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Rate to Fall, But Tax Bills Continue to Rise

County Board to Trim Penny from 2013 Rate SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

It didn’t go as far as some budget hawks wanted, but it was something: County Board members on April 16 tentatively agreed to cut the real estate tax rate by 1 cent, to 99.6 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The move, which is expected to be ratified on when the board adopts the fiscal 2015 budget on April 22, will slice a little off the tax bill of property owners, but most will still pay more than in 2013 due to higher assessed valuations. The annual tax-and-fee burden on a typical Arlington household, already more than $7,000, will go up about $300 under the proposed plan. The Arlington County Civic Federation earlier this month called for a 3cent cut in the real estate tax rate, saying the county government had accumulated so much cash in its coffers it could make the cut without impacting the billion-dollar budget proposed by County Manager Barbara Donnellan. The Donnellan budget proposal included no

Recipients of the 2014 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards were saluted during a ceremony last week at the Fort Myer Officers’ PHOTO BY DEB KOLT Club. The annual event salutes exceptionalism in the public-safety ranks.

Public-Safety Exceptionalism Is Celebrated Their efforts not only helped to save a life, but possibly to turn one around. When Arlington County Police Officers Kenneth Kernicky and Stephanie Rodriguez responded to a report of a man planning to commit suicide in Douglas Park, they could not have guessed how the situation might have turned out. When the officers arrived on scene last June 13, they found the man sus-

their efforts helped give him a new perspective on the value of life. For their efforts, Kernicky and Rodriguez were honored with a Life-Saving Award at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd annual Valor Awards ceremony, held April 16 at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Continued on Page 27

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pended from a tree and unresponsive. Knowing the time was of the essence, Officer Rodriguez grabbed the subject and lifted him, while Officer Kernicky cut the rope. Ultimately, the individual regained consciousness. Taken to Virginia Hospital Center, the individual was able to make a full recovery, and a few days after the incident, he called the officers to thank them for their quick action, saying that

change to the tax rate. County Board members advertised no change to the rate, which gave them the flexibility to keep it the same or reduce it – but not raise it – when adopting the budget. The board action will mean slightly less cash for the county school system, which receives funding from the county treasury based on a percentage of overall tax revenue. But even accounting for that, the school system will receive $440.6 million, nearly $28 million more than during the current fiscal year. The board’s action to cut the rate could well have been a reaction to the April 8 election, which saw independent John Vihstadt trounce Democrat Alan Howze in the seat vacated by board member Chris Zimmerman. Vihstadt did not campaign directly on a cut in the tax rate, but did stress the importance of fiscal responsibility. County Board members added $200,000 to the budget to provide tourism marketing, a move that has been pressed for years

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It likely will come as little solace, but pro-streetcar Democrat Alan Howze most likely garnered a majority among voters living in the Columbia Pike corridor in the April 8 County Board special election. Will that victory – slim though it may have been – impact the ongoing battle over the Pike streetcar plan? That remains an open question. Howze took home 1,702 votes, or 51 percent of those cast, among the 10 precincts that abut the Pike, according to a Sun Gazette analysis of final election data. John Vihstadt garnered 1,565 votes, or 47 percent, with 73 votes going either to candidates Stephen Holbrook or Janet Murphy or to write-in candidates. That compares to a countywide tally of 57 percent for Vihstadt, 41 percent for Howze and the remainder scattered among others. In the race, Howze favored the streetcar proposal, while Vihstadt stood for a modern bus system. Whether Howze actually took

home a majority of voters in the precincts remains an open, and unanswerable, question. Vihstadt scored a majority of the absentee vote countywide, but because those votes are not broken out by precinct, there’s no way to know how absentee voters from the Pike corridor split. John Snyder, who heads the pro-streetcar group Arlington Streetcar Now, said the result of both the election itself and the Columbia Pike vote largely was irrelevant to the bigger picture. “A policy or proposal is either a good idea or a bad idea depending on its merits, not on who favors or disfavors it,” he said. “That is why the choice was made to go forward with streetcars in 2006 and reaffirmed in 2012 – because buses alone won’t do the job.” Snyder did, however, downplay the significance of Vihstadt’s sweeping countywide victory. “This was a very-low-turnout election,” he said. “I think it would be a mistake to read too much into the outcome, since the vast majority of voters chose to make no statement by not voting.”

VOTING IN COLUMBIA PIKE PRECINCTS Results from the State Board of Elections for the 10 precincts that touch on Columbia Pike. “Other” includes additional candidates on the ballot and write-in votes. Does not include votes cast absentee.

Precinct Glen Carlyn Arlington Mill Barcroft Jefferson Fillmore Arlington View Columbia Arlington Four Mile Run Claremont TOTAL

Howze 149 86 275 268 180 110 217 116 99 202 1,702 51%

Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit (AST), which like Vihstadt prefers a modern bus system, said the close results proved their point that there is no groundswell of support for the streetcar on the Pike. “Since proponents of the streetcar were saying for years prior to this special election that the Columbia Pike streetcar was overwhelmingly popular among voters along Columbia Pike, AST believes that the numbers you have crunched for these 10 precincts

Vihstadt 143 50 288 246 179 118 177 126 63 175 1,565 47%

Other 5 3 5 8 15 10 10 5 5 7 73 2.1%

tell a far different story: There is no evidence from this election showing broad-based support for the streetcar, even along the Pike,” said Peter Rousselot, a leader of the anti-streetcar group. “If there had been such broadbased support, the candidate who supported the streetcar would have won decisively in these Pike precincts,” Rousselot said. Among the 10 precincts along Columbia Pike, Howze picked up Glen Carlyn (149 votes to 143 for Vihstadt), Arlington Mill (86 to

50), Jefferson (268 to 246), Fillmore (180 to 179), Columbia (217 to 177), Four Mile Run (99 to 63) and Claremont (202 to 175). Vihstadt won Barcroft (288 to 275) Arlington View (118 to 110) and Arlington (126 to 116). At an April 16 work session, Vihstadt proposed a stop to streetcar planning. To absolutely no one’s surprise, his measure fell on a 3-2 vote, with the newcomer picking up the support of Democrat Libby Garvey but opposed by Democrats Jay Fisette, Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes. That’s likely to be the vote breakdown for every future streetcar-related vote, up through the ultimate award of a construction contract. Next up for the project: County Manager Barbara Donnellan in May is expected to lay out a financing plan for the project, the cost for which could approach $350 million. County officials are planning to use funds from the surcharge on commercial property to help pay the cost of the streetcar project’s construction, and may also seek federal funds to assist with the funding package.

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Youth Benefit from Leadership-Training Initiative ORRIN KONHEIM For the Sun Gazette

Lauding their successes and pointing them toward the future, Edu-Futuro honored spring graduates of its Emerging Leaders Program during a ceremony April 12 at St. George’s Episcopal Church. The 22 high-school students who completed the program were encouraged by the organization’s executive director, Daniel Sarmiento, to “have a vision for yourself in terms of ‘who am I’ and ‘where am I going to go.’” He needn’t worry: Most of the participants are high-achievers who are ready to take the next steps. Gisell Somoza, who was among those graduating from the program, cited her mother as her role model, a phrase she defined as “someone who has obtained an education against all odds and has been able to make most of their dreams a reality.” The non-profit organization Edu-Futuro was founded in 1998 by a consortium of Bolivian parents in conjunction with Arlington Public Schools. The Emerging Leaders Program was founded in 2006, and offers programs in both Arlington and Falls Church. “It was originally founded for highschoolers who have an immigrant background whose parents might not be familiar with the education system of the U.S. but who want the tools to help them get there,” program coordinator Jessie Ferguson said.

The six-week program runs three times a year, with an emphasis on community involvement, resumé-building, interview skills and college preparation. Members of this year’s cohort visited Virginia Commonwealth University as part of their work. Yorktown High School senior Edgar Payano is an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Program, having attended last summer. He was directed to it through the school’s minority-achievement coordinator, Shari Benites, and credits it with helping him get a scholarship to attend college at Sewanee: the University of the South. Payano said his single mother “had a lot of stress trying to put a roof over our head. I knew the college process was going to be very dependent on what I know.” Another graduate of the program, Washington-Lee High School senior

Marisela Lara, implored students to take initiative in realizing their passions. When she suggested to the audience that they could start their own organization, she spoke from experience: Lara won a grant from the Arlington Community Foundation to initiate the Set for College Success initiative. Sarmiento related his story as the son of Mexican immigrants who illegally crossed the border after multiple attempts to procure a better life. While Sarmiento commended his parents for giving him a life that would allow him to get a better education, he also lamented the fact that his parents never saw their home country as part of their future. He encouraged the graduates to retain their heritage, as well as Spanish-language skills. “If you speak two languages, it’s an as-



Thank You! I want to thank the many voters who decided to send me to the County Board on April 8th. For those of you who voted for other candidates or opted not to vote, I hope to earn your trust and support. I did not run the usual partisan campaign. We brought together people from across the political spectrum: Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents. This was not a victory for any one party, but rather for people of many parties and no party at all. f

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set to this world,” he said. “Don’t ever be ashamed of that.” “Your identity is shaped by a lot of external factors. People tell you who you think you should be,” he said. “Don’t get your identity from magazines or Hollywood or the radio. You determine who you want to be.” Participants in the programs were: • Arlington: Nathaly Conchambay, Jonnathan Duran, Katherine Garcia-Ortiz, Ivan Lopez, Henry Antonio Mejia Gutierrez, Yomira Payano, Josue Sanchez-Garcia, Nathaly Uriona and Leobardo Villalobos. • Falls Church: Christopher Almanza, Jonathan Angles, Andrew Cuestas, Jessica Cuestas, Elisa Pena, Mauro Quiroga, Eberth Reyes-Bravo, Rai Rocca, Josue Sanchez-Garcia, Ericka Schulze, Claudia Torres, Alma Vela, Jacqueline ZablockijMatos and Gisell Somoza.

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We’d like to know Are Jay, Mary, and Walter listening? “[Jay] Fisette said the special election had ‘become a referendum’ on the $310 million streetcar project....” Washington Post, 4/9/2014 Well, we’ve had that referendum. And the streetcar lost – decisively!

This is the wake-up call from the people of Arlington. Let’s end the streetcar boondoggle and get moving with rapid, affordable, safe, flexible, and comfortable transit. It’s common sense. We’re Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit. Please visit us at

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AT THE RISK OF BEING ACCUSED OF A ‘WE TOLD YOU SO’ DIATRIBE, we wish to remind readers that, for years, we would ask School Board members why in the world they were tearing down an aging, but perfectly serviceable (in the short term) building that they surely would need in the future. That building is the old Wakefield High School, which has been reduced to rubble over the past six months. Wakefield students certainly are deserving of their new school; of that there is no doubt. What we contended was that the old school should be preserved to be used as an interim middle school to accommodate all the growth in student enrollment. School leaders gave short shrift to that idea, and now taxpayers will get the bill: The school system estimates the cost of a new middle school at $110 million or more, a

sum of money so large it no doubt would boggle the minds of most education leaders in other parts of the region and the nation. We’ve heard all the excuses by school officials trying to explain why they couldn’t possibly use the old Wakefield as a temporary middle school while the student bubble peaks. They were not particularly convincing. The election of John Vihstadt to the County Board earlier in the month showed that the mantra “needs, not wants” is gaining traction with an electorate that, as we like to say about road-maintenance in Arlington, is tired of paying “world-class taxes” for “ThirdWorld results.” Keeping the old school available is looking, in retrospect, as the prudent move. How come it didn’t happen? And what other useful buildings must fall to the wrecking ball despite the need to retain them?

REPUBLICANS WILL GATHER APRIL 26 at Bishop O’Connell High School to select their nominee in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th). Micah Edmond, Paul Haring and Dennis Bartow are vying for the party’s nod. Given the political demographics of the 8th District, whichever Republican takes the nomination likely will find it a challenge to even break 35 percent in November against the Democratic nominee. We wish Edmond, Haring and Bartow well, but due to the long odds against a Republican in the 8th District, we have not paid a great deal of attention to the three candidates, and have no endorsement in the race. We promise to look the nominee over carefully as the general election approaches, measuring him against the Democratic standard-bearer.

Questions Remain Over Streetcar Polling JOHN ANTONELLI For the Sun Gazette

On March 24, I received a “push-poll” robo-call from Arlington Streetcar Now about the County Board special election. The poll asked the usual questions, like, was I was going to vote, and for whom? The poll i n t e n t i o n a l ly VIEWPOINT misidentified independent County Board candidate John Vihstadt’s political party as Republican. Apparently Streetcar Now thought that Arlingtonians would not vote Vihstadt if they thought he was a Republican, and apparently thought Arlington voters are gullible people who cannot read a campaign sign or literature. In online forums, I have asked Streetcar Now repeatedly who paid for the poll, and heard only silence. More recently I learned the poll was an in-kind contribution to the Alan Howze campaign by Streetcar Now’s political-action committee (see www.vpap. org/candidates/profile/money_in_donors/104625). The more interesting issue is who donated to Streetcar Now to enable it to have the money to conduct the poll. This link –

ey_in_raw/4296?filter_schedule=A – shows that almost all the donated money came from Arlington politicians who voted to move the trolley down the track. It is rather hard to find the names of these donors, so here they are: Tejada Victory Fund ($1,000), Barbara Favola for State Senate ($500), Fisette for Arlington ($500), Mary Hynes for Arlington ($500), Zimmerman Victory Fund ($500), Reid Goldstein ($250), and Paul Ferguson ($200). The questions abound: 1. What kind of Arlington civic group needs a Koch Brothers-style political action committee? Unions do this as a matter of law, but I have never heard of a civic group in Arlington doing this. The only benefit of a political-action committee is to move large amounts of money to favored politicians in a way that is less directly visible to the general public. 2. The people who paid Streetcar Now are the very people who voted for the streetcar on the County Board. There is only one true grass-roots supporter on the list: Reid Goldstein. So much for the claim that the majority of the residents of Arlington want a trolley. 3. Why couldn’t the Fisette campaign et al just give the money to Howze directly and

not go through what has become a County Board front group? Oh wait, a quick review of Alan Howze’s campaign donors shows that in fact Fisette, et al, did donate to the Howze campaign as well. So why donate to the front group too, unless you are trying to get around some campaign-finance limits or otherwise hide your involvement by using the Streetcar group. 4. Did Alan Howze know about the attempt to misinform the Arlington public, and if so, why did he condone it? The obvious conclusion here: Arlington Streetcar Now and the Howze campaign worked to deceive the residents of Arlington County with PAC money that came not from ordinary citizens wanting a trolley, but from our current and former County Board members. Howze needs to disavow Streetcar Now’s sleazy tactics and sever any ties with Streetcar Now. The politicians listed as donors need to explain why they chose to give money to the Howze for County Board campaign through the streetcar PAC as well as giving to Mr. Howze directly, and Streetcar Now needs to apologize to all of Arlington, not only for their attempt to deceive the citizenry, but also for thinking that such a plan could work.

County Working to Solve Field Issues

April 24, 2014

Editor: The Arlington County government and Arlington Public Schools are committed to providing safe, enjoyable experiences for our athletic field users. We understand the concerns outlined in David Facinoli’s Teeing Off column [“The Quincy Diamond No Longer a Field of Dreams,” April 10] and are doing our best to accommodate all of the county’s and schools’ athletic needs. We agree that Quincy Park’s infield area needs to be replaced. Currently, the field is one of the most heavily used in the county. With one 90-foot diamond field out of service because of construction at Wakefield High School, the current field has to accommodate two high schools teams (JV and varsity) and the community youth/adult baseball programs year round, which makes it a challenge to maintain the turf at a pristine level of service. Once the Wakefield athletic field replacement project is complete, currently estimated for fall 2015, we will grade and replace the grass at Quincy Park #1 Field. Unfortunately, we cannot repair all fields at once. These projects need to be scheduled and timed to accommodate the wide range of sports uses throughout the entire year. In the interim, the Department of Parks and Recreation and Arlington Public Schools continue to work together to ensure that the Quincy Park Field #1 is maintained at a safe, recreational level of play. Any higher level of service would require additional funding. Currently, the Department of Parks


and Recreation contracts with an athleticfield-maintenance company to provide turf-management services for the field, and augments this service with staff support. We communicate regularly with the Washington-Lee athletics office about scheduling and maintenance needs. This is team effort. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to accommodate the community’s athletic needs. John Chadwick, Jane Rudolph Arlington Chadwick is assistant superintendent for facilities and operations at Arlington Public Schools, and Rudolph is director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the county government.

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Fred and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists have been named recipients of the 2013 Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Award. The award was established in 2005 to pay tribute to Thomas, a veteran parks volunteer, and encourage residents who demonstrate a passion for parks. The awards will be presented at the April 22 meeting of the County Board. For information on the awards program and a list of previous winners, see the Web site at and search for “Bill Thomas.” RENOVATION OF ROCKY RUN PARK TO BE CELEBRATED: Local leaders will

gather on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. to celebrate completion of the first phase of the renovation of Rocky Run Park. The park is located at 1109 North Barton St. in the Courthouse area. Improvements include playgrounds for tots and school-age use, two lighted hardsurface courts, a lighted synthetic-turf field, two adult fitness areas, a new picnic shelter and other amenities. KIWANIS CLUB TO SUPPORT BATTLE AGAINST NEONATAL TETANUS: The


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Kiwanis Club of Arlington has signed on to an international initiative aimed at eradicating maternal and neonatal tetanus, which remains a deadly hazard for mothers and their babies in 25 African and Asian nations. The Arlington club will participate in the Eliminate Project, a joint effort by Kiwanis International and UNICEF, which aims to raise $110 million to fund vaccinations for mothers. The Arlington club has committed to raising $750 per member over the coming five years, with $9,200 already raised and $43,600 pledged toward the effort. “It makes a statement about our club – it’s something we should be proud of,” club president Steve Bevis said. The funds raised, he said, “make a huge difference.” UNICEF says a series of inoculations costing $1.80 per person can give mothers and their unborn children protection against neonatal tetanus, which kills one child every nine minutes in developing areas. Funds raised by the Arlington club will provide life-saving protection to more than 29,000 mothers and their children. The club will provide some of the funding through its foundation, and also will hold special fund-raising events, such as its April 26 pancake breakfast at Clarendon United Methodist Church. ‘GREEN LIVING EXPO’ RETURNS TO GMU: The annual Green Living Expo,

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of George Mason University. For information, see the Web site at POETS TO PROVIDE ON-DEMAND WORKS AT LIBRARY: In honor of Na-

tional Poetry Month, Shirlington Library will host “Poetry on Demand,” featuring local poets providing custom poetry per requests of patrons, on Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Those at the library can offer up topics of interest, and poets will provide custom responses in 15 to 20 minutes. There also will be a “guest” chair for patrons who want to take a stab at writing poetry themselves. For information, call (703) 228-6545. SIGNATURE TO PRESENT ‘THREEPENNY OPERA’: Signature Theatre will pres-

ent “The Threepenny Opera” with performances April 22 to June 1 in Shirlington. “With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies and biting lyrics, ‘The Threepenny Opera’ influenced ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Urinetown,’” theater officials said. “Now, Signature revives the juicily audacious musical that started it all.” Written by Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, the original production debuted in Berlin in 1928 and introduced a number of songs that would become standards, including “Mack the Knife.” Though it has since been hailed as a classic, the original Broadway production closed after just 12 performances in 1933. An Off-Broadway production in the 1950s ran for more than 2,700 productions, featuring the talents of Lotte Lenya (who starred in the Berlin original), Edward Asner, Bea Arthur, Jerry Orbach, Jerry Stiller, John Astin and Charlotte Rae, among others. For tickets and information, see the Web site at NATURE CENTER TO SELL NATIVE PLANTS: Long Branch Nature Center will

host a native-plant sale on Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road. The event will feature a selection of plants accustomed to the local climate. For information, see the Web site at and search for “native plants.”


ton’s annual pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 North Irving St. The event will feature pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, coffee and orange juice, along with face-painting and other special events for children, raffles, antique cars and the D.C. United mascot. It also will offer the opportunity to pre-order Kiwanis blueberries for delivery in the summer. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 10. Proceeds will benefit the Eliminate Project, an initiative of Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For information, call (703) 533-2953 or see the Web site at

Arlington Notes II There is no charge for volunteers to attend the reception; a donation of $10 is suggested for others. Since its opening in April 1964, the thrift shop has been an outreach effort of the Trinity Episcopal community, although volunteer staffers come from throughout Arlington. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout April, the thrift shop – located at 4101 Columbia Pike – is offering special pricing in honor of its anniversary. An open house is slated for Sunday, June 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at the shop. For information or to volunteer, call (703) 521-3110.



ton Public Library holds its annual spring book sale from May 1 to 4 at Central Library, with more than 75,000 items available for purchase. Opening night is for members of the Friends organization only; memberships are available at the door. For hours, prices and additional information, see the Web site at Organizers continue to seek volunteers to assist with the sale. For information, call (703) 228-5990 or e-mail

April 26 in George Mason University’s “Green Patriot Award” awards program, designed to honor those in Arlington to have a commitment to environmental sustainability. Awards will be presented on April 26 as part of the fifth annual Green Living Expo and Earth Week Community Fair, to be held at Founders Hall on the Arlington campus of GMU, 3351 Fairfax Drive. Nominees for the awards are: Individual: Amy Maclosky, Melanie La Force, Robert Swennes and Scott Sklar. Business/Group/Organization: Arlington Public Schools’ Arlington Educational TV, Arlington Public Schools’ Sustainability Committee, Arlington Designer Homes, the Children’s Garden, Crystal City Business Improvement District, Gridpoint, Key Elementary School, Nottingham Plant Partners, Organic Edible Gardens, Phoenix Bikes, Relay Foods, Wendroff & Associates and Winny Design + Build. For information on the nominees, and a link to voting, see the Web site at http:// green-patriot-award-nominees.cfm. AAUW ANNOUNCES HONOREES IN ANNUAL ARTS AWARDS: Opera Nova has

been named recipient of the Elizabeth Campbell Award for Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, while Alex Robinson of Washington-Lee High School and Latanja Thomas of Williamsburg Middle School have been named top educators by the Arlington branch of the American Association of University Women. Awards will be presented at the annual AAUW spring luncheon, to be held on Saturday, May 3 at noon at Army Navy Country Club. The cost for the luncheon is $25, and the registration deadline is April 25. For information, call Debbie Powers at (703) 241-8015 or e-mail Cordellia Scruggs at RECEPTION, WORSHIP SERVICE TO HONOR THRIFT SHOP’S ANNIVERSARY:

Walker Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its annual used-book and plant sale on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 4102 North Glebe Road. The event also will feature breakfast and lunch for sale, as well as a bake sale. Proceeds will support local and global charities. MARYMOUNT SHOW CHOIR TO PERFORM: The Marymount University Blue

Harmony Show Choir will present “Spring Into Happy” on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Reinsch Library, located on Marymount’s main campus, 2807 North Glebe Road. The concert and reception to follow are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Programs and Leadership Development at (703) 284-1611 or e-mail RECEPTION SLATED FOR ‘SOLOS’ ART EXHIBITION: The Arlington Arts Center


will host a reception for its 2014 “Spring Solos” exhibition on Saturday, April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. For information, see the Web site at


erated by the Arlington Artists Alliance, will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition, “Mayhem,” on Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located in the Crystal City Underground. The exhibition runs from May 1-31. For information, call (571) 483-0652 or see the Web site at SYNAGOGUE’S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TO HOST OPEN HOUSE: Congregation Etz

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A reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Pike Thrift Shop will be held on Sunday, April 27 at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2217 Columbia Pike. The event will feature a fashion show, awards and a discussion of the group’s service to the community. A special worship service will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m.

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County Jobless Rate Remains Lowest Across Virginia Arlington’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from January to February but remained lowest in the commonwealth, according to new figures from the Virginia Employment Commission. With 134,654 county residents employed in the civilian workforce and 4,739 looking for work, the county’s February jobless rate of 3.4 percent was up one-tenth of a percentage point, part of a trend of relatively little January-to-February change in unemployment rates across Northern Virginia. For the month, Alexandria posted a slight decline from 4 percent to 3.9 percent, while Falls Church (3.6 percent), Fairfax County (4 percent), Loudoun County (4.1 percent) and Prince William County (4.8 percent) saw no change, according to state figures. For Northern Virginia as a whole, the unemployment rate of 4.2 percent was unchanged from a month before, and represented just over 1.5 million residents employed and about 66,700 looking for work.

The statewide jobless rate of 5.3 percent was down from 5.4 percent a month before, while the national rate of 7 percent was unchanged, based on non-seasonally-adjusted figures. Among Virginia’s 134 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rates were found in Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and, in a three-way tie for fourth place at 4 percent, Fairfax, Greene and Madison counties. At the other end of the spectrum was the city of Martinsville, with an 11.4-percent jobless rate, followed by Lancaster and Page counties (10.8 percent each), the city of Covington (10.7 percent) and Northumberland County (10.3 percent). Among Virginia’s metro regions, the Northern Virginia area posted the lowest jobless rate, followed by Charlottesville (4.3 percent) and Harrisonburg (4.9 percent). Danville (7.2 percent) and Kingsport-Bristol (6.4 percent) had the highest rates. For the month, Virginia ranked 12th, tied with Kansas and between Minnesota and Oklahoma,

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

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

Employed 88,334 134,654 609,098 7,544 187,423 226,096 1,503,547 4,052,487 144,134,000

Unemployed 3,622 4,739 25,568 282 8,037 11,362 66,711 224,885 10,893,000

for best jobs pictures. The lowest unemployment was reported in North Dakota (2.6 percent), Nebraska (3.6 percent), South Dakota (3.6 percent), Vermont (3.7 percent) and Utah (3.9 percent), while the highest was found in Rhode Island (9 percent), Illinois (8.7 percent), Nevada (8.5 percent), California (8 percent) and Kentucky (7.8 percent). Unemployment Up Slight in Metro Area: Unemployment in the Washington region ticked up in February from January but was

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metropolitan areas to post a lower jobless rate from a year before, with 25 areas seeing increases and nine unchanged, according to federal figures. The national nonseasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 7 percent was down from 8.1 percent a year before. Among the nation’s metropolitan areas, the lowest jobless rate was found in Houma-Thibodaux, La., at 2.8 percent. The highest rates were found in Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., at 22.9 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Among metro areas with populations of 1 million or more, the lowest unemployment rate was New Orleans, at 4.2 percent, with the highest unemployment reported in Providence, R.I., at 9.7 percent. Among Virginia metropolitan areas outside Washington, yearover-year unemployment rates were generally flat, with increases or decreases of not more than several tenths of 1 percent. Complete data can be found at – Scott McCaffrey

Prospective homeowners looking across Arlington this springtime should have a reasonable amount of inventory as they conduct their search. Most ZIP codes across the community showed a much healthier number of active listings in March compared to a year before, when the biggest challenge facing buyers was finding available homes. Only ZIP codes 22202 (the Aurora Hills and Crystal City area) and 22205 (Westover) had a tighter supply of listings in March than a year before, according to figures reported April 11 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. Among the sales data from March (sales and prices can vary significantly on a month-by-month basis because of the relatively low number of transactions within any given ZIP code): 22201: Sales for March totaled 34, down from 38 a year before. The average sales price of $541,848 was down 2.2 percent from a year before, while the median sales price of $488,750 was down 4.6 percent. Homes that went to closing in March spent an average of 28 days on the market between listing and ratified sales contract, up from 19 a year before, and garnered 98.9 percent of original listing price, down from 100.3 percent. At the end of the month, there were 48 active listings on the market, up from 25. 22202: Sales totaled seven, down from 14. The average sales price of $740,214 was up 57 percent, while the median sales price of $425,000 was down 3.4 percent. Homes spent an average of 47 days on the market, down from 135, and garnered 99.3 percent of listing price, up from 97.6 percent. There were 36 homes on the market, down from 40. 22203: Sales totaled 23, down from 25. The average sales price of $523,148 was up 46.2 percent, while the median sales price of $482,000 was up 39.7 percent. Homes

spent an average of 36 days on the market, up from 19, and garnered 98.8 percent of listing price, down from 99.2 percent. There were 39 homes on the market, up from 28. 22204: Sales totaled 39, up from 34. The average sales price of $460,386 was down 3.2 percent, while the median sales price of $425,799 was down 9.2 percent. Homes spent an average of 33 days on the market, down from 40, and garnered 97.7 percent of listing price, down from 97.8 percent. There were 76 homes on the market, up from 40. 22205: Sales totaled 13, down from 23. The average sales price of $803,882 was up 7 percent, while the median sales price of $727,000 was up 3.7 percent. Homes spent an average of 12 days on the market, down from 28, and garnered 99.7 percent of listing price, down from 100.5 percent. There

were 12 homes on the market, down from 17. 22206: Sales totaled 24, down from 28. The average sales price of $419,652 was up 24.2 percent, while the median sales price of $380,000 was up 9.2 percent. Homes spent an average of 30 days on the market, up from 24, and garnered 98.8 percent of listing price, up from 98.5 percent. There were 36 homes on the market, up from 27. 22207: Sales totaled 28, down from 42. The average sales price of $994,220 was up 16.3 percent, while the median sales price of $925,000 was up 18 percent. Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market, down from 61, and garnered 96.2 percent of listing price, down from 97.8 percent. There were 81 homes on the market, down from 56. 22209: Sales totaled eight, down from

15. The average sales price of $548,535 was down 27.5 percent, while the median sales price of $516,140 was down 16.8 percent. Homes spent and average of 57 days on the market, up from 31, and garnered 96 percent of listing price, down from 97.8 percent. There were 55 homes on the market, up from 37. 22213: Sales totaled three, down from four. The average sales price of $1,301,659 was up 113.3 percent, while the median sales price of $1,725,000 was up 184.8 percent. Homes spent an average of 40 days on the market, up from 37, and garnered 99.2 percent of listing price, up from 98.1 percent. There were 14 homes on the market, up from six. Figures represent most, but not all, homes on the market. All figures are preliminary, and are subject to revision.

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Crafters will meet on Monday, April 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center to knit and crochet items for those in need. Donations of washable yarn are appreciated. For information, call (703) 228-5722. TRAVELERS HEAD TO GARDEN WEEK IN PETERSBURG: Arlington County 55+

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Local attorney Jonathan Kinney, hospital executive Jim Cole and the late developer Syd Albrittain will be inducted into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Arlington’s Best Business Awards, to be held May 20. The three inductees were selected for their extensive involvement not only in the business and development communities, but also the broader community as well. The Chamber inaugurated its Business Hall of Fame in 2009. The new induction will bring to 16 the number of inductees in the Arlington Business Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Fred Burroughs, Preston Caruthers, Joel Broyhill, Herb Morgan, Elizabeth Campbell, Dr. Jack London, Neal Nichols, Henry Lampe, David Guernsey, Bob Peck, Mort Zetlin, Joseph Wholey and Dr. Kenneth Haggerty. This year’s inductees: • James “Jim” Cole, CEO of Virginia Hospital Center, has been employed at Virginia Hospital Center since 1985. Beginning in 1994, Cole assumed his current position of president and chief executive officer. Cole is a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Board and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Federal Advocacy Council. Cole, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1972-74, was ranked as one of the Most Admired CEOs 2013 by the Washington Business Journal. • Jonathan “Jon” Kinney, is a shareholder in the law firm Bean, Kinney & Korman, practicing in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate, estate planning and wealth management. He represents regional and national developers, property owners and business owners in all aspects of

the land-use and zoning process for their commercial, office, residential and mixeduse projects. He also works with non-profit organizations on affordable-housing projects. In addition, he regularly represents clients on matters involving property transactions, land use and zoning issues. • Syd Albrittain (honored posthumously) joined the development firm Dittmar in the early 1950s after arriving home from Army service in the Korean War with a Silver Star, the military’s third-highest combat award for valor. Under his leadership, the company built at least 10,000 properties, including apartment and condominium units, hotels and office buildings, many near Metrorail stops along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Mary Margaret Whipple, a former Virginia state senator and past chairman of the County Board, called him “a public-spirited developer who tried to have his buildings fit into the community.” The event also will feature the Arlington Best Business Awards, which are earned by businesses that deliver exceptional quality of service to their customers; are industry leaders or offer a unique approach to delivery of goods and services; and also display an interest in and concern for the Arlington community. At the ceremony, the “Doing Good” Award will be presented for the third year by the Phillip M. Keating Fund for the Future. The award honors a prosperous business that makes it a priority to give back to the community. The breakfast ceremony will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (703) 525-2400 or see the Web site at www.

Leadership Gurus: Stay Course to Surmount Obstacles in Way BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

If people want to write their own job descriptions, they should not let unpleasant people and thorny problems discourage them, author Maria Gamb said at The Women’s Center’s 28th annual Leadership Conference on April 5. Gamb, author of “Healing the Corporate World,” recalled how a client declined chances for advancement out of fear she would become like the obnoxious people occupying her company’s upper spheres. Gamb advised audience members to step out of the shadows and let the light shine on their accomplishments and ideas. “Every one of you can be a beacon for positive influence and change,” she said. “Don’t opt out. You may be the solution.” The sold-out event, held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, drew 780 people, said Shirley Clark, the center’s interim executive director and CEO. “The Power to Influence” was the theme of this year’s conference. “Year after year, I continue to be amazed

at what we can accomplish together,” said board president Sally Turner. Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, urged conference attendees to keep three critical people in their circles. People need an adviser to whom they can tell everything, a mentor with whom to discuss only positive topics and, most important of all, a sponsor who will advocate strongly for them and advance their prospects, she said. “Decisions are made about you when you’re not in the room,” Allen-Herring said. She also advised the crowd to focus on what they want, be fearless about recognizing and confronting obstacles, and have faith that they possess the ability to surmount those challenges. One of the biggest difficulties faced by employees of both sexes is the work world’s emphasis on bread winning over care giving, said Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of The New America Foundation. Continued on Page 22


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Initiative Aims to Give Immigrants Marketable Skills Lawn-Care Expert Teams with SEEC in New Program that Could Expand Regionally Tom Hayes held the trimming device like the expert he is, easily slicing through the overgrowth of a bush in need of a spring haircut. Hayes, the owner of We Recycle Trees, was not simply doing some seasonal work around the North Woodstock Street home of Shirley Ruhe. He also was providing instruction for a number of immigrant laborers as part of a new initiative by the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, or SEEC. Ruhe, who serves on the SEEC board, had conceived of the effort to provide the workers with additional skills. Hayes agreed to offer the instruction. “Tom is a master with plants,” Ruhe said. Participants in the initiative are “good workers who had some skills already,” she said, but could benefit from the additional instruction. “The SEEC board is constantly looking for a way to get them work,” she said. “If we could get them more training, people would be more inclined to hire them.” If the concept sounds familiar, it has a counterpart. Several years ago, SEEC began a program to teach women environmentally friendly ways to clean houses. The goal was the same: to provide workers with

more marketability. Ruhe’s yard was selected to serve as a locale for learning. While it looked fine to the untrained eye, Hayes recommended a total reconditioning. “It’s really overgrown,” he said of parts of the yard. “It’ll need a thorough pruning to recondition the shrubs.” Conversing with his students in Spanish, Hayes gave practical advice and tips, and was up front that the reconditioning effort would be of the “no pain, no gain” variety for the homeowner. “It’s going to be pretty ugly initially,” he said to Ruhe, suggesting it might take two years for the full benefits of the work to be realized. But there was good news: Because the plantings in the yard were of the hardy variety, “most of the things we’re cutting will come back in time.” Becoming sought-after by homeowners requires much more than just trimming Tom Hayes (left) explains advanced lawn-care techniques during a workshop held over the weekthings, Hayes told his charges. “You need to know your different end at the home of Shirley Ruhe in Arlington. plants,” he said, suggesting that some of program is expanding to Alexandria, and tional training, it also offers participants what is planted should not only be visually additional sessions may be held down the English classes. attractive, but edible, as well. His picks for road. Services are provided without charge the local area? Blueberries, mixed herbs Based along South Four Mile Run both to workers and prospective employand, if space will allow, a fruit tree or two. Drive, SEEC has provided opportunities ers. Though just in its infancy, the training for day-laborers since 2000. Besides voca– Scott McCaffrey



Arlington Chamber of Commerce recently announced the following new members (principal contact points in parentheses): Whitestone Custom Homes (Herb Aman IV); Meyerson & Associates (Steve Meyerson); Wolcott Hill Group (Jennifer Paquette Galloway); Del. Patrick Hope; Robert Martinson, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage; Simplify You (C. Lee Cawley);

Lawrence Cheng Photography; Cresa (Lauren Berkey); Strack Realty Team, Keller Williams (Gary Strack); American Tap Room (Rosemary Chamoun); and Chamber Discoveries (Chris Brough). COST OF CAB RIDE FROM AIRPORT MAY GO UP: Getting a cab at Ronald Reagan

Washington National Airport could soon become more expensive, but also slightly more convenient. The board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is considering a proposal that would increase the dispatch fee for cabs picking up passengers at the airport from $2.50 per trip to $3. Also proposed: Requiring that all cabs servicing the airport accept credit cards. MWAA officials said the credit-card proposal generally has won the support of cab companies that serve the airport, but that concern was expressed that the higher dispatch fee – which is passed along the riders – would result in lower tips for drivers. A proposal to increase the annual permit fee charged to taxi operators received heavier criticism, and has been revised. The proposal now being considered by the airports authority would charge $100 for a two-year permit, compared to $40 for an annual permit that currently is charged.

If approved by the MWAA board, the changes would go into effect Sept. 1. HOSPITAL’S ONCOLOGY FACILITIES NAMED IN HONOR OF HITT FAMILY:

Virginia Hospital Center’s department of radiation oncology has been renamed at the Hitt Family Center, honoring longtime supporters Russell and Joan Hitt for their generosity expanding the facility. The renamed center features a new, state-of-the-art treatment suite, with patients since January having had access to a new linear accelerator. “This new center . . . has helped us build a home where patients can come for the highest level of comfort, healing and care,” said Dr. Robert Hong, medical director at the Hitt Family Center and chief of radiation oncology at the hospital. Since its opening, the new treatment suite has allowed for a 40-percent increase in patients served. In a statement, the Hitts said that they “have been so impressed by the staff and quality of care at the hospital, and know that our gift means that more patients will have the opportunity to be treated and healed by this caring team.” Find news of business, economics and development each week in the paper.

contributed to anemic air-traffic totals at the region’s two major airports, with both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport posting year-over-year declines. Combined, about 2.7 million passengers traveled through the two facilities during the shortest month of the year, a drop of 5.6 percent from a year before, according to figures reported April 14 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). The storm that rumbled through the region on Feb. 13, dropping 5.9 inches of snow at National and 11.7 at Dulles, caused an 89-percent dropoff in total aircraft operations that day compared to the same day in 2013. The two airports never got the momentum back during February, a month that saw total snowfall of 11.2 inches at National and 16.3 inches at Dulles. The year-over-year decline at Reagan National (3.5 percent) was lower than the dropoff at Dulles (7.6 percent). For the month, there were 1,382,839 passengers at National, 1,295,690 at Dulles – the first time National had a majority of passengers since February 2013. US Airways and American, which have

merged but continue to operate as two carriers, carried 61 percent of traffic for the month at National, if their regional carriers are included. United and its regional carriers accounted for 68.5 percent of the air traffic at Dulles. For the 12 months ending in February, passenger counts were up 2 percent compared to a year before to 20.4 million at Reagan National, but were down 2.8 percent to 21.8 million at Dulles. Combined, the 12-month passenger total of just over 42 million was down 0.6 percent. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is operated by the state of Maryland, the passenger count of 1,356,324 for the month was down 7 percent from a year before, according to MWAA figures. Southwest and Airtran, which have merged, accounted for 71 percent of the passenger total at BWI.

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When he was released from incarceration last May, David Hudgens had never heard of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR). He found out about it through a roommate at a homeless shelter, who told him the local organization was giving out SmarTrip cards for use on Metro. At the time, Hudgens felt trapped in a cycle of rearrests and a deep sense of hopelessness. “My marriage, the relationship with my son, my naval career and numerous job opportunities were all thrown away due to my endless compulsion to use drugs,” he said. “My world did not involve going to bed and waking up, but passing out and coming to.” In his initial intake interview with OAR, he “was greeted with the fact that I am not alone in this.” Nearly a year later, Hudgens had changed his life around enough that he was a featured speaker at OAR’s annual Second Chance fund-raising breakfast, held April 9 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. About 300 supporters of the organization gathered to toast its first 40 years of providing services to those released from jail and prison, and to think about the future. The goal of the event was to “remember those who set it up 40 years ago, and to plan for the next 40,” said Gail Arnall, the organization’s executive director. For the organization’s most recent fiscal year, OAR reported a recidivism rate of just 8 percent. Clients are assisted with employment and education services, and more than 1,700 clients provided a combined 70,000 hours of community service, largely as an alternative sentence imposed by judges. At the event, OAR honored U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) and Arlington Circuit Court Chief Judge William Newman Jr. with its Courageous Service Award. Newman, who signed OAR’s incorporation papers four decades ago, has been a

stalwart supporter ever since, Arnall said. In the case of Moran, “Jim has been a supporter of OAR for many, many years,” Arnall said. “He has spoken at our events, introduced us to contacts to help us in our work and even given financial aid to us.” Offered the opportunity to say a few words, Moran – characteristically – was passionate about the topic at hand. Moran said the national cost of incarceration, some $68 billion a year, is “explainable but not justifiable.” “It doesn’t make sense,” he said, adding that providing alternatives to incarceration was as much a moral issue as an economic one. “All religious faiths recognize the power of redemption,” he said. “We truly believe that a few bad decisions don’t define the intrinsic worth of a person.” On hand for the breakfast were Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and a host of elected officials from Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. “OAR is a blessing to our community, making it better for all by giving a second chance to so many of our citizens who need that opportunity to get back to productive lives,” Alexandria Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg said after the ceremony. Arnall said OAR’s vision for the next five years includes hiring a full-time case manager in Alexandria and expanding relationships with the private sector. “Our greatest need is to develop more partnerships with businesses,” she said. “Keep in mind, 95 percent of those incarcerated will be returning home at some point. They need jobs.” For Hudgens, the services provided by OAR’s staff and volunteers have led to a turnaround. He has enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College to follow his dream (“I’ve always been a computer nerd,” he later explained) and was named a peer mentor by his academic adviser at the college. “Some mornings, I sit out on my balcony and look out into the sky with a true sense of gratitude that OAR program exists,” he said with a tear in his eye.

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expansive living room, which showcases the first of the home’s two gas fireplaces. The dining room offers plentiful space for a holiday soirée. The kitchen is a delight, fully renovated and featuring cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and high-end appliances. As is the case in the dining room, the kitchen features an achitecturally impressive custom bay window. An enclosed sun porch, flooded with natural light, is another wonderful spot. Four bedrooms, including the master retreat, can be found on the main level, with the potential for taking the attic space and turning it into additional living or bedding areas. The finished, walk-out lower level, with full daylight windows, provides a large recreation room with a second gas

fireplace and a wet bar. There also is a den/office space here. Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (703) 738-2520.

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Address: 3531 North Valley Street, Arlington (22207). Listed at: $1,450,000 by Billy Buck, Buck & Associates Realtors (703) 855-2825. Schools: Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High School.

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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) /Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Builder confidence has been in a holding pattern the past three months,” said NAHB chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “Looking ahead, as the spring home buying season gets into full swing and demand increases, builders are expecting sales prospects to improve in the months ahead.” “Job growth is proceeding at a solid pace, mortgage interest rates remain historically low and home prices are affordable,” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “Headwinds that are holding up a more robust recovery include ongoing tight credit conditions for home buyers and the fact that builders in many markets are facing a limited availability of lots and labor.” 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 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 from 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 HMI index gauging current sales conditions in April held steady at 51 while the component gauging traffic of prospective buyers was also unchanged at 32. The component measuring expectations for future sales rose four points to 57. The HMI three-month moving average was down in all four regions. The West fell nine points to 51 and the Midwest posted a four-point decline to 49 while the Northeast and South each dropped two points to 33 and 47, respectively.

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Set on a large lot amid the bucolic splendor that is the sought-after Country Club Hills neighborhood, this week’s featured property highlights a post-war rambler that has been expanded and updated to meet the needs of 21st-century living. With more than 16,500 square feet of exterior space at a cul-de-sac locale, you are guaranteed privacy and serenity while being close to so many amenities. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,450,000 by Billy Buck of Buck & Associates Realtors. The home made its debut in 1954, a period of large growth in Arlington and across Northern Virginia, with the homes in the immediate post-war period being augmented by larger properties that showcased the growing affluence (and growing families) of the era. And through the years, the original property has benefited from TLC and updates galore, making today’s home an embodiment of those classic times – but with a very up-to-date personality. Large formal rooms are perfect for entertaining in style, beginning with the

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4600 Lee Highway Arlington, VA• 22207 I 703-522-0500 I email: I • TITLE • INSURANCE RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE Arlington has been my home over two decades. My success story and your goals can become a reality!



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Rebuilt from the ground up in 2005, this fantastic colonial offers all of the charm of a farmhouse with the large inviting front porch combined with all of the modern conveniences and interior floor plan for today’s living. 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths to include 2 master suites with full, private baths. The lower level is a complete apartment with separate entrance. The light filled main level w/ hardwood flooring boasts a gourmet cherry kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances opening to a large breakfast area and family room with gas fireplace. Step out onto the private deck overlooking and expansive, fenced yard. All of this tucked away on a quiet street next to the bike trail but also walking distance to everything bustling Clarendon has to offer.

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Source: Information based on data supplied by MRIS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS, who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011. If you own a house that needs work and you don’t want to do • Classic 3 bedroom/2 bathroom Colonial in pristine condition Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of MRIS or Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. ©2012 All rights reserved. any repairs to prepare it for the market, call me. • Custom-built main level Family Room Addition with Cathedral N FANTASTIC corner TH in Hill’s Historic District I have the perfect buyer for your home. ceilings and great windows SU * Beautifully appointed & well-proportioned M G • Unusually Follow us on:high ceilings in attic, ideal for finishing 4th level N LR w/f’place, DR, kitchen, library & ½ ba on I have buyers looking for a fixer-upper or a tear-down. E 4P INN! • Enchanting professionally landscaped, fenced back yard main level * Wood floors * Central a/c & heat Your house will be sold strictly in ‘AS IS’ condition. M OP 1O * Fenced, lg rear patio for entertaining*JustYou don’t have to worry about inspections nor repairs. • 1-car garage with custom-paved driveway COSO renovated MBa & designer master closet * • So close to Clarendon and 2 Metro stops

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North Arlington, walk to East Falls Church Metro Spacious, expanded, and completely renovated home with 4-5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms completely renovated, gorgeous renovated kitchen with high ceilings, plentiful cherry cabinetry, lovely granite, a center island, high-end stainless steel appliances, and heated floors. Kitchen is open to family room with deck leading to AMAZING backyard. Nice hardwood floors throughout, three fully finished levels, spacious master bedroom suite with sitting area and large bathroom (steam shower included). Main level bedroom. Tuckahoe, Williamsburg, and Yorktown Schools.

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Just Listed! Don’t miss this remodeled 2 bedroom/2 bath open, light-filled unit. Granite kitchen, granite baths, pretty hardwoods, brand new carpet and balcony, too! Lovely landscaped grounds, pool, fitness, tennis & more. Great location for easy commute near Alexandria Hospital, I-395 and I-495, shopping, dining.

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Four bedrooms and 4 renovated baths (2 up!), with a bonus room off the Master Bedroom! Excellent Family Room off Kitchen, with great windows for lots of natural light. New paint and hardwoods, even upstairs (refinished). Large, finished lower level that walks out to patio in fenced backyard. Lower level has two living areas, one with fireplace for cozy TV watching, and a larger play room. Also, full bath down here, laundry room and storage. But the BEST thing is the climate controlled Wine Cellar. Perfect for your vintages! Only $825,000!

Gorgeous wood floors, very well kept * New dishwasher 2014, new furnace & a/c 2012, new water heater & sliding glass door 2011 * Open floor plan main level * Eat-in kitchen w/granite countertops, SS appliances, wood cabinets * Kitchen connects to sunny deck * 1/2 bath main level * Soaring vaulted ceilings in master bed * 2-zone heat/cooling * 2 car garage * EZ to Shirlington, I-395 * More! * If you are thinking of listing selling or buying something similar, please call for a private consultation.

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The 8th District Republican Committee on April 26 will hold a convention to select its nominee for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th). The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Bishop O’Connell High POLITICAL School. In adto choosPOTPOURRI dition ing the GOP congressional nominee, delegates also will select the 8th District party chairman. At the event, Arlington is entitled to 99 delegate votes, while Fairfax County has 167, Alexandria 59 and Falls Church seven. Each jurisdiction is entitled to have a maximum number of delegates equal to about five times its number of votes. The filing deadline to be a delegate at the event has passed, but interested residents can attend as observers. For information on the process, see the Web site at Dennis Bartow, Micah Edmond and Paul Haring will vie for the Republican nomination, but the winner will face an uphill challenge, as the 8th District is one of the most reliably Democratic in Virginia. A field of 10 Democrats has emerged for that party’s June 10 primary. Clement Qualifies for School Board Ballot: She’s been a familiar name on the ballot, but this year will be seeking a different position. Audrey Clement, who ran four times for County Board in recent elections, has qualified for a ballot slot for School Board on the Nov. 4 election. While Clement has been allied with the Arlington Green Party, School Board seats are officially nonpartisan and party labels do not appear in the voting booth. With the filing deadline still two months away, others may qualify for the ballot, but the presumptive favorite will be the winner of the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s May caucus. Barbara Kanninen, Nancy Van Doren and Greg Greeley are vying for the party’s support. The winner of the Nov. 4 general election will succeed Sally Baird, a Democratic-backed School Board member who is leaving office after two four-year terms. In 2010, when Baird was seeking re-election, she was challenged by Miriam Gennari, who had the backing of the Green Party. Baird won 75 percent of the vote to 24 percent for Gennari, with the remainder write-ins. Clement’s four runs for County Board have included a focus on fiscal accountability, economic justice and environmentalism. Her best finish came when she took 31 percent of the vote against Democratic incumbent Jay Fisette; there were no other candidates on the ballot. McAuliffe to Headline J-J Dinner:

Gov. McAuliffe has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual JeffersonJackson Dinner, to be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. The event also will feature a salute to retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th), and will give candidates vying in the June 10 Democratic primary to succeed him the opportunity to do some last-minute politicking. Tickets are $125, with discounts for Young Democrats and members of the organization’s Roosevelt Society. VIP tickets, which include a pre-dinner reception, are $250. For tickets and information, see the Web site at School Board Contender Makes It to All 52 Precincts: Barbara Kanninen, one of three Democrats vying for the party’s support for School Board, has knocked on doors in all 52 Arlington precincts, her campaign announced on April 17. “Hearing these views from every corner of the county will help me bring a uniquely Arlingtonian perspective to the School Board,” Kanninen said in a statement. Kanninen is joined by Greg Greeley and Nancy Van Doren in seeking the Democratic endorsement. The party is holding caucus voting on May 15 at Drew Model School and on May 17 at Washington-Lee High School. (Under state law, political parties cannot formally nominate candidates for School Board, but can endorse candidacies. All five current School Board members won the Democratic endorsement prior to election.) Last year, Kanninen narrowly lost to incumbent School Board member James Lander in the Democratic caucus. It is the first run for public office for Greeley and Van Doren. School Board member Sally Baird announced in January she would not seek a third four-year term. She is supporting Greeley in the caucus. Milliken Back on Port Authority Board: Gov. McAuliffe has appointed former County Board member and one-time Virginia Secretary of Transportation John Milliken to the Virginia Port Authority board of commissioners. It will be a return engagement for Milliken, an attorney, who served on the board from 2002 to 2011. McAuliffe on April 17 named five new members to the board, charging them with swift action to return the Hampton Roads facility to profitability. “The Port of Virginia is one of the commonwealth’s most important assets,” the governor said, “and improving its performance is one of my top priorities. This team of Virginia leaders has the right experience and vision to strengthen the port

Barbara Kanninen, one of three contenders for the Democratic endorsement for School Board, recently announced the support of three former Arlington County Democratic Committee chairs: Larry Roberts, Mike Lieberman and Dan Steen. Kanninen, who last year narrowly lost to incumbent James Lander in the Democratic School Board caucus, this year will vie for the endorsement against Nancy Van Doren and Greg Greeley. The winner moves on to the special election, and the winner of that race will succeed School Board member Sally Baird, who is retiring after two fouryear terms.

financially, and put it on the path toward long-term, sustainable growth.” Also named to the board were G. Robert Aston Jr. of Portsmouth, Alan Diamonstein of Newport News, Gary McCollum of Virginia Beach and Val McWhorter of Fairfax. In 2013, the port handled 66.7 million metric tons’ worth of materials destined for import and export, making it the fourth largest U.S. port behind Houston, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Seniors Democrats to Hear from Congressional Candidates: The Arlington Seniors Democrats will host candidates for the 8th Congressional District at the group’s monthly meeting, to be held Wednesday, May 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. All Democratic candidates vying in the June 10 primary have been invited to attend and offer remarks. Because of the large number of candidates, the time of the meeting has been extended to three hours. The cost is $25 per person. To R.S.V.P., e-mail Richard Barton Business Organizations to Host Congressional Contenders: The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Technology Council to host a reception for 8th Congressional District candidates on Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Golf & Country Club. Both the Republican nominee (who will be chosen on April 26) and candidates vying in the June 10 Democratic primary have been invited to participate.

The event is free for members of the sponsoring organizations; there is a charge for others. Members of the Arlington Chamber should register through the Web site at For additional information, see the Web site at www. General Assembly Resolution Honors Little League: Little League baseball is getting its due in the special session of the General Assembly. Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) has patroned a joint resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Little League International movement, which began with the first official game in Williamsport, Pa., on June 6, 1939. From the three original 10-player teams, Little League has grown to serve 2.4 million baseball and softball players in 83 countries, along with the Challenger Division for players with physical and developmental challenges. The legislation, which has picked up sponsorship from a large number of General Assembly members, lauds the Little League program for its “dedication to supporting youth and enhancing communities in the commonwealth and throughout the United States and the world.” The Sun Gazette welcomes submission of community news and suggestions for story coverage from readers. Contact us by regular mail, fax or e-mail; information can be found on Page 6 of each week’s edition. Let us know what’s going on, and we’ll spread the word across Arlington!

The South Arlington Kiwanis Club will hold its 24th annual Auction/Social on Saturday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2700 19th St. South. The event will feature refreshments, a raffle and a live auction led by County Board member Walter Tejada. Tickets are $20; raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. For tickets and information, call Harro and Jane Wulf at (703) 243-5245 or e-mail


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“It is unique to hear the stories of their heroic acts and to meet the officers involved,” said Rich Doud, the Chamber’s president. “We are fortunate that they work in Arlington and perform so selflessly in the service of our businesses and citizens. Often, this is the only public recognition these officers receive.” One incident during the year brought Life-Saving Awards not only to three firefighters, but also to members of the Emergency Communications Center. On April 1, 2013, a 911 call was received from a resident in the 1000 block of North Livingston Street, reporting that her fire alarm had gone off and she observed smoke inside the home. At the same time they were dispatching firefighters to the scene, Emergency Communications Technicians Rachel Moreno and Heather Horan assessed the situation, kept the caller calm and advised her on action to take, since smoke had filled the downstairs of the home. With the situation deteriorating, the communications staff was able to advise fire personnel where they likely could find the victim. On scene, Firefighters/EMTs Nicolas Calderone, Jamie Jill and Joseph Marr worked to enter the home, located the victim and pulled her to safety. Because of the narrow street and amount of apparatus, a medic unit was unable to gain close access, and Firefighter Marr, with the assistance of another firefighter, carried the victim up the street so she could be tended to by medics. Also honored at the annual ceremony: • Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Woodrow was honored with the Life-Saving Award for his effort saving the life of a woman who attempted to commit suicide in the Arlington County Detention Facility last June 28. • Arlington Police 1st Sgt. Latasha Chamberlain and Detective Paula Brockenborough were honored with the Life-Saving Award for their work on Nov. 2, 2013, to prevent a suicidal subject from jumping off the fifth floor of an apartment balcony following the death of her husband. The event also honored public-safety personnel receiving Meritorious Service Awards, as selected by their agencies. Among the recipients: • Firefighter/EMT Clare Burley and Fire/EMS Capt. Brandon Jones were honored for their efforts initiating the Girls Fire/EMS Camp, designed as a way to introduce girls 13 to 16 years old about the fire service. During a free, three-day camp, participants received a realistic view of what a career in fire service entails. Participants took part in numerous real-world activities, and spent two nights getting a taste of college life by staying overnight at Marymount University. County fire officials noted that while the percentage of female staff in the Arlington department is twice the national average of 4 percent, it remains below desired levels. The camp is a way to encourage young women to consider careers in fire safety, they said. • Sgt. Kevin Pope has been employed by the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office since

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Yorktown Wins Two In Soccer

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O’Connell’s Softball Record Looks a Bit Different So Far The Bishop O’Connell Knights are treading in uncharted waters so far this season, regarding the number of losses the have suffered.

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Victory String Now At Four for Patriots A Staff Report

In boys soccer, the Yorktown Patriots improved to 6-1 with wins over Hayfield, 2-0, and Robinson, 4-3, in recent action. The victories extended the team’s winning streak to four games and kept the Patriots ranked high in local polls.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP Iain Holmes and Jack Dokken scored the goals against Hayfield and Justin Gonzales and Keith Witherell had the assists. Holmes scored two goals and Gonzales and Joe McCreary one each against Robinson. Caleb Knight had two assists and Will McCreary and Jack McCreary one each. Holmes, Gonzales, Jack McCreary and Michael Monahan are among Yorktown’s leading goal scorers. Will McCreary is a leader in assists. The Patriots play Washington-Lee and Lake Braddock in action this week. n The Washington-Lee Generals remained unbeaten in boys soccer with recent victories over Westfield, 3-0, and Stuart, 6-0. The Generals (8-0-1) have won five games in a row. Maycol Nunez has scored 15 goals so far for W-L. He scored two goals against Stuart, as did Cristian Lopez. Jacob Campbell and Derryck Aquice scored the others. The defense is led by Tim Collins, Ser-

Yorktown High School’s Joe McCreary cuts between Oakton players in a recent non-conference game. Yorktown began this week with a 6-1 overall record. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT

gio Carrizo, Jacob Campbell and Moussa Dia and goalies Julian Esquer-Perez and Luis Vela-Rojas. GIRLS SOCCER: The Yorktown Patriots

(5-1) got two goals each from Rachel Logue and Emma Shumway and one from Lilly Bernhard in a 5-0 victory over the Hayfield Hawks. Assists went to Bella Krider, Sarah Brooks and Kelly Emson. In a 1-0 win over the Robinson Rams, Alex Puletti scored for Yorktown.

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15-3 win over Mount Vernon and losses to McLean and Robinson in recent action, the Yorktown Patriots began the week with a 6-2 record in boys lacrosse. In the win over Mount Vernon, Nico Pollack had three goals and two assists. Scoring two goals each were Kyle Harwood, Charlie Tiene, Quinn Lyerly and Alec Turner. Harwood added two assists. Continued on Page 29

W-L Earns Pair of One-Run Spring-Break Wins

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The highlight of the Washington-Lee Generals’ five-game spring-break baseball trip to Myrtle Beach was a pair of two onerun victories. The Generals (7-4) nipped the Stuart Raiders, 2-1, in their second game, then Freehold, 3BASEBALL edged 2, in the team’s final game of the high school event. In the win over Stuart, junior left-hander Alex Saenz pitched four innings to get the victory and sophomore righty Teddy Herbert earned the save. Saenz, a junior left-hander, allowed the one run. In the triumph over Freehold, Herbert

pitched a complete game for the victory. Chris Seymour had a sacrifice fly to knock in W-L’s first run. The next two scored on a throwing error by the right fielder. In its other three games, WashingtonLee lost to St. Petersburg, 3-2, Kinston, 13-4, and Sutherland, 10-5. Hunter Gray homered in the loss to Kinston. n The Yorktown Patriots, 5-3, went 1-1 on its spring-break trip in Williamsburg. On April 12, the Patriots defeated Walsingham, 12-9, as David Moeller hit two home runs and Aaron Lee had multiple hits. Jack Allen was the winning pitcher in relief. The game became tied at 9 after Yorktown led, 9-1. The Patriots did not make an error in

the win. In its second and final game, Yorktown lost to Jamestown, 11-1. “That was a very good team,” Yorktown coach Mike Ruck said about Jamestown. n The Bishop O’Connell Knights (7-7) defeated the host Potomac School Panthers, 8-2, in a recent non-conference game. The Knights were ranked No. 7 in last week’s Virginia Independent School Athletic Association’s Division I top-10 state poll. The victory over Potomac School could improve the Knights’ ranking when this week’s poll is released. n The Wakefield Warriors (2-5) did not play during spring break.

Usually this time of the spring the perennial girls high school softball power has maybe one loss, or quite often none. The Knights are the defending Division I private-school state champions as well as the 2013 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title holders. When this week began O’Connell had four setbacks, often more than the team has in any one campaign. So what’s the difference and why more losses this year? O’Connell is still in the transitioning stage of forming the personality of this season’s team. With so much wet weather, in addition to home-field availability issues, the Knights have rarely been on the field to practice. With so many games postponed and rescheduled on consecutive days, even now O’Connell rarely practices. So the Knights have never really had the proper amount of time to prepare for the loss of three key 2013 players to graduation. They’ve just had to roll the dice and take to the field. On the field, pitching has not been an issue against good teams. O’Connell has allowed few runs in its losses. The problem has been scoring enough runs to beat those good teams. The Knights have lost twice by 2-1 scores and dropped another 2-0 decision. Graduation took three of O’Connell’s best hitters from last spring, which included ace pitcher Tori Finucane. She is now fanning batters with regularity on the Division I college level at Missouri. With Finucane gone, O’Connell’s 2014 pitchers don’t strike out nearly as many batters, so more plays have to be made on defense. With a lack of practice time, sometimes the defense hasn’t yet played as tightly as necessary. Even with its struggles, O’Connell has a winning record at 6-4 with plenty of games remaining to play. So don’t count the Knights out. Traditionally O’Connell often gets on a run and plays its best softball toward the end of the season, just in time for the postseason.

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Sports Briefs Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest and most prestigious running event that was run Monday, April 21 were an all-timerecord 112 Arlington runners. They were: Cathy Ahn, Audrey Anderson, Anthony Barnes, David Barr, Alexandra Barrage, Rebecca Barritt, Jeff Bedell, Kate Bernier, Ryan Bieshaar, Ian Blackwell, Bo Bloomer, Jessica Boucher, Jose Braz, Peter Bredemann, Melanie Brown, Jacob Brundage, Cristina Burbach, Kayley Byrne, Andy Cahoy, William Carty, Taneen Carvell, Grace Chan, Julie Chavanne, Jeramia Cibulka, Matthew Clark, Norris Cochran, Taylor Coffey, David Cote and Matthew Cypher. Also, Michael Daley, Laura Danberg, Anthony Demario, James Donahue, Will Ellison, Charles Engle, Mark Fiegener, Mary Freeman, Frank Fumich, Lauren

Roundup Continued from Page 28 The Patriots lost to Robinson by a 9-3 score and to McLean, 4-3. Yorktown has three games scheduled this week, including an April 23 road contest against defending state champion Chantilly. n The Washington-Lee Generals began the week with a 4-1 record. n The Bishop O’Connell Knights have a 10-4 record, which includes a recent 14-2 win over Bishop Ireton and a 12-9 loss to perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference power Gonzaga.

Gabler, Suzanne Garwood, Jonathan George, Mary Gibson, Richard Haley II, Amie Heap, Mark Henneberger, Elke Horn, Pamela Howze, Vince Jesaitis, Thomas Johnson Jr., Stuart Jones, John Kelly, John Kendra, Albert Kim, Faith Korbel, Daryle Lademan, Tammy Lamantia, Samantha Lauring, David Lee, Lisa Leonard, Caroline Lewis and Robert Loeb. In addition, Kate Magee, Steven Maguire, Patrizia Maness, Phoebe Markle, Paul Marsden, Marshall Martin, Paul Matheson, Jackie McCarthy, Justin McCarthy, Megan McCluer, Marty McCormick, William McKenney, Julie McTernan, Sarah Mennone, Abhaya Menon, Caroline Merena, Steve Messinger, Melinda Metz, Michael Montgomery, Gary Morgans, Andrea Nelson, Jacqueline Nivet, Andrew Orzel, Cathryn Paine, Jacqueline Pau, Thomas Quinzio, Emily Rhoades, Deb Ryan and Kim Rybold.

Also running will be William Schaffer, Mallory Scott, Ben Shea, John Simpkins, Robert Sindermann Jr., Kate Skidmore, Alison Smith, Bradley Smith, Jessica Summers, Julia Taylor, Daniel Tiernan, Eddie Valentine, Cindy Walls, Pamela Walsh, Michael Wardian, Brenton Wetmore, Andrew Whitacre, Jacqueline Wilkins, Brittany Williams, Reynolds Wilson, Jay Jacob Wind and GregoryWood. For the 2014 race, the Boston Athletic Association increased the field size from 24,000 to 36,000, in response to the overwhelming number of applicants who wanted to show their resilience after last year’s bombing. Also, the runners who did not finish last year’s race were allowed to enter and finish this year.

GIRLS LACROSSE: The Washington-Lee

score to the South Lakes Seahawks.

Generals (4-3) defeated Hayfield, 17-9, and McLean, 11-4, in recent acton. n The Yorktown Patriots (4-1) lost for the first time when they were nipped by the McLean Highlanders, 14-13. n The Bishop O’Connell Knights have an 8-4 record, which includes a 17-5 victory over Elizabeth Seton and a 10-8 win over St. Mary’s Ryken in Washington Catholic Athletic Association action. YORKTOWN BOYS TENNIS: The York-

town Patriots began this week with an 81 overall record, which included a recent 5-4 victory over the Madison Warhawks and a 9-0 win over the Stuart Raiders. Yorktown’s only loss was by an 8-1


of years, the Arlington Soccer Associa-


O’Connell girls softball team has a 6-4 overall record through 10 games and slipped to a No. 2 ranking in the Virginia Independent Athletic Association’s Division I top-10 state poll. O’Connell was ranked No. 1 before a loss to Paul VI Catholic, which is now ranked No. 1. O’Connell defeated Paul VI in the first meeting between the teams. Through 10 games, junior Erin Sweeney has a 5-4 record and has been the Knights’ top pitcher. In 472/3 innings, she has a 1.47 earned run average, 56 strikeouts and 18 walks. Shannon Murphy is the Knights’ top

tion (ASA) has offered free after-school soccer programming at several Arlington elementary schools. The program is sponsored by the Real Madrid Foundation. The constant through the years is that ASA has connected at-risk students with fun soccer programming that incorporates character-building activities, at no cost to the kids involved in soccer or to the schools. As plans for the program’s expansion evolve, the need for locating more funding from other sources continues to grow as well. ASA is now exploring expanding the program to other elementary schools and into at least one middle school. To do so will require extra funding, and ASA is seeking sponsors. For information about the program, contact Jenny Roahen Rizzo at

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hitter with a .464 batting average and eight RBI. Olivia Giaquinto is hitting .417 with 10 RBI, Hayley Metcalf .400 with eight RBI and Amanda Ehlers .375 with a team-best 14 RBI. O’Connell has a .313 team batting average. Starting April 24 with a 3 p.m. home game against McNamara, the Knights have a busy schedule. They play 10 games in 11 days. O’Connell has a 6-2 record in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and is in second place behind 7-0 St. Mary’s Ryken. The WCAC tournament begins in early May and is followed by the state tournament.

College Roundup MEAGHAN GALVIN: Yorktown High School graduate

Meaghan Galvin, a freshman at Christopher Newport University, recently was named the Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after helping the team to a pair of wins. During that week, Galvin led the Captains with 14 points after posting nine goals and five assists. She also controlled a team-high 11 draws while forcing two turnovers and scooping up five ground balls. Kicking off the squad’s three-game road trip, Galvin had four goals to go with two assists during a 13-7 victory at Virginia Wesleyan. Galvin continued her hot streak with three goals and three assists against Wesley. She also picked up three ground balls and three draw controls. The following afternoon, Galvin polished off her week with two more goals and three draw controls against Washington College. Through 13 games, Galvin had 36 goals and 17 assists and was second on the team with 82 points. She had gathered 30 ground balls and had taken 53 shots. can Maren Taylor, a Yorktown High School graduate, won the one-meter diving event convincingly and qualified for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet. Taylor won the 48-diver preliminary round with 335.40 points and never relinquished her lead during the 18-diver final round. The eight-time All-American won the finals with 682.05 points.

MATT KARVELAS: Arlington resident and Yorktown

High School graduate Matt Karvelas is a member of the 2014 Lynchburg College men’s tennis team, and the senior has notched a few wins so far this spring at the No. 1 singles spot and doubles spots. WILL MENDEZ: Arlington resident Will Mendez was a

Yorktown High School graduate Meaghan Galvin recently was chosen as the Player of the Week in women’s lacrosse in the Capital Athletic Conference for Christopher Newport.

Also at the meet, Taylor won the 3-meter even with a 768.1 point total. At the previous Big 12 Championships, Taylor won the women’s 3-meter title with a 414.2 point total and the 1-meter crown with a 346.35 total. Finally, at the NCAA Championships, Taylor placed second in both the one-meter and three-meter events and finished her college career as a 10-time All-American. LENA NEGRI: Yorktown High School graduate Lena

Negri was a first-team All-Greater Northwest Athletic Conference selection in Division III women’s basketball

member of the Harvard University squash team that won the 2014 national men’s team championships this winter with an undefeated season. Mendez went 3-0 in matches he played for Harvard this season. Mendez was a six-letter varsity athlete in football and track at Sidwell Friends before switching to squash at Harvard. KENYA HUNTER: Wakefield High School graduate Ke-

nya Hunter finished his first season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nebraska. Hunter spent the last six seasons as an assistant at Georgetown. A four-year letter-winning point guard for Duquesne (1993-96), Hunter finished his career ranked third on the Dukes’ all-time assist list with 439. He tallied 971 points and 218 steals. Hunter has also coached at Xavier, North Carolina State and Duquesne. At Wakefield, he led the Warriors to the 1990 Northern Region championship.

MAREN TAYLOR: University of Texas senior All-Ameri-

this winter. The 6-foot junior was a forward for the Emmanuel College team in Boston. Negri averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27 games for the Saints. Her field goal percentage was 50.6.

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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. April 26, 1936: n More than 2,500 county voters have signed a petition to place a $250,000 bond referendum on the ballot in November. The funds would be used to build a junior high school. n Lola Pattie of Falls Church has purchased the Rixey Mansion and 12 surrounding acres of land on Glebe Road. n Sheriff Howard Fields is calling for five more men on his force. n At the State Theatre: Charlie Chaplin in “Modern Times” and Mae West in “Klondike Annie.” April 24, 1963: n Tolls or “parking taxes” may be needed in order to ration the use of highways in the Washington area, a new study suggests. n Gov. Harrison has closed all state forests to the public due to the critical fire threat. April 23, 1969: n Members of Arlington’s state legislative delegation say Virginia’s proposed new constitution is far from perfect, but that they will not oppose it. n County officials are pressing for more government-run day-care centers. n To raise a newborn to age 18 is now estimated to cost Arlington parents $49,800, a new survey suggests. It’s slightly less for Fairfax parents. n Members of the U.S. Senate are squabbling over which state has the tastiest hams. Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee are in contention. April 24, 1974: n The State Board of Elections has waived the $850 filing fee for a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for 10th Congressional District, saying he was genuinely unable to afford it. n Joseph Fisher, a Democratic candidate for the 10th District U.S. House of Representatives seat, has released his income tax returns for the past five years, and has called on U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, to do the same. n Washington-Lee’s golfers fell to McLean.





April 25-26, 1983: n Arlington teachers will be getting higher raises than other employees. n Former County Manager Vernon Ford has settled his $750,000 lawsuit against the county government.


















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