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Upton Hill Park Plan Taking Steps Forward Proposal for High-End Climbing Structure, More Parking Is Not Without Its Critics SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Plenty of procedural hurdles remain, but if the current schedule holds, upgrades to Upton Hill Regional Park could be in place by next summer. “I think it’s going to be amazing,” said Paul Gilbert, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Author-

ity (NOVA Parks), which operates Upton Hill along Wilson Boulevard, straddling the Arlington/Fairfax border. A variety of park improvements have been in the planning stage for years, but the project has reached a point where the Arlington government is reviewing permit requests. If no hiccups arise, the approvals could be in hand by autumn, with construction work taking place in the off-

season. Having the work completed by the middle of next year, when the park springs back to life, seems a reasonable timetable, Gilbert said. The plan calls for installation of a high-quality climbing tower (potentially with ropes course), plus additional parking and reforestation of natural areas. Project costs have not been finalized, but

NOVA Parks officials plan to fund the entire effort using bonds backed by the anticipated revenue from the climbing tower. Over the past year, the proposal has been criticized by a small but vocal number of nearby residents. But Christopher Tighe, president of the Boulevard Manor Continued on Page 17

JUMPING FOR JOY AT MYRTLE BEACH

The Arlington-based Virginia Hurricanes seventh-grade girls Orange basketball team finished in the top eight of a 41-team field at a recent national-championship tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team compiled a 4-1 record in the competition, going 3-0 in pool play, then celebrated with an oceanfront frolic. See the Sports section on Page 16 for more details.

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N.Va. Transportation Notes NATIONAL, DULLES POST YEAR-OVER PASSENGER INCREASES: Northern

Virginia’s two major airports saw yearover-year increases in passengers totals in April, according to new figures, with the dominant carriers at each posting counts higher than a year before. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport saw 2,083,592 passengers coming and going through its terminals in April, up 1.3 percent from a year before, while Washington Dulles International Airport reported 1,919,416 passengers, up 1.8 percent. Combined, the roughly 4 million total passengers represented an increase of 1.5 percent from a year before. Figures were reported June 17 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. At Reagan National, dominant carrier American and its regional affiliates saw a 0.6-percent increase in passenger totals, and accounted for 49.6 percent of all traffic during the month. Southwest (with a 14.6-percent share of passengers) saw a slight year-over-year decline, while Delta (14.5 percent) posted a 6-percent increase. At Dulles, dominant carrier United and its regional partners carried 64.2 percent of passengers during the month, seeing its total count rise 1 percent from April 2017. American (4.5 percent of all passengers) was essentially flat, while

Delta (4.4 percent) saw an 11.7-percent increase. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, operated by the Maryland state government, April’s passenger count of 2,321,646 was up 5.1 percent from a year before. Southwest carries two-thirds of all passengers traveling through BWI. For the first four months of the year, Reagan National’s passenger count of 7.4 million was down 2.8 percent from a year before, with part of the shortfall attributable to crowds that came to the region in January 2017 for the Trump inaugural and counter-inaugural protests. The year-to-date total at Dulles of 6.8 million was up 4.5 percent. DULLES REMAINS #10 IN INTERNATIONAL-PASSENGER COUNT: Washing-

ton Dulles International Airport retained its 10th-in-the-nation ranking for number of international-bound passengers in 2017, according to new federal figures. The 3.74 million enplanements at Dulles last year were far below some larger airports, but posted an increase of 4.5 percent from 2016, according to figures from the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport again led the pack in international-bound enplanements with 16 million in 2017, followed by Los Angeles

International (12.1 million) and Miami International (10.2 million). San Francisco International, Chicago O’Hare, Newark-Liberty International, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Dulles completed the top 10. Only Houston showed a decline in international-passenger enplanements among the top 10 airports, and the position of the airlines within the top 10 did not change from 2016 to 2017. (Total international-passenger counts at the airport are roughly, though not necessarily exactly, double the number of enplanements. Dulles’s total international-passenger count for the year was 7,488,692.) Nationally, the number of passengers traveling to and from the U.S. from foreign destinations was up 4.8 percent to 223.4 million in 2017, a record high. American Airlines had the largest number of international passengers arriving and departing, at 28.4 million. United (26.8 million and Delta (24.9 million) were next, followed by JetBlue (7.6 million) and British Airways (7.1 million). The top international pairs across the Atlantic for 2017 were JFK to London Heathrow (2.87 million passengers in 2017), LAX to Heathrow (1.57 million), JFK to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (1.54 million), O’Hare to Heathrow

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(995,000) and San Francisco International to Heathrow (978,000). The top trans-Pacific route was Honolulu to Tokyo’s Narita (1.72 million), while the top Latin American route was LAX to Mexico City (1.22 million). Mexico was the top international air market to and from the U.S., with 29.8 million passengers, followed by the United Kingdom (19.7 million), Germany (10.8 million), Japan (10.7 million) and China (7.9 million). Rounding out the top 10 were France, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, the Netherlands and Brazil. OPENING OF ROSSLYN TUNNEL TRIMS TIME ON BUS ROUTES: Riders on sev-

eral Metrobus routes will see several minutes shaved off their travel times with the opening of a new bus-only tunnel in Rosslyn. The tunnel, located between North Moore Street and North Lynn Street, will allow the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to eliminate detours caused by long-term construction projects and improve on-time performance, officials said. The tunnel opened to bus traffic on June 24. Routes set to benefit from the opening include 15K (to Chain Bridge Road), 38B (to Ballston one direction and Farragut Square the other) and 5A, which provides express service to Washington Dulles International Airport. VRE TO MULL COMMENTS ON RELOCATION OF CRYSTAL CITY STATION:

Virginia Railway Express officials will spend coming weeks sifting through public comments on plans to upgrade station facilities at Crystal City. July 1 was the deadline for comments on the proposal to relocate and expand VRE facilities in Crystal City, which is the destination of about 18 percent of riders coming in from the west and south. The existing Crystal City platform is 400 feet long and serves one track. Officials aim to provide a two-track facility with longer platforms to handle 10-car trains, up from a maximum of eight cars today. The two-track configuration also would allow more flexibility in scheduling train service. VRE officials have funding in hand to move forward with preliminary engineering, but have not acquired construction www.powerequip funding, so the timetable for any improvements is sketchy. Last year, Arlington County Board members voted to support VRE’s proposed relocation plan, even though some residents raised concerns it was not the most optimal option on the table. VRE runs trains on two lines, one from Union Station to Broad Run and the second from Union Station to Spotsylvania. The two lines each stop in L’Enfant Plaza, Crystal City and Alexandria before splitting.


Public-Safety Exceptionalism Saluted The call came in to the Arlington Emergency Communications Center on April 20, and was directed to Emergency Communications Technician (ECT) Morgan Turner. The caller told Turner that a man he had a tangential relationship with had been posting disturbing videos and making suicidal comments on social media. The caller was concerned, but lacked key information, including an address, phone number or even the full name of the individual. Aided by ECT Leah Schaeffer, Turner was able to find the individual’s Facebook profile and began looking for clues. Working against the clock, they were able to piece together enough information using public-safety databases that they were able to track down the person’s full name and address. Officers were dispatched to the location, and found the individual unconscious and unresponsive. Due to quick action, he was stabilized and transported to Virginia Hospital Center for treatment and evaluation. Working as a team, Turner and Schaeffer “exemplified the most valiant traits of emergency-communcations personnel – responsiveness, compassion, professionalism and competence in using the tools at hand to get the job done,” noted the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, which on June 28 presented the pair with its Life-Saving Award as part of the annual Public-Safety Awards. Among other honorees at the ceremony: • ECT Deborah De La Fuente and ECT Joan Delalian were honored with the Chamber’s Valor Award for their efforts during a May 17, 2017, incident as police attempted to capture a suspect driving on Interstate 395 and U.S. Route 1 and suspected to be in possession of an unregistered firearm. De La Fuente and Delalian worked to coordinate police and medical units while also enlisting support from other agencies, including aerial assistance, “all while maintaining a constant calm and professional demeanor,” Chamber officials said. “The professionalism [of the communications technicians] provided the highest level of service for the responders, enabling efficient and effective response to the incident,” Chamber officials said. • In the same May 17 incident, the suspect had been intercepted by Police Cpl. Matthew Chattillion and Officer Steven Yanda, who gave verbal instructions to the driver of the vehicle. The driver ignored the commands, police said, and began accelerating toward Officer Yanda. Owing to the danger to an officer’s life, both Yanda and Chattillion fired at the driver, preventing additional injury to officers. “Both officers demonstrated amazing presence of mind during the most difficult and challenging situation for any officer – an attack on their lives,” Chamber officials said.

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New School Board Chair Touts Student Success SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

The new chairman of Arlington’s School Board says his priorities for the coming year include addressing issues related to rising enrollment while not forgetting that the needs of students come first. “It’s a challenging set of circumstances,” Reid Goldstein said at the board’s annual organizational meeting, held July 2. At the meeting, Goldstein was upped from vice chairman to chairman on a 5-0 vote, succeeding Barbara Kanninen. The chairmanship usually, but not always, rotates among School Board members on a fiscal-year basis. This will be Goldstein’s first time at the helm. Noting that the school system’s enrollment has risen about 10,000 students to 27,000 over the past decade, and is

projected to rise another 8,000 in coming years before the growth curve abates, Goldstein said school officials would have to focus on “stretching finite resources” of both limited land and limited funding. In a 45-minute meeting punctuated with speeches and some official business, Goldstein said “relentless enrollment growth” would be a driving factor, but not his main focus, in the coming year. “The chief activity [of the school system] is creating successful outcomes for our students,” he said. “Student success is where we are, what we need to be. All the components are in place for us to move forward.” In separate remarks, Superintendent Patrick Murphy echoed the focus on student success, and said he would work to ensure recruitment and retention of highquality employees.

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“I want staff to recognize they have a future here,” said Murphy, who last year at this time narrowly survived a no-confidence vote but came away with a new four-year contract. The annual organizational meeting attracted the attendance of a number of members of the County Board, who are responsible for funding much of the

school system’s $600 million annual budget. “We have had and will continue to have a strong relationship with close collaboration,” Goldstein said of the two bodies. County Board members have warned that, given a variety of competing needs, their School Board counterparts will need to find ways to reduce per-student costs, which are the highest in Virginia and among the highest in the nation. “It’s a thorny problem, but we have a lot of smart and capable people working on it, on our staff and in the community,” said Goldstein, the lone male on the fivemember body. All School Board members are elected to countywide seats on a rotating basis. Also at the meeting, Tannia Talento was selected as vice chairman, setting her up to rotate in as chairman in mid-2019.

Historical Society Lauds Initiatives of WWI Task Force Veterans of six U.S. military conflicts were on hand June 28 as the Arlington Historical Society paid homage to county residents who fought, and died, in what was termed – ultimately incorrectly – the war to end all wars. “Arlington Remembers the Great War” served as a fund-raiser for the Arlington World War I Commemorative Task Force, which is continuing its efforts in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict in November. “When America joined that war, it changed the very nature of America’s relationship with the world,” said Jim Pebley, a retired U.S. Navy aviator and longtime civic leader who trekked up from his retirement home in North Carolina for the festivities, held at the Navy League. “America began growing up to become a global power for peace as a defender of democracy – [and] as we strengthened our forces for freedom’s defense, Arlington became an epicenter for our military,” Pebley said. Long associated with the national cemetery that bears the county’s name, Arlington also (in 1908) played host to the birth of U.S. military aviation when Orville Wright participated in Army trials at Fort Myer. The county also was home in the first half of the 20th century to the U.S. Navy’s most powerful radio transmitters, and later – as World War II loomed

– the community was selected to serve as the home of the Pentagon. Pebley is among those active in supporting the USS Arlington, which since 2013 has been serving on the high seas as a landing platform dock, able to dispatch U.S. Marines to world hot-spots or on humanitarian missions across the globe. Pebley noted that more than 20,000 New Yorkers visited the ship during recent Fleet Week activities in Manhattan. But the main focus of the June 28 event was on World War I. Attendees sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,”

written during the war, and Jari Villanueva, the “Taps” bugler for the 3rd U.S. Infantry’s Old Guard, performed on his 1917 bugle. A color guard consisting of Jennifer Slade of the Arlington County Fire Department, Kip Malcolm of the Arlington County Fire Department and Karl VanNewkirk of the Arlington Historical Society were attired as doughboys. The exact number of residents of Arlington (known until 1920 as Alexandria County) who served in the war is unknown but estimated at 200 – a sizable contingent from a county whose population during

the era was around 16,000. County residents who were killed in the conflict included Arthur Morgan, Ralph Lowe, John Lyon, Henry Smallwood, Robert Bruce, Harry Stone, Irving Newman, Harry Vermillion, Edward Smith, Frank Dunkin and Oscar Housel of the Army and Archie Williams and Frederick Schutt of the Navy. Frank O’Leary, who organized the fund-raising celebration, said the work of the county’s World War I Commemoration Committee was focused and wellled. “The Arlington County Board made a great decision when it appointed Dr. Allison Finkelstein to chair the task force,” said O’Leary, the former county treasurer. “They could not have found a more appropriate or capable person.” Finkelstein delivered remarks at the event, as did Mark Benbow of Marymount University, while representatives from Opera Nova performed. Also honored were students who won a World War I-themed essay competition. Arlington officials are still finalizing plans for events to conclude the commemoration of the war, which started in 1914 and which the U.S. joined in 1917. Hostilities ended on Nov. 11, 1918, concluding a conflagration that consumed some 18 million military and civilian lives worldwide.

0.226 percent reported last year, representing the amount of real-estate and personal-property taxes unpaid out of the roughly $800 million that flows through the treasurer’s office each year. The record low reported in 2017 was an improvement from the 0.243-percent delinquency rate reported a year before. In announcing the 2017 rate, de la Pava set a goal of 0.21 percent for 2018. The treasurer’s office will report the official 2018 delinquency rate on Aug. 15;

between now and then, staff in the office will be using both carrots and sticks to bring in past-due taxes. Arlington residents are notoriously prompt payers, particularly when it comes to real-estate taxes. De la Pava on June 26 said that 99.07 percent of the $393.9 million due on June 15 had come in, leaving 1,414 accounts with an average balance of about $2,600 still outstanding. But even that may be overstating the limited number of delinquencies.

“We are still applying some payments that were made on time,” de la Pava said. The nearly $400 million received by June 15 represents real-estate-tax payments for the first half of the year. Second-half payments of real-estate taxes, plus personal-property-tax payments on vehicles, are due Oct. 5. Most Virginia localities do not report their tax-delinquency rates, but Arlington officials believe theirs is the lowest in the commonwealth.

Frank O’Leary and Jim Pebley pose in World War I-era helmets at the June 28 Arlington Historical Society commemoration of the county’s participation in the war. PHOTO BY PETER F. WEHMANN

County Could Hit Another Record-Low Delinquency Rate SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Arlington’s treasurer is optimistic that the county’s tax-delinquency rate could fall to another record low when it is reported later this summer. “You might surmise that I have good news,” Treasurer Carla de la Pava said coyly in response to a question from the Sun Gazette. The delinquency rate to beat is the 4

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Voters Will Be Asked to Approve $245M In Bonds SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Arlington voters in November will be asked to pass judgment on four bond referenda totaling just under a quarter-billion dollars, under a proposal slated for County Board approval on July 14. Board members are expected to ask the Circuit Court to place the four bonds on the Nov. 6 ballot, where – if history is any guide – voters will support them. The bond package now on the table includes $103 million for schools; $75.57 million for transportation; $37.015 million for community infrastructure; and $29.33 million for parks and recreation. The referendum package is designed to fund projects included in the updated capital-improvement plans of the School Board (adopted in late June) and County Board (slated for adoption on July 14). Projects in the various referendums for 2018 include construction of a new Fire Station #8, renovation of the Arlington Career Center, improvements to Jennie Dean Park, final funding for the Nauck Town Square and support for the Metro system’s capital needs. Circuit Court authorization of the referendums is a largely pro-forma step, and some might argue the same about the referendums themselves, as voters have not turned down a local bond package in Arlington in nearly 40 years. But bond packages often pass by varying margins, depending on the mood of voters. In recent years, some have won with less than 65 percent of the vote, while others have passed with support of more than 80 percent of the electorate. Arlington bond referendums generally are held in two-year intervals. The last time Arlington voters rejected a county bond referendum was in 1979, when two proposals for parks totaling $5.7 million were turned down. Two other referendums on the same ballot – for sewer and roads – won passage. Four years before, in 1975, county voters approved a referendum to fund wastewater-treatment upgrades but turned thumbs down, by large margins, on the seven other local referendums on the ballot. Democrats Aim to Provide Assistance in 7th, 10th Congressional Districts: Although it has its own centerpiece race to focus on in November, the Arlington County Democratic Committee aims to allocate resources to two congressional races across the commonwealth. The party’s “Blue Families” program is planning to assist Democrat Jennifer Wexton’s bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) and Democrat

Abigail Spanberger’s effort to topple U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-7th). “This is expected to include phone and text banks and postcards, all run from Arlington, plus a couple of family field trips . . . to knock on doors,” county Democrats said in their monthly newsletter. The party will hold a get-to-know-her event with Wexton at the monthly Democratic breakfast, to be held on Saturday, July 14 at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. Wexton, a state senator from Leesburg, topped a field of six on June 12, winning the Democratic nod to challenge Comstock, a two-term Republican. The 10th District abuts the Arlington border at McLean, snaking west and south through parts of Fairfax County before moving to Loudoun and more rural areas. Though Democrats have won the district in the recent presidential and statewide elections, Comstock in 2016 was able to significantly outperform Donald Trump in the 10th to retain her seat. In recent years, Arlington Democrats have brought their get-out-the-vote muscle to districts away from the county, both statewide and nationally, but this year will have to keep one eye on the local scene. The party is aiming to wrest back the County Board seat currently held by independent John Vihstadt through the candidacy of Matt de Ferranti. With Primary in Rear-View Mirror, Democrats to Focus on Unity: Arlington Democrats will focus on unity at their upcoming monthly breakfast, spotlighting not only County Board nominee Matt de Ferranti but also Chanda Choun, who was defeated by de Ferranti in the June 12 Democratic primary. The event will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Busboys and Poets. De Ferranti defeated Choun, 60 percent to 40 percent, in the primary, and will go on to challenge John Vihstadt in the Nov. 6 general election. Vihstadt won a special election and then the general election of 2014 to become the first non-Democrat to serve on the County Board since Republican Mike Lane’s brief stint in 1999. Those attending the breakfast are asked to bring cash for a communal bill. Democrats Gear Up for ‘Messenger’ Blitz in September: Saturday, Sept. 22 is the “go” date for the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual distribution of The Messenger, its campaign newspaper. And the party is starting earlier to recruit the rank-and-file to get the job done. “It takes more than 400 volunteers to cover every house in the county,” the committee noted in its monthly newsletter, promising that “most routes make for a very pleasant jaunt around a neighborhood.” The annual newspaper carries information about its candidates and on other issues on the ballot.

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Highs & Lows THUMBS UP: To the proposal by Arlington’s World War I Commemoration Task Force to install interpretive panels near the Clarendon War Memorial. The memorial has gained notoriety because it separates by race those from the county who died in that war. (The war dead from ensuing conflicts are not segregated.) It’s difficult if not impossible under Virginia law to make a change to an existing war memorial, so interpretive panels would seem to be a reasonable thing – and, one hopes, they would provide more information on the men, white

and black, who gave their lives in the service of their country. That said, we offer a caution. If the recent public spectacle of the School Board stepping all over itself in a rush to rename Washington-Lee High School before opposition mounted is any guide of how to [mess] something up, the World War I task force should be encouraged to slow down, take its time and get the job done right rather than prioritize speed. Arlington governance far too often operates under the readyfire-aim principle rather than the more prudent ready-aim-fire. Explanatory panels adjacent to the

Clarendon memorial make sense, but there’s no need to open a can of worms by trying to rush the process to a conclusion. THUMBS UP: To the news that the National Park Service has settled on a preferred location for a boathouse on the Arlington side of the Potomac. The decision is just one step in what has been, and will continue to be, a lengthy process in the development of an amenity that has been sought by many for a long time. But it is good to see the effort moving forward. Let’s hope the momentum builds.

Hospital Must Be More Responsive to Concerns Editor: Two open-house meetings were held in June for the community relative to Virginia Hospital Center’s proposed expansion. As expected, no one spoke in favor of the expansion as proposed. Pointedly, the term most frequently voiced by speakers was “disrespected,” as in the community feels disrespected by the hospital. Neighbors feel disrespected because Virginia Hospital Center has been largely unresponsive and non-collaborative. Despite numerous pleas and suggestions by neighbors, the hospital still aims to construct a medical megaplex on the county government’s North Edi-

son Street property. Clearly, this property is inadequate in size, given the large structures and volume of activity the hospital intends to inflict upon a wary neighborhood. You may ask how the county government has responded to the disrespect the community feels. At the Site Planning Review Committee, the turn of phrase was that we may get a few tweaks from the hospital in its plans. There were some modest changes. Unfortunately, the plan still calls for a crowded medical megaplex instead of a campus-like, neighborhood-friendly installation with adequate setbacks and plentiful landscaping. That’s not just disrespectful. It’s insensitive and arro-

gant. More frightening was the comment made by the county government’s representative at the last open house. He said words to the effect that the county cannot tell the hospital what to do. Hopefully, the county government finds its voice in working with Virginia Hospital Center over the next couple of months. Much needs to be done prior to the plans going before the Planning Commission and County Board in September. Ron Oberbillig Arlington Oberbillig is president of the Tara Manor Homeowners Association.

Co. Board Chair Is Pale Imitation of Predecessors Editor: My late neighbor, County Board member Ellen Bozman, consistently demonstrated persuasive resourcefulness and quiet competence when dealing with sensitive political and societal issues in Arlington. She had a deep sense of personal belief in Arlington, which showed in everything she became involved with. I hope the true Arlington Way that Bozman championed will return, but that is most unlikely under the County Board chairmanship of Katie Cristol. For openers, I agree with the Sun Gazette that Cristol was out of her element when signing on to a letter opposing the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA di-

rector. Rapid confirmation by the U.S. Senate indicated Cristol’s involvement was totally unnecessary. What really concerns me about Cristol, though, is her tendency to whine about alleged revenue shortfalls while moaning about the lack of funds for affordable housing and other projects. How can any reasonable citizen (even a politician) gripe about a lack of funds while at the same time supporting construction of a $60 million aquatics center that less than 1 percent of Arlington residents may ever use? How, too, can Cristol ignore the reality that many 2018 property assessments jumped as much as 10 percent, rather than the 3.9 percent reported?

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I suggest Arlington’s revenue problem is too much money – leading elected officials to make ill-considered decisions backing projects that are neither needed nor warranted. Unfortunately, Arlingtonians seem to be focused on trivia: helicopter noise (always there, always will be); leafblower pollution (quite minor); and tree canopies (not decreasing in most cases). Where in this current spending surge is the voice of common sense and fiscal prudence, Libby Garvey, for whom I (a Republican) twice voted for? Apparently gagged by Cristol and Christian Dorsey. Don Kreutzinger Arlington


A Referendum Would Gauge Public’s View on School Name

Editor: I have been living in Arlington for about 25 years. I did not attend high school in Virginia, and frankly do not have any personal tie to WashingtonLee High School or any other school in the county. I have, however, embraced the Arlington Way and feel like there is a way for the people of the county to voice their opinion on the matter of renaming schools in the county, even if the route of direct referendum is closed to us. Given that the cost of changing the name of Washington-Lee High School could easily cost upwards of $500,000, everyone in the county has a stake in the matter. I think that a bond referendum is in order to determine if they people wish to fund this change. I propose a ballot with at least three choices: • Change the name of WashingtonLee High School to _______. Cost estimate: $500,000. • Leave the name of the high school as is and make no changes. Cost estimate: $0. • Leave the name of WashingtonLee High School as is but change the derivation of Lee from Robert E. Lee to Light-Horse Harry Lee. Eliminate the depictions of Robert E Lee’s profile and that of Washington. A replacement, if

one is required, can be made later. Perhaps as a student project. Cost estimate: Little, if anything. For those who are unfamiliar with Harry Lee: He was a very successful general in the Revolutionary Army and a close friend of George Washington. His leadership in the Southern campaign of that war is highly regarded. Lee was a local to this area (he was Robert E. Lee’s father) and eventually became governor of Virginia. President Washington was a guest at Lee’s wedding and Lee gave the famous eulogy (“First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen…”) at Washington’s funeral. I think that Option 3 is a reasonable compromise, which can be implemented at little or no cost. If the county decides to go with Option 1, they need to explain where the money will come from. What valuable educational endeavor will have to be cancelled or postponed to fund the name change? I do not have a strong desire to maintain the honor Robert E. Lee, but I feel that the cost is not worth the result, and I would be especially incensed by having the cost thrust upon us without our voices being heard. Michael Yuhas Arlington

School Board Action Insults Those Who Built Community Editor: The Arlington School Board is comprised of a minor journalist; a “proud Latina” legal secretary; a federal employee; an environmental economist/ fiction writer; and a “community organizer in Nicaragua” with past banking experience. None of these individuals had any pertinent experience with running county schools – or any schools. It’s the same Democratic one-party system demanding allegiance to its political whims. Arlington has not changed that much since the 1950s. Most of the homes, churches, parks, recreational facilities, libraries and schools were built by the generation who returned after fighting in World War II and the Korean War – those immortalized by Tom Brokaw as “the Greatest Generation.” Now these five School Board members have decided that the Greatest Generation did not have the moral compass to honor their own heroes of the past.

Only a bigot or the uneducated would summarily dismiss Robert E. Lee as being an immoral leader. The Civil War was multi-dimensional. Less than 5 percent of the African slaves were brought to America; 95 percent of those slaves were transported elsewhere. And, of course, we know that the slave trade continues today under different, not so transparent, guises. Arlington’s homeowners pay property taxes that help support the schools. What amazes me is the arrogance of these School Board members who think that they are entitled to dictate to citizens of this county. And then letter-writer Kathryn Scruggs [“County Tax Plan Helps Rich at the Expense of Needy,” June 28] had the arrogance to put forth a proposal to push low-income seniors out of their residences and into county controlled “old-folks’ homes.” This was never the American Way. Patricia Woods Arlington

Editor: I feel strongly about the issue of renaming Washington-Lee High School. Removing the name of Robert E. Lee would be like trying to hide that part of

our history. It is more important to embrace our past than to cover it up. Sean Murray Arlington

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Questions Remain on Upgrade to County Water Plant

Editor: Regarding the recent Sun Gazette article “Arlington Officials Prep for Another Water-Pollution-Control Upgrade,” it’s worth noting that the American Lung Association gives Arlington’s air quality an “F” for ozone (O3) pollution. Even exposure to relatively low levels of O3 endangers public health,which prompted the federal government’s recent reduction in ozone limits to just 70 parts per billion (ppb) over eight hours. (Aurora Hills’ EPA air-quality monitoring station frequently records O3 levels

above 70 ppb.) Children and babies are especially at risk. Why? Because children’s respiratory defenses are not fully developed, and children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults – so they inhale more ozone with each breath. Research studies indicate that each 20-ppb increase of ozone is associated with a 63-percent increase in the rate of school absence for illness. The water-pollution-control plant’s proposed upgrades will involve the production and periodic flaring of methane (natural gas) on site. And the plant’s

post-upgrade pollution emissions will increase, even with additional pollutioncontrol equipment. Two of these increased emissions are nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When combined with heat and sunlight, NOx and VOCs react to create ground-level ozone. The rate of this reaction increases as temperatures rise, elevating local ozone concentrations. Estimates of the plant’s air-pollution emissions (after the upgrades) don’t include an estimate of the plant opera-

tions’ impact on ozone pollution, even though Arlington currently fails to meet the federal 70-ppb limit for ozone.So we don’t know how much higher local ground-level ozone concentrations may go once the proposed equipment is online. Before we invest another $139 million, the public needs additional independent data clarifying the risks that the various upgrade options would pose to the health and safety of residents living near the plant. Suzanne Smith Sundburg Arlington

Editor: I disagree with letter-writer Donald Garcia [“Tax Subsidies for Seniors Have Multiple Benefits,” July 5] that he and other senior or disabled Arlington homeowners living in expensive homes should be exempt from property taxes. I do agree that truly lower-income seniors and disabled households should receive deferral of these property taxes, to be paid when the house is sold, but truly wealthy homeowners and upperincome earners should get no tax relief. I think it reasonable and fair to give housing subsidies to the poorest households first, and seniors and disabled people living in million-dollar houses are not

the most deserving in Arlington. Low-income seniors in modestly priced houses should be helped through deferring payment of their property taxes, which can easily be paid when their property is sold. Houses in Arlington are economic assets rising in value each year, and a property tax of 1 percent a year can be repaid and still yield a tidy profit to the homeowner years from now. It is fair to help truly low income homeowners through deferral of the taxes owed, but this does not mean they should be exempt from taxes that the rest of us have to pay on our homes. New tax revenues should then be

used to help other seniors and disabled households who are renters in Arlington in the form of expanded rental-housing grants. The majority of Arlington residents live not in their own homes, but are renters. In fiscal 2018, the Arlington County government spent $4.4 million for property-tax deferral or tax exemption (most of which was tax exemption) to benefit 932 senior or disabled households, with an average subsidy of $4,700. These households can earn up to $100,000 a year and can have personal assets up to $540,000, in addition to the value of their house (maximum of $1 million). On the other hand, rental-housing grants – an average $600 a month – in Arlington went to 1,249 households of seniors, disabled and working families with a child; the average senior or disabled household receiving a rental grant earned $14,000 a year.

These seniors live all over the county, and many of them are getting by in difficult financial circumstances. If $3 million more were paid in real estate taxes that are now exempted, about 750 more households could receive a $300 a month rental grant. Rental-housing grants are the single most effective housing assistance program in the U.S. and in Arlington today, far more effective than building more expensive, subsidized high-rise apartments. The County Board will hold a public hearing on July 14 to discuss the tax program. I encourage interested persons to attend in favor of ending tax exemption for homeowners solely because they are seniors or disabled, and rather focus tax benefits and direct grants on lowincome seniors and disabled persons in rental households. John Reeder Arlington

Editor: Is revenue more important to Arlington’s County Board members than maintaining the community’s identity? I’ve lived in Arlington for 17 years and have seen significant changes – both good and bad. Arlington has grown impressively but appears to be losing its identity. The continued construction of highrise residential and commercial buildings is changing the landscape. Construction on the Metro corridor alone has increased considerably, resulting in more housing but also as a detriment to now-defunct long-time small businesses and available parking. In an effort to increase revenue, the county experienced the laws of supply and demand by overtaxing the commercial sector and forcing businesses to go elsewhere. Consequently, the county is suffering the effects of the high office-vacancy rates. Is the high-rise residential-construc-

tion boom a means to compensate for the insufficient commercial sector? Furthermore, is the county government compromising parking requirements with the developers to lower the construction costs to the detriment of available parking, while forcing overflow into the surrounding neighborhoods? Is the county government under the false pretense that reduced parking-construction requirements will force residents to use public transportation? Is the need for additional school capacity and the resulting loss of valuable neighborhood land the result of the highdensity housing? These are all important, and most likely linked, questions for the future of Arlington. Hopefully, the County Board will realize the collateral damage of its decisions, and won’t turn Arlington into D.C. Arlington needs to maintain its neighborhood identity. Craig Palmer Arlington

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Arlington Jobless Rate Remains Lowest in Virginia It was fun while it lasted, but for now, Arlington’s one-month run with an unemployment rate less than 2 percent has come to an end. Still, new state data show the county’s joblessness remains lowest in the commonwealth, besting the Old Dominion’s other 132 counties and cities. With 149,290 Arlington residents in the civilian workforce and 3,126 looking for jobs, May’s unemployment rate stood at 2 percent, up a tick from the 1.9 percent recorded in April – which had been the lowest point since the onset of the recession a decade ago. Arlington’s small April-toMay tilt upward was repeated in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, which saw a slight changes upward if they moved at all, according to figures reported June 28 by the Virginia Employment Commission. For May, jobless rates stood at 2.1 percent in the city of Falls Church, unchanged from April; stood at 2.2 percent in Alexandria, unchanged; were 2.4 percent in Fairfax and Loudoun counties (up from 2.3 percent); and stood at 2.6 percent in Prince

William County, unchanged. Across Northern Virginia as a whole, May’s unemployment rate of 2.4 percent represented 1.62 million in the civilian workforce and about 40,150 looking for jobs. The non-seasonallyadjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from a month before. Statewide, the jobless rate ticked up from 2.8 percent to 2.9 percent, but total household employment set a record high for the fifth month in a row. The largest statewide job growth in May came in the trade and transportation sector, which at 671,200 workers surpassed the pre-recession peak of 669,100 in March 2009. The leisure/hospitality and finance sectors also saw gains, while slight declines were reported in manufacturing and total government. Among Virginia’s 133 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rates for May were turned in by Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria, the city of Fairfax (2.3 percent) and seven jurisdictions tied for fifth at 2.4 percent. The highest jobless rates were found in Buchanan County (5.9 per-

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cent), Petersburg (5.8 percent), Northampton County (5.6 percent), Danville (5.4 percent) and Dickenson County (5.3 percent). Among metro areas, Northern Virginia had the lowest jobless rate, followed by Charlottesville and Winchester at 2.5 percent each. The highest rates were turned in by Lynchburg (3.3 percent) and Kingsport/Bristol (3.2 percent). Nationally, Virginia tied with South Dakota in having the 13th best jobs picture in the nation for the month. The lowest unemployment rates were reported in Hawaii (2 percent), Iowa (2.2 percent), North Dakota (2.4 per-

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cent) and Colorado (2.5 percent), with the highest found in Alaska (7 percent), West Virginia and Mississippi (5.1 percent each) and Louisiana (4.7 percent). For full data, see the Web site at www.virginialmi.com. Year-Over-Year Joblessness Down in Metro Area: Year-overyear unemployment across the Washington region declined in May, according to new federal figures, part of a broad-based dip in joblessness nationwide. With 3,425,956 residents of the Washington metro area in the civilian workforce and 110,534 looking for jobs, May’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was

down from 3.6 percent a year before, according to figures reported June 27 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the country, 350 of the 388 metro areas across the U.S. saw lower unemployment rates year over year, with higher rates reported in 20 and no change reported in 18. Nationally, the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent was down from 4.1 percent a year before. Among all metro areas, Ames (Iowa) had the lowest jobless rate at 1.5 percent, with Yuma (Ariz.) posting the highest at 16 percent. Virginia’s unemployment rate of 2.9 percent for May improved from 3.7 percent a year before, and represented 4,373,043 in the civilian workforce and 125,395 looking for jobs. In Virginia metro areas outside the Washington core, Charlottesville reported the lowest joblessness, at 2.5 percent, followed by Winchester and Staunton-Waynesboro at 2.8 percent each. Full data can be found at www.bls.gov. – A Staff Report

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both a visual delight and doesn’t require a significant commitment to maintenance. Roses and hydrangeas are the centerpieces here. Country Club Hills is an always-infashion community, providing easy access to everything from Arlington’s urban corridor to Tysons to D.C. And yet you’re set back in bucolic splendor. Something one-of-a-kind is always a treat, and we’re happy to be able to bring this one to the community. Well worthy of consideration. Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (571) 333-6272.

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Arlington Notes II ENCORE CELEBRATES A HALF-CENTURY, ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SEASON: It was at Lubber Run Amphitheatre

where, just over 50 summers ago, Encore Stage & Studio (then The Children’s Theatre) sprang to life with its debut production of “A Pocketful of Preposterous Poems.” Supporters of the theater troupe returned to the venue on June 17 to celebrate the anniversary and lay out plans for its 2018-19 season. The upcoming year will feature productions of “Ghostchasers” (October); “Jingle ARRGH the Way: ‘How I Became a Pirate’ Christmas Adventure” (November/December); “The Enchanted Bookshop” (January); “Robin Hood” (February/March); “The Talented Clementine” (May/June); and “Disney’s ‘Newsies’” (July). At the celebration, Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) presented Encore with a General Assembly resolution saluting its 50 years of service to local youth, and two of the troupe’s longtime staff members – photographer Larry McClemons and costumer Debra Leonard – were saluted for their service. Also honored were 2018 recipients of the STAR Awards, which salute achievement of youth on stage, behind the scenes and in the community. LEADERSHIP CENTER TAPS NEW CEO:

The Leadership Center for Excellence on July 2 announced that Karen Coltrane, whose professional roots include nearly three decades in non-profit organizations, had been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. Coltrane will succeed Betsy Frantz, who served in that capacity from the start of what initially was known as Leadership Arlington in 1998 until earlier this year. During the interregnum that followed Frantz’s departure to lead the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation, Leadership Center chief operating officer Liz Nohra served as acting CEO. Coltrane most recently served as president and CEO of EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, S.C., and previously served as president of the Children’s Museum of Richmond. She has been active in a number of leadership organizations in South Carolina.

More than 200 local residents turned out June 17 as Encore Stage & Studio celebrated 50 years in the community with a party at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, where the troupe’s first production took place. Encore’s 2018-19 schedule was unveiled at the event. PHOTO BY AILEEN PANGAN

OPTIMIST DONATION SUPPORTS FOSTER-CARE INITIATIVE: The Arlington

Optimist Club recently presented the Regratifying Foundation with a donation in support of its efforts boosting foster-care youth in the local community. The foundation’s “NOW” (Navigate, Opportunity, Worth) initiative, which launched earlier this year, is designed to encourage foster-care youth to continue their education, explore different professional careers and set personal and career

Sandy Bushue, vice president of the Arlington Optimist Club, presents a donation to Ramon Montes of the Regratifying Foundation to promote its efforts supporting youth in foster care. See item below.

goals before they “age out” or emancipate from foster care. About 80 Arlington youth, ranging in

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Schools & Military n Philip Rotoli of Arlington earned a master of science degree in computing security and a bachelor of science degree in software engineering during recent commencement exercises at Rochester Institute of Technology. n Nisha Khanal earned a master of science degree in gerontology during recent commencement exercises at St. Cloud State University. n Samantha Hall of Arlington, a 2012 graduate of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech, earned a master’s degree in secondary education for history and social sciences during recent commencement exercises at Virginia Tech.

Kevin Morrisette of Arlington earned a degree in accounting, Malia Rivera of Arlington earned a degree in education and Rachel Otto of Arlington earned a degree in nurse practitioner during recent commencement exercises at James Madison University. n

n Christa Hirleman of Arlington earned a master of science degree in dental public health and Devyn Young of Arlington earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication during recent commencement exercises at the University of Iowa.

n The following Arlington students earned honor degrees during recent commencement exercises at James Madison University: Hanna Cuya earned a degree in management, magna cum laude. Cailin Dyer earned a degree in integrated science and technology, cum laude and as an Honors Scholar. Reafa Hossain earned a degree in biotechnology, magna cum laude and as an Honors Scholar. Cecilia MartinezVerduguez earned a degree in management, cum laude. John Nguyen earned a degree in biology, cum laude. Rebekah Peterson earned a degree in communications studies, magna cum laude. Victoria Haling earned a degree in health sciences, cum laude. Darci Law earned a degree in public policy and administration, magna cum laude. Alex Rockelli earned a degree in computer information systems, cum laude. And Sam Rosenthal earned a degree in a accounting, cum laude. n Jackson Johns of Arlington earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies during recent commencement exercises at Williams College.

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There Is Just One Overlee But Many Parks and Hills Of the 102 teams in the popular summertime Northern Virginia Swimming League, the words “hill” and “park” are used the most – a combined 13 times – to describe those neighborhood pools that are nestled among wooded avenues, courts, cul de sacs, drives, parkways and streets.

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After losing their opening game of the double-elimination District 6 Babe Ruth Tournament, the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 15-under all-stars rebounded to win three straight baseball games to successfully defend their championship. In order, those three wins came over Springfield, 8-2, on July 7 in the losersbracket final, then over Vienna, 11-2, also on July 7. Against Vienna again in the July 8 championship game, Arlington rallied from deficits of 6-0 and 8-7 to win 9-8 by scoring two unearned runs, with the help of two errors, in the top of the seventh. Vienna had runners on second and third with two outs in the last of the seventh when third baseman Charlie Connally charged a slow-rolling ground ball and threw out the runner at first to end the game, with Henry Watson pitching the final two innings to earn the win. Vienna defeated Arlington, 5-3, in the Jakob Mandleur was the starting pitcher for the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 15-under all-stars in their opening game of the District 6 tournament against Vienna. PHOTO BY DAVE FACINOLI

Four Swim Teams Have Undefeated Records A Staff Report

Including the Overlee Flying Fish of Division 1 in the Northern Virginia Swim-

SWIMMING ROUNDUP ming League, four Arlington teams are still undefeated in summer action through July 7 meets. Overlee improved to 3-0 with a lopsided 310-110 home victory over the Langley Club Wildthings on July 7 by winning 31 of the 40 individual races and nine of the 12 relays. Double winners for Overlee were Emme Yoder, Matthew Kress, Nick Pas-

There are seven hills and six parks to be exact. Among the hills are Cardinal Hill and Dominion Hills with Parklawn and Highland Park included in the park names. Dominion Hills has been around since 1957, with Laurel Hill of Lorton the league’s newest member, joining in 2006. After that, the words “club,” “woods” and “run” are the next most popular with five each. Of the “clubs,” Langley Club is the oldest pool, joining the league two years after its founding in 1958. Arlington’s Donaldson Run is the oldest among the runs, with a 1960 startup. As for “woods,” Vienna Woods started first back in 1959. “Forest” and “hunt” are next with three names each. Of those, Arlington Forest is the oldest (1958). There are two each of “brooks,” “estates,” “gardens,” “mills,” “valleys” and “stations.” Of all of those, only McLean’s Chesterbrook was an NVSL founding member team in 1956. Somewhat surprisingly, maybe, there is only one name each with the words creek, farm and meadow. There is just one “bath,” “branch,” “crest,” “hollow,” “heights,” “house,” “lake,” “terrace, “tree” and “village.” There also is just one Overlee, which is maybe the league’s most unique name and is unquestionably the team that has enoyed the most success. Overlooking Lee Highway in North Arlington, Overlee has been in the league’s highest Division 1 the longest – since 1962. While there, the Flying Fish have won more division titles than any team. There are 29 first-place banners flying above the pool.

ternak, Sully Portner and Grace Callahan. Single winners were Lyla Kelly, Chase Rosen, Charlotte Wilhite, Lauren Hartel, Ellie Ridgeway, Natalie Anderson, Shelby Ebert, Tommy Weber, Alexis Lee, Mary Kate Reicherter, Jackson Bravery, Hadley Scribner, Emmy Hart, Buddy Sleighter, Aida Young, Sam Ellison, Kayle Park, Cici Yen, Evan Ingraham, Kate Bailey and Jonathan Day. In the 8-and-under butterfly, Portner’s 18:03 time broke a 34-year-old pool record. n In other July 7 NVSL meets involving Arlington teams, the host Donaldson Run Thunderbolts (1-2) in Division 3 de-

feated 0-3 Lee-Graham, 231-189, and in an all-Arlington Division 7 showdown, the visiting Dominion Hills Warriors (21) edged the Arlington Forest Tigers (1-2) by a 215-205 score thanks to winning the final relay. For Dominion Hills, double winners were Alex LeNard, Gavin Anzaldi, Carly Norins, Lily Woodward, Maya Aguirre and Carrie Torg. Single winners were Oliver O’Shea, Nathaniel LeNard, Noah Swisher, Josh Long, Geoffrey Ax, Claire McArdle, Emma Deering, Elizabeth Goodman, Louise Ax and Sarah Newman. Continued on Page 16

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Sports Briefs HURRICANES FINISH IN TOP EIGHT:

The Arlington-based Virginia Hurricanes seventh-grade girls Orange basketball team finished in the top eight of a 41team field at a recent national championships tournament in Myrtle Beach. The Hurricanes went 3-0 in pool play, defeating the Carolina Crusaders, Greensboro Lady Gaters Orange and the Chester County Storm. In the first round of bracket play, the Hurricanes fought back to make up a 19point deficit to defeat the Lady Attack,

Baseball Continued from Page 15 competition’s opening contest. The tournament was played at Waters Field in Vienna. Arlington did not make a defensive error in the title game and won despite walking 12 batters, hitting four more and throwing four wild pitches. “We rallied twice; that doesn’t happen often,” Arlington manager Graeme Fineman said. “We weren’t feeling too good when they were up 6-0. But when our backs are against the wall like that, our kids want to keep playing and they get locked in. We had a lot of players make a lot of big plays.” Watson was Arlington’s fifth pitcher. With the bat he had two hits, including a two-run double. Jake Arrowsmith had an RBI triple, Jack Sharp doubled, Jakob Mandleur tripled, Jack Mallett had a hit and two RBI, including the game-winning sacrifice fly to score A.J. Haines, and Sam Dozier and Graham Lynch had hits. Lynch had the other seventh-inning RBI when he reached on a ground-ball throwing error. Luke Rubin had an RBI squeeze bunt in the game. In the win over Springfield, Ryan Upton pitched 62/3 innings to get the win. Oliver Grove had two hits and an RBI and Mallett and Arrowsmith each had a

Swimming Continued from Page 15 Double winners for Arlington Forest were Emmy Gallion, David Gallion, Natalie Martin, Eli Martin and Alex Hans. Single winners were Ines Bonzano, Peter Huggler, Greyson Schroeher, Luke Risacher, Dylan Tallis, Sam Hogan, Emmett Englehardt and Clarisa Johnson. For Donaldson Run in its victory, double winners were Ellie Wertzler, Scarlett Bennett, Phillip Brooke, Charlie Greenwood, Emily Brooks, James Madden and Diya Redburn. Single winners were Andrew Meighan, Jack Tsuchitani, Peter Madden, Keegan Clark, Hayden Stolzenberg and Harrison Rehr. Donaldson Run swimmers finished first in 20 of the individual races and won seven relays. 16

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51-49. The game was decided by two freethrows in the final minute. The Hurricanes lost to the Maryland Shooting Stars in the quarterfinals. Players on the team were Taylor Chase, Sujee Rubio, Mia Sedor, Maya Solis, Raleigh Burns, Madi Goeke, Valerie Couhtino, Sophia Goff, Toni McCrae and Caroline Shimp. Coaches were Greg Rubio and Mike Burns.

coaches in Arlington at its annual Coaches Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 4610 North Fairfax Drive. A live auction will be held for a donated and autographed Washington Capitals jersey of player T.J. Oshie.

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hit and an RBI. Arlington six hits. Against Vienna in the 11-2 triumph, Arlington amassed 10 hits and took control with seven runs in the fourth inning. Lynch had three hits, Watson added two hits and two RBI, Dozier had two RBI and Grove had a big hit. Dozier struck out eight in 51/3 innings. In its opening-game 5-3 loss, Arlington fell behind 5-0. Arlington scored two runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Rubin to send home Mallett, who tripled, then scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Haines. A bases-loaded walk by Connally (two hits) forced in Arlington’s third run in the sixth. Upton doubled for Arlington and starting pitcher Mandleur singled. Arlington stranded nine runners. In 22/3 innings of relief pitching, Watson struck out six, allowed one hit and no runs. Now it’s on to the state tournament for Arlington. Arlington faces host Glen Allen at 7:30 p.m. July 13 in its first state game. n With a 2-0 record, the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 14-under all-stars won the District 6 tournament at Yorktown High School and now head to state competition. In its first game, the 14s blanked Vienna, 7-0, behind the pitching of James Tallon and Bobby Mcdonough, then defeated Vienna again, 11-1, in the championship contest. In that 7-0 victory, Mcdonough, Ben

Langsam, Dillon Bass, Landon Thomas and Alex Zur had big hits. Arlington amassed 13 hits. On the mound, Tallon fanned eight in 52/3 innings. In the 11-1 win, Ketz Murray started on the mound and struck out four in five innings. Thomas had three hits and three RBI and Costas Tzoumas had two hits and two RBI. Arlington had eight hits and scored eight runs in the first inning. Other players for the 14s are Zachary Moss, Quinn Brennan, Patrick Church, Michael Keefe and David Haley. Dan Pototsky is the manager and Pete Cain the coach. The state tournament begins July 12 in Manassas with a first-round game against Stafford. n In the 13-under District 6 tournament, the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth allstars went 2-0, nipping Vienna, 11-10, in its first game, then nipped Vienna again, 9-8, in the championship contest. Arlington rallied to win both contests, trailing 8-2 in the first game and 7-3 in the second. “We battled back in both games and a bunch of kids did their jobs,” 13s manager Mike Cowell said. “We pulled off two safety squeezes from our No. 8 and 9 batters, and basically got things done at crunch time. It was good baseball by the boys. See more at www.insidenova.com/ sports/arlington.

n In the Babe Ruth age 16-18 state tournament at Barcroft Park, the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth all-stars finished 0-2. Arlington lost to winners-bracket finalist Southwestern Youth Association, 11-5, in its opening, then fell to Northern Fairfax County, 7-2, in a losers’-bracket contest. n Four Arlington Babe Ruth baseball all-star teams from ages 8 to 11 won their district tournaments over the last two weeks and moved on to state competition. Arlington Babe Ruth Storm teams at the 8, 9, 10 and 11 age groups defeated Herndon and Alexandria teams to win District 7 crowns. While each Arlington team posted big scores, most notable was the 8-under squad that defeated the Herndon Hawks in two games and Alexandria Pioneer in a single game by a combined score of 36-4. Next, the 8-under squad won the state tournament with a 4-0 record, defeating Fluvanna, 8-4, and 13-12, in its final two games. Its other wins were over Augusta, 8-5, and Glen Allen, 12-8. Next for the 8s is the region tournament, starting July 19 in Ocala, Fla. Also at the state tournament, the 9s and 10s went 1-2 and the 11s finished 2-2. Check a future addition of the Sun Gazette for more state-tournament details and visit www.insidenova.com/sports/arlington.

n In the Colonial Swimming League’s White Division, the Knights of Columbus Holy Mackerels improved to 4-0 with a 301-143 victory over visiting Ashburn Farm. Triple winners for the Holy Mackerels were Ashley Deabler, Tommy Keane, Mac Marsh, Elizabeth Pilot and Zach Rosenthal. Nadya Cecil, Azmera Gebre, Bennett Haas, Mary Frances Hecmanczuk and Mimi Riccio were double winners. Single winners were Hudson Beck, Andrew Deabler, Arriam Gebre, David Herrmann, Heidi Hilsmier, Janie Markowicz, Lily Miller, Christopher Spiro, Connor Sughrue and Sam Varona. n Also in July 7 Colonial Swimming League White Division action, the host Fort Myer Squids (1-3) lost to Manorgate, 264-180. Multiple winners for Fort Myer were Zach Berner, Jack St. Pierre, Miles Wright, Claire Hystad, Nora Sherman and Lila

Sherman. Single winners were Khuvituguldur Baterdene, Daniel Ramos, Sean Lombardi and Willa McCarthy. n In the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association, the Washington Golf and Country Club Lightning lost the league championship by a mere half point in 2013. Since that setback, the Lightning are undefeated. This summer, the team began its quest for a fifth consecutive league championship with two victories to start the season. Washington Golf defeated Manor, 339-143, then Congressional, 404-81, in a big rout. Triple race winners for Washington Golf included Jack Carman, Lily Darcey, Keira Gutierrez, Thomas Outlaw, Michael Steves and Lucas Zidlicky. Double winners included Madeline Barbee, Arav Bhargava, Josie Gieseman, Cooper Jensen, William Lepre, Caroline Otteni and Nick Zochowski. Single winners included

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Police Beat MALICIOUS WOUNDING: n On June 26 at 2:23 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1100 block of North Courthouse Road for a report of a person with a gun, but no suspect was located. About 20 minutes later, police were dispatched to Virginia Hospital Center for a report of a gunshot wound. Investigation determined that the victim was driving in the area of the first re-

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Continued from Page 1 Civic Association, said there is general agreement that things are moving in the right direction. “This is a phenomenal plan,” said Tighe. “[The park authority] has gone above and beyond in being full partners.” Yet some areas of dispute remain. “There’s minor tweaks we’d still like to talk [to Gilbert] about,” said Tighe, pointing to concerns about overflow parking along the access road leading to the main parking lot during peak periods as one. Additional amenities at the park (which already includes a large swimming complex and acclaimed mini-golf course) will drive additional traffic, but Tighe was philosophical about the impact. “Will there be more traffic? Sure,” he said. “Whenever you add a new structure . . . you’re definitely going to have more park attendance. There’s going to be trade-offs.” Gilbert said the reforestation plan for the natural areas of Upton Hill goes well beyond what is required by the Arlington government. “We’re not planting trees; we’re planting an entire forest ecosystem,” he said, with an emphasis on re-creating an oakhickory forest similar to ones that stood across Northern Virginia before development denuded most woodlands. While the active areas of the park will provide multiple recreation options, the passive areas will offer “a great educational opportunity,” Gilbert said. Paul Ferguson, clerk of the Circuit Court and one of two Arlington representatives on the park-authority board, said the planned upgrades will help broaden appeal of Upton Hill. “The idea behind this project is to enhance the existing features and provide options that might draw different visitors,” he said. Ferguson acknowledged that the proposal is not universally popular. “I have met with a few residents who have concerns such as stormwater runoff and tree preservation – NOVA Parks will do its best to address those concerns,” he said. Sada Aksartova, a resident of Boulevard Manor, has been vocal in her concerns about the plan. She is particularly incensed about the number of trees to be cut down to make room for additional parking and a new entrance road.

port when another vehicle began to follow him after a traffic infraction. The suspect vehicle then approached the victim’s vehicle and the driver brandished a firearm and fired a shot at the victim. The suspect is described as a black male with medium complexion, short black hair and a goatee. n On July 4 at 3:32 a.m., a verbal dispute between individuals in the 5100 “While renovating the playground is a good idea, NOVA Parks should do it in a way that preserves, not shrinks, tree canopy and minimizes, not increases, runoff into the bay,” she said “Trees, more than parking, draw people to parks and playgrounds.” (Those who object to the renovation plan have developed a Web site – www. friendsofuptonhill.org – to lay out their concerns.) Among others with unease is Suzanne Sundburg, who is active with the Arlington County Civic Federation. She has voiced worries about the level of parking; the additional lighting required; the number of mature trees that will be removed; and stormwater management on the site. Sundburg also thinks the park authority may be wildly optimistic in expecting revenue from the climbing/ropes amenity will be able to pay off the projected cost, and believes the authority owes it to local residents to be more responsive to concerns. “To me, the lack of transparency and unwillingness to make public documents readily available to the public isn’t an acceptable way for public entities to operate, particularly given that this project is taking place on a public site,” Sundburg said. While park-authority officials have kept Arlington County Board members updated on the project, and taken into account feedback that has been offered, the project will not need to go back to the County Board for final approval. But there have been some concerns expressed at the County Board level. “Before finalizing their plans, I hope that NOVA Parks will continue to work with those citizens who remain concerned about tree loss and increased impervious surfaces, and do so in a transparent and open fashion through sharing of detailed plans with the community,” said County Board member John Vihstadt. While voicing the opinion that more can be done to minimize the loss of oldgrowth trees, Vihstadt said that “the general direction of the planned improvements is sound” and that the additional amenities planned “will prove to be a positive attraction to both surrounding neighborhoods and the Arlington region.” There is a beat-the-clock aspect to the project; delays could make it difficult to impossible to have it ready by the 2019 summer season. Tighe said his fingers are crossed. “I’m optimistic,” he said. “I would like to see construction start this fall.”

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WALKERS ARE HEADED TO AQUATIC GARDENS: The Arlington Walking

Club will travel to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in the District of Columbia on Wednesday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Madison Community Center. For information,

5. Topic of discussion, pl. 6. One of auto pioneers 7. U.S. central bank 8. ____, Stinky and Stretch 9. Like Food movement 10. Home of the Hawkeyes 11. People in general 12. It’s got an outer, middle and inner 15. Even though 20. Not odds 22. One behind the plate 24. Ascetic Muslim monk 25. Hog fat, pl. 26. Rubberneck 27. Not Ionic or Corinthian 29. Lion’s warning 31. “Lights out” signal 32. Kind of wading bird 33. It included Mr. T 34. *Beneficial garden invertebrates 36. Jury colleague 38. *Contrary to popular belief, it’s not blind 42. “Superman” Christopher 45. Copies, for short 49. Likewise 51. Put down again, past tense 54. Same as swaps 56. Clearing in the woods 57. Cowboy’s necktie 58. Russia’s ____ Mountains 59. Please get back to me 60. *Where you’ll find 21 Across 61. Operatic solo 62. *Plant organ 63. Cough syrup amt. 65. *Cave flyer 67. Utmost degree

call (703) 228-4403. TRAVELERS HEAD TO DUMBARTON OAKS: Arlington County Senior Adult

Travel will host a trip to Dumbarton Oaks for a self-guided tour on Thursday, July 19. The cost is $17. For information, call (703) 228-4748. FOODIES GATHER TO DISCUSS THE GENRE: The “55+ Foodies” discussion

group meets on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Central Library. For information, call (703) 228-5946.

ONE-ON-ONE LEGAL COUNSELING OFFERED: Free legal assistance for eligible

seniors is offered through Legal Services of Northern Virginia on Thursday, July 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at LangstonBrown Senior Center. For an appointment, call (703) 778-6800. DEMONSTRATION FOCUSES ON THE 4-1-1 OF TANGO: A demonstration of

the tango as practiced in Argentina will be offered on Friday, July 20 at 3:15 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555. The Sun Gazette runs news of interest to active seniors each week.

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Arlington history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. Find out more on local history at the Web site www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org. July 19, 1960: n Gov. Almond predicts Democrat John Kennedy will win in the general election. n A Sun editorial praised the “steadiness and maturity” of John Kennedy during the nomination process. n Baseball’s National League plans to expand from eight to 10 teams. July 27, 1967: n Gov. Godwin says most Virginians have accepted paying the state sales tax, because they know the funds are going for good purposes. n Marymount College’s new library/ science/dormitory building is set to open next month. n At least 175 churches have been built in Northern Virginia over the past decade. n On TV tonight: “F Troop,” “Bewitched,” “Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and “The Phyllis Diller Show.” July 22, 1975: n Arlington school officials are planning to dispose of the unneeded Madison and Maury elementary schools. n The historic Ball-Sellers House has been placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. n At the movies this week: “Towering Inferno,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More,” “The Great Waldo Pepper” and “Young Frankenstein.” July 20, 1984: n For the first time, Virginia students have outperformed the national average in all subject areas, based on standardized tests. n The American Civil Liberties Union ranks Virginia 46th out of 50 states in ease of voter registration. n Permits for a record dollar amount of commercial construction were approved in Arlington last year. n Virginia’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco say they can put differences aside and work for nominee Walter Mondale. n A Sun editorial says the federal government has no business telling states to raise the drinking age to 21.

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