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Forty teams with 433 total participants are signed up so far to take part in the all-nighter at the George Mason High School football field in Falls Church this weekend, May 31-June 1. It’s the Relay for Life fundraiser that has already raised $54,251 for the American Cancer Society, as of last night. That was with three days to go to the event.

The inspirational event kicks off with the arrival of the participants at 6 p.m. Saturday and an opening ceremony. Each of the team members will take turns keeping their team running and walking on the track around the field throughout the night. The successful model is being used by the American Cancer Society all over the U.S. A similar event was held at Marshall High School, a mile from George Mason H.S., on May 17-18.

For Falls Church, this is the first major Relay for Life event, and organizers have been heartened by the level of response for the first time around. Cancer survivors, family and friends of those lost to cancer, and members of the general public have all pitched in for this weekend’s event. The newest team to sign on is called “Race For Rose,” and is made up of seventh grade stu-

The Falls Church City Council Tuesday gave a preliminary approval for one of the region’s most ambitious affordable housing projects, a new stand-alone 174-unit building adjacent the recently-approved City Center South redevelopment project. Over the next months, advisory boards and commissions, and the public, will review the project and its tax and other implications for Falls Church. It is not expected that a vote for final approval will come before late September. While there was dispute over how much the project would cost taxpayers in the City, everyone agreed it would cost something. “Affordable housing cannot happen anywhere without a public subsidy,” Howard Herman, general manager of the City’s Human Services Division, reminded the Council Tuesday. But an array of speakers who testified at the meeting, which continued until nearly midnight, spoke of the benefits of such a project, especially its proximity to the new City Center in terms of affordable housing for the 1,500 new employees projected to work at the center once completed. Two former mayors of Falls Church, Dan Gardner and Carol DeLong, were among the strong supporters of the project to speak up Tuesday. Others warned of the loss of the existing pool of affordable housing in the City, noting that 200 units have been lost to higher rents or renovations since 200, and another 600 are currently at risk. Current Mayor Robin

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Falls Church’s Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation folk have the right idea. They’ve decided to morph their annual festival into a weekend-long blues fete, not only to celebrate Afro-American culture and heritage, but to contribute to the economic vitality of Falls Church by drawing crowds from throughout the region. They’ve stated that the economic component of their effort is central to their mission. At the annual Memorial Day Parade in Falls Church Monday, they circulated fliers about the upcoming blues festival that spoke to the thousands of outsiders visiting the City for the parade. “If you are having fun today,” the flier said, “Then come on back on June 13-15!” It’s akin to the News-Press’ advertising in culturally diverse publications and at events around Northern Virginia and the District. In addition to touting its reputation as “the most progressive newspaper in Virginia,” the News-Press has added a tagline to its ads that says, “We want YOU in Falls Church!” Yes, this is marketing to the wider D.C. area about what Falls Church has to offer: among other things, a blues festival and a welcoming newspaper. It is ironic, in this context, that while organizers of the annual Memorial Day Parade in Falls Church, another smash hit this Monday, allowed Cox Communications to market itself, for a few shekels, by splashing its logo all over the signage and other parade promotions, they did nothing to market Falls Church businesses. In fact, restaurants on Broad Street were nearly empty during the parade, while revelers were consuming the food sold by outside vendors at the parade site. Also, the City did nothing to promote itself as a return destination for music, arts, shopping or dining. On Memorial Day, it attracted up to 20,000 new people to town, and they all left no more aware of what they might want to return for than when they first came, except for those that saw the Tinner Hill Blues Festival flier, that is. We’ve chastised City Hall for this in the past, for its failure to take advantage of what a fabulous economic development magnet the State Theatre is, for example, especially but not limited to when it is host to the annual Wammies awards ceremonies. The City has no marketing plan, whatsoever. A scan of the City’s annual budget proves it. There is not a single line item that speaks to that notion. Arlington County is stepping up marketing efforts to attract business, including advertising in the regional business journal to promote its talent pool, and includes a website, “” Its marketing slogan is, “Brainpower: Arlington’s Alternative Energy.” With all the new development going up in Falls Church, it will take a lot of outside dollars to make the new retailers and restaurateurs successful. But be mindful, marketing is not something that happens by a handful of well-meaning citizens scribbling on a napkin.

Editor, Here we are in Falls Church, Mayor Robin Gardner inviting all to come celebrate the Memorial Day parade festivities. The day you would feel the local stores would work as a community and welcome onlookers to enjoy the day and come to their shops. But instead Broaddale Shopping Center decided the parade was infringing on their buisness and needed the services of a predatory towing service to clear their parking lot. My family fell victim to the towing tactics when they went to the Broaddale shopping center to purchase from one of the stores.

They briefly went to investigate the crowds and parade that was nearby. They then proceeded to the store they originally intended to go to and made their purchase. When they came back to where their car was parked, it was gone. This all happened in the course of 30 to 40 minutes. When I came to assist them finding the car, a tow truck from Pete’s Towing arrived and immediately using a jimmy bar opened some car door then proceeded to attach the car to his tow truck. I asked who authorized the towing of our car. He refused to answer any questions except the tow truck service number is on a sign

in the front entrance. From the time I arrived to Broaddale and went to Pete’s Towing impoundment lot, they towed another three cars in the 30 minutes. What right do they have opening a car with a jimmy bar without permission of the police or the owner. Isn’t that breaking into a car? The sign at the entrance to the Broaddale shopping says that parking is for patrons of the stores or towing will be enforced. Isn’t purchasing something from one of the stores constitute a patron of the store? Does said person have to immediately head to the store and not wander off to still be considered a patron? Who authorized the towing of these individual cars? Was it by the discretion of Pete’s Towing? Isn’t that predatory towing? Well Broaddale Shopping Center, you made a great marketing decision, not only did you free up some spaces in your

lot on Memorial Day, but you also freed up some future spaces because you just lost some local customers. Since I don’t know which store initiated the towing, my family will not purchase anything from the stores in the Broaddale center again. What happened to the regulations that Falls Church was going to initiate against predatory towing? George Semenov Falls Church

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“To say I support this doesn’t do justice,” he said. “This is a Gardner was also among its rite of passage for Falls Church strongest proponents on the as a city and a community. I am Council. “This is a new con- proud to support it.” cept for us,” she said, “and we On the other hand, shouldn’t be afraid of it. It’s Councilman David Snyder, who dynamic. It’s not perfect. But was the only council member it’s time to put your money to vote against two of the four where your mouth is.” pieces of enabling legislation Another enthusiastic supporter Tuesday, expressed his conon the Council was Dan Maller. cerns about the overall fiscal challenges facing the City in coming years, noting that the SUZANNE FAUBER proposed affordable housing project would cost City taxpayBUCK & ASSOCIATES, INC. ers $1 million per year. But City Manager Wyatt Shields clarified the cost by distinguishing between out-ofpocket cash costs -- including the cost of annual debt service, of waivers on real estate taxes and of the loss of $75,000 per year currently received in taxes on Suzanne Knows Real Estate. the property -- on the one hand, and general service costs that are Cleo Knows Dog Bones. absorbed by the budgets of variIt’s Just That Simple. ous City agencies, on the other. Office (703) 528-2288 The cash cost is $508,000 Cell (703) 395-8741 per year, he said, which equals 1.39 cents on the City’s residen3481_eqeqx8pu105v27.indd tial real estate tax rate. While



that is higher than surrounding jurisdictions, where the rate is closer to 1 cent, it is costing Falls Church $13,200 to subside an affordable housing unit here compared to the cost of $50,900 per unit in Arlington. These numbers remain “worst case scenarios,” it was also noted. The actual numbers may come in lower. A rift between the Falls Church Housing Corporation and the City Council that developed at last week’s work session was resolved Tuesday, when it was reported that the Housing Commission was going ahead to take the risk of developing architectural plans for the project prior to official Council approval. Last week, Housing Corporation Chair Dr. Steve Rogers argued that his group could not proceed with detailed planning without the Council’s final approval, and that timing demanded approval by the end of June. But Mayor Robin Gardner said that was unrealistic. So, the Housing Corporation decided to push ahead with plans, on faith that the Council

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The second of the three-phase trial to determine ownership of church properties now occupied by defectors from the Episcopal Church got underway in Fairfax yesterday, this phase centered on the constitutionality of an 1867 Virginia law. At issue is who will eventually own and occupy the properties such as the campus which is home to the historic Falls Church. Judge Randy Bellows heard arguments from both sides yesterday, from attorneys representing the Episcopalian Diocese of Virginia and those that stood on behalf of the breakaway congregations, including that now occupying The Falls Church. Judge Bellows had ruled in April that the 1867 law was appropriate to apply in this dispute. That law, written in the wake of many divided congregations split over the Civil War, says that the property goes with defecting congregations. However, question now goes to whether or not the law is constitutional, or whether it involves an untoward intrusion by the state against exercise of the constitutional guarantee of

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freedom of religion. Much of the arguments yesterday were technical, but centered around the simple choice that the property is “held in trust” either by the larger denomination, or by the local congregation. The significance of the court ruling is not lost on many other Protestant denominations, either. Allowed by Judge Bellows to participate as “friends of the court” in alliance with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia were representatives of the Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventists, Evangelical Lutheran, Church of the Brethren, African Methodist Episcopal, Worldwide Church of God and United Methodist denominations. Their concern is for what it could do to any large denomination if local breakaway congregations can walk away with the properties on which they worship. It could inflict enormous damage to the way hierarchical churches function, it was noted, if property could be transferred with being bought. For the state to intervene against the internal affairs and laws of a denomination to permit this is unconstitutional, the Episcopal Diocese and its “friends of the court” contended. The defecting congregations,

organized under the umbrella of the Council of Anglicans in North America (CANA), were buoyed in their arguments by an opinion from Virginia’s Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell stating the 1867 Virginia law to be constitutional, which was slated to be presented in court yesterday by Virginia Solicitor General William Thro. Attorneys representing both

dents from the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, participating in memory of Peter Don Rose, a 32-year veteran teacher in the Falls Church Public School System who lost his own battle with cancer last December. Sponsored by Garrett Rambler and his staff at Vantage Fitness, the team issued a statement on the Falls Church Relay for Life website saying, “Like the name says, we’re doing it for Mr. Rose! Mr. Rose was a fifth grade teacher at our school – Mary Ellen Henderson

sides in yesterday’s pleadings told the News-Press they were optimistic, but could not predict which way the judge would rule. “Judge Bellows is an unusually hard judge to read,” one said. The breakaway by defectors within the Episcopal Church was precipitated by their opposition to the elevation of an openly gay priest to standing as a bishop in the Episcopal Middle School. He rocked! He taught us a lot, including that our community is important and we should give back to it. We lost a phenomenal teacher and a great role model when he lost his fight with cancer earlier in the school year. We are relaying in his memory. Walking all night is the least we can do.” Members of the “Race For Rose” team are Julia Estrada, Sterling Askin, Sumner Askin, Rachel Baker, Nate Campagnoli, John Glover, James Hickey, Leah Ramos, Ryan Short and Caroline Stahley. Two others teams dedicated to the memory of Peter Rose are organized by Stephanie Rose, called “Rose’s PinkyTouching Thumb Wrestlers,”

Church in 2003. Judge Bellows’ Fairfax Circuit Court room was filled to capacity for yesterday’s proceedings, including with media. The judge gave no indication when he would issue his latest ruling on the constitutionality of the Virginia statute. Whatever it is, there will be appeals to his ruling. (Nate Taylor contributed to this report) and by Alex McMillen, called “Mr. Rose’s Remembrance.” There are no less than 38 other teams with similar motivations and passions entered into this weekend’s Falls Church Relay For Life. They range in size from Lisa Allan’s “T.J. High Rollers” with 25 members signed up, to Andrew Stoecki’s “Hippo Hopefuls” with 24 members, and Hope Galley’s “Good Humor,” with 22, to numbers with single digits. There is still time to form a team, to sign onto a team, and to donate to the fundraising event. All that can be achieved by navigating the Relay for Life’s Falls Church website. It can be reached through www.

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our City but by Cox. The Mayor and City Manager have responded to my concerns indicating that this is the result of a refinement of the City’s existing policy on private sponsorship of City events, in an effort to defray large overhead costs. As a resident of the City whose children have often marched in the parade, I feel strongly that to have a City event sponsored by several businesses is quite different from having a City event be “presented” by a national, media-based conglomerate. The Memorial Day Parade and Festival, in addition to honoring our veterans, exists to foster the spirit of community in the City. This is one of the ways we promote ourselves as a City and draw others to our community, and I feel this should be a part of our budget. (Should we be cutting taxes if we cannot support our own City events?) If it is necessary to have corporate sponsors for a City activity in this time of rising costs, allowing the event to actually be coopted in name by a corporation seems completely counter to all

that we are. To have the Falls Church City Memorial Day Parade not be “sponsored in part by” but be “proudly presented by Cox” is to take what is a gathering of people and make it into a corporate event. If we hope to continue to maintain our identity as a unique and open community, how can we allow our identity to become co-mingled with that of Cox, Inc.? S. Cohen Falls Church

Editor, I am so glad that Virginia has made history by allowing Lawrence Webb to win the election in the City of Falls Church. I think we are long overdue for an African-American to be involved in our government since we are a part of the community and have been since Marian Costner integrated into the schools of Falls Church in the 1960’s. I don’t think a person’s sexual preference is relevant. The only question should be his qualification for the job. His sexual preference should not be

a preference for a job. Where does it state that on the application? His capability and dedication to his job is what counts. I did not know him, but I voted for him. Give him a chance, he can’t make the government any worse that it already is. I am glad that he is not afraid to deal with this issue in public. So congratulations, Lawrence Webb. Do the best you can, be the best you can be and ask for a helping hand when you need it. Isn’t that what government is all about? “For the People, by the People and of the People.” E. Chase Falls Church

Editor, The Washington Post ran a multi-part series this week discussing the rise in obesity in suburban children relative to their urban counterparts. “On the face of it, children in the suburbs have every advantage. They live in communities with well-funded parks systems and sports leagues and are more likely to come from affluent and better-educated families

than their urban counterparts. Yet suburbia’s kids keep getting fatter, too.” In the same week, our elementary school-age daughter brought home her “rewards” for having participated in TV-Turn-Off Week in April. Among them, a coupon for a free regular order of French Fries from Elevation Burger and her choice of a strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate Frappucino Blended Crème from Starbucks. The timing coincidence of the series on obesity and this reward was almost too much. I’ll admit to being a hypocrite by allowing my daughter to participate in TV-Turn-Off Week. I don’t get into the whole concept– it is a bit like the alcoholic who says, “I don’t have a problem, I could go a (fill in duration) without a drink!” Big whoop. Moderation is the key. Our children get that lesson rather than binge-and-purge thinking. And yes, our house has the obligatory television, computers, Nintendos, GuitarHero, iPods and so forth, and although the amount of electronics usage in our house on a weekly basis hardly qualified us as participants, I went along with peer pressure. And we got what we paid for. A sack of French Fries cooked in olive oil (delicious

that they are, especially dipped in the special sauce, but as a reward for not sitting in front of an electronics device?) and a Frappucino Blended Crème with its roughly 400 calories, 10 grams of fat and over 50 grams of sugar. Do we still wonder why suburbia’s kids keep getting fatter? Victoria Kwasiborski Falls Church

Editor, In a page one story in the May 22-28, 2008 Falls Church News-Press, you say: “[Tom] Davis has also been quoted widely on the Internet saying, “If the Republican brand were dog food, they’d take it off the shelf.” Since when is the Internet a legitimate source for any purportedly fair news story? There can be as much nonsense and dishonesty on the Internet as fact. If you want to quote Davis, then quote him directly. If you can’t find where and when he allegedly said this, then leave it out. Judy Tinelli Falls Church


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Police Lawsuit Against F.C. Dismissed Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields announced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the lawsuit filed by four City police officers in 2005 alleging racial discrimination in the department was dismissed “with prejudice” in Federal District Court last week, clearing the City of the allegations. “The allegations were based on misunderstandings, not discrimination,” Shields said. “We take pride in providing a work place that brings out the best in all of us,” he said, adding that he has “fully supported the right of employees to bring forth grievances.” All four officers who were plaintiffs in the suit remain on the F.C. police force, and each received a $5,000 settlement to help conclude the case. The City was covered for the cost of the litigation and settlement by insurance provided by the Virginia Municipal League. Shields stressed the improvement in the morale of the police department since Lt. Harry Reitze took over as Chief of Police a year and a half ago. “Good communication is the key,” Shields said, citing the formation of a “Chief’s Advisory Committee” that includes rank and file members of the force. “This is a quiet but momentous moment,” remarked City Councilman Hal Lippman. “A potentially very explosive situation was defused.” Meeting on Power Surges Set at City Hall Power surge damage running into thousands of dollars in each of the scores of homes in the Greenway Downs and Virginia Village neighborhoods of the City of Falls Church will be the subject of a special meeting at City Hall on Thursday, June 5, at 8 p.m., City Manager Wyatt Shields announced Tuesday. Neighbors have already been organizing their own meetings (see photo, Page 16). Shields promised representatives of Dominion Power will be at the June 5 event. But a claims adjuster from Dominion Power has already indicated to some citizens that the company will not compensate for any damage, blaming what have been reported as more than one damaging surge on “acts of God.” The surges come in the wake of heavy rains, when trees lean into power lines, such as during the six inches of rain that fell on the weekend of May 10-11.



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Nearly 50 years ago, inside an old-time white framed building, Molly Vick founded the McLean Arts Center and McLean School of Ballet and Jazz. After five decades of serving as a hub for the arts in Northern Virginia, the center will close on June 1 due to the unavailability of funding. “We are losing money and I tried to support [the center]. I had to mortgage my house last year to live and there’s no money so I had to sell it,” said Vick, founder and director of the center. “We should have gotten corporate funding. We never could get it, we needed a team to go out and get [funding].” Since its inception, the center has sponsored programs in all styles of lyrical movement as well as visual arts. Under the direction of Vick, a well known dancer and choreographer, the school of ballet and jazz received wide recognition for its dance-dramas and ballets. Vick studied dance at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has taught and directed in the Washington area

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for over 45 years. In 1983, the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution honoring Vick for her contribution to the arts in the state. “I wanted to have an art center where people from all the different arts could come together and exchange ideas and have a wonderful life,” Vick said. Inspired by her interest in choreography, Vick purchased the center, a former church, to support creative pursuits among her students. “We have produced many dancers that have become professionals. [The center] was just a wonderful place,” Vick said. One of Vick’s most distinguished students includes Julia Moon, principal dancer and director of the Universal Ballet of Korea. Vick said nonprofit arts businesses nationwide lack the resources to operate programs due to the lack of federal support funds. “I think the arts are in bad shape anyway. People can’t afford it. All the schools are down and even the merchants selling dance wear clothes are down. America has to do better than this,” Vick said.

In fact, a large funding cut has been proposed to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In 2007, NEA received a $20.3 million increase as part of the fiscal year 2008 budget. This year, President Bush requested a $16.3 million dollar decrease in funding for the agency. Funding for arts and culture organizations is contingent upon state, local and private sources. “Our school was way down. You can’t make it just with a $15 ticket. Some of our customers supported us, but we never had corporate funding,” Vick said. According to Arts and Economic Prosperity, a national economic impact study on the nation’s nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences, the arts and culture industry generates government revenue, stimulates job growth and promotes tourism in cities with arts attractions. Data collected from 94,478 attendees at a range of arts-related events reported that audiences’ spending generated an estimated $103.1 billion of valuable revenue for local merchants and their communities in 2005.

The McLean center has sustained its reputation for quality and creativity throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Notable alumni from the School of Ballet and Jazz included members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Prima Ballerina of the International Ballet Company of Korea, the Royal Swedish Ballet and several small dance touring companies.

“The school is done. I got a little disillusioned and hurt by it all, but my daughter is going to teach. She’s looking for places to teach now,” Vick said. Jennifer Vick, a professional jazz and ballet dancer and choreographer co-directed the School of Ballet and Jazz. Currently there are no future plans for the center. “The almighty dollar spoke and we had to do it,” Vick said.

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of women, gays, and victims. She engaged herself for many years in the local community, particularly in the school system. She frequently volunteered in the classroom, became vice president of the PTA, and served for four years on the Falls Church City School Board (eventually becoming vice-chair). While on the school board, she was active in the gifted and talented committee and was instrumental in forming a partnership between UVA, Virginia Tech, and Falls Church City Schools. Also, she played a key role in implementing a process for regular review and revision of Board policies, improving financial reporting, and analyzing options for restructuring municipal debt. For the majority of her career, she worked in finance and accounting. She served as

the financial administrator for the flagship division of Control Data Corp. She then conducted individual financial planning and analysis. While she was dedicated to her professional life, her highest priorities were given to her family and close friends. She was married for over 31 years to her beloved husband, James Seret. Together, they raised two wonderful sons, Justin and Trevor. She always found time for her pets as well and adopted several abandoned

cats and dogs. She also filled her spare time with reading, gardening, and building her collection of antiques. She felt abundantly blessed by her family and friends. She often spoke of how they lightened her burdens and brightened her days. Janice asked them not to mourn, but to organize – to carry on the work that she will no longer be able to do. Memorial services will be held on Saturday June 7, 2008 at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church beginning at 11 am fol-

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lowed by a reception in the fellowship hall. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to support the Colon Cancer Alliance, Attn: Tim Trunham, 1200 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. 2005; or to support the Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center, checks made payable to Johns Hopkins University, and mailed to the the attention of Michelle Cohen, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 421A, Baltimore, Md.



Janice Mildred Eklund, 57, a longtime resident of the City of Falls Church and one of the first elected school board members in Virginia, died on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, of colon cancer at her home in Annandale, Va. Born on April 22, 1951, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Clinton and Alice Eklund, Janice spent her early school years in Massachusetts. She graduated high school from Abbot Academy (now Phillips Andover Academy) and received a National Merit Letter of Commendation, among other honors. She attended Vassar College and eventually obtained her BA in English from the University of Maryland at College Park, with highest academic distinction. She also pursued graduate work in American Literature at George Washington University. Andover’s motto non sibi ( “not for ourselves”) inspired Janice to pursue a lifelong involvement in social and political service. She began by helping organize the student strike for peace while at Vassar, and represented Vassar in meetings with then Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird and New York U.S. Senator Jacob Javits. She was a passionate member of the Democratic Party and dedicated advocate of the rights

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My first thought on the running mate question is that to balance his ticket, Barack Obama should pick a really old white general. Therefore, he should pick Dwight Eisenhower. John McCain, on the other hand, needs to pick someone younger than himself. Therefore, he also should pick Dwight Eisenhower. My second thought is that most of the commentary on vice president picks is completely backward. Most discussion focuses on what state or constituency this or that running mate could help carry in the fall. But, as a rule, recent vice presidential nominees haven’t had any effect on key states or constituencies. They haven’t had much effect on elections at all, except occasionally as hapless distractions. A vice president can, however, have a gigantic impact on an administration once in office (see: Cheney, Richard). Therefore, a sensible presidential candidate shouldn’t be selecting a mate on the basis of who can help him get elected. He should be thinking about who can help him govern successfully so he can get re-elected. That means asking: What circumstances will I face when I take office? What tasks will I need my chief subordinate to perform to help me face those circumstances? If Barack Obama is elected, his chief challenge will be that he hopes to usher in a new style of politics, but he has no real strategy for how to do that. He will find himself surrounded by highly partisan Democratic politicians, committee chairmen and interest groups, thrilled to finally seize power. Some of them might have enjoyed his lofty rhetoric about change, but in practice, these organization types have no interest in changing politics. They just want to take the money and patronage that has been going to Republican special interests and give it to Democratic special interests. These entrenched Democrats are more experienced than Obama. They know how to play the game better. The effect of their efforts will be to turn his into a Potemkin administration, filled with great speeches but without great accomplishments or influence over legislation. Obama will need a vice president who knows the millions of ways power is exercised and subverted in Washington. He’ll need someone who can be a senior, authoritative presence in a Cabinet

that may range from Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to the labor leader Andy Stern. He’ll need someone who can supervise his young reformers and build transpartisan coalitions more effectively than Obama has as senator. Sam Nunn and Tom Daschle seem to fit the bill. Nunn is one of those senior Democrats (like David Boren and Bob Kerrey) who left the Senate lamenting the dumbed-down nature of modern politics. Daschle was more partisan as majority leader, but he is still widely trusted and universally liked. Both as experienced legislators could take Obama’s lofty hopes and translate them into nitty-gritty action. If John McCain is elected, he’ll face a political culture threatening to split at the seams. In defeat, Democrats will be enraged at everything and everybody. The Republican Party will still be exhausted and divided. McCain will find it hard to staff the administration since so many Republican advisers were exhausted over the previous eight years. Amid these centrifugal forces, McCain will need somebody who radiates calm. He’ll need somebody who can provide structure and organization. He’ll need somebody who enjoys working with budgets. With the Democrats controlling Congress, McCain will have no chance of winning big, ideological fights. He will need someone who can help him de-ideologize the climate, who can emphasize making things work rather than fighting philosophical battles. McCain seems to be looking at business leaders like Meg Whitman. But among politicos, the shining stars would seem to be Rob Portman and Tim Pawlenty. Portman is an Ohioan with the mind of a budget director and a mild temperament that is a credit to his Midwestern roots. His resume is ideal: He directed legislative affairs for the first President Bush, served in Congress for more than a decade and managed the Office of Management and Budget under Bush the younger. He excelled in every role. Pawlenty, the governor of Minnesota, is one of the GOP’s leading and most likable modernizers. The son of a truck driver (his mother died when he was 16), he is the godfather of Sam’s Club conservatism, the effort to reconnect the party to the needs of the working class. Pawlenty could help McCain play the Theodore Roosevelt-style role -- reforming the nation’s institutions to fit a new century and epoch. Both presidential candidates are surrounded by campaign advisers, campaign coverage and campaign frenzy. But the vice presidential pick is not really a campaign decision. It’s the first governing decision -- and a way to see who is thinking seriously about how to succeed in the White House.

On Friday morning, Sen. Joe Biden gave us an example of a leading national politician exhibiting decency and class. Later in the day, Sen. Hillary Clinton gave us an example of something else. Biden, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. He spoke insightfully about the complexity of dealing with Iran, moving the discussion beyond the tedious and simplistic argument over whether to meet with certain foreign leaders. He defended Sen. Barack Obama against the searing attacks by the Bush administration, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, and said: “I refuse to sit back like we did in 2000 and 2004. This administration is the worst administration in American foreign policy in modern history -- maybe ever. The idea that they are competent to continue to conduct our foreign policy, to make us

more secure and make Israel secure, is preposterous. {hellip} Every single thing they’ve touched has been a near-disaster.” Biden was then asked about the dispute that Obama and McCain have been having over Sen. Jim Webb’s proposal to increase college tuition benefits for men and women who have served in the military since Sept. 11, 2001. Obama supports the bill. McCain does not and has introduced a less-generous measure of his own. When Obama criticized McCain’s position on this issue, McCain responded angrily and gratuitously mentioned that Obama had not served in the military. (This is especially weird when you consider that McCain is a fierce supporter of the war in Iraq, which was fanatically promoted by an entire barnyard of chicken hawks.) Said McCain: “I will not accept from Sen. Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lecture on my regard for those who did.” Dick Cheney never served in uniform. George Continued on Page 42

It is, in a way, almost appropriate that the final days of the struggle for the Democratic nomination have been marked by yet another fake Clinton scandal -- the latest in a long line that goes all the way back to Whitewater. This one, in case you missed it, involved an interview Hillary Clinton gave the editorial board of South Dakota’s Argus Leader, in which she tried to make a case for her continuing campaign by pointing out that nomination fights have often gone on into the summer. As one of her illustrations, she mentioned that Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June. It wasn’t the best example to use, but it’s absurd to suggest, as some Obama supporters immediately did, that Clinton was making some kind of dark hint about Barack Obama’s future. But then, it was equally absurd to portray Clinton’s assertion that it took LBJ’s political skills to turn Martin Luther King’s vision into legislation as an example of politicizing race. Yet the claim that Clinton was playing the race card, which was promoted by some Obama supporters as well as in a memo by a member of Obama’s staff, achieved wide currency. Why does all this matter? Not for the nomination: Obama will be the Democratic nominee. But he has a problem: Many grass-roots Clinton supporters feel that she has received unfair, even grotesque treatment. And the lingering bitterness from the primary campaign could cost Obama the White House. To the extent that the general election is about the issues, Obama should have no trouble winning over former Clinton supporters, especially the white working-class voters he lost in the primaries. His health care plan is seriously deficient, but he will nonetheless be running on a far more worker-friendly platform than his opponent. Indeed, John McCain has shed whatever maverick tendencies he may once have had, and become almost a caricature conservative -- an advocate of lower taxes for the rich and corporations, a privatizer and shredder of the safety net. But elections always involve emotions as well as issues, and there are some ominous signs in the polling data. In Florida, in particular, the rolling estimate produced by the professionals at shows McCain running substantially ahead of Obama, even as he runs significantly behind Clinton. Ohio also looks problematic, and Pennsylvania looks closer than it should. It’s true that head-to-head polls five months before the general election have a poor track record. But they certainly give reason to worry. The point is that Obama may need those disgruntled Clinton supporters, lest he manage to lose in what ought to be a banner Democratic year. So what should Obama and his supporters do? Most immediately, they should realize that the continuing demonization of Clinton serves nobody except McCain. One more trumped-up scandal won’t persuade the millions of voters who stuck with Clinton despite incessant attacks on her character that she really was evil all along. But it might incline a few more of them to stay home in November. Nor should Obama supporters dismiss Clinton’s strength as a purely Appalachian phenomenon, with the implication that Clinton voters are just a bunch of hicks. So what comes next? Clinton needs to do her part: she needs to be careful not to act as a spoiler during what’s left of the primary, she needs to bow out gracefully if, as seems almost certain, Obama receives the nod, and she needs to campaign strongly for the nominee once the convention is over. She has said she’ll do that, and there’s no reason to believe that she doesn’t mean it. But mainly it’s up to Obama to deliver the unity he has always promised -- starting with his own party. One thing to do would be to make a gesture of respect for Democrats who voted in good faith by recognizing Florida’s primary votes -- which at this point wouldn’t change the outcome of the nomination fight. The only reason I can see for Obama supporters to oppose seating Florida is that it might let Clinton claim that she received a majority of the popular vote. But which is more important -- denying Clinton bragging rights, or possibly forfeiting the general election? What about offering Clinton the vice presidency? If I were Obama, I’d do it. Adding Clinton to the ticket -- or at least making the offer -- might help heal the wounds of an ugly primary fight. Here’s the point: the nightmare Obama and his supporters should fear is that in an election year in which everything favors the Democrats, he will nonetheless manage to lose. He needs to do everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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News like that about Sen. Ted Kennedy last week comes like a kick in the solar plexus. It stops everything dead in its tracks. All the jockeying, all the bickering of political and personal lives is put on hold and a deep collective sob is heard issued forth from every mere mortal. No one deserves that kind of diagnosis. What makes it so universally tragic in Ted Kennedy’s case are not only the terrible losses his family has endured over the last half-century, since the assassinations of his brothers John, in 1963, and Robert, in 1968. It’s because, as the unrivalled senior old-fashioned and unapologetic liberal in the U.S. Senate, he was the very representation of care and compassion for the world’s disadvantaged and dispossessed. In other words, no matter whether one agrees or not with him on policy questions, everyone knows he has a heart of gold, even while he’s a real fighter. That’s kind of the core difference between us liberals and too many of those on the other side of the great liberal-conservative divide. The very term, “liberal,” has become so demonized by the hate-filled rants of Rush Limbaugh and their ilk over three decades that almost no one, with the rare exception of a Ted Kennedy, dares identify with the term anymore. It’s because, laced through the conservative camp are many who are simply not nice. They’re downright nasty. Liberals, or progressives, if you prefer, always seem to get caught off guard by this. They’re stunned into silence by just how rude and belligerent their bullying right wing adversaries are. The impulse is to recoil in horror from such brutish behavior, and to refuse to respond in kind. Have you ever seen how polished right wing TV commentators like Lou Dobbs on CNN and Bill O’Reilly on Fox are at intimidating and shutting up the liberal “guests” they invite into their televisionland lairs? They “invite” them like the spider invites the fly. Ted Kennedy is a role model for any unapologetic liberal who does not want to fall victim to the base tactics of such bullies. Have the big heart, but fight like hell. The first time I saw Kennedy in person was at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City. In his one, most serious bid for the party’s presidential nomination, he came there as its only hope to keep the White House. Everyone knew that the re-nomination of Jimmy Carter would be the kiss of death, as indeed it was. But there was too much inertia in the nominating process to prevent the inevitable. The only hope was that the delegates to the convention agreed to a rule change at its outset to free up some delegates to opt for Kennedy. In what may be a precursor to this August’s Democratic Convention, the vote on the disposition of delegates was the most dramatic moment at the 1980 convention. The Kennedy forces, younger and more idealistic, lost narrowly. The die was cast. Kennedy went on to deliver what is recognized has as among the greatest political speeches in American history, but nothing could prevent Carter from securing the nomination, and Reagan from winning by a landslide a couple months later. I’ve been in the same hearing room on Capital Hill with Kennedy many times since. He’s one of those guys who’s simply larger than life. Once, I spoke with him after he delivered an indictment of Bush’s invasion of Iraq at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. I thought he’d pulled his punches slightly, talking about Bush’s propaganda offensive to justify the invasion. “Why didn’t you use the word, ‘lie?,’” I asked. “I choose my words,” he growled. I’m pretty sure he eventually has used the one I suggested. Ted Kennedy’s diagnosis came at the same Massachusetts General Hospital where my older brother received the same in 2002. Dr. Stephen Benton was a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the inventor of “white light holography” that is used universally as an anti-counterfeiting devise on credit cards. I was with him when he passed away at that hospital 11 months later. I was reminded vividly of all that not only by the news of Sen. Kennedy, but by my participation in the beautiful wedding of my brother’s daughter in Boston last weekend.  Nicholas Benton may be emailed at

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After “Rahmbo” Emanuel, the Illinois congressman dubbed “the hostage negotiator” by the Obama forces, fails to talk Hillary down, Barack Obama knows that he is left with one final roll of the dice. He sets up a secret meeting with Bill Clinton in neutral territory at Rahm’s hideaway office in the Capitol. Bill arrives two hours late, red-faced and truculent. “If you brought me over here to cry uncle, shame on you, Barack Obama. You and your press lackeys are engaged in a cover-up even though Hillary’s winnin’ the popular vote and the general election.” “Hey, Bill, please, stop wagging your finger at me. Call off Harold Ickes and the Hillaryland Huns. You’re right. I can’t win without her. The two of us can clean McCain’s grandfather clock.” “Goshalmighty. You could knock me over with a hair on a biscuit, Barack. Smart move, everybody wins. Now Hillary won’t be the skunk at your Denver garden party.” “That’s why they call me: No Drama Obama.” “You’re a natural, like me. I was for hope; you are for hope. I was for change; you are for change. I took the Camelot sword from JFK; you took it from Teddy. I would have been with you from the beginning except for that little deal I had with Hillary. She’s going to be so relieved that she doesn’t have to return to the back rows of the Senate with everybody there snickering that she flopped. And if something happens to you, God forbid, she’s right in the Situation Room, ready to go at 3 a.m. on her Day One.” “Yeah. I really want to announce this quickly, so let’s clear up a few niggling details.” “Thank goodness you’ve got Jim Johnson frisking me. He’s the guy who missed all the baggage weighing down Geraldine Ferraro’s husband.” “Mr. President, I’m going to run a very transparent administration, everything on C-Span. So I’ll need a full accounting of your foundation donors.” “Oh, sure thing, buddy, from this day forward.” “No, Bill, we’ll need full disclosure of your business dealings for the last eight years. And you can no longer accept Arab millions -- not if I’m going to talk tough to them about oil. I can’t send Hillary on diplomatic missions to the Middle East if you’re taking money from Dubai and Kuwait. And no more trips to Kazakhstan. I

wouldn’t want to have to put a Geiger-counter bracelet on you to check that you’re not involved in another shady uranium deal.” “Ha, ha.” “We need to know where that $11 million came from that you guys loaned your campaign. And the $15 million from Ron Burkle at Yucaipa and the $3 million from Vinod Gupta. And you must spill about any offshore accounts in the Caymans. And no more big-money speeches, Bill. You guys have already cashed in for more than $100 million.” “You’re right, Barack, no more speeches. Just conversations. If a CEO interviews me in front of a small audience, that’s fine. But no speeches.” “I’m not debating the meaning of the word ‘speech,’ Bill. We’re going to have an administration so squeaky clean that it makes Jimmy Carter look like Marc Rich. All your trips abroad will have to be authorized by a higher authority.” “The State Department? Fine, I’ll check with them.” “Higher.” “Oh, no. Not that.” “Yes, Michelle. She’ll have you on a much shorter leash, Bill, and it’s not so fun. There’ll be no more Ron Air, no Burkling and Binging. Eight long years of Michelle watching your every move. No eruptions of any kind. And that big telescope in the Naval Observatory is off limits. We’re going to be a family-values administration. And in the campaign, we’ll use you the way Al Gore did: Not at all. No more Bill YouTube meltdowns.” “You know, Barack, the more I’m seein’ what you’ve got in mind for me, the more I’m worryin’ that Hillary’s just not cut out for this job. You don’t want her glomming on to everythin’. Since she’s almost even with the delegates, she’ll want to go halfsies in the government. She’ll want to run foreign policy, cause you know nothin’ about that. And legal stuff, because you never practiced real law. And economic policy, ‘cause she connected better with working-class voters. And everything to do with white people, of course. I’ve got to level with you, man. Hillary’s a lot of work. And that Kathleen Sebelius is terrific and has those twinkly eyes.” “So, Bill, you’re not wedded to Hillary being vice president? You won’t sabotage my campaign if I pick somebody I like, I mean, like, if I pick somebody else?” “Nah. Now that I see the big picture, the idea of Hillary as your No. 2 was always a fairy tale.”

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When former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) endorsed Barack Obama in April and announced he would serve as a national security advisor, pundits naturally began speculating on his vice presidential prospects. The argument in favor of Nunn is that he is a former Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, which would help negate one of the McCain campaign’s largest advantages. Nunn’s position is strengthened because he appears to be on the same rhetorical page as Obama. Last year, for example, he helped lead a bipartisan conference at the University of Oklahoma with the goal of ending political squabbling in Washington. In April, the conservative southern Democrat articulated his reasons for backing Obama: “Demonizing the opposition, oversimplifying the issues, and dumbing down the political debate prevent our country from coming together to make tough decisions and tackle our biggest challenges,” said Nunn. This statement was curious, considering Nunn’s crass conduct during the fierce 1993 “gays in the military” battle. Instead of leading in a contemplative manner, Nunn exploited his position of power to cheapen the national dialogue and dumb down the debate – the opposite of what he now says he stands for. This “statesman” brazenly exploited every last negative anti-gay stereotype for political gain and temporarily derailed Bill Clinton’s nascent presidency in the process. Nunn’s grandstanding was an unforgivable act of bigotry and betrayal and helped set back the GLBT movement for years. For those who don’t remember, candidate Bill Clinton promised to repeal the ban on openly gay service members. As president, he tried to follow through and a national uproar ensued. The opposition from conservative Republicans was to be expected, but Nunn’s fingerprints were all over the knife that protruded from Clinton’s back. Nunn called for a public “field hearing” to ostensibly find out what men and women in uniform thought of lifting the ban. In an orchestrated publicity stunt, Nunn escorted the national media into attack submarines - the Montpelier and On the Land. A May 11, 1993 New York Times article vividly described the scene: Under the glare of television cameras in cramped sleeping quarters, mess halls and even shower rooms aboard several ships and submarines toured by the senators here at America’s largest Navy base….On the Land, 90 women share four showers and four toilets. On the Montpelier, most of the all-male crew sleeps in triple bunks separated by a corridor two feet wide. There are 117 bunks for 147 men, so crewmembers take turns sharing the same beds. In a flash, Nunn lowered the tenor of the debate and created visions of promiscuous, unpatriotic gays and lesbians transforming our Navy into a hapless fleet of Sodomy Subs. All people wanted to talk about after this monstrosity was bunk beds. Gratuitously piling it on, Nunn held a meticulously planned hearing in a 1,100 seat military auditorium. In a typical Nunn effort to be “fair” and “elevate” the debate, fifteen of the seventeen uniformed speakers chosen were adamantly against lifting the ban. The Nunn Show ensured America heard from people like Petty Officer 2d Class Darlene Harris who said, “I’ve been in [submarine] berths where there were a lot of lesbians, and it was terrible.” Nunn’s theatrics and fear that gays in uniform would engage in “hand holding” and “kissing” lead directly to the disastrous Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy that has robbed the U.S. military of more than 11,000 service members, including at least 58 Arabic linguists. A GAO report released in 2005 estimated that DADT has cost U.S. taxpayers $200 million and the loss of “valuable personnel over the last decade.” Yet, despite his direct role in weakening our military and making America more vulnerable to terrorist attacks, Nunn is considered a defense expert. When it comes to the idea of Sam as Veep, I’m having Nunn of it. Beyond his DADT disaster, the senator’s weakening of Clinton helped enable and propel the Gingrich revolution in 1994 – a huge setback for gay and lesbian equality. The idea of Obama picking Nunn to run as his vice president is preposterous. John Marble, Communications Director for the Stonewall Democrats, says that selecting Nunn “would depress the vote a bit.” (Yeah, we’d all need Prozac, to be sure) Marble stressed that it is not time to panic because “there is no indication that the Obama campaign is seriously considering it.” Indeed, he points out that pundits had considered Nunn as a possible running mate for both Gore and Kerry. Still, it is crucial that Obama’s gay staff members make it clear to the candidate how unacceptable Nunn would be. The campaign shouldn’t even float his name unless it is attached to a runaway blimp drifting towards outer space.

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The housing and credit crisis has left no community untouched. Odds are someone in your neighborhood has already fallen behind on their mortgage payments. For those whose mortgages have not stretched their budgets past the point of breaking, it’s tempting to rest in the belief that your neighbor’s struggles are no concern of yours. But that would be a terrible mistake. If these hard times can teach us anything, it’s that our prosperity is, and always will be, bound up with the prosperity of our neighbors. Our nation’s financial crisis began close to home, with homeowners who saw their mortgage rates jump out of reach—sometimes because they didn’t understand the repercussions, but often because they were misled by unscrupulous, unregulated lenders. The consequences will be felt close to home, as well: If the struggling family on your block is foreclosed on—and an estimated 2 million American families will be—you’ll likely feel the effects. If your home is within an eighth of a mile, its value will drop by an average of $5,000. Home prices are set to decline for the second year running, the first time that’s happened since the Great Depression. And sadly, the mortgage fiasco is just the beginning. It’s been the single biggest drag on our economy and the origin of the recession we’re now facing. We can’t

get our economy back on track until we solve this foreclosure crisis. Congress has been very active on these issues. In the short term, we’ve already passed a targeted economic stimulus package, which is expected to help create some 500,000 jobs. The package includes the recovery rebates that Americans have already begun to receive, financing options for families threatened by foreclosure, and incentives for small businesses to continue investing in their communities. Should further stimulus prove necessary, it could mean investing in our worn-down infrastructure, or temporarily extending unemployment and increasing food stamp benefits. But when it comes to homes that have already been foreclosed on, bold action is needed to prevent a vicious cycle of foreclosures, falling property values, declining property tax collections, cutbacks in city services, rising crime, and more foreclosures. House Democrats have a plan to cut off that cycle with a neighborhood stability bill that will help cities and states buy up foreclosed properties and fight neighborhood blight.

Above all, our thoughts are with the millions of homeowners whose houses are hanging in the balance. They’re the reason Congress has just passed the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act, landmark legislation that will enable hundreds of thousands—and possibly up to one million people refinance their homes, switching from risky subprime mortgages to safer loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. It’s not a bailout: Lenders will have to take losses, and borrowers must agree to share with the government any profit from the resale of a refinanced home. Combined with counseling for low-income and minority homeowners and tax credits for first-time homebuyers, it can put the economy on sounder footing for years to come. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke put it well this week: “High rates of delinquency and foreclosure can have substantial spillover effects on the housing market, the financial markets, and the broader economy. Therefore, doing what we can to avoid preventable foreclosures is not just in the interest of lenders and borrowers. It’s in everybody’s interest.” Our constituents’ needs outweigh any ideological demands. I hope that President Bush and Senate Republicans put partisanship aside, support this legislation, and join with us to protect homeownership and rebuild our economy.

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In the run-up to Memorial Day and the official start of swimming pool season for many neighborhoods, we sometimes lose track of other annual springtime events where we say “thank you” to those who make a difference in our community. Here are some that didn’t make the “other paper.” Linda Rogers-Kingsbury is Fairfax County’s Foster Parent of the Year, and was honored at the “Work of Heart” Regional Foster Parent Appreciation Gala in Washington on May 17. Each year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments partners with the Freddie Mac Foundation and local jurisdictions to salute foster parents from eight local jurisdictions at a dinner and dance. Supervisors Linda Smyth (DProvidence) and Jeff McKay (D-Lee) joined me in presenting the Foster Parent of the Year award to Mrs. Rogers-Kingsbury, who has parented 35 children altogether, opening her heart and home to children when they needed love and understanding most. For more information about foster parenting, log on to, or call Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption at 703/324-7639. Each year, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce celebrates the Annandale community with an awards banquet for outstanding volunteers. At Annandale’s Star Lounge and Ballroom on Saturday night, several community members were presented with plaques for their service. The Lossie Tucker Meritorious Service Award was given to Helen Winter, a longtime civic activist and the driving force behind the twiceyearly Annandale Clean Up. Citizen of the Year went to Donna and Jim Campbell of Campbell and Ferrara Nursery for their support of vari-

My Memorial Day weekend began with my six-year-old grandson proclaiming emphatically that “Wolling Thunder” ichard had kept him awake all Barton night. He lives in South Arlington between Glebe Road and Walter Reed Drive, major incoming routes for the tens of thousands of bikers coming in for the Rolling Thunder extravaganza on Sunday. Thus being reminded of the upcoming Memorial Day festivities, we immediately put up our flag, apparently the first in the neighborhood. My first image of motorcyclists was influenced by the great Peter Fonda – Dennis Hopper movie “Easy Rider.” Here, the motorcyclist was a countercultural junkie on a trip to New Orleans. This was the basic image of cyclists that gradually transmogrified countercultural, long-haired and often paunchy hippies in helmets, black leather, chains, and boots cruising the nation’s highways. You pulled your children out of the yard and into the house whenever they passed by.


ous community efforts, including the Azalea Foundation, which works with returning soldiers and their families. Business of the Year went to Beanetics Coffee Roasters, a new gathering spot in the Annandale Shopping Center. Beanetics’ owners David and Amy Starr worked with students at Falls Church High School to produce and market a new coffee, Jaguar Joe, to support FCHS activities. Not surprisingly, the New Chamber Member of the Year award went to Michael Brooks of FCHS, who worked with Beanetics staff and the students on the Jaguar Joe project. Jaguar Joe is available for purchase through the school or at Beanetics. Chamber scholarships also were awarded to Olesea Sandulescu at Northern Virginia Community College, Lara Coulter who is graduating from Annandale High School, and Mai Nguyen who will graduate from Falls Church. Congratulations to all! There is still time to “adopt-a-spot” at Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knoll-wood Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads. The Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library invite you to apply for the challenge of keeping a specific site on library grounds litter and weed-free. There are 11 locations for adoption, including the azalea beds, a shade garden, the parking islands, and the Andrea Ley garden in the parking lot, dedicated to a lovely young community volunteer who died tragically a few years ago. The Friends will assist with trash bags, watering cans, and materials needed to take care of your “spot.” A little extra care and a few minutes of time is all it takes to keep this wellknown and beloved community facility in shape. For more information, call 703/820-8774.

Not so now! Many might look the same, but underneath this façade there are true patriots, many of them lawyers, doctors, businessmen, teachers, and, of course, veterans of our many wars and skirmishes. It is great to see them as a major part of Memorial Day observances all over the country. We missed the Rolling Thunder extravaganza, though of course we heard it all day from our Condo perch on Fairfax Drive. We also participated vicariously in the memorial services at Arlington Cemetery by hearing the great cannon salutes throughout the weekend. Monday, I hopped on the subway to see the parade on Constitution Avenue. Before the parade, however, I dropped by the Navy Memorial to witness the moving wreath laying ceremony and subsequent concert by the Navy band. My favorite military uniforms are the crisp whites of the Navy officers and enlisted men and women. They looked great on Monday, even crisper and whiter than usual. And there were no dry eyes during the quiet military ceremony of the wreath-laying and, of course, the magnificent rendi-

tion of taps. Then on to the parade. The Memorial Day parade is not the great extravaganza of a military parade in the capital city of the most powerful nation in the world. It is much more like the parades you grew up with in your home town. It was filled with homemade floats carrying veterans and just plain citizens honoring them. The military bands were busy elsewhere, so the chore in this parade fell to dozens of great high school bands from all over the country. I am an old marching band member from my high school days, and I loved every moment of it. Throughout the entire weekend, the thing that impressed me most was the crowds. They were of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and ages, a true microcosm of America. And there were no pro-war or antiwar demonstrations that I saw. They had all come together to respect those who died in American wars – and to have a great time doing it. I loved it. Richard Barton may be emailed at 

Northern Virginia House Agriculture, loses an Chesapeake and important seat Natural Resources N o r t h e r n Committee among Virginia lost what others. could be a critical Instead the seat on the imporSpeaker removed tant House Finance Delegate Bob Hull Committee a few from the Finance By Mary days ago. Committee where In February, Margaret Whipple he was a very senior there was a spemember. In addicial election in tion, the Speaker the rural Northern removed Delegate e Neck of Virginia to Dwight Jones, who replace Republican is a candidate for Delegate Rob Wittman Mayor of Richmond, from who replaced Joanne the Committee on Counties, Davis in the U.S. House of Cities and Towns. Representatives. Former The Speaker then appointDelegate Albert Pollard, a ed Delegate Pollard to the Democrat who had lost to Finance and Counties, Cities Senator Stuart last fall was and Towns committees. elected to replace Wittman in From my perspective, the the seat Pollard held previ- most important of the comously. mittee changes was Bob Pollard had decided not Hull’s removal from the to run in 2005 for family Finance Committee. Not only and business reasons. Two does our area lose his expeyears later he was defeated rience, but his replacement in a tight race for the Senate with Pollard, whose district seat held by John Chichester. is much less inclined than Wittman was easily elected to Northern Virginia to be symthe House seat. pathetic to tax increases for When the House seat held transportation, may cost us by Wittman became vacant, dearly in the special transPollard won the seat back portation session stating on fairly easily. June 23 Pollard thus became the Since all tax and revenue 45th Democrat in the 100- raising measures are supposed member House of Delegates. to be approved by the Finance Because Pollard was sworn Committee to reach the floor in fairly late in the session, of the House, that single vote he was not given committee could put the Governor’s assignments by the Speaker. transportation proposals in House rules require all jeopardy. members to have at least two committee posts. Given  Senator Mary Margaret his background and exper- Whipple may be emailed at tise, Pollard asked for the

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Weichert Arlington Office Honors Top Sellers Barbara Stone, branch manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Arlington Office, recently announced that Chairman’s Club member Sheila Fisher led the Weichert region, which consists of 18 offices in Virginia and D.C., in new home dollar value. David Lloyd, Jr. led the region in resale listings. In 2007, Lloyd ranked in the top ten for dollar volume, combined units, resale revenue units and resale dollar volume in the entire D.C. area. For more information, call the Arlington office at 703-5273300. Author Philip Pullman to Visit Tysons Corner Award winning children’s author Philip Pullman will

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speak at the Tysons Corner Barnes & Noble (7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean) on June 8 at 2 p.m. Pullman is the author of more than 18 books, including “The Golden Compass.” Following his discussion, Pullman will sign his newest release, “Once Upon a Time in the North,” and “The Golden Compass.” For more information, contact the store at 703-506-2937. Oakcrest School Class of 2008 Graduates Twenty-six students will graduate from Oakcrest School on May 31. There will be a Baccalaureate Mass at the school, celebrated by Oakcrest School chaplain Fr. Ron Gillis, on May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan

NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN gather at the Upper Poplar Street block party on May 25. Of about 120 neighbors that came, many were kids who rode bicycles and scooters to the event. (PHOTO: COURTESY EVELYNE HOROVITZ)

genocide and author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” will be the commencement speaker. Student speakers will be valedictorian Nicole Elizabeth Birrer and salutatorian Mary Cameron Gasser. Local Graduates Providence College Arlington resident Michael Warin received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Providence College in Providence, R.I.. Volunteers Needed for Clean the Bay Day The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in Clean the Bay Day, an annual

shoreline litter clean-up. Clean the Bay Day will occur on June 7. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the Reston Association and Leesylvania State Park are offering opportunities to help in Thrifton Hill Park (2814 N. 23rd St., Arlington), Leesylvania State Park (2001 Daniel K Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge, Va.), Mason Neck State Park (7301 High Point Rd., Lorton, Va.), Lake Audubon (Lake Audubon Dr., Reston, Va.), Lake Thoreau (Halyard La., Reston, Va.) and Lake Anne (Waters Edge La., Reston, Va.). This is Clean the Bay Day’s 20th anniversary. Over the last two decades, more than 87,500 Clean the Bay Day volunteers have removed more than four

million pounds of trash from the Commonwealth’s waterways. For more information or to pre-register for Clean the Bay Day, visit www. or call 1-800SAVEBAY. French Cocktail Hour The French Wine Society, in partnership with the Park at Fourteenth, Sopexa USA, Maison de la France and the French Ministry of Agriculture, is hosting the fifth annual French Cocktail Hour Celebration on June 6 at the Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St. NW, D.C.). The event begins with a VIP Preview at 6:30 p.m. and opens to the general public at 7:30 p.m. There will be French wine and a specialty cocktails open bar for a $20 admission fee. Win a trip for two with

NEIGHBORS GATHERED IN A MARSHALL STREET living room in Falls Church last week to discuss how to respond to recent post-storm power surges that have destroyed household appliances, including TVs and computers, in dozens of neighborhood homes. The surges were caused by power lines knocked down by sagging trees or limbs. See story elsewhere this issue. (PHOTO: NEWS-PRESS)

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roundtrip tickets on Air France and two nights at Les Sources de Caudalies. For more information, contact Julien Camus at or at 202-466-0775. Local Wins Sarah Lawrence Sports Award Falls Church native Kathryn Scheirer won the Gryphon Award in Women’s Varsity Volleyball from Sarah Lawrence College. The Gryphon Award is given to students who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity and perseverance in their sport. Scheirer graduated on May 23. ‘Bright Pink Vessel’ Award winning BosmaDance will perform Bright Pink Vessel on May 31 at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) at 7:30 p.m. Bright Pink Vessel is a contemporary dance show that features different ways we use our bodies. As part of the DaVinci Passport, it is an exploration of Corporalita, the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise. The show features two new works. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted for free. To reserve tickets, visit Arch Coal Scholar Named Falls Church resident Rebecca Altmeyer was one of 11 graduating seniors chosen as a 2008 Arch Coal Scholar. Altmeyer will graduate from McLean High School in June and will attend James Madison University in the fall. As an Arch Coal Scholar, she will receive a $1,500 scholarship for up to four years. Foster Homes Needed for Great Dane Rescue The Northern Virginia chapter of the Mid-Atlantic

Great Dane Rescue League is looking for homes for orphan Great Danes. The non-profit organization helps find homes for abandoned, neglected or abused animals. They also provide medical treatment, train and socialize Great Danes to help them adapt to new environments. For more information, visit George Mason HS Alumnae Compete in Regatta George Mason HS Class of 2007 graduates Elena Martinez and Katie Mitchell competed against each other in the Eastern Sprints Championship crew regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J., on May 18. Martinez rows for Princeton and Mitchell is on Columbia’s team. They were both in the Novice 4 boats (four rowers without previous experience before this year in the boat) category. Columbia placed first in the race, while Princeton placed third (the University of Pennsylvania came in second). Eastern Sprints is the annual rowing championship for the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) league, and the regatta featured teams from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, including six of the top 20 teams in the nation.

more information about voter eligibility or absentee voting in the City of Falls Church, contact the Registrar of Voters at 703-248-5085. In Fairfax County, contact the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, and in Arlington County, contact the Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

Garden, Inc., a non-profit organization established for the construction and maintenance of the garden, may be sent to 109 Buxton Rd., Falls Church, VA 22046. Additional information about Nora’s Garden and the dedication ceremony is available at

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Daniella Urrutia of Falls Church graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Garden Dedication Nora’s Garden in the Senior Courtyard of George Mason HS (7124 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) will be dedicated on June 1 at 4 p.m. The garden is named for Nora Hemphill, a 2005 graduate of GMHS who died of liver cancer in May 2006. The stone foundation of the garden is complete, and plans are underway to install a fountain. The garden will be available for all types of student use. Contributions to Nora’s

Fairfax County Elderhostel Alumni Meeting Roger Myers will present “Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present” at the Fairfax County Elderhostel Alumni Meeting. The event will be held on June 8 at George Mason Public Library (7001 Little River Tpke., Annandale) at 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome, and reservations are required and can be made at 703-534-2274.

The annual Rock the House 8K to benefit Fairfax County’s Alternative House, the Abused and Homeless Children’s Refuge, will be held on June 8 in conjunction with the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center (12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax) and is $22 before June 6. After June 6, the entrance fee is $27. Register online at www.runwashington. com. Retailer’s Initiative Benefits Arbor Day Foundation Dressbarn announced their “Bring Your Own Bag” initiative in which reusable tote bags are being sold and $1 from the sale of each bag will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation. Area Dressbarns are located in Alexandria (3501 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria), Arlington (1625 Crystal Square Arcade, Arlington) and Falls Church (6308 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church).

Congressional Primaries on June 10 Congressional primary elections will be held on June 10 and will be conducted by the Democratic and Republican parties. In the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts, both parties will conduct primaries, and just the Democratic Party will conduct an election in the 11th Congressional District. All qualified registered voters in the precincts in which primaries are being conducted are eligible to vote. Voters in the 8th and 10th Districts may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries, but they may not participate in both. For

TRINITY SCHOOL AT MOUNTAIN VIEW EIGHTH GRADERS are awarded at the Falls Church Rotary Club meeting for their essays in the Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest. Molly Earner won first place, Sharon Lee won second place and Julia DeCelles-Zwerneman won third place. Earner also won third place in the finals of Northern Virginia Rotary District 7610. (Photo: Courtesy Joseph Scheibler)

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Contact franchise owner Michael Newman at for more information or visit *** The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program recently named eight recipients for the 2008 Business Recycling Awards. The winners include: Freddie Mac Corporation, Raytheon Company, Noblis, Inc., Peterson Management, LLC, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., SAIC, Reico Kitchen and Baths and MITRE Corporation. The purpose of the Business Recycling Award Program is to honor businesses that have achieved success in recycling and in making environmental stewardship a key part of their corporate culture. For more information contact Pamela Gratton at 703-324-5498, TTY 711. *** Acacia Federal Savings Bank is hosting its Nice Guys Awards again this year. Nominate a business you feel deserves recognition for outstanding customer care, community service, or an emphasis on ethics, a nonprofit organization that goes the extra mile providing hope, creating opportunities, and finding creative ways to care, or a person you admire for helping others, showing integrity, volunteering, and sharing resources. You can make someone famous and generate a sizeable charitable donation to be made in the winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names. Visit to learn more or to place your nomination(s). Deadline is July 16th. *** Panera, LLC is working with Inova Health System to celebrate Inovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest baby delivery month. From June 1 - 30, the first 1,000 new mothers at Inova Fairfax Hospital will receive a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bun in the Ovenâ&#x20AC;? care basket from Panera and may be eligible to have a bagel named after their newborn. For information about the giveaway and sweepstakes, contact Sarah Unger at *** Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Northern Virginia outperformed the market by nearly 20 percent realizing a 17.5 percent increase in homes going under contract during April â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08 compared with April â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07. According to MRIS data, Northern Virginia April 2008 sales were 11 percent lower than in April â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07. However, this represents a steady improvement in month to month comparisons from 2008 to 2007. In January 08, sales were down almost 47 percent from January of 07. Almost 37 percent of April homes sold in Northern Virginia were on the market for 30 days or less. Homes settled in April sold for approximately 97 percent of listing price. For more information about Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, visit ď ľ The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. 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The energy issue of the week is whether high gasoline prices are being caused by supply no longer being able to keep with demand or by speculators garnering untoward riches at the expense of hardworking motorists. The facts, economic theory, and the most knowledgeable observers such as the U.S. Secretary of Energy are telling us that the problem is one of supply and demand. Speculators, however, make an irresistible scapegoat that few politicians can ignore. They are nameless, faceless (probably foreign) individuals that can be bashed with impunity without the slightest hint of political incorrectness. Blaming speculators is now worldwide. OPEC officials routinely mention the role played by speculators as the chief cause of high oil prices. German leaders have proposed a worldwide ban on oil trading by speculators. The transport chief for Germany’s Social Democrats said his party will call on the G8 powers to prohibit leveraged trading on energy contracts, claiming that 25 percent of the current crude price is caused by speculators. The Germans, however, can’t compare to the U.S. oil executive who told Congress last week that the real price of oil might be as low as $30 a barrel without the speculators. If he is right, gasoline could fall back to 80 cents a gallon, SUV sales would flourish, and all would be well. Placing limits on speculators, probably by mandating that leverage on futures contracts be reduced or eliminated, seems like a good idea to many in Congress. Since Congress cannot realistically expect to summon up more oil production in the short run, nor order the Chinese to stop growing their economy, cracking down on speculators seems like a sure vote-getter in this fall’s elections. Sensible or not, restrictions on speculating combined with drilling in Alaska looks like a good bet. Of more importance, however, are the reductions in government mandated price caps that have happened or are under consideration around the world. To appreciate how

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serious this issue may become, it is necessary to remember that since the beginning of the oil age a hundred years or so ago, the world’s population has increased from about 1.5 billion to 6.7 billion. The CIA estimates that about 40 percent of the earth’s population is busy growing food which leaves about 4 billion of us who aren’t. Now a lot of the 4 billion, who depend on somebody else growing food for them, live in reasonably advanced countries that can probably figure out how to keep its people fed without lots

of cheap oil. Unfortunately a lot don’t and that is where the problem begins. As the world’s population grew, more and more people found themselves gravitating to cities which grew to megacities (population of more than 10 million) and many will soon reach hypercity (population over 20 million) status. Unfortunately, most of our mega- and hypercities are not in the more well-off countries. Jakarta, Dhaka, Karachi, Bombay and Lagos are all in contention to become hypercities shortly. Once you move or are born into one of these places, you are no longer in a position to raise much of your own food or gather your own cooking fuel. Whether you realize it or not, you have become dependent on cheap oil to raise and bring to you much of the food you eat, and petroleumderived fuel, usually kerosene or propane, to cook it. Many in the underdeveloped world’s megacities live right on the edge. For them, food and fuel prices are a life and death issue. Governments have long been aware of the affordability problem and have mandated various forms of subsidies or price caps for fuel. This practice is especially prevalent in Asia and oil in exporting countries which consider low fuel prices as a birthright. Venezuela is still the champion with gasoline retailing at around 12 cents a gallon.

In many cases, national oil companies were simply given a set retail price and were told to swallow any losses. Given that many of the most populous countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh all had subsidies, many of he world’s consumers have been shielded from the six fold increases in petroleum prices in the last five years. Cheap retail fuel prices did nothing to dampen demand and only contributed to the run-up in world prices. In the last few months, however, prices have increased so rapidly that national oil companies and even several large national governments could no longer afford to maintain the subsidies. Last week the subsidizers began to fold. Indonesia increased fuel prices by 29 percent, Sri Lanka did the same and India and Bangladesh are expected to do the same shortly. Only the Chinese, who have world class inflation underway and $1.2 trillion in liquid reserves, are saying they will continue to subsidize fuel costs. While there seems no choice but to raise prices, the consequences are not predictable nor likely to be pleasant. Already enduring rapidly increasing food costs, it is feared that increasing the cost of transportation and cooking will result in government-toppling social unrest. The fuel subsidy situation obviously is not going to get any better. Oil prices will continue to rise. In the advanced countries the solution to increasing oil prices will be to park the cars and planes and start riding on buses and trains, while continuing to outbid the poor countries for the remaining supplies of oil. Those living in the world’s new mega- and hypercities are going to have a far tougher time. Oil has built these monstrosities where 100s of millions will be trapped without direct access to food supplies and cooking fuel. Someday, the historians will note that the collapse of many megacities was among the first real tragedies of peak oil.  Tom Whipple is a retired government analyst and has been following the peak oil issue for several years.

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This past weekend, in an effort to avert my eyes from continuously climbing numbers at the gas pump my eyes came to rest upon a series of NASCAR stickers affixed to a 1977 Ford Mustang fueling up in front of me. Trying not to think about the $60 bill I just ran up for 13 gallons of gas, I started to ponder exactly what kind of impact NASCAR is having on our current fuel woes. By the time I got back in the car and rolled back onto the road — a roll that probably cost me $3.62 — I was pretty convinced I was onto something. All I needed was to do a little research and I was sure I could single handedly end this gas crisis and then usurp the presidency from Jimmy Carter ... Okay, so the ‘77 Mustang and the gas fumes may have played a small role in that last thought. Several Internet searches and one splitting gas-fume-induced headache later, I discovered that by most estimates NASCAR vehicles average an astoundingly meager five miles per gallon — less at top speed. So, maybe we’re on to something here. NASCAR posits that 6,000 gallons of fuel are used on average in a race weekend. With about 40 events over the course of a NASCAR season, that’s 240,000 gallons of fuel. Sounds significant, right? Figuring most people travel 12,000 miles per year in their car and estimating most Americanowned cars get about 20 miles per gallon on average, NASCAR’s gas could fuel 400 cars for an entire year. Or, figuring that most people fill up every 10 days, it would give 14,600 cars one tank. I’m no economic expert, but would the current gas crisis really be eased by giving one-tenth of the population of Joliet, Ill. a free tank of gas? I tend to doubt it, but the debate doesn’t end there. I think you have to evaluate more than just the basic numbers when considering this question, and it’s here where racing is most vulnerable. Racing enthusiasts would argue that about seven 10 hour flights by a Boeing 747, a figure probably reached daily before noon at any U.S. airport, equates to the fuel consumed during an entire NASCAR season. However, that doesn’t equate the purpose of a trans-Atlantic flight with one dude in a fire-proof suit making 1,000 left turns for the better part of a Sunday afternoon. The plane can bring 500 people to a completely different part of the world. The racecar driver ends up exactly where he started. So, there’s our conclusion, right? Burning fuel just for

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entertainment isn’t worth it and NASCAR and other racing entities should be banned. Done. Or not. The thousands of people attending these races do a lot more than inhale exhaust fumes from their favorite drivers. They also generate a ton of revenue that has made NASCAR one of the most profitable sports ventures going. Three years ago, International Speedway Corp. estimated that a proposed track to be built in Bloomfield, N.Y., would generate $45 million in state and city tax revenue, not including property taxes. That particular track never reached fruition, but $45 million in taxes is a fairly sizable chunk for markets like Dover, Del., or Talladega, Ala., that don’t have the same sort of tourist drawing power as their big-city brethren. Can you think of a good reason to visit Darlington, S.C., besides racing? Me either. When you consider the huge economic benefits NASCAR brings to these locales, and when you consider the huge economic powers wedded to the sport — including juggernauts from the oil, tobacco and alcohol industries — the notion that NASCAR or other forms of racing may be banned is about as likely as, well, me usurping the presidency from Jimmy Carter. Still, the topic of how the racing body approaches high gas prices is worth exploring. What about incentivizing new, less gas-demanding forms of racing? How about an exhibition race, or even a new circuit, featuring hybrid cars? The Toyota Camry, currently used by NASCAR is already one of the top-selling hybrid models. Obviously the Prius and the Camry aren’t going to zip around at 200 mph. But a restriction on fuel stops and bonus points given for the driver to achieve the highest MPG could be interesting and innovative. NASCAR’s pit crews have some of the most talented and knowledgeable gear heads out there. You think there might be a technological breakthrough if they spent a month or two tuning a car for a chance to chase a $5 million purse* (*subsidized by energy companies looking for a sustainable future and some good PR with prices topping $4 per gallon across the country). It may not be what John Q. Racingfan wants to see, but it may stop relatively uninformed people like me from automatically assuming NASCAR is part of the current gas price problem. And heck, with a little creativity, they may even prove to be part of the solution.  Mike Hume may be emailed at

In one of the most thrilling games in recent memory, the George Mason High School varsity girls soccer team conquered their demons, defeating Clarke County last Thursday for the second straight time this season to win the Bull Run tournament final, completing the Mustangs’ sweep of one of the toughest teams in the state. After 80 minutes of regulation, two overtime periods and 10 penalty kicks, Mason stood victorious at Moore Cadillac Stadium, 5-4 in the shootout. After outshooting Clarke 21-10 for the game, the Eagles finally capitalized after a letdown by Mason with a minute left in regulation. From 10 yards out, Eagle Sarah Elliston neatly punched a cross from forward Danielle Moyer past Mason keeper Rebecca Jackson for the equalizer, sending the game into overtime. After the two five-minute extra periods and one “golden goal,” sudden death overtime ended without a decisive strike, the already hyped-up crowd at Mason was sent into a frenzy. For the majority of the 10 shots, though, the shooters for both sides scored with relative ease. The difference came on the first shot, when Clarke’s Christel Tanner hit the crossbar, ricocheting off harmless-

ly. Mustang freshman Violet Miller followed suit, promptly nailing the crossbar, but her ball had enough power on it to find the back of the net. From there, neither team missed a penalty kick, but Mason was just perfect enough to steal the district title, with Rachel Kazman, Kim Kenny, Tegan Argo and Olivia Scott also netting the final penalty kicks to secure the tournament hardware. “This was a huge win for us,” said Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons, who was named the district Coach of the Year following the contest. “It allowed us to stay at home for pretty much the entire post season, giving us a huge advantage.” The awards did not stop with Parsons either, as Scott, who will attend Messiah College next fall to play soccer, was named to the first-team all-district and the Bull Run Player of the Year. Kenny, Miller and freshman Elle Silverman also earned first-team accolades. Junior defender Abby Stroup and Jackson collected second team all-district honors, as well. Kazman, who scored the first goal of the night against Clarke with 25 minutes left in the second half, continued her impressive senior campaign, earning firstteam all-district honors as well. Kazman will continue her career at Lynchburg College in the fall. Having fallen to Clarke

four times last season, Mason has beaten the Eagles twice at home in as many weeks, downing the state runners-up to win both the regular season and tournament title. “You never really know how it’s going to go in penalty kicks,” commented Parsons. “The girls fought really hard in the overtimes, and it was just the best way to end the game.” On Memorial Day, the Mustangs blasted Shenandoah District runner-up Buffalo Gap at home in the first round of the Region B tournament, 11-0. Scott tallied a hat trick. JV callup Hannah Walker scored her first varsity goal, while Kazman, sophomore Kelley Frank and sisters Nicole and Alexa Peyton added scores for the Mustangs. Miller found the back of the net twice, while Mayssa Chehata also recorded a goal. With the win, Mason took on Appomattox on Wednesday at home, with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Results were not available at press time. The way the team has been playing of late has led to high hopes for Parsons. “I’m really happy with the way the team has come together, from the seniors all the way down to the freshmen,” said Parsons. “We’ve all just gelled lately. I’m really excited for the next two weeks; I think this could be the year we win states.”

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Venturing to the end of the science wing at George Mason High School, tucked neatly up a short flight of stairs, one comes across a classroom plastered with stoichiometry equipment, glass beakers and periodic tables. Sitting towards the rear at her computer is a teacher, mindfully glancing at an e-mail and deliberately pondering the outcome of a recent soccer match played by her varsity girls soccer team. This teacher and coach, however, leads a mysterious and often unrecognized life, as her contributions to the academia and athletic fields at Mason have left a lasting imprint on the Mustang community. This is the story of Jennifer Parsons. A typical day for Parsons begins early in the morning, when she departs from her home, making the short journey to George Mason to preside over her Honors Chemistry and Chemistry I classes. Once the final bell rings at 3 p.m., she then walks out to the turf at Moore Cadillac Stadium, where she stands at the helm of the varsity girls soccer team. After a quick workout session with the Lady Mustangs, Parsons hops into her car, scurries onto the Beltway, and transforms into a professional soccer player. This is Jen Parsons, the player who began her career on the fields of Canada, in Portgual Cove, Newfoundland. There, Parsons honed her skills to such an extent that she became a member of the Canadian U-19 National Team pool in 2001. Shortly before, Parsons came into contact with a coach from Virginia Commonwealth University based in Toronto, and the young forward decided to become a member of the Rams. At VCU, Parsons became the most prolific soccer player in Rams history, making an immediate impact on the Richmond campus. Once her storied collegiate career was over, Parsons was first in career goals (58), career points (131) and sixth in assists (15). She also scored more than 10 goals per season for her four years at VCU. After graduating, Parsons latched on to the Richmond Kickers Destiny out of the W-League, the highest level of American women’s soccer following the folding of the WUSA. There, Parsons helped guide the Kickers Destiny to the playoffs for two straight seasons. In 2007, she racked up 11 goals and three assists in 11 games and was a finalist for the league MVP award. “It’s still really exciting for me to go play my own games,” Parsons said. “As much as I love teaching and coaching, I still get that adrenaline rush of playing myself.” But there is also Ms. Parsons, the teacher. After graduating from college, Parsons went to a job fair, and there she discovered how “great’ and “unique” Falls Church was. Having spent five years in a college town, Parsons felt as though she was ready for something new, to move on and experience a new adventure. Shortly after, she accepted a position as a chemistry teacher, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her tenure at VCU after writing such papers as “Predicting In Vivo Drug Interactions from In Vitro Data by use of Fluorometric Assays.” Whether her current students know the meaning of this is questionable, but her enthusiasm in the classroom is unmatched, according to her students. “Coach P is one of the best teachers and coaches I’ve ever had,” said sophomore Karen Hamill, a forward on the varsity team and a student in

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Parsons’ Chemistry I class. “She’s just really good at making us understand the subject and the game. She brings that same personality from the field into the classroom.” “I don’t think my students like me anymore, because it takes me so long to get them their papers back,” said Parsons with a chuckle, referencing her hectic schedule. “But everyone at Mason has been so helpful, allowing me to do the playing, the coaching and the teaching.” Finally, there is Coach Parsons, the soft-spoken director of the George Mason girls varsity soccer team, fresh off their first Bull Run District title in five years and in the middle of a streak of 12-games without a loss. Under Parsons’ guidance last year, the Mustangs reached the state semifinal, only to fall to eventual champion Radford. This year however, with a core of young freshman as well as experienced upperclassmen, Mason looks primed for another run to the tournament. Recently, Parsons was named the Bull Run Coach of the Year for her efforts on the Mustangs’ 9-0-1 district campaign. With her background, Parsons has brought a certain degree of professionalism to the head coaching job, recounting numerous stories of her playing days to her wide-eyed pupils. “I always tell them about things that have happened to me on the field, just to keep them mentally tough,” Parsons commented. “With fans always yelling on the sidelines or players trying to throw you off, I try to put that into practice to get the girls focused. “I think they really like that I can relate to what they’re going through. They’ve been really responsive.” “She’s just a role model on and off the field,” said senior captain Olivia Scott who, like Parsons, came to the United States from Canada and entered the Mason school system at the same time last year. “She’s really gotten the team together, given us someone to connect with.” With a laugh, Scott added “She’s young like us; she’s not some old geezer. I see her every day, and she really understands how to balance school and sports, how to be supportive as a coach.” “I still tell people that I don’t know what I want to be when I’m grown up,” says Parsons. “Coaching and teaching kind of come naturally to me. When I was a senior in college I coached a high school soccer team and I was studying forensics, so both really sparked my interest in coaching and teaching.” For now, Parsons’ schedule has her vaulting across the country, perfectly balancing her three professions. Last month, she promptly boarded a plane with the Freedom after school, flew out to Colorado, and played two games against the Fort Collins Force. In the first contest, she was named the Player of the Game in a 2-0 victory, racking up two assists. Most impressively, though, was the fact that Parsons returned to work the following Monday, melding inconspicuously back among the crowded halls of Mason High. “It’s an endless cycle, a busy cycle,” she said. “But I love every minute of it.” With so many accomplishments under her belt already, the incredibly humble Parsons still finds time to manage her true passions in life. When asked what the best part about being “Jen,” “Ms.” or even “Coach” Parsons is, she simply responded, “Being able to do three things that I absolutely love.”

With just one make-up match played in the past month, the Mustangs enjoyed a long layoff leading up to the started of the Region B Tournament last Saturday, May 24. Even without the matches, that time was not uneventful. Dissatisfied with their practice regimen, the top six Mason players finally took their coaches aside and vented their frustrations. As a result, Mason Head Coach Matt Sowers said his team is gelling like never before. “The guys are completely united now,” Sowers said before jokingly tacking on a qualifier. “They’re united because they’re all mad at me.” Despite the airing of opinions, Sowers explained that he was proud of his players for voicing their displeasure and believes the compromise he reached with them — a 50-50 split between drills and challenge play — will prepare them well to defend their sta-

tus as four-time reigning state champions. If last Saturday’s Region B opener is any indication, Sowers’ assessment is spot on. The Mustangs cruised by Wilson Memorial 5-0, ending the match in singles play. The Mustangs got wins from No. 1 Tim Goetz (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Brian Sham (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Johnny Vroom (6-1, 6-1), No. 4 Thomas Burnett (6-1, 6-0) and No. 6 Chris An (6-0, 6-0). No. 5 Carlos Clarke led his match (6-1, 4-1), when An clinched the match for Mason. The team now advances to face Randolph Henry on Saturday. Sowers says confidence is running high for a return to the state tournament after the Mustangs’ top doubles team of Goetz and Vroom dispatched Randolph Henry’s top pairing with relative ease (6-1, 6-1), to win the Region B doubles tournament on Tuesday, May 28. The Mason duo swept aside their semifinal opponents from Wilson Memorial earlier in the day, 6-0, 6-0.

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The George Mason High School boys varsity soccer team concluded its undefeated run through the Bull Run District by claiming the district tournament title with a 3-0 victory over Clarke County last Thursday. The win in the championship game improved the Mustangs’ record to a perfect 12-0 over district opponents this season and gave them home field advantage throughout the Region B Tournament that began on Memorial Day. The Mustangs put that edge to full use on Monday, largely coasting to a 3-0 win over Stonewall Jackson in their quarterfinal matchup. Sophomore Nick Smirniotopoulos put Mason (142-1 overall) on the board first, outrunning a defender to the ball and slipping a shot along the turf and past the Stonewall goalie five and a half minutes into the match. “Nick really made a difference with that first goal,” Mason Head Coach Art Iwanicki said.

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“If that didn’t go in, it really would have changed the nature of the match. The score would have been nil-nil approaching halftime and it would be all ‘OoooOooo,’” he continued, channeling the spooky sounds of the ghosts that have seen Mason fall early in the Region B tournament for the past few years. While Smirniotopoulos’s goal in the early going gave Mason a cushion, it was a pivotal red card handed out to a Stonewall player just before the half that assured a positive outcome for the Mustangs. On the ensuing free kick, Mason senior Matt Gresko played a long ball into the goal box where junior Anthony Andrianarison touched it over to junior Thomas Kim, who slammed it into the net with his left foot. With a two-goal lead and with the Raiders playing with just 10 men, the Mustangs scaled back their attack in the second half, resting starters for the majority of the final 40 minutes. Nevertheless, sophomore Teddy Rueckert used his chest to guide the ball just over the line to account for the

The George Mason High School girls varsity tennis team rallied from a large deficit and surged into the Region B Finals, winning 5-4 over Wilson Memorial Tuesday afternoon. Wilson Memorial, entering the match with an undefeated record of 14-0, claimed four consecutive singles wins after Mason’s Michelle Repper and Kelsey Kane put Mason ahead 2-0. Now with the match standing at 4-2, the defending regional champion Mustangs needed to win all three doubles

final goal with just over 16 minutes remaining in the match. Last week in the Bull Run title game, Smirniotopoulos sparked the Mustangs past the Eagles by scoring all three goals in Mason’s 3-0 win. With Mason dominating possession throughout the contest, and firing 15 first-half shots, the Mustangs clung to a one-goal lead after Smirniotopoulos’s first goal in the game’s opening minutes. He opened the second half in similar fashion, scoring three minutes into the second half, before capping his night at the 52-minute mark with a goal from near the top of the box. Though the district title was an essential hurdle for the Mustangs to clear, their sights remain set on returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2005. To do so, they will have to advance at least to the finals of the Region B Tournament, requiring a win in what Iwanicki called a “mini state championship game” against a powerful Nelson County team on Wednesday, May 28. Results of that game were not available at press time.

Led by distance double-winner Susanna Sullivan, the George Mason girls track and field team jumped, sprinted, hurdled and relayed its way to a secondplace trophy in last Friday’s Region B Championship in Charlottesville. Now sights are set on the Group A State Championship meet, which starts Saturday at Radford University. Sullivan, a senior, won the 1600 meter race in 5:14.01, a new Region B record. In the 3200 meter race she crossed the finish line almost a full lap ahead of her nearest competitor, posting a winning time of 11:22.73. Sullivan is the defending Group A state champion at both distances and will run for the University of Notre Dame next year. She now holds the Region B record in both the 1600m and 3200m. Joining Sullivan as a Regional champion was sophomore speedster Chantal Thomas, who won the 300 meter hurdles in 48.55. The versatile Thomas also leaped for 5 feet in the high jump, earning third place. Senior Karina Robarge was close behind Thomas in the 300m hurdles, finishing second at 49.29. In the 100 meter hurdles, Robarge posted a meet-best time — and Mason school record — of 16.28 in her qualifying heat. She was just a step off that pace in the final, running 16.57, good for third place. Sophomore Chantel Bailey brought in more points for the Mustangs with a fourthplace finish in the 400 meter dash, running the one-lapper in 1:01.51. In the meet’s final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay, Bailey, Thomas, Robarge and junior Taylor Moot combined to close things out with a flourish for the Mustangs,

matches to advance. And that’s exactly what they did. Mason’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Repper and Annie Zweighaft won their match 7-5, 6-3, while the No. 2 pairing of Kane and Claire Sedmak evened the overall match with a 6-3, 6-2 win. That shifted the decisive contest to the No. 3 doubles court, where Isis Hanna and Claire Pribulka swept the first set 6-0 and then won the final nine points of a second-set tie breaker to prevail and allow Mason to advance.

taking second in 4:15.86, an improvement of five seconds on their season-best time. “It was an exciting race,” Mason Head Coach Bianca White said. “A fight to the finish.” That gave Mason’s girls 62 points overall in the meet, ahead of third-place Chatham (56.5 points). Clarke County took first with 82 points. “I have a talented team and had faith that they would perform well at the Region meet,” White said. “The team dominated many events, which led to the runner up trophy.” Because Mason competes in the unusually tough Region B, the five girls who move on to the state meet should be battle-hardened. According to the authoritative track and field website, “It could be a Region B show at the VHSL Group A State Championships, with the Clarke County, George Mason and Chatham girls the top three ranked teams in Group A.” Several seniors closed out their Mason sports careers at the regional meet. Competing for the boys were throwers Matt Geurtsen and Austin Lucas, as well as hurdler Yusof Becker. Lucas threw his career-best in both the shot put (42’ 5.25”) and discus (124’ 5”). His discus toss measured 10 feet longer than his personal best this season. For the senior girls, Amelia Nystrom got top-10 finishes in both the 100m and 300m hurdles and will travel to the State meet as an alternate for the 4x400 relay team. Meredyth Duncan’s long jump of 14’ 9.25” was her career best and Lydia Fairfax ran the 800 meter race faster than she did at districts. “They were fierce competitors throughout their Mason track and field careers and will be missed next year,” White said.

“Claire Pribulka is so aggressive at the net. She just overwhelms teams up there,” Madison said. “And Isis Hanna is so steady from the baseline.” The balance has allowed that tandem to go undefeated thus far in 2008. The Tuesday win sets up a match against Goochland in the Region B Finals for the third straight season. While Mason has won the previous two meetings to advance to the state tournament in Radford, Va., Madison expects this meeting to be

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A Muckdogs 10 — Raptors 3: Nathan Sperry started the May 19 game off with a strong double, then with two outs and bases loaded, Miles Jackson came through with an RBI. A later rally by the Raptors was ended when Muckdogs’ pitcher Christian Farrace and catcher Lucian Walston combined on a smart play to force a runner out at home. Later, pitcher Mat Padgett made a great catch to end another surge by the Raptors. AA

The 2008 season of the George Mason High School varsity baseball team, a campaign that at times bore a likeness to a roller coaster ride, finally came to a close Monday night with a 3-2 loss to Luray in the quarterfinals of the Region B Tournament. Tied at two in the bottom of the fifth inning, Luray plated the game-winning run on a flare over the right side of the infield that just tipped off the outstretched mitt of second baseman Mike Ward. The run was the first by Luray since the first inning, when the team broke ahead 20 on a two-run opposite field double by Jeremy Leake. After the first, Mason senior starting pitcher Mike Straub settled into a dominant outing, striking out 12 and only yielding three more hits for the remainder of the game. However, with two outs in the fifth, Straub and the Mustangs experienced the sour side of the “game of inches,” as the eventual winning run trotted home when the flare fell to the ground. The Mustangs knotted the contest at two in the top of the second against Luray starting pitcher Richard Galindez, a southpaw who has yet to drop a decision this year. After a double by senior Peter Campanelli moved Ward to third base, sophomore Brian Lubnow brought him home on a single up the middle. Campanelli crossed the plate shortly thereafter, taking advantage of a Luray miscue when Lubnow stole second base. The loss ends a 2008 season with widely varying results

for Mason (10-13-1 overall, 55 Bull Run). After being shut out in consecutive games by Strasburg and Madison County, the Mustangs responded by scoring 30 runs in their next game, a victory over Manassas Park. Mason then rattled off 14 runs in their district tournament opening round game against Rappahannock County. The regional berth, earned by upsetting Bull Run District regular season runner-up Madison County in the semifinals of the district tournament, was the product of a young team’s willingness to scrap for every run and minimize mistakes in the field. “This year’s team progressed as the season went along,” Mason Head Coach Adam Amerine said. “We played our last five games of the season without an error, something I would never have expected in March.” With the loss, the careers of seniors Straub, Campanelli, Alex Prewitt, Lonnie Millard and Ted Peetz come to a close. “This year’s senior class may not have had the overall talent of last year’s, but they came to work and had fun doing it and really wanted to be successful, which I admired in all five of them,” Amerine said. The Bull Run District title eluded the Mustangs, as they fell to Strasburg, 9-3, on Friday. Mason jumped ahead early, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first on an RBI double by Millard and a run-scoring single by Andrew Lieber. The Rams replied with five of their own in the bottom half of the frame to regain a lead they would never again relinquish.

Storm 4 — River Dogs 3: In a nail-biter, the Storm took the River Dogs down to the final strike of the game to hold on for a 4-3 victory. The Storm got things going in dramatic fashion in the first inning when Anthony Cantaino blasted a lead-off triple into right field, later scoring to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The River Dogs then held the Storm with pitcher Jacob Plata throwing out two runners and striking out the third. In the bottom of the first, Dylan Galt ripped a two-run home run to give the River Dogs a 2-1 lead. The River Dogs held the Storm in the second, with the Storm defense led by second baseman Jack Foster and first baseman Tommy Ritter returning the favor to close a scoreless inning. In the top of the fifth, the Storm took a two-run lead, only to have the River Dogs answer with another run in the bottom of the inning. Having narrowed the Storm lead back to one, the River Dogs were thwarted in their effort to tie the game when Storm catcher Cantaino tagged out a River Dogs’ runner on an attempted steal of home. The River Dogs posted a valiant effort in the bottom of the sixth but were held scoreless by Noah Galvin, who threw out one runner at first, then struck out the final two batters to seal the win. In the game, Jacob Plata struck out six and Nick Lillis fanned four batters for the River Dogs.

Storm pitcher Liam Strobel had an excellent game, striking out eight batters. AAA Cardinals 17 — Pirates 6: The Cardinals’ bats were hot, with 10 Cards accounting for 20 hits. Jake Deeley and Zachary Welch had four hits apiece, with Deeley hitting three singles and executing a beautifully-placed bunt, and Welch hitting three singles and a huge double in the third inning. Thomas Beddow added three RBI, and Brandt Cole, Mike Maggio and Annie Ferguson each contributed two RBI. Beddow also made a big contribution in the field, striking out three batters and adding two put-outs at first from the mound. The Pirates rallied in the sixth inning, with several players getting hits, including Michael Behrens and Matthew Valley. Majors Cubs 5 — Mason District Pirates 1: Austen Adcock blasted a towering shot over the right field fence for his first home run of the season, making the score 2-0. Adcock also pitched four innings, allowing only four Pirates batters to reach base. Southpaw Ryan Leonard came on in relief at the end of the fourth inning, pitching the remainder of the game, and striking out three in the sixth inning to seal the shutout. The Cubs’ defense was led by catcher Ben Torpey, second baseman Daniel Anderson, who made several great catches and third baseman Daniel Schlitt who made a strong throw to nail a Pirates’ runner at first. P.J. Kern and Jacob Eye contributed singles to the Cubs’ offense. Nationals 16 — Red Sox 3: On May 19th the Nats’ Jesse Jones pitched four strong innings striking out nine Red Sox, leading his team to a 16-3 win. Daniel Butler came on in relief to close out the game, pitching two scoreless innings while

the toughest one yet. “They have all the motivation in the world,” Madison said. “They are at home and they want it bad. We have been the only thing that has stood in their way of a regional championship and they would love to break through.” In the Region B girls doubles tournament, Repper and Zweighaft breezed through the bracket to claim the regional title and advance to

striking out two. Devon Johnson led the Nats offense, with four hits in four at-bats, driving in three and scoring two runs. Sam Selby went 3-for-3 for the Sox, with an RBI and run scored. It was a tightly contested game through four innings, but the Nats broke it open in the fifth, scoring seven runs and adding another eight in the sixth inning. Nationals 5 — Yankees 4: Ethan Anderson pitched four and two-thirds innings, holding the Yankees to four runs on two hits, while Daniel Butler closed out the Nats by striking out four of the last five batters. The Nationals scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Butler’s two-out single with the bases loaded scored Noah Anderson from third base to win the game. Noah battled from an 0-2 count to eventually walk after an eight-pitch at bat. For the Yankees, Jon Strader pitched four innings, holding off the Nationals’ bats and allowing only one run. A’s 16 — Red Sox 15: On May 21, Maggie Goldsmith ripped a single down the leftfield line to bring in the winning run for the A’s, ending a see-saw battle between two teams who simply refused to give up. Down two going into the sixth, the Sox staged a dramatic rally, fueled by solo home runs by Lucas Cherry and Richard Marsh. Then, down to their last out, the Sox added a run on a wild pitch and, after a sharp single by Jackson DuBro — his third of the night — on a two-RBI single from Stevie Lethbridge. But the A’s were not to be denied, bouncing back by combining hits with some shaky fielding by the Sox to bring up Goldsmith with the bases loaded. With die-hard fans bundled up on a cold, windy night, Maggie decided it was time for everyone to go home, promptly lining the game winning hit. Patrick got the A’s going early in the game with a three-run home run to left center field in the first inning.

the State Tournament. The duo’s lone speed bump came early, slipping behind 0-3 against the pair from Wilson Memorial. However, Repper and Zweighaft halted their skid to claim the first set, 6-4, and then took the second, 6-2. Repper paced the pair in the final with six aces and Zweighaft controlled the net in a 6-2, 6-2 win. The state tournament begins next Friday, June 7 at Radford University.

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Graham Road Elementary School to Relocate The Fairfax County School Board has voted to relocate Graham Road Elementary School (3036 Graham Road, Falls Church) from its current location to the current Devonshire Center site (2831 Graham Rd. Falls Church). Renovation of the Devonshire site is scheduled to be completed by the 201112 school year. Renovating the Devonshire site will be faster and less disruptive than renovating Graham Road, as students will not be present during renovations. Relocating to the eightacre Devonshire site will allow for improved athletic fields and playground facilities and the school’s capacity for students will increase by 100-150 (500 as compared to 350 to 400 at the current Graham Road). Students Win at International Science Fair Eight Fairfax County students won third awards and three won fourth awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta. Winners of third awards were: Andre Gerner of Marshall HS, Dhruv Kedar and Shawn Mittal of Chantilly HS, Sumit Malik, Joy Lee and Phillip Grisdela of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), William McGrath of TJHSST and Sappho Gilbert of TJHSST. Winners of fourth awards were Michael Finneran of Chantilly HS, Alexander Peterkin of Oakton HS and Alexander Kim of TJHSST. Local Teams in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Seven Fairfax County Odyssey of the Mind teams will compete in the World Finals at the University of Maryland from May 31 - June 3.  In Problem 1: Odyssey Road Rally, a combined team of students from Louise Archer ES and Wolftrap ES will compete, as will a team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). Teams from Oakton HS and TJHSST will compete in Problem 2: DinoStories. Teams from Lake Anna ES and TJHSST will compete in Problem 3: The Wonderful Muses. In Problem 4: Tee Structure, teams from Colvin Run ES and TJHSST will compete. A team from TJHSST will compete in Problem 5: The Eccentrics! Each competition is divided into two

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Eight local high school seniors were named 2008 National Merit Scholarship Winners. Colleges and universities provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate studies to over 2,800 winners nationwide. Kimberly A. Kosta of Bishop O’Connell HS will attend the University of Alabama in the fall. The remaining seven winners come from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Andrew W. Stebbins will attend Rochester Institute of Technology, Alyson L. Yee will attend Tufts University, Hanna M. Howard will attend Northwestern University, Colleen L. Zhu will attend the University of Southern California, and Henry G. Bosco, Morgan L. Bell and Michael G. Dunn will attend Virginia Tech.

Students from the Congressional Schools of Virginia won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition that consists of three separate meets throughout the school year. Over 230,000 students nationwide participate every year. The school’s seventh graders tied for 12th place in the Blue Division in the year-end cumulative standings out of 301 schools at that level. Hansung Bae, Jordan McDaneld and Tejas Patel earned perfect scores and were honored for individual achievement. Other students honored for their achievement in the year’s final meet were William Clark, India Brahm, Nour Aburish, Diana Amos, Jane Werntz, Alice Yuen, Julia Anderson, Rukmini Basu, Nick Bourbeau, Caroline Mack, Rajeev Bhagowalia, Alexander Boyd, Spencer Hawkins, Matt Kelley, Casey Lim, Marshall Nimick, Reece Anderson and Andrew Kolczynski.

Graduations Ahead Local high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks. Falls Church HS will graduate on May 30 at the Patriot Center (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax) at 1:30 p.m. J.E.B. Stuart HS will graduate on June 3 at J.E.B. Stuart HS (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church) at 4 p.m. George Mason HS will graduate on June 11 at DAR Constitutional Hall (1776 D St. NW, D.C.) at 7 p.m. McLean HS will graduate on June 12 at DAR Constitutional Hall at 2:30 p.m. George C. Marshall HS will graduate on June 13 at DAR Constitutional Hall at 10 a.m. School Year Shortened Fairfax County Public Schools will reduce the 2007-08 standard school year calendar by two days, making Friday, June 13, the last day of school for most schools. June 17 will be the last day for elementary school students on a modified schedule, and May 30 will be the last day for modified secondary school students. This decision was made because FCPS did not use all of its inclement weather days this year. Students at Braddock Elementary School, Cunningham Park Elementary School, Flint Hill Elementary School and Wolftrap Elementary

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Community Events THURSDAY, MAY 29 Story Hour. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 10:30 a.m. Meet Author DJ MacHal. Children’s author D.J. MacHale reads and autographs “Raven Rise,” for ages 10 and up. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington). Free. 6:30 p.m. 703241-8281. Falls Church Rotary Club Meeting. Ingrid Schultz speaks about the Falls Church Sister City Partnership. Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $10. 6:30 p.m. 202268-5089. Mini Health and Information Fair. Celebrate Older Americans Month with advice on how to stay healthy. Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) Free. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 703248-5020 (TTY 711).

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Tofu Temptations Cooking Demonstration. Franklin Fung Chow demonstrates traditional cooking techniques with tofu. Aurora Hills Branch Library (735

S. 18th St., Arlington). Free. 1:30 p.m. Pre-register at 703-2285722.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 “We’ve Got Your Back” Run. Fourmile run and two-mile walk as part of Spinal Health Fair (1831 Wiehle Ave., Reston, Va.). $25 pre-registration, $30 race day. 8 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Falls Church City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 8 a.m. Things That Go! Performance by storyteller and guitarist Marlena Thompson, for ages 2-6. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington). Free. 11 a.m. 703-241-8281. Something-From-Nothing Puppet Workshop. Interactive workshop to make marionette puppets, ages 4-12. Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). Free. 3 p.m. Registration recommended at 703-228-0322. Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop. Learn how to create a rain barrel to place under a downspout to collect water from the roof. Walker Nature

Send community event submissions to the News-Press by e-mail at; fax 703-532-3396; or by regular mail to 450 West Broad Street #321, Falls Church, VA 22046. Please include any photos or artwork with submissions. Deadline is Monday at noon for each week’s edition. Education Center (11450 Glade Dr., Reston, Va.) $52 credit card, $50 check. Register at 703-3241428.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Green Living Home and Garden Tour. Annual tour of environmentally-friendly homes. Various Arlington homes. $5 donation suggested. 1 p.m. www. The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. Jeff Yeager offers insight on enjoying life by spending less. Central Library Auditorium (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington). Free. 2 p.m. 703-2283346.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Third Annual Meeting on Human Rights. Panelists will debate on practices and regulations by the Inter-American Human Rights System. American University Washington College of Law Rm. 603 (4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, D.C.). Free. Register at 202274-4070.


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Bluegrass band, integrates each member’s special talents into the group with the Quicksilver sound. The Kennedy Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m. 202-467-4600. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death. Touring exhibit and documentaries on psychiatric drugs. Citizens Commission on Human Rights (2301 M St. 2nd Fl. NW, D.C.). 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sex and the City. Pre-show party, live music and specialty drinks. Posh Restaurant & Supper Club (730 11th St. NW, D.C.). 6 - 10 p.m. RSVP to 202393-0975.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Comedian Patrice Oneal. From HBO’s “One Night Stand.” The Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, D.C.). $20. 8 p.m. for full menu for showroom. 202-2967008.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 National Symphony Orchestra. Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the NSO in masterworks by Sibelius. Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). $20-$80. 8 p.m. 202467-4600. Divas Outdoors Film Series. Timeless film stars are presented at their campy best. Hillwood Estate, Museum &

Book Signing and Discussion. George Lakoff discusses political decision-making. Borders (1801 K St. NW, D.C.) Free. 12:30 p.m. 202-466-4999. “In Justice” Book Signing. David Iglesias discusses executive branch’s interaction with Justice Department. Borders (1801 K St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6:30 p.m. 202466-4999.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Music Together: The Joy of Family Music. Music Together program for ages six months and up. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books (2499 N Harrison St., Arlington) Free. 11 a.m. 703-241-8281. “The Uprising” Book Signing. David Sirota discusses the relationship between Wall Street and Washington. Borders (1801 K St. NW, D.C.). Free. 202466-4999.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Story Hour. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 10:30 a.m.


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Gardens (4155 Linnean Avenue NW, D.C.). $15, $10 for children 6 to 18. Reservations required. 6 p.m. 202-686-5807. Bright Pink Vessel. BosmaDance performs contemporary dance as part of DaVinci Passport. George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). $15, $10 for students/seniors. 7:30 p.m. for tickets. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Features China’s Ever-Changing Landscape with Cheng Gong’s Yellow Mountain. Smithsonian (1050 Independence Ave. SW, D.C.). Free. 202-633-1000.

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ake this advice from someone who has witnessed the recent years’ impressive evolution of the music program at Falls Church’s George Mason High School. Those in charge there have built it into one of the biggest, most popular activities at the school, and very accomplished, to boot. While competitive sports get most of the attention, it’s “cooperative sports,” such as this, that, it has been argued, provide more lasting positive impacts, including skills that last a lifetime. Admission is free, and the concert will reprise the efforts of the concert and symphonic bands, the jazz ensemble, sax quartet and percussion ensembles. Featured in solo performances will be Yusof Becker, Adam Gann, Seth Ensign, Morgan Moscati, Emily Perry, Nathan Ward and Jeff Williams, all graduating seniors.

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live_music&nightlife THURSDAY, MAY 29 Catie Curtis and Edie Carey. Catie Curtis performs Long Night Moon, a work of modern folk. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $22 in advance, $25 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Bill Kreutzmann, Oteil urbridge and Scott Murawski. Performing songs of the Grateful Dead and Robert Hunter, and some originals plus Radio Mosaic. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $20. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. Gerry Timlin. Irish folksinger, musician and entertainer performs. Ireland’s Four Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) Free. 7:30 p.m. Reservations recommended at 703-534-8999. JV’s Allstar Band. Special show with Dave Chappell, Little Margie Clark on vocals, Jacque Johnson on saxophone , Barry Hart on drums and Steve Wolf on bass. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) 9 p.m. For more information, call 703-2419504.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 bob - CD Release Party. aFREUDIANSLIP performs, plus DJ Redemption. The State Theater. (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $12 in advance, $15 at

the door. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. Celeste and Buttersweet. With Blues and Pop. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 7 - 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-534-0095.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Riverdance. Irish step dance and music powerhouse performs. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap. (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $20-$55. 703255-1868. An Evening with the Nighthawks. The world’s best bar band performs rare acoustic and electric show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Outdoor Musical Event. Local group, No Better Off, will play acoustic roots music, blues and country. Palladium Civic Green (1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean). Free. 6 p.m. 703-288-9505. Shane Hines and the Trance. With Evan Bliss and the Welchers and Slow Runner. IOTA Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) $11. 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www. Blisspop Presents: MSTRKRFT. With Will Eastman & Nouveau Riche DJs. The 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, D. C.). $20. 8 p.m. 202265-0930.

The Meteors and The Oncelers. With rock and pop songs. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Meteors show 7 - 9:30 p.m. Once-lers show 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. For more information call 703-534-0095. Happy Birthday to Two. Celebrating with Bernstein & Bolcom recital with Steven Blier. The Barns at Wolf Trap. (1645 Trap Road, Vienna). $38. 8 p.m. 703-255-1868.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Hot Sax Night. Sensational Saxophone player Jerry Queene will be joined by Big Joe Maher, Jim Stephason, John Previti and a guest saxophone player. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) 9 p.m. For more information, call 703-2419504. Blues Jam. With Jeff Carmella. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). For more information call 703-534-0095.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Open Acoustic Mic Nic. Hosted by Diana Quinn and Mike Woods. JV’s Restaurant. (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) 9 p.m. For more information, call 703-241-9504. Kyonte. Singer and songwriter performs soul vocals with

two shows. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). $18. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 202-337-4141.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Bell X1. Irish Rock band performs, along with Brooke Waggoner. The 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, D. C.). $15. 7:30 p.m. 202-265-0930. The Outlaw Collective. Young composers and musicians perform with drums, bass, sax, piano and guitar. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). $18. Two shows 8 p.m and 10 p.m. 202-337-4141.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Performers pretend to play rock or heavy metal-style electric guitar solos. The 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, D. C.). $15. 7:30 p.m. 202-265-0930. Ray Gaskins. Performs smooth jazz with keys and sax. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). $20. 202-337-4141.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Traffic Jam. Groups performs, along with Ron Kronz. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). For more information, call 703-534-0095.

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Ain’t this weather great? One week after soaking up Memorial Day weekend rays, it’s time to get outside and do it again. This time, the destination is Herndon. From Thursday through Sunday, the town is hosting their 28th Annual Herndon Festival. Attracting over 90,000 people each year, the festival is a huge event featuring carnival rides and games, tons of bands, children’s acts, 10 and 5k races, arts and crafts, a business expo, fireworks, food and so much more. The fun starts tonight with the gates opening at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The festival continues all weekend long, opening at 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the festival is free, though entry to the carnival area requires a $5 minimum purchase in ride tickets.

What: 28th Annual Herndon Festival When: Thursday-Sunday, May 29 - June 1 Where: Downtown Herndon, Virginia See for hours, schedule and more information

Thursday, June 12 - Smooth Saxaphone Stylings by Kenny G. Saxaphone extraordinaire in live performance. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap. (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) $42 for in-house tickets, $25 for lawn seating. 8 p.m. 703-255-1868. Saturday, June 14 - 2nd Annual Father & Daughter Dance. Celebrate Father’s Day with the City Parks and Recreation Department. Old Town Hall (3999 University Dr., Fairfax) $20 per couple in advance. $30 at the door. 6 p.m. 703-385-7858.

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Art-omatic (Still going!) May 9 through June 15. Exhibition located at 1200 First St. NE, D.C., on the corner of First & M Streets NE. Nearest Metro station: New York Avenue on the Red Line. Hours: Wed. - Thu.: 5 - 10 p.m.; Fri. Sat.: Noon - 2 a.m.; Sun.: Noon -10 p.m.; Closed Mon. - Tues. This week we pick a few highlights from the seventh and eighth floors. Solomon T. Wondimu shows two key images from his revealing “Skin Color Project.” Operating under the notion that skin color is anything but black and white, Wondimu has taken digital photo “samples” of over 3,000 forearms. Taking a oneinch swatch from each photo, then breaking it down into its own color range, he found an average of 15 different colors in each person’s skin. Taking eight of those, he’s made up a skin color swatch book color chart that clearly illustrates the notion that humans are more

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brick colored than black or white. It’s simple, yet insightful and thought provoking work. Rodina Yelena displays a wonderful sense of geometry and illustration. Of the ones shown here, the smaller canvases seem to work best. My favorites are “Morning Star,” a DNA based canvas titled “The Ladder of Success” and a whacked-out perspective night scene of village buildings with street lights. They’re all quizzical, playful, colorful and very well composed. D. E. Hurlbert no doubt has come face to face with the transitory state of life far too often in his two decades as a combat photographer. Now retired, he shoots people in a ghostly diaphanous state, set in a solid opaque world. It’s nice work that clearly deals with the temporary condition called life and the way we fleetingly move through the world around us. The best of Fern Loos Beu’s work is a poolside canvas depicting a pink inner tube floating on the surface of a curving pool

with its reflection on the water’s surface and shadow on pool bottom. It’s a simple canvas that transports you to a quiet, relaxing and refreshing place on a warm summer day with intense mid-day light. Dale R. Hunt has a collection of wacky graffiti style illustrations that are variously humorous and/or disturbing. I don’t quite know what to make of them, but they’re kind of cool. Amy Marx brings her tornadic activity images, ironically one of which looked like it got caught in a downdraft when I saw it. Ah, the trials and tribulations of displaying art work. It’s nice work, though not her best stuff. A New York City solo show that closed after the Art-omatic installation deadline no doubt took the best of the best she had. For an expansive view of her other work, see David Yano has an installation-style presentation that I liked. It’s obsessively covered with art diary/sketchbook pages and then hung with his paintings on top of that matrix. The imagery is based around a series of twisted futuristic sexpot women ... I think. I’m not so sure about the individual imagery, but the overall effect is pretty interesting. It would take you hours to go through all the writing and drawings on this 8 x 12-foot wall. Damien Gill has a series of photos he refers to as Found Art Photos. Let’s face it, about 98

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Fern Loos Beu’s Poolside painting titled ‘Drifting,’ on the 7th floor of Art-omatic, through June 15. percent of photography is found art, and a large hunk of that is dubious on the art part. Not Gill’s work. These images are almost minimalist simple, yet fascinating and complex with a range of quirky subtleties. I was flabbergasted at the 3-D effect he managed to pull off with “Bricks,” a gray painted brick wall with a white detail stripe. He’s captured the depth of field here so masterfully your brain can’t quite grasp the fact that the image is in fact a flat surface. His photos, titled “Disconnected” and “Pebbles in Street Grate” aren’t shabby either. Very nice work indeed. The eighth floor seems to have less deep thinking going on than the seventh, but it has some nice work nonetheless. If your tastes run towards Kandinsky, you’ll definitely want to check out the work of Kofi Dofour. Glass works are sprinkled throughout the building, most come with a Washington Glass School connection. The bomb and organ themed works of David D’Orio seem the most entertaining of what I’ve seen so far. Alissa Taylor has a series of photo realistic graphite drawings of everyday objects such as keys and toothpaste. Her self portrait with its pointillist use of letters contains the lyrics to songs she enjoys. Caren Quinn has three paintings of engine parts that have a “What is that?” sensibility to them, while leaning towards abstraction. Another painter, Joe Granki II, gives us a self portrait of himself as young Superman, flexing biceps in his “S” shirt. Another canvas, depicts leather-clad “Sara, Night in the Parking Garage” with far less utopian intentions, replete with both blatant and subtle sexual clues. Kristian Whipple offers up a series of photo portraits with PSA style text. These “half truths” run from the benign to the shocking, such as “I’ve been shooting up since I was seven.” Melissa Hackman has three nice child-like color drawings. Perennial Art-omatic partic-

ipant Matt Sesow is on the eighth floor. A small video screen displays all 11 million images he’s ever created (no, not really 11 million, but it’s well into the thousands). I liked the movement and monochromatic intensity of Paul Ryan Seegars photo, “Tunnel,” shot out of the sunroof of his car traveling through the winding 3rd St. tunnel. The color seems doctored in some unidentifiable Photoshop way, but it’s believable and thus not obtrusive. Artist Opportunities “Reincarnations” MixedMedia Works from Found Objects. Curated by Steve and Linda Krensky, in conjunction with Zenith Gallery. Steve Krensky probably sees more art gallery shows than anyone else in town. Simply stated he’s an inexhaustible art hound. His wife runs the Lightstreet Gallery in Baltimore. Artworks need not be made entirely of found objects, only primarily of recycled, reused, and/or renewed materials. It is preferred that artwork be “for sale.” Large scale pieces are encouraged. The show dates are July 14 – Sept. 20, 2008 at 1111 Sculpture Space (1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C. — the corner of 12th and Pennsylvania). To enter, send .jpg photo files of the work, along with details (title, size, medium, date, price allowing for 50 percent commission), along with resume/artist statement to and lindadk.zenithgallery@gmail. com. Note that display area is the entire lobby of a building with law offices, so nothing political or controversial with nudes especially verboten. Submission deadline is July 1.  The Northern Virginia Art Beat is compiled by Kevin Mellema. See for photos and more. To e-mail submissions, send them to

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“Sarah Jessica Parker couldn’t be better. The four female stars are the most appealing ensemble of the year.” Roger Friedman, FOX NEWS CHANNEL

I am not the person to review this movie. Perhaps you will enjoy a review from someone who disqualifies himself at the outset, doesn’t much like most of the characters and is bored by their bubble-brained conversations. Here is a 145-minute movie containing one (1) line of truly witty dialogue: “Her 40s is the greatest age at which a bride can be photographed without the unintended Diane Arbus subtext.” That line might not reverberate with audience members who don’t know who Diane Arbus was. But what about me, who doesn’t reverberate with the names on designer labels? There’s a montage of wedding dresses by world-famous designers. I was lucky I knew who Vivienne Westwood was, and that’s because she used to be the girlfriend of the Sex Pistols’ manager. The movie continues the stories of the four heroines of the popular HBO series, which would occasionally cause me to pause in my channel surfing. They are older but no wiser, and all facing some kind of a romantic crossroads. New Line has begged critics not to reveal plot secrets, which is all right with me, because I would rather have fun with plot details. I guess I can safely say: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is in the 10th year of her relationship with Mr.

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Big (Chris Noth) when they sort of decide to buy a penthouse they name “Heaven on Fifth Avenue.” Publicist Samantha (Kim Cattrall) has moved to Los Angeles, where her client Smith (Jason Lewis) has become a daytime TV star. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and her husband, Harry (Evan Handler), have adopted a Chinese daughter. And Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is in a crisis with her husband, Steve (David Eigenberg). What with one thing and another, dramatic developments cause the four women to join each other at a luxurious Mexican resort, where two scenes take place that left me polishing my pencils to write this review. The girls go sunbathing in crotch-hugging swimsuits, and Miranda is ridiculed for the luxuriant growth of her pubic hair. How luxuriant? One of her pals describes it as “the National Forest,” and there’s a shot of the offending prolif-


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written and directed by Michael Patrick King. Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell and the TV series. Produced by Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Melfi and Darren Star. Photographed by John Thomas. Edited by Michael Berenbaum. Music by Aaron Zigman. Running time: 145 minutes. Classified: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language).

eration that popped the Smith Brothers right into my head. A little later, Charlotte develops a tragic case of “turista” and has a noisy accident right there in her pants. This is a key moment, because Carrie has been so depressed she has wondered if she will ever laugh again. Her friends say that will happen when something really, really funny happens. When Charlotte overflows, Carrie and the others burst into helpless laughter. Something really, really funny has finally happened! How about you? Would you think that was really, really funny? “Sex and the City” was famous for its frankness, and we expect similar frankness in the movie. We get it, but each “frank” moment comes wrapped in its own package and seems to stand alone from the story. That includes (1) a side shot of a penis, (2) sex in positions other than the missionary, and (3) Samantha’s dog, which is a compulsive masturbator. I would be reminded of the immortal canine punch-line (“because he can”), but Samantha’s dog is a female. “She’s been fixed,” says the pet lady, “but ... she hasn’t lost the urge.” Samantha can identify with that. The dog gets friendly with every pillow, stuffed animal, ottoman and towel, and here’s the funny thing, it ravishes them male-doggy-style. I went to and typed in “How do female dogs masturbate?” and did not get a satisfactory answer, although it would seem to be: “Just like all dogs do, but not how male dogs also do.” On to Mr. Big, the wealthy tycoon and victim of two unhappy marriages, who has been blissfully living in sin with Carrie for 10 years. I will supply no progress report on their bliss. But what about Mr. Big himself? As played by Chris Noth, he’s so unreal he verges on the surreal. He’s handsome in the Rock Hudson and Victor Mature tradition, and has a low, preternaturally calm voice that deliv-

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onstantine’s Sword (Documentary, not rated, 95 minutes). An engrossing tour through history with author and former Catholic priest James Carroll, who touches on the misalliance of church and state, evangelicalism at

the Air Force Academy, the shadowy dealings of the Church and the Nazis, the crusaders who massacred Jewish villages, his father the Air Force general, and surprising individual stories. Too much ground to cover, really, but Carroll is the kind of conversationalist you urge to keep on talking. Rating: Three

Kim Cattrall (left) stars as Samantha Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker (center left) stars as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon (center right) stars as Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis (right) stars as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt in “Sex and the City.” (Photo: © 2008 New Line Cinema) ers stock reassurances and banal cliches right on time. He’s so ... passive. He stands there (or lies there) as if consciously posing as The Ideal Lover. But he’s ... kinda slow. Square. Colorless. Notice how, when an old friend shouts rude things about him at an important dinner, he hardly seems to hear them, or to know he’s having dinner. The warmest and most human character in the movie is Louise (Jennifer Hudson), who is still in her 20s and hasn’t learned to be a jaded consumerist caricature. She still believes in True Love, is hired as Carrie’s assistant, and pays her own salary on the first day by telling her about a Net Flix of designer labels (I

guess after you wear the shoes, you send them back). Louise is warm and vulnerable and ... womanly, which does not describe any of the others. All of this goes on for nearly two and a half hours, through New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and other bonding holidays. The movie needs a Thanksgiving bail-out opportunity. But this is probably the exact “Sex and the City” film that fans of the TV series are lusting for, and it may do $50 million on its opening weekend. I know some nurses who are going to smuggle flasks of Cosmopolitans into the theater on opening night and have a Gal Party. “Do you think that’s a good idea?” one of them asked me. “Two flasks,” I said.




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he Fall (Fantasy, R, 117 minutes). In a Los Angeles hospital, circa 1915, a paralyzed stunt man (Lee Pace) enthralls an angelic little girl (Catinca Untaru) with an adventure story that her mind supplies extraordinary images for. The film is a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms, directed by Tarsem (“The Cell”). A movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. Rating: Four stars.


ister Lonely (Comedy, not rated, 112 minutes). An odd, desperate film, lost in its own audacity, and yet there are passages of surreal beauty and preposterous invention. A Michael Jackson impersonator meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in Paris, and she takes him home to the Highlands of Scotland to meet her extended family of other impersonators, including Charlie Chaplin, the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, the Three Stooges and Madonna. Strange and baffling. There is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original. Rating: Two stars.


he Strangers (Horror, R, 90 minutes). Rating: One and a half stars.

oman de Gare (Thriller, R, 103 minutes). The intriguing character actor Dominique Pinon, who looks like an insect when he’s chewing gum, can do a lot of things at the same time. According to the labyrinthine plot of this movie, he is perhaps an escaped serial killer, a ghost writer or a runaway husband. He meets the heroine (Audrey Dana) at 3 a.m. at a highway cafe, where she has been dumped by a jealous

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EMI-PRO (Comedy, R, 90 m., 2008). Comedic MVP Will Ferrell slam-dunks this Guy Flick, playing the coach, GM, power forward and promotions chief of the Flint Tropics, an ABA franchise on the verge of extinction in 1976. With Woody Harrelson again showing off his white-man’s leap, it’s a nonstop laugh-in that’s not just for hoops junkies. Rating: Three and a half stars. (Jeff Johnson)

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starring Tim Roth as an aged professor who is struck by lightning and starts growing younger, only to meet the double of his long-lost love (Alexandra Maria Lara), who is struck by lightning and starts to grow older. A confusion wandering in a maze, but it sure looks good. Rating: One and a half stars.

by Washington, portrays the racist society against which they endured and prevailed. One of the year’s best. Rating: Four stars.


AD MONEY (Comedy, PG-13, 104 m., 2008). Curiously casual caper starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson. The women are service workers at a Federal Reserve Bank who find a way to smuggle a fortune out of the building. Their plan is simple, the complications are few, and they don’t get excited much beyond some high-fives and hugs and giggles. La-di-da. Rating: One and a half stars.


HE GREAT DEBATERS (Drama, PG-13, 127 m., 2007). An affirming and inspiring film, retelling the story of a remarkable team and their coach. Little Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, in the heart of the Jim Crow 1930s South, fielded a debate team coached by Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington) that won the national championship. But there’s much more to the story than just their victory; the film, directed

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NTRACEABLE (Thriller, R, 100 m., 2008). “Untraceable” is a horrifying thriller, smart and merciless. A psychopath devises ways to slowly kill people online, in live streaming video. The more hits he gets, the further the process continues, until finally his captive is dead. On his trail: Diane Lane as the head of the Portland Cyber Crimes unit, Colin Hanks as her partner and Billy Burke as a Portland detective. Well made and acted; a sadistic nightmare. Rating: Three stars.

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ATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (Action, PG, 104 m., 2007). Without a doubt the most absurd and fevered plot since “National Treasure” (2004). What do I mean by fevered? What would you say if I told you that Mount Rushmore was carved only in order to erase landmarks pointing to a fabled City of Gold built inside the mountain? Starring Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Harvey Keitel and Justin Bartha, who were all but one in the first adventure, but never once mention it. I’d just about forgotten it, too. Rating: Two stars.

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now is not steadily advancing towards completion. Hines isn’t frustrated, though, as noted by his appreciation of lawn grooming, he has learned to savor the feeling of accomplishment and putting tasks behind him. “I just love finishing stuff,” Hines says. “That is why I love mowing the lawn, because I can watch it get done. Nothing else I do seems to get done. It will be the end of the day and I have a line ... maybe. It was so nice to finish the songs and record them.” He has been particularly motivated after he and his wife welcomed twins into the world. Suddenly there’s a new dimension

Shane Hines loves mowing his lawn. No, it’s not a very “rock star” passion to hold, but he loves it just the same. It’s not so much the manual labor, or the steamy summer temperatures — he loves it because when he slices down that last row of overgrown grass, he’s finished, done, end of story. Hines hasn’t often gotten that same satisfaction from his music of late. It’s not that the past year hasn’t held highlights. He and his band, the Trance, won the Washington Area Music Award (WAMA) for best Pop Duo/Group. They accepted another invite from XM’s U-Pop show to return to England for an internationally broadcast live recording session at Abbey Road Studios. They were asked to serve as the spokespeople for Local Point TV, a digital sub-channel focusing on local bands, filmmakers, comedians and more. And it’s not that there hasn’t been progress. Since independently releasing critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Zoe, the band released B-Side compilation Satellite Go Boom. It’s just that recently there has been a lot of swirling and not as much completing. The irons are in the fire, but nothing has been forged just yet. At the moment, Hines admits he’s in a bit of a rut after an inspired start to the year. In terms of the future, the next album exists in abstraction, with hopes high for label backing and corralling a veteran producer, but as of SHANE HINES

to his goal of supporting himself through music. “You look at these kids staring at you and you’re like, ‘Okay! Time to go downstairs and write some music!’” Hines says of the newfound pressure. Fortunately for everyone, crafting songs is where Hines excels. When he is on his game, he can forge melodic hooks that would make even all-time pop anglers envious. His work has become a staple of teen music collections in the D.C. area, and attracted national audiences on MTV’s “Real World” and “Laguna Beach.” Recently Hines teamed with Floridabased producer Pete Wallace for a four-day recording session that yielded three power-pop tunes intended for use outside of the Shane Hines catalog. Wallace is best known for his work crafting songs for artists like Teddy Geiger and Pink, but Hines celebrates him for his straight-ahead work ethic. “He’s just sick. We would write songs in the afternoon, then I’d come back in the morning and he’d have it all tracked out,” Hines says. The songs, titled “I’m Losing You,” “You and Me” and “Bittersweet Revenge,” are mostly written and sung from the feminine perspective and would fit flawlessly in the collection of Avril Lavigne or another feisty female. Hines appreciated the opportunity to write for someone else — a first for him — but more than that he enjoyed being able to wrap up a finished product. And if another artists ends up recording one or more of those tunes, all the better. “If the first song I ever write that makes it legitimately, that lets me pay my bills for a bit, that’s alright with me,” Hines says. Still, he is focused on writing for his own band, and as momentum continues to build for the next album, Hines and the Trance are indulging local audiences this summer. On the immediate horizon are a May 30 show at Herndon Fest and a May 31 appearance at IOTA Club & Café in Arlington. • For more information on Shane Hines & the Trance, visit www.myspace. com/shanehines. Tickets for the IOTA Club and Cafe show are $11. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

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Argia’s Restaurant 124 N. Washington St., Falls Church • 703-5341033 • • Type of Food: Italian • Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, Zagat Rated, Full Bar, No Reservations • Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 5 pm; Dinner: Mon - Thur 5 - 9:30 pm, Fri & Sat 5 - 10:30 pm, Sun 5 - 9 pm.

Bear Rock Cafe 2200 Westmoreland St. (Westlee Condominium Building), Arlington • 703-532-0031; Catering: 703-532-0118 • Type of Food: American • Features: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Kids' Menu, Alcoholic Beverages; Catering, Free Indoor Parking • Hours: Mon.-Sat. - 7 am - 10 pm, Sun. - 7 am - 10 p.m.

Bubba’s BBQ & Catering 7810-F Lee Hwy, Falls Church • 703-560-8570 • Type of Food: American/Family, Salads w/ Meat & Ribs • Features: Best BBQ East of Mississippi • Hours: Mon-Sat- 11 am - 9pm

Celebrity delly 7263-A Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-9002 • Type of Food: Delicatessen • Features: Catering, Sandwiches, Submarines, Soups & Salads • Hours: Mon-Fri - 9 am - 9 pm, Sat - 8 am - 9 pm, Sun - 8 am - 4 pm

Chicken Corner 2816 Graham Rd., Falls Church (Next to Magruder's) • 703-573-0112 • Type of Food: Peruvian Pollo • Features: Rotisserie Chicken, subs, salads, fresh fish • Hours: Mon-Thu - 10:30 a.m. - 9 pm - 9 pm, Fri-Sat - 10 am - 930 pm.

Harvest Moon Restaurant and Lounge 7260 Arlington Blvd. (Graham Center across from Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703573-6000 • www.theharvestmoonrestaurant. com • Type of Food: Chinese • Features: Lunch / dinner buffets, banquet facilities up to 700 people • Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

Hoang’s Grill and Sushi Bar 502 W. Broad St., Falls Church • 703-536-7777 • Type of Food: Pan-Asian • Features: Single and Mingle Thursday Nights. • Hours: MonThurs 11 am - 10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am - 10:30 pm, Sun - 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Ireland’s Four Provinces 105W.BroadSt.,FallsChurch•www.4psfallschurch. com • 703-534-8999 • Type of Food: Irish • Features: Full Bar, Live Entertainment, Sunday Brunch • Hours: Daily - 11 am – 2 am

Koi Koi 450 W. Broad St., Ste. 117, Falls Church • 703-237-0101 • Type of Food: Japanese • Features: Sushi, Sashimi, Grill BBQ, Party Platters • Hours: Mon.–Thur. - 11 am – 10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat.: Noon - 11 p.m., Sun. 4 - 10 p.m.

Ledo Pizza Restaurant & Pub 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-8475336 • Type of Food: Pizza & Pasta, American/ Family • Features: Full Bar, Wine Menu, 5 TV’s-Sports • Hours: Mon-Thur - 11 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat - 11 am-11 pm; Sun - 12-10 pm

The Original Pancake House 370 West Broad Street, Falls Church • 703891-0148 • • Type of Food: American/Family • Features: Breakfast, Weekday Specials - Breakfast & Lunch • Hours: 7 am - 3 pm Daily

Red Hot & Blue 169 Hillwood Ave., (Hillwood Square), Falls Church • 703-538-6466 • Type of Food: Memphis Style Bar-b-que • Features: Full Service Catering and Delivery • Hours: Sun. - Thu. 11 am - 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Robeks 1063 W. Broad St., (West End Plaza), Falls Church • 703-538-4111 • • Type of Food: Smoothies, Juices, Wraps & Salads • Features: Catering • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 6 am - 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 8 am - 9 pm.

Sign of the Whale 7279 Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-1616 • Type of Food: American • Features: Seafood Night and Steak Night • Hours: 11:30 am - 2 am, 7 days a week

Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant 6304 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-2373888; 2153 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna • 703319-3888 • • Type of Food: 99% vegan • Features: Japanese, Chinese, Continental • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 12 pm - 10 pm.

Sweet Rice Thai Restaurant 1113 W. Broad St. (next to Don Beyer Volvo), Falls Church • 703-241-8582 • Type of Food: Thai Cuisine • Features: Free delivery ($15 min., limited area) • Hours: Mon. - Thu. 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 am - 11 p.m.; Sat. Noon - 11 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 10 p.m.

Velocity Five 8111 Lee Hwy. (Merrifield Plaza, Lee Hwy. and Gallows Rd.), Falls Church • • 703-207-9464 • Type of Food: American Grille • Features: 50 HD TVs, Private Banquet Rooms, DJ after 9:30 p.m. • Hours: Sun-Mon - 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

CARIBBEAN BREEZE serves as a trendsetter for Latin cuisine with acclaimed weekly lunch specials. (Photo: News-Press) By Brittany Diggs The gloom of an eight-hour workday can dull the five senses, but a sweet escape to Caribbean Breeze is sure to set your taste buds tangoing with its Latin-inspired lunch specials. The refreshing, ever-changing daily specials hail straight from the Caribbean, promising recipes of “Nuevo Latin” fare. This quaint eatery lies in Ballston, just one of Arlington’s urban neighborhoods. Located within a few blocks of the Ballston Metro station on Fairfax Drive, the restaurant offers a trendy alternative for office workers eager to delight their palettes with a medley of Caribbean spices and sauces. The festive presentations of entrées are exceptional, with prices for such culinary crafts ranging from $8-18. Compliments from the chef begin with long chips, baked to perfection with a hint of garlic seasoning and a side of roasted salsa. Don’t be fooled by the “pequeño” (“small” for the uninitiated) size of the empanadas ($9.75), as each of these Latin turnovers is filled with fresh tender shreds of chicken, beef, and a combination of shrimp, calamari and scallops. This appetizer is complemented with a jalapeño sauce that combines lemon and lime juices with garlic and jalapeños for a zesty mix. One of this week’s lunch specials is the Grilled Skewers Jumbo Shrimp Caesar Shrimp Salad ($13), a dish only served during summer months. Six grilled jumbo shrimp top a bed of romaine lettuce dressed in Caesar make this entrée a summertime favorite among patrons. Thick slices of toasted sesame bread were sprinkled throughout the salad. The menu caters to seafood lovers with its “Ceviche of the Day.” The ceviche, or citrus marinated seafood, salad of this particular week is the Salmon Ceviche ($10). Lean slices of salmon are layered between julienne cucumbers and tri-color peppers. Appetizers are recommended with any entrée, as servings are small. Still, the affordable price of dishes includes authentic tastes of Argentinean-style steaks and Latin hospitality. Expect greetings from a friendly staff who greet guests the moment they walk into the restaurant. A Latin dessert only adds to the sweet escape you’ll experience at the Caribbean Breeze. The Brazilian Coconut Flan ($6), a homemade caramel custard and coconut served with sweet whipped cream, is a perfect finishing touch to any lunch specialty. The Caribbean, Central and South American ambiance thrives with an interior décor that enhances the tropical meals on the menu. Restaurateur Mike Cordero founded Caribbean Breeze with the reminiscent images of Latin American islands in mind and the eatery's décor certainly echoes that idea. The peach-painted walls are accented by seats woven with purple and orange bands. Greenery and potted palms dress up the interior corners of the establishment, while tall windows allow the afternoon light to pour in. Tucked along the side of the restaurant, a patio provides a quiet haven amid commuters from neighboring offices hurrying past. After a long day’s work head on over for a tasty evening mean that ends with instructors leading groups of salsa novices through the basics of the dance for $10. Home to Arlington’s largest dance floors, Caribbean Breeze features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday's main event attracts as many as 150 people to the restaurant to hear DJ Andy spin salsa music. The success of Friday nights has led to an expansion in Saturday night’s entertainment. Caribbean Breeze 4100 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington, Va. 703-812-7997 Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - midnight Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday (Brunch): 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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More than 200 whiskies were considered for this year’s edition of the World Whiskies Awards, sponsored by Whisky Magazine, the U.K. publication that sets the pace for the international whisky coverage. I was privileged to be one of just four American judges on the 15-judge international panel, chaired by Dave Broom. Three rounds of blind tastings were held to come up with the top category winners. Our process was simple but laborious, given the size of the field. The first round was conducted by the editorial panel at their homes, with sample bottles telling us only the category and the alcohol by volume (ABV) strength. The whiskies that scored the highest in that round provided the subcategory winners, which then moved to the second round of tastings, held in London where category winners were picked. Then it was back to the editorial panels to decide the overall titles. You can get the full rundown on the judges, the category and subcategory winners plus selected tasting notes from judges on the Whisky Magazine online site. Meanwhile, here are the top winners: • World’s Best Whisky Liqueur: Wild Turkey American Honey. • World’s Best Grain Whisky: Compax Box Hedonism. • World’s Best New Release: Glenrothers 25 Year Old. • World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky: Blue Hanger 30 Year Old. • World’s Best Blended Whisky: Suntory Hibiki 30 Year Old. • World’s Best American Whiskey: George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon. • World’s Best Single Malt Whisky: Yoichi 20 Years Old. In other whiskey news: • Cooley Distillery, an independently owned Irish whiskey distiller, has launched a 15-year-old small-batch bottling of its Greenore Single Grain Whiskey. The company claims it is the oldest bottling of an Irish grain whiskey ever released. It is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and matures in the 200-year-old granite warehouses of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery in County Westmeath. Cooley’s previous release is Greenore 8-year-old, which will be maintained as a permanent brand. The 15-year-old will be limited to 5,000 bottles. Greenore Single Grain won a gold medal in 2007 at the International Wine and Spirits Competition and a double gold at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Noel Sweeney is the company’s master blender. • Most people think “Caribbean” when they think of rum. But the Cayman Islands never could lay claim to its own such spirit. That has changed with the debut of Seven Fathoms Premium Rum, the first commerciallymade distilled rum made entirely in the Caymans. Walker Romanica, a co-founder of Cayman Islands Distilleries with Nelson Dilbert, said the rum is made using an underwater aging process thought to be the first ever used with a spirit. After distillation, the rum is put into oak barrels, taken out to sea and dropped to a depth of 42 feet, or seven fathoms. “By aging our spirits underwater, we are able to take advantage of the kinetic properties of the ocean tides and currents to create a very unique flavour profile and a remarkably smooth rum,” Romanica said at a press conference.  Bill Dowd covers the beverage world at

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The squeeze play has been around poker for a long time but I’ve seen many more players using it in recent years. What is the squeeze play? Well, it goes something like this. Player A raises before the flop and player B calls. Then, usually from late position or from one of the blinds, Player C reraises – with anything. The theory behind this play is that the initial raiser, Player A, has to be worried about at least two other players -- in this case, Players B and C -- although he’s less concerned with Player B because he doesn’t figure to have a monster hand. Why? He didn’t reraise before the flop and that’s a sure sign of weakness. You see, squeezers will attack whenever they sense weakness. And when they do, they’ll turn to the squeeze play because it works. It’s even more successful when there are multiple callers after the initial pre-flop raise. Here’s an example. With blinds at 100-200, a player makes it 600 to go and three others call. At that point the pot’s worth 2,700. Now for the squeeze play. A squeezer in late position reraises pre-flop to 3,000 whether he has a strong hand or not. Unless the initial raiser has a powerful hand himself, he’ll probably fold, as will all the other players. The squeeze play works and the squeezer picks up a nice pot without even having to see the flop. Now, if any other player happens to reraise the squeezer, well, the squeezer can fold, unless, of course, he actually does have the goods. On the other hand, if other players just call the reraise, the squeezer can usually win the pot with a bet after the flop since he has position. Fortunately, there is an effective counterplay specifically designed to trap a squeezer. This tactic can be a bit risky but when it works out like planned, it generally results in a hefty payday. Here’s how it goes. With the blinds at 100-200, a player raises to 600. You look down at your hand and see pocket aces. Normally, you’d reraise to protect this monster hand. However, with potential squeezers still remaining, you set the trap by smooth calling instead of reraising. A squeezer will see this as a sign of weakness and might decide to try and steal the pot right there with a big reraise. In fact, the more players that call the reraise, the more enticing the squeeze play will be to the potential squeezer sitting to your left.

Okay, let’s continue with the example. Three other players call the 600 raise as the squeezer lays waiting in the big blind with 7,000 chips. The 3,300 in the pot would increase his stack size by almost 50% if he were to move all-in and get everyone to fold. He thinks that if his big reraise could force the first player to fold, the other players would probably fold too. He (mistakenly) assumes that if any other player had a strong hand they would have reraised before the flop. That’s why a squeezer might even move all-in with a hand like Ks-5d, trying to pick up an uncontested pot. Were that to happen, though, you’d obviously move all your chips in with A-A and likely win a big

pot, eliminating a c a g e y player at the same time. There’s another added benefit to this counter strategy. Once squeezers catch on to the fact that you don’t always reraise before the flop with a strong hand, they’ll be less likely to attack you when you call with marginal hands like middle suited connectors.  Visit www.cardsharkmedia. com/book.html for information about Daniel Negreanu’s new book, Hold’em Wisdom for All Players. © 2008 Card Shark Media. All rights reserved.


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The City’s Chesapeake Bay Interdisciplinary Review Team (CBIRT) will review the following project for compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Protection Ordinance’s (CBPO) General Performance Criteria to ensure that the development disturbs the environment and water quality as little as possible. Application CB08-07, Proposal to demolish a single-family home and patio, to construct a new single-family home with a garage, and to reduce the size of the driveway at 201 West Marshall Street within the City’s Resource Management Area (RMA) The CBIRT will not review aesthetics, construction scheduling, massing, or functionality. Concerns other than CBPO General Performance Criteria should be directed to the appropriate City staff prior to the meeting. Public Notice City of Falls Church, VA Planning Commission Public Hearing On Monday, 16 June 2008, the City of Falls Church Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its regularly scheduled meeting in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22046, beginning at 7:45 PM, on the following applications:

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• Resolution TR8-32, A Resolution to Amend the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Falls Church, Virginia, to change the designation of 1.2 acres of land located at 350 and 370 South Washington Street from “Business” to “Mixed Use” on the City’s Future Land Use Map • Ordinance T08-11, An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 38 of the Official Zoning Code of the City of Falls Church, Virginia, by amending Section 38-4(f), Special Exception; 4 (a.) Primary Criteria. • TR8-33, A Resolution to Grant Special Exception(s) for Residential Development within Mixed-Use Projects and for a Residential Height Bonus under Section 384(f) in a B-2, Central Business, district on 1.2 acres of land located at 350 and 370 South Washington Street. Interested persons may appear and present their views. Information on or copies of the proposed Ordinance and Resolutions may be viewed in the City’s Planning Division at City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM PUBLIC NOTICE

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Mayor Robin S. Gardner . . . . . . . . . . Vice Mayor M. R. Lindy Hockenberry . . . . City Council David C. Chavern . . . . . . . . . . Harold Lippman. . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Maller . . . . . . . . . . . . . David F. Snyder. . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel X. Sze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . City Manager Wyatt Shields. . . . . . . . . . . . . Home Page <> * Indicates TTY 711 Accessibility

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Yard Waste, Bundled Brush, & Special Collections City Council Work Session, 7:30 p.m. Planning Commission, 7:45 p.m. Economic Development Authority, 6:30 p.m. General District Court in Session Falls Church Cable Access Board, 7 p.m. Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, 7 p.m. Architectural Advisory Board, 7:45 p.m. First Half Real Estate Tax Due (Paid in Treasurer’s Office) Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. FIRSTfriday Event Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Yard Waste, Bundled Brush, & Special Collections City Council, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Fire Department Business, 8 p.m. 10 Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in Session Housing Commission, 7 p.m. School Board, 7:30 p.m. 11 General District Court in Session George Mason High School Last Day for Seniors & Graduation Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation, 7:30 p.m.

Dominion Virginia Power Meeting Thursday, June 5, 8 p.m. City Hall Training Center

(Enter through the Police Department on the East Wing and take the elevator to G, the Training Center is the first door on the right).

If you were effected by the power surge two weeks ago, you are encouraged to attend this meeting with a Dominion Virginia Power representative. For more information, call 703-248-5004 (TTY 711).

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Questions or Comments? City of Falls Church, Harry E.Wells Building, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church,VA 22046 703-248-5003 (TTY 711) The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.This document will be made available in alternate format upon request. Call 703-248-5003 (TTY 711).

City Center South Design Charette Tonight What do you think about the overall architectural design of City Center South? How does each building feel to you? Let us know the answers to these questions and more at the City Center South Design Charette on May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Teen Center (223 Little Falls St.). This is your chance to voice your opinion and learn more about the design of City Center South from developer Atlantic Realty and WDG Architects. City Planning staff and the Planning Commission will also be on hand to answer your questions and facilitate the discussion. The charette will feature: • a presentation from Atlantic Realty • a panel discussion from local architects • and round table discussions where you can provide your input on design elements of City Center South Information on City Center South is available at Elevations are on display at the Community Center and Mary Riley Styles Public Library. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5040 (TTY 711).

Prepare Now for Hurricane Season The 2008 hurricane season starts June 1 and the best way to protect yourself and your family is to be prepared. In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31), the City of Falls Church urges citizens to prepare now. Make a plan. • Determine escape routes from your home and decide on a place to meet if your family cannot return home. • Designate an out-of-area person as a point of contact for your family. • Make a plan for your pets. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted in most shelters. • Document your valuables and keep records in a waterproof container. • Post emergency numbers by phones. Make sure children know when and how to call 911. • Sign up for Falls Church Alert at to receive emergency updates from the City via portable electronic devices and e-mail. Make a kit.

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During Hurricane Preparedness Week, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. You can find a list of tax exempt items at Emergency supplies should be adequate to last at least three days per person.

• One gallon of water per person per day for three days • Non-perishable food (don’t forget the manual can opener and plastic utensils) • Hygiene items • Week’s worth of prescription medications (if needed) • One change of clothes and footwear per person and a blanket or sleeping bag • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio with extra batteries and NOAA alert radio • Flashlight with extra batteries • First aid items • Small tool kit with a wrench and pliers to turn off utilities • Dust mask, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to create a barrier between yourself and any contamination in the air Know where to find accurate information. • Register to receive emergency alerts at • Tune your battery-operated radio to 1680 AM, Falls Church City’s Emergency Broadcast System. • Call the City’s Emergency Voicemail Recording at 703-2485200 (TTY 711). • Check the City’s Web site for updates on City operations. Additional emergency preparedness tips are available at


Classes and Events Special Events

Tinner Hill Jack Johnson Blues Festival Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church present the 15th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival with free live blues performances and children’s activities from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.). Visit or for a complete list of events happening all over the City. Architectural Walking Tour Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. Meet at Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave. View some of Falls Church’s most picturesque 19th century homes and learn about different architectural styles. The walking tour will be cancelled in the event of rain. $5 fee. Call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for reservations. Lavender Wand Workshop (Ages 8– adult) Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave. Use fresh lavender from our garden and learn how to make a lavender wand by weaving colorful ribbons around the caged flowers.This sachet will stay fragrant for years. $5 fee. Call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for reservations. City of Falls Church Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8 a.m. - Noon


Paid registration required. All classes meet at the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) unless otherwise indicated. Call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) for fees and more information. Art in Hands (Ages 3-5) Body Toning (Ages 18 and up) Cross-Train Total Fitness (Ages 18-55) Dog Obedience - Level 1 (Ages of dogs:4 months and up; ages of humans:9 years old and up) Advanced Dog Obedience (Ages of dogs: 6 months and up; ages of humans: 9 years and up) Karate (Ages 9 and up) Kick Boxing (Ages 14 and up) Mini Doodlers (Ages 3-6) Noon Workout (Ages 14 and up) Pilates With Props (Ages 18 and older) Preschool Cheer and Tumble (Ages 3-5) Qigong: Opening the Energy Gates (Ages 18 and up) Small Group Strength Training (Ages 16 and up) Senior Wellness Training (Ages 18 and up) Twoosy Doodlers (Ages 20 months-3) Wu Style Tai Chi (Ages18 and up) Yoga for Fitness (Ages 18 and older)

Progressive Tea Party Steps Back in Time

On Saturday, June 14, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Victorian Society at Falls Church and the Association for the Preservation ofVirginia Antiquities will hold a Progressive Garden Party Tea fundraiser at three of Falls Church City’s Victorian house gardens. Different tea delicacies will be served at each garden. At the Beach house, guests will sample cold fruit soup, tea sandwiches, and iced tea/lemonade; at the DePutron house, three varieties of scones along with iced tea/fruit punch will be served; and at Mt. Hope, guests will enjoy a variety of desserts, iced tea, and champagne. Cost is $35 per person. Proceeds will go towards a Falls Church Historic Trail marker at a Victorian site within the City. For more information, contact Midge Wang at 703-534-8394.

A Most Excellent Kokolopori Adventure

Come see what life is like in Falls Church’s Sister City of Kokolopori in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Falls Church City resident Ingrid Schulze will share a free photo and video presentation on her recent trip to Kokolopori on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Riley Styles Public Library conference room (120 N. Virginia Ave.). You will get a sense of the place, its people, and their customs. Schulze will also share some of the accomplishments that Falls Church and Kokolopori have achieved since the Sister City partnership began in February 2006 and show some special items from Kokolopori. To learn more about the Kokolopori-Falls Church Partnership, visit

HelpInTheFightAgainst Gangs: Report Graffiti Report the specific location of any graffiti you see to the Police Department at 703-241-5053 or e-mail Once reported, the City’s Department of Environmental Services will remove graffiti from public property within10days.Ifgraffitiisonprivate property, the owner of said property will be requested to remove it.

Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division 223 Little Falls Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703-248-5077* Phone Numbers Open Gym/Weather Hotline 703-248-5125* Special Events Hotline 703-248-5178* Fax 703-536-5125 Senior Center 703-248-5020*/21* Community Center Hours Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - Midnight Saturday 8:30 a.m. - Midnight Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Open Gym Hours Open Gym hours are updated on a bi-weekly basis and are also posted on the Open Gym Hotline, 703-248-5125*. All hours are subject to change. * Indicates TTY 711 Accessibility

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Chairman: Craig Cheney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman: Ronald Peppe II . . . . . . . . . . School Board Rosaura Aguerrebere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Kearney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kieran Sharpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Wodiska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superintendent: Dr. Lois Berlin . . . . . . . . . . .

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Search to Begin for New High School Leader Times have changed since 1992: the last time a principal was hired for George Mason High School. Technological advancements, school safety measures, and accountability measures have evolved a great deal since then. Add a dramatic change in the city’s cultural environment to the mix, and you see why the superintendent and the school board want to take steps to make sure George Mason’s next principal has the skills to move the school forward. “Before we advertise the job, we need to take the time to talk to staff, students and community members to see what attributes they would like to see in our next principal,” Superintendent Lois Berlin said. “Their input is vital in ensuring our next high school principal has the ability to meet the needs of all of our families.” The school board and superintendent considered several options during a closed meeting last week. The final recommendation was to appoint an interim principal as soon as possible to manage the day-today operations of the school. This would allow division leaders time to

conduct research with stakeholder groups, develop a job description that reflects the needs of the community, and advertise the position by the end of the calendar year. “The goal would be to establish a selection committee, conduct interviews, and name a new principal by early 2009,” Berlin said. The school board and superintendent had considered advertising the position before the summer break, but that would not have allowed much time to get stakeholder input. They were also concerned that qualified candidates who might be interested in the job would have already signed contracts with other school divisions. School systems operate on a fiscal year calendar, and continuing contracts are typically signed in May. The impending vacancy was announced earlier this month after the current principal, Bob Snee, announced his retirement. Division administrators are currently identifying a pool of potential candidates to serve as the interim principal. A selection is expected to take place before the end of the school year.

FCC-TV Spotlight: 2008 Memorial Day Parade Tune in to Falls Church Community Television (FCC-TV) to watch the 2008 Falls Church City Memorial Day Parade. The annual event is a favorite among local audience members who have faithfully turned out to see it for the past 27 years. You can watch the 2008 Falls Church City Memorial Day Parade on FCC-TV at the following times: • Monday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.

• Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m.

• Monday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m.

• Tuesday, June 10 at 12:00 Noon

• Sunday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Mozart isn’t the only one who was writing music as a child. There are many young composers all around the world today, and one of them is Morgan Moscati, a George Mason High School student.


On April 30th, Morgan was one of 18 U.S. students who traveled to Vermont to have her original music composition performed by professional musicians at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vermont. Morgan’s original composition, scored for wood wind quintet, was chosen from forty-four other Morgan Moscati entries in a composition contest sponsored by the Vermont MIDI Project. This semi-annual live performance features student composers and professional musicians. Morgan will attend Duquesne University this fall as a music education major.

DATES ARE SubjECT To CHAnGE now - 6/6 AP & IB Testing (GM) 5/30 May 29 31

In addition, the board welcomes contact from persons interested in its other current standing committees: • Business in Education Partnership Council, • Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, • Extended Day Care Advisory Board, • Special Education Advisory Committee, and the • Title I Parent Advisory Committee. If you, or someone you know, are interested in participating, contact Marty Gadell, School Board Deputy Clerk at 703-248-5601 or email her at More information regarding the various advisory committees can be found at:

7:30 p.m. High School Band Spring Concert (GM) 6:00 p.m. Relay for Life (GM)

June 2 7:00 p.m. Special Ed. Advisory Committee (TJ) 7:30 p.m. 5th-7th Grade Choral Concert (MEH) 3

6:30 p.m. High School Choral Concert (GM) 7:00 p.m. School Board Work Session (MEH)

board Seeks Advisory Committee Members

The Fall Church City School Board is seeking members for a number of citizen advisory committees. Citizen advisory committees are mandated by Virginia law, by regulations of the State Board of Education, and whenever the local Board determines such groups may be needed in providing direction for the school division. Vacancies currently exist in the following areas: • English as a Second Language (ESOL) Advisory Committee, • Family Life Education Advisory Committee, • Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, and the • Health Advisory Committee.

Spanish Exams (MEH)


5:00 p.m. Retirement Reception & Ceremony (MEH) 7:00 p.m. PTSA Honors Bob Snee (GM)


7:30 p.m. Spring Concert (MEH)


9:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale – Myanmar Relief (GM) (MD) Mt. Daniel Elementary (TJ) Thomas Jefferson Elementary (MEH) Mary Ellen Henderson Middle (GM) George Mason High Check the FCCPS Web site for more calendar information.

GMHS Instrumental Music Concert Tonight The George Mason High School music department will present its spring concert tonight, Thursday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the GMHS auditorium. The performance will feature the concert and symphonic bands, as well as the jazz ensemble, sax quartet and percussion ensembles. Several graduating seniors, Yusof Becker, Adam Gann, Seth Ensign, Morgan Moscati, Emily Perry, Nathan Ward and Jeff Williams will be featured in solo performances. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

A Mile of Fun and Fitness

Tran Khuu Essential Health Center School involvement: Spoke about backpack safety at Mary Ellen Henderson PTA meeting; provided free stress tests and chair massages for FCCPS faculty and staff during the month of April; participated in the FCCPS Employee Wellness Fair. Why Tran is a BIE partner: “As a chiropractor, I am glad to give out information that can help kids and parents have healthier backs. I am also glad to help teachers with their back problems.” For more information about sharing your expertise through the BIE Partnership, visit or contact Marybeth Connelly at School content published in The Weekly Focus is written and edited by the Falls Church City Public Schools. For more information, contact the Falls Church City Public Schools Communications Office. Phone: (703) 248-5699 Fax: (703) 248-5613.

Great weather and gritted teeth were in ample supply as students of Kathryn Stratman’s 3rd grade class began the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Mile Run/Walk last week. The annual event meets one of the five requirements of the national President’s Challenge fitness program. All 3rd and 4th grade students and their parents were encouraged to participate.

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‘3 File for Sheriff, 2 for Commissioner Of Revenue, 4 for Treasurer to Date’

‘5th Annual Tinner Hill Festival Set Saturday’

“With the deadline for filing this weekend, so far three candidates have filed to run for Sheriff of Falls Church in this November’s general election, according to City Registrar Deborah Taylor.”

“The Tinner Hill Street Festival will be held this Saturday, June 6 from noon - 6 p.m. along the 400 block of South Washington Street (Lee Highway). The Festival celebrates the people of Tinner Hill who founded the modern Civil Rights Movement of the rural South. In June 1915, the first rural branch of the NAACP in the United States was formed...”

“Michael Morrison has joined previously-announced candidates Howard Miller and current Sheriff...”

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W. Bush was assigned a uniform, but he spent a lot of time hiding from active duty. Bill Clinton never served in uniform. Hillary Clinton never served in uniform. Biden became emotional as he began his response to the question. “This is tough for me,” he said, “because John’s been my friend for 35 years, and I’m disappointed. Because, as you all know, there is a difference between an ad hominem argument and a logical response.” McCain had taken the ad hominem route, said Biden, and he was saddened by it. That kind of behavior, he said, should be “beneath us.” But Biden went further. He spoke about the overall tone of the presidential campaign and expressed his dismay over the ugly currents being felt. “This whole campaign,” he said, “seems to be drifting toward, you know, a place that I’m not comfortable with in terms of how they’re going to respond to Barack.” Later that day, Hillary Clinton made her now infamous reference to Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. If you give her every benefit of the doubt, you still have a can-

didate making a tasteless and purely self-serving comment that she should have understood would send a shiver of dread through millions. From the time that Obama announced that he would run for president, the thought that he might be assassinated because of his race has been widespread. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that six in 10 Americans said that they were worried that someone would try to harm Obama if he became the Democratic nominee. More than eight in 10 African-Americans expressed fear for his safety. I’ve spoken with a number of black voters who wondered whether they might not be doing Obama harm by casting a ballot for him. Said one woman: “I fear for him, the closer he gets to his goal.” Hillary Clinton, her husband, Bill, and many of their supporters still seem to be tone deaf with regard to this controversy. One of the main talking points out of the Clinton camp is that the Obama people are responsible for the flare-up. The Clinton campaign has made it clear that Clinton remains in the race because anything can happen. That generally has been taken to mean that a scandal could erupt that would cause the Obama cam-

paign to implode. Some Reverend Wright on steroids might burst into public view. Keep in mind what happened to Eliot Spitzer. But it’s also understood that an unforeseen catastrophe could involve harm to Obama. Comments that bring that fear to the forefront are incredibly cold-blooded and hurtful, more brutal even than Clinton’s comment about “hard-working Americans, white Americans.” Biden understands that the tone of a campaign is important, that it can make a difference. It’s a lesson Clinton seems not to have learned.


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rise above it.” Elizabeth Wright is survived by her husband, Robert; her sons, Michael and Anthony; her sister, Mary Daugherty (98); and six grandchildren: Ellen Mcguyer, Matthew, Christopher, James, Caitlin and Terence. Her devoted cat was named Luna. Betty was the heart of the family. An informal gathering of family and friends will be arranged soon. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Rehoboth Art League.

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BELLY-UP TO THE BAR and help yourself to some snacks and cocktails, that’s my motto! As you may be able to guess, I’m a lucky dog, really by definition. My name is Chance. That’s french for luck. After getting my food and drink on, I work it off by doing crazy eights around our house, over and over and over, until mommy yells that it’s enough, but it’s never enough. I have to keep my puppy-like figure. Although I’m only three, mom says that black labs don’t calm down until two years after they die. She might be right. I can’t stand to see anything thrown without retrieving it. It’s just in my nature. Sometimes when no one will play with me, I even toss and retrieve all by myself.

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