“We are a parish. We are self-sustaining. We won’t ever quit.” So said Bill Fetsch, senior warden of Falls Church’s “Continuing Episcopalians,” a group of more than 100 who have been banned since December 2006 by defectors from access to their historic church property. Fetsch, in these comments to the News-Press Tuesday, was responding to the ruling last week by Judge Randy Bellows of the Fairfax Circuit Court declaring the 1867 Virginia “division statute,” allowing breakaway groups
within a congregation to claim church property, to be constitutional. While the ruling is not the final word on which group will ultimately get rights to the historic property, the defectors led by Rector John Yates who have occupied the property while realigning with the archconservative Bishop Akinola of Nigeria, or those in the congregation who voted not to defect and remain aligned with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. In October, Judge Bellows will review the third of three steps in the case, concerning the applicability of any language in deeds, or the local
congregation’s acceptance of the so-called Davies Canon in the Episcopal Church’s contractual laws which states that all church property shall be owned by the larger denomination. In that phase, the “Continuing Episcopalians” will also present evidence concerning alleged irregularities in the conduct of the December 2006 vote, when a large majority of the Falls Church congregation followed Yates’ lead and voted to defect. There are reportedly questions, among other things, about who was and who was not allowed Continued on Page 4
There were smiles all the way around among the over 60 in attendance during a City Hall reception and during formal swearing in ceremonies, but they quickly dissipated when the newly-configured Falls Church City Council cast its first vote Tuesday, and dissent arose in the re-election of Mayor Robin Gardner and election of Vice Mayor Hal Lippman. Newcomers Nader Baroukh and Lawrence Webb were joined by Incumbent Mayor Gardner, all winners in May’s municipal election in Falls Church, to pledge their oath to office, led by City Clerk Kathleen Buschow at the outset of Tuesday’s specially-convened Council meeting, launching for all new four-year terms. Once seated among their four existing Council colleagues, they undertook their first order of business at the brief meeting, the election of a new mayor and vice mayor. Gardner’s name was placed in nomination by Webb, and seconded by Lippman. There were no other nominations. When Clerk Buschow proceeded with the roll call vote on the nomination of Gardner, and being that Baroukh was seated at the end of the dais closest to her, his name was called first. “Present,” Baroukh said. Buschow thought he’d misunderstood and clarified that he was being asked to vote for Gardner as mayor. “Present,” he said again. As it became clear he intended to withhold his vote, the festive mood in the full house noticeably shifted to Continued on Page 8
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With the Washington, D.C. region now impacted by one of the highest foreclosure rates in the U.S., questions abound about the future of its prospects for development and economic growth. Among the big ones is this: Will banks and other financial institutions that normally fund new developments be willing and/or able to cough up the resources even for projects already approved to be built, and in some cases, with shovels all but in the ground? For Falls Church and environs, a compelling case can be made that the outlook for successful growth continues strong. The general “line of demarcation” between more severely-troubled areas and healthier ones is roughly the Beltway. Areas inside the Beltway are relatively more insulated from foreclosure, gas price and other recessionary pressures than those outside of it. That includes Falls Church, with its highly desirable proximity to major transportation arteries binding the entire region together, including the Beltway, Interstate 66, the Metro and physical proximity to the District, Tysons and two major airports. As the consequence of the “crisis trifecta” (housing, fuel and stagflation), the trend will quickly become for populations to collapse in from more outlying areas toward regional commercial centers. That means closer-in housing and retail will tend to benefit, and again, that includes Falls Church. Falls Church, also, has the distinct advantage of having approved many of its new housing development projects prior to Tysons Corner, which remains years away from the residential real estate boom it anticipates. As development in Merrifield and Tysons gets underway, those areas will become more difficult to navigate for shoppers and residents than Springfield’s Mixing Bowl mess ever was. There is no glory in gaining from others’ pain, but in fact, that is precisely what Falls Church is positioned to do. However, it will succeed only if the City’s leaders are wise enough to realize that a rich mix of affordable housing options is essential for success, options that provide new housing opportunities for families moving in from the hinterlands and looking for jobs in the City’s emerging retail market. This is not to suggest that there will not be serious fiscal challenges facing Falls Church, regardless. Though perhaps relatively insulated, we’ve already witnessed that Falls Church is, of course, not immune to wider regional, national and global economic trends. But the impact, as it has been in recent years, can be mitigated by smart decisions on development, and by a continued arduous effort to market the Falls Church “brand,” which is as a small, intimate but dynamic City on the cultural and educational cutting edge of, simultaneously, excellence and diversity, characterized by smart and innovative government. If Falls Church more clearly defines and foists that “brand” out front, this troubled region will become its oyster.
Editor, Ironically, the day I opened the News-Press to read about Dominion Power installing voltage arresters in two FC neighborhoods, I also received my electric bill in the mail. Inserted: A promotional to buy Dominion’s surge protector boxes ($89 install, $4.95 monthly fee) and surge suppressor strips. Gee, we can’t manage to reliably deliver electricity, so let’s make money off of that by selling surge protection! I recently contacted Bill Hicks, City Engineer, and Cindy Mester, Assistant City
Manager, to tell them about the long-standing power problems for the Lee Square Apts., where I live, and the city in general. I have lived in the City going on nine years, and I have lost count of how many times the power has gone out in my apartment complex--storm or sunny days! In the past 14 days, our power has gone out four-plus times. On Monday, June 16, I got home to no power again. Our resident manager told us a tree limb had fallen onto a line on James Street. I thought the undergrounding of lines on Broad Street would prevent that
kind of thing from affecting our power. Wrong. I finally gave up and went to Reston and stayed with a friend. The power went out at 4 p.m. and came back on at 1 a.m., according to the resident manager. Nine hours to fix, and meanwhile, all the businesses on Broad had power--Burger King, Panera, etc. Monday, June 23, I got home to see once again, my clock flashing and my VCR LCD display empty. Once again, I had to reset the VCR, for the fourth time in the last two weeks: The replacement VCR for the one that got blown out in a previous power surge last year, on a sunny day. When I worked on Park Avenue in the early 2000s, the power went out frequently, again often with no storm. I recall that a co-worker attended a special city meeting to dis-
cuss the City’s power problems — this was in 2002, six years ago! I guess there’s a bright side to this, what with the 18% increase in our electric bills: already in June, I’ve had no power for close to 18 hours. Can’t get charged for power you aren’t using! It is long past time that the electric utilities in this region put up the money to put all the lines underground. Utilities are a public good. Dominion got lots of monetary concessions from regulators in anticipation of competition that never materialized. Now instead of serving the public good by improving service by putting all the lines underground, they get to raise rates 18%. Chris Raymond Falls Church More Letters on Page 6
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lenge the constitutionality of a long-standing state statute. The case is considered critical not only in the Falls Church situation, or pertaining to the 11 Virginia congregations who have left the Episcopal Church, but for every major, mainstream Protestant denomination where the potential for similar rightwing-led defections exist. The
Falls Church defection was precipitated in opposition to the Episcopal Church’s elevation of the Rev. Eugene Robinson, an openly-gay clergyman, to standing as a bishop of the church in 2003. But now, the News-Press has learned, there is a strong discussion going on among the “continuing Episcopalians” in Falls Church between those who wish for a reconciliation with the defectors and those who are resolved to stand strongly for the battle being waged by the larger Episcopalian denomination. Fetsch said it was “fortuitous” that Judge Bellows latest ruling came just prior to a retreat among his fellow “Continuing Episcopalian” vestry leaders last weekend. “We decided that this matter was going to be a marathon, not a sprint and that the worst thing would be to lose faith and ignore the benefits of hanging together as a congregation.” But he conceded that last week’s court ruling had the effect of “scratching a scab off
an old wound.” For many, he said, “old emotions began to flow again, realizing that, in being denied access to our historic church site, we’ve been deprived of an important part of our lives.” Meantime, the Rev. Michael Pitkin, the Diocese-appointed pastor to the Falls Church “Continuing Episcopalians,” pointed to a meeting of
defectors from the Anglican Communion worldwide, being held in Jerusalem this week. At it, Bishop Akinoka was quoted as saying that efforts since 1997 aimed at “avoiding this crisis” have been without success. “And there you have it,” Pitkin wrote in a blog this week, this schism is “what they’ve been working toward and hoping for for the last 11 years.”
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female dogs for sale, then you are now defined as a dog breeder and you must get a business license and be inspected annually. If you are training a dog to hunt bear, then you now have an extra four hours after dark in which to train them. If you operate a moped faster than 35 miles an hour, no matter what time of the day, then you will be considered as driving a motorcycle and you and it must be licensed. Where there is an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing parked on the side of a road, you are now required to move into the farthest travel lane from it. School bus drivers are no longer allowed to use cellular phones while the bus is being driven down the road. We clarified what was thought to be the law, that a student may voluntarily express a religious viewpoint in class or on a written or oral assignment. This being an important election year, we now allow pregnancy to be a condition for which an absentee ballot may be used. To help mortgage borrowers, fees for appraisals or opinions of value must now be disclosed on the settlement statement sheet with other fees. Title insurance agents are now required to have at least 16 hours of instruction before they can obtain a license. Those who operate or assist foreclosure rescues for profit companies with intent to defraud can be prosecuted under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The State Corporation Commission can now conduct criminal background checks on everyone associated with a mortgage lending institution. Mortgage lenders can now have their licenses suspended for failure to pay appraisal fees and fines were increased for mortgage lender license violations. Lenders of high risk mortgages are also required to give borrowers a 30 day grace period if requested in order to work on preventing foreclosure. Finally, the state legislature increased the weekly amount of unemployment benefits from $363 to $378. It becomes effective on July 6, for some reason.
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Editor, First, the good news. We will have, as Mayor of our little City, Robin Gardner, a strong leader. The bad news is that we’re going to need that leadership. The dilemma on development is this: too little means not enough money for the schools, which is why many of us came here; but bad development means no community, which is why we stay. The risk of high-rise condos is worth it only if we also build public spaces with destinations: places of music, flavors, aromas, textures, and architecture both beautiful and recognizable – and coincidentally creating wildly profitable stores, restaurants, and commercial landowners. So far we have condos: the 50-year risk of bringing more school-kids than tax revenue, which could literally end Falls
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Church as an independent jurisdiction (and thus submerge our schools into Fairfax County with its 1 million people). It will take strong leadership to do the right thing: no more condos until the destinations are worked out. The stagnant residential market makes now a good time to build profitable commercial properties, which, properly clustered around public spaces, create destinations. Finally, the developer in question is a good one, a patient investor for the long term, as shown by the elegant yet empty storefronts along S. Maple Street. We appreciate what you’ve done, but you haven’t built any destinations to draw customers. A traffic circle rain garden won’t draw anybody. By contrast, the swirling iron, art deco finish on the new building by the Exxon on Broad Street is at least worth looking at. More, please!
Editor, It has been a pleasure to serve with Craig Cheney on
the Falls Church City School Board. Understanding the demands of serving on the school board, I can appreciate that he wishes to spend more time with his family while earning a living. I can recall numerous times when his leadership on the Board precluded him from attending his children’s activities. He will now be able to enjoy their activities as they grow up. These are just a few accomplishments that occurred during his four-year tenure on the school board: • A new school: Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, a state of the art school meeting the needs of our middle school students. • Maintaining high standards by paying our teachers competitive salaries in the Northern Virginia area. He also initiated a program to support our teachers as they work toward National Board Certification, the gold standard for teaching excellence. • Offering Chinese and Arabic languages at the high school to prepare our students to collaborate and compete in a global community. • Launching of the elementary school version of the International Baccalaureate program starting this year at Mount Daniel and Thomas
Jefferson with MEHMS looking to implement it next year. This program will set the foundation for later student success. • Establishing a policy that all our students will automatically take the PSAT Test in the ninth grade thus promoting a college-going environment. • Leading the Board and staff to find creative ways to fund these new programs while maintaining fiscal responsibil-
ity in a tough economic environment. I remember how welcoming Craig was to me as a new school board member. I appreciated Craig’s quiet leadership, always respecting everyone and letting us voice our opinions and discuss issues as we worked toward consensus. I thank him for a job well done.
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Fairfax Police Arrest 3 for Armed Robbery Three people have been charged in connection with an armed robbery and assault that took place Sunday, June 29, at 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of Patrick Henry Drive and Arlington Boulevard. An 18-year-old man from the Falls Church area was walking near his home in the 6100 block of Arlington Blvd. when he allegedly encountered three people. One pointed a gun at him, hit him with the gun several times, and took his wallet and shoes. The suspects ran toward the Seven Corners area, and the victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. A short time later, suspects were located nearby and Fairfax Police charged a man and woman from Dumfries and a man from Woodbridge with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding. Police Warn: Fireworks Scare Pets The Fairfax County Animal Services Division issued a statement yesterday urging pet owners to “act responsibly and leave their pets home and away from the loud commotion of fireworks celebrations” this holiday weekend. “Even pets that are accustomed to being with their owners and crowds can become frightened and disoriented with the high noise levels” associated with the fireworks, the statement said. “According to Animal Control Supervisor Mary Zambrano, the police department sees an increase in dog and cat bites, stray dog pickups, and numerous calls about dogs running at large, over the July 4 weekend each year. Union Files Charges Vs. Cleaning Contractor Arlington Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing non-union cleaning contractor, Christos Building Services, Inc., of unlawfully refusing to hire 21 cleaners at the River House Apartments in Arlington, due to their union affiliation. Christos Building Services recently replaced another company to provide cleaning services at the apartment complex, but fired 21 cleaners employed by the predecessor, some for as long as 20 years, because of their union affiliation. A release issued by the union quoted a member, who is a mother of three, saying, “I won’t be able to pay my bills if I can’t find another job that pays union wages. “Taking care of my children was hard enough before, but now I don’t know how I’ll manage.” ‘Business & the Arts’ Luncheon Set July 17 It has become an annual tradition that the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council of Fairfax County partner for an annual luncheon aimed at underscoring the important relationship that exists between the business and arts communities. This year’s event will be held at the Westin in Tysons Corner on Thursday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m. Bill Hudson of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award for “his visionary influence and dedication to arts in our community,” according to a statement. Kaine: Virginia Leads U.S. in Job Entry Rates Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced yesterday that Virginia has been ranked highest in the nation for job entry rates for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients for the fiscal years 2005 and 2006, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Virginia had the second highest job retention rate for each of those years, marking the third year in a row that Virginia has ranked so highly. “Virginia leads the nation in helping transition people away from public assistance and into the workforce because of our innovative programs and the dedication of our staff,” Kaine said. Through a program launched in 2007, TANF recipients are trained to become Certified Nursing Assistants, filling the growing need for long-term care and direct-care health professionals. Correction: 54 St. James Students from F.C. Last week, the News-Press was incorrect in reporting that 37 among 600-plus students at the St. James School in the City of Falls Church reside inside the city limits. The correct number is 54 from 30 families residing in the City.
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a more somber one. Thus, Baroukh struck the first blow as a brand new member of the Council, who ran as an independent opposed to the Gardnerled previous Council’s unanimous decision to approve a $317 million City Center project. He was joined in withholding his support for Gardner by veteran Council member David Snyder. The two did the same in the vote for Hal Lippman as vice mayor. Neither voted “no,” only “present.” Therefore, both votes were five in favor, zero against, and two abstentions. In remarks following the votes, Baroukh explained his two abstentions, saying, he had “serious reservations about supporting” Gardner and Lippman. As one who was elected as an independent, he said, “based on a clear need for a fresh perspective on the Council…I cannot now give them my full vote of confidence.” Snyder followed with remarks about his abstentions, saying, “While I have no personal objections, whatsoever,” to Gardner and Lippman, “I don’t support some policies and procedures” of the previous Council, and “I strongly disagree.”
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Still, Gardner was not directly challenged in her re-election to become only the second mayor to serve more than a single term in Falls Church in 20 years. She had also been the highest single vote-getter in the May election. “I appreciate the vote of confidence,” she said Tuesday. Hailing her backing by the Citizens for a Better City (CBC), she said, “The CBC represents the best in this community” and “have also been the best of friends.” She said she will stress the dual challenges of transparency and inclusion in the Council’s deliberations, “and hope that we will work with each other for the greatest good.” Lippman said in his first years on the City Council, “I did my homework, came prepared and willing to listen.” He praised the achievements of the previous Council, that included Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry and David Chavern. “We did a very good job. Many of the 7-0 votes were misleading, because they came only after very vehement discussions,” he said. “I am confident we will develop the same kind of chemistry on this new Council.” Webb thanked his supporters for “intrusting me” with the responsibility of serving on the Council, including the CBC, his running mates Gardner and Hockenberry, his mother, sister, aunt and nephew, who came to town to attend the swearing in,
his partner Clifton Taylor, and his mentor from his early teen years, former Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, who drove up from Roanoke to attend the event. Also present in the audience to show support for Webb was a contingent from the Washington, D.C-based Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, led by Shawn Werner, which helped Webb become Virginia’s first openly gay African-American elected official in the May election. In fact, the wide diversity represented on the new Council was not lost on Lippman in comments after the meeting. He noted that the new Council is now composed of three Jewish members (Lippman, Baroukh and Dan Maller), one African-American (Webb) and one ChineseAmerican (Dan Sze). There is also one woman (Gardner), one openly-gay member (Webb) and at least one Republican (Snyder). Baroukh thanked his campaign treasurer and friend Bernadette Fanchuberta, without whose support, he said, his election could not have happened. He said he’d work for “a comprehensive development strategy” for the City, to encourage development “in proportion and harmony” with the City to “ensure our independence as a city” and that “class sizes remain small and our schools have the funds they need.” Snyder said he wants to see
the formation of “a blue ribbon committee on the City’s fiscal future,” which has him worried, he said. Gardner was first elected to the Council in 2000 and first elected mayor in 2006. She is a strategic account manager at GTSI, with a focus on civilian agencies. She and her husband Mike have twin elementary school-age children. Baroukh is a senior attorney with management responsibilities at the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for handling immigration and
national security issues. Webb is an assistant dean of admissions at the University of Mary Washington and works for the James Farmer Scholars Program. He was appointed by Former Governor Mark Warner to the Virginia Department of Correctional Education Board. Lippman is an independent consultant evaluating U.S. government international development assistance programs. He and his wife, Sue, have three children and have lived in Falls Church for more than 25 years.
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“She’s So Articulate: Black Woman Artists Reclaim the Narrative” Through July 19 at Arlington Art Center (3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. Call 703-2486800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org. “She’s So Articulate” is a showing of 11 AfricanAmerican women’s art. Seven of the 11 artists shown here come from outside the local scene. Bringing this show to Arlington Arts Center illustrates the Center’s continuing effort to refine its image on the regional level. African-American art can be a difficult genre to grip and rightfully so. This event will
shake any preconceived notion of “black” art. These are women operating in the context of their lives and experiences, but for the most part staying away from in-your-face political statements. Renee Cox That said, the decade-old cibachrome images by Renee Cox feel somewhat dated. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in the past ten years. Cox’s self-portraits depict her as an African-American superhero fighting the oppressive forces of European-American society and injustice. Sounds all well and fine, and it is, to a point. “Burning” has her standing between what seems to be a burning cross. Either way, the burning cross and KKK conno-
A detail from Nekisha Durrett’s image “Jeri in the Woods,” a piece from the Arlington Arts Center show “She’s So Articulate.” “Jeri in the Woods” and other pieces from Durrett and ten fellow artists are on display through July 19. tations are inescapable. Cox’s image “Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben” depicts Cox rescuing young, vibrant Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben from their servant lifestyle. Depicting the static, awkwardly
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posed figures in strident movement, the key to this image, however, is in their eyes. Cox challenges the viewer: “I’m getting them out of this, and don’t get in my way.” We see the commercial characters looking heavenward, now in bikini and trunks. This contrasts the conventional idea of a slave’s requirement to look down in deference and never to look their master in the eye. The “No Artificial Coloring” and “Brown Rice” text on the boxes wryly refer to the social absorption of black culture and rap music by the larger society, too. Cox’s image “Lost in Space” seems most disturbing. Here we see Cox and a balding, middle-aged, middle-manager type (save for the Doc Martin-ish footwear) floating in space. She is measuring him for a punch that will send him into the sun below while he surrenders with a “Don’t hit me!” pose. We’re hard pressed to see his character as physically threatening. Much like how Bill Cosby has said it’s time for people to lift themselves up, we realize Cox’s image deals with reverse discrimination and stereotypical bigotry. The power through victim hood scenario faces challenges; this year we may likely see a mulatto black man elected to run the country. Stephanie Dinkins One stellar piece in this show is Stephanie Dinkins’ video entitled “Americana I.” Projected onto a screen of waxed pages from the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, we see an expansive landscape and a young black woman walking atop a ledge. She struggles to balance herself against crosswinds and gusts. It’s short in duration but draws you to feel her struggle to keep
balance. It seems an especially fitting metaphor for the way society forces minorities to balance their lives between their heritage and the expectations of the world at large. Nekisha Durrett Downstairs, we find Nekisha Durrett’s seven part saga of Disney-like animal characters in the woods. The exact story line is intentionally inscrutable, yet it holds distinct clues that steer you along to the truth. In the end, we see a cute bear is revealed to be a young girl of ambiguous ethnicity donning a bear suit. This shocks the woodland creatures around her. It speaks to the need for minorities to wear a socially acceptable disguise in order to succeed. The production value in this tableaux is more than first rate. This is definitely one D.C. artist worth keeping your eye on. Maya Asante Another favorite is an abstract image by Maya Asante, entitled “Blood of Our Ancestors.” We find a large vertical swath of white ink jet paper coated with colored tissue paper found in her grandmother’s attic. The paper before us holds a richly layered and textured image, at times seeming to hold woodblock prints and figural forms. It’s unclear if this effect was deliberate or happenstance. It seems to speak of life and its nourishing support and is a visually engaging and engrossing piece. That said, the entire exhibit performs just as well. The Northern Virginia Art Beat is compiled by Kevin Mellema. See www.fcnp.com for photos and more. To email submissions, send them to email@example.com.
July 3 - 9, 2008
Barack Obama sells the Democratic Party short. He talks about his fundraising success as if his donors were part of a spontaneous movement of small-money enthusiasts who cohered around himself. In fact, Democrats have spent years building their donor network. Obama’s fundraising base is bigger than John Kerry’s, Howard Dean’s and Al Gore’s, but it’s not different. As in other recent campaigns, lawyers account for the biggest chunk of Democratic donations. They have donated about $18 million to Obama, compared with about $5 million to John McCain, according to data released on June 2 and available on the OpenSecrets.org. People who work at securities and investment companies have given Obama about $8 million, compared with $4.5 for McCain. People who work in communications and electronics have given Obama about $10 million, compared with $2 million for McCain. Professors and other people who work in education have given Obama roughly $7 million, compared with $700,000 for McCain. Real estate professionals have given Obama $5 million, compared with $4 million for McCain. Medical professionals have given Obama $7 million, compared with $3 million for McCain. Commercial bankers have given Obama $1.6 million, compared with $1.2 million for McCain. Hedge fund and private equity managers have given Obama about $1.6 million, compared with $850,000 for McCain. When you break it out by individual companies, you find that employees of Goldman Sachs gave more to Obama than workers of any other employer. The Goldman Sachs geniuses are followed by employees of the University of California, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, National Amusements, Lehman Brothers, Harvard and Google. At many of these workplaces, Obama has a three- or four-toone fundraising advantage over McCain. When he is swept up in rhetorical fervor, Obama occasionally says that his campaign is 90 percent funded by small donors. He has indeed had great success with small donors, but only about 45 percent of his money comes from donations of $200 or less. The real core of his financial support is something else, the rising class of information-age analysts. Once, the wealthy were solidly Republican. But the information age rewards education with
money. There are many smart high achievers who grew up in liberal suburbs around San Francisco, L.A. and New York, went to left-leaning universities like Harvard and Berkeley and took their values with them when they became investment bankers, doctors and litigators. Political analysts now notice a gap between professionals and managers. Professionals, like lawyers and media types, tend to vote and give Democratic. Corporate managers tend to vote and give Republican. The former get their values from competitive universities and the media world; the latter get theirs from churches, management seminars and country clubs. The trends are pretty clear: Rising economic sectors tend to favor Democrats while declining economic sectors are more likely to favor Republicans. The Democratic Party (not just Obama) has huge fundraising advantages among people who work in electronics, communications, law and the catchall category of finance, insurance and real estate. Republicans have the advantage in agribusiness, oil and gas and transportation. Which set of sectors do you think are going to grow most quickly in this century’s service economy? Amazingly, Democrats have cultivated this donor base while trending populist on trade, by forsaking much of the Clinton Third Way approach and by vowing to raise taxes on capital gains and the wealthy. If Obama’s tax plans go through, those affluent donors could wind up giving more than 50 percent of their income to the federal government. They’ve managed to clear these policy hurdles partly by looking out for tort lawyers and other special groups. But mostly they have taken advantage of the rivalry between the two American elites. Over the past several years, the highly educated coastal rich have been engaged in a little culture war with the inland corporate rich. This is a war over values, leadership styles and social networks. Socially liberal knowledge workers naturally want to see people like themselves at the head of society, not people who used to run Halliburton and who are supported by a vast army of evangelicals. If the Democrats are elected, this highly educated class will have much more say over policy than during the campaign. Undecided voters sway campaigns, but in government, elites generally run things. Once the Republicans are vanquished, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for that capital gains tax hike or serious measures to expand unionization. Over the past few years, people from Goldman Sachs have assumed control over large parts of the federal government. Over the next few, they might just take over the whole darn thing.
WASHINGTON -- It’s getting harder and harder to remain deluded. With each day comes new facts to drag our heads out of the sand. Two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that four Western oil giants were on the verge of signing no-bid contracts that would return them to Iraq, the third-most bountiful petroleum playground on the planet. It was the kind of news that big oil lives for. G i d d y executives singing “Oh Happy Day” could be heard in the corporate offices of Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP, which had been shut out of Iraq for three and a half decades. We also learned this week that a group of American advisers, led by a team from the State Department, played a key role in drawing up the contracts between the companies and the Iraqi government. Chevron and several smaller oil
companies also got contracts. President Bush and Vice President Cheney, both former oil-company executives, have long tried to tell us this war was about terrorism, about weapons of mass destruction, about bringing freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people, about anything but oil. Said Bush: “We cannot wait for the final proof: the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” He didn’t wait. It didn’t matter that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States. Or that Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The troops were sent into battle in early 2003 and there is still, after more than five years and more than 4,000 American deaths, no end to the war in sight. One of the starkest examples of U.S. priorities came during the eruption of looting that followed the fall of Baghdad. With violence and chaos all about, U.S. troops were ordered to protect one particularly treasured target -- the Iraqi Oil Continued on Page 38
It’s feeling a lot like 1992 right now. It’s also feeling a lot like 1980. But which parallel is closer? Is Barack Obama going to be a Ronald Reagan of the left, a president who fundamentally changes the country’s direction? Or will he be just another Bill Clinton? Current polls -- not horse-race polls, which are notoriously uninformative until later in the campaign, but polls gauging the public mood -- are strikingly similar to those in both 1980 and 1992, years in which an overwhelming majority of Americans were dissatisfied with the country’s direction. So the odds are that this will be a “change” election -which means that it’s very much Obama’s election to lose. But if he wins, how much change will he actually deliver? Reagan, for better or worse -- I’d say for worse, but that’s another discussion -- brought a lot of change. He ran as an unabashed conservative, with a clear ideological agenda. And he had enormous success in getting that agenda implemented. He had his failures, most notably on Social Security, which he tried to dismantle but ended up strengthening. But America at the end of the Reagan years was not the same country it was when he took office. Bill Clinton also ran as a candidate of change, but it was much less clear what kind of change he was offering. He portrayed himself as someone who transcended the traditional liberal-conservative divide, proposing “a government that offers more empowerment and less entitlement.” The economic plan he announced during the campaign was something of a hodgepodge: higher taxes on the rich, lower taxes for the middle class, public investment in things like high-speed rail, health care reform without specifics. We all know what happened next. The Clinton administration achieved a number of significant successes, from the revitalization of veterans’ health care and federal emergency management to the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and health insurance for children. But the big picture is summed up by the title of a new book by the historian Sean Wilentz: “The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008.” So whom does Obama resemble more? At this point, he’s definitely looking Clintonesque. Like Clinton, Obama portrays himself as transcending traditional divides. Near the end of last week’s “unity” event with Hillary Clinton, he declared that “the choice in this election is not between left or right, it’s not between liberal or conservative, it’s between the past and the future.” Oh-kay. Obama’s economic plan also looks remarkably like the Clinton 1992 plan: a mixture of higher taxes on the rich, tax breaks for the middle class, and public investment (this time with a focus on alternative energy). Sometimes the ClintonObama echoes are almost scary. During his speech accepting the nomination, Clinton led the audience in a chant of “We can do it!” Remind you of anything? Just to be clear, we could -- and still might -- do a lot worse than a rerun of the Clinton years. But Obama’s most fervent supporters expect much more. Progressive activists, in particular, overwhelmingly supported Obama during the Democratic primary even though his policy positions, particularly on health care, were often to the right of his rivals’. In effect, they convinced themselves that he was a transformational figure behind a centrist facade. They may have had it backward. Obama looks even more centrist now than he did before wrapping up the nomination. Most notably, he has outraged many progressives by supporting a wiretapping bill that, among other things, grants immunity to telecom companies for any illegal acts they may have undertaken at the Bush administration’s behest. The candidate’s defenders argue that he’s just being pragmatic -- that he needs to do whatever it takes to win, and win big, so that he has the power to effect major change. But critics argue that by engaging in the same “triangulation and poll-driven politics” he denounced during the primary, Obama actually hurts his election prospects, because voters prefer candidates who take firm stands. In any case, what about after the election? The Reagan-Clinton comparison suggests that a candidate who runs on a clear agenda is more likely to achieve fundamental change than a candidate who runs on the promise of change but isn’t too clear about what that change would involve. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Obama really is a centrist, after all. One thing is clear: for Democrats, winning this election should be the easy part. Everything is going their way: sky-high gas prices, a weak economy and a deeply unpopular president. The real question is whether they will take advantage of this oncein-a-generation chance to change the country’s direction. And that’s mainly up to Obama.
July 3 - 9, 2008
U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has a certain blunt style of speech, both in carefully-chosen words and a Soprano-like delivery, as exemplified by his speech at Chatham House in London yesterday. This mode was clearly amplified by the fact that he had no real good news, at least concerning anything on the foreseeable horizon, and even the sweeping reforms in the U.S. regulatory system he proposed won’t translate into law any time soon. So, as he was speaking of merely “limiting the impact of market stresses” by, for example, under the best of circumstances, “allowing major financial institutions to fail,” even a pale improvement in the day’s Dow performance turned sharply south, heading toward that seemingly-mythical “bottom” that may still be nowhere in sight. Paulson’s candor could be called refreshing, if hardly encouraging. Those listening carefully to his remarks found them veritably dripping with pessimism and nowhere indicating either a silver lining or reference to a turnaround. So much for the second-half rebound that pundits were promising when the market first started to dive earlier this year. The fact is that a “perfect storm” is taking shape, identified by Paulson as the triple threat of housing, energy and credit crises all deepening simultaneously. It’s the environment that’s making the arguments of Michael J. Panzner’s impending “financial Armageddon” forecast (as outlined in his book by that name) seem more and more credible. The fact is that for the last few years, the feisty and prophetic Falls Church News-Press, my paper circulating its 35,000 or so copies weekly inside the Washington, D.C., beltway and getting even more attention, globally, on its web site, has been alone among general interest newspapers anywhere to provide routine coverage on the emerging energy crisis, in the form of Tom Whipple’s weekly column on “Peak Oil.” The fact is also that everything Whipple began describing in his weekly columns in April 2005 is proving true in spades. Even while Brookings Institution and other so-called experts categorically dismissed the notion of “peak oil,” the proposition that as extraction capacity for oil passes its peak, prices rise and scarcity ensues, it is far more widely acknowledged today. The consequences of “peak oil,” of course, loom far more ominous than what can be described in terms of a mere “business cycle.” The planet is running out of oil, plain and simple, and even tapping new offshore or Alaskan fields would only temporarily postpone that reality. Given the lack of cyclical references in Paulson’s speech yesterday, it is plausible to assume that he recognizes this fact, even if not explicitly acknowledging it publicly. So, the entire foundation of the U.S. economy in the post-World War II period, of unimpeded consumption, rooted in oil, is now beginning to crack. It started with President Eisenhower’s substitution of a national interstate highway system for rail as the nation’s primary transportation mode in the 1950s. Anyone who profited from the subsequent orgy in oil consumption, from oil producing nations and multinationals to car manufacturers and suburban development magnates, joined in promoting boundless American consumerism, its cornerstone being longer and longer commutes to further and further-distanced suburbs, in bigger and bigger cars, with larger and larger credit card spending limits. There can be little doubt that the three-headed hydra of economic distress now threatening to devour the nation is all connected to the overextension of this one post-war process, exacerbated by greater global competition for depleting resources. It’s like somebody forgot to pay the electric bill at the biggest shopping mall in America. All of a sudden, it’s lights out. It may take awhile, but the outcome is inevitable. Lighting candles in the individual retail outlets at this mall will not replicate the conditions before the blackout. That’s most likely what the U.S. economy now faces. Moreover, the rest of the planet is not immune from the same fate, as even emerging economies depend on exports that become prohibitive as the price of fuel continues to rise. Nicholas Benton may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON -- On the way back from Unity, N.H., Friday evening, Barack Obama’s plane got diverted by bad weather. Instead of landing at Reagan airport, it landed farther out at Dulles. Before he got into his SUV, Obama walked hesitantly toward the press, who were standing nearby. He looks wary at such spontaneous sessions. He’s still getting used to being covered protectively like a president, with journalists filing probing pool reports about how he “reportedly showered and changed” after his morning workout in Chicago. He gives the impression of someone who would like to kid around with reporters for a minute, but knows he’s going to be peppered with on-the-record minutiae designed to feed the insatiable maw of blogs and Internet news. “So, what’s going on, guys?” he asked on the tarmac at dusk. “What’s going on on Friday night? You’ll be back in time to have some fun.” And what about you? a reporter asked the candidate. “I can’t have fun anymore,” he said, in a comment that was meant to be wry but came out sounding a bit wistful. “It’s not allowed.” The guy is not, as Dan Quayle once put it, a happy camper. He’s an American who has climbed to the most rarefied stratosphere of American life, only to find that he has to make a major speech arguing that he loves his country. (A new CNN poll shows that a quarter of registered voters say Obama lacks patriotism.) He’s a man happily married to a strong professional woman who has to defend his wife, as he says, for being “feisty.” He must simultaneously defend himself for being too exotic and, because of recent moves, too conventional. (So conventional that he even refused to do a fist bump with a boy at a tutoring session for kids in Zanesville, Ohio.) In the warped imagination of some on the left and right, this is a race between two Manchurian candidates, the Vietnam Manchurian candidate and the Muslim Manchurian candidate. (The Manchurian vibe thrummed Wednesday with the scoop by Scott Shane of The Times that military trainers in Gitmo had practiced techniques used by the Chinese communists during the Korean War to wrest confessions, many false, from American prisoners.) This presidential race should be about how to fix the scary cascading crises in the country and the world. But as Obama offers himself as an avatar of modernity, the horizon fills with Swift
boats against the current, and he is, Gatsby-like, “borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The 46-year-old is supposed to be the tonic for the culture wars of the ‘60s. In his e patriotism speech, he said “the anger and turmoil” of the ‘60s had “never entirely drained away,” leaving our politics “trapped in these old, threadbare arguments.” But it’s Obama who seems trapped, sucked back into yesteryear. Wes Clark joined the growing ranks of troublesome Obama associates when he meowed that just “riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down” is not a qualification to be president. He made McCain sound like a drone aircraft. This is not even about Obama. It’s the old business of grunts resenting flyboys. Bob Dole made a crack long ago about patrician Poppy Bush flying over the infantry. And Clark, as Fred Kaplan writes in Slate, “was an Army infantry commander during the Vietnam War while McCain was a Navy aviator.” The McCain team ratcheted up the fight, trotting out an army of defenders on a conference call. One was Col. Bud Day, McCain’s fellow POW who appeared in the Swift boat ads sliming John Kerry in 2004. “The Swift Boat, quote, attacks were simply a revelation of the truth,” he said. Another renowned Marine grunt in Vietnam, Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, chimed in on MSNBC, advising flyboy McCain to “calm down” on his promotion of his military service, saying we need to “get the politics out of the military.” Naturally, the words “calm down” caused the McCain camp to rev up. When McCain zoomed in the New Hampshire polls in 2000, W.’s supporters spread whispered insinuations that McCain’s years in Vietcong dungeons, including two suicide attempts, left him with snakes in his head. Now McCain is trying to magnify the words of Obama surrogates on Vietnam to tarnish his self-styled postpartisan rival as partisan. On the way to Colombia, he talked about Clark and said it was time for Obama to “cut him loose.” Yet McCain himself has joked: “It doesn’t take a lot of talent to get shot down. I was able to intercept a surface-to-air missile with my own airplane.” Maybe instead of refighting the Vietnam War while we’re still fighting the Iraq war, the candidates can figure out how to feed the world, find enough fuel for everyone, and, oh, yeah, catch that bin Laden fiend who’s running around free.
For a brief moment, it looked as if the GLBT community might escape gratuitous gay baiting in the 2008 presidential campaign. Unlike the past few election cycles where the strategy was to secure the base at all costs, McCain and Obama were vigorously vying for moderate and Independent swing voters. The pro-gay Obama was competing in all 50 states – thus tailoring his general election message to the skeptical rather than the converted. McCain, for his part, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show and pointedly refused to exploit marriage as a wedge issue in California. The dream scenario playing out was almost too good to be true. If Obama won with a firmly Democratic Congress in place, it would likely lead to the advancement of GLBT issues on Capitol Hill. If McCain emerged as the victor without pandering to the Religious Right, he would be free to pursue a moderate agenda and not be beholden to extremists. It is doubtful that this would lead to any advancement on GLBT equality, but it would set the GOP on a more moderate course and curtail their anti-gay obsession. The beauty of this situation was that for the first time in memory, GLBT people were not forced to put all of their eggs in one basket and play feast or famine politics. I’m certainly not saying the records of the two men are equivalent. Obama is an all you can eat buffet, compared to McCain, a stingy one-course dish with a soggy side of greens. Still, this would have been a superior situation to a Republican nominee getting elected on the backs of gay and lesbian people. Unfortunately, McCain made a strategic decision last week that he could not win without securing the party’s right wing base. My guess is that the campaign’s internal polling suggested that Obama was winning too many Independents, so McCain had no choice but to make peace with social conservatives. Leaders from the Religious Right were reinforcing this reality by making it clear that if McCain did not grovel, they wouldn’t help get out the vote. “We told him that if he didn’t come out and share his pro-family stances on these issues, then he can kiss Ohio goodbye,” said influential anti-gay Ohio activist Phil Burress, according to the Los Angeles Times. With his divisive new strategy in place, McCain met with prominent social conservatives in Ohio and all but licked their boots. At the meeting, he announced his support for an initiative in California to ban same-sex marriage. In his speech he said that Californians ought to “recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions.” McCain’s efforts seemed to work and suggest there is time to rally the right to his side. “It was obvious there were a lot of changed hearts in the room,” said Burress. “We realized that he’s with us on the majority of the issues we care about.” McCain also said that he hoped to meet with James Dobson, the virulently anti-gay leader of Focus on the Family. Dobson has said he would not vote for McCain and claimed that neither candidate gives “a hoot about the family.” To convert a skeptical Dobson, McCain would have to make extraordinary promises and essentially sell his soul. Such a move would signal that McCain has dropped all pretenses of appealing to mainstream Americans and that his campaign has decided to follow the Karl Rove playbook of using red meat to create red states. This incipient strategy is depressing and ends hope of a classy campaign that could have united Americans. Obama, for his part, is going after religious voters who are dissatisfied with McCain. He met last month with Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, and endorsed a sweeping faith based initiative. In my view, the faith-based initiative is a nightmare in practice, if not principle. These programs are useless, a waste of taxpayer money and are nothing more than pork barrel prayer and thinly disguised preacher payoffs. The Obama campaign should lose voters over this stunt, but it won’t, as McCain’s flirtation with the fringe no longer leaves him as a viable option. This past week will be remembered for McCain abandoning his efforts to win GLBT votes, but it will also mark the moment the GLBT community lost much of its leverage over the Obama campaign. The only way Obama could now lose significant GLBT support is by selecting an anti-gay Vice Presidential candidate, such as Sam Nunn. A presidential race with the religious right on the sidelines was fun while it lasted, but too good to be true. Now, comes the ugly phase of the campaign, where the GOP lies about our lives and our families become fodder to rile up conservatives in an effort to save John McCain’s sluggish campaign.
July 3 - 9, 2008
It was a striking admission, in the State of the Union address, from America’s oilman-inchief. It may have been a long time coming, but Republicans and Democrats alike applauded President Bush for telling the unvarnished truth about a country that has just 3% of the world’s oil reserves but uses nearly a quarter of the world’s oil. But less than 18 months later, as prices are breaking records nearly every week, it’s a surprise to leaf through the Republican energy plan and see exactly what it offers the world’s oil addict: one last fix. Drill on public land; drill in the oceans; drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Never mind that 68 million acres of federal oil reserves are already leased, available, and sitting unused by the oil companies. Forget that drilling in Alaska would only save drivers a penny per gallon—20 years from now. And ignore that more drilling has barely put a dent in gas prices: Since 2000, drilling on the public’s land and waters have increased dramatically, at the same time that the cost of gas has tripled. With the same skewed priorities, President Bush is planning to gift-wrap even more public land for the oil companies, so they can build even more refineries—when the refineries they already have still aren’t working at full capacity. In spite of all that, Republicans have prepared a windfall for the oil companies, one that would do far more to boost their profits than to cut our gas bills. My issue with their plan is a simple one: It does next-tonothing to forestall an energy crisis—while giving us the dangerous illusion that we’re doing
something. Because even if the oil companies get every acre they want, the facts will remain the same. There’s a finite amount of oil in the world. The demand for that oil, especially in developing countries like China and India, is skyrocketing. That means prices will keep rising. We can best meet that challenge with short-term solutions to bring relief to consumers, combined with a long-term strategy to power our future. This summer, Democrats are working to keep gas prices under control. Over President Bush’s veto threat, we suspended purchases of oil shipments for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which could temporarily lower prices. We’re investigating price gouging by retailers, who may be using the cover of high prices to unfairly inflate their rates even further. We gave the Federal Trade Commission new authority to crack down on those manipulating wholesale energy markets to keep prices high. Each one of those solutions could help drivers this summer. But they don’t change the big picture. They don’t begin to break our fossil-fuel addiction. So Democrats are doing more: We’re paving the way for a future of clean energy. We’ve passed a landmark energy bill that invests in alternative fuels and ensures that, in 12 years, the average car
will get 35 miles per gallon, the first real change in fuel efficiency standards in more than three decades. In one year alone, that will save Americans $22 billion at the pump. As an added benefit, better fuel efficiency will also dramatically cut pollution: To achieve a comparable reduction in greenhouse gasses, we’d have to take 28 million of today’s cars and trucks off the road. We’re also investing in renewable and alternative energy. The real solution to this energy crunch is American ingenuity, in the form of advanced fuels, hybrid and plug-in cars, or even hydrogen fuel cells. And we can help fund those bold new approaches by repealing billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for oil companies raking in record profits. The “tax extenders” bill recently passed by the House—but held up by Senate Republicans—is similarly farsighted. It funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, which will save more than 100,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector and help create hundreds of thousands more. But as with so many of our positive ideas, the Bush Administration is threatening a veto, because the President believes companies with record profits need tax incentives crafted when oil was $20 a barrel to subsidize U.S. production. I know the benefits of clean energy may still be a few years down the road. But as President Bush promises to feed our addiction for just a little longer, some of us are planning for the long run. Because if we don’t, gas price spikes will happen again and again—until we get the message.
July 3 - 9, 2008
Imagine being a 13-year-old boy on your own in Washington, D. C. in 1944. You are black, from a poor farming community in South Carolina, and ran away to find a better life, heeding a comment from a white Southern Senator who passed through your town: “If you ever get up to Washington, D. C., drop by and see me.” That simple sentence was the invitation Bertie Bowman took to heart when he slipped out of the bed he shared with three brothers, put a change of clothes in a flour sack, pinned some meager savings to his shirt, and began his adventure. Bertie’s journey took him from hard-scrabble farm fields to the hallowed halls of the Capitol where, by combining the hard work he learned from his father with a willingness to seek out unique opportunities in a pre-civil rights era, he ended up mentoring a future president. Once in Washington, Bertie took literally Senator Maybank’s invitation and stopped by his office. Impressed by the young boy standing before him, Maybank sent Bertie to see the janitorial staff, who put him to work sweeping the Capitol steps for two dollars a week. Senator Maybank probably never imagined that Bertie would end up as the hearing coordinator for the prestigious Senate Foreign Relations Committee and confidante to many in power, including a young Bill Clinton who was his intern as a college student. Bertie’s story is revealed in a new memoir, “Step by Step,” which was published in May by Ballentine Books. I first met Bertie when I was the receptionist for Senator Wayne Morse (DOregon), and Bertie was a committee messenger.
Reader Alert! Be forewarned that much of the following is pure plagiarism, taken from the ArlingtonArtsletterOnline. Sorry about that, but the list of things to do in Arlington during the next month underline one of the main themes of this column: that Arlington is a remarkably cohesive yet diverse community. So here is a list of places to go and things to do in Arlington this month. Except for Slapsticon, all events are free. Slapsticon 2008 runs from July 17 to 20 at the Roslyn Spectrum Theater. This is an early comedy film festival. This is an international event consisting of dozens of rare, classic silent and sound comedy films. The silent films will be accompanied by live music. Violin and Cello Madness with Leo Sushanski (violin) and Lukasz Szyrner of the National Chamber Ensemble, featuring works by Hayden, Handel, Joplin, Bach, and Paganini, will play on Friday, July 25 at the Lubber Run Amphitheater. You Bring It, We Hang It! All Arlington Salon NonJuried Exhibition will hang at the Ellipse Art Center from
All his deliveries came across my desk, so we got to be good friends, and have remained so every since. Bertie always kept a little spiral notebook like a diary, and often joked about writing a book. He had a foot in two worlds – what he calls the Senate’s “downstairs” workers, and the elected officials who made headlines every day. His ability to traverse those two very different societies, and provide insights into both, makes for a fascinating read. Bertie came to Washington with a child’s naiveté, and he manages to find some good in nearly everyone he mentions in the book. But he also is a keen observer of the human condition, and what makes people tick. So it was not at all unusual that he engenders respect and admiration from such disparate people as Senators William Fulbright, Richard Lugar, and Strom Thurmond, as well as Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton, and all the “downstairs” workers he saw every day. “Step by Step” is a fascinating and enjoyable memoir of a man who, against improbable odds, achieved the American dream and made many friends along the way. It also is the story of a Capitol that has seen dramatic changes in the course of one lifetime, told frankly with hope and perseverance, not bitterness. If you like Washington history, and want to be inspired anew by our Nation’s Capitol, read “Step by Step.” I think you will enjoy it, as I did.
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July 31 to September 13. This is open to all Arlington artists who must drop their work off at the center by July 17. Funny Songs About Ignorance and Greed With Roy Zimmerman at Lubber Run Amphitheatre will play on July 26. It will feature satirical songs on “war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, homophobia, greed, lust, and fear.” The Mongolian Nadaam Festival on July 13 will held at Barcroft Park. Mongolians gather each summer to celebrate their cultural traditions, music, dance and sport, with wrestling, acrobatics, throat singing and more. Mozart, Donizetti, Humperdinck and Rogers & Hammerstein! Presented by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia on July 5 and 6 at the Lubber Run Amphitheatre. Hexagon: Stars and Gripes Forever will play on July 20 at the Lubber Run Amphitheatre. Hexagon, - “Washington’s original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue, skewers those in high places and low, in politics, the arts and the popular press.” You can check the details on these events on www.arlington-
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Transportation a one-half percent Session reduction in the The General sales tax on food, Assembly contina benefit for all ues to struggle with Virginia families the transportation that completely issue in Special offsets the increase Session. We are in the gas tax even currently scheduled when fully impleBy Mary to be in Richmond mented. on July 9th for a Margaret Whipple While there is last ditch effort to little appetite in Senator Whipple achieve agreement. the House for any I am proud to tax, the gasoline say that the Senate tax seems to be Democrats, on a even more unpopparty-line vote of 21-19, have ular. The reason we believe adopted a solid plan that will it is important is because it be considered by the House of fairly taxes all those who Delegates next week. use the roads. It seems very The statewide portion of unfair to put all the burden the plan includes funding for on Virginians when so much public transit and for highway wear and tear on the roads is maintenance. Twenty-five caused by vehicles passing per cent of the money raised through the state. would go to public transit sysFurthermore, when gasotems statewide. Because these line prices are going up, and funds are matching funds for occasionally down, by several local effort, the majority of cents a week, most people this money would come to would not notice a penny Northern Virginia currently. increase. In a number of states The funding would also act the tax increases are absorbed as an incentive for other parts by the oil companies. For of the state to beef up their example, prices at the North transit systems or start new Carolina border are often the service. same in Virginia as in North Highway maintenance Carolina even though their funds would be replenished gas tax is 12 cents higher. so there would no longer be The bill includes regional a drain on construction funds. plans for Northern Virginia This is an essential part of the and Hampton Roads. The package as otherwise funds Northern Virginia plan raised in the regional plans would be funded with a halfwould merely replace state cent increase in the sales dollars. tax, a forty cent increase The critical issue is how in the grantor’s tax paid by to fund such a statewide plan. the seller of real property, The Senate chose to use small and a $5 per night lodging increments in three taxes: tax. The Northern Virginia one-quarter percent sales tax; Transportation Authority has one-half percent auto titling agreed on plans for using the tax; and, finally, a penny a funds and is ready to go when year for six years in gasoline the funding is approved. tax, in order to capture money Now we need 51 votes in for Virginia from truckers and the House! drivers from out-of-state. To reduce the impact of Senator Mary Margaret the gasoline tax on Virginia Whipple may be emailed at drivers, the Senate adopted email@example.com
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Turf Times at Spring Hill Celebration surrounding the conversion of two existing athletic fields to synthetic turf took place during a groundbreaking ceremony held June 29, 2008 at Spring Hill Park in McLean. Officials from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax Park Authority and McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) joined players, coaches and local families at the event. The two fields will be converted from grass, a change that will increase field capacity and provide an improved playing surface. This $1.8 million project is funded by MYS and is expected to provide a significant boost to the synthetic turf inventory in Fairfax County. Project completion is anticipated in October 2008. FC Resident Earns Bachelor’s at UArts Falls Church native John
THE FALLS CHURCH CITY COUNCIL recognized the 14 members of the City Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer team responsible for administering search and rescue efforts after natural disasters, barricading roads and assisting Meyer graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the institution’s 130th commencement. One of nearly 500 undergraduates in the class of 2008, Meyer
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is a 2004 graduate of George Mason High School. First Phase Underway for Route 29 Improvements The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun the relocation of overhead and underground utilities at Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Gallows Road in preparation for improvements of the congested intersection located in the heart of Merrifield. This relocation phase is expected to take over two years to complete due to myriad pipes, wires and cables that run above and below the roadway. Half a dozen utilities such as gas, water, electric, telephone and fiber optic cable must be moved before improvements can begin in early 2011. Utility work will start on Gallows Road, north of Lee Highway. Motorists can expect daytime lane closures from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. There will be no lane closures on weekends or
holidays. The $121 million, 1.5mile pedestrian friendly project is being delivered by VDOT in collaboration with Fairfax County’s vision for commercial revitalization in Merrifield. The project consists of widening both Lee Highway and Gallows Road to six lanes. County Employees Receive Onthank Award The highest honor Fairfax County bestows on its employees was presented to Falls Church resident Jan Kikuchi, a social worker supervisor at the Department of Family Services. The Onthank Award was established by the Board of Supervisors to honor the memory of Col. A. Heath Onthank, the first chairman of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission. McLean Neighborhood Keeps Cool A small McLean neighbor-
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In the latest indication that Arlington offers a highly competitive business environment, a newly formed international business development consultancy has selected the county over ten other locations for its corporate headquarters. Sowilo Consulting, LLC, which specializes in international sales strategies for U.S. firms, opens shop in Arlington in July after spending nine months in site selection across the country and in Japan. Other locations that Sowilo Consulting considered included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte and Chicago, to name a few.
Emily Frahme Huston of Arlington was named to the dean’s list of distinguished students for the spring 2008 semester at Roanoke College. Huston is the daughter of Ms. Susan N. Huston and Mr. Gayle F. Huston and is a graduate of Washington Lee High School. Va. International Polo Club Hosts 20-Goal Match The Virginia International Polo Club will host a special Fourth of July 20-goal polo match featuring Adam Snow and Owen Rinehart, two of the top polo players in the world. The match will take place at the Goose Creek Polo Field (Crenshaw Rd., Upperville, Va.). Both players have achieved the highest rating in polo, by earning status as a 10-goal player. The match will take place July
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FC Resident Makes the Dean’s List Zaria E. Stott of Falls Church made the dean’s list for the spring 2008 semester at Mitchell College. Dean’s list honors are awarded to students with gradepoint averages between 3.5 and 4.0.
Senior Olympics to Feature Additional Events Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, which begins Sept. 20 and continues through Oct. 2, will add four new events to the 2008 competition. The new events are ice skating, racquetball, scrabble and diving. Over 25 events will take place at various venues in Northern Virginia. Registration forms are available at senior centers, seniors residences and can be downloaded from www. seniorolympics.com. Registration fee is $10 which includes one event; additional events are $1 each. Deadline to register is Sept. 5. Senior adults age 50 and over who live in one of the sponsoring jurisdictions are eligible to participate. For more information, call 703-228-3600, ext. 9996.
enrolled full-time. Local Longwood Students Graduate The following local students graduated on May 10, 2008 from Longwood University: Manuel Jorge Barajas-Alexander, Kathryn Byrd MacGowan, Catherine Anne Pryplesh, Annaliese Kathryn and Lynn Willette Attermeyer. Longwood Students Named to Dean’s List Among the 466 students
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Local Student Named to Dean’s List Megan M. Bledsoe, a sophomore from Falls Church was named to the dean’s list at Potomac State College of West Virginia for the spring 2008 semester. In order to be eligible for the Dean’s List students must earn a 3.0-3.69 grade point average and be
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The restaurants offer big deli style sandwiches, New Orleans Muffalatas, hot pastas, giant stuffed potatoes, a salad bar, kids menu, free ice cream and a number of organic options. RSVPs are requested. Contact Adam Roth, Catering manager, at 703-448-5514 or email adam.roth@jasonsdeli. com. For more information about Jasonâ€™s Deli visit www.jasonsdeli.com. The U.S. Small Business Administration has introduced two new free online finance courses to help small business owners with the basic principles of finance and borrowing. The new self-paced courses, Finance Primer: Guide to SBAâ€™s Loan Guaranty Programs at app1.sba.gov/sbtn/registration/index.cfm?CourseId=29 and How to Prepare a Loan Package at app1.sba.gov/sbtn/registration/index. cfm?CourseId=28, walk business owners through steps that answer questions about what debt financing is, what loan programs are available, what small businesses should know about borrowing money, how to prepare a loan package and how loan requests are reviewed by lenders. Course participants who complete the 30-minute online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA, with their name, date and course title. The new finance courses have been added to a menu of more than 26 online tutorials offered by the SBA. For more information visit the Small Business Training Network (SBTN) at (www.sba.gov/training). Falls Church-based North Shore Design was honored with the 2008 National Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence for a Residential Exterior. 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Three months ago anyone talking about $200 oil was considered a fear monger, or worse, but things happen fast these days. In the intervening period, oil prices have risen by nearly $40 a barrel and show no signs of stopping. All of a sudden it has become fashionable to start talking about much higher prices and to start thinking about the implications of multi-hundred dollar oil. Among the many debates going on over oil is one holding that crude will never get much beyond $200 a barrel because at such an extreme price, demand for oil products will drop so much that prices will fall back to more affordable levels. Countering this argument are those who point out that nearly half the world’s population can buy oil products subsidized by their governments or national oil companies, will never be subjected to the high world prices and will go merrily along increasing their consumption for a while longer. While demand for oil products in the U.S., Europe and other OECD countries is starting to slip, this drop in consumption is more than being made up in the subsidized societies of Russia, the Middle East, India and China. If oil prices move from $140 to $200 the impact is going to be felt more harshly than during the climb from $20 to $140 that has taken place in the last few years. To the surprise of many, oil consumption in the U.S. did not begin to drop noticeably until the price moved beyond $100 a barrel and even then it is only in the last few months as gasoline approached $4 a gallon that a significant drop in consumption was noted. As oil approaches $200 a barrel, the impact will be distributed unevenly, depending on one’s circumstances, job, lifestyle, geographical location and a host of other factors. It may be easy to say that consumers will simply cut back on discretionary spending, but in the U.S.’s “service economy,” a large share of the jobs currently depend on discretionary
spending. As a larger share of disposable income goes for the essentials of life – food, shelter, clothing, medical services and of course transportation to places of employment – discretionary spending on vacations, recreation, entertainment, eating out and “stuff” is bound to fall sharply. It is easy to conclude that the mix of essential/discretionary spending will shift, but to quantify just how bad things will get is far more difficult. The situation of course is muddled by the current financial crisis that shows every sign of becoming much worse with each passing day. Last week the Los Angeles Times ran a story entitled “Envisioning a World of $200a-Barrel Oil” which was sort of a tour d’horizone of all the bad things that are going to happen when oil reaches $200 a barrel. The story was replete with quotes such as “You’d have massive changes going on throughout the economy,” and “Some activities are just plain going to be shut down.” Other quotes were apocalyptic “The American people would be kicked in the teeth so darned hard by $200-a-barrel oil that they won’t have the ability to buy much of anything.” The authors recognize that nearly every aspect of our current lifestyles will be affected from simply having a job to getting to work. Naturally, costs of nearly everything made from oil will increase and even shipping stuff from China will increase its costs by 15 percent. Major declines in the stock market will create havoc with pensions and personal wealth. There will, however, be a few upsides to $200 oil such as less traffic and more opportunity for local manufacturing and agriculture. It is well enough to point out that a myriad of problems will come with $200 oil, but so far few have attempted to quantify just what might happen in the next few years. One recent effort to assess $200 oil was undertaken by Canada’s CIBC bank. Starting with the well publicized decline in auto sales, the bank concludes that U.S. light vehicle (cars, trucks, SUV, and vans) sales will
be down to 11 million by 2012 from 17 million a few years ago. The share of SUVs and light trucks is expected to be less than half that of their banner years. Increased scrapping of light vehicles combined with lower sales leads the bank to conclude that there will be roughly 10 million fewer registered vehicles on U.S. roads by 2012. While this may sound like an impressive number, Americans are currently driving around 230 million light vehicles so 10 million less is not too significant. The more important question is how much the remaining vehicles are going to be used. Here the bank foresees a 15 percent drop in the average miles driven by 2012. Presumably an increasing share of these miles will be driven in newer, more efficient vehicles so that that the drop in U.S. gasoline consumption would be greater than 15 percent. The CIBC study, which deals primarily with transportation, certainly anticipates a relatively benign world in which we scrap our old cars, don’t buy SUVs and those households earning less than $25,000 a year and have access to public transportation, take the bus. The people interviewed by the Los Angeles Times seem to have a much darker view of the immediate future. There are simply too many unknowns out there to form a conclusion as to just how bad it may get. The Bank’s $200 oil in 2010 could easily prove to be optimistic for some are talking about $200 before the year is out even without a major supply disruption. Then we have the hurricane season. And many are convinced that the Bush administration will not leave office with an Iranian nuclear program still in place. While some sort of quantitative evaluation of our future would be nice, $200 oil easily could be here before anyone can crunch the numbers.
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McDowell’s appointment as the school’s interim principal has been approved by the Falls Church City School Board. Prior to becoming an assistant principal, McDowell taught biology and served as the school’s science department leader and curriculum instruction and resource teacher. As a result of Principal Bob Snee’s retirement on June 30, McDowell was appointed to fill the position for the 2008-2009 school year. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University and earned her master’s degree in secondary science education from Winthrop University. Her term as interim principal began July 1. New Leader Joins FC School Board
MASKED CHILDREN POSE at a summer camp sponsored by the Falls Church Recreation and Park Division. (Photo: Chris Jackson) IB Coordinator to Enrich Program at Mason George Mason High School has welcomed Asheesh Misra as its new coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program, an internationally recognized program of studies available to highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students. After serving as an IB history teacher for three years at the International School of Curitiba, Misra began his tenure as an IB history and government teacher at Marshall High School. In 2006, he became the school’s social studies department co-chair. Last year, he was named the co-coordinator of the school’s IB diploma program. Local Residents Receive Academic Honors The following local stu-
dents were recently named to the dean’s list at Northeastern University for the 2008 spring semester: Susan Lockwood, Colleen C. Mitchell, Megan L. Krout and Hughes Burridge. To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.25 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no grade lower than a C during the course of their college career. Student Named to President’s List Longwood University selected 281 students to the President’s List for superior academic achievement during the spring 2008 semester. Among those chosen, Fairfax resident Catherine Anne Pryplesh earned a perfect academic average of 4.0.
Solar Panels Powers Green School Emerging as one of the fastest increasing forms of alternative energy, solar power offers savings on energy bills and lessens American dependency on foreign oil. In support of this renewable energy source, George Mason High School senior James Peterson spearheaded a project to make his school become more energy efficient. The school will now get some of its power from the sun because 18 solar panels were installed on its roof. Nearly three kilowatts of power will be delivered directly to the school. Board Names Interim Principal for Mason Having served as one of George Mason High School’s assistant principals for three years, veteran educator Mary
Freelance writer Charlotte Hyland took the oath of office on June 24 to begin her first term with the Falls Church City School Board following her election to the board in the spring. Hyland holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. For nearly 10 years she served as editor of the school system’s elementary PTA newsletter, The Advocate, and later for the PTSA’s newsletter, The Maverick. Board Votes to Build South County School The proposed South County Middle School project is scheduled to move forward after the Fairfax County School Board voted last week. Under the direction of the Board, Superintendent Jack D. Dale is investigating the possibility of exchanging the currently designated property for other county property directly adjacent to the current South County Secondary School site for construction of the new middle school. Building the proposed school adjacent to secondary school enables both facilities to share the same athletic fields, ulti-
mately reducing costs associated with the middle school. The school board also accepted $5 million for FY 2009 and $5 million for FY 2010 from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Those funds will be added to $2 million previously allocated by the School Board. The Superintendent was also directed to investigate sources of additional new funding or financing, which could include bridge financing or public-private partnerships, to cover the cost of the new school. The School Board intends that the new school be built by 2012. South County Secondary School, which was originally built to serve as a high school with a capacity of 2,500 students, has been operating as a secondary school with 2,900 students enrolled in grades 7-12 during the 2007-08 school year. The school is currently operating on a nine-period day in order to accommodate the extra students. FCPS Makes Top 100 IT Workplaces Fairfax County Public Schools has been selected as one of the top 100 workplaces for information technology professionals in 2008 by Computerworld. This honor is based on Computerworld’s 15th Annual Best Places to Work in IT Survey. For the 15th year in a row, Computerworld’s annual survey has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals. Promise Shines Through In Tough Economic Times In its effort to assist 100 deserving and hard-working students from around the country in making college more affordable, Upromise, the nation’s largest private source of college funding contributions, awarded Lizzeth Montejano of Falls Church with a $2,500 scholarship. Upromise distrubuted a total of $250,000 in scholarships to selected students.
Minced onions, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and a sheep’s heart, liver, lungs and stomach. That’s what’s in haggis. I know that because I ate it, not because I had been stuffed into one. Last week, you may recall I had developed an irrational phobia that I would be shunned by the whole of Scotland after its inhabitants witnessed my godawful golf game, thereby ruining a once-in-a-lifetime experience for my father. The fears proved unfounded, though the cause of my concern endured right up until I stepped onto the first tee box at the legendary Old Course in St. Andrews. The terror persisted because I had not acquitted myself particularly well during our first round on the New Course. “New” is a relative term in St. Andrews, where the first recorded round of golf was played on the Old Course in 1457. The New Course is still 113 years old, which is roughly how old I was after those 18 holes got done roughing me up. Put more vividly, remember that Darwin Awards winner who attempted suicide by hanging himself over the edge of a sheer cliff AND putting a plastic bag over his head AND shooting himself, only to screw up, shoot the rope, fall several stories down the cliff into the sea and emerge from the water alive? Let’s just say I know what his body felt like when they fished him out. So yeah, the knees felt a little wobbly when I prepared to tee off on the Old Course, whose first tee and 18th green are monitored closely by dozens of passersby and golf enthusiasts eager to glimpse the sport’s sacred ground. The course has been played by the best golfers the game has ever seen, presidents, celebrities, global icons and now Mike Hume was about to tee it up with about 100 pairs of eyes trained on his backswing. No pressure at all there. But a funny thing happened on the way to the tee box — I just started smiling. It was an unexpected reaction, but it wasn’t without explanation. I mean, this was it. This is the Old Course, where golf was born, where fairways and greens were originally trimmed by grazing livestock, where Bobby Jones — as great a golfer as ever was — once picked up his ball and walked off the course after 11 holes because The Old was beating him up so badly. I had been worried about not playing well, but that’s not what golf on the Old Course is about. It’s about the experience. It’s about sharing in a spectacle that every year draws in thousands
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upon thousands of golf lovers from life insurance salesmen to Super Bowl quarterbacks. Oh, did I not mention that Eli and Peyton Manning teed off with Archie and their brother Cooper two hours before we did? Must have slipped my mind. Only the Old Course could turn football heroes into footnotes for a sports writer, and the links commanded my full attention on a day that began with rain on the first hole (a par), then gave way to sunshine on the par-five fifth (a five-putt triple bogey after reaching the oneacre green in three shots), was revisited by showers and a cold wind on the 10th (another par) and sideways rain and 30 mph winds on the 15th (regarding my score there, we English majors can’t count that high). My father, of course, was playing quite well. He and his caddie, Jimmy, a second generation caddie who began carrying bags in 1949, were working well together. While he was not, as I had dreamed last week, Sean Connery’s brother — though he did carry his bag once — Jimmy regaled my father with stories of the course that ranged from performances during the British Open to temper tantrums from former U.S. vice presidents to German bombing raids during WWII. My caddie, Dennis, another St. Andrews lifer, was thrilled that I knew the history of Bobby Jones and his relationship with the Scottish town. I think that helped curb his disappointment with several of my “Clark Gables,” his name for shots that are “Gone With the Wind.” Sharing the heritage of the sport is what St. Andrews is all about. That’s why a round on the Old Course costs considerably less than playing 18 at Pebble Beach. Because of that, people like my father and I can share in the same experience as the Mannings or Mary Queen of Scots. I had never seen an expression on my father’s face like the one that graced it when we crossed Swilcan Bridge, but I knew it well. I’m sure it was the same one emblazoned on my mug the first time I laid eyes on the grass at Yankee Stadium. When we finished, we shared a pint at The Dunvegan pub, retelling the stories of Jimmy and Dennis, along with our own, to my mother, my girlfriend and anyone else who would listen. Low scores? Those are good. Sharing the experience of the Old Course? Now that’s what it’s all about.
After a quiet start, Falls Church Post 130 is firing on all cylinders, as the team finds itself in the midst of a fivegame winning streak, averaging over 10 runs per game. “Our pitching is much more consistent and our defense has been very solid, plus we have been able to score runs when needed,” said pitcher Mike Straub on the current lucky stretch. In an abbreviated contest, Falls Church beat Annandale Post 1976 8-3 in six innings on Saturday. Flamethrower
Straub fanned nine Annandale hitters en route to his second win of the season. Alex Prewitt was the centerpiece of the offense, collecting three hits. Prewitt drove in three runs and scored each time he reached base. Trey Thomas and David Acosta remained hot at the plate as well, coming up with timely RBI base hits. On Sunday, Post 130 defeated Alexandria Post 24, winning 10-9 in a nail biter. Tom Warner turned in another quality performance on the mound, securing the win. Down seven to four going into the seventh inning, Post 130 put up six runs in the fol-
lowing two frames, taking the lead 10-7 into the ninth inning. Greg Goldsmith pitched the ninth, and held off a late rally to get the save despite giving up a two-run homer in the inning. Prewitt credits the win to team-oriented, timely hitting. Post 130 has grown accustomed to enormous single inning rallies late in the game. Despite being prone to slow starts, the bats have been waking up at the right time. “We’re probably just seeing the ball better late into the game,” said Prewitt. “We’re stringing hits together at the right time. It takes time to settle into that groove.”
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With regular season play completed, the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League has begun all-star competition. As part of Little League’s District 4 in Virginia, Falls Church competes with teams from the surrounding communities of Alexandria, Arlington, Great Falls, Mason District, McLean, Reston and Vienna. The league fields three teams — 9/10-year-olds, 10/11-yearolds, and 11/12-year-olds. After competition on the district level, the winning team at each level moves on to a state tournament. In 2005 and 2006, the Falls Church 11/12 team won at the district level and played in the state tournament. Complete schedules for this year are available at www. va4.org. Falls Church Kiwanis Little League All-Star Teams 11/12 year olds: Ethan Anderson, William Bernicke, Conor Boyle, Lucas Cherry, JP DeFranco, Maggie Goldsmith, Alex Handley, Jesse Jones, Brennan Jones, Vincent Kanyan, Matthew Ledder, Richard Marsh, Vijay Menon and Tyler Waters, with Manager Mike Goldsmith. 10/11 year olds: Daniel Butler, Wesley Coupard, Evan Davis, Daniel Donovan, Jackson Dubro, Patrick Evans, Nate Jones, Ryan Leonard,
Christopher Meador, Daniel Schlitt, Sam Selby, Nate Thatcher, Ben Torpey and Evan Tracy, with Manager Rich Butler. 9/10 year olds: Noah Anderson, Thomas Beddow, Charlie Bernicke, Marsden Davis, Jake Deeley, Robert Guenther, Jamie Handley, Casey Lauer, Jimmy Major, Kiran Menon, Johnny Peterson, Josh Rankin and Nathaniel Scheinman, with Manager Dave Guenther. Friday, June 27 9/10 Team, Falls Church 13 — Arlington National 5: In a late game due to a rain delay, Falls Church Red dominated Arlington National, winning 13-5. Arlington jumped out for three runs in the first inning, with Falls Church getting on the board in the second inning, on runs by Robert Guenther and Charlie Bernicke. Relief pitcher Johnny Peterson, who turned in a very strong performance for Falls Church, got two strikeouts in the bottom of the second, with Robert Guenther snagging a grounder for an out at second base. In the third inning, an RBIsingle by Jake Deeley put Falls Church ahead by one run, with Casey Lauer adding another run. Peterson continued his strong work, stopping a grounder for an out and striking out two more batters. The Falls Church offense exploded
Following an undefeated first five games of their summer league schedule, the 18U Falls Church Colts have been brought back down to earth in the past week, dropping three contests to fall to 5-5-1, with untimely errors as the primary culprit for the slide. In Saturday’s doubleheader with the Annandale High School varsity franchise team and Thursday’s match-up with the Langley High franchise team, the Colts committed a combined 24 errors and allowed 38 runs. The most recent contest pitted the Colts against Annandale at George Mason High School on Saturday. In the latter game of the doubleheader, the Colts fell 15-10 in a shootout, aided by a plethora of defensive blunders by both teams. The Colts threw five pitchers in the game. The Annandale hitters peppered the ball throughout the afternoon, tallying 15 runs on 11 hits and eight Colts errors, leaving 10 runners stranded on base. Andrew Lieber led the offense, scoring two runs on one walk and one hit by pitch. Lieber leads the Colts with a .480 average and a .594 on base percentage
for eight runs in the fourth, starting with a line and RBI smash to left field by Marsden Davis, followed by RBI singles from Kiran Menon, Noah Anderson and Josh Rankin. In spite of their best efforts, Arlington could not rally, and Falls Church held out for a solid 13-5 sin. Saturday, June 28 9/10 Team, Vienna Colonial 19 — Falls Church 2: The Falls Church offense started strong in the first inning against Vienna Colonial, with Robert Guenther singling to right and Charlie Bernicke beating out an infield hit. Marsden Davis blasted an RBI-double, and
Jamie Handley walked with the bases loaded to force another run. Kiran Menon sparked the defense with a nice catch on a line drive to short, and Johnny Peterson made a superb throw on a grounder to third to nail the Colonials’ runner. But in spite of the best efforts of the Falls Church nine, the Vienna bats could not be contained on this night, and the Colonials caught fire, racing to an impressive 19-2 win. 11/12 Team, Vienna Colonial 7 — Falls Church 6: A dramatic two-out, last-inning rally, sparked by a two-run blast deep over the left-center field fence by Falls Church slugger Lucas Cherry, fell just
as of Tuesday. Tyler Roth and Zack Glenn each had two hits and combined to drive in six batters. Centerfielder Mike Wolfe plated two runners and tallied two hits. For the entire game, the top half of the order was relatively ineffective for the Colts, compared to the production of the latter four hitters of the lineup. The six through 10 hitters for Falls Church had seven of the 11 hits and had all of the RBIs. Even though the Colts exploded with four runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh frame, it was not enough to save them from the errors that had dug the team into a hole earlier in the contest. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Colts fell victim to a walk-off fielders’ choice in the seventh inning, propelling Annandale to a 9-8 victory. Quinn Casteel led off the game with a walk and was plated by a Lieber single, after which Mike Ward reached on an error and scored on a two-run single by P.J. Anderson. In the sixth inning, the Colts took advantage of Annandale’s defensive miscues when Lieber walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Roth single. Ward and Roth were plated by Wolfe five batters later. However, the Colts were unable to hold off a charge in the bottom half of the seventh, when Annandale scored two runs to capture the contest. Carl Hollinger, a rising senior at Langley, went five innings on the mound and gave up six runs on four hits. After allowing four runs in the third inning, Hollinger settled down for the rest of his outing.
short, as the powerful Vienna Nationals, who added four home runs of their own, held on for a one-run win over a neversay-die Falls Church squad in a game played on Eagle Field at Westgate Park. In earlier action, Cherry ripped a single to right, bringing home Falls Church speedsters Richard Marsh and Matthew “Pee Wee” Ledder in a cloud of dust. Alex Handley, Jesse Jones and Richard Marsh handled the pitching duties for Falls Church against the powerful Vienna team. Vijay Menon added a key hit for Falls Church. The 10/11 team begins play on Sunday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. on Pyron Field at Westgate Park.
Casteel entered in the sixth and took the loss, allowing three runs on just one hit. Lieber and Ward led the offense, each tallying two hits and two runs. Nine of the 10 Colts batters had hits to round out the balanced attack. The defensive woes for the Colts can be traced back to last Thursday, when Langley drubbed the Falls Church squad, 14-1. Roth started on the hill for the Colts but ran into control problems in the third inning, when four Langley batters were plated thanks to three errors and a wild pitch. Even though Roth gave up only two earned runs, six errors behind him caused him to exit the game after the third. Glenn came on and promptly retired the side in the fourth inning, but got tagged in the ensuing frame for three runs. All nine Langley batters came to the plate in the inning against Glenn, who was relieved in the sixth by Lieber. The George Mason senior, making just his second pitching appearance in high school play since ninth grade, hurled the final two frames. It was a rough first outing for Lieber, who gave up five runs in the seventh on three hits and two sacrifice flies. The Colts lone run came in the seventh when Ward walked and was plated two batters later by a Stephen Razzi single. As a team, the Colts were held to three hits by the three-pitcher rotation of Langley, whose defense only committed one error. A stark contrast, the Colts misplayed 10 balls on the night, sitting at .500 for the first time all season.
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Community Events THURSDAY, JULY 3 Story Hour. Ages 5 and up. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 a.m. ‘A League of their Own’ Screening. Part of the “Unscripted” ﬁlm series on baseball movies. Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). Free. 1 p.m. 703-228-6545. Falls Church Rotary Meeting. Club assembly business meeting and dinner. Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Visitors welcome. 6:30 p.m. 202-268-5089. Fairfax Summer Concert Series. Fairfax Saxophone Quartet. Veterans Amphitheater (10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax). Free. 8 p.m. 703-757-0220.
FRIDAY, JULY 4 ‘Celebrate America’ Art Show. Presentation by the Fairfax Art League. Fairfax Old Town Hall (3999 University Dr., Fairfax). Free. Noon. 703-273-2377. McLean Fourth of July Fireworks. Sponsored by McLean Community Center, featuring carnival rides, ﬁeld games, food
and the Jimmy Buﬀet tribute band B2B. Langley HS (6520 Georgetown Pke., McLean). Free. Gates open 6 p.m. 703-790-0123. Falls Church Fourth of July Festivities. Kajun Kelley performs, followed by ﬁreworks at 9:30 p.m. George Mason HS (7124 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church). 7 p.m. Free. 703-2485178.
An Evening with the Former MI5 Director General. Presentation by former director of the MI5 Stella Rimington. Advanced registration required. International Spy Museum (800 F St. NW, D.C.). 6:30 p.m. $20. www.spymuseum.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 5 Farmer’s Market. Falls Church City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 8 a.m.
MONDAY, JULY 7 ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterﬂy’ Screening. Cine-club screening. Alliance Française de Washington (2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, D.C.). $8. 6:30 p.m. 202-234-7911. Global VolunTourism. Global VolunTourism discuss the newest travel trend. RSVP by July 3. Abaco Imports (1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria). 6:30 p.m. 703-8900599.
TUESDAY, JULY 8 The Train to Maine. Children’s book event and travel sticker party with illustrator Rebecca
Harrison Reed. Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington). Free. 4 p.m. Register at 703-241-8281.
Falls Church Lions Club Meeting. Scheduled meeting, open to the public. La Côte D’Or Café (6876 Lee Hwy, Arlington). 6:45 p.m. 703-599-1549.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 Talk on Marie Antoinette’s Costume. Howard Kurtz discusses interpreter Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for Marie Antoinette. Hillwood Estates, Museum and Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave. NW, D.C.). 12:45 p.m. $5-12. 202-6865807. ‘The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes’ Signing. Discussion and signing by Dr. Lucy Spellman. 7 p.m. Borders - Friendship Heights (5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C.). 202-686-8270.
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical. Oﬀ-Broadway adaptation of the hit ﬁlm. Runs through July 5. D.C. Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW, D.C.). $18. 7:30 p.m. 202462-7833.
FRIDAY, JULY 4 A Capitol Fourth. NSO concert on the Capitol Lawn. U.S. Capitol Building - West Lawn (E. Capitol St. and 1st St. NW, D.C.). Free. Doors open 5 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. 202-467-4600. Tito Puente, Jr. Part of ‘Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza.’ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.). Free. Noon. 202-3121300.
SATURDAY, JULY 5 A Grand Night for Song. Performance by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Also July 6. Lubber Run Amphitheatre (300 N. Park Dr., Arlington). Free. 8 p.m. 703228-1850.
SUNDAY, JULY 6 ‘Candide’ in Concert. With Jason Alexander and the National Symphony Orchestra. Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna). $2055. 8:15 p.m. 703-255-1800.
TUESDAY, JULY 7 ‘Jezebel’ Screening. Part of the “All About Bette: The Films of Bette Davis” series. National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.) Free. 6:30 p.m.
Story Hour. Ages 5 and up. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 a.m. Falls Church Rotary Meeting. Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Visitors welcome. 6:30 p.m. 202268-5089. Concerts in the Park. Performances by Randy Barrett and the Barretones and Hannah Shapero. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Free. 7 p.m. 703-248-5077. ‘The New Case Against Immigration’ Signing. Discussion and signing by Mark Krikorian. Borders - DC (1801 K St. NW, D.C.). 6:30 p.m. Free. 202-4664999. The Artist and Faith in the Community. Lecture on the place of the artist in the Christian community, worship and the design process and the connection between art, faith and civic engagement. Lab at Convergence (1801 N. Quaker Ln., Alexandria) Free. 7 p.m. 703998-6260.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Features poets from slam poetry groups and the progressive music group Triﬂava. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m. 202467-4600. Paul Taylor Dance Company. Modern dance company returns to D.C. area. Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna). $8-38. 8:30 p.m. 703-255-1800.
THURSDAY, JULY 9 ‘Shear Madness.’ Interactive mystery show. Nightly. Kennedy Center Theatre Lab (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). $40-50. 8 p.m. 202-467-4600.
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Now through Aug. 24 Kennedy Center Opera House Washington, D.C.
n the past decade, 45 million people in 11 countries have seen the live musical production of Disney’s “The Lion King.” If you and yours happen not to be among those, then this is your chance to catch up with one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever, currently enjoying the ninth-longest run ever, and counting, in the Big Apple. The music of Elton John and Tim Rice, and the amazing costumes, puppets and pageantry make this a sensational, not-to-be-missed show. Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has grossed $53 billion. The touring group in Washington, D.C. now, heads out to Columbus, then Kansas City, Indianapolis, Tempe, East Lansing and Sacramento when it is done here, not finishing up until late next spring.
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Java (227 Maple Ave., Vienna). Free. 1 p.m. 703-255-1566.
advance, $12 at the door. 2:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.
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This weekend, the flood gates open as the hordes descend upon D.C. and huddle together en masse in a sweat-fest on the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day. Now, I’m not knocking the holiday or anything about it. In fact, I’ve spent quite a few 4th’s lounging on the grass ogling the fireworks spectacular in our Nation’s Capital’s sky. However, that packed-as-hell Metro ride, cramped Mall quarters and constant whiff of the smelly dude on the next blanket over is something I don’t relish. A better (and sweeter smelling) option is the American-ascan-be backyard cookout. Easy commute, plenty of elbow room and the perfect chance to showcase those sweet sparklers you purchased from the make-shift lean to on the side of the highway. And, you get to be the most popular guy at the party as you show your stuff on the grill and serve up the most American of foods: the burger!
What: Independence Day When: July 4th Where: Wherever you see fit
Friday, July 13 - Nadaam Mongolian Festival. Presented by the Washington, D.C. Area Mongolian Community Association. Barcroft Park (4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington). Free. Noon. 240-5358294. Tuesday, July 22 - Latin Ballet of Virginia. Presentation of “Fiesta del Sol.” Runs through July 26. Come early for a performance by Magpie. Wolf Trap Theatre-in-the-Woods (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $8. 10 a.m. 703-255-1868.
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Bridge the Gap to the Past Venturing to rural Virginia this summer may sound like a bore, but Natural Bridge (naturalbridgeva.com) attracts vacationing guests from all over the world who seek out this historically charming nook. Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Natural Bridge’s development as a retreat began when Thomas Jefferson built a two-room log cabin, with one room reserved for guests. While visitors can’t crash at Jefferson’s vacation pad, they can utilize some other antique accommodations — a 1926 Caboose is just one of many lodges available for rental. After acquiring the woodsided Chesapeake & Ohio freight car, owner Tom Bradshaw decided it would be fun to restore it to its former glory. The caboose represents an actual model as it might have appeared on the rails in the mid-1930s. The accommodations feature a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen, refined with western red cedar walls, cherry floors, the original curved wood ceiling and is decorated with railroad memorabilia including signal lanterns and marker lights. Located two miles outside of Natural Bridge the 200 square-foot caboose can accommodate a couple or a small family ($150 per night, 540-463-2521).
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Natural Bridge’s history offers an array of attractions that youngsters and those young at heart are sure to admire. Families can journey back 300 years to a one of a kind replica of a Monacan Indian Village (540-291-2121). Among the interpretive and interactive programs offered, shelter construction, hide tanning, toolmaking, gardening and preparing meals are just a few recommended activities. ($13 for adults, $8 for children). Representing the all-time best of American childhood heritage, the Toy Museum at Natural Bridge (www.awesometoymuseum.com, 540-291-9920) provides an interactive and intergenerational experience for visitors of all ages. From the first edition of G.I. Joe to the original Barbie, the museum has more than 45,000 items, which include paper doll books, electric trains and games that date back to 1740 ($10 for adults, $6 for children). At night, head on over to the Pink Cadillac (540-463-2621), a 1950s-style diner, for another blast from the past. Famous for its homemade chili, Pink Cadillac entertains patrons with décor that salutes its mid-century theme. Cap the evening with an era-appropriate stop at Hull’s Drive-In Theater (www.hullsdrivein.com, 540-463-2621). Moviegoers can enjoy inexpensive concessions and double fea-
tures all for $5. Children 11 and under are admitted free. Fourlegged friends are also welcomed so long as they are leashed. — Brittany Diggs Stretch Your Summer Fun Find your inner-self this summer. Just a bit beyond the sights of Charlottesville lies a retreat known as Yogaville (yogaville.org). Located on the James River in Buckingham, Va., this relaxation oriented spiritual center is nestled among 700 acres of woodland, with the Blue Ridge Mountains rising above the distant horizon. Yogaville is the world headquarters of Integral Yoga, a style which was created in 1966 by Sri Swami Satchidananda, with workshops offered for those new to yoga as well as for experienced teachers. The Yogaville website brags that “regardless of the time of year or topic, our program participants always return home relaxed and refreshed.” In July 1986 the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) opened. Dedicated to people of all faiths, the shrine was built in the shape of a lotus blossom, which according to practitioners of Integral Yoga is the “ancient symbol for the spiritual unfoldment of the soul.” The surreal purple and pink-topped shrine is
worth seeing just as a unique attraction. From July 3 – 6 Yogaville is hosting a special workshop retreat, “Krishna Das: 4th of July Chanting Workshop.” Krishna Das is a renowned western musician who reportedly makes kirtan (chanting of sacred sounds) fun and easy. Yogaville invites attendees to “let your participation in chanting these holy mantras elevate your mind, relax your body and open your heart.” A stay at Yogaville includes three vegetarian meals a day, group meditations (3 available each day), Hatha Yoga classes (2 available each day), a tour of the LOTUS Shrine, various evening programs and hiking. A shared dormitory (shared room and bath) cost $65 weekdays, $75 weekends and a pri-
vate dormitory (private room and bath) range in price from $85 150 weekdays, $110 - 185 weekends. A stay in the Lotus Guest House (private room and bath) ranges from $95 - 160 weekdays, $125 - 200 weekends. A tent-site is available for campers ($45 - 70 weekdays, $55 - 80 weekends). — Diana Glazer Goats Gone Wild Imagine a riverfront getaway where the serene sunrise awakens chirping birds across a gently rolling countryside. This vignette is a reality in Oak Grove, Va. (virginiaisforlovers.org), where travelers can enjoy a setting rich in nature’s beauty and a few show-stopping goats. Westmoreland Berry Farm’s (www.westmoreland-
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George Washington’s birthplace, ers — made from soap shavings sports aficionados and everyone Pennsylvania Sports Museum VisitPittsburgh also features disand many other popular tour- — for starters, then move on to in between. inside the Senator John Heinz counts packages for attractions ist spots are only minutes away the homemade fudge, and end up Pittsburgh celebrates its 250th Pittsburgh Regional History like Kennywood (kennywood. from the beach. somewhere in between dipping anniversary this year, making it Center ($9 adults, $5 children com, $19-32), an amusement In addition to the scenic your own candles and strolling perfect for a July 4 getaway. The and students, pghhistory.org) park that doubles as a national beauty at Colonial Beach, the through the perpetual winter of annual Three Rivers Regatta in the Strip District, just one of and state historic landmark. Westmoreland State Park Holiday Park. will finish up on July 4, and Pittsburgh’s 89 neighborhoods, — Stacey Marin (www.dcr.virginia.gov) proKeeping things about as vides visitors with a spectacu- American as apple pie, trot on over lar view of the Potomac River. to 10Best.com’s pick Jamestown One of the park’s special fea- Pie Company (buyapie.com, tures is shark tooth hunting. Sift from $6) for edible circles of all through gravel along the river to sorts — pizza pies, deep-dish pot find pearly whites from some of pies and the sweet tins of blueberVirginia’s common shark spe- ry, chocolate, pecan and — well, cies like sandbars, smooth dog- you get the point. fish and Atlantic sharp-noses. Not into pie? Try cake instead Oak Grove is a hub for vari- at the Carrot Tree Kitchen (1782 ous attractions, which are within Jamestown Rd., 757-229-0957) 15 minutes of the town. Amid where self-described “carrot fanatwineries and historic sites, Leeds ic” Debi Helseth is more than Cove is a fitting July 4 des- happy to whip you up a piece of tination where vacationers can her famous homemade carrot cake watch American Bald Eagles and other baked goodies out of soar the morning skies above the her green-walled, orange-accented Rappahannock River. eatery adorned with carrot-shaped — BD wall clocks and other quirky décor. A Woman’s Take on Instead of dropping the Williamsburg inevitable $200 per night hotel fee at a typical lodgWilliamsburg, Va. (visit- ing spot, let those post-feast FAMOUS FIREWORKS are just one reason to visit Pittsburgh. (Photo: Pittsburgh Visitors Bureau)
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doc by Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) is all you could wish for in a film about Thompson, except information about how he ingested so many controlled substances, and what he was like when he woke up the next day. Rating: Three and a half stars.
McClure can’t be all bad. A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more. Rating: Two stars.
iminished Capacity (comedy, not rated, 89 minutes). Matthew Broderick plays a Chicago newspaperman, and Alan Alda is his small-town uncle. Both are suffering from memory loss: Broderick’s condition is temporary; Alda’s is progressing. The plot involves the uncle’s priceless 1908 Chicago Cubs baseball card, a rekindled romance between Broderick and Virginia Madsen, and Dylan Baker as a Cubs memorabilia dealer who with the name Mad Dog
onzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Documentary, not rated, 121 minutes). Documentary about the hell-raising journalist who stood astride the ‘70s, staggered through the ‘80s, crawled through the ‘90s and killed himself in 2005. He was first a legend and then a captive of the legend. This
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TOP-LOSS (Drama, R, 112 m., 2008). Writer-director Kimberly Peirce’s uneven film about a young soldier home from Iraq (Ryan Phillippe) who is forced to rethink his ideas about heroism and patriotism when he is “stoplossed”: involuntarily assigned to another tour of duty. The story is hampered by awkward construction and its characters’ inarticulate attempts to describe what is going on, but no feature film can approach the visceral power of any of the hundreds of YouTube clips or superb documentaries that let the soldiers tell their own stories. Rating: Two stars. (Nell Minow)
V underwhelm me, and Hancock’s is one of the most arbitrary. Even Mary, who knows all about him, doesn’t know all that much, and I have a shiny new dime here for any viewer of the movie who can explain exactly how Hancock came into being. Not that it matters much anyway. I guess he had to come into being SOMEHOW, and this movie’s explanation is as likely as most, which is to
say, completely preposterous. Still, “Hancock” is a lot of fun, if perhaps a little top-heavy with stuff being destroyed. Will Smith makes the character more subtle than he has to be, more filled with self-doubt, more willing to learn. Jason Bateman is persuasive and helpful on the PR front, and it turns out Charlize Theron has a great deal to feel odd and penetrating about. , Peter Travers
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Y BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (Romance, PG-13, 90 m., 2008). An extra-sweet romantic fable from Wong Kar-Wai about love and desserts. You taste “My Blueberry Nights” with your retinas. There are less appetizing things to look at for 90 minutes than this pretty pie-cart of a movie, its glazed slices topped with the faces of Norah Jones, Jude Law,
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AR, INC. (Comedy, R, 106 m., 2008). Brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at a political satire. John Cusack stars as a hit man sent to a Middle Eastern country to protect the interests of an American super-corporation. Marisa Tomei is a liberal journalist, Hilary Duff is a Mideast teen idol (!), Ben Kingsley is a shadowy manipulator, Joan Cusack is a P.R. whiz, and Dan Aykroyd seems uncannily like Vice President Cheney. The elements are here, but the parts never come together. Still, an honorable attempt. Rating: Two stars.
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HE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (Fantasy, PG, 96 m., 2008). A terrific entertainment for the whole family, except those below a certain age, who are likely to be scared out of their wits. A family moves into a creepy old mansion and discovers it is already inhabited by creatures from the spirit world. Starring Freddie Hightower as twins, Sarah Bolger as their sister, and MaryLouise Parker as their mom, plus a supporting cast of gifted actors and impressive effects. But it should be rated PG-13. Rating: Three and a half stars.
EFINITELY, MAYBE (Romantic comedy, PG-13, 105 m., 2008). As the lead in director Adam Brooks’ bittersweet romantic comedy, Ryan Reynolds finally steps into a charming, vulnerable character that perfectly fits his comedic talents. He plays Will Hayes, a thirty-something advertising whiz who agrees to tell his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), about the women he dated before her mom, but he changes the names and Maya must guess which one is her mother. With Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz as the women in his life. Rating: Three stars. (Mary Houlihan)
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ERSEPOLIS (Animated, PG13, 98 m., 2008). The story of an Iranian girl’s coming of age. Born under the shah, she and her family were not good fits after his fall and the rise of militant Islam. Outspoken, she’s sent to family friends in Vienna to keep her out of trouble, finds unhappiness, returns, is homesick for a nation that no longer exists. Told in beautifully stylized black-and-white animation, based on the autobiogaphy of Marjane Satrapi, who co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud. Voices by Chiara Mastroianni as Marjane and Catherine Deneuve as her mother. Rating: Four stars.
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John Hiatt has been recording songs for 35 years and writing them for 45. By his own admission, most of those tunes have fallen squarely into the category of love songs. However, even after all those years of firsthand experience, when asked what
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exactly comprises a good love song, Hiatt doesn’t even pretend to know the answer. “I don’t know, you know?” Hiatt says. “There are so many good love songs out there, but I don’t know what to say.” Even puzzling out the origins of his own tender tunes is a tad troublesome since, Hiatt says, he doesn’t intend to write such songs.
“The fact that they turn into love songs, it’s just a result of where I’m at personally,” Hiatt says, going on to explain the origins of his latest amorous album, Same Old Man. “I just happen to be crazy in love with my wife. The kids are out of the house now, so that’s sort of what I was writing about. It’s like we’re having a second courtship. You just kinda write about what moods you’re in and what you’re paying attention to.” That most of Hiatt’s tunes have turned into love songs is noteworthy given the sad start to his life. When Hiatt was nine his brother Michael committed suicide. Two years later, his father, Robert, passed away. It was about that time that Hiatt first turned to songwriting, crafting his first tune at age 11. It was the start of a music career that has spanned parts of five decades and produced 18 studio albums. The latest of those, Same Old Man, was released May 27 and has put Hiatt back on the road for a tour that pulls into the Birchmere in Alexandria for shows July 6 – 8. Hiatt’s songs — most notably his 1987 tune “Have a Little Faith In Me” — have won over a good number of fans, but also a number of his fellow artists. Hiatt’s work has been performed by the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Jewel and even Mandy Moore. “It’s an honor. Those guys [Dylan and Nelson] are heroes to me,” says Hiatt, who grew up listening to Dylan. The artists who have performed his songs number well over 20, however, he still remembers the first time he was covered. When he was 18, he moved from Indiana to Nashville, Tenn., bringing with him a few original songs. It was there that Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth recorded his tune “Thinking of You.” Given the far reaching respect artists have held for Hiatt’s music, it’s little surprise that this September Hiatt is set to be honored by the Americana Music Association with a lifetime achievement award. “Yeah, what about that? I’m not even done with my life yet,” Hiatt jokes. Still seeing improvement in his own work with every song he writes, while flattered by the award, Hiatt jests that it may be coming too early. “If they’d given me a little more time I could have come up with something better.” • John Hiatt performs July 6 – 8 at the Birchmere. Tickets are $49.50. The July 6 performance is sold out. For more information on John Hiatt, visit www. johnhiatt.com.
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Anthony’s Restaurant 309 W. Broad St., Falls Church • 703-5320100 •Type of Food: Greek, American & Italian Cuisine • Features: Breakfast (Sat & Sun Only) • Hours: Mon-Thurs -10 am - 11 pm, Fri - 10 am -12 am, Sat - 8 am - 12 am, Sun - 8 am - 10 pm
Argia’s Restaurant 124 N. Washington St., Falls Church • 703-5341033 • www.argias.com • Type of Food: Italian • Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, Zagat Rated, Full Bar, No Reservations • Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 5 pm; Dinner: Mon - Thur 5 - 9:30 pm, Fri & Sat 5 - 10:30 pm, Sun 5 - 9 pm.
Bear Rock Cafe 2200 Westmoreland St. (Westlee Condominium Building), Arlington • 703-532-0031; Catering: 703-532-0118 • Type of Food: American • Features: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Kids' Menu, Alcoholic Beverages; Catering, Free Indoor Parking • Hours: Mon.-Sat. - 7 am - 10 pm, Sun. - 7 am - 10 p.m.
Bubba’s BBQ & Catering 7810-F Lee Hwy, Falls Church • 703-560-8570 • Type of Food: American/Family, Salads w/ Meat & Ribs • Features: Best BBQ East of Mississippi • Hours: Mon-Sat- 11 am - 9pm
Celebrity delly 7263-A Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-9002 • Type of Food: Delicatessen • Features: Catering, Sandwiches, Submarines, Soups & Salads • Hours: Mon-Fri - 9 am - 9 pm, Sat - 8 am - 9 pm, Sun - 8 am - 4 pm
Chicken Corner 2816 Graham Rd., Falls Church (Next to Magruder's) • 703-573-0112 • Type of Food: Peruvian Pollo • Features: Rotisserie Chicken, subs, salads, fresh fish • Hours: Mon-Thu - 10:30 a.m. - 9 pm - 9 pm, Fri-Sat - 10 am - 930 pm.
Harvest Moon Restaurant and Lounge 7260 Arlington Blvd. (Graham Center across from Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703573-6000 • www.theharvestmoonrestaurant. com • Type of Food: Chinese • Features: Lunch / dinner buffets, banquet facilities up to 700 people • Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
Hoang’s Grill and Sushi Bar 502 W. Broad St., Falls Church • 703-536-7777 • Type of Food: Pan-Asian • Features: Single and Mingle Thursday Nights. • Hours: MonThurs 11 am - 10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am - 10:30 pm, Sun - 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Ireland’s Four Provinces 105W.BroadSt.,FallsChurch•www.4psfallschurch. com • 703-534-8999 • Type of Food: Irish • Features: Full Bar, Live Entertainment, Sunday Brunch • Hours: Daily - 11 am – 2 am
Koi Koi 450 W. Broad St., Ste. 117, Falls Church • 703-237-0101 • Type of Food: Japanese • Features: Sushi, Sashimi, Grill BBQ, Party Platters • Hours: Mon.–Thur. - 11 am – 10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat.: Noon - 11 p.m., Sun. 4 - 10 p.m.
Ledo Pizza Restaurant & Pub 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-8475336 • Type of Food: Pizza & Pasta, American/ Family • Features: Full Bar, Wine Menu, 5 TV’s-Sports • Hours: Mon-Thur - 11 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat - 11 am-11 pm; Sun - 12-10 pm
The Original Pancake House 370 West Broad Street, Falls Church • 703891-0148 • www.originalpancakehouse.com • Type of Food: American/Family • Features: Breakfast, Weekday Specials - Breakfast & Lunch • Hours: 7 am - 3 pm Daily
Red Hot & Blue 169 Hillwood Ave., (Hillwood Square), Falls Church • 703-538-6466 • Type of Food: Memphis Style Bar-b-que • Features: Full Service Catering and Delivery • Hours: Sun. - Thu. 11 am - 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Robeks 1063 W. Broad St., (West End Plaza), Falls Church • 703-538-4111 • www.robeks.com • Type of Food: Smoothies, Juices, Wraps & Salads • Features: Catering • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 6 am - 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 8 am - 9 pm.
Sign of the Whale 7279 Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-1616 • Type of Food: American • Features: Seafood Night and Steak Night • Hours: 11:30 am - 2 am, 7 days a week
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant 6304 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-2373888; 2153 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna • 703319-3888 • www.crystalsunflower.com • Type of Food: 99% vegan • Features: Japanese, Chinese, Continental • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 12 pm - 10 pm.
Sweet Rice Thai Restaurant 1113 W. Broad St. (next to Don Beyer Volvo), Falls Church • 703-241-8582 • Type of Food: Thai Cuisine • Features: Free delivery ($15 min., limited area) • Hours: Mon. - Thu. 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 am - 11 p.m.; Sat. Noon - 11 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 10 p.m.
Velocity Five 8111 Lee Hwy. (Merrifield Plaza, Lee Hwy. and Gallows Rd.), Falls Church • www.velocityfiverestaurant.com • 703-207-9464 • Type of Food: American Grille • Features: 50 HD TVs, Private Banquet Rooms, DJ after 9:30 p.m. • Hours: Sun-Mon - 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
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Summertime may seem like a slow news period, when lolling by the pool or seeking shade under a leafy tree are of paramount importance. But in the adult beverage industry, activity never slacks off. A few newsy examples: • Talk about consumer demand. The first batch of legal whisky ever made in the Shetland Islands of Scotland was stolen before any of it reached market. A 360-case consignment of Muckle Flugga brand was stolen from a depot where it was waiting to be shipped overseas to VIP shareholders. Investigators said it appeared that thieves cut through the walls of a warehouse and stole the whisky, worth an estimated $59,000. • The ghosts of brewers past may be smiling now that a former iconic brewery has reopened in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The Boston Beer Co. has begun producing Samuel Adams beer at the former Stroh’s brewery near Allentown, Pa., seven years after the facility was closed. It will produce 1.6 million barrels of Sam Adams annually. • The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. is taking on a Delaware plan that would raise the tax on beer, wine and spirits by 50 percent. A radio ad targets what DISCUS calls the “hypocrisy of legislators spending millions of dollars toward boosting tourism, while at the same time proposing devastating taxes on tourism-related businesses and their workers.” And, in new-product news: • 1800 Tequila has added a high-alcohol expression to its line. Proximo Spirits Inc. claims its new 1800 Select Silver, a 100 percent agave spirit, is the first 100-proof tequila on the market. It is packaged in a glass bottle with a stopper that doubles as a shot glass. Although this is a young silver -- or blanco -- tequila, it has been double distilled then blended with “a touch” of aged tequila. It will retail for a suggested price of $29.99 for a 750ml bottle. • Back in March, I wrote about Miller Brewing Co.’s test marketing of a new beer called MGD 64 (“MGD 64 is not a spray lubricant’). That testing has worked so well that the Milwaukee company now plans a national rollout of the 64-calorie version of its Miller Genuine Draft Light brand. CEO Tom Long said in a message to distributors that MGD 64 will replace the 110-calorie MGD Light brand around the country by mid-September. • The French Foreign Legion has officially gone into the wine business. Its “Esprit de Corps” wines are going on sale online for about $11 per bottle to raise funds for its veterans homes. Its 2007 Cotes de Provence red and rose vintages are produced from grapes grown in southern France on property purchased in 1953 to provide shelter for wounded and elderly Legionnaires. The storied Legion, a 7,700-man elite military organization founded in 1831 and easily recognized by the kepi blanc, its famous hat, is made up of volunteers from 150 nations. It has often been a place of last resort for adventurers, fugitives and soldiers of fortune. William M. Dowd covers the adult beverage industry online at billdowd.com.
July 3 - 9, 2008
Players in a rebuy tournament have the option to purchase additional chips according to a set of rules. Let’s use the $1,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em rebuy tournament as an example. For the $1,000 entry fee, players receive 2,000 chips. Anytime within the first two hours of play, a player having 2,000 or fewer chips on the felt has the option to rebuy. In fact, players can even rebuy before the first hand is dealt. At the conclusion of the rebuy period, there’s another opportunity to purchase chips. Players have the option to buy one or two add-ons (or none at all) at the end of level two, regardless of their chip stack size. So, if you bought chips at every time permitted, you’d be in for $4,000: the initial buyin, the immediate rebuy, and a double add-on. Now, some players simply aren’t prepared to risk that much money in a poker tournament. Fortunately, playing in this type of event with the intention of not rebuying can actually be a very profitable strategy. You see, during the rebuy period, there will always be players who gamble wildly in the hopes of building a big stack. It’s not uncommon for some crazy players to move all-in without even looking at their cards. While it’s certainly more difficult to win a rebuy tournament without rebuying, it is possible to get a nice pay day if you choose to limit your buyin amount. That’s because all of the maniacs who repeatedly rebuy can easily invest more than $10,000 in an event where a budget-minded player is in for just $1,000. That substantially increases the payout pool and creates a great opportunity to cash in. If you plan to use the single buy-in strategy, you’ll likely be a decent favorite when you play against one of those loose, serial rebuyers who constantly moves all-in. The best strategy is to wait patiently for a strong hand, like A-K or even pocket nines. Then, get your chips in the middle. Just hope your pocket pair holds up against his J-3, A-4, or whatever trash hand he may have. Now, if you aren’t budget constrained and your goal is to increase the odds of winning the tournament, you might choose to become a rebuy maniac yourself. Perhaps you’ll try to break my own WSOP record of 49
rebuys in a single tournament! Okay, so putting up $50,000 in a $1,000 rebuy tournament may seem a bit extreme. Instead, say you’re willing to invest $12,000. Here’s how to do it. Immediately rebuy for a 4,000 chip stack right off the bat. Then, over bet the pot and gamble wildly. With the blinds starting at 25-50, bet 500 with any hand. If you’re raised, reraise all-in and hope to get a lucky draw. If you outdraw your opponent, you’ll be up to more than 8,000 chips. If not, it’s time to rebuy. While it’s perfectly acceptable to gamble wildly with that 4,000 chip stack, be a bit more selective when you reach 8,000 chips – but not much. With 8,000 chips, be prepared to move all-in with a flush draw or straight draw. A win in this situation will bring you nearer to
your goal of amassing 20,000
chips. But don’t stop there. You can still buy a double add-on to increase your chip stack even further. The important element of this strategy is stop the wild and crazy gambling once you get over about 12,000 chips. With that kind of chip stack, it’s time to tighten up your play considerably. Now it’s time to shift gears and play fundamentally sound poker. Visit www.cardsharkmedia. com/book.html for information about Daniel Negreanu’s new book, Hold’em Wisdom for All Players. © 2008 Card Shark Media. All rights reserved.
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SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE
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The City’s Chesapeake Bay Interdisciplinary Review Team (CBIRT) will review the following project for compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Protection Ordinance’s (CBPO) General Performance Criteria to ensure that the development disturbs the environment and water quality as little as possible.
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Application CB07-28, proposal to construct a new single-family home at 310 Sycamore Street within the City’s Resource Management Area (RMA) The CBIRT will not review aesthetics, construction scheduling, massing, or functionality. Concerns other than CBPO General Performance Criteria should be directed to the appropriate City staff prior to the meeting. PUBLIC NOTICE Volunteers who live in the City of Falls Church are needed to serve on the boards and commissions listed below. Call the City Clerk, Kathleen Buschow (703-248-5014, or e-mail email@example.com) for an application form or more information. Requests for reappointments must also be made through the City Clerk. Applications are being accepted until the end of the month. Vacancies that have been advertised for more than one month may be filled during each subsequent month before month’s end. Architectural Advisory Board City Employee Review Board Environmental Services Council Girls’ Home Advisory Board Historic Architecture Review Board Historical Commission Human Services Advisory Council Library Board of Trustees Local Board of Building Code Appeals Planning Commission Private School & Day Care Facility Board Recreation and Parks Advisory Board Retirement Board Senior Citizens Commission Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Transportation Tree Commission Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee Regional Boards/Commissions: Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Long Term Care Coordinating Council Workforce Investment Board
PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Falls Church, Virginia, will hold a pubic hearing on July 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia, for the consideration of the following Appeal: A1487-08 by Lilian J. Gemond, John L. Melnick, Laurence J. Tracy and Susan V. Tracy who state they are aggrieved by several determinations made as part of a rezoning and special exception application at 706 W. Broad Street and that these determinations were made by the Zoning Administrator and that these determinations are erroneous, and who now appeal these determinations to the Board of Zoning Appeals, said parcels identified on the Falls Church Real Property Identification Map as Lots 3 and 4 of Block C of the Sherwood subdivision zoned B-1 Limited Business; Lots 14, 15 and 17 of Block A of the Woodland subdivision zoned T-1 Transitional and Lot 16 of the Woodland subdivision zoned T-1 Transitional; said determinations being as follows: 1. The Application for rezoning and special exception is not complete and thus not properly reviewable. 2. Sec. 38-30(f)(12) of the City Code allows only for a waiver of Sec. 38-30(f)(1)-(11) requirements, and may not be cited as a waiver for other Sec. 38-30 requirements. 3. Sec. 38-28(a) setback requirements are applicable. 4. Sec. 38-30(e) buffering requirements are applicable. 5. Sec. 38-33 restricts location of the parking component of the contemplated project from within 100 feet of the St. James property. 6. Sec. 38-28(a) restricts B-1 buildings to four (4) stories without a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals. 7. The Special Exception provision in the Code does not operate as an overriding waiver of all other Code requirements. 8. Sec. 38-31(d)(2) requires one (1) parking space per 250 square feet, not one (1) parking space per 300 square feet, for the contemplated office building. Copies of the above file may be reviewed in the Office of the Zoning Administrator, City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALES (RFP) Watershed Management Plan RFP NO. 0612-08-WMP City of Falls Church, Virginia The City of Falls Church is now accepting sealed proposals for an integrated watershed managemenet plan to restore and maintain a healthy, sustainable, aquatic ecosystem in the Tripp’s Run and Four-Mile Run Watersheds while proving adequate flood control and safe management of storm water runoff within the City. All proposals must meet the requirements in the RFP document which can be downloaded from the City of Falls Church’s website: www.fallschurchva.gov; Purchasing and Procurement link. Sealed proposals for RFP #0612-08-WMP will be accepted until: 2:00 PM local time, August 7, 2008. For information regarding this RFP contact: Faye Smith, Purchasing Manager; (703) 248-5007; firstname.lastname@example.org 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 703-248-5007, (TTY 711).
PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Falls Church, Virginia, will hold a public hearing on July 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia, for the consideration of the following Appeal: A1487-08 by Lilian J. Gemond, John L. Melnick, Laurence J. Tracy and Susan V. Tracy who state they are aggrieved by several determinations made as part of a rezoning and special exception application at 706 W. Broad Street and that these determinations were made by the Zoning Administrator and that these determinations are erroneous, and who now appeal these determinations to the Board of Zoning Appeals, said parcels identified on the Falls Church Real Property Identification Map as Lots 3 and 4 of Block C of the Sherwood subdivision zoned B-1 Limited Business; Lots 14, 15 and 17 of Block A of the Woodland subdivision zoned T-1 Transitional and Lot 16 of the Woodland subdivision zoned T-1 Transitional; said determinations being: 1. The Application for rezoning and special exception is not complete and thus not properly reviewable. 2. Sec. 38-30(f)(12) of the City Code allows only for a waiver of Sec. 38-30(f)(1)-(11) requirements, and may not be cited as a waiver for other Sec. 38-30 requirements. 3. Sec. 38-28(a) setback requirements are applicable. 4. Sec. 38-30(e) buffering requirements are applicable. 5. Sec. 38-33 restricts location of the parking component of the contemplated project from within 100 feet of the St. James property. 6. Sec. 38-28(a) restricts B-1 buildings to four (4) stories without a variance from the BZA. 7. The Special Exception provision in the Code does not operate as an overriding waiver of all other Code requirements. 8. Sec. 38-31(d)(2) requires one (1) parking space per 250 square feet, not one (1) parking space per 300 square feet, for the contemplated office building. Copies of the above file may be reviewed in the Office of the Zoning Administrator, City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046.
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Mayor Robin S. Gardner . . . . . . . . . . Vice Mayor Harold Lippman. . . . . . . . . . . City Council Nader Baroukh. . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Maller . . . . . . . . . . . . . David F. Snyder. . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel X. Sze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Webb . . . . . . . . . . . City Manager Wyatt Shields. . . . . . . . . . . . . Home Page <www.fallschurchva.gov>
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Refuse and Recycling Collection for Thursday and Friday Collection Areas Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m. 4 City Hall, Community Center, Courts, DMV Select, Library, Senior Center, Sheriff’s Office Closed No Refuse or Recycling Collection Annual Reading of Founding Documents, Council Chambers, Noon Fireworks & Music Program, George Mason High School, 7 p.m. Independence Day 5 Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Rain Date for Fireworks & Music Program 7 Yard Waste, Bundled Brush, & Special Collections Youth Fall Soccer Registration Begins Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. City Council Work Session, 7:30 p.m. Planning Commission, 7:45 p.m. 8 Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in Session Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Economic Development Authority, 6:30 p.m. Housing Commission, 7 p.m. 9 General District Court in Session Story Hour, 7 p.m. Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation, 7:30 p.m. Library Board of Trustees Space Committee, 7:30 p.m. 10 Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m. 12 Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon
Recreation & Parks Online Registration Coming Soon! The Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division is preparing to launch WebTrac, an online registration system. Any household that has signed up for an activity with Recreation & Parks since Jan. 1, 2006, will have an active account in the database. In order to utilize the online system, all households will need to update current household information to include a valid e-mail address and listed birthdates for family members. Please call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) or visit the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) to update your information or create an account.
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July 4 Independence Day Holiday Schedule CITY HALL COMMUNITY CENTER COURTS DMV SELECT OFFICE MARY RILEY STYLES PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS SENIOR CENTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE GEORGE LOCAL TRANSIT REFUSE & RECYCLING COLLECTION
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Celebrate the 4th of July in Falls Church City The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division presents its annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2008 at George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with a live performance by Kajun Kelley. Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m. This is a free event. Spectator seating available at George Mason High School’s Moore Cadillac Stadium and the Northern Virginia Graduate Center parking lot. Most of the spectator seating will be on the synthetic turf football field. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets for the field. Chairs will only be permitted on paved surfaces.
No alcohol, smoking, fireworks, or pets permitted on site. Food and drinks will be for sale. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, July 5 at the same time and location. Attendees are advised against parking in the Falls Plaza (Giant) shopping center parking lot. For more information, call the Recreation & Parks Division at 703-248-5178 (TTY 711). 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 703-248-5077 (TTY 711).
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The Falls Church City Housing and Human Services Division (HHS) is sponsoring a Fall for Fun celebration at Berman Park (located on Ellison Street) that will include fun activities and information on community resources for all residents. HHS is seeking donations of school Thanks to donations from the community, supplies to be distributed at the event these children were equipped with the right on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. The collected supplies before the start of the 2007-2008 supplies will be given to disadvan- school year. taged children of the community. School supplies such as notebooks, gift cards, crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, rulers, paper and glue are needed by Friday, Aug. 1 and can be brought to: Housing and Human Services Division 300 Park Avenue, Rm. 100 West Falls Church, VA 22046 For additional information, please call HHS at 703-248-5005 (TTY 711).
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Concerts in the Park Thursdays through Aug. 7, 7 p.m. Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Enjoy the best of summer with free musical entertainment sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society. Each concert also features local artists and their artwork, sponsored by the Falls Church Arts Council. Visit www.fallschurchva.gov for a complete lineup.
July 4th Independence Day Celebration Friday, July 4, 7 p.m. Rain Date: Saturday, July 5, 7 p.m. George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike Celebrate Independence Day in the City of Falls Church with a spectacular fireworks display. Spectator seating available at the George Mason High School football stadium and the Northern Virginia Graduate Center parking lot. This is a free event. Call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) for more information. City of Falls Church Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8 a.m. - Noon
Storm Debris Pickup Information To ensure efficient collections and the safety of our crews, the City of Falls Church is asking all residents affected by the June 4 storms to properly prepare bundled brush according to the following requirements: • Brush must be cut in 5’ lengths with no individual branch or trunk larger than 6” in diameter; it should be tied securely with cord or twine that is strong enough to hold the material together. • A bundle must not exceed 50 pounds or be too large or bulky to be loaded safely by one person into the collection vehicle. • Properly prepared bundled brush is collected free of charge. Special pickups are available for items that do not fit in a 30-gallon refuse container or do not meet the brush requirements listed above, such as unbundled brush
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or brush with trunk diameters exceeding six inches, furniture, moving debris, and household appliances. Call 703-534-6509 (TTY 711) to schedule a special pickup. The City waives brush collection requirements only when a federal or state disaster is declared. No such declaration has been made. If you hired a private tree contractor to remove a fallen tree or limbs from your property, the tree contractor is responsible for debris disposal. Fees Special collections are billed at the minimum rate of $65 for two cubic yards or less of loose materials. An additional $65 will be charged for each additional two cubic yards or less. Household appliances are charged separately at $25 per appliance, with a limit of two appliances per week. Residents will be billed within 30 days after the pickup. Special Collection Request Line: 703-534-6509 (TTY 711) Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division 223 Little Falls Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703-248-5077* Phone Numbers Open Gym/Weather Hotline 703-248-5125* Special Events Hotline 703-248-5178* Fax 703-536-5125 Senior Center 703-248-5020*/21* Community Center Hours Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - Midnight Saturday 8:30 a.m. - Midnight Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Open Gym Hours Open Gym hours are updated on a bi-weekly basis and are also posted on the Open Gym Hotline, 703-248-5125*. All hours are subject to change. * Indicates TTY 711 Accessibility
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Chairman: Ronald Peppe II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman: Susan Kearney . . . . . . . . . . . School Board Rosaura Aguerrebere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Hyland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kieran Sharpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Wodiska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superintendent: Dr . Lois Berlin . . . . . . . . . . .
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Three Falls Church City Council Members Take Story Hour Oath of Office; Mayor and Vice Mayor Elected Resumes Monday Story Hour at Mary Riley Styles Public Library is back on Monday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required for this free program.
On Tuesday, July 1 the Falls Church City Council inaugurated Robin S. Gardner to her third term and Nader Baroukh and Lawrence Webb to their first terms. They were elected for terms that run July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012. Also on July 1, the Council re-elected Gardner as mayor and elected existing member Harold (Hal) Lippman as vice mayor. Gardner was re-elected to serve a second term as the City’s mayor through June 30, 2010. She was first elected to the City Council in May 2000 and mayor in July 2006. She is currently a Strategic Account Manager at GTSI. Her focus is on civilian agencies, namely HHS, Education, and State. Gardner lives in the City with her husband and their twin elementary school-age children. Baroukh is presently a senior attorney with management responsibilities at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he is responsible for handling immigration and national security issues. Baroukh is a resident of the Cherry Hill/Winter Hill community and has served on the City’s Major Design Team for the City Center South Project. Webb is an Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Mary Washington and works with the James Farmer Scholars Program. This program helps to increase the number of and motivate underrepresented students who are interested in attending institutions of higher education through college and university visits, cultural and recreational activities, seminars, and academic guidance. He also serves on the Virginia Department of Correctional Education Board (appointed by former Governor Mark Warner in 2004). Webb’s service to the City includes three years on the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board.
Regular Story Hours are for children up to age 5: • Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The following Wednesday nights feature special programs that will take the place of regular Story Hours: The Falls Church City Council. Back Row, Left to Right: Council Member David Snyder, Council Member Daniel Maller, Council Member Lawrence Webb, and Council Member Daniel Sze. Front Row, Left to Right: Vice Mayor Harold Lippman, Mayor Robin Gardner and Council Member Nader Baroukh.
Lippman will serve as the City’s vice mayor July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010. Lippman was first elected to the City Council in May 2006. He presently works as an independent consultant evaluating U.S. government international development assistance programs. He served on the City’s School Board from 1994 to 1998. He and his wife have lived in the City for more than 25 years. They have three children. The seven Council members are elected at-large for fouryear terms, with alternating elections in May of even-numbered years for three or four members. The Council members elect the mayor and vice mayor for two-year terms.
July 9: “Sandlot Stories”—Storyteller Eric Beatty combines drama, comedy, and dynamic movement to celebrate the game of baseball while exploring the nature of friendships and family relationships. For children ages 5 and up. July 23: “A Tangle of Tales”—Grey Seal Puppets present classic stories from around the world: The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and the Three Little Pigs. Aug. 6: The Moody Crewe. Avast me hearties! It’s a pirating we go. Hear from the scoundrels who raided the Virginia Coast in the 1700s what a pirate’s life was really like. Aug. 12: Fish the Magish—AKA Mike Fisher, this performer’s program includes a mix of magic, comedy, audience participation, and surprises.
For more information about the City Council, please visit www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Government/ CityCouncil.aspx.
FCC-TV Spotlight: Rich & Friends Rich Massabny interviews movers and shakers in the community, interesting personalities in the entertainment field, and top area chefs . Rich shares his 20+ years experience as a noted theatre, arts and restaurant reviewer .Rich & Friends airs on FCC-TV at the following times: • Wednesdays at 1:00 p .m . & 8:00 p .m . • Saturdays at 5:00 p .m . • Sundays at 10:00 a .m . FCC-TV airs on Cox Channel 12, Verizon Channel 35 and RCN Channel 2 . For more information about FCC-TV, or for a complete schedule of the variety of community programs on FCC-TV, visit www.fcctv.net or call 703-248-5538 .
BIE Partner of the Week Mike Beyer Don Beyer Volvo School involvement: Each year, provides a limousine and driver to reward the student winner of teacher Joel Block’s “RoPaSci” math program at George Mason High School; supports All-Night Grad Party and the Operation Earthwatch; donates t-shirts to the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Safety Patrols . Why Mike is a BIE partner: “As one of the nearest neighbors to George Mason High School, we are pleased to do what we can to encourage student achievement . Our children went through the Falls Church City Public Schools, and we appreciate the education they received .” For more information about sharing your expertise through the BIE Partnership, visit www.fccps.org or contact Marybeth Connelly at connellym@fccps .org . School content published in The Weekly Focus is written and edited by the Falls Church City Public Schools. For more information, contact the Falls Church City Public Schools Communications Office. Phone: (703) 248-5699 Fax: (703) 248-5613.
Hyland, Sharpe, Wodiska Take Oath of Office One new leader and two current members have been sworn in for new terms on the Falls Church City School Board. Charlotte Hyland took the oath of office last week to begin her first term. Hyland fills a spot on the board vacated by board chairman Craig Cheney who did not seek a second term. Kieran Sharpe, the board’s longest sitting member, and Joan Wodiska return for another four-year term following their re-election in the spring. Hyland is a freelance writer who holds a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado. For nearly 10 years she served as editor of the FCCPS Elementary PTA newsletter, The Advocate, and later for the George Mason High School PTSA newsletter, The Maverick. Hyland also has served on the elementary PTA board as vice president,
recording secretary and chaired various PTA and PTSA committees. Kieran Sharpe, now in his tenth year on the board, is an attorney with Howrey LLP. Prior to his school board service, he served on the Falls Church City Council from 1994-1998. Joan Wodiska, beginning her second term on the board, is early childhood and workforce committee director for the National Governors Association. She is also chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Virginia School Boards Association. Earlier this week, the Falls Church City School Board met for its annual organizational meeting to elect a school board chairman and vicechairman and to set the schedule for fiscal year 2009.
SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES ARE SubjEcT To chAngE July Fourth of July (Day Care Closed) 4 Summer School Begins 7 15-16 Summer SOL Testing (GM) (MD) Mt. Daniel Elementary (TJ) Thomas Jefferson Elementary (MEH) Mary Ellen Henderson Middle (GM) George Mason High Check the FCCPS Web site for more calendar information. www.fccps.org
Outgoing school board chairman Craig Cheney shows off the plaque he received last week recognizing his service on the Falls Church City School Board . Cheney received a standing ovation during his final meeting on the board where he served four years as a member, vice-chairman and chairman .
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contracts, in a country with some of the world's largest untapped fields and potential for vast profits, are a rare prize to the industry." A prize, yes. But at what cost? In addition to the terrible toll of Americans and Iraqis killed and wounded, the war in Iraq has diverted attention and resources from critical problems here in the United States, where the housing market has been crippled, the stock market has tanked, gasoline has soared past $4 per gallon, unemployment is increasing and an extraordinary number of debtridden working families are staring into a financial abyss. Even as oil companies are enjoying staggering profits, many Americans -- in July! -are already worried sick about the potentially ruinous cost of heating their homes next winter. And then there's the socalled war on terror. The latest news is that al-Qaida, the terror network that actually did attack the United States, has successfully regrouped in the tribal areas of Pakistan and has reconstituted its ability to institute terror attacks from the region. For an administration joined at the hip to the oil industry, the lure of Iraq's enormous reserves was stronger even than the impulse to conquer an enemy that murdered more than 2,700
RED, WHITE AND BLUE are actually my favorite colors, so I don’t mind when mom calls “Phoebe” and puts the decorative bandana around my neck. You see, I love the 4th of July. Of course, I like to watch the pretty fireworks light up the sky from my perch on the stairs. Although the best part of this patriotic holiday is the noise made by the spectacular multi-colored show. All those big bangs! That’s when all the neighborhood dogs start to freak out. It’s the best. They run for cover like the sky is falling, those wimps. Is there a better holiday than one that makes those doggie do-gooders fear for their lives? So bring on the festive collar. It’s OK. If only it were more than one a year. Really, it is the best show on earth. If you would like to see your pet here, e-mail us at email@example.com or send a picture and short description to Falls Church News-Press c/o Critter Corner, 450 W. Broad St., Suite 321, Falls Church, VA 22046. civilians on Sept. 11, a toll greater than the number of Americans killed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Referring to Qaida members who regrouped in Pakistan, The Times reported on Monday: "Current and former military and intelligence officials said that the war in Iraq consistently diverted resources and high-level attention from the tribal areas. When American military and intelligence officials requested additional Predator drones to survey the tribal areas, they were told no drones were available because
they had been sent to Iraq." Who knows how long it will be before the United States disengages in any significant way from Iraq. What you can take to the bank is that this country will not make any major advances in energy policy, in health coverage, in rebuilding its infrastructure, in improving its public schools or in curtailing runaway public and private debt until our open-ended commitment to this catastrophic multi-trillion-dollar war comes to an end. How long will it take before that finally sinks in?
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Just Listed in Falls Church Wonderful large brick Townhouse in sought-after Williamsburg Pond just a 9 minute walk to WFC Metro and a few minutes more to grocery, Starbucks, ice cream parlor and more! Absolutely immaculate, this bright and sunny charmer has a spacious open floor plan, updated kitchen with glazed cabinets and ceramic tile floor, and family room off kitchen with wood floor and SGD to private brick-walled patio backing to treed area. Lower level has rec room with fireplace and builtin bookcases, new bath and den (which has been used as 4th bedroom). Total of 3 bedrooms plus den and three and one half baths. Lots of updates include newer carpets, newer roof, fiber optic cable and more! Loads of storage. Live here and save on gas! Top McLean schools! $639,000
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