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With a slew of new categories, the 2018 Best of Falls Church contest is back. Nominations are now being accepted for the best places to eat, drink, shop and more in and around The Little City. Cast your ballot today. SEE PAGE 9

F.C. Chamber Reiterates Support for Founder’s Row With New Changes Unanimous Vote A L����� C��� 4�� Again Cites Better Revenue Impacts

BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON

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ing for fellow Democrats in the upcoming critical midterm elections, and based on her formula for her unexpected success last year, has a lot to say about her party’s pathway to its hoped-for takeover of the U.S. Congress this fall. It is less a matter of ideology than hard work, she said in an interview with the News-Press,

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors reiterated its unanimous support for Mill Creek’s 4.3 acre Founder’s Row project with a vote at its monthly meeting this Tuesday morning. The board gave an earlier show of unanimous support in November 2015, before Mill Creek modified its plan this spring requiring another approval by the F.C. City Council. While the City Council OK’d forwarding the changes to the City’s boards and commissions in May, two non-City advisory groups, the Chamber of Commerce and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) were due to weigh in this week before a public hearing before the City’s Planning Commission this coming Monday, July 16. Other City advisory bodies, such as the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and the Architectural Advisory Board, also were due to meet this week, and while the architectural group was slated to meet last night (after the News-Press’s press time), the recreation group voted unanimously to endorse the project with its changes. The changes involve substituting for a hotel a 72-unit activeadult, age qualified (55 years and up) apartment building, a “spray fountain” public water feature and a modified estimate of projected tax revenues to the City from the project, which is up significantly over the earlier City Economic Development Office estimate.

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The results of the Housing and Human Services Department survey will be incorporated into the City of Falls Church’s Comprehensive Plan and the new Affordable Living Policy. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 8

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Brett Kavanaugh is the product of a community. He is the product of a conservative legal infrastructure that develops ideas, recruits talent, links rising stars, nurtures genius, molds and launches judicial nominees. SEE PAGE 14

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Fifty years ago, a group of passionate individuals dedicated their lives to changing the landscape of early childhood education. SEE PAGE 17

INDEX

Editorial.................6 Letters...................6 News & Notes10–11 Comment ........ 12-14 Business News ...15

Calendar .......18–19 Classified Ads .....20 Comics, Sudoku & Crossword ..........21 Critter Corner......22

HIGH ABOVE THE FOOTBALL FIELD at George Mason High School, the City of Falls Church’s annual Independence Day fireworks show went off without a hitch last Thursday, while closer to the ground there were food trucks, live music, ice cream, popcorn and more. (P����: C��� �� F���� C�����)

Northern Virginia’s Danica Roem Leading Democrats by Example BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON

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By now, anyone with any knowledge of politics knows about Danica Roem. She is the first transgender person elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in history, and that accomplishment still less than a year ago turned her into a national celebrity virtually overnight. The 30-something hails from Manassas in a district not far

from Falls Church that includes a high school in the same Bull Run District as Falls Church’s George Mason High. She herself attended nearby Paul VI and made the cover of Time magazine this past year. Having been elected in a huge upset and completing her first year as a delegate in Richmond, navigating between a spate of national TV and speaking appearances that continue, she’s now campaign-


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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF AN APPLICATION BY VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY, FOR REVISION OF RATE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE: RIDER S, VIRGINIA CITY HYBRID ENERGY CENTER CASE NO. PUR-2018-00086 •Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion”) has applied for approval to revise its rate adjustment clause, Rider S. •Dominion requests a total revenue requirement of $219.966 million for its 2019 Rider S. •A Hearing Examiner appointed by the Commission will hear the case on December 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. •Further information about this case is available on the State Corporation Commission’s website at: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case.

On June 1, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion” or “Company”), pursuant to § 56-585.1 A 6 of the Code of Virginia (“Code”), filed with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) an annual update of the Company’s rate adjustment clause, Rider S (“Application”). Through its Application, the Company seeks to recover costs associated with the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (“VCHEC” or “Project”), a 600 megawatt nominal coal fueled generating plant and associated transmission interconnection facilities located in Wise County, Virginia. In Case No. PUE-2007-00066, the Commission approved Dominion’s construction and operation of VCHEC and also approved a rate adjustment clause, designated Rider S, for Dominion to recover costs associated with the development of the Project. VCHEC became fully operational in 2012. In this proceeding, Dominion has asked the Commission to approve Rider S for the rate year beginning April 1, 2019, and ending March 31, 2020 (“2019 Rate Year”). The two components of the proposed total revenue requirement for the 2019 Rate Year are the Projected Cost Recovery Factor and the Actual Cost True-Up Factor. The Company is requesting a Projected Cost Recovery Factor revenue requirement of $208,664,000 and an Actual Cost True-Up Factor revenue requirement of $11,302,000. Thus, the Company is requesting a total revenue requirement of $219,966,000 for service rendered during the 2019 Rate Year. For purposes of calculating the Projected Cost Recovery Factor in this case, Dominion utilized a rate of return on common equity (“ROE”) of 10.2%, which comprises a general ROE of 9.2% approved by the Commission in its Final Order in Case No. PUR 2017-00038, plus a 100 basis point enhanced return applicable to a conventional coal generating station as described in Code § 56-585.1 A 6. For purposes of calculating the Actual Cost True-Up Factor, the Company utilized an ROE of 10.6% for the months of January 2017 through March 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.6% approved by the Commission in its Final Order in Case No. PUE-2015-00060, plus the 100 basis point enhanced return; an ROE of 10.4% for the period of April 1, 2017, through November 28, 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.4% approved by the Commission in its Order in Case No. PUE 2016-00062, plus the 100 basis point enhanced return; and an ROE of 10.2% for the period of November 29, 2017, through December 31, 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.2% approved by the Commission in its 2017 ROE Order, plus the 100 basis point enhanced return. If the proposed Rider S for the 2019 Rate Year is approved, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer’s rate schedule and usage. According to Dominion, implementation of its proposed Rider S on April 1, 2019, would increase the bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month by approximately $0.18. The Company proposes a change in the methodology for the calculation of a certain allocation factor beginning in 2018 to recognize the output of certain non-utility generators to be used to allocate cost responsibility to the Virginia jurisdiction. In addition, with the exception of the removal of certain Federal and retail choice customers from the Virginia Jurisdiction, the Company indicates it has calculated the proposed Rider S rates in accordance with the same methodology as used for rates approved by the Commission in the most recent Rider S proceeding, Case No. PUR-2017-00073. Interested persons are encouraged to review the Application and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals. TAKE NOTICE that the Commission may apportion revenues among customer classes and/or design rates in a manner differing from that shown in the Application and supporting documents and thus may adopt rates that differ from those appearing in the Company’s Application and supporting documents. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing on December 5, 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 fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission’s Bailiff. The public version of the Company’s Application, as well as the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing, 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, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the public version of the Application and other 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: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. On or before November 28, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s 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 November 28, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. 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-2018-00086. On or before September 14, 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 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. Any organization, corporation, or government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counsel as required by Rule 5 VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00086. On or before October 19, 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, and each witness’s testimony shall include a summary not to exceed one page. 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 above. In all filings, respondents shall comply with the Commission’s Rules of Practice, including 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service, and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR 2018-00086. 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 http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. A printed copy of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY


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F.C. Chamber Backs Revised Founder’s Row Project Plan Continued from Page 1

The updated projected revenue estimates are based on new information about residential unit costs in mixed-use projects in the City, which with the added information from newer projects like the 301 W. Broad and Lincoln at Tinner Hill suggest a much lower cost than earlier thought. Changes also include an increased value of voluntary concessions and the extension of the offer for affordable housing units from a fixed end date to in perpetuity. The VPIS board meeting that was scheduled to take up the subject on Tuesday night was ruled off the record, according to its chair Elizabeth Meade, and the News-Press had not received a report of what transpired as of press time. The unanimous vote of support Tuesday by the Chamber board was for a draft letter

from Chamber board chair Lisa D’Ambrosio-Irons to Falls Church Mayor David Tarter and members of the City Council. Following its original November 2015 endorsement of the project, the letter states, the Chamber’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors finds the proposed amendment to the project “even more beneficial to our business community than the original plans,” noting that “Mill Creek has already secured the capital required along with two anchor tenants” being “a significant benefit to the City.” “The amendment,” according to the Chamber letter, “calls for the replacement of the planned hotel with an age restricted apartment complex. In addition to the tax revenue and relatively low cost of City services associated with this new feature, the project will attract new residents nearing retirement, partially retired, and retired. These citizens will bol-

ster the City’s daytime population which will support the City’s restaurant, retailers and professional services. Additionally, these inhabitants will also be potential employees and volunteers for our City’s businesses and organizations. The tax revenue spin off generated by this population should not be underestimated.” The letter, claiming the Chamber’s full support for the amendment, includes several “suggestions,” including considerations for construction staging to minimize disruption to the neighborhood, a “welcoming exterior,” an effort to attract commercial tenants, moving ahead with efforts at including “parking technology” able to “direct visitors to viable parking options, via signage, apps, or other technology,” and encouraging collaboration with local entities. “Mill Creek has a solid reputation and its fully integrated

business model will prove to be an asset to the City as they will manage all aspects of the project from development to construction to operations,” the Chamber letter concludes. The City Council’s liaison to the Chamber, Phil Duncan, was present at the meeting, and also attended the meeting of the Rec and Parks Advisory Board meeting Tuesday night, where the unanimous vote of approval was minus that of Chair Charlie O’Hara, who abstained because he said his firm has done legal work for Mill Creek. The vote came following a lengthy presentation by Mill Creek’s Joe Muffler and a vigorous question and answer exchange. Beyond the scope of the board, questions extended to the revised fiscal impact, road, pedestrian and bike safety improvements and the “sprayground” water feature in the Market Square planned for the center of the project. It was argued that a downside of switching from a hotel to age restricted senior apartments was the prospect that apartment dwellers would be more apt to have dogs and the need for places to walk them. It turned out that Mill Creek plans a “dog trot” area

on the rooftop of the building to address just that need. Peter Smiths of the Architectural Advisory Board wrote the News-Press about its meeting set for last night, “A project of this prominence needs to be well designed and well built. The developers also need to be sensitive to the context and the City.” He added that “Many prior AAB comments have brought up such concerns yet their comments have mostly been ignored.” Tim Stevens, a member of the VPIS board and also on the City’s Planning Commission, reported that a letter is being prepared by the VPIS board to the City regarding the special exception request by Mill Creek, with two members of the Planning Commission on the VPIS board abstaining. Following this Monday’s public hearing before the Planning Commission, and that commission’s vote, the matter will come back to the City Council for a work session review on Aug. 6 and vote on Aug. 13. Mill Creek officials say they hope, if they can get their request for modifications approved, to begin work on the project by Sept. 18.

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and that goes for hard work the old fashioned way, the kind that gets candidates and their message face-to-face with voters. That doesn’t cohere exactly with what the political pundits have been saying since her election, since the spate of Democratic victories across the U.S. in the wake of the Trump presidency, and most recently in the upset victory by a young upstart, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a Democratic primary against a powerful and popular incumbent in New York. Does all this mean the party needs to be more responsive to a more leftist current to capture the new ferment sweeping the land, or should the party resist that temptation and stay the course with its established leadership? The goal is the real opportunity to win majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the midterm elections this November. Frequently, commentators like the New York Times’ Frank Bruni, in his column this week, “The Center is Sexier Than You Think,” argue that the choice facing party loyalists is between those lured

by a leftward trend and those who think the best pathway to success is in the political middle. OcasioCortez represents the temptation of a left turn to this view, and the same would hold for Roem, whose victory was over arguably the most conservative member of the Virginia House of Delegates last year. But maybe the contrast represented by those alternative paths for the party doesn’t really exist so much, especially for those like Roem who’ve been more visible for their differences from the norm in their electoral success. Certainly for Roem this is true. She was recruited to run in the first place, her first ever bid for public office, by an experienced party establishment type because of her activism in an unsuccessful campaign before hers. She was pointed out, and urged to run by State Del. Rip Sullivan of Arlington “just as she is,” a proud transgender person. But what Roem had going for her was her familiarity with the district in which she ran, and knowledge of the issues important to the voters, due to her years working as a journalist

DANICE ROEM for a weekly newspaper in her district. She knew that solving the problems associated with the traffic congestion on Route 28 in her Manassas district was vital to what was on everyone’s mind, that that was a problem that she was determined to solve if elected. That approach, coupled with a passionate resolve to get out there and work the neighborhoods, going door to door and engag-

ing voters with a straightforward message of who she was and what she wanted to accomplish if elected, was the key to her winning, she said. “A key is to contrast your candidacy to any one that is backed by institutional power and money, rather than universal truth.” In a guest commentary she wrote for the News-Press in May 2017, before she’d even won her party’s primary, she stressed, “Nothing replaces human interaction and dialogue between the candidate and the voter.” She concluded at that time, “With the soles of my shoes worn to a flat surface, I think I can make history and win June 13 (the Democratic primary –ed.) and November 7.” As we know, she did both. As much as many reporters tended to overlook it in favor of her leftism, the message of Ocasio-Cortez was surprisingly similar. Lots of worn-down shoe leather made the difference for her. So maybe the real lessons for this fall election will be passion and, well, the implicit contrast to Trump that women candidates represent (in his column Bruni quoted Dave Wasermann of the non-partisan Cook Report saying,

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“The real story...isn’t left or right — it’s women.”) But another key, Roem told the News-Press, is that party loyalists shouldn’t worry so much about ideological purity or pedigree. If Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to run for president again, why shouldn’t he, she argued, “as long as he directs his supporters to back the Democratic nominees when the time comes. Why not? They’re Americans, too.” Others don’t agree, usually steering the more centrist approach. Sanders is anathema to many of them for deluding votes in 2016 even though he threw his support to Hillary Clinton after the primaries. “Among the many decisive factors are how well a candidate connects with the voters,” Roem offered, and stands on the right side of the national direction. “Too often, our opponents lack compassion and a will to understand something they don’t.” By contrast, Roem has been very humbled, she said, by her impact since getting elected, including what it has meant for countless LGBTQ people, who’ve been telling her they feel empowered to come out of their closets and to run and engage the political process openly.


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The Need for Affordable Housing

The City of Falls Church’s Housing and Human Services office has issued a call for public response to a survey on the issues and needs pertaining for affordable housing in the City (see News Briefs, page 8). This is a very important first step to re-engage an issue in this City which has historically been among its thorniest but that simply can’t be put off any longer. As the City grows through economic development, with hundreds of new dwelling units now in the pipeline over and above what’s been added here in the last two decades, it becomes a matter of vital interest to all of us that our steps forward do not rule out or turn our collective backs on the need for a healthy percentage of housing products to be, according to government standards, affordable. This is not the same thing as low-income or subsidized housing. This is centered on the need for persons gainfully employed in this region to be able to afford to live here, and not so far into the rural areas that we risk losing an indispensable component of our labor force. We’re not talking just service jobs, but full time salaried positions for, as an example, school teachers and firefighters. “Affordable” means that 30 percent of less of annual incomes in a household go to paying for housing. This used to be a universal standard for housing, in general, but in this area the price of homes have exploded to the point that many households are paying more than 30 percent of their even substantial incomes on housing. This holds even as the City continues to boast the highest average household income of any jurisdiction in the U.S. Currently the City has a policy that all new applications by developers for construction of large-scale projects with strong residential components to include at least six percent of their units as affordable, and with some of the latest projects being considered for approval — such as the revised Founder’s Row 4.3 acres at the northeast intersection of W. Broad and N. West Streets — the affordable units are being offered in perpetuity, and not only for a limited number of years. Aside from this, however, the volume of affordable housing units that are needed here far outweigh what’s now becoming available. On the contrary, a subsidy keeping housing units affordable at The Fields, a residential rental property behind the Taco Bell on W. Broad, is due to expire, and out-of-area owners of another property, the Merrill House off East Broad, are mulling renovations that could significantly drive up the unit rental costs there. As Falls Church becomes an urban community, the social responsibility of its leadership to ensure a strong component of affordable housing is a necessity. We trust our officials will be up for this task, confronting whatever prejudices can be counted on to push back against such an effort.

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Why Do Revenue Formulas Change Mid-Project? Editor, At the Planning Commission meeting on July 2, chair Russell Wodiska asked a critical question: If the commercial property of Founder’s Row has been reduced (by over 40 percent), how could revenue projections go up? The answer lies in changed formulas for predicting school children. Overall revenues for Founder’s Row are down. We are losing the whole hotel and approximately

$300,000 in annual revenues (less 80,000 sq. feet commercial space). Yet revenue projections have gone up. The main reason is that the City recently changed its “formula” for predicting school children. In 2015, 2017 and May 2018, the City predicted 43-106 children for Mason Row. Now in a change of formulas, the City predicts only 43 to 64.5 children. Voilà, a savings of $620,000 a year! (41.5 fewer children x $14,893 for school

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costs.) No wonder Founder’s Row looks like the highest net annual revenue range per acre! But it’s all in the formulas. In 2015 to mid-2018, we used the formula of 0.33 school age children per apartment. In June 2018, staff decided to apply “actual numbers” and since apartments over Harris Teeter resulted in 27 students (Lincoln at Tinner Hill only 19 students), City Staff now predicts only 43 students for Founder’s Row. But are we comparing apples and oranges? Harris Teeter is uncozily-located between W. Broad St. and W. Annandale Road. Founder’s Row is more family-friendly — with apartment

entrances off residential Park Avenue, a swimming pool and middle school and high school in easy walking distance. The City’s original formula seems much more appropriate, and its projections of 43-106 students more likely. This leads to key questions: why do formulas change mid-project? Will the City ask Spectrum to pay the cost of educating every student who moves into its apartments (or like Pearson Square will City residents pay — now a project deficit over $400,000 dollars a year?)? Who bears the costs of changing formulas? Developers certainly enjoy the benefits! Kathy Kleiman Falls Church


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Most of us think of spring and summer as the time the birds start singing, the flowers start blooming and the weather warms up. In the world of water quality monitoring, it means we are dusting off our secchi disks and getting our sampling equipment ready — because water quality monitoring is essential to understanding the health of our waterways, land and people. Here are the best reasons for, and advantages of, getting to know the health of your local stream this summer. Understanding how you and your local stream are connected We all live in a watershed and whether we know it or not, we have an effect on our local waterways and our local water also affects us. Whether you frequent the local fishing hole, love to kayak or just love to eat seafood, understanding the health of your local and regional watershed can help you make more informed decisions on what to eat and where to play. For instance, if you live in an area that contains a combined sewer overflow system or areas susceptible to leaking septic systems or broken sewer lines, monitoring bacteria (E.coli or other Enterococcus bacteria) levels in waterways can indicate when the water is safe to swim. These bacteria can cause illness in anyone recreating in or on the water, so it’s important to know when their levels are high in a local stream so you know when to avoid swimming or entering the water.

Advocating for action Once you become familiar with your local, state or regional water quality issues, you have the foundation work in place to become a great advocate for action. Depending on the water quality issue, there are plenty of things you can do in your everyday life to make a

“Everything we do in our local watershed impacts the Chesapeake Bay.” change. If bacteria is the main issue, picking up your pet waste, encouraging your neighbors to pick up pet waste or setting up pet waste stations in your neighborhood or local park are great options to raise awareness and help mitigate issues. Additionally, working with your local health department on monitoring efforts can help them identify problem areas and issue advisories for unsafe conditions. Working with your local government officials can raise awareness about such issues as a broken sewer line. Other problems can be mitigated by removing turf grass and planting native plants instead. Removing turf grass reduces the need to fertilize and mow. Meanwhile, native plants allow for more water to infiltrate into the ground, reducing runoff to the local storm sewer system. Check out our Reduce Your Stormwater

program and Native Plant Center for do-ityourself resources. Connecting with like-minded people & groups Spreading your good work to your neighbors is a great way to connect and broaden your impact. Additionally, connecting with a local watershed organization is a great opportunity to meet people with similar goals and interests, as well as learn about other ways you can help. Many organizations organize trash cleanups, provide financial incentives to plant native species and offer a variety of other tools and resources to help you make the right choices. It’s also a great way to connect with other people who have an interest in the health of our local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Check out our Project Clean Stream program to organize a trash cleanup near you. Making an impact on the health of the Bay Everything we do in our local watershed impacts the Chesapeake Bay. The biggest issues facing the Bay today are litter, debris, nutrients and sediment. Reducing these contaminants in a local watershed helps to reduce the amount that reaches the Chesapeake and is essential for its restoration to be successful. As a result of efforts already undertaken, we have seen the largest acreage of sea grass in the Bay in the recent decades of monitoring. Though the amount of acreage is still not up to what once covered the Bay floor, this is an indicator that we are headed in the right direction. Now is the time to continue and increase the efforts so that we can ensure a

healthy Bay for future generations. Understanding and being part of the big picture It is imperative to have sustainable water quality monitoring data to be able to track the progress of restoration efforts on our local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay. The state and federal agencies only have the capacity to handle so many sites, so volunteer groups have to fill in the data gaps. For years, there have been hundreds of volunteer groups, agencies and institutions active in collecting environmental data across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Inconsistent protocols and sampling procedures by these groups, though, have limited our ability to build cohesive datasets, making the data difficult to use on a broader scale by the state and federal agencies. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative was established to provide grassroots volunteer monitoring organizations with the opportunity to pool their data of known quality to inform watershed management decision makers and restoration efforts. This summer, as you’re splashing through a creek in a kayak, fishing off your boat in the Bay or wading in a local stream to catch crayfish, think about your connection to your local waterway. Are you doing all that you can to ensure that these waters will be healthy enough to sustain life for years to come? Liz Chudoba is the water quality program manager at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Commentary from Bay Journal News Service.

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NEWS BRIEFS F.C. Affordable Housing Survey Underway The Housing and Human Services Department of the City of Falls Church wants to know the public’s thoughts about affordable housing needs in the City. The results will be incorporated into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the new Affordable Living Policy. Any adult is welcome to take the survey which can be found on the City’s website. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing is considered to be affordable when households pay no more than 30 percent of their gross monthly income for their rent or mortgage, including utilities. Questions asked on the survey include: What percentage of your gross monthly income do you pay to your rent or mortgage? Do you think the City of Falls Church is affordable to live in? What can the City of Falls Church do better to serve its residents and employees in terms of housing? The survey will close at 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31.

Justice High School Has Company As the former J.E.B. Stuart high school of greater Falls Church prepares for its new incarnation as Justice High School, similar changes are taking place at three elementary schools in Petersburg, Virginia, officially purging them of their previous Confederate school names. The schools previously named for A.P. Hill, Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart are now called Cool Spring, Lakemont and Pleasants Lane, respectively. School officials voted in February to change the name of the schools, which was effective as of July 1, and signage outside the schools changed Tuesday, completing the transition from the old names to the new ones. The old signs will be available for purchase by the public. Petersburg officials estimated that the name changes would cost $18,000 and the city received a $20,000 donation to go toward that effort before the vote to rename the schools was final.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced yesterday that 13 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. The graduating companies increased international sales by an average of 82 percent during their two years in the program. The VALET program now has 267 graduates. It assists Virginia exporters that have firmly established their domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy. “The Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program helps companies of all sizes expand into global markets, positioning our existing businesses for growth and significantly contributing to the Commonwealth’s economic vitality,” said Northam. “Virginia is an ideal international gateway—offering a strategic East Coast location, sophisticated logistics infrastructure, and unique assets like the Port of Virginia—and VALET provides the critical tools and expertise for participants to navigate new markets and successfully export products overseas.” Currently, the VALET program has 49 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. To date, 316 Virginia companies have participated in the VALET program.

Va. Ranked 4th Best for Doing Business in U.S. Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano issued the following statement in response to CNBC-TV’s Top States for Business 2018 ranking, which placed Virginia in the fourth spot. “Under Governor Northam’s leadership, Virginia is once again rising to the top of the best states to do business. For our economy to thrive, we must make Virginia a great place for both business and employees. The 2019 budget, passed with the leadership of House and Senate Democrats and signed by Governor Northam, prioritizes job creation, education and vocational training, and expanded health care access to create an economy that works for everyone. We will continue to see Virginia rise in rankings as we work to improve the lives of our constituents and their families.”

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WHO’S THE BEST? The News-Press BEST OF FALLS CHURCH reader vote is back and it’s �me to cast your ballot for your Falls Church-area favorites! Our 9th annual contest features a host of all new categories — now 70 in all — for readers to vote on the best ea�ng, drinking, shopping and more in and around the Li�le City . Winners will be featured in a special BEST OF FALLS CHURCH edi�on of the News-Press on August 30!

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ANNOUNCING THEIR UPCOMING WEDDING is Falls Church resident Alexis Morse and her fiancé, Christopher Cervenka. Morse is a 2011 graduate of George Mason High School and 2015 graduate of James Madison University, where she received a degree in Psychology. Morse is employed as a psychologist for Rockbridge County Public Schools. Cervenka is a 2010 graduate of Urbana High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics. Chris is an SEO Content Manager with OGC Inc./CJ Pony Parts in Charlottesville. The wedding date is set for Oct. 13 in Deltaville, Virginia. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Fall Semester Registration at NOVA Open Now Fall Semester 2018 classes at Northern Virginia Community College begin on Aug. 22 with the start of the 16-week and first 8-week sessions. The 14-week session starts on Sept. 5, the 12-week session starts on Sept. 19, the 10-week session starts on Oct. 3, and the second 8-week session starts on Oct. 17. Register for the Fall Semester at nvcc.edu/admissions/register. html NOVA is an open enrollment institution, so everyone who applies is accepted. Interested students can search the course catalog at nvcc.edu/catalog/index. html and browse the Fall Semester course schedule at nvcc.edu/ schedule/crs2184/index.html.

Classes are conveniently offered at the Annandale Campus (8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale) and five other campuses throughout Northern Virginia. Non-credit Workforce Development courses for working adults are offered at the Annandale Campus and other locations as well. Information about these courses is found at nvcc.edu/ workforce/index.html.

City of F.C. Concert Band to Hold Free Show in Springfield The City of Falls Church Concert Band will be giving a free outdoor concert at the amphitheater in Lee District Park (6601 Telegraph Rd., Franconia) on Wednesday, July 18 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This performance is part of the Fairfax County Summer

Entertainment Series. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and to call 703-324-7469 after 6:30 p.m. for any last-minute weather cancellations. For more information about the City’s concert band, direct questions to Laura Berol at 571-488-0107.

Fairfax Co. Volunteer Opportunities in Local Areas Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services has a bevy of volunteer and job opportunities that are located within the Annandale, Falls Church and McLean areas and may be of interest to local residents. To find out more and register for the volunteer opportunities listed below, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or go to fairfaxcounty. gov/OlderAdults and click on

THE CULMORE CLINIC hosted their annual Wine and International Food Tasting festival on June 30. The speakers, vendors and guests helped make this year’s event the largest ever, with the Clinic successfully raising $29,000 toward its $35,000 goal. (Photo: Courtesy Culmore Clinic) Volunteer Solutions. Grocery shoppers are needed twice a month to help older adults in Falls Church, Annandale and McLean. Mealtime Companions are needed in Falls Church to assist with heating food and providing mealtime companionship. Guidance on working with older adults with cognitive decline offered. Meals on Wheels Drivers are needed in McLean area. Falls Church Meals on Wheels Driver Coordinators — Needed to schedule drivers and manage the monthly meal delivery calendar.

The Wakefield Senior Center is looking for Front Desk Assistants to greet and check in participants. The Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center is looking for musicians, bingo helpers and a Kikuyu-speaking social visitor (flexible schedule). The Bailey’s Senior Center in Falls Church is looking for Front Desk Assistance and a JewelryMaking Instructor to teach a class once a week. The James Lee Senior Center is looking for a piano teacher and one or two line dance instructors to teach a class open to all levels. The Pimmit Hills Senior Center

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THE SUMMER CABARET season at Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron got underway last weekend with a rousing show featuring long-time Falls Church resident Alex Hassan in “Two for a Song.” This weekend, it’s Susan Derry with “Days and Dazed.” The weekly series runs through Sept. 15. (P����: N���-P����)

is looking for musicians (flexible times/days), general administrative volunteers and a ceramics assistant. Vietnamese Meals on Wheels urgently needs drivers in Falls Church-Annandale to deliver midday meals. Non-Vietnamesespeaking volunteers are welcome. The Lewinsville Senior Center needs Instructors for the following classes: Spanish, Italian, ballroom dance and basic guitar. For all volunteer positions, apply online at volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/ custom/1380.

Cabaret Series Continues At Creative Cauldron Creative Cauldron’s (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) Summer Cabaret and Concert

Series continues this weekend with Cauldron newcomer Katherine Riddle and fan favorite Susan Derry. On Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Riddle celebrates the leading ladies of musical theater in “More Than Just a Pretty Face – a tribute to the hardworking ingenue.” On Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. the critically acclaimed soprano Derry performs “Days and Dazed,” a feisty evening of theatre standards, unexpected gems and the occasional pop song. Tickets available online or at the box office. General admission tickets are $22, while seniors/military are $20 and students are $18. Tables for two and four guests are $55 and $110, respectively. For more information, call 703-4369948 or visit creativecauldron.org.

New Principals Announced at Area Schools Two local Fairfax County Public Schools have welcomed new principals for the 2018-19 school year. Maria Eck has been named the new principal of Justice High School, effective July 23. Eck is currently serving as principal of Poe Middle School, where she has been a leader since 2014. Prior to joining the staff at Poe, Eck served as the principal at McNair Elementary School. She has also served as an assistant principal at McNair Elementary and Glasgow Middle School, as well as intersession coordinator at Glen Forest Elementary. Eck formerly worked in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as an adminis-

trator, classroom teacher and an English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teacher. Eck, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, has worked extensively in schools with high percentages of English language learners and has a proven track record of increasing student achievement. A graduate of Florida International University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in education, Eck earned a master’s of education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Ashley Castillo has been named principal of Lemon Road Elementary School, effective August 1. Castillo has served as the assistant principal at Shrevewood Elementary School since 2017. Previously, she served as an assistant principal at Westlawn Elementary from 2014-17, and has also served as an advanced academics resource teacher at Fairhill Elementary as well as McNair Elementary. Castillo has also worked as a classroom teacher at McNair Elementary. Castillo has had an abundance of experience supporting and celebrating diverse populations and communities and has a deep understanding of all types of learners and their needs. She is dedicated to continuing the work of collaborative teams as a method of increasing student achievement, and to continuing the positive, caring culture at Lemon Road through the continued implementation of the Positivity Project. Castillo holds a bachelor of science degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies from James Madison University and a master’s in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. She also holds a K-12 Gifted Education Endorsement from the University of Virginia.

Choralis Summer Sings Kick Off on Wednesday Area choristers are invited to join members of Choralis on Tuesday, July 17 for a sing-through

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the Faure Requiem and the Rutter Requiem, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann. There will be keyboard accompaniment. The Sing begins at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church). Admission is $15 and score rental is available for $5.

Bookstore Invites Top Authors for July Showcases One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington), is hosting two events this upcoming week as a part of a full slate of talented authors throughout the month of July. On Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m.: From the New York Times bestselling authors of “America’s First Daughter” comes “My Dear Hamilton,” the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton — a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal and tragedy. Co-author Laura Kamoie will be on hand to share from her experience in helping pen this novel, that draws on thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before — portraying not just a wronged wife, but also a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. On Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m.: Historian Paul French (“Midnight in Peking”) will be in conversation with journalist Scott Tong (“A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World”) about French’s new book “City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Shanghai.” This event is best suited for readers of Erik Larson, Karen Abbott and other masters of nonfiction, “City of Devils” is a ragsto-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of 1930s Shanghai.


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News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

This week’s Board of Supervisors meeting was one of the longer ones in recent memory. The Board agenda was replete with the usual items – approval of grant applications for human services programs, local transportation program changes, and several land use cases, as examples. What made the meeting long, and unusually interesting, was the debate to adopt an operational energy strategy, interviews for a new chief of the county’s Fire and Rescue Department, and an hours-long public hearing about the proposed short-term rental ordinance. In 2004, on my motion, Fairfax County adopted its first-ever 20 year Environmental Excellence Vision plan. It centered on two principles: conservation of our limited natural resources must be interwoven into all government decisions, and there must be a commitment to provide the necessary resources to protect our environment. We made a lot of progress but, by 2015, it was time to update the vision plan, to look at how well we were meeting the goals, and what new items might be included in an update. A lengthy community process led to a 2017 update, which added a new chapter about climate change, an issue that wasn’t on most radar screens in 2004. The objectives of energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy were included in the updated Vision Plan, but it needed a strategy to foster collaboration and cooperation between county agencies and employees in pursuit of the new goals, targets, and actions. And that requires significant investment. Following adoption of the energy strategy, by a bipartisan vote of 8 – 2. I offered a follow-on motion to consider designating $4.5 million in the FY 2018 Carryover Review (to be considered in September) for energy projects already identified

to meet the goal of reducing county energy use by 20 percent by 2029. The 10-year investment for this goal is approximately $45 million; however, by year seven, savings generated by the investment essentially will pay for the projects. The annual energy savings are projected to be 264 million BTUs, and the simple Return on Investment is $82 million over 10 years. The Board also interviewed candidates for the position of Fairfax County Fire Chief, and selected Howard County, Maryland, Fire Chief John Butler. Chief Butler will assume his duties on September 1. Until then, John Caussin will continue as Acting Fire Chief. I look forward to working with Chief Butler, and will make every effort to introduce him to Mason District, which is home to six fire stations. To round out the day, and evening, the Board conducted a public hearing which provided testimony about the proposed Short-Term Rental Zoning Ordinance Amendment. More than 40 speakers signed up in advance, but the lateness of the hour meant that some speakers were not able to appear. What we heard were some interesting, sometimes impassioned, stories from residents who already host short-term rentals (which violates the existing Zoning Ordinance), and similarly impassioned testimony from neighbors who want strict regulations imposed on short-term rentals. To allow time for Board members to “digest” all the testimony, and sort out the many options about ordinance language, we deferred decision to our July 31 meeting.

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GOOD CREDIT. GOOD JOB. GOOD REFERENCES. BUT THE LANDLORD DENIED HER THE APARTMENT BECAUSE OF HER DISABILITY. AND THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY. It’s against the law for landlords to deny your application, give you the run around, charge you more rent, or steer you away from a rental complex or neighborhood because of your disability. If you suspect housing discrimination, file a complaint with HUD or your local fair housing center, so we can investigate it.

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FAIR HOUSING IS YOUR RIGHT. USE IT. A public service message from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the National Fair Housing Alliance. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability. For more information, visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing.

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

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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

A FAMILY OF FOUR SPENDS $1500 A YEAR ON FOOD THEY DON’T EAT

I suspect everyone harbors some local personal “soft spots.” That’s what I call those sites you pass by that trigger old memories — some pleasant, some awkward, all specific — that color your rapport with your hometown. Herewith, as a summer reverie, are some that stick with me after six decades in Arlington: The playground at Mount Olivet Church at N. Glebe Rd. and 15th St. is where as a kindergartner I fell off the jungle gym and banged my chin. Gulf Branch, the creek flowing down to the Potomac from Military Rd., is where as a kid I slipped on a rock and earned a permanent scar on my shin. James Madison Elementary School (now a senior center) exudes many personal memories. But most vivid is of hearing the principal come on the P.A. during my fifth grade year to announce the assassination of President Kennedy. The slope at Tuckahoe Elementary School leading down to the ballfield was where I sat in 1964 when the peewee football coach gave me a tryout as a fullback. After two ball carries, he deemed me a lineman, a position I played through high school. The parking lot of the Duron paint store at Lee Highway and Glebe will forever be the site where in the early 1960s, my football teammate Billy Thomas died

after crashing his bicycle, helmetless, into a pole. The Columbia Pike Artist Studio on S. Walter Reed Dr. is where in 1965 I had my first guitar lesson — setting me on course for a lifetime pleasure. A certain Rivercrest split-level house on N. 38th St. has a double driveway and garage. But after a snowstorm when I was 10, I offered to shovel what I mistook for a single driveway. I still ache at the thought of spending twice the time for half the money. Williamsburg Middle School has a tile “W” on the lobby floor outside the media center. My class of ’68 raised the money for that plaque selling Fannie Farmer candies, and I witnessed its installation. The Yorktown High School athletic field parking lot is where, at age 15, I broke my best friend’s arm. I smashed a car “borrowed” from his parents into a pole. The traffic light at Lee Highway and Lexington St. is one I accidentally ran as a licensed teen driver, earning me my first (of not many) citations. The steep hill at N. Quebec St. near Nellie Custis Dr. is where some high school mates spent a Friday night in the woods. When cops staking out drug dealers questioned our innocent gang, they brought one girlfriend to tears. In the earworm department, every time I pass the CVS at Sycamore St. and Williamsburg Blvd., my mind is invaded by

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CRIME REPORT Week of July 2 – 8, 2018 Hit and Run, 6763-R1 Wilson Blvd (Planet Fitness), between 1 and 7 PM, July 1, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny from Building, 500 N Washington St, between June 26 and July 3, unknown suspect(s) removed an electrical Power Logger computer device from an electrical box. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 400 E Broad St (Frady Park), July 3, 11:29 PM, a male, 18, of Washington, DC, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Assault, 6757 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), July 4, 12:24 AM, three persons attempted to break up a fight and were assaulted. Suspects described as two Asian males. One male was wearing a white shirt, short

length hair, and sleeve tattoos on both arms. The other suspect was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and had medium length hair. Investigation continues. Assault, 1230 W Broad St (Giant Parking lot), July 4, 5:20 PM, officers responded to a report of an assault just occurred. A female, 39, of McLean, VA, was arrested for Assault. Drug Violation, 1000 blk N Sycamore St, July 5, 7:22 PM, a male, 19, of Falls Church, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Hit and Run, 6607 Wilson Blvd (BJ’s Wholesale), July 4, between 9:30 and 10:30 AM, a vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Hit and Run, S West St/W Broad

JULY 12 – 18, 2018 | PAGE 13 radio memories of hearing the sexist Todd Rungren 1971 hit “We Gotta Get You a Woman.” The Sunrise Senior Living facility at 2000 N. Glebe is next to the Glebe Commons townhomes where I lived with my parents during college. My shy mother asked if I would speak at a zoning hearing on behalf of neighbors seeking to block a builder’s plan to construct the retirement community. Ironically, when Mom was in her final days in 2010, we visited that Sunrise and nearly booked her in. Have some local soft spots of your own? Send them to cclarkjedd@aol.com. *** The vision of a pedestrianfriendly and green “transit town” at the undeveloped East Falls Church Metro Station just faded further into the distance. County Manager Mark Schwartz last week proposed postponing the planned western entrance to the station until after 2030 — citing a more immediate budget crunch. That came as no surprise to Mike Nardolilli, chair of the 2010 task force that created the vision. “We were aware that the split in ownership of the large Metro parking lot between Metro and VDOT would prevent its development for several years,” he told me. “Nonetheless, the task force included both the western entrance development of the Metro lot in our plan as key elements for the future of our neighborhood.” St, July 7, 5:40 PM, a vehicle was rear-ended by a blue Ford Taurus, whose driver refused to exchange information. Investigation continues. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 100 blk Tinners Hill St, July 7, 10:39 PM, a male, 22, of Vienna, VA, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Felony Possession of Cocaine. Destruction of Property, 455 S Maple Ave (Lincoln at Tinner Hill), July 8, 4:04 PM, juveniles throwing rocks from the rooftop of Pearson Square damaged a window screen. OTHER A male, 25, of Alexandria, VA, was extradited from South Carolina and arrested July 3, 7:18 PM, for Felony Breaking and Entering and Felony Theft of Motor Vehicle related to an incident at Koon’s Ford November 22, 2017. A female, 23, of Alexandria, VA, was arrested by Fairfax Police, July 3, 3:08 PM, on a Capias for Failure to Appear in Falls Church District Court. Underlying charge was Driving While Suspended.


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Trump Meets His Master

The unofficial but actual leader of the Republican Party in the U.S. is scheduled to meet one-on-one behind closed doors with his puppet stooge in Helsinki on Monday: the leader of the GOP being Vladimir Putin and his minion being his well-trained dog Donald Trump. Let there be no doubt about it, this is what the real world looks like today, not the illusion of anything different. Be reminded of what the bigger picture on a global scale looks like. It is not that different from the era of the Cold War between the U.S. and (now) Russia, because Putin has reconstituted his realm in that way. On the one side of this picture is the Western Alliance, that which grew out of the horrors of two great world wars (considered by many historians FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS really one war with a “long weekend” in its middle). It is veritably unthinkable the carnage of both institutions of civilization and human beings that took place, especially when viewed from the standpoint of the imperfect optimism that led into to the cataclysm. The Western Alliance was established led by American political and economic generosity to prevent this madness from going further. It was buoyed by the Marshall Plan in Europe and the reconstruction of Japan in Asia, and stood for a common security, economic cooperation and the ideal of democratic institutions rooted in the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of Man. On the other side, remnants of the totalitarian tyrannies that rose up between the wars, with roots dating back through eons of brutal empires, remained entrenched, led by the Soviet Union and a shaky Sino-Soviet Axis. This side, too, was defined by military security and economic advantage but never on a serious notion of democratic institutions, and with an aggressive resolve to vanquish the other side. These two competing worlds and world views have altered little since the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, except for the effectiveness of Russian intrusion in the West, in particular the U.S., beginning with the early 1970s Nixon-Brezhnev “detente” and continuing through the deceptions of the Soviet-Russian era of so-called “perestroika” in the 1980s. What naive Westerners thought was a liberalization of SovietRussian policies was, in fact, being played by Moscow in a clever judo-like fashion to advance its strategic objectives. An important aspect of this shift occurred in the West in the form of a deliberate switch by Moscow from promoting a leftist approach to political intervention to advanting a radical right-wing approach. This began to happen in the early 1970s, done under “detente” by deceiving right-wing currents in the U.S., like Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover, that it would help to put down the anti-Vietnam War and pro-civil rights ferment of that era. The infusion into the U.S. of thousands of Russian emigres during “detente” was a move to supplant the older organized crime elements here with a new crime wave that became known as the “Russian mafia” that helped spearhead the rise of the alt-right and build its brand through old tricks of blackmail and deceit. One of its earliest captures was Donald Trump. In the era of “sex, drugs and rock and roll” of the 1970s, he was a very easy target and with the help of one or more “sparrows” (see the book/film “Red Sparrow”) has been owned lock, stock and barrel for over 40 years. So now we see Trump as president of the U.S. (with the invaluable contribution of Russian electoral dirty tricks) stumbling into Europe to weaken the Western Alliance, politically, militarily and economically. How did this happen? Many have simply been asleep at the wheel. Others have been recruited as complicit accomplices by way of blackmail and corruption, including many leaders of the so-called Republican Party. But cooperating Republicans better watch out. While they giggle over their temporary gains in the U.S. – tax reform for the rich and a shift in the makeup of the Supreme Court that will disenfranchise minorities, strip social safety nets and obliterate regulations – the deeper shift in the global balance of power will soon be to their very unpleasant detriment.

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 Nicholas Benton may be emailed at nfbenton@fcnp.com.

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The Village That Raised Kavanaugh In the weeks ahead, we’re going to spend a lot of time going over Brett Kavanaugh’s biography — where he’s from and what he’s written. But that’s not the most important way to understand the guy. Kavanaugh is the product of a community. He is the product of a conservative legal infrastructure that develops ideas, recruits talent, links rising stars, nurtures genius, molds and launches judicial nominees. It almost doesn’t matter which Republican is president. The conservative legal infrastructure is the entity driving the whole project. It almost doesn’t even matter if this person is confirmed or shot down; there are dozens more who can fill the vacancy, NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE just as smart and just as conservative. This community didn’t just happen; it was selfconsciously built. If you want to understand how to permanently change the political landscape, it’s a good idea to study and be inspired by how it was done. Back in the 1970s, the legal establishment was liberal. Yale Law School was the dynamic center of liberal legal thinking. Lawyers who had begun their careers during the New Deal were at the height of their power and prestige. The Ford Foundation funded a series of legal aid organizations to advance liberal causes and to dominate the law schools. Even Republican Supreme Court picks like Harry Blackmun and Sandra Day O’Connor tended to drift left because the prevailing winds in the whole profession were strongly heading that way. As Steven Teles notes in “The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement,” the first conservative efforts to stand up to the left failed. Business groups funded a series of conservative public interest law firms. But the business groups had no intellectual heft, they were opportunistic and they had zero moral appeal.Then things began to turn around. First came the critique. In 1980, Michael Horowitz wrote a seminal report for the Sarah Scaife Foundation, explaining why conservatives were impotent in the legal sphere. Horowitz suggested, for example, that conservative legal organizations pick cases in which they represented underdogs against big institutions associated with the left. Then came the intellectual entrepreneurs. Aaron Director of the University of Chicago Law School inspired many of the thinkers — like Ronald Coase and Richard Posner — who would create the law and economics movement. This was a body of ideas that moved from the fringes of American legal thought to the very center. This movement was funded by groups like the John M. Olin Foundation, which was willing to invest for the long term and not worry

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about “metrics” or “measurable outcomes.” Then came the network entrepreneurs. In 1982, a group of law students including Lee Liberman Otis, David McIntosh and Steven Calabresi founded the Federalist Society, which was fundamentally a debating society. They could have just hosted events with like-minded speakers, but debates were more interesting and attracted better crowds. The Federalist Society spread to other law schools and beyond pretty quickly. It turned into a friendship community and a professional network, identifying conservative law students who could be promoted to fill clerkships.As Teles points out, the key features of the Federalist Society were the limits it would put on itself. It did not take stands on specific policy issues. It did not sponsor litigation on behalf of favorite causes. It did not rate judicial nominees the way the American Bar Association did. It did not go in for cheap publicity stunts, like the Dartmouth Review crowd of that era did. It wielded its immense influence indirectly, by cohering a serious, disciplined community and letting it do the work. Otis, McIntosh and Calabresi all went to work in the Reagan administration. They are now part of a vast army of conservative legal cadres, several generations deep, working throughout the system or at organizations like the Center for Individual Rights and the Institute for Justice. The conservative legal establishment is fully mature. Trump bucked the conservative foreign policy establishment and the conservative economic establishment, but he’s given the conservative legal establishment more power than ever before, which is why there are so few never-Trumpers in legal circles. As establishments mature they begin to fracture. As Teles mentioned to me in an email, all the judges on any GOP list are going to be skeptical of Roe v. Wade, but Federalist Society types are now divided on many of the issues coming to the fore: criminal justice reform, executive power and the constitutionality of the administrative state. The members often break down on libertarian versus conservative lines, or, as we saw in the behind the scenes jockeying recently, between social conservatives (for Amy Coney Barrett) and establishment conservatives (for Kavanaugh). I’d be surprised, though, if any of these splits fundamentally disrupted this establishment. The people who built the conservative legal establishment built a community over several decades — with deep roots and strong fraternal and professional bonds. It’s a lesson for everybody. If you emphasize professional excellence first, if you gain a foothold in society’s mainstream institutions, if you build a cohesive band of brothers and sisters, you can transform the landscape of your field.


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Business News & Notes Kombucha Making Workshop at Dancing Mind Friday Dancing Mind is hosting a kombucha making workshop on Friday, July 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. The event will include yoga, an interactive workshop conducted by nutrition and health coach Rachel Abbett, and tastings. Participants will leave with a mason jar of freshly brewed kombucha and a culture. Dancing Mind is located at 929 W. Broad Street, Suite 101, in Falls Church. For more information, visit www.DancingMind.com.

Mad Fox Celebrates 8th Year, Also Its Beer Served at New Audi Field Mad Fox Brewing Company’s craft beer will be available at Audi Field which is expected to open Saturday, July 14, the same date as Mad Fox Brewing’s all day eighth anniversary celebration. Audi Field will be the home for D.C. United and it will also host a variety of other cultural events, community activities, concerts, and sporting events. The state-of-the-art urban facility has a capacity of 20,000 fans and will feature luxury suites, a bike valet, and mixed-use retail and residential space on site, making it a 365-day destination for fans and DC Metro residents. Audi Field is located at 100 Potomac Avenue, SW, two blocks from Nationals Park where Mad Fox’s craft beer is also available. For more information about Mad Fox Brewing Company or its anniversary celebration, visit www. madfoxbrewing.com.

F.C.’s Cyclebar Teams Up with Wolf Trap Animal Rescue Cyclebar Falls Church is teaming up with Wolf Trap Animal Rescue to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with a CycleGiving ride on Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. A minimum donation of $25 is required to participate in the ride with all proceeds going directly to the local animal rescue organization and its mission to save dogs and cats from euthanasia. Cyclebar Falls Church is located at 301 W. Broad Street. For more information, stop by the studio or call 571-249-3216.

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New Fed Banking Regulations Presented at Next F.C. Chamber Lunch Darien Bates will present “How New Federal Banking Regulations on Community Banks Will Impact the Business Community” on Tuesday, July 17 at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Luncheon. Bates, who has experience working with the Promontory Interfinancial Network, Discovering Oz, Planit, and the Falls Church News-Press, is currently Senior VP of Applied Data Strategy at Datanova Scientific and the founder/principal of Datileo. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Italian Café, 7161 Lee Highway, Falls Church. Tickets with advanced registration are $27 for members and $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available. For more information or to RSVP, go to www.FallsChurchChamber.org.

Clare & Don’s Hosting Benefit for Arc of NoVa Clare & Don’s Beach Shack is hosting Dine Out for People with Disabilities to benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia on Thursday, July 19. Clare & Don’s will donate 10 percent of all dining sales throughout the day to the nonprofit that provides programs and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Live music by Big Tow and a raffle to benefit The Arc will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. Clare & Don’s Beach Shack is located at 130 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information, visit thearcofnova.org.

GJG Insurance Collecting for SPCA GJG Insurance, owned and operated by Gary Gayer, is collecting items for the SPCA of Fredericksburg. This animal shelter is in great need of donations as they have been frequently reaching capacity this summer. Alerted to the situation by an employee, GJG Insurance will be collecting blankets, food, and toys for dogs and cats through the month of July in their office at 125 N. Washington Street, Suite 100 in Falls Church. A wish list of needed items can be found at fburgspca.ort/wishlist. For more information about GJG Insurance, stop by the office or call 703)-241-8100.  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at sally@fallschurchchamber.org.

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Remembering Harlan Ellison And His Place In My Life by Ted White

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Harlan Ellison is dead at 84. That’s a bit hard for me to grasp. Harlan was a force of nature throughout most of my life. I met Harlan when he was 21. I was 17. We were in Cleveland for the 1955 World Science Fiction Convention. We’d been corresponding for two years, but this was our first face to face meeting. Harlan was trying to sell someone a subscription to his fanzine, Dimensions. “Hey, Ted!” he called me over. “Tell her what a great fanzine Dimensions is!” I did, because it was, its pages packed with contributions from some of the top professional science fiction writers and many of the top fan writers. What I didn’t say — because I didn’t know it then — was that Dimensions had already seen its last issue. The talk of that convention was an issue of Lowdown magazine — a sleazy competitor to the popular Confidential, an equally sleazy tell-all magazine of that era — which Harlan was brandishing. Lowdown had a cover story about a juvenile delinquent, a Brooklyn gang member, named Cheech Beldone. Harlan had written it — “but they rewrote it into a first-person story by Beldone!” — and it was his first professional sale. He was alternatingly proud and anguished, proud of his sale, and anguished at what he said the editors had done to it. Throughout the convention the story became the butt of many jokes. Harlan was not universally liked then. Harlan Ellison was a small man, who was only five feet, two inches tall. Some have speculated that this gave him “a Napoleon complex.” He was a dynamo of energy, a fast-talker, and annoying to some. He had been a controversial figure in science fiction fandom, then a small community of only a few hundred people. He stood out, unique among his peers. I was glad to be his friend. We shared a suite in the convention hotel with three or four other fans, and at one point Harlan noticed the typewriter I’d brought to the convention. It was an ultra-thin portable, about the size of a thick phone book. “I must have that typewriter, Ted,” he told me. “I need it.” He demanded I sell it to him. I had no intention of selling it, but Harlan was a terrific salesman and over the course of the convention, he wore me down, and I sold him the typewriter. He gave me ten or twenty dollars down on it and promised me the remainder —

several hundred dollars — later. As I subsequently heard from Harlan, he used the typewriter to write a story on his return flight to New York City, and then a week or two later loaned it to a New York fan named Ken. Ken, an unemployed movie buff, pawned the typewriter and lost the ticket. Typewriter gone. End of story? Not quite. Several years passed. Harlan married and was then drafted into the army. We saw each other at a few conventions, and on each occasion he assured me he hadn’t forgotten his debt to me, but right then he didn’t have the money. In 1959 I moved to New York City with my first wife to begin a career as a professional jazz critic and subsequently a writer and editor of science fiction. By then Harlan was living in a Chicago suburb, working as an editor. But in early summer 1960 Harlan moved back to New York City, divorced from his first wife. For several months he stayed with us in our Greenwich Village apartment on Christopher St. Then he got an apartment of his own just three doors up the street. Proximity to me reinforced in Harlan his need to settle his debt to me. But Harlan was scuffling as a freelance writer; he had no regular income and coming up with an extra several hundred dollars wasn’t easy for him. But one August evening we went to a party in the Bronx and there encountered Ken, whom Harlan hadn’t seen in nearly five years. Harlan braced him for the money. Ken had effectively stolen the typewriter after all, and clearly owed Harlan, who owed me. Harlan was forceful in his demands, but Ken, still without a real income of his own (later he would edit a movie magazine), gave Harlan no satisfaction. But he did something else. He told his best friend about Harlan’s demand, and the colorful threats Harlan had made. His best friend told his mother. The mother was a crackpot who routinely complained to the FBI that her son’s antagonists were “Commies.” She called the NYPD and told them Harlan was a heroin dealer. Ironically, Harlan did not use drugs or intoxicants of any kind, abstaining from both alcohol and caffeine (but he did sometimes smoke cigarettes or a pipe, I think for the image more than any other reason). When we went to jazz clubs together he ordered a glass of orange juice, which he could pass off as a Screwdriver. When the police arrived at his door, Harlan was flabbergasted

at the notion that he was a drug dealer, and freely allowed them to search his small apartment. In his closet, on a high shelf and in a box, they found three things: a small revolver, a set of brass knuckles, and a switchblade. They promptly arrested Harlan for possessing an unlicensed gun. New York City had very tough gun laws. Harlan spent the next 24 hours in jail, in “The Tombs,” in lower Manhattan. He was arraigned the next day, in the middle of a rare hurricane hitting New York City. Once bailed out and back in his apartment, Harlan told my wife and me about his experiences, which shocked and horrified him. He was upset. So I suggested he write up his experiences for The Village Voice, where he was then a columnist — he’d walked into their storefront offices on Sheridan Square and sold a regular weekly column to them — and this he did. The next issue had a headline across the top of the front page, “Harlan Ellison – Buried in the Tombs!” The box the police had found was, Harlan said, a box of props he used for lectures he gave on juvie gangs. He had, he said, run with a gang in Brooklyn’s Red Hook area in the mid-’50s, to get material to write. Hence the “Cheech Beldone” piece in Lowdown. Frankly, I have my doubts about that. During the period in question Harlan shared an apartment with Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett (both science fiction writers). He worked in a Times Square bookstore. During his spare time, as Silverberg recalls, Harlan was mostly at his typewriter, writing stories. All three men had a contract with two science fiction magazine publishers to write a specific number of words of science fiction each month, for a monthly check. Harlan was churning out stories, many under pseudonyms, at a great rate. Silverberg discounts Harlan’s stories about running with a juvie gang, but Harlan did subsequently publish a novel about those gangs. He also published a book called “Memos From Purgatory.” It was “non-fiction,” and an expansion of “Buried in the Tombs.” As he explained to me before it was published, there just wasn’t a book’s worth of material in the experience. So he folded in the juvie gang stuff, “meeting” an old gang acquaintance in jail, and using his story to fill out the book. He apologized to me for the fiction and told me he’d dedicated the book to me. He also paid me the money he’d owed me for over five years.

HARLAN ELLISON (left) presenting Ted White with a Hugo award at the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention in Oakland, California. (Photo: Courtesy William Rotsler) There are a lot of stories about the man. I’ve told several of them myself. Some revolve around his prodigious energy and output. Others around his entertaining style of dealing with people. Yet others about his never-finished anthology, “The Last Dangerous Visions” (still in limbo, with hundreds of stories purchased decades ago). He moved to Hollywood in 1961, splitting with his second wife (to whom I had introduced him in 1960) in the process, and started generating a whole bunch of new stories – one of which, concerning an encounter with Frank Sinatra, was written up by Gay Talese in Esquire magazine in 1966. Harlan was famous for writing finished stories in bookstore windows, on display to passersby. In 1960, while he was living with us, we had a small party (maybe a half-dozen people), during which he wrote a complete story, “Daniel White For The Greater Good.” He’d write a couple pages, then command everyone’s attention while he read them out loud, and then continue. It was a good story, subsequently anthologized after its original magazine publication. I noticed Harlan’s writing habits. In those pre-computer days of typewriters, he would insert a “sandwich” into his typewriter consisting of a top sheet, a carbon sheet, a second sheet, another carbon and a third sheet, producing an original and two copies. Harlan’s first-drafts were his final drafts. If he made an error — took a story in the wrong direction — he’d discard that page and start it anew, from the top. He rarely made “typos” — mistyping errors — and turned in very clean manuscripts, all first and final drafts. He had learned to do this early in his writing career. Even as a fanzine writer he wrote “on stencil” single drafts for his mimeographed publications. As a professional writer he valued speed

— the need to turn out a lot of material in as short a time as possible. He had those contracts to do a set wordage every month. He came in on the very end of the pulp magazine era and the “pulp hacks” like John D. MacDonald who supported themselves as writers with prodigious outputs. He saw himself being in that tradition. He had a lot of energy and it didn’t go solely into his writing. He was very fit and could do athletic tricks, like suspending himself sideways from a streetlight pole. We lived in a fourthfloor walk-up (no elevator). He bounded up those stairs. We hadn’t met face to face for years, but we kept in touch, mostly by phone. “Ted!” he’d bark. “Why do I always come out looking bad in your stories?” That was after I’d written a piece called “The Bet” for a fanzine about how Harlan lost his record collection in a bet with me, and reclaimed it by threatening me with that revolver he kept in his closet. He threatened to shoot me in the leg. Losing the bet had unhinged him; he’d been sure he was right (and wasn’t). He convinced me that he might actually shoot me. Later of course he fulsomely apologized. I wanted to visit him when I was in Los Angeles last year. Our mutual friend Greg Benford tried to set it up. But Harlan wasn’t seeing anyone by then. The man I’d always known as thin and wiry had gained a lot of weight and was confined to his bed. He’d had a heart attack and strokes. I don’t think he wanted people to see him in his current state. An entertaining speaker, he’d once popped up on late-night TV talk shows like Tom Snyder’s. Now he was diminished. That had to be hard for him. But throughout his life he was larger than life, a force of nature, exuding a strength that exceeded his physical dimensions. I’ll always be glad I knew him.


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Children’s Center Celebrates 50 Years of Pioneering Education by Adam Rosenfeld

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Fifty years ago, a group of passionate like-minded individuals dedicated their lives to changing the landscape of early childhood education. Founded in 1968, the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center started in the basement of Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church. Today, with an entire facility connected to Lemon Road Elementary, the purpose is still the same: to get young children, especially those of low socioeconomic status, ready for elementary school. “The core mission is to provide the best possible early childhood education and support for the entire family so that all children are ready for school,” Margery Leveen Sher, a former director told the News-Press. “That is regardless of their family’s income or their circumstance or the abilities or disabilities of the children.” Serving kids aged 18 months through six years, one aspect that sets the center apart from its competitors is the ratio of teachers to kids. There are 25 staff members for 80 preschoolers and three teachers for every classroom. While some people might find this statistic overwhelming, it is necessary because of the makeup of the classrooms. “Because our ratio is much better, we’re able to meet the needs of all kinds of kids, kids that come here and don’t speak any English, or children with disabilities,” Elizabeth Page, another former director said. “I don’t think we could meet the needs of those kids if we didn’t have the ratio that we have.” Not only does the center cater to disadvantaged students, but it deliberately sets aside half of their spots for low-income working families. It is able to accommodate a portion of the 17 percent of households in Fairfax that bring in under $50,000 a year through subsidies. Between the support of their faith groups and the Fairfax County government, the center is able to either waive or decrease the tuition for low-income families. Sher highlighted this aspect of their mission because she said it is important to represent the underprivileged persons that many County residents are unaware exist in Fairfax.

“I call it the ‘Hidden Fairfax,’” Sher said. “It is all around us. A mile away from the most affluent people living in their McMansions, are pockets of low-income people, people living in poverty. It’s in every community in McLean and Falls Church.” The center also emphasizes classroom diversity. Recently, however, it has been harder for the center to attract families of different races because as part of the application process, they must go to the Fairfax County Government Center. This is a scary endeavor for many nonwhite families because regardless of their legal status in the United States, they are worried they will be unfairly scrutinized. Moreover, while 47.5 percent of the population of Fairfax is non-white, those demographics are not widely represented in many child-care facilities. The center hopes to curb systemic problems like these by better representing the racial makeup of Fairfax County and accomodating every family. So, many of the center’s staff are bilingual and most signs throughout the building are in both English and Spanish. “Some of our families have said to me that this is a safe place for them,” Page said. “It’s like a haven because they can speak to the teachers in their native language and because we’re not judgemental. We treat everybody equally and families feel it. It makes a big difference.” Along with creating a diverse environment, the center offers an alternative curriculum which differs from most preschools. The concept the center adopted is one which stresses the importance of children learning through play. The school implements the Creative Curriculum developed by the company Teaching Strategies which uses lesson plans like cooking to learn about chemistry and understanding architecture through designing a building with blocks. “Children learn through play, and we know that through research,” Sher said. “If a 2-yearold is sitting at a desk and working on worksheets, then it is a very poor quality program. This is the highest quality full day preschool you could find anywhere.” While the school has been a cornerstone of the Falls Church community for 50 years, the pro-

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grams and mindset adopted by the center have not yet attained the same popularity throughout the rest of the country. Page said, however, that it is imperative for people to begin to understand that young children have a better chance of being successful if they get a headstart in their education. “It would be helpful if the community at-large would really appreciate what we do here, and be more supportive,” she said. “I wish the world would wake up and notice that kids do well if they get a good start, but it’s hard to spread the word.” Residents interested in learning more about the Falls ChurchMcLean Children’s Center can visit fcmlcc.org.

SINCE 1968, the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center has been serving the Fairfax Community. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in April (bottom). The center has continued to be a trailblazer in early childhood education, always emphasizing the “learning through play” mentality. and stress inclusivity, which is evident in the diversity of their classrooms. (Photo: News-Press)


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JULY 12 Concerts in the Park: Tom Principato. Residents can hear concert music at this week’s event in Cherry Hill Park. Free concerts every Thursday through August 2. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA) 7 – 8:30 p.m. 703-248-5077. Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Playtime with Early Literacy Center Toys. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5034.

Teen Writers Studio. Learn about book editing and publishing in a conversation with Julie Scheina, a former senior editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Rising grades 6 – 12. Registration is required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-248-5034. Reptile Storytime. Interested residents are encouraged to head over to Long Branch Nature Center to hear stories about reptiles. Ages 2 – 10. Registration is required. Long Branch Nature Center (625 S Carlin Springs Rd). 3:30 – 4 p.m. 703-228-6535.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Night Rainbow Campfire. Residents are invited to venture over to Long Branch Amphitheatre for a night of old-fashioned fun. The program will have activities like stories, special animal guests, games, songs and s’mores. Registration is required and children must be accompanied by an

adult. Long Branch Nature Center (625 S Carlin Springs Rd). 7 – 8 p.m. 703-228-6535.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Farmers Market. The awardwinning, year-round market is filled with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy and more. City Hill Parking Lot. (300 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA) 8 a.m. – noon. 703248-5027.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Adaptive Family Hike. Residents are invited to take part in a leisurely paced hike through a park. The forested trails will be accessible, smooth and shaded. There will also be a break halfway. Registration is required. Barcroft Park (4200 S Four Mile Run Drive) 10:30 a.m. – noon. 703-228-6535.

MONDAY, JULY 16 ESL Conversation Group. A general conversation group (for adults)

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

TUESDAY, JULY 17 Paws to Read at the Library. Children can come and read with a canine companion. Readers rising grades K-6th. Registration is required. Free to attend. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703248-5034.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Play Your Way Across Asia. Learn about the similarities and differences between Asian and American cultures through play. Rising grades K – 5. Registration is required. Free tp attend. 3 – 4 p.m. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5035.

THEATER&ARTS FRIDAY, JULY 13 “A New Nation.” “A New Nation” is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theatre Works, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. “A New Nation” probes responses to the immigration crisis in the U.S. and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself. Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road, Washington D.C.) $18. 8 p.m. anacostiaartscenter.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 “Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story.” The show is a new one-act opera about a mysterious and unlikely murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, a man shares his bizarre confession con-

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“People for Whom the World Spins and Turns.” This world premiere play by James J. Hsiao, MD, introduces audiences to five recovering addicts and their sometimes-catastrophic attempts to survive a 28-day recovery program. Not yielding to temptation becomes a day-to-day strategy as questionable practices ensue. Relationships begin, strengthen, and disintegrate as these five lives spin, turn, evolve, and stand still. Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Place, Washington D.C.). $39. 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 “Hamilton.” The American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. The National Tour of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation finally comes to D.C. Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC) $99 – $625. 7:30 p.m. kennedy-center.org.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JULY 12 Dan Chute and Chuck. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-2419504. Field Shaman Live and in Concert. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703237-8333. Acoustic Soul. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-241-9504. Slightly Stoopid. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $40 – $55. 6:30 p.m. 703-255-1900. Jorge Drexler Live and in Concert. The State Theatre (220

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N Washington St., Falls Church). $59 – $99. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. Poco and Atlantic Rhythm Section. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. RitaRita. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Russ and Dave from Going Going Gone. 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). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Systema Solar. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $23. 7 p.m. 703-2370300. Donnell Rawlings. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $29.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. MILO in the Doldrums EP Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Juanes Live and in Concert. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $40 – $80. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 40 Dollar Fine. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Alex Guthrie Live and in Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 6 p.m. 703-2551566. 2 From the Heart Live and in Concert. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-5329283. Melanie Fiona Live and in Concert. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria).

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$45. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Beethoven’s Ninth. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $25 – $60. 8:15 p.m. 703-255-1900. Mojo Queen Zeno with Memphis Gold. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Tyler Plazio “Memories” EP Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 9:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Josh Schmidt. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Lady D Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504. Josh Allen Band Live. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-2419504.

La Santa Cecilia. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $18. 6 p.m. 703237-0300.

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Michael Henderson Live and in Concert. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m.

Jonny Lang. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $48. 6:30 p.m. 703237-0300.

Sherman Holmes Band Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

Ethan Schaefer CD Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12. 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 16 Mobley Live and in Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. The Magic Numbers Live and in Concert. Union Stage (740 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C.). $15. 8 p.m. 877-987-6487 Wolf Blues Jam. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls

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Mark Wenner with the Blue Warriors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Eric Scott and Mutlu Live. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. Jake Clemons. Union Stage (740 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C.). $20 – $40. 7:30 p.m. 877-9876487

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