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Debt Ceiling Could Stymie Plans for Growth Superintendent Asks for New Schools in Effort to Stay Ahead of Student Population SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

In unveiling his proposed 10-year capitalspending program to School Board members and the community last week, Superintendent Patrick Murphy acknowledged that while the school system would have the money to ad-

dress the needs of rising enrollment, it may not have it in enough time to avoid getting swamped by the growth. “The real concern here is around the debt service,” Murphy said to kick off a 40-minute staff presentation May 8, outlining how school officials hope to address enrollment that has been rising for years and is expected

to keep growing to the tune of 700 additional students per year. Murphy’s biggest concern? “The availability of funding when the need for seats hits,” he told School Board members. School officials are constrained by the County Board to spending no more than 10 percent of their annual budget on principal

Reading Connection Event Sets a New Record A Staff Report

Having achieved its goal of raising $100,000 through a recent benefit, The Reading Connection is now looking to the future. The organization, founded in 1989 by

Words” gala April 4 in the District of Columbia. WRC-TV’s Doreen Gentlzer served as master of ceremonies for the event, which brought out some of the founders and original supporters of the

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Above left, Courtney Kissell, Lani Gleaves, Martha Reese, Beth Reese and Eileen Hanning were among the boosters of the Reading Connection who participated in the organization’s recent 10th-anniversary celebration. Above, master of ceremonies Doreen Gentzler, right, is shown with event volunteer Emma Baker at the celebration.

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three reading teachers from Arlington, has expanded through the years to serve Fairfax County and Alexandria, and now plans to inaugurate its Read-Aloud Program into Maryland. To assist with the effort, the organization held its 10th annual “Of Wine and

and interest payments for debt; any more and the county’s sacrosanct AAA bond ratings could be jeopardized. A building spree over the past 15 years has at times pushed the school system perilously close to that limit, although the school district

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School Board Candidates Suggest Building Higher Is Way to Address Growth The three candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement for School Board generally agree that the school system will have to start building vertically, rather than horizontally, if it hopes to retain open space while accommodating a growing student body. “It’s going to be a little bit new for us – we’ll have to build up,” said Greg Greeley, who is facing off against Barbara Kanninen and Nancy Van Doren in Democratic caucus voting to be held May 15 and 17. The three candidates squared off in a May 7 forum hosted by the Arlington County Democratic Committee. The winner of the caucus becomes the odds-on favorite to succeed School Board member Sally Baird, who is not seeking re-election. School officials already are thinking about constructing facilities that will be more urban than suburban in scope. A proposal has been floated to build a multistory secondary school on the current Wilson School site in the western part of Rosslyn in order to relieve overcrowding that currently exists at the elementary-school level and soon could overwhelm capacity at middle schools. Kanninen, who last year came close to knocking off incumbent School Board member James Lander in the Democratic caucus, said she supports the idea of more urban-style facilities for middle and high schools, though not necessarily for elementary schools. “We are becoming a denser county,” Kanninen said. “If we need more school space, building up is what we’re going to have to deal with.” More urban-oriented school facilities are “going to be a natural extension” of student growth and limited space, Van Doren said. The process could get messy: Already, some parents have blasted the proposal to build what could be a fortress-like secondary school in Rosslyn while leaving all the open space around the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program untouched. School officials had been considering placing new facilities on the Woodlawn site, but apparently were beaten into submission on that issue by parents there. Van Doren said all stakeholders – those with children and those without – should

From top: Nancy Van Doren, Greg Greeley and Barbara Kanninen are seeking the Democratic endorsement for School Board in caucus voting.

be part of the process determining of what gets built, and where. “We need to plan together to make sure we are all in the discussion,” she said. The May 7 forum drew a good crowd and attracted audience questions ranging from addressing bullying to whether too much homework was required of students. While there were nuances in the responses from the trio of candidates, there were few areas of significant disagreement. “I think you heard a lot of similarities,” Greeley acknowledged. The caucus will use “instant-runoff voting,” which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the last-place finisher will be eliminated and his or her votes will be reallocated per voters’ preferences. The process continues until one candidate emerges

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with a majority. Democrats debuted the new system at a caucus held earlier in the year to pick a candidate for the April 8 County Board special election. Because Alan Howze won a majority of votes in that three-way race, it was not needed. Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Kip Malinosky called the instant-runoff process “a way of increasing democracy” by ensuring that the ultimate nominee has the support of a majority of those casting ballots. “It really helps to empower voters,” Malinosky said. For information on the Democratic caucus, see the Web site at

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Striking Fashions, Alumna Tribute Mark ‘Portfolio in Motion’ BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Marymount University’s fashion-design students showed off their most inspired creations and memorialized a fallen alumna May 1 during the school’s annual “Portfolio in Motion” show. Marymount officials, who this year added “Uncut” to the show’s title, honored Jhane Barnes as the 2014 Designer of the Year. Barnes designs clothing, eyewear, furniture and flooring, but especially is known for her men’s clothing, which has been worn by John Lennon, Paul Simon, Elton John, Robin Williams, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover. ABC7/WJLA-TV reporter and anchor Jummy Olabanji served as the event’s master of ceremonies. Models, many of them wearing frighteningly lofty high heels, pranced, strutted, glowered and pouted on the elevated run-

way set up in the lower level of the Rose Benté Lee Center on Marymount’s Arlington campus. Dry-ice fog, swiveling spotlights and thumping music added to the drama. Senior designers who contributed fashions for the show included Maria AbuRahmeh, Kieri Borg, Jessica Forbes, Si-Jin Joo, Breanna Lippy, Parastou Moghaddam, Ocean-Miracle Morris, Amanda Pacheco, Charity Peart, Dona Rajab, Eva Ramirez, Lisa Sanders, Yelena Vladimirskaya and Sarah Wheeler. Other student designers included Dayle Angus, Elvis Buckhalter, Cody Clark, Jenny Curtis, Caitlin Halligan, Benedikte Hatlehol, Gabrielle Jackson, Brelynn Knight, Andrea Limmer, Mimi Miller, Sarah Rayl, Betsey Romero, Maya Shaw, Sophie Shaw and Chelsea Speckmann. Alumni designers included Claudia Hosky (2009), Sylvie Cachay (1999) and Vesna Kustudic (2009). A special section

of the show honored the life and work of Cachay, who was murdered in New York City in 2010. This year’s models included Devon Annunzi, Alexis Baker, Anjli Bhatia, Payton Bodecker, Tim Brisco, Frank Cadle, Marcus Carmon, Mariana Choong, Chelsea Connestro, Kaila Ford, Jose Gil-Figueroa, Hannah Gorsich, Victor Igboko, Rachel Keenan, Brelynn Knight, Maegan Ma-

han, Alecia Mason, Michael Medlej, Betty Olaya, Deena Parker, Bria Scott-Fleming, Maya Shaw, Gabriela Skura and Yara Tawfik. Some children also donned clothing designed by Marymount students and alumni. These young models included Sanika Sabharwal, Olivia Newberry, Grace Shank and Olivia Shank. The last two girls are daughters of Marymount University president Matthew Shank.

Above: Janice Ellinwood (left), chair of Marymount University’s Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising, poses with 2014 Designer of the Year Jhane Barnes before the Portfolio in Motion fashion show. Below: Olivia Shank, Sanika Sabharwal, Grace Shank and Olivia Newberry model children’s clothing designed by Breanne Lippy of Lineboro, Md., at the event.


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Top: Marcus Cameron of Washington, D.C., escorts Anjli Bhatia of Falls Church, who is wearing a dress designed by Chelsea Speckmann of Warrenton, at the Portfolio in Motion 2014 fashion show May 1 at Marymount University in Arlington. Below left: Chelsea Connestro of Saybille, N.Y., models a wedding dress designed by Lisa Sanders of Gainesville, Texas, at the event. Below right: Brelynn Knight of Washington, D.C., kicks off the event in dramatic fashion.

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THUMBS UP: To the choices available to Arlington voters in this week’s Democratic School Board caucus, occurring Thursday evening and Saturday throughout the day. We have believed since the beginning of campaign season that the three contenders vying for the Democratic endorsement – Barbara Kanninen, Greg Greeley and Nancy Van Doren – have the qualifications necessary to succeed School Board member Sally Baird, who is stepping off the board after eight years of service. We have watched the trio throughout campaign season, and at last week’s candidate forum sponsored by the Arlington County Democratic Committee, we took a hard look to see if any of the candidates landed head and

phy, who is not simply superintendent of schools, but, at least according to the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, is a superduper-intendent. Murphy last week was named Virginia’s superintendent of the year, winning praise for his ability to address issues ranging from school overcrowding to graduation rates. For such an outwardly low-key guy, the superintendent’s performance has been polarizing: There are some in the school system (parents, teachers, etc.) who have little positive to say about his tenure, just as there are those who are big boosters. Given that, it’s good to have an outside perspective now and THUMBS UP: To Patrick Mur- again. shoulders above the other two. It is true that none of the three rivals Winston Churchill or William Jennings Bryan in oratorical talent; at times during the debate, we found portions of the crowd rather benumbed by the wonkiness of it all. And we have some concern that the candidates offered no real new ideas when questioned about the achievement gap, which decades after it was identified as a concern remains stubbornly in place. Those and other quibbles aside, we found all three of the contenders reasonable and responsible. All three have the bona fides needed for the job. And now, the voting awaits. If you’re a Democrat, cast a ballot.

School Budget Proposal Was a Step Backward Editor: Over the past 20 years, dramatic improvements have taken place in the way children with special needs are educated. One of the most positive changes has been a shift from isolation to inclusion. Children with developmental delays, for example, are now regularly included in classes with typically-developing peers. When done well, inclusion benefits everyone – the children with special needs learn from their typically-developing peers, the typically-developing peers learn compassion and patience from individuals who are different and the community becomes a more caring, inclusive place. Arlington Public Schools is fortunate to have a national model for inclusion at the preschool level: the Reed Integration

Station in Westover. Through a unique partnership, Reed shares space with the Children’s School, a co-operative private preschool for the typically-developing children of teachers and employees of APS. Unfortunately, this model program is threatened by the superintendent’s proposed budget. The superintendent has proposed increasing the rent charged to The Children’s School by $200,000, a cost that its families cannot afford. Should this rent increase go through, the Children’s School is likely to move out of Arlington, and Reed will lose its integration partner. We are Arlington residents and parents of current and former special-education students at Reed. We have seen first-hand the benefits made possible by the Reed-

Children’s School public-private partnership. We encourage the School Board to reject the proposed rent increase. Failure to do so would represent a significant step backward in how APS educates children with special needs. Tauna Szymanski, Sheri Langham, Gabriel Paal, Raya Barazanji, James Reo, Kim Leland, Greg Adams, Vikram Jaswal, Katherine Harris, Larry Rob Spence, Carl Guastaferro, Catherine Copley, Erica Froyd, Stuart Barkoff, Katherine Price, Kathy Paal, Jan Guastaferro, Tiffiny Bernichon, Gabriel Calvo, Rodney Durr, Susan Spence, Matt Leland, Caroline Levy, Roseline Nsonde, Elizabeth Bruns, Sergio Magnacca, Alison Barkoff, Kelly Adams, Regis Nsonde Arlington

Power Derives from People, Not Elected Leaders Editor: The pitfalls of one-party governance were crystal clear in the May 8 Sun Gazette [“Streetcar Debate Takes New Twist: Referendum Sought by Howze, Hope”]. In the article, you quoted Democratic County Board candidate Alan Howze as saying, “we should give voters the final decision.” Incredible. The arrogance of that statement should be a warning to everyone – supporters of the streetcar and opponents, Democrats, Republicans and independents alike – that

when a single party remains unchecked for so long, its leaders become deluded with their own self-importance. The power of County Board members, like all elected officials, flows from us to them, not the other way around. Mr. Howze should know that, in a democracy, the voters decide, whether directly – as it should be with the streetcar – or indirectly, when we remove elected officials from office. Perhaps the streetcar debate has revealed something even more important: Arlingto-

nians need to shake up the status quo and elect new representatives who understand their role and respect their electorate. Michael Atherton Arlington We’ve moved to a new Web site! Find letters to the editor under Arlington Opinion at arlington – we have many more there than in print. Join the conversation by sending a letter to the editor.

Editor: The proposal in front of the School Board to create an eight-story, 1,300-seat “urban middle school” in Rosslyn is deeply concerning, and the School Board should not approve this proposal without appropriate analyses. An enormous new middle school in an area with the fewest middle-school-aged students makes little sense. Studies have not been done to determine of the cost of this proposal, or how it would compare to the other options. Arlington already is congested, especially in Rosslyn. It’s unclear how decreasing green space in Arlington is a preferred option (the Rosslyn facility would require recreational space on the top of the building). The alternative of returning Stratford to a neighborhood middle school adheres to the county’s smart-growth principles and serves the needs of the greatest number of students.

Stratford was a middle school for 25 years. It is geographically appropriate in terms of where students live, maximizing student quality of life while minimizing transportation costs. The majority of students, approximately 75 percent, attending middle school at Stratford would be within the walking radius of the school. This decreases transportation costs and likely results in less vehicle traffic in the nearby neighborhood. The Stratford campus can be better utilized. There are approximately 650 students in the formerly 1,200-seat building. Additionally, this proposal can be partially implemented now, immediately relieving the overcrowding at Williamsburg and Swanson middle schools. The most logical option before the School Board is to return Stratford to its original purpose. Danielle and Greg Maurer Arlington

Editor: I am writing to express my disappointment in the picture and article on the cover of the May 1 issue [“Art of the Female Persona Celebrated in Annual Miss Gay Arlington Competition”]. I’m confused as to what part of the female persona these “ladies” were attempting to showcase (and your publication by

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ship for Affordable Housing (APAH) has announced that former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple and JBG Companies managing partner Brian Coulter will be honored with its 2014 Affordable Housing Honorees awards. The accolades will be presented during APAH’s 25th-anniversary celebration, to be held on Oct. 8 at the Clarendon Ballroom. Whipple is being cited for her lengthy service on the County Board and in the state Senate. In the General Assembly, she “championed legislation that ultimately led to the creation of the Housing Trust Fund, a dedicated, statewide source of funding for affordable housing,” said state Sen. Barbara Favola, who received an APAH award last year and was on hand at the announcement of the 2014 honorees. Coulter is being honored for his leadership at JBG to support mixed-income housing and the firm’s contributions to affordable housing, said Thomas Bozzuto, another 2013 recipient of the award. “JBG has committed in excess of $16 million to government-supported affordable-housing initiatives in Arlington, and through JBG Cares, has supported APAH and other affordable-housing nonprofits,” Bozzuto said. For information about the awards program or the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, see the Web site at www. ‘TASTE OF ARLINGTON’ RETURNS TO BALLSTON: The 27th annual Taste of

Arlington celebration, sponsored by the Ballston Business Improvement District and presented by Dittmar, will be held on Sunday, May 18 from noon to 5 p.m. in Ballston. More than 20,000 food lovers are expected to descend on the festival, which will be located along Wilson Boulevard from North Glebe Road to North Quincy Street. Funds raised by the event will help support the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Food-and-drink books of 10 tickets are available for $35 through the Web site at Parking will be available at the Ballston Public Parking Garage. ‘FAIRLINGTON DAY’ MAKES RETURN:


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The biannual Fairlington Day celebration will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairlington Community Center. Sponsored by the Fairlington Citizens Association, activities will include free food and drinks, family-friendly activities, a bake sale to support Share Our Strength and booths staffed by local organizations, including Virginia Cooperative Extension. Fairlington T-shirts will be available for purchase at $15 each. For information, see the Web site at ‘TRUCK DAY’ COMES TO CENTRAL LIBRARY: Central Library will host “Truck

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a.m. Children are invited to come and see a host of trucks loaned for the event by the county government and private sources. They range from trash-collection vehicles and fire trucks to an ART bus. The library’s back parking lot will be blocked off for the event, but parking will be available in the library’s garage, on a small side parking lot or on the street. For information on the event, see the Web site at PHOENIX BIKES TO HOST INDOOR RACING: Phoenix Bikes will host its annual

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Society will hold its annual membership banquet on Friday, May 30 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge. The keynote speaker will be Greg Hamilton of Arlington magazine, and the event will inaugurate two new awards: The Arlington Historical Society Civic Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. The cost is $45 for members, $50 for non-members. For information and to register, see the Web site at


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Greg Greeley is the father of two adopted children, a community leader, an Air Force veteran and a South Arlington resident. He will bring crucial management expertise to the Arlington School Board, with a a positive vision for dealing with school crowding. We must ensure all Arlington students receive the academic support they need and the instructional programs they deserve. Right now, Arlington needs Greg Greeley.


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19 is the deadline for residents of the 8th Congressional District to register to vote in the Democratic primary that will be held June 10. Ten Democrats qualified for the ballot, although Satish Korpe, one of them, dropped out last week. The winner of the primary will move on to the Nov. 4 general election. The winner of the general election will succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th), who is retiring. Republicans have nominated Micah Edmond as their candidate, and a number of third-party candidates also are in the running. In Virginia, primary elections are run by the state government. Because Virginia does not register voters by political party, all registered voters in the 8th District are eligible to cast ballots. The district includes all of Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, as well as portions of Fairfax County. COUNTY SCHOOLS LAUDED FOR ACHIEVEMENT: Nine Arlington elemen-

tary schools have been named recipients of the 2014 Virginia Board of Education Excellence Awards, the second highest mark of distinction in the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) state awards for advanced learning and achievement. Arlington Science Focus School, Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn Elementary School, Jamestown Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Nottingham Elementary School, Taylor Elementary School, Tuckahoe Elementary School and Williamsburg Middle School were honored for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks, and for making significant progress toward goals of increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities as set by the state Board of Education. They were among 71 schools statewide to receive second-tier honors in the awards program. In addition, Long Branch Elementary School, Swanson Middle School and Yorktown High School received the 2014 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, the third tier in the program. They were among 136 schools statewide to be honored. Five schools across the commonwealth – Carson Middle, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle schools in Fairfax County, Short Pump Middle School in Henrico County and Kemps Landing Magnet School in Virginia Beach – earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest award in the program. Virginia Board of Education president Christian Braunlich praised the schools that garnered inclusion in the program. “The achievement of the educators and students in these award-winning schools is especially noteworthy given the increased rigor of the commonwealth’s academic standards and assessments,” Braunlich said in a statement. LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT SALVATION ARMY ADVISORY CORPS: David Bell has

been tapped to serve as chairman of the Salvation Army Arlington Corps Advisory

Council. He succeeds Larry Suiters, who served in the post for more than two decades. The Arlington corps each year serves thousands of adults and children in the community through programs that include Project Angel Tree at the holidays and emergency financial and fuel assistance throughout the year. Bell retired at the end of 2007 as Clerk of the Circuit Court, an elected post he held for more than three decades. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Arlington Electoral Board, and in a host of other volunteer-leadership posts. Suiters, a retired attorney, long has been active as a civic leader, having served as chairman of the Arlington Committee of 100 and vice chairman of the board of trustees of Arlington Hospital and the Arlington Hospital Foundation. He will continue to serve on the Arlington corps advisory panel. Last year, the Salvation Army of the National Capital Area Command provided assistance to nearly 82,000 people across the region. For information, see the Web site at ‘WALKABOUT’ TO FOCUS ON LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS: The county govern-

ment’s WalkArlington initiative will hold a “walkabout” in the High View Park, Waverly Hills and Cherrydale communities on Sunday, May 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be led by local residents, with County Board Vice Chairman Mary Hynes expected to participate. The event will be held rain or shine; participants will meet outside the LangstonBrown Community Center, 2121, North Culpepper St., to start the event. For information, see the Web site at


City Association’s Ivano-Frankivsk Committee will host a screening of the documentary film “Son of Crimea: Struggle of a People” on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at Founders Hall on the Arlington campus of George Mason University, 3301 Fairfax Drive. The film looks at the Soviet government’s forced exile of the Crimean Tatar population from their homeland during World War II. After the screening, there will be a discussion by experts and a question-and-answer session. The program is supported by the International Committee for Crimea and the Embassy of Ukraine.


Church’s “Faith, Food and Fellowship” series continues on Thursday, May 22 with “A Musical Finale,” featuring Lisa GibbsSmith and Rusty Smith. The event starts with a brief worship service with music at noon, followed by lunch ($5) at 12:30 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m. The church is located at 606 North Irving St. For information, call (703) 527-8574 or see the Web site at

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components of a will will be discussed on Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403.


Body-stretching techniques will be discussed on Monday, May 19 at 9 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403.


lington County 55+ Travel hosts a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Monday, May 19. The cost is $42. For information, call (703) 228-4748.

FORUM FOCUSES ON ESTATE PLANNING: A look at estate planning, includ-

ing asset protection and long-term care, will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-5722.


services in Arlington will be discussed on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0955.

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a trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 22. The cost of $75 includes lunch. For information, call (703) 228-4748.


is the topic of discussion on Thursday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2280955.


venting home burglaries will be discussed on Thursday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403.


ballroom dance will be hosted at Arlington Mill Senior Center on Friday, May 23 at 1 p.m. For information, call (703) 228-7369.


Walkers of Lee Senior Center will walk in the Arlington Forest neighborhood on Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. The cost is $3. For information, call (703) 228-0555.

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If the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for same-sex marriage across the nation, Arlington could see an increase of 30 to 40 percent in the number of people filing for marriage certificates. That’s the estimate of Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson, who believes that the 3,744 certificates issued last year could easily bump up to 5,000 or more if same-sex couples are allowed to marry in the Old Dominion. That “if” awaits an ultimate decision across the river inside the Supreme Court, which will have to untangle a host of cases working their way through the appeals process. A federal judge has struck down Virginia’s 2006 constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, but stayed that decision pending final resolution of the matter at the appeals level. In 2012, the last year for which full records are available, Arlington ranked third among all jurisdictions in marriage licenses issued at 3,055. Only Fairfax County (5,069) and Virginia Beach (4,721) issued more. One reason for Arlington’s popularity is its location. People can take the Metro to Courthouse and file paperwork, then under state law can get married anywhere in Virginia. Ferguson, whose eight-year term runs through 2015 and who has announced plans to seek another, supports the concept of gay marriage but isn’t going to buck the state constitution; he has accepted about a dozen applications for marriage certificates from same-sex couples, and will hold on to them pending final outcome. Virginia had about 14,200 same-sex couples, according to 2010 Census figures. A recent study by the Williams Institute suggests that about half would choose to marry in Virginia if the option becomes available. Some couples are not waiting. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and his longtime partner, Bob Rosen, were married in the District of Columbia last year, even though the legality of the marriage is not recognized in Virginia. Issuing additional licenses, which cost $30, would bring some extra cash into Ferguson’s office, but boosters of same-sex nuptials say the broader economic impact could be much more significant to Virginia. Equality Virginia, which supports same-sex marriage, on April 22 released a study concluding that direct spending on weddings of same-sex couples would add up to $50 million to the state economy durContinued on Page 28

Sister City Organization Hits the 20-Year Mark in Arlington

May 15, 2014

The 20th-anniversary celebration of the Arlington Sister City Association, held May 5 at the Arlington Career Center, provided an opportunity to paint “a picture of the unity and diversity” the organization represents. “Twenty years of connecting Arlington to the world!” proclaimed Carl Lankowski, who headed the organizing committee for the event, which drew more than 100 people celebrating relationships with the communities of Aachen, Germany; Coyoacan, Mexico; Reims, France; San Miguel, El Salvador; and Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. The Sister City effort at the local level is part of “an environment in Arlington where we value people of different backgrounds,” said County Board member Walter Tejada. Tejada is among those featured in the organization’s latest initiative – an oral-history project that has accumulated about 20 interviews, which are available on the Web site at Arlington Sister City president Malcolm Phillips officially inaugurated the oral-history effort in a speech notable for its brevity. The Sister City movement began an initiative of the Eisenhower administration, attempting to develop international friendships during the time of the Cold War. Arlington’s first formal partnership came in 1993-94 with Aachen; the others followed and “there may well be others in


the future,” Tejada said. One who has seen the impact of the initiative first-hand is Heidi Addison, who coordinates the annual exchange program between Arlington fifth-graders and students in Aachen. Nearly 50 families on each side of the Atlantic participate in the annual effort. Addison noted that both sides often have limited experience with the other: Germans think of the United States as New York City and cowboys, while Americans look on Germany as the land of beer, bratwurst and World War II. Spending time in each other’s homes is a chance to deepen understanding and cement friendships, she said. “These 10- and 11-year-olds are just old enough to be starting to be open to the world,” Addison said. “Maybe one of these children will grow up to have more of an impact on the world than we can imagine.” Cindy Zavala, who seven years ago went on a Sister City trip to San Miguel as a 16-year-old old, later reigned as Miss Sister City. “These bonds and these relationships [among people] are what keep us coming back,” said Zavala. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette voiced chagrin that too few Americans take the initiative to broaden horizons by traveling internationally. “Every opportunity we have in our lives to be introduced to something different is enriching,” Fisette said.

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Wolf Gets Fairfax Send-Off; Will Arlington Be Next? SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Sometime between now and the end of the year, the Arlington County Board will host a ceremony, one that may turn bacchanalian in its enthusiasm, to honor the service of retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th). But what about the other member of Congress from Northern Virginia who at one time represented Arlington? Will U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) get a similar “thanks” from the board? It’s a question that hadn’t occurred to County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, and perhaps with good reason: While the 10th District included Arlington up through the 1990 federal census, it later shifted westward, as both the conservative congressman and the leftward-tilting county seemed happy to go their separate ways. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently honored both Wolf (in office since 1981) and Moran (since 1991) for their service, leading to the query of Fisette: Would Arlington do the same? “I had not given it any thought,” the board chairman said, although he appeared to be considering the possibility. “Clearly, both men have had distinguished careers in Congress,” Fisette said. Wolf was elected to Congress as part of the Reagan revolution of 1980, when not only Virginia as a whole, but even Arlington, supported the Republican presidential candidate. (It was the last time Arlington voters supported the GOP candidate for president.)

U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf (R-10th) and Jim Moran (D-8th) recently were honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Moran is sure to get an Arlington County Board sendoff, but will Wolf? He also represented Arlington in Congress for a period.

In 1980, Wolf defeated U.S. Rep. Joseph Fisher, who had started his political career on the County Board and was swept into office over incumbent Republican Joel Broyhill in the so-called Watergate election of 1974. Broyhill had held the 10th District seat since it was re-established in Virginia in 1952. Fisher handily won the Arlington vote over Wolf in 1980, but the latter swept Fairfax County and points west to oust the incumbent. The two had faced off two years before, when Fisher had retained the

seat. In the decade after his first election, Wolf held on to the 10th District with relative ease, but had mixed results in Arlington. According to county election records, Wolf took the Arlington vote against Democrats John Flannery in 1984, Robert Weinberg in 1988 and MacKenzie Canter III in 1990; narrowly lost the local vote against John Milliken in 1986; and lost it more substantially to Ira Lechner in 1982. But Wolf clearly saw the direction Arlington was moving, and maneuvered to

have his district shifted into the growing outer suburbs. Once Arlington was part of the 8th District, Moran never had trouble winning strong majorities in Arlington. Unlike the 8th District, which is seen as a Democratic stronghold and awaits the results of that party’s June 10 primary to see who will succeed Moran, the 10th District race is considered a toss-up. Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean/Great Falls) is facing off against Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) to succeed Wolf.

School Board Caucus Chair Gears Up for the Challenge SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

rent School Board members, including Baird, won the Democratic endorsement on the way to general-election victories, and no non-Democrat has served on the board since the departure of David Foster in 2007. Robinson gave thanks to Owen and Terry Serie, who have drawn from their experience in caucuses past to assist her. “We share a commitment to detail, and I think that’s key for an event like this one, where the integrity of the process is of paramount importance,” Robinson said. The School Board caucus will be the second run under new “instant-runoff” rules, aimed at ensuring that no candidate emerges with the party’s backing without the support of a majority of voters. Under the procedure, first implemented in a County Board caucus earlier in the year, a candidate must win at least 50 percent of the vote to take the election outright. If no candidate gets a majority, the candidate with the fewest number of votes will be eliminated, with his or her votes reallocated based on each voter’s preference.

In the County Board caucus, Alan Howze won a majority of votes, so the runoff procedure didn’t have to be implemented. But it served as a good trial run for the School Board caucus, where a runoff could occur. Instant-runoff “was a great success at our County Board caucus – voters seemed to understand the system, and we did not experience any issues,” Robinson said. Once the caucus is completed, Robinson will be able to think about attending the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner without the challenge of running it. “Events like the J-J dinner benefit from a new perspective, and I was very pleased to pass the baton to John Grant and Conor Marshall,” she said. “They’re doing a great job, and I am really going to enjoy attending the dinner on June 7 without the stress of making sure it goes smoothly!” The Arlington County Democratic Committee continues to seek volunteers to support the caucus. For information, see the Web site at and click on “Get Involved.”

Virginia Robinson will be at the center of the action as the Arlington County Democratic Committee holds its School Board endorsement caucus May 15 and 17. Earlier this year, she was tapped to serve as caucus director, succeeding Peter Owen, who had overseen Democratic caucus voting in recent years. (Serving as caucus director is a vital but sometimes thankless position. “Whoohoo!” was the reaction of Owen at the meeting where Robinson was officially installed as his successor.) It has been a change of pace for Robinson, who in recent years served as cochairman of the county Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson (J-J) Dinner, its single largest event of the year. “It was hard to say goodbye to J-J after six years, but I felt it was time to serve the party in other capacities,” said Robinson, an attorney at DynCorp International.

Kip Malinosky, who chairs the Arlington County Democratic Committee, said Robinson “brings great passion, good humor and incredible attention to detail with all that she does.” “When she decided not to lead the J-J again, I was worried that Arlington Democrats might lose her top-tier talent and wonderful personality,” Malinosky said. “Thankfully, she signed on to run our School Board caucus. We are lucky to have her in this important role and leading an excellent team.” Unlike primaries, which in Virginia are conducted by the state government, caucuses (and conventions) are party-run events. The School Board caucus features candidates Greg Greeley, Barbara Kanninen and Nancy Van Doren seeking the party’s endorsement for the seat being vacated by Sally Baird, who has held it for eight years. While the winner of the caucus will go on to face opposition in the general election, securing the Democratic endorsement is likely tantamount to victory. All five cur-

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Sheriff Arthur Announces Plans to Seek New Term Incumbent Democrat Has Held Top Job Since Being Appointed Nearly 15 Years Ago Sheriff Beth Arthur has confirmed she plans to seek re-election in 2015. “Yes, I’m running,” Arthur told the Sun Gazette, becoming the latest of the county’s constitutional officers to informally announce bids POLITICAL for new terms. Clerk of the POTPOURRI Circuit Court Paul Ferguson and Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy already have launched re-election bids, while Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos is expected to run. Arthur was serving as director of administration for the sheriff’s office when in 2000 she was tapped as an interim successor to Sheriff Thomas Faust, who departed to take another job. She became the first female sheriff in Virginia. Running with the support of county Democrats, Arthur won a three-way special election in 2000, then went on to win re-election in 2003 (unopposed), 2007 (against independent Steven Strasburg) and 2011 (unopposed). She currently ranks 33rd in seniority among Virginia’s 123 elected sheriffs. The office of sheriff in Virginia history goes back hundreds of years. Currently, the sheriff is the chief law-enforcement officer in many jurisdictions; in others, such as Arlington, while the office has some lawenforcement responsibilities, it primarily is tasked with administration of jail facilities

and service to courts. The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office has a staff of more than 270 people and a budget of more than $35 million. The sheriff and other “constitutional officers” – so named because their offices are spelled out in the state constitution – serve four-year terms with the exception of the clerk of the Circuit Court, who has an eight-year term. Treasurer Frank O’Leary, who was first elected in 1983 and is set to become the longest-serving elected official in county history, is not expected to seek a new term in 2015. His chief deputy, Carla de la Pava, is likely to seek the Democratic nomination for the position. Just Lunch, or the Start of a Campaign? Chief Deputy Treasurer Carla de la Pava is slated to be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the South Arlington Kiwanis Club, to be held on Thursday, May 15 at noon at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. De la Pava is widely expected to run next year to succeed county Treasurer Frank O’Leary, who has served since 1984 and is not expected to seek a new term. De la Pava has been active in community life, including serving as vice president of the Arlington County Civic Federation. She also has been active in a number of Democratic political campaigns. The luncheon is open to the public; the cost is $25. For information on the South Arlington Kiwanis Club, see the Web site at County Democrats to Honor Activist’s

Those who remember local political history may see a parallel between Arlington’s current situation and that of nearly four decades ago. For those who don’t go back that far, county Treasurer Frank O’Leary offers a primer. “Those with short memories may not remember the elections of 1975 and 1978. Those races resulted in a Republican-dominated County Board for a four-year period, as a result of the perceived hubris of the incumbent ABC members of the board,” O’Leary said. (To define terms: ABC was Arlingtonians for a Better County, an officially nonpartisan political organization that included many Democrats in an era when the Hatch Act severely limited the participation of federal-government workers in partisan politics, even at the local level.) Democrats eventually regained control of much of county government by the early 1980s; O’Leary himself first won office in 1983 with a razor-thin margin of victory over Republican Dorothy Grotos. Current political battles over capital spending, highlighted by the debate over

the Columbia Pike streetcar, threaten to dismantle the Democratic dominance of county government for the first time in decades, O’Leary declared in announcing his support for a proposal to hold a countywide referendum on the streetcar plan. The issue “is destroying the Democratic Party in Arlington and has the same implications for the community as a whole,” the treasurer wrote. “Regardless of the outcome of the County Board race in the fall, the [streetcar] issue is not going to go away, and poses the probability of even greater acrimony next year, with the possible outcome of Democrats becoming a minority on the County Board,” O’Leary said. Democrats in the minority on the County Board? Those very same Democrats who hadn’t lost a County Board election since 1999 until independent John Vihstadt won the April 8 special election? It’s possible, although it depends on how you define the word “Democrats.” Libby Garvey, who recently resigned from the Arlington County Democratic Committee before the committee’s leader-


Memory with New Award: The Arlington County Democratic Committee plans to launch a new award to honor the memory of longtime activist Jean Marshall Crawford, who died earlier this year. The inaugural Jean Marshall Crawford Award will be presented at the party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, to be held June 7 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. The award will recognize an Arlington Democratic woman who was an outstanding activist over the past year. Crawford, who had worked as a legislative specialist in the county manager’s office and previously was a staff member of the commissioner of revenue’s office, died Feb. 5 after complications from surgery. “She was an absolutely amazing person – such a gracious heart, dedicated to service,” Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Kip Malinosky said at the time of her death. The party is taking nominations for the new award, and its other upcoming awards, through May 21. The party’s highest award, the Mary Marshall Outstanding Democrat Award, honors years of service to the local party.

Other awards include the Unsung Hero of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Campaigner of the Year and Herselle Milliken Precinct Captain of the Year. Young Democrats to Launch Internet Initiative: Hoping to use technology to further connect with the local electorate, Arlington Young Democrats plans to launch “AYD TV,” an interactive YouTube and Facebook initiative, to get its message out. Young Democrats’ president Max Burns promises “small and digestible” video clips that won’t focus purely on Democrats or even politics, but will try to connect to the younger demographic – which now comprises about 35 percent of Arlington’s population. The goal is to “give young people a voice,” Burns said. Speaking at the May 7 Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting, Burns said his group wasn’t daunted by the recent special-election loss for County Board. “We are excited, we are motivated, we are ready to get going again,” he said. Member of Congress Featured at GOP Event: U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (RTenn.) will be the featured guest at the Arlington County Republican Committee’s spring fund-raiser, to be held on Thursday, May 22. Blackburn is vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and serves on the House Budget Committee. For information on the event, see the Web site at

Treasurer Paints Rough Scenario for County Dems

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Treasurer Frank O’Leary

ship could move to expel her over her support for Vihstadt, said she considers herself a Democrat, just not a member of the local Democratic organization. By that math, there remain four Democrats on the County Board: Garvey, Jay Fisette, Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada. Hynes and Tejada will be up for re-election in November 2015, one of those onceevery-four-years times when two board seats are up at once. O’Leary’s doomsday-for-Democrats

scenario envisions potential intra-party fighting next year for the party’s nomination, leading to a weakened and divided general-election race. If candidates from outside the Democratic Party can raise enough visibility and cash – an open question in each case – Democrats might be in trouble. Losing the majority would lock Democrats out of the County Board chairmanship, a position that rotates annually. The chairman has limited powers, but in what could be crucial if there ends up being a split, the chairman does control what gets put on the agenda and what gets left off. O’Leary and some others within the Democratic power structure – such as Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy and County Board nominee Alan Howze – believe supporting a streetcar referendum will be a chance for Democrats to be seen in a more positive light by voters. “This issue has become too divisive to fester any longer,” Morroy said in a state Continued on Page 28

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weather returns, the fireplace in the living room will get plenty of use. The dining room is a charmer, with lovely columns and room to entertain in style. Like other rooms on the main level, it features nine-foot ceilings, providing airiness and ambiance. The large kitchen has been fully updated and is ready to meet both culinary challenges and to serve as a central gathering point. Bright and cheery with plenty of natural light, the kitchen features granite countertops and offers up a separate breakfast room. Three bedrooms, including the master retreat, are part of the tour. The master bath is large and has been updated with features that include a steam shower, separate Jacuzzi tub and skylight. Heated natural-tile flooring, custom cabinetry, granite countertops and a walk-in closet also are part of the master-bedroom package. The lower level has been recently updated and adds additional living features. Constructed in 1948, at a time when Arlington was at the start of a post-war growth spurt, the home has been maintained meticulously and features plenty of updates: new central air conditioning, new windows, an updated laundry room and the like. And the location? Bellevue Forest is set up in a world of North Arlington serenity, and yet you have easy access to the entire Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Gulf Branch Nature Center, Donaldson Run

and Potomac Overlook are easily accessible via trails, and you can walk to county tennis courts. For those heading into D.C. for work or play, you are just one stoplight from your destination. Generous both in its amenities and its spirit, this is a classic home that fits the bill. Well worthy of consideration. 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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From the viewpoint of a satellite zooming down, the Bellevue Forest neighborhood is embraced by a verdant treescape. Nearby Potomac Overlook Regional Park and Donaldson Run Park are just the start; the community itself is set back and bathed in the beauty of nature. This week’s featured property can be found in the heart of the community, on North Pollard Street not far from Military Road. A classic, late-1940s home set on a large lot of more than 9,000 square feet, the property has been redesigned and expanded to Architectural Digest-style standards. The result is a home that is equally at home hosting a large gathering or providing for the comforts of daily living – and while the word “unique” is one we use only rarely, it certainly applies. The property currently is on the market, listed at $975,000 by Carole Schweitzer of Weichert, Realtors. Beautifully landscaped gardens (which extend from the front to the back) and a flagstone walkway and front porch provide exuberant curb appeal, and set the tone for all that will follow on our tour. Inside, we will find amply-proportioned rooms with creative traffic flow. After being welcomed in the gracious foyer, we step into the expansive living room, a wonderful spot for gathering and, when entertaining in summer, the stopping-off point from whence (through French doors) we can step outside to the showplace flagstone patio. When colder

Analysis of data collected for the Realtors Confidence Index shows the market share of all-cash purchases is on the rise, despite declines in distressed sales and investor activity, according to the National Association of Realtors. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said the findings are counterintuitive. “Distressed home sales, most popular with investors who pay cash, have declined notably in the past two years, yet the share of all-cash purchases has risen,” he said. “At the same time, investors have declined as a market share, indicating other changes have been underway in the marketplace.” Distressed-home sales declined from 26 percent of the national market in 2012 to 17 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in the first quarter of this year; NAR projects distressed homes to drop to a single-digit market share by the fourth quarter. All-cash purchases rose from 29 percent in 2012 to 31 percent in 2013 and 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014. In Florida, more than half of all homes were purchased with cash. High levels of all-cash sales also were recorded in Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia, accounting for close to four out of 10 transactions. The findings, derived from a survey of about 3,000 responses each month for NAR’s Realtors Confidence Index, also show investors edged down from 20 percent of buyers in 2012 to 19 percent in both 2013 and the first quarter of this year. A separate annual study of consumers, NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, shows investors at a somewhat higher market share, but declining more sharply from 24 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2013. “These findings beg the question as to why we’re seeing higher shares of cash purchases,” Yun said. “The restrictive mortgage-lending standards are a factor, but the higher levels of cash sales may also come from the aging of the Baby Boom generation, with more trade-down and retirement buyers paying cash with decades of equity accumulation.” In Florida, where more than half of buyers paid cash in 2012 and 2013, distressed home sales declined from nearly four in 10 purchases in 2012 to three in 10 during 2013, and investors edged down.

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Sheriff’s Office Gives Moms Chance to be Closer to Kids During Mother’s Day Event One of the worst parts of finding herself in the Arlington County Detention Facility? For Jody Wright, it’s the lack of hands-on interaction with her children. “I don’t like doing this ‘behind-theglass’ thing,” she said of procedures that keep family members physically separated from those incarcerated in the regional jail facility. On the evening of May 5, at least, those physical barriers weren’t in place. Children of women incarcerated in the Courthousearea facility had the chance to celebrate an early Mother’s Day through food, crafts and, most importantly, direct contact with their moms. “It’s important for kids to get to see their mothers, and it’s important for moms [to] reflect on what’s important in the world,” said Sheriff Beth Arthur, who has sanctioned the gathering in recent years. A similar event for fathers takes place each June. Of the roughly 460 people currently incarcerated in the detention facility, about 10 percent are women. They are either jailed on relatively minor offenses, like credit-card fraud, probation violations or drug charges, or are awaiting a court date. Wright’s three children – an 11-year-old son and daughters ages 4 and 7 – traveled two and a half hours up from Fluvanna

County, where they live with their father and grandmother, to see her. They enjoyed pizza and pigs in a blanket while creating artwork and asking her when she would be out of jail. That is a question she can’t currently answer, and “not knowing is the worst part.” But when the day comes, her children already have a plan: They want her to take them to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate their reunion. Arthur, who has served as sheriff since 2000, says one goal of keeping children and parents in close touch is to remind the adults what they stand to lose if they end up returning to the criminal-justice system. Among those incarcerated in Arlington, the recidivism rate is less than 35 percent for those who go through a treatment program conducted by her office and the county’s Department of Human Services. The national average is about 70 percent. Local jail facilities in Virginia are designed to accommodate those sentenced to a year or less, but in practice, they hold both local and state prisoners for terms of up to two years. For mothers who will not be getting out soon, the next chance they will have to get up close with their children will be in December during the holidays.

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The county government is making moves in the right direction to improve its internal-audit capabilities, members of the revenues-and-expenditures committee of the Arlington County Civic Federation say, but more remains to be done to ensure the $1 billion spent each year by the county government goes where it is supposed to. Three members of the committee – Suzanne Sundburg, Burton Bostwick and Tim Wise – updated the federation’s membership May 6 on an issue that long has been a bone of contention between the Civic Federation and the county government. Federation officials have pressed for an independent inspector general with power to investigate both the distribution of funds and the efficiency of government programs. Failing that, they want to see more resources put into internal auditing of government accounts, which they say is a basic tenet of sound fiscal management. “It’s the rough equivalent of you looking over your check register and your charge accounts every month,” Bostwick said. Without an internal-audit function, “there is no systematic evaluation,” he said. “The bottom line is, we just don’t know [whether government funds are going where they should], and we haven’t known for a long time,” Bostwick said. When comparing Arlington to government entities (state, local, university and health-care) of similar size across the commonwealth, Wise estimates the local government – adding in the school system – should have an audit staff of about 10 people. “We essentially have nobody watching out for our dollars,” said Wise, who also serves as president of the Arlington County Taxpayers Association. Despite their concerns, the trio praised Michelle Cowan, the county government’s director of management and finance, for her openness to Civic Federation concerns. Cowan acknowledged that “significant budget and staff reductions” in 2010-11 had an impact on audits, as her office lost

two auditor positions. “While the internal-audit function was never fully eliminated – contractor funding and a portion of staff time remained dedicated to the effort – [County Manager Barbara Donnellan] made it a priority over the last year to increase and bolster the function,” Cowan said. The result has been the return of one position and more funding for contract services. “We view these initial efforts as a starting point, and expect that it will evolve and grow over the next few years,” Cowan said. Not everyone at the May 6 meeting was so sure the angst about the size of the internal-audit staff was warranted. Terri Prell, who chairs the federation’s executive committee, said the added expense of more county staff may not be worth it, unless serious concerns were identified. “There has been no sign that there is anything wrong,” she said. But Jackie Snelling, who heads the organization’s public-services committee, voiced concern that a perceived lack of oversight might lead to problems that otherwise wouldn’t occur. “It’s the equivalent of having a computer without virus protection,” she said of the current situation. “You are creating a vulnerability.” Neighboring Fairfax County has both an inspector general (called the auditor to the Board of Supervisors) and an internalaudit staff, with separately defined functions. Fairfax officials said the offices pay for themselves by catching program inefficiencies and errors in accounting. “If we had both, that would be ideal,” said Sundburg. “But you’ve got to crawl before you can run. Right now, we have nothing.” As part of the fiscal 2015 budget process, County Board members directed Donnellan to look at the overall issue and report back in the fall. “Our objective is to have an audit function that strengthens county operations and minimizes risk and fraud through the systematic evaluation of operations and internal controls,” Cowan said.

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The annual Turtle Trot 5K race, designed to raise funds to support the Arlington County government’s turtleand wildlife-rehabilitation efforts, will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at Lower Bluemont Park, 329 North Manchester St. After the race, there will be real-life turtle races. The cost is $30 for adults and teens, $15 for children 12 and under. For information, see the Web site at and search for “Turtle Trot,” or call Cliff Fairweather at (703) 228-6535.

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Officials: New SuperStop Designs Cheaper, Better ORRIN KONHEIM For the Sun Gazette

Arlington officials say changes to the design of their so-called SuperStops on Columbia Pike will cut costs by 40 percent while still providing the functionality needed for a new-generation transit system in the corridor. With the redesign, county officials were able to shave about $8 million from the initial estimated cost of the project, bringing it down to $12.4 million. The scaled-back design still won’t be cheap: What originally were derided as “million-dollar bus stops” (even if the prototype didn’t actually cost that much) likely will still be nearly half-million-dollar stops under the latest incarnation. To make sure there are no more fiscal time bombs or public-relations black eyes down the road, county officials have built in a 30-percent contingency to the estimate. In a media briefing last week, county officials said the costs are competitive with

similar transit stops across the country, and that by taking over sole management of the project rather than sharing it with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Arlington transportation officials will be able to keep careful tabs on expenses. County transportation director Dennis Leach said the goal for the nearly two dozen proposed shelters remains the same: to provide “weather protection, comfortable waiting environments and real-time information” to riders, whether they are waiting for buses or, if it gets built, the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar system. The new design lowers the angle of the canopy to a 1.5-degree slant (down from 10 degrees), lowers the roof by 3 feet and extends a larger cover to allow more people to be protected from the elements. After the cost of the prototype station – located on Columbia Pike near South George Mason Drive – won local, national and even international derision in the spring of 2013, County Manager Barbara

Donnellan called a time-out. County officials worked with Parsons Transportation Group to come up with a cheaper and, they say, ultimately better design. “There were technical issues that we were able to identify that have been addressed, and those were among the lessons learned. And certainly, lowering the canopy, lowering the angle of the canopy and simplifying the design will help continue to reduce costs,” said Stephen Del Giudice, Arlington transit bureau chief of the county government’s Department of Environmental Services. Del Guidice said the multiple models considered as part of the redesign were helpful. “We ended up learning from that process and incorporating various ideas in what became the final product,” he said. A modular design will allow for use of standardized components that can be scaled up or down to meet four different station models that will be used along the corridor, based on sidewalk conditions and ridership size.

Slightly more than half the $12.4 million cost will be picked up by the federal government through various grant programs, with 14 percent coming from state funds, 28 percent from the county government’s transportation fund and about 6 percent coming from the county’s general fund. The SuperStops are viewed by government officials as a precursor to construction of the streetcar line running from Pentagon City west to Skyline. Once seen as a sure bet, the $300-plusmillion streetcar proposal looks increasingly imperiled by community opposition. The election of independent John Vihstadt to the County Board over Democrat Alan Howze in early April was seen by some as a vote of no-confidence in the county government’s spending priorities, and a number of prominent Democratic elected officials and candidates in the past few weeks have called for a community referendum on the entire project. Howze is among those calling for a referendum, although he continues to support the plan.

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Cutting the cost may not end the debate over the high-tech “SuperStops” along Columbia Pike. “I’m sure some people will not be happy,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said, even though the cost of the transit

stops has been trimmed following public outcry over a prototype that cost nearly a million dollars, earning derision locally, nationally and even internationally. County officials on May 6 detailed scaled-down designs they plan to use, cutting the overall cost of the project from more than $20 million to about $12.4 million and knocking the price tag of individ-

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ual stations to about $470,000, including construction contingencies. That’s about half the cost of the prototype, which opened in March 2013 near the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive. The gleaming waiting facility has become something of a tourist attraction among those wondering how a local government could spend so much on

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a bus shelter that, critics contend, doesn’t provide much shelter. Speaking to Arlington Democrats, Fisette acknowledged – without using the word – that the planning process for the SuperStops had been a boondoggle. “That original design by committee was not functional,” he said. But he defended the intent: Fisette said bus stops designed to accommodate 250 to 1,000 riders per day, as the Columbia Pike ones will, are “a very different animal” from stops designed for far fewer people. He said the revised costs compare favorably to similar shelters in other parts of the country. Design of the two dozen upscale bus shelters was a joint project of the county government and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Last year, as part of what then was a virtual one-woman campaign against the Columbia Pike streetcar project, County Board member Libby Garvey blasted the bloated costs involved, and then the media picked up the story and ran with it. Even RT, a television network backed by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin and more than happy to tweak the U.S., sent a crew out to mock the shelter. While the cost of the prototype station didn’t exactly reach the seven-figure mark, and included a lot of costs associated with its being the prototype, the Walter Reed facility became known as the “million-dollar bus stop.” Fisette said officials got the message. “We heard everybody,” he said. “The next [bus stop] will not cost anywhere near that.” County officials say the enhanced stops are a necessary precursor to adding a transit line down Columbia Pike. But boosters of the streetcar proposal have been playing defense for months, and the election of John Vihstadt to the County Board was seen as a ringing denunciation of the streetcar concept. The Democratic establishment seems to Continued on Page 28

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n The following Arlington students have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society: Eric Quinn was initiated as Northern Arizona University and Alexandra Schaerrer, Derek Schappert, Lucia Claster and Henry Bosco were initiated at George Mason University.

Anabel Montano of Arlington, a member of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College, was awarded the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution award at the Staunton Military Academy Reunion Weekend. The award and stipend are presented to a senior in the upper 25 percent of her graduating class, who will seek a military commission after graduation. n

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n Five Arlington Public Schools students have been named recipients of $2,500 scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Elena Amparo and James Hughes of Washington-Lee High School, Joseph Orttung of Yorktown High School and Hannah Hauptman and Caroline Pepin-Woods of the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program are among 2,500 students from across the nation to receive the scholarship funds. They were chosen from approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists from each state were judged by a combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.

Nearly two dozen Arlington Public Schools students have been selected to attend statewide Governor’s Schools or Foreign Language Academies. Students had to apply and go through a highly competitive process. Students applying for the visual and performing arts program were also required to complete an arts audition at the district level. Then candidates moved on to compete at the state level. Students selected to participate in the programs include: • H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program: Rachel Branman (mathematics, science and technology), Salome Gongadze (humanities), Olivia Prosak (medicine and health sciences), Olivia Taylor (instrumental music), Amanda Hayes (Latin). • Wakefield High School: Aidan Farley (instrumental music). • Washington-Lee High School: Matias Moreno (mathematics, science and technology); Abigail Han (agriculture), Patrick Odlum (mathematics, science and technology), Marie Serifs (agriculture), Claire Spaulding (humanities), Samuel Grimmelbein (Latin), Sasha Volodin (mathematics, science and technology), Francesca Adamski (Japanese), Lydia Cawley (Latin), Emily Person-Beck (Spanish). • Yorktown High School: Emily Burke (humanities), Nicholas Varley (mathematics, science and technology), Jungyoon Hong (visual arts), Warren McQueary (theater), David Constine (French), Katherine Maleckar (Latin) and Patrick Muln

lins (Latin). Nicholas Reeves of Washington-Lee High School has been selected as an alternate (French). n Charlotte Maskelony, a student at Washington-Lee High School, was selected for the American Choral Directors Southern Division Regional Honors Chorus, which recently rehearsed and performed in Jacksonville, Fla. Singer were selected by audition from schools in 11 Southern states. n Wakefield High School students Alfonso Marino, Rebeca Mercado-Rios, Gabrielle Villegas and Alex Hendel qualified for the Governor’s Challenge in Economics Competition, held recently at Virginia Commonwealth University. The team was among 14 from Virginia competing it macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economics. n Barrett Elementary School teacher Joshua McLaughlin was selected to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. McLaughlin was given the award in a surprise presentation in front of students, faculty and Superintendent Patrick Murphy. Barrett teacher Laurie Sullivan nominated McLaughlin for the award. In her nomination Sullivan said of McLaughlin, “Josh takes risks in the classroom and is willing to learn about and try new instructional approaches that might improve the achievement of his students. Rather than getting caught up in theory, he focuses instead on putting new ideas into practice, reflecting on the results and keeping what works.” Statewide winners are selected by a panel of judges based on the strength and qualities exemplified by the nominee. Each of the eight winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize from the Virginia Lottery, and a $2,000 classroom supply credit from The Supply Room Companies. Lottery officials received more than 1,300 nominations statewide and more than 230 from Northern Virginia. The Arlington school system received more than $4.2 million in lottery profits for K-12 education in fiscal 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, according to school officials.

Garrett Cavanaugh, the son of Patrick Cavanaugh and Alison LeMaster of Arlington; Thomas Kim, the son of Richard and Un Hui Kim of Arlington; Jessica Neupane, the daughter of Ram and Goma Neupane of Arlington; and Erik Wagner, the son of Karl Wagner of Arlington have been named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Randolph-Macon Academy. n

n Northern Virginia Community College has earned the No. 2 spot in a ranking of “digital community colleges” by the Center for Digital Education. The survey examined digital and emerging technologies, such as the use of mobile devices and technological integration into the curriculum, and the availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.

For his efforts to address school-crowding issues, improve graduation rates and address disparity in student achievement, Arlington Public Schools’ Superintendent Patrick Murphy was named Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Murphy was honored at a dinner that was held as part of the organization’s annual conference, held May 6 in Roanoke. “Pat Murphy has demonstrated inspira-

tional leadership in reducing the achievement gap among the students in his school division,” said Alan Seibert, president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. “What is particularly remarkable about Pat’s accomplishments is that he did these things in six years under severe budget pressure with a 26-percent growth rate in Arlington’s student enrollment.” Murphy was selected from among eight regional finalists by a panel that included

the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the leaders of seven Virginia education organizations. Murphy was tapped as Arlington’s superintendent in 2009, after serving in various capacities in Fairfax County Public Schools. As Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year, Murphy will be eligible for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, which will be presented in San Diego next

February by the American Association of School Administrators. Other finalists for Virginia Superintendent of the Year were William David Clark, Dinwiddie County; James Roberts, Chesapeake City; Mark Jones, King William County; Scott Kizner, Harrisonburg City; Anthony Brads, Botetourt City; Mark Lineburg, Bristol City; and Betty “B.J.” Brewer, Amelia County. – Scott McCaffrey

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Parents of Local Gymnasts Upset at Increase in Costs SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

County Board members say they will look into the matter, but offered no specific assurances they might consider rolling back big increases in fees paid by the parents of some members of the Arlington Aerials gymnastics team. Starting July 1, the fee for members of the team who come from outside Arlington will see a 50-percent surcharge over incounty rates, up from the existing surcharge of 15 percent. Backers of the Aerials say it is likely to push some parents, who already pay up to $5,000 a year for their children to participate, out of the program. “We were stunned” upon hearing of the new fee schedule, said Einar Olsen, who spoke at the May 10 County Board meeting to ask for help in rolling back the fee increases or phasing them in over multiple

years. “The new fees will force many gymnasts from the team,” said Olsen, as some of the 130 members of the gymnastics team looked on plaintively. The squad, with members ranging in age from 6 to 18, practices at the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center, which has become like a second home to the youth, Olsen said. Supporters of the squad say the fees paid to the county cover 100 percent of the government’s costs, intimating that their pockets are being picked under the new proposal. Like most jurisdictions, Arlington has a two-tier fee schedule for many recreation programs, with those living outside the county paying more, often substantially more. The annual fee to use community fitness centers is $195 for county residents, $558

for non-residents. Non-residents pay surcharges of 50 percent for summer camps, and also pay significantly more than county residents for use of aquatics centers (which are run by the school system). The proposed increase for participation in the Aerials program was included in a list of fee changes released to the public back in February, County Board Manager Barbara Donnellan said. That is true, but it was phrased nebulously enough that nobody from the Arlington Aerials Parents, a group that supports the gymnasts, caught it. “This did not get a lot of attention,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette acknowledged. County Board Vice Chairman Mary Hynes said one lesson was to provide more outreach when fees are proposed to increase. “It’s good practice . . . [to] make sure that information goes out,” she said.

Donnellan said Jane Rudolph, the county government’s director of parks and recreation, has been working to standardize out-of-county surcharges across programs. New County Board member John Vihstadt asked for the methodology being used, and suggested that grandfathering in existing gymnasts or phasing in the increase might be warranted. “That would give everybody a little more predictability to plan ahead,” Vihstadt said. Like many of the county’s parks programs, gymnastics is swamped with demand that outstrips supply. Donnellan told board members her staff was looking at options to expand it, either at Barcroft or other facilities. “This is something parks has been actively looking at,” she said. “I don’t have a specific solution. There’s an awful lot of complexity.”

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face facts: Fotomat is gone for good and just isn’t coming back. And the Arlington zoning ordinance is about to be updated to reflect the changing world. “Film processing kiosk” is among the zoning classifications that are being removed from the zoning ordinance because they represent “archaic” uses, a county official told members of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s government affairs and economic development committee at a recent meeting. Other uses being phased out include “tourist homes” and “draying.” Those under a certain age will not re-

member the iconic Fotomat kiosks, which from the 1960s through the early 1980s could be found in parking lots of shopping centers and supermarkets across the country. People would drop off their film – remember “film”? – to be processed, returning the next day to pick up the finished prints. The advent of one-hour film processing done by drug-store chains and specialty shops, followed by the arrival of digital cameras, doomed the operation to obsolescence, although some of the stand-alone huts have been converted into other uses. Update of the county’s zoning ordinance is being undertaken in phases. For

information, see the county government Web site at and search “zoning update.” CHAMBER MOVES PAST 50-YARD LINE IN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: The Arlington

Chamber of Commerce has surpassed the halfway mark in its annual Opportunity Works capital campaign. The business organization has raised $142,886 toward a goal of $275,000 as part of the campaign, Chamber officials announced May 7. The top individual producers to date have been Sonia Johnston, John Marshall Bank ($13,106); David Isaacson, TMI ($11,540); and attorney Barbara Nicastro ($10,446). The capital campaign is expected to run through the end of June. It is being sponsored by Liberty Center, a development project of the Shooshan Co.


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ROBBERY: n On April 28 at 9:30 a.m., a man was robbed in the 500 block of South Eads Street. His wallet and a passport were taken. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 40s, 180 pounds. n On May 3 at 8:42 p.m., a woman had her purse snatched in the lobby of a hotel in the 1900 block of South Jefferson Davis Highway. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s, 5’6”, 134 pounds. MALICIOUS WOUNDING: n On May 6 at 1:12 a.m., a man described by police as extremely intoxicated was kicked out of a bar in the 3100 block of Clarendon Boulevard, then became entangled in an altercation with two individuals in an adjacent courtyard. During the incident, the victim was stabbed in the chest. He was transported to George Washington Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The suspects are described as a black male, 5’10”, and a white male, 5’8”, with a medium build. n On May 6 at 6:06 p.m., a woman struck her neighbor with a baseball bat during an altercation in the 2400 block of South Lowell Street. According to police, the victim’s young children disarmed the suspect, then began hitting her with the bat. Police arrived on the scene to find both women lying on the ground with injuries; each was transported to the hospital. The first woman, 27-year-old Kendra Owens of Arlington, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, according to police.

Arlington Chamber of Commerce has sponsorship opportunities available for the annual State of the County breakfast, planned for Tuesday, June 24. At the event, County Board Chairman Jay Fisette will present an overview of the economic and development situation in Arlington. For sponsorship opportunities, call (703) 525-2400 or see the Web site at www. CHAMBER ADDS NEW MEMBERS: The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new members (principal contact points in parentheses): Nostalgia Baskets (Elena Yearly); Arlington Free Clinic (Jody Steiner Kelly); Brightstar Care of Arlington (Reem Aloul); Seth Kutner, Liberty Mutual Insurance; Silverback Strategies (Allyson Cochran); Net Results (Larry Rosenbaum); Washington Redskins (Reagan Sims); Joseph Fimple, T-Mobile; and Cruises One (Trinita Brown).

ABDUCTION/ INTENT TO DEFILE: n On May 4 at 6 a.m., an individual reportedly pulled a woman into his vehicle and assaulted her in the 3400 block of South Utah Street. The victim was able to fight off her attacker and run to safety. The suspect, who fled in a white fourdoor sedan, is described as a white male, in his 40s, with brown hair and a goatee. BRANDISHING: n On May 1 at 8:30 p.m., an individual allegedly brandished a firearm and made threatening remarks to a man in the 3200 block of 24th Street South. After a witness called police, the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 40s, approximately 5’10” and 240 pounds. INDECENT EXPOSURE: n On May 6 at 8:01 p.m., an individual witnessed a man expose himself and urinate on the sidewalk in front of an office building in the 4600 block of Fairfax Drive. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 40s, approximately 6 feet tall and 240 pounds. BURGLARY: n On April 30 at 7:45 a.m., an individual reportedly stole several bottles of wine from a restaurant in the 3000 block of Clarendon Boulevard. The suspect was confronted by a stores employee, and then fled. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s, 5’2” with a medium build. n On April 30 between 8 a.m. ad 4:30 p.m., a home in the 5300 block of 2nd Street North was burglarized. Cash and electronics were among the items taken. n On May 1 between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., a home in the 4400 block of 7th Street North was burglarized. Cash and electronics were among the items taken. n On May 4 between 3:10 p.m. and 6:44 p.m., a home in the 700 block of 26th Street South was burglarized. Entry was gained by smashing the glass of a door.

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how get additional bonding capacity from the county?” Simon asked. Short answer from staff: Yes, but even if the county government agreed to let the school system jump the line, those earlier bond sales would lead to a bigger budget crunch for the school system. Simon, sporting a Mona Lisa-esque smile that masked whether he was being serious or not, had an answer for that: “The county could provide us more money for our operating budget,” he said. But with Arlington Public Schools already spending more per student than any school district in the local area, and with the county government currently under siege from the public over its perceived gold-plated spending, more cash for schools is an unlikely scenario. For the most part, Arlington has managed to avoid the political blood-sport between elected officials (city council and board of supervisors members) and elected School Board members that has developed in jurisdictions across Northern Virginia. But with Arlington’s student population expected to rise from the current 23,000 to an estimated 30,000 or more, and with a current per-student cost of about $19,000 (40 percent higher than in neighboring Fairfax County), something is going to have to give. “It’s not going to work with the revenue we’re getting now,” School Board Chairman Abby Raphael said near the end of a long night of discussion. But Raphael and her board colleagues don’t have the final say, since Virginia law prohibits School Boards from having independent taxing authority. Arlington’s school system relies on the County Board for about 80 percent of its funding, and County Board members are contending with an electorate that is increasingly aggressive in its criticism of the county’s spending policies and tax burden.

Continued from Page 1 in a sense has gotten lucky: an environment of low interest rates has allowed school officials to build more and accrue debt without being handcuffed by massive annual bills to repay it. Like a conventional home mortgage, the school system locks in interest rates when it borrows money, so an expected upward drift in interest rates as part of the economic rebound won’t impact the cost of debt already sold. But, as those attempting to purchase homes know, rising interest rates can lead to higher payments for future debt. Murphy’s capital-spending plan is essentially a wish list for the next decade. He is seeking a new elementary school at an undesignated site in South Arlington; an urban-style secondary school in Rosslyn; an addition to Washington-Lee High School; and development of unused space on the large Arlington Career Center parcel just north of Columbia Pike. School Board members are slated to adopt their own version of the capital plan by summer, and voters likely will be asked in November to approve bonds that will start the ball rolling in its implementation. During a lengthy discussing that followed the staff presentation, School Board members wondered aloud if there were ways to get around the debt-service limitations. School Board member Noah Simon suggested that the school system’s burden could be eased if the county government would defer some of its own planned projects and allow the school system to use that excess debt capacity. “Could projects be moved up, could they be quicker, if we were able to some-

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Arlington school officials found themselves on the defensive May 8, besieged by parents angry over proposed changes in how the school district supports students with autism. Those parents used the School Board’s budget hearing to attack the proposed changes and demand that funding be restored to maintain the number of teacher aides currently on hand to help their children. “We’ve got something successful,” parent Gordon Whitman said of the existing support network for students with autism. “They work together as a team. Let’s not do harm to what we have.” Julia Paley, who also spoke out, voiced concerns that the proposed changes would “cripple the program.” Parents organized after school officials announced plans to shave about $270,000 from next year’s budget by cutting the number of staff allocated to assist students with autism. Seven of the 12 staff positions to help middle-school and high-school students participate in mainstream classrooms are on the chopping block. “My daughter just couldn’t make it without these assistants in her classes,


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The African-American Leadership Council of Arlington will host a debate among contenders for the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives seat on Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The event will be moderated by Christian Dorsey. The 10 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination have been invited, as has Republican nominee Micah Edmond. The church is located at 3500 19th St.

South. The African-American Leadership Council was founded in 2007 as a grassroots organization consisting of civic and religious leaders, community activists, business leaders and elected officials. Participating religious organizations include Calloway United Methodist Church, Lomax AME Zion Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mount Salvation Baptist Church and St. John’s Baptist Church.


yet to get the message,” Wise sniffed. Democrat Alan Howze, who saw his County Board bid dashed by the electorate’s anger over big-ticket capital projects, called the revamped design “a step in the right direction, but it is not enough.” Howze, who will face off against Vihstadt again in November, has moved aggressively in the weeks since the special election to focus on fiscal responsibility on big-ticket projects. “Arlington residents need to have confidence that they are getting the best value – whether it is local, state or federal funds,” he said, endorsing a call by the Arlington County Civic Federation for a stronger internal-audit function in county government. Howze is among those calling for a referendum on the streetcar, although he continues to support the project in principle. While the county government appears ready to move forward with the new busstop plan, a final shoe has yet to drop. An independent consulting firm has been reviewing a decade’s worth of project costs. Its work is not yet complete, county officials said.

Continued from Page 22 be splintering over the issue, with a number of Democratic elected officials calling for a countywide referendum to determine the fate of the $300-plus-million proposal. County Treasure Frank O’Leary and Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy on May 7 became the latest to endorse that idea. Fisette’s explanation of the factors behind the cost of the bus stops won the support of Lowell Feld, who runs the far-left Blue Virginia political blog. “[O]nce you actually look at the facts, the SuperStops not only don’t look like some sort of boondoggle that the Fox News crowd loves to lambaste; they actually look like a bargain,” he said. But Tim Wise, president of the Arlington County Taxpayers Association, countered that the cost remained exorbitant. “[If the] program has been reduced by all of 40 percent, the answer seems to be that four of the five board members have

Marriage Continued from Page 12 ing the first three years. The survey, by the Williams Institute, says a same-sex-marriage boom could bring in $3 million in tax dollars to state and local coffers and create 450 to 600 new jobs over the first three years.

Democrats Continued from Page 16 ment. “A referendum forces both sides of this debate to take their case to the voters.” O’Leary said that failing to make a course-correction on the issue would be senseless. “We cannot keep doing what we are doing and expect a cessation of hostilities, let

Reading Continued from Page 1 organization. Since its establishment, The Reading Connection has enriched the lives of 15,000 at-risk youth and has given out nearly 100,000 new books to instill a love of reading. Last year, the organization’s reach was 1,400 students, who were the recipients of

The study “shows that all Virginians would benefit from marriage equality,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia. When Virginia voters were asked to prohibit same-sex marriage through a constitutional amendment in 2006, more than 57 percent voted in favor. In Arlington, however, 74 percent voted against the prohibition, according to state election results. alone a peaceful resolution,” he said. “Instead, we must strike a new course – one that reflects the will of the people of Arlington.” With a potential turnout of 80,000 voters in November, nearly four times the total who cast ballots in the special election, having the streetcar project on the ballot “allows us the opportunity of thoroughly exploring the costs and benefits of this proposed project and settling the question in such a way that it will never need to be addressed again,” O’Leary said. 12,000 new books. To honor the organization’s 25th anniversary, Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) patroned a General Assembly resolution honoring the group’s work and the businesses, residents, foundations and volunteers who support it. The resolution notes the legislature’s “admiration for the organization’s commitment to enriching the lives of children and families” throughout the local area.

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Once again, even after some earlyseason struggles and not having their usual home field, the Bishop O’Connell Knights are in a familiar place. The girls high school softball team was the top seed SOFTBALL entering the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament and had a 2-0 record in the competition entering the championship game on May 12. O’Connell (17-4) routed St. John’s, 15-0, in the first round and downed Good Counsel, 13-5, in the semifinals to up its winning streak to 12. The title game was played after the Sun Gazette’s deadline. For details about that game, visit O’Connell has won the past 10 WCAC tournament titles and was the top seed in in nearly each of those seasons. In the first-round win over St. John’s, the Knights had 14 hits. Maggie Goldsmith had three hits and five RBI, Shannon Murphy had two hits and four RBI, Amanda Ehlers had three hits and an RBI, and Kayla Turner and Olivia Giaquinto each had two hits. Erin Sweeney and Giaquinto combined for a no-hitter in the five-inning contest, with Sweeney getting the win. Both fanned three and did not walk a

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batter. Against Good Counsel in the semifinal, O’Connell had eight hits and took

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Against Ryken, WCAC Player of the Year Rafi Vazquez threw a complete game, four-hitter, fanning eight. Offensively, Myles Hudzick went 3 for 4, including a solo home run. O’Connell had an eight-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted by sophomore outfielder Austin Kunde’s grand slam. Patrick Ryan and Vazquez each had a pair of hits in the game. O’Connell lost to Good Counsel, 1-0, getting only three hits. Junior Brian Murray pitched well in defeat, according to O’Connell coach Kyle Padgett. He threw a complete game, striking out seven and allowing just three hits. The Knights won games two and three

by 4-2 and 10-2 scores. Sophomore lefty Corey Burch went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits in the 4-2 win. Offensively, the Knights were led by Austin Kunde and Drew Tessier, who each had a pair of hits and a double. Vazquez added a big twoout RBI double in the top of the seventh to provide O’Connell with an insurance run. In the deciding 10-2 win, senior Hayden Basse kept the strong O’Connell playoff pitching going with another complete game (the team’s fourth in a row), allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six. Continued on Page 30

Very few players wear their baseball socks high anymore, instead breaking with tradition by opting for a less appealing and far less colorful long-pants look. As for pitchers, complete games, especially on the professional level, are becoming about as rare as hitting for the cycle. A quality start for a nine-inning game is now considered six or seven innings, and four or five for seveninning contests. Plus, a strict pitch-count paranoia that so many now follow has resulted in an effort to prevent are injuries. Yet, pitchers’ arms on all age-levels have become weaker, more fragile and tender than ever. So how’s that working out? Then there is the horrible new look to some of those once pretty infields, at least on the amateur level. The overseers of more and more fields have replaced the traditional skinned portion of infields by having only dirt cutouts around the three bases. Meaning, there is much more infield grass on those diamonds. The reason for the switch is all about upkeep. With less dirt to rake and drag, plus to dry when it rains, field maintenance is easier. By raking around each base a bit, infields are ready to go. With more grass and less dirt, games can be played in wet conditions than otherwise could not. So there are advantages to the cutouts. But the nontradtional look stinks and leaves a bizarre image. Here’s another issue with having more grass on the infields. Worn spots where the four infielders stand, shuffle their feet and creep during games and practices start appearing, often quickly. When the weather is wet, which certainly has been the case this spring, those worn spots become bigger and grow faster and wider. Once that happens, an ugly and torn green/brown/tan polka-dot look results on many of those infields, leaving an additional four dirt spots along with the three cutouts. Our national pastime has become a different looking game.

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The most successful baseball season in a number of years continues for the Bishop O’Connell Knights this week. The Knights (16-13) reached the best-of-three championship series of the CathoBASEBALL Washington lic Athletic Association Tournament, where they lost to top seed St. John’s in two games. O’Connell lost by scores of 3-0 and 16-0. O’Connell reached the high school final by blanking St. Mary’s Ryken, 9-0, in a single quarterfinal game, then defeating Good Counsel, two-games-to-one, in a best-of-three semifinal series.

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High School Roundup WASHINGTON-LEE BOYS SOCCER UNBEATEN IN DISTRICT: The Washington-Lee Generals (11-0-3) remained

unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over the Mount Vernon Majors in the rain last week, then they played Centreville to a scoreless tie. With the win, W-L finished atop the National District standings with a 4-0-2 record and five shutouts. Against Mount Vernon, Michael Katz and Maycol Nunez scored the goals and both had assists. Defenders Tim Collins, Jacob Campbell, Noah Goodkind and Moussa Dia led the shutout. Only 17 minutes into the game, lightning caused the game to be delayed for a few minutes. With 23 minutes left in the first half, the Generals were able to take advantage of the rainy weather and score off a low driven corner that was tapped in for the 1-0 lead. Then, 15 minutes later, Katz scored, making the lead 2-0 at halftime. After 15 minutes into the second half, the game was called because of dangerous playing conditions. Against Centreville, the same players led the defense. The Generals were unable to capitalize on a penalty kick given in the first 30 seconds of the game. The game continued, as both teams had many attempts at goal and about equal possession of the ball. YORKTOWN GIRLS TENNIS WINS DISTRICT: The York-

town Patriots wrapped up the regular season with a 12-2 record. The team went undefeated in the National District. The two losses were to Langley and McLean. Yorktown has earned the No. 3 seed in the Liberty Conference competition. Yorktown’s No. 1 singles player, freshman Valerie Marshall, finished the regular season with a 11-1 record, and senior captain Olivia Tate finished in the No. 2 spot with a 9-2 mark. Rounding out the top six were senior captain Zoe Dormuth (7-4), finishing her fourth year on the team at No. 3, sophomore Rachael Cooper at No. 4 with a 12-2 record, junior Lexi Peck at No. 5 with a 13-1 mark, and sophomore Charlotte Ruffing at No. 6. A number of players stepped in to play singles and doubles, including sophomore Sammie Cooper, junior Caitlyn Van Kirk, freshman Bianca Bethancourt and junior Katherine Piper. Team members who made contributions in doubles included Ellen Nye, Caroline Coleman, Lauren Walters, Michelle Terrazas, Reed Erickson, Isabelle Foley and Allison Criswell. TRACK & FIELD: The Washington-Lee Generals placed fourth with 61 points at the Nike Invitational at South Lakes High School. Leading W-L were individual winners Sarah Angell in the 1,600-meters (4:56.09), Sarah Sears in the 3,200 (11:04.16) and Kela Seals in the long jump (17-81/4). Angell was fourth in the 800. Ellia Panagiotopolous was second in the discus and


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ters. The Knights scored four runs in the second inning, five in the third and two each in the fourth and fifth. Sweeney was the winning pitcher and added a pair of doubles and two RBI. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter in five innings. Also, Ehlers had a hit and two RBI, aMurphy had a hit and two RBI, and

Baseball Continued from Page 29 Good Counsel scored two runs on

com/sports/arlington/. H-B WOODLAWN TEAMS WIN ULTIMATE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The H-B Woodlawn girls and boys Ul-

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third in the shot put, D’Wannisha Wilson was fourth in the shot, Jordan Selby was fourth in the 1,600, Kathryn Eng was fifth in the 3,200, and Janel Moore was fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100. n Yorktown High School junior Kelly Hart won the girls 800-meter race in 2:22.57 at the T.C. Williams Invitational meet. Yorktown sophomore Sophie Banchoff was second in 2:30.03. BASEBALL ROUNDUP: The Washington-Lee Generals (9-9) earned their first shutout of the season and Yorktown Patriots (7-10) snapped a six-game losing streak with victories in recent baseball action. Washington-Lee nipped the visiting McLean Highlanders, 1-0, on May 10 as senior right-hander James Mellin pitched a three-hit shutout. He struck out three. Chris Seymour had two hits for W-L and Teddy Herbert drove in the one run. The Generals lost to Fairfax, 9-2, the night before. On May 9, Yorktown downed the visiting Hayfield Hawks, 13-4, as right-hander Graeme Fineman worked 42/3 innings to get the win. He struck out three, did not walk a batter and gave up seven hits. Karl Shepard pitched the rest of the game for Yorktown. Yorktown had 14 hits. Teddy Schroeder was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and four RBI. Joe DiConsiglio was 2 for 4 with an RBI, James Levenberg had two hits and second baseman Aaron Lee made an outstanding diving catch of a short fly ball. For more baseball highlights visit www.insidenova.

timate Frisbee teams won the recent open division of Virginia USA High School State Championships in Henrico County. Both teams went undefeated in the competition. The players for the girls team were Agnes Chang, Alex Gartner, Allison Hahn, Amanda Hayes, Anna Janetos, Camille Santiago, Christine DeRieux, Emma Snead, Emily Sutherland, Hannah Hauptman, Maddy Boyle, Madeliene Preiss, Margaret Atkinson, Melissa Joskow, Olivia Prosak and Sarah Bluestein. Jacob Nuxoll was the coach. The players for the boys were Chris Arthur, Johnny Bowman, Matthew Cleveland, Conner Fox, Bradley Gagelin, Seth Hage, Noah Harrington, Lars Hemmendinger, Will Hubbert, Andrew Mack, Evan McLean, Adam Norrbom, Gus Norrbom, Anthony Pill, Joe Sanz, Jack Schrider, Ted Sither, Matthew Straus and Owen Walker. The coaches were Jordan Albro and Cody Johnston.

YORKTOWN GIRLS LACROSSE: With a 15-3 win over

the Wakefield Warriors, followed by an 11-10 victory over South County, then a 10-8 triumph over South Lakes, the Yorktown Patriots improved to 10-2 and upped their winning streak to six. The Patriots, who have won four games by single goals and lost another by one goal, were hit hard by graduation and have a young roster, which includes just four seniors. “We are trying to overcome the struggle of being more of a second-half team,” Yorktown coach Crystal Fraser said. “So we’re working on making sure we play at our top level the entire game. One-goal differences are too close for comfort. However, it has shown us that our girls can dig deep when it counts and play with the drive and determination of mental toughness to win.” Yorktown’s top scorers are sophomore Kate Grattan with 36 goals and 14 assists, freshman Laura Crawford with 31 goals and 13 assists, and sophomore Emma Thurman with 25 goals and 10 assists. Thurman leads the team in draw controls and is one of the tops to gather ground balls, along with Crawford and senior captain Kristin Herbert. Thurman also leads the team in interceptions and caused turnovers. Another top player is junior Kristen Somers, who has committed to play at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has missed a lot of action with an injury. She had four assists and a goal against South Lakes. Margaret Doyle had two goals against South Lakes and one against South County. Yorktown’s top defenders have been junior goalie Erin Morrissey, sophomore Sissy Davis and Herbert. Davis could be lost for the rest of the season with an injury.

Hayley Metcalf had a hit and an RBI. O’Connell wrapped up 2014 regular-season play with a 10-game winning streak and won its final four contests by shutouts. But the Knights weren’t playing that well early in the season. Through nine games, O’Connell was a mediocre 5-4. Then the Knights got hot, their confidence and comfort zone improved, as a result, and they entered the post-season playing their best softball. “The thing about our players is they know how to win here, and they expect

to win,” said longtime O’Connell coach Tommy Orndorff, who had his gallbladder removed this season and missed a few games. “For a while, it looked like we might lose the most games ever in a season since I’ve been here.” O’Connell’s top pitchers are junior Sweeney and sophomore Giaquinto. Through the regular season, Sweeney was 13-4 with 98 strikeouts in 852/3 innings. The team’s top hitters through the regular season were junior Metcalf with a .463 average; Giaquinto with a .453 mark,

two home runs, three triples and 24 RBI; and junior Murphy with a .452 average. Another top hitter is senior Ehlers, with a .383 average and a team-best 29 RBI. Others are sophomore Anika Metcalf (.400), senior Goldsmith (.310), Sweeney (.294), and freshman Turner (.245). For more on O’Connell, visit NOTE: O’Connell has not been able to use its regular home field this season at Tuckahoe Park. The Knights have been playing home games at Larry Graves Park in Falls Church.

four hits in the top of the first. O’Connell answered in the bottom half with three runs. Hudzick led off with a double, followed by RBI hits from Patrick Ryan and Vazquez and a sacrifice fly from Tessier. O’Connell added five runs in the

fourth, led by a bases-loaded RBI single from junior outfielder Nick Meruvia, a two-run double from Murray, and a two-run single from Ryan. The Knights scored two more in the fifth to extend the lead to 10-2.

NOTES: Vazquez and Hudzick were chosen first team all-WCAC and Tessier and Ryan made second team. Burch was honorable mention . . . O’Connell is playing in the Division I state private-school tournament this week.


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The accolades were part of the Eliza- Latanja Thomas, center, was honored as Arlington Educators of the Year by the Arlington branch Washington-Lee High School music-departbeth Campbell Awards program, which of the American Association of University Women. She is shown with Meg Tuccillo and Sara An- ment chair and director of bands Alex Robinderson. son receives his award from Marjorie Hobart. was inaugurated in 1997 and named after a longtime civic leader and educator who about opera is to introduce it to children was a member of the Arlington AAUW. at an early age,” said Vivian Kallen, who Thomas was honored as Arlington Edubestowed the award. cator of the Year for efforts developing her “[The group’s supporters] have proved school’s GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math opera is for everyone,” Kallen said. and Science) club, and serving as a tireless The opera world is suffering from a deadvocate for gender equity to improve the clining audience base, but Miller said the lives of all students. local community could be convinced to “She is an advocate,” said Meg Tuccillo, support the genre. who presented the award. “She respects “Arlington is sophisticated and worldly the intellectual potential of all our young enough,” she said. “It warrants having a people. She will speak up.” resident opera company.” And, Tuccillo noted with a wry sense of “Our whole bent since the 1960s has humor, “she’s a little quirky,” a trait that is been to serve the community,” Miller said. not only beneficial but perhaps necessary “We are here to stay, and to change with to survive and thrive amid the age group the times. Help us stand strong – let’s keep she teaches. the arts and the enrichment it brings our “If you’ve ever had a middle-schooler, children.” you know it’s different from anything else,” Opera Nova was honored by the Arlington branch of the AAUW for its efforts to bring children The Arlington branch of the AAUW to enjoy the musical form. Shown from left are artistic director José Sacin, Miriam Miller, Vivian Tuccillo said. is celebrating its 70th anniversary, one of Thomas said that while “it’s really nice Kallen and David Ryan. many civic groups that got its start in the to be recognized,” she was a part of a team ington-Lee nearly three decades ago, the the music department’s upcoming salute to community during the population boom instrumental-music program had only George Gershwin, set for May 8. effort at the school. that occurred during the New Deal and Receiving the Elizabeth Campbell World War II eras. “I’m only as good as the people I’m sur- about 20 participants. Now, more than 200 take part. Award for Advancement of the Arts in rounded by,” she said. “As the county’s population swelled, “This is a music teacher who has in- Arlington was Opera Nova, represented by organizations such as AAUW grew,” said Thomas said that despite efforts to engage young girls in everything from science spired his students – and his students ex- board president Miriam Miller and board Sara Anderson, who is serving as president cel,” Hobart said. chairman David Ryan. to sports, barriers remain. of the Arlington branch this year. 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May 14, 1958: n All eight Arlington bond referendums on the ballot yesterday were approved by voters. n At a press conference, President Eisenhower sent mixed signals on whether he would send federal troops to Virginia to enforce integration of schools. n A pro-segregation group has applauded the appointment of Ray Reid as Arlington’s new superintendent. n Harvey Lampshire has announced plans to run for County Board. n State Sen. Charles Fenwick has been appointed to the board of visitors at the University of Virginia. n The Washington-Lee crew squad may travel to London to row in the Royal Henley Regatta. If so, it would be the first U.S. high school team to participate. May 16, 1966: n County Manager Bert Johnson has made a “last-ditch appeal” to County Board members, to adopt a 1-percent local sales tax. n Plans to almost double the amount of parking at National Airport have been unveiled by the FAA. n Wakefield’s Lucky Gant leads Northern Virginia high school players with a .409 batting average. n Wakefield’s boys tennis team battled to a 3-3 tie against Groveton. May 15, 1989: n The County Board has appointed Steven Ivins to the School Board. He will succeed Judy Connally. n Attorneys for some of the 39 prisoners on Virginia’s death row expect the pace of executions to pick up significantly over the next 12 months. n Tourism is down in D.C., with many Smithsonian museums seeing big drops and attendance down 59 percent at the Lincoln Memorial. n A Sun columnist says Channel 9’s Glenn Brenner is “far and away the best” sportscaster in the D.C. area. May 19, 1998: n William Donahue has been tapped as Arlington’s new county manager. n School Board members have approved a pilot program that will teach some immigrant students in Spanish part of the day. n At the movies: “Titanic,” “L.A. Confidential,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “He Got Game.”








































































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