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Fairfax County Police are investigating a threat directed at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church this week after a message was found in a student bathroom warning of an upcoming shooting. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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F.C. Council to Choose 3 Finalists for 10 Commercial Acres This Monday

Chosen Will Then Reply to More Detailed Asks

A real estate consultant retained for an independent evaluation of components of the proposed Founder’s Row development says the developer’s claims about its plans are right on, and that the project could be considered unique.



ern parts of the county from McLean into Loudoun County, where Democrats are targeting incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock for defeat. Six Democratic candidates are vying for their party’s nomination in that race, but the heavy favorite is State Sen. Jennifer Wexton of Loudoun, endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam. The GOP candidates on the tiny ballot in Falls Church for the

The special bid evaluation group of Falls Church leaders completed by last Friday an arduous and detailed review of the submissions from six highly qualified prospective developers of the 10-acre commercial use parcel of the West End Project. The group made their recommendations for trimming the finalists to three to the Falls Church City Council in a closed session last Monday night. Monday’s meeting marked one of the first times the Council has gone behind closed doors and out of the public’s eye since it began the latest effort to put together the best teams for the construction of a new high school and the highest and best use of the commercial site. But obviously it was because proprietary information having to do with dollars and cents was included in the conversation. Still, original plans to emerge from that meeting and open the process for a Council vote on the evaluation group’s recommendations was delayed to this coming Monday. So, the suspense continues. The announcement of the group’s recommendations for a top three will be made Monday and an open debate among Council members and their vote on the final three will come at that time. According to News-Press sources, the process has been intense and time consuming for all involved, with criteria provided by the City’s consultants, Alvarez and Marsal, for purposes of making evaluations being detailed and extensive.

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There are dishonest individuals of every political persuasion, but if you’re looking for systematic gaslighting, insistence that up is down and black is white, you’ll find it disproportionately on one side of the political spectrum. SEE PAGE 14

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After suffering its first loss of the season against Robert E. Lee in the regional title game, George Mason High’s boys soccer team will look for revenge against the Leemen this Friday in the state tournament. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 16

HEARING CORY WEISS (far left), chair of the Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council, at a City Council work session Monday night are (left to right) City consultant Bob Wolfe, Ted Risher of Alvarez and Marsal, Lee Goldstein, City’s project manager of the West End Development project, Jim Wise, the City’s procurement of�icer, and City Attorney Carol McCoskrie. (P����: N���-P����)

Top Dems Descend on Little City This Weekend in Charged Election Year BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON



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It may seem a bit counterintuitive that on the eve of a June 12 primary in the City of Falls Church in which only Republicans are on a very small ballot, leading Democrats are flocking to the City this weekend. But while it’s more coincidental than anything else, it’s a tribute to the extent that Democrats have dominated the political landscape in the Little City for many years.

Tuesday, the lone race that will appear on ballot for those who chose to vote will be three Republican challengers seeking their party’s nomination to run against incumbent U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in the November general election. Kaine tops the list of Democrats due here this Sunday. In neighboring Fairfax County there are other races on the ballot, most importantly the Democratic primary in the 10th Congressional District, running across the north-

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On January 19, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion” or “Company”) filed an application (“Application”) with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) pursuant to § 56-585.1:3 of the Code of Virginia (“Code”) and Rule 80 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Commission (“Rules of Practice”) for approval to establish a Virginia Community Solar Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”), including a new voluntary companion tariff, designated Rider VCS – Virginia Community Solar Pilot Program (“Rider VCS”). On May 4, 2018, Dominion filed an amended Application (“Amended Application”) that updated and corrected pricing information submitted in its initial Application. Code § 56-585.1:3 requires each investor-owned utility, including Dominion, to design and conduct a community solar pilot program, and to make subscriptions for participation in its pilot program available to retail customers on a voluntary basis within six months of receiving Commission approval. The Application states that pursuant to such a community solar pilot program, “participating retail customers may voluntarily elect to purchase the ‘net electrical output’ of new solar generating facilities located in communities throughout the Company’s Virginia service territory…under Rider VCS.” Code § 56-585.1:3 provides that the Commission shall approve the recovery of the Pilot Program costs that the Commission deems to be reasonable and prudent. This Code section also requires Commission approval of the Pilot Program design, the voluntary companion rate schedule (i.e., Rider VCS), and the portfolio of participating generating facilities (referred to herein as the “Community Solar Portfolio” or “Portfolio”), pursuant to specific requirements in Code § 56-585.1:3 regarding the Request for Proposal (“RFP”) criteria and selection process, the minimum and maximum generating capacities of the Community Solar Portfolio, and Pilot Program duration. Dominion states in the Application that, using the RFP process prescribed by Code § 56-585.1:3, “the Company solicited power purchase agreements (‘PPAs’) to be executed with eligible solar generating facilities that provide the Company the exclusive right to 100% of the net electrical output that these facilities dedicate to the Pilot Program.” The Company selected five winning proposals and four alternate proposals from facilities that qualify as “eligible generation facilities,” as defined in Code § 56 585.1:3 A, and which total ten megawatts (“MW”) of new solar photovoltaic capacity, consistent with Code § 56-585.1:3. Dominion states that the selected PPA projects, which constitute the Company’s Community Solar Portfolio, are located within the Company’s service territory and will be interconnected to the Company’s distribution system. Dominion further states that it expects to execute final PPAs with these developers in the near future. According to the Company, “the spirit and intent of the community solar legislation” is to include, to the extent possible, small eligible generating facilities with a generating capacity of less than 0.5 MW. The smallest project bidder in response to the Company’s RFP was 625 kilowatts (“kW”). Accordingly, on January 19, 2018, the Company issued a second RFP tailored specifically to seek small projects less than 500 kW in size. The Company states that based on the responses, the Company may select one or more projects that qualify as small eligible generating facilities for inclusion in its Community Solar Portfolio, which the Commission is being asked to approve. According to the Application, the proposed pricing for the three-year subscription-based Pilot Program is designed “to be attractive to qualifying customers looking for voluntary options to promote, support, and purchase community solar.” The Pilot Program is available to all retail customers – those customers taking service on the Company’s Rate Schedules 1, 1P, 1S, 1T, DP-R, 1EV, 5, 5C, 5P, 6, 6TS, 10, 25, 27, 28, 29, GS-1, DP-1, GS-2, GS-2T, DP-2, GS-3, SCR-GS-3, MBR-GS-3, GS-4, SCR-GS-4, and MBR-GS-4, as well as Special Contracts approved by the Commission pursuant to Code § 56-235.2 – in two subscription options. Participants may subscribe by purchasing 100 kilowatt-hours (“kWh”) blocks (each constituting one “VCS Block”) of community solar on a monthly (or billing period) basis, for an annually-updated fixed price. Alternatively, participants, with the exception of “Large Non-residential Customers,” may subscribe by purchasing community solar to match 100% of their monthly (or billing period) usage in kWh for an annually-updated fixed price per kWh. In order to allow for broader community participation in the Pilot Program, the Company proposes the following maximum subscription allotments for eligible customers who subscribe by purchasing VCS blocks: (1) residential customers will be limited to five whole VCS Blocks per billing cycle, and (2) non-residential customers will be limited to ten whole VCS Blocks per billing cycle. If the 100% match option is not selected, participating customers must subscribe to a minimum of one whole VCS Block per billing cycle, and customers may change their subscription level once per year, subject to availability. The Company states that it will make every effort to ensure the subscribed amount of community solar does not exceed the projected output of the Portfolio. If the Portfolio’s net electrical output is not sufficient to meet participating customers’ subscriptions on an annual basis, the Company will supplement the Portfolio with solar Renewable Energy Certificates (“RECs”). There is no application fee to subscribe to Rider VCS. The Company states that because Rider VCS is designed as a voluntary companion tariff to the participating customer’s Principal Tariff (i.e. the rate schedule on which the customer takes service from the Company), the customer’s billing statement will be largely unchanged, with the exception of a new line item – the “VCS Net Rate.” The VCS Net Rate (in cents per kWh) will be calculated based on the participating customer’s actual billed usage during each billing period, capped at the customer’s subscription level. A participating customer’s energy usage that exceeds the amount subscribed for under Rider VCS will be billed under the Principal Tariff for the customer’s account. The VCS Net Rate includes the cost of the Pilot Program (“VCS Charge”) and a proportional credit for the market value of power equal to the net electrical output generated, as well as the capacity provided, by the Community Solar Portfolio (“VCS Adjustment”). The Company states that the proposed VCS Charge includes (i) purchased power costs, which are based on PPA prices for solar energy, capacity, and Environmental Attributes; (ii) RFP costs; (iii) marketing charges; (iv) customer service costs; and (v) a reasonable margin based on purchased power costs. The VCS Adjustment will include a forecasted energy credit and a credit based on the market value of the capacity provided by the Community Solar Portfolio. The Company proposes to reset the VCS Adjustment annually, with 90 days’ advance notice to existing and prospective Pilot Program customers, using forecasting methods for PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”) energy and capacity prices consistent with those used in the Company’s annual fuel filing. Accordingly, Rider VCS customers will be able to lock in to the VCS Net Rate annually. Through its Amended Application, the Company now proposes a fixed price of 6.42¢ per kWh for the VCS Charge. The VCS Adjustment may fluctuate annually, but the Amended Application states that based on current energy credit forecasts, the Company believes the VCS Net Rate will be approximately 2.01¢ per kWh in the first year of the Pilot Program, if approved. The Company states that the generating resources in the Portfolio will act as load reducers in PJM and, accordingly, all generation from those resources will lower purchased power costs recovered through the Company’s fuel factor. To ensure that Rider VCS customers receive the benefit and non-participating customers remain neutral to Rider VCS, the Company plans to make a Rider VCS energy adjustment to the Company’s fuel factor. For the same reason, a capacity adjustment will be made in the Company’s future cost-of-service studies because the generation from the Portfolio’s resources will reduce the amount of capacity that the Company must purchase in PJM. As required by Code § 56-585.1:3 B 7, the Company will retire the RECs and other environmental attributes associated with the resources used to serve customers on Rider VCS. The Company will make Rider VCS subscriptions available within six months of Commission approval of the Pilot Program; however, the Company states that participating customer subscriptions will not become effective until one or more Community Solar Portfolio sites begin to generate renewable energy. Subscribing customers will be subject to a minimum one year term. After the initial one-year term, Rider VCS customers may terminate service under Rider VCS with 30 days’ notice to the Company. Dominion asserts that its Community Solar Pilot Program, including Rider VCS, is in the public interest, as the Pilot Program is consistent with the requirements of Code § 56-585.1:3, which states: The participation of retail customers in a [community solar pilot program] administered by a participating utility in the Commonwealth is in the public interest. Voluntary companion rate schedules approved by the Commission pursuant to this section are necessary in order to acquire information which is in the furtherance of the public interest. The Company asserts, among other things, that the Pilot Program is also in the public interest because it will (i) enhance fuel diversification across the Company’s generation portfolio; (ii) provide environmental benefits; (iii) provide economic benefits; (iv) further the General Assembly’s stated goals of promoting solar energy through distributed energy generation; and (v) support the objectives of the Commonwealth Energy Policy set forth at Code §§ 67-101, et seq. The Company further asserts that Rider VCS and its cost recovery method are reasonable and prudent because (i) the Rider VCS Charge will be designed to recover the Company’s expected actual costs to serve each participating customer under the Pilot Program; (ii) the VCS Adjustment will be market-based and reset annually to maintain consistency with then-current market conditions; (iii) non-participating customers will not be required to pay for, or subsidize, the costs to serve participating customers with community solar; and (iv) Rider VCS is voluntary. Interested persons are encouraged to review the Application, Amended Application, and supporting documents for further details of the Company’s proposals. The Company’s Amended Application and the Amended Order for Notice and Comment that the Commission entered in this case, are available for public inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company’s business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Lisa S. Booth, Esquire, Dominion Energy Services, Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, Riverside 2, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the Amended Application and the public version of all documents filed in this case also are available for interested persons to review in the Commission’s Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission’s website: On or before July 10, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s Amended Application shall file written comments on the Application with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before July 10, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: Compact discs or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00009. On or before July 10, 2018, any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in this proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participation. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice, any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00009. On or before July 10, 2018, any interested person may file a written request for a hearing. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the hearing request shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above, and the interested person simultaneously shall serve a copy of the hearing request on counsel to the Company at the address set forth above. All requests for a hearing shall refer to Case No. PUR 2018-00009. All documents filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requirements of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. The Commission’s Rules of Practice may be viewed at A printed copy of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission’s Amended Order for Notice and Comment in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above.


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chance to run against Kaine are Corey Stewart, Nick Freitas and E. W. Jackson, none of whom is given good odds of defeating the incumbent. The big news in Falls Church this weekend is the full court press of Democratic elected officials due here on Sunday, June 10, at the local Democratic committee’s annual potluck that will include Sen. Kaine, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer who is running unopposed this year, State Sen. Dick Saslaw and State Del. Marcus Simon, all of whom represent Falls Church in their respective legislative bodies. The Falls Church event is unique among comparables in the region for being a potluck in the City’s modest community center rather than a “rubber chicken” sit down gala event at a big hotel. The food, the politicians who attend Falls Church potlucks always say, is far better here for that reason. Also, the City’s Commissioner of the Revenue

Tom Clinton always personally commandeering the libations table is a plus. But the event is being highly anticipated for the display of high energy and enthusiasm due to Democrats’ gains in the state legislature this spring — most significantly their successful effort, at last, to extend Medicaid coverage to another 400,000 Virginians under the federal Affordable Care Act — and expectations of making major gains in the U.S. Congress this year and other major challenges to President Trump going forward. Del. Simon, in an exclusive interview with the News-Press this week said he doesn’t think the enthusiasm among Democrats has waned since the election last fall when the more modest predictions of him and others were dashed by a veritable Democratic tidal wave that almost swept the Republicans out of control of the House of Delegates in Richmond, and led the way to the historic adoption of Medicaid benefits for 400,000 after five years of frustration this

LO CA L spring. Simon said he saw the signs of that Democratic tsunami, but doubted his senses, saying to himself if couldn’t be that strong. So, he believed it when commentators were saying that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Northam was “blowing it” in his race. But Northam wound up winning handily. Therefore, this time, Simon’s guarding against that self-doubting tendency and saying he expects major gains by Democrats all across the U.S., including in Virginia, where not only Rep. Comstock, but other Republicans are at risk of being run out of office this fall. He cited as “flippable” the cases of the Freedom Caucus’ Rep. David Brat in the 7th District north of Richmond, Rep. Scott Taylor in the 2nd District in Virginia Beach, and the 5th District in central Virginia that includes the progressive enclave of Charlottesville where the incumbent Republican congressman Tom Garrett recently announced he would not seek reelection in the wake of a scandal and the GOP rushed into a five-hour meeting last weekend to replace him with former air force intelligence officer Denver Riggleman. Simon is now predicting that

Greener Grass for the Lawn Care Enthusiast Want to be where the grass is always greener? Keep your lawn healthy while minimizing maintenance and protecting our streams and waterways. Grass needs food and water -- get it right and you'll have a healthy lawn, but overdo it and you'll waste water and send expensive fertilizer down the drain. Infrequent deep watering is best. Use a timer and a sprinkler or irrigation system before dawn to avoid evaporation and reduce the possibility of disease. Adjust sprinkler locations to suit the slope, shape, and absorption capacity of the lawn. At least once a month, adjust the timer as the weather changes. Get a soil test like the simple $10 test from Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) from the Master Gardeners table at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. For $40, they’ll do an on-site assessment and soil test for you – more info at Calculate lawn area and calibrate the spreader if the lawn needs treatment -it avoids overfeeding and fertilizer runoff. If applying fertilizer, brush or blow any stray pellets from the driveway and street back onto the grass. Do the same with stray clippings when you mow. This will make sure your grass gets the benefit and chemicals and grass clippings don’t contaminate your local streams and waterways. More at Avoid combined fertilizers and pesticides. Just as you don’t take medications you don’t need, don’t treat your lawn unless there’s a problem. Use the Master Gardeners table for free diagnosis and advice. Take photographs and samples and be ready to tell them about your current maintenance.


Democrats will win control of both the U.S. House and Senate in November. In comments to the NewsPress Tuesday night, former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, in the area to speak at a forum hosted by the Newseum, cautioned against the Democrats focusing on the prospect of impeaching the president, as it would run the risk of driving away many who might otherwise tend to support them. Frank said he agreed with the position of Sen. Kaine who voted with the majority recently to modify Franks’ landmark Dodd-Frank legislation to rein in the big banks in the wake of the financial meltdown of a decade ago. He said the changes were minor from the standpoint of the biggest banks, who nonetheless opposed the revisions just as they’d opposed the original bill. The revisions are limited to easing up some lending requirements for smaller banks to smaller customers, he said. Looking beyond this November’s election, Del. Simon said he’s also expecting the Democratic wave to continue into the next round of state legislative elections in 2019 because “Trump is the gift who just keeps on giving.”

“We keep waiting for him to figure it out and start acting like a traditional political leader, but it now appears he’s incapable of that,” Simon said. So, with the prospect of Democratic majorities in Richmond, Simon said the biggest challenge will be how to rule effectively. As an example, he said, on issues like whether the minimum wage should be increased to $15 an hour, it will be whether that should be done all at once, or by phases. He said that he is looking forward to raising his profile among his colleagues there to play a greater leadership role. That is his only ambition for now, he said. Then, as for 2020, he said he likes the idea of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe throwing his hat in the ring for president. “He’s not a traditional politician, and if you are looking for someone to go toe-to-toe with Trump, he’s your guy.” He said he thinks that former Vice President Biden might not have the energy to run effectively, and he also likes Sen. Kamala Harris of California. As for Rep. Frank, he says it’s too soon to make any such projections, but as for someone he hopes won’t run, he quipped, “Bernie Sanders.”

Greener Grass for the Lawn Care CHAIR Enthusiast Having a beautiful lawn can take a lot of effort. If testing, measuring, calculating, watering, feeding, and mowing sounds like too much work to maintain your dog’s bathroom, here are some ways to make it easy on yourself: Have less lawn. Trees and other plants generally need less maintenance than grass and can help you manage water flow on the property. Learn about the City’s new RainSmart grants to help with water management landscaping costs at Cut it long. Most grasses can be maintained at 3” high, so adjust your mower accordingly. Short grass is more susceptible to weed invasion and drought, especially in the summer. Allow the lawn to grow one inch longer again before mowing. Use a mulching lawn mower. Leaving clippings on your lawn returns nutrients to the soil and improves its ability to absorb and hold moisture. And it's less work! Add flowers. Sow clover seed in your lawn for a beautiful sprinkling of white in the green and a natural source of nitrogen that reduces fertilizer needs. Use an electric lawnmower. Cut down on soil and air pollution around your home by using an electric lawnmower. Make the lawn small enough and you could even get in your steps with a people-powered push reel mower. Pick up after your pooch. Don’t leave the dog’s doings on the lawn – bag it and bin it. They’ll burn the grass and the remnants will get washed into our streams when it rains. And anyway it’s gross – bacteria, disease, smells. Yuck!

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Tinner Hill Blues Festival Finale Covers How Music Spurs Change by Adam Rosenfeld

Falls Church News-Press

This weekend’s Tinner Hill Blues Festival will cap off its three-day celebration a bit differently from years past, this time with its first-ever “Social Justice Sunday,” a day of discussion with civil rights icons and members of the Washington, D.C. community. To wrap up the weekend, the event titled, “A Message in the Music,” will examine how music is intertwined with and can inspire social change. “The music is a hook; it’s a universal language,” Nikki Graves Henderson, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation’s history program director, said. “Music stimulates emotion in a way that a conversation can’t.” Most emblematic of this idea is blues icon and event speaker Daryl Davis. While touring the country, his music created an avenue for dialogue on broader cultural issues. His music’s reach paved the way for him to success-

fully convince 200 KKK members to leave the group. Davis now travels the world lecturing on how music can affect social justice. Running from 1 – 5:30 p.m. and moderated by Dr. Dwan Reece, curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the event will include speakers, social justice showcases and various workshops spread out throughout Cherry Hill Park. This is the first event being organized by the Social Justice Committee of Falls Church & Vicinity, a local activist group. The committee, which was first started in response to the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, is using this platform to bring people of different ethnicities, religions and cultures together through music. It might seem like an unconventional ending to a concertfilled weekend, but Graves Henderson, a founding member of the committee, said that this gives attendees a unique forum in which to understand the theme of the weekend.

“Normally the weekend ends with a gospel concert,” Graves Henderson said. “But we decided to work with Tinner Hill and use this Sunday to look at the role music has played in social justice, and it was a match made in heaven.” Following the weekend of festivities, one goal of the final program is to create a dialogue surrounding race in the community. This fits into the mission of the Tinner Hill Foundation which seeks to educate the public on African-American history and promote the importance of respect and unity. “We feel that it’s possible and necessary in our community to talk about race publicly, safely, respectfully,” Gerson Sher, a member of the committee said. “And we feel that this will have a deep and lasting impact on the quality of the community.” The musicians and speakers alike will be presenting how they feel music plays an integral role in societal change. Chicago-native Davis said that

MUSICIAN DARYL DAVIS has persuaded over 200 Ku Klux Klan members to leave the hate group. Davis will be speaking at the “A Message in Music” event this Sunday. (Photo: Courtesy Daryl Davis) one of his missions now is to make sure that music programs stay in school curricula. “Whenever the economy tanks or the budget gets crunched, the first thing in schools that get cut are the arts,” Davis said. “But, we need the arts and having a music program is a necessity.” By the end of the weekend, Davis said that he hopes people will leave with the belief that music is a tool that can bring people together. “I want people to take away

that we have a lot more in common than we realize and music is one of those unifiers, Davis said. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it is definitely a unifier.” This is one of many upcoming events that the Social Justice Committee will be organizing, and the group hopes to grow in size by fostering meaningful relationships within the community. Admission to the event is $1 or free with a festival wristband and will take place in Cherry Hill Park at 312 Park Ave., Falls Church.


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In F.C., Make Growth Personal

Falls Church Mayor David Tarter once again cautioned his colleagues on the Falls Church City Council that he didn’t have any inside information, but that he felt it was important to underscore the fact that if either or both — Amazon and/or Apple — chose Northern Virginia for new secondary headquarter digs, one promising it will bring 50,000 new jobs and the other 20,000, then the spillover benefits to the City could be one the magnitude of something we’ve barely dreamed about. Well folks, get dreaming! The reaction to the mega-development that is already going on all around us, mostly but not limited to next door Tysons (“America’s Next Great City” now its brand), should not be to recoil in fear and loathing. It is in the nature of urban development all around the globe now to see growth and densities that are downright breathtaking: tall, tall buildings, blindingly fast transit, and staggering population growth. Clearly, we are smack in the middle of such a phenomenon going up right around us. The key is to be able to manage it, and keep it real. Here, the City of Falls Church being a manageable-sized jurisdiction offers an almost ridiculously efficient and accessible access to public decision-making opportunity. Everyone with a stake in the Little City (we’re growing to like that slogan better and better as everything else is getting bigger and bigger) has an amazingly efficient say-so, with the only condition being that their ideas are good ones. Among the many ways in which Falls Church ranks as the best in the U.S. in this or that, don’t forget the intelligence of the population, measured imperfectly as the second-highest percentage of adults with advanced college degrees of any jurisdiction in the U.S. This means we’re capable of making good choices, smart decisions that are in the true public interest. There’s a lot less chance here that big money, cloaked corporate greed-mongers will get away with the kind of scams and deceptions that they can when they presume no one with eyes to see is paying attention. It can happen, but it shouldn’t, not if the public remains attentive. And if something foul is uncovered, there are a myriad of officials just a phone call, an email or a door knock away. So, don’t stand off and hurl epithets about over-development and such. Not here. Get to a meeting, write a letter, engage, talk with your neighbors. Here are the parameters, as we see them: you are not going to stop growth, but you can make sure it never loses its human touch and purpose. You can make sure it sees and respects the needs of our kids, our pets, our love of the world in which we live. In Falls Church, we can make sure that development is not just to line the pockets of the one-percent, but serves all of our needs. This we can do.


Gross Should Listen to Citizens Regarding STLs

Editor, As the debate in Fairfax County over legalizing short-term lodging rages on, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross has cast her ballot in favor. In her News-Press News of Greater Falls Church column last week, Gross noted that the debate has ranged from allowing unlimited short-term lodgings (STL) to continuing the county’s current prohibition barring STL operations. She concluded that the answer

lies somewhere in between, that is, allowing but regulating STLs. Gross has announced her vote to allow STLs without waiting for the Board of Supervisors hearing scheduled for June 19. On April 17, the Mason District Council of Community Associations held a community forum on the STL question. County staff described their proposed regulations, and citizens asked questions and offered opinions.


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Comments from the more than 60 citizens participating overwhelmingly opposed allowing STLs to operate. A fundamental concern was that regulations would not be able to control bad actors among STL hosts and their guests, including commercial STL operators. While STLs are illegal, they can be identified and shut down; bad actors have no protection under the law. Legalized, they could be shut down only where proven to be in violation of imprecise regulations; the law would provide bad actors generous protection. Hopefully, Gross will put her vote in favor of STLs back in her pocket and listen to the testimony of citizens in coming hearings. If

experiences in communities across the county are any indication, the decision on STLs will have wideranging effects on quality of life in Fairfax County residential neighborhoods. Clyde A. Miller Falls Church

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Could Falls Church be the Next Ellicott City? B� J���� W�������

The recent flooding and resulting damage in Ellicott City, Maryland, made headlines across the country. After seeing images of the devastation, it’s hard not to wonder, “Could this happen in my backyard?” As the City of The City of Falls Church’s stormwater engineer, I’m here to answer that question. Let’s first look at the history of flooding in Ellicott City, which dates back to 1768, a mere two-years after it was settled in 1766. There have been 15 major floods; 10 of them happening in the last decade, and two of which occurred in the last two years. The majority of these floods were caused by rising floodwaters of the Patapsco River — the very resource that made Ellicott City so attractive for the milling industry that once thrived there. The last two floods were caused by water overtopping the banks of nearby tributaries, an effect of upstream development and the intensity of the storms. The most recent storm on May 27 dropped approximately six inches of rain in just two hours. The last two storms are of particular interest to the City of Falls Church, because we could also encounter similar circumstances. If you lived in the City of Falls Church in September 2011, you might remember a four-day period when 6.5 inches of rain fell, with one of those days dropping three inches alone. The City predictably experienced flooding along the

floodplain corridors of Tripps Run and Four Mile Run, our tributaries to the Potomac River. There was also flooding in a few other surprising locations where our storm infrastructure was challenged to keep up. While that storm was significant, it was not

“ ‘Could this happen in my backyard?’ My answer: ‘Yes, but it is very unlikely.’ ” historic like what Ellicott City just experienced, or remotely like Hurricane Agnes that hit the region in 1972, which produced over 10 inches of rain in a single day. Much of Ellicott City’s and the City of Falls Church’s storm drains and pipe network predate today’s stormwater design standard of a 10-year storm. That means the storm event has a probability of occurring once every 10 years — doesn’t mean you couldn’t have two major storms days apart. A 10-year design storm is the industry standard because it is seen as a cost-effective way to manage stormwater. Nothing prohibits either city from designing new stormwater infrastructure to handle the magnitude of 100-year storms, but it would be outrageously expensive and underutilized most of the time.

So back to the original question: “Could this happen in my backyard?” My answer: “Yes, but it is very unlikely.” Meteorologists reported last month’s storm that flooded Ellicott City was a 1,000-year storm event, meaning that it has a 0.1 percent chance to occur in a given year. While highly unlikely, a storm of such intensity would also do serious damage in the City of Falls Church, or pretty much anywhere it occurred. Our infrastructure is simply not designed to manage stormwater runoff of that magnitude effectively. That said, our main street is not in danger of washing away as it is not in a floodplain like Ellicott City. Residences in and along the floodplain would likely experience the worst of the storm, but localized flooding in other areas of the City could also occur. For example, during the 2011 storm, the City had a handful of homes with flooded basements, road closures in the floodplain, and a few blocks of West Broad Street were reduced to two lanes of travel because the outside lanes had a river of rainwater flowing down them. To give you some context, that was only an 80-year storm event. Rest assured, the City of Falls Church has and continues to invest in maintaining and expanding storm infrastructure, enforce stormwater and floodplain regulations, and promote awareness. What I hope you take away from reading this article is an understanding of flood risk, and that you can make

a plan to mitigate that risk, especially if you live within flood-prone areas. Furthermore, I hope readers understand that you do not have to live in a floodplain to get flooded. Storm inlets and pipes get clogged during storm events and that can lead to flooding in places that have never had an issue before. The anticipated 100-year floodplain tends to get a lot of focus when storms of significant intensity pass over because these are the areas we know are prone to flooding. What many people may not know is that homes within the floodplain that have federally backed mortgages must pay expensive flood insurance. Fortunately, the City is one of only five Virginia communities where homeowners save 20 percent on insurance policies, thanks to our community’s flood risk rating with FEMA. Do you know if your property is in a 100-year floodplain? The City has an online map available for homeowners to look it up: The map provides a quick analysis on whether or not the floodplain is near your home. However, only a survey can certify if your home is within the floodplain. For more information feel free to contact me directly with any stormwater questions by calling 703-248-5026 (TTY 711), or sending an email to jwidstrom@fallschurchva. gov. Jason Widstrom is the City Engineer for the City of Falls Church.

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F.C. First Grader Makes Finals of Google Competition BY MATT DELANEY


An impromptu drawing a few months ago crescendoed into Sarah Gomez-Lane’s moment in the national spotlight as she’s been named a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google student competition. Gomez-Lane, a first grader at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, was selected for the top design in the K – 3rd grade age group for her “Dino Doodle,” which illustrates the competition’s theme this year of “What Inspires Me” by highlighting her interest in dinosaurs and paleontology. She will join the winners of four other age groups — who beat out over 180,000 submissions nationwide to crack the top five and receive a $5,000 college scholarship — at Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters on June 18 for the announcement of the competition’s winner. “We’re all just so happy for Sarah,” Sarah’s mother, Maria Lane, told the News-Press. “It’s very gratifying to see how one child’s inspiration and creativity can have a really exciting result in this national contest.” What may be even more thrill-

ing about Gomez-Lane’s progression through the competition is the serendipitous way she stumbled upon it. The heavy wind storms that swept through the Northern Virginia area in early March caused schools and the federal government to close, keeping both Lane and Gomez-Lane homebound for the day. While the family didn’t have power, they did have their phones, so they perused some of the Doodle 4 Google activities for students and came across the competition that encouraged children to express their inspiration through art. Along with the power outage, only one other obstacle laid in mother-daughter duo’s path: they had to finish the artwork by that night to meet the submission deadline. An eventful day ensued. “We worked on the activity through the course of the day, and as night fell Sarah was still coloring in the drawing she had done during the day,” Lane continued. “So we had to go to the Applebee’s on East Broad Street, and then when the power went out there, we went to the Elevation Burger on Washington Street in order for her to finish up her

PINE SPRINGS Elementary School �irst grader Sarah Gomez-Lane (right, white shirt) stands with her family next to the “Dino Doodle” that landed her a spot in the �inals of the national Doodle 4 Google student competition. (P����: M���� L���) drawing in time for us to send it late that night. It really was a lucky break, I don’t know if we would’ve had time for any of that had the power stayed on.” Gomez-Lane’s natural artistic gifts helped fulfill the opportunistic theme of the day. According to her mom, she’s always been creative and had an affinity for drawing and painting ever since she was a preschooler in Guatemala. Lane credits her fossil-loving

father for bestowing the paleontological passion in Gomez-Lane when the family spent last summer in Colorado, and Lane was pleasantly surprised at how well Gomez-Lane translated that inspiration into her “Dino Doodle.” The journey isn’t over yet. Friends and family are whiteknuckling their way through life up until June 18 arrives, but Gomez-Lane is casually passing the time before the trip out west.

“I can’t stop thinking and talking about it,” Lane said with a chuckle. “But Sarah’s happy to move onto the next thing, she wants to keep doing her drawings and talk about the exciting things she’s doing at school, so she’s got her head in the right place.” According to Lane, her daughter is more pumped about reuniting with siblings and cousins on the west coast than the competition itself.

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Founder’s Row ‘Unique,’ Consultant Finds A real estate consultant retained by the City of Falls Church to do an independent evaluation of components of the proposed Founder’s Row 4.3 acre development in the City reported to the F.C. City Council at its work session Monday that the Mill Creek company’s claims about its plans are right on, and that the project could be considered unique. Eric Smart, managing principal at Bolen Smart Associates, told the Council that the plan for the northeast corner of W. Broad and N. West Streets, noted that the movie theater complex planned for the site “distinguishes it from the others” and that substituting age-restricted (55 and up) housing for a hotel should not diminish the vitality that the site can provide. In the closed session of the Council Monday he was expected to provide info on specific lease terms and conditions, and his evaluations. The Council will act on a request for a preliminary OK on new terms of the plan Monday, with a referral of them to boards and commissions.

Police Investigating Shooting Threat Made at Stuart High Fairfax County Police reported that they are investigating a school shooting threat directed at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church this week. The threat, which reads “School shooting on Friday 8th of June. Prepare to Die,” was originally disseminated over social media. The threat was written in pencil and was discovered during the school hours on Tuesday, June 5 inside a student bathroom on a paper towel dispenser. The account tagged in the photo is that of Stuart principal, Penny Gros. According to Fairfax police, they are currently working to identify the person who made the threat. Police report that they cannot validate the threat until a suspect is identified. In response to the threat, officials report additional officers will be stationed at Stuart this Friday. Police encourage anyone with information about the threat to share it with either school officials or the police.

VDOT Work Begins on Rosslyn Walk, Bikeability Work is underway on a project to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as provide additional traffic management and street beautification in the Rosslyn section of downtown Arlington. The Virginia Department of Transportation improvements, in cooperation with Arlington County, are along North Lynn Street (Route 29) between northbound Lee Highway and southbound Lee Highway and along Lee Highway from North Lynn Street to North Oak Street. North Lynn Street improvements will include wider sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improved curb ramps, upgraded traffic signals, a new bike lane, decorative lighting and landscaping. Along southbound Lee Highway, the multi-use Martha Custis Trail will be widened to 16 feet and shifted away from the travel lanes. The work will also include improvements to intersections at southbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street (Route 29), Fort Myer Drive, North Nash Street and North Oak Street, as well as North Lynn Street and northbound Lee Highway. Arlington’s public art installation “Corridor of Light” will also be incorporated, with prominent elements at each of the four corners of the North Lynn Street bridge over I-66.

Warner Bill to Require Congressional OK Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker (R-TN) and a half dozen others from both parties to introduce legislation that would require the White House to seek Congressional approval before issuing tariffs designated in the interest of national security. This authority was originally granted to the President by Congress under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and is a tool that has only rarely been used to restrict foreign imports. President Trump has used this provision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs that target imports from some of the United States’ closest allies like Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. As a result, businesses that make products containing these materials expect to see increased production costs that will likely mean higher prices for Virginia consumers. In addition, some of these countries have announced they plan to impose retaliatory tariffs on key Virginia agricultural exports.

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Community News & Notes F.C.’s James Fernando Releases Debut Album Falls Church resident James Fernando released an album this week along with bandmate and Toronto-based musician Mingjia Chen. The album titled “Extended Layover” debuted on May 27 and marks his first release as a pianist and composer after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2017. “Extended Layover” is currently available for purchase on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

Senior-Focused Nonprofit Wins Statewide Award The Commonwealth Council on Aging presented its top Best Practices Award to Rebuilding

Together Arlington/Fairfax/ Falls Church for demonstrating the effectiveness of simple, low-cost repairs to correct health and safety hazards in low-income seniors’ homes. Dr. Richard Lindsay, Chair of the Council on Aging Best Practices Committee, presented this competitive award, which comes with a $5,000 prize funded by Dominion Energy. Rebuilding Together (RT) Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church is a nonprofit organization that makes critical home repairs at no charge to low-income homeowners. Its new delivery system called Rebuilding Together Express focuses on small teams of skilled volunteers making targeted repairs to help seniors age in place. Seventy-five RT Express projects delivered over the past

two years by teams of up to five skilled volunteers corrected 93 percent of fall hazards and 90 percent of all hazards through half-day projects – at a cost of about $500 per home for materials. Residents are encouraged to contact Patti Klein, Executive Director, for additional information at 571-933-6429 or pattik@

Local Artists Participate in Upcoming Plein Air Festival Artists will compete to win over $5,000 in prizes at the Plein Air Festival on Saturday, June 16. Participating artists’ works will be on display at the Falls Church Farmers Market on the City Hall grounds at 10 a.m. Award-winning artist Jill

CELEBRATING THE 7th Annual Blues Festival Juried Arts Exhibition (from left to right) artist John Maier, City of Falls Church Mayor David Tarter, Executive Director of Tinner Hill Nikki Henderson with her granddaughter, artist Irene Chambers, History Program Director of Tinner Hill Ed Henderson, artists Dave Curtis, Carolyn Jackson Sahni, Peter Corbino and Susan Blaik. The exhibit will be up for the month of June. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Gittins)

Banks will be in attendance capturing scenes outdoors for the “Scenes of the City.” The public is invited to vote for the People’s Choice award, and juror Bernard Dellario, president of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, will choose winners for the other prizes. Winners will be announced at noon. With several days remaining in the festival, area artists can still enter the Falls Church Arts competition. For information about the contest, go to

Pop Group Potomac Fever to Perform at Holy Trinity Potomac Fever, a 15-voice close-harmony pop group, will appear in concert in Falls Church

on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 7 p.m. The event is part of Concerts at Holy Trinity, a concert series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, (3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church). Potomac Fever is an outreach ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and will perform a program of a cappella pop music lasting one hour. Past appearances by the ensemble include Wolf Trap, The White House, the Lincoln Theatre and on WJLA-TV’s Good Morning Washington. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit or HolyTrinityFallsChurch or contact 703-532-6617 or office@ with any questions.

2 GAY PRIDE MONTH celebrations on the fringes of Falls Church were held last weekend, the second annual Rainbow Democrats Extravaganza at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City and (above) the first annual Reston Pride at the Unitarian Universalist Church fellowship hall where over 1,000 attended and drag icon Mama Celeste (right) ruled as the mistress of ceremonies. (Photo: News-Press)

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THE BAILEY’S CROSSROADS ROTARY CLUB was out in force at the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. At around 6:30 a.m., rotarians Dave Mercer, Don Wellen, Harry Henderson, Pat Borowski and Dave Borowski began to set up the club’s “Rotary Flags for Heroes” display outside Falls Church’s City Hall. The crew planted 42 flags. Club members donated $25 to plant a flag honoring their hero. Heroes could be service members, veterans, first responders or anyone they consider to be heroic. (P����: C������� D��� B�������)

Dulin Church Holds Annual Yard Sale

Chrysanthemum Society Holds Q & A discussion

Dulin United Methodist Church (513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) will be hosting its annual Yard sale on Saturday, June 9. There will be furniture, clothes, books, toys and more available for purchase, and residents can come support the church from 8 a.m. – noon.

Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will host a Q & A discussion this Sunday following a presentation on the “Preventive Measures for Coping with Common Garden Pests and Diseases.” Nikki Norton, Merrifield Garden Center’s Plant Specialist and Master of Horticulture will host the event beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center. (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). For more information, call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.

1st Stage Premieres Local Playwright’s Production In the upcoming production titled “Swimming with Whales” Owen, a typically urban 15-yearold boy, and his fisherman father clash until an unlikely and healing communion with an injured whale awakens in Owen a forgotten boyhood and connection with the sea. Bob Bartlett, the Washington, D.C. based playwright behind the production has previously had his works performed at the Kennedy Center and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is also a member of The Welders, a D.C. based playwrights collective. “Swimming with Whales” will play at 1st Stage Theatre (1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean) from May 31 – June 24 with tickets ranging from $15-33. For more information, visit 1ststagetheatre. org.

Ret. Colonel & Author to Speak at Rotary Club Author, Col. Wolfgang Samuel, U.S. Air Force Retired, will be the guest speaker at this tonight’s Falls Church Rotary Club dinner meeting at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd. Falls Church). Col. Samuel, author of “German Boy,” and several other books, will speak about survival as a boy during and shortly after WWII in Germany. During his 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force he flew in the Vietnam War and the Cold War, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross three times. Dinner costs $15 and visitors are welcome.

The Rotary Club of Falls Church is celebrating 66 years of community “Service Above Self” in 2018 and meets the first and third Thursday each month. For more information, visit

More Upcoming Events At One More Page Books One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington) is continuing to host events open to the public. The store will host the Belles and Brujas tour with Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Cordova and Sarah Nicole Lemon. Writing, magic, mountains and more will be discussed on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m., One More Page Books will welcome local author Michelle Neyland to discuss her new book, “A Nursing Love Poem,” capturing universal moments from birth to toddlerhood. On Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m., the store will hold a Young Adult Panel with Carrie DiRisio (“Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Characters (Almost) as Awesome as Me”) in conversation with local author Lindsay Smith (“Web of Frost”). DiRisio is best known for skewering the popular tropes surrounding male main characters in YA novels.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Senator Dick Saslaw’s

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

With the past weeks’ heavy rains, it’s hard to believe that summertime activities are just around the corner. Everything’s a bit soggy, but a few days of sunshine should return our parks and playgrounds to usable condition. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of summer programs, including free outdoor concerts at park venues almost every night. The popular Spotlight by Starlight concerts at Mason District Park begin on Sunday, June 17; the international concerts at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale begin on Saturday, June 16. The complete schedule of summer concert programs across the county can be found at The parks’ summer programs are but a few of the year-round activities in the Fairfax County park system. The “Great Parks, Great Communities” master plan report is the result of a lengthy process that engaged thousands of park users and non-users via surveys, open houses, focus groups, and stakeholder meetings. The Park Authority Board, composed of volunteers appointed by the Board of Supervisors, has fiduciary responsibility for the agency, and approved the system-wide Master Plan earlier this year. The Plan acknowledges the importance and value of parks and recreation. Indeed, 93 percent of respondents indicated that high quality parks, trails, recreation facilities, and services are important or extremely important to the quality of life in Fairfax County. At the same time, the Master Plan acknowledges changing needs and trends. Urbanization creates a need for new parks and recreation, especially as mixed-used development intersperses residential and commercial uses on smaller parcels. Demographic changes already are being addressed, as family and cultural gatherings demand use of larger spaces during a longer period of time. The traditional family

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picnic centered around a grill in the park has been replaced by an all-day affair with food trucks, catered meals, tents, and parking issues. By 2025, more than one quarter of Fairfax County residents will be 55 years of age or older, increasing the demand for more 50+ recreation, mid-day programs, and active living (walking, running, biking trails). Stewardship of our natural spaces also is a responsibility of the Park Authority, and an important need identified by stakeholders. Indeed, 57 percent of households said that preserving open space and environment was important; 60 percent said it was most important for the future of Fairfax County. But the condition of our parks also was noticed by respondents. When asked how they would spend $100 of Park Authority funds, the largest slice of funding ($30) would go to repair and maintain existing parks and infrastructure; another $22 would go to upgrading and maintaining existing park facilities. The report notes that, currently, the Park Authority has close to $200 million in deferred maintenance needs throughout the park system. More than one third of park structures are more than 40 years old; continuing to adequately maintain the park system will be challenging. The Master Plan presents a framework and related policies and goals that will guide the Park Authority to success during the next 10 years. Park Authority Chairman Bill Bouie notes that partnerships, programming, capital improvements, communications, and stewardship activities will be integral to that success. The entire report may be accessed on-line at S:11.5”

 Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at


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On May 30, the General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget bill that included Medicaid expansion for hundreds of thousands of Virginians in need of access to healthcare. This was a long-overdue legislative action, and helps lift the burden from those who often have to decide between managing a chronic illness or feeding a child in the home. In the last five years we have left billions of dollars behind for use by the 31 other states that have embraced the Affordable Care Act. This is a solid measure that brings back Virginia’s federal taxpayer dollars. Make no mistake about it, thousands of people in our region will benefit from Medicaid expansion. Nearly 11,000 individuals living in the 35th Senate District will be eligible to enroll in the program once it’s launched. You may know them — they are our working neighbors struggling to make ends meet. The working poor with revenue below 138 percent of the federal poverty level are eking out a living comparable to that in a third-world country. These people are not afraid of a work requirement as they are no stranger to hard work. Some are adult children with mental disabilities relying on their families to support them. Some are the elderly, young children, and disabled individuals who cannot work. In the biennial budget, two important issues in healthcare will also be addressed. We will be earmarking $84.3 million dollars for Community Behavioral Health Services. Steps will be taken to fund community service boards that continue to address opioid addiction. Additionally, there will be an appropriation to address the growing addicted population landing in our jails. The budget bill is hundreds of pages long but is a fiscallyresponsible, balanced, financial plan. Here are just a few of the highlights that I would like to bring to your attention. Maintaining our AAA bond rating, we have created a new reserve fund with a deposit of $247.4 million over three years beginning this fiscal year. We will contribute any surpluses from 2018 revenue to the Rainy Day Fund. These steps lay the foundation for a structurallybalanced budget. The budget headed to the Governor’s desk includes a critical and well-deserved three percent pay raise for teachers. We owe our educators more than a thank you note and that’s why I was so

insistent that this pay raise stay in the final budget bill. The final budget also includes pay raises for law enforcement personnel. They keep us safe in our homes and on the roads and should not have to live on food stamps because they are serving our communities. Additional funding will provide an increase in starting salaries for entry-level sheriff deputies and correction officers. Keeping our colleges and universities affordable and accessible remains my top priority. When we move money away from our colleges and universities, we put the dreams of Virginians at risk. In the next biennium we provide $29.2 million for undergraduate needbased financial aid. We also allocate $4 million over the two years for the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program as well as an additional $1.8 million for tuition assistance grants to students attending non-profit, private institutions in Virginia. Investing in public education at the earliest level is critical to the long-term success of our children. Over the biennium we will add $4.6 million to the Virginia Preschool initiative. There are appropriations to assist provisionally licensed preschool teachers obtain their degrees. There is a small appropriation to increase aid to local libraries for summer reading and STEAM programs. We continue to make strategic investments for an improved economy. Southwest and Southside Virginia continue to struggle as they retool. We will invest new resources into broadband statewide as well as funds for site development at the VA Economic Development Partnership. GO Virginia will see increased funding for the regional grant program. The Port of Virginia is a vital economic resource. To remain competitive, $20 million plus more than $300 million in bond proceeds will fund the deepening and widening of the Hampton Roads Harbor Channel. I have been a budget conferee for many years. This is the first time I could support a spending plan that was produced outside our usual and customary protocols. Putting Virginians first made more sense to me than clinging to the last gasps of resistance to the Affordable Care Act.  Senator Saslaw represents the 35th District in the Virginia State Senate. He may be emailed at


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

Arlington schools reached a pivot point May 31 on the angry issue of whether to rename Washington-Lee High School. As the last agenda item in an otherwise-routine four-hour school board meeting, staff formally presented proposed general guidance on selecting school names. Tacked on was language that many protesting W-L alumni feel seals the fate of their 93-yearold school moniker: “Robert E. Lee’s `principal legacy’ (i.e. the key activity, advocacy or accomplishment for which the individual is most known),” the proposal said, “was as general of the Confederate Army leading forces against the U.S. forces. This action does not reflect the APS mission, vision, and core values/beliefs.” The context in which that conclusion was reached is central, given that critics of changing the name are blasting away at a process they consider undemocratic. Spawned by the fatal racial clash in Charlottesville last August, Arlington schools’ ninemonth process was described by Linda Erdos, assistant superintendent for school and community relations. With planned new schools requiring names, current policy offered “little guidance,” the staff had concluded. But knowing the divisiveness of the W-L issue, APS consulted with the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. There followed focus groups at three high schools and with community members.

Surveys drew responses from 1,100 students, 915 community members and 700 staffers. The resulting committee comprised 19 teachers, administrators — all APS alums. That committee took as a model a Yale University policy used recently to remove the name of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a college. Erdos cited a petition to change the name containing 816 signatures (as of my writing) at Organizefor. org, versus fewer backing keeping the name on (now up to 695 signatures), and pointed to hundreds of school name changes over the years nationwide. The general guidance, which discusses geographical criteria and how long a namesake must be deceased, does not rule out schools named for plantations (Wakefield, Woodlawn) because, Erdos said, “Places don’t do cruel or unjust things, people do.” Change is difficult, she stressed, but the principle of “diversity in the people being served” by today’s schools should rule. Not good governance, argued opponents among W-L alumni, most of whom want a popular referendum. Dean Fleming, ‘75, cited nearly 3,600 in informal polls against change. They spoke first at a pre-meeting press conference at which Senate candidate Corey Stewart, parachuted in from Prince William County, called the name-change “rampant political correctness” and a “waste of resources.” Lynne Lilly, ’60, said a new name would make it tougher for seniors to apply to college. And Tom Hafer, ’66, accused

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Larceny from Building, 1000 blk Jennifer Ln, between May 16, 1:30 PM and May 29, 3:11 PM, packages were stolen from a door step. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd, #24 (Le Billiards), May 29, 8:34 PM, a male, 54, of Ashburn, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. Destruction of Property, 905 Park Ave (St. James Catholic Church), sometime between May 28 and 29, a statue was knocked over and broken and a sign was defaced. Hit and Run, 6795 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), May 31, between 3:30 and 4:15 PM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny from Vehicle, 301 W

JUNE 7 – 13, 2018 | PAGE 13 the board of “hypocrisy, deceit, ignorance and malfeasance” in a policy in which “it appears Yale students are more important than Arlington citizens.” The new guidance came just weeks after Washington and Lee University, after soul-searching, demoted Lee from “general” to “president” of the college. Board member Reid Goldstein confessed to some discomfort with the schedule of the board voting on the guidance on June 7, suggesting the need for “a bit more balance” in alerting the broader community to the debate. Others cautioned that might delay naming the new schools. “We promised a deliberative process that’s fully transparent and reflects our values, judged objectively,” said Chair Barbara Kanninen, calling the staff proposal a future model. “We’ve fulfilled our promise. We’re in a good place.” *** The tear-down bulldozers are headed for a familiar mansion at 3260 N. Ohio St., site of a famous annual flower display. More alarming, say activists in the Arlington Tree Action Group, is that the builders taking over from the deceased owner are planning to remove deep-rooted trees to make room for two homes. One in the front yard slated for the buzz saw is an award-winning dawn redwood that is one of Arlington’s champion trees. Builder Richmond Custom Homes did not respond to inquiries. The pro-tree activists are pressing the county to toughen its response from recommending to mandating its preservation. Broad St (Harris Teeter parking lot), June 1, between 8 and 8:30 AM, a Stihl chainsaw was stolen from the back of a pick-up truck. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #16 (Café Le Mirage), June 3, 12:03 AM, a male, 40, of Laurel, MD, was issued a summons for Smoking in a Restaurant. Drunk in Public, 100 blk E Annandale Rd, June 3, 1:07 PM, a male, 61, of no fixed address, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. OTHER May 30, 10:27 AM, a female, 23, of Fairfax, VA, was arrested by Fairfax PD on a Capias from Falls Church. Underlying charge was driving suspended. May 31, 2:21 PM, a male, 68, of no fixed address, was arrested by Fairfax County Sheriff’s office on a Capias from Falls Church. Underlying charge was Assault and Batter.

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That Late Night 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago last night, on June 6 just past midnight (PST) in Los Angeles’ legendary Ambassador Hotel, just blocks from the Brown Derby, after delivering his victory speech to a jammed ballroom a young Bobby Kennedy meandered through back kitchen areas offering his hand to working people employed in those places. He was basking in the amazing momentum from that day’s stunning California and Indiana Democratic primary upset victories, when a great cosmic injustice was perpetrated, and he was gunned down, wallowing in his own blood on a kitchen floor. Amazingly enough, to me, I was watching. I was 400 miles away in my Oakland, Calif., apartment at that time dozing off as the TV kept showing live feeds from the scene of the great vicFALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS tory celebration. One fixed camera position of the empty podium in the ballroom was all that was airing, showing exhausted supporters slowly wending their ways to the exits after such a big night. I was barely still awake in my robe on an uncomfortable couch before the 19 inch black and white TV screen when I noticed a change in the motions of the dwindling crowd from relaxed to suddenly highly agitated. The sleepy TV announcers noticed too. Then someone rushed to the podium to ask if there was a doctor in the house. Literally his words. In less than a minute the word came to the TV announcers that RFK had been shot. They reported it, and for the next two hours I remained glued to that unchanging TV image as the announcers tried to report what happened in the kitchen area behind the stage. I may have stepped to the fridge for a snack or to the toilet, but I have no recollection. Just the TV image. How little did I know then, 50 years ago – 50 years ago! – last night, how that seminal event was to change my life forever. What it was all about in the interim will take a book. But even more than the JFK shooting six years before and the MLK shooting two months before, for me and many in my generation this was the decisive game changer. Beware of nostalgia. Talk about “fake news,” the mind has a clever way of filtering out bad memories and highlighting stuff not so bad. 1968 was not a good year, except for the fact of surviving it, for those who did. 1968 saw the assassinations of King and Kennedy, the riots that torched already suffering inner cities, the rapid degeneration of the Haight-Ashbury “Summer of Love” in 1967 to hard drug and crime-ridden hell holes, the police riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the election of Richard Nixon. Attenuating factors were mind and culture-altering films like “The Graduate” and “2001 A Space Odyssey,” both of which I saw that summer while in graduate school in Evanston. There were the historic Gore Vidal vs. William Buckley nationally televised debates during the Democratic convention when Vidal goaded a snarling Buckley into calling him a “little faggot,” and the April opening of the historic “Boys in the Band” play in New York that, like it or not, was an important prequel to what became the gay liberation movement, more associated now with the Stonewall Riots a year later. So long ago! In the meantime we’ve seen the Pentagon Papers and the end of the Vietnam War, a presidential resignation, a presidential movie star, a presidential outcome determined by the Supreme Court, a presidential dream come true for the memory of Dr. King, and an unmitigated presidential disaster. There has been an AIDS epidemic that killed 600,000, the horror of 9/11, an unprovoked American invasion of Iraq, a slide to the precipice of a second great depression, and a successful Russian intervention into a U.S. presidential election that put a Philistine tool into the White House. I’ve been lucky, and happy to still be here. My life went through so many zigs and zags, par for the age. No nuclear war, not yet. But still missing Martin, John and Bobby.

Nicholas F. Benton

 Nicholas Benton may be emailed at


Intellectuals, Politics & Bad Faith Last week The Stanford Daily reported a curious story concerning Niall Ferguson, a conservative historian who is a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. The story itself, although ugly, isn’t that important. But it offers a window into a reality few people, certainly in the news media, are willing to acknowledge: the bad faith that pervades conservative discourse. And yes, I do mean “conservative.” There are dishonest individuals of every political persuasion, but if you’re looking for systematic gaslighting, insistence that up is down and black is white, you’ll find it disproportionately on one side of the political spectrum. And the trouble many have in accepting that asymmetry is an important reason for the mess we’re in. But how can I say that the media refuses to acknowledge conservative bad faith? NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE While some journalists remain squeamish about actually using the word “lie,” and there’s still a tendency for headlines to repeat false talking points (which are only revealed to be false in the body of the article), readers do get a generally accurate picture of the extent to which dishonesty prevails within the Trump administration. It seems to me, however, that the media makes Donald Trump’s lies seem more exceptional — and more of a break with previous practice — than they really are. Trump’s seven-lies-a-day habit and his constant claims of being victimized by people who accurately report the facts are only a continuation of something that has been going on in the conservative movement for years. At a fundamental level, after all, how different is Trump from Fox News, which has spent decades misinforming viewers while denouncing the liberal bias of mainstream media? How different is he from Republicans who accused Democrats of fiscal irresponsibility and now denounce the Congressional Budget Office when it points out how their tax cuts will increase the deficit? And the same kind of bad faith can be seen in other arenas — very much including college campuses. Which brings me back to the Stanford story. Ferguson is, as it happens, one of those conservative intellectuals who hyperventilate about the supposed threat campus activists pose to free speech — indeed, calling the campus left the “biggest threat” to free speech in Trump’s America. At Stanford, he was one of the faculty leaders of a program called Cardinal Conversations, which was supposed to invite speakers who would “air contested issues.” Among the invited speakers was Charles Murray,

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famous for a much-debunked book claiming that black-white differences in IQ are genetic in nature. Not surprisingly, the invitation provoked student protests. This was the context in which Ferguson engaged in a series of email communications with right-wing student activists in which he urged them to “unite against the S.J.W.s” (social justice warriors), “grinding them down.” And he suggested “opposition research” against one left-wing student. A student! Ferguson later sort of apologized, but it was more of an “I’m sorry that you feel that way” than a true apology, and he began by decrying the fact that these days few academic historians are registered Republicans, which he takes as ipso facto evidence of biased hiring and a hostile environment. So what’s really going on here? It’s true that selfproclaimed conservatives are pretty scarce among U.S. historians. But then, so are self-proclaimed conservatives in the “hard,” physical and biological sciences. Why are there so few conservative scientists? It might be because academics, as a career, appeals more to liberals than to conservatives. (There aren’t a lot of liberals in police departments — or, contra Trump, the FBI.) Alternatively, scientists may be reluctant to call themselves conservatives because in modern America being a conservative means aligning yourself with a faction that by and large rejects climate science and the theory of evolution. Might not similar considerations apply to historians? But more to the point, conservative claims to be defending free speech and open discussion aren’t sincere. Conservatives don’t want to see ideas evaluated on their merits, regardless of politics; they want ideas convenient to their side to receive (at least) equal time regardless of their intellectual quality. Indeed, conservative groups are engaged in a systematic effort to impose political standards on higher education. For example, we now know that the Koch brothers have used donations to gain power over academic appointments at at least two universities. So what does all this mean for the rest of us? Mainly, it means that if you’re in any role that involves informing people — whether it’s in education or in journalism — you shouldn’t let rightwingers, as Ferguson would put it, grind you down. These days, both universities and news organizations are under constant pressure not just to be nicer to Trump but to respect right-wing views across the board. The people making these demands claim to want fairness. So you need to remember that this claim is made in bad faith. It has nothing to do with fairness; it’s all about power.



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Local Businesses Support This Weekend’s Tinner Hill Blues Fest Several local businesses are sponsoring the Tinner Hill Blues Festival taking place this weekend, Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. Beyer Automotive is serving as the three day event’s Platinum Sponsor. Gold Level Sponsors include Diener & Associates, Foxcraft Design Group, Foxes Music, Long & Foster, Quinn’s Auction Galleries and ROCK STAR Realty. Cox Communications is a Silver Sponsor, and Alan and Patti Brangman, Irene and Reid Chambers of the Amaranth Art Barn, Gordon Theisz of Family Medicine in Falls Church, Griffin Owens and Target are Bronze Level Sponsors. The event includes a Blues, Brews, & BBQ block party on Friday, an outdoor concert on Saturday, and A Message in the Music concert and conversation on Sunday. For information or to purchase tickets, visit

F.C. Chamber Beach Party at Kensington Set for June 12 The Kensington of Falls Church is hosting a tri-Chamber beach party for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and the Vienna Business Association on Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The event will include live music, refreshments, games and prizes for the best dressed beachgoers. The event is free and open to the business community but registration is requested. Contact Kitty Janney at or 703-844-1078. The Kensington is located at 700 W. Broad Street. For more information, visit www.

Arlington’s Sushi-Zen to Host Fundraiser for F.C.’s Homestretch Falls Church-based Homestretch will benefit from a fundraiser being held by SushiZen on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 – 9:30 p.m. Up to 20 percent of the evening’s entire dinner proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit empowering families to attain housing and self-sufficiency, depending on the number of supporters attending. To generate a donation, a hard copy or digital version of the fundraising flyer must be shown. Homestretch will receive an additional $5 for each new application received for Sushi-Zen’s Royalty Rewards program. A copy of the flyer is available on Homestretch’s Facebook Page and can be accessed from Sushi-Zen is located at 2457 N. Harrison Street in Arlington.

F.C. Welcomes New Lemon Lane Location Lemon Lane, the upscale children’s consignment shop that has been operating temporarily on the 900 block of W. Broad, was officially welcomed to their new space at 246 W. Broad Street by Falls Church City elected officials and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce during its grand opening event on Saturday, June 2. Included in the photo with Lemon Lane’s owner Erin Messner is her husband Josh Messner and their children, as well as Mayor David Tarter, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly, City Council Member Letty Hardi (with her son), and Commissioner of the Revenue Tom Clinton.  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at

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This Week in Sports Mason Girls Stay Hot in Playoffs by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

EXORCISING SOME DEMONS is George Mason High School’s boys tennis team. By claiming the Region 2B title, the boys made their deepest postseason run since 2013 — the last time they won both the region and state titles. The Mustangs defeated Wilson Memorial High School 5-1 to win the Region B title on May 27, setting them up to play their rival Maggie Walker Governor’s School, the reigning 2A state champions, in the state semifinals on June 4. The Mustangs pulled off a 5-4 win against their worthy opponents and overcame an obstacle head coach Rafael Diokno highlighted from the season’s start. Now it’s on to face John Battle High School at Virginia Tech in the state team finals this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to complete Diokno and the team’s final goal. Diokno expressed how he believes this team is hungrier than any other he’s coached before. Saturday offers the Mustangs a chance to prove it. (Photo: FCCPS Photo)

An uneven regular season is just a speck in the rearview mirror for George Mason High School’s girls soccer team as it sits two wins away from winning its 11th straight state championship this weekend. The past week saw Mason (153-1) win every which way one could imagine. In the Mustangs’ third meeting of the year against Madison County High School last week on May 30, they muscled out a 1-0 victory. Two days later in its fourth match-up in two months with Clarke County High School, Mason blanked the rival Eagles 3-0. And for the state quarterfinal Tuesday night against Poquoson High School, the Mustangs built an early lead and staved off a late rally for a 3-1 victory to send them to Virginia High School League’s Spring Jubilee down in Radford on Friday. A secret to the team’s turnaround is its more unified approach on the field. In years past, standouts such as Mason graduate Rebecca Crouch or soccer maven Izzy Armstrong could be counted on to swing a game Mason’s way. With neither on the squad this year the Mustangs have

learned to spread the wealth, and the effect that’s had on the team’s development was slower, but more significant for this group. “I want everyone to get involved in our gameplans. Everybody should be touching the ball and advancing it toward the goal or completing a clear or whatever else the game calls for,” Mason head coach George Bitadze said. “It allows us to be more flexible when we compete. So when we face different teams we’re not coming at them the same way, and we’re figuring out ways to play the right kind of style that game needs.” The Mustangs were pressing all the right buttons in its recent contests. Against Clarke County last Friday, three different players scored each goal with two different players assisting (one was unassisted). After senior defender Sedona Decint and junior defender Kristen Kay beat back an Eagles surge, junior midfielder Ariana Roco connected with senior midfielder Victoria Rund who zoomed by Clarke County’s back line and juked the team’s goalkeeper for the opening goal in the 23rd minute. Mason wouldn’t score again until the 56th minute when a crowd of players at the top

of Clarke County’s penalty box knocked the ball to senior midfielder Hannah Rollins and she finished it with a right-footer to the near side. Senior goalkeeper Laura Whitaker made three huge saves from the 62nd to the 65th minute to preserve the Mustangs 2-0 lead until Rund found junior midfielder Maura Mann for the insurance goal and the game’s final margin. The match against Poquoson had a similar feel to it. Mason scored early on a Rund pass to sophomore forward Emma Rollins in the 12th minute, and the two teamed up again when Rund’s feed was lunged at by Rollins to skip in the second goal in the 38th minute. Junior midfielder Maddie Lacroix struck early in the second half with a low rip that put the Mustangs up 3-0. And even though a dazzling shot from 25 yards out got past Whitaker for the Bulls’ only goal, Mason’s defense held strong and smothered any remaining opportunities. Now it’s on to Radford to face Maggie Walker Governor’s School early Friday morning. For Bitadze, the team needs to do two things to win: Stay composed and sync up with the game’s flow. If they do that, Mason will win its 11th in a row.

Mustangs Stumble, But Rebound in States by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

SHOWING THEIR OWN SKILLS on the court is George Mason High School’s girls tennis team. After struggling to assert themselves in regional competition the past few seasons, the girls finally captured the Region 2B title to end a five year drought. Earning the right to be named regional champions came after a narrow victory over East Rockingham High School. The match was tied at 4-4 until Maria Morris and Ciel Park won the final set of their doubles match to clinch the regional crown. Competing in the state tournament days later, the Mustangs moved past the quarterfinal round by defeating Poquoson High School. However, the girls season ended in the state semifinals due to a 12-6 loss to Maggie Walker Governor’s School earlier this week. Even though it wasn’t the storybook ending the Mustangs hoped for, it was a remarkable year for the program nonetheless. (Photo: FCCPS Photo)

George Mason High School’s boys soccer team’s season full of relative ease hit some rough patches this week when it suffered its first loss of the year to Staunton-based Robert E. Lee High School in the regional championship before getting a hardfought road victory over Maggie Walker Governor’s School in the Class 2 State quarterfinal. Lee is a familiar foe to the Mustangs (16-1-1). In last year’s regional home opener, Lee knocked Mason out of the playoffs with a 1-0 decision and ended a run of four-straight state titles for the Falls Church program. Now, after outscoring the Mustangs 4-0 aggregate in their previous two meetings, the Leemen are feeling confident. The team’s head coach Mike Vanhoy told The News Leader that he believes Mason has only been shut out twice in the past eight years. The Leemen were responsible for both occasions. Mason head coach Frank Spinello didn’t fact-check that comment, but did acknowledge

Lee’s skill while noting some room for improvement on his end. “Lee is a very good team,” Spinello said. “We fought hard but didn’t play our best game. It was probably my fault for overloading them with too much scouting information instead of allowing us to play free and loose like we have done all season.” The game itself was tight, but Lee’s opportunism ultimately won out. Sophomore forward Zorhan Boston ripped a ball off the crossbar within the first five minutes and senior midfielder Carlos Mercado’s goal off freshman midfielder Declan Quill’s throw-in in the 15th minute was waved off due to an infraction on the ball’s entry. Mason struggled to generate quality looks from that point on. Meanwhile, Lee scored off set plays with a header on a free kick in the 10th minute and a corner kick in the 25th minute. A broken play led to the Leemen’s final goal in the 42nd minute and the game’s final 3-0 margin. The sting of that June 1 loss couldn’t linger for long as the Mustangs had to rally for an elimination game at Maggie Walker Tuesday night.

Early on Mason was winning the possession battle and dictating the flow of the game, but the Dragons were still outshooting the Mustangs. That was until the 29th minute when sophomore midfielder Cole Hellert won a ball on the right sideline and played it up to junior midfielder Nick Wells, who set up Boston’s ensuing goal. It was the game’s only tally. “[Boston] was composed in front of the net as he has been all season. It is amazing to see his progress since he has been a defensive player his entire career until this season,” Spinello continued. “Coach Greiner and I saw an explosiveness in his game that we thought would translate well to playing striker. He has responded beyond our expectations and scored many key goals for us.” The Mustangs back line of juniors Bryan Villegas and Miles Lankford and senior Liam Fribley held strong throughout a tense second half and senior goalkeeper Ethan Morse bailed out Mason with a critical save in the 60th minute to hold the slim lead. Next up is a rematch with Lee at Radford for the state semifinal game on Friday.



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Longfellow Duo Takes 1st In Science Olympiad Longfellow Middle School’s Science Olympiad team represented Virginia in the Science Olympiad National Tournament, finishing 10th among 60 of the nation’s best teams. Seven of the 15 core team members earned medals including a first place National Championship Medal in Dynamic Planet for Evan Guo

and Mikhail Mints, who also took a fifth place in Meteorology. Medals were awarded to: third place in Solar System to Mints and Gabriel Witkop; third place in Write It Do It to Elaine Li and Manda Xie; fourth place in Crime Busters to Grace Guan and Ethan Hu and fourth place in Optics to Hu and Li. McLean High School Band

Receives Sudler Flag

The McLean High School band has been selected by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a recipient of the 2017 Sudler Flag of Honor. The Sudler Flag recognizes high school band programs that have demonstrated high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years. The award is recognized as one of the nation’s highest awards that can be presented to a concert band program.

Reception for Henderson MS Retirees Held on Thursday Parents, teachers and students alike are encouraged to come to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to recognize the class of 2018 retirees who will be in attendance. A reception will be followed by

recognition of each retiree. All told, the seven retirees spent a combined 159 years serving the students of Falls Church The honorees attending will be: Bridget Dean-Pratt — English Teacher; George Mason High School Mary Kelly — Fourth Grade Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Elementary Mario Londono — Custodian, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Maria Rodriguez — Custodian, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

Spring Hill Students Excel at WordMasters Challenge Two teams representing Spring Hill Elementary School recently earned highest honors in the 201718 WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 195 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing first in the nation. In addition, the sixth grade team scored 193 in the recent meet to place second nationwide. The third graders also placed first nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 577 points out of a possible 600.


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Thursday Evening Book Group. The group will be meeting to discuss “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. The group meets the first Thursday of each month. Light refreshments are served. All are welcome. Conference Room at Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 703-248-5034.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 DMV2Go Bus. The accessible fullservice DMV mobile office provides all DMV transactions including: applying for and renewing driver’s licenses; purchasing EZ Passes; obtaining ID cards (including photos) and Virginia’s veterans ID cards; taking road and knowledge tests; obtaining copies of driving records, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and tran-

scripts; ordering disabled parking placards or plates; and updating an address after a move for DMV and voter registration. Customers should be prepared with the required documents to complete transactions. No appointments necessary. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 703-248-5210.

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



1-on-1 Computer & Internet Tutoring. Interested attendees can get general personalized assistance to learn how to use the library’s downloadable collections (ebooks, digital magazines, music), customize their email, more efficiently search the web, or better familiarize themselves with their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Registration required. Stop by the Reference Desk or call for more information or to make an appointment. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 703248-5035.

ESL Conversation Group. A gener-

Great Books Discussion. Meeting

Sing Books with Emily at the Library. A performance of illustrated songs that celebrate the Blues, African American contributions to our musical heritage, spirituals, and songs of love, cooperation, and tolerance, in conjunction with the Tinner Hill Blues Festival. No registration necessary. Youth Services Room at Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 – 11:45 a.m. 703-248-5034.


to discuss “Torch Song” by John Cheever. “Great Books” discussions concentrating on literary classics (both traditional and modern) meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months. Open to all and no registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Living with Wildlife Program. This program will explore the many human-wildlife conflicts that people encounter throughout their daily lives and can help them understand more about avoiding illegal, unnecessary and dangerous control tactics. The program also covers Virginia laws about wildlife management and some tactics that will enable people to either attract wildlife or repel unwanted creatures from their gardens. Conference Room at Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5035.

The Providence Players

Only Two Weekends Remain! The Providence players conclude their 20th anniversary season with the Neil Simon comedy, California Suite, Simon’s humorous confection in four separate comedy playlets with one common thread. Four couples from different cities travel to California over the course of a year and stay in the same Beverly Hills Hotel suite, bringing their problems, anxieties and comic marital dilemmas with them.


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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY SATURDAY, JUNE 9 2 “California Suite.” Neil Simon’s humorous confection in four separate comedy play-lets with


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one common thread. Four couples from different cities travel to California over the course of a year and stay in the same Beverly Hills Hotel suite, bringing their problems, anxieties and comic marital dilemmas with them. Simon is at his most humane and compassionate, and the banter flies fast and furious in this popular comedy. The New York Times said “Mr. Simon is writing at his ebullient best...[He] makes us laugh so effortlessly.” James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). $20. 7:30 p.m.

“Girlfriend.” “Girlfriend” is a vibrant and tender coming of age musical duet from when flannel was the height of fashion and mix tapes were the language of love. It’s 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album “Girlfriend.” Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 “Bad Jews.” The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a knock-down, drag-out war over a precious family heirloom that was protected through the Holocaust. In one corner is the volatile and selfrighteous “Super Jew” Daphna Feygenbaum. In the other is her entitled and proudly-secular cousin Liam, with his “shiksa” girlfriend Melody in tow. Caught in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who wants nothing more than to be left out of it. NextStop Theatre (269 Sunset Park Dr. Herndon). $35. 2 p.m.



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Amadou and Mariam. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $39.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Thrillbillys. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Fitz and the Tantrums/X Ambassadors. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $30 – $55. 7 p.m. 703-255-1900. Bruce Turner Duo. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-241-9504. Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $22. 7 p.m. 703237-0300. Kelly Willis and Chris Knight. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Friday Mornings With Rocknoceros. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $5. 10 a.m. 703-255-1566. Barry Manilow. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $45 – $125. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Pile o’ Rocks. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. La Unica. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333. Chad Dukes Presents the Steel Woods. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 8 p.m. 703255-1566.



Jon Spears Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Bradley Rhodes In Concert. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

Charles Ross’ One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $35 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500.

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Future Generations. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 10 p.m. 703255-1566.

Daryl Davis and Pat Stephens Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Barry Manilow. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $45 – $125. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

Bobby Thompson Relevator Hill, Ron Holloway. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.

James Richardson Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504. David Ramirez: Bootleg Tour. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $18 – $20. 7 p.m. 703255-1566. Andrew Burleson Duo. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

Roger Daltrey Performs the Who’s Tommy. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $45–$125. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Ry Cooder. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $110. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Wolf Blues Jam. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 David Sanborn. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $49.50. 7:30 p.m.

703-549-7500. The Beyond the Lyrics Tour. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7 p.m. 703-2551566. Matt Kelley and SwangBang. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Live and In Concert. 9:30 Club (815 V ST. N.W. Washington, D.C.). $55. 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. Matthew Sweet “Tomorrow’s Daughter Tour” with Justin Trawick. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Open Mic with Vernon Santmyer. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340.

Calendar Submissions Email: | Mail: Falls Church News-Press, Attn: Calendar, 200 Little Falls St., #508, Falls Church, VA 22046 Be sure to include time, location, cost of admission, contact person and any other pertinent information. Event listings will be edited for content and space limitations. Please include any photos or artwork with submissions. Deadline is Monday at noon for the current week’s edition.

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Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to collocate an antenna (38.4’ tall) on an existing wooden pole at 6720 Arlington Blvd Falls Church, VA 22044 (20180817.01). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856-809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties.

ABC LICENSE CHASSEUR WINE LLC., Trading as: CHASSEUR WINE, 2995 Gallows Road #2083, Falls Church, Virginia 220421023. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for an Importer license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Arnold Willis, Owner. NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www. or 800-552-3200.

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on June 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the Community Center, Teen Center, located at 223 Little Falls Street, for consideration of the following item: New Business Variance application V1600-18 by Roy Wingrove, applicant and owner, for a variance to Section 48-238(3)(a) to allow (1) a front yard setback of 22 feet instead of 30 feet, and (2) a rear yard setback of 20 feet instead of 22.15 feet for the purpose of constructing a 2.5 story addition on premises known as 107 Jackson Street, RPC #52-501-040 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low

Density Residential. Information on the above applications is available for review at: Zoning Office 400 N. Washington, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1) This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)

Church Community Center, Senior Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, VA. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s office at 703-248-5014 or cityclerk@ The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711).



The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on April 23, 2018; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO18-06) ORDINANCE TO VACATE A CUL-DE-SAC TURNAROUND PORTION OF THE UNIMPROVED PUBLIC STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY OF OAK HAVEN DRIVE, BEING ADJACENT TO LOT 10, OAK HAVEN SUBDIVISION The City of Falls Church has received a petition from the contract property owner at 608 Oak Haven Drive – Lot 10, Oak Haven Subdivision, to vacate the half, cul-de-sac turnaround portion of what is the unimproved, platted public street adjacent to Lot 10, Oak Haven Subdivision near the end of Oak Haven Drive, consisting of approximately 1,609 square feet. The vacated property purchaser being the premises known as 608 Oak Haven Drive, RPC #51-121-041 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential. The ordinance referenced below was given first reading by the City Council on May 14, 2018; and second reading and public hearing are scheduled for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO18-08) ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE 1980 REGARDING THE BUDGET OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES, APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR THE GENERAL FUND, SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICES FUND, AND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM FUNDS This ordinance would amend the FY2018 Budget and FY2018-FY2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) increasing the General Fund appropriation by $519,489 in order to expend grants and donations received, and proceeds from bond sale, equipment sales and insurance claim, and to appropriate the use of capital reserves; increasing the School Community Services Fund by $459,771 to appropriate the use of fund balance; and increasing the CIP appropriation by $104,000 for projects to be funded with transfers from the General Fund. All public hearings will be held in the Falls


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VOLUNTEERS who live in the City of Falls Church are needed to serve on the boards and commissions listed below. Contact the City Clerk’s Office (703-248-5014,, or for an application form or more information. Positions advertised for more than one month may be filled during each subsequent month. Arts and Humanities Council of Falls Church Board of Building Code and Fire Prevention Code Appeals Environmental Sustainability Council Historical Commission Human Services Advisory Board Recreation and Parks Advisory Board Regional Boards/Commissions: Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Northern Virginia Community College Board

INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) IFB No. 0626-18-BIKE: CAPITAL BIKESHARE EQUIPMENT and STARTUP SERVICES CITY OF FALLS CHURCH FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The City of Falls Church has released an Invitation for Bids (IFB) for the provision of Capital Bikeshare Equipment and Startup Services. The due date for the receipt of sealed bids is June 26, 2018 by 11:00 AM. A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 400 N. Washington St., 1st Floor (Laurel Room), Falls Church, VA 22046. A copy of the IFB which details all specifications and requirements, including new bid submittal location information, may be downloaded from the City of Falls Church’s procurement website: In addition, a copy of the IFB Notice may be accessed via eVA, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s electronic procurement portal for registered suppliers: For more information and/or questions regarding the IFB, please contact the City’s Purchasing Agent at (703) 248-5007; To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703 248-5007 (TTY 711).

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





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Scott’s Penalty Kick Lifts GMHS Girls to Title

Fairfax County Nixes City Bid to Annex ‘Technology Triangle’ Land Falls Church’s push for some serious economic revitalization has been dealt a setback by its neighbors in Fairfax County. Fairfax County will not agree to a boundary adjustment with the City of Falls Church that would bring the land in the “Technology Triangle” into the Citry, the News-Press learned this week. Falls Church City Manager Hector Rivera confirmed to the News-Press Tuesday that he received a letter from Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffen bearing this news.

Last season was the first for both senior forward Olivia Scott and Head Coach Jennifer Parsons at George Mason High School. Just one year later, the two have teamed up with a core of seasoned veterans and a few exciting freshman to bring the Mustangs their first girls soccer Group A state championship since 2004, highlighted by Friday’s thrilling semi-final victory over Radford High, and capped by a 7-1 rout of Goochland in the championship game Saturday.

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The members of the evaluation group — Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan, City Manager Wyatt Shields, Letty Hardi of the City Council, Erin Gill of the School Board and Bob Young of the Economic Development Authority — met together in a lengthy session before a consensus was reached for its final recommendations. Sources indicated there is a clear top choice, and among the other five, two others were agreed on to be included in the three recommended options. At its work session preceding its closed session Monday, Council members were concerned that late insights from the Economic Development Authority regarding matters of density, the newly-constituted Affordable Housing Policy Working Group and the Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) be included in the evaluations, and in the Request for Detailed Proposals (RFDP) that the three finalists will be tasked with responding to. The affordable housing policy being sought calls for six percent of all residential units to be affordable at 60 percent of the average median income and in perpetuity. The ESC recommended goals are to reduce stormwater runoff as much as possible, keep greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum, and prepare for the physical impacts of climate change. The ESC, in a letter from its chair

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Mayor David Tarter said he Cory Weiss, wrote, “Doing nothing in these areas will have costs. is concerned for how the phasNot explicitly addressing storm- ing of the commercial part will Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in water and climate change in the work. “Are they going to build RFDP is not a cost-free option all residential and then announce your Critter Corner submissions to and is likely not the least cost that’s all?” he asked. He was also option for the City. If we don’t concerned for the amount of condesign this site to be sustainable ference meeting spaces proposals and climate-resistant, City tax- for a hotel would account for. Council member Hardi said payers will bear the externalized that, with the timetable calling cost of that decision.” “A lot of those 10 commer- for the three finalists to respond cial development acres will be to the RFDP by mid-August and going from pervious to impervi- the Council’s final choice for ous, there will be a challenge to a development partner by midextend a ‘net zero’ energy use October, the public input opporPRIVATE LESSONS•DEGREED TEACHERS tunities to the process would at the new high school to the ALL INSTRUMENTS•ALL STYLES•ALL AGES commercial area, and we need proceed after motions for spe416 SOUTH WASHINGTON cial exceptions are made and to be mindful of how improv- ST., ing conservationFALLS will CHURCH result in addressed between Oct. 18 and higher assessments on the build- May 19, 2019, when a final deal 703-533-7393 ings,” Council member Ross is wrapped up. LESSONS • SALES LitkenhousRENTALS said. • REPAIRS That deadline is set to allow “We need to make sure we for the construction of the new are taking advantage of the high school to commence on the LESSONS•DEGREED demotopography of the site. The schedule, followed by PRIVATE TEACHERS commercial area sits on a hill,” lition of the old (current) school said Councilman Dan Sze. He facility, and among other things reminded his colleagues that the figuring out who will be responarea will produce 20 percent of sible for that demolition has yet to be established. the entire City’s net value.

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For their final production of the 2017-2018 season, the Providence Players have opted for one of the classics in Neil Simon’s “California Suite”. “It’s fair to say it’s hard to have a proper theater education without Neil Simon,” Janet Koehler Dueweke, who plays the actress Diana, told the News-Press, . The play follows the trials and tribulations of four different sets of guests at a posh Beverly Hills hotel and the conflicts within three unconventional forms of coupledom – a pair of divorcees negotiating a custody battle; an esteemed actress whose frustration over a loss on Oscar night spills over into a squabble with her closeted husband and two couples on a shared vacation whose dynamic of friendship takes the form of a stale marriage – coupled with a traditional marriage that threatens to unravel over a drunken hook-up. One of “California Suite’s” greatest feats is its voyeuristic feel: There are scenes depicting the characters in ways they would likely never act in public, giving the audience a sense that we’re being invited to revel in their secrets. The play’s other main strength is that characters jump back and forth through various emotional states in relationship to one another in rapid fire succession. Character A is mad at Character B one minute, the two are happily coexisting the next and then a minute later Character B is at Character A’s throat over something that was entirely insignificant a moment ago. That Neil Simon is able to pull off such emotionally unstable interpersonal dynamics without giving the viewer whiplash is a near superhuman feat. “He writes relationships really well and he has real dialogue,” said director Beth Giles-Whitehead on the strength of the play. One of the age-old debates of theater is whether drama or comedy is more conducive to storytelling. That discussion is reimagined here as “California Suite” can be seen as both comedic and dramatic and your enjoyment of the play will depend on that Rorschach Test of what you see it as. The play has a lot to say about the nature of coupledom and relationships in all forms that have gone past their expiration date. To the degree that one is moved by this insight, the comedy can feel

inorganic and even distracting in some of the scenes. In the playlet about the actress on Oscar night, her husband has a natural air of wit that serves the dramatic scene by showing a naturally funny character in a serious situation. The play involving the man hiding his infidelity, however, is overly reliant on repetitive physical humor and ethnic stereotypes. Like the playwright, the angry wife seems painted as Jewish in a manner that served as fodder for many a Borscht Belt comedian. The final playlet involving the two feuding couples reads even more as a Borscht Belt retread with the couples mostly shouting and fighting. This is a shame because Neil Simon writes about people so well that his material should ideally transcend any dated forms of comedy. “The connectivity between the characters is established beforehand because you know they’re on vacation together and have been doing this for years so they must be close, but you see very little of that in the play,” explained Lou Lehrman, who played one of the feuding husbands. Conversely if you come into this play primarily moved by the humor, you might miss a lot of the dramatic essence or find the jokeless passages draining. Like many of the Providence Players’ other plays, the script is unaltered. The acting and direction are both more than capable of the material so it’s hard to fault anyone for this dissonance between the comedic and dramatic aspects of the play. Still, there may have been certain subtleties to be tweaked here and there that could have helped. In this sense, the purely dramatic playlet concerning the couple negotiating divorce is the most spellbinding because the story of the relationship is unadulterated by any attempts to please the audience. The two divorcees are catching up each other on their lives but the way that they both poke at each other’s weaknesses in a pseudo-flirtatious way as the custody talk starts heating up lends itself to a lot of nail-biting dialogue. On the whole, the playlets all offer some sort of deep probing experience that serves as a fine capstone to the season. “California Suite” is playing this weekend at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd. Falls Church). For tickets, visit

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On May 4, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Company” or “Dominion Energy Virginia”) filed with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) its application (“Application”) pursuant to § 56-249.6 of the Code of Virginia seeking an increase in its fuel factor from 2.383 cents per kilowatt-hour (“¢/kWh”) to 2.719¢/kWh, effective for usage on and after July 1, 2018. The Company’s proposed fuel factor, reflected in Fuel Charge Rider A, consists of both a current and prior period factor. The Company’s proposed current period factor for Fuel Charge Rider A of 2.266¢/ kWh is designed to recover the Company’s estimated Virginia jurisdictional fuel expenses, including purchased power expenses, of approximately $1.50 billion for the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The Company’s proposed prior period factor for Fuel Charge Rider A of 0.453¢/kWh is designed to recover approximately $299.4 million, which represents the net of two projected June 30, 2018 fuel deferral balances. In total, Dominion Energy Virginia’s proposed fuel factor represents a 0.336¢/kWh increase from the fuel factor rate presently in effect of 2.383¢/kWh, which was approved in Case No. PUR-2017-00058. According to the Company, this proposal would result in an annual fuel revenue increase of approximately $221.8 million between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. The total proposed fuel factor would increase the average weighted monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh of electricity by $3.36, or by approximately 2.9%. The Commission entered an Order Establishing 2018-2019 Fuel Factor Proceeding (“Order”) that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing to be held on July 25, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive testimony from members of the public and evidence related to the Application from the Company, any respondents, and the Commission’s Staff. Any person desiring to testify as a public witness at this hearing should appear 15 minutes before the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission’s Bailiff. Individuals with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in the hearing should contact the Commission at least seven (7) days before the scheduled hearing at 1-800-552-7945. In its Order, the Commission also allowed the Company to place its proposed fuel factor of 2.719¢/kWh into effect on an interim basis for usage on or after July 1, 2018. Copies of the public version of all documents filed in this case are available for interested persons to review in the Commission’s Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission’s website: The public version of the Company’s Application, pre-filed testimony, and exhibits are available for public inspection during regular business hours at all of the Company’s business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A copy of the public version of the Company’s Application also may be obtained, at no cost, by written request to counsel for Dominion Energy Virginia, Horace P. Payne, Jr., Esquire, Dominion Energy Services, Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, Riverside 2, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. On or before July 18, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s Application shall file written comments with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before July 18, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: Compact discs or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR2018-00067. Any person or entity may participate as a respondent in this proceeding by filing a notice of participation on or before June 14, 2018. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be filed with the Clerk of the Commission at the address set forth above. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at counsel’s address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Rules of Practice”), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00067. Interested persons should obtain a copy of the Commission’s Order for further details on participation as a respondent. On or before June 14, 2018, each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commission and serve on the Commission’s Staff, the Company, and all other respondents any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of such testimony and exhibits shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address set forth above. In all filings, respondents shall comply with the Commission’s Rules of Practice, including 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service; 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format; and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00067. All documents filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requirements of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and Format, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. The Commission’s Rules of Practice may be viewed at the Commission’s website: http://www.virginia. A printed copy of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission’s Order in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address set forth above.

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