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Stuart Name Change Vote Set for July

After nearly five hours of deliberation Monday, the Fairfax County School Board’s decision to change the name of J.E.B Stuart High School, or not, inched forward as board members agreed to finally vote on the proposition at its July 27 meeting following a work session on the topic July 17. See page 4

Providence Players End Season Saturday

2013 Tony award-winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a marvelous choice for the last show of this season’s productions by the Providence Players of Fairfax. See page 22

David Leonhardt: The Halfhearted Opposition

The Republican health care bill now sneaking its way through the Senate has a good chance of becoming law, even though it would do miserable damage. See page 14

Tinner Hill Blues Fest Rocks Falls Church

The Tinner Hills Blues Festival brought out the crowds Saturday to Cherry Hill Park for the 24th edition of the musical celebration. See photos, page 8

GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL’S girls lacrosse team (left) earned its first Virginia state championship last weekend while the Mustangs girls soccer team brought home its 10th consecutive state title. (Photos: Courtesy George Mason High School, John Rollins)

Mustangs Girls Lacrosse Wins 1st-Ever State Title; Girls Soccer Captures 10th Consecutive Va. Crown Two of George Mason High School’s athletic programs proved to be the cream of the crop during Virginia High School League championships last weekend with the girls lacrosse team winning its first ever 4A state title and the girls soccer team earning its 10th consecutive 2A state title.

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ship and a nail-biter, too. Facing off against Stuarts Draft High School for the second time in eight days, Mason secured their 10th title in a row with a 1-0 victory over the Cougars. — Matt Delaney See more in Sports, page 17

3 Falls Church School Board Members Won’t Seek Re-Election This November by Nicholas F. Benton

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In Salem, the Mustangs took home the lacrosse crown by topping region champs Riverside High School, 15-14. Mason has lost to the Rams just one week earlier in the regional finals. The soccer state title game in Radford was also a rematch of the region champion-

With the deadline passing Tuesday night to file requisite papers and signatures to qualify for the November ballot, three of the four incumbents of the Falls Church School Board whose seats are up for re-election have chosen not to run for another term. Michael Ankuma, John Lawrence and Margaret Ward will not be seeking re-election, according to the Falls Church Registrar’s office at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. deadline. The only exception is Board

Chair Lawrence Webb, who will be on the ballot. Still, in addition to Webb, there is a robust representation of five candidates for the four seats, none of whom have held elected office in Falls Church before — Gregory John Anderson, Alison Kutchma, Shawna Russell, Shannon Litton and Richard Crespin. For the Falls Church City Council, incumbents Marybeth Connelly, David Snyder and Dan Sze have filed to seek re-election, with only Councilmember Karen Oliver not filing. New candidates who’ve qualified for the ballot

are former City Council member Dan Maller, Ross Litkenhous and Spencer Parsons. For the City’s three Constitutional offices, all the incumbents filed to run again, and as of now will do so uncontested. So Treasurer Jody Acosta, Revenue Commissioner Tom Clinton and Sheriff Steve Bittle are all expected to retain their positions come November. For Webb, this year’s election will mark his fourth time on a Falls Church City ballot. He broke into local politics with an upset election to the City Council

in 2008, winning by less than three dozen votes. He lost a bid for re-election to the Council in 2012, but then ran unopposed to fill a seat on the School Board in 2013. His tenure in public service so far is eclipsed only by Snyder, who will be seeking an unprecedented seventh term on the Council since first running in 1994. Sze will be seeking a third term on the Council, and Connelly a second. The same goes for Maller, who served from 2006 to 2010, but has not sought a follow-up term until now. So, in sum, there will be six candidates seeking four seats for both the City Council and the School Board.

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Fairfax Co. School Board to Vote on J.E.B. Stuart Name Change in July BY MATT DELANEY


After nearly five hours of deliberation this Monday, the Fairfax County School Board’s decision to change the name of J.E.B Stuart High School, or not, inched forward as board members agreed to finally vote on the proposition at its July 27 meeting following a work session on the topic July 17. This new schedule for the vote marked a delay from the original plan to vote next week, due in large part to objections from some board members about a lack of information and deliberation so far in the name change debate. One member laid it out bluntly, noting this week’s meeting was only the first truly substantive discussion on Stuart’s name change proposition the board had held, reflecting a consternation tangible during the entire session. Prior to that comment, board members were trying to discern which facts took precedent from the cases both for and against the name presented by two members of the ad hoc committee created to address the issue. Arguing in favor of the name change was Ken Longmyer, a parent of a Stuart student, and Denise Patton-Pace, a history teacher, argued against the change. The sticking point of Longmyer’s rationale and Patton-Pace’s coun-

who Stuart was as a person and the role he played in the Civil War, and she also assailed the tactics used by “changers” to advance their agenda. “Fairfax [County] has a zero [tolerance] bullying rule, yet ‘changers’ have bullied the community and student body to push forward this name change. The students are intimidated in the classroom by ‘changer’ teachers and called ‘racists’ and ‘white supremacists’ by ‘changer’ students – how does this fit the portrait of a graduate?” Patton-Pace asked. During the board’s questionand-answer portion of the meeting that followed, Longmyer clarified that this issue is less about who Stuart was personally and more about what he stood for, which was dissent and disregard for the U.S. He also reminded the board that this was not about erasing or destroying Stuart’s legacy, but rebranding the school to represent and accommodate its non-white student body majority. Patton-Pace said those trying to change the name were falling victim to “presentism,” or using the moralities of today to judge the events of the past, and also suggested that the will reflected in the surveys should not be ignored. When the board reconvened, they volleyed ideas back and forth attempting to hammer out a way to act on the information they

ter was the county’s policy of requiring a “compelling need” for the school to undergo a name change, which caused the two to butt heads at every turn. Longmyer underscored a “compelling need” by highlighting the abrasive nature of the school’s name to students, parents, faculty and alumni, and emphasized its iconography of crossed sabres and the school’s mascot, “Raiders,” are akin to nooses and Confederate battle flags that contribute to a hostile learning environment. “Stuart, who took up arms against the U.S. in defense of the values of the Confederacy of slavery, white supremacy and racism, did not and does not deserve to be honored by any of us...the name Stuart does not inspire, it offends,” Longmyer stated, before suggesting that the school should be renamed to herald overshadowed figures of the country in women and people of color. Patton-Pace’s stance disputing a “compelling need” revolved around a collection of surveys that were conducted ever since the debate to change the name sprouted up over two years ago. Surveys administered by Fairfax County and the Students for Change organization at Stuart showed a majority in favor of keeping the school’s name, according to Patton-Pace. Her later points called upon observers to think critically about

THE FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD debates how to best resolve the proposition to rename Falls Church’s J.E.B Stuart High School. (P����: N���-P����) were given. The central point of contention was whether or not changing the school name was a “moral imperative.” Some believed it was, not exclusively for the arguments presented, but because the community of Stuart students and parents had been embroiled in this debate for too long and were owed closure from the board. Others felt that describing the topic as a moral imperative was too strong, and wondered why this issue deserved that designation when other issues could be also be assigned that distinction. Another concern was giving the surveys too much credence. While they showed the majority of respondents wanted to keep the name, they were not professionally administered and represented two frictional, emotionally charged


points of view. Determining whose sentiments mattered more was not an area most on the board seemed comfortable weighing in on. A majority of the board also could not see how, if a decision to change Stuart’s name was made, they would handle other schools named after Confederate figures. They noted if one were to change, the rest must also be changed, as it would be a flaw to act on a caseby-case basis toward a policy. By the meeting’s end Monday, only board chair Sandy Evans, vice chair Janie Strauss and Pat Hynes were openly in favor of changing the name. The remaining eight members (one absent) said they were undecided on the topic and will look to develop a clearer stance in the July 17 work session before the formal vote 10 days later.

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6 File for 4 Seats on F.C. Council, Oliver Won’t Run Again Continued from Page 1

Being the only incumbent not to seek re-election this year, Oliver said in a statement to the News-Press yesterday, “It was a great honor and privilege to be chosen by the citizens of Falls Church to serve on the City Council. I’ve worked hard these last three and a half years to be part of the important conversations in our community, spending over 40 hours most months in meetings, as well as reading emails and letters from citizens, attending community events and chatting with folks in their homes or when dining out...or even while walking my dog.” She added, “It was a difficult decision to step down at a time when our community is facing such critical decisions, and not one I made lightly. But it is clear that my family will need more time in the next year or two than I can give them if I try to sustain the level of commitment that I feel a city council seat needs. I am not going away — I will finish my term. And after that I plan to focus my efforts where I can leverage a more limited num-

FALLS CHURCH SCHOOL BOARD members (left to right) Michael Ankuma, John Lawrence and Margaret Ward and Falls Church City Councilmember Karen Oliver won’t seek re-election this November. (Photos: courtesy Falls Church City Public Schools, City of Falls Church) ber of hours to improve the dialogue and the decision making of the Little City. If circumstances change, I haven’t ruled out a run in 2019.” Of those who are running, the campaigns are guaranteed to be lively as some of the biggest issues the City has ever faced will also be before the public, especially if, as expected, the Council votes next month to place a pricey school bond referendum on the November ballot. None of the decisions by the three School Board members not running again can be traced to the difficult coming season, howev-

er. Their current terms will carry them all through to the end of 2017, past the November election, in fact. Also, it’s been known for some time that all the three would not be running again. In a statement to the NewsPress yesterday, John Lawrence wrote, “People who know me well have known for quite awhile that I wasn’t running. Our son will be halfway through his sophomore year when my term ends. As much as I’ve loved the School Board, I don’t want to spend his last two and a half years here going to meetings mornings, nights and weekends. I’ve been

beating the bushes trying to get candidates, and I hope we have a good crop.” Of the new City Council candidates, Litkenhous and Parsons, Litkenhous has had the highest profile so far with a welldeveloped website and as a participant in many City forums and Chamber of Commerce events. He and his wife have three girls in Falls Church schools, he has an MBA from American University and is a real estate consultant. His campaign calls for smart growth, strong schools and “community first.” Parsons’ website remains

under construction for now, but on a business card handout, he calls for “providing the resources our school system desperately needs, incentivizing locally-owned business growth in our city and preventing Falls Church from losing its identity and transforming into yet another D.C. suburb.” In a related development, former Council member Ira Kaylin was honored by the City Council at the initiative of the Citizens for a Better City this Monday night. Kaylin served on the Council from 2010 until 2013 when he did not seek re-election.

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An Attack On Democracy

It is horribly poignant that less than a day after Virginians participated in yet another important election that a violent attack on our democracy occurred in Alexandria yesterday morning. The attack on members of the U.S. Congress and their staff was an attack on every American and every lover of democracy everywhere on the planet. Low voter turnouts like those in Tuesday’s Virginia primaries notwithstanding, America’s political system works to the benefit of all lives, past, present and future, and our human destiny as a factor in this grand universe. Of course, it can stand improvement, and almost always the lack of a better functioning system can be placed at the feet of individual people who fall short in all variety of ways. But the system itself, grounded as it is in the U.S. Constitution’s sheer genius, is the best ordering of humankind’s affairs in the history of the world, bar none. So it is cause for deep sorrow any time something even remotely as mad and irrational as yesterday’s senseless attack mindlessly assails the core constituents of this democracy. Needless to say, we wish the best for the swift and full recovery of all the shooting victims, and have the greatest respect and admiration for the brave law enforcement officers at the scene who without a doubt prevented a much worse outcome. Our democracy is always under attack from quarters who seek to impose their will on others without regard for the well-being of their victims. Its source is the root mindset of the bully, the thug, the despot, the tyrant, the serial and mass murderers, the raging abusers of those less or unable to fend for themselves, whether in the public square or in the bedroom. Always self-justifying, the enemies of our system delude themselves into thinking they are justified in their actions, whether it’s because they feel they’ve been unfairly wronged or that their targets somehow deserve the abuse they inflict. They’re never willing to subordinate their rage and violence to the powers of reason, of discourse, and of the best possible outcome rendered in a public exchange. For those things in our society that cry out for change and reform, the means exist, now more than ever (given the ubiquitous access to public discourse through the Internet and social media), to bring them to pass. This democratic society requires reform, but not revolution into something different — except in the sense that Thomas Jefferson called every democratic election an opportunity for “revolution.” “Reform” is too often considered a dirty word by people on the political fringes who assail the middle. But it has brought America a long way, and it is true there are a lot of improvements still required. But again, reform comes best when the minds and souls of the practitioners of our democracy — that is, every one of us — are engaged to honestly and humbly seek the good.


Standing Up for Virginia’s Environment & Future Editor, Climate change is posing a serious threat to every Virginian’s way of life. Virginia is particularly vulnerable due to the increased storms risking nearly $92 billion worth of residential property and nearly half of Virginia’s counties, including Falls Church, face risk of water shortages by 2050 due to climate-related weather shifts. President Trump badly misunderstood studies from MIT and

used those false facts to justify America shirking on our responsibility to the environment. In fact, the president was not even citing the most up-to-date version of the study. From pulling out of the Paris accord to his executive order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, in the absence of federal leadership, it is up to the states to fill the void. Luckily, we have some great environmental heroes in our Virginia government. From


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Senators Kaine and Warner, to Falls Church’s very own Representative Beyer, they have all demonstrated great leadership when in comes to our environment, each scoring a 100 percent rating on the mid-year Environment Virginia Scorecard. This means that they have all voted in favor of our environment during each Congressional vote. Last month, Governor McAuliffe signed an executive order to begin the process of establishing a statewide cap on carbon emissions by Virginia Utilities. These regulations will not only reduce Virginia’s contribution to global warming, but make our state a leader in the cleanenergy economy. If our capitol is ignoring the facts, I am still proud

to know that our state and Falls Church are still doing their part and leading the way on climate issues. We are counting on our Governor and Congressional Representatives to stand up for Virginia’s environment and future. Jacob Morrison Environment Virginia

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An Appreciation of Falls Church City Values B� C���������� M������

As a graduate student in Georgetown University’s Journalism Program, I recently had the opportunity to spend a semester reporting on news developments inside the City of Falls Church. For a period of five months, I researched the community’s unique history at Mary Riley Styles Library, attended High School Campus Project meetings at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and even observed city council meetings and numerous notable events. It was during this time that I came to appreciate the progressive vision and values of so many inside this thriving community. Despite being a resident of Alexandria, I possessed little previous experience with the City of Falls Church. I immediately set to work on researching the history of the city along with pertinent issues that were frequent topics of discussion around town. The courteous and professional staff at Mary Riley Styles Library were welcoming and always eager to lend a helpful hand in acquiring news materials and research pertinent to my field of study or news topics of the day. In February, I attended the enslaved persons plaque dedication at Falls Church, and the High School Campus Project community meeting at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. I was struck by the degree of public engagement from the community as well as school administration leaders

and elected officials who are as focused on honoring their past as they are dedicated toward ensuring future success for students in the community. By mid-spring, I began dissecting the city’s budget, proposals for community

“The degree of activism I witnessed among people of all ages was clearly indicative of the genuine sense of pride and community embodied by the city’s residents.” gentrification and the role that race relations have played in influencing local culture. I spent time learning about the city’s embrace of their urban forestry management plan, the activity of the Tree Commission, and City Arborist Kate Reich’s lifelong dedication to canopy preservation from the northwestern United States to northern Virginia. My semester concluded with a focus on the rich cultural history of the city along with its environs. I gathered unique perspectives from the community on the work being done by faith leaders to support refugees from war torn nations and efforts by

local non-profit organizations to preserve African American heritage sites that date back to the 18th Century. I appreciated the hours that so many local civic, religious and government leaders spent with me in-person and over the phone so I could gain a more nuanced perspective on current events. This included memorable time spent with Reverend John Ohmer of Falls Church Episcopal, Edwin Henderson of the Falls Church’s Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Falls Church Village Preservation & Improvement Society Director Seth Heminway, and Council Members Phil Duncan and Marybeth Connelly. I would also be remiss if I didn’t single out Council Member Karen Oliver, who was incredibly responsive and always willing to provide valuable story ideas and insight into notable community events, contacts and news topics. My amateur reporting was also colored by the random musings and observations that were shared by ordinary citizens who took time out of their busy evenings and weekend mornings to learn about everything from school construction plans to commercial development zones. Inside every community there are competing interests. The environmental activist who wishes to preserve tree coverage, the business owner who wants more canopy space so customers to see his sign; the parent fighting for more school and event funding, the local elected official seeking to stretch every dollar and

deliver more services with fewer resources. These storylines aren’t necessarily unique to Falls Church. However the degree of activism I witnessed among people of all ages was clearly indicative of the genuine sense of pride and community embodied by the city’s residents. Today, the mere act of reporting news is often held up as evidence of bias, either due to political expedience, intellectual laziness or timidity in the face of truth. Journalists are slandered as “enemies of the people” by everyone from Twitterbots, to hacks on cable news, to the leader of the free world. A newfound reliance on partisan television and online websites over traditional news outlets has pushed both sides of the political spectrum to its fringes. It’s also fueled a more rapid decline of public trust in the media that has been decades in the making. Many towns, cities and public officials wouldn’t be so welcoming or open in sharing their opinions with a lowly graduate student with so little to offer them in return. That is why my experience with Falls Church and the people who are working every day to make it a great place to live and raise a family was rewarding. It went a long way in helping me to make the most of my time at Georgetown University and allowed me to understand new demands inside today’s news industry. Most notably, I’m thankful for your support at a time in which standing up for journalism, transparency and accountability couldn’t be more important.

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24th Tinner Hill Blues Fest Rocks Falls Church

THE TINNER HILLS BLUES FESTIVAL brought out the crowds Saturday to Cherry Hill Park for the 24th edition of the musical celebration. Playing in front of the Falls Church park barn, musical acts included the Nighthawks and Mud Morganfield (son of blues legend Muddy Waters), Will Shakoor Smith aka Mr. TrueWill, Tas Cru, Lil’Maceo Kareem Walkes on saxophone, Sam Allens on guitar, Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, the Linwood Taylor Band and more. (Photo: J. Michael Whalen)



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NEWS BRIEFS F.C. Council Threatens to Cut Metro Funding The prospect of a huge ask from WMATA and Metro next year, the equivalent to six cents on the tax rate for every one of Falls Church’s 14,000 citizens, led the F.C. City Council Monday to modify language in a resolution authorizing this year’s payment to WMATA to say, “The City of Falls Church is paying its fair share, but the current projected increases are not sustainable and may not be approved due to other demands on public money.” The City currently pays WMATA the equivalent of 2. 5 cents on the tax rate, but it may go up to 6.0 cents next year, City Manager Wyatt Shields cautioned the Council. All this is despite the fact that neither Metro Rail station is actually in the City, and a heavilyused 3B Metro bus line on W. Broad Street was terminated in the last year.

F.C. Voter Turnout at 27 Percent Tuesday With Tuesday’s primary winners in the City of Falls Church echoing statewide outcomes, 27 percent of the City’s 9,525 active registered voters went to the polls. Democrats nominated Ralph Northam (64.3 percent) over Tom Perriello for governor and Justin Fairfax (52.9 percent) over Susan Platt and Gene Rossi. Republicans nominated Ed Gillespie (62.9 percent) over Corey Stewart (26 percent) and Fred Wagner, and Jill Vogel (57.2 percent) for lieutenant governor over Bryce Reeves and Glenn Davis.

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Moody’s Reaffirms F.C.’s ‘Aa1’ Bond Rating Moody’s Investors Service of New York has reaffirmed the “Aa1” bond rating for the City of Falls Church, City Manager Wyatt Shields reported to the City Council Monday night, based on its “outstanding general obligation unlimited tax debt.” The rating takes into account the prospective major increase in the City’s debt with pending major expenditures for library, City Hall and George Mason High School upgrades.

Kimble Named F.C. Schools’ Financial Analyst City of Falls Church School Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan issued a statement Tuesday night on behalf of the Falls Church City Public School Board regarding the schools’ long-time financial officer Hunter Kimble. The statement reads, “The School Board has considered and approved a staff change in position request from Mr. Kimble, who will become the school system’s Financial Analyst. Deirdra McLaughlin, who recently retired as Chief Financial Officer in Arlington Public Schools and before that served as Chief Financial Officer for Fairfax County Public Schools, will serve as interim Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations.”

F.C. City Hall Evacuated After Bomb Threat Last Thursday A bomb threat called in to Falls Church City Hall caused an evacuation of the building last Thursday evening. After a sweep of the campus with City of Falls Church Police’s K9 bomb sniffing dog, Fitz, found no explosive devices, the building was reopened. Police are still investigating the incident.

Mason High School's Gompper Wins a Cappie George Mason High School senior Lydia Gompper won the Graduating Critic award at the 18th Annual Cappies Gala held at the Kennedy Center Sunday night. The award for Best Musical went to West Potomac High School’s production of Billy Elliott, which included the Best Song, "Solidarity," that was performed at the gala, and the Best Play award went to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts for its production of "The Bluest Eye." Sunday night’s gala saw the concert hall at the Kennedy Center filled to capacity with high school student nominees and their loved ones, as well as award presenters and other friends of the popular Cappies program that celebrates high school theater arts programs inclusive of 59 public and private high schools in the wider D.C. region. In addition to performers and other stage roles, the Cappies also operates a program of student critics who write reviews of the plays, many of which are published in high school or local newspapers (including the Falls Church News-Press). The Andy Mays Rising Critic award went to McLean High School’s Kristen Waagner and McLean High School also picked up the Critic Team award. Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Male Dancer awards went to Jamie Goodson and Cuinn Casey, respectively, for their roles in the Langley High School’s production of "Gypsy."

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Community News & Notes

“SCENES IN THE CITY” Plein Air Festival winners were revealed at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 10. The winning works are (from left to right): Don Beyer Volvo-Kia Plein Air Prize – “Farmhouse at Cherry Hill,” by Michael McSorley (not pictured); The Young Group Artist Choice Award – “Cherry Hill in the Evening,” by Alexia Scott; Tori McKinney Rock Star Realtor Prize – “The Bike Club - St. Francis,” by Christina Girardi; The People’s Choice Award – “St James Catholic Church,” by Rajendra KC; The Kensing ton Prize – “Falls Church Episcopal,” by Caitlyn Hillyard; and The Artists Choice Award – “Front Porch on Broad,” by Mary Jennings (Photo: Barb Cram)

Save The Date For Lou Olom’s Birthday Party Come out and celebrate local resident Lou Olom’s 100th birthday. The party will be held at the George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg pike, Falls Church) cafeteria from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. A formal invitation will be made available prior to the event, but until then, be sure to jot down this date.

Assisted Living Community Graduates Students On Thursday, June 8, Chesterbrook Residences, an assisted living community that serves students aged 18-22 years with disabilities in Fairfax,

put on a celebration to recognize the achievement of some of the students from The Davis Center. The Davis Center is a school whose goal is to serve students who require instruction through life and career skills. This is not the first time that the students have paid a visit to Chesterbrook. As a matter of fact, the students visit the community on a frequent basis. Students attend Chesterbrook Residences five days a week for four hours each to work alongside with the staff from Chesterbrook. The students have been known to help with multitude of different tasks such as cleaning, ensuring that everything is in order and virtually anything else that the staff or residents need help with. Even

FORMER FALLS CHURCH City Council member Ira Kaylin is shown shaking hands with all members of the F.C. Council Monday night after the Council issued a proclamation honoring his service to the City. He served on the City Council from July 2010 to December 2013, being an advocate for the City to Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Development Policy Committee and the Transportation Planning Board. Also, he shared his professional expertise in finance with his City Council colleagues and staff at City Hall. (PHOTO: NEWS-PRESS)

though Chesterbrook has gained plenty of benefits from having the students around, the graduates will be carrying on the skills and experience that picked up while on the job for the rest of their lives. The life and work skills that students acquired while attending Chesterbrook will help them to make independent livings and allow them to lead productive lives of their own. The community’s support means a great deal to the faculty and students, and a special thanks is extended to the area’s residents, who have all helped the students to gain the tools necessary to go off into the real world and seek the paid employment that they’ve strived for ever seince they first started at Chesterbrook.

Literacy Council Hosts Recognition Event The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will be hosting its 54th Annual Recognition Event on Thursday, June 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center Theater (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). LCNV’s students submitted writings based around this year’s theme of “Learning Gives Me Power” and three have been selected to read their essays. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Dr. Jorge Ribas, President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Other notable guests will include Supervisor Penny Gross from Mason District, Delegate Kaye

Kory of the 38th congressional district, Councilman John Taylor Chapman from the City of Alexandria and Kris Martini, Director of Arlington Public Schools’ Adult Education Programs. Referencing the ceremony, LCNV’s Executive Director Patricia Donnelly stated, “We are so proud of LCNV’s adult learners and the commitment they make to advance their literacy and language skills. This is our chance to recognize them, and everyone who contributes to their success." Community Partnership Awards will be presented to three of LCNV’s partners for their outstanding support of its programs and mission: Accenture Consulting, Crestwood Elementary School and the Paul

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FELIX CHANG (left) became the �irst athlete to win national championships in both submission and grappling after taking �irst place in the Northeast Nationals submission grappling tournament at Mennen Arena in Hanover, New Jersey this past weekend. Chang last won this competition in 2014 and has now won 14 national championships since he started competing at age 5, more than any other youth wrestler in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area in that same span. (P����: D��� K����) M. Angell Family Foundation. LCNV’s Volunteers of the Year will also be recognized for their exceptional commitment to LCNV learners, which include Liz Castillo, Alexandra Roncal and Valerie Sutter. A dessert reception will follow the event. To RSVP, contact or call 703-237-0866. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia serves 1,500 learners annually with its mission to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV is one of only a few non-profit organizations in all of Northern Virginia that com-

plies with Federal Education standards as it serves the most beginning level adult learner.

Tai Chi Open House To Be Held Next Weekend Sun & Moon Taiji One will welcome the start of summer by hosting a free Tai Chi Class on Saturday, June 24 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. for those who are interested in learning Tai Chi. The event will take place at the Falls Church location within the Falls Plaza Shopping Center (Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do, 1136 W. Broad St., Falls Church). RSVP is required. Call 301-512-5071 or e-mail SunAndMoonTaijiOne@gmail. com to reserve your spot.

Family Movie Night At Second Baptist Church Join the Women’s Ministry of Second Baptist Church and the Clyde Lee Hunter Education Fund Ministry of Second Baptist Church for a night of family-oriented fun with a double-feature of movies on the Second Baptist church premises (6626 Costner Dr., Falls Church). The first movie that will be shown to attendees is Schoolhouse Rock from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The second movie to be shown is Hidden Figures, starting immediately after the conclusion of Schoolhouse Rock. Attendees are advised to come hungry as Margaret’s Soul Food Truck will be on-site for the

The Washington Sinfonietta will be performing their final concert of the season on Saturday, June 17 at the Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church) at 7:30 p.m. The Washington Sinfonietta is a chamber orchestra comprised of 50 professional caliber musicians led by acclaimed conductor Joel Lazar. The concert’s program features Beethoven’s "Piano Concerto No. 4," Mozart’s "Overture to La Clemenza di Tito" and Haydn’s "Symphony No. 102." The Washington Sinfonietta will be performing alongside internationally acclaimed pianist, Carlos César Rodriguez, as the guest soloist. Rodriguez has been lauded as a versatile pianist with a mastery of Mozart and other romantic works. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and free to those who are 18 and under. A reception will follow the concert. For more information and discounted tickets, visit

McLean Community Players New Show Opens July 14 The "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which opens July 14 and runs weekends through July 30 is at Community Building Ballroom at Vinson Hall (1735 Kirby Rd., McLean). Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" has charmed audiences across

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the country with its wit and humor. It features a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a fresh and vibrant score by William Finn. Directors Kevin and Pamela McCormack lead the cast and crew; Annie O’Neill Galvin and Diane Sams are producing this show. Set at the Putnam County Middle School, the 25th Annual Spelling Bee has attracted a quirky group of six graders (played by adult actors). Each of these awkward adolescents has different reasons for wanting to win. As they work their way through the challenges of the opening rounds, they find a sense of belonging and purpose. At each performance, four audience members will be invited to participate as spellers, which can be expected to add to the comedy. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23 – $25 and are available at, through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 and at the door. Group rates are available. See MCP’s website for a map and parking information. With adult situations, this show is most suitable for ages 13 and older. Audio description for the visually-impaired will be offered by the Metropolitan Washington Ear at the matinee performance on Sunday, July 23. See the Accessibility page at for more information.

Positive Music Festival Set for June 25 Enjoy uplifting music with four award-winning positive music artists at the PosiPalooza to be held at the Unity of Fairfax (2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton) on Sunday, June 25 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Virginia’s celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week last Saturday at Mason Neck State Park was held under gorgeous blue skies. Attendees took boat rides, met Oyster Shucking Champion Deborah Pratt (she told me that, in competition, she could shuck 24 oysters in two minutes), toured educational displays about Bay restoration, and participated in the “Backs to the Bay” photo op. The photo op highlighted, literally, the fact that most of the pollution in the Bay emanates from the land. With our backs to the water, we are reminded how centuries of human activity and development on land have affected the once-pristine Bay. Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week coincided with the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council (EC), chaired for the past two years by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. At Thursday’s meeting in the Maryland State Capitol Building, the gavel was passed to the incoming chair, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland. As a Virginia member of the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the EC, I was privileged to attend the meeting which, for the first time in many years, had a lot of good news to report. Underwater grasses in the Bay, important to fisheries habitat, surpassed the 2017 restoration target; female blue crabs increased 31 percent to 254 million of the tasty critters; and nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads had significant reductions in the 2015-16 period. The good news reflects 30 years of heavy lifting by the federal, state, and local partners to restore the Bay, which still is at a critical tipping point. The EC’s Executive Summary Report noted that the watershed is resilient, vibrant, and healthy in

many ways, but it also is out of balance in others. Water quality improved, but it still is far below what is needed to maintain a stable aquatic habitat. We need to keep working on oyster restoration, planting forest buffers, and reducing pollution from the land. The EC, unanimously, also adopted a resolution demanding continued full federal funding ($73 million) for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which has been targeted for zeroing out by the Trump Administration. Restoring the Chesapeake Bay truly is a Herculean task, but after many years of effort, and dollars, the Bay ecosystem is responding positively. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels, but a time to redouble our partnership efforts and make even more progress. It took 300 years for the Bay to decline from when Captain John Smith first sailed on it, and it will take more than a couple of decades to reclaim its previous glory. Our investment is sound, and the 64,000 square mile watershed and its citizens will reap the benefits of our work, and those of generations to come. “Kids don’t fly” is a campaign to remind parents and caregivers to keep children away from windows and balconies when they play. Tragically, a toddler died last week when he fell from a third-floor screened window, while jumping on a bed with a sibling. Screens keep out bugs, but cannot withstand forceful pushes, even from a toddler. Let’s keep our kids safe!  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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Delegate Marcus Simon’s

Richmond Report I spent most of primary Tuesday this week standing in front of polling places introducing myself to constituents, thanking them for participating in this important election, and encouraging them to cast their votes for my endorsed candidates, Ralph Northam for Governor and Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor. After casting my own vote at Lemon Road Elementary School, I made my way to Marshall High School for the morning rush, where I stood alongside an energetic, passionate Tom Perriello supporter who was assertively approaching voters and urging any who might be at all in doubt to support Tom! She’d arrived before I had and had the run of the place for the very early morning. The local volunteers, whom I knew well, said they were glad I’d shown up to make sure both sides could be heard. “She’s really very good,” they told me. “She has good arguments and I think she’s won a number of people over. We’re glad you are here so people can get both sides.” As the next voter approached I listened intently to hear what she was telling folks that was so convincing. “Tom’s the true progressive in the race. He’s the first person to propose a $15 an hour minimum wage – now Northam does too, but only because Tom proposed it first.” I interrupted – I know, rude – “Actually,” I interjected, “I was the first politician in Virginia to propose a $15 minimum wage, in 2015 – and I’m supporting Ralph.” “Well,” she continued, “Tom is the first candidate for governor to do it, and it’s just an example of his bold progressive agenda. Tom is the true progressive in the race, and he’s going stand up to the establishment in the legislature and bring new and exciting ideas to Virginia, the ideas we need to win.” Well, I thought. That was fast. After four years in the General Assembly I’m part of the establishment now. “You say that,” I chimed in, “Like establishment and progressive are mutually exclusive. Many of us have been working here in Virginia for years advocating for progressive ideas and changes in Virginia. Including Ralph Northam.”

Eventually we let the poor man go cast his vote and get to work. As the morning went on we found some time to chat. I learned that she was from Charlottesville and counted herself as a family friend to the Perriellos. She was going to study abroad at Oxford. She was very smart. We agreed on almost everything, except who would make a better Virginia Governor. She was convinced Tom’s fresh perspective and appeal to younger voters was essential. I thought that Ralph’s experience and ability to hit the ground running from day one in Richmond would make him more effective at getting a bold progressive vision actually enacted into law. For the most part, Falls Churchers agreed with me. Ralph Northam won comfortably in the City, although by much narrower margins in other parts of my district, including the fast growing Merrifield area where apartment buildings keep opening and young people are flocking. When Tom Perriello announced his candidacy I predicted it would be good for Virginia. And I still think it has been. The primary contest made both of the candidates better campaigners. It’s allowed Ralph to show us his progressive side. To emphasize his commitment to protecting a woman’s right to control her own body, and to supporting sensible laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. It opened a dialogue about the best way to make sure all Virginians have the opportunity to get a job, a job that pays a livable wage and allows them to provide for themselves and their families. It brought the issues into sharper focus and kept the media from devoting all of its attention to the outrageous political stunts in the race to out-Trump Trump happening in the other party’s primary. And it reminded me that I have a lot of constituents who are impatient for change to come. I’ll continue to work hard to be bold, and effective, in working on behalf of all of my constituents, to make Falls Church and Virginia the best place in the world to live, work, raise a family, and find success.  Delegate Simon represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at DelMSimon@house.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

It may have been the quietest rollout of a tax hike ever in what conservatives call “The People’s Republic of Arlington.” This spring, the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office got its quacks-like-a-ducks lined up to begin charging a 7.25 percent transient occupancy tax (informally called the hotel tax) to guests staying in short-term rental rooms under the auspices of Internet broker services like Airbnb, Craigslist and Homestay. “Isn’t it nice there is no outrage?” Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Marroy told me. “Most people realize we have to be fair. Not just small businesses but people who rent out a room. We assess everyone,” she said. “The focus of my office is fairness.” Under zoning adjustments the County Board passed in December, hundreds of Arlington hosts who open spare rooms to paying travelers are now required to pay a $60 annual license fee. And like any small business (including freelance writers such as I), they owe county taxes on profits—but only if gross receipts top $10,000. What’s new is that now, like all Arlington’s commercial hotels, hosts must charge guests the hotel tax. The challenge for the revenue office, Marroy said, was that “we couldn’t find who is renting out” because the brokers protect anonymity. An ad in the county

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tipsters. State law requires collection of the hotel tax, Marroy noted, so technically these folks were renting illegally. “I’m glad people are aware now.” Arlington’s hotel and apartment associations worked through the Chamber of Commerce to press for enforcement of tax policy on guests who stay less than 30 days. “The Arlington Chamber is supportive of an equitable application of the Transient Occupancy Tax,” President & CEO Kate Bates told me. “This new policy will help level the playing field and protect Arlington’s hotel and hospitality industry.” A glance at the Airbnb website shows more than 300 apartments in Arlington with nightly prices starting at $39, with an average of $157. Its outdated discussion of Arlington taxes advises hosts to alert guests to the tax and either include it in a special offer or have guests pay in person. Increasingly, in some jurisdictions Airbnb collects the tax automatically from hosts’ accounts and remits it to governments. Not yet in Arlington. Jennifer Frum, who for years has picked up income by renting out her rooms in Aurora Hills, told me she has heard nothing about collection procedures from the San Francisco-based Airbnb. She just received a packet from Arlington’s

CRIME REPORT Hit and Run, 1300 blk S Washington St, a parked car was hit by an unknown vehicle sometime between 10 AM June 4 and 7:30 AM on June 5. Fraud – False Pretenses, 100 blk Chanel Ter, June 6, a report of credit card fraud was made.

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Larceny – Theft from Building, 513 W Broad St, (The Byron), June 7, two unknown suspects followed a vehicle on foot into garage and stole an unknown mountain bike. The suspects are described as a black male, dark skin, skinny build and long dreads. He was wearing a black t-shirt and blue pants. The second suspect was a black male, short hair, wearing a dark shirt and possible blue pants. Investigation continues. Driving Under the Influence/Hit and Run, 800 blk W Broad St, June 8, 2:20 AM, while investigating a hit and run, officers located a car occupied by a female, 35,

of Woodbridge, VA. She was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Refusal, and Hit and Run (x 2). Fraud – False Pretenses, 500 blk Roosevelt Blvd, June 8, credit card fraud was reported. Driving Under the Influence, 1100 blk W Broad St, June 8, 9:30 PM, a male, 25, of Arlington, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Bomb/Burn Threat, 300 Park Ave (City Hall), June 8, 5:02 PM, a bomb threat was received by phone. City Hall and Cherry Hill Park were evacuated. A search conducted, and no explosive devices were located. Investigation continues. Larceny – Theft of Vehicle Parts, 500 blk Roosevelt Blvd, between 6 PM June 8 and 5 PM, June 9, a suspect stole the catalytic converter from a vehicle. Suspect described as a black male with a white shirt and gray shorts driving a gray Dodge

revenue office that says she must file (online) a monthly form. “I think I grossed a little over $10,000 for my long-term rentals and the same for short-term rentals,” she said. “Having to file every month will be a pain.” One Arlington-based national political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, is not staying silent.”This isn’t about fairness, this is about rigging the economy in favor of special corporate interests,” said its Virginia Director JC Hernandez. “This tax adds unnecessary burdens on regular folks just trying to make a few extra bucks. This red tape limits opportunities and treats regular people in the sharing economy as if they were a large hotel chain. Instead of piling on taxes and regulations that hurt the little guy, local governments should be looking for ways to remove barriers to success.” *** Classical music fans said goodbye to a friend last week. WETA’s morning host David Ginder announced that, after 28 years, he is decamping to Colorado Public radio. Accompanying him is his wife, fellow WETA classical host Marilyn Cooley. The gentle and scholarly Ginder’s last morning shift was June 6, though he hung around for a June 11 evening special “Choral Showcase.” I “met” him briefly a few years back when I toured the Shirlington studios. While on the air, he waved from behind a glass partition. Our host-listener relationship was much deeper. van. Drunk in Public, W&OD Bike Trail, (between West and Spring St), June 9, 6:45 PM, a male, 53, of no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public. Larceny – Theft from Building, 100 blk Rolling Trace, June 8, 8:30 PM, a child’s bicycle was taken from a porch. Liquor Law Violations – Underage Possession, 601 S Oak St (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School), June 10, 1:20 AM, officer on routine patrol observed suspicious activity in the playground area. Two juveniles were identified and were turned over to their parents. Larceny – Theft from Motor Vehicle, 800 blk Ridge Pl, between June 9 and June 10, 8 AM, resident discovered an item of value was stolen from a possibly unlocked vehicle. Larceny – Theft from Motor Vehicle, 800 blk Villa Ridge Rd, between June 8 and June 10, 10 AM, resident discovered an item of value was stolen from a possibly unlocked vehicle. Hit and Run, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd, (Eden Center parking lot), June 10, between 3:30 and 4 PM, a vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle.

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Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken

Democratic voters in Tuesday’s primary election in Virginia chose wisely in nominating the mainstream option for governor over the self-described more progressive candidate. Current lieutenant governor Ralph Northam carried the staunch support of all the state’s major Democratic electeds, including all who’ve won statewide elections in recent years, the current governor Terry McAuliffe, two U.S. senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and attorney general Mark Herring. Northam had to campaign aggressively to win because of the entry into the race of a young, one-term former U.S. congressman Tom Perriello, who came in with some heavy funding and wound up being a lightning rod for support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a phalanx of enthusiastic younger FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS activists in the party. His campaign stressed the need for shaking up the party establishment after the results of last November’s election put Donald Trump into the White House. Most of the “mainstream” Democrats said that if Perriello won, they’d have no problem supporting him because of the overriding need of their party to show a united front to hold the governor’s seat and to take advantage of an enormous potential to pick up a large number of seats in the state legislature this November. Winning the race for governor is a particularly important challenge for the Democrats in Virginia, because with a rabidly right-wing legislature, the only thing that has salvaged the state from spiralling down the road of a Kansas or North Carolina has been its Democratic governor McAuliffe who the last few years has vetoed over 100 highly toxic bills that came to his desk highly prejudiced against women, LGBT persons, immigrants and for guns. With Virginia now the only state in the union that still forbids a governor from holding more than one term, this election was to find an able successor to McAuliffe who would share his values and, equally important, of course, be able to win the general election in November. As the current lieutenant governor, and with a lengthy record of serving in the state legislature before that, Northam was the self-evident choice to meet those qualifications. But then Perriello entered the primary race, and sought to sweep up the momentum of the Sanders wing of the party. Now, there were a number of problems with this, mostly variations on the old rule, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The narrative I think is the most misguided coming out of last November’s disastrous election result is to fix the blame for the loss on Democrats, including but not limited to Hillary Clinton. I don’t need to remind you that Clinton won the popular vote by over three million votes. That is pretty phenomenal when the headwinds against her are taken into account, the fact that she was running to become the nation’s first woman president, that she was identified with a Clinton “dynasty,” that Republicans were relentless in exploiting misogynist sentiments, making every small misstep she may have taken as evidence of the ostensible disadvantages of her gender and turning them all into causes celebre, and not even to mention the fact that the Russians were going all out to provide covert aid to her opponent (in ways we will be learning about as the investigations underway now will reveal and no doubt shock us all). Those who would sow division within the ranks of their enemies must be taking great delight in all the jibber jabber going around about how corrupt and inept the current leadership of the Democratic Party is. The same goes for those who sought to disrupt the LGBT Pride events this month by trying to block the parade and lambast the event organizers for taking money from Wells Fargo and other big corporate interests. The burgeoning LGBT movement is a very potent force in society now, and its sassy and intelligent ranks provide great hopes for the future of our country because they necessarily stand outside the mainstream. Don’t worry that they may appear to be less than political in the usual sense. They are necessarily political by the very nature of who they are. Whose interests are served by trying to weaken their impact?

Nicholas F. Benton

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The Halfhearted Opposition

The Republican health care bill now sneaking its way through the Senate has a good chance of becoming law, even though it would do miserable damage. And it has a good chance partly because some of the bill’s most influential opponents have not had the courage of their convictions. I realize that sounds harsh. These opponents generally have good intentions. But they haven’t been very effective so far, and they don’t have much time to summon the courage to become more effective. The opponents I’m talking about include NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE almost every major health care interest group: the lobbying groups for doctors, nurses and hospitals as well as advocates for patients with cancer, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease or birth defects. Each understands that the bill would deprive millions of Americans of insurance. Each has criticized the bill, and some, including AARP, have done more, like organizing phone calls. But they have not come close to the sort of public campaign that would put intense pressure on senators. History shows what such a campaign would look like: In the 1940s, the American Medical Association (which represents doctors) conducted what was then “the most expensive lobbying effort in American history,” according to Paul Starr, author of a Pulitzerwinning history of health care. The campaign changed public opinion about Harry Truman’s plan for national insurance, helping doom it. In the 1960s, the same association hired a movie star by the name of Ronald Reagan to barnstorm the country denouncing the proposal for Medicare. It would be the start of socialism, Reagan warned, and “invade every area of freedom as we have known it.” He lost that battle, but it set in motion his political career and modern conservatism. In the 1990s, the lobbying group for insurance companies ran an ad campaign featuring a fictional couple named Harry and Louise. Sitting at their kitchen table “sometime in the future,” they lamented how much worse their coverage had become. The ads helped defeat Bill Clinton’s plan. Today, however, “there isn’t much of a campaign,” as Starr told me. “And it contrasts very dramatically with some of the earlier conflicts.” If anything, the case for an aggressive campaign is stronger now. Virtually every big health care group views the Republican plan as a disaster, one that

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would harm many Americans largely in the service of cutting taxes for the wealthy. But much of the groups’ criticism — like “a drastic step backward” — has come via news release. There has been no Harry, no Louise and no Ronald Reagan to capture national attention. “It’s a really big problem,” a Senate Democratic aide said. “It’s important right now that these groups start to mobilize much more than they have.” The passivity has played into the Republican strategy. House and Senate leaders have taken the radical step of writing a bill largely in secret, without hearings. So health care groups haven’t been able to testify publicly. Without hearings — and without a publicity campaign — Congress has not felt enough political heat. Grassroots groups have admirably tried to create heat, at town hall meetings and elsewhere, but it hasn’t been enough. Why haven’t the big lobbying groups done more? I think there are two main answers. First, in past campaigns, groups were largely defending their own financial interests. People fight hard when their own money is at stake. Today’s opposition is at least as much about principle as profit, and lobbying groups haven’t been willing to go all-out for principle. Second, the groups are wary of attacking the Republican Party, given its current power. “We’re living in a world in which it’s just Republican votes,” one lobbyist told me. Speaking loudly against the bill risks alienating powerful politicians — and risks making the health care groups look partisan. I get their reluctance. I feel a pang of discomfort every time I describe the radicalism of today’s Republican Party. I also know that the groups are lobbying behind the scenes for changes that would make the bill marginally less bad. But that’s not nearly enough. Doctors, hospital executives and treatment advocates take pride in doing good work that improves people’s lives. Sometimes, good work doesn’t require hard choices. Other times, it does. This is one of those times when it does. A halfhearted effort to stop the bill won’t protect millions of Americans from losing their insurance and, ultimately, from being denied medical care. Senate leaders are rushing to pass a bill before their July 4 recess, and they seem to be making headway. That leaves opponents only three weeks to live up to their convictions. They can create advertisements that make clear the human damage the bill would do. Or put their well-respected leaders on popular talk shows. Or hold a mock hearing, featuring every group that has been denied the ability to testify. Above all, they can take a risk for a cause.



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Business News & Notes F.C.-McLean Children’s Center Hailed as ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits The Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center was named “One of the Best” nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. The Center’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education designed to give all children, regardless of their family’s financial resources, a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their lives. Celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, the Center serves 75 children from low- and moderate-income, working families in its full-time, year-round early education program.

Kess Hair & Skincare Hosting Grand Opening Friday Kess Hair and Skincare is hosting a grand opening on Friday, June 16 from 5 – 6 p.m. at their new location in the Southgate Shopping Center, aka the Lily Building, at 106 E. Fairfax in Falls Church. Refreshments will be provided and a ribbon cutting will take place at approximately 5:30 p.m. Kess, previously known as Salon Rovina in Arlington, offers a full range of services ranging from simple haircuts to the full package including nails, skincare and hair styling.

Body Dynamics to Talk on Desks & Sitting at Workshop Saturday Body Dynamics, Inc. is hosting “The Sitting Professional,” a free workshop on Saturday, June 16 at noon. Designed for people who sit at a desk for six or more hours during the day, the workshop will address proper desk set up, exercises that can be done at a desk to address neck and back pain. Attendees will receive a general exercise worksheet to get started on exercises that will help ease pain created by sitting. The workshop is free but space is limited. To secure a spot, RSVP to or call 703-527-9557. Body Dynamics is located at 410 S. Maple Avenue in Falls Church.

F.C. Chamber Luncheon to Feature IRS Liaison Next Week Anna Falkenstein, senior stakeholder liaison with the IRS, will speak on identity theft at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s networking luncheon on Tuesday, June 20. The event will take place at Mad Fox Brewing Company from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.. 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, visit

Rare Bird Owners to Talk About Securing Capital for Business June 21 One Degree Capital is hosting a “Capital Over Coffee” conversation with business owners at Rare Bird Roasters in Falls Church on Wednesday, June 21, at 7 a.m. The intent is to provide business owners the opportunity to ask questions and secure feedback on the best way for them to secure the right capital for their business. There is no fee to attend. For more information or to secure a seat, go to  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at

Competing in Five Swimming Events and Earning Five Medals at the 2017 Senior National Games in Birmingham, Alabama this past week. Tom Gittins Jr is flanked by his Tommyg Support Team: Tom Gittins Sr, Suzanne Gittins, Tom Gittins Jr, Gina Caceci, Dianne Gittins, Suzanne Petroni

Thank You!!! Thank you Dad, Mom, Gina, Dianne, Suzanne for being there, for the tees, the cheers, the tears, the pasta, the encouragement, the love, the food, the time together, and the Guinness!

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COMMENCEMENT was held for the Congressional School eighth graders on the school’s campus in Falls Church on Friday, June 9. The entire student body and the students’ family and friends were in attendance for the commencement. Of the 16 graduates, 14 plan to attend local independent high schools, one will attend boarding school and one will attend public school. The ceremony concluded with the awarding of certificates, and a reception followed for the graduates and their families. (Photo: Congressional School)

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School News & Notes Mason Juniors To Hold Variety Show The junior class of George Mason High School runs a variety show in the fall and again in the spring, showcasing a wide array of the students’ talents. Plan to come on Thursday or Friday night at 7 p.m. to the George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) Auditorium to witness the students’ talents for yourself. Student tickets are $5, adults $7. Proceeds help defray costs of next year’s Jr./Sr. Prom.

Final Call For Volunteers For All-Night Grad Celebration Multiple volunteers are still needed to help ensure a fun and safe night for George Mason High School’s newest graduates on the night of their graduation. Anyone is welcome to sign up for tasks such as “Prizes” and the all important “Security.” Your help is essential for the positions required by the Fire Marshal – the event cannot happen without you. Many shifts are only 2-3 hours

long. The All-Night Graduation Celebration runs from 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Opportunity To Host Exchange Student Are you interested in hosting a Chilean student or teacher in September? A la Carte Travel is coordinating an exchange program from September 9 – 22 in Falls Church and is seeking families to welcome 21 students and 2 teachers from Trewhela’s British School in Santiago, Chile into their homes and families. Hosting an exchange student is a great way to make new friends, share favorite places and activities and learn the Spanish language all at the same time. If you are interested in hosting, visit for more information.

Pick Up Medication Before The School Year Ends The Falls Church City Public Schools’ Health Aides ask that all medication stored in the Health

Rooms be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, next Thursday, June 22. It is school policy that medications be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with students. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. Medication left in the health room after the end of the school year will be discarded. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide or the Public Health Nurse: George Mason High School – Kelly Miceli, micelik@fccps. org; Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School – Michelle Young,; Thomas Jefferson Elementary School – Sue Belston,; Mount Daniel School – Karen Schools,; Jessie Thackrey Preschool – Rachel Hamberger, rhamberger@; or Public Health Nurse – Aimee Simons, simonsa@fccps. org.



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Mustangs Lacrosse Earn 1st Ever State Title BY JEFFREY WOJTALA


The 2A George Mason Girls Lacrosse team won its first 4A State Championship by beating the Northern Conference champion Riverside High School 15-14 last Saturday. Being the first state championship in lacrosse for George Mason High School, it came as a delight to the Mason faithful. “When the final whistle blew everyone rushed the field. There weren’t any dry eyes!” Mustang head coach Courtney Gibbons said. “This is the best team I've been a part of, both as a player and coach. They are such a special group.” The Mason girls (18-2) had suffered both of their losses to the then-undefeated Riverside Rams (18-1) during the regular season and the region championship two weeks ago, so the final game was surely going to be one for the record books. Play began and Riverside jumped out to an early lead after scoring twice in the first two minutes of the game. Senior midfielder Sarah Lubnow, who will

DASHING DOWN THE ALLEY is senior and Virginia Tech commit Sarah Lubnow, who was a pivotal part of the Mustangs' first ever state title run this season. (P����: J������� C�������) be playing for Virginia Tech in the fall, was not going down without a fight during her last game as a Mustang. Lubnow took a well placed pass from junior midfielder Amy Roche and Mason was on the board. Riverside then responded right back to make it a 3-1 game. Junior defender Claire Hiscott would put the ball behind the Rams’ goalie to bring the Mustangs back within one. Mason would win the following draw and

a minute later Lubnow found the back of the net to knot the score at 3-3. Riverside broke the tie and three minutes later added to their lead to go up 5-3. Gibbons called time to calm her team and refocus them to the task ahead. The pairing of Roche to Lubnow would strike again as Lubnow brought the score to 5-4 with another wellplaced shot on the cage. Twelve seconds later the Hiscotts would

tie up the game when Claire Hiscott found her older sister, senior attacker Hannah Hiscott, in front of the Rams’ net to bury her shot to make it 5-5. The Rams would not be so easily dispatched and again reeled off two goals to take a 7-5 lead. Mason and Riverside would then trade goals until Hiscott caught a pass from Lubnow to put Mason back to within one, 8-7. Hiscott scored again with 2:23 left in the half to tie the score before the Rams would break the tie 40 seconds later to preserve a one-goal lead. The Mustangs would go on a scoring streak with Johnson and Hiscott recording two more goals to make it a 10-9 Mason lead at the half. “We were determined after losing last year to get back to the State Championship and win it all,” Gibbons added. “That was a very long bus ride after our [state finals] loss. It took a lot of hard work this whole year both mentally and physically preparing. We did offseason [workouts] two days a week from September – February [and] the girls showed up ready to practice everyday. I was impressed with their work ethic and positive attitudes."

Mason began where they left off in the first half by having Johnson score her third less than two minutes into the second half. Roche would follow suit in another few minutes to stretch the Mason lead to 12-9 before Riverside scored to stay in the running. Hiscott would then score her fifth, assisted by Roche, and not long after that junior attacker Lizzie Dodge would score her first of the game on an assist from Johnson to put Mason up by 14-10, the largest by either team in the game. The Rams would soon score three goals quickly, trimming the Mustang lead to 14-13 with 9:23 left to go in the championship game. Mason began a methodical passing possession attack to wind down the clock and kept the Rams off the board thanks to aggressive defense. At the two minute mark Hiscott would score to stretch the Mason lead back to two but a Mason turnover behind the Rams goal would allow the Rams to score with 42 seconds left to bring the lead down to one. Mason would win the draw again and would run out the clock, with Lubnow taking the last shot of the game.

10 Straight State Championships Puts Mason Soccer In A League Of Its Own BY MATT DELANEY


With a 10th consecutive state title in hand, George Mason High School’s girls soccer team proves to be a one of Virginia’s most storied athletic programs of alltime after it thwarted Graham High School, 6-0, in the semifinal before topping Stuarts Draft High School, 1-0, in the state finals. The season had been gradually building to this point ever since Mason’s (23-1) lone loss to local 5A team J.E.B. Stuart High School back in late March. From there the team rallied and put together 21 wins in a row and took Conference 35, 2A East region and 2A states by storm. Now, resting firmly atop the competition, all the Mustangs can do is soak up the moment. Against Graham last Friday, Mason was able to dictate the flow of the game at will. In the first half, the Mustangs were patient and methodical with their approach, carefully dialing up pressure and picking their spots like the experi-

enced veterans of the state tournament they are. Mason did break through eventually on a goal by junior forward Izzy Armstrong, and then again a few minutes later when sophomore midfielder Maura Mann evaded Graham’s back line and sank her shot to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead at halftime. Once the action resumed, Mason kicked their offensive advances into high gear. Armstrong got things going when she connected on her second goal of the game and was followed close behind by senior midfielder Rebecca Crouch to lengthen the Mustangs’ lead to 4-0. Graham struggled to keep pace as most of their own offensive chances fizzled out soon after entering the final third due to Mason’s aggressive and efficient defensive front. Swooping in with insurance goals to seal a 10th straight trip to the state finals was junior midfielder Sophie Matton and freshman midfielder Fiona Howard toward the end of the contest. Squaring off with Stuarts

Draft for the second time in eight days, Mason had a tall task on their hands as the Cougars had nearly forced overtime in the region championship. It required a heartier commitment to defending Stuarts Draft’s well-executed runs while, on the offensive end, converting the chances the Mustangs would receive. Turns out that’s exactly what happened. Armstrong nabbed an early first-half goal for the Falls Church natives, and Mason rode a resilient defense and possessionoriented midfield all the way to the finish and to their 10th straight state championship in the 2A classification. To recap on the enormity of this 10-year run spanning from 2008-17, here are some statistics showcasing just how dominant Mason was and still is, courtesy of Mason physics teacher Bryan Harris. Over the past 10 years, the soccer team went 211-22-5 (.890) overall and in Conference 35 competition they went 183-5-1 (.970). In the postseason, the Mustangs hold a 75-1 record (.990) with

FLEXING WITH THEIR X'S are seniors Megan Butler (left) and Rebecca Crouch, who marked the Roman numeral X on teammates' wrists pregame to remind them that the 10th straight state championship was in sight. (P����: A������ K����) a goals for/against of 1354/154, which per game they averaged roughly six goals in the playoffs. In 10 state title games they’ve outscored opponents 35-7, having only given up multiple goals

once and the Mustangs have also recorded four shutouts. They even recorded two perfect seasons in 2014 (22-0) and 2015 (25-0) and have been helmed by two different coaches during this run.


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Champion Trees Bike Ride. Enjoy some of Arlington’s most spectacular trees on this ride over mostly level, paved pathways, while stopping at points of natural and environmental interest along the way. The route will pass by county and state champion trees. Bring your own bike, water, snacks and repair kit. Teens ages 12 and up are welcomed, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration required. Shirlington Public Library (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information, call 703-228-6535 or contact Barabara Farley at Pollinator Patrol. Recommended for ages 6-10. Get a head start on National Pollinator Week, which starts June 19. Search the gardens and woods of the

nature center for pollinators and other insects. With nets and bug boxes, attendees can capture and observe pollinators native to the area at work. Admission fee is $5. registration required Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park (3608 North Military Rd., Arlington). 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information, call 703-228-3403 or contact the Gulf Branch Nature Center at Pre-made Rain Barrel Distribution. The City of Falls Church will host a pre-made rain barrel distribution for interested gardeners and home owners. Each barrel costs $65 and must be purchased in advance via credit card or PayPal on the Fairfax County website. There are no residency restrictions on this sale. Rain barrels can be placed under your homes downspouts to capture rain water from your roof and gutters. The rain barrels hold approximately 50 gallons. They are 23 inches wide

and range from 41.25 inches to 43.75 inches tall. By installing a rain barrel at your home you will help provide your plants with water, save water and money on your next utilities bill and aid in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Property Yard (7100 Gordon Ave., Falls Church). 1 – 4 p.m. To place an order for your rain barrel, visit For more information, e-mail or call 703-324-1428.

Church (3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church). 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, visit or call 703-5326617.



Pizza and Video Series. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s “Faith outside the Box” group will meet Monday evening in Rothenberg Hall to begin its summer video and pizza series. The group will view and discuss the first two sessions of the DVD series “Saving Jesus:” The first is “Jesus through the Ages” and the second is “Who was Jesus? Pizza at 6:45, show time at 7 pm. All are welcome. Holy Trinity Lutheran

Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Meeting. Attendees at the meeting will learn more about changes and modifications to come as a part of the Big Chimneys Park Project. Guests should feel prepared to ask questions to meeting moderators. City of Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group for adults learning English. Meets every Monday at regular time. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8:30 p.m. 703-2485034.

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up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. The incomparable Ted van Griethuysen stars in Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). 8 p.m. $75.

“The Wizard of Oz.” Bring your imagination and get swept away to the wonderful Land of Oz as Creative Cauldron tackles one of the most iconic musicals of all time. All your favorite characters, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, will be brought to life by talented local professionals. They will be joined by an ensemble cast drawn from our new Professional Musical Theater Workshop. Enjoy all of those memorable songs from the MGM classic (Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain/A Heart/The Nerve and We’re Off to See The Wizard) that have made this show an American treasure. Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church) 7:30 p.m. $30.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The icon. His traitor. The most famous story ever told. Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s stunning award-winning rock opera in a sleek, modern, environmental production. With the legendary songs “What’s the Buzz,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright” and the title song, Joe Calarco (Gypsy) directs this dazzling and fiery epic of celebrity, passion, guilt and salvation. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $74. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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The Thrillbilly’s. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 Andrew Acosta. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Shovels & Ropes. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $30 – $55. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Casey Abrams Trio, Osama Malik. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $22. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Revelator Hill with the Jonathan Sloane Band. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340. Jarabe de Palo. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $42 – $52. 8 p.m. 703237-0300. Cactus Liquors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. The Days. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY SATURDAY, JUNE 174 40 Dollar 17 Fine. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Sounds of Summer Tour: Slightly Stoopid, Iration, J Boog, The Movement. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $35 – $55. 6 p.m. 703-255-1900. Mark and Dan. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283.

Kara & Matty D. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.

Wolf Trap Pop-Up Concert: Philip Glass – The Fall of the House of Usher with Wolf Trap Opera & Halcyon Stage. Dock 5 at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, Washington D.C.). $40. 8:30 p.m. 703-255-1900.

Joan Shelley + Jake Xerxes Fussell. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Jeff Buckley Tribute. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340.



SLIGHTLY STOOPID will be at Wolf Trap in Vienna this Saturday. (Photo: Santa Barbara Bowl) Wesley Stace & The English UK. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7 p.m. 703-2551566. Drumfish with Dennis for Mayer. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $15 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. Pride Night with Samwell. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-532-9283. Young Relics Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504. Summer Smash 2017: Irresponsible + Sir Alden & Suburban Snoop. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 10 p.m. 703-255-1566.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Brentwood Rockers. 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). 4:15 p.m. 703-241-9504. Reggae Sundae with Irits. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 5 p.m. 703-532-9283. Rosi Galan, Luke Mitchem. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Gary Brown & the Bushmasters. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY MONDAY, JUNE 196 Froggy Fresh Live Tour 2017: Brain Stew (Green Day tribute band) + Wrestle with Jimmy (Weezer Tribute). Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. The Bachelor Boys. Iota Club

& Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 90’s Night with Cathy and Andrew. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-5329283. Iota Jam. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 8 Up in Arms Puppet Show: Monster Intelligence. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $10. 10:30 a.m. 703-255-1900. Memphis Gold & Ms. Gold the Mojo Queen from Louisiana. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

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Got Corn? How to Use Up This Season’s Bounty BY MICHELLE STARK TAMPA BAY TIMES

There’s all the confusion about its identity, whether it’s a grain or a vegetable. The fuss over whether it’s nutritionally beneficial. The fact that it’s not easy to digest. And don’t get me started on high-fructose corn syrup, one of the most maligned ingredients of our time. But as we revel in the summer corn season, we’re sticking to one basic fact above the rest: Corn is delicious. Bursting with sweetness, corn may be best completely on its own, naked and nibbled straight from the cob, corny remnants stuck in your teeth for days. It can also bring a gentle flavor and appealing texture to a number of dishes, from soups both hot and cold to pasta to salads. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, let this most summery of ingredients help carry your celebratory food plan. Here are three recipes to get you started. CORN FETA WALNUT SALAD Beware the deceptive nature of this simple dish, a salad that doesn’t contain any actual greens.

It packs big flavor despite coming together in less than 10 minutes, pairing fresh corn (you can use either raw or cooked) with salty feta cheese, a jolt of tart lime and a spicy jalapeno kick. 1 cup walnuts 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears) 2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt Pepper ½ cup crumbled feta Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool and roughly chop. In a large bowl, combine the corn, jalapenos, lime juice, oil, walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with the feta before serving. Serves 6. Source: Real Simple

CHARRED CORN TOSTADAS It is a well-established fact among the people who know me best that I love corn tortillas. I understand why you may not; they tend to not have the elasticity or

pliability of flour tortillas, which can hold a lot of burrito fillings. But corn tortillas bring an element of flavor and freshness to the party, even the store-bought ones, which often contain fewer preservatives than their flour counterparts. Luckily, they also play into our theme this week. In this recipe, corn tortillas are topped with beans, onion, tomatoes and fresh corn, which gets charred slightly in a hot oven. 4 corn tortillas, homemade or store-bought Olive oil 2 ears corn 1 cup black beans ½ white onion, diced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced 2 medium tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges for serving Salt Pepper Cheddar cheese, grated Heat oven broiler to high. Place tortillas on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and set aside. Shuck corn from cob. Place the corn, beans, onion and jalapeno on

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a second rimmed baking sheet and broil in the oven for about 10 minutes. Flip a couple of times so that everything gets charred on all sides. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Turn oven off, then place tortillas in the still-hot oven and allow them to toast a bit. (You want them more on the crunchy side; cook at 350 degrees for 5 minutes if they’re not at this point when you’re ready to serve.) Meanwhile, dice the tomatoes, then add to bowl. Add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Remove tortillas from oven, then divide corn mixture among tortillas. Top with grated cheese, more cilantro and a sprinkling of salt. Serve with lime wedges. Serves 4. Source: Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times SOUTHWESTERN CORN SOUP WITH SHRIMP This is a recipe that can get by with frozen corn, but consider buying a handful of fresh ears. Simply shuck them, boil them in a large pot filled with water for about 30 minutes, then cut the

kernels from the cob, let them cool and use as directed in the recipe. The fresh factor will up this already refreshing chilled soup. 4 packages (10 ounces each) frozen corn kernels, thawed 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt 1 cup milk 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 or 3 limes) 1 teaspoon ground coriander Pinch cayenne, pepper 1 pound cooked frozen shrimp, thawed, roughly chopped, reserving 4 whole shrimp Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced In a blender, working in two batches, puree corn, yogurt, milk, lime juice, coriander and cayenne. Alternatively, place everything into a pot and use an immersion blender to blend. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Stir in chopped shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with tomatoes, avocado and reserved whole shrimp. Serves 4. Source: Everyday Food





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1. 1862 Civil War battle site 2. Comment that might come soon after "Mwah!" 3. Rise and shine 4. Cookie holders 5. "Oh, no!" 6. Org. with an annual list of top baby names 7. Jeweler's unit 8. Many a school benefactor 9. "Apocalypse Now" setting, familiarly 10. Container at a coffeehouse that might read "Thanks a latte!" 11. Moved to first class 12. Delta Delta Delta, e.g. 13. Paramount and Universal, e.g. 18. Cafeteria item 23. ____ snail's pace 25. Something clickable 26. Caribbean island that Columbus visited in 1493 27. Play after some snaps, in brief 29. Actor Cage, in tabloids 30. Michael of "Saturday Night Live" 32. Approves


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34. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama one week before Obama left the White House in 2017 35. Places abuzz with activity? 36. Actors Asner and O'Neill 37. Zilch 38. "Tight" NFL position 39. Language in which "safari" comes 43. Former telecom giant 44. Harry Potter's owl 45. Chaz ____, author of "The Story of How I Became a Man" 46. When many start the workday 47. Words on an Election Day sticker 48. Race for, as the finish line 50. Dessert with a hyphen 53. Modern journal 54. Alamuddin who clerked for Sonia Sotomayor before marrying George Clooney 57. "What can ____ to make it up to you?" 58. Cleverness 59. ____-Caps (candy)

53. First name in ice cream 54. Parts of décadas 55. Tyrannical Amin 56. She hopes you'll fill in this answer's circled letters or she'll cry "Ugh! I'm turning into my dad!" 60. Stan of Marvel Comics 61. Kelly Clarkson was the first one, informally 62. Captured, as fish 63. ____ and outs 64. Kind of boots popular in the '60s 65. "Holy ____!"

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U.S. Secretary of State Madeline K. Albright addressed the George Mason High School graduating class of 1997... Albright challenged the 130 members of GMHS graduating class to live lives “full of accomplishments” in “an era of constant and transforming change.”

The conversion of 230 residential condominiums from “for sale” to “for rent” units in the large-scale Pearson Square project will impact Falls Church taxpayers, new documentation from the F.C. City Hall has confirmed.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA is the infamous Winter Hill Bunny, who boldly hops her way around the neighborhood taking bites out people’s crops, like resident Babs Williams. Luckily, Williams let Bunny off with a warning because she’s just too precious. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

LENDING HER HAND to an aspiring performer is Masha (Connie Shabshab, left) to a young Nina (Lindsey Doane) while Spike (Ari Post, back left) and Masha’s brother, Vanya (Christian Faulkner) look on with skepticism. (Photo: Chris Gertzog/Providence Players)

Providence Players End 19th Season with ‘Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike’ Saturday by Patricia Leslie

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It’s no wonder that “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won the Tony for Best Play in 2013. It’s a marvelous choice for the last show of this season’s productions by the Providence Players of Fairfax who present the (strictly) adult family comedy laced with seriousness, too. Imagine three middle-aged siblings who don’t always get along, and until the first coffee cup is thrown on the pot, the dialogue is dull like a decaffeinated morning brew.

Two characters are recluses. A brother, Vanya (Christian Faulkner) and sister, Sonia (Jayne Victor) have whittled their lives away taking care of ill parents (now deceased) in a house bought and paid for by their movie star sister, Masha (Connie Shabshab). Masha’s gone on to bigger and better things and isn’t afraid to remind her siblings. That includes five former husbands and her latest addition to that collection who arrives with her for a visit home – Spike (Ari Post), a 20-something who loves to show off his physical prowess, gallivanting around the stage half-naked like a frog on

espresso. Meanwhile, dour and negative Sonia (who in real life is the Players’ board president) sinks into the brown chair which amplifies her personality but also conceals the quiet rage underneath. Jimmy Gertzog’s directing skills are impressive as he fleshes out each characters personality with a deft touch. From Masha’s flamboyant Hollywood style to Sonia’s melancholy attitude and spite for her sister and finally to Vanya’s repressed angst at a world that’s moving too fast for him, all the characters are lumped together in a believable adhesion.

The supporting cast adds their own flair to the mix. There’s the hilarious housemaid Cassandra (Rachel Arling Samson), whose every appearance draws bigger laughs with her voodoo practices, her ability to accurately predict the future and her Greek aphorisms. And the lovely Nina (Lindsey Doane), an enthusiastic, vibrant, happy young woman who simultaneously enchants Spike and angers Masha. The play comes to a climax at a costume party toward the end. Without giving away any spoilers, the family drama intensifies due to a surprise news announcement and leaves all three siblings at odds with one another before, organically, reaching a resolution. The crowded set by John Coscia (also the producer) took some time to put together, with its living room and kitchen flooded with knick knacks, pictures covering about every surface and old furniture to match the characters. (I kept wishing someone would open the window curtain to reveal something green and refreshing outdoors, but that would have been too healthy.) Robey Manno and Ariana Colligan are the prop masters, and Andra Whitt and Craig Geoffrion assisted Coscia. Applause to Roxanne Waite

for her costumes for Sonia (in browns), the delicate Nina, swooping Masha and the others. For those unfamiliar with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, do not be intimidated by this play which features his titles, names and theatrical elements. They’re skillfully woven into the script by Christopher Durang so that all can enjoy a good time in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which but could be Anywhere, U.S.A. Even, Falls Church. Other key crew members include Chip Gertzog, stage manager; Sarah Mournighan, lighting and projection design; Beth Harrison, hair and makeup; and Jason Hamrick and Nicolas Queyrane, technical crew. Last performances are this weekend, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online (no added fee) at, or reserve by email at or phone 703-4256782. Adults ($20), students and seniors (62+), $17. Shows take place at the James Lee Community Center Theater (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). The show lasts about two and a half hours (though it seems much shorter) with one brief intermission.



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