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Inside This Week Thanksgiving Homicide At Skyline Apartment Three suspects are in custody and a fourth is still at large in the case of a homicide at a Falls Church apartment complex on Thanksgiving Day. See News Briefs, page 8

Holiday Lights: Digital or Analog?

Inside the winter edition of the News-Press Real Estate Guide inside, we look at new holiday light technology, a housing project proposal and more.

F.C. Council OKs 2 New Incentives To Spur Commercial Growth in City Light it Up!

Residential Cottages Proposal Also Gets Preliminary Approval

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

a few blocks south of the VDOT’s proposal., where the W&OD trail currently crosses Route 29 (N. Washington inside the City) at the on-ramp to Exit 69 of I-66. The City plan, part of its effort to come up with a so-called “Greenest Street” game plan for upgrading the three-mile portion of the W&OD Trail that comes

Monday night the Falls Church City Council gave final approval to a pair of ordinances designed to further incentivize commercial development in the City. The first provided a tax abatement for improvements or new developments to all-commercial office structures in the City, and the second to redefine the conditions under which technologyrelated commercial entities in the City can also qualify for tax abatements. It was made clear in the meeting that these abatements would apply only in cases where no taxes are currently coming in, at all, so there is no “give away” in that sense. An earlier 1996 City ordinance on office space tax abatements was aimed only at limiting the vacation of certain sites, but the new ordinance, at the recommendation of the City’s Economic Development Authority aligned that program with “current City objectives to encourage higher commercial density, expand the commercial base, encourage land consolidation and increase the inventory of office spaces” by “encouraging developer investment in commercial properties,” according to a City staff report. A motion to amend the measure to place a 10-year “sunsetting” limit on the incentive was defeated by the Council in a tight 4-3 vote, with Mayor David Tarter, David Snyder and Karen Oliver voting in favor, and then the measure passed unanimously 7-0. The revised technology zone ordinance also passed unanimous-

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Paul Krugman: Why Corruption Matters

Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. See page 14

Press Pass with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been playing holiday shows for at least a decade now and its latest tour, the Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party, is coming to The Birchmere next Monday. See page 29

FALLS CHURCH MAYOR DAVID TARTER (left), Santa Claus and a group of City children pushed down a plunger in a ceremonial act to light the trees on West Broad Street with holiday lights this past Monday. Upwards of 50 people attended the lighting of the tree ceremony including City Council members Marybeth Connelly, Phil Duncan, Letty Hardi and Karen Oliver. (Photo: Drew Costley/News-Press)

VDOT’s I-66 Revamp Includes A W&OD Bridge Over Rt. 29

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Falls Church News-Press


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New elements of the coming eastbound widening and introduction of tolls both ways on Interstate 66 were spelled out by VDOT’s Amanda Baxter to the Falls Church City Council Monday night, and the biggest surprise was plans to build a bridge over Route 29 barely north of the City limits in Arlington to facili-

tate traffic on the W&OD Trail. Among other reasons this came as a shocker Monday was the fact that the City’s own staff had worked arduously on plans for a similar bridge for more than a year, a plan that was angrily shot down by neighbors and environmentalists, alike. The only difference is that the City’s plan diverted the trail to find a way to place a bridge inside the City limits at Gresham Place,

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ly, being the first change since the City first passed such a tech zone ordinance in 1997. The revisions limit the area of the

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abatements by two years. In other significant developments in Monday’s Council meeting, the Council approved on first reading an ordinance to permit cottage-style senior residential developments in the City by a 6-1 vote (Mayor Tarter dissenting). The measure, if given final Council approval in late January after review and recommendations by Council-appointed boards and commissions, would permit as many as nine residences on a 45,-000 square feet parcel (or accumulation of parcels), each limited to 1,000 square feet on the ground floor (and a 1 1/2 story height limit).

The purpose is to provide a new form of housing stock in the City catering to older adults (ages 55 and up). Mayor Tarter’s objection was on grounds that since limitations on tearing down existing residential units had been removed from the draft ordinance, now any number of parcels in the City can be combined to qualify for a cluster of such cottages if it became economically viable to do so. The policy, if approved, would permit construction of clusters of small structures on the pattern of the old “bungalow” communities that flourished in Los Angeles and Hollywood in

the 1930s. While more modestly priced than full single family homes, they would not qualify as affordable housing, but as senior specific housing. Mayor Tarter suggested that the current ordinance that qualifies occupancy on the basis of one person being age 55 or up be modified to age 62. That was not acted upon Monday, however. Finally, the Council approved major personnel changes to the City’s Planning Commission, accepting the resignation at the end of their appointed terms at the end of December of current chair Rob Meeks and of longtime member Ruth Rodgers and appointing in their stead Tim Stevens and Brent Krasner. They also reappointed to new terms on the commission Russ Wodiska and Andy Rankin. In addition, reappointed to the Economic Development Authority were Brian Williams and Michael Novotny. All the appointments were interpreted by knowledgeable observers as moving the City in a more pro-development direction.



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through the City, actually proposed diverting the course of the trail to keep it in the City. But the plan’s potential disruption of the narrow forested Four Mile Run area on the east side of N. Washington caused the uproar, such that Principal Planner Paul Stoddard had revised the plan to keep the trail on its current route that leads just outside the City at Route 29 and to remove the bridge proposal. But the newly-revealed VDOT plan appears to have no impact on areas for which environmentalists had concerns, and its cost will be incorporated into the overall cost of VDOT’s ambitious plans for I-66 overall, with no specific financial burden on F.C. citizens. Falls Church Mayor David Tarter, saying VDOT’s W&OD Trail bridge plans were new to him Monday, was told by F.C. Assistant City Manager Cindy Mester that she had been privy to the plan before this. Tarter asked VDOT’s Baxter if it would be possible, since the bridge would have the effect of being a visible “gateway” into the City of F.C., to have some signage to that effect. Baxter was cool to

the idea, saying the bridge would be designed along the lines of an old rail trestle, looking not unlike the existing W&OD Trail bridge over W. Broad Street that was installed in the mid-1990s in the City. The City of Falls Church will be impacted in other significant ways by the VDOT project, since its plans to add a lane to the eastbound route of I-66 will cover the area stretching from where the Dulles toll road merges into I-66 north of Exit 66 past Exit 69 to Exit 71, the Ballston exit in Arlington. The stretch between Exits 66 and 69 runs adjacent the City. But it will hopefully relieve what everyone in these parts knows to be a major bottleneck in that stretch, often even during off-peak hours, and another component will be to ease the traffic coming off I-66 at Exit 69 toward Route 29, another trouble spot where the merging traffic currently often seeks to merge quickly across multiple lanes to make a right turn onto Route 29. Currently under construction is the new tolling capacity which began with a groundbreaking in midAugust. Eight overhead electronic toll gantries are going in, along with 125 signs that will be added.

With the completion of that effort, rush hour tolling will begin on I-66 next summer. Eastbound, tolling on the full route of I-66 will run from 5:30 – 9 a.m. on weekdays and westbound from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. A number of F.C. Council members expressed concern Monday that the introduction of the tolls, especially if they are deemed price prohibitive, will drive traffic off the interstate into neighborhoods along the way, namely in Falls Church. On the plus side, whereas there are HOV-2 restrictions on I-66 in the weekday mornings and evenings, with hefty fines for violators, there will no such restrictions once the toll system is operative. In other words, if going solo, you can drive at any time, as long as you’re willing to pay. Councilman David Snyder, in face, posed the virtually rhetorical question of what VDOT would do if after the project is completed, it was found that it failed to achieve the desired results, at all. (There have been studies to show, for example, that Hot Lanes on I-495 have so far been ineffective in their objective of relieving congestion). VDOT has moved to mitigate such concerns from impacted

jurisdictions along the route of I-66 by giving back to the jurisdictions a portion of the proceeds from the tolls, including $500,000 for starters to the City of F.C. to help install bicycle ride sharing. At any rate, none of this will happen immediately. While the tolls will begin being charged next summer, construction on the


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widening of I-66, including the new W&OD Trail bridge, will not commence until mid-2018, with completion of the entire project not expected before mid-2020. Plenty of opportunities for public input remain, as well, including one gathering slated for the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School next Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.


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Affirm Diversity With Affordable Housing

Once again, as Falls Church City Council member David Snyder confirmed at Monday’s Falls Church City Council meeting, the City of Falls Church ranked among the highest in Virginia, if not in the nation, in the turnout of its registered voters at last month’s presidential election. It’s news that is almost expected by now for Falls Church, and we concur with Mr. Snyder in his assertion that this is due to more than just the high level of education and household incomes in the Little City. In our view, the cause of the high voter turnout is reflected in the vote for president here, where 75 percent of voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and only 17 percent did so for Donald Trump. In other words, the threat that Trump was perceived to represent to constitutional democracy and voting rights impelled many in the City to make the extra effort to vote this time. We are heartened by similar margins in Falls Church’s neighboring jurisdictions as well, with a 75.83-to-16.64 margin in favor of Clinton in Arlington County, a 75.56-to-17.54 margin in the City of Alexandria, and a 68.42-to-24.90 margin in the eastern part of Fairfax County. These four jurisdictional areas, all fitting into Rep. Don Beyer’s 8th U.S. Congressional District, rolled up a margin of 193,563 votes for Clinton over Trump, which is 96 percent of Clinton’s total margin of 212,030 votes statewide. So we can be hopeful that these jurisdictions can be counted on to stand shoulder-to-shoulder for the kind of affirmation the Council made in declaring Martin Luther King Day next month as a “day of service” in the nation’s highest tradition of affirming inclusiveness and service to others as the move into an uncharted future that has already seen an explosive rise in hate crimes by “alt-right” white supremacists targeting racial and ethnic minorities and LGBT persons since the election, as the Southern Poverty Law Center has confirmed. As Snyder commented Monday, the Council’s proclamation implicitly also supports the efforts of our law enforcement officers against all such hateful extremism, and he made his comments about the vote in Falls Church to counter the wild, totally unfounded assertion by President-elect Trump earlier this week that there “was massive vote fraud in the millions” against him in states that he said included Virginia. This region has become increasingly diverse in the composition of its population in the last two decades, in particular, which has enormously enriched the culture of the area and worked to prevent communities like Falls Church to become cloistered white gated communities. Falls Church and its neighbors must welcome and celebrate these trends by redoubling efforts at affordable housing, in particular. We have never had a City Council more open and potentially supportive of a serious push in this direction, and we urge developers and the community itself to move swiftly to get a plan into the upcoming annual budget cycle.


Predatory Towing Going On at Winter Hill

Editor, I am objecting to the new predatory towing practices in the Winter Hill area of S. Virginia Ave. and James St. Nine p.m. to 6 a.m.? Seven day a week? Parking on the streets requires a permit or a limited guest pass. It is stated that residents of the Winter Hill Apartments can park in their lot, but they also need a resident sticker or a limited, in advance, guest pass. I do not even have a car but

I have family members who visit me very rarely and often on an impromptu basis. Last month, my daughter in one car and my brother and elderly mother in another car visited me; entirely unplanned. Wow, they overstayed their “curfew.” My daughter left about 9:20 p.m. My brother drove to the store, then came back to take my mother home, about 10:20 p.m. He was helping me change


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a lightbulb in the entryway as the tow truck came. He told them he was just leaving and they backed off, but he was upset. I said it was predatory towing and the driver said, “You want parking, don’t you?” I said, “I don’t even have a car but I have my mother and brother visiting.” He said, “They visit after 10?” I said “Why not?” Is there a curfew?” He said “This is my property,” as he drove off. There is no problem parking in this lot. Most residents are elderly and have no cars. There were many open spaces, as usual; more open spaces than occupied. There have always been signs and restrictions in this lot, but in

four years, I have never seen towing enforced; and for no reason before. The new policy looks like someone is trying to fix a problem that did not exist, or, gain profit and revenue. I do not want this to come at the expense of my family members who might, on rare occasion, drop in to visit and unexpectedly overstay “curfew.” We are not loud, unless someone comes predatory towing! As many F.C. residents know, predatory towing has been a popular sport in the shopping centers of the area. This feels oppressive. Laura Hartwick Falls Church



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“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags! … then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. “Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more.” Each year, during this four-week season of Advent, those of us who attend church – as well as those of us who watch the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon – are reminded of some very counter-cultural truths: that “maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store – and that maybe, Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store? You’d have trouble believing it, subjected to as much advertising as we are: annually, millions of dollars are spent to convince us of several disheartening lies: • That this is the “shopping season;” • That you can purchase affection; • That your possessions (or lack thereof) give your life value. It’s common to lament that most retailers don’t even wait for Halloween any more before they put the pre-Christmas shopping juggernaut into motion. So by this time – the first of December – we’ve already been bombarded for a full month with our culture’s expectation that if we aren’t spending money, we aren’t preparing properly for Christmas.

Worse, the most effective advertising deliberately exploits our “desire to be desired” (think jewelry commercials – the radiant, sensual glow of the one receiving a diamond). It exploits our legitimate

“Christmas can come without ribbons; it can come without tags; it can come with a minimal amount of packages, boxes, or bags.”

eagerness to please those we love (thus the images on television of the joyful dance on Christmas morning of children who have just opened the The Perfect Present.) Here’s the message of the advertising industry: “if you just spend more – and by the way, books and clothes no longer suffice, you must think diamonds or a luxury automobile with a red bow on it – then you will bring joy and happiness to those you love.” Just underneath this message is another message: “If you can just find The Perfect Present on Christmas morning, it will make up for the other 364 days of your being an unavailable, emotionally detached person – but in order to pull this off, you

really must splurge.” (And “splurge” here means “spend even more money than you think wise.”) By contrast, during this season of Advent, the church (and Grinch) sends a different story. An encouraging story: • That this is not the “shopping season,” but a season of pregnancy – of expectation, anticipation, and wonder over what new thing God is going to birth; • That while you cannot purchase affection, you can give it, because three of the things children (and adults) really want for Christmas – relaxed and loving time with family, an evenly paced holiday season, and reliable family traditions – are not found in a store, but are gifts of time and focused attention; • That it’s not your possessions or lack thereof that define you, but the fact that you are created in the very image and likeness of God; that you are a beloved child of God, uniquely gifted, and valued for being you. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? Yes, Christmas means “a little bit more” than shopping, decorating, and gift-giving. Even if you’re not a member of a church that tells you that, it’s important to hear. It’s important to hear because year round, our culture – our North American, 2016 culture – tries to convince you of a series of demoralizing lies: • That you are what you do; • That you are alone; and

• our differences are greater than what we have in common. And so the “little bit more” which the Advent and Christmas season seek to remind of you are these essential truths: • That you do what you do, but you are someone far more than that: far more mysterious, far more interesting, far more complex; • That you were made for community, and that there is a community seeking you – needing you, wanting you; • That as long as we focus on things like the value of family, friendships, and faith, we have far more in common than the media – fed by exploitative political and religious leaders – would have us believe. The quieter voices from churches (and the Grinch) may be voices crying in a loud wilderness of advertising, but that does not diminish the truth of what they are saying: Christmas – as long as it’s celebrated in its historic, pre-advertising industry spirit – can come without ribbons; it can come without tags; it can come with a minimal amount of packages, boxes, or bags. This season of Advent, the church invites you to think of something you had thought of before, but might be in danger of forgetting: that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. That maybe Christmas...perhaps... means a little bit more.  John Ohmer is the rector of the Falls Church Episcopal.

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Three suspects are in custody and a fourth is still at large in the case of a homicide at a Falls Church apartment complex on Thanksgiving Day. Fairfax County Police announced Friday that Fredy Cisneros Agustin, 24, of Falls Church has been arrested and charged with the murder of 69-year-old Leif Erick Ohlsson of Falls Church. Olsson was found deceased with upper body trauma after officers responded to a suspicious event in the 5500 block of Seminary Road around 10 p.m. on Nov. 24. Police also charged Cisneros along with 31-year-old Garbiel Coca and 27-year-old Jose Nasario Perez Amaya, both of Falls Church, with burglary. Police are still looking for a fourth suspect, 21-year-old Adonay Polanco Polanco Cabrera Cabrera of the 6000 block of Vista Drive in Falls Church, who Adonay is wanted for burglary in is wanted for burglary in relation to the case. This is the second relation to a homicide on reported homicide at a Skyline-area apartment complex this year. Thanksgiving. (Photo: In June, 25-year-old Bernardo Eugene Ford, Jr. was arrested for the Fairfax Co. Police) February 23 murder of 35-year-old Babatunde Fadahunsi at Skyline Towers. Police ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective J.D. Long at 571-241-4739 or call Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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At the initiative of Falls Church Council member Letty Hardi, Mayor David Tarter proclaimed Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16, 2017 a “City of Falls Church Day of Service” to “encourage all citizens to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to affirm our City’s commitment to the values of equality, inclusion and diversity.” Ostensibly inspired by concerns raised in the wake the presidential election last month, the proclamation states the “City Council wishes to reaffirm the long-standing community values of equality, inclusion, and diversity, no matter the national context,” adding “the Council believes that ordinary citizens, armed with compassion and a willingness to serve, can come together to change the world and pursue the nation’s highest ideals.” Other proclamations from the mayor Monday honored the life service of recently-passed citizens Roger Neighborgall and Leah Ruth Dinnison Porzel.

18-Year-Old Rape Suspect Sought Detectives from the Major Crimes Division of the Fairfax County Police Department are searching for 18-year-old Ronald Fabricio Herrera Contreras, who is suspected of rape, abduction with the intent to defile, gang participation and assault and battery. According to a press release from the department, these crimes occurred in July 2016. The department’s investigation began in August 2016 when a 15-year-old girl from Falls Church alleged to a family case worker that Contreras had raped her back in July. The caseworker immediately called the police. The victim, who speaks no English, said Contreras was a known gang member and a friend of another family member. According to her, he would visit the home occasionally and at some point, began to verbally threaten the victim. Allegedly he said harm would come to her and her family if she didn’t stay in touch with Fabricio Herrera him. She said that eventually, he came to her home every day to Ronald Contreras. (Photo: Fairfax “check” on her and threaten to kill her if she called police. On or Co. Police) about July 13, 2016, the victim said that she got a phone call from Contreras. He allegedly ordered her to come outside and walk with him. Out of fear, she went outside and they walked until they came upon a wooded area in a park in the 7300 block of Lee Highway. Contreras allegedly dragged her into the woods, raped her and then left her there.

FCNP’s 27th Holiday Party Set for Dec. 15 The News-Press confirmed this week that all friends of the newspaper are invited to its 27th annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, 222 N. Washington St. (next to the State Theatre), from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment from George Mason High School music students and will be catered by Ledo Pizza.


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Meet the Team Reception at The Kensington Falls Church

Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:00-7:30pm Festive Happy Hour • Hors d’Oeuvres • Door Prizes RSVP to 703-992-9868 or Our Team at The Kensington Falls Church wakes up every day looking forward to the chance to provide assistance to seniors and their families. The residents we seek to serve have spent a lifetime giving of themselves to their spouses, their children, their professions, their communities and sometimes, their country. It is our privilege to honor them and the marks they’ve made by indulging them and taking care of them, with respect, enthusiasm and skill. Join us at our Information Center at 1212 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Enjoy festive beverages and hors d’oeuvres while you meet and mingle with our Team, who can’t wait to hear about the senior you love.

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B������’� Originally a Three Chef’s Pancake House location over 40 years ago, Bentley’s has been serving the best Breakfast in Northern Virginia for over three decades. What began as a small town breakfast dinner in a Route 50 Motel consisting of a counter and seven booths has with the times grown to a 150 seat full service restaurant with Banquets and Catering facilities. But as with Falls Church itself, we have never lost our small town roots. Nor have we lost our Breakfast counter... Locally owned and operated since its inception and on our third generation of regulars Bentley’s remains a place to step out of the fast lane in Washington, D.C. No flashy metal or neon franchise lights, no glitz or glam with perrier and coffee drinks we can’t even try to spell – just comfortable booths, worn in counters, Great Breakfast, Hot Coffee, and a welcom-

ing Smile! You’ll find us still located just past 7 Corners on the Corner of Annandale and Route 50 right where we began almost a half century ago beside the Governor’s House Inn & Suites about seven miles west of our Nation’s Capitol. Sundays may have a wait as we still serve the best breakfast in town – Our Famous Eggs Benedicts, Omelets, Waffles, Pancakes, Crepes and more... but still the weekends are the best time. Whether new to the area, a native, or vacationing In D.C., no trip to Falls Church is complete without a stop by Bentley’s for breakfast.

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F���� M���� Dorothy and Ralph “Curly” Fox first opened Foxes Music in Falls Church on President Eisenhower’s Inauguration Day in 1953, and the store has remained a proudly independent and locally owned operation ever since. Many of you know Foxes as the place to go for the best deal on rental instruments for your child’s school band and orchestra. But you might not be aware that we also have an extensive selection of competitively priced intermediate and professional level instruments when your child is ready to advance. If you have a current or potential guitarist in the family, you should check out our vast guitar inventory, ranging from $99.00 beginner models to top of the line custom shop instruments. We are the area’s largest dealer for Fender and Martin guitars, and our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect instrument for your needs. Also keep us in mind for banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, keyboards and beginner drum sets. Ukes make the perfect stocking stuffer – both economical and easy to learn. Once you’ve chosen your instrument, we have all the accessories you will need as well as the largest selection of sheet music in the D.C. area. Our faculty of experienced and professional private instructors are available to help you get started out on the right foot or help carry you to the next level of proficiency. Learning a musical instrument can be a personally fulfilling and even life-altering experience. Consider giving someone the

gift of music this holiday season!

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German Gourmet is a gourmet grocery and delicatessen featuring fine foods, gifts and products from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Northern Europe. One of our top features is the broad range of bratwurst and cold cuts stocked throughout the year. Another big hit is our menu of delicious home-made sandwiches, salads, soups, stews and schnitzel. We also have a great selection of breads, cakes and pastries; both local and imported. Founded by Mr. Wilhelm Wenzel of Germany who, upon his retirement, sold to Mr. Raimund Pagani originally of Switzerland. Raimund operated the store for 20 years before selling to brothers Michael and Clifford Haene. In 2007 we moved into larger facilities at our current location on Columbia Pike and we continue our search for ways to improve our selections and offerings. Products: Too many to list! Please come to our store or give us a call. Many products will make their way onto our web site over time. Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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P���� G���� Plaka Grill’s Greek American Chef/Owner, Peter Drosos, is no stranger to the Northern Virginia Area; his grandparents settled in Vienna in 1955. Neither is he a stranger to restaurants. As a child, Peter helped out with his parent’s restaurant. When he graduated from James Madison High school in 2001, he moved on to culinary school in Athens, Greece. After obtaining a degree in culinary arts, he worked in several different Greek establishments, learning the art of handmade gyro and souvlaki. Coming back to Vienna, he opened his first restaurant, Plaka Grill, in October 2007. It quickly became a town area favorite, winning accolades from the Washingtonian, Northern Virginia Magazine, The Washington Post and the Sun Gazette. In 2015 Plaka opened a location in Falls Church, winning best new restaurant a few months later in the Falls Church News-Press. Plaka Grill is now an authentic Greek cuisine staple throughout Northern Virginia. The Vienna location offers a cozy, café vibe, while the Falls Church location has a modernistic feel, with a self-service wine bar and patio seating spring-fall. Both locations offer the signature “Plaka Gyro,” an exclusive recipe made in house from scratch. They also offer a variety of Greek beers and wine, available with dine-in or carry-out orders. Plaka Grill also provides catering services for all events ranging from corporate lunches to birthday parties and weddings. Both locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with specials often offered on the weekends.

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Community News & Notes Waverly Auction Includes Presidential Autographs More than 400 lots of fine and rare books, antique maps, autographs and historical Americana will be auctioned off on Thursday, Dec. 1 starting at 6 p.m. at Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church. Some of the highlights of the auction include a three-book volume of 18th-century Piranesi prints, Flash Gordon artwork, presidential autographs and items related to the Tuskegee Airmen, the revered company of black airmen from World War II. This Tuskegee collection of documents and historic photographs was amassed by Charles F. Francis, author of The Tuskegee Airmen. Francis’ book is considered the first in-depth chronicle of the groundbreaking aviators and their navigators, mechanics, instructors and other support staff.

The rare and antique map section features a three-volume atlas that accompanied the official records of the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Compiled by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles of the 23rd U.S. Infantry, the set was published in the 1890s and is lavishly illustrated with maps on plates. For more information, visit waverly-rare-books.

The Kensington Falls Church Hosts Dec. 8 Reception The Kensington Falls Church is hosting a reception on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at its Information Center at 1212 W. Broad Street. The reception is an opportunity for people in the Falls Church City community to meet the staff of the new assisted living facility that’s slated to open in early 2017. “Our team at The Kensington Falls Church wakes up every day

looking forward to the chance to provide assistance to seniors and their families,” the company said in an invitation to the reception. There will be happy hour, hors d’Oeurves and door prizes at the reception. The event organizers ask that those who plan to attend RSVP to 703-992-9868, ConciergeFS@KensingtonSL. com or by registering for the event at

City Volunteer Honored Va. Parks & Recreation Society Falls Church resident Charley O’Hara, a member of the City’s Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, was honored with a statewide Distinguished Volunteer Service Award by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The award was announced at the Virginia Recreation & Parks Society annual conference in early November.

FALLS CHURCH CITY RESIDENTS, public representatives and other community members gathered at the Falls Church Community Center on Friday, Nov. 11 for the City’s annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. The City revealed two plaques that list the names of Falls Church City residents who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The plaques will be added to the wall on the entrance of the community center that lists the names of Falls Church City residents who have died in previous wars. (Photo: Anderson Krisko)

O’Hara has been an active member of the Advisory Board for Recreation and Parks for over 25 years. He has been and still is a strong advocate of the Recreation and Parks Department and for open space needs in the community. In addition to his role on the Advisory Board, he has served on the Open Space Task Force, volunteered as a youth basketball coach for many years and volunteers at special events. “From developing Master Park Plans that have helped shape our facilities, to preserving open space, the residents of the City of Falls Church have a better quality of life thanks to Charley O’Hara,” said Danny Schlitt, director of Recreation and Parks.

F.C. Resident Transforms English Classroom in Moldova City of Falls Church resident and Peace Corps volunteer Patricia Solley, 70, has successfully raised funds and completed the project that

transformed her English language classroom in Moldova. Before Solley’s work, the classroom was an austere, lecture-style facility with only a chalkboard. After her work, the classroom became a student-centered English Resource Center packed with a high-tech smart board, a white board, a cork wall for displaying projects and a library full of English language books. “I wanted to join at the start in the 1960s, when Sargent Shriver raised the banner, but my parents had other ideas,” Solley said of her decision to join the Peace Corps when she did. “So, when former Peace Corps volunteer friends encouraged me to join upon my retirement, I felt the hand of fate on my shoulder.” As a Peace Corps volunteer, Solley teaches English to second through sixth-graders, as well as to grades eight, nine and 12 at Liceul-Teoretic Vasile Anestiade in the village of Saratenii Vechi, Moldova.

FALLS CHURCH ARTS HELD an opening reception for its show “Where In The World,” on Thursday, Nov. 17 at The Kensington’s Information Center at 1212 W. Broad Street. The show features Falls Church Arts artists Nick Gatz, KC Rajendra and Shaun van Steyn and the opening reception was attended by several City of Falls Church notables, including Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter and City Councilmember Phil Duncan. (Photo: Courtesy of Shaun van Steyn)

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Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Collects ‘Toys for Tots’

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in this year’s Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ Toys for Tots campaign. According to a press release from the department, the intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Last year, the Fire and Rescue Department collected over 13,000 toys. Children who are served by this campaign include toddlers and youths through age 17. The campaign will only accept new unwrapped toys, which can be dropped off at any Fairfax County Fire and Rescue station. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to Toys for Tots. The department will be accepting donations through Friday, Dec. 16. For more information, visit aspx.

Maryland Lyric Opera Performs in Falls Church The Maryland Lyric Opera is performing Menotti’s holiday opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” at the Falls Church Episcopal on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the story of an encounter between Amahl, a boy whose leg is disabled, and the Three Kings. This family-friendly holiday classic is a one-act, 45-minute opera, sung in English and performed with two pianos and professional soloists. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Christopher Koelzer and Maryland Lyric Opera founder and executive director Brad Clark.


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Music for the show will be conducted by Maryland Lyric Opera associate conductor Joshua Bavaro and the show will be directed by Maryland Lyric Opera interim artistic director Shelley Waite, who will also be singing in the production. Tickets for the show are $20 for students, $30 for general admission and $40 for reserved premium seating. For more information, visit marylandlyricopera. com/amahl-and-the-night-visitors-2016.html.

F.C. Community Center Hosts Annual Holiday Craft Show The City of Falls Church is hosting its annual Holiday Craft Show at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls Street on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. The event’s hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on December 3 and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on December 4. There will be more than 50 crafters and merchants showing their wares, which include handmade items and baked goods, at the Community Center. There will also be activities for children to take part in at the event. There will be a show from the magician The Great Zucchini at 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. on December 3 at the Holiday Craft Show. Attendance at either performance costs $6 per person attending and requires preregistration. As with every year, there will also be an opportunity for children to have Lunch with Santa. The two lunches are at 11 a.m. and noon on December 3. The event is recommended for children ages 3 – 12, attendance costs $6 and preregistration is required. Lunch will be provided by Clare & Don’s Beach Shack. There will also be a Children’s Holiday Shoppe on December 3 at the Holiday Craft Show. At the mini-market, volunteers will help children select holiday gifts

THE GIRL SCOUTS OF TROOP 676 recently made pies for Falls Church City police, �ire �ighters and public works staff in appreciation of their work to keep the City safe and moving. Troop 676 includes Scouts Ciara Theisz, Elle Ehrlich, Megan Clinton, Camilla Hill, Audrey Morrison, Mya KezarMalzahn, Lily Ramirez, Greta Hermann, Caroline Sherard, Emma Ward and troop leaders Melissa Teates and Vicki Ehrlich. (P����: C������� �� M������ T�����) for $6 and under to give to friends and family. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Cherry Hill Farmhouse. Admission to the Holiday Craft Show is $1 and includes admission for both days of the event. For more information, call 703-248-5077, email recreation@ or visit

Arlington Lions Club Citrus Sale Slated for Dec. 7 – 14 The Lions Club of Northwest Arlington is hosting a citrus sale at the Overlee Bath House, located at 6030 Lee Hwy., Arlington, from Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Wednesday, Dec. 14. Florida, Texas and California citrus will be for sale that week at Overlee, along with Vermont maple syrup and Georgia pecans. The sale will be held at the lower entrance to the Overlee

Bath House, which is off of John Marshall Drive. The sale hours are 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. on December 7, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on December 8, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on December 10, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on December 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on December 12, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on December 13 and 1 – 8 p.m. on December 14. Funds raised through the citrus sale go to support the Lions Club of Northwest Arlington’s charitable activities throughout the year. For more information, call 703-528-1130 or email lionskk@

Local Community Center Hosts Identify Theft Lecture The Langston-Brown Community & Senior Center and Park is hosting a discussion about identity theft for area resi-

dents who are age 55 and over at 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. – noon. Ashley Emerson, the community involvement ambassador at the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, will discuss how how criminals can get personal information and how to minimize the risk of that happening. Emerson will also share tips on how to avoid phishing and what to do in the case of being victimized by identity theft. For more information, call Elizabeth Poole at 703-228-6300. Correction: In the November 24 - 30 edition of the Falls Church News-Press, we ran a photo of a woman giving a tour of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services as part of a story about that organization. We said that the woman in the photo is Liz Barnes. The woman leading the tour in the photo is Laura Mayer.


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Putin’s ‘Manchurian Candidate,’ Part 2

I awoke one morning last week thinking that everything was going to be OK, but then I remembered that “The Arrival” was just a movie I’d seen the night before. Wishing it hadn’t been, nonetheless, it seems we’re on our own on Planet Trump, er, Putin. As the major powers (the U.S., China and Russia) gear up for satellite wars in space, it may be that the evidence of major Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election last month has marked one of its first serious engagements. NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed active efforts by the Russians to hack into and interfere in the U.S. election. An array of computer scientists discovered serious anomalies in the pattern of the election returns. For them, solid evidence of such anomalies constitutes the equivalent of self-evident proof in itself. But in politics, that doesn’t count. Unless actual votes can be shown to have been corrupted, there’s no proof. It’s unclear if such can be found. Still, an inability find interference in recounts, should that happen, doesn’t mean interference didn’t happen. What are we left with? The ties between Russia and Trump are well established. Trump was recruited in the only terms he’s understood, being roughing up by the Russian Mafia, an arm of the KGB and its successors, operating in Manhattan from Little Odessa since the 1970s. Trump owed his economic survival and success to them and has long been their facile tool. What is the Russian goal in getting Trump elected? Clearly, it’s to assault constitutional institutions of the U.S. government by assailing the First Amendment – that is, democracy – and unleashing the violent alt-right against civility. Then, it’s to enact insanity at the top and cavalier policies that will trigger a new great depression, rendering the U.S. a secondary power, economically and militarily. If there is a surprise in all this, it’s the stunning fact of such deep ties between Russian intelligence and the so-called “alt-right,” that is, the white supremacists, in the U.S. This is the big and now obvious nut that America must crack. It was in the 1970s, during the era of “detente” when the Nixon administration and its Soviet counterparts secretly carved up tasks for defusing the serious civil rights, anti-war and pro-labor social ferment in the U.S., a very stupid move on the U.S.’s part. The CIA and FBI handled the expansion of the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” counterculture, and the KGB was given license to manipulate the splinter left. The U.S. saw the KGB plan to turn the left into the right in its interest. Anarcho-hedonists siphoned off political energy with the lure of excessive sexual freedom and religious cults took their share from emotionally weakened youth who’d been cut adrift from their families by their activism. The KGB and its East German counterpart, the Stasi, zoned in on leftist pro-socialist political groups, including the old Communist Party, U.S.A., an array of Trotskyites and Maoists and remnants of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). As a writer for the Berkeley Barb at the time, I had a front seat witnessing a lot of this. In one minor but not unimportant element that I was particularly familiar with, the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC), headed by a former Trostskyite maverick Lyndon LaRouche was structured into a tight cult by an instigated internal crisis in December 1973. In the spring of 1974, it took a paramilitary posture and its members began physically attacking meetings of the CPUSA in New York and Philadelphia. A confused CPUSA assumed this came from the CIA, and said so. But no, they were the first victims of the KGB-led transformation of its U.S. assets from old school leftists to the off-beat political right, white supremacists with their many bizarre and dangerous cults. LaRouche, now a 94-year-old darling of the alt-right radio talk show circuit, evolved his tiny organization to assault Obama and Clinton, making no secret of his love for Putin. In a LaRouche publication this week, an author hailed a post-Trump election “New Paradigm of Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and their friends and collaborators in nations all over the world.”


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Why Corruption Matters Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. And he’s already giving us an object lesson in what real conflicts of interest look like, as authoritarian governments around the world shower favors on his business empire. Of course, Donald Trump could be rejecting these favors and separating himself and his family from his hotels and so on. But he isn’t. In fact, he’s openly using his position to drum up business. And his early appointments suggest that he won’t be the only player using politNEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE ical power to build personal wealth. Self-dealing will be the norm throughout this administration. America has just entered an era of unprecedented corruption at the top. The question you need to ask is why this matters. Hint: It’s not the money, it’s the incentives. True, we could be talking about a lot of money – think billions, not millions, to Trump alone (which is why his promise not to take his salary is a sick joke). But America is a very rich country, whose government spends more than $4 trillion a year, so even large-scale looting amounts to rounding error. What’s important is not the money that sticks to the fingers of the inner circle, but what they do to get that money, and the bad policy that results. Normally, policy reflects some combination of practicality – what works? – and ideology – what fits my preconceptions? And our usual complaint is that ideology all too often overrules the evidence. But now we’re going to see a third factor powerfully at work: What policies can officials, very much including the man at the top, personally monetize? And the effect will be disastrous. Let’s start relatively small, with the choice of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos has some obvious affinities with Trump: Her husband is an heir to the fortune created by Amway, a company that has been accused of being a fraudulent scheme and, in 2011, paid $150 million to settle a class-action suit. But what’s really striking is her signature issue, school vouchers, in which parents are given money rather than having their children receive a public education. At this point there’s a lot of evidence on how well

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school vouchers actually work, and it’s basically damning. For example, Louisiana’s extensive voucher plan unambiguously reduced student achievement. But voucher advocates won’t take no for an answer. Part of this is ideology, but it’s also true that vouchers might eventually find their way to for-profit educational institutions. And the track record of for-profit education is truly terrible; the Obama administration has been cracking down on the scams that infest the industry. But things will be different now: For-profit education stocks soared after the election. Two, three, many Trump Universities! Moving on, I’ve already written about the Trump infrastructure plan, which for no obvious reason involves widespread privatization of public assets. No obvious reason, that is, except the huge opportunities for cronyism and profiteering that would be opened up. But what’s truly scary is the potential impact of corruption on foreign policy. Again, foreign governments are already trying to buy influence by adding to Trump’s personal wealth, and he is welcoming their efforts. In case you’re wondering, yes, this is illegal, in fact unconstitutional, a clear violation of the emoluments clause. But who’s going to enforce the Constitution? Republicans in Congress? Don’t be silly. Destruction of democratic norms aside, however, think about the tilt this de facto bribery will give to U.S. policy. What kind of regime can buy influence by enriching the president and his friends? The answer is, only a government that doesn’t adhere to the rule of law. Think about it: Could Britain or Canada curry favor with the incoming administration by waiving regulations to promote Trump golf courses or directing business to Trump hotels? No – those nations have free presses, independent courts, and rules designed to prevent exactly that kind of improper behavior. On the other hand, someplace like Vladimir Putin’s Russia can easily funnel vast sums to the man at the top in return for, say, the withdrawal of security guarantees for the Baltic states. One would like to hope that national security officials are explaining to Trump just how destructive it would be to let business considerations drive foreign policy. But reports say that Trump has barely met with those officials, refusing to get the briefings that are normal for a president-elect. So how bad will the effects of Trump-era corruption be? The best guess is, worse than you can possibly imagine.


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New Tech Shows the Future Of Holiday Home Decoration



Each holiday season brings with it new toys to be had, and for the area’s dedicated bunch of Christmas decorators that means new technologies to outfit their holiday light displays with. But the real question is, are the decorators buying in? Light displays have gone from rudimentary to technologically diverse in recent years. From discrete changes such as moving on from power-sucking incandescent string lights to making way for energy- and environmentally-efficient LED lights, to more significant alterations such as supple-

menting string lights altogether with laser light projectors, new tech has staked its claim in the mind of decorators new and old. Falls Church’s Home Depot in Seven Corners is stocked with many of these new gadgets. “Obviously any time the holiday kicks in there’s a lot of excitement for what’s new,” says Joe Zuniga, district manager of Washington D.C. and Maryland-area Home Depot stores. “For those tech-savvy people that includes mobile apps [and] it is what’s really popular now.” AppLights, a string-light set and accompanying mobile app that can change light colors, theme and effects, is a product

that Zuniga has noticed elevated interest in this holiday season. The versatility and ease of use with the lights have made it a highlysought after addition to residential light displays, and along with motion-exclusive projectors like the Star Shower Motion Laser Light Projector, serve as Home Depot’s heavy-hitters for holiday decorating. Even with all the efforts to promote new technology, however, Christmas remains a very traditional holiday. The Clarke Griswolds of the world are the people who give the season its cheerful glow and who deck out

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MANY HOMES STILL USE analog lights to decorate their homes for the holidays, like the ones seen in the photo above on Riley Street in Falls Church. But there are several other options that have been on the market for a few years now. (P����: D��� C������/N���-P����)

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their houses from head to toe in lights and ornaments. As expected, they’re also the folks who give retailers like Home Depot a bulk of their holiday business. But they aren’t jumping at the new tech the way novice decorators are. “A lot of people haven’t made the transition to these new technologies. In fact, there’s some resistance because there’s a lot of tradition related to Christmas,” president of Christmas Decor Inc, a Texas-based holiday lights installation company, Brandon Stephens tells the News-Press. “Very few people call and ask for RGB lights (a close substitute for AppLights) just off the cusp since it’s still at that stage where the people that want it are the early adopters.” Stephens does acknowledge that these technologies are steadily gaining traction in the market and will one day become staples of holiday decor industry. Christmas Decor Inc is a major proponent of the innovations and they work with manufacturers to help refine the products and ensure they can acquire some footing on store shelves. Still, change is incremental, and currently these items are sideshow attractions to the more intricate and time-consuming light displays. They have yet to supercede mainstream string lights and inflatable Santa Clauses altogether. “The world is beginning to move into a phase where people like convenience, and they want good results, but they also like options” Stephens adds. “I think you’re always going to have your traditional folks – and we love those people, that’s what makes up the bulk of our clients – but it’s also nice to have something for that [person] who wants the latest and greatest thing.” So what exactly do the locals think of the new decorating technologies? The results are mixed. “I use the Star Shower and a few [string] lights in front of the house,” Arlington’s Nadia Conyers tells the News-Press. “It’s much easier [to set up] and gives you a lot more bang for your buck.” She said that since she acquired her Star Shower a year ago, she’s never thought of going back to the old way of decorating. But others lean

more traditional with their holiday designs. “Until there’s a reason not to, we’ll probably just stick to the old school way of doing it,” Mike Horn, who sets up his mother’s Christmas lights in McLean, says. “There’s definitely something to say about the hard work and doing the strings and all the bushes versus using a [Star Shower], where you can buy one of those things, push a button and you’re done.” Marguerite Shaffer, a resident of Falls Church whose grandchildren decorate her house on Roosevelt Street every year, echoed Horn’s sentiments. “I prefer the [traditional way] over new technology because it’s more thoughtful and allows you to be different from everyone else,” Shaffer says. Retailers have lured in more casual decorators for sure, but they have a while to go before the new products become must-have items for the traditional crowd. But that doesn’t stop Zuniga. “You’ve got people who’re stuck in their ways, and I was one of those guys,” he said. “But is it really worth spending an entire day [decorating] when you can get this thing done [with new technology] in a fraction of the time?

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IF THE PROJECT IS APPROVED, the Snyders would build an additional house in their backyard, using the land they currently own and the land they want to buy from Columbia Baptist Church. (Photo: Drew Costley/News-Press)

Snyder Family Seeks Columbia Baptist Land for House Project

by Drew Costley

Falls Church News-Press

Over the last several months, Columbia Baptist Church and Edie and Sarah Snyder, the wife and daughter of longtime Falls Church City Council member Dave Snyder, respectively, have been trying to get approval from the City for a project that would allow the Snyders to build a new house for Sarah in their backyard and add additional parking to the church’s property. The project would also help “secure the historic and residential character of the 300 block of North Maple Avenue for the foreseeable future,” Edie said in a letter to the News-Press. The four other houses on the east side of the block are all Victorianstyle homes registered with the Victorian Society of Falls Church.

The project began when Edie and Sarah approached Columbia Baptist and asked the church if they would be willing to sell 1,400 square feet of land to create a lot for Sarah to build a house on. The additional land that would come from the church would allow Sarah to build on the Snyders property while maintaining the 11,250 square-foot lot size the City requires for historic homes like the ones the Snyders currently live in. Brett Flanders, executive director of Columbia Baptist Church, said that by adjusting the lot lines of the properties they own next to where Sarah’s house would be built, they would be able to add 30-35 parking spots to property. Flanders said the church currently has problems with capacity in its parking lot, especially during weekdays when the church’s Child Development Center is in

session. This results in church patrons resorting to street parking or parking across the street from the church and traversing N. Washington Street to get to the church. “Our biggest parking challenge is during the week….We have a pretty good amount of parking on Sunday, but during the week we have 350 preschoolers here every day,” Flanders said. “And we have 1,000 people who come through our doors on a daily basis, so it’s a challenge to make sure that everyone can safely park and can get in and out as easily as possible. “So that’s our biggest driver – to get people off the street, so that they’re not parking on the street, so that they’re not walking across the street – to make sure we can provide as much safe parking as we can get.” The situation seems like it

would be a win for all parties involved, including the City, but the approval process has taken longer than the Snyders expected. “Our efforts have been in keeping with code, public policies, and City plans and have been completely transparent. We have engaged with our neighbors, going door to door, describing the project and listening to their recommendations,” Edie said. “We have worked extensively with City staff and discussed our proposal at several City Council and Planning Commission work sessions and with interested committees to learn how we might make it better.” In a discussion with the NewsPress, Sarah said that she and her mother have met with City staff approximately 15 times to discuss the project. As a result of their desire to gather and respond to feedback on the project, the Snyders have recently submitted an amended application for the project which includes a sidewalk on the east side of the 300 block of N. Maple Avenue where one currently does not exist. Flanders said that he is a accustomed to the time that projects like these can take to get approval from the City. “We know that there’s always going to be challenges that we’re going to have to overcome in order to make sure that we’re all on the same page, that the City is happy with what we’re doing [and] the neighbors are happy,” Flanders said. “So, personally I’m kind of used to these things taking quite a bit of time. I kind of expected it to take some time, so it’s not unexpected, but we’re happy to work with the City and make sure that we’re dotting all the Is and crossing the Ts.” Then, in the days leading up to Edie and Sarah readying their final application to go City Council for a first reading, Edie said that she began to hear rumors suggesting that “there may be a perception that” David has used undue influence to ensure that the project is approved. David is the longest serving council member currently

A MOCKUP OF THE 300 BLOCK OF MAPLE AVENUE that includes the proposed Snyder house (far right). (Courtesy of Edie Snyder)

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on City Council and former vice mayor, but the City said in a statement to the News-Press that he has recused himself from any discussion of the project any time it’s come before council. “Council member David Snyder, who is a party to this application, has recused himself from the discussion every time the matter has come before Council,” the City said in a statement. “Mayor David Tarter and Council member Dan Sze have also recused themselves from the discussion.” Sarah said they don’t even talk about the project at their house, where she lives, and Flanders said he hasn’t seen David involve himself in the matter other than to give support to his wife and daughter outside of council. “I would like to think that the service he has provided to this city wouldn’t hinder this project, but I’m a little worried that it has,” Sarah said. Edie said that hearing the rumors about her husband was “discouraging.” “I think it makes me feel sad,” Edie said. “Our daughter, she’s grown up in the City, she’s lived here since she was six months old, went all the way through the school system, she had a different view of what Falls Church was about when we started this project then she does now.” The City said that the application will go through “the usual process of going before the Planning Commission for a recommendation for the rezoning and approval of the subdivision and to City Council for final approval of the rezoning.” But the time that the process has taken has essentially put Sarah’s life on hold, she said. “I’m currently living with my parents. I’m a school counselor in Arlington. I’ve had a solid job for years,” Sarah said. “I’m 30. I’ve had a boyfriend of nine years. We actually both went through the school system in Falls Church…. So I think the thing is that we’d like to move forward with our life and I’d like to do that next to my parents. We have a really solid relationship.”


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Falls Church Area Housing Market — 3rd Quarter 2016 Report Zip Code


Average Price

Number of Homes Sold

Average Days on Market


Falls Church City





Bailey’s Crossroads





Sleepy Hollow





Pimmit Hills





Lake Barcroft




Home Sales Vs. 1 Year Ago

Home Prices Vs. 1 Year Ago

Change in # of Homes Sold: 3Q ‘16 vs 3Q ‘15

Change in Average Home Price: 3Q ‘16 vs 3Q ‘15


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)

Source: Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. Copyright © 2016 Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.



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Top Falls Church Home Sales


#1 $1,597,120

#2 $1,559,190

#4 $1,510,000 #3 $1,520,000 Top 5 F.C. Home Sales September 1 – November 30, 2016 Address BR #1 6600 Rockmont Ct. 7 #2 6608 Quinten St. 6 #3 6512 Lakeview Dr. 5 #4 6821 Stockwell Manor Dr. 4 #5 2140 Powhatan St. 4


6 5 3 3 3

HB 1 1 0 1 1

List Price

$1,595,000 $1,540,000 $1,625,000 $1,550,000 $1,497,000

Sale Price

$1,597,120 $1,559,190 $1,520,000 $1,510,000 $1,425,000


22043 22043 22041 22043 22043

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

I recall being hunched over a textbook as I struggled to catch the inflections of the speaker’s voice coming through my earphones in French lab. The language lab was isolating: many students listening to many languages, each at their own pace, and in complete silence. So it was especially jarring for the lab assistant to break in and disturb our study. He announced that President Kennedy had imposed a blockade of Cuba after the discovery of Russian missiles on the island, just 90 miles from our shores. The nuclear trigger could be pulled at any moment. Nearly every student removed their headphones, turned off the language tapes, and quietly filed out of the room. It’s been decades, but I still recall that sense of dread and uncertainty that accompanied the announcement that we were on the brink of nuclear war. The world watched as the two great superpowers tried to stare each other down. The Russians finally blinked, but the Cuban blockade became a fact of life. When the death of Fidel Castro was announced last weekend, memories about that crucial time flooded back. As a youngster growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was intrigued by the mystique of faraway Cuba, its rhythms and culture, its famous cigars, and its reputation as a playground of the rich and famous, at least in the movies. When Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on New Years’ Day in 1959, it seemed to be a good thing – he was a dictator, right? Getting rid of an oppressive strongman would give the Cuban people freedom and self-determination, right? Fidel Castro’s revolution would be welcomed, right?

Wrong! Cuba’s romantic reputation as an island paradise might as well have been a movie set. Away from the picturesque beaches and fanciful coastline fortifications, many Cubans were impoverished and struggling, and the hope promised by the revolution never was realized. For those who could afford it, emigrating to the United States was the only way to save lives and families. Some moved to Fairfax County, and are celebrating the demise of Fidel Castro as gleefully as those in Miami’s Little Havana. They had waited a lifetime, and hope now that they can visit the island of their birth and see old friends and family. It will be a tall order for American diplomacy, regardless of who will be Secretary of State. Each year, Leaders in Energy, an educational, professional, and advisory services organization that focuses on energy, environment, and sustainability, presents Four Generations of Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions Awards to recognize leaders who have inspired others, inspired movements, and inspired innovation and change. This year, I am honored to have been selected as one of the awardees, joining Albert Nunez of the Capital Sun Group, Dave McCarthy of Potential Energy DC, and Nofar Hamrany, an NYU student. The awards will be presented this Friday, December 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Crystal City Gateway, 1300 Crystal Drive in Arlington. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and holiday event. More information is available at  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary

After Election, I Will Not Compromise on Values By Donald S. Beyer

Since the election, I have heard from many constituents who are concerned about the Trump presidency or uncertain about his policies and plans. I share many of these concerns and questions. As ever, I will listen to my colleagues from across the aisle, and will consider reasonable policy proposals, even if I do not fully agree with them. But I will not compromise on our basic values. I will forcefully oppose plans to privatize and cut Medicare, or strip healthcare coverage from millions of Americans. I will continue to stand up to bigotry, public and private. Many of you are fearful, and not without reason, given rhetoric during and after the election. We must continue to make it clear that bigotry has no place in public life and people of all races, religions, origins, orientations and genders should feel welcome and honored in our country. I will do everything in my power to defend those currently protected by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans policies. The people protected by these policies are not criminals. They are contrib-

uting members of our society and our economy. As a nation of immigrants, we must address immigration issues with compassion and composure, not by lashing out. I will work for a future where the criminal justice system treats all Americans fairly and equally. I will keep striving to ensure that working people get a fair shot in the economy. This means advocating for a higher minimum wage and paid family leave, making sure that working overtime means getting paid overtime and supporting a regulatory structure that protects Americans from unscrupulous business practices and the worst excesses of the financial industry. I will continue to be a forceful advocate for our federal workforce, which has been forced to make unfair sacrifices to compensate for Congress’ failure to balance the budget. We need to treat our federal employees better to ensure that top talent is still attracted to the civil service. In some areas, notably the issues surrounding the Presidentelect’s private business, conflicts of interest and the emoluments clause, we are in uncharted territory. I cosponsored the Presidential

Accountability Act, which would extend federal conflict of interest law to the President and Vice President, and I will work with my colleagues in Congress to assure that the U.S. government continues to act in the best interests of the people, unencumbered by private business considerations. I do not expect to agree with President-elect Trump on most issues, but I do expect him to lead responsibly. His appointments of Steve Bannon, Lt. Gen. Flynn, and Sen. Jeff Sessions to senior roles in his administration elevated bigotry to the White House and the national security team. The divisive tone which these choices set for his transition does not bode well for the direction of his presidency, and I joined many of my colleagues in Congress in urging him to withdraw these appointments. Our nation faces daunting challenges, and we must work together for a future which helps to bring peace and prosperity to all Americans. When I feel that the President-elect strays from this imperative of presidential leadership, I promise you that I will speak up in opposition.


Senator Dick Saslaw’s

Richmond Report On November 8, millions of Americans went to the polls and cast their ballot for president. Twenty days later, I sit here writing this column, observing that one presidential candidate leads the other by some 2 million votes. But the candidate with the 2 million-vote lead, Hillary Clinton, will not be inaugurated as our nation’s 45th president on January 20, 2017. This marks the second time in the last five elections that an outdated, undemocratic institution, the Electoral College, will deny the popular vote winner the presidency. Put simply, it’s time for a popular election to replace the Electoral College. Many of the problems with the Electoral College were readily apparent even before the 2016 election. The institution was originally created, in part, to boost the importance of smaller states in a federalist system. Under the Electoral College, each state receives a minimum of three electoral votes. Wyoming is one such state with three electoral votes. Wyoming has approximately 430,000 eligible voters, thus one electoral vote is equivalent to 143,000 Wyoming voters. Meanwhile, Florida has approximately 14.5 million eligible voters and 29 electoral votes. This makes for a ratio of 500,000 voters per electoral vote. Thus a vote in Wyoming has more than three times the impact as a vote in Florida under the current system. For those wondering, Virginia has approximately 5.2 million eligible voters and 13 electoral votes for a ratio of 400,000 voters per electoral vote. Another issue with the Electoral College is the manner in which it magnifies the importance of “swing states,” and thus in essence erases the votes of tens of millions of Americans. This year 33 states were decided by a margin of more than ten percent – essentially the outcome in those states was never in doubt. Collectively, the 71 million votes cast in those 33 states mattered a whole heck of a lot less than the 63.5 million cast in the other 17 states. Pardon the pun, but one can argue that under the Electoral College, the razor thin margins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (a collective 101,000 votes) “trumped” all other votes

in this election. It’s just plain wrong to have a system where one person, one vote doesn’t exactly ring true. Beyond the numbers is the sad fact that the Electoral College encourages a whole bunch of undemocratic activity. State legislators in swing states are certainly incentivized to maximize an advantage for their party by excluding as many voters of the opposing party as possible. It’s no coincidence that Florida, with Republican majorities in both their houses for the better part of two decades, disenfranchises nearly 1.5 million ex-felons. Nationwide, the Sentencing Project estimates that nearly one-quarter of the voting-age African American population is not allowed to vote – a relic of disgusting policies enacted after the Civil War to prevent African Americans from gaining political power. With all that in mind concerning the Electoral College, another idea is being floated. One Virginia delegate has introduced a bill to alter the winner take all system. The concept is that Virginia’s thirteen electoral votes would be proportioned based on the popular vote. I don’t see this as value added for the process. Looking ahead to the General Assembly, it appears the hottest topic will be amending the biennial budget. While the economy has made some improvements, we are still on course to have a $1.2 billion shortfall. The Governor will announce his proposal on December 16. Look for some funding challenges in human services – particularly funding for mental health and other much needed programs. Both the House and Senate have recently completed their finance retreats. It is an “eyes wide open” scenario as we begin the work of Session starting on January 11. With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. I encourage you to support our local businesses as you do your shopping. They deserve our support as the flagship stores in our neighborhood. Season Greetings to you and yours.  Senator Saslaw represents the 35th District in the Virginia State Senate. He may be emailed at

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

When I was 12 years old, I was a Washington Post paperboy, spending countless predawn hours traipsing my boyhood Arlington neighborhood of Rivercrest. Each house, it seemed in the dark, had its own personality, traits I gleaned from making deliveries and returning once a month to collect fees (back when nearly everyone subscribed). This Thanksgiving, seeking fresh scenery for my morning constitutional, I retraced that paper route. The result is my portrait of a Rivercrest frozen in amber, 1961-72. This medium-upscale subdivision, marked on Military Road by curved “Rivercrest” signs, is bordered by the lane heading down to Chain Bridge and Gulf Branch (“the creek,” kids called it) with its adventure trail reaching the Potomac. Rivercrest offers a quick commute downtown but no 7-11 within walking distance. (If you ran out of milk late at night, tough luck.) Housekeepers who came from the district took long bus rides. From the sidewalks, you can hear traffic from the elevated George Washington Memorial Parkway. Noise from airplanes was steady enough that we got used to missing lines of TV dialog. The Kilheffer house had a myna bird whose whistling pierced the Rivercrestian air. Homes on these curved streets are mostly executive-style twostory and split-level spreads, many


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with columns and bay windows, some high on hills. Most cost well over $1 million (my parents in 1960 paid $35,000). I began my walk at the vacant lot near the road to Chain Bridge where architect Brockhurst Eustice in 1969 built a nonconforming narrow home. Neighbors filed suit, deeming it out of Rivercrest’s character. The Virginia Supreme Court agreed; he tore it down. The other “nonconforming” homes were Mrs. Walz’s red-brick colonial smaller than her neighbors’, and the Glovers’ flat-roofed double-doored glassy square, with zoysia grass. The Glovers owned Progressive Cleaners in Cherrydale. Other commercial names included the real estate families Yeonas and Gosnell, and the Levines, owners of Mario’s Pizza. Politicos included School Board member Lee Bean and attorney Dave Kinney, who in 1968 ran for Congress against the unbeatable Joel Broyhill. High on the hill of 38th Street lived Arlington county manager Burt Johnson, around the corner from Cliff Carter, top aide to President Lyndon Johnson. There was Watergate attorney Steve Shulman, noted Air Force Gen. Jack Catton, Pentagon general counsel Len Neiderlehner, and the ambassador from Botswana. Architect Jack Redinger engineered Ballston’s recently demolished “Blue Goose” building. Other neighbors included two CIA officials, a Federal Reserve

staffer, a Commerce Department attorney, a World Bank big shot, a Navy management consultant – and two dads with home offices. Two moments of drama unfolded on steep Oakland Street. One morning a dad at the top of the hill turned his car ignition on and went back in his house for coffee. The sedan rolled down and crashed into a utility pole in my front yard, no one hurt. Similarly, the young Curry girl was once playing in her parents’ parked car. She let loose the brake and, with Mom chasing, sped screaming down across Nelson Street, where only a street sign, which she knocked over, prevented her hurtling into the creek. Today, you won’t spot many Washington Posts on front stoops. What I saw were numerous unreceived boxes of household goods delivered, on a weekend, by some driver for I wonder if he’ll someday write about Rivercrest. *** The annual Turkey Bowl tackle football game has been held (rain or shine) on Thanksgiving in the Halls Hill neighborhood for more than 50 years. This year it relocated. When I drove by High View Park on Thursday, the field was empty – save for some construction equipment. Sure enough, a friend in that African American community tells me the county’s renovation of the field forced the traditionalists – who play a both a man’s and a woman’s game with uniforms and real refs – to move the action, with its attendant crowds, to Glebe Elementary School.

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Mason Boys Hoops Squad Opens With Dominant Victory BY MATT DELANEY


Tipping off the season on a high note, the George Mason varsity boys basketball team made quick work of Falls Church’s own Trinity School at Meadow View with a 62-27 victory at home. There was a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding this year’s Mustang squad. After last season’s historic 29-1 team was knocked out in the 2A state semifinals, 12 of the 15 players on the roster departed, leaving head coach Chris Capannola with a major rebuilding project on his hands. And while many challenges still await this young team, they passed their first test with flying colors. “I was really impressed, I didn’t know what to think coming in,” Capannola said.

“Young guys didn’t look like they felt any pressure whatsoever, we moved the ball great and we kept the paint dry – we didn’t let anyone get in there.” Trinity was able to keep the game competitive through the first quarter when they only trailed 11-5. However, a 20-point explosion by Mason’s offense in the second quarter in conjunction with a stingy defense that surrendered a mere 2 points to their private school neighbors tilted the contest in the Mustangs’ favor. Even after Trinity’s shooting began to heat up in the second half, Mason’s control of the court cushioned them from any potential surges the visitors had left in them. Mason’s new-look team was spearheaded by sophomore sensations guard Max Ashton and forward Hollman Smith. Ashton kept Trinity off-balance around the

MASON SENIOR DUSTIN GREEN drives the ball up the court during the Mustangs’ 62-27 season opening victory over Trinity School at Meadow View. (P����: C���� S��) perimeter with his sharpshooting and mixed in some slick dribble drives to enforce his interior game, while Smith’s relentlessness on the glass complimented his solid mid-range game. The two were by far the Mustangs’ most effective players, as Smith racked up 22 points and Ashton followed close behind

Mustang Girls Basketball Off to Rough Start with Tuscarora Loss BY MATT DELANEY


George Mason’s varsity girls basketball team opened their season on the losing end of a 54-38 bout with Tuscarora High School on Nov. 29 out in Leesburg. It was an upsetting outcome for the Mustangs, who returned a bulk of their core from last

year’s 2A Regional tournament team. The goal was to build off that momentum by expanding each player’s role in second year head coach Michael Gilroy’s system, ultimately making for a more complete team. Obviously one loss does not a season make, but it’s not the ideal start for a team that’s supposed to be taking the next step. “We got

beat up pretty good tonight, [we] were down early and never [got] into the game,” Gilroy said. “It was a good, rude awakening for us.” Mason knew coming in that Tuscarora would rely on its fullcourt press to dictate the flow of the game. Despite the advantage of awareness, the press capably disrupted the Mustangs offensive

with 20. “Playing JV for two years and always being the man there, and then coming [to varsity] is like a whole new thing,” Smith said. “Better players, [but] we got a win coming into our first game, so it felt good.” It appears, at least for the night, that Capannola and the Mustangs

are on the right track. How long this young team continues to impress remains to be seen, but that skepticism can be put on hold for another day. For now, it’s about celebrating the little things. The Mustangs won’t take the court again for a full week, when they hit the road to play Strasburg High School on Dec. 6.

tempo, giving the Huskies easy buckets while keeping Mason’s offense out of sync. Tuscarora’s press enabled them to hold an 18-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 28-14 advantage heading into halftime. Entering the third, the Huskies closed the door on Mason by nearly tripling their point total by putting up 17 to the Mustangs six. Even with a solid fourth quarter where Mason tallied 18 points to Tuscarora’s nine, it was too little too late to make a legitimate comeback. The Mustangs’ typically reliable defense fell short on the night as well. What was the cornerstone of last year’s Regional run wasn’t in

top form on Tuesday night, where just as it was with the offense, the defense stiffened up when the game was already out of reach. “Our defense was not where it needed to be – on ball, off ball, communicating and rebounding,” Gilroy said. The bright side of this loss is it isn’t a Conference 35 opponent and there are 17 more games to correct the issues. Mason played Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Wednesday night but results of the game were not available at press time. The Mustangs have their home opener on Friday against Bishop Ireton High School.




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School News & Notes

THE ANNUAL VISIT from the London Brass Rubbings Workshop delighted TJ fifth graders who were able to make their own rubbings of replicas of historic brass plates. Lions, dragons, knights and ladies were some of the designs students were able to choose from. This is part of the Primary Years Programme. (Photo: FCCPS Photos/Layton McCann)

A GROUP OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS at Mt. Daniel School practice reading to themselves. They were encouraged to read to others over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo: Courtesy of FCCPS Photo/Jackie Harper)

Marshall HS Boosters Begin Christmas Tree Sale George C. Marshall High School’s Booster Club began its annual Christmas Tree Sale on Saturday, Nov. 26 in the parking lot of the high school, located at 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. The sale will run through the Sunday before Christmas, December 18. The club will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, White House ornaments and Marshall Statesman spirit wear. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Marshall’s athletic teams and other organizations. The hours of the sale are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

from Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturdays and noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays.

during senior year. The event will be held in the Mason Cafe at 7124 Leesburg Pike.

George Mason HS ‘College 101’ Event Slated for Dec. 1

International Night Scheduled for Dec. 2 at TJ

George Mason High School is hosting a College 101 information session for the school’s juniors and their parents on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The session is aimed at the junior class, but is open to all Mason students and parents. There will be a general overview of the timeline for starting the college admissions process during junior year and the steps ahead for students and parents

The Falls Church Elementary Parent Teacher Association’s annual International Night is slated for Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School at 601 S. Oak Street. The event will be held in the school’s gym and cafeteria. There will be over 20 countries represented, international cuisine and cultural performances at the event. Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do is performing at 6:30 p.m., Arya

Dance Academy is performing is 6:50 p.m., there will be African djembe drumming at 7:10 p.m. and the Migrant Heritage Commission Filipino-American Ensemble is performing at 7:30 p.m. Event organizers need a few more volunteers to help with the event. To sign up to volunteer, visit go/20f0d49a8aa2ca5f94-international. The event is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for children and a $10 suggested donation for family. For more information, visit file/d/0B_d3BAquUl6qUlBqcGxzVVJUSHRNRDBrUXhTc0lHWG44R3Iw/view.

Apparel, Toy Donation Drives Taking Place at TJ The Student Council Association at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School has organized two donation drives, one of which is currently taking place. Through Friday, Dec. 2 the school’s student council is collect-

ing socks and mittens of any size. From Monday, Dec. 5 – Friday, Dec. 9 the student council is collecting new, unwrapped toys

Mason HS Students Compete In ‘Poetry Out Loud’ The two top students from each grade in the English classes at George Mason High School will be competing in a school-wide event in the school’s Poetry Out Loud competition on Friday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The winner will go on to represent Mason in the state level competition and, potentially, the national competition in New York City. The contest provides a stimulating show for the audience as it is a great showcase for the students’ skills and creative abilities. The George Mason High School Jazz Ensemble will perform and the event and parents and the public are all welcome. Event organizers suggested that those who plan to attend allow time to sign in as a visitor at the front desk.

Falls Church Tree Fest Sunday, December 4th, 11am-5pm Hilton Garden Inn • 706 W. Broad Street Display of decorated holiday trees and silent auction to benefit worthy causes 703.532-4026 384 N. Washington St. Falls Church, VA 22046

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Business News & Notes ‘Dine-Out Day’ at F.C. Pancake House to Benefit Cancer Survivors The Original Pancake House is hosting a dine-out day on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to benefit the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to help empower cancer survivors and improve cancerrelated public policy in honor of former NCCS CEO Ellen Stovall. The Original Pancake House is located at 7395 Lee Highway in Falls Church. For more information, visit www. or

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Solano Spine & Sport Chiropractic is moving to larger newly redesigned space in the Broadway Building at 502 W. Broad Street, Suite 1B, in Falls Church. The Falls Churchbased chiropractic, rehab, and massage, practice, owned and operated by Dr. Raymond Solano, has been located on Park Avenue. The move is effective Friday, December 2. For more information, visit

F.C. Tree Fest Set for Sunday Falls Church Tree Fest will take place Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Falls Church, 706 W. Broad Street. The event includes a display of decorated holiday trees which are available for purchase through a silent auction. Each benefits one of 14 local nonprofit organizations. Live music and holiday refreshments will be provided. The annual event was created and is coordinated by local resident Melissa Morse and is sponsored by Kensington Falls Church, Beyer Automotive and Hilton Garden Inn Falls Church. For more information, including a list of beneficiaries, visit

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L-Say Designs Closing December 24 L-say Designs plans to close by Dec. 24. The boutique offers original paintings and handmade home accessories, such as lamps, birdhouses, candles and personal accessories, including jewelry, scarves, soaps and more. In addition to merchandise, fixtures and displays will also be available for purchase. L-say Designs is located at 907 W. Broad Street. For more information, including hours of operation, visit

F.C.’s Dougherty Named Virginia Dental Association President Dr. William V. (Vince) Dougherty has been named as the new Virginia Dental Association President. Dr. Dougherty has been an active member of the Association since graduating from dental school in 1988. Dougherty has previously served as a director and Vice Chairman of Membership on the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Board. Dr. Dougherty’s practice is located at 200 Little Falls, Suite 506, in Falls Church. For more information, 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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5 Recipe Ideas for Holiday Party Punch BY BRITTANY VOLK TAMPA BAY TIMES

Get out your Christmas sweaters and festive dinnerware: Holiday party season is coming up fast. And hosts know how stressful this time of year is. From menu planning to DIY decorations, there’s enough to do. Save yourself from bartending all night and provide a large bowl of punch. (It makes for a beautiful centerpiece.) We’re punch drunk in love with these easy festive non-alcoholic recipes. If you have a boozy crowd, we recommend ways to spike the bowl. Feel free to adjust the alcohol amount to keep your guests in high spirits all night. Pomegranate and Orange Punch Make the ice cubes: Place 1 to 2 mint leaves in each space of an ice cube tray. Divide pomegranate seeds (about ¼ to 1/3 cup) among the ice cube spaces. Fill with water and freeze for 4 hours or longer, until solid. Make the punch: Mix 4 cups pomegranate juice and 3 cups orange juice in a large punch bowl

over the ice cubes. Add 1 liter orange soda and stir. Spike it: Add ½ cup orangeflavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, and substitute orange soda with 2 bottles (750 ml) Champagne, Prosecco or other sparkling white wine. Garnish it: Add an orange slice to each glass. Toss in a few pomegranate seeds and more mint leaves. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10. Recipe from Sherbet Punch Make it: Pour 2 liters Hawaiian Punch, 2 liters lemon-lime soda and 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice in a punch bowl. Add 1 carton raspberry sherbet. Serve with ice cubes. Spike it: Add 1 cup white rum. Garnish it: Rim the glasses with green sprinkles. Serves 10 to 12. Recipe adapted from Apple Pie Punch Make it: Combine 1 quart apple cider, 2 cups pear nectar and 2 cups ginger ale in a punch bowl. Stir well. Thinly slice 2 apples and

drop them inside bowl with ice. Spike it: Add 1 to 1½ cups vodka. Garnish it: Add a cinnamon stick and apple slices to each glass. Can be served warm or cold. Serves 8. Recipe adapted from Poinsettia Punch Make it: Combine 3 cups chilled cranberry juice and ¾ cup chilled orange juice in a punch bowl and stir to combine. Add 2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry sparkling white grape juice or ginger ale. Spike it: Substitute dry sparkling white grape juice or ginger ale with Champagne. Substitute orange juice with Cointreau. To make it even harder, add ¼ cup vodka or gin. Garnish: Instead of ice, use frozen orange slices and frozen cranberries to keep the bowl chilled. Serve immediately. Serves 12. Recipe adapted from chowhound. com. ‘Healthy-ish’ Eggnog Make it: In a bowl, with whisk, beat 3 large eggs and 3 large egg

POMEGRANATE & ORANGE champagne punch from (P����: H���� L�����, �����������.���) whites until blended; set aside. In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, with heat-safe spatula, mix 4 cups low-fat milk with ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook on medium-high until mixture boils and thickens slightly, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat. Gradually whisk ½ cup simmering milk mixture into eggs; pour egg mixture back into milk in saucepan, whisking constantly,

to make custard. Pour custard into large bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1½ cups low-fat milk. Spike it: Add 1/3 cup dark Jamaican rum. Garnish it: Sprinkle glasses with nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate punch until well chilled, at least 6 hours or up to 2 days. Makes about 6½ cups; serves 13. Recipe from

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Based on the first book in Barbara Robinson's acclaimed Herdmans series, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, introduces us to the six "worst kids in the world." They lie, steal and cheat. Now they have taken over the churches’ annual Christmas pageant! The entire town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas – or will they? This funny, heartwarming, holiday tale has become a classic: and good for the entire family!

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The swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have been playing holiday shows for at least a decade now. The group has released three albums of Christmas originals and covers – Whatchu’ Want for Christmas in 1997, Everything You Want for Christmas in 2004 and It Feels Like Christmas Time in 2013. “The thing about holiday music is that a song like ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ or ‘Jingle Bells’ off of our latest one, we’ll put a different arrangement to it,” said Kurt Sodergren, the drummer for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. “The arrangements for those tunes are very different. The melody is there but the horn arrangement or just the whole arrangement of the song can be different, so we can revisit those tunes. And it really puts a different spin on them. “Plus, doing a song like ‘Heat Miser’ or BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. (C������� P����) ‘The Grinch,’ those are just tons of fun to do and those arrangements are more like spot on in the group who have been in the band for the with the old TV shows. So, for us, it’s kind of entirety of its existence. “In the beginning, it wasn’t a full time thing getting nostalgic as well and we just love it.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy just kicked off their that I just loved to do. I’d do it on the weekends Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party tour just after and then come back Monday and do my regular the Thanksgiving holiday, on Saturday, Nov. job,” Sodergren said. “But I just loved it. It was 26 in Carmel, Ind. The tour is coming to The just so fun to get together and play. And as we Birchmere on Monday, Dec. 12. Sodergren said grew the band got bigger and we added playthat the group had a few rehearsals for the tour ers. When we added a piano that just opened before hitting the road. “Well, we’ve just been everything up. “Then our piano became our arranger. It on the road quite a bit. We did come home and had a few rehearsals, but at this point everyone seems like every year that goes by, the band knows the Christmas material really well,” he progresses and becomes so much better and said. “So it’s just a thing we do. It’s like getting the arrangements are much more nuanced and it becomes a lot more challenging. It’s a lot fun together with your family for Thanksgiving.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have been together to play. It’s never the same thing twice.” It’s somewhat uncommon to hear a modern now for over 25 years, so getting together for the holiday tour is akin to families gathering musician talk so much about arrangements, but for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is espe- it’s in Sodergren’s heritage to talk about them cially true for Sodergren and Scott Morris, the with the same feeling of a jazz artist. That’s lead singer of the group, who are two of the because his grandfather played swing and jazz founders of the group. They are the only two bands most of his life.

But that’s not exactly how Big Bad Voodoo Daddy got started. Sodergren and Morris actually met while both were part of the punk music scene in Southern California in the late ‘80s. Both of them were in other bands when they met. “We grew up not too far away [from each other]. He grew up in the Ventura area and I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and we were both involved in the punk scene, just in different cities,” Sodergren said. “But he used to come out to some of the same shows [as I did] and we didn’t even know it. Then a mutual friend hooked us up, she thought we might get along. That was back in like 1988. “We’d get together, just the two of us, and play guitar and drums in a rehearsal spot….We got along really well and had a good musical connection, so we just kind made an agreement that once our bands fell apart that we would try to get something going on.” • For more information about Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, visit

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Community Events


50th Annual Holiday Homes Tour. The McLean Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour will offer five large McLean homes served by free shu�le buses from Trinity United Methodist Church. Trinity United Methodist Church (1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean). $25 before December 1; $30 day of the tour. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 703566-0197. Spanish Language Story�me with Communikids at the Library. Children ages 2 – 5 can dropin for Spanish story�me with Communikids. Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s Youth Services Room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 3 p.m. 703-2485034. Auc�on. Waverly Rare Books will have an auc�on featuring more than 400 lots, including a threebook volume of 18th-century Piranesi prints, Flash Gordon artwork and items related to the Tuskegee Airmen. Quinn’s Auc�on Galleries (360 S. Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. quinnsauc� waverly-rare-books.


A Brass Christmas. Choralis will present a Christmas concert with all of its annual tradi�ons

– candlelight processional, carol sing-along and raffle – as well as “Wenceslas,” a piece wri�en by Bob Chilco�. The Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Children 12 and under are admi�ed for free; $5 – $50 for everyone else. 8 p.m.; 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.


Holiday Farmers Market. The award-winning Farmers Market expands to include cra�s and gi�s, trees, wreaths, and so much more. City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). Free. 8 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5077. Holiday Cra� Show. Deck the halls during the holiday season with special gi�s from the annual twoday Holiday Gi� and Cra� Show! Plus kids can enjoy The Great Zucchini, Lunch with Santa and Children’s Holiday Shoppe. Falls Church Community Center (223 Li�le Falls St., Falls Church). $1. 9 a.m. – 4 holidaycra�show. The Nutcracker Fantasy Presented by Bob Brown Puppets. Bob Brown Puppets presents the Nutcracker Fantasy. No registra�on necessary. Best for ages 5 and up. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia



Send community event submissions to the News-Press by e-mail at calendar@fcnp. com; fax 703-342-0347; or by regular mail to 200 Little Falls St., #508, Falls Church, VA 22046. Please include any photos or artwork with submissions. Deadline is Monday at noon for each week’s edition.

Ave., Falls Church). Free. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Library.


Holiday Cra� Show. Deck the halls during the holiday season with special gi�s from the annual twoday Holiday Gi� and Cra� Show! Plus kids can enjoy The Great Zucchini, Lunch with Santa and Children’s Holiday Shoppe. Falls Church Community Center (223 Li�le Falls St., Falls Church). $1. 11 a.m. – 4 holidaycra�show. Falls Church Tree Fest. Falls Church Tree Fest is a fes�ve display of decorated holiday trees and enjoy, and also a silent auc�on event that allows a�endees to buy a decorated tree while suppor�ng a worthy cause. Hilton Garden Inn (706 W. Broad St., Falls Church). $2 – $5 suggested dona�on. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A Choralis Family Christmas. This concert will feature the Cantus Youth Choirs, Choralis and guest ar�sts The Classical Brass Quintet and an appearance by Santa Claus. The Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church). Children 5 and under are admi�ed for free; $10 – $40 for everyone else. 4 p.m.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 Preschool Story�me. Stories and fun for ages 2 – 5. Drop-in. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5034.


Preschool Story�me. Songs, movement, and stories for ages 18-36 months. Drop-in at the Youth Services Room. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Play�me with the Early Literary Center. Explore educa�onal and manipula�ve items to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years, no registra�on required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 11 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5034.


Early Release Wednesday: Elephant and Piggie Party. Children in grades K – 5 can gather to party with the popular children’s book characters Elephant and Piggie. Registra�on required and limited to 15 par�cipants. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 3 p.m. 703-248-5034.

Theater Fine Arts THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

“A Christmas Carol Memory.” A young orphan girl being raised by a warm but eccentric aunt is spending a tender �irst Christmas without her parents. While searching the attic for ornaments to decorate her aunt’s tree, she discovers a theatrical trunk once used by her puppeteer grandfather. When the extended family gathers on Christmas Eve, the contents in the trunk reawaken memories and spur the renewal of a long forgotten family tradition – the reenactment of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Through Dec. 20. ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). $15 – $60. 7:30 p.m.


“The Second City’s Black Side of the Moon.” An

all-African American cast of The Second City’s smartest and most audacious sketch and stand-up artists breaks down and deconstructs the present American moment through comedy. They’re exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. So if you suddenly feel like you’re living on an entirely different planet, migrate to the Black Side of the Moon. Through Jan. 1. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (641 D St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $20 – $79. 8 p.m.

“Silver Belles.” When Oralene, the longtime director of small town Sylva Ridge’s Christmas Pageant, suddenly passes away, the Silver Belles must come to the rescue! With the spirit of Oralene looking on, the sterlinghued vixens band together, discover their talents and pull out all the stops to keep the beloved pageant alive. It’s “Golden Girls” meets “Designing Women” with a heaping helping of

well-known Christmas tunes and clever new ditties. Christmas without the Silver Belles... just wouldn’t be Christmas! Through Dec. 24. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $75. 8 p.m.


“Straight White Men.” Three brothers and their father gather for Christmas to drink eggnog, play video games, and wrestle. But when one brother seems to buckle under the pressures of achievement, it becomes clear that these men are wrestling with something larger than each other. From Young Jean Lee, one of the most daring writers in America, comes a razor-sharp comedy that confronts the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege. Through Dec. 18. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $20 – $97. 8 p.m.



live_music&nightlife THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 M���� M���� L��� B����� ��� N������� V������� F����� S������ ��������� M���’� B���� S����, C�������� H������� ��� N���� B���. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 6 p.m. 703-255-1566. S���� C����� R������. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. W������� ���� I���. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $15 (Mainstage). 7:30 p.m. 202-6677960. A�� G��������: I� C����-U�. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Road, Vienna). $80 – $90. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. A����� S�������. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.) $50 – $55. 8 p.m. 202-3374141. E��� ��� T�� W������� ���� M���E�. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340.


A����� A�����. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (130 N. Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. D��� S��� O��������. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $29. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. D�� W�������. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. T�� S�������. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Road, Vienna). $38. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1900.

T�� L���������. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $18. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. N� S����� T��� ���� T�� R�������. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340. DJ D���� P�������: P�����/MJ/ M������ D���� P����. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $10 (Mainstage). 9:30 p.m. 202-667-7960.


V����� J������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 in advance; $15 day of the show. 1 p.m. 703-255-1566. W��� T��� H������ S���-A-L���. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Road, Vienna). Free. 4 p.m. 703-255-1900. T����� D����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $30. 6:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. N�� � B����. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (130 N. Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. D��� S��� O��������. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $29. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. T�� L���������. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $18. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. D�� W�������. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. T��� �� F��� ���� E ��� I����� F������. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $12

(Backstage). 9 p.m. 202-667-7960. A� E������ ���� BJ B�����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 in advance; $20 day of the show. 9:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.


S����� G������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 in advance; $18 day of the show. 6:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. A������ A� L������. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $25. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. B����� B����. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Road, Vienna). $38. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1900. B�� M���� ���� T�� A��������� ��� B����. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $10 (Backstage). 7:30 p.m. 202-667-7960. A����� S�������. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.) $50 – $55. 8 p.m. 202-3374141. K������. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m. 703-5258646.


“A S����� C����� S������� C��������” A���� R������ S��� ���� A��� D���� ��� P������ B� C����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 6 p.m. 703-255-1566. G����� W������. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. T�� J��� A������ �� M����. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

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Washington, D.C.) $15. 7:30 p.m. 202-337-4141. A���� L�����. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m. 703-525-8646. B���� A���� Y���� O��������. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.) $15. 9 p.m. 202337-4141.


T��� M����� P���� ���� M��������, A W��� A��� ��� B��������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $20 in advance; $14 – $20 day of the show. 6 p.m. 703-255-1566. C����� H������ ���� W����� M��. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $15 (Backstage). 7:30 p.m. 202-667-7960. G����� R�����. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.) $25. 8 p.m. 202-337-4141. I��� J�� P�������� �� G����� S�������. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). Free. 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.


G��������, T����! ���� B������� ��� A������� G�����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $13 – $20. 6 p.m. 703-255-1566. R������ K����� S������� ���� A���� H����. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $15 (Mainstage). 7:30 p.m. 202-667-7960. C����� L�����. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.) $22.50. 8 p.m. 202-337-4141.

P������� A����... Saturday, December 10 – Gingerbread Houses @ The Library. Children in grades 1 – 5 can construct and decorate their own graham cracker gingerbread

houses. There will be two sessions – one at 10 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. Registra�on is required and space is limited to 15 par�cipants. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 10 a.m. – noon.

Thursday, December 15 – Teen Time: Cookie Decora�ng. Children in grades 6 – 12 can gather at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library to decorate sugar cookies

for the holidays. The library will provide the sugar cookies and the icing. Registra�on required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 7 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 31 – Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebra�on. Join thousands of area residents in downtown Falls Church City in the City’s annual New

Year’s Eve fes�vi�es. Broad and Washington Streets, Falls Church. Free. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. watchnigh�

C������� S���������� 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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A State Theatre Rebirth? Two entrepreneurs who have been working for the last year and a half on a plan to buy and convert the old State Theatre in Falls Church into a multi-use restaurant, conference, and entertainment center went public this week with their effort to raise the investment dollars to get the project off the ground.

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IN THE FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADA IN AND FOR CARSON COUNTY MURALI KRISHNA SOMAROUTHU, Plaintiff, vs. RADHIKA SOMAROUTHU, Defendant THE STATE OF NEVADA SENDS GREETINGS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT: NOTICE! YOU HAVE BEEN SUED, THE COURT MAY DECIDE AGAINST YOU WITHOUT YOUR BEING HEARD UNLESS YOU RESPOND WITHIN 20 DAYS. READ THE INFORMATION BELOW. TO THE DEFENDANT: A civil Complaint has been filed by the plaintiff against you. If you wish to defend his lawsuit, you must, within 20 days after this Summons is served on you, exclusive of the day of service, file with this Court a written pleading* in response to this Complaint. Unless you respond, your default will be entered upon application of the plaintiff, and this Court may enter a judgment against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint**, which could result in the taking of money or property or the relief requested in the Complaint. If you wish to seek the advise of an attorney in this matter, you should do so promptly so that your response may be filed on time. You are required to serve your response upon plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Newspaper: Falls Church News-Press City/Town: Falls Church, Virginia 22046

COURT NAME AND ADDRESS: Susan Merriwether, Clerk of the Court September 8, 2015 First Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada in and for Carson County 885 E Musser Street #3031 Carson City, NV 89701 Upon reading the affidavit of Daniel J. Spence, Esq., attorney for Plaintiff duly filed herein, it appears to the satisfaction of the Court, and the Court finds, that Defendant herein resides in the state of Virginia, that Defendant is avoiding service of process, and that Summons herein cannot be served upon Defendant in person within the state of Virginia, and it and it is appearing from said affidavit and from the verified Petition filed herein, and the Court here finds, that a cause of action exists in favor of the Plaintiff and Defendant, that Defendant is a necessary and proper party herein, and that the present residence and address of Defendant are 3015 Nicosh Circle, #2101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042 and it further appearing that the Falls Church News-Press is a newspaper published in Falls Church, state of Virginia, and is the newspaper most likely to give notice to Defendant of the pendency of this action: NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ordered that Summons in the suit be served on Defendant herein, by publication thereof in the above-named newspaper, and that said publication be made for four weeks and at least once a week during said time; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED and directed that a copy of the Summons and and a copy of the Petition be deposited forthwith in the United States Post Office at Carson City, Nevada, enclosed in an envelop upon which postage is fully prepaid, addressed to Defendant at 3015 Nicosh Circle, #2101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that due service of a copy of the Summons and copy of the Petition on Defendant in person shall be equivalent to complete service by publication and deposit in the United States Post Office, and that such process may be served upon Defendant as prescribed by Rules of Civil Procedures. James T. Russell DISTRICT JUDGE DATED this 23rd day of October 2015


The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on December 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, for consideration of the following items: Old Business Variance application V1584-16 by Jason A. Brown, owner and applicant, for a variance to Section 48-238(3)(a) to allow (1) a front yard setback of 17.83 feet instead of 30 feet along the Jackson Street frontage; and (2) a side yard setback of eight (8) feet instead of 15 feet along the western property line for the purpose of constructing a new single-family house on premises known as 1268 South Washington Street, RPC #52-501-001 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A Low Density Residential. New Business Variance application V1587-16 by Erica Kraus, applicant, for a variance to Section 48-238(3)(a) to allow a front yard setback of 25 feet instead of 30 feet along the South Spring frontage for the purpose of constructing a second story addition on premises know as 525 South Spring Street, RPC #52-602-017 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential. Information on the above applications is available for review at: Zoning Office 300 Park Avenue, Suite 300W Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1) This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)

CITY OF FALLS CHURCH FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA VOLUNTEERS who live in the City of Falls Church are needed to serve on the boards and commissions listed below. Contact the City Clerk’s Office (703-248-5014,, or for an application form or more information. Requests for reappointment must be made through the City Clerk. Applications are accepted until the end of the month . Vacancies advertised for more than one month may be filled during each subsequent month before month’s end. Board of Equalization

Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Transportation City Employee Review Board Environmental Sustainability Council Historic Architectural Review Board Historical Commission Housing Commission Human Services Advisory Council Regional Boards/Commissions: Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia Long Term Care Coordinating Council Members are especially needed on the Board of Equalization: The Board of Equalization (BOE) is an independent body appointed by the Circuit Court and charged with determining whether the Office of Real Estate Assessment has equalized the assessments among property owners. Upon its review, the BOE has the power to increase, decrease, or keep the same assessment. BOE members undergo state mandated training prior to voting in meetings. Members can expect to attend an organizational meeting each year to elect a Chair and Secretary and select meeting dates for hearings. The number of meetings is dependent on the number of appeals received. Meetings are Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm and can run up to 3 hours. Professional members of the accounting, legal, and real estate community are encouraged to apply – the board requires three members from these fields. We are pledged to the letter andspirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.

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Lovely 4 BD/ 2 full/ 2 half BA brick home in the McLean High School District! This wellcared for home is ready for your personal touches, and offers a great opportunity for the first-time home buyer or investor! Offered at $540,000

710 West Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

710 W Broad St, Falls Church VA 22046 ~ 703-596-5303 Each Office Independently Owned and Operated




Contact Bethany for all your real estate needs. Falls Church

1355 Beverly Rd Ste 109 McLean, VA 22101


Serving all of Falls Church, Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls & Northern VA markets. Take a look at my website- where you can search for homes, view my new Falls Church & McLean videos, and more!

1903 Westmoreland St. McLean VA 22101

6703 Moly Dr. Falls Church 22046


Falls Church, Two bedroom condo in sought after area! 1/2 mile to East Falls Church Metro, bike trail, park, dog park, shops and eateries. Condo fees include all main utilities, party room, pool and club house on roof top. Plenty of natural light & storage space with 2 walk-in closets. New carpet and paint!

Beautiful and classic 3 level cape cod. 5BR/2BA on 3 finished levels. Whole house has been remodeled in last 5 years! Including windows, roof and all systems. $749,000

Excellent location near the West Falls Church Metro updated kitchen and baths on three finished levels. Sales price $815,000

3245 Rio Drive #715, Falls Church, VA


Excellent investment opportunity!! 3BR/2BA condo in Barcroft Hills. Needs updating. Beautiful setting. 2 large balconies. Swimming pool and tennis court. All utilities including in condo fee. Price perfected $218,999

2907, Linden Lane Falls Church, VA 220422


1097 Pensive Lane, Great Falls, VA 22066 SOLD

Beautiful home on .91 acres- lush backyard. 5BR/3.5BA with beautifully refinished hdw fls. Fresh paint & new carpet in basement. New price $815,000.

102 Birch St #a-2, Falls Church, VA 22046

Updated 1 BR, 1 BA ground-level condo. Ideally located by West Falls Church Metro w easy access to UVA/VA 4 BR/3BA cape cod home. Excellent Falls Church FOR RENT Tech campus, Grocery store/Restaurants/Shopping Location. 3 finished levels, updated kitchen, Hdw fls, within walking distance. Upgraded Kitchen w New Cabinets, SS Appliances fenced yard &1car garage. Price perfected $670,500. and Tile floors. WW carpet in LR & BR, Washer/Dryer in unit, Beautiful outdoor patio space. No Pets. RENTAL PRICE $1,550

Thinking about buying, selling, investing, moving up or downsizing? Get a jump on the market and talk to Bethany, your local real estate market expert, to get ready for 2017.


Falls Church News-Press 12-1-2016

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