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It may turn out that keeping Donald Trump away from a second term in the White House in 2024 will have more to do not with legal actions against him, or political attacks on him directly, but with keeping a third party candidacy off the ballot in 2024 who would dilute the vote for the re-election of President Biden.

Such is the grave concern of a team of anti-Trump political leaders from both parties who have formed a group called “Citizens to Save the Republic” aimed at preventing that from happening, and one of its key leaders is a long-time resident Don Foley of Falls Church.

Foley, a resident of the City since 1987 who raised five children through the school system here, has held a plethora of major, behind the scenes positions in the national Democratic Party and is now fully devoted to stopping Trump by launching this anti-third party offensive.

In an interview with the News-Press Tuesday, Foley reported that while a survey this June of 5,700 registered voters nationwide, including over samples in seven swing states, showed Biden defeating Trump by the same four-point margin, 52 to 48 percent, that he won by in 2020, the entry of a third party option, such as a “No Labels” candidate, would have

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Hailing the morning’s news of the higher-than-expected drop in inflation, Falls Church’s own U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.), held a Town Hall at McLean Community Center last Wednesday, where a bustling crowd of constituents gathered to hear news from the 118th Congress and ask questions about a variety of issues.

Beyer began by noting that Virginia now has among the least gerrymandered districts in the nation, after independent and bipartisan redistricting that corrected 100 years of partisan influence on district lines. “Not sur-

prisingly, this has caused complete chaos in the General Assembly,” acknowledged Beyer of the roughly 50 recent primary races with multiple incumbents, though he ultimately celebrated the result as preserving “the basic ideas of continuity of geography and history and community.”

“It’s been so much fun to see the Inflation Reduction Act, the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and the CHIPS and Science Act… all kick in the last couple months,” Beyer said, beginning his brief Capitol Hill update with a nod to recent key achievements of the Democratic party, “but the greatest victory of this morning is inflation dropping to 3.0 percent.” He continued to call inflation a “huge

tax on the poor,” saying that rising rents and the prices of gas and food hit them the hardest. Still, he said that the U.S. has done better than any other nation in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic not only economically and with jobs, but with inflation, which he said is rapidly easing. “We expect [inflation] to be down below two percent by this fall,” he claimed.

Beyer also noted the 3.4 percent unemployment rate, the Black unemployment rate — and the gap between the two — are also at historic lows. He called this evidence of a successful “bottom-up, middle-out” strategy to building the economy.

“The Inflation Reduction Act is probably my proudest vote” in roughly 18 years of public service,

Beyer said, “because it’s the largest environmental bill in American History.” He added that initial effects of the act, “an unparalleled investment in solar and wind,” are already being seen locally, noting specifically the electric school buses recently deployed by the Falls Church City and Fairfax County Public School systems.

Beyer also touted the $35 monthly cap on insulin, while advocating for further interventions against diabetes.

“Thirty-one percent of our $851 billion Medicare bill right now every year is just dialysis… end-stage renal disease,” Beyer shared.

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Co-Responders Program Assists In Mental Health Crisis

“Through the Co-Responders Program, Fairfax County has successfully redesigned how we best serve our residents while equipping staff to be in the best position to assist people in a mental health crisis,” said Jeff McKay, chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.

“Fairfax County has long proven to be a leader in providing mental health services to residents, and through programs like the Co-Responders Program, we are setting yet another example for other jurisdictions throughout the country to follow. For far too long as a nation we have asked first responders to deal with issues like mental health alone. That old model does not work for anyone – our first responders, those suffering a mental health crisis, or the community as a whole. Our Co-Responders Program builds on a better future, and I am proud of the efforts by the FCPD, CSB, and all other County agencies who have made the program what it is and what it will be.”

The Fairfax County Co-Responder Program is a partnership between the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). The program pairs a Crisis Intervention Team trained police officer with a CSB Crisis Intervention Specialist to respond to behavioral health related public safety calls. This program is composed of team members who have completed advanced training and serves both adults and youth who are experiencing mental health crises. The program also works collaboratively with a number of County and community-based programs to help enhance its success.

‘Free Dog Fridays’ Now at Area Animal Shelter

Fairfax County Animal Shelter is having Free Dog Fridays all summer.

Throughout the summer, all dog adoptions will be fee-waived every Friday at the animal shelter located at 4500 West Ox Road Fairfax, Va. It operates from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Available dogs and other pets, and more information is available on the Fairfax County website.

Frisch Assails Youngkin ‘Attack’ On Transgender Students

“The Youngkin administration’s

attacks on transgender students and their families are unconscionable and dangerous,” Fairfax County School Board member Karl Frisch, one of only three LGBTQ+ school board members in Virginia, said in a statement this week. “We must do everything we can to protect, support, and affirm transgender and nonbinary students so they can focus on learning rather than being distracted by the weight of other people’s hate. That starts with standing up to careless political leaders who should know better than to bully children.”

“Did you know that 45 percent of queer youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year?” the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee added in a statement.

Bi-Partisan Teacher Grant Offer Dropped by Youngkin

Ashlee Parker of Progress Virginia reports this week that while “Republicans and Democrats came together to create a grant opportunity for teachers of color that would lower the financial burdens teachers with provisional licenses face when getting their full teaching licenses,” without any public notice or justification, Gov. Glenn Youngkin has taken the application off of the Virginia Department of Education’s website and stopped distributing the funds.

“Gov. Youngkin doesn’t get to unilaterally decide which parts of the state budget he wants to comply with and which parts he doesn’t, and we are calling on him to restore this grant opportunity for teachers immediately,” Parker claims.

“Every child deserves to have at least one teacher who looks like them, and most families in our community can agree that a strong teaching force with a diversity of values and perspectives benefits everyone,” LaTwyla Mathias, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said. “Just because Governor Youngkin doesn’t value diversity doesn’t give him the right to stand in the way of lawmakers who want to make it easier for teachers of color to stay in the classroom. It is critical that we break down the barriers that exist to becoming a teacher, especially as many of our schools struggle to find committed, qualified teachers. Governor Youngkin needs to do the right thing and restore this grant opportunity immediately.”

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the effect of delivering a victory to Trump by a 40-to-39 percent margin.

So, in an effort to preempt such an outcome, Foley has helped forge the “Citizens to Save the Republic” with a solid bipartisan core, ranging from former House majority leader Steny Hoyer, former congressman and presidential candidate Richard Gephardt, Congressmen Brad Schneider and Dean Phillips, former Senator Bill Bradley, former Secretaries of Defense Chuck Hagel and Bill Cohen, former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart, former senator Tim Wirth and former congressman Tom Downey and influential conservative leader Bill Kristol, among others.

“We are calling on No Labels, a group led by Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Joe Lieberman, and former governors Jon Huntsman of Utah

and Larry Hogan of Maryland, to acknowledge that the election of Donald Trump in 2024 represents the gravest threat to our democratic system since the Civil War,” Foley said.

“History shows and the current polling confirms that a third party candidate cannot win and will certainly hurt the incumbent president’s campaign. That’s why we’re calling on the political organization, No Labels, to abandon its effort to nominate a third-party candidate for 2024. All credible

polling makes it clear that a No Labels third party candidate would very likely throw the election to Trump,” a Citizens’ statement this week said.

“In normal times, we would have no problem with this No Labels effort, and some of us would consider supporting it. But these are not normal times. As conservative Judge Michael Luttig told the January 6 Committee, our democracy hangs on a ‘knife’s edge.’”

“Former President Trump tried to overthrow the 2020 election process and our government. To this day, he still refuses to accept the decision of the American people in that election. That alone should disqualify him from ever being president again. But a second Trump administration would undermine our 240-year experiment in self-government.”

The statement concludes, “We ask No Labels to end its effort to nominate a third party candidate, and we make the same request of those mounting, or contemplating, any third party effort in next year’s presidential election.”

Foley told the News-Press that the purpose of the Citizens to Save Our Republic effort is “to make sure people understand” the dire consequences of any significant third party effort in 2024, including by recalling what such efforts have done in the past, such as Ralph Nader’s role in electing Bush over Gore in 2000.

Former Sen. Gerphardt took on a key spokesman role this week on National Public Radio.

Foley spearheaded Gephardt’s first election win 1976, and it was Gephardt’s launch of his presidential campaign in 1988, with Foley serving and his spokesperson, that brought him to locate in Falls Church.

Foley has more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, including service as the convention manager for the 1996 Chicago Democratic National Convention and Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for two campaign cycles.

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Beyer also said he was seeking to raise the height limit for helicopters over the region, compelling NASA to develop quieter aircraft and adjusting National Airport routes to reverse a previous move closer to the Virginia shoreline.

Falls Church resident Bill Mugg, who noted he was the third to ask about climate change so far, asked if anything was being done to reduce red tape to allow the nearly two terawatts of energy being generated by renewable energy projects about 50 percent more than our country currently consumes to connect to the Nation’s electric.

“Word on the tax credits is slowly getting out,” said Beyer of the Inflation Reduction Act, which he suggested was responsible for the energy surplus waiting to get onto the grid. He mentioned that demand for electric vehicles currently exceeds inventory, and production cannot keep up. Beyer also recalled a neighbor whose recent solar roof estimate was $17,000 but only $7,000 after tax credits, and with a 25-year payoff of over $47,000, which he

called a “no-brainer.”

“By the way… just because we don’t have control of the House doesn’t mean there isn’t other progress going on.” said Beyer, who noted that the upcoming five-year agriculture bill currently being drafted incorporates soil management techniques to store more carbon. He continued that through his advocacy to save the North Atlantic right whale, of which fewer than 350 are estimated to remain, he ran across new research on effect the plankton-eating giants have on the environment. “We have about one-fifth of the whales that we had 100 years ago on the planet.” Beyer said of the findings, “and one whale stores as much carbon as a thousand trees.”

Most questions from the audience were about climate change, with particular emphasis on the future world being left to younger generations.

“It’s a big deal for us, too, when you consider two of the hottest days of the last 125,000 years were last week,” said Beyer, “and June was the hottest month in the history of mankind.” He asked the audience to have hope, though,

suggesting solutions were possibly right around the corner.

“The most important work I’m doing is on fusion energy,” he said, “it’s easy to understand, but not easy to do… it’s the energy of the sun.” He continued that last December’s breakthrough by California scientists who, for the first time ever, produced more energy than was put in during a fusion experiment has prompted massive privatesector investment in developing the technology.

“There are now 27 U.S. companies racing to be the first to put fusion energy on the grid,” Beyer said, adding that earlier this year Microsoft cut a deal with Helion to get a 50 megawatt plant online by 2028 (which, after a one-year ramp up period, would produce enough energy to power 50,000 homes, more-or-less indefinitely).

Though most believe fusion technology to be decades away from widespread use, he said he believes fusion energy will be on the grid “by the early 2030s.”

Beyer also offered hope for the future, saying that the technology to pull carbon from the atmosphere already exists. “We can reverse

[carbon levels] with direct air capture,” he said, noting that right now “the problem is that you use more fossil fuel to take it out than you actually get out.”

Fusion energy is the key to unlocking not only a source of renewable energy, but also the efficiency required for direct air capture to work. “When the energy source is Fusion, the natural resource is seawater, there’s no radioactive waste… the footprint’s about the size of a tennis court,” he said, “we can reverse 400 years of environmental damage over the rest of this century…”

“Some people ask me, if I could do one thing in Congress and only one thing… it’d be dealing with gun violence.” Beyer responded to a question from a Moms Demand Action activist, before listing statistics including the doubling of guns (from 200 to 400 million) in the country since 2003, the 48,000 gun deaths last year, and that “five percent of gun shops produce 80 percent of [gun] crimes.” Several audience members also expressed concern surrounding gun violence.

When an attendee challenged Beyer to define “the ideal outcome

of an abortion,” the Congressman quickly made his position known. “Never having been faced with making an abortion decision in my life, as an old white man… my understanding is that a woman, who is pregnant, who decides that she doesn’t want to carry through with the pregnancy, if she has an abortion… [ideally] the pregnancy is terminated, she heals, and goes on with her life.” he said to an uproar of cheers and applause.

“I have plenty of respect for people who make individual moral or spiritual decisions,” added Beyer after being pushed further by the individual, “but I don’t want them making them for me or anybody else.”

Over the course of the nearly two-hour event, Beyer also discussed a variety of other topics reflecting the diversity of his constituent base, including efforts to combat suicide and introducing the “9-8-8” number for mental health emergencies, ensuring availability to homeopathic medicines, support for Hong Kong, the inclusion of cluster bombs in assistance for Ukraine, the national debt and deficit, and free trade.

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The Possibilities Lost To a Dead Gay Prince

First Chapter in a New Book

Not entirely unlike the relentless British tabloid assaults on Prince Harry and Meghan, Britain’s former Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in the present day, the slander campaign against a future king of England upon his untimely death in 1891 has been unrelenting even until now. Prince Eddy’s questionable death at age 28 had potentially far greater consequences for the unfolding of events in the subsequent century. He was gay.

Had not this heir to the British throne died unexpectedly at age 28 in 1891, could his succession to the throne as the King of England in 1911, instead of his brutish younger brother, have prevented, or at least mitigated, the impact of World War I and the horrible succession of events that followed over the next two decades?

What if that heir’s untimely demise had to do with the fact that he was well known in elite British circles, and well rumored in the general public, to be gay? Could a significant amount of the carnage of the 20th century have been mitigated because, by virtue of being gay, his sensibilities, totally unlike those of his thoroughly male chauvinist younger brother who’d become the war-complicit King George V, were acutely averse to the unfolding of this unbelievable butchery?

Such questions have never been publicly entertained in the century following the Great War, despite their incredible importance given that there were 40 million casualties among the most educated and well-heeled populations in the world in that unspeakably horrible conflict, carried out on the watch of three heads of state, of Germany, Russia and England, who were cousins that had casually socialized at the same event just a few years before.

Prince Eddy, fully named Albert Victor Christian Edward Windsor, was born the eldest grandson of Queen Victoria, on January 8, 1864. Growing up as a future king to become the dashing young Prince

Eddy, he was enormously popular in Britain in the latter part of the 19th century, eclipsing that of his gruff, conspicuously hedonistic and rotund father who, after the death of Queen Victoria, became King Edward VII in 1901 until his death in 1911. Eddy’s popularity, together with his gentle, charming personality, sowed considerable jealousy and enmity in the royal household.

Eddy suddenly became seriously ill and died after only a few days in January 1891 in the midst of an influenza outbreak and less than two years after he was caught up in a homosexual brothel scandal. Many have suspected foul play, that Eddy had been done in by the “Crown,” shorthand for that pervasive royal influence in British life which has been accused of covert operations to maintain its legitimacy over the years, possibly accountable for no less than for the premature death of Princess Diana in 1998 and the ongoing cascading slanders in this present day in the British tabloid press against Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

Once Eddy was gone, a remarkable succession of lies and rumors took over the official memory of his life, outrageous claims including the assertion that he harbored a hidden life as Jack the Ripper, or that he was mentally deficient.

The rumor that was true, however, exposed his involvement with the infamous Cleveland Street male brothel scandal that rocked London in the summer of 1889. Active at the brothel was a network of telegraph delivery persons.

One book about Eddy and all this by Theo Aronson, “Prince Eddy and the Homosxual Underworld” (Borough, England, Lume Books, 1994), details everything about the incident, and another by Andrew Cook, “Prince Eddy, the King Britain Never Had” (Smoud, England, The History Press, 2008), provides lots of documentation of Eddy’s gracious personality and brief public career that resulted in the massive effort to taint and discredit his role.

The Cleveland Street scandal happened around the same time as the infamous trial of Oscar Wilde (1895), and March 1892 death of Walt Whitman, whose works inspired the upcoming generation of homosexuality-affirming pioneers like Edward Carpenter (who wrote in 1894 “Love’s Coming of Age”), John Addington Symonds and a growing number of “Uranian” poets. (To be continued).

Our Man in Arlington

I have lived a block off Langston Blvd. (formerly Lee Highway) for 40 years, and it seems like it’s taken that long for the good nonprofit volunteers and county staff at Plan Langston Blvd. to disgorge recommendations for re-imagining it.

Having released a draft of its 177-page “Area Plan” last month, the re-imaginers, on July 12, began listening sessions at their Design Studio on the five-mile corridor that has long seemed a themeless mix of the vibrant and the fading.

I counted 25 attendees — current and former officials, environmentalists, an urban planner, and several quality-of-life activists from neighborhoods ranging from Lyon Village to Palisades Park to Waverly Hills to Glebewood.

Some seemed anxious — expressing worries about developers exploiting building heights, under capacity storm drainage or parochial concerns like possible blocking of an access road. The county supplied recording secretaries and patient staff to field questions at tables labeled Transportation, Public Spaces and the Environment, Building Forms, and Housing.

The illustrated document — which provides the most detail yet on a vision hatched by volunteers in 2012 and taken over by the county in 2019—is packed with tools and goals. “A transformed Langston Boulevard” set up Activity Hubs (allowing taller buildings) to “connect workers, visitors and residents with homes, shops, recreation spaces and transit.” Think “mobility for people of all ages and abilities. With

improved connections and new amenities, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and drivers will be able to navigate a larger network of …. trails, parks and plazas quickly and easily,” it says. “Expanding housing options and increasing supply can help meet needs of increasingly diverse residents and household types.”

Expect “inspiring architecture and landscapes that will last for generations,” plus enhanced cultural resources — achieved not by preserving obsolete buildings but with “new art and markers will help to build an understanding of Arlington’s history, people and places.” Builders and landowners will get a new “Langston Boulevard Planning District” and new regs in the General Land Use Plan.

Circulating in the room was project manager Natasha AlfonsoAhmed. She clarified that the Langston Boulevard plan is separate from the recent rezoning for Missing Middle housing, and that two areas of the corridor — Cherrydale and East Falls Church — are not addressed because adopted plans for each already exist.

The feedback “hasn’t changed much since 2015,” she told me. “Some support change, some don’t, some are in the middle.” For a while she felt there was “little support for more density.” But more recently, desire materialized to return to older thinking and “be a little more bold” in such areas as delivering affordable housing units in sync with the master housing plan. “The message was clear we

were missing the opportunity to meet our goals.”

There’s the racial equity theme. “The Langston Boulevard Planning Area has lower percentages of residents of color, is more affluent and is slightly older than the county as a whole,” the report notes, so there is new commitment to remedies.

Already, the Waverly Hills Civic Association sent the county manager and board a note opposing one recommendation of allowing a building height of 10 stories in an area with no Metro. Say the neighbors: “This passing reference reflects a fundamental and undesirable change to the densities for Waverly Hills that have been under discussion for years.”

Years more?


Volunteer sleuths researching the “Memorializing the Enslaved in Arlington” project drew an approving crowd of 120 on July 13 to an Arlington Historical Society preview at Marymount University.

Project lead Jessica Kaplan reported her team has tabulated 1,500 men, women and children who toiled as slaves in Arlington, 800 of which we can name (often , Census records recorded Blacks in servitude only as numbers). There were 115 enslavers in 95 locations within our current-day boundaries, as traced via 19th century wills, birth, death and marriage records, tax records, newspapers, manumission papers and, most revealing, probate records.

The society envisions a set of “Stumbling Stone” markers countywide, the first of which could be installed at the AHSowed Ball Sellers House this fall.

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‘Adapted Use Projects’ Underway

Not to be overlooked because of all the giant cranes working around the Little City these days, working on major projects at the West End and the downtown intersection, there are plenty of smaller adapted reuse projects at sites in the City’s downtown strip aimed at keeping things interesting. Most of them were discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee meeting at City Hall, and all are scheduled to produce significant if modest changes to the retail landscape in the coming months.

There is the long-anticipated revamp and reopening of the hotel space at 421 W. Broad, the location with the big “Meeting House” sign painted on the fresh coat of handsome gray paint that has transformed the combination hotel and florist previously there. A city official was raving about the attractiveness on the inside of the new buildout that is supposed to be a combination of cafe (“Dolce Ciabatta”), bakery, hotel (40 rooms or so), and beer garden and set to open next month. During warm weather, the plan is to have the Solace restaurant across the street operate an outdoor beer garden there.

There is the redo by the Young Group of the bank building barely a block away that will open this fall as a refreshing drive-through Smoothie King with outdoor dining and a fitness operation (“Fyzical”) upstairs. It’s about ready to go.

Announcing its imminent closing is Liberty Barbecue, to be reborn soon as The Falls restaurant, on the 300 block of W. Broad. The owners, who also operate the popular Northside Social, are telling patrons, “Over the past year, we decided that we wanted to expand and refine what we’ve offered at Liberty Barbecue. This includes a refreshed interior space and broader food and beverage offerings, with an emphasis on regionally sourced seasonal ingredients and fresh baked goods, prepared with care.”

The Troika market that was in the Tower Square shopping center is relocating to a small space adjacent to the Cuates Grill on the ground floor of The Broadway in the 400 block of West Broad, part of what once was The Locker Room there.

Finally, the property that is the site of the former Stratford Motel in the 200 block of W. Broad that is now boarded up is the subject of negotiations on interim uses that might at least make it more attractive.

Diedre Johnson of the Federal Realty group that has recently renovated what is now called the “Birch and Broad” strip shopping center in the 1100 block of W. Broad, told the group that the key to the future success of retail in Falls Church has to do with the creation of a “critical mass” of people in the area who will patronize the businesses, although she did not have a formula for that. She said the key to the success of that has to do with creating “a diversity of housing types” for residents, including low income options to address the needs of “back of the house” workers in the businesses involved.


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Letter to E ditor

Bemoaning Fairfax County Property Taxes


Every year it is either one thing or another but the bottom line is every year our property taxes go up. This year the Board of Supervisors gave us a tax cut but my assessment went up $100,000 and I am paying about $500 more with the tax cut. My assessment went up 16.5 percent and a neighbor several doors down was a five percent increase. There is no uniformity with their

system. Now that November elections are on the horizon, it is time to oust the current Supervisors who rubber stamp the tax increases every year. I am a senior citizen, well over 65 and live on a fixed income. Fairfax County only cares about senior citizens if they are on a poverty level. My daughter lives in Colorado and senior citizens get a 50 percent reduction in their property taxes. Fairfax County gouges their senior citizens.

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Capital One Opens a Baseball Complex in Tysons

As part of their larger complex in Tysons, which includes a hotel and concert hall, Capital One opened a baseball complex on March 31 to host college games and other athletic events.

The stadium, named Capital One Park, seats roughly 300 people and hosts the seventeam Potomac League, made up of players from the area who compete on college teams.

Capital One opened the ballpark as part of its larger Capital One East development, which will include a public park, scheduled to open in 2025. The development is a short walk from the McLean Metro station on the Silver Line.

“Capital One Park brings our community together, and provides a much needed professional-level field to the Northern Virginia area – and beyond,” said Meghan Trossen, Manager of Marketing and

Community Affairs for Capital One Center. “Complementing the growing Capital One Center development, Capital One Park adds to the activation of the transforming Capital One East neighborhood, and gives additional sports and entertainment options for Capital One associates and our community.”

The Potomac League hosts two games on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and three games on Fridays and Saturdays. The league’s seven teams – named the Bunt Cakes, Chili Dogs, Gators, Hot Wings, Red Foxes, Rough Riders and Yard Dogs – are competing for a league championship. The playoffs will take place from July 26 – 29.

“When Covid shut down all the college summer leagues, the organizers of the Potomac League stepped in and found a way for college players to maintain their skills, and a few years later, their partnership with Capital One came to fruition…” Trossen said. “To sup-

port their caliber of exceptional baseball talent and their robust schedule of games, Capital One Park was a natural fit to call their home base.”

Along with hosting the Potomac League in June and July, Capital One Park will host all of Marymount University’s home games, beginning in 2024, after hosting nine of them in 2023. By 2024, Capital One hopes to expand their facility to hold more people, allowing for more events.

Last Friday, as the Hot Wings defeated the Rough Riders, 14–10, the Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan broadcasted from the concourse of the stadium for the first time. Other programs on their radio station had previously mentioned the Capital One complex, which Trossen saw as an opportunity to bring their show to the venue.

“They’ve just been a natural fit for us,” she said.

According to Trossen, programming events have helped bring fans to the stadium.

Capital One Park sold out for the Potomac League’s Opening Day on June 19. Gov. Glenn Youngkin threw out the ceremonial first pitch on July 4 in front of a sellout crowd.

The venue also offers plenty of theme days. On July 22, Capital One Park will host their “Hot Rods and Home Runs” event, inviting fans to come out for a car show and three games, starting at 10:00 a.m.

A $20 entry fee will cover two tickets to all three games and a meal, while all proceeds go towards the Potomac League’s baseball camps for underprivileged baseball players.

July 26 will mark the 75th anniversary of desegregation in the military, which the venue will mark with Military Appreciation Night. They will offer free admission to active and former members of the military for their 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. games.

Most days, Bruno the brown bear, the venue’s mascot, is at the games to take pictures with fans.

“When he comes here, everyone has their grandkids lined up to meet him,” Trossen said. “So he’s been an asset.”

Trossen mentioned Capital One Park might expand to nonbaseball programming after this season, although they do not have any current plans in the works.

“This is really focused on baseball for now,” she said. “Not to say that, down the road, we might find some fun opportunities, especially [during the offseason]. But I think [our mindset was] a lot of let’s focus on baseball for season one and make sure that we knock it out of the park with a world-class venue, a great partnership, some fun programming and a great mascot.”

Trossen is hopeful the venue can further expand to fulfill the community’s needs.

“It’s brand new and we’re still getting the word out and wanting to have this really be a great entertainment destination and family centric for the community,” Trossen said.


Arlington’s Broyhill Mansion Demolition Sparks Reactions to Rezoning

A startling change in the business plan by the homebuyers who demolished Arlington’s 73-year-old Broyhill Mansion this April has stirred new emotions about the county’s implementation of its rezoning to permit more “Missing Middle” housing.

Mustaq Hamza and Amanda Maldonado bought the luxury N. Vermont St. home built by developer M.T. Broyhill for $2.5 million in January when the price was lowered after four months on the market. They told the News-Press their original plan was to build their family’s “forever house.” But they changed their minds after what they described as negative interactions with some neighbors and the new countywide options for multi-family structures.

The wrecking crews, with minimal neighborhood notice, came in early April, and the county began accepting permit applications for “expanded housing options” July 1. This month, as reported first by the Patch, the Leesburg, Va., firm of Serafin Real Estate, began advertising this rare 1.42 -acre space (involving two lots) for $10 million.

“Overlooking the Washington Golf and Country Club to the west, and Washington National Cathedral to the east, this generational development opportunity sits just three miles from the Georgetown Waterfront,” the literature says, touting a “trophy property” in “what is perhaps the single largest land offering to come available in Northern Virginia’s most desirable North Arlington (22207) within the last two decades.”

Zoned R-10, the property could allow “by right” development of up to six single-family homes, or as many as 36 units of multi-family units in six structures.

Neither Owner Mustaq Hamza nor the Serafin company responded to News-Press inquiries. But the dramatic upscaling is already reviving the yearslong debate over the rezoning that allows duplexes, triplexes and six-plexes in what for decades were single-family neighborhoods.

“Oh boy! This is the biggest log yet for the Missing Middle

fire,” said Jeanne Broyhill, whose grandparents built the 10-bedroom mansion she recalls fondly from girlhood.

Before the new plan was re ported, neighbors Robert and Laura Tramonte on June 24 cir culated a letter to neighborhood residents calling for a neighbor hood meeting. “A project like that could have a significant impact on the value and quality of life in our neighborhood,” it said. A look at land-use records “shows we may have the right to enforce a covenant that would prevent our neighbor (and fu ture neighbors) from proceeding with this kind of development.”

Local law firms that might be involved in future litigation declined to comment on whether such covenants that bar subdi viding and multi-family units are enforceable.

“I’m disappointed but not surprised,” said Mary Rhoads, who grew up in the home be fore her late mother Helena Metzger deeded the property to the Woodlawn Foundation of Opus Dei. “This gentleman Mustaq Hamza has been a real tor for nine years and his partner is in finance, so at $2.5 million, it was a steal. Let’s be honest,” Rhoads told the “he did what any person would do. What I don’t understand is the reasoning behind the demolition. He’s actually putting the blame on Donaldson Run residents and ‘friction.’” She described a lack of neighborhood meetings, a rushed letter from the demolition company and county approval that “came through quickly — even for Arlington. His intent all along was to demolish,” Rhoads said. “You can’t blame the neighbors. Now he destroys the dynamic of a pretty close-knit neighborhood at the stroke of a pen.”

on the county board, that it will bring more traffic and crowded schools and won’t deliver lowpriced units. “It seemed to have been rammed down our throats,” Kallen added.

Another close-by neighbor, Vivian Kallen, tied it to the broader Missing Middle debate, calling the new development “sad, and hard to understand — it breaks my heart.” She’s lived since the 1950s in an Arlington “that has always been a community that values beauty, nature, and trees, while decisions were made by what we called The Arlington Way,” she said. “I think it’s gone from being a community to being a piece of real estate.” Like many opponents of the Missing Middle policy, she believes it was rushed due to “internal pressures” for unanimity

When former county board candidate Chanda Choun, of the pro-Missing Middle group YIMBYs of NoVa, posted news about the Broyhill site on Facebook, ally Jason Schwartz expressed approval. “It’s a seven to twelve minute bike ride to the heart of Areas 2 and 3 on Langston Blvd. with lots of commercial/grocery,” he wrote. “Any new housing in Arlington (even new housing not right on top of Metro stations) will be beneficial for lowering total vehicle trips and vehicle miles traveled.”

But Joel Taubman cautioned that the plan “looks good on paper, and it will provide a few homes. Just wish it was closer to the denser areas where it could really be a big use.”

A skeptical reaction came from Anne Bodine, speaking for

Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future. “The 11,000 squarefoot lot can be developed… right away. The one-acre lot requires a special use permit,” she told the News-Press . “If the county were to listen to the community, it seems likely Expanded Housing Options would not be allowed on the larger parcel. It seems the more likely outcome would be very expensive single family homes, as the condo models for six-plexes very far from amenities wouldn’t seem as marketable. Such development requires an up-front analysis of environment, infrastructure, and demographic impacts and until that happens, ASF would not support EHO development on either parcel.”

The Donaldson Run Civic Association’s website says the neighborhood was split on Missing Middle. Its president Bill Richardson told Arlnow that neighbors are concerned for “how much of the property will be covered with an impervious surface, with elements such as a house or a driveway. …

One of the ideas that came out of the Missing Middle conversation was to further regulate lot coverage, as many residents were frustrated with existing standards that allow more trees to be torn out for construction of large homes.”

County Urban Forest Manager Vincent Verweij told the NewsPress “the demolition permit had removal of 43 trees, and conservation of 59 trees approved. There was no land disturbance permit submitted for building a replacement home, solely demolition. The permit followed standard tree conservation requirements, and the demolition was completed without any violations.”

The first round of permit applications for Expanded Housing Options, posted on the county’s tracker July 5, included eight for properties zoned R-5 and R-8, mostly in North Arlington: four townhouses, two semi-detached structures and two multifamily structures. On July 14, the second batch showed four applications and included three multi-family structures and one semi-detached.

Charlie Clark Falls Church News-Press BROYHILL MANSION (pictured above) was recently demolished, stirring new emotions about the country’s implementation of its rezoning to permit more “Missing Middle” housing . (Photo: Charlie Clark)

Falls Church Resident Debuts Play About Skin Cancer Experience

When Falls Church resident

Dara Padwo-Audick found out she had skin cancer seven years ago, she didn’t expect her diagnosis to become a dramatic comedy.

At this year’s Capital Fringe Festival — a D.C.-based festival aimed at “celebrating cultural democracy” through art and artistic expression — “Onion Skin” made its performative debut on July 16, telling the story of four skin cancer patients and how they face their mortality.

shows “all over the world” and composing music for various performances, came in contact with Padwo-Audick through a mutual friend and a “bubbling” of creative minds came to be.

“We clearly feel like this is a launching of an idea that will become bigger than what it is now,” Conner said.

The history of “Onion Skin” began right before the pandemic hit. Padwo-Audick said the process included writing and rewriting character analyses and scenes, as well as completing research on various skin cancer surgeries.

Casting the play included a focus on diversity, with both Padwo-Audick and Conner searching for potential actors through social media posts.

Padwo-Audick, the playwright, co-director and co-producer of “Onion Skin,” collaborated with Creative Cauldron’s artistic associate, Matt Conner, to debut the play.

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The story behind “Onion Skin” is a personal one — Padwo-Audick has had eight surgeries to fight off her various skin cancer diagnoses and said she wanted to share her “mixed” experience with the medical community.

“I had a lot of feelings about the fact that most people don’t know that much about skin cancer,” Padwo-Audick said. “I knew I wanted to do something creative with it.”

Having had experience with stage-directing and film producing, this was the first time Padwo-Audick wrote, directed and produced a show of her own. Conner, having produced

“I know how close Dara is to this piece [with] it being sort of a personal journey,” Conner said. “I wanted it to really come from her vision.”

The team faced some challenges during the production of “Onion Skin,” but one thing Padwo-Audick said she wanted to ensure is that the play’s actors were paid “fairly.” Through fundraisers, Padwo-Audick was able to raise $20,000 for all actors involved.

Once production of the play was complete, Padwo-Audick and Conner applied for “Onion Skin” to be featured during the Capital Fringe Festival. PadwoAudick said the festival turns down a lot of applicants, so being chosen was “very exciting.”

“It literally went from ‘I’m not sure where this play is going to go,’” Padwo-Audick said, “to then them taking us.”

With “Onion Skin” being completely sold out by their first showing on July 16, Conner said he hopes audiences will be both entertained and educated, whether they are cancer survivors or not.

“I think that people’s reactions are going to be a plethora of things because there’s dif -

ferent windows into the show,” Conner said. “It’s more of an experience than it is just going to watch a play.”

Padwo-Audick said she wants “Onion Skin” to be an awakening for audiences on the seriousness of skin cancer and how a diagnosis can change one’s life. As part of this goal, Padwo-Audick partnered with MDSolarSciences — a dermatologist-developed brand of sunscreen — to donate sunscreen to all audience mem-

bers. As for what’s next for Padwo-Audick and Conner’s debut collaboration, both parties hope that “Onion Skin” will become popular enough to be performed at various theaters, and even be made into a film one day.

“Our hope is that we actually can make this bigger,” Padwo-Audick said. “Part of this is skin cancer awareness, but it’s more than just skin cancer; it’s just awareness in general.”

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Va. Schools Respond to Race-Based Affirmative Action

On June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court ruled university race-conscious admissions programs to be unconstitutional in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College , leaving underrepresented students questioning how they may advocate for themselves.

The United States began implementing affirmative action policies among schools and universities in the 1960s during the Kennedy administration. President John F. Kennedy had a national goal of nondiscrimination by “[taking] affirmative action,” which was ordered to government contractors in Executive Order 10925. The hope of affirmative action is to even out an uneven playing field. Regarding colleges and universities, admissions officers may favor minority students because white students hold educational benefits associated with their race.

According to every univer-

sity’s Common Data Set, a series of academic and non-academic factors are ranked on a scale for consideration in admissions. The scale ranges from “very important, important, considered, and not considered.” For the 202223 Common Data Set of the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary, racial/ethnic status were “considered.”

Representatives from William and Mary and the University of Virginia did not comment on future plans with the new ruling. However, both institutions released public statements in response to the recent Supreme Court decision. Both statements emphasize the value of diversity, deeming it necessary to an educational institution.

“We’ll have more once there are developments to share,” said Suzanne Clavet, William and Mary’s Director of News and Media. She referred to the released press statement by William & Mary President Katherine Rowe.

“A diverse, inclusive community of learning and research

is essential to William & Mary, to the Commonwealth, and to the world,” said Rowe’s public statement. “The data are clear. By uniting insightful people from different nations, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives, we sharpen our thinking and deepen our curiosity. We find new, workable solutions to age-old problems – quickly and with greater sophistication – and we learn more about ourselves along the way.”

Statistics and demographics of admitted students are also available on each institution’s website. The College of William & Mary’s Class of 2026 is composed of 61 percent white students, 12 percent Asian and five percent African American/Black, with the rest of the student body being a mix of different races/ ethnicities. The University of Virginia admitted 47.3 percent white students, 20 percent Asian-American, and 8.1 percent Black or African American for the Class of 2026, with the rest of the student body being a mix of different races/ethnicities. UVA’s Class of 2026 was

considered the university’s most diverse group in history.

“Diversity, in all its forms, is critical to the educational experience, because students learn not just from their professors but from each other,” said UVA President Jim Ryan’s statement.

“Our goal is to prepare students to lead in a complex and dynamic world, and one of the ways we achieve that goal is to offer them as many opportunities as possible to exchange ideas and perspectives with people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.”

According to their public statements, both Ryan and Rowe plan to continue pursuing this goal of diversity within their respective institutions. However, with the new Supreme Court ruling, the burden now falls on applicants to advertise the impact of their race on their life, as institutions can no longer consider race as a factor of admission.

Chief Justice John Roberts said “nothing prohibits universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race

affected the applicant’s life, so long as that discussion is concretely tied to a quality of character or unique ability that the particular applicant can contribute to the institution.”

In response to this ruling, President Ryan wrote, “We will continue to do everything within our legal authority to recruit and admit a class of students who are diverse across every possible dimension and to make every student feel welcome and included here at UVA. Our commitment to diversity, in short, is not diminished, even if our ability to pursue that goal is constrained.”

“Within the law, William & Mary will remain intentional about recruiting the best and brightest students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences,” Rowe writes.

UVA has committed in its statement for a follow-up later this summer on the institution’s “approach going forward.” William & Mary has not given a timeline for any further comments, but Clavet said the institution plans to share if any changes or developments occur.

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Black Restaurant Week(s) 2023

Black Restaurant Weeks presents its fourth annual campaign in the greater DMV region. Discover Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, sweets, and more across the area by visiting blackrestaurantweeks.com.

Continues through July 30.

Arts and Humanities Council Meeting

Arts and Humanities Council meets. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Dogwood A-B, Falls Church), 9:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

F.C. Chamber Orientation

Join for an interactive presentation about the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce's mission, benefits of chamber membership, how to update your online profile, how to post events and deals, and more! Organizers will stay to answer questions and network with attendees after the program. Solace Outpost (444 W. Broad St., Falls Church), 5:30 p.m.

Human Services Advisory Council Meeting Human Services Advisory Council meets. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Laurel Room, Falls Church), 6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.


Wammie Award winning alternative rock group Flowerbomb performs. Part of a free Concerts in the Park series, Thursdays through August 3, hosted by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS). Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs and a picnic dinner to the concerts. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church), 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Environmental Sustainability Council Meeting

Environmental Sustainability Council meets. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Dogwood A-B, Falls Church), 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.



Ribbon Cutting:

Taim Mediterranean Kitchen

Welcome Taim Mediterranean Kitchen to greater Falls Church!

Meet and mingle with F.C. Chamber members and city officials as they "cut the ribbon" on the newest location. Taim Mediterranean Kitchen (7502 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church), 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Daytime Art Critique Group

Meets the third Monday of each month. Free and open to all levels. Falls Church Arts (700-B W. Broad St., Falls Church), 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Summer Cabarets: Comfort Songs

Pianist Sara Fitzgerald delivers a comfort-inspired cabaret of beloved songs that help keep us connected! Joined by friends and vocalists Elizabeth Kluegel (a soprano described as "brilliant with shimmering tones") Eduardo Castro (a celebrated opera performer in D.C. and Peru), and new friend and professional pianist Barbara Twigg, to explore what our favorite songs can teach us. Creative Cauldron (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church), 7:30 p.m.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Free weekly film screenings on the REACH Video Wall. Film starts at sundown. This week's film, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," tells the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. Mr. Fox is an urbane fox who cannot resist returning to his farm-raiding ways, and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. The REACH at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC), 8:30 p.m.



Falls Church Farmers Market

Shop the award-winning market every Saturday, year-round! City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave., Falls Church), 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Electrify Expo

Your all-electric adventure starts here, with over one million square feet of festival fun to ride, drive, and demo electric cars, trucks, bikes, scooters, skateboards, and more! Tickets at electrifyexpo.com.

Electrify Expo (2400 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC), 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham performs. Part of Mosaic Live, a free outdoor all-ages summer concert series, Saturdays through August 19. Mosaic District (2905 District Ave., Fairfax, VA), 6:00 p.m.

Summer Cabarets: Settled Down

Rebecca Ballinger and Ricky Drummond are back, featuring a variety of new and known material! Settled Down is a revelry in

commitment. Now that they are both freshly in marriages of their own, Ricky and Rebecca are ready to make a confession — they were god awful at being single. Join for an evening of music and comedy that guides attendees through a communal cringe at courtship.

Creative Cauldron (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church), 7:30 p.m.



American Idiot: The Musical

American Idiot tells the story of three friends, Johnny, Tunny, and Will, who struggle to escape the torturous routine of their lives in suburbia. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths quickly diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to family responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. With music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, and a book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, AmericanIdiotrelies on the lyrics from Green Day's groundbreaking album to tell the story.

The Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA), 2:00 p.m.

Justin Trawick and the Common Good Justin Trawick and the Common Good perform. Part of McLean Community Center's free weekly Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park, through July 30. McLean Central Park (1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA), 3:00 p.m.

The Nighthawks

The Nighthawks perform with Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors. JV's Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church),



National Tequila Day

Celebrate National Tequila Day with a tequila experience like no other. Expert mixologists have curated a selection of premium tequilas from the best distilleries in Mexico. Craft an experience that fits your palate with a "Create-Your-Own

Tequila Flight," available throughout the restaurant all night long. Whino at Ballston Quarter (4238 Wilson Blvd., Floor 2, Arlington, VA), 5:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.



Simpson Park

Demonstration Garden

Free Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) event. Master gardeners will show simple steps to address garden challenges with your container garden or whole yard. Simpson Park Demonstration Garden (420 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria, VA), 10:00 a.m.

Community Energy Action Plan Town Hall Community Energy Action Plan virtual town hall. Sign up at bit.ly/FCNP0723ce to receive the meeting link. Virtual (Online, live or recorded, register at), 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.



Ask the Council Session

The public is welcome to attend this session to meet with council members and ask questions in an informal setting. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Oak Room, Falls Church), 9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Garden Talks: Preserve Your Harvest Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and other speakers present a free class on preserving your summer harvest. Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA), 7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Freaky Friday

When a mom and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before the big wedding! "Freaky Friday," a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the two hit Disney movies it inspired, is a hilarious and heartfelt update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it takes to be a family when they experience each other’s lives firsthand for just one freaky Friday. The Little Theatre of Alexandria (600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA), 8:00 p.m.

RICKY Drummond and Rebecca Ballinger host a music and comedyfilled evening, this Saturday at Creative Cauldron. (Courtesy Photo)


Community News & Notes

ALL SEVEN CANDIDATES seeking election this November to the F.C. School Board and City Council signed the first-ever Candidate Integrity Pledge in a ceremony, July 12 at the Mary Riley Styles Library. From left to right, pictured are candidates: City Council Vice Mayor, Letty Hardi and first-time candidates Erin Flynn and Justine Underhill; and School Board candidates Jerrod Anderson (incumbent) and Bethany Henderson, along with CBC President, Hal Lippman. City Council candidate, Tim Stevens, and School Board candidate, Amie Murphy, were unable to attend the event but had previously signed the pledge. (Photo: Hal Lippman)

City Grants Open for Arts & The Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Grant Program supports activities, programs, events and strategies that encourage arts, history and cultural education and strengthen the vitality of these efforts in the City of Falls Church and serve as a catalyst in the greater community. The City of Falls Church welcomes applications from eligible nonprofit organizations


based within the City that support the arts, culture, theater and history. The application deadline is July 28.

F.C. Residents Perform at Creative Cauldron Friday

Falls Church residents Sara Fitzgerald and Barbara Twigg will take to the stage of Creative Cauldron this Friday night as part of the theater’s summer season of weekend cabarets.

The show of “Comfort Songs” will reflect back on the early months of the pandemic. The script of Fitzgerald’s cabaret highlights some of the songs she chose and the ups and downs of that challenging time. The show will feature Fitzgerald’s narration, supported by professional musician “friends”—Twigg on the piano and singers Elizabeth Kluegel and Eduardo Castro. Fitzgerald noted that she first met Twigg when she successfully bid on Twigg’s piano-playing services during a fund-raiser for the League of Women Voters of Falls Church.

The July 21 show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, both in person and livestreamed, are available creativecauldron.org/

cabarets23. The theater’s summer cabaret series continues on Friday and Saturday nights through August 26.

Virtual Community Energy Action Plan Town Hall

Want to hear about the results of the Community Energy Action Plan April Town Hall and provide feedback on proposed strategies to increase walkability, have cleaner air, and lower utility bills in Falls Church? Attend the second Community Energy Action Plan Town Hall virtually on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join the meeting at forms.office.com/Pages/ ResponsePage.

Apply for the Solid Waste Management Committee

SWMPAC is an ad hoc committee that works with city staff and consultants to understand the city’s current solid waste management program, evaluate weak spots and locate improvements, and ultimately draft a long-term plan to guide the future. Serving on this committee is a short-term commitment that offers the opportunity to better under-

EARLIER THIS MONTH marked an extraordinary occasion as Louise Terwilliger, a cherished resident of The Kensington Falls Church, joyously celebrated her 106th birthday on July 1. Louise has been a member of the F.C. community since 1962. (Photo: Kayla Peters)

stand the day-to-day functions of the city government and to engage with fellow community members.

SWMPAC terms end in July 2024.

F.C. Local Joins

Strengthening of Jewish Learning

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a worldwide movement that has been empowering adults through the life-enhancing study of Jewish texts and ideas for over 40 years, is expanding its national board of directors with the

appointment of Rochelle Friedman of Falls Church.

Friedman has been involved in Melton for more than two decades. Starting in 2000, she spearheaded a mentorship program for religious school teachers where she fostered pedagogical advancement for a cohort of Jewish educators. Her additional participation in all of Melton’s travel seminars and chairing numerous Melton initiatives have helped the organization advance its programming and expand its Jewish learning network.

HARVEY’S RESTAURANT in Falls Church hosted a Pinewood Grand Prix race event for the Village Improvement Society’s Neighborhood Tree Program (NTP) on Thursday July 13th. Winners were (starting from second from left to second from right) Tom Updike, Chris Barry and Paul Brockway. (Photo: Harvey’s)

FORMER FCNP COLUMNIST Richard has joined the Jefferson Retirement Community in Arlington. (Photo: Charlie Clark)

Falls Church Business News & Notes

Optimize Your Hybrid Work

The U.S. Chamber CO program is hosting a virtual session designed for small businesses on how to optimize a hybrid work model and ensure seamless integration between remote and in-office teams. Experts will share experiences, advice and actionable tips. Takeaways include strategies for managing hybrid collaboration, maintenance of team engagement, motivation, and productivity, and best practices for leveraging technology and tools to streamline communication and workflow. The 30-minute virtual program is on Thursday, July 27 at 12:00 p.m.. More information is on the U.S. Chamber website. events.uschamber.com/optimizinghybridwork/begin?utm_source=sfmc&utm_ medium=email&utm_term=CO%E2%80%94+Presents+Optimizing+Hybrid+Work&utm_content=7% 2F18%2F2023&ref=InitialInvite

TSA PreCheck Coming to AAA Seven Corners

AAA Seven Corners, a chamber member, has announced that it will offer TSA PreCheck enrollment. The mobile Transportation Security Administration truck will be on site for a pop-up to enroll applicants in this expedited screening process for participating airport security checkpoints. Services will be available by appointment at 6290 Arlington Boulevard August 14 – 18, Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. – noon Fridays. This allows travelers to process through airport security checkpoints faster with the ability to leave shoes, light outerwear, and belts on, and keep laptops in cases in select checkpoint screening lanes.

Chasin’ Tails to Offer Brunch, Open Late Nights

Tuyet Nhi Le, CEO of Happy Endings Hospitality, announced that NUE will offer a brunch preview on Friday, July 28, where they welcome feedback. The official launch of the weekend brunch will be on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at NUE restaurant. She also announced that Chasin’ Tails restaurant will be open for Late Nights on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. After the highly successful grand opening, strong interest in late night entertainment followed. Music and specials are planned for 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m..

Newsweek Announces Greatest Workplaces

Last week, Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group named 31 companies headquartered in Virginia to America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023. The companies were ranked by a rating system based on a national survey of benefits, workplace environment, career development, empowerment of women, promotion of veterans, development of entry-level employees and support for LGBTQ+ employees. Local Falls Church companies include Northrop Grumman, P&R Enterprises, and Koons.

America’s Top Small Business

The U.S. Chamber is offering a grand prize of $25,000 to America’s Top Small Business. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 21 and the 10 semifinalists in each of the seven regions will receive a U.S. Chamber membership for one year, a business profile on the CO website, opportunities to connect with experts and entrepreneurs, and a digital toolkit.

Northrop to Design Autonomous Aircraft System

Under a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, Northrop Grumman will design an autonomous aircraft system capable of taking off from and landing vertically on a moving naval ship at sea. Northrop is one of nine companies selected to design and demonstrate an aircraft that can be deployed and recovered without launchers and recovery equipment under the ANCILLARY program.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts News of Greater Falls Church

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) was created in 1957 when a few local leaders invited officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to a meeting where most of the attendees did not know each other. An old black-and-white photo from that meeting shows about 30 people – 29 white men and one woman – in the paneled room. When the meeting concluded, seven jurisdictions agreed to form the new council – the District of Columbia, Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. Much of the area outside of the District still was rural, with Virginia horse farms and Maryland tobacco farms cited as economic drivers.

Fast forward to 2023. MWCOG now counts 24 jurisdictions as members, including Charles and Frederick Counties in Maryland, and Prince William and Loudoun Counties in Virginia. More than 300 local elected and appointed officials serve on MWCOG boards and committees, and their diversity represents the changing demographics of the region. Today’s photo would be in stark contrast to that of 1957, although only about a quarter of MWCOG chairs have been women in the intervening 66 years. Six members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have served as MWCOG chair: three women (Anne Wilkins, Martha Pennino, Penny Gross) and three men (Fred Babson, Bob Dix, and Gerry Connolly). Kate Stewart from

Montgomery County is the current chair, ending a 10-year drought for women in that leadership position.

Every summer for about 25 years, MWCOG Board members and committee chairs have conducted a retreat, an opportunity to have longer in-depth regional discussions. This year’s retreat, held on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, focused on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) the first day and economic development and workforce on the second. WMATA, which operates the Metrorail and Metrobus system in the region, is fully 10 years younger than MWCOG, but serves many of the same jurisdictions. WMATA is an interstate compact agency, and required enabling legislation by the United States Congress, but most of the funding comes from the states and local jurisdictions. And there’s the rub: WMATA needs reliable federal funding to maintain and expand its service to the federal workforce in and around the nation’s capital. Sporadic federal grant funding simply does not solve the capital and operational needs of the system. Unfortunately, WMATA is not the only transit system facing what is called a “fiscal cliff.” New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and San Francisco all invested in regional transportation systems decades ago, but funding has not kept up with maintenance and growth.

Economic development and workforce occupied the second half of the retreat agenda. Cooperative forecasts of local jurisdictions pre-

Week of July 10 - 16, 2023

Fraud, W Broad St, July 10, 12:12 PM, an incident of fraud was reported.

Larceny from Building, S Maple Ave, July 9, between 6 PM and 9 PM, three unknown suspects took bicycles from a secured area. Suspects described as juveniles, one wearing all black with yellow shoes, the second wearing all gray clothing, the third wearing a black shirt and gray shorts.

Larceny from Building, S Maple Ave, July 10, 1:20 PM, residents reported that at an unknown date and time two bicycles were stolen. One was a blue Trek 830, and one was a green Trek 800.

Larceny from Building, S Maple Ave, July 9, between 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) took a Nishiki mountain bike, black with teal writing.

dict growth in employment, population and households, but a tight labor market and high labor costs have made hiring and retaining talent an ongoing challenge for many businesses in Northern Virginia especially. Many local jobs require some sort of security clearance, but apprenticeships and on-the-job training can provide a pathway to success without incurring tuition costs or student debt. One of the retreat panelists pointed out that not all federal jobs require a four-year college degree. In fact, he recommended that MWCOG advocate with the federal government to change that requirement. The same panelist noted that Bureau of Labor Statistics data and definitions are at least a decade behind the market, and need updating to reflect the current job market which is changing much faster in the digital age.

The founders of MWCOG would be amazed to see the growth and diversity of today’s metropolitan region, but they were prescient about the possibilities of the region. From a “sleepy southern city with northern charm” at its center, the metropolitan area has taken its rightful place among its big competitors. The task will be to build on the successes and address current and future challenges. From the discussions at the retreat, MWCOG will be prepared to do just that.

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

The calendar still says it’s July, yet back to school sales and ads are starting to pop up all over the place. And it just feels a bit too soon.

Unfortunately, when the kids do go back to school in just a few short weeks, public school students here in Falls Church and Fairfax will have been in classrooms staffed by teachers who are once again being asked to do more with less.

Why? Because Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Department of Education flunked math last semester and miscalculated the state’s share of education funding by about $201 million. Instead of passing budget amendments that would have fixed the error and added about $1 billion in additional education funding during the 2023 Session as the state Senate proposed, the Governor and his allies in the GOP controlled House insisted on billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest corporations.

So, we ended the session with no new budget bill and when legislative leaders attempted to regroup after the primaries, we found we were no further along than we were last February. Word on the street is that the Governor has stopped working on the 2023 budget amendments and turned his attention to his 2024 biennial budget proposal.

No budget compromise means no fixing this education funding gap.

Because of VDOE’s error, Fairfax County Public Schools will receive about $18 million less than expected in state funding and Falls Church Public Schools about $144,000.

And that’s just the beginning of our education funding shortfall.

to do. JLARC looked at what we would be spending if we joined the vast majority of states in providing funding based on the number of kids enrolled in school, not the number of staff we thought we would need to teach those kids.

In K-12, for instance, our current approach tells us we need 113,500 FTEs statewide while the actual data shows that 171,400 staff are currently employed to cover the responsibilities of educating our kids. It also doesn’t account for certain costs incurred because of students with higher needs. Although funding for at-risk and ESL students has increased over the years, the funding for special education has been stagnant. This means that the financial burden rests with the localities. And some are better able to cover the disparities than others.

JLARC Recommendations

Larceny from Building, S Maple Ave, between 1 PM, July 7 and 5:30 PM, July 10, unknown suspect(s) took a blue and white Fuji Marseille Pro Series bicycle.

Larceny from Building, S Maple Ave, July 12, 10:56 AM, resident reported that at an unknown date and time a purple/blue Diamondback bicycle was stolen.

Drunk in Public/Trespass, W Broad St, July 12, 7:04 PM, a male was arrested for Drunk in Public and Trespass Dog at Large/Dangerous Dog, Shirley St, July 16, 10 AM, a female of the City of Falls Church, was issued a summons for Dog at Large and for Dangerous Dog.

Shoplifting, W Broad St, July 16, 11:53 AM, two unknown suspects entered a business and removed items of value without paying. Suspects described as: 1) adult female wearing a loose fitting blue and white dress, 2) adult female wearing a loose fitting black dress.

A recent study of Virginia’s school funding formula concluded we already underfund our schools by about $6.6 billion.

JLARC Study on School


In 2021, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) conducted a study to determine the true expenses of Virginia’s education system and evaluate what it would actually cost to implement Virginia’s mandatory Standards of Quality (SOQ). The SOQ is a state mandate intended to ensure every locality has a high-quality public education system.

Currently in Virginia, we try to estimate how many staff positions are necessary to do all the things the SOQ tells a school system they have

As part of the study, JLARC recommended several options to improve the funding formula and better meet our education systems’ needs. Some of the recommendations are as simple as discontinuing Great Recession-era cost reduction measures that are no longer needed. Some of the recommendations will require a longer-term commitment to redirect funding allocations to where it is needed most and at the level that reflects actual costs. This includes establishing new staffing ratios, re-benchmarking staff salaries, replacing the cost of competing adjustments with a more accurate method, and adopting economies of scale to help smaller school divisions. Every school district must have the funding and resources they need to be successful. Providing additional resources for “no loss” funding due to reduced enrollment, expanded broadband access, need-based direct aid for remediating lost learning time, increasing the per pupil amount for the Preschool Initiative, and extended special education eligibility are also integral aspects of our public education system. However, we must redefine the SOQ with more support from the state so that it reflects the priorities of a 21st Century public education system. These SOQs are only effective if they accurately reflect the actual costs the school districts incur to meet these standards. Otherwise, we are failing in our obligation to provide our kids with a productive and effective learning environment.

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The LGBTQ+ Reach

Hold My (not Bud Light) Beer

Not to be outdone by the seven Attorneys General warning Target that its Pride line may violate their states’ new anti-LGBTQ+ laws just two days before, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sent his own letter to Target — this one calling their efforts to increase Black employment and investment in Blackowned businesses racially discriminatory and threatening “significant and likely costly litigation” if they fail to end “race-based employment and partnership practices.”

On Tuesday of this week Cotton doubled down on the narrative, announcing in a press release that his office had sent a letter to 51 leading corporate law firms, pressuring them to advise their clients not to engage in “race-based employment practices” in advance of anticipated “investigations and litigation.”

Fly The Unfriendly Skies With Marjorie

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced amendments to the Federal Aviation Act reauthorization that would ban any initiatives related to LGBTQ+ inclusion, claiming they “strike out DEI/LGBTQ/Trans initiatives that make our sky’s [sic] less safe.” Taylor Greene said Pride Month and Trans Awareness Week posts on social media “promote people’s sexual identity with our tax dollars,” and said that “LGBTQ content… should have no place in our aviation administration.”

Taylor Greene had a different take when it came to gender-neutral language recommended by the FAA committee. “I don’t see any need or concern for gender-neutral language with the FAA,” she said, ostensibly because, though inappropriate to post rainbows on social media, airlines must constantly

refer to people based on their genitalia, even if wholly irrelevant to the subject being discussed.

18 GOP Attorneys General Demand Medical Record Access

Republican Attorneys General of 18 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah) sent the Biden administration a letter on Monday demanding access to medical records for any state residents that seek newly-outlawed abortion or gender-affirming care in states that allow them.

In late May of this year, I told readers that recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation had been used in Texas to open Child Protective Services investigations into at least five families with a trans child, as any care recognizing their trans identity had been made inherently illegal. I also reported that, right here in Northern Virginia, “parents of trans kids are preparing custodial guardianship paperwork so that, if they are arrested, their children are legally evacuated out of Virginia and into D.C.”

This is a part of that. Over the course of the primary, I had several detailed conversations with multiple trans folks and parents of trans youth, and the consensus was that things were about to get bad for them. Even in Virginia. Even after being mostly spared this year.

The primary concern was that Virginia would, if Republicans were to gain control of the Senate, try to punish parents for accepting their LGBTQ+ children — and seeking any form of affirming care, whether it be allowing them to use their preferred pronouns, sending them to an affirming therapist, or seeking medication or surgery related to their gender

— and try to arrest them and send their kids to “conversion therapy,” which is proven to be, plainly, child abuse.

Similar concerns have been expressed about women seeking abortion care across state lines, which in part prompted the Biden administration to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to shield the records seeking banned reproductive services in states that allow them.

The recent letter from the Attorneys General is a sign that, indeed, these concerns were justified.

Reminder: Virginia Is Almost Florida

Please remember that nearly identical legislation was introduced here in the Commonwealth (12 bills in total), and a single-vote majority in the Virginia Senate remains the only reason we aren’t fully roped in with Florida (whose Governor recently yelled “we don’t want you indoctrinating our children. Leave our kids alone” to a protester who was holding a pride flag, and is currently at war with a cartoon mouse for being too inclusive).

Queer people haven’t survive unscathed in Virginia. The Youngkin administration issued updated Model Policies on Tuesday that further reversed policies protecting trans kids, including new rules requiring schools to segregate sports based on sex, not gender or gender identity, already demanded that schools “out” students to parents, and use the wrong bathrooms. The policies aren’t binding, thankfully, and up in Northern Virginia there hasn’t been any interest in adopting them.

The entire Virginia legislature is up for election this November. Please take your vote seriously; for many, quite a bit is at stake.

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