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New Report Urges Council To Lower Speed Limit

NEWS-PRESS GETS A PART

Stoddard, Advisory Board Member Make Joint Appeal by Nicholas F. Benton

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An ominous graphic attended the submission of a report by Falls Church’s talented young Planning Czar Paul Stoddard and Jessica Hegenbart of the City’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT). Its straightforward title is its demonstrable conclusion, that, “The Likelihood of Fatalities Increases Exponentially With Vehicle Speed.” It demonstrates, based on data, that of citizens hit by a moving vehicle, if that vehicle is traveling at 23 miles per hour, 10 percent will be killed. If the speed is 32 miles per hour, then 25 percent of those hit will die. And, if the vehicle is moving at 50 miles per hour, not that uncommon even on residential streets in Falls Church, a stunning 75 percent of those hit will die. This coming Monday night, the Falls Church City Council is

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AT LAST WEEKEND’S fabulous production of Pippin at Meridian High School, a giant image of the mighty Falls Church News-Press was displayed during a scene to accent news of a development in the play. The News-Press handled its role with grace and aplomb. (Photo: News-Press)

F.C.’s Gift Card Program to Begin on Saturday by Nicholas F. Benton

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In one of the strongest programs yet devised to support small businesses in the City of Falls Church, the City will begin deploying resources from

federal Covid pandemic relief funds for a “Little City Gift Card” program in time for the holidays. Gift cards will go on sale on Small Business Saturday this Saturday, Nov. 26, that will offer sizable discounts for shoppers. Funds from the federal

American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) will be used to reimburse the small businesses that have signed up to participate. The cards will come in digital form that participants can obtain at the City’s website at fallschurchva.gov/GiftCard.

The cards offer truly sizable deals for patrons of the local small businesses. Someone buying a $100 gift card will get a free $50 gift card from the City. In other words, for $100, a

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Inside This Week Arlington Turkey Trot: 17 Years of Helping Locals

The Arlington Turkey Trot draws more than 4,000 participants each Thanksgiving morning. Learn about the history of the trot and how it’s helping local charities and organizations. See Page 8

Index

News Briefs.........................................2 Comment....................................5,15,16 Editorial.................................................6 News & Notes................................10,11 Calendar........................................12,13 Crime Report......................................16 Classifieds..........................................17 Sports.................................................18 Critter Corner......................................18 Business News...................................19


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F.C. Annual Lighting of Broad Street Trees is Monday

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The annual lighting of the Broad Street trees in Falls Church at a new location: Modera Founders Row (110 Founders Ave.) on Monday, November 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. City officials and friends will gather for hot chocolate and cookies from Rock Star Realty Group. The City of Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa as well. Giveaways and treats from future Founders Row businesses Chasin’ Tails, Roll Play, Nue, 4EverYoung, and Ellie Bird will be included. Barbie’s Doggie Bakery and Barkley Square will be on hand with treats. Dinner can be had from the I Smoke You Eat food truck. Parking instruction are as follows: Enter garage entrance via West Broad Street OR turning from Park Avenue to Founders Avenue. Please note that access to Founders Avenue from Broad Street will be closed.

F.C. Economic Development Committee to Meet Dec. 1

Fairfax Dems Again Boost ‘Foster Kid Gift Drive’

the Family Assistance Fund which remained a vital source of support for at-risk populations including those most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Working closely with FCCPS Social Workers and the FCCPS Food Services team, the Family Assistance Fund was able to provide rapid assistance.

The Fairfax Democratic Committee is again seeking support for its annual Foster Kid Gift Drive. Last year, the committee set a record for number of donations and money raised for the cause with over $48,000 in gift cards, presents, candy, and contributions going to support the county Department of Family Services and the teens and children it serves. Co-Chaired by Fairfax County Board chair Jeff McKay and State Senator Barbara Favola, this year’s drive will help over 200 teens and children in the foster care system in Fairfax County. Contributions are being accepted in the form of monetary gifts, Amazon

The usual monthly meeting of the Falls Church City Council’s Economic Development Committee co-chaired by Council members Letty Hardi and Phil Duncan will combine November and December meetings into a single Thursday, Dec. 1 meeting at the Oak Room in the Falls Church City Hall at 1 p.m., it was announced yesterday.

F.C. Education Foundation Seeks Year End Contributions The Falls Church Education Foundation is appealing for year end contributions to continue its work in support of the Falls Church City Public Schools. This year. the FCEF disbursed over $250,000 in support of the schools. Over $31,000 was disbursed through

News-Press’ Annual Holiday Party Set for Dec. 15 The News-Press announced this week that its annual holiday party, with all friends of the paper invited, will be held at the Art Space of F.C., 700 W. Broad, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. It will feature live music by the Meridian High School jazz band and will be catered by Anthony’s Restaurant. No RSVPs are needed.

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Your 2022 Little City Guide to:

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The Little City e-gift card can be used at participating businesses, making it easier for you to shop local this holiday season! Available November 26 fallschurchva.gov/GiftCard

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Nov - Dec Holiday Farmers Market

Ends Dec 12 Toys for Tots

Dec 15 - 23 Santamobile

Happy N ew Year! Dec 31 Watch Night

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F.C.’s Gift Card Program ‘Most Comprehensive’ Subsidy Program

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patron receives $150 in buying power. A $30 card will get a free $15 gift from the City and a $50 card will get a free $25 from the City. Patrons are limited to three bonus gift cards each and the cards will expire 90 days from the date of issue. A long list of local businesses are participating in the program. It is the most comprehensive subsidy program since the City’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) offered a direct grant program to qualifying small businesses using ARPA funds to offset severe losses resulting from the pandemic the last two years. The list of businesses qualifying in the “Little City Gift Card” program is extensive. Broken down into categories of goods and services, they include: Beauty – Great Lengths DC, Kess Hair and Skin Care, Mai Van Hair Salon, Nash Hair Design, Perfect Endings Hair

Salon, Rejuvenate Hair and Skin, Salon 7 Nails Spa, Snip Snip Barber Shop. Entertainment – Clay Cafe Studio, Creative Cauldron, Falls Church Arts, The State Theatre. Grocery – Babylon Market. Healthcare – Ascension Chiropractic, Body Dynamics, Comfort First Family Dental, Dr. Poorvi Shah, Osteopathy and Integrative Medicine, Falls Church Foot and Ankle, Falls Church Pharmacy, Vision Consultants and Surgeons. Retail – Action Music, Bikenetic, Brown’s Hardware, Coleman Pow e r Sp or t s , Dominion Jewelers, Doodlehopper 4 Kids, Falls Church Antique Center, Falls Church Hydroponics and Garden Supply, Galleria Florist, Lemon Lane Consignment, Dominion Camera by Ace Photo, New To You, The Toy Nest, Victory Comics, Vida Ciclista Bicycles and Service, Washington Diamond, Zoya Atelier. Fitness – Falls Church Jazzercise, Jhoon Rhee Tae

Kwon Do, YogaSteady. Food and Drink – Audacious Aleworks Brewery, Borek-G, Cafe Kindred, Clare and Don’s Cuates Grill, Dominion Wine and Beer, Fanny’s Restaurant, Harvey’s, Kaosarn Thai, Liberty Barbecue, Lil City Creamery, Mr. Wish Eden, Northside Social Falls Church, Preservation Biscuit Company, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, Robeks Fresh Juice and Smoothies, Tea With Mrs. B, the Happy Tart, Thompson Italian, Vivi Bubble Tea. In addition, for a limited time and while supplies last, the City of Falls Church will match gift card sales for shoppers: Customer buys a $30+ gift card and gets a free $15 gift card from the City. Customer buys a $50+ gift card and gets a free $25 gift card from the City. Customer buys a $100+ gift card and gets a free $50 gift card from the City. Bonus gift cards expire 90 days from when they were

Black-Native identity and its expression through art Children’s Drawing Workshop with Monica Rickert-Bolter Saturday, Dec. 3 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Recommended for ages 5–10.

Artist Discussion: Ancestors Know Who We Are Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Join five artists featured in the museum’s online exhibition Ancestors Know Who We Are for a discussion about Black-Native identity and its expression through art. Event livestream: AmericanIndian.si.edu/ livestream

Monica Rickert-Bolter (Prairie Band Potawatomi, Black, and German, b. 1986), Mothers Uplifting, 2021. Pastel.

issued. Customers are limited to three bonus gift cards per person. An eDelivery fee of $1.00 + 5% of the gift card (non-bonus) will be applied. Unless prohibited by law, a $3.00 fee will be deducted monthly from eGift balance starting the first day after 12 consecutive months of inactivity. Activity means any action resulting in a change in eGift balance, other than fee imposition, or adjustment due to error or prior transaction reversal. The Economic Development Office (EDO) and Economic Development Authority (EDA) created The Little City Gift Card program to assist businesses and non-profit organizations recovering from the impacts of Covid-19, as well as to encourage local spending in the City’s diverse business community. The Little City Gift Card Program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). For details about The Little City Gift Card pro-

gram, visit fallschurchva.gov/ LittleCityGiftCard. The Little City Gift Card will be available for purchase at fallschurchva.gov/GiftCard starting on November 26.


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Guest Commentary: A Gay Man on ‘Stayin’ Alive’

by Fabrice Houdart

When I came out to the first person in my family, my grandmother — finally safe 4,000 miles away from my home — she told me “not to get AIDS”. It was a pretty usual reaction in 2001. She did not instruct me to be happy now that I was free, she instructed me to stay alive. I told her I would be careful and I have been. It was not hard for me. Because I have always looked at the world as a dangerous place. Shared animosity against Jews, Gays and Arabs was the glue of social cohesion where I grew up. I lived with my parents rue Copernic down the street from the Synagogue which exploded in 1980. A decade later when I told to my mother how hurt I was by my family members posting pictures of themselves at “La Manif Pour Tous”, the street protest against same-sex marriage and adoption, she suggested I: “develop a thick skin because it’s going to be like that all [my] life”. Even today and here, there is a fatalistic consensus that being gay or trans means being headed for a life of trouble. And an unconscious belief that we have nobody else but ourselves to blame for it: did we really have to be that stubborn about violating norms? In 1980, after the rue Copernic bombing, Prime Minister Raymond Barre declared himself “full of indignation” in front of “a heinous attack which wanted to strike Jews on their way to the synagogue and struck innocent French people who were crossing the street.” A very telling lapsus about the responsibility for the attack… When someone asks me how I would react if one of my sons was trans, I often say I would really prefer them not to. It’s a hard life, I think. I have written too many times about the Gay people who died around me. My friend Lee quotes me in her book on the cost of homophobia as “seeing another side of gay life on Facebook. [I] received news of friends lost to liver disease, suicides, addiction, or accident.” But of course death is only the tip of the iceberg. Because for every premature death, there is so much more widespread and invisible suffering. A slower agony. “What is done to us is not insignificant,” I like to tell LGBTQ+ people wherever I speak. “It’s child abuse” I say. That there are still children going to bed at night having lied about who they are to their parents, teachers and

priests praying for their lives to end is unfathomable. It’s truly a shame that I have to remind gay people of that. They often look uncomfortable. I tell them that what is done to us in childhood is also not repairable. Not everything that is broken can be repaired. They feel I am dramatic. How different our lives would be, if children were told that it is fine to be attracted to people of the same sex or to identify with a different gender. That gay and trans people are worthy. That we are lovable. The very thing Ron DeSantis just made illegal in Florida. It would not take much effort. The reality is that most gay men and women minimize what is done to them. Particularly, the ones who thrive in this antagonistic environment because they often develop a level of complicity. I often think of Andrew Sullivan as having written nothing but “get over it!” for the past decade. And so we make it easier by our silence. Yesterday, before the shooting, I posted about Qatar 2022. This time because President Macron encouraged us not to “politicize the World Cup” while announcing he would travel there if France got into the finals. I wrote a lot about the World Cup in the past few weeks because it is another reminder that people really don’t get it. It was best illustrated when British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that LGBTQ+ soccer fans should “be respectful” and show “flex and compromise”. Flex and compromise? Haven’t we forgiven enough? Haven’t we bent backward to have straight people tolerate us? Haven’t we appealed enough to our common humanity? I remember when the Orlando shooting happened that I modified a trip I was on to stop by New York and hug my children. I am not sure if it was because straight people were killing our children in a night club the previous night, because they would turn their back on millions of LGBTQ+ children that night or because so many were still opposed to us having children. The shooting in Colorado Springs is not the culmination of the latest series of verbal campaigns waged against LGBTQ+ people in the United States, as GLAAD mechanically denounced today, it is the continuation of a World engagement in a criminal enterprise against LGBTQ+ people. Every time we minimize it, we step away further from a solution. There cannot be true reconciliation until there is an acknowledgement of the gravity of what was and is being done to LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

The religious element in the debate over Missing Middle housing was on dramatic display November 17th, as 257 advocates packed the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Put on by the Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement—a coalition of 50 faith and civic groups—the evening of speakers, music and song came amid continued angry division over the proposal to allow more multifamily structures in single-familyzoned neighborhoods. The Arlington Committee of 100 cancelled its November 9th examination of the topic “because it found itself, at the last minute, unable to present a highquality, balanced program,” I was told. And that was before anyone knew the results of the November 8th election that resoundingly reelected proMissing-Middle county board member Matt de Ferranti. Though interpretations differ, Sun-Gazette editor Scott McCaffrey and former county treasurer Frank O’Leary agreed that the anti-Missing Middle voter sentiment was not in evidence. The groups excited by the plan filed into the Unitarian sanctuary to drumming, hymns and call-and-response rituals from the chancel. Their roll call included congregants for Our Lady Queen of Peace (50 attendees), the Unitarians (45), the NAACP (20) and the YIMBYs of Arlington (20). Also represented were St. Mary’s and St. George’s Episcopal churches; Trinity, Clarendon and Arlington Presbyterian churches; NOVA Catholics; Rock Spring Congregational; Temple

Rodef Shalom; Iglesia Episcopal San Jose; the Dar AL-Hijrah Islamic Center; the League of Women Voters, Juntos en Justicia; CASA Mariflor, Aspire Afterschool Learning; and staff and teachers from Arlington Public Schools. Unsuccessful independent county board candidate Adam Theo was there, telling me he viewed his 10 percent of the vote as “a cherry on top” of the push for Missing Middle. “When all the voices sing out loud, it can be done!” sang the gathering, led by ushers in purple shirts reading, “The Voice: Building Power in We the People.” Their pastor Carol Thomas Cissel said, “We gather to resist and reject injustice,” backing a commitment to “look at how all pieces of Arlington housing fit together.” Policy analysis came from Unitarian Pat Findikoglu, citing the “general wealth gap” and housing demand that outweighs supply. Pentagon City renter Sara Mitchell, studying to become a mental health professional, worried about “getting priced out of the county.” And Chip Gurkin, a PTA dad and soccer coach, said he “loves his duplex in the Bluemont neighborhood. It’s easy to clean, and it takes only 10 minutes to mow the grass.” Rev. Ashley Goff of the virtual Arlington Presbyterian asked board members present to “take a prophetic stance” and include the controversial six-and eight-plex buildings. Board member Christian Dorsey welcomed the hope demonstrated by the “diverse” roll call before shifting to the practical. Zoning in the past “was weaponized” to “separate us,” he said, “and it makes no sense to have

three-fourths of the land not included” in efforts to rebalance. “The details are well-understood, and we know the path. But it’s not always quick.” Asked to respond, Peter Rousselot of Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future, told me that, while churches can play an important role, ASF’s concern is the “degree to which the participants in the event may be supporting the government’s proposal because they believe it will add racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic diversity, or add affordable housing.” ASF’s research “has demonstrated that none of these desirable outcomes will occur.” Board member Libby Garvey, a Quaker, said she was “lifted up” by the poems and songs. “There’s been a lot of catastrophizing, and change is tough,” she said. “Please stay with us. I’m not saying we will do it all at once, but we will get it done.” *** A Halls Hill congregation teamed with the county on a historic marker at a notable graveyard. On November 20th, two dozen gathered for a Sunday afternoon “unveiling” at Mt. Salvation Baptist Church. Founded in 1884 by African Americans who bought the Culpeper Street land for $80, the church became the burial site for 89 community members—among them influential pastor Deacon Moses Pelham (1874 —1947). “We have toiled for years, but God sees our strength,” proclaimed parishioner Beryl Robinson. County board member Katie Cristol, recalling the board’s February vote, honored the church as a “guardian” of a monument to a “support system” from the days when that congregation was excluded.


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Editorial

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The Faces of Scrooge

One could argue that the greatest testament to the failure of our society in 2022 is the existence of the massive numbers of homeless people who live out of flimsy tents or worse on the streets of our major cities. Indeed, it is a moral eyesore that too few people are concerned about. As long as one can step over the homeless to get where they need to go, then why make a big deal out of it? The tragedy of this homeless epidemic in America, as well as the migrant epidemic, is that it demonstrates so much unhappiness. As we enter the holiday season, and families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is becoming more and more evident that the chasm between the haves and have-nots is being breached by families themselves, who are made up of members that have fallen away in one way or another, and are living on the streets, actually or at least metaphorically. Nobody wants to ask the serious questions about how many of our families gathering for the holidays live with the knowledge that one or more of their number are quite unhappy in their lives, have either fallen into homelessness or into addictions that may, or maybe already have, claimed lives. What we may feel the least likely to acknowledge is that these people have not only fallen on hard times, but that they are profoundly alienated and unhappy. To one degree or another, they have been abandoned, by society or by their own families, such that they are alone, facing their fates alone and apart from the kind of warmth and compassion that we all value especially during the holiday season. It is true that the only ones who are likely to step in and show warmth and compassion for such individuals are those who are, or have been, in similar situations, and it is truly a great credit to organizations like Falls Church’s own Homestretch that have been willing to look this issue straight in the eye and to try to address it in a meaningful way. It is doubly distressing that, in this time of year especially, that folks recoil in fear and anger at the efforts of well-meaning officials to find a way to draw such persons back into the human fold, to empower them with the resources and the personal engagement that can open up for them a new and better tomorrow. It is a distinctively unattractive posture of resistance to policies that will hopefully revive the hope and will of underdogs in our society on overtly selfish grounds. People turn out in droves at public meetings if they think their franchise might be violated even in the slightest by a new government policy designed to open up opportunities for some of our more disadvantaged. Persons should recognize that the advancement of such behaviors is not only wrong, but profoundly unattractive and causes wrinkles and ugly markings on the faces of such scrooges.

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Veteran’s Plaque Correction In last week’s Community News & Notes section, the caption under the photo of Falls Church City council member Marybeth Connelly was incorrect. The plaque held by Ms. Connelly was the replica bronze plaque dedicated at the Annual Veterans Day program at the Falls Church Community

Center, not one of the four plaques presented at Meridian High School shortly after that program. The News-Press regrets this error and wants to thank Steve Callanen for catching this error. Below is a photo of the correct plaque Ms. Connelly was holding in the photo.

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Report: F.C. Averages 10 Automative Collisions With Pedestrians Per Year

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slated to make a final decision now that it has been empowered by the state legislature to set its own speed limits for its non-state run streets. While the street by street details will probably be left up to City Manager Wyatt Shields and his staff, the Council is poised to act on the graphic described here, and the testimony of some, like Hegenbart, who have described near misses involving speeding cars on the City’s residential streets. In the report submitted to the News-Press this week, Hegenbart opens with a description of a “near miss” involving her preteen son. “It’s been nearly three years since my preteen son was almost hit by a car walking to school. It was one of the scariest days of my life. A close call like that can make you feel dread and helplessness every time your child leaves the house on foot or bicycle,” she wrote. She and Stoddard continued in their report, “Despite parents’ best efforts to teach and demonstrate safe walking and cycling practices, children are still capable of mistakes; and so are the drivers that drive around them. Even the most well-intentioned motorists can unknowingly drive hazardously.” “Decisions that may seem harmless from behind the wheel can easily result in serious injury or even death for pedestrians and cyclists,” they write. “Pedestrian deaths in the United States have increased 62 percent since their lowest point in 2009 according to Smart Growth America, and according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pedes-

trian injuries caused by automobile collisions are a leading cause of death among children aged 5 to 14.” The report cites the Falls Church Police Department statistics showing that Falls Church averages 10 automotive collisions with pedestrians or cyclists per year. “These crashes are avoidable but we have to act now if we want to save lives,” they state. “Historically, roads were designed to prioritize vehicles with limited consideration for other modes of transportation. The City of Falls Church’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program can implement the latest street design standards to make streets safer for non-vehicular travelers. Projects can be initiated by concerned residents.” They continue, “The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has an online Traffic Calming ePrimer that describes traffic calming tools and their efficacy. Engineers and city planners have learned how to turn roads for cars into streets for people that protect us from our fallible selves. “We are all capable of mistakes: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Better traffic designs help keep those mistakes from turning into crashes, injuries, or even deaths.” “Lowering the speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour on residential streets, as recently proposed by city staff, will help decrease danger on our streets. This change is in line with efforts in neighboring jurisdictions and cities across the U.S.” “According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), faster driving

FALLS CHURCH’S Director of Planning Paul Stoddard co-authored a report submitted to the News-Press on the dramatic impact of lowering speed limits in residential areas of the City that the Council will consider at its meeting this coming Monday. (P����: N���-P����) narrows drivers’ field of view, meaning they may not even see people starting to cross the street, and drivers can’t avoid what they don’t see. Lower speeds reduce the time and distance needed to stop, allowing for more reaction time. Higher speeds increase the likelihood of a collision and decrease the chances of survival.” “Street designs should match the intended speed limit,” they state. “Research shows that wide driving lanes encourage faster driving even with lower posted speeds. Conversely, narrower lanes still allow cars, school buses, and delivery trucks to navigate the streets, while encouraging slower, safer speeds.” “One solution to narrow driving lanes is to allocate part of the street to other uses, such as cycling and

parking. Designated parking lanes and cycling lanes can be installed on one or both sides of streets that are wide enough. Other solutions, such as chicanes (described as a “serpentine turn in a road added by design and not by geography with the aim of slowing traffic”), chokers, and speed humps, can also be used to encourage appropriate driving speeds.” Stoddard and Hegenbart note in their report that “there’s a lot of research demonstrating that speed humps increase safety. In a matched case-control study over a five-year period, the Oakland Pedestrian Safety Project found that “speed humps were associated with a 53 to 60 percent reduction in the odds of injury or death among children struck by an automobile in their

neighborhood.” Also, they report, “smart intersection design makes streets safer for all modes of transportation,” as “wide intersections require long crosswalks where pedestrians may be outside a drivers’ view when they enter the intersection, and are then exposed to car traffic for a longer time. Intersections with wide, sweeping curves invite drivers to make rolling stops and high speed turns. So, curb extensions are a tool used to right-size intersections that are too large. They result in shorter crossing distances for pedestrians and increased visibility. They also serve to encourage drivers to make slower turns.”


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Arlington Turkey Trot Celebrates 17 Years of Helping Local Residents

BY KYLEE TOLAND

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While normally Thanksgiving is considered to be a day of a lot of food and family, some wake up in the early hours of the morning to participate in what is known as a “turkey trot”— a footrace of a normally long-distanced variety held on Thanksgiving day. Locally, the Arlington Turkey Trot draws more than 4,000 participants each Thanksgiving morning in a 5K run or walk through the Lyon Park and Ashton Heights neighborhoods and a portion of Columbia Gardens. According to their website, the Arlington Turkey Trot has the shared goal of “helping neighbors in need” by benefiting local charities and community organizations. Founded in 2006 by pastor Brian Webster and his wife Diane of Christ Church of Arlington, the Trot has generated over $1 million to help Arlington County residents in need. This year’s theme of the trot is “Community Partners United in Service to Others,” which celebrates the 5K’s tradition of “giving and thankfulness” by raising funds for 18 local nonprofits, including the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Bridges to Independence and more.

Mark Riley is a member of Christ Church of Arlington, as well as being the race director of the turkey trot — also known as the “Chief Turkey” — since 2013. Riley became involved with the trot in 2006 after being on the board for Doorways for Women and Families — one of the two initial beneficiaries of the 5K. He became a part of the organizing committee shortly after. “The [Arlington Turkey Trot] is a vehicle to organize community resources, to instill family fun and to address charitable needs,” Riley said. Riley stated his favorite part of being the “Chief Turkey” of the trot is “being with people in the community who love to have fun, who love tradition and who love to help others.” Jasmine Piggie is the development coordinator at Bridges to Independence, one of the 18 nonprofit organizations that is receiving funds from the Arlington Turkey Trot. Bridges to Independence is the largest operating family shelter in Arlington County and serves individuals, families and traditional youth who are experiencing homelessness. Piggie said the Arlington Turkey Trot is important to Bridges because it helps the families who use the organization. Some of the programs offered

at Bridges to Independence, such as their youth and workforce development programs, are not funded by government grants. Fundraisers such as the local turkey trot help the organization receive funding to be able to provide for the families who use it. “Going to events like the Arlington Turkey Trot is important because [people are] helping us make a difference in individuals’ lives who really need it,” Piggie said. Charles Meng is the CEO of Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a nonprofit which has been involved with the Arlington Turkey Trot since 2009. AFAC has provided groceries to families in need; Meng said a few weeks ago they served 2,516 families. When it comes to income, Meng said AFAC depends on food donations, volunteer services and private donations made by individuals and organizations such as the Arlington Turkey Trot. AFAC’s goal this year is to raise $8.5 million with the help of the trot, with Meng stating that every donation “no matter the size” helps. “Getting our name out into the community always helps build support,” Meng said, “and the [Arlington] Turkey Trot helps us do that.” Regarding this year’s theme, Riley

THE ARLINGTON TURKEY TROT draws more than 4,000 participants each Thanksgiving morning. (P����: M��� R����) said the goal of the trot is focusing on helping people in the community who “need a hand up.” This includes partnering with the church, Amazon, the Arlington Community Foundation and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, along with the 18 nonprofits, the sponsors, registrants and volunteers . For this year and for future years, Riley said he recommends people to register for the Arlington Turkey Trot

due to the “fun and joy” it brings, such as seeing the “joyous looks” on people’s faces when they cross the finish line or receive their medals. Seventeen years later and Riley stated he sees former teenage participants taking their children to be a part of the trot. “The family tradition is amazing,” Riley said. “The people that know it and love it will not miss it and will be here every single year.”

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S����� N��� � N���� Music Students Ready to Work/Perform Have a yard full of leaves that need raking? Or kids who need babysitting? Or a child interested in music lessons? Or a performance that you need someone to play for? Or some other fall project that needs tackling? If so, consider participating in M.U.S.I.C Days — the MHS instrumental music’s annual fundraiser that allows people to hire students for their fall jobs which are then donated to defray the costs of their music performance trip to Nashville. Residents can engage music students for jobs like yard work, babysitting, dog walking, animal sitting, spreading mulch, car washing, musical performance, holiday decorating, gift wrapping, etc. Money raised during M.U.S.I.C. (Many Useful Students In our Community) Days will be donated to help

students pay for travel to perform in Nashville, Tennessee, in March. Students will be recording at RCA Studios, performing at Vanderbilt University, and experiencing musical opportunities in Nashville. The fundraiser runs from October 29th through December 3rd. To request a student for a job or for more information, email Musicdaysgmhs@gmail. com

FCCPS School Board Chairs Host Office Hours FCCPS School Board Chair Laura Downs and Vice-Chair Tate Gould will be holding “office hours” at Cuates Grill (502 W Broad St ) on Tuesday, November 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members may drop by (no registration required) to ask questions and offer feedback in a casual environment. As this will not

be a private setting, community members who prefer to have a private exchange with the School Board can locate members’ email addresses at: https://www.fccps.org/page/ school-board.

MHS Athletics Hiring The Meridian High School Athletics Department is actively seeking applicants for various positions. They are as listed: Boys Varsity Head Tennis Coach, Boys Varsity Assistant Tennis Coach, Girls Varsity Head Tennis Coach, Girls Varsity Assistant Tennis Coach, Girls Soccer Assistant Coach, Varsity Head Golf Coach, Varsity Assistant Golf Coach and Volunteer Coaches (Fall, Winter, Spring seasons).

OSE Artists at Local Coffee Shop The artwork of thirty 3rd

PIPPIN was performed at Meridian last weekend, with the help of an amazing group of musicians, cast and crew. (P����: FCCPS) graders is currently on display at Rare Bird Coffee Roasters. Check it out between now and November 27th. They used white charcoal and colored pencil on black paper to create their masterpieces.

OSE Teacher Performs at Kennedy Center Ms. Kay Reid is a member of

the Friday Morning Music Club, an organization of musicians that performs classical music around DC free of charge. The Avanti Orchestra is the orchestral ensemble for the organization. She played her clarinet with the group at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. She performed in the Variations on a Rococo Theme, composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, and Le Tombeau de Couperin, composed by Maurice Ravel.


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Eat and Be Thankful for Local Desserts Northside Social & Liberty BBQ

Harvey’s Valentine’s Bakery & Meat

Nothing Bundt Cakes Grace’s Bakery

Acme Pie Company

Happy Tart

Thanksgiving Dessert Locations Northside Social: Maple Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cinnamon Pie, Brown Sugar Pecan Pie. (pictured) northsidesocialva.com Liberty Barbeque: Maple Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cinnamon Pie, Brown Sugar Pecan Pie. (pictured) libertyfallschurch.com Harveys: Honey Cake (pictured) a fan favorite at Harveys. On the regular menu, sold out for Thanksgiving. harveysva.com Valentine’s Bakery: Cherry pie (pictured), assorted flavors offered. Available FC Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Bakeshop: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan, Macooans (pictured) and various other pastries. bakeshopva.com/menu Grace’s Bakery: Assorted Coffee cakes (pictured), pies and more. Available FC Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Nothing Bundt Cakes: Give Thanks cake, Sweetest in the Patch cake, Harvest Hats and varrious seasonal flavors of Bundtinits (pictured). nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/0299-falls-church-va

Acme Pie Company: Vegan Peary Cherry & Pecan Chocolate Maple (pictured). Various flavors offered and available regularly at Harveys & Acme Pie company. acmepieco.com/

The Happy Tart:

Pumpkin Roll, Apple Pie, Sour Cream Apple, Cranberry Linzer Tart (pictured), Pecan Pie, Chocolate Pecan, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Praline. thehappytartfallschurch.com

All pies and desserts are subject to availabilty, please contact local restaurants and bakeries for more information.


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THE SAINT JAMES GIRL SCOUT TROOPS 5051 and 50188 recently assembled 33 boxes for Operation Christmas Child to help children ages 3 — 14 this holiday season. The troop has been working on service projects throughout the year. ( Photo: Bethany Scully)

THE FALLS CHURCH VFW POST 9274 hosted the annual youth awards, which includes the winner of the Patriot’s Pen essay competition Patrick Scully. (Photo Courtesy: Post Chaplain)

F.C. Little League Celebrating Anniversary in 2023

Greater Washington Area (GWA) customers more than 33 million hours of time in one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S. In commemoration of the Anniversary, Transurban has released a report detailing the significant impact the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes have had in transforming the region. In addition to the report, the annual State of the Lanes polling research that provides insights on how customers continue to value the expanded travel choices of the Express Lanes is being released.

As the first Little League in the state of Virginia, the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is looking forward to celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2023. They are asking for the community’s help to create a special logo for the 75th anniversary and everyone is welcome to enter the Logo Contest. Be creative and be innovative. One can design whatever they like — it just has to celebrate FCKLL’s 75 anniversary (1948 – 2023) and a love for baseball! The logo will be used on promotional materials, jerseys and merchandise throughout the 75th anniversary year. For full details and for logo submission instructions, please visit www.fckll. org or email erika@fckll.org with questions. Designs must be submitted by December 2nd to be included in the contest.

addition to the usual fare and events, members of the DMV Viet-American Community joined Post members in serving a meal that included traditional Vietnamese Dishes as they welcomed in the families and friends of these Alumni following the ceremony recognizing their sacrifices at the high school. Following this the post presented its community awards including scholarships, Teacher of the Year, and Sponsor of the Year Awards. Each year the VFW accepts entries for its Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. This year America’s high school students were required to answer, “Why Is the Veteran Important?” while middle school students had the opportunity to declare, “My Pledge to Our Veterans.” In addition to the Student awards the Post also recognized a Business Sponsor of the Year and Teacher of the Year from the community.

Falls Church VFW Post Hosts Annual Youth Awards

ArtsFairfax Expands 202223 Artist Program

At this year’s annual Veterans Day open house the Post welcomed in the community including the families and friends of several Marshall High School Alumni who lost their lives serving in the Vietnam war. In

ArtsFairfax is expanding the Artist Residency Program to new locations throughout Fairfax County. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the ArtsFairfax Artist Residency Program will embed pro-

fessional performing and visual artists at a Fairfax County park, library, school, community center, and an affordable housing community to bring interactive arts opportunities to neighborhoods underserved in the arts. Through residencies ranging from one to four months, participants of all ages will benefit by working sideby-side with professional artists and receiving arts instruction that otherwise might not be available to them. These free, interactive arts experiences will provide participants with a creative outlet, help them gain skills in the arts, and foster intergenerational engagement and collaboration.

Transurban Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Express Lanes Transurban North America celebrates 10 years since the 495 Express Lanes opened in November 2012 as the first truly dynamically-priced managed lanes system in the United States. Delivered as a public-private partnership (P3) with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the 14-mile initial segment has grown to a 65-mile system of Express Lanes operated or under development by Transurban. Over the decade, the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes have saved nearly 10 million

Nominations Open for Small Business Week Awards The Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week (NSBW) awards program. The National Small Business Week awards issued through the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office include the following categories: Small Business Person of the Year, Northern Virginia (as well as one each, in Suburban Maryland and Washington, DC); 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year; Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year; Small

Business Subcontractor of the Year; Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award; and Woman’s Business Center (WBC) of the Year. To access forms, criteria, and instructions for submitting a nomination package, please visit https://www.sba. gov/national-small-business-week/ awards. All nominations must be submitted online by December 8, 2022.

Little City Gift Card Program to Start for Businesses Businesses and Nonprofits: Participate in The Little City Gift Card Program! The City of Falls Church invites small businesses and nonprofits to become a part of their exclusive local community network that accepts The Little City Gift Card. At no cost, the e-gift card works at participating City of Falls Church businesses, boosts revenue, and allows customers to discover and support small businesses.For a limited time and while supplies last, the City of Falls Church will match gift card purchases: Customer buys a $30+ gift card and gets a free $15 gift card from the City; Customer buys a $50+ gift card and gets a free $25 gift card from the City; Customer buys a $100+ gift card and gets a free $50 gift card from the City; The City plans to start selling


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NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEK took place on November 7th — 13th, with local animal rescue organization Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation partnering with PetSmart Charities and BISSELL Pet Foundation to bring adoptable pets to three PetSmart locations. (Photo: PetSmart Charities) gift cards on Small Business Saturday, November 26. Learn more about the program and sign up at www.fallschurchva. gov/LittleCityGiftCard.

Annual ‘Cut-A-thon’ to Benefit Homeless Shelters On Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. The Neighborhood Barbershop held their 4th Annual 24-Hour Chop-‘til-We-Drop Cut-AThon to benefit New Hope Housing homeless shelters. Each year, all of the members of the barbershop work throughout the night — not in shifts, but marathon style, to execute as many haircuts as they can. All of the money raised is then donated directly to New Hope Housing.

The tradition began in November of 2018 and is typically held on the night of time change — thus resulting in a 25-hour event. The Cut-A-Thon events had a brief hiatus during 2020 due to Covid, but the barbershop was still able to raise money that year by holding an open-air concert at The State Theatre. This year, the barbershop had to break with the tradition of holding the event during time change because several of the barbers were away celebrating Bronwyn’s wedding in Illinois. Bronwyn is one of the barbers. Many Falls Church based businesses helped with the cause. Preservation Biscuit, Harvey’s Restaurant, and many friends of the shop kept the barbers fed and caffeinated throughout the night. Disturbingly Delicious Foods donated custom hot sauces that were

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS PHILANTHROPIES, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals, announced its biggest Thanksgiving food distribution to date with 800 turkeys to be given out during Turkeypalooza presented by BetMGM from Monday, November 21st through Wednesday, November 23rd. (Photo: Devon Bridges) sold for the charity. Local filmmaker and photographer extraordinaire John Michael Whalen of Torasu Productions helped film and document the event. Dr. Chris Rivas from Fortify Chiropractic and Sports Rehab Facility in Chantilly and Dr. Ray Solano from Solano Spine and Sports in Falls Church both dropped by during the night to offer help with stretching staff and volunteers’ sore muscles. In all it was a successful event bringing in roughly $6,000.00 for New Hope Housing. Additionally, many people responded to the request for new and used towels of all sizes for the shelter. According to JanMichael Sacharko of New Hope Housing, the shelter population triples in size during this cold season and demand for towels grows exponentially. The Neighborhood Barbershop has offered to remain a drop-off location for new and gently used clean towels on behalf of New Hope Housing.

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD BARBERSHOP held their annual 24-hour Chop’til-We-Drop Cut-A-Thon to benefit New Hope Housing homeless shelters. Starting in 2018, all members of the barbershop work throughout the night to execute as many haircuts as they can. (News-Press Photo)


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the course of 16 years, the Trot has generated over $1 Million to help Arlington County residents in need. The trot starts at the Christ Church of Arlington from 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

ARLINGTON TURKEY TROT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

AREA EVENTS

Now entering its 17th year, the Arlington Turkey Trot was founded in 2006 by Pastor Brian Webster and his wife Diane of Christ Church of Arlington. Over

NVHG THANKSGIVING ART & CRAFT SHOW

The Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG) will

CHERRY HILL FARMHOUSE will be hosting their holiday event "A Very Victorian Christmas" on Saturday, November 26th from 10:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m. Costumed re-enactors will welcome friends and neighbors who gather for holiday cheer. (Photo: City of Falls Church)

JOIN MOSAIC ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH to welcome the arrival of the holiday season with a mery and bright tree lighting. Family and friends can experience Santa as he makes his way through Mosaic on a firetruck and greets onlookers. Located at Strawberry Park in Fairfax. (Photo: Courtney Beazell)

CA L E NDA R hold its annual Thanksgiving weekend show on November 25 — 27, 2022, at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna, Virginia (120 Cherry Street SE, Vienna). This show features 40 – 60 local (Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.) juried artists and crafters from the NVHG. 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

ENCHANT AT NATIONALS PARK

The World’s Largest Christmas Light Spectacular is back at Nationals Park from Friday, November 25th to Sunday, January 1st. Enchant features an immersive and interactive light maze created from over 4 million sparkling lights with one of the biggest and most magical 100-foot-tall holiday trees as its centerpiece. A truly unique ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits, and a holiday shopping marketplace with crafts, gifts, culinary treats provides a memorable experience for all.

TREE LIGHTING & SANTA FIRE TRUCK PARADE

Mosaic in Merrifield welcomes the arrival of the holiday season with a merry and bright

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tree lighting. Bring family and friends to experience the Jolly Man as he makes his way through Mosaic on a firetruck and greets onlookers. Visitors can also meet and greet Santa in the Target lobby after the tree lighting. Located at Strawberry Park in Fairfax. Holiday parade from 6:30 p.m. — 6:45 p.m.. Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 A VERY VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Start the Christmas Season with a visit to Cherry Hill Farmhouse to see how Christmas was celebrated during the 1860s. Costumed re-enactors welcome friends and neighbors who gather for some holiday cheer amid the conflict. Period decorations, music, and holiday stories are part of the festivities. 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 LIGHTING OF THE TREES CELEBRATION

Enjoy the annual lighting of the Broad Street trees

at a new location: Modera Founder's Row. Buy dinner from food trucks and kick off the holidays with City officials. Rock Star Realty Group will provide hot chocolate and cookies. Hosted at Modera Founders Row (110 Founders Row, Falls Church). 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 19TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

The annual tree lighting ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Fairmont hotel’s Courtyard begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th. Filled with tiny white lights and a shimmering Christmas tree, the courtyard becomes a glittering crystal garden — the perfect venue for holiday celebrations. Families can take the chill off next to heaters as they listen to the award-winning Georgetown Visitation Madrigals perform holiday classics. Children can enjoy decorating holiday cards 2401 M St. NW, Washington, DC.

ENCHANT AT NATIONALS PARK hosts the "World's Largest Christmas Light Spectacular," starting on Friday, November 25th at the baseball stadium . (Photo: Zoe Winslow)


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LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 DAVE CHAPPELL BAND

JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 SHARTEL & HUME BAND

Clare & Don’s Beach Shack (130 N Washington St. Falls Church) 6:00 p.m. (703) 532-9283

LOST HIGHWAY BAND

JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. (703) 241-9504

THE NIGHTHAWKS & THE SOUL CRACKERS

The State Theatre (220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA) 8:00 p.m. (703) 237-0300

DREW STEVYNS

Solace Outpost (444 W Broad St., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (571) 378-1469

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER

JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. (703) 241-9504

THE ROADDUCKS

The State Theatre (220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA) 8:00 p.m. (703) 237-0300

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 SHAKIN WOODS

JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

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THEATER & ARTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 The Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet’s seasonal tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to the Kennedy Center to continue their annual holiday presentation of America’s best Nutcrackers. The company’s production, choreographed by Artistic Director Devon Carney, continues to awe audiences year after year and is hailed as “positively oozing charm” by The Washington Post, promising grandeur, laughter, and a snowfall of holiday magic! From the moment of meeting the toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, the elaborate storybook backdrops, sparkling costumes, and captivating choreography promise an enchanting theatrical experience. 1:30 p.m.

Bits & Pieces Forty-one artists are demonstrating how disparate articles can be combined to create an innovative art work during Bits and Pieces, an all-media

DREW STEVYNS has recorded and published an impressive body of original works as an accomplished writer, musician, and performer. He records, produces, and masters all of his work, which includes all of the stems, tracks and beats. Stevyns will be performing at Solace Outpost on Friday, November 25th at 8:00 p.m.. (Photo: Bobby Salitrik)

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show at Falls Church Arts gallery that will be shown until January 8, 2023. The show features 50 pieces that include collage, assemblage, upcycled art, fiber art, jewelry, and more. Artworks can viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

"BITS & PIECES" will be exhibited at the Falls Church Arts Gallery from November 19th through January 8th (Photo: Michele Frantz)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 The Queen's Cartoonists

Keenly aware of all things holiday-oriented and completely ridiculous, musical ensemble The Queen’s Cartoonists have set out to find the best of the best holiday-related cartoons, films, and jazz. This fun and festive performance is set to live projected clips in sync with the music, and it runs the gamut from traditional holiday vocal numbers such as "White Christmas" to "Jingle Bells" paired with jazz arrangements and classic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop and more. Performed at the Center of the Arts at Concert Hall on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. 3:00 p.m.


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Local Organization Serves Thanksgiving Meals to Disadvantaged Residents

BY KYLEE TOLAND

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For those who may not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving in the most traditional way, an Arlington organization is providing meals to local residents who may be disadvantaged. Beginning thirty-seven years ago, the Knights of Columbus has served Thanksgiving meals for more than 3,000 “disadvantaged neighbors.” Kate Gilchrist McMorrow, whose husband Myles McMorrow is chairing the Arlington Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving initiative, said the organization focuses a lot on “charity and community.” She and her husband have been in charge of handling the giving of meals during Thanksgiving since the pandemic in 2020. “I had no idea what a massive production it is,” McMorrow said. McMorrow stated she has tried to grow the giving of Thanksgiving meals, which used to have the Knights of Columbus borrow buses and provide transportation for homeless citizens

to the main hall of the organization to sit down and be able to have a warm meal. This stopped due to the pandemic, but McMorrow said she’s found that it’s easier to serve more people by delivering meals to people individually. Knights of Columbus has partnered with Meals on Wheels of Arlington to expand the delivery of the Thanksgiving meals, since Knights of Columbus has the facilities to be able to cook all of the food and provide it to various local counties. This year, 140 turkeys have been purchased by the organization and on Thanksgiving morning, members of the Knights of Columbus will begin making stuffing, mashed potatoes and more to be packaged along with the turkey. At 8:00 a.m., the meals will be delivered to apartment buildings, homeless shelters and other places by 80 volunteer drivers. One of the local residents receiving a meal from the Knights of Columbus is Cynthia, who prefers to not share her last name. Cynthia said she was con-

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS in Arlington began their Thanksgiving meal delivery initiative 37 years ago and have served more than 3,000 disadvantaged neighbors annually. (P����: K��� G��������) nected to Meals on Wheels of Arlington after a knee fracture a month ago limited her ability to make meals on her own. Since Meals on Wheels is partnering with Knights of Columbus this Thanksgiving, Cynthia will

be one of thousands citizens receiving a warm meal. As for what Knights of Columbus wants to accomplish for this year’s Thanksgiving, McMorrow said the goal is to “love other people” and feeding

is “the way we know how to do it.” Last year, the organization served around 2,500 meals and McMorrow stated she hopes the Knights of Columbus will “continue to grow” since there’s “so much need” for it.


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Was Declaring the MAGA Is This the End Game for Crypto? Fever-Breaking Premature?

whose ability to attract investors depends on — wait for it again — those investors’ trust. In other words, the crypto ecosystem has basically evolved into exactly what it was supposed to replace: a system of financial intermediaries whose ability to operate depends on their perceived trustworthiness. In which case, what is the point? Why should an industry that at best has simply reinvented conventional banking have any fundamental value? Furthermore, trust in conventional financial institutions rests in part on validation by Uncle Sam: The government supervises banks, regulates the risks they can take and guarantees many deposits, while crypto operates largely without oversight. So investors must rely on the honesty and competence of entrepreneurs; when they offer exceptionally good deals, investors must believe not just in their competence but in their genius. How has that been working out? As boosters love to remind us, previous predictions of crypto’s imminent demise have proved wrong. Indeed, the fact that Bitcoin and its rivals aren’t really usable as money needn’t mean that they become worthless — you can, after all, say the same thing about gold. But if the government finally moves in to regulate crypto firms, which would, among other things, prevent them from promising impossible-to-deliver returns, it’s hard to see what advantage these firms would have over ordinary banks. Even if the value of Bitcoin doesn’t go to zero (which it still might), there’s a strong case that the crypto industry, which loomed so large just a few months ago, is headed for oblivion. By PAUL KRUGMAN © 2022 The New York Times

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Recent events have made clear the need to regulate crypto, an industry that grew from nothing to a $3 trillion market capitalization a year ago, although most of that has now evaporated. But it also seems likely that the industry couldn’t survive regulation. The story so far: Crypto reached its peak of public prominence last year, when Matt Damon’s “Fortune favors the brave” commercial — sponsored by Singapore-based exchange Crypto.com — first aired. At the time, Bitcoin, the most famous cryptocurrency, was selling for more than $60,000. Bitcoin is now trading below $17,000. So people who bought after watching the Damon ad have lost more than 70 percent of their investment. In fact, since most people who bought Bitcoin did so when its price was high, most investors in the currency — about three-fourths of them, according to a new analysis by the Bank for International Settlements — have lost money so far. Still, asset prices plunge all the time. People who bought stock in Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, at its peak last year have lost about as much as investors in Bitcoin have. So, falling prices needn’t mean that cryptocurrencies are doomed. Crypto boosters surely won’t give up. According to a report from The Washington Post, many of those who subscribed to Twitter Blue Verified, Elon Musk’s disastrous (and now paused) attempt to extract money from Twitter users, were accounts promoting right-wing politics, pornography — and cryptocurrency speculation. More telling than prices has been the collapse of crypto institutions. Most recently, FTX, one of the biggest crypto exchanges, filed for bankruptcy — and it appears that the people running it simply made off with billions of depositors’ money, probably using the funds in a failed effort to prop up Alameda Research, its sister firm. The question we should ask is why institutions such as FTX and

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Happy Thanksgiving! When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a simpler observance. Yes, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was standard, as was football, and family gatherings, but the rush to start holiday shopping on “Black Friday” was years away. In fact, in those simpler days, stores were closed, including grocery stores, so no dashing out to find a forgotten ingredient for dinner. One thing hasn’t changed, though: every year in school, we had to participate in an exercise about what we were thankful for in our lives. I always disliked that session, since it seemed very intrusive on personal feelings, especially for a shy girl. But I persevered, and was facetiously thankful when the teacher didn’t call on me! Decades later, of course, the breadth of one’s personal and professional experiences make the “thankful” list much broader. The introspection still is there, but philosophy and reality combine to prompt sharing more than the usual “thankful for family, friends, health, etc.” So, if that same nun asked the question today, the response would be more focused and much broader, along with some items that might not appear on a traditional list. Thankful that we live in Fairfax County, with an outstanding school system, safe communities, caring neighbors, a thriving economy, and endless opportunities. Thankful for our diverse faith communities and non-profit organizations, who team up together to provide assistance to lower income residents in times of need. Food pantries, health clinics, rental assistance, and pastoral counseling help augment what local governments can provide. We couldn’t do all we do in Fairfax County without these partnerships. The Covid pandemic forced many local food pantries to pivot and expand their services. Food distributions by ACCA, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic

Center, Columbia Baptist Church, and many others have made the difference between having nutritious food or going hungry for countless families. The need is year-round, not just during the holidays, so donations of non-perishable foods or cash are always welcome. Thankful for the Culmore Clinic, county health clinics, and partnerships with INOVA and other health organizations that provide access to healthcare for those who otherwise cannot afford it. The assistance is welcomed, but much more is needed to address the health care disparities, especially for mental and behavioral health, here and around the nation. Thankful that One Fairfax, adopted by the Board of Supervisors, provides a framework for decision-making, considering diversity, equity, and inclusion, as we move into the future. One Fairfax will not correct the ills of the past, but will provide greater intentionality for decisionmakers, and a better future for our diverse and growing community. Thankful that democracy didn’t die on Election Day 2022. The nation still is divided almost in half, politically, but the rejection of election deniers, Trump-supported candidates, and restriction of basic human rights resounded through federal and state halls. The battle for democracy this fall was won, perhaps, but there will be many more battles ahead. Thankful that Nick Benton and the Falls Church News Press has provided me the opportunity to share so many thoughts for so many years via this column. May you, your family, and friends, enjoy the blessings of this Thanksgiving, and many more.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@ fairfaxcounty.gov.

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Both Meridian’s boys and girls will see their basketball seasons begin in the coming days, with the boys opening up at home against John R. Lewis High on Monday, the 28th, and the girls participating in a tournament on the road against West Springfield that same evening. Both teams have high hopes for the season, and are excited to get started. The girls had an exceptionally successful season in 2021-22, a season in which they made it all the way to the State Finals in Richmond before falling to Carroll County. However, they lost a number of starters from that team, including Regional Player of the Year Zoraida Icabalceta, and will now be led

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Proposed Restructuring of Workforce Programs Virginia Secretary of Labor, Bryan Slater, has proposed a new, central department to manage the state’s efforts to connect employers and employees. The goal is to streamline access to job market information for those seeking work or training, as well as facilitating policy making and data sharing. The new Department of Workforce Development and Advancement would take over 13 separate programs from eight agencies and move management of some federal programs to the new department. The restructuring plan will require General Assembly approval and would let the state set standard goals and measurements on how well the programs perform.

CBP Session on Preparing for Funding The Community Business Partnership asks: Have you ever applied for a loan and been denied because you were not prepared? Would you like to apply for a loan but have no clear idea what documentation is needed or why they’re important to the financing process? Do you need to prepare a loan package and need guidance in preparing it? This training session will help you understand the fundamentals of preparing for funding learning what lenders look for on key financial documents including your personal financial statement, debt scheduled, balance sheet, cash flow, forecasts, and other key financial components of a solid loan package. The free virtual session will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with Community Business Partnership speaker, Karlene Sinclair-Robinson, Asst. Director, Business Finance Center. For more information, please visit http://www.cbponline.org. Register at https://wbcnova.centerdynamics.com/reg. aspx?mode=event&event=10420108

 Business News & Notes is compiled by Elise Neil Bengtson, Executive Director of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at elise@ fallschcurchchamber.org.

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