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Faced with Angry Neighbors, Sidewalk Decision Delayed BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Vienna residents tend to favor new sidewalks on principle, but sometimes get cold feet at the idea of having their own properties dug up for walkways. That scenario played out again March 17 when the Vienna Town Council considered authorizing a $47,500 contract to Rinker Design Associations to design sidewalks near a

new three-lot subdivision at 350 Church St., N.E. The project would fill in missing sidewalk gaps along Beulah Road, N.E., between Maple and Ayr Hill avenues. But some neighboring property owners said they worried about the project’s impact on their property values and trees. Edgar Adamson, who lives at 230 Beulah Road, N.E., told the Council the project would necessitate the removal of about a dozen trees on public right of way in front of his

property. “The right of way where the sidewalk is to be built starts 37 feet from my front window,” said Adamson, who was one of three residents who spoke out against the project. Adamson said about 12,400 cars pass by his home every day and many of them idle while waiting for the traffic signal at Church Street. “The only thing assisting me in my privacy and protecting us from traffic noise are those


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using the older conventional methods. PicoSure is performed by either Burger or a registered nurse. The cutting-edge PicoSure delivers energy 1,000 times faster than traditional laser methods, taking advantage of pressure-wave technology to shatter target ink into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body. PicoSure also better erases multi-colored tattoos. Stefanie Timpke from Kensington, Md., was at UntattooU on March 18 having a small blue-and-green four-leaf clover tattoo removed from her left foot. Other than the pinch from an injection of lidocaine to numb the area, Timpke felt no pain during the initial five-minute removal procedure. A chilling procedure or creams can be used to numb an area as well. “Am I supposed to be feeling something?” Timpke asked as UntattooU nurse Norah Gourlay used a pointed PicoSure instrument to trace the ink of the tattoo. Timpke received the tattoo in Germany when she was 14. She has been told the tattoo looks more like broccoli than a clover. Now in her 40s, the software sales spokesperson wanted it removed for professional reasons and because she is interested in a “natural look” at this point in her life. “I have not found just one reason why people want their tattoos removed,” Burger said. “Maybe they got a tattoo at a time in their life when they were some-

Above: Dr. Scott Burger has opened a new tattoo-removal clinic, “UntattooU,” featuring a state-of-the-art laser removal technique offering faster results for his patients. Below: Dr. Burger performs a laser treatment on Stefanie Timpke’s tattoo.

what different than they are now. Forty percent of people 18 to 29 have tattoos, and 30 percent or more have some type of degree of regret.”

Burger doesn’t know if the tattoo craze has peaked or is in decline. What he does know is the removal market is busier than ever, for those of all ages, both male and female. “We probably get more removal interest from females, but not a lot more,” he said. The cost for removal ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the size of a tattoo and the number of treatments necessary. “It’s cheaper to get a tattoo than to have one removed,” Burger said. UntattooU is able to remove any size tattoo of any type of design and on any part of the body. The entire process takes patience, lasting for some 30 weeks or more. Once complete, a patient’s skin tone is returned to normal. “We see old types of tattoos,” Burger said. “We’ve seen vulgarity, full black skulls, a lot of flowers, panthers and the typical types and designs.” Burger says he and his partners chose the Vienna site because of the population density of Northern Virginia and the access of major highways, like Route 66 and the Capital Beltway. Burger chose the name of his business based on the Rolling Stones’ album, “Tattoo You.” “I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan,” Burger said. UntattooU offers discounts to those in the military. For more information about the clinic, visit the Web site at

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Vienna Resident’s ‘LOVE’ Sign Idea Gains Warm Reception BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Vienna next year will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the town’s founding, and resident Suzanne Zolldan wants to jazz up that fete by giving residents and visitors photo opportunities for years to come. Zolldan presented the Vienna Town Council on March 17 with a proposal that the town boost local pride and attract tourists by commissioning a “LOVE” sculpture in the spirit of various Virginia Is for Lovers monuments that dot the state. Zolldan, who works for a fund-raising company, said she has enjoyed seeing many such signs during her business travels in Virginia. “When you see them, they can’t help but bring a smile to your face,” she said. “We have such a strong sense of community. I think it would be perfect for our town.” Zolldan, a Vienna resident for more than 25 years, offered to lead the effort by working with the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department or the town’s Community Enhancement Commission. Together, they would select the design and an art-

depending on one’s perspective, old-fashioned film reels, wheel covers or revolver cylinders. • Similar-sized letters, made with various colors and featuring several messages, adorn the interior at Norfolk International Airport. • In Kiptopeke State Park on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a quartet of oversized white Adirondack chairs on the beach spells out LOVE in black lettering. • Cardinal Point Winery in Afton stacked, split and cut sections from wooden wine casks to spell LOVE. • Holston Mountain Artisans in Abingdon spelled out the signature word using Vienna resident Suzanne Zolldan has asked town officials to consider installing a “LOVE” sign or framed photographs, an artist’s easel and postcards. sculpture in a prominent location to help celebrate the town’s 125th anniversary next year. • Veritas Vineyards in Nelson County ist or company to execute it, determine a organization’s Web site, 35 localities across used hundreds of neatly arranged wine suitable location, evaluate costs and raise the commonwealth have installed such corks to spell LOVE. money to pay for the project, she said. sculptures. The sculptures’ designs are as Zolldan said the idea of placing such a Town Council members seemed enthu- varied as the communities in which they sign or sculpture in Vienna has drawn fasiastic about Zolldan’s proposal. are installed. vorable reviews from people. “Everyone I “I love it when people bring in wonHere are several examples of how com- mentioned it to said, ‘That’s so Vienna!’” derful ideas and back them up,” said Vice munities creatively tackled the challenge: she said. Mayor Carey Sienicki. For more information about such proj• Culpeper installed tall metal letters According to the Virginia Is for Lovers lined with circular designs that resemble, ects, visit

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Opinion Our View: Must State Budget Be Delayed So Long? They may end up being wrong, but those who pay attention to the legislative process in Richmond are suggesting that local residents buckle up – it could be months before the General Assembly and governor can work out a budget plan that is palatable to all sides. The only absolute deadline is July 1, which is the start of the commonwealth’s fiscal year. Theoretically, a biennal budget needs to be in place by then, or Virginia risks looking like the federal government, with its patchwork of continuing resolutions papering over the fact that legislators frequently fail in their most basic duty: approving a spending plan. We have been down this road before in Virginia, when legislators of the two houses and two parties can’t get their work done during the regular session, and must return again and again to Richmond to work it out. On rare occasions, and this may be one, winter has turned to spring and spring has approached summer before a budget was adopted. The hard truth is this: When this type of brinksmanship has been played

in the past, the budget that ended up winning approval was one that could have been adopted months earlier, had only legislators (and the governor of the day) gotten down to business and knocked off the posturing. What relevance does the budget infighting this year have for typical Virginians? In one sense, not much; their worlds will not come crumbling down if budget season extends to May or June. But for local governments across the commonwealth, and for those agencies (both governmental and nonprofit) that are trying to plan for their own future, the degree of indecision in Richmond can have a significant negative effect. They are left trying to guess what level of state funding will come to them as part of the budget process, a guessing game at best. The big sticking issue this year is Medicaid expansion, and the two sides appear to be digging in their heels. We have a suggestion: Why not skip all that and come up with the compromise that we all expect will emanate before the new fiscal year starts, thus allowing legislators to wrap things up

and come home? That hope notwithstanding, we tend to agree with the experts: This could be a session that runs on and on until the final days of the existing fiscal year. Sigh.

Nifty 50 for Reston Most Northern Virginians have at least a vague familiarity of the history of Reston. Established by, and named after, Robert E. Simon (RES-ton, get it?), the “new town” was emblematic of some progressive thinking in urban/ suburban planning in the 1960s. Hard to believe for some of us who have been around a while, but early next month brings a celebration not only of the community’s 50th anniversary, but of the 100th birthday of its founder, who is still going strong. Reston was not an unqualified success in its initial years (Simon was forced out when financial results didn’t live up to expectations), but it provided a blueprint for those seeking new thinking about neighborhood living. For that alone, it’s an anniversary worth celebrating.

Many Seniors are in Need of County Tax Breaks Editor: Just wondering which “local government” you were referencing in your March 20 editorial “Nix the Tax Rebates.” I am not aware of an area in Northern Virginia that allows a homeowner to have “a halfmillion dollars or more in assets (not counting the house) and a household income that is the envy of most Americans….” in order to qualify. The asset and income requirements

in Fairfax County for senior or disabled home owners to qualify for real estate tax exemption allow for no more than $340,000 in assets not including the home. For 100percent exemption, income cannot be over $52,000. Income from $52,001-$62,000 qualifies for 50 percent exemption and income from $62,001-$72,000 qualifies for 25-percent exemption. As for the editorial comment, “one may not be rich by local standards, but does one

really need a tax break?” Yes, some do need a tax break. For a homeowner on a fixed income, it can make the difference in their ability to remain in their home. For an assessed value of about $500,000 Fairfax County real estate taxes are approximately $500 a month. While that might be chump change to you, it’s a sizable amount for some seniors. Betsy Needham Vienna

Paper Right to Stand Up Against Attorney General’s Action Editor: The Sun Gazette is worthy of high praise for publishing Jan Childress’s ludicrous letter [“The Voters Have Spoken: Time for Others to Get Over It,” Feb. 6] concerning Attorney General Mark Herring’s refusal

to defend the commonwealth’s laws. The letter underscored Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion about freedom of speech (made in Berlin last February): “In America, you have a right to be stupid – if you want to be.”

In this particular case, stupid by supporting elected officials who subvert standing laws based on personal or political expedience. R. Blankenship Fairfax County

Attorney General Did Right Thing on the Issue of Marriage Editor: The Sun Gazette recently critcized Attorney General Mark Herring for not defending the state’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, saying “it’s the obligation of [his] office to defend it.” You speak of this as though it’s a matter of Herring being able to defend the law, but merely refusing to do so. I don’t believe

that’s the case. Defending a law, or a constitutional provision, involves presenting valid arguments, based in reason and law, as to why the plaintiff’s arguments are wrong. If Mark Herring has no such arguments to

give, because he believes all the arguments in favor of the prohibition are flawed, then what would you have him do? Harlan Messinger Arlington

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The average weekly wage paid to employees working in Fairfax County rose 1.8 percent and remained among the nation’s highest, according to new federal figures, but the number of those employed in the county declined. Those working in Fairfax earned an average weekly wage of $1,434, up 1.8 percent from a year before and good enough to rank the county seventh among the nation’s 334 largest counties by population in September 2013, according to a report released March 19. Only Santa Clara County, Calif. ($1,868); San Mateo County, Calif. ($1,698); New York County/Manhattan, N.Y. ($1,677); the District of Columbia ($1,560); San Francisco, Calif. ($1,478); and Arlington ($1,478) ranked higher in the survey. Rounding out the top 10 were Suffolk County, Mass. ($1,429); Fairfield County, Conn. ($1,377); and King County, Wash. ($1,376). The national average weekly wage during the latest reporting period was $922, up 1.9 percent from a year before. Fairfax’s increase of 1.8 percent placed it 146th among the 334 largest counties in Virginia. In terms of total employment, Fairfax’s September figure of 586,100 was off 0.2 percent, ranking the county 295th nationally. (The figures represent those who are

employed in any given jurisdiction, no matter where they might reside. The September snapshot was taken prior to the federal-government shutdown that occurred in early October, but came at a time of uncertainty about the employment situation of federal-government workers and contractors.) During the reporting period, employment increased in 286 of the 334 most populous counties, with a national growth rate of 1.7 percent. The largest gain was reported in Fort Bend, Texas, at 6 percent. Because cities in Virginia, uniquely among the 50 states, are independent of surrounding counties, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also includes them in this ranking. Among Virginia cities and counties, average wages for September were $1,478 in Arlington County (down 1 percent), $1,315 in Alexandria (up 4 percent), $1,085 in Loudoun County (down 0.2 percent), $1,021 in Richmond (up 1.8 percent), $912 in Henrico County (up 1.7 percent), $906 in Newport News (up 4 percent), also $906 in Norfolk (up 0.3 percent), $835 in Prince William County (up 0.2 percent), $810 in Chesterfield County (down 0.6 percent), $733 in Virginia Beach (up 0.3 percent) and $728 in Chesapeake (up 0.6 percent). Full data can be found on the Web site at

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Town of Vienna has been ranked sixth among the “30 Safest Cities in Virginia” in a new study by the SafeWise secruity organization. “Are you looking for a safe city that has everything to offer? You’ve found it,” the report says about Vienna. “From access to amazing high-end retail shops to famous restaurants and unending entertainment, date night in Vienna will never disappoint you or your spouse.” The report looks at crime data for communities (towns and cities) of more than 3,000 people. Topping this year’s ranking of safest in Virginia was the 1.8-squaremile community of Broadway, followed by Poquoson, Purcellville, Berryville and Colonial Beach. “Virginia proves that cities of all sizes can be safe when the government and itizenry work in tandem,” said Alexia Chianis, a SafeWise security analyst. “Many of Virginia’s safe communities enjoy a rich history that is not only being preserved, but also celebrated in a number of innovative ways.” The complete ranking can be found on the Web site at COPIES OF TOWN BUDGET ARE AVAILABLE: Copies of the proposed Town of

Vienna budget for fiscal year 2014-15 are available for public review online at www., in the Finance Department at Town Hall and at Patrick Henry Library. Members of the Town Council will hold

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a public hearing on the proposed budget on Monday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. At the hearing, residents will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget and ask questions. If Town Council members consider it necessary, a final budget work session to discuss comments made at the public hearing will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21. A public hearing on the proposed real estate tax rate and water and sewer rates will be held at the April 28 Council meeting, and adoption of the budget is scheduled for the May 12 meeting. VOTER-REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES: Monday, April 14, is the last

day to register to vote in the May 6 Vienna town election. Town residents are eligible to register if they are a Vienna resident, at least 18

years old by Election Day and a U.S. citizen. Registration can take place in person

in the Fairfax County General Registrar’s Office at the County Government Center or by mail. Application forms are available in the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, all public libraries and other locations around the county, and on the Web site at www. Those who already are registered to vote do not need to do anything extra to participate in the town election, but should check voter-information cards to ensure they list an individual’s current name and address. For more information, call the Fairfax County’s Office of Elections at (703) 2220776.

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McLean, Great Falls, Vienna and Oakton - Because your home may well be your largest asset, selling it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. And once you have made that decision, you’ll want to sell your home for the highest price in the shortest time possible without compromising your sanity. Before you place your home on the market, here’s a way to help you to be as prepared as possible. To assist homesellers, a new industry report has just been released called “27 Valuable Tips That You Should Know to Get Your Home Sold Fast and for Top Dollar.” It tackles the important issues you need to know to make your home competitive in today’s tough, aggressive marketplace. Through these 27 tips you will discover how to protect and capitalize on your most important investment, reduce stress, be in control of your situation, and make the best profit possible.

Twenty Oakton High School DECA members qualified for the International Career Development Conference to be held in Atlanta this May. An additional 18 Oakton High School DECA members received special recognition on stage, placing within the top 18 of their event.

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liance of Northern Virginia (CAA) recently honored a partnership between the Fairfax County and Vienna governments with an award in recognition of the partnership between the two entities that transformed a section of Wolftrap Creek in Vienna’s Wildwood Park. The project restored more than 2,500 feet of Wolftrap Creek by reshaping the stream banks to a gentle slope and planting vegetation that not only provided a habitat for animals, but also helped to stabilize the banks of the stream and filter pollutants from stormwater runoff. The project was a joint effort between the Town of Vienna Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments and the Fairfax County Department of Public

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na Inc.’s new exhibition, “The History of the Country Store,” is now open, with an opening reception slated for Sunday, April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Freeman Store, 131 Church St., N.E. The exhibition uses artifacts, period apparel, tools, posters and other materials to tell the story of local general stores. It will run through the end of the year. For information, call (703) 938-5187 or see the Web site at LIONS CLUB TO HOST CRAB, SHRIMP FEAST: The Merrifield Lions Club will

host an all-you-can-eat feast of snow-crab legs and shrimp on Sunday, March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Fire Department, 2148 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring. Tickets are $37 in advance for adults ($39 at the door), $13 for children ages 5 to 11.


host an awards reception for “Music to My Ears” on Saturday, April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant St., N.W. Students from Harmonia School of Music will perform at the event, and juror Carolyn Gawarecki will present awards. The community is invited. The exhibition runs from April 1-26 from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission. For information, call (703) 319-3971 or see the Web site at www.viennaartssociety. org.

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The Vienna Host Lions Club has cancelled its spring bazaar, which had been scheduled for April 12 at the Vienna Community Center.

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Make the Most of Your Kitchen Space (ARA) - Dreaming of a fantasy island? No, not the island with white sandy beaches, palm trees and sun . . . but your kitchen island. According to a recent survey, kitchen islands are increasing in popularity. “The kitchen island has become the icon of the modern kitchen – the 21st century equivalent of the old-fashioned hearth,” says architect Duo Dickinson for This Old House Magazine. “It’s easy to understand why; islands work.” Centrally located, islands are easily accessed and ideal for various kitchen tasks from food prep and cooking, to clean up and entertaining. They often are the focal point in the kitchen and typically blend in with the décor. According to Dickinson, an island, at a minimum, should be 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep. As the attractiveness of kitchen islands continue to grow, so do the innovations. In fact, the number-one design feature on consumer wish lists is a central island cooktop.

But cooktops aren’t the only island innovations. Below are the newest kitchen finds and options to consider when building or turning your fantasy island into a functional – and stylish – workspace. Create Levels When deciding on the layout for your kitchen island, why not customize your fantasy and create levels? Multi-level islands are becoming increasingly popular since most homeowners not only want a work area, but also an informal place for entertaining guests. With the kitchen as one of the main gathering areas in a home, your guests will be able to sit, chat or rest their beverage glasses on the high-top counter, while the lower tier of the island should feature an ample work area for you to whip up your decadent cuisine. Additionally, be sure to incorporate enough drawers and shelves below the work area to keep key ingredients, utensils and your

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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot Turn up the heat and get cooking. Homeowners want a central island cooktop as part of their kitchen island, reports Kitchen & Bath Design News. Installing cooktops brings countertop burners within easy reach, while also creating room for amenities below, such as additional storage - or even warming drawers. Easy Clean-Up In addition to your cooking surface, you’ll want to install a sink and faucet in your kitchen island to make food prep and clean up quick and easy. Cutting up vegetables can even be stylish with the minimalist design of the new Level pulldown kitchen faucet from Moen. Its sleek and contemporary lines, accented in the most popular finishes, blend beautifully with modern kitchen decors. Plus, Level’s pulldown wand also makes performing everyday tasks - such as filling large pots, pitchers and vases - in and around the sink and island easy. Topping It Off Add character to your island countertop with a dramatic surface finish. While highend materials, such as granite, metal, solidsurface and marble are still popular, new custom, hand-applied finishes with unique designs, such as full circles and waves, can add unique beauty to your island and set your countertop apart. And, be sure to finish off your counter with a thick butcher block. Not only will it be an easy spot for all your cutting needs, you’ll be sure to protect your beautiful countertop surface. Finishing Touches With your fantasy island now becoming a reality, spruce up your space with some finishing touches. Installing long, vertical drawer and cabinet pulls add some flair to the kitchen, while also doubling as towel bars.


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ture sensors that close them automatically in case of rain. With an increasing number of large homes being built on small lots, privacy is becoming more of an issue. “Light from windows is rarely enough, especially in places where lot sizes are small,” says Jennifer Powers of ScottUlmann. A recent National Home Shopper’s Sur-

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Celebrate Season With Easy Weekend Projects (ARA) - You’ve got a weekend to work with and the inspiration to do something to dress up your home. You don’t need to spend like a diva or wield a hammer like a home improvement show host to achieve a high-impact do-it-yourself project. Many value-enhancing, elegance-adding improvements can be accomplished in a weekend with minimal effort and expense. “You can find a weekend project that’s right for your budget, skill level and decorating goals,” says home improvement expert Mike Denny of So deSimple Crown Molding. “Look around your home and consider the details, those little things that you can do to really punch up a room’s warmth and appeal. You’ll be surprised at the projects that come to mind, and many will be things you can do in a day or less.” At a loss where to begin with your weekend home improvements? Here are three ways to improve your home’s value, style and warmth: Punch It Up with Paint Color has a huge impact on how a room feels and painting is one of the easiest DIY


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Spring a Perfect Time to Remodel Outdoor Areas (ARA) - With uncertainties in the housing market causing many homeowners to “hunker down” and stay put for a while, targeted improvements are becoming a popular way to add value to a home. An outdoor remodel is one improvement that nearly always offers a great return on investment. Many builders are reporting an uptick in building comfortable outdoor living areas such as decks, porches, patios and pool areas, with amenities including gas-powered heat lamps, outdoor showers, and even full-service kitchens. Deckorators, a company that designs and manufactures decorative balusters, post caps, post covers and railing accessories, has seen its sales increase every month for the past several years. “Consumers are investing in their homes by adding decorative elements to their existing outdoor areas and creating expansions to decks and patios,” says Rick Preble, general manager of Deckorators. Also aiding growth is an emphasis on creative design by deck builders and exterior design contractors. The wealth of new products on the market lets homeowners differentiate their properties from those of neighbors and friends. It’s a personalization once reserved only for interior spaces. New products this year from Deckorators include a classic square baluster called the Es-

tate Baluster. The company also sees continued interest in their decorative glass balusters and stylish architectural balusters that offer the look of wrought iron with a finish that lasts for years. “Homeowners are taking more pride in their homes and investing in high quality products outdoors. That’s a smart move for increasing the value of your home,” Preble says. Leigh Brown, a Charlotte, N.C., realtor with RE/MAX Signature Properties, says one of the most popular features homebuyers are looking for today is outdoor living space. “Everyone wants to spend time outside, and communities are being built around greenbelts, golf courses and parks. This generation of first-time homebuyers is tilting toward a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, and it’s fitting that those same people want a home that has a nice flow between the inside and the out,” says Brown. Deckorators products appeal to homeowners looking to express their individuality. “Today a deck incorporates seating areas, cooking areas and often recreation areas. Hot tubs and spas are popular features, and families spend lots of time enjoying decks and patios,” Preble says. “Today’s deck is much more than a place to park your grill,” adds Brown. “It’s the hub of the family’s social life.”

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Paper Pet Peeves Although there is a battle of the sexes on many fronts, both men and women united in citing their number one pet peeve is not replacing the toilet paper when it runs out. In fact, 42 percent of women and 31 percent of men stated this as the single biggest complaint. Eliminate the frustration of empty paper rolls by adding a pivoting paper holder. Designed by Inspirations by Moen, this innovative accessory features a spring-free, pivoting

Clean Up Clutter Men just don’t understand the need for all of women’s “stuff.” In fact, 20 percent of men surveyed cited the second most annoying thing in the bathroom is wasting valuable counter space by leaving toiletries and cosmetics scattered about. Additionally, when asked what they’d like to change about their current bathroom, 36 percent of respondents cited they would like to increase storage space. The addition of accessories, such as shelves, towel bars and towel rings can take toiletries and towels off the counter and onto the wall.

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Reston Leaders to Go All-Out to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Reston residents and a host of dignitaries on April 5 will celebrate the 11th annual Founder’s Day by paying tribute to the planned community’s 50th anniversary and the 100th birthday of its founder, Robert E. Simon. The festivities, which are free and open to the public, will occur from noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Anne Village Center, 11404 Washington Plaza, W. The event is sponsored by the Reston Association, Reston Historic Trust, Reston Community Center and Friends of Lake Anne. Here is the event’s schedule: 11:30 a.m.: Warm-up by the South Lakes High School Marching Band. Noon: Brass fanfare by the Reston Orchestra. 12:05 p.m.: There will be a welcome ad-

dress by Chuck Veatch, presentation of colors by the South Lakes High School ROTC Color Guard and the singing of “God Bless America” by Beverly Cosham. 12:15 p.m.: Elected officials will make remarks and present proclamations. Officials expected to attend are U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine (D-Va.), Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D), U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th), state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd), Del. Kenneth Plum (D-36th), Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) and Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill). 12:45 p.m.: There will be a reading of a poem of dedication by the winner of a poetry contest. 12:50 p.m.: The day’s entertainment will kick off with “Reston Is My Home,”

by Hunters Woods Co-op Preschool, and “Ja-Da,” by Terraset Elementary students. There also will be a performance of “What You Want” (from the hit play “Legally Blonde”), by the South Lakes High School Theatre Arts organization and songs sung by the Reston Chorale. 1:30 p.m.: Officials will recognizing young Restonians who were schooled there and now serve the community. 1:40 p.m.: Rick Thompson and David Peter will make announcements regarding a historical marker and ground-breaking ceremony for the Lake Anne redevelopment. 2 p.m.: There will be a brick dedication overseen by Chuck Veatch. 2:05 p.m.: Reston Orchestra will play a brass fanfare.

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2:10 p.m.: Those in attendance will move to the Reston Museum for announcements, cutting of birthday cake and a toast conducted by Phil Lilienthal. These will be followed by a “Happy Birthday” sing-along and musical entertainment, presentation of winners of the Video Scavenger Hunt and Nature House raffle and a message from the Reston Museum Endowment Campaign. Reston residents, local businesses, schools and other organizations also will include special birthday messages for Simon in the Founder’s Day program. That evening at 8 p.m., organizers also will hold a “Toast to Reston” and Robert Simon at the Reston Community CenterHunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston. The event also will feature a private screening of a film that has a working title of “The Reston Story.” The film, produced by Storycatcher Productions, will chronicle the planned community’s first half-century. The film was jointly produced by Reston residents Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who also directed it, and Susan Jones, who also served as the project’s researcher and writer. Reston began as a 6,750-acre tract of farming land and now is home to about 65,000 residents and 60,000 workers. For more information about the Founder’s Day events, visit www.restonmuseum. org or call (703) 709-7700.

Dulles Chamber of Commerce Gala Raises Funds for USO More than 300 community leaders descended on the Westfields Marriott on March 15 as the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Stars Over Dulles gala. During the event, a paddle auction led by Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) raised $10,000 for the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. Funds raised will provide support for local troops and their families living and traveling in the local region, and will be used in a variety of ways, including holiday activities, back-toschool support and emergency food and housing. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of companies in the Dulles region, USO-Metro is able to continue to fulfill its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families,” said Elaine Rogers, president and CEO of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. At the ceremony, Angie Carrera of the Fairfax County Office of Public-Private Partnerships received the Chamber’s annual Citizen of the Year Award. Business organizations and local first-responders also were recognized at the ceremony. For information on the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, see the Web site at

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a wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters and designer carpeting. And the west wing of the home features a wonderful spa space, along with laundry facilities. The elegant master retreat is the highlight of the first upper level, with its own fireplace, custom drapes, hardwood flooring and a separate sitting room, along with a luxurious bath with two walk-in showers and an oversized Jacuzzi tub. Two additional bedrooms are found on this level, while a fourth bedroom can be found on the second upper level. The lower level is home to a spacious recreation room with “Cheers” wet bar, as well as a study/office and plentiful storage. The second-story sundeck is not only an amenity in itself, it also provides a connection between the two wings of the home. The upper-level west wing features an au pair suite. Gracious inside and out, the home is a visual delight that exceeds expectations. A great way to start the spring. Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients.

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With exceptional landscaping, along with stone walkways and paths, this week’s featured property is the perfect introduction to springtime – it’s a visual delight that will bloom to life as winter’s weather becomes a distant memory. And with exceptional interior spaces, including the stylish Great Room, coupled with an outdoor entertaining area, this custom all-brick colonial in McLean is a marvelous spot to host a gathering, while being equally at home providing for the simpler pleasures of daily living. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,900,000 by Cindy Jones of Keller Williams Realty. A classic exterior, framed by lovely trees and professional landscaping with glorious azaleas and other specimen plantings, hints at the delights we will find inside. The inviting stone walkway leads us up and into the home, where we are greeted in the gracious marble foyer. The richly appointed formal living room features custom silk draperies, glass shelving and a wood-burning fireplace, while the dining room features dramatic elements that include custom paint and a sun -filled bay window that overlooks the patio, gardens and lawn. The grand kitchen is designed to appeal to exacting chefs, with top-quality appliances and room to get the job done. There also is a butler’s pantry and morning room (with doors to the patio). The library offers built-in bookcases,

Blame it on the mid-winter blahs, blame it on colder-than-usual temperatures, blame it on higher-than average snow. Whatever the cause, the nation’s builders just aren’t ready to get into the spirit of springtime. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released March 17. “The March HMI mirrors last month’s sentiment, as builders continued to be affected by poor weather and difficulties in finding lots and labor,” said NAHB chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. But it’s not just wintry weather that is putting a damper on enthusiasm. “A number of factors are raising builder concerns over meeting demand for the spring buying season,” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “These include a shortage of buildable lots and skilled workers, rising materials prices and an extremely low inventory of new homes for sale.” Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. The index’s components were mixed in March. The component gauging current sales conditions rose one point to 52 and the component measuring buyer traffic increased two points to 33. The component gauging sales expectations in the next six months fell one point to 53. The three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores all fell in March. The Northeast dropped three points to 35, the Midwest fell three points to 53, the South posted a fourpoint decline to 49 and the West registered a two-point drop to 61. More information on housing statistics is also available at and

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Schools & Military n Matthew Callahan of Vienna, a 2010 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, has been named to the president’s honor roll for the fall semester at the University of Florida. n Caroline Craver of Great Falls, a graduate of Langley High School; Kelley Harris of Vienna, a graduate of Flint Hill School; and Lauryn Harris of Vienna, a graduate of Flint Hill School have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semesterat Lafayette College. n Elisabeth Bertolett of Vienna, a student at Denison University, is studying in New Zealand this semester as part of the Frontiers Abroad program. n The following local students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Virginia Tech: – From McLean (22102): Caroline Assaf, Molly Bremer, Natasha Chadha, Kiersen Commons, Thomas DiBenedetto, Rebecca Dworak, Matthew Eklund, Olivia Ellis, Adrianne Engel, Anne Fowler, Haley Fowler, Michelle Gailhac, Taymour Hashemzadeh, Gabriella Jacobson, Joseph Lafuria, Delia Maresco, Krista McGuigan, Criag McKenzie, Philip Neighbour, Nneoma Nwankwo, Elizabeth Pence, Logan Pontell, Elissa Purdy, Kathleen Scalia, Samantha Schreiner, Joseph Sebastian, Minh-Thi Ton, Maclean Trainor, Christine Tran, Timothy Tsai, Con-Ning Yen. – From Oakton: Grayson Berger, Bruna Blauth, James Brent, Kathryn Clark, John Colston, Mitchell Colston, Mark Crowley, Kristina Crump, Katherine Dawson, Hallie Dominick, Amy Groome, Meghan Hekl, Spencer Jenkins, Catherine Jucha, Tyler Katocs, Stephen Kralick, Catherine Lam, Andrew Lipovsky, Amanda Marx, Mark McNamee, Laura Neiditch, Lauren Page, Jonathan Pisaro, Anthony Rowen, Rebecca Rye, Mary Schmitt, Samantha

Seager, Maria Spiridonova, Peter Sulucz, Robert Thurman, Eleni Voudouris and Alexis White. n Fairfax County Public Schools students earned 27 national awards in the National Scholastic Art Awards program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Nima Jeizan of George C. Marshall High School earned an American Visions Medal – equivalent to a best in show for the nation – and Elisabeth Hughes of Oakton High School earned a Gold Medal and Best in Grade Award. Gold Key award-winning entries from the Fairfax region were judged at the national level against winning artwork from across the country. National medalists will be celebrated at an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in May. Select national award winning work will be included in an exhibition in New York, and a traveling exhibition over the coming year. National winners from the Sun Gazette coverage area include: Nima Jeizan of George C. Marshall High School, American Visions Medal for Mixed Media, “Then and Now, Who Am I?” Jeizan also received a Gold Media for Mixed Media, “That Sunday Night.” Elisabeth Hughes of Oakton High School, Gold Medal and Best In Grade Award for Mixed Media, “Dress Up.” Hughes also received a Gold Medal for Photography, “Mathematical Uprising.” Hosun Song of James Madison High School, Gold Medal for Ceramics, “Teapot.” Anna Buser of McLean High School, Silver Medal for Sculpture, “Electric Mixer Set.” Ji Whae Choi of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science & Technology, Silver Medal for Art Portfolio, “Diversity.” Katharine Olson of James Madison,

Silver Medal for Photography, “You Are Not Alice, And This Is Not Wonderland.” Kara Peters of McLean, Silver Medal for Ceramics, “Untitled.” The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol. Visual arts categories include architecture, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, print-making, sculpture and video-game design. More than 250,000 students participate in the program across the country. n A team of sophomores from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology has been chosen as a finalist in the Cybertechnology and Security category, and will compete at the 2014 Innovation Summit in Houston. The team, comprised of Matthew Sun, Valerie Chen, Jasper Treakle and Raghav Ramraj, is one of 20 international high school finalists in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge chosen from a group of 133 semifinalists. Presented by Lockheed Martin, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge asks teams of students (ages 13 to 18) to combine innovation and entrepreneurship, along with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), to create commercially-viable products to benefit humanity and support global sustainability. Finalist teams will present their product concepts April 7 and 8 before a panel of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs, government officials, and world-renowned scientists at NASA Johnson Space Center

in Houston for an opportunity to win a $10,000 start-up grant. Products will be evaluated for technical content and marketplace viability. n Sergius Vernet, a 24-year-old McLean reisdent, was one of 17 National Outdoor Leadership School students who recently participated in an 80-day wilderness expedition deep in the lush and diverse landscapes of Patagonia in Chile. Participants hiked across glaciated mountain peaks, camped in alpine valleys and kayaked through island chains while attaining a variety of outdoor technical and leadership skills and learning about sustainability. n U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf will host the 10th District Academy Day on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Loudoun County School Board Office, located at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. Representatives from the nation’s service academies and educational institutions with military components have been invited to participants. The 2019 Academy nomination season is now “open” for inquiries from students considering attending one of the nation’s service academies. Because Wolf is retiring from Congress, the deadline to submit nomination applications through his office has been moved up to Sept. 15 from the traditional Oct. 1. For information about the congressional nomination process or Academy Day, call Mary Ann Cannon at (703) 709-5800 or see the Web site at n Students at Franklin Sherman Elementary School will present “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” on Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door, and are available on the Franklin Sherman PTA Web site at


will host a forum on “Roads, Traffic and Tolls,” featuring Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The forum is designed to give Layne, who recently was appointed by Gov. McAuliffe, a chance to discuss her plans to tackle Northern Virginia’s ongoing transportation challenges. For information, see the Web site at

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Citizens Association will host a legislative wrap-up session on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at the McLean Community Center. The forum will feature state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Del. Bob Brink (D-48th) discussing the 2014 General Assembly session.

Participants can share their concerns on state issues. For information, see the Web site at DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MCC GOVERNING BOARD FILING: Friday,

March 28 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for candidates seeking to participate in the McLean Community Center Governing Board election, to be held on McLean Day (May 17) at Lewinsville Park. Three adult seats and two youth seats will be on the ballot this year. Adults serve for three years, with youth positions lasting for one year. Appointments to the Governing Board are formally made by the Board of Supervisors; traditionally, supervisors follow the results of the election. For information on the election process, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at McLEAN CHAMBER BREAKFAST TO


McLean Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly “Good Morning McLean!” breakfast on Thursday, April 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at J. Gilbert’s, 6930 Old Dominion Drive. At the meeting, state Sen. Barbara Favola and Dels. Bob Brink and Marcus Simon will present an overview of the 2014 legislative session. The cost in advance is $20 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members; there is a $5 surcharge at the door. For information, see the Web site at

MCC GOVERNING BOARD TO MEET: The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center will meet on Wednesday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. at the center. Anyone wishing to speak during the citizen-comment period of the meeting should call (703) 790-0123 to be placed on the agenda. For information about meetings, in-

cluding board agendas, see the Web site at www.mcleancenterorg/about/governingmeetings.


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Fairfax County’s Jobless Rate Joins Regional Upward Trend Fairfax County’s jobless rate was part of a regional trend higher from December to January, based on new state figures, but more than 600,000 county residents remained employed in the civilian workforce. The jobless rate of 4 percent reported by the Virginia Employment Commission on March 21 represented 605,069 county residents employed and 25,305 looking for work. The rate was up from 3.6 percent a month before. Fairfax was not alone: nonseasonally-adjusted joblessness rose from 3.1 percent to 3.3 percent in Arlington County; from 3.7 percent to 4.1 percent in Loudoun County; and from 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent in Prince William County. Some cities across the commonwealth posted declines in jobless rates, as the Virginia Employment Commission re-benchmarked some data that might have had an impact. Locally, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent to 4 percent in Alexandria and fell from 6.4 percent all the way down to 3.6 percent in Falls Church. For Northern Virginia as a whole, there were 1.49 million residents employed and 66,100 looking for work, with the resulting

4.2-percent January unemployment rate up from 3.9 percent a month before. Statewide, unemployment rose from 4.8 percent in December to 5.4 percent in January, representing 4.01 million with jobs and 226,700 seeking them. A month before, the unemployment rate statewide had been 4.8 percent. Ann Lang, senior economist for the Economic Information Services Division of the Virginia Employment, said non-farm employment across Virginia declined by 9,500 jobs from December to January, and total non-farm employment remains a little more than 30,000 below the pre-recession peak of 3.79 million recorded in April 2008. From December to January, total statewide employment was down in five market sectors – including construction and government – and up in six. Among Virginia’s 134 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rates in January were turned in by Arlington, Falls Church, Greene County (3.7 percent), the city of Fairfax and Madison County (3.8 percent each). The highest unemployment rates were found in Page County (11.7 percent), the city of Martinsville (11.4 percent), Dickenson County (11.2

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, JANUARY Data from Virginia Employment Commission, showing non-seasonally-adjusted civilian employment for January. “Previous” is rate for December.

Jurisdiction Alexandria Arlington Fairfax County Falls Church Loudoun Prince William Northern Va. Virginia United States

Employed 87,750 133,763 605,069 7,494 186,184 224,601 1,493,603 4,010,583 143,526,000

Unemployed 3,631 4,620 25,305 282 7,923 11,264 66,125 226,743 10,855,000

percent), Lancaster County (10.9 percent) and Northumberland County (10.6 percent). Among metropolitan areas, Northern Virginia had the lowest jobless rate, followed at 4.3 percent by Charlottesville. The highest were reported in Danville (7.6 percent) and Kingsport-Bristol (6.7 percent). Nationally, Virginia had the 10th-best employment picture during the month. The lowest jobless rates were found in North Dakota (3.3 percent), Nebraska (4.1 percent), South Dakota and Utah (4.2 percent each) and Vermont (4.4 percent), with the highest recorded in Rhode Island (10.1 percent), Illinois (9.1 percent), Nevada (8.9 percent), Cali-

Pct. 4.0% 3.3% 4.0% 3.6% 4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 5.4% 7.0%

Previous 4.1% 3.1% 3.6% 6.4% 3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 4.8% 6.5%

fornia (8.5 percent) and Kentucky (8.3 percent). For full data, see the Web site at Metro Area’s Month-OverMonth Joblessness Declines, but Year-Over-Year Unemployment Rises: Unemployment in the Washington metropolitan area rose from 4.6 percent in December to 5 percent in January, according to new figures reported March 21, but remained well below jobless rates of a year before. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 3.21 million local residents in the civilian workforce in January and 160,700 looking for work. Compared to a year before, the number in the workforce was es-



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sentially unchanged (up 5,700) while the number seeking jobs had dropped about 29,000 – suggesting some of the decline in the unemployment rate was due to people falling out of the labor pool. Nationally, unemployment rates were lower in January than a year before in 367 of the nation’s 372 metropolitan areas, higher in three and unchanged in two. The lowest jobless rate among all metro areas was found in Midland, Texas, at 2.9 percent. The highest could be found in Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., at 26.1 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Among the 49 metro areas with populations of a million or more, the lowest joblessness was found in Austin, Texas, at 4.7 percent, while the highest was in Providence, R.I., at 10.3 percent. Among Virginia’s nine metropolitan areas outside the Washington region, unemployment rates in January were higher in every one from compared a month before, but were lower than a year ago. For complete data, including important notes on re-benchmarking of figures that occurred in the January report, see the Web site at


Technology pervades nearly every aspect of people’s lives and to keep all that gee-whiz gadgetry running around the clock, even during natural disasters or human-caused catastrophes, companies and governments must prepare, coordinate and stay flexible, experts said at a March 20 business-continuity forum. Clear communication and teamwork are vital during emergencies, as communities in the region are interdependent, said Kenneth Mallette, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “Disasters do not discriminate,” he said. “Disasters do not recognize jurisdictions. Disasters are equal-opportunity offenders.” The event, held along with a network disaster-recovery exercise, was hosted by AT&T at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. David Rohrer, Fairfax County’s deputy county executive for public safety, recalled how technology was much simpler and less ubiquitous when he began his career as a police officer in 1980. County police had just four radio channels and computer-aided dispatching had not been invented yet. Area officials should reach out to area business owners and discuss ways to help the region recover after disasters, Rohrer said. Having grocery and hardware stores open promptly after such emergencies would help the public cope and begin to make needed repairs, he said. The failure of the 911 emergency telephone call system during the June 2012 “derecho” windstorm showed the region must do more to maintain communications

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during emergencies, Rohrer said. “I don’t think we’ve gotten to where we need to get in terms of recovery and resiliency,” he said. “Hope is not a strategy.” Public officials are not the only ones who must prepare contingency plans. During the forum, AT&T held its 71st disasterrecovery exercise in a parking lot across from the hotel. Immaculate gray trailers set up on the asphalt contained emergency-management systems, power generators and other equipment that could be transported to the scenes of natural or human-caused disasters. Some of the equipment ran on solar power, while other gear was kept running by diesel-powered generators. Several trailers had outlets where power cables the size of fire hoses could be locked in place. AT&T also has a partnership with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Forum attendees watched a canine-agility demonstration conducted by Laurel Pitman of Texas Task Force 2 and her dog, April 2 public hearing. Vienna Officials OK New Antennas on Tapawingo Water Tank: Vienna will allow AT&T to place 12 panel antennas on the town’s water tank at Tapawingo Road and Frederick Street. The Vienna Town Council on March 17 approved the agreement. Vienna already leases antenna space on the water tank to Cricket and T-Mobile, said Town Attorney Steven Briglia. Part of AT&T’s lease covers the use of support facilities on the ground at the site. AT&T will pay a $60,000 onetime fee, plus $3,400 per month for the current arrangement of antennas. That fee would increase by $250 per antenna if more were added at the site. Some residents had expressed concern to town officials about the appearance of, and possible radiation from, antennas at the site. Vienna Planning and Zoning Director Greg Hembree said the water tank is about 120 feet tall, with a catwalk at 110 feet, and its transmissions do not come near surrounding residences. The site’s ground equipment is screened by an 8-foot fence and is not visible from the street, said Briglia. Under the federal 1996 Telecommunications Act, localities may not disallow the installation of wireless-communication antennas based on health reasons, said Town Council member Laurie Cole. Telecommunications leases are a valuable financial asset for the town, Cole added.

been supplanted by digital cameras with memory cards. Image-downloading times used to be incredibly long, even for low-resolution files, but an increasingly robust network allowed digital photography to soar, he said. Without investments in the network, innovative Web sites such as Facebook and YouTube also would not have been possible, Parente said. The majority of AT&T’s network traffic today is video content, and that will increase in the future, Parente said. The network will hold astounding amounts of memory, thus eliminating a key limitation of computer equipment today, and will be programmable and accessible on demand, he said. Other innovations also could improve people’s lives. For example, embedding financial codes and driver’s license information in smartphones or other devices would allow people to scrap their wallets, Parente said. House keys also would become obsolete, as home sensors could unlock doors using electronic signals from owners as they approached. These systems would be protected with multiple levels of identity verification, he said. Doctors already can review scans and charts from remote locations and might be able to examine patients in their homes via video on a non-emergency basis, Parente added. While technological changes have occurred at a whirlwind pace in the last decade, what’s coming will be astounding, Parente said. “Are we going to look back at the devices used today and laugh?” he asked.

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The company’s 20-year franchise agreement with Vienna was set to expire and officials from both Qwest and the town agreed that because of the rapidly changing realities of the telecommunications business, a shorter franchise renewal period would be preferable, said Town Attorney Steven Briglia. Qwest does not plan to enlarge its facilities in Vienna, otherwise a different kind of franchise agreement would be in order, he said. Council Approves More Money for Consulting Firm as Maple Avenue Efforts Near Completion: Consultants with Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects have been helping Vienna officials and the Maple Avenue Vision Committee craft a new ordinance that would allow new kinds of development along the town’s main commercial corridor. Because additional public meetings with the Vienna Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review and Town Council are necessary to see the proposed ordinance through to adoption, the Council agreed on March 17 to pay the firm an additional $8,000. The Council also agreed at the meeting to forward a draft of the proposed Maple Avenue ordinance to the town’s Planning Commission, which will discuss it at an

David Rohrer, Fairfax County’s deputy county executive for public safety, outlines the county’s disaster-recovery efforts at a March 20 business-continuity forum hosted by AT&T in Tysons. PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER

a 6-year-old black Labrador named Sonic. The dog clambered over boards set at chest and eye level and maintained balance even when crossing a see-saw, which dipped swiftly when the canine passed the fulcrum. The crowd gasped when Sonic fell off one of the boards and crashed to the ground several feet down. Not to worry, officials said, as such spills are a natural part of disaster training. AT&T also has 12 personnel who have undergone rigorous hazardous-materials training and are capable of bringing downed networks back online even under the toughest conditions. Technology’s predominance is growing apace. The amount of data transmitted on AT&T’s wireless network has increased by 50,000 percent in the last four years, said Mike Schweder, president of AT&T MidAtlantic States. In the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia, wireless devices outnumber the population, Schweder said. AT&T’s network every 12 minutes handles the equivalent of all the information contained in the Library of Congress, said Mark Francis, vice president for network operations center planning with AT&T Network Operations. Francis thanked the nation’s young people, many of whom were responsible for the 757 billion text messages the company handled last year. Don Parente, director of technology strategy/chief architect for AT&T Federal Solutions, showed a picture of a 35mm roll of film, which in the last dozen years has

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Influential Women to Speak at Leadership Conference BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Women and men who wish to learn how to be more successful and influential will have a chance to learn from experts when the Women’s Center in Vienna holds its 28th Annual Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 5. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive in Tysons. The theme of this year’s event will be “The Power to Influence.” Award winners and speakers will include: Maureen Bunyan, lead co-anchor of WJLA-TV/ABC-7; Linda Singh, managing director of Accenture Federal Services and a brigadier general of the Maryland National Guard; Susan Chodakewitz, president of Tetra Tech AMT; Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of The New America Foundation; Holly Petraeus, assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs’ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Susannah Wellford, president and board chair of Running Start. “We wanted to look at women who’ve made a point of influencing others with their actions,” said Shirley Clark, interim executive director of The Women’s Center. For example, Bunyan makes a difference daily with her perseverance and hard

work, Petraeus ensures veterans are not financially exploited and Wellford helps women consider careers in public service, Clark said. The event will have a roundtable discussion featuring Singh, Wellford and Chodakewitz, which will be moderated by speaking coach and former journalist Jan Fox. Women’s Center leaders again will offer concurrent sessions at the conference so attendees can learn more about various subjects that interest them. This year’s sessions will address the following topics: • “What Do You Mean You Can’t Hear Me? Deciphering the Gender Code,” presented by Maria Gamb. • “Speak for Full-Blown Impact,” presented by Jan Fox. • “Courage Under Fire: How to Build and Act on Management Courage During Professional Crises,” presented by Toni Townes-Whitley. • “Creating a First – and Lasting – Impression,” presented by Nina McLemore. • “Success and Satisfaction for HighAchieving Working Moms: Addressing Professional, Personal Competing Commitments,” presented by Mimi Darmstadter and Meredith Persily Lamel. • “Say What You Need to Say,” presented by Janice Shack-Marquez. • “Social Media 101,” presented by Shana Glenzer.

Clockwise from top left: Holly Petraeus, assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs’ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Maureen Bunyan, lead co-anchor of WJLA-TV/ ABC-7; Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of The New America Foundation; Susan Chodakewitz, president of Tetra Tech AMT, will be among the speakers at The Women’s Center’s 28th Annual Leadership Conference on April 5.

• “Pain, Stress and the Human Body in a Modern World: You Have 2 Choices. It’s That Simple,” presented by Amber Skylar. The conference, which at previous at-

tendees’ suggestion will set aside more time for networking, also will feature a raffle with prizes such as restaurant and spa gift certificates, a weekend at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Washington Capitals tickets. The most interesting prizes? Lockheed Martin will provide rides in flight simulators for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, Clark said. Tickets for the event, which include a continental breakfast and luncheon, are $175 for Women’s Center members, $195 for non-members and $225 for those who sign up for one-year memberships. The Women’s Center’s board on Jan. 20 selected Clark to serve as the center’s interim executive director, following the departure in December of executive director Carol Loftur-Thun. Clark said she has asked to remain in her post for one year and have the organization pick up the search for her successor “when it’s appropriate.” In the meantime, Clark hopes to kick off a countywide campaign regarding community and mental health. “I want to talk about our sense of community,” Clark said. “I want to take it a step further this year and talk about how everybody can improve the mental health of the community.” For more information, visit

National Airport Sees Record Passengers; Dulles Remains Soft SCOTT MCCAFFREY

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport started the year with a march toward another annual record passenger count, while Washington Dulles International Airport continued to show softness, according to new figures. Add it all up, and the roughly 3 million passengers who traveled through the two airports in January represented a decline of 3 percent from the same month a year before, according to figures reported March 18 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The change in fortune among the two airports was underscored by the fact that Reagan National came within about 30,000 passengers of surpassing Dulles in the monthly passenger total, something that would have been unheard of until very recent times. All told, 1,485,762 travelers used Reagan National during the month, an increase of 0.1 percent from January 2013, while 1,516,637 used Dulles, a decline of 5.8 percent. Weather played a role, as the first month of 2014 had more snow-related cancellations than its counterpart in 2013. And

January’s figures do not a trend make, as it traditionally is a relatively soft month for airline travel. But the direction is unmistakable, as both airlines and passengers are diverting from Dulles to closer-in National. The Arlington airport in 2013 had more than 20 million passengers go through its terminals for the first time in its 72-year history. Dulles, which saw passenger totals peak in the early 2000s when Independence Air made a run at United’s dominance there, has struggled to sustain domestic-passenger totals, although its international totals remain strong. While the largest airline serving National (US Airways) has added capacity compared to a year ago, United has pulled back about 10 percent at Dulles, although it continues to handle nearly 65 percent of all passenger traffic there. American Airlines over the past year also beefed up its service at National. American and US Airways, which have merged but for now retain their separate flying identities, control more than 60 percent of passenger totals at Reagan National, and are being required by federal regulators to give up some of their landing and takeoff slots to other airlines.

The growth at Reagan National is mostly positive news for the airports authority, which operates both facilities under contract with the federal government, but higher passenger totals are putting a strain on facilities there. With little additional space on which to grow, officials are expecting 2 million more passengers annually at Reagan National in coming years. The airport recently announced plans for a major refurbishment of Terminal A, where airlines including JetBlue, Southwest, Air Canada and Frontier can be found. The region’s third airport – BaltimoreWashington International Thurgood Marshall – reported just under 1.5 million passengers in January, down 3.3 percent from a year before. Southwest and AirTran, which have merged but for now continue to operate separately, control about 71 percent of passenger totals at that airport, which is run by the state of Maryland. Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin America to Beef Up Presence at Reagan National: The newly merged combination of American Airlines and US Airways will control 56 percent of daily departures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, down from their current joint total, while

Delta Airlines will bump up to 12 percent, Southwest will have 11 percent and JetBlue 7 percent. That’s according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, based on changes mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the approval process for the American-US Airways merger. At most airports across the U.S., an airline can control as large a percentage of flights as it can get passengers for. But at airports that have limited take-off and landing rights (called “slots”), the airlines are subject to government regulation. Once American/US Airways agreed to give up the slots as mandated by the Justice Department, JetBlue acquired 20 roundtrip flights, Southwest obtained 27 and Virgin America added four through the divestment process. To accommodate the changing landscape, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced March 19 that JetBlue will move to Terminal B/C, Virgin America will operate full-time in Terminal B/C and Southwest will expand in Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. Airlines will begin moving to the new locations over the summer, with some of the new flights starting as early as midJune.








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Marshall Loses in Arlington

Teeing Off

Langley Versus Madison Is Must-Watch Lacrosse

Get ready, so mark those calenders. The dates are set for those highlyanticipated and competitive regularseason high school boys and girls lacrosse showdowns between the Langley Saxons and Madison Warhawks.

Young Statesmen Are Still Adjusting

Dave Facinoli

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In an early-season girls’ soccer matchup between the Washington-Lee Generals and Marshall Statesmen, both teams clearly more foSOCCER were cused on the process, rather than the March 21 result. The teams substituted players liberally and switched between various tactical formations, using the early non-conference matchup as an opportunity to work out their respective kinks. The Generals ultimately topped visiting Marshall, 2-0, by virtue of two goals from senior forward captain Caroline FitzGerald, who will play at James Madison University. Washington-Lee opened the contest as the more assertive side, funneling the ball through the middle of the field and holding most of the game’s possession in its attacking half. The positive intent paid off for the Generals after 10 minutes, when FitzGerald pounded on a rebound in the center of the penalty area to open the scoring. On the goal sequence, Abigail Han directed a low cross from the left wing to FitzGerald’s attacking partner, Quetzal Norton, who attempted a low, driven shot after controlling the ball. Marshall goalie Meaghan O’Meara batted away the ini-

Top: Marshall High School’s Bronwyn Redd attempts to control the ball as she is defended by Washington-Lee’s Carolyn Vaughn during a non-district game last week. Left: Marshall goalie Meaghan O’Meara calls out instructions to set her defense to defend against a free kick on a penalty at the end of the first half. Washington-Lee won the game, 2-0. Marshall defeated the Stuart Raiders, 2-1, in its opening game.

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McLean’s Ace Was Sharp in Team’s Season Opener DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

The Highlanders did what they needed to do. They got a strong effort on the mound from ace Joey Sullivan, and didn’t give away any free base runners until the final frame. Sullivan, who will play at Virginia Tech next year, scattered six hits over 61/3 innings and had seven strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander threw 83 pitches and the run against him was unearned. Sullivan had his curveball working early, as six of his strikeouts came in the first three innings. “I’m still trying to get back into the pitching zone, but I felt good today,” Sullivan said. “My curveball was really

working well, and that kind of surprised me. I’ve been working to get more depth on my curve and that was happening early. Plus, the defense played great behind me.” Sullivan helped his cause by fielding his position well with two assists and a putout. McLean made only one error, a dropped ball during an infield rundown, which led to the only run against Sullivan. “Joey threw a ton of strikes today and we didn’t give anything away until late,” Continued on Page 28

The boys game is April 8 at 7:15 p.m. at Langley. The girls is April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Madison. The four teams have annually been among the best in the state for a number of years now. When the teams meet, the games are intensely played, certainly very physical on the boys side, and are entertaining to watch. Plus, the scores are often close. Last spring, the Madison girls won the state championship with a 21-2 record and capped their season with a 17-game winning streak. The Langley girls lost to Madison four times last spring, including in district, region and state tournament finals. The Madison girls, already 1-0 this spring, have won two state titles in three years. With a number of top returners from last year’s team, like Katie Kerrigan, Sam Babbitt, Ellie Bentley and Alex Condon, the Warhawks are a favorite to repeat as state champ under the direction of veteran head coach Amanda Counts and her staff. The Langley girls, who have a new head coach in Rebecca Watkins, have a region championship to their credit in the past three seasons. The Madison boys were 18-6 last season and won the Liberty District and Northern Region tournament titles, then lost a close game to Chantilly in the state tourney final. In the 2013 district final, Madison snapped a long losing streak against Langley by defeating the Saxons. That came after Langley had nipped Madison, 7-5, in a regular-season clash. Madison should be a top team again this season, with some key returners. The Langley boys, under longtime head coach Earl Brewer (295 career wins entering this season) have a goal of returning to the state championship throne. Langley won four straight state titles until falling short last spring. One thing seems certain about 2014: All four teams will be good again, so the more they play, the better.

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The McLean Highlanders had hoped to open their high school baseball seaagainst their BASEBALL son arch-rival Langley Saxons, and were hyped for the opportunity. But when that March 21 game at Langley was postponed because of wet grounds, the Highlanders were able to maintain their edge the next afternoon when McLean defeated the host West Potomac Wolverines, 6-3, in what became their 2014 opener.


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Oakton Prevails in Duel of Righties; Marshall Gets Win Staff Reports

For such an early-season game, the ace right-handers for the Oakton Cougars and visiting Flint Hill Huskies were form when BASEBALL inthetoptwo neighborhood high school baseball teams met last night. Oakton scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to win, 4-1, in its season opener. Flint Hill, which scored its unearned run in the fourth, fell to 1-2 in the 93-minute contest. University of Virginia-bound righthander Tommy Doyle started and dominated the two innings he pitched for Flint Hill. The senior did not allow a hit or walk, fanned five and threw 32 pitches. Senior righty R.J. Gaines started and got the win for Oakton in five innings of

work. Gaines struck out three and walked two. He had a perfect game through three innings and a no-hitter through 42/3. The only run he allowed was unearned. Gaines threw 60 pitches. Oakton sophomore right-hander Kyle Christy pitched the final two innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Khalil Lee (double) and Reid Frazier had Flint Hill’s two hits. Josh Crummer drove in Flint Hill’s run, scoring Christian Tailor, with a sacrifice fly. Oakton had four hits. One was a tworun, fifth-inning single down the thirdbase line by Tommy Lopez, who had two hits. Keith Knicely had an RBI single in the fifth. Catcher Brandon Brodsky, who threw out a runner trying to steal third, had Oakton’s other hit. Both teams made one fielding error. Flint Hill used four pitchers.

The next day Oakton lost to host Lake Braddock, 10-3. n Behind a dominating pitching performance by junior right-hander Will Brooke, timely hitting and errorless fielding, the Marshall Statesmen started the 2014 high school baseball campaign March 21 with a 9-0 win over the visiting South Lakes Seahawks on Marshall’s newly-renovated field. Brooke threw a two-hit, complete game shutout, and helped himself at the plate by going 2 for 2 with a walk and scored two runs. Senior shortstop Alec Dolton led Marshall’s attack with four hits, including a double, while scoring three runs. Senior Terry Petersen took the loss for the Seahawks. Marshall broke through with two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Brooke led off with a single, Dolton

doubled him home, senior Conor Boyle hit a bloop that fell for a double, and junior catcher Mitch Blackstone drove in Dolton. The Statesmen broke it open in the fifth with five hits, two walks and a hit batter, starting with another lead-off single by Brooke. Blackstone had a bases-loaded walk, and then senior rightfielder Riley Cummins had a two-run, line drive double, as did junior first baseman Shane Russell. In the sixth, facing Seahawks’ senior Ian Schweppe, Marshall posted two more runs on a deep double by senior first baseman Patrick Evans. Newcomer junior third baseman Matt Borowski had two sharp singles to complete the 12-hit production by the Statesmen. Marshall lost to host Paul VI Catholic, 10-1, the next night. See more at www.

from Madison. The West was coached by Madison head coach Kirsten Stone.

High School Roundup OAKTON RUNNER SEVENTH AT NATIONALS: Oakton High School senior runner

Jack Stoney finished seventh in 3:57.976 in the boys 1,500-meter mile event at the indoor New Balance Nationals Armory Track & Field Championships in New York earlier this month. His time was four seconds off the winning mark. Prior to the national meet, Stoney won state, region and conference championships at the 1,600-meter distance earlier this winter. Stoney, who will run at the University of North Carolina, won state, region and conference cross country titles last fall. Also at the New Balance Nationals, Oakton junior Allie Klimkiewicz finished 25th in 11:08.17 in the two-mile girls race.

MADISON GIRLS LACROSSE: The defending state champion Madison Warhawks opened their 2014 season with a 22-7 home victory over Dominion on March 19. The win was Madison’s 18th in a row.


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tial shot on goal, which ultimately left a loose ball for FitzGerald to clean up. FitzGerald tallied her second goal five minutes after halftime. After receiving a long direct pass from midfielder Tara Dolan away from the goal, FitzGerald controlled the ball, spun around, and whipped a curled volley into the net. Washington-Lee coach Eddy Matos indicated that his front line’s performance provided glimpses of its potential and would be a key to his team’s success

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Baseball Continued from Page 27 first-year McLean coach John Dowling said. “If we can keep doing that, we will be in every game.” McLean was helped by five West Po-

Seven different Madison players scored two goals each. Sam Babbitt led the way with two goals and two assists. In all, 15 Madison players had goals. Alex Condon, Shannon Condon, Lia Cooley, Katie Sciandra, Hailey Swaak and Kierra Sweeney all scored two goals. Ellie Bentley had one goal and one assist. Madison goalie Christina Rusinski made seven saves. The 10th Suburban Classic, a girls high school basketball all-star game sponsored by the Northern Virginia Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association, was March 23 at Oakton High School. The game and three-point contest featured and showcased senior all-stars from 6A North and 5A North regions. Proceeds help fund the NWBCA scholarship program. The game pitted the East All-Stars against the West All-Stars. Local players in the game were Cami Prock from McLean and Katie Kerrigan

crosse team is off to a 1-2 start this season. Oakton opened its season with a 12-3 loss to Collegiate with Cory Harris, Liam Stack and Pat Lindemann scoring goals. Oakton then nipped Madison, 12-11. Madison led 10-9. Oakton’s Nathan Lalande then scored three straight goals to give the Cougars a 12-10 lead. Madison scored to pull within 12-11,

then Oakton won the ensuing faceoff and controlled the ball for the final two-anda-half minutes. “We need to keep getting better every game,” Oakton coach Grif Barhight said. Oakton’s third game resulted in a 16-5 loss to the visiting Yorktown Patriots on March 22. For Oakton, Mark Zekowski had two goals, Logan Ambrose had a goal and two assists, Stack had a goal, Harris had a goal and Shane Brummond and Jon Seager each had an assist. “We just didn’t perform,” Harris said. “We are better than that. Our coaches had a good game plan and we didn’t execute. It wasn’t really an X and O type of thing. Our attitude and hustle were lacking. It was a mental thing. We got outplayed.” Said Barhight: “The good news was that we came out of this contest injury free. Yorktown is a very good team. They executed very well offensively. Their goalie was excellent. They really opened up on us.”

this season. “The work rate of our forwards was there, and that will be a key for us this season,” Matos said. “Caroline wasn’t able to play with us last year because of an injury, but you can see that she’s very skilled. But the performance from them tonight was encouraging. Caroline’s obviously a key player, but Quetzal Norton is also very important for us. [She] has a high work rate and battles for the ball.” For Marshall, coach Ann Germain noted that the loss was her team’s most competitive and best match so far this season. Although Germain’s team won 2-1 earlier against Stuart, the coach was quick to note that she drew more posi-

tives from the game with W-L. “We’re working on continuing to improve,” she said. “We have a young team, but we also have a lot of players returning from last year. Even with our returning players, we have a couple of talented freshmen – Paige Emory, Erin Guth, Tyler Gaugler – who are on our team this year,” Germain said. Germain said her team continues to figure out what tactics work best, whether it’s a 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2. “That will come as we continue to play,” Germain said. “A goal for this season is to make it past the first round of the regional tournament. It would be nice to perform well enough in the regu-

lar season so we don’t draw a team like Stone Bridge in the first round.” Stone Bridge is a perennial region power. Germain specifically highlighted the contributions of senior forward Karenth Zabala Terrazas, who trained with the Bolivian under-20 national team over the past summer. “She came back with improved technical skills and an understanding of what it’ll take for her to continue improving as a player,” Germain said. “All of our players work very hard, and now it’s piecing that all together to have a successful season.” Marshall seasons continues this week.

tomac errors, seven walks and three hit batters. The Highlanders had four hits and struck out only twice. Caleb Beatty, Jimmy Cresce and Conor Grammes had RBI singles for McLean, and Samuel Pierce had a run-scoring fielder’s choice. Two other McLean runs scored as the result of an infield error by the West Potomac shortstop. Grady

Paine doubled for McLean in a pinch-hit situation. “This was a good team win,” Dowling said. “We are still trying to figure out a lot of things, but we played well. We put the bat on the ball a lot. It was a good start.” Defensively, McLean made just the one error and turned an inning-ending

double play in the third, started by third baseman Billy Gerhardt on a ground ball. After Sullivan left in the seventh inning, two McLean relief pitchers combined to walk three and allow a hit as West Potomac (1-1) cut the lead to 6-3 and had the bases loaded when the game ended.



basketball players B.J. Sallah and Logan Samuels were Virginia Independent School Athletic Association’s Division I second-team selections for their play this season. The two helped Potomac School finish 20-10 and earn a state- tournament berth.

OAKTON BOYS LACROSSE TOPS MADISON: The Oakton High School boys la-

Public-Safety Notes Rexall Drug Center, 150 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on March 13 at 8:25 p.m. that a customer had been in the pharmacy demanding prescription medications without a prescription and appeared to be intoxicated. Vienna police responded, determined the customer was intoxicated and arrested the 53-year-old Oak Hill resident on a charge of being drunk in public. Police transported the woman to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where she was held until sober. COUNTY POLICE DWI PATROLS RESULT IN ARRESTS: Fairfax County police re-

cently conducted several directed patrols to search for drunk drivers. Officers from the McLean District Station performed such patrols on March 14 and while no drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) as a result, police issued four summonses and 13 warnings. Also on March 14, officers from the Criminal Justice Academy patrolled the county searching for drunk drivers. In the end, authorities charged six drivers with DWI, issued 24 summonses and gave out 25 warnings. On March 15, McLean District Station officers again conducted directed patrols. No drivers were charged with DWI as a result, but police issued two summonses and 10 warnings. That same day, Fair Oaks District Station officers conducted similar patrols. No drivers were charged with DWI, but police issued 21 summonses and eight warnings. VIENNA POLICE FIND MISSING WOMAN AT McDONALD’S: A resident living in the

500 block of Beulah Road, N.E., notified Vienna police on March 13 at 8 p.m. that her elderly mother had taken a trip to Atlantic City, N.J., and had not returned home at the expected time. Authorities entered the elderly woman’s information and vehicle description into the National Crime Information Center database, at which time a notification was received from police in Laurel, Md. Police officials there said an officer had come into contact with the missing woman, who stated she was having problems with her global-positioning system (GPS). The officer assisted her with the GPS and provided directions back onto Interstate 95, police said. Vienna police officer received a report that an elderly woman had been at McDonald’s, 544 Maple Ave., W., and appeared to be confused.

An officer responded, located the woman and determined she was the missing elderly mother. The officer transported her to Vienna Police Headquarters, where she was reunited with her family. MARYLAND SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FINDS MISSING VIENNA WOMAN: A resident

living in the 300 block of Westview Court, N.E., told Vienna police on March 16 at noon that her elderly mother had left home in her vehicle and had not returned when expected. The daughter stated she had driven around the area for several hours trying to find her mother, but was unsuccessful. Authorities issued a Silver Alert with the mother’s information to surrounding jurisdictions. At about 11 p.m., a Vienna police officer received information from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland that a deputy had found the missing woman. Authorities notified the daughter and reunited her with her mother. CALLER THREATENS TO HARM VIENNA WOMAN’S SON: A resident living in the

200 block of Cedar Lane, S.E., told Vienna police on March 19 at 4:34 p.m. that she had received a telephone call from a person who demanded an undisclosed amount of money or the caller would physically harm her son. The resident contacted her son, who stated he was not in any danger, said Vienna police, who continue to investigate this case. VIENNA MAN REPORTS UNAUTHORIZED CREDIT-CARD CHARGES: A resident liv-

ing in the 200 block of Audreys Court, S.E., told Vienna police that sometime between Feb. 6 and 16, there had been several charges made against his credit cards without his knowledge.


ing in the 100 block of Patrick Street, S.E., told Vienna police that while reviewing her bank-account statement, she discovered that sometime between Feb. 21 and 24 two charges had been made to the account without her knowledge. Vienna police continue to investigate this case.


200 block of Moore Avenue, S.E., told Vienna police that sometime between March 6 and 12 someone had taken his Specialized brand “Rock Hopper” bicycle from his garage.


the 100 block of Elmar Drive, S.E., told Vienna police on March 14 at 6:15 p.m. that she had received a letter that appeared to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The letter stated the IRS was investigating her tax returns filed in 2013. The woman told police that was impossible, as she had yet to file her taxes for 2013. Vienna police continue to investigate this case.


resident told Vienna police on March 15 at 5:02 p.m. that as he was returning to his vehicle near Andy’s Barber Shop, 431 Maple Ave., W., he was approached by a man who was upset about where the resident had parked his vehicle. The resident told police the man became so upset that he lunged at him, in what appeared to be an attempt to remove him from his vehicle. The resident stated an employee of the business prevented the attacker from being able to reach the resident and that no physical contact was made, police said. THIEVES POACH COPPER DOWNSPOUTS FROM VIENNA CHURCH: An

employee at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, N.E., told Vienna police that between March 18 at 6 p.m. and March 19 at 6 a.m., a person or persons had taken several feet worth of copper downspouts from the exterior of the church. WOMAN RECEIVES FRAUDULENT CALLS ABOUT A MISSED COURT DATE:

A resident living in the 500 block of Walker Street, S.W., told Vienna police on March 19 at 5:09 p.m. that she had been receiving telephone calls from an individual who stated the resident had missed a court date and would be arrested if she did not purchase prepaid green dot cards and deliver them to the caller. A Vienna police officer was speaking with the resident when she received another telephone call from the individual. When the officer identified himself, the caller hung up. Vienna police continue to investigate this case. ROGUE BULLDOG BITES WOMAN AND HER DOG: A local resident told Vienna

police on March 19 at 7:50 p.m. that as she was walking her dog near the Town Green at Maple Avenue and the Washington &

Old Dominion Regional Trail, she encountered a white bulldog with black spots. The bulldog broke free from its leash and charged her dog, biting it on the front right leg, she said. The resident stated the bulldog’s owner refused to provide his contact information, but informed her the attacking dog’s name was Mike and that normally takes the dog to Vienna Animal Hospital for treatment. The resident told police she had sustained an injury to her hand while trying to separate the dogs. Her dog was treated at The Hope Center for non-life-threatening injuries and the woman went to Inova Medical Center to seek treatment for the injury to her hand. An Inova employee informed the woman that she would need to determine the status of the bulldog’s rabies vaccination in order to prevent her from needing treatment for rabies. A Vienna animal-control officer will follow up on this case, police said.

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conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law-enforcement agencies, Vienna police will again participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes. Vienna police will provide a collection site for old, expired, unused or unwanted medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Local residents anonymously may turn in prescription medications, controlled or non-controlled substances and overthe-counter drugs at the collection point inside Vienna Police Headquarters, 215 Center St., S. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication and depositing it directly in the collection box. If depositing original containers, residents should consider removing any identifying information from the prescription labels. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original containers to prevent leakage, police said. Authorities will not accept intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes because of their associated hazards. Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities may not use this event as a means to discard expired medications or medical waste. For more information, contact Master Police Officer Gary Lose at or (703) 255-6396.

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Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. For information on local history, see the Web site at www. March 25, 1949: n The state milk commission will hold a hearing on a proposal to authorize lower prices in Northern Virginia. March 28, 1964: n The Board of Supervisors held its annual “pothole day” public hearing, giving the public a chance to gripe about problems on the road. n The 36th annual McLean Community Sunrise Service will be held on Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church. n Gen. Douglas MacArthur is “showing improvement” as he battles a lung inflammation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. March 27, 1969: n The House of Delegates has approved plans to call a statewide referendum in 1970 to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, if the state Senate goes along. March 25, 1971: n Virginia Republicans want the General Assembly to ratify the federal constitutional amendment lowering the voting age to 18. n The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has joined the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in calling for no more delay in construction of I-66 inside the Beltway. n The rock group the Kinks will play two concerts at George C. Marshall High School this weekend. Funds raised at the event will support the school’s madrigals and students’ planned trip to Europe. n At the movies: “Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came,” “Ryan’s Daughter,” “Where’s Poppa?” “Airport” and “There’s a Girl in My Soup.”

















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11. Easy target 19. Look 21. About, maybe 24. Pivotal 25. Traveling 26. Column crossers 27. One in a K.P. pile 28. Clinton’s birthplace 29. It goes with vigor 32. Experts with numbers? 33. Get ready for a final

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March 27, 1979: n Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia have agreed to coordinate their energy-conservation plans. n The Board of Supervisors is mulling raising supervisors’ pay 47 percent, to $22,000 per year. March 26, 1986: n The U.S. Senate has voted to end a filibuster preventing the federal government from turning over National and Dulles airports to a regional operating authority. n Paul VI High School topped Bethlehem Baptist, 13-0, in baseball.


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