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Vihstadt Handily Wins County Board Race Independent Breaks Democratic Monopoly
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Riding an apparent wave of voter discontent, independent John Vihstadt on Tuesday easily defeated Democrat Alan Howze to win the County Board seat vacated in February by Chris Zimmerman. With all precincts reporting by 8:30 p.m., Vihstadt won 57 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Howze. Turnout was about 16 percent of the county’s 137,000 active voters. When he is sworn in later this week, Vihstadt will become the first non-Democrat to sit on the County Board since 1999. Vihstadt ran as an independent with the backing of the Arlington County Republican Committee and Arlington Green Party, with a number of prominent Democrats also supporting him. The race was fought out on a host of issues, largely over whether Arlington should be spending money on big-ticket capital items such as the Columbia Pike streetcar and Long Bridge Park aquatics center. It was a rare defeat for county Democrats, and a moment of joy for those who have run uphill against
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The Arlington County Civic Federation has been in existence for 98 years, and for more than half that time – a solid half-century – Hershel Kanter has served as a delegate. For both his longevity and his role as a community leader, Kanter on April 4 was honored with the Sun Gazette Cup at the Civic Federation’s annual dinner, held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn. It was in 1964 that Kanter and his wife Ruth moved to Arlington, where each became active in the local community scene and with the Williamsburg Civic Association. Hershel Kanter long was active on the Civic Federation’s revenues and expenditures committee, using skills gleaned from a career in budgeting and analysis, and remains a fixture at monthly meetings. (Kanter noted that with Roye Lowry moving to the status of an honorary member a few years ago, he likely was now the most seasoned of citizens attending the meetings.) At the April 4 dinner, local developer and philanthropist John Shooshan used his time as keynoter to say that while Arlington is doing many things right, there was always room for improvement
in how the county and its residents address the massive growth and change that is taking place. “We’ve got so many things going for us,” he said, “but you can’t take it for granted. You’ve got to be careful you don’t get complacent. The glass is 90 percent full, but don’t let it start draining out.”
Shooshan, whose eponymous firm has created a billion dollars’ worth of development in Arlington, said the motives of developers often are viewed with suspicion by those in the community. “We’re often judged guilty until proven innocent,” he said. Continued on Page 22
Howze: 41% the party’s dominance for years. “The FBI has been called. The Arlington County Democratic Committee just filed a big missing-persons report – they are looking for their voters,” chortled Republican activist Wayne Kubicki as results piled in. Find updates at www.insidenova.com/news/arlington.
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Hershel Kanter (left) holds the Sun Gazette Cup, which he received April 4 at the annual dinner of the Arlington County Civic Federation. He is shown with keynote speaker John Shooshan and Civic Federation president Michael McMenanin.
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The Arlington County government has unveiled its new Fire Training Academy, a $4.9 million facility designed to give fire personnel real-world experience in techniques necessary to address an increasingly urban community. Located in the 2800 block of South Taylor Street in Shirlington, the facility features a sevenstory tower, sprinkler room and smoke generator in an effort to create realistic and challenging training scenarios, and brings training in-house where previously it was conducted in other jurisdictions. “The safety of our community is our highest priority,” County Manager Barbara Donnellan said. “The new tactical facility provides our first-responders with the most up-todate training possible to help keep our firefighters and community safe.”
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Special Olympics Hoops Tourney Showcases Talent of Players and Spirit of Marymount’s Students SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
It went into overtime and featured two of the day’s top competitors, but when the final buzzer sounded, the GMU Patriots edged Arlington Blue to win the senior-division championship of the 19th annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, held April 6 at Marymount University. The title game, held in the Verizon Sports Arena on the university’s main campus, was notable for one roaring comeback, multiple ties, pin-point shooting, a controversial call from the refs and a showdown between Darryl Gray of the Patriots and Geoffrey Beard of the Blue (which, despite the name, was clad in red and black). Tied at 15 at the end of three 6-minute quarters of play, the Patriots moved ahead 17-15, 19-15, 21-15 and then 23-15, benefiting from the height advantage and superior play of Gray. But with 2:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, Beard and the Blue staged a furious comeback that relied on ball-handling skills and long-range shooting. Beard hit two three-pointers in succession, helping to close the gap to 25-23 with 38 seconds to play, then stole the ball away from the Patriots only to be called for traveling. But Beard then got the ball back again and, with 6 seconds in regulation, netted a shot to tie the game at 25 as the crowd went wild. With GMU up 27-25 with less 22 seconds to go in overtime, Gray and Beard collided going for the ball. Blue got it back for one more comeback attempt, but turned the ball over and could only watch as the Patriots – clad in the green-and-gold uniforms of their sponsoring university – ran out the clock. It was a bittersweet moment for Beard, whose performance on the court was described by one of the announcers as “killer.” “But they won,” the 5’9” guard noted as he graciously posed for a photo with Gray. It wasn’t the only exciting game of the day: In the
Darryl Gray of the GMU Patriots and Geoffrey Beard of Arlington Blue were standouts in the championship senior-division game of the 19th annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament at Marymount University.
junior-division championship, the Loudoun County Fun Bunch defeated the Alexandria Titans in another nail-biter. More than 250 members of the campus community come together to support the annual tournament, said Meg Dalmut, who heads Marymount’s Office of Community Engagement. Those volunteers “leave excited, enthusiastic, ready to do more – with a sense of our solidarity as human beings,” Dalmut said. The commitment to volunteerism is “in the DNA of the school,” said Bernie Woolfley, a local coordinator for Special Olympics in Northern Virginia who oversees the tournament. “Every year, it’s so wonderful,” he said. “It’s the campus that does it; they do an exceptional job.” Basketball is one of 30 individual and team sports offered by Special Olympics Virginia, and offers opportunities for first-time players to more experienced. For information, see the Web site at www.novasova. org.
Action was intense as Arlington Blue took on the GMU Patriots at the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament.
A-SPAN Wraps Up Busy Season at Its Emergency Shelter
Most local residents are happy to see the ugly winter of 2013-14 fade into the history books, and perhaps none more so than the staff, volunteers and clients of the Arlington County government’s Emergency Winter Shelter. The shelter’s five-month season came to a close on April 1, after a season that included remaining open throughout the day (rather than just at night) 30 times due to inclement weather, compared to just eight times a year before. “We are grateful that we have the flexibility with Arlington County to stay open in potential-
ly life-threatening weather conditions, especially as this winter was so harsh,” said Kathleen Sibert, executive director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), which operates the Courthouse-area shelter under a contract. More than 450 individuals spent at least one night at the shelter during the 2013-14 winter season, and volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of service to augment the A-SPAN staff. Except on days when weather conditions require the shelter to be open throughout the day, its
usual operating hours are 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. During the 2013-14 season, the facility offered care from nurse practitioners four nights per week and a physician one night per week. Funding for the medical programs and related initiatives came from the Arlington Community Foundation and CareFirst. The county government has awarded construction funding in support of the new, year-round homeless-services facility, to be located two blocks south of the existing winter shelter and also to be operated by A-SPAN. Con-
Fire Works delivered donated food to clients and volunteers on the last night of operation of the Emergency Winter Shelter.
struction is expected to be completed sometime next winter, with the Emergency Winter Shelter
likely to open on Nov. 1 and remain open until the new center is operational.
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Saying the county government has enough cash on hand to absorb it without impacting services, delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation on April 1 voted to recommend a 3-cent-or-more cut in the real estate tax rate for 2014. The 23-11 vote called for reducing last year’s tax rate of $1.006 per $100 assessed valuation to 97.6 cents or lower. Even if the lower rate is adopted by the County Board, which appears unlikely, a typical household would see its real estate tax bill rise nearly $90 from a year before; if there is no change to the tax rate, it would rise more than $280. Supporters of the cut say the county government is accumulating cash that it doesn’t need, and can fully fund its billiondollar budget while still giving tax relief to property owners. “We just have to convey a message [to the government]: ‘Rein it in a little bit,’” said Larry Mayer, a former Civic Federation president whose Lyon Park neighborhood has seen double-digit assessment increases, which even with a cut in the tax
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tify what your needs are, and then address your revenues,” he said. Those pressing for a lower tax rate hadn’t done that, Scruggs said. Over the past decade, the tax bill for a typical residential parcel has risen more than 38 percent, from $4,023 in 2005 to an estimated $5,560 this year. The higher bill has been due to both a larger average assessed value (growing from $458,200 to $552,700 during the period) and higher tax rate (up from 87.8 cents to $1.006). “We always hear, ‘We have the lowest tax rate in the region’ – the lowest real estate tax rate doesn’t do much when you have the highest assessments,” said Tim Wise of the Arlington County Taxpayers Association, who introduced the resolution. The average real estate tax bill for Arlington homeowners is already the highest
in the region, and if costs continue to rise, “we’re all going to be moving somewhere,” Bostwick said. Pish-posh, countered delegate Kathryn Scruggs of the Alliance for Housing Solutions. She said the county’s location has made it a sought-after address, and residents are not fretting over a few extra tax dollars. “There’s plenty of people who want to come here and pay the taxes,” she said. County Board members have advertised a real estate tax rate of $1.006, which sets the upper limit for adoption. Board members can adopt a lower rate, although they have given no indication they might do so. The tax rate that is adopted in May will be retroactive to the start of the year; tax bills are payable in two equal installments in June and October.
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Opponents of the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar struck back at county officials April 2, critiquing the recently issued economic-impact study on the transit line as having been rigged from the start and making a number of inappropriate and faulty assumptions. “The consultant has collected its $100,000 fee by taking the county’s orders and doing the predicted whitewash of the County Board’s desired outcome,” said Peter Rousselot of Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit, which supports enhanced, modern bus service for the Pike corridor. “The losers are the county’s taxpayers,” who “paid for another worthless study,” Rousselot said in a statement. The economic analysis, released in late March, concluded that a streetcar would prove a far better economic boost than either the current Metrobus network trundling up and down the Pike or enhanced “bus-rapid transit” service proposed by some. Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit countered that the survey reports – but streetcar boosters fail to highlight – that rental rates will increase along the corridor if a streetcar arrives. HR&A Advisors, which did the study, reported that a 10-percent “rent premium” was likely in the corridor, on top of normal increases. “Shifting money from tenants to landlords is not an economic benefit to the community,” said Rousselot, a former Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman. While Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit formed to oppose the streetcar, the debate also resulted in the establishment of Arlington Streetcar Now, a group that supports the development of a streetcar network in the county and region. That group responded positively to the consultant’s report.
rate will result in higher tax bills. Opponents of the measure pressed supporters for specifics on what spending might have to be cut if the lower rate were adopted. Supporters shot back there would be no need to make any changes to County Manager Barbara Donnellan’s proposed budget, given the surplus that has accumulated in county coffers. “There won’t be any cuts – there’s plenty of cash available,” said Burton Bostwick, acting chairman of the federation’s revenues and expenditures committee. “It would be relatively easy for the County Board to adopt a net decrease [in the tax rate] of 3 percent.” Not everyone came away satisfied. Max Scruggs, a federation delegate, said the process was backward. When budgeting, “you need to iden-
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A SUGGESTION TO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, who are grappling with larger numbers of residents wanting to speak during “public-comment time” near the start of board meetings. Currently, board members allot a maximum of 30 minutes to hear speakers in three-minute increments. By our public-school math, that equates to 10 speakers. Last Thursday, there were more than that number wanting to speak, so some were left out. And because advocates on one specific budget issue had signed up earliest, they dominated the 30 minutes to the exclusion of those wishing to speak on other topics. There is no perfect solution, but we rather like the way County Board members handle their public-comment sessions: There is no limit on overall time or number of
speakers, but only one speaker is allowed on a topic. (This requires some creativity on the part of commenters, in order to speak on different facets of a single topic, and often depends on the board chairman being in a charitable mood to allow such skirting of the rules.) Perhaps School Board members should consider such an alternative. Just as important, when groups of people show up to speak on a single subject, perhaps they should be courteous and neighborly, allowing one representative to give remarks and then giving way to speakers on other topics. THUMBS UP: To delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation, who last week voted in lopsided fashion to ask the County Board to cut real
estate tax rates by 3 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Opponents cried foul, and asked the supporters of the taxrate cut to identify where the proposed fiscal 2015 budget would be cut to account for the loss in tax revenue. And here’s the beauty of it all: Not a single thing would need to be cut. The county government has $27 million in unexpected mid-year funds (largely from higher tax revenues) in its possession, and a 3-cent tax cut would result in the loss of tax revenue of around $20 million. County coffers would still be flush. Only the terminally optimistic believe County Board members will cut the tax rate. But when they tell the public they “can’t” do it, that’s not really true. It’s that they “won’t” do it. Huge difference.
Endorsement Doesn’t Show Much Faith in Voters Editor: I am glad the Sun Gazette endorsed John Vihstadt, but it left me, and many I have talked to, totally perplexed. If John is good enough to win on April 8, he is good enough to win in November. It is insulting to Arlington voters to imply that the larger numbers who will vote in
November will vote like zombies based on the party affiliation of the candidates. I would rather have read that you have faith in Arlington voters to pay close attention to the critical issues now facing Arlington, and to the individuals running in November – and that you will continue to cover the issues to keep all informed.
The comment about Vihstadt using the word “right” in mailing to certain constituencies was a reach. This is a traditional term that Democrat Alan Howze just happened to use in his mailing that was delivered in the days before the election. Margie Bell Arlington
County Work Crews Should Be More Considerate Editor: Recently, the county government sent a crew into our neighborhood to flush the fire hydrants, which is normally a good thing and nothing to object to. But when the crew got to the hydrant across the street from my house, they opened it up and shot the water right across the street and into my yard, washing a substantial gully into the hillside and tearing
out dozens of native grasses and shrubs planted over the last couple of years. What makes this really obnoxious is that there is a stormwater drain right next to the point where the geyser hit my yard – if the county employee had turned down the flow just a bit, the county’s water would have flowed naturally into the county’s drain, and not our garden. The damage was totally avoidable with
even a small bit of care; there’s no way the crew could have missed seeing the storm drain, but apparently they didn’t care. I’m not usually a government-basher, but I’m cranky and really wonder why the Arlington County government, so proud of all it does, couldn’t get this simple thing done right. Thomas Jensen Arlington
County Board Has Been Engaging in War on Cars Editor: County Board policy appears to be to rid our streets of cars. The Master Transportation Plan euphemistically says its goal is to “reduce the relative proportion of single-occupant-vehicle travel,” bureaucrat-talk meaning cutting use of our cars. County Board members have used vast time and resources to fabricate the impressions that (1) voters approve their plans, and (2) that improving transportation for
some street uses (i.e., bikes, buses, walkers) necessitates taking the street rights-of-ways from vehicle use. Improvement for more uses does not mean decimating the road system’s underlying primary use for cars. The board’s policy drives shortchanging road maintenance and improvements. Degrading streets result in an unintended inversion; it give incentives to delay the shift to smaller, greener cars, because they cannot cope with degraded roads such as
Columbia Pike. The County Board is encouraging people to use the heaviest old gas guzzler available to cushion the bumpy ride. That means that, for the near future, our streets may become both more crowded, dangerous and polluted. With our high taxes, we deserve better roads. Karl Veit Arlington
More than a year in the planning, the non-profit Arlington Neighborhood Villages formally launched on April 7. Designed as a resource for seniors in the county, information on the program and its offerings can be found by calling (703) 509-8057 or on the Web site at www.arlnvil.org. The Sun Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session with Carol Paquette, president of the organization.
What can local seniors expect in the way of programs, services and new options once the Arlington Neighborhood Villages initiative starts on April 7? What is the plan for expanding programs and services as the program evolves? The ANV planning activity included collecting needs assessment information from persons expressing an interest in villages. We also gathered information from other villages about their services and programs. Based on this information, we specified an initial list of services to offer when we begin operating. However, villages are driven by member needs and interests, so we expect that over time this list will evolve. ANV services will be provided by volunteers who have passed a background check and been trained. Some general examples of ANV services: transportation, social gatherings, educational programs, unskilled home maintenance, technology assistance, running errands, check-in calls and a medical companion. In addition to its own service offerings, ANV will provide information and referral to other service providers when appropriate. What is the biggest challenge right now for seniors who want to stay in Arlington as they age? Isolation is a very big factor for Arlington seniors. As noted above, 54 percent of Arlington residents over 65 live alone. Many family caregivers live at a distance and are unable to provide adequate assistance. Affordability is another concern. The cost of living in Arlington is high and poses challenges for those on fixed incomes. What does Arlington – as a community and through the county government – do right when it comes to the county’s seniors, and what deserves improvement? There are two important areas where the county gets it right for seniors. The first is the integrated service delivery system provided by the Department of Human Services, Aging and Disabilities Division, and the Agency on Aging. A single call connects citizens with a comprehensive set of services dealing with basic needs – meals, transportation, home care, protective care. The second is the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Office of Senior Adult Programs. The 55+ Program provides a wealth of fitness, sports, learning, wellness, travel, and social events and program geared to the senior community. While there is a wealth of support resources available in Arlington, it is difficult for the average resident to find out what services are available and how to evaluate various service options and providers. One factor is that many older seniors are not Internet users, and rely on more traditional means of getting information. There is a significant lack of continuing care facilities for those no longer able to remain in their homes. Walkable communities and improved pedestrian safety are also needed by seniors.
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What are the driving forces behind creation of Arlington Neighborhood Villages (ANV)? How much of what is being planned for Arlington is being done in other communities around the U.S., and how much is Arlington on the cutting edge of this type of initiative? The driving forces are the dozen or so citizens on the ANV Project Team who have given significant amounts of their time, energy and money to create this initiative. We want to remain in our own homes and communities in Arlington as we age. We all have strong roots in Arlington having lived here, worked here and raised our families here. Arlington is a great place to be with so much to offer – why would anyone want to leave? National surveys report that 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age, so we thought there would be many people in Arlington who shared our dream. As we make presentations to groups around the county, we have found this to be true. In many respects, Arlington Neighborhood Villages is modeled on other successful village efforts, such as Capitol Hill Village in D.C. and At Home in Alexandria. The Village movement has been growing nationwide since 2001, so we have had the opportunity to benefit from lessons learned by villages around the country. ANV combines elements of a senior cooperative, a social club and a concierge service. With a single phone call or e-mail, members can make requests from a broad range of services or register for village social, educational and cultural events. While many services are provided directly by village volunteers, referrals will be made to other providers when a skilled worker is needed or the scope of the service request exceeds village capability. A central office run by volunteers with oversight by a small paid staff processes member requests; develops connections with other providers; recruits, vets and trains volunteers; and provides all the business functions needed to run the effort. Although there are many similarities between ANV and other villages, there also is a very significant difference. A recent national survey reported that 94 percent of village members are white and 70 percent are middle income or above. ANV’s vision is to serve all seniors in Arlington County irrespective of their income level or ethnicity. The way we propose to do this is through a fairly unique organizational structure – a countywide network of local villages supported by a common business office. There are currently several neighborhood groups
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tal Springs Study Club recently presented the Center for Local History at Central Library with a collection of club records and materials from its founding in the mid1950s to 2002. The club opted to make the donation after reading about the Center for Local History (formerly called the Arlington Room) in the Sun Gazette last year. It’s the type of material archivists hope to see more of from local organizations. “An organization’s memory is in its records, and they provide unique testimony to its achievements,” said Judith Knudsen, who heads the Center for Local History. “When an organization donates its records to our archives, it assures that its history will become part of the community’s collective memory forever,” she said. It was on a rainy February morning in 1955 that a group of neighbors met for coffee. According to “History of the Crystal Springs Study Club,” compiled in 1977 by historians Mary Jo Conner and Irene Young, those gathered complained about the weather, the isolation and the lack of cultural stimulation in a new community. After discussion, it was decided that their new club would be both literary and social, with membership drawn from the Crystal Spring Knolls, Dover, New Dover and Riverwood communities. (Those who move out of the neighborhoods can continue to participate as honorary members.) Club members began by circulating books among themselves, an effort that proved cumbersome and eventually was dropped. Meetings today focus on books, travel, professional life and transitions, and are held at members’ homes. In addition to the meetings, there is a May luncheon and holiday party each year. The club’s records will join a large archive of materials from community organizations ranging from the Williamsburg Woman’s Club and Kiwanis Ki-Wives to the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and Tenants of Arlington County.
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Down Stage Series for Theater Conversations continues on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. with a conversation featuring Paata Tsikurishvili, co-founder and artistic director of Synetic Theater. Since Synetic’s founding in 2001, Tsikurishvili has served as both an actor and director, and has worked to train actors both through classes at Synetic and at local universities.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY LOOKS AT LOCAL BREWING: The Arlington Historical
Society will present “A Heady History of Brewing” on Wednesday, April 16 at Mad Fox Brewing, 444 West Broad St. in Falls Church. Garrett Peck, the author of “Capital Beer,” will discuss the history of breweries and those behind them in the Washington area from the colonial era to the closing of brewer Christian Heurich in 1956, and the resurgence of small-scale craft breweries in recent years. The event is a collaboration between the historical society, Mad Fox Brewing and One More Page Books. Copies of “Capital Beer” will be available for purchase, as will a selection of beer. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
‘MISS GAY ARLINGTON’ PAGEANT RETURNS: The Arlington Gay and Lesbian
Alliance will hold its annual Miss Gay Arlington Pageant on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, 555 23rd St. South. The pageant is open to all individuals, 21 and older, who portray the female persona. Competitors are judged in four categories: presentation, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. The winner receives a prize package valued at $1,200. At the event, the reigning Miss Gay Arlington, Shaunda Leer, will make the final performance of her year as title-holder. There is a $10 cover charge. For information, see the Web site at http://agla.org/ miss-gay-arlington.
TEEN SUMMER EXPO ARRIVES: The Arlington County government’s Teen Summer Expo will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WashingtonLee High School. The expo, sponsored by the Arlington Employment Center, provides local teens with information on summer jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. There is no charge to attend. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonva.us and search “teens.”
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PUBLIC-SAFETY OFFICIALS HONORED FOR CRISIS-INTERVENTION EFFORTS:
Arlington public-safety personnel were honored for their work on the county government’s Crisis Intervention Team during a ceremony held April 2 at Virginia Hospital Center. Honored were Arlington County Police Officer James Joy (Officer of the Year), Officer Samuel Sentz (Intervention of the Year), Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Nowak (Deputy of the Year) and Emergency Community Center staff member Shanika Stewart (Dispatcher of the Year). The concept of a Crisis Intervention Team was developed in the 1980s in Memphis, and has since spread across the nation. Members undergo extensive training to intervene and, as needed, coordinate a broader response to issues related to mental illness. CHAMBER PRESIDENT TO BE SALUTED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY: They may be
wrangling over the state budget and Medicaid expansion, but members of the General Assembly assuredly will come together in support of retiring Arlington Chamber of Commerce president Rich Doud. The Arlington delegation, led by Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), has patroned a joint resolution honoring Doud, who plans to step down in May after 23 years of service to the business organization. The resolution notes Doud’s efforts to found Leadership Arlington and the Arlington Business Hall of Fame, and his service as a “wise and active leader” of the Chamber of Commerce. The measure, which will work its way through the legislature during the special session, expresses the General Assembly’s “admiration for his leadership and service to the Arlington community and best wishes on his retirement. LANDSCAPE DESIGNER FEATURED AT GARDEN CLUB: Landscape designer and
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host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. with egg-dyeing (participants should bring hard-boiled eggs) and an egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. (participants should bring a basket. The event will be held rain or shine at the church, 5533 16th St. North. For information, call (703) 536-5600 or see the Web site at www.trinityarlington. org. DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR ‘CHRISTMAS IN APRIL’ DRIVE: The Nauck Community
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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington recently drew big crowds with a three-night production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show features about 80 youngsters from second grade through high school, and is part of a rotating repertoire of annual church productions that also includes “Narnia” and “Godspell.”
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April 10, 2014
Jimmy Carter Drops by N.Va. for a Book-Signing
Former President Jimmy Carter made a stop at the Books a Million bookstore in McLean in late March to promote his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” The event drew a large turnout, and the former president – who served in office from 1977 to 1981 – took time to chat with those in attendance, especially young people. The new book, which has been published by Simon & Schuster, focuses on the subjugation of women and girls, as well at their abuse, around the world. A slide show of photos from the event can be found on the Web site at www.insidenova.com by searching for “Jimmy Carter.”
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SCAN of Northern Virginia Honors Arlington Government Staffer for Commitment to Region’s Children Dr. Heather Stowe, director of social services in the Arlington Department of Human Services, has been honored with the 2014 “Allies in Prevention” award from Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia. Stowe was one of six individuals from across the region to be honored in the 12th annual awards program, held April 1. In her current position, Stowe manages a staff of 100 people and a budget of $22 million devoted to child welfare, homelessness and mental health. Stowe praised regional efforts to provide a support network for at-risk youth. “Loving, nurturing, protective parents are essential if children are to thrive,” Stowe said. “However, they cannot do it alone. Children need to be connected to families, and families in turn to communities which love and support them.” At the event, SCAN also announced a new “Kids Need Connections” community-education campaign. The effort is designed to showcase the power of positive adult-child relationships and to support
Dr. Heather Stowe (center) is saluted by Sonia Quinonez, executive director of SCAN of Northern Virginia, and Leon Harris of WJLA-TV.
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Del. Lopez Bows Out of Congressional Race SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) on April 4 ended his quest for the Democratic nomination of the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives seat. “After we closed the fundraising quarter, I took the time to evaluate, with my team, the position of my campaign,” Lopez said in a statement. “It is clear to me that I do not have the resources necessary to run the campaign we wanted and that the people of the 8th District deserved. With that in mind, I do not want to ask my supporters to continue to make the sacrifices of time, treasure and talent that they have so generously made thus far.” The departure of Lopez leaves the Democratic field at 10. They will compete in the June 10 Democratic primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who in January announced he would retire. The winner of the primary becomes the odds-on favorite in the general election, since the 8th District is a heavily Democratic one. Two More Candidates Speak to Arlington Democrats: With the field now firmed up at 10, two candidates seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) on April 2 made their case to Arlington Democrats. In their remarks, each suggested an ability to get things done in the halls of a dysfunctional Congress. “When there’s a job to do, I’m there to do it,” said Charniele Herring, an attorney who represents portions of Alexandria in the House of Delegates and until recently served a stint chairing the Democratic Party of Virginia. Herring said that serving in the Republican-dominated lower house of the General Assembly gave her the tools to tackle a job
in what is likely to remain, for the near future, a Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives. On social issues, “I have fought Republicans head-on – I will take that fight to Congress,” Herring said at the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s April meeting. “I believe that everyone deserves a fair opportunity and fair shot,” she said in remarks at the Fairlington Community Center, where Democrats have met for the last two months. “I bring a unique and diverse voice to this race.” It was the third monthly meeting in which candidates for Moran’s seat made pitches to the rank and file: Alfonso Lopez (who last week dropped out of the race) made a formal announcement in February, followed by Patrick Hope, Lavern Chatman, Don Beyer, Mark Levine, Bruce Shuttleworth and Adam Ebbin and Bill Euille in March. With Herring and Satish Korpe adding their voices at the April meeting, Derek Hyra of Alexandria is the only candidate who qualified for the ballot but has yet to speak before Arlington Democrats. Derek Hyra of Alexandria is the only candidate who qualified for the ballot but has yet to speak before Arlington Democrats. Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Kip Malinosky said Hyra teaches a college course on Wednesday nights, creating a conflict with the Arlington meeting. Korpe, an engineer and member of several education-advisory panels in Fairfax County, said he would bring intellectual rigor to the job. “I offer a solution-driven approach,” he said. “I understand the middle class – the concerns and issues.” (Korpe has politics in his DNA; his mother served as a state senator in India,
The departure of Del. Alfonso Lopez leaves the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives race with 10 contenders.
he said.) Korpe said access to affordable education and health care were among his themes. The meeting gave him a chance to introduce himself to Arlington Democrats, as he was a late arrival to the race and is little known in most of the district. The June 10 primary will be a winnertake-all affair, with no runoff, so the victorious candidate might need just 20 percent of the vote to score success. The 8th District is solidly Democratic; two Republicans are competing for their party’s nomination, and a Libertarian has announced plans to run, but the Democratic primary likely will be the place where Moran’s successor is determined. Here’s the Order on the Democratic Congressional Ballot: The field is now set at 10 in the June 10 Democratic primary for the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by retiring
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran. The State Board of Elections has certified the candidate list, and has finalized the ballot order, which will be (names as on the ballot): Donald S. Beyer Jr.. Lavern J. Chatman, Mark H. Levine, Charniele L. Herring, Patrick A. Hope, Adam P. Ebbin, Bruce B. Shuttleworth, Satish W. Korpe, William D. “Bill” Euille and Derek S. Hyra. Alfonso Lopez met the requirements to get on the ballot, but dropped out of the race on April 4. Hope Endorsed by Arab American Caucus: Patrick Hope’s bid for the 8th Congressional District seat has been endorsed by the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia. The organization noted Hope’s support for “the human and civil rights of all Virginians” and his willingness to stand up to “bigotry and narrow-mindedness,” according to a statement put out by the Hope campaign. Fellow Senator Endorses Ebbin’s Congressional Bid: Adam Ebbin’s bid for the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives seat has been endorsed by state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax). “Adam has been a champion of progressive causes since the first day he stepped into the General Assembly,” Marsden said in a statement released by the Ebbin campaign. “He has fought to close the health-insurance coverage gap for thousands of Virginians, worked to protect women’s rights and been the leader on equality issues,” Marsden said. “He has been at the forefront on environmental issues, working to expand renewable energy in Virginia [and] protect the Chesapeake Bay, and this legislative session, we successfully worked together to repeal the hybrid tax.”
Legislators: No Sure Outcome in Fight Over Medicaid SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
of the Medicaid expansion. “Gov. McAuliffe is absolutely committed to this. This, in our mind, is a battle worth fighting.” The commonwealth’s fiscal year starts July 1; while budget negotiations have dragged on in past sessions, they have never gone beyond the start of the fiscal year. At the forum, legislators said there had been successes during the session, with bipartisan support on topics including education and mental-health issues. But the health-care battle remains center stage. If Medicaid expansion wins approval, “this session will be historic,” state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) said. Democrats Amend Bylaws: The Arlington County Democratic Committee on April 2 formally amended its bylaws to include new representatives on the party’s steering committee.
Under the measure, which was adopted unanimously, the party’s director of social media will be added as a voting member of the steering committee, as will area chairs. The changes also include addition of a sixth precinct-operations vice chair, and several other procedural changes. Democratic ‘J-J’ Dinner to Salute Moran: The Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will salute U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th), who has announced plans to retire at the end of this term. The event, to be held on June 7 at the Westin Arlington Gateway, will include “two confirmed congressional speakers,” but party officials said they were keeping the names private until after the April 8 County Board special election. More information on the dinner will be posted at www.arlingtondemocrats.org.
Members of the all-Democratic Arlington delegation to the General Assembly say they will do what they can to win expansion of Medicaid coverage. But at an April 2 roundtable forum sponsored by the Arlington County Democratic Committee, they noted that it could be a long slog before the state budget is finalized. “This is not a policy issue; it’s a hardnosed, bare-knuckle political fight,” said Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) of the battle that pits Gov. McAuliffe, most of the state Senate and House of Delegates Democrats on one side, House Republicans on the other. All seven members of the Arlington delegation are supportive of plans to expand Medicaid using federal dollars.
“We owe it to the people of Virginia,” said state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd). Howell is one of the Senate budget conferees, and also POLITICAL sits on a comPOTPOURRI mission that is studying Medicaid expansion. She was not optimistic that the budget would be adopted soon. “We’re going to go month after month,” Howell suggested, predicting “difficult times ahead.” Republicans in the House of Delegates have urged McAuliffe to agree to something of a truce – adopting a budget that doesn’t include changes to the Medicaid program, then coming back into session later to address health-care issues. Del. Bob Brink (D-48th) dismissed that idea as “ridiculous.” “We’re going to battle it out,” Brink said
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COOKING WORKSHOP LOOKS AT HERBS: Recipes and a demonstration of
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Right-sizing to age in place is the focus of a discussion on Monday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-5722. MEMBERS OF CHESS CLUB GATHER:
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DISCUSSION LOOKS AT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: A discussion of volun-
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Tysons Corner Preps for 470-Foot-Tall Tower BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Capital One is advancing plans to build a 470-foot-tall headquarters building, which if approved would become one of the tallest skyscrapers in Tysons Corner. The towering, 975,000-square-foot structure, which would dwarf the banking company’s current 205-foot-tall building in Tysons, is part of a modified development plan that would include a new hotel and expedited construction of transportation improvements and a new community center. The Fairfax County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Capital One’s proposal April 3, but deferred decision until April 23. “We have a bit more work to do,” said Planning Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence (Providence District). Antonio Calabrese, a lawyer with Cooley LLP who is representing Capital One, noted the company’s copious proffers for transportation, schools and recreation and said the new headquarters building alone would provide the county with about $3.3 million in tax revenues annually. The Board of Supervisors in September 2012 approved a 4.4-million-squarefoot redevelopment proposal for Capital One’s 26.2-acre site, located just northeast of Route 123 and Interstate 495. Counting the site’s existing buildings, the overall square footage would be 4.9 million square feet at build-out. The mixed-use development would be constructed in five phases over about 25 years. Capital One’s plan modification would construct “Block B” first, instead of second, as previously planned. Block B originally called for two office buildings, hotel, civic plaza and a 30,000square-foot Fairfax County community center. The new plan calls for construction of the headquarters skyscraper, a 340,000square-foot hotel and a linear park along Capital One Drive. The headquarters building, designed by HKS Architects,
would be constructed on top of a 91-foottall base consisting of parking areas, retail and offices. Under the plan, several transportation upgrades would occur sooner than previously scheduled. Expedited improvements would include realignment of Capital One Drive with the future Jones Branch Connector road and construction of an access road to the adjacent Gates of McLean residential community. Because the community center would have been built at the site of the proposed new headquarters building, Capital One officials have proffered to build a temporary, stand-alone community center near the McLean Metrorail station. That structure eventually would be removed and another built into a future building at that location. Capital One would build a temporary, rectangular athletic field with lights and artificial turf at the Block B site, which would remain in use until the hotel was constructed there. The company also would endeavor to keep a heavily used baseball diamond elsewhere on the property in operation for as long as possible, Calabrese said. The site’s overall floor-area ratio would stay the same at about 3.9. Sixty-four percent of the development would be office space, 25 percent residential, 8 percent hotel and 2 percent retail. The county’s planning staff recommended approval of the new headquarters building, saying its location in a sunken area 35 feet below the Capital Beltway would minimize impacts on nearby residential neighborhoods. Lisa Samuels, president of the Gates of McLean Unit Owners Association, said homeowners there are not thrilled with the idea of a giant building looming nearby, but are pleased by the prospect that more services and resources would be coming to their community. “We all accept that that’s the price you pay,” she said. The McLean Citizens Association’s board of directors also has approved a resolution favoring Capital One’s proposal.
An artist’s rendition shows the proposed centerpiece of Capital One’s development in Tysons Corner, a tower that will rise 470 feet. The Fairfax County Planning Commission currently is considering the proposal, with approval expected later this month.
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Chairman Jay Fisette says expansion of the local government’s fiber-optic network to state-of-the-art status will go a long way to positioning the county as a go-to place for doing business. “We see this as a game-changer,” Fisette said at a recent event, touting the ConnectArlington technology initiative as a way
of “attracting businesses and retaining businesses.” Originally designed to bring high-speed fiber connectivity to the county government, school and community buildings, the next phase of the effort is aimed at providing local businesses the opportunity to plug in and achieve connection speeds higher than available elsewhere in the region, at a high level of security. “This connectivity brings Arlington’s technology infrastructure to the forefront of not only the region, but the entire country,” officials said in a statement touting the
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Arlington Chamber of Commerce will host an upcoming meet-and-greet and dialogue session with the county government’s new business ombudsman early next month. The event, set for May 2 at the WETA headquarters in Shirlington, will introduce the business community to Shannon Flanagan-Watson, who recently was tapped by County Manager Barbara Donnellan to serve as her personal liaison to the local business and development communities. The lunch program begins at 11:30 a.m.
The cost is $35 for Chamber members, $50 for others. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonchamber.org.
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School Board to Get First Look at New Capital Plan SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
School Board members on April 10 will get their first look at how Superintendent Patrick Murphy and top school staff want to address the long-term impact of student crowding. Murphy will lay out his thoughts on the upcoming 10-year capital-improvement plan at the work session. Two weeks later – on April 23 – the school system will hold a community open forum to discuss the plan and gather feedback. The April 10 work session will be a chance to “look at preliminary scenarios” to address capital spending, Murphy told School Board members on April 3. Based on feedback at that meeting, he will ask staff to “narrow down options” before the
community gathering. School Board members are expected to adopt the capital-spending package on June 17, and will ask County Board members to place a school-bond referendum on the November ballot to help pay some of the costs. The April 23 community forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Boosters of Day-Care Program for School Employees Criticize Budget Proposal: School Board members on April 3 heard from supporters of the Children’s School, saying a budget proposal to charge them $200,000 for use of space in the Reed School in Westover was unfair and could cause permanent damage. The programs at the facility “are examples of what makes Arlington great,” said
Glenn Klaus, who heads the board of the cooperative association running the school. “It’s gem of a program.” Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget called for charging for the use of the space, effectively reducing the school system’s subsidy for the school. Established in 1987 by employees of the school system, the Children’s School provides preschool services for their children, and works in collaboration with the school system on Integration Station, an effort in support of children with intellectual and physical disabilities. In the past, county school officials have said that subsidizing the Children’s School program helped to reduce absenteeism and staff turnover. In remarks to the School Board on
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April 3, Murphy said that even with the additional $200,000 fee, the school would be able to provide child-care services for less than the $1,000 to $1,500 per month that private providers charge. Keeping the program “significantly below market-rate” costs was important, School Board member Noah Simon said. Critics of Murphy’s proposal packed the School Board member and used much of the allotted 30 minutes of public-comment time to press their case, saying staff will leave the school system if day-care costs rise, and predicting that the school will leave Arlington due to higher operating costs. Murphy wasn’t buying it. “We have had a long partnership,” Murphy told School Board members. “That partnership will continue.” School Board members will have the final say when they adopt the fiscal 2015 budget in May. Internal Auditor Appointed: School Board members on April 3 welcomed the school system’s first internal auditor. John Mickevice joined the school staff several weeks ago during a career that includes work in financial, compliance and regulatory issues. From 2006 to 2012, he was director of internal audit for Roosevelt University in Chicago. School Board Chairman Abby Raphael praised Mickevice’s “vast experience” as “a real leader in the field.” School Board members funded the position as part of an effort to improve financial controls. The Arlington County Civic Federation has called on the County Board to create a similar position on the generalgovernment side, but board members thus far have declined to do so. New APS Transportation Director to Start in May: The county school system’s new director of transportation services has local ties, but is coming from across the ocean. School Board members have appointed Rob DeMayo to the position. DeMayo currently serves as the director of European operations for MV Global Transport Logistics in Scotland. “Mr. DeMayo’s background in working with and leading complex transportation management systems, combined with his business-administration background, will be an asset to our school system,” Superintendent Patrick Murphy said in a statement. DeMayo grew up in Northern Virginia and attended schools in Fairfax County and Alexandria. He is slated to start in May. DeMayo’s previous positions include assistant head of games bus systems for Transportation Management Services in Doha, Qatar; project director for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa; and bus-services manager for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. We’ve moved to a new Web site! Find news and commentary at www.insidenova.com/news/arlington – it’s the same high-quality local news coverage from the same staff, only in a new and exciting place!
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There are many acclaimed neighborhoods across Arlington, but Country Club Hills always seems to rise to near the top of everyone’s “want to live there” list. And it’s understandable: The community features a bucolic setting yet is close to urban-village amenities, and the properties (both classic and more modern) feature creative architectural design. This week’s featured property is no exception, Set just off Dittmar Road on an impressive lot surrounded by mature trees, the home – constructed in 2008 – is a showplace, great for those who enjoy entertaining in style while versatile enough to provide comforts of daily living. All this, and an easy commute and special features galore. The property currently is on the market, listed at $2,090,000 by Christopher Wilkes and Jinny Wilkes of Washington Fine Properties. An amble up the stone walkway showcases a facade that is hearty and welcoming, with the appeal of shingle-and-stone and a front porch bidding you welcome. As we explore the interior, note the attention to detail: custom mouldings, wainscoting and gleaming hardwoods add ambiance, plus a three-zone HVAC system for comfort and sustainability. The sunny living room and library are our first stops, while the high-quality traffic flow brings us to the dining room, which opens to the butler’s pantry and then deposits us in the kitchen, the envy of many a chef. The family room features custom builtins, a stone fireplace with hearth and access to the rear staircase. The master retreat, with its lovely tray
Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to new figures from the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last year from 553,000 in 2012, while investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.1 million in 2013 from 1.21 million in 2012. The sales estimates are based on responses from households and exclude institutional investment activity. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun expected an improvement in the vacation home market. “Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” he said. “However, vacation-home sales are still about one-third below the peak activity seen in 2006.” Vacation-home sales accounted for 13 percent of all transactions last year, their highest market share since 2006, while the portion of investment sales fell to 20 percent in 2013 from 24 percent in 2012. Yun said the pullback in investment activity is understandable. “Investment buyers slowed their purchasing in 2013 because prices were rising quickly along with a declining availability of discounted foreclosures over the course of the year,” he said. The median investment-home price was $130,000 in 2013, up 13 percent from $115,000 in 2012, while the median vacation-home price was $168,700, up 12.5 percent from $150,000 in 2012. Lifestyle factors remain the primary motivation for vacation-home buyers, while rental income is the main factor in investment purchases. The typical vacation-home buyer was 43 years old, had a median household income of $85,600 and purchased a property that was a median distance of 180 miles from his or her primary residence. Buyers listed many reasons for purchasing a vacation home: 87 percent want to use the property for vacations or as a family retreat, 31 percent plan to use it as a primary residence in the future, 28 percent want to diversify their investments.
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ecutive and civic leader Randy Anderson, Arlington Chamber of Commerce president Rich Doud and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) have been named recipients of the Leadership Legacy Awards, to be presented next month by Leadership Arlington. The event also will feature graduation of the Leadership Arlington Signature Program Class of 2014. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. Tickets are $100 per person through May 7, $125 after that date. The event is expected to be sold out. For information, see the Web site at www.leadershiparlington.org. CURATOR TAPPED FOR EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Dr.
Kevin Strait has been appointed as the volunteer creator/curator of an exhibit on the African-American experience in Arlington County to be established at the Arlington Historical Museum. The new exhibition is a joint endeavor of the Arlington Historical Society and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. Strait is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University. He serves as a museum specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open in 2015. “We had an extensive exchange with Dr. Strait, who impressed the committee with his background in African-American culture and his commitment to making a success of the exhibit,” said Talmadge Williams, who heads the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. Arlington Historical Society president John Richardson echoed these views, noting that establishment of the exhibit will fill a significant gap in the museum’s collection as well as giving concrete expression to the Black Heritage Museum, which currently exists as an online-only institution. The exhibition’s opening is expected sometime in late summer. The Arlington Historical Museum is located at 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road.
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government’s E-CARE (Environmental Collection and Recycling Event) will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. The event gives local residents the opportunity to recycle electronics, shoes, clothes, linens and small metal items. It is open only to Arlington residents; commercial and business waste is not accepted. There is a $15 fee for recycling computers and a $20 fee for televisions. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonva.us/recycle. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SPRING CLEANING AROUND STREAMS: The
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théque, the Arlington Public Library’s annual staff-and-community bicycle tour of seven of the county’s eight library sites, will be held on Saturday, April 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Central Library. The entire trek will cover about 30 miles and total between three and four hours; several shorter portions also are available for riders. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.) Participation is limited, and all riders must wear helmets. For information and to register, see the Web site at http://library. arlingtonva.us. For information, e-mail arllibbiketour@ gmail.com. LIBRARY TO PRESENT PHOTOS OF CENTRAL PARK: “America’s First Green
Space: Central Park, New York City – Photographs by Steve Rosenbach” will be on display at Cherrydale Library through July 7. The exhibition is open during regular library hours. CHURCH TO HOST EASTER ‘MESSIAH’ SING: Clarendon United Methodist
Church will present its biannual community Easter “Messiah” sing-along on Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the church, 606 North Irving St. The event has been held under the baton of Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, organist and choirmaster at the church, during the Easter and Christmas seasons for the past 42 years, making it one of the longest-running events of its kind in the Washington area. On April 20, Lewis will lead the full orchestra, with harpsichord, organ, guest artists and the audience, in Parts Two and Three of Handel’s work. A brief recital will be held prior to the main concert. There is no admission charge, but a $20 donation is suggested. A reception will follow the concert.
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ATTEMPTED RAPE: n On March 28 at 2 p.m., a 54-year-old victim was assaulted in her apartment in the 4200 block of Pershing Drive by an individual who attempted to rape her, police said. The suspect fled when the victim fought back. Police located the suspect the following day at a nearby apartment. The suspect, 33-year-old Hector Agui-
Carol was one of only three agents in the region to earn this designation and one of only 767 individuals out of 85,000 Coldwell Banker agents to receive this award.
n Erik Wagner, the son of Karl Wagner of Arlington, was named to the principal’s list for the second quarter at RandolphMacon Academy.
Police Beat BANK ROBBERY: n On April 1 at 2:01 p.m., police responded to a report of a robbery at a bank in the 4700 block of Lee Highway. Acording to police, the suspect entered the bank and demanded that a teller provide him money. The suspect, 56-year-old William Ushkurnis of Arlington, was arrested, charged with robbery and was held without bond.
Carol Temple was also awarded the International President’s Premier designation, awarded to the Top 1% of Coldwell Banker sales associates Internationally.
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n Four Arlington Public Schools students received awards at the annual Virginia Science Fair, held at Virginia Military Institute March 28-29. A total of 20 county students competed at the state level. Natalie Slater, a student at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, received second place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category for “Thinking Green? The Effect of Economic Versus Environmental Priming on Decisions Made During a Common Pool Resources Game.” Gail Muggill and Natalie Skoloda of Washington-Lee High School earned third place in the Chemistry category for “The Effect of the Color and Concentration of Pollution on the Amount and Wavelength in Nanometers of Light Absorbed.” Michelle Howard of Washington-Lee High School received third place in the Computer Science category for “Benford’s Law.”
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Tysons Seen on Fast-Track to Mixed-Use Vibrancy BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Gazing out of his high-rise office window behind Tysons Galleria, Michael Caplin can see – and take pride in – the beginnings of Tysons Corner’s rebirth. Caplin, executive director of the Tysons Partnership, is ebullient as he describes the building boom that has begun transforming a lucrative, but relatively soulless, suburban office-and-retail center into a dynamic urban zone with Metrorail service, pedestrian-friendly streets and cultural amenities. “If we get it right, it will be a triumphant American city,” Caplin said. The scope of what’s being envisioned is daunting: By 2050, Fairfax County officials and business leaders in Tysons want to double the amount of development to 90 million square feet, go from 19,000 resi-
dents to 100,000, and double the number of jobs to 200,000. Nineteen development plans so far have been submitted to county officials and would result in construction of 19.1 million square feet worth of office space, nearly 1.1 million square feet of retail area, 20,400 residential units and about 3,000 hotel rooms. Two of the plans are under construction, two more partly are and six more have received county officials’ approval. Tysons’ new comprehensive plan, approved by the Board of Supervisors in June 2010, allows unlimited development density within a quarter-mile of four new Metrorail stations there. It’s not all gravy for developers, however. Those new developments must have a mix of uses and their residential components need to consist of at least 20 percent workforce housing. Developers also must build
a grid of streets on their sites to lessen traffic congestion and contribute moneys for public services such as parks, athletic fields, schools, libraries and fire stations. Commercial and residential property owners also must pay a transportation-service-district tax, currently 4 cents per $100 of assessed value, to raise $250 million for transportation infrastructure. An advisory panel meets twice yearly to examine that rate, which likely will remain in the 4-to-6cent range, Caplin said. Tysons’ redevelopment has worried surrounding communities since 2004, when officials announced Metrorail’s Silver Line would be built through the commercial center on its way to Loudoun County. The Silver Line is experiencing construction delays, but officials hope it will begin service in the next several months. McLean and Vienna community leaders and residents worked with county of-
ficials to keep Tysons from sprawling into their localities and ensure that the public did not get stuck paying for all of the new infrastructure needed. County supervisors authorized creation of the Tysons Partnership to implement the new comprehensive plan’s goals. The group has 35 board members from a wide swath of Northern Virginia, ranging from commercial property owners to elected officials and civic association members. “If you work in a collaborative fashion from the beginning of the plan, you can get to ‘yes’ more quickly,” said Caplin, who described the board as “fierce competitors who need each other to succeed.” Lerner Enterprises, a major property owner in Tysons, will make land near the new McLean Station available for public festivals. The site formerly hosted occasional performances by the Cirque du Soleil acrobatic troupe.
Business Briefcase Continued from Page 13 nationally and globally,” said Sally Duran, chairman of the Arlington Economic Development Commission. Federal-government agencies and local institutions of higher learning also will have the opportunity to use the network. ARLINGTON RANKED HIGH IN ‘LEED’ DEVELOPMENT: When it comes to devel-
opment of “green” buildings, Arlington has no peer in the commonwealth. County officials recently announced that, with 122 projects certified under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council, Arlington ranks No. 1 among Virginia jurisdictions and No. 3 nationally. “All in our little 26 square miles!” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said at a recent gathering. LEED-certified buildings in Arlington represent 30 percent of all LEED squarefootage in Virginia, Fisette said, and Ar-
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That attitude does not go unnoticed in the business and development communities, and competing jurisdictions are more than happy to point out difficulties in getting projects to timely completion here. “Arlington may be the best place, but it’s not the only place to do business,” said Shooshan, who at the meeting announced that his firm would be working with Red Top Cab on a major redevelopment of the taxi firm’s Arlington headquarters space. Shooshan noted how his Roman Catholic faith and family upbringing had led him to work on issues ranging from homelessness to immigration reform. He said real change on social issues only comes about through hard work. “You can’t help [those in need] by just writing a check,” he said. “You’ve really got to reach out and help.”
lington also has the most Energy Star-rated buildings in the commonwealth. Over the past decade, the county government has offered incentives to developers to promote energy efficiency in the design and operation of their buildings. The resulting high number of such facilities is “a tribute to the work our planning staff and community have done,” Fisette said. AIR CHINA SET TO BEGIN SERVICE TO LOCAL REGION: Air China will offer non-
stop air travel between Washington Dulles International Airport and Beijing beginning in early June. The national capital area joins the airline’s five existing U.S. destinations, service that includes Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Houston and Honolulu. The new flight, CA817/8 will be offered four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The outbound flight will leave Beijing at 1 p.m. and arrive in Washington at 2:35 p.m. local time. The return flight will leave Washington at 4:35 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 6:15 p.m. the Shooshan attended the dinner with his wife, Marsha. Their two children, Kelly and Kevin, are members of the family firm and have carved out their own reputations as civic leaders in the county. John Shooshan said the family felt lucky to be a part of the county’s growth. “When you’re born in the United States, you’ve won the lottery – and when you get to work and live in Arlington, you’ve won it twice,” he said. At the Civic Federation dinner, the President’s Award was presented to Larry Mayer and Martha Moore, cochairs of the organization’s planning and zoning committee. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Kim Klingler, Chris Zimmerman, Sally Baird, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and the Lee Highway Revisioning Group. A posthumous certificate of appreciation was awarded to Bob Atkins, a veteran civic activist who died last year. The Arlington County Civic Federation, which traces its roots to 1916, currently has about 80 member organizations, both ho-
Air China will use Boeing 777 aircraft like the one pictured above in a Boeing image to ply the route between the nation’s capital and Beijing.
following day. Passengers will travel on Boeing 777300ER aircraft in a three-class, 311-passenger configuration. The airline will focus on capturing both business and leisure travelers between the two nations, and will tap into a growing market: Airline officials say that in 2012, the number of available seats and passenmeowners’ associations and countywide groups. Its work represents “an important part of bringing the Arlington Way to life,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said as he proclaimed April – “the entire month, from beginning to end!” – as Civic Federation Month in Arlington. (The day of the dinner, the Civic Federation’s reputation received a major, if somewhat dubious, boost, as The Washington Post called it a “powerful” force in county life. Even the organization’s leadership couldn’t help but chuckle at what clearly was a slightly overstated impression of its impact on government decision-making. “Who knew? I promise not to let it go to my head,” deadpanned Civic Federation president Michael McMenamin.) The Sun Gazette Cup, which in previous incarnations was known as the Washington Star Cup and Journal Cup, has been presented each year since the 1930s to a resident who embodies the principles of local civic activism.
gers on Sino-U.S. flights reached 4.52 million and 3.89 million, respectively, up 60.9 percent and 85.2 percent compared with 2009. Air China was founded in 1988 when the Chinese government split up CAAC, then the government’s flag carrier, into a number of different airlines, and currently serves more than 180 destinations.
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Yorktown Conquers Concorde
The Quincy Diamond No Longer a Field of Dreams Now is the time, as well as the turn, for the much-used and in decay baseball field at Quincy Park to be addressed.
Boys Team Stands 4-1 with the Victory DAVE STEINBACHER For the Sun Gazette
With a strong defensive showing, the host Yorktown Patriots knocked the i g h ly - re g a rd e d SOCCER hOakton Cougars from the ranks of the unbeaten on April 4 with a 1-0 victory. The Patriots improved to 4-1 with their third straight win and as many shutouts in a row. Oakton fell to 4-1-1. “Our back four were huge, as was keeper Peter Dola,” Yorktown High boys soccer coach David Wood said in regard to the win over Oakton. “Our 4-1 start is great. It’s a real confidence-builder.” With 19:33 remaining in the second half, Yorktown scored the game’s lone goal. Senior forward Michael Monahan registered the assist and sophomore midfielder Jack McCreary tallied the score. “I turned in and dribbled into the middle,” Monahan said. “I saw Jack making a run and I slipped him the ball with the outside of my right foot.” Added McCreary: “Michael was running the middle. I made the run in behind the defense. He slipped the ball in behind. I slotted it past their goal keeper with the outside of my right foot from about 12 yards out.” Oakton then unloaded a variety of shots in the final few minutes, but the
Yorktown High School’s Jack Dokken makes a leaping kick to advance the ball around an Oakton player during last week’s non-conference game in Arlington. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT
Yorktown defense held up, with Dola making some key saves. “At halftime, it was a tight compact game,” Wood said. “We needed to try to get the ball wide. We wanted to run with them the width of the field. It seemed to me that they had about six or seven quality scoring chances tonight and we had about three or four. We defended very well.” Wood credited inside defenders James
Green and Steven Valdes, outside defenders Caleb Knight and Jack Dokken, central mid-fielder Joe McCreary and outside mid-fielders Jack McCreary and Keith Witherell. “It’s a huge win,” Jack McCreary said. “They are probably our biggest competition for the regional title this season.” The victory was Yorktown’s second Continued on Page 24
W-L Tops Falls Church to Earn Fourth Victory ALLEN KHA For the Sun Gazette
the match was rewarded almost immediately. Five minutes into the game, fullback Jacob Muscovitz darted down the right wing and connected with sophomore forward Maycol Nunez, who headed the ball into the goal. Nunez and his quartet of midfield support – including freshman midfielder Alejandro Maldonado, an under-17 national pool player – continued to pressure the opposing Falls Church defense for the remainder of the first half, but failed to create meaningful chances in the final third. “We definitely had the run of play in the first half. But we weren’t putting away opportunities and that frustrated us a bit,” Washington-Lee coach Jimmy
Carrasquillo said. “We did keep a lot of possessions, but I’d like our team to push forward more and not push backwards in the midfield. I’m telling the team, let’s attack, let’s get forward.” The Generals did break through again 20 minutes into the match, when consistent pressure led to a series of corners for the hosts. Washington-Lee capitalized on one of the set-piece opportunities, when senior midfielder Derryk Aquice whipped in a corner to Maldonado, who headed the ball to give his team a 2-0 lead. Carrasquillo was particularly encouraged by Maldonado’s form, alluding that the freshman’s play would be a key to the Continued on Page 24
This time the Arlington diamond should be really fixed, not spruced up and bandaged together like so often before. Band-Aids eventually come off. That’s the case now, especially on the rutty, uneven, thin-grassed and unsafe infield, which has become a heaven for wicked bad hops on ground balls that sometimes wind up bloodying the faces of infielders. The Quincy field, the home diamond for the Washington-Lee High School teams, is one of the oldest and most renowned in Northern Virginia. Anyone who has been involved in baseball for any length of time in this area is familiar with Quincy. The field is unique and appealing because of its urban setting. Watching a baseball game at Quincy and all that’s happening throughout the venue compares to only the uniqueness of Vienna’s Waters Field as far as Northern Virginia baseball diamonds. Unfortunately, the condition of the field, mainly the infield, has become an embarrassment and most certainly needs serious addressing. Arguments are made, and blame is passed, that a lack of year-round quality care and attention are the reasons for the decay and poor conditions. For years, parents of W-L players have complained to those in charge of field prep in Arlington County about Quincy’s poor upkeep. They say they receive very little positive response. Maybe they should follow the example of the W-L girls softball parents, who complained so much and so loudly about the conditions of the adjacent Quincy softball field that the county eventually built a new field across the street on school grounds. There is no space for a new baseball field. The Quincy spot is fine. The field just needs to be redone and improved to perfection with a clear vision and plan, including a new electric scoreboard. Then, most important, year-round upkeep can’t be neglected. It has to be of the highest standard, overseen by a person with a passion for such work in order to return Quincy to its field of dreams status.
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For the match’s first 40 minutes, the Washington-Lee Generals were cruising toward an easy victory over the visitFalls Church SOCCER ing Jaguars on April 4. The Generals scored early and dominated the possession battle, building a 2-0 halftime lead. The Jaguars, however, refused to fold, and gave W-L a battle until the Generals pulled away late to record a 3-1 victory in the boys high school soccer game With the win, Washington-Lee remained unbeaten at 4-0-1. The Generals’ positive intent early in
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Arlington Team Completes Long Journey to Division I When the Arlington Impact Blue boys under-16 travel soccer team takes to the field this spring in the National Capital Soccer League SOCCER (NCSL), it will mark a long-fought, hard-earned achievement for the squad. Beginning in the fall of 2006, Impact Blue played in the lower-level Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) because of an NCSL rule that only two teams from any single club could take part in that league. With Arlington’s Impact Red and White teams participating in NCSL, the Impact Blue were relegated to ODSL. Unified in their belief that they had the talent to compete in NCSL, the Impact Blue let their play make their case. The team played every season in Division 1 of the ODSL, and finished in the top three in the standings for five consecutive seasons. The team achieved significant suc-
The Arlington Impact Blue have reached the top division of the National Capital Soccer League.
cess in non-league play, as well, winning trophies in the Virginian Tournament (2010), the Hunt Country Classic (2011), and the August Cup (2011 and 2012). Finally, in the spring of 2012, the Impact Blue’s long-awaited opportunity arrived. That’s when the red team accepted a slot in the newly-recreated Club Champions League, and the Blue team was invited to join NCSL.
Per NCSL rules, Impact Blue entered the league at Division 6, the lowest in that age group. Over the course of the next four seasons, the team marched from Division 6 to Division 2, compiling a 24-6-6 overall record. This spring, after 15 seasons of competitive play, the Impact Blue will finally achieve their long-term goal of competing in Division 1 of the NCSL.
The level of competition will no doubt be challenging, but meeting and conquering challenges is nothing new for the team. The current Impact Blue players are Nico Deshler, John Dour, Daniel Ducic, Jonathan Farfan, Jeremy Frenzel, Bryan Gomez, Jefferson Huynh, Jacob Leiter, Alex Mazarr, Braian Nahuel Calustro, Gus Norrbom, Lucas Orjales, Pablo Orjales, Mike Provenzano, Evan Schadelbauer, Brandon White and Alec Whoriskey. The four players who have been with the team from the beginning are Norrbom, Lucas Orjales, Pablo Orjales and Schadelbauer. Impact Blue’s previous coaches were Mike Woods, T.J. White and George Shirley. The current coaches are Luis Gendive, Othmane Benkhallouk and Prashant Singh.
Generals Open Season; Wakefield and Yorktown Both Win DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
After being productive with the bats in their first two games en route to victories, the Washington-Lee Generals were at the BASEBALL quiet plate in game three April 4, losing to the host Hayfield Hawks, 3-0, and getting only three hits. Hayfield junior right-hander Josh Carpenter pitched the complete-game shutout in the high school baseball contest. He threw 90 pitches, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Eleven of the Generals’ outs were either pop ups or weak fly balls to the outfield. Hayfield improved to 4-1 and W-L fell to 2-1. “We popped up and got under the ball way too much,” Washington-Lee coach Doug Grove said. “Give their guy credit. He pitched a good game and shut us
out. The ball seemed dead here tonight. Nothing carried.” Washington-Lee senior righty Hunter Gray also pitched a complete game. He allowed just four hits, walked three, struck out three, gave up two earned runs and threw 75 pitches. “Hunter battled and did OK. We just didn’t get him any runs,” Grove said. Hayfield senior right-fielder Stephen Sudik had two of Hayfield’s hits and he scored a run. The Hawks’ first run in the third inning was unearned as the result of a twoout infield throwing error. In the sixth, Sudik and Kenneth Aycock singled, then both scored on Trevor Fyfe’s double to center field. Will Burgess, Teddy Herbert and Cameron Anderson had WashingtonLee’s hits, all singles. Washington-Lee played all three of its games in a four-day stretch last week.
“We had a pretty good week, but it could have been a real good week if we had won here tonight,” Grove said. n The Yorktown Patriots (3-1) blanked the visiting Mount Vernon Majors, 6-0, April 4 as junior right-hander Graeme Fineman (2-0) threw the seven-inning shutout. Fineman (2-0) threw 104 pitches, walked one, struck out six and allowed four hits. “Graeme threw the ball well and did a good job on the mound,” Yorktown coach Mike Ruck. “Our defense played well and we turned a double play. We had timely hitting, so it was a good solid win.” On offense, Yorktown stole 10 bases. Aaron Lee had two hits for Yorktown and Teddy Schroeder, James Levenberg and Ryan McNulty had hits. n The Wakefield Warriors (2-2) won in walk-off fashion for the second time this season, nipping the visiting Edison
Eagles, 4-3, April 4 in Arlington. Wakefield won when two runners scored in the seventh inning on a throwing error by the Edison pitcher. Patrick Girard (2-1) threw a complete game to get the win for Wakefield, which had five hits. Girard allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked four. He allowed two earned runs. Jalen Carver and Girard had RBI hits for Wakefield. Alex Ward, Jimmy McGuire and Leo Biette-Timmons had Wakefield’s other hits. The win ended Wakefield’s nine-game losing streak against Edison dating back to 2009. Wakefield plays Arlington rivals Washington-Lee and Yorktown in action this week. For more baseball game stories and details involved the three Arlington teams from last week’s action, visit www. insidenova.com
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over a Concorde District team in a couple of days. The Patriots had blanked Westfield, 2-0, earlier. “It means a lot to beat teams from the Concorde District,” Wood said. “The win [against Oakton] was huge for our confidence and belief as we go through the rest of the season.” Monahan leads Yorktown with four goals and Jack McCreary has two. Yorktown’s other wins so far this season were over Edison, 4-0, and Langley, 1-0. The Patriots lost to West Springfield, 3-2.
W-L Wins Continued from Page 23 Generals’ success this season. Falls Church opened the second half with a bit more spirit and bite, adjusting to Washington-Lee’s early dominance by
Yorktown’s Iain Holmes heads the ball away from a crowd of Oakton players.
marking Nunez and funneling its attack more through the wings. The tactical shifts paid off four minutes into the second half, when junior midfielder Darwin Herrera finished off a quick counter-attacking sequence down the right wing by blasting a narrow-angle shot from the edge of the penalty box past the Washington-Lee goalie.
Yorktown High School’s Michael Monahan, No. 7, sets up the game’s only goal as the Patriots’ Nick Carrigan and Trey Lodge move in on the sequence. PHOTOS BY DEB KOLT
The Jaguars stayed close until the final minutes, when Washington-Lee midfielder Roger Rojas broke through with the final goal with seven minutes to play “I told the team, this Falls Church team will score one eventually, that we needed to put the game away earlier when we had possession and had our chances,” Carrasquillo said. “We’ll take our learn-
ing points from this game and keep improving. We have the talent.” Washington-Lee’s other wins were over Edison, 6-0, Lee, 3-2, and Marshall, 5-3. The Generals played Wakefield to a scoreless tie. Washington-Lee has a busy schedule this week with three games, including Thursday and Friday home contests.
High School Roundup
Yorktown pitcher Maddie Silk earned victories during last week’s softball action. GIRLS TENNIS: The Yorktown Patriots
are off to a 6-0 start this season, including 6-3 wins over Washington-Lee and Wakefield. Yorktown’s other three victories are by 9-0 scores.
Playing No. 1 singles for Yorktown is freshman Valerie Marshall, who is undefeated. Senior assistant captain Olivia Tate is undefeated at No. 2 singles. The No. 3 spot is held by senior captain Zoe Dormuth and No. 4 by sophomore Rachael Cooper, who is undefeated. The No. 5 spot is played by junior Lexi Peck, undefeated as well, and No. 6 by sophomore’s Sammie Cooper and Charlotte Ruffing and freshman Bianca Bethancourt. Juniors Caitlyn Van Dirk, Katherine Piper and Ellen Nye have all played in official matches in both doubles and singles. The Washington-Lee girls have a 5-11 record, including a 9-1 win over Wakefield. In Yorktown’s win over W-L, the Patriots led 4-2 after singles. Winners for Yorktown were Marshall, Tate, Rachel Cooper and Peck. Washington-Lee won close matches at No. 3 against Dormuth and No. 6 against Sammie Cooper. Washington-Lee’s top singles players are junior Kesh Mullen at No. 1, senior Mosana Tafere at No. 2, junior Alicia Huggett at three, freshman Rachel Hess at four, junior Diana Voronina at five and sophomore Gail Muggill at six. Those six make up the doubles teams
along with freshman Helen Turvene. Muggill and Huggett are undefeated “We have had a strong opening season,” W-L coach Laura Hale said. “At practice, we really emphasize doubles work, honing our strategies and communication between partners. That has really paid off for us, and I think it will continue to make the difference as we face even more formidable teams the second half of our season.”
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GIRLS SOFTBALL: The Yorktown Patriots (4-2) won three games and lost two last week. Yorktown defeated Falls Church, 6-3, Lee, 12-0, and Annandale, 7-4. Against Falls Church, McKenzie Silk hit a two-run homer in the bottom of sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Carolina Martyn had three hits, including a triple, and Caroline George pitched a perfect final two innings to get the victory. Yorktown went 2-0 in Edison High School’s round-robin spring break tournament, defeating Lee and Annandale. Maddie Silk pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in a five-inning 12-0 victory over Lee. Joanna Domson and McKenzie Silk each had three hits. Grace Woodward added two hits and Bryanna Lansing and Kaitlin Kreider also had hits. Against Annandale, the Patriots rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the sixth with four runs to win. Domson had a tworun single to put Yorktown up for good. Maddie Silk and Woodward had three hits and two RBI each. George pitched five innings to get the win. The Patriots lost to Robinson, 3-0, and to Mount Vernon, 9-2. Madeline Marshall had a run-scoring double against Mount Vernon.
BOYS TENNIS: The Yorktown Patriots
are undefeated with a 6-0 record. Yorktown’s top six players are junior Luke Maxwell at No. 1 singles, sophomore Jacob Dormuth at No. 2, sophomore Will Donahoe at three, freshman Tate Arevalo at four, junior Perry Kaufman at five and junior Kiernan Stroup at six. Two other players are juniors Alex Hayes and Julian Means. Maxwell, Donahoe and Stroup are also undefeated thus far.
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The Wakefield High School baseball team is looking to add a few games this season. For information, call Wakefield head baseball coach George Baker at (571) 721-8066.
Sports Briefs BARCA RED WINS TWO SOCCER TOURNAMENTS: The
Arlington Barca Red, an under-11 boys travel soccer team, won the Arlington Invitational Soccer Tournament the weekend of March 1 and the Richmond Jefferson Cup Tournament held in Richmond the weekend of March 8. Over both weekends, the team scored 20 goals and allowed only six. In the Arlington tournament, Barca Red defeated Prince William County, 4-1, in the championship game. Barca Red faced teams from New Jersey and Philadelphia in the Jefferson Cup. Barca scored 10 goals and gave up one goal during the tournament, winning the championship game against the Philadelphia Coppa, 40. The Barca Red are ranked No. 1 in Virginia and No. 6 in the nation in their age group. Players in the tournaments were Nelsar Castillo, Jorge Dickens, Jackson Harms, Teddy Hutman, Aman Khemka, Gibson Lusk, Gibson Lusk, Luke Newell, Bodhi Patil, Jack Sasaki, Denny Southard, Alexander Wall, Simon Powers, Michael Soto, Grant Weeter and Toby Zimmerman. The team was coached by Mo Tayari and Arbi Hammami.
COMETS WIN GOLD DIVISION: The Arlington Comets
The Arlington Barca Red won a soccer championship.
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Herndon-based scientific consulting firm seeks experienced, full-time assistant to provide administrative support to scientific staff involved in developing healthcare products. We offer a pleasant and collegial work environment. Ideal candidate will have excellent command of written and spoken English, Microsoft Word and Excel skills, a keen eye for detail, a familiarity with web-based research, and a welcoming personality. Responsibilities include reception and general administrative duties. Competitive salary and benefits. Resume with references to HR, Scilucent, LLC, 585 Grove Street, Suite 300, Herndon, VA 20170. FAX: 703-435-0440. No telephone calls or solicitations please.
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