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Foust: Slew of Projects Will Transform McLean But Not All Development Proposals Have Been Without Controversy, Supervisor Says BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Returning to his hometown in Pennsylvania recently, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) marveled that virtually nothing had changed since he left four decades ago. When he came back to rapidly
changing Northern Virginia, however, he joked that he barely recognized his way home because of all the new development. Foust listed a slew of ongoing, upcoming and possibly controversial local development cases Feb. 9 during his annual “State of McLean” address to the Greater McLean
Chamber of Commerce. The supervisor was enthusiastic about the impact of The Signet, a luxury-condominium and retail project being built by The JBG Cos. at 6900 Fleetwood Road. “We need that additional vibrancy, people who will go to your restaurants and stores,” Foust told cham-
ber members. “Definitely, there are a lot of people living in the suburbs around McLean who never want to leave McLean. This is where they want to stay forever, but they don’t want to live in a 5,000-square-foot home. They want the convenience Continued on Page 25
Budget plan for fiscal 2018 is detailed by Fairfax County Executive Edward Long. See coverage on Page 4.
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Consultant: Challenge Brains to Reach Full Potential BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
London cab drivers must study for two years before taking a highly demanding licensing test that requires them not only to demonstrate knowledge of all the city’s streets, but restaurants, scenic attractions and other features of that metropolis. “They are the Olympic athletes of memory,” management consultant Wendy Swire told attendees Feb. 10 at Leadership Center for Excellence’s “Leaders Accelerate!” conference. Studies of those drivers’ brains showed the areas they used in preparing for the test became significantly stronger, especially when it came to spatial memory, she said. Modern life can be demanding and distracting, but those who wish to make the most of their brain’s limitless capacities should sleep more, eat right and try new activities constantly, Swire said. Swire delivered her presentation, “Neuroplasticity: Grow Your Leadership Brain for Breakthrough Results,” at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel. Swire, who runs the Bethesda-based consulting firm Swire Solutions LLC, became interested in studying the human brain after reading a book about a decade ago. She has had the opportunity to cradle a brain in her hands and called the “3-pound mass of tofu” inside people’s
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She also showed photos depicting how people’s brain connections grew like sprouting tree roots following intense mental and physical activities. This can happen, for example, when learning how to play the violin, which requires careful manual dexterity and an ear for complex musical arrangements. Beginners typically struggle to control the instrument and its bow and produce cringe-worthy screeching noises. Repetition increases their mental and muscle memory and successes cause their bodies to release dopamine, a pleasure-causing chemical, she said. But unhappiness, stress and negativity – common in modern society – can be harmful and cause cognitive-capacity overload, Swire said. “People cannot keep up,” she said. “There’s too much going on, there’s too much stimulation.” The “learning switches” in children’s brains always are on, which explains how they learn languages and much else so easily, but those chemicals stop flowing through the synapses during adulthood unless people consciously endeavor to learn more, she said. Determination, hard work, focused attention, fascination, novelty and excitement stimulate neuroplasticity, but those circuits are not engaged if people are distracted or disengaged. Swire recommends people deliberately dwell on positive expe-
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Tax Bills Would Go Up Average of $40 in Budget Plan County Executive Proposes Keeping Tax Rate at Current Rate, But Many Would Pay More BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Fairfax County’s real estate tax rate would stay the same and employee wages and school funding increase modestly under the fiscal year 2019 budget presented to the Board of Supervisors Feb. 14 by County Executive Edward Long Jr. The nearly $8 billion overall budget would have a $4.1 billion general fund and supervisors would have a nearly $2 million balance to allocate at their discretion. “We have always been, and continue to be, committed to fiscal responsibility,” Long said. Long called for county’s real estate tax rate to stay steady at $1.13 per $100 assessed valuation, which would increase the average property owner’s tax bill by $40.69 due to higher assessments. Supervisors last year boosted the rate by 4 cents. Each cent on the rate is worth $23.75 million in revenue. Supervisors will advertise a proposed tax rate Feb. 28 and may choose a higher figure, as they are prohibited from adopting a rate higher than advertised. Projected revenues are up $88.2 million
(or 2.2 percent) over last year and nearly $51 million of those would be given to the school system, Long said. County general-fund disbursements would increase $90.7 million, or 2.3 percent. The county would transfer $51.7 million, or 2.7 percent, more to the school system, for a total of $2.17 billion. The School Board has asked for $112 million more, so they and supervisors will have to wrangle this spring to address that $60 million gap. The county’s employee roster would increase by a net of 50 positions. Long called for general county employees to receive, on average, 2-percent pay increases for merit, performance and longevity and 2.25-percent increases for uniformed public-safety employees. Long was not able to fund a 1.65-percent cost-of-living increases, which would have cost nearly $20 million, or to fund $5.3 million for a second year of Diversion First, which gives people who are arrested options to avoid jail. Supervisors came to the defense of Diversion First, saying it was a critical program that encouraged offenders to seek treatment. Long’s budget also includes $13 million worth of savings and revenue enhance-
ments. The county executive expressed satisfaction that agency heads managed to come up with more cuts, despite having done so for the past decade. Long is keeping a wary eye on the future, given the political and policy uncertainty under the new Trump administration and a second wave of federal-budget “sequestration” cuts that could hit in October. The Great Recession of 2008 is nearly a decade in the rearview mirror and another economic slump may be in the offing, he said. Fairfax County has about 20 million square feet worth of vacant office space, and 73 percent of the county’s office buildings are obsolete, Long said. The county is well-situated during fiscal year 2018 to cover its obligations to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, but officials expect major cost increases during the next fiscal year, Long said. Supervisors will hold budget hearings April 4 through 6, mark up the budget April 25 and adopt it May 2. Board members seemed to expect Long’s austere budget proposal. “This is a sobering budget, although I don’t think there’s anyone in the room who’s surprised,” said Supervisor Jeff
McKay (D-Lee), chair of the board’s Budget Committee. Supervisor Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield) said board members continue to avoid setting priorities and making significant long-term reductions in county spending. He especially was concerned about pension obligations. “As I talk with constituents throughout the county, they are in disbelief that we continue to offer new employees a benefit that provides them county-paid Social Security benefits at a guaranteed 3percent increase prior to retirement age,” he said. “Asking our residents to work past retirement age to fund a benefit that no surrounding jurisdiction offers is not right and needs to be addressed with some urgency.” Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) took state officials to task for not funding the county to an adequate degree, and said federal officials must do more to boost the national economy. It has been 12 years since the United States saw a 3percent annual increase in gross domestic product, the worst performance since the Great Depression, he said. “It is well past the time for the people across the river to stop the silly stuff and focus on economic growth,” Cook said.
County’s NAACP Chief Wants Action on Policy Reforms BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Criminal-justice and educational reforms, efforts to attract younger members and a push for greater community outreach all are on the plate of Kofi Annan, who in January took over as president of the Fairfax County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Chartered in 1944, the Fairfax County organization was the first rural branch of the NAACP. The group will celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kings Park Library in Burke. The event will feature breakfast, entertainment and remarks from local NAACP officials about the group’s plans for this year. Annan outlined for the Sun Gazette his thoughts, concerns and plans: When did you join the local NAACP and why? “I’ve been with NAACP for about two years. I joined when police-involved shootings were becoming national headlines and was elected president [of the group] last October. The last few years were really troubling to me. I wanted to step up and play a more tangible role. I always knew the NAACP was the best venue to do that.” How influential is the organization? “I feel like in the last 50 years, that was the height of our influence. It may have tapered off since then. There was a stretch between then and now when things were 4
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happening, like mass incarceration, that were injustices. We probably could have played a more prominent role in sounding the horn on that and education.” What are your goals now? “We need to stay relevant, especially with the younger generation. We’re starting a youth chapter to ensure we stay relevant moving forward. We need to make sure we’re fighting for things they’re concerned about. We’re back in a way. There’s a new push, new energy, a renewed vigor to fight for the things we care about.” What events and outreach efforts do you have on deck? “Last year, we had an open house to let the community know what we’re doing. This year, it’s kind of the same thing but incorporate more of a Black History Month [emphasis]. We’re making a big push for reaching out to the community. In the past, we realized we didn’t do a good job with that aspect. We’re also having membership drive this month to reengage with the community and let them know we’re fighting for issues they’re concerned about.” How big is your organization? “Membership has grown over the past three months, after the [U.S. presidential] election. It was a wake-up call. We are not in a post-racial society. After Obama, we thought we might be entering an era where there would not be racial discrimination. What we’ve been seeing is a backlash to that election. We’ve seen a surge in membership, with 20 to 30 new members. We’re using that energy and renewed at-
tention to some of our issues to be a more vocal and stronger presence in Fairfax.” What is your group’s view on immigration policies? “There’s a procedural and constitutional issue with having local officials enforce national policies. It’s a resource drain to our local police. From a humanitarian and civil-rights standpoint, we can’t see how this could be implemented without discriminating against minorities, specifically Latinos. We stand with the Latin American community. We fight for the rights of all minorities. We definitely lock arms with all minorities and underprivileged communities.” How are minorities doing in Fairfax County? “Fairfax County is now a minoritymajority county, but minority issues seem to be a side issue or an afterthought. We think thing they need to be considered up
front.” What issues are on your agenda? “Criminal-justice reform and education. I think a lot of times people don’t think of those as civil-rights issues, but when you look at the ways these issues disproportionately affect the minority community, especially blacks and Latinos, it becomes more evident.” What reforms would you like to see in the justice system? “We’d like to see sentencing reform on some offenses for some drugs, for example those involving crack vs. powder cocaine. We need to recognize this disproportionately hurts the minority community. It’s something the nation as a whole is recognizing.” Any other criminal-justice reforms desired? “Locally, we’re hoping to get police body cameras implemented. We need to keep the pressure on and let the [Fairfax County] Board of Supervisors know this is something we want to get done this year. It’s going to cost money, we understand that. But what’s been going on nationally, it does affect minorities. They think their lives aren’t valued the same. The only reason these things make news is when someone captures it with their cell phones. It stands to benefit everyone if this information is captured. It’s important to give the public some assurance that there’s transparency. About 80 to 90 percent of police officers support these cameras because it benefits them, too.”
Passenger Totals Up at Both Reagan National and Dulles Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport set another in a string of record passenger counts in 2016, while Washington Dulles International Airport also was in positive territory from the previous year, according to new data. With just under 23.6 million coming and going last year, Reagan National’s passenger count was up 2.4 percent from the previous record total, reported in 2015, and was the highest in the airport’s 75-year history. At Dulles, which saw its passenger totals peak more than a decade ago when United Airlines engaged in a shootout with the now-defunct Independence Air, the 2016 passenger total of just under 22 million was up 1.5 percent from 2015, according to figures presented to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Combined, the 45.6 million passengers represented an increase of 1.9 percent from 2015. The number of domestic passengers at Dulles was largely flat – up a scant 0.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 – but international flights saw 3.9 percent more passengers due both to improved load factors at dominant United and new and increased
service from a slew of foreign-based airlines. Currently, more than one in three passengers using Dulles is headed to an international destination, with 7.5 million of them in 2016. Domestically, United and Southwest posted improvements in traffic at Dulles during the year, but Frontier pulled back significantly, transferring service to other airports. At National, which relies almost exclusively on domestic passengers, the year’s growth in overall traffic counts came despite a decline experienced by American Airlines, whose merger with US Airways has made it the dominant carrier there. United, Delta and Southwest helped fill the void, each seeing passenger counts increase at National. December proved a solid end to the year at both airports, with passenger totals rising to 1.9 million (up 1.9 percent) at Reagan National and 1.8 million (up 4.8 percent) at Dulles. Combined, the two airports saw a year-over-year increase of 3.3 percent in December. Full data can be found on the Web site at www.mwaa.com. – A Staff Report
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Our View: At Times, Subsidies Are Good Investments
Although the cat had been let out of the bag several weeks before, Gov. McAuliffe gamely stood at a press conference earlier in the month to announce that Air India was set to commence three-times-a-week service between New Delhi and Washington Dulles International Airport. That’s good news both for the Washington region and for Dulles, which has seen improvements in its international footprint in recent years (while being outpaced by the region’s two other airports on the domestic front). The decision by Air India had been some time in the making, and it didn’t come without Virginia taxpayers’ sweetening the pot. McAuliffe announced that the state government had put together a package of various incentives totaling $1.25 million over three years to seal the deal with the air carrier and to help promote the new service. We headed to the calculator: If you conservatively guesstimate an average of 200 passengers per flight, three times per week, 52 weeks per year, over three years, that works out to 93,600 passengers making the trip from In-
dia. (We’re working out the math considering just the incoming passengers, not both arriving and departing.) Dividing the $1.25 million by the 93,600 passengers equates to a subsidy of $13.35 per enplanement, based on our admittedly back-of-envelope figures. That seems a relatively frugal amount to pay for what the additional service will bring – a direct link between two world capitals. Now, not all those passengers are going to be staying in the Washington region. Some simply will be transiting, as Air India is part of the Star Alliance that includes Dulles’ dominant carrier, United. So the subsidy per passenger who actually has an economic impact on the region could be closer to $30 or $40. We think it’s a not-unreasonable amount. The best hope for the region is that the service takes hold and Air India sticks around beyond the timeline of the subsidy. If so, it’ll be a short-term investment of funds that could reap long-term rewards on several fronts.
Nonpartisan Redistricting Is the Way to Go Editor: The Vienna Town Council deserves our thanks for recently adopting a resolution in support of nonpartisan redistricting reform in Virginia. Vienna’s own long experience with nonpartisan governance has served our town well. The town has fought to preserve its nonpartisan status and to protect its boundaries from being split by redistricting efforts. The Town Council heard from many citizens expressing their support for the
resolution, and the Town Council members responded. Statewide, redistricting that respects existing political boundaries (like town boundaries) and prohibits contorted boundaries solely for the sake of protecting incumbents would promote more representative government and reduce extreme partisanship in our state and federal legislatures. The state Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment establishing nonpartisan criteria for drawing legisla-
tive districts. It passed the Senate with bipartisan support and is now before the House of Delegates. I urge concerned citizens to contact their state delegates to support this bill, so that redistricting reform can be in place in time to make it a reality for the decennial redistricting in 2021. Laurie Genevro Cole Vienna
Editor: Recommendations by the McLean Citizens Association to reduce teacher retirement benefits [“MCA Sends Pension Resolution Back to Committee,” Feb. 9] will further penalize Fairfax County teachers who already are paid salaries far lower than their public-
school colleagues in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church. After many years of deliberate refusal by the Fairfax County government to meet its responsibility to adequately fund teacher-pension obligations, it is now suggested that the problem – which
is of the county government’s own making – be solved by stripping retirement benefits from our underpaid teachers. The MCA’s time and effort would be better spent advocating for an end to sub-par teacher pay in Fairfax County. William Shapiro McLean
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‘National Popular Vote’ Effort Is a Serious Initiative Editor: In a recent editorial, you referred to the National Popular Vote initiative (you don’t see fit to mention its name, probably for fear of transparency) as a Rube Goldberg-esque contraption. It is nothing of the kind. It is, in fact, a very sincere effort to restore faith in our presidential elections. The Electoral College was designed to avoid the election of unqualified presidents.
As it endorsed the election of Donald Trump, widely acknowledged by newspaper editorial pages and a large majority of Americans to be completely unqualified for the presidency, clearly the Electoral College no longer serves its intended purpose. Because our method of amending the Constitution requires the votes of many small states whose citizens’ voice in the Electoral College is magnified, a constitutional amendment to adopt a popular
vote is not politically plausible. Enter the National Popular Vote movement. The Montanas, Dakotas, Wyomings, Alaskas and Nebraskas cannot block this movement. That the Republican-dominated legislature will not give a hearing to this movement is another reason why the Republican Party should by all rights be renamed the “Anti-democratic” Party. Peter Ross Arlington
Vienna Council Remains Eager for Garage BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Undaunted by a public-private partnership deal that fell apart four years ago, Vienna officials actively are pursuing options to build at least one municipal parking garage in the town’s main commercial area. Vienna Town Council members sounded off on their priorities and preferences at a Feb. 13 work session. Town officials hope to obtain 250 to 300 parking spaces and would consider paying about $20,000 per space if a private party would build a larger garage to accommodate both its users and the public. Ideally, the town would find a viable partner by the end of March and produce a formal proposal by late June or early July, said Town Manager Mercury Payton. Vienna officials tried in 2013 to work with a private developer to build a parking garage at 120 Church St., N.W., under the state’s Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA). That deal fell through in July 2013 and the site now is home to a mixed-use building with parking dedicated for tenants and clients, officials said. One prime potential site: Patrick Henry Library at 101 Maple Ave., E., which Fairfax County likely will renovate within the next decade. The facility and its 63space surface parking lot are in the ex-
act center of town, so if a garage could be constructed along with a new library, those using the parking structure would have an easy walk to many of the town’s attractions. Council member Linda Colbert seemed dubious that a garage there would benefit business owners along Church Street, as people using the structure would have to cross busy Maple Avenue and walk another block to reach Church Street. But town residents and visitors often walk many blocks to attend the Vienna Halloween Parade, ViVa! Vienna! and Church Street Holiday Stroll, none of which offers readily available on-street parking. Council member Tara Voigt was more optimistic about pedestrians’ willingness to hoof it a bit farther. “In the last 10 years, I’ve seen more people willing to walk to things,” she said. “A lot of people don’t park at places because they’re afraid of being towed.” The Council expressed hope commercial property owners would share their parking more freely and expressed disappointment this had not happened more frequently on Church Street, which runs parallel to Maple Avenue one block away. While noting that “they’re not making any more land in Vienna,” the town in theory could condemn property for a parking garage by using eminent domain, but that process “isn’t the Vienna way,” said Town Attorney Steven Briglia.
Briglia showed images from a new Leesburg mixed-use development that featured huge parking garages – an option not available on Church Street. “We are retrofitting Church Street, make no mistake,” he said. “If we were building from scratch, we’d have a lot more parking.” The town already accepts unsolicited public-private proposals for parking garages, but also could solicit such a project with an invitation for bids, Briglia said. Council member Pasha Majdi said that option would be a good way for the town to obtain what it desires under the Continued on Page 25
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McLean Production Plumbs Meaning of Marriage BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Married life has no end of hassles, but being single has its own set of miseries – not the least of which is being nagged and pressured by ON one’s friends to settle STAGE down at last. Bobby (Matt Liptak), a mid-30s bachelor living in New York City in the 1970s, has much to learn about higher levels of love in McLean Community Players’ production of the George Furth and Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.” Surrounded by couples in various states of affection and hate, Bobby chafes at inquiries into his love life, serves as a balancing force for his married friends and contents himself by having flings with a trio of girlfriends. He knows his market value as a bachelor is waning, but is wise enough not to rush matters unduly. It will take a shock for him to realize what he’s been missing and make the key breakthrough to become husband material. Liptak brings a winsome affability to his role and delivers fine observations in “Marry Me a Little” and “Being Alive.” Bobby often is stuck playing mediator as couples squabble. The best sequence comes when friend Sarah (Carla Craw-
Bobby (Matt Liptak) gets in the middle of a fight between Sarah (Carla Crawford) and Harry (Scott Graham) during McLean Community Players’ production of “Community.” PHOTO BY TOBY REIDWAY/IRISH EYES BY TOBY
ford) shows off her karate skills by asking husband Harry (Scott Graham) to attack her. The pair are hilarious as they grapple with each other, their faces freezing into grim masks. (Crawford will stay in her role through Feb. 12; afterward, it will be played by Brenda Parker.) Bobby also is friends with Peter (Patrick McMahon) and Susan (Sharon Grant) who divorce but remain friends,
even bizarrely continuing to live together in order to handle mutual obligations. The bachelor and married couple David (Gary Bernard DiNardo) and Jenny (Cara Giambrone) get philosophical after smoking weed. “I have everything but freedom, which is everything,” David laments Another couple, Paul (Christopher Borton, substituting at the last moment for an ailing actor) and Amy (Kate Keif-
er) finally agree to tie the knot, but not before Amy experiences a full pre-wedding meltdown. Melissa Pieja, Kristina Friedgen and Vanessa Miller perform well as Bobby’s girlfriends and share a great number, “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” that scolds him for being averse to commitment. Pieja, playing a ditzy flight attendant, also excels in an enjoyable bedroom scene that shows Bobby the perils of getting what he wants. Alana Sharp delivers some of the most cutting dialogue as the cynical Joanne, who now is on her third marriage. She supplies unsparing observations in “Ladies Who Lunch” and helps Bobby discover a crucial bit of self-knowledge. The efforts of director Sharon Veselic, music director John Edward Niles and choreographers Melanie Barber and Kristina Friedgen help make the production a success. “Company” offers a pleasing mix of trenchant social critiques, humor and catchy musical numbers. The musical runs through Feb. 19 at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors, students and McLean tax district residents. For more information, call (703) 7909223.
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January Home Sales, Prices Higher in Northern Virginia Home sales across Northern Virginia started the year with a bang, according to new data, while average sales prices saw a big bump up in the single-family sector. A total of 1,110 properties went to closing across the region in January, up 10.2 percent from the 1,007 transactions reported a year before, according to data reported Feb. 10 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiplelisting service. (Figures represent sales in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.) The average price of all homes that sold during the month stood at $550,069, up 3.2 percent from a year before, but most of the growth was concentrated in the detached market (up 6.8 percent to $756,369). Sales largely were flat in the other two sectors, declining 0.8 percent to $393,464 for attached homes and rising 0.6 percent to $329,359 in the condominium sector. A total of 96 properties changed hands for more than $1 million. Total sales volume for the month stood at $610.6 million, up 13.8 percent from January 2016. Among various parts of the region, sales were up 30.2 percent in Alexandria, 9.7 percent in Arlington and 6.9 percent
in Fairfax County. In the smaller jurisdictions, where sales swings are more pronounced, sales were up 87.5 percent in Falls Church and 12.5 percent in the city of Fairfax. Of homes sold in January, it took an average of 68 days to get from closing to ratified sales contract, a much more brisk pace than the 75 days required a year before. Homes that sold during the month garnered 96.6 percent of listing price, up from 95.8 percent. Conventional mortgages represented the method of transacting sales in 710 cases, followed by cash (146) and VAbacked loans (118). Inventory may not qualify as being especially tight – particularly during a traditionally slow time of year – but it is more constricted than a year before. The 2,731 properties on the market represent a decline of 16.2 percent from January 2016. Where is the market headed? The short-term news looks good, with homes coming under contract and new pending sales both up by double digits from January 2016, suggesting the market could be making an early pivot to springtime. Figures represent most, but not all, homes on the market. All figures are preliminary, and are subject to revision.
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Hilton Chief: Move to N.Va. Has Paid Dividends
At Local Forum, Nassetta Also Discusses Impact of Airbnb-Type Firms on Hotel Industry BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, says his decision seven years ago to uproot Hilton’s headquarters from Beverly Hills, Calif., to Tysons was the toughest day in his career, as it meant laying off hundreds of people. Most of the company’s employees were on the East Coast and Northern Virginia offered a high quality of life and extensive talent pool, Nassetta said Feb. 1 during “Mapping New Economic Opportunities,” an economic symposium held at the Fairview Park Marriott. “I had to reboot the hard drive,” he said. “The company had become complacent and needed a massive disruption. If you want to reset a culture, change the people.” Asked by moderator James MacGregor, publisher of the Washington Business Journal, about the impact of Airbnb Inc., Nassetta said that big player
in the new “sharing economy” does not pose a major threat to the traditional hotel industry, Online lodging services cater to certain kinds of people– those seeking longer stays, leisure weekends and economic value – while 75 percent of Hilton’s customers are business travelers, he said. “In a way, [Airbnb] is a democratization of travel,” Nassetta said. “We’re delivering a very consistent product wrapped in hospitality. In the end, it is very easy for us to coexist with one another.” Nassetta predicted that as companies like Airbnb grow, they will be more heavily regulated on fire, labor, safety and handicapped accessibility, the way standard lodging providers are. The travel-and-tourism industry abounds with economic opportunities and accounts for 10 percent of global gross domestic product, he said. “The bigger we get, the more people we have,” Nassetta said. “We’re a huge engine for growth for economies all around
Hilton president and CEO Christopher Nassetta (right) tells Washington Business Journal publisher James MacGregor about the company’s latest initiatives during an economic symposium held Feb. 1 at the Fairview Park Marriott. PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER
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focused on national security. “You can actually enhance security at the same time as easing travel,” he said, adding that a “massive amount of data sharing” would be required.
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Schools & Military The following local students earned degrees during winter commencement exercises at James Madison University: – From Great Falls: Zachary Sekel earned a degree in accounting; John Kelly earned a degree in management; Rachel Street earned a degree in marketing. – From McLean: Rhys Howard earned a degree in finance; Elizabeth Dolan earned a degree in health sciences; Austin Miller earned a degree in justice studies; Benjamin Coleman earned a degree in marketing; My Tran earned a degree in media arts and design; Caitlin Anzalone earned a degree in occupational therapy. – From Vienna: Sherwin Parandeh earned a degree in biology; Christian Baskin earned a degree in economics; Molly Webb earned a degree in nursing; Galen O’Dowd earned a degree in political science; and Forrest Schmidt earned a degree in public administration. n
n Peter Abrahamsen of Vienna, a 2013 graduate of Flint Hill School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Dickinson College. n Wesley Pan of Great Falls has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Virginia Tech.
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n Isabelle Roddy of Vienna has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Seton Hall University. n Abigail Bonin of Vienna has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Mary Baldwin University. n Matasam Al-Shukaili of Vienna, John Alexander of Vienna and Anna Penn of McLean have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Kent State University.
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Public-Safety Notes COUNTY POLICE SEEK MAN WHO FIRED SHOTS INTO FAIR OAKS HOME:
Residents were asleep inside a home in the 4400 block of Holly Avenue in the Fair Oaks area Feb. 9 at 10:35 p.m. when they were awakened by what sounded like gunshots, Fairfax County police said. One of the residents looked outside and saw a man with a gun run toward the rear of the townhomes. Responding officers searched the area, but could not locate the suspect. Investigators determined three rounds had struck the home. The suspect was described as having an average build and wearing dark-colored clothing. The victim did not require medical attention, police said. POLICE SEEK LARCENY SUSPECTS WHO FLED TYSONS IN STOLEN VEHICLE: Shortly after 9 p.m. Feb. 8, Fairfax
County police officers received an alarm activation at Bloomingdale’s in Tysons Corner Center. As they were driving up to the store’s entrance, they saw three men running to a parked car with what appeared to be merchandise, police said. The suspects took off in the car and when officers attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver did not stop and police began a pursuit. The pursuit ended near Besley Road and Bois Avenue when the suspect vehicle crashed, police said. All three suspects ran from the car on foot. K-9 officers and helicopter unit Fair-
fax 1 responded to help search for the suspects, but police could not locate them. Police determined the suspects’ car, a 2016 Mazda 6, had been stolen from another state. Police will process the vehicle for evidence and later return it to the jurisdiction where it was reported stolen. During the pursuit, the suspects sideswiped another car on the road. The driver of that car was not injured. No one else was injured and no other damage was incurred, police said. Authorities think all of the stolen merchandise has been recovered. The suspects were described as black and in their early 20s. One wore a hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and red-and-black shoes. Another wore a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans; he had short hair. The third suspect had a goatee and wore a dark-colored sweatshirt. CHIMNEY FIRE DAMAGES VIENNA HOUSE, DISPLACES THREE: The Fair-
fax County Fire and Rescue Department on Feb. 5 at 5:23 a.m. dispatched units to a reported house fire in the 1800 block of Batten Hollow Road in the Vienna area. Units from Fire Station 42, Wolftrap, arrived first on scene and found fire showing from the chimney area of the roof of the two-story single-family home. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and prevented the blaze from spreading into the home’s attic area.
There were five occupants in the home at the time of the fire. A neighbor observed flames coming from the roof area of the home and called 911. The home was equipped with working smoke alarms that activated after the occupants were alerted to the fire. All occupants safely evacuated the house before firefighters arrived, officials said. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Three people were displaced as a result of the fire. The Red Cross offered assistance, but the occupants declined it. Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started within the metal chimney for the wood-burning fireplace, then spread to the surrounding pipe chase made of wood. Officials estimate the fire caused $93,750 worth of damage. VIENNA POLICE INVESTIGATE FRAUD, FORGERY CASES: Vienna police are in-
vestigating these recently reported fraud and forgery cases: • A woman living in the 100 block of East Street, N.E., recently told police that between Oct. 5 last year and Feb. 3 this year someone had made fraudulent charges to her business account. • A business owner in the 100 block of Church Street, N.W., told Vienna police that between Nov. 2 last year and Feb. 1 this year someone had used her company’s PayPal account for unauthorized charges. • An employee at Burke & Herbert Bank, 302 Maple Ave., W., told town
police that last year on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. someone had forged a check and passed it on her company’s account. • An employee at Rite Aid pharmacy, 215 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. that someone had passed a counterfeit $100 bill. VIENNA RESTAURANT REPORTS TWO BURGLARIES: An employee at Subway
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Our featured offering this week provides the opportunity to enjoy a piece of local history – one that has been expanded and updated, and stands ready to provide the best in 21st-century living. The original part of the home, which dates to the 1870s, served as the miller’s cottage for Swinks Mill. In 2014, it underwent an exceptional renovation by acclaimed Collier Homes, retaining the charm and craftsmanship of days gone by with all the modern conveniences of today, set in a lush location close to Central McLean and only a short hop to Tysons and D.C. And with a large patio space on several sides, the home offers outdoor-entertaining possibilities galore. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,200,000 by Steve Wydler of Wydler Brothers Real Estate. A winning appeal and open floor plan bid us welcome as we begin our exploration of the property. The large and invigorating livingroom area features tall ceilings and a gas fireplace, and is open to the dining area (which overlooks the rear yard). The kitchen is a versatile space, ready to exceed the expectations of the serious chefs among us, and is a perfect
gathering spot for family and friends. A separate breakfast area features an enchanting corner bench. The second level is home to a master retreat occupying an entire private wing, with a large bedroom area (with 10-foot tray ceiling and ceiling fan) and sitting room. Among the highlights here is the soaking tub, and you have walk-out access to the rear yard. Two additional bedrooms are found on this level, one with a cathedral ceiling and the other with a vaulted ceiling, and each having its own full bath. There also is plentiful attic space. The large lot has been carefully landscaped and is surrounded by mature trees providing both shade and privacy. A storage shed is a bonus. The home’s location near Georgetown Pike gives you convenient access
to Interstates 66 and 495 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Combining the past, present and future in a single abode, this home is a standout, ready to steal your heart. 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.
Facts for buyers Address: 808 Swinks Mill Road, McLean (22102). Listed at: $1,200,000 by Steve Wydler, Wydler Brothers Real Estate (703) 348-6326. Schools: Churchill Road Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High School.
Builders in 55+ Market Enthusiastic Builder confidence in the singlefamily 55+ housing market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016 with a reading of 67, up eight points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008. “The significant increase in the index reading is attributed partly to a post-election boost, as many builders and developers are encouraged by President Trump’s commitment to cut burdensome regulations that negatively impact small businesses,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Builders and developers in this market segment are also encouraged by the fact that for the next 15 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers will be turning 65 every day,” Cunningham said. “The consistent pressure of this age group wanting to downsize from a large home, shifting to other regions of the country or just simply looking for a newer home or community also play a key role in the index movement.” There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. All three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted increases from the previous quarter: Present sales and expected sales for the next six months posted index-highs, increasing 11 points to 74 and 10 points to 75, respectively, while traffic of prospective buyers rose two points to 49. The news was less positive in another segment of the national real-estate market, though. The 55+ multifamily condo HMI decreased two points to 46. The index component for present sales fell one point to 50, expected sales for the next six months increased one point to 52 and traffic of prospective buyers dropped three points to 35.
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Vienna/Oakton Notes TOWN-GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY: Vienna town-
government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the George Washington Day holiday.
GARDEN CLUB WILL LOOK AT NATIVE PLANTS: The Five Hills Garden Club will
host a program on “Gardening with Native Plants” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Featured speaker David Roos will present personal insights on plants and gardening. The community is invited. GARDEN CLUB TO DISCUSS GROWING ROSES IN LOCAL AREA: The Ayr Hill
Garden Club will present “The Joys and
Pitfalls of Growing Roses in Washington” on Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Roard in Vienna. Featured speaker Pam Powers is a consulting rosarian and president of the Arlington Rose Foundation. She will draw on 25 years of experience as an awardwinning exhibitor. The community is invited. A reception will precede the event at 12:45 p.m. MILITARY CEMETERIES TOPIC OF VIETNAM-VETERANS’ MEETING: Re-
tired U.S. Air Force (retired) Col. Roger Hill will discuss the history of military cemeteries at the monthly meeting of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
at Neighbor’s restaurant, located at 262D Cedar Lane in Vienna. The community is invited. For information, call Len Ignatowski at (703) 2550353 or see the Web site at www.vva227. org. AMERICAN LEGION HOSTS BREAKFAST BUFFET: American Legion Post
180 will host a breakfast buffet on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the post, 330 Center St., N., in Vienna. Menu items will include omelets, scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, bacon and more. The cost is $9 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. For information, call (703) 938-6580.
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McLean/Great Falls Notes
COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY: The McLean Community
Center, Alden Theatre and Old Firehouse Teen Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of George Washington Day.
COMMUNITY MEETING TO FOCUS ON McLEAN REDEVELOPMENT: A com-
munity meeting on the proposed redevelopment of the Old Dominion Shopping Center and Chain Bridge Forest Shop-
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ping Center will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Representatives from McLean Properties and the Fairfax County government staff will join Supervisor John Foust (DDranesville) to discuss the proposal for a mixed-use development to go in the place of the two shopping centers in the heart of McLean. For information, call Ben Wiles at (703) 356-0551 or e-mail benjamin.wiles@
fairfaxcounty.gov. McLEAN SYMPHONY FEATURES WORKS BY MASTERS, STUDENTS: The
McLean Symphony will present “Strings ’n’ Things: A Concert for the Young & Young at Heart” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Montessori School of McLean, 1711 Kirby Road. The concert will present works by Bach and Robert Oetomo, as well as works by student composers Karen Ma
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Church is hosting a 15-month DivorceCares series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. Beginning Feb. 21, participants will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the church. The cost is $20 to cover materials; scholarships are available. For information or to register, call (703) 938-9050 or see the Web site at www.viennapres.org.
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McLean/Great Falls Notes Continued from Page 21 cisco in concert on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The ensemble celebrates gypsy jazz music and vocals. Its production of “Meet Me in Paris” recreates the City of Light and Belle Epoque through music and vocals. Tickets are $20 for McLean residents, $35 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at www. mcleancenter.org. IMPROV TROUPE TO PERFORM AT TEEN CENTER: The Old Firehouse Teen
Center will host a performance by the Unruly Theater Project on Friday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. The professional, teen improv troupe offers comedy for all ages. The performance is free. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at www.mcleancenter.org.
PARK PROGRAM HELPS EXPLAIN TELESCOPES: For local residents who
got a new telescope for the holidays, or have a forgotten scope collecting dust in the basement, Observatory Park at Turner Farm has a program to give them new life. “Intro to Telescopes” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to provide astronomy and telescope basics.
The program is designed for ages 10 to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Turner Farm is located at 925 Springvale Road in Great Falls. For information, call (703) 324-8619 or see the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/turnerfarm/. RIVERBEND PARK TO HOST ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL: Cross your fingers for
clear skies and get ready to enjoy the stars from the darkness of Riverbend Park as the Astronomy Festival returns on Saturday, Feb. 18. From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be plenty of ways to learn about all that shines and twinkles at night. Participants can join in some guided stargazing at the park, take a look through a telescope to see details missed with the naked eye and hear ancient stories about the constellations as you sit by the campfire. They also can articipate in games and other activities with an astronomy focus, and there will be snacks and hot chocolate for purchase. Activities are designed for participants age 3 to adult. The cost is $6 per person for advance online registration; $7 at the door. The festival will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills St. in Great Falls. For information, call (703) 759-9018 or see the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend-park/.
ART MEETING TO FOCUS ON OILS: The
McLean Art Society’s monthly meeting will featured Jackie Afram, an artist using oil mediums, on Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McLean Community Center. Afram will present a demonstration using oil markers. The community is invited.
CHURCH TO HOST LABYRINTH WALK:
Charles Wesley United Methodist Church will host a community labyrinth walk on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 6817 Dean Drive in McLean. The community is invited to participate in a time of meditation and contemplation. For information, call (703) 356-6336 or see the Web site at www.thehungerchurch.org. CHURCH TO HOST JAZZ AT WORSHIP SERVICES: St. John’s Episcopal Church
will host “Jazz Sunday” on Feb. 26 at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services. The community is invited. The church is located at 6715 Georgetown Pike in McLean. For information, call (7030 356-4902 or see the Web site at www.stjohnsmclean.org.
COMMUNITY EVENT TO FOCUS ON BONE-MARROW TRANSPLANTS: A
community celebration in support of
bone-marrow transplants will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hinkle Dentistry in McLean. The “Wine, Cheese and Swab Party” is designed to raise awareness of the importance of registering to provide life-saving bone-marrow transplants, and to register those ages 18-44 in support of those seeking a match. The Hinkle family is celebrating the recent defeat of an aggressive form of leukemia that impacted the life of a family member, whose life was saved by a donor. For information and to R.S.V.P., call (703) 356-4034 or e-mail email@example.com. MERRIFELD GARDEN CENTER HOSTS SEMINAR ON NIGHT GARDENS: Merri-
field Garden Center will host a forum on “The Magic of Night Gardens” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the center, 8132 Lee Highway. Plant specialist Karen Rexrode will look at gardens that provide the opportunity to unwind and relax by using flowers and foliage with distinctive color and fragrance. The forum is free. For information on upcoming events at the Merrifield and Fair Oaks locations, see the Web site at www.merrifieldgardencenter.com. Your submissions are invited! Find contact information on Page 6.
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Seniors Repeat as 6A North Champs DAVE STEINBACHER For the Sun Gazette
Although one did so at a different weight, McLean High School’s Brendan Grammes and Gavin Legg, both won WRESTLING seniors, individual 6A North Region wrestling championships for the second straight year on Feb. 11 with 4-0 records. Grammes (50-2) won the 152-pound title with three pins and was chosen the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He pinned his opponent in the final. “I was in a scramble position,” Grammes said about the championship match. “I was able to hook his leg to get two points. He held onto my leg. I did what is called a ‘bundle’ and ran toward his head. That is what got him on his back and I picked up his head to secure the win.” A year ago, Grammes was the region champion at 138 pounds. Continued on Page 24
Top: McLean High School’s Brendan Grammes wrestles in the 152-pound region final match PHOTOS BY DEB KOLT while his teammate, Gavin Legg, above, does the same in the 170 final.
Highlanders Add Region Title to ’17 Honors DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
With a season-high team score of 147.325, the McLean Highlanders finished as the 6A GYMNASTICS North Region girls gymnastics champions on Feb. 11. The defending champion Yorktown Patriots finished second at 146 and made a strong challenge at Patriot High School. The region crown was McLean’s second in three years. They won the 2015 championship, also on the date of Feb. 11. “The most important thing is we all came together as a team to get our scores the highest of this season for this meet,” said McLean junior Samantha Simon,
who placed fourth in the all-around with a 37.2 total, including a victory on the floor exercise with a 9.8. “We were all focused.” Simon was third on the balance beam (9.675) and vault (9.625) and 25th on the uneven bars (8.1) when she struggled with dizziness and not feeling well. The bars were her second event of the meet. After a 45-minute break until her next event, Simon got encouragement from her coaches, snacked a bit and drank some pink leomonaid to gain energy. “The break and snacks help, plus I was really motivated to come back and do better,” Simon said. “I wanted to make up for the bars.” Her last event was the floor, where Simon scored 9.8.
McLean junior Carolyn Brown-Kaiser finished eighth in the all-around (36.55), with bests of fourth on the floor (9.55) and fifth on the bars (9.075). She was ninth on the vault (9.35). McLean freshman Tara Stewart scored 9.3 on the beam, 9.5 to place fifth on the floor, 9.0 on the vault and 8.75 on the bars. Also scoring for McLean were sophomore Sara Vavonese (eighth on the floor, 9.425), freshman Frances Osugi (13th on the beam at 9.2 and 9.1 on the vault), junior Anna Brower (seventh on the vault, 9.475) and senior Hanna Farson. McLean had the highest event scores on three of the routines – floor (38.275), vault (37.55) and beam (37.025). McLean was third on the bars (34.475).
So the recent decision by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to prohibit any play-by-play by publicaddress announcers during game or event action was a good move. Prior to that, some at the microphone were becoming a bit cute and carried away with their unnecessary commentary. Even if brief, the chatter was annoying and distracting, and at times the information was incorrect. Now, the natural sounds of the events – including crowd noises, chatter among the players, coaches and officials, whistles, buzzer sounds, and yes, even quiet times – can be easily more distinguished and enjoyed. Brief announcements can still be made, like the name of the player who scored a basket, touchdown or goal, who is coming to bat, and lineup changes. But no more talking once the action begins. One such natural noise clearly heard occurred during the boys 400 freestyle relay during the swimming finals of the recent 6A North Region swim and dive championships at Oak Marr RECenter. When Oakton High School’s Tom Hallock exploded with a furious anchor-leg finish to lead the foursome to a dramatic come-frombehind victory, the high-decibel-level cheering, stomping and jumping from the team’s contingent in the stands and pool deck was the prominent noise. In past years, before the VHSL’s decision, that thunderous Oakton cheering would have been drowned out because of the announcer’s waytoo-loud play-by-play description of the race. Often, some of the best things about sports are the unique noises. Now, thanks to the VHSL’s wise judgement, some of those pleasant sounds are more easily heard and enjoyed.
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In Rematch, It Was McLean’s Turn to Win at the Buzzer DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
The Feb. 10 rematch between the McLean Highlanders and Madison proBASKETBALL Warhawks duced a second straight buzzer-beating fantastic finish. This time it was McLean’s turn for the walkoff heroics on the opponent’s home court. Vanessa Barlow’s short one-handed jumper from the right side on a follow shot of her own missed free throw as time expired gave visiting McLean a 45-44 victory in Liberty Conference girls high school basketball action. Madison had won 44-42 the last time the teams played (on Jan. 17) on McLean’s floor when junior Kathryn Sharon threw in a half-court threepointer at the buzzer. Sharon almost provided the magic again Feb. 10 by
making a three-pointer with 18 seconds to play to give Madison a 44-42 lead. With McLean in possession for a final attempt to win, Barlow was fouled trying to shoot after rebounding her own miss. With two seconds left, Barlow then made the first free throw, cutting the lead to 44-43. The senior guard (seven points, five rebounds) missed the second foul shot, but hustled behind the Madison players to the right side, grabbed her own rebound, shot and made the game-winner. “A lot of times, players kind of give up after they miss a free throw,” McLean coach Jen Sobota said. “Vanessa didn’t. She followed her shot, but that’s the kind of player she is.” The game-winning basket was Barlow’s second in recent action. She hit the game-winning three-pointer on Jan. 31 in McLean’s 38-37 victory over the
Langley Saxons, also a road contest. The Feb. 10 victory clinched the No. 2 seed in the Liberty tournament for McLean (12-10, 9-5), which has won four in a row, six of seven and eight of 10. Through 12 games, McLean was struggling at 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Things turned around after a lopsided 54-35 home setback to Langley. “The girls were embarrassed after that loss,” Sobota said. “We got down to basics after that, we started stepping on the floor with more confidence, and they decided they wanted to be part of the conversation in this conference.” In the Feb. 10 win over Madison, McLean built a big 32-19 halftime lead. “We’ve done that a few times this season,” Sobota said. “We build a lead and then have trouble after that.” Madison (11-10, 7-7) rallied in the second half and eventually took the
lead at 44-42, after missing a number of shots earlier in the fourth quarter when the Warhawks had chances to take the lead. “Madison really crashed the boards in the second half, and they got to the rim a lot more,” Sobota said. Freshman guard Elizabeth Dufrane led McLean with 16 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Hannah Smith scored 13 and sophomore guard Marine Auza had five points, 10 rebounds and two assists. For Madison, Sharon scored 11, senior Megan Miskell had 10, junior Diana Miskell seven and eight rebounds, and senior Ashley Sullender had six points and nine boards. Senior point guard Morgan Simpson had four points and as many assists. NOTE: Four of McLean’s losses in conference play were by a combined 14 points.
be,” Madeira coach Rod Montrie said. “Holton has some real star-power swimmers and they won two relays. That was hard to overcome.” Leading Madeira were individual winners and record-setters Maddie Heilbrun, a junior, in the 200 freestyle (1:51.56) and freshman Sofie Davis in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.38). Heilbrun was second in the 100 backstroke and Davis third in the 200 individual medley. Davis and Heilbrun swam on Madeira’s victorious 200 free relay, which set a meet record of 1:36.78. Others on the relay were Izzy Gati and Giovi Mo-
riarty. Gati won the 100 butterfly (54:10) and was second in the 200 free. Madeira’s Molly Watts was fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the IM, Lily Rathbun was fourth in the breast, diver Claire Simpson was seventh and the 400 free relay of Davis, Heilbrun, Gati and Meaghan Doyle was second. “A lot of girls dropped their times in this meet,” Montrie said. For Flint Hill, junior Jasmine Hellmer won the 100 free (52:04) and was second in the IM, Sisi Baker placed second in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 free, Natalie Champagne was fourth in the
fly and fifth in the back, Mimi Baker was fourth in the fly, Molly Paulsen sixth in the 50 free, and the three relay teams were third. The Potomac School girls were fifth with 146.5 points. Annie Tuttle led the way with a second in the breast and sixth in the IM, Hannah Gould was fourth in the IM and fifth in the 500 free, Megan Sharkey was fifth in the 100 free, Carolne Otteni was sixth in the fly, and Katie Gould had two top-10 finishes. Potomac School’s medley relay was second and the 400 free fourth. The teams will all compete in the state meet in a couple of weeks.
Madeira Swimmers Place 2nd in League Championship DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
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Langley Boys Finish with a Physical Loss Against Yorktown MATT DELANEY
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A physical contest to conclude the regular season occurred between the host BASKETBALL Yorktown Patriots and Langley Saxons in boys Liberty Conference high school basketball action Feb. 10. Langley won, 41-36, to finish with a 12-10 overall record and 9-5 league mark. Yorktown finished 11-11, 5-9. Next for each team is the conference tournament, which was scheduled to begin on Feb. 14 and end feb. 17. Langley’s victory gives credence to the team’s new look. After senior Jay Goettman’s season ended with a broken wrist in Feb. 7 action, the Saxons shuffled the
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deck in order to optimize their remaining lineup. “We keep having to re-invent ourselves in terms of what people’s roles are,” Langley coach Scott Newman said. “We’re going to miss Jay, but you have to re-find your identity when everyone’s asked to do a bit more.” Points were at a minimum throughout the game, and became all the more precious during a chaotic second half. Yorktown senior guard Connor Van Kirk’s six points were outdone by Langley junior guard Colter Carton’s three triples, as the Saxons led, 14-8, at the end of the first quarter. The scoring sputtered to a stop in the second period; Langley led 20-13 at halftime. Each side traded runs during the third quarter. An 8-4 stretch by Langley gave
the Saxons a 28-17 lead with scoring contributions from seniors Chas Battaglia and Sami El-Rafey. The Patriots’ offense caught fire when junior guard Matt Coulom’s three-pointer spearheaded an 11-2 Yorktown run that extended into the fourth quarter, and tied the game at 30. Coulom and senior forward Gavin Andersen hit consecutive jumpers to give Yorktown its only lead at 34-31. Battaglia’s three-pointer tied the score at 34. El-Rafey followed with two free throws, then Carton a three-pointer, and Langley was back in front to stay at 39-34. “They were all over Connor tonight, and we struggled a little because we run our offense through him,” Yorktown coach Joe Reed said. “Both teams struggled to score. They just got one more stop and made one more basket than we did.”
The teams are now focused on the tournament. Langley, which enters the action with a four-game winning streak, will be the fourth seed and Yorktown the sixth. “We can beat anybody. Our team knows we can beat anybody. It’s just a matter of playing four quarters,” Reed said. “We scored two points in the second quarter tonight [against Langley]. We can’t do that. We have to have four quarters to win.” Said Newman: “We just have to keep finding ways to finish these upcoming games.” NOTES: Van Kirk and Battaglia were both the leading scorers for their respective teams, with 13 points each. Carton had 11 and El-Rafey 10. Andersen had 12 for Yorktown, and Coulom seven.
needed to end it with the first takedown of the match,” Legg said. “In the last 30 seconds of the match I got an escape. It was a tough match.” The two helped McLean finish seventh in the tournament, as did teammate Alex Wassel (52-7) with a third at 106 with a 4-1 record. He won the consolation match 1-4.
“I got a lot of takedowns,” Wassel said of the match. McLean’s Calvin Zug was sixth at 132. For the Langley Saxons, Niko Woltman was fourth at 182 and a 4-2 record and Tanner Doverspike was sixth at 138. For the Madison Warhawks, Andrew
Barrett was third at 182 with a 4-1 record and two pins and Joseph Leland was sixth at 113 with a 3-2 mark. Oakton’s Cal Kopstein was sixth at 152 with two pins. Many of those wrestlers move on to the 6A state tournament this coming weekend that will be held Feb. 17 and 18 inVirginia Beach.
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of a condominium. This is going to help fulfill that need.” The most transformational effort that may be coming is McLean Properties’ “Main Street” concept, a mixed-use project near the Giant Shopping Center between the Palladium and Staybridge Suites. “It would attract people and become the focal point for downtown McLean, Foust said. “I’m very excited. I’ve been talking about this forever and it’s finally taken a major step.” (The development firm will outline its proposal to the public Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.) The McLean Gateway and Streetscape Project also continues to put utilities un-
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derground and may result in brick sidewalks being constructed in McLean’s downtown, Foust said. Foust lauded efforts by George Sachs, the McLean Community Center’s executive director, to keep operating the facility’s services during the $5.4 million renovation project that will kick off in April. The project should be finished by fall 2018. In addition, construction has begun on a new Lewinsville Community Campus at the Lewinsville Senior Center site on Great Falls Street. When the project is completed, the site will be home to 82 low-income housing units for seniors, which will be owned and operated by Wesley Housing, and a separate building, owned and run by Fairfax County, that will have a senior center, an adult day center and two child-care centers, Foust said. The facility should be up and running by fall 2018. parking study, which the Planning Commission produced in 2008, and build two smaller parking garages instead of one big structure. “Our track record of doing projects right now is horrible,” Springsteen said, citing the failed parking-garage deal and major cost overruns for the Vienna Community Center’s renovations. Even if the town does not succeed in fulfilling all its downtown parking desires, even small upgrades would be welcomed, said Council member Douglas Noble. “I think businesses on Maple Avenue
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PRESIDENTS © StatePoint Media ACROSS 1. Sometimes greener on the other side 6. Moray ____ 9. United ____ Emirates 13. Piled up a debt 14. Cross country foot gear 15. Tequila source 16. UV light absorber 17. *Fala to F. D. Roosevelt 18. Andrea Bocelli, e.g. 19. *He also went by name Jack 21. *One of 4 to die of natural causes while in office 23. Hostile 24. Sub station? 25. Opposite of hence 28. With minimal sound distortion 30. *President submits one to Congress 35. River obstruction, pl. 37. Cyrano’s distinctive feature 39. Covered with fungus 40. Wet nurse 41. Better then good 43. Christmas Day in France 44. Short skirts 46. Small European freshwater fish 47. Hefty volume 48. Whine 50. Jerk in Yiddish 52. Ides mo. 53. “For Pete’s ____!” 55. Hawaiian dish 57. *First Baby Boomer to become President 61. *Andrew or Lyndon 65. Don McLean: “Drove my Chevy to the ____”
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DOWN 1. Get the meaning of something 2. Level to the ground 3. At another time, to Romeo or Juliet 4. Saddam Hussein’s Islam 5. *Delivered at inauguration 6. Sports award 7. Augment
8. Like a ballerina 9. Wine quality 10. Hindu princess 11. Shakespeare’s hometown river 12. Mountain in Germany 15. Nero’s court 20. Faulkner’s “As I Lay ____” 22. Priest’s robe 24. Polio, e.g. 25. *Presidential father or son 26. Gavroche, e.g. 27. Muscat resident 29. *He pardoned Nixon 31. Negative contraction 32. Low light 33. a.k.a. dropsy 34. *“Tippecanoe and ____ Too” 36. Convict’s weapon 38. Per person 42. Pace of music 45. Six lines in a sonnet 49. ____-tzu 51. “____ and aahing” 54. *Grassy ____ of JFK assassination 56. Like most intimate circle of friends 57. Raven’s foot 58. Left to a Russian 59. Director Reitman 60. It empties when kids move out 61. Humorous anecdote 62. Kind of palm 63. Cross to bea 64. Nessie’s Loch 67. Contend
Fairfax County Notes GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY: Most Fairfax County govern-
ment offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of George Washington Day. For information on the status of particular government operations, see the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. GOVERNMENT STAFFERS EARN ‘GREEN’ DESIGNATION: Four employ-
ees of the Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division of the Fairfax County government recently earned certification from the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. They join the ranks of just 62 individuals nationally in the inaugural crop of certification-holders, based on the results of an exam conducted Dec. 13. Chris Porter, a heavy-equipment operator; Paul Dutilly, a motor-equipment operator; and Shawn Jones and Chris Kielsgard, both senior maintenance workers, were presented with their certificates on Jan. 26. “I am very proud of these employees for successfully completing this training and passing the required exam,” said Bobby Kerns, Maintenance Operations Branch Chief. “They represented the employees of the Maintenance Operations 30
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Branch very well, and they should feel really proud of this accomplishment.” The Fairfax County government partnered with the Water Environment Federation, D.C. Water and other jurisdictions to craft the certification program, which targets maintenance personnel who work specifically on related infrastructure and sets national certification standards for the construction, inspection and maintenance of it. “I really appreciate the opportunity to become certified,” said Kielsgard. “This gives us the prospect of moving up to higher positions within the county.” The class was five days in length, concluding with a 141-question exam. “The classes were really good,” Dutilly said. “The instructors were very knowledgeable.” PARK AUTHORITY TAPS LEADERSHIP FOR 2017: The Fairfax County Park Au-
thority Board has a new slate of officers for 2017. At a Feb. 8 meeting, the board voted to return William Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his ninth term as chairman. Bouie joined the Park Authority in 2005, and currently is the president and CEO of Sky Communications. He is an
active volunteer involved in a myriad of civic ventures and organizations, including the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, Little League of Northern Virginia, Reston Community Center Board of Governors and Reston Hospital Center Board of Trustees. At-large member Mary Cortina will serve as Park Authority vice chairman. Michael Thompson Jr., representing the Springfield District, returns to the post of secretary, and Mount Vernon District representative Linwood Gorham will now serve as treasurer. NVCC PROGRAM FOCUSES ON POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN:
Northern Virginia Community College’s Women’s Center will host “Elect Her,” an annual training and empowerment event, on Friday, Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alexandria campus. The program is designed to inform and engage young women about politics and public service. Speakers at the forum will include Allyson Carpender, student-body president at Howard University, and iLead Strategies president Julie Jakopic. The event will be held in the Bisdorf Building, Room 158. For information, see the Web site at www.nvcc.edu.
Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. February 16, 1945: n County officials are mulling whether to create a regional consortium to operate a Northern Virginia jail. n The Board of Supervisors is supporting a call to create a statewide sales tax. February 21, 1959: n Federal officials say the county’s population has grown 127 percent since 1950. February 20, 1965: n The School Board has advanced a plan to integrate the five remaining allblack county schools, including Louise Archer Elementary School. n The Clerk of the Court office is swamped by a backlog of cases. n Liturgical reforms mean parishioners of U.S. Catholic churches will see changes in services beginning March 7. February 19, 1972: n The House of Delegates has rejected a bill giving Arlington and Fairfax the ability to increase the local cigarette tax. n The Board of Supervisors has agreed to rehire the county executive, who quit in a huff earlier in the week. n The Board of Supervisors is mulling acceptance of a National Science Foundation grant to televise its meetings. n Due to rising unemployment, some economists are proposing a $100 rebate for all taxpayers in an effort to stimulate the economy. February 20-21, 1979: n Northern Virginia remains buried under a snowfall that totaled 24 inches in spots, the biggest blanket of snow in the area since 1922. n The General Assembly has authorized George Mason University to create a law school. n Goodyear is offering an oil change and lube for $5.88. February 19, 1991: n A proposal to allow elected school boards in Virginia has little chance of long-term success unless it is accompanied by taxing authority, the National School Boards Association says. n Gov. Wilder is intimating he might resign in order to devote his energies to running for president.
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