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RADFORD, Va. -- Last season was the first for both senior forward Olivia Scott and Head Coach Jennifer Parsons at George Mason High School. Just one year later, the two have teamed up with a core of seasoned veterans and a few exciting freshmen to bring the Mustangs

Index Editorial..................2 Letters..........2, 6, 26 Comment........10-13 Community News & Notes..............14-15 Business News & Notes...................16 Sports.............18-21 Calendar.........30-31 Roger Ebert....34-36 Press Pass..........37

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“We’re rolling out the blue carpet — or the blues carpet,” said Nikki Graves Henderson, Acting Director of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, of the upcoming Tinner Hill Heritage and Blues Festival, a tribute to

their first girls soccer Group A state championship since 2004, highlighted by last Friday’s thrilling semi-final victory over Radford High, and capped by a 7-1 rout of Goochland in the championship game Saturday. Friday’s semi-final win was the key to achieving the state title for Mason, who was also represented at the state tournament by its boys and girls tennis teams

the late Piedmont Blues legend John Jackson. The Tinner Hill 15th Annual Blues Festival will run from June 13-15 all over the City of Falls Church. Over the past 15 years, the Tinner Hill Heritage Festival has grown immensely. Beginning this year, the event will become an annual blues festival to cel-

(see stories beginning on p. 18). With the semi-final game’s outcome at her feet, Scott, the Region B and Bull Run District Player of the Year, blasted the ball into the net and secured a Mustang victory on penalty kicks for the second time in three weeks, sending Mason to a triumphant and vengeful win over their Bobcat rivals, 1-1

ebrate music as well as African American culture. “We’ve taken on a broader perspective, a world view,” Henderson said. “Not only are we focusing on African American culture, we’re putting it in context with American culture [by looking at] world music.” This is the first year that the Festival will be a weekend event. “When we made our list [of performers], it got to be too much for just one day,” Henderson said. “We were for-

tunate enough to commission the documentary film on John Jackson and the State Theatre was excited to show it, so set that for Friday night. And you can’t send people home Saturday night, so the Ireland’s Four Provinces restaurant agreed to a ‘blues brunch’ on Sunday.” The weekend’s events begin on Friday night with a premiere of the documentary film, “John Jackson: A Blues Treasure,” produced by Beverly LindsayContinued on Page 4

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Editor, We would appreciate the opportunity to respond to last week’s article entitled “Developer Hints F.C. Hilton Hotel May be Built ‘By Right’.” While some Council Members did note at the June 2 work session that traffic from retail or additional offices at 706 W. Broad would be as voluminous, the author failed to report that parents and neighbors have filed comments on specific concerns with the type and timing of drivers at a hotel. Hotel guests will inherently be less aware than local shoppers or office workers that there is

an elementary school across the street, in a residential neighborhood. Check-in time, at 3 p.m., is when the school gets out, and after school activities continue throughout the afternoon. The proposed driveway of the hotel is on N. Oak, directly across the driveway into the playground of that school. The hotel is not “a block away.” Nor was the project at 800 W. Broad, next to the playground, built “by right.” The developer sought and was granted a variance at 800 W. Broad to put a driveway within 100 feet of a school. He will also need to obtain the Planning

Commission’s approval to share parking between 800 W. Broad and his hotel and office building planned across the street, which is currently 22 spaces short under the standards applicable for that planned office and hotel. The article implies that the parents no longer have concerns about sex offenders at the hotel, but fails to report that no less than four federal law enforcement officials have stated publicly at City meetings that the hotel creates an increased risk for children. Contrary to “hints,” the developer could not build a 110 hotel room by right on the .68 of an acre at 706 W. Broad. Without a 110 rooms, the hotel will not result in revenue promised by the developer. Mr. Catterton presented hotel industry data to show even with a 110 rooms, the hotel would likely generate less than half of

what has been projected The article noted that the petition against the hotel has received 811 signatures, but did not report that that represents 85% of residents approached, who agree that the Council should not rezone or grant a special exception for the hotel. It also did not report that 80% of the businesses on broad also signed the petition against the hotel. Tricia Paoletta Falls Church

Editor, We are writing to say a big public ‘thanks’ to George More Letters on Page 6

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Johnson, at the State Theatre at 7 p.m., which will be followed by the Tommy Castro Band at 9 p.m. The bulk of the weekend’s events will take place on Saturday, June 14. From 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., musicians will play in Cherry Hill Park. These include Danny Blew and the Blues Crew, Acme Blues Company, Catfish Hodge, Deanna Bogart, Bobby Parker and the Blues Night Band, Nadine Rae and the All Stars, Memphis Gold and Band and a special tribute to

blues icon John Jackson. “Front Porch Blues,” featuring an array of children’s activities, will also be at Cherry Hill Park all day Saturday. The activities for families and children range from children’s blues literature to a free harmonica workshop. One of the children’s performers, Sam the Mule Man, has a blues CD geared toward younger listeners that includes tracks like, “I’ve Got the Homework Blues.” “There are themes in blues music and children’s literature [about] individuals who use their voice to stand up against

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injustice,” Henderson said. “We call it ‘edutainment’ — you’re educated and entertained at the same time.” In addition to the activities at Cherry Hill Park, there will be blues music playing throughout the city, such as at the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, as well as jam sessions in George Mason Square and live music at Bangkok Blues and Dogwood Tavern at night. For a more detailed line-up of events, visit, or check an advertisement published elsewhere in this edition. The entire Falls Church community is being included in the Tinner Hill Heritage and Blues Festival, particularly local businesses. According to Henderson, about 20 local businesses are incorporating the Blues Festival into their weekend. Some are hosting live blues or other blues-related activities at their restaurants, offering blues items on their menu or offering a discount to festival goers. “What we’ve been saying is come to Falls Church for

the music and stay for the fun. The city will benefit, drawing new people to Falls Church,” Henderson said. “We’ve aggressively promoted the event to blues listeners. [Falls Church can expect] an influx of sophisticated and primarily mature [visitors] with discretionary dollars to spend while being entertained and enjoying themselves. They’ll want to eat when they’re here, they’ll want souvenirs …

They’ll want to browse what we’ve been marketing as the quaint shops of Historic Falls Church.” The Tinner Hill Heritage and Blues Festival is a tribute to Jackson, a blues legend who, according to Henderson, “had a close, personal relationship with Tinner Hill. Board members met him [in the mid90s] and asked him to play the Tinner Hill Festival. He refused

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Friday, June 13 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues Photography Exhibit, by B. Lindsay-Johnson, The Falls Church Arts Gallery (111 Park Ave.) The State Theatre “John Jackson: A Blues Treasure” Documentary Short Film premiere, Beverly Lindsay-Johnson,Producer, 8 p.m. Tommy Castro Concert, (Fee)

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Early Bird Blues, Falls Church Farmers Market Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues Photography Exhibit, by B. Lindsay-Johnson, The Falls Church Arts Gallery (111 Park Ave.) Blues Festival , Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.) Featuring great music (see right), delicious food, unique vendors, and Front Porch Blues— special activities for children and families all day! Blues Display, Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave.) Jammin’ on the Square, George Mason Square Robert Lighthouse

6:30 p.m. Jam Session, Shreve McGonegal Hosted by Falls Church Arts & Creative Cauldron 7-9:30 p.m. Colin Thompson , Bangkok Blues (Fee) 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Joe Poppen Band, Bangkok Blues (Fee) More Live Blues, Dogwood Tavern

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Front Porch Blues – Activities & performances for children and families Sam the Muleman • Boogie Woogie Blues Choo Choo Charlie: Learn to play a harmonica. Bring your own or purchase on site. Mike Baytop & Rick Franklin Schedule subject to change. *Cherry Hill Park is an alcohol-free zone.

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because he was headlining at the Chicago Blues Festival.” The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the biggest such festivals in the country. Jackson eventually agreed to play a fundraiser for the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Henderson noted that Jackson’s last concert was at Tinner Hill’s Watch Night on New Year’s Eve in 2001. During this year’s festivities, the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will announce that the festival will be named in honor of Jackson. Organizers of the event are expecting over 3,000 people to attend the weekend’s events that

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will also include a ceremony to honor the winners, announced earlier, of the foundation’s annual student “letter to the editor” writing contest. In recent years’ one-day festivals at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, there have been about 500 people in attendance. About the festival’s new location, though, Henderson said, “Cherry Hill Park is a perfect spot, it’s just a jewel,” as she particularly noted the shade, a necessity in recent hot weather. And if the heat wave continues? “Play, baby, play,” Henderson said. “It’ll be cool blues instead of hot blues.”

“I am going to run like the devil is at my heels,” Fairfax County Board Chair Gerry Connolly told the News-Press yesterday following a convincing victory in the 11th District Democratic Primary for U.S. Congress. “I am going to take this very seriously,” Connolly said of his up-coming run to the general election in November, when he hopes to turn the 11th District from “red” to “blue.” The seat, held comfortably by Republican Tom Davis since 1994, is viewed as one of the most likely in the U.S. to switch to Democratic control this fall. Connolly’s decisive victory Tuesday over Former U.S. Rep. Leslie Byrne and two others continued a winning streak he hopes to extend come November. “Maybe it’s because I take every election so seriously that I have now won six straight, and have never been defeated,” Connolly told the News-Press. Many considered Connolly’s

lopsided margin of 58% to 33% for Byrne a surprise, while in other area races, there were no surprises. In Democratic primaries Rep. Jim Moran won with 87% over Matthew Famiglietti in the 8th District and Judy Feder won with 62% over Mike Turner in the 10th District. Coming in behind Connolly and Byrne in the 11th District were Doug Denneny with 6% and Lori Alexander with 3%. In Republican primaries, Mark Ellmore defeated Amit Singh with 56% of the vote, and Incumbent Frank Wolf had 91% against Vern McKinley. There was no GOP primary in the

11th District, as businessman Keith Fimian, endorsed by Rep. Davis, is the only announced candidate for November. Low voter turnout characterized all the races, below 3% of registered voters in many Fairfax precincts. The turnout average in the 8th District was 3.2% for Democrats and 1.3% for Republicans, and in the City of Falls Church, it was 5% for Democrats and 1.9% for Republicans. The 11th District runs south and west of Falls Church in Fairfax and Prince William Continued on Page 8


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Editor, Last week’s edition of the News-Press included a letter about TV Turn-Off Week, a national program, coordinated in FCCPS elementary schools by the PTA. There were many generous businesses and volunteers who supported special activities for children during the week and gave rewards to participants. Because of the support of so many in the community, TV Turn-Off Week was a wellplanned, well-rounded event. The FCCPS are grateful to the following businesses for supporting and rewarding our students’ efforts: Vantage Fitness hosted free kids’ classes; Providence Rec Center offered free swimming sessions; Stacy’s Coffee Parlor provided a friendly space for fun and games; Upton Hill Regional Park gave discount coupons. Clare & Don’s Beach, Elevation Burger, Starbucks Broaddale and Foxes Music donated rewards. In addition, elementary students received free admission to all athletic events at George Mason High School, parents held a soccer clinic in Cherry Hill Park and volunteers organized a book swap for families. This full menu of activities was organized by Kate Nesson and a dedicated parent volunteer committee who created a TVfree week that included valuable and entertaining activities for

families. Living and working in Falls Church is a pleasure because of

Anti-Episcopal Push Over More Than Gay Issue the mutual commitment of businesses, families and schools to the well-being of our children. Marybeth Connelly, F.C. Public Schools BIE Coordinator Editor, Seen in the West End, near the Hallmark: harried mother pushing stroller barely containing howling toddler, whose shirt read, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” That would be the national leadership of the Episcopal Church and their property lawsuits that the News-Press cheers on. Reader, even if you are not Christian, would you demand that we who are, follow leaders who claim that Christ is not Christ and that they have authority to rewrite the Bible? These claims are the issue, and pre-date their gay rights push by three decades. But God is not used, not even for civil rights: their own words are drawing those leaders toward a horrific place not intended for humans at all. By contrast, we who are broken and repentant and believe that Jesus is the Christ “are assured

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Last Week’s Storm Worst Since Isabel in F.C. Last week’s violent storm that lashed through Northern Virginia, and resulted in a National Weather Service report of a tornado touching down in the City of Falls Church, was rated the worst to hit the area since the remnants of Hurricane Isabel came through in September 2003, F.C. City Manager Wyatt Shields reported to the City Council Monday. He said the last of the widespread power outages in the City were not restored until the Saturday following Wednesday’s storm. Four houses were struck by trees, and six trees collapsed into power lines, causing many of the outages. Power was lost at the Mt. Daniel Elementary School through Friday. No injuries were reported, but lack of communication led to problems, including for the many Metro Orange Line passengers who migrated westward on foot along the W&OD Trail when the rail system lost power at the East Falls Church station, creating a hazard because of continued reports of funnel cloud sightings in the area. Shields reminded the Council that the City operates a low-frequency radio station which is used in emergencies, at 1680 AM on the dial. It can be accessed by battery-powered radios when electrical power sources are lost. Fuel Costs Nearly Double for City of F.C. falls_church

Reflective of the national rise of fuel costs, the City of Falls Church is spending $270,000 this year for its unleaded fuel used in City vehicles, compared to $145,000 in 2006, according to the City’s Chief Financial Officer John Tuohy. The City Council approved paying the bill Monday night. The fuel is purchased under a cooperative procurement with the regional Council of Governments. The Council also approved the purchase of $150,000 in biodiesel fuel, which is a “clean burning alternative made from soy, canola and recycled restaurant oils.” However, City Councilman Dan Maller proposed that in the future the City avoid fuels that contain ethanol, since it is determined that producing fuel from that source is contributing to global food shortages and famine. City Manager Wyatt Shields told the Council that the City has adopted policies, such as allowing no idling of City vehicles, to cut down on fuel costs. F.C.’s Spring St. One-Way May Be Reconsidered Falls Church City officials are mulling a policy to change N. Spring Street back from a one-way to two-way street, at least during part of the day, to help alleviate traffic pressures during the start and close of school days at the St. James School, the News-Press has learned. The decision to turn one block of N. Spring, between W. Broad and Park Avenue, into a one-way street was made at an administrative level at City Hall without Council approval. Concerns expressed by parents of students at St. James regarding the impact of nearby development on student safety are leading to a reconsideration of the role of N. Spring, officials have said. This is being reviewed in response to prospects of a hotel being built “by right” near the other side of the school, and of virtually-certain eventual development in that area. The Falls Church City Council is slated to consider, yet again, the hotel project at a work session this Monday, and is currently set to vote on a final approval of zoning and other requests for the project on June 30. Moran in F.C.: Use Iraq $ for Global ‘Marshall Plan’ Speaking as the keynote speaker at the City of Falls Church Democratic Committee’s annual Jefferson Jackson Potluck Dinner Sunday, Rep. Jim Moran said the nation is “at a turning point in its history, with Americans turning to the Democratic Party to lead.” He said that “war, prejudice and poverty all got worse” under Republican leadership, with a shift since 2000 from a $5.6 trillion surplus to a $5.5 trillion federal deficit. Meanwhile, China is buying American debt at a level that is becoming a threat to U.S. national security, as it now “holds a Sword of Damocles over our heads,” Moran said. Forty-five percent of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of the top-earning 1%, and a tenth of the top 1% earn more than all the bottom 50%. Moran called for deploying the billions spent monthly in Iraq on a “global Marshall Plan,” noting that “irrigation is the best weapon against terror.” Moran’s brother, State Del. Brian Moran, who is planning to run for Governor of Virginia in 2009, was also present, as was Jim Moran’s opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Matthew Famiglietti. (See photo, elsewhere this edition).


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Counties, encompassing the Mason District, Annandale, Oakton, Fairfax City, Mount Vernon, Lorton, Occoquan and Woodbridge, Clifton, Burke, Nokesville and all the way west to Gainesville. Of his November GOP opponent, Connolly could say little in comments to the News-Press yesterday. “I’ve been politically active in this area for 30 years,” he said. “Before this election cycle, I’d never met him or heard of him. All I know is that he has a lot of his own money to put into the race. He’s a multimillionaire.” Connolly said that the Iraq War, including all the issues attending it such as how the money being spent there could be better utilized in rebuilding infrastructure at home, will be his top issue in the race. It will be followed closely by health care, the national economy, especially the “spiraling cost of energy,” and the environment, he said. He said that “market manipulation” of the price of oil warrants an immediate investigation. “It’s hard to believe that supply issues account for a sudden $70 a barrel jump in the price of oil. It stretches credulity,” he remarked. But he said that reducing demand by investing in new technologies for more efficient machines, including autos, is key, along with research and development of alternative fuels. Finding ways to significantly

For Week of June 3 - 9 Larceny from Building, 200 blk. Gordon Rd., between May 23 and May 28, unknown person(s) entered a building and stole (460) 5/8 Brass Expansion Connectors and (90) 3/4 Brass Expansion Connectors valued at $4,310.60 Graffiti/Damage to Property, Hallmark, 1208 W Broad St., between June 5, 9:00 p.m. and June 6, 12:06 p.m., unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti on the establishment. Disorderly Conduct, Eden Center, 6757 Wilson Blvd., June 6, 5:12 p.m., police arrested a man, 41, of NO FIXED ADDRESS for Trespass, Destruction of Property, and Disorderly Conduct. Tampering with Auto, Meineke Muffler, 580 S Washington St., June 7, 10:24 p.m., police arrested a male, 41, of NO FIXED ADDRESS and a male,

increase battery storage capacity will do a lot to make solar energy more practical, cheaper and available, he noted. While saying he’s reluctant to think beyond the November election at this stage, he said that if elected he’d like to sit on the House Reform and Oversight Committee as Rep. Davis does now, along with Transportation, Energy and Conservation and Foreign Affairs committees. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was swift to offer his congratulations to Connolly, whom he’d endorsed, Tuesday night. “Gerry is a tireless public servant and I know he will bring the same passion and commitment to Congress that he’s brought to Fairfax County,” Kaine said. Kaine also commended Byrne for “running a rigorous campaign and for her commitment to public service,” adding, “Throughout her career, Leslie has worked hard on behalf of Virginia’s families, and I know she will continue this fight.” The Virginia State Democratic Committee, which is holding its State Convention in Norfolk this weekend, also announced that “for the first time in years,” Democratic candidates will be fielded in each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. The list includes Keith Hummel (1st), Glenn Nye (2nd), Rep. Bobby Scott (3rd), Andrea Miller (4th), Tom Perriello (5th), Sam Rasoul (6th), Anita Hartke (7th), Rep. Jim Moran (8th), Rep. Rick Boucher (9th), Judy Feder (10th) and Hon. Gerry Connolly (11th). 52, of NO FIXED ADDRESS, for sleeping in a victim’s vehicle left for repair. Drunkenness, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., June 8, 12:22 a.m., police arrested a male, 25, of Silver Spring, MD for DIP. Drunkenness, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., June 8, 1:41 a.m., police arrested a male, 23, of Falls Church, VA for DIP. Simple Assault, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., June 8, 1:58 a.m., police arrested a male, 30, of Baltimore, MD for striking victim in the head with a stick and DIP. Victim’s injuries were minor. Larceny from Building, Bowl America, 140 S Maple Ave., June 6, between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., unknown person(s) stole a wallet, (2) credit cards and an iPod. Urinating in Public, 100 blk. E. Fairfax St., June 8, 8:27 p.m., police arrested a male juvenile for urinating in public. Destruction of Property, Eden Center, 6795 Wilson Blvd., between June 8, 10:00 p.m. and June 9, 12:00 a.m., unknown person(s) dented the hood, broke both tail light, broke both side view mirrors, and scratched the driver’s side front and rear door windows on a 2009 Toyota Corolla.

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unpaved one that gets less use, but from time to time, you see horseback riders and mountain bikers. They really provide two different experiences.” The Friends of the W&OD Trail, a non-profit citizens group dedicated to the maintenance of the Trail, is planning two events in the upcoming months. The Annual Picnic will be June 8 from noon - 4 p.m. at the Reston YMCA Picnic Pavilion, located next to the Trail near the 18.5

mileage marker. In addition, the 2nd Annual Friends of the W&OD 10K run will be held July 26 at 6:30 p.m., and it will run along the trail on the west side of Vienna. For more information about either event, visit The NVRPA, which runs 21 regional parks, is currently working on a project in Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington. This project is an “energy related project to have

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ways to demonstrate to the public energy efficiency and green utilization of power,” Baskin said. The park will “try and establish an energy conservation aspect to that park that will be beneficial to both park visitors and park personnel.” Potomac Overlook, located at 2845 N. Marcey Rd., will soon feature kiosks that describe different types of alternative energy, including wind and water power.



may be physical improvements to the trail to make trails safer. Nothing has been decided yet. They need to prioritize what needs are out there and how to best use the contribution [to achieve those needs].” Within the past year, NVRPA has implemented several new safety features, especially to increase awareness of cyclists where the trail intersects Virginia’s roadways. According to the Foundation, these improvements include “Road X-ing” signs, street signs and plastic rumble strips near intersections to increase awareness of bikers’ locations. The W&OD Trail has over two million users every year. “I’m a regular user myself, and there are always people on it — biking, walking, horseback riding,” said Baskin, a Falls Church resident. The Trail extends 45 miles, from just off of I-395 in Shirlington to Purcellville in Loudon County. Along the route, the Trail goes through Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna and Reston on its way out to Leesburg and Loudon County. It features parallel trails, a paved path and a gravel path. “The paved path gets most of the use, from bikers and runners,” Baskin said. “Parallel to the paved trail there is an


The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail will soon be safer thanks to a local filmmaker. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation recently announced a $40,000 donation by Falls Church resident Tom Shadyac for continued safety upgrades to the trail that runs through the heart of the City of Falls Church and out to Leesburg, Va. Shadyac, a movie director and producer of films including Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty and Patch Adams, is a user and supporter of the W&OD trails. He specifically designated his donation for safety upgrades to the trail. According to Foundation President William Baskin, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) is still deciding how to improve the trail’s safety. “The specifics haven’t been determined as of yet,” Baskin said. “[Shadyac] was interested in trail safety.” Baskin noted that NVRPA is in charge of allotting the money from the donation as they see necessary, listing several possibilities. “[NVRPA] may do training programs with police programs to train kids in safety or there

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The people who created this country built a moral structure around money. The Puritan legacy inhibited luxury and self-indulgence. Benjamin Franklin spread a practical gospel that emphasized hard work, temperance and frugality. Millions of parents, preachers, newspaper editors and teachers expounded the message. The result was quite remarkable. The United States has been an affluent nation since its founding. But the country was, by and large, not corrupted by wealth. For centuries, it remained industrious, ambitious and frugal. Over the past 30 years, much of that has been shredded. The social norms and institutions that encouraged frugality and spending what you earn have been undermined. The institutions that encourage debt and living for the moment have been strengthened. The country’s moral guardians are forever looking for decadence out of Hollywood and reality TV. But the most rampant decadence today is financial decadence, the trampling of decent norms about how to use and harness money. Sixty-two scholars have signed on to a report by the Institute for American Values and other think tanks called, “For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture,” examining the results of all this. This may be damning with faint praise, but it’s one of the most important think-tank reports you’ll read this year. The deterioration of financial mores has meant two things. First, it’s meant an explosion of debt that inhibits social mobility and ruins lives. Between 1989 and 2001, credit-card debt nearly tripled, soaring from $238 billion to $692 billion. By last year, it was up to $937 billion, the report said. Second, the transformation has led to a stark financial polarization. On the one hand, there is what the report calls the investor class. It has tax-deferred savings plans, as well as an army of financial advisers. On the other hand, there is the lottery class, people with little access to 401(k)’s or financial planning but plenty of access to payday lenders, credit cards and lottery agents. The loosening of financial inhibition has meant more options for the well-educated but more temptation and chaos for the most vulnerable. Social norms, the invisible threads that guide behavior, have deteriorated. Over the past years, Americans have been more socially conscious about protecting the environment

and inhaling tobacco. They have become less socially conscious about money and debt. The agents of destruction are many. State governments have played a role. They aggressively hawk their lottery products, which some people call a tax on stupidity. Twenty percent of Americans are frequent players, spending about $60 billion a year. The spending is starkly regressive. A household with income under $13,000 spends, on average, $645 a year on lottery tickets, about 9 percent of all income. Aside from the financial toll, the moral toll is comprehensive. Here is the government, the guardian of order, telling people that they don’t have to work to build for the future. They can strike it rich for nothing. Payday lenders have also played a role. They seductively offer fast cash -- at absurd interest rates -- to 15 million people every month. Credit card companies have played a role. Instead of targeting those who pay off their debts, they’ve found that they can make money off the young and vulnerable. Fifty-six percent of students in their final year of college carry four or more credit cards. Congress and the White House have played a role. The nation’s leaders have always had an incentive to shove costs for current promises onto the backs of future generations. It’s only now become respectable to do so. Wall Street has played a role. Bill Gates built a socially useful product to make his fortune. But what message do the compensation packages that hedge fund managers get send across the country? The list could go on. But the report, which is nicely summarized by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead in The American Interest (available free online), also has some recommendations. First, raise public consciousness about debt the way the anti-smoking activists did with their campaign. Second, create institutions that encourage thrift. Foundations and churches could issue short-term loans to cut into the payday lenders’ business. Public and private programs could give the poor and middle class access to financial planners. Usury laws could be enforced and strengthened. Colleges could reduce credit card advertising on campus. KidSave accounts would encourage savings from a young age. The tax code should tax consumption, not income, and in the meantime, it should do more to encourage savings up and down the income ladder. The most important fix is to shift values. Franklin made it prestigious to embrace certain bourgeois virtues. Now it’s acceptable to undermine those virtues. It’s normal to imagine that decisions made today will have no consequences for the future.

4 million young people are left to drift. When the dismal unemployment numbers were released on Friday (at the same time that oil prices were surging to record highs), I thought about the young people at the bottom of the employment ladder. Below the bottom, actually. A shudder went through the markets when the Labor Department reported that the official jobless rate had jumped one-half a percentage point in May to 5.5 percent -- the sharpest spike in 22 years. The young people I’m talking about wouldn’t have noticed. These are the teenagers and young adults -- roughly 16 to 24 years old -- who are not in school and basically have no hope of finding work. The bureaucrats compiling the official unemployment rate don’t even bother counting

these young people. They are no one’s constituency. They might as well not exist. Except that they do exist. There are 4 million or more of these so-called disconnected youths across the country. They hang out on street corners in cities large and small -- and increasingly in suburban and rural areas. If you ask how they survive from day to day, the most likely response is: “I hustle,” which could mean anything from giving haircuts in a basement to washing a neighbor’s car to running the occasional errand. Or it could mean petty thievery or drug dealing or prostitution or worse. This is the flip side of the American dream. The U.S. economy, which has trouble producing enough jobs to keep the middle class intact, has left these youngsters all-but-completely behind. “These kids are being challenged in ways that my generation was not,” said David Jones, the president of the Community Service Society of New York, which tries to develop ways to conContinued on Page 46

Fervent supporters of Barack Obama like to say that putting him in the White House would transform America. With all due respect to the candidate, that gets it backward. Obama is an impressive speaker who has run a brilliant campaign -- but if he wins in November, it will be because our country has already been transformed. Obama’s nomination wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago. It’s possible today only because racial division, which has driven U.S. politics rightward for 40+ years, has lost much of its sting. And the de-racialization of U.S. politics has implications that go far beyond the possibility that we’re about to elect an AfricanAmerican president. Without racial division, the conservative message -- which has long dominated the political scene -- loses most of its effectiveness. Take, for example, that old standby of conservatives: denouncing Big Government. Last week John McCain’s economic spokesman claimed that Barack Obama is President Bush’s true fiscal heir, because he’s “dedicated to the recent Bush tradition of spending money on everything.” Now, the truth is that the Bush administration’s big-spending impulses have been largely limited to defense contractors. But more to the point, the McCain campaign is deluding itself if it thinks this issue will resonate with the public. For Americans have never disliked Big Government in general. In fact, they love Social Security and Medicare, and strongly approve of Medicaid -- which means that the three big programs that dominate domestic spending have overwhelming public support. If Ronald Reagan and other politicians succeeded, for a time, in convincing voters that government spending was bad, it was by suggesting that bureaucrats were taking away workers’ hardearned money and giving it to you-know-who: the “strapping young buck” using food stamps to buy T-bone steaks, the welfare queen driving her Cadillac. Take away the racial element, and Americans like government spending just fine. But why has racial division become so much less important in American politics? Part of the credit surely goes to Bill Clinton, who ended welfare as we knew it. I’m not saying that the end of Aid to Families With Dependent Children was an unalloyed good thing; it created a great deal of hardship. But the “bums on welfare” played a role in political discourse vastly disproportionate to the actual expense of AFDC, and welfare reform took that issue off the table. Another large factor has been the decline in urban violence. As the historian Rick Perlstein documents in his terrific new book “Nixonland,” America’s hard right turn really began in 1966, when the Democrats suffered a severe setback in Congress -- and Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California. The cause of that right turn, as Perlstein shows, was white fear of urban disorder -- and the associated fear that fair housing laws would let dangerous blacks move into white neighborhoods. “Law and order” became the rallying cry of right-wing politicians, above all Richard Nixon, who rode that fear right into the White House. But during the Clinton years, for reasons nobody fully understands, the wave of urban violence receded, and with it the ability of politicians to exploit Americans’ fear. Sept. 11 gave the fear factor a second wind: Karl Rove accusing liberals of being soft on terrorism sounded just like Spiro Agnew accusing liberals of being soft on crime. But the GOP’s credibility as America’s defender has leaked away into the sands of Iraq. One more hypothesis: I’d argue that decades of pressure on public figures and the media have helped drive both overt and strongly implied racism out of our national discourse. Unfortunately, the campaign against misogyny hasn’t been equally successful. It was during the heyday of the baby boom generation that crude racism became unacceptable. Obama, who has been dismissive of the boomers’ “psychodrama,” might want to give the generation a bit more credit. Anyway, none of this guarantees an Obama victory in November. Racial division has lost much of its sting, but not all: You can be sure that we’ll be hearing a lot more about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and all that. Moreover, despite Hillary Clinton’s gracious, eloquent concession speech, some of her supporters may yet refuse to support the Democratic nominee. But if Obama does win, it will symbolize the great change that has taken place in America. Racial polarization used to be a dominating force in our politics -- but we’re now a different, and better, country.

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Imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s link to the Bush White House was much deeper and frequent than the White House has admitted, an explosive new report issued this week by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documents. Abramoff pleaded guilty two years ago to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. But the White House insisted his influence on the Oval Room was virtually non-existent, despite photographs of Abramoff and Bush shaking hands. The document, described as a “Proposed Committee Report,” is entitled “Jack Abramoff’s Contacts With White House Officials.” It claims in an executive summary that “Documents and testimony obtained by the Committee confirm that Mr. Abramoff and his associates had contacts with White House officials and influenced some Administration decisions.” This was despite considerable White House stonewalling, including three former White House officials who refused to cooperate with the Committee investigation on Fifth Amendment grounds and many claims of failures to recall. It was also despite claims by the Department of Justice that the Committee investigation would interfere with and compromise its own investigations into the matter. Also, the Committee was deterred by the fact that White House officials may have used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts to discuss matters pertaining to Abramoff, and as such the e-mails were out-of-bounds for the inquiry. According to what the Committee was able to find, however, there are no less than six photographs of Bush gripping Abramoff, including with other members of Abramoff’s family. It also found more than 70 newly-discovered contacts between Abramoff and his associates and White House officials which confirm more than 80 contacts revealed earlier in a report from Abramoff’s Greenberg Traurig firm. In all, there have been over 401 reports of contacts between Abramoff and the White House that the White House has failed to report. The report found that “White House officials held Mr. Abramoff and members of his lobbying team in high regard and solicited recommendations from Mr. Abramoff and his colleagues on policy matters.” It said that documents show “Mr. Abramoff and his associates influenced some White House actions,” adding, “In one instance, the Abramoff team persuaded White House officials to intervene to remove from office a State Department official, Alan Stayman, who had advocated reforms in the North Mariana Islands that Mr. Abramoff opposed.” It added that “documents corroborate that White House officials joined Abramoff team members for expensive meals and that White House officials were offered and accepted expensive tickets to sporting and entertainment events from Abramoff associates. E-mails were found that referred to tickets for such events in code terms as “fruits.” Floor seats at Wizards games and private suite access to a U-2 concert at the Verizon Center in 2001 were involved. In the conclusion to its executive summary, the Committee stated that, following the release of a preliminary report on the matter by the Committee in September 2006, “White House officials said the White House would take a ‘good hard look’ and conduct ‘a thorough review’ of the contacts that Mr. Abramoff had with White House officials. The Committee asked several former White House officials interviewed or disposed by the Committee whether the White House contacted them to inquire about their contacts with Mr. Abramoff. None of the White House officials who spoke with the Committee had any recollection of White House officials asking them about their contacts with Mr. Abramoff or his associates.” The Committee reports determined that most of Abramoff’s contacts with the White House were through the office of Karl Rove, and that the total of 485 contacts between January 2001 and March 2004 included 170 meetings over meals and 16 meetings over drinks with White House officials, 156 of which Abramoff billed to his clients. The report is issued in the name of the Committee, now chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, Democrat of California that has as its ranking member retiring Rep. Tom Davis, a Republican from Virginia.  Nicholas Benton may be emailed at

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary and Bill are busy updating their enemies lists. And Obama is racking his brain trying to figure out where to stash his erstwhile rival. If a President Obama put her on the Supreme Court, of course, we would have the infinite fun of hearing Bill rant about how Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Roberts were dissing Hillary. It’s good news for Obama that Hillary’s out of the race. But it’s also bad news. Now that she’s gone, Republicans can turn their full attention to demonizing Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama is the new, unwilling contestant in Round Two of the sulfurous national game of “Kill the witch.” There are some who think it will be harder for America to accept a black first lady -- the national hostess who serenely presides over the White House Christmas festivities and the Easter egg roll -- than a black president. There are creepy Web sites, like TheObamaFile. com, dedicated to painting Michelle as a female version of Jeremiah Wright, an angry black woman, the disgruntled, lecturing “Mrs. Grievance” depicted on the cover of National Review. On this Web site and around the Internet, the seamy rumors still slither that there’s a tape of Michelle denouncing “whitey,” a rumor that Barack Obama disdained last week as “scurrilous.” E.D. Hill, the Fox anchor who said that the celebrated fist pump between Michelle and her husband the night he snagged the nomination could be called a “terrorist fist jab,” apologized Tuesday. In their narrative of how Hillary lost in The Times on Sunday, Jim Rutenberg and Peter Baker said that Mark Penn argued that Hillary should subtly stress Obama’s “lack of American roots.” That’s a good preview of how Republicans will attack Michelle, suggesting that she does not share American values, mining a subtext of race. She’s a devoted daughter, wife and mother who has lived the American dream, from the humble South Side of Chicago to Harvard Law School. Hey, isn’t it totally un-American to complain that being a black woman in the ‘80s at a class-conscious white-bread college, Princeton, was somewhat uncomfortable? Just as Bill and Hillary did the “Pssst! He’s black!” thing on Barry, now the Republicans will use the same tact on the strong and opinionated Michelle. Unlike her husband, who wrote in his memoir that he had learned at a young age to smile and charm and disarm whites of the notion that he might be a bristly black militant, Michelle has not always hidden her jangly opinions so well.

She has spent more time dwelling on the ways in which society can pull down the less privileged and refers a lot to a callous but unnamed “They.” “Michelle,” as one political observer puts it, “is a target-rich environment.” Team Obama is hoping for the best. When she’s on her game, after all, Michelle is a knockout. And as one Obama booster enthuses: “Michelle’s story is a lot more mainstream American than Cindy McCain inheriting a brewery.” But the campaign is preparing for the worst, planning to shore up Michelle with her own slick and quick war room staffed by top operatives from previous campaigns. David Axelrod thinks “there’s a real recoil potential” if the Republicans go after Michelle. “I don’t think she’s projecting herself into the fray in a way that would justify that,” he said, adding that her charming and polite daughters, Malia and Sasha, are walking testimony to Michelle’s “loving parenting.” Mike Murphy, the GOP strategist who worked for John McCain in 2000, but not yet this year, said Michelle is heading into her “big moment in the sun.” “She’ll have the opportunity to do pretty well and the opportunity to really screw-up. It’s not predetermined either way,” he said. “I don’t think she’ll be either canonized or villainized automatically. What I glimpse of her from far away makes me think there could be trouble, but any time you have that size microphone, she will have some control over how she handles the pressure.” She’s going to take her big microphone on “The View” as a co-host next week, when she will no doubt try to put her remark about her belated pride in her country in context. And she clearly scored a pre-emptive hit both with her chic style -- Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley declared in The New York Times the dawn of “a black Camelot” -- and with her playful fist pump. The dap or pound, as it’s also called, was a natural and beguiling moment that showed the country that, even though she started out as her husband’s boss and has a resume that matches his, she likes him and is rooting for him, and is not engaged in a dreaded Clintonesque competition with him. (On the night of the Pennsylvania primary, Bill was eagerly checking to see who had swayed more voters -- him or Hillary.) “She isn’t sitting with a fixed, adoring gaze,” Axelrod said. “But she obviously loves him deeply and believes in him, and more than that, she believes in this. And that motivates him.”

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The United Arab Emirates has ambitions of being the New York City of the Middle East. Dubai already boasts the world’s tallest building, the first indoor ski resort, the world’s largest man-made island and upscale shopping malls that dwarf Super Wal Marts. Brad Pitt is even designing an eco-friendly hotel, one project in Dubai’s $381 billion worth of new construction. Abu Dhabi, UAE’s capital, has designs on becoming a cultural center that rivals Paris. Pumping nearly 3 million barrels of oil a day at $120 a barrel, the city has the money to recruit the finest architects and museum curators in the world. Abu Dhabi will soon feature its version of Paris’ Louvre. Frank Gehry is designing a Guggenheim Museum. The Cleveland Clinic is building an outpost and New York University is constructing a campus. Unfortunately, the gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy marketing can mask the harsh reality that the UAE still has medieval laws. While it has all the trappings of a modern nation, it is a place where one can be entrapped and imprisoned simply for being gay. The UAE’s stark contradictions came to the fore last year when Alexandre Robert, a 15 year-old French boy, was gang raped with one of the assailants being HIV+. The government tried to cover up the crime and even threatened to convict Alexandre of homosexuality. The case caused an international uproar and strained relations between France and the UAE. The spectacular rise of Dubai and Abu Dhabi raises several interesting questions. Can a city that looks economically forward remain culturally backward and still thrive? How can Abu Dhabi become a leading cultural center when openly gay people are such an integral part of such institutions? What will happen when a gay-themed play or art exhibit is proposed for one of their new theatres or museums? From what I understand, gay life thrives in Dubai if one knows the right people and keeps a low profile. Unofficial gay nights are tolerated in Western hotels as long as no one acknowledges what is going on. As the cultural centers of the UAE expand, there will be gay couples who rightfully refuse to pretend they are just good buddies. When this occurs, how will the government respond? If they crack down, will Western corporations withdrawal their investments or will they tell the gay people to go back into the closet? In the age of globalization these are important questions. They not only affect gay people, but women, immigrants and other minorities. It is one thing to suffer discrimination at the hands of developing nations, such as Poland, Jamaica or Myanmar. But, quite another to have futuristic cities of the 21st Century become “No Gay Zones” or treat women like pets. A US News & World Report cover story says that in Dubai there are swimming pools that offer ladies-only hours and the beaches are mixed with western women in bikinis and locals with fulllength abayas. What will happen when some of these women rebel and decide bikinis are more comfortable in 110-degree weather? The most important question is whether the rapid economic change is a harbinger for political and social transformation? US News & World Report does point out that labor protests, which were once rare, “are becoming more common.” Such unrest could lead to changes in other areas and foster greater democracy. However, there is some fear that too much change on social issues could lead to a violent backlash from Islamic fundamentalists. The worry about modern states suppressing basic human rights isn’t confined to the UAE. Amnesty International’s annual report said that people are tortured or abused in at least 81 countries, face unfair trials in at least 54 countries and are not allowed to express themselves freely in at least 77 nations. China is another example of a quickly modernizing nation that lags on gay rights and other social issues. With the Olympics around the corner, the world will be watching China as closely as it watches its citizens. What concerns me is that misapplied technology has made it easier for governments to spy than for citizens to organize. This creates an environment where it is infinitely more difficult to start new movements that challenge the status quo. The UAE has a unique opportunity to transform the Middle East. However, a country can spend all the money in the world on impressively molded concrete, steel and glass and still fail to be a modern nation. Democracy, intellectual freedom and human rights are the true building blocks for the future.

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Metro is one of the lynch pins that binds our region together. The federal government’s involvement in our regional transportation infrastructure dates back to World War II, when the Roosevelt administration built the region’s parkways to facilitate transport between downtown D.C. and key military and intelligence installations. President Eisenhower later signed into law the bill authorizing the Metro’s creation. Metro is the only mode of transportation that this region can count on to ensure that federal employees, tourists and guests get to their destination in a timely manner. More than 50 federal agencies in the National Capital Region are located adjacent to Metro stations. From national events, like the presidential inaugurations, demonstrations and public gatherings to sporting and entertainment events like the Wizards, Nationals, Capitals, and the Kennedy Center, Metro keeps our region moving. We are reminded every day that the Washington area’s traffic is among the worst in the nation (currently ranked 2nd). Imagine how much worse it would be if the 600,000 Metro riders were forced off the rails and into cars? As was witnessed on Monday with the Orange Line derailment, when Metro gets delayed the whole region suffers. So it’s frustrating that given Metro’s importance to the

region, it has not received the funding necessary to keep this integral transit line running at its highest performance. Metro is confronting a crisis today. It’s an aging infrastructure that has contributed to numerous delays and problems over the past few years On the House floor this week, Rep. Tom Davis plans to offer an amendment to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (H.R. 6003), mirroring a bill he previously introduced, that would boost transportation funding for Metro. I am an original cosponsor of this legislation, which provides a mechanism to make the federal government an integral partner in the regional effort



to keep Metro running strong. The Metro amendment will provide incentives to create a dedicated source of revenue, requiring the regional jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to dedicate local resources to match the federal contribution to WMATA. In addition, the amendment establishes federal representation on the WMATA Board of Directors, including an Inspector General to provide federal oversight, ensuring tax dollars are spent wisely. Northern Virginia relies on the safe, reliable and effective operation of Metro. It’s a green alternative that literally keeps hundreds of thousands of cars off the roads and provides local governments with an incentive to create communities around Metro stops—so people can live, work and play without needing to drive. It’s the core of our region’s transportation infrastructure and this amendment is the best proposal on the table to get the system back on the right track.


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Celebrate Fairfax!, the annual Fairfax County fair, has come and gone, but the special honors for community volunteers are maintained yearround. They’re called the “Lords and Ladies,” and each member of the Board of Supervisors selects a special Lord Fairfax and Lady Fairfax to represent their district during the fair and beyond. Fairfax County is named for Thomas, the sixth Lord Fairfax, who controlled the lands between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers early in the 1700s. Lord Fairfax moved to Virginia from England in 1735, and his cousin William later built an estate called Belvoir, near Mount Vernon. According to the 1992 edition of Fairfax County, Virginia: A History, Lord Fairfax and his relatives were the first family of Fairfax County, even before George and Martha Washington. So it is appropriate that the honored volunteers are called Lord and Lady Fairfax. In Mason District, I was pleased to select two outstanding, and often unheralded, long-time community activists. Dave Conway’s quiet leadership is an asset to many groups in Mason District. As the longtime president of the Westlawn Civic Association, he ensures effective communication through regular newsletters and guest speakers at quarterly meetings. Dave and his wife, Kathy, have been Adopt-A-Highway volunteers for eight years, and often can be seen on the weekends keeping Route 50 spruced up. Dave also served on the Fairfax County Sign Task Force for two years. So what does Dave do for fun? He has been active with the Falls Church Concert Band for the past 13 years, serving as president and vice

Well, it’s over! The Democratic nomination battle, that is. It was a hard fought race, and it progressed ichard as it developed Barton some corrosive animosities between hard core Obama and Clinton fans. I am particularly disturbed that more than 20% of Clinton supporters say they will support McCain in the fall election, though I believe that number will drop substantially as we move closer to election day. Hillary Clinton’s very strong statement of support for Obama and her commitment to work hard toward his election will certainly help that happen. The animosities were not so apparent in Arlington. This has not always been the case. I still remember vividly the Democratic nomination campaign of 1972. I was the chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee and, therefore, chair of the ‘72 Arlington Democratic mass meeting to select delegates to the Virginia Democratic state convention. The two major contenders for the presidential nomination were Senators Edmund Muskie


president of the organization. Dave’s specialty is the trombone, and he and Kathy perform with the band at free summer concerts across Fairfax County. In fact, the Falls Church Concert Band will perform at the Mason District Park “Spotlight by Starlight” free concert this Sunday evening, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Dave Conway is a steadfast proponent of his neighborhood, and is most deserving as Mason District’s Lord Fairfax for 2008. Longtime Annandale resident Dr. Nancy Hall, is an incredible asset to her community. She was president of the Poe Middle School PTA, chaired the Annandale High School All-Night Graduation Celebration, heads the Royal Homeowners Association (and hosts a not-to-miss National Night Out picnic each August), and is on the Leadership Council of Ravensworth Baptist Church. Nancy is an original member of Mason District’s dialogue on diversity and, when it was time to create an identity for the group, it was Nancy’s suggestion of “Kaleidoscope” that was selected. Nancy is Executive Director of the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield, which helps the elderly live independently. Nancy’s greatest volunteer outreach, however, is found in the Annandale Christian Community for Action, an entirely volunteer faith-based organization that, for 40 years, has provided child care, food, furniture, rental assistance, and more, to needy families in the Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, and Culmore communities of Mason District. Nancy just completed a second term as ACCA president. Nancy’s focus on giving neighbors in crisis a helping hand makes her a worthy Lady Fairfax for 2008.

and George McGovern. There were, however, 22 candidates at one time or another. Arlington ultimately elected delegates committed to at least four of them – the other two were John Lindsay and Shirley Chisholm. Muskie was the obvious front runner as we began to plan for the mass meeting,. However, in the interests of party harmony, the Muskie and McGovern leaders met and crafted a series of rules that fairly apportioned membership on the various committees among elected delegates of all candidates. The mass meeting began at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Wakefield High School in south Arlington. More than 1,100 people crammed themselves into the auditorium, up to that time by far the largest political caucus ever held in Arlington. It was very complicated. We had to elect more than 100 delegates to the state convention. The ballot contained several hundred names. The casting and counting of the ballots took more than 11 hours. Just before the meeting began, we discovered that all of the Muskie sample ballots had disappeared. They reappeared just

before the balloting began; all boldly stamped HUMPHREY – MUSKIE CONSERVATIVE COALITION. We had no choice but to pass them out. To this day, no one will admit having done such a dastardly deed, though I have a very good idea. As the count progressed through the evening, it became obvious that the McGovern forces were going to get a majority of the delegates. Word was leaked to the local television stations, and I had the wonderful experience of being shown on the 11 o’clock news announcing the defeat of my own candidate. In the days following our debacle, the McGovern forces took control of the delegation, unceremoniously ousted me as chair, as well as all Muskie delegates from committees and leadership roles. I cannot describe the outrage expressed by my compatriots in a family newspaper. We eventually came together again, at least many of us did. But the immediate result was disastrous for our campaign efforts in the fall. Democrats around the country must make sure that similar animosities do not tear the party apart this year.

Affordable reconfigured to creHousing is an issue ate 72 three-bedof great importance room apartments in this high-priced for larger families. region where not The Advocacy even our teachers Award went to and police personAHOME for its nel can afford to Fairfax County live in the commuWorkforce HighBy Mary nities they serve. Rise Housing It is a multifaceted Margaret Whipple Policy and Program issue that requires Adoption (that’s our best, most strena mouthful!). uous efforts to make AHOME loba dent in the probbied the County to lem. Government, include affordable the private sector and faith units in developments in areas communities need to work such as Tysons Corner. Since together to make a difference. adoption of the policy, 750 new Last week the Housing workforce housing units have Association of Nonprofit been committed through the Developers (H.A.N.D.) held its planning and zoning process. annual meeting and awards lunThe Best Government cheon, showcasing many suc- program award went to the cessful projects that are making Arlington County Department that difference for many fami- of Human Services for its lies and their communities. Permanent Supportive Keynote speaker Housing program for persons Congressman Barney with disabilities and for young Frank, chairman of the people aging out of foster House Financial Servicess care. Residents pay 30% of Committee, received the their income and the County President’s Choice Award for pays the necessary subsidy his efforts in introduce and to the landlord. Services to pass H.R. 2895, the National residents Affordable Housing Trust assist them with needs such Fund Act. He spoke eloquent- as employment, or budgeting. ly of the need for the federal Developer of the Year government to produce, reha- is Arlington Partnership for bilitate and preserve housing Affordable Housing that through grants to states and now owns 752 units. For two localities to address the seri- decades APAH has purchased ous social and economic prob- old garden apartments, renolem of insufficient affordable vated them, rented some as housing. I was particularly affordable units and others at interested in this legislation market rates to pay the mortas I have been working for gage. Over time more and some time now to establish a more units are rented at affordVirginia Housing Trust Fund able rates and last year APAH that is needed for precisely started its first new constructhe same reasons that the fed- tion project, the $75 million eral trust fund is needed. Parc Rosslyn Apartments, a Other organizations that 238-unit high-rise that will were honored at the luncheon include 96 affordable apartincluded several Virginia non- ments. profits. The best project in The finall Virginia Award Northern Virginia was AHC was the Virginia Peters Inc.’s Gates of Ballston in Nonprofit Friend of the Arlington. These garden apart- Year to Maggie Johnson for ments were built between 1938 her work with HomeAid, and 1940 and had never been Northern Virginia. renovated. The project preserved 75% of the apartments  Senator Mary Margaret as affordable housing, while Whipple may be emailed at some units were combined and 465 Hampton Ct., Falls Church City, 22046 Great New Price!! $379,900 3BR/1.5BA

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Community Yard Sale Sleepy Hollow Manor will hold a community yard sale on June 14 from 8 a.m. - noon. In case of rain, the event will take place on June 21. Signs on Sleepy Hollow Rd. will direct visitors to the yard sale. Children’s clothing and toys as well as other

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family items will be on sale. For more information, contact David Masri at 703-205-8717. Alliance Française’s ‘la Fete de la Musique’ The Alliance Française de Washington will host la Fete de la Musique on June 20 from

5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Alliance Française de Washington (2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, D.C.). The event will feature music for children, local bands and a DJ set. It is free from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. with a cash bar and buffet. After 10 p.m., general admission is $10. For more information, visit Girls’ Travel Soccer Tryouts

AN INDIRECT CONSEQUENCE of the heat wave this week, driving the Falls Church City Council into cooler digs than the under-conditioned Council chambers, was the lack of an American flag for the pledge of allegiance. City Clerk Kathy Buschow dug out a miniature version, which was saluted appropriately by all at the beginning of the meeting. (PHOTO: NEWS-PRESS).

The Reston Strikers, a U13 WAGS Division 3 girls’ soccer team based in Falls Church, will hold tryouts at Shrevewood ES (7525 Shreve Rd., Falls Church) on June 11 and 13 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and on June 15 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Farnsworth at Concerts in the Park Series to Begin The City of Falls Church

will host Concerts in the Park every Thursday from June 19 through August 7. Each concert will feature local musicians and also local artists, sponsored by Falls Church Arts. The June 26 concert will be Mad for the Road with artist Laura Hartwick. All concerts are free and will be held at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703248-5077. Gov. Timothy Kaine at Town Hall Meeting Gov. Timothy Kaine held a town hall meeting June 11 at Harper Parker MS in Leesburg to address traffic congestion in the City of Falls Church and in all of Northern Virginia. Residents will be able to comment on Kaine’s transportation plan of increasing the retail sales tax by one percent and dedicating the regional sales tax to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). On May 27, the Falls Church City Council adopted a resolution in support of Kaine’s plan. The General Assembly will hold a special session on transportation on June 23. For more information, visit www. Summer Family Fun Fest

SEVERAL LOCAL GIRLS from Timber Lane ES and Girl Scout Troop 4825 cut and donated their hair to make wigs for kids with cancer. From the left, Hannah Forcier, Skye Ferris, Julia Ferris, Kathleen Tiernan and Sammie Ferris show off their new ‘dos. (PHOTO: COURTESY MARCIA COLE)

Wilson Blvd. Community Church will hold their annual Summer Family Fun Fest on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 22 at noon. The Fun Fest will be held at the church (3850 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). For more information, contact Lynette

Tucker at 703-527-2210. Anthony Fundraiser Velocity Five Sports Restaurant will host the Anthony Fundraiser to benefit the National Down Syndrome Society in honor of Anthony VanMeter, a 13-month-old with Down’s syndrome. VanMeter’s father, Don VanMeter, is a patron of Velocity Five Sports. The fundraiser will be on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Velocity Five Sports Restaurant (8111 Lee Hwy., Falls Church). It will include a reception, a silent auction and live music from the Shadow Styles Band. Velocity Five Sports Restaurant is owned by former Redskins coach Jim Speros. Excessive Heat Precautions Because of the recent heat wave sweeping the region, the City of Falls Church released tips for staying cool in the heat of summer. They advise to stay indoors whenever possible and to spend at least two hours a day in an airconditioned building, such as the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) or Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Dress for the heat in loose, lightweight clothing, and continuously drink water to stay hydrated. Avoid strenuous activity, and if necessary, only do strenuous activity in the coolest part of the day – 4 - 7 a.m. Finally, pay attention to changes in the air quality index report. For more information on summer heat safety,

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visit or the National Weather Service at Wum, Cameroon Tribal Chief Visits Rotarians Raymond Bumhbi, tribal chief in Wum, Cameroon, spoke at the June 5 meeting of the Falls Church Rotary Club. The Falls Church Rotary Club is working with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Charlottesville Rotary Club on the Cameroon Water project, which will transport potable water six miles to 50,000 residents in Wum. Huntington Announces Reading Adventure The Huntington Learning Center has announced a summer reading program, Reading Adventure. Students choose books off of a grade-appropriate reading list and begin a “journey.” As each book is completed, students receive postcards to fill their “passports.” Every student that completes the program will receive a certificate and

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trophy to celebrate their accomplishments. For more information, contact Eileen Fox of the Huntington Learning Center of Alexandria (6472 Landsdown Ctr., Alexandria) at 703-541-0674 or William McNaught of the Huntington Learning Center of Arlington (4820-B S. 31st St., Arlington) at 703-379-6337. ASA Seeks New Executive Director Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) is looking for a new Executive Director. The Executive Director coordinates soccer games for nearly 6,000 children, as well as organizes coaches and volunteers. The ASA Executive Director oversees a paid staff, works with local governments and manages a large budget. The job announcement is listed at McLean Rotarians Assist Orphanage in Swaziland After leading a Group Study Exchange team in southern Africa last May, McLean Rotarian Lois Wilson became determined to raise money to help children

THE MORAN BROTHERS shared the stage at the Falls Church City Democratic Committee’s annual Jefferson Jackson potluck Sunday at the Community Center. Rep. Jim Moran (left) and State Del. Brian Moran were both on hand, along with Rep. Moran’s opponent in Tuesday’s primary, Matt Famiglietti. Brian Moran is laying the groundwork for a run for governor of Virginia in 2009. (Photo: News-Press)

orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. The McLean Rotary Club, with help from the Vienna Rotary Club, the Herndon Rotary Club, Rotary District 7610 and The Rotary Foundation, raised money to benefit the Sandra Lee Centre in Swaziland. Because of Wilson’s effort, 12 solar water heating panels were installed at the Sandra Lee Centre. These will provide hot water for 78 people. Wilson is the incoming president of the Rotary Club of McLean.

to: Wakefield PTA, George Mason High School PTSA All Night Grad Celebration, Washington-Lee Graduation Boat Party, Bishop O’Connell HS, H.B. Woodlawn Secondary Program and Yorktown Graduation Boat Party. ‘A Body of Water’ Opens June 26 Firebelly Productions presents Lee Blessing’s “A Body of

Water” at Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington) from June 26 to July 20. In this mystery, a couple awakens with no memory of who they are, forcing an exploration of their relationship and their identities. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $12 for students and seniors. Senior tickets for Sunday performances will be $5. For more information, call

Arlington County Bar Foundation Awards Grants The Arlington County Bar Foundation awarded $17,750 in grants to several community-based organizations. Legal Services of Northern Virginia received $5,000, and Legal Aid Justice Center and Doorways for Women and Children – Court Advocacy Program each received $4,000. Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, Argus House, Aurora House and Randolph ES PTA also received awards. The Foundation also made $250 donations for a Drug and AlcoholFree Graduation Ceremony

JOSEPH M. DONAHOE of Boy Scout Troop 681 received his Eagle Scout badge at a Court of Honor on June 7 at the Scout House. Donahoe, second from the right, is a junior at Yorktown HS in Arlington. He is shown here with his brother Dan and his parents, Pam and Jeff Donahoe. (Photo: Courtesy Richard Lobb)

North Arlington became a movie set on June 5, as crews for the upcoming psychological drama “Kalamity” filmed at the intersection of Westmoreland St. and Williamsburg Blvd. “Kalamity” is directed by Virginia native James M. Hausler, shown here with one of the film’s actresses, and stars Nick Stahl, of “Terminator 3” and “Sin City,” and Jonathan Jackson, from “General Hospital.” The film is due out later this year. (Photo: News-Press)


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More than 20 local businesses are participating in the John Jackson Blues Festival being hosted by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15 at various locations around Falls Church. The community-wide event is also receiving support from a number of sponsors and community groups. For information about all of the events, a copy of the concert schedule and information about those who are making the festival possible, visit Acacia Federal Savings Bank is hosting a free community shred from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday, June 14 at 7600 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. A maximum of give standard size boxes or large trash bags can be accommodated per person/ vehicle. No credit cards or computer disks. For more information about Acacia visit or for information about their Nice Guys Awards, visit www.





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Diener & Associates and the Falls Church News-Press are hosting their annual food drive for Food for Others through the end of July. Drop off locations include Diener & Assoc. (125 Rowell Court), the Falls Church News-Press (450 W. Broad Street, Suite 321), the Falls Church Community Center (223 Park Avenue), Anthony’s (309 W. Broad Street), The Unity Club (116-B W. Broad Street), Point of View Eyewear (701 W. Broad Street), and Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Avenue). With gas prices swamping budgets across the country, the advertising agency SmithGifford has handed each of their employees an additional check, ranging from $75 to $100 depending on their commute, for the extra cost of their fuel for the month of May. SmithGifford, which recently opened an office in Richmond and launched two new ads for its Virginia Lottery campaign, is headquartered in Falls Church. For more information visit The business community is invited to attend the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon featuring Chris Novak, proprietor of New To You, the Chic Boutique, who will present on “Posing for Picturesâ€?. The session will be perfect for business leaders who use photographs in their promotional materials or who attend well photographed events. It will take place from 11:30 – 1:00 on Tuesday, June 17 at the Italian CafĂŠ (7161 Lee Highway). Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. Walk-ins are charged an additional $5. To RSVP call 703-532-1050. Kaiser Permanente’s Falls Church Medical Center will host its second “Power of Pinkâ€? Open House on Wednesday, June 18, to increase early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The Falls Church staff and physicians are offering walk-in mammograms to Kaiser Permanente patients. The Open House will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Radiology Department at 201 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. It is only open to Kaiser Permanente patients who need a mammogram and other invited guests. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization serving over 500,000 people in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Kaiser Permanente is composed of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features more than 850 physicians who provide or arrange care for patients throughout the area. Visit for more information. The Unity Club is inviting the business community to support its efforts through the donation of used office equipment and other items that can be sold at their upcoming yard sale. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 28 in the Two Sisters Coffee lot at 255 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Donated items can be dropped off on site the day of the event. For more information or to drop off items before the event, contact Dan Greenwood at 703-477-9242 or email at manager@ The Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, Hughes Financial Solutions and Admissions Consultants are hosting a free seminar for parents of college bound students. “Preparing, Applying and Fundingâ€? will be presented on Saturday, June 28 from 3 -5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 16 from 7 -9 p.m. for parents of students who are planning to attend college in the next several years. This workshop will be held at the Falls Church Community Center. Dr. Ralph Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service), Todd Hughes (Hughes Financial Solutions) and David Petersam (Admissions Consultants) will discuss issues that are on the minds of all parents of prospective college students. Registration is free but seating is limited. To register, please call 877-855-1708. ď ľ The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at sally@

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The situation is not good. Our average gasoline price just climbed past $4 a gallon and all indications are that it will continue to rise. After Goldman-Sachs made headlines by telling us that oil is going to $150 or maybe $200 a barrel in six months or maybe two years, Morgan Stanley announced that oil was going to $150 dollars a barrel by the 4th of July. Not to be outdone, the CEO of Russia’s Gazprom, weighed in with a forecast of $250 oil in the “foreseeable future.” As oil jumped $11 in a single day to just below $140 last week, all of these estimates seem plausible. Everyone agrees that oil has gone up faster than gasoline this spring so that gasoline prices are likely to increase by at least another 20 cents before the summer is over. Even our normally reticent Department of Energy is forecasting $4.15 gasoline by August. A good place to start looking at the current situation is with the latest International Energy Agency (IEA) and Energy Information Administration (EIA) monthly reports which were released earlier this week. As could be expected, high prices have led to a drop in demand now projected to be 280,000 barrels a day (b/d) in the U.S. and other OECD countries during 2008. This drop however is easily offset by a 1.2 million b/d increase in demand by other countries such as China, India and the Middle East. Growth in worldwide oil supply is not doing well. NonOPEC production is sagging and is expected to increase by only 310,000 b/d this year and OPEC currently is close to producing flat-out with new projects slipping. OPEC’s production is now expected to grow by only 500,000 b/d during 2008, half of the amount anticipated earlier this year. The bottom line is that supply is not keeping up with demand. The most troublesome aspect of the IEA report is that OECD crude stocks fell by 8.1 million barrels in April – a time of the year when they typically increase by 30 million barrels. Preliminary numbers suggest that the drop is continuing in May and June.

The world is living off its stockpiles, a situation that will not long endure. If it turns out that supply only grows by about 500,000 b/d while demand increases by 800,000 b/d, it should be obvious that prices are going up until the demand falls. The debate as to just what prices will substantially cut demand continues. The current $130-$140 a barrel is tearing the world’s airlines apart with inefficient planes being grounded, schedules slashed and merger partners sought. The bottom line for the air

carriers is whether or not they will be able to increase fares enough to cover the cost of fuel without pricing their discretionary passengers out of the market so that they are left flying half-empty planes into bankruptcy. For Detroit, the issue is whether they can get by selling token numbers of their formerly profitable SUVs and pickups while they retool for much higher mileage cars. Declining car sales and airline flights will not bring about the reduction in demand that will be needed. Even if we were to ground all of our civilian aircraft, we would only save about a million barrels of fuel a day, about 5 percent of our daily consumption. It will take decades to swap out our fleets of inefficient cars for something more suitable. It is going to take a lot more than cancelling a few flights and slowing the addition of inefficient vehicles to our fleet. It seems as if it will take “really high” prices or of course shortages to cause a significant – 10 or 20 percent - drop in oil consumption. This week the IEA announced that gasoline sales in Britain where they are paying $8.50 a gallon, but have very good public transit, have dropped by 20 percent. While not yet precarious, the supply/demand/stockpile balance in the U.S. is becoming a cause for concern. Keep in mind that the U.S. must import two-thirds of its crude oil and petroleum products each day.

So far this year domestic crude production is down by 1.6 percent over last year, but imports of crude and products are down by 7.5 percent. Over the last month the situation has grown worse with crude oil imports down by 8 percent and net product imports down by 25 percent. Although some maintain the U.S. refiners can import all the oil they can use, others are concerned that the drop in exports from Mexico and Venezuela, coupled with continuing insurgent interruptions in Nigerian oil production, means that three of the U.S.’s top suppliers are no longer sending us our accustomed quantities. Now this would be all right if we were reducing our consumption by an equal amount. So far this year however, U.S. consumption is down by only 2.8 percent and according to the EIA during the last month, U.S. consumption of gasoline and other petroleum products is down by only 1.3 percent. Like the rest of the world, we are living on stockpiles. This situation obviously cannot go on. During the last month, U.S. crude stockpiles have dropped by 18 million barrels out of a total commercial reserve which is now just over 300 million barrels. Remember that much of that 300 million is below the minimum operating threshold and as a practical matter is not useable. Most of the drop in U.S. crude stocks currently is along the Gulf coast where imports from Mexico and Venezuela usually arrive. If, or when, shortages develop, they likely will start there. With the first shortages, there naturally will be great pressure to dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, especially before the November election, to keep the wheels turning for a little longer. Over the longer run, the only alternatives are much higher prices or massive emergency conservation measures, likely including rationing, much economic hardship and undreamed of changes to our lifestyles.  Tom Whipple is a retired government analyst and has been following the peak oil issue for several years.





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This is getting old. Right? The Nats not playing well, it’s a little too reminiscent of all the seasons Washington fans wasted on the Senators, isn’t it? The fans — and the taxpayers that are footing the bill for the new ballpark — deserve better don’t they? That was the thrust of Tom Boswell’s column in the Washington Post on Wednesday. Towards the end, he essentially threw down the gauntlet when it comes to this off-season’s spending. “This winter, Ben Sheets, C.C. Sabathia, Orlando Hudson and Rafael Furcal will be available. Get one, at least. No excuses.” His logic is that baseball in Washington has come too far for ownership not to toss in that extra dollar and spend on free agents, if for no other reason than to convince fans — who aren’t exactly storming the turnstiles of Nationals Park — that at least the team is trying. It’s a rational point of view. No one wants to watch his or her home team slog through seven consecutive games only once scoring more than a single run, as the Nats recently did. However, I’m not sure that an additional 10 games in the win column that one or two free agents might have provided is an adequate justification for the tens of millions of dollars such an investment would have required. To me, the goal of every team, every season, should be to contend for a World Series title. Entering this offseason, it was pretty apparent that the Nationals’ time to contend lay much farther away than one winter. So, why just throw away money? Is one additional player really going to help you contend? If not, why spend the money on a player who will be way past his prime by the time the Nats are ready to challenge for the World Series? Look at this past summer’s free agent crop. Would any of these names have made a huge impact on the Nationals’ this year? Andruw Jones (.165 batting average, 2 home runs and 7 RBI), Torii Hunter (.268, 8 HR, 31 RBI), Kosuke Fukudome (.295, 4 HR, 25 RBI), Carlos Silva (3-7 with a 5.79 ERA). Aside from Alex Rodriguez, the best signings of last year’s free agent class were probably Aaron Rowand (.324, 8 HR, 38 RBI) and Milton Bradley (.338, 14 HR, 45 RBI). Rowand — and stop me if this sounds

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familiar — was a high-potential player whose progress was often derailed by injury. While this sounds like the textbook definition of a Nationals’ player, the team already has about eight guys that fit that mold. Did Washington really need to shell out $60 million over five years to land another? As for Bradley, if the Nationals had managed to bring in Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes and Bradley in the same offseason, someone would have certainly opined that Washington would need to reconvene the Manhattan Project to contain the kind of fireworks that combo would create. Milledge and Dukes have not had any attitude problems this season, though they have had their fair share of struggles at the plate. And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that. Yes, I’m aware that Ryan Church and Brian Schneider are off to great starts in New York, but this wasn’t a trade that was made for this season, but rather two or three years down the road. By then, some of the Nats’ farmhands will have matured. By then, free agent signings won’t equate to spending $10 million for a sympathy hug of 10 more wins. True, there’s a beautiful new stadium in Southeast D.C. and it is partially going to waste. But if you are going to stink, do it now, when the lack of fans isn’t going to affect the fledgling entertainment district that should take root in the ballpark’s neighborhood in the next few years. Whether attendance is 38,000 or 7,000, no fan is going to patronize the concrete-mixing site that borders the Anacostia River and the park’s first base entrance. If the Lerner family isn’t sinking money into free agents in two years, then I will have a problem. Until that time, I’m just not sure inking a guy like Sheets (a poster-child for injury-prone players with sky-high potential) or Hudson (a career .279 hitter) is going to change too much. Nats fans may be sad about the sorry state of their team today, but they should be savvy enough to realize that when your team has the fourth worst winning percentage in the majors, is tied for the second fewest runs scored and seventh most runs allowed, there’s no such thing as a fast free agent fix.

For 3rd Straight Year, Mason Girls Fall in Finals

RADFORD, Va. — The third time was not the charm for the George Mason High School girls varsity tennis team. After advancing to the Virginia Group A state finals for the third time in three years, the Mustangs were again halted on the brink of a championship, this time by Region D champions John Battle, 5-3, on the courts at

Radford University in Radford, Va. With the match tied at three victories apiece after singles play, the tandem of twins Jill and Jesse Williams defeated Mason’s Kelsey Kane and Claire Sedmak at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-2, to put John Battle within one victory of the championship. The clincher was supplied by Battle’s No. 1 pairing of Emerald Lauzon and Carly Johnson (6-3, 6-4), over Mason’s Michelle Repper and

Annie Zweighaft. With Lauzon serving for the match, Repper couldn’t quite reach a deep volley by Johnson, her return falling just short and into the net. The state title is the first for John Battle (13-0), a school that hails from the same region as Gate City, the squad that eliminated Mason in the finals the previous two seasons. The battle at No. 1 doubles was a rematch of Friday’s Group A doubles tournament semifinals, where Lauzon and Johnson similarly prevailed, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Lauzon also claimed the girls singles title, making it a clean sweep for the John Battle senior. “I feel really good because the last two times [in the state finals] we never got to doubles at 3-3,” Mason Head Coach Chris Madison said. “John Battle played phenomenal tennis. I’m not sure we played bad at all.” The Mustangs maintained a fighting chance in the doubles portion of the team final largely because of a crucial win by No. 6 singles player Corina Spanu. Spanu, one of Mason’s three seniors along with Zweighaft and alternate Minh Le, used a boundless reservoir of energy to top Katie Clark 7-5, 6-1, in the oppressive 97-degree heat. Continued on Page 21

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This past weekend, the U11 boys battled the heat and three teams to win the U11B Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse Championship. Falls Church went into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind previously undefeated and No. 1 seed Fort Hunt. After beating Stafford, 9-1, and Prince William, 5-2, on Saturday, Falls Church met Fort Hunt in the Championship game on Sunday where the Mustangs shot out to a commanding four-goal lead before winning 6-2. Eriksen Johansen opened the scoring with a point blank shot from a feed from Brandon Ward. Ward followed with a one-on-one move from behind the net to put the Mustangs up two goals. Johansen then got another feed from Ward and avoided three Fort Hunt defenders to score, finishing the first quarter up 3-0. Ward scored in the second quarter from a feed from Myles Cobb to go into halftime up 4-0. Fort Hunt tallied twice in the third quarter before Falls Church pulled away in the fourth behind goals from Jackson Cogar and Connar Mulcahy. On a scorching hot morning, the Falls Church midfield outhustled Fort Hunt to numerous groundballs, while the Mustang defense prevented Fort Hunt from mounting a strong offense. Goalie Dan Dusenberry was outstanding, stopping 12 of 14 shots. His strong play was a major reason for Falls Church’s victory. Throughout the playoff

weekend, the U11s got significant contributions from many players. Ward and Johansen combined for 13 of the team’s 20 goals, followed by four from Mulcahy and one apiece from Cogar, Andrew Trauth and Jacob Litton. Johansen, Ward and Cobb also had three assists with two from Trauth. Litton and Alexander Pelaez added one apiece. Trauth and Sean Fitzgerald combined for 21 of the teams 67 groundballs, followed by nine from Cobb and Hayden Sausville, eight from Cogar and seven from Spencer Hayes. Dusenberry stopped 27 of 32 shots for an amazing 84-percent save percentage. The U13 Boys also entered the playoffs as the fifth seed and won a first round game before loosing in the quarterfinals to fourth seeded Annandale on Saturday. The team won the first-round game against Springfield by the score of 6-2. CJ Tyeryar and Keenan Glahn led the scoring with two goals apiece, followed by goals by Austin Nooter and Aidan Thayer. Glahn also assisted on Nooter’s and Thayer’s goals. The Mustang defense was strong all day as they limited Springfield’s shots for goalie Nathaniel Schwarz. On Saturday, the U13s battled the heat as well against Annandale and after playing at a 0-0 tie through one and a half quarters, Annandale was able to score two quick goals before halftime. Falls Church tallied a goal in the third quarter by Nick Zavala, but the U13s were not able to hold back this strong Annandale team losing 5-1.

Storm 12 — Lugnuts 8: On June 3, the Storm and Lugnuts completed a suspended game, with the Storm coming out on top 12-8. Joe Andres of the Lugnuts had some of the game’s brightest moments, ripping a double in the first inning and making a spectacular diving catch in the third inning. The Storm’s offensive leaders included Anthony Cantanio, who hit a triple in the second inning, Lou Lindsey, who slugged a double and a single. Ben Sharrer, Noah Galvin and Lucas Hertzog all singled. Storm pitcher Liam Strobel struck out three of the nine batters he faced. Majors (Regular Season) Nationals 7 — Cubs 6: Chris Meador drove in the winning run with a sharp single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Nats reliever Daniel Butler loaded the bases with Cubs with nobody out, but then recorded three straight outs to end the threat. Nationals’ starter Ethan Anderson pitched three and twothirds innings while striking out five. Red Sox 6 — Orioles 5: Strong relief pitching from Brennan Jones and the continued slugging of Lucas Cherry led the Red Sox to their second win of the season over the league-leading Orioles. In relieving Richard Marsh, who pitched two strong innings, Jones was able to secure the win for the Sox, his third of the season. Tyler Water went the distance for the Orioles. Doubles by Sam Selby, Cherry and Marsh led the Sox in the first inning. Cherry blasted a two-run home run in the third and added a single and scored the winning run in the fifth. Austin Clark added a double for the winners. Vijay Menon led the O’s offense with three hits. A’s 14 — Yankees 6: Maggie Goldsmith led an offensive juggernaut, with four hits in four trips to the plate, including a home run and double, as the A’s roared to strong finish in the regular season, winning a third straight game. Goldsmith also struck out all five batters she faced on the mound. Aidan Fitzpatrick, George DeMars and Matthew Rhodes added hits. AA (Playoffs) Storm 8 — Lugnuts 6: The Lugnuts put up fierce resistance, but the Storm prevailed when playoffs began June 7. Singles by Aidan Hill, Brian

Riggione, Max Miller and Neal Menon were complemented by solid defense. The Storm responded with singles from Ben Sharrer, Lou Lindsey and Tommy Ritter, and doubles by Anthony Cantanio and Kaylyn Truesdale. On the mound, Jack Gieseler struck out three. Liam Strobel and Noah Galvin each struck out two. In the final inning, with the game tied 6-6, the Storm managed to score two runs to edge the resilient Lugnuts and advance in the tournament. Sand Gnats 7 — Rockhounds 4: The Sand Gnats defeated the Rockhounds on June 7 in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockhounds were led by outstanding pitching from Ethan Wolak, who struck out eight and only allowed one hit over three innings. He helped his own cause by getting a key hit and scoring a run. The Rockhounds’ Addie Discipio bashed two hits and struck out a batter on the mound. Louis Klarfeld added two hits and scored a run. The Sand Gnats, carried by solid pitching from David Miller (four complete innings, five strikeouts), led 6-1 after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Rockhounds battled back in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs and loading the bases before Sand Gnats’ pitcher Grinden Collins got a key strikeout to end the inning.

Peterson, and solid defense, which included a heads-up double play by Jonathon Hoyns. Nathaniel Scheinman came in to close for the Mets and seal the victory. Majors (Playoffs) Orioles 6 — Nationals 3: While playing through unseasonable heat and humidity, the Orioles defeated the Nationals 6-3 on June 7 to claim the regular season championship of the Majors Division. Alex Handley pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts to earn the win for the O’s. Jesse Jones pitched four and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts for the Nationals. The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Handley doubled. Vijay Menon, Marcus Bunaugh and Jamie Handley each then singled to score three runs and put the O’s up 4-2. Nate Thatcher doubled and scored for the Nationals in the top of the fifth before the O’s answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth with hits by Waters and Tim Donis.

Pirates 14 — Rangers 13: In the top of the first, the Rangers received singles by Jimmy Major and Harrison Coon, followed by an outfield double by Sean Brown, which brought home Major and Coon. Shaheed Chambers added a double, driving in two and suddenly the Pirates were down by four. In the bottom of the second, the Pirates put their bats to work, starting with a lead off single by Jessica Manning. They scored four more runs with smart base running by Brock Taylor, Gray Adcock and Matt Valley, and a single by Casey Lauer. In the bottom of the sixth, Gabe Terry singled up the middle and scored soon after on a hard hit ball to the right side of the field by Christian Rhodes.

Yankees 11 — Red Sox 3: With the Yankees capitalizing on some brilliant defensive work and an exceptionally strong outing by starting pitcher Jon Strader, they advance to the second round of the post-season tournament. Richard Marsh hit a solo shot, his sixth of the season over the left-centerfield fence for the Sox’s first run in the third. Dalton Marsh held the Yankees to only one hit in the first three innings and notched three strikeouts. However, the Yankees broke out early in the fourth with five runs generated by Jordan Cole, J.P. DeFranco and James Anderson, each with singles. Colton Hodge and Alex McMillen also crossed the plate. Evan Davis and Jon Strader collected RBIs in the inning. The Yankees’ explosive offense added four more runs from Barret Nixon, Evan Tracy, Cole (single) and Hodge (double) in the top of the sixth. Lucas Cherry slammed a solo shot well over the left field fence, for his league-leading seventh home run. Brennan Jones and Ted Terwilliger followed with singles.

Mets 13 — Marlins 8: The Marlins scored first in this tournament game played on June 6, capitalizing on a double by leadoff hitter Marsden Davis. But in the bottom of the first, the Mets jumped out, scoring eight runs before the Marlins could shut them down. The Mets stayed in control with solid pitching by Justin Trainor and Johnny

A’s 17 — Cubs 7: For the A’s, David Mathis had two doubles and turned in a strong relief appearance to shut down the Cubs in the final inning. Zach Woerhle, Addy Madison and William O’Hora added hits for the A’s. The Cubs power duo, Will Iacobucci and Ben Torpey, had three hits for the scrappy Cubs’ offense.

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(5-4). Friday’s semifinal bore many of the same markings of the previous year’s contest, however this time the Mustangs were able to rebound from an early Bobcat goal and, when Scott drilled the final penalty kick, were able to shake off the memories of last season’s 1-0 loss. “Olivia has been clutch all season,” said Parsons, referring to the Bull Run District final two weeks ago against Clarke County, in which Scott clinched the title with a penalty kick. “Last year they [Radford] scored on us first, and we couldn’t get that goal. We just wanted it so badly this year.” Trailing 1-0 with 9:44 left in a physical contest that saw Mustang midfielder Elle Silverman taken to the hospital with a broken arm and one Bobcat player sporting a cleatinduced gash on her forehead, Mason senior Rachel Kazman scored the equalizer off a leftfooted rocket into the left panel after corralling a loose ball 15 yards out. The teams battled evenly through four overtime periods before the game was decided by penalty kicks. “It’s what we’ve been working for since last June [when Mason lost to Radford],” said Mason goalie Faunice Rebecca Jackson. “I’m just so proud of everyone on our team. We’ve worked so hard, and I think that we deserve this win.” Radford High struck first in the de facto championship game when given a free kick with under 20 minutes left in regulation off of a Mustang penalty. Just before the

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kick, Bobcat coach Lee Boehling took forward Pip Pattison off the ball and sent senior Lilli Benck to launch the long shot attempt. The decision promptly paid off, as the VCU recruit launched an offering from 45 yards out that snuck by Jackson’s grasp and trickled into the net. The penalty kicks made for a quick finish to an arduous match between two teams evenly matched in every facet of the game. In the end it was an errant penalty kick by Mary Wiley that made the difference. Tori Faulkner of Radford converted first on a grounded shot into the right panel, followed by freshman Violet Miller of Mason, who fired a perfect ball into the left frame past Radford goalie Desi Simmons. That set the stage for Wiley, who rocketed the shot wide right. For Radford, Pattison, Maddy Denny, and Benck notched goals. Kazman and juniors Tegan Argo and Kim Kenny all converted as well, bringing Scott into the box to seal the victory for the Mustangs. “All I had to think about at that moment was blocking everything out,” said Scott. “It was just something that had to be done. We just wanted to do it for each other, for my amazing coaches. We just wanted to stay together for one more day.” “The fact is that George Mason is better than we are,” commented Boehling. “They’re a great team and they deserve to be the state champions.” The Bobcats would prove to be the biggest challenge Mason would face during the state tournament. On Saturday the Mustangs breezed past the

Goochland Bulldogs in the finals, 7-1, to claim the championship. While Friday afternoon was Scott’s moment to shine, Saturday in the group A state championship game, the senior passed the torch on to some of her younger comrades. Miller, a first-team All-Region B selection in her first year on the Mason varsity, rang up a hat trick in the first half and added another goal 16 minutes into the second 40 minutes, leading her Mustangs to their first state title since 2004. “[Friday] against Radford, I was really nervous, so I didn’t really shoot the ball much,” Miller said about her performance. “Today, I wanted to play for the amazing seniors on the team, so I wanted to score that much more.” Saturday’s contest on the pitch at the Dedmon Center at Radford University was not the first time Goochland and Mason had met this season. The Mustangs rolled to an 11-0 win in the Region B championship on May 30. For the opening few minutes of the state title game, the two teams played near dead even soccer, as neither was able to find a quality open look in the box. “Goochland came out flying in the first, and they never let down,” said Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons. “To step up like that, it says a lot about how we fight. All the seniors just wanted to end the game on their terms, and it was just a great way to end this season.” In the ninth minute, Miller outran the Bulldog defense and launched a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Off a corner kick with 21:36 remaining in the half, the ball was knocked around in the Goochland box, finally landing squarely on Miller’s sweeping leg, who fired one to the back of the net, giving her team the eventual winning goal.

In the 24th minute, Scott’s speed allowed her to turn the corner on a defender, promptly crossing it on the ground to sophomore Kelley Frank, who corralled it and placed it past the keeper to the left panel. The vaunted Mustang defense was also on display when the offense was resting. Jackson and Lauren Jekowsky, both

seniors, teamed up to stymie the Goochland offense, each making several nice saves in net. Playing without junior Alexa Peyton, who tore her ACL last week, and All-Region midfielder Silverman, juniors Argo, Abby Stroup and freshman Katja Butts stepped up admirably, holding senior Andrea Odemark, who had a hat trick in Friday’s semi-final match, to minimal chances. During the run to the title, Mason rang up 51 goals while allowing only three. The Mustangs surpassed the halfcentury mark in the second half of Saturday’s title game, following Miller’s fourth goal and tallies from Karen Hamill and Mayssa Chehata.

Goochland’s lone goal came off a cross by Odemark to Tesia Werness, who deflected it with her head past Jekowsky. The Mustang offensive stat line on Saturday was staggering. Mason more than quadrupled the Goochland shots on goal total (27-6) and had six times more corner kicks (12-2). When the final buzzer sounded, the Mustangs poured onto the field with their index fingers pointed skyward. This relatively easy victory capped an incredible 2008 campaign for Parsons’ squad, in which they captured the Bull Run, Region B and state titles and never lost to a Single A opponent. “I’m just so proud of everyone,” added Scott. “It’s such a great feeling, and I’m so thankful for my teammates and for my awesome coaches.” The state championship was the perfect way to end the high school soccer careers of five seniors, whom Parsons said would be “so hard to replace.” Jekowsky (University of Tampa), Jackson (Virginia Tech), and Stephanie Pinch (Elon) walk off the pitch in a varsity uniform for the last time, while Scott (Messiah College) and Kazman (Lynchburg College) will continue their careers at the Division III schools. Other returning players, such as Miller, plan to work just so they can get back to Radford and again experience some of the euphoria felt on Saturday afternoon. Topping this season, they acknowledge, will be difficult, as the accomplishments of the Mustangs are plentiful. Pinch, never at a loss for words, best summed it up as her team packed their bags for the last time in 2008: “District regular season? Check,” she stated. “District tournament? Check. Regional tournament? Check. State tournament? Oh yeah, check.”

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RADFORD, Va. — George Mason High School’s streak of four consecutive state championships in boys tennis came to an end Friday, as Radford gritted through severe cramping issues and blistering heat to unseat the defending Group A state champs. Radford’s Jeff Brooks (6-3, 1-6, 7-6), Sean Weston (6-7, 6-1, 7-6) and Chris Wojtera (2-6, 76, 7-6) all won pivotal third-set tie-breaks over Mason’s fourth, fifth and sixth-seeded singles players to give the Bobcats a 4-2 advantage heading into doubles competition. With the match tilted in Radford’s favor, the Bobcats’ doubles tandem of Brooks and Jay Desai defeated Mason’s Brian Sham

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and Thomas Burnett at No. 2 doubles (6-3, 7-5) to clinch the match and propel Radford on to the finals against Gate City on Saturday. “It was missed opportunities. Radford came in well prepared and we didn’t capitalize on fundamentals of the game. We double faulted and missed putaways at the net,” Mason Head Coach Matt Sowers said after the match. “I think our overall lack of states experience didn’t allow us to advance.” The Mustangs were put in an early hole when Radford No. 1 Malik Mubeen stormed past Mason’s Tim Goetz, 6-4, 6-2. The clash between the two top seeds was a rematch of the state singles championship played on Thursday. Mubeen took that match as well, 6-2, 7-6. Mason leveled the team score

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“I just kept moving all throughout the match and I think it intimidated my opponent,” Spanu said. “In the past my matches had all been going three sets. This is the shortest match so far. I had the energy to go for another hour at least.” Spanu’s teammates Kelsey Kane — a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 2 singles — and Isis Hanna — who prevailed at No. 5, 63, 6-4 — joined the senior in the win column against Battle, but it wasn’t enough to achieve their goal of a state title. Despite their previous experiences, this latest loss in the finals was no easier to swallow for Mason’s players, who showed class, but little joy, after finishing as the second best Single A program in Virginia. The Mustangs will reload for next year however, losing only two members of their top six singles players and one member from their three doubles pairings. Two of those returning members,

at one with a straight-set victory by No. 3 Johnny Vroom, 6-3, 62, over Jay Desai. The Mustangs then capitalized on some of the side effects of the steamy day when No. 2 Brian Sham defeated Radford’s Sanjay Kishore in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. After Kishore won the first game in the third set and pulled ahead 40-0 in the second, his legs began cramping, severely limiting his mobility even after a 10-minute injury timeout. With Kishore hobbled, Sham was able to battle back and finally put him away. “The cramps were everywhere. After the match, I had some people massaging a lot of different things and just drank a lot of Gatorade,” said Kishore, who returned to play in doubles competition with Mubeen. That match was suspended after Desai and Brooks clinched the victory. The meeting was a rematch of the previous two state tournament finals. This time the Bobcats were able to put away their nemesis. “It’s becoming a rivalry,” Sowers said. “I would say there’s a good relationship forming with the younger players. There was good sportsmanship across the board. Both teams were able to step away and appreciate the other.” “We knew we could play this kind of tennis, we just didn’t do it the past two years. It’s elation,” said Kishore.

Kane and Hanna, played pivotal roles in the Mustangs’ 5-1 win over Radford in the semifinals on Friday. After taking the first set, 7-5, from Radford’s Katie Weston, Kane rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second, winning the next five games to win, 6-4. Moving her opponent around the court with slices and lobs, Kane’s patient approach to the game paid off, giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead after Repper’s 6-0, 6-3 win over Maggie Jaronski at No. 1. “I was really tired,” Kane said Friday, after facing weather conditions comparable to Saturday’s sauna. “I knew if I lost that [second] set, it would go into a third set and I really didn’t want that.” Madison also pointed out the critical win by Hanna at No. 5, 6-3, 7-6, over Casey Wojtera. After Sedmak breezed by Lauren Davis, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles, Hanna’s win earned her teammates a respite from the heat and allowed Repper and Zweighaft to ice the team victory with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Jaronski and Weston at No. 1 doubles.

“George Mason is a team we’re really scared of. This is something that’s going to last. We’ll always be able to say ‘We got ‘em once!’” After the loss to Radford, the day’s work was not finished for the Mustangs’ top doubles tandem of Goetz and Vroom. After wrapping the team competition near 7:30 p.m., Goetz and Vroom retook the court at 9 p.m. to battle Gate City’s Dalton Moore and Tyler DeBoard in the semifinals of the doubles tournament. Despite an already long day playing below a searing sun, Goetz and Vroom endured to

claim a three-set victory, finally retiring to the team’s hotel 30 minutes before midnight. The Mustang duo faced Galax’s Matt Nelson and Gee Zachary in the finals at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first set, 6-3, Mason roared back in the second with a 6-0 win. With Mason ahead 2-1 in the third set, Goetz and Vroom slugged out a prolonged point at deuce to try to break service. The Galax team held however, and used the momentum from the thrilling game to capture the next three games and the state title.

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Art-omatic (The Final Week) Closes 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 ninth and 10th floors. The ninth floor is one of the weaker floors, but there is still interesting stuff to see. Several artists deal with body issues, one asking you to post your own note in her space. Jeff Wilson from the National Gallery of Art shows a series of tornado paintings. Having seen another of his paintings, I’d say he does best when juxtaposing the normal and fragile world around us just before it’s about to be blown all over the countryside. A past image had cows grazing before

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an approaching twister. This time, Wilson’s best features one of those mile-wide super twisters approaching a dazzling field of red poppies. Mark Coburn has an entertaining set of wire frame wall sculpture portraits. Valentina Thomas has some nice abstract marker compositions featuring circles and line segments, dealing with the tension and attraction between forms. Her best seems to be “ ... circulies III.” Dana Shafie displays some of the most technically intriguing work. And ex-military pilot, Shafie got his hands on a 1958era Navy Air Force machine gun camera. Mechanically opaque in his attempts at civilian use, he finally managed to get the shutter to trigger and fabricate a way to use conventional film in it. His series of soft focus nudes, while entertaining, seem to leave a lot of untapped potential in this specialty use camera. One must also note his wonderfully thematic display painted battle-

Detail of Aaron Quinn Brophy’s work at Artomatic, closing Sunday, June 15. ship gray. Simply stated, the 10th floor is dominated by the collective ceramics group titled “Coincide.” In a show noted for its chaotic ad hoc displays, and a stated policy of not allowing groups to show together ... how did 17 artists get to show in one block, occupying nearly a quarter of the floor space on the 10th floor? Hmmm ... Somebody got some s’planin’ to do. Whatever happened here needs to happen a whole lot more at future Artomatic shows. This area is like a quiet

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peaceful island in a roiling sea of chaos. Elizabeth Kendall places ceramic discs at the ends of wire rod supports, causing them to bend downward, forming a 12-foot long ceramic waterfall effect. Laurel Lukaszewski has her massing of extruded forms. One is an upright collection of porcelain hollow square stock, forming an undulating landscape resembling a rolling hillock. Her other two pieces, made from curly black stoneware, resemble a scalped eyebrow and a thick matt of curly hair. Andrea Roberson’s work seems the most questioning of the lot. Here we find breast and phallus forms that at times seem to be one and the same. The news tells us of phthalates in plastics, estrogen in chicken, male fish that transmogrify to female, not to mention predictions of the demise of males. The more androgynous forms here seem to be dealing with these issues of sexual differentiation and orientation. Aaron Quinn Brophy’s work is evocative, but far more direct. Here we find cinder blocks with ceramic eggs placed between them as spacers. There’s a zigzagging stack of bricks, again with eggs as spacers. There is an interesting tension between the rectilinear and curved forms. An ugly brutish bulling gray mass attempts to crush the purity and innocence of the white eggs. They seem to be visual metaphors for the notion that united we stand, divided we fall. The 10th floor also hosts the Washington Post Peep Show ... it was too easy ... actually that would be Peeps, as in the colored marshmallow Easter candy of chicks and rabbits. It’s hard to pick winners here, all these dioramas are fairly humorous. The graphic violence in the “Reservoir Dogs”

garage scene played out with Peeps is certainly unexpected. For sheer brilliance, we might have to give the nod to Peep Art. Here we find what amounts to a display of Leo Castelli’s gallery, complete with several of Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans. That would be every kid’s favorite ... Peep Soup. Alexandra Zealand presents nice large-scale fragments of children’s book pages, which is part of a project with Arlington Public Library. “Jake” a shopping bag toting duck seems best suited for all ages. Tom Cardarella’s mural painting takes up his entire space. Imagine a glass wall with a picture hanging on it. You are looking through the glass wall into the living room. In front of you hangs the back of his real life painting, titled “But how will it look in My Living Room?” You’ll just have to walk away wondering, because Cardarella has no intention of showing it to us. There is something perversely refreshing about this aloof piece set amongst the work of 750 artists screaming for our attention. Rita Elsner has three photo realistic charcoal drawings that look like etchings. She sets dandelion seeds floating on a gentle breeze against a backdrop of zeppelins floating by. They contrast transitory technology with the unrelenting permanence of nature. Saturday, June 14, is the Closing Party at Artomatic and features the not to be missed body painting contest from 8:30 - 11 p.m. It’s supposedly on the Cabaret stage, but ask the staff volunteers at the front door to be sure.  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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Editor, In his Peak Oil column last week, Tom Whipple said “The moral is that we are all going to have to slow down together – or not at all.” To a great extent, this is true. It is not smart to be the one car at 55 mph when most of the rest of the cars are between 70 and 85 mph. Note that in Michigan, 55 mph is now the legal minimum speed on freeways (formerly 45). This is for safety reasons, to keep the speed range band as narrow as possible. I drove through the 1970’s oil embargo eras. Compliance with the 55 mph NMSL was VERY brief and soon most people returned to their normal speed ranges. After the first few months of the NMSL, compliance ranged from 5% to 10% on most Interstates. The chances for a new NMSL to succeed are zero. People will not simply

trade off that much time for a 10% to 20% fuel savings. I just returned from 4,500 miles of driving in Italy and France at $8.10 per gallon. These fuel prices have NOT changed travel speeds in Europe, and they won’t change them here (except perhaps very temporarily). Note that the normal freeway speed limit there is 130 kph or 81 mph. Ours should be the same, if safety is the goal. What we need is more energy supply, preferably from the vast domestic reserves and non-existent new refineries that are now blocked from development. Jim Walker Ann Arbor, MI

Editor, Regarding the column “Peak Oil Crisis: On Slowing Down” by Tom Whipple in last week’s News-Press, while there is nothing wrong with driving slower as Whipple suggests, it would be more helpful if he explained why “voluntary, market solutions” rather than “coercive, government solutions” would be more effective in bringing down the price of gas from its current $4.00 per gallon.

The blogger at Carpe Diem recently suggested the following four “market solutions” that would go a long way in both decreasing demand and increasing the supply of oil: 1) “Producers develop fuelefficient cars like the 300 mpg Aptera . . . that can go cross country on one tank of gas, and the 230 mpg Volkswagen coming in 2010” 2) “Consumers drive less voluntarily and buy more fuelefficient cars to conserve gas.” 3) “Producers attempt to find more oil in Canada, North Dakota, the Outer Continental Shelf and ANWR, subject to government restrictions. 4) “Oil refiners attempt to build more, energy-efficient, environmentally-safe oil refineries, subject to government restrictions.” I would add that after Congress unchains the oil companies so they can begin drilling for more oil, then Congress should rescind the ethanol mandate. Timothy Wise Arlington

Editor, I want to publicly thank the

Extended Daycare Program Office and the Mt. Daniel Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School extended daycare staff for their efforts last Thursday and Friday. While there has been no official explanation why kindergartners and first graders were sent to a school that had lost power the previous afternoon—it is heartening that the daycare staff was able to come to the rescue. In my opinion, the daycare staff went above the call of duty, coming in (with minimal notice) hours earlier and working a longer day. Plus, of the four separate messages I received about Thursday’s school closing, it was the daycare office that communicated to me that my first grader would be looked after at TJ, pizza would be ordered for the children, and that my husband and I did not have to rush back to the city to pick her up. It’s ironic that the School Board substantially decreased its subsidy of the daycare program, yet it was the daycare program that came through— not just for the working parents who depend on it, but for any Mt. Daniel child whose parents could not be reached. Carol Rice Falls Church



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The Congressional Schools of Virginia graduated 30 students in its 69th commencement on June 7. Retiring eighth grade teachers Margaret Quadrino and Susan Lautenbacher gave the commencement address and students Rami Bedewi and Maham Sohrab were nominated by their peers to speak on behalf of the students. Of the 30 graduates, 13 were honored with the Gold President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and two students received the Silver U.S. President’s Award for Academic Achievement.

On June 2, George Mason High School Environmental Club President Erika Kleibrink unveiled the bench and plaque dedicating the new butterfly garden in honor of retired English teacher Cay Wiant. The garden was designed and planted by Environmental Club members with support from the Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the Falls Church Garden Club, under the supervision of Barbara Cram. TJHSST Application Deadline June 30 The application deadline for the summer round of admissions for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Class of 2012 is Friday June 30. Only public and private school eighth grade students that moved into a participating school division (counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Arlington, Loudon, Prince William or the City of Falls Church) after September 30 may apply. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30. If not a resident of Fairfax County, applicants should contact the THJSST admissions office to make sure his or her school division has not exceeded its limit for students in the class of 2012. Students interested in applying must already have completed Algebra 1 and must take the admissions test on July 8. Eligibility and Residency requirements are available at www.TJAdmissions. org. Applications are available at the TJHSST Office of Admission at the Devonshire

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Center, Suite 9 (2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church). For more information, contact 703-8765265. Falls Church Student Named to Dean’s List Michael Hill of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list for the 2008 spring semester at Mount Union College. Hill completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5, with no course graded below a B. Vaccines Required for Incoming Sixth Graders Every Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) student entering the sixth grade during the 2008-09 school year is required to receive a booster dose of the tatnus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT or Td) was administered. This must be completed before reporting to school in the fall. Students who are 11 years old should get the Tdap vaccine, while students that are 10 years old should see if Boostrix is being used and otherwise may have to wait until he or she turns 11. The Fairfax County Health Department will be administering the vaccine at no charge on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. — noon at the following locations: Falls Church Clinic (6245 Leesburg Pke., Ste. 500, Falls Church), Herndon-Reston Clinic (1850

Cameron Glen Dr., Ste. 100, Reston), Mount Vernon Clinic (8350 Richmond Hwy., Ste. 233, Alexandria), Springfield Clinic, Cary Building (8136 Old Keene Mill Rd., Ste. A100, Springfield) and Joseph Willard Health Center (3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax). For more information, visit http:// or contact the public health nurse at any school or FCPS healthhome instruction specialist Elizabeth Donaldson at 571423-4402. 4 FCPS Schools to Add Language Program Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that four elementary schools, including Pine Springs ES (7607 Willow La., Falls Church), will add the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program in the 2008-09 school year. Pine Springs will add Spanish classes, along with Waples Mill ES in Oakton and Brookfield ES in Chantilly, and Mt. Vernon Woods ES in Alexandria will add Chinese classes. The FLES program is currently offered in 25 elementary schools. Six Named to William & Mary Dean’s List Falls Church residents James Evans, Joseph Goldfrank, Stacey McDermott, Paul Norland, Julie Riggs and Julia Schaumburg were named to the Dean’s List at the College of William and Mary for the spring 2008 semester. These students all took at least 12 credit hours and achieved at least a 3.6 grade point average for the semester.

EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS at the Congressional Schools of Virginia graduated in the school’s 69th commencement exercises on June 7. The graduation was held despite blackouts and downed trees on campus because of storms the night before. (Photo: courtesy Alyce C. Penn)

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Mason High Celebrates ’08 Award Winners

2007-08 GMHS Scholarship Recipients The Hoover Prize for Writing Faye Haymond The Bob Morrison Photography & Visual Arts Award Hannah Mason The Raudenbush Award for Excellence In Spanish Janine Baumgardner Jon Brooks Drew Davies Abby Stroup Matt Gresko The Grace Rissetto ESOL Scholarship Iris Yesenia Reyes Maria Elena Nudell Award Katherine Porzel

The Dana Wood Memorial Scholarship Rebecca Jackson The Sheila Jones Memorial Scholarship K-K Bracken The Franklin & Kent Thackrey Memorial Scholarship Alex Prewitt The Patricia Doyle Scholarship Joey Liner The Society of Gentlemen Award Jake Shapiro The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Mihn-Phuong Le The Memorial Scholarship Foundation Noemi Torres The Unsung Hero Award Stephanie Brown The Falls Church News Press Scholarship Alex Prewitt

Abigail Kathleen Burroughs for Outstanding Community Service Allie Atkeson Soorya Namboodiri

The Woman’s Club of Falls Church Scholarship Rebecca Jackson

J. Roger & Patricia A. Wollenberg Memorial Scholarship Corina Spanu

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church Scholarship Katherine Porzel

The Beth & Nancy Sprague Spirit of George Mason Award Dana Cazan Peter Davis

American Association of University Women Scholarship Dana Cazan

The Jessica Blair Szymanski Memorial Scholarship Katherine Porzel

Falls Church Lion’s Club Donald S. Frady Memorial Community Service Scholarship Rebecca Jackson

LAST WEDNESDAY, students at George Mason High School in Falls Church were honored at an awards assembly, where they received recognition for special talents and contributions in a wide range of school academic disciplines. Seniors were presented with many memorial scholarships to help them move onto college. This montage includes Mason’s beloved and departing principal, Bob Snee, and award recipients, including some with their proud parents and scholarship benefactors. (Photos: News-Press)

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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.

Community Events THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Positive Aging Fair.Dr. Harry Moody speaks on “Expanding Our Horizons.” Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax). $8 for JCC members, $10 for non-members. RSVP by June 5 for free lunch, walk-in registration for $5 (lunch not included). 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 703-204-9100. Story Hour.Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 a.m. Falls Church Rotary Club Meeting. Vee Johnson, will speak about Identity Theft. Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $10. 6:30 p.m. 202268-5089. Anthony Fundraiser. A fundraiser to benefit the National Down Syndrome Society. Velocity Five Sports Restaurant (8111 Lee Highway, Falls Church). 6 p.m. 301-789-7813.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 A Musical Adventure with Groovy Mr. Nate. Sing along to classic and original children’s stories

with Groovy Mr. Nate. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore (2499 N. Harrison St. Suite 10, Arlington). Free. 11 a.m. 703-2418281.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Farmer’s Market.Falls Church City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church) 8 a.m. Tinner Hill Blues Festival. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church present the 15th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Free. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 703-2414109. Balancing the Art, Craft, & Business of Songwriting. Workshop featuring veteran songwriters Jen and Scott Smith from Naked Blue. The Lab at Convergence (1819 Crestwood Dr., Alexandria). $30 SAW members, $40 non-members if registered by June 6. $40 and $50 after June 6. 1 - 4 p.m. Register at, or call 301-6548434. Teen Resume Workshop.Career Coach Nadia Conyers explains writing resumes and cover let-

ters. Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington). Free. 1 p.m. 703-228-6321. Second 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. Exploration in Acrylics.Artist Fannie Parker will feature over 30 of her original acrylic paintings. Curves (240 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Free. 7 p.m. 703-536-0140.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Father’s Day Lunch Cruise.Fathers can enjoy a fun-filled cruise aboard the Spirit of Washington. Spirit of Washington (Pier 4, 6th and Water St. SW, D.C.). $53.90 for adults, $37.90 children ages 6-13, and $18.95 children ages 2-5. 10:30 a.m. Reservations required. 866-302-2469. The Lion and the Mouse. A traditional African tale. Classika Theatre (4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $12. 12:30 p.m. 703824-8060.


Stripping Borders. Neelam Patel explores her interwoven IndianAmerican experience. Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington). $15. For reservations call, 856-304-2661, or visit, www.strippingborders. com. James Bond Film Festival. Free outdoor showing of “Diamonds are Forever.” The film will be shown outdoors at the intersection of Florida and New York Avenues, N.E., starting at dusk.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Anthony and Cleopatra. Directed by Michael Kahn. Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW, D.C.). $42.75

- $74.75. 8 p.m. 202-547-1122. Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws. Groove along with this Gulf Coast Zydeco band. The Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m. 202-467-4600.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Arts Family Festival. David Roche, speaks about the challenges and gifts of living with a facial disfigurement. The Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m. 202-467-4600. Waiting for Godot. Two bums wait around for a Mr. Godot in Samuel Beckett’s comedy, performed by Scena Theatre. Warehouse Theater (1021 7th St. NW, D.C.). $30 for adults, $25 for students. 8 p.m. 703-683-2824.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Chicago. A screening of the 2002 film “Chicago.” The Max at Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). Free. 7:30 p.m. 703-228-6545.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Watershed Trash Summit.The 3rd annual summit on a trash free Potomac River watershed initiative. The World Bank Preston Auditorium (1818 H St. NW, D.C.). 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To register visit, www., or call, 202-518-7415.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Doggies, Doggies, Doggies.Story hour for ages 2-6 featuring books about dogs. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington). Free. 703-241-8281.


Theater Fine Arts THURSDAY, JUNE 12

Changed My Name. A benefit concert for the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. Trinity Church (2217 Columbia Pke., Arlington). 4 p.m. For more information call, 703-920-7077.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Carmen. Synetic Theatre performs this passionate story wordlessly. Family Theater at Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). $35-$40. 3 p.m. 800-444-1324. The Bridge of Bodies. A onewoman play about a young girl’s return to Haiti. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint (916 G. St. NW, D.C.). $20, $10 for students. 3 p.m. RSVP at 202-315-1310.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Merita Halili and The Raif Hyseni Orchestra. Award winning Albanian folk singer performs with her accordionist husband’s ensemble. The Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, June 13-15 Cherry Hill Park and Other City of Falls Church Venues


he civil rights-focused Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is throwing a party for the whole City of Falls Church and D.C. Metro region this weekend, launching a blues festival in the memory of Piedmont Blues legend, the late John Jackson of Falls Church. It starts Friday at the State Theatre, and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Hill Park, concluding with a “blues brunch” at Ireland’s Four Provinces restaurant. The Bangkok Blues restaurant and Dogwood Tavern will also host performances, which will also occur at the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning and George Mason Square. An impressive line-up of musicians will fill the air with their talent. For a complete schedule, check, or an advertisement elsewhere this edition. Student winners of a foundation-sponsored “letter to the editor” writing contest will also be honored.

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live_music&nightlife THURSDAY, JUNE 12 T�� R���������� G������. Wellrespected comic, Jeffrey Ross, performs stand-up. DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, D.C.).$20 for full menu showroom. 8:30 p.m. 202-296-7008. R��� �� ��� R�� S����� C������ S�����. Singer and songwriter, Scott Harlan performs. Event features live music, food samplings, merchant specials and giveaways. Pentagon Row (1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington). Free. 7 p.m. 703-413-6691. H���� �� A�����. Rock band performs classical and modern tunes, along with Ringleader and Stephanian. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $10. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. P��� F������ ��� B��������. Pete and Brad from Dispatch first ever tour together with special guest The Alternate Routes. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $15. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. J���� L����� ���� J������� O’C�����. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, D.C.). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-573-7328.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 S�������! A������. Performs slick mishmash of smooth melodies,

along with The Blackjacks and Sarah Swanner. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $10. 9:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.


D��� C������� ��� B���. Performs with special guest Troy from the Ungrateful Bastards. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $5. 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. T���� C�����. Performs modern electric blues. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $17. 7 p.m. 703-2370300. B�� I�������� B���. Band performs blues-infused fare, wrapped in soulful smoothness. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-5340095. J���� “S���� H���” C�����. Performs blues on a harmonica. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). $25. 8 p.m. 202-3374141.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 A�������� F������� �� T����, R��� ��� F�������. Featuring legendary folk singer Pancho Figeroa and other musical guests. Event includes arts and crafts and delicious Argentinean food. Thomas Jefferson Theatre (125 South Old Glebe Rd., Arlington). $20-25. 5:30 p.m. Tickets online

T�� F����� P��������. A classic country/honky tonk band performs. Palladium Civic Green (1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean). Free. 6 p.m. 703-288-9505. C���� P������. Band will perform its latest album Soap and Water. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $15. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. T�� G�����. Flashback dance party featuring the greatest hits from the 70s. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $10. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 P���� H������. Singer and songwriter performs. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. JVS L��� �� ��� S������ S���. With guitar players Dan Hovey, John Bell and Dave Sherman. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $5. 9 p.m. 703-2419504. D����� B���� � G���� S�������. Band performs Southern and country rock hits. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $30 in advance, $32 at the door. 8 p.m. 703-2370300.

J��� G�������. Performs with Twi the Humble Feather. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, D.C.). $25. 7 p.m. 703-573-7328.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 V���� V��������. Renowned guitarist inspires audiences with his guitar. Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). $25. 8 p.m. 202-337-4141.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 ¡G������! A Remarkable Life Journey in story and song written and performed by Dan Guerrero. Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. (2700 F Street NW, D.C.). $25. 7:30 p.m. 202-467-4600. C����� B����. Plays Mississippi Delta Blues. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 7:30 p.m. 703-534-0095.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 D���� D����. Performs American roots with a blues voice. Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 7:30 p.m. 703-534-0095. A��� M�����. Opening for Sparky’s Flaw. Jammin’ Java. (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA). $10. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566.

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of Falls Church’s newest sports bars, then make tonight the night. Velocity Five Sports Restaurant, which opened in March, is hosting the Anthony Fundraiser, benefiting the National Down Syndrome Society. Anthony VanMeter, a 13 month-old suffering from Down Syndrome, is the son of a regular patron of the restaurant and the inspiration for the event. The fundraiser will include a reception, a silent auction and live music featuring the Shadow Styles Band. This is not your average sports bar, as it features over 50 flat screen HD TV’s, leather couches, private dining areas, excellent food and more. Velocity Five is located in the shopping center at the intersection of Lee Highway (Rt. 29) and Gallows Road.

What: The Anthony Fundraiser

benefitting the National Down Syndrome Society

When: Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 6 p.m. Where: Velocity Five Sports Restaurant & Bar 8111 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA

Saturday, June 21 - The Gondoliers. At Wolf Trap for the first time in 30 years. This witty comedic opera features dazzling music, brilliant costumes, and exuberant choreography. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $8-48. 8 p.m. 703-255-1868. Sunday, June 29 - The Washington House. A fixture in Falls Church since the 1870s, will officially change ownership at a Gala Ice Cream Social. The Washington House (222 N. Washington St.,Falls Church). Free. 703-645-8060.

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Email: Fax: 703-532-3396; Attn: FCNP Calendar Mail: 450 West Broad Street, #321, Falls Church, VA 22046

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On TUESDAY JUNE 3, the seniors of J.E.B. Stuart High School closed the book on their high school careers and collected their diplomas in front of friends and family. (Photos: Nate Taylor, Mark Rogers, Matt Thomson)

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spreads through Manhattan, and then all of the Northeastern states. Construction workers throw themselves from scaffolds. Policeman shoot themselves. The deaths are blamed on a “terrorist attack,” but in fact no one has the slightest clue, and New York City is evacuated. We meet Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), a high school science teacher; the quote was on his blackboard. We meet his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), his friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and Julian’s daughter Jess

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(Ashlyn Sanchez). They find themselves fleeing on a train to Harrisburg, Pa., although people learn from their cell phones that the plague, or whatever it is, may have jumped ahead of them. Now consider how Shyamalan shows the exodus from Manhattan. He avoids all the conventional scenes of riots in Grand Central Station, people killing each other for seats on the train, etc., and shows the population as quiet and apprehensive. If you don’t know what you’re fleeing, and it may be waiting for you ahead, how would you behave? Like this, I suspect. Julian entrusts his daughter with Elliot and Alma, and goes in search of his wife. The train stops permanently at a small town. The three hitch a ride in a stranger’s car and later meet others who are fleeing, from what or to what, they do not know. Elliot meets a man who talks about a way plants have of creating hormones to kill their enemies, and he develops a half-baked theory that man may have finally delivered too many insults to the grasses and the shrubs, the flowers and the trees, and their revenge is in the wind. By now the three are trekking cross-country through Pennsylvania, joined by two young boys, whom they will eventually lose. They walk on, the wind moaning ominously behind them, and come to the isolated country home of Mrs. Jones (Betty Buckley), a very odd old lady. Here they eat and spend the night, and other events take place, and Elliot and Alma find an opportunity to discuss their love and reveal some secrets and speculate about what dread manifestation has overtaken the world. Too uneventful for you? Not enough action? For me, Shyamalan’s approach was more effective than smash-andgrab plot-mongering. His use of the landscape is disturbingly effective. The performances by Wahlberg and Deschanel bring a quiet dignity to their characters. The STRANGENESS of

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Vice President Cheney. The elements are here, but the parts never come together. Still, an honorable attempt. Rating: Two stars.

W action sequences, but a flimsy story. With Liv Tyler as Banner’s love interest, William Hurt as her father the general, Tim Roth as a Hulk clone, and Tim Blake Nelson as a scientist. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Rating: Two and a half stars.


he Edge of Heaven (Drama, not rated, 122 minutes). Three parents, two daughters and a son, divided between (and by) Turkey and Germany, in a wonderful, sad, touching film. An old man pays a avage Grace (Drama, not prostitute to move in with him, her rated, 97 minutes). The sad, death causes his son to express decadent story of Brooks repentence with her daughter, the Baekeland (Stephen Dillane), heir daughter falls in love with a German girl, that girl’s mother tries to act as to the Bakelite fortune, his wife, Barbara (Julianne Moore), and their her daughter would have wanted son,(MTony (Eddie Redmayne). They her to. It sounds like a “hyperlink Roland acaulay Culkin) (left), Mary (Jena Malone), in social circles of New Cassandra (Eva Amurri ) in United Artists'York, comedy movie” with all the strands con- andmove "SParis, aved!" © 2004 - United Artists - All Rights Reserved Majorca and London from necting -- but the characters never the 1940s through the 1970s, leaddiscover how they are connected. ing empty, vapid lives that sum Writer-director Fatih Akin sees them up into overwhelming tragedy. Well as connected only by their common directed by Tom Kalin and well humanity. Contains a magnificent acted, but living these lives must performance by the great Hanna Schygulla as the German moth- have been sad and tedious, and so is their story. Rating: Two and a er. Largely in English, a common tongue of many of the characters. half stars. Rating: Four stars.


starting a day in New York and ending it hiking across a country field is underlined. Most of the other people we meet, not all, are muted and introspective. Had they been half-expecting some such “event” as this, whatever its description? I know I have. For some time the thought has been gathering at the back of my mind that we are in the final act. We have finally insulted the planet so much that it can no longer sustain us. It is exhausted. It never occurred to me that vegetation might exterminate us. In fact, the form of the planet’s revenge remains undefined in my thoughts, although I have read of global deserts and starvation, rising sea levels and the ends of species. What I admired about “The Happening” is that the pace and substance of its storytelling allowed me to examine

such thoughts, and to ask how I might respond to a wake-up call from nature. Shyamalan allows his characters space and time as they look within themselves. Those they meet on the way are such as they might indeed plausibly meet. Even the television and radio news is done correctly, as convenient cliches about terrorism give way to bewilderment and apprehension. I suspect I’ll be in the minority in praising this film. It will be described as empty, uneventful, meandering. But for some it will weave a spell. It is a parable, yes, but it is also simply the story of these people and how their lives and existence have suddenly become problematical. We depend on such a superstructure to maintain us that one or two alterations could leave us stranded and wandering through a field, if we are that lucky.


he Incredible Hulk (Action, PG-13, 114 minutes). Less psychology and more action than the 2003 Ang Lee version, and not to its advantage: The movie sidesteps the fictional dilemma that when Bruce Banner (Ed Norton) becomes the Hulk, he doesn’t much know who he is, and thus his actions are simply anarchic. Lots and lots of CGI-generated


ar, Inc. (Comedy, R, 106 minutes). Brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at a political satire. John Cusack stars as a hit man sent to a Middle Eastern country to protect the interests of an American super-corporation. Marisa Tomei is a liberal journalist, Hilary Duff is a Mideast teen idol (!), Ben Kingsley is a shadowy manipulator, Joan Cusack is a P.R. whiz, and Dan Aykroyd seems uncannily like

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OOL’S GOLD (Romantic adventure, PG-13, 110 m., 2008). A mindless Funjet excursion that doesn’t take as long, cost as much or leave you as sunburned. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are a freshly divorced couple thrown back together in pursuit of an 18th-century ship’s lost riches in the Bahamas. Donald Sutherland slums as a yacht owner. Rating: Two stars.


E KIND REWIND (Comedy, PG-13, 101 m., 2008). After every tape in a VHS rental store is inadvertently erased, Jack Black and Mos Def don’t want the store owner (Danny Glover) to find out. So they set to work to “re-enact” the films in low-tech home movies. I felt positive and genial while watching it, but I didn’t break out in paroxysms of laughter. Written and directed by the usually more brilliant Michel Gondry. Rating: Two and a half stars.


NDER THE SAME MOON (Drama, PG-13, 109 m., 2008). There is a little bit of fairy-tale moondust sprinkled over this story of a 9-year-old boy who runs away from his home in Mexico to find his mother in Los Angeles. The story is formulaic and a little syrupy, but sensitive performances and skillful storytelling from writer Ligiah Villalobos (of “Go Diego Go”) and director Patricia Riggen hold our interest. Rating: Two and a half stars. (Nell Minow)


UMPER (Sci-fi adventure, PG-13, 88 m., 2008). Hayden Christensen can “jump” anywhere anytime. Samuel L. Jackson wants to kill him. In Giza and New York and London and Paris and Rome and Tokyo and Ann Arbor. There are no rules. There is no plot. A series of random events occur. Sometimes they’re so silly they make you laugh. Most of the time you’d rather be anywhere else. Rating: One and a half stars. (Jim Emerson)


HE BUCKET LIST (Comedy, PG-13, 97 m., 2008). Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play geezers who Meet Cute in a hospital room, where they’re both given a year to live. Freeman keeps a list of things he means to do before kicking the bucket, and Nicholson, a billion-

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“Organic” is one polite term that could be used to describe the formation of the Austin-based Band of Heathens. “Accidental” is a more blunt, though perhaps more accurate label. Regardless of the adjective, when you listen to the country-rock collective, it’s apparent that any accident that brought songwriters Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist together was clearly a happy one. With the three bards sharing the bill each Wednesday at Austin music spot Momo’s in 2006, the evenings eventually evolved into a night-long collaboration. Each sat in on another’s set, with improvisation serving as the only standard. With Seth Whitney already serving as the bassist

for the night, the ensemble added drummer John Chapman to the mix, finalizing a lineup that had come to be known as “The Good Time Supper Club.” “I think we kind of decided to form [as a band] by indecision,” Jurdi says. “That’s kind of our modus operandi. There was really no motivation or intention behind it.” “The first practice session, was on stage, and it still usually is,” Quist adds. Roughly a year later, having released a sampling of its show with Live From Momo’s, Band of Heathens was recognized at the Austin Music Awards as “Best New Band.” The group was also a runnerup in categories for “Band of the Year,” “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” among others. It was a rapid rise for the group, whose

members found they could conquer new frontiers by blending their talents. “In general it was an explosion of harmony singing,” Quist says of his enjoyable early impressions playing with the group. “This sort of became a bunch of friends sitting in with each other, where there wasn’t a leader so much as guys trying to make music together. And that allowed us all to take more chances and try a harmony part that we hadn’t tried before and really experiment.” Now the band looks to further its ascent with the release of its self-titled studio debut album at the end of May. The studio effort, an 11-track album, featuring multiple compositions from each of the group’s three song-writing frontmen, captures a collection of harmony-heavy tunes that illustrate the band’s diverse talents and influences melding into a potent finished product. “Taking [a song] from this lump of coal and turning it into a diamond and polishing it and presenting it to people, that’s really satisfying,” Jurdi says. “That’s the enjoyment, the work itself.” Highlighting the album are the country-fied blues ballad, “Jackson Station” and rowdy and raucous bar romp of “Unsleeping Eye.” The latter tune serves as a perfect illustration of the sort of live-wire energy found at the Heathens’ concerts. Such a spectacle will be on display June 13 when the Heathens take the stage at IOTA Club and Cafe in Arlington. Tickets are $13 and the show begins at 9 p.m. • For more information on Band of Heathens, visit For a sampling of the Heathen’s sound, visit Press Pass online at

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The alcoholic beverage field is a multi-billion-dollar playground where financial giants vie for control and international market share and entrepreneurs keep working in cellars, garages and the occasional squeaky-clean laboratory to come up with new products. In the course of a year, I sample literally hundreds of wines and spirits, many of them part of the flood of new items. Most of the time I find the samples OK. Rarely is one really bad. Just as rarely I find one that is superb. This is one of the latter: G’Vine Gin de France. Jean Sebastien Robicquet and Bruno de Reilhac, who are the proprietors, lead oenologists and master distillers of G’Vine, By William M. Dowd wanted to make something that Hearst Newspapers bridges the gap between botanical gins and flavored vodkas. They hit on a gin recipe utilizing the rare green grape flower that blossoms only briefly in mid-June in the Cognac region of France before maturing into grape berries. The recipe also includes ginger root, licorice, green cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, juniper berries and lime. G’Vine ($36 retail) is first an eye-catcher. The rather squat-shaped bottle has a green cap, neck label and a coating on the top portion of the bottle that casts a green glow over the gin that says “grapes.” The taste says even more. One of the key ingredients in this handcrafted, limited edition 80-proof gin -- made in a copper still -- is the rare and subtle green grape flower. Not that the plant is exclusively French -- a lot of them are grown in Oregon, for example -- but I’m not aware of any other distiller using them in a gin recipe. Nosing the gin is like wandering through a fragrant herb garden. Notes of thyme, dill, coriander and rose petals quickly conjure up expectations. G’Vine comes through in the first taste, all those aromas blended with elements of spice, grass and additional florals. The taste is long, smooth and lingers pleasantly. In a modest martini -- shaken over fresh ice with a touch of Noilly Pratt dry vermouth, then garnished with a tomolive -G’Vine stands up to the water and the vermouth in all aspects of fragrance and taste. (Note: For those unfamiliar with the tomolive, it is an olive only in appearance. It actually is a tiny pickled tomato that explodes with spice and brine when bitten into, and a complete treat when the martini is sipped over it before swallowing.) Here are briefer looks at a couple of other fairly new items reaching the market: • Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Agricole: This singular rhum (the French spelling of “rum”) has been made on the island of Martinique in the French West Indies since 1651 from the first press of select blue cane since 1651. It’s a limited issue made only when the cane is harvested each spring. Rum comes in many guises -- made from cane (agricole) or from molasses (industriel or traditionnel); dark or light; pure or with additives; aged or new-make. But it is only the higher-end styles that offer the true range of nuances that are possible. Depaz ($35 retail) is an exquisite, light amber 90-proof expression. Its opening aroma offers up grassy and floral notes, followed by the warmth of a traditional high-end rum, this one smacking of banana, honey and vegetal notes. I mixed a cocktail with the rhum, a bit of Depaz label cane syrup -- distilled water is the only “additive” to the syrup -- fresh lime juice and a lot of cracked ice in the shaker. Excellent stuff, just enough of the extras to release all the potential of the rhum itself. • Baojing 168 Vodka: In something so idealistic, at least in theory, as the “People’s Republic,” it might seem frivolous to filter a vodka through diamonds. But modern China is trying to compete on the world market in every way, and delicious excess might as well be one of them. This grain-based import ($38 retail) differs from others of its ultra-premium ilk in that, say its distillers, it is created in a small-batch fashion and undergoes “unique filtration through 168 carats of diamonds.” I’m not sure if that is a whole bunch of little diamonds, or even diamond dust, or one gigantic fat rock. I do know the number 168 is regarded in Chinese custom as “being on the road to infinite prosperity.” And, I know Baojing has a clean, crisp, ever so slightly aromatic of vegetal notes. There’s a hint of lemon about the middle notes, and a clean, slow finish.

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There are a couple of methods to amass a big stack in tournament poker. One way is to try pushing small edges before the flop by playing coin flip situations, like a pair versus two overcards, or vice versa. The problem is that this approach is far too inconsistent. You’ll need lots of luck to get your side of the coin to repeatedly flip in your favor. A better approach to build a sizable chip stack is to play more hands in smaller pots. This method is based on mathematical theory, not just random luck or pure aggression. Here’s an extreme example to illustrate my point. The blinds are 400-800 with a 100 ante. With nine players at the table, 2,100 chips are in the pot before the cards are dealt. Now, let’s assume that you and one other opponent play wildly; one of you will raise to 2,000 before the flop on every single hand. The other players are very tight and will enter the pot about 10% of the time. The only time you or the other maniac will fold pre-flop is when one of the tight players also raises before the flop. Furthermore, assume that when only you and the other crazy player are in the pot, neither of you will bet after the flop, turn, or river. Theoretically, each of you should win 50% of the pots. However, when any tight player enters the pot, you would each play your normal game, playing hands that have value, and betting as you normally would. This situation isn’t actually that far fetched and commonly plays out in some of the bigger buy-in events on the professional tour. Just watch when Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey are seated at the same table. You’ll notice that most of the hands played are contested between these two poker greats. They won’t necessarily play big pots but they’ll definitely get involved in most of the smaller ones -- unless a tight player shows aggression before the flop. Let’s get back to the example. Say you put in 2,000 chips ten times during a session, or 20,000 chips in total. Before factoring in the tight players at the table, you’ll win about half of these pots against the other loose player and earn about 20,500 chips. Of course, you’ll lose the other five pots for a total of 10,000 chips but will

still net 10,500 in profit overall. That’s not bad but it’s not the whole story, either. Every so often, a tight player will find a hand that he wants to play. He might reraise before the flop causing you to fold, and that’s okay. Hey, you might pick up a premium hand like pocket aces or kings and get some unexpected action from one of the tight players, too! There are two keys to making this strategy work. First, avoid traps being set by tight players. Second, show respect to aggressive players by trying to keep the pots small. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, maybe easy in theory but it’s a bit tougher when you’re sitting at the table. Playing more hands in smaller pots is how many top professionals consistently build large

stacks in tournament poker. They just won’t gamble for large sums before the flop. Instead, they’ll simply enter more pots than the average player, and play more carefully when they do. In tournament poker, don’t be afraid to gamble a little bit; there’s nothing wrong about being an active player. But make certain to maintain discipline and only play bigger pots on your own terms.  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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Last Day of School for Grades K-11 Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Tinner Hill Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flag Day Father’s Day Second Quarter 2008 State Estimated Income Tax Due, Voucher #2 (Paid in Treasurer’s Office) Yard Waste, Bundled Brush, & Special Collections Summer Reading Program Registration Begins Summer Recreation Camps Begin City Council Work Session, 7:30 p.m. Planning Commission, 7:45 p.m. Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m. General District Court in Session Library Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Tree Commission, 7:30 p.m. Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m. Human Services Advisory Council, 7 p.m. Environmental Services Council, 7:30 p.m. City Meals Tax Due (Commissioner of the Revenue) Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Yard Waste, Bundled Brush, & Special Collections City Council, 7:30 p.m. Annual Volunteer Fire Department Business Meeting, 8 p.m. Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in Session School Board, 7:30 p.m.

Dominion Virginia Power Meeting Thursday, June 12, 8 p.m.

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Storm Debris Pickup Information To ensure efficient collections and the safety of our crews, the City of Falls Church is asking all residents affected by last week’s storms to properly prepare bundled brush according to the following requirements: • Brush must be cut in 5’ lengths with no individual branch or trunk larger than 6” in diameter; it should be tied securely with cord or twine that is strong enough to hold the material together. • A bundle must not exceed 50 pounds or be too large or bulky to be loaded safely by one person into the collection vehicle. • Properly prepared bundled brush is collected free of charge. • Special pickups are available for items that do not fit in a 30-gallon refuse container or do not meet the brush requirements listed above, such as brush exceeding six inches in diameter, furniture, moving debris, and household

appliances. Call 703-534-6509 (TTY 711) to schedule a special pickup. The City waives brush collection requirements only when a federal or state disaster is declared. No such declaration has been made. If you hired a private tree contractor to remove a fallen tree or limbs from your property, the tree contractor is responsible for debris disposal. Fees Special collections are billed at the minimum rate of $65 for two cubic yards or less of loose materials. An additional $65 will be charged for each additional two cubic yards or less. Household appliances are charged separately at $25 per appliance, with a limit of two appliances per week. Residents will be billed within 30 days after the pickup. Special Collection Request Line: 703-534-6509 (TTY 711)

Tinner Hill Blues Festival This Saturday The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, with support from the City of Falls Church, presents the 15th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1997, promotes multicultural understanding and honors the contributions of civil rights pioneers who lived in Falls Church during the early 1900s. This year’s Festival pays tribute to Piedmont Blues icon and Smithsonian National Heritage Fellow Awardee, John Jackson (1924-2002). The weekend of blues activities begins Friday night at the State Theatre with the documentary film premiere, “John Jackson: A Blues Treasure.” On Saturday, enjoy free live blues beginning at 9 a.m. with Early Bird Blues at the Falls Church Farmers Market (located at 300 Park Ave.).

The Blues Festival at Cherry Hill Park gets underway 11 a.m. and features headliners Danny Blue & the Blues Crew, Acme Blues Company, Catfish Hodge, Deanna Bogart, Bobby Parker & the Blues Night Band, Nadine Rae & the All Stars, and Memphis Gold and Band. The Festival also includes Front Porch Blues activities and performances for children and teens with Sam the Muleman, Boogie Woogie Blues, Choo Choo Charlie, Mike Baytop & Rick Franklin, and the “Dear Editor” contest awards presentation sponsored by The Washington Post. Soul food by Big Daddy’s BBQ and Margaret’s Soul Food will be available for purchase.

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Tinner Hill 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 all day. For a complete lineup of events, visit or Concerts in the Park Thursdays, June 19-Aug. 7, 7 p.m. Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Enjoy the best of summer with free musical entertainment sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division and the Village

Preservation and Improvement Society. Each concert also features local artists and their artwork, sponsored by the Falls Church Arts Council. Visit for a complete lineup. 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

2008 Paving Schedule The City has contracted with Virginia Paving to mill and resurface commercial and residential streets in sections of the City selected according to road condition criteria. Paving will be completed one lane at a time to allow through traffic. Please watch for “No Parking” signs and refrain from parking on the street on the indicated dates/times. Residents will be able to enter and exit their driveways while work is in progress. All work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Paving will occur in the following order; each street will take several days to complete, weather permitting: • Crane Street from Fowler to Kennedy streets Milling: June 9 Paving: June 11-12

• Fowler Street from South West to Ellison streets Milling: June 9 Paving: June 11-12 • W. Columbia Street from Little Falls Street to cul-de-sac Milling: June 10 Paving: June 12 • W. Columbia Street from Little Falls to North Washington streets Milling: June 11-12 Paving: June 13 • James Street from Gundry Drive to South Virginia Ave. Milling: June 13 Paving: June 16 Schedule subject to change. For more information, please contact the Operations Division of the City’s Department of Environmental Services at 703-248-5081 (TTY 711).

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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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Mason Spanish, French Students Score Well Congratulations to Spanish and French students from George Mason High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2008 National Spanish Examination and National French Contest.

kind in the United States with more than 106,000 students participating in 2008.”

GMHS students earned a total of six gold, seven silver and 15 bronze placements along with 35 honorable mentions in the National Spanish Examination. Amelia Nemitz, Anuraag Sensharma, Alexa Schaefer, Lydia Fairfax, Adam Gann and Matthew Gresko earned gold medals. Silver medal winners are Sophie Knudsen, Reilly O’Hara, Ben Tran, Mollie Read, Jack Brorsen, Sarah Weinberg, Grace Kuipers, Camille Dockery, Will Cunningham, Nicholas Kuipers, and Alexa Peyton.

In the Grand Concours (National French Contest), George Mason High School students earned 19 Certificats d’Honneur and 13 Certificats de Reussite. Students who placed in the top ten at state and national levels are Liam Wright, Katie Fletcher, Emma Pierce, Alice Morrison Moncure, Crawford Taylor, Daniel Drawbaugh, Rachel Anderson, Nicolas Desouza, Nicole Mahzoun, Hannah Walker, Ghozlane Kaddache, Yasmina Karrakchou, Johanna Garg, Tina Andriamandranto, and Olivia Scott.

“Attaining any placement or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna, National Director of the Exams. “The exams are the largest of their

The Grand Concours is administered each year to more than 100,000 students nationwide. It is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

The National Spanish Examination is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

FCC-TV Spotlight: FCCPS Retirement Program Tune in to Falls Church Community Television (FCC-TV) to watch as the City of Falls Church Public Schools honors 9 retiring staff members. The FCCPS Retirement Program airs on FCC-TV at the following times: • Sunday, June 15 at 11:00 A.M.

• Monday, June 16 at 10:00 A.M.

• Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 P.M.

• Wednesday, June 18 at 8:30 A.M.

FCC-TV airs on Cox Channel 12, Verizon FiOS Channel 35 and RCN Channel 2. For more information about FCC-TV, or complete schedule of the variety of community programs on FCC-TV, visit or call 703-248-5538.

BIE Partner of the Week Bob Morrison Bonnie Briar Productions School involvement: Has photographed George Mason High School athletic events and non-sports activities, such as graduation ceremonies and performances since 2005; has a gallery devoted to GMHS on his Web site:, where he recently posted his 10,000th event photo; donates photos for school division Web site and publications. Why Bob is a BIE partner: “As a longtime supporter of our schools, I am delighted to be able to share my photography skills. I respect and admire the talents of our students in athletics, art, theater, music and more, and photography lets me capture and share some of their significant moments of achievement.” 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.

Following a dedication ceremony last week, 1,000 ladybugs were released in the garden to begin the environmental cycle of life.

The new George Mason butterfly garden, located outside the school’s northeast entrance, is filled with plants, shrubs and a park bench dedicated to longtime English teacher, former Falls Church Education Association president, and lifelong environmentalist Cay Wiant. The Environmental Club’s initiative was supported by the city’s arborist office, local landscaper Barbara Cram and many in the school community who helped purchase plants.

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Teacher Honored with Butterfly Garden After months of research, fundraising and some down and dirty work, the George Mason High School environmental club is hoping their efforts will be attractive enough for a few winged friends.

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Former George Mason High School English teacher Cay Wiant enjoys the park bench dedicated in her honor last week at the unveiling of the school’s new butterfly garden.

Principals for a Day Thomas Jefferson Elementary Principal-for-a-Day Bill Comstock (front l) and Assistant Principal Peter Haensel, are welcomed by Superintendent Lois Berlin (back l) and Assistant Superintendent Gloria Guba during a tour of the FCCPS Central Office. In addition to the tour, the students greeted arriving 1st graders at Mount Daniel and conducted a fire drill at TJ. The students are selected at random during a PTA fundraising raffle.

SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES ARE SubjEcT To chAngE June 12 5:00 p.m. 7th Grade Moving Up Program (MEH) 6:30 p.m. Family Literacy Night (MD) 13 Last Day of School 16 Summer Day Care / MS SAP Begins 7:30 p.m. GMHS Band Booster Meeting (GM) 24 7:30 p.m. Regular School Board Meeting (City Hall) July 7 Summer School Begins (MEH) (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.

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While not an official event in last week’s field day at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 4th grader Louis Klarfeld used his head to stay hydrated during the many athletic events of the day.

George Mason Solar Power Goes Live In an effort to be more energy efficient, George Mason High School now gets some of its electric power from the sun. That’s because 18 solar panels were installed on the high school roof, last week, and will deliver nearly three kilowatts of power directly to the school. The project was spearheaded by high school senior James Peterson. “Solar power is one of the fastest increasing forms of alternative energy and offers us savings on not only our energy bills, but also on our carbon footprint,” Peterson said. Peterson came up with the concept, researched it and brought all needed partners to the table to make it a reality.

the Falls Church Education Foundation, Don Beyer Volvo, Family Medicine in Falls Church, the Foot and Ankle Center, ICF Consulting, the Adele M. Thomas Charitable Foundation, EnergyShift, The Young Group, and Moore Architects PC. Peterson would like to see his idea take hold among the student body and be expanded down the road. “It’s something our community cares about and something that Falls Church can make a statement with.” Peterson said.

“I’ve never seen a high school student orchestrate such a business enterprise,” said George Mason Principal Robert Snee. “This project demonstrates our commitment to the environment, and it will give our students a direct experience with a key form of renewable energy.” In addition to the solar panels, the project includes a computer system to track power production data. Teachers plan to incorporate the data in the school’s science and math programs. The project was funded through donations from local businesses, organizations and citizens, and it was installed by the renewable energy development firm SWITCH; roofing contractor Magco, Inc. and electrical contractor Walsh Electric. Major sponsors include BP Solar, the City of Falls Church, the Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS),

George Mason High senior James Peterson (far right) oversees the installation last week of 18 solar panels on the school’s roof. The panels are expected to generate 3 kilowatts of electricity. Most of the power will be used to run science experiments related to solar power, but excess energy produced will be returned to the grid.

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‘Council Mulls Technical Breach of Charter’ “The Falls Church City Council technically violated the City Charter last month, when it failed to pass the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) portion of the Fiscal Year 1994 budget, and Mayor Brian O’Connor asked City Manager and Acting City Attorney David Lasso for an opinion on whether there could be legal ramifications.”

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nect these young men and women with employment opportunities, or get them back into school. It is extremely difficult because, for the most part, the jobs are not there and the educational establishment is having a hard enough time teaching the kids who are still in school. “Schools have not made much of an effort to bring this population back in,” said Jones. “Once you fall out of the system, you’re basically on no one’s programmatic radar screen.” So these kids drift. Some are drawn to gangs. A disproportionate number become involved in crime. It is a tragic story, and very few people are paying attention. The economic policies of the past few decades have favored the wealthy and the well-connected to a degree that has been breathtaking to behold. The Nation magazine has devoted its current issue to the Gilded Age-type inequali-



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‘Mayor Hails Riders - Urges Falls Church Citizens to Root on AIDS Riders Sunday’ “City of Falls Church Mayor Alan Brangman issued a letter to the editor of the News-Press yesterday supporting the over 2,000 expected to begin bicycle riding from Raleigh, North Carolina, today en route to Washington, D.C., Sunday - covering 350 miles - in a fundraising effort to win the fight against AIDS.”

ty that has been the result. Just a little bit of help to the millions of youngsters trying to get their first tentative foothold in that economy should not be too much to ask. It’s not as if these kids don’t want to work. Many of them search and search until they finally become discouraged. The summer job market, which has long been an important first step in preparing teenagers for the world of work, is shaping up this year as the weakest in more than half a century, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Now, with the overall economy deteriorating, the situation for poorly educated young people will only grow worse. As Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies, told The Times recently: “When you get into a recession, kids always get hit the hardest. Kids always go to the back of the hiring queue. Now, they find themselves with a lot of other people in line ahead of them.” As the ranks of these youngsters grow, so does their

potential to become a destabilizing factor in the society. More important, the U.S. needs the untapped talent (and the potential buying power) in this large pool of young people, just as it needs the talents of the many other Americans of all ages whose energy, intelligence and creativity are wasted in an economic system that is not geared toward providing jobs for everyone who wants to work. America needs to dream bigger, and in this election year, job creation should be issue No. 1. If I were running for president, I would pull together the smartest minds I could find from government, the corporate world, the labor movement, academia, the nonprofits and ordinary working men and women to see what could be done to spark the creation of decent jobs on a scale that would bring the U.S. as close as possible to full employment. We’ve maxed out the credit cards, floated mindlessly in stock market bubbles, refinanced mortgages to death -now’s the time to figure out how to put all Americans to work.

NEMO IS A TEMPORARY ROOMMATE of Sports Editor Mike Hume and his girlfriend, Kristin, on loan from Kristin’s parents. Since moving in, Nemo has bent the "staff" to his will, prodding Mike to feed him at 5 a.m. by head-butting him in the face. Nemo’s insolence has been tolerated, as he has proven an astute student of sports, learning the intricacies of the Princeton offense while watching Georgetown basketball games on TV with Mike. Nemo has also unabashedly flaunted his political views, repeatedly chewing up the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times. Nemo's time in D.C. is soon ending however, and he will be missed ... though not between the hours of 5 - 9 a.m. If you would like to see your pet here, e-mail us at or send a picture and short description to Falls Church News-Press c/o Critter Corner, 450 W. Broad St., Suite 321, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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