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Inside This Week F.C. Superintendent Search Progresses

Falls Church School Board chair Lawrence Webb said in a letter late last week that the School Board search for a permanent new superintendent is nearing completion, and will by April 8. See News Briefs, page 9

Campus Development Group Wants Max Use

Falls Church’s Campus Economic Development working group was spiced with impassioned talk of ensuring the maximum potential from the 36-acre George Mason High School campus site at its meeting last Friday.

Shields’ Proposed F.C. Budget Has 3¢ Set-Aside for New High School Snow Day

4¢ Tax Hike Overall Includes Penny for Schools’ Growth

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

Ozderman was seen sitting inside the Falls Church Police Criminal Investigations Office with Clipp and may have had access to the department’s computers. The FBI has taken over the investigation, Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin said, to determine “how deep the compromise is” of the police department.

The icy weather conditions outside were matched by the icy response that the Falls Church City Council gave to City Manager Wyatt Shields’ proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget that he unveiled Monday night. In this latest step toward adopting a budget by late next month, Shields called for a four-cent increase in the real estate tax rate, from $1.315 to $1.355 per $100 of assessed valuation. Three cents of the increase is based on a projected need for stash-away money in the event of a bond referendum for a new high school this fall that could have a price tag over $100 million. One cent of the proposed rate increase was presented by Shields as a direct pass through of a 3.7-percent increase in the request by the School Board for operating expenses to meet a 6.4 percent increase in enrollment. The Council had told the School Board that unless it held its request to a 2.7 percent increase, a tax rate increase would be required. But the biggest portion of Shields’ proposed budget came in the form of three cents, or $1.2 million, extracted from taxpayers to be put into a capital reserve fund to soften the blow of what may come as a huge new debt burden to pay for a new high school. This, however, comes prior to any decisions yet being made by the teams of City Council and School Board members concerning the cost of a new school, contingent upon decisions about the configuration of the new school

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See News Briefs, page 9

Paul Krugman: Facts Are Enemies Of the People

We’re just supposed to believe the president if he says, falsely, that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever; if he claims, ludicrously, that millions of votes were cast illegally for his opponent; if he insists, with no evidence, that his predecessor tapped his phones. See page 14

F.C. Welcomes New Businesses

Several new businesses opened in Falls Church over the past few weeks including a boutique, a children’s consignment shop and a dialysis clinic. See Business News, page 16

IT MAY NOT HAVE been much, but it snowed! A disappointing — for some — result from the winter storm that hit the east coast this week resulted in just a few inches of snow on the ground in Falls Church. Despite the underwhelming accumulation, with a day off of school and many other closures, residents of The Little City did their best to make the most of it. (Photo: Rosaly Kozbelt)

Gaithersburg Man Charged With Impersonating Police in Falls Church by Sam Tabachnik

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A Maryland man, charged with impersonating a law enforcement agent, gained access to a City of Falls Church Police department office and conducted surveillance at the Eden Center with the help of a Falls Church police detective last September, according to reports and court records released last week.

Itai Ozderman, 35, of Gaithersburg, Md., convinced his girlfriend, Falls Church detective Jannie Clipp, that he was a Baltimore County Police Officer working on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Task Force, a search warrant obtained by WUSA9 alleges. Ozderman, records show, has never been a law enforcement officer of any kind. The warrant also alleges that

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The third meeting of Falls Church’s Campus Economic Development working group composed of members of the City’s Planning Commission, School Board, City Council and Economic Development Authority, is slated for this Friday morning at the refreshing hour of 7:30 a.m. at City Hall. The group, formed to scope out the optimum economic development potential that could be extracted from the 36-acre George Mason High School campus, was spiced with impassioned talk of ensuring the maximum potential from the site at its meeting last Friday. Under terms of the agreement of its transfer to the City, economic development would be limited to 10 of the 36 acres with the rest to be devoted to education. A “draft prelude” document to assist in the crafting of a request for proposals to the development community is due to be ready for discussion this Friday, and the input for it provided last Friday was basically that there should be “no holds barred.” Mayor David Tarter said, “We have a chance to do something really unique to put Falls Church on the map, to create a sense of place that will be important for the future of the City.” He added, “It is the tax yield that we can take from this that is the key, both now and in 50 years.” Russ Wodiska, the new chair of the Planning Commission, weighed in forcefully, suggesting “something bigger to tie in with the universities” — (the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center building being adjacent the land in question) — “for some sort of energy project or center for energy sustainability research.” It should be a “bigger concept,” he said, being as it is right next to the Metro. He added that Falls Church “community values” should be combined with “whatever the market can come up with.” He said, “We don’t want to limit, but to broaden the scope and to be open to creative scenarios.” Falls Church School Board member Phil Reitinger agreed that “the broadest possible approach” be taken to encompass “whatever wider visions

there are out there for the region.” Bob Young of the City’s Economic Development Authority said, “This represents a unique opportunity going beyond this generation.” Falls Church City Planning Director Jim Snyder said that one element to be included in seeking input from potential developers should be “where on the site the 10 acres for development should be.” He also suggested that a special taxing district be established to help with potential infrastructure costs, and he also suggested a phased development approach that takes in surrounding properties on a more gradual basis. Whereas it was an operating assumption to now that the best site would be that adjacent the intersection of W. Broad (Route 7) and Haycock Road, there have been others who’ve suggested locating the site nearer the West Falls Church Metro station, which is adjacent the property, might produce a higher yield. That might involve land that is now used for the high school football field, which might require finding temporary homes for the high school sports teams that use that field. On the other hand, as undeveloped land, it could be susceptible to immediate commercial development, whereas other scenarios (such as the Rt. 7 at Haycock) might require waiting for two years to be made available for development. City Manager Wyatt Shields added that a request for proposal include whatever the group decides it may want in the form of an aquatic or performing arts center to supplement the high school or multi-use campus concept. He also suggested a “full service hotel” might be a desired component. Planning Commissioner Lindy Hockenberry suggested a focus be on the development of an educational campus linking the university facilities with those of the high school and middle school. Meanwhile, the City’s Planning Department has scheduled a public meeting and forum for Saturday, March 25, at 8:45 a.m. at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School cafetorium to discuss commercial development on the campus site, part of its “small area plan” series.


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“[Falls Church citizens] have an expectation of public trust and this to me is a violation of public trust,” the chief said. “And I take that very seriously. It’s a top priority. “I work for the public and if they can’t trust us, then what are we? We’re not worth a darn.” Gavin confirmed that Ozderman did enter the Criminal Investigations office but could not verify that he had access to a computer. Clipp, a member of the department since 2004, has been suspended as the FBI continues its investigation, Gavin said. WSUA9 reported that Clipp claimed she was the Eden Center in Falls Church on September 30, 2016, “conducting surveillance on a target vehicle for an ATF Task Force.” Ozderman was there as well, wearing a ballistic vest with an “ICE” placard across the chest and was reported to be “enforcing or attempting to enforce criminal laws,” according to court records. Sergeant Sonya Richardson of Falls Church called the FBI and found that no such surveillance mission had been planned. On February 22, the FBI, a

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Montgomery County SWAT team and Falls Church police conducted a raid at Ozderman’s Gaithersburg home. Agents found ten firearms during the search, including seven handguns, two M4 style assault rifles and one shotgun. Agents also discovered an array of law enforcement gear in Ozderman’s car, including body armor, tactical vests, ammunition, a working police radio and Baltimore County police badge. Ozderman has been charged in Montgomery County with impersonating a police officer and transporting a handgun in a vehicle. Federal charges may be forthcoming. Court records confirm

LO CA L Ozderman has worked as an I.T. engineer at The Washington Post for around two years. Gavin indicated changes will need to be made in the department to ensure this does not happen again. “It’s not something that you’re proud of, so it is a gut check,” she said. “I’m all about, ‘We made a mistake, we need to fix it.’ We need to figure it out. And we need to talk about it. Our responsibility — let’s call it a public trust issue — is first to identify it, second is to investigate it, and then you need to take corrective action.” Gavin pointed to more thorough auditing of schedules as a new policy change, as well as tightening the inspection of credentials for anyone entering the department. Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter released a statement saying he is “unable to comment on a pending case. I appreciate the Police Department reporting this to the FBI for their thorough investigation.” Multiple members of the City Council said there has yet to be inperson discussion about the case. Councilmember David Snyder said he “plans to raise management and policy issues” and is “interested in what management will do to prevent issues like this in the future.”

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Don’t Impose a Tax, But Win a ‘Yes’

With the coming tough choices facing the City of Falls Church on its need for a new high school, it is of paramount importance to keep the eye on the ball, and not be diverted by secondary, special or selfish issues and interests. We must be focused like a laser beam. The reason is obvious. Voters this November will be asked to approve the largest bond referendum in the City’s history, regardless of the price tag that winds up being attached to it. Winning that voter approval, while at the same time seeking the best educational facility required to meet the core needs of our students, is the goal. There are three moving parts here. First, winning the support of the voters. Second, focusing the new construction effort on core educational needs. Third, finding new revenues to mitigate the cost to taxpayers through optimizing economic development on the 36-acre campus site in question. The good news is that there is solid support in the community for all three of these components. Especially useful has been the robust demonstration of commitment to the “highest and best use” of the economic component exhibited by the newly-formed Campus Economic Development Task Force (see story, page 4). If the development community becomes convinced that the City really wants something that is going to be a blockbuster, from the standpoint of density and revenue yield for the next 50 years, then there should be a serious response. We know there are developers out there in near orbit to the City looking for just this sort of thing. If the voting public can see the City and Schools making a determined effort to get those offsetting revenues, on the one hand, and to hold the construction project to core needs for quality education, and not superfluous ones, then we’re confident the project will enjoy a level of support to make passage of a referendum possible. In short, if the cost to taxpayers of the new school is over $100 million, then in our opinion it will, and should, fail. On the other hand, if the combination of promising economic development and avoidance of superfluous components for the new school can be demonstrated to bring the cost down to, say, under $70 million, then we’re confident it will pass. In this context, it is, to us, not helpful for the City Council to ask for a three-cent set-aside for the project in the current budget. It will only cause dissension in the ranks, so to speak, making the public potentially an adversarial player whose concerns will zero in on making sure the project cost stays low. You don’t want that. You want a happy voting public eager to join in the process of delivering a first rate high school at the most economical cost. Don’t forcibly commit them to it with a tax hike before they’ve been invited to join in the effort voluntarily.


Why are F.C. Police Enforcing Tax Laws?

Editor, I have lived in the City of Falls Church, off and on, for going on 20 years. I have had a few occasions to contact our police department. I have had nothing but positive interactions with various officers, have always been communicated with respectfully, and always felt that my concerns, as minor as they might seem in comparison to violent crimes, were listened to.

That is why I am disappointed to learn that we are giving our police responsibility for enforcing tax laws. I discovered a ticket on my vehicle, parked in an apartment complex lot, for an expired city sticker. I had in fact paid my tax way back in October, as I have done every year, but inadvertently put the sheet of paper with the decal in my inbox, and forgotten about it. The ticket was more (a lot


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more!) than a ticket for parking on the sidewalk, parking on the highway, and similar transgressions that would affect public safety or impede traffic! I could appeal the ticket and go to court, but if the judge decides to be strict, even when I show proof of having paid my tax, I would be on the hook for court costs that would more than double the fine. Is this what we want our small police department to be spending time on? And wouldn’t it make more sense to have a different process for demonstrating payment of tax than going through the court system? Chris Raymond Falls Church

F.C. Shopping Center Management is Acting Selfish Editor, It is a measure of corporate insensitivity or pure BS, but we now enter our city library past a warning notice on the door that the adjacent Broadale Village Shopping Center will tow patrons’ cars. Presumably, this notice was deemed necessary upon the new void of Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant, which leaves a lot of

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Sometimes an idea comes along that is so timely, so interesting, so right that everyone wants to be part of it. The upcoming Falls Church Women’s History Walk is one of those ideas. If you aren’t already involved, consider this your heartfelt invitation to be part of it. There are many reasons to gather to celebrate history-making women, focus on wellness, and build community right here in Falls Church. On Sunday, March 26 the mile-long walk will kick-off at 2 p.m., but participants can start later and enjoy the walk as they wish. The “Herstory Stations” will be set up throughout the afternoon, and afterwards we will be gathering for a Community Resource Fair in the Community Center until 5 p.m. Despite our small size, Falls Church looms large in American history. Some of our predecessors made history that is written “in the books.” Others provide a unique window into historic events. Some of the names on the Women’s History Walk will be familiar to Falls Church residents because streets, buildings and schools are named for them. Some aren’t as familiar, but they are worth getting to know! Women have been making history in Falls Church since before the 1600s. The first European settlement at Big Chimneys dates to 1699. We don’t know exactly who lived at the inn/trading post but we have to

assume that at least one woman lived in the log house with big chimneys. There was plenty of work to do at the important stop along the Rolling Road between Virginia tobacco plantations and the Alexandria port.

“We hope this walk puts a spring in your step and inspires you to make history.” Falls Church has been home to noted abolitionists, educators, visionaries. Women who persisted. Women who made a difference. Here’s a snapshot of some of the women we will recognize. • Harriet Foote Turner was a free woman of color who led 12 enslaved people to freedom in Canada by forging their papers and posing as their owner. • Pioneering educator Nancy Sprague’s vision influences Falls Church and Fairfax educators today. • Mary Ellen Henderson petitioned the Fairfax School Board for 20 years for a better school for her African American students. Her detailed study of the inadequacy of her facilities caught their attention. • Mattie Gundry founded and ran the

Virginia Training School, the only school in South for children with special needs. • Alixa Naff, an immigrant from Lebanon, is considered the Mother of ArabAmerican Studies in the United States. These are five of the 14 women whose stories we will tell. There’s a big question that each of us has to answer: What are you doing, today, to carry on the legacy of these women? What are you doing to make a difference in our local community and the world? How are you bridging the divide and getting to know people who aren’t in your usual circles? How are you making life better for others? Everyday life has a way of overwhelming our dreams of doing something big (or small), and our polarized society makes it difficult to bridge the gap between people. We hope that events like the Women’s History Walk will provide the opportunity to think about bravery, determination, health, purpose, community, sisterhood in a way that empowers each person to make a difference for others. While we discover history, we will also celebrate health and wellness. Taking a walk is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. We hope this walk puts a spring in your step and inspires you to make history. Everyone is invited — old, young, women and men, visitors from afar and neighbors from around the corner. People in strollers and wheelchairs, those using

skates, scooters and canes are all welcome. The Women’s History Walk is presented by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and its board members Nikki Graves Henderson, Dr. Beverly PIttman and Rebecca Stotts, as well as the six women elected to office in Falls Church: Jody Acosta, Marybeth Connelly, Erin Gill, Letty Hardi, Karen Oliver, and Margaret Ward. It is sponsored by the American Council on Exercise and the Falls Church AAUW. The Community Resource Fair will have refreshments, as well as information shared by your neighbors who are part of AAUW, Corepower Yoga, Cultural Care Au Pair, Fit4Mom, League of Women Voters, Lethbridge & Associates, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, VPIS and We Support the Girls. We are grateful to the City of Falls Church for logistical support. We are adding exhibitors and sponsors every day, so if you want to participate, we’d love to have you. Contact me at for information on being part of the Women’s History Walk. Sign up on the Facebook Event Page: Falls Church Women’s History Walk, to get previews, updates, maps and more.  Marybeth Connelly is the vice mayor of the City of Falls Church and occasionally a tour guide of a popular Falls Church History Bus Tour.

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and the economic offsets that commercial development on the school site may bring. Decisions on those matters are not expected before June. Normally, the City Council merely receives without comment the City Manager’s recommended budget and his explanations on the night he first presents it. But Monday was much different, led by Council member Phil Duncan’s pronouncement that he “can’t support it as presented” because, he argued, “the key to the sustainability of the City is a competitive tax rate,” noting Fairfax County’s commitment to a level tax rate this year and the fact that Arlington’s remains below one dollar. Duncan pleaded with Shields to go back to the drawing board and provide a zero-growth budget, particularly criticizing the notion of having citizens begin to pay for the new school before having ratified it with a bond referendum this fall. Councilman David Snyder said he shared Duncan’s point of view,

although he said that while he would not like the tax rate to rise, “I won’t allow the schools and the quality of city services to deteriorate or suffer.” On the other hand, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly thanked Shields for “putting the reserve funds in there,” which Shields said was important to the bond market. Connelly wrote the News-Press Tuesday with a clarification, saying, “I was not unhappy with the budget. I approved of putting the capital reserve funding in the budget because it is key to the most important project we have facing us, a new high school. It is this project that everyone mentioned in the January issue of the NewsPress as the biggest thing we are facing this year. How are we going to pay for it without saving money for it? Economic development will help eventually but we’ve got a big gap to fill to get it started.” The grumpy mood of the Council toward spending money carried over into its discussion of a motion to appropriate $1.5 million in new money for the Mt. Daniel Elementary expansion and

renovation due to the unexpected 21 percent increase in the cost of the work that the opening of bids recently had revealed. Interim School Superintendent Dr. Robert Schiller expressed exasperation before the Council. “This threw us all for a loop,’ he said. “Now bad options are our only options.” Delaying the provision for the added funds could force another full year delay in the project, already delayed two years by hangups with the Fairfax County Planning Commission. So while Schiller said he’d press his board to look for alternatives as its scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the Council reluctantly gave a preliminary OK to the funds by a 5-2 vote Monday night, with Council members Letty Hardi and Dan Sze voting no. But while Schiller said the School Board would address the problem at its meeting set for this Tuesday night, the bad weather forced the cancellation of that meeting, with no make-up date set as yet.

WITH FALLS CHURCH City Manager Wyatt Shields at the podium addressing the F.C. City Council on his FY18 budget recommendations, vocal concerns arose over its inclusion of a three-cent increase on the tax rate to set aside funds to handle the prospective high cost of a new high school. (Photo: News-Press) The schedule for the budget season continues with a town hall and open house at the Community Center this Monday night, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Table displays representing the different departments of the City government will be set up with staff from those departments to answer questions from the public, to be followed by a City Council work session at 8:30 p.m. for an initial budget review. On Monday, March 27, the Council will give a first reading

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NEWS BRIEFS F.C. Superintendent Search Progresses, Webb Reports Falls Church School Board chair Lawrence Webb released a letter late last week to the Falls Church community signaling that the School Board search for a permanent new superintendent is nearing completion, and will be finalized before spring break, or by April 8. According to Webb’s statement, a methodological search process began with contracting B.W.P. Associates last fall, following the departure of Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones, for a nationwide search and a month-long survey of local parents, staff and citizens. The search concluded on Feb. 24, Webb stated, with a pool of 38 candidates “representing a wide range of geographic, ethnic and gender diversity” presented to the school board. The board has since “selected and invited several of the top candidates in for personal interviews,” and “we will whittle this group further to our finalists who will then meet with a 13-member stakeholder panel that the board approved last Tuesday night.” After that, the board will make its final determination, and “it is our intent to announce the new permanent [Falls Church City Public Schools] Superintendent by Spring Break,” Webb said, adding “this is still a confidential process.”

Beyer Co-Sponsors Anti-Hate Legislation Following a national surge in hate crimes, U.S. Rep. Donald Beyer, who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, joined with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) to introduce bicameral legislation this week to strengthen federal laws that combat hate speech, threats, and attacks. Beyer said, “As incidents of hate crimes continue to rise, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (“NO HATE”) Act would improve reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. In a recent high-profile incident, two Indian men in Kansas were shot by a man who shouted “get out of my country” before opening fire. Meanwhile, Jewish Community Centers across the country have experienced a significant uptick in bomb threats and other attempts at intimidation.” Beyer added, “Police forces across the country should be focused on reducing hate crimes. We cannot allow the rise in anti-immigrant acts, acts of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and crimes against LGBTQ individuals since the election to metastasize into a culture of cruelty and intolerance. By tracking and reporting incidents of hate crimes nation-wide, we can know whether we are making progress towards their prevention.” He noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which supports the legislation, reported 701 acts of hateful intimidation and harassment in just the first week after the election. The FBI has also reported a nearly seven percent increase in the number of hate crimes in 2015 compared to 2014. This was driven by a 67 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim crimes.

New ‘Small Area Plan’ Meet on March 25 The City of Falls Church Planning Commission announced this week that the Falls Church community is invited to participate in the kickoff event for the Small Area Plan of the high school and middle school campus. The event is set for Saturday, March 25 from 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School’s Cafetorium. The focus of the event includes community needs, open space, economic development, transportation, and urban design. Participants at this event will discuss best uses and options for up to 10.4 acres of the campus, not the school construction. According to Planning Department head Jim Snyder, “Redevelopment is being discussed as a possibility since the City gained ownership of the property as part of the boundary adjustment tied to the sale of the City’s water utility to Fairfax Water in 2013. This meeting is the first step in creating a Small Area Plan. These types of plans define a vision for redevelopment in a specific location, taking into consideration the history as well as current and future needs of residents, workers and visitors. Once the Planning Commission and staff create a draft plan, community members, boards and commissions, and the City Council will provide more feedback. Ideally, City Council will adopt the plan as recommended by the Planning Commission.”

F.C. Citizens Join Arts Advocacy Day in D.C. March 20 Falls Church and area citizens are planning to attend the Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 20, and a lobbying day March 21. The effort is aimed at preventing cuts to the federal National Endowment for the Arts. Last year, $1.6 million of the endowment’s budget went to non-profit arts groups in Virginia, including over $200,000 to those in the Fairfax-Falls Church area. It is feared the Trump administration will advocate deep cuts in the National Education Association budget.

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Community News & Notes Grace Lutheran to Host Michigan Concert Choir The Concert Choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan, will present a concert of sacred songs at Grace Lutheran Church in Falls Church on Sunday, March 19, at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. The 37 voice traveling singers, under the direction of Professor Leonard A. Proeber, have toured annually since 1955, with appearances in more than 30 states, Canada and Europe. This choir, which will sing over 30 concerts during the 2016-2017 season, regularly visits congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Michigan and adjoining states. There is no admission to the concert; however, since the group is self-supporting, a freewill offering will be received. The concert

is open to the public. For more information about the concert, call 703-534-1719.

AAUW Accepting Book Donations Through April 1 Looking for a new home for your gently used books? The AAUW is collecting books until April 1 at the book collection bin at the Community Center. Books are for the annual book sale to be held on April 7 and 8. The book sale benefits scholarship/grant programs for women, including local Falls Church high school girls. Deposit good, clean, saleable books in the book collection bin at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church) in March or contact (703) 941-5643, for larger donations.

The AAUW needs all kinds of books: hard-covers, paperbacks, novels, non-fiction, children’s, cookbooks, etc. that are suitable for re-sale. Organizers have requested no magazines, encyclopedias, text books or damaged books.

Reston Public Art Film Series Set for Mar. 28 Public Art Reston, as part of its Public Art Film Series, will present three films by film director and Peabody Award recipient Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. The short films will be screened Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center Hunters Woods in collaboration with and supported by Reston Community Center. The documentary films are titled “Emerge: The Making of

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a Community Public Art Project (2010),” “Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art (2012)” and “A Bird in the Hand – Patrick Dougherty’s Sculptural Installation in Reston, VA (2015).” All celebrate the tradition of public art in Reston. Wingert-Jabi will attend the screenings and discuss how her films explore the legacy of public art in Reston since its founding and how Public Art Reston is advancing that tradition.

Falls Church Artist Opens Immigration Exhibit Falls Church resident, artist and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation Vice President, Irena Chambers’ award winning exhibition “No Home To Go To: Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-1952” will be on display at the Arlington Public Library (1015 N. Quincy St.,

Arlington) through April 17, 2017. The award-winning exhibit has been on display across the nation (NYC, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Illinois) as well as Lithuania and Canada. The exhibition uses the memories, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of families and individuals who lived through the experience of fleeing their homeland, living in displaced persons camps, and, finally, finding a new home in a new land. The exhibit examines the experience of fleeing battle fronts and fearing persecution, as thousands of civilians attempted to reach asylum in neighboring countries. Families, many with small children, sought safety and a better life. They lived in makeshift communities where food and accommodations were minimal and relief difficult to come by.

FORMER FALLS CHURCH RESIDENT CDR Wilbur A. Velarde will be promoted to the rank of Captain on April 1, 2017 in the US Coast Guard Reserve, and assigned to the USCG Office of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor. (Photo: CDR Wilbur A. Velarde)

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MASON, IN THE SLED, gets a pull from Joey “Substitute Reindeer” Cavada during the snow day Falls Church on Tuesday. (P����: L��� C�����) Chambers says that the experience of people from 1944-1952 bares a striking resemblance to today’s refugee crisis and immigration experiences. The exhibit shares what occurred more than 70 years ago, when displaced persons in Europe fled their homes and uprooted their lives in the last year of World War II, because of the approaching Soviet forces. Yet, Chambers says, it forces the viewer to examine more critically today’s current refugee crisis — the largest number of immigrants seeking freedom and liberty in America in more than 70 years.

Arlington Food Center Spring Garden Kick-off Set The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Spring Garden Kick-off will take place on Saturday, March 18. This annual event gives new gardeners and old gardeners a chance to meet each other and share knowledge about gardening. There will be a full morning of demonstrations and presentations and free seeds. The event will be held at Arlington Central Library (1050 N. Quincy Street, near the Virginia Square metro) on from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The library is the site of a vegetable garden for AFAC which utilizes several areas of the library property — a large raised bed, raised beds and containers on patios, and a tennis court berm site. Some of attendees are social workers at local community centers that have gardens. Some are home gardeners, some are teachers involved with school-age

populations, and others work with faith-based organizations who have gardens for AFAC. Whatever your background, the morning’s presentations are for gardeners and gardeners-to-be to learn more about gardening and to connect with others who are doing the same. In particular, there will be presentations on maximizing yields in raised bed gardens; succession planting for a four-season harvest; root-zone irrigation techniques to prevent plant diseases and save water; and safe environmental pest controls. Margaret Brown, head of Arlington Central Library, will talk about the library gardens and how they have helped “grow” a sense of community. For those who garden in urban spaces, these are useful topics. Today is the final day to register at

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Hosts Concert of Harmony On Sunday April 2 at 4 p.m. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church) hosts a Concert of Harmony, featuring music of bluegrass, jazz, Broadway, and classical. American music from many periods in our country’s history withh be featured including solos and harmony of “American Songs” from the Classical FX vocal ensemble. A “History of Jazz” will be performed by Washington area’s prominent jazz pianist, Wade Beach. The concert will open with local bluegrass band, Le Bonaparte’s,

with bluegrass standards and bluegrass gospel. Dancing Heart Ensemble (flute, trombone and piano) will also provide music by American composer, Eric Ewazen. Admission is free and a wine and cheese reception follows the concert. For more information, visit www.odeonchambermusicseries. org, or e-mail at marikohiller@ or call (703)200-7489

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Fairfax Genealogical Conference and Expo The Fairfax Genealogical Society’s annual spring conference, “Finding Elusive Ancestors – Tools and Techniques for the Search,” will run on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at the The Westin Tysons Corner (7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The Keynote speaker is D. Joshua Taylor, host of the PBS series, “Genealogy Road Show.” The two-day conference will include over 60 sessions and workshops on topics including family research in Virginia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland, as well Irish, German, Canadian, New England, and African-America research. Sessions will explore tools and resources, migrations of settlers, Colonial America, and other topics of interest to family history researchers. Fees from $65 (one-day FXGS members) to $110 (two-day non-members). Registration at

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

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News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Longtime Fairfax County Park Authority board member Frank Vajda recently announced his retirement after representing Mason District on the FCPA board for 16 years. Frank achieved many accomplishments through the years, including advocating the development of the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in 2003, when the center’s future was threatened by proposed budget cuts. Frank was extraordinarily helpful to me in getting the Mason District Park amphitheatre rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2004, and has been my cohost for the summer concert series there for more than a decade. During Frank’s service, parcels for additional parkland were obtained, including Hogge Park in Bailey’s Crossroads, and Monch Farm near Edsall Road. Succeeding Frank as Mason District Park Authority representative is Ron Kendall, who recently retired from the Environmental Protection Agency, and previously served in the Peace Corps in Haiti. Ron was a member of the Green Team, which advocated for the passage of the Park Bond on last fall’s ballot. In Mason District, the Park Bond garnered almost 68 percent of the vote; the countywide result was similar, and demonstrates that Fairfax County residents treasure their parks. I am pleased to announce the nomination of Barbara Peters, a longtime Annandale resident, to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County History Commission. Barbara recently retired as the branch manager of the Thomas Jefferson Library in Falls Church, and brings a wealth of background to her new volunteer position, including librarian positions in Paraguay and Venezuela. Congratulations to PFC Kathleen “Kat” O’Leary, who was selected as the Mason District Police Station Officer of the Year at last Tuesday’s Citizen

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Advisory Council (CAC) meeting. PFC O’Leary has served as the crime prevention officer at the station for the past 18 months, and has worked with various community groups to resolve neighborhood issues. Kat’s work on behalf of Mason District residents and businesses has been exemplary. Congratulations also to Maiss Mohamed and Deema Alharti, juniors at J.E.B. Stuart High School, and Vanessa Mae Avendano, a senior at Falls Church High School, for winning Student Peace Awards for 2016-2017. Student Peace Awards are offered in all 29 public high schools, as well as some private schools. Each school is invited to select a recipient, based on the student’s contributions for promoting peace and helping to remove the causes of violence, such as poverty, discrimination, and injustice. At a well-attended ceremony on Sunday, 24 individual students and three groups received awards for work ranging from reactivating the Model United Nations Club at Stuart to learn about settling international conflicts through peace and diplomacy, to developing training sessions for faculty to learn more about LGBT students and the issues facing them. These fine young students already are becoming leaders of tomorrow! As announced in last week’s column, I will be hosting a Mason District Town Hall about gang prevention, intervention, interdiction and suppression, on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. A question and answer session will follow the presentations from the police and county agencies. Please plan to attend. S:11.5”

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Now that I’m back from Richmond, I’ve been on the local legislative wrap-up circuit, speaking to civic groups, Boy Scout troops, and chambers of commerce about the recently concluded 45-day legislative session. Typically it’s a chance to recount the bills you passed, the bills that failed, and talk about the budget numbers. There is a real sense of urgency in these get togethers. Falls Churchers and Northern Virginians are ready to get involved and take positive action. So I’ve been trying something a little different. Given the increased level of energy and interest in government and politics that we’ve seen since the surprising result of the 2016 election, I’ve found audiences are anxious to dig a little a deeper. They are willing to get in the weeds with me on how things really work, what really happens in the legislature. Most of us learned how a bill becomes a law at some point during elementary school. Or if you weren’t paying attention in class, you learned it from a cute cartoon character named Bill on Saturday morning. It goes a bit like this. A constituent calls a legislator with a problem they’d like solved. The legislator thinks of a way to solve the problem and writes a bill. The bill goes to a committee, where folks debate it. Is this a problem that needs to be solved? Is this the right solution? Is there a better way to solve this problem? If a majority of the members of the committee agree this bill solves the problem well, it is reported. After a bill is reported, it goes to the floor of the house where it was introduced and everyone votes. If it gets enough votes, it goes to the other house, where the process starts all over again. If it makes it through both houses, it’s signed by the Executive (the Governor) and becomes law. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, but in the Virginia House of Delegates, where Republican’s outnumber democrats almost exactly 2-1 (66-34) it sometimes goes more like this: Locality reaches out to delegate with a good idea, Democratic Delegate works to get the language right with the department of legislative services and introduces bill. Representatives from the industry affected by the bill come to meet with the legislator, explain that this

bill might save the locality money, but will cost them money. At subcommittee, the delegate, the locality, and subject matter experts all testify in favor of the bill. Industry representatives, who have donated thousands to reelection bids of subcommittee members, briefly express opposition. Chairman asks for a motion on the bill...silence. Bill fails to report (dies) without a vote (HB 2170). Or like this: Military attorney reaches out to Democratic Delegate, who happens to be a veteran, and asks Virginia to join several other states in expanding the protections of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act to military spouses and other dependents. This would add to consumer protections available to military members who receive orders requiring them to move and terminate contracts early (HB 2147). Subcommittee chairman says to Democratic Delegate, your bill is sort of like another bill a Republican Delegate has introduced, but better. We are going to take the things that make your bill better, add them to the Republican bill (HB 1537) and kill yours. Or sometimes, if you’ve made a particularly partisan speech on the floor, they simply kill your bill later that afternoon, before you’ve had a chance to explain it (HB 2430). Or, if you are in a competitive election district, they may kill all your bills, and then campaign against you for failing to pass any legislation. That’s just how things go sometimes when you’re in the minority party, when you speak up a lot on the floor. When you make it your job to call out their nonsense when they keep pushing bills to license discrimination against same sex couples (HB 2025), or worry about what bathrooms people use (HB 1612), or have people bring their guns into schools (HB 1392), courthouses (SB 904), and even emergency shelters (HB 2077). Let me know if you think I’m taking the right approach. I’d love to hear from you about how I’m doing. Visit my website (, my Facebook page or come to one of the many community events I’ll be attending over the next several months. I’ve never been shy about interacting with my constituents. Let’s talk soon.  Delegate Simon represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at




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Though I’m a card-carrying journalist, I occasionally rub tweedy elbows with Arlington’s more literary lights. My journalism colleague Burt Solomon, who writes from home in Westover, recently made the transition to novelist. A crowd of us gathered Feb. 26 at the independent bookstore One More Page to hear his confessions about his new title “The Murder of Willie Lincoln.” Arlington, of course, has a storied literary lineage. The 1950s novel and musical “Damn Yankees” was written at South Arlington’s Alcova house. And Margaret Leighton’s young adult classic “The Secret of the Old House” was inspired by her days in the 19th-century house near Virginia Hospital Center called Broadview. Poet Robert Frost’s daughter Lesley Lee Francis lives here and gave a reading last year at Central Library. Arlington government got bookish last summer when it named Katherine Young Arlington’s first poet laureate.” With that program, officials said, Arlington “becomes even more of a haven for the lyrical arts.” Among editors, I’m friendly with Arlingtonian Ruth Stewart, who is editor-in-chief of the artsy Northern Virginia Review. Businesswise, Arlington boasts Paycock Press, which publishes books and an annual Gargoyle Magazine of fiction and poetry

(including a title “31 Arlington Poets”), produced from a home on North 13th Street. And our county’s dateline also appears on the title pages of the Gival Press, “an independent literary press” run out of a home in Arlington Forest since 1998. I recently visited Gival’s publisher/editor Robert Giron to ask how a non-New York City publisher makes ends meet in the digital age. Gival has published dozens of novels, short story collections and poetry (including 27 e-books). “Being a literary press automatically means we’re not rolling in money, but our mission is making a contribution to the arts,” says Giron, who for 30 years has paid the bills teaching English at Montgomery College. Coming out of graduate school in Texas and Michigan in the early 1980s, he was determined “to make a living focusing on writing and publishing.” His fell for the Spanish language poetry of Mexican Jesus Gardea—who couldn’t find a publisher until Giron decided to translate and release the poems himself. His partner drew him to politically sympatico Arlington, where he threw himself into neighborhood potlucks and launched a literary salon. Arlingtonians, Giron said, are “down to earth,” not so snobby about their professions. Gival attracts authors through annual contests—for a $50 fee, authors can win $3,000 for a novel ($20 fee and $1,000 prize for short

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MARCH 16 – 22, 2017 | PAGE 13 stories and poetry), plus contract royalties. “It’s not self-publishing,” says Giron, himself a published poet. “We incur all expenses and don’t charge for editing.” His husband does the artsy layout and cover designs for subject matter that varies from the academic to history to women’s issues to LGBT themes. One star author is nationally known radio host and comedienne Stephanie Miller, whose “Sexy Liberal: Of Me I Sing” came out in 2015. Gival Press put out a 2003 memoir of the 9/11 attacks by Ellis Avery titled “The Smoke Week.” One reason Giron published it, he said, was the vivid memory of the noise that shook his house when the hijacked plane hit the Pentagon. It takes commitment to keep a small press going. “With all the things a publisher does,” Giron told me, “Thank God I have a good-paying teaching job.” *** You recall the Arlington song? The one written in 1970 by Rev. Ernest Emurian and recorded last year by Arlington Independent Media. There are others, all addressing our world-famous cemetery. Country star Trace Adkins released “Arlington” in 2005, not as a political song but the true story of a soldier’s death. Country performer Jami Grooms released “What About Arlington” in 2007, and soulful folkie Lisa Nemzo recorded her award-winning “Arlington” in 2012. That same year, British rocker Graham Parker released his more pointed “Arlington’s Busy.” Driving Under the Influence, 100 block W. Broad St. On Mar. 11, an officer conducted a traffic stop for a motor vehicle violation. The driver, a male, 45, of Bethesda, MD, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Other Arrests

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Mar. 6, sports equipment was reported stolen.

Sexual Assault, 300 block N. Washington St. On Mar. 6, police received a report of sexual assault occurring on Mar. 5 by a known acquaintance.

Brandishing a Firearm, 300 block W. Broad St. On Mar. 7, police received a report of an unknown male brandishing a firearm at the victim.

Identity Theft and Obstruction of Justice, 300 block W. Broad St. On Mar. 6, a male, 37, no fixed address, was arrested for Obstruction of Justice and for an outstanding warrant from Fairfax County for Failure to Appear in Court, Identity Theft, and Obstruction of Justice.

Disorderly Conduct, 300 block W. Broad St. On Mar. 7, a male, 25, no fixed address, was arrested and released on summons for Disorderly Conduct.

Defrauding an Innkeeper and Public Drunkenness, 306 Hillwood Ave. (Lesly’s Restaurant) On Mar. 6, a customer failed to pay a restaurant bill. After an investigation, a male, 35, of Gaithersburg, MD, was arrested for Defrauding an Innkeeper Larceny from Building, 7124 Leesburg Pike (George Mason High School) On

Larceny from Building, 701 W. Broad St. On Mar. 7, medical supplies were reported stolen sometime on Feb. 23. Larceny from Vehicle, 300 block Riley St. On Mar. 11, items were reported stolen from the victim’s vehicle sometime after Mar. 4. Trespassing, 201 S. Washington St. On Mar. 12, a male, 38, of Falls Church, was arrested and released on summons for Trespassing.

On Mar. 8, a male, 29, of Middle River, MD, was arrested in Vienna for Obtaining Money by False Pretenses and two counts of Forgery in the City of Falls Church committed in Dec. 2016 and Jan. 2017. On Mar. 8, a male, 34, of Falls Church, surrendered himself and was arrested for Failure to Comply with a Court Order of Restitution. On Mar. 9, a male, 23, of Alexandria, was arrested in Loudon County for Failure to Comply with a Falls Church General District Court Order. On Mar. 12, a male, 25, of the City of Falls Church, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from the Sheriff’s Office of Arlington County for Tampering with a Jail Fire Suppression Device. On Mar. 12, a male, of the City of Falls Church, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Fairfax County for a Probation Violation.

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Who Remembers George Lakoff?

The bottom line on the GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act, as evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office this week, is almost too simple. In exchange for denying health coverage to 24 million Americans in the next few years, the federal government will enjoy a reduction in the budget deficit of over $300 billion. How it is possible for Republicans to call this a “shift to patientcentered from a government-mandate approach?” It’s the height of mendacity requiring a sequence of mental back flips that can only add to the opioid epidemic. The reality is simply this: the aim is to cut over $300 billion in funding for care from the public health line item, period. What could be more simple or self-evident? That $300 billion is coming right FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS out of the health services that Americans, under Obamacare, would otherwise have. Funnyman Bill Maher’s unfunny advice to Democrats on his HBO show last week was to stand up to Trump and the GOP by out-Trumping them. This would be unimportant except that it reflects a strong mindset now among the ranks obsessed with an almost panicky mandate to figure out how to undo what’s been happening the last few months. The range is from stampeding further into a leftist wilderness to mewling before a racist, xenophobic Trump Nation, begging forgiveness for not taking it more seriously in the election. Maher’s comments conformed to the latter option. In his view, if Trump won as the “alpha male” then Democrats need to man-up with alpha male candidates of its own, including the rehabilitation of many of its former leaders who were disgraced by sexual misconduct, and to ridicule Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for being a “boring beta male.” Of course, it is always an easy out for comedians to claim they were “just kidding” if they say something stupid, as obviously Trump has done more than once. But Maher’s “editorial” was in the context of what he called “a battle for the soul of the country.” Forget that all the disgraced males Maher cited were guilty of degrading women in one fashion or another, such that his call was for Democrats to match the “male chauvinist pig” traits of Trump. Back in 2004, after George W. won re-election, Democrats rallied around a small book for which Howard Dean wrote an introduction, entitled Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, by U.C. Berkeley cognitive linguist George Lakoff. The impact of that little book helped to frame the debate for Obama’s election in 2008. Lakoff, now trying to get his Citizens Communication Network organized around his insights, reiterated his basic, and timeless, themes in an interview on PBS’s Tavis Smiley show recently. He sees in Trump a salesman skilled in manipulating the 98 percent of human thoughts that are unconscious through the use of repetition, among other things, such as the relentless refrains of “Crooked Hillary” and “the lying press.” To the unconscious that is governed by moral world views (for better or worse) rather than basic logic, Trump represents the harsh morality of the “strict father,” he said, who uses tough love to demand discipline, and who insists that those who are poor, disadvantaged or otherwise down the ladder of a “moral hierarchy” are “losers” who deserve their fate because they’re lazy or inadequate in a variety of ways. But the answer to that framework is to opt out entirely in favor of one that focuses on care and nurturing, instead. The message of the historic women’s march following the inauguration in January, with its millions in D.C. and elsewhere, was one word, he said, “Care.” It spoke against Trump with the basic unifying notion that people need to care for each other. In politics, for example, he said, when Trump and the GOP use the word, “regulations” in a negative light, caring people need to substitute “protections.” While “regulations” are seen by the GOP as hamstringing business, for example, in reality they are protections against abuses in food, drugs, water and banking. Get the idea?

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Facts Are Enemies of the People

The U.S. economy added 10.3 million jobs during President Barack Obama’s second term, or 214,000 a month. This brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent, and a number of indicators suggested that by late last year we were fairly close to full employment. But Donald Trump insisted that the good news on jobs was “phony,” that America was actually suffering from mass unemployment. Then came the first employment report of the Trump administration, which at 235,000 jobs added looked very much like a continuation of the previous NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE trend. And the administration claimed credit: Job numbers, Trump’s press secretary declared, “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.” Reporters laughed — and should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. For it really wasn’t a joke. The United States is now governed by a president and party that fundamentally don’t accept the idea that there are objective facts. Instead, they want everyone to accept that reality is whatever they say it is. So we’re just supposed to believe the president if he says, falsely, that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever; if he claims, ludicrously, that millions of votes were cast illegally for his opponent; if he insists, with no evidence, that his predecessor tapped his phones. And it’s not just about serving one man’s vanity. If you want to see how this attitude can hurt millions of people, consider the state of play on health care reform. Obamacare has led to a sharp decline in the number of Americans without health insurance. You can argue that the decline should have been even sharper, that there may be troubles ahead, or that we should have done better. But the reality of the law’s achievement shouldn’t be in question, and you should worry about the consequences of Trumpcare, which would drastically weaken key provisions. Republicans, however, are in denial about recent gains. The president of the Heritage Foundation dismisses the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act as “fake news.” In Louisville over the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence declared that “Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky” — this in a state where the percentage of people without insurance fell from 16.6 to 7 percent when the law went into effect. And as for the likely impacts of Trumpcare — well, they literally don’t want to know.

Paul Krugman

When Congress is considering major legislation, it normally waits for the Congressional Budget Office to “score” the proposal — to estimate its effects on revenues, outlays and other key targets. The budget office isn’t always right, but it has a very good track record compared with other forecasters; even more important, it has always been scrupulous about avoiding partisanship, and therefore acts as an important check on politically motivated wishful thinking. But Republicans rammed Trumpcare through key committees, literally in the dead of night, without waiting for the CBO score — and they have been pre-emptively denouncing the budget office, which was likely to find that the bill would cause millions to lose health coverage. The truth is that while the office got some things wrong about health reform, on the whole it did pretty well at projecting the effects of a major new bill — and far better than the people now attacking it, who predicted disasters that never happened. And whatever criticisms one may have of its forthcoming score, it will surely be better than the ludicrous claim of Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, that “nobody will be worse off financially” as a result of a plan that drastically cuts subsidies and raises premiums for millions of Americans. But this isn’t really about whose analyses of health policy are most likely to get it right. It’s about Trump and company attacking the legitimacy of anyone who might question their assertions. The CBO, in other words, is in the same position as the news media, which Trump has declared “enemies of the people” — not, whatever he may say, because they get things wrong, but because they dare to challenge him on anything. “Enemy of the people” is, of course, a phrase historically associated with Stalin and other tyrants. This is no accident. Trump isn’t a dictator — not yet, anyway — but he clearly has totalitarian instincts. And much, perhaps most, of his party is happy to go along, accepting even the most bizarre conspiracy theories. For example, a huge majority of Republicans believe Trump’s basically insane charges about being wiretapped by Obama. So don’t make the mistake of dismissing the assault on the Congressional Budget Office as some kind of technical dispute. It’s part of a much bigger struggle, in which what’s really at stake is whether ignorance is strength, whether the man in the White House is the sole arbiter of truth.



Making Falafel at Home, Plus Pita to Put Them In BY MICHELLE STARK TAMPY BAY TIMES

I love falafel, but it’s not something I eat very often. Maybe that’s because the state and quality of falafel can vary widely depending on where you get it. Sometimes the crispy chickpea patties taste like nothing more than dense coating and oil. Over a plate of very solid housemade falafel at a vegan restaurant the other day, I found myself thinking about whether I could re-create the little orbs at home. The universe offered an additional nudge in the falafel direction a couple of days later. I signed up for the food delivery service Blue Apron for a week, and on the menu was a falafel-inpita dish served with greens and roasted sweet potatoes. With stepby-step help from the service, I ventured again to make my own version of the successful dish. Falafel is now in my weeknight dinner rotation. The beauty of the dish is that it’s pretty customizable once you have the falafel part down. I

retained the pita in the recipe here, but you could serve the falafel over spinach, topped with sliced red onion and a creamy dressing, or you could serve a big plate of them as a snack or appetizer. Eating them right out of the frying pan and seasoned generously with salt and pepper is most ideal. The reason I kept the pita is that I have also recently fallen in love with making my own. As with most bread products you can make in your own kitchen, it was surprisingly straightforward. And the flavor is shockingly fresh compared to the processed kind you buy in the store. Make or prep these the day before you make the falafel to make dinnertime easy. If you stored cooked ones in the fridge, a quick reheat in the oven will get them back in good shape. Pitas are made with a yeast dough, so start by adding 2 teaspoons active dry yeast to 1 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl. Add about ½ teaspoon sugar and let that sit until frothing. This is a standard way to get yeast started for most bread products. Add 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour,

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Falafel Pitas • 1½ cups cooked chickpeas • 1 shallot • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 2 pitas, homemade or store-bought • 2 cloves garlic • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

• Olive oil • Salt • Pepper • Dill, optional • Parsley, optional • 1 tablespoon za’atar seasoning • 2 tablespoons tahini

1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Transfer to a large bowl. Using a fork, mash until smooth. 3. Peel the shallot and mince to get 2 tablespoons; place in a bowl with ¼ of the vinegar to pickle them. 4. Halve the pitas. Peel and mince the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste (or use a zester). 5. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, half the remaining vinegar, up to half the garlic paste and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you have it, a pinch of dill and some fresh parsley will help brighten things up.

a teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir until you’ve got a shaggy ball of dough, then turn the dough out onto the counter and knead for about 2 minutes. At this point, it should be smooth. Clean the mixing bowl, coat it with more olive oil, and put the dough back in it. Cover with plastic wrap and a damp towel and let the

6. To the bowl of mashed chickpeas, add the za’atar seasoning, remaining garlic paste, the tahini and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper. Using wet hands, FALAFEL with pita. (P����: gently form the T���� B�� T����) mixture into eight ½-inch-thick rounds. Transfer to a plate. 7. Once the oil is hot enough that a falafel sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the remaining falafel. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place. 8. Carefully open the pockets of the warmed pitas. Divide cooked falafel, yogurt sauce and pickled shallots between the pitas. Serves 2.

bowl sit in a warm place for about an hour. It should double in size. After that time (you can also let the dough sit for much longer, if needed), punch down the dough, divide it into 8 equal pieces and form each piece into a ball. Place on a heavy-duty baking sheet covered in parchment paper and cover with the damp towel again. Let

Source: Adapted from Blue Apron

rise for 10 minutes, then form into flat, pitalike circles. Make them pretty thin. Place the circles on the baking sheet and bake in a 500-degree oven for 5 minutes. Pitas should puff up and become slightly crispy. Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate, then rewarm in a 350-degree oven before serving.

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Falls Church Adds Children’s Consignment Shop on W. Broad

March Networking Luncheon

Rebecca Czarniecki of Tea with Mrs. B will give a valuable presentation on business etiquette. Tuesday, March 21st 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

The Italian Café - 7161 Lee Highway, Falls Church

Reservations are required email or register online at Tickets are $27 for Chamber members, $32 for non members. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins.

Lemon Lane, a new upscale children’s consignment shop, has opened at 926 W. Broad Street in the location formerly occupied by Brits on Broad. The shop will be open in the space for approximately three months after which it may move to more permanent space. Lemon Lane is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, visit

CommuniKids Sponsors Creative Cauldron’s ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ CommuniKids in Falls Church, which now offers Mandarin in its language immersion preschools, is sponsoring Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” scheduled for weekend performances Friday, March 17 – Sunday, April 9. For details including ticket information, visit The shows will take place at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue. For more information about CommuniKids, visit

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Rock Star Realty is hosting its annual St. Paddy’s Day Home Buyer’s Happy Hour and Rock Star Irish Red Ale Tapping at Mad Fox Brewing Company on Friday, March 17 from 4 – 8 p.m. Attendees can learn how to submit winning offers, taste the Rock Star Irish Red Ale, and enjoy live music by Magnolia Blue. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.

Business Etiquette Tips Featured at Next F.C. Networking Luncheon Rebecca Czarniecki, founder and owner of Tea with Mrs. B, will present business etiquette tips to the business community at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon on Tuesday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Tickets with advanced registration are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available. The luncheon will take place at the Italian Café, 7161 Lee Highway. For tickets or more information, visit .

U.S. Renal Care Holds Ribbon Cutting U.S. Renal Care opened its new dialysis clinic at 6541 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church with assistance from the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 7. For more information about the clinic, under the direction of Abdul Wahab, MD, visit

New Boutique, Pursuing Vintage, Welcomed to Falls Church


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City officials and members of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce welcomed Falls Church’s newest boutique, Pursuing Vintage, with an official ribbon cutting on Friday, March 10. The boutique, owned and operated by Kristen Alcorta, is located at 260 W. Broad Street, with its door on the end of the building to the left of Zoya’s Atelier. The “chic boutique for the home” will be open on the second weekend of every month. At Pictured at the opening are F.C. City Councilmember Letty Hardi, Mayor David Tarter, Councilmember Karen Oliver, Pursuing Vintage owner/operator Kristen Alcorta, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, Councilmember Phil Duncan and Commissioner of the Revenue Tom Clinton. For more information or to access the Pursuing Vintage Etsy shop, visit  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at








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Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Over U.S. Route 29 Arlington County City of Falls Church THE 3RD ANNUAL LIP SYNC contest sponsored by the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Parent Teacher Association attracted a full house last Friday night. The audience was treated to great talent, like Hunter Hicks (left) and Ben Martin above. The largely student acts were entertaining, the judges’ comments often humorous, and the emcee duo of Mr. Kelly and Mr. Vu kept things moving with light-hearted patter and groan worthy jokes. (P����: C���� S��)

Mason Students Earn Scholastic Writing Awards

engineering, and math) activities at Longfellow.

Three students at George Mason High School and one student at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School earned awards for their writing, poetry and short stories. Mason students Annie Castillo earned gold keys for four poems, silver keys for five poems, and honorable mentions for two poems; Erik Donnelly received two honorable mentions, one for a short story and a second for a poem; and Annie Parnell received a gold key for a poem, silver key for two poems, honorable mention for four poems and a writing portfolio. MEH student Maryn Hiscott earned a silver key for her flash fiction.

Boosters Annual Golf Classic Tournament on April 27

Longfellow Finishes Second At Science Bowl regionals Longfellow Middle’s Science Bowl team finished second at the Virginia Regional Science Bowl held in Newport News. Team members are Kevin Zhang, Daniel Fu, Chris Kan, Bryan Zhang, and Owen Rollins; science teacher Jim Bradford sponsors the team. By finishing second, the team earned a trophy and a check for $500 to be used for STEM (science, technology,

The Falls Church High School Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Classic tournament will be held this year on Sunday, April 30, at the Penderbrook Golf Club in Fairfax. Teams of four are invited to register to enjoy golf, networking, a buffet lunch, drink tickets, prizes and much more. The price is $130 per person ($105 per person if you register by April 3). Several sponsorship opportunities are available as well. The registration and sponsorship forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Paul Bruning at

Middle Years Program Parent Info Meeting This Friday On Friday, March 17 at 9:15 a.m., parents can learn about the Middle Years Programme Personal Project that all George Mason High School freshmen will take on this year. Students will participate in the inaugural IB MYP Personal Project journey and parents can learn about the process, goals

and ask questions. The Personal Project is an opportunity for students to showcase any topic they are passionately interested in while demonstrating the skills inquiry, action, reflection, organization, time management, and communication that they have learned over the years.

Longfellow Students Earn Awards at Model UN Event The Longfellow Middle School Model United Nations (UN) club participated in the Sidwell Friends School Model UN conference in Washington, D.C., where Ishan Dogra and Amir Alkateb earned the Outstanding Delegate award for their representation of the United Arab Emirates delegation in the SPECPOL committee. Other winners were, in the SOCHUM committee, Jack Lannin and Alex Lin, who earned a Verbal Communication award representing the United Arab Emirates, and Jonghwa Kim and Peter Awabdeh, who were awarded the Honorable Mention award for their representation of Jordan. More than 30 delegates from Longfellow participated in the conference, which included resolutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and solving the Syrian refugee crisis.

Public Planning Workshop Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Yorktown High School 5200 Yorktown Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22207 The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a planning workshop to gather input from the public on bridge options and design details for the W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over U.S. Route 29 (Lee Highway), which will be built as part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project. Stop by between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to participate in the workshop and provide input. VDOT will hold a short presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public participation session. Provide written comments at the workshop or submit them by April 21, 2017 to Ms. Amanda Baxter, Special Projects Development Manager, VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. You may also e-mail comments to Please reference “W&OD Trail Bridge” in the subject line. For more information please visit VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights at 703-259-1775 or TTY/TDD 711. State Project: 0066-96A-417, P101, R201, C501 Federal Project: NHPP-066-1(356) UPC: 108424


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Community Events THURSDAY, MARCH 16 DMV Connect. Services available at the DMV Connect include applying for and renewing driver’s licenses, obtaining ID cards, ordering disabled placards or plates, purchasing E-Z Pass transponders, and more. No appointment necessary. American Legion (400 N. Oak St., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 703-248-5450 Play�me with the Early Literary Center. Explore educa�onal and manipula�ve items to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registra�on required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library youth services room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 703-248-5034. 1-on-1 Computer & Internet Tutoring. Learn how to download eBooks and eMagazines, search the internet, customize email, use social media, word process, and much more. Free personalized session. By appointment. Mary Riley Styles Public Library conference room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 703248-5035. Teen Advisory Board. For

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

the City of Falls Church Habitat Restora�on Team in restoring the local ecosystem in Isaac Crossman Park. On the agenda is removing damaging invasive plants. Enter park from Van Buren Street where the playground is located. You can also walk in from North Washington Street using the Gresham Place Street. Crossman Park (535 N Van Buren St. or next to 100 Gresham Pl., Falls Church). 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. fallschurchva. gov/511/Parks

volunteers in Grades 7-12, the Teen Advisory Board meets bi-monthly during the school year to give teens a voice in the library. Teens who par�cipate in TAB earn volunteer hours. Registra�on required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library youth services room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 703-248-5034. High School Book Club. A discussion group for teens grade 9-12. The group will discuss The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. Limited copies of the book are available to borrow from the Youth Services Desk. Registra�on Required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library conference room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 - 8 p.m. fallschurchva. gov/627/Book-Discussion-Groups. 703-248-5034.

Gardening for Kids at the Library. Build your own garden and more with Saxon Henderson. For children grades K – 5th. Registra�on at the Youth Services desk in person or by phone 703-248-5034. Limited to 15 par�cipants. Children must be present at 11:00 a.m to enter the room; at 11:05 a.m. spaces will be given to children on the waitlist. Mary Riley Styles Public Library conference room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 703-248-5034..

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 F.C. Farmers Market. Vendors offer fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants and wine. City Hall parking lot. (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). Free. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 703-248-5077.


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ESL Conversation Group. English as a Second Language Conversation group for adults focusing on English language

and American culture. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s Conference Room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 7 – 8:30 p.m. 703-248-5035.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 Paws to Read. Children can come and read with a canine companion. Readers grades K – 5th. Registration Required. Register at the Youth Services Desk by phone 703-248-5034 or in person. Registration not accepted via email. Mary Riley Styles Public Library youth services room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 5 – 6 p.m. 703-248-5035.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Feng Shui: Indoors and Out. Celebrate Spring by using the principles of feng shui to “spring clean” your home and your life. Free program led by Sharon Rusk. Registration required. To reserve a spot, call or stop by the library’s reference desk. Mary Riley Styles Public Library youth services room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8:45 p.m. 703-248-5035.

Theater Fine Arts FRIDAY, MARCH 17

“The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Grab your royal a�re and join the parade — the fashion conscious Emperor himself is spending his fortune on the most fabulous robe ever seen. However, some cra�y weavers claim that their beau�ful fabric is invisible to the hopelessly witless. Will you be able to see his new robe? Will the Emperor himself even see it? Will the swindling weavers be caught? This produc�on puts a fresh, musical spin on Hans Chris�an Andersen’s classic tale, hilariously illumina�ng how pride and vanity can make a leader a glorious buffoon. Crea�ve Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church). 7:30 p.m. $14 – $16. Crea�

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 “Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.” James Lapine’s

new play with music star Debra Monk as Mrs. Miller. Mrs. Miller can’t sing—but don’t tell her that. Based on the real life story of Elva Miller, this touching and funny portrait offers Monk the role of a life�me as the devoted, warbling songstress whose opera�c, off-key singing became an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. Take a delectable romp through hits like “Downtown,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and more. Signature Theatre, The Max (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington). 8 p.m. $40 – $70.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 “Three Sisters.” Stuck in a backwater town, three sisters and their brother search for meaning amidst missed opportuni�es and misplaced dreams in the everyday clu�er of lackluster birthday presents, pushy in-laws, and underwhelming suitors. Three Sisters

pitches the sublime against the ridiculous, the roman�cized past against an idealized future, and the individual against the unknowability of life itself in Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece about life’s heartbreak and absurdity. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC). $57 – $74. 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 “Midwestern Gothic.” A world premiere thriller with a musical twist. Not all is well in a li�le town in the middle of con�nental nowhere. With no op�ons of escape, the occupants seek other, stranger, diversions. With a bold, brash and gorgeous score, Midwestern Gothic is like nothing else you’ve seen before ― and will leave you breathless. Signature Theatre, The Ark (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington). 7:30 p.m. $74.



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THURSDAY, MARCH 16 K��������. 9:30 Club. (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $25. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930 U������� C����� ���� 3PM, B����� H����, M������ F����� ��� T�� B��������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $18. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566. V������ C������ ���� T������ ��� S��� S�����. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m.. 703-549-7500 T����������’�. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 G��� S�����. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-237-8333. A����� A�����. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283 C���� K����� ��� W��� H���. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m.. 703-549-7500 TGI90� P���� ���� DJ S��� R��. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $5. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300 T�� R������ S�. P������’� H�� C����������. Jammin’ Java (227

Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. G������� ��������� C���� N������. 9:30 Club. (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $30. 8 p.m. 202-265-0930 T�� C����� L������. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504 O��� ��� L���. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 M������ B���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504 T�� R��� ���� M��� N����. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m.. 703-549-7500 M��� L���. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $14 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. W�� T����, T����������, H���� D�����, H������� H�����, S�� KN8 ��� H��� ��� K���� ��� 3�� G���� F������. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8 p.m. 703-522-8340 G������� ��������� C���� G�����. 9:30 Club. (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $30. 8 p.m. 202265-0930 T������ K������� B��������. The

B�� H����������� B��� ��� D������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $18. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566. C���� B����. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $105. 7:30 p.m.. 703-549-7500 T�� B������� B���. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. W��� B���� J��. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19 J��� E����. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $27. 2 p.m. 703255-1900. T�� D���’� M�� �� Y���. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10. 2:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. J��� A���� B���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504 T�����. 9:30 Club. (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $20. 7 p.m. 202265-0930 A��� S����� ��� T�� M�����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. T�� R�� E������. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $15. 8 p.m. 703-522-8340 D��� C������ ��� A������ P����. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703241-9504

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 C���� B����. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $105. 7:30 p.m.. 703-549-7500 A�����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $35. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. D�� H���� B���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.


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F������. 9:30 Club. (815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $25. 7 p.m. 202265-0930 K����� B�������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $30. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. A����� C�������� S���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-241-

P������� A����... Tuesday, March 30 – A Caregivers Guide to Behavior and Communica�on Issues in Demen�a – Join the Kensington in Falls Church to learn what to do when your loved one passes through each stage of demen�a. Topics to be covered: understanding changes in the brain; how to address behavioral and communica�on difficul�es; drawing boundaries that honor loved ones while preserving well-being and more. Wednesday, April 5 – Annandale NARFE mee�ng – Dr. Stephen Neabore, of the Barnard Medical Center, will discuss nutri�on and the brain at the monthly Na�onal Ac�ve and Re�red Federal Employees Associa�on mee�ng held at the Mason District Government Center in Annandale. Sunday, April 23 – Taste of Islam: Open House – Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s annual open house opens the door to people of all faiths to come enjoy Islamic culture and learn more about the faith including hijab fashion, Islamic arts, tradi�onal foods and drinks, mosque tours, and more.

C������� S���������� Be sure to include time, location, cost of admission, contact person and any other pertinent information. Event listings will be edited for content and space limitations. Please include any photos or artwork with submissions. Deadline is Monday at noon for the current week’s edition.

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The Falls Church Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as may be heard, on April 3, 2017 to consider the following:



The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on March 13, 2017; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard.



The City of Falls Church Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for all aspects of planning and development. Chapter 1 of the Comprehensive Plan provides an overarching picture of what the City wants to be over the next 25 years. The Chapter was last updated in 2005. The updated Chapter will incorporate a vision statement for the City and will reflect community values and changes to the City and to the region that have taken place since the last update.

This ordinance would amend the FY2017 CIP to increase appropriation for the Mt. Daniel Expansion/ADA Renovation project by $2,653,000. Of the $2,653,000, $901,818 would be transferred from two School related CIP projects and $235,100 would be transferred from the School Board operating budget. The remaining $1,516,082 would be funded through the appropriation of new funds.

More information regarding the update of the Comprehensive Plan Chapter 1 and the public engagement process through which it was developed is available at www. or at the Development Services office in City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church. All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5040 (TTY 711). Debra Gee, Planning Commission Clerk

All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at (703-248-5014) or The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711).

In accordance with VA 15.2-1720, the public is hereby notified that the City of Falls Church Police Department has recovered the following bicycles: COLOR MAKE MAR/SILVER NEXT BRO/RED NEXT SIL/GRN MONGOOSE BLUE RALEIGH BLACK MTB BLACK BMX


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1. Informing, with "in" 2. "Nighthawks" artist 3. Inhaler user's malady 4. Makes progress 5. Simplicity 6. Network owned by Showtime 7. Foundation exec. 8. Cheer at a fútbol match 9. SSW's opposite 10. Horror movie sounds 11. Where Etihad Airways is headquartered 12. Check of financial records 13. Rascals 18. Go by foot 22. Sport-____ (vehicle) 24. Sports star who lent his name to a clothing line 25. "... then again, it doesn't have to be this minute" 26. Ushers 27. Skillful 30. Remove plumbic traces from 33. "Can't Help Lovin' ____ Man" ("Show Boat" song)


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34. Young amphibian 36. Erased 37. Retain 38. Relative of neo-soul 39. Intensify 43. Paul Anka's "____ Beso" 46. Least furnished 47. Any of three literary sisters 48. Finished, as dishes 51. Listings in a dr.'s calendar 53. Grounded trans-Atlantic fliers, for short 54. Suffix at a natural history museum 57. Ziering of "Sharknado" 58. Fight-ending letters 59. His counterpart 60. Soil-turning tool

55. Put ____ happy face 56. What a Jedi might say with a shrug of the shoulders? 61. Snack brand represented by Sterling Cooper on "Mad Men" 62. Pizza order, frequently 63. Sault ____ Marie 64. From A ____ 65. Ones who sleep soundly? 66. One of the Kennedys

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State Theatre Buyers Announce They Can Show ‘Em The Money’

Jury Awards Cornejo Family $2 Million in ‘’Wrongful Death’

Two young entrepreneurs who have been working since last fall to find the financial backing for a project to revive the old State Theatre in Falls Church have come up with the needed funds, and are set to close on the deal within weeks.

A Fairfax County jury ruled in favor of the family of slain Jack Stephen “Steve” Cornejo of Falls Church yesterday, finding the man who shot the then 22-year old to death in June 2005 culpable for a “wrongful death.”


TO LETTERS THE EDITOR Continued from Page 6 empty, unneeded parking spaces available – but not courtesy of Broadale’s management. I suggest library users and everyone else let Broadale shopping center know how much their selfishness is appreciated. We love empty parking spaces we can’t use! Dan Lehman Falls Church

[ TALK TO US ] The deadline for Letters to the Editor and Guest Commentaries is 5 p.m. Monday each week of publication. Letters to the Editor should be 350 words or less. Guest Commentaries should be limited to 800 words. All letters printed in the News-Press become property of the Falls Church NewsPress and may be edited for clarity and length.

Trusting the Press Is More Important Than Ever Editor, Nicholas Benton raises a fair point about leaders of any nation dismissing as “fake news” any stories they don’t like being unhealthy. What’s just as unhealthy though, is a free press that validates those claims. I didn’t see any editorials in

the News-Press blasting any of the more egregious stories that we’ve seen in the last few months – does anyone remember otherwise reputable news outlets publishing stories about the removal of the MLK bust from the White House, the plans to use the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants or President Trump’s plans to invade Mexico? The only thing worse than a president dismissing the press as fake news is a press that validates those claims. Being able to trust our press is more important than ever, and for that trust to happen the press needs to not be blinded by their hatred for our president and give us honest reporting. Jeff Walyus Arlington

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Progress on the SunCell BY TOM WHIPPLE


For those of you coming late to this story, up in New Jersey there is a scientist, Randell Mills, and a small company, Brilliant Light Power, that have been working for the last 25 years to develop a new source of energy. This new source is based on a scientific principle that, while not as yet accepted by mainstream science, may be capable of producing virtually unlimited amounts of energy from water without producing any pollutants. It goes without saying that such technology has the potential to reshape civilization much as the steam engine, electricity, internal combustion, and several other discoveries have done in the past 250 years. The energy that could be produced by this new technology will be so inexpensive that there is little doubt that it will eventually not only replace all other sources of energy production in existence today, but will also greatly increase mankind’s use of energy for many tasks that are unaffordable today. Obvious examples of uses for cheap energy would be widespread desalinization and recycling of water, year-round growth of agriculture products, or the spurring of rapid economic growth. If this narrative sounds too good to be true, you may not have much time to wait for solid evidence of the technology’s viability. Demonstration of prototypes and outside testing will quickly overcome skepticism and begin the serious contemplation of the implications of such a technology. Should outside testing be successful, the demand for a technology that can produce electricity at a fraction of current costs would be one of the most significant, and yet disruptive, developments in the history of civilization, for the cost of energy could eventually shrink to insignificance. For many years, Mills and his organization have been remarkably open about the technology they have been developing and have been putting on presentations concerning progress that are posted to YouTube. It is interesting that a technology with the poten-

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tial to radically change civilization (hopefully for the better) has received so little attention by the media. This is mainly due to the aforementioned “too good to be true” perception of the technology and the fact that the theory behind the technology violates currently accepted science so that many say it cannot possibly work. In late February, Mills and an associate, Dominic Jones, gave presentations to a group in



that will convert its radiated light into electricity. The goal of the company’s current effort is to have a device ready for field testing in the facilities of outside companies who might be willing to produce or use large numbers of the SunCells once they are working to specifications. Brilliant Light is planning to have these devices ready for testing at cooperating companies by the second half of this year with units ready for commercial installation at customer locations in 2018. Given that Brilliant Light is working with a new and relatively untested technology, it would seem likely that there will be at least some delay in fine tuning the device into a reliable product. While 95 percent of the development cycle may have been completed, there is still room for problems in the coming year even though Mills, his associates, and outside contractors helping with the project seem confident they can meet the schedule of commercial production during 2018. Whether or not Mills eventually meets his current schedule is less important than when the world first recognizes that a new technology has been developed that has the potential of radically changing the global economy in a relatively short period of time. Delays of weeks, months or even years in getting a product to market will not be significant to the eventual impact of a technology of this importance. Think about the rate at which cell phones took over global communications in the last 30 years. The SunCell clearly has the potential to do the same thing. Once a continuously operating prototype is demonstrated and reported on by the mainstream media, insight into its meaning can begin. Brilliant Light says the current fossil fuel market is on the order of $8 trillion per year. Throw in other sources of energy – renewables, hydro, and nuclear — and we are looking at multiple industries currently generating sales in excess of $10 trillion per year that could disappear. Bring on what is likely to be an explosive growth in demand for energy at a fraction of current costs and and we are looking at a technology whose ultimate impact could be measured in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.


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to radically change civilization has received so little attention. California on the progress they are making towards finishing development and planning for marketing their “SunCell” energy producing device. For those of us who have been following this technology for many years, these presentations have given continuing insight into just how close Mills is to completing a working prototype and bringing his “SunCell” to market. The most recent presentation was no exception. When we last heard from Mills in December, he already had working a manually controlled prototype that did not yet fully enclose the energy production so that operators could see and control the reaction. An open cell allowed the vaporized silver used in creating the plasma to escape, thereby limiting the time of operation. The next step in the SunCell’s development, which is scheduled to be completed in the 2nd quarter of this year, is to add electronic controls allowing the cell containing the plasma to be sealed and the energy producing reaction to continue indefinitely. From the recent briefing, we learned that the control system has been designed, built, and is currently being installed on a prototype SunCell. When this is accomplished and tested, the device will create a plasma continuously radiating millions of watts of energy in the form of light. The final step in creating a commercially useful device is to wrap the radiating sphere in a geodesic dome made of concentrated photovoltaic cells



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Beautiful and classic 3 level cape cod. 5BR/2BA on 3 finished levels. Whole house has been remodeled in last 5 years! Including windows, roof and all systems. Fantastic New Price $719,000.

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SOLD STRICTLY AS-IS Lovely large lot. $749,000

2BR/2BA beautiful and open floor plan! Granite, SS, hardwood floors. Close to parking, year round pool & tennis courts. Super convenient to 495, 66 and Metro. Shuttle bus takes riders to WFC Metro from condo building front door! $358,900

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Falls Church News-Press 3-16-2017

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