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School Board member Jane Strauss (Dranesville District) and Republican-endorsed challenger Pete Kurzenhauser agreed that teachers deserve more pay and instituting later high-school starting times has been a success, but concurred on little else at an Oct. 18 debate at the McLean Community Center. Strauss has served for 22 years on the School Board, a period that dates back to when board members were appointed instead of being selected by voters. She touted her long service in many school and community groups. “I have spent my entire adult life in the field of education,” she said. Kurzenhauser, who piloted helicopters in the U.S. Navy and subsequently started two high-technology firms, concentrated on his military and business acumen. Strauss has not done enough to combat classroom overcrowding in McLean-area schools, he said. “I will represent this district and bring fairness to this district,” Kurzenhauser said. Strauss did not take shots at Kurzenhauser, After taking the handoff from quarterback Carter Govan (background), McLean High School running back David Kagan bursts through a sizeable hole created by Brandon Hill (68) during the Oct. 16 game at McLean. Yorktown’s Devin Felli (44) is waiting to make the tackle. See full coverage in Sports starting on Page 32. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT

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Record-Breaking 3,227 Freshmen Come to Class at GMU George Mason University welcomed its largest incoming class ever, with 3,227 firsttime freshmen, according to figures from the university. According to a report from the university’s news service, the students’ average high-

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A poster above Jereme Donnelly’s desk shows a man standing in a lighthouse door as a gigantic wave crashes around the tower. That might represent the feeling of some who shoulder the duties of an elementaryschool principal, but Donnelly has been preparing for this moment for years. “As a principal, you’re responsible for the whole school,” said Donnelly, 34, who on Sept. 28 took over the reins at Haycock Elementary School in McLean. “You need to make sure students are being supported academically, socially and emotionally.” While the lighthouse photo might spur contemplation, other artworks in his office – such as the vintage poster of Batman and Robin and a colorful, Andy Warhol-esque painting of rubber ducks – are designed to evoke smiles and prompt conversations. Donnelly grew up in a poor family in Pittsburgh, where his mother did not work and his father detested his job. After academic and disciplinary struggles in elementary school, he began tackling his studies assiduously in middle school. “I knew I didn’t want to be driving around in rusted-out cars my whole life,” he said. “Education was the only way to get out of the circumstances I was in.” Donnelly became the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in education, with emphasis on

initiatives in educational transformation, from George Mason University. He fell in love with Northern Virginia while visiting the area as a college sophomore and was keen to work for Fairfax County schools – so much so that he went to interviews with several other jurisdictions first to polish his pitch. Donnelly started his Fairfax County Public Schools career in 2004 by serving as a second- and third-grade teacher at Waples Mill Elementary. He later became an assistant principal in 2011 and served at Riverside, Lane and Lorton Station elementaries. During his last assignment at Lorton Station Elementary, Donnelly led the special-education department and oversaw screenings of Individualized Education Plans. Before leaving that school, he interviewed each Haycock staff member about their career aspirations and asked which programs needed to be retained or scrapped. Donnelly frequently told his students to ask “Why?” and bolstered their criticalthinking skills by having them expound on how the classroom lessons applied to their lives. Each fall, he also read them a favorite book, “The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur.” Haycock has 921 students, 39 classroom teachers and about 49 other staff members, including office staff, special-education instructors and teachers’ aides. The student population is 55 percent white, 28 percent Asian, 6 percent Hispanic, 2 percent African-American and 9 percent “other.” Only

Jereme Donnelly, the new principal at Haycock Elementary School, plans to form close workPHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER ing relationships.

3 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Haycock is undergoing a renovation that will construct new office space and add classrooms and a new playground. The school’s PTA is just $7,000 shy of raising $40,000 for the playground, field trips, classroom supplies and staff development. Donnelly’s predecessor, Kelly Sheers, now serves as principal at West Springfield Elementary.

Donnelly enjoys attending car shows, learning about American history and reading biographies and autobiographies of accomplished people. He one day hopes to visit Paris and own a vintage Volkswagen Beetle. Rebecca Baenig, executive principal for Region 5 schools, hired Donnelly as a teacher when she was Cunningham Park Elementary’s principal. “He was very passionate, had a very strong ability to build relationships with students and was a strong teacher leader,” she recalled. “He’s got a positive energy about him that can really transform a learning environment.” Donnelly came to Cunningham Park as an aspiring leader and assumed larger leadership roles, which positively affected his colleagues’ performance, Baenig said. He also emphasized fun and would toss glitter at students to reward their hard work, she said. Donnelly brings valuable experience from serving as assistant principal at several schools with disparate programs and student demographics, Baenig said. Even as a teacher, he had an incredible work ethic, she added. “He has such drive,” Baenig said. “I know he’ll work so hard to meet the goals he and the community set together.”

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Foust, Chronis Draw Contrasts in McLean Debate BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Coming down to the wire before the Nov. 3 election, Supervisor John Foust (DDranesville) and Republican challenger Jennifer Chronis on Oct. 18 differentiated their views on taxes, transportation, economic development and leadership style. Foust, a lawyer and former McLean Citizens Association (MCA) president who first was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2007, cited a laundry list of community accomplishments during his tenure, ranging from new athletic fields to road improvements. “I didn’t come out of nowhere to run for supervisor,” said Foust, who lives in McLean. “I listen, I lead, I deliver.” Chronis, a Great Falls resident and U.S. Army veteran who until recently was an executive with IBM, touted leadership lessons she learned in the military. “I am an experienced leader who will act and get things done,” she said. “I don’t believe my opponent is that leader.” The candidates debated the issues at an MCA forum at the McLean Community Center. If elected, Chronis promised to expand Fairfax County’s economy by streamlining regulatory processes, working with the

county’s Economic Development Authority to bring in new businesses and enhancing workforce training so students learn the necessary skills to compete. Chronis concentrated her attack on the county’s struggling economy and Foust’s role in raising property taxes 17 percent in the last three years and approving raises for county supervisors. Foust countered that supervisors while he has been on the board had reduced drastically the rate of property-tax hikes from a decade ago. At an earlier debate in Great Falls, he noted that the supervisors’ pay hike would take effect for the next board and that supervisors had not authorized a compensation increase in eight years. Regarding the recent store relocation of NOVA Firearms next to Franklin Sherman Elementary School, Foust emphasized county supervisors have scant control regarding firearms and that the store legally was allowed to occupy that site. “They’re there by-right, but it’s not right,” said Foust, adding he would seek opportunities to get the gun store to move. Chronis said the issue was highly emotional and complex. Franklin Sherman parents understandably are concerned about their children’s safety, but the store owners are complying with all regulations,

Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Republican challenger Jennifer Chronis exchange pleasantries after a hard-fought debate held Oct. 18 at the McLean Community Center.

she said. Chronis supported MCA’s plan to form a subcommittee to examine the issue, but said Foust should have de-escalated the situation instead of insulting law-abiding business owners and inflaming passions for political gain. Foust and Chronis agreed that widening Route 7 between Tysons Corner and Reston is crucial, but Chronis said the improvements are not funded yet and will occur way too far in the future. Foust said the project would not be nearly as far along if


he had not pressed the issue. Both candidates opposed adding toll lanes on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway, although Chronis said Foust had cast a vote with the Northern Virginia Technology Council regarding how to spend those revenues. Foust said the vote was necessary procedurally because that agency manage those funds if the toll lanes were approved. “Pay attention to the facts, not necessarily what you’re hearing,” he told the audience. “

Parisot, Murphy Spar on Guns, Medicaid as Election Nears BRIAN TROMPETER

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Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) and Republican opponent Craig Parisot turned up the rhetoric against each other Oct. 18 in an effort to woo voters two weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Speaking at a McLean Citizens Association debate at the McLean Community Center, Parisot accused incumbent Murphy of using “tired and predictable scare tactics” regarding his ideology and said the Democrat “has no understanding of high technology, which is the route toward rebuilding our economy.” Murphy, a former congressional aide who squeaked past Parisot by 326 votes in a Jan. 6 special election, took the Republican to task regarding the recent relocation of NOVA Firearms near Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean. “Why have you remained silent?” asked Murphy, whose brother was shot to death. A gun store has no place next to a school and educators at Franklin Sherman should not have to worry whether armed people nearby pose a threat to the school, she said. Murphy also pressed for common-sense firearms laws and for politicians to stop using the gun issue to divide voters, but Parisot fired back that his opponent’s mailings had attacked him on that subject. Parisot, a U.S. Air Force veteran who

Republican Craig Parisot and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) exchange strong handshakes and steely-eyed glances after a McLean Citizens Association debate held Oct. 18 at the McLean ComPHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER munity Center.

works in the high-tech field, said he had spoken with the gun store’s owners, law-enforcement officials and Franklin Sherman’s PTA and was trying to understand the situation so as to reach an amicable solution. “Let’s do something meaningful, not just wave our arms and generate excitement,” he said. “You can’t just go Don Quixote and go to the windmill.” The candidates also strongly disagreed over whether Virginia should expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000 residents. Mur-

phy highly favored that course of action, saying it had been supported by the governor, Democrats and business owners, but been stymied by Republicans in the General Assembly. Failure to expand Medicaid coverage costs the state about $5 million per day, for a total of about $1 billion so far, she said. “We were irresponsible and shortsighted,” Murphy said of the General Assembly, adding, “We need to bring that money home to Virginia.”

Parisot countered that not expanding Medicaid was the “right decision” because the program already takes up 21 percent of Virginia’s budget and federal reimbursement for the program could stop. About one-third of doctors in the state no longer are accepting new Medicaid patients, he said. “We just can’t keep throwing money into a system that isn’t working well,” Parisot said. The candidates concurred on some issues, however. Both agreed local school boards should be granted authority to begin classes before Labor Day, if they so desired, and that Northern Virginia school districts should receive more state money because of the higher “cost to compete” in this region. Murphy and Parisot made last-minute appeals to the crowd before stepping down from the stage. Parisot said leadership, trust and integrity matter and that he has the capacity to act on ideas. “I’m not going to . .. be the delegate who will tell you what you want to hear to get your vote,” he said. Murphy said she takes her work seriously and was proud to have worked with other legislators to accomplish “a lot of really good things in this last session,” including more money for education and small businesses. “I love doing this work,” she said.



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Opinion Our View: Endorsements for Board of Supervisors While all seats, including the atlarge chairmanship, of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are on the ballot Nov. 3, we will concentrate our efforts on the three magisterial districts that impact our coverage area, along with the chairmanship. Taking them in reverse order of coming to a conclusion: PROVIDENCE DISTRICT: Supervisor Linda Smyth (D) has been a voice of fiscal sanity and constituent service during her board tenure. She is unopposed for re-election, but voters in the district should cast their ballots for her in any event. She has earned four more years. HUNTER MILL DISTRICT: The good news about unopposed incumbent Catherine Hudgins (D) is that we can’t think of a single thing she did over the past four years to roil her constituents. The bad news? That’s because she again this term has been largely invisible, both on the Board of Supervisors’ dais and her perch as a member of the board of directors of the troubled Metro system. As was the case four years ago, we have little to judge Hudgins’ record on. We’re not against her by any stretch, but we find it hard to back her with any enthusiasm. She passes the “do no

harm” test, but is that enough? BOARD CHAIRMAN: We admit to running hot and cold on incumbent Sharon Bulova (D). One minute she seems to possess common sense and fiscal restraint; the next, she’s leading the Democrat-dominated board off on another strange tangent, spending spree or stonewalling effort. And as head of the county government – hers is no mere titular position, after all – Bulova deserves her share of the blame for the government’s seeming disdain for the public. The scandal over the police shooting of unarmed John Geer is just the tip of the iceberg of a government that not only doesn’t always play nicely with surrounding jurisdictions, but at times doesn’t interact well with its own residents. That said, Republican Arthur Purves has made little inroads in his effort to convince the public he’s a viable alternative. A candidate who will not build coalitions and raise money for the uphill climb of dislodging a still largely popular incumbent is not one to be given great credibility. The third contender in the race, Independent Green Glenda Gail Parker, is a non-factor. DRANESVILLE DISTRICT: Incumbent John Foust (D) made the

history books last year in how not to run for Congress. Even neutral observers winced at how badly it went. In his bid for a third term at the local level, Foust is being challenged by Republican Jennifer Chronis, in a race that is being fought out along familiar lines in a district that has gone both ways, politically, over the years. Foust touts his community bona fides and his office’s constituent service, which we agree give him an edge. But like many a politician before him, Foust’s foray into congressional politics in 2014 leaves him open to charges he’s too far left for the district and too partisan for the Board of Supervisors. Chronis has exploited those weaknesses throughout campaign season. Had he skipped last year’s kamikaze run against Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District, this might have been a more slam-dunk endorsement. Voters, too, might not have given this race a second glance and sent him back for another four years. But even with the aftermath of the 2014 calamity, and his (unwise) efforts late in this campaign to bring gun control to the fore, we conclude that Foust meets the test of an effective public servant, and support his bid over Chronis.

Know the Facts When Casting School Board Votes Editor: On Sept. 8, almost 185,500 students headed back to public schools in Fairfax County. For many children, there were fewer than 20 students in their class. For plenty of other children, there were over 25 and sometimes more than 30. Three years ago, concerned parents created Class Size Counts (CSC), researched state laws and school system policies, met

with elected officials and Superintendent Garza, submitted Freedom of Information Act requests, interviewed national classsize leaders, and wrote letters to the editor. Today, Class Size Counts has more than 1,500 supporters. This year, the organization asked School Board candidates to complete a questionnaire about their views on class size. Based on their responses, past statements and (for

incumbents) past votes, CSC compiled a voter’s guide to the candidates. Visit to see how the candidates compare on the classsize issue. Then vote for a School Board candidate who shares your priorities. Kim Farrell Fairfax Farrell is public-relations director for Class Size Counts.

Keys-Gamarra Is Right Choice in Sully for School Board Editor: The Sully District should elect Karen Keys-Gamarra for Fairfax County School Board. She has spent years dedicating herself to children and family issues – whether as a mother of three, as an attorney who works as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children, or as a member of the

board of directors for a domestic-violence non-profit organization. On top of her work with youth, Karen Keys-Gamarra has experience with budget analysis, of which such expertise is needed now more than ever in Fairfax. Other candidates have argued that there may be “some low hanging fruit” in the FCPS budget, without providing any

specifics. Keys-Gamarra serves on the Advisory Budget Committee for FCPS and has been a part of the in-depth, line-item analysis of the FCPS budget. Keys-Gamaraa doesn’t just talk the talk, but walks the walk for Fairfax County kids. Kari Walker Oakton

Murphy’s Focus on Environment Makes Her the Superior Choice Editor: For those of us living in Northern Virginia, environmental issues are qualityof-life issues. How our delegates vote on the environment affects everything from asthma in our children to how much time

we spend stuck in traffic and whether our drinking water is safe from contaminants. The Sierra Club has endorsed Del. Kathleen Murphy because she is a solid supporter of the environment and of efforts to transition Virginia’s energy supply

away from highly polluting fossil fuels to a cleaner and more secure energy supply. We need strong environmentalists like Kathleen Murphy in Richmond. Ivy Main McLean

Editor: Election Day is fast approaching. It is a good time to take a hard look at the candidates, while there is time to reflect. Do you know what you want in a candidate? I want someone who is not afraid to speak her mind about issues. I want a candidate who works for inclusion and equal rights. I want a candidate who will work to maintain the quality education our children deserve. In the 34th House District, Del. Kathleen Murphy is that candidate. Del. Murphy has taken a strong stand

for rational gun control, advocating to close a loophole in current regulations by requiring background checks for purchases made at gun shows. She sponsored legislation to ensure equal pay for women. She supports educational programs that prepare students to succeed, like the Loudoun County geospatial-science program. Del. Murphy has substance, and has proven her willingness to fight for her constituents. Eleanor Anderson Great Falls

Murphy Cares About Well-Being of All Editor: The House of Delegates has refused to allow expansion of Medicaid to Virginia citizens. As a result, tens of thousands of mostly less-well-off residents are lacking in health insurance. Legislative action that results in shortening of life, such as denying these indi-

viduals health insurance, is immoral and against the belief of Christians as well as other religions. Is this state so poor that it cannot afford health care for all its citizens? Vote for Kathleen Murphy. She cares for the well-being of all our citizens. William Pepelko Great Falls

Editor: The management and timing of the widening of Route 7 critically impacts my community. Craig Parisot is the only candidate for delegate in the 34th District who is discussing this essential transportation priority. He is also listening to our concerns to make sure this project is completed in a way that is best for our community. The VDOT program manager will discuss the plans at our next homeowner’s association meeting. We are grateful for that. I am also grateful that, as delegate, Parisot would work closely with VDOT to keep this important project on schedule and complete it in a way that improves the quality of life for all homeowners in our

Parisot Is Best Option for Transportation Editor: Only one candidate for delegate in Virginia’s 34th House District has a comprehensive plan to improve Northern Virginia’s transportation system. That candidate is Craig Parisot. Unlike his opponent, Parisot has both the relationship with House of Delegates’ leaders and the ability to work across the

aisle to ensure Northern Virginia’s transportation priorities are met. Everyone who is sick of sitting in traffic for hours a day should check out Parisot’s transportation plan and vote for him on Nov. 3. Matthew Truong Great Falls

district. We need to elect him on Nov. 3. Jacquline Gravell Vienna

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Editor: Virginia’s 34th House District needs a delegate who is focused on jobs. As a leader in the community and a problem-solver, Craig Parisot understands the challenges at hand, and is ready to work on pragmatic solutions. Northern Virginia’s business community is rallying around Craig Parisot to be our next delegate. We should, too. Mark Behrens McLean

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JOHN FOUST IS LEADING THE WAY for Fairfax County Schools • Supervisor for Dranesville.

John fought to fully fund the School Board budget without raising taxes — and led the bipartisan agreement which got us 99.8% of the way there!

• Increasing funding for our schools.

John worked with the School Board to develop a plan to increase funding for school system infrastructure without increasing taxes - and led the effort to get it passed by the Board of Supervisors.

• Delivering full-day kindergarten.

John worked with parent advocates, School Board Members, and others to bring full-day kindergarten to ALL Fairfax County schools.

• Protecting critical programs at local schools. From sports to language education to the arts, John has defended many critical school programs.

“If you care about education, John Foust has earned your vote.” — Fairfax County School Board Chair Pat Hynes


Re-elect Supervisor John Foust

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year. The 2015-16 budget funded 99.8 percent of the School Board’s request. Foust fought for 100 percent. The Board of Supervisors already has eliminated half of the deficit projected for the 2016-17 school budget. Fairfax County’s AAA bond rating recently has been confirmed after an examination by rating agencies. Foust’s challenger has chosen to conduct a campaign of distortion of key facts. Voters should be wary of outrageous claims. Sue Boucher Falls Church

Chronis Understands Residents’ Needs Editor: I am thoroughly impressed by Jennifer Chronis’s knowledge of Fairfax County issues, especially the issues that most politicians do not speak out about. Human trafficking particularly has escalated to become a real problem in the county. We need strong leadership in the right direction to eliminate this horrible activity in our communities. Chronis understands the critical need for the Board of Supervisors to take an ac-

tive role in combating this rampant crime activity. She understands the need for additional law-enforcement personnel dedicated to finding the culprits and helping the victims, as well as providing the victims with a safe place to go once they are extricated. I support Jennifer Chronis and her plan to combat human trafficking in our region. Beth Saunders McLean

Why Was Chronis AWOL from Forum? Editor: I attended to the Oct. 14 “meet and greet” sponsored by the League of Women Voters and held at the McLean Community Center, and was particularly interested in hear from the candidates for Dranesville supervisor race. I particularly was interested in hearing from the challenger, Jennifer Chronis, who is not known in the district. However, Chronis did not show. No explanation for her absence was given. There was a good crowd at the event, and one would think a challenger would want to have a chance to meet with a such

a core constituency. In any event, Supervisor Foust answered numerous questions on a wide range of topics. He put forth his record of balancing eight straight county budgets. He also indicated his strong support for full funding for county schools. More than any supervisor, he is leading the way on education. Foust’s record is solid. He has earned my vote. His opponent seems to be uninterested in the race or is not prepared to stand up against a formidable incumbent. Jalmeen Soni McLean

Chronis Easily Bested Foust in Debate Editor: At the Great Falls Grange debate on Sept. 29, Dranesville District candidate Jennifer Chronis made incumbent Supervisor John Foust look ineffectual and lackluster. Chronis has an outstanding record, has achieved outstanding things and would bring strong leadership and stature to the

Board of Supervisors. After indifferent leadership during Foust’s years as our supervisor, our area needs crisp, leadership, which Chronis will bring in abundance. It is mandatory that we vote for and elect Jennifer Chronis as our supervisor on Nov. 3. Priscilla Griffith McLean


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Editor: In recent weeks, the challenger in the race for Dranesville supervisor has made a number of inaccurate claims about Supervisor John Foust’s regarding taxes and the Fairfax County budget. Here are some key facts to consider. These survive serious fact-checking. During John Foust’s two terms in office, property taxes stayed flat or decreased in four of his eight years as supervisor. Over this period, property-tax increases have reflected the rate of inflation, averaging 1.8 percent per year. In the eight years before Foust took office, property taxes rose by 9 percent per


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Foust, Murphy Responsive to the Needs of Constituents Editor: Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) are the best representatives any voter could ask for. They are always accessible to their constituents and responsive to solve their problems.

Their opponents and their opponents’ adherents have shown nothing but innuendo, false claims, platitudes and generalities as reasons why we need change. On the contrary: Supervisor Foust, besides his fantastic constituent service, was a key player in bringing the Silver Line to

Fairfax County (opposed by his previous opponent), securing funding for improvements to Route 7 and keeping taxes low. And Del. Murphy, in a short time, has not only shown that she can work with the Republican majority in the House of Delegates for the betterment of her district, but

also to make sure that education funding is on top of everyone’s list. It is imperative that every citizen votes to show that good representation deserves strong support. Fariborz Fatemi McLean

Editor: While some saw gender bias at play during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors debates between Dranesville candidates Jennifer Chronis and John Foust, I saw a tough woman willing to accept the difficult challenges facing Fairfax County governance. Chronis understands the need to define a strategy to address the county’s shortfalls and then prioritize how they will be addressed to best meet our needs within the county government’s budget. Undoubtedly, she gained valued experience both as a military officer and business leader. Most meaningful to me is the fact that she served well in combat zones in the

1990s. This was a transitional period for women in the military; she contributed to greater opportunities for women, and can do the same for Fairfax County. Jackie Gravell Vienna

roadways. Jennifer Chronis understands the financial and transportation challenges we are facing in the Dranesville District. Her plan to make the county more business-friendly will help to alleviate the huge tax burden currently placed on property owners, passed on to those of us that pay rent. Fairfax County should remain an accessible and affordable place to live, and I plan to keep it that way by supporting Jennifer Chronis. Elliott Silverman McLean

he is “having a big, positive impact” and that “he has balanced eight straight budgets.” That is nothing to brag about, since the Board of Supervisors is required by law to balance the budget. Every time the Democrat-controlled Board of Supervisors “balances a budget,” our real estate taxes increase. In three short years our taxes have increased an incredible 17 percent, yet we have a projected $100 million deficit in the county and school budgets. Where are our local tax dollars being spent? Maiselle Shortley McLean

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Editor: As a young professional in Fairfax County, I have found that the cost of living is becoming prohibitive. Property taxes for homeowners seem to be on the rise, with no ceiling in sight – which affects my rent. Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, also increasing, are already a prohibitively expensive alternative to wasting hours sitting in traffic on our congested

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Editor: I draw your attention to a study done at Harvard in 2007, which has yet to see light of day in newspapers. It was published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and it cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of

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Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation. The study was done by attorney Don B. Kates and Dr. Gary Mauser. The conclusion is: The more guns a nation has in the hands of private citizens, the less violent criminal activity in the nation.

Norway, Finland, Germany ,France and Denmark, which have high rates of gun ownership, have low murder rates. On the other hand, Luxembourg, where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, the murder rate is nine times higher than in Germany.

A UN report suggests that our liberal gun laws are responsible for our having the highest murder rate in the world. That statement is, in fact, false. The United States ranked 28th at the time of the study. Elizabeth Glassco McLean


Virginia localities must change the way they do business in order to house and inform vastly different demographic groups and should craft strong marketing messages to boost public awareness of their amenities. Those were some key points Vienna Town Council members gleaned after attending the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) annual conference, held Oct. 4 through 6 in Richmond. The theme of this year’s event was “The Future of Virginia” and presenters paid particular attention to the generational demographic changes faced by localities, said Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco. Both the Baby Boom and Millennial generations tend to seek walkable communities with public-transit access a strong sense of place, DiRocco said. Vienna’s housing stock of primarily single-family homes continues to be popular, despite those demographic pressures, she said. Municipal leaders also will have to focus on conveying information in a variety of formats, the mayor said. Millennials also are extremely tech-savvy and like to receive notifications via social media and the Internet, while older residents demand that Vienna officials continue printing paper copies of the town’s monthly newsletter, she said. Elected officials from the Millennial generation constitute an increasing percentage of VML’s membership and they

bring new perspective to problem solving, said Council member Edythe Kelleher. (Generation X, the Rodney Dangerfield cohort to which the mayor and this writer belong, continues to get little attention from demographers, DiRocco noted.) Gov. McAuliffe also spoke at the VML conference about job creation and the need to diversify Virginia’s economy, which still is heavily dependent upon military and other federal spending. Founded in 1905, VML now counts among its members all 38 cities in Virginia, as well as 160 towns and eight counties. Kelleher, now serving her fifth year as a VML board member, said conference attendees learned about a wide variety of topics ranging from solar power and workforce development to what to do with aging hotels and how to regulate and tax businesses in the “sharing economy,” as exemplified by ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft. Kelleher especially was interested in discussions on how localities best can “brand,” or market, themselves. One presentation showed how Norfolk officials had redesigned the city’s mermaid mascot logo and encouraged coordinated usage of it, she said. “The importance of [branding] is becoming more clear and municipalities are no different” in their need to market themselves, Kelleher said. Town Manager Mercury Payton previously has included moneys in his proposed budget for branding initiatives, but Council members – despite showing interest in

those objectives – decided to spend those funds elsewhere, she said. Council member Carey Sienicki said she was intrigued to learn about methods – such as obtaining “green” grants for efforts to reduce lighting, heating-and-cooling and water bills – that could be used to lower the cost of the Vienna Community Center’s renovation and expansion. The annual VML conference always proves informative, Council members said. “There’s always something you can get out of it,” DiRocco said. “I always come away with new ideas that will be useful to the community.” The Town Council will meet with state lawmakers later this fall and approve a legislative agenda for next year’s General Assembly session. That list of talking points usually mirrors the one prepared by VML officials. Council members usually press for no reduction in local-government autonomy, no cutbacks in localities’ taxing authority or disbursements from the state (unless compensated for elsewhere) and often a few tweaks governing local zoning. The Town Council will discuss its upcoming legislative agenda at the Oct. 26 work session, then will hold their usual briefing with local legislators after the November election, in case the town’s representatives change. That will not happen this year, as state Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34th) and Del. Mark Keam (D-35th) are running unopposed. Vienna Upgrades Public-Works Posi-

tion to Handle Influx of Grants: Vienna Town Council members unanimously agreed Sept. 28 to change a public-works inspector’s job from part-time to full-time in order to deal with proliferating Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority grants being handled by the town government. Finance Director Karen Spence said the town government was handling about five VDOT grants when she arrived two years ago, but that figure since has quintupled. An audit of two grants found town officials needed to pay closer attention to details, said Town Manager Mercury Payton. Elevating the inspector’s job classification is “somewhat of an emergency matter,” he said. Some Council members inquired about the consequences of upgrading the position. Council member Howard Springsteen at the previous Monday’s work session had worried about “position creep” – i.e., increasingly expensive inflation of employee titles and pay – while on Sept. 28 Council member Carey Sienicki worried the town would be forced to provide more benefits to the newly full-time person. Spence responded that those additional salary and benefits – $45,000 above the same amount budgeted for the part-time employee – would be reimbursable using grant moneys, as would the $10,000 to $15,000 in assistance that will be required from her department until the fiscal year ends next June 30.

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“Some people thought that ‘organic’ meant I didn’t use MSG [monosodium glutamate],” Pouillon said. She continued to serve organic dishes and in 1999 the restaurant became the first in the nation to be certified organic. The designation, which took two years to achieve, required at least 95 percent of the restaurant’s food items to come from organic sources. She also opened City Café in D.C. in 1986, and eight years later renamed it Asia Nora. That restaurant, which served “Asian fusion” cuisine, closed in 2007. Pouillon has one regret from her days in the restaurant business: She wishes she’d spent more money on advertising to promote her businesses. Asked by her audience for advice to budding entrepreneurs, she said they should choose a field for which they have a passion and find some good working partners, not just financial ones. The U.S. food scene has improved markedly in the last half-century and now can compete with Europe’s, Pouillon said. America also has another great advantage: While many European countries offer mainly their own cuisine, the United States provides a stunning array of ethnic foods from around the globe, she said. Organic food also has become popular both at restaurants and supermarkets, she said. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see that the rest of the world has caught up with me,” Pouillon said, adding, “I prefer to spend my money on food than on the doctor.”


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Vienna Halloween Parade kicks off at 7 p.m. sharp on Wednesday, Oct. 28 along Maple Avenue. The theme for 2015 is “Celebrating 125 Years of the Town of Vienna,” with winning entries saluted during a Town Council meeting in November. Youngsters are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes. No registration is required; participants should meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of United Bank, 374 Maple Ave., E. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Several roads, including Maple Avenue, will be closed during the parade. Detours will be provided. For information, see the Web site at VIENNA THEATRE COMPANY PREPS ONE-ACTS: The Vienna Theatre Com-

pany will present “Eclectic Essentials,” an evening of unrelated one-act plays, for two weekends – Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7 – at 8 p.m. at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, S.W. (The troupe normally performs at the Vienna Community Center, but is relocated during its renovation.) The plays are described as touching the core of friendship to bordering on absurdity, including “Angel at My Door” by John Franceschini; “Fat Kids Are Harder to Kidnap” by Melissa Sim and Jeremy Au Yong; “Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn” by Lorees Yerby; “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives; and “Mere Mortals” by David Ives. Tickets are $14 and are available at the door or by e-mailing vtcshows@yahoo. com. For information, see the Web site at ‘COSTUME BASH’ SET FOR KIDS: The

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in the sixth and final 2015 “Vienna Afternoons on Church Street” program of 2015 on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. The theme of the afternoon is “Shop Local, Shop Vienna.” Historic Vienna Inc. will present a production of an original play, “Back to the Future – Vienna, Virginia,” by board member Jon Vrana, which will trace the town’s history since 1890. The event will be held at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St., N.E. In addition, Mardi Trout, a member of the Northern Virginia Bead Society, will display and sell her handcrafted jewelry, and the Freeman Store will be offering new

and vintage items, including its 2015 holiday ornament, which features the original Vienna Volunteer Fire Department building and the stores that later occupied the building. CHURCH TO HOST FALL CELEBRATION:

Wesley United Methodist Church will host its annual “Fall for Wesley” celebration on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. at the church, 711 Spring St., S.E., in Vienna. The event will celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary, beginning with an 11 a.m. worship service and continuing with a free lunch at 12:15 p.m. and activities for all ages at 1 p.m. There will be a concert at 2 p.m. The community is invited. For information, call (703) 938-8700 or e-mail SCREENING IS PART OF IMMIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL: Unitarian Universalist

Church of Fairfax will host a screening of “Documented the Film” on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton. The film is part of the second annual Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival. Tickets are $4 to $6. 5K FUN RUN TO BENEFIT BURN SURVIVORS: The Flicker of Hope Foundation,

which works to support burn survivors, will hold its fifth annual 5K Fun Walk on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. beginning at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center St., S. All walkers will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For information and to register, see the Web site at GARDEN CLUB TO DISCUSS ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION: The Ayr Hill Garden

Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road in Vienna. The guest speaker will be Lisa Bright, co-founder of Earth Sangha, who will discuss ecological restoration in Northern Virginia. FALL BULB SALE CONTINUES: The Ayr

Hill Garden Club will continue its annual fall bulb sale on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon as part of the Vienna Farmers’ Market, being held at Faith Baptist Church, 301 Center St., S. The garden club will be selling top-quality fall bulbs, mostly deer-resistant. Proceeds from this fundraiser provide funding for six Town of Vienna gardens that are cultivated and maintained by members of the club. The farmers’ market will run throughout the day. For information,

WORKSHOP LOOKS AT URBAN GARDENING: Merrifield Garden Center will

present a forum on “Trends in Urban Gardening” on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8132 Lee Highway. Landscape designer Mary Kirk Menefee will show how living a more urban lifestyle doesn’t mean leaving gardening behind. For information, call (703) 560-6222.


is accepting sign-ups for its 12th annual Bridge Jamboree, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. Proceeds benefit the GFFN Scholarship Fund, which assists post-college age Virginia women who are returning to college. The cost is $50 fee per attendee, which includes beverages, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, bridge play and prizes. The organization also gladly accepts monetary donations. For more information about the event and to register, visit Those who wish to attend should print and complete the registration form and return it with a $50 check (made payable to “GFFN Scholarship Fund.” All checks received after Nov. 4 will be placed on a waiting list.


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The Music in McLean series at Saint Luke Catholic Church continues with an All Saints Day concert on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature the Saint Luke Festival Choir, the St. Francis Great Falls Choirs and the Amadeus Orchestra performing Fauré’s “Requiem,” with soloists Carolyn Forte and Kevin Johnson. The piece will be conducted by Larry Vote, with Paul Skevington on the organ.

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zens Association and the McLean Village Exchange initiative will sponsor a presentation on Fairfax County’s “Neighbor to Neighbor” program on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The presentation will include panelists detailing efforts underway to help local residents, age 50 and older, connect with each other. The community is invited.

Alden Theatre opens its “Classics of the Silent Screen” series with the 1928 film “The Man Who Laughs.” The screening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Based on a Victor Hugo novel, the sad, horrific and swashbuckling film is seen as an appropriately ghoulish way to kick off the Halloween season. The screening will feature a live, improvised score by composer Ben Model, and will be preceded by an introduction by film historian Bruce Lawton.


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way for the 2015 McLean WinterFest Parade, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. The parade will run along Old Chain Bridge Road from Fleetwood Road to Elm Street., with a staging area at the Langley Shopping Center. Peggy Fox of WUSA-TV (Channel 9) will call the parade, with pre-parade entertainment provided by local schools at 2:30 p.m. The event will benefit SHARE Inc. “We’ll be asking parade observers and participants to share their good fortune with those who have fallen on good times by bringing grocery, pharmacy or clothingstore gift cards to the parade for SHARE volunteers to collect,” said Trish Butler, who chairs the parade steering committee. “We’ll also be looking for local businesses to become sponsors of the parade to help underwrite the costs.” There is no fee to participate in the parade, but businesses and groups wishing to take part face a Nov. 23 deadline. Prospective sponsors and those interested in being on the planning committee or volunteering on parade day can contact Butler at (703) 917-0611. For information about the parade, see the Web site at www. DISCUSSION OF STOLEN, DESTROYED ART PLANNED: Judith St. Ledger-Roty

will discuss artwork destroyed during World War II and other wars and insurrections during the Nov. 3 meeting of the Great Falls Senior Center, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Greater Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike. St. Ledger-Roty was an attorney in practice for more than 25 years before turning her attention to the study of art destruction. She will talk about some of the laws and policies that have evolved to protect artwork. The community is invited; registration can be obtained by calling Polly Fitzgerald at (703) 759-4345 or e-mailing pollyfitz1@ The event sponsor is Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort and Spa.

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I-66 Tolling Plan Still Faces Anger in Outer Suburbs NORMAN STYER InsideNova

There is one issue on which Loudoun County’s candidates for state and local office seem to agree: The proposal to impose tolls on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway is a bad idea. Many of them – Democrats and Republicans – lined up Oct. 15 to address the Virginia Department of Transportation’s project team during a community meeting at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn. The meeting was the fourth and last in a series of public outreach sessions in which VDOT representatives explained the plan to allow single-occupancy vehicles to use the highway during rush hour starting in 2017 – provided they are willing to pay a toll, estimated to be as high as $9 per oneway trip. Loudoun’s elected representatives, and several campaigning to take their seats Nov. 3, agreed that county residents who already depend on the Dulles Greenway and the Dulles Toll Road can’t afford to pay more to get to and from work each day. “Frankly, we’re fed up with tolls,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R), noting that bis board is on record against the tolling. Managers of the VDOT project reiterated the McAuliffe administration’s belief that the toll proposal emerged as the best option as they studied alternatives to end rush-hour gridlock and provide motorists with a “reliable” commute, one with free-

flowing, 45-mph traffic. They also emphasized that the plan was separate from two other controversial changes: to limit rush-hour I-66 access to vehicles with a minimum of three people instead of the current requirement of two by 2020, and to eliminate the HOV exemption for clean-fuel vehicles. The toll proposal, planners said, would offer a new benefit to the region’s commuters: allowing low-occupancy vehicles the option of using a road from which they otherwise would be barred. They would gain admission by paying a toll that would vary based on the congestion level at the time they enter the highway. The toll could be as little as 25 cents, Amanda Baxter, VDOT’s special-projects development manager, noted. It also could be as high as $7 when traffic is heaviest, or even a maximum of $9 per one-way trip if HOV-2 rules remain in place. In the crowd of about 150 people in the school’s auditorium, only one (who had trekked west from Arlington) stood up to support the proposal. Others strongly objected to tolls and urged VDOT to consider other alternatives, including adding a third eastbound lane and stepping up enforcement of current HOV-2 rush-hour restrictions. One speaker urged VDOT to consider building elevated lanes over the current highway – a suggestion that may have seem far afield had VDOT not studied that option for Route 50 in Loudoun County last year. Another criticism of the toll proposal

VDOT special-projects manager Amanda Baxter responds to a question by Del. Thomas “Tag” Greason (R-32nd) during an Oct. 15 forum in Ashburn on plans to impose tolls for some motorists on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway.

was how the proceeds would be used. Under the plan, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission would allocate the money for improving roads, bus service and bike lanes in the corridor. Critics said the wallets of Loudoun motorists shouldn’t be looked to as the funding source for projects in Fairfax and Arlington neighborhoods, and suggested that the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, rather than the NVTC, control the money because of that panel’s wider regional representation. With the plan finding little public support in the outer suburbs, leaders lined up to take the stage, state their objections and do a little local politicking in the process.

Charles King, the Republican challenger to York’s independent campaign for reelection to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, said the I-66 problems were York’s fault. The chairman approved too much residential development during his time on the board, King said. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) was the first of several Democrats to state their opposition to the plan. “An average commuter in my district already must pay tolls of $17 per day. To double that would create a financial burden that the vast majority of my constituents simply cannot afford,” she said. In the race to succeed Del. Tom Rust (R-86th), both Democrat Jennifer Boysko and Republican Danny Vargas both said they would fight the tolls. “I’ve spoken to no one who wants this, and I’ve talked to hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of residents,” Boysko said. Vargas said he was not beholden to Gov. McAuliffe on the issue, and would fight the tolls “tooth and nail.” McAuliffe was in Loudoun County the day of the meeting, but did not attend the VDOT hearing. In an interview, he said many people misunderstand the proposal and think that he’s suggesting tolling everyone who drives on I-66 during rush hour. “The only thing we’re changing is giving the single driver the option: If they want to get on I-66, they’ll pay a toll. Right now, they don’t have that option,” he said. Continued on Page 30

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Our quest for the best in local real estate this week takes up to the Chesterbrook community of McLean, where a stunning testament to exceptional living awaits our inspection. Multiple levels of high-gloss living, perfect for daily life and those special moments of entertaining, open their arms to embrace all who enter with a warm charm. Top-quality amenities and attention to detail can be found throughout the expansive home. The property currently is on the market, listed at $2,495,000 by Tracy Dillard of Long & Foster Real Estate. With nearly 10,000 square feet of finished space set on a 0.62-acre lot, the home is a beacon of serenity. A showstopper from the outside, those of us invited to tour the interior space will appreciate all the care that has been lavished. From the moment we enter the covered front entry porch, that TLC makes its presence felt, and as we are ushered in the grand foyer with its marble flooring and circular staircase, highlight follows highlight. The formal rooms on the main level are large, light-filled and inviting, while informal spaces like the family room (with its French doors leading to the back yard) are marvelous spaces. The kitchen complex is aesthetically appealing and a workhorse for chefs of all calibers. The master retreat is the centerpiece

of the upper levels, with three additional large bedrooms and a spacious and gracious in-law suite, as well. A wonderful recreation room is the centerpiece of the lower level, which features an additional bedroom, media room, office/studio space and wine cellar. The rear yard is a celebration of visual appeal that changes with the seasons, rounding out an exceptional property ready for its new owners. Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (703) 738-2520.

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Address: 5949 Oakdale Road, McLean (22101). Listed at: $2,495,000 by Tracy Dillard, Long & Foster Real Estate (703) 861-9144. Schools: Chesterbrook Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High School.

Poll: Americans Think Owning a Home Makes Financial Sense A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. The 2015 National Housing Pulse Survey also found that a preponderance of Americans think that now is a good time to buy a home. The survey, which measures consumers’ attitudes and concerns about housing issues in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, found that more than eight in 10 Americans believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision, and 68 percent believe that now is a good time to buy a home. Seventy-one percent believe they could sell their house for what they paid for it, a jump of 16 percentage points from 2013. When asked for reasons about why home-ownership matters to them, respondents’ answers did not change significantly from past years. Building equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and having the freedom to choose their neighborhood remain the top three reasons to own a home. “Home-ownership is part of the American Dream, and this survey proves that dream is alive and thriving in our communities,” said NAR president Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. The number of renters who are now thinking about purchasing a home has increased since the last survey in 2013, up from 36 percent to 39 percent. Sixty-one percent of renters stated that owning a home is a priority for their future. According to the survey, 80 percent of respondents believe that pre-purchase counseling programs and classes are very or somewhat important. Forty-five percent of homeowners who said they did not take a counseling program, reported they would have taken part in one had it been easily available to them. Attitudes about the housing market have improved in recent years, as concerns about foreclosures have ebbed. Forty-nine percent of respondents indicated that they feel activity in the housing market has increased in the past year, compared to 44 percent in 2013 and 12 percent in 2011. Eightynine percent expect home sales in their area to either increase or remain the same.

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are investigating the Oct. 17 death of a 68year-old male inmate at the county’s Adult Detention Center. Police at around 11 p.m. received a report that an incarcerated man was unconscious and not breathing at the detention center. Detectives went to the scene and began investigating the matter per policedepartment protocol regarding all in-custody deaths. Authorities identified the deceased as Paul Guida of Falls Church. Guida had been charged with violating a protective order and had been held without bond since Oct. 1. He suffered from extensive medical conditions and was housed in the Adult Detention Center’s infirmary unit, authorities said. The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of Guida’s death, pending an autopsy. Police will provide an update on the investigation within 30 days, or as soon as it becomes available. ROBBERY SUSPECTS TRY TO ELECTRICALLY SHOCK GAS-STATION CLERK:

Fairfax County police officers responded on Oct. 12 shortly before 10 a.m. to a reported robbery in progress at the Exxon gas station at 7519 Leesburg Pike in the Falls Church area. The complainant reported that two men had entered the business and removed an

undisclosed amount of cash from the register. One suspect unsuccessfully attempted to use an electronic-control weapon against the victim before both suspects fled. The victim was not injured, police said. The suspects were described as black and in their mid-20s. One was 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a slim build and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with green stripes on the sleeves. The second suspect was 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, had a muscular build and wore a black, hooded sweatshirt and a black cap, police said. Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or calling county police at (703) 691-2131. PROPERTY STOLEN FROM FALLS CHURCH BUSINESS: A property manager

told Fairfax County police on Oct. 12 at about 1:31 p.m. that an unknown person had entered a business in the 6600 block of Arlington Boulevard in the Falls Church area and taken property. MAN IN TYSONS CORNER ARRESTED ON PUBLIC-DRUNKENNESS, INDECENTEXPOSURE CHARGES: Fairfax County

police arrested a 25-year-old Reston man on Oct. 9 at around 10:01 p.m. after he reportedly became disorderly in a restaurant in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road in Tysons Corner.

The extremely intoxicated man went outside the restaurant and when encountered by police, the suspect’s pants were down, which exposed his genitals to the public, police said. Authorities have charged Francisco Casais with indecent exposure and being drunk in public.

credit card and obtained a Starbucks credit card without her knowledge. Both credit cards have been canceled and Vienna police continue to investigate this case.


A man living in the 300 block of Valeview Court, N.W., told Vienna police that after having two open houses at his residence between Oct. 4 and 11, his wife had discovered several pieces of her jewelry were missing.

units responded on Oct. 11 at 11:40 p.m. to a single-family house fire at 7118 Terry Lane in the Falls Church area. Firefighters upon arrival encountered smoke and fire coming from the side and attic of the ranch-style home. Fire crews conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. No one was home when the fire broke out and the home did not have working smoke alarms. The occupant has been displaced, but has declined the offer of Red Cross support. No one was injured during the blaze, which caused about $80,000 damage, officials said. According to investigators, the fire was accidental and caused by ashes from an outside warming fire, which had been disposed of improperly in a metal can near the home’s exterior. VIENNA RESIDENT REPORTS COFFEERELATED CREDIT-CARD CHICANERY:

A Vienna resident living in the 600 block of Pine Street, S.E., told town police that sometime between Sept. 17 and Oct. 12 someone had gotten information from her



rant, 377 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. that he and one of the cooks had become involved in an argument concerning food preparation. The complainant stated the argument escalated when the cook shoved him, police said. A Vienna police officer responded and spoke with the cook, who stated although the verbal argument had occurred, he had not pushed the employee. Other employees present were not able to confirm either side of the story, police said. Police informed the complainant about the warrant process, should he wish to pursue charges, but he declined to do so at that time. Continued on Page 24


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Public-Safety Notes ing only a blue-and-white tank-top T-shirt, police said.


juvenile motorist was traveling on Nutley Street and attempted to make a left turn to go westbound on Maple Avenue on Oct. 15 at 7:52 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole, Vienna police said. The driver fled the scene, but was located nearby by a Vienna police officer, who was searching for the suspect based on witnesses’ descriptions. Police issued the driver a summons for reckless driving and released him to his father at the scene. Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, police said. BUSINESS BURGLARIZED IN FALLS CHURCH AREA: A business owner 7500

block of Leesburg Pike in the Falls Church area told Fairfax County police on Oct. 15 at around 7:52 a.m. that an unknown person had entered the business and taken property. MAN EXPOSES HIMSELF TO JUVENILES AT VIENNA-AREA PLAYGROUND: A

group of juveniles were at a playground in the 9600 block of Courthouse Road in the Vienna area on Oct. 15 at around 6:40 p.m. when an unknown male suspect appeared from a walking path and exposed himself, Fairfax County police said. The suspect, who fled and could not be located, was described as white and wear-


cently have responded to three collisions between vehicles and bicyclists. The first incident occurred Oct. 7 at 5:20 p.m. at Courthouse Road and Plum Street, S.W. A bicyclist was riding his bicycle on Courthouse Road and crossing the intersection with Plum Street when a motorist on Plum Street tried to make a right turn onto Courthouse Road and collided with the bicyclist. The second collision occurred on Oct. 9 at 3:53 p.m. at Park Street, S.E., at the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Regional Trail. A motorist was traveling northbound on Park Street approaching the trail and a bicyclist was traveling eastbound on the trail and stopped at the intersection with Park Street. The bicyclist looked both ways and after not seeing any vehicles in the intersection, he attempted to cross at the pedestrian crossing. The motorist continued and the vehicle struck the bicyclist, who refused medical treatment. The third incident also occurred at that same location on Oct. 15 at 8:02 a.m. A bicyclist was traveling westbound on the W&OD Trail and had entered the pedestrian crosswalk. A motorist was traveling southbound on Park Street and the vehicle struck the bicyclist in the crosswalk, police said.

Police issued the vehicle’s driver a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The bicyclist sustained minor injuries, but refused medical treatment, police said. COUNTY POLICE ISSUE DRIVER-SAFETY TIPS DURING DEER-MATING SEASON:

Fairfax County police warn motorists that white-tailed deer are on the move, as breeding season is here. Drivers may expect to see increased numbers of the deer on and near roadways, police said. Fairfax County crash data indicate there have been nearly 400 reportable deervehicle collisions in the past five years. Deer movements and behaviors are unpredictable and such collisions are a serious public-safety concern, authorities said. According to a September report from State Farm, Virginia has the 10th-highest rate in the nation for deer-vehicle collisions. Virginia drivers on average will have a 1-in97 chance of filing an insurance claim in 2015 as the result of such a collision, police said. In 2014, contractors picked up more than 1,100 deer carcasses on county roadways. This year, almost 900 have been picked up so far, police said. About one-half or more of all deervehicle collisions generally occur between October and December. Deer are especially active from pre-dawn to mid-morning and between dusk and early evening. These periods correspond with the time when many Fairfax County residents are

commuting to and from work or school. County police urge motorists to drive cautiously during this time and be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways. Police and the county’s wildlife-management specialist urge motorists to be alert, drive with caution and remember these safety tips: • Always drive the posted speed limit. • Always wear your seat belt when in a vehicle. • When driving, particularly at dusk and dawn, slow down and be attentive. • Watch for eyes shine along roadsides, as deer often travel in herds. If you see one, others may be near. • Use high beams, when traffic permits, to spot deer at a greater distance. • Be aware of posted “Deer Crossing” signs. Signs are placed in areas known for high deer traffic and/or deer-vehicle collisions. • If a deer is stopped in the roadway, reduce speed and flash your headlights. Deer can become mesmerized or blinded by bright steady lights. • If a deer jumps in your vehicle’s path, continue to reduce speed and grasp the steering wheel firmly with both hands. • Never swerve to avoid deer on the road. Swerving can cause loss of control of your vehicle and greatly increase the chance of more serious damage or injury. • Take your foot off brake at time of impact, which will reduce the likelihood of a deer’s crashing through the vehicle’s windshield or windows upon impact.

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n Nassim Adib-Moradi of Vienna earned a degree during recent commencement exercises at Davnport University.

Tiphany Morales of Vienna earned a degree in management/healthcare during recent commencement exercises at Park University. n

n Forty vocal musicians from 15 Fairfax County public schools have been named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2015, and two more were named alternates. The choir is open only to the top 125 singers from around Virginia, and is the highest honor a choir student can attain during his or her high school career. Auditions were open to seniors enrolled in choral programs at their respective schools. Students will perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association’s convention in Norfolk on Nov. 21. Students from schools in the Sun Gazette coverage area named to the honors choir were: – Langley High School: Matt Arrison, Trevor Goldhush, Tyler Larkworthy, Brittany Lund, Armon Sharifi and alternate Regan Herberg (Mac Lambert, teacher). – James Madison High School: Jack Herrin and Jordyn Pistilli (Claire Rowan, teacher). – George C. Marshall High School: Conor Kelly (Keri Staley, teacher). n Oakton High School student Alexander Day has been accepted for a second year as a flutist in the National Symphony

Members of the STAMP [Science, Technology, Art, Music, Philanthropy] program at Waples Mill Elementary School recently worked to label storm drains around the school. See item below.

Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program. Acceptance to the program follows a selective audition and application process. The program is intended for students with a serious interest in music, particularly for those planning to pursue a musical career. Students in the program take classes with NSO musicians, perform chamber music with their Youth Fellow Program colleagues and attend National Symphony Orchestra rehearsals throughout the year, culminating in monthly concerts on the Millennial Stage at the Kennedy Center. n

Albert Lee, the son of Al and Cath-

ryn Lee of Great Falls, was named cadet captain and 2nd Squadron commander, and Nicholas Moheyeldien, the son of Marwan Moheyeldien and Laura Guarisco of McLean, was named cadet technical sergeant and India Flight sergeant for the 2015-16 school year at Randolph-Macon Academy. n On Sept. 27, STAMP [Science, Technology, Art, Music, Philanthropy] volunteers at Waples Mill Elementary School – including students of all ages, their parents and members of Cub Scout Pack 1530 – labeled 184 storm drains around the local school.

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Schools Continued from Page 1 but instead expounded on the School Board’s recent accomplishments, including efforts to implement full-day kindergarten in elementary schools. Starting high schools later in the morning has allowed students and teachers to be more alert and attentive in their first-period classes, Strauss said. Kurzenhauser, who has two children who attend Langley High School, agreed the effort has been beneficial and that dire predictions about increased costs and traffic congestion were unfounded. However, he added, “It’s unfortunate it took Ms. Strauss 10 years to come around to this point of view.” Strauss and Kurzenhauser agreed that high class sizes in McLean-area schools were an unacceptable trend. Strauss defended the School Board’s actions, saying money had been placed in this year’s budget to reduce elementary-school class sizes. Kurzenhauser was having none of it,

from the outer suburbs in his own party are among those beating the drum of opposition, McAuliffe criticized GOP lawmakers. “I would ask the Republicans who are whining and complaining: what is your plan?’” he said. “I’m putting forth a plan

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saying that while there are roughly 13 students for every teacher in the school system, classes in Dranesville District schools often have 30 or more students. The School Board also recently voted to increase the next board’s salary by 60 percent, while giving teachers only 3-percent raises, he said, adding that Strauss had abstained from the salary vote. Asked about cuts he would favor, Kurzenhauser said he would target the School Board’s pay increase. The school system now has $158 million in surplus money and the mention of potential cuts to sports and band programs merely are designed to scare local residents, he said. “That’s not cooperative,” he said. “We have enough money in the till to carry us for several years.” Strauss disagreed, saying most of the funds typically left over at the end of the fiscal year already are spoken for. “There is no money underneath the rug,” she said, adding, “We cannot cut our way to success.” Strauss also opposed a proposal to back off from seven-period days at schools, which she said would result in the loss of

732 teachers and harm the ability of students to seek advanced diplomas. “We have to understand where we’re going and have a road map to get there,” she concluded. “Our children’s future is everybody’s future.” The debate was sponsored by the McLean Citizens Association and moderated by the group’s first vice president, Glenn Harris. MCA presidents have moderated at previous debates, but current president Jeff Barnett, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress five years ago, has refused to participate in events involving partisan politics. Kurzenhauser and Strauss spoke before a sparse crowd, as many audience members had left the auditorium after seeing showdowns between Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) and Republican nominee Craig Parisot and Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and his Republican challenger, Jennifer Chronis. There also should have been a debate between state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and her Republican opponent, George Forakis, but instead it was only Fa-

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The McLean Highlanders (0-7, 0-4) came as close to a victory as they have all season, yet remained winless with a 21-20 home loss against the Yorktown Patriots on Oct. 16 in Liberty Conference action.

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Patrick Dolan had a one-handed touchdown catch in the high school football game for McLean, then late in the contest he intercepted a pass with 3:15 to play. The Highlanders, though, lost a fumbled snap on the very next play. Yorktown drove for the winning touchdown, scoring with 2:10 to play. McLean missed an extra point after its third touchdown that proved costly. For McLean, Dolan had 79 yards rushing, David Kagan had 68 and two touchdowns, and Wesley Romary 66. Quarterback Carter Govan was 8 of 14 passing for 86 yards. Dolan had five catches for 53 yards and Kane Donaghy two for 20. McLean will again try to win its first game on Oct. 23 with its 7 p.m. homecoming contest against the Washington-Lee Generals (3-4, 2-2). Harrison Govan and Michael RobContinued on Page 33

McLean High School’s Patrick Dolan has his eye on the goal line as he rumbles through the Yorktown defense during the Oct. 16 home game for the Highlanders. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT

Madison Routs South Lakes, Stays in First Place DAVE STEINBACHER

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A showdown for first place in the Liberty Conference wasn’t very suspenseful. The host Madison Warhawks made sure of that. Madison (6-1, 4-0) routed the South Lakes Seahawks, 38-6, Oct. 16 in the high football FOOTBALL school contest. South Lakes fell to 5-2, 3-1. Madison is tied for first place with the Hayfield Hawks (5-2, 4-0). Those teams meet the last game of the regular season. “We executed our game plan. I knew that coming in we needed consistent play from all of our guys,” Madison coach Lenny Schultz said. Madison senior quarterback Jason


Gastrock put the home team ahead on its opening possession with a four-yard scoring run. Following Nathan Chaput’s extra point, Madison led 7-0. Gastrock completed a long pass to Jordan Ebersole on the scoring drive. “We knew that if we had time in the pocket we could execute our plays,” Gastrock said. For the game, Gastrock ran for touchdowns of one and four yards, and he passed to Ebersole for scoring strikes of 35 and 29 yards. Madison scored on its third offensive possession on a Gastrock one-yard run to move in front 14-6. He completed a long pass to John DeScisciolo prior to the touchdown. Early in the second quarter, Wiley Counts (28 yards rushing) busted into

the end zone from five yards out. Chaput added his third point after and Madison was ahead, 21-6. Also, Chaput kicked a 27-yard field goal and five extra points. Madison led 31-6 at halftime. “I was a little surprised that we were ahead by that much at half,” Gastrock said. “Our run game was pretty effective and our passing game was very good. Our defense did a great job getting stops.” In the fourth quarter, Gastrock connected with Ebersole for a 31-yard score. “Jason really put it on the money,” Ebersole said. “Every player on this team – whether offense or defense – did their job. I’m happy about this win, but it is a long season and we have to keep moving forward.” Continued on Page 33

Currently in the Virginia High School League (VHSL), girls and boys are members of the same co-ed golf teams during regular-season and postseason play. The one independent competition for the girls is the Girls State Open, which takes place next week, has been held since 2002, includes all enrollment-size classifications, and is an individual tournament only. There is no team scoring. Leading up to that tournament are various all-girls, 18-hole state qualifying rounds held throughout the state. One of the Northern Virginia qualifiers was at Twin Lakes in Clifton on Oct. 20 and had the possibility of drawing an all-time high 100 golfers. That’s a very good thing, because those numbers mean more and more girls are participating in high school golf. However, not all schools in the state have enough girls to field full allfemale teams. Many teams still have no girls, or not enough (four is necessary) to field a squad. That’s the case in Northern Virginia. Many Fairfax County teams have multiple girls, including enough to field full varsity club teams, which play an all-girls regular-season club schedule, including invitational tournaments. Chantilly High has 11 girls in its program and Langley has eight. Both play full regular-season club schedules, along with Madison and McLean and a few others, including Stuart. Marshall, another local team, has eight female golfers in its program. In Arlington, the Yorktown High golf program always has multiple girls and Wakefield had one this fall. At some point, the VHSL wants girls golf to be separate from boys, like with boys and girls tennis, basketball soccer and other sports. That could happen even if all schools can’t field full teams, but a large majority can. The numbers for girls independence aren’t there yet, but the possibility is getting closer.

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day,” Vern Poyner said. “Setting up a foundation for him sounded like the right thing to do, and has really turned into something very special.” Said Dawna Poyner: “We wanted to put something in place so Matt’s friends can continue to keep his memory alive and honor his love for baseball.” Poyner’s friends and former teammates have been wearing his initials and favorite number 42 on their baseball uniforms and caps, and many participated in the golf tournament and helped set up the events. A banner honoring Poyner hung on the outfield fence at Langley baseball games this past spring season. “Matt was a very solid baseball player,” Langley head coach Kevin Healy said. “As an outfielder, he could track balls very well. He got to everything.” Among other things, his friends have distributed and purchased Matt Poyner T-shirts, and they participated in a fundraising Cornhole Toss on this past Father’s Day. Poyner was remembered during Great Falls Little League’s 2015 opening-day ceremony. The league now gives a sportsmanship award in honor of Poyner’s commitment to the game. In addition: A crawfish boil, sponsored by Matt’s older brother John’s Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University

of Alabama, was held in Tuscaloosa to raise money for the foundation; Poyner was honored by the Seattle Mariners during a pre-game ceremony; and the Stars travel baseball organization honored him during the summer, presenting the family with Poyner’s framed jersey. “The outpouring continues to be amazing,” Vern Poyner said. “We have learned so many things about Matt we didn’t know before. Teachers have written us letters. His friends have posted their feelings on social media.” During the Oct. 12 tournament, Poyner’s friends sponsored the 18th hole, complete with signage “Friends of Matt,” and raised $4,000. The speedy left-handed throwing and hitting Poyner was a Great Falls Little League baseball all-star and member of a team that played in a tourney in Cooperstown. After Little League, the pitcher/center fielder started playing on travel teams. In the days before his death, Poyner drew attention from college recruiters because of his various skills. “Matt was very determined, he had a great work ethic and he had that ‘it ‘factor,” said former Major League pitcher Shawn Camp, who trained Poyner prior to the 2015 high school baseball season. See photos of the Oct. 12 tournament at

the charts defensively. He’s a good hitter too and is getting better all the time.” Hayes joins three other players on the 2016 Madison team who already have committed to play Division I college baseball. Pete Nielsen and Matt Favaro, will play at Brigham Young, and Jordan Ebersole at Virginia Military Institute. Gjormand said 2016 players Bryan Harthun, Jimmy Goldsmith and Carlo Alfano could make verbal commitments soon. – by Dave Facinoli


meets this season. At the Oct. 17 Milestat Invitational, Madison also had a secondplace finish with Williams fifth in 18:10 and Wittrock seventh in 18:15.

ersole had seven catches for 134 yards. Landon Thomas had three catches for 60. On defense for Madison, Khaled Rababeh had two sacks. Jimmy Goldsmith one. Kullen Kritsky made seven tackles and Paul Gerdon six.

“Madison is a good team. They made very few mistakes,” South Lakes coach Trey Taylor said. Added Schultz: “It was a clean game. I think our offensive line did very well. Give credit to sophomore Aiden McCarty who filled in for Drew Smith. The other four

guys – Ryan Partridge, John Bingham, Dan Sole and Sean Rose – played well up front. Our defensive effort was very, very good. These guys as a unit – they watch film and they do their homework.” Madison plays Liberty rival Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. on the road.

Langley quarterback Jack Anderson had a touchdown run and connected with Daniel White on a long touchdown pass and another 55-yard completion. n In Concorde Conference action, the visiting Oakton Cougars (3-4, 1-3) lost to the host Chantilly Chargers, 28-6, on Oct. 16. No other information about Oakton was submitted to the Sun Gazette. n The Marshall Statesmen (4-3, 3-0) defeated the Lee Lancers, 49-6, Oct. 16 in a Capitol Conference football game. For host Marshall, Josh Hurlburt rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns and scored a fifth on a 28-yard interception return. Marshall quarterback Markel Harrison had an 11-yard scoring run and was 2 of 3 passing for 32 yards, and Jelani Murray returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown. With the win, Marshall remained tied

for first place in the conference with the Wakefield Warriors (5-2, 3-0). n For the third year in a row, the home-field advantage was the site of the winning team in the neighborhood high school football rivalry between the Flint Hill Huskies and Potomac School Panthers. Flint Hill (4-2, 1-0) won this year’s private-school contest, 42-0, Oct. 17 in Oakton. McLean’s Potomac School fell to 2-5, 0-3 in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown with its fourth loss in a row. Potomac School won a year ago on its field and Flint Hill in 2013 on its home turf. Prior to that stretch, the teams traded victories in recent years, sometimes winning at the other’s field. It was all Flint Hill on Oct. 17. The Huskies led 21-0 at the end of the

first quarter and 35-0 at halftime. Flint Hill had 406 total yards, Potomac School had 147. Jordan Houston had 233 yards rushing and three touchdown runs for Flint Hill as it’s offensive line opened big holes. Gage Herdman had a 73-yard punt return for a TD and touchdown receptions of 41 and 37 yards. Michael Brown booted six extra points and quarterback Justin Saleh was 4 of 5 passing for 91 yards. Flint Hill’s Tre Mongo added 78 yards rushing. Herdman had an interception on defense as well as a sack. Nick Fouty and Josh Cohen also had Flint Hill sacks. Potomac School quarterback Donny Sanders was 9 of 16 passing for 39 yards and Carter Bosch was 4 of 11 for 64. Mark Kowalik, Mike Bonello and Daniel Albrittain each had three catches and Jasper Tyner and Alex Kitt had two each.

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At age 16, Matt Poyner had already made lasting and favorable impressions on a wide variety of people. His parents, Vern and Dawna Poyner, are still finding that out and continue to be amazed eight months after their son’s sudden death. In February, just a few hours after learning he had earned a weeklong tryout to make the Langley High School varsity baseball team as a sophomore, and having just completed his behind-the-wheeltraining to receive his temporary driver’s license, Matt Poyner died in his sleep from acute viral myocarditis, a disease marked by inflammation and damage of the heart muscle. On Columbus Day, Oct. 12, the Great Falls resident was remembered during the inaugural Matthew Vernon Poyner Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament held in his honor and memory at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. There were 120 golfers who played, then 100 more who attended a dinner following the tournament at the same venue. The tournament and dinner were used to raise money for the the foundation (, which was started by Poyner’s parents shortly after his death.

Matt Poyner and the family dog, Yana, had this photo taken in September, 2014 at the University of Virginia’s baseball stadium.

Money raised will be donated to charities and research organizations and for character and leadership scholarships, which will be given to high school seniors. Scholarship details are still being finalized. “Matt was very polite, a yes-sir, no-sir type of kid,” said Greg Benson, Poyner’s behind-the-wheel instructor. “We’d talk a lot about baseball and sports. Being around Matt was always special. He’d just received his driver’s license that day, so he was happy as a clam.” At the Oct. 12 dinner, which included silent and live auctions, a $20,000 donation was made to the K9s for Warriors program. “We really miss Matt many times a

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Kyle Hayes, the starting catcher for the state champion Madison High School baseball team this past spring, has made a verbal commitment to play for Division I James Madison University. Hayes is a senior and has been a twoyear starter for his high school team. During the 2015 state championship season, Hayes’ biggest contribution was his defense. “Kyle is a lockdown catcher,” Madison coach Mark Gjormand. “He is off

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bins each made 12 tackles for McLean. Adam Taylor made nine and had a sack, Meyers McCord made eight and Dolan and Romary six each. Harrison Govan and Donaghy had interceptions. n On the road against the Hayfied Hawks on Oct. 16, the Langley Saxons (1-6, 1-3) lost, 39-21, in Liberty Conference action. Langley trailed 20-7, cut the lead to 20-14 and had a chance to take a halftime lead, but was stopped on a fourthand-goal situation with 26 seconds left in the second quarter. Hayfield then jumped back in front by two touchdowns in the second half.

Warhawks continue to have a strong season in girls cross country. Madison finished second with 78 points at the recent Glory Days Grill Invitational girls varsity race. Devon Williams led Madison with a seventhplace finish in 18:48. Morgan Wittrock was eighth in 18:47, Jeana Bogdon 18th (19:28), Catherine Stone 22nd (19:39), Katherine Fax 23rd (19:41) and Amelia Wilson 28th (19:48). Madison has finished second in other

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The McLean Highlanders had an 18-4 record, had won five straight matches and 11-of-its-last 12 when the week began in girls high school volleyball. That string includes recent victories over Hayfiield and Fairfax by 3-0 scores. this seaVOLLEYBALL Earlier son, McLean finished second in a multi-team tournament, then was second at the Raider Rumble Volleyball Tournament at Stuart High. In other key matches, McLean defeated Tuscarora and Dominion, a team that recently topped highly-regarded Loudoun County. McLean has six seniors, including Autumn Brenner, a 2014 first-team all

Liberty Conference player, who be a setter for Division 1 William and Mary next fall. Another senior is middle hitter Josephine Oakley, who will play at Connecticut College. Other seniors playing key roles are hitters Karen Shedlock and Christine O’Donnell, and defensive specialists Sarah Park and Bryce Huber. Junior Natalie Luu is the libero; other juniors include Natalya James, Sophia Abi-Najm and Sierra Spraker. Sophomore outside hitters are Maddie McArthur and Leona Ng. In the win over Tuscarora, McArthur had 17 kills. Oakley averaged four kills a match. Ng saved her best for the playoffs, having seven kills against Westfield in the title match. Luu led the team in digs.

“She has consistently been the spark plug for the defense,” McLean coach Bill Musgrove said of Luu. “Her effort is relentless, and she is able to get touches on defense that other players can’t.” Musgrove said Brenner consistently puts up good sets and makes the hitters look good. She leads the team in aces. “She’s our leader,” Musgrove said. “The team continues to improve on offense and defense. As long as we keep working hard and keep improving, I like the direction the team is headed.” n The Madison Warhawks began the week with a 13-3 record and seven victories in a run, including a 3-2 win over Fairfax and a 3-0 triumph over South Lakes. n The Langley Saxons were 14-4 with four straight wins when the week began.

Those victories were all by 3-0 scores. Langley, McLean and Madison will meet in coming days. n The defending champion Flint Hill Huskies (13-7) lost in the semifinals of their own girls volleyball tournament recently to eventual champion Middleburg Academy, 2-1. The Huskies won the first game of the title match, then lost the next two and were 3-1 in the tournament. Three Flint Hill players, senior Setter Lauren Simons, sophomore defender Carly Middleton and senior defender Christine Becker, were unable to play. In other recent matches, Flint Hill defeated public-school teams Chantilly and Westfield. In the most recent Virginia Independent School Athletic Association’s Division I state rankings, Flint Hill was No. 3 in the poll.

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Madison High School senior diver Grayson Campbell represented Team USA at the Junior Pan American Championships in Cuba Oct. 8-11. Campbell competed in the 1-meter and 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter events in the 16-18 age group. Campbell is a 10-time junior national champion and three-time Junior Pan American Championships bronze medalist. Campbell and Cameron Thatcher of

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Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. Find out more on local history at the Web site October 24, 1944: n National Democrats say U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd, D-Va., is hurting the party by keeping silent rather than endorsing President Roosevelt. n Gov. Darden has told legislators he hopes it will be possible, some day, to give every Virginia schoolchild an annual physical exam.

8. 10 percent to charity, e.g.

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9. Panache



10. Pieces of fabric used for 11. *Vampire’s action

1. Medieval fiddle

12. Iditarod ride

6. College assessment test

15. Hagrid’s dog in “Harry Potter”

9. Outgoing tide action


13. Allergic reaction to bee sting

20. Deed hearings

14. ____ chi

22. “We ____ Young” by Fun

15. Thresh about, as in arms

24. Opposite of diastole

16. Oddball’s attempt?=

25. *Wicked ride

17. Pro baseball’s “Master Melvin”

26. This bird gets the worm

18. Starbucks’ serving

27. One of #4 Down, alternate

19. Status of being a star


21. *Inhabited by apparitions

29. Paris streets

23. Actor Stallone

October 24, 1962: n The first frost of the season is expected to strike Northern Virginia tonight, but warmer weather is on the way. n The Cuban Missile Crisis is in full swing, and a final confrontation may “come in hours.” n The Madison Warhawks football team is being hampered by injuries and cases of the flu.

24. Lord’s servant

October 26, 1966: n U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd, D-Va., has been laid to rest in Berryville.

44. Bread spreads

31. Greek salad staple 32. Any detergent plant

25. Busy flyer

33. Cut it out

28. *Like a Halloween sensation

34. “____ ____ a high note”

30. Wipe out

36. Coal residue

35. St. Louis team

38. Spiral-horned African antelope

37. Hair product manufacturer

42. Traditional Italian fare

39. Red Sea nation

45. Nancy Drew, e.g.

40. Black and white treat

49. *Freddy’s street

41. Frame job

51. *Halloween movie genre

43. Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and

54. Part of a flower


56. Peace-meaning branch 57. Point of a crescent moon

46. Kind of jerk

58. On top of

47. “The Sun ____ Rises”

59. *Stitched make-up

48. ____ Beach, SC

October 23, 1969: n Republican Linwood Holton and Democrat William Battle fought it out at a gubernatorial debate last night at the Twin Bridges Marriott. n A new national survey says nearly half of smokers think the habit is immoral, up from 15 percent in 1964. October 27, 1970: n The Sun’s editorial page has endorsed William Hoofnagle for chairman of the Board of Supervisors. n Vienna officials are restructuring $2 million in town debt. New interest rates will run in the 4.5-percent to 4.75percent range. n The Virginia Education Association says every jurisdiction in Virginia should have a kindergarten program. October 22, 1976: n There will be nearly 320,000 new voters in Virginia this election, and President Ford’s backers are confident they will swing the Old Dominion to him. n Langley takes on McLean in football action this week. October 23, 1984: n The Board of Supervisors has given County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert a 10-percent raise, retroactive to July 1, bringing his salary to $87,400. n A record 2.6 million Virginians are registered to vote.


50. Verdant 52. Even, to a poet 53. *Give me a treat, or ____! 55. Excessively 57. *”Guess who?” garb 61. *Spell-caster 65. Before editing

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60. Poacher’s trophy 69. Money under mattress, e.g.


61. Made awake

70. Black and white sea bird

1. Whistle blowers

62. South American tubers

71. Rounded like an egg

2. Make changes

63. Make a reference

72. Politician’s barrelful

3. Between Phi and Kappa

64. “The Man Who ____ Too

73. “To Kill a Mockingbird” author

4. Middle Eastern V.I.P.s


74. Stitch again

5. *Placed in a pumpkin

67. Singular of #29 Down

66. As opposed to amateur 68. Bioweapon

6. Nucleus plus electrons 7. *Witch’s sidekick

Fairfax County Notes


School Board members on Oct. 22 are expected to decide whether to agree to a request from the county’s Board of Elections to delay the opening of schools on March 1, 2016, to accommodate voting in presidential primaries. Both Republicans and Democrats are expected to hold primaries that day in Virginia, and 165 school facilities are used as voting precincts. Statewide voting takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting schools two hours late would allow those voting early in the day to avoid congestion around schools, election officials believe. The filing deadline for presidential candidates to get on the Virginia primary ballot is early December. If more than one candidate files in each party, primaries will be held on March 1. REGIONAL NON-PROFIT FORUM SLATED: The Greater McLean Chamber of


of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. has been recognized with the 2015 Community Leadership Award by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedi-

cation to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians. More than 600 business leaders, philanthropists and community organizers participated in the 2015 Sweet Home Virginia Gala, held Oct. 9 in Tysons Corner, to celebrate the ever growing levels of philanthropy in the region. Wordsworth “is one of Virginia’s top business and community leaders,” said Eileen Ellsworth, president of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. “In addition, he has generously supported local, regional and national nonprofits with his time, treasure and talent for decades.” A founding member of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s board of directors, Wordsworth also has held leadership positions with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Restaurant Association and Virginia Tourism Corp., and has supported local nonprofit organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy, 4-H, YMCA, Little League and the Boy Scouts. Co-chaired by Barry Biggar of Visit Fairfax and Dawn Carter of United Cerebral Palsy, the Sweet Home Virginia Gala raised $482,000 to support the Community Foundation’s work and mission to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of Northern Virginia. Support for the Community Foundation’s Sweet Home Virginia Gala was provided by the presenting sponsor, The Hitt Family, and from platinum sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

Commerce and the United Way of the National Capital Area will again join forces to host the Regional Non-Profit Forum on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hub, located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, 4441 George Mason Blvd. The theme of this year’s event is “Adaptive Leadership: To Build Capacity, Manage Change and Thrive in Recovery.” “Our regional non-profit forum offers a cost-effective opportunity to learn from

some of the industry’s thought-leaders, network with peers and obtain information that will empower attendees to strengthen their organizations,” said Marcia Twomey, president of the Greater McLean Chamber. John Brothers, president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and the Program for Charitable Giving, will present the morning keynote speech. Rick Moyers, vice president of programs and communication at the Meyer Foundation, will offer the lunch keynote. The event also will feature breakout sessions and a concluding “fireside chat” led by Rosie Allen-Herring of the United Way of the National Capital Area and Mary Agee, former president of Northern Virginia Family Service. Tickets are $75, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (703) 356-5424 or see the Web site at The forum is sponsored by George Mason University’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy; Tegna; M&T Bank; and Constant Contact.

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October 22, 2015


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