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FCPS Puts Emphasis on Security of Facilities


Public Hearing Set On Staff Proposals BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 6963, Service Unit 50-6, have earned Girl Scouting’s Silver Award for their yearlong community-service project and individual projects, including one that focused on helping to preserve an historic African-American graveyard in McLean. For information about the projects, see Page 11.

Summer Swim Season Passes Halfway Mark

With two weeks remaining in the Northern Virginia Swimming League’s regular season, five teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas are tied for first in their respective divisions. Among them is the two-time defending champion Chesterbrook Tiger Sharks of Division 1.


Chesterbrook and the Overlee Flying Fish of Arlington are tied with 3-0 records. The teams meet July 21 at 9 a.m. at Chesterbrook in a showdown that likely will determine the 2018 NVSL Division 1 champion. Other local first-place teams, all with 30 records, are the Cardinal Hill Cardinals

and Oakton Otters in Division 5, the Kent Gardens Dolphins in Division 7 and the Great Falls Rapids in Division 10. In the Dominion Country Club League, Riverbend leads the top division with a 4-0 mark. See full coverage of recent meets in the Sports section.

Prompted by the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., the Fairfax County School Board is about to consider steps aimed at strengthening security at county schools. The School Board will hold a public hearing July 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Luther Jackson Middle School auditorium regarding an initial funding request for a series of internal-security recommendations. If additional speaking slots are necessary, the board will hold another hearing in the same location on July 17 at 6 p.m. The School Board is expected to vote on the measures July 26. During a presentation at the School Board’s June 18 work session, Superintendent Scott Brabrand said county schools are safe places, but officials still hope to make improvements in the areas of training, physical security and mental health. ‘‘Safety and security is all of our business,” Assistant Superintendent Continued on Page 14 l On Facebook: sungazettenews l On Twitter: @sungazettenews @sungazettespts ng !! mi EK CoT WE X NE

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Schools & Military Jack Stucky of Great Falls earned a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in business administration and history; John Baird of McLean earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science; and Maria Rachal of Vienna earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and politics during recent commencement exercises at Washington and Lee University.

Donnette earned a degree in media arts and design, William Kemmerer earned a degree in physics. – From McLean: Victoria Emmons earned a degree in communication studies, Jessica Rodrigues de Oliva earned a degree in communication studies, Austen Hendrickson earned a degree in engineering, Madeleine Chalk earned a degree in English, Casey Hall earned a degree in n Douglas Wiggins of McLean earned health sciences, Stephanie Khoury earned a bachelor of science degree in paralegal a degree in health sciences, James Terstudies during recent commencement ex- pak earned a degree in history, Gregory ercises at Roger Williams University. Parseghian earned a degree in hospitality management, Meagan McArthur earned n The following local students were a degree in kinesiology, Andrew Oliva among those earning degrees during re- earned a degree in political science, Nichcent commencement exercises at James olas Palombi earned a degree in political Madison University: science, Anna Farrell earned a degree in – From Dunn Loring: Kathryn Ma- writing, rhetoric and technical communihach earned a degree in biology. cation. – From Great Falls: Kaelin Testa – From Oakton: Lauren Wasikowski earned a degree in accounting, Alexan- earned a degree in biology, Janet Kim der Hakopian earned a degree in biol- earned a degree in communication sciencogy, Nojan Jafari earned a degree in bi- es and disorders, Eliana Huffman earned ology, William Hunt earned a degree in a degree in communication studies, Katie computer information systems, Zachary Kerrigan earned a degree in communicaShames earned a degree in computer sci- tion studies, Aileen Kenny earned a deence, Ross Callahgan earned a degree in gree in graphic design, Eric Lim earned finance, Morgan Wallace earned a degree a degree in intelligence analysis, Ornella in geology, Matthew MacDonald earned a Islam earned a degree in marketing, Bethdegree in hospitality management, Kevin any Patton earned a degree in marketing, Lin earned a degree in integrated science Jonah Hicks earned a degree in modern and technology, Catherine Llave earned foreign4:41 language, Shannon Clarke earned HBM AD flat b 12-4-2017.pdf 1 12/4/17 PM a degree in international affairs, Olivia a degree in psychology, Scott Jones earned n

a degree in public policy and administration, Kenneth Hippe earned a degree in quantitative finance. – From Vienna: Kathryn Krawczyk earned a degree in communication studies, Jacob Sanders earned a degree in computer science, Tiffany Wu earned a degree in dietetics, Alexander Tosi earned a degree in finance, Peter Thompson earned a degree in geology, Martin Heaney-Newland earned a degree in health sciences, Mary Vanarsdall earned a degree in health sciences, Brandon Perry earned a degree in integrated science and technology, William Rickard earned a degree in intelligence analysis, Brian Markley earned a degree in international affairs, Sarah Wallen earned a degree in math, Ryan Metzger earned a degree in media arts and design, Benjamin Nyce earned a degree in public policy and administration, Tyler Chaput earned a degree in quantitative finance and Moon Hyok Im earned a degree in sociology. n Sarah Carlson of Vienna earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology, magna cum laude, during recent commencement exercises at Wheaton College.

Gabrielle Van Volkenburg of Great Falls, Jessica Meloy of McLean, Thomas Rippert of McLean, Phoebe Steiner of McLean, Kaylea Von Seggern of McLean and Kaitlyn Rubley of Vienna have been n

named to the president’s list and Kiersten Paul of Great Falls, Jesse Dennis of McLean, Jake Huber of McLean, Cecelia Moran of McLean, Reilly Richardson of McLean, Iain Allingham of Oakton, Nicholas Fox of Oakton, Devon Thomas of Oakton, Matthew Baum of Vienna, William Doran of Vienna, Malyia Kelley of Vienna, Patrick Murphy of Vienna, Jelani Murray of Vienna, Ian Pedersen of Vienna and Sarah Sears of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Clemson University. Killeen Rivers of Great Falls, Cristina Eddleman of McLean, Samantha Stacey of McLean, Eryn Cooper of Vienna, Lillie Thurman of Vienna, Kaitlin Waldron of Vienna, Carson Wishard of Vienna and Celeste Strong of Vienna have been named to the president’s list and Elizabeth Maness of McLean, Blake Mintz of McLean, Eric Mintz of McLean, Jeanna Parnell of McLean, Michael Sirh of McLean, Sanam Sohrabian of McLean, Ryan Flenniken of McLean, Madeleine Glamb of McLean, Tyler Jackson of Vienna, William Sheridan of Vienna, Ian Sweeney of Vienna and Liam Thurman of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Alabama. n

n Stephen Kalinsky of Great Falls and Emily Kamienski of Oakton have been named to faculty honors and Mary Forburger of McLean, Bryce Huber of McLean and Haley Stumvoll of Oakton have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. n Sean Herman of McLean, Zein Haidar of McLean, Victoria Barbessi of Oakton, Tyler Grobman of McLean, Andrew Schwartz of Great Falls, Corinne Green of McLean, Emmalynn Todd of Oakton and Patrick Geraghty of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.



n Paige Galiani of Great Falls and Henry Nimey of McLean have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lehigh University.





n Madelynn Pounder of Vienna has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at St. Lawrence University.



n The following local students have graduated from Mercersburg Academy: Daniel Zeballos of Great Falls will attend the Art School of Chicago. Kate Bryan of Great Falls will attend the University of South Carolina. Sydney Lineberger of McLean will attend the University of Miami. Ellie Gregg of Vienna will attend the University of South Carolina.

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Dual-Use Path Is Coming to Portion of W&OD Trail BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

It may be for just a fraction of the 45-mile-long Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Regional Trail, but within the next year, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use separate, parallel sections along the trail in the city of Falls Church. “It’s kind of exciting,” said Paul Gilbert, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks), which operates the trail. “We hope eventually to use [dual-use paths] in all urban areas. We’re very hopeful it will do great things.” The project will build an 11foot-wide path for cyclists and an 8-foot-wide one for walkers and joggers. The paths will be separated by a 2-foot-wide median. The dual-use-path section will be constructed between Broad Street (Route 7) and just east of Little Falls Street, Gilbert said. The $3.7 million project still must undergo further engineering and likely will be completed in about a year, Gilbert said. The project is being funded primarily with $3.2 million from

the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and a $500,000 Virginia Department of Transportation grant. Those are not typical trail-funding sources, but the project will help improve traffic flow on local roads as well as adjacent trails, he said. “The W&OD has transitioned over time from a purely recreational resource to a primary transportation artery in close-in suburbs,” Gilbert said. “People are commuting to work on it. It’s essentially the backbone of trail systems throughout Northern Virginia. If you reduce congestion there, it improves the performance of other trail networks that feed into the W&OD.” Under its newly adopted sixyear plan, NVTA will disburse about $1.3 billion worth of tax revenues for regional congestionrelief projects, said the body’s chairman, Martin Nohe. While the organization finances many road projects, it also will support ones, such as Vienna’s future parking-garage floor in a commercial condominium building, if they reduce traffic gridlock by encouraging people to get out of their vehicles, he said.

Graphic shows how the dual-use path along the W&OD Trail will be laid NOVA PARKS out.

The W&OD dual-use-path project “is a really good example of a non-motorized facility that still has a meaningful impact on congestion in Northern Virginia,” said Nohe, a member

of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “The trail is something people use as a thoroughfare.” The W&OD’s dual-use path in Falls Church will feed over a

new bridge crossing Route 29, which will be built as part of the project to expand Interstate 66 inside the Beltway, Gilbert said. The W&OD stretches between Arlington’s Shirlington community and Purcellville and has an annual operating budget of $558,000, plus roughly $500,000 for the repaving of some sections, Gilbert said. The W&OD crosses 70 intersections, most of which are atgrade. Bridges, separate trail users from motorists, are expensive and require a good deal of land to achieve the gentle approach and descent grades for pedestrians and cyclists, he said. “Every time we get a grade separation, it’s a wonderful improvement,” Gilbert said. Gilbert marveled at how the trail, which began as a 6-footwide section of asphalt in Falls Church, has been widened to 11 or 12 feet in most sections. Part of the trail near the Vienna Community Center has been widened to 18 feet, but that area does not physically separate bicyclists from pedestrians, he said. “If the dual trail works, it will become the model for the future,” he said.

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Vienna Residents Lambaste Mixed-Use Proposal BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Vienna residents young and old showed up in force at the July 9 Vienna Town Council meeting to excoriate a proposed mixed-use development at Maple Avenue, W., and Nutley Street, S.W. “What you’re going to do will force us to leave Vienna,” Joseph Daly, who lives on nearby Roland Street, N.W., told the Council. Vienna Development Associates LLC is seeking to build 160 multi-family residential units and 20,136 square feet of retail space at 430, 440 and 444 Maple Ave., W. The 2.76-acre site now is home to Tequila Grande restaurant and the Vienna Wolf Trap Hotel. “It would bring great retail to the town, with a great streetscape,” said Christopher Bell of the development firm Hekemian & Co. “We think it’s unique in the town and a product that’s desperately needed from a housing-diversity standpoint.” The building visually would be broken up with articulated facades and a series of covered archways on the lower level. Retail would occupy the first floor and housing the top three levels. Two rooftop courtyards would be accessible by residents only, but the public could gather at a ground-level courtyard at Maple Avenue and Nutley Street. The building’s maximum height would be 62 feet, which includes the 54-foot maximum under the town’s Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) zoning ordinance, plus additional height for rooftop mechanical devices. About 150 people came to Town Hall that evening. The crowd took up every available seat in the Council chambers, including benches and armchairs borrowed from elsewhere in the building and even from the Vienna Community Center, and stood around the walls as well. Vienna Police Chief James Morris stood at the chambers’ doors to relegate late arrivers to chairs set up in the upstairs lobby. The latter group watched the proceedings on television, the audio of which was delayed by a few seconds. The controversial development highlighted residents’ concerns about the MAC ordinance, which the Town Council approved in fall 2014 in order to incentivize property owners to redevelop their sites along the town’s main commercial corridor. Residents expressed fears about an influx of traffic, vehicles cutting through their neighborhoods to avoid backups, higher taxes to meet infrastructure de-

Vienna residents packed the Town Council chambers at Vienna Town Hall on July 9 to oppose mixed-use development at Maple Ave., W., and PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER Nutley St., S.W.

mands, problems from the development’s planned incursion into the water table and overburdening of local schools, many of which already are stretched to capacity. Many compared the proposal unfavorably with mixed-use ones in Falls Church, which is undergoing a major density increase in its business core. Others worried the project would set a bad precedent for future MAC proposals, including a likely one at the recently sold Giant Shopping Center property, which is four times larger. Friderike Butler, who chairs the Town/ Business Liaison Committee, said the developer’s design did not match Vienna’s character or the MAC ordinance’s vision, which seeks “a real small town, not a ZIP code of sameness.” The proposed development earlier passed muster on split votes from the town’s Board of Architectural Review and Planning Commission. The developer made several concessions – including increased setbacks, elimination of an elevated courtyard, the addition of an evergreen-tree buffer on the property’s rear and removal of some high-value upper corner units to reduce the buildings’ massing – but residents still weren’t satisfied. “We need smart, right-sized development,” said Vienna resident Nancy Logan. “Good for all should really be our goal.” “What we didn’t want is for Maple Avenue to become a brick-walled corridor,” said another woman who testified at the meeting. “The developer needs to go back

to the drawing board. We can’t go back once it’s done.” The development also faces a protest petition signed by surrounding property owners, which will trigger a requirement that at least a two-thirds affirmative vote from the Council for passage. A similar protest petition in June 2016 scuttled the first Vienna Market MAC proposal at Maple Ave., W., and Pleasant Street, N.W. Town officials later tightened up the petition requirements and that developer returned with a scaled-back proposal, which the Council approved May 7 this year. The Council did not vote on the matter July 9, instead deciding to close the public hearing, but keep the comment period open until Aug. 15. The Council next will meet Aug. 20 and will have to decide on the matter then, because of a statutory deadline, unless the developer withdraws the proposal or agrees to a delay in the timetable. Town Council member Douglas Noble, who as a Planning Commission member helped craft the MAC ordinance, was absent from the July 9 meeting because of a long-planned vacation. Council member Pasha Majdi said the town needs development that keeps Vienna’s small-town character. “We may be able to achieve that with density caps and building breaks in the proposed MAC amendments,” he said. “Moreover, ‘smart growth’ must include contemporaneous traffic and infrastructure solutions. We can’t defer the bill to

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future taxpayers.” Council member Howard Springsteen said he had heard many concerns about Vienna Development Associates’ proposal the previous weekend. “At the Town Council meeting last night, not a single voice from any neighborhood in Vienna was raised in the support of this proposed project,” he said. “Based on the public and written testimony presented from all neighborhoods, the Aug. 20 meeting when the Council votes up or down on the proposal should be interesting.” Council member Carey Sienicki said the developer will need to consider whether to scale back the project before it comes to Council for a vote in August. She thanked the developer for investing time and resources to generate the project and commended the public for offering well-thought-out positions as well. “As many expressed, many of the sound MAC principles align with realities that support the long-term vision of the town along Maple Avenue,” Sienicki said. “Now, the open public process has made way for this and future projects in Vienna to become stronger, with a density that the community can support along the corridor.” Town Manager Mercury Payton said he was gratified to learn the public’s opinion of the project. “I think it was great exercise of American democracy to have Vienna citizens come out and speak for hours on end,” he said. “It speaks to how much the residents care about the town.”

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Eyeing Massive Towlston Road Residential Project, Local Civic Associations Are Seeking Traffic Studies

Toll Bros. Is Planning to Construct 102 Homes on 125-Acre Tract Along Leesburg Pike BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

The Great Falls and McLean citizens associations, worried about traffic impacts at Toll Bros.’ proposed development of 102 single-family homes at Route 7 and Towlston Road, are asking state and county transportation officials to consider options that would improve vehicle flow and safety. The by-right Grantstone development, which would be managed by Toll Bros.’ wholly owned subsidiary Toll Mid-Atlantic LP Co., would be built at 9120 and 9200 Leesburg Pike and 1295 Towlston Road at the former location of Covance Laboratories. Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) board members on June 19 passed a resolution calling on the Virginia and Fairfax County departments of transportation to study issues raised by the development, including how much extra traffic it will generate. The resolution also asked the agencies to re-evaluate the Route 7/Towlston Road intersection and examine ways that traffic would enter and leave the Grantstone development, with the intent of moving

County Firefighters and Paramedics Kept Busy by Raft of Incidents July 5 July 5 was a hot and busy day for Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics of C-Shift, who responded to several significant incidents involving vehicles. At 1:12 p.m., the department dispatched units to the 800 block of Maple Avenue, E., in Vienna for a report of a recycling truck on fire. The driver noticed smoke and fire from the top of the truck and called 911. Engine 402 of Vienna arrived and, with the assistance of the driver, unloaded the contents of the truck so as to extinguish the fire more quickly and save the truck from damage. Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the blaze, although operations were complicated by excessive heat and humidity. Units from Station 29 in Tysons Corner and Station 13 in Dunn Loring also assisted. At 5:58 p.m., the department dispatched units to a vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 66 just before Route 28. Arriving units found an overturned vehicle on the side of the road, with one person trapped. Crews from Fire Station 21 in Fair Oaks quickly freed the driver. Rescue personnel transported the driver to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

vehicles efficiently while preserving bicyclist and pedestrian safety. One possibility could include direct access to Route 7. As of 2017, Route 7 handled about 54,000 vehicles per day between Georgetown Pike and the Dulles Toll Road, while Towlston Road between Route 7 and Leigh Mill Road saw about 4,800 vehicles daily, GFCA’s resolution read. GFCA leaders also were concerned about the potential impacts that a proposed cut-through-traffic restriction on Bellview Road might have on Towlston Road. They urged transportation planners to expand their study to include houses that might be affected by the restriction and asked that they explore other options to limit cut-through traffic between Route 7, Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive in the morning and evening peak hours. The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) has expressed similar concerns about the project. In a July 2 letter to state and county transportation officials, Transportation Committee chairman David Wuehrmann wrote that because hills and turns on Towlston Road near the development hamper driver visibility, the planned entrance roads to the site from

that road raise safety concerns. MCA’s Transportation Committee also recommended that the Virginia Department of Transportation analyze whether the planned right-turn lane on Towlston Road should be extended farther north and if additional land should be obtained for that purpose. “The committee is concerned that the proposed right-turn lane from Towlston onto Route 7 might not be sufficient in length, considering the likely build-up of traffic headed for Route 7 at certain times of day,” Wuehrmann wrote. The committee “urges VDOT to expedite its study and implementation of the intersection improvements to ensure that they occur contemporaneously with the projected completion of this development,” he added. Toll Bros. has proposed two access points off of Towlston Road, but no homes will access that street directly, a company spokesman said. A shared through and left-turn lane currently is proposed on Towlston Road and Toll Bros. is seeking ways further to enhance traffic flow at the road’s intersection with Route 7, he said. Fairfax County planning officials are

reviewing the Grantstone development proposed by Toll Bros. to see if it conforms with the county’s comprehensive plan, subdivision requirements and environmental regulations. The 124.9-acre property has been cleared for residential use. Covance in 2004 finished remediating all environmental concerns from the laboratories’ uses at the site, a Toll Bros. spokesman said. The developer plans to conduct some tree preservation at the site, enhance its landscaping and provide active and passive recreational spaces. Toll Bros. will rebuild an existing pond, add trails and boardwalks and enhance open areas to create communal features for homeowners, the spokesman for the company said. The luxury homes will have open, modern floor plans and top-of-the-line finishes, the Toll Bros. spokesman said. Because Toll Bros. is not seeking a rezoning for the site or any special exceptions, the project will not require approval from the Board of Supervisors. The company anticipates it will obtain plan approval and permits for the first phase of the project in late 2018 and begin construction in early 2019.

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Our View: 2019 Is Closer Than You Think The 2019 General Assembly session will be gaveled to order nearly six months into the future – Jan. 9, to be exact – but residents of the Old Dominion much sooner will begin to get the first vibes of what the session will be like. This coming Monday (July 16) starts legislative pre-filing for the 2019 session. Often, those who submit their bills the earliest are those on the edges of their respective political parties – the far left among the Democrats and the far right among the Republicans. Thus, many of those first bills tend to be an entertaining menagerie of dead-onarrival pieces of legislation. Those early bills are unlikely to give a definitive indication of where next year’s session is headed, but for those who have an interest in how the two political parties plan to prep for the all-paramount November 2019 state legislative elections, it will be worthwhile to watch the overall tone of the introduced legislation. Most interesting will be how Democrats plan to play the angles in the session. Long in the minority in both houses of the General Assembly – and until last year’s significant victories, largely an irrelevancy in the House of Delegates – Democrats are now salivating over the prospect of winning control of both

houses after votes are counted a year from November. Republicans, who are flailing under the stress of intraparty division and a plethora of poor candidate choices in the past decade, may be impotent to stop such a takeover. But Democrats, whose own reputation among the statewide electorate would be seen as calamitous if Republicans weren’t in even worse shape, themselves have the potential to throw away their advantages in a frenzy of internal infighting and circular firing squads. The biggest question Democrats in the legislature will have to address: Should they use the 2019 session to try and establish centrist bona-fides in an effort to draw in independents and disaffected Republicans, or do they roll the dice, give in to primal urges and promote an aggressively left-leaning agenda that is red meat for the party faithful but turns off potential political converts? The second biggest question: Can the Democratic leadership, which in the state Senate tends to be significantly more conservative and in the House of Delegates is a tad more pragmatic than the left flank of their caucuses, devise and enforce a winning strategy allowing the party to pivot from the legislative session to ballot-box victory? It’s not too early to keep an eye on the situation.

Library System Not Being Fair to ‘Friends’ Groups Editor: Thank you for your June 28 article [“Revised Library Requirements Irritating Some ‘Friends’ Groups”]. The story is not accurate in that neither the Tysons Library Friends or Reston Library Friends are “refusing” to sign the library’s memorandum of understanding (MOU). The deadline for signing the MOU has not passed and no final decisions have been made by either

group. Nor are the Tysons and Reston library Friends the only groups who take issue with the MOU. Several other library Friends groups also have serious concerns, and are weighing whether to sign. In the end, the county government is coercing library Friends to sign a MOU that violates our consciences and the advice of our attorneys, or be evicted from

the libraries we have served for decades. That is indeed a cruel and thoughtless way to treat faithful library volunteers. Library Friends continue to seek compromise and cooperation rather than the heavy-handed, unilateral approach the county government has consistently pursued toward us. Charles Keener Oakton


Fire and Rescue Department on July 2 at 3:54 a.m. dispatched units to a reported apartment fire in the 7900 block of Westpark Drive in Tysons. Units arrived at the 27-story apartment building and reported fire showing from a balcony of a 17th-floor apartment. Firefighters quickly accessed the apartment and extinguished the fire before it could extend into the unit. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Two occupants and two pets were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire when she heard glass breaking and called 911. Smoke alarms were present but did not sound due to the outside location of the fire. The

building did have fire sprinklers, but there were no sprinklers on the balcony. Fire investigators determined that the blaze was accidental and started on the balcony of the apartment. The fire was caused by the improper disposal of smoking material in a flower pot. No occupants were displaced because of the fire and Red Cross assistance was not needed. The fire caused about $16,000 worth of damage. ELECTRICAL EVENT SPARKS WEST FALLS CHURCH HOUSE FIRE: The Fair-

fax County Fire and Rescue Department and Arlington Fire Department on July 5 at 5:44 a.m. dispatched units to a reported house fire in the 3100 block of Wayne Road in the West Falls Church area of

Fairfax County. Arriving units observed fire coming from the rear of the two-story, single-family home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, which had spread to the exterior siding of the house. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the occupants, one of whom called 911. Smoke alarms did not activate due to the outside location of the fire. Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental and started in the rear of the home on the exterior siding. The fire was caused by an electrical event in the air-conditioner junction box. Three occupants were displaced because of the fire.

Upton Hill Regional Park Moves Closer to Upgrade Proposal Has Not Been Controversy-Free Among Some in Surrounding Neighborhoods SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

Plenty of procedural hurdles remain, but if the current schedule holds, upgrades to Upton Hill Regional Park could be in place by next summer. “I think it’s going to be amazing,” said Paul Gilbert, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks), which operates Upton Hill along Wilson Boulevard, straddling the Arlington/Fairfax border. A variety of park improvements have been in the planning stage for years, but the project has reached a point where the Arlington government is reviewing permit requests. If no hiccups arise, the approvals could be in hand by autumn, with construction work taking place in the off-season, officials predict. Having the work completed by the middle of next year, when the park springs back to life, seems a reasonable timetable, Gilbert said. The plan calls for installation of a high-quality climbing tower (potentially with ropes course), plus additional parking and reforestation of natural areas. Project costs have not been finalized, but NOVA Parks officials plan to fund the entire effort using bonds backed by the anticipated revenue from the climbing tower. Over the past year, the proposal has been criticized by a small but vocal number of nearby residents. But Christopher Tighe, president of the Boulevard Manor Civic Association, said there is general agreement that things are moving in the right direction. “This is a phenomenal plan,” said Tighe. “[The park authority] has gone above and beyond in being full partners.” Yet some areas of dispute remain. “There’s minor tweaks we’d still like to talk [to Gilbert] about,” said Tighe, pointing to concerns about overflow parking along the access road leading to the main parking lot during peak periods as one. Additional amenities at the park (which already includes a large swimming complex and acclaimed mini-golf course) will drive additional traffic, but Tighe was philosophical about the impact. “Will there be more traffic? Sure,” he said. “Whenever you add a new structure . . . you’re definitely going to have more park attendance. There’s going to be trade-offs.” Gilbert said the reforestation plan for the natural areas of Upton Hill goes well beyond what is required by the Arlington government. “We’re not planting trees; we’re planting an entire forest ecosystem,” he said,

with an emphasis on re-creating an oakhickory forest similar to ones that stood across Northern Virginia before development denuded most woodlands. While the active areas of the park will provide multiple recreation options, the passive areas will offer “a great educational opportunity,” Gilbert said. Paul Ferguson, clerk of the Circuit Court and one of two Arlington representatives on the park-authority board, said the planned upgrades will help broaden appeal of Upton Hill. “The idea behind this project is to enhance the existing features and provide options that might draw different visitors,” he said. Ferguson acknowledged that the proposal is not universally popular. “I have met with a few residents who have concerns such as stormwater runoff and tree preservation – NOVA Parks will do its best to address those concerns,” he said. Sada Aksartova, a resident of Boulevard Manor, has been vocal in her concerns about the plan. She is particularly incensed about the number of trees to be cut down to make room for additional parking and a new entrance road. “While renovating the playground is a good idea, NOVA Parks should do it in a way that preserves, not shrinks, tree canopy and minimizes, not increases, runoff into the bay,” she said “Trees, more than parking, draw people to parks and playgrounds.” (Those who object to the renovation plan have developed a Web site – www. – to lay out their concerns.) Among others with unease is Suzanne Sundburg, who is active with the Arlington County Civic Federation. She has voiced worries about the level of parking; the additional lighting required; the number of mature trees that will be removed; and stormwater management on the site. Sundburg also thinks the park authority may be wildly optimistic in expecting revenue from the climbing/ropes amenity will be able to pay off the projected cost, and believes the authority owes it to local residents to be more responsive to concerns. “To me, the lack of transparency and unwillingness to make public documents readily available to the public isn’t an acceptable way for public entities to operate, particularly given that this project is taking place on a public site,” Sundburg said. While park-authority officials have kept Arlington County Board members updated on the project, and taken into account feedback that has been offered, the project will not need to go back to

the County Board for final approval. But there have been some concerns expressed at the County Board level. “Before finalizing their plans, I hope that NOVA Parks will continue to work with those citizens who remain concerned about tree loss and increased impervious surfaces, and do so in a transparent and open fashion through sharing of detailed plans with the community,” said County Board member John Vihstadt. While voicing the opinion that more can be done to minimize the loss of old-

growth trees, Vihstadt said that “the general direction of the planned improvements is sound” and that the additional amenities planned “will prove to be a positive attraction to both surrounding neighborhoods and the Arlington region.” There is a beat-the-clock aspect to the project; delays could make it difficult to impossible to have it ready by the 2019 summer season. Tighe said his fingers are crossed. “I’m optimistic,” he said. “I would like to see construction start this fall.”

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on the other side of the main level, there is a sun-room (with access to a covered patio, study and main-level bedroom. Upstairs – take either of the staircases or the elevator – the owner’s suite occupies its own entire wing, providing privacy and serenity with a lovely bedding area with tray ceiling and a separate sitting room with access to a private balcony. There also is a study, wonderful walk-in closets and a sumptuous bath. Three additional bedroom suites, two with their own private balconies, are augmented by a bonus room, loft and laundry facilities. The lower level is host to extraordinary unfinished space, which can be left as is or can be part of a transformational effort in creative, versatile design. It’s the equivalent of an empty canvass to work with, should you desire. The home offers two three-car garages, one attached and one detached, with a bonus space atop the detached garage that would work perfectly for everything from a guest house to a home office to an exercise suite. A pool and tennis court are possibilities on the large lot. Rarified luxury is combined with exceptional opportunities for expansion, making this the perfect package. All this, and you have easy access to McLean, Tysons, downtown D.C. and the entire region. Articles are prepared by the Sun Ga-

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Low Credit Rating Can Cause Big Headaches Homebuyers with a lower credit score pay thousands of dollars more for the same home than a buyer with an excellent credit score. A Zillow analysis conducted in May finds that nationally, a borrower with an “excellent” credit score could get a mortgage with a 4.5-percent annual percentage rate. A similar borrower with a “fair” credit score could get a 5.1-percent rate. Over the lifetime of a 30-year mortgage, this means a buyer with a fair credit score can end up spending $21,000 more than a buyer with an excellent credit score for the typical U.S. home. That difference is magnified in expensive markets. In addition to high home prices, the penalty for a lower credit score tends to be higher in more expensive areas. In San Jose, where the median home value is $1.3 million, a buyer with a lower credit score can end up paying $129,000 more than a buyer with an excellent credit score over the full life of the loan. Even if a homeowner doesn’t pay out the full 30-year term on a loan, the annual costs of a fair credit score can add up. A buyer with a fair credit score could pay $700 more every year on the typical U.S. home than someone with an excellent score. A third of all buyers said determining how much home they could afford was a challenge, making it the most frequently named financing concern during the home buying process. Beyond the list price of a home, other costs like mortgage interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance can add up, impacting the overall affordability for buyers. “When you buy a home, your financial history determines your financial future,” said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. “Homebuyers with weaker credit end up paying substantially higher costs over the lifetime of a home loan. Of course, homeowners do have the option to refinance their loan if their credit improves, but as mortgage rates rise this may be a less attractive option.” Homebuyers with excellent and fair credit scores in Pittsburgh see the smallest difference in mortgage rates, and as a result, also see the smallest difference in mortgage costs.

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McLean Community Center will reopen in January in a larger, more spiffed-up building. In the months leading up to that event, center officials have had new signage installed at several locations around the facility. The project, which spent just shy of $5,000 from the facility’s operating budget, replaced weathered signs at Route 123 and Ingleside Avenue, McLean Central Park, Ingleside and Oak Ridge avenues, and the center’s driveway, said George Sachs, the center’s executive director. The signs, designed by the center’s inhouse graphics department and installed June 14, use white lettering on a black background to achieve the best visibility day and night, he said. (At least one of the signs also featured colorful logos from the center and two destinations within it, the Alden Theatre and McLean Project for the Arts.) All the signs direct the public to the community center, but some also point people in the direction of the McLean Central Park, Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Project for the Arts, which will relocate back to the center when renovations are complete. The project also brought the community center’s sign at McLean Central Park into compliance with county code by lowering an oval that previously had risen

New signage is now in place at the McLean Community Center.

above the top of the sign’s wall, Sachs said. In addition, the project replaced some worn wayfinding bricks leading up to the center, he said. LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS GARNER SILVER AWARDS: The eight members of Cadette

Girl Scout Troop 6963, Service Unit 50-6, have earned Girl Scouting’s Silver Award for their year-long community-service project and individual projects. The McLean troop includes Elshadye Bussie, Caroline Chaze, Marin George, Rian Klanderman, Eloise Lorenze, Summer Parise, Jane Sullivan and Amelia Swenson. It is led by Catherine Lorenze and Michelle Arcari. The troop’s group project focused on clearing overgrown brush and planting flower bulbs at the original Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery near Hamlet Swim Club

in McLean. “We learned a lot about McLean’s early African-American history and how former slave Alfred Odrick purchased the land in 1872 that is now Shiloh Baptist Church,” Eloise Lorenze said. The Scouts also took part in individual projects, ranging from creation of a digital database of African-American documents and historical objects in McLean to support of a local homeless shelter to supporting efforts to provide eyeglasses for those in need in the Third World. In addition, Cadette Bussie worked at a week-long day camp for potential new Girl Scouts. “I really enjoyed working with younger kids and hope that I inspired them to try Girl Scouting,” she said. Members of Troop 6963 Service Unit 50-6 attend Langley and Bishop O’Connell high schools and Madeira School. LOCAL AUTHOR PICKS UP NATIONAL AWARD: “Animal Village,” a children’s

picture book by Great Falls resident Nelda LaTeef, has been named as one of the best independent books of 2018 by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. Awards were presented at a June 22 ceremony in New Orleans. LaTeef’s book is a finalist in the Children’s Picture Book 6 & Up category of the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

“Animal Village” is available at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and on Amazon. AAUW TO HOLD BOOK COLLECTION:

The McLean branch of the American Asssociation of University Women will hold a used-book collection on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at SunTrust Bank, 515 Maple Ave., E., in Vienna. Used books, CDs, software, DVDs, children’s books and records will be accepted. No encyclopedias, VHS tapes or audio tapes are required. The collection is in preparation for the AAUW’s annual book sale, to be held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Spring Hill RECenter, with proceeds benefiting scholarships for women. For information, call (703) 527-4206 or email CONCERT SET FOR McLEAN CENTRAL PARK: Oh He Dead, which combines

classic rhythm-and-blues, funk and folk with original songwriting, will be featured on Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. as part of the McLean Community Center’s “Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park” series. The concert will be held at McLean Central Park. Parking is available at the adjacent Dolley Madison Library. Future performances include the family-friendly Hip Hop Meets the Music of India (July 22).



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Vienna Business Association is accepting sponsor and vendor applications for its 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which is expected to attract about 35,000 revelers on Oct. 6. “This year’s Oktoberfest is going to be the best event yet,” sponsors said. “Based on feedback from vendors and patrons, we made some great enhancements last year that were wildly successful, and expect even better this year.” The event will feature multiple entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors for all tastes, a market of handcrafted goods, a business expo, a German-themed auto show, activities for children and more. For information, see the Web site at


July 1 received very special deliveries from the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, which partnered with Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) in providing a recordsetting amount of food items for those in need. Parishioners collected more than 7,000 pounds of food and personal items, accompanied by more than $4,900 in donations. Oblates Fathers Hillyard, Dolan, Fio-

A “Christmas in July” effort by parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel provided toys and other items for new and expectant mothers.

cluded more than 100 pieces of clothes for newborns and young children; 80 boxes of diapers; 32 packages of baby wipes; more than 20 crocheted blankets and hand-made quilted playmats; four umbrella strollers; four cars seats; and additional items. For information on the initiative, email

the Green” concert series continues with the Blue Sky Puppets on Tuesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Vienna Town Green. The final concert of the season features singer/storyteller Bill Wellington (July 24). The concerts are free. In case of inclement weather, call (703) 255-7842 for updated information.



relli and Metzger all spread the word about the annual drive, while behind the scenes, volunteers donated many hours of their time to distribute flyers, collect donations, sort food and deliver donated items all over Fairfax County.

Women’s Club has put out a call for crafters and vendors to participate in its 56th annual holiday bazaar, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Vienna Community Center. For information, call Diane Abel at (703) 281-7494 or e-mail


WORKS BY ARTIST OF YEAR ON DISPLAY: An exhibition of works by Dick

came six months early to 18 women and their families from the Gabriel Project of Arlington, thanks to Our Lady of Good Counsel’s “Christmas in July” event. The Pro-Life Committee of the church collected items for several weeks in June and distributed them on Sunday, July 1. Local mothers and expectant mothers selected items for their new or soon-to-be arrivals and siblings. Items that were left over were donated to A Women’s Choice. Items donated by parishioners in-

Neff is on display at the Vienna Art Center, 243 Church St., N.W., through the summer, with a meet-the-artist event slated for Sunday, July 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. Neff has been honored as the society’s artist of the year. For information, call (703) 319-3971 or see the Web site at


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enna town government’s Summer on the Green concert series continues on Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. with Mary Lou & the Drugstore Lovers. Upcoming concerts include Mudlark (July 20) and the Vienna Community Band (July 22). All performances are free. For information, see the Web site at www.viennava. gov.

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FCPS to Host Hearing on School-Security Efforts Continued from Page 1 Jeffrey Platenberg of the Department of Facilities and Transportation Services. “We realized during this internal review that we have opportunities for continuous improvement.” The school system already has electronic door access at all its schools, requires staff and contractors to wear identification badges, and conducts background checks on all staff members, contractors, volunteers and substitute teachers. Each middle and high school has a school-resource officer, but elementary schools do



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not. Schools must have emergency plans in place and conduct periodic drills, including ones for lockdowns four times per year. A 28-page internal-security review issued June 18 by Fairfax County Public Schools’ Office of Safety and Security recommended that the school system: • Better train and engage staff and students during lockdown drills. • Reinforce proper electronic access through schools’ main door to ensure all visitors are processed through the main office and that none “piggybacks” another person while entering the school. • Annually conduct “tabletop” exercises that test and evaluate schools’ crisismanagement plans. • Require annual safety-and-security training for teachers, administrators and substitute teachers. • Mandate that principals include safety-and-security briefings within the first week of teachers’ contracts. • Review and evaluate the school-based threat-assessment process, which gathers information about threats made by students to harm someone else. • Continue compliance with required safety-and-security drills and programs, including: fire, lockdown, bus-evacuation and tornado drills; crisis plan process; tabletop exercises; and a Virginia safetyaudit checklist and wellness survey.

• Boost communication and collaboration between school principals. • Increase communication with school communities. • Require all classroom doors to be locked at all times. • Upgrade interior classroom door locks by installing push-button locks, which can be engaged more swiftly than key-operated ones in the event of lockdowns. Replacing dual-key interior-classroom locks (which constitute about 20 percent of the system’s locks) with push-button versions would cost an estimated $1 million. Elementary schools would be the first to receive the new locks. • Update and install exterior and interior closed-circuit-television cameras system-wide, which would cost an estimated $20 million. All county high schools already have interior cameras, but Fairfax County Public Schools is the only school system in the region without such a system-wide deployment of closed-circuit cameras, according to the report. Platenberg said principals with whom he has spoken said the knowledge that cameras were present has deterred some students from committing harmful acts. He added that while working for Loudoun County schools, he would monitor cameras after fire alarms had been activated and see whether there was smoke inside those schools and how well students and staff

were responding to the situation. • Hire two specialists (at a cost of $200,000) to install and monitor closedcircuit cameras system-wide. • Add eight training positions (at a cost of $800,000) to increase frequency of tabletop exercises, further train and engage students and staff, and increase monitoring and reinforcement of security protocols. The school system now has only two such employees, who help conduct about 80 tabletop exercises annually. • Hire 18 more school-based psychologists or social workers (at a cost of $2.3 million) to assist with threat assessments and provide enhanced mental-health support for students. Such personnel already are employed at all high schools, so the additional staff would be assigned to all middle schools and targeted elementary schools. The report also mentioned, but did not as yet recommend, that school officials install metal detectors at schools, require students to wear identification badges or employ school-resource officers from the county police department at elementary schools (estimated cost: $18 million). The proposed security measures are designed to send a negative message to wrongdoers, Platenberg said. “If somebody wants to do something bad, then hopefully everything we have in place will deter them from picking a school in Fairfax County,” he said.






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

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Behind a big third inning, the host District 17 baseball team from Northern Virginia won the annual July 4 American Legion all-star game at Waters Field in Vienna by a 12-9 score.

BASEBALL ROUNDUP District 17 defeated a team of allstars from squads in the counties of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s in Southern Maryland. It was the first time the teams met in July 4 all-star action. Often the July 4 contest has been an all-District 17 competition. “This was something we wanted to try and see how it worked out,” District 17 baseball chairman Bill Murphy said. The 2018 game lasted some three hours, beginning at 11:19 a.m. on a hot morning and afternoon. District 17 took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Calvin Pastel of Springfield 176. Maryland regained the lead at 3-2 in the second inning, then District 17 exploded to take the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning. Continued on Page 16

Jack Nathan of Vienna Post 180 was the starting pitcher for the District 17 team in the annual American Legion all-star game July 4 at Waters Field in Vienna. PHOTO BY DAVE FACINOLI

Five Local Swim Teams Atop Their Divisions A Staff Report

Five local teams have 3-0 records and lead their divisions in the Northern Virginia Swimming League after July 7 victories.

SWIMMING ROUNDUP The Chesterbrook Tigers Sharks are tied for first at 3-0 in Division 1, and the Oakton Otters and Cardinal Hill Cardinals lead Division 5, the Kent Gardens Dolphins are ahead in Division 7 with the Great Falls Rapids first in Division 10, all with 3-0 marks. Chesterbrook defeated McLean rival Tuckahoe (2-1) by a 281.5-138.5 score

on July 7. Leading Chesterbrook were double winners McKenzie Cory, William Yoon, Aliyah Majeed-Hall, Arav Bhargava, Alex Wilcox, Islay Hamilton, Annabelle Francis and Emily Friedman. Ellie Leonard set a team record in the girls 11-12 breaststroke. For Tuckahoe, double winners were Bruno Haggard, J.T. Ewing, Evie Gieseman, Nolan Dunkel and Catherine Hughes. Single winners were Natalie English and Nicholas Zochowski. Hughes swam a 31.31 to set a team record in the girls 11-12 backstroke set in 2006. The 11-12 girls medley relay set a new team record of 1:02.51.

In Oakton’s 247-173 victory over the 0-3 and host Dunn Loring Dolphins, winning two races each for Oakton were Ava Eklund, Leena Knepper, Catherine Lim, Charlotte Lim, John Mead, Jon Anthony Montel, Ethan Piccolo, Reid Poston and Emerson Wilson. Single winners were Burke Carroll, Leo Estes, Abigail Limkin, Beau Souders and Ryan Vietmeyer. No results were submitted from Dunn Loring. Cardinal Hill defeated Pinecrest, 276-144, on July 7. For Cardinal Hill, double winners were Eryn Cox, Emma Watts,

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

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High School Roundup LACROSSE ALL-AMERICANS: Potomac

School senior midfielder Courtlynne Caskin heads a list of three local high school girls lacrosse players who recently were chosen as All-American by U.S. Lacrosse for their efforts during the 2018 spring season. Caskin was chosen as an All-American midfielder for the second year in a row. She will play at the University of Virginia next spring. Langley had two All-American selections, senior defender Lily Byrne and junior midfielder Charlotte Smith. McLean High senior attack Cassidy

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District 17 had 11 hits and the Maryland all-stars had 12. There were 13 walks in the game and 11 strikeouts. Former Vienna Post 180 manager Burt Crump, 91, was honored during the contest for his 28 years as the team’s manager. “We wanted to do something for Burt for all he did for us,” said current Post 180 manager Nick Good. “I call Burt at least once every week to check on him,” said Alexandria Post 24 manager and District 17 athletic director Jim Glassman said. “Burt means that much to me.” Current Post 180 player Jake Nielsen, playing in the game for the fourth straight year, read the pregame code of sportsmanship. Left-hander Jack Nathan of Post 180

Slavik also was chosen All-American.


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and South Lakes High School was the starting pitcher for District 17. There were 22 players listed on the printed District 17 roster, assembled by Glassman, from 15 different high schools. The Maryland roster had 19 players listed from 10 different high schools. Good, whose team had a 17-0 district record entering this week, was the District 17 manager. Tom Gateley (Post 180) and Ray Zdancewicz (Falls Church Post 130) were the coaches. Players from the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas for District 17 were from Vienna 180, Nathan, Nielsen, Liam Leone, Justin Taylor, Nate Leas, Kyle Novak and Eric Lingebach – from Falls Church 130, Ryan Peich, Jacob Han, Ben Sedgewick and David Favero – from McLean Post 270, Brandon Mabus, Brooks Beall and Jabarris Smith, and from Arlington Post 139 – Bart Marshall. The District 17 standings through July 8 are: Vienna 17-0, Springfield 13-4, Falls Church 9-8, Arlington 9-8, McLean 6-

8, Alexandria 129 (3-14) and Alexandra 24 (0-15). The regular season continues through the week of July 16. n In July 8 action, Vienna Post 180 routed Arlington Post 139, 15-3, and McLean blew out Post 129 by a 12-1 score. In a July 7 contest, Vienna nipped McLean, 3-2. Vienna won a doubleheader from Post 24 in other action. n The Vienna Babe Ruth 15-under all-stars finished second in the District 6 tournament at Waters Field with a 2-2 record, losing to Arlington, 9-8, in the July 8 championship game. Vienna played Arlington three times, winning the first contest, 5-3, then losing to Arlington, 11-2, on July 7 to force a playback that Arlington won the next day. Vienna also defeated Springfield, 13-4, for its other win. Against Springfield, Samuel Langborgh had four hits, Spensor Bagdoyan had two and Hunter Moss and Gus Bayer had two RBI each. Vienna had 10 hits. Noah Courtney pitched four innings

and Ben Artz two innings with four strikeouts. In the 5-3 win over Arlington, Moss, Henry Smith (double), Courtney (one RBI) and David Calderon had two hits each. Langborgh doubled and had two RBI, Bagdoyan had an RBI single, and Luke Alexander and Joey Johnstone had singles. In the 9-8 championship-game loss for Vienna, Langborgh and Johnstone each had two hits and an RBI and Bayer and Courtney had RBI singles. Two seventh-inning errors led to Arlington’s eighth and ninth runs. Vienna led 6-0 after two innings, then 8-7 entering the seventh. n In the 13-under and 14-under District 6 tournaments, the Vienna all-star teams each finished second, also to Arlington. The 13s lost two one-run games to Arlington and defeated Springfield, 31-2, in its other contest. The 14s lost to Arlington, 7-0, and 11-1.

Turtles (0-3), 235-185, and the Langley Wildthings (0-3) lost to host and 3-0 Overlee, 310-110. Langley’s double winner was Rubbon Luca Sanchez. Single winners were John Alms, Dylan Walsh, Brady Quinn, Ethan Ramchand, Ryan Dix (with his arm in a cast) and Megan Craven. For McLean, double winners were Till Golczyk, Cayden Frantz, Henry Miller, Anna Laszlo, Joseph Duncan, Victoria Valko, Robert Luebke, Will Soobert and Skylar Tennant. Single winners were Jannis Golczyk, Charles Lannin, Thomas Duncan, Grant Watts, Atticus Gore, Olivia Tennant and Dora Wu. For Highlands, double winners were Gigi Dent, Monica Gartzke and Annie O’Shaughnessy. Single winners were Diego Cruzado, Monika Gartzke, Daniel Isman, Allison Martin, Curan Palmer, Merrell Palmer, Charlie Scogna, Evangeline Nammo, Maggie O’Shaughnessy, Skye Sunderhauf and Wiktor Wyszogrodzki. n Vienna Woods (2-1) lost to host Crosspointe, 220-200, in an NVSL battle for first place in Division 4 on July 7. For Vienna Woods, double winners were Ben Denman-Grimm, Daniel Lauretti, Luke Lauretti, Elliott Rowan and Carly Schweers. Single winners

were Sophia Brown, Andrew DenmanGrimm, Natalie Lauer, Cru Molter, Kai Molter, John McClorey, Anna Miller, Jack Rourke, Graham Rowan, Miles Stux and Kristen Womack. n In NVSL Division 3 action, the Hunter Mill Sharks (2-1) lost July 7 to High Point, 238-182. For Hunter Mill, double winners were Hannah Carmen, Benham Cobb, Alexandra Dicks, Josephine Hau, Regan Hau and George Smith. Single winners were Ian Cobb, Sydney DeLacy, Oliver Hau, Lars Langenbach and Emma Riggle. n The Shouse Village Sharks (1-2) topped Sully Station II, 224-196, in July 7 Division 12 action. Shouse had 37 personal best times in individual races. Ashlynn Carey, Chloe Gao, Robert Kingsley, Owen Rhines, Blake Thompson, Sydney Vavonese, Ian Zarazinksi and Ray Zhao each had two personalbest times. Earning the most points were Ben Phillips, Alexa Sribar, Ryan Sribar and Charlie Williams. n In other July 7 NVSL meets involving local teams, the Hamlet Green Feet (1-2) defeated Vienna Aquatic Club, 239.5-180.5, in Division 2 and Lakevale Estates (0-3) lost to Hiddenbrook, 228192, in Division 4. No further results were submitted from those teams.

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Jimmy Linza has returned to the high school head baseball coaching ranks in Northern Virginia. The 1985 Madison High School graduate recently was named the new head coach at West Potomac High. The coaching position is his fifth. Formerly Linza, 51, was the head coach at Flint Hill, Falls Church, Mount Vernon and Hayfield. He last coached at Hayfield in 2011.

Swimming Colin Bell, Courtney Watts, Maggie Shi, Brynn Curtis, Peter Francese and Max Hollis. Single winners were Nate Hedlund, Grayson Risseeuw, Daniel Lychak, Jacob Blindenbach, Emmett Sanderson, Samantha Apgar, Teagan Hastings, Reece de Kramer, Nate Butler, Eve Henry, Caden Green, Claire Casto, Isabel McCaskey, Evan Sanderson and Allie DeGidio. Oakton and Cardinal Hill meet on July 21. In Division 7, Kent Gardens defeated host Mosby Woods, 228-192, on July 7. For Kent Gardens, Andy Li set a league record in the 8-under boys butterfly of 16.37. The Li family recently moved to the area and the A meet was Andy’s first in the NVSL. Li was a double winner along with John Paul Gonsalves, Sophie Fredericks, Mason Weinstock and Ava Zhang. Single winners were Eile Campbell, Gabirel Hanson, David Sheng, Sean Coute, Ashlyn Ussery, Ashok Radcliff, Addie Mcinerney, Alexandra Lombardi and Clare Brady.

“My oldest recently graduated from high school, so I thought it was time to get back in,” Linza said. “Baseball has been good to me in Northern Virginia.” Linza spent the past two springs coaching boys tennis at Hayfield, where during his tenure as baseball coach the Hawks set a single-season record for victories. His Hayfield and Mount Vernon teams won district titles and were perennial district contenders.

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60. *Cold storage 63. Body trunk 64. ____-Wan Kenobi 66. Packers QB 68. Russians, e.g. 69. Benatar or Boone, e.g. 70. *“The ____,” by “Notes from the Underground” author

71. Explore by touch 72. Infection of the eye 73. *Six feet under preceder?

DOWN 1. PC “brain” 2. Like a maxi skirt 3. Poetic name of Ireland 4. Cast member

Fairfax County Notes


County Animal Shelter has been experiencing a significant volume of dogs, and has been offering reduced rates – in some cases, free – for adoption of pets. For more information on adoption from the shelter, see the Web site at www.


toral Board has appointed Gary Scott as general registrar and director of elections, county officials announced July 5. Scott will succeed Cameron Sasnett, who was dismissed by the three-member Electoral Board in the days leading up to the June 12 primary. Board members said at the time they had lost confidence in Sasnett. Scott has worked for the county’s Office of Elections for 22 years. He had been the deputy registrar since 1997, with responsibilities including managing voter registration, absentee voting and outreach programs. Prior to becoming deputy registrar, he was the office manager for the county’s Office of the General Registrar. Scott served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1994 and graduated 22

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cum laude from Texas Tech University in 1975. Fairfax County has more than 700,000 registered voters and 243 precincts, county officials said. ‘FACTS FOR VOTERS’ TRANSLATED INTO KOREAN: “Facts for Voters,” an

informational booklet providing information on Fairfax County elected officials, political races and voter registration, has been translated into Korean. The translation was part of a joint effort of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium. Funding was provided by Catalyzing Impact, an organization that works to advance participatory democracy. “Facts for Voters,” which is updated annually by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, also is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. BACK-TO-SCHOOL COLLECTION DRIVE SEEKS BACKPACKS, CALCULATORS:

Fairfax-based non-profit Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) is seeking volunteers from the community to donate funds, backpacks and calculators to assist students in need who attend local schools as part of its annual Collect for Kids Back

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

to School Program. Britepaths’ goal is to provide supplies for at least 2,500 students with demonstrated need. “It is incredible to think that 54,000 students in the Fairfax County Public Schools system are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals,” said Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths’ executive director. “Their parents are struggling to put food on the table, and the prospect of finding funds to put toward school supplies is stressful for them. We hope the community will respond generously to ensure that children whose families are in crisis are able to return to school this fall with all the tools they need to succeed in the new school year.” Britepaths is collaborating with Fairfax County’s Collect for Kids partnership, which includes Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the Fairfax County Office of Public-Private Partnerships, Apple Federal Credit Union and a variety of local non-profit organizations and businesses in the initiative. For information, see the Web site at The Sun Gazette runs news of interest from across Fairfax County in each week’s edition.

Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. July 18, 1941: n A local commonwealth’s attorney plans to prosecute anyone attempting to sell hard liquor at National Airport again has opened the question of whether the airport is located on land belonging to Virginia or the District of Columbia. n Local residents are being asked to turn in scrap aluminum for recycling. July 14, 1964: n Barry Goldwater is getting closer to the magic number of delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination over rival William Scranton. n Arlington has enough hospital beds to meet current needs, but Fairfax and Alexandria are facing shortages, a new survey finds. n Farms throughout the local area must now comply with new rules limiting pesticides that wind up in milk. July 13-14, 1979: n Having found no obvious contenders inside the school system’s ranks, Fairfax School Board members have started advertising for a successor to Superintendent S. John Davis. Meanwhile, the Fairfax Education Association is angry that it isn’t represented on the selection panel. n The state government is studying whether to eliminate the sales tax on food. n Virginia gas-station operators are threatening to close down their pumps “for weeks” to protest federal rules limiting their profit margins. n The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington has inaugurated established new parishes in Great Falls (St. Catherine of Siena) and Reston (St. John Neumann). n The Virginia State Police have started a chaplaincy program. July 14, 1987: n Virginia Democrats say a poll they commissioned shows former Gov. Charles Robb with a 67-percent approval rating, followed by 59 percent for Gov. Baliles, 55 percent for President Reagan and 49 percent for U.S. Sen. Paul Trible (R-Va.). n As it has on a number of occasions before, the Eternal Flame at the grave of President Kennedy went out for about five minutes during a recent rainstorm. It was re-started by Arlington National Cemetery officials.


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