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Late last night, the NewsPress was contacted by Falls Church City Hall with the report of an arrest made by Falls Church Police on Hillwood Avenue that could be linked to at least 11 other assaults on women in the Northern Virginia region since last August, including one on Lee Highway Tuesday reported elsewhere in this edition. At about 7:25 p.m., a man under surveillance by Fairfax Police approached a lone woman from behind who was walking on Hillwood and assaulted her. The Fairfax Police detained him and contacted Falls Church Police, since the incident took place in the City. City police arrested the suspect for abduction with the intent to defile and sexual battery. No identity or description of the suspect was immediately provided. After questioning at Falls Church police headquarters, the suspect was in the process of being transported to the Arlington Detention Center. “It appeared to police that the man and his approach to the woman broadly matched the suspect or individuals involved in recent assaults in the region,” F..C’s Chief Public Information Officer Nicole Gobbo said in a telephone report to the NewsPress. “Our police will work with Fairfax and Alexandria police departments to establish if there is a connection.” In a City press release issued at 10:59 p.m., it was reported that “any connections to at least 11 cases in which a masked suspect abducted and assaulted female victims will be made by the lead agencies investigating those cases.
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yesterday that the results of Super Tuesday were heartening for the Obama campaign, and that Virginia, especially Northern Virginia, will be key to their efforts going forward. The Clinton campaign announced a major public rally featuring their candidate today at 2 p.m., at the Washington Lee High School, near her campaign headquarters at 1300 N. Quincy Street. They have also announced that Clinton will appear at the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, Saturday night. Late last night, confirmation came that Obama would also be there. There has been no other word of Obama’s schedule in Virginia as of press time, last night. McBride said that there was nothing firm, or even talked about by press time. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, front-runner John McCain began running television spots in Virginia yesterday. For all
three Republican candidates, the only event in the region they’ve announced plans to attend is the annual convention of the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., on Friday. All three are slated to speak there. In the white-hot ClintonObama contest, however, top Democrats in Virginia have taken their respective sides, and there are heavy hitters in both camps. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine became one of the first major political leaders in the U.S. to endorse Obama over a year ago. Obama had helped Kaine in his governor’s race in 2005, and Kaine told the News-Press recently that he felt Obama would “bring a lot of new life and participation to the party.” “That’s what I’m all about,” Kaine said. “I want to see more and more people becoming involved in the political process.” Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, a Falls Church businessman, served as a key fundraiser for Obama,
and endorsements in this area have come from the likes of State Delegates Jim Scott and Bob Hull, and the progressive “Raising Kaine” blog. Clinton supporters include State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, the highest-ranking Democrat in the state legislature, and State Delegates Al Eisenberg, Adam Ebbin and Paul Smedberg, as well as Arlington-based Democratic National Committee member Mame Reiley, Larry Byrne and the Falls Church News-Press. Her campaign steering committee includes Adam Parkhomenko of Arlington as director of Virginia Political Outreach. Parkhomenko made headlines, including a major feature in the News-Press, as a 17-year-old in 2003 when he launched his own “Draft Hillary” effort for the 2004 presidential campaign. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday. Citizens are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.
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F.C. Market OK for 2 Hotels by Nicholas F. Benton
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Impressed by some major improvements in architectural design, the Falls Church City Council demonstrated a strong informal consensus for approving a new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, which local developer Robert Young wants to build in the 700 block of W. Broad St. Meanwhile, the results of an exhaustive consultants’ study commissioned by City Hall, reported at a public meeting Tuesday, showed that there is a strong market to support both the proposed Hilton and a proposed Marriott Residence Inn that is a component of Atlantic Realty’s City Center project. Rachel Lubin of Economic Research Associates of Washington D.C. made a compelling case for the City’s ability to support and gain maximum fiscal benefits from the two hotels Tuesday, even based on conservative assumptions.
For Week of Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2008 Larceny from Building, 100 blk. Chanel Terr., February 1, 8:55 p.m., police arrested a male, 26, of Falls Church, VA for petty larceny. Fraud, Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates, 105 W Broad St., #200, January 31, 9:50 a.m., unknown person(s) attempted to open an finance account with Dell in the establishment’s name. Destruction of Property, 300 blk Rollins St., February 1, 8:49 a.m., unknown person(s) attempted to rip the molding around the front windshield of a vehicle. Simple Assault, 7Corners Shell, 6623 Wilson Blvd., February 1, 12:19 p.m., unknown person(s) pushed an employee because the employee would not pass the subject’s vehicle for a Virginia State Inspection. Larceny, Shoplifting, Syms, 1000 E Broad St., February 1, 3:31 p.m., police arrested a male, 41, of Riverdale, MD for stealing (3) shirts totaling $142.00. Driving under the Influence, 100 blk. S Maple Ave., February 1, 10:10 p.m., police arrested a female, 40, of Bristow, VA for DUI. Suspicious Event, 100 blk. Spring Ct., February 2, 9:10 a.m., unknown person(s) used victim’s information to open a credit card. The balance on the credit card is $901.21. Larceny, Hillwood Mart, 100 Hillwood Ave., between February 1, 10:00 a.m. and February 2, 6:30 a.m., unknown person(s) stole a vehicle engine from the establishment. Larceny, Sunoco, 934 W Broad St., February 2, 2:05 p.m., unknown person(s) pumped $46.56 worth of unleaded gasoline and drove off without paying for it. Larceny from Vehicle, Sweet Rice,
In terms of “bang for the buck,” or fiscal yield per acre, hotels were identified in earlier studies commissioned by the City’s Economic Development Authority has the single “highest and best use” of commercial land. That was why City Councilman David Snyder spoke as strongly as he did in favor of moving forward with the Hilton project at Monday’s Council work session. Over just one acre, the project is projected to yield a net $360,000 in tax revenues to the City per year, with very few requirements for City services in return. “This is one of the best projects we’ve seen come before us,” Snyder said. Tentative plans were for the Council to revisit the plan at another work session, and then to vote on a preliminary “first reading” approval within a month. If approved, the Hilton, which would be at 706 W.
Broad St. adjacent the Burger King, will be built to include 110 rooms on six floors (a total of 65 feet), a swimming pool, 2,000 to 2,500 square feet of public meeting space and a small restaurant accessible to hotel residents only. It is classified by the hotel industry as “upscale,” as it includes a restaurant, fitness center, business center, pool and room service. The same goes for the proposed Marriot Residence Inn in the City Center area. That would have 175 rooms, and banquet or meeting space with sufficient capacity for local organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce or the Education Foundation, to host annual banquets and special events. Responding to some concerns that an extended-stay hotel such as a Marriott Residence Inn would not be sufficiently “upscale,” Lubin strongly disagreed.
1113 W Broad St., February 2, between 7:20 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., unknown person(s) broke out the rear passenger side window of a vehicle and stole a diaper bag containing diapers, pacifiers, wipes, and baby clothing. Larceny from Vehicle, Anthony’s Restaurant, 309 W Broad St., February 2, between 5:30 p.m. and 11:08 p.m., unknown person(s) broke out the front passenger window of a vehicle and stole a purse containing a Coach wallet, leather gloves, makeup, VA License, (1) credit card, and (1) debit card. Incident to the case, the suspect used the victim’s credit card at 7Eleven, 110 N West Street. Motor Vehicle Theft, Diamond Restaurant, 6763-R3 Wilson Blvd., February 2, between 9:50 p.m. and 11:20 p.m., unknown person(s) stole a 1995 Honda Accord from the rear parking lot of the establishment. Incident to the case, the vehicle was recovered on 02/05/08 by the Prince William County Police. Motor Vehicle Theft, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., February 2, between 4:00 p.m. and 11:50 p.m., unknown person(s) attempted to steal a 1997 Honda Accord from the rear parking lot by punching the ignition. Gambling, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., February 3, 10:21 a.m., police arrested a male, 24, of Annandale, VA for gambling. Gambling, Eden Center, 6763 Wilson Blvd., February 3, 2:25 p.m., police arrested a male, 49, of Arlington, VA for gambling. Graffiti/Damage to Property, 300 blk. Hunton Ave., February 4, 1:21 a.m., unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti on the exterior wall. Motor Vehicle Theft, 500 blk. Roosevelt Blvd., between February 1 and February 4, unknown person(s) attempted to steal a 1996 Honda Accord by prying open the driver’s side window and damaging the ignition. Motor Vehicle Theft, 600 blk. Roosevelt Blvd., between February 2 and February 4, unknown person(s) attempted to steal a 1995 Honda Accord by prying open the driver’s side window and damaging the ignition.
Fraud, Hertz Rental, 1121 W Broad St., between February 1, 12:00 p.m. and February 3, 1:00 p.m., unknown person(s) used victim’s information to make a purchase at the establishment. Graffiti/Damage to Property, 1000 blk. W Broad St., February 4, 4:10 p.m., unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti on the building located in West End Plaza.
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pretty pictures, only to have it switched to a project that falls woefully short of building a great community place. There is an alarming lack of open space; transportation and parking issues for citizens abound and remain unresolved and the Council continues to “roll the dice” on student population growth with a huge residential build out and its resulting inevitable, negative impact on our schools. Not unlike the legendary lowly Camel, this project has been cobbled together by different special interests aided
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and abetted by a City Council grasping for quick cash without due regard for what this community’s citizens require to nourish our civic soul and body for the long term. In fact, the proposed project even jettisons the entire concept of a center to the city by rejecting any housing for the north side of West Broad Street instead placing all of it on the south side. How can we have a City Center with two distinct halves? Additionally, city management and Council Members know all too well that the current prospects being held out for an-all retail and commercial north side of Broad Street is unrealistic. A major development team has already tried without success to aggregate the north side proper-
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ties and was of the opinion that some 800 more residential units could be needed to even make the project financially viable. So why go ahead with the south side project now? Its approval will satiate strong voices in this community who have pushed hard for their own special interests. Whether it’s the Chamber of Commerce, this newspaper, the Housing Corporation or whomever, the most salient question is whether their individual and combined financial interests reflect the values of an entire community. While a member of the City Council and as your Vice Mayor, I was a strong supporter of economic development, but strenuously opposed the idea that we could convert commercially zone property for mainly residential purposes without financial and community distress. Accordingly, I am heartened that the Planning Commission and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society are acting as community guardians by defining and pursuing what are in the best overall interest of our city. This sense is sadly lacking on the Council. Sam Mabry Falls Church
Why Build On Eve of A Recession? Editor, Pollyanna’s moved in at the News-Press: it believes the housing-heavy City Center Plan will make lots of money (thus tax revenue) as a plunging housing market drags the entire economy into recession? Pu-leez. If the Planning Commission and then City Council vote for that contradiction, they should: 1) have their heads examined; 2) buy a bridge in Brooklyn from me. Two things are certain: 1) whatever gets built in this market cannot look anything like a housing-heavy Plan; 2) thus the Council and Commission cannot know what they are actually voting for; so roll dice, it’s quicker Two things won’t happen: 1) new customers coming to any sort of Destination in Falls Church, which the professional urban planners Streetworks said was crucial; instead, customers go to Tysons & 7-Corners and the Internet; 2) Falls Church becoming more interesting than Annandale, with public spaces like a year-round farmer’s market with mezzanine restaurants,
or a theater square with cafes (3 tools, spread risk, no subsidies; another letter). Three things to look for: 1) our last best commercial land, filled with condos; 2) permanent dependence on high residential taxes; 3) long yellow braids framing silly grins at the News-Press. Ron Parson Falls Church
Levelling House On Lee Street Not Best Use Editor, The city purchased the single family home at 215 S. Lee St for $629,000 to gain an additional access point to the recently purchased $1+ million dollar Hamlet/Rees Park property. This single family resident property assessed value in 2006 was $725,700, generating over $7,000 dollars in real estate taxes, annually. Now that the city has purchased the property, the assessed value has declined to $372,100 with no change in the property (a feat I am sure we all would welcome for our homes). This assessed value reduction Continued on Page 40
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Sexual Assault Tuesday in Falls Church On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:45 p.m., a 29-year-old Falls Church-area woman was abducted and assaulted near Lee Highway and George Mason Road. The victim was walking on Lee Highway on the sidewalk and talking on her cell phone when she was attacked. The suspect, approximately 5 ft. 8 in., 200 pounds and wearing a black mask, grabbed her and touched her inappropriately. He fled the scene and she was not injured. Fairfax Police are working the case with the possibility it is connected to a series of attacks with similar characteristics and suspect description. City of Falls Church Police have also increased uniform patrols in targeted areas and times of day. Sen. Webb Calls for Infrastructure Investment
F.C. Attorney Wins Termination of Proposed Debarment Falls Church Attorney Janine S. Benton, Esq., was notified by the U.S. Department of the Army last week that proposed actions to debar her client, Robert A. Raggio of Babylon, New York, had been terminated. The case involving U.S. government contracts for services in Iraq drew major media attention. Raggio and his company, Reviewer Management Services, Ltd., were accused of an alleged conflict of interest and a violation of government ethics regulations. Represented by Attorney Benton, Raggio was notified by a letter from an Army Legal Services Agency official on Jan. 31 that, â€œBased upon the oral presentation and supporting materials submitted for my reviewâ€ŚI have determined that you and your company are presently responsible government contractors.â€? It added, â€œEffective immediately, proposed debarments of both you and Reviewer Management Services, Ltd., are terminated.â€? It then stated, â€œYour name has been removed from the General Services Administrationâ€™s Excluded Parties List System,â€? and, â€œAll restrictions placed upon you in accordance with Section 9.405 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation have been removed.â€? F.C. Olympic Hopeful Makes Skeleton Team Falls Churchâ€™s 26-year-old Tom Abbey, an assistant track coach and trainer at Vantage Fitness, leaves Sunday for a second two week training session at Lake Placid, New York, having succeeded in his bid to enter into the Olympic Development Program in hopes of earning a spot on the U.S. skeleton racing team for the 2010 Olympics. As a member of the program, he gets to train, eat and live for free while at the Olympic Training Center at Lake Placid. However, he still needs financial support to purchase a sled, shoes and steel runners, and to make up for lost wages at home for the routine one-to-two week periods he will be spending in training. It is common for Olympic hopefuls to be helped with contributions made by check to the USBSF Athlete Training Fund. The individual athleteâ€™s name cannot appear anywhere on the check, but it can be accompanied by a note specifying that the contribution is to aid Skeleton Athlete Tom Abbey. They can be mailed to Tom Abbey, c/o Vantage Fitness, 402 W. Broad St., Falls Church, Va. 22046, or brought by in person. 2nd Notification: No Obama Rally in F.C. The News-Press reiterates its error made two editions ago which reported that a Barack Obama rally was being organized for Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church on Feb. 10. No such rally is scheduled.
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FALLS CHURCH’S LUTHER JACKSON Middle School was the scene of festive Chinese New Year performances, along with an array of exhibits, food offerings and educational materials last Saturday. The Chinese “Year of the Rat” officially begins today and festivities here conclude Saturday with a traditional lion dance at the Eden Center at 11 a.m. Over 200,000 people, or 15% of Northern Virginians, are of Asian descent. (Photos: News-Press)
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The Cooper Concerns I’m not a Hillary-hater. She’s been an outstanding senator. She hung tough on Iraq through the dark days of 2005. In this campaign, she has soldiered on bravely even though she has most of the elected Democrats, news media and the educated class rooting against her. But there are certain moments when her dark side emerges and threatens to undo the good she is trying to achieve. Her campaign tactics before the South Carolina primary were one NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE such moment. Another, further in her past, involved Jim Cooper, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee. Cooper is one of the most thoughtful, cordial and well-prepared members of the House. In 1992, he came up with a health care reform plan that would go on to attract wide, bipartisan support. A later version had 58 co-sponsors in the House -- 26 Republicans and 32 Democrats. It was sponsored in the Senate by Democrat John Breaux and embraced by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, among others. But unlike the plan Hillary Clinton came up with then, the Cooper plan did not include employer mandates to force universal coverage. On June 15, 1993, Cooper met with Clinton to discuss their differences. Clinton was “ice cold” at the meeting, Cooper recalls. “It was the coldest reception of my life. I was excoriated.” Cooper told her that she was getting pulled too far to the left. He warned that her plan would never get through Congress. Clinton’s response, Cooper now says, was: “We’ll crush you. You’ll wish you never mentioned this to me.” In the weeks and months following that meeting, the Clinton administration reached out to Cooper. As David Broder and Haynes Johnson wrote in “The System,” their history of the health care reform effort, President Bill Clinton invited Cooper to go jogging and play golf. Others in the Clinton White House thought Cooper was right on the merits, and privately let him know. But Hillary Clinton set up a war room to oppose Cooper, who was planning to run for the Senate in 1994. As the Broder and Johnson book makes clear, Clinton and her aides believed Cooper was pursuing his own political agenda. They accused him of crafting his plan in order to raise money from the insurance and hospital industries. They said he was in league with the for-profit hospitals to crush competitors and monopolize the industry.
They did this despite the fact that Cooper’s centrist health care approach was entirely consistent with his overall philosophy. At one meeting in the West Wing, a source told Broder and Johnson, Clinton “kind of got this evil look and said, ‘We’ve got to do something about this Cooper bill. We’ve got to kill it before it goes any further.”’ Clinton denounced the Cooper plan as “dangerous and threatening.” Deputies were dispatched to Tennessee to attack his plan. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said that Cooper is “a real fraud. I hope he doesn’t make it to this place.” According to Newsweek, Clinton brought an aide with a video camera to a meeting with senators and asked the senators to denounce Cooper on the spot. The Clinton effort backfired. It temporarily raised his profile back home. Her health care reform failed, too. She says she’s learned the lessons from that failure, but she remains icy toward Cooper. Her health care memos, including a three-page memo drafted in preparation for her meeting with Cooper, have not been made public by the National Archives. Moreover, the debate Clinton is having with Barack Obama echoes the debate she had with Cooper 15 years ago. The issue, once again, is over whether to use government to coerce people into getting coverage. The Clintonites argue that without coercion, there will be free-riders on the system. They’ve got a point. But there are serious health care economists on both sides of the issue. And in the heat of battle, Clinton has turned the debate between universal coverage and universal access into a sort of philosophical holy grail, with a party of righteousness and a party of error. She’s imposed Manichean categories on a technical issue, just as she did a decade and half ago. And she’s done it even though she hasn’t answered legitimate questions about how she would enforce her universal coverage mandate. Cooper, who, not surprisingly, supports Obama, believes that Clinton hasn’t changed. “Hillary’s approach is so absolutist, draconian and intolerant, it means a replay of 1993.” He argues that her more coercive approach would once again be a political death knell. No Republican will support it. Red state Democrats will face impossible pressures at home. It’s smarter to begin by offering people affordable access to coverage and evolve from there. Cooper is, of course, a man who has been burned in the past. But it is legitimate to wonder if adults can really change all that much. A defter politician would have reached out to Cooper and made an attempt to address the concerns he represents.
WASHINGTON -- How strange is this? The nation’s chief law enforcement officer cannot say whether “waterboarding” is illegal. At a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Michael Mukasey acknowledged under questioning that he would feel tortured if he were waterboarded, but he staunchly refused to say whether it was illegal. A heinous technique dating back to the Spanish Inquisition, waterboarding involves strapping a prisoner down and pouring water over his cloth-covered face to create a sensation of imminent drowning. Mukasey -- whose confirmation for the Cabinet post was championed by two Democrats, Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California -- dodged the legality question on grounds that he was told the technique is
no longer used by the CIA on terror suspects. The CIA and the Pentagon banned waterboarding in 2006, after three terror suspects had been given the treatment. In testimony Tuesday, CIA director Michael Hayden told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the agency’s interrogators had used waterboarding to extract information from three al-Qaida detainees in 2002 and 2003. One of them was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks on the U.S. The prisoners were held in secret prisons overseas. An anonymous intelligence officer told the committee that the CIA officers and contractors who conducted the waterboarding were told it was legal at the time. But he added: “The legal landscape has changed.” Waterboarding taken to its extreme could cause death, Mike McConnell, director of National Intelligence told the panel. “You could drown
The principal policy division between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama involves health care. It’s a division that can seem technical and obscure -- and I’ve read many assertions that only the most wonkish care about the fine print of their proposals. But as I’ve tried to explain in previous columns, there really is a big difference between the candidates’ approaches. And new research, just released, confirms what I’ve been saying: The difference between the plans could well be the difference between achieving universal health coverage and falling far short. Specifically, new estimates say that a plan resembling Clinton’s would cover almost twice as many of those now uninsured as a plan resembling Obama’s -- at only slightly higher cost. Both plans require that private insurers offer policies to everyone, regardless of medical history. Both also allow people to buy into government-offered insurance instead. And both plans seek to make insurance affordable to lower-income Americans. The Clinton plan is, however, more explicit about affordability, promising to limit insurance costs as a percentage of family income. And it also seems to include more funds for subsidies. But the big difference is mandates: The Clinton plan requires that everyone have insurance; the Obama plan doesn’t. Obama claims that people will buy insurance if it becomes affordable. Unfortunately, the evidence says otherwise. After all, we already have programs that make health insurance free or very cheap to many low-income Americans, without requiring that they sign up. And many of those eligible fail, for whatever reason, to enroll. An Obama-type plan would also face the problem of healthy people who decide to take their chances or don’t sign up until they develop medical problems, thereby raising premiums for everyone else. Obama, contradicting his earlier assertions that affordability is the only bar to coverage, is now talking about penalizing those who delay signing up. So the Obama plan would leave more people uninsured than the Clinton plan. How big is the difference? To answer this question you need to make a detailed analysis of health care decisions. That’s what Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology does in a new paper. Gruber finds that a plan without mandates, broadly resembling the Obama plan, would cover 23 million of those currently uninsured, at a taxpayer cost of $102 billion per year. An otherwise identical plan with mandates would cover 45 million of the uninsured -- essentially everyone -- at a taxpayer cost of $124 billion. Overall, the Obama-type plan would cost $4,400 per newly insured person, the Clinton-type plan only $2,700. That doesn’t look like a trivial difference to me. One plan achieves more or less universal coverage; the other, although it costs more than 80 percent as much, covers only about half of those currently uninsured. As with any economic analysis, Gruber’s results are only as good as his model. But they’re consistent with the results of other analyses, like a 2003 study, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that compared health reform plans and found that mandates made a big difference both to success in covering the uninsured and to cost-effectiveness. And that’s why many health care experts like Gruber strongly support mandates. Now, some might argue that none of this matters, because the legislation presidents actually manage to get enacted often bears little resemblance to their campaign proposals. And there is, indeed, no guarantee that Clinton would, if elected, be able to pass anything like her current health care plan. But while it’s easy to see how the Clinton plan could end up being eviscerated, it’s hard to see how the hole in the Obama plan can be repaired. Why? Because Obama’s campaigning on the health care issue has sabotaged his own prospects. The Obama campaign has demonized the idea of mandates -- most recently in a mailer sent to voters bearing a striking resemblance to the “Harry & Louise” ads run by the insurance lobby in ’93, ads that undermined our last chance at getting universal health care. If Obama gets to the White House and tries to achieve universal coverage, he’ll find that it can’t be done without mandates -- but if he tries to institute mandates, the enemies of reform will use his own words against him. If you combine the economic analysis with these political realities, here’s what I think it says: If Clinton gets the nomination, there is some chance that we’ll get universal health care in the next administration. If Obama gets the nomination, it just won’t happen.
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Back in the day, feminists and those like myself who supported them, called it “male chauvinism.” It remains a mighty force in our society, so pervasive that few of either gender are really attuned to detect it. Among men seeking to bond and avoid potential conflict, endless talk of sports and women has always been the coin of the realm. In this discourse, of course, women are routinely “objectified,” as we used to say. While often restrained in the presence of the opposite sex, amongst themselves men giggle and leer over women who live up to some social standard of sex appeal, or the opposite of it. Does anyone not remember the extent to which Hillary Clinton was the butt of cruel male chauvinist humor during her husband’s first campaign for president and first years in the White House? Somehow, taking sexist pot shots at a First Lady was considered fair game, even in generally mixed company. In the more recent era, the two First Ladies that drew the greatest derision from the less-than-magnificent male species were Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton. There were elaborate jokes made up about Roosevelt always related to her appearance in contrast to the conventional masculine taste in female beauty. Many veterans of those earlier days rehashed the same jokes to tell about Hillary. It comes as no surprise, of course, that what really distinguished Roosevelt and Clinton was the fact that they did not conform to society’s established idea of how a First Lady is supposed to behave. Roosevelt took a high-profile, independent role in connection with the United Nations, and an array of peace and human rights causes. Clinton made it clear the moment her husband won the presidency that she was going to make an independent impact in the domain of policy, including taking on the insurance industry with a push for universal health care. Other first ladies have been respectable and gracious. But none, in the modern era at least, dared step out of the subordinate wife, mother and home maker role expected by Ozzie of Harriet and so forth. Even when Nancy Reagan spearheaded the woeful War on Drugs, it was like that. As a non-controversial cause, who could be against it? There is nothing that insecure men loathe more than ballbusting women, as they perceive them. One way or another, they threaten something very deep in their psyche. They make it hard for some of them to pee. But even more secure men, in the spirit of male bonding, tend to cover for their more psychologically “E.D.” brothers, and too often go along with their denigrating swipes at women. An article called “The Hillary Haters” by Jason Horowitz, published in a recent issue of Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine, underscored this fact. Those men who maintained the most angry web sites dedicated to attacking Clinton could not really explain to the article’s author why they felt so angry about Clinton. In one way or another, they tried unconvincingly to explain it in terms of policy or petty differences, but often they could not even articulate those. To the author, it became clear that maybe misogynist tendencies were behind some of it. Of course, if not consciously, the vast majority of women know what this is all about. Many have been conditioned not to make anything of it, others are barely aware, and others feel it keenly. But the fact is the media, especially conservative pundits, the Republicans and even some in her own party, back-slapping males and their admirers, have exhibited classic and consistent traits of male chauvinism in respect to Hillary Clinton. This persists, despite the fact she’s constantly baffled them with her relentless political rise and success as a leader. It is never going to be easy for her. But don’t believe for a moment the bleating of the Republicans that they’d rather run against her than Obama in November. They say that in hopes they can dissuade the Democrats from nominating her. They know she’s tough as nails and a real threat to the moneyed interests who back them.
LOS ANGELES -- Hillary Clinton denounced Dick Cheney as Darth Vader, but she did not absorb the ultimate lesson of the destructive vice president: Don’t become so paranoid that you let yourself be overwhelmed by a dark vision. I think Hillary truly believes that she and Bill are the only ones tough enough to get to the White House. Jack Nicholson endorsed her as “the best man for the job,” and she told David Letterman that “in my White House, we’ll know who wears the pantsuits.” But her pitch is the color of pitch: Because she has absorbed all the hate and body blows from nasty Republicans over the years, she is the best person to absorb more hate and body blows from nasty Republicans. Darkness seeking darkness. It’s an exhausting specter, and the reason that Tom Daschle, Ted Kennedy, Claire McCaskill and so many other Democrats are dashing for daylight and trying to break away from the pathological Clinton path. “I think we should never be derisive about somebody who has the ability to inspire,” Sen. McCaskill told David Gregory on MSNBC on Tuesday. “You know, we’ve had some dark days in this democracy over the last seven years, and today the sun is out. It is shining brightly. I watch these kids, these old and young, these black and white, 20,000 of them, pour into our dome in St. Louis Saturday night, and they feel good about being an American right now. And I think that’s something that we have to capture.” Tuesday’s voting showed only that the voters, like moviegoers, don’t want a pat ending. Hillary and Obama will battle on in chiaroscuro. Her argument to the Democratic base has gone from a subtext of “You owe me,” or more precisely, “Bill owes me and you owe him,” to a subtext of “Obambi will fold at the first punch from the right.” Hillary’s strategist Mark Penn made the argument last week that because the voters have “very limited information” about Obama, the Republican attack machine would tear him down and he would lose the support of independents. Then Penn tried to point the way to negative information on Obama, just to show that Obama wouldn’t be able to survive Republicans pointing the way to negative information. As she talked Sunday to George Stephanopoulos, a former director of the formidable Clinton war room, Hillary’s case boiled down to the fact that she can be Trouble, as they say about hard-boiled dames in film noir, when Republicans make trouble.
“I have been through these Republican attacks over and over and over again, and I believe that I’ve demonstrated that much to the dismay of the Republicans, I not only can survive, but thrive,” she said, adding that “frankly, in his prior election in Illinois, Sen. Obama didn’t face anyone who ran attack ads against him.” Better the devil you know than the diffident debutante you don’t. Better to go with the Clintons, with all their dysfunction and chaos -- the same dysfunction and chaos that fueled the Republican hate machine -- than to risk the chance that Obama would be mauled like a chew toy in the general election. Better to blow off all the inspiration and the young voters, the independents and the Republicans that Obama is attracting than to take a chance on something as ephemeral as hope. Now that’s Cheney-level paranoia. Bill is propelled by Cheneyesque paranoia, as well. Bill’s visceral reaction to Obama -- from the “fairy tale” line to the inappropriate Jesse Jackson comparison -- is rooted less in his need to see his wife elected than in his need to see Obama lose, so that Bill’s legacy is protected. If Obama wins, he’ll be seen as the closest thing to JFK since JFK. And JFK is Bill’s hero. Even though Obama stopped smoking when he started running for president, he has lost five pounds racing around the country. Just like Hollywood starlets, he works out religiously and can make a three-course meal out of a Nicorette. For much of the year, when matched against Hillary in debates, the Illinois senator seemed out of his weight class. Though he has slimmed down, he has moved up to heavyweight. The big question is: Can he go from laconic to iconic to bionic? Will he have the muscle to take on the opposition, from Billary to the Republican hate machine to the terrorists overseas? “I try to explain to people, I may be skinny but I’m tough,” he told a crowd of more than 15,000 in Hartford the other night, with the Kennedys looking on. “I’m from Chicago.” The relentless Hillary has been the reticent Obama’s tutor in the Political School for Scandal. He is learning how to take a punch and give one back. When she presents her mythic narrative, the dragon she has slain is the Republican attack machine. Obama told me he doesn’t think about mythic narratives. Nonetheless, if he wants to be president, he’ll have to slay the dragon. And his dragon is the Clinton attack machine.
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SAW Performance Workshop The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) will be holding a Performance Workshop conducted by Bernie MullerThym, formerly of DaVinci’s Notebook, on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at The Lab of Convergence (1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria). Performers looking to shake their jitters or establish a nightly routine are encouraged to attend, as Muller-Thym, a former artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, will answer questions based on his national touring prowess. Costs $30 in advance/$35 at the door for SAW members, $40 in advance/$45 at the door for non-SAW members. For more information, visit www.saw. org. PFLAGDC Support Group PFLAG of Metro DC (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian, Gays, and Transgender) will be holding a support group meeting on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church). Free and open to the public, it will be a discussion of issues about coming out. For more information, call 703319-0424 or visit www.pflagdc. org. Revisiting the ‘Science Wars’ On Saturday, Feb. 9, Stephen Brush, professor (emeritus) of the History of Science at the University of Maryland will
be giving a presentation on Postmodernism vs. Science vs. Fundamentalism at the National Science Foundation, Room 110 (4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) from 2-4 p.m. Presented by the National Capital Area Skeptics, Professor Brush will speak about the new postmodern and fundamentalist movements, their affect on the field of science and whether scientists can discover true facts about the world, or whether all their knowledge is socially constructed. For more information, visit www.ncas.org or call 301587-3827. Abe Lincoln’s Unofficial Biography
cal instruction and computers. For more information, contact Karen Robeson 703-790-0243. JSSA’s Meet The Author Open Arms, the women’s giving circle JSSA, will host their first Meet the Author fundraising event with special guest Elinor Lipman on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Dennis and Philip Ratner Museum (10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md.). Lipman’s first novel, “Then She Found Me”, has been adapted into a movie scheduled for release in late April, starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth and
Matthew Broderick. Following the program, there will be a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.jssa.org. Proceeds will benefit JSSA’s respite care program for families with children who have disabilities and services for young adults with Asperger’s syndrome. A World of Fiction Writing The Washington Independent Writers and American University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program are sponsoring an all-day Fiction Conference at American
University (4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., DC) on Saturday, Feb. 9. Panels include “Fiction Under Forty”, “If Rodney Dangerfield Were An Author…” and “Writers’ Blogs, A New Literary Genre.” Featuring keynote speech by Susan Richards Shreve. Registration fees are $119 for members, $189 for non-members and $79 for students. Register at www.washwriter.org or by telephone to 202-775-5150. The Magnificent Chinese Chrysanthemums The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society
On Thursday, Feb. 7, Rotarian Rex Hayes will present “Abe Lincoln’s Unofficial Biography” at the Falls Church Rotary Club’s 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting. The dinner meeting will be held at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church), costs $10 and visitors are welcome. For more information, call 202-268-5089. Retired Teachers Visit Revised Halls The Arlington Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) is sponsoring a tour of the new construction at WashingtonLee High School (1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, starting at 2 p.m. The tour will showcase the new academic wing, which is the first phase of a threephase project. The new wing opened on January 3, including 16 science labs and multiple labs for business, musi-
PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES for the City of Falls Church municipal election in May were invited by the Citizens for a Better City (CBC) to meet the public last Friday night at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor. Announced candidates who showed included (left to right): School Board i\ Incumbent Joan Wodiska, Council candidate Lawrence Webb, Incumbent Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, Incumbent Mayor Robin Gardner, Incument School Board member Kieran Sharpe and CBC President Jody Acosta. (Photo: News-Press)
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will present a one hour slide program by award winning Master Chrysanthemum Judge and Horticulturalist, Dr. Bob Howell, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. The show will feature the photos taken at Chrysanthemum festivals and gardens during his recent China travels. The meeting will take place at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Open to the public, free admission and refreshments. For more information, call 703-560-8776. Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran to Speak On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Staff Sergeant Gary Heffernan, a recent veteran of the Iraq War, will be speaking to members of The American Legion, McLean Post 270 (1355 Balls Hill, McLean) at 7:30 p.m. SSG Heffernan returned from Iraq in December 2006, after serving time in Baghdad and participating in the capture of two of the most wanted High Value
Targets in the 4th Infantry Division’s area of responsibility. All Veterans, regardless of affiliation, are welcome to attend, and should contact the Post at 703-938-8930 for more information. Local Producer Earns Grammy Nomination Scott Shuman, music producer and a resident of Falls Church, received a Grammy nomination for his work with The Blue Shoe Project on the album “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen – Live in Dallas.” The album features performances by Henry James Townsend, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Joe Willie Perkins and David Edwards, all who ranged from 89 – 94 years of age at the time of recording. The Blue Shoe Project, established in 2004, aims to ensure American students access to music, history, and impact of the blues. For more information, visit www. blueshoeproject.org.
KICKING OFF A YEAR-OLD series of performances, workshops and art exhibits under the “Da Vinci Passport” theme, the Falls Church Arts’ Marty Meserve (left) and Creative Cauldron’s Laura Hull hosted a lively reception at the Falls Church Arts gallery last Friday night. The first workshop is slated for Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. (PHOTO: NEWS-PRESS)
Renew Your Vows for Valentine’s Day For those looking to put a unique spin on Valentine’s Day, Arlington Forest United Methodist Church (4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) is looking for people to renew their wedding vows on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. After the service, there will be a reception with cake, punch, finger sandwiches and music. For those interested in renewing their vows, contact the church office by Sunday, Feb. 10 at 703-5250961 or email@example.com. Everyone is welcome. USTA NOVA’s Super 70’s Tennis League The US Tennis Association in Northern Virginia (USTA NOVA) will form a Super 70’s Tennis League for men and women born in 1938 or earlier, scheduled to begin in early March and end in late April. Play will be at the Four Seasons Racquet Club (3010 Williams Dr., Merrifield) and at the Regency Sport and Health Club (1800 Old Meadow Rd., McLean). Matches will be played mid-day on week-
days and will last 90 minutes. Players must be USTA members and pay registration and minimal court fees. For more information, contact League Coordinator Alice Hume at 703-768-7074 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Acacia Hires New Team Acacia Federal Savings Bank (7600 Leesburg Pike, East Building, Suite 200, Falls Church) has started 2008 with a new management team, comprised of new chairman and chief executive officer of Acacia Federal James B. Barber and new president and chief operating officer Louis C. Kiessling. F. Weller Meyer, chairman, president and CEO retired on January 2 of this year, necessitating these changes; Meyer will serve as vice chairman of Acacia Federal during 2008. Barber was a member of the original management team of Acacia and also serves on the board of the Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Kiessling was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer and is a board member of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
Chesterbrook Elementary Online Auction The Chesterbrook PTA kicked off a silent auction on Sunday, Feb. 3 which runs until Sunday, Mar. 2 at 10 p.m., including items such as an autographed Brett Favre helmet, an autographed boxing glove from Sugar Ray and a Nintendo DS. All proceeds go to the Chesterbrook PTA to support Chesterbrook Elementary School (1735 Kirby Rd., McLean), from enhancing enrichment materials and programs, to technology. Anyone who registers for the online auction at www.chesterbrook.org is automatically entered into a raffle for an iPod Shuffle, no purchase necessary. For more information, call 703-714-8200. Correction In last week’s issue, a story about a Chipotle opening in the Merrifield Town Center contained incorrect days of the week corresponding to the dates. They will hold their fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 7, and the Chipotle opens to the public on Friday, Feb. 8.
AT THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Falls Church Housing Corporation last week, key players in the historic partnership that has been forged to provide a major affordable housing structure adjacent the planned City Center were present to offer supporters an update on the project. Left to right: Christopher Fay of Homestretch, Inc., FCHC Executive Director Carol Jackson, Atlantic Realty’s Adam Shulman, FCHC Board President Steve Rogers, F.C. Mayor Robin Gardner and City of Falls Church Assistant City Manager Cindy Mester. (PHOTO: NEWS-PRESS)
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Irelandâ€™s Four Provinces is hosting a St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade Fundraiser from 4 â€“ 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. Entertainment includes four singers/bands, Irish Dancing and Bag Pipes and the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions and a 50/50 raffle. The event is free. Irelandâ€™s Four Provinces is located at 105 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Call 703-534-8999 for more information. *** Richard Tucker, Senior Planner for Arlington County will present an update on the East Falls Church Planning and Transportation Study at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Networking Luncheon on February 19. The purpose of the Study is to generate a land use and transportation vision for transit-oriented development in the East Falls Church area of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. The Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian CafĂŠ (7161 Lee Highway). Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required â€“ call 703-532-1050 or email email@example.com. An additional $5 charge will be added for walk-ins. *** Computer Sciences Corporation, one of the worldâ€™s largest information technology services companies and one of the 10 largest employers in Fairfax County, will relocate its corporate headquarters to the Falls Church area of Fairfax County from the Los Angeles area. CSC becomes the eighth Fortune 500 company to maintain corporate headquarters in Fairfax County. The relocation will consolidate into one geographic location the corporate executive leadership with the companyâ€™s global operational headquarters. Fairfax County is already headquarters of CSCâ€™s largest business unit, the North American Public Sector, and its commercial outsourcing business. The company has about 11,000 employees in the Washington area. Fairfax County is the Washington areaâ€™s private-sector job leader and is a major hub for regional economic activity. Time magazine in 2007 called Fairfax County â€œone of the great economic success stories of our time.â€? The CSC decision follows a September 2007 announcement by Volkswagen of America, Inc., that it would relocate its headquarters to Fairfax County. For more information about doing business in Fairfax County visit www.FairfaxCountyEDA. org. For more information about CSC, visit www.csc.com. *** The Falls Church News-Press received prime placement for its new ad appearing in the February 1-7 edition of the Washington Business Journal. The full color ad touts the benefits of advertising in Falls Churchâ€™s very own paper. The great Falls Church community is composed of more than 100,000 people with more than $4 billion in discretionary spending in the five local zip codes. The News-Press, with its 36,500 targeted deliveries weekly and a fiercely-loyal readership, is becoming an increasingly popular advertising vehicle. For information on advertising opportunities, visit www.fcnp.com. *** The Greater Merrifield Business Association helped raise over $5,000 for PRS, Inc., at their 22nd Annual Holiday Auction in December. Established in 1963, PRS, Inc. provides community based support services and training needed for men and women who are recovering from mental illness. Most PRS clients are Northern Virginia residents with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder or major depression. Many of these clients are languishing in their lives. PRS will be hosting its 13th Annual PRS Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 3, 2008. To purchase tickets, to donate auction items or for more information, contact Tammy De Martino at 703-531-6321 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about PRS visit www.prsinc.org. *** Janmedia Interactive has moved its headquarters office to 7247 Lee Highway in Falls Church. Janmedia, which also has an office in the European Union with over 20 employees, is a digital and web agency with clients ranging from local businesses such as The State Theatre and The Washington Times to major international organizations such as Amnesty International and The World Bank to corporate giants such as Eli Lilly & Co., GlaxoSmithKline, Mars, Inc., and Time Warner Cable. For more information about Janmedia and their services, visit www.janmedia.com. *** John DeWitt and Martin Fayer of Johnson Capitalâ€™s Washington, D.C. office recently arranged $36 million in financing for Prestwick Apartments, a 310-unit, mid-rise building in Falls Church. The Johnson Capital team arranged the seven-year, fixed-to-float loan through Freddie Macâ€™s Acquisition-Rehab program, securing an interest rate of 5.8 percent. The new owners recently acquired the 1962-constructed building and will soon implement a multi-million dollar renovation. Prestwick Apartments, located at 6166 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, offers amenities such as controlled-access entry, air conditioning, a state-of-the-art athletic center, swimming pool and tennis courts. For more information visit www.prestwick-apts.com. *** Verizon Wireless has opened a new store in Baileys Crossroads in the Leesburg Pike Shopping Center at 3541 S. Jefferson Street just months after opening its Falls Church location on Broad Street. Verizon Wireless serves 65.7 million customers and is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. The Baileys Crossroads store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 70 p.m. The store phone number is (703) 379-6540. ď ľ The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be emailed at sally@ fallschurchchamber.org
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Winter Sports Briefs
Marshall High Boys End Skid; Stuart Boys Streak to 3rd Place Marshall Boys Hoops The Marshall Statesmen boys varsity basketball team played a thriller on Friday, Feb. 1, and came up just short against the Colonials of Thomas Jefferson High, losing 51-49. Senior guard Nate Whittington paced the Statesmen with 13 points, including three three-pointers, but the Statesmen were pounded on the inside all night by junior center Spencer de Mars, who scored 23 points on eight baskets and seven foul shots. The loss dropped the Statesmen to 5-13 overall, and again robbed them of their chance for a second conference win. The Statesmen would not have to wait long to pick up that elusive second win however, as they faced Stone Bridge at home on Monday night, the only team that they had beaten in the Liberty Conference this season. Monday’s script told a similar story and the Statesmen rolled, 61-40. The Whittington brothers proved to be the difference in this game; junior guard Bryan Whittington scored 17, while his older brother Nate finished with 13 points, hitting all eight free throws he attempted. The Statesmen will not have much time to celebrate, as they face a tough road swing this week, traveling to South Lakes on Thursday and the hostile environment of McLean on Tuesday night. McLean Boys Hoops The McLean Highlanders had a tough last week, falling to two top Liberty Conference opponents to drop their overall conference record below .500, to 5-6. On Friday, the Highlanders traveled to W.T. Woodson, the top team in the Liberty Conference pack, looking to pull off an upset. At halftime, the score was locked up at 29 a piece, however Woodson came out firing in the second half and McLean could not conjure up the defense to stop them. Despite the best efforts of senior guard/forward Tarek Ammoury, who scored 30 points, the rest of the Highlanders could not find their stroke, and could not give Ammoury the offensive support he needed to pull off the upset. On Monday, the Highlanders came back home to face another tough test in the form of Madison. With their leading
scorer inactive for the game, the Highlanders looked for other offensive weapons, finding two in junior guard Peter Brosnan, who scored a game-high 13, and senior guard Peter Kenallias, who dropped 12 on Madison. However, without Ammoury, the Highlanders could only sit and watch as Madison junior guard, Omi Ogolo, scored his last two of his team-high 11 points on a running shot from the lane as time expired. The heart-breaking loss dropped Madison’s overall record to 10-9. This week, the Highlanders will be looking to draw upon home support in their effort to get above .500 again, with home games against Stone Bridge on Thursday night and Marshall on Tuesday. McLean Girls Hoops The McLean Lady Highlanders faced a near impossible week last week, first traveling to W.T. Woodson on Friday night before playing host to No. 12 Madison on Monday. On Friday night, McLean’s undoing came at the free throw line, as the Lady Highlanders could only convert 13 of 28 free throws, less than 50 percent overall from the line. Conversely, Woodson earned five more points on their free throws despite one less attempt, going 18 for 27 and shooting at an impressive 67percent clip. The balance of Woodson’s scoring proved too much for McLean, as Woodson featured two double-digit scorers. Coming off a double-digit performance last week against Langley, freshman guard Andie Romness exploded for 16 points, providing nearly half of McLean’s overall scoring output. However, the free throw differential proved too great, and McLean lost 53-42. Monday night, No.12 Madison came into McLean’s gym and, despite the home crowd support, the Lady Highlanders had no answers for the ranked Lady Warhawks of Madison. Madison simply dominated the first half, going into halftime with a 36-10 lead and putting all thoughts of an upset to rest quickly. The Lady Highlanders scored only nine baskets overall. Jessica Stillman was the team’s leading scorer with eight points. The Lady Highlanders head
to the road this week, traveling to Stone Bridge on Thursday night and Marshall on Tuesday. Falls Church Boys Hoops The Falls Church Jaguars faced a huge challenge on Friday night, as the Mount Vernon Majors and their 7-1 conference record came to Falls Church to battle the 1-7 Jaguars. Paced by balanced scoring and three double-digit scorers, Mount Vernon rolled to a 62-39 victory over the Jags. Junior forward/center Evan Hansen was one of the few positives for the Jags, scoring 20 points on eight baskets and four free throws. Tuesday night featured a game between two teams with 1-17 overall records and 1-8 conference records, when Falls Church traveled to WashingtonLee. Adding to the drama of this matchup: Washington-Lee had been Falls Church’s only victory this season after the Generals forfeited their previous game after using an ineligible player. Looking to avenge that “loss,” even the Generals doubtfully could have predicted the final score of Tuesday’s matchup. Behind points from 11 different players, the Generals rolled over the Jaguars, 71-38. Three Generals players scored in double figures and the team drained five three-pointers as a whole. Falls Church was paced by junior guard Kyle Gotcher, but could not keep up with the offensive salvo of WashingtonLee, dropping them to 1-18 overall and 1-9 in the National District. The road gets no easier for the Jaguars this week, with an away game against Wakefield on Friday night and a home matchup against Edison on Monday. Falls Church Girls The Falls Church Lady Jaguars, in the midst of a rough season, dropped two more games last week to fall to 2-16 overall, 1-8 in conference. On Friday, the girls traveled to Mount Vernon and despite the best efforts of senior Almarys Ortiz, who scored 16, and 18 combined points from the senior Gibbons sisters, Falls Church was more or less done by halftime, as Mount Vernon jumped to a 39-16 lead. Mount
EVAN HANSEN (RIGHT) was one of the few bright spots for Falls Church, scoring 20 points when the Jags faced first-place Mt. Vernon. (Photo: News-Press) Vernon was paced by threedouble digit scorers, including senior forward Kaycie Day, who led the team with 20 points. Next up for the Lady Jaguars is a Friday home game against Wakefield at 7:45 p.m. J.E.B. Stuart Boys The Raiders ran their winning streak to four with a 58-52 home victory over the Edison Eagles, Feb. 1. With the win, Stuart upped its record to 63 in the National District and climbed ahead of the Eagles into sole possession of third place. The road gets no easier for the Raiders (12-6 overall), as they travel to face first-place Mt. Vernon (13-6, 9-1) for a Feb. 8 contest. The two teams met in a heated, double-overtime affair in mid-January that the Majors claimed by a 72-66 final tally. Stuart returns home on Feb. 11 to face second-place Yorktown (10-9, 7-3) before closing out its season against Washington-Lee (4-12, 3-6) on Feb. 14. J.E.B. Stuart Girls On Friday, Feb.1, the J.E.B. Stuart Raiders had to travel to No. 4 Edison’s home gym for what turned out to be their most lopsided defeat of the season, as Edison rolled, 86-23. The halftime score of 51-3 sums up how the night went for the Lady Raiders pretty succinctly. Edison, undefeated in the district and with only one loss on the entire year, featured five girls in double-digits, while J.E.B. Stuart could not produce a single double-digit scorer. Jayme Harris, a senior guard,
led the team with nine points on three baskets and three foul shots. The loss dropped Stuart to 5-13 overall, 4-5 in conference. The Lady Raiders have Mount Vernon at home on Thursday and travel to National Conference rival Yorktown on Monday night, looking to avenge an earlier 62-20 loss.
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a double-digit effort of her own with 12 points, and freshman Carmen Mann, junior Amanda Flynn and senior Dawn Emerson each scored eight. The Lady Statesmen, feeling no pressure from their 12game losing streak, iced the game by going 7-8 from the free throw line in the final quarter. The good play continued at Stone Bridge on Monday night, where the girls won their second game in a row, 5142. Sophomores Theresa Hackett and Zirkle each scored 11 points and Flynn had a nine-point, fiverebound effort of her own. Fresh off her doubledouble from Friday, Johnson scored eight points, grabbed 17 rebounds (16 defensive) and swatted a career-high five shots. This week, the Lady Statesmen hope to keep rolling with home games against South Lakes on Thursday night and McLean on Tuesday.
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Feeling a Draft Alex Ovechkin May Be the NHL’s MVP This Season, But the Contributions of Two Other 2004 First Rounders Have Been Equally Important to the Caps’ Turnaround
ince the Washington Capitals selected Alexander Ovechkin with the first pick in the 2004 draft, the sensational Russian’s list of achievements has been flat out astonishing: He has amassed 270 points in just over two and a half seasons, scoring 52 goals in his rookie year and claiming the Calder Trophy for the league’s top newcomer. He has earned two All-Star game appearances and a spot on the Russian national team at the 2006 Turin Olympics. On the ice, he’s scored from every position imaginable, including from his back. The returns on Ovechkin were immediate. But for all of the accolades, the points, the highlight-reel goals and the status as one of the league’s brightest stars, there has been one thing that Ovechkin hasn’t
By Mike Hume been able to do since joining Washington — pry the Capitals out of their two-year residency in the cellar of the Southeast Division. This season the Caps are finally back in the hunt for the division crown and a playoff berth. While Ovechkin is in the midst of another monstrous season — he leads the NHL with 45 goals and 72 points through Feb. 5 — the credit for Washington’s ascent belongs also to the Capitals’ blue liners, including two other first round picks from the 2004 draft class. It’s those picks that turned that day in Raleigh from a mere momentous occasion into a flat out bonanza of future talent. Twenty-six picks after acquiring Ovechkin — using the first of two first-rounders obtained from the fire sale of stars like Jaromir Jagr, Sergei
THE STEADY PLAY of Jeff Schultz has given the Caps a sturdy, and imposing, presence on the blue line. (Photo: Getty Images)
BOOSTED BY THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE contributions of Mike Green, the Washington Capitals have surged back into the playoff hunt. (Photo: Getty Images) Gonchar, Peter Bondra and Robert Lang — Washington selected 6-foot-6 defenseman Jeff Schultz. With the 29th pick, the Caps tabbed Mike Green, a shifty-skating blueliner that impressed Washington’s scouts with his positive attitude while playing with a struggling team. “We liked them a lot,” Capitals General Manager George McPhee says of Schultz and Green. “Those are the kind of picks that can really put an organization over the top.” Both Schultz and Green have shown marked improvement as the Caps have surged forward since the start of December, planting themselves squarely in the playoff fray following a horrific start. Schultz’s rating of plus-3 leads all active Caps defensemen — Brian Pothier (plus-5) has been sidelined since Jan. 3 with a concussion. Green meanwhile has blossomed into one of the league’s top back-end threats. Through Feb. 5, his 14 goals are tops among NHL defensemen. The progress by Green and Schultz, along with the off-season acquisition of veteran Tom Poti and the consistently solid play of Shaone Morrisonn, has shored up a blue line that had been the club’s bane since the start of the post-lockout rebuilding process. Over the course of the Caps’ previous two campaigns, Washington allowed more shots on goal than any other NHL team, giving up an average of 33.3 shots per game last year and 35.1 the year prior. Last season, Green, Pothier, Steve Eminger and Ben Clymer — all defensemen who played in more than 65 games — finished with plus/minus ratings of -10 or worse. All of those numbers accumulated despite Head Coach Glen Hanlon’s defense-
first approach. The start of this season bore no better news for Washington. After a 3-0 start, the Caps skidded to a 3-14-1 mark over their next 18 games, culminating in Hanlon’s firing on Nov. 22. The woes of the rest of the team were visible in the play of both Green and Schultz as well, with Green sporting a rating of minus-eight and Schultz recording just one point in the season’s first 21 games. That’s when the in-season renaissance began. With the induction of new
defenseman. “Each year you want to do a little more out there and put a little bit of pressure on yourself. At the start, I put too much pressure on myself and tried to do a little bit too much. So, I laid off on that and just got to a part of my game where I was comfortable and tried to build up from there,” Schultz says of his own improvement. The maturation process has played a large role, as has the youngsters’ comfort level under Boudreau. Boudreau coached both young
These are two guys who have just started to touch on how good they are.
— Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Caps began a new chapter that has seen the team climb back into contention after being all-but entombed by their slow start. At the center of that rejuvenation were the Caps’ three first rounders from 2004. Ovechkin, who has exploded for 32 of his 45 goals since the coaching change, continued to display the same sterling skill set, and Green and Schultz began to show signs of the potential that earned them their prominent draft status. Prior to Boudreau’s arrival in Washington, Green put up three goals and four assists to pair with a minus-8 rating in 21 games. In the first 10 games under Boudreau, Green scored five goals and added two assists, sporting a mark of plus-8 over that span. Meanwhile, Schultz has recorded 13 points while filling his role as a stay-at-home
defensemen when he headed the Caps’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. In 2006, he led the Bears to the Calder Cup with Green on the roster. After taking over for Hanlon in Washington, one of his first orders of business was to coax Green into being more active offensively. “Oh yeah, big time,” Green says, when asked if the coaching change has played a role in his increased productivity. “We have a good relationship where I understand what is expected out of me and the way I should play. But he definitely gave me a lot more free range to kind of do some things that in the past I wasn’t able to do. I mean, it’s worked out.” And then some. With a little more slack in his leash, Green increased his tendency to jump into the offensive attack, more frequently utilizing his speed and deft stickhandling
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to carve past defenders and create chances for both his teammates and himself. “I love it. I love jumping up. I love getting in the play,” Green says. “As long as I’m not leading the rush and getting caught, I’ll jump up as much as I can. It’s hard to keep me back.” Even Caps’ netminder Olaf Kolzig, who has born the brunt of the young defense corps’ learning curve by way of staring down odd-man rushes and the aforementioned astronomical shot totals, acknowledges feeling a twinge of excitement, rather than trepidation, when Green jumps into the offensive fray. “It’s special to see,” says Kolzig before rattling off a list of Green-crafted, highlight-reel goals, including game-winners in overtime against Montreal and the New York Rangers. “He brings that extra bit of offense from the back end that we haven’t had here since Sergei Gonchar. It’s surprising how much offense you can create when you’ve got a guy like that.” Not only has Green established himself as an offensive spark plug for the Capitals, but the team has shown an improved defense — even with Boudreau’s emphasis on a more open and fluid offense. Through Feb. 5, the Capitals have allowed the eighth fewest shots on goal league-wide, yielding only an average 27.4 a game. While Green has supplied much of the flash and flair from the blue line, Schultz has been the steady, heady type, credited by his teammates for playing sound, smart hockey. At 6-foot6 and 215 lbs., Schultz could be an imposing adversary in the corners, though the lack of any discernible mean streak keeps Kolzig referring to him as a “gentle giant.” “If he can just pick up his intensity a little bit or get a little bit of meanness in him, he could be a force, because he has what it takes between the ears to be a defenseman in this league,” Kolzig says. Even if he hasn’t been playing like the Incredible Hulk to date, his Mr. Fantastic-like reach has disrupted passing lanes and repeatedly slowed the oncoming rush. This season, he’s also been a contributor in the opponent’s zone, recently setting up Alex Ovechkin’s fourth, and gamewinning, goal against Montreal on Jan. 31. And during one stretch in December, Schultz tallied goals in three consecutive games against the Thrashers, Devils and Rangers — while his parents watched no less. “It worked out really well,” says Schultz about his parents’ timely trip to the District. Schultz, who grew up in Calgary idolizing heavy-shooting defenseman Al MacInnis, has five goals on the season, a fact that has left some scratching their heads. “You see him shoot every-
day in practice and you think, ‘How does he have five goals?’” Kolzig jabs. Nevertheless, while he may not be as integral to the Caps’ offense as Green — or that other 2004 first round pick — the Caps are 11-0-1 when Schultz records a point. While both Green and Schultz have significantly stepped up their contributions this season, what most excites the Capitals is that the pair’s achievements to this point are just the tip of the iceberg. Having watched both Green and Schultz at two levels now, Boudreau believes both will continue to blossom given more time in the NHL. “They’ve raised their level of play as the level of competition has been raised,” Boudreau says. “Guys that have potential to grow as players can do that. Sometimes you see guys in the American League that are just great, but that’s as good as they’re ever going to get. These are two guys that have just started to touch on how good they are.” With Ovechkin now under contract — for the next three Presidential terms — it’s Green’s turn for the front office’s attention. To date, the sides have not discussed a deal, though Green hopes that will soon change. Given the All-Star-caliber numbers he’s put up thus far, it’s unlikely the front office will let him enter the off-season as an unrestricted free agent. As great as the Caps’ defensive improvement has been this year, the best days may lay ahead for Washington’s back line. Both Schultz and Green under the age of 24 — Green is 23 and Schultz turns 22 Feb. 25 — and waiting in the wings are Sami Lepisto (2 G, 20 A and a plus-21 rating at Hershey) and 2008 No. 1 draft pick Karl Alzner (7 G, 22 A, plus-27 with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen). Should they follow in the footsteps of Green and Schultz, what used to be the Caps’ biggest deficiency could become their greatest strength. “You have to have good defense,” McPhee says. “Scoring can come and go, but if you have good defense, you’ll be in every game.” With the No. 1 overall pick in hand in 2004, most figured the draft — and the impending acquisition of Ovechkin — would springboard the Caps’ rebuilding process. Little did anyone know that the true agents of change would be snapped up more than 25 picks later. “We thought we did really well,” McPhee says, reflecting on that day nearly four years ago. “Sometimes you go in with a plan and things just don’t fall your way ... When we walked out of the draft, one of our scouts turned to me and said ‘I really think we nailed it.’ The rest of us thought he was right.” Now they know he was.
With the Clarke County Eagles leading by one point in last Monday’s battle for second place in the Bull Run District, the George Mason High School girls varsity team mounted one last assault down the floor in the waning seconds of the match. With the clock ticking down, Mustang junior Kim Kenny drove past a Clarke defender on the baseline and laid the ball into the net. However, her shot was immediately, and correctly, waved off by the nearest official, as it was released after the final buzzer had sounded. And just like that, the Eagles escaped with a narrow victory over the host Mustangs, 46-45. Despite the stands packed wall-to-wall with fans from both teams inside the Mary Ellen Henderson gymnasium, as well as the looming playoff implications, the opening minutes of the game were as sloppy and hectic as they were intense. Both teams came out full force on defense, using a variety of looks and numerous presses to wear down the opposition. At the end of the first period, Mason had a 9-6 lead, and it seemed as though their strong play on both sides of the floor might be enough to hold off the defending state champion Eagles. It turned out to be their last lead of the night though, as
Clarke pressured the Mustangs into turning the ball over 21 times in the first half. Even the return of Mason senior guard Meredith Hamme, absent for more than a month with a knee injury, was not enough to penetrate the full-court and halfcourt press of the Eagles and establish a rhythm on offense. Although the game remained close for the duration of the contest, Clarke maintained the lead and prevented any big offensive outbursts on the part of the Mustangs. Mason senior guard Rachel Kazman kept her squad close at the end, knocking down three crucial free throws in the fourth quarter. As she has done all season, sophomore post player Nicole Mitchell dominated inside the paint, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds, as well as shooting 75-percent from the field. The Mason guards continued to pump the ball inside, isolating Mitchell for clear looks at the basket. A normally torrid threepoint shooting team, Mason was forced to look inside, past the perimeter defenders of Clarke’s zone. They managed to muster only four shots beyond the arc the entire night, missing all of them. However, shooting close to 50-percent inside the arc kept coach Bill Broderick’s team in the game. Kenny and senior Bailey
Walton each chipped in 10 points, with Kenny adding seven rebounds. The junior nailed six free throws over the course of the night, continuously fighting underneath to get to the charity stripe. In her return, Hamme added three assists, while senior Olivia Scott and sophomore Chantal Thomas racked up three points apiece. Senior Annie Zweighaft and junior Mayssa Chehata rounded out the Mustang scoring with two points each. Despite the narrow defeat, Mason had little time to dwell on the Clarke game, as they traveled to Strasburg High on Wednesday night to take on the Rams, ranked No. 1 in the state. Results were not available at press time. Sitting comfortably in third place, the Mustangs looked to hand undefeated Strasburg their first loss on the season and, barring some sort of major collapse by either the Rams (18-0, 6-0) or Clarke (14-4, 6-1), will enter the Bull Run District tournament as the No. 3 seed, with high hopes of making some noise in the playoffs. Senior night for Mason (12-7, 3-3) will take place on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Rappahannock County.
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pings with a color gradated dot grid that borders on pop-art. Rigid and static compositions find movement and playfulness in color gradations and the twinkle of ground glass. Kathy Snow Stratton weaves nearly monochromatic color fields by dripping paints across up-ended canvases, then rendering thread-like lines across its surface. The end result is quiet canvases that seem simple, but harbor great complexity and visual texture upon close inspection. They feel like islands of calm sanctuary in the roiling sea of chaos that makes up modern life as we know it. Lynda Ray employs encaustic (pigmented wax) to render images of wire-frame geometric shapes superimposed upon quilt-like chevron patterned fields. Francie Hester works with
sheets of honeycombed aluminum — two flat sheets of aluminum sandwiching a structural honeycomb of thin aluminum — variously embellishing and distressing its surfaces. Acrylic paints and wax are dripped in a lumpy, curving, free flowing line, followed by colored quilt-like grid works and topped off with fine rows of straight lines. Along the way, surfaces are distressed by drilling and grinding, which is a bit like saying you bake a cake by adding ingredients and heating it. It’s not so much what Hester does to the surfaces of her works, so much as the subtleties and modulations thereof. The lyrical rise and fall of emotional elements within her compositions makes these the great works that they are. Hester juxtaposes and interplays unbridled freedom and raw aggression with tight rigid control, simultaneously coloring both inside and outside the lines. The ease and deftness of the transitions thereof make the images sing. The small 18x7-inch Vestige series, numbered 74 through 83, is especially nice. With limited quilting of the image, and more emphasis on the drilled and abused surface, they have a raw masculine feel to them. It’s frankly quite surprising to see this sort of work coming from a woman, it’s gutsy and tough stuff. It’s the sort of work that
immediately reminds me of Byron Clercx’s work in the Arlington Art Center’s “Fresh Paint” show reviewed here last January, which gives you an idea of how hard it is to come by work of this quality. Good abstraction is one of the toughest things to do well, and one of the easiest to do badly. Absent any representational depictions to lean on, it’s probably best related to a capella singing. You’d better be able to carry a tune flawlessly if you plan on doing it without a band to cover up the goofs and glitches. When abstraction goes bad, there’s nowhere to hide. Interestingly, “Vestige 84” displays the other end of Hester’s range. Here we see a 55x65-inch aluminum honeycomb panel that could best be described as an aluminum quilt. Interlocking blocks of color overlay a swirling, three-dimensional, freeform line. What fascinates here is the way that line and the coloration on top of it interact. The line becomes a chameleon-like textural element whose coloration changes repeatedly throughout the piece. In many places it seems as though the line has undergone structural changes as well, but close inspection shows that the only change has been the coloration. That line becomes the vehicle through which the visual tran-
Through Feb. 23 at McLean Project for the Arts (second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturdays 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-790-1953, or see www. mpaart.org. The work of seven female artists and one male artist make up the current offerings at McLean Project for the Arts (MPA). It might not seem like such a surprise that virtually all of them exhibit some sense of quilting or weaving in their work. It’s a quality I’m seeing a lot of in women’s art of late. One could argue that it fits with the stereotypical notion of women’s social emphasis on interconnectedness and community. Or maybe it’s some quirky curatorial vibe in the air of late. It’s one of those things that makes one go “Hmmmmm.” The marque show in the main gallery features the abstract paintings of David Carlson, Betsy Damos, Carol Brown Goldberg, Francie Hester, Kathy Snow Stratton and Lynda Ray. David Carlson’s nine canvases use layered assemblages of arch segments to achieve a sort of swirling movement that at times recalls Kandinsky. Betsy Damos renders semi-abstract fields of botanical foliage overlaid with rectilinear flag-like compositions that seem to contrast the natural world with the man-made. Carol Brown Goldberg combines abstract expressionist paint drip- Detail of ‘Vestige 84’ by Francie Hester, through Feb. 23 at the McLean Project for the Arts.
sitions are modulated and unified. That thread ties the piece together much like a supportive spouse, or some other key thread that runs through your life. As such, it’s the key element despite occasional appearances to the contrary. Nice work indeed. Bravo! In the Atrium gallery, Karey Kessler shows a series of small semi-abstract watercolors of landscape grids illustrating lines of poetry from E. E. Cummings. My favorites were “live the magnificent honesty of space,” “tell me,” “there is a time for timelessness” and “forever is less than nothing which would have been.” Naomi Chung, one of the artists from the Lee Arts Center’s print studio, shows a substantial body of work in the Ramp gallery. Impressionistic impasto landscape paintings weave lines to show the scale and force of the land around the viewer. The print “Sheep” seems the best of all. Here we see grazing sheep on a hill side. While remaining representational, the piece clearly flirts with abstraction. The Northern Virginia Art Beat is compiled by Kevin Mellema. See www.fcnp.com for photos and more. To e-mail submissions, send them to email@example.com.
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Superintendent Proposes 2009 Budget Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Jack D. Dale has proposed a school system budget of $2.3 billion for FY 2009 that reflects cuts of $45.6 million and approximately 521 positions throughout the school system. The proposed budget includes no new programs for the second consecutive year and represents a 3.3% increase over the FY 2008 approved budget. Marymount Honor Society Marymount University of Arlington recently inducted 92 students into the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, 62 of which are from Virginia. Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Eligible undergraduates must be of good character, exhibit leadership skills and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. Local inductees included Andrea Roman of Annandale and Lucinda Carlson, Leslie Ann Carter, Anne Rotherford Cold, Gaston Rafael Covarrubias and Marena Daniel, all from Arlington. Additional inductees from McLean, Jennifer Schadoff, Matthew Stevenson and Emily June Swain, and Vienna natives Reem Omar AlOyaidi, Janet Barrett, Maria Lee and Karen Schmidt Meade, were also awarded entry in the honor society. Local Students Graduate in New York Trevor Fisher of Falls Church and Emily Ha of Vienna recently graduated from Binghamton University, just three hours from the Big Apple. Fisher received his BS in Management and Information Systems while Ha got her BA in Political Science. Falls Church Local Makes Getting A’s Look Easy Carrie Thomas of Falls Church was recently recognized for superior academic achievement during the fall 2007 semester at Longwood University in Farmville. Thomas was one of 321 students named to Longwood’s President’s List, earning a perfect GPA of 4.0. Student Earns Faculty Honors at Georgia Tech Klee
Church, earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for the fall semester 2007 at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT). Undergraduate students earning a 4.0 academic average for the semester gain the distinction of Faculty Honors. GT has over 100 interdisciplinary research centers operating through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Management, Engineering, Sciences and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Students Win Regional Scholastic Art Awards Middle and high school students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have won a total of 389 regional awards in the Scholastic Art Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. For the more than 1,400 entries from FCPS students, 142 Gold Keys were awarded, 110 Silver Keys were presented and 137 Certificates of Merit were given for outstanding drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, computer art and animation, graphic design, videos, mixed media, three-dimensional works and portfolios. Winners came from Annandale, Centreville, Chantilly, Edison, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Langley, Lee, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Mount Vernon, Oakton, South Lakes, Stuart, West Potomac, West Springfield, Westfield and Woodson High Schools; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Fairfax Academy; Hayfield, Lake Braddock, Robinson and South County Secondary Schools; and Carson, Cooper, Frost, Glasgow, Hughes, Key, Kilmer, Lanier, Liberty, Longfellow, Poe, Thoreau and Twain Middle Schools. Gold Key award-winning entries will be submitted to the national Scholastic Art Awards competition, where students are awarded national Gold and Silver Keys, as well as monetary awards and scholarships. Winners of those awards will be announced in April, and an exhibit of the national winners’ works will be on display in New York later this year. Each year, more than 250,000 entries are submitted in art and writing, and over 50,000 students receive regional awards and exhibition opportunities. Visual arts categories include animation, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, computer graphics, design, digital imag-
ery, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and film. Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art Awards program has recognized students who have gone on to become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol. This year’s work will be on display at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Friday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, Feb. 21. An awards ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winners is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. HS Seniors Hold Presidential Debate On Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, seniors studying government at Falls Church High School conducted their own presidential debate while 22 states held presidential primaries or caucuses. The debate was aimed at preparing students for the Feb. 12 primary election in Virginia. Many of the seniors are newly registered voters and are eligible to participate in the primary election. Several students volunteered to represent the presidential candidates in a debate forum, presenting the candidates’ views on a range of policy matters including the economy, war and peace, immigration and the environment. Student debaters were urged to seek help and verifica-
the trinity school at meadow view Barber Shop Chorale sold 250 tickets to the NHL Capitals versus Thrashers game in order to sing the National Anthem Feb. 2 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Notably, the boys exceeded the 100 ticket base requirement to perform. (Photo: Karen Hammond) tion from their assigned candidate’s campaign organizations as part of their preparation. The students also faced each other with their own pointed questions on the candidates’ positions and backgrounds. The debate challenged students to research the specific positions each candidate has taken on a variety of issues and to inform their fellow students in a competitive setting. J.E.B. Student Wins ‘Poetry Out Loud’ J.E.B. Stuart High School announced the winner of the Poetry Out Loud (POL): National Recitation Contest. J.E.B. Senior Rayan Izzeldin won the competition, presented in partnership with the SPARC (the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. POL is part of a
national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. At J.E.B Stuart High School, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 500 classic and contemporary poems. Student performances were evaluated by judges on criteria including articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty and accuracy. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation created a standardsbased teacher’s guide, website and CD featuring poetry recitations by well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins, Alyssa Milano, and Rita Dove. Izzeldin will advance to the State contest on March 6, at The Library of Virginia and will be given the chance to receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship in April.
South county secondary School marketing students raised funds for the ‘Smile in Style’ campaign to benefit children with cleft lip and palette deformities by putting on a fashion show in their school auditorium this January. Proceeds went towards buying gifts for children who go to INVOA Fairfax Hospital for Children for cleft lip or palette surgery. (Photo: Pearl Springfield)
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Woodson Students Utilize the Arts to Support ‘Hearts’ Local Students Script, Direct, Perform Musical to Benefit Cancer Charity By Natalie Bedell
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W.T. Woodson High School senior Matt Savoca was riding the bus home from a chorus trip when he first conceived what has now blossomed into a completely student-run, -directed and -choreographed production. Complete with 18 performers, a full pit and a constantly growing technical crew, “Pippin the Musical” is the latest fundraising expenditure being sponsored by Young Hearts (YH), a local organization which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “I really wanted to try my hand at directing and when the idea came about that I could do it for a good cause, it was just a no brainer,” said Director Matt Savoca, who’s been active in YH for four years. “The only place where I could think of making this happen was through Young
Hearts.” Founded in 2000, YH was started in honor of Ryan McLaughlin, who lost his life at age 13 after a two year battle with a rare form of leukemia known as t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “As Ryan’s mother, I am moved by the giving nature and dedication of these kids. I feel as if each of them has become a part of our extended family,” said Prince McLaughlin. “Knowingly or unknowingly, they continue to help our family through the long journey of healing.” T e e n s active in YH have risen over $220,000 in proceeds gathered from golf tournaments, car washes and a recent “Battle of the Bands” competition. Notably, they raised $41,000 during last fall’s Light the Night Walk in Washington, D.C. “It’s cool because we’re always looking for new ways to fundraise. Ideas like ‘Battle of
ABOVE AND BELOW LEFT, W.T. WOODSON HIGH SCHOOL students rehearse a number from their self-produced musical ‘Pippin.’ They will perform the show Feb. 15 and 16 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (Photos: News-Press) the Bands’ and ‘Pippin’ bring out amazing young talent and more people get to hear what Young Hearts is all about,” said senior and technical director Margaret Gertzog. “Pippin,” modeled after the Broadway Musical originally directed by Bob Fosse in 1972, is based on Roger O. Hirson’s novel, which tells the fictitious story of the life of Pippin the hunchback. While the cast and crew are fully comprised of Woodson High students, the musical is in no way affiliated with the school, making it a voluntary workload separate from academic stressors. Fulltime students, they still manage to give it their all onstage amid college applications, schoolwork and extracurricular activities following last October’s auditions. “Every one of these kids, including myself, is doing so much other stuff, on top of this production, as high school students. Most of these actors had to learn their lines and dances on their own,” said Gertzog. “We don’t have time for brushup rehearsals.”
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Five-year YH veteran Lauren Lukow, a sophomore, has been dancing most of her life and has offered her time, in addition to co-choreographer and leading player junior Luke Savoca, to teach dance moves to her peers from all skill levels. “Besides having to tailor Bob Fosse’s distinct choreography style to our needs, these dances must supply the needs of all characters. We have experienced dancers and not so experienced dancers and my job is to make the show look good, so both have been a challenge,” said Lukow. When asked what they wanted to see opening night, faces aglow with optimism blurted answers like “friends and family,” “faces of all ages” and “a successful show.” Lukow and others verbalized hopes that audience members express further interest in what YH is all about. “After the show opening night, I want to see people come up to me and tell me ‘I want to join the Young Hearts because this show was so good and I can see how much work you’ve put into this,” said Lukow.
Lukow’s dreams may be coming true sooner than she might have thought. Some students involved in “Pippin” learned about YH for the first time while auditioning and have been struck with curiosity ever since. “This is my first time doing Young Hearts. I came out to audition because I thought it would be interesting to just try out,” said sophomore Emily Manno. “I’ve heard of them before at school and never really got into it, but now I definitely want to get on board.” Due to renovations at Woodson, Frost Middle School has opened their cafeteria stage after hours for rehearsals and the February performances. Students will continue to rehearse until opening night Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., with encores to be performed Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds from ticket sales for “Pippin” will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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about the rule, according to some commentators on the Internet, where controversy over the scoring of last month’s championship continues to rage. One commentator noted that far from vague, “The rule (that should have cost Lysacek a point—ed.) is 100% clear. This is Rule 353 from the ISU rulebook.” It reads, she wrote, that “The panel’s points for each program component are obtained by calculating the trimmed mean of the maximum of nine scoring judges’ results for that program component. The trimmed mean is calculated in the manner described above in paragraph ‘D.’” That paragraph reads, she went on, as follows: “The factored results are rounded to two decimal places and added. The sum is the program component score. In single and pair skating, the panel’s points for each program component are then multiplied by a factor as follows (same for junior and senior): Men, Short Program 1.0, Free Skate 2.0…The factored results are rounded by two decimal points and added.
The sum is the program component score.” She concluded, “It explicitly states that the scores are averaged, factored and then rounded, which would give Weir the title. The rules are not vague, and the USFSA refuses to acknowledge this.” Another commentator wrote, “This is a straightforward mathematical calculation. If you made a rounding error on a mathematics examination, it will become incorrect.” As the issue continued to flare on the Internet, Philip Hersh weighed in with a commentary published in the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times Sunday that included his own carefullydetailed parsing of the rule in question, concluding, “Even if the wrong formula was applied — and I have yet to see anyone parse Rule 3435 (the USFSA equivalent of the ISU’s Rule 353-ed.) to make it clear that happened — the only thing that would keep me investigating is proof that the formula was not applied the same to every skater.” Fiercely loyal Weir fans, in particular, are fired up on the Internet about the results because they felt their hero
skated better and deserved to win outright. They point to an informal poll conducted on the FSUniverse.net web site showing that 79.33% of those who voted thought Weir did better, compared to only 20.67% for Lysacek. The poll, while unscientific, is credible, they’ve contended, because only members of the site’s closed thread could vote and they tend to be very knowledgeable on the intricacies of the sport. Weir, who won the championship three straight years from 2004 to 2006, lost it to Lysacek last year and was spoiling for a comeback. He and Lysacek are not only in an ongoing slugfest for the U.S. title in recent years, and have markedly distinct styles, but each is also motivated by a mild personal enmity toward the other. But with apparently no further reconsideration of last month’s results planned, Weir now has three U.S. titles and Lysacek two. They both head to the World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden next month, but their eyes are ultimately fixed on the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
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Community Events THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Story Hour. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. Mon. – Thurs. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5077 (TTY 711). Mr. Skip. Kids’ music. Stacy’s Coﬀee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church). $5. 10:30 a.m. 703-5386266. Rotary Club Meeting. Rotarian Rex Hayes will present “Abe Lincoln’s Unoﬃcial Biography.” Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $10. 6:30 p.m. Chinese New Year Valentine’s Day Extravaganza. Door prizes, pastries and much more. Falls Church Oakwood Capitol Room (501 Roosevelt Blvd., Falls Church). 4:30-6:30 p.m.
City Center Public Meeting. Learn about the proposed City Center project from key players and voice your opinions. Teen Center, located in the Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Great Zucchini. A comedy and magic show for children ages 2-6. Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington). $8. Noon. 703-486-2345. Lincoln Landis’ Book Signing. “From Pilgrimage to Promise.” Borders (1220 Carl D Silver Pkwy Fredericksburg). 1 p.m. For more information, call 540-785-6171.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Stories and Rhymes. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). For 2-5 year olds. Free. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5030. Mr. Skip. Kids’ music. Stacy’s Coﬀee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church). $5. 10:30 a.m. 703-5386266.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Farmers’ Market in Falls Church. Falls Church City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 9 a.m. – noon.
Washington Auto Show. This annual exhibit showcases 700 new cars from 40 manufacturers. Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place, D.C.).Weekdays: $10, children $5; Weekends: $12, children $5. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Flying Squirrel Feedings. See how ﬂying squirrels travel. Long Branch Nature Center (625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington). Free. Call 703-228-6535 for more
Strathmore Sings! Lively family sing-alongs. The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.). $7. 4-5:30 p.m. For more information, call
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Chinese New Year Parade. Celebrate the coming of the Year of the Rat with Chinatown’s festival. Gallery Place- Chinatown Metro Station (630 H St. NW, D.C.). Free. 202-508-5438.
Stories and Rhymes. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). For ages 18-36 months. Free. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5030. Lions Club Meeting. Speaker: Lisa Brown of Prevention Connection is the featured speaker. La Côte D’Or Café (6876 Lee Highway). 6:45 p.m. Meetings are open to the general public.
Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree Climbing Frog. A musical directed by one of Japan’s most renowned directors, Amon Miyamato. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). $18. 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-467-4600. Flamenco Dance on Stage: Staring You. Flamenco lessons for beginners and experienced dancers. George Washington University- Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St. NW, D.C.). $20. 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, call 202397-7328.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Early Valentine’s Day Celebration. Children can create their own Valentine’s Day themed crafts for their family and friends. Borders Books and MusicGaithersburg (534 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.). Free. 10 a.m. For more information, call 301-921-0990.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Mr. Skip. Kids’ music. Stacy’s Coﬀee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church). $5. 10:30 a.m. 703-5386266. Story Hour. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. Mon. – Thurs. 10:30 a.m. 703-248-5077. Rotary Club. High school students from local schools will compete in the Falls Church Rotary Club Speech Contest. Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). $10. 6:30 p.m.
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YMCK. Acclaimed pop trio performs a show similar to old video games. Millennium Stage- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St. NW, D.C.). Free. 6 p.m. For more information, call 202-467-4600.
Art Rules! Look at art works by Sol LeWitt and then create your own conceptual art; designed for ages nine to twelve. National Gallery of Art (600 Constitution Ave. NW, D.C.). Free. 10:30 a.m.1:30 a.m. For more information, call 202-737-4215.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Expressions of a People. This festival celebrates the African American creativity and features music, dance, theater, creative arts and workshops for the entire family. Harmony Hall Regional Center (10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, Md.). Free. 1-6 p.m. For more information,
Early Valentine’s Day Celebration. Children can create their own Valentine’s Day themed crafts for their family and friends. Borders Books and Music- Gaithersburg (534 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.). Free. 10 a.m. For more information, call 301-921-0990.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Twilight Tales. A walk-in story hour for children ages 3-6. Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Free. 7 p.m. 703-248-5030.
Theater Fine Arts THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Town Danceboutique, Every Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
own is the newest and largest gay club in the D.C. region, and while a huge, packed dance floor with go-go boys undulates well into the early morning hours on the second floor, on the main floor there are two shows Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. featuring a truly first-rate, campy and talent-laden drag show that any open-minded person would enjoy. The witty Lena Lett is in charge, and not only female illusion, but comedy and well-choreographed numbers are included, all for the price of a modest cover charge. Tables can be reserved for the 9:30 p.m. shows by contacting info@ towndc.com and there is secure paid parking right next to the club’s location at 2009 8th St. NW.
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O��� M�� N����. Sign up at the door, anyone is welcome. Stacy’s Coﬀee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church). 6:30 – 9 p.m. 703538-6266. M�����������’� A���-V��������’� D�� S���. Female poets and storytellers talk about love. Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW, D.C.). $10. 9 p.m. 202-667-7960. K������ ��� ��������. Sign of the Whale (7279 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 703573-1616. D���� W���. Acoustic. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E Vienna). $15 in advance/$18 at door. 7:30
p.m. 703-255-1566. S�����, D������� P���, D�������� ��� V����� T���. Rock. Jaxx Nightclub (6355 Rolling Rd., West Springﬁeld, Va.) $22 in advance/$25 day of show. 6:30 p.m. 703-569-5940.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 L��� J���. Sign of the Whale (7279 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 703-573-1616. G����� R�����. Folk/Acoustic. Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E Vienna). $15. 7:30 p.m. 703-2551566. VAST. Aternative Metal. The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). $15 in advance/$18 day of show. Doors open: 7 p.m. Showtime: 8 p.m. 703-237-0300. C��� S����� ��� ����. Rock. Jaxx Nightclub (6355 Rolling Rd., West Springﬁeld, Va.) $11 in advance/$13 day of show. 703569-5940. R��� � R��� D���� P����. Chad America hosts this annual Valentine’s Day party. Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW, D.C.). Free. 8 p.m. 202-432-7328. S�������. Celtic quartet. Fado Irish Pub (808 Seventh St. NW, D.C.). $4. 9 p.m.
ou got your valentine the perfect gift, the flowers you bought her are still alive, your socks match and you’ve got a dinner reservation at the hottest spot in the Metro area. Everything is great, right up until the sommelier asks for your wine order. You stare back blankly, blurt out something about Boone’s Farm and end up going home alone. Poor you. Luckily, the Virginia Wine Showcase is here to help you bone up on your vino knowledge. Does the Cab Sauvignon go with the duck, or should you choose the Merlot? How about Riesling and chicken? You’ve just cooked a three-course Italian feast, now is it the Zinfandel or Pinot? Answers to all these questions and more can be found this weekend a the first major indoor event to exclusively feature Virginia wines. Vintners from 40 state wineries will be offering up tastings while wine pairing and tasting seminars, live entertainment and a fine arts and gourmet show will provide distraction in between sips. Beef up your wine IQ and leave the boxes for the chumps. What: Virginia Wine Showcase When: Saturday & Sunday, February 9 - 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $25 advance, $35 at the door Where: Dulles Expo Cener, Chantilly, VA For more info, directions & tickets visit vawineshowcase.org
Saturday, February 23 — Come in From the Cold. The mysterious temple opens its doors for a family day. Temple of the Scottish Rite (1733 16th St., D.C.). Free. 10 a.m. 202-232-3579. Sunday, February 24 — Red Cross Oscar Party. An Academy sanctioned viewing party of Hollywood’s biggest night, all to beneﬁt the Red Cross. K Street Lounge (1301 K St. NW, D.C.). $95-$150. 7 p.m. 703-584-8420.
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a e r A h c r u Falls Ch e d i u G t n a r Restau Anthony’s Restaurant 309 W. Broad St., Falls Church • 703-5320100 •Type of Food: Greek, American & Italian Cuisine • Features: Breakfast (Sat & Sun Only) • Hours: Mon-Thurs -10 am - 11 pm, Fri - 10 am -12 am, Sat - 8 am - 12 am, Sun - 8 am - 10 pm
Argia’s Restaurant 124 N. Washington St., Falls Church • 703-5341033 • www.argias.com • Type of Food: Italian • Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, Zagat Rated, Full Bar, No Reservations • Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 5 pm; Dinner: Mon - Thur 5 - 9:30 pm, Fri & Sat 5 - 10:30 pm, Sun 5 - 9 pm.
Celebrity delly 7263-A Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-9002 • Type of Food: Delicatessen • Features: Catering, Sandwiches, Submarines, Soups & Salads • Hours: Mon-Fri - 9 am - 9 pm, Sat - 8 am - 9 pm, Sun - 8 am - 4 pm
Chicken Corner 2816 Graham Rd., Falls Church (Next to Magruder's) • 703-573-0112 • Type of Food: Peruvian Pollo • Features: Rotisserie Chicken, subs, salads, fresh fish • Hours: Mon-Thu - 10:30 a.m. - 9 pm - 9 pm, Fri-Sat - 10 am - 930 pm.
Frozen Dairy Bar & Boardwalk Pizza 6641 Arlington Blvd. (Sleepy Hollow Shopping Center), Falls Church • 703-534-4200 • Type of Food: Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor • Features: Catering, Homemade Frozen Custard, Pizza Subs. • Hours: Sun-Thur - 11 am - 10 pm, Fri & Sat - 11 am - Midnight
Harvest Moon Restaurant and Lounge 7260 Arlington Blvd. (Graham Center across from Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703573-6000 • www.harvestmoon.com • Type of Food: Chinese • Features: Lunch / dinner buffets, banquet facilities up to 700 people • Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
Hoang’s Grill and Sushi Bar 502 W. Broad St., Falls Church • 703-536-7777 • Type of Food: Pan-Asian • Features: Single and Mingle Thursday Nights. • Hours: MonThurs 11 am - 10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am - 10:30 pm, Sun - 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Ireland’s Four Provinces 105 W. Broad St., Falls Church • www.4psfallschurch.com • 703-534-8999 • Type of Food: Irish • Features: Full Bar, Live Entertainment, Sunday Brunch • Hours: Daily - 11 am – 2 am
Koi Koi 450 W. Broad St., Ste. 117, Falls Church • 703-237-0101 • Type of Food: Japanese • Features: Sushi, Sashimi, Grill BBQ, Party Platters • Hours: Mon.–Fri. - 11 am – 10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: Noon - 10 p.m.
La Côte D’Or Café 6876 Lee Highway, Falls Church • www.lacotedorcafe.com • 703-538-3033 • Type of Food: French Cuisine • Features: Full Bar • Hours: Mon.–Fri - 11:30 am – 3 p.m, 5–10 pm; Sat.: 11:30 am – 3 pm; 5:30 –10 pm; Sun - 11 am – 3 pm, 5:30–9 pm
Ledo Pizza Restaurant & Pub 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-8475336 • Type of Food: Pizza & Pasta, American/ Family • Features: Full Bar, Wine Menu, 5 TV’s-Sports • Hours: Mon-Thur - 11 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat - 11 am-11 pm; Sun - 12-10 pm
The Original Pancake House 370 West Broad Street, Falls Church • 703891-0148 • www.originalpancakehouse.com • Type of Food: American/Family • Features: Breakfast, Weekday Specials - Breakfast & Lunch • Hours: 7 am - 3 pm Daily
Red Hot & Blue 169 Hillwood Ave., (Hillwood Square), Falls Church • 703-538-6466 • Type of Food: Memphis Style Bar-b-que • Features: Full Service Catering and Delivery • Hours: Sun. - Thu. 11 am - 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Robeks 1063 W. Broad St., (West End Plaza), Falls Church • 703-538-4111 • www.robeks.com • Type of Food: Smoothies, Juices, Wraps & Salads • Features: Catering • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 6 am - 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 8 am - 9 pm.
Sign of the Whale 7279 Arlington Blvd. (Loehmann’s Plaza), Falls Church • 703-573-1616 • Type of Food: American • Features: Seafood Night and Steak Night • Hours: 11:30 am - 2 am, 7 days a week
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant 6304 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church • 703-2373888; 2153 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna • 703319-3888 • www.crystalsunflower.com • Type of Food: 99% vegan • Features: Japanese, Chinese, Continental • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 12 pm - 10 pm.
Sweet Rice Thai Restaurant 1113 W. Broad St. (next to Don Beyer Volvo), Falls Church • 703-241-8582 • Type of Food: Thai Cuisine • Features: Free delivery ($15 min., limited area) • Hours: Mon. - Thu. 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 am - 11 p.m.; Sat. Noon - 11 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 10 p.m.
Yorktown Bistro 5171 Lee Hwy, Arlington • www.yorktownbistro.com • 703-532-6060 • Type of Food: American/Wine Bar • Features: Romantic Bar and Lounge • Hours: Mon-Thurs - 11 am - 11 pm; Fri-Sat - 11 am - 12 am; Sun 11 am - 10 pm.
Falls Church News-Press Restaurant Guide Rates: $350 for 3 Months • $600 for 6 Months • $1000 for 1 Year
The cuisine at Ocean M will send your taste buds on a fantastic voyage. (Photo: News-Press) By Diana Glazer If you haven't yet, catch a wave over to Ocean M. It’s not just another seafood restaurant, its offerings are highlighted with a foreign, often French, flare. This addition to the McLean scene — hence the M in the name — provides smooth sailing from start to finish. The three principals of Ocean M hail from the late La Colline restaurant once located in D.C. Owner Paul Zucconi and chefs Roger Wiles and Jose Galeas joined to open Ocean M in the good ole state of Virginia. On my visit, both Roger Wiles and Jose Galeas made their way around the tables, stopping by to say hello and comment on the food. What a pleasure to be welcomed by the chefs in such a casual, comforting way. A piano sits near the entrance, and overhead, the sound of jazz flowed smoothly around the room. Although no one played for us that night, there is live music on Wednesdays in the form of a Jazz duo, and Thursdays showcase a female songbird who also plays the piano. Fridays and Saturdays feature a male pianist tickling the ivories. The blue walls and white trim give the place a cool feeling, in both the temperature sense and the slang. Ocean M embraces a nautical theme that is not overdone. Partitions separate the long bar area from the dining room. They are glass and etched with depictions of world maps. Upon admiring the artwork, I discovered that each piece is a product of the McLean Art Society. They have prices attached, so if you see something you fancy, you can leave with a full stomach and a lovely still life. Our meal began with the Risotto with Wild Mushrooms ($8.50). It was creamy and rich. The rice was tender, but maintained a nice bite, with wild mushrooms plentiful throughout. The dish arrived crowned with a melted layer of cheese. A spoonful that captured a bit of everything was worth the trip. Plus, it was nice that the risotto was offered as an appetizer, as often an entrée portion proves a little too rich for a full meal. This was just the right amount to keep diners wanting more. Wild Mushrooms in a Pastry Shell, with a Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce ($8.50) was a little jewel box of flakey pastry and overflowed with savory mushrooms basking in the rich cabernet semi-sweet sauce. One of the most popular dishes at Ocean M is the Bouillabaisse “Capitol” Rouille & Croutons ($28). It arrived in a large bowl, with a beautiful meat-filled lobster claw anointing the top. The broth was deep orange and filled with a mixture of lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, monkfish, rockfish and snapper. A slight hint of anise and fennel made it irresistible. The accompanying bowl of rouille was buttery and rich with ample garlic — add it to the broth or eat it spread on toast points. A Mahi Mahi ($21) that was marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger, falls apart with the slightest touch of a fork. It is balanced atop shitake mushrooms and snow peas that retained their crunch. Black sesame seeds adorned the dish. A sweet finish was found in the form of Profiteroles ($7.50). Arriving in a little boat, each delicate pastry opened to reveal their Dulce de Leche Ice Cream middles. They lay upon a bed of mandarin oranges and were topped with lashing of chocolate and brilliant red shavings of pickled orange rind. The tartness of citrus and the sweetness of the ice cream was a delight. This is one sea-worthy ship, to which I will certainly be making a return voyage. Ocean M Restaurant 1381 Beverly Road - 2nd level McLean, VA 22101 Phone: (703) 734-FISH (3474) Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Sunday
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Grill & Sushi Bar
Celebr ate Valentine’s Day with Hoang’s Special Menu! After Hours Mingling Daily: Nigiri Sushi, Appetizers & more! 5-7 pm Lunch in a Rush: Fresh, Fast & Healthy Platters Starting @ $6.50
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Catering Service (Office & Special Events)
502 W. Broad St. Falls Church VA 22046 * Ample retail parking next to holleywood Video
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner...
SWEET R CE Thai Cuisine
So now is the time to make your reservation for that Romantic Dinner before it’s too late. We will be offering our regular menu and a special Valentine menu. NO MSG
Hours: Mon-Thu. 11:30am - 3:30pm Dinner 5pm - 10pm Fri. 11:30am - 11pm; Sat. Noon - 11pm; Sun. Noon-10pm 1113 W. Broad St., next to Don Beyer Parts Falls Church, VA
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In Court of Public Opinion, Champagne is Fantastic With sincere apologies to the late Dr. Seuss ... I do not understand the French, When sitting idly on a bench, Or fighting in a muddy trench, Or berating a writer for being a mench. They are a people long known for their skills with food and drink. They often are observed, when anything French isn’t praised highly enough for them, to fly into fits of pique. Pique, a French word by way of Latin meaning anger, annoyance, conniption, snit. All aptly descriptive. Take Champagne, for example. The lovely bubblies made in that region of northern France have, by most laws even beyond La Belle France, been ascertained as the only true Champagne. By William M. Dowd Made anywhere else and they are HEARST NEWSPAPERS mere pretenders to the throne. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), the influential Germanborn movie star, wrote that she loved Champagne because “it gives the impression that it is Sunday and that the best days will soon be upon us.” Today’s wine world largely goes along with the legal aspects as well as that attitude toward Champagne, but it is not a recent conceit. Throughout history the world has known of the French reverence for the wine. Even an Austrian like Johann Strauss the Younger kept it as a major part of his opera “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) which he adapated from the French vaudeville production “Le Reveillon” in 1874. In the finale, all sing in praise of champagne, the king of all the wines. The French Enlightenment philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, writing in 1736, noted “the sparkling froth of these fresh wines is the sparkling image of us, the French.” The French master of fiction Alexandre Dumas (18021870) said he always put a glass of Champagne beside his inkwell to give his pen a sparkling inspiration. What, then, are we to make of the recent decision by a civil court in Paris that a set of articles in the newspaper Le Parisien was liable to induce people to drink Champagne and thus it would have to make a penalty payment to France’s National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction (French acronym: ANPAA). Such a ruling in a nation whose motto is “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” seems to suggest wine articles in the media may be regulated in the same was as alcohol advertising. The Evin Law of 1991 strictly controls such advertising in France. Messages are restricted to the quality of the product, and must carry health warnings. The ANPAA had filed suit against the newspaper over a series of articles using the overall heading “The triumph of Champagne,” published 24 months ago. Its contention was that the articles were too much in praise of Champagne and, therefore, the same as an ad and should be controlled the same way. The court inexplicably agreed. Even more inexplicably, the ANPAA won the same sort of decision in the same court in December when it attacked Heineken for comments made about its own products -- on its own Web site. So, here we are a short time before that hideously commercialized, yet still nice to have, holiday known as St. Valentine’s Day. A day when Champagne enters into the consciousness of many who ignore it the rest of the year. I was never impressed by the recent wave of anti-French sentiment that resulted in such foolishness as “Freedom fries,” but I do advocate -- as a longtime journalist and defender of free speech in all situations -- saying that Champagne is recherche, French for excellent, delicious, discriminating, pleasing, splendid, superb. All aptly descriptive.
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Daniel Negreanu on Poker
Internet vs. Live Tourney Poker Should you play a live tournament solely by feel, or instead, take a strict mathematical approach and look to play in any +EV (positive expected value) situation? This discussion recently came up on a radio show called Poker Road between a young, mathematically-oriented internet player and one of the hosts of the show who opts to play by feel. At one point, the internet player said to the host with much disdain, “You just don’t know how to think about poker properly.” He then went on to state his case in favor of math-based poker, a philosophy that’s shared by many other internet players. Though it’s clear that many of today’s internet young guns dissect the game merely from a mathematical perspective, they don’t sufficiently consider the people part of the game when they play in live tournaments. Obviously, you can’t see your opponents when playing online. That makes it difficult to get a read on your competition and to exploit their weaknesses. So, to be successful, online players tend to rely on their math skills and think about the game in terms of +EV. And although +EV is not a terrible way to approach a live poker tournament, it isn’t quite enough. In a live tourney, there are other considerations in addition to pure mathematics that should be factored into your decisions. Here’s a list of several important factors that I find essential for live tournament poker success. Internet players – take note. Table Composition Is your table full of weak players or is the competition strong? Answer that question and you’ll be able to exploit situations where donkeys are present, and to make the proper adjustments necessary to beat tougher opponents. At an easier table, avoid high risk situations. It’s much better to wait patiently for lower-risk opportunities that will eventually appear. At a tougher table, you’ll be forced to take more chances and will need to employ a more mathematical approach. Position Where are the big stacks? Where are the tough players? If the big-stacked sharks are seated behind you, look to take on thinner +EV situations, and play them aggressively. Conversely, if you have weak-tight players to your left, take the safer approach and try to win a lot of smaller pots. Stage of the Tournament Your competitors will likely vary their style of play depend-
ing on the stage of a tournament. Adjust your game to those changes. It’s common, for example, to see players take on a much more conservative approach as the money bubble nears. That’s a good time to kick up your level of aggression in order to exploit this observed tendency. Tournament Structure The rate at which the blinds increase should also influence your play; the faster the blinds escalate the less patient you should be. Conversely, in a slow-paced tournament structure, pass up marginal situations and look to be more selective about the risks that you take. Mental State of Opponents It’s always important to focus on your opponents’ state of mind. Look for fatigue, desperation, confidence, and patience. Remember that a player’s mental state will usually be affected after he loses a big pot. Use that
to your advantage. Your Table Image Be aware that your opponents are always watching. What have they seen you do recently? What do you think that they think it all means? If you limp into pots, do you think they’re fearful of strength, or do they assume that you’re playing a garbage hand? You can never discount the value of mathematical analysis in poker. But to be truly successful in live tournament play, you must start to think about these other considerations even before the first hand is dealt. Visit www.fullcontactpoker. com/news to submit your questions and comments to poker champion Daniel Negreanu. © 2008 Card Shark Media. All rights reserved.
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PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES CBIRT PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Wednesday, 13 February 2008 - 9 AM City Hall - Planning Conference Room (G-04) The City's Chesapeake Bay Interdisciplinary Review Team (CBIRT) will review the following project for compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Protection Ordinance's (CBPO) General Performance Criteria to ensure that the development disturbs the environment and water quality as little as possible. Application CB07-36, 1011 North Tuckahoe Street, to demolish a one-story addition and deck and to construct two two-story additions, one one-story addition, and a covered porch within the City's Resource Management Area (RMA). The CBIRTwill not review aesthetics, construction scheduling, massing, or functionality. Concerns other than CBPO General Performance Criteria should be directed to the appropriate City staff prior to the meeting.
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PUBLIC NOTICE In accordance with VA 15.2-1720, the public is hereby notified that the Falls Church Police Department has recovered the following listed bicycles: Bronze Triax "Blade" S/N 49571367 Green Huffy "Infinity" S/N HC5300587 Blue Roadmaster "Mt Fury" no S/N Red Trek 400 S/N WTUE096889R White Shimano, no model or S/N Stainless Steel Pacific "DS-2" S/N HH494946 Silver Schwinn "Ranger" S/N SNIDC05D34106 White Spectrum "Hardrock" S/N 60435 Silver Pacific "Qualifier" S/N AX121751 The following mini-bike has also been recovered: Blue Razor "MX350" S/N 101520-02-05060012456 To claim any of these items, please provide proof of ownership to: Falls Church Police Department Property/Evidence Unit 300 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA 22046 703-248-5278 (please call for appointment)
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The legislation referenced below were given first reading on January 14, 2008; and second reading and public hearing will be held on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., Official Time, or as soon thereafter as may be heard. This legislation relates to Atlantic Realty's City Center Project. City Boards and Commissions are in the process of reviewing the legislation and making comments to City Council. The Planning Commission will hold one or two public hearings before making recommendations to the City Council prior to second reading. Please check public notices in this newspaper and the city website www.fallschurchva.gov for more information. Letters to City Council may be sent to email@example.com. (1) (TO8-02) An Ordinance To Authorize Condemnation Of Two Parcels Of Land For Road Construction And To Appropriate The Necessary Funds For The Land Acquisition (2) (TO8-03) An Ordinance to Amend the Official Zoning District Map of the City of Falls Church, Virginia, by rezoning approximately 0.69 acres of land from R-M, Multifamily Residential District, to B-2, Central Business District, for properties located at 202, 204, 206, and 208 Gibson Street (Real Property Code Numbers 52-209-002, 52-309-003, 52-309-004 and 52-309-005) to Atlantic Realty Companies, Inc. (3) (TR8-02) A Resolution to Grant Special Exceptions for Residential Mixed Use, Residential Mixed Use Height Bonus and Commercial Height Bonus for approximately 8.77 acres of land located at the intersection on W. Annandale Road and South Maple Avenue (Real Property Code Numbers 52-309-121, 52-309-120, 52-305-014, 52-305-025, 52-305-023, portion of 52-309-112, portion of 52-309-113, 52-209002, 52-309-003, 52-309-004 and 52-309-005) to Atlantic Realty Companies, Inc. (4) (TO8-04) Ordinance Approving the City Center Economic Development Agreement to be entered into by the City of Falls Church, City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority, and Atlantic Realty Companies, Inc. (5) (TR8-03) Resolution to Amend the City of Falls Church Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 4, "Land Use and Economic Development," To Revise City Center Text. All public hearings will be held in the Council Chambers, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia. Copies of legislation may be obtained from the City Clerk's office (703-248-5014) or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Special services or assistance to persons with disabilities may be requested in advance. To speak at a public hearing, fill out a speaker slip and give it to the Clerk at the left front table. Speakers will be called forward by the Mayor at the appropriate time. KATHLEEN CLARKEN BUSCHOW CITY CLERK
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Don’t Be a Crime Victim The Falls Church City Police Department urges citizens to protect themselves and offers the following tips to personal safety. Personal Safety Tips • Be alert - Someone not paying attention to their surroundings makes an easier target. • Be confident - Walk with a purpose and look alert. • Trust instincts - Learn to trust intuition and react to unsettling feelings. If it doesn’t feel or look right, it probably isn’t. When in Public • Carry cell phone. • Do not discuss travel routes and arrival times. • Have someone escort you, if possible. • Avoid carrying large sums of money. • Report suspicious people or activity immediately. • Walk in well lit, populated areas and avoid cut-throughs. • Avoid walking close to hedges
and bushes. • Before getting off a bus or leaving a public place, look around to see who is in the area. Automobile/Parking Lot Safety • Lock car doors. • Park in well lit areas. • Keep hands free, if possible. • Look around and see who is nearby. • Service your vehicle regularly and consider road-side assistance services. • Before leaving a public place, STOP, and look around with keys in hand already. • STOP before getting into a vehicle and make sure no one is approaching. • Lock the doors once you’ve gotten into a vehicle. Crime Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. It requires cooperation among citizens, police, and business owners.
Submit Your Nomination for Employee of the Year The City of Falls Church Human Resources Division is accepting nominations from employees and citizens for the 2007 “Employee of the Year” award. If you have observed a City of Falls Church general government employee whom you feel merits consideration, please nominate them for this award. The criteria used to evaluate nominations are: • An accomplishment of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service in the City of Falls Church. • The nominee must be involved in and identified with the achievement and be a permanent fulltime or part-time employee who has successfully completed his/her probationary period of employment. Appointed officials, elected officials and their employ-
ees, general managers, and division directors are not eligible. • There must be tangible results achieved as a result of this performance; results might be higher morale, more effective operations, lower costs, or acts beyond the call of duty. • The achievement was remarkable or an unusual performance of the nominee’s assigned duties, or above and beyond those duties. • The achievement occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2007. Nomination forms are available at City Hall (300 Park Ave.), the Library (120 N. Virginia Ave.), and the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). Nominations should be submitted to Human Resources by Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. Call 703-248-5127 (TTY 711) for more information.
Submit Your Nomination for Memorial Day Grand Marshal The 2008 Falls Church City Memorial Day Parade & Festival Committee is seeking nominations for the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. Please contact Jenny Elmore in the Recreation & Parks Division at 703-248-5199 (TTY 711) or email@example.com with nominations or questions.
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Summer Camp Brochure Available Online The Recreation & Parks Division’s annual summer camp program offers a variety of fun-filled activities for youth of all ages. Programs are offered June through August, and range from sports (from dance to swimming to horseback riding!) to art and theatre. Registration is currently open for City residents and non-City residents can register beginning Monday, Feb. 11. The 2008 Summer Camp brochure is available at the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) and online at www.fallschurchva.gov. Call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) for more information.
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Classes and Events The following classes require paid registration. Call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) for fees and more information. Knitting Workshop (ages 12 and older) Saturday, Feb. 9, 16, and 23, noon-2 p.m. Bring your current projects and knitting supplies with you. Sign up for one, two, or three Saturdays! Babysitting Fundamentals (ages 8 and older) Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:30-5:30 p.m. This is an introductory course in child care. Bring your childcare concerns, issues and questions. Babysitting Fundamentals II (ages 8 and older) Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-noon Learn the psychological and physical aspects of care, along with business and other approaches. More Beading Techniques for Adults Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m. Make a simple pendant and cord combination, as well as a festive multi-strand bracelet with dangling beads, and earrings.
Learn how to use interesting color schemes and transpose color in paintings. Homework and Organization I (ages 8 and older) Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-noon Learn how to organize your activities and environment, so that you can be more independent. Fun and Funky Jewelry (ages 13-17) Thursday, Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. Learn the basic techniques for making your own unique jewelry. Self-Defense for Women (ages 13 and older) Mondays through March 24, 7-8 p.m. This is a hands-on self-defense class tailored for women that emphasizes practicality, simplicity and effectiveness. Low-Impact Aerobics Adults Mondays through May 5, 9:15-10:15 a.m. This class offers a gentle cardio workout combining aerobics, dance, Pilates and yoga movement patterns.
Paint with Rich Juicy Color: Intermediate/ Advanced Watercolor Adults Tuesday Feb. 19, March 4 and 18, April 1 and 14, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
City of Falls Church Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - Noon
Student Artwork Available for Pickup All artwork submitted to the 2007 Student Art Contest can be picked up from the Office of Communications in City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, East Wing, third floor, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
22nd Annual Music Awards at the State Theatre Washington area musicians will celebrate once again in Falls Church City at the 22nd Annual Wammies. The Washington Area Music Association and BMI, Strathmore present the Washington Area Music Awards in recognition of significant career achievements by area musicians. The awards will be held at The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St.) on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 at 8 p.m. Performers include: the Billy Coulter Band, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, the David Kitchen Band, Eleanor Ellis, Frédéric Yonnet, Honky Tonk Confidential with Bob Schieffer, Mambo Sauce, the Speaks, the WAMA Ukulele Orchestra, and the Tommy Lepson Band. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.wamadc.com/wama/ waminfo.html. Call 703-368-3300 to purchase tickets by phone.
City Center Public Meeting Learn about the project from key players and voice your thoughts. Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Community Center
Learn the facts about City Center and share your feedback. Details and the public meeting schedule available at www.fallschurchva.gov/ citycenter.html.
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Chairman: Craig Cheney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman: Ronald Peppe II . . . . . . . . . . School Board Rosaura Aguerrebere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Kearney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kieran Sharpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Wodiska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superintendent: Dr. Lois Berlin . . . . . . . . . . .
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Seven teachers are getting high praise as this year’s Falls Church City nominees for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. Students cheered as Superintendent Lois Berlin surprised each nominee with the news and a bouquet of flowers over the past week. She also presented each nominee a copy of his or her nomination packet, which included letters of praise from colleagues, students and community members.
This year’s FCCPS nominees are: Debbie baird Art Teacher Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School julie bravin French Teacher George Mason High School jed Frei Third Grade Teacher Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Vicki galliher Physical Education Teacher George Mason High School nan hof Kindergarten Teacher Mount Daniel Elementary School Mary Kay howard Second Grade Teacher Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Karin Tooze English Teacher George Mason High School The annual award is presented by the Washington Post to one teacher from each of the 19 metro area public school divisions and 1 private school. The award’s namesake, Agnes Meyer, was a staunch supporter and defender of public education and the wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased the Washington Post in 1933. The goals of the award are to recognize excellence in teaching and to encourage creative and quality instruction. A local, four-person committee is reviewing the nomination packets to determine which FCCPS teacher will receive this year’s award. The winner will be announced by the Washington Post this spring and will receive a cash prize. The winner and all nominees will be recognized by the school board at a reception in May.
FCC-TV Spotlight: Spanish for Educators Tune in to Falls Church Community Television (FCC-TV) to watch Spanish for Educators. While produced primarily for teachers and school staff, SFE is a great way for anyone to learn basic Spanish language skills. Spanish for Educators airs on FCC-TV at the following times: • Mondays at 3:00 p.m. (Level 1) • Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (Level 2) • Fridays at 3:30 p.m. (Level 1)
• Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. (Level 2)
FCC-TV airs on Cox Channel 12,Verizon Channel 35 and RCN Channel 2. For more information about FCC-TV or for a complete schedule of community programs on FCC-TV, visit www.fcctv.net or call 703-248-5538.
BIE Partner of the Week Dave Hutchinson Robek’s School involvement: Provided complimentary “Birthday Smoothies” to all FCCPS employees during 2008; supported Teacher Appreciation Week; donated smoothies to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Field Day; supported GMHS All-Night Grad Party; supported TV TurnOff Week; worked with school organizations on fundraising programs. Why Dave is a BIE partner: “Now that Robek’s has celebrated our first anniversary in Falls Church, we really understand the importance of the schools in this community. We are so glad to be giving back to our customers – the teachers, students and families of Falls Church. Robek’s will continue to be involved in supporting the community’s healthy and active lifestyles.” For more information about sharing your expertise through the BIE Partnership, visit www.fccps.org or contact Marybeth Connelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. School content published in The Weekly Focus is written and edited by the Falls Church City Public Schools. For more information, contact the Falls Church City Public Schools Communications Office. Phone: (703) 248-5699 Fax: (703) 248-5613.
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“Of all the things I do as superintendent, this is one of my favorite,” Berlin said. “It’s always a pleasure to recognize teachers for their accomplishments, and this year’s field of nominees is top-notch.”
SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES ARE SubjEcT To chAngE February 6:30 p.m. Family Literacy Night (MD) 7 7:30 p.m. Rapp. Co. @ Mason (B Basketball) 8
9 Debbie Baird
10:00 a.m. Mason @ State Meet (Swimming) 7:30 p.m.. Rapp. Co. @ Mason (G Basketball) 8:30 a.m. School Board Budget Work Session (MEH)
10:00 a.m. - Mason @ State Meet (Swimming) 11–12 Kuder Interest Inventory Testing (GM) 8–15 Stanford Testing (TJ) 11
12 Vicki Galliher
7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Budget Work Session - #2 (MEH) Public Hearing - #2 (City Hall) Public Hearing - #3 (MEH) Budget Work Session - # 3 (MEH) School Board Votes on Budget (City Hall)
FCCPS Support Staff Employee of the Year Nominations Open Has a support employee gone beyond the call of duty to help you? Have you observed a support staff member excelling in his or her dayto-day activities? There are many reasons to nominate someone for the FCCPS Support Staff Employee of the Year Award. This award was established by the Falls Church School Board to recognize a support staff employee whose contributions to the Falls Church City Public Schools exemplify the highest attributes of service. Nominees can be full or part-time employees and must have at least five years of service with Falls Church City Public Schools. Support staff are employees who assist teachers and the administration in providing services to the instructional program and facilities, and can include transportation, food service, day care, maintenance, custodial work-
ers, paraprofessionals and secretarial/office staff. Nomination Criteria – A nominee must be a support staff member who: 1. Provides outstanding service that supports students, staff, parents or facilities. 2. Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues, parents and the community. 3. Understands and assists with the individual needs of their constituents. 4. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of skills and expertise required to effectively perform his or her job responsibilities. The deadline for nominations is March 1st. The recipient will be announced in April. Nomination forms are available at www.fccps.org/support.
FccPS 2008 Summer School Schedule Mount Daniel Elementary School Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School George Mason High School
July 7 – July 31 (M-TH); 8:30 AM - 12:00 noon July 7 – August 1 (M-F); 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM July 7 – August 1 (M-F); 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM July 7 – July 25 (M-F); 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
7:30 p.m. Transition Parent Night (MEH) 7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting (City Hall) 7:30 p.m. Strasburg @ Mason (B Basketball)
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7:30 p.m. Gifted and Talented Adv. Comm. (TJ)
7:30 p.m. Mason @ Manassas Park (G Basketball) Presidents Day (Schools Closed/Day Care Closed)
7:00 p.m. Sophomore Parent Night (GM)
6:30 p.m. Elementary PTA (TJ) 7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting (City Hall) (MD) Mt. Daniel Elementary (TJ) Thomas Jefferson Elementary (MEH) Mary Ellen Henderson Middle (GM) George Mason High
Check the FCCPS Web site for more calendar information. www.fccps.org
Mt. Daniel Kindergarten Registration Information Kindergarten information packets for Falls Church residents whose children will be five years old by September 30, 2008, will soon arrive in the mail. Packets may also be requested by visiting www.fccps.org/md. Mount Daniel administrators and faculty will present Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room. A brief overview of the school day, curriculum, day care program, and registration requirements will be presented through a video and panel discussion. Registration will be held for kindergarten parents and students Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Kindergarten parents will be notified of an appointment time they and their child can visit a classroom and turn in completed registration forms.
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City Persues Graduate Center Plan For West Falls Church Metro Site “The City of Falls Church will respond to a formal ‘request for proposal’ issued yesterday by the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech that seeks to purchase property appropiate for construction of a graduate school facility. “The decision was made by members of the City Council, School Board and Planning Commission who were gathered in an unprecedented joint work session Tuesday night to...”
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someone,” he added. McConnell said waterboarding remains a technique in the CIA’s arsenal but that it would require the president’s consent and the attorney general’s legal approval before being administered. Mukasey apparently considers it his role to protect the White House, the CIA and others who could be vulnerable to retroactive criminal charges or civil lawsuits if the U.S. use of waterboarding violated international law. Hence the Justice Department’s stonewalling on the legality of the odious tactic. Waterboarding is the crux of a Justice Department criminal investigation over whether the CIA illegally or otherwise improperly destroyed videotapes in 2005 of two terror suspects being harshly interrogated. Mukasey has also lived up to his conservative credentials by opposing legislation that would protect whistleblowers who keep Congress informed about wrongdoing in government agencies. Such a bill would encourage people “to bypass supervisors (and) simply go to a member of Congress with their com-
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City Hall Reeling From Resignation of Cheif Financial Officer Scott “The News-Press has learned that ‘philisophical differences’ with City Manager Hector Rivera over the handling of city staff led to a decision made by Cheif Financial Officer Doug Scott to resign last Saturday. Scott is scheduled to leave his post next Friday, Feb. 20, ending 30 years of service to Falls Church City Schools and municipal government. “Scott, himself, described...”
plaints,” he lamented. The attorney general -- who can charitably be called “naive”-- said that potential whistle blowers should first seek out supervisors and “take it up the line.” Muaksey, a long-time federal judge, has obviously been living in a well-guarded judicial bubble, not knowing that whistle blowers often tell the truth at a personal cost of their jobs and livelihood. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is sponsoring a bill to expand existing protections for people who fear retaliation if they expose waste, fraud and abuse in the government. The measure would basically overturn a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government employees do not enjoy First Amendment protections when they report their concerns about government operations. It’s sad that the country has a man like Mukasey in charge of the Justice Department after the fiasco created by his predecessor Alberto Gonzalez, who rubber-stamped White House end runs around the law. Mukasey said he could only render an opinion on waterboarding if he knew the circumstances of each situation. Clearly, Mukasey is cut from the same cloth as Gonzales, believing in expan-
sive powers for the presidency and on the same wave length about tough treatment of detainees. Since he took over the Justice Department, Mukasey has refused to permit certain administration witnesses to answer congressional subpoenas to testify about the nine U.S. prosecutors who were apparently fired on political grounds. He suggested that the administration believes it is shielded by executive privilege. Mukasey seems to be a clone of Gonzales. Just when we were celebrating the neardemise of the hard-core conservatives in the Bush administration, we get the heartless Mukasey.
THIS IS STUART, seen here standing artfully composed on the frozen tundra that many of you remember from last year (if you didn’t slip on it and knock your head). Stuart was glad for the snow, but wished it was more powdery so he could enjoy his true passion in life, downhill skiing. Who could forget the last Olympic games when he became the first dog to ever ski downhill competitively, after all, there wasn’t any rule against a dog downhill skiing. Unfortunately, as we all now know, he blew out three of his four knees and is now unable to ski at the competitive level. Also, the International Olympic Comittee has recently added a rule against dogs downhill skiing, but I know of a cat who has been training hard, and is set to win the gold. If you would like to see your pet here, e-mail us at email@example.com or send a picture and short description to Falls Church News-Press c/o Critter Corner, 450 W. Broad St., Suite 321, Falls Church, VA 22046.
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BCR Binders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-9181
VA Outdoor Power Equipment . . . . . . 207-2000 Ace Tool & Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 532-5600
Universal Beauty Supply & Salon . . . 534-7926 n
Drs. William Dougherty, Julie D. Tran 532-3300 Dr. Mike McCombs, Orthodontist . . . . 820-1011 Dr. Nimisha V. Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-1993
Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co.. . . 519-1634 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241-3505 Acacia Federal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 506-8100 n
NED Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-7457 Hudson Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 568-5310 Alex Mac Cormack... “Repairs” . . . . . 534-1815 FC Heating & Air Service . . . . . . . . . . 534-0630 Ideal Custom Painting . . . . . . . . 202-277-8136 James Roofing & Home Improvement 593-3383 M.D. Painting & Decorating Co.. . . . . 966-2954 DAST Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 898-8318 Shiner Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560-7663 J & S Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448-1171 The Vinyl Touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 793-3111
Carol S. Miller, LCSW . . . . . . . . . . . . 395-4980 George Coyne, LCSW . . . . . . . . . . . . 328-4112 Career/Life/Retirement Coach . . . . . . 241-2620 Josette Millman, APRN . . . . . . . . . . . 855-0396
Mark F. Werblood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534-9300 John A. Boneta & Associates . . . . . . 536-6166 Janine S. Benton, Esq. . . . . . . . . . . .312-0410
Alba Construction, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 204-0733 n
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Human Touch Home Health. . . . . . . . 531-0540
Fast Teks On-Site Computer Srvcs . . 496-7807
Sunrise of Falls Church . . . . . . . . . . . 534-2700 n
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Academy of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 938-8054 Columbia Institute - Fine Arts. . . . . . . 534-2508 Foxes Music Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-7393
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