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New Target Small-Format Store Opens At Tinner Hill Site to Rousing Fanfare Ribbon Cutting Has Local Leaders In Festive Mood

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The Mill Creek company in charge of the development of the 4.3-acre Founder’s Row project at the intersection of N. West and W. Broad Streets has submitted new paperwork to City Hall, with a goal of getting its long-delayed project moving forward.

“At that point I just wanted a good shot, wanted it to go in and we’ll go from there,” Buffalo Gap head coach Phillip Morgan said. “We got a great look, [Calhoun] hit it and we finished it out.” Mason’s last-ditch effort was a corner three from senior forward Jenna Short that clanged off the front of the rim to end their run for good. Prior to the frenzied final two minutes, the Mustangs were beginning to jive throughout the fourth quarter.

In the long and storied tradition of ceremonial and obligatory ribbon cuttings to welcome new businesses in the City of Falls Church, Tuesday night’s marking the opening of a new major national brand retailer, Target, was unusually festive. Mayor David Tarter was on hand deftly negotiating the scissors, as usual, and most members of the City Council and Economic Development heavies were among the City’s A-listers present. After the ribbon cutting at the entrance to the new store from its garage beneath the new Lincoln at Tinner Hill residences on S. Washington St., the doors were opened for the first time and over 50 civic leaders became giddy shoppers just like that. Asked what he’d buy on his first visit to the new store, Mayor Tarter told the News-Press, “I’m going to buy a shirt. You know that people have always complained that there’s no place to buy a shirt in Falls Church. Well, now you can!” Indeed, men’s and women’s apparel and accessories are among the many, highly-varied choices available in the new Target store, even if it is a small-format version, tucked tightly into 26,000 square feet, compared to a fullsized Target, such as the ones in Merrifield and North Arlington, with over 100,000 square feet. But yesterday marked the opening of the store to the public, with a public grand opening celebration set for this Sunday, March 11. Store manager Beth Thiesfeldt, an eight-year employee of the larger Target enterprise, was beaming with pride Tuesday night introduc-

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This past spring, Longfellow Middle School’s Rubik’s Cube Club finished first in the nationwide Rubik’s Cube challenge in the past year capping off a sixth national title since 2010. SEE PAGE 15

FALLS CHURCH Mayor David Tarter wields the scissors to cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of a new Target on S. Washington in Falls Church Tuesday night. The new smallformat store opened to the public Wednesday. To Tarter’s left is the store manager, Beth Thiesfeldt. (P����: N���-P����)

Mason High Girls Fall 1 Point Short Of Basketball State Finals BY MATT DELANEY



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“That bucket would’ve been the game!” Those were the words George Mason High School’s girls basketball coach Michael Gilroy exclaimed to the bench in his usual swashbuckling style after streaking senior guard Nicole Bloomgarden overshot her layup with a minute and a half remaining against Buffalo Gap High School. Gilroy’s comment turned out to be prophetic, as the missed shot left the door open for the Bison to

rally from a five-point deficit and end the Mustangs’ season with a 36-35 result in the Class 2 state semifinals. Buffalo Gap needed two shots to reverse their dwindling fortunes and got them both in big ways. The first was a funky runner that fell and was completed at the line for a three-point play. The second was a hot potato-like possession that wound up in the hands of Bison 1st Team All-Region guard Leah Calhoun, who drained a straightaway three with a few seconds remaining to take the lead for good.

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CELEBRATING THE OPENING of the new Target store in Falls Church Monday were (left to right): F.C. Economic Development Of�ice’s Becky Witsman, Economic Development Chief Jim Snyder, Mayor David Tarter, the Target store manager Beth Thiesfeldt and F.C. City Manager Wyatt Shields. (P����: N���-P����)

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ing the mayor for the ribbon cutting, and other City officials. The store is the latest game-changing addition to the City’s commercial retail base, following on the 2016 opening of the mega-Harris Teeter grocery a few blocks away and the BJ’s Warehouse on the City’s North Arlington border in 2010 (which does sell shirts, for the record). The Target opening also overrides the disappointment of a major supermarket, Fresh Market, that pulled out after it was set to fill the location when the Lincoln at Tinner Hill project was launched. The bright new store, with a lot of windows that passersby on S. Washington (Rt. 29) can peer into, will contribute much-welcomed new sales and other tax revenues to the City’s coffers, and will turn the location into a magnet for other retailers to fill the other vacant ground-floor storefronts of both the Lincoln and new Pearson Square complex across the street. Thiesfeldt took pride in the Target team’s attention to providing the right mix of items in its store to appeal to the neighborhood in which it finds itself. “We’ve designed the choices we’ve put here for the residents who live above us, and across the street, and the wider Falls Church community,” she said. The array of selections include a home decor department, a kids’ and baby care section, a food and beverage department with mostly non-perishable items (the license is still in the works for beer and wine), a health and beauty section, an electronics department with tech accessories and entertainment items, a CVS pharmacy and

order pickup section. “We want to be a one-stop shop for these kinds of things for our customers,” Thiesfeldt said. Customers will be able to order items online that they come to pick up at the store, and soon they will be able to buy stuff at the store that can be delivered for them to their homes. The small-format store is a new concept for Target, and there are existing such stores around the D.C. area in College Park, Rosslyn, and Bethesda, with other new ones coming Cleveland Park, Ivy City’s Hecht District and Ballston in the next couple years. Overall, the company employs 7,050 in 43 stores in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Overall, Target’s goal is 130 small format stores nationwide by 2019 out of a total of 1,826 Target stores. At the new Falls Church store, there are 35 employees, with the exception of the “leadership team” of five, all hired from among local applicants at the location in the last couple of months. The store marked its opening with the announcement of $6,000 donations to three local nonprofits, Creative Cauldron, the Seven Corners Children’s Center and Computer CORE. Located at the main entrance to the store is the historic arch commemorating Falls Church as the location of the first rural chapter of the NAACP in the U.S. The hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m,. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sundays. The CVS pharmacy hours will be from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.



New Founder’s Row Papers Filed, Plan Swaps Hotel for Senior Housing by Nicholas F. Benton

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The Mill Creek company, in charge of the development of the 4.3-acre Founder’s Row project at the intersection of N. West and W. Broad Streets, has submitted new paperwork to City Hall in Falls Church, with a goal of getting its long-delayed project moving forward, the City’s Planning Director Paul Stoddard reported to the F.C. Planning Commission Monday night. According to Stoddard, the group is on the verge of closing a deal with a motion picture theater company for the site’s promised theater complex, and as soon as that happens, it will seek to move its plans forward at City Hall with scheduled work sessions and further action. City Economic Development chief Jim Snyder told the NewsPress Tuesday that Mill Creek is hoping it can begin development

on the site by mid-August, a process that would begin with the demolition of existing structures on the property. However, the ability to move ahead will be contingent on a significant change to the special exception that the F.C. Council had approved unanimously more than two years ago (in January 2016). That deals with the biggest cause of the delay, the inability of the developers to secure a hotel for the building on the northeast corner of the W. Broad and N. West St. site. That is not going to change, according to Snyder, so the developers will seek a change to the special exception to permit the building to provide for age-restricted senior apartment housing instead of a hotel. In learning of this plan at Monday’s Planning Commission meeting, commissioners were perplexed at the Mill Creek plan that would involve, as Stoddard explained it, a site plan with the

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hotel included as before, then follow that with a formal request for the Council to approve a revision that would remove the hotel. Why seek site plan approval for something everyone knows will need to be modified, asked commissioner Melissa Teates. There is nothing formally scheduled for a Planning Commission (which needs to OK the site plan) or City Council (which would need to approve a change to the special exception approval of the overall project). But Snyder said that the setting of dates to begin moving ahead will be forthcoming within the next days. He said the age-restricted senior housing alternative to a hotel will be attractive, because of the many amenities that will be available to the residents from other components of the site, slated to offer restaurants, the movie theater complex, an array of other retailers and walkable open spaces.


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Affordable Housing, A Way Forward

With all the otherwise impressive and hopeful progress being made on many fronts in the City of Falls Church, the one goal that is almost universally upheld as vital for making the City’s future vibrant and diverse is stuck solidly in the mud. That is the issue of affordable housing. The crisis in this area, and it is a crisis, is only getting worse. A surprising number of our political leaders seemed gripped with a special kind of paralysis, insisting on all the things that the affluent single family home owners of Falls Church simply will never agree to. The problem is not new. For over a decade the valiant and patient but persistent efforts of the City’s foremost affordable housing advocate, Carol Jackson, ended with a frustrating 4-3 F.C. City Council vote in the summer of 2010 to dash an extraordinary effort that included $4 million in federal funds secured by then Rep. Jim Moran to build a $17 million affordable housing building on S. Washington St. Moran commented on the failed effort then, “It’s disappointing the City Council decided against accepting federal money to expand housing opportunities for people who otherwise lack the financial resources to live in Falls Church. I can understand their aversion to taking a risk, but I’m not sure that was the principal motivation on the part of the majority.” A bitter Jackson moved out of the City and has subsequently been elected to the City Council of Charleston, South Carolina. Meanwhile, the City has had no champion to take her place. While the City’s Housing Commission bravely soldiers on, there’s nothing beyond lip service that the City Council has to offer since, even though there’s been a marked change in the makeup of the Council resulting, one would think, in more sympathy with the idea. But every option bounced around, such as an ordinance to permit construction of auxiliary dwelling units (ADUs), or “granny flats” on the property of existing single family homes, is met with a flash of fear in the eyes and the insistence that City residents will never go along with it. The same with the idea for another residential building dedicated to affordable housing. One way for the Council to move forward would be to conduct some sort of a public survey predicated on the Council’s commitment to the goal of providing a certain number of new affordable housing options, in addition to working to preserve the diminishing number of existing ones. The Council could notify the public that, as it is resolved to achieving an affordable housing goal, it is seeking the public’s input on how to best do it. Residents could vote on a series of options, and that would provide guidance for the Council to move ahead. It would also serve to impress the public that, one way or the other, the goal will be accomplished, and that inaction is not an option.


F.C. Residents, Take Pride in Where You Live

Editor, In response to a Letter to the Editor I read in the News-Press concerning the big trash problem on South Maple Avenue, I am shocked that this person thinks that all the taxes they pay provides them their own personal cleanup crew. I lived in the City of Falls Church for over 50 years before retiring to another state. The City has always given the appearance as a very clean city, even S. Maple Ave. When I left

the City they had a street sweeping contractor that swept the city at least twice a year. The refuse men (who are awesome) never left any debris laying in the street. If a call came in to the Environmental Services or Public Works that debris was being stored in a tree trunk, they would have come out and contacted the owner or cleaned it up themselves and then billed the homeowner. The high tax rate you are paying and will continue to pay will be for the


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schools and the high quality of services you receive on a daily basis. Back in my day, instead of whining about something, you did something yourself to correct it. If you see a piece of trash or debris collecting, put on a pair of gloves and clean it up. Take pride in where you live, don’t wait for others. If this is too much for you to do, then ask your local boy scout troop, school activities club or any church agency to see if they will adopt the street. Then they will do a semi-annual clean up. Enjoy the fruits that all of the past and present citizens have made “The City of Falls Church” a place you want to call home. Jacqueline Swartwout Via USPS

City Planners Should Look to Texas Pilot Rideshare Program Editor, Last week’s paper noted the plans for a bus route down Broad St. Given the already overly-congested four-lane road I would like to suggest our city’s transportation planners investigate the pilot program in Arlington, Texas as an alternative. It uses Uber-like on-demand rideshare with city-provided vans and a fixed fee to be picked up anywhere and taken anywhere in the area. Diane Mulraz Falls Church



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F.C. Women’s History Walk: An Event for Everyone B� M������� C�������

Communities and organizations across the United States are celebrating Women’s History Month, and Falls Church has a special event for the whole family: The Falls Church Women’s History Walk. If you aren’t already involved, consider this your heartfelt invitation to be part of it. There are many reasons to gather to celebrate historymaking women, focus on wellness, and build community right here in Falls Church. On Sunday, March 18 the mile-long walk will kick off at 4 p.m. outside the Falls Church Community Center. (It will follow the Town Hall Meeting that takes place inside at 2 p.m.) Participants can start anytime between 4 – 5 p.m., and enjoy the walk at their own pace. The “Herstory Stations” will be set up throughout the City and we will have a closing gathering at the Tinner Hill Historic Park at 5:15 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 began making history in Falls Church before Colonial times. 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. Falls Church has been home to noted

“Despite our small size, Falls Church looms large in American history.” abolitionists, educators, visionaries. Women who persisted. Women who made a difference. In 2017 at the inaugural walk, we recognized 20 women, and this year we are adding 20 more to the list. Among the new honorees are: • Marian Costner Selby, one of the first African American students to integrate George Mason High School and the first to graduate in 1964. • Mildred Pope and Mary Madeline King, who led the charge to save Cherry Hill Farmhouse so that it became a renowned house museum, rather than an office building. • Cay Wiant, a beloved George Mason High School teacher and artist.

Two of our Honorary Grand Marshals are: • Mary White, a founding member of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, a community activist and and a leading member of Second Baptist Church, who has a key role in organizing monthly Moneyless Markets. • Midge Wang, the heart of the Falls Church Victorian Society, preserving history and making it come alive through her leadership. We will also recognize several women as “Modern Voices” who are taking action right now to address problems in the world and make a difference in our community, state and country. There are big questions 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 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, Rebecca Stotts, and Irena Chambers; as well as the six women elected to office in Falls Church: Jody Acosta, Marybeth Connelly, Erin Gill, Letty Hardi, Shannon Litton, and Shawna Russell. Generous sponsors are Jazzercise and Citizens for A Better City. We are adding sponsors every day, so if you want to participate, we’d love to have you. We would also use a few volunteers to help along the walking route. 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 vice mayor of Falls Church and occasionally tour guide of a popular Falls Church History Bus Tour.

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Mason Student Arrested for Threats Against School A 15-year-old student at George Mason High School in the City of Falls Church was arrested Monday after school staff found a list he wrote with names and plans to cause harm to people at the school, police reported Tuesday evening. Police say the note was found on Monday by school staff who then turned the note over to authorities. The suspect was removed from class and arrested and police then searched his home. While it was determined the threat was credible, police said there was no immediate threat to the school or the community. The juvenile has been charged with threats to harm people on school property. In a press release, City of F.C. Police Chief Mary Gavin said “The City of Falls Church Police are grateful for the school administration and our School Resource Officer who acted swiftly. It allowed us to intervene in a timely manner. We take these threats seriously. The courage of people coming forward is key in keeping our community and schools safe.” The suspect was arraigned Tuesday at Arlington County Courthouse but the arraignment has been continued to next Tuesday, March 13, pending further evaluation of the juvenile.

F.C. School Board Calls on Richmond to Act on Firearms At a special meeting Friday morning, the Falls Church School Board unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Virginia General Assembly “to prioritize the protection of students and local government employees by passing legislation that more effectively regulates access to firearms in the interest of public safety.” The resolution takes note of the 170 campus shootings at primary and secondary schools since the Columbine massacre in 1999, resulting in the loss of hundreds of student and school employee lives from “Columbine, to Virginia Tech, to Sandy Hook, to Parkland.” “(While) the responsibility for preventing gun violence incidents cannot be relegated to school districts and local government alone, localities should be given the tools to enact firearm policies that fit the needs of their communities,” the resolution states. Incorporated in its resolution, is support for Falls Church City Council’s recent action requesting state legislation to allow local governments to approve ordinances “prohibiting the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons in any City owned or publicly leased property or facility.”



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F.C. Man Facing Charges for Impersonating Police Steve Maldonado, a 38-year-old AT&T employee from Falls Church, is facing charges after an investigation revealed he sent text messages and set up a voicemail greeting identifying himself as an officer with the Fairfax County Police department. Maldonado allegedly created a prepaid phone number and account, and used it to send text messages to a company he was tired of being solicited by. He also created a voicemail greeting in which he identifies himself as an officer by name. The officer who took the call recognized the name of the alleged texter as a retired female officer, but the voicemail greeting claiming to be her was in a man’s voice. An investigation lead them to identify and charge Maldonado with impersonating a law enforcement officer. Additional charges are pending.

Wind Storm Causes Tree to Trap Resident During last weekend’s wind storm, a large tree fell onto a house and trapped one occupant in his bed before Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responders could free him in his Lake Barcroft home around 3 a.m. Friday morning. At approximately 3:47 a.m. units were dispatched to the 3500 block of Highview Place in affected area. Upon arrival, crews quickly determined that one occupant was trapped under a tree that had fallen onto the home and into a bedroom. Crews worked quickly to stabilize the tree and remove the section which pinned the occupant to his bed. Following an approximately 30 minute extrication, the occupant was transported to an area hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. A building inspector was requested to evaluate the structural stability of the home. Damages were estimated to be approximately $80,000.

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Temporary Signal Installed at Annandale & Hillwood Intersection A traffic light pole at the intersection of Hillwood Avenue and Annandale Road that was toppled over in extreme winds last Friday afternoon has been replaced with a temporary signal. From last Friday until Wednesday afternoon, the intersection had been operating with restricted lanes and a stop sign in place of the downed light. City of Falls Church Public Information Officer Susan Finarelli told the News-Press it should take about 15 weeks to get a new permanent set of poles for the intersection.

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Community News & Notes

SINCE BEING FORCED to relocate from its 300 W. Broad St. location in 2013 to make way for the construction of the Harris Teeter and more there now, the legendary Anthony’s Restaurant has relocated to its new Route 50 Annandale Road location, where business has been booming ever since, as many loyal customers have followed them there. Proprietors since the restaurant first opened in 1972, Tony and Faye Yiannarakis (shown here) are getting closer to the establishment’s 46th anniversary. (Photo: News-Press)

F.C. Economic Expert Gives Talk at American Legion Edward Saltzberg, member of Falls Church Economic Development Authority since 1981 and former chairman, is going to reprise his November presentation as the featured speaker at the Village Preservation and Improvement Society Fall Membership meeting at the American Legion Post 130 (400 N. Oak St., Falls Church) on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. His topic is the continuing challenge of attracting retail development in Falls Church, the Little City’s advantages and disadvantages with an historical perspective and an eye toward the future. Saltzberg’s 15 minute presentation will be followed by a moderated, audience generated

question & answer period. For questions contact Sally Ekfelt at fallschurchcbc@gmail. com This event is co-sponsored by Citizens for a Better City, The Falls Church City Chamber of Commerce, The Falls Church American Legion Post 130 and the Tinner Hill Association.

Local Library Hosts Event For Stressed Out Adults Thomas Jefferson Library (7409, 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) is hosting a free event titled “Color Me Calm,” on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The event is geared toward adults looking to relieve some stress by participating in various art exercises. Materials will be provided. For more information, visit

THE SCHOLARS of Grace Christian Academy participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery Feb. 27. Four scholars, one from each of the upper-grade classrooms, were selected from among their classmates to represent the school. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument dedicated to deceased U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified. Public wreath-laying ceremonies, such as the one attended by the students of Grace, are held throughout the year. (Photo:Courtesy Grace Christian Academy)

Stuart Theatre Opens ‘The Little Mermaid’ in April J.E.B. Stuart (Justice) High School (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church) will be presenting “The Little Mermaid,” a stage musical produced in cooperation with Music Theatre International, from April 12 – 14. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film by Disney, the play is about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, it is a family

friendly story featuring some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years. Students and seniors are $10 per ticket while general admission is $15. Online ticketing is available at beginning March 12, and tickets are available at the door for cash, check and credit card. For more information, visit

Creative Cauldron’s Now Showing Student-Led Play Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Ensemble presents an original adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” Hans Christian Andersen’s most highly acclaimed tale of a young girl’s journey to rescue her friend from

the clutches of the Snow Queen. Featuring a book by Ellen Selby, music by Matt Conner and lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith, “The Snow Queen” is a classic tale of bravery and friendship that has inspired numerous films and adaptations from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to Disney’s “Frozen.” Directed by Ellen Selby and Creative Cauldron Producing Director Laura Connors Hull, “The Snow Queen” will run from March 9 – 25 at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). Press night for “The Snow Queen” is Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. “The Snow Queen” features students from the following Arlington, Fairfax County and Falls Church City schools: Belvedere Elementary,

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British International School of Washington, George Mason High School, Glasgow Middle School, Haycock Elementary, Kent Gardens Elementary, Marshall High School, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Saint Agnes Catholic School, Saint James Catholic School, Shrevewood Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, Trinity at Meadowview School and the Westminster School.

Non-Profit Homestretch Awarded $5K Grant Falls Church-area Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including Falls Church non-profit Homestretch, Inc. The National Network to End Domestic Violence, a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits. Homestretch, Inc will receive $5,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to empower homeless families to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community. Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers from Falls Church include (in alphabetical order by last name): Anthony Cancel — Leesburg; Sereda Fowlkes — Vienna; Robin Hill — Burke; Wendy Moore — Ashburn and Hui Mei Tai — Annandale. The National Network to End Domestic Violence and Homestretch Inc. are among thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation


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Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

Rotary Club Announces Speech Contest Winner Falls Church Rotary Club speech contest winner Charles Huang was presented with the award by the club’s past District Governor Horace McCormack and current club President Erica Brouillette. Rosalind Coolidge was the runner-up. The students spoke on this year’s Rotary International Theme, “Rotary Making a Difference.” Huang, a sophomore at Oakton High School received the club’s $150 award and advances to the Area Speech Contest to compete against other area Rotary Club speech contest winners on April 7 to vie for a $1,000 top prize. Rosalind, a senior at Bishop O’Connell High School received the $100 second place award.

McLean Symphony Holds Spring Concert this Sunday The McLean Symphony presents its spring concert, “Something Old! Something New!” at Vienna Presbyterian Church (124 Park St. NE, Vienna,) on Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m. Marvin Camacho Villegas, renowned Costa Rican composer, joins the McLean Symphony the in performing the world premiere of “Ritual y Celebración.” This piece brings together music, nature and the sounds of the rainforest. The McLean Symphony is also announcing the return of guest pianist Thomas Pandolfi in a trio of pieces. “The Warsaw Concerto” by Richard Addinsell was written for the 1941 movie

THE MCLEAN COMMUNITY CENTER (MCC) has awarded its top honor for volunteers, the 2017 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, to Melanie Sanders-Smith (left). The award was presented at the Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Seasons 52 Restaurant at Tysons Corner Center. Sanders-Smith was nominated for the award by MCC Special Events Manager Catherine Nesbitt. According to Nesbitt, over the last two years Sanders-Smith has volunteered for the Center and has provided more than 20 volunteers at a time for various MCC events from among the missionaries serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in McLean. (P����: C������� M�L��� C������� C�����) “Dangerous Moonlight.” In addition, the orchestra will accompany Pandolfi in the “Grande Tarantelle” and “The Union” by American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. In continuing with tradition and the McLean Symphony’s commitment to the community and education, the symphony will also perform a piece written by the student winner of the Northern Virginia District Contest, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. The McLean Symphony is celebrating its 46th year under the continuous leadership of conductor Dingwall Fleary. The all-volunteer orchestra’s concerts routinely celebrate area composers and musicians as well as sel-

dom played works by established composers. Proceeds from tickets enable the symphony to encourage local musicians and composers while presenting affordable concerts to the community. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and free admission for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at mclean-symphony. org.

Fencer and Mason Student Places 1st in Tournament Falls Church fencer Matthew Freden, a senior at George Mason High School, placed first out of 16 competitors in the College Fencing Clubs foil tournament in Baltimore on Feb. 27.

The win raised Freden’s national rating by the U.S. Fencing Association from an “E” to a “D.” Freden’s interest in the fencing – a sport sometimes known as “physical chess” because it involves so much strategy – began with an introductory course offered by the Falls Church Recreation Center when he was a second grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. Since then, he has lived and fenced in Rhode Island, Slovenia and Uruguay before returning to Falls Church in 2016. In 2017, he qualified for and competed in the Summer Nationals in Salt Lake City. Freden hopes to continue fencing in college next year.


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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Last weekend’s winds may be a memory, but the damage lingers. Downed trees and power lines can be removed and repaired, but the inconvenience to daily routines takes a bit longer. Some schools closed unexpectedly because of power issues, and no one could anticipate that southbound I-95 would be closed (for more than two days) because the wind-damaged Potomac Mills sign in Prince William County was in danger of falling onto the travel lanes. Hopefully, many residents heeded repeated pleas to be prepared for emergencies, but if you didn’t, you can get a handy folder of hints and recommendations by contacting my office: 703-256-7717, or mason@ The heavy winds kept many elected county officials from attending the annual legislative conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) this weekend. Officials whose flights were not cancelled described harrowing Friday and Saturday landings at National, and lauded the pilots who were able to put planes down safely, though bumpily. During the legislative conference, NACo’s steering committees meet to discuss current federal legislation pertinent to counties, as well as bring forth resolutions about current issues that may need federal involvement. As a vice chairman of the Environment, Energy, and Land Use Committee (EELU), I was called on to chair Saturday’s day-long committee because the chairman’s flights were cancelled, multiple times! There were 50 or so committee members present from all across the nation; while we often share common challenges — water quality and water quantity, for example — there are some issues that set us apart. A Florida commissioner spoke about the dying coral reef in his county; another commissioner wanted

help with flooding that occurs when a dam upstream releases water ahead of forecasted storms, without coordinating with the local government. A Colorado commissioner was concerned about who has the responsibility to cap abandoned oil and gas wells, and how to pay for it. In North Carolina, Idaho, and New Mexico, local issues involve what’s getting into drinking water sources from chemical plants and federal nuclear research facilities. As a Virginia member, I often find myself explaining subsidence and sea level rise, as western commissioners try to explain “split estates,” which pertain to mineral rights and their extraction, especially on federal public lands. Whatever the issue, many officials seemed to be skeptical that any actions would be taken by Congress or the federal government at this time, leaving local governments pretty much on their own, although an EPA speaker did encourage counties to submit grant applications. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, a proposed real property tax rate increase of 2.5 cents was advertised, as recommended by the county executive. The vote was 9 to 1 (Herrity nay). The Board may adopt a tax rate at or below the advertised rate, but cannot adopt a rate higher than advertised. If adopted on May 1, the new tax rate would be $1.155, with a quarter cent increase to .0325 in the stormwater fee. The Mason District Budget Town meeting will be held next Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s

Richmond Report The General Assembly session will adjourn on March 10, as determined by the Commonwealth Constitution. In my time in the House of Delegates, we have gone into special session a few times — but that is not the norm. However, this year, the House budget and the Senate budget are very different; meaning there is a lot to compromise on. The basic difference is that the House budget is based upon the expansion of Medicaid and funneling the resulting savings to the general fund into education and mental health services. This is a divide so philosophically fundamental, and so very partisan in the Senate, that it will require an extraordinary amount of “give-and-take.” As you may assume, I absolutely support the House budget. For much of the session we have found common ground on some issues, mostly due to the extraordinary number of filed bills simply not heard in any subcommittee or committee, let alone on the House floor. Most unheard bills were concerning women’s healthcare, immigrant issues and transparency in government. It seems that the way to avoid disagreement or controversy is to avoid any mention of a “controversial” topic. Even commending resolutions touching on such topics were buried without a hearing. Despite this careful, delicate approach to floor debate, on Friday we heard very heated and emotional speeches about guns and how we should address gun violence and violence in general as well. Some speeches even managed to blame legal abortion, lack of social services, our history of slavery and Jim Crow laws for gun violence, particularly for mass shootings. Any ability to listen or debate was abandoned. Scoring political points seemed to be the main goal. It was painful and sad to hear the remarks made at a time when our nation is in crisis without clear direction from leaders at the federal or state level. We are all seeking practical steps to take to stop or at least lessen, the violence. I will continue to advocate for commonsense measures like universal background checks, banning bump stocks and limiting gun purchases. But until our colleagues across the aisle will agree to these measures, we cannot move forward. This session dozens of gun safety bills

(including my bill, HB819) were introduced in the House, referred to a Subcommittee of Militia, Public Safety and Police and all killed on a partyline vote, 4 to 2. We have made some progress on social issues. My bill, HB83, mandating that women incarcerated in state prisons and local jails be supplied with menstrual products at no cost to the inmate has passed. I am proud to have accomplished this with bipartisan support. I am also proud that HB 137, my bill increasing the availability of cannaboidal oils passed with the assistance of my chief co-patron, Delegate Ben Cline (R). Recognition by advocates is heartening and energizing--I have been honored by the Virginia Education Association with their “Solid as a Rock” award (it really is a rock!), by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters as a “Legislative Hero,” and by the Humane Society as an All Star. I have also been honored and humbled by gifts of art from artists whose work I displayed in my third annual Special Art by Special Artists Show. The House has voted in favor of a budget that largely reflects the values that Virginians voted for in November, including extending access to affordable health care to 400,000 or more working Virginians through Medicaid Expansion. However because the Senate did not include it on their budget, both budgets are currently in conference. Governor Northam has stated that he will amend whatever budget bill crosses his desk to include an expansion of healthcare. Because of the partisan breakdown of both bodies, it will be difficult to override his amendments. The House budget also includes major investments in all levels of education, new initiatives for job creation and economic opportunity, additional funding for mental health and pay increases for teachers and other state employees. During the budget debate, our Democratic Caucus fought to include provisions to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination, in-state tuition for DREAMers, reproductive health care access and gun safety measures. All failed on a party line vote.  Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house.



Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

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With debate still percolating over whether to rename Washington-Lee High School, I couldn’t help but notice an influx of anecdotes about the county’s oldest secondary school that recently came my way. They’re mostly tokens of affection for the school’s uniqueness. But I take them as a sign that if the now-official Arlington Public Schools process — set in motion after last August’s racial confrontation over a Confederate statue in Charlottesville — ends up next winter with a name change, many alumni feelings will be scarred. Lenny Cuje, a German refugee who graduated from W-L in 1952 and has publicly opposed a name change, told me his jazz combo once played backup for a modern dance performed by a classmate Shirley MacLaine. The phonograph had broken, so his musicians had to plunge in unrehearsed on a rendering of “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.” They botched it. When MacLaine later came to a reunion as a famous actress, she hadn’t forgiven them. An alum from the 1950s showed me his W-L photo collection, including the crew stars who won the famous London Henley Regatta in 1964. A humorous shot shows football fans in the bleachers holding the traditional banner reading “W-L Will Shine…” But a second sign below adds….“Wakefield’s shoes.” Perhaps the most serious mis-

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Urinating in Public, Drunk in Public and Indecent Exposure.

Hit and Run, 201 N Washington St, Feb 27, between 8 and 9:08 AM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene.

Hit and Run, 6607 Wilson Blvd (BJ’s parking lot), Mar 2, 6 PM, driver of a white sedan opened his door and struck the door of another vehicle causing damage. Driver then left the scene.

Simple Assault, 100 W Broad St (Brown’s Hardware), Feb 28, 9:15 AM, an assault was reported. A male, 49, of District Heights, MD, was served two summonses for Assault and Batter. Larceny, 450 N Washington St (Northgate), between 5 and 5:45 PM, Feb 28, unknown suspect took an orange and white Cannondale bicycle which had been locked to a fence. When it comes to being a parent, there are no perfect answers — just being there is enough. So don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who will love you just the same.


sive came from Ed Hummer, W-L ’63, the basketball star who went on to play at Princeton. In December, he sent the school and county boards a 24-page letter opposing a name change. Alternating between scholarly analysis and personal history, Hummer described his experiences during the groundbreaking integration of Stratford Junior High. He included a W-L football program from 1962, pointing out the first black players. Hummer did a credible job gauging the complex character of homeboy Robert E. Lee, painting him as a man of his time, but one who, on moral questions of patriotism and racism, fell short compared with Abraham Lincoln. As an alternative to erasing W-L’s 93-year-old name, Hummer suggested keeping it as a learning tool and naming the coming new high school for William Harvey Carney, a Virginia slave who became a Civil War Medal of Honor winner. But if Arlington renames W-L, “I think almost anyone can foresee greatly adverse consequences arising with the inexorability of a Greek tragedy,” he wrote. “The resistance from the large and influential Washington-Lee alumni base can be expected to be ferocious. Reaction among the families in the area will also be negative.” Last week, I chatted with school board Chair Barbara Kanninen, who takes no public position on W-L’s name but has labored for months to

Identity Theft, 200 blk W Jefferson St, Mar 1, an incident of identity theft was reported. Drunk in Public, Urinating in Public and Indecent Exposure, 100 blk S Washington St, Mar 2, 2:45 PM, a male, 62, of Falls Church, was issued summonses for

Drug/Narcotic Violation, 900 blk W Broad St, Mar 3, 4:21 AM, following a routine traffic stop, a male, 20, of Sterling, VA, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 438 S Washington St (parking lot), Mar 3, between 1 and 1:39 PM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Driving Under the Influence, 6751 Wilson Blvd (parking lot), Mar 4, 4:11 AM, a male, 33, of Falls Church, VA, was arrested for Driving Under The Influence. Drunk In Public, 6751 Wilson Blvd (parking lot), Mar 4, 2:50 AM, a male, 37, of Falls Church, was arrested for being Drunk in Public.

MARCH 8 – 14, 2018 | PAGE 13 put the county through a good process. Focus groups last fall showed that “people on both sides of the question wanted to tackle it, clearly a community filled with people with different opinions,” she said. “So staff said let’s continue.” A timeline calls for integrating the question with a clarification of APS’s general criteria for school naming — in time to name five new schools or programs by 2019. This fall, citizens can expect a blue-ribbon panel to offer advice on W-L’s name. True, Kanninen acknowledged, the moment of truth would come after the November elections (she is unopposed). But “there is no election season in Arlington anymore,” she said. “You start campaigning the day after an election, and the school board is always accountable to the public.” *** Leave it to Arlington to run a training program for citizen gadflies, er, leaders. The county-sponsored “Neighborhood College” project since 2000 has churned out 400 organizers. Twenty-five volunteers go through eight-weeks of Thursday evening supper-classes on topics ranging from county departments to community networking. County Board Chair Katie Cristol, a graduate, calls the college “a terrific, and fun, way to quickly get up to speed” on county institutions. “Each class represents a true cross-section of our county’s incredible generational and demographic diversity.” Registration on the county website ends March 18. Drunk In Public, 101 E Annandale Rd (Dunkin Donuts), Mar 4, 12:12 PM, a male, 62, of Falls Church, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 6621 Wilson Blvd (New Moon Restaurant), Mar 4, 6:34 PM, a male, 32, of Falls Church, was arrested for Drunk In Public and Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 6799 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center parking lot), Mar 4, between 2 and 4:30 PM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. OTHER ARRESTS Feb 28, 2:05 PM, a male, 20, of the City of Falls Church, was arrested on outstanding City of Falls Church warrants for False Report to Police Officer, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and having a Dog at Large. Feb 28, 11:45 PM, a female, 20, of Ashburn, VA, was arrested on outstanding warrants for Obstruction of Justice and False Report to Police Officer. OTHER INFORMATION The third (and last) of the three vehicles stolen two weeks ago in the City of Falls Church has been recovered in the District of Columbia. Investigation continues.

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The Trump-Putin Protectionist Push

The foul and uncouth oversized Russian mole in the Oval Office is acting in exact conformity with the demands of its master. The threat that Trump’s insistence on throwing up protectionist tariffs as sudden brakes on the global and U.S. economies is exactly what Putin is hoping will cripple his strategic rivals. It’s what happens when you allow a foreign agent into the command position in the White House. No wonder Trump’s chief economic advisor has jumped ship. To the extent he’s seen his role as, like General Kelly, keeping Trump under a modicum of control, that effort has been deemed a failure. Putin has more suasive power over Trump than Gary Cohn ever did. Trump’s mindset: Roy Cohn yes, Gary Cohn no. FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS It’s not like we weren’t warned. Overlooked by most in the famous Christopher Steele dossier was what it reported on Putin’s rationale for supporting Trump and unleashing chaos on the world economy. Right at its outset it states that Putin’s aim in his effort to get Trump elected president of the U.S. “was to sow discord and disunity both within the U.S. itself, but more especially within the Transatlantic alliance which was viewed as inimical to Russia’s interests.” It cites a senior Russian financial official who said “the Trump operation should be seen in terms of Putin’s desire to return to Nineteenth Century ‘Great Power’ politics anchored upon countries’ interests rather than the ideals-based international order established after World War Two.” And there’s the oft overlooked little paragraph that could speak volumes citing a “suggestion from a source close to Trump and Manafort that Republican campaign team happy to have Russia as media bogeyman to mask more extensive corrupt business ties to China and other emerging countries.” So, whether its Russia, China or “other emerging countries” with whom Trump has “more extensive corrupt business ties,” one thing is clear: It’s one or more of the above, and not the U.S., whose interests are driving Trump policy. Not the U.S. This constitutes a lot for special investigator Robert Mueller to sort through, but we can be assured that he and his team have been doing just that. No, the warning signs of Trump campaign collusion with a hostile foreign power to skew the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election were detected by the FBI prior to the Steele dossier’s emergence. But the dossier based on the highly-credible Steele team’s investigative work added a lot of substance to work with, including its references to Russian support for U.S. anti-establishment figures and candidates in the U.S. and efforts to exploit the Bernie Sanders candidacy against Hillary Clinton. It included report of a secret meeting between Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen and Kremlin representatives in August 2016 in Prague, and much more pertaining to bribes, sex parties, and a “plausibly-deniable leaks pipeline.” According to the dossier, the Kremlin supported Trump because he was seen as a “divisive, anti-establishment candidate who would shake up the current international status quo in Russia’s favor.” It stated, “Asked to explain why Putin and the Kremlin launched such an aggressive Trump support operation in the first place, the official said that Russia needed to upset the liberal international status quo.” Trump was seen by the Russians as someone who “would continue as a divisive political force even if he lost the presidency.” Much of the pro-Trump effort since the Steele dossier was made public has focused on efforts at discrediting Steele, a veteran British MI-6 operative with decades of positive relations with U.S. intelligence and a very favorable reputation in such circles on both sides of the Atlantic, as New Yorker magazine correspondent Jane Mayer documented in her article, “Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier: How the Ex-Spy Tried to Warn the World About Trump’s Ties to Russia” appearing in the March 12 edition of the magazine. Mayer, the author of a bombshell best seller, “Dark Money: the Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” (2017), presented an exhaustive profile of Steele and the frustrations he encountered when the seriousness of his subject matter became clear.

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The Chaos After Trump

What happens to U.S. politics after Donald Trump? Do we snap back to normal, or do things spin ever more widely out of control? The best indicator we have so far is the example of Italy since the reign of Silvio Berlusconi. And the main lesson there is that once the norms of acceptable behavior are violated and once the institutions of government are weakened, it is very hard to reestablish them. Instead, you get this cycle of ever more extreme behavior, as politicians compete to be the most radical outsider. The political center collapses, the normal left/right political categories cease to apply and you see the rise of strange new political groups that are crazier than anything you could have imagined before. If the United States follows the Italian example, by 2025 we’ll look back at Trump nostalgically as some sort of beacon of relative normalcy. And by the way, if America follows the Italian example, Trump will NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE never go away. Silvio Berlusconi first came to power for the same reasons Trump and other populists have been coming to power around the world: Voters were disgusted by a governing elite that seemed corrupt and out of touch. They felt swamped by waves of immigrants, frustrated by economic stagnation and disgusted by the cultural values of the cosmopolitan urbanites. In office, Berlusconi did nothing to address Italy’s core problems, but he did degrade public discourse with his speech, weaken the structures of government with his corruption and offend basic decency with his Bunga Bunga sex parties and his general priapic lewdness. In short, Berlusconi, like Trump, did nothing to address the sources of public anger, but he did erase any restraints on the way it could be expressed. This past weekend’s elections in Italy were dominated by parties that took many of Berlusconi’s excesses and turned them up a notch. The big winner is the populist Five Star Movement, which was started by a comedian and is now led by a 31-year-old who had never held a full-time job. Another winner is the League, led by Matteo Salvini, which declined to effectively distance itself from one of its former candidates who went on a shooting rampage against African immigrants. Berlusconi, who vowed to expel 600,000 immigrants, is back and is now considered a moderating influence. The respectable center-left party, like center-left parties across Europe, collapsed. Italy is now a poster child for the three big trends that are undermining democracies around the world: First, the erasure of the informal norms of behavior. As Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt argue in

David Brooks

“How Democracies Die,” democracies depend not just on formal constitutions but also on informal codes. You treat your opponents like legitimate adversaries, not illegitimate enemies. You tell the truth as best you can. You don’t make naked appeals to bigotry. Berlusconi, like Trump, undermined those norms. And now Berlusconi’s rivals across the political spectrum have waged a campaign that was rife with conspiracy theories, misinformation and naked appeals to race. Second, the loss of faith in the democratic system. As Yascha Mounk writes in his book “The People vs. Democracy,” faith in democratic regimes is declining with every new generation. Seventy-one percent of Europeans and North Americans born in the 1930s think it’s essential to live in a democracy, but only 29 percent of people born in the 1980s think that. In the U.S., nearly a quarter of millennials think democracy is a bad way to run a country. Nearly half would like a strongman leader. One in 6 Americans of all ages support military rule. In the Italian campaign, we see the practical results of that kind of attitude. Voters are no longer particularly bothered if a politician shows dictatorial tendencies. As one voter told Jason Horowitz of The Times: “Salvini is a good man. I like him because he puts Italians first. And I guess he’s a fascist, too. What can you do?” Third, the deterioration of debate caused by social media. At the dawn of the internet, people hoped free communication would lead to an epoch of peace, understanding and democratic communication. Instead, we’re seeing polarization, alternative information universes and the rise of autocracy. In Italy, the Five Star Movement began not so much as a party but as an online decision-making platform. It pretends to use the internet to create unmediated democracy, but as La Stampa’s journalist Jacopo Iacoboni told David Broder of Jacobin: “In reality, the members have no real power. In reality, there is not any real direct democracy within M5S, but a totally top-down orchestration of the movement.” In Italy, as with Trump and his Facebook campaign, the social media platform seems decentralizing, but it actually buttresses authoritarian ends. The underlying message is clear. As Mounk has argued, the populist wave is still rising. The younger generations are more radical, on left and right. The rising political tendencies combine lavish spending from the left with racially charged immigrant restrictions from the right. Vladimir Putin’s admirers are surging. The center is still hollowing out. Nothing is inevitable in life, but liberal democracy clearly ain’t going to automatically fix itself.



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Wiz Kids Turn Classic Toy into Tool for Success BY ORRIN KONHEIM


Standing around an elongated table, seven middle school students and their faculty advisor Jim Bradford eagerly uncover a stack of Rubik’s Cubes and get to solving. The students work the cubes seemingly faster than the speed of thought, shout across the table and pass the cubes around. A little over two minutes later and twenty-five cubes are solved. This past spring in Linthicum, Maryland, Longfellow Middle School’s Rubik’s Cube Club finished first in the nation-wide Rubik’s Cube challenge capping off a sixth national title since 2010. The club’s winning time of one minute and 36 seconds led to their first national championship in three years. “The students were challenging each other to get better at it and then they were learning about the fact that there was gonna be a competition. I knew we had enough students to do well in the competition,” said Bradford. “At the regional competition [the first year], we didn’t realize we were that competitive nationally so it came as a surprise when we won first.” Nowadays, the club generally gets up to twelve members at their current meetings and had enough members last year to bring both A and B teams to the championship. The feeling of being crowned national champions is no less sweet but the club members now come prepared to bring their A-game, practicing several hours a week outside of class. “We’ve been practicing a lot and we’ve had a lot of team solves but we were pretty excited,” said club member Dakota Lawson. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian named

Erno Rubik but it didn’t take off until the early 80s when it became a craze after a toy distributor, Ideal Toys, convinced Rubik to rename the toy (originally called Magic cube) after himself. Popularized through a combination of mathematicians whose books on solving the cube broke out onto the best-seller list and a marketing craze that positioned the toy as the next hula hoop, the Rubik’s Cube was everywhere from speed cubing competitions to a giant 6-foot cube at the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair to an ABC cartoon. “It’s a fad that was popular back in the 80s and it was popular again. It’s had a bit of a rebirth now, perhaps due to the marketing of [the] company,” said Bradford. Along with museum exhibitions, Rubik’s Cube’s new parent company since 2013, Rubik’s Brand Limited, has focused on educational outreach through the “You Can Solve the Cube” program which has launched its national middle school competition in conjunction with workshops and teacher’s guides in hopes of guiding people towards early development in math and the STEM fields. Bradford says a lot of his club members are typically ones who are already excelling in math and science but also hopes the club will uplift them as well. “I think the type of discipline for a student [that is] good at this activity is also the type of discipline a student needs to succeed out of this club,” said Bradford, “The puzzles are channeling their dexterity and also their minds” “Spring Break, I was kind of bored, and saw my Rubik’s Cube sitting on a shelf, so I just googled how to solve a Rubik’s Cube online and here I am now,” said Mark Kuzel, who answered interview questions in the middle of scrambling and solving mul-

THE ABILITY to race through a collection of Rubik’s Cubes at just a tick slower than the blink of an eye is why Longfellow Middle School’s Rubik’s Cubes Club gained national prominence. Even though the club was a bit awestruck at their immediate success, it hasn’t slowed their �ingers one bit. (P����: O���� K������) tiple cubes. Of the eight members of last year’s winning time who graduated last year, all five were admitted to the prestigious magnet school Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology. Bradford often is called upon to write their letters of recommendation. Among the members of the championship team who are still attending the McLean-based middle school, Kuzel and teammate Michael Fatemi both have the ability to solve the cube within approximately 10 seconds. Bradford relies on students like Kuzel to help lead the others

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with pointers on good technique. Bradford himself can solve a cube but generally in the 70 to 90 second range. When asked if he minded being beaten by his students, he joked “I’m quite fine with it,” adding, “I’d like to get my time in under a minute though.” There are approximately 75 tricks used to solving the Rubik’s Cube, referred to as algorithms. Bradford generally starts his beginners with five algorithms and relies on the students to teach each other and use the resources online that are often provided by the Rubik’s Cube site While the group meets once a week, they generally practice several hours a week outside the group. The group also has expanded to other products such as tackling 4x4 cubes and the designing of mosaics with Rubik’s Cubes that are featured in the display case of the middle school’s entrance hall. This year they designed one of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Longfellow Middle School Rubik’s Cube Club plans on defending their title this year although the date of competition is yet to be announced as of press time.

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Mustangs Struggle To Hold Buffalo Gap Late, Fall 36-35 Continued from Page 1

Mason hit a three to knot up the score at 24 apiece the start of the quarter and then Bloomgarden took a missed Bison three-ball coast-to-coast for a quick two. Buffalo Gap knocked down a two but Bloomgarden hustled to recover a missed three from junior guard Maddie Lacroix and drove the lane once more to put the Mustangs back up 28-26. A short jumper from the Bison to tie was again answered, this time by an elbow trey from senior guard Elizabeth Dodge. Mason then went on a 4-1 run, all powered by Bloomgarden — who scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter — though they struggled to get clean looks at the basket after the missed layup on Bloomgarden’s fast break and laid the foundation for their loss. “We were literally one layup away. That was the play,” Gilroy said. “We were going to hit [sophomore forward Daria Douglas] with an inbound pass, [Bloomgarden] was going to break up the side and [Douglas] was going hit her, she was gonna make the layup and game over. She was just going too fast and didn’t realize how open she was.” For what it’s worth, Mason was on the wrong end of a controversial call at a critical juncture. A perceived double dribble on the Mustangs’ possession sandwiched between Buffalo Gap’s three-point play and go ahead three-pointer drew some ire from the Falls Church natives on the court and in the stands. Mason burned roughly 20 seconds avoiding the Bisons’ traps and searching for a shot along the perimeter when Bloomgarden drove right and had her off hand knocked into the ball mid dribble. The swipe by Buffalo Gap’s defender caused Bloomgarden to inadvertently use both hands to regain control of the ball and gave the appearance of a double dribble to the nearby referee. “We just wanted to do ‘Through,’ which is just passing and cutting over and over to stall because we had time and we were up. But obviously I got a bad call on the double dribble and it went the other way,” Bloomgarden said, who confirmed that her arm was knocked into the ball. It was a missed call at the worst possible time for Mason and, unfortunately, it was a decisive break in a big game. However, those errors in judgment are expected and the Mustangs made no excuses about not being able

to finish the job on their own terms with Bloomgarden’s layup a few possessions earlier. The loss signaled the end of a strong three-year run for Mason’s basketball team that saw them improve each season. They went from being upset in a regional home opener against Page County High School two years ago because they couldn’t hit layups or free throws down the stretch to a state quarterfinal berth a year later and a state semifinal berth this season. Though the reality is only one team’s season ends the way they want it to once the state tournament begins. In total, Mason won 59 games over the three-year period and earned three consecutive Bull Run District titles to go with two second place finishes in the Region. Progress like that is why Bloomgarden is proud of the strides the Mustangs made. And underclassmen holdovers from this year such as Lacroix and Douglas ensure that Mason will have a fighter’s chance come next season. Still, the wound of the loss will be fresh for a while longer. “It was our game. We had them,” Gilroy added. “I’ve been on the good side of it, I’ve been on the bad side of it. To be one play away from the state championship when we had it is rough. That’s one that doesn’t leave, that’s one you just live with.” A low-scoring affair from the jump, both teams struggled to find a shooting groove in the opening three quarters. Mason was able to get the better of Buffalo Gap by the end of the first quarter with an 11-7 lead thanks to the Bison’s sluggish start, but Buffalo Gap turned the tables in the second quarter and took an 18-15 lead into halftime after Calhoun assisted on a bucket preceded by a deep three she knocked down the possession before. Bloomgarden believed that Mason came out slow against Buffalo Gap, and referenced her own play throughout the first half as evidence. It was similar to how the Region B final two weeks ago unfolded at Spotswood High School, where Mason’s pacing was inconsistent on their way to a 45-42 loss. The Mustangs matched the Bison throughout the third quarter when it came to scoring, with both teams adding six more points to their tally. But Mason turned it on in the opening possession of the fourth with the early threepointer in front of their bench to set up a competitive ending.

THE MUSTANGS’ BEST matched up well with Buffalo Gap’s top players on both sides of the court, despite the game’s unwanted �inal result. Senior guard Nicole Bloomgarden (top) nearly won the game for Mason single-handedly as she racked up eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter with a succession of gutty dribble-drives. On the defensive side, sophomore forward Daria Douglas prevented the Bison from getting comfortable shots off inside the paint. (P�����: M��� T����/T�� N��� L�����)



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THIS WEEK, Falls Church City Public Schools recognize the dedicated School Social Workers and School Psychologists for their service to all students and staff. Yesterday they were treated to lunch at Original Pancake House to start the week with a good meal. Residents, staff and teachers alike should be on the lookout to thank (from left to right) School Psychologists Sharon Hoffman and Rachel LaBelle and School Social Workers Colleen Hoover and Robin Borum. Not pictured Susan Sinclair and Susan Fuentes. (Photo: Courtesy FCCPS Photo)

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School News & Notes Mason Students Snag 1st in Cyber Defense Competition A team of high school students from George Mason High School recently concluded an exceptional season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. In all, over 5,500 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X. Led by coach Steven Knight and William Snyder the team of students from Mason excelled in the qualifying rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned it a spot in the Semifinal Round, during which it outscored other teams to win 10th place overall among Open Division teams in the Gold Tier of the Open Division. The young team called Sad Boys has been working for 3-4 years to reach this level of experience. The team consisted of Nicholas Costa (team captain), Paulo Casto, James Trombo, Ian Zullo, Jonathan Oppenheimer and Erik Bjorklund. Top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier are set to compete in the CyberPatriot X National Finals

Competition on April 16-18 in Baltimore, Md. CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada and other schools abroad to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.

STEAM Night Comes to Henderson on March 19 Residents should plan to attend Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School’s (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Night on Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Virginia Junior Academy of Science and Science Fair projects will be on display, and the students who created them will be available to talk about their work. Plus, attendees will have to the option to participate in a variety of science and technology-related activities, all led by students.

Mason Robotics Finishes 3rd In First Competition The George Mason High School Robotics team, 1418 Vae Victis, finished its first outing of the season with a Judge’s Award

for the Northern Virginia District Event and 3rd place overall. The team faced nearly forty other teams in the two-day event this past weekend at Battlefield High School. The meet was the first of two local District competitions to earn a place in the national District championship to be held at the University of Maryland March 28-31.

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Teen Volunteer Orientation Required for new volunteers interested in earning service hours as a part of class or club requirements at the library this spring. For teens in grades 7-12, registration and volunteer application required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6 – 6:30 p.m. 703-248-5034. Community Meeting about the Intersection Improvements at N. Washington & Columbia Streets. Learn about the City’s plans to improve the intersection at N. Washington and Columbia Streets. The updates will include new signal equipment, pedestrian signals, signage and pavement markings. The project will also update signal timing provide ADA-compliant crossings, and new streetlights. Construction is due to begin in spring 2019.


Community Center (223 LIttle Falls St., Falls Church). 7 – 9 p.m. 703-248-5350. Middle School Book Club. March Book: “Memory Boy” by Will Weaver. Book discussion group for teens in Grade 6-8. Copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required for the school year, spaces are limited. Call or visit the Youth Services Desk for more details. Mary Riley Styles (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 DMV 2 Go Bus. DMV 2 Go Bus. The full-service DMV2Go bus will be in front of City Hall on Friday. The accessible mobile office provides all DMV transactions including: Applying for and renewing driver’s licenses; purchasing EZ Passes; obtaining ID cards (including photos) and Virginia’s veterans ID cards; taking road and knowledge tests; obtaining copies


of driving records, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts; ordering disabled parking placards or plates and updating an address after a move for DMV and voter registration. Customers should be prepared with the required documents to complete transactions. No appointments are necessary. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 703-248-5450.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Puppet Show @ the Library. Interested attendees can witness Master Puppeteer Bob Brown and his merry marionettes in his brand new production of Magic Toyshop. Best for ages 2-6 years old. Drop-in. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 – 11:45 a.m. 703-2485034. Celtic Music Concert. Interested residents can attend a lively evening of acoustic Irish music by Mitchelstown in the intimate atmosphere of the farmhouse

parlor. $15 for tickets in advance or $20 at the door. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (330 Park Ave., Falls Church) 8 – 10 p.m. For more information, contact Corey Jannicelli at or call 703-248-5171.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their second language. Meets every Monday at regularly scheduled time. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Great Book Discussion. A discussion concentrating on literary classics meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday most months. Open to all and no registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5034.


FRIDAY, MARCH 9 “The Wolves.” Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves’ undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, “The Wolves” explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.). $20. 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY SATURDAY, MARCH 102 “Harvey.” The 1944 Pulitzer Prizewinning comedy by Mary Chase, features a principal character who is ever present but never apparent. “Harvey” is a whimsical “forget-all-your-worries” flight of fancy, principally powered by the endearing eccentricities of Elwood P. Dowd, a middle-aged bachelor who, in his own words, wrestled with reality all his life but

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“finally won out over it.” Elwood is the only member of the cast (or audience for that matter), who can see and converse with Harvey, an invisible six-foot threeinch mythical rabbit. The Players first brought Harvey to the Grange 30 years ago, and there are those local citizens who swear, despite the rabbit’s “disappearance” after the last show of the 1986 run, that he never left. After all, he has the power to stop a clock so that no time passes. Grange Theatre (9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls) $20. 8 p.m. “The Farnsworth Invention.” It’s 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy? The answer comes to compelling life in the regional premiere of this “firecracker of a play” (Chicago Sun-Times) by Aaron Sorkin. 1st Stage Theatre (1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean). $33. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 ”The Snow Queen.” This classic tale of bravery and friendship follows the journey of young Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With the help of some unique friends and a little magic Gerda is determined to break the Snow Queen’s spell and melt the ice that has taken hold of Kai’s heart before he is lost to her forever. Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church). $18. 2 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, MARCH 8 An Evening with Edwin McCain. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.


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Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Happy Hour: Josh Allen Duo. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-2419504. Newmyer Flyer Presents Laurel Canyon: Golden Songs of Los Angeles Circa 1966-73. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. John Eaton – Indiana on our Minds: The Music of Cole Porter & Hoagy Carmichael. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $27. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Parthenon Huxley & Friends. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 8 p.m. 703-2551566. The Bullets. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504. Misil Stereo – Soda Stereo Tributo. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $20. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300. Soda Stereo Tributo Official After Party. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 11 p.m. 703532-9283.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 InTune Music Studios Presents Beats & Beans. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $5 – $10. 11:30 a.m. 703-255-1566. Selective System. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Chris Cassady. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Mother2Mother & My Sister’s Place: Empowering Lives Through Music. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $25. 5 p.m. 703-255-1566. Hollywood Nights – A True Bob

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Seger Experience. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $22. 9 p.m. 703237-0300.

Alden & Suburban Snoop. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $22. 7 p.m. 703255-1566.

Ill Uma Naughty, Electric Mustachio. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

NFC (No Funkin’ Clue). Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-532-9283.

Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy – Chamber Music at The Barns. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $60. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.


Memphis Gold All-Star Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703241-9504. Jah Works + Box Era. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $20. 10 p.m. 703-255-1566.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504. Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Unity: A 311 Day Tribute + Sir

Ida Campbell Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504. Fuzzqueen, Candy Ambulance. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Bhi Bhiman with So Much Light. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. Wolf Blues Jam. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Matt Kelly and Swangbang. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 7 p.m. 703-2419504. Little Tybee + The Reign of Kindo. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Open Mic Night with Bob Hume and Martha Capone. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). $20 – $25. 8 p.m. 703522-8340. Head for the Hills with The Ampersand String Band Live and In Concert. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). 8 p.m. $10 – $13. 703-237-0300.

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Services DOVER PARK CONDOMINIUMS has a requirement for onsite janitorial services (M-F, 8-5) and is accepting proposals. Our objective is to identify a qualified contractor that will provide the best overall value to Dover Park Condominiums. While price is a significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of our award decision, including past performance and experience, as well as client references. Bids must be received by 10:00 a.m. on 26 March 2018. Contact the Site Manager at 703-560-1600 or for a copy of the contract requirements and scope of work.

Public Notice ABC LICENSE DOMINION WINE AND BEER LLC., Trading as: Dominion Wine and Beer 107 Rowell Court, Falls Church, Virginia 22046-3126. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Wine and Beer On and Off Premises & Keg Permit. license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Afsaneh Moradian, Member. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

SOHO Arlington TRS LLC trading as Hyatt Centric Arlington, 1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Beer and Wine and Mixed Beverage on Premises license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Anthony Domalski, Manager. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on March 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the Laurel Conference room located on the first floor in 400 North Washington, Falls Church, Virginia, for consideration of the following items: New Business Variance application V1599-18 by Pearson Square, LLC, for a variance to Section 48-1265(1)(b) to allow placement of two (2) wall signs above the bottom of the third floor windows, on premises known as 410 South Maple Avenue, RPC #52-312-100 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned B-3, General Business. Information on the above applications is available for review at: Zoning Office 400 N. Washington, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) RFP No. 0501-18-GMHS-WFC: WEST FALLS CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CONCEPTUAL PHASE CITY Of FALLS CHURCH FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA Sealed proposals will be accepted by the City of Falls Church at the Purchasing Office, 300 Park Ave., Room 300E, Falls Church, VA 22046 for the provision of the West Falls Church Economic Development Conceptual Project – Conceptual Phase. Due to the current renovation of City Hall, the location for submittal of proposals may change. Proposers should monitor the City’s Procurement website (http:// for Addenda updates concerning the submittal location and other details.. The due date for the receipt of sealed proposals is May 1, 2018 by 2:00 PM. A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM at The Northern Virginia Center, Room: 214, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia. A copy of the RFP which includes all details and requirements may be downloaded from the City of Falls Church’s procurement website: http:// In addition, a copy of the RFP Notice may be accessed via eVA, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s electronic procurement portal for registered suppliers: For more information and/or questions regarding this RFP contact the City’s Purchasing Agent at (703) 248-5007; jwise@ To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703 248-5007 (TTY 711).

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One of the five candidates who qualified to be on the May 5 ballot for Falls Church School Board has withdrawn this week. Dr. Mitchell B. Wallerstein notified the City Registrar of Voters Tuesday, citing his recent appointment as Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which has its offices in Chicago. Wallerstein’s withdrawal leaves the City one candidate short of the five it needs to fill the School Board slots open on May 5.

While the residential real estate crisis had led some surrounding Northern Virginia jurisdictions to grapple with the prospect of monstrous tax hikes in their real estate tax rates, the City of Falls Church will not be similarily impacted, City Manager Wyatt Shields reported to the City Council here this Monday. Shields presented his recommended $70,427,560 FY ‘09 budget to the Council Monday, noting that a hefty $101 million in assessments from new construction.


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Advon Real Estate Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Event Tonight Advon Real Estate is hosting its eighth annual Heart + Pints event on Thursday, March 8 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Dogfish Head Alehouse. The local real estate brokerage is hosting this event which includes free trade and local crafts for awareness of domestic violence. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of gently used clothing for women and children. Donations and proceeds from the auction sales will be donated to Women Giving Back. For more information contact Genevieve Concannon at or 703-663-7171. Dogfish Head Alehouse is located in Seven Corners at 6220 Leesburg Pike.

IRS Small Business Forum Set for Friday The 2018 IRS Small Business Forum will take place Friday, March 9 from 9 – 11 a.m. in Arlington. Presentations on Tax Updates and Tax ID Theft, local advocates, collections, and the Small Business Administration will be provided and local IRS and Small Business Association representatives will be on hand to answer questions. The event will take place at 1100 Glebe Road, Suite 1500 in Arlington. For more information, visit about-irs.

CBC to Host Economic Development Forum Citizens for a Better City is hosting the CBC Forum on Economic Development on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the American Legion Post 130. Edward Saltzberg, member of Falls Church Economic Development Authority since 1981 and former chairman, will present on the continuing challenge of attracting retail development in Falls Church and the Little City’s advantages and disadvantages with an historical perspective and an eye toward the future. Saltzberg’s 15 minute presentation will be followed by a moderated, audience generated question and answer period. For more information, contact Sally Ekfelt at This event is co-sponsored by Citizens for a Better City, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, The Tinner Hill Association, and the Falls Church American Legion Post 130, 400 N. Oak Street.


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