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Division on I-66/Nutley Interchange Options

Vienna Officials Voice Support for Plan Different from Proposal by Contractor BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Vienna officials hope the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) improves the Nutley Street interchange with Interstate 66 during an upcoming project to add Express Lanes to the highway, but town leaders favor a long-discussed design for the crossing over a conceptual design recently proposed by the contractor. In a May 8 letter to Susan Shaw, VDOT’s Megaprojects director, Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco expressed town officials’ concern that the contractor’s “Option B” might lead to more conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. An earlier diverging-diamond configuration, called “Option A,” “was determined by VDOT to provide the best flow of traffic while maintaining the current tight footprint of the intersection,” the mayor’s letter read. Option B, which would feature three traffic signals within the interchange, is a “traditional urban-diamond” design intended to provide Vienna town officials say they favor a “diverging-diamond” design (above) for the Nutley Street/Interstate 66 motorists direct access between interchange. Virginia Department of Transportation officials will have the final say on the matter. Nutley Street and the planned Ex-

press Lanes, Shaw said. This design is an early concept and VDOT officials, like those in Vienna, still need time to examine its particulars, she said. “We share their concerns,” Shaw said. “We haven’t seen the plans, either. We’re working with our private partner to see if this idea will work or not. We don’t have the answer.” VDOT last year showed Vienna officials the agency’s diverging-diamond design, which would feature two traffic lights and allow vehicles traveling in opposite directions on Nutley Street to cross paths north and south of the interchange. The I-66/Nutley Street interchange for decades has had a standard cloverleaf design, which is no longer in vogue among traffic engineers because its merging traffic lanes lead to plenty of crashes, especially in urban areas, Shaw said. DiRocco’s letter also stated Vienna officials’ preference that VDOT retain the collector/distributor road near the Vienna Metrorail Station, which allows traffic headed through Oakton via Sutton Continued on Page 30

Good News on the Homeless Front Across Fairfax County

Efforts across the Washington region to reduce homelessness – especially among targeted groups, such as veterans – appear to be bearing fruit, according to data released last week.

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Fitness Advocates Rejoice at Walkway Dedication BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Beulah and Clarks Crossing roads north of Vienna are scenic and inviting, but until recently they have been challenging to navigate on foot or by bicycle. The new Beulah Road Walkway, completed last December and formally dedicated May 12 by Fairfax County officials and fitness buffs, provides a 4,000-footlong path that lets non-motorists safely exercise and take in the sights. Officials cut the ceremonial red ribbon in front of the Beulah Road home of Shahla Zahirieh, an engineer with the county. Part of Phase 1 of the Northern Vienna Trail Network, the project installed a 6-foot-wide asphalt path along Clarks Crossing and Beulah roads and a 5-footwide concrete sidewalk between Clarks Crossing Road and Chestnut Farm Drive. In addition, the initiative included drainage improvements and marked crosswalks to give pedestrians better access at intersections. The project connects many venues in the surrounding neighborhood, including Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, the Barns at Wolf Trap and the W&OD Regional Trail, said Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill).

Hudgins credited Jenifer Joy Madden, vice chairman of the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Committee, with persevering and seeing the project through to completion. Madden recalled the difficulty years ago of walking with her son along sidewalk-free roadways to Meadowlark Gardens. “I didn’t realize until I moved in that we are ringed by a necklace of green spaces,” she said. “The supervisor and I were voices in the wilderness back then, because this was a land of SUVs.” The audience of about 20 people laughed shortly after those remarks when a slate-gray Chevrolet Camaro roared past the tent. Madden and Hudgins reached out to about 1,800 nearby residents when pursuing the project and found roughly 85 percent of them supported the effort. The project has been in the works since October 2007, when the Board of Supervisors endorsed the county’s second four-year transportation plan. The public gave its input in June 2010 after being presented with the project’s design. The project cost about $700,000 and was financed by funds from a 2007 transportation-bond referendum. Obstacles that had to be overcome included land acquisition and utilities, Hudgins said. “It’s been a long time coming, because

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Fitness advocates and Fairfax County officials on May 12 dedicate the Beulah Road Walkway, a PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER recently completed path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

you’re building a trail in an area that’s already developed,” Hudgins said. “Today, I think we should be celebrating the idea that we all can work together to be as creative as possible.” Reston resident Kerie Hitt wore a bicycling outfit to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and said she uses the trail to get to Wolf Trap and Meadowlark Gardens. “It’s pretty convenient,” she said. “I wouldn’t be riding in a lot of this section unless there was a trail here. It’s opened up a whole new possibility to get to places.” Jeffrey Anderson, who represents Hunter Mill District on the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee, said the trail encourages people to get outside more and bolsters local home values, which in turn leads to higher county tax revenues. “It’s really exciting to see so many peo-

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Q&A: Junior League Leaders Look Toward the Future

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, the Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 291 Leagues in four countries. As the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JNLV) approaches its 60th anniversary, and local members reflect on the power of women to make an impact in our community, the Sun Gazette asked some leaders of the organization to share their thoughts about its role and impact in the community. Current and past presidents of the Junior League of Northern Virginia – president Lori Ann Terjesen, Ph.D.; past president Erica McCants; U.S. Tax Court Judge Tamara Ashford; and Betsy Frantz, president and CEO of the Leadership Center for Excellence – shared their thoughts on the important role of the Junior League in Northern Virginia. What drew you, personally, to the Junior League of Northern Virginia? What do you think are the top few reasons that individuals become involved, and what keeps them involved? ASHFORD: I had always been civicminded and involved in bettering my community through volunteer work. I knew that once having settled here, I wanted to get involved in my community and network with other similarly community/civic-focused and professional women. The JLNV ultimately was that outlet. The Junior League is known today as a cadre of trained volunteers whom folks in the community rely on when looking to get something done. We know the community, we can investigate, we can help shape the solution. It’s those reasons that keep us involved. FRANTZ: In my late 20s, I decided to join the JLNV, because it was ahead of the curve. It was an organization which put voluntarism first, and the social aspect came along with that. That was exciting to me. JLNV was ahead of its time in this mentality based on other Leagues in the nation. People are attracted to the Junior League because it is a group of individuals with like minds who serve their com-

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munity. That plays out in a million different ways, with the core value of giving back. TERJESEN: Several generations of the women in my family were Junior League members, and encouraged me to consider joining once I came of age. By joining the League, I saw an opportunity to network with like-minded women, make new friends, learn about my new community, and further my museum work experience by volunteering with the Children’s Science Center through the Junior League. JLNV has been instrumental in expanding both my personal and professional networks, while guiding me in civic service in my new community. McCANTS: Volunteering has been a part of my life starting at a very young age. The JLNV provided me the ability to volunteer in my community through structured activities with strategic partners to make a measurable difference in the lives of those we were assisting. A lot has changed in the world in 60 years. How is the Junior League meeting the needs of members and the community in new and innovative ways? ASHFORD: On a personal level, I owe much of my professional success up to this point to the competencies and skills I amassed as a result of my involvement with the Junior League. As a judge on the United States Tax Court, I have to be an independent adjudicator, I have to hear disputes expeditiously and make good decisions. As a committee chair all the way through serving as president of the JLNV in 2008-09, I learned how to network, make good decisions, conduct wise dialogue, be inclusive and adaptive. I also learned what it takes to develop and build something (the Children’s Science Center) from the ground up. On a separate note, I will say that I was fortunate to be present for the early stages of the strategic-planning process of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), the governing organization of all Junior Leagues, during my term as an at-large member of the Association

Governance Committee from 2011-13. We recognize that our work at this point in time is not done. At the Association level (and at the local league level), we continue to transform so that our legacy will endure as the preeminent provider of women civic leaders. We must look inward at our practices or otherwise be extinct. FRANTZ: I actually think that was the biggest and most positive shift in the JLNV and AJLI: the creation of a focused mission where there is a combination of giving financial resources and volunteer time back to the community each year. We give back in our focus area, whether it’s children’s nutrition or literacy. This was not intended to exclude other concerns in the community, but allows members to focus and make a greater difference. TERJESEN: It’s surprising to think about, but within the next five years, JLNV will include members from five generations; and with those generations there have been vast alterations of the cultural, political, economic and philanthropic landscape. At a time when many organizations are retrenching, the JLNV is taking bold steps to ensure its legacy as an organization that has cultivated countless women to serve as civic leaders and improved our community in the time since it was founded nearly 60 years ago. Consistently throughout its history, it has proven to be a nimble and thoughtful organization, fluent in the context of its time. McCANTS: JLNV has consistently focused on growing and strengthening its membership by promoting the positive image of the League as a place of diversity and inclusion where women become trained volunteers and experience rewarding opportunities to serve in the community. Through the years, we have increased the community exposure of our work through strengthening current partnerships and developing new strategic alliances with like-minded diverse organizations that support our mission. This has enabled the JLNV to continue to make a lasting impact in community and be viewed as an organization of visionaries.

The word “empowerment” has been used a lot in the national discourse in recent months. What does the word mean to you? ASHFORD: That’s a great word! One way to think of the word “empowerment” that I have seen is that it’s the process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. I also view empowerment as the means by which an individual’s or group’s economic, political, social, educational, spiritual, or gender strength is increased. The mission of the Junior League embodies and embraces the empowerment of women. TERJESEN: Often we don’t realize our own inherent potential until it is brought to light through challenge, perseverance, opportunity and encouragement. When we do finally glimpse this potential and embrace it, we feel empowered to become the best versions of ourselves, to continually reach for new challenges that improve ourselves and our communities, and to take risks. This is empowerment. JLNV empowered me to think like a leader and consider new possibilities for myself and those around me. McCANTS: Empowerment builds individuals’ confidence and personal and professional skill sets. It enables people to build trust and cooperation and feel connected to others. As a group, it enables the individuals to connect with one another, share ideas, take on leadership roles within the organization and gain the confidence to succeed. FRANTZ: One of the most valuable parts of the League is seeing women come together, and through our joint efforts, being able to make an impact. I have some of the same friends now that I had when I first joined the League, and I consider them my “kitchen cabinet.” As we walked through life together, we bonded, and were able to make a difference. Those relationships, and the energy we developed by building off of each other, were critical to us as women leaders.

With Qualms, Planning Body Backs New Subdivision BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

The Vienna Planning Commission on May 10 voted 5-1 to recommend the Vienna Town Council approve plans for a seven-lot subdivision just off Maple Avenue, E., despite deep reservations about the number of lots and how several would front busy roads. The proposal, put forward by Mashie Drive LLC, would subdivide four lots into seven on the 2.69-acre site. Three of the single-family-detached houses would front onto Mashie Drive, S.E., three onto Follin Lane, S.E., and one onto Maple Avenue, E. Commissioners pushed unsuccessfully for the applicant to consider a six-lot arrangement that would have the homes centered around a cul-de-sac accessed via Mashie Drive, S.E. Michael Walker of Clydesdale Custom Homes LLC, a representative of the applicant, said the seven-lot layout with homes facing outward would leave the properties’ back yards facing each other, which is important from a marketing perspective. “The overall aesthetics are important for us,” Walker said. “This is what people are going to see when they drive into the town of Vienna.” Planning Commission member Lau-

rie Cole, who handled plenty of land-use cases during her 12 years on the Town Council, said nothing in the town comprehensive plan would prove a barrier to the development. “I think the layout, while it may be byright, is extremely ill-advised,” Cole said. “And while it is tempting to say that the only person who is going to suffer is the developer because they’re going to have an awfully hard time selling those lots that would be accessed from Follin Lane, the fact is that the town also suffers when illadvised development goes in.” Commission member Stephen Kenney, who cast the lone nay vote against the proposal (three other commissioners were absent), agreed with Cole’s assessment. “I think you could make more money on six properties than you can with seven that discharge onto Maple Avenue and Follin Lane,” he said. Kenney also questioned the wisdom of locating the homes’ stormwater-management facilities in the rear of the properties. John Jay Sergent, a public-works engineer with the town, said that arrangement is not unusual with in-fill lots. A third party will have to inspect those facilities every five years to ensure they remain functional, he said. The development would eliminate a service drive along Maple Avenue, E., and the trees underneath utility lines

This service drive along Maple Avenue, E., would be eliminated under a proposed seven-lot PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER subdivision that is headed to the Vienna Town Council.

there. The service road is something of an anomaly in town and Vienna officials for decades have been discouraging further development of it. (The road makes for convenient parking, however, if lots at Westwood Country Club across the street are full.) The developer will provide trees along Maple Avenue, plus two landscaping pods that likely would be provided in concert with one of the garden clubs in town, said Vienna Planning and Zoning Director Patrick Mulhern. Town employees, in conjunction with Vienna’s arborist, would care for the frontage along the former service road, he said. “It would be the front door to the town and we would maintain it,” Mulhern said.

Commission member Mary McCullough told the developer she was “saddened” by the proposed subdivision. “You are just building isolated lots for people to live in,” she said. “They will grow frustrated and wish they hadn’t bought their house because they will continually, daily suffer the problem of trying to get in and out of their driveways through Maple Avenue and Follin Lane.” McCullough continued, “You could enhance the value of these homes by going down to six instead of seven. That not having the foresight to see the opportunity to build community in Vienna, which is what we really strive for, is disheartening.” The Vienna Town Council will discuss the matter at a future public hearing, the date of which still must be set.

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Our View: Emperors of Fairfax Have No Clothes?

It was a scant six months ago that Fairfax voters humiliated the Democratic Board of Supervisors’ majority – helmed by skipper Sharon Bulova – by rejecting the meals-tax proposal put on their plates by elected officials expecting a compliant electorate to go along sans dissent. More recently, a far less public but still important smackdown occurred, one that suggests the Fairfax leadership may, despite its airs of grandeur, indeed be the emperors sans clothes. The matter in question? The inability of area localities, of which Fairfax is the big kahuna, to avoid being outfoxed and outmaneuvered by the business community when it comes to regulation of towing across the region. The business community was able to convince both houses of the legislature and Gov. McAuliffe to slap handcuffs on Northern Virginia when it comes to such regulation. And while the legislation, patroned by Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) and state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), was clearly aimed restraining Arlington’s County Board, local governments across the region found themselves in the crosshairs, too. One presumes the Fairfax County government did not

want to see its powers reduced, certainly not because the General Assembly was, as it often is, hacked off at neighboring Arlington. So one presumes the Fairfax County government made an effort to scuttle this legislation. And yet, it passed into law. Maybe Fairfax officials tried hard on the matter, maybe not. (Providing information willingly to the public has never been the county government’s strong suit, as we all know.) And those officials probably went “whew!” when the coverage focused on how the business community took on and defeated Arlington. But this was as much a slapdown to Fairfax as any other jurisdiction. The legislators could have tailored the bill to apply only to Arlington; they chose not to. Proper lobbying might have prevented the measure from getting to the governor’s desk, but there it went. A determined effort might have convinced His Excellency Gov. McAuliffe that a veto was the best route; he ignored the arguments. Once again, Fairfax leaders found themselves outflanked and outsnookered by determined opposition. It wasn’t as public a spanking as last November, but in some ways it was just as debasing.

FCPS Needs to Avoid Increasing Class Size Editor: Why is Fairfax County Public Schools proposing to balance its fiscal 2018 budget by increasing class sizes by 0.5 students in all elementary, middle and high schools? Large class sizes have a negative impact on students’ ability to learn and succeed, and on teachers’ ability to teach. Large classes burn out good teachers and affect teacher decisions about whether to continue working at a school. Every time a good teacher leaves the employ of FCPS, we forfeit our investment in hiring and training that person. In many recent meetings about teacher compensation, the School Board has expressed concerns about teacher attrition. In Fairfax, we lose about 40 percent of our teachers in their first five years of employment, and we lose many

more teachers after their fifth year. Class size is cited – both in FCPS and in a national study – as a top factor in teachers’ decisions to leave the school district. At this critical time when we already suffer from teacher shortages and large class sizes, FCPS should not be considering additional class-size increases as a means to save $14.7 million. There are alternatives that could better address the budget gap. Some alternatives actually reduce expenses. Others just change budget assumptions. For example, the School Board could cut $15 million of other expenses with the understanding that in July, it would use the “found money” from the yearend fiscal 2017 budget review to restore those programs. This is exactly what the board did about six years ago when Jack Dale was superintendent. Alternatively, FCPS could find $14.7

million by using more realistic assumptions about employee attrition. Every year, FCPS prepares its budget using unrealistically low attrition assumptions, which in turn consistently produce about $30 million per year of “found money” from higher-than-projected teacher attrition. Of course, if FCPS made a sustained commitment to reasonable class sizes, it could arguably avoid increasing the costs associated with that teacher attrition. Imagine the cost-savings from retaining our teachers. What additional innovations could be used to reduce the expense of endlessly restaffing our classrooms and training a new workforce? Mollie Regan Vienna

Editor: The local media has skipped over the news of potentially eliminating the deduction of state income taxes and local property taxes from our federal income taxes. This revision to the tax code will have an immediate negative impact on residents of Virginia in Maryland. The Wall Street Journal listed Maryland as the No. 1 state in the union for taking

advantage of these tax deductions, and had Virginia right up there. The Sun Gazette does a fair job of covering the property-tax increases that seem to fluctuate up every year that I have lived in Fairfax County. Our local elected officials continually tell us that it’s OK for your property taxes to go up, because you can deduct them off of your federal income taxes. If this change to the federal tax code

goes through, residents of Virginia and especially Maryland will assume a tremendous federal tax increase. This as the coffers in the states and local counties remain unchanged. Kevin McGrath Vienna

Regan is an advocate for Class Size Counts.

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New graduates prepare for ceremonies as Northern Virginia Community College holds its 50th commencement ceremony on May 14 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow. Find a slide show of photos from the event at NVCC PHOTO


When Northern Virginia Community College opened in the mid-1960s with a handful of students and teachers, it was considered an experiment, said Todd Rowley, chairman of the NVCC board. “No one knew then, for certain, if NOVA would keep pace with the rising, dynamic civic and business community,” he said. “Today, I can assure our 7,336 graduates that there’s a strategic value to this college.” Those graduating students, comprised of students who had earned degrees or certificates, crossed the stage May 14 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, and are trained and ready to take on new jobs or continue their education at partner institutions such as George Mason University and Virginia Tech, Rowley said. Graduating student Brittany Spivey said she initially chose NVCC because it offered guaranteed admission to outstanding four-year colleges, then came to understand the community college provided many other opportunities. She ended up running on the cross country team for two years, participating in the honors program and student government, and taking courses with smaller numbers of students than might be possible at a bigger school. NVCC “prepared me to really get out of my comfort zone and become comfortable with that,” Spivey said. The community college also “is a very inviting and low-pressure environment and that’s a great place to start trying new things and put yourself out there,” she said. It was the 51st commencement for the college, the largest institution of higher education in Virginia and among the largest in the nation. And one of the biggest pieces of advice for students came from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who served as commencement speaker. “We live in a society where there’s a lot of talking and not much listening,” Kaine said. “It sometimes seems like everybody’s doing their own monologue, but there’s not very much real dialogue.”

Through politics and working with others, he learned that by listening he could find common ground with others, even if they disagree on many topics, Kaine said. “If you look for the overlap, you will find it,” said Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice-presidential nominee. “When you find the overlap, you can do good things together. But if you don’t look for it, you might stay in the areas where there isn’t an overlap and spin your wheels and be frustrated.” There are many things graduates can be told about being successful, but because of the hyper-connected world we live in, teams are needed to do good things in the world, Kaine said. “Focus on hearing what people are really saying, undistracted by your electronics or your own impatience to say what you think,” Kaine said. NVCC president Scott Ralls said the Class of 2017 included an 89-year-old cybersecurity-certificate graduate and a 91-year-old World War II veteran. Others attended school while raising families or dealing with other life challenges, he said. “Your achievements required grit and resilience, and your experience will particularly prepare you for the challenges that you’ll face and propel you to seize the opportunities you await,” Ralls said. “When you came to NOVA, you didn’t just enroll – you believed in a better future for you, your families and your world. Matthew Vargas, another 2017 grad, plans to attend a four-year college and then pursue a career in film production. He said he was ready to take those next steps because NVCC’s faculty gave him the necessary resources and encouragement. “So with that foundation, I’m now able to go forward and learn on my own,” Vargas said. “I truly believe my NOVA experience was constructive and helped build a good foundation for my future. It feels like the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I’d like to see where it goes next.” Brian Trompeter contributed to this report.


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Schools & Military Rachel Wagner of Great Falls earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, magna cum laude, during recent commencement exercises at Coastal Carolina University. n

n Daniel Santorum of Great Falls has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He is among more than 100 cadets from the Class of 2017 at The Citadel to be commissioned in various branches of the Armed Forces during a May 5 ceremony at the institution. Among them were 24 commissioned into to Air Force.

Peter Chircio of Vienna has been inducted into the University of Maryland Baltimore chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society. Shannon Pederson of McLean has been initiated into the chapter at the University of Maryland College Park. n

n Violet Felt and Prathik Naidu, students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, have been named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They are among 161 students nationally selected for 2017 by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic

excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service and leadership. A ceremony to honor all Presidential Scholars will take place in June in Washington. In the Sun Gazette coverage area, Thomas Jefferson students Sofiya Boroday, Christopher Niu and Michele Wang of Oakton High School were named semifinalists in the selection process. n Twenty-two students from 10 Fairfax County high schools have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Winners of the scholarships from the Sun Gazette coverage area, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are: – From Langley High School: Nitin Rao (law) and Sivan Tretiak (mathematics). – From James Madison High School: Patrick Donnelly (engineering) and Andrew Prince (public policy). – From George C. Marshall High School: Patrick Brinza (electrical engineering). – From McLean High School: Anna Duval (aerospace engineering) and Rahul Mani (computer science). – From Oakton High School: Calvin Krist (computer science). – From Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology: Akshay Balaji

(medicine), Sanjeevani Bhavsar (neuroscience), Cecelia Chu (computer science), Landon Chu (computer science), Rebecca Mays (chemical engineering), Raquel Sequeira (molecular biology), Jayant Subramanian (applied mathematics), Katie Tam (natural science) and Devon WoodThomas (physics). Each scholarship winner was evaluated on his or her academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay describing interests and goals; and a recommendation from a high school official. “Genius Girls,” a team of ninthgrade students at Oakton High School, took second place in the 15th annual state eCybermission competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach program and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Students Mahi Nair, Amanda Taylor and Gloria Wang investigated the effects of common chemicals on local marine ecosystems. Second-place teams received $500 per student in U.S. savings bonds, and have the chance to advance in the competition, with the top 20 teams competing in Washington in June. For information on the competition, see the Web site at https://www.ecybern


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dle schools – two at Cooper Middle and two at Longfellow Middle – were honored by the Woman’s Club of McLean at the organization’s May 2 meeting. Violinist Claire Fulton and flutist Amanda Yo of Cooper and xylophonist Alexa Gambon and violinist Joyce Qi of Longfellow performed and received $100 gift certificates at the event. In addition, the Woman’s Club of McLean awarded trophies to students from five McLean elementary schools for their safety-patrol work, and made donations to each school for safety equipment. n The Clan, the student yearbook at McLean High School, won the top-level honor – Pacemaker – in the National Scholastic Press Association-Journalism Education Association convention, held in Seattle. Only 35 high-school yearbooks in the nation won the award. The 2015-16 Clan was edited by Allie Babyak, Grace Fabrycky, Karen Shedlock, Isabelle Wyerman, Anthony Capon and Christine O’Donnell. Meghan Percival was the adviser. McLean High School’s Highlander

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Builder Mulls 17 Units Next to Vienna Town Hall BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Longtime Vienna-area developer John Sekas has built about 500 houses over the last three decades and before he leaves the business, he hopes to build 17 townhousestyle condominiums in central Vienna. Sekas at a May 15 Vienna Town Council work session outlined his proposal for a by-right development at 135 Church St., S., just to the south of Vienna Town Hall. The site would allow 21 housing units by-right, but Sekas said he was aiming to maximize the site’s attractiveness. “We’re looking at this project as something we can leave our trademark on,” he said, adding, “It’s going to be beautiful all the way around.” Council member Pasha Majdi was pleased that the developer was not trying to maximize housing yield at the site. “I’m always in favor of less density,” he said. “This would be less than could be built by-right.” Sekas, who owns Sekas Homes, hopes to build a by-right development, with a few setback modifications needed from the town. The project would cover about 60 percent of the parcel, versus the 41 percent now occupied by the medical facility. Preliminary sketches showed units with varying façades that Sekas said were intended to be in line with the aesthetic of historic Church Street, located two blocks away across Maple Avenue. The units would be priced at roughly $850,000 each, which in Vienna’s pricey new-housing market passes as affordable. The dwellings would be about 2,300 to

2,400 square feet apiece and feature rooftop terraces instead of decks, Sekas said. The development’s entrance would be off of Locust Street, S.W., across from Vienna Police Headquarters. The site at 135 Center St., S., which is slightly larger than 1 acre, is zoned RM2 multi-family residential, but long has been home to a low-rise medical facility. The current building’s lot Sekas’ company, Willow Creek Estates LC, bought the property from Bernard Notes LP for $4.25 million on Sept. 29, 2016, according to Fairfax County tax records. The property and its building are assessed at nearly $1.85 million. Vienna

As an additional inducement, Sekas has offered to build five new parallel-parking spaces at his expense along the entrance road to Town Hall, accessible from Center Street. The arrangement would not constitute shared parking for the housing development, he emphasized. Sekas also might build a gazebo between the housing units and Town Hall, which could be used by the development’s residents and town staff. “We have an opportunity to help each other as neighbors,” he told the Council. Sekas, who hopes to be ready to begin the project early next year, said the development would have two-car garages un-

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Schools & Military Rachel Wagner of Great Falls earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, magna cum laude, during recent commencement exercises at Coastal Carolina University. n

n Daniel Santorum of Great Falls has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He is among more than 100 cadets from the Class of 2017 at The Citadel to be commissioned in various branches of the Armed Forces during a May 5 ceremony at the institution. Among them were 24 commissioned into to Air Force.

Peter Chircio of Vienna has been inducted into the University of Maryland Baltimore chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society. Shannon Pederson of McLean has been initiated into the chapter at the University of Maryland College Park. n

n Violet Felt and Prathik Naidu, students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, have been named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They are among 161 students nationally selected for 2017 by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic

excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service and leadership. A ceremony to honor all Presidential Scholars will take place in June in Washington. In the Sun Gazette coverage area, Thomas Jefferson students Sofiya Boroday, Christopher Niu and Michele Wang of Oakton High School were named semifinalists in the selection process. n Twenty-two students from 10 Fairfax County high schools have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Winners of the scholarships from the Sun Gazette coverage area, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are: – From Langley High School: Nitin Rao (law) and Sivan Tretiak (mathematics). – From James Madison High School: Patrick Donnelly (engineering) and Andrew Prince (public policy). – From George C. Marshall High School: Patrick Brinza (electrical engineering). – From McLean High School: Anna Duval (aerospace engineering) and Rahul Mani (computer science). – From Oakton High School: Calvin Krist (computer science). – From Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology: Akshay Balaji

(medicine), Sanjeevani Bhavsar (neuroscience), Cecelia Chu (computer science), Landon Chu (computer science), Rebecca Mays (chemical engineering), Raquel Sequeira (molecular biology), Jayant Subramanian (applied mathematics), Katie Tam (natural science) and Devon WoodThomas (physics). Each scholarship winner was evaluated on his or her academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay describing interests and goals; and a recommendation from a high school official. “Genius Girls,” a team of ninthgrade students at Oakton High School, took second place in the 15th annual state eCybermission competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach program and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Students Mahi Nair, Amanda Taylor and Gloria Wang investigated the effects of common chemicals on local marine ecosystems. Second-place teams received $500 per student in U.S. savings bonds, and have the chance to advance in the competition, with the top 20 teams competing in Washington in June. For information on the competition, see the Web site at https://www.ecybern n Four music students at McLean mid-

dle schools – two at Cooper Middle and two at Longfellow Middle – were honored by the Woman’s Club of McLean at the organization’s May 2 meeting. Violinist Claire Fulton and flutist Amanda Yo of Cooper and xylophonist Alexa Gambon and violinist Joyce Qi of Longfellow performed and received $100 gift certificates at the event. In addition, the Woman’s Club of McLean awarded trophies to students from five McLean elementary schools for their safety-patrol work, and made donations to each school for safety equipment. n The Clan, the student yearbook at McLean High School, won the top-level honor – Pacemaker – in the National Scholastic Press Association-Journalism Education Association convention, held in Seattle. Only 35 high-school yearbooks in the nation won the award. The 2015-16 Clan was edited by Allie Babyak, Grace Fabrycky, Karen Shedlock, Isabelle Wyerman, Anthony Capon and Christine O’Donnell. Meghan Percival was the adviser. McLean High School’s Highlander

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post. Initially, detectives did not believe the first man who entered the Exxon was a suspect; however, after reviewing surveillance video from both robberies, they now believe both men were working together and involved in both robberies. One suspect is described as white or Hispanic, in his mid-20s, around 6 feet tall and 160 to 180 pounds, and has multiple tattoos. The second suspect is described as Hispanic or black, in his mid-20s, around 5 feet 8 inches, 180 to 220 pounds and was wearing sunglasses in both robberies. POLICE QUICKLY CAPTURE SUSPECTS IN McLEAN BANK ROBBERY: Fairfax

County police officers responded May 9 at 9:35 a.m. to a reported bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 6844 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. A man had entered the bank, approached a teller and handed over a note; however, no weapon was seen. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and no one was injured during the robbery, police said. The suspect drove away in a silver Honda Civic, headed north on Route 123. Within 10 minutes, officers located the Honda in the area and took the suspect into custody. Police arrested Richard Chit Nyi Nyi Chitty, 34, of McLean and took him to police headquarters, where Major Crimes

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vision detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Child Exploitation Unit recently conducted a three-day operation targeting online sexual predators, police announced May 8. Detectives, posing as juveniles, went online and within a very short period of time received solicitations and sexually explicit images from men wanting to meet the “child” for the purpose of engaging in inappropriate sexual activity, police said. The suspect and “child” would arrange a time and place to meet and when the suspect arrived, police took him into custody. County police, using assistance from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrested eight men during the operation. Authorities have placed about 25 local and federal criminal charges, including ones for solicitation of a minor, solicitation of a minor for prostitution, attempted indecent liberties with a minor (including one instance involving a registered sex offender) and drug-possession charges. Seven suspects are listed below; police did not name the eighth because of an on-

going investigation. The arrested men and the charges they face are: • Joseph Selkow Garcia, 30, of Woodbridge (indecent liberties, computer solicitation). • Fernando Barbosa, 46, of Fairfax Station (attempted indecent liberties and computer solicitation). • Joshua Veary, 23, of Reston (three counts of computer solicitation). • Mohammad Abdo, 20, of Gainesville (solicitation for prostitution, computer solicitation, attempted indecent liberties). • Kirk Mason, 43, of Lothian, Md., (computer solicitation). • Aristotle Panopoulos, 33, of McLean (computer solicitation, attempted indecent liberties). • Steven Hill, 64, of Woodbridge (computer solicitation, attempted indecent exposure). Detectives want to emphasize, especially to parents, that this type of crime is prevalent within the local community. They encourage residents to monitor closely their children’s online activity, not only for predators who want to engage in physical contact, but also for those who wish to send or receive pornographic images from children. Police ask anyone with information about crimes involving suspected child Continued on Page 13

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Avenue. when his vehicle struck another on Maple Avenue, then ran off the road into the brick “James Madison” sign. The driver of the first vehicle exited the vehicle and tried to leave the scene on foot. Rescue personnel responded and transported the driver of the second vehicle to an area hospital for treatment of non-lifethreatening injuries. Vienna police arrested the first vehicle’s driver after a short foot pursuit. The man showed signs of impairment, acted very uncooperatively with the officer and refused any field-sobriety tests, police said. Vienna police transported the suspect, a 32-year-old Vienna man, to an area medical facility for treatment for injuries he sustained in the accident. Once the man was treated medically, police transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with driving while intoxicated (third offense), refusal to take sobriety tests (third offense), felony hit-and-run and driving on a revoked license. Authorities held the man on an $8,000 secured bond.



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Fairfax Homes Market Outperforms N.Va. Neighbors Year-over-year home sales across Fairfax County in April were up slightly, according to new figures, while average prices also ticked up a tad. The 1,451 residential properties that went to closing last month represent an increase of 0.2 percent – exactly three homes – from April 2016, according to figures reported May 10 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. The relatively flat month may not seem like much, but many Northern Virginia jurisdictions saw year-over-year declines in April, as the market regrouped from a



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frenetic start to the year. The average sales price of all properties that went to closing in Fairfax during the month was $560,067, an increase of 2.7 percent, with higher average prices reported in two of three segments of the market: • The average sales price of single-family homes was up 1.7 percent to $728,655. • The average sales price of attached homes, such as townhouses, was up 2.3 percent to $382,656. • The average sales price of condominiums was down 2.9 percent to $281,606. A total of 88 properties traded hands for more than $1 million, including eight that sold for $2.5 million or more. Add up the sales and prices, and the total market volume for April across Fairfax County was $812.7 million, up 2.9 percent from a year ago. Homes that went to closing in April spent an average of 37 days between listing and ratified sales contract, a much swifter path than the 50 days, on average, required a year before. Homes garnered 98.7 percent of original listing price, up from 98 percent a year before. Conventional mortgages were the method of transacting sales in 925 cases during the month, followed by cash (167), VA-backed loans (160) and FHA-backed mortgages (130). Inventory, which had been depleted by an exceptionally healthy first quarter this

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year, was down nearly 23 percent from April 2017, with just over 3,000 homes on the market across Fairfax County. Where is the local market headed? Having had such a strong start to the year, and with inventory becoming an issue, it appears the next few months could be fair, but not spectacular. Both pending sales and homes coming under contract were down in April from a year ago. Figures represent most, but not all, sales during the period. All figures are preliminary, and are subject to revision. D.C. Region Back to Its Historic Norms, Analysis Suggests: Borrowing from President Warren G. Harding, the D.C. region’s real-estate market has returned to “normalcy” after a roller-coaster ride before, during and after the 200811 recession. That’s according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders and First American Title Insurance Co., which tabulate date for several hundred metro areas across the nation on a quarterly basis. The Washington metro area’s “LMI” (Leading Markets Index) stood a 1.03 for the first-quarter 2016, meaning the region’s overall real-estate health is 3 percent above its historical norm. First-quarter figures were reported in early May. The local region is among about 180 metro regions, nationally, currently at or

above their historic norms, based on three components: employment, housing prices and permits for new-home construction. Until recent months, it had been late 2008 since the Washington region was at 1.0 or higher on the scorecard. After dipping down to 0.87 as the recession dug in, by mid-2011 the region started moving up again. The region hit 1.0 in the second quarter of 2016, rose to 1.02 in the third quarter and stayed there in the fourth before moving up another tick in the first quarter of 2017. The Washington region actually fared rather well compared to other areas of the country during the ups-and-downs of the past decade. Some communities that had seen overheated growth in the pre-recession period, such as in Florida and Arizona, dropped to the 0.6 range at the depths of the economic downturn. Flint, Mich., fell as far as 0.53 (it’s now at 0.74). Approximately 340 metro areas are scored by taking their average buildingpermit, home-price and employment levels for the past 12 months and dividing each by its annual average over the last period of normal growth. For permits and employment, averages are also adjusted for the underlying population count. For single-family permits and home prices, 2000-03 is used as the last normal period, and for employment, 2007 is the base comparison. – Staff Reports VA 2705116122A, DCRA 420214000130, MHIC 121787

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elebrate the 30th Annual Taste of Arlington with 50+ restaurant tents and food trucks, craft beer and wine gardens, live music, a BarkPark, and KidZone – there’s something for everyone! The 30th Annual Taste of Arlington presented by Courthaus Social is a family-friendly street festival produced by the Ballston Business Improvement District and benefits BallstonGives, its charitable subsidiary. The event showcases more than 50 local restaurants and food trucks with the Best of the Best Awards, offerings from the area’s top breweries and wineries, and features live music, a BarkPark, and Kidzone. For the first time, Taste of Arlington is a ticketed event. General admission is $5 until May 1st, when prices increase to $10. Admission on the day-of will be $15 dollars; however, discounted admission is available via the BallstonConnect mobile

application at $10. Tickets can be purchased at www. Also for the first time, there will be no lines for Taste Tickets. Attendees will pay restaurants and food trucks directly with cash or credit card for samplings that will range from $1 to $5. Separately, a single $5 drink ticket will now constitute a full 8-ounce pour. KidZone game tickets can be purchased at $5 for a book of five tickets. Admission to the BarkPark is $10, which includes a drink ticket and dog bandana. Arlington restaurants and celebrity chefs – from Courthaus Social to Mike Isabella’s Yona – will serve up their best dishes for attendees to try. View participating restaurants.

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Main concert stage features performances by the Jack Diamond – Jim Steed Band, His Dream of Lions, Jeff From Accounting, and Burnt Sienna. KidZone features carnival games, rock-climbing wall, face-painting, C.C. the Clown, and activities from the Capitals, Wizards, and Nationals. BarkPark allows you to take your dog off the leash – entry gets you a dog bandana, beer or wine voucher (21+), and all the water your pup can drink. Beer and wine gardens feature selections from Founders, Great Lakes, Troegs, Devil’s Backbone, Bold Rock, and more! WHAT: 30th Anniversary Taste of Arlington presented by Courthaus Social

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WHERE: This year’s event will take place on Wilson Blvd between N Randolph St and N Monroe St due to the redevelopment of Ballston Quarter. Parking is available all day at the Ballston Public Parking Garage at Ballston Common Mall. The event can also be accessed through the Ballston-MU and Virginia Square Metro stations. WHY: Taste of Arlington is now a signature event of BallstonGives, the newly formed charitable arm of the Ballston BID. This year BallstonGives will make a substantial donation from the event to our charity beneficiary, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlingtonians in need. AFAC serves approximately 2,200 families each week, including elders, children, the unemployed and the under-employed. More than 80% of AFAC’s funds and 65% of the food AFAC distributes is donated. Visit for more information.

Admission is $15 on the day-of, discounted at $10 through the BallstonConnect mobile application The event can be easily accessed through the Ballston-MU and Virginia Square Metro stations. Parking is available all day at the Ballston Public Parking Garage at Ballston Common Mall Attendees will pay restaurants and food trucks directly with cash or credit card for Tastes ranging $1-$5 This year, a single $5 drink ticket will receive a full 8-ounce pour There will be a number of ATMs and cash stations around the event Beer and wine garden featuring selections from Founders, Great Lakes, Troegs, Corona, SweetWater, Devil’s Backbone, Bold Rock and more! KidZone features carnival games, rock climbing wall, face-painting, C.C. the Clown Show, and activities from the Capitals, Wizards and Nationals’ Natmobile Fenced-in BarkPark allows you to take your dog off the leash and entry gets you a dog bandana, a complimentary beer or wine voucher (age 21+) and all the water your dog can drink BallstonGives will make a substantial donation from the event to the event’s charity beneficiary, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a communitybased non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlingtonians in need. LIVE BANDS The Jack Diamond - Jim Steed Band His Dream of Lions Jeff From Accounting Burnt Sienna CONFIRMED JUDGES Brett Gellman, DMV Dining



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2017 KITCHENAID SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, May 25-28. The cost for a general grounds ticket those four rounds is $35. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.pga. com/seniorpga. Free public parking is available at Washington Dulles International Airport, with a shuttle to the course. Juniors age 17 and younger will be admitted free with an accompanying ticketed adult. Mobile devices must be kept in a golf-mode silent setting at all times. Cameras are allowed only during practice rounds. For more information about the tournament, visit the Web site at

Mediate set to defend championship DAVE FACINOLI



efending champion Rocco Mediate announced earlier this spring that his golf game is in considerably better shape than a year ago when he was a surprise winner of the KitchenAid Senior PGA championship in Michigan. Mediate was on hand for a media day news conference at the Trump International Hotel in Washington previewing this year’s 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA championship, which will be played May 25-28 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. Mediate said the shape of his game had been “a two-year struggle” until a putting tip on the practice green prior to the 2016 tourney from fellow golfer John Daly changed everything. It helped him shoot a first-round 62 and to lead wire-to-wire with a tourney-record 19-under final score to win his first major championship on either the PGA or Senior PGA tour. He won by three strokes over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie. The tip he received was to keep his left leg still when putting. “So I kind of got my weight forward and went back and held it and all of a sudden I made


them all for the entire week, made everything pretty much,” Mediate said about the tip from Daly. “So those things happen. J.D. doesn’t say something, maybe I don’t win. It’s one of those things that’s so stupid.” Mediate, who joined the senior Champions Tour in 2013, has won 13 professional tournaments. His most famous finish was a runnerup to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines near San Diego. Mediate lost in an 18-hole Monday playoff on the first hole of sudden-death play. He talked about that tournament at media day. “It was the coolest thing ever,” Mediate said.

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ultiple past major-champion winners, former Ryder Cup captains and players, nine Hall of Famers and other wellknown professional golfers are included in the field of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, May 25-28 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, John Daly, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and University of Maryland graduate Fred Funk are among some of the top names in the field, which begins with first-round play at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, May 25. Embedded in the field among the famous players will be five lesser-known Middle Atlantic PGA teaching pro golfers from the local areas. They had to qualify for the competition, but like the others, now also have a chance to win. The five are Brendan McGrath from

Centreville, Rich Schuller from the Richmond area, Rick Touma from Olney, Md., Tim Lewis of Hampton and Jim Estes of Germantown, Md. The five are not regular members of the senior Champions Tour, instead having to finish high enough in a qualifying competition to earn a spot in the Senior PGA. What the five have in common is they are all Middle Atlantic PGA teaching professionals at various courses. More players qualified from the Middle Atlantic PGA than from any other region in the country. “Our region is proud of that accomplishment, and we will all be rooting for each other,” said McGrath, a Centreville resident and teaching pro at Reston’s Hidden Creek Country Club.

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t has been an eight-year process, and now the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls is ready to be played May 25-28 with some 154 players in the field. The four-day event begins with 7 a.m. tee times on Thursday and Friday, May 25-26; at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, May 27; and 7:50 a.m. Sunday, May 28. The cost for a general grounds ticket those four rounds is $35. The cost to attend practice rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24 is $15 and $20, respectively. To purchase tickets in advance, visit Juniors age 17 and younger will be admitted free with an accompanying ticketed adult. Those in the military are admitted free, as well. Mobile devices must be kept in a golf-mode silent setting at all times, and calls made or received must be farther than 100 yards from competition. Cameras are allowed only during practice rounds. Backpacks and drawstring bags of any such are prohibited and any small bags will be searched.

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Centreville resident qualifies for tournament DAVE FACINOLI



n golf, Brendan McGrath definitely would be considered a late starter, having not become serious about playing the sport until his senior year in college at age 23. Now, at 50, the Centreville resident and 1984 Annandale High School graduate will achieve the high-water mark of his career so far when he participates in the KitchenAid Senior PGA championship May 25-28 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. McGrath, the PGA director of instruction at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, qualified for the senior major through sectional qualifying in Florida. It will be his first major and senior Champions Tour event. McGrath is one of 34 club professionals in the field. “It’s pretty awesome,” McGrath said. “I was on cloud nine after qualifying, and that made it a pretty easy but still long drive home afterward. Yes, this is my biggest accomplishment in golf so far. It’s a dream, goal, fantasy, any of those words and an accomplishment all of its own.


Qualifying for this tournament is hard to do.” Now that he’s in the field, McGrath said he won’t play scared and won’t be disappointed no matter his results. He hasn’t changed his routine or practice schedule. “I’m not going to limit myself,” said McGrath, a Fairfax County resident since 1974. He said it will help to have friend and fellow golfer John O’Leary as his caddie. McGrath plays in a lot of various golf

tournaments throughout the year, as well as working his job at Hidden Creek. “I am an all-in golfer now,” he said. In high school at Annandale, McGrath played one year of football and later was a top tennis player for the Atoms. In college at the University of Mary Washington, he played baseball one season. He didn’t play golf at either school. As McGrath’s interest in golf expanded, his first golf job was as a PGA apprentice

and assistant pro at River Bend Golf & Country Club. “Essentially, we ran the bag room,” McGrath said. One job led to another at various Northern Virginia courses, with McGrath turning professional in 1991. He received his PGA membership in 1994, and McGrath has been a teaching pro for seven years while he continues to play. On the course, he has accomplished a lot. McGrath has won some 44 tournaments; is the course-record holder with a 62 at Fauquier Springs Country Club; was the 2014 Central Chapter Player of the Year; last September he finished third, two shots off the lead, at Virginia Senior Open after being the first-round leader with a 67; has been nominated four times as a Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year; and in 2011 played in a professional mini-tour Nationwide Tour event in Maryland.




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This tournament is one of five senior majors A STAFF REPORT


nlike the four major championships on the regular PGA Tour, the seniors Champion Tour consists of five major championships. One of those is the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, played May 25-28 at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. The first major of the 2017 season was The Tradition, being played May 18-21 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham. Following the KitchenAid Senior PGA, is the third major of 2017 the U.S. Senior Open, June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. The fourth major is the Senior Players Championship, July 13-

16 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore. Finally, the Senior British Open Championship is July 2730 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales. No player has won all five career senior majors. Jack Nicklaus and Bernhard Langer have won four each. The KitchenAid Senior PGA is the only senior major Langer has not won. Nicklaus is the only player to have won three senior majors in the same year. He did that in 1991 when there were just four majors no Senior British Open. Entering this year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA, Nicklaus has won the most career senior majors, with eight. Langer and Hale Irwin have won seven each, Gary Player and Tom Watson six apiece, and Arnold Palmer and Miller Barber both have five.




he multiple-mile task of stringing and criss crossing the gallery ropes throughout the 18-hole course on May 17 marked the final big outdoor job in preparation for next week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls. The four-day major tournament is May 25-28. “Everything is set up and ready to go,” said Brad Enie, the director of grounds at Trump National since 2009. “Now it’s fingers-crossed time regarding keeping the weather good. We can’t control that, but that keeps you on pins and needles.” Enie’s staff is in charge of everything outside at Trump National, from the sand traps and greens on the course to the temporary stands for the spectators, to the hospitality suites and merchandise compounds and outdoor bathrooms. “It takes about 40 days to build all of those up,” he said. Enie explained that preparation for this major championship began at Trump National when

the course was purchased eight years ago. After Trump National hosted the Junior PGA Championship in 2013, starting the next year, the championship course underwent major renovations and was shut down for a year. A new par3 was built, all the greens were redone to make them more undulating, and some fairways have been changed and redirected. “All the pieces of the puzzle have come together,” Enie said. “Everything has matured well and is in great shape and ready to go. The mild winter with little snow helped tremendously. We just kept working right through the winter and never took a break.” Enie said those who have never been on the championship course will enjoy the open space it provides and good sight lines to see the action. Once the tournament ends, Enie expects club members at Trump National to be able to play the championship course just a few days later. The total breakdown of all the temporary structures will take longer, about a month. “We know the members are eager to play the same course that the pros did, so we want to get them out there as soon as possible,” Enie said.

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A standout from Associated Builders, this week’s featured property showcases excellence inside and out, with over 9,000 square feet of interior space over three levels and a sumptuously verdant exterior that features a stunning pool area. With European features incorporated throughout the home, it is a property that showcases a special breed of élan accompanied by a free spirit, making it a perfect place to entertain in style while also providing plentiful formal and informal spaces for daily living. The property, set in the sought-after Woodlea Mill community of McLean, currently is on the market, listed at $2,850,000 by Donna Moseley and John McNamara of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. An open house is slated for Sunday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. From the soaring foyer with honed limestone and marble inserts, to the extended-height raised tray ceiling in the living room and the architecturally intriguing family room, all first-time arrivals are offered an inspired greeting as they explore the home. The kitchen area occupies a strategic area at the rear, and is both visually appealing and fully functional, with side

entrance for added convenience. The nearby breakfast room offers lovely vistas and walk-out access to the rear. The sunny delight of a family room offers a wall of windows and stone fireplace, while the classic library is tucked off the main traffic flow, perfect for reflection. The stunning master suite is perfectly positioned at the rear of the second level, with a large bedroom area (with tray ceiling), separate sitting room, plentiful walk-in-closet space and an appealing master bath. Three additional bedrooms are found here, as well. The walk-out lower level is home to a large recreation room with fireplace; two additional bedrooms; a bonus room; and a custom wine cellar waiting to accommodate 1,700 bottles.

Outside, the tall trees and impressive landscaping play host to a glorious pool area, ready to make the summer season an enchanting one for all for come to visit. Impressive in every detail, the home is a standout, and is located in a neighborhood filled with wonderful architectural standouts. Ready and waiting! Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (703)738-2520.

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Survey: Home Activity Finally Back to ‘Normal’ Based on current price, permit and employment data, markets nationwide are running at an average of 100 percent normal economic and housing activity, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released in early May. “This is the first time the LMI has reached this key milestone and it shows how much our industry has improved since the depth of the Great Recession,” said NAHB chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. However, individual components of the LMI are at different stages of recovery. While employment has reached 98 percent of normal activity and home price levels are well above normal at 150 percent, single-family permits are running at just 53 percent of normal activity. “Single-family permits have inched up slowly as builders continue to face supply-side headwinds such as ongoing price hikes in building materials, a lack of buildable lots and labor shortages,” said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. Despite these challenges, the housing market continues to gradually move forward. The LMI shows that markets in 183 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the first quarter of 2017. This represents a year-over-year net gain of 67 markets. “Nearly three-quarters of all metros saw their Leading Markets Index rise over the quarter, a sign that the overall housing market continues to make broad-based gains,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company, which co-sponsors the LMI report. Baton Rouge, La., continues to top the list of major metros on the LMI, with a score of 1.76 – or 76 percent better than its historical normal market level. Other major metros leading the group include Austin, Texas; Honolulu; Provo, Utah; and San Jose, Calif. Rounding out the top 10 are Spokane, Wash.; Nashville; Los Angeles; Charleston, S.C.; and Salt Lake City. Among smaller metros, Odessa, Texas, has an LMI score of 2.18, meaning that it is now at more than double its market strength prior to the recession.

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the placement of solar panels on homes or businesses in the region will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Vienna Town Hall. Experts will discuss the opportunity of a group-discounted price, pre-vetted contractors and pre-negotiated contracts. The community is invited.


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High School Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave., E., in Vienna. The ensemble, under the direction of Michael Hackbarth, performs a variety of styles. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and a full dinner menu will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. For information, see the Web site at

a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Flame Room of the fire department, 400 Center St., S. Admission is free. Selling spaces (10x10 with table and two chairs) are available for those wishing to sell merchandise at a cost of $60 if reserved before the show, $70 on the day of the show (if space is available). Proceeds from space rentals will aid the volunteer fire department in purchasing life-saving equipment. For information or to reserve a space, call Carol at (703) 309-3468 or e-mail





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Good Shepherd is inviting local veterans to attend the May 29 Memorial Day wreath-laying at the National World War II Memorial, where Good Shepherd’s pastor will pray and church member Dave Yoho will be a featured speaker. “A bus has been provided to leave from our church to attend the wreath-laying,” Rev. Eric Song said. “We have seats available and would like them to be used by veterans and elderly who would have a hard time driving.” Yoho, an author and World War II veteran, will speak prior to the wreath-

will present “In Living Sound” on Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. on the Vienna Town Green as part of the “Summer on the Green” concert series, sponsored by the town government. For a list of upcoming concerts, see the Web site at

enna Choral Society finishes out its first season under the baton of new artistic director Mike Horanski with “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, held in partnership with the Louise Archer Elementary School Choir, will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 541 Marshall Road, S.W., in Vienna. Tickets for the family-friendly concert are $25 for adults, $20 for those ages 1518 and seniors. Youth ages 14 and below attend free if accompanied by a paying ticketholder. For information, see the Web site at




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Vienna! celebration is set for Saturday to Monday, May 27-29, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vienna, Vienna town government and Navy Federal Credit Union. Now in its 32nd year, the event is held along and adjacent to Church Street and will feature more than 300 booths plus rides, carnival foods, arts-and-crafts and a host of entertainment. More than 30,000 people are expected. Hours are Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free; for information and a complete schedule of events, see the Web site at

laying, and will conduct a prayer vigil afterward, honoring those who died in a military convoy to Murmansk during World War II. The bus is slated to leave the church around 7:45 a.m., returning after noon. For information, call (703) 281-3987 or see the Web site at www.goodshepherdva. com.


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McLean/Great Falls Notes ‘McLEAN DAY’ ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND: The McLean Community Center

will hold its annual McLean Day celebration on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. The event will feature live entertainment, food, carnival rides, games and voting in the McLean Community Center Governing Board competition. Parking will be limited to impossible at Lewinsville Park for visitors. ADA-accessible shuttle buses will run from three locations: • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, at the corner of Westmoreland and Chain Bridge. Patrons should meet the shuttle at the front entrance to the church. • McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, across from Franklin Sherman Elementary School and Langley Shopping Center. Patrons should meet the shuttle at the stop on Brawner Street. • Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. Patrons should meet the bus at the church entrance. For information, see the Web site at


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mously approved a resolution May 3 that amends the McLean Community Foundation’s bylaws to increase the number of its trustees from nine to 11. The move is designed to give the foundation more visibility and reach in the community and expand its connections with local donors and non-profit groups. According to the foundation’s bylaws, its trustees all must be MCA members in good standing, and the MCA must approve bylaw changes with at least a two-thirds majority vote after receiving a minimum 30 days’ written notice. COMMUNITY UPDATE SET FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF McLEAN SHOPPING CENTERS: A community forum to pro-

vide an update on the proposed redevelopment of Old Dominion Shopping Center and Chain Bridge Corner Shopping Center will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at McLean High School. Representatives from the developer (McLean Properties) and Fairfax County government staff will be on hand. In a note to the community, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) said that McLean Properties has made several changes to its original proposal, based on comments received at a community meeting and February and subsequent feedback. MCC GOVERNING BOARD TO MEET:

The McLean Community Center Governing Board will meet on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the center’s administrative offices, 6631 Old Dominion Drive. Residents who wish to speak during the “citizen comment” portion of the meeting can call (703) 790-0123 to be placed on the agenda. AMERICAN LEGION POST TO HOST MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: American

Legion Post 270 will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Garden at McLean High School. Members of the post who have served in conflicts from World War II to the present day will participate, as well as local elected officials and first-responders. Following the service, an open house will be held at Post 270, located at 1355 Balls Hill Road. The community is invited.

MILLER TO BE ON HAND AT COLVIN RUN: The Colvin Run Mill miller will

be on hand and hard at work on Sunday, May 21 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Great Falls facility of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Weather-permitting, the miller will show how grain is turned into flour. The cost, including a tour of the mill and grinding demonstration, is $7 for adults, $5 for students, $5 for seniors and

children. The mill is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road. For information, call (703) 759-2771 or see the Web site at JAMMIN’ JUNIORS SERIES CONTINUES: The McLean Community Center’s

“Jammin’ Juniors” concert series continues on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at McLean Central Park with Farmer Jason, providing information about nature and farm life to youngsters. The event is free. For information, see the Web site at ‘ASK THE PASTOR’ LUNCHEON SET:

Dranesville Church of the Brethren will hold an “Ask the Pastor” event on Wednesday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Juke Box Diner, 46900 Community Plaza in Sterling. The question-and-answer session will precede lunch. To R.S.V.P. or for information, call the church at (703) 430-7872 or e-mail Joy Trickett at joygoodshepherd@ CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM PREPS MARKET FAIR: Claude Moore

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Continued on Page 25 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. The event will feature a gravity-poured ale (Sly Fox Chester County Bitter Ale), of a type that was enjoyed in the 18th century. There also will be additional food and drink available for purchase, as well as games and costumed staff and volunteers. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Children under 3 are free. For information, see the Web site at


will host its annual spring fair on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic site, 8641 Lewinsville Road in McLean. The event will feature “attic treasures,” quality yard-sale items and antiques, as well as food and baked goods for sale, artisan-made quilts and a Tom Sawyer-style cleanup event. All proceeds will benefit Pleasant Grove. For information, see the Web site at

man of the Fairfax County Tree Commission, will lead a tree walk in conjunction with the Great Falls Citizens Association on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Adults and youth interested in learning about the prominent tree species that line the Potomac River can meet at the visitors center for the 90-minute walk. Nesting bald eagles may be visible. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing; the walk will be

rescheduled if rain is in the forecast. OUTDOOR TAI CHI PRACTICE OFFERED: Free tai chi practice will be held

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Schools & Military at a free public-information session on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:15 p.m. at BASIS Independent McLean, 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Block will discuss U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High School” rankings. Events begin with a cocktail reception, followed by the presentation at 6:45 p.m. For information or to register, call (703) 854-1253 or see the Web site at may24.

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Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 1530 and their families participated in the inaugural garlic mustard pull at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton on April 29. Part of an effort supporting the Fairfax County Park Authority’s invasive-management program, volunteers removed enough of the plant to fill 20 large garbage bags. Scouts earned the Messengers of Peace patch. Pack 1530 was chartered by Vale United Methodist Church.


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American, which ranks (a distant) No. 2 at Dulles, saw a decline in passenger toYear-over-year traffic at Ronald Reagan tals for the month, but the next three largWashington National Airport was flat in est carriers at the airport – Delta, SouthMarch, according to new figures, while west and Alaska – posted increases. traffic at Washington Dulles InternationThe 0.6-percent combined increase at al Airport was up 1.2 percent from a year the two airports was well below the 3.6before. percent growth reported nationally for Add it up, and the 3.8 million passen- March by Airlines for America, a trade gers coming and going at Northern Vir- group representing most dominant U.S. ginia’s two major airports represented an airlines except for Delta. increase of 0.6 percent from March 2016, At Baltimore-Washington Internaaccording to figures reported May 15 by tional Thurgood Marshall Airport, which the Metropolitan Washington Airports is operated by the Maryland state governAuthority, which operates the two facili- ment, the passenger count of 2,103,758 ties. in March was up 1.1 percent from a year Reagan National’s monthly count of before. Wei c h e r t R e a l t o r s 2,084,763 passengers was up 452 travelFor the first three months of the year, S pbefore. e c i f i c Dominant ations ers from a year carrier passenger traffic at Reagan National was American saw a 1.3-percent growth in up 5.1 percent to 5.5 million, while traffic traffic due to improved load factors and at Dulles was up 5 percent to 4.6 million. increased capacity to some destinations, Both airports benefited from a relatively offset by declines in passenger totals at benign winter and from passengers atJetBlue and Southwest, due to lower ca- tracted to the Trump inauguration and pacity. Delta and United posted increas- anti-Trump protest rallies. es. Full data can be found at www.mwaa. For March, Dulles saw a passenger com. count of 1,710,651, up from 1,689,743 a year before. FAIRFAX CONNECTOR ADDS REALAt Dulles, dominant United Airlines TIME TRACKING: The Fairfax Connector saw a 2.4-percent increase in overall activ- bus system has rolled out “BusTracker,” ity, due to a big boost (7.2 percent) in do- providing real-time passenger informamestic travel. United’s international ser- tion to offer estimated arrival times and vice at Dulles was down for the month. locations of buses.




Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Arlington County government on May 18 will celebrate completion of the Crystal City Multimodal Center, which connects the Crystal City Metro station to bus service. Approximately 20,000 people use the station each day. The new facility includes new bus shelters, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, updated lighting and designated curb space for shuttle and kiss-and-



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of Motor Vehicles has unveiled new question-and-answer online videos to provide customers with information about specific interactions. “Suzy Q&A” is designed to provide information with just a touch of sass, DMV officials said in rolling out the initiative, while also encouraging patrons to avoid coming to the agency’s 75 customer-service centers when they can conduct business off-site. “We want our customers’ interactions to be efficient and convenient,” said state DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb. With the training videos, “customers will learn exactly what they need to do before coming to a DMV office, or they may learn that they can do their transactions online,” he said. In the first four videos, “Suzy” answers questions about obtaining and renewing drivers’ licenses, renewing vehicle registration and obtaining records. Ultimately, at least 12 videos are slated to be produced; all of them are being done in-house. For information, see the Web site at The Sun Gazette is the community’s source for news and information!



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More on the Web n Lacrosse slideshows. n Playoff results and roundup.

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Langley Takes Title In Liberty

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Undefeated Team Eyes a Next Prize

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One aspect of last season’s unfinished business has been successfully completed for the Langley Saxons. Now it’s on to the next matters. Undefeated, host and top-seed Langley (17-0) won the Liberty Conference on LACROSSE Tournament May 12 with a 15-4 victory over the McLean Highlanders (10-3) in girls high school lacrosse action. Langley led 7-4 at halftime, then outscored McLean 8-0 in the second half. “We had some yellow-card situations, so we had to be careful with that in the first half,” Langley coach Bucky Morris said. “The girls really wanted to win this, and in the second half we possessed the ball much better and the girls were ready.” The Liberty tournament crown was Langley’s first in a number of years. The Saxons were disappointed last spring when they finished second by two goals Continued on Page 29

Top: The Langley Saxons gather to celebrate after winning the Liberty Conference Tournament girls championship in the rain May 12 on the team’s home field. Above: Langley’s Emma Crooks PHOTOS BY DEB KOLT and DAVE FACINOLI was one of her team’s leading scorers in the contest.

Madison, Marshall, Oakton Are Top Seeds DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

With a 9-8 home victory in nine innings over the Westfield Bulldogs last week, the Oakton Cougars (13-7, 7-3) earned the top seed in the Concorde Conference Tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker. Oakton won the high school baseball game in walk-off fashion when Cole Wagner singled home Chaz Billak with the winning run. Billak had walked and was bunted to second by Will Rippey. Owen Lamon pitched 32/3 innings of relief to get the win. Ryan Davis had three hits for Oakton, Eric Lingebach had two RBI, and Seth Richards started and went 42/3 innings. 28

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A bit of good news for Oakton was senior right-hander Toma Shigaki-Than pitched in a game for the first time this season. He had been injured. He was one of Oakton’s top pitchers last season.

BASEBALL ROUNDUP n The Marshall Statesmen (15-5, 11-1) ended the regular season as the Capitol Conference champion by winning their final nine league games, including a 2-0 victory over Jefferson last week. Marshall is the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Robbie Guenther started and pitched a complete-game to get the win. He struck out 11. Jacob Han and Casey Lauer each had two hits and Patrick Halligan drove in a run.

In those last nine conference victories, Marshall allowed no more than runs in any game, gave up a total of just 13 runs and had two shutouts. “The depth of our pitching is the best we have had since I have been here,” Marshall coach Aaron Tarr said. “We can use guys in different situations. Marshall has won all three Capitol Conference tournaments since the league began in 2014 and has lost just one game against a conference opponent during that time. That loss came early this season against Wakefield. n The Potomac School Panthers team (17-6, 9-2) routed Sidwell Friends, 12-1, in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

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Doing so, it’s only natural to develop some favorites over time. In no particular order, here is one such list of those preferred venues in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas. n Overlee pool on Lee Highway in Arlington. Driving past the outdoor site instantly brings to mind the loud summer cheering from the years of Division I championships the swimming team has won. n Waters Field in Vienna is the absolute best baseball venue in Northern Virginia. The urban locale is right in the middle of so much, with the field not tucked behind a school. n The same can be said for the Quincy Park diamond on North Quincy Street in Arlington. Even more goes on surrounding the field than at Waters, plus the grass is real. At either site, for those who become bored with the baseball, just look around or listen to quickly discover other entertainment possibilities. n The country music blaring always is a greatest hits list at Madison High School baseball games, if not maybe piped up just a bit too loud. “Walking in Memphis” is a favorite. n The renovated Tuckahoe Park softball field where the Bishop O’Connell High School team plays is an urban fun spot where spectators can sit under big shade trees. n Any of the local Little League complexes are well-kept and active community gather spots. Those are a few of the many more. High school rectangular fields are all the same now with their artificial services, rubber smells and annoying black pebbles. With no more thrill of the grass, all of those old-favorite venues have been crossed off the list.

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McLean Hires Alumnus as Its New Head Football Coach DAVE FACINOLI

director of student activities. “We liked how he saw two sides of two different successful programs at Madison. We win in other boys’ sports at McLean and we have athletes, so we think we can win in football as well.” The Highlanders finished 1-9 the past two seasons. “He’ll be good,” Madison baseball coach Mark Gjormand said. “He is young and he’ll create a buzz.” Scholla wore a lot of hats for the Madison football team, including coaching special teams, running the weight room and working with the lower programs. He credits Gjormand and Madison head football coach Lenny Schultz for playing a big role in developing him into

being a football coach and seeing how two successful programs are run. “I am very excited to get going. It’s a great opportunity to go back to your old school and work and start your career as a head coach and try to turn it into something special,” Scholla said. “I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach. It just happened sooner than I thought.” Scholla is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also received his master’s degree. “There is a lot of work to be done at McLean,” Scholla said. “We want to change the culture there, and that will start with the seniors.” McLean’s season begins in August this coming fall.


number of Marshall High School student/athletes signed college letters of intent during a ceremony at the school earlier this month. In football, Elijah Weske will play for Christopher Newport University, Markel Harrison at Midwestern Prep Academy in Illinois, Mateo Phillips at the University of Virginia Wise and Casey Lauer at Carnegie Melon. In baseball, Jacob Han will play at Hamilton College in New York and Steven Baker at Shenandoah University. In boys basketball, Jack Foley will play at Augusta University in Georgia and Jordan James at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In girls soccer, Christina Hall will play at Central Christian College in Kansas and Sita Nair at Marymount

University. In boys soccer, Nabil Milani will play at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Zeid Abudiab at Eastern Mennonite University. In girls field hockey, Thando Muchemeyni will play at Limestone College in South Carolina. In softball, Amelia Ely will play at the University at Albany in New York. In track & field, Jenna Robbins will join the Shippensburg University program in Pennsylvania and Patrick Lynch will join the College of William and Mary squad. In girls lacrosse, Lauren Deaver and Hannah Smith will play at GardnerWebb University in North Carolina and Rachel Piche at the Coast Guard Academy.

finals. Lilly Byrne, Marina Smith, Rebecca Bair, London Simonides, Sareena Dhillon, Allie Leto, Charlotte Smith, Elise Kim, Abby Kontzais, Courtney Kuligowski, Avarie Rembert and Stephanie Long also were big contributors. “We haven’t won this for a while, so it is awesome to accomplish that,” Hofgard said. “We weren’t going to overlook McLean because they are our big rival and they have a good team.” Hofgard scored Langley’s first two goals of the second half and had five for the game. Crooks, the conference’s coPlayer of the Year, Bean and Bair also scored in the second half and goalie Megan O’Hara got the win in net. Langley was 3-0 in the tourney, routing Hayfield, 15-1, in the first round, then dowing Yorktown, 19-5, in the semifinals. McLean defeated South Lakes,

14-10, in the first round. McLean’s win over Madison was a seesaw contest. McLean’s winning goal was scored by Julia Koehl. Paulina DeAnda led the Highlanders with five goals. Also scoring were Cassidy Slavik, Rebecca Rice and Sarah Rice. This season, McLean’s top scorers have been DeAnda and Grace Roomian. Top defenders for McLean have been Koehl, Camille Duffy and goalie Ella Sangree. “It is really a team effort on defense,” McLean coach Caroline Cochrane-Braswell said. “We have a group of strong defenders who work well together and are all able to hold their own. We do not rely on one girl, but have a team who works well together. Our team was very motivated to finally beat Madison.” n In the boys Liberty Conference

Tournament championship game, the South Lakes Seahawks (13-1) defeated the host Langley Saxons, 13-4, on May 12 after leading 5-0 at halftime and 11-3 after three periods. The win was the 12th straight for South Lakes. Langley (11-6) nipped the Madison Warhawks, 8-7, in the semifinals. Madison fell to 10-6 and had its four-game winning streak snapped. For Langley in that semifinal, Michael Levetown had three goals and an assist, Cameron Hohl had two goals and two assists and Sean Olmstead had two goals and an assist. n In the Concorde Conference Tournament, the Oakton girls (8-4) had a first-round bye, then fell to Centreville, 15-9, in the semifinals; and the Oakton boys (12-4) defeated Herndon, 14-6, in the first round and lost to Robinson, 17-2, in the semifinals.

Riley had a hit and an RBI and Carter Bosch had two hits. n The Flint Hill Huskies (10-8, 6-6) nipped Wilson, 1-0, despite getting just three hits as Sebastien Ainspan had the RBI. Kent Morrison, Garrett Canterbury and O’Kelley McWilliams combined for the shutout, allowing five hits.

In an earlier 13-6 win over St. Andrews, Justin Taylor had three RBI, Teddy Reddington had two hits and two RBI, Tom Burr had two hits and Reddington and Joey Thomas did the pitching. n The Madison Warhawks (18-2) are the top seed in the Liberty Conference Tournament. Madison lost its final

regular-seasn game to McLean, 3-2, last week. For a story about that game and more on the Liberty tournament, visit The tournament semifinals are at Madison on May 17 and the championship game is also played there on Friday, May 19.

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McLean High School has gone back to its roots to hire its newest head football coach. John Scholla, who quarterbacked the Highlanders in 2007, was officially made team’s new FOOTBALL the coach on May 10. He replaces Shaun Blair, who is moving on after three seasons to join the staff of state champion Westfield as a defensive assistant. Scholla, 27, has been an assistant football and baseball coach at Madison the past two years, where he is a health and physical-education teacher. The 2008 McLean graduate will teach the

John Scholla is McLean High School’s new PHOTO FROM McLEAN head football coach.

same subject at his old school starting in the fall. “We liked his energy, excitement and charisma,” said Greg Miller, McLean’s

High School Roundup FLINT HILL SOFTBALL TEAMS WINS LEAGUE TITLES: The undefeated Flint

Hill Huskies (15-0 with six shutouts) repeated as Independent School League AA Division and tournament champions, winning the tourney title game, 12-5, over Georgetown Visitation on May 14. Flint Hill was 3-0 in the tournament, defeating National Cathedral, 4-0, in the semifinals and Maret, 20-3, in the first round. See a full story at This week Flint Hill is the No. 2 seed in the Division I state tournament.

MADISON SOFTBALL: The top-seed Madison Warhawks (20-1) opened play in the girls Liberty Conference softball tournament with a 13-0 first-round win

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to the Madison Warhawks, then were eliminated sooner than they wanted by losing in the second round of the 6A North Region Tournament. Afterward, the team took on its motto of “unfinished business” for the 2017 season. This week, the Saxons will be a favorite to win the region, then maybe the 6A state competition that follows. “The girls are working hard to finish this, but we also tell them ‘one game at a time.’” Morris said. Anna Hofgard, Emma Crooks and Caroline Bean were Langley’s top goalscorers against McLean, which was 2-1 in the tournament and surprised Madison with an 11-10 victory in the semi-

Baseball Continued from Page 28 Matt Plaza pitched four innings with four strikeouts to get the win and he had a hit. Daniel Albrittain drove in three runs, Tristan had two RBI, Tommy

over the Washington-Lee Generals. The victory was Madison’s sixth in a row and the shutout was the team’s fifth straight and 10th overall. Madison has allowed just one run in its last six wins. Kristin Giery threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in the five-inning contest. She also had two hits and drove in four runs. Alex Echazarreta drove in three runs. In its final regular-season game, Madison blanked McLean, 12-0, in six innings as Echazarreta and Giery (four hits) homered and Jesse Johnstone, Emily Clingaman (three RBI) and Cat Arase each had two hits. Echazarreta threw a two hitter and struck out nine.

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Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. May 14, 1943: n The 35-mph speed limit imposed on Virginia highways for the duration of the war has led to a sharp increase in speeding. n Car-sharing clubs are sprouting up across the region. n The Sun editor notes that bus drivers are getting creative in their efforts to pack in more people during rush hour. May 13, 1944: n The U.S. is now spending about $300 million a day on the war effort. May 13, 1957: n Drawings of the proposed CIA headquarters at Langley have been released. n The polluted Potomac River is “a national disgrace,” one member of Congress says. n Northern Virginia bird-watchers are fanning out for their annual count. May 12, 1966: n Vienna residents won’t be impacted if Fairfax County enacts a utility tax. n Rep. Joel Broyhill (R-10th) will not run for U.S. Senate, but plans instead to seek re-election to the House of Representatives. n On the baseball diamond, McLean fell to Washington-Lee, 5-2. May 12, 1976: n The proposal to establish a special gas tax in Northern Virginia to fund Metro service appears to be dead. n Attorneys representing the U.S., British and French governments are meeting to discuss the planned first Concorde flight at Dulles, now set for May 25. Fairfax supervisors have approved an ordinance attempting to ban the flights. n The McLean Ballet Co. is raising funds to purchase a curtain for the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. n On TV tonight: “Bionic Woman,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Cannon,” “Baretta,” “Starsky & Hutch” and “Chico and the Man.” May 13-14, 1986: n Providence School Board member Kate Hanley has announced plans to run for Board of Supervisors.



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suggest that efforts by the Fairfax County government and social-service providers to reduce the amount of homelessness in the county continue to pay dividends. Fairfax’s homeless population declined 9 percent to 964 from 2016 to 2017, according to new data from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Nearly all participating jurisdictions showed a decline in homelessness in 2017 with the exceptions of Prince William County (which was flat) and Arlington County (which saw an increase of 33 percent after years of declines). Regionally, a total of 11,128 people were noted as homeless in 2017, down 9 percent from the year before, based on a count taken Jan. 25 and reported May 10. Figures represent both those living in shelters and those on the streets. The District of Columbia, which accounts for two-thirds of the homeless population in the region, cut its number 11 percent to 7,473 in the 2017 count. Loudoun and Frederick counties, which have much smaller homeless populations, also saw double-digit decreases. Alexandria reported 6 percent fewer

homeless (211). Montgomery and Prince George’s counties had drops of 9 and 2 percent, respectively, and the homeless count in Prince William was unchanged at 400. Since 2013, the number of chronically homeless declined 22 percent across the D.C. region, although the number of homeless families increased 1.6 percent. Localities across the region have put special emphasis on reducing the number of military veterans experiencing homelessness; according to the Council of Governments’ report, the D.C. region has seen a 41-percent reduction since 2013, outpacing the decline nationally.

FAIRFAX BALLET TO HOST NEW PRODUCTION: Twin dolls in a magical Pari-

sian doll shop face the prospect of being separated from each other forever. Can the other dolls devise a plan to keep them together? The Fairfax Ballet Company’s presentation of “The Doll Shop’ will provide some answers with performances Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. “The Doll Shop” is a classical ballet created by the Fairfax Ballet Company’s Artistic Director Margaret Virkus. Set

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in 1915, a Parisian shopkeeper’s dancing dolls dazzle her customers with incredibly lifelike dances from around the world. But unbeknownst to the shopkeeper or her patrons, the dolls have a secret afterhours life, and must figure out a way to stay together in the doll shop – or risk being separated forever. Fairfax Ballet Company dancers also will premiere original pieces of ballet and modern dance commissioned by the company. Senior Company dancers will present “Bach Bourrees,” choreographed by Naomi Widelski, and “The Archetypes,” choreographed by Kista Tucker. Junior Company members will dance “Excerpts from Firebird,” choreographed by Marcela Figueroa. For information, see the Web site at CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY TO HOST PLANT SALE: The Old Dominion Chry-

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