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The Taste of Falls Church is this Saturday and with it comes the fall edition of the News-Press’s Food and Dining special issue. Find features on two local coffee houses, the return of F.C. barbecue, the recent rise of the Little City’s dining scene, plus more inside. Café Kindred (R 1)

• Buffalo Shrimp Grits = 1 ticket • Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Capicola = 1 ticket • Reuben Sliders = 1 ticket • Tiramisu (V) = 1 ticket

Flippin' Pizza (R 2)

• Slice of Cheese Pizza (V) = 1 ticket • Slice of Pepperoni Pizza = 1 ticket

SEE FOOD & DINING, PAGES 15 – 24 Hot N Juicy Crawfish (R 5) • Crawfish Po'Boy = 2 tickets • Fried Pork Skins = 1 ticket • Fried Brownies = 1 ticket

Jason's Deli (R 4)

• New Orleans Muffaletta = 1 ticket • Chicken Pasta Primo = 1 ticket • Nutty Mixed Up Salad (V) = 1 ticket • The Plain Jane Potato (V) = 1 ticket • Mac & Cheese (V) = 1 ticket • Pumpkin Coffee Cake (V) = 1 ticket

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At a meeting to discuss name changes for J.E.B. Stuart High School, a majority nominated a teenage civil rights pioneer as the potential replacement. (V) Indicates a Vegetarian Menu Option

Smart Growth Coalition Hails F.C. Approval of Novel Cottage Cluster MENU SELECTIONS

Railroad Ave. Project Finally a ‘Go’ With 5-2 Council Vote

Liberty Barbecue (R 9)

• Brisket Slider with Picked Onion and Queso = 1 ticket • Side Sampler: Red Bliss Potato Salad and Baked Beans = 1 ticket

Northside Social Falls Church (R 10)

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Sfizi Café (R 7)

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Sweet Rice Thai Restaurant (R 14) • Spring Roll (V) = 1 ticket • Pad Thai Tofu (V) = 2 tickets • Drunken Noodle Chicken = 2 tickets • Panang Chicken= 2 tickets • Mango Sticky Rice (V) = 2 tickets



Trio Grill (R 12)

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Whole Foods Market Tysons (R 8)

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Zinga Frozen Yogurt (R 3) • Frozen Yogurt (V) = 1 ticket Non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased near Ticket Booth 2. Some restaurants may also offer non-alcoholic beverages for sale.

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Calendar .......30–31 Classified Ads .....32 Comics, Sudoku & Crossword ..........33 Critter Corner......34 Business News ...35

PUBLIC EDUCATION proponents assembled in East Falls Church last week included (left to right): Lynda Robb, Pam Northam, Dorothy McAuliffe and Anne Holton. (P����: N���-P����)

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At a forum in the Westover Library in Arlington’s East Falls Church district last week, four of the most powerful women in Virginia lined up to share their support for public education, made poignant by how it is constantly under attack from proponents of vouchers and budget cuts as reflective of this November’s gubernatorial election. It was led by former Virginia first lady and daughter of late

president Lyndon Johnson, Lynda Robb; educator and wife of Virginia lieutenant governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pam Northam; Dorothy McAuliffe, educational advocate and wife of current Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe; and former Virginia education secretary and wife of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Anne Holton. Robb noted that her father, President Johnson, held that “the architects of the nation’s future are teachers.” Northam said that “K-12 education is

the bedrock of our democracy.” McAuliffe,a supporter of early childhood nutritional programs, said, “There is no more valuable investment than education,” and Holton decried the “teacher shortage” in Virginia, noting that “we’re always asking our teachers to do more for less,” to the point that many teachers are on food stamps and need to take second jobs to make ends meet. She said that “the strongest teachers should be working at our neediest schools.”

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Buoyed by a strong endorsement from the influential regional Coalition for Smarter Growth, the Falls Church City Council Monday night gave final approval by a 5-2 vote for a special zoning exception to permit development of a cluster of 10 senior age-restricted 1,500-square foot bungalow-style cottages on Railroad Avenue in the City. The unique project is the brainchild of F.C.-based realtor Theresa Twiford, who elicited the support of local developer Bob Young. It won approval despite fierce opposition from some of the neighbors to the location, which is tucked adjacent the W&OD trail on the fringes of the City boundary One of the strongest arguments in support of the plan came from Stewart Schwartz, head of the regionally-influential Coalition for Smarter Growth. He appeared at the hearing to lodge his strong support for the novel housing model, congratulating Falls Church for “leading the way” with the first in the region housing model. “It will enhance the community and property values, providing for diversity and reducing the carbon footprint,” he said. The final approval completed a year-long process that began with the Council OK’ing a change to permit construction of such cottage clusters as a matter of policy. That was followed by the specific Railroad Avenue plan that took months to gain Monday’s final OK. In the end, it was in the spirit of the original allowance for cottage

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At Stuart High School Renaming Meeting, Many Favor Change to Civil Rights Pioneer BY MATT DELANEY


The first steps toward the renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School were taken last Saturday as the community gathered for a three-hour meeting in the school’s auditorium. There, attendees advocated for specific names with a majority nominating a teenage civil rights pioneer as the potential replacement, while County officials reviewed the steps that would follow in the process set to take hold over the next two months. Important dates to note going forward include next Saturday’s Stuart pyramid community vote to determine the top three name choices for the soon-to-be renamed high school and Fairfax County Public Schools’ Superintendent Scott Brabrand will deliver his recommendation to the school board on Sept. 28. On Oct. 16, the board will have a regular work session to determine which name possesses an optimal combination of the community’s input and the school system’s values and the board will then deliver their final selection for

Stuart’s new name at the regular school board meeting on Oct. 26. All in all, the meeting had a different tone from the contentious work sessions and board meetings leading up to the school board’s vote last month to approve the name change. Over 100 attendees were respectful to one another and showed a willingness to engage in every aspect of the forum. A bulk of the meeting centered around an allotted period that permitted brief advocacy for the school’s new name. Teenage civil rights activist Barbara Rose Johns, a Prince Edward County, Virginia native, was trumpeted the most, as attendees felt it would serve as proper reconciliation for a school named after Confederate general. “Barbara Rose Johns was clearly the first choice more than any other name. Not a single person objected to Johns,” attendee Ken Longmyer said. “‘Place names don’t teach anything. More than 30 schools in the county are named after people. Johns is a healing name.” Johns’ rose to prominence in the early 1950s when she served as one of the four cases making up

the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education Supreme Court case that disbanded the “separate but equal” argument for lawful segregation of public schools. Other recurring names were neutral, geographic ones, such as Munson Hill or Peace Valley. Munson Hill was the originally planned name for Stuart High School before the school board decided to make a late switch to Stuart in 1958, while Peace Valley is the street the school is currently located on. Those who favored a location-specific name believed it would mend the divide more efficiently than choosing another name that gave credence to one group of people over another. Parents of current, former or prospective students, some teachers and Stuart alumni as well as community members at-large made up a majority of those who advocated for new names. About a dozen current students were in the audience, with four electing to speak. The ACT test and other extra curricular activities prevented more students from attending, but it did raise the question as to why student involve-


ment wasn’t a greater focal point during the meeting’s scheduling. In court documents of an denied injunction into the school board’s process obtained by the News-Press, a school official’s testimony revealed that a majority of the 10,000 letters alerting Stuart pyramid residents to the meeting were sent home with students (9,635). Although some, such as Springfield district representative Elizabeth Schultz, were slightly bothered that Saturday’s gathering will be the only one of its kind. She said she generally favors multiple opportunities for community input on major issues. It’s also worth mentioning that a key aspect of what helped pass the motion to change Stuart’s name was an addendum that included keeping the name “Stuart” in school’s new name in “the spirit of compromise.” Few of the community speakers at the meeting found that to be an appropriate solution to the renaming process, giving the impression that the alteration was more about politicking than actually governing. Mason district representative Sandy Evans, who authored the motion, clarified that the addendum was a suggestion — not a mandate — that the board felt was important to offer to the community. The renaming itself

didn’t require nor was contingent on keeping the Stuart name for it to be legitimately considered. Braddock district representative Megan McLaughlin agreed with her fellow board member. “That part of the motion represented the board’s sensitivity to the fractured community mindset,” McLaughlin said, adding that it was an effort to pay respect to the name’s history in the community. “[But] the board will use our best judgment to determine which name will help heal the community moving forward.” Next Saturday’s vote will not definitively decide the school’s new name. Instead, it will be a recommendation from the community to Brabrand, who will use their input to guide his recommendation to the school board. The board will then deliberate during their October work session and meeting on which name best fits a county school. The vote will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Stuart High School. Only those who currently reside in the Stuart pyramid will be permitted to vote; there are no age restrictions on who can vote but there can only be one vote per household. Proof of residence is required to vote. For information on how to provide proof of residence, visit

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clusters as an alternative housing model that won the day on the Council, with the crucial approvals coming from Council members Letty Hardi and Karen Oliver for just that reason. They both cited their support for alternative housing models as grounds for their approval of the Railroad Avenue plan, saying that moderately priced alternatives to the City’s dominant focus on large single family homes, and in this case, restricted for senior use, constituted their grounds for support. Once those two Council members went on record in support Monday night, the die was cast, and the remaining expected “yes” votes from Phil Duncan, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly and Dan Sze only sealed the outcome. Mayor David Tarter and Councilman David Snyder voted “no” on grounds argued by those neighbors to the site who were opposed, that it was crammed into too small an area and that parking

and emergency access issues were not adequately addressed. Connelly also stressed the argument made by the developer that the alternative for the site would be four large single family homes that could be built “by right” which would be even more dense than the cottage cluster, in terms of floor-to-area ratios and which would involve no restrictions on parking and no improvements to the Railroad Avenue itself, which under the cottage plan will tender the approval from the Fairfax Park Authority to grant an easement on its land to widen the street to 16 feet. In his testimony, the Smarter Growth coalition’s Schwartz said his nonprofit, dedicated to promoting walkable, inclusive and transit-oriented communities, has “closely followed planning in Falls Church and have led three planning-oriented walking tours of the community in recent years...including a delegation from Sacramento to view the success of Falls Church, and led a

campaign to win regional funding for the Capital Bikeshare in Falls Church.” He said a close review of the Railroad cottages application led to the group’s “strong support” for its approval. “There is a tremendous need for housing in Northern Virginia and the region, including housing scaled to meet the needs of downsizing empty nesters. Cottage neighborhoods have been very successful in Seattle. I believe this will be one of the first projects in our region.” He said, “The project is well designed and will enhance the community and property values. People are looking to live interesting, walkable neighborhoods with easy access to transit, recreation and services. These cottages offer this and will see very high demand and prices per square foot.” “Sustainability features including solar and geothermal will combine with the location and transportation options to reduce the carbon footprint and help fight climate change,” he added.

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F.C. Ministers Stand Together Vs. Racism

An unprecedented coming together of pastors and ministry leaders in the Falls Church area has coalesced behind a strongly-worded statement expressing, it says, “with a unified voice, our sorrow over the tragic events in Charlottesville,” underscoring “the broken state of our commonwealth, our country and the world.” The group joins with similar leaders in Richmond, Virginia, standing in solidarity to express the sentiment. The statement resolves “to preach, teach and advocate against the sins of racism,” adding, “We resolve to lead in the way of love, and to seek ways to heal the divisions that separate races and cultures in our city. We resolve to listen to those who have been wounded and dehumanized by racism. We resolve to pray fervently for God’s healing and reconciliation. We resolve to help our churches become more hospitable and welcoming communities to diverse people.” The initial signators to the statement include Dr. James Baucom Jr. of the Columbia Baptist Church, The Rev. Jeanne Brenneis, chaplain of the Capital Caring Hospice of North Arlington’s Rock Springs United Church of Christ, the Rev. Michael Hinson for the St. Stephens and St. Agnes School and the Falls Church Episcopal, the Rev. Dr. M. Davies Kirkland of the Dulin United Methodist Church, the Rev. John Ohmer of the Falls Church Episcopal, James Sledge, pastor of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Denise Wilson of the Rock Christian Center of Falls Church and the Rev. Dr. John Yates II of the Falls Church Anglican. Those initiating this joint statement, according to Rev. Ohmer, include Baucom, Kirkland, Yates and himself. They’ve formed a website to invite others to sign on, as well. This kind of thing is quite new to Falls Church. “We affirm that every human being is created in the image of God, and therefore carries the inherent value and dignity of God’s design,” the statement reads. “We affirm that the variety of human cultures on earth is a beautiful expression of God’s love for diversity.” It then states, “We reject the ideology of white supremacy, including anti-semitism, as an unqualified evil, a denunciation of the gospel and a heresy which wars against God’s design for human culture and creation. We reject the notion that white people, or any collection of humans of any culture, are superior to any other. We reject any ideology that seeks to erect or maintain divisions that God has torn down.” Finally, it added that “We repent because the church has been complicit in the sins of racism, either through the defense of slavery, segregation, and discrimination, or through passive silence and inactivity...We repent of our own racism, fear and hatred, both conscious and unconscious. We repent of our reluctance to be agents of healing and reconciliation in our churches, in our cilty and in our nation.” This is a good start. We concur with it and hope the list of those who do also grows.


School Should be Renamed For Barbara Rose Johns Editor, It would be great if the Falls Church News-Press would endorse a “Barbara Rose Johns High School” for our community. At the community meeting Saturday, the great majority of participants, and all of the students and younger speakers, clearly favored a “Barbara Rose Johns High School.” If the vote had taken place on Saturday, I am confident that “Johns” would have

been first choice. People said they supported a “Johns High School” because Johns was a transformational figure in Virginia history. They also wanted to honor her because she was young, female and a person of color. They emphasized that a school named after Johns would inform and inspire other young people. Not a single speaker expressed any misgivings about a “Johns High School.”


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The other contending names included “Marshall,” “Stuart,” “Peace Valley,” “Crossroads,” “Munson Hill” and “Mendez.” All of these names have serious drawbacks, however. In an effort to circumvent the School Board regulation governing duplicative and confusing names, a few advocates for a “Thurgood Marshall High School” campaigned for a “Justice High School, “ to be known informally as “Justice Marshall High School.” Some revanchist advocates for “J.E.B. Stuart High School,” the “Keepers,” hope to circumvent the School Board decision to rename our high school by voting for a “Stuart High School,” a

distinction without a difference. Several “Stuart “supporters” said they would not vote for a person of color and that they will vote for a place name instead, such as “Munson Hill” or “Peace Valley.” On this coming Saturday, households in the Stuart Attendance Area will be allowed to propose first, second and third choice names. Some of the supporters for a “Johns High School” did not seem to realize that second and third choice votes for place names, combined with the place name votes of the “Keepers,” could eliminate Johns as the frontrunner. (I will vote for “Johns” only.)

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Falls Church City voters will find something new when they go to the polls on November 7 — new voting equipment. It’s part of a Virginia-wide effort to improve election security throughout the Commonwealth, and the City’s Electoral Board and I are enthusiastic about introducing it to you. To make it work, though, we need your cooperation. Here’s the background: For several years election officials nationwide have had concerns about the security of voting equipment known as Direct Recording Electronic, or DRE, machines. A few years ago the General Assembly made it illegal to purchase any DRE voting systems after July 1, 2020. Then, this summer, an annual computer hacking conference called DefCon made national headlines when participants successfully hacked voting equipment. One system, called WinVote, was hacked in 15 minutes. Other systems were hacked in under two hours. WinVote had previously been used in Fairfax and Arlington Counties as well as many other localities in the Commonwealth, though not in the City of Falls Church. It had been decertified by the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) two years ago. Falls Church has used the Hart Intercivic Voting System (HVS), and its eSlate com-

ponent, a DRE, since 2005. The eSlate neither uses a touch screen nor does it have wireless features, the most common issues that have caused other DRE systems like WinVote to be decertified. It’s important to note that, although the system Falls Church has been using for over a decade has been

“The Council voted unanimously to procure a new voting system.” decertified, we consider every election we have conducted with it to have been accurate and have no reason to think the results of any election were compromised at any time. However, ours was one of the nowbanned DRE systems, so the Falls Church City Electoral Board and I began working with the City Council to replace it. Under our timeline, we were planning to receive new equipment next January, allowing us to use the June 2018 primary elections to introduce the new system to voters. But the DREs that had been hacked at DefCon included several that were widely used in Virginia. The Commonwealth decided to review immediately the security of those DRE systems that were not part of the DefCon exercise, including our eSlate

system. The Electoral Board and I saw the writing on the wall, and set out to ensure we would be prepared for the start of absentee voting on September 22, no matter what decision was reached. Working with the City Manager’s office and the City Finance Office, we reviewed Virginia Procurement law and, given our limited timeframe, were preparing to ask the City Council for approval to procure a new system, should our equipment be decertified before the election. And it was. In emergency session the State Board of Elections [SBE], after reviewing the equipment testing report, voted to decertify all DRE equipment in the Commonwealth, including our system. They announced that decision last Friday – two weeks before the start of absentee voting. With a suddenly compressed and compelling deadline, we appeared before the City Council on Monday to inform its members of our current status. The Council voted unanimously to procure a new voting system. The Electoral Board and my office chose the Hart Intercivic VERITY election system, a paper-based digital scanning system certified at the federal and state levels – in fact, only paper-based digital scanning systems are now certified for use in Virginia. VERITY comes with a touch writer that complies with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] and is similar to the ADA features on our previous system.

Each scanner sits on a ballot box that securely holds the paper ballots throughout the election and gives election officers a tangible ballot that can be used for audits and recounts. We are now acceptance-testing VERITY; early indications are that it is very voterfriendly. We will work with city officials and civic groups to introduce voters to the new system, and we encourage you to take advantage of the familiarization opportunities that will soon be announced. Meanwhile, you can go to to check your voter registration status and update it if necessary. You can also apply for a mail-in absentee ballot – remember, if you expect to leave the City of Falls Church for any reason on Election Day, you are eligible to vote early in-person or by-mail absentee. If you are not already registered, the deadline to register for the November 7 General Election is Monday, October 16. You may either register in our office by 5pm on that date, mail the paper registration form postmarked by October 16, or go to the above website to update your voter registration. You must have a DMV-issued ID card such as a driver’s license to verify your identity and signature.  David Bjerke is the director of the Falls Church Elections and General Registrar.

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Some who oppose Johns, Marshall and Mendez, claim that schools named after people are controversial and divisive and want the County to stop naming schools after people, although Fairfax County already has seven high schools named after people. This cop-out could prevent Fairfax County from having its first high school named after a young woman, or person of color. Ken Longmyer Via the Internet

Oppose Supporters Of Unsustainable, Outdated Schools Editor, It is time for those of us who live and work in the 21st century to oppose those who seem determined to support an unsustainable outdated and costly school system born in the 1950s and nurtured by discrimination, elitism and perhaps fear! Read Ira Kaylin’s factfilled report on the blog The Falls Church Post to see how clear and concise his points are. Compare this to the information by proponents of the referendum and see how their “facts” are exaggerated, vague and, at best, misleading! Example — a stated tax reduction — when is the last time we saw a reduction in any taxes? Point — at the meeting on Sept. 10 we were told that it was to be “an information only session,” not a for or against presentation. The material was presented as a mar-

keting tool for the positive results of “yes” votes and the negative results of a “no” vote. The tone from both speakers was definitely in favor of “Yes for Falls Church.” I respect the efforts but not the “home team”delivery. Reputable people familiar with financial projections clearly state it would take several times the acreage available for commercial businesses to raise enough revenue to support the building and maintenance of a new high school. If the school continues to devour a larger share of the pie (76 percent of the budget) then what happens to the rest of the city’s structure? Aware and competent people see a problem developing and plan/ organize actions so the option(s) are manageable rather than restrictive. A city’s officials (and editors) should represent their citizens’ concerns with equal consideration and focus for fiscal responsibility regardless of their personal views. Our leaders need to affect changes that will secure this city’s operational and financial futures and to better prepare our citizens and students for the challenges and diversity of the present and future! Which road are we going to travel in Falls Church? John Boeddeker Falls Church

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nation’s 50 states in teacher salary levels, and Jim Livingston, president of the Virginia Education Association present at the forum, noted that even beyond salaries, teachers value the resources they need to do their jobs well. “This is more important to them than money,” he said. Other important figures at the Thursday event included State Senator Barbara Favola, Princess Moss of the National Education Association, Jim Wittington of the

Virginia Education Association and Ingrid Gant of the Arlington Education Association. Amanda Blanchard of the Falls Church Education Association was also present. The outcome of the November election between Democrat Ralph Northam’s support for public education and his Republican opponent’s preference for vouchers and tax cuts (when 37 percent of the state budget is dedicated to education) “will determine whether public education lives or dies in Virginia,” Holton said.



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NEWS BRIEFS Referendum, Council & School Candidate Events Set Events to highlight key local factors on the ballot for voters in the City of Falls Church will be held in the next two weeks, beyond information booths set for the annual Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church event this Saturday. On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Falls Church League of Women Voters and Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society will co-host a debate on the school bond referendum that will be held from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public and will feature an “Oxford Style” debate where the audience casts ballots for or against in advance, and then again after the debate to see if and how opinions were influenced. Then, the broadbased Community Issues Forum that includes participation from both the Democratic and Republican committees, the Citizens for a Better City and the F.C. Chamber of Commerce and more will host question and answer sessions for City Council and School Board candidates in the Nov. 7 election. The Council candidates — six candidates seeking four seats — will appear on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 130 Hall, 400 N. Oak St. The School Board candidates — also six seeking four seats — will appear at the same location on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the same time and location. On the November ballot for City Council are Marybeth Connolly, Ross Litkenhous, Spencer Parsons, Dan Maller, David Snyder and Dan Sze. For School Board area Greg Anderson, Richard Crespin, Alison Kutchma, Shannon Litton, Shawna Russell and Lawrence Webb.

F.C. Council Votes to Replace Voting Machines An emergency meeting of the Virginia State Board of Elections last Friday decertified the voting machines used by the City of Falls Church in its elections in a like manner to moves in jurisdictions throughout the state, based on new developments that have made hacking of the systems a plausible risk. As reported by the Falls Church Registrar David Bjerke and the local Electoral Board (see Guest Commentary, page 7), alternative machines known as “digital scanners” with provision for effective “paper trails,” were identified for a swift substitution this week in advance of the beginning of absentee balloting for this Nov. 7 election, and the City Council voted the funds Monday to acquire them in time for use in time for this election.

Gunshot Sounds Investigated Near Lake Barcroft Fairfax County Police detectives are investigating a report of gunshot sounds, which were corroborated by the discovery of shell casings, near the 3800 block of Birchwood Road in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood on Thursday, Sept 8. Officers responded to a report that residents heard gunshots just after midnight this morning though found no evidence at the time. Around noon this afternoon, officers returned to the neighborhood when a resident reported finding shell casings on the street in front of their home. The officers then collected the evidence and began canvassing the area. Police spokesman Don Gotthardt said there are no leads into who fired the weapon or what kind of weapon was fired, but police haven’t found any objects or homes in the vicinity that were physically impacted by gunshot fire. According to Gotthardt, there is a belief that the heavy rains from the previous evening may have moved the shell casings from their original location and is affecting the detectives' search for the exact origin of the gunfire.

No Contest Plea in Police Officer Crash Fairfax County Police Officer Pshko Siteki appeared in Fairfax County General District Court Wednesday morning and pleaded “no contest” to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge that resulted from a Falls Church car crash he was involved in on Feb. 18. Siteki, who has been with the department for two years, was responding to a call when his marked 2011 Ford Crown Victoria collided with a van making a left turn at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Patrick Henry Drive. An investigation revealed the officer was traveling over the speed limit and did not have his emergency equipment activated. He had been placed on restricted duty without police powers pending the outcome of the ongoing administrative investigation. Chief Edwin Roessler said he will make a determination regarding the Siteki’s future with the department when the administrative investigation is complete. The judge fined the officer $250.

Health Insurance Coverage Grows in Virginia The number and share of Virginians with health insurance continued to increase in Virginia in 2016, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau, the Commonwealth Institute reports. The share of Virginians without health insurance dropped to 8.7 percent in 2016 from 12.3 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the national rate dropped to 8.6 percent in 2016 from 14.5 in 2013.

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Community News & Notes

PARKED OUTSIDE of St. James Catholic Church on the corner of Park Ave. and Spring St. was a Penske truck collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey which struck southeast Texas over two weeks ago. Father Posey, the parish’s pastor, said about the relief efforts, “Whether the crisis is near or far, at home or halfway across the world, our community bands together.” The truck left for Beaumont, Texas on Monday. (photo: Courtesy Catholic Diocese of Arlington)

Dine Out Days Coming to Falls Church Next Few Weeks

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Two “Dine Out for People with Disabilities” events in Falls Church during September will benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On Thursday, September 14, Pizzeria Orso (400 S. Maple St., Falls Church) and Original Pancake House (7395 Lee Hwy., Falls Church) will host a Dine Out Day. The Original Pancake House will also host another Dine out Day by itself on Thursday, September 28. Both restaurants will be donating 15 percent of dining all day long to support the work of The Arc of Northern Virginia. For more

Anti-Gun Violence Concert Set for Sept. 23


A concert to help end gun violence will be held at the Falls Church City Farmer’s Market, Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. – noon. A coalition of local gun violence prevention groups is supporting the Falls Church Concert as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the gun violence epidemic in America. This will be one of several concerts held across the U.S., and globally, each connected via social media and online at This year

the “Concert Across America” will attempt to break an official Guinness World Record by singing the same song during a specific period of time. “As we lift up our voices against gun violence, let’s remember the more than 32,000 people – many of them being children – are killed by guns every year in the U.S.” Martina Leinz, President, Brady Campaign, Northern Virginia Chapter The Lineups for the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” are: Larry of the Big Cheese Band & His Music Students & All Supporters. Singers are invited to join in the singalong, to the song “Nothing More” by the Alternate Routes. Speakers include: Kate Ranta, Domestic

JOINING THE EFFORT to provide aid to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida is Daniel Moss, who is collecting donations for Daisy Fresh Cleaning Company. (Photo: Courtesy Connie Mason) and gun violence survivor and co-founder of Women Against the Violence Epidemic, Northern Virginia State Delegates, Falls Church City Police Department and Members of the Falls Church City Council. For more information about the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence visit:

Spirito Piano Duo Take the Stage this Sunday Spirito Piano Duo consists of Victoria Wyatt and Mariko Hiller, who are both pianists and educators, and will be performing at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church) on Sunday September 17 at 4

p.m. The duo aims to entertain the audience with performances and programs that focus on their twin pianos that most regular music goers won’t encounter very often. The program consists of “Symphonic Dances from the West Side Story” for two pianos, “Six Etudes in form of Canon,” “Paganini Variations,” “American Dance Suite,” and many more. Suggested donation is $20. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, visit, or e-mail at

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HONORED BY BEING NAMED to the Virginia School Boards Association “Media Honor Roll” for 2017 at Tuesday’s F.C. School Board meeting was Nicholas Benton (right), owner and editor of the Falls Church News-Press. It was the seventh time Benton has been named for the honor based on his work “aiding this community in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for the children who attend them.” A certi�icate was presented by Falls Church City Public School’s Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan (left) and School Board chair Lawrence Webb. (Photo: News-Press) and leaves at this free workshop to be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Cherry Hill Picnic Shelter (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) from 2 – 4 p.m. The free program will include a composting demonstration, making compost tea, proper food waste composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Participants will have a chance in a raffle for a free compost bin for yard waste. To register, call Sandy Tarpinian at 703-536-7186 or send an e-mail to

Genealogical Society Holds Two Events Next Weekend On Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm, the Fairfax Genealogical Society monthly meeting and the accompanying program, “Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins,” will be presented by Rich Venezia. On Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. – noon, the Genealogical Society will host an educational class titled, “Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors,” also presented by Rich Venezia. Both events will take place at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station (2148 Gallows Road, Vienna). More information can be found at

New Non-Profit Aimed to Help Caregivers Stay Put Where You Love, a non-profit organization, works

with adults, children and seniors who stay at home or live with a family member while a loved one works full time who may need help in providing care. Research shows that the eldercare business is growing and there is a lot of need for in-home care as seniors are choosing to “age in place” instead of moving to a senior living community. Stay Put is different from the other homecare providers as they aim to assist lower income populations who often cannot afford this service. They charge clients according to income on a sliding scale basis. Volunteers can be provided to help clients with grocery shopping, household chores and transportation to medical appointments. Stay Put also has contact with other healthcare providers who can provide the best healthcare services. The organization is still looking for volunteers and members for its board of directors. To inquire about that, or to become a client, visit or contact Sharifa Alekozai at 703-752-6281 or e-mail her at saleko@spwyl. org.

Harvest Happenings Kicks Off In Two Weeks McLean Community Center’s Harvest Happenings fall festival will be held at St. Luke’s School (7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean) this year, due to the ongoing renovation of the center’s Ingleside Ave. facility. The event will be

held 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 30. Admission will be free for those who attend. Harvest Happenings helps young children, ages 3-8, discover and experience the joys of the changing season. Activities include stage entertainment by performers, The Amazing Kevin and Kidsinger Jim. Children also can enjoy a hands-on educational experience with farm animals at the Squeals on Wheels Traveling Petting Zoo area, as well as play several age-appropriate field games. Indoor activities include making a variety of fall-themed arts and crafts projects, including decorating small pumpkins, which must be purchased. Food service will be provided by Gourmet Delight food truck. For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711

Disney on Ice Comes to Fairfax and Features Moana Disney on Ice is returns to Fairfax at the Eagle Bank Arena (4500 Patriot Cir. Fairfax) with its show, Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. This year’s performances will feature Disney’s Moana for the very first time on stage, as well as bring back some of Disney’s favorites such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Belle, Elsa and Rapunzel. The show is playing from Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 8. Tickets went on sale in late July and are still widely available for purchase.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

News of Greater Falls Church By Supervisor Penny Gross

The recent catastrophic storms in Texas and Florida were covered by news media to an extent rarely seen, and brought human suffering and property damage up close, even though we are thousands of miles away from the disaster scenes. Nonetheless, most residents know that similar storms, inevitably, could have the same effect locally. It has happened before, and it will happen again. The only question is: when? Approximately 19,000 county residents and property owners live in, or near, areas with flooding risks in Fairfax County, including Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Flood insurance is mandatory for properties located in a SFHA that are financed with federally backed mortgages. This includes all loans from banking institutions with deposits guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Today’s zoning and building codes generally do not allow building in floodplains, or at least require significant mitigation from potential flooding. Nonetheless, some older structures in Mason District were built prior to such floodplain restrictions, and may be at risk today. Properties in a floodplain or a SFHA may flood at any time. While tidal surcharges in the Potomac River may not affect Mason District, inadequate overland relief during heavy storms, or adjacency to local streams during those same storms, can create significant flooding of private property here. Flash floods are the most dangerous, and may occur within a few minutes of excessive rainfall, a dam failure, or, in the winter, a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Overland

flooding occurs when rivers and streams overflow their banks. Sometime, the capacity of storm drains, designed to carry stormwater away from streets and yards, is exceeded. Protecting your property, and yourself, from flood hazards is important. Driving or walking, when you see flood waters, “Turn around – Don’t Drown.” The majority of the 126 people killed in flooding in 2016 made a common and fatal mistake of driving their vehicles into flood waters. Flood waters can camouflage a damaged or washed out roadway, and even a few inches of flood water can create a force strong enough to float a vehicle, or even flip it over. Stay safe; never try to cross a flooded roadway. There are many ways you can protect yourself, your family, and your property. Learn your flood hazard. If you are in a high-risk flood area, consider purchasing federal flood insurance. For more information, log on to Keep storm drains clear. This includes your own and the public storm drains down the street. Keep the drains free of litter. Plastic bottles and bags, food containers, cigarette butts, and more — if not disposed of properly, this trash will clog local storm drains, creating an unsightly mess, and impeding the flow of stormwater. Sign up for Fairfax Alerts on your electronic device: A little planning now will pay big dividends during the next big storm.  Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at

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Richmond Report The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area hosted a House of Delegates Candidate Forum on Monday. Questions were emailed or phoned in by the public. They covered a broad range of topics, all important to consider before voting. election. Here is a sample of the questions and my answers: 1. Several bills recommending methods for redistricting reform were proposed in 2016 [and 2017] and tabled in Committee. How can we get these bills out of Committee so that the entire House can vote on them? We desperately need redistricting reform in order to empower all voters. Our gerrymandered state has a General Assembly that does not reflect statewide election results, denying many voters a voice and resulting in a Congressional delegation that is not representative of Virginia. A Constitutional Amendment is the most effective legislative solution, but we face the stubborn problem of getting a bill out of Committee. There is only one way to solve that problem — by electing new Delegates and changing the House membership. The only way to elect new Delegates is to vote for new Delegates. Pretty simple. Our mantra should be “VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!” 2. Do you think Virginia needs no-excuse absentee voting? Yes. At minimum Virginia needs an opt-out motor voter system, universal absentee in-person voting, extended poll hours, a broadened emergency voting policy, and a fail-safe online registration system. I believe Virginia must increase voter access! Every year we hear bills from the majority party that will make voting more difficult — ranging from requiring a driver’s license ID to requiring proof of citizenship to limiting the days for absentee in-person voting. Voter registration is also targeted by legislation from the majority party. I have patroned, supported and voted for many bills which make voting more accessible. Again: “VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!” 3. Do you think we should maintain the ban on uranium mining? Yes. 4. Do you support expanding background checks to cover all gun sales? Yes. I also support prohibiting gun-carrying at demonstrations. For years I have filed bills banning guns from school property and have faced overwhelming NRA oppo-

sition whether the bill requires guns to be locked in a case when on school grounds, or bans all guns from all school property. Magazine size should be regulated and the one-gun-a-month law reinstated. The NYC police tell us that most of the illegal guns they confiscate come from Virginia! 5. How can we provide steady dedicated revenue for Metro? A dedicated revenue source requires agreement among the states sharing Metro service — an often elusive decision. First we must ensure that Metro is safe and accessible; then we look at revenue models from other states: a regional sales tax; special taxes in certain business zones where most employees use Metro; and incremental property tax based on the rising value of property adjacent to Metro stations, are among our options. A safe and well-funded Metro is key to this area’s economic development and environmental health. 6. Do you support the end of DACA? No, I do not. As Chair of the New Americans Caucus, I have long worked for immigrant rights including instate tuition for DACA students. I strongly support the efforts of our Attorney General, Mark Herring, Governor McAuliffe and our Lt. Governor, Ralph Northam, to prevent the elimination of DACA. Those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status are vetted more stringently than you or I ever would be before given authorization to work, to drive and to attend our universities. Ending this program is not only cruel and heartless, but is a terrible economic decision. According to the very conservative Cato Institute,deporting DACA status holders would cost over $60 billion and result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade. The Institute on Taxation and Economic policy estimates that there are 1.3 million young people enrolled in or eligible for DACA status who pay $2 billion in state and local taxes each year. There is no rational justification for ending DACA – only irrational justifications rooted in discrimination. More questions were posed at the forum. However, these are a fair representation of the concerns brought to us. The next forum is 7 p.m. on Oct.12 at Hayfield High School.


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Our Man in Arlington By Charlie Clark

Herewith some fresh details on one of Arlington’s most famous – and vanished – historic homes. Falls Grove, built in 1852 near the intersection of N. Glebe Rd. and Little Falls Rd., was the scene of luxury living and Civil War drama before its demolition in 1966. I’ve learned of one unsung effort to save it. The two-story white wood home with a triptych bowed window and a six-columned porch was built in 1852 by Gilbert Vanderwerken (1810-94). A Georgetown resident and coach line operator, he needed a summer residence and farmhouse to graze his horses. (Vanderverken’s other role in Arlington was operating the first stone quarries on the river banks off what is now Potomac Overlook Park.) The best dope on Falls Grove must be credited to historian Eleanor Lee Templeman. Her 1959 “Arlington Heritage” describes how after the First Battle of Bull Run, Vanderwerken – who stayed safely in Georgetown – allowed Union forces to set up a hospital in his home as well as a construction staging area for building nearby Fort Ethan Allen. General Winfield Scott Hancock used its carpentry shop as a headquarters, and President Lincoln himself visited the ailing troops. During that friendly occupation, Vanderwerken himself was

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once denied entry because he didn’t have the password, forcing him to ride all the way to Alexandria for Army help. After Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, Templeman reported, soldiers ransacked the home looking for the killer. The pain and death of soldiers in the hospital later spooked the neighbors, who circulated ghost stories. But Vanderwerken recalled being pleasantly serenaded by the Fort Ethan Allen military band. In 1869, mounted Army officers surrounded the house in a semi-circle and Vanderwerken gave them all cigars. With peace restored, the Vanderwerken family found initials of hospitalized soldiers in the woodwork. The misspelled word “Hospitol” had been carved on a door (only to be later painted over by an un-historically minded painter). Flash forward to the mid-20th century. Falls Grove owners George Truett and Lillie Hughes, listed at 3502 N. Glebe, sold the property to the Yeonas Organization. Construction crews demolished the century-plus-old home on Jan. 25, 1966, to make way for 20 modern homes. They’re now on a cul de sac off N. 35th Rd., shielded by a privacy fence on Glebe across from Memorial Baptist Church. In 1967, the Northern Virginia Sun reported on the new Falls Grove subdivision, calling Arlington “one of the most rapidly developing

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Hit and Run, 6700 blk Wilson Blvd, Sept 7, 12:42 PM, a vehicle backing out of a parking space was struck by another vehicle which failed to stop. Investigation continues. Larceny, 1230 W Broad St (Giant), on Sept 6 at 7:43 PM, a cashier was scammed by two unknown suspects described as: Suspect one: Black male, 5`10, 250lbs, mid 40s, long grey sideburns, bulgy eyes, wearing a grey shirt, blue jeans, and a blue sweat shirt; Suspect two: Black male, 5`08, 200lbs, mid 50s, slanted

eyes, slightly hunched back, wearing a bright yellow jacket and black pants. Larceny – Theft from Building, 300 blk Pennsylvania Ave, between 7 PM Aug 30 and 5 PM Sept 7, a lawnmower and weed whacker were taken from an unsecured shed. Drunk in Public, 306 Hillwood Ave (Lesly’s Bar and Grill), Sept 8, 1:53 AM, a male, 60, of no fixed address, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Drug/Narcotic Violation, 1000 blk W Broad St, Sept 8, 1:26 PM, following a routine traffic stop, a female, 52, of Arlington, VA, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. She was taken into custody on a Probation Violation from the Arlington County Sheriff’s office. Larceny – Theft From Motor Vehicle, 700 blk Berry St, between 10 PM Sept 7 and 8 AM Sept 8, an unsecured vehicle was ransacked. Hit and Run, 300 blk Chestnut St, between Sept 5 and Sept 8, a truck parked on the street was hit by another vehicle which left the scene. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd #16 (Le Mirage), Sept 9, 8:50 PM, a male, 33, of Falls Church, was issued a summons for Smoking Inside a Restaurant.

areas in the nation.” One of today’s owners,George Varoutsos, told me his house has the same front-door footprint as the old Vanderwerken house, and that Civil War artifacts are still discovered. Richard Malesardi, an Arlington architect (he was instrumental in construction of Dulles Airport in the early 1960s), recently told me that in 1966 he negotiated with homebuilder Steve Yeonas to buy and preserve the Vanderwerken home. He even drew up an alternative plan for the lots for new homes. But in the middle of their talks, the wrecking ball hit. (Reached for comment, Yeonas said he has no recollection). Malesardi did persuade the builder to retain the Falls Grove name. “There was no hue and cry,” I was told by John Stanton, researcher at the Central Library’s Center for Local History, who helped with my research. “There wasn’t much of a preservation movement at the time.” *** Glen, the panhandler who stakes claim to the median strip at Sycamore St. and Washington Blvd., got injured on the job. On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 26, a motorist struck a nearby traffic sign and knocked it out of the ground. Glen dove out of the way but was struck on the head, sending him to the hospital with a concussion. Glen is back collecting quarters at his favored public location, an endeavor that clearly can be dangerous. Smoking Violations, 6757 Wilson Blvd # 24 (Le Billiards), Sept 9, 10:11 PM, a female, 61, of Alexandria, VA, was issued a summons for Smoking Inside a Restaurant. Trespass/ Possession of Marijuana, 312 Hillwood Ave (Larry Graves Park), Sept 10, 12:30 AM, a female, 20, of Virginia Beach, VA, was issued a summons for Trespass. A male, 20, of Woodbridge, VA, was issued summonses for Trespass and Possession of Marijuana. Investigation continues. Drug Violations, 1000 blk W Broad St, Sept 10, 8:22 AM, following a routine traffic stop, a male, 38, of Falls Church, VA, was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana. Drunk in Public, 7130 Leesburg Pike (Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School), Sept 10, 2:33 PM, a male, 32, of Miami, FL, was arrested for being Drunk in Public. Hit and Run, 6799 Wilson Blvd (Eden Center), Sept 10, 7:31 PM, a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle which left the scene. Investigation continues. Larceny – Theft From Building, 455 S Maple Ave (Lincoln at Tinner Hill), between 9:30 AM, Sept 8 and 9:07 PM Sept 10, a bicycle was taken from a locked bike rack in the parking garage. Investigation continues. OTHER ARRESTS Sept 8, 6:11 PM, a male, 21, of Chantilly, VA, was arrested on a Falls Church Felony warrant for Embezzlement.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Remarkable Book

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book out this week, What Happened, is an extraordinary work. It does far more than address the specific issues of the 2016 election, and if anything, some reactions to it cast the spotlight not on her, but on what has become of our national political discourse. By contrast with her book, it’s sad. For one thing, if you want to stay in favor with your political friends and “loyalists,” don’t ever lose an election. If you lose, accept all the blame, disappear into the woods and eat big worms. No one on the team you caused to lose wants to hear from you ever again. When Don Beyer lost an election for governor in Virginia 20 years ago, he dared not run for anything again for FALLS CHURCH NEWS-PRESS well over a decade. Folks who loved him the day before that losing election angrily railed against him the very next day. So, it’s not unique to Clinton. It happens all the time and it’s a reflection on how we as a nation have allowed winning at all costs to cloud and distort our sensibilities of loyalty, resilience and appreciation for the underlying humanity and good intentions of our chosen flag-bearers. Nobody’s perfect. Let’s start with that. But even the most wellmeaning political commentators of our times have fallen into the trap set by cynical proponents of a relatively new national ethic, or should I say, lack of one. In the so-called “postmodern” era, there is no such thing as good intentions in politics. There is only selfish self-interest. It has not always been this way, with the cultural paradigm shift coming at some point following the 1963 Kennedy assassination and the full-court press by the cultural warriors of the U.S. covert intelligence operations to blunt the influence of the sentiment expressed in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s “I have a dream speech” on the national mall that same year. So, dear reader, I suggest trying to read Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book without that postmodern bias, without the stain of Donald Trump’s despicable “Crooked Hillary” mantra. If you want to single out the most important part of the 495-page work to focus on, I recommend the pages 429-445, a chapter entitled, “Love and Kindness.” There’s a reason Clinton’s middle name is prominent on the title page. It’s because she takes her adult political career back to her roots, to the formative days of her aspirational identity, her college days at Wellesley College when she evolved from a young Republican to an anti-war and civil rights advocate and delivered her now famous commencement address in 1969. She graduated there the same year I graduated from seminary on the West Coast. So it is no surprise that she quoted the same theologian who was the focus of my seminary studies, Paul Tillich, in this section of her book. Tillich was famous for his concept of God as “the ground of being.” She was introduced by her youth minister in her high school days, to his concepts of grace and reconciliation. They mattered to her in those days she calls the Mad Men era of hyper-materialism, the onset of the postmodern age. Tillich, she writes, “sensed a feeling of meaningless, emptiness, doubt and cynicism – all expressions of despair, of our separation from the roots and the meaning of our life.” She writes that “these questions are ones I’ve been wrestling with and writing and speaking about for decades.” She cites studying Alexis de Tocqueville and his astonishment at the “habits of the heart” he found in the 1830s among the American people, describing the U.S. as “a nation of volunteers and problem solvers who believed that their own self-interest was advanced by helping one another.” These early Americans, Clinton writes, “came together, inspired by religious faith, civic virtue and common decency, to lend a hand to those in need and improve their communities.” But “instead of a nation defined by ‘habits of the heart,’ we had become a land of ‘sink or swim,’” she writes, adding that in 1991, she vowed “A new politics of meaning, a new ethos of individual responsibility and caring.”

Nicholas F. Benton

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Conspiracies, Corruption & Climate

After the devastation wreaked by Harvey on Houston — devastation that was right in line with meteorologists’ predictions — you might have expected everyone to take heed when the same experts warned about the danger posed by Hurricane Irma. But you would have been wrong. On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh accused weather scientists of inventing Irma’s threat for political and financial reasons: “There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it,” he declared, adding that “fear and panic” help sell batteries, bottled water, and TV advertising. He evacuated NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE his Palm Beach mansion soon afterward. In a way, we should be grateful to Limbaugh for at least raising the subject of climate change and its relationship to hurricanes, if only because it’s a topic the Trump administration is trying desperately to avoid. For example, Scott Pruitt, the pollution- and polluterfriendly head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says that now is not the time to bring up the subject — that doing so is “insensitive” to the people of Florida. Needless to say, for people like Pruitt there will never be a good time to talk about climate. So what should we learn from Limbaugh’s outburst? Well, he’s a terrible person — but we knew that already. The important point is that he’s not an outlier. True, there weren’t many other influential people specifically rejecting warnings about Irma, but denying science while attacking scientists as politically motivated and venal is standard operating procedure on the American right. When Donald Trump declared climate change a “hoax,” he was just being an ordinary Republican. And thanks to Trump’s electoral victory, knownothing, anti-science conservatives are now running the U.S. government. When you read news analyses claiming that Trump’s deal with Democrats to keep the government running for a few months has somehow made him a moderate independent, remember that it’s not just Pruitt: Almost every senior figure in the Trump administration dealing with the environment or energy is both an establishment Republican and a denier of climate change and of scientific evidence in general. And almost all climate change denial involves Limbaugh-type conspiracy theorizing. There is, after all, an overwhelming scientific consensus that human activities are warming the planet.

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When conservative politicians and pundits challenge that consensus, they do so not on the basis of careful consideration of the evidence — come on, who are we kidding? — but by impugning the motives of thousands of scientists around the world. All of these scientists, they insist, motivated by peer pressure and financial rewards, are falsifying data and suppressing contrary views. This is crazy talk. But it’s utterly mainstream on the modern right, among pundits — even anti-Trump pundits — and politicians alike. Why are U.S. conservatives so willing to disbelieve science and buy into tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories about scientists? Part of the answer is that they’re engaged in projection: That’s the way things work in their world. Some disillusioned Republicans like to talk about a golden age of conservative thought, somewhere in the past. That golden age never existed; still, there was a time when some conservative intellectuals had interesting, independent ideas. But those days are long past: Today’s right-wing intellectual universe, such as it is, is dominated by hired guns who are essentially propagandists rather than researchers. And right-wing politicians harass and persecute actual researchers whose conclusions they don’t like — an effort that has been vastly empowered now that Trump is in power. The Trump administration is disorganized on many fronts, but it is systematically purging climate science and climate scientists wherever it can. So as I said, when people like Limbaugh imagine that liberals are engaged in a conspiracy to promote false ideas about climate and suppress the truth, it makes sense to them partly because that’s what their friends do. But it also makes sense to them because conservatives have grown increasingly hostile to science in general. Surveys show a steady decline in conservatives’ trust in science since the 1970s, which is clearly politically motivated — it’s not as if science has stopped working. It’s true that scientists have returned the favor, losing trust in conservatives: More than 80 percent of them now lean Democratic. But how can you expect scientists to support a party whose presidential candidates won’t even concede that the theory of evolution is right? The bottom line is that we are now ruled by people who are completely alienated not just from the scientific community, but from the scientific idea — the notion that objective assessment of evidence is the way to understand the world. And this willful ignorance is deeply frightening. Indeed, it may end up destroying civilization.


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Return of the ‘Que

A popular Arlington restaurant group gets ready to bring back barbecue to The Li�le City this fall.

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• Taste of Falls Church Lineup • Eating on a Restricted Diet • ‘Taste’ Judge Q&A’s

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MENU SELECTIONS Liberty Barbecue (R 9)

• Brisket Slider with Picked Onion and Queso = 1 ticket • Side Sampler: Red Bliss Potato Salad and Baked Beans = 1 ticket

Northside Social Falls Church (R 10)

• Two (2) Northside Social FC Cookies (V) = 1 ticket

Café Kindred (R 1)

• Involtini di Melanzane (V) = 1 ticket • Mini Panini with Sausage and Peppers = 1 ticket • Cavatelli Bolognese = 1 ticket • Mini Cannoli (V) = 1 ticket

Flippin' Pizza (R 2)

Sweet Rice Thai Restaurant (R 14)

• Slice of Cheese Pizza (V) = 1 ticket • Slice of Pepperoni Pizza = 1 ticket

Hot N Juicy Crawfish (R 5) • Crawfish Po'Boy = 2 tickets • Fried Pork Skins = 1 ticket • Fried Brownies = 1 ticket

Jason's Deli (R 4)

• New Orleans Muffaletta = 1 ticket • Chicken Pasta Primo = 1 ticket • Nutty Mixed Up Salad (V) = 1 ticket • The Plain Jane Potato (V) = 1 ticket • Mac & Cheese (V) = 1 ticket • Pumpkin Coffee Cake (V) = 1 ticket

Ledo Pizza (R 13)

• Slice of Cheese Pizza (V) = 1 ticket • Slice of Pepperoni Pizza = 1 ticket • Three (3) Jumbo Wings = 1 ticket

Non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased near Ticket Booth 2. Some restaurants may also offer non-alcoholic beverages for sale.

Sfizi Café (R 7)

• Buffalo Shrimp Grits = 1 ticket • Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Capicola = 1 ticket • Reuben Sliders = 1 ticket • Tiramisu (V) = 1 ticket

• Spring Roll (V) = 1 ticket • Pad Thai Tofu (V) = 2 tickets • Drunken Noodle Chicken = 2 tickets • Panang Chicken= 2 tickets • Mango Sticky Rice (V) = 2 tickets

Trio Grill (R 12)

• Smoked Beef Short Rib with BBQ Sauce, Polenta, and Slaw = 1 ticket

Whole Foods Market Tysons (R 8)

• Beef Slider = 1 ticket • Vegan (Beyond Burger) Slider (V) = 1 ticket • Roasted Crazy Corn = 1 ticket • Two (2) Chocolate Chip Cookies (V) = 1 ticket

Zinga Frozen Yogurt (R 3) • Frozen Yogurt (V) = 1 ticket

(V) Indicates a Vegetarian Menu Option

The City of Falls Church is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability, call 703-248-5027 (TTY 711). For more information call 703-248-5178.


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NORTHSIDE SOCIAL, coming to the City of Falls Church at the corner of Park Ave. and N. Maple Ave., is just one of the several marquee food and drink businesses opening soon in The Little City. (P����: J��� F������)

The Little City’s Restaurant Revolution BY Jody Fellows


alls Church residents and visitors alike are in the midst of a golden age of wining and dining, with new food and drink concepts flocking to the small, 2.2-square-mile Little City to join a rock-solid lineup of already-established eateries around town. The explosion of the City’s restaurant scene in recent years is unlike any other in the region, beating out all of its larger Northern Virginia neighbors. And it isn’t even close. Since 2010, the City of Falls Church has seen a 46 percent increase in the number of ABC-licensed restaurants inside City limits, easily topping second place City of Fairfax’s 28-percent rise. The counties of Arlington and Fairfax lag behind, up 11 and 7 percent, respectively, and Alexandria City has seen just 6 percent growth during that same time period, according to data from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Even booming Loudoun County, with a 39-percent bump, can’t match Falls Church’s spike. The increase in restaurants is not only

paying dividends when it comes to quality of life and conveniences for Little City residents, but the current culinary surge is also contributing to the bottom line as well. In the last six years, Falls Church meal tax revenues have gone up nearly 30 percent. For most of the 2000s, however, this wasn’t the case with the City’s restaurant scene at a veritable standstill. Institutions like Anthony’s (opened in 1972), Haandi (1996), Ireland’s Four Provinces (1997) and Eden Center’s 40+ eateries were well-established and newly-opened Argia’s (1999) and Maneki Neko (2002) were attracting new diners, but it wasn’t until years later that Falls Church began to become a dining destination. The City’s restaurant rise can be attributed to several factors like changing demographics, including a 14 percent population increase since 2010 and an improved economy after the Great Recession that led to the influx of mixed-use projects plus renovations of existing buildings.

Joe Wetzel, senior vice president of Falls Church real estate developer The Young Group, says he’s seen a change in the kind of business potential tenants have brought to his company. “There’s more polish to the type of clients [we get now],” he tells the News-Press. Wetzel estimates that in the early 2000s, about 90 percent of the people who came looking for space had an undeveloped concept. Now, he says, a majority have more mature concepts and business plans. He says Elevation Burger, which opened its first-ever location in a Young Groupowned building back in 2005, was one of the first to break the undeveloped mold. Today, the popular burger chain born of Falls Church has more than 50 locations worldwide. But the City’s continued food-anddining climb can’t be explained away as merely developing an underdeveloped city; Falls Church is already one of the most restaurant-dense jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, with an estimated 184 residents

for each establishment in the City. However, the recent decision by two new businesses to choose Falls Church over Fairfax might hold the answer as to why the City is better at recruiting restaurants than its much larger and better-resourced neighbors. One of Falls Church’s biggest coups — the opening of its first-ever distillery two months ago — might never have happened if it weren’t for Michael Paluzzi’s experience working with City staff to get his new business up and running. “Falls Church was willing to sit down with me, discuss my business plan, understand the critical aspects of it and work with me on zoning concerns,” the Falls Church Distillers CEO tells the NewsPress. And as for the County, “Fairfax was inflexible,” he says. Wetzel agrees, “There’s a presumed willingness to make things work in Falls Church but not at all in some of our surrounding jurisdictions.”


Paluzzi opened his distillery on S. Washington St. just two months ago and it’s off to a hot start. The new venture, which is not only a distillery but also a bar, tasting room and restaurant, has already sold 400 bottles of the Little City’s own bourbon, gin and vodka in its first six weeks of operation, twice what Paluzzi expected he’d sell. From the beginning of the process, all the way to the opening, Paluzzi said the City did everything it could to make it happen. The accommodating staff at City Hall contrasted with limitations Fairfax would have imposed — like needing the distillery in a warehouse and only allowing prepackaged food to be served — made the decision easy. While Paluzzi says everyone at City Hall – engineers, the commissions, fire chief, plumbers and electricians — deserve kudos, he had high praise for one particular member of Falls Church’s Economic Development Office. “I can’t speak highly enough of Becky Witsman. She’s an incredible champion for businesses coming into this town,” Paluzzi said of the City’s business development manager. “When you have an advocate of that talent and demeanor...that’s an incredible draw in and of itself.” Witsman, who has worked in the development office since 2005, says one of the reasons Falls Church has been so successful is because the City prioritizes businesses like restaurants and breweries whereas other jurisdictions put the focus on other priorities. “Fairfax County doesn’t do restaurants or retail in their Economic Development Office,” Witsman tells the News-Press. “They only do industrial and office. They tend to let [the restaurant] sector go off on its own.” By contrast, Witsman says, if Falls Church gets a prospect like a restaurant or a brewery, they let them know upfront the City will do everything possible to expedite and get their doors open. That “if it happens, it happens” attitude exuded by Fairfax compared to the City’s “let’s get it done” motto when it comes to the industry is the reason why Falls Church has the area’s first new distillery in almost 10 years and businesses like the upcoming microbrewery, Audacious Aleworks, will soon be operating in the Little City rather than the County. Northern Virginia residents Brian Reinoehl and Mike Frizzell say their forthcoming concept is going to be similar to a number of other small breweries in the area. “We want to be like Forge [in Lorton] or Little Bad Wolf in Manassas,” Reinoehl tells the News-Press. “We’re not reinventing the wheel.” But when the business partners met with Fairfax County’s zoning staff and laid out their plans, they got their first hint it wasn’t going to be the smoothest of roads. “They looked at us like we were Budweiser,” he says. “[They said] ‘So, you’re going to have trucks and trailers and giant vats.’” Despite the less than promising first impression, Reinoehl and Frizell found a prime spot in the bustling Mosaic District in Merrifield and signed a lease. “It’s a


fabulous location,” Reinoehl says. But then, after seven months of backand-forth with the County’s zoning department — and three months after signing their lease at Mosaic — Fairfax held up their plans because of a parking space issue. “What do we need to do to open? We’d like to open a brewery in your county,” Reinoehl says he told Fairfax officials. “But they just wouldn’t work with us.”

was positive.” Reinoehl was practically incredulous. “I was thinking, what’s their angle here?” The cooperation between Falls Church and its soon-to-be second brewery closely mirrors that of the City’s first beer maker. When Mad Fox Brewing Company decided to come into town back in 2009, the brewery’s CEO and head brewer Bill Madden told the News-Press the City was very welcoming.

"We were calling Falls Church ‘Mayberry,' with how friendly and easy and willing to WORK with us they were.” DOGWOOD TAVERN co-owner CHRIS LEFBOM After zoning officials failed to get them a promised response to an issue on a Monday, the duo behind Audacious Aleworks had enough. “That Monday was four months ago and we have not heard from them since.” When their broker found available space in Falls Church’s newly-renovated Southgate Village Shops on E. Fairfax St., Reinoehl called up the City’s planning and zoning and was welcomed with open arms. “They said it was a fabulous idea,” he says. “Right from the get go, my first conversation with everyone from Falls Church

“They worked hard to work with us,” Madden says. “I’ve built breweries for other companies in other jurisdictions and this has been by far the easiest.” But not only has the City and its staff worked hard to attract new restaurants, they also are doing everything they can to help its existing establishments succeed. Chris Lefbom, co-owner of three Arlington restaurants and Dogwood Tavern, a Falls Church institution since 2008, echoes the sentiments of the City’s newcomers. “We were calling Falls Church ‘Mayberry,’ with how friendly and easy

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and willing to work with us they were,” Lefbom laughs. He lauded both his landlord’s and Falls Church Planning Director James Snyder’s help in opening the restaurant’s outdoor deck back in 2013, saying their efforts helped get the “skybar” finished much quicker than if they were outside the City. “It’s night and day compared to working with Arlington,” Lefbom says. The arrival of Dogwood Tavern along with Clare and Don’s Beach Shack — another popular Falls Church restaurant with Arlington roots that opened here in 2007 — marked a turning point for the Little City’s restaurant scene, reinforced by the debut of Mad Fox and Pizzeria Orso, sister operation of critically-acclaimed 2941 Restaurant, in 2010. The following year, the Italian cafe Sfizi relocated to Falls Church from Fairfax and then grilled-cheese-andmicrobrew mecca Spacebar debuted in 2012. A few years later, the City welcomed in a flood of talent in 2015 with sushi bar Takumi, the coffee shopbar hybrid Cafe Kindred, Hot n Juicy Crawfish and established area favorites Plaka Grill (Vienna) and The Happy Tart (Del Ray) both expanding here. Now boasting a restaurant scene worthy of the region’s attention, Falls Church is set to add Audacious Aleworks this winter, two new concepts from Arlington’s successful Liberty Tavern restaurant group later this year plus two yet-to-be-named eateries coming soon to the “Tulip Building” on S. Washington St. Grab your napkins, Falls Church. The Little City’s restaurant revolution shows no signs of slowing down.

MICHAEL PALUZZI AND HIS STILL might not be churning out bourbon, vodka and gin in the Little City if it weren’t for people like Falls Church business development manager Becky Witsman and others at City Hall. (Photo: Jody Fellows)

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Judges Talk Potluck Dishes, New Foods & More

This year’s Taste of Falls Church judges talked to the News-Press about how often they eat out, thoughts on leftovers and how they’re preparing for Saturday

Ross Litkenhous Running for Falls Church City Council

Eliot Corwin, Owner of Advantage Trainers

Tori McKinney, CEO, Realtor at Rockstar Realty

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge? Exercise, hydrate and finding the right pair of pants that stretch at the waist.

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge? A good workout to build up a decent appetite.

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge? Skip dinner the night before and only sample fruit the morning of.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that’s opened in the past five years? Here in town it’s Space Bar. 3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook? Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of the Inn at Little Washington. 4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be? My grandmother Naomi, aka Nanny. She was unbelievable in the kitchen. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 94 and I miss her laugh and turkey dressing almost daily. 5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week? The healthiest would be sushi. The most unhealthy would be the three all beef hotdogs I ate in one sitting. 6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be? Chili-Mac 7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out? I’d say 80 percent eating in and 20 percent eating out. 8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy? If it’s buffalo wings or pizza, it’s an under-appreciated delicacy. 9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis? Kale.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years? It’s hard to think of a place that’s opened recently but I’m always up for trying something new. 3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook? Alex Guarnaschelli. 4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be? Gordon Ramsay’s beef wellington 5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week? I typically eat pretty healthy but I did get a chicken bake from Costco last week. 6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be? Carnitas, slow roasted pork shoulder. It’s easy and feeds a lot of people. 7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out? Mostly at home because I like to cook but I’ll go out once or twice a week. 8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy? Under-appreciated delicacy, I love leftovers. 9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis? Salads, I know they’re good for me but I make really bad ones.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that’s opened in the past five years? Space Bar. Who doesn’t like Grilled Cheeses and tots?! 3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook? Aaron Sanchez, met him in New Orleans at St. Roche Market. 4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be? Halley McKinney, my daughter, and her seafood chowdah! It’s restaurant quality! 5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week? Healthiest – Fruit from my hotel breakfast. Unhealthiest – Sweets at afternoon tea at The Wolsely. 6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be? Wine is always my potluck contribution ;) 7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out? Rarely eat at home, almost never. 8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy? Underappreciated Delicacy. Half of my meals are from leftovers. 9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis? Kale.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal? Either wine or beer.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal? Depends on the meal but in general I’ll take a cocktail with my meal.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak? Simple bone-in ribeye. Medium Rare.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak? The larger the cut the better and medium rare to medium.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak? One of my guilty pleasures is a solid Ribeye, medium of course.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it? Snow Cream. It’s a hybrid of shaved ice and ice cream.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it? I had a Thai ceviche with coconut and mango.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it? Tandoori Venison. It was fantastically flavorful

13. Favorite ingredient? In the fall, it’s Marmite.

13. Favorite ingredient? Limes, I love anything that is bright and acidic.

13. Favorite ingredient? Mushrooms.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal? Definitely wine with dinner.



Nader Baroukh, Former City of Falls Church Mayor

Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent for Falls Church City Public Schools

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge? I have a healthy appetite, so no special preparation. However, I will bring my wife and daughter with me to help.

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge? I will not plan to eat much the morning of so I will come hungry!

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years? I love them all.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years? Love the Plaka Grill and the Plaka gyro.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook? Ming Tsai. Great at incorporating western and eastern cooking.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook? Bobby Flay of course!

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be? Ming Tsai - roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing. But anything my wife makes is just as good.

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be? Anything from the grill by my dad who passed away 3 years ago.

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week? Healthy – I had some fruit this week. Unhealthy – too much ice cream.

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week? The healthiest thing that I have eaten recently is salad. The unhealthiest thing I’ve eaten recently is definitely some onion rings

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be? I can’t cook, so anything that I can buy from a local grocery store.

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be? Black bean, red onion, corn, and avocado salad.

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out? 50-50

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out? Home 3-4 nights a week and out 3-4 depending on how many night events and meetings I attend that go late.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy? I am not a fan of leftovers.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy? Cost saving for sure.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis? Cereal bars.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis? Eggs.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal? Depends on the meal.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal? Wine

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak? Ribeye medium rare.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak? Ribeye, medium.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it? Not so unusual. But I love sushi.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it? Raw Abalone – don’t need to try that again...

13. Favorite ingredient? Ice cream...makes everything better.

13. Favorite ingredient? Green Chile

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Craft Coffee Finds a Home in the Little City



Coffee is more than just a caffeinated beverage to its fans. Its presence symbolizes the start of the day or respite from the fatigue that sets in between meals. At its core, coffee is a vital tool used to re-center its drinker from the throes of their current affliction, and local coffee shops Café Kindred and Rare Bird Coffee Roasters are willing to make sure the product they offer can be a cure as well as a cause for community that larger chains don’t address. Rare Bird and Kindred share significant similarities. They’re both local start-ups who found fertile ground in Falls Church. Each emphasizes sourcing quality products in a responsible manner while creating a work culture that demands the most from employees and does its best to give them the most in return. And they don’t want people to see them as simply a place of business, but an extension of their personal space.

Coincidentally (or maybe not?), they’re also both founded by married couples, with Jen Demetrio and Gary O’Hanlon operating Kindred and Lara Berenji and Brian Becker overseeing Rare Bird. Perhaps the only way they differ in their current occupations is the backgrounds that led them there. “Typical to us, we do everything backwards. What we should have done was to have nothing to start with as far as coffee and then jump ship to Vigilante [Coffee Company],” Demetrio said, who comes from a background as a pastry chef along with O’Hanlon. “I have to credit them big time... they guided us on everything and they put those pillars in place – quality, price point, knowledge and support.” “I always feel like there’s this connecting line for the arts – from salon stylists to tattoo artists to coffee makers – they share creativity,” Berenji said, explaining that she and Becker met at the Corcoran School of Art & Design as photographers before Becker

turned a coffee roasting hobby with a Whirley Pop popcorn maker into the couple’s primary vocation. On a grander scale, both shops make up what is known as the third wave of coffee. The first wave started with growing coffee consumption exponentially such as store shelves that were lined with Folgers tins and the second wave came with the rise of specialty coffee stores like Starbucks or Peet’s. The third wave is broadly defined as turning coffee into an artisanal food stuff, similar to wine, and valuing the origin of the product as well as its unique methods of production. As Demetrio puts it, the third wave is actually coffee as it should be. Pure flavors of the product and direct trading with international farmers supersede the commoditized influence prominent in the first and second waves. A staffer at Rare Bird joked that the store is on the cusp of the fourth wave of coffee, since they not only operate a storefront but also wholesale the coffee roasted in house. Returning to the roots of pro-

duction works to both establishments’ advantage in the Little City that favors the grassroots concept. Many standalone restaurants fill prominent space in the city’s streets, from Ireland’s Four Provinces to Clare & Don’s Beach Shack to Dogwood Tavern, while others such as Mad Fox Brewing Company got its start in Falls Church before expanding. City residents take pride in helping craft the identity of its local watering holes, though it’s the shops themselves that do most of the heavy lifting. “There’s a lot of growing pains [and] there’s a lot of figuring out what’s gonna work,” Demetrio added. “Especially in the beginning, there’s a lot of forks in the road where you have to say, ‘What direction do we go here? Because this will determine who we will be in two, three or five years.’ At some point you commit it to yourself and say ‘That’s what we are.’” For Kindred, their brand is more concrete after some early bumps while Rare Bird may find themselves at a crossroads in the

CONCOCTING the world’s purest forms of caffeinated delicacies are Rare Bird (left) and Café Kindred (right). (Photos: Matt Delaney)

near future. Initially, Demetrio and O’Hanlon focused on making an abundance of pastries. But customers favored hot dishes out of the kitchen, so the couple responded by nixing the pastry display and focusing on a more developed menu. Rare Bird could find that wholesaling their coffee beans is more prudent than running a storefront, or vice versa. Though with just under a year on the books they’re still in a “wait and see” approach (plus it might revoke their status as a fourth wave coffee innovator – *gasp*). “It almost feels like two businesses in one, and it is in a sense,” Berenji continued. “We’ve thought about [choosing between wholesale or hospitality] periodically, but I think the combination is really interesting for customers and it’s what helps draw people in.” There is one final similarity between the two coffee shops: They’re both participating in this weekend’s Taste of Falls Church Fall Festival. Samplings of their drinks and menu items will be available for competition judges and attendees alike who’re curious about the relatively new restaurants that have sprung up in the Little City the past couple of years. Kindred actually won the Taste of Falls Church competition last year, much to Demetrio and O’Hanlon’s surprise. It was nice moment of recognition for the young business, but they refuse to get too high on their horse. “We’re always pushing everyday, even when we’re dumb tired. We do 16 hours a day here,” O’Hanlon said, before Demetrio added “We’ve said it from day one: Before we try to get a million people in the door we wanna make sure that they know they’re going to get quality food and service.”

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Liberty BBQ Aims to Bring Southern Cuisine to Falls Church by Late Fall BY ORRIN KONHEIM


Though the space at Broadale Village Shopping Center on W. Broad St. has been vacated by Famous Dave’s, the residents of Falls Church will still be able to get their barbecue fix when Liberty Barbecue opens up in the Little City this fall. The restaurant will carry on the brand of Liberty Tavern, a critically-acclaimed restaurant and lounge in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington. Liberty’s ownership group consists of brothers Steve and Mark Fedorchak, Brian Normile and head chef Matt Hill, and also currently owns Northside Social and Lyon Hall in Arlington. The group is also expanding its Northside Social brand to Falls Church, opening a second location of its popular coffee and wine bar at the intersection of S. Maple Ave. and Park St. The concept of a barbecue restaurant stems from Hill’s roots as a native of Charlotte, North Carolina which gave him a pas-

sion for the cuisine. “It’s always been kind of a dream to open a barbecue restaurant,” said Hill. “Members of my family have big smoke rigs and we’ve always just smoked meats. I can remember being 16 and smoking pork shoulders for the Super Bowl, myself and for all my friends.” Hill has been the head chef at Liberty Tavern since 2014 and designs the menu for all three of the restaurant group’s properties. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has had previous stints as head chef at Range and Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, D.C. When it comes to barbecue, however, Hill says he is self-taught. Casual connoisseurs of barbecue might know that it’s a style of cooking with strong regional identities whether it’s the heavily spiced dry rub from Memphis, the hickory-smoked multi-meat variations from Kansas City, the pulled pork shoulder variety from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas or the brisket-based Texas style.

“We’re not sticking to a specific style. We’re gonna take influences from all over. Our focus is just trying to be good food,” said Hill. The barbecue selection will include fried chicken, brisket, pork, spare ribs and southern side dishes. Liberty Tavern currently offers a pickle-brined fried chicken for a special night they call Fried Chicken Monday and sells it at Sunday brunch alongside biscuits and various rotating southern sides. Fedorchak sees this as a test run of sorts. “We figured it’s an opportunity to connect Liberty Tavern and Liberty Barbecue with an item that’s appropriate for both places,” he said. The restaurant will offer both over-the-counter service along with a separate bar area and adjacent diner seating. Liberty Barbecue will also feature a performance stage. They haven’t yet determined the programming but hope to work with the local music community.

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EAGER TO OPEN their doors by late fall is Liberty Barbecue, where the old Famous Dave’s was located in the Broadale Village Shopping Center on Broad St. (P����: M��� D������) “We’d love to work with the local music community in Falls Church and Arlington and McLean, because we want to appeal to our local guests, I think, and there’s a sense of authenticity there.” When asked what drew him and his co-owners to the city of Falls Church for his expansion projects, Fedorchak said they were drawn to the sense of identity of the city and also said that it’s been a very collaborative process with the city.

“There’s a great pride in the community from the people who live there. We love the liberty city identity from the people who live there, but it offers the community feel of a smaller city and we love that aspect of it, where we feel we can basically find ways to listen to what our customers want and be there for a variety of occasions,” said Fedorchak. While no official opening date has been set, Mark Fedorchak says they aim to open Liberty Barbecue at 370 W. Broad St. in November.

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City Restaurants Cater to Health Conscious Customers & Their Dietary Trends & Habits BY PATRICIA LESLIE


Falls Church residents on special diets don’t have to go far to find a restaurant to cater to their needs. Local restaurant owners and managers have plenty to offer customers who have particular dietary requirements. “Every single day we serve people with allergies,” said David Tax, co-owner of Clare and Don’s Beach Shack with his sister, Rebecca. “We kind of specialize in it. It’s weird because we’re a seafood restaurant. The hardest part is to determine if someone is on a diet or has severe allergies because we use a lot of procedures for them.” For those with allergies, Clare and Don’s use different utensils, gloves, pans, tongs and cutting boards. Tax named the “Big Three” food allergies that he and his staff are cognizant of: shellfish, nuts and gluten. “We want people to get what they want. The last thing we want is to make someone sick.” The restaurant has definitely

seen an increase in customers wanting special foods. Over the past five years they’ve seen this demand blossom exponentially mainly due to gluten-free customers. “Our main objective is to please the customer.” Pizzeria Orso manager Sara Barrera has also observed an increase in customers who have allergies. “We have a made-to-order salad for vegans or those who need gluten-free ingredients,” she said and reeled off some of the choices they serve at the restaurant including its hanger steak salad and grilled trout with corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and olive oil, which can be prepared for persons with allergies. She has a vegan pizza, an English pea ravioli and new dietoriented items always available. In general, their menu’s very light and uses high quality ingredients from regular items to daily specials. For those with gluten allergies, everything in Happy Tart Patisserie is gluten-free.

The Falls Church bakery’s owner Emma Cech has dairy-free items, too. She says she’s seen growth in demands for glutenfree foods with two of the store’s top sellers being coconut frosted French toast and a beef bourguignon crepe. The number of vegans and vegetarians is increasing, too. A change which has not escaped restaurant leaders. Vegans eliminate all animal products, including eggs and honey, from their diet. They eat fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes while vegetarians generally eat only vegetables and no meat. Probably the best known vegan restaurant in the area is the Loving Hut. Started by Anh Ly in 2011, the restaurant owner says business keeps getting better and better. Ly switched from vegetarianism to vegan about eight years ago. When she gave it up, she says her stomach aches disappeared and now her arthritis is almost gone. She says vegan food helps

combat global warming by emitting fewer greenhouse gas emissions. “It’s healthier, going from meat to vegan. You lose weight and you feel better and are more energized.” Loving Hut regular Tanika Coates couldn’t agree more. Since she became a vegan six months ago, she’s noticed a definite change in her energy level and a welcome weight loss. “I don’t feel bloated when I eat now. You can tell a difference when you cut out animal meat,” Coates said. “I will be 40 soon and so many die of heart attacks. I feel like a lot of our health issues come from what we put in our bodies.” Among the many restaurants at Eden Center is Thanh Van which lists only vegetarian foods on its menu. Located down a hallway which is filled on both sides with small retailers including restaurant competitors, Thanh Van has bananas, other fruits and vegetables, spring rolls, “bacon” with flour and soybeans, tofu and several different kinds of noodles. A Vietnamese family, Oanh-Ha, Gai-Ha and

Tong Luong have operated the restaurant for eight years in three different locations at Eden Center. For those requiring glutenfree foods, Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant has a special section on its menu just for them. Unlike many restaurants, Sunflower manager David Wang says he doesn’t need to change his menu often since 90 percent of his customers are regular, and they like what is offered. His place of business is well known and attracts customers from all over the District, Maryland and Virginia. For those requiring glutenfree foods, Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant has a special section on its menu just for them, said David Wang, the manager there for eight years. Unlike many restaurants he said he doesn’t need to change his menu often since “90 percent of my customers are regular, and they like what we have.” His place of business is well known and attracts customers from all over the District, Maryland and Virginia, Wang said. For Falls Church restaurateurs, the most popular item on their menu is nothing particular, unless you include the special order most customers have to only request once for it to be remembered.

FEEDING THE DIETARY NEEDS of citizens that reside both inside the City of Falls Church as well as the greater Falls Church area are Clare & Don’s flexible menu and Oanh-Ha (left), Gai-Ha (center) and Tong Luong at the Eden Center’s Thanh Va restaurant. Clare & Don’s has a multitude of vegan and gluten-free options on their menu in order to accommodate diners’ preferences while the proprietors at Thanh Va suplpy a variety of vegetarian dishes (Photos: Patricia Leslie)



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Possible Termination of DACA Amnesty Program Causes Community to Rally, Reorganize for Rights of DREAMers by Orrin Konheim

Falls Church News-Press

In the basement of the Winter Hill apartments where nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocacy de Virginia holds community meetings, staff member Eduardo Zelaya calls out of the audience 30-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, recipient Ermanda Dean and asks her to engage in a mock verbal tug of war with three people acting as representatives of the Trump administration. He then asks if anyone who knows a DREAMer to join the tug-of-war team, and he finally asks anyone for whom the issue is important to join. “Y aqui estamos and no vamos!” one participant shouts as the rest of the crowd cheers. For Court Appointed Special Advocacy, or CASA, this meeting isn’t just about a team-building exercise teaching strength in numbers. It’s an expression of communal support for those like Dean whose status is now in limbo because of the Trump administration’s recent decision to rescind former President Obama’s executively administered DACA amnesty program, tasking Congress to find a way to legislatively acknowledge it within six months time. “Someone might ask why I am going to that meeting if I have no hopes of legalizing my status,” CASA Advocacy and Political Specialist Jorge Mendez tells the crowd. “But at the local level, we have a strategy that we have to protect them. We have to define how we’re going to go to the sheriffs, the cities and the police force.” Jennifer Romero and her brother, Angel, came to the U.S. 17 years ago when they were 4 and 2, respectively, and hardly have any memories of the country of their birth. Like many at the meeting, they only found out about their status when DACA was created in 2012. Others like Dean knew about her status but weren’t legally brought out of the shadows until DACA was created. Since then, these people have been able to get driver’s licenses, work jobs and get admitted to college. Jennifer and Angel both have been accepted to four-year colleges and were in the process of working from home to afford tuition first. “This is not the time to cry. This is the time to take action,”

SIMULATING the strength of the community’s support for DACA (left) versus the Trump Administration’s will to rescind it (right) was this group during a CASA meeting at the Winter Hill Apartments. (Photo: Orrin Konheim) Romero said to the group. In an office near Bailey’s Crossroads, Immigrant Advocacy Program director Simon SandovalMoshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center has been flooded with calls from former clients, many whom are in college or graduates in the workforce. All are worried about how DACA’s possible termination will change things for them. “It’s what this population symbolizes,” said SandovalMoshenberg, “These are the shining stars of the immigrant community. For many families, these people represent the success story of the family.” An aura of uncertainty pervaded his conversations in prior weeks. A week before Trump’s announcement, he had to advise a DACA student against embarking on a study abroad program she already paid for because he couldn’t assure her she’d be let back into the country. Now that the announcement has passed, he’s faced with a new set of challenges. “It’s the difference of knowing whether you’re going to get executed or knowing the date of the execution,” Sandoval-Moshenberg

said. “I don’t know which would let someone sleep more or less soundly but people who have had legal status for five years are now facing the likelihood that, unless something changes, they’re gonna lose the legal status they’ve built for themselves.” In the short-term, SandovalMoshenberg is focused on the relatively small subset of people (estimated at 2,750 in Virginia) who are eligible to renew their permits for two-year stays if they can meet an October 5 application deadline. A large part of the battle is assuring people of support who would otherwise be afraid to seek help. Leobardo Eslava, who attended the CASA meeting at Winter Hill, said that when he tries to explain to others to meet and mobilize, a lot of people are hesitant to leave their homes. “We have to work on our community’s self-esteem to make sure we know we can make a change,” said Mendez during the CASA meeting. “Are we not going to be able to take our kids to school, are we not going to go to hospitals, are we not going to work? Are we gonna keep hiding in houses? Either way, we’ll be captured.”

At the CASA meeting and in his advocacy, Mendez’s strategy doesn’t just involve advocating for short-term and expansive change at the local level but a codified separation between law enforcement and immigration law, even while mobilizing locally. Another major community asset, the Catholic Church has taken a rare political stance. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling the administration’s actions “a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will” and pledged support to finding an “expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.” Father Matthew Zuberbueler at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Falls Church said that his sermons aren’t ordinarily political. However, because the issue is in the forefront of congregation members minds, he is considering bringing it up by encouraging people to make their voices heard through reasonable means. “One of the things I find is that when people meet people, it’s no longer a political issue. Our parish is so diverse, so I’ve seen a lot of our congregation who aren’t

Hispanic. They have a heart for people, people who aren’t safe to be able to work and accomplish what they want in their lives,” Zuberbueler said. Though the future is uncertain, some DACA recipients hope a better solution might emerge because they know firsthand that DACA was insufficient. “I never wanted to be a DREAMer,” said CASA staff member and DACA recipient Luis Aguilar whose father was deported. “By calling myself a DREAMer, it separated me from my family. Because I’m a young person and people are more sympathetic to my story, [that] doesn’t mean that I want it. What I care about is immigration reform.” In in the interim, local advocates like CASA, the Legal and Justice Center and multiple people are ready to do whatever they can. “I’m not in the business of predicting what Congress will or won’t do. My crystal ball is no better than anyone else’s, but what I will say is we’re not gonna go wait on our hands and knees. We’re going to try to do everything to influence the decision,” said Sandoval-Moshenberg.


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debate, with timed presentations in support of and in opposition to the referendum, followed by questions from the audience. The audience will vote on the issue at the beginning of the program and again at the end, to gauge the effectiveness of the respective arguments. For more information on the Falls Church League, go to For more information on VPIS, go to vpis. org

Cheerleading Clinic and Mattress Sale on Sept. 16 The Falls Church High School (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) Cheerleaders are hosting a clinic on Saturday, September 16 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the school’s Small Gym. The clinic is open to all kids kindergarten to 5th grade. The cost is $25.00 and it includes a t-shirt, snack and admission to the varsity football game on Friday, September 22. Visit to find the application. The school’s athletic boosters are also holding a mattress sale that same day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. where interested

buyers can receive up to 30 – 70 percent off retail pricing on a new mattress.

10th Annual Parent-Teacher Assoiation Fall Social The Fall Social is a relaxing way for parents to catch up after summer on Friday, September 15 at 401 E. Columbia St., Falls Church. Tickets cover beverages, food and raffles. Purchase tickets online at

Run For the Schools 5K Takes Place this Sunday The Falls Church Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Run for the Schools event on Sunday, September 17, beginning at City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church) and starting at 8 a.m. To participate, attendees must register online at before Thursday, September 14 at 8 p.m. Lastly, on Friday, September 15 from 5 – 8 p.m. participants should go to Road Runner Sports 1120 W. Broad St., Falls Church) to pick up their racing packets.



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Mustangs Storm Out to 2-0 Start to Season BY ALEX MOORE


The George Mason High School varsity football team rewarded the crowd in their home debut, riding a big first half from their offense and a solid defensive effort to a 28-15 victory on last Friday. Mason has now won both of its games this season, while Sidwell Friends fell to 0-1. Home fans didn’t have to wait long in this high school football game for something to cheer about. On the opening drive, Mason senior quarterback Thomas Creed connected with sophomore running back Michael Turner on a play-action pass down the left sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. Next, Sidwell Friends lost a costly fumble in its own territory and Mustang senior running back Finn Roou scored on an eightyard carry only four plays later, expanding the lead to 14-0. However, the gap started to close on Sidwell Friends’ next drive. The offense pushed down the field with a trick play, which had the quarterback throw a backwards pass to the running back,

BUSTING LOOSE is junior running back Jack Felgar, who took this carry all the way to the goal line before being dragged down by a Sidwell Friends defensive back. Felgar ended the game with a touchdown on the way to a 28-15 win for Mason on Sept. 8. (P����: C���� S��) who then completed a pass to a receiver downfield. This put the offense in the red zone, setting up a nine-yard quarterback run that

brought the score 14-7. The game wouldn’t stay close for long, though. After getting the ball back, the Mustangs called

run on consecutive plays and the drive turned out to be a body blow for both teams. By the time Mustang junior running back Jack

Felgar scored his own touchdown to extend the George Mason lead to 14 points, both teams looked exhausted. From here, neither team had much luck building any offensive momentum for a long time. Fans had to wait until the beginning of the fourth quarter to see another touchdown, which Roou scored on a three-yard carry. With the score at 28-7, the game appeared decided, but the Quaker offense found energy to mount a valiant comeback effort. Late in the fourth quarter, Sidwell Friends connected on a touchdown on a pass to the backright of the end zone and scored a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 28-15. Then the Quakers recovered an onside kick to get the ball back, but failed to hit paydirt on what proved to be their final drive After the game, Mustang head coach Adam Amerine expressed confidence in his team, but also saw room for improvement, as he knows the 2-0 start from last year preceded a drop off. “I love the way we started,” he said, “but next time I expect us to perform that way for the whole 48 minutes.”

Mason Blitzes Mt. Vernon, Lee in Straight Sets on Consecutive Nights BY MATT DELANEY


It was a return to form for George Mason High School’s varsity volleyball team as they toppled 5A opponents Mount Vernon High School and Lee High School in straight sets to get their record back in the positive at 4-3 this past week. To say it came naturally would be an overstatement though. A 3-1 loss to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology last Thursday caused the Mustangs to do some soul searching at a team meeting the following day. After talking it out (and sweating it out with an intense round of conditioning) Mason started the week refreshed. “Last week at Jefferson we lost focus and it was really evident in how we played with missing serves among other things,” head coach Hillary Trebels said. “[At the meeting] we talked about what we’re here to do and remind ourselves of why we’re playing.” Whatever words were shared last Friday have had an immediate effect as the Mustangs shot out of the gate against Mount Vernon.

Junior right side hitter Savannah Williams spiked the opening point past the Majors and was followed by a strong strike from junior outside hitter McKenzie Brady, an ace by junior setter Evelyn Duross and another point of Brady’s right hand. Mount Vernon had their moments, but the Mustangs racked up multi-point stretches of four and then eight points to cruise to a 25-8 opening set win. The Majors, prideful as any other competitor, wouldn’t wilt right away. They took their first and largest lead early in the second set at 9-6. Though Mason didn’t wallow in their first set victory either, and rifled off seven straight points to go up 13-9 in a matter of minutes. Mount Vernon continued to challenge the Mustangs, but impressive showings from Brady on the perimeter and senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Daniels at the net helped clinch a 25-21 second set win for Mason. By midway through the third set it was clear that the Mustangs were the better team. However, they weren’t consistent in demonstrating that they were. A relaxed mindset, which was helped by a Mount Vernon team that struggled

AWAITING A SERVE is junior McKenzie Brady (left), senior Hannah Trauberman (center) and junior Riley Ruyak. All three were vital in Mason's win over Mount Vernon. (P����: C���� S��) to string together runs of their own, was fairly noticeable. Only ahead 13-12, Mason flipped the switch, scored eight unanswered points and smiled their way to a victory. In the Mustangs defense, they were aware of their drop-off in intensity. “We need to keep focus,”

Brady said. “We lost focus at the end of the second set, but if we just keep that same mentality all the way through we’ll be better off.” The night before, Mason was able to trounce the visiting Lancers as well. A straight set victory gave the Mustangs the boost they need-

ed heading into Tuesday’s match with Mount Vernon and appears to have the team trending upward nearly four weeks into the season. Mason will take the rest of the week off and won't play again until they hit the road next Tuesday, Sept. 19 to face Clarke County High School.

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1st Stage’s ‘Jesus Hopped the A Train’ Sends Message on Religion’s Role in Life



1st Stage Theater kicked off its 2017-18 season with a contemplative and immersive showing of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” a play that highlights the ugliest aspects of prison life and most authentic manifestations of human nature. Following the impassioned shooting of a religious cult leader, Angel Cruz, played by Luis Alberto Gonzalez, finds himself staring down the barrel of a first degree murder charge and a near permanent guarantee that he’ll be removed from the free world. Bewildered by what lies ahead, his public defender, Mary Jane Hanrahan (Teresa Castracane) attempts to reconstruct Angel’s account of the shooting to help get him off scot-free. Though as Angel toils away in holding, he encounters another inmate – mass murderer Lucius Jenkins (Frank Britton) – whose newfound connection with God gives him a clarity he hadn’t previously had. Lucius’ faith is buttressed by a friendly correctional officer D’Amico (Robert Heinly) but a sudden reassignment leaves

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aided by 1st Stage’s choice to pare down the set to be a simple threestep stage and two props: a chair and handcuffs. The audience learns of Angel’s immaturity and struggle to cope with the consequences of his actions. As expected for anyone thrown into jail, he’s terrified and delusionally defensive of his innocence. The murder was more due to medical malpractice to him — he’s no killer. Mary Jane is all too willing to take him up on that even though she faces an uphill battle in court. Luckily for Angel, she’s endeared to him because she sees her father’s own twisted sense of justice in his character and has an insatiable thirst for hubris. It’s why she turns down a plea deal and takes the case to trial. Lucius’ own bond with God becomes tested once Valdez enters his life. While D’Amico supported Lucius’ attempt to reform himself, Valdez’s very existence makes the audience’s skin crawl. He picks the scab that is Lucius’ murderous past which earned him the name, “the Black Plague,” and his eventual execution. It’s the role of religion and the debate of how significant it should be in our lives that was the play’s most interesting element. Lucius and Angel engage in an ongoing mental chess match during their daily hour of recreation over the relevance of God’s place in a person’s life and how seriously

the idea of a higher power is to be taken. For Lucius, God is all he ever needed and he wishes he would’ve had the awareness of God's importance sooner. Earlier devotion to faith might’ve spared the people he heinously murdered and satiated his own sadness. Angel felt religion was a veil to hide corruption behind. His friend, Joe, had been tainted by the teachings of Reverend Kim, the man he later murdered, and he failed to see any integrity or worth in an ideology that was often conveniently contradicted by its proponents. The two never finish their discussion, but come to the same conclusion naturally. After Angel ruins his chance of an acquittal the play ends with him pleading to God. The scene indicates that it is those without another avenue — in Angel’s case, freedom — who will seek comfort in religious belief to calm their uneasy mind and add meaning to their existence, just as Lucius did before him. 1st Stage’s unique interpretation of this modern classic combined with the establishment's innately intimate space allows audience members to hone in on the theatrical elements while incorporating comedic touches to make the heavy-handed material more palatable. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants a thoughtful look into their own life’s beliefs or rationales.

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FALLS CHURCHCALENDAR COMMUNITYEVENTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Energy Saving Tips and Tricks. Bill Copeland will share some of the many ways people can save energy as well as money in this helpful seminar. Discussion will include water heaters, windows, insulation and many more types of cost-saving measures that can be taken. Walter Reed Community & Senior Center (2909 16th St., Arlington). 10 – 11 a.m. 703-2280955. Deep Dive: Bird Migration: Take a deep dive into natural history that scratches more than just the surface on bird migration. Why do birds migrate, when do they leave and how do they get where they are going? What are the physiological needs of this trip and what toll does it take on their bodies? Explore the intricacies of bird migration from warblers to shorebirds to robins.

Registration required. Gulf branch Nature Center & Park (3608 North Military Rd., Arlington). $5. 8 – 9 p.m. 703-228-3403.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Celebrate Vietnamese culture with family and friends by experiencing the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Entertainers, children’s games, face painting, children’s art contest, Moon cake eating contest, Little Miss/Mister Eden Center children’s pageant, prizes and other giveaways will be ongoing attractions during this yearly festival. Eden Center (6751 – 6799 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church). 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Taste of Falls Church Fall Festival. Features of the 42nd annual Fall Festival include live entertainment, pony rides, amusement rides, crafters, businesses and civic organizations as well as cuisine from city kitchens as a part of the Taste of Falls Church culi-

nary competition. The children’s activity tent offers craft projects. Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. 703-248-5034. .

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.



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 Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 10:30 - 11 a.m. 703-248-5034

Jacks Are Wild. Bella & Mario, the Jack Russell Terriers, will perform tricks with their owner, Marian DeAngelo. Watch these talented terriers express their unique personality and impressive skills. Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St., Arlington). 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 703-228-7369.

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center. Explore educational and manipulative items (aka toys) to teach early literacy through play. Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 11 a.m. -- 2 p.m. 703248-5034. ESL Conversation Group. An general conversation group (for adults) learning English as their second language. Meets every

PAWS to Read at the Library. Children can come and read with a canine companion. Readers rising grades K-5th. Registration Required. Registration opens two weeks prior to the date of every program at the Youth Services desk by phone or in person. Registration will not be accepted by e-mail. Mary Riley Styles Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). 5 – 6 p.m. 703-248-5034.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 “A Little Night Music” In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sexstarved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs. Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” “A Little Night Music” is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force. Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington). $40. 8 p.m. sigtheatre. org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 216 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER “Julius Caesar.” Senators Cassius and Brutus are suspicious of Caesar’s growing power in the Republic. They fear he will accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius is jealous, and with his allies, he convinces Brutus to assassinate Caesar. All conspirators stab Caesar to death on the Ides of March. Yet, their troubles have just begun. Citizens unite and

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rebel. Unrest sweeps Rome. And the rebels flee to Greece, form an army, and wage battle against Caesar-loyalist Mark Antony and his troops in a vain attempt to reclaim power. Political aspirations and the fate of all Rome hang in the balance during this climactic battle. Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE, Washington, D.C.). $45. 3 p.m. “The Wizard of Hip.” The nonstop comic journey of Afro Jo — an African American “everyman” as he travels from adolescence to adulthood in search of the ultimate state of “hip,” a place of comfort and peace in an ever confusing and changing world. After 15 cities and an off-Broadway run, “Wizard of Hip” returns almost 30 years later, a little grayer, a little older and hopefully a little wiser, but with the revelatory journey that made it an audience favorite more than two decades ago. MetroStage (1201 N Royal St., Alexandria) $55. 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train.” Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now Angel’s life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. 1st Stage Theater (1742 Spring Rd., Tysons). $33. 2 p.m.

LIVEMUSIC THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 214 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER Shartel and Hume. 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. Steve Martin & Martin Short -“An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives.” Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $45 – $125. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900. 19th Street Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Andrew Acosta Band. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $17 – $20. 9 p.m. 703237-0300. Anthony Ressano and the Conqueroos. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 9 p.m. 703-241-9504. Huntley. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 10 p.m. 703-237-8333 The Later Late Show: Main Stage Comedy Showcase. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $8 – $10. 10 p.m. 703-255-1566.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 City Farm Band. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 4 p.m. 703-241-9504. Shenandoah Run. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20. 6:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Joseph Monasterial. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-532-9283. Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo with Simi Stone. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $40 – $65. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

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




Daddy Yankee. Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna). $45 – $115. 8 p.m. 703-255-1900.

Bentwood Rockers Bluegrass. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 1 p.m. 703241-9504.

David Kitchen CD Release Party. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504.

Jake Clemons + The Coward’s Choir. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $22. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566.

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


Aloha Sundae with Ramon and Friends. Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. (130 North Washington St., Falls Church). 6:30 p.m. 703-5329283.

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

Trial By Fire – Journey Tribute. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $15 – $20. 9 p.m. 703-237-0300.

David Ryan Harris with Special Guest Justin Kawika Young. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $18. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566.

Street Corner Symphony + Capital Blend. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $20 – $22. 7:30

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

Dada with The Trews. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $19 – $23. 8 p.m.

Alexz Johnson “A Stranger Time” Record Release Show featuring Dress Black. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $25. 7:30 p.m. 703-255-1566. Wolf Blues Jam Live and In Concert for their Weekly Show. at JVs JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. 703-241-9504. Heterdyne featuring Welch & Ochima (doors open at 8:30 p.m.). Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). $5. 9 p.m. 703525-8646.

Dan Hovey and the Tall Boys. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8 p.m. 703241-9504.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Lindi Ortega + Andrew Combs. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). $15 – $18. 7:30 p.m. 703255-1566. Alejandro Lerner. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St., Falls Church). $59 – $99. 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. Open Mic Night featuring singer/guitarist Vernon Santmyer and his family band live and in concert. JV’s Restaurant (666 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) 8 p.m. 703-522-8340.

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Council to Re-Write Zoning Ordinance in Development Push

F.C. Chamber of Commerce Gives City Officials Earful About Tax Plan

Catching a glimpse of a professional economic development consulltant’s sense of what could happen in Falls Church with the loosening of the City’s tight restrictions on density and parking, the Falls Church City Council moved at a work session Sunday to re-write a key zoning ordinance. At its meeting this coming Monday, the Council will give an adjusted reading to an ordinance that should redefine “creative development” in the City’s zoning code.

The transportation funding package passed by the Virginia state legislature and signed by the governor last spring was hailed for providing an array of programs aimed at raising money earmarked for transportation improvements. For Northern Virginia, it included giving jurisdictions new ways to raise money that can be used locally. But the warts on the plan, caused largely by Democratic compromises with anti-tax Republicans in Richmond, were evident the moment the new laws went into effect July 1

MAN’S BEST FRIEND has nothing on Miss Truly Scrumptious, the Ames family’s lovable pup seen here. While normally she’s a good girl who doesn’t hop on the couches unless prompted, the sassy pose was too good to pass up this one time. Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Send in your Critter Corner submissions to

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Just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean your pet can’t be! Snap a pic of your critter and email it to: CRITTERCORNER@FCNP.COM OR mail it to Critter Corner c/o Falls Church News-Press 200 Little Falls Street #508 Falls Church, Va 22046




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Orso Donating Sales to Arc of Northern Virginia Today Pizzeria Orso will donate 15 percent of sales on Thursday, Sept. 14, to the Arc of Northern Virginia. The Arc of NVA provides support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Pizzeria Orso is located at 400 S. Maple Avenue in Falls Church. For more information, visit

Washington DC SCORE to Present at F.C. Chamber Luncheon Edward Coleman, chapter chair of Washington DC SCORE, will present at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s networking luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Italian Café. Coleman, who has more than 40 years of experience in retail and marketing, will present on the variety of free services, such as mentoring and business planning consultation, for business leaders that are available through SCORE. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by announcements and attendee self-introductions at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. Tickets to the event with advanced registration are $27 for members and $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins should space be available. To register, visit

Retirement Finance Presentation at Community Center Sept. 21 A presentation, entitled “Retirement, Making Your Money Last,” will be offered by Edward Jones financial advisor Kevin McFarland, free of charge, on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Falls Church Community Center located at 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-237-8723.

NOVA’s Annandale Campus to Hold Heritage Celebration The Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College will hold a Heritage Celebration on Friday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place on the historic site on campus where the original family farmhouse of the Pruitt family stood prior to the family’s sale of the property to the Commonwealth of Virginia. President Scott Ralls will dedicate interpretive signage at the historic site, followed by a reception and a special presentation by the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee in the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building. The site dedication ceremony will feature Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and an alumna of NOVA, and Dr. Dana Hamel, the first Chancellor of the Virginia Community College system who spoke at the groundbreaking for the campus in 1966. In addition to Dr. Hamel, the Lyceum Legacy Lecture will feature Dr. David Conroy, a full-time mathematics professor who has taught at NOVA since 1968 and Floyd Schwartz, an adjunct faculty member, who has taught continuously at NOVA since 1967. For more information about the college, visit www.

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