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Inside This Week Creative Cauldron Wins 2 Helen Hayes Awards Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron theater troupe scored two wins at the annual Washington D.C.area wide Helen Hayes awards Monday. See News Briefs, page 9

Founder’s Row Restaurant Deal Near

A Mill Creek vice president told the News-Press last week that a deal is near to land a 9,600-square foot, high-end restaurant for the 4.3-acre Founder’s Row development at the northeast corner of W. Broad and West St.

Constitutional Safeguards Will Prevail, Kaine Says on Visit to Falls Church

Will Survive ‘Stress Test’ He Says in FCNP Interview

by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

of 72 women at the Lorton Prison that previously functioned on the museum’s site. The location of the museum is particularly poignant, on the grounds of the Workhouse Arts Center, location of the former Lorton Prison, where the 72 women were imprisoned for up to seven months with beatings and

“Our Constitutional democracy is currently being subjected to a stress test,” U.S. Senator and recent Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine told the News-Press in an exclusive interview at the Rare Bird coffee shop in downtown Falls Church Monday morning, “and I am confident our institutions will be vindicated.” Kaine immediately jumped to a history lesson. “In September 1787, our founding fathers crafted a Constitution with a system of checks and balances, and the overwhelming motivation behind it was to keep an executive from running wild.” He said the guarantees of the First Amendment, the establishment that Supreme Court justices and judges cannot be fired and other measures were set up to limit the impact of an executive who doesn’t care about limits. “Now there is a tremendous energy being exercised to minimize the risks of an overreaching executive,” Kaine said, citing four components addressing President Trump’s “insecurity” about the evidence of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and his “extreme nervousness” about the allegations that his campaign cooperated with that foreign intrusion. Before the issue of impeachment arises, he said, the four components currently active are: 1. the Senate intelligence committee moving ahead in a bipartisan way with Kaine’s Virginia Senate colleague Mark Warner as the vicechair; 2. the criminal investigation that is ongoing at the Justice

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See News Briefs, page 9

David Brooks: When the World Is Led by a Child

At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. See page 15

Westergard Debuts 1st Solo Exhibit

Artist on the rise and Falls Church native Nils Westergard is currently displaying his distinctive stencil-driven style at a solo exhibit, “A Tender Risk,” at The Fridge in D.C. through the end of May. See page 8

VIRGINIA U.S. SENATOR and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine (left) made a special stop in the City of Falls Church Monday morning to provide a half-hour exclusive interview to News-Press editor-in-chief Nicholas Benton. The complete interview will soon be available on Falls Church Cable TV and at (Photo: News-Press)

Falls Church Developers Donate Big $ to New Suffrage Museum by Nicholas F. Benton

Falls Church News-Press

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

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The Falls Church-based Kiddar Capital announced this week that its CEO Todd Hitt has donated $250,000 to the Workhouse Arts Center to support a new museum honoring the women who fought for suffrage, the woman’s vote, that culminated in the ratification of 19th amendment in August,

1920. Hitt and his friend, Falls Church’s Rick Hausler, CEO of Insight Properties, are major benefactors of the museum and the Workhouse Arts Center. With the help of their contributions, the Lucy Burns Museum, named for the American suffragist and women’s rights advocate, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, on the 100th anniversary of the historic imprisonment

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Department after Attorney General Sessions was compelled to recuse himself because he lied about his own contact with the Russians; 3. journalists who are doing their job; and, 4. the intelligence community itself, with both current and retired professionals weighing in. He singled out the insights of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Clapper has said on national TV that the nation’s core democratic institutions are under assault from Trump). On the key questions being pursued — what did the Russians do and was there a level of cooperation with the Trump team – Kaine commented, “There is a strong chance of cooperation.” He added that the Russians didn’t attack the U.S. election because the Trump team asked it to, but because the Russians saw it in their interest. “They did not want Hillary Clinton to be president because she had been tough on them, and they saw Trump as a softie.” Kaine has received consider-

able classified briefings on the subject as a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees of the U.S. Senate. He said the Russians have been involved with interfering in foreign elections for a long time, including in Estonia in 2007, Ukraine last year, in the British “Brexit” vote last year, and in the recent French election. Here, it involved Russian hacking and U.S. far right wing groups’ promotions of their line. The FBI, he said, first became aware of this effort in the U.S. in March 2016, and it was last July when the Russians decided they did not want to simply sew discord, but to help the candidate of their choice, Trump, win. Asked if it came as a surprise to find the Russians working with the radical Right, rather than Left, in the U.S., Kaine said it, “It’s surreal.” He said that it was a personal matter for him, too. His personal cell phone that he’s had for 20 years was hacked and he began being deluged with extremist messages. Also, his son is an infantry battalion leader commanding 1,200 U.S. troops training between

the Black Sea and the Baltic, and he was suddenly at great risk. Then, he said, Trump encouraged the Russians to cyberhack the Clinton-Kaine campaign on national TV. “It makes me furious,” he said. He said that he’s found over the course of the presidential campaign and since that a lot of American people are living in fear, fear for the economy and their jobs, of losing their healthcare, of climate change in the face of an indifferent Trump administration, and threats to the sanctity of their marriages in the wake of recent years’ gains in LGBT equality. “I was disappointed by the election, but it has caused so many people to be very afraid. This has motivated me. I have to have their backs now.” He elaborated on remarks he made in fundraisers for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, who he’s endorsed for the upcoming primary (he said he also likes Northam’s primary opponent Tom Perriello and said he’d work for him if he wins). Stressing Northam’s career as a pediatric physician with a strong military background, he

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spoke to his character. “I said that nobody can promise greatness if they don’t demonstrate goodness.” Clearly alluding to Trump, he said that patterns of disrespect for women, a long history of untruthfulness, such as claiming President Obama was not a U.S. citizen, bragging about charitable contributions that he didn’t actually make, and stiffing business partners provide no evidence of goodness. How can that translate into making America great again, he asked. “We need leaders who are devoted to others in ways the president hasn’t been.” “I believe that things happen for a reason,” Kaine added. “We’ve been shaken out of our complacency.” He said he is not pessimistic about the American people. He cited the spontaneous outpouring of concern of millions that animated the national Women’s Marches on January 21, and the reaction to Trump’s immigration order, when thousands poured into airports across the U.S. to welcome those arriving from “predominantly Islamic” lands. “Even

at the Indianapolis airport,” he said a colleague told him, “People showed up even though there are no international flights that arrive there.” By contrast, he noted, the “collapse of the management due to negative treatment of women at Fox News” might have contributed to its “tendency to turn a blind eye toward the president.” He spoke of his momentous experience of meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on February 24. “At the advice of his aides, I spoke with him in Spanish” to discuss the refugee crisis, he said. “Only at the very end did he put his hand on my shoulder and say in very broken English, ‘Pray for me.’” He observed that it is the Pope’s humility, his “willingness to be humble and to walk among his people,” and not being judgmental, that speaks to what people want. “We need more of that kind of leader,” he said. The founding fathers added the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for a reason, he said.

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force-feedings resulting from their suffrage struggle in Washington, D.C. The museum will be located in the original Cellblock W-2, where 38 cells from the old prison have been preserved as part of the current center’s 55-acre National Historic Register campus. “Those iron jawed angels risked everything pursuing the right to vote, a right many of us now take for granted,” said Hitt in a statement. “I’m both humbled and honored to be a small part of celebrating their incredible contribution to the history of this great country, and look forward to the day the doors of the Lucy Burns Suffrage Museum open to the public.” He said the historic Women’s March in Washington D.C. in January has sparked a renewed interest in the important national history that will be on display in the museum. Hitt also recently contributed $100,000 to the non-profit Falls Church Educational Foundation and has made substantial contri-

butions to the Creative Cauldron theater arts center in Falls Church and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. The developer of the 301 W. Broad building, home to the new Harris Teeter and 200 apartments, Hitt’s headquarters is located in the Robertson Building at the corner of N. Washington and E. Broad Streets in Falls Church. He acquired that property and the Applebee’s property adjacent it, and has submitted plans to redevelop those parcels with a residential building that will include the donation of an enlarged Creative Cauldron venue. The Lucy Burns Museum “would not be possible without the generosity of Workhouse supporters throughout our community, including Todd Hitt of Kiddar Capital and Rick Hausler, CEO of the Insight Property Group,” said Ava Spece, president of the Workhouse Arts Center. It was when journalists learned of the brutal treatment of the 72 imprisoned women, the news spread like wildfire across the U.S., and an outraged public com-

FALLS CHURCH DEVELOPERS Todd Hitt (left) of Kiddar Capital and Rick Hausler of the Insight Property Group, look over a graphic of the pending women’s suffrage museum. Hitt was donated $250,000 to the museum. (Photo: News-Press) pelled President Wilson to back woman’s suffrage. The last suffragette was released from the prison in 1919, and the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, even as not a

single suffragist was invited to witness the amendment’s final passage. Lucy Burns went on to become the co-founder of the National Woman’s Party. The whole story will be told

at the museum, and contributions continue to be accepted for its completion later this year at the Lucy Burns Memorial Fund, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079.

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Falls Church In 40 Years?

As citizens in Falls Church are routinely invited or otherwise subjected to “visioning” exercises that try to divine what the Little City ought to look like in the coming years, even 40 years out, the question arises, “Who cares?” We don’t mean this in a nasty way, but from the standpoint of recognizing that a minuscule percentage of today’s population in the City will still be around here in 2057. A number of factors contribute to this: 1. the fact that a good percentage of the City will simply fail in efforts to find the Fountain of Youth and will move on by aging out; 2. far too little of the City is, and likely will be, affordable to the children and children’s children of those currently filling single family homes, and those inheriting such homes will probably want to sell them; 3. there’s always been a high turnover rate in the City and the region due to the nature of good jobs in and around the nation’s capital. So, those most likely to provide content for any “vision statements” are those living in the remaining single family homes, as if they’ll be here forever, and with coaxing from urban planning professionals at City Hall who get paid to do this for fun. Wish lists coming from these quarters are most apt to be skewed in favor of some form of an idealized and necessarily dull status quo. A more interesting line of questioning might ask what the region will, in fact, be looking like in 40 years, and in the context of that, what Falls Church might become. Then, civic leaders can explore what to do now to improve the answers that result. For example, on one end of town, Tysons Corner will be a new great American “downtown,” with hundreds of thousands of new high tech businesses and jobs. There will be a huge demand for housing and little interest there in major lifestyle or cultural amenities. On F.C.’s other end, the Seven Corners are set to undergo a major overhaul with the introduction of high density living and working. Where does Falls Church fit into this picture? First, the Little City should not devolve into a rich, monotonous gated community. If that happens, there will be no morale to shape its future. Don’t follow the “path of least resistance.” This will lead to more senior-only housing and other deterrents to youth, leaving the City a cookie-cutter soulless duplicate of the wider region. Instead, provide for its long-term survival as an oasis for a special way to nurture and enjoy life. Jack up hotel and high-end office, condo densities on the edges of the City, and pack in the middle with retail and single-room apartment occupancies too small for little children but welcoming to young, eclectic, racially and ethnically diverse and fun urban populations to share our parks and spend their money here.


Falls Church Has Rare Development Opportunity Editor, I agree completely with the sentiments in your editorial in last week’s edition. I would like to add some of my perspectives on the subject. Falls Church, unlike the surrounding Virginia and Maryland Counties, has the rare opportunity to control its own development destiny. Since most of these counties have exceeded development densities that make

financial and services sense for their residents, they just continue chasing development to cover their increasing structural costs. The quality of life continues to decline. Since Falls Church has limited land for any new, large comprehensive single-family home tracts, infill and multi-family are the best options. With a strategic long-term development plan, Falls Church can allow for suf-


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ficient needed residential and commercial development to help bring new revenues and appropriate local community services. “Development for development’s sake” is ruining the surrounding jurisdictions with sprawl, choking traffic, and declining quality of community life. Falls Church can avoid this if it make the courageous policy decision to let its citizens, not developers, dictate the future of this wonderful community. Leaders need to step back to ask who the community is for and what future community services will be needed. Jim Coyle Falls Church

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The Conversation Still Matters the Most B� D����� R���

If you’re from Falls Church, chances are you haven’t driven down a dirt road close to home in a little while. That’s quickly becoming the case for many residents in the Town of Haymarket in western Prince William County, where a spur of residential growth has doubled the population in town just since the turn of the century. Yet there is still one dirt road left in the northwestern part of town, one I passed countless times during my nine years covering the town as the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times from 2006-2015. On April 15, I needed to knock on a door down that stretch of road, just three days before the special election for the Prince William Clerk of the Circuit Court. As a Democratic candidate for the 13th District of the House of Delegates, our Clerk nominee Jacqueline Smith asked my campaign to lead her field efforts in that part of western Prince William County. As the gravel crunched under the tires of my ‘98 Toyota, I looked to the left and saw a woman wearing a hijab standing in a garage. She was the only targeted voter in that house, according to my walk sheet. So I parked the car, my step-daughter and I walked up and I introduced myself to her. I told her about the upcoming election

for Clerk of the Court and how Jacqueline Smith wanted to take the politics out of the courthouse and that everyone should be welcome at the courthouse, no matter what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.

“At the doors, I’ve come out as transgender to the residents and not one person has told me they won’t vote for me because of it.” As a transgender woman, I know discrimination has been a big problem both in the courthouse and in the 13th District. Our late Clerk Michele McQuigg defended the constitutional amendment authored by Del. Bob Marshall (R-13) banning all legal recognition for same-sex couples, including marriage equality. They lost but Del. Marshall during the last two years has authored six anti-LGBTQ bills, including this year’s “bathroom bill,” while his constituents sit in perpetually congested traffic. So as I talked up Jacqueline’s candi-

dacy, the woman said she would be happy to vote for her April 18 and for me in the Democratic primary June 13. I thanked her and asked if any other adults were registered to vote in her home. She said yes: three other women and one man who wasn’t home. So I told the women why I supported Jacqueline for clerk, including her stance against discrimination, which I said meant a lot to me as a transgender woman. They agreed and I explained that Tyler precinct, where we stood at that moment, was a swing precinct, a genuine battleground area. It was a precinct Del. Marshall won in 2011, 2013 and 2015 but Hillary Clinton carried last year during the presidential race. Turnout would be in single-digits, and in a battleground area like Tyler, I said one household could flip the precinct but only if all four of those women voted. They smiled. Three days later, all five registered voters from that home voted. And we won Tyler by three votes: 86-83. Without that house, we would have lost Tyler 83-81. I tell you that story to say nothing replaces human interaction and dialogue between the candidate and the voter. At the doors, I’ve come out as transgender to the residents and not one person has

told me they won’t vote for me because of it. And in the precincts we targeted the heaviest for Jacqueline, where I personally knocked on doors for days, we won. I know the risk of coming out at the doors. I covered two brutal homicides of young transgender women in Montgomery County in 2015 and 2016. The threat is real but that’s all the more reason why visibility matters so much. When people meet me, I’m either the first transgender person they know they talked to or they’re happy to share a story about a LGBTQ person in their lives. Either way, we have a conversation, one that inevitably comes back to traffic, jobs, schools, health care and taking care of people in need. It’s a conversation I’ve had over and over in Haymarket, Gainesville, Manassas, Manassas Park and Yorkshire since my first day canvassing on a snowy Jan. 7 near Sudley Elementary School. Nothing replaces the conversation. It’s why Jacqueline Smith won April 18 and with the soles of my shoes worn to a flat surface, it’s why I think I can make history and win June 13 and Nov. 7.  Danica Roem is a journalist, a lifelong Manassas resident and the first transgender person to run for the Virginia House of Delegates. She is competing in the June 13 Democratic primary for the 13th District.

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F.C. Native Nils Westergard Debuts 1st Solo Art Exhibit at D.C. Gallery BY MATT DELANEY


It could be argued that murals are art in its purest form. They’re both provocative and pleasurable, designed for public consumption, and, in Nils Westergard’s case, are typically produced out of the goodness of his heart (as long as he’s licensed to follow his heart when making the image, that is). The Falls Church native is an artist on the rise thanks to his distinctive stencil-driven style that has graced brick, concrete and stucco sidings everywhere from Australia to the Czech Republic to

his current home in Richmond. A 2010 graduate from George Mason High School and 2014 Virginia Commonwealth University film school grad, Westergard’s dedication to his craft led him to his inaugural solo exhibit, “A Tender Risk,” currently showing at The Fridge in southeast Washington, D.C. “It’s exciting, I’ve always wanted to have [a solo show], so I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Westergard whose exhibit opened last Friday and runs through the end of the month. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking — getting everything in the

car, getting up there and I want to it to go well — but I’m really excited.” Westergard has come a long way from his initial plunge into the art world. After finishing up at VCU, he booked a one-way flight to Europe to feel out how far his work could carry him. It turned out his talent had legs, taking him all across the continent and allowing him to leave his mark in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London, to name a few. It wasn’t a lavish lifestyle. Westergard was often given a stipend that just covered his meals, airfare and a bed to sleep in.

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And even though he could parlay those appearances into commissioned studio work from time to time, he preferred the pro-bono employment, as the free work granted him creative freedom and unchecked publicity. The experience was also invaluable. Painting a mural in a different city every week for the first six months following his graduation was a litmus test into the ebbs and flows of the profession for Westergard, while also a bold introduction of his trademark aesthetic to the masses. That same style has come to define Westergard’s portfolio. Photorealistic visages are developed in layers and hard lines (much like a stencil) by his blackened brush and evoke a perceivable emotional edge. At times, those dark images are contrasted by infusions of abstract or colorful elements, but the paintings and people they contain pay tribute to those most influential in Westergard’s life. “When I was young I had done...images taken from newspapers of political upheaval. I got tired of being angry all the time, so when I went to Europe I needed a large wealth of images to work from [and] resorted to painting pictures of friends of mine because a large majority of them were photographers since we went to school together for photo and film,” Westergard added. “It’s a testament to them and a way to make a living memorial to them — even though they’re still living, why not?” Westergard’s work has expectedly evolved as he’s become more attune with his artistic direction. Friends may be hard-pressed to find their faces on walls with Westergard’s focus shifting to pieces that serve as melancholy interpretations of human nature. Murals such as one titled “After,” located in Waynesboro and designed as a part of the Virginia Street Art Festival in

2016 covers one length of a warehouse and is a frontal shot of a nude woman after having sex. Observers’ eyes gravitate toward the image’s most striking aspect – the woman’s blank gaze that oozes of malaise following what most would consider is an impassioned interaction in their lives. Or take “Embrace,” a studio piece, which again involves a nude woman who’s wrapped in the arms of a faceless man. Just like “After,” this picture also has the woman donning a thousandyard stare that suggests she’d rather be elsewhere than with her partner. “The work now is much more of an introspective search with themes of intimacy between’s a different kind of focus than the earlier work,” Westergard said. “For me, it’s more of a cathartic thing. Most people who meet me wouldn’t expect me to paint a gloomy piece but part of that is because I can get that out through the painting.” Clearly Westergard’s efforts have paid off. A refined technique coupled with an appetite for pensive productions accelerated his ascent in the art community and what ultimately landed him the solo exhibition at The Fridge. It won’t be long before Westergard is beyond merely treading water to stay afloat and will be living comfortably off the fruits of his labor. But that’s down the line. Until then, he continues to steady his stroke, find time for animating and lobby for one of his murals to be emblazoned on a building in Little City (wink-wink, nudgenudge). When that moment arrives is when we’ll all know how far this local talent has come.  Nils Westergard’s solo exhibit, “A Tender Risk,” is now showing at The Fridge at 516 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C. through May 31.



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NEWS BRIEFS Creative Cauldron Scores 2 Helen Hayes Winners Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron theater troupe scored two wins at the annual Washington D.C.-area wide Helen Hayes awards Monday. Winning as the best lead actress in a musical was Iyona Blake, and as best supporting actress in a musical was Tiara Whaley. Both won for their performances in the Tony Kushner musical performed a year ago, “Caroline, or Change.” Young Ethan Van Slyke was also nominated from that production, and didn’t win, but on Monday he was nominated by the Cappies High School theater program from among 59 regional high schools for best supporting actor in a musical, in Freedom High School’s production of “High School Musical.”

Founder’s Row Developers Say Big Restaurant Deal Near As Spectrum and Mill Creek prepare to come back to the Falls Church City Council to seek a variance to the special exception that green-lighted the 4.3-acre Founder’s Row (formerly Mason Row) development on the northeast corner of the W. Broad at West St. intersection, Amirali Nasserian, a Mill Creek vice president, told the News-Press last week that a deal is near to land a 9,600 square foot high-end restaurant for the location. He said it is a “beer concept” restaurant (though not a microbrewery) and while others of the brand exist, none are in Northern Virginia. Nasserian had no new explanations for the short-lived 7-Eleven parking lot divider scenario from last week, except to say that Spectrum is “discussing” lease terms with the convenience store. Loud protests led to a swift move to take away the large planters that were installed to divide the lot into two. Nasserian said the planters have been donated to the Falls Church School System. The change being sought in the special exception will be to substitute the hotel on the site for an additional number of apartments with a 55-and-above age restriction.

F.C. Rec Leader Defends Invite to Robert E. Lee Impersonator In response to an inquiry from the News-Press on the appropriateness, in light of the movement underway to remove Confederate symbols throughout the south, of advertising an appearance by impersonators of Gen. Robert E. Lee and his spouse at the annual Civil War Day in Cherry Hill Park this Saturday, Corey Jannicelli of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department wrote that the Civil War Day “is intended to provide a perspective, through a living history experience, of what life was like in Falls Church during the Civil War. It is not a celebration of the Civil War, but rather a chance to raise awareness of our nation’s past.” The Lee impersonators that were invited, he wrote, “appreciate the opportunity to speak about the impact that Robert E. Lee had on Virginia through the Civil War, as well as his life before and after the war.”

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Cappies Nominations Announced From among 59 regional participating high schools, nominees were announced Monday by the Cappies, an organization created to celebrate high school theater and journalism. Of high schools in the immediate area of Falls Church, critic teams from George Mason and McLean high schools were nominated, as well as graduating critics from Mason Annie Parnell and Lydia Gomper, and Hess Scarabi and Syona Ayankeril from McLean, McLean returning critic Emily Lachow and rising critics Helen Ganley, Katherine Kelly and Kristen Wagner. For support work, McLean’s props and sound teams were nominated for the school’s production of “The Children’s Hour.” For the same play, Rachel Kulp was nominated for best supporting actress and Jared Jacknow for musical composition. For best supporting actor in a musical, J.E.B. Stuart’s Elijah Williams was nominated for his performance in “Guys and Dolls.” Cappies winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Kennedy Center concert hall on June 11.


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Kaye Life Celebration Sunday Afternoon A “celebration of life” remembering the late Catherine (Cathy) Ann Kaye (1969-2017), former Treasurer of the City of Falls Church whose passing on May 3 was reported in last week’s News-Press, will be held this Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m.– 5 p.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel, 3111 Fairview Park Drive. Donations in memory of Cathy Kaye can be made to the American Kidney Fund, the Diabetes Action Research and Educational Foundation and the Animal Welfare Institute. Survived by her husband of 20 years, Thomas A. Kaye, mother Hayden Luczka, stepfather Jerry Luczka, father Martin J. Miller, stepmother Elaine Miller, two half-sisters Diana and Kassia Miller, half-brother Alex Miller, aunt Christine Nunes, cousins Marzia and Fabiola Zambon, sister-in-law Sylvia and husband Mitchell Harrow, brother-in-law Ron Kaye and wife Lisa Lias, and nieces and nephews Lauren Kaufsmann, Alina Russo, Hunter Kaye and Beckett Martin.

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Annandale United FC Holds Open Tryouts

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Annandale United FC is holding tryouts all throughout May and in the early part of June for players who want to compete at the highest level of youth soccer. All players trying out should bring water, shin guards, their own ball and wear a white shirt (returning players should wear normal training kits that they previously received). Exact dates, locations and details can be found at New players are advised to email the respective Directors of Coaching to express interest in advance so the coaches can plan for player numbers and positions on tryout dates accordingly. Bo Amato – Technical Director – bo_amato@; Trevor Parker – Director of Coaching –; Scott Norberg – Girls

Arlington BioBlitz Kicks Off On May 20 Arlington County residents are encouraged to celebrate Arlington’s diversity by helping the county government conduct a citizen science inventory of plants and wildlife at Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park (625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington) on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. During a 24-hour period, participating attendees will help shape the County’s updating of its Natural Resources Management Plan. Participating in the BioBlitz is an ideal way to explore parks and natural areas to experience the native wildlife and flora of Arlington. Attendees will be teamed with experts to help find, identify and catalog plant and animal life. Novices and residents with green thumbs are welcomed.

ADDING TWO NEW Little Free Libraries at the Kingsley Commons townhomes was the Arlington Boulevard Community Development Organization (ABCD) 4-H Club. ABCD is a nonpro�it organization dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities to underserved children and families in the Arlington Boulevard corridor of Falls Church. (P����: ABCD)

Please contact Alonso Abugattas at 703-228-7742 or email at if you would like to register for the event as a team leader or a participant. Registration is required.

Economic Equality Caucus Being Held On May 18 The Economic Equality Caucus focuses on the northern Virginia/DC region at a meeting held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (212 E. Capitol St., NE Washington, D.C.) near the Supreme Court, Thursday May 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The emphasis of the caucus is on the potentially harmful impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. Northern Virginia leaders are featured prominently on the program including: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), on key economic issues for the Northern Virginia

region; Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) on women’s issues; Walter Tejada, President, Virginia Latino Leaders Council, on Trump policies and their impact on the state’s growing Hispanic population; Mike Town, Executive Director, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, on the Trump threat to EPA, the Chesapeake Bay and clean energy programs; Jennifer Allen, CEO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, on Trump’s threat to defund Planned Parenthood; Kevin Hickerson, President, Fairfax Education Association, representing the (VEA) on the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policies and their implication for the public education system in Virginia; Rodney Fisher, education policy expert based in Alexandria, aide to former US Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and four Texas commissioners of education.

10th Congressional District candidates Kimberly Adams and Dan Helmer; Sen. Jennifer Wexton and Rep. Barbara Comstock (D-VA) are invited.

St. James Celebrates 125Year Anniversary Saint James Catholic Church (830 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will celebrate its 125th year in existence on Sunday, May 21 during the noon Mass. A reception will immediately follow the Mass in the Joseph Knecht gym. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, will celebrate the Mass. St. James was orginally founded in 1892 and is the sixth oldest parish in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. The original wood-frame structure was built on a property at the modern day West and Fowler streets, the current site of the cemetery,

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A MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT for last week’s F.C. City Council meeting gathered for a group photo in recognition of the mayor’s proclamation of May 7-13 as Public Service Recognition week in F.C. aimed at “recognizing and celebrating the City’s and School’s dedicated employees for their work in providing essential services to the public.” (P����: N���-P����) while the stone church was constructed at its current location in 1902. Father Edward Tierney was St. James’ first pastor and was responsible for building the church’s accompanying school in 1906. Father Edward Mullarkey, pastor in 1944, used War bonds he received for his 25th ordination jubilee as seed money to expand the school. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) have been with St. James Parish for 94 consecutive years.

Redskins Read Bookfair Takes Place May 20 The 2017 Redskins Read Bookfair is taking place this Saturday, May 20 at the Barnes and Noble at Seven Corners Shopping Center (6260 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church) during regular store hours. The event will feature Redskins activities and giveaways for children. Supporters can either purchase a book from the recommended list of titles available in the stores or bring in the Redskins Read voucher, located online at, or mention the Redskins Read Bookfair at checkout. Other locations will have noted children’s authors reading to children and some locations will even have Redskins personalities present. At Tysons Corner (7851-L Tysons Corner Center, McLean) Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be present from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., as well as author Sarak Ardestani from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and author Rachel Renée Russell from 4:30 p.m. –

6:30 p.m. At the Market Common in Clarendon (2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington) Redskins Cheerleaders will be on-site from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m for signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Tinner Hill Hosts ‘Prelude To Blues’ House Concert The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation hosts its Prelude to the Blues House Concert on Saturday, May 20 at a private residence listed on a purchased ticket. The concert will feature award-winning pianist and vocalist Daryl Davis as a part of the Boogie Woogie Blues. $25 tickets. Ticket price includes food from the soon-to-open Liberty Tavern in Falls Church as well as two drink tickets. Seating is limited. Address provided upon ticket purchase.

AKA Sorority Conducts Annual Playground Project The Chi Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will be hosting its third annual AKA 1908 Playground Project this year on Saturday, May 20th at West End Park (1048 W. Broad St., Falls Church) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. As a part of the project, AKA will restore park signposts, refresh the paint on park benches and picnic tables and renew the aesthetic features of the park. Gardening attire such as tools, gloves and other supplies will be provided. Water and snacks will also be provided. For more

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Zinga Hosts Fundraiser With Falls Church Band Boosters Falls Church City Band Boosters is partnering with Zinga Frozen Yogurt to celebrate music in Falls Church City Public Schools on spring concert nights this Thursday from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Zinga’s storefront in Falls Plaza Shopping Center (1106 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Zinga will donate 25 percent of each purchase to Falls Church City Band Boosters and George Mason High School band when customers say “I’m with the band” at checkout. Zinga will host two more events to benefit FCCPS’ young musicians on Mary Ellen Henderson band concert nights: Tuesday, June 6 for sixth grade band, orchestra and jazz band concerts, and Wednesday, June 7, for seventh and eighth grade band concerts.

Civil War Day Set For May 20 At Cherry Hill Park The City of Falls Church hosts its annual Civil War Day on Saturday, May 20 at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about the effect the Civil War had on Falls Church. Re-enactors will portray civilians and soldiers. Attendees can watch soldiers conduct firing exercises while also listening to period music and enjoy activities geared toward children.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

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News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Renewable energy is heating up (pun intended) in Fairfax County. Since the Solarize Fairfax County program began in early April, more than 750 households have signed up for free solar assessments, and to learn more about pricing and finance options with private contractors. Four contracts already have been signed, a number that is rising weekly, as interested residents discover how much they can save in their electricity bill, and qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit through 2019. Fairfax County also offers a credit on real estate taxes, and the county waives all permit fees for the installation of solar systems. Interested residents and business owners must act quickly, as the discounted purchasing opportunity with the Solarize Fairfax County program ends on June 30. More information is available at While not all buildings are situated to take advantage of solar, sometimes it just takes small tweaks to let the sun power your home or business. Last weekend, I visited a home in Lake Barcroft, where the owners had a 33-panel solar system installed on the roof of their lakeside home last fall (before the Solarize Fairfax County program started), and are extremely pleased with both the work and the savings already experienced. The owner, an electrical engineer by training, said he had been watching the improved solar technologies across decades, and is encouraging his neighbors to consider solar. No solar panels can be seen from the street side of the home; the panels face the lake on the rear of the roof, but even then, they are barely observable from the lake, because of the topography and screening trees. Snow on the roof this winter, the owner told me, was no problem. Within an hour after snow ended, the snow on the panels had melted, and the panels were gener-

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ating electricity as usual. With the recent malware intrusions reported across the globe, this region’s position in cyber security becomes more critical. A recent meeting hosted by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) highlighted potential cyber risks and how to address them. Military and business experts noted that the “Internet of Things,” as well as the leapfrog pace of technology advancements, demand a change in strategy and tactics at all levels – local, state, federal, business, military, and more. Cyber security is similar to a public health crisis, one of the panelists noted, demanding a lot of integration between affected entities. Rather than medical professionals, a cyber crisis demands cyber talent, and Northern Virginia’s workforce is uniquely positioned to solve the crisis – if we can get our act together! Cyber has eliminated geography, another panelist said, as people and devices are connected, anywhere and everywhere in the world. The workforce challenge can be solved by providing additional course opportunities for career transitioners, like retiring military personnel, as well as certifications and apprenticeships for graduating high school students. Fairfax County’s high school academies and Northern Virginia Community College are important partners in this effort. The NVRC group will meet again in July to delve further into the workforce issues and how, as a region, Northern Virginia can meet current, and future, cybersecurity challenges, together.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at



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The 2017 General Assembly Session was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s final as Governor. In Virginia the Governor is not allowed to run for reelection. As the deadline for final action on all bills passed earlier this month, he set a record for the most Vetoes ever, acting as a brick wall against bills that would have threatened Virginia’s reputation as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Women’s Health The Governor vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the Virginia Department of Health from entering contracts or providing funds to any entity that performs non-federally qualified abortions. Aimed solely at Planned Parenthood, this legislation would have hurt tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the health care services and programs they provide, denying accessible, affordable care to those who need it most. Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less. Keeping Virginians Safe The Republican majority in the House of Delegates is working on two tracks to allow any Virginian to carry a concealed handgun anywhere they may go. One track is with a bill that says exactly that. The second, more subtle approach, is to systematically and incrementally limit the places where weapons may be prohibited. This year the Governor vetoed bills that would have prevented the State Police or National Guard from stopping people from carrying their personal firearms into emergency shelters during natural disasters, would have allowed 18, 19 and 20 year olds to obtain concealed carry permits, and would have allowed anyone with a military ID to carry concealed with no permit at all. He also vetoed bills that would have allowed people to conceal and carry switchblade knives and to allow them to furnish such knives to children. Protecting the Vote Voting rights and the ability to participate in the election process seem to be under constant siege in the General Assembly. Members of the majority party frequently introduce bills aimed at alleged voter fraud prevention, which have the real-life impact of creating unnecessary obstacles to voting. The Governor vetoed a bill that would have made it easier

to remove voters from the rolls improperly, and forcing people to submit copies of photo identification when seeking to vote absentee by mail, burdening voters who don’t have ready access to a photocopiers or scanners and printers. This seems particularly unhelpful and unnecessary since the person receiving the ID copy would have nothing with which to compare it. Equality for All Virginians I spoke out against on the floor of the House several times this session in opposition to legislation that would have provided a shield from civil liability to those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, the bill was nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize. The Governor, in his veto statement, mentioned something I pointed out in my remarks and in the press: any legitimate protections afforded by the bill would be duplicative of the first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia; and the Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The additional so-called protections were styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint — that marriage can only validly exist between a man and a woman — over all other viewpoints. Businesses won’t do business in states that pass laws demonizing same-sex couples. This bill would have damaged Virginia’s reputation and severely hindered our efforts to create the new Virginia economy. We don’t have to look far to see the damage these types of laws are doing in other states to understand the harm this bill would have done to the Commonwealth. What It All Means What the last four years and this session in particular demonstrate is that it’s essential we continue to have a Governor who is willing to stand up to a legislature that seems more than comfortable interfering in decisions that ought to be between a woman and her doctor, that believes more guns in more places held by more people is a good thing, and that is willing to deprive people of the right to vote to protect their own seats.  Delegate Simon represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at DelMSimon@house.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

I’m duty-bound to congratulate Erik Gutshall for his resounding win in the Democratic “firehouse primary” for county board last week. He achieved a victory that in the past has commonly gone to those who try a second time. And his prospects for winning the seat in full in November are high. But I must also toss in a commendation for his opponents Kim Klinger, Peter Fallon and Vivek Patil. All four put up with the scorching pea-brained attacks today’s candidates must tolerate in our troll-infected world of anonymous Internet comment sections. The most inflammatory come in the widely read online ARLNow news blog (one dignified contributor actually posts his photo wearing a tin-foil cap), and a few from the slightly-more-civil commenters in the Sun-Gazette. Gutshall, after winning the endorsement of the Arlington Education Association, was hit with the free opinion that the “endorsement was in exchange for Gutshall’s promise to fully fund every extravagant demand made” by Arlington Public Schools. “Something about his face… I just want to punch it,” wrote one nicknamed reader. “He looks like [Jay] Fisette without hair and glasses.” “I just don’t like his last name.” “Why not? You can rearrange the letters to spell ‘Thus gall’.” Another Gutshall critic at least took a position. “Vote `NO’ on

‘I got the vision’ Gutshall. He has zero qualms about continuing the never-ending tax increases because he has the vision. He also wants to pack our neighborhoods with multiplefamily housing whether it is apartments or townhouses.” “As if the Chris Zimmerman endorsement was not enough,” wrote another, the Greater Greater Washington “urban-planning nerd thumbs up for Gutshall should be a big flashing red light for any Arlington taxpayer who values their wallet. Reject this turkey!” “It’s not the voters’ fault that [Arlington Democrats’ chair] Kip Malinosky and his crew are repeatedly trying to ram him down the electorate’s throat.” No candidate escapes unmocked: “I like Vivek, but I have to dock him points for using “DMV” to mean the Washington area, rather than the Department of Motor Vehicles. Is he running for county board, or auditioning for a role on Silicon Valley? On Klinger: “If you want social engineering, this is the candidate for you.” Another criticized her debate-night call for staff options on Columbia Pike transit: “Perhaps you have a more thought-out answer or vision you’d like to share?” “Anyone but Fallon,” proclaimed a contributor who “would vote for turning Arlington into a trailer park over allowing this clown in.” Nor does the virtual mob spare incumbents. After a past debate, a commenter wrote, “Libby Garvey

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Week of May 8 – 14, 2017 Larceny, 450 N Washington St (Northgate Apartments), May 8, 5:00 PM, a leaf blower and hedge trimmer were left briefly unattended on the Jefferson St side of the building by a landscaping crew. When the workers returned, the items were missing. Larceny – Theft from Building, 900 S Washington St, B102 (Safe Driver School), May 10, items were taken from a business between noon May 7 and 6 PM on May 10.

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Larceny – Theft from Building, 410 S Maple Ave, 114 (Stylish Patina), May 11, 4:30 AM, a nearby resident observed two males take a suit of armor located outside of the business and walk away with it. Suspects described as two males approximately 5`8″ to 5`10″ in height with slender builds. One was wearing a dark

colored hooded jacket. Larceny – Theft from Motor Vehicle, 100 blk S Lee St, May 11, resident reported that sometime between 7 PM on May 10 and 7 AM on May 11, an item was taken from a parked vehicle. Burglary – Commercial, 200 blk S Gundry Dr, (Winter Hill Apts), May 11, within the last two weeks a property shed was broken into and two leaf blowers taken. Larceny, 100 blk W Annandale Rd, May 11, between 7:30 PM May 10 and 6:30 AM May 11, a purple and gray mountain bike was taken from a front yard. Hit and Run, 400 blk N Washington St, May 11, an unoccupied car was hit between 7:30 AM and 5:20 PM, May 10. There were no witnesses. Indecent Exposure, 600 blk Park Ave, May 11, victim stated that on May 9 at 5

MAY 18 – 24, 2017 | PAGE 13 is worthless except when it comes to making behind-closed-door deals with special interests for Taj Mahal infrastructure that costs taxpayers hundreds of millions.” Chimed another, “Same Old Same Old from One-Party Government that’s controlled Arlington for 35 years.” “I guess [board incumbent John] Vihstadt went native, huh?” “Who are you endorsing? Are there any local deceased candidates? The Columbia Gardens constituency is very important I hear.” Inevitably, the discussion veers off topic to ad hominem attacks on the other familiar commenters. (I see why NPR and Reuters dropped their comments sections.) Fisette has a theory that ARLNow commenters are only 10-15 people. When I asked Gutshall, he said he reads ARLNow articles but seldom the comments. “Some are thoughtful, but it’s like opening a horror show.” *** Rich memories of Arlington in the 1940s came to me from Sue Clark (no relation), who moved with her parents from D.C. to N. Madison Street in 1948. She wanted to continue at downtown’s Gordon Jr. High, so she would walk out to Lee Highway to catch the “WV&M bus into Georgetown, get off at M St. and Wisconsin Ave. and take the Capital Transit streetcar up Wisconsin Ave,” she recalled. But soon she learned she could walk across Key Bridge and pocket 30 cents a day from her transit allowance. PM, an inebriated male exposed himself to her. Investigation continues. Possession of Marijuana, unit blk Hillwood Ave, May 12, a male, 21, and a male, 21, both of Ashburn, VA, were issued summonses for Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 500 blk W Broad St, May 14, an unoccupied vehicle was struck by another. There were no witnesses. Panhandling, 1000 blk E Broad St, May 14, a male, 51, of Alexandria VA, was issued a summons for Panhandling. Larceny – Theft from Building, 300 blk N Oak St, between 11:30 PM May 13 and 7 AM May 14, a generator was stolen from inside a residential detached garage. Larceny – Shoplifting, 1003 W Broad St (Rite Aid Pharmacy), May 14, $13 of wine was taken. The store chose not to prosecute, but did ban a male, 18, of Falls Church from the premises. OTHER ARRESTS A female, 38, of Falls Church, was arrested May 14 by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Capias from Falls Church. Underlying charge Driving Revoked – DUI Related.

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‘To Be Great, You Must Be Good’

I was deeply honored this week when U.S. Senator and recently-past Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine went out of his way to provide an exclusive half-hour interview for my weekly newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press. It’s actually the third time this has happened as Kaine, now seeking re-election to the Senate, also did it when he was running for governor of Virginia and for the Senate for the first time. This time, with the nation gripped in the Trump presidency crisis, Kaine struck a theme that it essential for the country, for his party, and for all who struggle for the progressive values of the American constitutional democracy: namely, for one to achieve greatness, one must be good. Clearly, the contrast of this notion to everything Trump represents couldn’t be sharper. Mr. “Make America Great FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS Again” is without a doubt the leastgood president the nation has ever had, so the prospect of any national “greatness” on his watch is unlikely indeed. He cried yesterday in a commencement address that “no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly” than he. Actually, it’s more accurately that no politician has been less good, at least that we know of in the U.S. What do you need to show to demonstrate this? His treatment of women? His chronic lying, going back to his days insisting President Obama was not a U.S. citizen, and demanding that his staff do likewise? His bragging about charitable giving that he never actually provided? His pattern of stiffing business partners and sub-contractors? He is an ordinary immoral thug, a junior partner in the Russian mafia that is just now beginning to call in favors (such as special tours of the Oval Office and regular classified intelligence dumps). His business career was dependent on these mafia thugs, aka Russian spies and compromisers, and he adopted their style and lack of scruples. After all, it’s viewing and treating people as less than dogs that underlies the mafia’s m.o. But as the Jesuit-trained, former foreign missionary and anti-red lining lawyer representing the poor, Tim Kaine told me this week, he views the awful Trump presidency as a clarion call. “Things happen for a reason,” he said. “This time, we’ve been shaken out of our complacency.” With people agitated and activated to the level they’ve been since January, the challenge has been to define a direction, an identity, to carry nation forward. Huge amounts of theorizing and podium-pounding has been devoted to this already, and in this context, Kaine’s formula is disarmingly simple and I think profound: “Nobody can promise greatness if they don’t demonstrate goodness.” In this context, the leadership of the so-called “evangelical” movement in this country has chosen to embrace the moral midget and thereby to seal their own fate as hideous hypocrites and agents of the degradation of the nation and its people. Not infrequently eloquent Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, in his column, “Wrong Savior, Evangelicals,” this week wrote, “In the compulsively transgressive, foul-mouthed, loser-disdaining, mammon-worshiping billionaire, conservative Christians have found their dream candidate.” The occasion was the invitation extended to Trump to deliver the commencement address at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University. Falwell is outdone by another evangelical offspring, Franklin Graham. The cost of their devotion to Trump, Gerson wrote, is “becoming loyal to a leader of shockingly low character” and “have associated their faith with exclusion and bias.” Another cost is the inevitable and long-overdue demise of their own mammon-worshiping fakery. Since Trump’s election last fall, many churches have experienced an upsurge in interest and attendance. Young, serious parents have begun looking for solid moral ground to establish a way forward for their lives in a world gone wacky. The great appeal of Pope Francis, whom Kaine visited in February and shared a lengthy conversation in Spanish about the refugee crisis, is his surprisingly humble and non-judgmental approach to faith that has an appeal to all destabilized and challenged to address solidly and with gravitas the current crisis. A universal concept of goodness, in this context, can be found in the simple Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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When the World Is Led by a Child

At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabblerousing populist or a big business corporatist. But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that fundamentally he is none of these things. At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. Immaturity is becoming the dominant note NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE of his presidency, lack of self-control his leitmotif. First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. Trump’s answers in these interviews are not very long — 200 words at the high end — but he will typically flit through four or five topics before ending up with how unfair the press is to him. His inability to focus his attention makes it hard for him to learn and master facts. He is ill informed about his own policies and tramples his own talking points. It makes it hard to control his mouth. On an impulse, he will promise a tax reform when his staff has done little of the actual work. Second, most people of drinking age have achieved some accurate sense of themselves, some internal criteria to measure their own merits and demerits. But Trump seems to need perpetual outside approval to stabilize his sense of self, so he is perpetually desperate for approval, telling heroic fabulist tales about himself. “In a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care,” he told Time. “A lot of the people have said that, some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber,” he told The Associated Press, referring to his joint session speech. By Trump’s own account, he knows more about aircraft carrier technology than the Navy. According to his interview with The Economist, he invented the phrase “priming the pump” (even though it was famous by 1933). Trump is not only trying to deceive others. His falsehoods are attempts to build a world in which he can feel good for an instant and comfortably deceive himself. He is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which

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the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence. Trump thought he’d be celebrated for firing James Comey. He thought his press coverage would grow wildly positive once he won the nomination. He is perpetually surprised because reality does not comport with his fantasies. Third, by adulthood most people can perceive how others are thinking. For example, they learn subtle arts such as false modesty so they won’t be perceived as obnoxious. But Trump seems to have not yet developed a theory of mind. Other people are black boxes that supply either affirmation or disapproval. As a result, he is weirdly transparent. He wants people to love him, so he is constantly telling interviewers that he is widely loved. In Trump’s telling, every meeting was scheduled for 15 minutes but his guests stayed two hours because they liked him so much. Which brings us to the reports that Trump betrayed an intelligence source and leaked secrets to his Russian visitors. From all we know so far, Trump didn’t do it because he is a Russian agent, or for any malevolent intent. He did it because he is sloppy, because he lacks all impulse control, and above all because he is a 9-year-old boy desperate for the approval of those he admires. The Russian leak story reveals one other thing, the dangerousness of a hollow man. Our institutions depend on people who have enough engraved character traits to fulfill their assigned duties. But there is perpetually less to Trump than it appears. When we analyze a president’s utterances we tend to assume that there is some substantive process behind the words, that it’s part of some strategic intent. But Trump’s statements don’t necessarily come from anywhere, lead anywhere or have a permanent reality beyond his wish to be liked at any given instant. We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar. “We badly want to understand Trump, to grasp him,” David Roberts writes in Vox. “It might give us some sense of control, or at least an ability to predict what he will do next. But what if there’s nothing to understand? What if there is no there there?” And out of that void comes a carelessness that quite possibly betrayed an intelligence source, and endangered a country.



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Novice Cook Tries Making Chipotle Chicken Burritos from Scratch BY EMILY YOUNG TAMPA BAY TIMES

I am a novice cook. Wait, it’s worse than that. I am an unlucky novice cook. Even frozen dinners are too much for me. I have two burn marks — one on my left hand, one on my right arm — from recently heating up premade shepherd’s pies. Last month, I tried to make my dad homemade fudge brownies for his birthday. What’s the most important ingredient in fudge brownies? Chocolate. What did I forget to include? You guessed it. Somehow, I put in just a quarter of the required chocolate, which led to what I can only describe as a sugar-and-flour paste baked into brownie form. I was going to try baking them again, but the oven burst into flames. I told you. Unlucky. But I’m tired of flinching from ovens and hiding from recipes. I’ve been writing about food for years. It’s time I tried this whole cooking thing myself. So here’s the challenge: I will tackle a new recipe each month, then write about the results in this column. Please wish me luck, because I’ll need it. COOKING CHALLENGE: Chipotle Chicken Burritos With Homemade Tortillas This month’s challenge: surprise my boyfriend with a dinner made from scratch. “What’s your favorite food?” I ask him. “Chipotle burritos,” he answers. I am now tasked with re-creating the burritos from one of America’s beloved burrito restaurants. My only familiarity with

making burritos is when I wrap my 5-month-old puppy in her sheepskin blanket every night and chant: “Be a burrito! Be a burrito!” (This, along with classical piano music, lulls her to sleep. Don’t ask me why.) Somehow, I don’t think my puppy-wrapping skills will help me today. I don’t even know what an actual chipotle is. A Google search informs me that they’re dried, smoked jalapenos drenched in adobo sauce. Jalapenos! If cooking makes me anxious, then cooking with hot peppers terrifies me. I find a Food Network recipe for chipotle chicken burritos that looks fairly easy, then decide to level up. Not only will I make these hot-pepper burritos — I’ll also cook the tortillas from scratch. On the phone, I try to sound confident as I invite Ben for his surprise meal. “I can hear the angst in your voice,” he says. “It’s reverberating across the cyber space.” Storm clouds darken the sky as I enter the grocery store. In the Mexican food section, I find La Costeña chipotles on a shelf above Our Lady of Guadalupe candles. Torn between a pineapple soda and Mexican Coca-Cola, I choose the Coke. Although I intended to make homemade guacamole as an appetizer, I cave and purchase a premade batch. I almost buy premade tortillas, too. How much better can homemade ones actually taste? Turning my back on the temptation of more convenience food, I move to the checkout counter, sans tortillas. At home, YouTube teaches me how to strip and mince cilantro. My puppy offers emotional support by lying on the rug at my feet, hoping I spill something interesting. I remove the chipotle from its

fragrant adobo sauce, then realize it’s laden with seeds. Yet another Google search reveals the secret of removing the seeds: You rinse the pepper under water. It also warns to avoid touching your eyes after handling the hot pepper. I am obsessively careful to obey this rule. By the time I shred a Publix lemon-pepper rotisserie chicken, it’s almost time for Ben to show up. I haven’t even begun the tortillas. Slightly panicked, I prepare and then knead the dough until it becomes elastic, dividing it into eight small balls. Ben knocks on the front door before they’re ready to cook. That’s fine. I could use some reinforcements. Since the first tortillas turn out smaller than expected, we combine the remaining dough balls into larger, burrito-sized ones — yielding fewer than the recipe’s promised eight. As Ben rolls out each tortilla, I cook it in the hot skillet until it turns golden brown on both sides. The results are mindblowing: flaky yet elastic, with a hint of butter. I may never buy tortillas from the store again. The burrito filling is a success, despite a horrifying moment when I dump in lettuce instead of cilantro. (They look so similar! They’re both green!) I’m not a fan of spicy food, but I have to objectively admit that the sauce is rich and flavorful. Spooning cooked rice onto a tortilla, still warm from the skillet, I add the chipotle chicken, then sprinkle cheese, shredded lettuce and mild salsa overtop. It looks beautiful. “Do you like it?” I ask Ben. “Do they taste anything like the burritos from Chipotle?” “Better,” he says.

Chipotle Chicken Burritos

Flour Tortillas

• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 3/4 cup pico de gallo or fresh salsa • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons sauce from the can • 1 (14-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed • 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, skin removed • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro • Kosher salt • 4 burrito-sized flour tortillas • 1 1/3 cups cooked white rice, warmed • 1 1/3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 5 ounces) • 1 1/3 cups shredded romaine lettuce • Guacamole, for serving (optional)

• 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening • 1/2 cup warm water

1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup pico de gallo, the chopped chipotle and adobo sauce to taste; cook until mixture starts to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add beans and 3/4 cup water; bring to low boil, then stir in chicken and cook until mixture is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro and season with salt. 2. Warm tortillas or at least bring to room temperature if cold. Arrange the rice horizontally in the lower half of each tortilla, leaving a 1 1/2inch border on all sides. 3. Top evenly with the cheese, chicken mixture, lettuce and the remaining pico de gallo. 4. Fold the bottom edge of each tortilla snugly over the filling, tuck in the sides and roll up tightly. Cut the burritos in half and serve with guacamole. Serves 4. Source: Food Network Magazine

1. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the butter and shortening. Cut in the butter and shortening until the flour resembles cornmeal, using a fork or your hands. Add the water to the mixture a little at a time until the dough is soft and not sticky. 2. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Let the dough balls rest, covered with a towel, about 15 minutes. 3. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a rolling pin to roll each dough ball into a thin 7-inch round tortilla. Place the tortillas one at a time into the skillet and cook until bubbly and golden, about 1 1/2 minutes. Flip the tortilla and continue cooking until golden on the other side. Put the cooked tortilla in a tortilla warmer or wrap in a clean kitchen towel. 4. Repeat with the remaining dough. Makes 4 burrito-sized tortillas. Source: Food Network

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T��� W��� �� S����� Mason Marches Into Playoffs BY MATT DELANEY


PASSING THE BATON during the Girls' 4x100m race is freshman Robin Levy (right) to fellow freshman Isabel Caton (left) to start the third leg of the relay at the Conference 35 meet at Strasburg High School on Tuesday. Mason's girls claimed �irst in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays as well as earned the top four spots in the 1600m en route to a fourth Conference championship. The boys wound up placing third – their highest �inish since 2015 – due to Conference records set by Ryan Henderson in the 1600m and the boys 4x800. Other notable showings came from senior Charlie Hansen's 200M �inish that quali�ied him for State's and senior Patrick Lin's second place �inish in the shot-put, which was Mason's highest �inish in that event since 2001. (P����: C���� S��)

Ending the regular season on a high note, George Mason High School’s varsity girls soccer team bowled over Clarke County High School, 7-1, before earning a 3-0 victory against William Monroe High School earlier this week. The Mustangs (15-1) twomonth campaign to the postseason has wrapped up and along the way the team has gradually regained its championship form. After conceding six goals in the first half against J.E.B. Stuart back in March, Mason has managed to allow only five total goals in their following 13 games while accumulating 80 tallies in that same span. That state title-contending ambition was on full display in a cold, rainy game against longtime rival Clarke County last Friday. “Coming into the game we knew it was going to be physical, so one of our team goals was to be really energetic and start strong,” Mason junior forward Izzy Armstrong said. “If you start weak and not go into tackles, then the whole game is gonna be like that, so we pressed strong from the jump in order to do that for the rest

of the game.” Both teams were drenched a few minutes into the contest, but Mason was able to warm up when they began connecting on their shots. Armstrong fed a soft pass to freshman midfielder Fiona Howard that she booted past the Eagles’ goalkeeper 12 minutes in to get the juices flowing. The weather slowed the game down as neither team could keep possession for long until Armstrong earned her second assist when she scooted a pass behind Clarke County’s back line for sophomore midfielder Maura Mann’s breakaway goal in the 28th minute. A few moments later, sophomore midfielder Maddie Lacroix sent a long, low pass that rolled right to junior midfielder Victoria Rund who scrammed through the Eagles' defense and sank Mason’s third goal. Coming out of halftime up 3-0, the Mustangs didn’t waste anytime finding the back of the net again. In the 44th minute Lacroix set up Armstrong’s first goal to firmly put Mason in the driver’s seat. Armstrong dazzled the crowd when she poked the ball through a Clarke defender’s legs, picked up the dribble again and crossed

a smooth pass to Howard for her second score of the night. Clarke County would eventually get on the board with less than 10 minutes to play, but Mason threw salt on the wound after Armstrong and Mann both tacked on their second goals to finish off the scoring at 7-1. Mason capped off the season by earning a 3-0 road win over William Monroe. The Dragons are a well-coached squad and are always stingy on the defensive end, making them a challenge for the Mustangs. Still, Mason was able to crack through just enough to notch three hard-earned goals and leave Stanardsville with the win. Now, all eyes, and adjustments, are focused on the postseason. “We need to vary up our shooting by getting more shots outside of the 18-yard mark, and making sure we finish our better crosses that come across the box, so those are the biggest things to address moving forward,” Mason head coach Allison Klink said. The Mustangs face off against Stonewall Jackson High School on Monday, May 22, for the first round of the Conference 35 tournament at home.

Mustang Boys Finish Tough Week On Top BY MATT DELANEY


THROWING TO FIRST after fielding a bunt is senior pitcher Zach Lang (left) as he makes his throw over to sophomore first baseman Jay Nesson (right) to record the out. The Mustangs defeated Clarke County High School, 7-5, on their senior night on Monday and have been on a five-game tear ever since they endured a fourgame slump in late April. With tight wins over Bull Run District rivals Madison County High School (3-2) Central High School (5-4) and most recently Clarke County, along with comfortable conclusions against Rapphannock County High School (12-4) and exacting revenge against William Monroe High School on the road (13-8) Tuesday night, Mason has finished their regular season scorching hot. Mason's currently seeded third for the upcoming Conference 35 tournament and will face Madison County on May 23 in an elimination game. (P����: C���� S��)

A harrowing stretch to end the regular season concluded this week for George Mason High School’s varsity boys soccer team as a tight 2-0 victory over William Monroe High School was preceded by a 1-1 draw with Maggie Walker Governor’s School. William Monroe and Mason (11-2-2) went the distance back on Apr. 18 when 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtime periods saw neither team emerge victorious. The tie left a sour taste in the Mustangs’ mouth and made them reflect on the their capability of sustaining their championship pedigree later in the Spring. On Tuesday night, with a chance to right their wrongs from earlier in the season, Mason did so in a big way. “It’s just ecstasy,” Mustang senior midfielder and man-of-thematch Connor Anderson said. “It’s always a tough time going down there, and then we come back to our place and get the huge win. It’s revenge, and it feels good.” The intense emotion after the victory was exacerbated by the

uphill climb that went into earning the win. Throughout a majority of the first half, Mason was off its game. William Monroe wasn’t disguising its strategy of cramming as many bodies as they could in front of their goal to stifle the Mustangs advances. It was the Dragons’ intent that Mason would eventually get impatient, become over-aggressive on offense and open themselves up to a counter. That plan worked perfectly for William Monroe exactly a year ago to the day in a surprise 1-0 victory over Mason, which ended the Mustangs two-plus year winning streak. For most of the first half and the beginning of the second, it looked like the game was wading in that direction once more. Then, in the 54th minute, the Mustangs got a lucky bounce and capitalized. A throw-in from senior defender Nico Ferrara was bobbling between both teams until Anderson managed to toe the ball into some space and rip a low shot into the left post to break the tie and put Mason ahead. It wasn’t long after that Anderson was dictating the action again and found himself carrying the ball into the

final third of the field when he passed to the open senior midfielder Olo Sembera Baracco who booted a shot to the right post and sealed the deal for the Mustangs. “In the first half we played a little tense. We were working hard, but were giving them too much respect offensively instead of imposing our will,” Mustang head coach Frank Spinello said. “At halftime we decided to push more players forward and take our time with our passing and that made the difference.” Last Thursday’s game against Maggie Walker was equally as trying. Mason struck first, taking a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. From there the Mustangs weathered a relentless Maggie Walker offensive until finally cracking less than 10 minutes before regulation ended to send the match to overtime. In the extra 10 minutes neither team could make the deciding goal, bringing the game to its eventual draw. Mason has a bye for the first round of the Conference 35 tournament and will play their opponent at home next Tuesday, May 23.



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SHOWING OFF HER GIFTS from the state of Louisiana is a third grade student at The Langley School. Third graders participated in a class project where they had to gather information on all 50 states by contacting people within small towns. The students received hearty responses as residents in each state sent back trinkets from different parts of the country. (P����: S����� V�������� )

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S����� N��� � N���� GMHS Alumnus Earns Spot On School’s Dean’s List Geroge Mason High School class of 2016 graduate Timothy Winters was awarded a spot on Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Dean’s list for exemplary academic performance during the second half of his freshman year. A former member of Mason’s FIRST Robotics team, 1418, Winters is attending WCI on a FIRST/WCI Design Innovation scholarship.

McLean Student Named VHSL Journalist of the Year McLean High School senior Melanie Pincus was named Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) 2017 Student Journalist of the Year and is also the recipient of the Charles Savedge Scholarship. Pincus was the unanimous choice of a three-person selection committee composed of two college journalism educators and one professional journalist. Judges awarded her VHSL’s highest honor for taking on a complicated topic (the Fairfax County Public School budget) and making it easy to understand for casual readers, conducting and recording good interviews and for her efforts to

teach media literacy to students at nearby Longfellow Middle School. Pincus is editor-in-chief of McLean’s newsmagazine, The Highlander, where she oversees 45 student journalists. She is also a member of the Quill and Scroll International Journalism Honor Society and is a newsroom intern for The Connection Newspapers. According to her adviser, Lindsay Benedict, Pincus is an organized and motivating leader who regularly works with reporters on the staff to help fine-tune their journalistic skills. Pincus also leads by example with strong work in the field. When a gun store opened in her community, Pincus jumped on the opportunity report about its presence. She headed to the store with planned interview questions, acquired quality pictures, found reliable sources to draw information from and quickly got that information posted on the newsmagazine’s website. After coordinating efforts with staff members, the story was written with the multiple perspectives including the protesters, the gun store owner, police and school officials. The story won first place in newswriting in the VHSL Multimedia Contest.

Schools from all six VHSL groups nominated students for this annual award. Group 6A, of which McLean High School is part, submitted the highest number of nominations with seven.

McLean Benefits From Giant Food’s Rewards Program McLean High School received over $17,000 as a part of Giant Food’s A+ School Rewards program. The optional program allows customers to designate two schools that they would like to benefit from when purchases are made using their Giant Card. Customer’s sign up for the program each fall, and throughout the school year their shopping at Giant is credited toward the school’s designated account, with final tallies announced at the end of the school year.

Mount Daniel Construction Preparation Commences Beginning this week, the Mt. Daniel School construction team will be prepping the parking lot for classrom trailers arriving in June. Expect changes in kiss & ride procedures as well as adjustments for the staff to their regular parking situation.

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, MAY 18 Preschool Storytime. Stories and entertainment for ages 0-5. No registration required. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 703-248-5058. Teen Advisory Board. Meets monthly for volunteers in Grades 7-12, during the school year to give teens a voice in the library. Teens who participate in TAB earn volunteer hours. Registration required. N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 703248-5058.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Bike to Work Day. The City of Falls Church will host one of 83 official pit stops throughout D.C.,

Maryland and Virginia for the 2017 Bike to Work Day. Refreshments and raffles will be served. Between 6:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M., cyclists can stop by the City’s pit stop at Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) at Little Falls Street to enjoy free food, beverages, demonstrations. McLean Art Society Meeting. Gavin Glakis, a well known portrait artist, will be the featured speaker at the the Mclean Art Society (703-356-0770). Glakis will focus on the drawing of hands. Refreshments are served and guests are welcome. Dolly Madison Library (1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean). 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Culmore Clinic Fundraiser. Wine and International Food Tasting fundraiser for the Culmore Clinic will take place at a private Alexandria residence. Call 571388-8292 for reservations and more details about event.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Citizens for a Better City Meeting. Citizens for a Better City (CBC) holds its annual meeting this Sunday. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting set to start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker, Mayor of Falls Church David Tarter. Membership fees are $15. Attendees also have the option to pay $25 for the cocktail buffet. Buffet payments can be made at the door, online at or by check made out to Citizens for a Better City and mailed to CBC, PO BOX 632, Falls Church, VA 22040. Falls Church Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall (115 E. Fairfax Dr., Falls Church). For more information, contact Dick McCall at

MONDAY, MAY 22 Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational items to teach early literacy

through play. Ages birth to 5 years. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703248-5058.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY TUESDAY, MAY 237 Great Books Discussion. Bi-monthly discussion concentrating on literary classics. This week’s book discussion will revolve around Common Sense by Thomas Paine. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 703-248-5034.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 8 Getting your Home Ready for the Local Real Estate Market. Informational seminar for homeowners on how to best prepare their properties for sale. Free program. Registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).


“Kaleidoscope.” From the team behind “The Turn of the Screw” and “Monsters of the Villa Diodati!” During the run of a legendary Broadway performer’s comeback one-woman show, the performances take unexpected turns as she tries to tell the story of her star-studded life in the theater. She frequently forgets anecdotes that she was supposed to tell, or makes up entirely new ones. Her stage manager and director try to come to her aid, but the insidious signs of Alzheimer’s disease are becoming apparent. Brimming with humor and pathos, this heart-warming bold new work twists and turns its way through the shadows of memory. Creative Cauldron (410 S. Maple Ave., Suite 116, Falls Church). $30. 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY SATURDAY, MAY 202 “Master Class.” One of the most glamorous celebrities of her time — and the definition of a diva — world-renowned opera star Maria Callas comes to vibrant life

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in this wickedly funny stage bio that won a Tony Award for Best Play. Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” finds the singing legend leading a voice class, and while she both cajoles and terrorizes to get the best out of her students, she muses on her past glories and many heartbreaks. D.C. favorite Ilona Dulaski stars in this production. MetroStage Alexandria (1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria). 8 p.m. $60. “The Father.” André is 80 and a man of his own mind. He’s quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His trusted watch goes missing, reappears, and is lost again. His daughter’s stories don’t quite add up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. The incomparable Ted van Griethuysen stars in Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., Washington D.C.) 8 p.m. $20.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The icon. His traitor. The most famous story ever told. Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s stunning award-winning rock opera in a sleek, modern, environmental production. With the legendary songs “What’s the Buzz,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright” and the title song, Joe Calarco (Gypsy) directs this dazzling and fiery epic of celebrity, passion, guilt and salvation. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $74. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, FEBRUARY THURSDAY, MAY 182 Dan & Chuck. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Charlie Mars “Beach Town” Album Release Tour. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.


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Thrillbilly’s. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Oren Polak. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 FRIDAY, MAY 19 Brook Yoder. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Desperado’s/Wax Museum Reunion 2017. The Birchmere of Alexandria (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. An Evening with David Wilcox. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $30. 8 p.m. 703-2551566. Capitol City Showcase. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340. The Sheatles Beatles (Beatles Cover Band). JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504.

ANDRES LOPEZ is performing at The State Theater in Falls Church this Saturday. (Photo: Alchetron)

The Days. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

(220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $45. 9 p.m. 703-2370300.


The Bullets. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504.

The Exaggerations. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-2419504. Kara & Matty D. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Cargo & The Heavy Lifters “Live Recording Event.” Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $22. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566. Chastity Brown. The Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church). 8 p.m. RSVP required at The Delarcos with 7 Door Sedan & Sister Ex. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340. Andres Lopez. The State Theatre

Bobby Stevens. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 SUNDAY, MAY 21 Bentwood Rockers. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-2419504. Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Laura Marling. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW Washington, D.C.) $30. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. Haas Kowert Tice. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25 . 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with

Baylor Wilson. The Birchmere of Alexandria (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Oz and the Revue Motown. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-2419504. Retroglyphs, Venn. Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY MONDAY, MAY 226 Ruth B. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

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TUESDAY, MAY 23 The Heydaze. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Iota Jam. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Danny Blew with Clarence Turner Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.


The Robert Cray Band. The Birchmere of Alexandria (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria). 7:30 p.m. $55. 703-549-7500.

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566.

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

Nadine Rae and the All Stars. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

Gerald Clayton Trio. Blues Alley Jazz Society (1070 Wisconsin Ave.. NW, Washington, D.C.) $22.50. 10

Open Mic Night. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

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





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5th Annual Food Drive to Begin At Memorial Day Parade Monday

$1 Billion in Developer Investment In F.C. Called ‘Only the Beginning’

For the fifth consecutive year, a Falls Church food drive to help hungry and homeless people throughout Northern Virginia, co-sponsored by the NewsPress, and the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, will be launched at Monday’s Memorial Day Parade festivities.

Usually when the word “billion” is used with a dollar sign, it’s in reference to some big spending in Washington, D.C. Seldom is it relevant to anything pertaining to little Falls Church. But that’s what they were talking about at the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.

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Business News & Notes Onefit Functional Training Grand Opening Set for Saturday Onefit Functional Training is hosting a grand opening on Saturday, May 20 with a ribbon cutting to be held at noon. The new boutique gym offers team and small group personal training along with nutritional consultation. One Fit is located at 1067 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information visit www.

Foxcraft Design Hosting Tinner Hill Blues Festival Fundraiser May 20 Foxcraft Design Group is hosting Prelude to the Blues with Daryl Davis on Saturday, May 20 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Davis is an award-winning musician who sings the blues and plays piano. The event will take place in a beautiful art-filled home, address to be provided with ticket purchase. The Boogie Woogie Blues and BBQ event is sponsored by Foxcraft, Liberty Barbeque, the restaurant opening soon in the Famous Dave’s space on W. Broad Street in Falls Church, and Galleria Florist. Admission is $25 (advance sale only, seating is limited). Food and drink tickets included with purchase. Cash bar. Tickets are available at Funds raised will benefit the Tinner Hill Blues Festival scheduled for June 9 – 11 in Falls Church.

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SNUGGLED UP in one of her favorite spots is the Irons family’s cat, Cassie. The four-year-old Tortie puts the age-old rivalry of cats and dogs to bed, quite literally, by sleeping on plush pups. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

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At first, James Madison did not want a Bill of Rights tacked onto the Constitution, but when he observed the persecution of Baptists at the hands of Church of England proponents in Culpepper County, he changed his mind. The First Amendment established that no one shall fear punishment for their beliefs, or their lack of them, he noted. It has led

to a “virulently religious society” where no one can enforce their doctrines over anyone else. He said his passion now is to get re-elected to a second six-year U.S. Senate term next year. “I don’t assume it will be easy, but I am more committed to stay in the Senate to accrue and exercise expertise. I am in it for the long term.” A video of the complete 25-minute interview is now being edited by the Falls Church Cable Television for airing on its channel and for posting on the News-Press website.

Falls Church Gets a New Lice Clinic Lice Clinics of America – Northern Virginia recently opened a new clinic in Falls Church to provide screening, diagnosis and treatment options for people infested with head lice. Clinics are staffed by certified operators of the AirAllé device, an FDA-cleared medical device that kills head lice and lice eggs using just heated air. This is the second clinic for owner Darlene LaFramboise, who also owns a clinic in Herndon. The new lice clinic, which is open seven days a week by appointment, is located at 450 West Broad Street, Suite 320. The AirAllé treatment takes about an hour, and comes with a 30-day guarantee when all family members are treated or screened for head lice. The Lice Clinics network includes 150 clinics in the US and clinics in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit www.  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at

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‘Kaleidoscope’ is a Beautiful, Dif�icult Portrayal of Alzheimer’s BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON


The current offering at Falls Church’s own award-winning Creative Cauldron theater is a world premiere musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith entitled “Kaleidoscope,” running through May 28. The play is beautiful and beautifully executed, with Florence Lacey commanding the lead role with a powerful and moving rendition of Evelyn Thorne, an aging actress trying to carry on her career with a one-person show, but gradually succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Her two daughters, played brilliantly by Susan Derry and Catherine Purcell, and granddaughter Sophia Manicone, try their best to manage Evelyn’s steady descent into the unforgiving mental prison that is how Alzheimer’s works. The rapt audience on a sold out first Saturday performance last weekend was engaged by the beautiful music, the compassionate acting and the frank truth telling that constitute the work. Oft repeated in comments afterward and since on line combine “beauti-


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remembering that others provide. A good life’s goal is to give of one’s own love and talents sufficiently that as the mantle gets passed, others are gratefully willing to bear it. Falls Church’s Kensington senior assisted living and memory care community is contributing to post-performance discussions following all Thursday and Sunday

performances. This coming Sunday, May 21, in memory of the late State Del. Jim Scott, $15 of every $30 ticket purchased for either the 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. show will be donated to the Insight Memory Care Center and post-performance discussion following the 7 p.m. show will be led by Del. Scott’s surviving wife, Nancy Scott.

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ful” with “difficult.” Persons should not come to this production unaware of its theme, otherwise it may be a bit emotionally overwhelming. As with the millions who suffer as and care for the victims of Alzheimer’s, the only succor is in the considerable love expressed in diligent care even if less and less recognized. As baby boomers enter retirement age, many are subject to being both victims, themselves, and caregivers of their own parents, making this a very real and important issue to confront. For my money, there should be no greater priority for medical research than unlocking the cure for this ravaging disease. “Can we bring hope and inspiration to a landscape so bleak?” asks the Cauldron’s Producing Director Laura Hull in her program notes. “As our leading lady stumbles through a kaleidoscope of images from her vibrant life in the theater, her family works diligently to keep those memories alive. Because of them she continues to ‘find her light’ even as her final curtain is approaching. ‘Kaleidoscope’ reminds us that if we live our lives to the full-

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