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County Board Opts Out of Gondola Effort

Proposed Rosslyn-to-Georgetown Transit Option Seen as Not a High Priority SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

In a decision that may have been equal parts about the past, the present and the future, the Arlington County government on Feb. 10 offered a polite but apparently

definitive “thanks, but no thanks” to participation in a consortium to build and run a Potomac River gondola system. “Arlington already has a large number of transportation projects . . . that will require substantial resources and attention over the next several years,” County

Board Chairman Jay Fisette said in a letter to the group that had proposed the Rosslyn-to-Georgetown gondola. In his letter, Fisette said the county government’s modest earlier contribution to a feasibility study would be the last the group could expect from Arlington.


“Given our identified and pressing transportation needs, along with some ongoing concerns about the long-term value of the gondola, the board is not in favor of any further funding,” he said. Continued on Page 25

Towing Bill In Hands of State Senate SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Zeke Albro portrayed the title character in Washington-Lee High School’s recent production of “Pippin.” See Page 21 for a review of the production, part of the Sun Gazette’s partnership with the regional CAPPIES initiative. PHOTO BY CAROLYN PETREE

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The ball is back in the state Senate’s court, after the House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved legislation taking authority away from Northern Virginia localities in regulating towing. Legislation patroned by Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax County) cruised to a comfortable 68-28 margin of victory on Feb. 7 before being sent across the hall to the Senate, where it was deposited with the Committee on Transportation. Where it end ups remains anyone’s guess: A similar measure by state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax County) on Jan. 31 initially passed on a 23-17 vote, but was called up for reconsideration and was killed after Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam broke a 20-20 tie. Efforts to resuscitate Marsden’s bill in the Senate were unsuccessful. Much like Marsden’s measure, Albo’s

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Consultant: Challenge Brains to Reach Full Potential BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

London cab drivers must study for two years before taking a highly demanding licensing test that requires them not only to demonstrate knowledge of all the city’s streets, but restaurants, scenic attractions and other features of that metropolis. “They are the Olympic athletes of memory,” management consultant Wendy Swire told attendees Feb. 10 at Leadership Center for Excellence’s “Leaders Accelerate!” conference. Studies of those drivers’ brains showed the areas they used in preparing for the test became significantly stronger, especially when it came to spatial memory, she said. Modern life can be demanding and distracting, but those who wish to make the most of their brain’s limitless capacities should sleep more, eat right and try new activities constantly, Swire said. Swire delivered her presentation, “Neuroplasticity: Grow Your Leadership Brain for Breakthrough Results,” at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel. Swire, who runs the Bethesda-based consulting firm Swire Solutions LLC, became interested in studying the human brain after reading a book about a decade ago. She has had the opportunity to cradle a brain in her hands and called the “3-pound mass of tofu” inside people’s

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She also showed photos depicting how people’s brain connections grew like sprouting tree roots following intense mental and physical activities. This can happen, for example, when learning how to play the violin, which requires careful manual dexterity and an ear for complex musical arrangements. Beginners typically struggle to control the instrument and its bow and produce cringe-worthy screeching noises. Repetition increases their mental and muscle memory and successes cause their bodies to release dopamine, a pleasure-causing chemical, she said. But unhappiness, stress and negativity – common in modern society – can be harmful and cause cognitive-capacity overload, Swire said. “People cannot keep up,” she said. “There’s too much going on, there’s too much stimulation.” The “learning switches” in children’s brains always are on, which explains how they learn languages and much else so easily, but those chemicals stop flowing through the synapses during adulthood unless people consciously endeavor to learn more, she said. Determination, hard work, focused attention, fascination, novelty and excitement stimulate neuroplasticity, but those circuits are not engaged if people are distracted or disengaged. Swire recommends people deliberately dwell on positive expe-

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Civic Federation Could Challenge Comment Rules

Also: Cost of Acquiring Land for Fire Station Questioned, Co. Board Makes Appointments SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

The Arlington County Civic Federation next month will take up a resolution expressing concern about recent changes to the County COUNTY Board’s public-comNOTES ment period. Introduced at the federation’s Feb. 7 meeting by delegate Suzanne Sundburg, the resolution says too many items on the County Board’s monthly “consent agenda” feature “errors of fact, items lacking staff reports and other essential supporting documents and information, and items that have not properly followed the [County] Board’s guidelines for a full public process” to justifying reducing the amount of public scrutiny. The resolution will be discussed, and possibly voted on, at the Civic Federation’s March 7 meeting. In January, County Board members instituted new rules for public comment on the consent agenda, a part of the meeting that is supposed to include non-controversial items not requiring a great deal of discussion at board meetings. The 5-0 vote to change the rules reduces the ability of some citizen-activists to “pull” items off the consent agenda for a full hearing. Members of the public now must ask individual County Board members to pull specific items off for discussion. (The rules change does not apply to items that are required by state law to have a hearing. The public can still remove those items from the consent agenda without going through an elected board member.) County Board members say the change was made to streamline meetings. They pointed to a small number of activists who in past years removed a large number of items for discussion, including one vocal member of the public responsible for pulling 40 percent of the total number removed in 2016. Sundburg, however, notes that the decision was made without input from the public or the Civic Federation, and runs afoul of “the board’s stated goals of improving government transparency and encouraging greater public participation.” Cost of Acquiring Land for Fire Station Questioned: Did the Arlington County government overpay in purchasing a home that will be torn down and used to expand the footprint of Fire Station #8 on Lee Highway? That’s the concern of the Arlington County Taxpayers Association, although the organization’s president says it’s more in the form of a question than a definitive statement. County Board members recently approved spending $800,000 to purchase a home in the Halls Hill/High View Park neighborhood, the third located immedi4

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ately adjacent to the fire station that has been purchased for its expansion. The problem? As Tim Wise, president of the taxpayers’ group, noted, the county government’s own 2017 property assessment listed the value of the property as $519,200 – just under two-thirds of the purchase price. He also complained about a lack of transparency and notice to the public. “The item was on the board’s so-called consent agenda, but worse, the board report wasn’t posted until . . . two days prior to the board meeting,” Wise said. Asked for comment, Wise said he was still looking at the matter to see whether the $800,000 purchase price was reasonable under the circumstances. He advised those with concerns to contact the County Board. Tim O’Hora, a county-government official whose office oversees these types of real-estate transactions, said the public will benefit from the purchases of the adjoining lots, because they will allow the government to put a temporary station on the Lee Highway site while construction of a new station occurs. “By buying all three properties, we expect to save construction costs and temporary-relocation costs – and [the purchase] leaves the county with ownership of three properties that may be used for accessory and/or other uses after construction of the new fire station is completed,” O’Hora said. County officials said the owners of the third property were not anxious to sell, which may have forced county officials to offer more cash than if a willing seller had been found. In addition to the $800,000 purchase price, the county government will incur $5,000 to $10,000 in costs associated with closing the sale. (County officials presumably could have used eminent-domain powers to acquire the property at a price determined by the courts to be fair-market value, but such an effort likely would have been lengthy and possibly give the government a public-relations black eye.) County Board members last year agreed to raze the 1960s-era fire station and rebuild a new one on the site. The decision overruled the recommendation of public-safety staff, which preferred a location about 0.6 miles northeast on Old Dominion Drive. Arlington voters last November approved design funds for the new fire station, and in 2018 will be asked to fund its construction, a process that likely will take about two years. County Government, Hospital Ink Agreement on Parking Spaces: County Board members have modified an agreement with Virginia Hospital Center for the hospital to lease additional parking spaces on nearby government-owned property on North Edision Street. The agreement, ratified by the County Board without dissent, adds 30 additional

You’ve waited all year – haven’t you? – to see if the three men on the County Board would drop last year’s decision to go tieless when posing for the board’s annual photo. This year, ties are back, the official photo taken by Jeanine Finch.

parking spaces to the 62 already used by the hospital. The monthly fee paid by the hospital to the government will increase from $4,030 per month to $5,980 per month. The hospital and county government currently are in the process of developing a land-swap agreement that potentially could see the hospital receiving the North Edison Street property (which used to house Department of Human Services’ facilities) in exchange for providing the Arlington government either parcels elsewhere in the county, or cash. County Board Designates Commission Chairs: Arlington County Board members recently designated the following individuals as chairs of county boards and commissions for 2017. Holly Bray will chair the Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing. Patrick Murphy will chair the Civil Service Commission. William Staderman will chair the Disability Advisory Commission. Sally Duran will chair the Economic Development Commission. Kim Klingler will chair the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission. Christine Ng will chair the Environment and Energy Conservation Commission. Tenley Peterson will chair the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission. Juan Carlos Valazquez will chair the Human Rights Commission. Frank Jazzo will chair the Information Technology Advisory Commision. Caroline Haynes will chair the Park and Recreation Commission. Anne Vor Der Bruegge will chair the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Kendon Krause will chair the Tenant-Landlord Commission. Nora Palmatier will chair the Urban Forestry Commission. In addition, Sukari Pinnock-Fitts was appointed vice chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Linda Henderson was appointed co-chair of the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and Anne O’Brien was named vice chairman of the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. County Board Makes Appointments: Arlington County Board members recently made the following appointments

to local boards and commissions: Cragg Hines was reappointed to the Commission on Aging. Kristen Haldeman, John Armstrong, Gillian Burgess, John Carten and Chris Slatt were appointed to the Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices, and Haldeman was designated as chairman. Alicia Guajardo and Sheila Fleischhacker were reappointed to the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Tenley Petersen, Hal Steinberg and Nancy Tate were reappointed to the Audit Committee, where they will serve with County Board members Jay Fisette and John Vihstadt. Mary Hogan, Monica Michaud and Mark Yates were appointed to the Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments. Marisa Peacock was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. Diane Duston was appointed to the Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee. Dori Famillant was reappointed to the Economic Development Commission. Martin Spellacy was appointed to the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission. Joan Lawrence and Gerald Laporte were reappointed to the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board. Kiley Tibbetts and Susie Lee were appointed to the Human Rights Commission. Frank Jazzo was reappointed to the Information Technology Advisory Commission. Rodney Turner was appointed to the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission. Nate Gould was appointed to the Park and Recreation Commission. Florence Starzynski was appointed to the Police Trial Board, and John Boneta was designated as chair. William Ross was appointed and Jon Kinney was reappointed to the Retirement Board. Janet Eichers was appointed to the Sports Commission. Cathy Hix, Gabriel Perez, James Nicholson, Sara Steinberg, Mitchell Zink, Carl Lankowski, J. Brinton Rowdybus, Karl VanNewkirk, Craig Syphax, Allison Finkelstein, Frank O’Leary, Dan Donahue, Brendon Gehrke, Joseph Simonelli, Tom Dickinson, Edwin Fountain and Chaz Hendrix were appointed to the World War I Commemoration Task Force.

McAuliffe Upbeat on Va. Economy, But With Caveats Virginia continues to be an economic powerhouse, but several factors – including new Trump administration policies – may throw a wrench into the juggernaut, Gov. McAuliffe said Feb. 1 during local economic symposium. The governor touted his frenetic, worldwide efforts to draw businesses and trade to Virginia and said the commonwealth’s wine, craft-beer and shipping industries were going like gangbusters. But McAuliffe expressed concern that a second round of federal-budget “sequestration” cuts might be imposed later this year. The first batch of reductions, implemented from 2011 to 2013, cost Virginia 158,000 jobs and $9.8 billion in direct spending, he said. The governor, a big backer of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential

run last year, said he was “a little concerned” about the Trump administration’s hectic first week in office. McAuliffe worried that repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement plan would cost Virginia $300 million immediately. Trump’s federal hiring freeze will hit Virginia harder than any other state, and the president’s new immigration policies also will affect the state negatively, he said. The governor also opposed Trump’s backing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that 60 percent of Virginia’s trade was with the 11 nations involved in that economic pact. “We cannot just sell our products to ourselves,” McAuliffe said. “Ninety-five percent of our customers are outside the United States.” McAuliffe, speaking at the “Mapping New Economic Opportunities” convened at the Fairview Park Marriott, hinted that

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport set another in a string of record passenger counts in 2016, while Washington Dulles International Airport also was in positive territory from the previous year, according to new data. With just under 23.6 million coming and going last year, Reagan National’s passenger count was up 2.4 percent from

the previous record total, reported in 2015, and was the highest in the airport’s 75-year history. At Dulles, which saw its passenger totals peak more than a decade ago when United Airlines engaged in a shootout with the now-defunct Independence Air, the 2016 passenger total of just under 22 million was up 1.5 percent from 2015, ac-


Gov. McAuliffe holds up a gift from Cardinal Bank president Kevin Reynolds after giving remarks at “Mapping New Economic Opportunities,” a symposium held Feb. 1 at the Fairview PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER Park Marriott.

within two hours he would announce a major global firm’s pending relocation from California to Arlington. The com-

pany, which turned out to be Nestlé, will occupy a building that’s been vacant for four years, he said.

cording to figures presented to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Combined, the 45.6 million passengers represented an increase of 1.9 percent from 2015. The number of domestic passengers at Dulles was largely flat – up a scant 0.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 – but interna-

tional flights saw 3.9 percent more passengers due both to improved load factors at dominant United and new and increased service from a slew of foreign-based airlines. Currently, more than one in three passengers using Dulles is headed to an inter-

National Has Another Record Year, Dulles Also Gains

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Highs & Lows THUMBS UP: To the County Board, for going along with the suggestion that Arlington create a task force to plan activities around the commemoration of the centennial of World War I. Similar county panels were put together for Arlington’s bicentennial (2000-01) and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-15), and each was beneficial to the community. This could be a learning experience for us all: It was the need to expand the federal govern-

ment during the so-called “war to end all wars” that required more housing for government workers, which provided the first of many 20th-century growth spurts for Arlington. We’re looking forward to seeing the panel up and running. THUMBS UP: To “A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County,” a new guide published by the county government last year and getting more attention as part of Black History Month.

Researched and edited by John Liebertz of the county government’s Historic Preservation Program, the 64-page softbound document builds on previous efforts and adds far more layers of information and nuance about the lives of freed blacks and slaves before the Civil War, and traces the evolution of the African-American community in the 150 years since its conclusion. The publication can be downloaded from the government’s Web site, and is a worthy addition to local historic scholarship.

Subsidizing Nestlé Is a Waste of Resources Editor: The recent  announcement  of  a  secret deal in which the Arlington County  Board gave $6 million of local tax dollars  without public involvement or notice to  Nestlé to move to an empty high-rise is  a classic example of crony capitalism to  bail out JBG Corp.’s 27-story turkey in  Rosslyn, and  a  waste  of  precious  local  taxes that can better go to serve Arlington  needy  residents,  its  schoolchildren,  parks or other community needs. Arlington  does  not  need  to  provide  big businesses any more incentives; the  county has been rated for decades as one  of the best places to live, work or retire.  Tack  on  our  great  transportation,  low  crime  rate,  great  libraries,  schools  and  recreation and  lower  taxes  compared 

to our neighbors, and even without our  tax bucks, Nestlé would have  come out  ahead moving here.    Perhaps  County  Board  members  and  our  overpaid  Arlington  Economic  Development staff need get to out and  see what makes our community already  great.  It’s small  businesses  that  need  help,  not  a  hundred-billion-dollar-ayear corporations for whom $6 million  is a drop in the bucket. Let’s  not  overlook  Nestlé’s  shoddy  human-rights  record  in  Third  World  countries,  either. The  world’s  largest  coffee company should not be employing slave or child labor in its plantations  abroad.  We  Greens  support  transparency  in  government, and this action was as hid-

den as darkness.   Last year and this year,  Greens have  asked the County Board and manager to  come up with  $8 million needed to begin to fund 1,800 housing grants as part  of  the  affordable  housing  master  plan  that help some  of  our  30,000  residents  making  less  than  50  percent  of  area  median income, and the County Board  pleads “poor us, no tax revenues.”   If  you  give  away  the  taxes  that  we  residents  pay  to corporations,  then  of  course  there  are  no  funds  to  help  lower  income  Arlingtonians,  nor  to  build  classrooms and hire more teachers. Marie Pellegrino Arlington Pellegrino chairs the Greens of Arlington.

Editor: The second  largest  employer  in  Arlington  has  decided  to  no  longer  support a daycare for its employees.  In  the  same  month  when  School  Board members Nancy Van Doren and  Barbara Kanninen marched in solidarity on the National Mall in support of  issues  including  accessible  and  affordable child care, Arlington has informed  the  cooperative  childcare  center  for  APS teachers and staff, The Children’s  School, that it will no longer be permitted to rent space at the Reed School beginning in 2018-19.  The school system currently charges  The Children’s School $200,000 per year  in rent, with tuition paid by the employees covering this rental expense and the 

salaries of the daycare teachers. While the majority of us in this community  proudly  hold  onto  progressive  values  and  expect  our  government  to  reflect  those  values,  Van  Doren  and  Tannia Talento received the Democratic  Party  endorsement  and  resounding  election victories although they refused  to commit to supporting a daycare for  Arlington teachers.  The  School  Board,  the  co-CEOs  of  an employer second only to the federal  government in providing jobs in Arlington County, has told its majority-female  workforce  that  supporting  a  daycare  will no longer be part of the enterprise  to which these professionals have dedicated themselves.  This is simply not a position the peo-

ple of Arlington should support of any  large employer in Arlington, much less  a public one. I encourage my fellow Arlingtonians  to  engage  in  a  conversation  with  our  School  Board,  and  any  future  candidates, regarding whether APS supporting a daycare option, in some form, for  its  employees  is  a  value-based  employment offering we expect.  If we cannot find a way for our community to help our teachers and school  staff solve this problem over the next 18  months, let’s just be clear with ourselves  that  the  progressive  priorities  we  talk  about  only  extend  to  demanding  from  others and not ourselves. Tom Fatouros Arlington

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County Leaders Unresponsive To Concerns on Environment Editor: In early February, a representative of the Alliance for Responsible Food and Environmental Policy, a citizens group in Arlington, met with County Board member Libby Garvey to discuss a petition to ban glyphosate in the county. The petition had more than 100 signatures from concerned Arlingtonians, who are worried because glyphosate was classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015. Glyphosate has also been linked to birth defects and neurological problems in other countries, like Argentina. Instead of considering the petition, Ms. Garvey chose to surprise the citizen representative by including staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation, who chose that opportunity to expound upon the county’s current pesticide-usage plan. They have no plans to stop using glyphosate, and they use it for the invasive-species program and on Japnanese knotweed; they say that mechanical means of control are too expensive for the county to use on pests and weeds.

There is a safe organic alternative to glyphosate. It is a mixture of vinegar, salt, and soap. This organic pesticide can be combined with some mechanical effort and used in the invasive-species program with great results. Perhaps we could take a bit of Arlington’s tax-revenue surplus and apply it to preserving the health of county residents. Everyone who signed the petition will get a thank-you note from the county government. But we do not think that is enough action. Garvey explained that the Dillon Rule blocks the county from banning pesticides. But the rule does not block the county government from launching a public-education campaign on the dangers of glyphosate. The board was unwilling to print a notice in The Citizen or make any displays about the problem. Visit for more information about the Alliance for Responsible Food and Environmental Policy and our work Emily Pfister Arlington

There Are Ways to Eliminate High Costs of Lawn-Watering Editor: In response to Fran Haines’s Feb. 9 letter on Arlington County’s water bills, it’s important to distinguish between errors in water billing and overall water usage. I have a garden-design business and have enjoyed gardening for about 40 years. I have never seen a landscape that supports environmental concerns that requires irrigation beyond the first year to get trees, woody shrubs and herbaceous perennials established. The major consumer for potable tap water in the yard typically is the lawn – when trying to establish one of keep it looking green and healthy. Most people don’t realize how much effort is put into treating the Potomac River water we use to make it clean and potable for use in our homes. As a society, we should recognize the folly of spending time and money on treating

and distributing water to our homes only to dump it on the ground. This is a valuable asset that we currently take for granted. The single-metering system employed in Arlington provides significant support to our sewage management, which otherwise would need funding from other revenue resources. I have owned a home in Arlington since the early 1980s, and have always understood my water consumption would be reflected in my sewage bill. It provides an incentive to minimize water use in the yard. Installing a well may be a viable alternative for folks who want to irrigate extensively and wash their cars in their driveways (versus the more environmentally friendly car wash) while avoiding high water bills. Scott Fredericks Arlington

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‘National Popular Vote’ Effort Is a Serious Attempt at Reform Editor: In your Feb. 2 Highs & Lows, you refer to the National Popular Vote initiative (you don’t see fit to mention its name, probably for fear of transparency) as a Rube Goldberg-esque contraption. It is nothing of the kind. It is, in fact, a very sincere effort to restore faith in our presidential elections. The Electoral College was designed to avoid the election of unqualified presidents. As it endorsed the election of Donald Trump, widely acknowledged by newspaper editorial pages and a large majority of Americans to be completely unqualified for the presidency, clearly the Electoral College no longer serves its intended purpose.

Because our method of amending the Constitution requires the votes of many small states whose citizens’ voice in the Electoral College is magnified, a constitutional amendment to adopt a popular vote is not politically plausible. Enter the National Popular Vote movement. The Montanas, Dakotas, Wyomings, Alaskas and Nebraskas cannot block this movement. No, just the more populous red and purple states can do so. That the Republican-dominated Virginia legislature will not give a hearing to this movement is another reason why the Republican Party should by all rights be renamed the “Anti-democratic” Party. Peter Ross Arlington

Editor: I, and others, who often traverse North Patrick Henry Drive in Arlington have been perturbed for many months by the unnecessary and costly sidewalk reconstruction that impeded traffic and further damaged a street that already was in need of resurfacing. To begin with, the existing sidewalks were perfectly fine with ramps for disabled at the curbs. At the same time, the street needed resurfacing. However, many months were spent redoing the sidewalks, entailing many workers and detours and tearing up of the street itself to expand the curbs on the street corners, which now are huge. We have not had any major snowstorms this year, but last year, snowplows could not see such newly expanded curbs in other North Arlington neighborhoods and tried to run their plows over them, often breaking the

concrete and requiring costly repairs. Why is the county government spending our limited tax dollars doing this sidewalk project when many of our streets sadly need resurfacing? Why is the county government further tearing up good sidewalks and streets to put in these expanded curbs? As a case in point, I challenge County Board members to drive to North Patrick Henry, specifically the few blocks of Patrick Henry Drive where Inglewood/Illinois Streets and Harrison Street intersect. If they drive away from Harrison on Patrick Henry heading toward Washington Boulevard, they will feel the damaged street and see the huge new sidewalk curbs. If we have so much tax revenue to reconstruct undamaged sidewalks, why are the damaged streets not being fixed? Shirley Ponomareff Arlington

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Editor: Last month, a mugshot of a Yorktown High School teacher was prominently displayed on all the local TVnews programs, accused by two teenage boys of exposing himself in the locker room of a local gym. My daughter, who took classes with the teacher her junior and senior years at Yorktown, was devastated. But, as I told her, everyone in this country is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Despite the mugshots and an ill-advised e-mail sent to Yorktown parents by the principal immediately after learning of the incident, he has not been tried or convicted. As a parent and longtime former foster parent, I take seriously all accusations of abuse against children. Our role

is to protect them. But I also believe that forming judgments in haste rarely works out, and that acting without thought is a bad model for our children. I urge Superintendent Patrick Murphy and the School Board to wait until the teacher’s case is decided in a court of law in April before taking any action to decide his fate. I cannot speak to his guilt or innocence in regard to these charges, but I can say unequivocally that it would be an enormous loss to the county’s students if this man were let go rashly and without due process. It is easy to kick a man when he is down, but much harder to allow him to rise and explain. Tamar Abrams Arlington

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Home sales across Northern Virginia started the year with a bang, according to new data, while average sales prices saw a big bump up in the single-family sector. A total of 1,110 properties went to closing across the region in January, up 10.2 percent from the 1,007 transactions reported a year before, according to data reported Feb. 10 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiplelisting service. (Figures represent sales in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.) The average price of all homes that sold during the month stood at $550,069, up 3.2 percent from a year before, but most of the growth was concentrated in the detached market (up 6.8 percent to $756,369). Sales largely were flat in the other two sectors, declining 0.8 percent to $393,464 for attached homes and rising 0.6 percent to $329,359 in the condominium sector. A total of 96 properties changed hands for more than $1 million. Total sales volume for the month stood at $610.6 million, up 13.8 percent from January 2016. Among various parts of the region, sales were up 30.2 percent in Alexandria, 9.7 percent in Arlington and 6.9 percent in Fairfax County. In the smaller jurisdictions, where sales swings are more pronounced, sales were up 87.5 percent in Falls Church and 12.5 percent in the city of Fairfax.

Of homes sold in January, it took an average of 68 days to get from closing to ratified sales contract, a much more brisk pace than the 75 days required a year before. Homes that sold during the month garnered 96.6 percent of listing price, up from 95.8 percent. Conventional mortgages represented the method of transacting sales in 710 cases, followed by cash (146) and VAbacked loans (118). Inventory may not qualify as being especially tight – particularly during a traditionally slow time of year – but it is more constricted than a year before. The 2,731 properties on the market represent a decline of 16.2 percent from January 2016.

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implemented such reductions, it cost Virginia 158,000 jobs and $9.8 billion in direct spending, Gov. McAuliffe told symposium attendees earlier that morning. Despite that possible threat on the horizon, consumer confidence has spiked sharply in the past few months, Aument said. Technology is making it easier for people to form new companies, said Carlson, who suggested business could be improved further if government contracting became more agile and offered more than just mega-contracts. Amazon has an employee-retraining program that focuses workers on their long-term careers, not just the immediate job at hand, Carlson said. The company benefits from Virginia’s highly educated workforce, she added. “You can throw a stone in this room and talk to somebody who’s done amazing things,” she said. “It’s an ecosystem right here.” Aument pressed for more direct foreign investment and said the region also needs world-class educational offerings, a stable regulatory environment and an effective workforce. Transurban’s leaders are “quite confident” about the future and have between $6 billion and $8 billion worth of infrastructure planned for the area. “You should be pessimistic about your commute,” Aument joked.

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Set on more than one-third of an acre and featuring a modern take on the classic Craftsman design, this week’s featured property offers more than 5,000 square feet of interior space in the sought-after and serene Minor Hill community. With remarkable privacy due to the cul-de-sac location, you have the opportunity to enjoy the home both as a personal retreat and as a space to entertain in style. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,649,900 by Bret Brock of Brock Realty. An impressive and enchanting curb appeal sets the tone for all that will follow. Up the stairs we go for a greeting on the front porch, which harks back to classic homes of yore but also sets the stage for all that will be laid out as we inspect the interior. To our immediate right as we enter the foyer is a versatile space that will work well as a study, a formal parlor or home office. To our right is a dining room large enough to accommodate a gathering, whose participants will enjoy the airy easy access to East Falls Church, Westofeel and the boxed ceiling. ver and McLean, the home is a delight A butler’s pantry can be found bethat pays homage to the past while looktween the dining room and the exubering squarely toward the future. ant, open kitchen area, with a center Articles are prepared by the Sun island, large prep space and top-caliber Gazette’s real estate advertising departaccoutrements. Featuring a Thermador ment on behalf of clients. stainless-steel package of appliances, it’s For information on the home, contact a standout, and also offers a spacious a 72-inch freestanding tub – and a large the listing agent. breakfast room. walk-in closet. For information on having a house The large family room showcases Three additional bedrooms can be reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s views of the rear yard, a tray ceiling and found on the upper level, each large and real estate advertising department at a fireplace flanked by built-ins. lighthearted. One is en-suite, the other (703)738-2520. At the back of the home is the sun- two share a bath. Laundry facilities also room, which provides egress to the rear are found on this level. yard. But in this space, you may never The lower level showcases informal Address: 2834 North Somerset Street, want to leave, as it offers picturesque entertaining at its best, with open spacArlington (22213). views and plentiful sunlight streaming es perfect as a recreation room, game in. room, bar area, exercise or homeof Listed at: $1,649,900 by Bret Brock, Aspace tradition Brock Realty (703) 538-6030. The owner’s retreat is the highlight theater. There also is aexceptional den that showSchools: Tuckahoe Elementary, Wilof the second level, withWE a large bed- cases flexibility, as well. ARLINGTON liamsburg Middle, Yorktown High service room area (with tray ceiling) that opens Set back in a world of serenity, yet REAL ESTATE School. success up to the sumptuous master bath – with | close to Williamsburg and Boulevard with 703.538.6030

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Builders in 55+ Market Enthusiastic Builder confidence in the singlefamily 55+ housing market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016 with a reading of 67, up eight points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008. “The significant increase in the index reading is attributed partly to a post-election boost, as many builders and developers are encouraged by President Trump’s commitment to cut burdensome regulations that negatively impact small businesses,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Builders and developers in this market segment are also encouraged by the fact that for the next 15 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers will be turning 65 every day,” Cunningham said. “The consistent pressure of this age group wanting to downsize from a large home, shifting to other regions of the country or just simply looking for a newer home or community also play a key role in the index movement.” There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. All three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted increases from the previous quarter: Present sales and expected sales for the next six months posted index-highs, increasing 11 points to 74 and 10 points to 75, respectively, while traffic of prospective buyers rose two points to 49. The news was less positive in another segment of the national real-estate market, though. The 55+ multifamily condo HMI decreased two points to 46. The index component for present sales fell one point to 50, expected sales for the next six months increased one point to 52 and traffic of prospective buyers dropped three points to 35.

Arlington Notes Library staff were on hand to welcome their international guests, provide information about library services and generally to join in the festivities. Children entertained each other with games provided by the county government’s Parks and Recreation Department. “My students and I had a great time – not just because of the party but because of the connections they made, with each other and the library staff,” said REEP teacher Angie Felix. “It was a real family affair, and the students loved that.”


offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the state George Washington Day holiday. For a full listing of what is closed and what is open in the county government on the holiday, see the Web site at www. LIBRARY HOSTS CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Arlington’s cul-

tural diversity was on full display Jan. 27 when Central Library hosted an afterhours open house for English as a Second Language students, teachers and their families. More than 150 people of all ages, representing nationalities from across the globe, filled the library’s auditorium, sharing food from their respective countries as well as music and dance. The participants included students in the library’s English Conversation classes and the Arlington Public Schools REEP (Arlington Education and Employment Program) English classes. Saxophonist, jazz enthusiast and REEP staff member Alex Taranov provided the music. Students Diana Jubiz from El Salvador and Patricia and David Cabrera from Colombia sang and played the guitar, and DJ and former student Yulio Gamonal from Peru provided group salsa lessons.


pendence has announced the launch of a $1.5 million fund-raising effort to purchase a new headquarters. The new space will accommodate growing staff and provide additional support areas for homeless clients in Arlington and Alexandria. “Our new space will enable us to provide employment-readiness training and other critical supportive services to help youth and adults overcome homelessness and the cycle of intergenerational poverty,” said Samuel Kelly Jr., the organization’s executive director. The capital campaign was kicked off at a Feb. 6 celebration at Screwtop Wine Bar in Clarendon. Kelly announced that Bridges will contribute $1 million from the sale of its previous building to sup-



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Above left: Chef Muhammad Khan and his wife, Razia Begum, of Pakistan, visit with librarian and event organizer Ingrid Kauffman at the Jan. 27 after-hours open house hosted at Central Library for the Arlington Education and Employment Program (known as REEP). Above right: Patricia Cabrera and Alex Taranov entertain at the party.

port the $2.5 million acquisition of the new 4,700-square-foot space. Bridges to Independence was founded in 1985 as the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. Last year, its efforts served nearly 500 individuals; about 60 percent of the people it serves are under 18 years old. For information about the organization and campaign, see the Web site at FREE CLINIC GARNERS GRANT FOR BREAST-HEALTH AWARENESS: The

Arlington Free Clinic has received a oneyear, $40,000 grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to continue its efforts to increase public awareness of the life-saving benefits of the early detection of breast cancer. The program will provide low-income, uninsured Arlington women with clinical breast exams and education. Women age 40 and older will be referred to Virginia


Hospital Center, which provides mammograms to them at no charge. “We, and the women we serve, are grateful for Avon’s continued support,” said Martha Ware, nurse manager of the free clinic’s women’s-health program. Since 2002, the breast-health program at Arlington Free Clinic has reached nearly 8,000 women with education, and has referred more than 5,000 women for exams. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women. Each year in Virginia, about 6,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. CANCER RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS PROGRAMS: Virginia Hospital Center’s

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Arlington Notes II CHURCH TO HOST FORUM ON IMMIGRATION: Walker Chapel United Meth-

odist Church will host a forum on the laws, policy, politics and myths surrounding immigration on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the church, 4102 North Glebe Road. The presentation will feature attorney Martha Schoonover and National Roofing Contractors Association vice president of government relations Duane Musser. The community is invited. For information, see the Web site at

‘FEEL THE HERITAGE’ FESTIVAL RETURNS: The Arlington County govern-

ment’s annual Feel the Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Drew Model School. Now in its 25th year, the program is a celebration of African-American history through music, dance, food, history and special activities for children. The event is free. For information, see the county government’s Web site at www.


Black History Month, Dr. Alfred Taylor Sr. and Portia Clark of the Nauck Civic Association will lead a discussion of the educational challenges and opportunities


in the Nauck community and broader horizon on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library. The presentation is free, and the community is invited. ENCORE TO PRESENT PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES: Encore Stage

& Studio will present “Kitchen Adventures,” a production designed for very young children, through Feb. 25 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Performances are slated for Feb. 17 at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.; Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and Feb. 25 at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10. For information, call (703) 548-1154 or see the Web site at


of Marymount University 2016 graduate Leora Lihach’s play “Madres de la Revolución” (Mothers of the Revolution) will be presented on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Reinsch Library on the Marymount’s main campus. Actors from Teatro de la Luna also will participate in the reading, which is based on a real-life story from the civil war in El Salvador. The reading will be in English. It is free and open to the public. For information, see the Web site at

High School’s theater-arts department will reprise its award-winning production of “The Lottery” on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the high school. A one-act play that tells the story of a small town’s holding a unique lottery every year to ensure a plentiful harvest, the Yorktown production earned second place in the recent Virginia High School League one-act conference, and will compete at the regional level on Feb. 18. The production is free; the community is invited.


library system will host a forum on “Budgeting for Everyone” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Central Library. The program will kick off a six-session “Managing Your Money” series that will run through early April and focus on issues ranging from managing student debt and investing to avoiding senior fraud and purchasing a home. Programs are free, but registration is required. For information and to register, see the Web site at ‘FEEL THE HERITAGE’ FESTIVAL RETURNS: The Arlington County govern-

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celebration of African-American history through music, dance, food, history and special activities for children. The event is free. For information, see the county government’s Web site at www. MASTER GARDENERS LOOKS AT PREPARATIONS FOR SPRING: Master

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hosts an afternoon of removing invasiveplant species at the park on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. A drop-in program for children, teens and adults, the work parties are making a difference, county park officials said. There is no charge, and no registration is required. Long Branch Nature Center is located at 625 North Carlin Springs Road. For information, call (703) 228-6535.


Arlington Lions Club will continue its seasonal sale of Florida and California citrus, Georgia pecans and Vermont syrup through Feb. 25 at the Overlee Pool (lower level), 6030 Lee Highway. Sale hours will be Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call (703) 528-1130.

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Police Beat UNLAWFUL WOUNDING: n On Feb. 5 at 6:50 p.m., officers responded to the 5000 block of Columbia Pike for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, police determined that a man had been standing outside a vehicle, talking to an occupant of the vehicle. Following a verbal dispute between two individuals, the female driver accelerated, causing the male victim to fall backwards, police said. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and warrants have been obtained. ROBBERY: n On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., a man stole another man’s wallet in the 5200 block of 8th Road South before fleeing the area, police said. PEEPING: n On Feb. 7 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of North Pierce Street for a report of a man peering into the windows of a home. A woman witnessed the suspect, causing him to flee on foot.

An individual matching the suspect’s description was located in the area, police said. The suspect – 36-year-old Alexander Lopez of Arlington – was arrested, charged with peeping into a dwelling, and was held without bond. n On Feb. 8 at 6:26 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of South Randolph Street for a report of a man peeping into a home. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30s, 5’8”, 165 pounds. BURGLARY: n Sometime between Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 8:55 a.m., an office in the 2000 block of 15th Street North was burglarized. While items had been rummaged through, nothing appeared to be missing. LARCENY FROM AUTO: n On Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m., police responded to the area of the 3800 block of 38th Street North for reports of multiple larcenies from autos. About 15 vehicles had been entered, police said. Most had been left unlocked. A variety of items were taken.

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Ever feel that there is more to life? That you were destined for extraordinary things? Washington-Lee High School provides the razzle-dazzle ‘CAPPIES’ needed to fulfill, REVIEW as they invite you to join them in a highly-interactive telling of “Pippin.” Originally conceived to be a student musical by Stephen Schwartz and Ron Strauss, “Pippin” ended up straying far from the intended purpose as Schwartz went on to further develop the show. After appearing on Broadway in 1972 for a five-year-run, and reappearing as a Tony Award-winning 2013 revival, the show materializes on the stage today, completely reimagined from the original script. The musical begins with an alluring Leading Player breaking the fourth wall upon entrance, beckoning the audience to join her traveling troupe in a spectacular show filled with magic, humor, battles, il-

lusion and sex. The Players present the tale of Prince Pippin, son of Charlemagne, on his existential quest to find where he belongs. Various actors begin to stray from the plot, as the Leading Player exerts more command to control the show. When the highly-anticipated but disturbing finalé finally arrives, Pippin refuses to take part, as he has, at last, found what matters to him. The show featured a strong cast of leads who added a sprinkle of pizzazz to the nightclub ambiance. The Leading Player (Ellie Berenson) commanded the stage, both vocally and physically, as she narrated the musical with zeal and mystery. Pippin (Zeke Albro) charmed the audience with stunningly smooth vocals, charisma and authenticity. Albro moved about the stage with ease, evoking a chorus of laughter with every dance, song, and line. From each awkward, adorable outburst of “Jubilation!” to bemoaning despair, every heart went out to Pippin as Albro skillfully tackled Pippin’s arc from

frivolous to realistic to satisfied. With his strong vocals, comedic timing, and knack for physical humor, Charles (Greg Roberts) made the audience guffaw as he fulfilled the role of an authoritarian figure tasked with an awkward father-son relationship. Lewis (Will Le Hardy) contributed to the hilarity with zest, comedic vigor, incessant mocking and energy. Berthe (Julia Elman) took the cake, bringing a strong presence and refreshing energy to the stage with a scene so vivacious and warm that everyone was compelled to sing along. The Fosse-style choreography was well-executed among the dance ensemble, who frequented the stage with sparkles and smiles. In the number “War is a Science,” the ensemble delivered clean-cut moves, unique choices, and hilarious contrast to Pippin and Charles. A steadfast presence in the show was the strong, spectacular orchestra. Their overall sound rocked the stage and perfectly complemented the actors. Despite not being a part of the action, the orchestra still managed to achieve involvement,

adding its own touches to the show without detracting from it. The set, though simple, contributed to the nightclub atmosphere. Purple flats stationed around the stage, as well as a permanent bar and tables, heightened the mood. A reversible piece, with Charles’ throne room and church, was both a creative and artfully-crafted choice. Similarly, costumes added just the right touch to the show. Every character had an element of glitz, which tied all the pieces together. The men’s sparkly vests and Fastrada’s pull-away dress were two particularly impressive pieces. Lighting was effective; various gels were used to light the stage with red for gory scenes, white for godly scenes and purple for the royal feel of the nightclub. Stage management (Mia Shaker, Abby Fry) was done effectively, with tasks that extended past the duties of a stage manager. The Sun Gazette partners with the Critics and Awards Program (CAPPIES) to present student-written reviews of local high school theater productions.

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Sean Killalea and Claire Sweeney of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erik Hirschman of Arlington has been named to the president’s list at Gonzaga University. n

n Alana Wiljanen, the daughter of Bruce and Marie Wiljanen of Arlington and a 2013 graduate of Washington-Lee High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Richmond. n Brogan Felga of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The Citadel.

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Gage Backstrom achieved his goal of qualifying to participate in this weekend’s Virginia High School League’s 6A state wrestling tournament. The Washington-Lee Generals senior did so by finishing second at 182 pounds the 6A WRESTLING in North Region Tournament. Backstrom lost in the Feb. 11 title match at Fairfax High School by a 16-4 score to Lake Braddock’s Tyler Matheny. A year ago, Backstrom needed to win one more match in the region tourney to earn a state berth, but lost that bout in triple overtime. “After that and not getting to state last year, I set one of my goals for this season to make it to states and place in the meet,” Backstrom said. “So far, so good.” The state berth is Backstrom’s first in his four-year high school wrestling career. In the region final, Backstrom said

Above: Washinngton-Lee High School’s Gage Backstrom gets poked in the eye while wrestling Lake Braddock’s Tyler Matheny in the 182-pound championship match at the 6A North Region Tournament on Feb. 11 at Fairfax High School. Backstrom lost the match to finish second in the region, but achieved his goal of qualifying for this coming week’s state tournament. Left: Yorktown High School’s Clay Chadwick had a good region tournament by finishing third in the 285-pound heavyweight division with multiple pins.

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Higher Score Yields Another 2nd for Patriots DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

Despite significantly improving their performance with higher scores, YorkGYMNASTICS the town Patriots still weren’t able to overtake the McLean Highlanders. That’s because McLean also improved its point total from a week earlier en route to winning the girls 6A North Region high school gymnastics meet Feb. 11 with a 147.325 score. Yorktown was second at 146.0 at Patriot High School. A week earlier, at the Liberty Conference meet, McLean won with a 145.45 total. Yorktown was second at 140.925.

At the region meet, defending champion Yorktown only was able to finish ahead of McLean on one event, the uneven bars, giving McLean the edge. The Patriots were led at the region by Juliette Mitrovich. She was second in the all-around with a 37.775 total, tying for first on the bars with teammate Olivia Zavrel at 9.275. Mitrovich also was second on the balance beam (9.7), sixth on the floor exercise (9.45) and ninth on the vault (9.35.). Yorktown’s Julia Hays was third in the all-around (37.225) with a win on the vault (9.225), a fourth on the beam (9.6), sixth on the bars (8.975) and eighth on the floor (9.425). Zavrel was seventh in the all-around.

In addition to the bars, her next best finish was 11th on the beam (9.3). She scored 9.075 on the floor and 8.95 on the vault. Also scoring in the meet for Yorktown were Marisa Daugherty, Courtney Frisk, Kari Green-Orset and Maddie Hughes. The Patriots next advance to the Virginia High School League’s 6A state meet on Feb. 17 at 18, again held at Patriot High School. Yorktown and McLean are expected to be two of the favorites to capture the state championship. Two Washington-Lee gymnasts, Kristen Castyro (17th on the bars) and Kate Webster (vault), competed at the region meet.

So the recent decision by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to prohibit any play-by-play by publicaddress announcers during game or event action was a good move. Prior to that, some at the microphone were becoming a bit cute and carried away with their unnecessary commentary. Even if brief, the chatter was annoying and distracting, and at times the information was incorrect. Now, the natural sounds of the events – including crowd noises, chatter among the players, coaches and officials, whistles, buzzer sounds, and yes, even quiet times – can be easily more distinguished and enjoyed. Brief announcements can still be made, like the name of the player who scored a basket, touchdown or goal, who is coming to bat, and lineup changes. But no more talking once the action begins. One such natural noise clearly heard occurred during the boys 400 freestyle relay during the swimming finals of the recent 6A North Region swim and dive championships at Oak Marr RECenter. When Oakton High School’s Tom Hallock exploded with a furious anchor-leg finish to lead the foursome to a dramatic come-frombehind victory, the high-decibel-level cheering, stomping and jumping from the team’s contingent in the stands and pool deck was the prominent noise. In past years, before the VHSL’s decision, that thunderous Oakton cheering would have been drowned out because of the announcer’s waytoo-loud play-by-play description of the race. Often, some of the best things about sports are the unique noises. Now, thanks to the VHSL’s wise judgement, some of those pleasant sounds are more easily heard and enjoyed.

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Wakefield Teams First and Second Seeds in Tourneys A Staff Report

With a 90-46 victory over the visiting Falls Church Jaguars on Feb. 10, Wakefield BASKETBALL the Warriors concluded an undefeated Capitol Conference regular-season with a 12-0 record. The boys high school basketball team (18-4 overall) will be the top seed in this week’s conference tournament, a title the team has won the past three seasons. Wakefield takes a two-season, 17game conference winning streak into the tournament. In the win over Falls Church, the Warriors were led by senior guards Alan

Treakle and Halil Parks. Each scored 21 points. Mahmoud El Taher added eight and Chris Warner seven. The next day, Treakle was chosen as the conference’s Player of the Year. Parks and Wakefield’s Amari Cooper were chosen first-team all-conference, with Eric Isler and El Taher making second team. Warner and Ben Horsford made honorable mentions. Treakle, Cooper and El Taher made the all-defensive team. n In the girls Capitol Conference Tournament, the Wakefield Warriors (19-3, 10-2) will be the No. 2 seed behind the defending champion Edison Eagles, who defeated Wakefield twice during the regular season.

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Edison will host throughout the tournament as long as the Eagles keep winning. The Warriors closed their regular season Feb. 10 with a 59-40 road victory over Falls Church. In that win, Summer Matlack scored 18 points and made two three-pointers. Lyrin Hatcher had 13 points, Hailey Finlay 11 and Hannah Foley six. Wakefield led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, then later broke the game open by outscoring the Jaguars 21-7 in the final period. The Warriors finished second in the Capitol tournament last season with a loss to Edison in the championship contest.

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A physical contest to conclude the regular season occurred between the host BASKETBALL Yorktown Patriots and Langley Saxons in boys Liberty Conference high school basketball action Feb. 10. Langley won, 41-36, to finish with a 12-10 overall record and 9-5 league mark. Yorktown finished 11-11, 5-9. Next for each team is the conference tournament, which was scheduled to begin on Feb. 14 and end feb. 17. Langley’s victory gives credence to the team’s new look. After senior Jay Goettman’s season ended with a broken wrist in Feb. 7 action, the Saxons shuffled the

deck in order to optimize their remaining lineup. “We keep having to re-invent ourselves in terms of what people’s roles are,” Langley coach Scott Newman said. “We’re going to miss Jay, but you have to re-find your identity when everyone’s asked to do a bit more.” Points were at a minimum throughout the game, and became all the more precious during a chaotic second half. Yorktown senior guard Connor Van Kirk’s six points were outdone by Langley junior guard Colter Carton’s three triples, as the Saxons led, 14-8, at the end of the first quarter. The scoring sputtered to a stop in the second period; Langley led 20-13 at halftime. Each side traded runs during the third quarter. An 8-4 stretch by Langley gave

the Saxons a 28-17 lead with scoring contributions from seniors Chas Battaglia and Sami El-Rafey. The Patriots’ offense caught fire when junior guard Matt Coulom’s three-pointer spearheaded an 11-2 Yorktown run that extended into the fourth quarter, and tied the game at 30. Coulom and senior forward Gavin Andersen hit consecutive jumpers to give Yorktown its only lead at 34-31. Battaglia’s three-pointer tied the score at 34. El-Rafey followed with two free throws, then Carton a three-pointer, and Langley was back in front to stay at 39-34. “They were all over Connor tonight, and we struggled a little because we run our offense through him,” Yorktown coach Joe Reed said. “Both teams struggled to score. They just got one more stop and made one more basket than we did.”

The teams are now focused on the tournament. Langley, which enters the action with a four-game winning streak, will be the fourth seed and Yorktown the sixth. “We can beat anybody. Our team knows we can beat anybody. It’s just a matter of playing four quarters,” Reed said. “We scored two points in the second quarter tonight [against Langley]. We can’t do that. We have to have four quarters to win.” Said Newman: “We just have to keep finding ways to finish these upcoming games.” NOTES: Van Kirk and Battaglia were both the leading scorers for their respective teams, with 13 points each. Carton had 11 and El-Rafey 10. Andersen had 12 for Yorktown, and Coulom seven.

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the taller Matheny had a solid takedown move. “I was hoping to use his height as a disadvantage for him, and get him in a headlock or something,” Backstrom said. “I think I might have a chance to wrestle him again at states, and I’m excited about that.” Backstrom, who a week earlier won 24

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the 182-pound Liberty Conference Tournament championship and plans to row in college for a crew team, takes a 25-5 record into the state competition. “That was another of my goals, to win the conference,” Backstrom said. He was the only W-L wrestler to place in the region’s top four. Backstrom had a 3-1 record with two first-period pins and a 5-1 win in the semifinals. Washington-Lee’s Greg Curtain was eighth at 113. As a team, W-L finished 21st. The Yorktown Patriots were 22nd

and had one wrestler to place. That was heavyweight Clay Chadwick with a third with a 4-1 record including three pins and a 1-0 victory. His semifinal loss was by pin. n The Wakefield Warriors finished 11th with a third-place finisher at the 5A North Region Championships. Third was Andrew Mason at 182 pounds. Sixth for Wakefield were Kowshik Barus at 106, Vicent Galang (138) and Loranzo Rajaonarivelo (145). Steven Rochard was seventh at 126 and Jacob

Glogowski eighth at heavyweight. n The Bishop O’Connell Knights finished eighth in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament. O’Connell’s Chris St. George placed second at 126 pounds to have the team’s highest individual finish. The Knights’ Brian Sweet was third at 152. Next for O’Connell are the state and national championships, with the state tournament Feb. 17 in Richmond and nationals Feb. 23 at Lehigh University. Dave Steinbacher contributed to this story.


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The decision doesn’t necessarily end the prospect of a gondola system, but it does take away a major potential financial backer. The District of Columbia and business-improvement districts on both sides of the Potomac are still players in the proposal. Despite allocating $35,000 toward the $250,000 feasibility study, Arlington officials had never been gushingly enthusiastic about the idea. “I’m skeptical; I’m not sure it makes sense,” Libby Garvey, then the County Board chairman, said last March. The County Board’s disengagement from the process comes 27 months after Arlington elected officials scrapped the controversial Columbia Pike streetcar project, which like the gondola was seen as a key – if pricey – driver of transportation improvements and economic development. At one time seen as an all but sure thing, the streetcar project died after Fisette and then-County Board member Mary Hynes switched from support to opposition in November 2014, shortly after independent John Vihstadt won his second County Board victory that year. With streetcar supporter Walter Tejada opting not to seek re-election in 2015, the prospects for the streetcar’s resuscitation dimmed and now appear to have vanished.

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bill would prohibit Arlington, and other Northern Virginia localities, from imposing what is known as a “second-signature” requirement on towing companies and property owners that use their services. The provision would, in effect, nullify the Arlington County Board’s vote of December, requiring towing companies to get a signature from the property owner or designee for every tow occurring during regular business hours, rather than give towing companies blanket authorization to remove vehicles. That change was opposed by both the towing industry and Arlington Chamber of Commerce, which vowed to have it overruled at the state level. And while most of those supporting legislative action to overturn Arlington’s actions were Republicans, several Democrats (including Marsden) also signed on. The entire Arlington delegation – three senators and four delegates – has opposed the measures. The state Senate could approve the Hugo bill outright and send it to Gov. McAuliffe for disposition; could kill it; could amend it; or could let the clock run out without acting on it. But with Republicans in charge of the state Senate as they are in the House of Delegates, it’s possible to likely that Hugo’s measure at least will get to the Senate floor.

The gondola’s cost was less – perhaps $90 million in construction costs and an annual operating subsidy of several million dollars – than that of the streetcar, but the gondola suffered from some of the same derision, as a gold-plated vanity project, that helped to sink the $500 million streetcar plan. After the 2014 election of Vihstadt, who broke a long-held Democratic monopoly on board seats, Arlington officials began disentangling themselves from a number of high-profile, high-ticket public-works projects. In addition to the scrapped streetcar, the board shuttered the revenue-hemorrhaging Artisphere, scaled back expensive transit stops on Columbia Pike and began the process of downscaling the planned Long Bridge Park aquatics center. The gondola’s fate, at least as far as Arlington’s funding was concerned, could have been sealed almost from the start, as it never found a home on the government’s capital-improvement program, which was updated last year. Could the county government be enticed back to the gondola project? Fisette seems to have shut the door: His letter expresses support for regional partnerships on “other” transportation initiatives, but not on this one. Last year, a promoter of a separate gondola concept – this one using individual pods to traverse the right-of-way above Columbia Pike and other parts of South Arlington – made a pitch but was unable to get community or government support, and appears to have backed away. The bill passed by the House of Delegates did strip out one provision to Hugo’s initial bill: It removed a provision that would have required localities to increase from $135 to $150 the minimum charge for towing improperly parked vehicles from private property in Northern Virginia. Both pieces of legislation – Hugo’s and Marsden’s – had incorporated a slight increase in consumer protections, and provide for fining towing companies that fail to comply with the law. Those fines, $100 per instance, would go to the state government, not to localities or the victims of improper towing. Hugo’s legislation also makes another change that would impact Arlington. It requires that the chairmanship of a locality’s Trespass Towing Advisory Board rotate annually among the three groups represented on the body: the towing industry, county police and citizens. State law currently requires that the bodies have an equal number of publicsafety personnel and towing representatives, plus one member of the public who serves as chairman. Nancy Iacomini, a veteran civic activist, long has chaired the panel and over time has proposed a series of measures that are seen by consumer advocates as positive. But she often has been outvoted on the panel, with the three police representatives (who ultimately report to the county manager, not County Board) often siding with towing-industry representatives.

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PRESIDENTS © StatePoint Media ACROSS 1. Sometimes greener on the other side 6. Moray ____ 9. United ____ Emirates 13. Piled up a debt 14. Cross country foot gear 15. Tequila source 16. UV light absorber 17. *Fala to F. D. Roosevelt 18. Andrea Bocelli, e.g. 19. *He also went by name Jack 21. *One of 4 to die of natural causes while in office 23. Hostile 24. Sub station? 25. Opposite of hence 28. With minimal sound distortion 30. *President submits one to Congress 35. River obstruction, pl. 37. Cyrano’s distinctive feature 39. Covered with fungus 40. Wet nurse 41. Better then good 43. Christmas Day in France 44. Short skirts 46. Small European freshwater fish 47. Hefty volume 48. Whine 50. Jerk in Yiddish 52. Ides mo. 53. “For Pete’s ____!” 55. Hawaiian dish 57. *First Baby Boomer to become President 61. *Andrew or Lyndon 65. Don McLean: “Drove my Chevy to the ____”

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DOWN 1. Get the meaning of something 2. Level to the ground 3. At another time, to Romeo or Juliet 4. Saddam Hussein’s Islam 5. *Delivered at inauguration 6. Sports award 7. Augment

nior centers will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of George Washington Day.

travels along the Anacostia Riverwalk on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Lubber Run Community Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403.



Hearts social club will recognize Black History Month with a program of memories on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. The community is invited. For information, call (703) 228-0955. TRAVELERS HEAD TO NATIONAL GALLERY: Arlington County 55+ Travel will

host a trip to the National Gallery of Art to visit exhibits on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The cost is $9. For information, call (703) 228-4748. FORUM FOCUSES ON SELLING COLLECTIBLES, POSSESSIONS: A dis-

cussion on selling collectibles and liquidating personal possessions will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0955. WALKERS TRAVERSE ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK: The Arlington Walking Club


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is the topic of discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at Langston-Brown Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369.


loss affects the brain will be discussed on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0955. FORUM SHOWS HOW TO MAKE NUTRITIOUS COMFORT FOODS: Nutritious

versions of comfort foods will be suggested on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-7369. TRAVELER DISCUSSES RIVER CRUISING: A discussion of coastal and river

cruising featuring world traveler Peter Himmelberger will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Langston-

8. Like a ballerina 9. Wine quality 10. Hindu princess 11. Shakespeare’s hometown river 12. Mountain in Germany 15. Nero’s court 20. Faulkner’s “As I Lay ____” 22. Priest’s robe 24. Polio, e.g. 25. *Presidential father or son 26. Gavroche, e.g. 27. Muscat resident 29. *He pardoned Nixon 31. Negative contraction 32. Low light 33. a.k.a. dropsy 34. *“Tippecanoe and ____ Too” 36. Convict’s weapon 38. Per person 42. Pace of music 45. Six lines in a sonnet 49. ____-tzu 51. “____ and aahing” 54. *Grassy ____ of JFK assassination 56. Like most intimate circle of friends 57. Raven’s foot 58. Left to a Russian 59. Director Reitman 60. It empties when kids move out 61. Humorous anecdote 62. Kind of palm 63. Cross to bea 64. Nessie’s Loch 67. Contend

Brown Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-6030. TRAVELERS HEAD OUT FOR HIGH TEA:

Arlington County 55+ Travel will host a trip to Annapolis for a colonial high tea at Reynolds Tavern on Thursday, Feb. 23. The cost is $38. For information, call (703) 228-4748. ARABIC-LANGUAGE WORKSHOP TARGETS BEGINNERS: Basic Arabic for be-

ginners will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11:15 a.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center. No previous experience is necessary. For information, call (703) 228-7369. NOVICE CROCHETERS GET CHANCE TO LEARN: One-on-one crocheting in-

struction will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Lee Senior Center. For an appointment, call (703) 2280555.


celebration and luncheon with entertainment will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LangstonBrown Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-6300.

Arlington history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. Find out more on local history at the Web site February 16, 1945: n The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is opposing a proposal to levy a statewide sales tax. n County officials are mulling whether to create a regional consortium to operate a Northern Virginia jail. n Ignition of spilled nail polish led to an explosion and fire that wrecked a South Fillmore Street beauty shop. February 20, 1965: n Members of the Arlington Republican Committee are considering holding a primary to select candidates, something that hasn’t occurred since 1951. n Liturgical reforms mean parishioners of U.S. Catholic churches will see changes in services beginning March 7. February 19, 1972: n The House of Delegates has rejected a bill giving Arlington and Fairfax the ability to increase the local cigarette tax. n Superintendent Robert Chisholm has proposed a $36.1 million budget, and projects that student enrollment will decline 6 percent next year. n Due to rising unemployment, some economists are proposing a $100 rebate for all taxpayers in an effort to stimulate the economy. February 20-21, 1979: n Northern Virginia remains buried under a snowfall that totaled 24 inches in spots, the biggest blanket of snow in the area since 1922. n James Gondles has become the first Democrat to announce plans to run for sheriff; the incumbent, Democrat Elwood Clements, is retiring. n The General Assembly has authorized George Mason University to create a law school. February 19, 1991: n While much of Arlington is seeing higher home assessments, residents of Rosslyn are seeing their assessed values decline. n A proposal to allow elected school boards in Virginia has little chance of long-term success unless it is accompanied by taxing authority, the National School Boards Association says.


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