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Inside This Week Council to Vote on Maple Ave. Rezoning

The long-awaited zoning change and Comprehensive Plan amendment requested by Council member David Snyder and his family to allow for the construction of a new home on N. Maple will come to the City Council this Monday seeking a final approval. See See News Briefs, page 9

In Annual ‘State of City’ Interview, Mayor Senses Public Support for Referendum Cites Challenge to ‘Get It Right’ in Coming Period

by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

No Injuries in Railroad Ave. Home Fire

Estrada had been counseled at several of the schools he worked for, including Henderson Middle School, where “administrators talked to him about his behavior and under no circumstances should you [Estrada] be alone with a female student,” as verified by a court transcript of the hearing. Estrada’s February arrest prompted the Manassas Park Police Department and Child Protective Services to conduct a joint investigation into alleged criminal misconduct that took place at Manassas Park Middle School between September 2014 – April 2015.

City of Falls Church Mayor David Tarter voted in support of the City’s most expensive infrastructure plan in its history with the full Capital Improvement Plan last month, involving the massive undertaking of building a new George Mason High School and major renovations and expansions to the Mary Riley Styles Library, City Hall and parts of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. The new high school component, at a price tag of $120 million, will be on the ballot seeking approval by voters this November. As citizens prime for the start of election season and in the aftermath following the vote, Tarter sat down with the News-Press for the annual “State of the City” conversation this week. In the first of a two-part feature, the mayor shared his views on why the plan is essential for the City and delved into the how the City is handling its development goals. News-Press: Election season is right around the corner, what are you expecting see from it? Tarter: Well, I’ll tell you I don’t know. We’ve got some new candidates, some new folks who are running for office, [so] I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to the turnout, the discussion, the dialogue, I think we’ll have a vigorous debate about the school and the referendum, which I think is very healthy for our community, and I’m looking forward to that conversation. N-P: Are any of the new candidates bringing new ideas to the table or will they fit the mold of their predecessors?

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An early morning fire last Sunday has displaced Falls Church homeowners on Railroad Avenue but there were no reported injuries. See News Briefs, page 9

Frank Bruni: Sorry, Mike Pence, You’re Doomed

The other day, from the Naval Observatory in Washington, you heard a howl of such volume and anguish that it cracked mirrors and sent small forest animals scurrying for cover. Vice President Mike Pence was furious. See page 16

FALLS CHURCH MAYOR David Tarter offered his annual “State of the City’ interview for the NewsPress in a two-part feature in the paper. (Photo: News-Press)

F.C. Presbyterian’s ‘Welcome Table’

Former Teacher Sentenced to 20 Years In Jail, Will Serve 8 for Sexual Battery

It’s the third Wednesday of the month and the Falls Church Presbyterian Fellowship Hall is already crowded, with almost 200 guests patiently waiting for the start of the Welcome Table dinner. See page 8

Index Editorial..................6 Letters................6, 8 News & Notes.10–11 Comment........ 14–16 Calendar........18–19

Classified Ads......20 Comics, Sudoku & Crossword...........21 Critter Corner.......22 Business News....23

by Matt Delaney

Falls Church News-Press

Former Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School math teacher Jose Daniel Estrada was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended last Friday for sexually abusing two students earlier this year. Estrada, who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony aggravated sexual battery charges in May, will serve the first eight years of his sentence in federal custody, with the remaining 12 years on supervised probation. If he violates his probation, Estrada will have to return to prison to serve

the remainder of his sentence. Estrada, 36, will also have to register as a sex offender at the start of his supervised probation. This marks the end of a saga that had loomed over the Falls Church school system since the beginning of the year. On Jan. 17, 2017, a student reported misconduct by Estrada to school officials who immediately placed the sixth grade teacher on leave. A month later, following a police investigation, Estrada was arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated sexual assault on Feb. 17. At a Feb. 24 arraignment hearing, the prosecution claimed


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Tarter: I’m familiar with the incumbents who’ve done some great work on [City] Council who bring a lot of knowledge and skills and dedication to the office, but I have to say I’m not as familiar with the new candidates so I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas for the future over the next couple months, so I can’t say for sure until I hear more from those folks. N-P: The big ticket item on the ballot is the School Bond Referendum. Have you gauged the community’s level of support toward the referendum? Tarter: I sense that people are supportive of the referendum, but there’s no polling in the City so it’s a bit of challenge to really understand where people are. Most people that I’ve spoken with seem to be supportive of the measure. N-P: As an aside, do you think there should be some kind of polling to gauge community interest or would you rather the vote be the sole determinant? Tarter: Let the vote decide. Your newspaper has a poll which I look at every week, and I know it’s not scientific but I do enjoy getting a flavor of what people are thinking and I look at the comments on your newspaper and some of the other online publications to get a flavor of what people are thinking. When you’re in office, you tend to hear a lot from other folks in office or other people on boards and commissions so it’s good to hear what the general public is thinking about. N-P: Are you going to advo-

cate for the referendum at all? Tarter: There are some restrictions on how elected folks and the City itself can advocate for a referendum, so I’m going to take counsel from our city attorney and make sure I understand the limitations of what I can and can’t do as far as the participation with the referendum. But I do want to make sure as mayor that the public has as much information as possible. There are forums, resources and information available, so the public can make an informed decision come November. N-P: Why did you vote for the referendum to be put on the ballot? Tarter: First off, the school is reaching its capacity. There are a number of systems such as the roof, HVAC and other things that are starting to reach the end of their useful lives, so there is absolutely a need for this conversation and I think it is an appropriate time to be considering this. I think it’s something that can help the community, so, again, cognizant of what I can and can’t say, but I did and I think my vote speaks for itself. N-P: Can you explain your reasoning for supporting the full CIP as well? Tarter: The full CIP is an investment in our community’s future. We’ve had periods in time in the ‘50s and the ‘90s where we had to make substantial investment in our infrastructure to keep our community growing and improve and enhance what we’ve got here now, and now is one of those times. Our school’s reaching the end of its useful life – 60-odd years old – and

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that “[Estrada] was not the kind of person that rose to our level of expectation.” The School Board stuck to that conclusion by not renewing his contract just before his arrest, which was a one-time annual non-continuing contract. In a press release issued Monday evening, City of Falls

faced from those jurisdictions. Estrada was a Falls Church City Public Schools employee since July 2015, though he fell out of the school system’s good graces prior to his arrest. Theninterim superintendent Robert Schiller told the News-Press that the School Board had determined

Church Chief of Police Mary Gavin said: “Our community will feel the effects of this case for a long time. The Darkness to Light organization recently held training for the community. It was really effective in teaching adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly

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The banner headline on the front page of the 11th-ever edition of the Falls Church News-Press on June 6, 1991 reflected a more sensationalistic approach we favored at that point. It was simply, “Landslide!” in bold capital letters, and below was the sub-head, “62 Percent Vote Yes for School Bonds.” The report of that successful school bond referendum for a whopping (so it seemed at the time) $12.8 million for the first-ever major renovation of George Mason High School was the first of what has been an unbroken succession of Falls Church voter approvals of funds for the City’s schools and critical public infrastructure upgrades, such as the library. As F.C. School Superintendent Peter Noonan documented in a timeline of school related events last month, that vote came after an original bond in 1949 was approved by voters in the new independent City of Falls Church for $700,000 to buy 25 acres at Haycock and Leesburg for $40,000 and construction of a new high school for 325 students. George Mason High School first opened its doors for grades 6 through 12 in 1952, being immediately overcrowded. Then in 1957 the City Council rejected a school board request for a bond issue to expand the high school and removed the pro-bond School Board members (being appointed by the Council at the time) and appointed ones who eliminated 12 school positions and proposed to house children in quonset huts instead of new permanent buildings. Gradually, the high school was expanded bit-by-bit. In 1953, adjacent land was rented which citizens cleared for a temporary athletic field, and permanent football, tennis and track facilities were added in the 1960s, new classrooms, a small activity gym, shower and locker rooms, library and administrative spaces were added in 1962, a new auditorium and vocational classrooms opened in 1969, the current library in 1973 and elevators, ramps and accessible classrooms, a new HVAC, sound insulation and lighting improvements were added in 1979. Then came the approval of the aforementioned school bond referendum in June 1991 and the completion of what became a $14.9 million GMHS renovation in May 1995. Another school bond referendum was passed in November 2003 to construct a new Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, which opened in 2005. So, the current phase aiming at voting this November on a $120 million bond referendum began with the voters’ decision in 2013 to swap the City’s beleaguered water system for the annexation into the City boundaries of the 35-acre campus site. An uneven process has unfolded with good decisions and transparent processes to bring us to within three months of the upcoming referendum. As in 1991, when the News-Press jumped into the City’s timeline to enthusiastically support the bond referendum then, and the one in 2003, we are committed once again to advocating for the benefits of a combination of quality schools and economic development to pay for them.

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J.E.B. Stuart Should Be Renamed NAACP High

Editor, In light of the decision made by the Fairfax County School Board on July 27, 2017 to move forward with renaming the J.E.B. Stuart High School without consulting the local community, perhaps you should rename the school to NAACP High School, after all, they were the ones that forced the school board to completely ignore the thousands of local community voices that were saying “Can

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The result is that thousands of local “Stuart” community members feel they were completely ignored in this process, and this is a profound failure of the school board. Thankfully the board “allowed” the local community to be involved in choosing the new name, but that does not change the fact that we do not appreciate how this decision was made behind closed doors. To make sure this does not happen again with Robert E. Lee High, Lanier Middle and Sangster Elementary, etc. the board should immediately take on the task of clearly defining the process and criteria for a school name change. On a wider note, someone

needs to do something about the NAACP forcing their will on local communities all over the country, this is not right, this is America, we all have rights. Greg Frane Falls Church

Shocked at Price Tag of J.E.B. Stuart Name Change Editor, We were shocked to see the cost to county taxpayers (we live in Fairfax County) of changing

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If I had to name just one thing I’ve learned during my time as an intern with the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), it’s that hunger isn’t always visible and it affects people whom you may not expect. Since beginning my internship with the communications department in January 2017, I have learned a lot about the role media relations, public policy and advocacy play in increasing awareness about the issue of hunger and the solutions that exist to end it. Yes, hunger in this country is solvable, so there should be no excuses. Take the federally funded nutrition programs, for instance. These include school meals, afterschool and summer meals, child care meals, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). All of these programs help ensure people – including children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and others – get the nutrition they need for their health and well-being. One of my biggest “a-ha” moments of my internship happened at the FRAC annual benefit dinner, where I heard Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and senior television executive Sherry Brennan talk about their personal struggles with hunger, and how

SNAP helped them stay afloat during difficult times. I would have never guessed that these highly successful women ever struggled with hunger, and its root cause, poverty. It got me thinking, who else has struggled and if it weren’t for SNAP and

“In our school system, over 20 percent of Fairfax County students receive free or reducedprice meals during the school year.” other assistance would they be where they are now? Soon after, I learned that some of my colleagues, and even celebrities, have benefited from SNAP or other federal nutrition programs at some point in their lives. All of these stories illustrate that, while often hidden, hunger is very much a reality, and that no corner of the country is immune to it. Right here in Fairfax County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation where the average household income is over $100,000, more than 47,000 people rely on SNAP to make ends meet and put food on the table for themselves and their families.

In our school system, over 20 percent of Fairfax County students receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. For too many youth, however, summer is a time of hunger. Families often struggle to fill the nutrition gap created when their children no longer have access to school meals. The county does a good job of opening up community centers and schools as meal sites to low-income students during the summer months (free of charge) but that doesn’t mean every hungry child is getting the nutrition they need. In Virginia, out of the 408,566 students who received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2015-2016 school year, only 16 percent continued to receive the same meals during the summer. As part of my internship, I also have had the opportunity to be involved in coordinated media advocacy efforts surrounding school meals. For example, I worked on the recent push to end school lunch shaming practices, such as stamping a child’s hand with the words ‘I need lunch money,’ when they have unpaid school meal debts. As a result of sustained advocacy and media outreach, online momentum, and the expertise of FRAC staff and its state partners, legislation across the country is being introduced to end this practice. For instance, New Mexico’s landmark antilunch shaming legislation passed in March of this year, and has inspired similar bills in other states, such as California, Oregon,

Pennsylvania, and Texas. I also have had the opportunity to be part of some fantastic events. At the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-hosted by FRAC and Feeding America, I interacted with some of the more than 1,300 anti-hunger advocates from all over the country. From participating in dialogues on racial justice and food insecurity to getting tips from experts on messaging to Members of Congress, the conference highlighted for me the important role of anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates in ensuring that the strong federal nutrition programs need to be made even stronger to ensure the most vulnerable among us have the tools they need for their health and also to help lift them out of poverty. The biggest takeaway has been the inspiration that comes from working with people who are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. The commitment of FRAC staff to the organization’s mission inspires me to pursue a career that will allow me to contribute to society in a similarly honest and impactful way. To learn more about anti-hunger policy, or how to help, please visit www.frac.org and click on the Legislative Action Center.  Thomas Blount is a Falls Church native. He joined FRAC in January as a communications intern.

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It’s the third Wednesday of the month and Pastor James Sledge opens the door to the Falls Church Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, greeting guests with a friendly smile. The room is already crowded, with almost 200 guests patiently waiting for the start of the Welcome Table dinner for underprivileged members of the Falls Church community. The Welcome Table mission at Falls Church Presbyterian began in 2011 as a once-a-month dinner to serve those in need in Falls Church and surrounding communities. In September 2013, the church expanded the program to serve dinner on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Full-sized toiletry items are distributed to guests at the first Wednesday dinner; the grocery assistance cards are passed out on the third Wednesday. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of 30 to 40 volunteers each week, the Welcome Table mission serves approximately 50-60 guests on the first Wednesday and 200-250 guests on the third. Through the church’s monthly hunger offering and other donations, the Welcome Table mission is able to provide the community with their twicemonthly Welcome Table meals. As guests come in, Sledge hands each adult a numbered card, which he explains keeps things orderly. “One Wednesday we had as many as 400 people,” he recalled. “There are lots of families. Lots of kids. We see a lot of the same people at each meal.” At promptly at 6 p.m., an announcement comes over the speakers; the first numbers are called and guests line up by the kitchen to receive their dinner. They turn in the laminated cards they received upon entry and claim their $10 grocery assistance cards. The kitchen in the Fellowship Hall runs like a well-oiled machine. In preparation for each Welcome Table meal, volunteers donate their time to prep, chop, cook, serve, monitor the beverage station and clean up. Volunteers arrive early in the afternoon to begin prepping food and clean-up begins as the guests start lining up for dinner. The servers dish up food with a friendly smile while a hospitality crew attends to guests’ needs by escorting moms

the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School. Nearly $900,000 to change the name? Outrageous. That county taxpayers should have to shell out $678,000 of that amount is atrocious. Were county taxpayers ever made aware of the true costs of this name change? Shouldn’t there be a referendum on an issue such as this? Peter Herrick Falls Church

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VOLUNTEERS MELISSA JOHNSON, Frank Burdette and Myra Bridgforth serve food at a recent Falls Church Presbyterian Welcome Table dinner. (P����: J������ G������/N���-P����) and small children to their tables. When a Welcome Table volunteer signs up to be head chef, they’re in complete control of the menu. Some chefs stick to familiar, tried-and-true recipes. Others opt for something a little more elegant; experimental, even. Each week the chef plans their meal, they factor in different religious and dietary restrictions and include vegetarian options on the menu if necessary. For this late July evening, the chef on duty mixes conventional with the slightly obscure: chicken salad, succotash and sautéed squash with tomatoes and onions. Best of all the meals aren’t just served up on flimsy paper plates; instead, the guests receive generous helpings of hearty food on ceramic dishes. According to Pastor Diane Walton Hendricks, the goal is to make sure that everyone gets a healthy, well-balanced meal. In addition to getting out of the heat (or the cold) and getting a home-cooked meal, some visitors to Welcome Table come for the companionship. Deacon Kelly Foster emphasized a sense of community. “We have a lot of regular guests. We see a lot of familiar faces. People stick around and chat after dinner. They even help us clean up and stack chairs.” If you’re interested in joining the Falls Church Presbyterian Church Welcome Table mission, they’re always looking to add

people to their team of volunteers. “People can go to our web page and sign up right online,” Sledge said. Worried that your cooking talents aren’t up to par? “I’m not good in the kitchen, so that’s why I’m here at the door,” Sledge joked. In other words, there’s a job for everybody. Even the youngest of volunteers can help by rolling silverware and refilling the fruit bowls. In addition to needing volunteers, the Welcome Table mission is also in need of donations. They accept donations of full-size toiletry items which are given to guests at the first Wednesday meal of each month; the mission can always use fruit for both meals. Monetary donations are accepted as well. Residents who would like to see the mission in action are invited to stop by the Falls Church Presbyterian fellowship hall on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Doors to the dinner open at 4 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Hendricks said some guests show up early to make sure they are able to get a meal, but she added, “We tell people we always have enough. We tell them, ‘Even if you don’t get here until six, we’ll still be able to feed you.’” More information on the Falls Church Presbyterian Church Welcome Table mission is available at www.fallschurchpresby. org.

Editor, Monday night the planning commission narrowly approved a comprehensive plan change and rezoning of the 300 block of North Maple from R1A to R1B (increasing density on the block to allow the Snyder family to build a second home on their property) and adding T1 zoning on the rear of historic properties to allow parking for Columbia Baptist Church. The proposal goes before City Council this coming Monday. City Council must not approve this proposal. Rezoning of the entire block benefits only one family — the Snyders — to build one home. The Snyder family can’t do this without acquiring a sliver of property because they don’t own enough land by themselves. As a condition of selling this sliver, Columbia Baptist wants the City to grant additional zoning changes to permit construction of a parking lot in the back yards of three historic homes. There is no benefit to the city. Promised proffers include a sidewalk (partially using the existing public street) and landscaping of the church parking lot (something the church is required to do anyway). But the precedents set are enormous. Residential land owners all over the city could find their neighborhoods under assault by all sorts of rezoning applications to increase density and new uses never conceived when they bought their homes. The City zoning code exists to “preserve and protect” the residential nature of our town. Approval of the Snyder-Columbia proposal does neither. A no vote is in order. Gordon Theisz Falls Church

Fire Shows Why Railroad Cottages Are Ill-Conceived

Editor, As a long time resident of Fowler Street in Falls Church City (30+ years) I was alarmed to awaken to multiple sirens at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 6. Upon further investigation, I saw that there was a convoy of emergency vehicles from multiple regions (Fairfax, Falls Church) that extended from the end of Railroad Avenue, across Ellison Street to the 1000 block of Fowler Street. The fire was at the house next to the impending location of the “railroad cottages.” The one lane access street to this dead end area could not accommodate all the emergency vehicles, and clogged the street. As a taxpayer and resident of Falls Church City, I am alarmed by the lack of planning and consideration for the future safety of the existing residents of Railroad Avenue and Fowler Street. This incident illustrates that the construction of these cottages is ill conceived and a poor addition to the quality of life in the city. Our local government should focus on keeping our community safe, and relishing the little city that it is. No to railroad cottages. M. Bonanno Falls Church

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Tree Topples in Rain on Lincoln Ave. A tree toppled over and fell onto a house on Lincoln Avenue in the City of Falls Church last week, damaging the home’s roof and more. No one was injured in the incident. The National Weather Service reported that last month was the wettest July on record as recorded at Dulles, with 8.8 inches of rain falling on the region. The record-setting rainfall caused many trees around the area to fall over in the past weeks. The City of Falls Church issued a notice pointing out that if a tree falls on a road, public property or house and business in the City, and there are no injuries or danger to the public, the police non-emergency number should be called at 703-248-5053. If the tree falls on private property, the owner is responsible and a City-approved licensed, contractor should be contacted.

‘Fake News’ Experts Direct Workshop Experts from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Fairfax County Public Library librarians will lead an interactive workshop about Media Literacy and Dialogue Skills on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. Tips will be discussed for navigating through the overwhelming array of news sources and for practicing respectful and positive communication techniques when discussing hot button issues.

F.C. Police Offer Tips to Prevent Lawn Equipment Theft After a recent string of lawn equipment thefts in the City of Falls Church, the F.C. Police Department has issued a press release encouraging residents to take precautionary measures to protect their personal property. Police offer the following tips for reducing lawn equipment theft: 1) Put it away. Don't leave lawn equipment unattended in your yard, even for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to exit a passing vehicle and steal your equipment. Store your tools in a lockable shed, garage, or storage unit. Even putting something out of sight can be enough to deter theft; 2) Lock it up. If you can't put your equipment away indoors, or if you're stepping away from your equipment for a few moments, lock your equipment using chains and padlocks. Loop the chain around the handles of your equipment and lock it around a post or permanent structure. An inexpensive bike lock could save you hundreds of dollars; 3) Personalize it. Make your equipment stand out. Stickers, decals, unique paint colors, and other permanent markings can make your equipment easy to track, and also make it hard for a thief to resell. If it's more likely to be noticed, it is less likely to be stolen; 4) Document everything. Keep an external record of equipment serial numbers and other numbers on the tool, such as engine and chassis numbers. Photograph your equipment. Keep purchase receipts.

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WINNERS of various awards at the Fairfax County 4H Fair were members from Falls Church City’s 4h Club. (Bottom row, left to right) Ariana Blake, Natasha Sloan, Alexandra Blake and Charlotte Kosek. (Top row) Ellie Kosek, Esther Lynne Wisdom, Daniel Wisdom, Renée Coppock. Other winners included but not pictured: Emily Hollinger, Charlie Alexander, Liam & Gianna Sloan, Emma & Madeleine Luu, Allison Joe and Penelope Valenti. (Photo: Courtesy Daren Coppock)

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Flies to Hawaii Falls Church resident Carrie Le was the winner of Marketplace Events’ Hawaii Build + Beach Sweepstakes that will send her and her guest, Phong Le, to Hawaii as a part of the Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii “Blitz Build” where she will help build ten homes alongside volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. “This was my first time attending the home show and I was more than happy to provide a donation to Habitat for Humanity as it’s an organization I’ve always admired,” Le said. “It was a total shock to learn that we won this trip to an amazing location and get the chance to build homes and

give back to a great cause at the same time! We’re so excited to have this experience.” Le entered the sweepstakes by donating to Habitat for Humanity when purchasing tickets for the Capital Remodel + Garden Show, hosted by Marketplace Events, in February 2017. She and her guest were flown out to Kona, a town on the big island of the Hawaiian islands, for a 10-day trip that featured unique cultural demonstrations and local music and entertainment performances, along with helping build homes. “We at Marketplace Events are excited for Carrie Le to have this amazing opportunity to build with Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii,” CEO of Marketplace Events, Tom Baugh, said. “We

PERFORMING at the monthly City-wide special event, FIRSTfriday, is the trio Tradin’ Eights at Art and Frame of Falls Church last Friday. Accompanying the live music was the unveiling of a new exhibit for the entire month of August from local resident Andrzej Zmudzki. The exhibit caught the eye of many locals that visited the shop for the event, including big names such as Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Gittins)

were proud to help raise funds through this Sweepstakes and also via our workplace giving campaign this past May that raised nearly $50,000 to help create a world where everyone has a home of which they can be proud.” More than $25,000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity through the Sweepstakes that ran until April 11, 2017 with 1,057 donors from United States and Canadian Home Shows and many mail-in entries.

Medical Musical Group Holds Concert on Sunday The award-winning Medical Musical Group (MMG), a nonprofit, is creating the upcoming musical extravaganza to honor

veterans and to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II on Sunday, August 13 at Schlesinger Hall in Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus (5000 Dawes Ave., Alexandria). The pre-concert will begin at 3 p.m. with the concert starting at 4 p.m. Tony Lo Bianco, who starred in the Academy Award winning film, “The French Connection,” and Deana Martin, a singer and the daughter of Dean Martin, along with Dr. Victor Wahby a.k.a. “Dr. Maestro,” the founder and conductor for MMG, will all be present for the night’s festivities. The event will honor veterans and will include a wide array of events as noted below: The Godfather Theme and Godfather

Waltz; Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz; Ivan Larionov’s famous “Kalinka;” Tony Lo Bianco’s signature reading of “Just a Common Soldier;” and excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven’s fifth symphony. Other performances will be a reenactment of the Iwo Jima flag raising, MIA-POW Vacant Chair Dramatization, Stars and Stripes “Battle of the Sexes” Singalong and more. Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N. Ed.D., USAF Ret. calls the services during the Armed Forces Medley. Capping off the performances will be Deana Martin’s renditions of “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “That’s Amore” and other favorites of her iconic father Dean, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Food Drive for SHARE of McLean Takes Place Sunday

Come out to the Old Firehouse Center (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) to commemorate 27 years of serving the Greater McLean community on Saturday, August 19 from 4 – 8 p.m. Activities include live music, air-brushed tattoos, street performances, an Old Firehouse Living History Exhibit, concessions and various amusements. Patrons can enjoy free popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones while they last. Attendees also can bring their bikes to donate to Wheels to Africa, a youth-led nonprofit that collects bikes for children in need throughout Africa. A Bands for Bike concert will be held from 4-8 p.m. during the block party.

Fairfax Fire and Rescue Announces Service Awards The winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were honored at a recent Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting. Tim Fleming, Chair of the Volunteer Fire Commission, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Reggie Johnson, and Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Board of Supervisors presented the awards to the recipients. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding fire, emergency medical, and administrative

Local Students Receive Dean’s List Honors A plethora of local college students received academic honors by being placed on their school’s Dean’s List for the Sprng 2017 semester. Earning a spot on the Dean’s List requires students to earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for any given semester. Noah Bardash, Ben Bush and Audrey Freeman – Washington University of St. Louis; Danica Mooney-Jones – University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Casey Howard – University of Rochester; Thy Thon – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health School; Michaela Culhane – University of Virginia; Stuart Griswold – Becker College; Connor Giblin and Daniel Lecce – Loyola University; James Meeks – Rochester Institute of Technology; Elliot Mercado – Clemson University.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

2017 is a year of anniversaries. Fairfax County is celebrating the 275th anniversary of its founding; Fairfax Water will celebrate its 60th anniversary on September 27; the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 3; and Lincolnia’s Mount Pleasant Baptist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary with the dedication of a county historical marker last Saturday. Mount Pleasant was organized in 1867, and four buildings have been constructed to house the church in the intervening years. Saturday’s celebration was held in the historic old brick church on the corner of Lincolnia Road and Old Columbia Pike Its predecessors included a one room wooden structure, built when the church was organized, and a wooden structure built in 1881. Now called the Pinkett and Sheppard Memorial Chapel, the little church was overflowing with parishioners, including a centenarian, and memories, of the church’s history. Following a “raise the rafters” church service, complete with gospel choir and previous pastor, Bishop Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr., the entire congregation, led by current pastor, Dr. Carl M. Johnson, marched out to unveil the historic marker. Painted in the traditional buff background and blue letters, representing the colors of General George Washington’s Continental Army uniform, the marker reads: MOUNT PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was founded in 1867 during post-Civil War Reconstruction. Freedmen were given one acre of land for religious and educational purposes and a burying ground for colored people. The first church was a one-room wooden structure built by individuals using lum-

ber provided by the Freedmen’s Bureau. A subsequent wooden structure was built ca. 1881 and was replaced by a Depression-era brick church in 1931. This structure was later renamed the Pinkett and Sheppard Memorial Chapel after two former pastors. The church played a vital role in the Mount Pleasant community where freedmen settled, many of whom were farmers. The new marker is readily visible from Lincolnia Road, just east of its intersection with Columbia Pike, in front of the church. In fact, if you are waiting for the traffic light there, just look to your left, and you can read it for yourself! The metropolitan region, and Northern Virginia, lost a good friend this week, with the passing of Patricia (Patsy) Ticer, former mayor of Alexandria and Virginia state senator. Patsy served her community, and the region, for more than a quarter-century, and was well-known for her advocacy for children, as well as the environment. Patsy was soft-spoken, but she had a spine of steel about her defining issues. In 1995, when she was running for state senator and I was running for Mason District Supervisor, I recall that some thought we both had embarked on a doomed voyage. Not so — we both won our races that year, and went on to win many more. I’ve always appreciated Patsy, who had served as chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and president of the National Association of Regional Councils (only the third woman to do so), positions that, in recent years, I also had the privilege of holding. Thank you, Patsy Ticer, for your inspirational leadership on behalf of Northern Virginia.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s

Richmond Report While President Trump gives us a limp portrayal of Zeus poised upon Mount Olympus threatening to rain down “fire and fury” thunderbolts like “the world has never seen before,” we must resist the temptation to be distracted from more seemingly mundane or less-hyped happenings. For example, on Monday the Department of Justice reversed its previous public position on the Ohio case of voter registration purges. The DOJ had testified in federal court in September 2016 that the national Voter Registration Act prohibits states from purging voters from their rolls for “infrequent voting.” But this week, the DOJ changed its position from supporting the disenfranchised Ohio voter to supporting the state of Ohio its blatant disenfranchisement of that voter. This aboutface is not due to any change in federal law, but only a change in the faces of the federal administration. This suit was filed by Larry Harmon, an Ohio resident who discovered when he tried to vote in a 2015 local election that he was no longer registered and therefore not allowed to vote. He had not voted since 2008 and was informed by poll workers that he was one of approximately 1.2 million Ohio voters purged from the state’s voter registration rolls as punishment for “infrequent voting.” He sued the state and subsequently, his case was supported by the DOJ and upheld by the federal court. However the federal Supreme Court agreed to hear the case during the Court’s next session after an appeal of the ruling. Now that the DOJ has flipped its position to support Ohio’s denial of Larry Harmon’s voting rights by declaring that voters’ registrations can be removed, it is much more likely that the Supreme Court will bless the practice of

purging voter registration rolls. Couple this action by the DOJ with the actions of President Trump’s commission appointed to study the nonexistent problem of voter fraud, and it is clear that our ability to participate in our own democracy is under serious threat – not from Zeus’s fire and fury, but Trump’s thunderbolts like the about-face in this case by the Department of Justice. This is just one thunderbolt attempting to weaken Virginians’ right to vote – others have been coming from Virginia’s General Assembly. During the 21062017 session, many barrier-tovoting bills were filed. We can thank Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring for putting these fires out. What does this have to do with right now in Virginia? There are several lessons to be taken from this threat to voters’ rights: first and foremost, vote in November! And don’t just vote, vote for Ralph Northam for Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General; vote for the candidates who have fought to protect your basic American rights. When you have voted, consider the issue of the gerrymandering of our state districts and how this gerrymandering leads directly to the election of Delegates and Senators who will vote to steal your right to vote, as well as to electing Congressmen and Senators who are eager to do the same. Protect your right to vote by using it. And by using it wisely. We must not let our fundamental rights be stolen from us by our own lazy and uninformed lack of civic participation. Stand up, pay attention and vote!  Delegate Kory represents the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She may be emailed at DelKKory@house. virginia.gov.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

Few think of Arlington as an open-spaced paradise for runners. But online, you find hundreds of trails mapped out along our streets, graced by some impressive distance-running competitors. Last month, in a bit of a journalist’s stunt, I executed a project that combined marathoner talent with old-fashioned Arlington history. I’d had my eye on Michael Wardian, the 43-year-old ultramarathoner who in January set a record in the seven-continentsin-seven-days marathon. In April, Wardian placed first among 66 Arlingtonians who finished the Boston Marathon, and he has clocked the fastest time ever in marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. In 2015, he set the world record for 50 kilometers on a treadmill. This July I noticed a Kindle booklet newly for sale on Amazon titled Running through Arlington History by Noah Kaufman. An avocational runner who does accounting for federal agencies, Kaufman assembled a run-down of Arlington monuments, historic sites and schools. Building his text around themes of wars, civil rights and 9/11, he recommends routes that pass commemorations of our county’s noteworthy heritage. So I put these dudes together. Using a bicycle map and yellow marker, I roughed up a route: Begin at the Pentagon Memorial, cut through Crystal City up 23rd

St. to Ridge Rd. to Prospect Hill, over Columbia Pike on Washington Blvd. to Pershing Dr., west to N. Glebe Rd., left on Wilson Blvd., taking the Custis Trail back to Glebe, moving down toward Chain Bridge to Military Rd., to Quincy St. to Washington Blvd. through Clarendon and ending in Rosslyn. Wardian, who works in international shipping, mapped the route using the Strava app. We had a couple of detail meetings (Michael almost postponed for a challenge to run the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal). But on a humid July 27, I arose before dawn and drove to Wardian’s Arlington Forest home just before 6:00 a.m. With him was a protégé training for the Iron Man competition, Jeff Horowitz, age 46, a Foreign Service Officer. We picked up Noah, 40, at his apartment in Ballston, and I dropped the three off in the parking lot of the Pentagon Memorial about 6:30. For three hours, my heroic role was to drive – in my air conditioned Honda with my favorite music on – skillfully carrying water bottles and tracking the marathoners on sidewalks and bike lanes as we navigated rush-hour traffic. I also took pictures. My biggest challenges were finessing bathroom breaks and safely leap-frogging behind or ahead of the athletes. (Odd to find myself rooting for stoplight delays.) Only twice did I lose them, which is where cellphones came in handy. They stopped as

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a locked car setting off the alarm. Investigation continues. Larceny – Theft of Vehicle Parts, 507 Roosevelt Blvd (Parking Lot), sometime during the last week, an unknown person or persons removed a headlight assembly from a vehicle. Graffiti – Destruction of Property, 115 Hillwood Ave, August 1, an officer on routine patrol discovered graffiti damage to the wall of the

AUGUST 10 – 16, 2017 | PAGE 15 needed at intersections, and occasionally pow-wowed to adjust the route. Noah peeled away first, around 8:15, having made it nine miles. I picked him up on Harrison St. near I-66 and drove the exhausted but satisfied guy home. Jeff called me from a corner near WashingtonLee High School, having made it til 9:05. The skinny but sturdy Michael continued, shirtless and wearing a backward cap over his long hair – his only water break coming at the end. When I linked up with him in Rosslyn near the Netherlands Carillon, he’d run 18.89 miles in under three hours (2:57:14, said his meter). “That was fun,” the ultra-marathoner told me cheerfully. And he jogged off to start his workday. *** As a schoolboy in the 1960s, I learned a bit about World War II. But I never knew of the renowned hero who lived up the street. Maj. Gen. Marion Carl, a pilot and the Marine Corps’ first fighting ace, fought at Guadalcanal and Midway, I recently learned from my Rivercrest neighbor Fred Gosnell, who owns a copy of Carl’s memoir. After that global conflict, Carl as a test pilot set speed records in private aircraft before returning to hot wars Korea and Vietnam. His Washington-area service included being director of Marine Corps Aviation. After his tragic 1998 murder during retirement in his home state of Oregon, Carl was buried in Arlington Cemetery.

rear parking lot. Smoking Violation, 6757 Wilson Blvd, #24 (Le Billiards), August 2, a male, 51, of Falls Church, VA, was issued a summons for smoking in a restaurant. Larceny, 7124 Leesburg Pike (George Mason High School), August 3, between 9 and 11:30 AM, unknown subject took an unsecured blue and silver 10 speed bike. Hit and Run, 6757 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center Parking Lot), August 3, between 10 AM and 1PM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Larceny from Building, 600 blk Highland St, between 10 AM July 29 and 10 AM August 5, lawn equipment was taken from an unsecured shed. Larceny – Shoplifting, 1230 W Broad St (Giant Food), August 6, a warrant was obtained for a shoplifter who had fled the scene.


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FBI’s Manafort Raid Tightens the Noose

Among the many things that Trump doesn’t understand about how the real world works outside his flawed, distorted, narrow almost solipsistic bully-coward mapping of reality is that, among the big boys on the global schoolyard, great bluster is a sign of weakness, not strength. It is very likely there are some in influential positions at the White House who might secretly desire a nuclear conflagration, and this should be a cause of serious concern. But we can perhaps take heart from the memo sent by Defense Secretary James Mattis to all DOD employees last week. “Citizens who’ve never met us trust us to do the right thing, never abusing our position nor looking the other way when we see something wrong.” No mention of Trump per se in that memo, but I’d like to read between its FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS lines that were a deranged Trump ever to take the nuclear football and run with it, he would be tackled and not enabled. Mattis’ strong words about North Korea yesterday subsumed Trump’s from Tuesday to clarify that it would not be mere threats, but aggressive acts that would be met with force, most importantly including a reference to the U.S.’s missile defense capabilities to neutralize whatever North Korea might desire to launch against U.S. targets if things were really to get crazy. The bigger news is the FBI’s raid of the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The developing public narrative, augmented by subpoenas and now a search warrant, raid and likely document seizure by the FBI are evidence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s tightening noose around Trump’s neck. In fact, Trump’s latest bombast may be just another one of those distractions aimed at diverting the attention of the media from the progress in Mueller’s investigation, and parallel efforts in Congress. One of the biggest of those smoke screens came on July 27, just two weeks ago, when the blockbuster testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by international businessman and Russian money laundering investigator Bill Browder who is generally known to be Vladimir Putin’s Number One enemy. That was the day that Trump, out of the blue, tweeted about banning transgender persons from the U.S. military, a development that dominated the headlines, resulting in virtually no media coverage of Browder’s testimony. Remember that Manafort was in that watershed meeting in June 2016 with key Russian and Trump agents ostensibly to discuss some quid pro quo between the two entities that involved the Russian’s willingness to spill high-level dirt, and theoretically to engage in other operations targeted against Trump’s presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. That meeting is “ground zero” for investigating whether there is evidence that there was knowing collusion between Trump and the Russians in the efforts by the Russians to interfere and skew the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Remember that despite the claim of Manafort’s attorney that he’s cooperating with the investigation, there needed to be established by the FBI beforehand a persuasive case establishing sufficient evidence of “probable cause” of some wrongdoing to be taken before a judge to gain approval for the search warrant. Browder’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee provided just the kind of context that investigators needed to pursue their case for collusion. A lot of it is centered on two things, Putin’s obsession to remove key Russian players from the U.S.’s Magnitsky sanctions enacted against Russia in 2012, and the Russians’ perception that Trump would be their man to get that job done. Two books taken together provide the necessary predicates for this. The first is Browder’s own best seller, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice, detailing Browder’s experiences and how he pursued the money trail to nail Putin’s direct complicity in the death of Browder’s attorney, Sergei Magnitsky. The other is the original authoritative book on the role of the Russian mafia in the U.S., Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America, by the late former Village Voice reporter Robert I. Friedman. The Russian money laundering M.O., and its American arm, implicate Trump beyond any doubt.

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Sorry, Mike Pence, You’re Doomed

The other day, from the Naval Observatory in Washington, you heard a howl of such volume and anguish that it cracked mirrors and sent small forest animals scurrying for cover. Vice President Mike Pence was furious. He was offended. Someone — namely, my Times colleagues Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns — had dared to call him out on the fact that he seemed to be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid. Problem No. 1: His president is still in the first year of his first term. Problem No. 2: That president is Donald Trump, who doesn’t take kindly to any glimmer that people in his employ NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE are putting their vanity or agenda before his. Just ask Steve Bannon. Or Anthony Scaramucci. They were too big for their britches, and Trump snatched their britches away. The Times report put Pence in similar peril, so he pushed back with an operatic outrage that showed just how close to the bone it had cut. When a story’s actually wrong, you eviscerate it, exposing its erroneous assertions without ever breaking a sweat. When it’s a stink bomb at odds with your plotting, you set your jaw, redden your face and proclaim it “disgraceful,” never detailing precisely how. That was Pence’s route. And his rancor, I suspect, reflects more than the inconvenient truths that Martin and Burns told. It’s overarching. It’s existential. On some level, he must realize that he’s in a no-win situation. Without Trump he’s nothing. With Trump he’s on a runaway train that he can’t steer or brake. If it doesn’t crash, Trump can scream down the tracks straight through 2020. If it does, Pence will be one of the casualties. So why has Pence formed a political action committee, the only sitting vice president ever to do so? Why is he taking all these meetings, building all these bridges? I guess there could be some imaginable future in which Trump falls and Pence is left standing strong enough to soldier on. But mostly he’s in denial, and he’s living very dangerously. Many Republicans wonder if Trump will remain in the picture and viable in 2020. He could implode — even more than he already has, I mean. He could be run out of town, one way or another. He could stomp off. The scenarios are myriad, and to prepare for them, Pence indeed needs an infrastructure and a network of his own. But there’s simply no way to

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assemble those without looking disloyal to Trump and courting the wrath of alt-right types who know how to go on a Twitter jihad. Other would-be successors to Trump aren’t in the same bind. They don’t owe Trump what Pence does. They never pledged Trump complete allegiance. Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, whose unofficial 2020 campaign commenced even before Trump’s inauguration, can raise money, stage news conferences, take up residence on CNN and pick apart Trump’s proposals all he wants. It won’t endear him to Trump’s base, but it won’t make him a marked man. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska can style himself as a humble, homespun remedy to Trump’s cupidity and histrionics. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas can take a calibrated approach, more hawkish than Trump on foreign policy but eager to link arms with him on immigration. Pence, though, is squeezed tight into a corner of compulsory worship. And despite his behind-thescenes machinations, he has done a masterful job of appearing perfectly content there. In news photographs and video, you catch other politicians glancing at the president in obvious bafflement. Not Pence. Never Pence. He moons. He beams. It’s 50 shades of infatuation. Daniel Day-Lewis couldn’t muster a more mesmerizing performance, and it’s an unusually florid surrender of principles. I’m not referring to policy and the fact that before he agreed to become Trump’s running mate, he blasted Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, tweeting that it was “offensive and unconstitutional,” and fiercely advocated free trade. I’m referring to Pence’s supposed morality. He trumpets his conservative Christianity and avoids supping alone with any woman other than his wife, then turns around and steadfastly enables an avowed groper with a bulging record of profanely sexual comments. He publishes a testimonial, “Confessions of a Negative Campaigner,” in which he invokes Jesus while vowing never to repeat such political ugliness in the future, then turns around and collaborates with a politician whose ugliness knows no limit. No wonder he wants and expects a reward as lavish as the White House itself: He sold his soul. But I don’t think he studied the contract closely enough and thought the whole thing through. There’s no political afterlife in this equation, just the loopy, mortifying limbo in which he and so many of Trump’s other acolytes dwell.


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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Legos at the Library. Playtime with Legos geared for ages 3-6 years old with a caregiver onsite. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program date at the Youth Services desk in person or by the phone. Registration will not be accepted by email. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 3:45 p.m. 703-248-5034. Concerts in the Park : Bushmaster. The Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the Recreation and Parks Department host the 25th annual Summer Concerts in the Park series which began on June 22 and continues through August 10. The series features musicians of various genres every Thursday evening. Concerts are free. Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) 7 p.m. 703248-5077.

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Dance with Your Baby at the Library. Enjoy songs and movement for children ages 0 to 18 months to give mothers a chance to bond and exercise. Registration opens two weeks prior to each program date. Participants must register for each class. Register with the Youth Services desk by phone or in person. Mary Riley Styles (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. 703248-5034.

Preschool Storytime. Stories and fun for ages 0-5. Drop-in. All storytimes are followed by playtime with the Early Literacy Center toys. Mary Riley Styles (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 – 11 a.m. 703-248-5034.

PAWS to Read at the Library. Children can come and read with a canine companion. Readers rising grades K-6. Registration Required. Registration opens two weeks prior to the date of every program at the Youth Services desk by phone or in person. Registration not accepted by email. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 3 – 4 p.m. 703-248-5210.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Book Sale. Used adult and children’s books for sale throughout the entire weekend. Variety of works available for purchase, from literary classics to timeless kids books and historical and biographical favorites. Sale will also be taking place during a limited time frame on Sunday. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 703-248-5034.

Playtime with Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy to infants and children through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. General conversation group for adults learning English as a second language. Meets every Monday at the regular time. No resistration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 7 – 8:30 p.m. 703-2485034.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Touch a Truck at the Library: Department of Public Works. Machines and workers from the Falls Church City Department of Public Works will visit the library for attendees of all ages to come and explore the department’s equipment through touch. All machines will be located in the library parking lot. Drop-in. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) 3 – 4 p.m. 703-248-5034.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 “Wig Out!” When Eric falls for the handsome Wilson on the subway, he doesn’t know what he’s in for. Because Wilson is also Nina, a rising drag star in The House of Light, and when a competing house calls a ball for midnight, Eric is drawn into battle. Part turf war, part pageant, all conquest, “Wig Out!” is a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture by way of Ovid, Jay-Z, and Destiny’s Child. From the acclaimed author of “The Brother/Sister Trilogy” and “Choir Boy” comes a dazzling spectacle. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $50. 8 p.m. studiotheatre.org.

THURSDAY, 2 SATURDAY,FEBRUARY AUGUST 12 “The King and I.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, “The King and I” tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. This


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Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is “too beautiful to miss,” according to New York magazine, boasting a score with such beloved standards as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” The kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.). 7:30 p.m. $50. kennedy-center.org.

“A Grand Night for Singing.” In thirty years, NextStop has never produced a single work by Rodgers and Hammerstein. What better way to start than with a musical that takes all of R&H’s most iconic songs and gives them clever and unexpected meanings? Karen Vincent, last seen in her Helen-Hayes nominated performance as Kate in “Kiss Me Kate,” returns to NextStop’s stage. It is the ultimate light-hearted, tender, and uplifting theatrical experience.. NextStop Theatre (269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon) 8 p.m. $40. web.ovationtix.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 “BIG FISH.” “BIG FISH” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward’s larger-than- life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, “BIG FISH” reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and more extraordinary than life itself. Keegan Theatre (1742 Church St. NW, Washington, D.C.). $45. 3 p.m. keegantheatre. com.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, 2 THURSDAY,FEBRUARY AUGUST 10 Andrew O’Day. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6 p.m. 703-532-9283.

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p.m. 703-255-1566. Dashboard Confessional with The All-American Rejects and The Maine. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $30 – $55. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1900. Johnny Rawls Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-2419504.. Crooked Angels with The Walkaways and Alex Parez and the Hell Rojos. Iota Club & Cafe (2823 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $10. 8:30 p.m. 703-522-8340. An Evening with The Nighthawks.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 8 p.m. 703-2551566. Lyle Lovett & his Large Band. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $25 – $55. 8:30 p.m. 703-255-1900. Danny DeFonza. Townshend Bar at Café Kindred (450 N. Washington St., Falls Church) 8 p.m. 571-327-2215

DIXIELAND DIRECT will be at JV’s Restaurant in Falls Church on Sunday. (Photo: Band Mix)

Josh Allen Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.

St., Falls Church). $15. 9 p.m. 703237-0300.

Kara & Matty D. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333

Chris Brunn. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Jumpin’ Jupiter. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Mary Chapin Carpenter. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $28 – $60. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1900. Dan Navarro “Let Her Ride” Record Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $25. 8 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Ari Jacobson. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-237-8333.

2nd Sole Band Live and in Concert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Eli Pafumi + Throwing Plates + Kendrick Ryan. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15. 7:30

Completely Unchained: The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute. The State Theatre (220 N Washington

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Dixieland Direct. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Gabe Stillman with Mark Wenner. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Braddock Station Garrison. Iota Club & Cafe (2823 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) $10. 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340

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

Venn + Looms + Flowerbomb. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $10 – $20. 8 p.m. 703255-1566.

Aztec Two-Step “Naked” CD Release Show. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $25 – $30. 7 p.m. 703-255-1566.

Wolf Blues Jam Weekly Show. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Lifehouse with Switchfoot and Brynn Elliott. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $30 – $55. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1900.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

Rusted Root. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $25 – $27. 8 p.m. 703237-0300.

19th Street Band. Ireland’s Four Provinces (105 W. Broad St., Falls Church) 7:30 p.m. 703-534-8999. Mike Dawes + Trevor Gordon Hall. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $12 – $20. 7:30

p.m. 703-255-1566. Pilobolus Maximus: Beyond the Limits of Dance. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $40 – $75. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1900. Dan Hovey Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703-241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Elvis Presley 40th Anniversary Tribute Show with THE ROCKITS Big Band and RANDOLL RIVERS. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 7 p.m. 703-2551566. Open Mic Night featuring Vernon Santmyer and his band. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340. Open Mic Night with Alex Parez (Sign-up starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. in main lounge). Iota Club & Cafe (2823 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) 8:30 p.m. 703522-8340

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NIMBY’s Sentiment Rages Over ADUs At Whittier Site

Yates Among 21 Priests Defrocked By Episcopalian Bishop of Virginia

A petition circulated to neighbors and other citizens of Falls Church and its environs drew strong statements of opposition to the Falls Church City Council’s plans to locate eight so-called “Affordable dwelling units” (ADUs) on the Whittier site. The petitions, many with strong remarks from citizens attached, were presented to the City Council Monday night by Andy Rausch, whose name appeared on each copy. They charged that a “small group of insiders got together and changed what we all expected on Whittier.” The petition represented a new level of “NIMBY” (Not In My Back Yard) mentality by many neighbors to the Whittier site that figured extensively into the City’s original development goals for the property.

Attorneys for the defecting members of The Falls Church will be in Fairfax Circuit Court Friday seeking a summary dismissal of the consolidated suit filed by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal denomination, nationally, aimed at their retaining control of the church property. Since the defectors voted to remove themselves from the Episcopal denomination last December, they have held control of the property and refused access to an organized group of nondefecting Episcopalians that formerly worshipped there.

Longtime Resident of Falls Church, Kathryn Ripley, Passes Away at 102 A longtime resident of Falls Church City, Mrs. Ripley was born on a farm in Leamington, Ontario, Canada in 1914. She moved with her husband, Stephen S. Ripley (deceased in 1965) to Falls Church in 1956. In 1965 Kathryn was forced by the death of her husband to find employment, in a man’s world, that paid enough to keep a roof over her children’s heads, no small feat in 1960s America. She began teaching, first at a private academy near Bailey’s Crossroads and then moved on to a job at the National Education Association. These experiences led her to become part of the original staff of the Northern Virginia Community College. She was responsible for Program Evaluation Review Technique charting and the entire pro-

cess of opening the college from the planning right through to the opening day. After that, Kate remarried and spent time travelling. She lived in New York City for a time and returned to Reston where she was instrumental in starting the Reston Arts Program. Kate returned to Falls Church in 1981 and began her unpaid career as a docent and chair of docents at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and a founding member of the docent program at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. She performed these duties, as well as being involved with the senior council in Falls Church City, for over 20 years until she was 91. Kate was an avid smocker, making over 50 hand-smocked

dresses for her granddaughter. You knew you meant something to her if you were the recipient of one of these pieces of art. Even with her vision failing, Kate continued to teach English smocking to a new generation of fabric artists. Kate is survived by her twin daughters, Margaret Louise Ripley of Toronto, Ontario and Kathryn Jane Ripley of Fairfax, her son, Stephen S. Ripley of Arlington, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. There will be no public service. If you would like to make a donation in her honor, the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind would be an appropriate choice, as would any of the fine hospice organizations in this area. May she rest in peace.

AS SWEET AS SHE IS PRETTY is Miss Mae Mobley Potts, a proud member of Potts family. When she’s not raising her pup, Jack Potts, she’s lounging on the family’s front porch and eagerly awaiting Jefferson students to come by and rub her belly. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to crittercorner@fcnp.com.

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7027 Haycock #G | Falls Church

2 BD/2.5 BA, spectacular two level condo that feels more like a townhouse. Huge patio, 2 parking spaces and Storage. Seconds to WFC Metro! Offered at $555,000

502 W Broad St #321 | Falls Church City

Beautiful & spacious 2 BD/2 BA condo in The Broadway. Gleaming hardwoods, private balcony overlooking quiet courtyard, 2 garage parking spaces, and 2 storage units. Fantastic location! Offered at $549,000

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1004 Broadmont Terr. | Falls Church City

Lovely 4 BD/2.5 BA brick home on cul de sal in desirable Broadmont neighborhood. Less than a mile to metro and huge private lot. Offered at $800,000

405 Hillwood Ave | Falls Church City

Pristine 4 BD/2.5 BA town home in Whittier Park. Many updates and shows beautifully. 2 car garage and walk to all that Falls Church City has to offer. Offered at $839,000

710 W Broad St, Falls Church VA 22046 ~ 703-596-5303 Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

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Falls Church, Spacious and Gracious! Stunning mouldings throughout this seven bedroom, six bath Gem. Hardwood floors, custom plantation shutters, large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, maple cabinets and custom tile floor. High ceilings, bay windows, recessed lighting and a fully finished lower lever. $745,000. 7004 Hickory Hill Road, Falls Church.

SOLD 2200 N. Westmoreland St. #531 Arlington, VA 22213 Beautiful 1BR+Den on the Penthouse level in the WestLee! Pecan Floors, High Ceilings, Granite Counters and SS Kitchen! MUST SEE! Sold Price $398,000.

SOLD 259 Gundry Drive Falls Church VA 22046

Completely updated 3 level townhouse in Winter Hill. 3BR/2 Full Bath/2 Half Baths, Open Kitchen, Updated Baths New SS appliances, HVAC & Hot Water Heater, Fresh Paint Sales Price $642,000. SOLD PRICE $648,000

4633 B 28th Rd S Arlington VA 22205

Beautiful 2 level condo 2BR/1BA in The Arlington. Updated floors. Wood burning fireplace. Sales Price $310,000.

OPEN SATURDAY 12-2pm 200 N Maple Ave #401 Falls Church VA 22046 Beautiful and spacious 1BR condo in FCC! Fresh paint. Large, open space on 4th floor in fantastic location! Enjoy the pool before the end of summer! Sales Price $247,500

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