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Is Campaign Sign-Swiping Fair Game in Area Medians? Candidates, Party Leaders Denounce Illegal Removal SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Arlington County Board candidate Audrey Clement used the board’s Oct. 15 meeting to complain of what could be an orchestrated effort “trampling on the rights” of candidates running on the Nov. 8 ballot. In a complaint that she has voiced in previous races, Clement – running as an independent against County Board Chairman Libby Garvey – said dozens of the 550 signs her campaign had placed in the median had been removed. One, she said, was defaced with the slogan “Clement for President: This Time, It’s National.” Clement said that signage for Democratic County Board candidates had been untouched, which she believes is no coincidence. Without a Republican on the County Board ballot, “there is only one organization with an interest in the outcome,” Clement said, pointing to the Arlington County Democratic Committee. Garvey – who, while running as the incumbent in June’s Democratic primary, was not exactly the darling of the Democratic establishment – similarly faced the issue of disappearing signs in that race. Garvey has dispatched her campaign man-

CELEBRATING THE EFFORTS OF COUNTY’S FIREFIGHTERS Above, while wearing their new firefighters’ hats, brothers Archer and Witt Kouhestani enjoy popcorn while perched on the back of Engine 108 at Fire Station #8 on Oct. 15. At right, William and Julia Kieran check out the driver’s seat of the fire engine; while William seems ready to head out onto Lee Highway en route to a fire, Julia seems a little more circumspect about the whole thing. County fire stations held open houses on Oct. 15 in observance of National Fire Safety Week. See more photos on the Web site at


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SEEC Honors AFAC, Churches for Humanitarian Efforts SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

When Arlington Church of the Covenant parishioner Bill Murphy began volunteering in support of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, he admits to a little nervousness about how the interaction might transpire. His mind soon was put at ease. “I saw these young guys, strangers in a foreign land, and said ‘yes, I can help,’” Murphy said at a Sept. 29 celebration of the 16th anniversary of the social-service organization known by the acronym SEEC. At the event, a trio of churches – Church of the Covenant, Arlington First Church of the Nazarine and the Thai Church of Washington, D.C. – were presented with the organization’s Emily DiCicco Humanitarian Award for their collaborative, supportive efforts. “They really follow the path of Miss Emily,” said SEEC board chairman Leni Gonzalez, praising the three churches, and other religious organization, that provide funding and other support to SEEC and its clients. Also honored with the award named in honor of the late DiCicco was Charles Meng, executive director of the Arlington Food Assistance Center, or AFAC. Meng’s non-profit has provided food support to hundreds of families referred

by SEEC each year. Proof of legal status “is not important” in determining eligibility, Meng said. “Our belief is, if you’re hungry in Arlington County, we are here to help,” he said. “Someone helped my family, someone helped all our families.” SEEC traces its roots to a looming potential crisis that reared up in the late 1990s. Day workers, mostly Latino, were congregating in the Four Mile Run area, causing tensions with the nearby and predominantly African-American neighborhoods. The county government and Latino leaders worked to form SEEC, which provides a place for laborers to connect with jobs, as well as offering a host of educational and employment programs. “It was a gigantic effort on the part of a whole lot of people,” said former Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada, one of the founders. “In some communities, they would not even think about doing something like this, it would be so divisive. I’m delighted to see the support from all parts of our community.” To celebrate the organization’s recent 15-year anniversary, even the General Assembly sent along its kudos in the form of a joint resolution patroned by Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) and presented at the Sept. 29 ceremony. Lopez said SEEC has been able to “help empower a community that wasn’t

Shown at the Shirlington Employment and Education Center anniversary event are (bottom row) Charles Meng of the Arlington Food Assistance Center, SEEC chairman Leni Gonzalez and Bill Murphy of Arlington Church of the Covenant and (top row) Del. Alfonso Lopez, Walter Tejada and SEEC executive director Andres Tobar.

being heard.” The economic downturn of the mid2000s continues to impact the lives of day-laborers, with the colder periods of the year, not surprisingly, being the hardest. “During the winter months, one job may be the only thing they see all month. It’s a real struggle,” said Andres Tobar, one of the SEEC founders and currently its executive director. Funds raised during the Sept. 29 event

will go to support programs that include an ongoing initiative teaching “green” techniques to women who clean homes and businesses, as well as next spring’s third Latina business-development program. Funds also will go to provide resources to workers who have found themselves unpaid or underpaid. “Sometimes, all it takes is a phone call with a strong voice” to help the workers get what they are due, Gonzalez said.

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Q&A with Author of Book on Post Office Murals The 1937 dedication of Arlington’s main post office, located in Clarendon, can in a sense be considered the moment the county evolved from a collection of separate, perhaps tribal community enclaves to the start of the “urban village” of modern times. Several years after the opening, the interior of the postal facility was adorned by artwork of Auriel Bessemer (1909-86), who in the Depression was commissioned by the federal government to paint murals Toby McIntosh at post offices in several states, and also painted murals on everything from railroad cars and union halls to corporate offices. Bessemer was among more than 800 artists commissioned by the federal government through the Treasury Department and, later, the Federal Art Project. His works at the Clarendon Post Office reflected historical themes dating back to before the arrival of colonists, up to relatively modern (for the era) scenes like polo players at Fort Myer. A refurbishment effort a decade ago helped bring the images back to life. Toby McIntosh, who lives near the post office, has penned “Apple Picking, Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee: Arlington’s New Deal Murals and Muralists,” a book that delves into both the artist and artwork. (More about the book can be found at Copies can be purchased through the author via or via BookBaby, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.) The Sun Gazette recently conducted a

Q&A with McIntosh about his effort. What was the driving force behind writing your work? I have an interest in the 1930s federal programs that helped artists weather the Great Depression and produced some wonderful public art. Also, the Clarendon post office is near my house, so when I semi-retired I thought it would be a kick to learn more about the murals, their subjects and the muralist. The research took a lot longer than I thought it would; one question seemed to lead to another. I describe each of the seven murals in the book. So, for example, to learn about the mural on picnicking at Great Falls I read about the trolley lines of Arlington, segregation, amusement parks, fashions of the times, the canal ruins there, etc. I’ve tried to pack fun and educational information into each mural description. In your research, what did you learn about Auriel Bessemer, the artist who created the murals? What about his work appeals to you?

Auriel was a complex, intense and spiritual guy. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to meet him. I would start by asking what it was like to be a kid raised in a religious commune, taught that the earth surrounded the sun. Arlingtonians of the time might have questioned his unorthodox beliefs. His overblown rhetoric is a bit hard to digest. He was passionate that society was headed in the wrong direction, misdirected by greed and ego, and needed salvation. He warned about fascism and designed a huge mural on the subject. He served as an Army graphic artist in World War II. (It was only from Army records that I learned he was blind in one eye.) It sounds as if some of the artwork was controversial in its day. What was the reaction of typical Arlingtonians to it? The newspaper reviews were positive, though not effusive. “Extremely handsome,” said the federal official who chose him to paint the murals, who was an Arlington resident. I found one reference to Auriel giving

a talk about the murals to an Arlington group. I wonder if he baffled them with his spiritual views, but he was a regular and accomplished lecturer. There was some early concerns about depicting Robert E. Lee receiving his military commission from the Virginia legislature, but the subjects for the murals all were approved by the first county board chairwoman. I used the Lee scene to recap his residency in Arlington House, including the story of the daughter Lee’s father-in-law had with a slave of Martha Washington. Do you think the artwork holds up well (artistically) today, three-quarters of a century after its creation? Physically, what is the condition? The murals were restored in 2007 and are in good condition. Unfortunately, they’re still positioned near the ceiling in the post office lobby and hard to see. I think the book brings them closer, making it easier to appreciate them. The figures can seem stiff and similar, but the colors are bright. The compositions are balanced and the spirit of the subjects shines through. I like the applepicking mural, but in a vote taken at a book party, the tobacco-harvesting mural was narrowly chosen as the favorite. As your book notes, the Clarendon community has had its ups and downs over the past century. What do you see as the neighborhood’s future? I’ve lived in Clarendon since 1983, when there were only three bars. In drawing attention to the post office and the murals, I hope to help us appreciate our local history and reflect on an older, slower time. Imagine, the 1937 groundbreaking for the new post office was celebrated by a big parade. Now Arlington’s population is five times bigger, which makes it more of a challenge to create a community feeling.

you here,” said Sandy Newton, president of the Woman’s Club, as she surveyed the scene. Organized on Oct. 22, 1931, club members focused their early energies on the Columbia Pike corridor by establishing, funding and staffing a library (now a part of the county system) and gently rabblerousing to convince the county government to provide trash service. There was also an effort to root out topless shoeshine shops that had gained a toehold on Columbia Pike, Newton noted. Efforts grew to encompass a wide array of issues of local, regional and national importance. “The difference you have made is really remarkable. It’s quite an impressive list,” said state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st), on hand to present a celebratory resolution from Gov. McAuliffe. Today, membership stands at about three dozen, up substantially from just a few years ago. While many club members are of a certain age (the membership ros-

ter ranges up to 100 years old), there have been efforts to recruit new members by focusing on community-service projects and activism on targeted issues. “Your effort is needed more than ever,” said County Board member John Vihstadt, representing his colleagues at the celebration. Among the key issues every year, but especially for 2016, is addressing hunger. At the meeting, Charles Meng of the Arlington Food Assistance Center was honored for his role in an ongoing collaborative effort. Woman’s Club members tend a garden, “supplying a tremendous amount of nutritious vegetables for our families,” Meng said. The organization meets the first Monday of each month at 10:45 a.m., with special programs throughout the year. For information, call (703) 553-5800 or see the Web site at

Ann Swain of the Woman’s Club of Arlington cuts a birthday cake celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of the local organization.

One of the murals by Auriel Bessemer at the Clarendon post office shows slaves at Arlington House harvesting tobacco. Image courtesy U.S. Postal Service.

Woman’s Club of Arlington Celebrates 85 Years of Service SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

What do Virginia Hospital Center, the Arlington Free Clinic, county library system and Opera Nova have in common? Each has benefited through the years from the generosity of the Woman’s Club of Arlington. And they are not alone. From the arts to the environment, with cotillions for young people and a servicemen’s club during World War II added to the mix, the organization has been on the forefront of connecting its members to the civic patchwork of Arlington. “Gosh, the things you do! It’s amazing,” said Barbara “Buzzy” Benton, president of the General Federation of Women’s Club’s Northern District of Virginia, at an 85th-birthday party held at the Woman’s Club of Arlington clubhouse Oct. 1. “Our cup is overflowing with all of 4

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Va., Md., D.C. Chiefs Call for Economic Diversification BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Governors of Maryland and Virginia and the District of Columbia’s mayor agreed Oct. 12 that the region needs more trade, economic diversification, affordable housing, skilled workers and transportation improvements. The most imminent threat, however, is a possible second round of federal “sequestration” cuts that would be five times worse than the ones suffered from 2011 to 2013, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said at the Capital Region Business Forum at the Washington Hilton. Virginia lost an estimated $9.8 billion and 115,000 jobs during the first sequestration period, he said. “This is a gigantic hurricane coming at us,” he said. “Hopefully, we can handle it.” The panel discussion, hosted by the Northern Virginia and Prince George’s chambers of commerce and Greater Washington Board of Trade, was moderated by George Washington University president Steven Knapp. The panelists, who also included Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), agreed the Washington region long has been too dependent on federal spending and must attract a wider array of new businesses. The leaders spoke of traveling to foreign countries to stimulate international trade and trying to arrange a joint trade mission in Canada, the region’s largest trading partner. Bowser, Hogan and McAuliffe supported workforce-training initiatives to ensure the region’s businesses can obtain qualified talent. The nation is undergoing another industrial revolution and its education system will need to adapt to meet those new requirements, McAuliffe said. Hogan mentioned Maryland’s PTECH program, which teaches students technical skills and allows them to earn their high-school diplomas and associate’s degrees simultaneously. McAuliffe pledged that during Virginia’s next budget session he would not cut funding for education or economic development. Much of the region’s desirability and economic vitality will hinge on well-maintained roads and mass transit, panelists said. “Gridlock doesn’t help us attract new businesses,” Bowser said. “It has a real economic impact.” Metro must be a part of the solution and would benefit from dedicated regional funding, Bowser said. The federal government also must do much more to help finance the transit system, as 40 percent of local federal workers use Metro, she added. The three top officials expressed concern about Metro’s safety and reliability. The system’s ridership is down not only because of recent SafeTrack maintenance

activity but because area residents have difficulty reaching their destinations in a reasonable amount of time,” McAuliffe said. The Maryland and Virginia governors were impressed by the efforts of Metro’s new general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, to tackle the system’s problems, but wanted to see concrete results before pledging more funding. “You can’t throw good money after bad, but you can continue to invest in things that make sense,” Hogan said. “The system has been broken for a long time, apparently with no one in charge.” The Washington region needs upgrades to the American Legion and Memorial bridges and would benefit from an additional public crossing, panelists said. While Maryland is paying to build a new Potomac River bridge on U.S. 301 south of Washington, a new span between Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Md., would face community opposition and a lack of funding, Hogan said. Knapp asked the panelists’ views on public-private partnerships and got mixed responses. While the leaders saw the benefit of using private funding to achieve greater results, McAuliffe urged caution, noting some road and tunnel projects in Virginia that turned out to be white elephants. “They’re not the panacea,” he said of the partnerships. “It’s all how you negoti-

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Highs & Lows THUMBS DOWN: To a perfect storm of chaos that could erupt at the Arlington County government headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 5. That’s the last day for in-person absentee voting, so you better believe the building will see a snaking conga line of voters waiting to cast their ballots. But for some inexplicable reason, County Board members also plan to hold their monthly meeting that day – a week or two before their usual middle-of-the-month Saturday meeting. Sometimes, as was the case this past Saturday, the board meetings draw a small crowd. But depending on the issues being discussed, swarms of people could be interested in attending. We can only surmise that board members didn’t want to do the

meeting the next Saturday, as it was part of the Veterans Day three-day weekend that will run Nov. 11-12-13. Still, it seems nutty to schedule a board meeting on the same weekend the building could be swamped with absentee voters. Good luck with parking, everybody! THUMBS DOWN: To a little-noticed but outrageous proposal by the Virginia Association of Counties, of which the Arlington County government is a dues-paying member. As part of its 2017 legislative package, currently in the draft stage, the organization plans to ask the General Assembly to allow counties (a) to double the maximum meals-tax rate that can be imposed, from 4 percent to 8 percent, and (b) eliminate the re-

quirement that counties get voter approval before imposing such a tax. (An aside: Arlington’s elected officials got a sweetheart deal from the legislature way back in the day; they were allowed to impose a meals tax if all five County Board members agreed. They did, and we got the tax with no public input.) Counties and their state organization no doubt will contend they’re just trying to get the same powers that cities have when it comes to taxation. But it looks to us to be another attempt to pick taxpayers’ pockets without the consent of the governed. Rest assured: The proposal is going nowhere in Richmond. But the fact it was even brought up shows how out of touch some leaders and staff can be. The public isn’t your never-ending ATM, folks.

County Must Focus on Core Responsibilities Editor: This letter is in response to the previous four letters from residents in my northwest corner of North Arlington. Our consistent concern seems to be, “Does the county government realize we exist?” The worry about the complex traffic circle at Williamsburg Boulevard is absolutely valid. Also, the traffic congestion – twice-daily backups that snake around corners and complicating if not impeding emergency-vehicle movement – at Bishop O’Connell High School is completely valid. Add to those daytime traffic snarls the fall evening and weekend activities, as well as the ongoing Sunday morning ones. Neighborhood parking restrictions here end at 5 p.m. on weekdays, so visitors can and do legally park throughout our neighborhoods after that time. Two facts largely unappreciated are that Marymount University now rents athletic facilities from Bishop O’Connell, which only adds to neighborhood traffic, and when recently updating their athletic fields, O’Connell eliminated 50 parking spaces on site, further adding to parking demand on adjacent neighborhoods. That someone at the county-govern-

ment headquarters in Clarendon allowed removal of the 50 on-site parking spaces supports my opening concern: The county government seems not to know we exist – except, presumably, when paying our taxes. By my very rough calculations, in the time it took me to write this letter, I incurred about 35 cents in county real estate tax liability. You incurred about 2 cents to read it and perhaps another 30 cents to read the rest of the Sun Gazette. That is per taxpayer, for only one issue of this paper. In the time it took your heart to slow down after a near-miss at the Williamsburg Boulevard Circle was probably another 5 cents, as is the dicey Washington Boulevard and Westmoreland Street intersection, where drivers exit I-66 and rush to – where else? –Bishop O’Connell High School. If you are so unfortunate as to be walking to the Metro through that same area, your heart rate may already be elevated. It may not respond to the 18-inch-tall grass, the graffiti and constant mud on the only sidewalk around the “quaint industrial site” of a highway contractor in the midst of our single family neighborhood. Of course, you may experience some elevation while negotiating around the

dash of cars off I-66 heading to Fairfax Drive. The two stop signs at that exit are often taken as mere suggestions. Like me, you may incur another 5 cents while failing to find parking at the 7-Eleven, if you made it through the Williamsburg circle, but I usually give up as there are just too many work trucks haphazardly “parked.” Sometimes I chuckle at the irony of my driving past Deli Italia and then calling them for dinner to be delivered, as I could not park. Delivery does cost extra, so lately I’ve just driven on to the new Harris-Teeter in Falls Church; free indoor parking there. We all understand that life in this area is very expensive, including for local governments. However, excursions in this area can be risky, by car or on foot, unfortunately made more so by a focus on lofty plans for gallant public venues while allowing mundane but still important problems to persist. David Habeger Arlington The Sun Gazette welcomes your submission of letters to the editor on topics of local interest. Letters can be sent by regular mail, fax or e-mail; contact information can be found on Page 6.

Arlington Democrats Work to Help Bennett in 10th SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

It didn’t bear fruit two years ago, but Arlington Democrats hope to provide some muscle in a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Barbara ComPOLITICAL stock in the POTPOURRI 10thA District. group of Arlington Democrats moseyed from the true-blue 8th District to the adjacent 10th on Oct. 9 to knock on doors and make calls for Democratic nominee LuAnn Bennett. “We really think that our efforts can make a difference,” said Chris Leyen, who serves as liaison between Arlington Young Democrats and the Arlington County Democratic Committee. The effort is similar to one undertaken in 2014, when Comstock was facing off against Democrat John Foust in a race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R10th). The effort fell short as Comstock trounced Foust. Conventional wisdom is that if Comstock survives the Bennett challenge, she will be able to hold the 10th District seat as long as she wants – or until she makes a bid for higher office. But if Democrats can dislodge her and install Bennett, the Northern Virginia congressional delegation will be all-Democratic, as Gerald Connolly is unopposed in the 11th District and Don Beyer is virtually assured re-election in the 8th. “This is our best chance,” said Kip Malinosky, president of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. “Knocking on doors could be the best way to put [Bennett] over the top.” Since it was reconstituted more than 60 years ago, the 10th District has seen only limited turnover: Republican Joel Broyhill served from 1953-75, Democrat Joe Fisher from 1975-81, Wolf from 19812015 and Comstock since 2015. Over the years, the district has seen its boundaries shift from a more inside-the-Beltway concentration to a focus on the outer suburbs and adjacent, more rural areas of the region. Arlington GOP Glances to 2017: While maintaining a focus on the days leading up to Nov. 8, the Arlington County Republican Committee in some ways already has flipped the calendar to 2017. The GOP in recent months has seen its meetings inundated with candidates for the three statewide offices – governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general – on the ballot next year. All three posts have generated competitive races on the Republican side, even though primary voting is more than six months away, and prospects are beating the bushes to find support in all corners of the commonwealth. Most recently up to the podium was state Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Fredericksburg), who attended the Sept. 21 meeting of Arlington Republicans to press his case for the middle spot in the political

trifecta. “I’m running for lieutenant governor for one thing and one thing only,” said Reeves, presumably to make lives better for Virginians rather than to set up a gubernatorial bid in 2021 (which may be the unspoken goal of all candidates for lieutenant governor, Republican or Democrat). Even as the parade of 2017 aspirants rolls on, party chairman Jim Presswood said Arlington Republicans have not lost sight of what’s at stake this year. “We want to support Donald J. Trump and do everything we can to get him elected,” Presswood said Sept. 21, one of the few times in the evening Trump’s name was mentioned. Despite what might be described as lukewarm to grudging support for the GOP presidential nominee among some of the Arlington Republican faithful, Presswood said the party apparatus is swinging behind a get-out-the-vote effort. “This is definitely a fight we can all be working on,” he said. “Polls are tightening in Virginia. We can make a real difference.” Legislators Named Health-Care Heroes: Two members of the Arlington legislative delegation are among eight lawmakers statewide named 2016 “Health Care Heroes” by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s political action committee. Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) was salut-



ed for his leadership in finding innovative solutions to health issues and expanded access to health-care statewide. State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) was honored for her work on mental-health and pediatrichealth initiatives.

They are part of a group that also includes state Sens. George Barker (DFairfax), William Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) and Stephen Newman (R-Lynchburg) and Dels. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Matthew James (D-Portsmouth) and Christopher Stolle (R-Virginia Beach). “Advocating for complex health-care policy isn’t easy,” said James Dunn, a vice president with Bon Secours Virginia Health System and chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s political-action committee. “It is critically important to have engaged legislators.” The awards program is in its second year.

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Doorways Launches a $10 Million Capital Campaign SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Life happens, the saying goes, and some years ago, it happened to Alisa Thornton. A single mother struggling to make ends meet even while working two jobs, Thornton and her children were facing eviction and the prospect of life on the street when they were connected with the staff of Doorways for Women and Families. The result was a game-changer. “They really listened, and they helped me figure out an action plan. Doorways saw in me things I didn’t see in myself,” said Thornton, now a Realtor and advocate. That’s the type of story local residents will be hearing more of, as the Arlingtonbased nonprofit aims to raise $10 million in support of its efforts combating domestic abuse and its broader impact on individuals and the community. The effort kicked off in front of about 300 supporters at Doorways’ seventh annual Brighter Futures Breakfast, held Sept. 23 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center in Ballston. The three-year effort, which already has pledges equal to 40 percent of its goal, aims to provide operating dollars and create a “sustainability fund” to address hu-

man-services needs that virtually everyone agrees are increasing in size and scope. “While funders come and go, the needs for our services grow and grow and grow. We’re turning to every person in this community,” said Yuri Sagatov, who is cochairing the fund drive with his wife Michelle and Laura and Justin Miller. Along with Alisa Thornton, those at the kickoff also heard from her daughter, Alaisia, who recounted her family’s experiences in getting help when she was younger. “Doorways has a special place in my heart. They were there for my family since I was a little girl . . . showing me there are good people in this world,” Alaisia Thornton said. Doorways’ roots date back almost 40 years, and the organization has grown to a staff of nearly 50 and a large corps of volunteers who support everything from emergency shelters and a 24-hour crisis hotline to counseling in issues related to housing, employment and more. “It’s not a short or easy road for our clients. We don’t sit on the sidelines; we get to work,” said Doorways CEO Caroline Jones. The problem, Jones said, is that the need is outstripping existing funding. “Our current and foreseeable resources are not keeping up,” she said, pointing to “a dramatic increase not only in the number of people reaching out for our help,

Alisa Thornton (center) watches a presentation during the annual Doorways for Women and Families “Brighter Futures” breakfast on Sept. 23, 2016. She is flanked by her daughter, Alaisia, PHOTO BY JOYCE N. BOGHOSIAN and Doorways CEO Caroline Jones.

but in the ways we help.” “There’s way too much work to be done – to help someone when they’re at their lowest,” said Miguel Buddle, a Doorways volunteer who staffs the crisis hotline and serves as an advocate for victims of sexual assault. “More and more people are reaching out for help, and they’re depending on us. All of us,” Buddle said. Jones, who said her organization served nearly 2,900 adults and children last year, said the growth of those in need comes because more local residents are becom-

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Arlington Independent Media Waits on Contract Talks SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

They don’t have a seat at the bargaining table, but leaders of Arlington Independent Media (AIM) are hoping that negotiations between the Arlington County government and Comcast result in either no change to the group’s current status, or a slight improvement. If all goes its way, AIM will come away with a continuing stream of revenue, ongoing use of office space and – perhaps – a high-definition position on the cable spectrum instead of the standard-def space it currently occupies. Under the current franchise agreement between the county government and Comcast, AIM receives 1 percent of the firm’s gross revenue from Arlington cable operations, as well as funding for equipment purchases and a position (Channel 69) on the Comcast lineup. The funding helps provide about half of Arlington Independent Media’s $1.2 million annual revenue stream. Without it, “It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to have the kind of organization we have,” said Paul LeValley, AIM’s longtime executive director. During the organization’s annual membership meeting, LeValley outlined his aspirations for the new contract: The same 1-percent revenue, continuing office-space and equipment funding, plus a switch to a

high-definition channel. Those requests have been forwarded to the county government’s negotiating team. “We trust completely that our best interests are being represented at that table. We have no beef whatsoever,” LeValley said. County Board members in late September approved another brief extension (to Oct. 31) of the negotiating period, aiming to conclude negotiations and ink an agreement that has been in the works for three years. It was the sixth temporary extension of the franchise agreement, and “we hope that will be the final extension,” said County Board member Katie Cristol, who serves as a liaison to AIM. (The negotiating period has since be extended to December, Citing the nature of negotiations, Comcast officials declined to discuss the situation in detail. Spokesman Eliza Findlay spoke in a general sense: “I can tell you that we are pleased to serve the residents and businesses of Arlington County, and value our relationship with the county.” State and federal law gives localities like Arlington the right to negotiate with cable companies for the use of public rights-of-way to run their lines. The original Arlington cable franchise was issued in 1998 to SBC Media Ventures, and is now held by Comcast. Among those hoping AIM gets what it

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cal-access stations. “We feel like we’re providing a real opportunity for women business owners to get their name out,” Bate said. Even assuming Arlington Independent Media gets what it seeks from the new agreement, the technology environment is changing. Cable companies no longer hold a monopoly on getting programming into houses. LeValley chuckled that his group was one of the few that cheer when a cable company’s income rises. His request of AIM supporters? “Go home tonight and buy some pay-per-view,” LeValley said.




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man Jay Fisette, aimed at giving the public easier access to how the various county plans – for everything from housing and energy to arts and urban forestry – fit together as a whole. “We do planning better than anyone, but it is not easy to go online and find how they connect,” Fisette said. It was Fisette who, earlier in the year, raised alarm bells about the proposed blue-ribbon task force that had sprung from Garvey, voicing concern it could be seen as a shadow government overriding the prerogatives of advisory boards and commissions. Nonetheless, Fisette joined his four board colleagues in establishing the panel. Buyers’ remorse soon set in among the five County Board members after their vote “caused a lot of community upset,” acknowledged Garvey. “This clearly was something the community wasn’t quite ready to do,” she said. What’s the next step after the staff group returns with recommendations in a few months? That remains to be seen, but “whatever we do next, we [need to] get it right,” Fisette said. Upgrades to Make Water Taste Fresher: If you’re living in the northern or westContinued on Page 26




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The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) has made a number of staff promotions to address an increasing need in the community. “With the help of our many dedicated volunteers, AFAC does great work,” said Charles Meng, its executive director. “But it is essential that we restructure our leadership roles in order to ensure the great work we do continues for years to come.” Joy Myers has been promoted to chief development officer and designated deputy executive director. Zachary Smith has been promoted to database manager, and Ray Bynum has been promoted to lead warehouse associate. Jolie Smith has been appointed director of corporate and community partnerships and Lily Duran has been named client-services manager. The changes are in response to a record number – nearly 116,000 – of family visits over the past year. The average number of weekly family visits over the past year totaled 2,173, a figure that is expected to reach 3,000 this November. For information on the organization and its efforts, see the Web site at www. ‘AGLA’ ANNOUNCES ANNUAL EQUALITY AWARDS RECIPIENTS: The Arling-

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will present three Equality Awards during its 35th-anniversary celebration, to be held on Friday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Awards will be presented to Evie Priestman, a student at Wakefield High School; the Grimm family; and Equality Prince William. Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student from Gloucester High School, will be the keynote speaker. For information on the 35th-anniversary celebration, see the Web site at www. YORKTOWN STUDENTS PRESENT ONE-ACT: Yorktown High School the-

ater students will present the one-act play “The Lottery” Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29, at 7 p.m. each night at the high school. The production tells the tale of a small town that holds a grisly lottery every year to ensure a plentiful harvest, while some of the townfolk attempt to retain hope. Performances are free; students will be taking the production to Virginia High School League competition.


Central Library hosts a “Night of Horror” for teens and adults, with local artists reading from their works, on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. “A terrible affliction has befallen the library, and only you can help us survive,”

Shown from left are Arlington Food Assistance Center staff members Lily Duran, Joy Myers, Zack Spaeth, Jolie Smith, Ray Bynum and Charles Meng. See item at left.

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call (703) 228-5715. CHURCH TO HOST HARVEST FESTIVAL: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will

more Middle School’s drama club will present selections from Edgar Allen Poe while attendees walk along the community garden at Glencarlin branch library, 300 South Kensington St. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For information, call (703) 228-6548.

host its annual harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1132 North Ivanhoe St. The event will feature barbecue and other food, music, baked goods, craft items and more. Attendees are invited to to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. For information, call (703) 241-2474 or see the Web site at




author Garrett Peck will discuss his book – “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t” – on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills branch library. The program is free. For information,

Library will host a program on estate planning for those in their 20s and 30s and/or with small children on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. For information, see the Web site at

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Arlington Notes II FORUM TO FOCUS ON WOMEN IN ELECTED OFFICE: “From Public Service

to Public Office: The Role of Gender in Politics” will be presented on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Speakers will include academics and elected officials, including state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and County Board member Katie Cristol. The program is sponsored by the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women, Arlington branches of the American Association of University Women and League of Women Voters, and the Virginia Leadership Institute. The event is free; parking is available in the building’s garage.


Citizens Association and Fairlington Historical Society will host a walking tour of historic sites in the vicinity on Saturday, Oct. 22. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Fairlington Villages Community Center, and will visit 10 historic sites in the neighborhood. The tour will last about 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served at the community center.


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hold its annual open house, boutique and coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4134 40th St. North in Arlington. Tickets are $20 at the door, and are available for $15 in advance at Mesmeralda’s and The Preppy Pink Pony in McLean, Two the Moon in Arlington and the Antique Guild in Alexandria. Proceeds will benefit a number of local charities, including the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Arlington READY Coalition, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center and the Tahirih Justice Center. ‘NEIGHBORHOOD VILLAGES’ EFFORT HOLDS OPEN HOUSE: The Arlington

Neighborhood Villages program will host an open house for older Arlingtonians on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. R.S.V.P.s are requested, but drop-ins are welcome. For information, call (703) 509-8057 or see the Web site at OPERA NOVA TO HOST MUSICAL PROGRAM: Opera Nova will host an Autumn

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p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 South Taylor St. The concert will feature Russian soprano Yulia Petrochuk and other singers and musicians, performing favorites from Russian and Italian operas, art songs and American musicals. Admission is $5, $3 for members of the church, the Woman’s Club of Arlington and Opera Nova members. Reservations are recommended. For information, call (703) 536-7557 or e-mail RECEPTION SET FOR NEW EXHIBITION: 34zero9 Art Studios and Micro

Gallery will host an opening reception for the new exhibition – “After Hours: Social Rituals” – featuring works on paper by Christina Girardi on Saturday, Oct. 22 from to 6 p.m. at Open Arts Studios. The exhibition is curated by Barbara Januszkiewicz. The gallery is located at 3409 Wilson Blvd. For information, see the Web site at 34zero9artstudios.

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Church’s Faith, Food and Fellowship series continues on Thursday, Oct. 27 with a presentation by Dr. Scott Borg of the National Science Foundation discussing his work in Antarctica. The event begins with a brief worship service with music at noon, followed by lunch ($5) at 12:30 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m. The church is located at 606 North Irving St. For information, see the Web site at STUDENT PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON FUNGI: Long Branch Nature Center

hosts a mushroom hunt for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn about members of the fungi kingdom, then go off in search of specimens. The cost is $5. For information, call (703) 228-6535. WAKEFIELD CREW TEAM HOSTS MATTRESS SALE: The Wakefield High School

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Our never-ending travels to find the unique and creative in local real estate this week take us to a classic, 1940s brick colonial that has seen two additions – a first-floor upgrade in 1954 and a new second floor in 1989 – that have expanded the amenities and the opportunities inside. Taken together, the multiple pieces work seamlessly as a whole, perfecting an ambiance that is solid and timeless. Never seeking out attention, the home nonetheless draws appreciation from those eager to retain the classic centerhall colonial style while also wanting updated, fresh looks. The property currently is on the market, listed at $799,000 by Carol Temple, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Maintained with loving care by the current owners for the past 35 years, the home is close to everything from transportation to parks to schools to community centers, all set in a friendly, quiet neighborhood. And there are bonuses throughout, from the classic corner china cabinet in the dining room to the rotating gutters for ease of cleaning. More than 2,100 square feet of living space showcases an airy, open nature. Entertaining is a joy in the lovely living room (with fireplace) and its adjacent family room, while the kitchen benefited from a renovation in 2006. The 1989 addition brought a large master retreat, with a modern bath and grand walk-in closet. It’s a true standout, set off the street for privacy and quiet, and the dedicated heat pump provides custom heating and cooling for this area. Three additional bedrooms on the upper level add to the versatility. The walk-up-and-out basement area offers plenty of opportunity, or can be left as is to enjoy the existing recreation room. Storage is plentiful. All this, and there’s the “location, location, location” factor. Arlington Boulevard is to the north (with Clarendon

a relatively easy one-mile amble away) and the always-evolving Columbia Pike corridor is to the south. Whether you commute by automobile, mass transit, bicycle or even on foot, every option is available. Why not call this expanded, updated, charming colonial your own? 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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Year-over-year homes sales across Northern Virginia were up in September compared to 2015, according to new figures, but average sales prices fell – mostly by small amounts – in all three segments of the market. A total of 1,675 properties went to closing across the area last month, according to figures reported Oct. 11 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. That’s up 2.7 percent from the 1,631 transactions reported in September 2015. (Figures represent sales in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.) The average sales price, however, declined 3 percent to $532,554. Part of the drop was due to a smaller percentage of pricey single-family homes in the overall mix, but there also were declines within the three segments of the market: • The average price of single-family homes was down 1.3 percent to $722,580. • The average price of attached homes, such as townhouses, was down 0.3 percent to $400,094. • The average price of condominiums was down 0.01 percent to $329,695. The median sales price of all homes that sold during the month was $465,000, down 2.9 percent from a year before. Total sales volume for the month stood at just over $892 million, down a fraction of a percent from $895 million a year before.

The results, if not robust, are at least in line with, and in some cases exceeding, expectations. “Election-year jitters never quite materialized,” said Derrick Swaak, managing broker of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in McLean. Of homes that sold during the month, properties spent an average 51 days on the market, an improvement from 54 days a year before, and garnered 96.7 percent of original listing price, up from 96.3 percent. “Our local economy is clearly not at a standstill,” said Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. Of homes that sold, conventional mortgages represented the method of financing the transaction in 1,018 cases, followed by cash (206), VA-backed loans (178) and FHA-backed mortgages (174). The market of available properties continued to contract from a year before; in September, there were 4,885 homes on the market, down 16.6 percent from 5,821 a year before. “The fall can be a great time for buyers,” said Gary Lange, managing broker of Weichert in Vienna. “Though you don’t have the same inventory to choose from, you may have more opportunity to get closing-cost assistance or a reduction in price.” Where is the market headed? Pending sales and homes coming under contract

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Northern Virginia’s new representative to the Commonwealth Transportation Board says she is learning the ropes and realizing the interconnectedness of the commonwealth’s different regions and types of transportation modes. “I love new puzzles – how things work and fit together,” said Mary Hynes, who was appointed to the powerful transportation body by Gov. McAuliffe over the summer to start a four-year term on the 17-member panel. Hynes served on the Arlington Coun-

ty Board for eight years, and for five of them was Arlington’s representative to the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which oversees the Metro system. In remarks Oct. 12 to the Kiwanis Club of Arlington, Hynes discussed planning for projects that include Interstate 66 inside and outside the Capital Beltway, as well as new lanes planned for Interstate 395. During upcoming periods of construction, “we’ll all sort of live through the madness,” Hynes said, speaking specifically of the $125 million plan to widen

I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston in preparation for tolling set to start on that interstate in 2020. One of Hynes’ goals on the statewide panel is to help her non-Northern Virginia colleagues understand the importance of transit to the local region. Members of the body were slated to travel on the congested Blue Line during rush hour when they met in Northern Virginia Oct. 18-19. Hynes said Virginia is benefiting from efforts – nearly unique nationally – to use metrics in prioritizing which transportation projects provide the greatest bang for the buck.

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n Ryan Mark, a junior at Yorktown High School, was one of 16 global finalists who recently competed in the Google Science Fair, an online competition open to students ages 13 and 18 from around the world. Mark’s project focused on infrared smartphone technology, and how it could be used by the health-care field to verify substances like cancerous cells quickly and at relatively low cost.

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‘Best Haunted House’ Provides Mix of Chills, Humor MATT REVILLE Staff Writer

Just in time for the run-up to Halloween, Encore Stage & Studio goes a little scary (but not over-the-top scary) in a production of “The Best Haunted House Ever,” reprising a ON production it last in 2010. STAGE presented (More on the differences between the two later on.) The set-up: Two groups from rival high schools separately come up with the idea of using an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town for a haunted house. Over the course of two acts and 90 minutes, they manage to scare the heck out of each other, and then all end up flipped out when the surprise twist ending takes hold. The troupe says the production is best for ages 6 and older, and I’d concur. The scariness factor is appropriate for that age as well as older youth, although maybe sitting right up front isn’t the best option for the most skittish among us.

The chills are leavened by comedic moments, and virtually everyone on stage has the chance to mug for the audience at one point or another, pulling it off with varying degrees of effectiveness. The production requires a large ensemble cast, with everything kept in motion by director Susan Alison Keady, so it’s hard to single out anyone – the entire cast works together as one piece. However, two bands of boys from the rival schools (Nicholas Boone, Jackson Dove and Dimitrios Owen on the one side and Max Belmar, Josh Ramthun, Oliver Meek and Jeffrey Pippins on the other) handle much of the action, and do so very effectively. Two police officers (Xander Tilock and Declan Roberts) also are solid. Lingering menacingly through the production, as the maniacal (and believed to be long deceased) biology teacher whose home the teens have invaded, is Ryely Rogers. (Even the Sun Gazette gets a cameo appearance.) Going back in time six years to read my review of the last “Best Haunted

House” production, my main concerns in 2010 centered on the wordiness of the script and the fact that the stage at times overwhelmed the actors. The former is still true; there’s too much being spoken, and sometimes, this early in the run, the actors didn’t pace it for audience reactions. As to the stage overwhelming the actors, I felt the reverse this time out: The cast was large and, at times, too large – it was hard keeping track of which character was on which side. That’s a playwright issue, not an Encore issue, but it’s an issue, nonetheless. That said, the pacing was solid, the single set worked well, and the cast had been well-versed in the script and the business on stage. All in all, a fun night out. “The Best Haunted House Ever” continues through Oct. 23 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road. For tickets and information, call (703) 548-1154 or see the Web site at

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A Post-War Colonial With Surprises in Store Renovated, Expanded Leeway Heights Property Celebrates Style


he immediate post-war period – say, from 1945 to 1950 – was filled with a flurry of construction activity across Arlington. And nowhere was the growth spurt more active than in what would later be known as the 22205 ZIP code, in the areas of East Falls Church, Leeway Heights and Westover. Classic colonials on lovely lots were making their debuts, designed to meet the needs of returning GIs and their new families during what would become the longest sustained spurt of economic growth in the nation’s history. Today, decades down the road, these same homes remain sought after. Solid construction and perfection locations see to that. Most prized are homes like this one, which have been tastefully and seamlessly expanded and updated to provide easy modern living to go with the classic motíf. Set on a gorgeously landscaped lot, our featured property – which sprang to life in 1947 – features a multi-story addition that includes the kitchen, family room and upper-level master suite. All this, and you have a location that provides uncomplicated access to the East Falls Metro, the amenities of Westover and the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, as well as the super-popular W&OD Trail. The property currently is on the market, listed at $910,000 by Dave Lloyd of Weichert, Realtors. From the dual-zoned HVAC system to the replacement windows throughout, the home is forward-thinking in its approach, while retaining a welcoming charm that invites all to come in and enjoy. And for you tinkerers out there, a workshop space is perfect for your latest projects.

and family room, providing great traffic flow both for daily living and for entertaining in style. The comfortable dining room offers more of that sought-after natural sunlight, as well as attractive hardwoods and a special chandelier. The expanded, chef’s-treat kitchen was touched on earlier, and it’s an eyecatcher, indeed, with raised-panel wood cabinetry, top appliances, generous drawer and cabinet space and a sizeable pantry closet. A spot that exceeds expectation. fter a greeting at the front, The showplace family/great room, let’s step inside and explore which opens to the kitchen and living the domains. In the foyer, the room and was part of the expansion, ofstylish, exposed-wood stair- fers up oversized windows to let natural case sets the tone of creative elegance sunlight cast its spell, while also profor all that will follow. viding views of the gardens in the rear The formal living room is a charmer, yard. Two ceiling fans are a bonus, and with great light streaming in from two French doors open out to the deck, persides and beautiful hardwood flooring. fect for entertaining through much of In the living room, the stylish, wood- the year. INSIDENOVA pocket-sized. burning fireplace is a highlight, featurA wide connecting hallway is another Nowano matter where you are, ing glass doors and quarry-tile apron. bonus, offering space for a reading or you can get all your local This room opens to the dining roomnews, desk area, and the rarely available mainINSIDENOVA pocket-sized. sports, and traffic.



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o the second level we go, where the master retreat is our first stop. Handsome flooring, multiple window exposures for fresh and air natural light and plentiful closet space are part of the package, while the ensuite bath is a stunner that includes an Art Deco-inspired light fixture and spa soaking tub to add to the ambiance. Three additional bedrooms are found on this level, each with its own personality. Two feature playful roof lines. The fourth bedroom was expanded with the addition and doubled in size from its original footprint. Pull-down stairs lead you to the attic, with additional storage space. On the lower level, the amenities keep on percolating, starting with the recreation room. Its cozy, wall-to-wall carpeting and three windows are part of the mix and make this terrific recreation-room space.

Storage space is plentiful on this level, and the workshop – mentioned earlier – is yet another surprise bonus. The fenced rear yard is a garden oasis, with lovely views, and the extensive deck only adds to the total package. Featuring both substance and style, this home hits all the right chords. It’s a keeper. 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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The team champions successfully defended their titles, but the individual race winners were different from a year ago in this season’s Arlington County cross country meets. The girls and boys varsity high school meets were Oct. 13 on the BluePark CROSS COUNTRY mont c o u r s e. The Washington-Lee Generals won the boys meet, with 22 points, for the fourth year in a row. In the girls event, the Bishop O’Connell Knights finished first for the second straight year, scoring 36 points. The individual winners were a pair of sophomores, W-L’s Jonny Jackson in the boys race in 17:55 and the Yorktown Patriots’ Catherine Whitehouse in the girls in 20:27. The victories were their first in a big high school varsity meet. Both Jackson and Whitehouse said winning was on their minds when the Continued on Page 25

Top: Washington-Lee’s boys gather after winning the meet. Above left: W-L’s Jonny Jackson wins the boys race. Right: Yorktown’s Catherine Whitehouse won the girls. PHOTOS BY TOMMY ORNDORFF

Yorktown Earns Third Shutout Win This Fall MATT DELANEY

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The Yorktown Patriots’ homecoming was made all the more joyous thanks to football team’s FOOTBALL the 35-0 trouncing of its Liberty Conference rival (and winless) McLean Highlanders on Oct. 14. Throughout the high school contest, Yorktown influenced the tempo and made the most of McLean’s mistakes. A solid rush-pass combination on offense, along with five interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown, and a blocked punt ensured the Patriots’ control over the game. Yorktown improved to 3-4, 2-2, and the shutout was its third this season. McLean fell to 0-7, 0-4. 24

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“Feels good to win because this is Northern Virginia and the games are tough,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “Tanner Wall played really well at quarterback in his first game.” Wall was granted the reins to give the offense a change of pace. The move paid off. Wall got the job done with his arm and his legs, completing 5 of 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for 85 yards and a third. Gavin Andersen, Yorktown’s previous starter at quarterback, had a redzone interception to kill a late secondhalf McLean drive. Life was difficult on all sides of the ball for the Highlanders. Five turnovers and a struggline offense left McLean vulnerable to every Yorktown counter.

That’s a frustrating reality, especially considering the Highlanders were threatening to tie Yorktown on their first drive of the game. Instead, on first and goal, a high snap lost 22 yards. Two plays later, Yorktown’s Davis Patterson intercepted a pass on an attempted trick play. “We were doing a lot of good things early on, and they gave everything they had on the field,” McLean coach Shaun Blair said. “But again, our own mistakes are killing us. It became a snowball effect.” Wall netted a bulk of his passing yards thanks to a 74-yard connection with Patterson on the third play of the game for a touchdown. Running back D.J. Isaac (30 yards rushing) took his

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In the Centreville Wildcats’ 21-12 victory over the visiting Oakton Cougars in Concorde Conference high school football action Oct. 7, the winning team put together a lengthy 14play touchdown drive that spanned parts of the third and fourth quarters and lasted nearly nine minutes. What was unique about the march, at least considering how the game is played these days? All 14 plays were runs. That’s a rare accomplishment now, and dates to the old-school smash-mouth type of football, which has been abandoned by so many teams on all levels and replaced with wideopen, finesse pass-happy offenses. That time-consuming running drive was nice to see, especially for fans who still enjoy that type of rough-andtough football. It also proves that such an offensive attack still works. It’s interesting that Gordon Leib is a first-year assistant coach for Centreville this fall. When Leib was the head coach at Vienna’s Madison High School for many years, his teams were noted for such frequent and effective running drives. Some think that style is boring, but Leib’s team won often. In a Northern Region championship game a few years back, Leib’s Warhawks put together consecutive run-dominated, time-eating first-half scoring drives to take a 14-0 lead over the Yorktown Patriots en route to a surprising victory. Yorktown was a much more explosive offensive team with speed to burn, and was expected to fly past the Warhawks. Madison slowed the pace that night with a deliberate approach, keeping the ball from the Patriots and frustrating the team. What’s interesting is Yorktown has reverted to more of a run attack this season. The power ground game is still effective and still not boring to some.

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Generals Blank the Rebels for Second Straight Victory DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

The Washington-Lee Generals were a shutout winner Oct. 14 in Liberty Conference high school football action.

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Washington-Lee (3-4, 2-2) routed the host and winless Fairfax Rebels, 45-0, for its second win in a row. The Generals took control early, leading 21-0 after one quarter, 27-0 at halftime and 35-0 after three. “Our defense looked its best this season,” W-L coach Josh Shapiro said. “They established the line of scrimmage, got to the ball and were making plays.” In the opening period, W-L quarter-

said. Parks had a 59-yard punt return for a TD waved off because of a penalty. Overall, he had three touchdowns called back because of penalties. On defense, the Generals got early tackles for losses from Tony Auguste (one sack) and Elvis Granados. n In Capitol Conference action Oct. 14, the host Wakefield Warriors (1-6, 12) lost to the Stuart Raiders, 28-14. Stuart returned the game’s opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown and to be on its way. Stuart led 28-0, before Wakefield scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns with the help of recovering an onside kick. Wakefield quarterback Colton

Poythress was 11 of 22 passing for 92 yards and threw touchdown passes to Erik Howard of three and five yards. Nick Stiller kicked the extra points. Rodney Lee had 43 yards rushing. David Baron had four catches for 36 yards and Lamont McDowell, George Brooks and Howard each caught two passes. James Clark had an interception for Wakefield. Jose Montes, Sebastian Solorazano and Xavier Taylor had fumble recoveries. n In private-school action Oct. 15, the host Bishop O’Connell Knights (2-5) lost to Bishop Sullivan, 46-0. The loss was O’Connell’s third in a row. Sullivan finished second in the state at the Division II level last season.

FIELD HOCKEY: With their regular seasons complete, the Yorktown Patriots (7-8) and Washington-Lee Generals (511) enter play in the Liberty Conference Tournament this week. Yorktown routed Hayfield, 7-0, in one of its final games. Allison Loranger and Sydney McMahon scored two goals each, Laura Koskin had a goal and

three assists, and Katie Calvo and Rebecca Joskow had goals. Yorktown lost Madison in its final game. Washington-Lee (5-11) blanked Hayfield, 3-0, in its final regular-season match. n The Wakefield Warriors had a 9-6-1 record entering this week’s Capitol Conference Tournament. Wakefield lost to Edison, 1-0, and defeated Jefferson, 1-0, in overtime on a goal by Lucy Greenfield in its last two regular-season games. Shannon Kelly made five saves in the

win over Jefferson. In the tournament, Wakefield will be the No. 3 seed and was scheduled to play No. 6 seed Falls Church in the first round. The Bishop O’Connell Knights placed 18th in the girls varsity A division at the Milestat. com Invitational in Mechanicsville on Oct. 15. Isabell Baltimore was 33rd for O’Connell (19:00) and Maddie Fleenor 50th (19:07) for O’Connell.

yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. Fellow halfback Marc Geinzer had 14 carries for 68 yards. Wall passed three yards to Paul Dalzell for another Yorktown score. The quarterback ran for a five-yard TD and a two-

point conversion. Dalzell caught three passes for 24 yards. Adam Luncher had three of Yorktown’s five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. Patterson had the other interception. Luncher

booted three extra points. McLean quarterback Carter Govan completed 7 of 19 passes for 68 yards. Gavin Legg and Omar Varela each caught three passes. Tight end Robert Konnick caught two passes.

back Ricardo Mestre threw scoring passes of 40 and 33 yards to Aaron Sydnor and Quinn Parks, and Todd Dickerson returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a touchdown. Chris Palacios kicked three extra points. Later, he added a 40-yard field goal. For the game, Mestre was 15 of 20 passing for 329 yards and two TD passes. Nick Miller had seven catches for 71 yards, Parks four for 166 and Sydnor two for 55. Jabari Johnson led Washington-Lee with 51 yards rushing and a TD and Larry Carpenter had 33 yards and a score. Mestre has thrown for 1,755 yards so far this season and 17 touchdowns. “He gets better every snap,” Shapiro

High School Roundup GOLF: Golfers from Wakefield, Wash-

ington-Lee and Yorktown high schools played in a qualifying round at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton earlier this week, hoping to advance to the Virginia High School League’s Girls State Open. One player who will not be advancing to the state is Yorktown’s Bridget Hart, who played in the tournament last year and did well. Hart is recovering from mononucleosis. The school was unsuccessful in its attempt to petition the region and VHSL to allow her to play in

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the state. Two of Hart’s teammates trying to qualify were Lauren Mead and Lacey McCormack.

County Meet Continued from Page 24 day began. Jackson led most of the race, and Whitehouse pulled away in the final mile. “It was a tough, hard race,” Jackson said. “I had not run a race in a couple of weeks. Then I got lost on this course a couple of times. I was definitely out there to win.” Whitehouse said her plan was to stay with the top runners, then make her move late. “I knew there was a possibility I could win,” Whitehouse said. “I had a good start. Running with them made me work hard, they pushed me and I ran through the pain and was able to pull away.” The W-L boys had the top three finishers and five in the top nine. James Gusmer was second (18:04), Marco Viola third (18:09), Luke Anzaldi seventh and Brendan Dunn ninth (18:41). “This is a very strong group of runners, and they wanted to win this again,” W-L coach Bill Drake said. The Wakefield Warriors had their

The O’Connell girls gather after winning the 2016 county meet.

best finish in years in the boys race, taking second with 60 points. Bryce Austin was fourth (18:18), Louis Delcore eighth (18:41), Nahom Ayele 10th (18:47), Amanuel Haileselaisse 15th (19:11) and Kaleb Boswinkle 23rd (19:44). The O’Connell boys were third with 67, Yorktown fourth with 70. For O’Connell, Luke Brinkman placed fifth (18:20), Alex Dudley 12th (19:03) and Michael Hails 13th (19:11). For Yorktown, Michael Finn was


sixth (18:25), Gavin Middelton 11th (18:54) and Reese Shuttleworth 14th (19:11). The champion O’Connell girls had five runners place in the top 14, led by runner-up Isabell Baltimore in (20:25). She also was second in last year’s race. O’Connell’s Maddie Fleenor was fourth (20:43), Maeve Marsh fifth (21:55), Allie Boboltz 11th (22:26) and Maggie Flood 14th (22:41). Ryley Howard would have been among the top



runners, but dropped out at the twomile mark with a leg issue. “We have an incredible pack of girls who can run together,” O’Connell coach Cindy Walls said. “They ran real hard today. We got enough runners in front of Yorktown and Washington-Lee’s fifth runners. That’s what we wanted to do.” Yorktown and W-L tied with 43 points, but Yorktown earned second because its sixth runner finished higher than Washington-Lee’s. For Yorktown, Lillian Harp was seventh (22:01), Julia Sachs eighth (22:13), Cate Spirgel 10th (22:19), Kathleen Hindman 17th (23:44) and Savannah Landefeld 18th (23:54). For the W-L girls, Evan Smith-Perry was third (20:40), Anna Harpel sixth (21:58), Zoe Cachion ninth (22:17), Caitlin Cunningham 12th (22:31) and Lucy Robinson 13th (22:31). The Wakefield girls did not have enough runners for a team score. Wakefield’s Sara Fuentes was the team’s top runner in 35th. See a slideshow from the meet at and full results at www.runwashington. com. October 20, 2016 25

Sports Briefs TENNIS PLAYER WINS TITLE: Tate Arevalo, a senior at Yorktown High School, won the boys 18-under division at the David LeMair Tennis Junior Open L5 on Sept 17-18. Arevalo won his four matches en route to the championship without dropping a set.


ton Babe Ruth will hold tryouts this month for the 2017 travel baseball program for players ages 8 to 12. Players are selected from the Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth League, which draws from the Arlington, Mason District, Falls Church and McLean. Tryout dates and registration information can be found at


tonians Anne and Donn Viviani raced in the National Aquathlon Championship in Santa Cruz, Calif. Anne won the silver medal and Donn the bronze, in their age groups, for the 1-mile swim and 10K run. Their daughter, Annie Viviani, who attended H-B Woodlawn, placed seventh in her first aquathlon. In September, Donn and Anne Viviani, competed for the U.S. age- group team in Mexico at the World Aquathlon Championship. Anne won the bronze medal and Donn placed fifth. Anne laced ninth in the World Triathlon Championship later the same week. Earlier, Anne won the National Long Distance Duathlon Championship in North Carolina, and both Donn and Anne qualified for next year’s National Duathlon team in a competition in Bend, Ore. ARLINGTON SENIOR BABE RUTH: Ar-

lington Senior Babe Ruth will host an informational meeting on Nov. 17 at Yorktown High School in Patriot Hall at 7 p.m. for parents of current 12-yearolds who play Arlington Little League, Arlington Babe Ruth and Arlington Travel Baseball. The meeting will be about what’s next for players as they move up to the

Co. Board Continued from Page 10 ern reaches of Arlington and your tap water seems to have a more fresh quality to it, thank a recently competed, $4 million renovation project. The county government recently wrapped up upgrades to the Minor Hill Reservoir, which provides storage capacity for 24 million gallons of water. The upgrade is designed to cycle water faster through the network, ensuring fresher water at the endpoint.

Signs Continued from Page 25 ager, Scott Pedowitz, to put the word out that if any Democratic operatives were removing signs, “to stop it – put them back,” she said. Kip Malinosky, who chairs the Arlington County Democratic Committee, said his party has nothing to do with any 26

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Arlington resident Tate Arevalo holds a tennis trophy he won at a recent tournament.

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BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Arlington County youth basketball registration for players in grades 1 through 8 is open for the winter recreational (house) season. For information and to register, visit: and click on basketball (listed under “team sports”), call (703) 228-1818 or email Financial assistance is available. This is a no-cut program. BASKETBALL COACHES NEEDED: Volunteer basketball coaches are needed for Arlington’s youth program. Those interested in coaching for grades 3 to 12 can register online at, call (703) 228-1818 or e-mail mcahill@

ARLINGTON SENIOR GOLF: The Arlington Senior Golf Club’s 2016 traveling league is recruiting new players. For information, contact Terry Townshead at or call Jennifer Collins at (703) 228-4745. GAME OFFICIALS NEEDED: Northern Virginia Baseball Umpires is in need of officials for baseball, softball and volleyball. Officials are needed in all communities across the metropolitan area for youth recreational leagues, men’s leagues, high schools and colleges. Experience is helpful but not required. Formal classroom and on-thejob training will be provided. Visit www. or call John Porter at (703) 978-3601 for more information. FOOTBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Fairfax County Football Officiating Association needs more officials to cover all of its games from high school to the youth leagues. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and have reliable transportation. Training is provided. Contact the FCFOA at

The Arlington-based Potomac Valley Track Club invites young athletes from grades 1 through 8 to join its Young Flyers youth track and field program on Sundays through Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. For more information, visit or call Jay Jacob Wind at (703) 927-4833.

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“This multi-phase effort is another example of Arlington’s ongoing efforts to maintain the highest water quality possible,” county officials said in announcing completion of the project. Vote Slated on Move of Recycling Center: Arlington County Board members will hold a public hearing Nov. 5 on the proposal to relocate a recycling facility from the Columbia Pike corridor to the Arlington Trades Center in Shirlington. The move, county officials believe, will lower the amount of illegal dumping that goes on at the existing site, located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Four Mile Run Drive. The move has been pressed by some

activists, who don’t like the clutter that accumulates due to dumped materials, but could be opposed by businesses in the Columbia Pike corridor, which currently have convenient access to a recycling center that handles cardboard, metal, plastic, glass and mixed paper. In the most recent fiscal year, about 254 tons of recyclable material were collected at the existing site. To make the change in location, County Board members would be required to approve a use permit and revise the government’s Comprehensive Plan, necessitating the hearing. A Planning Commission hearing is slated for Oct. 24. No changes are proposed for the coun-

ty government’s other recycling center, located at the intersection of North Quincy Street and Washington Boulevard near Central Library. Cable Negotiations Extended Again: The Arlington County government plans to extend the negotiating period with Comcast at least one more time, as the two sides work to finalize terms of a new franchise agreement permitting the cable company to service Arlington homes and businesses. The original agreement ran out in 2013 and has been extended numerous times as the two sides continue negotiations. The latest extension is slated to run through Dec. 10.

signage shenanigans. The only signage Democrats remove are their own – and only after Election Day. “We also have had some of our signs go missing,” he said. “We hope everyone will refrain from taking down any yard signs.” Noting that all candidates face the issue of swiped and defaced signs now and again, County Board member John Vihstadt pointed the finger less at an organized effort and more at “guerilla warfare” by those who hate signage of any

kind in medians. Vihstadt, the lone nonDemocrat on the board, urged sign-haters to “be on their best behavior” throughout election season. Arlington’s rules for signage in public medians is complicated. Signs for any purpose can be placed on medians in rightof-way owned by the county government on weekends throughout the year. Political signs can be up throughout the week during the month prior to an election. In medians on roadways owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation

– which include many major roads in Arlington – no signage is allowed at any time, but it’s also illegal for anyone but VDOT to remove the signs. VDOT enforcement and removal efforts, however, are spotty at best. The apogee of sign-stealing may have come nearly two decades ago, when public passions were inflamed by the debate over whether to locate a Major League Baseball stadium in the county. At least one person was nabbed and successfully prosecuted for removing signage then.


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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 October 22, 1936: n Dairies across Northern Virginia, which have been selling milk for 10 or 11 cents a pint, have been ordered by the state government to increase that price to 13 cents. n A Republican pep rally attracted 800 to the Washington-Lee auditorium. n Prices for Virginia’s tobacco harvest are higher this year than last fall. n Washington-Lee and Handley played to a 0-0 tie in the rain. October 22, 1956: n Arlington police say they will follow state law, and plan to arrest anyone who attempts to integrate seating areas in any upcoming candidate forums. n It’s been 10 years since Alexandria’s George Washington High School varsity football squad has lost to a Virginia High School League opponent, but the Wakefield gridders managed to do it over the weekend. October 22, 1964: n The Sun has strongly endorsed Lyndon Johnson for president. n Gov. Harrison has bowed to a court order and will call a special session of the legislature to deal with redistricting. n Arlingtonian James Bregman has won a bronze medal in judo in the Olympic Games. October 20-21, 1972: n Virginia has 400,000 more voters this year than during the 1968 presidential election. n The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will begin operating the region’s four private bus lines by the end of the year. n Arlington needs to embark on a “crash program” of parkland acquisition if it hopes to beat developers to remaining parcels, a task force says. n The General Assembly is considering whether to create a state panel to rate motion pictures. October 22, 1984: n Democratic challenger Edythe Harrison says U.S. Sen. John Warner is an “ideological twin” of Jesse Helms.


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ACROSS 1. Group of islands in the South Pacific 6. Charlotte’s creation 9. Sail support 13. As opposed to poetry 14. Part of H.M.S. 15. “Saturday Night Fever” music 16. Was rebroadcasted 17. Beatle bride 18. Trojan War story 19. *Most titled baseball team 21. *Athletics’ hometown 23. Be indisposed 24. Drop-down menu option 25. 0.001 inch 28. Resist 30. Block of the earth’s crust 35. Black tropical cuckoo birds 37. High school musical club 39. Your own teacher 40. Equinox month 41. Makes a raucous noise 43. Asian starling 44. *Lineup or batting ____ 46. Gallop or trot 47. “____ Jim” 48. Thomas Paine’s “The Age of ____” 50. Heroin, slang 52. *Typically used on pitcher’s shoulder after game 53. Sure or uh-huh 55. H+, e.g. 57. Uto-Aztecan language 61. *Dirt in a diamond 65. Pastoral poem

66. ____ de Triomphe 68. Plural of folium 69. Outlines 70. Pigeon sound 71. What tide did 72. Volcano in Sicily 73. *____ Griffey Jr. never won one 74. Woodwind mouthpieces

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Arlington County 55+ Travel hosts a trip to Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Md., for an afternoon tea and tour on Monday, Oct. 24. The cost is $39. For information, call (703) 228-4748.


most out of Medicare benefits is the topic of discussion on Monday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2284403. TRAVELERS HEAD TO ST. MARY’S CITY:

Arlington County 55+ Travel hosts a trip to historic St. Mary’s City, Md., on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The $43 cost includes transportation, tour and lunch. For information, call (703) 228-4748.


Bella and Mario, performing Jack Russell terriers, will take the stage on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11:15 a.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369. CREDIT-REPORT 4-1-1 PLANNED: De-

ciphering credit reports will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30

DOWN 1. Light on one’s feet 2. Geographical region 3. Between dawn and noon 4. Port city in Japan 5. Aeneas’ story 6. “____ Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” 7. Poetic “even”

p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0955. TRAVELERS TRAVERSE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS: The Arlington Walking

Club travels through Lyon Park and Ashton Heights on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Lubber Run Community Center. For information, call (703) 2284403.


tion with German food plus music by Blaskepelle Alte Kameraden Band will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Langston-Brown Senior Center. The cost is $6. For information, call (703) 228-6300. TRAVELERS HEAD TO GHOST TOUR IN ALEXANDRIA: Arlington County

55+ Travel hosts a trip to the Ghost & Graveyard Tour in Alexandria on Thursday, Oct. 27. The cost is $15. For information, call (703) 228-4748. FORUM ZEROES IN ON MODERN CALENDAR: A program looking at the as-

tronomical basis for the modern calendar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27

8. Stew over something 9. Manufacturing facility 10. “Heat of the Moment” band 11. CAT or PET 12. *____ Stottlemyre, two-time World Series champ 15. Stalin’s order, e.g. 20. Lament for the dead 22. Cupid’s ____ 24. Iris cleanser 25. *Like baseball’s league 26. Accustom 27. Singer Ronstadt 29. *Design element on World Series trophy, sing. 31. Bottom lines 32. More than one stylus 33. Not Doric nor Corinthian 34. *a.k.a. inning 36. “____ Candies” chocolatier 38. Larger-than-life 42. Mark on reputation 45. *2015 champions 49. After taxes 51. Pleating iron 54. Archaic exclamation of regret 56. She turned to stone, Greek mythology 57. Cairo’s waterway 58. Mine entrance 59. “Amazing Grace”, e.g. 60. Arm part 61. Clickable picture 62. Hamburg river 63. Behaved like Pinocchio 64. Jay Pritchett and Mr. Brady, e.g. 67. Poor man’s caviar

at 11 a.m. at Langston-Brown Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2286300. The program will be repeated at 1 p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center; for information, call (703) 228-0955. TRANSITIONING TO RETIREMENT DETAILED: Navigating the transition to

retirement is the topic of information on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555. TIPS OFFERED WHEN AGING ALONE:

Aging alone unexpectedly is the topic of a forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555. MEDICAL DISCUSSION CENTERS ON VERTIGO: The causes of, and treatments

for, vertigo will be discussed on Friday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369.


social will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. To register for the event, call (703) 228-4403. October 20, 2016 31

Arlington N. Just a few blocks from Westover Village $910,000


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