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F.C. Council, Schools Mull Holding Tax Hike to 6 Cents With New HS

Budget Guidance for New Cycle Will Be OK’d Next Monday



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Democrats are optimistic that no matter which way the recounts go, the narrow margin that will be seated in Richmond on Jan. 10 will ensure that logjams on some key policy issues will be broken, especially in less-partisan cases. He predicted that Medicaid expansion, with $6 million in federal funds daily that Virginia has refused to accept until now, due to its association with Obamacare, will be passed, allowing for a huge

The Falls Church City Council and School Board held their annual joint meeting Monday night to get a first glimpse at what the coming budget cycle will look like, and with the citizens’ solid approval of a $120 million bond referendum to build a new high school, there was no talk of holding the line on taxes, but only on how to manage the rate increase that will certainly come. Kicking in the process for the new school construction involves a minimum six cent tax rate increase above the $1.33 per $100 of assessed real estate valuation that exists now. But can the City and the school system forego any other funding increases? On the good news side, from a taxation standpoint, the schools have faced a new enrollment increase of only eight this fall, though that it is clearly an anomaly not expected to continue. Next year it is expected to rise by 63 students, or 2.5 percent. The other good news is that the City is expecting revenue growth higher than for either of its larger neighbors, expected to be three percent, due in part to higher than regional-average growth in real estate assessed values, and new commercial development. The total growth adds up to an estimated $2.5 million. There are rising fixed cost demands that will impinge on that number, for things such as interjurisdictional agreements, increased debt service on capital projects, facilities maintenance and equipment replacement, school enrollment projections and employee compensation.

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A push to expand Medicaid coverage throughout Virginia was the focus of a public forum hosted by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s Northern Virginia Chapter at the Columbia Baptist Church by Bailey’s Crossroads last week. SEE PAGE 14

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Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone with little if any talent for generosity, which is a muscle built through interactions with those who have no biological or legal claim to you but lean on you nonetheless. SEE PAGE 18

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After dropping two games in the Raider Tip-Off tournament last week, the George Mason High School boys basketball team bounced back, trouncing Trinity School at Meadow View, 85-46. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 20


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THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER of the City of Falls Church, Kiran Bawa, is shown brie�ing the joint meeting of the F.C. City Council and School Board Monday night on the revenue and expenditure parameters of the upcoming budget year. The Council will adopt guidance for that budget deliberation next week. (P����: N���-P����)

With Dem Surge in Election, New Richmond Hopes Arise BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON


The stunning gains made by Democratic state legislative candidates in last month’s election will make a big difference come January when all the newly elected candidates are sworn in in Richmond. In the state House of Delegates, the Democrats closed the gap of a wide and persisting Republican majority by picking up 15 new seats in the 100-seat body, and

pulled to within a virtual tie, pending the outcome of recounts in four of the races that are now underway. This moment, the Republicans are clinging to a 51-49 lead, but Democrats are hopeful that they can prevail in one or two of the recounts where the margins are razor thin and irregularities have been documented. Falls Church’s delegate Marcus Simon, himself easily re-elected last month, told the News-Press in an interview yesterday that

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Council to Set Budget Guidance on Monday Continued from Page 1

Uncontrolled new costs include for health insurance premiums and WMATA obligations (at $470,150 for the coming year), though state retirement fund obligations will decline by $103,000 for City employees and $168,589 for school employees this coming year. Projected school enrollment growth will add $707,161, and the net total of such known cost increases will be $1.8 million. Maintaining a competitive edge in salaries and compensation will be the biggest concern, with personnel accounting for 84 percent of the schools’ budget and 60 percent of the cost of general government operations. Next Monday, the City Council is expected to adopt a budget guidance resolution that will not be measured against a tax rate standard, but one that maintains stability overall, measured against a six cent rate increase this coming year. With that minimum six cent hike, to handle the overall debt the City will need to draw down its reserves in the next couple of years from $11,055,000 to under a million dollars ($721,000) in fiscal year 2021, before those reserves rebound to $8.3 million the following year. Under this plan, the six cent rate hike will have to hold through FY2022 when the rate, all other things being equal, can drop by two cents. To enhance the stability of all this, the City’s financial consultants, Davenport LLC, have helped draft a revised fiscal policy resolution that will help the perception of the City in the eyes of Wall Street bond rating agencies. It will raise the fund balance rate — a combination of the unassigned fund balance and capital

reserves — to 20 percent in the event the City exceeds its debt service to total expenditure rate above 12 percent. The City’s current high bond rating can be maintained in this way, and the fact that the City has been looking forward to a $100 million-plus new high school cost has been known to its Wall Street bond raters for more than a halfdozen years already, City Manager Wyatt Shields said Monday. In the context of all this, the City’s chief financial officer Kiran Bawa reminded the joint meeting that the projections being used are on the basis of continued overall national economic growth, and do not calculate the end of an economic growth cycle, which after 10 years of (sluggish) growth, still cannot be expected to last forever. Shields’ draft budget guidance statement, that the Council will be voting on next Monday, states, “The City Council seeks a FY2019 budget development process that advances the City vision and comprehensive plan; supports the City’s excellent schools and excellent government services; and adheres to adopted fiscal policies that keep City finances on a sound footing. The City of Falls Church is committed to providing valuable public services that promote high quality of life in a cost effective manner.” The guidance includes a paragraph that states, “It is the Council’s intention to maintain appropriate discipline on operating budgets for general government and schools with a vision toward reserving financial capacity for the major capital projects in the City’s immediate future, including the George Mason High School and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School projects, the Mary Riley Styles Library project, and the City Hall public safety project.”



Hopes High for Some Return To Middle Road in Richmond Continued from Page 1

expansion in medical coverage for poorer Virginians. “It may require a name-change, a bit of a rebranding,” Simon said, “But I predict it will happen.” Thomas Bowman, co-founder of the Democrats’ Competitive Commonwealth Fund, told the News-Press that other issues, like universal background checks on gun sales, and some meaningful electoral reforms and other “good government” initiatives are likely to become law, things inconceivable given the lopsided conservative GOP control of the House the last 17 years. “This is not the year for really progressive reforms, but for a move of the House back to the middle from so many years being stuck in the mud,” he said. But there is new hope that a repeal of Virginia’s minimum wage law that allows a minimum wage of $2.13 for someone who also gets income from tips will

be replaced by something above the current federal $7.50 per hour minimum wage. “It will not be $15 an hour, but it could be $8 to $10 an hour,” he said. Other labor initiatives, such as allowing for a paid 30 minute meal break per shift, may also become law. He said that depending on how the recounts go (results will probably not be known before Christmas), the reconvening of the legislature could go smoothly with little drama, or quickly degenerate into a plethora of dirty tricks. No matter the final count distribution, Democrats, he said, are planning to vote in a block on issues, taking advantage ideological and other splits in the GOP ranks. Del. Simon said that other areas where he thinks that under the current tight margin some positive gains could come is in the areas of campaign financing, government ethics and transparency in election laws.

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He also sees the prospect of gains for LGBT equality. He said there may be enough votes to repeal the state’s statutory bans on same sex marriage and civil unions that go back to the 1970s, and also to extend some employment and fair housing protections. “But we’ll in uncharted territory” come Jan. 10, he said. Simon said his first opportunity to brief constituents in his district on the upcoming session will be Jan. 4 in an event scheduled by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in Merrifield. But just next week, all members who represent Fairfax County in the general assembly will be invited to attend a Fairfax County government general work session next Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m. in the Fairfax Government Center to discuss the county’s legislative agenda for Richmond and to share their views on what’s likely to happen come the convening the Richmond session next month.

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Welcome to Our Holiday Party

Next Thursday, Dec. 14, the mighty Falls Church News-Press will host its 28th annual Holiday Party, almost all of which have been held since 1990 at what is now the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment building next to the State Theatre on N. Washington St. It goes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is catered by Ledo Pizza and live entertainment will provided by the rockin’ George Mason High School jazz band. The venue hosts always decorate the hall to the hilt making it a cozy and welcoming place, and it has always been the policy of the News-Press to offer this event free for the entire community, inclusive of family and friends, and not limited to any geographical boundaries. If you’re reading this (which you are), please take our invitation personally. We’d love to see you! These events have been held every year since before the first edition of the News-Press hit the streets of Falls Church in March 1991. The first one was in our tiny makeshift office on N. Virginia Ave. in December 1990, a couple weeks after the official start date for the endeavor, the St. Nicholas Feast Day of that year (easy to remember given our founder-ownereditor’s name. The start was the creation of his very singular inspiration and decision). Over the many years, what we’ve cherished most about our annual holiday parties has always been their unique demographics. Indeed, while all sorts of different groups hold parties for their members and friends in this season, there are not that many where political adversaries are genuinely welcome, and have often shared the same space for hours on end. With fondness we recall the many years when the late veterans’ advocate Len Michalowski attended, only to disappear shortly before Santa would appear each and every time. Then there was the unforgettable sight of the late regional parks authority founder Walter Mess, as he approached his 100th birthday, beaming while looking on as the Mason High Jazz band rolled out the tunes that he’d kicked his heels to so many times back in the day. Countless of the City’s A-Listers, its mayors, Council and School Board members, superintendents and managers, local clergy have enjoyed time at these parties. And, so yes, our beloved “old soreheads” have often been there, too. Some have not enjoyed our use of that term, but we assure you it has always been intended in the most affectionate way. We first saw the term on a billboard outside a small town in Southwest Texas. It read, “Welcome to Stanton, Texas, 3,500 Friendly People and a Few Old Soreheads.” The sign proved so popular that Stanton now holds annual “Old Sorehead Trade Days” with 600 booths and 30,000 visitors. They love their soreheads, and we love ours, hoping that again this year, they’ll make it to our party.


‘Zero Energy’ School Will Save Money in Long Run Editor, Kudos to Falls Church City Public Schools for incorporating environmental sustainability into the George Mason High School RFQ, envisioning a George Mason that is LEED Gold certified, includes a geothermal system and can attain Zero Energy status. I’d like to contextualize a statement on Zero Energy in last week’s News-Press article, “F.C. School Board Kicks Off New

High School Construction Effort.” The article notes Zero Energy design will add 10-15 percent to building costs. Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) analyzed the financial and greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of a Zero Energy George Mason. Zero Energy buildings consume very little energy, often using geothermal systems. The energy these buildings consume is produced by on-site sustainable sources, typically solar


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panels. While Zero Energy design will involve higher upfront costs, it will lower the lifetime cost of the building. ORNL estimates incremental costs of $375,00–$720,000 to install a geothermal system, which will yield annual energy cost savings of $49,000 and annual operations and maintenance costs savings of $108,000. With these savings, FCCPS will recoup its upfront costs in 3-5 years, after which we will continue saving for the lifetime of the building. The study can be found on the Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council’s web site. Considering Falls Church will own this building for 50 years

or more, we must think beyond upfront costs and consider the lifetime cost of ownership, which will be substantially lower with a Zero Energy design. As will the building’s GHG emissions. As stewards of our City’s youth, FCCPS must consider its long-term legacy and do its part to reduce GHG emissions, leaving our children a habitable planet. Arlington planned Discovery Elementary School as LEED Silver, and within the same budget and time constraints achieved Zero Energy status. With thoughtful upfront planning, we can achieve the same. Cory Weiss, Chair Environmental Sustainability Council



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What Effect Will the New Tax Law Have on Me? B� J��� S������

A holiday surprise! We might have the first major tax reform since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Both the House and Senate have passed their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The next step is committee for reconciling the differences, then both chambers have to pass the final bill and the President has to sign. In most cases, any changes will side to the Senate, especially when the Senate votes are the closest. While both versions have differences, they do have common ground. Both reduce corporate income tax rates, repeal various specific deductions and exemptions, increase the standard deduction and encourage capital investment. And both promise tax simplification. The question is, how do I plan and what effect will the tax law have on my income tax liability? The answer is, as it is to almost all tax questions, “it depends.” But the usual rule of thumb is to defer income and accelerate expenses whenever possible, if not for tax reasons, then for the time value of money. Use your deductions now with the higher rates and move income to future years when rates are lower. Both plans lower individual income tax brackets. The House version collapses the current seven tax brackets to four. Under the Senate plan, the seven brackets remain

with different rates and income thresholds. Both plans significantly increase the standard deduction, nearly doubling for married filing jointly (House is $24,400 and Senate is $24,000). However, personal exemptions are eliminated.

“How do I plan and what effect will the tax law have on my income tax liability? The answer is, as it is to almost all tax questions, ‘it depends.’ ” Itemized deduction will see significant changes. Under the House bill, medical expenses are no longer deductible and new mortgages are subject to a maximum of $500,000. The Senate version remains at $1 million. State and local income taxes are no longer deductible in either version; however, property taxes will be limited to $10,000. If you are selling your house, the period that you must live in it has been increased from two out of the last five years to five out of the last eight years. Originally, both versions eliminated the alternative minimum tax (AMT), which originally taxed only the highest percentage

of households but has grown to affecting millions. The House bill still eliminates the AMT but at the last minute the Senate bill preserved the AMT with higher exemption amounts. The Obamacare healthcare individual mandate would be eliminated under the Senate version. The House version is silent regarding the mandate. Pass through income for owners of partnerships and S corporations will change. The House plan will tax income at a top rate of 25 percent for passive income, with those active participants subject to a blended rate with 70 percent considered wage income and taxes as ordinary income and 30 percent taxes at the lower rate cap. Professional service firms will receive no such benefit. The Senate bill would create a 23 percent deduction for passthrough income subject to phase-outs with certain restrictions based upon industry and taxable income. The Estate tax would be raised to a $11.2 million under the Senate plan but not repealed. The house bill would raise to $10 million in 2018 and repeal entirely after six years. Corporate tax rates will be lowered to 20 percent in both versions but there will still be double taxation on C Corporation profits. Both versions increase the expensing of capital asset purchases and increase the ability to use the cash method of account-

ing for businesses, which is a windfall for corporations. Since many states have decoupled from following federal capital expensing rules, be sure to check the tax law in your home state. Both plans attempt to stimulate a repatriation of overseas profits back to the United States with reduced rates on those funds. Furthermore, both move to a territorial system for large corporations, which limits taxes on income earned overseas and focuses more on income earned within the United States. Both versions eliminate the carryback of net operating losses with adjustments to the carryforward provisions. If you expect a loss in 2017 you might want to consider to carryback rather than carryforward. When will these changes become effective? The majority of the changes will not come into effect until 2018, with some being phased in after 2018 and changes can still occur as the bill goes through committee. If you pay estimated taxes, consider prepaying your state taxes by the end of the year to receive the federal benefit, unless you are in AMT. If you itemize and are considering making charitable contributions, do so this year to ensure you get the tax benefit. Plus, it’s a good thing to do. John Sterner is a CPA with Diener & Associates CPAs.

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NEWS BRIEFS Schedule of F.C. Meetings on Broad/Washington Plan Set Following deliberations on the project by the F.C. Planning Commission Monday night, the Insight Property Group’s proposal for a seven-story mixed use building and six-story residential multi-family building with 295 units at the northeast corner of E. Broad and N. Washington is scheduled for a long list of City boards and commissions this month. The project was given a preliminary approval by the F.C. City Council on Nov. 13, with a second reading, public hearing and final vote set for April 9, 2018. The schedule of discussions includes the Architectural Advisory Board and Recreation and Parks Advisory Board on Dec. 6, the Economic Development Authority on Dec. 11, the Housing Commission on Dec. 12, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation on Dec. 13, the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 14, the Tree Commission on Dec. 20, the Arts and Humanities Council, the Human Services Advisory Council and the Environmental Sustainability Council on Dec. 21, and the Library Board on Jan. 17.

New Nightclub in Eden Center to Open by New Year’s Eve A refurbished nightclub space at Eden Center in the City of Falls Church will reopen in time for New Year’s Eve, according to Alan Frank, management director of Eden Center. It will be called the Diva Lounge. Three other new businesses are now also open in the VietnameseAmerican shopping center in the City of Falls Church. They include Besfren, a cosmetics store with a customer target of high school to college aged women, part of a New York based chain. Mango Mango is a dessert restaurant also out of New York with crepe cake and waffles with ice cream and fruit. Viva Tea is in the old Four Sisters restaurant space and makes fancy tea drinks, along with five flavors of popcorn chicken and octopus appetizers called takoyaki. With the exception of Diva Lounge, all the other new businesses are currently open.

Rape Case Investigated by F.C. Police A sexual assault crime between acquaintances took place in Falls Church City on or around Nov. 29 and the forcecable rape case is currently under investigation by City of Falls Church Police. According to the City of Falls Church’s crime report for the week of Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017 published on Monday, the incident occurred at City Hall (300 Park Ave.). City Public Information Officer Susan Finarelli clarified that the incident did not occur at City Hall, but was instead reported there, hence why that location was listed on the report. Police provided no information regarding the sex of the victim or the perpetrator and why the actual location of the incident wasn’t in the crime report. However, Finarelli did confirm to the News-Press that the victim knows the perpetrator, but an arrest hasn’t been made at this time. Police haven’t made themselves available to questions about the status of an arrest, the nature of the victim and perpetrator’s relationship, any physical identifiers about the victim and the perpetrator or specific details about the location and time of day the incident occurred. Police are requesting that if you have any information regarding this crime to contact 703-241-5050 (TTY 711).

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Rep. Beyer Keys ‘New Democratic Coalition’ Group Democratic U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, has signed on as a co-chair of the Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility Task Force of the New Democratic Coalition that sent a letter to the conference committee hammering out details of the tax reform legislation last week. The letter calls for the committee to “abandon their partisan approach and pursue a true and serious bipartisan effort.” They put together principles for a bipartisan, fiscally responsible tax plan that includes putting middle class families first; supporting workers and enabling them to invest in themselves and their jobs; simplifying the tax code to enable private sector growth and small business fairness; promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and new business formation; spurring infrastructure investment and creating good, well-paying jobs and being fiscally responsible and built for long-lasting success by pursuing a bipartisan and transparent process.

Women’s March Co-Chair to Speak in Reston


Reston Community Center will welcome social justice advocate Tamika D. Mallory to deliver the keynote address at its 33rd Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, Jan. 15. Mallory was the co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, which drew several hundred thousand participants to the District. . Mallory’s keynote address is at noon, followed by a community lunch at RCC Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA. Attendance at the community lunch and keynote address is limited to registered participants. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and employees, and $10 for all others.


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Falls Church Housing Corporation Fights for Affordable Homes & Tight-Knit Communities BY CAREY AVERBOOK


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Hanh Hoang has lived in her one-bedroom unit in the City of Falls Church with her husband, Quy, since 2006. As low-income seniors, Hanh, 72, and Quy, 79, chose Winter Hill Apartments because of its affordability, the activities and services offered and the large Vietnamese community. Falls Church Housing Corporation (FCHC), a Virginia Community Development Corporation and affiliate of the National Housing Project (NHP) Foundation has addressed Falls Church City’s gap in affordable housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities since 1981. The organization bought Winter Hill Apartments in 1984 and has managed the property and services ever since. The apartment community has 83 units and 91 residents with an average age of 75 years. The City has seen an increase in demand for housing and in the price of land in recent years. Both renters and homeowners have been affected by the changing prices of properties and affordable housing is disappearing. This primarily prohibits seniors, young professionals and families from affording housing in Falls Church City. According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines, a household is considered cost burdened when over 30 percent of their monthly income goes toward rent or mortgage. According to the Census Bureau, in 2015, 31 percent of all Falls Church City households, 40 percent of renters and 25 percent of homeowners were cost burdened. Even if an individual owns their home and has paid off their mortgage, many can’t afford the property taxes. The increase in housing costs outpaced the increase in incomes and resulted in a gap between available housing and what people can afford. Nancy Vincent, Director of Human Services for Falls Church, said, “It is important for the city and community to have older residents to be stably housed. It benefits the whole community because it creates an environment of inclusivity.” Winter Hall apartments has been a way for seniors to remain part of the community as they age and their incomes go down. Over 50 percent of the residents are Asian and mostly Vietnamese. Residents walk around the tree-

LEARNING how to operate smartphones and other new technologies has been a focus of the Winter Hill community. The large number of senior Vietnamese residents are coached by fellow Vietnamese seniors during sessions. (P����: C���� A�������) lined neighborhood and take care of the vegetable gardens when the season is right. FCHC works with residents to offer activities including healthy breakfasts, yoga, monthly lunches with a speaker and discussion and classes. “Winter Hill is not just helping residents, but all seniors in Falls Church by facilitating a sense of community, which allows these individuals to interact more with other residents of Falls Church because they are more confident,” said Josh Shokoor, a Data and Communications analyst with the NHP Foundation. Winter Hill Apartments offers smartphone and iPhone classes with about fifteen people per class and one or two volunteer teachers who are also Vietnamese seniors and encourage the students to not fear touching the new technology. “Residents asked to learn how to use smartphones because their kids give them the phones, but don’t have the patience to teach them how to use them,” said Dong Bui, the resident services coordinator. The classes are offered to Winter Hill and broader Falls Church residents in Vietnamese. Hanh said that she likes the classes because she uses her mind and learns as she ages, which helps to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. As a result of the computer classes, she is able to communicate with her daughters via email and “maybe now over texting,” she said, after taking a smartphone class. Thomas Vaccaro, the Executive Director and COO of FCHC, said FCHC’s mission is to provide affordable housing.

However, that is not something that FCHC is able to do within the City of Falls Church at the moment since obtaining property is very difficult due to high land values and competition for limited space. Consequently, FCHC has decided that it’s even more important to work with the city and funds a summer internship since 2015. The funds pay for a summer intern to work with Falls Church and the Department of Housing and Human Services. This internship has led to increased data collection and research to identify the housing gaps and needs. In addition to offering affordable housing and activities for Falls Church residents, Winter Hill apartments rents office space at a nominal price to CASA Virginia, a local organization working with Americorps and the Latinx immigrant community. Immigration specialist, Javier Galindo, said, “It’s magnificent. We’re very grateful to be able to be here because it allows us to offer better services to the community.” FCHC works with the City of Falls Church to improve the quality of life for its citizens, particularly for some of the more vulnerable residents including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and immigrants with varying legal statuses. Shokoor said, “We might not be able to provide more affordable housing, but we’ll do whatever we can to try to benefit the city and try to make it more viable for all people.” Hanh added, “I feel happy to live here and very safe being here.”


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Community News & Notes

CELEBRATING its four-month anniversary this past week was the City’s composting program that takes organic waste, such as food scraps and fallen leaves, and repurposes them for other uses. What started out as a service for eco-minded citizens has turned into a mini-movement, as you’d be hard-pressed not to find multiple green tins by the curb on Wednesdays. (Photo: News-Press)

Northwest Arlington Lions to Hold Citrus Sale

More Events for McLean & Neighboring Residents

The Northwest Arlington Lions will be holding a charity fundraiser by selling fresh citrus, pecans and maple syrup at the Overlee Pool (Bath House – Lower Level), (6030 Lee Highway, Arlington) Lower Entrance off John Marshall Dr. Exact times and dates are listed as follows: Thursday, Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 1 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 703-528-1130.

One family event and one civic event will be open to McLean Community Center (MCC) residents and neighbors this upcoming weekend. On Friday, Dec. 8 from 7 – 9 p.m, gather the family and bring your blankets, pillows and camp chairs for an indoor, picnic-style family movie night. MCC will be showing the feature-length film “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (Rated PG) at the Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). Participants can be served unlimited free popcorn with the movie, which will be shown on a large projection screen. $3 per person. Preregistration is recom-

mended. On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the MCC Governing Board will be holding their monthly meeting at the Community Center’s Administrative Offices (6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean). All Governing Board meetings are open to the public. Tax district residents (Small District One A-Dranesville) who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting are asked to call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711 to be placed on the agenda. For board meeting agendas and minutes from past meetings, or for more information about the events taking place in the upcoming week at the Community Center, visit MCC’s website at

KEYNOTE speaker at Equality Virginia’s second annual “Virginia Competes” luncheon held at the Tower Club in Tysons last week was Virginia Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioner Chai R. Feldblum, the first openly lesbian commissioner and fourth with a disability to serve on the commission. She expressed concern for the discriminatory implications of the Masterpiece Bakery case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. (Photo: News-Press)

Columbia Church Presents Its Christmas Musical

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Columbia Baptist Church (103 W Columbia St., Falls Church) will present their Christmas musical, “A Holiday Houseful” that is suitable for all audiences. This family friendly production tells the story of a family reunion that almost doesn’t happen and when it does, it is anything but traditional. After the show, a reception with cookies and hot chocolate will be open for the guests. Performances are on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person with a $15 maximum for families.

Christ Crossman Church Brings Bethlehem to Life This Christmas season Falls Church residents are invited to walk through historic Bethlehem. On Dec. 8 and 9 from 6 – 8 p.m., Christ Crossman United Methodist Church (384 N Washington St., Falls Church) will open its doors to the community. The journey begins with a live nativity scene and petting zoo, Christmas music from members of the George Mason High School band, warm cider and snacks. Once inside, guests can make crafts resembling histori-

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cal Bethlehem market goods and participate in a service project assembling health kits for the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. This event is free and open to all ages. Visit fallschurchchristmas. org for more information.

1st Stage Theatre Continues Current Production 1st Stage (1524 Spring Hill Rd., Tysons), Tysons Corner’s award-winning professional theater, announces the extension of their critically-acclaimed production of “My Name is Asher Lev” written by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, and directed by Nick Olcott, until Saturday, Dec. 23. The 1st Stage production of “My Name is Asher Lev” features performances by Andy Brownstein, Hyla Matthews and Lucas Beck. Beck is a 1st Stage founding artist returning to the DC region following his success on stage and screen in New York and Los Angeles. 1st Stage also welcomes back director Nick Olcott, whose bold and bright Floyd Collins put 1st Stage on The Wall Street Journal’s national list of the “Best Theater of 2016.” The design team includes: scenic and properties design by Jessica Cancino, costume design by Marsha M. LeBoeuf, lighting design by Kristin A. Thompson, sound design by Reid May and dialects by Jane Margulies Kalbfeld. The run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermis-

sion. Closed captioning and audio-description will be offered for select performances. Check for the full schedule.

Dulin Church Presents Two Events this Weekend Join the parishioners and neighbors of the Dulin United Methodist Church (513 E Broad St., Falls Church) for a live show, petting zoo and refreshments this Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m and 8 p.m.. On Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. parishioners and neighbors of Dulin Church are invited back for the congregation’s seasonal concert “Lessons, Carols, and More.” The concert will feature Dulin’s Sanctuary Choir, Chancel Ringers, Kid’s Choir and other ensembles and soloists. An offering will be taken to support the church’s youth groups.

Santamobile Returns Next Friday to Falls Church The annual tradition returns as the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department (FCVFD) decorates the reserve engine and escorts Santa Claus through the streets of the greater Falls Church area. Santamobile begins on Friday, Dec. 15 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 23. On the first five nights, Santa and his elves will visit each neighborhood in the City of Falls Church. The remaining nights are reserved for make-up routes and excursions

LO CA L into neighboring Arlington and Fairfax counties. During each night’s threehour run, Santa’s helpers will be handing out candy canes and fire safety literature. Anyone who wishes to receive these free items are encouraged to greet Santa at the curb. This provides the safest conditions for Santa’s helpers and ensures they have an opportunity to visit the largest number of neighbors and well-wishers. The schedule is below, but residents should note that routes occasionally change based on road conditions parking, traffic, and construction: Dec. 15 – South of W. Broad Street in the St. James Cemetery and Virginia Forest neighborhoods up to and including Seaton Lane and S. Oak south of the Tripps Run bridge; Dec. 16 – North of W. Broad Street including Little Falls Street; Dec. 17 – South of W. Broad Street in the Tyler Gardens neighborhood and Virginia Forest neighborhood south of Seaton Lane; also includes streets north of the Tripps Run bridge (Hillier, S. Oak, Lee, Rees, Chanel). Dec. 18 – The Little Falls neighborhood, and streets east of Washington Street including the Madison Park and Whittier Park neighborhoods; Dec. 19 – Broadmont neighborhood and streets on the north side of Hillwood east of Cherry Street. Santamobile 2017 is sponsored by WINN Design+Build, Clare & Don’s Beach Shack, and Kids First Swim School.

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Statewide Medicaid Expansion in 2018 Backed Amid New Research by Matt Delaney

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A push to expand Medicaid coverage throughout Virginia was the focus of a public forum hosted by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s Northern Virginia Chapter at the Columbia Baptist Church by Bailey’s Crossroads on Dec. 1. Senator George Barker from Virginia’s 39th District was one of the speakers at the event and estimated that Medicaid expansion may not be feasible in the upcoming 2018 legislative session, but by 2019 it should be well within the General Assembly’s reach. However, other members of the legislature are hopeful that expanding Medicaid can be agreed upon once the governing body convenes in early January due to November’s election results. “As a faith leader [and] generally across the theological standpoint, the ethical component of all of our faith’s stances is a concern

Commonwealth Institute (TCI) titled, “How Medicaid Works: A Chartbook for Understanding Virginia’s Medicaid Insurance and the Opportunity to Improve It.” According to the report, Virginia’s stringent Medicaid eligibility requirements exclude many low-income families who earn too much to qualify for the program but also earn too little to qualify for subsidies in the marketplace. For example, for a family of three living in the City of Falls Church or Fairfax or Arlington County to qualify for Medicaid, the household’s annual countable income can’t exceed $10,524. As the report states, it gives positive news such as a job promotion a negative tone since the increase in wealth could disqualify a family from their healthcare program. That may explain why even though 21 percent of the Bailey’s Crossroads community lives in poverty, 57 percent of those residents remain uninsured. An

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for the least, the last, the lost, the left out and the left behind,” Reverend Dr. Clarence Brown Jr., senior pastor for Annandale United Methodist Church, said. “We have a moral imperative to seek after their wellbeing.” Friday’s discussion was one of 11 similar events that took place throughout the state. Each location shared a group of prominent figures from religious, medical and political backgrounds. Speaking alongside Barker and Brown was executive director of Neighborhood Health, Dr. Basim Khan, who lamented how most care low-income populations receive is at the hospital, not a primary care physician or a specialist. Their collective presence and comments carried a sense of urgency to grow the government healthcare program that helps people who fall significantly below the federal poverty level. The inertia for expansion comes on the heels of a new joint report by the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) and The

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SITTING SIDE BY SIDE during last Friday’s forum to expand Medicaid are Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown Jr. (left) and Sen, George Barker. Both felt expansion was morally necessary as well as financially savvy. (Photo: Maureen Murphy) accompanying press release from the Virginia Interfaith Center reveals that 5,900 Alexandria residents, 7,700 Arlington County residents and 30,000 in Fairfax County fall into the coverage gap due to current Medicaid requirements. And while Health and Human Resources receives the

second-most dedicated funding in Virginia’s state budget – with a $500 million bump from FY 2017 to FY 2018 – Barker argues that more investment to expand Medicaid now is sound financial strategy in the long-run.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

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of discussion in civic and homeowner associations, and at the Board of Zoning Appeals. Currently, STRs are illegal in most situations under Fairfax County’s Zoning Ordinance, and the Board of Supervisors has been working with staff on proposed draft language for an amendment that would permit STRs with some restrictions and requirements. I anticipate that an STR amendment will be considered by the Board sometime in 2018. The Department of Code Compliance issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) earlier this year to a property owner in Lake Barcroft, who has admitted using the property as an STR. The owner appealed the NOV to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), which conducted a public hearing last week. After testimony from several people, both supporting and opposing the property owner’s position, the BZA deferred its decision in the case until January 10, pending responses to additional questions raised. Decision in a Mount Vernon STR case was similarly deferred. Supporters of Short Term Rentals note that allowing STRs allows participation in the “sharing economy,” helps property owners make extra income to pay their mortgages, and provides an alternative to expensive hotels for travelers. Opponents cite increased traffic, litter, noise, and security issues in neighborhoods, using a residential property as a business, and other negative effects on the stability and community spirit of existing neighborhoods. There seems to be no easy answer.

When you stand for election, you stand for the democratic process. When you stand with your right hand in the air to take the oath of office, you commit to upholding the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to follow the law, and to serve in your elected office to the best of your ability. That’s the easy part. Making decisions is the hard part, but making decisions is what elected officials do, and they don’t take that responsibility lightly. Neither has Sandy Evans, whether it involves a name change for J.E.B. Stuart High School, or any other school issue. Trying to recall an elected official because you don’t like a decision is a perversion of the democratic process, and should not be allowed to stand. I was pleased that 85 percent of those responding to a Falls Church News-Press poll last week do not support the petition to recall Sandy Evans. Let’s all put our energies into building up our community, not tearing it down. Fairfax County is a generous community, and panhandlers know it! To date this year, our Police Department has received more than 2,000 calls related to panhandlers in the county. The calls range from traffic issues, to concerns about the person panhandling, to fears about a suspicious person at an intersection. Panhandling is not against the law, but the only way it can be stopped is to stop giving money to panhandlers. A better way to help is to provide the panhandler with the human services hotline number: 703-222-0880, or consider making a donation or volunteering for a local non-profit community partner dedicated to assisting residents in need. Short Term Rentals (STRs) continue to elicit a lot

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The November elections and Thanksgiving are now in the rearview mirror. There was unprecedented voter participation in the House of Delegate and statewide elections. I commend those who worked relentlessly to get people to take this non-presidential election seriously. There’s no mistaking that Virginians sought an outlet for their frustrations at the ballot box, with nearly 50 percent of eligible voters exercising their cherished right. Once again, I thank you for your support and for embracing the positive vision that keeps Virginia moving forward in this new economy with opportunity for all. December brings a festive time of the year concentrating on family and friends. It also marks the countdown to the General Assembly (Jan. 10), the inauguration of Governor-elect Ralph Northam (Jan. 13) as well as the swearing in of the members of the House of Delegates. As of this writing, majority control of that chamber is still under debate. I remain committed to working with my colleagues and soon to be Governor Northam for the best policies that enhance the lives of Virginians, provide a skilled workforce for the 21st Century economy with jobs that sustain their families and the compassion to lift up our most vulnerable citizens. We will continue to be wise stewards of our resources in a fiscally responsible manner. On Dec. 18, Governor McAuliffe will present his proposed biennial budget to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly. This will become the basis for the ensuing debate prior to the budget’s adoption by the Legislature. We will also be closing out the current fiscal year and approving what is known as the “caboose” budget bill. While our revenues continue to steadily improve, we are also seeing some major implications from the federal government reaching deep into Virginia. The Senate Finance Committee recently held its annual retreat to take a look at major areas of the budget. Virginia’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6%, one of the lowest in the nation. However, not all parts of the Commonwealth are enjoying that same experience. We must direct our attention to those areas that are in desperate need of rebuilding their local economy. It will take a change in culture and require a holistic approach. We will do due diligence on existing

programs and look to their merits based on the return on investment for taxpayer dollars. As of this writing, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (a partnership based on funding from the federal government) needs to be reauthorized. If not renewed, it potentially leaves 60,000 kids without access to healthcare. Virginia has been reluctant to expand Medicaid to thousands of qualifying citizens annually leaving more than a billion dollars from the federal government on the table. After nearly a decade, the reasons run hollow. What has become abundantly clear with the Nov. 7 election is that Virginians value their healthcare and want to level the playing field with the premiums they pay. Governor-elect Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the founder of a small business, knows quite a bit about the quality, access to providers, and the costs of healthcare. We are ready to address this issue under his guidance and believe we are closer to agreement with the other side of the aisle than we have been in years past. Higher education and workforce development are two other areas ripe for transformation under Governor Northam. Virginia has seen its funding per student at public colleges and universities tick lower and lower. Per a 2014 JLARC study about the cost of higher education, “State operating funding per in-state student is one-third less than it was in the late 1990s.” How can Virginia possibly expect to compete in a global economy if it does not invest in its future workforce? On the workforce development front, the New Economy Workforce Grant Program, a program that incentivizes students to complete non-credit training programs in high demand fields, has almost tripled the number of credentials, licenses and certifications awarded last year at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Virginia must continue to develop, deploy, and fund these innovative programs that help align the Commonwealth’s workforce with the demands of a global economy. A quick note to commuters, the I-66 Express Lanes are now open inside the Beltway. Please check VDOT’s website for more information.  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

Perhaps you noticed that the winner of October’s Arlingtonbased Marine Corps Marathon was from Ethiopia. You may not have noticed that 32-year-old Desta Beriso Morkama, who placed first at 2:25:14, is an Arlingtonian with an intricate local support network (the proverbial village). His talent and exhaustive work is backed by county programs, a dedicated trainer and private company sponsorship. No one sings Desta’s praises more than longtime Arlington runner and coach Jay Jacob Wind, who at age 67 can himself boast of having run thousands of races, including 185 of the certified marathon endurance races — and 32 Boston marathons since 1979. “When we first started working together, Desta was a distance runner with a very good marathon history, but did not have a kick,” Wind told me, describing the marathoner strategy for the home stretch. He watched Desta’s early runs in the Crystal City Twilighter and with the Potomac Valley Track Club. During the 15 months Wind worked to train Desta, the new arrival at first was bested by several top runners at events in Leesburg, Annapolis, Richmond and Rockville. “But at the Marine Corps event, he had such a strong kick, he finished two and a half minutes ahead of second place,” the coach said. As a coach (and

unofficial historian of Arlington running), Wind feels his training theories were confirmed. Desta now wins regularly. Wind, who promotes running techniques and charities through his nonprofit Health and Safety Foundation, takes a scientific approach to pacing (lots of references to biochemical enzymes and phosphates) to “build up endurance and find your inner strength” so you don’t tire too fast. Top runners approach the 26.2-mile race in three phases, he told me, the start, the surge and the sprint. Wind, a retired computer contractor for government agencies, coached Desta for 15 months while competing against some of the area’s top names. But Desta may have had another secret. He was presented with an electric bicycle from my friend Alan Levine, founder of Hybrid Pedals Levine feels certain Desta “was able to train on his way back and forth from training and the e-bike likely made the difference.” Desta arrived in the United States in September 2016 on a six-month visa, later seeking asylum because of persecution in Ethiopia. He is a member of the Oromo ethnic group in that unstable country — famous as runners in the Olympics and other global competitions. In Arlington, Wind’s foundation and another benefactor, Karla McDuffie, helped him with rent in his Nauck home, and later got him a work permit and Social Security number. The county lan-

guage training program gave him financial aid. “A lot of immigrants come to the USA thinking the streets are paved with gold,” Wind said. But Desta works hard — the graveyard shift doing customer service at an Arlington 7-11 — before his morning two-hour run. He is now established enough to earn winnings from his races. Desta does volunteer youth coaching and helps promote his sponsors such as Boom Nutrition and VRYPAC backpacks. His English is improving, in part thanks to texting with Wind. Desta sent me an emailed statement after Thanksgiving thanking his American benefactors and “for all the race directors who have welcomed me to their events,” as he put it. “I am just thankful to everyone.” *** On the recent National Day of Giving, I witnessed some Arlingtonians at their best. Dozens gathered at the Navy League Building to celebrate a major donation ($250,000) from an estate to benefit people with disabilities at Community Residences. Combined with an art sale by NOVA ArtWorks, the event marked another chapter in the remarkable life of donor Charles Gordon, with wife Ella. Charles Gordon, who died last April at 97, was a British citizen who survived the battle of Dunkirk as a POW. The onetime-coal miner-turnedpainter came to Arlington in 1954 as a footman for the British embassy, ending up a beloved property manager who touched many in attendance on Nov. 28.

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Drunk in Public, 400 blk W Broad St, Dec 2, 3:30 AM, a male, 22, of Falls Church, was arrested for being Drunk in Public.

Week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 3, 2017 Commercial Burglary, 400 N Washington St, between 5 PM, Nov 25 and 10 AM, Nov 27, unknown suspect(s) attempted to pry open the entrance to a business. Investigation continues. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #24 (Le Billiards), Nov 27, 6:27 PM, a male, 32, of Laurel, MD, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant.

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Hit and Run, 100-A East Fairfax Street (Ferocity Dance Company parking lot), Nov 27, between 8 and 9:15 PM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Driving Under the Influence, 700 blk S Washington St, Nov 28, 12:02 AM, a male, 34, of Fairfax, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (2nd w/ in 5-10 yrs).

Motor Vehicle Theft, 1051 E Broad St (Koon’s Ford), Nov 28, it was reported that sometime between Nov 9 and Nov 22, a 2016 Ford Focus and a 2010 Buick Lacrosse were taken from the parking lot. Investigation continues. Sex Offense/Forcible Rape, reported at 300 Park Ave (Police Headquarters), Nov 29, police received a report of Forcible Rape by an acquaintance. Investigation continues. Hit and Run, 100 blk S Virginia Ave, between 8:15 PM, Nov 30 and Dec 1, 7 AM, a vehicle parked on the street was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene. Larceny from Building, 1200 blk Offutt Dr, Dec 1, resident reported that items of value were noticed missing Nov 28. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #24 (Le Billiards), Dec 1, 10:19 PM,

Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #15 (H2O Cafe), Dec 2, 11 PM, a male, 49, of Burtonsville, MD was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. Obstruction of Justice, 1100 blk W Broad St, Dec 2, 2 PM, following a routine traffic stop, a female, 27, of Washington, DC, was issued a Summons for Obstruction of Justice. Larceny – Theft from Building, 905 Park Ave, (St. James Catholic Church), Dec 2, between 1:50 and 4:43 PM, a wallet containing valuables was taken from a jacket left unattended. OTHER ARRESTS Dec 1, 3:40 PM, a male, 29, of the City of Falls Church, was arrested on two outstanding Falls Church Capiases with an underlying charge of Assault and Batter.

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Time’s Enraged Women of the Year

Bravo! Time magazine’s choice for 2017 Persons of the Year is “The Silence Breakers,” the women leading the new sexual abuse reckoning. Now in some of its rawest forms not seen in 50 years, the fierce unleashing of feminist rage is beginning to rip apart the American body politic and lord knows we best be braced for a bumpy ride. This odd concoction bubbled to the surface in American culture when normalcy took a back seat to lunatic politics starting with the 2000 theft of the presidential election by dastardly Republicans who threw civility to the wind in that world-historic failed test of the nation’s fitness for democracy by forcing a horribly bad call down the throats of the entire U.S. population. FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS Yes, that’s when the endgame seeds of the great post-World War II cultural war in America were strewn across the psychological landscape of America. The incubating madness was set into motion then. America was more than a little tilted akilter by that, and when the force of 9/11 hit, causing a broad-based national amnesia with respect to the 2000 stolen election, the country erupted in a blood-thirsty quest for revenge which led to an invasion of an innocent nation that has never really let up even as more than half-a-million indigenous Iraqis have been killed and no “weapons of mass destruction” were ever found. This was the period when the national press corps abandoned us, lock stock and barrel. While the invasion pressed on, everyone looked the other way as the greatest heist ever of national financial institutions was underway, triggering the inevitable meltdown and the loss of trillions in national wealth, leaving a veritable third world country in its wake that we still haven’t rebuilt. Blood lusting savages of greed and selfishness were unleashed in that era, who vowed from the day of the Obama presidency’s onset to so shake the foundations of our democracy so that sheer chaos would surely ensue. The Koch Brothers’ radical libertarian wing of the Republican Party staged a practical coup, soaking up millions in angry conservatives’ wealth to propagate a ghastly, menacing force of marauders in the land known as the Tea Party. Raging and mindless, they were set loose with abandon and untethered from any concept of civility or respect for persons with differences of race or religion. Their racist and sexist poison turned whole parts of the nation into cultural wastelands even as their bile ate away at their spleens and tore them mighty empty holes in their souls that only painkillers, opioids, could assuage. Morality was being tossed on the scrapheap, and even relatively civil Republicans were being sold on the notion that this new savage beast would be their salvation. So just as the nation has been descending into the very flames of hell, something has risen up. That spirit of 1970! That feminist revolution that Nixon, the FBI and the establishment fought so very hard to suppress. That feminist revolution that touched the consciousness of every woman in America because the oppression was so bad. A counterinsurgency was unleashed based on a new level of license for men to be brutes and no longer attend to decency in their lusts. They were also armed with new weapons for assault, cocaine and other “recreational drugs” in infinite supply, and a new boundlessness in pornography “lessons.” That new license introduced in the “sexual revolution” era of the early 1970s is what the leading edge leches of the current purges were schooled in. The boys beginning to catch hell for their excesses now were proteges of that hateful era, not the least being our pathetic excuse for a president. Don’t stop anytime soon, ladies and children! Let the reckoning continue with a righteous fury! I was an eyewitness to how the counterinsurgency was set in motion after 1970 to put women down in ways that exceeded earlier periods by pigs like the ones being called out and exposed now. As a gay man in that era who banded together with others calling ourselves “effeminists” in support of our sisters, I could not be more pleased to see what’s being unleashed, at last, today.

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Trump Could Really Use a Friend Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone with little if any talent for generosity, which is a muscle built through interactions with those who have no biological or legal claim to you but lean on you nonetheless. Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone who can’t see the world through another’s eyes. A novel or movie gets you only so far down the road to empathy; to go the distance, you need more intimate, immediate experience of hurts and aspirations not your own. You need friends. Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone with no adequately moderating influences on his whims, no sufficient cushion for his NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE moods. I’ll show you a full-blown narcissist or full-throttle paranoiac or some combination of both. I’ll show you the president of the United States. On Tuesday, two of his campaign aides, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, published a book about their time with him, “Let Trump Be Trump.” It’s a cunning volume, adulatory on the surface but with just enough grime underneath to promote sales. Racing through it, I had three main thoughts. One, Trump needs fiber. (McDonald’s isn’t so much his guilty pleasure as his daily trough.) Two, Trump needs friends. Three, so much of Trump can be explained through the absence of them. His rages and rampages are fruits of his friendlessness. In the book he doesn’t have people he communes and commiserates with in any raw, real way. He has people he yells at and people he sucks labor and favors from. He has minions, Lewandowski and Bossie among them. They gush about the pleasure savored by Trump’s dinner companions: “He would regale them with stories from his amazing life.” “Friends” are his rapt audience when there’s no other audience around. And they’re replaceable. Trump bluntly told Lewandowski that someone else could easily be put in his job. Soon enough someone was. Lewandowksi and Bossie crow of having observed the man up close, but Trump, cold and monarchic, exists across a moat of his own making. I’ve been struck by this before. In October, The Washington Post published a fascinating profile of Thomas Barrack, a billionaire real estate investor described as “one of President Trump’s oldest friends.” The profile’s author, Michael Kranish, wrote that Barrack often wonders

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how he has lasted 30 years with such a tempestuous, egomaniacal man. His conclusion? “I’ve never needed anything from him,” Barrack told Kranish. “I was always subservient to him.” That’s obviously how Trump prefers the people around him. On bended knee. In full genuflection. The Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio told me, “He has hangers-on and he has employees and he has other dependents, but I don’t think he has friends.” He’s too twitchily suspicious. Too vain. And so that twitchiness and vanity go unchecked. They metastasize. “He had no friends in his military academy who stuck,” D’Antonio said. “He had no friends in college who stuck. He was a USFL owner, and all the other owners wound up hating him.” I ran D’Antonio’s assessment by Mike Tollin, who produced and directed a documentary about the USFL, a short-lived competitor to the NFL. He told me that Trump “showed no interest in, and seemed largely incapable of, genuine friendship.” I asked Tollin what a person unschooled in friendship might also be unpracticed at. “Compassion?” he responded. “Compromise? Those are things you learn from friendship.” Chris Christie was supposedly a friend of Trump’s. I think I can end this paragraph here. The real estate tycoon Richard LeFrak is ostensibly friendly with Trump. He told The Times’ Alan Feuer in early 2016, “If we’re both in Florida, Donald might call and say, ‘Come have dinner at Mar-aLago.’” But if LeFrak suggested that Trump instead come to his place? “He probably won’t do it.” For Trump, “friendship” isn’t a two-way street. It’s a cul-de-sac. You can spin round and round there, in the shadow of his castle, or you can take your vehicle somewhere else. Is he all that much different with his kids? When Ivanka and the crew sat with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last year to give testimonials about Trump’s presence and parenting back in the day, they repeatedly (and perhaps inadvertently) noted that for quality time with him, they went to his office, his construction sites. They met him on his terms and terrain. Everyone does, and that’s anathema to decency and good governance. He gathers and discards allies at will. He acts to sate his own needs, unworried about the impact on others. For him they don’t fully exist. There’s no space for them, because he has never forced himself to carve it out. “I think of it as an absolute void,” D’Antonio said. It’s no way to live, and it’s no way to lead.


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Mason Boys Trounce Trinity But Stumble in Tourney BY MATT DELANEY


Kicking off the first full week of their season, George Mason High School’s boys basketball team defeated local Trinity School at Meadow View, 85-46, on Tuesday following two losses at the Raider Tip-Off tournament at J.E.B. Stuart (Justice) High School last week. A reimagined defensive mindset and a bevy of young players are some of the new additions to this year’s team, but the mainstays of juniors Max Ashton and Hollman Smith along with senior Anish Chatterjee are still the driving force of the Mustangs’ oncourt identity. Fittingly enough, it was Chatterjee who got Mason going with his shooting with a hot start from long range, who returned to the team invigorated after academic troubles prevented him from finishing last season. “I have a little unfinished business from last year,” Chatterjee said. “I owe everyone at the school, coach [Chris] Cappanola and my parents for this chance.” Mason didn’t waste anytime getting a jump on Trinity. A quick 6-0 lead two minutes into the

game grew to 17-4 advantage after back to back three-pointers from Chatterjee found the net. By the end of the first quarter the Mustangs had built a sizeable cushion up 26-6 after senior guard David Miller drained a trey himself. In the second quarter Mason kept pacing Trinity. Trinity trailed 34-12 roughly halfway through the quarter, though was able to start closing the gap on the Mustangs by getting to the line and working the paint. Mason had impressive plays of their own, such as a kick out from junior guard Connor Fletchall to twin brother Brendan Fletchall for a corner three and a Smith assist on an Ashton two-pointer to hold the Mustang lead. A few late points had Trinity slightly better off going into halftime at 39-20. However, once Mason’s starters took the floor for the third quarter it was hard to fathom Trinity mounting a comeback. Smith and Chatterjee both jumped passing lanes and went coast-to-coast for lay-ups, with Chatterjee turning his drive into a three-point play at the free throw line. A 66-35 lead to end the

SQUARING UP to his man is junior forward Seid Lejlic, who was a part of Mason’s reserves that punctuated an 85-46 victory against Trinity on Tuesday (P����: C���� S��) third paved the way for reserves to play the final period, with a gaping margins of the final score a strong tell the Mustangs were taking their new defensive direction seriously. “I liked the ball pressure tonight. A little more confident going against a team our level and we disrupted them pretty good,” head coach Chris Capannola said. “Other than their one forward, we

took most of their other players out of the game.” That same defensive strategy couldn’t be deployed during last week’s Raider Tip-Off tournament at Stuart. Going against Chantilly High School on Nov. 30 and Annandale High School Dec. 2, the Mustangs struggled to stay within arm’s reach after a quarter and a half of play. To Capannola, both teams had size and speed

that Mason couldn’t match. A bevy of turnovers and an overall shooting percentage of 35 percent resulted in the Mustangs getting drubbed against both opponents as they fell to Chantilly, 69-44, and Annandale, 75-46. Mason played Yorktown High School last night, but results weren’t available by press time. They host Broad Run High School at home this Friday.




MEMBERS OF THE George Mason High School’s swingin’ jazz band performed at the Tree Fest in downtown F.C. last week. The group has been performing around town during the holiday season and will be featured at the 28th annual Falls Church News-Press Holiday Party Dec. 14 at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, an event to which all friends of the News-Press are invited. (P����: N���-P����)

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The Highlander, McLean High School’s newsmagazine, was honored with a Pacemaker award at the National Scholastic Press Association-Journalism Education Association convention held recently in Dallas. McLean High School is a Fairfax County public school. The Highlander is one of just 26 high school newspapers-newsmagazines nationwide to win the Pacemaker this year and the only one from Virginia. McLean High students also earned top honors in the organization’s extremely competitive “Story of the Year” contest. For their article “Beyond Gender,” Sri Medicherla and Melanie Pincus received fourth place in the nation in the feature story category. For their “Finding Refuge” article, Helen Bloom, Carlyn Kranking, Sanskriti Neupane, and Aisha Singh received fourth place in the nation in the diversity series category. Lindsay Benedict is the adviser for The Highlander. For more information, contact her at

The George Mason High School Student Council Association is conducting a toy drive for the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless area residents achieve selfsufficiency and financial independence. At Mason, it is being promoted as a friendly competition between 3rd block classes with the class collecting the most toys receiving a breakfast party. Students may bring gifts to their 3rd block class, or anyone may drop off new, unwrapped gifts to help local homeless, low-income and foster kids in need at the front desk. The wish list provided by NVFS is here. The bulk of the toys will taken to NVFS on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and the rest on the following Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Lego League Competition Sees Big Turnout and Awards Twelve teams from both Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School competed in the

recent FIRST Lego League competition held at Henderson (7130 Leesbug Pike, Falls Church), during a huge two-day weekend event. The Hydro-Dynamics theme for this year’s competition had students thinking about where the water in their daily life comes from and how it gets to them. The real-world engineering challenge had teams working to design a solution with Legobased robots. One Jefferson team, the Dragon Riders, received the Judges Award, and a Henderson team, the Robotic Gummy Bears, qualified to advance to the State tournament.

Yorktown Student Commits to Baldwin Wallace Derrick Isaac, from Yorktown High School, will continue his men’s track and field career at Baldwin Wallace University this winter. The 2018 season opens when the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets host the Ohio Athletic Conference North Split meet on Friday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. inside the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse. For more information, visit

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Business News & Notes Open House at Sunstone Tonight Sunstone Counseling is hosting an open house on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. at their Independence Square location at 124-D E. Broad Street in Falls Church. The event will include a meet and greet with Sunstone counselors, refreshments, and an opportunity to tour the facility. RSVPs are requested to be sent to Sunstone co-founder, Amy Clay at

Toy Drive Underway at OAR OAR (Offender Aid and Restoration) is hosting its annual toy drive to collect new unwrapped toys and gifts for children of parents who are incarcerated locally. The gifts are given to the children, ages newborn to 18 years, in December as part of the nonprofit organization’s Project Christmas Angel. Donations can be dropped off at the OAR office at 1400 N. Uhle Street, Suite 704, Arlington between 8:30 a.m. – noon and between 1 – 5 p.m. by Dec. 11. Donations can also be dropped off at St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 4000 Lorcom Lane on December 12 between 2 – 6 p.m. and on Dec. 13 between 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about this effort, visit

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For the 10th year, students and teachers from Congressional School in Falls Church delivered more than 1,000 perishable and non-perishable food and supplies to the Culmore Family Resource Center on Monday, Nov. 20. Congressional’s Thanksgiving food drive is organized annually by seventh grade students as a service learning project. This year, the students encouraged community participation by setting grade-level goals and challenges with teachers offering bonus donations if their grade-levels reached their targets. Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in Falls Church. Congressional School serves more than 330 students and 2,000 campers ages infants through eighth grade annually through its academic and summer programs.

United Cardinal Classic Raises Over $200K for Inova Kellar Center The 15th Annual United Cardinal Classic raised more than $200,000, bringing its 15-year fundraising total to over $5,600,000. Continuing the tradition started by Cardinal Bank in 2002, the golf tournament supports Inova Kellar Center, which provides comprehensive mental health programs and services to children and families. Funds also benefit nonprofit initiatives in the areas of children, education, healthcare, affordable housing, economic vitality and financial literacy through the United Bank Community Fund. More than 500 volunteers, donors and business partners participated in the annual event at the Country Club of Fairfax, including Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and Inova Health System Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Nader.  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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Liberty Barbecue Opening Just 2 Weeks Away The long-awaited debut of Liberty Barbecue is almost over. The new concept set to take over the Famous Dave’s space in Broadale Shopping Center is just two weeks away from opening, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page this week.


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Winners of the top prize at the 2017 Taste of Falls Church, the team behind Arlington’s Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall and Northside Social plans to bring all the barbecue staples plus brisket sandwiches, fried chicken, hush puppies, soft serve and more to The Little City. The restaurant group is also opening a second location of Northside Social on Park Avenue in Falls Church in the near future. Liberty Barbecue 370 West Broad Street | Falls Church

Isabella Eatery Comes to Tysons Next Week Washington, D.C. restraurteur Mike Isabella’s empire expands to Tysons with the debut of his new “food emporium” opening Monday, Dec. 11. The man behind Kapnos, Requin and other D.C.-area restaurants will feature nine new concepts at Isabella Eatery, a 41,000 square-foot complex in Tysons Galleria. The first phase, which will open next week, includes Graffiato, featuring

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Teen Advisory Board. Required for new volunteers interested in earning service hours at the library this fall. For teens in grades 7-12, registration and volunteer application required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6 – 6:30 p.m. 703248-5034.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 DMV 2 Go Bus. The full-service DMV2Go bus will be in front of City Hall. The accessible mobile office provides all DMV transactions including: Applying for and renewing driver’s licenses; obtaining ID cards (including photos) and Virginia’s veterans ID cards; taking road and knowledge tests; obtaining copies of driving records, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts; ordering disabled parking placards or plates and

updating an address after a move for DMV and voter registration. Customers should be prepared with the required documents to complete transactions. No appointments are necessary. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Public Sculpture Project. Ages 15 +. Exercise your creative and collaborative spirit, as well as an appreciation for nature in a participatory sculpture project. This hands-on community art project is designed to engage a diverse range of people working together to construct sculptures along the Howard Herman trail in the city of Falls Church that will harmonize with the environment and enhance the beauty of the park. In order to participate, register for a free 90-minute class lead by local artist and George Mason High School art teacher, Marc Robarge. He will give a brief overview of the project with

informative visuals, and conduct a hands-on demonstration of the techniques necessary to make the sculptural forms. Then on Saturday, help create the ceramic forms that will become part of the exhibit. Class size is capped at 15 due to space constraints. To register, please stop by the library’s Reference Desk or call. Mary Riley Styles library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. 703-248-5034.

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Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 - 11 a.m. 703-248-5034

Star Wars Science at the Library. For children rising Grades K-12. Learn about what kind of spaceage science took place in a galaxy far, far away and how it influenced one of the most popular film series of all-time. Registration is required. Registration opens Nov. 29 at the Youth Services Desk by phone or in person. Registration will not be accepted by email. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703-248-5034

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles

ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their second language. Meets every Monday at regularly scheduled time. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 “Madeline’s Christmas” She’s Back! After a sold out run at the Cauldron in 2014, the theatre welcomes back everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author, illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline’s schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home to be with their families. So, it’s Madeline to the rescue! And with the help of a magical rug merchant she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget. Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church). $25. 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, SATURDAY,FEBRUARY DECEMBER29 “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Norton Juster’s acclaimed fantasy adventure comes to life onstage! Milo is bored and the Demons of Ignorance keep telling her, “If

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you get the urge to do anything — don’t. It could be dangerous.” To the rescue comes the Phantom Tollbooth! Aided by a trusty timekeeping dog named Tock, they meet many memorable characters in the Land of Wisdom on their quest to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason. Based on the classic young adult novel, “The Phantom Tollbooth” is outstanding entertainment for the whole family. James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church) $20. 2 p.m.

“My Name is Asher Lev.” Adapted from the celebrated novel by Chaim Potok, a humorous and compelling journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise unfolds. As art and faith collide, Asher must choose between his cultural roots and his vast artistic promise. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. 1st Stage Theatre (1524 Spring Hill Rd., Tysons). $33. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 ”Crazy for You.” Beloved songs meet sensational dance in the ultimate feel-good musical comedy for the holiday season. A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theatre decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy and a whole lot of charm. Flush with mistaken identities, a classic love story and 1930s glamour, The Gershwins’ and Ken Ludwig’s “Crazy for You” radiates with playful humor and highenergy show-stopping numbers. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Falls Church). $40. 2 p.m.



Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $89.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566 Thrillbilly’s. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Greg Snyder. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Andrew Acosta Band. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Dar Williams: In Concert including reading & discussions from her new book, What I Found In A Thousand Towns (encore performance the following night at same time). The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. $5 Comedy Night. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $5. 8 p.m. 703-2370300. John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Union Stage presents at The Miracle Theatre featuring Julie Byrne + Nadia Reid. The Miracle Theatre (535 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C.). $15. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Bad Influence Mike Tash Birthday. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703241-9504. Rob Hornfeck Enterprise. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703237-8333.



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

Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $15. 1:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Aaron Neville “Holiday & Hits.” The Birchmere (3701 Mount

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Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

2 From the Heart. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation presents: Rockin’ Renegade IV Holiday Benefit Concert. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $30 – $35. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. Luther Re-Lives 7th Annual Holiday Concert featuring William Wardlaw. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Marah Christmas Spectacular. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $30. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Cargo and the Heavy Lifters – Cargo Birthday Special Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504.


Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504. Patsy & Daryl Davis Holiday Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Elizabeth and The Catapult “Keepsake” Album Release Show with Emily Mure. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566

The Meer, Koshari. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

They Call Me Piano. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.



Virginia Music Adventures Presents: Big Band Christmas. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566

An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500.

Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. VVOVVEE, Ambulance Angels.

Music Makes Life Better Presents: Operation Smile & Hope For Henry Benefit Feat. Mama’s Black Sheep, Christina Havrilla & Meredith Rounsley. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

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NAZRET CULTURAL FOODS LLC., Trading as: Nazret Cultural Foods, LLC., 3821 South George Mason Drive, Unit D, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3763. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Wine and Beer On and Off Premises. license

to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Aftataw Mullunhe, Owner. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.


FALLS CHURCH DISTILLERS, LLC Trading as: Falls Church Distillers, LLC , 442 South Washington Street, Suite A, Falls Church, Virginia 22046-4419. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Mixed Beverages On-Premise license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Michael E. Paluzzi, CEO. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.



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USE PLAN MAP Information on or copies of the proposed resolution can be viewed at the Development Services Counter or City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA, Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). You may contact the Planning Division at 703-248-5040 with any questions or concerns. This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)


The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on December 14, 2017at 7:30 PM In the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, for consideration of the following items: New Business Variance application V1596-17 by Little City Homes, LLC, owner and applicant, for a variance to Section 48-263(3)(a) to allow a side yard setback 9.26 feet instead of 10 feet along the west (left) property line to correct a surveyor error and allow the house under construction to remain in its current location on premises known as 309 Sycamore Street, RPC #51-215-103 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1B, Medium Density Residential, said property owned by Little City Homes LLC. Variance application V1597-17 by Community Havens, Inc., applicant, for a variance to Section 48-1101 to allow a side yard setback of 7.5 feet instead of 10 feet along the east (right) property line for the purpose of constructing a new house on premises known as 366 North Washington Street, RPC #53-103-016 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned T-1, Transitional, said property owned by the City of Falls Church. Appeal application A1598-17 by Hilary Duke and Steven Valley, appellants, appealing the Zoning Administrator’s November 27, 2017 decision to block the appellants’ November 17, 2017 appeal to the BZA to void the decision of the Zoning Administrator to not issue a stop work order or notices of violations for the house and garage at 309 Sycamore Street that are in violation of the code setback requirements and to accept the setback measurements on the builder’s October boundary survey, on premises known as 309 Sycamore Street, RPC #51-215-103 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1B, Medium Density Residential, said property owned by Little City Homes LLC. Information on the above applications is 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)


The ordinances referenced below were given first reading by the City Council on November 27, 2017; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO17-16) ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE 1979 REGARDING THE BUDGET OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES, APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR THE GENERAL FUND AND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM FUNDS This ordinance would amend the FY2018 Budget to appropriate $400,000 of committed capital reserves for engineering, surveying, legal, marketing, and procurement work associated with the 10 acres at the High School campus site designated for economic development. (TO17-13) ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 26, “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC,” ARTICLE III “CITY VEHICLE LICENSE,” OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH TO ADD A NEW SEC. 26-74 IMPOSING A LICENSE TAX ON VEHICLES THAT DO NOT DISPLAY CURRENT VIRGINIA LICENSE PLATES This ordinance would amend the City Code to impose a license tax in the amount of $100 on vehicles with situs in the City that do not display current Virginia license plates and are not otherwise exempt from the requirements of displaying such license plates effective March 1, 2018. All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at (703-248-5014) or The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK

Fax: 703.832.3236 400 Maple Ave., So., Suite 210, Falls Church, Virginia 22046


VOLUNTEERS who live in the City of Falls Church are needed to serve on the boards and commissions listed below. Contact the City Clerk Office (703-248-5014, cityclerk@, or www.fallschurchva. gov/BC) for an application form or more information. Positions advertised for more than one month may be filled during each subsequent month. Architectural Advisory Board (alternate) Board of Building Code and Fire Prevention Code Appeals Board of Zoning Appeals Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Transportation Environmental Sustainability Council Historic Architectural Review Board Historical Commission Housing Commission Human Services Advisory Board Library Board of Trustees Planning Commission Recreation and Parks Advisory Board Regional Boards/Commissions: Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Long Term Care Coordinating Council


The public is invited to the Dogwood Room at City Hall on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. for a reception in honor of outgoing City Council Member Karen Oliver and incoming Members David Snyder, Marybeth Connelly, Dan Sze, and Ross Litkenhous. Oaths of office for the incoming Council Members will be administered at the regular City Council meeting following the reception at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Outgoing Council Member Karen Oliver will also be honored for her service to the City at the meeting. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK





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New Affordable Housing Deal Boosts F.C. City Center Push

Eight changes to the Falls Church City charter that will come before the City Council at its next meeting Dec. 22 will also be open for comment at that meeting from the public. The changes are in line with efforts of City Manager Hector Rivera to streamline operations at City Hall, reducing the number of departments from 14 to five, with an eye to making government here more efficient and “customer friendly.”

Atlantic Realty’s ambitious plans for the development of a new Falls Church City Center on 5.2 acres of downtown property got a significant energy boost Monday when it was announced that a deal to include 172 affordable housing untis has been added into the mix. Former Falls Church Vice Mayor Dr. Steve Rogers, now chair of the Falls Church Housing Corporation (FCHC) told City Council that new affordable housing was to be adjacent to the proposed Center.

Council Readies Charter Changes


Relaxed Medicaid Requirements Would Cover 240,000 Currently Uninsured State Residents Continued from Page 14

“We will actually save money – even if we have to put in a little bit of state money – we will save more on what we’re spending now on other programs for these very same people in many ways,” Barker said. “It not only helps the people receive quality care, but it helps the bottom line of Virginia at the state level and presents the opportunity to address other services.” As it stands now, Medicaid coverage targets certain populations among low-income residents. Per the report, children (59 percent), disabled adults and children (19 percent), low-income parents (15 percent) and seniors (seven percent) total those who receive care from the program. In broader terms, Medicaid covers three out of 10 poor adults, two out of three poor children and one out of every ten Virginians. Nearly one million people are covered by Medicaid at any given time in Virginia. Excluded from Medicaid coverage are 240,000 Virginians, who are mainly childless adults, veterans and people of color. That’s why the VPLC and TCI believe Virginia lawmakers should take the option to expand Medicaid coverage for most adults to 138 percent of the federal poverty level that’s been offered to states. The increased threshold would allow individuals with an annual income of $16,643 and families of three with an income of $28,180 to be eligible for Medicaid. The addition of a new demographic group in childless adults

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patients, it’s typically newer, lessexperienced doctors attempting to build their clientele. These practitioners usually struggle to provide adequate care to patients who frequently have multiple health problems as a result of no prior coverage before applying for Medicaid. But seven out of 10 doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients, according to the report. And Barker assured that even with Virginia’s low investment per resident in Medicaid (which ranks 46th out of 50 states), the quality of care for Medicaid patients is still some of the highest in the U.S.

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