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The Summer 2018 edition of the News-Press’s Real Estate special is here with features on the impact of a possible Amazon and Apple invasion, how schools affect the homebuying process, Falls Church’s top home sales and more.

Beyer Automotive Launches 1st Move In West End Property Redevelopment Planning Commission B��� S��� P����������� OKs Variances for New Show Room



length of the adjacent City of Falls Church. Even more important for City residents will be a direct access ramp to Metro parking at the I-66 interchange with Route 7 at the west end of the City and a new bridge carrying the W&OD Trail over Lee Highway (Rt. 29), a move that not only achieves the effort “to provide new travel choices, making trips more reliable and moving more people,” but also introduces a major safety benefit.

The iconic Falls Church business, Don Beyer Volvo, a.k.a. Beyer Automotive, took the first big public step in the redevelopment of the acreage it has been quietly assembling around its showroom and famous pigs statue, coming before the F.C. Planning Commission on Monday night. The organization won a unanimous approval for two variances and a special use permit that would allow them to demolish old buildings at 1119 and 1121 W. Broad St., now housing sign painting and auto detailing services, and replace them with a new building that would double as a four-strong auto showroom and administrative offices. With the Planning Commission’s OK, the matter now comes before the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) which will have the final say at its July 12 meeting next week. While the request Tuesday, which had come before the Planners earlier in a low-key work session, was modest in scope, Beyer representatives said it was just the first step in what’s been the long-awaited major redevelopment of the assembled Beyer properties in what’s known as the Gordon’s Triangle end of the City. The step, if it moves forward, will involve the relocation of the company’s current auto showroom at 1231 W. Broad, which will then free up that property and surrounding areas for a much more robust development plan.

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F������’� R�� P����� H������ S�� ��� J��� 16 A public hearing as part of the F.C. Planning Commission’s regular meeting on July 16 will mark the next step in Mill Creek’s effort to win approvals allowing its 4.3 acre Founder’s Row project to move ahead. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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The planned pocket park for the 100 block of W. Broad Street adjacent the Unity Club has been put on hold after estimates on the project’s cost came out significantly higher than expected. SEE NEWS BRIEFS, PAGE 9

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IN RESPONSE TO THE SEPARATION of families at the border, these Falls Church youngsters held a bake sale on June 20 to raise money to help reunite children with their families. Participating in the sale, (left to right) Griffin, Noah and Oliver Hardi and Maura Hughes (along with their pooches) raised $275 stationed outside of the Mary Riley Styles Library. (P����: C������� L���� H����)

I-66 Eastbound Expansion Work Begins With New W&OD Bridge BY NICHOLAS F. BENTON


It’s about putting all those new I-66 rush hour toll dollars to work making life better for Northern Virginians. While nobody likes tolls, especially the “dynamic tolls” that have ballooned toll charges during certain peak hours (although the average toll for a trip out of D.C. along I-66 is $12) benefits on the other side of the coin are being rolled out quickly. For residents of the City of Falls Church and immediate envi-

rons, the benefits have included the restoration of the 3T Metro bus line connecting the downtown corridor in the City directly with the East and West Falls Church Metro stations (a service that will recommence in January after being scuttled a year ago), and now comes the project to widen a four-mile stretch of I-66 Eastbound. It will add a lane in the run from the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) to Exit 71 at Fairfax Drive in Arlington’s Ballston area, subsuming the entire stretch that runs the

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The property assembly process has been slow and has required a lot of patience from the Beyer family. Spearheading the effort has been long-time F.C. resident Mike Beyer, co-owner of the business with his higher-profile brother, progressive U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., a national leader in the Democratic Party’s Congressional Campaign Committee. The two brothers are heirs to the business begun and sustained at its current location by their father, Don Beyer Sr., in 1973. Beyer Sr. (1924-2017) passed away last December. The business grew from his Don Beyer Motors to one that employs over 350 people. While other locations have sprung up throughout the region, the original Falls Church location has always remained the flagship. Plans for the assembly of surrounding properties in the heavilyindustrial part of Falls Church’s 2.3 square miles have been frequently taken out of a bottom desk drawer and updated while, gradually over years, the properties were assembled. One recent move was to convert a long-standing Long John Silver’s fast seafood location to Lazy Mike’s Deli, which has done a brisk business since its relocation from a site that will soon be rolled into a 4.3-acre large mixeduse development down the street. Now with the dense redevelopment of 10 acres of the George Mason High School land across B:8.375” T:8.125” S:7.375”

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I-66 Tolls Bring New Bridge, Bus Route & More to Area Continued from Page 1

It’s something that anyone who knows what it’s like to pass between the City and Arlington on Route 29 (N. Washington St.) going either direction is aware of. The W&OD Trail stops right at the intersection, and for bikers and pedestrians crossing it, it is a perilous endeavor. The bridge will rise up right over the top of that intersection, just to the east (Arlington side) of the Econo Lodge motel and La Cote d’Or restaurant right there, and should be completed within the next year. Alert Falls Church citizens recall the effort over years, led then by the City’s current Senior Planning Director Paul Stoddard, to design improvements to the W&OD Trail that included a bridge over Rt. 29, and how that failed due to an array of neighborhood protests. But the new bike bridge plans have been OK’d, and the work

begun this week, without regard for such concerns, in the wider interest of safety and the expediting of alternative modes of transportation in the entire area. A special groundbreaking ceremony for the I-66 Eastbound Widening Project was held at precisely the point where the new bridge will be going in last Thursday morning, and Falls Church Mayor David Tarter was the first speaker to welcome the three dozen dignitaries and others who assembled under a makeshift tent. The featured speaker was Shannon Valentine, the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, and among those making (mercifully) brief remarks were Helen Cuervo, regional district administrator of VDOT, Mary Hynes of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Tom Biesiadny of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Michael Nardolilli, chairman of the board of NOVA Parks which operates

the W&OD Trail. Valentine recalled how a “total horribleness index” had ranked I-66 the “worst damn highway in America,” and the challenge that its constraints have presented to fix it. Buoyed by Virginia’s recent rankings as the “best state to do business,” and “best state to raise a family,” the challenge has been engaged in recent years, and the work begun just this week reflects some of the achievements in this direction. Hynes, as the former chair of the Arlington County board, noted that when I-66 went in 35 years ago, Arlington citizens were highly resistant to the project and have opposed any widening efforts that would further impinge on their county. But a modest widening of the westbound lanes between Ballston and Exit 69 at the East Falls Church Metro, a major exit for entering Falls Church, occurred in a low-key manner, and remains underutilized by

THE CEREMONIAL GROUND-BREAKING of the I-66 Eastbound expansion, including construction of a bike and pedestrian bridge over Rt. 29 at the W&OD Trail crossing, was held at that location last Thursday. Among those doing the shoveling are F.C. Mayor David Tarter, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly and Councilmen David Snyder and Phil Duncan. (Photo: News-Press) motorists who are unaware of its length and remain cramped into the lanes to its left. Now, the same advantage will be provided for driving east on I-66 on an even longer stretch. Arlingtonians, Hynes announced, “have learned that widening I-66 is good for them.” It is part of the effort, she

stressed, to introduce multi-modal models for transportation throughout the region. In fact, the money from the tolls on I-66 is being used in conjunction with other funds to finance 25 different projects in this area. The bridge and I-66 widening projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.


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In Solidarity With The Capital Gazette

In solidarity with our sister and brother journalists at the Annapolis Capital Gazette newspaper, five of whom were murdered in a rampage last Thursday, we reprint excerpts from the editorial they ran in their Sunday, July 1 edition: “Thank you. Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy that took place Thursday in our Annapolis office. “We will never forget Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara or Rebecca Smith, our five co-workers who were gunned down in a senseless attack. “But we also will always remember the bells of St. Anne’s ringing as members of our staff — past and present — walked down Main Street surrounded by thousands who turned out to support us in a march to City Dock. “We always will remember the singing on a grassy knoll across from our office in a second vigil, little more than a day after five acts of murderous rage changed our lives forever. “Thank you for the cards, the letters, the emails and the flowers. Thank you for the food, the text messages and the signs. “The words of appreciation for our work and its importance to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is a balm to our wounds. More than 800 people subscribed to our digital edition Friday as a show of support after the terror on Thursday afternoon. “Thank you. Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss, or the people who called for one of our reporters to get fired because she got angry and cursed on national television after witnessing her friends getting shot. “We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people. No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do. “We are more than just our questions and our writing and our headlines. We are journalists. “Yes, we bring values and beliefs to our work. We believe in truth. We believe in speaking for those who don’t have the power to speak for themselves. We believe in questioning authority. We believe in reporting the news. “Our community has rallied around us to show they understand who we are, and that we are not the enemy of the people. We are your neighbors, your friends. We are you. “But every day, the staff of this news organization will report on the news of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. We will never be the same as we were, now that Rebecca, Wendi, John, Gerald and Rob are gone. “Someday we hope to be as good again. That’s all we can do. Until then, keep reading. We’ve only just begun.”


More on Falls Church’s ‘Hangman’s Tree’

Editor, I enjoyed Estelle TimarWilcox’s piece in the News-Press last week on the “Legend of Civil War Era ‘Hangman’s Tree” Allow me to add footnote. The historic plaque you reported correctly was prepared in 1968 shortly after the demise of the “Hangman’s Tree.” But, the plaque was not installed on the site until 1986! There was no appropriated site available at the time, the exist-

ing shopping center being most inhospitable for such a significant placement. In 1984, a Grand Union grocery store in the center closed for business creating a 70 percent vacancy. That is when I, heading a redevelopment partnership purchased the aging structure with plans to make improvements and an addition. We entered into a private/public partnership with the City of Falls Church to complete


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the project. That agreement called for the city to make certain public improvements including expedite zoning changes in exchange for securing a major restaurant tenant and installation of extensive landscaping. On the latter, we cooperated with the Village Preservation and Improvement Society who had developed a schematic Broad Street landscape plan, to include a space suitable for planting a Red Oak tree commemorating the historic tree. After the project was completed, The Falls Church Historical Commission approached me about mounting the plaque at the site. I readily agreed, selecting the stone and its placement. The

grand opening of the revitalized Broaddale Shopping Center took place on Arbor Day 1985. The Historical Commission, pleased with the result, honored me with a unique plaque incorporating a piece of the historic Red Oak. It reads, “This portion of a limb from the ‘Hangman’s Tree’ was presented by the Falls Church Historical Commission to Mr. Paul Barkley on September 16, 1986 for his various contributions to the Arbor Day 1985 ceremonies at the Broaddale Village shopping center at Broad Street and Virginia Avenue in Falls Church, Va.” Paul H. Barkley Falls Church



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It started with him looking to the right toward the door, away from the restaurant booth where we sat. As Nicholas F. Benton, publisher of the Falls Church News-Press, stared past the table next to us until he could see the parking lot through the glass windows of Loving Hut, a pink-to-red hue overtook his eyes. His bottom lip trembled like a freshly plucked guitar string, an open chord on the low E string, before he finally paused the interview. It wasn’t out of sorrow for the implications of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, as one might expect from a gay man interviewing a transgender woman. Nor was it out of joy for Virginia expanding Medicaid to cover up to 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. It was for the five human beings shot dead and two more injured at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis the prior day. And Nick’s grief was still as fresh as his awe of the Gazette’s surviving staff declaring, “We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.” I know how hard it is to be on Nick’s side of the interview and to try to maintain composure as a neutral, dispassionate, third-party observer during the worst of circumstances. As someone who wrote thousands of

news stories from 2006 through 2016 as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Maryland after spending four years earning a journalism degree in a New York and interning at a newspaper in a Pennsylvania, I know it comes with the territory.

“In an Annapolis newsroom, another gunman violated a different sanctuary, one of absolute freedom of the First Amendment, so as long as the facts are vetted and the truth is reported.” So I broke down the fourth wall separating the Fourth Estate’s finest from the government they hold accountable, and just clutched my hands over his own from across the booth. When the Pulse nightclub massacre happened in June 12, 2015, LGBTQ Americans from across the country understood that feeling of having our sanctuary violated, that one safe place where you know that

unconditionally it would be okay to express yourself as the person you were born to be. Three years later on June 28, 2018, in an Annapolis newsroom, another gunman violated a different sanctuary, one of absolute freedom of the First Amendment, so as long as the facts are vetted and the truth is reported. There is no space like a gay club or bar for a LGBTQ person or a newsroom for a reporter. Many people know what it’s like to be LGBTQ in a gay club. Many people know what it’s like to be a reporter in a newsroom. Fewer know both. But Nick does. And I do too. So I sat there at Loving Hut with my lips pursed over my clenched teeth, my upper lip making a slight bubble under my nose, not thinking of myself as the politician being interviewed by the journalist but as a reporter grieving alongside another reporter. What Nick didn’t know was the night before, as I drove along Interstate 66 toward Gainesville for an event with my 13th District constituents, I talked to my former editor in Maryland whose friends in that newsroom died that day. When we ended the phone call, all I could do was cry in the solitude of a rental car heading in the direction of the setting sun. A little while later, I called my chief of staff to let her know that while I was struggling emotionally at the moment, I would

soon put on my game face and be the professional that comes with the turf of being a public servant. I just wasn’t ready for that moment yet. Maybe that’s why I took a wrong turn off of Linton Hall Road to Glenkirk Road instead of the right one to Rollins Ford Road; I just needed a couple extra minutes to regain composure. Just enough so my eyes wouldn’t be a pink-to-red hue when I entered the house and my bottom lip would stop quivering. Yet there is beauty in vulnerability, the ability to actually feel and express what makes you human at a time when everything around you says you’re supposed to be not-quite-robotic-but- not-too-animated in your emotions as a public figure performing in front of other people. As a reporter, there will always be time for neutral, dispassionate, third-party observation. There will always be a time to hold policymakers’ feet to the fire and report the facts as they are, not for what someone wants them to be. Sometimes, as a reporter, you sit across from another reporter who gets it. And in that moment, it’s okay to express yourself as the person you were born to be: a human being. Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) represents the City of Manassas Park and Prince William County in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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•Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion”) has applied for approval to revise its rate adjustment clause, Rider B. •Dominion requests a total revenue requirement of $54.189 million for its 2019 Rider B. •A Hearing Examiner appointed by the Commission will hear the case on November 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. •Further information about this case is available on the State Corporation Commission’s website at: On June 1, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion” or “Company”), pursuant to § 56-585.1 A 6 of the Code of Virginia, filed with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) an annual update of the Company’s rate adjustment clause, Rider B (“Application”). Through its Application, the Company seeks to recover costs associated with the Altavista, Hopewell, and Southampton Power Stations from coal-burning generation facilities to renewable biomass generation facilities (collectively, the “Biomass Conversion Projects” or “Conversions”). In 2012, the Commission approved Dominion’s proposed Conversions as major unit modifications, reissued amended certificates of public convenience and necessity, and approved a rate adjustment clause, designated Rider B, for Dominion to recover costs associated with the Conversions. The Biomass Conversion Projects became operational as biomass fueled units as scheduled during 2013. In this proceeding, Dominion has asked the Commission to approve Rider B for the rate year beginning April 1, 2019, and ending March 31, 2020 (“2019 Rate Year”). The two components of the proposed total revenue requirement for the 2019 Rate Year are the Projected Cost Recovery Factor and the Actual Cost True-Up Factor. The Company is requesting a Projected Cost Recovery Factor revenue requirement of $29,080,000 and an Actual Cost True-Up Factor revenue requirement of $25,109,000. Thus, the Company is requesting a total revenue requirement of $54,189,000 for service rendered during the 2019 Rate Year. In addition, in response to the Commission Staff’s (“Staff”) concerns in Case No. PUR-2017-00070 (“2017 Annual Update”), Dominion introduces an adjustment to the Actual Cost True-Up Factor, referred to as the Interim True-Up Factor, related to renewable energy certificates (“RECs”) and production tax credits (“PTCs”), which will credit to, or recover from, customers any over/under collection of actual projected RECs and PTCs from January 2018 through March 2019. Dominion further represents that the Company’s revenue requirement in this case complies with the 2017 Annual Update directive to address the capital balance discrepancy identified by Staff. For purposes of calculating the Projected Cost Recovery Factor in this case, Dominion used a rate of return on common equity (“ROE”) of 9.2%, which comprises the general ROE approved by the Commission in its Final Order in Case No. PUR-2017-00038. For purposes of calculating the Actual Cost True-Up Factor, the Company used an ROE of 11.6% for the months of January 2017 through March 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.6% approved by the Commission in its Final Order in Case No. PUE-2015-00058, plus the 200 basis point enhanced return; an ROE of 11.4% for the period of April 1, 2017, through November 28, 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.4% approved by the Commission in its Order in Case No. PUE-2016-00059, plus the 200 basis point enhanced return; and an ROE of 11.2% for the period of November 29, 2017, through December 31, 2017, which comprises the general ROE of 9.2% approved by the Commission in its 2017 ROE Order, plus the 200 basis point enhanced return. If the proposed Rider B for the 2019 Rate Year is approved, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer’s rate schedule and usage. According to Dominion, implementation of its proposed Rider B on April 1, 2019, would increase the bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month by approximately $0.26. The Company proposes a change in the methodology for the calculation of a certain allocation factor beginning in 2018 to recognize the output of certain non-utility generators to be used to allocate cost responsibility to the Virginia jurisdiction. In addition, with the exception of the removal of certain Federal and retail choice customers from the Virginia Jurisdiction, the Company indicates it has calculated the proposed Rider B rates in accordance with the same methodology as used for rates approved by the Commission in the most recent 2017 Annual Update. Interested persons are encouraged to review the Application and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals. TAKE NOTICE that the Commission may apportion revenues among customer classes and/or design rates in a manner differing from that shown in the Application and supporting documents and thus may adopt rates that differ from those appearing in the Company’s Application and supporting documents. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing on November 28, 2018, at 10 a.m., in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive testimony from members of the public and evidence related to the Application from the Company, any respondents, and the Staff. Any person desiring to testify as a public witness at this hearing should appear fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission’s Bailiff. The public version of the Company’s Application, as well as the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing, are available for public inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company’s business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Lisa S. Booth, Esquire, Dominion Energy Services, Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the public version of the Application and other documents filed in this case also are available for interested persons to review in the Commission’s Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission’s website: On or before November 20, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s Application shall file written comments on the Application with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before November 20, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: Compact discs or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00083. On or before August 31, 2018, any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in this proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participation. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Rules of Practice”), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organization, corporation, or government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counsel as required by Rule 5 VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00083. On or before October 1, 2018, each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commission, and serve on the Commission’s Staff, the Company, and all other respondents, any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case, and each witness’s testimony shall include a summary not to exceed one page. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of such testimony and exhibits shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. In all filings, respondents shall comply with the Commission’s Rules of Practice, including 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service, and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR 2018-00083. All documents filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requirements of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. The Commission’s Rules of Practice may be viewed at A printed copy of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY



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Fa l l s C h u r c h

NEWS BRIEFS Founder’s Row Public Hearing Set July 16 A public hearing as part of the F.C. Planning Commission’s regular meeting on July 16 will mark the next step in Mill Creek’s effort to win approvals allowing the 4.3 acre Founder’s Row project to move ahead, it was announced at the Planners’ meeting Monday. After the Planners vote their recommendation, the project will come back to the F.C. City Council at a work session on Aug. 6 and a hearing and vote by the Council on Aug. 13. Mill Creek’s Joe Muffler, vice president for Mid-Atlantic Development, held forth in a public forum hosted by Mill Creek on the project last week at the Community Center. The meeting was better attended than many expected, with most questions seeking information, rather than expressing a point of view. Project representatives also appeared before the F.C. Economic Development Authority last week. Among the project’s new elements are an updated City fiscal analysis showing the annual net impact of the project to the City will be between $1.7 and $2 million annually, up from an earlier projection of $1.2 to $2 million and the value of voluntary concessions has grown from $2.297 million to $2.335 million. Twenty-three affordable dwelling units will be offered for the life of the project, rather than for a more restricted time.

July DMV Services in F.C. Announced The City of Falls Church Commissioner of the Revenue announced an array of opportunities for Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles services in The Little City this July. The full-service DMV 2 Go bus will be in front of City Hall (300 Park Ave.) on Friday, July 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The accessible mobile office provides all DMV transactions including: Applying for and renewing driver’s licenses; Applying for hunting and fishing licenses; Obtaining E-Z pass transponders; Obtaining ID cards (including photos) and Virginia’s veterans ID cards; Obtaining copies of driving records, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts; Obtaining certified copies of Virginia vital records including birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates; Ordering disabled parking placards or plates; Taking road and knowledge tests; and, updating an address after a move for DMV and voter registration. The limited DMV Connect service conducts all DMV transactions listed above, except vital records and testing. DMV Connect will be at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, 130 N. Washington St., on Monday, July 9, Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Customers should be prepared with the required documents to complete transactions. All 2018 dates for both DMV 2 Go and DMV Connect are available on the City’s website.

W. Broad Pocket Park Project Put on Hold Due to cost estimates that are significantly higher than expected, the Falls Church Economic Development Authority’s plans to create a pocket park adjacent the Unity Club in the 100 block of W. Broad Street has been put on hold, F.C. Chief Planning Director Paul Stoddard told the Planning Commission on Monday night.

Snyder: More Clean Air Work to Do According to Falls Church City Councilman David Snyder, an Environmental Clean Air Report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government shows that while Virginia “is in the middle” compared to other states on clean air issues, and regional cooperation has led to significant progress on air quality,“more progress is still needed.” “A great concern is that the federal government is apparently retrenching,” he wrote. “So, not only could we fail to make progress, but we could actually backslide and have dirtier rather than cleaner air.” He added, “States and localities continue to do what they can, but we cannot maintain and improve air quality overall without the federal government playing a leading, constructive role.”

Warner Releases Senate Intel Report U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the Committee’s unclassified summary of its initial findings on the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee found that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong. The course of the Committee’s investigation has shown that the Russian cyber operations were more extensive than the hack of the Democratic National Committee and continued well through the 2016 election.













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Community News & Notes

THREE BOY SCOUTS from the Falls Church Presbyterian-based Boy Scout Troop 895 attended the June 25 F.C. City Council meeting in pursuit of civic engagement merit badges, and were invited by the Council to lead the pledge of allegiance and then get photographed with the Council. (Photo: LONG-TIME FALLS CHURCH fixtures Ed and Nikki Graves Henderson announced their retirement at the helm of the City’s premiere civil rights organization, the Tinner Hill Foundation, at the foundation’s annual volunteer thank you event at Argia’s last week. The couple will remain active in their volunteerism even as they’re handing off their official roles. (Photo: News-Press)

FCPS Plans Changes to Recess Under New Law As a result of a new Virginia law that went into effect July 1, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is providing new guidelines for elementary physical education and recess to accommodate at least 30 minutes of recess per day for elementary school students, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The new law, passed by the General Assembly in March and signed by Governor Ralph Northam in April, enables school districts to expand available time for unstructured recreation in elementary schools “intended to develop teamwork, social skills,

and overall physical fitness in any calculation of total instructional time or teaching hours.”

Residents Can Have School Supplies Shipped To School Plan now so to save time shopping for school supplies. Instead have them shipped directly to respective Falls Church City Public Schools before the first day. Every kit includes all the exact supplies requested by the teacher. Orders are due by July 17. If any residents want to contribute supplies to a fellow classmate, there are two ways to help: choose to contribute $5, $10, $25, $50 toward school supply kits on


the Sprout website, or purchase an entire kit for a fellow student. Residents can place their order today by using code: FCCPS001.

Summer Cabaret Series Kicks Off Friday Creative Cauldron’s (410 S. Maple Ave., Retail 116, Falls Church) annual award winning Summer Cabaret and Concert Series kicks off this Friday and Saturday with the talented men of “Two for a Song” in another soon to sell out concert at the Cauldron. Later, guests can enjoy a night of talented teens from the award winning Music Therapy Center in “Coming of Age” and fan favorites Shenandoah Run. And throughout the summer, do not miss the opportunity to see and hear the Washington, D.C. area’s talented musical theater professionals in their own cabarets, including Susan Derry,

Kathy Halenda, Jade Jones, Ines Nassara, Katie McManus, Catherine Purcell, Jim Van Slyke, Stephen Gregory Smith, and Will Stevenson! Sponsored by Sislers Stone. Ticket prices are as follows:​ General admission – $22; Seniors and Military – $20 and Students – $18. For more information, call 703436-9948 or visit

Area Schools Recognized With Statewide Awards Cooper Middle School and Longfellow Middle School are two local schools among 14 statewide to earn the 2018 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest recognition in the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program rec-

ognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by Virginia’s governor and the Board of Education. Fairfax County Public Schools is one of 15 divisions to earn the 2018 Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. Recipients of the Award for Educational Excellence must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks, achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications and, if applicable, participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. A total of 37 Fairfax County Schools were named recipients of the Board of Education

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THE FALLS CHURCH RED all-stars (ages 8-10) finished pool play with a 4-1 record and advanced to compete in crossover play against other local Little League teams last week. (Bottom row, left to right): Ezra Fine, Pierce Caton, Gabriel Donnelly, James Fatzinger, Jack Mossburg, Gordon Teach and Ryan McDonald. (Middle row, left to right): Jonah Maco, Logan Cook, Jackson McDonnell, Luke Greiner, Reid Turner, and Andrew Niemi. (Back row of coaches, from left to right): Flink Maco, Joe Greiner, and Christa Dalakis. (P����: C������� T����� T�����) Excellence Awards, and 24 schools earned the Board of Education’s Distinguished Achievement Awards. Schools earning the Board of Education Excellence Award include: Chesterbrook Elementary, Churchill Road Elementary, Colvin Run Elementary, Haycock Elementary, Lemon Road Elementary, Marshall High, McLean High and Spring Hill Elementary. These schools were honored for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and for making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the Board of Education. Schools earning the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award include: Kent Gardens Elementary and Shrevewood Elementary. These schools were recognized for meeting all state and federal benchmarks and for making progress toward the goals of the governor and the Board of Education. More information about Virginia’s VIP incentive program for schools and school divisions is available on the VDOE website.

F.C. Resident Completes Doctorate Degree Falls Church resident Adrienne Danielle Garner Thompson successfully defended her disserta-

tion, on June 7, earning her doctorate degree in higher education from George Mason University in only three years. Dr. Thompson is George Mason University’s first Associate Director for Student Success with University Life.

Local Café To Host World Cup Watch Party The Babylon Futbol Café will be hosting a World Cup watch party fundraiser this Saturday. Interested residents are encouraged to come watch the Russia v. Croatia quarter final game on the big screens. A portion of the proceeds will go to a need-based scholarship fund for Premier AC Girls U13 soccer team. The $20 ticket includes entrance to the event, an entrée and soda and a raffle entry. Babylon Futbol Café (3501 S. Jefferson St.) For more information, call 703-820-3900 or visit

F.C. Residents Graduate From JMU These Falls Church students recently completed either graduate, undergraduate or honors degrees at James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Graduate school graduates: Quinn Marcella Albo, Lauryn Rister Hahne and Lucas Booth Cherry (degrees in Education) and Alexander Lee McMillen

(Public Administration). Honors graduates: Hannah Noel Ackleson (Cum Laude; Biology), Kimberly Rose Bianco (Magna Cum Laude; Psychology), Peggy Rameson Brozi (Magna Cum Laude, Honors Scholar, Distinction in International Affairs; International Affairs) and Darby Lee Quave (Cum Laude, Psychology). Undergraduates: John Robert Carr (Accounting), Thanh Yen Ly (Athletic Training), Mary Magdalene Goldsmith (Communication Studies), Catherine Janette Pumphrey (Communication Studies), Johnathon Warren Hoyns (Computer Information Systems), Kateland Taylor Rojanavongse (Computer Information Systems), Sam Alexander Kiwus (Computer Science), Jeffrey Louis Antetomaso (Computer Science), Christopher Dustin Snow (Finance), Joseph Phillip Sardegna (Health Sciences), Erik Richard Vasquez (Integrated Science & Technology), John Agustin O’Neill (Intelligence Analysis), Caitlin Michelle Boerner (Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) Molly Kate McGhee (Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies), Tristin Tri Tran (International Affairs), Ni Khanh Nguyen (International Business), Alexa Marie Saffelle (Justice Studies), Charles Francis Phillips (Media Arts and Design) and Nathan Ferrara Sese (Social Work).

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

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News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

Parking in residential neighborhoods seems to be a modern-day problem, with some residents concocting interesting schemes, either to maintain a parking space, or to discourage others from parking. Unless otherwise regulated, vehicles may park legally on most public roadways in Fairfax County. Public roadways, including the right-of-way in front of most homes, in Fairfax County are maintained and administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Some regulations are posted by signage indicating, perhaps, “No Parking to Corner,” or Residential Permit Parking Districts, which are designated through a rigorous community process. Placing boulders, logs, or even lawn chairs, on VDOT right-of-way, sometimes very effective in dissuading people to park, is not legal. In 2017, police received many complaints about mopeds and traffic cones being parked in the Culmore area to “hold” parking spaces for their owners. Mason District Police Station officers removed the cones and worked with community members to ensure safety. Not surprisingly, cones and mopeds gradually returned, prompting officers, again, to clear the parking spaces late last month, ticketing and towing 16 unregistered or inoperable mopeds. Several other mopeds were identified for towing after the legally required notification time expires. The cones will be removed in the very near future. This proactive community police effort highlights the ongoing work of the Fairfax County Police Department in many of our residential areas. The Mason District Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) meets the first Tuesday of each month (except August), at 7 p.m. in the Main Community Room of the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. The CAC meetings

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enhance communication and dialogue with command staff and officers of the local police district and provide significant safety updates. Although many civic and homeowner associations designate a CAC representative, CAC meetings are open to the community, and all are invited to attend. The annual National Night Out observance will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, in neighborhoods across Mason District, the metropolitan region, and the nation. Many civic associations sponsor picnics, ice cream socials, barbeques, and other family activities to raise awareness that, together, we can keep crime out of our neighborhoods. Years ago, everybody knew their neighbors, their family members and vehicles, when they might be away for vacation, etc. Knowing the “rhythm” of the neighborhood makes it easier to figure out when something might not be quite right, like a strange car parked down the street, or packages piling up at a neighbor’s front door. National Night Out, as well as CAC meetings, provides an opportunity to learn when you should call for police assistance, either 911 for a life-threatening emergency, or 703-691-2131 for non-emergency calls. Officers usually try to visit all the National Night Out observances, sometimes with McGruff the Crime Dog. Fairfax County is fortunate to have outstanding police officers who focus on community policing, which helps make the county one of the safest jurisdictions of its size in the nation. National Night Out is a perfect time to say “thanks” to all the men and women who strive every day to keep us safe.


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


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July 1 marked the start of Virginia’s fiscal year and the date that non-emergency legislation became law. This week is also the commemoration of the founding of our Nation. The Fourth of July is a day of celebration marked by parades, festivities, and fireworks. We celebrate the freedoms and the democracy our forefathers cherished and enshrined in our Constitution. They created our democratic form of government based on the rule of law. Their foresight has ensured a democracy that has stood the test of time. Many brave men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure these same freedoms which are regularly tested. Our three branches of government provide a system of checks and balances necessary to prevent one person or group from tipping matters too far in one direction. With that said, I am concerned about the future of the Supreme Court. A woman’s right to choose and same-sex marriages are two “targeted” areas for extremists to challenge. It is clear that the far right will try to be a very strong influence on the next nominee. I am hopeful the midterm elections will quell the assault on freedoms when voters speak with their ballots. Elections matter. The self-proclaimed party of “family values” has a peculiar way of showing how it really feels about families. Children should not be separated from their parents in pursuit of a better life. And they should certainly not be housed in the reprehensible fashion we have seen in past weeks. Immigrants are the backbone of this nation — they seek the American dream. My own father came to this country as a boy from Odessa in what is now modern Ukraine. Leaving your birth land is not an easy decision. Immigration reform is long overdue and the opportunity to right these wrongs legislatively will present itself with a new Congress. Elections matter. Turning back to Virginia, the highlights of this past legislative session are many. The biennial budget took longer than it should have to be completed. So did the passage of the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia. This feat truly shows that elections matter. In addition to providing hope and healthcare to hundreds of thousands, Medicaid expansion freed up funds for other core services.

Congratulations to Falls Church City Public Schools, recently recognized by the VA Board of Education. FCCPS is the only school division to receive the Board’s Excellence Award, meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks along with significant progress toward goals for increased student accountability and expanded educational opportunities. Make no mistake about the significant role our teachers played in this accomplishment. As a result of newly available funds, our teachers will receive a well-earned 3 percent pay raise. Elections matter. Governor Northam signed the budget bill with two significant investments in broadband infrastructure and in workforce development. Preparing a skilled workforce to meet the demands of our global economy is imperative. Access to affordable credentials and degrees keeps Virginians competitive. Our community colleges are partnering with business and Virginia’s universities to provide the pathway for economic success. I supported and worked for the passage of this financial plan and the passage of Medicaid expansion. Elections matter. More than 1,800 bills became law on July 1 but missing from that plethora of legislation was any meaningful gun violence prevention efforts. 2019 opens the door for change in the legislature. With slim Republican majorities in both chambers, each and every bill that addressed background checks, banning mechanical devices that accelerate the firing mechanism of a weapon, and raising the age for purchasing guns went down on along party lines. Elections matter. With Governor Northam Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, we are well positioned to approach the matter of redistricting in 2021. It is an extremely complicated process. Recently, the courts determined that the House must redraw its districts prior to the end of October. This directive as well as redistricting fairness efforts by the next General Assembly will set the stage for a new state voting map. Elections matter and the 2019 general election will have a long reach over the next decade.  Senator Saslaw represents the 35th District in the Virginia State Senate. He may be emailed at



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Real Estate Summer 2018

D.C. Housing Market Fares Well if Amazon or Apple Enter the Fray

by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

The possibility of Amazon and Apple selecting the Washington, D.C. metro area as their second homes brings significant change to the region on multiple fronts, with the City of Falls Church and surrounding areas positioned to withstand the surge in residents and possible spike in demand as well as benefit from their inclusion in the local ecosystem. For those who are unaware, here’s the skinny: Amazon’s HQ2 has been the hottest ticketed item on the national market for the past nine months, with last fall’s original list of 238 hopeful sites

being chopped down to 20 in early 2018. Three spots in the D.C. area made the first round of cuts, with the District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland all jockeying for 50,000 jobs, $5 billion in direct investment and $38 billion in indirect investment that the company has promised to bestow upon the winner. Conversely, Apple has been hush-hush about its own selection process. While the local sites proposed include Tysons Corner, Alexandria’s Eisenhower Avenue as well as Dulles and Crystal City locations Amazon has also eyed, the company hasn’t given any indication where it will build its new headquarters and provide

20,000 jobs to the area. But both tech giants plan to decide where to move before the year ends. The region meets many of the pair’s prerequisites — from an educated, tech-focused workforce to mass public transit and access to international travel — so now pundits are starting to tease out the pros and cons of either’s entry into the residential and business landscape. “It’s difficult judge. Companies want to make their new headquarters sound as attractive as possible, but it should be taken with a grain of salt,” Ryan Bourne, chair for the public understanding of economics at the libertarian CATO institute, said. “Congestion

SCENIC F.C. HOMES, such as these near E. Broad St., will likely see a gradual increase in potential buyers over the next year or so if either Amazon or Apple come to the area. Depending on their mortgages, owners may be open to selling to the region’s newcomers, if the price is right. (Photo: News-Press) by way of new jobs coming to the market drives up housing demand, so we can’t pretend those are all positive impacts, but a lot of those described as ‘cons’ are what you have when there’s a strong economy anyway.” Friction caused by housing affordability shouldn’t extend in perpetuity as long as local communities respond with proper

policies. According to Bourne, Northern Virginia as a whole absorbs influxes of new workers better than most regions, and the area’s home prices are comparable to the Seattle and Northern California areas where Amazon and Apple, respectively, are

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migrating from. And though heavily developed areas, such as the possible D.C. site for Amazon, the Alexandria site for Apple and the Crystal City site for both, affordability spikes will be felt more acutely than in exurbs of the Dulles Technology Corridor or Montgomery County. Factoring into the affordability equation is inventory keeping pace with demand. According to Derrick Swaak, a partner at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty firm in McLean, the number of home listings have gone down 20 to 25 percent in the past two years, despite stable demand. But with interest rates climbing back up, sellers may be willing to step out of their mortgages to incoming

residents. That would add previously unaccounted inventory back into the market, give developers more time to build new homes and ease the general pressure on housing prices to rise. Chairman of the board for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Lorraine Arora, seconded Swaak’s take and added that if either Apple or Amazon were to relocate to the area, employees from the companies wouldn’t flood the market all at once but instead show up in waves. Arora also mentioned that Amazon had recently approached the Virginia Housing Development Authority about mortgage estimates and affordability in Northern Virginia. Principal broker for Silver Line Realty Group in Tysons, Tracey Comstock, added that the only

precedent for such a move was when Hilton relocated from Beverly Hills to D.C. roughly 10 years ago, and then only a few hundred workers came. Still, per Comstock, the employees typically rented for a year before buying a condo near their workplace. Even with the big-picture issues at stake, the City of Falls Church finds itself in a comfortable spot. City Council member Ross Litkenhous, who works as a vice president of strategic development at real estate analytics firm Altus Group, believes that Falls Church’s direct abstinence from the HQ2 sweepstakes puts it in a win-win situation. The City avoids having to account for possible fiscal and budgetary constraints that it would if it was planning to host Amazon in the city proper and

can judiciously market itself to newcomers as forward-thinking locality inside the beltway. Both Litkenhous and Bourne were shaky on how precise the tens of billions of dollars in indirect investment from either Apple or Amazon is. Some of it is sure to come in the form of construction for new homes and the actual headquarters, but that projection was intended to describe a long-term effect. Bourne referred efforts to nail down a prediction as a “mug’s game,” and Litkenhous thought that number was contingent on too many factors at the local, state and federal level to be confident in it. But he echoed the local realtors that either company’s addition would be significant for the region, with Litkenhous singling out the resource for local

CRYSTAL CITY looks to be an enticing location to some of those working in the real estate industry, such as F.C. City Councilmen Ross Litkenhous. While realtors believe the Dulles Technology Corridor offers more room to grow for the possible 20,000 – 70,000 employees relocating here from either Amazon or Apple, CATO’s Ryan Bourne believes the urban vs. suburban choice depends on whether the companies’ are bringing over established workers or hiring newer, younger ones in the area. (Photo: News-Press)

students and occupational opportunities down the road. “The future job market for our children will be technology centric. Computer programming, robotics, engineering, social cue and language learning for AI and even vocational jobs that build and repair technological components are all on the horizon,” Litkenhous said. “An injection of capital and demands for highly trained employees centered around a tech company like Amazon or Apple will enhance and drive better education around technology in our schools whether public or private, primary, secondary and beyond.” For now, the effects of either company are still speculative. Litkenhous predicted in a guest commentary for the News-Press last month that Crystal City is the frontrunner for Amazon at the moment because of its large amount of fallow office space owned by JBG Smith in the area. Moving there would allow Amazon to work with a developer that controls a sizeable chunk of that submarket and permits them to work with a private entity that can be more flexible and innovative to the company’s needs. As it pertains to Apple, recent reports have shown the company is leaning toward a relocation to North Carolina’s Research Triangle, though nothing is set in stone at the moment. To Bourne, Amazon’s possible entrance into the D.C. market would be a sign that the company is looking to be closer to a federal government that’s taken an interest in regulating online enterprises as of late (with Amazon’s lobbying efforts doubling since President Trump’s election). On a separate note: Bourne cautions about the precedent the auction atmosphere of HQ2 presents after bids from a few of the remaining jurisdictions revealed extensive tax incentives. “Most of the economic literature on these incentives is clear — these kind of company-specific packages don’t tend to be good from a public finance perspective,” Bourne added. “What’s more important is having a good business environment.” As the decision becomes more discernible throughout the year, the City won’t lose its optimal spot. According to Litkenhous, Falls Church is in the driver’s seat. It can be determine how it embraces Amazon and Apple as the City is lean enough to adapt to whatever path it chooses. But, of course, this all remains subject to the both companies’ final selections by the end of 2018.



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F.C. Housing Prices Still Highest in Area Per Newest Data



Despite a drop in housing prices, supply and demand continue to make Fall Church the most expensive location in the region in multiple metrics. According to May 2018 data provided by ShowingTime based on listing activity, the median City of Falls Church sales prices was $619,000 for this May, a drop of $210,000 when compared to May 2017, and a decline of almost $100,000 in the median price year-to-date change from $747,500 to $649,700. Along with that, Falls Church joins Arlington as the only two local jurisdictions to have their per-square-foot cost of housing exceed $400, with the City totaling at $424, up 2.7 percent from 2017. Overall, the median for the Washington, D.C. Metro area climbed to $435,900 from $425,000 year-to-date and was $465,000 in May. The Falls Church housing inventory rose by almost 26 percent from last May to this May. More inventory is good news for buyers, but it’s still tough to

find a house in the Little City where houses last in the marketplace an average of only seven days, a drop from eight days last year, according to the report. The D.C. metro region median was nine days. Maureen Dawson, a Northern Virginia real estate veteran of 22 years, thinks buyers are attracted to Falls Church because of its outstanding location inside the Beltway, its proximity to two Metro stations, the good schools, restaurants, and the shorter commute than Vienna or Reston residents have on their way into the District of Columbia. Mary Bowen and David Gillis, managing brokers for the Long and Foster Falls Church office, agree, and advise buyers to work with a realtor who may have an inside track on homes coming up for sale which are not listed online. “Be prepared for a competitive market,” they wrote in an email to the News-Press. Buyers unfamiliar with Falls Church experience initial “sticker shock” according to the brokers. Sellers get almost 100 percent of their asking prices throughout the region, says the report.

EVEN WITH the City of Falls Chuch experiencing some high housing costs in various categories, the market remains attractive to buyers. (P����: N���-P����) Louise Molton is the principal broker at Re/Max in Falls Church and she thinks prices do not discourage buyers as much as multiple offers on the properties they want do. “There is only one winner, no one gets a trophy if they come in second,” she wrote in an email. The stronger a buyer’s position, the better off the buyer is, Dawson said. “Some buyers may have to travel a bit more and look in

areas where there’s not as much competition.” She has seen lots of changes in real estate over the 35 years she’s lived in the area. “Now there are not a lot of move-ups when you start in a townhome, buy a starter home and then move to a larger one,” she said. Inventory is smaller compared to the past when retirees sold and moved away. “People in their 60s and 70s

are not running away from the area any more. They are staying closer to their families, working longer and not moving to Florida and other places in the south when they hit 65. “The more I work, the sharper I stay,” Dawson said. She advises buyers to have patience. “It’s a tight market all over,” she says but no one beats Falls Church when it comes to location.

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R EA L E STATE A Falls Church News-Press Advertorial


M e e t Fa l l s C h u rc h’ s Re a l E s t a t e E x p e r t s Bethany Ellis, Long and Foster

Bethany Ellis is a full time and professional Residential Real Estate Agent serving the Northern Virginia area and more specifically Falls Church, Falls Church City, McLean, Arlington, Herndon, Reston and Great Falls. Bethany loves her job because she works with people and so many personalities. Did you know there are typically 10 people in a transaction that Bethany has to work with and manage on her client’s behalf? She is excited to be able to help her clients smoothly transition through the buying or selling of a very precious commodity, their home! Bethany is tech savvy with a personal touch. Using modern tech tools and the many advantages that the Internet has to offer, Bethany is a local marketing expert. She will also be present with you every step of the way. Bethany’s goal is to help guide you through the buying and selling process with expertise and experience while ensuring you are at ease. Bethany has sold over $115 Million Dollars of Northern Virginia Real Estate and she can help you too! If you have Real Estate questions, Bethany has the answers. Call, email or text Bethany today for a free, confidential meeting. Bethany is always happy to help you buy, sell or invest in real estate. Bethany Ellis, Long and Foster 1355 Beverly Rd., #109 McLean, VA 22101 • 703-307-7003 •

M������ K���, M�E������� A��������� Falls Church City is my family’s home, and I have had the privilege of being a REALTOR here since 1970. My husband Art and I raised our children here and I’m delighted that my daughter Karin Kaye Morrison joined us in the business. I remain as passionate about serving the needs of my clients today as I was the day I started. And that’s because it’s not just about selling homes — it’s about selling the unmatched quality of life we have in Falls Church and being a committed member of the community. I served on the Falls Church City Historic Commission and the BIE, I was a founding member of the Friends of Cherry Hill, and am president of Historic Falls Church. For years I served on the Mt. Daniel Library Committee putting on Book Fairs featuring famous children’s book authors. I love Falls Church, and the fact that I have had the opportunity to serve many of my clients, and their children, multiple times is the strongest testimony that I have the knowledge and the marketing and negotiating skills to assure your smooth home buying or selling experience. It has been my privilege to have sold more real estate in The City than anyone. There is no substitute for experience and passion. Merelyn Kaye, McEnearney Associates 1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 350, McLean, VA 22101 • 703-362-1112 •

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Tori LOVES being a Realtor. And she loves her community. She and her family moved to Falls Church City 20 years ago. In 1998 as a new member of Falls Church City, Tori believed a sense of community would require active participation, and she has lead by example for the past two decades. She actively supports: Falls Church City Schools, Falls Church Education Foundation, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, FIRSTFriday/Art-a-Lot, Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Falls Church Arts, and Taste of Falls Church. Tori serves as Vice-Chair on the Housing Commission, is a member of FCCPS Business in Education, and serves on the Board of Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Tori has often been recognized for her community involvement. She was named Pillar of the Community by the Falls Church Chamber, named one of the Top Producing Real Estate Agents by Washingtonian Magazine, for five consecutive years, has been voted Best Real Estate Agent, and for 2017 has been voted Best Real Estate Group in the Falls Church News Press ‘Best of Falls Church’. As a tireless Falls Church advocate, Tori has helped countless families buy and sell homes over the past 14 years. Tori puts her heart and soul into the Falls Church community, and she LOVES what she gets in return. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, call Tori, your Falls Church expert for ROCK STAR Service. Tori McKinney, ROCK STAR Realty, Keller Williams Realty 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 • 703-867-8674 •

T����� R������, B�����, K���� R����� From our World Headquarters based at 712 W. Broad Street ( 53 years and counting) My Associate Mosi Shah and I have travelled the area far and wide on a variety of transactions. We tackle all kinds of Real Estate transactions, helping Sellers and Purchasers, Landlords and Tenants from Woodbridge to Purcellville, Alexandria to McLean. We are excited about the changes in Falls Church City, and feel fortunate to have a great spot right on Broad in the center of the fray. We congratulate our Chamber Board and our Executive, Sally Cole, along with the indispensable Cathy Soltys, for bringing a strong and logical voice in the Community in this time of change. Treena Rinaldi, Korte Realty 712 W. Broad St. Falls Church, VA 22046 •703-927-3863 703-532-7704 (o) •

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Through the doors of the Long & Foster Falls Church/Arlington office you will find some of the best real estate agents in all of Northern Virginia. Our agents live, work, and volunteer in the neighborhoods and communities where they list and sell. Some of our sales associates have lived here for decades. Collectively, we have helped thousands of clients accomplish their goal of buying their dream home. We are part of the fabric of this area and we welcome the opportunity to work with you in selling your current home, purchasing a new home, or relocating anywhere in the U.S. or the world. We have an on-site Prosperity Home Mortgage loan officer for your convenience to discuss financing options for your next purchase or refinance. We can assist you with homeowner’s insurance, moving estimates, home inspections, home warranties and all the services you will need for the smooth settlement of your transaction. And if you would like to explore a career in real estate with a dynamic and friendly office, our manager is available at your convenience to speak with you about a future career here in the Long & Foster Falls Church/Arlington office. With licenses in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., our agents are ready to serve your real estate needs throughout the greater DMV area.

Named as one of Washington, DC’s Top Producing Agents (Washingtonian, 2018), Ken specializes in showcasing and selling Falls Church homes. By preparing a custom marketing plan for each listing, Ken’s listings have been featured in the FCNP, as well as The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Curbed DC, and DC Magazine. Ken’s custom marketing strategies have resulted in his listings selling for Top Dollar and setting sales records in the Falls Church area. Prior to becoming a top producing Realtor®, Ken was a successful litigation attorney in Washington, DC, and draws frequently from that experience in his real estate career, saying: “The skills to be a successful Realtor® are the same skills it takes to be a successful lawyer. I focus on making my clients’ interests my sole priority and zealously strive to achieve the best results for each client.” Ken also hosts the home-related video series, Home Trends with Ken, featuring tips to help homeowners create a home that inspires them while adding value. View episodes of the series on Ken’s blog at Finally, when it comes time to sell your home, give yourself the Ken Trotter Advantage. For more information about the Ken Trotter Advantage, reach out to him directly.

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FALLS CHURCH HIGH SCHOOL (left) and George Mason High School sit only a few miles apart, but their ratings on sites like Great Schools and US News differ drastically. Falls Church recieved a three and Mason an eight which causes some homebuyers to pay more in order to be in Mason’s school district. (Photo: News Press)

School Ratings Affect Home Prices & Buyer Decisions by Adam Rosenfeld

Falls Church News-Press

Home to some of the top ranked schools in the state, the City of Falls Church and its neighbor Fairfax County are known for their competitive educational opportunities. School ratings, therefore, have a sizeable impact on real estate values and buyer decisions in the area. Parents looking to buy a new home show concern about their future school district. Ann Yanagihara, vice president of the Vienna branch of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, said that the reputation of schools is usually one of the top questions she gets asked when showing a home. “For a lot of my clients, it was a significant factor in what they were looking for,” she said. “Many would even settle for less house to be in a better school district.” While a realtor might want to offer advice in relation to school choices, the Fair Housing Act restricts them from steering parents toward specific institutions. Instead, the realtors must direct parents to sites like Great Schools.

Great Schools is a site tailored to parents which rates institutions on a scale of 1-10 according to factors like college readiness, test scores and student progress. The site is specific to each state and gives these ratings so users can compare schools. However, the site though does not actually rank the schools. “What we’re doing here is for parents,” Carrie Groux, the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the company said. “We’re really trying to empower them with that essential information that they need to unlock opportunities for their kids.” The website generates these ratings from the information released by the Department of Education in each state as well as the Civil Rights Data Collection. As soon as the states release their information each year, the site makes the necessary changes to keep the ratings as up to date as possible. This wellspring of easily accessible information available to parents keeps many from actually visiting schools and talking to other parents in the community.

Heather Embrey, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens in Falls Church, said she thinks parents rely too heavily on these scores and that there are lower rated schools which could compete with the more reputable ones. “There are some very low-rated schools that are excellent,” she said. “If you speak to the parents who have their children go to these schools, they’re raving about how wonderful it is, but then you look on Great Schools, and it’s a 2 or 3. So it’s very frustrating.” According to the Great Schools ratings, three of the most respected schools in the area, George Mason, Marshall and McLean High School all scored well, with an 8, 6 and 9 respectively. They also rank second, eighth and fifth in the state according to the most recent 2018 US News & World Report Best High School rankings. These rankings have now become a major impetus behind parents choosing Fairfax County to raise a family. However, before the advent of the internet and the founding of sites like Great Schools, parents had to rely mostly on the word of

other families. But, while these sites have made research simpler, homebuyers have always had a vested interest in the school district surrounding their home, Louise Molton, a realtor from RE/Max West End in Falls Church, said. “I’ve lived in Falls Church over 30 years and school ratings have always been a big factor,” she said. “It used to be a lot more word-of mouth, but schools did have their reputation, and parents want to put their children in what they consider the best school. The internet has just dialed it up to a different level.” Not only will parents choose to live in a smaller house in order to be in a better school district, but some will even pay more. Northern Virginia can garner some of the highest home prices in the country and the quality of schools plays a big part. In Falls Church, the dividing line between the City and the rest of Falls Church can cause prices to jump by up to $200,000. Molton said that this is due to the reputation of the schools in the City of Falls Church which exceeds everything outside of it.

“People will absolutely pay more to be in Falls Church City, and the main reason is the schools,” she said. George Mason, which boasts the second highest ranking in the state and serves the City of Falls Church, highlights this disparity when compared to Falls Church High School, a school lying outside the boundaries of the City. It received a three on Great Schools and goes unranked in the state. The arrival of online sites like Great Schools has been revolutionary in creating new avenues for homebuyers to gain a better understanding of the schools to which they could be sending their kids. Although, while these sites are beneficial as a component of their investigation, Embrey urged parents to remember that these are just numbers in an algorithm and that they need to delve further into their research. “The best bit of advice is to visit schools and to get a better feel for them,” Embrey said. “Take the ratings with a grain of salt. It’s a basis to start, but i wouldn’t count your purchase on it.”



Real Estate

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Top Falls Church Home Sales


#2 $1,700,000

#1 $1,710,000

#3 $1,650,000 #3 $1,650,000 Top 5 F.C. Home Sales April 1 – June 30, 2018 Address #1 2103 Powhatan St. #2 6544 Placid St. #3 2127 Haycock Rd. #3 6514 Elmhirst Dr. #5 1300 Seaton Ln.


5 6 6 6 6


4 6 5 5 6

HB 1 1 1 1 0

List Price

$1,750,000 $1,650,000 $1,650,000 $1,650,000 $1,589,900

Sale Price

$1,710,000 $1,700,000 $1,650,000 $1,650,000 $1,589,900


22043 22043 22043 22043 22046

Date Sold 6/7/18 5/24/18 4/13/18 5/18/18 6/18/18

Source: MRIS, Inc.; Photos: MRIS, Falls Church News-Press

#5 $1,589,900


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Falls Church Area Housing Market — 1st Quarter 2018 Report Zip Code


Average Price

Number of Homes Sold

Average Days on Market


Falls Church City





Bailey’s Crossroads





Sleepy Hollow





Pimmit Hills





Lake Barcroft




Home Sales Vs. 1 Year Ago

Home Prices Vs. 1 Year Ago

Change in # of Homes Sold: 1Q ‘18 vs 1Q ‘17

Change in Average Home Price: 1Q ‘18 vs 1Q ‘17


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)

Source: Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. Copyright © 2018 Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

The World War I centennial commemoration is on its home stretch. So I was pleased to witness Arlingtonians doing their part June 28 at an event titled “Arlington Remembers The Great War.” A speaker also announced the resolution of a tricky racial dispute. Organized by former county treasurer Frank O’Leary, the Arlington Historical Society and the privately funded World War I Commemoration Task Force, the bill o’ fare at the Navy League building treated the crowd to a color guard in doughboy uniforms. Opera singer Jocelyn Hunt performed period hits “Over There,” “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” and “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)?” Retired Navy Commander Jim Pebley, calling Arlington “the epicenter of our military,” gave an update on the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock ship for which he raised money. Arlington’s role in the global conflict — 200 drafted, 13 dead, war bonds purchased at three times the county’s quota — was sketched by Marymount University professor Mark Benbow. Other “did you know?” factoids were shared: The surrender flag used by German troops was a French tablecloth; President Wilson, to relax before going to Congress to declare war, hit the links

at Washington Golf and Country Club; and 10 of Arlington’s dead lie in Arlington Cemetery. Allison Finkelstein, chair of the county-authorized task force, said her volunteer group had organized 25 public events to commemorate the heroism displayed during the “war to end all wars.” She also addressed the delicate topic of responding to requests by some in the African-American community to change the segregated plaque on the war memorial erected in 1931 in Clarendon. “One subject of special concern will be contextualizing the separate listing of African-American WWI soldiers on the memorial,” Finkelstein said. Fallen soldiers Arthur Morgan and Ralph Lowe are listed separately as “colored.” (Interestingly, the names were assembled by the American Legion from newspaper accounts because government records were not accurate.) The event brochure explained that “sadly, following the traditions of racial segregation, the two African-American men” were listed separately at the bottom of the list. “Names of men killed in wars after the First World War have been added to the memorial without regard to race.” Finkelstein told me she discussed the question with the Arlington branch of the NAACP, the Arlington Black Heritage Museum and the Alexandria Black History Museum. “The task force is committed

JULY 5 – 11, 2018 | PAGE 21 to development and installation of informational panels near” the memorial, she said. These panels (money still being raised) “will interpret the entire history of the memorial, with a special focus on its origins as a WWI Memorial.” The idea is to present the complex issues embedded in its history without altering the existing monument. In time for a final event on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, the panels will be mounted in a park surrounding the memorial. That’s not a perfect solution for Scott Taylor, president of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. “It’s a shame that those African American WWI vets are still listed below the white vet names,” he told me. “We call on the community, the government and historians to come together for solutions to make this right,” he said. “The government has laws against changing these memorials, but an exception should quickly be made. After all, this is the 21st century.” *** Little league baseball players at Bluemont Park may notice something odd beyond the center-left field fence of Diamond No. 3. A “No Mow Zone” sign has been erected beside the bike path by the county Parks and Natural Resources Division. The text explains how the “re-forestation” benefits the ecosystem and controls water. The result: a jungle of exotic plants behind the outfield. If a player is lucky enough to hit a home run, teams may have trouble recovering the ball.

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Printer’s Ink in Their Spilled Blood

With the systematic, calculated, premeditated cold blooded murder of five honest, good old fashioned journalists at an Annapolis, Maryland, daily newspaper last week, U.S. journalists became the first class of U.S. citizens to be gunned down after such a fashion in the context of this President’s hateful, repeated incitements against them as “enemies of the people.” Let there be no doubt about it, the undeniable increase in hate crimes in the U.S. in the last year, including the wanton and horrific murders in the Annapolis newsroom, can and must be laid right at this President’s feet. As many bad and vindictive thoughts as people may carry from time to time, it is when they are urged to take their clues from someone in the FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS highest corridors of power who they see sanctioning their worst fantasies that idle anger turns to calculated mass murder. There is a very ugly climate in the nation right now, and it owes itself directly to this President. He is fomenting it, he is egging it on. He is determined that hate becomes this nation’s mood. He wants to be the Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984 whose huge face comes onto theater screens to whip mass audiences into a fury of rage against his enemies, and then who melt in heaving weepings of love for their totalitarian master. Trump is going for this scenario, and as it deepens, Americans who’ve seen him point his gnarly finger at his, and their, ostensible arch enemies, the press, think about how they can show their love for this monster by cooking up their own means to hurt them. I fear for the safety of all my colleagues in the journalism industry right now. A level of irrational rage has been unleashed that is going to be very difficult to defuse. The filthy, contemptuous hate mail that has been roiling over the Internet since last Thursday’s murders, not against the assailant, but against journalists everywhere who these degenerates contend deserve a similar fate, is terrifying. We know it is not this President, alone, who is entirely responsible for this, although he must bear a great guilt. It is every criminal oligarch and their allies who’ve cooked up a social engineering scenario in the U.S. to torch democracy from within. The enraged fools who are hopping around with their shotguns and Confederate flags have been convinced they are the defenders of freedom, but it could not be further from the truth. America’s experiment in democracy was not born of such anarchistic, supersitution-laden, dehumanizing vandalism, not for a minute. But the GOP, Freedom Works and their grasstops minions, including those disgusting radio talk show fiends inciting them daily and the oh-so-hypocritical, fires of hell-bound so-called evangelical leaders, are contributing to this nihilistic mass screed together. Yes, it makes sense that the masterminds of such irrational frenzy and rage would direct their demonic hordes against those who’re the workhorses of a free press in America, as imperfect and compromised as too many of them, especially working for the corporate-led major organizations, may be. Democracy and a free press go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other, and most ordinary folks who find their calling in working as a journalist recognize this at a very fundamental level. They are seldom pretentious about it, but they are uncommonly loyal and dedicated to their craft. I recognized everyone of the five faces of the victims last week’s mass murder in Annapolis. None considered themselves celebrities or superstars. They were all engaged in the almost always unglamorous nitty-gritty of reporting the news. I’ve known their ilk all my life, in middle school when with a friend I founded a homeroom newspaper, high school and college, at my hometown daily, at my first, second and third jobs, and so on. The term for it is “born with printer’s ink in your veins,” which made those at the Annapolis’ paper’s vow to get out the “damn paper” the very next day, ring so true and so emotionally pure. Such people, and the thousands like them, are the ones who will fight for your democracy, more than anyone else.

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Trump’s Taking Us To A Trade War In one way, Donald Trump’s attack on our foreign trade partners resembles his attack on immigrants: in each case, the attack is framed as a response to evildoing that exists only in his imagination. No, there isn’t a wave of violent crime by immigrants, and MS-13 isn’t taking over American towns; no, the European Union doesn’t have “horrific” tariffs on U.S. products (the average tariff is only 3 percent). In another way, however, the trade crisis is quite different from the humanitarian crisis at the border. Children ripped from their parents and put in cages can’t retaliate. Furious foreign governments, many of them U.S. allies that feel betrayed, can and NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE will. But all indications are that Trump and his advisers still don’t get it. They remain blithely ignorant about what they’re getting into. Back in March, as the U.S. was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports — and yes, justifying its actions against Canada (!) on the grounds of national security — Peter Navarro, the White House trade czar, was asked about possible retaliation. “I don’t believe any country will retaliate,” he declared, basing his claim on the supposed upper hand America has because we import more than we export. On Sunday, Canada — a country that, by the way, imports about as much from us as it exports in return — announced retaliatory tariffs against $12.6 billion of U.S. products.The European Union and China have also announced retaliatory tariffs. Mexico, with its new leftist president-elect, is hardly likely to be accommodating. And the EU has warned that it will go much bigger if Trump follows through on his threat to put tariffs on European cars, potentially imposing retaliatory tariffs on almost $300 billion of U.S. exports. It’s important to understand that this isn’t the normal give and take of trade disputes. The rules of world trade, established under U.S. leadership in the 1940s and enforced by the World Trade Organization, do allow some flexibility. For example, countries are allowed to impose temporary tariffs in the face of import surges, like the tariff Barack Obama imposed on Chinese tires back in 2009. But both the scale and the motivation behind the Trump tariffs — their obviously fraudulent national security rationale — are something new. They amount to rejecting the rules of the game we created; the EU, in its warning, bluntly calls U.S. actions “disregard for international law.” Sure enough, Axios reports that the Trump administration has drafted legislation

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that would effectively take us out of the WTO. The U.S. is now behaving in ways that could all too easily lead to a breakdown of the whole trading system and a drastic, disruptive reduction in world trade. Yet Trump appears to believe that the whole world will bow down to U.S. economic power and his dealmaking prowess. “Every country is calling every day, saying, ‘Let’s make a deal’” on trade, he told Fox News. Of course, he also declared that the head of U.S. Steel called to tell him that the company was opening six new facilities; it isn’t, and the conversation apparently never happened. So we’re heading into a trade war, and it’s hard to see how the escalation ends. After all, foreign governments literally can’t give Trump what he wants, because he wants them to stop doing things they aren’t actually doing. How will all of this affect the U.S. economy? Exporters will be hurt, of course — and exports support around 10 million jobs. Some industries that compete with imports might end up adding jobs. But they wouldn’t be the same jobs, in the same places: A trade war would cause huge worker displacement. And what’s especially striking right now is that even industries Trump claims he wants to help are protesting his policies, urging him to reverse course. General Motors warns that proposed auto tariffs could lead to “less investment, fewer jobs and lower wages for our employees.” The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has urged the administration to stand down, declaring that “counterproductive unilateral actions” will “erode U.S. jobs and growth” while doing nothing to protect national security. What do these industries understand that Trump and Company don’t? That international economics isn’t a game in which whoever runs trade surpluses wins, and that disrupting global supply chains can hurt almost everyone. But as I said, none of this seems to be getting through. Another administration might look at foreign retaliation, industry protests and stories about jobs lost due to its tariffs and consider the possibility that it’s on the wrong path. This administration? Never. For what it’s worth, I don’t think most businesses, or most investors in financial markets, are taking the threat of trade war seriously enough. They’re acting as if this is a passing phase, as if the grown-ups will step in and stop this downward spiral before it goes too far. But there are no grown-ups in this administration, which basically makes policy by temper tantrum. A full-blown trade war looks all too possible; in fact, it may already have begun.



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F.C. Chamber Hosting Networking Breakfast July 12 The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking breakfast on Thursday, July 12 from 8 – 9 a.m. at the Original Pancake House. Business leaders and residents are welcome to attend, meet local business leaders, and meet Chamber leaders. There is no need to register and no fee to attend although attendees are required to pay for their own purchases. The Original Pancake House is located at 7395 Lee Highway in Falls Church. For more information, visit

UK Brain Clinic Expanding to Fairfax Re:Cognition Health, a pioneering brain and mind clinic in the United Kingdom, will expand its international clinical trial services to the United States, with the first clinic located in Fairfax County. These services will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and dementiarelated services. Dr. James Bicksel, a neurologist who also sits on The Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association and is the medical director of the Inova Memory Center, will lead the clinical trial team. Re:Cognition Health is a leading center for international final phase clinical trials and is changing the future for those with memory loss and other symptoms of cognitive impairment. With more than 140,000 people living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia in Virginia, Re:Cognition Health aims to support individuals with memory loss and other symptoms of cognitive impairment through providing education, clinical excellence and access to the most advanced treatments available worldwide. Re:Cognition Health expects to employ 25 people within three years and invest several million dollars at the Fairfax facility.  Business News & Notes is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at T:11.5”






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Dave Foulis and his friends of five decades look back at their world championship crew team as a group of rebels. “When we were rowing, we were not a recognized club; we were renegades,” Foulis said. “We had never won a varsity race before the season, we didn’t know how good we were until we started winning races and went all the way towards the world championship.” In 1968, Foulis’ J.E.B. Stuart High School crew team made national headlines by going to England as the national champions and winning the world title at the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. It was the team’s first year with an official boat and a full crew of eight rowers. This past Saturday at Lake Barcroft, six members of the squad returned to be honored by the J.E.B. Stuart boosters with many alumni, current rowers, rowing aficionados and families present. This week, eight members of the 1968 team will travel to England to be honored in a commemorative row. “This is one of the oldest teams in this area of the country, so you know when you leave, you’re part of a team,” Linda Manning, outgoing booster president, said in her keynote speech. “Thank you 1968 for letting us glom onto your glory for this event.” After Foulis addressed the crowd, Stuart alum and one-time University of Virginia athlete Marissa Shand (‘16) asked ’68 crew team member Mike DeBois about how he remains active in the sport later into his adult life. “We have a big banner in

our gymnasium that says World Champions 1968 and it’s pretty cool that there’s something that says World Championships,” said recent Stuart graduate Noah Taylor. “We are in a world where other sports are prioritized like football, but having something that says world championships and having something that says that about your team makes your team much bigger.” Foulis was in attendance with fellow rowers Tom Lang, Eric Rudrud and Mike Hacskaylo from the original squad that won the championship, as well as alternate DeBois and 1968 team president Don Hardy. The team has managed to stay in touch surprisingly well. Of the boat’s nine original members, six are flying to England and two who aren’t able to make the trip, Hacskaylor and Rudrud, flew in to attend this event. Coxswain Dave Hafner is consumed with an emergency in Hawaii involving recent natural disasters. Additionally, two other members of the team who didn’t row — DeBois and Tom Buchanan — will also be joining. When asked how the group managed to stay in close touch, Foulis replied, “because something great happened that turned our lives around 50 years ago.” Rudrud flew in from Minnesota for the event as well as to connect with family. He never was able to remain in touch with many of his high school friends because he went to college out west and he’s grateful for the connection. “Dave tracked me down when I was living in Denver once and they’ve had other reunions and because of timing, I couldn’t make

it,” he said. “I’ve never been to the high school reunions but this is just this crazy group of people that gets together.” In addition to the party at Lake Barcroft, members of the current crew team, alumni and the 1968 squad went on a commemorative row on the Occoquan on Saturday morning. “[The coaches] told us to row at 60 percent but I just couldn’t do that. When I row, I just go 100 percent,” said Foulis. One of the themes of Saturday’s speeches was the crucial role of alumni support as Fairfax County high schools did not directly fund the crew team in 1968 and still relegates the crew team to a club sport today. It was only through extensive fundraising that they were able to extend their season past its normal expiration date and into the summer when they were able to row at Henley. A lot was credited to Mary Ann Lecos, the Mason District representative of the school board at the time, who helped secure $3,000 in funding towards their minimal goal of $1,200. Lecos, 85, was present Saturday and was gifted with a picture of the original race by the 1968 team. The original title-winning boat, the “Miss Fairfax,” was on display at Saturday’s event and will now be displayed at the Sandy Run Boat house on the Occoquan River. Robert Finley, a Stuart alumnus from the same era as the team and one of five past Booster presidents in attendance, worked on restoring the boat. For more information on contributing to Stuart’s Crew Team, visit


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, JULY 5 Animal Beaks. Children aged 3 – 5 are invited to learn about bird beaks at the Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Centers. Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the rest of the building during the program. Parents must remain on-site. Registration is required and costs $5 to attend. This event will be offered at the same time on Friday, June 6. Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Centers (3608 North Military Rd). 1 – 2 p.m. 703-228-3403 Concerts in the Park: Hickory Grove. Enjoy concert music at this week’s event in Cherry Hill Park. Free concerts every Thursday through August 2. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA) 7 – 8:30 p.m. 703-248-5077. Preschool Storytime. Stories and

fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034. Playtime with Early Literacy Center Toys. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – noon. 703-248-5034.

month in the library’s conference room. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5035.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Farmers Market. The award-winning, year-round market is filled with fresh, local produce, meat, dairy and more. City Hill Parking Lot. (300 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA) 8 a.m. – noon.703-248-5027.


Teen DIY Soaps and Aromatherapy. Interested residents can create thei own soaps and bath fizzies in this DIY Aromatherapy class. For teens in rising grades 6-12, registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4:30 p.m. 703-2485034.

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

Thursday Evening Book Group. The Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday evening of each

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Paws to Read at the Library. Children can come and read with

a canine companion. Readers rising grades K-6th. Registration is required. Free to attend. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703248-5034. Great Books Discussion. A “Great Books” discussion concentrating on literary and modern classics meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of most months. No registration is required. Free to attend. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5035.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Australian Music. Students in grades K-5 will explore Australia’s Aboriginal culture through a group activity of music and dance. The objective is for children to gain a better understanding of world cultures that are not like their own. Registration is required. Free to attend. Mary Riley Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703-248-5035.

THEATER&ARTS FRIDAY, JULY 6 “A New Nation.” A New Nation is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theatre Works, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. “A New Nation” probes responses to the immigration crisis in the US and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself. Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road, SE) $18. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 “Hamilton.” The American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography

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Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. The National Tour of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation finally comes to D.C. Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC) $99 – $625. 7:30 p.m.

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

SUNDAY, JULY 8 “Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story.” The show is a new one-act opera about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, a man shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot, young, art world star. Smith’s score blends elements of jazz with an edgy contemporary sound, creating an energy that propels the story forward. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $47. 2 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, JULY 5 Eli Pafumi Live and in Concert. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Ohio Players. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $55. 7:30 p.m. 703549-7500. Thrillbillies Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, JULY 6 Acoustic Soul. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-241-9504.


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Haley Fahey Band. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283. Southern Accents: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $18. 7 p.m. 703-237-0300. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $45. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 8 p.m. 703255-1566. Reminisce Live. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, Washington D.C.) $20. 9 p.m. 202-265-0930. Whiskey Wildfire Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9:15 p.m. 703-241-9504. Justin Shapiro. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Snake Farmers. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

LUDOVICO EINAUDI will be at The Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday. (Photo:

Son Flavor. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-5329283.

Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Maysa Live and in Concert. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $69.50. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Temptation: A Night of New Wave. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $5. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. Steve Hofstetter. 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW, Washington D.C.) $20. 8 p.m. 202-265-0930. Cactus Liquors Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Damion Wolfe Live and in Concert. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.


Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.


Vintage 18. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504.

The Bachelor Boys Live and in Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). 8:00 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Perfect Liars Club Presents We Are Family. Union Stage (740 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C.). $20. 7 p.m. 877-987-6487.

The Octopus Project. Union Stage (740 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C.). $13 – $15. 8 p.m. 877-987-6487.

Tish Hinojosa. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Wolf Blues Jam. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.

Cheryl Wheeler and Jonathan Edwards. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $35. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Ludovico Einaudi. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $35 – $85. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. David B Cole Band Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Matt Kelly and the Swang Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 7 p.m. 703241-9504. Gryzzle Live and in Concert. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-

255-1566. Indigo Girls Live and in Concert. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $30 – $60. 8 p.m. 703255-1900.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Ana Tijoux. The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria). $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-549-7500. Dent May. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566. Wheels of Soul 2018 Tour: Tedeschi Trucks Band. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd. Vienna). $30 – $85. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. Shiretta Settles Soul Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. Open Mic with Vernon Santmyer. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). 8 p.m. 703-5228340.

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PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING The Planning Commission of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on July 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the School Board Conference Room, Suite 203, located at 800 East Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia. 22046 for consideration of the following item: New Business: (TR18-32) RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2016-04 TO GRANT A SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR RESIDENTIAL USES WITHIN A MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND TO INCREASE THE BUILDING HEIGHT WITH A BONUS OF THIRTY (30) FEET WITH A MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF EIGHTY-FIVE (85) FEET FOR A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ON APPROXIMATELY 4.3 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF 110, 112, 112A, 212 & 212A NORTH WEST STREET, 916, 920, 922, 924, 926, 928, 930, 932 & 934, WEST BROAD STREET AND 919, 921 & 925 PARK AVENUE (REAL PROPERTY CODE NUMBERS 51-202-009 THROUGH 51-202-015, 51-202-003, 51-202-004, 51-202-005, 51-202-028 AND 51-202-028 OUTLOT) KNOWN AS “MASON ROW” ON APPLICATION BY SPECTRUM DEVELOPMENT, LLC. AND RENAMED “FOUNDERS ROW” The City of Falls Church has received a request to amend the previously Jan. 11, 2016 approved Special Exception for Mason Row Mixed Use Development to change the planned Hotel use to AgeRestricted Multifamily Residential use and related application changes. Information on the above application is available for review at: Planning Office 400 N. Washington, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5040 This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities and special services or assistance may be requested in advance. (TTY 711)

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) of the City of Falls Church, Virginia will hold a public hearing on July 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the Community Center Art Room, located at 223 Little Falls Street, for consideration of the following items: A request for a reconsideration of a decision by the BZA to deny application V1600-18 by Roy Wingrove, applicant and owner,

at the June 14, 2018 BZA meeting, and a revised request for a variance to Section 48-238(3)(a) to allow (1) a front yard setback of 27.80 feet instead of 30 feet, and (2) a rear yard setback of 20 feet instead of 22.15 feet for the purpose of constructing a second-floor addition with a front porch on premises known as 107 Jackson Street, RPC #52-501-040 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned R-1A, Low Density Residential.


Variance application V1601-18 by Don Beyer Motors, Inc., applicant, for a variance to Sec. 48-522(12)(c) to allow a motor vehicle sales facility to be located within 208 feet instead of 300 feet of an R district, for the purpose of constructing a new twostory motor vehicle showroom, on premises known as 1119 & 1121 West Broad Street, RPC #52-102-045 and #52-102-044 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned M-1, Light Industry.

Information on or copies of the proposed ordinance can be viewed at the Development Services Counter or City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (temporary location), 400 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA, Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). You may contact the Planning Division at 703-248-5040 with any questions or concerns.

Variance application V1602-18 by Don Beyer Motors, Inc., applicant, for a variance to Sec. 48-1101 to allow a front yard setback of 20 feet instead of 25 feet, for the purpose of constructing a new two-story motor vehicle showroom, on premises known as 1119 & 1121 West Broad Street, RPC #52-102-045 and #52-102-044 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned M-1, Light Industry. Special Use Permit application U1603-18 by Don Beyer Motors, Inc., applicant, to allow a motor vehicle sales use on premises known as 1119 & 1121 West Broad Street, RPC #52-102-045 and #52-102-044 of the Falls Church Real Property Records, zoned M-1, Light Industry. Information on the above applications is available for review at: Zoning Office 400 N. Washington, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA. 703-248-5015 (option 1)

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PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH VIRGINIA PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING The City of Falls Church Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 16, 2018at 7:30 PM in the School Board Conference Room, 800 West Broad Street, Suite 203, to consider the following ordinance: (TO18-01)ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 48, ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 10, “B-2 CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT”, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH TO AMEND SEC. 48-486. “PRIN-

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





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Koko’s No More! There were those nights, in the middle of some of our worst winter blizzards, when the whole City of Falls Church was shut down, except for Koko’s Video Store in the 300 block of West Broad Street. Stir crazy locals could slog through the snow over to Koko’s to stock up on video movies. No matter what the weather, when did anyone local ever go in there but to run into someone else from town to chat with? Koko’s, a special Falls Church tradition, closes its doors at the end of this month.

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Still Eager to Build, Akridge Seeks F.C. Condo Rebound The Akridge Company, the highlyregarded Washington D.C., development company, came to City Hall in Falls Church this week confirming its eagerness to build a large, mixed-use project in the teeth of the current housing downturn, and cautiously optimistic that it can sell 150 condominiums. But for now, Akridge representatives told a joint work session of the Falls Church City Council they remain unsure whether the units would be sold or rented.

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