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A series of nude pictures shared between Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and George Mason High School students has set off a continuing investigation into the origin and intent of these images’ distribution by the City of Falls Church police department. SEE PAGE 8

6 Proposals for West End Site Strong On ‘Special Place’ & Mix of Features Bids Now Posted On F.C.’s Website

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and a number of other capital projects, and will assure the City will be charged the lowest interest rate for those bonds. It will not be known for sure how much the City will save until after the closing of the upcoming sale June 6, Bawa told the City Council Monday. Shields, Tarter and Bawa were all on hand to break the good news to the Council. Next year, the City intends to issue additional debt for the construction of a new George Mason High School, and for the renovation and expansion of the Mary

The six teams that submitted formal bids to the City of Falls Church in response to its initial “request for conceptual proposals” for the development of 10 acres of the West End high school and middle school site turned in over 400 pages of visions, concepts, projections and prospective financing approaches, which the general public got to see for the first time Tuesday. The City posted all of the bids, except for any proprietary financial or related components, to its website Tuesday, two weeks after the deadline for submissions and just days after the City’s new evaluation committee was given a first crack at them in an intense meeting where it was tasked with doing some heavy lifting to judge and rank the proposals and come up with a recommendation for downsizing the six to half that number, or less, by the end of this month. While it was not expected this first round of bids would include too much detail on development specifics, there were references to making it a “special place,” with town squares, hotels, swimming pools and a lot of retail and housing, including restaurants, Class A office and education-related developments, senior and workforce (i.e. affordable) housing, and some spoke specifically about working to engage neighbors to the site in collaborative endeavors, specifically the adjacent University of Virginia/Virginia Tech graduate center site. According to a City statement that accompanied the unveiling of all the bids Tuesday, “An evalu-

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Last fall’s George Mason High School production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” has received a record number of 10 award nominations by the National Capital Area Critic awards, the Cappies. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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It’s entirely possible that before we see a woman as the American president, we’ll see a woman as the head coach of a team in one of the four men’s major professional sports. SEE PAGE 14

M���� 10-0, U������� A������ �� D������� The Mason High boys soccer team is ready for the playoffs, finishing the regular season undefeated without allowing a goal scored against them in Bull Run District play. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 16

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SWORN IN AT MONDAY’S Falls Church City Council meeting were high school students who’ve volunteered and were vetted to serve on City boards and commissions in the coming �iscal year. The initiative of the Citizens for a Better City has drawn more and more student volunteers each year since its inception four years ago. (P����: N���-P����)

City of F.C. Scores a Triple Crown With 3 Top Wall Street Ratings



Monday, the City of Falls Church learned it’s received a AAA bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service and reaffirmed AAA bond ratings from Fitch Credit Ratings and S&P’s Global Ratings. According to F.C. City Manager Wyatt Shields, these are the highest ratings available and signify, he said, “that all three agencies consider the City to have exceptional credit-worthiness and can meet its financial obligations as it prepares to issue significant new debt, $147 million through

Fiscal Year 2020.” Shields, F.C. Mayor David Tarter and Chief Financial Officer Kiran Bawa traveled to Wall Street to make the City’s case to the three ratings agencies on April 30, in advance of the City’s intent to market a first wave of capital improvement-related bonds totaling $24.2 million on May 25, with a closing on June 6. They, and the good order of the City’s fiscal house, obviously made a very good impression. So, the bond ratings will apply to that sale to fund the City Hall Public Safety Project, design for the High School Campus Project,

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ation committee is reviewing the proposals received and will make a recommendation on the finalists to the City Council in June. The City will then issue a Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP) and invite one or more of the six teams to respond with detailed proposals. The City intends to make a final selection by the autumn of 2018.” The statement continues, “The timeline calls for a final land lease or sale agreement for the 10 acres in May 2019 prior to issuance of construction bonds for the George Mason High School (GMHS) project. The private development would then start construction in the fall of 2021 after the new GMHS is complete. The process is being coordinated with the high school construction process through the Campus Coordinating Committee, which includes representatives from the City Council, School Board, Planning Commission, Economic Development Authority, Falls Church Educational Association, and PTA.” The reference in the statement

to the extension of an invitation to respond with detailed proposals to “one or more of the six teams” is a departure from earlier plans, which were fairly firm in a downselect to three. Now, we’re being told that it’s possible only one of the original six applicants will be invited to participate beyond this June, even though the time-table for the selection of a final development partner is on the schedule for October. Executive summaries of the six proposals received reveal the following: Comstock (including Davis, Carter, Scott, James G. Davis Construction, LandDesign, Gorova/Slade). This team has collaborated with Fairfax County to develop the transit-oriented project at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and with Loudoun County to develop the Route 722 North Metro garage project and with the Town of Herndon to develop a mixed-use project with municipal parking and a performing arts center. Its projects integrate parking with residential, retail, arts and other uses, in Reston surrounding a central plaza and a full-service hotel. It

envisions the West Falls Church project to include a pedestrianfriendly grid of streets “that will allow for integration with the schools as well as linkage to Metro.” Its project “will enhance the vibrancy of the academic community.” The team plans “to create a neighborhood fabric, catalyzed by a meaningful 1.5 million square feet on the 10-acre site to serve as an anchor for future development all the way to the Metro station.” It envisions “a future consolidation with adjacent parcels,” intending to work closely with the U.Va./Virginia Tech graduate center there. EYA (including PN Hoffman, Regency Centers, Torti Gallas, Walter Phillips, MuniCap, Baskin, Jackson, Lasso PC). This team believes “that redevelopment presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform one of the last remaining large sites in the City into a thriving mixed-use community and contribute to the renaissance of West Falls Church.” The team has collectively 91 years of combined experience, shepherding over 342 projects. It claims partners “many with deep roots in the City of

Falls Church,” including attorney and former City Manager David Lasso. It says the City “needs to take advantage of the Metro stations with development that “delivers a mixed-use, second-tonone retail and placemaking experience,” adding, “We can deliver a curated, experiential environment that, when layered onto the City’s already outstanding quality of life, schools and smalltown charm, will attract potential office tenants.” Its vision centers on a grocery-anchored retail mix around a “Little City commons.” Fivesquares Development (including EDENS, Cunningham Quill, Wiles Mensch, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Clark Construction). Citing mostly D.C. accomplishments, this group offers, “We created CityCenter’s structure (10 acres at the former D.C. convention center), envisioned the Wharf at the Southwest Waterfront, created Union Market and the Mosaic District, and are under construction on the Whitman Walker Health’s defining project for the 14th Street corridor.” It partnered with WMATA on the eight-acre Grosvenor Strathmore

Metro station. Key personnel have had vital roles in the Navy Yard and D.C. waterfront park and the Hine Junior High School redevelopment. The West Falls Church project represents “a rare and irreplaceable opportunity for the City.” Unprecedented growth in the D.C. region has been with mixed results, it says. “Some districts have achieved sustainable, vibrant growth without exacerbating impediments such as gridlock, while other submarkets have experienced continued challenges such as high office vacancy, wage stagnancy and loss of vibrancy,” and this team “has been in critical roles in many of the transformative developments that have set the highest standard.” Mason Greens (including Perkins Eastman, James Davis Construction, Stanmore, McGuire Woods, Lee and Associates, Walter Phillips, Toll Brothers, Nova Ventures, Wells and Associates, Capstone). This team envisions the West F.C. project as “the catalyst for transforming the west flank of Falls Church into a more vibrant, urban, mixed use neighborhood,” and “as a template for the inevitable growth

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across the U.Va./Virignia Tech graduate center site to the West Falls Church Metro station.” The project, with a theme, “Live:Work — Learn:Play,” is envisioned around a central square with six primary development sites and buildings with heights ranging from seven and 13 stories. It will include a senior living continuing care retirement community, a swimming pool as a component that can be shared with the high school, a hotel and a “signature concentration of restaurants and shops along ‘Haycock Row.’” It is affiliated with the “Republic Family of Companies” that have developed “some of the region’s most innovative, complex and successful master planned, mixed-use projects including Georgetown Park, Washington Harbor, Potomac Mills, Market Square and the Portals.” Also involved are Toll Brothers and Nova Ventures, well known in Falls Church for its successful projects. It seeks to create “a vibrant sense of place by channeling human energy through the site and creating a destination ‘hub.’” It anticipates three construction phases with a six-to-seven year time frame “as prudent.” Rushmark (including Hitt Contracting, Gensler

Architecture, Dewberry Engineers, Gorove/Slade, Jones Lang LaSalle, Walsh, Colucci, Lebeley and Walsh). Already a “long term holder of its real estate and an active member of the Falls Church community,” the team says “We value the relationships that have been cultivated in recent years, particularly through our experience with the highlysuccessful WestBroad Residents, a development that required neighborhood and stakeholder engagement and responsiveness. Also, HITT Contracting, part of the team, “has a long history of working in the City, most recently on the City Hall renovations.” The team envisions creating a unique community and destination that is environmentally and economically sustainable, provides revenue to offset school construction costs or debt service, encourages collaboration in uses and educational opportunities. It proposes a mix of commercial office, high quality residential, destination retail and hotel uses to “create a 24/7 environment that capitalizes on public transportation and serves as a commercial destination for the City and surrounding communities,” with a “right-sized and market appropriate retail mix.” It pro-


poses “a range of housing options affordable to a broad spectrum of citizens” to impact “workforce recruitment and retention.” It will “recognize the need for coordination with parcels external to the site, working with adjacent landowners to create a coordinated development and solve existing traffic and safety-related issues.” Skanska Mid-Atlantic (including Antunovich Associates). This team envisions a project that “will create a truly unique place,” a “link to surrounding neighborhoods and a beacon to entice exploration from adjacent communities” that “expands the community’s cultural and civic offerings, offering community-enhancing open spaces and educational opportunities, a retail promenade with a public green space to host numerous public events and movies,” a “destination for families and individuals of the community and visitors to the areas,” and “a longterm revenue generator for the City.” The goal, it states, will be “to make one want to be there, to visit, recreate, live, work and dine.” The “highest and best use of this site comes from a mixeduse plan that achieves higher density,” and “critical to this discussion is the question of ‘density

balance’ and what is appropriate at the site...We envision a location that highlights a mix of uses including retail, office, educational, residential (for-rent, senior living), and hospitality interspersed amongst inviting pedestrian and public gathering places.” It proposes three phases

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Riley Styles Library. In total, the City Capital Improvements Program includes $147 Million in investments in City and school facilities in the next three years. “Our top-notch bond ratings are a reflection of the City’s sound financial management,” said Tarter. “This could not be accomplished without leadership from City Council and staff and community support for prudent and well-defined financial policies and a prioritization of City goals and investments. Having the highest bond ratings will save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in lower interest and borrowing costs for the new

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of development with over 1.1 million square feet of development on the site, including a 170room hotel. The Skanska team also touted its financial strength, as it self-finances its projects and “has the ability to perform and execute independently of the unpredictable cycles.” high school and other capital needs.” He cited “a very strong economy, prudent financial management, and budgetary flexibility as a few of the reasons for the ratings. According to Shields, the reports put the City of Falls Church in an elite group of Virginia localities with the highest ratings possible, and is the first time in the history of the City that it has received this level of ratings. He praised the work of the City Council to establish and maintain fiscal policies, including for fund balance and debt service limit issues, and not only Chief Financial Officer Bawa, but her predecessor Richard LaCondre, and the fiscal advice from the late former Council member Ira Kaylin.

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Is it “divisive” for a newspaper to report the vote on a long-contested budget item, as a News-Press reader suggested recently? Is announcing the final vote on an important budget item “misleading and divisive” even when it only reports the vote? Does it “perpetuate the false narrative that come budget time, there are winners and losers, rather than the truth, which is that all City Council members and School Board members are on the same side,” as Beth Hahn’s letter to the editor in last week’s edition asserted? She asked, “Why must you (the News-Press) repeatedly pit the City Council against the School Board?” We think the concern is misplaced, blaming, as it were, the “messenger” rather than the content of months of rigorous, and in our view healthy, debate over differences among the Council and School Board members that resulted in the recent unanimous final vote. We don’t like the “zero sum” winner-loser paradigm as a way to approach life any more than anyone else, but the vote on the budget meant that all school employees “won” salary increases and classroom benefits they would not have had the vote gone the other way, and all we can remind folks is that that’s what actually happened. None of the reporting asserted that anyone on the Council is “antischools” for arguing the way they did on the issue right up to the point of the final vote. We’ve editorialized that we are confident all involved were acting in the best interests of the City and its residents. What’s at issue is an inherent difference in the functions of the two bodies -- the Council and School Board -- that inevitably arises almost every year. One is responsible for the overall budget and tax rate, the other is tasked with representing the needs of the students and the school system. It is from the need to reconcile these that differences are manifested. We have been delighted at the extra effort that City Hall has made in this budget and capital improvement process to provide as much public transparency as possible, including all the rigorous questioning and commenting by Council members, the more detailed the better, which all should welcome and enjoy. To suggest that reporting on such deliberations, including on how they inform what necessarily come down to voting, is “divisive” is the exact opposite of what’s been the effect of the 27 years the News-Press has been in the business of doing in the Little City. There were years when the Council votes were acrimonious and split on angry 4-3 divides. That’s how we found things when we launched this newspaper in 1991. Our reporting, and a reasoned editorial posture — especially, as former Superintendent Dr. Stuart Roberson acknowledged in the mid-1990s, the role of our chief as president of the Chamber of Commerce at the time to bring the then-competing interests of the school and business communities onto the same page, and ever since — has done more to unite and move our community forward than anything else.


Electric Vehicle Ownership Should Be Higher in F.C. Editor, At the beginning of 2018, only 0.3 percent of all registered registered vehicles in the City were electric vehicles (EV) and only 7 percent were hybrid vehicles (DMV data). Given our community’s interest in clean energy, clean air, and technology advancements, and the City’s optimal EV conditions — like a relatively short commute length, access to cheap electricity, and high per capita income — EV ownership

should be among the highest in the country — yet there are only 33. Here locally, our City Council and local business owners could take relatively simple steps to encourage EV ownership or leases by: 1) Increasing the number of public and workplace EV chargers: After a quick online search, I found very few publicly-accessible chargers located around the City. Almost all are located on the fringes near Seven Corners,


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This change could impact hundreds of homes and businesses in the coming decade and provide charging opportunities for individuals in multi-unit dwellings. 4) Organizing City ride-anddrive events: At festivals throughout the year, the City could host ride-and-drive opportunities to enable free test drives for residents. Many people think EVs are too expensive and out of reach for the average family. Used EVs in our area start at $6,000 and the electric motors have been reported to last for 500,000 miles. There are also great deals on a lease once you factor in the federal tax credit. Erika Myers Falls Church



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The Falls Church Education Foundation will hold its 14th Annual Gala & Auction, “Lights, Camera, Auction!,” this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Golf and Country Club. Through the incredible generosity of the Falls Church community, this event raises funds for the Falls Church Education Foundation’s (FCEF) three pillars of support for the Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS). Those pillars are ensuring equity of access for all students, preparing students for the modern world, and assisting with staff readiness. Jeanne Seabridge, FCCPS Director of Teaching, Learning and Achievement, sums up the reach of FCEF: “It is incredibly amazing when you think about how much the Falls Church Education has impacted every aspect of our school division. We truly could not do many of the incredible things that we do without their support. We are so appreciative of the FCEF and all of our wonderful community members who donate to support our schools.” For the 2017-2018 school year, FCEF helped ensure the equity of access for all students in a variety of ways. For the second year, FCEF provided funds for a Special Education peer mentoring program at Thomas Jefferson, Mary Ellen Henderson, and George Mason High School. FCEF provided FCCPS, Mary Riley Styles Library, and the police department with books for their summer Read & Roll program which goes into the com-

munity to give books to students who might not have access to books in the summer. Also, FCEF continued to fund the Language Instruction Education Program after-school tutoring and mentoring program for English language learners at Mount Daniel, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Ellen Henderson and George

“FCEF also stewarded over 30 scholarships that are awarded to George Mason’s graduates to support their next level of educational training.” Mason. Not only did the students receive tutoring and mentoring, but also stuffed animals, books, and fun experiences. FCEF helped prepare FCCPS students for the modern world by funding $53,000 for the following creative and innovative “Super Grants”: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program e-books and a Pitsco Zoon hot air balloon maker at Thomas Jefferson; a library projector and screen at Mary Ellen Henderson; an augmented reality sandbox, science lab equipment, ergonomic chairs, a CNC wire bender and Farmbot at George Mason. Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan

states, “FCCPS is so grateful to the Foundation for providing sustainable support to the schools that enables us to innovate and push the envelope of what is possible for our kids. How many school systems in America have a ‘Farmbot’? Our kids are engaged around this innovation and are learning at high levels because of the support from the FCEF.” FCEF also stewarded over 30 scholarships that are awarded to George Mason’s graduates to support their next level of educational training. To help the FCCPS teachers and stay on the cutting edge of best teaching practices, FCEF provided $35,000 in professional development in the 2017-2018 school year. Lisa High, FCCPS Chief Academic Officer, states: “The FCCPS instructional team is grateful to the FCEF for their commitment to Excellence in Education! Together, we make a difference!” Because of FCEF funding, teachers and counselors were able to attend the following training and conferences: Orton-Gillingham, reading recovery, collaboration, IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program, IB Diploma Program, National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and American School Counselors Association. Three years ago, FCEF began awarding $1,500 to the Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year. The Washington Post had decided to award only the top winner and not each school division’s nom-

inee as it had done for years. Mr. Farrell Kelly, this year’s Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year, received his check at last week’s FCCPS Celebration of Excellence. Last summer, FCEF was tapped by Todd Hitt, Kiddar Capital, to steward the $100,000 Hitt Fund for the Arts and Humanities. This generous donation enabled FCEF to fund the following: a Wolf Trap Residency for Thackrey Preschool and Mount Daniel; a kick wheel and splash pan for ceramics at Thomas Jefferson; a new craft design class, audio-visual equipment, staging and a mural at Mary Ellen Henderson; a music student leadership seminar, replacement band instruments, a Blackmagic camera, print versions of the Lasso, a large format printer, and a new kiln at Mason; and music therapy classes at Thomas Jefferson, Mary Ellen Henderson and George Mason. Please join us this Friday for “Lights, Camera, Auction!” Tickets are available at the door for $150 per person. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” stated Helen Keller. “Because of your generosity, our students and teachers have benefitted much, and we are grateful!” states High. For more information about the Falls Church Education Foundation programs, scholarships, and events, visit www.fcedf. org, contact any of our volunteer Board of Directors or Executive Director, Debbie Hiscott at Cecily Shea is president of the Falls Church Education Foundation.

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Henderson-Mason ‘Sexting’ Investigation Gets Underway BY MATT DELANEY


A series of nude pictures shared between Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and George Mason High School students has set off a continuing and expanding investigation into the origin and intent of these images’ distribution by the City of Falls Church police department. According to The Washington Post, who picked up on the sexting investigation by searching a warrant database, roughly a dozen students are under scrutiny for multiple images that were shared between personal phones as well as over social media. Due to the fact that no one has been charged and minors are involved, no students will be named. There is no evidence to suggest any of the explicit activity took place on school grounds either. Per City of Falls Church Chief of Police, Mary Gavin, the investi-

gation formally began on April 26. It was spurred by a student who was recording two other students fighting at Henderson earlier that month. Once administrators met with the students involved and requested to see the phone that recorded the video of the fight, they noticed a sexually explicit photo of another student on the phone. The School Resource Officer was immediately notified as were the students’ parents, according to Falls Church City Public Schools’ director of communications, John Brett. According to the search warrant obtained by the Post, Henderson’s assistant principal said that one male and one female Henderson student had sent each other nude pictures of themselves prior to breaking up. In an interview with the SRO, the male student confirmed he had sent a picture of his penis to his then-girlfriend, while in an interview with the police the female

student confirmed she had sent a nude picture of herself to her thenboyfriend. Following the break-up, the female student sent the picture of the male student’s penis to a second male student on Snapchat. During the SRO’s interview with the second male student, he told the police that he posted the photo of the first male student’s penis on Snapchat for around 10 minutes and noted that other students who viewed the image may have take screen shots during the time it was available on the mobile app, per the search warrant. “In a world where anything can be can be copied, sent, and posted and then seen by a large audience, there is no such thing as being able to control information. Couple this with adolescent years and it makes navigating the demands of this age even more challenging,” Brett told the News-Press in an e-mail. “This was a painful lesson for some of our students to

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learn, and our administrators are standing by them as they are bouncing back from this really difficult moment.” After removing the photo from Snapchat, the second male student sent the image to a second female student. With the second male student’s consent, the SRO searched his phone and found an image of a female’s bare breasts. The second male student told the SRO that the photo of the breasts was from a ninth grade student at Mason, which he received from a third male student at Henderson, per the search warrant. When police met with the third male student, he told investigators that the ninth-grader exposed her breasts during a live session on Instagram and he captured an image of it, per the search warrant. The third male student told police that he had sent that image to the second male student as well as another male student at Henderson. The ninth-grader at Mason admitted that she exposed her breasts during the live video on Instagram when she met with police. After a search of her phone, police found an explicit video of a male ninthgrader at Mason, per the search warrant.

The investigation is still ongoing. So far, five phones from students have been seized to be examined forensically for evidence. Search warrants for an additional four phones have been put out, according to Chief Gavin. Under Virginia law, teens who sext can be prosecuted using the state’s child porn charge, a felony that carries a minimum five-year sentence. Gavin told the NewsPress that City police are not committing to one particular legal course of action at this time as police are continuing to discover the full extent of what was distributed and what the intent was behind it. Given that the law is targeted at apprehending distributors of child pornography, Gavin mentioned that City police are investigating to make sure that no adult with nefarious intent is behind the small collection of nude images that were shared between the students. Once that possibility is ruled out, she trusts that the City police’s solid relationship with the Commonwealth Attorney will be able to determine the appropriate legal course of action from there.


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Community News & Notes

ASSEMBLING TO CELEBRATE the graduation of Travis Benton from the University of California at Berkeley last weekend was this crowd of family and friends. Left to right: (front row) News-Press owner Nicholas Benton, Travis Benton, Alex FALLS CHURCH ARTS debuted its members-only show, its largest of the year, ear- Goodman and (second row) Jeannie Benton, Mark Pandiscio, Greg Mehlhaff, lier this month. The event featured 57 artists with their last name ending with Fernando Souper, Allison Berry, Jean-Michel Hoffman, Judy Benton and Chris A-K and will run until May 27. (Photo: Courtesy Jane Podesta) Benton. (Photo: News-Press)

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The News-Press’ own weekly “Our Man in Arlington” columnist, Charlie Clark, will be one of seven Yorktown High School graduates to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame and Inspiration this Friday, May 18. The ceremony will take place at Yorktown’s Patriot Hall (5200 Yorktown Blvd., Arlington) at 7 p.m. A graduate of the Class of 1971, Clark is a columnist, journalist and local historian who’s authored two books, including last year’s “Hidden History of Arlington,” as well as multiple articles on Arlington history. At the ceremony, Clark will receive a dedicated plaque with a photograph and biography that

McLean American Legion Holds Memorial Day Service McLean Post 270 of the American Legion will conduct their annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Garden at McLean High School (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean) adjacent to the school’s flag poles and the Davidson Rd. main entrance. All are welcome. Special guests have been invited including: Dranesville’s District Supervisor, State Delegates and Senators, the McLean High School Principal and Fairfax County Police and Fire departments. U.S. military veterans from

Post 270, and around the area, and those that have fought in U.S. wars from World War II are also invited to attend. A special treat this year will be a contingent of the famous Rolling Thunder motorcycle group. The service will be followed by an open house reception at the Post Home (1355 Balls Hill Rd., McLean) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free parking is available adjacent to the ceremony. For more information please contact Don Kimble, Post Adjutant at 703-356-8259.

F.C. Community Service Honors Frye, Looks for Heir Since 1969 Falls Church Community Service Council, Inc. (FCS) has involved a ministry of

assisting Falls Church area residents facing emergency needs. In March of 1971, FCS became involved with the Northern Virginia “Meals on Wheels” (MOW) program. Over the years, meals were prepared at area hospitals and then, more recently, at Falls Church High School. Teams of volunteers would then pick up the meals and deliver them to clients every weekday. Over the years, volunteers from about a dozen FCS congregations have helped to coordinate and deliver meals. In 1982, Shirley Frye, then a volunteer deliverer from Graham Road Methodist began to help. In 1986 Frye was asked to coordinate the entire program, and since then she has served as the MOW coordinator from 1986 up until the end of 2017.

The FCS community as well as the entire Falls Church community is greatly indebted to Shirley for her wonderful, caring and compassionate leadership of MOW for these past 30 plus years. Shirley, along with her right-hand man and husband, Ken, and with a corps of other dedicated helpers and volunteers, has made sure that over 50 shutins and those in need, have had a meal delivered to their home each weekday. Recently, MOW has undergone some major changes, and although Frye is no longer the coordinator, FCS is striving to maintain its role in this ministry. Other helpers are needed to help continue this vital program, which Frye helped to build. Frye is grateful for all of you who have quietly helped and sup-

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ported MOW over the years. And all of FCS is grateful for the leadership, kindness and love of Shirley Frye.

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off in McLean in June The Alden at the McLean Community Center’s 2018 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park expand this year to include a “welcome, summer” concert on Sunday, June 3, and then seven concerts from July 1 – Aug. 12. These free concerts will begin at 5 p.m. in McLean Central Park (1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean). Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library (1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean). Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets are helping The Alden welcome summer back to McLean for the inaugural concert on June 3. The group’s Grammy awardwinning album, “Home,” weaves together childhood memories with textured pop tunes. When he’s not touring, Kubart performs every weekday morning on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel in the only live morning show for preschoolers or as the “tambourine guy” with Postmodern Jukebox.

City’s Environmental Council Hosts Panel on May 24 The City of Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) will host a panel discussion entitled “West Falls Church Economic Development Project: Opportunities for Sustainable Stormwater and Energy Infrastructure.” The panel will take place on Thursday, May 24 at the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) library from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. As a follow-up to the ESC’s February panel discussion on sustainable development at the West Falls Church site, this panel will go into more depth on two important environmental impacts and


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opportunities: Sustainable stormwater capture — how can trees, rain gardens and other sustainable landscaping practices be integrated into the site to capture stormwater and provide green spaces for the community? Sustainable energy infrastructure — how can this site be designed to maximize energy efficiency, use renewable energy sources and ensure the resilience of energy supply? ESC’s expert panelists are: Robert Goo, Environmental Protection Specialist from EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds; Maureen Holman, DC Water’s Sustainability Chief; Mark Bailey, Senior Business Development Manager from WGL Energy and Bill Updike, Principal, Integral Group. Sustainable infrastructure has the potential to create value and reduce risks for this project and the City as a whole — and must be included at the earliest stages of project planning to be effective. All are encouraged to attend. Contact Cory Weiss, ESC Chair, at with any questions.

F.C. Rotary Club Holds Second Monthly Meeting Visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, Taiwanese graduate student Albert Lai, will speak about his learning experience in the U.S. at tonight’s Falls Church Rotary Club’s dinner meeting at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). The club’s Music contestants will also be presented with their awards. Dinner costs $15 and all visitors are welcome to attend. The Rotary Club of Falls Church is celebrating 66 years of community “Service Above Self” in 2018 and meets the first and third Thursday atits regularly scheduled time and place. For more information, visit

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

The rain started just as the eight-foot photo cube was unveiled at the top of Seven Corners on Saturday, but the unanticipated weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the artists, the sponsors, or the community members who gathered to celebrate “INOUTt Imagine Art Here.” Imagining art at Seven Corners has been a decades-long dream, finally achieved, if only temporarily, at the Bank of America site where Route 50, Route 7, Sleepy Hollow Road, and Wilson Blvd. all come together. Thousands of vehicles pass by the site every day, so the illuminated photo cube, powered by a small solar array, will reach a huge audience, if only for moments at the traffic signals. Hundreds of people already have had their photos taken at community events prior to the launch, and a photo booth will be operational on site on Saturday evenings – May 19 and 26, June 2, 9 and 16. Photos are projected onto the cube front, and include smiles, both shy and broad, sweet kisses, funny faces, and an occasional grimace. Visitors also are asked to answer simple questions such as the role of public art in community, features they like to see, why they visited the art installation, etc. On other sides of the cube are laminated stickers that visitors can remove, exposing random patterns of light. The installation, designed by Surcreative LLC, a group of young artists based in Annandale, is multifaceted, and was selected in a regional competition for the Seven Corners location. Sponsors include ArtsFairfax, Art Works, Fairfax County, Ipsun Power, Hampton Inn and Suites, Regency Centers, and Montalvo Guillermet Photography. Seed money for the project came from an arts proffer when the Bank of America land use application was approved by the Board

of Supervisors in 2006. More information about INOUT Imagine Arts Here can be found at www. This week is Police Week, and Friday’s Fallen Officers’ Memorial Service was the first held at Fairfax County’s new Public Safety Center in Fairfax. Previous memorials were held at the Massey Building in Fairfax City, where the black marble cenotaph originally was installed. When the new public safety center was designed, a larger, more formal, lighted space was included at the entrance to the building, and the cenotaph was moved gently to its new place of honor. A few feet from the cenotaph and two black marble benches is an illuminated strip of lighting in the concrete — the “thin blue line” reference to law enforcement personnel who protect the community day and night. Surviving family members of officers lost placed red roses at the base of the memorial honoring Karen Bassford, Sandy Gideonese, Tommy Bernal, Vicky Armel, Michael Garbarino, and Frank Stecco – Fairfax County officers who died in the line of duty from 1977 to 2008. Four died as the result of accidents; Armel and Garbarino were gunned down at the Sully Police Station in 2006 and died of their wounds. The name of K-9 police dog Bandit, shot and killed in 1975 during an apprehension of car thieves, also is included on the memorial. Protecting the community 24 hours a day is no easy task, but we can pray that no more names will need to be added to the memorial in Fairfax.  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 Earlier this week, I stopped by Larry Graves Park for a T-ball game between the Delegate Marcus Simon Nationals and their not-so-bitter-rivals the Merrifield Orthodontics Nationals. (Thanks to a sponsorship agreement with Washington’s Major League Baseball team, every team in Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is named the Nationals.) It was a great chance to get out and get some photos with the team I proudly sponsor and to chat with the kids and their parents about what’s going on in the General Assembly. “You guys are done, right?” asked one parent. “No, not really. We still haven’t passed a State Budget.” “Oh, that’s right, I think I read something about that...something to do with healthcare?” “That’s right, in the Virginia House of Delegates, we passed a budget that expands Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act – you know, Obamacare. The Senate still doesn’t want to do that,” I explained. “What’s the hold up? Different party’s in charge?” “No,” I replied, “But we had an election in the House of Delegates last year. We picked up 15 seats that had been held by Republicans. So even though we are two seats shy of a majority, our Republicans got the message. On the Senate side, they haven’t had an election since 2015. They don’t understand what it’s like to campaign in postTrump world here in Virginia.” “What’s the deadline?” he asked. “June 30th.” “That’s the law?” “That’s when we run out of money,” I explained. Meanwhile, one of the players was in the dugout having a meltdown because she didn’t want to leave the shade and two other teammates started wrestling over a ground ball hit in their general vicinity, both wanting the opportunity to throw it into right field. The whole scenario was a reminder of how much of what we do in Richmond may not register with our constituents who are busy living their lives. Working, paying their bills, coaching their kid’s sports teams, or just making time to cheer them on from the bleachers. A Tale of Two Bills Then he asked me to tell him about one piece of legislation I introduced that passed this year. Thanks to that 2017 election I was telling him about and our

15 new Democrats, I had several bills from which to choose. I decided on a bill that I’d introduced for two years in a row, with two very different outcomes. In 2017, I introduced a bill to allow Virginia consumers to greater protection from being caught in recurring payment and automatic renewal offers. Last year, the bill went straight to the full House Commerce & Labor Committee and was dismissed rather quickly, without much debate or questions from the committee members. Fast forward to 2018 and I gave it another try. This time, the set up appeared to be even worse. The House Commerce and Labor subcommittee had a long docket that started about 6 p.m. on a Thursday night. Many of the subcommittee members served on another subcommittee that had started at 2 p.m. I had three bills. The first two bills I presented had some debate and a few questions, but both failed. It was late. We were all exhausted after a full day of session and committee meetings. So, I set aside my talking points and just started with a question. How many of you have signed up for something and couldn’t figure out how to cancel it? Heads were nodding in the affirmative. And have you ever gotten so frustrated you found it was easier to call and report your credit card lost and get a new number than figure it out? A few actually raised their hands. My bill will fix that, I said. I then started to explain how and nearly immediately one of the Republican members of the committee interrupted, “Mr. Chairman, I have a Motion. I move to report.” That would send the bill to the full Committee for a vote. Ultimately, the bill passed the House and the Senate unanimously. The bill had not substantively changed between 2017 and 2018. However, the makeup of the House of Delegates had done so dramatically. Whereas my bills previously would have been dismissed without much cause, now I can present my legislative ideas and have a better opportunity to see them succeed. And it’s a bill that, starting on July 1, will make companies doing business in Virginia treat consumers better, and make their lives a little easier, even if they might not notice or know what happened.  Delegate Simon represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at



Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark


Herewith an update from the Confederate monument beat. That 50-year-old “Confederate Outpost” historic marker at Wilson Blvd. at the entrance to Bluemont park is about to be reinstalled, I’m told by county historic preservation coordinator Cynthia LicceseTorres. It was knocked askew by a truck 18 months ago. I had argued that the headline, which reflects the Rebel army’s seizure of the high land at Upton Hill for two months in 1961, was unbalanced given that Union troops retook the fort and used it for four years. The recast marker is titled: “Civil War Outpost.” Another change unfolded just steps away, where you can see a stone missing its plaque that stood for four decades. It read: “This Red Oak and stone were placed here as a Bicentennial Memorial to the men in gray who served on Upton Hill.” As part of its rethinking of Civil War commemorations, the county this January removed that plaque. County manager aide Benjamin Hampton said, “The county discovered that it had been placed on county land without county permission” by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. “The marker has since been returned to the Alexandria chapter of the UDC, as the Arlington chapter seems to no longer be active or in existence.” I heard from Chris Tighe, president of the Boulevard Manor Civic Association, which sought

the removal. These neighbors argued that the plaque was not historical in nature, was put there on private land before the county bought it, and that no owners could be found, which devolves the decision to the county. When this quiet tale was reported in ARLnow, several readers expressed displeasure at the county interfering with a proud heritage. But their angst pales in comparison to the alumni of WashingtonLee High School resisting the suggestion of taking Robert E. Lee off their nine-decade-old alma mater. Some 800 of them this spring endorsed a letter to the school board, I’m told by alum Dean Fleming ‘75—alumni sentiment runs about 10-1 against a change. The former Generals bash the “underhanded” engagement process underway this month by school staff to establish general criteria for naming schools (the actual decision on W-L would come in December.) Also active is W-L basketball star Edward Hummer ’63, who sent me sample materials. One letter reads, “It has become apparent to many from the way the school board has been proceeding that, without vociferous and sustained objections being raised and communicated to the school board virtually immediately by Washington-Lee’s large body of proud alumni, the name Washington-Lee is quite likely doomed.” Hummer favors either limiting the coming new naming pol-

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CRIME REPORT Week of May 7 – 13, 2018 Larceny from Building, 455 S Maple Ave (Lincoln at Tinner Hill), May 7, 9:16 AM, victim reported that a brown 2011 Trek Cross Tour bicycle was taken from the Bike Storage area sometime after March 28. Drunk in Public, 201 S Washington St (7-11), May 7, 3:13 PM, a male, 33, of Arlington, VA, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Larceny from Building, 100 blk Chanel Terrace, between 6:30 PM, May 5 and 2 PM, May 6, a red Specialized Rockhopper men`s mountain bike was taken by an unknown suspect. Drug Violation, 400 blk S Washington St, May 7, 7:27 PM, a male, 26, of Ashburn, VA, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Commercial Burglary, 102 E Annandale Rd (Top Class Barber Shop), May 7, 11:25 PM, responding to a commercial alarm, officers discovered a glass door was shattered and items of value were taken. Investigation continues.

Larceny from Building, 110 N West St (7-11), May 8, 2:47 AM, suspect, described as a black male, stocky build, wearing a gray short sleeved shirt and dark hat, grabbed a donation jar and fled the scene in a dark colored SUV, possibly an Explorer. Last seen speeding North on N West St. Larceny from Vehicle, 344 W Broad St (Starbucks parking lot), May 8, between 10:20 and 10:30 AM, a laptop was stolen from the front seat of an unsecured vehicle. Larceny, 800 blk S Washington St, May 9, 8:47 AM, a female, 33, and a female, 43, both of no fixed address, were issued summonses for removal of shopping carts from Good Fortune Supermarket. Hit and Run, 201 N Washington St (Kaiser Permanente parking garage), May 9, between 9:30 and 10:30 AM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle causing its air bags to deploy. Suspect vehicle, which left the scene, described as a white SUV. Investigation continues. Trespass, 201 S Washington St (7-11), May 10, 10:37 PM, a male, 60, of no fixed address,

MAY 17 – 23, 2018 | PAGE 13 icy to new schools, or else hitting “PAUSE button” until the “entire Arlington community has a chance to speak to the issue via a countywide referendum, after several months of public discussion and debate,” he said. W-L staff are under instructions not to talk. But in an op-ed last November in the student paper, Julia Van Lare summarized arguments, quoting a Black Lives Matter student saying Lee is not a good role model. She challenged the notion that changing the name would be painful and expensive. “Maintaining the ‘L’ may help ease the change, Van Lare wrote. “It would enable the school to maintain many of our logos, uniforms, supplies.” Principal Gregg Robertson said, “It may also be a nice compromise.” *** If you watched last week’s Senate hearing on the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director, you saw a senior citizen interrupt with shouted questions—he was forcibly removed by Capitol Security. That was Arlington resident Ray McGovern, whom I’ve known as a 27-year CIA veteran now blowing whistles with a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He’s argued passionately against confirmation of Haspel, whom he calls a torturer for her role in “enhanced interrogations” after 9/11. McGovern this weekend gave interviews to the Russian-backed RT, in which he cheerfully said he’s been charged with disrupting Congress and resisting arrest. He clearly acted with foreknowledge. was issued a summons for trespassing. Destruction of Property, 900 blk Madison Ln, May 12, between midnight and 8:30 AM, unknown suspect shattered the rear windshield of a truck parked on the street. Larceny from Building, 455 S Maple Ave (Lincoln at Tinner Hill), May 12, victim reported that sometime during the last five months a Trek mountain bike was taken from a bike rack in the parking garage. Drunk in Public, 306 Hillwood Ave (Lesly Restaurant Bar & Grill), May 13, 1:55 AM, a male, 21, of Alexandria, VA, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. OTHER May 8, 11:23 AM, 6701 Wilson Blvd (BP Station), a white 2015 Dodge Ram which had been reported stolen in Norfolk, VA, December, 2017, was recovered. May 8, 4:44 PM, 100 blk S Oak St, a red Ducati 1098S motorcycle which had been reported stolen in Fairfax County on April 14, was recovered. May 9, 08:40 AM, a male, 39, of Falls Church, VA, was arrested for Felony Hit and Run related to an incident which occurred May 5.

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Russia’s Hate Offensive in U.S.

What are we to make of the fact of the cultural tone of the Russian intervention into the 2016 U.S. presidential election and subsequent, ongoing efforts through social media? For as many of the millions of fake Facebook and other accounts they flooded the U.S. and Western Europe with in the last few years, most of the public evaluation of their effect has focused on their persuasions toward sowing political division and discord. A considerable amount of attention has been focused on that. But there is something even more insidious and hiding in plain sight that, in their view, plays an even more central role in advancing their subversive anti-democratic objectives, and it is something that maybe we as Americans are not that eager to admit. FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS It is rooted in a core notion of incivility, in crude disrespect of persons, in a false sense of entitlement that shamelessly associates individual rights with a potty mouthed vernacular that rails against everything and everyone, the filthier the better. It is seen in the pandemic of incivility that has overtaken the Internet in the form of the anonymous sewage that has become commonplace in the comment sections attached to almost everything online. The unbelievably ugly hate, cynicism and cruelty associated with so many comments could be considered grounds for declaring a national emergency. Why? This is the stinking cesspool environment that is the playground for Russian subversion of our democracy. It is where all those Russian “bots” have been running wild all along. In fact, it’s where anyone wanting to suppress the public’s zeal for democratic institutions sees such a great opportunity to run amok. Case in point on how this works: on my newspaper’s website, so disgusted I had become of this filth saturating the comment sections at the end of all of our articles, I changed our policy to require that all those who comment sign up first, identifying who they are. The change was instantaneous. Instead of 15 or 20, or more, hateful, spiteful anonymous insults, the number was reduced to almost none. It happened right away and the nastiness has not picked back up. This is a clue to the Trump phenomenon in the U.S. With the aid of all the Russian foul-mouthed “bots” online, Trump focused on empowering and enfranchising people to lock the “higher angels of their nature” in a foot locker and run wild in public, at least online, with their most nakedly foul, darkest thoughts. What they would never, ever say to their mother-in-law to her face they were encouraged and goaded into saying online, and then some. Most people are not purely one way or the other on just about anything. The social context defines the behavior and language that most people feel they should exhibit. The institutions of our democracy, everything the Founding Fathers wrote and professed, had as their cornerstone the profound, and at the time novel, notion that “all men (and women) are created equal.” That implicitly commands a level of civility from all citizens, being a powerful source of affirming a shared, universal humanity. Anyone who wants to protect and advance that notion is morally compelled to show respect for all of their fellow human creatures. In the U.S., it was the election of Barack Obama in 2008 that spurred the most hateful and backward elites in the U.S. to launch “grasstop” movements such as the infamous Tea Party, and others, that were encouraged to unleash racist language and sentiments without restraint. These elites convinced the Republican Party leadership that this was a legitimate pathway to a restoration of their presidential aspirations. What a disgusting, immoral decision that was. They chose the racist path, including against immigrants, because, they were told, without it the natural demographic shift in the U.S. would make Texas the next California, becoming hopelessly proDemocratic. Rather than trying to recruit the Hispanic vote, the GOP chose the suicidal approach of alienating it. Now, perhaps, we can see why Republicans are welcoming a Russian intervention into U.S. elections. Only if elections are rigged and tainted by hate, can they go the GOP’s way in the future.

Nicholas F. Benton

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The Enlightenment of Giant Jocks It’s entirely possible that before we see a woman as the American president, we’ll see a woman as the head coach of a team in one of the four men’s major professional sports. That’s not an expression of political pessimism, though I feel plenty. It’s a report on what’s actually happening in the NBA, where a gutsy, ebullient basketball wiz named Becky Hammon is reportedly being interviewed for the top coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks. She’s making cracks in a glass ceiling few people even noticed, because few could imagine a woman aspiring to — or being considered for — such a role. Men coaching women is commonplace in college and the pros. It’s expected. But women coaching NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE men? That’s positively exotic, especially as the stakes rise. But there’s Hammon, all 5 feet 6 inches of her, ready and able not to play with the big boys but to tell them how to play. What a stunning sign of progress when we sorely needed one. The #MeToo revelations, the “Access Hollywood” tape, and other facets of Donald Trump’s campaign and reign have presented reminder after reminder of how abominably men in high positions — and, for that matter, low ones — often treat and talk about women, who are still forced to fight for basic respect in the workplace. Hammon’s story provides a bold counterpoint to that, in the most macho of settings. She made history in 2014 when Gregg Popovich, the fabled coach of the fearsome San Antonio Spurs, hired her as an assistant, the first woman ever placed in a full-time job at that level in the NBA, the NFL, the NHL or Major League Baseball. The Bucks’ interest in her is also historic. And while she’s considered a long shot — at 41, she doesn’t have as much coaching experience as men in contention for the job — she’s also likely to get a close look from other teams in the years to come. Popovich’s coaching disciples are coveted and poached, and he has demonstrated full confidence in her. She was the Spurs’ head coach in the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas in 2015. The team won the championship. The world of big-time men’s sports is better known for objectifying women than for lifting them up. With galling regularity, players commit sexual abuse and domestic violence.

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The culture of male entitlement was depressingly clear in my colleague Juliet Macur’s story this month about cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins. Several of them told her that at a photo shoot in Costa Rica in 2013, they were required to walk around topless and to escort the team’s wealthy patrons to a nightclub. But the NBA has been trying to set itself apart. Adam Silver, its commissioner since 2014, “has expressed a desire to make the NBA progressive and inclusive — a league of the woke,” Louisa Thomas wrote in a profile of Hammon in The New Yorker last month. Thomas noted that two years ago, Silver rode on an NBA float in New York’s gay-pride parade — which Popovich, too, attended. But Hammon is no statement or test case. She has defied odds and dazzled observers at every turn. She grew up in South Dakota, discovered her love for basketball early and realized that her modest height meant that she had to be immodestly clever. She was immodestly determined, too. Despite her brilliant college career at Colorado State, not a single WNBA team drafted her; her size gave scouts pause. But she was invited to training camp for the New York Liberty, worked her way onto the squad, was later traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars and became one of the most popular players in the league. Popovich watched her and was wowed — by her cunning, spirit and leadership. There’s a dark side to sports, and we in the media write about it all the time. But there’s a sunny side, too, and it includes the way that differences — of politics, of race and, finally, of gender — can fade away when a team comes together. Talent is the currency that counts most, and one objective, victory, eclipses others. On Twitter and talk radio, some sports fans have predictably rejected the notion that Hammon or any other woman could be a credible, effective head coach. The Spurs player Pau Gasol wrote a retort to that for The Players’ Tribune. He insisted that professional sports cannot be “a bubble for all of our worst ignorance” and that gender diversity matters everywhere, including the NBA. “It’s what’s right,” he said. Hammon, for her part, shrugs off doubters. “My job is to be the best that I can be, and if that changes your mind, then great,” she told The New Yorker. “But I can’t be consumed with how you feel about me.” Let’s shatter two ceilings at once: Hammon for president! Gasol can be her Veep.



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El Patron Opens in Former Blanca’s Space El Patron Bar & Grill has opened in Blanca’s former location at 418 S. Washington Street. A ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. to officially welcome the new restaurant to Falls Church. Menu items include a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, Pupusas, and Tex-Mex Grill entrees. For more information visit

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F.C. Businesses to Gather for Bike to Work Day Bikenetic, Café Kindred, Fairfax Alliance for Better Cycling, Grove Spine and Sports Care, Kris Beckert- Blessing of the Bikes, Pro Bike FC and Pure Barre Falls Church are joining Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Washington Area Bicycling Association in supporting Falls Church City’s 2018 Bike to Work Day pit stop on Friday, May 18. More than 20,000 area commuters are expected to participate in this Commuter Connections and Washington Area Bicyclist Association event. The Falls Church pit stop will be located at the W&OD Trail at Little Falls Street from 6:30 – 9 a.m. For more information, visit

Nonprofits Participating in ‘Do More 24’ Fundraising Day Several area nonprofits are participating in the United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24 fundraising day that starts Thursday, May 17 at noon and ends 24 hours later. The Arc of Northern Virginia, Homestretch, the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, NOVAScripts Central and OAR of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church, are just a few of the 800 area nonprofits participating in this 24 hour fundraising appeal that raised $1,667,941 in 2017. For more information or to donate, go to www.

Learn to Telepathically Connect With Pets at Saturday Workshop A Pet Communication Workshop with Dori Bryan will take place Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment at 222 N. Washington Street. Attendees will learn how to telepathically connect with animals. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Par 3 Golf Tourney Set for Jefferson District Course May 19 Jefferson District Golf Course is hosting a Par Three Challenge on Saturday, May 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. Participants will compete in an individual stroke play tournament. Jefferson’s tee boxes will be moved around to turn the entire course into Par 3’s. Tee box locations will be kept secret until the day of the event. Prizes will be given to the overall low score and closest to the pin. Lunch will be served immediately following play. Jefferson is located at 7900 Lee Highway in Falls Church. For more information visit www.

Werblood Hosting Annual Rowell Court Block Party Next Tuesday

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Mustangs Rebound from Madison Co. Loss in Big Way by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

After George Mason High School’s girls soccer team’s first loss to Madison County High School in over a decade on May 7, the Mustangs got to payback the Mountaineers with a convincing win of its own. The loss was no doubt a shock for the perennial contender in Mason (9-3). Allowing five goals in a single half, let alone to a team the Mustangs have owned since the turn of the century, could have rattled Mason’s confidence. Instead, they rallied for a 3-0 last Friday decision that put Madison County back in its place right before the postseason is set to begin. “It felt really good to get them back,” sophomore forward Emma Rollins said. “And we didn’t have the benefit of a lot of practice time either since we had two games earlier this week, so it’s nice to know we were still prepared to take them on without the extra prep.” The Mountaineers came to play during last week’s regular season home finale for Mason. Mason’s possessions occasionally broke

JUNIOR MIDFIELDER Maura Mann’s lob into the box set up Mason’s second goal and built an insurmountable cushion in the team’s 3-0 win over Madison County. (Photo: Carol Sly) down due to soft passes in the middle of the field, where Madison County was quick react. In the 13th minute the Mountaineers generated a rush after creating a turnover around the center circle. As a Madison County forward was in position to shoot, senior goalkeeper Laura Whitaker raced out of the box to cut off her angle. Whitaker blocked the shot, but

was vulnerable to a second chance opportunity when a Mountaineer midfielder swooped in for the rebound. Luckily for Mason, the shot soared over the crossbar. From there on out the Mustangs were more aggressive with their possessions. A corner kick in the 21st minute saw Mason get stoned three consecutive times point blank. Senior midfielder Victoria

Rund’s tenacity earned her a free kick in the 36th minute when she slipped past two defenders only to get fouled. Rund’s shot hit a crossbar, but a minute later Rollins earned another Mustang free kick and their first tally of the game when a low grounder skipped through traffic and into the bottom right corner of the goal. Early in the second half Mason

struck again. Rollins took a through ball to the right corner of Madison County’s offensive zone before sending it back to junior midfielder Maura Mann at the top of the box. Mann chipped a high, looping feed into the heart of Madison County box for Rund, but it glanced off her head and veered toward the end line. That was until senior midfielder Sophie Matton was there to gather the deflection for a putback to push the Mustangs to 2-0. Rollins capped off the scoring in the 70th minute after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Maddie Lacroix. “From the beginning, we had the game where we wanted,” Mason head coach George Bitadze said. “We just have to keep working to find out the patterns of the game, and players have to be willing to change throughout to find out what works.” The win over Madison County, along with an earlier 1-0 win over Central High School, have put the Mustangs in good position for the postseason next week. However, they played one final regular season game against Clarke County High School last night, but results weren’t available by press time.

Mason Boys Complete Shut Out of District Opponents to End Regular Season by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

It was business as usual for George Mason High School’s boys soccer team as it handled Central High School and Madison County High School en route to an unblemished regular season where the team didn’t sacrifice a goal in Bull Run District competition. As the playoffs await next week, it’s clear that Mason (12-01) is officially back to prominence as a state title contender. The Mustangs are currently ranked as the fourth best boys soccer team throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area by The Washington Post and are ranked 20th in Top Drawer Soccer’s FAB-50 rankings. Mason went a perfect 10-0 in district play while accumulating 91 goals and surrendering zero during the league season. Still, the team has resisted the urge to look ahead and been laserfocused on whatever the next task at hand is. “We are taking our season one game at a time. We are not looking forward to anything other than the next game on our schedule,” Mason head coach Frank Spinello said. That mindset was on dis-

play during last Friday’s 7-0 win against Madison County. Despite competing against both the Mountaineers and a crummy field, the Mustangs eventually got things going when freshman midfielder Declan Quill’s shot in the 25th minute knocked down Madison County’s keeper, allowing sophomore midfielder Zorhan Boston to knock in the rebound. In the 54th minute, senior midfielder Carlos Mercado fed Quill for a shot into the upper 90 of the net and senior forward Peter Scardino fed Mercado minutes later for the team’s third goal of the game. Scardino again assisted a goal when he set up senior defender Liam Fribley’s 25-yard chip-in in the 77th minute. Sophomore midfielder Maddox Kong assisted Quill’s second goal of the game on some give-and-go action, and Kong later cashed in himself when he gained space from the defense after a hesitation move and ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net. Against Clarke County Tuesday, the Mustangs faced more resistance but managed to secure a 4-0 result. The Eagles played a defensive formation by slinking their midfielders back, but junior midfielder Nick Wells still broke

SENIOR DEFENDER Tim Andrianarison serves a critical role by controlling the middle of the field and directing Mason’s attack to weak spots in an opponent’s defense. (Photo: Carol Sly) through in the 27th minute after junior defender Miles Lankford’s clear found a soft spot in the defense and Wells converted a one-on-one with the goalie. Wells later set up Quill for a one-on-one with the goalie that he also converted in the 34th minute. Quill scored a penalty kick in the 48th minute and, after a lengthy rain delay, helped Mason put the finishing touches on Clarke

County with an assist to Kong for the game’s final goal. Spinello credits a deep roster for the team’s success this year, but made it especially clear that taking better care of the ball and strong management in the middle of the field from Quill, Mercado and senior defender Tim Andrianarison have helped identify mismatches and keep the team’s pace solid.

Now, it’s on to the postseason. With the opponent and game location still to be determined, Mason has time to work out any remaining kinks in their game. “We need to make the game as easy as possible when it gets chaotic, and the game is always filled with chaos,” Spinello added. “Use communication and preparation, that is our goal in the next couple of weeks.”



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THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY students competed in a nationwide math competition called MathCon in Chicago on May 5, with some students receiving honorable mentions, bronze and gold medals as well one being crowned a national champion. (Back Row, from elft to right): Torey Fay (5th grade teacher), Alex Vennebush, Eli Vennebush, Ashwin Colby, Christopher Draper, Heidi Lang (ACE teacher). (Front Row): Abby Fred, Mya Tahiri, Elliot Lam. (P����: N����� B����)


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All Night Grad Celebration Needs Volunteers

Interested residents are encouraged to save the date for the Senior Reflections ceremony, held in the George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) auditorium on Sunday, June 10, at 5 p.m. The ceremony is designed and staged by seniors and usually features musical pieces, readings and other words of reflection provided by the graduating class. Students gather voluntarily to partake in each other’s company and reflect on their school experiences. The seniors welcome family members and others in the school community to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and decorations, to serve food and to help with clean up. If interested, visit Mason’s page at to become a volunteer.

The All Night Graduation Celebration for George Mason’s 2018 graduates still has 20 volunteer spots to fill. Parents of underclassmen are encouraged to consider signing up in an effort to “pay it forward” so that when their seniors attend the graduation celebration, they can stay behind and host company from out of town. The event is at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) from 11:15 p.m. – 5 a.m. on June 13 and 14. There will be a comedian, fun activities, food and prizes. Many of the open positions are Security Volunteers. The Fire Marshal will not allow the event to be held if all the security volunteer positions filled. Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit Mason’s page at For more information about All Night Grad Celebration or to donate, visit the

8th Grade Musicians Shine at Hershey Park The 8th Grade Band, Orchestra and Chorus had a successful day at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, earning excellent and superior ratings and winning first place trophies across all three groups. Additionally, the soprano section of the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Choir received an Outstanding Section Award.

Haycock Students Take 1st at History Competition Students from four Fairfax County public schools won awards at the 2018 Virginia History Day competition, based on the theme Conflict and Compromise in History. Two student teams and an individual student captured first place awards in their categories. A group of students from

Haycock Elementary School were one of the first place winners that included Tyler Fontenot, Hollis Freeman, Conor Patton and Victor Van Vranken for their Junior Group Exhibit, “The Heaviest Compromise Dropped on a Conflict.”

Crew of Students Win Award at Robotics Championship A team of students from four Fairfax County schools won the middle school technology division’s Create Award at the 2018 VEX IQ Challenge of the VEX Robotics World Championship. The Create Award is presented to the team whose robot design incorporates a creative engineering solution to the challenges of this year’s robot game that incorporates solid mechanical ability, unique design solutions and innovative approaches to the game play. Team members are FCPS students David Han, Sophia Lee and Cynthia Wu of Cooper Middle; Pranav Anumandla of Longfellow Middle; Daniel Wu of Churchill Road Elementary and Samantha Li of Spring Hill Elementary. Team members worked for most of the school year to design, build and test their robot, and to conduct research on ethics in robotics. They earned two awards at the Virginia competition: the Excellence Award and the Teamwork Champion Award.



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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, MAY 17 Teen Advisory Board. For volunteers in Grades 7-12, the Teen Advisory Board meets monthly during the school year to give teens a voice in the library. Teens who participate in TAB earn volunteer hours. Registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 703-248-5034. Teen Writing Studio. Open to all teen writers. Come to the library for a chance to work with and bounce ideas off other writers. Bring whatever you’re working on and share with the group or get new ideas from writing prompts. No instruction is provided but collaboration and constructive criticism is encouraged. For Grades 6-12, registration requested. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034.




Bike to Work Day 2018. The City of Falls Church will be sponsoring an official Pit Stop for the 2018 Bike to Work Day. Cyclists can join over 18,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. The City of Falls Church will host one of over 100 pit stops throughout the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia-area with refreshments and raffles. Cyclists can stop by the City’s pit stop at Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) at Little Falls Street for free food, beverages and demonstrations and a chance to win bicycle swag. Register for Bike to Work Day at btwd2018. The first 20,000 registrants who register and participate will receive a free t-shirt at the pit stop of their choice. Intersection of W&OD trail on Little Falls St. 6:30 – 9 a.m. For more information, call 703-2485296 or visit biketoworkmetrodc. org.

Farmer’s Market. The awardwinning market returns every Saturday to the City Hall parking lot, filled with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy, flowers & plants, honey, chocolates, gifts, music and much more. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 8 a.m. – noon.

Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for children ages 0-5. No registration required; drop-in. All storytimes at the library are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-2485034.


Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703-248-5034.

Town Hall: West Falls Church Project and High School Campus Project. The City Manager and other officials will make a presentation and answer questions on the proposed budget, the high school campus project, and the West Falls Church Economic Development project. This event will be recorded by FCCTV and posted on the City’s website and YouTube channel. Community Center, Upper Level (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 2 –4 p.m. For more information, call 703248-5014.

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


“1984.” 1984 is set in a state of perpetual war in Oceania and Eurasia where Stalin-like purges from society are a daily reality— unless you conform to the accepted modes of speech, behavior and allegiance. The protagonist, Winston Smith, must survive in a fascist society controlled by a legion of henchmen and their intimidating leader, “Big Brother.” Discover Orwell’s twisted world of double-speak, where your thoughts are not your own. This brazen play is a forewarning metaphor for the P.C. culture of today, the draconian societies of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, and whatever lies ahead in our near future? Be careful what you say or even think — because Big Brother is watching! Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St.. NE, Washington, D.C.). $35. 8 p.m. scenatheatre. org.

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tapes were the language of love. It’s 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album “Girlfriend.” Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m. “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies.” This irreverent examination of growing up Black in America features two unlikely allies — Marquis and Tru. Suspecting that Marquis has lost his “blackness,” Tru pens a manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies,” which sends the two on a whirlwind journey through a world of cheerleaders, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo and Dionysus. This searing satire is back to challenge notions, break boundaries and leave you questioning your own perceptions of race. Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE, Washington, D.C.). $45. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 “Vietgone.” In this high-octane comedy, Nguyen recreates (and kinda makes up) his parents’ reluctant courtship: Fresh from Saigon, they meet in an Arkansas refugee relocation camp in 1975. With pop culture, a live band, and plenty of funk-rock-punk-n-roll, “Vietgone” follows these new Americans through a bewildering land. A story full of lust and heartache, cowboys and motorcycles from a screenwriter for Marvel Studios. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.) $40. 2:30 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, MAY 17 Chris Cassady. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Brian Franks. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church).


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6:30 p.m. 703-237-8333. Adam Ezra Group with Steve Everett. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. BoDeans with Trapper Schoepp. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Thrillbillys. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Brook Yoder. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Kindred the Family Soul. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $59.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer with Taylor Davie Band. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack 25th Anniversary Show with Pocket Bells. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $15. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300. Wicked Jezabel (accompanied by Pauline’s birthday party). JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504. Angie Henle. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Twisted Mister. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

ERIC VITOFF will be at Dogwood Tavern in Falls Church this Saturday. (Photo: Bandcampcom)

$25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Downtown Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Donna the Buffalo with Yarn. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $20 – $23. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300. Eric Vitoff. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.


Hand Painted Swinger. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.

Dave Chappell & Patty Reese. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703241-9504.

Kiefer Sutherland with Rick Brantley. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500.

Song Garden and Friends — CD Release of Bluebird Dragonfly. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 2:30 p.m. 703-2551566.

Blue Water Highway with Augustus James. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 –

Tongue and Cheek. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd.,

Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-2419504.


The Step Dads with Hye Tension. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 8 p.m. 703255-1566.

Electric Heart EP Release Show with Hungry on Monday + The Duskwhales. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Carmelos de Cianuro with Ocho de Bastos. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $30 – $35. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300.

Jimmy Cole and his All-Stars. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

Memphis Gold All-Star Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.


MONDAY, MAY 21 Matt Costa with Special Guest Elizabeth and the Catapult. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $30. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Bobby Lee – Acoustic Guitar Live! Cafe Kindred & Townshend Bar (450 N. Washington St., Falls Church). 7 p.m. 571-327-2215. Raul Molo with Monica Rizzio. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Legendary Bobby Messano Band Live and In Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). 8:30 p.m. 703-5228340.

Calendar Submissions Email: | Mail: Falls Church News-Press, Attn: Calendar, 200 Little Falls St., #508, Falls Church, VA 22046 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 ABC LICENSE SETTLE DOWN EASY BREWING COMPANY LLC, Trading as: SETTLE DOWN EASY BREWING COMPANY, 2822 Fairfax Drive, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.2804. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Brewery and Keg (500-10,000 barrels) license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. James Boykin, Manager. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

Voters in Virginia do not register by party. Any registered voter is eligible to vote in the Republican Party primary. Online Voter Registration and early/absentee ballot by mail applications: http://www. Deadline for applications submitted online via the Virginia Department of Election website is 11:59 pm on May 21, 2018. Only applicants with a DMV license or identification card can submit an application electronically and these applications may also be untimely if missing material information. Please note: those applications filled out online that are required to be printed and delivered to the registrar should be treated as regular mailed in applications and need to be postmarked by May 21, 2018 to meet the deadline. The 5:00 p.m. deadline on May 21, 2018 applies if any of these are submitted in-person at the registrar’s office. The deadline for mailed in applications remains that they be postmarked by May 21, 2018. Early/Absentee Voting for the City of Falls Church: In-Person Absentee voting began April 27th at our temporary office at 400 N Washington St and will continue through Saturday, June 9th. During that time, residents wishing to vote by In-Person Absentee ballot can do so 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday preceding the election, June 9th. The office is closed Monday, May 28th.

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PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING THE PLANNING COMMISSION of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on June 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the School Board Conference Room, Suite 203, located at 800 East Broad Street, Falls Church, Va. 22046 for consideration of the following item: NEW BUSINESS: ORDINANCE (TO18-06) TO VACATE A CUL-DE-SAC TURNAROUND PORTION OF THE UNIMPROVED PUBLIC STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY OF OAK HAVEN DRIVE, BEING ADJACENT TO LOT 10, OAK HAVEN SUBDIVISION, KNOWN AS 608 OAK HAVEN DRIVE. The City of Falls Church has received a petition from the contract property owner at 608 Oak Haven Drive – Lot 10, Oak Haven Subdivision, to vacate the half, cul-de-sac turnaround portion of what is the unimproved, platted public street adjacent to Lot 10, Oak Haven Subdivision near the end of Oak Haven Drive, consisting of approximately 1,609 square feet. The vacated property purchaser being the premises known as 608 Oak Haven Drive, RPC #51-121-041 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential. Information on the above applications is

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Electronic bids, via BiDCOMP/PARITY® Competitive Bidding System (“BiDCOMP/ Parity”) for the purchase of all, and not less than all, of the $22,305,000* aggregate principal amount of City of Falls Church, Virginia General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2018 (the “Bonds”) will be received by the City of Falls Church, Virginia (the “City”) until 11:00 a.m. (local time) on May 23, 2018. The Bonds are more particularly described in the Preliminary Official Statement prepared in connection with the offer and sale of the Bonds, and copies thereof, together with the Official Notice of Bond Sale (the “NOS”) containing other terms and conditions relating to the requirements for bidding on the Bonds, will be available to bidders on request by contacting the City’s financial advisor, Davenport & Company LLC, at (804) 697-2920. The Bonds will be general obligations of the City, secured by a pledge of the City’s full faith and credit. The Bonds will be dated their date of delivery, expected to be June 6, 2018, and will be issued as fully registered bonds in book-entry form only. The Bonds will mature on January 15 of each year as set forth in the NOS. Interest on the Bonds will be calculated on a 30/360 basis and will be payable semiannually on January 15 and July 15, commencing January 15, 2019. The legal opinion of McGuireWoods LLP,

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Rivera Introduces His NewlyReorganized Administration Falls Church City Manager Hector Rivera celebrated the culmination of his first year on the job yesterday by holding an elaborate press conference at the Community Center to announce the completion of a sweeping City government reorganization plan and to introduce the four “general managers” of his streamlined City Hall organization. Rivera’s efforts to consolidate 14 City departments to five, a plan he first announced last fall, came with the full backing of the Falls Church City Council.

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Fairfax Dems Gear to Turn Virginia ‘Blue’ in November Nationally, Democrats may not have decided who their presidential candidate is going to be yet, but that didn’t stop 500 party activists in Fairfax County from a rousing pep rally Sunday dedicated to turn Virginia “blue” this November. The high-energy partisan event, the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, sold out for the first time in memory. It was held on the same day that word was getting out that Republican Presidential candidate John McCain opened his Virginia campaign headquarters in Pentagon City.

Longtime Falls Church Resident Mary Jo Posey Bullock Dies at 93

Mary Jo Posey Bullock, born on April 10, 1925, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 as her brother, five sisters and parents welcomed her Home. She was the youngest of six beautiful Posey sisters. Many people loved her and her kindness. She was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Ed and Annie Posey, the youngest child of seven. In the early 1940’s they moved to Napa, California. Mary Jo married Bob Bullock on March 17, 1951 and they moved to Falls Church in 1959. Three children were born during their marriage – Owen, Diann, and Bobby – and they all went to Falls Church City schools. She lived in the same house on Madison Lane until 2000 when she sold it to Diann and moved to Park Towers. During her time on Madison Lane there was only one family that lived directly behind her on Parker Street – the Allans. Son Ron has said she was always so attentive to their family, which included father Frank, mother Peggy, sons Mike, Kevin, Russ, and Jeff, and daughters Kathy and Melanie. Her best friend after moving to Falls Church became Genelda Johnson, who lived across the street with her husband Horace

and her children Sandy, Andy and Nelda. They were so close that Nelda called her “Aunt Jo.” She wrote the following: “Aunt Jo was always there for me and mine. She was a true friend who had a caring heart, listening ear and kind words. I thought she had one of the most beautiful smiles and loved to hear her and Mom laugh together. She always made time for me and my sons. Always. Aunt Jo was a faithful friend to Mom throughout their lives, in good times and bad. I remember when Daddy died and Aunt Jo was in California. She called to talk to Mom, only Mom was out running errands so I talked with Aunt Jo instead. She was so broken up about his death, wishing she could be there for Mom. Aunt Jo loved her friends. She loved her family, and her children and grandchildren more than anything. Y’all were her heart’s treasures. I have missed her and will miss her still, but look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.” Another friend said she was so sorry to hear about her passing, that she was a wonderful, caring, strong, and sweet woman. The friend thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with her and knows she will be missed by everyone

she interacted with. She’s grateful to the generosity she showed her and will treasure her memories of her. She worked as a Budget Analyst for Headquarters Marine Corps at the Navy Annex in Arlington, from where she retired in August 1985. She enjoyed sewing, painting, her grandchildren, and duckpin bowling, from which she received a trophy for Last Place in the 1971-1972 season. Family gathered for a graveside goodbye at National Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, May 15, with a prayer spoken by grandson Daniel and memories shared by son Bobby, grandson Zachary, and granddaughter Mallory. She is survived by them, as well as her daughter Diann and Daniel’s wife Leanne. Bullock’s family will cherish the memories of the happy times. She is now healthy and happy again. The hardest thing is to lose someone before they actually go. She is in a much better place than the hell of Alzheimer’s disease. If anyone would like to make a memorial donation, please do so on Diann’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s page at site/TR?fr_id=11116&pg=persona l&px=8220148.


David and Adrienne of W. Broad St recently adopted 3 year old Tiberius from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. He’s the purrfect dissertation cat for Adrienne, loving to snuggle and play during writing breaks, and runs to greet David at the door every day after work. After only 3 weeks they can’t imagine life without him. What a pawsitive impact he’s had on his new family! Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to #BeUnderstood

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Interactive Art Exhibit Debuts at Seven Corners by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Right in the heart of Seven Corners, passersby will notice a new public art exhibit designed to highlight residents and the broader community that calls the area their home. INOUT is a purple, eight-foot solar-powered cube that sits on the grass lot adjacent to Sleepy Hollow road and serves as the canvas for a unique spin on public art: live photos on-site. Residents can snap pics at a nearby console which are then immediately projected onto the front side of the cube for all commuters to see. “We wanted to do something simple, but meaningful for the community,” Annandale artist Natalia Brizuela Pires said. “We have the opportunity to project the faces of the people that make up this community, so it was an invitation for people to stop being strangers and get to know their neighbors around them.” Pires, along with Julieta Guillermet, Linda Cui, Edwin Coimbre, Hector Montalvo and Pires all make up the team from Surcreative, LLC who designed and constructed the cube. Coupled with

oversight from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, wanted to find a way for residents to be the stars of this exhibit. Drawing architectural influence from the artists’ native Argentina and Puerto Rico, the group from Surcreative felt that photos represented the authentic look into the locals who inhabited the neighborhoods around the busy byway. So last August, Fairfax County contracted the creators in an effort to generate some juice toward broader redevelopment goals in the Seven Corners area. That’s why the exhibit also allows residents to provide feedback about the role art plays in their lives, how it should be funded and the kind of art facilities they enjoy to be used as background information on future redevelopment plans. “There’s tremendous diversity around us that deserves to be celebrated,” Mason District supervisor Penny Gross said while addressing the small crowd at the unveiling last Saturday. Gross went on to thank the artists for their ingenuity in creating something simple yet gravitational that will draw eyes in the voluminous intersection. Though INOUT would never have been possible if it wasn’t for

MASON DISTRICT supervisor Penny Gross (right) christens the INOUT exhibit by taking the first photo to be projected onto the eight-foot, solar-powered cube canvas. (Photo: News-Press) the solar technology that powers it. Pires told the News-Press that during the planning phase of the project standalone generators were considered, but weren’t sustainable enough for what Surcreative had in mind. Instead, Surcreative and Fairfax County acquired two

solar panels and received a battery from Ipsun Power, Inc. who donated the battery. By making the entire cube run on solar powered technology, it kept the project possible and energy output at a more controllable level. “There’s nothing else like this

in Virginia and it’s especially important that it’s located here,” Pires continued, who felt the exhibit helps display the state’s central motto of love. The exhibit is open on Saturdays through June 23 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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R C ST R R ealty™ Group

ROCK STAR Realty ... ROCK STAR Service

Desperately seeking! Long-time City residents need Townhouse or Single family detached home in our wonderful little City. They would like to close mid July to be in before school starts. $850,000 to $1,050,000. Qualified and ready to buy!


Call ROCK STAR Realty when buying or selling your home ~ 703-867-8674



114 S Cherry St, Falls Church City $ $1,025,000 4 bedrooms

2,692 sq ft 2.5 bathrooms

407 LIttle Falls St, Falls Church City $ $1,849,900

164 Rees Pl, Falls Church City

Falls Church City

Steps to Dining/Shopping

2,948 sq ft

FC City Schools

0.29 acre lot

4 bedrooms

4.5 bathrooms

5 bedrooms

2.5 bathrooms


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4 full, 2 half baths



Call Merelyn for more details!

4,489 sq ft

5 bedrooms


2101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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Housing Commission, Vice Chair 2012–2017

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