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The News-Press announced that the sixth-annual installment of The Little City’s tastiest seven-day event will take place March 19-25.

F.C. Activist’s Initiative Wins Support For Anti-Gun Violence License Plate Richmond House of Delegates Passes New Law, 89-8-1



and Don’s Beach Shack, Argia’s, and then a series of restaurants on the retail ground floor of their project, wrapping around it to the space they’ve designated for the Creative Cauldron theater group, did not win the wows from the Council they might have expected. Instead, at least three of the seven-member Council want more revenue-generating substance

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the well-intended activism of any individual cannot translate into major change. It’s been a year for that, resulting in huge changes in the makeup of the Virginia state legislature, for starters. Now, that has spilled over into a second year ushered in by the efforts of Falls Church’s Carol Luten and her collaborators to strike a big blow for gun control in Richmond with results that will be seen on roads, driveways and byways throughout the commonwealth. No bill with the slightest taint of restricting unbridled use and brandishing of guns ever had the slightest chance of making it out of the effectively-closed deliberations of subcommittees in the Virginia State Legislature until this year, when as the result of 15 new Democrats being swept into office last November, near parity has led to a perceptible attitude adjustment by everyone. With a new law passed to record the vote in subcommittees for the first time, the bill that Luten persuaded Falls Church-based Del. Marcus Simon to introduce to authorize a license plate option for Virginians that reads, “Stop Gun Violence,” cleared the committee by a vote of 18 yes, 3 no and one abstention. Subsequently, it came to the House floor and passed, 89-8-1, following an amendment to have proceeds from the plates go to mental health services. That was a move that Del. Simon opposed because, he said, it misplaced the issue, since only a small number of gun-related killings have been attributed to mental

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, I went to Donald Trump rallies in the Midwest, the South and on the East Coast. At all of them, I’d ask Trump fans what was bothering them about American life. By far the most common reply was: too much political correctness. SEE PAGE 14

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FALLS CHURCH ACTIVIST Carol Luten is shown with Del. Marcus Simon at a recent festival in the City. Luten’s initiative and Simon’s legislative action have resulted in a new “Stop Gun Violence” license plate that will be available to all Virginia motorists once it passed the State Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam. (P����: C������� C���� L����)

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After passing muster with the Falls Church Planning Commission by a unanimous vote last month, and winning predominant kudos from the City’s boards and commissions, the 2.6-acre mixed-use redevelopment project three years in the making for the northeast section of the City’s central Broad and Washington (Rt. 7

& 29) intersection still drew some hesitancy from the City Council at a work session Monday night, although its final vote of approval is still not until April 9. While the development team was clearly pleased with their progress with the Planners and advisory board and commission groups, the Insight Property Group’s concept of a “restaurant row” girding the project including the existing State Theatre, Clare

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illness, and it implied that the real problem is mental health, not guns. House majority leader Todd Gilbert, a Republican from the Shenandoah Valley, argued that the bill represented “an attempt to build a narrative that gun violence is somehow different than regular violence.” He said that “even a truck can be an instrument of murder. It is the singular focus on the instrument and not violence itself that is troubling to some of us.” But Simon countered that guns are a special case. “There is a serious issue of gun violence in this country. We see it every day,” he said. The anti-gun violence license plate effort marked the first pushback against bills that have routinely passed the legislature in recent years expanding the use of guns in public places which required vetoes by Democratic governors to fend off. In the last year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe had to veto 22 bills to prevent egregiously-pro gun (and anti-women) bills from becoming law. Still, a measure allowing proNational Rifle Association license plates has become law, along with more than 250 other specialty plates. This time the “Stop Gun Violence” license plate represented a marked departure, but it wasn’t accomplished without a considerable grass roots effort, and a spirited floor debate in the legislature that Simon spearheaded, not the least of which was the gathering of 450 petition signatures supporting the effort. In the last two years, Luten told the News-Press, “a group of volunteers have worked on the ‘Stop Gun Violence’ license plate program. We participated in Memorial Day parades, farmer’s markets, and local festivals across Virginia. We engaged with state and local law enforcement and distributed Project Childsafe trigger locks to help educate and protect Virginians. We spoke with over

6,000 individuals across the state.” They cited statistics showing that more Virginians are killed annually by gunfire than in car accidents. Virginians suffered the pain of the third-worst mass slaying incident in U.S. history, the 2007 slaughter at Virginia Tech when 32 were killed and 17 injured in a single event (only more recent events in Las Vegas and Orlando have been worse). The nation as a whole suffers 33,000 gun-related killings per year, with over 38,000 in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 11,000 homicides. Having passed the House, the measure is expected to also pass the State Senate, probably next week. There, its principal patron is State Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, with Sen. Barbara Favola of Arlington and Sen. Jennifer Wexton of Fairfax also major sponsors. Overall, Del. Simon told the News-Press this week, “this has been a surprisingly productive legislative session,” especially with bills that have not come forward, a strictly partisan, but with a “more common sense focus.” That included one permitting the registrar in the City of Falls Church to reside outside the City limits, which he carried on behalf of the City. Luten testified in the committee hearing on the license plate bill. She recounted to the NewsPress why she became an activist. “I did nothing after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting and felt bad about it. Then in September 2013, 12 were fatally shot at the Navy Yard. Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, was quoted saying, “We have great surgeons and we can take care of individuals shot by firearms, but there is something evil in our society and this has got to stop.” Luten said, “That did it for me, and I started working on helping to reduce gun related deaths on that day.”



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from the commercial component of the project, and Mayor David Tarter made it most explicit. He wants to see a grocery store included in the mix there. Council member Phil Duncan echoed the sentiment, saying that Falls Church has in the past, and can in the future, handled multiple grocery establishments as it is in the habit of City residents to “forage for food” at a variety of different places on any given shopping day. Councilman David Snyder piped up in a similar fashion, even suggesting that the City withhold occupancy permits for the 300 residential units on the site until occupancy permits are in hand for all the commercial spaces. In the Feb. 1 written response from Scott Adams of McGuire Woods, which represents Insight, it was contended that “the market dynamics of more locally focused users of this size is that they make leasing decisions much closer to when a space is available to move into as compared to a typi-

cal anchor tenant. That dynamic makes it difficult, if not impossible, to sign tenants prior to the zoning and years before the user could move into the project.” In a comment posted on his Facebook page following the meeting, Duncan said the Broad and Washington proposal “has some appealing elements, but in my view it has some ways to go before it’s ready to return to Council for a final up-or-down vote. The Insight team said it will continue to work with City staff on concerns and suggestions expressed at Monday’s meeting.” Asked about the name for the proposed development, the Insight spokesmen Monday said they like calling it the “Broad and Washington Project” because it captures the significant central geographic location it will have in the center of the City. All that said, however, all on the Council retained a very cordial approach to the developers, whose project promises to yield up to $1 million in “net net” revenue to the City, over and above what’s being generated there now. With a new

THREE MEMBERS OF THE Insight Development team eager to build the Broad and Washington project, came before the Falls Church City Council at a work session Monday. (Photo: News-Press) high school, new city hall and new library all now in process of being built, the City is going to need all the added revenues it can get, and Council members will undoubtedly be cautious about how pushy they intend to be in the case of this




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Falls Church is Number One

Those who’ve worked hard over many years to improve life in the City of Falls Church can take great heart in the survey results published in 24/7 Wall Street carried on Page 9 of this edition. This is a legitimate survey based on well-vetted criteria, developed by the United Nations, and its ranks the City of Falls Church the Number One county-styled jurisdiction in the entire United States. Number One! This is no mean achievement, and it didn’t come to pass by simply letting nature, or the marketplace, take its course over the 70 years of this jurisdiction’s existence. No, for anyone who knows Falls Church, it is the result of often seemingly endless intervention by spirited and dedicated citizens engaged in the political decision making process. See, here is the fruit of your labor, dear citizens, dedicated, earnest, wellmeaning and even grumpy sometimes! You’re smart, you care and as a result, you’re Number One. If there is a category that we would add to the United Nationsgenerated list of criteria, it would be public engagement in the local decision making process. For 27 years, this newspaper has been an eyewitness to this process, and proud that as a local newspaper, we’ve contributed our part, too, to this deliberative process. It goes without saying that when your voter turnout rate at election time is almost always the highest in the commonwealth that you are participating in the generation of smart decisions and good government. Venerable and respected groups like the Falls Church League of Women Voters, the Citizens for a Better City, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, the F.C. Chamber of Commerce and the many volunteer boards and commissions that advise the City Council and City staff, not to mention those serving the public schools side of this composition, have all contributed constructive input to the process. This result is grounds for a well-deserved pat on the back for all. To newcomers to the City, we trust that your contribution will augment that of so many who’ve come before, both our heroes who’ve passed on, and those still pitching in. It is not grounds for boasting, because it’s not necessary or beneficial to do that. It is grounds for a kind of modest pride that comes from good work. As the late, eminent civic activist Ed Strait, who passed in 2012, said about Falls Church, it is at its best when seen in the context of a New Athens, and in the Athenian Creed used in ancient Athens as a vow required for citizenship. That creed affirmed, “We will strive increasingly to quicken the public’s sense of civic duty, transmitting this City, not only not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” He brought that Athenian value to Falls Church when he moved here in 1958, and it’s influenced the best of all that has been done here since.


We Oppose Bill to Allow Guns in Houses of Worship Editor, Representing Lewinsville Faith in Action, we oppose HB 1180, which passed the Virginia Senate and is scheduled for a vote in the House of Delegates this week. It would repeal the current prohibition on bringing firearms into houses of worship. As people of faith, we are called to speak clearly about moral injustices. What will shatter legislative numbness?

At a recent press conference for Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, LFA cited grim statistics: in January there were 1,170 people in America killed by guns; twice that number wounded. But statistics, no matter how gruesome, don’t work. We do know that states enacting even modest gun laws have reduced deaths. California, with the nation’s strongest laws, reduced gun mortality an aston-


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ishing 56 percent from 1993 to 2010. Connecticut’s laws reduced gun crimes by 40 percent. But dramatic statistics haven’t moved Virginia’s legislators to act. Will faith tradition texts like “When the house [of Solomon] was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple”)I Kings 6:7) persuade? The answer is “no.” Neither statistics, reasonable public policy nor religious words have jolted legislative numbness. What will? It’s the voices of all citizens that will turn the tide. This week a hotel reservation

clerk in Richmond, on learning about the bill, said, “Sunday is my day! That’s where I’m the most happy. I praise. I am with friends. I am at peace… They can’t take away my peace from me, can they?” And make no mistake, this dangerous and irresponsible bill allowing guns in sacred spaces will do just that. The General Assembly prepares to remove the peace of worshippers across Virginia. Threatened by the loss of these safe places, citizens must demand that their delegates say no to this theft of sanctuary. Jack Calhoun and Cindy Speas Lewinsville Faith in Action



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There are many tough days in the Senate — days where progress seems so far away. I think we all need reminders in these challenging times that we still have the power to do great good. I recently experienced one such reminder, and I’d like to tell you about it. In January, we obtained a major victory for Virginia as Congress finally passed — after decades of effort — a bipartisan bill giving federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. These tribes – the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Nansemond, Monacan and Rappahannock – were among the original tribes populating Virginia when English settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607. They entered into peace treaties with the English in the 1670s and have maintained tribal identity and traditions since that time. But they were long treated with contempt and discrimination by Virginia – their records were destroyed, their students were denied access to in-state higher education opportunities, their artifacts and even the bones of their ancestors were taken by museums. And even as more than 500 tribes across the country have been recognized by the federal government, these living and thriving tribes in Virginia had not. Through it all, our tribes have carried themselves as sovereign people peace-

fully living within a nation they love. Their commitment to military service has been especially notable. And each year, the tribes journey to Richmond the day before Thanksgiving to celebrate their connection to Virginia by presenting a tribute to the Governor. My wife Anne and I used to rel-

“Even as more than 500 tribes across the country have been recognized by the federal government, these living and thriving tribes in Virginia had not.” ish that celebration during our days in the Governor’s Mansion! When I was governor, I also felt the shame of the failure of our country to recognize these tribes. I remember seeing the tribes recognized and celebrated in England as a sovereign people by reason of their peace treaties, all while America – their land and home – refused to acknowledge them. It was painful for me — and I can’t imagine the pain the tribes must have felt.

Beginning in the 1980s, there has been a slow turning to justice for our tribes. First, the Commonwealth of Virginia officially recognized the tribes. And then our elected officials – both Democrats and Republicans – joined together with tribal leaders to push for federal recognition. The first bill in Congress was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran in 2000, and in 2002, Senators George Allen and John Warner introduced the first Senate version. Since then, the process has been painfully slow. One Virginia tribe, the Pamunkey, received recognition through an administrative process in 2016. But the six other tribes lacked records to meet the administrative standard. Courthouse fires during the civil war and active destruction of their records by state officials blocked their path. They had to depend upon Congress. Over the years, the recognition bill passed the House twice without Senate action. More recently, the Senate would act favorably in committee, but the recognition bill would die on the Senate floor. But finally, on Jan. 11, the stars aligned. Senator Mark Warner and I were able to clear the last Senate objection – essentially getting to unanimity within the Senate to give these tribes their long-overdue federal recognition. With tribal leadership in attendance, we called up Congressman Rob Wittman’s previously passed House bill, passed it by voice vote, and sent the matter on to President Trump for signature. It was one of the most emotional moments of my

political career. In the Senate Hall after the vote, I told the Chiefs that I was so proud of them for never giving up. I have learned so much from them along the way. When a Virginia Senate seat unexpectedly opened in 2011 after Jim Webb, himself a great champion of the tribes, decided not to run for re-election, I was not sure whether I should run. But one question I asked myself was whether, after 16 years of public life, there was any unfinished business that I still wanted to complete. And the issue of our tribes still being unrecognized came to mind as one of just a handful of things that I still hoped to accomplish. Even in a tough time, moments of grace occur and important work gets done. That prospect — the next good thing I can do — keeps me going every day. I wake up seeking opportunities to help Virginians in my work in the Senate. All our victories won’t be as significant as giving these native Americans — the Virginia tribes — the recognition they deserved, but I still believe people of good faith, with common purpose, can work together to improve the lives of our people. In 2018, I hope we can find more moments of joy and bring more hope and healing to the people of this great country. Tim Kaine is senator in the U.S. Senate from Virginia.

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Various Valentine’s Day Dishes For Pro & Joe Chefs by Matt Delaney

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Valentine’s Day is that time of the year when you dress up, go out to eat and maybe do a little dancing and romancing to cap the night off in special spot shared between you and your significant other. It’s a tried and true formula to commemorate a couple’s love that’s been replicated since the holiday became a consumerist calendar date in the early 19th century. But what if you want to flip the holiday script and put together a dinner for you and your lover they’ll remember until, well, next Valentine’s Day? That idea’s sure to put a unique spin on anyone’s Valentine’s Day celebration. And while the News-Press has a dearth of culinary experts inhouse, luckily Patrick Fleming, owner of The Local Market grocery store on W. Broad St., was able to provide some input on dishes for all levels of cooking skill with all the ingredients easily found at the store. Even if making the meal becomes a tandem effort, the process is sure to add to the evening’s ambiance. “Cooking together is very romantic!” Fleming told the News-Press over e-mail. “Plus, it just completes the experience — selecting the meal, shopping for the food, preparing, cooking, setting the table, and finally enjoying the meal. As much of that should be done together as possible.”

Pasta with Sausage (Easy) As a friend once told me, “If

you can’t cook, just make pasta.” And the saying holds true since good pasta is hard to screw up if you follow the label’s directions and nail the meat (no offense, Italy). Fleming provided a Local Market favorite with the store’s Pasta with Sausage recipe that can impress a new boy/girlfriend or be made for the whole family if you couldn’t find a babysitter in time.

Ingredients: • 1 container of any Cavanna Pasta noodles or ravioli • 1 package of any sausages from Stachowski or Meat Crafters • 1 pint jar of McCutcheons Marinara Sauce • 2 tablespoons Spartan Olive Oil Cooking Instructions: Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet. After thawing, place the sausages in the skillet and cook at medium temperature for 5-7 minutes, or until center of sausage is no longer cool to the touch. “Do not add seasoning!” Fleming said. “Trust us, you cannot improve on the taste.” Pour the marinara sauce into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. For the noodles, just follow Gianni Cavanna’s instructions that he prints on the label. Lay the pasta into bowls, cover with the marinara, and add the sausages on top. Simple, straightforward and oh so yummy. For those new chefs who’re wrought with performance anxiety and don’t think they’ll be able to distinguish between delicious and disposable, fear not. Fleming believes the dish’s ingredients

will hold their ground despite your attempts to botch the dinner. “Quality ingredients speak for themselves. If you are starting with great food, then the less you do to it, the better,” Fleming continued. “The best way to compensate for lack of cooking skill is to focus on simple components that are high quality. For example, if the meat is excellent, then complex flavoring is completely unnecessary.”

Roasted Chicken with Vegetables (Intermediate) A favorite of the Local Market’s own Tammy Powell, this dish is sure to impress someone you’ve been with for a while and to let them know you can hold your own in the kitchen. It may be hard to balance between cooking both an entree and a side – even if your partner is helping out – but according to Fleming, stressing about perfecting the dish will only exacerbate any problems and take away from the goodness of the meal. “Just relax and have fun,” Fleming added. “And if you’re cooking together, then you both will have plenty of tolerance if mistiming means the entree is a tad cold or a side is a tad overcooked.” Ingredients: • 1 whole chicken (Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton) • 2 oz fresh parsley • 2 oz fresh rosemary • 2 bulbs garlic • 2 lemons • 1 carrot • 1 red onion

• 1 celery stalk • 1 pound brussel sprouts • 2 medium red potatoes • 1/2 cup white wine • 2 tablespoons butter (Trickling Springs Creamery) • Salt and pepper (try Himalayan Pink from Maine Sea Salt)

Cooking Instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Let the butter soften to room temperature. Rub the inside of the chicken cavity generously with salt and pepper. Then stuff the cavity with a mix of 1 oz. each of parsley and rosemary (or other herbs you like), 1 whole head of garlic chopped in half, and 2 lemons halved or quartered. Chop the carrot, onion, and celery and lay as a bed in a roasting pan or cast iron skillet. Pour 1/2 cup white wine over the veggies. Place the chicken onto the bed of veggies. Chop 1 oz. each of fresh herbs and 2 cloves of garlic. Blend the butter with the chopped herbs and garlic. Rub the butter mixture over and especially under the skin of the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken. Roast in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes (until internal meat temperature is 165 degrees). Halve the brussel sprouts and cut the red potatoes into wedges. Coat the sprouts and potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Put these into the oven for the last 15-20 minutes of roasting the chicken as your side. When you take out the chicken make sure to tent it with foil and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes in order to let the juices settle into the meat. When this is done your sides should be ready to come out as well.

Short Ribs In Tomato Sauce (Skilled) This meal, pulled from, is for those couples that are in it for the long haul. You’re both at the point where you can tell what each other is about to say by the way they inhale before talking. That’s why assembling this intricate meal is the best way to show your partner that you still have some tricks up your sleeve, even if they have your idiosyncrasies down to a science.

ALL THE DISHES listed in this article can be made from ingreidents acquired at the Local Market off W. Broad St. in the City of Falls Church (Photo: News-Press)

Ingredients: • 8 whole Beef Short Ribs (Milcreek Farm, Lovettsville) • 2 tablespoons olive oil (Spartan Olive Oil, Vienna)

• Salt and Pepper • 1 tablespoon sugar • 4 cloves Garlic, Crushed • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced • 1 cup Red Or White Wine • 1 can (28 Oz.) Whole Tomatoes • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Tomato Sauce • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Thyme • 1 pound Fettuccine (Cavanna Pasta, Richmond) • Grated Parmesan Cheese • Minced Fresh Parsley

Cooking Instructions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Heat olive oil in a heavy pot over mediumhigh to high heat. Sprinkle short ribs with salt and pepper. Brown short ribs in oil, about 1 1/2 or 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate. Pour off excess oil (be careful!) Throw garlic and onions into pot. Stir to cook for a minute or two, then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine, salt, red pepper flakes, and thyme. Stir to combine. With tongs, set short ribs back into the pot, submerging as much as possible in the sauce. Cover pot and place into the oven. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Short ribs should be tender and falling off the bone. Remove ribs from pot. Allow to cool, then wrap tightly and refrigerate. Allow pot of sauce to cool a bit, then place pot into the fridge for several hours or overnight. Remove hardened fat/grease from the top. Discard fat. Return ribs to pot, then return pot either to stovetop or oven and warm it up. Boil pasta according to package directions. Turn pasta onto a large platter, then top with tomato sauce and short ribs. Sprinkle plenty of Parmesan over the top, as well as some chopped parsley. If you’re worried about what to pair with this dish in terms of sides, Fleming recommends avoiding that line of thought. “Do whatever you want! Up until recently, there was a lot of snobbery about pairing specific wines with specific dishes,” Fleming added. “Same goes for pairing sides with entrees. All the business about something complementing something or something masking something else is unnecessary. Tastes are so individual that only you can decide for yourself what works and what doesn’t. And there’s only one way to find out what works for you.”



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NEWS BRIEFS Falls Church Ranked U.S.’s ‘No. 1 Best to Live In’ According to 24/7 Wall Street, the City of Falls Church ranks as the No. 1 county (independent city) jurisdiction to live in in the entire United States, it was reported by USA Today this week. Eight of the 25 best counties to live in are in the D.C. area, and the City of Fall Church ranks No. 1. on the list. To rank the best counties to live in, 24/7 Wall Street developed an index based on the United Nations’ Human Development Index (the index ranks the U.S. as the 10th most liveable country behind Norway, Australia and Switzerland, etc.), measuring educational attainment, poverty rate and life expectancy to determine the counties’ well-being. The D.C. region did well on the list, “where a large share of residents have access to advanced, high-paying jobs in government and defense,” according to 24/7 Wall Street. The City of Falls Church, a separate jurisdiction, was included with counties for 24/7 Wall Street’s ranking purposes, it was reported. Some facts noted in the report that made Falls Church rise to the top included: Falls Church City has grown more than 14.8 percent in five years (national growth rate is 3.9 percent); Its unemployment rate is 2.8 percent (national rate is 4.1 percent); Poverty rate is 2.7 percent; The life expectancy in the city is 81.8 percent; Typical household income is over $115,000, more than double the national median income. Arlington County rated No. 3, Fairfax County rates No. 6, Loudoun County rated No. 8, the City of Fairfax rated No. 10 and the City of Alexandria rated No. 16.

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The News-Press announced this week the dates for its sixth annual celebration of The Little City area’s culinary scene, Falls Church Restaurant Week. The latest installment of the City’s tastiest seven-day event will take place March 19-25. During the week, participating restaurants will offer up specials exclusive to F.C. Restaurant Week for lunch and/or dinner. The News-Press will publish a special Food and Dining issue featuring all F.C. Restaurant Week specials plus more stories on the Falls Church-area dining scene on March 15. The initial group of this year’s participating restaurants includes Argia’s, Art’s Tavern, The Black Squirrel, Cafe Kindred, Clare & Don’s Beach Shack, Dogwood Tavern, Fava Pot, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, Idylwood Grill, La Cote d’Or, Liberty Barbecue, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Panjshir, Present Restaurant, Taco Bamba and Takumi. More restaurants will be added to the list of participants in the days leading up to Falls Church Restaurant Week with a full list available at

Police Search for Dog That Bit Man on S. Oak St. Police are on the lookout for a dog that bit a man last Thursday on S. Oak St. in the City of Falls Church. If the animal isn’t located, police say the victim will have to undergo rabies inoculations. The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the 600 block of S. Oak St. on the “Tiger Trail” behind Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Howard E. Herman Park. Police say the man was bitten on the leg when he ran past the dog and its owner. The dog is described as a Labrador Retriever or similar, with brownish fur and on a red leash. The dog’s owner is described as a while male about 12 or 13 years old. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the City of Falls Church Police Department, Animal Control Division immediately at 703-241-5053 (TTY 711).

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‘Year of the Dog’ Celebrated at Eden Center The “Year of the Dog” is being celebrated by the Vietnamese-American community at Falls Church’s Eden Center this weekend, Friday through Sunday, with family-friendly events including a flag ceremony, lion dances, a magician, face painting, Li Xi (lucky money) and more.

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Community News & Notes

THOMAS CREED officially signed his letter of intent to play football for the College of William & Mary this fall yesterday morning at George Mason High School. Creed, a three sport athlete who plays basketball and baseball along with football, is pictured here with his parents and Mason’s head coach for baseball and football, Adam Amerine. (Photo: Carol Sly)

Tinner Hill Goes to African American History Museum Interested residents can visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation on Monday, Feb. 19 from 12:30 – 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a bus trip to and from Washington, D.C. in a comfortable, climate-controlled bus to avoid driving and parking hassles as well as no need to reserve tickets. Seats on the bus are $25 each and include one (1) free museum ticket. Bus departs from Tinner Hill Historic Site (106-108 Tinner Hill Rd., Falls Church). Attendees are requested to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. for 12:30 p.m. departure. The bus will depart NMAAHC at 5:30

p.m. for the return trip to Falls Church. Free covered parking is provided to bus riders at the Lincoln at Tinner Hill apartments (455 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). A certified, professional, Washington, D.C. tour guide will provide narration during the trip to DC. Go to tinner-bus-to-museum. to purchase your ticket.

E.B. Henderson Celebrated At VA History Program Yesterday, Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia hosted the sixth annual Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program, which celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding African Americans. The pro-

POSING for a quick picture at the site of the future railroad cottages off Railroad Ave. are Theresa Twiford of Advon Real Estate and local developer Bob Young of the Young group. (Photo: Courtesy Theresa Twiford)

gram was held at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the downtown Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Broad Street. These were the seven prominent African Americans featured in the 2018 program: Dana Olden Baldwin – Physician & Entrepreneur, Martinsville; Calvin Coolidge Green – Civil Rights Activist & Educator, New Kent; Mavis Claytor-Ford – Nurse & Administrator, Salem; Edwin Bancroft Henderson – Basketball Pioneer & Civil Rights Activist, Falls Church; Marguerite Bailey Young – Educator & Healthcare Advocate, Fredericksburg; Warren Wesley Buck III – Physicist & Educator, Hampton and Angela Edwards Roberts – Judge & Youth Advocate, Richmond.

Botanologica Hosts Local Artist in Upcoming Show Botanologica has announced a show of drawings by Falls Church artist Jess Michetti, owner of Good Goose Graphics. Michetti’s drawings of North American birds capture the personality of each feathered subject with charm and technical accuracy. Framed original works and prints will be on show beginning Feb. 8 with an evening reception for the public on Feb. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending, contact Botanologica to RSVP to the reception at info@ Botanologica is located at 817 W. Broad St., Falls Church. Shop hours are Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chinese New Year Festival At Jackson Middle School The 11th Annual Chinese New Year Festival, hosted by Asian Community Service Center, will be held for one day only on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. At the festival there will be live performances including dragon and lion dances, a Han Costume Fashion show, various Asian cuisine options, the writing of Chinese names, language and craft as well as business booths, a children’s section and also an inside lunar new year dragon parade. Free admission. 2018 is the year of the Dog. Since

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the dog is known for its faithfulness, this year the element of traditional Chinese culture that will be focused on at the festival is the ideal of “loyalty.” For more information, contact Tiny at 703 868-1509, email: Contact@AsianServiceCenter. org or visit website: www.

Area Schools Win Big at Regional Math Competition The Northern Virginia Regional Math Counts Competition was held on Feb. 3 at George Mason University. The regional competition combines the Fairfax, George Washington and Northern VA Chapters of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. About 418 students in sixth through eighth grades at 50 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. They have been practicing since the fall and were selected to represent their schools at the competition. Students compete as school teams and as individuals. The top teams, team members and coaches from local schools, which fall under the Northern VA Chapter of the competition, are: 1st — BASIS Independent McLean. Coached by Tyler Sullivan with students Pravalika Putalapattu, Samuel Wang, Ethan Zhou and Eleanor Kim. 2nd — Cooper Middle School. Coached by Lisa Walsh with students Isabella Zhu, Danniel Cao, Kevin Shan and Bradley Cao. 3rd — Longfellow Middle School. Coached by Mary Jo Clark with students Alan Vladimiroff, Lillian Sun, Yeefay Li and William Jiang. Individual winners in the Northern VA Chapter are: 1st — Pravalika Putalapattu, BASIS Independent McLean; 2nd — Alan Vladimiroff, Longfellow Middle School; 3rd — Samuel Wang, BASIS Independent McLean; 4th — Sehyun Choi,


Longfellow Middle School and 5th — Ethan Zhou, BASIS Independent McLean. The top two teams and top four students who are not on the top two teams from the Fairfax Chapter along with the winning team and top two students who are not on the winning team from each of the George Washington and Northern VA Chapters will advance to compete at the Virginia State Math Counts Competition to be held in Richmond on March 17, 2018. Additional information on the national Math Counts program is available at

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McEnearney Hosts Home Selling Seminar on Saturday McEnearney Associates will be hosting a free two-hour Home Seller Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in their Arlington Office (4720 Lee Hwy., Arlington). Free lunch is included. “This seminar is open to the public and designed for home owners who are ‘thinking’ of selling, but want to know more about the home selling process and current economic market conditions,” said Bruce Fall, Associate Broker. “The seminar will present an overview of key strategies that lead to a successful home sale as well as identify common costly mistakes to avoid.” Later in the month, McEnearney’s Associates will be also be holding a Buyers Seminar on Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. that will focus on first-time home buyers. All are welcome. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 703677-2812.

McLean Players To Perform ‘Harvey’ in March The McLean Community Players (MCP) celebrate a return to the Great Falls Grange with Mary Chase’s Pulitzer

IN RECOGNITION of National School Counseling Week, Graham Eddy, Associate General Counsel of Eden Center, treated Falls Church City Public School counselors to lunch at Little Viet Garden. Sitting at the table (going back on the left and forward on the right) are George Mason High School Counselors Mica Thomasson, Val Chesley, Dana Quirine, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Counselor Matt Sowers, Eden Center’s Graham Eddy, (right side of table) Henderson Counselor Alyssa Jacoson and GMHS Counselors Ilana Reyes and Brad McAdam (P����: C�������/FCCPS M������� C�������)

Prize-winning, timeless comedy “Harvey,” which was produced at the Grange in 1986 by the Great Falls Players, one of MCP’s predecessor companies. New audiences are invited to join the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd and his mystical friend “Harvey,” an invisible Pooka rabbit, for three weekends in March beginning Friday, March 9. Harvey tells the story of the efforts by Elwood’s sister Veta, who loves her brother dearly but is embarrassed by his habit of introducing his invisible friend to “important” people around town, to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and it is Veta who is committed, not her brother. The resulting chaos leads to unantici-

pated but hilarious impacts on a host of characters. Of course, everything is sorted in the end but there are surprises, and dollops of wisdom shared, as everyone determines exactly what is “real.” The production represents something of a homecoming for the McLean Community Players. For several decades the Players – then known as the Great Falls Players – performed exclusively at the Grange, and it was only when the opportunity arose to perform at the McLean Community Center (in a venue where musicals as well as dramas or comedies were practical) that the Great Falls Players merged with another theatre group to form the McLean Community Players.

The Community Center is now closed for extensive renovation, and the Players have used the opportunity to perform at other venues in Northern Virginia. The Great Falls Grange is located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls and is a handicap accessible facility. Evening shows will take place at 8 p.m. on March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24; matinee productions at 2 p.m. March 11 and 18. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $18 for students and seniors, and $15 for group sales of 10 persons or more. Tickets may be purchased through the Players’ website:, or at the Grange door if seats are available.


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A Penny for Your Thoughts

From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

The caller to my office wondered why trucks were pre-treating roadways with brine, when the weather forecast called for only a little snow and freezing rain. Seemed like a waste of resources, he said. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for maintaining roadways in Fairfax County, so the question probably should have been directed to his state delegate and senator, although I was not surprised to get the call. Years ago, I had asked a former state delegate how he handled all the constituent calls with just a part-time staffer. With a twinkle, he said “Oh, they don’t call me. They know they can call you!” It’s often said that local government is where the rubber meets the road; in this case, literally. Although VDOT maintains our local roadways, the Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP) is managed by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT). Traffic calming, cutthrough restrictions, Watch for Children signs, and Through Truck Restrictions apply to traffic in neighborhoods. Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPDs), commercial vehicles in residential areas, and Community Parking Districts (CPDs), apply to parking in neighborhoods. In 2015, all of Mason District was designated a CPD, to address parking of watercraft, motor homes, campers and other large vehicles on neighborhood streets. A rigorous community process ensures that all qualifications are met and that there is community support. Information about RTAP and parking programs may be found at, and at www.fairfaxcounty. gov/transportation/parking. In recent years, VDOT has taken road main-

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tenance in our busy area much more seriously. A massive, multi-year, repaving program in Mason District will resume this spring (asphalt plants don’t operate when outside temperatures are consistently below 45 degrees, so repaving is suspended during the winter months), and VDOT crews will mobilize to treat roads ahead of the weather. The pretreatment focuses on critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes, where the road surface can get very slippery very fast. Many drivers still remember the terrifying January experience a few years ago when a rainy forecast worsened into ice, federal workers were released to get home ahead of the storm, and the result was a tremendous foul-up of our transportation system. Traffic choked the roads, drivers ran out of gas, and the gentlest hills became impossible to navigate. Car batteries died, and do did cell phones! A normal half hour trip took six or more hours that night. VDOT advises that you should assume that any “wet” pavement may be icy. A bridge or overpass can be especially treacherous, since cold air flows above and below the pavement, aiding freezing conditions. VDOT also advises that drivers should make sure that gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and that you have an emergency kit in the vehicle. Charge up your cell phone; in fact, a cell phone car charger is a handy gadget to have anytime. That silly groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter last week, a good reminder to follow VDOT’s advice, and stay safe while on the road.


We are nearing Cross-Over (Feb. 13), the day upon which all bills passed by the House and/ or Senate must be sent over to the other body for its deliberation. In other words, each body must complete its voting on all legislation submitted by its own members by Feb. 13. Approved bills will be sent ‘over’ to the other body for its approval, bills passed by, laid on the table or defeated will no longer be viable. Bills that are carried over may be acted upon between this session and the 2019 session. Therefore this is the most rushed week of the session: subcommittees must act on bills now or simply put aside those yet unheard; full committees will not meet to consider HOD bills after the 13th. Subcommittees and full committees are meeting for hours with agendas with 20 or more pieces of legislation to act upon. This session has challenged our abilities to adjust quickly to the changes caused by the 2017 election and the retirement of Speaker Howell. One obvious adjustment made by the majority party is that partisanship is more

pronounced than I have experienced since I became a Delegate. Political jockeying in seeming preparation for the 2019 election is pervasive as well. Occasionally this jockeying has contributed to successful legislation dealing with subjects I have been working on for several sessions. Namely, cannabis oil for medical use; public speech at public meetings and other measures increasing government transparency. But some of my long-term efforts are still stymied by the partisan divide: reproductive healthcare access and equity; increased K-12 funding — especially for English Language Learners and students who live in poverty; opportunities for immigrants — instate tuition, driving privileges. The best change of all this session is more visible and frequent citizen advocacy. Keep it up! I do need your input and support.

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

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CALCULUS QUESTION Do you: (A) Weep softly.

Tree lovers, tree stewards and tree protectors have grown across Arlington recently. The county released its latest study of the 755,400-tree canopy (a protective asset from Mother Nature under threat from overexuberant development), designated four protected tree specimens and updated its inventory of “champion trees.” This weekend, I met with tree activists indoors and out. I noticed a gap between volunteers seeking mostly to appreciate our suburban forest and those delving into messy policies surrounding tree preservation. This local conflict isn’t new. “Although Arlington has already lost a great deal of its forests through careless development of subdivisions, an awakened public concern over this priceless heritage will save a great deal of remaining beauty.” That was written in 1959. Historian Eleanor Lee Templeman referenced the thousands of trees chopped down during Civil War to build forts protecting Washington. She bemoaned the loss in 1912 of an 18th-century poplar in Ballston cut down for W&OD Railroad. As a model of preservation, she mentioned the leafy island that planners preserved in the middle of John Marshall Dr. (between Little Falls Road and Williamsburg Blvd.) Flash forward to 2018. The new tree canopy map was wel-

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comed by the TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria. “Arlington reversed the decline in our tree canopy found in 2011,” they wrote, “but has not rebounded from our first measurement in 2008.” The overall 2017 canopy “remains fairly stable, with an increase of 1 percent.” Tree steward Nora Palmatier, a member of the Urban Forestry Commission, works with Parks and Recreation Department arborist Vincent Verweij to locate special trees and volunteers to measure them. “You often hear people saying a tree was here during the Civil War, but there’s not really documentation,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how old a tree is if it’s meaningful to you,” as Verweij often says. “The best tree in Arlington is the one you love and that offers shade.” Palmatier is fortunate that a tree in her yard was included on the county’s list of specially protected “specimen trees.” Those differ from the “champion trees,” or Arlington’s largest of a species, 100 of which the county lists on its website by popular and Latin name, address and circumference. For a taste of tree expertise, I accompanied some stewards on a walk around the stream bed and new asphalt paths of Woodlawn Park (behind the hospice on N. 15th St.). The crowd’s master naturalists forgave the newbies who have trouble telling trees apart. We were shown a “hybrid, with white oak bark and chestnut oak leaves”

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CRIME REPORT Week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018

(B) Create a diversion.

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Larceny-Shoplifting, 167 Hillwood Ave (ABC Store) Jan 29, 12:55 PM, suspect described as an Hispanic male, approximately 5’05, 170 pounds, black hair, black jacket, and jeans walked into the store, took a 1 liter bottle of Hennessy, and left without paying. Last seen headed northbound on foot along Douglass Ave. Larceny from Building, 301 W Broad St (Harris Teeter), Jan 29, 2:18 PM, an iPhone accidentally left behind by a customer was taken by a suspect described as a black female, approximately 5’06-5’09, weighing 160-190, with long black hair tied up in the back, wearing a red winter coat, khaki pants, and tan boots. Investigation continues. Graffiti, 900 blk W Broad St, Jan 29, 8:57 PM, officer on patrol discovered graffiti on several buildings. Hit and Run, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), Jan 29, 10:41 PM, a vehicle

traveling on Wilson Blvd was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Stolen Property Offenses, 6795 Wilson Blvd #23 (Kim Thoa Corp), Jan 31, 8:56 PM, a male, 45, of Annandale, VA, was arrested by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on multiple Felony warrants for selling stolen property. Drunk in Public, 400 blk W Broad St, Jan 31, 11:39 AM, a male, 34, of no fixed address, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 800 blk N Roosevelt St, Feb 1, 5:23 PM, following a routine traffic stop, a male, 25, of Falls Church, VA, was arrested on a Felony warrant for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Hit and Run, 6799 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), Feb 1, between 9 AM and 2 PM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Hit and Run, 1100 blk W Broad St, Feb

by botanist Emily Ferguson. Three tall tulip trees nearby, added Audubon Ambassador Beth Kiser, make a “large host plant for the tiger swallow butterfly.” The impact of trees on “green infrastructure” — the ecosystem, area beauty, economic future — are the more urgent concerns of Arlington Tree Action Group members Mary Glass, Bill Roos and Margie Bell. On the group’s new website is their work assessing the value of Arlington’s trees in minimizing pollution and soil erosion. Though cooperating with the county, the action group is skeptical of progress in preserving the tree canopy. The county’s new map “deserves more analysis and verification because it doesn’t always match what civic associations see on the ground,” they told me. There’s not enough in the law to enable tree preservation. “That requires a culture shift.” *** Fun fact about the predecessor of Key Bridge: You can still see ancient stones from the abutments that formed the base of the Aqueduct Bridge that connected Georgetown to Arlington’s Rosslyn beginning in the 1830s. When that 19th century structure (after a rebuilding in the 1880s) was demolished in 1918 (leaving only one fragment riverside), rows of individual red stones ended up in office buildings below M St. on 33rd St. NW. I learned this from Arlington retired architect Dick Malesardi, who back in the 1960s redesigned one of those structures as his office at 1025 33rd St. 1, 5:40 PM, a vehicle stopped in traffic was struck by a U-Haul truck which did not stop. Investigation continues. Hit and Run, 1200 blk W Broad St, Feb 2, 4:20 PM, a vehicle was struck by another moving vehicle whose driver failed to exchange information. Drunk in Public, 6763 Wilson Blvd, #R3 (Diva Lounge), Feb 2, 11:46 PM, a male, 30, of no fixed address, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Hit and Run, Hillwood Ave/S Washington St, Feb 2, 3 PM, a vehicle traveling through the intersection was struck by another vehicle which failed to stop. Officers located the offender and information was exchanged. Hit and Run, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd, Feb 3, 1:30 PM, two parked cars were struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Investigation continues. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 100 blk W Broad St, Feb 4, 9:22 AM, a male, 45, of Aldie, VA, was arrested on a Felony warrant for Possession of Synthetic THC. Drunk in Public, 6793C Wilson Blvd (Eden Kitchen), Feb 4, 6:08 PM, a male, 48, of Woodbridge, VA, was arrested for being Drunk in Public.

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Trump Mimics Roy Cohn

As the Russian probe noose tightens, President Trump is ramping up his personal hysteria, with attacks calling Democrats who didn’t cheer for him at the State of the Union “treasonous,” and now ordering up a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to present himself as a patriotic strong man. Yes, he wants to use the U.S. military as a prop for his cosmetic image-making, like a panicked fugitive digging through a dresser drawer for something to use as a disguise to make a getaway. Few military professionals will be fooled by this, and will be challenged to suppress their disdain for the idea in the name of decorum. These are truly bizarre times in our nation’s history. Donald Trump is broadcasting his guilt by every FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS evasive move he makes to attack and suppress the Russia probe. If we are to take this guilt seriously, then we are sitting flat in the middle of the greatest scandal in our history: not only did a strategic adversary interfere with a U.S. election, but our Commander in Chief has been complicit not only in reaping the rewards of this, but in obfuscating and covering up the evidence to our severe strategic global detriment. Normally, a leader would be leading the charge to get to the bottom of not only what the Russians did in 2016, and are continuing to do. Why not now? Why no interest in doing so? And to add insult to injury, most of his Republican pliant sycophants in Congress are providing him cover in this exercise. How can they be thinking history will evaluate their behavior? Author Garrett Graff commented on CNN this week that Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s request to interview the President himself means that his wide-ranging probe into all elements of the Russian interference has provided him with “all he needs to know” to feel comfortable questioning the president. His range of knowledge through the probe extends from Trump’s past business dealings (he’s been entangled with the Russian mafia in New York since the 1970s), including money laundering, Russian means of interference in the 2016 presidential election, continuing cyber intrusions into the U.S. electoral process (such as propagandizing through Twitter #releasethememo rants this past week in support of quelching the probe) indicating they have no intention of letting up on their interference, to evidence of obstruction of justice at the highest levels. So, let’s stop talking about Trump coming clean if he has nothing to hide. Obviously, he has a great deal to hide. Bottom line, he is a criminal through and through, who’s avoided the slammer all these years only because he had thugs like the infamous New York mob lawyer Roy Cohn to protect him. Cohn was effectively profiled as Trump’s mentor in David Von Drehle’s column in the Post last week, “The Gospel According to Cohn Has a True Believer.” At his height of power, “nobody did anything in New York politics, in New York real estate, without going through Roy Cohn,” Von Drehle quoted Alan Dershowitz saying, adding, “He would surely have advised exactly the sort of tactics Trump and Co. are now deploying: attack, leak, distort, impugn.” His approach was to accuse his adversary of exactly the crimes that he was committing. In his exhausting 1988 biography of Cohn, “Citizen Cohn,” writer Nicholas Von Hoffman, who died in New England at 88 just this week, wrote, “Roy was an erratic virtuoso, mixing law, politics, business, high society and crime,” adding, “He always used to say, ‘I don’t care what the law is, tell me who the judge is.’” On his relationship with Trump, Von Hoffman wrote, “The TrumpRoy relationship was that mixture of business and social which Roy sought, and while some people around Roy dismissed Trump as a ‘user,’ he stuck by Roy to the end.” One of the best profiles of Cohn as the unrepentant user and crook lawyer dying from AIDS in 1985 was done by playwright Tony Kushner in his two-part Tony and Emmy award-winning masterpiece, “Angels in America,” now enjoying a revival on Broadway. In the HBO-TV version, Cohn was played by Al Pacino in an Emmywinning rendition.

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Go Right Ahead & Criticize #MeToo

During the 2016 presidential campaign, I went to Donald Trump rallies in the Midwest, the South and on the East Coast. At all of them, I’d ask Trump fans what was bothering them about American life. By far the most common reply was: too much political correctness. People kept complaining that they could no longer say what they really thought. I’d ask what they couldn’t say, but they usually wouldn’t answer. Then I’d ask who was stopping them, and they inevitably talked about being criticized for their political opinions on social media. I thought of all those people, embittered and baffled to suddenly find themselves subject to a code of speech and manners that they neither understood nor consented to, as I read Katie Roiphe’s new essay in Harper’s Magazine, “The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter Feminism Is Bad for Women,” which faults parts of the #MeToo movement for excessive hostility NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE toward men, and for accepting all accusations at face value. In it, she also thought about Trump voters, but she compares them to furious online feminists: “Twitter, especially, has energized the angry extremes of feminism in the same way it has energized Trump and his supporters: The loudest, angriest, most simplifying voices are elevated and rendered normal or mainstream.” Well before it was published, Roiphe’s essay provoked outrage on the feminist internet because of reports that she was going to out the anonymous creator of a crowdsourced document about sexual misbehavior by men in media. (The list’s creator, Moira Donegan, has since gone public, writing that she learned the magazine was planning to identify her when she was contacted by a Harper’s fact-checker.) There was discussion of some writers pulling their pieces from that issue of Harper’s because they felt that exposing Donegan could endanger her, though Roiphe has claimed she never planned to do that. Some of the pre-publication drama is incorporated into Roiphe’s final essay. She lists disgusting things that people tweeted about her during the controversy, saying, “With this level of thought policing, who in their right mind would try to say anything even mildly provocative or original?” She argues that if, in the past, women feared retribution for speaking out about sexual harassment, now those who doubt the #MeToo orthodoxy face a new sort of silencing. In the piece, Roiphe says that ordinarily outspoken professional women insisted on anonymity before they’d admit to her that they feel conflicted about the current sexual harassment reckoning. She quotes one woman as saying, “I think there is more regretted consent than anyone is willing to say

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out loud.” Another says: “Why didn’t I get hit on? What’s wrong with me?” Her sources worry about due process and think Donegan’s list indefensibly blurred boundaries between low-level boorishness and assault. Some of the sentiments Roiphe describes are similar to things I’ve said in private conversations myself. I understand the hesitation to say them publicly, because it’s unpleasant to be jeered at on the internet by self-righteous young people. But Roiphe, like the Trump rallygoers, makes a category error in conflating criticism — even harsh, ugly criticism — with oppression. The social justice left is often accused of putting feelings over facts. But its critics, in many cases, are just as unwilling to distinguish feeling silenced from actually being silenced. Despite the fears of some of Roiphe’s informants, plenty of women have questioned aspects of the #MeToo movement without demonstrable damage to their careers. Roiphe, far from being unable to speak, appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning” this weekend to talk about the #MeToo “thought police.” On the program, Roiphe seemed genuinely unnerved by the prepublication furor over her piece. “It felt like there was a mob with torches outside the window,” she said. Having run afoul of a Twitter mob or two myself, I know the feeling. But I also know that a virtual mob isn’t the same as a live one. The torches aren’t real, and in some cases neither are the people. This is important to remember, because social media can obscure the power dynamics of the offline world. It’s democratizing up to a point, for good and ill — it can give a platform to traditionally marginalized people, and allows all of us to be judged and insulted by masses of strangers. But influence on Twitter doesn’t necessarily translate to influence elsewhere. Faced with thousands of incensed Twitter users, you might feel it’s dangerous to say that #MeToo has gone overboard, but in the real world the men who still run things will congratulate you for your courage. Left-wing Twitter mobs are a great gift to the right, since they make defending the status quo seem transgressive and brave. “Can you see why some of us are whispering?” Roiphe asks in her Harper’s piece, citing angry things Donegan has written online. “It is the sense of viciousness lying in wait, of violent hate just waiting to be unfurled, that leads people to keep their opinions to themselves, or to share them only with close friends.” Certainly, social media is a grotesque netherworld of bad faith and cruelty. But as ugly as the intellectual environment is online, if people are truly whispering their discomfort with #MeToo, why are they so easy to hear?



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Close, But No Cigar for Mason Wrestlers at Districts BY BRYAN HARRIS


On Saturday, Feb. 3 the George Mason High School wrestling team travelled to Strasburg for the Bull Run District tournament and came within a takedown of doing something the team has not done in nearly twenty years; win a district title as a team. Despite falling just short of their goal, the team still finished second with four individual champions. Mason began with Madison County and despite each side giving up a number of weight classes the Mustangs won the head to head battle and the match. Bryan Villegass’ first period pin over Marques Blakey in the 120 pound weight class was followed up by pins from junior West Hagler (138 pounds) and senior Henry Casillas (182 pounds). Mason’s only other senior, Finn Roou, secured a 6-4 victory by getting a takedown in sudden victory overtime help Mustangs win 57-24. In the second round against Central High School where Hagler took on returning state qualifier Jacob Scibelli in the opening match. Hagler dominated the pace from the first whistle,

BLINGED OUT after taking second place at the Bull Run District tournament is Mason’s wrestling team. (P����: B���� H�����) ultimately earning the fall one minute into the second period. The two teams traded forfeits until Mason’s 106 pound Otto Dorschner lost a tough fight to the younger Scibelli by fall. The Mustangs finished on a high note when Villegass quickly earned his second pin of the day, finishing off Quasseem Garland in just 29 seconds to help Mason win 48-21. Mason’s third match of the day, against Rappahannock

County High School, went much the same as the previous two. Hagler took 6 points for the team by pinning Ethan Leake in just over three minutes, junior captain Jack Felgar pinned his opponent in just a minute and Mason won 60-12. The fourth round of the tournament pitted the Mustangs against the Strasburg Rams, providing the distinctly purple hometown crowd the most exciting, tightest dual of the day. The match started

with an intense fight between Felgar and Strasburg senior captain Alec Campbell, both of whom have their sights set on state medals in two weeks. Felgar secured the lead early with a fierce takedown and never let Campbell take it away, getting an 8-7 decision and an early lead for Mason. The most exciting match of the day came in the 170 pound weight class pitting Mason freshman Carlos Shields against Chase Hart. The two grapplers

jockeyed for position through the first two periods but neither wrestler could score a point. In period 3 Hart took the down position, quickly scoring the first point of the match with an escape. Shields scored a takedown with less than a minute left only to have the match tied as Hart escaped with only a few seconds left. The match ran into overtime, and saw Hart earn a takedown to win the match as well as the dual for Strasburg at 37-32. Mason finished the day and locked up their second place finish against Clarke County getting key wins from Felgar, Hagler and Casillas and won 41-35. On the whole Coach Martinez was impressed with the way his team fought throughout the day. “There were many of our wrestlers who were down by several points with seconds to go and were still giving max effort to finish strong. And, on the flip side there were many bouts where we were winning but kept pushing for more points until the end.” Every individual on the team qualified for the regional tournament which will be next Saturday at Stuart’s Draft High School, with wrestling to start at 11 am.

Mustangs Win Final Tune Ups Against Madison & Clarke Before Postseason BY MATT DELANEY


George Mason High School’s girls basketball team finished off the final week of regular season play on a high note by downing Madison County High School, 53-23, and followed that up with a defensive 37-19 win over Clarke County High School earlier this week. The time is now for the Mustangs (17-5). With the postseason looming, the team has solidified its strengths — crisp ball movement on offense and suffocating defense — with its primary weakness of handling the ball too casually in big moments. Mason’s construction makes them a formidable foe for any upcoming opponents, and luckily they got their slice of humble pie out of the way before the win-or-gohome games start next week. “The loss woke us up,” Mason head coach Michael Gilroy said. “Last year we had a 15-game win streak going into Region semifinals. Now we got that out of the way so we should have our heads clear for the playoffs.” However senior forward Kaylee Hirsch does think that

Mason’s Jan. 30 loss to Central High School was received differently by the team. According to her, some players lay the loss at the feet of the referees rather than put the blame on themselves. Hirsch wants her teammates to recognize that how the loss came about doesn’t matter as much as the loss itself, so going forward she wants her teammates to have “confidence, not cockiness” and the wins will follow. That confidence was on full display against Madison County on Feb. 1. Senior forward Jenna Short’s putback, followed by Hirsch’s kick-out to senior guard Nicole Bloomgarden for a threepointer got Mason off to the races in the opening minutes. The Mustangs would go up 13-0 and never look back. At the start of the second quarter Mason led 18-3 and continued to keep up the pressure with senior forward Claire Trundle’s long two-pointer and senior guard Isabella Ashton’s layup on a feed from Bloomgarden. By halftime the Mustangs were up 32-14 and comfortably in command. Starters played one final quarter in the third to put the game out of reach. Hirsch, Short and senior guards Elizabeth Dodge and

TEAM DEFENSE has been the biggest determinant of Mason’s success throughout the entire season as they’ve defeated every opponent they’ve held under 40 points. (P����: C���� S��) Victoria Rund carried the scoring for the quarter and lengthened Mason’s lead to 46-19 heading into the final frame, where reserves would close it out. The Mustangs win over Clarke County was anything but pretty. Both teams struggled to generate any consistent offense and were

forcing errant shots at times. Still, Mason was able to string together a few runs that ultimately put them ahead and helped them seal a game where less than 60 points were scored between both teams. So again, the time is now for Mason to make the run they’ve been plotting since last spring.

“Since we lost last year we’ve been saying we’re going to win the state championship,” Hirsch said. “So it’s time to go do it.” Mason will host the winner of this week’s Conference 35 quarterfinal during the Feb. 13 semifinal game that will take place at The Pit.



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School News & Notes Haycock Elementary Students Put Art on Display Seventy students from Haycock Elementary School (kindergarten – sixth grade) will have their artwork displayed at United Bank (7787 Leesburg Pike, Vienna) as part of the 2018 Winter Art Show that is taking place through school. The pieces of art, selected by Haycock teachers, will be featured throughout the community bank’s branch for the next few weeks in its main lobby. Students and their families attended an open house reception celebration yesterday to commemorate the exhibit’s opening.

Special Olympics Little Feet Meet Comes to F.C. in May The Special Olympics’ Little Feet Meet is coming to Falls Church this May. Everyone in the community is welcome to volunteer, attend and/or support this upcoming event. The Little Feet Meet is a track meet for elementary and middle school students with and without disabilities. Participants get to run, jump, hop and sprint during the meet. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to show off their skills for family, friends and teachers while promoting awareness, acceptance and inclusion for those with disabilities. You can help support

the event by purchasing a “Little Feet Meet in The Little City” t-shirt. Order your t-shirts at the link provided in Falls Church City Public Schools’ Feb. 2 “Morning Announcements” newsletter.

Marshall High Helps GMU Host Nat’l Engineers Week In recognition of National Engineers Week, Marshall Academy — a Governor’s STEM Academy — and George Mason University’s (GMU) Volgenau School of Engineering and will partner to host the second annual National Engineers Week Youth Conference on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the GMU Fairfax campus to encourage middle and high school students to dream big and discover their inner engineer. The conference will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and include workshop sessions on bioengineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and cybersecurity. Attendees will get insider tips on how to pursue an engineering degree and have the opportunity to network with guest speakers and future engineers and IT professionals. Hands-on activities include opportunities to design and build structures, make a circuit with a pencil, do practical aerodynamics, explore nanotechnology to pros-

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Longfellow Middle Students Win Literature Contest Four seventh graders from Longfellow Middle School have won the National Literature Competition. The four students — Joshua, Elliott, Daniel, and Anisha — placed first in their preliminary heat, then went on to win the national finals. Team members will serve as the American representatives at the Kids Literature Quiz World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in July. In preliminary heats, competitors answer 100 questions on children’s literature in categories such as poetry, authors, titles, settings, characters, and nursery rhymes. The national finals are run in a quiz show-style format. The team was coached and mentored by parent Julia Fu. Churchill Road Elementary’s team placed second. For more information, contact Julia Fu at robertjulielee@gmail. com.

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Middle School Book Club: February Book: Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye. Book discussion group for teens in Grade 6-8. Copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required for the school year as available spaces are limited. Call or visit the library’s Youth Services Desk for more details.irginia Ave., Falls Church). 6 – 6:30 p.m. 703248-5034.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1-on-1 Computer and Internet Tutoring. Get general personalized assistance to learn how to use the library’s downloadable collections (ebooks, digital magazines, music), customize your email, more efficiently search the web or better familiarize yourself with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Registration required.

Stop by the Reference Desk or call 703-248-5035 (TTY 711) for more info or to make an appointment.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Chinese New Year Festival @ Merrifield. The 11th Annual Chinese New Year Festival will be held for one day this Saturday by the Asian Community Service Center. Live performances, including dragon and lion dances, a fashion show, an inside lunar new year dragon parade and much more will be offered at the festival. Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church). 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 703-868-1509.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Valentine Tea. Interested attendees can treat themselves to a cup of tea at the special Valentine’s Day tea at the Historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse. A costumed docent will be the attendees’ host while they dine on sandwiches, assorted sweets, scones and — of

course — tea. Cost is $33 per person. Reservations are required. Register with the Recreation and Parks Department by calling 703248-5027 (TTY 711). Reference Activity Code 230150-A. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). 2 – 4 p.m. Mardi Gras Parade. Little City businesses team up to host the second annual Mardi Gras Parade in Falls Church on Sunday. The parade route begins at the police station behind City Hall and will travel a half-mile along Park Ave. until ending up at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack for the post-parade festivities. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their Mardi Gras best. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 5 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5, or infants through kindergarten. Drop-in, no registration required. All storytimes are immediately followed

by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-2485034. Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy and social skills through play with other children. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703-248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their second language. Class is a good starting point for new English speakers looking to acquire an entry level or part-time position with an employer. Meets every Monday at regularly scheduled time. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 “Digging Up Dessa.” Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. After a field trip to a museum reveals that a 19th century paleontologist’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves. Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $20. 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, SATURDAY,FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 210 “Lady Day.” Helen Hayes Awardwinning actress, Iyona Blake (“Caroline or Change”) returns to the Cauldron to portray one of America’s most iconic jazz legends. In 1959, Billie Holiday, or “Lady Day” as she was called, performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. In Robertson’s award-winning play, Holiday engages the audience with salty, often humorous remi-

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niscences of her troubled life as a travelling performer in a segregated south. With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers (played by Award-winning composer, actor Mark Meadows) she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful, heart-wrenching and bawdy songs from her most memorable canon. Creative Cauldron(410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) $30. 8 p.m. “The Way of the World.” Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage — a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land inhabited by the Hamptons’ one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Folger Theatre (201 East Capitol St. SE Washington, DC). $55. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 ”4,380 Days.” For the last 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposé into the most dangerous prison of all—fear. With a graceful poetry and a fluidity that spans time and place, DC playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity and what it means to be American. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $65. 7 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 J. Roddy Walston and The Business Post Animal Live and In Concert. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, Washington D.C.) $30. 7 p.m. 202265-0930. Dan Hovey and the Tall Boys Live and In Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:45 p.m. 703-241-9504.


Brad Rhodes. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. The World Famous Pontani Sisters Burlesque-A--Pades in Loveland! Hosted By Mr. Murray Hill and featuring Angie Pontani, The Evil Hate Monkey, The Maine Attraction, Cleveland’s Own Pinch & Squeal, PLUS Cherry Bomb, Ginger Leigh & Goldi Fox of the Peekaboo Revue. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. An Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band. Warner Theatre (513 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). $67. 8 p.m. 703-549-7500. Marcia Ball. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $35 – $45. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. The Fabulous Dialtones’ 2018 Pre-Valentine’s Day Party with the Taylor Davie Band. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Bruce in the U.S.A. – The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (encore performance the following night at the same time). The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $25. 9 p.m. 703237-0300.. Wicked Jezabel. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Andrew Burleson. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

MARCIA BALL will be at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Friday. (Photo:

ing night at the same time). Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $30. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. An Evening With Mary Gauthier. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $22. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Convertible Jerks. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.


Kareem Walkes Funk Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504.

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

One Night Stand. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

2 From the Heart. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.


Masters of Hawaiian Music (encore performance the follow-

Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Kiti Gardner. JV’s Restaurant (6666

Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

W. Broad St., Falls Church). 7 p.m. 703-237-8333.

All You Need Is Love 6 – Jammin’ Java’s Songwriters’ Circle: A Tribute to The Beatles & Love Songs. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $16. 7 p.m. 703255-1566.

Carla Bruni. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $59.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500.

Brad Vickers & The Vestapolitans. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703241-9504. Girl Choir. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Mardi Gras with the Capital Focus Jazz Band. Dogwood Tavern (132

An Evening with Red Wine. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Sookie Jump Fat Tuesday Party. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 The Birchmere presents G3 2018: Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (of Def Leppard). Warner Theatre (513 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). $75. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500 Oz & The Revue. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8:15 p.m. 703-522-8340.

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Public Notice ABC LICENSE TARGET STORES, INC, trading as Target Store T3295, 500 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Wine and Beer Off Premises license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Janine Brown-Wiese, VP. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

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Rd. Falls Church, VA, 22042. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Mixed Beverage on Premises license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Robert Giaimo, Manager & Vpe Von Hengst, Manager. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www. or 800-552-3200.

NFD CORPORATION, INC., Trading as: Awash Market & Butcher Shop 3825 B, South George Mason Drive, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Beer and Wine OFF Premises. Frehiwot Kebede President. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www. abc.virginia.go or 800-552-3200 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA A public hearing regarding the topic referenced below is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE A REQUEST FOR CONCEPTUAL PROPOSALS FOR THE WEST FALLS CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT All public hearings will be held in the Falls Church Community Center, Senior Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at (703-248-5014) or The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on February 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the George Mason High School Library, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, for election of officers and to consider other administrative items including 2018 Rules of Procedures. Information on the above applications is available for review at: Zoning Office 300 Park Avenue, Suite 300W Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1) This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)

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CBC Rejects Vice Mayor’s Re-Election Bid; Backs 4 New Aspirants for Council

Obama Landslide, Divided GOP Vote: Blue Virginia in November?

With 144 ballots cast, the assembled convention Tuesday night of the City’s oldest civic organization, the Citizens for a Better City (CBC), endorsed four candidates for the Falls Church City Council in the upcoming May 5 election. None of the four candidates have ever run for public office in the City before, but all come with a track record of community service here in the Falls Church.

Sen. Barack Obama’s landslide victory over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Virginia Democratic primary Tuesday did not only contribute to the “Chesapeake primaries” sweep that gave Obama a net lead in the total delegates to date. It also confirmed that Virginia stands a solid chance of turning out a majority for the Democratic presidential nominee this November, which would be the first time the state voted Democrat since 1964.

Globetrotting Writer, Volunteer & F.C. Resident Frances Richardson Dies at 100 by Edith Holmes Snyder Special to the News-Press

Frances Waterbury Richardson, who served as a Red Cross volunteer in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany during World War II, worked for the US Information Service in India, taught English at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, and facilitated elections in Bosnia, died on Jan. 30 in Vienna, Virginia. She was 100. Her daughter Alice Christine Williamson confirmed Fran’s death at the home of her son Raj Lee Richardson, where she lived for a decade. Richardson identified growing up during the depression and seeing war first hand as “the defining experiences of my life.” The war, in particular, further developed her natural interest in and caring for people. “I’m incurable. I am a hopeless incorrigible. My failing is people. I like them. I’m fascinated by them,” she wrote in a 1943 letter home from her post overseas. “I am intrigued by the drama of human beings — those who are fighting this war — so many people, of so many tastes, backgrounds, talents, all thrust together for one purpose.” She repeatedly sought to help and encourage others, among them, Kuldip Nayar, now a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist, author, and ex-High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, and Charles H. Twining, a Foreign Service officer who became US Ambassador to Cambodia and several other

countries. Richardson sponsored a young French orphan bringing him to America following the war in Europe and later housed her Chinese students and paid tuition for one young man to pursue graduate studies in this country. A writer from elementary school on, she penned letters, reports, papers, and stories on subjects ranging from improving Red Cross recreation services for hospitalized soldiers to life in Uganda. She was published in a wide variety of domestic and international publications—from the Bedford Times Register, her hometown newspaper in Ohio, and Over Here, a post-VE Day American Red Cross periodical, to National Geographic and the New York Times. Richardson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University in 1939, the first woman to do so, and her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1947. While at Kent State, she interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt when the First Lady visited Akron in November 1938 and Richardson was on special assignment for the Akron Times-Press. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 17, 1917 to Irving Waterbury and the former Dorothy Moses, the first of four children and the only girl. When Richardson was five, the family moved to Bedford, Ohio, where her father owned and operated a lumber mill. Richardson married Neil Richardson, an American businessman, in 1949 in India and for the next 28 years, until her

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Lennox Shelton Passes Away At 86 From Long-Term Illness husband’s death in 1977, lived in Uganda, Sudan, and both coasts of the United States while the couple raised their three children. In addition to son Raj, daughter Alice, son-in-law James Williamson, and widowed daughter-in-law Linda J. Heffner, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive Fran. The Richardsons’ second son and Dr. Heffner’s husband, Douglas Kent, died in 2002. In 2000 the Falls Church City Council and the Falls Church Women’s Commission honored Richardson with the Mattie Gundry Award, which recognizes significant contributions for the enfranchisement of women in Falls Church. On Memorial Day 2004, the Women in Military Service for America recognized her in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery where Richardson represented the American Red Cross. Her family will announce plans for a memorial service and how to donate in her memory at a later date. The full obituary can be read online at

Lennox “Lex” Shelton, 86, a retired financial director of Sandals Resorts, died on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 following a long illness. Mr. Shelton who lived in Falls Church, Virginia was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He spent a number of years working in international positions and came to VA in 1985. Lex became a U.S. citizen in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Ann O’Neil; his sister, Elizabeth Molander; stepchildren, Donald

DiLoreto (Kristen), Jean Marie King (John), Steven DiLoreto (Virginia) and grandchildren; Ana DiLoreto, Amanda King, Olivia King, Donald DiLoreto; nieces: Sarah, Helen, Lisa, and nephew: John. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Potomac Keepers, 3070 M St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 or




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