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million. That lack stunned some on the Council, including Mayor David Tarter who said that revenue will be a “hugely important” factor in mitigating the cost to taxpayers of the school construction, and called for an estimate of that revenue flow to be developed urgently, and a new assessment of the cost to
Updates at Monday night’s Falls Church City Council meeting to two proposed large-scale mixed use projects that have been before the Council on repeated occasions both moved closer to the starting line. One, already approved, was just a report and the other was a temporarily unsuccessful effort at winning a Council vote for a preliminary approval. Eight new mixed-use projects have been completed in the Little City since 2004 and, according to a City economic development review reported by the NewsPress, are currently generating more new tax revenues to the City as a proportion of total budget than in any other regional jurisdiction. But there are two more eager to add to that, the Mill Creek’s long-awaited Founder’s (formerly Mason) Row project of 4.2 acres at the northeast corner of W. Broad and N. West Street, and the Insight Builders’ more recently proposed 2.68-acre E. Broad at N. Washington plan. Representatives of Insight were hoping the Council would vote for a preliminary OK Monday night, but after a lengthy presentation and discussion, and a lot of comment from citizens living in the neighborhood, the Council deferred a vote until after Labor Day. Disappointed with that were not only the developers, but also the large contingent present from the Creative Cauldron performing arts and learning theater, who just last week inked the deal to move into the project with 5,000 square
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CHEERING FALLS CHURCH CITY’S Lou Olom (right) at his 100th birthday party at the Mustang Cafe in George Mason High School last Saturday were Barbara Cram (left) and Tori McKinney. Longtime F.C. civic activist Olom turned 100 this past Monday, July 10. (P����: G��� M�����)
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With less than two weeks to go before the Falls Church City Council will be voting to forward a petition to place a $120 million school bond referendum on the November 2017 ballot, the estimated taxpayer cost of a new school has so far excluded any projected tax revenue coming
from the development of 10 acres on the 34-acre school site. This fact came to light for the first time late into the night at this Monday’s Council meeting. Lacking that revenue source, preliminary estimates of the impact of the new school on taxpayers have been projected as very significant, even with the sale of 10 acres of the land to a commercial developer for around $40
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taxpayers of the new school be presented before the scheduled July 24 vote to proceed with a referendum. Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields explained to the Council that the reason no such estimates had been asked for from the City’s consultants was that he wanted to take a very conservative, low-risk approach to calculating the burden the new high school will place on city taxpayers. “In modeling the transaction, we decided that from a risk management perspective to not include tax revenue projections because we don’t think they should be counted on, and including them would just add another layer of risk,” he said. But Councilman Phil Duncan protested, saying, “We can’t pretend to the public that we’re not expecting tax revenue.” Mayor Tarter added, “Tax revenue from the project is hugely important. It will add more money on the tax side.” Mayor Tarter summed up the public deliberation with the consul-
tants in the wee hours of Tuesday morning by identifying three matters that need to be addressed as the Council comes down to the last two weeks before a petition to the court to place a referendum on the November ballot will need to be approved. The Council is scheduled to take that vote at its July 24 meeting. Tarter listed the three factors as 1. an estimation of the annual tax yield of the consultants’ perceived optimum development of the 10 acres and an assessment on how that would alter the City’s estimate of the tax burden of citizens of the new school, 2. a dialogue with the public on the matter (a public forum is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 19) and 3. the establishment of what he called “guard rails,” or limitations, on development that the community may want to set in place. In Monday’s meeting, in an extraordinary way, the general public was invited to high level economic development deliberations between an expert consulting team, in this case the Washington, D.C.based firm of Alvarez and Marsal, and a governing body, in this case
the Falls Church City Council, that are normally reserved for secret and candid behind-closed-doors meetings. This represented a departure based on a decision by the City Council to bring in the public at some risk of impairing its competitive edge, done to optimize the public’s support for the outcome of the talks, given that outcome will undoubtedly involve asking the public to vote in favor of a hefty school bond referendum in November. Unfortunately, despite this intent, the public discussion of the economic development potential of 10 acres of the 34 City-owned acres occupied by George Mason High and Henderson Middle School, did not begin until after 11 p.m. Monday, carrying on until almost 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. (A video of that deliberation can be seen on the City’s website.) Among the more candid exchanges that took place between the Council and the consultants centered on the flexibility and creativity that the consultants would urge potential developers to exercise on the site.
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Councilman David Snyder asked that, even though the consultants based their estimates of the economic potential of the site on the brief Urban Land Institute assessment taken three years ago, “what if someone came in with a proposal for something entirely different?” “We would welcome that. We would want maximum flexibility,” consultant Jay Brown replied. “We would want the greatest innovations and pushing of the envelope.” The best outcomes often are the result of “a bright idea that none of us thought of.” For this, he said, “We need to look for outliers.” He conceded their current modeling was “necessarily conservative,” but they’d encourage something different. Council member Letty Hardi said that the campus location “is one of the few spots in the City where building high will not have an impact on residential neighborhoods,” and that citizens may want to know what the revenue yield will be on buildings five stories high compared to ones 10 stories high. Consultant Ted Richard responded, “If the City wants to encourage that (greater height), we could go higher, maybe not to 20 stories, but to 10 or 12 certainly.
He said that if there were someone like a Wegman’s that wanted to come in and take over the entire 10 acres, “that would make this analysis a lot easier.” He added that given the likely buyer (or lessee) of the site, based on the estimate that it will undertake $380 million in development there, the City’s asking for $10 million up front will not “scare them off.” The acquisition would likely be by a “extraordinarily well capitalized” large company that could complete the transaction on an allcash basis, bankrolling it from it internal cash flow “out of pocket.” Councilman Dan Sze asked if that would preclude anyone except sovereign fund entities, and Richard said that would not be a bad thing. Brown said that in order to gain yield from taxes, the City may want to include a provision in the deal requiring construction within 10 years of acquisition, and he added that for the amount of money involved, he doubts a developer would want to waste any time. “They’ll be incentivized to get stuff done right away,” he advised. Next Wednesday’s public forum on the campus project will be held in the Council chambers of City Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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feet facing onto Broad Street. The highly-acclaimed small theater program is facing the expiration of its current lease in the Pearson Square building on S. Maple in two years, and is eager to have a new home for making a seamless move by June 2019. The common issue for both projects is that the developers want the Council’s blessing to build without having any signed leases to confirm who will occupy them. In the case of Founder’s Row, Mill Creek will require a Council approval of a revision to its plan to accommodate its decision to substitute for a hotel with a large, age-restricted (55 and up) apartment building in addition to a movie theater, regular apartments and ample retail anchored by at least one large restaurant. But Tom Caldwell of Mill Creek
assured the Council he will not be back seeking that OK until he has leases signed for the movie theater and restaurant, which he said Monday are both near at hand. But the Council did not hide its disappointment in the project’s failure to move forward to date, and neither did neighbors to the site who spoke up. At least one business owner currently on the site, Ken Currle of the Sunoco station at 934 W. Broad St., complained that for years now he’s had to operate on a month-tomonth lease arrangement which has handcuffed his ability to expand and renovate his site as his Sunoco parent company has desired. Caldwell offered a “mea culpa” for the delays, and also for the unfortunate move at one point recently to divide the 7-Eleven parking lot that ran into a blizzard of public outrage and had to be quickly reversed. He
said it was done to force an unresponsive 7-Eleven organization to the bargaining table to work out terms of that store’s exit from the site. On the Insight project, the complaints coming from the Council were three-part: the inability to date to come to agreeable terms with neighbors on Lawton Street just behind the site in terms of proposed height and setback modifications; the lack of any signed leases for its retail component, which is also supposed to be anchored by a large restaurant; and lastly, a less-than-spectacular (in Mayor David Tarter’s view) overall proposal, in terms of the net tax yield it is projected to bring to the City. Attesting to the high quality and outstanding reputation of the developer, “You can do better,” Tarter told them in closing comments before the vote to defer action was taken (a
AMONG THOSE ADDRESSING the Falls Church City Council Monday night advocating for a preliminary approval of the E. Broad at N. Washington project was Ariana Vargas, an 11-year old Falls Church student who has been an active participant in the Creative Cauldron learning theater, that hopes to be relocated to that site when its current lease expires in two years. (Photo: News-Press)
6-1 vote with Karen Oliver the lone dissenter). Tarter also urged the Founder’s Row developers to renew efforts at finding a hotel option for its site. Whatever the reason for the
loss of the earlier deal for a hotel there, he said, it could not be due to the lack of a market for one at that site, so he encouraged a redoubled effort to identify another hotel candidate.
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Hey, Wegmans! Were you tuned into the Falls Church City Council meeting Monday night? With no West Coast baseball to watch during the All-Star break, maybe you accidentally had the Falls Church Cable channel tuned in to cure your insomnia around midnight. As reported in this edition, when the fantastic idea of planting a giant Wegman’s store on 10 acres of the Falls Church campus site, the City’s consultants grinned, saying if anything like that were desirous of moving onto the site, it would make their and the City’s work a lot easier. Talk about a cash cow that could pay off a new high school! But why not? There is a crazy tendency to treat really big new ideas with derision and ridicule. But the City of Falls Church has really had only one economic development champion in its history, who came into City Hall in the late 1990s and thought big and out of the box. Unfortunately, the late David Holmes (RIP) fell ill and left too soon. But among other things, he was serious about luring the world headquarters of Capital One to Falls Church’s west end. It didn’t happen, but not for want of his trying. Now, something akin to Mr. Holmes’ scale of visioning has been retained by the City as consultants tasked with attracting something big to the 10 acres of the campus site, the nationally-acclaimed firm of Alvarez and Marsal. In what has been all open meetings with the F.C. Council and its sub-groups in the last month or so, they’ve been way too deferential, in our view, to conservative and low-scale preferences of the noisiest of City residents. Regrettably, they’ve been taking their cues from the City Council on this score. But the spectacular reality of this summer is this: on the one hand, the City needs to pour over $200 million in capital projects, a new City Hall, library and high school, among other things; and, on the other hand, these 10 City-owned acres could generate a true windfall to the City in both land acquisition and tax receipt values that could cover a good portion of those costs over a relatively short time. Now, Mayor David Tarter and most on the Council seem to think it is important to include so-called “guard rails” in any request for proposals from developers that ostensibly are designed to set limits based on citizens preferences and prejudices. The biggest problem with this is the chronic disconnect between citizen perceptions on what they’d ideally like and the costs they’re asked to bear in taxes. They tend to want everything and don’t want to pay for anything. So, such citizens are hardly a reliable good counsel on what’s in the City’s best interest. That’s the job of City Council members, professional City staff and expert professional consultants. In the campus project case, there should simply be, at least for now, no “guard rails,” period.
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Before modern detection means, coal miners would use canaries in cages to determine whether the levels of toxic and explosive gasses were rising to the danger point. If the canary kept singing, then things were probably all right. If the canary stopped singing—or worse yet, fell over—immediate action was necessary. Today, Falls Church must play a similar role with regard to Metro service and funding. As a regular rider and representative of Falls Church, I used to express concerns about service disruptions in regional meetings, but was always met with responses that these were just one-off situations. Now, finally, the problems with Metro are becoming better publicized and understood. Among them are: poor and unreliable service causing ridership losses; safety lapses; deferred maintenance; inconsistent and inadequate funding; and feuding within the Board of Directors as members seek to protect their own jurisdictional interests at the expense of others. The total solution remains elusive, although some widely-publicized steps are being considered. The current General Manager seems willing to try to reverse the downward slide—but at a high cost to riders, especially commuters, through reduced service and increased fares. Major interests have proposed governance changes. And regional political leaders are talking about more funding, but what form
that will take—and when—are anything but certain. Meanwhile, Falls Church, which has consistently tried to be a positive voice in regional bodies, is uniquely underserved by Metro with no Metro station in our borders
“It is time to demand more return value for our investments in Metro, or reconsider the City’s funding for Metro.” and very little direct economic development from Metro, compared to every other Northern Virginia Metro funding jurisdiction. Even our minimal bus service has been cut. Yet, through this year, we still contributed financially, just as we always have. Now, unless things change, we face the risk of dramatically higher subsidies with no commensurate value — subsidies that will compete even more with our other governmental needs for capital projects, education, and public safety. Considering these negative developments, it is time to demand more return value for our investments in Metro, or reconsider the City’s funding for Metro. The most urgent issue relates to rapidly
increasing Falls Church funding obligations for Metro, which must come out of our local government budget. For FY 18, the budget just passed, net of all other revenue sources we had to allocate $962,000 for Metro, or additional cents on the tax rate. The annual Metro subsidy funding obligation will climb to more than $1 million in succeeding years. Not only is this a financial burden, it consumes funds that could be used on local transportation priorities, such as neighborhood traffic calming. Recognizing these realities, I have stated clearly in regional bodies that this level of local governmental support is no longer sustainable for us. I gather that the larger jurisdictions may be beginning to understand this perspective and to talk more about this issue. So far, our efforts to restore bus service have been futile: the argument being that a larger neighboring jurisdiction provided more funding for the line that also served us, and that entity was satisfied with the reduction in service. But, through the Route 7 Bus Rapid Transit project now in the planning stages, we may be able to increase service to our citizens and businesses by putting our City directly on a well-served and attractive regional transit line, almost as if we had a Metro station in our downtown. Another opportunity for Metro to show us value is for a partnership with the City of Falls Church that assists and supports us in
economic development near George Mason High School. Such assistance and support would benefit our City in tax generation, but would also help Metro through increasing ridership and parking revenues now lost at West Falls Church with the launch of the Silver line. Finally, long term operating and capital revenue shortfalls must be addressed. In my opinion, neither should be the responsibility of NOVA local governments, already carrying the load for providing most governmental services. Instead, Richmond and Washington need to come forward with revenue. And if regional revenues are needed, my preferred option would be an add on to the regional sales tax and to establish a floor on the regional gas tax designated for transit funding to reduce the lost revenue from the reduction in gasoline prices. Like the canary in the coal mine due to our small size, Falls Church often experiences growing problems earlier than other larger jurisdictions. This is certainly true for Metro. So, now is the time to continue to sharpen our messaging and engagement relating to Metro. In doing so, we can help find responsible solutions and achieve more value for our citizens at least equal to our Metro-related costs. The entire region will be benefit from lessons we learn and positive outcomes we achieve as a result. David Snyder is a member of the Falls Church City Council.
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NEWS BRIEFS F.C. Street Sweeping Schedule Updated The street sweeping schedule for the City of Falls Church has been updated to include sweeping south of Broad St. on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14, and sweeping north of Broad St. on Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18. The City’s street sweeping contractor reports a large number of vehicles parked on streets as well as debris in the gutters. City officials encourage residents to park their vehicles off the streets from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the day their area is scheduled for sweeping and to clear the gutter of large debris and yard waste. Doing so helps crews do a more efficient and effective job of preventing more than 200 tons of debris from entering our regional waterways. In addition to moving vehicles, the city says residents can help by using a broom or shovel and dustpan to sweep the gutter pan when debris accumulates, including pollen, leaves, trash, and sediment. This is especially helpful in areas that routinely have cars parked on the street. Debris should be placed in the trash, not with yard waste. The remaining July street sweeping schedule is subject to change for weather: Thursday and Friday, July 13-14, residential areas south of Broad St.; Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18, residential areas north of Broad St. Commercial areas and municipal parking areas will be swept in the evening and overnight.
Regional Transportation Open House Tonight The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is scheduled to host an open house and public hearing for Northern Virginians to learn about the Draft TransAction Plan and share comments in regards to it. The open house will commence at 5:30 p.m. and the public hearing at 7:00 p.m. tonight, July 13, at the NVTA offices, 10455 Armstrong Street in Fairfax. The NVTA had urged the public to learn about and comment on the draft TransAction plan addressing the projected increase in traffic congestion and crowding on transit services. Specifically, the population in Northern Virginia is forecasted to increase by 24 percent, and employment by 37 percent by 2040. The draft TransAction plan identifies more than 350 candidate projects and $44 billion in unmet transportation needs.
F.C. Wins Annual Solarize Virginia Competition The annual good-hearted Solarize Virginia competition between Falls Church, Vienna and Fairfax City was won by Falls Church for the first time this year, and a celebration was held at the Vienna Town Hall last night. Federal funding for the program runs out next year, so it will conclude the program to urge residents to sign up for ways to utilize solar power for their homes.
New Carousel at Lee District Park Unveiled A ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held at the Lee District Family Recreation Area in Fairfax County last Saturday officially opened Chessie’s Carousel there. Modeled after the popular Clemyjontri Park carousel in McLean, this new addition to Lee District Park allows riders who use wheelchairs to transfer to a bench and move vertically, rather than riding in a fixed position. The carousel has a Chesapeake Bay theme with creatures that include a sea horse, sea turtle, hummingbird, frog, deer, whooping crane, swan chair, eagle, coyote, wheelchair chariot and horses. Carousel animals were constructed in fiberglass for ease of lifetime maintenance.
ADU Available in Pearson Square Falls Church’s Department of Housing and Human Services announced last week that an affordable dwelling unit, or ADU, is available for rent at Pearson Square on S. Maple Ave. The one-bedroom, one-bath unit is 900-square feet and is $1,220 per month plus fees and utilities. The lottery for the available ADU will be held Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at City Hall, 300 Park Ave. in Falls Church. To qualify for the lottery, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, their total household liquid assets cannot exceed $40,000 and total household income must be between 50–80 percent of HUD area median income ($38,605–61,786 for one person and $44,120–70,592 for two people). ADU lottery priority will be given to current City of Falls Church residents, employees who work in the City and seniors with disabilities. Applications are available on the City’s web site and at the HHS office in City Hall. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, August 1.
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RE-EMERGING ONTO THE SCENE after nearly five years with his latest exhibit, Color-full Romance, local artist and watercolor specialist Bill Abel (far right) debuted his new works at Falls Church Art and Frame last Friday. Abel showcased a variety of new techniques as a part his collection, namely that most paintings were done without sketching the designs beforehand, allowing each piece to be produced organically. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Gittins)
Falls Church’s Miles Butler Featured In Fringe Festival Falls Church resident and a 2010 graduate of George Mason High School, Miles Butler, is a featured performer in a D.C. Fringe Festival production of “Shinka” in its world premiere. It is a dance and theater work by Ren Gyo Soh that “explores the mystery of living beings.” In a press release it is noted that “shinka” is a Japanese word whose meaning changes depending on the Japanese characters chosen, with meanings ranging from evolution, true value, deepening, burning heart and divine song. Butler, who played Puck in the Mason High production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2010 and performed major roles in many regional theaters, has studied at the City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn, majoring in theater, and is coming to D.C. to perform in the show next week.
Showtimes are Thursday, July 13 at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, July 15 at 2:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Ave. NE, Washington D.C.)
RSVP Northern Virginia Holds Orientation In F.C. RSVP Northern Virginia will hold a volunteer orientation, Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m., at the Thomas Jefferson Library (7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church), near Loehman’s Plaza Shopping Center. RSVP Northern Virginia is a regional program that provides individualized support to connect adults ages 55 and older with volunteer service opportunities. RSVP is the region’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older. RSVP volunteers respond to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of
Alexandria. RSVP offers a wide array of opportunities for volunteers including providing rides, support and meals to older neighbors, assisting local veterans in need and helping prepare communities for disasters. Volunteers with RSVP enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group projects and social events. For more information about the orientation or about RSVP, please visit rsvpnova.org, email rsvp@ volunteerfairfax.org or call 703403-5360. RSVP orientations typically last one hour.
McLean’s Paul Kohlenberger Receives Community Award Paul Kohlenberger has been named the Friends of the McLean Community Center (FMCC) organization’s 2017 “Friend in Deed.”
THREE MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL students (from left to right) Nicolas Hauser, Diego Ignacio and Jonathan Epp will represent the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region along with their team, the Beltway House of Hoops, as a top-seed at the national Amatuer Athletic Union tournament in Orlando, Fla. starting on Wednesday, July 19. (Photo: Courtesy Marty Hauser) Kohlenberger is the 26th person to receive this award “with gratitude for outstanding leadership and support of the McLean Community Center.” FMCC President W. Glenn Yarborough, Jr. presented the award at the group’s annual meeting on Monday, June 5. At the completion of the McLean Community Center’s renovation, Kohlenberger’s name will be added to the list of award recipients on the “Friend in Deed” plaque, which is displayed in the
Center’s main lobby. Kohlenberger, who is president of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and of the Historical Society of Fairfax County, is a longtime resident of McLean who is active in a number of community organizations. He has been instrumental in promoting the FMCC through helping establish the group’s website, offering new program ideas, promoting membership initiatives and documenting the Friends history and role
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in the building of the McLean Community Center (MCC). Some of his program ideas have included the Friends’ 50th Anniversary Reception (held in 2014) and the “Meet the Candidates” receptions, which provide a platform for community members to meet the candidates running for election to MCC’s Governing Board. In addition, Kohlenberger, a two-term member of the MCC Governing Board, served for three years as the Liaison from the Board to FMCC. According to Yarborough, Kohlenberger has been instrumental in assisting the organization to progress in a number of ways. “Paul always has new ideas to move the Friends of the MCC forward. He goes the extra mile by always making himself available to help – be it day or night. Most of all, Paul’s love and dedication to the McLean community and the Center has always been most evident.” For more information on Friends of MCC or to volunteer, visit friendsmcc.com.
Art Lover’s Choice Event At Creative Cauldron All Falls Church residents and area locals are invited to attend a different kind of fundraiser with the Art Lover’s Choice event to support Creative Cauldron (410 S Maple Ave., Falls Church). Stop by the Creative Cauldron and view an eclectic exhibit of artwork donated by generous patrons and artists. Attendees can pick their favorite piece(s) of art and will have the option to add them to their collection for just $50. The exhibit opened last Saturday, July 8 and runs until its conclusion with Art Lover’s Choice event on Sunday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Purchase your ticket to the Art Lover’s Choice event and join guests for a reception of light hors d’oeuvres and libations where a raffle will determine the night’s art
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winner, which is every attendee at the event. Each and every ticket purchased will have a code on it and, when yours is called, you’ll get to choose a work of art to take home. A few surprise items will be live auctioned by a special guest.
New Pastor To Be Installed And Celebrated On July 13 St. Anthony of Padua Church (3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church), will celebrate the installation of its new pastor, Father Matthew Zuberbueler, today at 7 p.m. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington will be the principal celebrant. Saint Anthony Padua Church is located in one of the most diverse zip codes in Virginia, 22041, with a Hispanic and additional Foreignborn population significantly above the state average. The estimated Hispanic and Latino population was the most populous ethnic group in 2010. “The Hispanic community has a sense of belief and faith that’s very strong,” says Father Zuberbueler who is fluent in Spanish. “I’m excited because it is a dynamic and active parish.” Father Matthew Zuberbueler, was born March 14, 1970. Zuberbueler attended seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. He spent his transitional diaconate at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, and was ordained to the priesthood by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington May 18, 1996. Since then, he has served as parochial vicar of St. Timothy Parish, Blessed Sacrament Parish, the Cathedral of St. Thomas More and Sacred Heart Parish and its mission, St. Bridget of Ireland Parish. He also served as chaplain and assistant principal at Pope John Paul the Great High School and most recently served as parochial administrator of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria.
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AT A FUNDRAISER hosted by the LGBT Victory Fund in D.C. Monday, Virginia state delegate candidate Danica Roem (center), who won in a Democratic primary �ield of four last month for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Bob Marshall in the 67th District, was joined by incumbent Virginia Democratic state delegates Adam Ebbin (left) and Mark Sickles. Roem is transgender and Ebbin and Sickles are both openly gay. Ben Finzel was the principal organizer of the event. (P����: N���-P����)
Gov. McAuliffe Awards Grant To Stuart High School Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has awarded a $50,000 high school innovation grant to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to develop programs that emphasize personalized learning; in college, career and civic readiness; and alignment with local workforce needs. FCPS was among five school divisions to receive an initial planning grant from the governor. The FCPS grant was awarded to J.E.B. Stuart High School to create a curriculum to meet the instructional needs of English learners and students with little formal education, as well as providing opportunities for mentoring, career exploration and intern-
ships. The instructional program will focus on teaching literacy, numeracy and workforce readiness.
Local Dean’s List Recipients Announced Residents who achieved a 3.5 or higher Grade Point Average have been recognized on their university’s Dean’s List. They’re listed as follows, with those receiving special distinctions noted otherwise. Kathyrn Derby (Dean’s List of Distinction) – University of Northern Colorado; Jaime Calderon (Highest Honors), Flor Chavez-Cruz and Sheila Evans – McDaniel College; Conor Lyons – Fairfield University; Cynthia Temeles – Saint Mary’s College;
Alexa Jeffrey, Jing Luo, Misha Vessali and Michael Winters – Boston University; Emma Axtell, Charles Christiansen and Yiyi Ma – Iowa State University; Nicolas Abbott, Anna Ayre, Christian Bean, Peter Bean, Emily Bernhard, Matteo D’Agostino, Samuel de VignierAwad, Alicia Devereaux, Anna Do, Zachary Ellis, Thomas Gittins, Emily Glissman, Sofia Goyonaga-Calatayud, Sylvia Greer, Carrie Gudenkauf, Kathy Jiang, Katherine Katz, Peter Kress, Rebecca Leidenheimer, Priscilla Mariam, Mary Nichols, Eric Nubbe, Nicholas Petrihos, QuynhNhu Phan, Robert Rank and Anne Winebrenner – College of William & Mary; Tyler Gogal and Hannah Keller – Northeastern University.
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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s
News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross
Housing costs too much in the Washington metropolitan region. That’s a fact, not an alternative fact. According to a June 2017 report by the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, “individuals and families all along the income spectrum can face obstacles finding affordable and appropriate housing in the Greater Washington region.” The report points out that the challenges are not limited to low-income workers and families. The affordability rule of thumb is that no more than 30 percent of the household’s gross income is spent on rent or ownership costs. Using that approach, an annual household gross income of $100,000 should be able to support rent or mortgage of $2500 per month. Fairfax County’s area median income (AMI) is bit higher than that: $113,000 for household; $129,000 for family. While the median seems high, remember that median means half of the incomes are higher than the median, half lower. AMI is used to determine eligibility for subsidized housing programs. A living wage of $15 per hour has been discussed or implemented in some area jurisdictions. However, applying a living wage to the normal 2080 annual hours of a 40-hour work week yields an individual income of only $31,200. Thirty percent of that means just $780 is available for housing. No wonder folks are doubling and tripling up, bunking with friends, or still living in their parents’ basement! Housing choice also is at risk. Every community needs a “menu” of housing choices — apartments, condominiums, townhouses, single family detached homes. Some jurisdictions permit micro-units (small studio apartments with full kitchen and bathroom). In Fairfax County and in the City of Alexandria, adaptive re-use of office buildings into live/work units
with common area amenities have been approved. With a rapidly growing regional population, and more expected by 2040, the region is lagging severely in the number of housing units needed now, as well as the types needed. A public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, will focus on “Why Housing Matters,” and Fairfax County’s Community-wide Housing Strategic Plan. Staff from the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development will present information about how housing supports local economic growth and sustainability, as well as developing specific, measurable, and actionable strategies for meeting county-wide housing goals. More information is available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ rha/communityhousingplan.htm. Spotlight by Starlight, the free summer concert series at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, features the ever-popular Capitol Steps this Sunday, July 16. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., but many concert-goers arrive very early to snag their favorite seat, as well as a parking space! The amphitheatre can accommodate about 400 on bench seating, with space available for lawn chairs and picnic blankets in the “loge” area. There also is an elevated seating area for concert-goers in wheelchairs. You can be sure that the Capitol Steps has lots of fun, new material about the new administration and Congress, and maybe even the media! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a great evening of live entertainment — free! I look forward to seeing you there. Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at email@example.com.
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I am frequently asked how advocacy groups decide to endorse (or not) a candidate for public office. Usually, if the candidate is an incumbent endorsements are based upon that candidate’s voting record. If the candidate is not an incumbent, the candidate is asked to complete a questionnaire and possibly sit for an interview with members of the possibly endorsing group; sometimes incumbents are asked to complete questionnaires and sit for interviews as well. What an endorsement actually means varies widely from organization to organization. Many times an endorsement is simply that: a public seal of approval from an organization. Occasionally, an endorsement offers campaign assistance – messages urging support sent to the endorsing organization’s membership, a post on the organization’s website, volunteer help for the campaign,and/or funding for the campaign. Of course, any material campaign assistance must be reported as a campaign contribution. Not all candidates for public office seek endorsement from all groups offering that opportunity. However I do have a policy of responding to any and all offers of endorsement, whether my views align with the organization making the offer or not. I post endorsements on my website and sometimes use them in campaign advertising as well. In the spirit of full transparency, this year I have decided to publicly post both the questionnaires I have submitted and the ensuing endorsement decisions on my website. To date, I have received endorsement questionnaires from the Equality Virginia Advocates, the FreeThought Equality Fund PAC (“the FEF’s mission is to help elect candidates who defend the separation of church and state), the NRA, the Virginia Professional Firefighters, the Farm Bureau, the AFL-CIO, Virginia’s List,
One Virginia 2021 (request for a pledge), and the FEA/VEA. A few organizations, such as NARAL Pro-Choice, the Sierra Club, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters have offered endorsements based upon my voting record, past accomplishments and past endorsements. I am willing to participate in any endorsement process offered to me; and I will post both the process and the result on my website. Here are a few examples of questions I have been asked in the candidate endorsement process: One Virginia 2021 requested affirmation of the principle “that legislative district lines should not be drawn for the purpose of advantaging or disadvantaging any individual candidate or political party”. I replied that while I do not believe in the concept of campaign pledges and refuse to make advocacy group campaign pledges, the One Virginia 2021 pledge is an exception that I will be proud to make, therefore, I so pledge. A few of the Virginia Education Association’s questions were: how I would work to provide state funding to raise teachers’ salaries, my opinion of state tuition tax credit programs, and a description of my top priorities for ensuring that Virginia offers a high quality education to all. A sample of the questions asked by the NAACP are: what I think are the most pressing issues impacting minorities for the next Virginia General Assembly and how would I propose to address the minority student achievement gap. For more information on candidate endorsement questionnaires and my answers, please go to my website KayeKory.com.
Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house. virginia.gov.
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Just over the footbridge, behind those dense deciduous trees, lies the interior of Roosevelt Island. Centuries before that bully memorial to our 26th president was begun in the 1930s, the 88-acre island once known as Analostan was glimpsed by Captain John Smith and inhabited by Native Americans. But this same turf within spitting distance of the nation’s capital also plays an intriguing role in Arlington history. I heard details last month when a National Park Service cultural resources specialist presented to the Arlington Historical Society at Central Library. Bradley Krueger laid out the travails of John Mason (son of the Gunston Hall owner who conceived the Bill of Rights), who built a summer mansion there beginning in 1806. Mason owned sizable land, Kreuger said, stretching from modern Arlington Cemetery to Chain Bridge and west up to Lee Highway. (That would include the mid-19th century home Dawson Terrace and a mill on Spout Run.) A banker, Mason had a main residence in Georgetown, and enjoyed ferry service to the island begun decades earlier. But a fire broke out at the in-progress home. The event is recorded in a letter from President Thomas Jefferson: “One wing was burnt down and the middle nearly so. They saved their furniture. Suspicions aris-
ing that it was done by one of his house servants who wished the family to go back to Georgetown, he was arrested and on his way to prison with the constable, he jumped out of the boat and drowned himself. I understand the family will continue through the summer in the remaining wing.” By 1807, the island had a causeway, Kreuger said, and that bridge and ferry were likely used in 1814 by President Madison when he was fleeing the British to Falls Church and McLean. Mason planted gardens and orchards. He owned nine slaves (according to his 1856 will). He competed in sheep shearing against neighbor George Washington Park Custis, who was building Arlington House around the same time. Both enjoyed views of Georgetown and may have used the same British architect, George Hadfield. Keeping the island’s south side private and the north side public, Mason’s British gardener achieved what one period travel guide writer called “the most enchanting spot I’ve ever beheld.” According to Gunston Hall curators, Mason Island hosted James Monroe, and Louis Phillipe, Duc d’Orleans, later King of France. But in 1833, Mason had fallen on hard times and had to sell. The public reason: mosquitos. He departed to Fairfax to raise sheep. Mason’s Island was bought by the Carter family and then by D.C. Postmaster William Bradley, who created a retreat where the
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Hit and Run, 500 blk N Washington St, July 3, a WMATA bus was struck by a white box truck which left the scene.
Tampering with Auto, 6600 blk 16th St, July 6, 1:17 AM, officer observed a vehicle with the driver’s door wide open and lights off. The area was searched and no further incidents were found. Arlington advised that they were dealing with multiple incidents of tampering in their jurisdiction and that they had a possible suspect in custody.
Driving Under the Influence, 500 blk S Washington St, July 3, 8 PM, a male, 57, of Sterling, VA, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and reckless driving.
Urinating in Public, 100 blk W Broad St, July 7, 2:07 AM, a male, 28, of the City of Falls Church, was issued a summons for Urinating in Public.
Graffiti/Destruction of Property, 626 S Washington St (Heirloom Catering), July 4, graffiti was found on two dumpsters located at the rear of
Hit and Run, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd (Eden Center parking lot), July 7, a parked vehicle was struck by a black Toyota Rav4 which failed to stop.
Driving Under the Influence, 7100 blk Leesburg Pike, July 3, 2:07 AM, a female, 45, of Falls Church, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
JULY 13 – 19, 2017 | PAGE 13 wealthy enjoyed dancing, feasts and jousting. During the Civil War, “colored” Union troops drilled there, secluded from local whites, Krueger said. Troops would also train there in the Spanish American War and World War II. In the 1880s the island became the Columbia Athletic Club (a photo of the house survives from 1890). In 1913, the Washington Gas Light Co. bought the island. The Ballston Boy Scouts camped there. In 1931, it was sold to the Roosevelt Memorial Association. The Civilian Conservation Corps was brought in to restore the island’s rare plants, and archaeologists excavated the Mason home ruins. That statue of Roosevelt wasn’t completed until 1967. It is the area’s largest, hidden from all but island visitors. *** Our bright future? The accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP gave Arlington a vote of confidence last February when it celebrated the move of its Washington-area offices from Alexandria to Rosslyn. After hosting county officials at a ribbon-cutting party in its high-rise suite, executives confided in me a secret factor in their selection of the new location. A computer mapping of the home addresses of Grant Thornton’s local employees and clients showed that the bulk were bunched around Metro’s path along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Many transportation hours saved. Drunk in Public, 6757 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), July 7, 10:33 PM, a male, 50 of Fairfax, VA,was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Drunk in Public, 112 N West St (Mike’s Deli), July 8, noon, a male, 33, of Ft Washington, MD, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Alcohol, 300 blk N. Virginia Ave, July 8, 11:18 PM, a male, 19, of the City of Falls Church, was issued summonses for Underage Possession of Alcohol and Possession of Marijuana. OTHER ARRESTS A male, 28, of Annandale, VA, was arrested July 4 by Danville, VA police, on an outstanding Falls Church capias for failure to comply. The underlying charge was Driving While Intoxicated, 1st offense. A male, 32, of Arlington, VA, was arrested July 6 by Arlington, VA police on an outstanding Falls Church warrant for Assault and Battery.
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It was just two months ago that I sat down to interview Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in last November’s election. Then, in a cool and collected mood, Kaine said that America’s “Constitutional safeguards” designed by the Founding Fathers to “minimize the risks of an overreaching executive” are working and will prevail in the crisis over the Donald Trump’s presidency. This week, after the black-and-white email revelations about Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager’s high level meeting with a Russian government cut-out to discuss the Russians’ “damaging information” about Hillary Clinton, Kaine became the first U.S. elected official to use the big “T” word — “treason” — in reaction. Some others since have followed suit. FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS Even though there are the powerful “Constitutional safeguards” Kaine talked about earlier, the current situation is unfolding as unprecedented in U.S. history. There has never been an agent of a hostile foreign power, an out-and-out traitor, in the White House before, someone who was put there through a full-blown effort by that hostile power to interfere and disrupt a U.S. national presidential election. This extraordinary reality is what’s before us now. Again, this is unprecedented, and the indisputable fact that this is so has only begun to sink in on some of the most powerful lawmakers in the land. There is no roadmap for how to deal with this. The Founding Fathers did not anticipate something like this. The Constitutional provision for impeachment does not do justice to this new reality. Even a successful impeachment would leave the same treasonous administration in place, only with the vice president instead of the president in control. That does not redress this situation. The impeachment option anticipated action against a corrupt or criminal individual, not a traitor placed there by the effort of the nation’s adversaries. Substituting Pence for Trump will not correct the problem because for all practical purposes he, like Trump, was elected by illegitimate means. The majority of the American people did not vote and intend for this administration and its ideological bent to be in the White House. Not only did the Clinton-Kaine ticket get three million more votes than Trump, but it is the case that the outcome in terms of the Electoral College was corrupted. Again, this is not what the American people voted for. With a GOPdominated Congress, the public favored the offsetting balance in the White House that Clinton-Kaine represented. The public was robbed, robbed by a hostile foreign power. The U.S. cannot afford to allow this current situation to continue. There is too much damage being done, too much advantage being taken by our Russian adversaries to stumble along at the current pace. Of course, many Republicans in Congress are going to be judged very, very harshly by history for their current, cynical collusion to keep Trump in power, despite their knowing the treacherous way he got there, and the treasonous things he’s doing with the nation’s vital interests and security. Insofar as the November election was rendered illegitimate by all that has occurred (and who knows what new bombshells are still to be revealed in the coming days and weeks that could show far more Russian involvement and Trump collaboration with it than we know now) a couple useful reminders: 1. Russia does not function like the U.S. Nothing happens there that is not sanctioned by the Kremlin. So any claims that Russian cut-outs are not linked to Putin are categorically false; 2. The same goes for the Trump campaign. It is not structured to permit rogue or independent actions by campaign officials without a top-down coordination. Both “organizations” are run like Mafias, and in fact both have plenty of history and involvement with Mafia entities. The only remedy to our current national crisis is for the courts, ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, to rule last November’s election null and void and either to order a new election or declare the second-place finishers the winners. Anyone who dismisses such a remedy as too far “out there” has simply failed to grasp the depth of the violation of our democratic institutions that has occurred. .
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Reform That’s Real & Conservative
WARWICK, R.I. — The American health care system has two core problems. It’s the world’s most expensive, and it still leaves many people uninsured. Congressional Republicans have not tried to solve either problem. They have instead offered a plan that cuts spending on the middle class and the poor, funnels the money into a tax cut for the affluent and masquerades as health policy. One of the great shames of their approach is that a different one is available. Conservative health reform is not an oxymoron. Nor is bipartisan health NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE reform. It’s possible to combine conservative and liberal ideas to cover more people while holding down costs. You can find a real-world case study in Rhode Island. The state is obviously a small one, but it has a lot in common with the rest of the country. Its poverty rate is similar to the nation’s, and its opioid crisis is even worse. It has a strongly Democratic metropolitan area (Providence), while Donald Trump won the state’s western half. The story of health reform here involves both Republican and Democratic officials. It involves praise from the conservative Wall Street Journal and the liberal Center for American Progress. Most important, the story involves cost savings, fewer uninsured and a rising quality of care. I’ve been covering Washington long enough to understand that Trump and Mitch McConnell aren’t going to abandon their health care plan simply because it’s a bad one. They have too much invested (and they believe deeply in upward income redistribution). But if Republican holdouts in the Senate continue to block the plan, the health policy debate is eventually going to start fresh. When it does, we could use some role models. Rhode Island’s efforts started almost a decade ago. The governor, a Republican named Don Carcieri, asked the Bush administration for more flexibility with Medicaid in exchange for holding down costs. It was classic conservatism: reduce federal rules, give states more autonomy and let them keep some of the savings. Yet, unlike the Senate bill, Rhode Island’s plan didn’t slash Medicaid carelessly. It came with safeguards, like ensuring that everyone eligible for Medicaid would keep coverage. Carcieri made substantial progress, but costs were still a problem when Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, became governor in 2015. Medicaid accounts for close to one-
third of Rhode Island’s budget. It crowds out spending on schools, roads and other job-creating investments. Unless she could get Medicaid spending under control, Raimondo told me, she wouldn’t be able to do much else. Her strategy has been based on the most important — and, in a strange way, most promising — fact about American health care: Much of our spending doesn’t make us healthier. We go to the emergency room instead of a primarycare doctor. We choose invasive procedures over simpler, more effective ones. We house elderly people in nursing homes instead of offering more pleasant home care. Raimondo’s administration has used the flexibility that Carcieri won — as well as Obamacare provisions — to move away from the high-cost approach. “I want to pay to get you healthier,” she said, “not pay to have something done to you.” I recently tagged along on a nurse’s home visit to a 74-year-old woman here named Annie Hall. Hall is a widow who suffers from Parkinson’s and other conditions. She did not get up from her living room chair during the visit. She likes living where she does: not in a nursing home or hospital, but in the apartment in a wooded area, just off Interstate 95, that she and her husband shared for years. “I don’t want to go to the hospital,” she said. “It’s the worst place to go when you’re sick.” Not so long ago, Hall would have been moved to a nursing home anyway, because that was the default. Today, she is able to stay home, thanks to the nurses from Integra Community Care Network, paid partly by Medicaid, who visit her every week and check up by phone. Hall calls the nurses “my family.” The shift toward home-based care is one reason cost growth has fallen here. In Medicaid, spending per enrollee dropped 6.5 percent last year and is now starting to save the state serious money. Think about how conservative this approach is. It’s based on local, not federal, decision-making. It allows people like Annie Hall to remain in their communities. It saves money for taxpayers. No wonder many Republicans like to point to Rhode Island. Unfortunately, the Senate bill would cause the progress here to unravel, state officials told me. They would lose so much Medicaid funding that they would have to cut back on care — regardless of the effects — and deny insurance to people. A handful of Republican senators are all that’s keeping such damage from happening. I hope they understand they are not only protecting vulnerable Americans. They are also defending truly conservative ideas.
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A Novice Cook Makes Sushi at Home BY EMILY YOUNG TAMPA BAY TIMES
How many novice cooks does it take to make a batch of sushi? For this challenge, I set out to re-create one of my favorite dishes. But I quickly decide I can’t do it alone. When the day for sushimaking arrives, I beg my friend Tori for help. Not only does she share my love of sushi, but I know I can trust her. We’ve been friends for years. Our past cooking adventures have ended in tragedy – we once burned a batch of scoop-and-bake cookies – but whatever happens today, I know she’ll have my back. “Maybe [sushi] will be our thing,” Tori says hopefully. At the library, I check out every sushi cookbook I can find. A braver soul would have attempted sashimi. Instead, I flip past the recipes that call for raw fish and opt only for cooked fish. I almost choose boiled eel, but Tori’s expression makes me rethink that choice. Finally, I settle on three different rolls: Avocado and Mango, California Rolls and Smoked Salmon and Asparagus With Cream Cheese. In the Publix’s seafood aisle, I
panic. How do you know what is more fresh: the frozen shrimp in the freezer or the thawed version behind the counter? Nova Salmon or Lox Salmon? Is fish supposed to smell fishy? I pester an employee behind the counter with paranoid questions. He kindly hands me eight thawed shrimp wrapped in white paper, which makes me feel like I’ve visited an old-fashioned butcher shop. Okay, purchasing seafood isn’t so bad after all. In the produce aisle, I plead with two employees to select perfectly ripe avocados and mangoes for me. “I’m making sushi,” I announce to everyone, as if they care. Sushi rice is hidden in the international aisle, near a section of soy sauce. I hesitate. Since I’m working on a budget, I decide I don’t need the recommended sauces. The sushi will be flavorful on its own, right? A summer storm batters me on the way home. Tori arrives wearing sparkly gold nail polish and dangly earrings that catch the light. Her dark hair is pulled back in the fashion of expert cooks. She laughs when she hears that I’ve opted against any sauces. Nobody likes wasabi, I inform her.
Apparently, she does. To begin, we soak the sushi rice in water to remove excess starch. Tori plunges her hands into the bowl of water, as cold as the ocean in winter. “It’s like shock therapy,” she says. When she removes her hands, grains of rice stick to her fingers like tiny white coquina shells. The whole process of sushimaking is satisfyingly tactile. As the rice cooks, we prepare the fillings. Tori shows me how to peel a cucumber into decorative tiger stripes. She lets it slip that she once roasted asparagus. And she expertly prepares the ripe mango. I begin to suspect she’s not such a cooking novice, after all. “There was a summer ... that I had to take cooking classes,” she confesses. We challenge ourselves with a sushi cookoff: Each of us creates our own roll simultaneously. Covering bamboo mats with plastic wrap, we place nori (seaweed) sheets on top. After we spread a base of rice with our fingers, we layer avocados, mangoes and cucumbers. It’s aesthetically pleasing even before we roll the whole thing into a cylinder. Tori’s turns out the best: a tight roll that produces beautiful slices.
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Smoked Salmon & Asparagus With Cream Cheese • 1 nori sheet • 1 cup sushi rice • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste • 2 tablespoons cream cheese • 2 slices smoked salmon • 2 asparagus spears, blanched & chilled • 2 fresh dill sprigs, minced • Japanese soy sauce, for serving 1. Cover a sushi mat with plastic wrap. Place nori on plastic, shiny side down, and, with wet fingers, spread sushi rice over nori, leaving uncovered a ¾-inch strip of nori on side farthest from you. Holding surface of rice with one hand, turn over rice and nori so that rice is on plastic and nori is on top. Return to mat. Using your index finger, smear wasabi paste and cream cheese over nori. Arrange salmon slices and asparagus spears in center, allowing asparagus to poke out of nori at both ends. Roll sushi. Make sure fillings are enclosed but leave ¼ of nori visible at end farthest from you. Lift up mat and roll for-
The smoked salmon sushi requires a square roll, which means we must carefully mold our sushi using the bamboo mats. “It’s supposed to be square?” Tori asks. “What the heck? Is this like arts and crafts with your food?” When we slice the square roll, it turns out better than we expected:
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White sushi rice encircles a thin black pinwheel of nori, filled with bites of deep pink salmon and fresh green blanched asparagus tips. There’s something innately satisfying about cutting sushi. Each slice reveals a new pattern of vegetables, like unwrapping a culinary present.
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LAST SEASON’S show, “Floyd Collins,” was one of many intriguing productions that have bolstered the theater’s reputation for unique works. (Photo: Courtesy Emily Wall/1st Stage Theater)
1st Stage Theater in Tysons Does Big Shows in Concealed, Bite-Sized Space by Matt Delaney
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Hidden gems often gleam more intensely once they’re unearthed. That holds true for the signless and sequestered 1st Stage Theater in Tysons, where vibrant performances on the inside are masked by its location in an unassuming strip mall. The theater’s sleepy setting is a product of its infancy. Founding artistic director Mark Krikstan gave 1st Stage its start back in 2008 the way most theaters do: with a scrappy crop of volunteer artists and a vision. His goal was to establish the first professional theater company in Fairfax County (hence the name, “1st Stage”) and showcase the quality of work that exists outside Washington, D.C.’s thriving theater scene. Krikstan underestimated the public’s desire for the performing arts as 1st Stage’s popularity boomed despite its humble abode. He soon felt the theater would outgrow him, which led to the hiring of current artistic director Alex Levy in 2014. After working in iconic theater cities such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, Levy felt there was a chance to build something special within the D.C. suburbs. “I saw a company whose community really cared about it, was having a real impact and has access to world-class artists,” Levy said. “Couple that with everything that’s happening in Tysons and how as a community it starts to define itself, so being able to have the conversations about how arts make a community is really exciting.” To turn the corner in its ma-
turity and make the theater into a beacon of entertainment, 1st Stage needed to recruit the area’s best actors and actresses and give customers a panorama of shows to pick from any given season. Accomplishing that was all a part of the three-year strategic plan Levy and the rest of the staff developed upon his arrival. Attracting great artists requires producing great works, which is where 1st Stage’s not-for-profit business model allows them to tailor shows to the community’s broad theatrical palette. By de-emphasizing profits, the theater isn’t driven to put on the most commercially viable shows. Instead, it can use ticket sales along with government, corporate and individual financial support to spotlight works that encourage reflection while keeping its productions affordable. The process can cause confusion. Donors question why performances such as the 2017-18 season’s premiere show, “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” are even on the playbill. To that Levy often replies that if one particular work doesn’t fit their fancy, 1st Stage will have another later in the season that will more than suffice. Plus, the fact that 1st Stage puts on these obscure shows is why the region’s best performers flock to the theater. “The work we do is challenging work that great artists can really dig into – [and] the more you dig, the more there is,” Levy added. “It’s true for our audiences, too. There are never shows where you walk away and [think] it doesn’t matter – the more you think about it, the richer they are... One thing we’re really proud of is the artists at our shows are also
seen at the largest theaters in D.C. The big difference is you’re so close to them.” This September will mark the final year of the original strategic plan Levy and the team designed. Key goals were achieved, such as acquiring a rehearsal space, outsourcing set construction and introducing more programming thanks to partnerships with other arts companies. Now, the next step is to – eventually — migrate out of 1st Stage’s cozy digs and into a theater that allows the staff to do more creatively while still preserving the grassroots vibe that has enchanted its patrons. Though continuing that ascent relies on stable funding. Institutional support isn’t ideal as Virginia and Fairfax County are stingy when it comes to financing the arts, especially compared to Maryland and D.C. Levy knows that for 1st Stage to not only keep what it has going now, but to elevate it later on, the onus will fall on the community to make a demonstrated effort in its name. “We are trying to do something here that has never been done and we’re doing in it a place that’s not used to the conversation of why the arts matter.” Levy stated. “It becomes important that people demand it in the same way that it’s been demanded in Washington and Maryland.” Residential endorsement of the theater has been integral to 1st Stage’s past 10 years. But in order to witness another decade of local arts, that endorsement needs to take on a more holistic meaning.
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THURSDAY, JULY 13 Little Legos at the Library. Lego play time activity for children ages 3-6 years old with a caregiver. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program date at the Youth Services desk in person or by phone. registration not accepted by e-mail. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4:30 p.m. 703-2485034. Concerts in the Park: Mars Rodeo. The Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the Recreation and Parks Department host the 25th annual Summer Concerts in the Park series which began on June 22 and continues through August 3. The series features local musicians of various genres every Thursday evening. Concerts are free. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5077.
Yoga in the Nature Center. The group will start with a short walk around the nature center, then return to the nature center to practice poses representing the plants and animals found on the walk and ending in a short relaxation. No prior experience needed. If you have a Yoga mat bring it, but not required. Registration required. Long Branch Nature Center (625 S Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington). 3 – 3:45 p.m. 703-2286535.
SATURDAY, JULY 15 Bilingual Campfire. The whole family is invited to the Long Branch amphitheater for some old-fashioned fun. The program will be filled with entertaining activities that may include storytelling, special animal guests, games, songs and servings of s’mores. For adults and children. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a reg-
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Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034.
PAWS to Read. Children can read with a canine companion. For grades K-6th. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to the date of every program at the Youth Services desk by phone or in person only. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 702-248-5034.
Playtime with Early Literacy Center. 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. – 2 p.m. 703248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. General conversation group for adults learning English as a second language. Meets every Monday at the regular time. No resistra-
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Quilted Stories at the Library Reading activity geared toward children rising grades K-5. Registration is required. Registration opened July 5 at the Youth Services Desk by phone or in person. Registration not accepted by e-mail. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 702-248-5034.
THEATER&ARTS FRIDAY, JULY 14
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. Vinson Hall Theatre (6521 Old Dominion Dr,. McLean). $25. 8 p.m. mcleanplayers.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY SATURDAY, JULY 15 2 “Broken Glass.” A riveting psychological drama from one of America’s master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality
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in this astonishing and electrifying play about being American, being married, and coming to terms with one’s own identity. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). 7:30 p.m. $67. edcjcc.org.org. “Empanada for a Dream.” By Juan Francisco Villa–Villa, a second generation Colombian immigrant, who performs the one-man show that “is at the heart of our current national debate about what it means to be an American and how much responsibility we owe to each other.” (Chicago Tribune) Part of 1st Stage’s Logan Festival of Solo Performance, the first of its kind in the DC Region. This two-week festival includes performances of three outstanding plays and brings together audience and performers through community discussions, artist interviews, new play readings and more. Ist Stage Theater (1524 Spring Hill Rd. Tysons) 2 p.m. $20. 1ststagetysons.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 16 “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Once upon a time in Anaheim, California, a magical kingdom was constructed. Eight years later, one family’s American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores to audiences. Reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Is there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true? The Hub Theatre (9431 Silver King Ct. Fairfax). $32. 8 p.m. hubtheatre. org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY THURSDAY, JULY 132 Driftwood With Special Guest The Suitcase Junket. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Laura Tsaggaris with Alex the Red Parez and the El Rojos. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $10. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.
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Ryan Palladino. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.
FRIDAY, JULY 14 Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. The Cactus Blossoms with Native Harrow. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Puccini’s Tosca with the Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $25 – $75. 8:15 p.m. 703-255-1900. Matt Kazam. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $22 – $27. 9 p.m. 703237-0300. Siobhan O’Brien. Ireland’s Four Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) 9 p.m. 703-534-8999. Made in the U.S.A. Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-2419504. Greg Snider Duo. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333
SATURDAY, JULY 15 Big Tow Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Claire Cho. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-5329283. The Tenors with the National Symphony Orchestra. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $35 – $75. 8:15 p.m. 703-255-1900. Wheeler Walker Jr. “The Ol’ Wheeler Tour” with Kasey Tyndall. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $30. 8:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. No Second Troy with Mirror Factory. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $12. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340. Siobhan O’Brien. Ireland’s Four
19TH STREET BAND will be at JV’s Restaurant in Falls Church on Thursday. (Photo: 19th Street Band) Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) 9 p.m. 703-534-8999. Downtown Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Saved by the 90’s – Party With the Bayside Tigers. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $17 – $20. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300 Curtis Knocking. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.
SUNDAY, JULY 16 Bentwood Rockers Bluegrass. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1:30 p.m. 703-2419504.
6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283.
Jammin Java Songwriters Circle: A Tribute to The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson feat. Anthony Fiacco + Todd Wright + Luke Brindley. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $16. 7 p.m. 703-2551566.
Ages and Ages + Skyway Man. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 8 p.m. 703255-1566..
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Iota Jam presented by Gordon Sterling. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.
Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.
Mark Wenner and the Blues Warriors. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.
JD Eicher + Mike Mains. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566.
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Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.
KB Whirly. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $8. 10:30 a.m. 703255-1900.
Ramon and Kamaka. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church).
The 19th Street Band. Ireland’s Four Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) 7:30 p.m. 703-534-
Beta Play. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $20. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Bad Influence Band. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Open Mic Night with Alex Parez. Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-5228340.
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Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA
VOLUNTEERS who live in the City of Falls Church are needed to serve on the boards and commissions listed below. Contact the City Clerk’s Oﬃce (703-248-5014, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www. fallschurchva.gov/BC) for an application form or more information. Positions advertised for more than one month may be ﬁlled during each subsequent month. Architectural Advisory Board (alternate) Board of Building Code and Fire Prevention Code Appeals Board of Equalization Historical Commission Housing Commission Library Board of Trustees Recreation and Parks Advisory Board Regional Boards/Commissions: Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Long Term Care Coordinating Council Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Spotlight on the Housing Commission: This Commission maintains awareness of housing needs and opportunities; proposes housing policy initiatives and changes; investigates and conciliates fair housing complaints; mediates conﬂicts relating to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; oﬀers reconcilia-
tory services in conﬂicts relating to other housing laws. The Housing Commission may study housing practices; the availability of aﬀordable housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities, low incomes, or those with special needs; and the availability of rental housing. It encourages voluntary compliance with fair housing laws and improved landlord-tenant relations through education and outreach. The Commission advises the City Council on the use of Federal Housing and Community Development Funds among other things. Members especially needed on the Board of Equalization: The Board of Equalization (BOE) is an independent body appointed by the Circuit Court and charged with determining whether the Oﬃce of Real Estate Assessment has equalized the assessments among property owners. Upon its review, the BOE has the power to increase, decrease, or keep the same assessment. BOE members undergo state mandated training prior to voting in meetings. Members can expect to attend an organizational meeting each year to elect a Chair and Secretary and select meeting dates for hearings. The number of meetings is dependent on the number of appeals received. Meetings are Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm and can run up to 3 hours. Professional members of the accounting, legal, and real estate community are encouraged to apply – the board requires three members from these ﬁelds.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA
The ordinance referenced below (TO1711) was given first reading by the City Council on June 26, 2017; and second reading and public hearing by the CITY COUNCIL are scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. The PLANNING COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on the item on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO17-11) ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE  REGARDING THE FY2018FY2022 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM BUDGET AND APPROPRIATING EXPENDITURE AND REVENUE FUNDS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 This ordinance would amend the FY2018FY2022 Capital Improvements Program to include revenue and expenditure appropriation of $117,300,000 for the George Mason High School and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School project in FY2018.
The ordinance referenced below (TO1712) was given ﬁrst reading by the City Council on June 26, 2017; and second reading and public hearing by CITY COUNCIL are scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard. (TO17-12) ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED ONE HUNDRED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS ($120,000,000.00) TO PAY COSTS INCIDENT TO CONSTRUCTING, EXPANDING, RECONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING, AND/OR REEQUIPPING, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, A NEW OR RENOVATED HIGH SCHOOL AND A PORTION OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND REQUESTING THE CIRCUIT COURT TO ORDER A SPECIAL REFERENDUM ELECTION ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED The School Board requested that the City Council adopt an ordinance to request that the Circuit Court order a referendum on a $120 million bond issuance for the George Mason High School, which would also aﬀect part of the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. This ordinance would request that the Arlington County Circuit Court place the bond referendum on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 general election, and would authorize the issuance of such bonds should the voters approve the referendum. All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. For copies of legislation, contact the City Clerk’s oﬃce at (703-248-5014) or email@example.com. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711). CELESTE HEATH CITY CLERK
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA
The City of Falls Church Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as may be heard, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, to consider the following: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN MAP AMENDMENT TO CHANGE THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION FROM “LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (4.0)” TO “LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (6.0)” AND
“TRANSITIONAL”; AND (TO17-01) AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, BY REZONING A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 51,454 SQUARE FEET OF LAND FROM R-1A, LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO R-1B, MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AT 116 GREAT FALLS STREET AND A PORTION OF THE COLUMBIA BAPTIST CHURCH PROPERTIES AT 308, 310, 312 NORTH MAPLE AVENUE & 103 WEST COLUMBIA STREET, AND REZONING APPROXIMATELY 26,845 SQUARE FEET OF LAND FROM R-1A, LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT TO T-1, TRANSITIONAL DISTRICT, FOR A PORTION OF THE COLUMBIA BAPTIST CHURCH PROPERTIES AT 308, 310, 312 NORTH MAPLE AVENUE & 103 WEST COLUMBIA STREET (REAL PROPERTY CODE NUMBERS 51-103-005 THROUGH 51103-008, 51-103-023, AND 51-103-024), ON APPLICATION BY DAVID F. & EDITH H. SNYDER AND THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA BAPTIST CHURCH Materials can be viewed at the Planning Division, City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Room 300W, Falls Church, VA. 22046, M-F 8:30 AM to 5 PM. 703-248-5040. The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5014 (TTY 711).
PUBLIC HEARING CAPITAL BIKESHARE EXPANSION CITY OF FALLS CHURCH MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017 7:30 PM CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 300 PARK AVENUE, FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
The City will conduct a public hearing on the proposed station locations for the Capital Bikeshare Expansion Project during the City Council’s regularly scheduled August 14, 2017 meeting. The proposed project would install between 10 and 16 Capital Bikeshare stations throughout and adjacent to the City of Falls Church. Project schedule information will be discussed at the public hearing. Preview preliminary project information prior to the public hearing on the project webpage http://www.fallschurchva.gov/ bikeshare or the City of Falls Church Department of Development Services, Suite 301W, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046, telephone 703-03-248-5477 (TTY 711). Please call ahead for staﬀ availability.
Give your written or verbal comments at the hearing or submit them by August 24, 2017 to Ms. Kerri Oddenino, City of Falls Church Department of Development Services, Suite 301W, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. You may also email your comments to koddenino@fallschurchva. gov. Please reference “Capital Bikeshare Expansion Project” in the subject heading. The City of Falls Church ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For information call 703-248-5004 or (TTY 711). State Project # U000-110-192 and U000-110-200, Federal Project # STP-5A01(795). ACCESSIBILITY TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, contact Ms. Kerri Oddenino, City of Falls Church Department of Development Services, Suite 301W, 300 Park Avenue, City of Falls Church, VA 22046, telephone. 703-248-5477 (TTY 711). Persons needing interpreter services for the hearing impaired or those with limited English proﬁciency are requested to notify Ms. Kerri Oddenino no later than Tuesday, August 1, 2017 so appropriate arrangements can be made.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA
The City of Falls Church Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 17, 2017,at 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22046 to consider the following: An application by Railroad, LLC for a Special Exception (Resolution TR17-15) for a cottage housing development in the R-1A, Low Density Residential zoning district on approximately 1.25 acres of land, located at the east end of Railroad Avenue and comprising three parcels (Real Property Code Numbers 52-102-030, 52-102-031, and 52-102-032 [1006 Railroad Avenue]), known as “Railroad Cottages”. Application materials are available on the City’s webpage at the following link: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/1792/Railroad-Cottages-1000-block-of-Railroad Materials can also be viewed at the Planning Division, City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Room 300W, Falls Church, VA. 22046, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 703-248-5040. This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)
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JULY 13 – 19, 2017 | PAGE 21 "Let's Go, Mavs!" 35. Start of a challenge 36. Orange Pixar character 37. "____ Torino" (2008 Clint Eastwood film) 39. Actress Skye of "Say Anything ..." 40. Life lines? 43. Biblical verb ending 44. Uno + due 45. The NFL's is in Canton, Oh. 48. Paul's character in the 1960 film "Exodus" 49. Screams bloody murder 50. His Twitter handle is @SHAQ 51. Not bashful 52. Drunkard 53. Science suffix 57. Freak (out) 58. Calendario span 59. Charlotte of "The Facts of Life" 60. Phil and Oz, for two 61. Many a layover locale 63. Exist 64. Birth certificate info 65. Overhead expense?
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Discover Loose Landfill Covers All Whittier Site
F.C. Amends Plan to Narrow Rt. 7 To Single Lanes for Construction
Is the City of Falls Church’s deal to sell the Whittier site built on a foundation of sand? According to results of a geological study last week, apparently so, more literally than figuratively. The discovery that loose landfill – ranging in depth from five to 10 feet – covers the entire Whittier site, and will have to removed before construction can occur, has thrown an “11th hour” monkey wrench into the finalization of the contract for the sale of the site from the City to the Holladay Group.
A boisterous meeting of impacted business owners and residents at City Hall Tuesday produced a dramatic change in the City of Falls Church’s plans for a three-month severe disruption of traffic on Route 7, also known as W. Broad Street.
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GETTING LOST in the big green eyes of Gracie Blue is just one of the reasons why the Satoskar-Colby family keeps her around. When she’s not exploring the backyard or the storage room ceiling, she’s curled up and blissed out on someone’s lap.
Clare & Don’s Hosting Arc of NoVa Fundraiser Tonight
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Clare & Don’s Beach Shack is hosting a fundraiser for The Arc of Northern Virginia on Thursday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to support the programs, services and advocacy of the 55-year-old nonprofit organization that represents and serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Additionally, from 6 – 9 p.m., raffle prizes will be available and Big Tow will perform. For more information, visit thearcofnova.org. Clare & Don’s is located at 130 N. Washington St.
Contracting with Virginia Subject of Next F.C. Chamber Luncheon Chris Tran Ley, business services manager for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, will present “Selling to the Commonwealth” at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s July 18 networking luncheon. Ley will review the benefits of contracting with Virginia and provide information and resources to facilitate the process for interested business. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Italian Café, 7161 Lee Highway. Advance purchase tickets are $27 for Chamber members and $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available. For more information or to register, visit FallsChurchChamber.org.
Wells Fargo Focusing on Supporting Small Businesses Local resident Scott Arwood is working as a business development officer for a new Wells Fargo effort focused on supporting small businesses with revenue up to $5 million. He is based out of a local headquarters in Tysons Corner. For more information, email email@example.com or call 571-386-8829.
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F.C.’s Evans Incorporated Recognized for Excellence Evans Incorporated, the Falls Church-based provider of human-centered organizational, process, technology, and operational consulting solutions has received dual industry recognitions from elite programs at the local and industry level. Evans’ CEO, Sue Evans, was selected for the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s 2017 Advocate of the Year Award and the company as a whole was named a winner of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Corporate Citizens of the Year Award-Small Business for 2016. For more information about Evans Incorporated, please visit evansincorporated.com. Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lovely 1 BD/1 BA + den just steps from Dunn Loring Metro, and minutes to the Mosaic District. Offered at $250,000
7027 Haycock #G | Falls Church
2 BD/2.5 BA, spectacular two level condo that feels more like a townhouse. Huge patio, 2 parking spaces and Storage. Seconds to WFC Metro! Offered at $555,000
405 Hillwood Ave | Falls Church City
502 W Broad St #321 | Falls Church City
Pristine 4 BD/2.5 BA town home in Whittier Park. Many updates and shows beautifully. 2 car garage and walk to all that Falls Church City has to offer. Offered at $839,000
Beautiful & spacious 2 BD/2 BA condo in The Broadway. Gleaming hardwoods, private balcony overlooking quiet courtyard, 2 garage parking spaces, and 2 storage units. Fantastic location! Offered at $549,000
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6909 Farragut Ave | Falls Church
Wonderful 3 level Cape featuring 4 BD/3 BA with family room addition and beautifully remodeled. Large flat lot and great Falls Church Location. Offered at $535,000
1004 Broadmont Terr. | Falls Church City
Lovely 4 BD/2.5 BA brick home on cul de sal in desirable Broadmont neighborhood. Less than a mile to metro and huge private lot. Offered at $800,000
1305 Seaton Circle | Falls Church City
Situated on quiet cul de sac in desirable Virginia Forest. Featuring 5 BD/3 BA, updated kitchen and master bath, three finished levels and large private deck overlooking landscaped lot. Offered at $830,000
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Light, bright and inviting! Six bedrooms ( one on main level + au paire suite), den/office and five baths. Gorgeous master bath has slipper tub and separate shower. Stunning gourmet maple and granite kitchen adjoins large family room with fireplace, and door to deck and back yard. Inviting front porch with room for rockers! Walk out rec room, media room and tons of storage. Hardwood floors on main and upper levels. Second fireplace in spacious LR. Wonderful open floor plan. 6609 Gordon Ave, Falls Church, Va 22046. Priced at $1,274,500.
UNDER CONTRACT 2200 N. Westmoreland St. #531 Arlington, VA 22213 Beautiful 1BR+Den on the Penthouse level in the WestLee! Pecan Floors, High Ceilings, Granite Counters and SS Kitchen! MUST SEE! For Sale $405,000 or For Rent $2,100
UNDER CONTRACT 259 Gundry Drive Falls Church VA 22046
Completely updated 3 level townhouse in Winter Hill. 3BR/2 Full Bath/2 Half Baths, Open Kitchen, Updated Baths New SS appliances, HVAC & Hot Water Heater, Fresh Paint Sale Price $642,000
SOLD 2230 George C Marshall #309, Falls Church VA 22043 2BR/2BA beautiful and open floor plan! Granite, SS, hardwood floors. Close to parking, year round pool & tennis courts. Super convenient to 495, 66 and Metro. Shuttle bus takes riders to WFC Metro from condo building front door! SOLD PRICE $358,900.
SOLD 2613 Claxton Dr. Herndon VA 20170 5BR/3BA home on large, level lot. Fox Mill Estates. Master BR suite and 2 car garage addition. Screened in porch. Sales Price $529,000. SOLD PRICE $555,000