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It was a huge weekend for George Mason High School sports with the Mustangs bringing home three state titles including boys tennis, boys soccer and an incredible 11th straight championship for the girls soccer team.

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forward to the eight-screen sitdown dining movie complex and restaurants that will go there. But the decisive testimony brought to the Council prior to its vote came from the City’s Economic Development Office in the person of Becky Witsman, whose matter-of-fact, methodical style of presentation did not hide the big news she was bringing.

Out of six original bidders for the dense economic development of 10 West End acres in the City of Falls Church, it was not until shortly after midnight Tuesday that the three finalists recommended by a select evaluation committee were announced publicly and approved by the Falls Church City Council. The contending groups of Comstock, EYA/PN Hoffman and Rushmark, listed in alphabetical order, made the cut, it was announced, and will receive a “request for detailed proposal” (RFDP) from the Council, also approved in the wee hours Tuesday, by this Friday. They will have until late August to respond, with the selection of the finalist to work with the City in the development of those 10 prime acres of City-owned land by mid-October. Council members, who were first informed of the evaluation group’s recommendations a week earlier in a closely-held closed session, hailed the process by which the three finalists were decided. They were briefed in the closed session by City consultant Bob Wulff and Economic Development Authority’s Robert Young, who made a compelling case, they said, for the arduous process the evaluators went through to come to their decision. Councilman Ross Litkenhous was vocal in his praise for the whole process and his colleagues concurred. No real details of what went into the decision on the finalists were provided at the meeting, except that they were named in response to general criteria of what the evaluation group was tasked with looking for.

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City of Falls Church Public Schools announced it has appointed Timothy Kasik as principal of Mount Daniel Elementary School. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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The sci-fi writer William Gibson once said, “The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” In America in 2018, the same could be said of authoritarianism. SEE PAGE 14

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Northside Social, the longawaited coffee shop, wine bar and cafe taking over the American Legion house at the corner of N. Maple and Park Ave., opened to the public at long last Monday afternoon. SEE PAGE 4


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ANYONE WANTING THEIR hat back after this had better have put their contact info inside somewhere, because with this many George Mason High School students graduating yesterday, there wouldn’t be easy retrievals. Congrats to the Class of 2018! More Mason graduation photos coming next week. (P����: J. M������ W�����)

New Revenue Formula Projects More Founder’s Row Revenue BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON


An update of the City of Falls Church’s analytical formula for evaluating the potential fiscal impact of new development projects has significantly up-estimated the revenue projections for the 4.3-acre Founder’s Row project that has been revived by its Mill Creek developers who are now seeking a new special exception

with hopes of a groundbreaking by late August or September. The Falls Church City Council approved a preliminary step toward granting the new request Monday following a long list of neighbors, many the same who failed to derail the plan for the northeast intersection of W. Broad and N. West Streets two years ago. This time neighbors included a mix of opponents, and ones who said they’re looking

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F.C. Northside Social Opens At Long Last Northside Social Falls Church, the long-awaited coffee shop and cafe at the corner of N. Maple Ave. and Park Ave., opened to the public at long last Monday afternoon. City officials welcomed the new establishment with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. before doors opened to the public at 2 p.m. Falls Church Mayor David Tarter cracked a few jokes about the establishment’s delayed opening – which had been pushed back from last fall to this April to finally cutting the ribbon on the doorstep of summer – due to a mix of construction challenges renovating the historic American Legion building it replaced, a shrewd hiring process and wanting to get the restaurant group’s other Falls Church restaurant, Liberty Barbecue, on track before opening the second storefront. Northside Social will offer a menu similar to its Clarendon location with daily breakfast, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and baked goodies along with a wine bar on the second level. In addition, a

West End Bids Continued from Page 1

The Council was told that decisive event came when all the members of the evaluation group came together for a fourhour closed session to compare notes after completing extensive reviews of the six original applicants. The consensus met in that meeting was key. Participating with the three winning finalists are Davis, Carter, Scott, James G. Davis Construction and LandDesign, Gorova/Stade with Comstock; P.N. Hoffman, Regency Centers, Torti Gallas, Walter Phillips, MuniCap, and Baskin, Jackson and Lasso PC with EYA; and, Hitt Contracting Gensler Architecture, Dewberry Engineers, Gorove/Slade, Jones Lang LaSalle, Walsh Colucci, Lebeley and Walsh with Rushmark. Sources have commented to the News-Press that the three finalists will be working very hard over the next two months to meet the late August deadline for submission of their responses to the more detailed RFDP. “There is going to be a lot of midnight oil burned between now and that deadline,” one source commented. The three bidding groups that did not make the “down-select” cut are Fivesquares Development (including EDENS and Clark Construction), Mason Greens (including Perkins Eastman, Toll Brothers and Nova Ventures), and Skanska Mid-Atlantic (with Autunovich Associates). The RFDP, which is undergoing final modifications following another long, open session of Council deliberations before being delivered to the three finalists this Friday, will be asking for two


FINALLY, Northside Social Falls Church is open for business, with City staff and key members of the Liberty Tavern Group all smiles at Monday’s ribbon cutting. (Photo: News-Press) basement that allows for a commercial-sized bakery and executive chef Matt Hill’s creative inklings will provide new lunch and dinner options. Northside Social Falls Church is located at 205 Park Ave. — Matt Delaney

things: the maximum economic yield from the project, aimed at ameliorating the $120 million cost of constructing a new George Mason High School, on the one hand, and components considered vital to the City’s values on the other, such as environmental, including stormwater and energy conservation elements, and affordable housing components. As Bob Wulff pointed out to the Council Monday night, there is a financial trade off between the two contending components, as the addition of environmental features and greater demands for affordable housing will draw down the value of the project overall from the developer’s point of view. Councilman Phil Duncan pushed hardest Monday night for the inclusion in the RFDP of variable benchmarks for affordable housing, beginning with requiring that six percent percent of all residential units on the site be affordable (as defined by percentages of income below the regional median average income), and seeking options for eight and ten percent, as well. As the percentages for affordable housing go up, even incrementally, the cost burden rises quickly for the developer, Wulff pointed out. So, Duncan’s proposal was not included in final edits to the RFDP made Monday night, and the affordable housing component was left at a base of six percent of total units, with the added concession that the affordable units remain that way in perpetuity, and not for only 20 years. Duncan initially withheld his vote on the approved RFDP but when his colleagues were unanimous in their support, he switched from not voting to voting yes, as well. Among the bonafides of the three finalists, whose initial state-

ments of qualifications can be found on the City’s website, the Comstock group has collaborated with Fairfax County to develop the transit-oriented project at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, with Loudoun County to develop the Route 722 North Metro garage project, the Town of Herndon mixed-use project with municipal parking and a performing arts center, and in Reston surrounding a central plaza and full-service hotel. The EYA team has collectively over 91 years of combined experience with over 342 projects, claiming partners “many with deep roots in Falls Church.” Included on this group’s team are those who have designed the conceptual plans for WMATA for the development of its West Falls Church Metro station site, and the desire of this group is to fully integrate the 10 acres of West Falls Church economic development with that WMATA plan and the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech property for a much larger overall project. That integration may not be ready for 10 years, while the 10 acres in Falls Church would be developed in five. The Rushmark team’s main component is Hitt Contracting and that combination produced the recently-completed HarrisTeeter, 301 W. Broad project that has become the centerpiece of downtown Falls Church, and will build the Insight mixed use project that’s been approved for 2.3 acres at the northeast corner of the Broad and Washington intersection. Hitt Contracting is also deeply engaged with the current F.C. City Hall renovation and expansion. Among its interests are the development at the West Falls Church site of “a range of housing options affordable to a broad spectrum of citizens, impacting workforce recruitment and retention.”



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More Revenue Projected from Founder’s Row Project Continued from Page 1

It had to do with the forecasting model, which has been developed, refined and used for the better part of the past decade to anticipate what the City can expect in the form of net tax yields from economic development projects. Factored into the model are all the fees, concessions and revenues expected from the full use of any given site, minus expenses to the City, including most importantly, the cost of providing a public education to any school aged children who might reside in it. It was in that last category where the big change has come. Refining the model to reflect more real data, rather than educated guesses, has found that the projected costs of educating children at mixed use sites in Falls Church are considerably less than originally thought. Since the completion of the 301 West Broad and Lincoln at Tinner Hill large scale mixed use projects in the last year or two, the actual enrollment data from those two major projects has added considerable accuracy to the model, Witsman reported. Based on the new data,

Witsman projected the net yield to the City, after school and other costs, from the Founder’s Row project will be in the range of $1.7 to $2 million annually. That is a stunning increase over earlier projections that showed as little as $818,000 annually. Before the Founder’s Row plan was presented, the site yielded about $200,000 annually to the City. The new projections show the project will provide the highest yield to the City of all development projects to date. Even the new projections are conservative, Witsman said, but are based on real rather than hypothetical data. The project would include $2.3 million in voluntary concessions Mayor David Tarter objected to the new projections, saying they created the impression of being arbitrary. But Witsman strongly defended the new formula based on solid new data, and Councilman Phil Duncan said he has “very high confidence in this data,” saying, “It is based on the fact that we have so much better data for Falls Church now.” The new glowing projections for revenue come despite the fact

that Mill Creek is petitioning to replace a hotel on the site with a senior-restricted (age 55 and up) housing project. Duncan again chimed in on that, saying he feels that the senior housing plan “is superior to a hotel.” The City “needs more people to support the walkable, vibrant, more urban lifestyle we’re going for.” This new plan is “better than a transient hotel for contributing to that,” he said. The people in the senior restricted building will be 55 and up, and will have a lot of energy and resources to contribute to the City, he noted. The Founder’s Row, with its upscale Studio Movie Grill complex (eight screens and 815 seats) and City Works restaurant, committed already with more to come, will attract those tenants and more young people with its vibrancy as accessibility at night. Council members Dan Sze said that the revenues from this project are desperately needed by the City to serve as a “good buffer for getting the new high school” over and above the 10 acres of development that will go further to the west in conjunction with the school project.

BECKY WITSMAN, of the Falls Church Economic Develoment Office, spoke to the F.C. City Council Monday on the upgraded fiscal projections formula used by the City to gauge expected revenues from new projects. (Photo: News-Press) Council members also expressed a new point of view, partially informed by the revised projection model, that, as Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly said, “There is no correlation any more between the percentage of commercial uses in a project and net revenue.” “Residential is no longer a bad word,” Council member Letty

Hardi said. “This is the biggest, most impactful project we have. As it is now, we do not have enough people living here.” The new Mill Creek request will come back to the Council at its August 6 work session, it was not decided this week whether a final vote will come either in midAugust or mid-September.

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Tim Kaine For President

If this turns out to the first formal newspaper endorsement in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election, then so be it. We would be proud to have such a distinction because we are so solid and centered in our choice. It isn’t due just to the fact that Sen. Tim Kaine was in the City of Falls Church to deliver a keynote speech in front of a record number at the annual local Democratic committee potluck in the Community Center. Of course, Sen. Kaine is in the midst of a energetic re-election campaign, having learned just yesterday that his GOP opponent in November will be someone who takes pride in out-Trumping Trump, a rabid right wing bigot named Corey Stewart who won the Republican primary Tuesday. It will be a good and worthy test run for Sen. Kaine to tackle the 2020 GOP Presidential ticket, as it looks more like that entire party is following Trump swirling down the political toilet. As for Kaine, he goes way, way back in his statewide campaigns in Virginia having always kept Falls Church, and its iconic Eden Center of Vietnamese-Americans, in his sights. We’ve been proud to have been in the apex of critical areas of statewide support for him when he ran for lieutenant governor, governor, the U.S. Senate, now seeking re-election, and, of course, his great run on the Democratic presidential ticket with Hillary Clinton in 2016. He won all of those in Virginia and despite not taking the White House, he and Ms. Clinton garnered the highest number of votes for any candidates in the history of the U.S. in 2016, outpolling the current president by over three million. With the news that former President Obama has been meeting with an array of prospective Democratic presidential contenders recently, we asked Sen. Kaine if, indeed, he’d met with Obama, too. “I’ve met with him a number of times since the election,” he quipped. Having the experience of a strong vice-presidential run, Kaine is the polar opposite of all the unsavory qualities of the current president, and that’s why he is perfect to run in 2020. No doubt there will be a very thick field of eminently qualified Democratic presidential hopefuls breaking into the race in the next months. Even though this November’s midterm elections loom, offering the best opportunity for Democrats in many years to sweep into control of both houses of the U.S. Congress, and beyond that, in 2019, when the same prospect exists for control of the State Legislature in Richmond, there is no restraining interest in the 2020 presidential election now. With that in mind, Kaine has proven again and again that he not only has the executive skills but the passion, good heart and experience to present America with the choice of a progressive moral revival to purge our land and cleanse our palates of the grievous error that the current president represents.


Where Was the Outrage During Obama Years?

Editor, Your tag team sermons, Paul Krugman’s “What the Matter with Europe,” and your own “Ray Cohn and Donald Trump,” May 24, page 30 impose on your readers your schizophrenic struggle to decide whether Trump is Hitler or Chairman Mao. “The Weimar still had the formal authority to stop Hitler,” you preach. Where was that government when Obama was prosecuting jour-

nalists himself and using the IRS to police and deny dozens of non-profits tax exemptions on the basis of the content of their speech? Where was the Obama Justice Department when he and a one-vote majority of the Court forced Americans to purchase a product (health insurance) as a condition of being a human and a citizen of a “democracy?” Where were the voices of justice within the Democratic Party when Obama unfroze Iranian assets in


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pursuit of a questionable nuclear deal that enabled that ruthless regime to sow yet more devastation throughout the Middle East? You selectively wish to use the levers of justice to impose your vision of power and subject yourself and your profession to mockery. C. Greg Carroll Springfield

If Beyer Cares About Climate Change, He Should Focus on Cars Editor, Kudos to Don Beyer for calling out President Trump for work-

ing to increase the production of the fossil fuels needed to power the cars sold by Don Beyer’s car dealerships! Since Rep. Beyer is so concerned about the supply side of the fossil fuel consumption and its impact on climate change, perhaps he’ll address it by liquidating his dealerships and investing all proceeds in renewable energy production? Jeff Walyus Arlington




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On School Shootings, Falls Church & the Past B� T�� W����

As I write this, there have been at least 16 school shootings already this year. That averages around three a month. I grew up in Falls Church. I went to its schools before and after Falls Church became a city. I was in ninth grade the year George Mason High School opened. School shootings were unknown while I was in school. My classmates and I were completely unaware of their possibility. Frankly, I was more worried about a nuclear attack, living only six miles from D.C. That worry caused me more than one nightmare, but I never actually considered anyone invading my school with a gun. That was far less likely. I’m reasonably certain that this was true of my peers — my fellow classmates — and our teachers as well. No one expected a “school shooting.” The very phrase had yet to be coined. But those times, when the nostalgia is stripped away, were hardly less violent, and guns were more freely available. I had a .22 single-shot rifle that I got before I became a teen. A neighbor, the father of one of my friends, used to take me to an impromptu shooting range for target practice. Another of my friends had a revolver. But the idea of a killing spree using those guns was alien to us. And if the NRA existed then, I was blissfully

unaware of it. Racism was quite open then. Falls Church had no black families living within its city limits, and its schools were lilywhite. Many of my classmates and some of my teachers were openly racist, and a

“School shootings were unknown while I was in school. My classmates and I were completely unaware of their possibility. Frankly, I was more worried about a nuclear attack.” Presbyterian minister, Dr. Altfather, at a school assembly told us that as whites we were superior to the other races. Bullying certainly existed then. During first-grade orientation, in a mid-’40s August day, I was standing in the playground at Madison School, talking to my friends about what school would be like when a “big kid” — probably a third-grader — walked up and without warning punched

me in my stomach. For a moment I wondered if I’d ever take another breath. I’d just met my first bully, from a family still located here. I’d see him on and off over the years. I always avoided him. But my daughter went to school with his daughter. When we were both going to George Mason, I heard that over the summer he’d killed someone in a bar fight in Florida. When I was in tenth grade I saw evidence of his violence first hand. In those days there was a fierce rivalry between George Mason and Falls Church High (then still located on Hillwood Avenue, but by then owned and operated by Fairfax County). One morning two boys from Falls Church High showed up at George Mason and headed for the girls’ gym dressing room. They were stopped by two hall monitors, one of whom was the bully. His girlfriend was taking gym that period and he took exception to the two interlopers. He and his fellow hall monitor grabbed the Falls Church High students, each taking one of them, and pitched them out through the front doors by the gym entrance. Those doors had been propped open, but the first kid through them kicked them in passing, and they swung shut – just as the bully literally pitched his victim through them. I encountered the scene between periods, going to my locker. The glass —

laminated with what looked like chicken wire — was broken out of one door and there was a lot of fresh blood. An ambulance had taken the victim away. It was rumored he’d lost one arm. That was in 1954. Only a few years later, a year or two after I’d graduated George Mason, one of its teachers was shot and killed. But not at school. William Snodgrass was a math teacher whom I was glad I’d never had. His was a prickly personality and he was not liked by my fellow students who’d taken his classes. He did things like threatening detention for everyone involved in a friendly after-school snowball fight (we got little snow, so these were infrequent) when an errant snowball hit him. But he was friends with Falls Church’s then police chief. One day they were in a local drugstore at its soda fountain (remember those?) when the chief decided to demonstrate his fast draw to Snodgrass, using his service revolver. The chief was apparently incompetent with guns, because in demonstrating his fast draw he shot Snodgrass at a very close range and killed him. The chief resigned in disgrace. That’s the closest Falls Church got to a “school shooting” in those days. What’s changed? What hasn’t?

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Crowd Celebrates 25th Annual Tinner Hill Festival

THE TINNER HILL Blues Festival went off with out a hitch last weekend. Even with some ominous gray clouds hanging overhead, locals �locked to Cherry Hill Park for a weekend full of rhythm and blues from artists such as Vanessa Collier, Jarekus Singleton and the Bushmasters who played alongside Gary Brown. Civil rights activists, local historians and grassroots musicians all came out of the 25th installment of the festival this year. (P�����: C�������� B����)



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NEWS BRIEFS Kasik Appointed New Mount Daniel Principal City of Falls Church Public Schools announced Tuesday night that it has appointed Timothy Kasik as principal of Mount Daniel Elementary School. Kasik is completing his eighth year as principal of Springfield’s Crestwood Elementary School. In a press release issued Tuesday, Falls Church Schools superintendent Peter Noonan said “I couldn’t be more pleased that Mr. Kasik has made the move to be principal of Mount Daniel Elementary School. His experience as a principal for the last eight years, strength and knowledge of high-quality instructional practice, New Mount Daniel and ability to establish quality relationships with staff, students principal Timothy Kasik. and community make him a perfect match for our division. We (Photo: FCCPS) are very lucky to have ‘landed’ Mr. Kasik.” According to the release, Kasik has over 20 years in the education field at Fairfax County schools, beginning as a teacher at Braddock Elementary in 1998. He was then assistant principal of Washington Mill Elementary until he was appointed Crestwood principal in 2010. He has twice been the top-rated principal by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers. “Mount Daniel Elementary School is a dynamic and engaging community focused on providing a strong educational foundation through active learning for all students,” Kasik said in a statement. “I am beyond excited to be able to give back to my community and very much look forward to joining such a wonderful, committed group of educators.” Kasik will take over the Mount Daniel position from Erin Truesdell, who is returning to her home of Ohio, on July 1.

Mason High Theater Troupe Performs at Cappies A record high number of Cappie (Critics Award Program for high school students) nominations, ten, did not lead to any George Mason High School winners at the Cappies’ gala Sunday night, but Mason students were invited to perform the song, “His Name is Lancelot,” from their fall musical before a full house of students, administrators, teachers and family on the stage at the Kennedy Center concert hall Sunday night. The performance brought the house down with cheers and laughter, according to reports. The Mason student nominees were Angela Dilao, Laura Duffett, Emily Ives, Shannon Rodgers, Jack Evans, Sarah Fong, Sofia Heartney, Caroline Russell, Victoria Bysfield, Josh Reitinger, Miles Jackson, Will Langan, Morgan O’Keefe, Charlie Boland, Elizabeth Reid, Jasper Litton, Michael Curtin and Ciara Curtin.

Todd Hitt Testifies to U.S. House Panel Today Falls Church-based developer Todd Hitt is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee today at 10 a.m. to testify on the national labor shortage crisis and what steps can be taken to solve it. Hitt has written commentaries on the topic since last October that have appeared in The Washington Post and The Hill, including on why there is trouble rebuilding Houston after Hurricane Maria.

GOP Primary Tuesday: Freitas Carries F.C. The Republican U.S. Senate primary was the only item on the ballot in the City of Falls Church this Tuesday. Although Corey Stewart won statewide for the opportunity to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in November, in Falls Church the nod went to his rival, Nick Freitas, who garnered 169 votes to 95 for Stewart and 53 for E.W. Jackson.

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Women Prevail in Dem Virginia Primaries Six women won Democratic U.S. Congressional primaries in Virginia Tuesday in districts currently held by Republicans. There are 11 total districts in the state. Winners include State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who won in a field of six to face off against incumbent GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th District of northern Fairfax and Loudoun counties in the November general election. Other women winners Tuesday were Vangie Williams in the 1st District, Elaine Luria in the 2nd, Leslie Cockburn in the 5th, Jennifer Lewis in the 6th and Abigail Spanberger in the 7th. Nationally, 11 women won Democratic primaries in U.S. congressional districts now held by Republicans but that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

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Community News & Notes

DELEGATE MARCUS SIMON (front, second from left) presented special commendations from the Virginia General Assembly at the F.C. City Council meeting Monday night to honor long-term City of F.C. Police Department employees, including (left to right) Major Richard Campbell for 35 years of service, Crossing guard Janet Haines for 51 years of service and Police officer Alan Freed for 33 years of service. The City Council is standing behind them. (Photo: News-Press)

LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH was recognized by the Falls Church City Council (background) at its meeting Monday, stating the City “remains committed to treating all people with fairness and respect and to creating a community where everyone can live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence or hatred based on gender identity or sexual orientation.” Receiving the proclamation was the News-Press’ Nicholas Benton, a gay activist from before the Stonewall Riots and author of a best-selling book on the movement, “Extraordinary Hearts.” (Photo: News-Press)

Local Children’s Center Chosen as 1 of Region’s Best

Vietnam Veterans Meeting Set for June 21

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center to be part of its 2018-19 class of Best Nonprofits of the Greater Washington Region. Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of more than 120 experts in local philanthropy and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. This is the sixth consecutive time since 2004 that Falls ChurchMcLean Children’s Center (the Children’s Center) has been honored by the Catalogue as “One of the Best Nonprofits in the Greater Washington Region.” The Children’s Center page on the Catalogue for Philanthropy web site can be seen at: http:// The Children’s Center provides a year-round early education program that guides 80 children, typically of low-income levels, to build their fundamental skills to be ready to succeed in school. The program was founded by members of 20 area faith groups in response to news articles of children who were being left at home alone or in cars while their parents worked, due to a lack of affordable, full-time child care. The resulting Children’s Center started in the basement of Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church on Westmoreland Road in McLean where it welcomed children for its first 33 years, until the church wanted the space for its own program. In 2003, Fairfax County constructed its current venue to prevent the important community resource from closing. Since its inception, the Children’s Center has provided an affordable early education program for more than 5,000 children.

The Vietnam Veterans of America June 21 membership meeting speaker will be Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). The organization offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of their own service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS has assisted more than 75,000 surviving families, casualty officers and caregivers. A new meeting feature is to learn about Vietnam unit locations in the book, “In Honor and Memory” which lists and describes U.S. and Allied military installations in South Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Interested attendees are encouraged to come early for a meal and to meet fellow Vietnam Veteran’s of America members. Spouses and guests are welcome. “Fall In” for the June 21 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the new meeting location, the Amphora Restaurant (377 Maple Ave W., Vienna).

Governing Board Announces Newly Elected Members At the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting on Tuesday, June 5, the BOS appointed five new members to the McLean Community Center’s Governing Board. New adult members are Carole Herrick, Raj Mehra and Terri Markwart, who will serve threeyear terms. The Langley High School boundary area member is Megan Markwart and the McLean High School Boundary area member is Lauren Herzberg. The two teen members will serve one-year terms. The five residents of Small

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CONGRATULATIONS to Libby and Eddie Cohen, summertime Falls Church residents, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in September and Libby’s birthday when she turns 80 later this month. The family plans to honor the milestones with a party this weekend. (P����: C������� S����� C����) District 1A-Dranesville won seats on the MCC Governing Board by getting the highest number of votes at the Board election, which was held at the McLean Day 2018 festival on Saturday, May 19, at Lewinsville Park. The League of Women Voters acted as tellers. MCC Governing Board Elections & Nominations Committee Chair Kat Kehoe certified the results to Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust, who presented the successful candidates’ names to the BOS on Tuesday. The new board members took their seats on the MCC Governing Board at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 6. Officers were elected for the 2018-2019 Board

term, with the following results: Paul Kohlenberger, Chair; Desi Woltman, Vice-Chair; Julie Waters, Secretary; Elizabeth John, Treasurer. For more information, call the MCC at 703-790-0123.

Rememberance for Thomas Abbey Slated for Saturday In light of former Functional Fitness VA co-owner Thomas Abbey’s lost battle with brain cancer, there will be a Celebration of Life at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) on Saturday, June 16 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. The celebration is open to the public, so any residents who are able and willing to come are encouraged to do so. Food and drinks will be provided. Residents

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SEVEN FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS gathered at Dunn Loring Fire Station to host four troops of young “Girl Scouts of the USA.” Kindergarten – 3rd grade girls from Shrevewood Elementary, Timberlane Elementary, and Westgate Elementary learned about the special uniforms and equipment in the ambulance and �ire engines, and toured the �irehouse. They earned the Girl Scout Safety Awards for knowing what to do in emergencies and telling a �ire�ighter their address and phone number. (P����: C������� A������� H������)

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Restoration Work at McLean Parks to Begin Soon Restoration work on the Bull Neck Run Stream located within Spring Hill Park (1239 Spring Hill Rd., McLean) and Bull Neck Run Stream Valley Park is set to begin shortly. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with RES for the work which will start in mid-June. The project involves restoration of approximately 1,350 linear feet of Bull Neck Run stream. The primary goal of this restoration is to stabilize the channel and prevent future erosion and degradation along the stream. Restoration of native trees and herbaceous planting will also be

implemented after construction in order to promote natural reforestation which ensures the development of a healthy ecosystem. This project is part of Fairfax County’s larger efforts to restore many of the county’s degraded streams while also improving overall water quality and the condition of the Chesapeake Bay. The project’s main construction access will be off Lewinsville Road and directly behind the RECenter building adjacent to the multi-purpose fields. This project will impact a good portion of the trail network within the stream corridor. Temporary trail closure will be implemented as needed to ensure public safety. Active construction will conclude in June 2019.


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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Happy Flag Day! The Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the fledgling nation on June 14, 1777. Some communities observed Flag Day in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 that Flag Day truly became official. Flag Day provides an opportunity for all to reflect on the simple design that unites us all. The U.S. flag does not differentiate; it does not discriminate. It flies over every one of us, regardless of faith, gender, status, belief, or national origin. That’s what we should celebrate today! Celebration also is what one woman is doing this week, after suffering cardiac arrest at a Wolf Trap concert. Fortunately, among the other concert attendees were two volunteer fire department (VFD) Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who performed CPR on the woman and shocked her with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to re-establish her pulse before the medic crew from a nearby fire station arrived. EMT Christina Hogg from Vienna VFD and EMT Jeffrey Rabinovitz from Bailey’s Crossroads VFD were in the right place at the right time, and used their training to provide immediate patient care that gave the woman her best possible chance of survival. Wolf Trap isn’t the only place to enjoy concerts this summer. The international concert series at Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale (across from Annandale High School), begins this Saturday with Taiwan Cultural Heritage Night. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the show. On Sunday night, June 17, the Spotlight by Starlight concert series at Mason District Park kicks off with

the City of Fairfax Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. The amphitheatre has bench seating, but many attendees prefer to bring lawn chairs for the rear seating area. Cake and lemonade will be served on Sunday by the Friends of Mason District Park to celebrate the new season. The “Imagine Art Here” program by ArtsFairfax, featuring an InOut photo cube installation, continues in front of the Bank of America building at the top of Seven Corners through June 23. Beset by a very rainy spring, which has washed out nearly every Saturday evening event with the artists, the InOut installation nonetheless continues to evoke interest and questions by passersby. This Saturday night, June 16, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., you can become part of the art. The eight-foot square photo cube features photographs of local residents and visitors, almost as a slideshow – happy, sad, goofy, curious. Stop by and see for yourself! The current Art in the Mason District Governmental Center show features oils and watercolors by local artist Jane McElvany Coonce. Her bright flowers nearly jump off the wall, and the water-themed selections include some very lively looking crabs. My favorites, however, are two transportation-themed watercolors – “Early Morning Commute” and “Rush Hour Evening.” Just a dollop of white makes the headlights dance, lending a sense of motion to the commute. The show will be up until Thursday, June 21 at the Mason District Governmental Center, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s

Richmond Report We all are celebrating the passage of the new state budget which expands Medicaid eligibility to an estimated 400,000 uninsured working Virginians, and thus allows us to increase funding in education and mental health, while raising the salaries of teachers, first responders and state employees with the resulting savings. The budget sets out a tight timeline for developing the Medicaid application and submitting it for federal approval. Even so there will be a time lag between the enactment and the implementation of the actual expanded healthcare access. Although our Commonwealth has prepared mightily for a smooth transition, Medicaid expansion is a major policy shift bringing both opportunities and a lot of work for many Health Department staff and healthcare providers. It is also a fortuitous time to study many aspects of healthcare delivery in Virginia. A part of that examination responsibility rests on the Joint Commission on Health Care, an appointed commission of members of the House and the Senate who initiate studies in different areas of healthcare in Virginia and decide whether or not to recommend legislation. I am proud to have been a member for the past several terms. An example of the Joint Commission on Health Care’s (JCHC) staff’s work is the study of the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) for medical use and how those oils are and should be made available to patients. Since all of the JCHC studies over the years can be found on the Commission’s website, I won’t describe the details of the cannabidiol research. As a result of the study, the JCHC voted last year to initiate legislation in the 2018 session. I was the chief patron of the bill until offered the politically advantageous opportunity to yield that designation to Delegate Ben Cline (R) and ensure that the bill would pass the HOD. I felt own-

ership of the subject, having been involved in the study that laid the groundwork, but I knew that this bill would help many people suffering from serious diseases who need therapeutic treatment with the oils. So I welcomed Delegate Cline as Chief Patron. Not a hard decision to make! The cannabidiol study is only one example of JCHC studies that have led to healthcare legislation that made a real difference. This year, we are considering several study subjects: the mental and physical side effects of ADHD medication and the likelihood of addiction the medication presents; the effectiveness of the drug disposal program and a recommendation to change participation from voluntary to mandatory; an evaluation of the Medical-AidIn-Dying statutes that several states have implemented; the quality of health care services in our jails and prisons coupled with the impact of the requirement that Community Services Boards provide mental health services in jails; an evaluation of addiction relapse treatment in Virginia; research on the options for reducing the rising cost of health insurance premiums; if temporary emergency electrical power source installation should be mandated in assisted living facilities; and what are the options for increasing the use of telemental health services in Virginia? We will discuss this work plan on June 15. If you have any comments or questions about these topics, please email me at The JCHC is one small part of our Commonwealth’s efforts to improve healthcare and its delivery across the state. The meetings of the JCHC are open to the public. Y’all come!  Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house.

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark


The strains of “We Shall Overcome” rang out over Lee Highway last Saturday. With a crowd of some 90 assembled across from the old Cherrydale firehouse, the good citizens of Cherrydale witnessed the fruits of their decision to combine their 125th anniversary celebration with an addition to Arlington’s civil rights heritage. Unveiled on the façade of the District Angling fishing supplies shop is now a bronze plaque marking the June 9, 1960, lunch counter sit-in at the old Drug Fair then at 3815 Lee Highway. (I frequented that drugstore as a kid, too young to appreciate the neighborhood drama that drew national press coverage.) Inspired by similar protests of segregation nationwide launched the previous February in Greensboro, N.C., six students from Howard and Duke Universities showed up in Cherrydale at 2:30 p.m to break the local law by taking seats and vainly ordering food. As they waited peacefully, they were “encouraged by some onlookers but endured verbal abuse and physical from others,” the plaque notes. The six had to listen to taunts from members of the American Nazi Party led by Arlington resident George Lincoln Rockwell. (Most of the white men shown crowding around the seated protesters in the news photos were later identified by police as Nazis,

I was told by Cherrydale historian Kathryn Holt Springston, one of the impresarios of the 125th anniversary celebration.) Before departing at closing time 10 p.m. the racially mixed protesters were joined by a Georgetown University student and a Drug Fair employee. Similar protests hit the People’s Drugstore and Howard Johnson’s further up on Lee Highway and at F.W. Woolworth’s in Shirlington. Just two weeks later, the Arlington establishments abandoned their whites-only policies. As event organizer Greg Embree noted, the cumulative effect of such sit-ins in 55 cities later prodded President Kennedy, in consultation with Martin Luther King Jr., to propose what became the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Introduced to the crowd in 2018 were three participants: Ethelene Crockett Jones, Dion Diamond and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Jones, who went on to become an ob-gyn, told me she traveled all the way from West Palm Beach, Florida, to witness the dedication. Diamond, a retired financial planner in D.C. who grew up in segregated Petersburg, Va., told me he communicates with Mulholland regularly, she, as an Arlington white woman, having become famous as the subject of a documentary on her broader civil rights work. Mulholland spoke later at Cherrydale Library, along with Springston, on other highlights of Cherrydale history. It was all part of a festival that also includ-

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CRIME REPORT Week of June 4 - 10, 2018 Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #16 (Café Le Mirage), June 4, 1:39 AM, a male, 36, of Springfield, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. Larceny-Shoplifting, 134 W Broad St (CVS), June 4, 8:30 AM, unknown suspect stole diapers and laundry detergent. Suspect described as a black male, average build, slight beard, wearing khaki pants, neon work vest, white tennis shoes, a gray jacket, black hat and a green back pack. Destruction of Property, 499 Rollins St (Howard E. Herman Park), June 3, between 4:30 and 5:30 PM, unknown suspect damaged wooden sculptures. Destruction of Property, 499 Rollins St (Howard E. Herman Park), victim reported that pieces of art were destroyed on May 30, between 4 and 5:30 PM.

Drug/Liquor Law Violations, 500 blk W Broad St, June 4, 4:48 PM, a male, 26, of the City of Falls Church, was issued a summons for Driving with an Open Container of Alcohol and a male, 26, of the City of Falls Church was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 100 blk W Broad St, June 4, between 4:38 and 6 PM an unoccupied vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Driving Under the Influence, 100 blk W George Mason Rd, June 4, 11:20 PM, a female, 49, of Fairfax, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Hit and Run, 6763-R1 Wilson Blvd (Planet Fitness), between 5 PM, June 5 and 1 AM, June 6, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny-Shoplifting, 500 S Washington St (Target), June 7, 8:50 AM,

JUNE 14 – 20, 2018 | PAGE 13 ed food, old-time music, a 1911 Stanley Steamer car and facepainting for the children of residents sporting Cherrydale booster T-shirts. Attending a later cookout was Chuck Donaldson, the great grandson of the orchard owner who named Cherrydale. As state Sen. Barbara Favola and Delegates Patrick Hope Alfonzo Lopez looked on, host Embree praised the shopping strip landlord and the merchants who responded with an “immediate and emphatic yes” to the planners’ requests. That included space to mount the $1,800 plaque (financed via crowdsourcing) and cordoning off the parking lot for an hour on a busy Saturday. Mulholland, who brought her scrapbooks filled with clippings from that hot summer of 1960, told the gathered, “This was as big a crowd as we had when we left the sit-in, but much friendlier.” *** Arlington lost a good actor this Easter. Scott Sowers, a New York stage and TV professional who founded New York’s Signature Theater Company, died of a heart attack at 54, according to Broadway fans I consulted. (Hat tip to reader Eddie Love). See Sowers in a Youtube video performing in the Washington-Lee High School talent show in 1982 with classmate Sandra Bullock. ( Sowers also teamed up with WalkArlington in 2008 in a video tour of his boyhood neighborhood of Lyon Park. That’s where old friends held a memorial gathering for him in May. a male, 32, of Lanham, MD, was issued a summons for Petit Larceny for taking 3 bottles of Tide without paying. Destruction of Property, 499 Rollins St (Howard E. Herman Park), June 6, pieces of art were destroyed. Drug Violations, 400 blk S Maple Ave, June 9, 1:49 AM, a female, 22, of Falls Church and a male, 21, of Silver Spring, MD, were issued summonses for Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 1000 blk W Broad St, June 9, 2:47 PM, a vehicle exiting a parking lot backed into another vehicle and left the scene. Hit and Run, 7124 Leesburg Pike (George Mason High School parking lot), June 9, between 2:10 and 3:45 PM, a vehicle struck a parked vehicle and left the scene. Hit and Run, 300 Park Ave (City Hall parking lot), June 9, between 1:50 and 4 PM, a vehicle struck a parked vehicle and left the scene. Larceny-Shoplifting, 167 Hillwood Ave, June 10, 5:08 PM, unknown suspect took two 1 liter bottles of Hennessy. Last seen leaving in a green 2 door Ford.

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Blue Waves Are Coming & Coming

This is a surreal world we now live in. The entire Republican Party is falling in behind the worst president in the history of the U.S. Meanwhile, this president’s only strategic allies are not friends of our nation, but enemies. The grand photo op that occurred in Singapore this week was compliments of the world’s most brutal dictator (not counting Trump, he’s second rate at best). These people made Singapore happen because they know it will help to buoy up Trump’s dismal regime when nothing else can. His lawyer and long-time fixer is about to be criminally indicted, and the consequences of his crude insults to leaders of our nation’s most important allies will soon come crashing in with economic countermoves that will trigger a recession potentially worse than FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS the last big one. How laughable (and scary) would it be for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to knock over the milk bottle by suddenly launching another missile test right now? How would that impact the public’s perception here of Trump? But don’t worry, it won’t happen because the world’s Axis of Evil is having too much fun as marionette masters, taking turns dangling their strategic wishes in front of Howdy Doody Donald. They achieved two major goals in Singapore: to prop up their puppet president in the U.S., and to shut down U.S. strategic military maneuvers with South Korea. In exchange, they gave up nothing, absolutely nothing. The target of all this is nothing less than democracy, itself. Every crooked political and corporate thug in the U.S. shares this objective. That’s why this “one percent” is so glib in supporting how others like themselves – Putin, the Chinese, the North Koreans – do what they can to soften up American democracy by ruining her alliances and threatening her free press. Last weekend, the other side of the American coin was on display, the hope of a non-Trumpian future. In Northern Virginia, across the Potomac from Washington, political events showed the growing power of the opposition to Trump swelling and teeming with explosive potential. The one in my hometown of Falls Church drew the biggest turnout ever in the history of the annual Democratic potluck. Two things were key: the presence of youth, a lot of them, and messages of passion, hope and optimism from the key leaders, including Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Don Beyer Jr., state legislators Sen. Dick Saslaw and Del. Marcus Simon and Falls Church Mayor David Tarter. Those among the more than two dozen high school youth who spoke were smart and articulate, like those kids from Parkland High School. There is a look of resolve in their eyes that is totally serious. They are more totally connected with their peers across the U.S. now than ever before thanks to the Internet, and over four million of them turn 18 every year in the U.S., with the power to vote. Blue waves are coming, and coming and coming. Kaine quoted the Book of Isaiah 11:6, “A little child shall lead them.” That was written in a time of incredible trial and need, he said. “We’re in that place again now, in a place of great division, and just as the teenager Barbara Johns’ action in 1951 led to the Brown V. Board of Education ruling to integrate schools, so now the youth shall again lead us.” Rep. Don Beyer, a recruiter of Democratic candidates all across the U.S., said, “Despite the impact of recklessness and narcissism in our culture and institutions, we must remain positive, optimistic, resolute, full of hope, ready for tomorrow. The Age of Enlightenment is 300 years old, and one person will not end it...We need to be happy warriors, angry but unfazed by the destruction around us.” Del. Danica Roem, the young transsexual who defeated a notoriously bigoted state legislator last year, spoke with Kaine at an anti-gun violence event Tuesday, citing St. Francis de Sales, “Be who you are and be that well.” “Be courageous, be brave,” she implored. “We can do something. Reject the nihilism that says government is broken beyond repair. As problems are caused by man, and so are solutions.”

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First They Came for the Migrants The sci-fi writer William Gibson once said, “The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” In America in 2018, the same could be said of authoritarianism. Since President Donald Trump was elected, there’s been a boom in best-selling books about the fragility of liberal democracy, including Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning,” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny.” Many have noted that the president’s rhetoric abounds in classic fascist tropes, including the demonization of minorities and attempts to paint the press as treasonous. Trump is obviously more comfortable with despots like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin than democrats like Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We still talk about NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for unauthorized immigrants, it’s already here. There are countless horror stories about what’s happening to immigrants under Trump. Just last week, we learned that a teenager from Iowa who had lived in America since he was 3 was killed shortly after his forced return to Mexico. This month, an Ecuadorean immigrant with an American citizen wife and a pending green card application was detained at a Brooklyn military base where he’d gone to deliver a pizza; a judge has temporarily halted his deportation, but he remains locked up. Immigration officers are boarding trains and buses and demanding that passengers show them their papers. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decreed that most people fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence would no longer be eligible for asylum. But what really makes Trump’s America feel like a rogue state is the administration’s policy of taking children from migrants caught crossing the border unlawfully, even if the parents immediately present themselves to officials to make asylum claims. “This is as bad as I’ve ever seen in 25 years of doing this work,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, told me. “The little kids are literally being terrorized.” Family separations began in 2017 — immigrant advocates aren’t sure exactly when — and have ramped up with the administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border without authorization. Over two weeks in May, more than 650 children were snatched from their parents. The human consequences have been horrific. Last week, The New York Times described a 5-year-old boy from Honduras who had been separated from his father and cried himself to sleep at night with a

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stick-figure drawing of his family under his pillow. The Washington Post reported that Marco Antonio Muñoz, a 39-year-old who is also from Honduras, killed himself in a padded cell after his 3-year-old was wrenched from his arms. We will never know what torments besieged Muñoz when he took his own life. But Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., recently met with migrant women being held in a federal prison, many of whom, she said, were forcibly separated from children as young as 1. Some had their kids physically torn from them. Others were told that they had to go have their photograph taken; when they returned, their children were gone. In some cases, Jayapal said, the women could hear their kids screaming in the next room. “Many of them were told by Border Patrol that they would never see their children again,” she told me. America’s immigration system was capricious and cruel before Trump. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., recently visited an immigrant processing center in McAllen, Texas. Describing how men, women, boys and girls were separated and kept in chain-linked enclosures, he emphasized that the site wasn’t new: “It’s essentially the same construction that was there during Obama,” he said. The difference is that, until recently, the kids’ section held older children who had crossed the border on their own. Now, he told me, the youngest was 4 or 5. These kids are being used as pawns to persuade parents to give up their asylum claims and to warn others against coming to America. The administration, Merkley told me, has “decided that treating kids in this fashion would influence the adults not to seek asylum. They would hurt children to influence the parents.” There are still mechanisms in the U.S. government that can stop this evil. This past Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed a bill that would keep most families detained at the border together. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents whose children were taken from them and is asking a federal court for a nationwide injunction to stop family separations. But for now, what is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came … “ There is no reason to believe that unauthorized immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection. Merkley told me he asked people working in the detention center if they were concerned about the impact that family separation would have on the children who had been put under their authority. The answer, he said, was, “We simply follow the orders from above.”



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MARY ELLEN HENDERSON middle school’s GIVE (Get Involved Value Everyone) Day Club hosted a packing event with Rise Against Hunger to make 30,000 rice and soy-based meals on June 8 where all 600 Henderson students participated. The meals prepared will go to Mozambique where people suffer from food insecurity due to poverty, cyclones, drought and �loods. The GIVE Day Club raised money through fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, in-school competitions and generous individual donors to reach its goal of $10,000 (P����: FCCPS P����/C���� S��)

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As one of five students selected from across the country, George Mason High School’s Annie Castillo performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall last week. The event was the culmination of the National Student Poets Program, which strives to inspire young people to achieve excellence in creative endeavors. Through her poetry, Castillo was selected to participate in a year’s worth of activities including working with school children in Mississippi during National Poetry Month.

Students and parents should plan to pick up any medications currently stored in the student’s school health room before the end of school year (Friday, June 15). This includes EpiPens, inhalers, prescriptions and as-needed over the counter medications. Medications cannot be sent home with students, except for George Mason High School students with a signed parent authorization. Parents are requested to come to school during school hours to pick up the medications. Falls Church City Public

Schools will discard all medications not picked up by dismissal on the last day. For more information, contact the correct School Health Aide: Mason — Kelly Miceli – 703248-5530. Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School — Katherine Marsh – 703-720-5771. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School — Sue Beltson – 703248-5664. Mount Daniel Elementary School — Karen Schools – 703248-5643. Jessie Thackrey Preschool — Rachel Hamberger – Preschool Director.

Education Foundation Raised Nearly $30K for F.C. Schools The Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) awarded almost $30K in Advanced Teacher Training Awards to Falls Church City Public Schools staff in this school year. This training supports staff at all five FCCPS schools from preschool to high school, and the central office. The funds come from FCEF events and account for advanced training not covered by the FCCPS budget. Topics include advanced math and tech, speech/language training, hybrid learning, adaptive schools and more.

Mason Senior to Study Abroad All Next School Year George Mason High School senior Meghan Murphy accepted

a scholarship to study in Morocco next year. The award is with the National Strategic Language Initiative for Youth created to promote critical language learning by American youth and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is a full-immersion program in Modern Standard Arabic. She will be living with a host family in Rabat, Morocco for the 2018-19 academic year.

Longfellow Middle Debaters Celebrate Successful Season The Longfellow Middle debate team of Anjali Krishnan, Alyssa Gorbaneva and Ariana Elahi won the DC City Championship, individually finishing in fifth, eleventh and sixteenth place, respectively. Longfellow’s four teams finished second in total wins and third in winning percentage.


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Mason Snags 11th Straight State Title In Year of Change by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Even though the team was neck deep in a new culture brought on by a new head coach, George Mason High School’s girls soccer team ends its season in the same gratifying fashion by clinching the Class 2 state championship for the 11th season in a row. Touching the trophy typically remedies all the scrapes and scars from the months-long journey to the top, but Mason (17-4) had a tough row to hoe during the 2018 season. Match-ups against higher classified opponents as well as revamped Bull Run District competition challenged the Mustangs’ offensive acumen. Along with that, first-year Mason head coach George Bitadze’s insistence on tinkering with the players’ in-game tactics and line-ups (though the latter was modified due to injuries as much as it was Bitadze’s curiosity) kept the Mustangs in a state of flux. It delayed the team’s crystallization into state-contending form until much later in the season than previous iterations. But by achieving the same end result, it’s hard to knock the process that kept Mason’s illustrious streak alive. “The team matured at the right time and right place. The shaky regular season was due to injuries and the fact that the girls had to get used to the new coach and a new approach to the game,” Bitadze said. “What set us apart from all other teams in playoffs and at the state tournament was the fact that we were playing overall team game versus all of the other teams were heavily relying on their 1 or 2 best players. Our girls gained a lot of confidence through the region and conference finals and were ready to become state champions.” An early morning semifinal game against Maggie Walker Governor’s School on June 8 would be the Mustangs’ first test of weekend. That test became all the more real once the Dragons netted a goal in the first 30 seconds of the contest to put Mason in desperation mode from then on out. Yet the Mustangs responded accordingly. They maintained possessions throughout the remainder of the half and dictated the flow of the game. When Maggie Walker threatened to ignite, Mason quickly stamped them out. And while offensive possessions weren’t

fruitful right away, the constant probing allowed the Mustangs to determine the soft spots in the Dragons’ back line. Eventually, senior midfielder Victoria Rund connected with sophomore forward Emma Rollins for the equalizer to go into the half 1-1. A second-half stalemate pushed the semifinal into extra time. While VHSL rules allot two five-minute periods to break the tie, Mason would only need a short surge into the first overtime period to break the tie when Rollins returned the favor to Rund for the go-ahead goal and a 2-1 lead. The defense held strong for the remaining period and a half to cement their spot in the state final against Appomattox High School. Against Appomattox, Bitadze and the Mustangs had to overcome the pressure of keeping the streak alive versus a team salivating at the chance to unseat them. But the coach never wavered in his belief of the team’s ability to repeat because he’d seen their growth. Instead, he just wanted to make sure they weren’t so wrapped up in the possibility of losing that it would paralyze their play. “The biggest challenge was to help the girls to deal with the pressure they felt because of the team’s successful past,” Bitadze said. “[But] I did not feel much pressure because I felt my girls were at their best and I also watched the other semifinal. I was confident none of the teams were better than us and we had a chance to finish it off.” Mason lived up to their coach’s billing. A flurry of offensive opportunities around the net didn’t put the Mustangs on the board throughout the first half, but did put them in the mind of Appomattox defenders. That anxiety translated into some overly aggressive play by the Raiders, who tripped junior midfielder Maura Mann in the box to set up Rund’s penalty kick and the game’s only goal in the 58th minute. The closest Appomattox would get to knotting the score up is a free kick near the 70th minute that senior goalkeeper Laura Whitaker snuffed out. A season of ups and downs ended at the same peak as the previous 10 years for Mason. Despite adjusting to a new coach and his team-centric take on the game, the Mustangs acclimated and achieved what their predecessors had for a decade before them. That’s the mark of a true dynasty.

THE YEAR HAD A DIFFERENT FEEL and progression for Mason’s girls, but they adjusted to their new coach’s quirks and demands and clinched a jaw-dropping 11th consecutive state title with their 1-0 win over Appomattox High School on June 9. (Photo: Courtesy Ned Quill)

Boys Tennis Takes States

GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL’S boys tennis team made good on their head coach Rafael Diokno’s inkling at the beginning of the year that this would be the team to break the five-year state title drought. The Mustangs did just that with a 5-1 win over John Battle High School, now totaling 17 state titles for the Mason boys program. (Photo: FCCPS Photo)



Mustangs’ Grueling Home Stretch Ends in Reunion with State Title by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

A long, title-less year is no more as George Mason High School’s boys soccer team clinched its sixth Class 2 state championship in the past nine years to retake its seat atop the state’s soccer throne. Not even two weeks ago it appeared Mason (22-1-1) would cruise its way to redemption. That was until a 3-0 loss to Robert E. Lee High School in the Region 2B championship followed by a winor-go-home road game against longtime rival Maggie Walker’s Governor’s School in the state quarterfinal splashed cold water on that idea. It was no doubt a shock to the system. But even though their season’s dosage of adversity was backlogged until the final week, it made the reaching the pinnacle that much sweeter. “We had the toughest draw in the state – Maggie Walker, Lee and Giles – all three are great teams,” Mason head coach Frank Spinello said. “To shut out all three was the best way for us to prove that we deserve to raise the Cup and bring it back to Falls Church again.” Up first was the team’s rematch with Lee on June 8. The Leemen had become a newfound rival for the Mustangs by stopping their title run in the regional opener last year and swiping this year’s regional championship from them just a week earlier. But there was one key difference between the previous two matches against Lee and last weekend’s state semifinal: senior goalkeeper Ethan Morse. Class of 2017 graduate Walker Hegadorn allowed the lone goal to the Leemen last season and freshman goalkeeper Zain Hameed manned the net on June 1 in relief of Morse. But Morse’s acrobatic presence between the posts stabilized a Mustang team high on emotion and hungry to evict the skeletons from their closet. From point-blank saves to punching out looming crosses, Morse anchored a first half against Lee where both team’s offenses struggled. The strong showing from Morse and the backline enabled Mason’s offense to play with more abandon once the second half got underway. In the 48th minute, senior midfielder Carlos Mercado’s through ball to senior forward Peter Scardino set up his left-footed shot that glanced off Lee’s goalkeeper and into the

twine. It was the first time all season the Leemen trailed. Mason sensed their opponent was rattled and kept the heat on. Two minutes later, freshman midfielder Declan Quill rifled a 25-yard shot that was too hot for Lee’s goalkeeper to handle and allowed sophomore forward Zorhan Boston to swoop in for the rebound goal to go up 2-0. The Mustangs’ backline of senior Liam Fribley and juniors Miles Lankford and Bryan Villegas warded off the Leemen until the final whistle blew. The jubilation from thwarting Lee gave Mason a hangover in their decisive state-title match against Giles High School the next day. Morse was tested early and often, and even though he was on his game, he still needed to bailed out by Bryan Villegas twice to preserve the scoreless tie. Giles kept pounding away at the Mustangs and eventually earned themselves a penalty kick. Given that teams convert penalty kicks roughly three quarters of the time, it appeared Morse would finally be bested. But a subtle move to his left before lunging right and firmly landing two hands on the shot ensured Mason would stay even with Giles at the half. For the second time in two days, Mason came out of the break jonesing to score and quickly got their fix. In the 46th minute, sophomore midfielder Cole Hellert lobbed a corner kick over Giles’ goalkeeper and right onto Boston’s head, which he knocked in. It was Boston’s 13th goal of the postseason as he’s scored in every Mason playoff game this spring.

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Shortly after Boston broke the seal, Quill kept the trend going by converting a penalty kick to go up 2-0. By mixing in Spinello’s “reinforcements” the Mustangs were able to wear down Giles while Mercado’s late penalty kick secured the 3-0 win. “Morse was the clear MVP of the state tournament,” Spinello said, adding that Morse recorded 21 saves and three shutouts in the state tournament and racked up 17 total shutouts for the season. “He played like a man against boys and made the difference in each match.” Mason’s return to the top was one of its most harrowing in recent memory, making this year’s trophy all the more memorable to those involved.

A STELLAR SAVE from senior goalkeeper Ethan Morse on a penalty kick negated Giles High School from entering halftime with a 1-0 margin in the Class 2 state title game on June 9. Morse’s heroics helped steady the Mustangs all throughout their state playoff run, but so did timely offense from defenderturned-striker sophomore Zorhan Boston (bottom picture, far left). It was Boston’s header on a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Cole Hellert soon after that broke the game’s 0-0 tie, deflated a spirited Giles team and energized Mason’s state title win. (Photos: Courtesy Ned Quill)


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Simply Seeds. If you’ve ever wondered how plants grow from a single small seed or what animals eat seeds, interested residents can attend this program to dissect their favorite fruits and veggies in search of seeds. For ages 3 – 5 years old. Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the rest of the building during the program. There’s $5 fee upon registration. Long Branch Nature Center (625 S Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington). 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 703-228-6535.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Farmer’s Market. The awardwinning market returns every Saturday to the City Hall parking lot, filled with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy, flowers & plants, honey, chocolates, gifts,

music and much more. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 8 a.m. – noon. Screening of “Josiah” Documentary. The library will host a free public screening of the recently released documentary, “Josiah.” Narrated by actor Danny Glover and directed by Jared A. Broch, “Josiah” explores the life and impact of Josiah Henson, who inspired the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial 1852 novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A slave for 41 years in Maryland and Kentucky, Henson escaped to freedom and survived a 600 mile journey with his wife and four children to Canada, where he helped establish a settlement for fugitive slaves seeking freedom through the Underground Railway. Corresponding with the release of a new biography about Henson – “The Road to Dawn” (also by Jared A. Brock) – “Josiah” recounts a fascinating story that has been largely forgotten. Space for the screening is limited, so

reserve a spot by contacting the library’s Reference Desk. The documentary is approximately 39 minutes long. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).

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



Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034.

End-of-Life Planning for You or a Loved One: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Financial Wellbeing. Thoughtful end-of-life planning can ensure that terminally ill or dying individuals can minimize confusion and clearly communicate their wishes legally and to their family during their final moments. This program will present strategies for starting an open conversation between individuals expecting death and family members about their healthcare wishes and discuss practical tips on managing their legal affairs. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. For more information, contact

Playtime with Early Literacy Center Toys. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults)

THEATER&ARTS FRIDAY, JUNE 15 “Charlotte’s Webb.” A new musical version of E.B. White’s beloved classic story about Wilbur, the little pig who becomes famous with the help of his spider friend Charlotte. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “‘Bye, ‘Bye Birdie”) and a book by national award-winning children’s playwright Joseph Robinette, audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes “Eating,” Wilbur’s song about growing up; “Who Says We Can’t Be Friends,” a duet between Wilbur and Charlotte; “Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn,” featuring all the story’s animals in a hoe-down and “Summer,” a nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone’s childhood. Creative Cauldron (1333 H St.. NE, Washington, D.C.). $35. 8 p.m.

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ing, compassion, and renewal. While visiting his family’s secluded cottage on the shores of the Atlantic ocean, Owen, a typically urban fifteen-year-old boy, and his fisherman father clash until an unlikely and healing communion with an injured whale awakens in Owen a forgotten boyhood and connection with the sea. *Note: “Swimming with Whales,” involves brief nudity. 1st Stage Theatre (1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean). $33. 8 p.m.

“Scottsboro Boys.” Signature’s tradition of celebrating Kander & Ebb continues with their final musical collaboration. On March 25, 1931, nine young AfricanAmerican teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With a sound and style reflecting the period and exhilarating dance and song, The “Scottsboro Boys” transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for twelve Tony Awards. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m. sigtheatre. org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 “Bad Jews.” The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a knock-down, drag-out war over a precious family heirloom that was protected through the Holocaust. In one corner is the volatile and selfrighteous “Super Jew” Daphna Feygenbaum. In the other is her entitled and proudly-secular cousin Liam, with his “shiksa” girlfriend Melody in tow. Caught in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who wants nothing more than to be left out of it. NextStop Theatre (269 Sunset Park Dr. Herndon). $35. 2 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Britton James. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-237-8333. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria).


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$35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Harry Connick Jr. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $42 – $95. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. An Evening with Tracy Bonham and Blake Morgan. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. 19th St. Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Jeff and Steve Acoustic Beatles Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-241-9504. Reckless Kelly. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $25. 7 p.m. 703-2370300. Freddie Jackson. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $49.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Steve Forbert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20-25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. NIghtworks. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Something Shiny Live and In Concert. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Dave Chappell and Patty Reese Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504. Anthony Fantano. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $1525. 2 p.m. 703-255-1566. “Sound of Music” Sing-A-Long. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $45. 7:15 p.m. 703-2551900. Pieces of a Dream. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Marie Miller: The Boardwalk Tour. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple

HARRY CONNICK JR. will be at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Thursday. (Photo:

Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Thrillbillys. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Pride Night Celebration. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-5329283. Mountain Fish. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-2378333.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Art and Music Showcase. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-5329283. Lady D Blues Show Live and In Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Vance Gilbert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Oz and The Revue Motown Live and In Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Gordon Lightfoot. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $89.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Wolf Blues Jam. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Robert Earl Keen. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $55. 7:30 p.m. 703-

549-7500. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $65. 8 p.m. 703255-1900. Mark Wenner with the Blues Warriors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Tobin Jame Band. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. Robert Cray Band Live and In Concert. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $59.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Open Mic Night with Bob Hume and Martha Capone and the Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340.

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ABC LICENSE YA Q I F O O D S E RV I C E S M F, L L C , Trading as: LITTLE DIPPER, 2985 District Avenue, Suite 185 Fairfax, Virginia 22031-1541. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a BEER AND WINE ON PREMISES, MIXED BEVERAGE ON PREMISES license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Haisha Zhou, Officer. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at or 800-552-3200.

PUBLIC AUCTION In accordance with the Virginia Self-Storage Act, section 55-419 F, notice is hereby given that the contents of the following rental storage spaces located at Fort Knox Self-Storage will be offered for sale: Michael Washington 330, Teresa Pondexter 506, Jolene Pollock 916, 817, 915, 819, 130, Arthur Cramp 672, Curtis Hunter 420. Sale will be held online at storagetreasures. com. Pictures can be viewed at that site. Bidding will begin at 1:00 pm on June 20th and will conclude at 1:00 pm on June 25th winning bidder will be required to pay a $100.00 per unit refundable clean-out deposit. Payment by Credit Card Only

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

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Historic Information Technology Confab Draws 1,700 from 93 Nations to Area More than 1,700 participants from 93 countries jammed the George Mason University campus this week for the 11th semi-annual series of high-level technology policy and strategy meetings, the World Congress on Information Technology. The City of Falls Church is a co-sponsor of the event this year. The last such was in Spain, the next will be in Taiwan, but Northern Virginia was a destination of special interest to this distinguished group.

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Final Vote on Hilton Hotel By F.C. Council Monday A final vote on a proposed 110-room HIlton Garden Inn in the 700 block of West Broad Street in Falls Church, projected to bring $381,000 annually in new tax revenues to the City, is expected by the Falls Church City Council next week. The vote will take place either at the Council’s regular business meeting Monday or at a follow-up meeting later in the week, depending on whether Council members are comfortable with casting their votes.

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Business News & Notes F.C. Businesses Sponsoring Saturday’s Plein Air Festival Several local businesses are sponsoring Falls Church Arts’ 9th Annual Falls Church Plein Air Festival outdoor exhibit and awards program being held Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market on the corner of Park Avenue and Little Falls Street. Don Beyer Volvo Kia donated the $1,250 first place prize and The Young Group contributed $750 for Artists Choice Award. Additionally, Tori McKinney of ROCK STAR Realty donated $600, the Kensington Falls Church contributed $500, and Famille Café and Diener & Associates CPAs each donated $250 toward award prizes in addition to $700 from Falls Church Arts. Art and Frame of Falls Church, Clare & Don’s Beach Shack, Dogwood Tavern, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Mad Fox Brewing Company and The Little City Creamery donated gift certificates. For more information, visit

Dancing Mind Celebrates Virginia Yoga Week Virginia Yoga Week, a celebration of mind, body, and spirit, is the week is June 18 – 25. During this week, presented by the Virginia Yoga Community, Yogis for Positive Change, Be Well Virginia, and the DC Yoga CO-OP, participating studios, independent teachers, and wellness professionals will showcase their offerings with free, $5, or discounted passes. As part of this promotion, Falls Churchbased Dancing Mind will offer a Karma Cool class on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m., and Awaken-Power Yoga 60 classes on Wednesday, June 20 and Friday, June 22 at noon. For more information, visit www.

‘Richmond Report’ Luncheon Set for Next Tuesday The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting their annual Richmond Report, featuring Virginia State Senator Dick Saslaw and Delegate Marcus Simon, at a luncheon on June 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Mad Fox Brewing Company. Tickets with advanced registration are $27 for Chamber members, $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins, should space be available. For more information, or to register, go to www.

F.C. Wellness Center Hosting Seminar on Men’s Health The Falls Church Wellness Center is hosting a seminar on craft beer and men’s health on Wednesday, June 20 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Christopher Ogilvie will present at the men-only event which will include information about men’s health issues and disease prevention. Ogilvie, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, has received formal training in basic and clinical western medical sciences as well as in nutrition and the other naturopathic modalities including, acupuncture, herbal medicine, supplementation, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy. He now works with people and their doctors to help them reduce their dependence on potentially harmful medicines and treatments. Light appetizers and local craft beers will be available. The Falls Church Wellness Center is located at 520 N. Washington Street, Suite 100 in Falls Church. For more information, visit

DASH IS a five-year-old tabby cat. He likes to hang out and help with homework. Dash was born in Pennsylvania and has lived in Falls Church most of his life. He spends most of his days relaxing and looking at birds out the window. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to



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ProBike FC’s Clark Ready to Race Across the Country



The possibility of extreme fatigue and sleep deprivation doesn’t deter Nick Clark as he sets out to race in one of the longest annual endurance events in the world. Clark, the owner of ProBike FC in Falls Church, is competing in the Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,080 mile cycling competition stretching from California to Maryland. His mission is to honor his late wife and the local law enforcement that helped his family after her sudden passing as a result of a pulmonary embolism in 2016. “I’m a competitive guy, but this is different,” Clark said. “The driving motivation is the people that I’m riding for, for everybody that puts on the uniform. Every single pedal stroke is in memory of my wife who I miss very much.” As a former Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) pro cyclist and the 1993 UCI Junior World Championships bronze medalist, the Australia native has a background in cycling. However, that hasn’t always been the case, Clark said. “I never wanted to ride bikes. In the 80s in Australia you either played cricket, Australian rules football or rugby,” he said. Clark first picked up a bike at boarding school when a friend told him he could join a biking club off-grounds instead of playing these sports. The love he developed for biking sent him around the world and eventually brought him to Northern Virginia where he currently resides. Crossing through 12 states and over 3,000 miles, the RAAM is most similar in length to the Tour de France, though it is not a stage race. Cyclists instead have nine days to pedal non-stop across the country. Competing in the RAAM as a solo rider, Clark will have to traverse over 400 miles for 18 hours a day leaving the rest only for sleep and recovery. “Speed is not the key,” Clark said. “This is not about how fast you can ride your bike, it’s about the mental fortitude and how long you can stay on it,” Clark said. He will not be alone, however, with a crew helping him on his mission. His team, made up of police officers, firefighters and friends, all share the same drive. Each member is honoring a lost loved one or paying their respects to the law enforcement community. Fran Lindenbaum, the crew chief and a Falls Church resident, is a retired federal

agent and former member of the intelligence community specializing in counterterrorism. Even though he isn’t the one riding, after having lost his son, he feels the same determination as Clark. “We all have blood in this, every single one of us,” Lindenbaum said. “Although some people do this race to raise money, were literally doing it for the people, and it’s just a matter of accomplishing this journey and honoring those people.” Mirroring Clark’s situation as a solo rider, the support team is slim in numbers, with only eight people making the trek. While other teams have more people contributing to the cause, Lindenbaum said their group makes up for it in experience and mentality. Their approach is mission focused, deriving from the background of their members. Clark built his team through his relationships in the Falls Church law enforcement community which he became integrated into after the passing of his wife. Word of his expedition has spread far beyond the Little City, however. Citizens and police from across the country have offered their well-wishes to Clark as he begins his cross-country adventure. “The support has been amazing,” Clark said. “The amount of people that come into the shop that I’ve never met and say good luck, and I’m even getting messages from PRO CYCLIST Nick Clark has begun the Race Across America which, if he �inishes, will be the longest race of his life. (P����: C������� F��� L���������) cops around the country.” Clark is not only leaving behind his bike shop during the race, but also his two children. He said that the most challenging aspect of his trip will not be the 175,000 feet of elevation he has to climb, but the fact that he will be away from his kids. “The hardest part about this trip is that the kids are staying behind,” he said. I do have a great support structure here and people will be looking out from them while I’m gone, but besides the sleep deprivation that’ll be the toughest part.” As for the actual objective of the race, neither Clark nor his support team have any doubt about whether or not he’ll finish it. “We know it’s going to be demanding but we know he’s going to finish that race and he’s going to finish it near the front,” Lindenbaum said. “We’re very confident about that.” Clark took off from Oceanside, California on Tuesday, June 11, and you can follow him on his journey at TeamNickRaam on Twitter and Facebook.

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