some 6,000 (yes I said six thousand, not hundred) volunteers blanketed Arlington for several months. And they were by no means all young workers. At the Arlington Democrats’ victory luncheon on the day after the election there was a significant sprinkling of 70, 80, and even 90 year olds, many of whom have been active in Arlington politics for 40 to 50 years. I cut my political teeth on Louisiana politics during the battles on segregation and voting rights. In 1966, I managed the congressional campaign of a 24 year veteran of the House of Representatives. In a remarkable act of political courage, he voted for the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. The race was very bitter and very racist. We had to hire armed guards and attack dogs to patrol the grounds of his house and campaign head-

quarters. Whenever I left the campaign headquarters for a drive in the country, I took an armed guard with me. Believe me, he was necessary. For a person with this experience, Obama’s election was more than a miracle; it was one of the great moments in our history. I attended the 1963 March on Washington, was moved by Martin Luther King’s great speech and heard Joan Baez sing “We Shall Overcome.” When I read that she sang the song at the Birchmere on the night after the election, I almost lost it! Obama’s election is about much more than race, and that, of course, is as it should be. I am very optimistic about what his presidency will bring us. Far from an America in decline, I think there is a strong likelihood that he can bring us to new heights both domestically and internationally. He is reflective of new politics in this country and will be known as the great implementer of that enhanced vision of what we can be. Richard Barton may be emailed at 

Can you remember the last time Virginia voted for a Democrat for President? Where did you live? Who were your Senators? Congressmen? (There were no women in Congress from Virginia—until Lesley Byrne was elected in 1992.) In 1964 (the last time Virginia voted for a Democrat for President), I lived in Arlington, where I worked hard, but unsuccessfully, to elect Gus Johnson to Congress. The ticket of Johnson (Lyndon) & Johnson (Gus) seemed headed for victory, but long-time conservative Republican. Congressman Joel Broyhill won by a very small margin even though President Johnson carried the district handily. In 1966, Republican William Scott replaced Byrd-supported and segregationist Howard Smith in the House after Smith lost to liberal Democrat George Rawlings in the primary. Scott later (1972) defeated one-term moderate William Spong for the U. S. Senate seat previously held by Byrd ally Willis Robertson. Broyhill was defeated in the aftermath of Watergate by Arlington County Board member, Joe Fisher, in 1974. Supervisor Herb Harris (D.-Mount Vernon) defeated another conservative, Congressman Stan Parris, in the adjoining district to the south. The euphoria of the 1974 election did last long. In the 1980 Reagan landslide, Fisher and Harris both lost. Fisher lost to current Congressman Frank Wolf, and Harris was beaten by Parris in a rematch. Congressman Jim Moran beat Parris in 1986. After the 1991 redistricting—and my one-

vote victory that year—in 1992 Leslie Byrne was the first to represent the new 11th District. After one term, she was defeated by Tom Davis. In the Senate in 1964, Virginia was represented by the father of “massive resistance” to public school integration, Harry F. Byrd, and his ally, Willis Robertson. Harry Byrd, Jr. followed his father to the Senate in 1966, but became an independent in 1970, and, like Conn. Senator Joe Leiberman, caucused with the Democrats. Byrd was re-elected in 1970, 1976 and was replaced in 1982 by Republican Paul Trible who was replaced in 1988 by former Governor Charles Robb, son-in-law of President Lyndon Johnson. Robb was defeated in 2000 by former Governor George Allen, who was then replaced by Sen. Jim Webb in 2006. Unlike Senator Lieberman, who campaigned vigorously for Senator McCain, however, Senator Byrd maintained a ‘golden silence” and never openly endorsed a Republican—or a Democrat— for the Presidency. With the election of Mark Warner, Virginia is represented by two Democrats in the Senate for the first time since 1970, when Harry F. Byrd Jr. ran for re-election as an independent. And Barack Obama’s convincing victory in Virginia confirmed the remarkable change in the Old Dominion that this native Virginian doubted he would see.  Delegate Scott represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at deljscott@

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AT ARLINGTON’S WILLOW RESTAURANT last Sunday, members of the D.C. region’s Women Chefs and Restaurateurs assembled to cook, compete and showcase their new calendar, which features many of them. Included is Falls Church’s own Aimee Suyehiro, center, owner and head chef at Argia’s Restaurant at 124 N. Washington. She posed with members of the Argia’s staff and friends, left to right, friend Karen Gould, manager Steven Mory, manager Bruce McFarlane, Suyehiro, friend Jen Short, bartender Kala McGee and friend Travis Albritton. Copies of the calendar are available for $12 at Argia’s. (Photo: News-Press) information, call Rosie Turner at 703-876-0616. Women’s Ministry Alternative Gift Market The McLean Baptist Church Women’s Ministry is holding an alternative gift market in preparation for the holidays at the Fellowship Hall of the McLean Baptist Church (1367 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. The market will include gifts from around the world, non-gifts to give in honor of another and even lunch for $5. All proceeds of the market will go to causes supported by the ministry including the Chande Orphanage in Zambia, Lenna Lavanya Ministries in India, SHARE gift cards for Thanksgiving, Graham Road Elementary School and more. For more information on the market, contact Trisha at 703-356-8179 or by email at Business Bank Hosts Chamber Charity Event The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and

The Business Bank are partnering with SHARE, Inc., a nonprofit group that provides emergency food, clothing and furniture needs in McLean, Great Falls, Pimmit Hills and the surrounding area. SHARE, Inc. has experienced a nearly 50 percent increase in requests for client services and their food pantry shelves are now empty. The Business Bank is hosting the Chamber’s monthly Business Mixer to raise money for this cause. The event will include business networking, cocktails, appetizers catered by Pulcinella and a special food drive benefiting SHARE, Inc. The event will be at The Business Bank (1451 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event is free. Participants are asked only to bring donations of $25 gift cards to Safeway or Giant, or select non-perishable food items listed on the Chamber’s web site. To register, visit www. or call 703356-5424. Mary Riley Styles to Host Magician Performance Falls



Lorenzo the Great will perform a free children’s magic show at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Lorenzo the Great, also known as Larry Lipman, has performed magic at many venues including the White House and Department of Veterans Affairs. Lipman is a former president of two local magic chapters and former president of the National Press Club and an adjunct professor of journalism at The George Washington University. For more information, call 703-2485031. Retired Educators Preview Future Travels The Fairfax County Retired Educators (FCRE) is having a slide presentation of their next year’s travel plans. The slide show will be at the George Mason Regional Library (7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale) from 1 – 3 p.m. on

Nov. 17. Some of the trips planned for next year will include “The Canadian Rockies Train Trip” in late April, Portugal in February, “National Parks” in June, covering five of the national parks Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore, as well as other trips. There is no requirement to be an FCRE member. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided at the meeting. For more information, call 703-534-3975 for reservations. Area Residents Named to Marymount’s ‘Who’s Who’ Virginia was represented by 36 of the 86 Marymount University students named to the 2008 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory selected these students based on their aca-

demic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. From Falls Church: Claudia Aranibar, Biology; Angelica Quant, Psychology; Mary Seidel, Psychology and Alexandra Vera, Psychology. From Arlington: Nasreen Ahmed, Nursing; Ann Emmanuel, Biology; Justina Melencio, Nursing and Arshia Unk, English Honors Program. From McLean: Nabeel Bakhsh, Information Technology; Rania Beydoun, Biology; Sandra Fard, Psychology and Adam Holoubek, Fashion Merchandising. From Vienna: Daniela Domestici, Psychology; Valerie Nelson, Theology/ Religion. From Alexandria: Marilyn Lockhart, Psychology and Stephanie Marenco, Business. For a full list of all Marymount students named to the 2008 edition of Who’s Who, visit http://www.marymount. edu/news/2008/11/6.htm

SCOUTING FOR FOOD: Falls Church Scouts help unload some of the more than 6,000 pounds of food collected in the “Scouting for Food” drive held on Nov. 8. The food was delivered to the food bank at Knox Presbyterian Church on Arlington Boulevard. Thomas and Michael Vaughn and Jeff Hamilton, pictured above, left to right, of Boy Scout Troop 681, sponsored by St. James Catholic Church, handle the bags, while Chip and Jay Watkins work in the trailer and Elizabeth Vaughn and Lyn Tyacke repack broken bags. Linda Rice-Johnston, director of the Falls Church Community Services Council’s Food Pantry Program, said Scouting for Food produces well over half of the food distributed by the Knox food bank each year. Cub Scout Packs 681 and 661 also participated, and Pack 675 and Troop 140 also deliver to Knox. The U-Haul store on Broad street in Falls Church donated the use of the trailer to the scouts. (Photo Courtesy: Richard L. Lobb) Open Sun 11/16 1-4

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Vienna Steelers Finish Season Undefeated, 9-0 The Vienna Steelers finished their football season by beating the Chantilly Eagles 27-0 to win the 2008 Fairfax County Championship Game for the Ankelbiter Division on Saturday, Nov. 8th. The team finished their 9-0 season with 279 total points scored and only allowed 36 points total. The team was coached by Todd Casey, George Casey, David Friedman, Joel Friedman, David Buckingham, Paul Campo, Michael DeChristopher, Mike Godwin and Mike Turner. The players on the squad are Jimmy Glenn, Paul Campo, Matthew Ziegelbauer, Isaiah Turner, Nicholas DeChristopher,

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Kevin Lanzas, Patrick Casey, Nick Evan, Joseph Schaffer, Bennett Jackins, Jack Felgar, Ethan Robertson, Tucker Mitchell, Mark Godwin and Vincent Pizzano. Jefferson XC Girls Place 3rd, Boys 7th, at States Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Girls Cross Country team managed a thirdplace finish at the Virginia State AAA Cross Country Championship held at Great Meadows. Running without one of their top runners, Lisa Junta of Springfield, Jefferson finished with 128 points – just two points behind runner-up Maggie Walker, who scored 126 points. The girls’ title went

to Midlothian for the fourth year in a row with 76 points. Sarah Stites of Reston, who placed fourth and earned AllState Honors, paced the Jefferson girls. Stites’ earned the highest finish for a Jefferson girl at states since 2000, running the 5k course in 18:30. Stites was followed by Stephanie Marzen of McLean for 27th at 19:15, Katherine Sheridan of Vienna for 29th at 19:18, Neesha Schnepf of McLean for 51st at 19:46, Rekha Schnepf of McLean for 70th at 20:12, Sarah Nielsen of Reston for 90th at 20:39 and Kathleen Ryan of McLean for 113th at 21:24, respectively. For Jefferson’s boys, the seventh-place slot was championed in a very competitive field. They were led by Colin Maloney of Fairfax, who was 37th at 16:39.

Maloney was followed by Timmy Galvin of Burke in 44th place at 16:42, Alex Witko of Springfield for 48th at 16:45, Joey Jachowski of Alexandria for 65th at 16:57, Logan Gates of Vienna for 73rd at 17:04, Jimmy Wu of Great Falls for 74th at 17:05 and Max Dreo of Vienna for 84th at 17:13. The Jefferson boys were making their eighth-consecutive appearance at the Virginia State AAA Championship. For the Jefferson girls, it was their first return to the championship race since 2002. F.C. Local’s Soccer Team Wins State Cup Title

THE BRYC AZUL U-16 SOCCER TEAM took the Virginia State Cup Title for the fifth time in a row. From the left, in the fourth row, is Coach Jac Cicala, Brianna Thompson, Emily Fredrikson, Kelley Johnson, Meg Murphy, and Katie Grasso; third row, is Violet Miller, Erin Havard, Annabel Bergin, Paige Babel, Stephanie Herb, Isabel Chang and Courtney Rodriguez; second row, is Carly Blair, Rachel Nichols, Barbara Platenberg, Samantha Scolarici, Danielle King and Liz Hodges; and in the front row, is Charlene Belanger and Gennie Little. (Photo: Courtesy Lisa Havard)

Violet Miller, a sophomore studying at George Mason High School in Falls Church, juggles her commitment to a travel soccer team as well – a team that just won their fifth-straight Virginia State Cup title. The BRYC Azul, a U-16 girls travel soccer team, garnered the title in a 4-0 win against Virginia Beach’s Beach FC Piranhas in Richmond on Oct. 26. The BRYC Azul is made up of girls from all over Northern Virginia, including some here in the City of Falls Church. Next up for Azul is the Region-1 Championship

Tournament in July of next year, to be held in West Virginia. There, the girls will play the state cup champion teams from states all along the East Coast – from Virginia up through Maine. District, Regional Honors Given to T.J. Field Hockey Field hockey players from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology recently garnered an impressive string of district and regional recognition for their overall performance. First-team, All-District honors was given to Nadya Muchoney of Alexandria, Bobbie Pelham-Webb of Great Falls and Hope Smith of Annandale. In addition, Toby Loewenstein of Fairfax and Allison Smedberg of Fairfax Station were awarded SecondTeam, All-District honors. Muchoney also snagged the First-Team, All-Region award, along with her teammates’ double-wins. Pelham-Webb was distinguished a SecondTeam, All-Region honoree, as Loewenstein added Region, All-tournament team honors to her list of things of which to be proud.

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A magical season run was topped with a fairytale ending last Saturday afternoon for the George Mason High School Girls Cross Country team as it captured its first-ever state title at Great Meadows. It was a fitting end to a remarkable fall for a team that burst onto the scene just this year. After winning the Bull Run district for the first time in team history, they placed first at the regional meet just a week later in what was also their first Regional title. Then, this weekend, they capped it all off with a third victory at the Virginia state meet. “It was a history-making season,” said veteran Head Coach Julie Bravin. “[This] was the first time we’ve had a girls team win anything big like this.” For the third consecutive week, Mason was led by a thirdplace finish from freshman Natalie Young, along with a fifth spot from Eva Estrada, also a freshman. Young and Estrada were separated by just five seconds with times of 19:22 and 19:27, respectively. Young was only topped by Megan Marsico, a junior from Glenvar, and Sophia Holmes of district rival Clarke County. Both Young and Estrada were among the AllState qualifiers, each of whom pulled a hat trick in the honors arena– All-District, All-Region and All-State. Other notable runners from

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Mason were sophomore Mollie Breen, freshman Leah Roth, junior Courtney Ready, freshman Michele De Mars and junior Brandie Arredondo. Breen placed 15th, rounding out the All-State members – one of three from Mason. Roth missed the cut for All-State by a mere 18 seconds with a time of 20:44, but helped the team out with a solid 17th place overall. Ready, De Mars and Arredondo all turned in gutsy performances at Great Meadows, despite the fact that each had separate ailments which could have easily kept them from running. Ready placed 23rd out of 113, with De Mars at 27th and Arredondo placing 35th. According to Coach Bravin, Ready and Arredondo were sick while De Mars was suffering from a leg injury and was reportedly in a great deal of pain throughout the race. Bravin noted that overcoming the extra challenges is something that many other runners were also dealing with, and that the scattered nicks and bruises on key runners probably made the race tighter than it otherwise would have been. Like Regionals, the race once again came down to a very slim margin between Mason and Clarke. The point margin between first and second was the smallest ever, as Mason pulled it off thanks to solid races across the board while the Clarke runners ended up with only three more points. Nonetheless, it was a two-

team race the entire way. Though Mason and Clarke were separated by just three points, third-place Radford was a speck in the rearview mirror of the top two schools, finishing 44 points behind Clarke. Coach Bravin said that the Altoona Invitational, a race that took place in mid-September, was the first time she realized the type of potential this team had and that her optimism just grew throughout the season. Surprisingly-high finishes at meets against the best competition in the area also helped built character throughout the team, giving them more and more to feed off of as the season went on. “We knew we had a chance [all along] but we knew it wouldn’t come easy,” expressed Coach Bravin. She also noted that the team peaked at the perfect time, continually running their best races each week in the postseason. Despite having already earned the title of 2008 State Champions, the team believes it has a lot to look forward to. The same group will be returning in ’09 fully loaded, including three All-State runners and two more All-Regions. The team will likely be heavy favorites to return to states next year and for years to come. The two dominant freshmen, Young and Estrada, have three more years of eligibility and Mason is stockpiled with talent at the JV level with reason to believe they will continue to compete for state titles for years to come.

More than anything else, the 2008-09 Georgetown Hoyas seem to be associated with absence. Seven-foot center Roy Hibbert? Gone. Heady, steady point guard Jonathan Wallace? So long. Big East Sixth-Man of the Year Patrick Ewing Jr.? Adios. Tyler Crawford also graduated, while the Hoyas likewise waved goodbye to transfers Vernon Macklin (Florida) and Jeremiah Rivers (Indiana). The loss of that senior class and the pair of defections have most college hoops prognosticators assuming this year’s Georgetown team will take a step back from the past three seasons, a stretch that comprised the most successful years for the program since Allen Iverson left for the NBA. While losing those players will not make the Hoyas better, it will give the players that remain a chance to stamp their signature on the program. And that signature should look markedly different from the Hibbert-Wallace era. The previous seasons have been characterized by the Hoyas’ deliberate offensive pace, making the most out of each possession and draining the shot clock before sending the ball to the rim. This season, expect that plodding pace to be punctuated by some opportunistic fast breaking led by the fleetfooted Chris Wright. Wright inherits the keys to the offense from Wallace and will be paired with senior Jessie Sapp in the backcourt. A foot injury shelved Wright for the majority of Georgetown’s Big East schedule, but when he returned during the Big East Tournament, his impact was immediately felt (four assists and 2-of-3 from behind the arc coming off the bench against Villanova). When he handles the ball, Wright — a former McDonald’s All-American — has a high gear that Wallace never did and this year he’ll have some teammates that can keep pace, namely stud freshman Greg Monroe. Monroe, a 6-foot-11 center with a deft passing touch, uncanny shot-blocking ability and supreme overall athleticism, comes to Georgetown as the most-vaunted recruit, again, since Iverson. Another McDonald’s All-American, Monroe was once regarded as the top high school senior of 2008 and is exactly what JTIII has been looking for. Ever since John Thompson III set up shop at Georgetown, he’s been bound by Hibbert’s less-than-lightning-like move-

ments down the court. To be sure, Hibbert was far from a burden, but JTIII has never had the benefit of a mobile big man with the versatile skill set that Monroe possesses. Monroe will be a potent weapon in an arsenal that already includes two starters from Georgetown’s 2006-07 Final Four run – Jesse Sapp and DaJuan Summers. This needs to be the year Summers steps forward and delineates himself as a team leader. Summers has the ceiling to be an AllConference player, but he’s still learning to be that star. Too often he settles for shots on the perimeter (149 last season) and meets with mixed results (.342 3PT%). Summers will need to be a better decision maker, and now that he and Sapp are this team’s leaders, he must lead by example. That’s something Sapp has often been able to do in the past, particularly in enemy territory. Most remember Patrick Ewing Jr.’s game-saving block as the pivotal play that gave the Hoyas a win at West Virginia last season. It was Sapp’s gutsy three-pointer just prior to that moment that provided the winning margin. A year earlier at Villanova, Sapp scored 16 while GU struggled to get Roy Hibbert a shot inside, including a three-and-a-half-minute stretch in the second half in which he scored nine points to bring the Hoyas from six down to two up. Add sophomore Austin Freeman, who started for most of his freshman season, to this mix and there are plenty of reasons to believe the Hoyas are about to begin a new era of excellence. There are sure to be tripping points, particularly in the rough-and-tumble Big East, a conference that could snag a record nine bids for the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas will have to earn any respect that comes their way this season, but they have the players to compete for a third-straight regular season championship in the toughest conference in the country. DaJuan Summers, Jessie Sapp, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Greg Monroe — this group won’t make anyone forget about the core of Hibbert, Wallace, Ewing Jr. and Jeff Green that led the renaissance of Hoya hoops. But they could very well make a few sweet memories of their own.

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Ft. Hunt Preschool Hosts Fall Festival

Thomas Jefferson H.S. Hosts Benefit Gift Show Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will host a craft festival, titled the “TJ Gift Show,” which will feature handmade crafts, art, inventions and upbeat music. Proceeds from the Gift Show will go to support the Thomas Jefferson High School crew team, which has consistently won state championships and went as far as Henley, England in the quarterfinals two years ago. The show will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Thomas Jefferson High School (6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria). Admission is free. Corpus Christi to Hold Annual Open House The Corpus Christi School in Falls Church will hold its annual Fall Open House from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Early

Childhood Center (7506 St. Philips Court, Falls Church) and from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Elementary Campus (3301 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church) on Monday, Nov. 17. Corpus Christi offers preschool through eighth grade; year-round day care; part and full-time preschool; all day kindergarten; extra curricular activities like band, choir and newspaper; Catholic Youth Organization sports; before and after-school care; advanced Spanish classes and advanced math programs. For more information, call Tina Doak at 703-820-7450 ext. 16 or visit J.E.B Stuart Choral Boosters Meeting The J.E.B. Stuart High School Choral Boosters will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Choral Room of the school (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls

Church). The J.E.B. Stuart High School Choral Boosters provide financial assistance and services, aid in developing student interest, promote student leadership and responsibilities and support the curriculum and activities of the Stuart choral program. Highlander Band Regional Concert The McLean High School Highlander Band will perform a Senior Regional Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria). The program offers opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians. The Highlander Band consists of a 90-member concert band, a 20-member percussion ensemble, 20 Jazz Ensemble musicians, 120 marching band members, 10 color guard members and a 70-member symphonic band.

Falls Church City Public Schools High School Principal George Mason High School George Mason High School is Virginia’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) School and has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its successes in challenging all students to reach and excel. Falls Church City Public Schools is seeking a dynamic instructional leader to become the principal of its high school. The George Mason High School staff of 115 serves 800 students in grades 8-12. The successful candidate must be appropriately certified and have a minimum of three years of administrative experience. The ideal candidate: x Has a proven record of achieving academic success for all students; x Has leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary for working effectively with students, staff, and parents; x Fosters the success of all students by facilitating the development, communication, implementation and evaluation of a shared vision of teaching and learning; x Possesses excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills; x Connects with and actively involves a diverse school community; x Demonstrates expertise in the use of data as an evaluation tool for student and staff performance, programs and instruction; x Has knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Program; x Holds a doctorate degree (preferable). Employment Date: When the successful candidate is available. Application Deadline: December 31, 2008 Application Process: Submit a completed application, current resume, three letters of reference and a copy of current state teaching license. To apply online, visit For more information contact: Director of Human Resources Falls Church City Public Schools 803 West Broad Street, Suite 300 Falls Church, Virginia 22046 Phone: 703-248-5604 Fax: 703-248-5613

Fort Hunt Preschool (1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria) will host a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the school. Enjoy a raffle and silent auction while sampling German bratwurst, German beer, Gluhwein (hot, spiced red wine), Japanese curry rice, hot dogs and baked goods. A moon bounce, calligraphy, truck touch, games, crafts and storytelling will be available for kids. The event is free. For more information, call 703768-7584. George Mason High School M.U.S.I.C. Days Students in the George Mason Music Department are volunteering their time by performing instrumental music, helping out with birthday or other parties, babysitting, doing yard work, housekeeping or other odd jobs to raise money for a trip to New York City where the students will attend professional workshops to improve their performance skills. Mason invites the public to sign up for student work on Nov. 15 or 22 or Dec. 1. A minimum of two students will work within a home or place of business. There is no set fee for students’ work, but the volunteer group suggests compensation that is fair for the contracted labor. For more information or to make a work reservation, contact Lisa Ensign or Ann Divecha at fccmd08@verizon. net or call Mary Jo Webster at 703-248-5500 ext. 3019. McLean Choral Parents Association Meeting The Choral Parents Association of McLean High School will have its executive meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at McLean High School (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean). The Choral Parents Association keeps parents informed through newsletters, e-mail and their web site; fundraises; plans trips for students; chaperones students to concerts, rehearsals and on trips; provides a directory of all choral students and parents and organizes the Boar’s Head Feast, among other duties. Trinity Hosts “Chilly” Chili Cook-Off Trinity School at Meadow View (2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church) will host a “Chilly” Chili Cook-Off, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 where guests can sample various homemade chili dishes and vote for their favorites by placing donations in the jars next to the chili. Past winners have included both meat and veg-

etarian chili. The event is free and open to the public, and all proceeds benefit the Lepers in Vietnam organization. Chuck-E-Cheese School Fundraiser Pine Spring Elementary School (near Fair City Mall and Pickett Road in Fairfax) will host a Fall Fundraiser at the Chuck-E-Cheese in Fairfax (9404 Main St., Fairfax). To participate, come to the restaurant any time from 3 – 9 p.m. on Nov. 17, and let the cashier know of your support for Pine Spring. Chuck-E-Cheese will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from the event to Pine Spring Elementary. For more information, call the restaurant at 703-978-5755 or Jerusha Mitchell, Pine Spring’s restaurant fundraiser chair, at 703849-1978. G.M.H.S. Scholastic Bowl Travels to Clarke County From 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, the George Mason High School Scholastic Bowl Co-ed Varsity team will challenge Clarke County High School in an away match-up. It’s Academic/Scholastic Bowl teams compete in a number of different academic subjects. During the 2007-08 season last year, the George Mason team, which is in the top Group A bracket, tied at fifth place with Auburn High School. Falls Church High School P.E. Chair Recognized Congratulations to Heather Woodson, the Health and Physical Education department chairman at Falls Church High School, who was recently highlighted for her work with children’s health and phsyical wellbeing in the Nov. 9 issue of The Washington Post Magazine. The recognition commended Woodson’s efforts to engage children in improving their own physical health. Marshall High School I.B. Information Session From 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, George C. Marshall High School invites parents and students in grades 7-10 to attend an International Baccalaureate Orientation Program. The schedule for the event features current and graduate Marshall I.B. students, parents, Principal Jay Pearson, Director of Student Services Cindy Blakeley and I.B. program co-coordinators Jeffrey Litz and Carlota Bernal Shewchuk. For more information about the event, contact the school’s main office at 703-714-5400.

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ith global warming upon us, nature is cool again. This week, we’re featuring three nature-based shows around town.

Sleeping Tree, at the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston). This exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 15. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shinji Turner-Yamamoto presents his multimedia riff on a fallen tree and the cycle of life. The all-consuming centerpiece for this exhibit is a dead dogwood tree laid out to rest on the gallery’s concrete floor. Planted ferns grow from its trunk and branches. Turner-Yamamoto also has several henna drawings of the sleeping tree, and a number of small paper pulp sculptures. The sculptures are variations on a sphere supporting a free-form abstract leaf. The henna drawings directly relate to the tree on display. The connection between the tree and the sculptures is more obtuse. Are they simply abstract trees? Or perhaps they’re telling us that trees shade and protect the orb we live on? Whatever they’re about, it’s the sculptures that will keep you in deep though after you leave here. At first blush, they seem to be the weak point in the show, but at the end of the day come off as the pithy substance beneath the razzle dazzle of decaying flora. For more information, call 703471-9242, or visit

Finding Equilibrium; Sculptures by Travis Graves, at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union St., Alexandria). The exhibit runs through Nov. 23. The gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. and Thursday, noon – 8 p.m. Travis Graves, a native Midwesterner now residing in Tennessee, presents nine sculptural pieces, and one video using wood. In fact, Travis Graves uses wood like a magician uses a rabbit. While the secrets to this magic act are freely revealed, we’re just as mum on the subject, as magic acts seem to lose

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their wonderment when too much is revealed. An 8-foot log sits perfectly balanced on a wooden saw horse placed nowhere even remotely close to the log’s center point. Another piece features a log section floating in mid air. Two wall sculptures made of hefty tree limbs are sliced through in multiple places and held in a sort of suspended animation as if some maniacal, four-bladed chainsaw had just severed them. Graves also gives us four pieces featuring paper bags. Two of the four seem to be the weak points in the show, while the other two may be the best of all. Both of those have silhouetted trees cut out of their sides, leaving a bit attached so the piece remains unified. One bag laid out on its side suspends the cut-out tree from the top of its canopy, while the other remains attached at the trunk, felling the tree through the other side of the bag. Both have a wonderful sense of depth, and playful use of light to complement their whimsical nature. This brings us to the question of the day: If a tree falls out of a bag, does it make a noise? Note: An artist talk and reception is tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 – 8 p.m., with the talk at 7 p.m., and is all part of Old Town Alexandria’s “Second Thursday.” For more information, call 703-838-4565 ext. 4, or visit

Aquifer, at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery (700 block of 8th St. – between G and H Streets – NW, Washington, D.C.). This exhibit runs through Dec. 19. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed for Thanksgiving weekend. There will be a panel discussion from 2 – 4 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 15. Aquifer presents a surprisingly diverse group of art disciplines in this open-call juried show from the members of both the Washington Project for the Arts and the Washington Sculptors Group. Who knew three tiny atoms could push 36 artists in what seems like 36 different directions? Granted a few pieces seem to push the aqua connection a tad far, but by and

large they’re all on subject. Dennis Beach washes ashore with a wonderful magic act of his own. His clear plastic piping zigzags are way up to the ceiling. Inside, we can plainly see that water is flowing up hill until it gets to the very top, where we can also plainly see the water has stopped. Close as I can figure, Beach is using compressed air blown across the top surface of the water pushing it upward, while the gravity-bound undercurrent flows down. Even after you know the score, you’ll still swear water is flowing uphill. Christian Benefiel leaves a memory of water with rust shadows left by wet wrought iron railroad spikes. J.T. Kirkland continues with our wood theme, presenting a 4-foot square piece of birch – wonderfully sly and understated work that you could easily dismiss as nothing but plywood. Two distinct wave patterns simultaneously work their way across the wood surface, one horizontally and the other vertically. Kirkland often works patterns over pre-existing patterns, so I’m guessing that’s what we have on hand here … a thin layer of a semiclear top coat over a preexisting wood pattern, but it’s hard to tell without the artist telling us exactly how much manipulation was involved. Pamela Soldwedel’s marble and aluminum abstract sculpture, titled “Sedna - Inuit Goddess of the Sea,” was a 2-foot-high sculpture made of organic bulbous forms flowing into and out of each other. Marble and aluminum are repeatedly sliced and sandwiched back together in alternating layers. The final piece seems like a magical combination of Arp and Art Deco.




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Squids, crop dusters spreading love, the grim reaper, gargoyles and smiling vegetables – these are but a handful of Baltimore-based Squidfire’s latest wares for the hip T-shirt aficionado. Since 2004, Squidfire has shot out dozens of hot designs from its large warehouse down in the Greek quarter of Baltimore and online. More recently, since this past September, Squidfire has also opened its own storefront in the city, where the independent T-shirt company offers a wide assortment of shirts, shoes and accessories for men and women of all ages. These vibrant and often wacky threads are the brainchild of ingenuity and sweat on the part of Squidfire’s co-founders, Kevin Sherry and Falls Church area native Jean-Baptiste Regnard. The precocious Regnard speaks at a frenetic pace – nothing short of necessary for the intensity of his job at Squidfire or for his professional life before heading up the company. Of the two young men who run the fledgling and highly successful Squidfire, Regnard is the consummate businessman: accountant, public relations, shipping and handler of the nitty gritty of private business. While Regnard is designing the public image of Squidfire, he leaves the task of designing the eye-catching threads to Sherry. As the head of a growing business, Regnard has capitalized on his childhood desire “to be a businessman,” he says. That story began at a young age for Regnard, in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church, where

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the son of French and Costa Rican parents grew up, attending St. James Catholic School here. Regnard has always enjoyed working “hands on, rather than listening to other people,” adding that he “never, ever wanted to go to college.” It was at the school that the young Regnard’s venture capitalism started modestly enough – the lemonade sales, picking up profits here and there as the opportunities arose. At 14, however, Regnard looked to hone his business acumen in the office place, working for a public relations firm. After graduating from Madison High School in Vienna, where his parents still live, Regnard worked across the D.C. metro area. Along the way, he found several corporate jobs that gave him experience and paychecks, stashing his earnings in the bank as he lived at home. But as a self-described “sneaky dude,” Regnard sought greater challenges, and at 18, with no prior experience in real estate, he purchased his first home in McLean. “It was like being a working professional,” says Regnard, taking advantage of the cheap publicity of the real estate world, with some advice and help from a sympathetic real estate agent. Playing the Northern Virginia real estate market in the late 1990s helped Regnard along as well, racking up a substantial savings. By 2001, with the country reeling from terrorism and financial woes, Regnard found “money was scarce” and changed his game, moving into the District and taking up a “real job” at Ernst and Young. Only a short time into his job at one of the world’s biggest au-

diting firms, and Regnard felt a “shock to his system.” He concluded that Ernst and Young was “a horrible, awful place” for him. A distaste for working in corporate America left Regnard to ponder a future elsewhere. Awash with cash from his savings and after he liquidated his real estate investments, Regnard contemplated traveling up to New York City and enjoying a total spending blitz. For Regnard, it was “the rock star thing to do” – till he realized the daunting task of spending $5,000 a day on himself seemed a waste. Rather than splurging the money on himself, Regnard turned to investing it as capital in a new business. With his friend and co-planner Sherry, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art,

the two brainstormed during the summer of 2004. “We were always shooting out ideas,” says Regnard, thinking about where they would make a niche. Regnard recalls one idea being bandied about was starting a hookah bar near Skyline Drive. The overall goal was to find a unique business, he says, where they could capitalize on customers’ interests. Eventually, they arrived at T-shirt design, which would become Squidfire – a concerted effort that utilized the strengths of Regnard, the feverish businessman, and Sherry, the prolific artist. The name Squidfire came to the duo after weeks of poring through possible web site addresses, and voilà, the company was born. Their design relationship allows Sherry a good deal of ar-

tistic license, with Regnard as the final “green light” for smiling vegetables or other prints of Sherry’s to see their time on Squidfire T-shirts. Most of the time, however, Regnard says that he stays silent in the creative process. “I’m not a maniac,” says Regnard when it comes to his own artistic drive. That said, he claims that “some of the bestselling shirts we’ll collaborate on together.” For Regnard, the most “nerve-wracking part” of the job is preparing the web site for the new releases. Squidfire released its latest line-up in May. Just as Squidfire is not the typical designer or fashion-fad T-shirt, Squidfire’s prints are, neither complicated nor too glitzy. One shirt depicts a sparrow perched on a tree teaching lessons out of a picture book to a small host of baby sparrows; another has some dancing veggies. The reason for these nonsensical designs? The genius is in the mundane, says Regnard. “There’s no explanation for them.” Regnard says that he likes the Baltimore niche. It’s there that Squidfire has made a significant name for itself. When Squidfire first opened up shop, Regnard recalls how “everyone came out to support us because we’re a hometown story with a prominent location in a tightknit merchant community.” Nowadays, Squidfire is coming close to fulfilling Regnard’s “global intentions” for the enterprise, selling shirts across the globe. With Squidfire T-shirts sold online at the company’s web site, at the Baltimore store, street festivals and art shows and, with plans to reach more than 100 clothing boutiques worldwide, the business continues to prosper.

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Again,” words that could have been used by Kent after King Lear utters the saddest line in all of Shakespeare: “Never! Never! Never! Never! Never!” The movie opens with Bond involved in a reckless car chase on the tollway that leads through mountain tunnels from Nice through Monte Carlo and down to Portofino in Italy,

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where Edward Lear lies at rest with his cat, Old Foss. I have driven that way many a time. It is a breathtaking drive. You won’t find that out here. The chase, with Bond under constant machine-gun fire, is so quickly cut and so obviously composed of incomprehensible CGI that we’re essentially looking at bright colors bouncing off each other, intercut with Bond at the wheel and POV shots of approaching monster trucks. Let’s all think together. When has an action hero ever, even once, been killed by machine-gun fire, no matter how many hundreds of rounds? The hit men should simply reject them and say, “No can do, Boss. They never work in this kind of movie.” The chase has no connection to the rest of the plot, which is routine for Bond, but it’s about the movie’s last bow to tradition. In “Quantum of Solace” he will share no cozy quality time with the Bond girl (Olga Kurylenko). We fondly remember the immortal names of Pussy Galore, Xenia Onatopp and Plenty O’Toole, who I have always suspected was a drag queen. In this film, who do we get? Are you ready for this? Camille. That’s it. Camille. Not even Camille Squeal. Or Cammy Miami. Or Miss O’Toole’s friend, Cam Shaft. Daniel Craig remains a splendid Bond, one of the best. Think the Real Estate Market Has Gone to the Dogs? Ask Suzanne for the Real Scoop!

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story of an orphan born into a brutal early existence. A petty thief, impostor and survivor, he improvises his way up through the world and remembers everything he has learned. A miraculous entertainment by Danny Boyle, winner of the Audience Award at Toronto 2008. Rating: Four stars.


SHES OF TIME REDUX (Drama, R, 93 minutes). First released in 1994, now reduxed. I didn’t see the first version, which the director considered unfinished, requiring 14 years of additional thought. Murky medieval swordfight and romance epic, gorgeous to look at. Not the equal of Wong Kar Wai’s best work like “In the Mood for Love,” despite his revisions. Rating: Two stars.


Van Damme as a Universal Soldier ever again. On the other hand, it will be easier to like him. Rating: Two and a half stars.


ET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Drama, R, 114 minutes). A disturbing story of two lonely and disturbed Swedish 12-yearolds, one of whom is a vampire and has been 12 for a very long time. Dark, bloody, despairing, sometimes faintly funny. Takes vampires as seriously as the “Nosferatu” of your choice. Rating: Three and a half ROLAND (MACAULAY CULKIN) (LEFT), MARY (JENA MALONE), stars. AND CASSANDRA (EVA AMURRI) IN UNITED ARTISTS' COMEDY


CVD (Comedy, R, 92 min- "SAVED!" © 2004 - UNITED ARTISTS - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED utes). The Muscles From LUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Brussels trashes his career, (Comedy/drama, R, 116 his personal life, his martial arts Run Date(s) minutes). Bridges the two skills,Publication his financial stability and his Size Indias, cutting between poverty image, playing himself trapped in WASH SUB hostage PRESS crisis. It 2 and x 8 the IndianTHURSDAY version of 11.13 “Who a misunderstood Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The will be hard to believe Jean-Claude

DANIEL CRAIG IS BACK as James Bond in “Quantum of Solace.” (PHOTO: © 2008 COLUMBIA PICTURES) He is handsome, agile, muscular, dangerous. Everything but talkative. I didn’t count, but I think M (Judi Dench) has more dialogue than 007. Bond doesn’t look like the urge to peel Camille has even entered his mind. He blows up a hotel in the middle of a vast, barren, endless Bolivian desert. It’s a luxury hotel, with angular W Hotelstyle minimalist room furniture you might cut your legs on, and a bartender who will stir or shake you any drink, but James has become a regular bloke who orders lager. Who are the clients at this highest of high-end hotels? Lawrence of Arabia, obviously, and millionaires who hate green growing things. Conveniently, when the hotel blows up, the filmmakers don’t have to contend with adjacent buildings, traffic, pedestrians, skylines or anything else. Talk about your blue screen. Nothing better than the azure desert sky. Why is he in Bolivia? In pursuit of a global villain, whose name is not Goldfinger, Scaramanga, Drax or Le Chiffre, but ... Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric). What is Dominic’s demented scheme to control the globe? As a start, the fiend desires to corner the water supply of ... Bolivia. Ohooo! Nooo! This twisted design, revealed to Bond after at least an hour of death-defying action, reminds me of the famous laboratory mouse who was introduced into a laby-

rinth. After fighting his way for days through baffling corridors and down dead ends, finally, FINALLY, parched and starving, the little creature crawled at last to the training button and hurled his tiny body against it. And what rolled down the chute as his reward? A licorice gum ball. Dominic Greene lacks a headquarters on the moon or on the floor of the sea. He operates out of an ordinary shipping warehouse with loading docks. His evil transport is provided by forklifts and pickup trucks. Bond doesn’t have to creep out to the ledge of an underground volcano to spy on him. He just walks up to the chain-link fence and peers through. Greene could get useful security tips from Wal-Mart. There is no Q in “Quantum of Solace,” except in the title. No Miss Moneypenny at all. M now has a male secretary. That Judi Dench, what a fox. Bond doesn’t even size him up. He learned his lesson with Plenty. This Bond, he doesn’t bring much to the party. Daniel Craig can play suave, and he can be funny, and Brits are born doing double entendre. Craig is a fine actor. Here they lock him down. I repeat: James Bond is not an action hero! Leave the action to your Jason Bournes. This is a swampy old world. The deeper we sink in, the more we need James Bond to stand above it.


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ALL-E (Animated comedy, G, 98 m., 2008). The animated story of the last surviving solar-powered robot, in a world so filled with garbage that humans have escaped into orbiting spaceships. Directed by Andrew Stanton, who wrote and directed “Finding Nemo,” it shares that film’s ability to appeal to the whole family, in a story that’s original, ingenious and touching. Rating: Three and a half stars.


ROPIC THUNDER (Comedy, R, 106 m., 2008). A troupe of actors, thinking they’re making a Vietnam War movie, gets lost in the jungle andInitial is capturedTimeby druglords who think the actors are narcs. Very funny, with a terrific performance by Robert Downey Jr. as an Australian actor who seems to think he is black. Directed by Ben Stiller, who stars along with Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Danny McBride and Brandon T. Jackson. Rating: Three and a half stars.


HE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 (Drama, PG-13, 117 m., 2008). Everything “Sex and the City” wanted to be. It follows the lives of four women, their career adventures, their romantic disasters and triumphs, their joys and sadness. These women are all in their early 20s, which means they’re learning life’s lessons; “SATC” is about forgetting them. Lots of warmth and heart, romantic cliches, seductive locations. With America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn. Rating: Three stars.


UNG FU PANDA (Animated adventure, PG, 91 m., 2008). A fat, fuzzy panda competes to become the Dragon Master and face the archenemy of the Valley of Peace, in a cute but not compelling animated adventure. The characters are one-dimensional, except for the wise old master voiced by Dustin Hoffman. Entertaining for younger audiences. Rating: Three stars.

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ELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (Fantasy action, PG13, 120 m., 2008). Imagine the forges of hell crossed with the extraterrestrial saloon on Tatooine and you have a notion of Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” In every way the equal of his original “Hellboy” (2004), although perhaps a little noisier, it’s another celebration of his love for bizarre fantasy and diabolical machines. Ron Perlman is strong again in the title role, and del Toro’s imagination provides a new array of fantastical creatures, and a Troll Market that reminded me of the saloon on Tatooine. Rating: Three and a half stars.

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By Amanda Cheek Llajtaymanta is a small pocket of rich Bolivian culture, hidden in the Graham Center strip mall of Falls Church. The name itself brings to mind images of the culture’s unique mixture of Spanish and Incan flavors in its cuisine, and although the restaurant’s name may seem unpronounceable, its savory dishes and live Andean music keep enticing newcomers, as well as the regulars. On a Saturday night, Llajtaymanta packs in its guests – diners, dancers, and the evening’s musicians. Inside the plainly furnished restaurant, it's clear the people truly define the restaurant's environment. The Andean quartet this particular evening, “El Sol de los Andes,” moves guests with its mountain folk music, playing guitars, wooden flutes and drums under the high tone of the band’s vocalist. The band adds to the restaurant's comfortable atmosphere, for those who want a taste of Bolivian tradition, and for others, a chance to dance the night away after a great meal. Spanish is the language of choice at Llajtaymanta, but the staff has English menus on hand for those who may not be fluent. From the menus, guests can see the prominence of meat in the Bolivian diet. Llajtaymanta’s menu in particular offered a variety, from conejo, or rabbit meat, to duck, beef and specialties like beef tongue and pickled pork rolls. My choice was Llajtaymanta’s lapping ($12.50), a thin slice of sizzling fried beef brisket served with a miniature mountain of pico de gallo as well as large portions of boiled potatoes, large, chewy fava beans and corn. Overall, the meal was quite tasty. The corn came with cob intact, along with oversized, pasty kernels. The pico de gallo was delightfully zesty – crisp, chopped tomatoes mixed with crumbled feta cheese and raw onions that zapped the taste buds. It was a perfect complement to the fried steak. The menu is relatively affordable, with most entrées under $12 – it’s no surprise that this restaurant earned the Northern Virginia Magazine 2008 Best Bargain Restaurant award. Llajtaymanta gives you every penny’s worth in quantity and quality, but don’t be mistaken, the restaurant’s offerings are more extraordinary than the beef brisket. Llajtaymanta has several homemade soups on the menu, including Changa de Gallina, a Bolivian style chicken soup; Sopa de Mani, a traditional Bolivian peanut soup with chicken and beef; and Fricaze, a port short rib soup with potato and white hominy, among others. Lambredo de Conejo is a rabbit stew, and past some bones, this dish is another trademark of Llajtaymanta. The breaded and fried rabbit is immersed in a rich tomato and wine sauce, then served along with rice potato and salad. Among the other traditional entrées listed on the bill of fare is the Cordorniz, which is roasted Cornish game hen, served with rice, potato and lima beans, and the Falso Conejo, which translates to “false rabbit,” is a thinly sliced, breaded and fried beef steak in a rich tomato and wine sauce, served like most entrées, with a side of rice, potato and salad. The Empanadas – stuffed pastries – are both sweet and savory. Empanada Huistupicu is stuffed with Bolivian style cheese, and has spicy or mild options. The Empanada Puca Capa is a larger cheese-stuffed empanada that is extra spicy, but don’t fret, its alternative, the Empanada De Queso, is listed directly underneath, and comes with a large mild cheese filling. At Llajtaymanta, one can experience the culture the restaurant offers to local Bolivians, as well as insight into the Bolivian cuisine and traditions it brings to newcomers.

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As the weather cools, the news machines rev up in the world of adult beverages. There are so many news items we can’t spend a lot of time and space on each one, so we’ll provide a “flight” of samples for your consumption. • The World Whiskies Awards results are in. They’re sponsored by Whisky magazine, the British publication that is the world’s leading spirits journal. Panels of judges in Europe, the U.S. and Japan vote after blind tastings in several stages. The category winners: Highland Single Malt: Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or. Speyside Single Malt: The Glenrothes 1978. Irish Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old. Japanese Single Malt: Yoichi 20 Years Old. Other Single Malt: Privus 05. Island Non Islay Single Malt: Talisker 30 Years Old. Islay Unpeated Single Malt: Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old. Islay Peated Single Malt: Lagavulin 16 Years Old. Island Single Malt: Talisker 30 Years Old. • Talk about aged whiskies. The Dalmore is launching a 50-year-old Scotch whisky expression to the United Kingdom market. It contains whisky distilled 140 years ago, according to the company which describes it as one of the world’s “oldest” whiskies. It is a limited edition release, with just 191 boxed Portugese crystal decanters being released through the travel retail sector. It is retailing for about $1,077 per unit. If you want it, better get your favorite merchant to order for you if possible unless you’re flying into British airports. • Is Slurm headed your way? The parade of drinks moving from fiction to reality apparently is flowing unabated. This is the third time I’ve been able to report on such possibilities. The first was Pawtucket Patriot Ale from the animated TV series “Family Guy.” The second was Booty Sweat, the energy drink created in the film “Tropical Thunder.” Both now are real products. Now, Slurm (motto: “It’s Highly Addictive”), the official soft drink of the 31st Century, might move from the animated TV series “Futurama” to our very own dimension. Twentieth Century Fox has filed for the “Slurm” trademark which would cover (prepare yourself) “carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks; fruit drinks; fruit juices; mineral and aerated water; bottled drinking water; energy drinks; syrups and powders for making soft drinks and other beverages, namely soft drinks, fruit drinks and tea; coffee-flavored soft drinks; Ramune (Japanese soda pops); powders used in the preparation of isotonic sports drinks and sports beverages.” • Castello Banfi, the top Tuscan wine producer, said in a statement that bottles of Brunello di Montalcino from the 2003 harvest have been released from impound and are back on sale. The Italian government had seized 600,000 bottles back in April over allegations there were too many of them for the wine to be authentic. The conclusion was that the wine had been doctored with other wines. Government investigators have not yet explained publicly why the wine was released. • Bargain-priced wines from Australia may soon become the norm. Recent bumper crops have increased the supply of wine grapes and helped drive down prices. Now, South Australian vines are showing promise of a good grape crop: i.e., another wine glut. Paul Clancy, chairman of the Wine Grapes Council of South Australia, told the Aussie broadcaster ABC Rural that last year’s crop was more than 500,000 tons and this can’t be sustained year after year. He says that with overseas and domestic wine markets stagnating, many grape growers soon will have no buyers.

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Some of the best poker advice I ever received came from someone who didn’t even play the game. You see, after a tournament I think about what went wrong. Perhaps I’d played well, consistently increasing my chip stack when -- boom -- I made a stupid play and blew most of my chips. That’s the exact scenario I discussed with my friend. I told her I was playing my usual game, staying within my system, and then inexplicably veered from that approach and entered a big pot in a risky situation. Her response was simple yet powerful: “Don’t do anything stupid!” That comment really resonated with me. To this day, when I play in big poker tournaments and find myself considering a potentially stupid move, I hear her voice and usually let go of the hand. So, what defines a stupid play in tournament poker? It’s generally when you do one of three things: bluff in a situation when you shouldn’t, call a large bet with a weak hand hoping to catch an opponent on a bluff, or gamble in a coin flip situation for a large percentage of your chips. Here are a few tips to avoid making stupid plays. When you play in big dollar buy-in poker tournaments, pay attention to the pace at which blinds escalate and the amount of starting chips you receive. In most high-stakes tournaments, there’s ample time to play patiently so there’s no excuse to make risky blunders early on. Perhaps the tournament starts with 20,000 chips each and blinds of 50-100 increasing every 90 minutes. With that structure, don’t force the action; there’s no need to take excessive risk. Save those risky plays until later when they may be needed. For example, say your stack gets low in relation to the blinds. That’s when you might be forced to make a risky all-in move in an attempt to steal the blinds, even with a marginal hand like A-7. Taking excessive risks early in a tournament is a common mistake made by many amateur players. Beginners push the panic button too soon. That’s just a stupid play, particularly in big buy-in events that offer so much reward for patient play. Consider this example. Blinds are 200-400 with a 50 ante. You’re dealt A-7 in first position and have 15,000 in chips. Sure, others in the tournament have more chips than you and you’re way below average in chip count, but it’s too early to make a desperation play.

Bide your time. Wait for a better hand. Wait until you have better position. In this situation, fold the A7 and avoid the risk of going broke. Another error commonly made by amateurs is that they take unnecessary risks when the game is progressing smoothly and they’re nicely building a sizable stack. Too often, these players will either attempt an ill-timed bluff or they’ll gamble all their chips in a coin flip situation that could have easily been avoided. Listen to my friend’s advice and don’t do anything stupid. Remember, it’s important to consider the tournament structure. In a smaller $300 buy-in event, for example, you might start with 3,000 chips and blinds at 25-50 and increasing rapidly. In this situation, you simply

can’t play patient poker. Inevitably, you’ll be forced into all kinds of risky moves. Luck plays a bigger role in these smaller buy-in tournaments so risky play is actually rewarded. No matter how you cut it, playing stupid poker is a recipe for disaster. Sharks will always be lurking at your table. They’re waiting to feed on stupid mistakes made by all players no matter what their skill level.  Visit www.cardsharkmedia. com/book.html for information about Daniel Negreanu’s newest book, More Hold’em Wisdom for All Players. © 2008 Card Shark Media. All rights reserved.

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GARAGE SALE Sat November 15, 8 2pm. Books, clothes, purses, toys, games, doilies, art, small appliance & other misc. items. 2700 Welcome Drive FC

For Sale

Prov. TA to users on computer HW/SW, incldg printing, installation & maintenance of computer systems. Assist in testing/eval. of LAN, internet, intranet and other comm. system. 40hpw; BS in Info Systems; 1yr wkexp in job offered or as System Admin; exp/know C/C++, VB, MB Access on Windows and Linux platforms. Send resume to Attn.: D. Shingala, Capital Legal Solutions, LLC, 150 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046


For Rent



7 passenger minivan, 115K miles, nearly new Michelin tires. $3000. 703-532-6181. improve or supplement your business - For Sale, due to debt of owner, a set up of cosmetology equipment including (1)chairs, (2)dryers and misc. equipment & supplies. Prices to sell. Call 703560-8518

3 lvls,CAC, FC City Schools, 8 blocks to WFC Metro. Nr bike trail. Avail 1 DEC. $1800/mo + util. own/lic agent 703-989-6873

GIFT IDEA! Records, tapes transferred to CD

bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, a/c, fireplace, laundry rm, fenced yard, $2100

tracks separated $18. VHS home movies to DVD with cool menu screen $12/HR 703-263-9212

IMPORTED JEWELRY: Pearls, gemstones, crystal, shards, more. Holiday giving and keeping! Small group showings in FC. Call Janet at 703-568-0069

HOUSE FOR RENT Cape Cod, three


Falls Church available for small business (1,837 RSF) Contact Syed @ 703-207-0933 ext 112 or


RESTAURANT- FALLS CHURCH approximate $10,000 per week gross. Established. 703-241-0979

STEEL BUILDINGS Super Discounts, Complete: Foundation, Permit Plans, Can Erect. Source# OS. Phone: 571-2362891

Help Wanted ACCOUNTANT/BOOKKEEPERFalls Church City business seeks an experienced accountant/bookkeeper. Part Time or Full Time. Please send resume with references to jlemen@

DENTAL ASSISTANT for general dentist

in Falls Church (near Tysons Corner); flexible part time hours; computer skills required. Call 703.533.1733.

DRIVERS: - Local CDL-A Career

Training Swift Transportation Trains and Employs! Dedicated, Regional & OTR Fleets. 800-397-2423

MARKETING focused position at small Falls

Church international services firm. Requires heavy phone contact with potential clients and some office administrative tasks. Seek smart, upbeat individual with marketing experience, strong attention to detail, and interest in learning our business. Offers flex hours 30-40 per week. Fax cover letter and resume to 703 532-4991 or e-mail intvat@

CHILD CARE Experienced childcare provider provides quality care for your infant in F.C. home. (703) 241-0605.

GIT RID OF IT For Removal of Junk,

Trash, Yard Debris, Appliances, Furniture & Estate clean-ups. Call 703-533-0094. We will beat most competitors prices!

GREAT CLEANING SERVICE Residential and Commercial, affordable rates, great references, excellent job call Maria 703.277.1098/703.626.0665




HANDYMAN SERVICE Windows, doors,

rotted wood, petdoors, lighting, fans, faucets, fences, bath, Flat screen TV installation and kitchen remodeling. Insured Free estimates. Call Doug (703) 556-4276


Cosmetic Home repairs and inspections. Painting, plumbing, electrical service, carpentry. Bsmts and bathrooms finished. Problem solver with references. Gutter cleaning & repair. Subpumps, drainage, snaking. Tree removal, leaf removal , and expert landscape service by Certified Arborist. Decks, fencing, siding, roof repairs & leaf raking. Service calls for appliances. 703-560-0799.




Available 7 days a week. Week, biweekly, monthly or one time. Good references in Falls Church City. 10 years experience. For further information call me at 703-901-0596. Senior discount, Ask: Susy.

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HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES. Low rates. Good references. Call Dolores 571/232-1091.

PET SITTING Going out of town?

Have a kitty you can’t medicate? Call Cattastic Pet Sitting Quality care for felines Over 25 years of experience Bonded and insured 703-899-5084

ABC LICENSE Storm Inc. trading as

Fusions Cuisine 354-A West Broad Street Falls Church,Fairfax County Va 22046 is applying to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a mixed beverage caterer limited license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Blaise Thompson, President.

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING On Monday, December 1, 2008, the City of Falls Church Planning Commission, at 7:45 p.m. will hold a public hearing during their regularly scheduled meeting, in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22046, on the following application: (TR8-60) Resolution Amending And Reenacting Resolution 2008-17 Amending Special Exception SE04-0162 For Mixed Use Development At 400-412 South Maple Avenue, Known As “500 South Maple Avenue” To Atlantic Reality Companies, Inc. and Their Successors (Pearson Square) by TMP Pearson Square LLC (First floor Retail - request to also allow service and medical office uses)

22:03 1/15/02 WV

Deadline: 2 p.m. Tuesdays

Interested persons may appear and present their views. Information on or copies of the proposed Resolution may be viewed in the City’s Planning Division at City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 703248-5040. This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. VA Relay System 1-800-526-0857


NOTE TO PUB: DO NOT PRINT INFO BELOW, FOR I.D. ONLY. NO ALTERING OF AD COUNCIL PSAS. Act Against Violence - Magazine & Newspaper (2 1/1 6 x 2) B&W APARD2-N-05130-D “What a Child Learns” Line Work

Film at Horan Imaging 212-689-8585 Reference #: 127093

(two days before publication)

Fill out our Classified Ad form online at Phone: 703-532-3267 • Fax: 703-342-0352 E-Mail: Mail: 450 W. Broad St. #321, Falls Church, VA 22046

Please include payment (check or money order) with your ad or call us to arrange payment by credit card. For public & legal notices, please email

The Falls Church News-Press accepts no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements. Advertising which has minor discrepancies such as misspelling or small type transposition, but which do not affect the ability of the reader to respond to the ad will be considered substantially correct and full payment is required. The Falls Church News-Press is not responsible if the original copy is not typewritten or legible and clear. The Falls Church News-Press is not responsible for copy changes made by telephone.


United Bank, 2071 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Virginia intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to establish a branch at 2030 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church Virginia, 22043. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application including the record of performance of applicant banks in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, PO Box 27622, Richmond, VA 23261. The comment period will not end before November 28th, 2008. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Board’s procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Adam M. Drimer, Assistant Vice President, at (804) 697-8980. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a public meeting or formal hearing on the application if they are received in writing by the Reserve Bank on or before the last day of the comment period.


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We are pleged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are herby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 3679753. Email: Web site:

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Professional Services

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Professional Services

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Liberty Chem Dry

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We’ll help you find the perfect paint color!

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Barber Shop & Hair Style


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Lawn & Garden Seven Brothers Landscaping Service

Spring Cleanup, mulching, mowing, edging, trimming. Residential & Commercial Tree Service & Snow Removal

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The Week

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city calendar

novemBER 13 Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Aurora House Citizens’ Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m. Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. 15 2009 City Decal Must Be Displayed; Regional Enforcement Begins at Midnight Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Habitat Restoration Event, 10 a.m. America Recycles Day 17 Special Collections Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. City Council Work Session, 7:30 p.m. Planning Commission, 7:45 p.m. 18 Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in Session Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m. 19 General District Court in Session Senior Citizens Commission, 4 p.m. Human Services Advisory Council, 7 p.m. Story Hour, 7 p.m. Historic Architectural Review Board, 7:30 p.m. Environmental Services Council, 7:30 p.m. Tree Commission, 7:30 p.m. 20 City Meals Tax Due (Commissioner of the Revenue) Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. 22 Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon 24 Special Collections Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. City Council, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Fire Department Training, 7:30 p.m.

Leaf Collection Schedule City crews are collecting loose leaves through Dec. 12, 2008. Residents who wish to have their loose leaves collected by the City are advised to rake their leaves to the curb, but avoid gutters and sidewalks wherever possible. • Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 28. Areas north of Broad Street (Thursday and Friday Collection Zones) • No collection on Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving) or Friday, Nov. 28 (Holiday) Residents must keep all other collection material at least 5 feet away from leaf piles. Do not mix brush or other items with leaves. These items may injure City crews, damage equipment, damage private property, and cause delays. For more information and to view the complete collection schedule, visit

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Questions or Comments? City of Falls Church, Harry E.Wells Building, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church,VA 22046 703-248-5003 (TTY 711) The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.This document will be made available in alternate format upon request. Call 703-248-5003 (TTY 711).

Remember to Display Your Red Tax Decal Falls Church City residents must display their red decals for tax year 2009 on all vehicles by midnight on Nov. 15 or risk receiving a ticket and a fine. Decals should be affixed to the right of the state Safety Inspection sticker when looking at the windshield from inside the vehicle. All decals from prior years should be removed before affixing the current one. Motorcycle decals should be affixed to the bike’s fork next to the state Safety Inspection sticker. Vehicles can be registered at the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, located in City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Suite 104 East. The vehicle registration form is also available on the City’s Web site at Completed forms and the vehicle’s DMV registration card can be faxed to 703-248-5212.

Residents who have not received their 2008 personal property tax bill and red 2009 decal must contact the Treasurer’s Office at 703248-5046 (TTY 711) or e-mail Vehicles with out-of-state license plates are required to display a City decal if they are garaged in the City. Residents requesting assistance removing the old decal and applying the new one are invited to participate in Commissioner Tom Clinton’s “Drive-Up and ScrapeOff” decal program. Visit or call the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and a staff member will scrape off the old decal and affix the new one. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue at 703-248-5018 (TTY 711).

COMMUNITY SERVICES FUND NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY Applications for the City of Falls Church Community Services Fund (CSF) for fiscal year 2010 are available and will be accepted through Dec. 9, 2008. The CSF is an annual competitive program that provides grants to nonprofit organizations seeking City support for human services programs and activities. It is the policy of the City to support nonprofit housing and human services organizations through annual competitive grants. Organizations requesting grant funds must submit application proposals to the Housing and Human Services Division, 300 Park Ave. Suite 100W, Falls Church, VA. Applications must be delivered/received by NOON on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. Staff will screen applications for eligibility and forward them to the Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) for review. Recommendations from HSAC will be forwarded to the City Council as part of the annual budget appropriations process. Grants are discretionary and will be awarded subject to funding availability. Applications may be downloaded at Departments/CommunityServices/HHS/HHS.aspx. Orientation information sessions are available by appointment by calling 703-248-5191 (TTY 711). New applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an information session appointment. For application packages and/or additional information please contact: Housing and Human Services 300 Park Ave. Suite 100W Falls Church,VA 22046 703-248-5005 (TTY 711)

Classes and Events Teen Center Activities For more information,call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711). Dance (Students grade 6-8) Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of dancing, basketball and other fun games. Admission is $3 and refreshments will be sold. Sport Rock (Ages 10-14) Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3-7 p.m. Test your rock climbing skills at Sport Rock. Climbers must wear sturdy, loose fitting clothes and must wear sneakers. Waivers are required. Fee is $40. ESPN Zone Thursday, Nov. 20, 3-7 p.m. for Ages 10-14 Tuesday, Nov. 25, 3-7 p.m. for Ages 14-18

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Enjoy large screen televisions, air hockey, bowling, basketball, arcade games and great food! Please bring money for the metro, games and food. Fee is $20. Teen Council Meeting (Students grade 5-7) Tuesday, Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m. Community Center Become a member the Falls Church Teen Council and join in the efforts to help our community and improve teen programs. Meetings are held monthly and individuals should register through the Community Center. Membership fee is $15. City of Falls Church Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8 a.m. - Noon

Growing Green Celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15 On Nov. 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment. Make a commitment to step up your recycling effort by taking the national online pledge at Pick up a printed pledge card at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N.Virginia Ave.) and enter to win the regional drawing for the following prizes (offered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments): • One entrant (K-12 student) will win a $300 gift certificate at a bicycle shop AND a $500 grant to the K-12 school environmental club or project of the winner’s choice. • One entrant (any age) will win a $300 gift certificate at a bicycle shop. Thanks to the City’s newly expanded recycling program,recycling is easier than ever,which in turn makes it easier for you to take the pledge to properly prepare your recycling. Visit www. for information on the City’s recycling program. For more information about the benefits of recycling, visit or contact the Environmental Programs Specialist at 703-248-5176 (TTY 711) or

Calling All Investors! The Mary Riley Styles Public Library is offering free one-hour classes on its S&P NetAdvantage investment database on Monday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. Available from either your home or Library computer, S&P NetAdvantage provides detailed information on individual stocks and mutual funds as well as markets, industries, and sectors. Learn how to compare mutual funds, screen for stocks or funds, access the Outlook newsletter, and more.For more information or to register for a class, please stop by the Library’s Reference Desk or call 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).

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Life Line Screening will be at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike) on Saturday, Nov. 22 to perform non-invasive preventive health screenings. Five screenings will be offered to scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat, which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149. Blood testing for lipids, glucose and CRP is available for an additional $70. Screenings take 60-90 minutes. Call 1-800-324-1851 to pre-register.

Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division 223 Little Falls Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703-248-5077* Phone Numbers Open Gym/Weather Hotline 703-248-5125* Special Events Hotline 703-248-5178* Fax 703-536-5125 Senior Center 703-248-5020*/21* Community Center Hours Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - Midnight Saturday 8:30 a.m. - Midnight Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Open Gym Hours Open Gym hours are updated on a bi-weekly basis and are also posted on the Open Gym Hotline, 703-248-5125*. All hours are subject to change. * Indicates TTY 711 Accessibility

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ly Focus

Chairman: Ronald Peppe II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman: Susan Kearney . . . . . . . . . . . School Board Rosaura Aguerrebere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Hyland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kieran Sharpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Wodiska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superintendent: Dr . Lois Berlin . . . . . . . . . . .

government and the falls church city public schools

NOVEMBER 13-19, 2008

For more news about the Falls Church City Public Schools visit:

Beginning this month, the Thomas Jefferson Elementary guidance office is hoping to provide a visual answer with a monthly bulletin board. The display will feature career information tied to subjects students are learning.

Salute Veterans

Who Uses Math?: November’s TJ Career Bulletin Board features (clockwise from top left) Tom Gittins of Art & Frame of Falls Church, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, Steven Lukis, chef at Wildfire Restaurant, and Berhane Habtegabr and Marina Westbrook from Burke & Herbert Bank.

What better way to learn history than to hear it from some of those who helped make history? U.S. armed forces veterans stopped by Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Tuesday, for a Veterans Day luncheon in their honor. Students learned what it’s like to serve in the U.S. military both in peacetime and in wartime, and the luncheon gave the stu-

dents an opportunity to thank those who pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

U.S. Navy Capt. James Custer enjoys lunch with his sons and their friends at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Tuesday.

The Mary Ellen Henderson flag team presents the colors during Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School’s Veterans Day program on Tuesday.

This month the focus is on “Who Uses Math?” The board, located just outside the TJ Library, features celebrities, parents and local business owners each explaining how math is used in their professions. Future months will concentrate on the academic areas of writing, social studies, art, Spanish, science, music and physical education. The Career Bulletin Board is maintained by TJ counselor Carol Seaver and BIE coordinator Marybeth Connelly.

FCC-TV Spotlight: George Mason High School Coffee House Tune in to Falls Church Community Television (FCC-TV) to see “The Suppliers” on the GMHS Coffee House program . The GMHS Coffee House features student musicians performing for fans in the FCC-TV studio . You can catch the GMHS Coffee House on FCC-TV at the following times: • Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p .m . • Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 p .m . • Saturday, November 22 at 6:30 p .m . • Sunday, November 23 at 11:00 a .m . FCC-TV airs on Cox Channel 12, Verizon Channel 35 and RCN Channel 2 . For a complete schedule of the variety of community programs on FCC-TV, visit .

BIE Partner of the Week Mary Anne Carlson Arbonne International School Involvement: Donated Arbonne skin care samples to new teacher welcome bags; provided fundraisers for Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School PTA and George Mason High School PTSA and donated 100% of the profits to the organizations; donated gift items to Falls Church Education Foundation silent auction . Why Mary Anne is a BIE partner: “It is a natural for me to be a BIE Partner . With children in the schools, it makes sense to unite my parent volunteering with my business in ways that I can contribute to both .” For more information about sharing your expertise through the BIE Partnership, visit or contact Marybeth Connelly at connellym@fccps .org .

Foundation Footnotes

beat the call by responding to $1 a Day appeal Falls Church residents were recently sent a letter from Falls Church Education Foundation President Dan Gardner seeking support for the annual “Dollar-A-Day” campaign . Residents are asked to give a dollar per school day, or $180 for the year, to ensure that excellence in public education will continue to be the value that distinguishes the City of Falls Church from other communities . Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Legacy Endowment Fund to provide long-term support to the Falls Church City Public Schools . Donors should send in their contribution by November 17th to “Beat the Call” from the Foundation’s volunteer callers during the week of November 17th through the 21st . The Foundation is a registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization . For information about the Falls Church Education Foundation, visit or contact Donna Englander at denglander@fcedf .org . School content published in The Weekly Focus is written and edited by the Falls Church City Public Schools. For more information, contact the Falls Church City Public Schools Communications Office. Phone: (703) 248-5699 Fax: (703) 248-5613.

GMHS M.U.S.I.C. Days End Dec. 1 Only two weekends remain for you to get help with those fall chores; leaf raking, gutter cleaning. Or do you just need a babysitter or a birthday party helper? What about a musician for your holiday season party? M*U*S*I*C Days, which stands for Many Useful Students In our Community, is an annual fundraiser for the George Mason High School music department. Students from the GMHS Band and Choral programs have set aside the weekends of Nov. 22nd and Dec. 1st. The work is to raise money to offset travel expenses for their trip to New York

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TJ Launches Career Bulletin Board Middle School Students It is a question many students ask as they toil through the day’s lesson: “When am I ever going to use this stuff?”

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City later this year. Mason musicians will be attending professional workshops aimed at improving their performance skills. While the students do not charge standard fees for the work they do, they do encourage fair pay for good labor.

SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES ARE SubjEcT To chAngE Testing now-11/14 Kuder Interest/naviance (gM) November 13 7:45 a.m. BIE Advisory Board (MD) 17 5:00 p.m. Day Care Advisory Board Subcommittee (TJ) 5:00 p.m. Mason @ Clarke County (Scholastic Bowl) 19 7:00 p.m. Elementary PTA (MD) 7:00 p.m. Day Care Advisory Board (TJ) 20 3:45 p.m. McLean @ Mason (Wrestling) 6:00 p.m. TJ Art Exhibit (Styles Library) 7:30 p.m. “Brigadoon” Performance (GM) 21 7:30 p.m. Falls Church @ Mason (B Basketball – Scrimmage) 7:30 p.m. Mason @ Heritage High (G Basketball – Scrimmage) 7:30 p.m. “Brigadoon” Performance (GM) 22 10:30 a.m. GMHS Scholastic Team on “It’s Academic” (NBC4) 7:30 p.m. “Brigadoon” Performance (GM) 24 7:00 p.m. National Honor Society Inductions (GM) 25 7:00 p.m. School Board Work Session (City Hall) 8:30 p.m. School Board Regular Meeting (City Hall) (MD) Mt. Daniel School (TJ) Thomas Jefferson Elementary (MEH) Mary Ellen Henderson Middle (GM) George Mason High (CO) Central Office Check the FCCPS Web site for more calendar information.

To request a student’s help, contact Lisa Ensign or Ann Divecha at or Mary Jo Webster at 703-248-5500 x 3019. Please make your request as soon as possible for the weekend you need help.

Berlin, 14 Educational Leaders to Study IndiaVirginia Economic and Education Links Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Lois Berlin, Virginia Secretary of Education Thomas Morris and 12 other Virginia school division superintendents will visit businesses and schools in India next week to learn how that country’s economy is tied to Virginia and what they can do as education leaders to help Virginia students become more globally competitive. The superintendents were selected to participate in the University of Virginia-Virginia Association of School Superintendents India as a Global

Partner Program, which is being funded completely by 40 companies and organizations with offices in Virginia. “Our school system’s mission statement includes preparing our students to be productive citizens in a global society,” Berlin said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to learn first-hand about the culture and societal structure of India and to share my experiences with our staff and students.” While in India, the Virginia delegation will travel to Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi where they will visit several companies that conduct business in Virginia and the United States. They will also have the opportunity

to visit and speak with faculty and students at the India Institute of Technology in Mumbai, one of several universities that are the Indian equivalent of MIT. In addition, they will tour several elementary and secondary schools to learn about education in India and how Indian students are being prepared for success in the global economy. The superintendents’ selection was based on their commitment to attending sixteen hours of classes at UVA prior to travel, to making presentations in their schools and communities on what they learned, and to developing international partnerships with the schools they visit in India.

November 13 - 19, 2008




Diener & Associates, CPA. . . . . . . . . 241-8807 Eric C. Johnson, CPA, PC . . . . . . . . 538-2394 Hassans Account & Tax Services . . . 241-7771 Mark Sullivan, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . 571-214-4511 Walsh & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448-0073 Hahn & Associates, PC, CPAs . . . . . 533-3777 Falls Church Antique Company . . . . 241-7074 Antique Annex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241-9642

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Sunrise of Falls Church . . . . . . . . . . . 534-2700 Bose Law Firm: Former Police . . . . . 926-3900 Mark F. Werblood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-9300 Janine S. Benton, Esq. . . . . . . . . . . . .992-9255


Beyer Volvo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237-5000 Swedish Motor Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237-0988

Computer services








Barber Shop & Hair Style . . . . . . 571-641-3200

book Binding

BCR Binders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-9181


Jon Rizalvo, PAYCHEX . . . . . 698-6910 x27045





Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . 652-0675 Mike’s Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 978-2270 Bubba’s Bar-B-Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560-8570

Direct Cleaning Services . . . . . . . . . 858-4589 Pressure Washing/Deck, Siding . . . . 980-0225 Liberty Chem Dry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-0239 Maid Brigade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 823-1922 Carpets, Ducts, Windows . . . . . . . . . 823-1922



Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. . . 519-1634 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241-3505 Acacia Federal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 506-8100

Dr. Solano, . . . . . . 536-4366

home care


home improvement

Alba Construction, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 204-0733 Carol S. Miller, LCSW . . . . . . . . . . . . 395-4980 Josette Millman, APRN . . . . . . . . . . . 855-0396 Drs. William Dougherty, Julie D. Tran 532-3300 Drs. Mark A. Miller, Melanie R. Love . . 241-2911 Dr. Nimisha V. Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-1993

Equipment REntal/Sale

VA Outdoor Power Equipment . . . . . 207-2000 EZ Tool Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 531-4700 Ace Tool & Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . 532-5600

Dr Gordon Theisz, Family Medicine . 533-7555 The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy . . . 536-4042

Human Touch Home Health . . . . . . . 531-0540 Arlington Color Consultants . . . . . . . 241-8548 Masonary Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443-2308 Williams Remodeling . . . . . . . . . 571-263-6405 Andy Group Construction . . . . . . . . . 503-0350 Joseph Home Improvement . . . . . . . 507-5005 FC Heating & Air Service . . . . . . . . . 534-0630 Shiner Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560-7663 J & S Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448-1171 The Vinyl Touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 793-3111




pet services


real estate

Academy of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 938-8054 World Children’s Choir . . . . . . . . . . . 883-0920 Columbia Institute - Fine Arts . . . . . . 534-2508 CARR Piano Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 750-2256 Foxes Music Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-7393 Dog Trainer - Nicole Kibler . . . . . . . . 593-6340 Merelyn Kaye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .790-9090x218 . . . . . . . . . . 237-0222 Casey O’Neal - ReMax . . . . . . . . . . . 824-4196 Rosemary Hayes Jones . . . . . . . . . . .790-1990 Leslie Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .675-2188 The Young Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .356-8800 Shaun Murphy, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . 868-5999 . . . 741-7562 Susan Fauber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395-8741


interior design jewelry



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Galleria Florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 536-0770 Falls Church Florist, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 533-1333 Art and Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-4202






Healthy by Intention, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 534-1321 Massage & Hair Removal . . . . . . . 571-282-4522 Sheraton Premiere Women’s Massage 403-9328





immigration services


Wertime Financial Service . . . . . . . . . 237-0003




Point of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237-6500

Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 536-0140 Sacred Well Yoga and Healing . . . . . 989-8316


NADsys - Computer Sale & Repair . . . . . 534-3800 Systems Management Technology . 891-1491 x14


Stifel & Capra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407-0770


CGA Immigration Associates, LLC. . . 578-3556 Bob Snyder - Life/Health/Disability . . . 449-0117 State Farm Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . 237-5105 design2follow llc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-1610 . . . . . . . . . . . 901-3738 Caliber Mower Service & Repair . . . . 691-2995 Dragon Fly Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-353-8404 Sweet Garden Lawn Care . . . . . . . . . 627-7723 Weaver Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323-9251 Lawn Care Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 691-2351

Tailor Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-8886 All Travel & Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-4091 Your Computer Tutor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204-2821 TCY Learning Solutions, LLC . . . . . . 371-9067


Mottern Masonry Design . . . . . . . 571-212-1711

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