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In advance of the expected major storm, the City of Falls Church declared a snow emergency effective 8 p.m. Wednesday, meaning a no parking requirement will be enforced by the City of Falls Church Police Department on designated snow emergency routes. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9
It’s Of�icial: F.C. Real Estate Assessments Leap 6.77%, Single Family Homes 7.83% Bigger Tax Bills to Be Joined By New Storm Water Fee
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The dates for the News-Press’ 2nd Annual Falls Church Restaurant Week have been announced. The event recognizing the Little City’s fantastic dining scene will run from Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30.
include Black Alley, Black Masala, Bumper Jacksons, Jumpin’ Jupiter, Mary Alouette, Nappy Riddem, Rosa Lamoreaux and Vegas with Randolph. The pit band will be Dave Chappell and Friends and the band for the VIP pre-reception to be held at Argia’s restaurant from 6:30 p.m. will be Daisy Castro and Gypsy Moth. There will also be an after party at the State. For 28 years, the members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) have shined the spotlight on local musicians, music business professionals, and music organizations who have
A press release from City Hall made it official Tuesday morning. The real estate assessments in the City of Falls Church have leaped in the last year by an average 7.83 percent for single family homes, and by 6.77 percent overall. This is more than double the rate of increase for the year before, which was only three percent, while commercial real estate values lagged by increasing only 2.37 percent. As the City reported, the total taxable assessed value for all properties in the City as of Jan. 1, 2014, is $3,549,167,400 ($3.5 billion), a 6.77 percent increase from Jan. 1, 2013. City Manager Wyatt Shields, who tipped off the six-something percent number to the NewsPress the week before, told the News-Press yesterday that the City’s assessments are “in line with the region,” noting that Arlington County’s residential real estate values came in with a 5.3 percent increase. The discrepancy between residential and commercial values is also par for the surrounding area, Shields said. “It’s a general trend,” Shields said. “Commercial values are impacted by the high vacancy rates in the region, while residential properties are continuing to bounce back from the setbacks of the last few years.” It means that property owners can expect their tax bills to go up by the percentage of increase even without the City Council voting to increase the tax rate. For example,
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F.C. singer-songwriter Dan Cohn and his band, The Grand Candy, will be celebrating the release of its debut album NSFW with a show Feb. 27 at the Iota Club and Café. SEE PRESS PASS, PAGE 25
INDEX Editorial.................6 Letters...................6 News & Notes 10-11 Comment .......12-15 Business News ...16 Calendar ........20-21
Food & Dining.....22 Sports ...........18-19 Classified Ads ....26 Comics, Sudoku & Crossword ..........29 Critter Corner......30
FALLS CHURCH SCHOOLS’ Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones addressed a joint meeting of the City’s PTA organizations about the upcoming budget cycle in the cafetorium of the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School last week. (P����: N���-P����)
F.C.’s Rites of Ash, Lazzo Are Nominees at Wammies Sunday BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON
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This Sunday will mark yet another annual Washington Area Music Association awards celebration, known as the Wammies, that will be held in Falls Church’s historic State Theatre. It will mark the 18th annual show at the State, out of the 28 annual Wammies Awards shows dating to the 1980s. This year’s show begins at 8 p.m. The City of Falls Church Office of Economic Development is once again a major sponsor of the event, which along with the Tinner Hill Blues Festival in June is one of the major regional musical events held in the City of
Falls Church each year. A number of Falls Church performers and supporters are nominees this year, as well. The band “Rites of Ash” is Falls Church home grown, nominated in the Electronica category, and their tune, “Kept Me Up All Night” is nominated in the Electronica best song category. The band’s local boy Lazzo is nominated for Producer of the Year. The Falls Church-based Cue Recording is nominated for best studio, and long-time City resident Mary Cliff is once again nominated for best supporter of the D.C. regional music scene. Live performers set to play at this year’s Wammies show
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achieved significant accomplishments within their field. The WAMA Hall of Fame inductee this year is the 1960â€™s girl soul group The Jewels. Special Recognition awards will be given
to the Dismemberment Plan and Anwan â€œBig Gâ€? Glover. A Special Achievement award goes to Olivia Records. Wammie Awards will be given in the following categories: A Capella, Big Band/Swing, Bluegrass, Blues/Traditional
Council Considers Options to Renovate or Replace City Hall BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON
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The Falls Church City Council took a first crack at its Monday meeting at mulling options aimed at badly needed improvements to City Hall, especially for public safety needs. The 50-year old building, which was expanded to its current size 30 years ago, has court services crammed together with its police department and the full range of government services in 41,000 square feet. The Council has already authorized deployment of funding to address
City Hall needs, but only now is beginning to consider practical options. So far, only minor improvements to the Council chamber, at a cost of $150,000, has taken place. Assistant City Manager Cindy Mester presented an overview of two options, one a renovation of the current facility at a cost of $11.7 million over three years, the other a tear-down of the current building and construction of a new one at a cost of $26 million. Both options would expand the size of the building to 50,000 square feet. An option for the tear-down
R&B, Childrenâ€™s Music, Choral, Classical, Country, Electronica, Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Traditional, Go Go, Gospel/ Inspirational, Jazz, Latin, Rap/ Hip Hop, Reggae, Modern Rock, Pop Rock, Roots Rock, Urban Contemporary, and World approach would be to add a fourth floor and boost the square footage to 88,0000 square feet at a cost of $37 million. That option could accommodate the relocation of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library to City Hall, across the street from its current location. The library is also in desperate need of a renovation or rebuild at a cost of about $18 million without any parking. So, it may be most cost effective to combine the City Hall and library into a single project, as the Council considered Monday. The Council just began to consider these options Monday. Mester will make a more detailed presentation of the options to the Cityâ€™s Planning Commission next week.
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Music. Awards will also be given for Musician of the Year, Artist of the year, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and more. The Songwriter of the Year award is co-sponsored by the Songwritersâ€™ Association of Washington. WAMA officials extended thanks their sponsors for their support, including Broadcast Music, Inc., The State Theatre and the
City of Falls Church. The WAMA is a nonprofit organization made up of industry professionals. WAMAâ€™s main goad is to promote Washington area music and to achieve national recognition of the region as an important center for live and recorded music. Tickets to Sundayâ€™s show are $35 for the general public, $20 for WAMA Members, and $15 for nominees.
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F.C. Residential Real Estate Assessments Jump to 6.7% Continued from Page 1
the average tax increase would amount to almost $600 for the owner of a $600,000 single family home. Citizens should be mindful that the City has tax relief options for lower income residents over 65 or with total and permanent disabilities. The deadline for filing for relief is April 15. More information and forms are available at the Treasurer’s office at City Hall. It is also significant that beginning in June, the City will be exacting a Storm Water Utility Fee from all property owners that will be determined by a variety of factors including the percentage of a property covered by an impervious surface. This new policy, required to comply with federal and state Chesapeake Bay environmental standards as well as to buoy up the City’s ability to cope with
runoff water from major storms, will hit businesses and churches with large asphalt parking lots especially hard. A mailing was sent out by City Hall to all local residents this week explaining the storm water fee policy. The fee will be included in the bill sent by the City to property owners for the first half of annual real estate taxes in May. Shields said that the City plans to mail individual real estate assessments announcements for 2014 later this week, so property owners should receive the notices on or after Monday, Feb. 17. Updated assessment information will be posted on the City website Monday, Feb. 17 but individual assessment information will not be available until after the mailing. Overall residential real estate values increased 6.73 percent over the last year. Single family home values increased by 7.83
percent, townhomes increased by 3.38 percent, and residential condominiums had varying changes but overall condos increased 4.97 percent. Overall commercial property values increased 2.37 percent since January 2013. The real estate value of multi-family apartments increased 11.15 percent, large office buildings are up 1.19 percent and large retail properties are up 8.29 percent. The value of City hotels remained flat. In total, new construction accounted for $53 million of the $225 million increase in assessed value: $33 million in Commercial new construction and $20 million in Single Family Residential new construction, totaling 24 percent of the total growth, or 1.6 percent of the 6.77 percent increase. As set forth in the Virginia Constitution, real estate is intended to be assessed at 100
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percent of fair market value. The City’s Office of Real Estate Assessment calculates property value annually using mass appraisal techniques that are standard in the real estate assessment industry, the City’s press release stated. The notice of assessment is an appraisal of the fair market value of the property; it is not a tax bill. Property tax payments will be due in two installments on June 5 and Dec. 5; property owners will receive bills prior to these dates. The real estate tax rate will be determined on April 28, 2014, when the Falls Church City Council adopts the Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget and Capital Improvements Program and sets the tax rate. Public
hearings on the Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Operating Budget will be held on March 24, April 14, and April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (300 Park Ave.). According to the City press release, homeowners wondering if their assessment is correct should ask the question, “Would my home sell for the assessed value if I put it on the market?” If the answer is “yes,” the assessment is probably accurate. If the answer is “no,” contact the Office of Real Estate Assessment at 703-248-5022. Deadlines for assessment appeals are Friday, March 14, 2014, for an Office of Real Estate Assessment review and Monday, July 7, 2014 for a Board of Equalization review.
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Beef Up the Tax Deferral Programs
It’s already shaping up as a very expensive year to be living in Falls Church, given the robust rise in real estate assessments out this week, the ambitious plans at City Hall to renovate or rebuild City Hall, the library, Mt. Daniel Elementary and George Mason High School in the next few years, and the fierce intention of the Schools’ superintendent and School Board to maintain the excellence of the school system, now fastest growing in the entire region for just that reason. The parameters of all this are now coming into definition as the annual budget process is being rolled out, geared toward final decisions on a new tax rate, City financial transfer to the schools and other matters that must wind up matching projected revenues to projected expenditures for the coming fiscal year beginning on July 1. On top of all these matters, for the first time this year, will be a new tax on residents, the so-called Stormwater Utility Fund that will spread the misery of paying for the federally- and state-mandated environmental upgrades to the quality of the waste water that’s allowed to flow out of the City toward the Chesapeake Bay, and to pay for better management of the runoff from big storms to avoid a lot of the basement flooding and other unhappy results of such storms in recent years. For any citizen who wants to jump in on this, there will be many public hearings and events where both learning and speaking out will be encouraged. In a City the size of Falls Church, there are plenty of opportunities for mice to roar, proverbially speaking, and be heard. But the bottom line is that there’s no way that what we’re going to wind up with – in a final Fiscal Year 2015 budget to be adopted in late April – is going to be cheap. In our view, since so many residents are busy people working outside the City, mostly in the corridors of power in nearby Washington, D.C., when the tax bills are sent out in May – with the Stormwater Utility surcharge – there’s going to be a lot of consternation and angst. Especially for persons “aging in place” on fixed incomes here, the shock may carry more existential overtones. It is a fearful prospect for someone to be confronted with being unable to pay their bills and to possibly lose their home. The time is already short, but the City Council needs to come to grips over the next couple of months with a much more generous tax deferral program for City residents who may be on the verge of extreme financial hardship given the rising costs here. There are programs in place to mitigate rising taxes for lower income persons who qualify, and before the Council starts adding up all the new costs, it should revisit that program with an eye to some real relief for those who need it.
Real Estate Assessment Tax Hike is ‘Baloney’
Editor, The 6% assessment jump in property values for City of Falls Church residents implies a 6% increase in the property taxes the City of Falls Church will collect in 2014 even if the Council, in its wisdom, doesn’t see fit to increase the tax rate again. Note that after the relatively large increase in rate and assessment last year, the city had a large surplus in its budget which
the political structure treated as a “false surplus” because forsooth the city budget year doesn’t match the expenditure year. It was baloney then and it is now. Perhaps the Council should consider a cut in the tax rate especially taking a hard look at the unnecessary increase last year. Henry J. Gordon Falls Church
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G u e s t C o m m e n ta ry Establishing & Delivering on Transportation Priorities By Paul Stoddard
Since I began working as the City’s transportation planner in the spring of 2013, I have received many requests from City residents for expanded travel options. People have asked for better ways to get around the City as pedestrians and as bicyclists. People have also asked for better transit service as a way of connecting to other regional destinations. At the same time, residents have stated they want to maintain or improve current levels of automobile mobility. While residents are asking for increased mobility, there are concerns about travel safety – there were six requests for residential traffic calming in 2013 and another already in 2014. Additionally, there are concerns about automobile parking. The first concern is that there is insufficient parking in the commercial areas. Related to that is the concern that commercial parking is overflowing into neighboring residential areas. Previous News-Press Commentaries by Mayor David Tarter and Council Member Dan Sze noted the importance of developing the City’s transportation network to provide a multimodal transportation network. They specifically noted the importance of creating a walkable, pedestrian friendly environment. The remainder of this commentary describes ongoing efforts to deliver on resident requests for increased travel options and safety. At the policy level, staff is working with
Boards and Commissions, civic groups, and residents to develop the Mobility for all Modes plan. The plan will map out the City’s transportation priorities through the year 2030. The plan is not an implementation plan. Rather, it is a prioritized list of the City’s transportation needs. For
“With additional funding for transportation recently made available by the Commonwealth, now is a good time to invest in the City’s transportation network. example, the draft plan calls for establishing pedestrian-friendly design standards and adopting a bicycle facilities plan, but it does not specify what those standards should be or where the bicycle facilities should be located. The Mobility for all Modes sets a vision for the City’s transportation network and establishes milestones for achieving that vision. More information is available on the plan website: www.fallschurchva. gov/Ch7. In March, staff will prepare an online survey to gather feedback on the draft plan. The next community meeting is
scheduled for March 15. At the budgetary level, staff is working with the Planning Commission to prepare the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the next five years. The CIP maps out (among other things) transportation funding through the year 2019. With additional funding for transportation recently made available by the Commonwealth, now is a good time to invest in the City’s transportation network. The draft CIP strikes a balance between maintenance of existing infrastructure and investment in new infrastructure. Priority investments include projects along South Washington Street consistent with the South Washington Street Small Area Plan and installation of Bus Shelters consistent with the Bus Stop and Bus Shelter Master Plan. The next Planning Commission work session on the CIP is scheduled for February 18, and the Planning Commission is scheduled to recommend a CIP to the City Council on March 3. At the project level, staff is advancing several projects to increase mobility for all modes in the City’s transportation network. The list of projects includes: Bicycle Wayfinding along Park Avenue and Maple Avenue – expected completion March 2014; Traffic Light at Pennsylvania Avenue and W. Broad Street – expected completion June 2014; N. Roosevelt Street intersection and sidewalk changes – expected completion summer 2015; Intermodal Plaza on South Washington Street – expected completion fall 2015; 20 Bus Shelters along Broad
Street and Washington Street – expected construction starting summer 2015. The Bicycle Wayfinding project will help connect the City’s commercial areas to the W&OD Trail. The Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT) initiated the project after analyzing results from a survey of trail users. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) funded the project to promote connections to the City’s commercial area – more than 1,200 people pass through the City on the W&OD Trail every day. The Planning Commission endorsed the project for its safety and economic benefits. In October 2013, the City adopted a Bus Stop and Bus Shelter master plan. The Plan identifies a standard shelter design to be used throughout the City. The Plan also identifies priority stops at which to install shelters. Design and engineering for the first 20 shelters is scheduled for 2014, with construction beginning in the summer of 2015. There are many ongoing transportation efforts that will increase mobility, accessibility, and safety for all modes of travel. The list of efforts includes new policies, budget prioritization and project implementation. If you have questions about these efforts or want to know how to get involved in planning for the City’s transportation needs, please email me at email@example.com or call me at 703-248-5041. Paul Stoddard is a Senior Planner with the City of Falls Church.
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F.C. Says Stay Off Snow Emergency Routes In advance of the expected major storm, the City of Falls Church declared a snow emergency effective 8 p.m. Wednesday night, meaning citizens must remove parked cars from snow emergency routes. The no parking requirement will be enforced by the City of Falls Church Police Department on designated snow emergency routes (a list of streets and map of the area is available at fcne.ws/fcsnowroutes). These routes are essential transportation corridors for the City and must remain clear in order to allow snow removal crews to clear the roads. Citizens are also encouraged wherever possible to not park cars on any streets so snow plows have unheeded passage. City crews prepared final checks on snow removal equipment and supplies last night. Traffic signs identify which City streets are snow emergency routes. Vehicles abandoned or parked on snow emergency routes may be towed and fined.
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2nd Annual Falls Church Restaurant Week Announced The dates for the News-Press’ 2nd Annual Falls Church Restaurant Week have been announced. The event recognizing the Little City’s fantastic dining scene will run from Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30. The culinary celebration will once again highlight the area’s top dining destinations offering up special meals, dishes, deals and more during the week-long promotion. On Thursday, March 20, the News-Press will publish a Restaurant Week companion guide in a special Food & Dining issue featuring the specials from all participating restaurants in addition to food and dining coverage of the City. Restaurants participating in the this year’s F.C. Restaurant Week include Applebee’s, Curry Mantra 2, Dogfish Head Alehouse, Dogwood Tavern, Flippin’ Pizza, Hoang’s Grill and Sushi Bar, Idylwood Grill, La Cote d’Or, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Pilin Thai, Sfizi, Urban Pantry and zpizza. The growing list of participants will be continuously updated and can be found at fcrestaurantweek.com. Restaurants interested in participating in Restaurant Week, please contact Jody Fellows at email@example.com.
Shields Seeking Consultant on Water Bills Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields told the City Council Monday night that a procurement process has been set in motion to retain an outside consultant to review and audit the final set of water bills sent out by the City in December 2013, due to multiple customer complaints of irregularities. The bills were the final ones sent out by the City prior to the City’s sale of the water system to Fairfax County. Shields said tonight that the City’s staff has still not identified any significant irregularities in the billing.
School Board Mulls 5 Preschool Names The Falls Church School Board received a recommendation from a naming committee of five choices to name the preschool on Cherry Street that is currently being renovated. The 15 member committee considered 86 nominations before narrowing the number to five. At its next meeting, the School Board will choose the name from among these: 1. Cherry Street (location of the school), 2. Jessie Thackrey (F.C. schools and City founder), 3. Kathleen Halayko (founder of the preschool program and 25 year veterans of the F.C. schools), 4. Mattie Gundry (founder of the Virginia Training School for mentally disadvantaged children) and 5. Proctor (Cherry Street residents and original founders of the Child Development Center at the site in question).
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Community News & Notes City of F.C. Offices & Services To Close for Presidents Day City of Falls Church government offices and services will follow a revised schedule to observe Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 17. City Hall and all government offices including DMV Select, Courts, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, the Permits Counter, the Senior Center, and the Sheriff’s Office will be closed. The Community Center will be open during its regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Two meetings have been rescheduled because of the holiday. A City Council work session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and the Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:45 p.m.
Nominations Sought for F.C. Parade Grand Marshal The Recreation and Parks
Department seeks nominations for grand marshal of the 33rd annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival. Past honorees include Janet Haines and Audrey Luthman (2013), Harry Shovlin (2012), Howard Herman (2011), Edna Frady (2010), Jessie Thackrey (2009), Pete Geren (2008), John Gannon (2007), Roger Neighborgall (2006), Ken Burnett (2005), and Mary Ellen Shaw (2004). The 2014 event is scheduled for Monday, May 26. Nominees shall have made a significant contribution to the City of Falls Church community; previous grand marshals are not eligible for selection. Suggestions should be submitted to Amy Maltese in the Recreation and Parks Department at email@example.com by March 4. Nominators should send the nominee’s name and describe why that person deserves the honor of grand marshal. For more information, call 703-248-5199.
Businesses, organizations, and vendors interested in sponsoring part of the festivities or setting up a booth at the Memorial Day festival should visit fallschurchva. gov/VendorInfo.
Saturday Collection to Benefit F.C. Food Pantry As part of the Fairfax County Stuff the Bus program, food will be collected this Saturday, Feb. 15, at Falls Church’s Giant Food on W. Broad Street to benefit the Falls Church Community Service Council food pantry. FCS volunteers deliver food to families in need Monday through Saturday year-round. Giant Food is located at 1230 W. Broad St., Falls Church.
Autism Society Gala Raises Highest Amount Ever The Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s fourth annual Arts for Autism gala and runway fashion show raised more
than $60,000 to help local families touched by autism who are served by the Falls Church-based organization. Held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Tower Club Tysons Corner, the evening started with a dinner and a series of speakers and live music, followed by performances and a runway walk by local citizens with autism. Capping off the event was a runway fashion show featuring 22 model-fundraisers. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed displays of creations by local artists with autism and bid on a variety of prizes in silent and live auctions. A number of community leaders were on hand, including former Redskin great and local broadcast personality Brian Mitchell, WUSA anchor Peggy Fox, and Virginia state Delegate Tag Greason.
On Valentine’s Eve, F.C. Arts to Host ‘Loving Art’ Falls
host a “Loving Art Eve(nt)” at ArtSpace Falls Church at 7 p.m. on the night before Valentine’s Day – Thursday, Feb. 13 – where guests can make their own Valentines with free supplies and artist input provided. Heartthemed refreshments, love songs, and dancing will also be offered in the spirit of the holiday. The event is being held as part of FCA’s all-members show, which will be on display throughout the month. Guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, which features more than 100 artworks representing a variety of themes and styles. All gallery visitor votes cast this month will be tallied for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be presented Feb. 27. Winners will receive prizes including gift certificates and framed award certificates. ArtSpace Falls Church is located at 410 S. Maple Ave. For more information, visit fallschurcharts. org.
SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE Italian Cafe in Falls Church, a cheerful crowd gathered to celebrate News-Press owner-editor Nicholas Benton’s umpteenth celebration of his 39th birthday. Left photo, shown with the birthday boy (third from right) are State Del. Marcus Simon, former Virginia Lt. Gov. and now U.S. congressional candidate Don Beyer, and Falls Church Mayor David Tarter. Right photo, our boy is presented with a cake and candles to extinguish presented by the evening’s entertainer, noted D.C.-based cabaret performer Birdie LaCage. (Photos: News-Press)
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â€˜Passportâ€™ Travels to Pacific Islands This Weekend
As Creative Cauldronâ€™s Passport to the World series continues this weekend, local arts patrons will be able to explore the Pacific Islands through two performances at ArtSpace Falls Church. On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Carol Takafuji and the Polynesian dance troupe Hui O Ka Pua â€˜Ilima will perform traditional and contemporary songs and dances of Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands of New Zealand and Tahiti. Their presentation format is informative and interactive and aims to spread the spirit of aloha and
love for the history and culture of Hawaii and Polynesia through song and dance. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors. On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., Vivian Takafuji and the Polynesian dance troupe Taâ€™ata Roiroi will create an interactive afternoon of storytelling, music, and dance from Tahiti, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Imaginative storytelling will be accented by the inventive puppets of Creative Cauldronâ€™s scenic designer Margie Jervis. Tickets are $10. ArtSpace Falls Church is located at 410 S. Maple Ave. For more information, visit creativecauldron. org.
Felix Chang of Falls Church won the 2014 America Crown Northeast Nationals wrestling championship in the 8-year-old heavyweight division on Feb. 2 at the University of Massachusettsâ€™ Mullins Center in Amherst. He was also awarded the tournamentâ€™s most valuable wrestler trophy. This is Felixâ€™s first time winning a most valuable wrestler award and his fifth time winning a national wrestling championship. (Courtesy Photo)
LOCAL F.C. Panel to Discuss African American Land Displacement African American Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities will present the second of two inaugural 2014 Griot Apprenticeship presentations this Saturday. â€œFor the Common Good: African American Land Displacement in Fairfax County,â€? a free public program, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 â€“ 3:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center Auditorium, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. The Falls Church Griot Team, including Edwin B. Henderson II (Griot), Alyssa Walker (apprentice), Dr. Spencer Crew (scholar), and Marion Dobbins (student), will discuss African American land displacement and the preservation of the African American history of Falls Church. In January 2013, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities launched the Griot Apprenticeship, a community history preservation
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program that unites a community historian with an apprentice, scholar, and student for a 12-month partnership. Its primary objectives were to identify and support the growth of a new generation of tradition bearers, strengthen community and academic collaborations, and encourage local or regional research programs and projects.
Vermont; Charlotte Louise Ford and Remi Maxwell Paine at the University of Kentucky; Jenny Tobat at Cornell University; and Abigail Sanders at Fairfield University earned deanâ€™s list honors. Jaime Calderon received highest honors on McDaniel Collegeâ€™s deanâ€™s list.
F.C. Students Earn Fall 2013 Academic Honors
Womanâ€™s Club Donates $1,500 To McLean Project for the Arts
Several students from Falls Church have earned academic honors for the fall 2013 semester at colleges and universities across the nation. Magnus Charters at Clemson University; Rachel Croxton and Sarah Mellor at Wake Forest University; Kristal Olene Bird, Ramzi Adam Dridi, Nolan Thomas Costigan, Harsharan Estipona Malinao, Paula Denise Oâ€™Rourke, and Amanda Renee Vest at Radford University; Julia Western at the University of
At its monthly meeting on Feb. 4, The Womanâ€™s Club of McLean presented its annual donation of $1,500 to the McLean Project for the Arts through the projectâ€™s representatives Bill DuBose and Robin Walker, who expressed their gratitude for the contribution. The club also sponsors and supports MPAâ€™s exhibits of childrenâ€™s art at the McLean Community Center. The donation is one of many that the club plans to make this year with funds obtained from its annual Holiday Homes Tour.
Falls Church resident Charlotte Denekas has been asked by Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie to serve as an adviser on young professionals. Denekas is pictured above, at far right, with Falls Church GOP Chair Ken Feltman and GOP Planning Chair Susan Green. She served on the host committee for a Gillespie for Senate young professionals event held this week in Arlington. Denekas has campaigned for several Republican candidates, most recently in 2013 for House of Delegates candidate Brad Tidwell of Falls Church and the Republican slate. She is an executive committee member of the Falls Church Republican Committee. (Courtesy Photo)
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The American Precariat When foreign visitors used to describe American culture, they generally settled on different versions of one trait: energy. Whether driven by crass motivations or spiritual ones, Americans, visitors agreed, worked more frantically, moved more and switched jobs more than just about anybody else on earth. That’s changing. In the past 60 years, for example, Americans have become steadily less mobile. In 1950, 20 percent of Americans moved in a given year. Now, it’s around 12 percent. In the 1950s and 1960s, people lived in the same house for an average of five years; now people live in the same house for an average of 8.6 years. When it comes to geographic mobility, we are now at historic lows, no more mobile than people in Denmark or Finland. NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE Why is this happening? A few theories offer partial explanations, but only partial ones. It is true that we are an aging nation and older people tend to move less. But today’s young people are much less mobile than young people from earlier generations. Between the 1980s and the 2000s alone, mobility among young adults dropped by 41 percent. It’s also true that many people are locked into homes with underwater values. But as Timothy Noah pointed out in Washington Monthly, mobility among renters is down just as sharply as mobility among homeowners. It’s also true that labor markets are getting more homogeneous. It used to be that the jobs found in Pittsburgh were different from the ones found in Atlanta. But now they are more similar, so there is less reason to move from one city to another. But that also fails to explain the tremendous drops over decades. No, a big factor here is a loss in self-confidence. It takes faith to move. You are putting yourself through temporary expense and hardship because you have faith that over the long run you will slingshot forward. Many highly educated people, who are still moving in high numbers, have that long-term faith. Less-educated people often do not. One of the oddities of the mobility that does exist is that people are not moving to low-unemployment/high-income areas. Instead they are moving to lower-income areas with cheap housing. That is to say, they are less likely to endure temporary housing hardship for the sake of future opportunity. They are more likely to move to places that offer immediate comfort even if the long-term income prospects are lower. This loss of faith is evident in other areas of life. Fertility rates, a good marker of confidence, are down. Even accounting for cyclical changes, people are less likely to voluntarily vacate a job in search of a better one. Only 46 percent of white Americans believe they have a good chance of improving their standard of living, the lowest levels in the history of the General Social Survey. Peter Beinart wrote a fascinating piece for National Journal, arguing that Americans used to have much more faith in capitalism, a classless society, America’s role in the world and organized religion than people from Europe. But now American attitudes resemble European attitudes, and when you just look at young people, American exceptionalism is basically gone. Fifty percent of Americans over 65 believe America stands above all others as the greatest nation on earth. Only 27 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 believe that. As late as 2003, Americans were more likely than Italians, Brits and Germans to say the “free market economy is the best system on which to base the future of the world.” By 2010, they were slightly less likely than those Europeans to embrace capitalism. Thirty years ago, a vast majority of Americans identified as members of the middle class. But since 1988, the percentage of Americans who call themselves members of the “have-nots” has doubled. Today’s young people are more likely to believe success is a matter of luck, not effort, than earlier generations. These pessimistic views bring to mind a concept that’s been floating around Europe: the Precariat. According to British academic Guy Standing, the Precariat is the growing class of people living with short-term and part-time work with precarious living standards and “without a narrative of occupational development.” They live with multiple forms of insecurity and are liable to join protest movements across the political spectrum. The American Precariat seems more hunkered down, insecure, risk averse, relying on friends and family but without faith in American possibilities. This fatalism is historically uncharacteristic of America. No one response is going to reverse the trend, but Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute believes government should offer moving vouchers to the long-term unemployed so they can chase opportunity. If we could induce more people to Go West! (or South, East or North) in search of opportunity, maybe the old future-oriented mindset would return.
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Writing Off the Unemployed Back in 1987 my Princeton colleague Alan Blinder published a very good book titled Hard Heads, Soft Hearts. It was, as you might guess, a call for tough-minded but compassionate economic policy. Unfortunately, what we actually got – especially, although not only, from Republicans – was the opposite. And it’s difficult to find a better example of the hardhearted, softheaded nature of today’s GOP than what happened last week, as Senate Republicans once again used the filibuster to block aid to the longterm unemployed. What do we know about long-term unemployment in America? First, it’s still at near-record levels. NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE Historically, the longterm unemployed – those out of work for 27 weeks or more – have usually been between 10 and 20 percent of total unemployment. Today the number is 35.8 percent. Yet extended unemployment benefits, which went into effect in 2008, have been allowed to lapse. As a result, few of the long-term unemployed are receiving any kind of support. Second, if you think the typical long-term unemployed American is one of Those People – nonwhite, poorly educated, etc. – you’re wrong, according to research by the Urban Institute’s Josh Mitchell. Half of the long-term unemployed are non-Hispanic whites. College graduates are less likely to lose their jobs than workers with less education, but once they do they are actually a bit more likely than others to join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. And workers older than 45 are especially likely to spend a long time unemployed. Third, in a weak job market long-term unemployment tends to be self-perpetuating, because employers in effect discriminate against the jobless. Many people have suspected that this was the case, and last year Rand Ghayad of Northeastern University provided a dramatic confirmation. He sent out thousands of fictitious résumés in response to job ads, and found that potential employers were drastically less likely to respond if the fictitious applicant had been out of work more than six months, even if he or she was better qualified than other applicants. What all of this suggests is that the long-term unemployed are mainly victims of circumstances – ordinary American workers who had the bad luck to lose their jobs (which can happen to anyone) at a time
of extraordinary labor market weakness, with three times as many people seeking jobs as there are job openings. Once that happened, the very fact of their unemployment made it very hard to find a new job. So how can politicians justify cutting off modest financial aid to their unlucky fellow citizens? Some Republicans justified last week’s filibuster with the tired old argument that we can’t afford to increase the deficit. Actually, Democrats paired the benefits extension with measures to increase tax receipts. But in any case this is a bizarre objection at a time when federal deficits are not just falling, but clearly falling too fast, holding back economic recovery. For the most part, however, Republicans justify refusal to help the unemployed by asserting that we have so much long-term unemployment because people aren’t trying hard enough to find jobs, and that extended benefits are part of the reason for that lack of effort. People who say things like this – people like, for example, Sen. Rand Paul – probably imagine that they’re being tough-minded and realistic. In fact, however, they’re peddling a fantasy at odds with all the evidence. For example: if unemployment is high because people are unwilling to work, reducing the supply of labor, why aren’t wages going up? But evidence has a well-known liberal bias. The more their economic doctrine fails – remember how the Fed’s actions were supposed to produce runaway inflation? – the more fiercely conservatives cling to that doctrine. More than five years after a financial crisis plunged the Western world into what looks increasingly like a quasi-permanent slump, making nonsense of freemarket orthodoxy, it’s hard to find a leading Republican who has changed his or her mind on, well, anything. And this imperviousness to evidence goes along with a stunning lack of compassion. If you follow debates over unemployment, it’s striking how hard it is to find anyone on the Republican side even hinting at sympathy for the long-term jobless. Being unemployed is always presented as a choice, as something that only happens to losers who don’t really want to work. Indeed, one often gets the sense that contempt for the unemployed comes first, that the supposed justifications for tough policies are after-the-fact rationalizations. The result is that millions of Americans have in effect been written off – rejected by potential employers, abandoned by politicians whose fuzzy-mindedness is matched only by the hardness of their hearts.
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The Harder They Fall
As many skeptics predicted, the moment the stock market began to wobble out of concern for a pull back of the Federal Reserve’s massive stimulus policy, the Fed’s new chief Janet Yellen jumped into a chair in front of a congressional committee Tuesday to assure everyone that she’s not going to deviate from the policies of Ben Bernanke, her predecessor. Lo and behold (and yes, fairy tale language is appropriate here!), the U.S. stock market leaped up over a full percent while she was speaking before the House Financial Services Committee. It is yet another indicator that the stock market has become completely disassociated from the real economy, and is responsive only to the moves by the Fed to keep the floodgates of liquidity open to the biggest financial Falls Church news-press institutions, banks and related investors. As commentator Mike Whitney wrote in an article entitled “Prelude to a Crash” in last week’s online Information Clearing House, “Investors have shrugged off dismal earnings reports, abnormally-high unemployment, flagging demand, droopy incomes, stagnant wages and swollen P/E ratios, and loaded up on stocks confident that the Fed’s infusions of liquidity will keep prices going higher.” He added, “It’s only a matter of time before they see the mistake they’ve made.” The Fed’s current stimulus policy has led to an excess of risk taking, the practice of incurring massive short-term debt to buy into the Fed’s gravy-day policies. It’s a massive growth of a debt bubble that is collateralized against only itself, but nothing grounded in the real economy. On a global scale, the picture is even more dire, even as Wall Street investors, big banks, the Fed and Capital Hill policy makers continue to whistle in the dark. As Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma wrote recently in the Financial Times, the biggest threat to the stability of the global monetary system is the debt bubble that has built up in China. China, yes China, as Sharma underscored in an interview on Fareed Zakaria’s weekly show on CNN, now contributes more to global growth than the U.S. Whereas its share in global growth was 10 percent in 1999, compared to 33 percent for the U.S., it has swollen to 36 percent in 2013, while the U.S. share has shrunk to 19 percent. Accomplished through incredible seven-to-eight percent annual growth in their gross domestic product (GDP) in recent years, China’s debt as percentage of GDP has grown from 135 percent in 2000 to 231 percent in 2013. Another way of seeing the problem is this: from 2002-2008, it took $1.4 in debt for China to produce $1 in growth, but in the 2009-2013 time frame, it has cost China $3.4 in debt to generate $1 in growth. Therefore, China’s zeal to continue seven or eight percent annual GDP growth is running up against a very troubling reality. If the country were forced to slow down to even four or five percent annual GDP growth, the consequences for the rest of the world, with its increasing dependency on China, would be “seismic.” The inefficient growth of debt is at the heart of the impending crises for both the U.S. and China. It’s the same scenario that led to the crash of 2008. We are looking down the barrel of a massive repeat, orders of magnitude bigger, than 2008. The problem has been the political and policy disconnect between the accumulation of debt to buy into stimulus programs – either in the U.S. or in China – and the pressing needs of the real economy to have access to that capital. All the data shows that little or nothing of the Fed stimulus is “trickling down” to strengthen the middle class, improve a crumbling national infrastructure or provide for a sustainable job-creating industrial-grounded economy. On the contrary, mega-banks like Wells Fargo, who are feeding at the trough of the Fed stimulus, are not only reticent to lend to small businesses, but are using their Fed-backed muscle to ravage them, as I have witnessed first hand. Buoyed by the Feds, Wells Fargo in the Washington, D.C. area, for example, has decided to call in small business loans for no other reason than because it can.
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Nicholas F. Benton
Nicholas Benton may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still Mad as Hell I often wonder what Paddy would think. I wish I could have a pastrami on wry with the late writer and satirist at the Carnegie Deli and get an exhilarating blast of truth about “the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today.” What would Paddy Chayefsky make of Kim Kardashian? What would he think of Diane Sawyer showing cat videos on the ABC evening news? What would he say about Brian Williams broadcasting on the HuntleyBrinkley network a video of a pig saving a baby goat while admitting he had no idea if it was phony? (It was.) What would Paddy rant about the viral, often venomous world of the Internet, Twitter and cable news, where fake rage is all the rage all the time, bleeding over into a Congress that chooses antagonism over accomplishment, no over yes? What would he think of ominous corporate “synergy” run amok, where “news” seamlessly blends into promotion, where it’s frighteningly easy for corporate commercial interests to dictate editorial content? What would Paddy say about the Murdochization of the NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE news, where a network slants its perspective because it sells and sells big? What would he make of former Time Inc. Editor-inChief Norman Pearlstine returning in a new position as Time Inc.’s chief content officer, breaking the firewall between editorial and business as he works “with business and edit teams to drive the development of new content experiences and products throughout our portfolio that will fuel future revenue growth,” as CEO Joe Ripp put it? What would Paddy think of American corporations skipping out on taxes by earning nearly half of their profits in tax-haven countries? What would he think of the unholy alliance between Internet giants like Google and Facebook and the U.S. national security apparatus? Chayefsky’s dazzling satire “Network,” with its unforgettable mad prophet of the airwaves, Howard Beale, blossomed from the writer’s curdled feelings about TV. What wouldn’t the network suits do for ratings, he would ask lunch companions like Mel Brooks and Bob Fosse at the Carnegie Deli. But now America runs on clicks. Chayefsky’s nightmare has been multiplied many times over, with the total media-ization and monetization of everything, the supremacy of ratings and market share, the commercialization of all editorial decisions. Now that they’re armed with big data and science, corporate bosses are able to figure out how
many people are watching which minute of which segment. An analytics service called Chartbeat gives webmasters instantaneous access to those on the other side of the screen by providing real-time data on their mouse clicks, time spent reading or watching and even their location. In his fun upcoming book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter at The Times, offers a vivid portrait of the charming and depressed curmudgeon. Itzkoff has great anecdotes about Faye Dunaway’s prima donna paranoia about the most brilliant lovework sex scene in movie history. And he dishes up fun factoids, like how Howard Beale got his name from the mother-daughter duo, “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Beale, and how Peter Finch flubbed and added an extra “as” to one of the most famous lines in movie history, which Chayefsky wrote this way: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.” The Bronx-born writer, who died of cancer in 1981, was bedraggled and “built like an office safe,” as the director Joshua Logan put it. He did exhaustive research into networks in New York but then had to film the movie at a Toronto TV station once the American networks realized the piece was a Strangelovey dirge. Chayefsky said his 1976 masterpiece was “a rage against the dehumanization of people” addicted to “boredom-killing” devices – a dehumanization that has gone to warp speed as we have entered the cloud. He said it was about “how to protect ourselves” from “the illusion we sell as truth.” That illusion is ever more pervasive as people believe and spread wacky viral content like snow-covered Pyramids, a half-toilet in Sochi and a story about Samsung paying Apple a billion-dollar fine in nickels. Chayefsky warned against “comicalizing the news,” noting, “To make a gag out of the news is disreputable and extremely destructive.” But real news became so diminished that young people turned to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to learn about what was going on in the world. Colbert told Itzkoff that “Network” is his favorite movie. Although Howard Beale is not an inspiration for his bombastic TV alter ego, Colbert said that the Beale character anticipated an attitude those types of broadcasters share, which is “I will tell you what to think.” Beale’s approach, the comic said, was more “quasi-benevolent,” as in “I’m going to remind you that you’re being anesthetized right now.” If Paddy, who used to say “truth is truth,” could see how far beyond “Network” we’ve gone, he would not only be mad as hell. He’d be scared as hell.
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A Penny for Your Thoughts
News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross
Every year, elected officials from Virginia’s local governments trek to Richmond for what is known as VACo/VML Legislative Day, an opportunity to buttonhole Senators and Delegates about how issues under consideration at the General Assembly affect localities. More than 400 supervisors, city and town council members, and administrators gathered last Thursday to learn more about activities at the Capitol, and hear a luncheon speech from our new governor, Terry McAuliffe. Nearly all local jurisdictions belong to either the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) or the Virginia Municipal League (VML), whose professional legislative staff keep a close eye on bills snaking their way through the arcane process in Richmond. Of intense interest this year are bills that would reduce or remove local authority in land use and zoning decisions, as well as budget amendments that would fund more realistic costs for transportation, insurance, and utilities. On the technical side, unfunded liabilities for teacher retirement plans in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), are being pushed down to the local level by the state. Such action makes the state’s balance sheet look great, while nearly bankrupting smaller jurisdictions that now must carry the former state debt on their books. Without a legislative change, an estimated $13 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities will be assigned to the school divisions, and must appear on the financial reports of localities beginning next year. One interesting piece of information gleaned on Thursday was a bill that would allow residents and businesses of other states to file requests
and receive documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Currently, the state and localities have to fill FOIA requests from citizens of the Commonwealth and the media, but not for persons who live out of state. FOIA requests take significant staff time to respond, and out of state companies often use the information for their own sales purposes. The statutory timeframe for responding to FOIA requests, usually five to seven days, means that staff are taken from their regular responsibilities to respond to FOIA inquiries, reducing the amount of time they have to serve constituents in the community. The Virginia FOIA Advisory Council declined to endorse the legislation, and late in the day, the House Subcommittee on General Laws continued the bill to 2015. One delightful new event at VACo/VML Day was an invitation from Governor McAuliffe for a late-day reception at the Executive Mansion. Longtime elected officials could not remember the last time a sitting Virginia governor had extended such a gracious invitation. The mansion is on the grounds of the Capitol, and underwent an extensive renovation in 1998. In those genteel and historic surroundings, elected officials had one-on-one conversations with Governor McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, and Secretary of Education Anne Holton. Such bi-partisan social occasions build valuable relationships between state and local level officials, as we face future challenges together. Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at email@example.com.
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We Need Stronger Regulations by the EPA By James P. Moran
Eighty-two tons of coal ash poured out of the Dan River Steam Station’s 27 acre waste pond and into the Dan River on the VirginiaCarolina border last week in the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history. Water carrying high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury, selenium, and many other deadly toxins are being carried downstream and into towns like Danville, Virginia. Coal-fired power plants like the Dan River Steam Station are the single largest source of both air and water pollution in this country. These power plants are responsible for over half the toxic pollution dumped into our rivers, lakes, and streams every year, impairing hundreds of bodies of water across the country annually. Additionally, 40 percent of our country’s carbon pollution, fueling irreversible global climate change, comes from coal-fired power plants. Utility providers store coal ash, a byproduct of coal burning, in large open air basins, often near
major waterways. While some utilities have invested in improved technologies, stripping toxins from the water, too many rely on these outdated and ineffective treatment methods that leave acres of contaminated waste water stored perilously close to our drinking water. This practice has proven ineffective at separating the toxins produced from burning coal from the water that is eventually, and as in the case of the Dan River Steam Station, accidentally, discharged into our sources of drinking water. Stronger EPA standards are critical for enforcing the use of modern, affordable treatment technologies that remove these hazards and protect our waterways. When the levees securing these basins fail, the consequences can be catastrophic. High profile spills have ruined millions of gallons of drinking water in towns throughout Appalachia. A similar spill in Tennessee in 2008 poured a billion gallons of coal ash into the Clinch River. In 2000, a ruptured basin
dumped over 300 million gallons of coal slurry into the Tug Fork River. These are not isolated cases. For years, science has shaped environmental regulations through EPA’s use of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. Unfortunately, special interests have orchestrated misinformation campaigns to scare consumers and roll back the very same environmental protections that would prevent disasters like these. Despite all of this, poll after poll shows Virginia voters support reducing pollution and protecting our air and water. We cannot continue allowing third party interests and Tea Party extremists to erode our environmental protections. The EPA needs to set stronger regulations that would drastically reduce the amount of toxic and harmful pollutants discharged into our rivers, lakes, and streams. This would eliminate billions of tons in unnecessary, unwanted, and dangerous pollution each year, making thousands of miles of waterways safer.
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Senator Dick Saslaw’s
Richmond Report From fox penning to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, a diverse array of legislation has made its way through the Senate of Virginia. The same is true for the House of Delegates. Now that we enter crossover, both chambers will review any approved legislation from the other house. Additionally, the budget bill is working its way through each Chamber and will be reconciled before the final gavel falls on March 8. One of the most significant developments this session was the Senate reorganization following the elections of Jennifer Wexton and Lynwood Lewis to fill the vacated seats of Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring in the Senate. Following precedent set by Senate Republicans in the 2012 Session, Senate Democrats used the tie-breaking power of the Lieutenant Governor to reshape committee assignments. Democrats now chair and make up a majority of most committees in the Senate. Medicaid expansion remains a highly contentious issue at the capital. Thousands of Virginians – mostly working poor, seniors and others stand to benefit from expansion. If the legislature embraces expansion, 25,200 veterans and their spouses would qualify for health coverage through Medicaid. Moreover, there are 41,721 adults in the 35th District alone who would gain health coverage through expansion. The Department of Medical Assistance Services reports Virginia would save nearly $1 billion by 2022 by expanding the health program. It makes absolutely no sense to continue resisting this initiative. If the legislature fails to expand Medicaid, the costs of emergency medical care for the uninsured, are going to continue to fall on businesses and insured individuals. Mental health reform is making its way through the legislature. An omnibus bill, SB260, being carried by Senator Creigh Deeds contains a package of reforms aimed at enhancing service in our mental health system. The bill passed the Senate without any opposition. One significant change is extending the time of an emergency custody order from 4 hours to 24 hours. This bill will also establish a bed registry that would
make it easier for community services boards to locate a bed for a patient. Additionally, it mandates that the community services boards spend no less than four hours searching for a bed, and if they fail to find one, then the Department of Behavioral Health and Human Services shall be contacted. The Department will assist the community services boards in finding a bed, and if no bed can be located by the last hour of an emergency custody order, then the Department may place an individual in a state facility. These initiatives are necessary to insure that Virginia provides the best care for its patients, as well as maintains public safety. In response to what is now known as “gift-gate,” ethics reform is another top priority for the Session. A bill (SB649) has passed the Senate that would establish the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. The Council would be tasked with oversight of gifts to legislators from lobbyists and other persons, post disclosure forms online, and provide opinions, advice, and education. It also requires gifts to immediate family members to be disclosed, and limits tangible gifts to legislators and certain executive officers to $250. Having served for a good many years, let me just say that I cannot recall any instance when a registered lobbyist was the cause of misconduct by an elected official. I believe that either a person has a correctly calibrated moral compass or not. The House has its own version of a reform bill so nothing is cut in stone yet. In the remaining weeks of this General Assembly, the state budget will be at the forefront as debate begins on allocating funds. Members of the legislature have introduced well over $2 billion in amendments to the proposed budget. I am confident that the budget process will reflect the Senate’s history of compromise and moderation combined with compassion and fiscal responsibility. *** Town Hall Meeting – This Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. – noon at Sleepy Hollow Elementary. See you there! Senator Saslaw represents the 35th District in the Virginia State Senate. He may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Will Bigotry Stop Sam?
With polls showing that nearly 70 percent of people under the age of 30 support marriage equality, it was only a matter of time before an openly gay college star entered the draft of a major sports league. That happened Sunday when University of Missouri’s Michael Sam, the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, announced that he is gay and that he will try to play in the National Football League. At 6’3” and 260 pounds, only pure bigotry would keep Sam from being drafted. Of course, no team’s management will outright admit to blacklisting. I suspect that many owners will parrot a YouTube video commenter, by using the language of cold, sterile business-speak to mask bigotry. “He probably won’t be drafted to an NFL team,” said the commenter. “No team wants the media circus that will come with this guy. It will be a huge distraction to the team and locker room. I have nothing against the guy, it’s just strictly not a smart business decision to get involved with him.” First, the idea that Sam will be a distraction that would harm the team’s unity is preposterous. NFL teams always have controversies and side dramas that rarely stop them from thriving. The most vivid example is Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, whose tirade against San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree dominated the headlines leading up to the Super Bowl. Indeed, it is difficult to think of a bigger distraction that took the focus away from the big game – yet Seattle crushed the Denver Broncos 48-8. Second, it is laughable to suggest that players won’t work hard and would risk their lucrative careers because a gay man is on the team. With an average NFL career little more than three years, the idea that players aren’t going to give it their all on each snap is downright foolish. Third, if the young college players and coaches at Mizzou had the maturity to accept Sam, earn a 12-2 record, and win the Cotton Bowl, the adults in the NFL ought not to have an issue. Sure, there will be a few players who will have trouble wrapping their concussed brains around the concept. New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma responded to Sam’s announcement by saying “I think he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted.” Such comments go to show that if dissension is caused in the locker room, it won’t likely be from Sam, but other players who are expressing bigotry at the expense of the team. A good coach who teaches discipline can put a stop to this nonsense and ensure a safe work environment for all players. After all, isn’t the NFL referred to as “professional” football? Those who can’t behave like businessmen in an adult workplace do not belong in the league. Sam received support this week from President Obama, but so did Jason Collins who tried to become the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association. Unfortunately, prejudice prevailed and no one picked up Collins, who was a free agent. This is outrageous considering the inferior product the NBA Eastern Conference has put on the court this season. Couldn’t an underachieving, boring team going nowhere fast, such as the New York Knicks, sign Collins to a contract? The Knicks (20-31) are a sorry group that is 27th out of 30 teams in rebounds and is regularly showered by boos at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks could use the seven-foot Collins to help with their subpar rebounding, as well as add some excitement by breaking an historic barrier in an otherwise forgettable season. Of course, it is easy for NBA general managers to claim that Collins’ age – he is 35 – is the reason for their lack of interest (and for some teams it may even be true). However, Sam is an accomplished NCAA athlete at the peak of his athletic powers. If he isn’t drafted, he should sue the NFL for discrimination. His lawyers could create a chart showing that virtually all college players of similar size and on-field accomplishment were taken high in the NFL draft. Finally, it is outright bizarre that some players, scouts, and management will claim that locker room homophobia is necessary for team cohesiveness. How has loudly proclaiming that one does not sleep with men and dehumanizing those that do lead to successful teams? If anything, such bullying and ignorance puts off more intelligent teammates, who simply go along with the stupidity to get along. Having a player like Sam will finally free players with higher IQs to state how they really feel about childish anti-gay slurs and locker room bullying. It is time the NFL grows up and demands players and coaches stop spewing anti-gay offensive lines, while making it clear that Sam must get his chance to prove he can play on the defensive line.
Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark
My friends who own one of Arlington’s most historic homes opened it up last month to neighbors long-curious about what 163-year-old “Maple Shade” is like on the inside. Though many doubtless came for the accompanying talk by County Board candidate Alan Howze, I was pleased to offer the standing-room crowd at 2230 N. Powhatan St. some details and mythbusting on the lives of local forebears. The white colonnaded “early classical revival” manse was built as a farmhouse in 1851 by Virginia militia Capt. Henry Febrey. Born to one of Arlington’s most important 19thcentury land-owning families – Febreys deeded much of today’s Westover and Dominion Hills areas flanking Washington and Wilson boulevards – Henry and his wife Margaret Payne raised 11 children in the home. Their cotton farm of 177 acres between modern Lexington Street and Quantico relied on slaves (a story survives of a homebuilder a few decades ago discovering ancient shackles in a backyard on Madison Street and failing to preserve them). Aside from serving in the 175th militia, Henry Febrey served
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what in his time was Alexandria County as a justice of the peace. He attended Dulin United Methodist Church, still open on East Broad Street in Falls Church. Henry was also the sole Febrey to side with the Confederacy during the Civil War, and therein lies a tale. The richest source for the story of Maple Shade is the 1959 book Arlington Heritage by Eleanor Lee Templeman. I have long proclaimed myself a Templeman fan. (I was probably the last to interview her, having phoned her on a reporting assignment in 1990 and heard her say, “I’m sick in bed but I’ll talk to you.” A week later I read her obituary.) But her write-up on Maple Shade may have gone astray. Because of action during the Battle of Munson’s Hill (a minor clash fought in autumn 1861 on the edges of Arlington and Bailey’s Crossroads), Henry Febrey’s home “bears within its walls hidden scars,” Templeman wrote. “One shot came through the dining room and sheared off the leg of a table set for dinner, without disturbing the meal thereon.” The current owners of the elegant (and very livable) home, Steve and Nancy Etkin,
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CRIME REPORT Week of February 3 – 9, 2014 Public Drunkenness, 300 Park Ave. (Falls Church City Hall) On Feb. 7, a male, 31, no fixed address, was arrested for Public Drunkenness. Larceny from Building, 7130 Leesburg Pike (Mary Ellen Henderson) On Feb. 7, cash was stolen from a locker room. Assault & Battery, 1000 block W. Broad St. On Feb. 7, a male, 18, of Burke, was arrested and released on summons for Assault & Battery. Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Public Drunkenness, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Liquor Law Violations, 205 Hillwood Ave. (Marriott Town Place Suites) On Feb. 8, police responded to the area for a report of excessive noise.
A female, 19, of Falls Church; a female, 18, of Falls Church; a male, 20, of Falls Church; a male, 20, of Falls Church; and a male, 19, of Falls Church, were arrested and released on summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol. A male, 22, of Falls Church, was arrested and released on summons for Contributing to the the Delinquency of a Minor. While officers were conducting the investigation, a male, 22, of Springfield, assaulted two officers. The suspect was arrested for two counts of Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Public Drunkenness. Driving Under the Influence, 6600 block Wilson Blvd. On Feb. 8, an officer conducted a traffic stop for a motor vehicle violation. The driver, a male, 30, of Arlington, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
despite executing countless historically respectful renovations inside and out, have never found “scars.” My efforts with Arlington Public Library archivists to nail down the claim came up dry. But give Templeman credit for describing how the home evolved after it passed from the Febreys in 1919. A buyer named Albert Paxton began improvements that included reversing the front and back entrances and adding columns, dormer windows and a rooftop balustrade. The name “Maple Shade” grew from the “stately grove of trees framing it.” As the neighborhood suburbanized in the 1950s, a subdivision sprung up around the site as ownership turned over from Paxton to Coxen to Hoge to Logtens and, finally, in 1984, Etkins. Even when adding a carport, Steve and Nancy preserved the design’s integrity. He showed me what seems an early ‘50s snapshot showing horses in the front corral. Not all passersby realize it, but remnants of two stone columns that once marked entry to the farm stand today at Quantico and North 22nd Road. Maple Shade is among the few Arlington homes with real (closable) shutters. It’s worth a peek – even if you don’t get inside. Vandalism to Vehicle, 1216 W. Broad St. (Pietanza) On Feb. 8, police received a report that a cigarette butt was thrown into a vehicle and burned part of the upholstery. Smoking In a Non-Designated Area, 6757 Wilson Blvd. (Café Le Mirage) On Feb. 9, a male, 40, of Springfield, was arrested and released on summons for Permitting Smoking In a NonDesignated Area. Public Drunkenness, 103 W. Columbia St. (Columbia Baptist Church) On Feb. 9, a male, 31, no fixed address, was arrested for Public Drunkenness. Larceny from Building, 155 Hillwood Ave. (Halalco Supermarket) On Feb. 9, an unattended purse was stolen.
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Business News & Notes Crisp & Juicy Relocating to Tysons Station Shopping Center Crisp & Juicy is relocating its Broad Street restaurant to 7500 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Station Shopping Center. As reported in the last edition of the News-Press, the current Crisp & Juicy site at 913 W. Broad Street will become an Einstein Bros. Bagels in March. Crisp & Juicy operates six Peruvian chicken restaurants in Maryland and another one in Virginia at 4540 Lee Highway in Arlington. For more information, visit crispjuicy. com. For more information about Einstein Bros. Bagels see the February 6 – 12 edition of the Falls Church News-Press or visit einsteinbros.com.
F.C. Police Chief, Officer to be Featured Speakers at Chamber Luncheon Falls Church City Police Chief Mary Gavin and Officer James Brooks will be the featured speakers at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, February 18. The presentation will include safety measures that business owners and managers can implement to protect their businesses and employees. The luncheon will take place Tuesday, February 18 from 11:30 – 1:15pm at the Italian Café, 7161 Lee Highway. Tickets with reservations are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should seating be available. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit www.FallsChurchChamber.org.
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Arlington Chamber President Steps Down After 23 Years After 23 years as president of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Rich Doud will retire from his position effective May 15, 2014. Doud has served as the Chamber’s President since September of 1990. Under his leadership, the Chamber has made a number of achievements, including creating the Arlington Business Hall of Fame to recognize impactful business leaders in the community, developing the Community Action Committee to build stronger relationships between businesses and nonprofits, ensuring firm financial stability for the Chamber, and founding Leadership Arlington. 2014 Chamber Chair Tim Hughes of Bean, Kinney & Korman, will head a search committee seeking candidates to fill Doud’s position. Plans for a celebration honoring the long time Arlington Chamber leader will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.arlingtonchamber.org.
Mad Fox Announces 4th Barleywine Festival Mad Fox Brewing Company has announced that its 4th Annual Barleywine Festival will be held Saturday, February 22 (two sessions: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and Sunday, February 23 (10 a.m. – 11 p.m.). The two-day event will feature Mad Fox’s own Barleywines, the last keg of its Oak-aged Slobberknocker, and some favorites from more than 30 other breweries selected by the brewery team, led by CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden and Head Brewer Charlie Buettner. Barleywines are strong beers typically brewed for special occasions, such as coronations, and seasonally, for holiday celebrations. Admission is free. Samplings and festival-specific specials along with its usual menu options will be offered both days. A preview event will be held Thursday, February 20 from 3 – 9 p.m. Mad Fox is located at 444 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information, visit madfoxbrewing.com.
Rutherford to Make Md. Lieutenant Governor Run Benton Potter & Murdock, P.C., has announced that Boyd Rutherford, of Counsel with the firm, is running for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor for the State of Maryland. Larry Hogan, Jr., announced Rutherford as his running mate when he announced his own candidacy for Maryland Governor. The two previously worked together as cabinet Secretaries in the Administration of Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, where Rutherford served as the Secretary of the Department of General Services. His inclusion on the Gubernatorial ticket has been termed “a solid pick” (Professor Todd Eberly, St. Mary’s College ) and as “enhancing the ticket” (Maryland Reporter). For more information, please contact Rutherford at email@example.com. Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at sally@ fallschurchchamber.org.
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School News & Notes
WHEN THE FALLS CHURCH CITY SCHOOL BOARD ARRIVED AT WORK for their regular meeting this week they found appreciation in the form of signs, cards, and homemade goodies. All students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Mount Daniel School signed giant posters which adorned the Council Chambers. (FCCPS Photo)
Mason Scholastic Bowl Takes 2nd at Regionals George Mason High School’s scholastic bowl team went 6-1 at the 2A East Region tournament last Saturday at Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, earning the team a spot at the state tournament on Feb. 22 at The College of William and Mary. Mason finished second to the host team, ending a two-and-a-half-year win streak for the Mustangs. The last time Mason’s scholastic bowl team lost was to Clarke County High School on Nov. 21, 2011. Mason was dominant in every game except the loss to Maggie Walker, a national quiz bowl power and perennial AAA finalist until being reclassified as 2A for this year. Mason beat Prince Edward County High School 310-80, Goochland High School 325-85, and Robert E. Lee High School 285-130 before losing to Maggie Walker 280-140. Mason then beat Clarke County 300-150 to set up a game against the only other one-loss team left, Nandua High School. After falling behind early, GM’s team came roaring back to dominate Nandua 310-120 to guarantee second place and a spot at the state tournament. They then finished the round robin format, defeating Riverheads High School 280-165, to finish the day 6-1 and take the runner-up spot in the 2A East Region. The team was led in scoring
by its seniors Alex Warren and Elinore McLain, with scoring help from senior Matt Earman and junior Jarman Taylor. The team is coached by Jamie Scharff.
Lena Burleson, Gwyneth Pasch, and Michelle Graham. Hoak, a freshman, was also selected to audition for state band in February at James Madison University.
F.C. City Schools Musicians Participate in District Chorus
MEH’s Castillo Awarded for Scholastic Writing
A select group of student musicians was chosen to participate in District Chorus this past weekend at Hayfield Secondary School. Musicians representing Falls Church City Public Schools there were Jonathan Gilmour, Ian Hokaj, Arijeet Sensharma, Meagan Pierce, Ruthie Miller, Alec Reusch, Sabine Wills, Lydia Gompper, Michael AddoAshong, Claudia Gusman, Katy Callahan, Cassandre Rice, and Chloe Sanders.
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School seventh-grader Annie Castillo recently received a Gold Keys Award, a Silver Keys Award, and an Honorable Mention Award in the prestigious DC Regional Scholastic Writing contest. Her Gold Keys Award-winning essay, “Wishing Grapes,” will be adjudicated on the national level.
7 Mason Musicians Make District X Honor Band Seven George Mason High School musicians successfully auditioned into the District X District Band. More than 800 musicians auditioned for this select honor band, which convened earlier this month at Hayfield Secondary School in an event that culminated in an afternoon concert. Musicians representing George Mason High School there were Noah Saberhagen, Max Hendrix, Arijeet Sensharma, Lucy Hoak,
F.C. Ed Foundation Donates iPads to Mason MAX The George Mason High School MAX (Mustangs Achieving eXcellence) program recently received a gift of iPads and financial support in the form of a grant from the Falls Church Education Foundation. Mason MAX meet twice a week after school for structured sessions aimed at enhancing literacy skill with a focus on comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. The students are using various literacy apps such as one specifically designed to strengthen vocabulary of words often found on the SAT. Their teachers are Marleah Liebner and Courtney Benedick.
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Mason Girls Basketball Ties for District Top Spot by Drew Costley
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George Mason High School’s varsity girls basketball team tied with Clarke County High School for the Bull Run District regular season title after the Mustangs lost their second district matchup of the season last Thursday. The Mustangs’ 57-53 loss to Warren County High School last week was only their second in the district since the 2010-11 season, but has given the Bull Run District playoffs renewed importance. Several Mustang players said their team came out flat against the Warren County Wildcats. “There was a lacking of energy, and Warren County came out ... hungry for that win,” said junior forward Katie Goodwin, who led the Mustangs in scoring with 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Wildcats. “It was their senior night. They gave it everything they’ve got.” Warren County, who ended the season in third place in the district, is the only team in the district to beat both George Mason and the Clarke County Eagles. Warren County’s win against the Mustangs last Thursday put George Mason and Clarke County into a tie for the regular season district title and first place in Conference 35. The Mustangs won their firstround matchup in the district tournament by defeating Manassas Park High School 57-28 on Monday. The Cougars were only down 13-7 at the end of the first period, but were outscored by the Mustangs 24-5 in the second quarter and never got back in the game. The Mustangs went on a 10-0 run in the last three minutes of the first half. They also committed 15 turn-
overs in the first half, which they attempted to correct after halftime. “We tried to focus more on our passing, to not make as crazy passes and to really control the ball more,” said junior forward Micaela Albright, who led the Mustangs in scoring with 12 points against the Cougars. Freshman guard Coral Gillette added nine points and senior guard Julianna Rollo added seven points to the Mustangs’ tally. “I thought our defense [played] really well. We started talking towards the end of the game,” Rollo said. “I thought on offense we did pretty well. Our shots weren’t always falling but we kept shooting.” The Mustangs went on to beat Strasburg High School 57-31 in the semifinals of the district playoffs on Tuesday. Goodwin led the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 13 rebounds. George Mason held Strasburg to 17 points in the first half. “We played great defense … [and] played an all-around good game,” said Mason Head Coach LaBryan Thomas. The Mustangs moved on to play the Clarke County Eagles in the district championship on Wednesday at Strasburg, but results of the game were not available at press time. Under the Virginia High School League’s realignment, which went into effect this season, schools were organized into new regions and organized into conferences instead of districts. The outcome of the conference tournaments determines who moves on to the regional playoffs, whereas in the past the outcome of district tournaments determined the regional competitors. Under the realignment, districts were free to continue organizing
Mason Wrestler Wins Conference Crown The George Mason High School wrestling team traveled to Strasburg High School last Saturday to compete in the Conference 35 tournament. Although a number of missing weights hindered the Mustangs from a team perspective, many quality individual performances were turned in, including a firstplace finish by Mason’s Max Aifer.
Max Aifer was the top athlete in the 138-pound weight class. Seniors Jack Stricker (152 pounds) and Grant Hagler (160 pounds) and sophomore Tiffanie Chau-Dang (106 pounds) all finished third, while Jacob Willson, Jack Dana, www.fcnp.com and Lee Hagler came in fourth. The wrestlers begin regional competition this Friday in Strasburg.
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Mason senior guard Jaya Chavern attempts to dribble past freshman guard Jessica Tibbs and sophomore forward Paulina Geoffrey. The Mustangs outscored the Cougars 24-5 in the second quarter to finish out the first half up 37-12. (Photo: Drew Costley) ference at the end of the regular season, the district tournament has become more important for both teams: Whichever team wins the tournament gets the top seed in the conference tournament. “We hold our own destiny in our hands. All we have to do is win out,” said Thomas. “If we win out, more than likely we’ll be the number one seed in the conference and that’s big because the number
one seed in the conference gets a [first-round] bye.” Along with the first-round bye is an automatic berth to the Region 2A East tournament. Every other team in the Conference 35 playoffs has to at least advance to the semifinal round to make it to the regional playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of the district playoffs, the Mustangs open up the Conference 35 playoffs at home on Monday.
Marshall Wins Conference Gymnastics Championship
(8.875), and third in all-around (33.975). Freshman Lindsay Price finished fourth on vault with a score of 8.750. Stahl and Howard competed in regionals last year, with Stahl advancing to and placing at the state level. Marshall finished in first place with a total score of 136.775. Mount Vernon was second with 124.075. These two teams will move on to the 5A North regional championships this Friday, Feb. 14, at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Although individual gymnasts from Marshall have advanced to regionals and states in recent years, this marks the first time since 1977 that Marshall will advance as a team to regional competition.
their schedules according to their traditional districts and playing district postseason tournaments, but the outcome of the regular season and postseason play would not necessarily have an impact on the conference, regional, or state playoff qualification or seeding. In theory, this would make district play a formality. But because George Mason and Clarke County were tied for first place in the district and con-
Forty varsity gymnasts from eight schools competed in the first-ever Conference 13 championships, following the VHSL realignment, last Monday, Feb. 3, and the team from George C. Marshall High School came out on top. With the victory, the Marshall team advances to the regional championship, marking the first time in nearly 40 years that the team has done so. The competition, which took place at Mount Vernon High School, saw gymnasts from the following schools compete:
Thomas Edison, Falls Church, Robert E. Lee, George C. Marshall, Mount Vernon, J.E.B. Stuart, and Wakefield high schools, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Marshall junior Morgan Stahl placed first on vault (9.5), bars (9.2), and beam (9.775), and also took first in all-around with a total score of 37.700. Senior cocaptain Casey Howard placed first on floor exercise with a score of 9.525. Freshman Kiran Sullivan placed fourth on uneven bars (7.900), second on beam
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Eagles Bump Mustangs from District Hoops Tourney by Drew Costley
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George Mason High School’s boys varsity basketball team was eliminated from the Bull Run District tournament in the opening round by Clarke County High School on Monday in a 53-33 defeat. The Mustangs’ loss was their second straight by double digits – they lost 54-38 to Warren County High School on Friday. The Clarke County Eagles were up 12-10 after a first quarter in which both teams traded scores throughout the period. Eagles senior guard Josh Gray scored the first basket of the second quarter to go up 14-10 and Mustang sophomore forward Robert Tartt hit a basket to bring the score to 14-12. But the Mustangs were held scoreless for the rest of the second quarter while the Eagles went on a 12-point run, topped off by a rebounded tip-in by Eagles senior center Colton Chrane at the end of the half. “We only scored 12 first-half [points] in our house; that’s not going to win any games,” Tartt said. He was the leading scorer on either team with 16 points. The Mustangs play the Eagles next Monday at home in the opening round of the Conference 35 tournament. “We just need to work on bringing 110 percent every time we play. ... It’s not like we can’t beat them,” Tartt said. “We went to their house and beat them by eight [or] 10
points. They come here and we just weren’t ready to play. We can’t do that. We have to come out here ready to play every single night.” Junior guard Sean McDonald led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points and was followed by senior guard Morgan Warfield with 14 points. Chrane added 10 points to the Eagles’ tally. “Eight really bad quarters in a row in the last 72 hours … it’s – it’s disturbing – I guess that’s one way to put it,” said Mason Head Coach Chris Capannola. The Mustangs’ 16-point loss to the Warren County Wildcats was their second loss to a district opponent at home and third loss at home to anyone all season. Both teams were tied at 15 in the middle of the second quarter when the Wildcats went on a 10-4 run to finish out the first half up 25-19. The Wildcats got ahead by as much as 10 by the middle of the third quarter, but the Mustangs inched back into the game throughout the rest of that period. Junior guard Marcus Zack-Russell hit a 3-pointer – the first score of the fourth quarter – to get the Mustangs within five points of the lead. But Warren County answered George Mason’s buckets with scores of its own and went on a 13-2 run to close out the game. “I thought that was one of the gutsiest performances that we’ve had all year,” said Warren County
Mason sophomore guard Josh Allen attempts to drive into the lane flanked by two Eagles defenders, senior guards Josh Gray and Morgan Warfield. The Mustangs beat the Eagles twice during the regular season, lost to them in the district playoffs, and play them again at home next week to open the Conference 35 playoffs. (Photo: Drew Costley) Head Coach Vernon Mathews. “So I was really proud of my team.” Wildcats senior guard Jontae Rollins led all scorers with 17 points against the Mustangs and was followed by senior guard
Casey Stewart, who scored 16 points. Senior forward Blake Steele added 10 points to the Wildcats’ tally. Tartt and sophomore center Douglas Bossart led the Mustangs with 10 points apiece against the
Wildcats. Before this duo of double-digit losses, the Mustangs were on the winning side of a 73-47 blowout against Madison County High School last Wednesday.
Colleges Sign 2 F.C. High Athletes Last week, two Falls Church High School athletes were signed to college programs. Jordan Coneys declared his commitment to West Virginia State University for football and Grace McGuire
signed with Utah State University for soccer. Starting from his freshmen year, Coneys has been a member of the boys basketball and football programs. Among many honors
earned throughout his four years, this fall Coneys made first team All-Conference, was selected as the Conference player of the year, made first team All-Region, ranks in the state as seventh in the history of VHSL for receptions, was selected to the All-Met team, and made first team All-State. Coneys has been a dynamic student, getting involved in both the sports programs and the performing arts his freshmen year. Teachers were immediately impressed by his performance in the classroom as well. He is always willing to assist a classmate, is highly involved in activities through the Leadership class, and has pushed himself in AP classes. During her freshman year, McGuire played both varsity softball and varsity soccer in the same season while also playing club and state team soccer. She helped the team by playing midfield while she shared time with a senior keeper as a freshman. Each year she has
Falls Church High School athletes Jordan Coneys (left) and Grace McGuire (right) were signed to college programs last week. (Courtesy Photos) improved and at times single-handedly kept Falls Church in games. She received first team All-District honors as a junior and was also on the All-Met team that same year. In the classroom, she has excelled in
the Leadership class. Her involvement in sports and school activities is balanced while she also maintains a 4.17 GPA as she challenges herself through honors and AP classes.
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Community Events Thursday, February 13 Children’s Story Time. Ages 2 – 5 years. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 10:30 a.m. 703248-5034. Play Time. Children ages birth – 5 years can learn early literacy skills through play in a play time by Early Learning Center. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Children’s Story Time. Children ages 2 – 5 years can take part in a Mandarin-language story time by Language Stars. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 1:30 p.m. 703-248-5034. Arts Event. Falls Church Arts will host its “Loving Art Eve(nt)” with activities, food, and music as part of its all-members show on display this month. ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). 7 p.m. fallschurcharts. org.
Friday, February 14 Fruit Sale. American Legion Post 270 will sell citrus fruit to benefit charities. Through Feb. 15. American Legion Post 270 (1355
Balls Hill Road, McLean). 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 703-356-8259. Cabaret Fundraiser. A cabaret fundraiser to support Creative Cauldron will feature the musical trio Three for a Song playing a selection of Tin Pan Alley tunes. A selection of desserts will be offered. ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). $35. 8 p.m. creativecauldron.org. Storytelling and Dessert. At “Love Hath Many Faces,” participants can listen to love stories by candlelight in the historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse parlor and enjoy light refreshments and an offering of chocolate desserts in the dining room. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). $17. 8 – 10 p.m. 703248-5171.
Saturday, February 15 F.C. Farmers’ Market. Vendors offer fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, and wine. City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). Free admission. 9 a.m. – noon. 703248-5077. Dance Performance. The Polynesian dance troupe Hui
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O Ka Pua ‘Ilima will perform traditional and contemporary songs and dances of Hawaii and the Polynesian islands of New Zealand and Tahiti as part of Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World festival. ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). $20; $18 for students and seniors. 7:30 p.m. creativecauldron.org.
Sunday, February 16 “Tales from the Pacific Islands.” Creative Cauldron will join forces with Vivian Takafuji and her professional Polynesian dance troupe, Ta’ata Roiroi, for an interactive afternoon of storytelling, music, and dance from Tahiti, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). $10. 2 p.m. creativecauldron.org.
Tuesday, February 18 Children’s Story Time. Ages 18 – 36 months. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5034. Play Time. Children ages birth – 5 years can learn early literacy skills through play in a play time
by Early Learning Center. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Meeting. Jennifer Hammond will give a presentation titled “From Newcomers to Natives: The 19th Century American Experience of the German-Jewish Immigrants of Temple Beth El, Alexandria, VA.” Hollin Hall Senior Center (1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria). Free. 1 p.m. 703-866-2478.
Wednesday, February 19 Wiggle Worm Story Time. Highoctane stories, games, music, and movement will entertain children ages 3 – 4 years. Registration required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 2 p.m. 703-248-5034. NARFE Meeting. Chapter 401 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will host speaker Trevor Major, travel consultant for Shillelaghs Travel Club. Kemper Macon-Ware Masonic Lodge (411 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Free. Noon. 703-578-1942.
Theater Fine Arts Thursday, February 13
“Twelfth Night.” Set in the roaring ’20s, “Twelfth Night” tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. This production has no dialogue. Through Feb. 16. Synetic Theater (1800 S. Bell St., Arlington). $45 – $60. 7 p.m. synetictheater.org.
“Tribes.” Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia – who’s going deaf herself – Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music,
and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language. Through March 2. The Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $49. 8 p.m. studiotheatre.org.
Friday, February 14
“La Cage aux Folles.” Georges, the owner of a popular drag nightclub in San Tropez, and Albin, the club’s star, have lived in unwedded bliss for 20 years. Jean-Michel, the son they have raised together, throws the happy household into hilarious turmoil by announcing that he is going to marry the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. Through Feb. 16. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). $18 – $20. 8 p.m. McLeanPlayers.org.
“Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins.” The delightfully demented diva and real-life eccentric heiress Florence Foster Jenkins fancied herself a coloratura soprano but was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Her growing mob of followers packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter – which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. Her concerts in the 1930s and ‘40s included a legendary appearance at Carnegie Hall. Told affectionately through the eyes of her longtime accompanist, “Souvenir” is the sweet and inspiring – and yes, hilarious – portrait of a passionate music lover who believed that “what matters most is the music you hear in your head.” Through March 2. 1st Stage Theater (1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean). $15 – $27. 8 p.m. 1ststagetysons.org.
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live_music&nightlife Thursday, February 13 Galactic with Ryan Montbleau. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $30. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. Buckwheat Zydeco. The Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna). $28. 8 p.m. 703-938-2404. End Crimes and Thee Lolitas. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $10. 8 p.m. 202-667-7960. Jr. Cline, Sandra Dean, and Ben Mason. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:15 p.m. 703-241-9504. History Repeated, El Quatro, and Monsters From the Surf. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703-5228340. Tommy Rothman. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.
Friday, February 14 eddie from ohio with Jake Armerding. Through Feb. 16. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $37.50. 7:30 p.m. 703549-7500. Jesse Winchester. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $22. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Chaise Lounge. The Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna). $25. 8 p.m. 703-938-2404. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band. Iota
Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $15. 8:30 p.m. 703-5228340. Dead Cat Bounce. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. The Black Angels and Roky Erickson and the Hounds of Baskerville with Golden Animals. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $25. 9 p.m. 202-667-7960. Machet Reggae. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333. Feed God Cabbage. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). 10 p.m. 703-255-1566.
Saturday, February 15 Patsy’s Honkytonk Torch and Twang. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Jay Nash. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7 p.m. 703255-1566. John Eaton. The Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna). $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-938-2404. Cactus Liquors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Bruce in the USA. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $21. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300.
Mud Rey with westmain and Lauren Calve. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 9 p.m. 703-522-8340. Cibo Matto with Salt Cathedral. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $20. 9 p.m. 202667-7960. Jeff Lefler. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.
Sunday, February 16 Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Luke Brindley, Todd Wright, Anthony Fiacco, and Josh Johnston. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $16. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. StereoRiots. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $10. 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Memphis Gold. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Mitten Fields and Positive No. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m. 703-5258646.
Monday, February 17 Feed God Cabbage, Carter Louthian, Hoonie Kim and Madeleine Chalk, and Ivy and Ariana. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple
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Ave. E, Vienna). $13. 6 p.m. 703255-1566. Earl Sweatshirt. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $25. 7 p.m. 202265-0930. Bachelor Boys. Iota Club and Café (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. These Future Saints and Derek Evry. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m. 703525-8646.
Tuesday, February 18 Black Joe Lewis with Pickwick. 9:30 (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $20. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. The Vegabonds and The Unlikely Candidates with The Very Small. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $13. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. The Caribbean with Greenland. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $12. 8 p.m. 202667-7960.
Wednesday, February 19 Gaelic Storm with Danny Burns. Through Feb. 20. The Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703549-7500. Andrew Ripp with Judah and The Lion and Sydni Alexander. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $13. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566.
Planning Ahead... Thursday, February 20 – “Mulan.” Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School will present a musical performance of Disney’s “Mulan.” Through Feb. 22. Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). 7 p.m. fccps.org.
ust because there’s a little snow on the ground, doesn’t give you an excuse to forego your Valentine’s Day duties on Friday. If you’ve spent all your time and energy on prepping for the storm, have no fear – I’ve got your February 14 plans covered. As part of their February celebration of love, the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn is presenting a “Casablanca” Valentine’s Day feast with a screening of the 1942 Bogart-Bergman classic along with a film-themed romantic, fourcourse meal. Boom. Dinner and a movie. Just don’t forget the flowers.
What: Casablanca Valentine’s Day Feast When: Friday, February 14, 6 p.m. Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 20575 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn See fcne.ws/vdayalamo for tickets and more info
Sunday, February 23 – Panel Discussion. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church will present a discussion on how agricultural policies and procedures effect daily life with a panel including farmer and author Forrest Pritchard; Bill Garvelink, senior advisor for global strategy for International Medical Corps; Elaine Apter, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County agriculture committee member; and Chris McMaugh, manager of The Local Market in Falls Church. Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 3 – 4:30 p.m. lwvfallschurch.org.
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The Italian Store has been around for more than 30 years. Itâ€™s really the only evidence you need to know that youâ€™re in for a treat when you grab take-away from this Lyon Village stalwart. Expansion is another sure sign of the restaurantâ€™s strong reputation â€“ another Italian Store will soon be moving into Westover, taking over a spot that once housed a 7-Eleven. But if you need further convincing, stop by on a Friday night. Watch as customers grab their number and wait 10-deep to have their order taken. See them stand nearly shoulder to shoulder at the deli counter, or mill about the store with shopping baskets filled with bottles of wine and Italian goodies for the pantry. Marvel at the frenzied activity behind the deli counter as many sandwich-makers navigate the narrow space, seeking out spots on the assembly line to toss shredded lettuce and pepper ringlets onto a sandwich. If customers are standing around the deli, they could be scoping out the storeâ€™s assortment of cured meats â€“ prosciutto, salami, and more â€“ but chances are theyâ€™re waiting on a fresh-baked pizza or watching as their sandwiches are made. The pizzas here have long been celebrated on local best-of lists, New York-style pies made with fresh dough, homemade sauce, and quality cheeses. Theyâ€™re offered by the slice, from $2.75 to $3.99 depending on which pizza youâ€™re getting, or in 16-inch large and 20-inch extra-large sizes. A large Pizza Tradizionale, the storeâ€™s take on the basic cheese pizza, will set you back $16.99 and wonâ€™t disappoint. The pizza has a chewy, yeasty crust with a thin, firm shell. Plenty of melty whole-milk mozzarella tops the pie, well accented by a light sprinkling of Italian herbs. The homemade tomato sauce is slightly sweet and, as itâ€™s applied with a light hand, altogether mild. The box is lined with deli paper, and thereâ€™s a good reason why: This pizza is an unabashedly greasy and gooey delight. The store offers six signature pizzas, with an assortment of toppings to add on, and three calzone options. The subs here are also crowd-pleasers. The Milano ($8.49 for a large and $7.49 for a small) is the storeâ€™s most popular. The sub combines two types of Italian ham, Genoa salami, and plenty of provolone cheese. On a recent visit, a handful of Milano subs with â€œeverythingâ€? were made in advance and placed on the counter for grab-and-go convenience; they were quickly snatched up. â€œEverythingâ€? amounts to sweet and hot peppers; shredded lettuce; thin, nearly translucent onion slices; and some oregano and dressing, but toppings can be stacked on to the customerâ€™s wishes. Additionally, each sub comes with the choice of soft or hard roll â€“ the former a chewy loaf which sops up every bit of tangy dressing, and the latter a hard-shelled and dense bread that packs the sub toppings in tightly. Mortadella, capicola, pepperoni, and prosciutto are just a few of the meats found in the storeâ€™s six signature cold-cut subs. A bevy of sandwiches and some hot Italian subs are also offered, as are some specialty sandwiches like the The Muffuletta ($8.99) â€“ a round Sicilian roll speckled with sesame seeds, topped with mortadella, prosciutto, salami, and the all-important chunky chopped olive condite. Calling ahead speeds the process along, but some time should be saved to browse the aisles here and perhaps grab some of the storeâ€™s homemade pastas and imported delicacies. It is, after all, The Italian Store. It just happens to be a store that offers some phenomenal take-away dining.
Monday â€“ Friday: 10 a.m. â€“ 9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. â€“ 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m.
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Parson Decides Not to Run, CBC Convention Saturday Incumbent Falls Church City Councilman Ron Parson reversed an earlier decision last week, announcing he will not10032_0 seek election to a second term this May. Parsonâ€™s decision threw open a seat that leaders of the Falls Church Citizens for a Better City, a non-partisan civic organization, moved swiftly to fill prior to its formal nominating convention this Saturday. David Chavern has emerged to seek this open slot. DENNIS MANARCHY ÂŠ 2006 UNCF ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Completing a year-long courtship of the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, the City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to accept the universitiesâ€™ bid to bring the Northern Virginia Graduate Center to a site adjacent George Mason High School. The agreement is contingent on approval of funding for the project by the state legislature and transferal of the 9.6-acre Whittier site from Fairfax to Falls Church. The bid calls for the universities to pay $500,000 down on five acres of City-owned property. Eventual purchase price will be $3.5 million.
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GUS is looking for love this Valentineâ€™s Day. Just check out this personal ad he sent Critter Corner: â€œMy name is Gus and I am short, dark, and handsome. ISO a fetching mini miss to be my Valentine.â€? Gus lives with his owner Janet Jacewicz at the Gates at West Falls condominium in Falls Church. Just because youâ€™re not famous doesnâ€™t mean your pet canâ€™t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to email@example.com. UNCF helps thousands of deserving students. But we have to turn away thousands more. So please give to the United Negro College Fund. Your donation will make a difference. Visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623.
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