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With the renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High School — in honor of Barbara Rose Johns, Thurgood Marshall and Louis G. Mendez, Jr. — the Fairfax County School Board made a statement that they intend to right the wrongs of the board from nearly 60 years ago. SEE PAGE 10

School Bond Referendum Passes, Incumbents on Council Retained

Bond Wins With 64%, Lone School Board

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nationwide have put an entirely different face on America’s potential going into the 2018 midterm elections compared to how things looked one year ago after the Trump presidential victory. Numerous groups aimed at recruiting and supporting new candidates remain intact, including Virginia’s Run Everywhere Fund of Jennifer Boysko and Thomas Bowman’s Competitive Commonwealth Fund. The “Anti-Trump factor” was unmistakable in this week’s elections, set in motion the day after

By a surprisingly wide margin of 63.6 percent to 36.4 percent, voters in Tuesday’s Falls Church City election approved a $120 million school bond referendum to build an all-new George Mason High School. The blowout marked a decisive victory for all on the F.C. City Council and School Board who’d deliberated and labored for much of the last decade to arrive at the decision to pursue a course that required an ask for the funds. The margin was augmented by a significant bump in the voter turnout, despite a steady rain throughout the day. The 64.6 percent of active registered voters casting ballots this time was far higher than the 42.1 percent who voted in the last City Council election in 2015 and the 54 percent who voted in 2013, the last time statewide races joined them on the ballot. The high turnout helped pad the margin of the victory for the bond referendum — 3,590 for and 2,053 against, a surprise given it will be the biggest bond in the history of the City and will have a marked impact on real estate property taxes — and also helped provide votes of confidence for the three incumbent Council members on the ballot. Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, a primary activist supporter of the bond referendum, came in first with 3,707 votes, followed by David Snyder with 3,254 and Dan Sze with 2,889 votes. The fourth Council spot was carried by newcomer Ross Litkenhous with 2,695 votes, substantially ahead of Dan Maller (1,796 votes) and a more inactive candidate, Spencer Parsons (782 votes).

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The Falls Church City Council will be led on a walk-through of City Hall Public Safety Project, prior to their regular City Council meeting that will follow in the Council chambers on Monday. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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A year ago this week, America made what I believe history will record as one of the greatest electoral mistakes in the life of the nation: It elected Donald Trump president of the United States. SEE PAGE 17

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It was an all too familiar feeling for George Mason High School’s volleyball team, losing in the 2A Region tournament home opener for the third year in a row last Saturday. The Mustangs were defeated by Robert E. Lee in the first round for the second consecutive season. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 20

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INCUMBENT DAVID SNYDER (LEFT) WON REELECTION to the Falls Church City Council Tuesday while Lawrence Webb (center) was reelected to the F.C. School Board. First-time Council candidate Ross Litkenhous (right) was also victorious in the election. The three celebrated at a victory party at Mad Fox Brewing Company Tuesday night. (P����: N���-P����)

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“Coffee tastes better today. In fact, a lot of things are better today.” That’s how Virginia State Del. Marcus Simon, who represents the City of Falls Church, began a constituent letter yesterday following Tuesday’s stunning string of Democratic Party victories in Virginia and elsewhere. Simon wasn’t referring to his own easy re-election victory (he faced an independent challenger), but a far wider outcome that included three statewide officers

— Ralph Northam winning by nine points for governor, Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for a second term as attorney general — and an astonishing pick up of at least 15 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, which would, if they stand, even the count at 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans in that body. Four close races are facing recounts now. If Democrats come out ahead on them, they could win control of the House of Delegates for the first time since 1999. The nature of electoral results

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School Bond Passes Easily, F.C. Incumbents Re-Elected Continued from Page 1

The School Board race was far closer, but a decisive victory for

pro-bond referendum candidates, led by the lone incumbent and current School Board chair Lawrence Webb with 2,714 votes, followed

by first-time candidates Greg Anderson (2,674 votes). Shannon Litton (2,628 votes) and Shawna Russell (2,614 votes). Russell

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came in 100 votes ahead of the lone anti-referendum candidate, Alison Kutchma (2,514 votes), who lost for the second time, and first-time candidate Richard Crespin (2,491 votes). Falls Church’s representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, Marcus Simon, won 78 percent of the vote over independent Mike Casey, and the City’s three “constitutional officers,” Treasurer Jody Acosta, Sheriff Steve Bittle and Commissioner of the Revenue Tom Clinton, all won new fouryear terms by running unopposed. In the case of statewide candidates, Falls Church voters were overwhelmingly in favor of the three Democratic candidates, all of whom also won statewide. Ralph Northam was on top with 79 percent of the total votes for governor, Justin Fairfax with 78 percent for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring with 78 percent for attorney general. Comments by the happy winning candidates and others crammed into the reception room at Mad Fox Brewing Company after the polls closed Tuesday night all echoed the same theme, that “now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work” on the high school campus plan. It has a lot of moving parts, including soliciting effective offers for 10 of the 34 total acres that have been set aside for economic development. The City is also moving ahead with a renovation and expansion of both City Hall and the Mary Riley Styles Public Library. In a written statement posted online Tuesday night, School Superintendent Peter Noonan said the Falls Church public school system “extends its sincerest appreciation to our community for overwhelmingly supporting the referendum to fund the George Mason High School campus project.” It will “make a significant difference in our ability to maintain high quality and high performing educational programs, services and opportunities for our

students during their critical last four years” in the system. He added, “On a personal note, I am in awe of all the discussion, planning, and serious work by the thousands over the last 10 years that have allowed us to reach this critical moment in the life of our independent school system.” Vice Mayor Connelly also issued a statement, saying, “The election was important, but it is also just another day in the history of Falls Church, another day that helped define what our City believes and how the citizens want to go forward into the future... Now let’s get to work, together.” David Snyder, re-elected to a seventh consecutive term on the Council as the longest standing member of the body, stated, “The local voting results strongly reaffirm our community’s core values and principles. They remind us that we must effectively govern civilly, inclusively and prudently. The statewide voting results are a stinging repudiation of alt-right extremism in all its forms, including Trumpism.” Snyder also offered a shout-out to the Falls Church News-Press, thanking it for its “tireless advocacy of what is right,” adding, “It made a huge difference and our community is what it is in no small measure due to the FCNP.” Losing School Board candidate Crispin issued a statement. He said, “Backed by one of the smartest and most civic-electorates in the nation, armed with better questions, and supported by an outcome-centered governance process, I have no doubt that we will build schools and a school system that will be a beacon and a model to our commonwealth and our country, and that our Little City will be a Mighty Little City.” Falls Church’s Registrar of Voters David Bjerke told the News-Press Tuesday that the election “came off without a hitch,” despite using new paper trail voting machines for the first time at all three City voting locations.

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his inauguration in January with a record turnout for a women’s march on the nation’s capital, and with little loss in momentum during the 2017 election year. The first major indicator was the record number of candidates, including the many women and minorities, filing to run against Republicans around the commonwealth and elsewhere across the U.S. as well. The national bellwether case was in the 13th State Delegate district covering Manassas and Manassas Park at the western edge of Prince William County. There, a veteran conservative Republican delegate, Bob Marshall, had been untouchable for over two dozen years. Because of what many considered his egregious views on matters of women’s health and LGBT issues, he’d always faced impassioned opposition, but he’d always knocked them aside with ease. Until this time, that is. Instead of trying to out-Marshall Marshall, Democrats chose in a hard-fought primary a candidate about as opposite of him as possible, a young openly transgender former newspaper reporter. It turns out that Danica Roem, who wound up not only winning, but winning

handily, became Marshall’s match because of her relentless effort and her outgoing and self-affirming approach that predictably triggered reactionary responses from her foe, who refused to debate her or even identify her with proper pronouns. Who would have predicted this outcome given Marshall’s long history in that job? Only someone who observed Roem’s campaign style and energy could have. Demonstrating an articulate and powerful rhetoric in public speaking engagements, Roem dedicated her victory Tuesday “to every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatized, who’s ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own.” In fact, nationwide it was an election that featured such persons, with victories for racial and ethnic minorities, and transgender and LGBT Americans all across the land. Dawn Adams won as an openly LGBT candidate in the 68th District of Virginia, Vi Lyles became the first black woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jenny Durkan was elected the first lesbian mayor of Seattle (and the first woman in almost 90 years),

Michelle Kaufusi became the first woman mayor of Provo, Utah, Ravi Bhalla was elected the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey, Liliana Bakhtiari became the first LGBT Muslim councilman in Atlanta, Kathy Tran became the first AsianAmerican woman in the Virginia House of Delegates, Melvin Carter III was the first person of color elected mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala were the first two Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. There were a lot more. In Virginia, the new State Delegate winners included six younger millennials — including Chris Hurst, Schuyler Van Vulkenburg, Jerrauld Jones, Vin Gopal, Jennifer Foy and Roem. In what used to be pro-Republican or swing counties in the “exurbs” of Northern Virginia, the trends have shifted to markedly pro-Democratic. In Loudoun County, where Republicans won the U.S. Senate vote three years ago, they lost this time by 59.5 percent to 39 percent. In Prince William County where Republicans won 50 to 48 percent two years ago, Democrats won this time 60.8 percent to 38 percent. In addition to Falls Church, school bond referenda also passed in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

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A Key Vote Of Confidence

Voters in the City of Falls Church never cease to amaze us. If you look at the advancements in the Little City since, say, 1991 when the News-Press first broke onto the scene, you can attribute virtually all of them to how citizens here have cast their ballots on election days. The City has grown from 9,500 to 14,300 and counting, it has retained in the context of this one of the foremost school systems in the U.S., it is still developing a reputation as an outstanding destination for dining and entertainment, it enjoys a highly educated and civically involved population, and it is widely considered a superior place to live and enjoy a very evident “sense of place.” Even if it does not sport the most diverse demographic so far, it supports as much with proclamations and educational initiatives. Sure, it needs to, and will, do more, and it is appearing that there are fewer and fewer people here interested in standing the way of that. In this context, the amazingly-easy passage of the $120 million school bond referendum Tuesday is the epitome of momentous. No one here, even the most optimistic, was predicting such a wide, almost two-to-one victory. The reason for that was directly related to the sheer size of the “ask,” at $120 million by far the biggest in the history of the City, set against a marginally smaller percentage of the population with children in or about to enter the school system and a noisy if limited cadre of nay-sayers. The key to the election is the penchant for citizens here to retain faith in their choices over time. That is, the election was as much a “vote of confidence” for the City Council and School Board as for anything else. It was a strong “stay the course” vote, counting on their elected choices and the City staff to make measured and smart decisions, albeit involving a reasonable amount of risk. This is not a fearful, skeptical, distrusting community, even if there are some old soreheads here who may be that way. As your local newspaper of record, we retain a healthy appetite for questioning prevailing evaluations and decisions, but on balance we remain heartened by how our citizens’ perceptions mirror our own. Referencing our endorsements in last week’s edition, we are pleased at how close the public’s choices Tuesday came to our own recommendations. We’re on the same page. Going forward now, we as a community are going to need to face the challenges of robust new economic development to keep the real estate tax rate low while maintaining the excellence of our schools and public services. So far none of the considerable new developments here have fundamentally harmed the quality of residential life, and we don’t expect new projects — the Broad at Washington, Founder’s Row and campus 10 acres — will either. But more of them to be more resident affordable.


Now That Election is Over, Time to Get to Work Editor, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you the Falls Church community for participating in this week’s election. Thank you for your confidence in me and your vote to move the GMHS Campus project forward. The election was important, but it is also just another day in the history of Falls Church – another day that helped to define what our City believes, and how the citizens

want to go forward into the future. The essential work of being a community continues. We have a strong City because we are engaged and involved. We don’t always agree, and that’s a good thing. Now that the votes are tallied, we need to come together and get to work. I’m so grateful to all the people who volunteered throughout this election. First, to the candidates who stepped up to run. It’s not easy to put yourself out there, and


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you did it with great enthusiasm. Volunteers organized candidate forums, created voter guides, asked tough questions, joined campaign teams, knocked on doors, displayed signs, and posted comments. Now let’s get to work — together! Marybeth Connelly Vice Mayor, City of Falls Church

A Few Suggestions For F.C. Elected & the Electorate Editor, On Election Night I fell short of earning the trust and confidence

of the people of Falls Church to serve on your School Board. As a relative newcomer to the City, having only moved here a little over two years ago, I really enjoyed meeting so many of you as I went door-to-door. As my colleagues prepare to take up their duties and as my fellow citizens prepare to go back to theirs, I’d like to share a few suggestions for both the elected and the electorate: 1. Embrace your inherent civility. Though I personally did not win, I am incredibly proud of my campaign, the candidates and the voters for rejecting the fearmongering, negative attacks and vitriol

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Virginia voter turnout on Tuesday was the highest in 20 years for a gubernatorial race, and Falls Church voters topped the statewide average with nearly 65 percent turnout, braving the cold and rain to your make voices heard. And we heard you. Elections reflect the values of a community and the direction of where we should go. We heard from 64 percent of voters that we are a community that prides itself on education, fact-based decision making, progressive values, and invests in the future — and that it is time to move forward with a new high school. However, the 36 percent of voters who said no to the referendum should give us pause. This referendum passed with a smaller margin than past school bond referenda in Falls Church, and a less decisive win than neighboring jurisdictions’ school bonds. Just because the referendum passed does not mean we can ignore the minority. While we can never please everyone in a democratic process, I am cognizant that 1 in 3 of my friends and neighbors had enough concerns to say no, and those voices are also important. Now the hard work begins. With years of study under our belt, this election was merely the first gate in the long course that has preceded us and the next step in the extensive process ahead. School design and economic development planning will

ramp up over the next 18 months, completing in spring 2019. Diversity of thought leads to better outcomes and we need everyone at the table — regardless of the vote you cast — to shape both projects and get this right for Falls Church. So what is next? This will be a historic

“This week’s election was a pivotal moment for our city’s identity and sustainability as an independent city.” undertaking, and therefore not without risk. With city and school leadership and the groundwork done to date in relationship building with our neighbors, risk mitigation, and financial planning, I believe we are in great shape to take on this endeavor. Nevertheless, I believe we should initiate several prudent steps now to ensure success for the entire community: 1) A shared commitment to bring school costs below $120 million. Construction costs continue to rise and we need to plan for the unexpected. It is far wiser to look at ways to reduce costs early in the process than to value engineer and cut corners after

construction starts in 2019. 2) Operating cost discipline is important, now more than ever. We have shown that we can live within our means. The tax rate has been rather flat in recent years, and we should consider a “budget diet” across the city, much like when we built the middle school, to prepare. 3) Strong governance processes. The bond referendum passage is neither a blank check nor a green light for full steam ahead. We have already begun the work in establishing a cross functional body and a process with clear decision gates before any bonds can be issued. With parallel and interdependent school and economic development workstreams, we need to operate as one team with integrated decision-making along the way. 4) Strategic facilities planning over a longer planning horizon. To the everyday citizen, I know it can feel like we are fire-fighting from one project to the next and the capital needs are never ending. I will continue to advocate for longer range infrastructure planning across the city, so we anticipate future capacity needs and carefully prioritize and sequence projects, which ultimately reduces the taxpayer burden. 5) Affordability. It is not lost on me that the tax rate impact of the bond, even partially defrayed with economic development, continues to push our tax rate higher in the already expensive Northern Virginia

region. Beyond economic development, we should continue to explore the expansion of tax relief strategies, revisit affordable and workforce housing needs, and other affordability ideas so we can be a home for all generations. This week’s election was a pivotal moment for our city’s identity and sustainability as an independent city, and we have an incredible opportunity ahead to see it through. If we do this right, we will have a new, greener high school that will match the high quality education we are known for, create an asset for the entire community, and open up opportunities for development that will shape the future of the city and create an enduring stream of revenue for years to come. Showing up on Election Day is your civic duty, but showing up after Election Day is the unglamorous, roll-up-your sleeves kind of work. You have my commitment that there will continue to be a transparent, deliberate process with many opportunities for public input, open roles in citizen task forces, town halls, and pop up meetings along the way. I invite all voices, and our collective knowledge and ideas, to get involved and make this project a true community endeavor. Let’s get to work. Letty Hardi is a member of the Falls Church City Council.

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NEWS BRIEFS Carol Jackson Wins Charleston, S.C., Council Seat Carol Jackson, a longtime resident and affordable housing advocate in the City of Falls Church who relocated with her family to Charleston, South Carolina, three years ago, has been elected by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin to the Charleston City Council from District 12 (James Island). Jackson defeated longtime incumbent Kathleen Wilson. In another out-of-area result with a local connection, Vernetta Alston has won election to the Durham, North Carolina, City Council by a 61 percent to 38 percent margin in Ward 3. She defeated Sheila Huggins. She is married to Courtney Young Alston, daughter of Falls Church developer Bob Young. In her victory speech, she said, “This election cycle has forced us all to come to grips with who we are as progressives, to redefine ourselves.”

F.C. Council to Review City Hall Plan Monday This Monday, Nov. 13 the Falls Church City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Council chambers at City Hall to be led on a walk-through of the City Hall Public Safety Project, prior to their regular City Council meeting that will follow in the Council chambers. A year-long renovation and expansion of the City Hall is expected to commence next month.

City Hall Closed Friday, Vets Ceremony Saturday at 11 In recognition of Veterans Day, the Falls Church City Hall and key City services will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov.11, including the Senior Center and the Mary Riley Styles library. The Community Center will be open for unstructured play from 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the entrance to the Community Center on Saturday at 11 a.m.

F.C. Affordable Unit Lottery Set The Falls Church Department of Housing and Human Services has announced this week that an affordable dwelling unit (ADU) is available for rent at Pearson Square (410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church) for $1,140 per month, plus utilities and fees. The unit is a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. An ADU lottery will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at City Hall. To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, have a total household liquid assets not exceeding $40,000, total household income between 50 percent and 80 percent of HUD Area Median Income.

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Kaine Introduces Alzheimer Legislation This week, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced a bipartisan “Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.” This legislation would build out the systems necessary to create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health, the senator’s office announced. “As the number of people diagnosed and living with Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow, we have to help alleviate the burden this disease has on our health care system and families across Virginia,” Kaine said. “States often lack resources that would help caregivers address patient needs. This bipartisan bill would improve care and outcomes by providing a full range of information and support to families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, and boosting local efforts dedicated to addressing this pressing public health need. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest and underrecognized public health threats of our time. Five and a half million Americans are living with the disease, and that number is soaring as our overall population grows older and lives longer,” he said. “As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s prevention is crucial to combating this debilitating disease.”

Farmer’s Market Hosts Children’s Program The Junior League of Northern Virginia has premiered a special program at the Falls Church City's weekly farmers market. Every third Saturday of the month, the Junior League will help children learn more about where their food comes from and how eating locallygrown food contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Children will explore these concepts through engaging activities such as market tours and scavenger hunts, physical activity, and healthy snack preparation. The program started last month and will run through next May.

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Renamed Justice High Honors 3 Landmark Figures BY CAREY AVERBOOK


With the renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High School, the Fairfax County School Board made a statement that they intend to right the wrongs of the board from nearly 60 years ago. The name Justice is a concept term meant to honor three individuals who were highlighted by the community – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, civil rights activist Barbara Rose Johns and war hero Louis G. Mendez, Jr. And while the new name sits well within certain parts of the community, to others it is seen as a missed chance to enshrine one these historical figures as the sole icon of the renamed school. “I’m honored not for what [Marshall] did in the community,” Stephen Spitz, a retired civil rights and constitutional lawyer, said. “But what he did for the community.” Thurgood Marshall is most well-known for arguing the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education that demolished any legal basis for segregation in the country and invalidated state-enforced racial segregation in public schools. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice where he served for 24 years. Marshall and his wife, Cissy, moved to Lake Barcroft in the late 1960s. Virginia and Fairfax County moved very slowly to integrate the schools. In 1959, the Fairfax County School Board was pressured by lawsuits to create a desegregation and integration plan, which wasn’t fully implemented until 1971. Julia Clark, a junior at J.E.B. Stuart, thinks that Marshall would’ve been an amazing name for her school because he is a model for young people as someone who fought for minorities’ rights, against the forces of oppression and was an exemplary figure who pursued the actualization of justice throughout his life’s work. Spitz is happy for the school to be named Justice because he views Justice as a direct excerpt from Marshall and because he feels that it represents the One Fairfax Resolution. While Clark would have preferred a specific person to be honored, she is glad that Justice was chosen because of its opportunity to honor all three names and individuals. The next figure, Barbara Rose Johns, was 16 years old when

THE THREE historical �igures that embodied the ideal of justice and will be commemorated at the renamed Justice High School are (from left to right) civil rights activist Barbara Rose Johns, civil rights attorney and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and war hero and educational advocate Col. Louis G. Mendez. While the debate on whether or not the name should’ve been changed at all and critiques of Fairfax County’s School Board handling of the process still remain, most in the community and at the school have accepted the new name and look forward to the change. The main question now is to determine how each of the �igures will be honored at the new school when it is �inally redone by no later than the 2019-20 school year. (P�����: T�� F�������� H�����, T������� M������� C������, T�� M����� F�����) she led a walk out of the allBlack Moton High School that she attended in Prince Edward County. Tired with the segregated and unequally maintained facilities compared to those of her white neighbors, Johns led a walkout and strike in 1951. That led to the lawsuit for an integrated school system that was eventually bundled under Brown v. Board. “She played a direct role in the desegregation of our neighborhood,” Ken Longmyer, father of a Stuart alumnus and one current student, said. “She was one of the great American heroes.” Though Johns advocates are lukewarm on the board’s decision to opt for Justice instead of specifiying one individual. Not one of the 20 Fairfax County high schools is named after a woman or a person of color — Longmyer believed that these two criteria had merit for the new name. Shareem Annan, the Fairfax County NAACP Youth Advisor, thinks that naming the school after Johns would have allowed the county to make a decisive statement about the courage and leadership of women and girls while simultaneously disavowing one of the relics of the county’s segregationist past. Furthermore, the role Johns played in racially integrating Northern Virginia, let alone the entire Commonwealth of Virginia and to a greater extent, the coun-

try as a whole, is why Longmyer believes the civil rights activist alone would’ve been a worthy recipient of the renaming honors at the new school. Proponents for renaming the school after Mendez shared that sentiment, albeit for their own reasons. Fairfax County doesn’t have a single high school named after a Hispanic individual and Stuart is almost 54-percent Hispanic, according to Virginia Department of Education data. Tina Mendez, a local writer and daughter of the colonel, views the name Justice as a lost opportunity to honor a Hispanic individual and former community member as well as give the students somebody to emulate and represent the demographics of the student body. “He was a true hero in many ways…because he was heroic in not letting his name get in his way, and in not allowing himself to feel like he was a victim in any way and not allowing himself to say ‘oh poor me,’” Mendez said. “He just did everything he could to do the right thing and to be a responsible person.” Colonel Mendez grew up during the depression era and was of Mexican, Spanish and Navajo Indian ancestry. He later received an appointment to West Point Military Academy and became one of the earliest Latinos to attend the Academy. He served in WWII

and Korea and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. In 1970, he became the national director of the Right to Read program. Colonel Mendez and his wife were original homeowners in Barcroft Lake since 1954. They raised twelve children, eight of whom attended Stuart. “The board had the right place, the right person and the right time and they didn’t do it,” Mendez added. “Kids at the school need someone like Dad, they need to look up to somebody, they need inspiration, they need to be proud of their school.” The split opinions on the new name is why the board ultimately settled on a compromise at their Oct. 26 meeting. Justice was selected to pay tribute to Marshall, Johns and Mendez as well as other heroes from the civil rights era who fought for the ideal of justice, according to Fairfax County School Board chair Jane Strauss. She also claimed that, during the week leading up to the vote, a number of board members received “significant email traffic and support” for a name that would honor all three individuals. Strauss firmly believes that the value of “justice for all” is worth the costs of changing the school’s name and that Justice was the best compromise. “In education, it’s really important that the symbols, the his-

tory, and the heroes that we put forward…teach children the values that we want them to believe and that we hope will guide their lives,” Strauss said. Critiques still linger from the board’s handling of the process. Bruce Cohen, a Stuart alumnus and Academy Award-winning producer, was thrilled with the new name but thinks Marshall, Johns or Mendez weren’t chosen because of a lack of board members willing to name the school after a person of color. A pro-Stuart advocate and 2011 Stuart alumnus, Christian Barbosa, is a dual AmericanBrazilian citizen who identifies with the struggle that he imagines Stuart faced when his two loves – Virginia and the United States – separated. He feels that Stuart’s life offers lessons of loyalty, navigation of multiple identities and working amongst disagreement. Clark also thinks that there should have been more student involvement and education in the process. According to Clark, a lot of students are uncertain about moving forward while awaiting the implementation plan. But Clark also adds that, “A lot of students are excited about naming hallways after Civil Rights leaders and the education aspect of naming the school Justice. Now we get to teach about all three names.”



CHARMAINE BARR (front row, third from right) was flattered to be a principal voice when a children’s author reached out about the experiences of school bus drivers. (Photo: FCCPS Photo)

Falls Church Bus Driver Provides Input For Newly Published Children’s Novel by Orrin Konheim

Falls Church News-Press

Charmaine Barr was a housewife with three kids when she decided to be a school bus driver. What she didn’t know was that she’d do it for 25 years and later serve as inspiration for a children’s book. Barr was one of six school bus drivers across the country who were consulted for New Yorkbased children’s author Kate McMullan’s book, I’m Smart!, in which the trials and joys of driv-

ing a bus are conveyed through an anthropomorphic school bus. To understand how McMullan and Barr became connected, the story goes back seven years to when Falls Church resident Stephanie Oppenheimer started a book club with a number of other local parents for their sons. The kids would take turns looking up information about the author. Oppenheimer’s son chose McMullan for her popular children’s series The Dragon Slayer, and went above and beyond by sending an e-mail to the author.

McMullan was so excited by the parent-organized book club that she corresponded with the boys and put a dedication to them in one of her books. “It wasn’t completely bizarre that she would reach out in this way,” said Oppenheimer. “She’s always like this with her fans.” Lately, McMullan has worked on a series of children’s books from the perspective of inanimate vehicles like a garbage truck and a race car, to name a few. Her first book to feature humans was one with a Zamboni and a driver

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called I’m Cold! She then decided to go with a school bus as a standin for the relationship between the school bus driver and their passengers. “I was intrigued by the human element of the Zamboni,” McMullan explained in a telephone interview with the NewsPress. “But I felt like while people love the Zamboni, it’s not like the Zamboni loves them back. I felt the school bus was an opportunity to show a two-way emotional connection.” McMullan reached out to her network to ask if anyone knew any bus drivers she could interview and Oppenheimer, who had fond memories of Barr from being a Mt. Daniel School parent, connected the two. They had a series of conversations where McMullan asked her anything and everything from all the technical details to the day-to-day operations. “Jim and I so appreciate the drivers and operators who have helped us make them as accurate as possible and give us the cool vocabulary they use that makes the books fun to read aloud,” said McMullan. As for Barr, she says “I think all of us bus drivers are special, and just because I happened to drive the parent’s child and she knows the author of the book that

she put my name in, but I felt real honored.” Barr’s supervisor, transportation head Nancy Hendrickson, echoes the sentiment that all 16 of the drivers on her staff receive extensive training. The fleet exceeds the standard 48 hour training requirements in order to dedicate more time on how to talk to children and relate to parents. “Parents of small children are very protective and so you do want to develop a relationship with them as much as you can. Hendrickson said. “We look at it as a team effort.” Hendrickson noted that Barr is well-known within the community and good at remembering names of her students as well as their siblings. Barr also enjoys seeing the kids graduate as she often drives them from George Mason High School to their graduation site in Washington D.C. While Barr didn’t go to any book release parties or travel to New York, she did get mailed a copy from McMullan with her name in the acknowledgements. She read it to three of her grandkids who visited this past summer. “I love what I do,” said Barr. “Driving the kids safely, to and from school, and I enjoy what little time I have with them on their route.”

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Community News & Notes

THE FAMILIES of Lincoln Avenue gathered on Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the neighborhood’s new crosswalk. After a group effort speaking at a City Council meeting last year about the dangers for pedestrians in the neighborhood, the local families are now thrilled with the lifechanging, and life-saving, crosswalks. The celebration included construction-themed decorations, crosswalk cupcakes, and a toast to the initiative’s leader, Sarah Tarpgaard. (Photo: Courtesy Kathleen Tysse)

Fairfax Co. Police Initiate “Street Smart” Program The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) joined other departments around the region to kick off the fall campaign of “Street Smart.” This program aims to reduce pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths across the region, educate drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about safe use of the roadway and increase enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety laws and raise awareness about enforcement. This initiative spans across the roadways of Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Starting this month and running through December, officers will participate in “Street Team

Activations.” Area residents are likely to see high visibility and enforcement from area police departments. Not only will FCPD and other departments enforce laws regarding bicycle and pedestrian safety, but the surrounding departments will also hand out safety literature and traffic statistics to people using local roadways.

James Lee Community Center Hosts Holiday Dinner The fifth annual James Lee Community Center Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). The dinner is

HONORED as an “Indispensable Citizen” by his fellow community members is certified personal accountant, Michael S. Diener (center) and he is flanked by (from left to right) Richard Rankin, Jerry Barrett, Ken Feltman, Amanda Lovins, Melissa Robinson and Robert Sheretta at his award presentation. (Photo: Courtesy Michael S. Diener)

intended to help lower income families in the area get a solid meal in as the colder months approach. The community center is still seeking food donations from local residents and businesses as well as searching for volunteers (both children and adults) to help staff the event and ensure it runs smoothly.

Watercolor Artist Presents At McLean Art Society Rachel Collins, a local watercolor artist and teacher, will be the presenter at the Friday, Nov. 17 meeting of the Mclean Art Society that will take place from 10a.m. – noon at the Dolley Madison Library (1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean). The presentation will take place in rooms

1 and 2 (703 653-9519). Collins is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and teaches classes at the Art League School in Alexandria and the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Md. All guests are welcome – no need to register. For more information on the presentation or where to meet, call 703-653-9519.

‘Lox and Lecture’ at Temple Rodef Shalom Alex Levy, Artistic Director of 1st Stage Tysons, will share the process of how a show goes from “Page to Stage” in a discussion at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church). The discussion will cover how it relates to the upcoming produc-

tion of “My Name is Asher Lev” by Aaron Posner, based on the Chaim Potok novel on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. at the Temple’s “Lox and Lecture” event. The play will run from November 16 – December 17. A light lox and bagel brunch precedes the program. Cost for entry is $5 for Women of Temple Rodef Shalom members and $8 for Women of Temple Rodef Shalom non-members.

Final Results of Bailey’s X-Roads Charity Raffle Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club (BXRC) President Steven Wasko, chair of this year’s club charity raffle, announced the final results of BXRC members’ six-

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month fundraising effort. It was a record-breaking year raising more than $161,000 from sales of raffle tickets for a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible. This was the club’s 32nd year of sales. This year’s lucky winner of the fully restored 1965 classic Mustang convertible was Victor Castillo of Falls Church. The drawing was held Sept. 22 at the Occoquan Arts and Craft Show. The funds raised will help the many charities that the club supports including J.E.B. Stuart (Justice) High School, Fisher House, Wounded Warriors, Glasgow Middle School, Key Center, BritePaths, Stuart Resource Fair, The George Mason University Department of Rehabilitation Science, GoBabyGo, Mason District Police Citizens Advisory Committee, Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station, food-for-families in need, Annandale Christian Community for Action, Rotary International Foundation and global grants. The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club wishes to thank all those who purchased tickets and the club’s many Bailey’s Rotary club members who assisted the club in selling tickets and performing other administrative duties. Additionally, the club would like to thank the many people whose skill and generosity contributed to the club’s success, including: Honorary Rotarian Val Wadsworth of Brandywine, Md. who restored the car from a rusted hulk. L&P Restorations of Clifton, Md. who painted the renovated car’s Caspian Blue coat.

And last year’s winner John Mangano, of Reston, who allowed the club to use his winning Mustang when this year’s car was being restored. The club’s leading venuesponsors include: Katie’s Car & Coffee, Great Falls; Mustang Sally Brewing Company, Chantilly; Vintage VA Wine and Food Festival, Bull Run Park; Viva Vienna Memorial Day Festival; City of Falls Church Memorial Day Festival and Parade; City of Culpeper 4th of July Car & Motorcycle Show; Capital Crusin’ providing the line up for so many terrific and fun car shows across Northern Virginia; Annual Sully Antique Car Show in Chantilly; Taste of Springfield at Springfield Town Center, Fairfax Corner Shopping Center; Virginia Air & Car Show in Front Royal; Lion’s Club Labor Day Car Show, Fairfax City; Rotary Club of Winchester’s Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival and the Burke Centre Festival.

Local Cub Scouts Collect Food Donations On Saturday morning, Nov. 11, Falls Church-area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will collect donations of canned and packaged food as part of the annual Scouting for Food drive to benefit local food pantries. Residents can set food donations in bags outside front doors before 9 a.m. that day for pickup. Scouts will not enter buildings to collect food, but residents of apartments and condominium buildings can deliver food donations to the parking lot of Falls Church Presbyterian


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Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) between 9 – 10 a.m. on this Saturday

Endowment Plans Assistance to Local Needy The Falls Church Endowment Fund Inc., a ministry of the Falls Church Episcopal Church, is seeking applications for assistance from non-profit organization for the calendar year 2018 prgrams that serve the poor, elderly and distressed in the Falls Church community. Grants are generally in the range of $5,000 – $15,000. The Endowment Fund is an independent organization classified under sections 509(a)1 and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code whose stated purpose is to further the ministry and outreach of the Christian Church. Organizations interested in this opportunity should request Application for Assistance (RFA) 2017-01 prior to Monday, Nov. 13 by e-mail to

Community Labyrinth Walk at Charles Wesley UMC


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Residents can drop in to the fellowship hall at Charles Wesley United Methodist Church (6817 Dean Dr., McLean) anytime between 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 to take this spiritual walk in search of contemplation, guidance, remembrance, grief, or to simply to try something new. No charge. Residents are encouraged to bring friends and loved ones with them to participate on the walk. For more information, contact 703-356-6336.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

When the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Police Civilian Review Panel, it included opportunities for the public to interact with the panel members and the Independent Auditor. The Inaugural Public Forums of the panel will begin next week, right here in Mason District, on Thursday, November 16, from 7 – 9 p.m., at the Heritage Human Services Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Free parking is available. Attendees can meet the panel members and Richard Schott, the Independent Auditor, and learn how to initiate the complaint process, who will investigate, and what to expect once a complaint is filed. There will be a 45-minute period for audience participation, and panel members will respond to questions about the complaint form, and the Independent Auditor and Panel processes. Ten, three-minute time slots also will be available for attendees to comment about issues related to the Panel’s or the Independent Auditor’s jurisdiction. Comments about specific complaints or cases may not be presented. Sign-up at the Forum will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Panel members will be listening and recording comments, but will not offer responses at the Forum. Written comments also may be submitted. A second Forum is scheduled for December 12 in Reston. More information is available at Congratulations to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (I am one of the Fairfax County representatives on the Commission), which received a 2017 Leadership Award from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council for its Local Energy Alliance Program to Solarize NoVA. More than 4000 residents and businesses in Northern Virginia have

signed up for the Solarize program, resulting in 630 home energy checkups, 15 completed multi-family apartment weatherization projects, and 176 contracts for more than 1.3 megawatts of new solar projects installed, with a contract value of more than $4.2 million. The dollar value of the energy saved or produced by solar is $277,003 on an annual basis. Solarize NoVA demonstrates how government, the not-for-profit sector, and the private sector can work together to achieve measurable results and help our environment. Congratulations also to Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, one of the most advanced water resource recovery facilities in the nation. Karen was honored last week by the Washington Business Journal in that publication’s annual “Women Who Mean Business” award. Through an interjurisdictional agreement, much of Mason District’s wastewater flows to the Alexandria Renew facility for treatment, but I’ve had the privilege of working with Karen at environmental groups, such as the Potomac Watershed Roundtable and the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Committee at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Karen is an environmental leader who provides policymakers with superb insight into the intricacies of science and wastewater treatment technology, especially as the region works to improve water quality and restore local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve made significant strides for investments in water infrastructure, and Karen is leading the way, now and for the future.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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Richmond Report These days after Election Day are truly the days that Virginia Democrats can celebrate our surprising and gratifying election results. However, I caution my HOD colleagues to moderate their urges to dance in the end zone. Democrats in Virginia certainly have “caught the wind beneath our wings!” But, we need to reject the delusion that we manufactured that wind. The 2017 Democratic slate of 88 candidates — 41 women! — and their staffs worked furiously in these campaigns, suspending personal lives and accumulating massive sleep deficits. Our thousands of grassroots volunteers – including many from outside Virginia – touched millions of voters on the phone, via email and knocking on doors. Bravo! This work was certainly necessary to achieve our 16 or 17 seat gain in the House, as well as our statewide win. But, we need to be clear that the tempest surrounding the sad Imposter in the White House is the proximate cause of this disastrous result for Virginia Republicans. We needed the hundreds of thousands of “resist” votes. It is vital that Virginia Democrats across the Commonwealth understand the significant moving parts in this election cycle. Yes, the swing in HOD seats is the largest swing since 1899. But this result should not be interpreted as a mandate for the party to lean in, a la Bernie Sanders, to deliver sweeping change. “Elections have consequences” is a frighteningly simplistic cliché. In Washington, Republicans have used this justification to support the exclusion of Democrats from the legislative process. I’m not sure if the tribal level of partisanship we have reached is a cause or a result of opportunistic power grabs, but the level of hostility belies the argument that the end justifies the means. I suggest to both sides that the Golden Rule is pragmatic as well as idealistic. For me, one of the most crucial current differences between Democratic and Republican principles is the understanding of the value of community investment. Judging by results, the Republican party sees community as the sum total of individual decisions, free of government’s coercive powers. Cutting

taxes is always good. Government’s main role is to keep us safe, inside and outside of the country, and gets in the way of anything else. The Democratic party sees community as a storehouse of collective values – basically, human rights – as well as physical and institutional infrastructure that is passed on generation to generation.. Remember the Republican fury at President Obama’s comment: You didn’t build that. He meant: on your own. I believe government’s responsibility extends beyond equal opportunity to equal equity. Government makes valuable, independent contributions to the community through efficient investment, including when needed, redistribution of income, e.g. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education. As a result of advocating a generally larger role for government, Democrats should take on greater accountability for oversight of the government enterprises. We have to enforce transparency, efficiency and effectiveness. This will always be a challenge, though Virginia is fortunate to have a strong foundation of competent governmental operations. Democrats must demonstrate leadership, effective governance and patience to meet the challenge stemming from this philosophical framework. As effective leaders, we have to reach all Virginians, respecting different views and finding ways to reconcile them. Effective governance in 2017 demands more proactive and interactive communications with a wider range stakeholders than ever before. One of the chief grievances I hear is citizens feel ignored. That burden will be on us, no excuses. Finally, I advise my fellow Democratic Delegates, including the many energetic newcomers, to see patience as a virtue, not as a lack of conviction. Meaningful change is difficult, no matter how urgent. I believe that the most effective way forward is to pave common ground.  Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house.




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By Charlie Clark

Our main library has a groaning shelf displaying books written by Arlington authors. The selection barely scratches the surface. Not only are there numerous newly published volumes by local scribes, I can think of five actually set in our hometown. In the fiction department, thriller writer Bill Schweigart recently added The Devil’s Colony, featuring an Arlington resident, to his earlier fantasy called the The Beast of Barcroft. School counselor and children’s author Gretchen Schuyler Brenckle (raised in my neighborhood) weighed in last December with a sequel A Cat Named Denali, Book 2: Arlington! Last month, I attended a passionately delivered book talk at Central Library by Cherrydale resident Liza Mundy. She is making a national splash with Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. I have a special enthusiasm because my mother was among those code girls at Arlington Hall. Among the fascinating local details in Mundy’s globally significant history is a description of Arlington Farms. Long demolished, this emergency wartime housing project was named for an Agriculture Department experiment on land that today is an extension of Arlington Cemetery. “The dormitories, thrown

ment eager to house its overwhelming influx of women workers, were flimsy and shoddy,” she writes. Mundy has two fellow Washington Post alumni with books this year. I heard Arlingtonian and former foreign correspondent Glenn Frankel at central library speak about his book High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. It’s a fascinating study of the leftist scriptwriter who turned a cowboy movie into a stirring political fable. Equally historic is the release by investigative reporter Jefferson Morley titled The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. It profiles the cold warrior who became paranoid about a mole inside the agency. Angleton “virtually destroyed counterintelligence at CIA,” a colleague recalled. “The Angletons bought a four-bedroom house on 33rd Rd. in north Arlington,” Morley writes. “Angleton built a heated greenhouse to grow orchids. He installed a rock tumbler for polishing stones in his basement, where he made jewelry at night.” My boyhood pals knew Angleton as a suburbanite (one used to mow his lawn). Finally, a conjuring of my old neighborhood of Cherrydale comes through in the book of that title by my high school compatriot Dean Simpson Phillips. A broadcaster and professor in

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Motor Vehicle Theft, 1051 E Broad St (Koon’s Ford), Oct 30, between 9:08 and 9:30 PM, a gray Ford F150 was taken from the parking lot. Suspect described as black male, wearing a black and red coat (hood up), jeans, and sneakers. Investigation continues. Domestic Assault, 400 blk S Maple Ave, Nov 4, 2:14 AM, a male, of the City of Falls Church, VA, was arrested for Domestic Assault (Simple). Drug/Narcotic Violation, 100 blk

Wallace St, Nov 4, 9:47 AM, a male, 31, of Manassas, VA, was issued summonses for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Simple Assault, 1100 blk W Broad St, Nov 4, 12:38 PM, officers responded for a report of a physical altercation between two male subjects. No injuries were observed. Both parties declined to file charges. Fraud-False Pretenses, 301 W Broad St (West Broad Residences), Nov 4, 7:09 PM, two individuals were transported by cab, but left without paying the fare. One subject is described as a white female in her 20s, approx. 5’6” tall and weighing 160 lbs, with blonde hair and fair skin. The second subject is described as a white male in his 20s, approx. 5’10” – 6’ tall and weighing 215 – 225 lbs, with brown hair and fair skin. Investigation continues Smoking Violation, 6757-24 Wilson

North Carolina, Dean published this embellished reminiscence on behalf of his father, A. Leslie Phillips, who served on the County Board from 1969-72. The older Phillips grew up on Military Road in the 1920s and 1930s. Locals of that generation will warm to the memories of Griffith Stadium, Arnold Bus Co. and ball teams representing Ballston, Clarendon and Livingston Heights. The memoir mentions vanished businesses like Cherrydale Drug Store, Luzi’s Cleaners, Sanitary Grocery, Pugliesi’s Shoe Repair and Cherrydale Cement Block Co. “Tough and dangerous were these fellas in the Cherrydale Gang,” the narrator writes, describing pranks on teachers at Cherrydale School and the Cherrydale Fire Department responding to a fire at the home of landowner Ruby Lee Minor. “In Cherrydale, just about every family grew things,” Phillips writes of life during those “simple and colorful years, lived in a place that stayed the same.” ** Frances “Scottie” Lanahan (nee Fitzgerald), the only child of 1920s celebrity couple F. Scott and Zelda, worked here in the 1950s. She was a journalist for the Northern Virginia Sun, back when it was run by high-brow New Deal liberals from across the river. Lanahan (1921-86), went on to write for The Post and The New Yorker. Her papers are at Vassar College, and she was buried with her parents in Rockville, Md.

Blvd (Le Billiards), Nov 4, 8:02 PM, a male, of Ashburn, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant Drunkenness, 120 N Virginia Ave (Mary Riley Styles Library), Nov 4, 8:12 PM, a male, of no fixed address, was arrested for Drunk in Public. Drunkenness, 6600 blk Wilson Blvd, Nov 5, 1:08 AM, a male, of Silver Spring, MD, was arrested for Drunk in Public. Driving Under the Influence/ Refusal, 306 Hillwood Ave (Lesley Restaurant Bar and Grill parking lot), Nov 5, 2:13 AM, a male, of Silver Spring, MD, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Second Offense) and Refusal of Breath Test. Hit and Run, 1230 W Broad St (Giant Food parking lot), Nov 5, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Witnesses describe the striking vehicle as a Toyota Scion. Investigation continues. Burglary, 165 Hillwood Ave (Hillwood Cleaners), Nov 5, 5:30 PM, witnesses observed the front glass door of the business shattered. Investigation continues.

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This Election’s Break from Trump

The resounding message from Tuesday’s elections, even though they’re very limited and nothing like the scale of the mid-term ones next year, is very clear. One year out from the election of Donald Trump, if you are a Republican, you should be afraid, very afraid. It’s really not about Trump, not about him alone for sure. It has taken just one year for the entire Republican Party to thoroughly self-destruct. The worst part of the debacle is, notwithstanding the madness of Trump, how abjectly pathetic the leadership and most of the rank and file of the Republican Party has become. Giddy with a false notion of entitlement from last November’s presidential election, they’ve been “all in” on Trump’s march off the cliff until the present day. What now for those alert enough to FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS weigh the consequences of this week? No less than seven proud transgender Democrats around the U.S., and scores more of racial and ethnic and LGBT minorities were elected, including against some of the most established and seemingly invulnerable old white male Republican standard bearers. Who predicted this? Did anybody really think that a transgender millennial could unseat Bob Marshall in Virginia, for example? It was shocking enough for Danica Roem to come out with the Democratic primary victory last June. By what kind of craziness would partisan Democratic voters cast their lot with such an underdog? After all, Bob Marshall is known in Virginia as the nastiest old white racist in the legislature who’s been unmoveable because he’s deliberately wielded his brand as a raving homophobe, and radical anti-feminist. His name appeared on the infamous Marshall-Newman measure in 2006 which amended the state’s Constitution to define marriage as limited to one man and one woman, which became law until it was deemed unconstitutional in 2014. He flaunted being a snarly homophobe in a district that seemed to fit his politics. So now what? People like Danica Roem are now actively rethinking their role in U.S. politics, based on Roem’s success Tuesday and those of scores of others who achieved similar results. The is the real America, this quilt of associated, joyful differences with shared generosity and compassion, the heirs of the Roosevelt “New Deal” redefinition of governing that led to the establishment of Social Security and subsequent social safety net programs. This was the new Obama coalition that was blindsided starting in 2009 by the toxic Tea Party creation of the Koch brothers and their allies that came into being the virtual day that Barack Obama took over the presidency in January 2009. That was when a gathering of radical right wing activist billionaires assembled in Palm Springs, Calif., under the leadership of Charles and David Koch who espoused radical libertarian views called “anarchtotalitarianism” by conservative William F. Buckley Jr. As author Jane Mayer wrote in Dark Money, The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (2016), “Obama’s election stirred such deep and widespread fear among conservative business elites” to ensure the conference was swarmed. In addition to the Kochs, with roots in the John Birch Society, the group included Richard Mellon Scaife, Harry and Lynde Bradley, John M. Olin, the Coors and DeVos families. It was decided at that tumultuous meeting to actively resist everything Obama tried to do, without exception. The application of that fanatical radicalism changed the Republican Party at its base, giving it over to a kind of cynical nihilism that wound up infecting the party’s soul and those in it. Everything became obstructionist. No wonder it became so easy for Putin and the Russians to weigh in on this process with a phalanx of angry online bots whose methodology was grounded in a proliferation of intensely foul-mouthed, divisive negativism. In Virginia, the last-ditch attempt to try out a so-called “Trumpian” campaign approach meant launching a series of the most foul and evilly deceptive TV ads imaginable. It didn’t work. Now, the GOP is trapped in a matrix of evil that has paralyzed it from any reasonable action on health care or gun control, for example. Evil exists, as Dante knew, as a downward-spiraling trap descending to the lowest pit of hell.

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The Clash of Social Visions Every tax plan is a social vision and a statement of values. The social vision embedded in the House Republican tax plan is straightforward: to take money away from affluent professionals in blue states and to pump up corporations as the engine for broad economic growth. Or to put it more bluntly, Republicans think the whole country would be better off if we take money away from the Democrats’ rich people and give it to their own (more productive) rich people. The plan raises taxes on affluent professionals in blue states in several ways. First, it caps the mortgage interest deduction at loan principal of $500,000 instead of $1 million. According to an analysis by Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post, only about 2.5 percent of Americans are paying off mortNEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE gages on homes valued over $500,000. These are mostly in places like California, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Second, the Republican plan cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. In 2014, according to The Economist, nearly 90 percent of the benefit from this deduction flowed to those making more than $100,000 a year. Once again, this tax hike hits mostly those in high-tax blue states. Third, the bill taxes investment income earned by private universities with at least 500 students and assets not directly tied to educational objectives of more than $100,000 per student. It imposes a 20 percent excise tax on nonprofit executives who make more than $1 million.This is the beginning of the full-bore Republican assault on the private universities, which are seen as the power centers of blue America — rich, money-hoarding institutions that widen inequality and house radical left-wing ideologies. Fourth, the bill preserves high top marginal tax rates on individual income and even raises rates in some cases on the very rich. Over the past few decades when Republicans have talked about tax reform, they have generally talked about sharply cutting the top marginal rate to 25 percent or even 15 percent. But this plan keeps the top rate at 39.6 percent. And then it throws in some peculiarities. As The Wall Street Journal noted, under the plan a married couple would face a 45.6 percent top rate on earnings between $1.2 million and $1.6 million. These changes could leave the rich paying an astonishingly high percentage of their income in taxes. Scott Sumner of EconLog calculates that when you throw in state and local taxes, rich Californians would face a tax rate of 62.7 percent.

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Republicans would take the revenue from these tax hikes (and much more) and they would use it to lighten the load borne by corporations. The intellectual case for general corporate tax reform is strong. Countries across the world have been cutting corporate rates. The United States now has the highest corporate rates in the OECD and the thirdhighest rates in the world. Cutting those rates would attract investment, unlock money trapped abroad and increase wages for many families. Economists vary widely in their estimates, but Larry Kotlikoff of Boston University estimates, on the high end, that a lower corporate tax rate could increase workinghousehold income by roughly $3,500 annually. None of this is to say that the Republican plan is worth supporting. I personally oppose it because of the way it explodes the deficits. Second, the level of largesse to corporate shareholders is frankly ridiculous. It piles one corporate tax cut on top of another like piling a chocolate sundae on top of chocolate cake on top of a Toblerone bar.This is not a column about the workability or advisability of this or that plan. This is a column about the sort of social vision that serves as a predicate for that plan. The Republicans have a social vision. The Republican vision is that the corporate sector is more important to a healthy America than the professional and nonprofit sector. The Republican vision is that companies that thrive in the red states, like manufacturing and agriculture, are more important for the country than the industries that thrive in blue states, like finance, media, the academy and the movies. What, by contrast, is the Democratic vision? Are Democrats going to spend the next few months defending the mortgage interest deduction and other tax breaks for their own rich? It could be that economic policy is becoming tribal just like everything else in our politics. In that world, parties use their time in power to nakedly shift the tax code for the benefit of their own donors. It would be nice if our tax code wasn’t red or blue but distinguished between social goods and social bads. I’d love to see a tax code that rewarded investment and discouraged consumption. That would mean cutting taxes on earnings but raising revenue through a progressive consumption tax. I’d love to see a tax code that punished pollution but encouraged social cohesion. That would mean taxing carbon but increasing tax credits for working people and families with children. You may or may not like my vision, but it’s more elevated than the visions that are now emerging, which are a dressed-up version of the spoils system: more money for my political friends and less for my political foes.


The Magic of Joan Didion

I blame my flickering attention, but I have always gone as gaga for isolated sentences as for whole books. One favorite begins an essay that I’ve read 20-odd times over 30-plus years, and it’s this: “Once, in a dry season, I wrote in large letters across two pages of a notebook that innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself.” It plants a provocative idea — that abasement is the gateway to adulthood. But what really gets me is the order of the words, the clustering of all those prepositional phrases near the start. I was in college when I first read it, and I thought to myself that a dour composition instructor would take out a red pen and flag the meandering path from “wrote” to “that.” I also thought that the sentence was perfect. Its detour was its music. And that music had a deliberately overwrought qualNEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE ity, signaling the author’s self-consciousness. “Large letters.” “Two pages.” This was someone taking herself very seriously — and wholly, endearingly aware of that. Syntax and sensibility: Nobody wed them quite like Joan Didion, the author of that essay, “On Self-Respect,” and many others. She’s the subject of a new documentary, “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” which reveals that in the 1960s, when she worked at Vogue, the magazine’s editors committed to a reflection on self-respect before bothering to figure out who would fashion it. Only later did they settle on Didion, then in her 20s. She cooked it to order, and nonetheless came up with what is rightly considered one of her masterpieces. “The Center Will Not Hold” is no masterpiece. But it’s fascinating, in part because of scattered tidbits like that. Directed by Griffin Dunne, her nephew, who includes footage from his recent interviews with her, it shows that despite her cultivated image as a nervous waif at the mercy of moods and the Santa Ana wind, she could be ruthlessly practical and utterly unsentimental. Dunne asks her how she felt when, in the course of reporting an article about the San Francisco counterculture, she came across a 5-year-old on LSD. “It was gold,” she tells him. “You live for moments like that.” She was married for nearly 40 years to an uncle of his, the writer John Gregory Dunne, whose death in 2003 prompted her exquisite memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking.” Griffin asks if he was put off decades earlier by her frank essay about trouble in their marriage. “He edited that,” she answers, explaining that, as writers, they both understood that “you used your material.” “You wrote what you had,” she says. “And that was what I happened to have at the moment.” The couple collaborated on screenplays. Warren Beatty dropped by their Malibu beach house and flirted with her. In public, she hid behind big sunglasses and a little voice. In photographs, the angle of her hips and dangle of her cigarette were just so. But the wisdom of the documentary, which is available on Netflix, is that it emphasizes prose over pose and keeps returning to her words. They’re read aloud. They appear on-screen in their original typefaces. They’re why anyone cared about the rest of it and why her essay collections “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and “The White Album” could be found on the bookshelves of just about every aspiring journalist I knew when I was young. Those volumes include this sentence, about an awakening: “That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.” And this sentence, about college in the 1950s: “I suppose I am talking about just that: the ambiguity of belonging to a generation distrustful of political highs, the historical irrelevancy of growing up convinced that the heart of darkness lay not in some error of social organization but in man’s own blood.” Also this, about the late ‘60s: “I was meant to know the plot, but all I knew was what I saw: flash pictures in variable sequence, images with no ‘meaning’ beyond their temporary arrangement, not a movie but a cutting-room experience.” Now even more than when Didion’s career took off, we turn successful writers and other artists into emblems of their eras, props in public dramas, curiosities divorced from any particular accomplishment. Frequently they conspire in that. But they usually get to that point only if there was something of substance to begin with, and they endure only if that something is precious. If it’s gold. At 82 Didion still glitters, on the page and in her nephew’s documentary, not because she had a flair for celebrity but because she had a genius for sentences.


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Frank Bruni

The New Democratic Party

A year ago this week, America made what I believe history will record as one of the greatest electoral mistakes in the life of the nation: It elected Donald Trump president of the United States. It did so while drowning in Russia-produced propaganda, under a torrent of Russia-stolen emails, facing the stiff arm of renewed voter suppression, and on the watch of a splintering and dysfunctional Democratic Party. All of those caveats are valid and necessary, but they don’t undo what has been done. They rightly call into question the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency, but they don’t nullify it. The only remedy is removal, and that’s a very high bar, although recent moves in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation have renewed hopes. How did we get here? This is becoming old NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE saw: Russia stole and published emails and also generated fake news, all in an attempt to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected and therefore to aid Trump’s chances. What is new is knowledge of the overwhelming extent of Russia’s meddling and how it was aimed specifically at widening America’s divisions. As Facebook’s general counsel testified to a Senate committee last week, 126 million Americans may have been exposed to Russia-generated content on that platform alone. As a point of reference, only 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 election. Russia used American technology and American companies as weapons against American democracy. The Democratic Party, or at least many of its highestprofile figureheads from the last election, is locked in a vicious cycle of re-examinations and recriminations. The latest of those is the controversial new political memoir, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, by Donna Brazile, about serving as acting head of the Democratic National Committee during the last legs of the campaign. The book is dishy on a personal level but damaging on a political level. Maybe that’s the point. As Joy-Ann Reid wrote on The Daily Beast, “Donna Brazile may be burning the village in order to save it.” But at a time when Trump is scrambling for anything at all to distract from Mueller’s plodding — and fruitful — investigation, is it the right time to start a three-alarm? I don’t begrudge anyone the right to tell his or her own story, but my focus now is on protecting the country from Trump, and nothing else. Brazile contended on ABC’s “This Week” that there would be no truly good time for her to release her book,

Charles M. Blow

and that people questioning the timing could “go to hell.” The problem is that we’re already in hell and trying to dig our way out, and many of us are crestfallen when any obstacle is added that might impede that effort. A Newsweek cover story last week declared, “Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats.” He is a joke on the international stage. He is pushing us closer to an unthinkable nuclear conflict with North Korea. He is inflaming racial tensions by siding with the racists. His Justice Department is chipping away at civil rights. His Environmental Protection Agency is seemingly trying to do everything at odds with protecting the environment. And now Trump and the Republicans want to give the rich a giant wet kiss of a tax break. The reign of Trump is the reign of ruin. That is why the Resistance is needed now more than ever. And that’s the good news. The Resistance is strong and resolute, passionate and focused. The historic Women’s March has continued its work with a convention last month in Detroit. Resistance groups like Indivisible have continued their organizing and pressure. Indivisible now boasts that “across the nation, over 5,800 local groups (at least two in every congressional district) are using the Indivisible Guide to hold their members of Congress accountable.” And, as CNN reported Saturday, there is an overwhelming surge of Democratic women interested in running for office. More people in polls appear to be waking to the reality that Trump is a walking failure who built his legend and his fortune on the lies that he was savvy and shrewd and a consummate deal maker. They are also waking to the very real possibility that all these Trump campaign contacts with Russians that everyone on the campaign seemed to forget may not be an epidemic of amnesia, but instead a widespread effort to cover something up. Liberals have the will and determination to turn this giant mistake around, to pressure their elected officials or possibly replace them. They have the resolve to resist Trump by every means at their disposal, while clinging to the hope that he might one day be replaced. The only issue I see is that these efforts seem to be operating separately from the national Democratic Party, a dinosaur of bureaucratic machinery in an evolved age of direct democratic action. Liberalism has leapt over the Democratic Party. Liberalism has its eye on a new beginning, while the mainstream party is stuck looking backward and bickering. The Resistance isn’t part of the old Democratic Party; The Resistance is the new Democratic Party, or at least its future.

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Mason Snaps Losing Skid, Marches Toward Playoffs BY ALEX MOORE


The George Mason High School Mustangs played outstanding special teams and defense in their regular season finale last Friday, earning a 48-0 statement win at home on the school’s senior night against Madison County High School. With the victory, Mason football’s record improved to 6-4 (2-4 in the Bull Run Region). Madison County’s record fell to 2-8. Mason started hot in this high school football game as senior running back Finn Roou dodged a tackler and scampered into the end zone on his team’s first drive. From there, Mason’s defense and special teams would take over and the team wouldn’t look back. After kicking off to the Mountaineers, the Mustangs didn’t let their opponents build any momentum and forced a punt. This positioned the offense for a second touchdown from junior running back Jack Felgar, who appeared to get stuck in a pile just short of the end zone but was pushed in by teammates. On the next two Mountaineers drives, the Mustangs stifled the

WRESTLING their Madison County opponent to the ground is this group of Mustangs, whose sure tackling helped seal a 48-0 shutout last Friday. (P����: C������� T���� R���) Mountaineers offense to force two more punts, and these would end worse than the first one. The Mustangs would block the first, and on the second, the Madison

County punter bobbled a snap deep in his own territory, panicked and threw an interception. Mason would score only a few plays later on both drives.

On the ensuing Mountaineer kick return, Mason’s opportunistic special teams play continued. As Madison County’s kick returner crossed midfield, one Mustang

knocked the ball loose, and another recovered the fumble. Mason then scored yet again, bringing the score to 34-0 before halftime. Next, on the first play from scrimmage after halftime, the Mustangs would deliver their coup-de-grace, a 50-yard pick-six from senior linebacker and quarterback Thomas Creed. Mason would still score once more, but their opponents had already resigned. The victory capped an exciting season for the Mustangs, one in which they made significant gains by finishing the regular season with a winning record after going 2-8 last year. Craig Hagigh, a senior who plays along the offensive and defensive lines, took a lot of pride in his team’s turnaround. “We’ve had a huge desire to win,” he said, giving credit to his coaching staff. “They’re dedicated to us not just on the field, but off it too, in school and in life.” The on-field winning looks to continue for another week. This Friday, the Mustangs will travel down to Staunton to take on Robert E. Lee High School in the opening round of the 2A Region playoffs.

Mustangs Stumble & Fall — Again — in Regional Home Opener BY MATT DELANEY


It was an all too familiar feeling for George Mason High School’s volleyball team, losing their 2A Region tournament home opener for the third year in a row last Saturday. And adding to the sense of déjà vu, the Mustangs were defeated by Staunton-based Robert E. Lee High School in the first round for the second consecutive season. “We have a bit of a mental block with this particular game because we get to this point every year,” junior setter Evelyn Duross said after the team’s 3-0 loss. “We need to work on getting the lead, following through and not giving up after. We have to get points every single time we get an opportunity.” Opportunities abounded for Mason as they navigated through an arduous three-set match. The Mustangs were able to demonstrate some grit as they tied their opponents at eight different intervals. However, the one area where the team had vastly improved all year — their ability to close out sets and clinch matches — vanished when the team needed it

most. In the first set Mason was in prime position to flex their closing muscles and snag a pivotal win. Down 19-18, the Mustangs quickly tied before service errors and a Leemen score had them facing a 22-20 deficit. Junior outside hitter McKenzie Brady led the charge to help Mason knot up the score at 23 apiece and had the crowd juiced up for the possibility of an opening set victory. That was until a Leeman spike followed by a Mason hit out of bounds let Lee claim the set, 25-23. All was still hopeful for the Mustangs in the second set, which was unquestionably a must-win for the home team wanting to stay even with the visitors. At first Mason and Lee traded scoring spurts as the Mustangs went up 4-1 before the Leemen responded by taking a 7-6 lead soon after. Mason eventually settled in and began grooving with big kills from their juniors in outside hitter Riley Ruyak and setter Savannah Williams, along with Brady, to take a 17-11 lead. Though after Lee called a timeout, the Mustangs began to deteriorate. “They got the momentum,” Mason head coach Hillary Trebels

said. “Volleyball’s a big momentum game and we talk about trying to be consistent instead of emotional...We got in a little rut and it’s hard to come out of that mentally.” Lee scored four consecutive points before scoring another four straight to tie the game at 19-19. A Mason error that preceded a Leemen kill and a block put the Mustangs down three. After getting a block of their own, Brady nailed two kills to bring Mason within one at 24-23, but Lee was able score again and negate any comeback with another 25-23 win. The final set showed that the Mustangs had conceded defeat. A quick 8-2 advantage for Lee foreshadowed the rest of the set, as the visitors went up 16-7 and eventually 20-10 before sealing the match at 25-14. It was another gut punch for Mason, just as early Novembers have been historically for the team. Trebels still considers the season a success — and she should. The team overcame an early season hiccup to earn second in the Bull Run District and truly did develop a knack for closing games. Only problem is the team picked a bad time to not show it

A BIG REASON Mason was competing with Robert E. Lee High School was due to junior McKenzie Brady (left). However, she alone couldn’t seal the win. (P����: C���� S��) off. This loss will sting for now, but the inherent beauty in sports is there’s always a next year.

Hopefully by then the Mustangs will be ready to make some history.



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BRAVING THE ELEMENTS to deliver baked goods to the civic-minded citizens of Falls Church is the George Mason High School Model UN club. A special thanks is extended to Thomas Jefferson Elementary for loaning the club ponchos. (P����: FCCPS P����/M������� C������)

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S����� N��� � N���� Updates on Events from Falls Church High School Boosters Falls Church High School Athletic Boosters will be out again for the 5th annual November Leaf Raking Fundraiser. FCHS boosters still have a few slots open on Saturday, Nov. 11. E-mail Mark McLean if you want to sign up. Boosters offer two options to help with the fundraiser – rake to the curb or leaf bagging. This is a “Leaves Only” event. The boosters will only rake leaves; no brush, rocks, tree trimmings, sticks, trash, etc. The boosters want to ensure that the students and adults are free from injury. Don’t forget to visit Chickfil-A Seven Corners for FCHS’ Spirit Week Challenge against J.E.B. Stuart High School. Make sure to let the staff at Chick-fil-A know you are with FCHS since each school will receive 10 percent of designated sales. At the end of the week, the school with the most sales will receive an additional $500. The winner will be announced at the Bell Game on Friday night.

Bailey’s Upper to Celebrate World Kindness Day Bailey’s Upper Elementary School will be participating in the

fifth annual Dance for Kindness event on World Kindness Day, Monday, Nov. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. Dance for Kindness is a worldwide dance event established in 2012 in celebration of World Kindness Day. Groups from across the globe join together to perform a kindness flash mob to the same song, same dance, all happening on the same day. Last year’s event involved more than 12,000 participants in 100 cities and 50 countries. Dance for Kindness goals are to promote positive human interaction, global unity, teamwork, positive self expression and leadership. At Bailey’s Upper, the event is a culmination to a unit on bullying and cyberbullying led by dance and creative movement teacher Becky Epstein. A video of last year’s event at Bailey’s Upper by Fairfax Network is available online. Contact news liaison Nicole Cassidy at nlcassidy@fcps. edu.

Mason High to Offer Practice SAT & ACT Tests Soon The George Mason High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is once again offering the SAT practice test on Saturday, Nov. 11 and the ACT practice test on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Both will be held at GMHS (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The mock tests help students practice in a real world setting and identify any areas to improve in before taking the official exams. The fee is $15 per test, which is donated to the PTSA. Students from all grades are welcome.

Congressional School Cross Country Teams Perform Well The Congressional School is celebrating after wrapping up a banner cross country season. The Congressional Colts teams, varsity (7th & 8th grade) and junior varsity (5th and 6th grade) earned five first-place team banners and several individual awards. At the Capital Athletic Conference Cross-Country Championship meet in late October, the Colts took home three out of four first place banners. Tavis Laws, Congressional’s Director of Athletics and Physical Education, expressed his admiration, “I get great joy watching our students strive for greatness and push themselves further than they ever thought they could.” Cross Country coach, Jackie Rose, also had high praise for the athletes stating, “I am so proud of them and the hard work they dedicated to this season.”

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Distillers Festival to Benefit Vets at F.C. Distillers Saturday Falls Church Distillers is hosting a distillers festival for Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1 – 8 p.m., featuring Virginia and D.C. spirits, beer, wine and food, including commercial vendors as well. The festival will be held in front of Falls Church Distillers, at 442-A S. Washington St. in Falls Church. The festival will include live music throughout the day and local vendors as well as distillers. Proceeds will support Decorate-A-Vet, a local nonprofit that helps veterans with small repairs and chores, and decorates their homes for the holidays. For more information, visit

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Grand Opening Party for CASE Architects Showroom Next Week CASE Architects & Remodelers is hosting a grand opening for their third area showroom located at 101 W. Broad Street in Falls Church on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. RSVP to Sherry. For more information about CASE and its operations in DC, MD, and VA, visit  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at

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less to receive their necessities. As a mayor, I would help the people help in volunteer projects, to make our community better. I would make sure that the people would be happy, even more so than me. I would provide the needs, and provide a future. Owen Moyer Falls Church

Disturbing Guest Commentary in The News-Press Editor, Reverend Ohmer’s guest commentary was a bit disturbing to say the least. In the interest of improving dialog he’s suggesting discriminating against the views of certain Americans based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, societal status and religion. Basically, the merit of someone’s words is some superficial characteristic rather than what is being said. Equally disturbing is that the News-Press would give this bigotry space in its paper. But let’s follow the reverend’s suggestion and listen to the words of a man who fits one of his checkboxes: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Jeff Walyus Arlington

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Middle School Book Club. October Book: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Book discussion group for teens in Grade 6-8. Copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required for the school year, spaces are limited. Call or visit the Youth Services Desk for more details. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-2485034.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veteran’s Day Ceremony. A special Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Falls Church City Veterans Memorial. Two bronze plaques will be added to the wall in front of the Community Center to honor the seven Falls Church heroes who gave all for their country in the Afghanistan

and Iraq Wars. The Greater Falls Church Veterans Council expects up to 90 family members of the heroes to attend the ceremony. War in Afghanistan (October 2001 to December 2014): Harold J. Greene, Stephan L. Mace and Ronald A. Rodriguez. Iraq War (March 2003 to December 2011): Andy D. Anderson, Tenzin Dengkhim, Javier Obleas-Prado Pena, Jonathan D. Winterbottom. In addition to dedicating the plaques, the event features remarks and remembrances, a tribute for those missing in action, a wreath presentation and prayer for departed veterans, and performances by the Falls Church City Concert Band. This program was prepared by the Greater Falls Church Veterans Council including American Legion Post 130, the Veterans of Foreign Wars MartinLeppert-Sipes Post 9274, Catholic War Veterans Paul and Jacques Martin Post 1652, Falls Church Daughters of the American Revolution, Northern Virginia WWII Veterans, the Veterans

Memorial Committee and the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department. Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – noon. 703-2485199 (TTY 711).

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 - 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their

second language. Meets every Monday (except holidays) at regularly scheduled time. No registration required; all are welcome. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Great Books Discussion. A “Great Books” discussion concentrating on literary classics. This week’s book is Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Open to all and no registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Totem Pole Stories. For children grades K-5th. Registration opens Nov. 1 at the Youth Services desk by phone or in person. Limited to 15 participants. Children must be present at 3 p.m. to enter the room. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703-248-5034.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 “An Act of God.” Written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show”), this exceptionally witty comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase divine intervention. God is back. And he’s got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved DC actor Tom Story (Round House Theatre’s “Angels in America,” MetroStage’s “Fully Committed”), and flanked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 211 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER “Alcina.” What happens when the enchantress becomes the enchanted? Welcome to the island of illusions. Peer beyond the palms to discover the beautiful Alcina, a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction. Her passion burns red hot – until she tires of her conquests and turns them into wild beasts or stone.

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When dashing knight Ruggiero succumbs to this femme fatale‘s dangerous charms, his fiancée Bradamante takes on a daring disguise to free her betrothed and break the curse. But is Alcina finally falling for the man of her dreams? In this cruel paradise, can anyone tell what’s real? The Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW., Washington, D.C.). $80. 7 p.m. “A Little Princess.” A sudden change of fortune leaves wealthy Sara Crewe alone and penniless in the cold of a London winter. When her friends at Miss Minchin’s School for Girls turn into taunting enemies – and Miss Minchin’s greedy expectations of her “star pupil” turn into bitter rage – Sara must draw upon her incredible power of imagination, her clever wit, and her brave and generous heart to sustain her. But will they be enough? The magical answer is certain to surprise and delight in this original musical dramatization of the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett that has inspired several films, including the 1939 version with Miss Shirley Temple! Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church) $18. 7:30 p.m.


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Shane & Shane. Jammin’ Java at McLean Bible Church (8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna). $15 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Owen Danoff + Matt McAndrew. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Kara & Matty D. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Gerry Timlin (encore performance Saturday). Ireland’s Four Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-534-8999. Red Baraat. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $30 – $35. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. So Fetch: All the Best Music from the 2000’s. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $12. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300. Cactus Liquors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.

“Madeline’s Christmas.” Miss Clavel takes the 12 little girls on a series of adventures when disaster suddenly strikes as everyone gets the flu! Everyone that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. A jolly visitor in red appears who reminds Madeline and her friends about the magic of the holidays. Encore Stage (2700 S Lang St., Arlington). $18. 3 p.m.

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


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



Irresponsible with Retrosystem + Worse Curses. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 10 p.m. 703-255-1566.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Joseph Monsterial. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.

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

Willie Nile Presents a Night of Rock n Roll with James Maddock. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $35. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566.

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

George Winston. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $40 – $45. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

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Tusk – The Ulimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $20. 9 p.m. 703-2370300. 2nd Sole Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504. Brad Rhodes. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 2 p.m. 703-241-9504. The Music School at Jammin Java’s “Main Stage Open Mic Showcase.” Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). 1 p.m. 703-255-1566. Fundraiser for Operation Renowned Hope for Homeless Veterans. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4

p.m. 703-241-9504. Willie Nile Presents Positively Bob and Other Hits From His Catalog with James Maddock. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $35. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 The Contenders (Jay Nash & Josh Day): Laughing With The Reckless Tour with Hugh Masterson. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Herb Alpert & Lani Hall. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $55 – $65. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Annie Stokes, Lucas Roy. Galaxy Hut (2711 WIlson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 An Evening With Antigone Rising. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Mark Wenner and the Blues Warriors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-241-9504. Howard Ivans featuring Machine Drift with Teething Veils. Galaxy Hut (2711 WIlson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 An Evening with Renowned Guitarist Adrian Legg, Live and In Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Justin Townes Earle with Joshua Hedley, Live and In Concert at the Barn. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $30 – $35. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

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

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on October 23, 2017; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, for consideration of the following items: NEW BUSINESS Appeal application A1595-17 by Hilary Duke and Steven Valley, appellants, appealing the Zoning Administrator’s determination that the wall check survey received by Falls Church City for the construction of a house and garage at 309 Sycamore Street, dated July 26, 2017, is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of Chapter 48 of the Falls Church City Code for placement of the house and garage, on premises known as 309 Sycamore Street, RPC #51215-103 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1B, Medium Density Residential, said property owned by Little City Homes LLC. Information on the above applications is


Zoning Office 300 Park Avenue, Suite 300W Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1)

FAMILY COURT of the STATE of NY, County of Nassau In the Matter of

Proceeding under Article 6, of the Family Court Act. Docket Nos: V- 8196-16, LORENSO DEJESUS ROMERO-MUNGUIA, Petitioner,vs. MARGARITA RIVAS DEARGUETA, Respondent. In the name of the People of the State of New York. To the above-named Respondent: MARGARITA RIVAS DEARGUETA, who is found at Falls Church, VA. A motion having been filed with this Court requesting findings by the Court with regards to the following minor: JOSSELIN ESTEFANY ROMERO- RIVAS, DOB 09/05/05. You are here-by summoned to appear before the Nassau County Family Court, Referee Robert LoPresti, located at 1200 Old Country Rd., Westbury, NY 11590 on December 14, 2017, 3:00pm,to answer the petition and be dealt with in accordance with the Fam.Ct.Act. On your failure to appear as herein directed, a Warrant may be issued for your arrest, or an order may be issued on your default. Dated: 10/06/17, Rosalie Fitzgerald, Clerk of Court. To the Above-Named Respondent: The fore-going summons are served upon you by publication pursuant to CPLR 308, and order of the Nassau County Family Court.


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1. "Spartacus" attire 5. "Now ____ me down to sleep" 9. Buc or Bronco 14. "Victory!" 15. Small iPod 16. Experience ____ in the conversation 17. Filmmaker Riefenstahl 18. Just my opinion, in a tweet 19. Goos 20. They're not the roads less traveled 23. Like many martini olives 26. Canon camera named for a goddess 27. LAX patrollers 30. Bomb, as a joke 32. 1942 Philippine battle site 34. "Either you do it ____ will!" 35. Actress de Matteo of "The Sopranos" 37. Ollie's partner on old children's TV 38. One seen in each of this grid's groupings of circled letters 42. Running shoe brand 43. Drink with a lizard logo 44. Smallish batteries 46. Trimester threesome 48. Shaping once more 51. "Solve for x" subj. 52. Muslim holiday commemorated on 2016 U.S. postage stamps 54. Something to meditate on 55. Actor who played a friend to "Ralphie boy" 57. You can stick them in your ear


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60. Western sound effect 61. 50 or more people? 65. Rwandan people 66. Jai ____ 67. Patella site 68. 17th-century Dutch painter Jan 69. Wished 70. Serenade

40. Welcomes at the door, say 41. It's yellow and crusty 42. Org. for many residents 45. Squad cmdr. 47. Gather dust 49. ____-appropriate 50. Boats with a double-bladed paddles 53. 1983 film debut of Bill Maher 55. Altar area 56. Penne ____ vodka 57. There are four in a gallon: Abbr. 58. Steve Martin's "King ____" 59. Suffix with Manhattan or Brooklyn 62. DiFranco who created Righteous Babe Records 63. "Star Wars" villain Kylo ____ 64. Identify (as)


1. "Shop ____ you drop" 2. Have a mortgage, e.g. 3. Cry at a card table 4. Kind of instincts 5. Parts of some diamonds 6. Picnic pastime 7. Dye that makes blue jeans blue 8. "That hurts!" 9. Elizabeth II, to Elizabeth I 10. Winter ailments 11. Filmmaker Jean-____ Godard 12. They're game 13. Dr. Jekyll creator's monogram 21. Dog sound 22. Noggin 23. Airport up the coast from LAX 24. Sun blocker 25. Saying "somethin'," e.g. 27. Prepare to shoot 28. Zoe of "Avatar" 29. Santa ____ winds 31. "____ coffee?" 33. It may have a ring to it 36. 1969 #1 album for 11 weeks 39. Highway sign abbr.


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Whew! Whittier’s Done! And So is Comprehensive Plan

Tuesday’s Election: Will Va. Now Go Blue in ‘08 Presidential Vote?

Despite a minor hitch in the middle of the proceedings, the Falls Church City Council marched swiftly through a meaty agenda to dispose, at long last, of the Whittier sale and site plan approval, the long-awaited Comprehensive Plan, the Holmes economic revitalization report and seven appointments to the first board of the new Economic Development Authority. The achievements marked a step forward for the council on the development front.

Coming on the veritable eve of the 2008 presidential primaries, Virginia’s statewide election of its senators and delegates Tuesday took on considerable significance signaling that it is a serious candidate to swing from the “red” Republican to the “blue” Deomcratic column in its voting for the president of the U.S. next November. It could become one of a handful of the so-called “battleground” states that is targeted as decisive in that election.

THE DELIGHTFUL DAISY, seen here among some of her favorite foiliage. The blue-eyed beauty is open to becoming friends with anyone who happens to toss her tennis ball, and has been enjoying the fall by munching on scoops of pumpkin as treats. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

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John Gaul, SINCE 1925. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t look his best. Now, he and 1 in 6 seniors face the threat of hunger and millions more live in isolation. So pop by, drop off a hot meal and say a warm hello. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels at

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A collection center has been set up at our office, 710 West Broad St, City of Falls Church. Or feel free to contact me and I would be happy to pick up your donation. Food for Others is in need of the following NON-PERISHABLE items: Canned meats Peanut butter and jelly/jam Fruit (fresh or canned – packed in fruit juice) Chef Boyardee (individual & family serving sizes) Mac & Cheese (individual & family serving sizes)

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