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Parishioners at Clarendon United Methodist Church this year have embarked on their first sale of Christmas trees, with proceeds benefiting a trio of community non-profits. Organizations across the region are in the midst of selling holiday-themed items.
’Tis the Season . . . for Christmas Tree Sales! SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
Some local organizations have been selling Christmas trees across Arlington for generations. But as parishioners at Clarendon United Methodist Church are finding out, there’s always room for one more. The church over the past weekend
kicked off its very first tree sale, hoping to find homes for 150 Canaan firs and fraser firs trucked in from New York, where snow already has fallen. After arriving via flatbed truck, the trees were unloaded by members of the boys and girls basketball teams at Wakefield High School. Student support was “wonderful,” said Karen Darner, a parishioner who is
helping to oversee operations at the sale. Darner said Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops associated with the church also were supplying eager volunteers. The church has not sold Christmas Continued on Page 20 RELATED: The Optimist Club of Arlington is celebrating 70 years selling Christmas trees. See story, Page 5.
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Arlington taxpayers would save $112 million per year if the county school system rolled back per-student spending to the levels of neighboring Fairfax County, one fiscal watchdog says. But even he isn’t holding his breath. Arlington will spend an average of $18,957 on the education of each of its more than 25,000 students INSIDE: School Board this year, ac- to make final decision cording to new on W-Lee boundaries. figures from See story, Page 9. the Washington Area Boards of Educations (WABE). That’s up 1.8 percent from the $18,616 per student recorded during the 2015-16 school year, but remains below the alltime record of $19,040 from 2014-15. WABE analyzes the budgets of 10 school systems in the Washington suburbs, attempting to achieve an apples-toapples comparison on spending among the jurisdictions. The full report is available at www.apsva.us/budget-finance/ wabe-guide/. As is the case most years, the only jurisdiction in the local suburbs that approaches Arlington’s per-student cost is the city of Falls Church, which will spend $18,418 per student this school year, up from $18,032 a year before. But it isn’t the per-student spending in Falls Church that intrigues Arlington County Taxpayers Association president Tim Wise. It’s the region’s behemoth:
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VDOT Promising All Hands on Deck for Winter Storms BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials, criticized heavily last winter after few small storms paralyzed the region’s roads, have a massive supply of road-clearing equipment, chemicals and personnel ready for this winter and the National Weather Service will provide more conservative, worst-casescenario predictions to warn motorists and residents about the slightest chance of dangerous weather. VDOT officials described their preparations Nov. 17 during a briefing at the agency’s Northern Virginia District Headquarters in the Fairfax area. Snow emergencies are all-hands-on-deck situations with every employee assigned tasks to handle the situation. “Nothing we do is as important as keeping our community safe,” said Helen Cuervo, a VDOT district engineer. VDOT’s Northern Virginia snow budget this year is $82.7 million, which “seems like a lot of money, but it goes really fast,” said Lauren Mollerup, a VDOT district maintenance engineer. When snow falls, VDOT has to plow 13,413 lane miles – the equivalent of four coast-to-coast trips. The agency this winter will be able to muster 4,564 vehicles, 95 percent of which belong to contractors. All will be equipped with automatic vehicle locators. VDOT will have 180 employees in the field monitoring progress on plow routes, plus 30 more doing the same from remote locations. The amount of materials available to spread on roads is mind-boggling: 125,155 tons of salt, 44,705 gallons of brine and 20,338 tons of sand. The agency has 18 area headquarters and 24 salt domes, the largest of which, located on Interstate 495 near the Van Dorn Street exit in Alexandria, contains 33,000 tons of salt. A crucial part of VDOT’s job is to manage people’s expectations. Don’t expect curb-to-curb plowing soon after a sizable storm and be prepared to accept the driveways and fire hydrants might be blocked by plowed snow, Mollerup said. VDOT officials showed an animated video depicting a homeowner shoveling snow in the street 10 feet to the left of his driveway to catch some spillover from plows. Agency officials hope to clear roads covered by 2 to 4 inches of snow within 24 hours, take up to 48 hours for 6-inch snowfalls and even longer for deeper snows. Residents and drivers can help VDOT clear snow more quickly by parking vehicles in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of streets; alter commutes, telecommute and avoid driving when possible; keep their distance from plows; keep their vehicles in good working order and have emergency supplies on hand in case they get stuck; and be patient as crews labor to clear roads.
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While VDOT would like to clear trails and bicycle paths after snowstorms, those efforts would require extra staffing and might damage those pathways, Mollerup said. Small storms that are stronger than predicted or arrive at rush hour when road temperatures are in the 20s can wreak disproportionate havoc, said Chris Strong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration office in Dulles. The region’s winters always have some snow, averaging 15 inches at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and 20 inches at Washington Dulles International Airport, but the totals vary widely from year to year, Strong said. Despite using 69 computer models, forecasters have not seen any definitive temperature or precipitation signals for the next few months, he said. “Nature’s really not showing its hand going into winter in this part of the country,” Strong said. Instead of just emphasizing likely weather outcomes, forecasters will let the public know of low-probability outcomes that could snarl traffic and endanger lives, he said. VDOT displayed some of its snowclearing outside the district office, including a highway snowblower (used to clear drifts on rural roads in Loudoun County), a plow truck with a salt spreader and a wheel-loader with huge tires and 14-footlong plow. “In the past, we had not been putting plows on wheel-loaders for the interstates,” said Kevin Holden, a VDOT district equipment manager. “We’ve been using them with buckets, but now we’ll be using them with plows to try to make them more versatile.” Arlington officials, who have responsibility for secondary roads, also are working to tweak procedures for 2016-17.
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County Democrats to Regroup, Look to 2017 SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
The Arlington County Democratic Committee will conduct its first monthly meeting following the Nov. 8 general election on POLITICAL We d n e s d a y, POTPOURRI Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. The gathering will be held at the Walter Reed Community Center, a departure from the usual meeting place in Ballston. The event will provide the chance for the party to look back on the election results, as well as start the process of looking toward 2017, which will include races for County Board, School Board, House of Delegates and statewide elected offices. Democrats also will hold the party’s annual holiday celebration at the meeting; attendees are asked to bring something to share. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtondemocrats.org. Beyer: Regrouping Will Take Time, But Can Be Done: The titular head of Arlington’s Democratic establishment has promised the party will turn around its recent national misfortunes, but said it may require some time. “We’re all still grieving and trying to find our way forward,” U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) said on Nov. 16, eight days after voters sent Donald Trump to the White House and left Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Beyer, who easily won his own re-election bid in a solid-blue congressional district, said Democrats need to “be ever more committed” to pressing forward with the party’s ideas and ideals. “You win elections, you lose elections,
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) says Democrats are “still grieving and trying to find our way forward.”
but we can’t possibly lose the will to fight back – fighting back for our country,” he said. Prior to the election, Beyer said an aspiration as he starts his second term is an appointment on the House Ways & Means Committee, which develops tax policy. He called it a 50-50 shot whether he gets it. Trump’s confound-the-experts election probably means a quieter 2017 on the local political scene. With the new president unlikely to select any local political leaders for posts in the incoming administration – and Democrats unlikely to accept anything that might be proffered – there is less likelihood of special elections to fill unfilled terms at the local or legislative level. GOP Opposition Doesn’t Derail County Bonds: The Arlington County Republican Committee’s opposition to two of the four county bond referendums on the Nov. 8 ballot didn’t seem to move the nee-
dle much in terms of public support. The county GOP had recommended that voters turn down the transportation and parks bonds on the ballot, but each garnered backing of more than threequarters of the electorate: 78.3 percent and 75.6 percent, respectively. The Republican Committee did support, though on a narrow vote, the county school bond, which had the largest margin of support (79.5 percent) in the Nov. 8 election. The party took no position on the community-infrastructure bond, which received support of 74.7 percent of voters. The Arlington County Democratic Committee had supported all four bonds on the ballot. Arlington voters have not rejected a bond sent to referendum since 1979. The last time a bond question was even close was in 2012, when the county government wanted additional funding for the Long Bridge Park aquatics center, but even that bond received more than 60 percent of the vote from the electorate. When it came to the $19 million 2016 park bond, the Arlington GOP policy committee said the projects proposed for funding were reasonable, but could be funded out of bond revenues already on hand if the County Board scrapped plans to build what is now proposed to be a downscaled aquatics center at Long Bridge Park. Arlington Young Democrats Picks 2017 Leadership Team: Arlington Young Democrats has elected its leadership team for 2017. Maggie Davis will serve as president, with Tania Bougebrayel as vice president, Melissa Howard as secretary and Drew Harger as treasurer. Krista O’Connell will serve as community-service director, with Chris Leyen as
political-action director, Juanita Tolliver as outreach director and Nicholas Dilenschneider as membership director. Chris Gray will serve as representative to the Arlington County Democratic Committee. Arlington Young Democrats is the largest group of its kind in the commonwealth. The party is planning a holiday party for Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bistro 360 at 1800 Wilson Blvd. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonyoungdems.org. Gov. McAuliffe Makes Local Appointment: Gov. McAuliffe has appointed Marvin Figueroa of Arlington to the Virginia Board of Health Professions. Figueroa is a senior policy adviser on health-care and education issues in the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). Beyer Gets a Spot on Ranking of Top D.C. Golfers: It was an excited call from one of his daughters that got a slightly befuddled U.S. Rep. Don Beyer to click onto Golf Digest’s Web site. The week of the presidential election, the magazine was out with an updated list of the 150 best golfers among the Washington political and business establishment. “Turns out I’m No. 148, with my 26.2 handicap,” Beyer said, seeming genuinely pleased to have made any spot on the list. (He started at looking for his name at the bottom, rather than at the top, he said.) Again in 2016, the ranking was topped by Tony Russo, vice president of federal legislative affairs for T-Mobile. The top elected official on the list was U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who ranked third. President-elect Donald Trump rated 12th on the list, with President Obama tied for 113th and former President Bill Clinton tied for 129th.
Battle Over County Towing Policies Could Go to Richmond If the Arlington County Board tries to impose new restrictions on private-property owners who use towing companies to remove illegally GENERAL parked vehicles their lots, ASSEMBLY from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce could escalate the battle by taking the issue to Richmond. The business organization has included in its 2017 General Assembly priorities package a measure calling on legislators to oppose any efforts by localities to further restrict towing from private property. “In a community such as Arlington, where space is at a premium, responsible parking management is a vital component 4
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of private-property rights,” the Chamber of Commerce says. The position is not new, but it has become suddenly relevant, as County Board members are considering additional requirements on towing from private property. County Board members inserted language into an upcoming public hearing that could require tow companies to obtain authorization from the property owner for each individual tow off commercial or residential lots, rather than allowing the property owner to grant blanket authorization for such tows, as currently is the case. But as the Sun Gazette warned county
leaders in an editorial: “Even raising this proposal could backfire on County Board members, bringing the issue to the attention of the General Assembly, which might decide to do some tinkering of its own and restrict the already limited power of local government for common-sense regulation of towing.” Because Virginia is a so-called “Dillon Rule” state, the legislature has the power to trump localities and could, if it wishes, further limit local governments’ powers on towing. Arlington occasionally finds itself in the legislative doghouse: In 2011, the General Assembly stripped the county government’s power to impose a tax sur-
charge on hotel stays, after County Board members sued the federal and state government on a transportation matter. The action – which had bipartisan support in Richmond – cost Arlington nearly $1 million a year until legislators restored the taxing power (with strings attached) to the county government earlier this year. Having laid out its own legislative priorities, the Arlington Chamber in coming weeks is expected to respond to specific legislative proposals of the County Board and School Board, as time ticks down to the start of the 2017 General Assembly session in January. – Scott McCaffrey
Optimists: 70 Years of Tree Sales in a Single Spot SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
From tabletop trees to massive 12footers, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on Nov. 22 – just as it has for the past 70 years. Different bank brands have come and gone, but the corner of Lee Highway and North Glebe Road has been the seasonal home of the Optimist Club of Arlington’s annual sale of Christmas trees since 1946. Under clear skies and seasonal temperatures, Optimist Club members and volunteers from Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) arrived early to unload 1,000 trees from two 53-foot tractor-trailers, prepping them for sale. Seven full decades in the same spot? “It’s just remarkable,” said Sandy Bushue, the major-domo of the operation in recent years. This year’s supply of trees comes from downstate. Sexton Tree Farm in Galax, a family-run operation spanning four generations and 55 years, trucked the white pine, Fraser fir and other varieties the 5.5 hours to Northern Virginia. Sexton also supplies trees for another major selling outpost, in Great Falls, where Bushue first encountered them last year. “Every time I see a tree place, I have to stop and look,” she said. The law of supply and demand has
Members of the Optimist Club of Arlington were joined by volunteers from Offender Aid & Restoration on Nov. 22 to unload 1,000 Christmas trees that had been trucked in from downstate Virginia. The Optimist Club has sold trees at the same location since 1946, drawing a legion of customers each holiday season.
caught up with Christmas-tree shoppers this year: Bushue said wholesale prices are being boosted around the country, and the Optimist Club raised prices slightly on a number of offerings – its first price increase in six years. The average price this year will be $85, up from $80, with a range of $30 to $245. On Nov. 22, the start of selling was
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Highs & Lows THUMBS UP: To those calling on the Arlington School Board to make walkability a key component of current and future boundary-adjustment decision-making. We agree: Better to have the most number of students headed to a school (elementary, middle or high) that they can walk to. It’s a win-win for everyone. That said, parents need to look in the mirror. How many of them drive those same children who live in walk zones to and/or from school every day, or let them drive themselves? Far too many, in our
estimation. Walking to school, whether one is a first-grader or a 12th-grader or somewhere in between, is a good thing that should be promoted – not simply by the school system, but by parents, as well. THUMBS UP: To ongoing progress in the two-year effort to improve Old Dominion Drive as it passes west of Glebe Road and heads toward McLean. The VDOT project is about two-thirds done, and we are seeing some notable progress.
There is a way to go (the project isn’t slated to be finished until next summer), but we put the experience in the “no pain, no gain” file. THUMBS DOWN: To the decision to carve out parking spaces on South Glebe Road immediately south of Columbia Pike, to accommodate newish businesses in the corridor. We think trying to assist those storefront businesses is a good thing, but the parallel-parking situation there is simply unsafe, while adding to the congestion at the intersection during rush hour.
What Is Real Goal of Historic-District Boosters? Editor: Why all of the sudden interest in creating a historic district in Westover? Why not include every house built in the 1940s in Arlington? I am against the inclusion of my house in an historic district, especially when it is at the request of one person who doesn’t even live in the proposed district. And I am hardly alone: the Westover Civic Association’s poll showed that 85 percent of residents (probably mostly homeowners) were against the creation of an historic district. I am in favor of county efforts to retain affordable housing in Westover.
Placing my house in an historic district is not going to do anything to help that effort. Architectural controls on singlefamily houses have nothing have to do with protecting affordable housing. With regard to Stephen Davis [“More Efforts Needed to Retain Affordable Housing in Westover,” Letters Nov. 24], the potential impact of an historic district on house values is not the point. The market will create value. People are not buying houses in Westover because they are architectural gems or because they represent an era that should be preserved. Westover’s single family houses sell in the $700,000 range. In-
cluding them in an historic district may or may not change house values nominally, but architectural controls are not going to do anything to promote affordable housing. Westover Shopping Center also is included in the proposed district. Placing it in an historic district is not going to do anything to protect affordable housing. The center’s charm is in its scale, not its architectural appeal. Controls on its scale should be addressed by the zoning code and the comprehensive plan, not by placing it in a historic district. Roy Relph Arlington
Walk, Cycle, Drive with Attentiveness to Surroundings Editor: While walking and driving in Arlington at night, I’ve seen numerous near-misses involving motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. With less daylight, the dangers increase. The situation can be improved with more careful attentive driving, and greater cyclist and pedestrian visibility via brighter reflective clothing or lights. Too many drivers are distracted and hurried. Too many pedestrians and cyclists dress entirely in the darkest colors, rendering them invisible until motorists are upon them. The danger is real. One night nearly five years ago, my dog and I were crossing an intersection – with a walk signal – when I was struck by a car. We survived, thanks to the heroic intervention of Samaritans, who summoned help
and protected us from traffic on Arlington Boulevard, where I lay unconscious in the roadway until police and EMT arrived. I awoke in the hospital with a concussion, a skull fracture and other injuries, some still being treated today. I have no memory of the accident, but one outstanding Samaritan, Yvonne Kane, whose quick response was critical, told me she’ll never forget it. Remarkably, she summoned the courage to help, despite fear of my large dog, who against all odds, stayed by my side. I was fortunate, but the lifesaving intervention of Samaritans isn’t something we can take for granted. And while you can’t control motorist behavior, you can improve your chances of escaping injury. Although I wasn’t dressed that night in the darkest colors, since then
I’ve worn a reflective vest and carried a reflective leash when walking my dog from dusk to dawn. It could happen to you. Please, walk, cycle and drive attentively and defensively. Dress for visibility. And importantly, be that good Samaritan. It matters. Jim Lindsay Arlington Join the community conversation: The Sun Gazette welcomes your letters to the editor. Letters should be on topics of local interest, and will be edited for space and clarity. They can be submitted by regular mail, email and fax; find contact information on this page.
Alzheimer’s Legislation Needs Quick Congressional Approval Editor: This past election season left many Americans feeling divided as a country. But Alzheimer’s disease is not a red or blue issue. As a young professional and Alzheimer’s advocate, I have seen loved ones affected by this disease. Alzheimer’s is the only one among the top 10 deadly diseases without any way to prevent, treat or even slow its symptoms. Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and in 2016 alone the disease cost the nation $236 billion. Despite this, I am excited and optimistic about the recent increases in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. If you take a look at diseases like breast cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, you can see breakthroughs in early detection and treatment after the federal government made a significant invest-
ment. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer recently helped to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority by co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (HR 1559). In its new rule, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included HOPE Act provisions. Now, doctors will get paid to conduct cognitive assessments and refer families to resources. For the first time, people living with Alzheimer’s will have access to diagnosis and care planning with a medical professional. Rep. Beyer, will you also co-sponsor Palliative Car and Hospice Education and Training Act (HR 3119)? The legislation will ensure that those with this disease will get the “comfort care” and support they need from a trained workforce. Michael Hess Arlington
Editor: In a recent article about the proposed high-school boundary adjustments in Arlington, the Sun Gazette referenced “pushback from several School Board members, who worried that a major community effort for a relatively limited number of affected students could be, in the words of Vice Chairman Barbara Kanninen, ‘overkill.’” I write to suggest that we duplicate the H-B Woodlawn Secondary program at another site, and that that could draw enough volunteers to alleviate the crunch at Yorktown, Washington-Lee
and Wakefield high schools. Every year, many kids are turned away from H-B Woodlawn because there is not enough space for them. There is clearly demand for this kind of education, and it’s kind of corrosive to our community that there are many kids stuck at traditional high schools, even though they would have preferred Woodlawn. I also think it’s not good for H-B itself that it has the patina of being exclusive. Dave Schutz Arlington
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Proponents of Refugee Resettlement Need to Start in Own Neighborhoods Editor: I applaud the members of the St. George’s Episcopal Church for their efforts to support refugee resettlement [Letters, Oct. 13]. Since the best way to show that these fears are unfounded is leading by example, I look forward to seeing which locations near St. George’s and homes of
parishioners that the church members will demand that new refugee camps be built. I’m sure that the rest of America will come around once it is demonstrated that their deplorable fears are unfounded. Jeff Walyus Arlington
Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel? Editor: As I consider the results of our most recent presidential election, I can’t help but express apprehension. In the interest of full disclosure I am a lifelong Democrat, and have been proud of the ideals associated with my party. However, my apprehension isn’t solely about our president-elect, although there is quite a bit which should concern us all about him. My fear is the coupling of a right-
wing Congress with an extremist president. A Congress that has been champing at the bit to deregulate Wall Street, cut entitlements for the elderly and the poor, cut funding for education and provide tax breaks for the wealthy. Combined with a president only too happy to accommodate them. We all need a light at the end of the tunnel, and dare I say it, “hope” is mine. R.J. Narang Vienna
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Fairfax Leaders Try to Digest Rejection of Meals Tax BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Fairfax County voters on Nov. 8 solidly defeated a proposed 4-percent meals tax and county officials likely will not resurrect that idea again for decades to come, predicted Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D). “It would be a generation before another Board of Supervisors decides to put that question to the voters,” Bulova told the Sun Gazette following a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 in Great Falls. Bulova said she was “not surprised,
but disappointed” the meals tax went down to defeat, as it did in 1992 the last time county officials proposed the levy. “We knew from the beginning that a meals-tax referendum would be an uphill battle,” she said. “We knew that the opposition to it from the restaurant industry would be strong. It is not easy for a relatively small coalition to campaign for the meals tax, but they did a great job.” Voters defeated the tax by a margin of 291,082 votes (53.8 percent) to 249,604 (46.2 percent).County officials sought a state-maximum 4 percent for the meals tax, which would have raised roughly
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$100 million per year. Bulova doubted asking for a lesser amount would have made the tax any more palatable to opponents. “I think any percent would have failed,” she said. “People just inherently don’t vote to tax themselves.” Supervisors had agreed to put 70 percent of the meals-tax proceeds toward the school system, where much of those funds would be used to enhance employee pay. The remaining 30 percent of the revenues would have financed county services, capital improvements and tax relief for some residents. Proponents have accepted the tax’s defeat and will “shoulder on and continue to do the best with what we have,” Bulova said. County revenues, including those from the mainstay real estate tax, continue to be relatively flat, despite officials’ efforts to increase commercial tax revenues and stimulate the economy, she said. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’ll do the best we can and we’ll do right by the community,” Bulova said. The chairman was unsure whether the contentious presidential election influenced voters’ views regarding the meals tax. County voters heavily favored Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over the victor, Republican Donald Trump, and easily passed bond referen-
dums for parks, transportation and human services, she noted. “Bottom line, people split their tickets,” Bulova said. “I respect that.” Fairfax County Council of PTAs president Kimberly Adams, who chaired the Invest in Fairfax organization that advocated for the meals tax, said the coalition’s members were disappointed by the outcome, but optimistic the county’s needs would receive due consideration in the future. “We began a conversation around the true value of our county schools and human and safety services,” she said. “A deeper dialogue has begun. This will be a long-term effort to join all constituent groups for the best future possible in Fairfax County.” “Funding will remain an issue, as we knew it would, even if the meals tax had passed,” said Adams, who previously headed the Fairfax Education Association. “Encouraging families to choose to add a tax to their budgets was a challenge. We believe that our county government remains committed to the needs of the people in Fairfax County.” Years ago, Arlington received an exemption from the requirement to hold a referendum before imposing a meals tax, so long as the County Board voted unanimously to impose it. Arlington’s meals tax is the state maximum of 4 percent.
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School Board Could Lease Space to Free Up Room for A New County High School Staff Writer
Angling to free up space for what would be Arlington’s fourth all-purpose high school, county education officials are aiming to lease SCHOOL additional space on BouleBOARD Washington vard and move adNOTES ministrative offices there. School Board members on Dec. 1 will be briefed on a proposal to lease nearly 80,000 square feet of additional space in the Sequoia Plaza complex, where school officials since 2013 have rented more than 60,000 square feet for instructional programs and administration. A proposal agreed to by the school system and developer – but awaiting School Board approval – would result in the school system occupying a total of about 140,000 square feet of space through 2033. (The existing lease on the current 60,000 square feet runs through 2027.) Complete financial details of the proposal have not yet been provided, but seem to indicate a cost of $2.6 million annually, plus escalation, for the additional space. The school system would receive a 100-percent rebate on the extra space for the first six months of the term, plus a 50percent reduction for the subsequent six months. Obtaining the additional space would free up the North Quincy Street parcel on which the 1960s-era Arlington Education Center now stands. The complex is just to the west of Washington-Lee High School. School officials in recent months have offered increasing signs that they’d like to use the Arlington Education Center space for a new high school. Still up in the air: Whether the existing building will be retained and repurposed, or whether it will be torn down and replaced. The Education Center parcel also includes the David M. Brown Planetarium. School Board Members to Decide on High-School Boundaries: Decision day is at hand for Arlington School Board members, who on Dec. 1 are slated to choose from among four proposed options for moving students currently slated to attend Washington-Lee High School to either Wakefield or Yorktown high schools. The move is expected to impact between 306 and 445 future high-schoolers over the next four years, depending on which option is chosen and whether students with siblings already at Washington-Lee will be exempt from the move.
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No current Washington-Lee students will need to switch schools; incoming students will be shifted starting with the incoming ninth-grade class next September. In putting together the four options, school officials estimated that two-thirds of students in impacted areas would use the opt-out provision if they have a sibling at Washington-Lee. Superintendent Patrick Murphy has asked the School Board to agree to the opt-out, with a final decision taken along with the boundary vote at the board’s Dec. 1 meeting. Full details of the proposals under consideration are available at www.apsva. us/apsboundaries. The boundary-change effort – needed to even out an enrollment bubble at Washington-Lee – has generated predictable angst and anger among some parents in areas that are on the hot seat. But it is just the first step in what is expected to be a much larger redistricting effort in 202021, in preparation for the opening of Arlington’s next high school two years later. School Board members have not decided where to put such a facility, or whether to break it up into smaller programs dotted across the county. APS to Host High-School Information Night: Arlington Public Schools will hold its annual High School Information Night on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School. Families of students entering high school during the 2017-18 school year will receive a primer on the high-school experience and can learn about specific school programs and offerings. Simultaneous Spanish-language translation will be provided for the general session, which will be live-streamed via the school system’s Web site at www.apsva. us. The event also will include a variety of breakout sessions. APS Ranks High in ‘Green Challenge’: Arlington Public Schools has achieved “Platinum” status for 2016 in the Virginia School Boards Association’s “Green Schools Challenge.” The school district was among 16 statewide to reach the top tier in what is described as a friendly competition, now in its seventh year. Thirteen additional school districts received honors in lower categories, with awards being presented Nov. 16 at the Virginia School Boards Association’s fall meeting. Three school districts – Buckingham County, Culpeper County and Albemarle County – were honored as tops in the commonwealth in their size group.
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Homes in the city of Falls Church sold for the highest median price of any jurisdiction in the Mid-Atlantic during the first 10 months of the year, according to new data. With a median sales price of $725,000, Falls Church was up 7.4 percent from the same period in 2015 and was well above any other local jurisdiction, according to figures reported by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiplelisting service. The Falls Church median price benefits from a large percentage of single-family homes, but the city also has posted significant price appreciation – the highest yearover-year change among the 10 jurisdictions with the highest median prices. By contrast, Arlington, which at $550,000 had the second highest median sales price in the January-to-October period, was down 1.8 percent from a year before. Rounding out the top five jurisdictions were the District of Columbia ($545,000, up 4.8 percent); Alexandria ($495,000, unchanged); and the city of Fairfax ($482,800, up 0.1 percent). The next five were Fairfax County ($479,000, up 0.8 percent); Loudoun County ($442,000, up 2.8 percent); Montgomery County ($410,000, up 2.5 per-
cent); Howard County ($399,000, up 0.6 percent); and Fauquier County ($360,000, up 2.9 percent). Also at or above the Mid-Atlantic median sales price of $310,000 were Prince William County ($335,000, up 3.1 percent) and Stafford County ($310,000, up 2.9 percent). Figures represent most, but not all, homes that went to closing. All figures are preliminary and are subject to revision. Arlington Tops Suburbs in Per-SquareFoot Cost: Those purchasing homes in Arlington during the first 10 months of the year spent the most per square foot of any jurisdiction in Northern Virginia, according to new figures, as the county was second only to the District of Columbia in the Mid-Atlantic region. Homes that sold in Arlington went to closing for a median $446 per square foot, up 2.3 percent from $436 during the same period last year, according to data from RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. Only the District of Columbia had a higher median price: at $495, up 1.6 percent from $487. The city of Falls Church placed third, with its median price per square foot of Continued on Page 11
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$434 up 9.1 percent from $398 a year before. (The median price of homes that sold in Falls Church during the Januaryto-October period was higher than the median in Arlington, in part because Falls Church has a larger percentage of singlefamily homes in the overall housing mix.) Rounding out the top five jurisdictions in the Mid-Atlantic region were Alexandria ($350, up 3.9 percent) and the city of Fairfax ($285, up 7.1 percent). Next in line were Fairfax County ($281, up 1.1 percent), Montgomery County ($247, up 3.4 percent), Rappahannock County ($229, up 21.8 percent), Howard County ($206, up 2.5 percent) and Loudoun County ($205, up 3 percent). Among other local jurisdictions, median per-square-foot prices during the 10month period were $186 in Prince William County, up from $185; $178 in the city of Manassas Park, up from $162; $174 in the city of Manassas, up from $170; and $159 in Stafford County, up from $154. The median per-square-foot price in the Mid-Atlantic for the period was $189, up 2.7 percent from $184 a year before. Figures represent most, but not all, homes that went to closing. All figures are preliminary and are subject to revision. State Home Sales Tick Down, Prices Rise as Inventory Remains Tight: Home sales across Virginia posted a slight year-
over-year decline in October, according to new figures, while the median sales price increased. A total of 8,798 properties went to closing during the month, according to figures reported Nov. 22 by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR). That’s down 0.9 percent from the 8,870 transactions of October 2015. The market is both being held back by limited inventory, and is gaining some traction as prospective buyers move quickly to snap up what has come on the market, said incoming VAR president Claire Forcier-Rowe. “Pent-up demand remains a strong contributor,” Forcier-Rowe said. “It’s a great time to enter the market, as financing remains so accessible, and it’s a great time to consider listing, as sellers can anticipate that prices will be buoyed by buyer eagerness.” Statewide, the median sales price for all residential properties in October was $262,500, up 5 percent from a year before. Bucking the tradition of monthly declines as the market transitions from summer to fall to winter, October’s median was unchanged from September’s. Homes that went to closing in October spent 65 days on the market between listing and ratified sales contract. It’s the highest figure since April, but remains well below the 78 days on the market reported a year ago. “The relative speed of transactions reflects sustained urgency among buyers,” VAR analysts said.
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Arlington Notes ARLINGTONIANS TAKE AWARDS IN REGIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION: Three
Arlingtonians received awards in the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust’s “Nearby Nature” photo competition. Megan Kresse won first place in the youth category of the “People Enjoying Nature” part of the competition, for a bird’s-eye view from a tree along Old Dominion Drive near her home. “I call the picture ‘Old Dominion Refuge’ because the tree . . . is a refuge from busy suburban life,” Kresse said. Though sitting on a traffic island nestled between two streets, “many of the neighborhood kids still love it and use it as their hangout spot, since there aren’t many open spaces where we live,” she said. In addition, Abigail Deering took second place in the youth portion of “The Land and Water Around Us” part of the competition, while Christopher Berry took third place in the adult portion of that competition. A photo gallery featuring work of award-winners and finalists can be found at www.nvct.org.
LOCAL NONPROFIT RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM BOEING: The Arlington-
based bilingual culinary-training program La Cocina VA has been selected to participate in the Boeing Co.’s “Leading Change” program, which matches its em-
ployee volunteers with non-profit organizations in the community. La Cocina VA empowers those in the local area’s Hispanic community with a 13-week food-training program, workforce-skills development, job-placement assistance and vocational-English training. “We believe that by using the power of food, we can generate opportunities for social and economic change,” said Patricia Funegra, founder and president of La Cocina VA. “We are grateful to Boeing for providing consulting expertise that will play such a vital part in the success of our mission and expansion plans.” ANNUAL ‘MIRACLE ON 23rd STREET’ CELEBRATION SET: Linden Resources
will host the annual “Miracle on 23rd Street” celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the non-profit’s office, 750 23rd St. South. The event will feature musical entertainment, a raffle, refreshments and a tree-lighting ceremony featuring Santa arriving via an Arlington Fire Station #5 firetruck. The event is free, and the community is invited. For information, call (703) 5214441 or see the Web site at www.linden. org.
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Members of Cub Scout Pack 111, sponsored by St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, recently participated in the “Scouting for Food” initiative to support Arlington Food Assistance Center and other food organizations in the region. The event, which took place in November, is an initiative of the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.
host visits with Santa in the center’s old log house on Dec. 3, 4 and 10. The events also will feature holiday craft-making and winter walks. The cost is $8. For information on which time slots are available, call (703) 228-3404. CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY HOSTS WINTER CONCERT: IBIS Chamber Mu-
sic Society will present a winter concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center, 414 North Fillmore St. The event will feature seasonal selections, including works by Vivaldi, Resphighi and Vaughan Williams, and is designed for families. Admission is free; good-will donations are accepted. For information, see the
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Ensemble will present a Happy Holidays Concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Works by Mozart, Strauss, Schulmann and others will be featured. For tickets and information, see the Web site at www.nationalchamberensemble.org.
INVASIVE-PLANT-REMOVAL EFFORT SLATED: Gulf Branch Nature Center will
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Region Ranks 13th Nationally in Median Sales Price of Homes The median sales price of all homes across the Washington region in the third quarter of 2016 was enough to rank the area 14th nationally, but price appreciation continues to underperform the national average – which may not, on balance, be such a bad thing. The median price of existing, singlefamily homes across the D.C. metro area from July through September stood at $393,500, up 1.7 percent from a year before, according to data reported by the National Association of Realtors. Only 13 metro areas out of 178 nationally posted higher median prices, led by San Jose, Calif., at an even $1 million for the quarter, the second straight reporting period it (or any metro area) had posted a seven-figure median price. Also in the top five: San Francisco, $835,400; Honolulu, $745,300; AnaheimSanta Ana, Calif., $740,100; and San Diego, $589,300. Rounding out the top 10 were Los Angeles, Boulder (Colo.), Nassau County-Suffolk County (N.Y.), Boston and Seattle. The five lowest-cost metro areas in the third quarter were Youngstown, Ohio, $90,300; Cumberland, Md., $94,400; Decatur, Ill., $99,400; Elmira, N.Y., $109,400; and Rockford, Ill., $111,900. The Washington region’s 1.7-percent appreciation rate compared to a national
year-over-year growth of 5.2 percent, as the median price of single-family homes across the U.S. rose to $240,900. But as millions learned to their chagrin in the mid-2000s, large rates of appreciation can have negative consequences. “If mortgage rates start to rise heading into next year, prospective buyers could face weakening affordability conditions in their market unless supply dramatically improves,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors “That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that home builders ramp up the production of more single-family homes to meet demand and slow price growth.” At the end of the third quarter, there were 2.04 million existing homes available for sale nationally, below the 2.19 million at the end of the third quarter in 2015. Geographically, all parts of the U.S. saw year-over-year increases in median sales prices in the third quarter, but both the prices and the rate of growth varied. The median sales price in the West was $349,200, up 7.6 percent. In the South, the median price of $213,700 was up 6.5 percent. In the Midwest, the median price of $191,200 was up 5.6 percent. But in the Northeast, where the median price stood at $272,600, year-over-year price appreciation was only 1.2 percent. – A Staff Report
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Arlington Notes II ARLINGTON NON-PROFITS RECEIVE BOOST FROM DOMINION: Arlington
non-profits will share a portion of the bounty of more than $1 million in grant funding from the Dominion Foundation, an arm of energy giant Dominion Resources. Support will be garnered by 140 organizations across 13 states, with funding shared among programs providing food, shelter and medical care. “It is especially fitting during the holidays to support organizations that are improving lives and building greater stability in places we call home,” said Thomas Farrell II, chairman and CEO of Dominion. More than 300 applications were considered, with grant funding up to $50,000 approved for various organizations. In Arlington, funding went to the Arlington Free Clinic ($10,000 for the Community Bridge Program) and Doorways for Women and Families ($10,000 to support the Freddie Mac Family Home).
PHOENIX HOUSE PROJECT WINS GRANT FUNDING: The McLean Commu-
nity Foundation has presented a $10,000 grant in support of Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic’s expanded residential facility and health-fitness center in Arlington. Grant funding will go toward new retractable basketball hoops and other fitness and classroom equipment for the facility, which provides services to adoles-
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cent males. “Given the current public-health emergency in Virginia, due to the increased use of heroin and other opiods, [the foundation] is proud to support this leader in treatment and long-term-recovery methods,” foundation officials said in a statement. Founded in 1978 by the McLean Citizens Association, the McLean Community Foundation works to meet the philanthropic needs of the community.
Club will host a sale of fresh citrus, pecans and maple syrup from Dec. 7-14 at the Overlee Pool (lower level), 6030 Lee Highway (entrance off John Marshall Drive). Sales will be Wednesday from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. For information, call (703) 528-1130.
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“Meet the Speaker” series continues on Monday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Central Library. Dan DeVany, general manager of WETA’s classical-music operations, will discuss “What Makes Some Classical Holiday Music Classics?” The program is cospsonored by the county library system. For information, call Encore Learning at (703) 228-2144. MARYMOUNT READIES CHRISTMASTREE LIGHTING: Marymount University
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We’ve turned the page to December, but the local market is not dormant – there are buyers out there looking to find the perfect home during a time of relatively reduced inventory, and this week’s featured property is a classic home that offers up some surprises. Located close to the shops of Williamsburg Circle and a nice and easy 20-minute walk to the East Falls Church Metro station, our featured property is an early-1950s rambler on an exceptional lot that clocks in at nearly 11,000 square feet. The home offers updates galore and creativity throughout. Perfect for daily living, it also accentuates ambiance and traffic flow, making it a standout for holiday gatherings and special soirées throughout the year. The property currently is on the market, listed at $775,000 by Carol Temple of Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The early 1950s were a time of growth (and growing affluence) in Arlington communities, and homes of that vintage are larger than those of the preceding decade. Unusual for a rambler of the era, our featured property showcases a spacious entry foyer, setting the tone for all that will follow. Hardwood flooring is found on this level, along with copious amounts of natural sunlight. The large living room is home to a
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The percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all time low in the United States to 11.2 percent in 2016, according to tables released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “People in the United States are still moving, just not to the same extent as they did in the past,” said David Ihrke, a survey statistician in the Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch. Among those who moved, 42.2 percent said they moved for a housing-related reason, such as wanting a new or better home/apartment. In comparison, 27.4 percent said they moved for a family-related reason, 20.2 percent said they moved for an employment-related reason, and 10.2 percent said they moved for some other reason. Among regions, the South saw the greatest number of people moving out (901,000), but also saw the largest inflow of people moving into the region (940,000). The highest mover rates by race were for the black or African-American-alone population (13.8 percent) and the Asian-alone population (13.4 percent). The white-alone population moved at a rate of 10.3 percent. The Hispanic/ Latino population (12.6 percent) was more mobile than the non-Hispanic white population (9.8 percent). Among other findings: • Approximately 16.9 million people moved annually to a different county, and nearly another 1.9 million people moved to the United States from abroad. • New York had 69,289 migrants to Florida, and California had 65,546 migrants to Texas. • More than 1.5 million people living in Florida were born in New York. This was the largest flow between state of birth and state of current residence followed by more than 900,000 million people who were born in New York living in New Jersey. • The two largest county migration flows were Los Angeles County to Orange County in California with 41,558 movers and Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County in California with 39,865 movers. Among metro areas, in California, the Los AngelesLong Beach-Anaheim metro area had 87,565 movers go to the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area.
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Police Beat ROBBERY: n On Nov. 18 at 5:02 p.m., a young man was walking in the 2400 block of North Harrison Street when he was grabbed from behind, restrained and had cash taken from him. Police identified several juvenile suspects, who were released to their parents while investigation continues. n On Nov. 18 at 7:57 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of South Frederick Street for a report of a robbery, and determined that two male suspects approached a victim from behind, assaulted him and stole his wallet before fleeing the scene. The suspects are described as black males, in their teens, 6’ to 6’2”, 160 to 180 pounds. n On Nov. 19 at 2:12 p.m., a suspect entered a business in the 700 block of 23rd Street South, brandished a firearm and demanded money from an employee. The suspect fled the scene with cash. Investigation is continuing. n On Nov. 20 at 11:55 a.m., police responded to a report of a robbery in the 1000 block of South Frederick Street. A man had been meeting with someone in the area when he was approached
from behind by two male suspects, who assaulted him, stole personal belongings and fled the area. The first suspect is described as a black male, in his teens, 5’6”, 140 pounds. The second suspect is described as a black male, in his teens, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds. FRAUD: n Two women have been charged by Arlington County police with using falsified information to obtain public assistance from government. According to police, the suspects – 48year-old Delia Cecilia Malaga of Dumfries and 50-year-old Rodrigo Zamora of Dumfries – were charged with providing false information.
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Per-Student Continued from Page 1 Fairfax County Public Schools. That school system, largest in the commonwealth, will spend $14,432 per student this year, up 5.2 percent from a year before but still 22 percent below Arlington’s rate. “Note there is a cost-per-student difference of $4,525 between the Arlington Public Schools and the Fairfax County Public Schools,” Wise said. With an overall student body of about 25,300 students, Arlington’s school system could shave $114.5 million off its nearly $600 million budget by reducing per-student expenditures to Fairfax County’s level, he said.
Trees Continued from Page 1 trees in recent memory, but Rev. Tracy Wines had overseen a sale at her previous assignment at Vale United Methodist Church in Fairfax County, and those attending Clarendon UMC thought they would give it a try. Lindsey Kirkwood, who led the planning, said they had a financial goal in mind. While not making it public, Kirkwood was upbeat: “We think we’ll exceed it,” she said.
“To the best of our knowledge, neither the Arlington School Board nor the superintendent have ever explained the $4,525-cost-per-student difference between the Arlington and Fairfax County public schools,” Wise said. Ask, and ye shall receive: The Sun Gazette queried School Board Chairman Nancy Van Doren on the subject. While school leaders in the past have largely ignored the question – noting that voters must think spending levels are fine or they wouldn’t approve county school bonds by four-to-one margins – Van Doren went a step or two further. “Arlingtonians are very proud of our schools and the success of all Arlington students. While our cost per pupil may be higher, we certainly reap the benefits of this investment in our students and community,” she said, pointing to three areas
the require the additional spending: • “Our salaries reflect Arlington County’s higher cost of living and allow APS to remain competitive in maintaining a highly qualified corps of instructional staff and school leaders.” • “We have consistently maintained smaller class sizes to ensure that we provide strong instructional experiences while also focusing on meeting the needs of the whole child.” • “We proudly provide a greater array of instructional resources and specialized programs.” (And it’s not as if high per-student spending is a new phenomenon: The Northern Virginia Sun way back in December 1959 reported that Arlington that year topped all jurisdictions statewide.) Van Doren notes that the school system asked the state government in 2012
to conduct an efficiency review, which resulted in 27 recommendations. The school system implemented 23 of them, she said. “We will continue to look for ways to run our operations efficiently, but we are committed to maintaining the high-quality services we provide for children,” the School Board chairman said. Where do other school districts in the region stack up on a per-student basis? The WABE reports 2016-17 spending levels of $17,008 in Alexandria, $15,975 in Montgomery County, $13,869 in Prince George’s County, $13,121 in Loudoun County, $13,112 in Manassas, $11,158 in Manassas Park and $10,981 in Prince William County. The District of Columbia Public Schools does not participate in the WABE survey.
The early going suggested success was a distinct probability, as customers already were on hand even before the official opening on Nov. 26. “It’s been a nonstop stream,” Kirkwood said of those dropping by to peruse the offerings. Sales will run until Dec. 10 or until all trees are gone. Darner said the public seemed happy with the available selection. “People want narrower trees because of the space in their homes,” she said. “Each one has been just gorgeous.” Income from sales will benefit three organizations: Stop Hunger Now, the
Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Forty dollars from each purchase is tax-deductible. Charles Meng, AFAC’s executive director, said his organization and the church “have had a long and important relationship, first as one of the original congregations that supported the work of AFAC and, ever since, as our Saturday distribution site.” “The support of Clarendon UMC helps AFAC raise the $6.6 million it will take to fulfill our mission of helping the least fortunate in our community,” Meng said.
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nerisms. Kochs Shen Te moved fluidly and gently, where her Shui Ta was stiff and proud. There was a scene where Koch put her Shui Ta costume onstage, and as she put each costume piece on you could see her slowly change from Shen Te to Shui Ta. Other actors that stood out were Julie Newman (God One), Lily Smith (God Two), Mary Margaret Lehmkuhler (God Three) and Christian Corpening (Yang Sun, a pilot). Julia Burke played the water-seller Wong and she did a great job of making the character sympathetic to the audience. Newman, Smith and Lehmkuler worked together well as the three Gods, and each gave her character a distinct personality. Finally, Corpening gave the audience a character who they had trouble hating despite the way he treated Shen Te. Performances were enhanced by the amazing work of the technical crew. From the beautiful music played throughout the play by Shannon Foster and Matthew Lu to the stunning lighting designed by Jack Dewhurst and Daniel Wozniak, every piece of the behind-the-scenes work helped the play to flow smoothly. The set was designed and constructed by Bobbie Benjamin, Jack Dewhurst and Patrick Hines. It was built out of wooden pallets and metal, creating a second stage upon the larger stage. This was tilted at
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Schools & Military n Luke Bultena, the son of Lance and Jayne Bultena of Arlington and a graduate of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, was selected to participate in the St. Olaf Christmas Festival at St. Olaf College, where he is a member of the Viking Chorus. The festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the nation, having started in 1912.
Three Arlington Public Schools students have been accepted into the All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble. n
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Alex DeLazzari (tenor saxophone) of Washington-Lee High School and Emmett Kyle (drum set) and Zach Niess (trombone) of Yorktown High School were among 40 students statewide chosen for participation. Those selected presented a concert Nov. 19 at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference in Hot Springs. n Six Arlington Public Schools students have been named as members or alternates of the 2016 Virginia Music Educators Association Senior Honor Choir. Participation is limited to the top 125 choir singers among Virginia high schools. Auditions were open to seniors enrolled in choral programs at their respective schools. Kiernan Bartlett and Christine Wanda of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and Charlotte Maskelony of Washington-Lee High School were selected to the honors choir, while Preston Atkins and Shaelyn Niblack of H-B Woodlawn and Zeke Albro of Washington-Lee were choen as alternates. Those selected presented a concert Nov. 19 at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference in Hot Springs. n Three Arlington Public Schools students were accepted into the Northern Virginia All-Regional Orchestra, which
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performed Nov. 12 at West Potomac High School in Fairfax County. The orchestra is one of four regional orchestras across the commonwealth, where approximately 110 strings, wind and percussion players were accepted via auditions. Selected from Arlington were Washington-Lee High School students Alex DeLazzari (clarinet), Noah Hall (bassoon) and Sabrina Shuster (violin). n Marymount University has again been chosen as a Top School in Military Advanced Education’s “2017 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities,” an honor awarded to institutions with the best practices in military- and veteran-supportive education. The selection is based on an institution’s military culture, financial aid for veterans and their families, on-campus support, online support services, flexibility in transferring college credits, and flexibility in dealing with redeployments. “We’re grateful that our support of veterans, active military service members and their families has again been recognized,” said Marymount President Matthew Shank. “We’re proud that the military community feels at home on our campus and know they’ll get the support they need and deserve from our faculty, staff and their fellow students.”
Marymount currently has 272 active duty military service members, veterans and dependents pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, according to Michael Anuszkiewicz, a research associate in the school’s Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness. Joe A. Blount Jr., the school’s coordinator for Military and Veteran Student Services, said Marymount is popular with the military community because of its academic reputation and close-knit campus. He said veterans constantly tell him that they like Marymount’s small class size. For more information about military programs and services at Marymount, see the Web site at marymount.edu/admissions/military. n Arlington Public Schools students can participate in the 2017 “Over Here in Arlington Being Excellent” writing competition, sponsored by the school system in honor of Black History Month. Students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to submit essays, poems or short stories about African-Americans whose contributions made a positive impact on daily life through science, technology, education, politics or the arts. The submission deadline is Dec. 2. For additional information and complete rules, see the school system’s Web site at www.apsva.us.
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Chamber of Commerce will host a roundtable with local members of Congress on Monday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chamber headquarters in Tysons Corner. The interactive discussion is slated to feature U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Don Beyer (D-8th) and Gerald Connolly (D-11th), and will focus on issues related to federal spending, energy, trade policy, sequestration, transportation and taxations. For information, see the Web site at www.novachamber.org.
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The Arlington Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed its 2017 class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Participating students will spend 30 weeks developing and marketing their entrepreneurial ideas. The 12 members of the Class of 2017 include students ages 12 to 17 representing local high schools and middle schools.
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Wakefield Starts Play This Week
Winter Season Has Much Championship Potential
Here comes the winter high school sports season. It started this week, earlier than ever.
Others Follow Suit As Seasons Tip Off DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
There is an earlier start than in past years to the high school basketball campaign this season for some Arlington teams.
BASKETBALL PREVIEW The season tipped off Nov. 29, with the Wakefield Warriors and Yorktown Patriots scheduled to meet in all-county boys and girls clashes. See results at www.insidenova.com/sports/arlington. The Washington-Lee Generals also opened their seasons Nov. 29 against Falls Church. On Friday, Dec. 2, the W-L boys, 10-15 last season, play at Theodore Roosevelt and the W-L girls (11-11) at Potomac Falls. On Dec. 3, the W-L girls play away at Sidwell Friends. Yorktown has away games Friday, Dec. 2 at Lake Braddock, with the girls (6-17 last season) at 6 p.m. and the boys (9-14) at 7:30. The Wakefield girls play at Tuscarora Dec. 2 at 7:15 p.m. The Wakefield boys host Battlefield on Dec. Continued on Page 25
Wakefield High School senior guard Halil Parks returns to give the Warriors an experienced backcourt this season. Wakefield opened the campaign this week. FILEPHOTO BY DEB KOLT
O’Connell Senior Chosen State’s Top Player A Staff Report
Bishop O’Connell High School senior hitter Maxine Friedman was chosen as the Virginia VOLLEYBALL Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Division I Player of the Year in girls volleyball for the fall season. In addition, O’Connell head coach Mehdi El Alaoui was the Division I Coach of the Year. With Friedman leading the way, O’Connell won the Division I state championship this fall as the No. 2 seed, defeating top-seed and defending champion Flint Hill, 3-1, in the championship match to complete a 35-4 season. O’Connell was 3-0 in the state tournament, winning the title for the first 24
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time since 2006 and completing one of its finest seasons. Prior to the state tournament, Friedman helped O’Connell finish second in its conference tourney. Over the course of 39 matches for the Knights, Friedman led O’Connell with 561 kills. She also had 249 digs, 74 aces and 14 assists. O’Connell senior Sarah Lawler was a first-team Division I all-state selection, and O’Connell senior Katie Boehm made second team. Lawler had 491 kills this season, 160 digs and 86 assists. Boehm had 257 digs, 68 aces and 16 kills. For their careers, Friedman and Lawler each had more than 1,000 kills, achieving that mark in this year’s state tournament.
O’Connell’s Maxine Friedman was the state’s Player of the Year this fall. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT
Used to be the winter campaign didn’t begin until around Dec. 10, but the start date has been creeping forward in recent years. Competition kicked off Dec. 1 in 2015. So what should be expected from the many 2016-17 indoor varsity teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas? In basketball in Arlington, the Bishop O’Connell girls and boys teams will be top contenders in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. On the public-school ranks, both Wakefield teams will be strong. This might be the year the girls break through and win a conference championship, then make noise on the region level. Also in Arlington, watch out for the Yorktown girls in gymnastics, a team talented enough to win a state championship. In indoor track and field, Washington-Lee’s Benedict Draghi will be the favorite to win conference, region and state shot put crowns. In the Sun Gazette’s Fairfax County coverage venues, the Langley Saxons and Oakton Cougars should be conference, region and state contenders again in girls basketball. Keep an eye on Langley, Madison and Marshall, and maybe Oakton, in boys hoops. In private-school ball, the Flint Hill and Potomac School girls return a number of top players that could make them conference contenders, as do both boys teams. Madison and McLean will be strong again in wrestling. With good distance runners, the Oakton and Madison indoor track and field teams have title potential. In swim and dive, there are too many quality competitors on the public- and private-school levels in the paper’s coverage areas to list. In summary, the possibilities exist for a championship winter for many local teams and individuals.
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Arlington Central Team Wins Fairfax Football Crown The Arlington Youth Football Club had three teams reach the Fairfax County Youth Football League playoffs. The 90-pound Central team, coached by Stefan Green, won the championThe squad FOOTBALL ship. won games against the McLean Spartans and Alexandria Titans to advance to the championship contest, where Arlington avenged its one regular-season loss to defeat the Chantilly Savages, 20-6. The team consisted of players John Allen, Carson Barnes, Chet Kane Collins, Jordan Fontillas, Dennis Froyze, Tommy Green, Jordan Jackson, Nathan Jaureguizar, Gabe Lucas, Adrian Mejia, Anthony Plunkett, Tyler Randles, Justice Thompson and Tyler Vogel. Assistant coaches by Troy Fontillas, Jeffrey Randles, and Tevick Skinner. The 90-pound National team,
coached by Howard Manuel, and the 100-pound Central team, coached by Brendan Cullinan, made it to the first round of the playoffs. The 90-pound Nationals consisted of players Jayden Broussard, Gabriel Campos, Emmett Cummings, Michael Gomez, Jack Delcore, Srijon Bose, Brandon Brigner, Jayson Brown-Ford, David Harris, Andrew Hopfer, Paul Matechak, Emmanuel Torrico and Cole Taylor. Other coaches for the team were Andre Collins, Paul Brigner and Graham Block. The 100-pound team consisted of players James Bissett, Ben Burnett, Matt Cabrera, Nathaniel Carr-James, Aidan Cullinan, Jon Escobar-Molina, James Hardenburgh, Jacob Hawkins, Eli Jackson, Joseph Kelly, Marco Molina, Jake Morgan, Rene Pinkney, Henry Soto-
The 90-pound Central Arlington team won a Fairfax County Youth Football League title.
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coaches were Anthony Hardenburgh and Andrew Taylor.
A Decade-Long Family Contribution Draws to an End DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
While a conference-championship run recently was extended to 10 years the CROSS COUNTRY for girls cross country team at Bishop O’Connell High School, an important streak involving the squad has come to a close. During O’Connell’s stretch of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, at least one, and sometimes two, of the four Nihill sisters, starting with Alex in 2007, was a member of the team each year. The others were Devin, Mackenzie and Erin. Alex, who graduated in 2011, was a top-10 finisher in a WCAC meet; Devin (a current women’s lacrosse player at Drexel) won once and was second three times; Mackenzie placed in the top 15; and current senior Erin was a two-time
Basketball Continued from Page 24 5 at 7:30. The private-school Bishop O’Connell Knights have busy opening weekends. The boys, coming off a 20-11 season, open Thursday, Dec. 1 at home against Middleburg Academy. The girls (20-9) start the same night at 6 p.m. at Bullis. The O’Connell girls host Georgetown Visitation at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and the boys host Bullis at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in a Morgan Wootten Tipoff Tournament game. Senior forward Amari Johnson, junior guard Xavier Johnson, junior forward D’Marco Baucum and senior guard Matt Lewis are top returners for the O’Connell boys. The O’Connell girls finished second in the Division I state tournament last season, and return a number of key players from that team like junior Brie
Erin Nihill was the last of four sisters to run for the Bishop O’Connell High School girls cross PHOTO BY TOMMY ORNDORFF country team.
top-five finisher in the girls varsity B WCAC races. Perpignan and sophomore Anna Hovis. The Wakefield boys return three key starters, including senior guards Alan Treakle and Halil Parks. The other key returner is junior forward Amari Cooper. Treakle and Parks were first-team allconference and second-team all-region last season. “They are experienced and poised to lead us this season,” Wakefield coach Tony Bentley said of the two guards. Other players expected to start or contribute a lot are sophomore guard Chris Warner, junior center Mahmoud Eltaher and junior guard Ben Horsford. The Wakefield boys finished 25-3 last season, won the Capitol Conference Tournament, finished second in the 5A North Region competition, then 1-1 in the state, making it to the semifinals and losing a close game. The Warriors are expected to contend for all three titles again this season.
Each was a member of multiple O’Connell cross country WCAC championship teams, as well as playing other sports at the school. Erin’s third-place finish Oct. 29 ended the Nihill families’ participation in WCAC meets. There are no more Nihill sisters to come. Cindy Walls has been O’Connell’s head coach during the Nihill sisters’s tenure. Will the streak continue next fall without them? “We will miss them terribly. They are irreplaceable,” Walls said. “Their abilities were all different, but all four had so much energy, and they had great values, morals and leadership qualities. It has been a wonderful family to have for a decade, and with their parents Jack and Lisa.” After enjoying running for a McLean youth program prior to high school, Alex Nihill set the family precedent as
Summer Matlack returns as a starter for the PHOTO BY DEB KOLT Wakefield girls team.
“We have high expectations,” Bentley said. “Our motto this season is ‘to
the first to join the O’Connell team her freshmen season. The others followed in order. Only Mackenzie didn’t run all four years, skipping her freshman season to play field hockey instead, because she “hated running” at the time. “I think they all saw the benefits of joining that program,” Lisa Nihill said. Being the youngest sister and last member of the team, Erin said there was never a doubt she would run for O’Connell. She wanted to be like her sisters so much, Erin ran on cross country courses that she designed in her family’s yard in Vienna. “I was always around the team, because I went to all of the O’Connell meets when Alex, Devin and Mackenzie were on the team,” Erin said. “I wanted to be like them. I was at all 10 WCAC meets. It’s a little sad now that it’s over.” make history.’ We have our eye on the top prize.” The Wakefield girls also are expected to do well, thanks to many returners from last year’s team that went 17-8, took second in the conference tournament, then went 1-1 in region play. Among those top returners are Jami Tham, Summer Matlack, Lyrin Hatcher, Hailey Finlay and Hannah Foley. “We have some good players returning and we have a chance to have a good season, but there are other strong teams out there,” Wakefield coach Marcia Richardson said. NOTE: The annual eight-team boys George Long Holiday Tournament hosted by the Wakefield boys is scheduled for Dec. 27-29. The teams are Wakefield and Washington-Lee from Arlington along with Chantilly, South County, Theodore Roosevelt, Stonewall Jackson, Glenelg from Maryland and Central Bucks High School West from Pennsylvania. December 1, 2016 25
Sports Briefs ULTIMATE ACEs TEAM WINS GMU TOURNEY: The
Arlington girls ACEs, a select Ultimate Frisbee team of players from Arlington’s high schools, won the recent George Mason University’s Extinction Romp Tournament against college women’s teams. Seeded last at 16th, the ACEs defeated Liberty University, 13-11, in the championship match. “No one expected a lot from a bunch of high-school players in a college tournament,” Yorktown High senior Sara Gilbertson said. “But we have a deep and experienced team, so we surprised a lot of our opponents.” In pool play, the ACEs won matches by 12-6, 13-9 and 12-9 scores. “It was really cold and it was tough to catch the disc in that first game. As it warmed up, we got into a good groove – rattling off points and wins,” Washington-Lee High senior Dominique Maderal said. In the quarterfinals, the ACEs defeated Mary Washington, 13-5. Against American University in the semifinals, the ACEs won, 13-8, behind the tough defense of Yorktown senior Laura Crawford and H-B Woodlawn junior Juliana Walker. In the finals, the offensive combination of Washington-Lee senior Rachel Hess and Woodlawn juniors Ella Juengst and Caroline Tornquist led the way. “I was blown away by the amount of talent and spirit the team had,” Yorktown senior Khin Kyaw said. Said ACEs coach Sarah Itoh: “I was very impressed with the skill and poise that these girls showed against much older players.”
Rachel Hess throws a pass for the Arlington ACEs during a recent tournament at George Mason. PHOTO BY MARK GILBERTSON
The Arlington Travel Baseball 10-under Arsenal Blue team won a recent end-of-summer tournament.
Kent, Dereje Reichert, Jack Roosa, Mason Wolverton and Owen Woodward, along with coaches Bobby Blyler and Matt Musser. In pool play games, the Arsenal won by scores of 92 and 13-1. In bracket play they won 11-6, 13-12, 11-4, and 9-6 in the final.
and all-star teams. Scholarships and financial aid are available. For information and to register visit www.arlingtonbaberuth.com. Practices begin in early March and games in early April.
NATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPS: Erika Trost and Anita Wilson of Arlington recently finished second with their tennis team from Montgomery County, Md. at the USTA League Adult 18-and-over 8.0 National Championships in Tucson. The Montgomery team lost to a team from Santa Ana, Calif., 2-1, in the championship match. Earlier in the day, the Montgomery team defeated Westlake, Ohio, 2-1 in the semifinals.
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Sports Hall of Fame, established in 1958, is accepting nominations for induction in 2017. Candidates may be living or deceased. The deadline to enter a nomination is Dec. 1. Those interested in nominating an athlete, coach, contest official or other sports-related person can get an official nomination form at www. arlsportshof.org or by writing Executive Director, Arlington Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 101321, Arlington, Va. 22210.
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YOUNG FLYERS TRACK AND FIELD: The Arlingtonbased Potomac Valley Track Club invites young athletes from grades 1 through 8 to join its Young Flyers youth track and field program on Sundays until Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Visit www.pvtc.org/youth or call Jay Jacob Wind at (703) 927-4833.
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High School Roundup ALL-STATE BOYS SOCCER: Four Bishop O’Connell High School boys soccer players were chosen first-team Division I all-state by the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association for their play this fall. Juan Benavides, Marcelo Flores, Andres Garcia and Victor Montero made first team, as they helped the Knights
earn the second-seed in the Division I state tournament. ICE HOCKEY: In their second game of the season, the Yorktown ice hockey club team (1-0-1) tied Langley, 3-3. Matt Neuman scored two of Yorktown’s goals and Bobby Wells had the third. Assists went to Joseph Ramos
(two,) Cory Wells, Scott Samples, Rhett Styles and Wells. Noah Whittington was the goalie. WASHINGTON-LEE HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS: The Washington-Lee
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Arlington Running Roundup JAY JACOB WIND Staff Writer
Clint McKelvey, 24, is a rising star in Arlington running. On Nov. 12, he ran 24:17 – a pace of 4:53 per mile – to finish ninth in a world-class field at VCU Health 8K in Richmond. Behind him were Matt Maccaroni, 43, 55th in 31:45, and Redzep Ljiko, 30, 102nd in 36:09. Among women, Allie Weissberg, 28, covered the course in 38:02 for 71st. 26
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Bailey Wilson, 28, was a few steps back, 74th in 38:21, followed by Rennie Peddie, 41, 121st in 40:49. In Richmond’s American Family Fitness Half Marathon, starting 15 minutes later, Desta Beriso Morkama, 31, was Arlington’s top finisher, sixth among men in 1:07:19, leading Noe Lopez, 24, 95th in 1:27:38, and Matthew Kurz, 33, 97th in 1:27:47. Maura Carroll, 27, was Arlington’s first lady, seventh in 1:19:46, ahead of Ann Battle, 33, 52nd in 1:33:55, and
Kristen Vretakis, 23, 65th in 1:35:02. In Anthem Richmond Marathon, billed as “America’s friendliest marathon,” Matt Deters, 31, took a top-10 slot, ninth in 2:32:03, just ahead of Kenny Rayner, 26, 15th in 2:36:28, and Mark Albertson, 25, 24th in 2:41:29. Greta Stults, 33, matched his ninth place with a time of 3:01:58, with Melissa Divecchia, 25, 22nd in 3:10:57, and Liz Greenlaw, 29, 44th in 3:19:42. Morkama doubled the next day, earning fifth place in 32:24 at Veterans
Day 10K in Washington D.C. Seven seconds back was David Wertz, 40, sixth in 32:31, and 19 seconds later was Grant Langevin, 22, 11th in 32:50. Amanda Tine, 24, led Arlington’s women, third in 37:10, with Jessica McGuire, 36, 14th in 40:46, and Liz Kohlway, 28, 22nd in 42:23. n Mary Murphy-Wojtasik, 27, ran 52:18 for 20th overall at On Eagles Wings 10K in Annandale. John Churchman, 73, won his age group, 26th overall in 53:58.
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TOWN OF VIENNA, VIRGINIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Town Council (the “Town Council”) of the Town of Vienna, Virginia (the “Town”) will consider at a Public Hearing on Monday, December 5, 2016, beginning at 8:00 p.m., in the Council Room, Town Hall, 127 Center Street South, Vienna, Virginia, to consider the following: Ordinance amendments to the Maple Avenue Commercial Zone (MAC) At said public hearing, any and all interested persons will be given an opportunity to speak in favor of or in opposition to the ordinance. A copy of the proposed is on file in the office of the Town Clerk and may be viewed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or via the website at www.viennava.gov. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL Melanie J. Clark, CMC Town Clerk
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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. December 4, 1942: n The County Board is considering adoption of an ordinance to regulate taxi service. n Architectural drawings of the design for Arlington Hospital have been released. n The minister of Westover Baptist Church has become the first Arlington religious leader to leave for active military duty. Rev. Perry Mitchell also served in the Chaplains’ Corps in World War I. n Washington-Lee walloped George Washington, 33-6, in the Old Oaken Bucket football game. December 3, 1944: n With more and more draftees being ruled unqualified for service as the war drags on, Virginia’s draft boards are planning to call 15 percent more men than usual this month in order to meet the quota. December 4, 1950: n With one day left until Arlington’s tax deadline, Treasurer John Locke Green says only 50 percent of county residents have paid up. December 2, 1961: n The state attorney general says Prince Edward County is within its rights to close its public schools rather than integrate them, because the Virginia constitution does not require public education. n Washington-Lee topped George Washington, 51-44, in boys basketball. December 4, 1968: n The Arlington County Civic Federation has voted to oppose a plan to raze part of the Buckingham Apartments and build high-rises. n U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, spent $115,000 on his re-election bid. December 5, 1975: n The Metro system is “on the verge of default” due to cash-flow problems, and the general manager has announced he plans to step down in January. n On TV tonight: “Chico and the Man,” “The Rockford Files,” “Sanford and Son” and “Wall $treet Week.”
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workshop to create fabrics with felt and fiber will be held on Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0955.
HOOTENANNY SLATED: A folk-music
sing-along will be held on Monday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555.
TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS HOST CONCERT: The Just Playin’ musical group
will perform traditional music on Monday, Dec. 5 at 11:15 a.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2280555.
TRAVELERS OFF TO RICHMOND MUSEUM: Arlington County 55+ Travel will
host a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The cost of $67 includes lunch. For information, call (703) 228-4748. WALKERS TREK IN OLD TOWN: The Arlington Walking Club will head to Old Town Alexandria for its weekly walking program on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Lubber Run Community Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403.
72. Pastrami partner 73. Proceeds DOWN 1. Pack like sardines 2. Denim innovator 3. Maple, to a botanist 4. Scarecrow stuffing 5. “The Goldbergs,” e.g.
SOUPS, STEWS DETAILED IN PRESENTATION: Holiday soups and stews are
the topic of discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369. EXERCISE FOR POST-RETIREMENT YEARS DETAILED: Planning a post-re-
tirement exercise regimen will be discussed on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555.
HEALTH DISCUSSION CENTERS ON STROKES: The signs and symptoms of
a stroke, plus preventive measures, will be discussed in a workshop slated for Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. COMEDY CLUBBERS TO GATHER: The
comedy club at Aurora Hills Senior Center reviews classic television and radio shows on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. For information, call (703) 228-5722. TRIVIA CHALLENGE TAKES ON A HOLIDAY BENT: A holiday-themed trivia
challenge will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington
6. Arc de Triomphe, e.g. 7. Leave speechless 8. Big mess 9. Between mini and maxi 10. Short for “it will” 11. He plus she 12. “Ever” to a poet 15. Marine gastropod 20. Olden day blood-drawing equipment 22. Priest’s vestment 24. Like a knight in shining armor? 25. *Billy Bob Thorton’s was bad 26. Love, to Napoleon and Josephine 27. Nobody 29. ____ Candies, chocolatier 31. Treat without respect 32. ____ vs. pathos 33. Popular cook-off dish 34. *“Home Alone” main character 36. *Jim Carrey’s was green when he stole Christmas 38. *It’s wonderful? 42. Three-masted vessel 45. Tabby’s favorite herb 49. Pollen ____ 51. Feeling at a funeral 54. Holiday feeling 56. Hustle and bustle sound 57. Tar to feathers 58. Tiny river 59. Wading bird 60. Dried up 61. Norse deity 62. Turned to the right 63. Makes mistakes 64. Gobbled up 66. *“Jingle All the ____”
Mill Community Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369. TRAVELERS TOUR NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: Arlington County 55+ Travel will
host a trip to the National Cathedral for tea and a tour on Thursday, Dec. 8. The cost is $37. For information, call (703) 228-4748.
WORKSHOP PROVIDES INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING: An intro-
duction to woodcarving will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lee Senior Center. Registration is required by Dec. 5. For information, call (703) 228-0555. SECRETS OF HAPPY PEOPLE DISCUSSED: Ten things happy people do
differently from others will be discussed on Friday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at v Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2286300.
LEE WALKERS HEAD TO URBAN TRAIL:
The Lee Walkers of Lee Senior Center will amble the Cleveland Park Urban Trail in the District of Columbia on Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. The cost is $3 for transportation. For information, call (703) 228-6300. December 1, 2016 31
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