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Inside This Week School Board Retains Firm for GM Study

The Falls Church School Board moved to allocate $56,580 to retain the architectural consulting firm of Perkins Eastman to do a swift feasibility study of what a new George Mason High School may need and look like if voters approve a referendum in November. See News Briefs, page 9

Local Artist Starts Yoga Class for Kids

On Eve of Budget Adoption, F.C. Council Wavers on Reserve Fund On the Hunt

No Consensus on $1.2 Million Set Aside for Campus

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

Few people can claim the varied skills and experiences of Falls Church resident Bill Abel. He is a yoga teacher, student, he builds theater sets and makes picture frames, he’s a school crossing guard and he’s a self-taught artist who runs an online gallery. See page 8

David Brooks: How to Leave a Mark

Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory. See page 14

Mason Baseball Falls to Dragons Tuesday

After a successful Spring Break tournament at Washington-Lee High School, the George Mason High School baseball team was trounced by William Monroe Tuesday, 12-1. See Sports, page 16

Index Editorial..................6 Letters....................6 News & Notes.10–11 Comment........ 12–14 Calendar........18–19 Food & Dining......15

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HUNDREDS OF KIDS filled up their Easter baskets last Saturday during the City of Falls Church’s egg hunt at Cherry Hill Park. Along with the hunt, not one, but two Easter bunnies were on the scene plus there was easter egg dyeing at Cherry Hill Farmhouse. (Photo: Gary Mester)

22-Year Veteran of Virginia House, Del. Jim Scott Dies

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

Former Virginia State Del. James Martin Scott died suddenly last weekend at the Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Springfield, Va, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report from his successor, Del. Marcus Simon. Scott was 78. Memorial service details remained undetermined at the time of publication, although the date is believed to be Sunday, May 7. Scott served the 53rd District of Virginia that includes the City

of Falls Church, for 22 years from 1991 to 2013. He won his first election to that post by a single vote, earning him the nickname, “Landslide Jim.” A staunch progressive, he crafted his liberal perspective as an activist at the University of North Carolina during the Civil Rights struggles. Graduating from UNC in 1960 and with a masters from George Mason University three years later, he was a high school teacher and housing advocate before first running for public office in 1972. He served 12 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from

1972-1984, and then worked at the Inova Health Systems before running for delegate in 1991. Upon his retirement in January 2014, Scott’s last public appearance was at his annual Labor Day barbecue at his home in Vienna in 2016. Scott is survived by his wife Nancy and two children, Casey and Mary Alice. Tributes to Del. Scott have been pouring in. Del. Simon opened his remarks at the legislative report luncheon of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce

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With just a week to go before the scheduled final adoption of the City of Falls Church budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the F.C. City Council Monday could not reach a consensus on the touchy issue of asking taxpayers to fund a $1.2 million addition to the City’s reserves. The funds, over and above the cost of an $88 million annual operating budget for the City and its schools, would add three cents to the real estate tax rate. Monday night’s meeting ended with City Manager Wyatt Shields tasked with presenting a number of options, from no reserve up to the $1.2 million plan, for the Council to decide among at its final budgetadopting session next Monday. The Council did agree on Shields’ plan to shave a penny off the operating budget, a penny (equal to $400,000) that the School Board asked for above Council (zero-growth) so-called “guidance” because of enrollment growth pressures of the past year. Falls Church City Schools are officially the fastest-growing, in terms of student enrollment, in Virginia. With $125,000 in unexpected savings off the City’s obligation to WMATA, Shields’ plan is to remove the penny by cutting $137,000 from the schools and the same from the City operating budget. The Solomonic solution would leave the schools even more strapped and, as Shields projected, leaving City operations without a human resource officer, a task that Assistant City Manager Cindy Mester would fill at the expense of other roles such as director of the City’s state legislative agenda, of the cable access channel, and other vital functions.

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DEL. JIM SCOTT (far right) is shown in this photo from the late 1990s taken at the Eden Center in Falls Church that included (left to right) F.C. Democratic Committee chair Edna Frady, soon to be Virginia governor and now U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and NewsPress owner-editor Nicholas Benton. (Photo: News-Press)

Former Del. Scott Dies, Served 22 Years As Staunch Progressive in Richmond Continued from Page 1

and the Merrifield Business Association this Tuesday with a tribute to Scott, saying how taking a job with him as a legislative assistant in 1992 changed his cynical attitudes toward persons in public office. Scott, he said, was a true servant of the people, and not in it for the ego, the power or corruption. Del. Simon devoted his periodic column in the News-Press in this edition to recollections of Scott, calling him “a man of amazing politics for all the right reasons.” “Jim’s greatest asset was his ability to learn and understand new information, apply it to what he already knew from his experience working on housing issues in Fairfax, and navigate the process

so that everyone came out feeling like a winner,” Simon wrote. He earned “a reputation as someone whom everyone wanted to work with.” “Jim’s compassion made him a champion of the people, a true progressive before his time. His sense of humor made him accessible. He embodied the type of public servant I strive to be,” Simon added. “Good people can do great things. Jim Scott was a great man who did great things for our community.” The News-Press also dedicated its editorial in this edition to our editor’s thoughts on Scott’s contributions and legacy. Scott had a regular column in the News-Press and granted a lengthy exclusive interview published in the January 8, 2014 edition of the News-Press upon

leaving office. In a statement issued this week by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (a Democrat from the 11th District of Virginia covering much of Scott’s 53rd Assembly District), Scott was characterized as “a quiet, gentle but forceful advocate for all who feel powerless...a voice for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights.” “Unusual for a politician, Jim was self-effacing,” Connolly’s statement continued. “A natural mentor, he promoted talent and sought to bestow credit on others. He advanced the careers of myriad public officials. His generosity of spirit benefited causes throughout our Virginia commonwealth, and most of that generosity was unheralded. He championed affordable housing, the homeless, the Fairfax Fair, telework, the environment.

In so doing he elevated politics and ennobled public service as a calling.” From the January 2014 article covering his exclusive interview with the News-Press is the following about Scott’s early years: Born in 1938 in Galax, Virginia, the son of a traveling salesman, Scott moved with his family to Winchester at a young age, and graduated from John Handley High School there, a public high school built and maintained on an endowment from Judge John Handley, who was devoted to childhood education, including through the funding of, in those segregated days, black schools. Of that school’s Class of 1956, Scott was persuaded by a high school friend to commit to attending the University of North

Carolina on an athletic scholarship. Surviving members of that Class of ‘56 enjoy reunions every year, and Scott never missed one, he said in an interview with the News-Press at the downtown Falls Church Panera Bread last month. At UNC, the pro-civil liberties legacy of its former president Frank Porter Graham, its president from 1930 to 1949, was still fresh. Graham had been appointed to fill an unexpired term as a U.S. Senator in 1949, and when he ran for a full term the next year, he was upended in the Democratic primary by a candidate who enjoyed the fervent support of the future Senator Jesse Helms. But in his one year as a senator, Graham recruited young reformminded aides, and that included fresh UNC graduate Lowenstein. During the 1950s, Lowenstein’s activism in the state succeeded the expired term of his boss, including as an instructor at North Carolina State. While at UNC from 1956 until his graduation in 1960, Jim Scott fell under Lowenstein’s magnetic influence. “He was the smartest man I’d ever met,” Scott told the News-Press. Scott got involved in campus politics and became a member of the student governing council. He followed graduation by enrolling at George Mason University for a masters degrees in education, which he completed in 1963 after a year in Panama studying under the Smith-Mundt program. He then returned to Winchester to teach high school English in the fall of 1963. But in Winchester, he quickly got involved with community anti-poverty programs, and went to work for the Sargent Shriver’s “War on Poverty,” set up under President Johnson in 1964. “It was an eye-opening experience,” he said, “to see how completely segregated everything was. It was hard to deal with.” When that program ended, Scott moved to North Arlington to focus on issues of disadvantaged women and to push for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1971, the opportunity to run for the Providence District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented itself, and Scott upset the incumbent, the beginning of a 14-year career in that office. In 1972, he met his future wife, Nancy Cromwell, at a presidential campaign rally for the “unbossed and unbought” Rep. Shirley Chisholm, and they subsequently married and had two children, Casey and Mary Alice.



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The Legacy of James M. Scott

In what was a week of tragic losses for the City of Falls Church. Former Virginia State Delegate James M. (Jim) Scott passed away last Saturday after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s. Scott served for 22 years in the General Assembly from 1992 to 2014, representing the 53rd District that for the last 12 years included the City of Falls Church. Other painful losses included the passing of Tim McKinney, husband of the City’s energetic community and Chamber of Commerce activist Tori McKinney (see obituary, page 22) and James Trollinger, a longtime and highly respected activist in the City’s Citizens for a Better City (CBC) and former candidate for City Council. In a story reporting on an exclusive interview with Del. Scott upon his retirement from the House of Delegates in January 2014, we described Scott’s “lanky stature and deep voice creating a Lincoln-esque visage.” It was a very apt description. We went on to write, “Scott’s staunch liberalism runs very deep, born of the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, when he was at the University of North Carolina and a protege of the likes of its storied president Frank Porter Graham and firebrand progressive activist and future congressman Allard K. Lowenstein. It colored his particular passion for issues such as affordable housing, women’s rights issues and anti-poverty programs.” (More from that article is quoted elsewhere in this edition.) Tributes to Scott by his successor in the House of Delegates Marcus Simon and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, also quoted elsewhere here, are also very apt. In short, Jim Scott was an extraordinary person, and as a result, also an extraordinary public servant. He was a great friend of the News-Press, writing a regular column. His friendship was not to curry favor (when, in his opinion we endorsed the wrong candidate once or when we made an off-handed deprecating comment about people in his birthplace in southwest Virginia, he did not hesitate to roast us). But it was his effort to bring out the best through the challenges facing the local newspaper in his district. In his last year in office, Scott single-handedly shepherded a House joint resolution in Richmond citing our editor and the News-Press for “advocating affordable housing, quality education, support for the disenfranchised, and human rights and equality...(being) one of the few general interest community newspapers in the nation to publish a weekly column dedicated to gay and lesbian justice issues.” He presented the framed resolution at the annual banquet of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and it hangs proudly in our office. Our point is that everything he said about us also applied to him, and much more in spades. A great fan of the Washington Nationals and all things University of North Carolina, he heralded the legacy of UNC basketball coach Dean Smith for his role in advancing the cause of civil rights that Scott emulated his entire life.


Why Aren’t There More After-Hours Parking Lots? Editor, I occasionally eat dinner at various establishments on Broad Street (West and East). I recently ran into the “Towing Vultures” (cost is/was $160) that hover over the parking areas surrounding West and East Broad, N. Washington St., N. Maple Ave. and Park Ave. Businesses located in the area include CVS, the Unity Club, Dogwood Tavern, Action Music, Station Theatre,

etc. Parking signs clearly mark where “non-customers” can park (typically two-hour public parking with a green-lettered sign). My question is why can’t folks use these spaces during a business’ non-operating hours or maybe use signs that read “No parking between the hours of XXX and XXX; For store customers only. Violators will be towed.”?


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It would seem logical to open up all these extra spaces for folks that want to enjoy the night dinning in the area. This would also benefit local stores, as paying customers wouldn’t have to seek places elsewhere; thus stores losing potential earnings. The other possible solution is to have these spaces “metered” with the same approach as the two-hour public parking signs. This could raise revenue, either to the City of Falls Church or the business. I remember when I was a young teenager and worked at a parking lot for a large retail business. The parking lot typically closed when the store

closed, around 8 p.m. However, if there was a concert going on (the Civic Center was right across the street), we would leave the lot open, and charge each vehicle $5, thus making an additional $100 for the store. With all the recent news about towing laws in and around Falls Church, let’s make it easier for consumers and local residents to access these venues/stores and not have to worry about being towed. I’d rather spend $160 on food and beverages and other merchandise, then pay the “Towing Vultures.” Michael Ness Falls Church



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Why is Virginia Shortchanging Its Programs? B� J��� E�������

Why is Virginia in such bad shape that we are selling our roads to foreign corporations and filling 33 percent of our university seats with out of state students? Not so long ago we funded these public expenses with tax revenues and we had good roads and our local kids could get a seat at top Virginia universities. Roads and schools are not the only areas with shortfalls; parks, public safety, and social services are also tin cupping to keep minimum programs going. What’s going on? Revenue for roads, schools, etc. comes from taxes which have remained about the same for several years. By that I mean that the percentage of the Virginia GDP that goes to the state budget has remained about the same, yet the public sector seems to need a larger percentage of the Virginia GDP. Are state cops, college professors, VDOT workers and DMV employees getting paid salaries disproportionate to a few years ago? These questions were posed to our State Senator Dick Saslaw and State Delegate Marcus Simon at the Falls Church Chamber and GMBA joint luncheon Tuesday at the Best Western Hotel. Saslaw’s answer focused on the fact that Virginia gasoline taxes are about half that of other states. Fair enough, but that doesn’t account for the state’s need for a higher percentage of the GDP.

It turns out that road and university use has far outpaced the population growth. There are a lot more cars on the road for a lot longer time. There is a 21-percent jump up in vehicles per household and about a 40-percent jump up in the time all

“The legislature’s scheme to pay for this expanded demand for services is not to overlay the general population with the costs, but instead to make the users pay for it.”

these people are on the road. Same story at Universities, in the twelve years from 1991 to 2009 college attendance went up by 21 percent. These figures are adjusted for population increase. This means that the old tax paradigm is not going to keep up. The legislature’s scheme to pay for this expanded demand for services is not to

overlay the general population with the costs, but instead to make the users pay for it. In the case of roads, we already have the beltway and I-95 hot lanes and the Dulles Greenway and in 20 months: tolls on I-66 outside the beltway will cost Manassas to beltway commuters $6,000 a year. Tolls for the I-66 inside the beltway trip are additional, but at a more reasonable rate. So the user pays. In education we are seeing this offloading of the cost in the increase of student debt. A good banker knows that the biggest borrowers are mortgagees and the second biggest borrowers are students struggling to pay for college. Again the user pays. This is why Virginia’s universities are so interested in the out of state student. At UVa, a Virginia resident pays $15,722 tuition a year, compared to the out of State student who antes up $45,066. Our state schools are now getting a much lower portion of their budgets from Richmond, forcing them to seek the higher revenue of out of state students. Is this good public policy? I don’t think so. It is essentially a highly regressive tax. Take the Manassas commuter. Per capita income in Manassas is lower than that of Falls Church. Instead of all of us paying a few cents more for a gallon of gas, we have decided to offload the cost onto a family that moved to where

they could afford housing. That housing just got a lot more expensive. How about a 2017 graduate loaded with student debt? Let’s hope they can step into a reasonably paying job. Some of this cost will fall on employers. The Manassas commuter will be forced to ask for a raise to pay the tolls. Nine of my employees live in Manassas. I see it coming; the $54,000 increase in payroll, just to get my work force to work. Dare I try to pass this cost to my customers? And the student? We already know that this area of lending is risky, and so to reduce that risk, the burden of a student loan endures even after bankruptcy. User fees and tolls can be a very good influence. They make the user aware of the costs of providing these services, but when it comes to roads and universities we need to remember how important this infrastructure is to our success as a community, state and nation. An educated, mobile society has been a major contributor to the prosperity our country enjoys. It is extremely shortsighted public policy to limit these tools to an increasingly narrow segment of our society. If we wish to continue as a successful society we must be certain that the fundamentals of education and transportation are accessible to all. Dick Saslaw, Marcus Simon and all your colleagues in Richmond; please craft a tax policy that looks to our future wellbeing.

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From Student to Teacher: Local Artist Starts Yoga Class for Kids BY PATRICIA LESLIE


Few people can claim the varied skills and experiences of Falls Church resident Bill Abel. He is a yoga teacher and student. He builds theater sets and makes picture frames. He is a Falls Church school crossing guard (for ten years and counting), and he is a self-taught artist who runs an online gallery, Where Art Happens. The next time you eat at a Falls Church restaurant, you might just see some of his works hanging on the wall since several local eateries have bought Abel’s watercolors. One ran on the cover of a Tysons magazine. This year Abel sold a painting at the Falls Church artists’ member show. “I was really happy about that,” he said. Abel is also happy with his newfound “feeling of freedom” which allows him to paint, practice yoga and contribute. At Dancing Mind Yoga Studio, Abel preaches what he practices. He started there as a student, taking a six-week “personal revolution” course, which led to an invitation to teach. He completed the 200-plus hours of coursework to meet the requirements and now teaches three days a week, including “power hours” at 6 a.m. for those who are really intent on meeting daily goals, like Abel is. Yoga helped Abel “come out of hiding” and devote himself to his love of painting. The important thing is taking the time to do it. He shifted from his life’s plateau and “became unstuck.” “I could decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” Abel says. “I fell in love with yoga and how it makes me feel better. It really helps with self-reflection and inquiry.” With Dancing Mind owner Paula Baake, he set up “Mighty Kids” yoga classes for children ages 5 – 10. The classes stress healthy habits and active games and “provide something for students who may not necessarily play team sports,” Abel says, although the first Mighty Kids Olympics are set for this summer. In 2004 Abel and his family were living in Tallahassee, Florida when his then-wife was offered a new job in the D.C. area.

BILL ABEL WITH some of his work at his studio at Art and Frame of Falls Church on West Jefferson Street. (P����: P������� L�����) Abel had been a stay-athome dad for his three children (now ages 17, 20, and 22) in the Sunshine State, important duties he continued when the family moved to Falls Church. They were attracted by the City’s small schools, the trees and quality of life. In Tallahassee, Abel had started an art school for children and adults, offering more than 22 classes in its first year alone. After one year, however, it closed. He didn’t know any better not to start the school. No one told him not to do it. “[I was] someone with no business background,” Abel says. “I wanted to make it a fun place for children and adults to enjoy and make it a place to grow. It was a learning experience,” one which helped lay the groundwork for Mighty Kids. The Abels’ first home in Falls Church was at the Winter Hill apartments on S. Virginia Avenue, right across the street from Tom Gittins’ Art and Frame shop. It didn’t take long for Abel and Gittins to start talking art. Gittins showed him how to make frames, an expensive part of any artist’s life. Later, Abel went to work with Laura Connors Hull and Margie Jervis at Creative Cauldron Theater, building sets. He immersed himself in the local schools as well, serving as

a special education team member for Falls Church schools before becoming a crossing guard for Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle, and George Mason High School. Abel considers himself a “constant learner,” a phrase he frequently uses to describe himself. “Always be a learner,” he says. “Always be a student.” At his studio at Art and Frame on West Jefferson, Abel keeps color postcards of the paintings he has sold, which he thumbed through during a recent interview. He showed off an unsold watercolor of a now-defunct restaurant on Park Avenue. “You can fly in so many different directions,” he says. “Always be learning, growing and contributing, spiritual needs we all share. Giving back is important to me.” And it supplies personal satisfaction. “Finding what matters most to you and your heart,” he says, and allowing yourself “the freedom to explore and find your niche is what it’s all about.”  Bill Abel’s MightyKIDS! class is for children aged 5 – 10 and takes place at Dancing Mind, 929 W. Broad St., Monday – Thursday and on Saturday from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. More information can be found at



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NEWS BRIEFS Consultants Hired for New School Review Tuesday night, the Falls Church School Board moved to allocate $56,580 to retain the architectural consulting firm of Perkins Eastman to do a swift feasibility study of what a new George Mason High School may need and look like if voters approve a referendum in November. The New York-based architectural, urban design planning, design and consulting firm has played key roles in the development of higher and high school/secondary education projects, as well as a wide array of other facilities, nationwide. Its projects in the D.C. area include George Washington University and the Stoddard Elementary and Community Center of Washington, D.C. The group, which had bid on earlier offers regarding the property, is tasked with having its recommendations ready by May 17, and by May 24 to have its cost analysis ready. The Campus Process Working Group evaluated the bids, meeting for an hour and a half with the finalists before recommending Perkins Eastman. Meanwhile, the Campus Process Economic Development Group went ahead last week with a request for proposal in search of a consultant of its own seeking input to evaluate the highest and best economic development potential for 10 acres of the site.

Annandale Man Arrested in Hate Vandalism Case Fairfax County Police arrested an Annandale man last week in connection with three hate-motivated crimes in the Northern Virginia area, police said. Dylan M. Mahone, 20, was taken to the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax and charged with two counts each of felony destruction of property, placing a swastika on religious property with the intent to intimidate and wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity. Mahone has also been charged by Northern Virginia Community College Police with one count of felony destruction of property and one count of wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity. The arrest came after staff at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia reported anti-Semitic symbols and words had been spray-painted on the building’s exterior in the early morning hours of April 11. That same morning, staff from the Little River United Church of Christ reported similar anti-religious symbols and words were spray-painted on the exterior of their building and on the property. The Northern Virginia Community College Police had also initiated an investigation on March 20 for anti-Semitic flyers that were posted on campus.

Snyder Wins $ for W&OD Trail Intersection Project Falls Church City Councilman David Snyder yesterday made the motion for a set of the National Capitol Region’s Transportation Planning Board actions that were adopted and included $249,000 for the Falls Church W&OD Trail Intersection project. The motion passed unanimously.

Former F.C. Resident Convicted of Sexual Assault Sergio Velasquez Cardozo, 35, formerly of Falls Church, has been found guilty by a jury in Washington, D.C. of charges stemming from an incident in which he sneaked up on a college student and grabbed and groped her, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips. A jury found Velasquez Cardozo guilty Monday of kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse, fourth-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor sexual abuse. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is to be sentenced on June 9 and faces up to seven years in prison. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for a 10-year period following his release from prison. According to government evidence, at approximately 1 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2016, the victim was walking home to her apartment on the Georgetown University campus. While walking in the 3400 block of Prospect Street NW, Velasquez Cardozo sneaked up behind her, grabbed her in a bear hug and fondled her breast and buttocks. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department happened to be driving slowly right behind, and next to, Velasquez Cardozo when he attacked the woman. They immediately stopped and arrested him.

Dems Target 17 Va. GOP Districts Won by Clinton At the Richmond Legislative Report luncheon hosted by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and Merrifield Business Association Tuesday, State Sen. Dick Saslaw and State Del. Marcus Simon stressed how pivotal the role of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in this year’s session, vetoing 40 bills passed by the Republican-controlled Senate and House, and 111 in four years, all the vetoes of which were upheld by the legislature earlier this month. Now, they said, Democrats in Virginia are targeting 17 districts currently held by Republicans that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won last November, and eight where incumbents are retiring.

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Community News & Notes

PROVIDING A REPORT on the recently-completed legislative session in Richmond were the state delegate (Marcus Simon, left) and state senator (Richard Saslaw, right) to the monthly luncheon of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the Best Western Hotel. Chamber chair Lisa D’Ambrosio-Irons (center) introduced them. (See story in this edition) (Photo: News-Press)

F.C. Students Earn Academic Honors

McLean Community Garage Sale Coming April 22

The following students from Falls Church recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at their respective colleges. Phi Kappa Phi serves as the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, welcoming scholars from all academic backgrounds into its group. Peggy Brozi was initiated at James Madison University, Claire Schmidt was initiated at Michigan State University and Maryellen Davis was initiated at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Falls Church native and sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy, Brittney Rojas, was also recognized for earning a spot on the school’s Dean’s list for achieving a 3.5 GPA or above during the school’s third quarter grading period.

The McLean Community Center will hold its annual Spring Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 22. The sale will be held in the parking garage located at 1420 Beverly Rd. Admission to the sale and parking are free. The sale will offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of household items, toys, electronics, glassware, clothing, baby items, collectibles and more at bargain prices. A limited number of selling spaces remain and can be purchased for $45. Individuals selling personal items and some commercial vendors may participate. For more information, or to reserve a selling space, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: mcleancenter. org/special-events and register

ACCEPTING A PROCLAMATION honoring National Public Safety Communications Week at the F.C. City Council meeting last week was F.C. Police Chief Mary Gavin and the F.C. police department Emergency Communications team, including Christian Major. Gavin hailed the importance of good communications for contributing to a “culture of safety” in F.C. (Photo: News-Press)

online using activity number 2001.317. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 19, or until sold out.

First Church of Scientist, Turns 100


The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Arlington celebrates its 100th year in existence within the Northern Virginia community. While the official centennial won’t take place until June 10, the Church has a variety of planned events that are open to the public throughout the year. The first is a free talk titled “Health Is a Spiritual Reality,” given by experienced Christian Science healer, teacher and speaker, Heloisa Rosa. The talk will be held at the Falls Church Community Center on Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Janet Sasser (703-532-0016H)

VPIS Holds Annual Attic Treasures Sale The Village Preservation & Improvement Society holds its 50th annual Attic Treasures Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). Proceeds assist the Neighborhood Tree Program, the Cherry Hill Summer Concerts in the Park, and several community gardens throughout the area. For more information, call 703-3712369 or visit

Marsden & Kory Attend NARFE Meeting The Falls Church chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) recently announced it was dissolving and all of the chapter’s 100-plus members have been transferred to the

Annandale chapter. State Sen. David Marsden and Del. Kaye Kory will report on the recent General Assembly proceedings at a meeting of NARFE. Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale). Admission is free. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. Call 703-980-6831 for more information.

Fairlington Community Center Hosts Classes On Tuesday, May 2, the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington) hosts a class called “Container and Balcony Gardening” from 7 – 8:30 p.m. At the class, participants can learn easy steps to add color with flowers and foliage, create a desirable amount of privacy and grow edibles. Transform your balcony or concrete jungle into a garden.

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PUBLIC NOTICE MARSHALL STREET AND SUMMERFIELD ROAD PROPOSED THROUGH TRUCK RESTRICTIONS The Virginia Department of Transportation is accepting comments regarding the proposed restriction of through truck traffic on Marshall Street (Route 1717) and Summerfield Road (Route 1713), in Fairfax County, from Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) to Lee Highway (Route 29). The proposed alternate route for trucks is via Arlington Boulevard to Graham Road (Route 1720) to Lee Highway.

IN FALLS CHURCH to celebrate Easter last weekend was the daughter of Falls Church developer Bob Young, Courtney (right) with her spouse, Vernetta Alston and their baby Reese, while their niece Jillian Young (foreground) gets in on the photo op. (Photo: News-Press) On Saturday, May 6, the community center hosts a class called “Sustainable Landscaping 4: Maintaining the Sustainable Yard” from 9 a.m. – noon. This class teaches participants about plant health and disease identification, good bugs vs. bad bugs in integrated pest management, and how and when to prune woody plants. The class will also explore wildlife issues and things you can do now to maintain your sustainable yard throughout the coming summer months. Admission is free for both classes. Advance registration required as space is limited. You can request space at If you have any questions, call 703-228-6414 or contact

May Day Music Festival In Arlington The 32nd Annual May Day Music Festival takes place on Saturday, May 6 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Potomac Overlook Park (2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington). Attendees can enjoy several live music performances, community exhibits and games. Festival guests are encouraged to meet with the VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden and will be on hand during to answer questions about organic gardening, including controlling pests and diseases without the use of chemicals. The garden

is located beyond the Nature Center. Admission is free. No registration necessary.

2017 Northern Virginia Community Health Fair The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated, Northern Virginia Chapter (NCBW NOVA) along with the Northern Virginia Section of the National Council for Negro Women, Inc (NCNW NOVA) and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. are hosting a free Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. The NCBW NOVA & Partners 2017 Health Fair focuses on the promotion of health education, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles of residents in the community. Services provided include: vision and hearing tests; blood pressure, healthy living and wellness ; diabetes screenings; women’s health initiatives; workout demos and dental screenings. For more information, visit

Amadeus Orchestra Comes To McLean April 23 The Amadeus Orchestra comes to Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Gluck’s “Dance of the Furies” sets the stage for this concert, fol-

lowed by Grieg’s “Holberg Suite.” A double concerti by Albinoni, Telemann and Vivaldi spotlights Amadeus’ “orchestra of soloists.” Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the door or online at Students 17 and under and active military are admitted free of charge. A pre-concert lecture by Music Director A. Scott Wood will begin at 3:15 p.m., 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert. A reception will follow the concert, at which attendees may meet and chat with the performers and fellow music lovers.

Submit your written comments by May 22, 2017 to Mr. Thomas K. Folse, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax VA 22030, or email Please reference “Marshall & Summerfield Proposed Through Truck Restrictions” in the subject line. Submit comments by telephone at 800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). 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 703259-1775 or TTY/TDD 711.

Solarize Launch Meeting On April 23 Residents can learn about the cost and performance of rooftop solar energy systems available through the Solarize Falls Church campaign, which runs through June 30. Meeting is 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Community Center (Teen Room), no charge.

Rotary Club of Falls Church Holds Bi-Monthly Meeting The Falls Church Rotary Club will host its second meeting of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Guest speaker Nomie Hamid will discuss how to attract young professionals to Rotary membership. Dinner costs $15. All visitors are welcome.



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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

This month’s observance and celebration of both the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter was forever marred in Mason District and Fairfax County by derogatory, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian language and symbols spray-painted on signs and exterior surfaces of both the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) and the Little River United Church of Christ. Such scurrilous and hateful activity is unacceptable in our community at any time, regardless of season or location. Paint can be power-washed from brick, and banners replaced, but the memory does not get washed away. Despite so many efforts across civilization, hate never dies but, fortunately, goodness never dies either. And it was the goodness of the community that came together to support both institutions, and each other, at a Saturday evening vigil at Little River United Church of Christ, just hours before Easter sunrise services were scheduled at many local churches. Sadly, the faith community in Fairfax County has experienced these incidents before, and each time one hopes that, this time, it will be the last. Whether anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, Islamophobic, or skewed against any of the dozens of other faiths represented in our community, it is, in the words of Ron Halber, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, “part of the same toxic brew of bigotry that threatens to undermine our democracy and our diverse and welcoming communities. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated.” And it is up to everyone in the community to stand up and agree with Mr. Halber – this type of behavior cannot, and must not, be tolerated. In early March, dozens of clergy members,

elected officials, and law enforcement personnel gathered at the JCCNV in response to a bomb threat at the Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, and a similar threat against an Islamic school in the region. The press event was an expression of support and solidarity, both for the Jewish community and in opposition to hatred expressed toward any faith or minority community. On Sunday evening, the JCCNV will host its annual Holocaust Commemoration, which will focus this year on “Displaced Persons: Struggles to Find a Home.” Fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors are still around, but their decades-long mantra – Never Again – is one that we all can take up as our own. Hate should never win; let goodness, respect, and understanding prevail. Fairfax County mourns the loss of former Providence District Supervisor and Virginia Delegate Jim Scott, who died last week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Jim was a longtime public servant, whose thoughtful and progressive approach to local and human services issues was legendary. He was the creative force for affordable housing and health care legislation, and championed establishment of the School Age Child Care after school programs in Fairfax County. Just a week prior to his death, Jim’s wife, Nancy, testified at the board’s budget hearing about the need for additional support for Insight Memory Care, which provides services for Alzheimer’s victims and their families. Among Jim’s many legacies, putting a public face on the ravages of the disease may be his most important.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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Richmond Report This month I’d like to use the space normally devoted to my monthly Richmond Report to share my memories of my early days in Richmond working for former Delegate Jim Scott, who died last week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Like many recent college grads, I was anxious to find a job that would allow me to live as an independent adult when I graduated in the spring of 1992. A journalism minor at NYU, I had applied to literally hundreds of newspapers looking for a paid gig. The best offers I got all were all unpaid internships lasting at least six months. It was beginning to look bleak. Then I got word from home that the new Delegate who just returned from his first session in Richmond was looking for a Legislative Assistant. The ideal candidate would be a decent writer and a hard worker, but also willing to work for next to nothing. To me, “next to nothing” sounded way better than nothing and allowed me to apply my writing skills. So, I interviewed and accepted my first “real” job working for James M. “Jim” Scott. At the time, practically everyone knew his nickname “Landslide Jim,” based on his one vote margin of victory in the 1991 election. Coming from journalism school, I was a little apprehensive about going to work for a politician. I expected a self-important, smooth talking, boorish type with either an oversized ego or an incredibly fragile one. All I knew from politicians were the caricatures I’d seen on television. What I found in Jim Scott, however, was a man of amazing character. Jim, I learned, was in politics for all the right reasons. First off, he didn’t need to be. He’d retired from the Board of Supervisors and was making a nice living doing government affairs work for the local hospital system. Although Democrats controlled the Virginia General Assembly, party labels didn’t always mean the same thing then that they do now. Few of his Democratic colleagues were as liberal – what we’d now call progressive – as Jim Scott. He could provide a different voice, one that reflected the values of his Northern Virginia district. In Richmond, Jim didn’t seek the spotlight, but rather opportunities to bring his experience

and background in local government, healthcare, and education to bear. Because Jim had expertise in fair housing and housing affordability, he ended up carrying bills on manufactured housing – mobile homes. We didn’t have a lot of mobile home owners in Fairfax and McLean – the neighborhoods that made up the 53rd at the time – but Jim was happy carrying bills that would improve consumer protections for owners of manufactured homes and work with the industry to create a legal and regulatory framework that made sense for their business model. What I learned watching that process unfold was that Jim’s greatest asset was his ability to learn and understand new information, apply it to what he already knew from his experience working on housing issues in Fairfax, and navigate the process so that everyone came out feeling like a winner. While not all his bills passed, he worked hard on all the issues he fought for, earning a reputation as someone everyone wanted to work with. While Jim never sought to be front and center, he prioritized responding to reporters and the news media in a timely manner and as often as possible. One lesson I’ve never forgotten is to always find a way to say yes to the press. You can’t dodge them on a tough question on Monday, then pitch them a story on Tuesday. Jim said it very simply, “If I start saying no, they’ll stop asking.” Although I only worked for him for a few years before he introduced me to my next great mentor, Kate Hanley, I was careful to stay in touch with Jim and followed his career closely for the next 20 years. I was proud to see him work on issues such as brain injury awareness, ballot access, gun violence and domestic violence prevention, and so much more. It was a privilege to work for him in the early days and an honor to succeed him in representing the 53rd District. Jim’s compassion made him a champion of the people, a true progressive before his time. His sense of humor made him accessible. He embodied the type of public servant I strive to be. I believe that we all serve a purpose and that good people can do great things. Jim Scott was a great man who did great things for our community. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on.



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Ah, the aroma of old paper and ink inside a fading hardbound book. One of our community’s longest-standing haunts for bibliophiles is closing up shop. The Bookhouse for 43 years sold American history volumes in an unprepossessing home on North Emerson Street (across Wilson Blvd. from Safeway) tucked in a residential enclave. Owner Natalie Hughes, 85, began the liquidation process in December, but – as I learned over the past two weeks – her love for book vending has meant she has trouble letting go. I was there twice this month and, after contacting Hughes, was surprised to find her standing behind the counter this Saturday. Several neighbors were there, one calling the Bookhouse “a treasure” as they walked off with armfuls of volumes valued at $30 but leaving the store for just a dollar. Like many old-fashioned book lovers, they feel limited on purchases because they’re out of space at home. (That didn’t stop me from buying seven.) The stained wood shelves that line each cramped room of the Bookhouse were for decades organized roughly by states – lots on Virginia. But those rules are now bent as Hughes prepares to sell the property and transfer the collection to son David. Natalie, who lives in Cherrydale, says, “I’m gone from the business” as her memory is weakening. (It seemed

fine when I asked for local history volumes.) David plans to reopen at a rural location and continue to sell her rarities for upwards of $1,000 online. (Though devoted to the print medium, the Bookhouse has not ignored the invasion by the Internet that has doomed many brick-and-mortar merchants.) Before opening in the Ballston neighborhood in 1975, Natalie informed me that the Bookhouse dwelt for six years on Irving Street in Clarendon. She got her start in 1968 during a trip to Maine, where, on a whim, she relieved a bookseller of 3,000 volumes for $40. Her second husband, Ed, was a customer when they met at Hughes’ Arlington storefront. He eventually became her partner and book buyer until his passing in 2016 at age 93. Natalie called her career behind the cash register “unbelievably pleasant” and “pure fun” as she and David prepared to close “for good” and limit visitors to “bulk buyers and people wanting to buy the entire inventory.” The demise of the Bookhouse comes amid a string of merchant closings across Arlington. A quick search through the ARLNow newsblog showed that just in the past year: • Casual Adventure on Washington Blvd. at Virginia Square is now in the process of closing after six decades (I remember when it was Sunny’s Surplus); • Sehkraft Brewery in

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CRIME REPORT Week of Apr. 10 – 16, 2017 Larceny – Theft from Building, 1000 E Broad St (24 Hour Fitness) Apr 10, a fitness center patron reported that his wallet, which had been secured inside a locker, was stolen. Larceny – Theft from Building, 400 blk Great Falls St, between Apr 4 and 10th, a power washer was removed from a shed. Larceny – Theft from Vehicle,

400 Great Falls St/W&OD Bike Trail, between 6PM on Apr 10 and 8:30 AM on Apr 11, unknown suspect removed a laptop from the back seat of a vehicle. Trespassing, 900 S Washington St (Falls Church Healthcare Center), Apr 14, a male, 58, of Bristow, VA, was arrested for Trespass. Larceny – Shoplifting, 1120E W Broad St (Yasini Jewelers) Apr 14, gold jewelry went missing after two

APRIL 20 – 26, 2017 | PAGE 13 Clarendon (the brainchild of Devin Hicks, manager of the successful Westover beer garden), closed in January; • Bradshaw’s Children’s Shoes at Lee Heights Shopping Center shut its doors in November; • The Café Asia in Rosslyn ceased service in June; • The Hard Times Café in Clarendon was shuttered in July; • The Dominion Pet Center at Lee-Harrison gave up the ghost in May; • The Mazda dealer at Ballston intersection closed last April; And now the Iota Club & Cafe in Clarendon is threatened by a developer. (I was there the night Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze famously walked the crowd around the block, drawing neighbors’ complaints.) Each closing is heartbreak for at least some Arlington customers – and for the brave entrepreneurs who kept them afloat. *** Our schools have long benefited from the broader “campus” of the nation’s capital. I recently came across a 1963 mimeographed sheet from my Yorktown High School biology teacher Clarence Seldomridge. It outlined field trips for a summer school science program. A few impressive destinations: the Army Map Service, Bureau of Standards, David Taylor Model Basin (Bethesda), Georgetown Medical School, Fort Detrich (Frederick), Naval Research Lab, Agriculture Research Lab (Beltsville), Naval Ordnance Lab, Fort Belvoir, Walter Reed Army Hospital. unknown suspects left the store. Suspects described as two white women, possibly from Romania, wearing lots of clothing, head scarf, quilt shirts, long skirts, 5”7 and heavy build. Larceny – Shoplifting, 167 Hillwood Ave (Virginia ABC Store), Apr 15, a 200ml bottle of Crown Royal was taken by two unknown suspects described as: 1) a H/M, 18-25 YOA, with dark hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and, 2) a B/M, 18-25 YOA, with dark hair and wearing a white multi-colored shirt. Drinking in Public, 300 blk S Washington St, Apr 16, a male, 37, of Fairfax, VA, was issued a summons for Drinking in Public. OTHER ARRESTS A vehicle reported stolen Feb 28 was recovered in Middlebury, Indiana on Apr 8. A male, 23, of Arlington, VA was arrested by Middlebury Police for auto theft

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O’Reilly Falls, Is Trump Next?

If Bill O’Reilly is gone, can Donald Trump be far behind? It is only a matter of time. The case against Trump is growing and growing. Nothing said against him before he took office has changed. He has only proven his duplicity and craven immorality the more. Let’s be clear about what brought O’Reilly down. It was his contemptible disregard for other human beings, his objectification of women to the point he felt entitled to render them helpless in the face of his sordid appetite. The very concept of morality, that which those adhering to religious institutions value the most, was cynically deluded and thrown under the bus by the kind of behavior O’Reilly exercised repeatedly. He apparently rose to his elevated FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS social status not in spite of his immorality, but because of it. That’s the conclusion one must draw from the fact that his superior at Fox, Roger Ailes, was forced out for the exact same kind of thing. Want to get rid of Trump? Then zero in on his culture of immorality. As for Vice President Pence, don’t expect his aura of holiness to exclude him from this culture. How many times have we seen the most devout fall the hardest? Are we forever going to fall for such charades? Pence’s big giveaway is his horrid disrespect for women from a public policy standpoint. There are very common threads who what’s wrong with our society to permit the rise of an O’Reilly, a Trump and a Pence. It’s amazing to me how few people actually see the obvious on all this. From personal behavior to public policy, the common thread is that it is all based on the degradation by white male chauvinist pigs of women. None of us is perfect, but in terms of the kind of society we’ve allowed ourselves to become since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s, for example, it can be traced to the rise of a form of authoritarianism and rancid entitlement that exists not for everyone, of course, but at its core for stupid white males only. The only thing that allows this to work is cultural assimilationist tendencies. That is, it’s how the victims of this brutality identify with it and reinforce it, because doing otherwise would simply be too frightening, or possibly more likely, simply too demanding. So it is women, fully entrapped by their own co-dependency, the children, the elderly, the immigrant, the ethnic or racial minority, and the LGBT person, who work the hardest to “fit in” to the male dominated paradigm, who make this all work. White male dominion hates feminism, racial and ethnic equality, pathways to citizenship for immigrants, and LGBT equality. As individuals in isolation, any person may be susceptible to a repudiation of these prejudices. But taken as a cultural whole, they represent a formidable, intimidating peer reality. Since the first election of Obama as president, these impulses were fed by ill intentioned elites seeking to reclaim ground they feared they were losing. They became merchants of hate, and their primary targets were white males at all levels of society. They flooded these targets with opioids and “the opiate of the masses,” irrational fundamentalist religion, to cause these men, and their desperate wives, to ignore the mess of their own lives and to zero in with hatred and prejudice against their perceived enemies. The application of the nihilist philosophy of post-modernism, substituting rebellion and power for any notions of love and responsibility, helped fuel this dystopian game plan. In myriad ways through the popular culture since the 1970s, post-modern nihilism and its accompanying anti-civil social behaviors, have come to dominate our popular culture. Use of degraded potty-mouth language on TV sitcoms is just one deliberate aspect, and O’Reilly and Trump rose through the ranks of our culture by capitalizing on rude and ugly behavior that post-modernism made permissible, indeed made them almost mandatory. Excesses in professional sports is another. No one wants to face up to how pro football is mashing up the brains of its players, for example. All this needs to change if we stand a chance as a civilization.

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How to Leave a Mark on People

Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy – serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy. Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.” Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory. I haven’t worked at Incarnation for 30 years, but it remains one of the four or five thick institutions in my life, and in so many other lives. Which raises two questions: What makes an institution thick? If you were setting out consciously to create a thick institution, what features would it include? A thick institution is not one that people use instrumentally, to get a degree or to earn a salary. A thick institution becomes part of a person’s identity and engages the whole person: head, hands, heart and soul. So thick institutions have a physical location, often cramped, where members meet face to face on a regular basis, like a dinner table or a packed gym or assembly hall. Such institutions have a set of collective rituals — fasting or reciting or standing in formation. They have shared tasks, which often involve members closely watching one another, the way hockey teammates have to observe everybody else on the ice. In such institutions people occasionally sleep overnight in the same retreat center or facility, so that everybody can see each other’s real self, before makeup and after dinner. Such organizations often tell and retell a sacred origin story about themselves. Many experienced a moment when they nearly failed, and they celebrate the heroes who pulled them from the brink. They incorporate music into daily life, because it is hard not to become bonded with someone you have sung and danced with. They have a common ideal — encapsulated, for example, in the Semper Fi motto for the Marines. It’s also important to have an idiosyncratic local

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culture. Too many colleges, for example, feel like one another. But the ones that really leave a mark on their students (St. John’s, Morehouse, Wheaton, the University of Chicago) have the courage to be distinct. You can love or hate such places. But when you meet a graduate you know it, and when they meet each other, even decades hence, they know they have something important in common. As I was thinking about my list of traits, Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania shared with me a similar list, titled, “What causes individuals to adopt the identity of their microculture?” She had a lot of my items but more, such as a shared goal, like winning the Super Bowl or saving the environment; initiation rituals, especially those that are difficult; a sacred guidebook or object passed down from generation to generation; distinct jargon and phrases that are spoken inside the culture but misunderstood outside it; a label, like being a KIPPster for a KIPP school student; and finally uniforms or other emblems, such as flags, rings, bracelets or even secret underwear. Thick institutions have a different moral ecology. People tend to like the version of themselves that is called forth by such places. James Davison Hunter and Ryan Olson of the University of Virginia study thick and thin moral frameworks. They point to the fact that thin organizations look to take advantage of people’s strengths and treat people as resources to be marshaled. Thick organizations think in terms of virtue and vice. They take advantage of people’s desire to do good and arouse their higher longings. In other words, thin institutions tend to see themselves horizontally. People are members for mutual benefit. Thick organizations often see themselves on a vertical axis. People are members so they can collectively serve the same higher good. In the former, there’s an ever-present utilitarian calculus — Is this working for me? Am I getting more out than I’m putting in? — that creates a distance between people and the organization. In the latter, there’s an intimacy and identity borne out of common love. Think of a bunch of teachers watching a student shine onstage or a bunch of engineers adoring the same elegant solution. I never got to see Joey T. fight a fire. But I watched him run a bunch of the camp reunion fishing derbies. If you’d asked him, are you doing this for the kids or for yourself, I’m not sure the question would have made sense. In a thick organization selfishness and selflessness marry. It fulfills your purpose to help others have a good day.



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Pork Primer: The Different Cuts & How to Cook Them BY MICHELLE STARK TAMPY BAY TIMES

It’s easy to get lost in a plethora of pork. There is always so much of it at grocery stores, the pink meat turned into a seemingly endless amount of cuts: rib roast, spare rib, center-cut chop. Bacon, belly, Boston butt. And what about ham? Ah, ham, the spiral-cut staple of many Easter tables. No offense to this particular cut, the kind we buy at the store usually injected with a mixture of salt and sugar that cures

it, but we know what ham is all about. Been there. So this Sunday, why not try another cut? First, we need to identify what exactly those other options are. It may be easiest to think of it like this. Picture a pig. Now picture it segmented into four distinct parts: starting from the front, there’s shoulder, then loin (top middle), belly (bottom middle) and leg (back). All of the various cuts we find in the refrigerated section of our local grocer are cut from these four larger parts, usually referred to as primal cuts.

SHOULDER The shoulder portion is divided into two major cuts: Boston butt, also referred to as pork butt, which doesn’t have anything to do with the pig’s backside, and the picnic shoulder, which usually has a large bone in the middle that you will need to cut around to serve. Often quite large and cheaper than other cuts of pork, the shoulder region is high in fat and connective tissue. The picnic shoulder has a bit less of both than the Boston butt. How to cook: Both cuts are relatively tough, which means they are best cooked low and slow, in a slow-cooking device that can render all of that fat and tissue down. Shoulder is also often cured. LOIN The loin is one of the largest portions of the animal, and is where you will find common cuts like chops and tenderloin, which is cut from the rear of the pork loin. A pork roast is typically the entire loin or most of it; from there, that loin can be cut into smaller things like chops or cutlets. This is also where you’ll find baby back ribs. In the chops department, there is some variety based on where the chop is cut from. Rib chops are cut from the section near the ribs, and if you’re buying boneless chops from the grocery store, chances are they are rib chops. In their

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natural form, the chops contain a large bone and a signature “eye.” Another common type are centercut chops, composed of tenderloin and loin meat; a bone running down the center separates the two. For roasts, you’ll find two main cuts sold in stores: the center-cut loin roast and the tenderloin roast. The first is boneless and often quite tender. It has some fat on it, but less than other parts of the pig. Tenderloins are even leaner, with very little fat, and small in comparison, weighing 1 pound or less. How to cook: Rib chops have more fat than the other kind of chops, so they are difficult to overcook. These are therefore your best bet for flavor. This is an easy cut to work with; chops do well in the skillet, on the grill or even in the oven. Cook them just until they reach a temperature of 145 degrees, then remove from heat and allow them to rest 5 minutes before serving. This ensures a juicy chop. Roasts are best, well, roasted. But it’s also a good idea to get a sear on them in a hot skillet before finishing them off in the oven. Tenderloins do well in the oven, too, but they are pretty fragile and easy to overcook. Don’t expose them to very hot temperatures, and consider using a marinade on them before cooking. Many tenderloins are sold this way in the store already, to give

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the lean meat more flavor. BELLY The fattiest part of the animal, this is where bacon and other cured meats like pancetta come from. Surely you’ve seen pork belly on a restaurant menu in the past few years; the cut has recently exploded in popularity. The fresh cut essentially looks like a giant block of bacon that hasn’t been sliced yet. (Note: This cut isn’t always readily available at grocery stores.) How to cook: Because belly is so fatty, you actually don’t need to do much to it to make it taste good. Many preparations involve braising the belly, or cooking it in the oven at a very high temperature (450 or 500 degrees), which results in a crispy crust. LEG Yes, the holiday ham you grew up eating comes from the very back of the pig. A whole ham is typically most of the leg, while a half is either cut from the wide butt end of the leg (also called the sirloin) or what’s called the shank end. Both are typically covered in a layer of fat, and so they benefit from a wet brining before cooking. How to cook: Cook it like a turkey, in the oven, allowing about 25 minutes of cooking time for every pound of ham. It helps to score the thick skin, which allows you to generously season the roast.


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Mason High Girls Soccer Smothers M������� G�� W������� William Monroe, Improve to 7-1 BY MATT DELANEY


George Mason High School’s varsity girls soccer team entered the second half of their season on a postive note as they dispatched William Monroe High School 4-0 on Tuesday. It was a much-needed win for Mason (7-1) for no reason other than it’s imperative a team reacquaints itself with the win column after an extended hiatus. It was also the classic return-to-action game for the Mustangs. Flashes early on transitioned into a midgame rut that forced the team to circle the wagons by halftime and flex their muscles definitively throughout the second half. “The first ten minutes of the first half was great. We were playing well and had a lot of opportunities on goal, then we dropped down,” head coach Allison Klink said. “We played too many thruballs, so my instruction of ‘play

to feet’ was telling them to stop making the same decisions and start piecing together shorter passes and get it together offensively.” Mason was quiet for a chunk of the first half. They prevented nearly all of William Monroe’s advances and were dominant in time of possession, but couldn’t click in the final third of the field in front of the Dragons goal. That was until sophomore midfielder Maura Mann snuck a pass by William Monroe’s back line to the streaking junior midfielder Victoria Rund. Rund’s presence forced the Dragons keeper leave the net and allowed her to flip a pass to junior forward Izzy Armstrong, who drilled a shot into the open net. After the half the Mustangs found ways to keep offensive pressure on William Monroe. Crosses and shots became more frequent and wore down the originally stiff Dragons defense. In the 52nd minute Mann, again, caught William

Monroe sleeping as a pointed pass hit Armstrong in stride for a oneon-one with the Dragon’s keeper that couldn’t be denied. Mann finished off her impressive evening with another assist, this time to senior midfielder Rebecca Crouch in the 72nd minute for another Mason goal. Freshman midfielder Emma Rollins blasted in the final tally 90 seconds before the game ended. The offense stole the show, but it was Mason’s defense that proved to be equally remarkable in quieting William Monroe’s speedy attack. “We knew number 14 on their team was fast, but we have some really fast players as well, especially in central backs, so the goal was to hold the line and if we had to go on a foot race we were willing to do it,” Klink added. The Mustangs travel to Clarke County High School on Friday before facing Warren County High School on Apr. 25.

Mustang Boys Soccer Ties vs. Dragons BY MATT DELANEY


Fresh off Spring Break, George Mason High School’s varsity soccer team struggled to scrape off its rust as a 0-0 draw with William Monroe High School Tuesday left the team empty-handed. The Mustangs (5-1-1) played similarly to their female counterparts but were denied the same satisfying result. Mason fired out of the gates, but that momentum fizzled and faded after the initial surge. Throughout the second half and overtime, the Mustangs drummed up enough intensity to keep the game competitive, yet couldn’t seal the win outright by finding the back of the net. “We attacked in a defensive shape and need to realize that we are not going to score like that in big games,” Mustang head coach Frank Spinello said. The opening minutes of the game went Mason’s way. Scoring chances were plentiful as the Mustangs repeatedly jabbed William Monroe with aggressive shots on goal. Mason was even pressuring the Dragons’ defense

on throw-ins as senior defender Nico Ferrara’s long tosses kept William Monroe’s back line honest. William Monroe eventually stemmed the tide and put Mason on the defensive with a burst of their own. Senior goalkeeper Walker Hegadorn’s three lunging saves and a well-timed tip silenced the Dragons’ advances and kept the scoreboard blank. Toward the end of the first half William Monroe almost broke the draw, but senior defender and co-captain Wesley Quill cleared the ball off the goal line before the tally could be counted. By the start of the second half and through two five-minute overtime periods the Mustangs were reinvigorated, though they came up short offensively. Ferrara, Quill and sophomore defender Miles Lankford bullied William Monroe out of any viable offensive looks for the final 50 minutes of competition. That effort opened the door for Mason’s offense to add an exclamation point to the game with a clinching goal, but it never materialized. Freshman midfielder Cole Hellert nearly ended the game

with rebounded shot at the end of regulation and junior forward Haeju Jong was on the cusp of a breakaway multiple times. Still, the decisive goal eluded the Mustangs. Hegadorn finished the game with seven saves as well as recorded his fourth shutout of the season. The other three came against Rappahannock County High School, Madison County High School and Strasburg High School, repsectively. Junior midfielder Carlos Mercado led the team with three shots on goal to go with a strong second half working as a defensive midfielder. Mercado was also by far and away the most spirited aggressor for the Mustangs on the offensive side of the ball. “We need to start imposing our will and become dangerous offensively again in order to keep the crown this year,” Spinello added. After extensive travel before and after Spring Break, Mason stays within city limts for the upcoming week, squaring off against Clarke County High School this Friday before hosting Warren County High School next Tuesday, Apr. 25.

MAKING A PLAY on a groundball is George Mason High School junior in�ielder Biruk Teshome. The Mustangs fell to visiting William Monroe High School, 12-1, Tuesday night after the Dragons built a quick 4-0 lead and controlled the game throughout. At the midway point of the season Mason’s record sits at 5-6 overall. (P����: C���� S��)

EYEING A PITCH is George Mason High School junior �irst baseman Thomas Creed. Mason’s bats were cold on Tuesday against William Monroe, but were hot during a Spring Break tournament held at Washington-Lee High School. The Mustangs went 3-0 in the tournament and scored 24 total runs. (P����: C���� S��)



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School News & Notes Robotics Team Heads To World Championships

FCCPS Announces Support Staff Of The Year Nominees

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School students Elisabeth Snyder and Grace Tarpgaard took home first and second place, respectively, at this year’s Folger Shakespeare Library Annual Sonnet Contest. The contest was open to students in grades 3 – 12 from the D.C.Maryland-Virginia area. The winners and runner-ups will be recognized and will present their poems at the Folger Shakespeare Library Founder’s Room (201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington D.C.) on Sunday, April 23 at 12 p.m.

George Mason High School’s robotics team, 1418, placed third at the District Championships the first weekend of Spring Break. For their efforts the students received the Innovation in Control Award, which recognizes the most innovative control system or application of control components to provide unique machine functions. The award and Mason’s impressive showing throughout the season granted them an invitation to the World Championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from Apr. 27 – 29. District competition included students from all over the D.C.Maryland-Virginia area. Mason joined forces with C Company from Chesapeake Senior High School in Pasadena, MD and Fresta Valley Robotics Club from Marshall, VA, to help reach the quarterfinals of district competition. If you would like to help fund Mason’s trip to the World Championships, checks should be made to GMHS with “robotics” in the memo line and can be mailed or dropped off to Mason secretary Janice Nette at the school’s main office.

Falls Church City Public Schools recognized the efforts of six individuals whose outstanding service supports students, staff, and parents throughout FCCPS schools. The nominees are also cooperative with colleagues, readily assist constituents and reflect an expert grasp of their responsibilities. This year’s nominees are Diane Harrington, paraprofessional at George Mason High School; Jorge Montoya, custodian at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; Janice Nette, secretary to assistant principals and FIRST Robotics volunteer extraordinaire at George Mason High School; Jan Potrykus, paraprofessional at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; Karen Schools, school health side at Mount Daniel Elementary School; and Scarlett Williams, ESOL paraprofessional at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. A panel of judges will select a winner in late April. All nominees will be recognized at Falls Church Schools’ Celebration of Excellence next month on Thursday, May 11.

Mason High’s Grad Party Fundraiser Set for Sunday George Mason High School’s All-Night Graduation Celebration committee will be holding its annual fundraiser and auction for the senior class festivities at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack on Sunday, Apr. 23. Auction items include tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games, weekend getaways to nearby destinations local classes and more. Raffle items include plane tickets, an Apple watch and a Yeti Cooler. Fundraiser runs from 3 – 6 p.m.

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Community Events THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Teen Advisory Board. For students seeking to earn volunteer hours to meet class requirements in Grades 7-12, the Teen Advisory Board meets monthly during the school year to give teens a voice in the library. Registra�on required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 – 7 p.m. 703-248-5034. High School Book Club April Book – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Book Club for teens in grades 9th-12th. Limited copies of the book are available to borrow from the Youth Services Desk. Registra�on Required. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 – 7 p.m. 703-248-5034.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 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 (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 – 7 p.m. 703-248-5034.

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.


open house welcomes people of all backgrounds to come learn about Islamic faith and all aspects of Islamic culture including hijab fashion, Islamic arts, tradi�onal foods and drinks, mosque tours, and more. Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (3159 Row St, Falls Church) noon – 5 p.m. 571-245-3048.

Passport Acceptance Fair. U.S. ci�zens interested in applying for U.S. passport book, passport card or both using Form DS – 11 are encouraged to a�end the Passport Acceptance Fair. A�endees must bring a printed and completed copy of their DS – 11, evidence of ci�zenship, passport photo, correct fees and picture ID to the fair. Not recommended for people with immediate travel plans. Providence Recrea�onal Center (7525 Marc Drive, Falls Church). noon – 5 p.m. For more informa�on visit or call 1-877-487-2778. Arbor Day Celebra�on. The City of Falls Church celebrates the honor of being named a Tree City USA community for the 39th year in a row at the 126th anniversary of Arbor Day. There will be a morning ceremony at 11:30 a.m at The Scout House (128 S. Spring St, Falls Church), followed by a volunteerled a�ernoon neighborhood tree plan�ng from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Forum on Regional Transporta�on Development. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church will host a forum to explore how city tax dollars support regional transporta�on systems and development, including the subway system and light rail projects. Falls Church Community Center (223 Li�le Falls St., Falls Church) 4 – 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Play�me with the Early Literary Center. 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.


Taste of Islam: Open House. Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s annual



Preschool Story�me. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in.

All story�mes are followed by play�me with Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Public Library Youth Services Room (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703248-5034. Community Meeting: Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse. The City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services department presents a workshop for adults on preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse. Dogwood Room of City Hall (300 Park Avenue, G Level) 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Social Security: Your Ques�ons Answered. Learn social security claiming strategies and ask ques�ons in general about how social security affects your finances. Free program lead by Albert Wu, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in library’s conference room. Registra�on required. To reserve a spot, contact library's Reference Desk or call 703-248-5035 (TTY 711). Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Theater Fine Arts FRIDAY, APRIL 21


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1597. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Directed by Rosemary Hartman. Choreographer: Victoria Bloom. Vinson Hall Theatre (1735 Kirby Rd, McLean). $18 – $20. 8 p.m. mcleanplayers. org

“She Loves Me.” The story of two 1930s European perfume shop employees who don’t get along but fall in love as they exchange anonymous pen pal le�ers. This light-hearted and charming musical proves that opposites really do a�ract with unexpected romance and marvelous musical numbers. Book by Joe Masteroff; music by Jerry Brock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; based on a play by Miklos Laszlo. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. “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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 “Midwestern Gothic.” 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). 2 p.m. $40 – $89.



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(2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $10. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340 W����� J������. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504 T�� D���. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 2�� A����� B���� F���. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 12:30 p.m. 703-532-9283 B������� M������� Q������. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $66 – $78. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. 703-2551900 E������������. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504 O������� ��� S������� N�� Z������. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $35. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300 T�� N�����. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18 – $22. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566. B���� I� O� J���. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340 K����� W����� CD R������ P����. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-241-9504

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23 C��������’� C��� O�� 15�� A����������. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). 12 p.m. 703-549-7500 D�������� D�����. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504 K��� S���� T���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504 C�������� M����� “F������� T���.” Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $22 – $28. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. 49 C��� D���� R��� � R���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504 J�� �� F���, 3�� G���� F������, C��������� A�����. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. W��� B���� J��. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504 C���, T�� P����. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 J������ H�������. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $30. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. D���� B��� ��� ��� B���� C���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703241-9504 I��� J�� ��������� �� G����� S�������. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340


MONDAY, APRIL 24 L���� H. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple

O��� M�� N����. Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 7:30 p.m. 703-522-8340 I��� R������. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $45 – $55. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900 O��� M�� ���� B�� H��� ��� M����� C����� B���. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-2419504

P������� A����... Friday, April 28 – Urban League Annual Awards Gala – The Northern Virginia Urban League will host its 27th Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Gala at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA at 7 p.m. The theme is “Celebra�ng Champions in Our Community." Honorees include former Washington Redskin and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green. Event is black-�e op�onal. Sunday, April 30 – League of Women Voters Sips & Civility: Gun Money – The LWVFC will host its next Sips & Civility on the topic of "Gun Money" at Ireland's Four Provinces, 105 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA at 7 p.m. Virginia House Delegate Marcus Simon will be a�ending the event. Sunday, April 30 – Falls Church Home & Garden Tour – The Falls Church Home & Garden Show 2017 is the fi�h edi�on of an event showcasing the scenic homes and gardens of the Li�le City. Proceeds from the event go toward the Falls Church Educa�on Founda�on and the Falls Church City Public Schools PK – 12. Tour is for adults only. Contact Jessica Morris or Nadine Block at for informa�on on �cket prices and start loca�on.

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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Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The ordinances referenced below were given first reading on March 27, 2017. Public hearings are scheduled for Monday, April 10 and Monday, April 24, 2017, with second reading and final Council action scheduled for Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matters may be heard.

year beginning July 1, 2017 is: $1.355 upon each $100.00 of assessed value of real estate in the City of Falls Church. The proposed tax rate for tangible personal property, and machinery and tools, and all other property segregated by law for the tax year beginning January 1, 2017 is: $5.00 upon each $100.00 of assessed value on tangible personal property, and machinery and tools, and all other property segregated by law for local taxation within the City, including the property separately classified by Section 58.1-3500 et seq. of the Code of Virginia except such personal property as is exempted; and except that pursuant to Section 58.1-2606 of the Code of Virginia, a portion of assessed value of tangible personal property of public service corporations shall be taxed at the real estate rate. (TO17-08) ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 40, “TAXATION,” OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH TO INCREASE FROM SEVEN TO EIGHT PERCENT THE TAX ON THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID FOR ROOM RENTALS IN ANY LODGING FACILITY Under the legal authority granted by VA §58.1-3840, City Code §40-182 is proposed to be amended to increase to the tax on room rental rates from seven to eight percent, effective July 1, 2017.


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 THE CHANCERY COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TENNESSEE AT CLARKSVILLE NON RESIDENT NOTICE CASE NO: MC-CH-CVDI-16-559 TO: KARI JANE CHILDS, 7137 Oakland Ave, Falls Church, VA 22042 You are ordered to appear and defend a civil action filed against you, entitled ROBERT WILLIAM CHILDS v. KARI JANE CHILDS which has been filed in the Chancery Court for Montgomery County, Tennessee, and your defense must be made within thirty (30) days from the date of the last publication of this notice, which shall be published for four consecutive weeks in the Falls Church News Press. You are further directed to file your defense with the Clerk of the Court and send a copy to the Plaintiffs’ attorney at the address listed below. In case of your failure to defend this action by the above date, judgment by default may be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Attorney for Plaintiffs: Dennis W. Stanford 215 S. 2nd St. Clarksville, TN 37040.

We are pledged to the letter andspirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For th e hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.

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Council Edges Close To Selling Whittier, No Tax Hike Budget

F.C. Council May Defy Schools, Shields With ‘No Tax Hike’ Vote

The Falls Church City Council will hold a final work session this Saturday morning that will include a behind-closed-doors executive session during which it is hoped the final issues will be resolved that will bring at least six members on board to vote for the sale of the City-owned 9.6 acre Whittier site.

The Falls Church City Council stands on the brink of rejecting the recommendations of both its City Manager and School Board by seeking to avoid any increase in its real estate tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year budget. The Council will vote on a final version of its $70 million-plus FY 2008 budget.

Tim McKinney Dies After Year-Long Cancer Battle

Longtime Falls Church resident Timothy (Tim) McKinney passed away Wednesday, April 12 in New Orleans, La. after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. In recent months, Tim, who worked for Simplex Grinnell for 31 years, was blessed to take several trips with his wife, Tori McKinney, and daughter, Halley, to New Orleans including a trip to buy a Marigny condo, to the January Radiators’ Reunion shows and to Mardi Gras with his best friends – Halley, Mike “Citron” McKeon, and Jim Morrison. Tim also made it to Super Bowl LI – for the game of a lifetime – with his beloved New England Patriots and dear friend, Mike Hoban. He returned to

New Orleans to rest in his favorite place. He enjoyed two weeks of visits from family and dear friends including a few house concerts with John Gros, Ed “Zeke” Volker and Reggie Scanlan. Tim’s life will be honored with two Second Line celebrations with family, friends and music. First at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack on Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. with the Magnolia Blue horns and The Cactus Liquors, then on May 2 in New Orleans at Chickie Wah Wah with John Gros and members of PapaGrowsFunk, Bonerama horns and a few other friends before the Anders Osborne show, one of Tim’s favorite artists. The family invites everyone to join either

or both of the celebrations, with handkerchief in hand. In lieu of flowers, beads, or doubloons, please consider donating to one of Tim’s favorite nonprofits, Tipitina’s Foundation ( a New Orleans musical education charity that strives to keep the music alive.

Longtime F.C. Resident Kathleen Jones Dies

Kathleen A. Jones died peacefully in her home in Falls Church at the age of 61. Kathleen was born in Bridgeport, Conn. and was the only daughter of Patrick F. and Teresa C. Jones. She graduated from Sacred Heart School and Cathedral High School in Bridgeport. She then attended Merrimack C o l l e g e in North Andover, Mass., graduating as a Medical Technician. Kathleen also earned an MBA degree, which she started at Harvard University and completed at Northwestern University in Washington, D.C. Kathleen began her career at the VA Hospital in Massachusetts.

It was this position that saw her enter Government Service as a civilian employee. She eventually accepted a position in Washington, D.C. and relocated to the area. She finally retired from the Government in 2011, as a Senior Operations Research Analyst with the Missile Defense Agency of the D.o.D. Upon moving to the Washington D.C. area, Kathleen did volunteer work at the Smithsonian. In the D.C. area, Kathleen met the love of her life, Bonsall (A.k.a., “Bo”) Wheeler. Kathleen and Bo were married in October of 2000. In August of 2003, Kathleen became a widow when Bo died unexpectedly. Kathleen is predeceased by her parents, Patrick F. Jones and Teresa C. Jones, and her husband Bo Wheeler. Kathleen spent her retirement doing what she enjoyed. She traveled, spent time gardening, and

cared for her two rescued cats, Mystic and Kasha. A memorial service will be held on May 6 at the Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Ireland’s Four Provinces restaurant. An interment Service will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull, Conn. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of Kathleen’s prized charities: Alley Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 585 Mount Ranier, MD 20712; Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar C, Falls Church, VA 22042; Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Ave, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; House of Ruth, 5 Thomas Circle NW Washington, DC 20005; Humane Society of Fairfax County, INC, 4057 Chain Bridge RD Fairfax, VA 22030.

PRESENTING THE HAYTER family’s lovable Standard Poodle puppy, Roosevelt, who’s anything but ordinary. He’s as energetic as the next pup while also having the intelligence common to poodle breeds. Basically, he can read minds, especially when it comes to offering him up spoonfuls of peanut butter. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

Falls Church’s Bertha Sullivan Dies Bertha Sullivan, “Bea” as she preferred to be known and a longtime resident of Falls Church City since 1968, passed away March 28, 2017 due to congestive heart failure and pneumonia at Fairfax Hospital. Wife of the late John Edward Sullivan, both had been active members of the local V.F.W. until right before his death in 1996. “Bea” is survived by her four daughters Eva Jacqueline Sawtell (Roger), Donna Curran, Lenore

Sullivan and Leta Sullivan; her three stepchildren Michael Pettit, Timothy Pettit and Mary Pettit; and her five grandchildren Lee Ellis Jr, Jeffrey Mullins (Lisa), Chanda Wilson (Harley), Tiffin Sullivan and Kelly Harbuck (Adam), her late granddaughter Tammetha Philipson along with six great grandchildren and a great great grandson. Interment services will be held at Quantico National Cemetery on April 26 at 2 p.m.

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New Boutique Gym Opens on W. Broad St. ONeFIT Functional Training has opened at 1067 W Broad Street in Falls Church. ONeFIT is a boutique gym offering team training, small group personal training and nutrition consultation. For more information, visit

LV Barber and Spa Comes to Falls Church LV Barber and Spa has opened at 809 B W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m, Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cera Wax Studio Opens in Mosaic District Cera Wax Studio has opened in the Mosaic District at 2910 District Avenue, #165. Cera Wax, which also has a location in Bethesda, is a waxing-only studio, specializing in Brazilian waxing using hard wax and providing full-service wax treatments for men and women. For more information, visit

Kensington Hosting F.C. Chamber Mixer Next Tuesday The Kensington Falls Church is hosting a networking mixer for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at 700 W. Broad Street. Chamber members and friends of the local business community are invited to attend the free event which will include refreshments and the opportunity to learn about and tour the new assisted living facility which also offers Memory Care. For more information about the event, go to For more information about the Kensington, visit

Virginia Chamber’s 2017 Awards Banquet Set for Apr. 27 The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2017 Fantastic 50 Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Drive in Chantilly. Nearly 500 attendees are expected at the event during which 50 of Virginia’s fastest growing companies will be announced. For more information, visit

F.C.’s Capital Caring Celebrates 40 Years The Falls Church-based Capital Caring hospice care provider is celebrating 40 years of serving the region. The organization was started by volunteers as one of the first hospice cares in the nation. Since then it has served more than 110,000 individuals and families in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Open 24 hours day, seven days a week, Capital Caring provides hospice care in private homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. For more information, 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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Village Preservation and Improvement Society 50th Annual Attic Treasures Sale Falls Church Community Center Saturday, April 29th, 9am-2pm

• New this year: Bicycles • household goods & small furniture • books (no magazines please) • kitchenware • antiques • collectibles & art, picture frames • musical instruments, recordings, stereos & CD players

• plants, gardening items, outdoor ornaments • DVDs • toys • jewelry • hardware & tools • baked goods • Mother’s Day boutique for kids • craft table for kids

We are accepting Donations. Contact Michael at 703-371-2369 or All proceeds support the Neighborhood Tree Program and Concerts in the Park ~ Unsold items will be sold at Unique Thrift Stores to benefit Special Olympics

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