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Supervisors to Modify Rules on Local Breweries Wineries, Distilleries Also to See Updates to Regulations in an Economic-Development Push BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Fairfax County supervisors on Dec. 6 plan to modify zoning rules to conform with a new state law regarding wineries, breweries and distilleries on farms, and will set public hearings early next year for a proposal allowing craft breweries in commercial and industrial zones. County officials outlined proposed new rules for farm breweries, wineries and distilleries in a draft-agenda summary. It’s an eye-glazing read – one of the sentences is 160 words long – so here’s a breakdown: • The new rules would prohibit establishment of a farm winery, brewery or distillery in R-C (residential-conservation) districts, except those facilities that already have pending licensure applications before the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. • County officials would exempt facilities that existed as of July 1, 2016, but would require special-exception approval for their expansion. • The county would allow the establishment of more than one brewery, distillery or winery on a single farm. • Such facilities in the R-A, R-C, RP, R-E and R-1 districts would have to be located on at least 20 acres. The agenda item’s advertising allows supervisors the flexibility to set the minimum site size anywhere between 5 and 50 acres. • Farm wineries, breweries and distilleries in the above five zoning districts would be limited to no more than 12
events per year, lasting no longer than two days each, and would have attendance capped at 300 people per vent. Supervisors again would be given some latitude on this provision, allowing between 150 and 500 people per event and between 12 and 24 events per year, with durations of
up to eight days apiece. The rule changes would bring the county into compliance with a state law that took effect July 1, which prohibits farm wineries and limited breweries and distilleries in R-C districts, said Donna Pesto, a deputy zoning administrator
with the county. Much of the Occoquan River’s watershed in Fairfax County is zoned R-C, as is the Huntley Meadows area, she said. Two wineries already operate in R-C Continued on Page 30
SEASON ENDS ON GRIDIRON FOR WARHAWKS James Madison High School sophomore wide receiver John Finney attempts an option pass for the Warhawks that fell incomplete in the second half against the Westfield Bulldogs on Nov. 26 in a 6A North Region semifinal playoff game in Vienna. Madison lost, 31-13, to the defending region champs to end its season with an 11-2 record and a 2-1 mark in the regional playoffs. The second-seeded Warhawks took a 7-0 lead in the contest, but eventually were hurt by four turnovers and a kickoff return for a touchdown by the third-seeded Bulldogs. See full coverage in Sports and a slide show at www.insidenova.com/sports/fairfax. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT
RELATED: Supervisors approve plan by brewery to expand in Merrifield. See story, Page 15.
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Tysons Partnership President: Time Right to Move On BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Tysons Partnership president Michael Caplin for nearly five years has been the public face of the urban center’s transformation from an office-and-shopping mecca into a more thriving, mixed-use urban community. Since 2012, the organization’s first professional leader enthusiastically has touted myriad development projects sprouting up in Tysons and advocated for mass transit, bicycle amenities, sidewalks, shuttle buses and cultural offerings to make the urban center a more appealing place to visit and live in. Caplin will retire at the end of this year or as soon as the partnership’s leaders select his successor. “The systems are in place and working smoothly,” he said. “The partnership and community are poised for another leap forward. So I now pass the baton to a fresh set of legs to run the next 35 years of the Tysons marathon. It is a great job and I’ve loved every moment.” The partnership already has in place a confirmed revenue stream, strategic plan, marketing materials, financial protocols and capable staff, Caplin said. One of the group’s key tasks in years ahead will be advocating for a shuttle-bus system that better connects Tysons’ neighborhoods, he said.
Tysons Partnership board chairman Mark Carrier, who also is president of B.F. Saul Co. Hospitality Group in Bethesda, said Caplin gave the partnership a solid start. “Using spirit, innovation and entrepreneurialism, he helped the partnership grow and mature and set it on a very strong course,” Carrier said. “He was integral to the recruitment and building of our board. I think the world of him. He’s a man of integrity, grace and enthusiasm. He’s an absolute, first-class guy.” Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) said Caplin has raised awareness of changes occurring in Tysons. “I think Michael has been a terrific cheerleader for Tysons, trying to bring the focus on Tysons as a community and how we create that sense of place,” she said. “Tysons is becoming something totally different from what it was. It’s going to be an exciting place.” The Tysons Partnership has focused heavily on businesses and should form bonds and communicate better with Tysons residents, Smyth said. The provision of athletic fields in Tysons – 20 are called for in its comprehensive plan – will be an issue in the future, Smyth said. Existing fields in surrounding localities already are booked and “we do need these additional facilities for the people who will be coming” to live in Tysons, she said.
worked for five years on the board of directors of the Friends of the National Zoo and for 12 years as director of East Coast operations for ChildhelpUSA/Virginia. He also has served since April 2010 as a member of the U.S. Presidential ScholMichael Caplin, who for nearly five years has served as president of ars Commission and Tysons Partnership and has advocated for the urban center’s evolu- since August 2004 tion into a mixed-use community, will retire in coming months. as president of the PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER Turtle Island Group, Caplin was among those recently toutwhich provides coning designs by Fairfax County Depart- sulting to non-profits on strategic planment of Transportation staff members to ning and fund-raising. reconfigure the crossing of Routes 7 and Caplin has a law degree from the Uni123 into a traffic circle or a covered urban versity of Virginia, a master’s degree in plaza, perhaps by 2030. law from Georgetown University Law Smyth did not disagree with the de- Center and a bachelor’s degree in English signs created so far, but said they looked literature from Swarthmore College. expensive and did not yet have funding “I do love wordsmithing, gathering sources. ideas and trying to communicate them “I don’t know at what point this could with the perfect word choice,” Caplin happen or not, where would we get the said. money and if it would function better He will kick off his retirement by takthan what we have right now,” she said. ing his wife on trips, then search for new “It’s an interesting concept, but that’s all challenges. “I’ll start with a long break,” it is right now.” he said. “I need to catch my breath. At Caplin, who began serving as the part- this point, 2017 looks like a field of newnership’s president in 2012, previously fallen snow with not a footprint on it.”
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A Look Back at Vienna Halloween Parade
At left, Vienna residents Karen Wright, her husband Jonathan Uffelman, children Ethan and Jonah Uffelman and dog Mayzie came dressed as “Star Wars” characters to the Oct. 26 Vienna Halloween Parade, which was celebrating its 70th anniversary down Maple Avenue. Above, Laura and Marty Kwedar of Vienna, along with daughter Lucy, came dressed as Narnia characters at the parade. Halloween celebrants of all ages came in costume (or just to watch) in what has long been one of the region’s top holiday parades.
Above, Benjamin and Karolina McLean of Reston and their children, Nina and Macks, came to the Vienna Halloween Parade dressed as farm animals. At right, members of the Vienna Girls’ Softball League wore softball-shaped sandwich boards to the parade, which is an annual highlight not only for town residents, but those in surrounding communities.
At left, students with Enshin Karate demonstrate their martial-arts prowess at the Vienna Halloween Parade. From left: Rachel Xiao, Kathleen Hill, Sana Rodriguez and Yasmeen Alzoumah.
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Region Ranks 13th Nationally in Median Sales Price of Homes INSIDENOVA The median sales price of all homes across the Washington region in the third quarter of 2016 was enough to rank the area 14th nationally, but price appreciation continues to underperform the national average – which may not, on balance, be such a bad thing. The median price of existing, singlefamily homes across the D.C. metro area from July through September stood at $393,500, up 1.7 percent from a year before, according to data reported by the National Association of Realtors. Only 13 metro areas out of 178 nationally posted higher median prices, led by San Jose, Calif., at an even $1 million for the quarter, the second straight reporting period it (or any metro area) had posted a seven-figure median price. Also in the top five: San Francisco, $835,400; Honolulu, $745,300; AnaheimSanta Ana, Calif., $740,100; and San Diego, $589,300. Rounding out the top 10 were Los Angeles, Boulder (Colo.), Nassau County-Suffolk County (N.Y.), Boston and Seattle. The five lowest-cost metro areas in the third quarter were Youngstown, Ohio, $90,300; Cumberland, Md., $94,400; Decatur, Ill., $99,400; Elmira, N.Y., $109,400; and Rockford, Ill., $111,900. The Washington region’s 1.7-percent appreciation rate compared to a national
year-over-year growth of 5.2 percent, as the median price of single-family homes across the U.S. rose to $240,900. But as millions learned to their chagrin in the mid-2000s, large rates of appreciation can have negative consequences. “If mortgage rates start to rise heading into next year, prospective buyers could face weakening affordability conditions in their market unless supply dramatically improves,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors “That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that home builders ramp up the production of more single-family homes to meet demand and slow price growth.” At the end of the third quarter, there were 2.04 million existing homes available for sale nationally, below the 2.19 million at the end of the third quarter in 2015. Geographically, all parts of the U.S. saw year-over-year increases in median sales prices in the third quarter, but both the prices and the rate of growth varied. The median sales price in the West was $349,200, up 7.6 percent. In the South, the median price of $213,700 was up 6.5 percent. In the Midwest, the median price of $191,200 was up 5.6 percent. But in the Northeast, where the median price stood at $272,600, year-over-year price appreciation was only 1.2 percent. – A Staff Report
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Our View: Annual Bleating About Budgets Begins
When it’s a sunless day, some of us see only the clouds, others look for a silver lining. We’ll let you decide for yourself which category Fairfax County Executive Edward Long fits. The county executive last week began anew what has become an annual tradition: hand-wringing over next year’s county-government budget. In a presentation with soon-tobe-out-the-door Superintendent Karen Garza, Long laid out a glum forecast that, he says, will require county leaders to cut spending, increase taxes or both. A relatively flat real estate market, the prospect of declines in funding from the state government and increasing school enrollment are among the reasons they cited. “Projected revenue is not sufficient to cover the county’s debt service, compensation and prior commitments requested by the Board of Supervisors,” county officials said in outlining the situation, neglecting to mention that of those three, only the first (debt service) is a must-have. The other two are wants, not needs – desirable, but not mandatory. As usual with such budget gamesmanship, color us unmoved. The county government and school system have enough of a revenue stream to make it through another soft year with judicious trims and scaled-back expectations. Given that the average county homeowner saw a $300 boost
in real-estate taxes this year alone, perhaps another round of stick-it-to-the-homeowners is unwarranted. Voters seem a little disillusioned with the annual budget game-playing; on Nov. 8, they turned down the proposed meals tax by a healthy margin, a warning to the Board of Supervisors that ongoing efforts to pick the public’s pockets may not be rewarded next time they come up for re-election (not until 2019). The departure of Garza will strip the School Board of one of its most aggressive, if only sporadically successful, weapons in its never-ending battle to wrest more funding from the Board of Supervisors. Garza’s tenure may have been brief and focused too often on triviality such as a small adjustment in high-school starting times, but she certainly was front and center doing the budget bidding of the School Board. An acting superintendent just isn’t going to have the same oomph, and there’s no chance a permanent successor will be on board in time to have an impact on the upcoming budget season. It may be wishful thinking, but perhaps the supervisors were chastened enough by the overwhelming opposition to the meals-tax proposal that they will “suggest” that the School Board dust off last year’s discarded task-force report on projected cuts, and start implementing them.
Is There a Light at the End of Tunnel Politically? Editor: As I consider the results of our most recent presidential election, I can’t help but express apprehension. In the interest of full disclosure I am a lifelong Democrat, and have been proud of the ideals associated with my party. However, my apprehension isn’t solely about our president-elect, although there is quite a bit which should
concern us all about him. My fear is the coupling of a rightwing Congress with an extremist president. A Congress that has been champing at the bit to deregulate Wall Street, cut entitlements for the elderly and the poor, cut funding for education and provide tax breaks for the wealthy. Combined with a president only too happy to accommodate them.
I hope I’m wrong, that there are still good men and women left in government to stand up for the poor, indigent, elderly, people of color, different genders, ethnicities and sexual orientation. We all need a light at the end of the tunnel, and dare I say it, “hope” is mine. R.J. Narang Vienna
Congress Needs to Take More Action on Alzheimer’s Editor: This past election season left many Americans feeling divided as a country. But Alzheimer’s disease is not a red or blue issue. As a young professional and Alzheimer’s advocate, I have seen loved ones affected by this disease. Alzheimer’s is the only one among the top 10 deadly diseases without any way to prevent, treat or even slow its symptoms. Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and in 2016 alone the disease cost the nation $236 billion. Despite this, I am excited and opti-
mistic about the recent increases in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. If you take a look at diseases like breast cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, you can see breakthroughs in early detection and treatment after the federal government made a significant investment. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer recently helped to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority by co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (HR 1559). In its new rule, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included HOPE Act provisions. Now, doctors will get paid to
conduct cognitive assessments and refer families to resources. For the first time, people living with Alzheimer’s will have access to diagnosis and care planning with a medical professional. Rep. Beyer, will you also co-sponsor Palliative Car and Hospice Education and Training Act (HR 3119)? The legislation will ensure that those with this disease will get the “comfort care” and support they need from a trained workforce. Michael Hess Arlington
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Supervisors Seek Expansion of Jermantown Rd. Bridge BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Jermantown Road Bridge is something of an oddity, a two-lane span crossing Interstate 66 between a two-lane road in the city of Fairfax and a four-lane street in Fairfax County. Anticipating the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) upgrades to I-66 outside the Capital Beltway, the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6 hope to
approve a comprehensive-plan amendment that would designate the bridge to be improved as a four-lane span. “The Fairfax City Council brought it up,” said Supervisor Linda Smyth (DProvidence). “They’re looking at improving Jermantown Road on their side of the bridge. It didn’t make sense for the bridge to be only two lanes,” Smyth said. VDOT officials will design the bridge’s eventual replacement to handle four lanes
of traffic, but will build only a two-lane span initially. No redevelopment plans are in the pipeline in Fairfax County on the bridge’s northern side, but “with the I-66 project replacing bridges, we need to make sure that whatever they do, we can add another two lanes easily in the future,” Smyth said. “If we don’t put it in the plan, [VDOT] won’t do that for us. The bridge is located entirely in Fairfax County. Jermantown Road handles
about 17,000 vehicles per day south of the bridge and 19,000 north of the span, county officials said. Nearby Route 50 intersections at Waples Mill Road and Jermantown Road, as well as Route 123 and Jermantown Road, all are congested during p.m. peak hours, with service levels of “F,” they said. The bridge’s wider design in the future also will try to minimize impacts on the Difficult Run Environmental Quality Corridor, officials said.
Vienna Council Delays Decision on Trailer at Local School BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Vienna residents will have to wait a little while longer to find out whether town officials will allow Fairfax County Public Schools to add a classroom trailer at Cedar Lane School. The Vienna Town Council was set to rule on the issue Nov. 21, after deferring decision two weeks earlier, but school officials asked for another deferral until Dec. 5 to answer questions posed by Council member Douglas Noble, said Vienna Planning and Zoning Director Patrick Mulhern. School officials “would like to solve the problem permanently,” Mulhern said. Noble on Nov. 7 had chastised the school system for not justifying why the
trailer was necessary and supplying background material on Cedar Lane’s enrollment and school capacity. Town officials have asked school officials to provide that information along with data about Cedar Lane’s programs and the school system’s long-term capitalimprovement plans to provide additional permanent space at the site, Mulhern said. Cedar Lane School, an alternativeeducation facility located at 101 Cedar Lane, S.W., already has three larger modular-classroom units installed on its site. School officials have asked the town for permission to install a trailer at Cedar Lane School for three years, with the possibility of renewing it for additional two-year periods. The trailer would be used for the instruction of special-educa-
Fairfax County Public Schools officials will provide the Vienna Town Council with reasons why a classroom trailer is needed at Cedar Lane School. Council members have deferred action on the proposal until they receive more information from Fairfax school leaders. PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER
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Vienna BZA Extends Lounge’s Permit for Live Music BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Bey Lounge in Vienna will be allowed to continue providing live entertainment for at least another year. But town officials, peppered with complaints about noise at the café/bar, say they will keep their ears open in case problems persist. The Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted 7-0 Nov. 16 to grant Lela LLC (doing business as Bey) a one-year extension of its conditional-use permit. The permit will limit the lounge’s
closing time to midnight from Sundays through Thursdays and allow it to stay open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The owners also must implement recommendations submitted Nov. 7 by acoustic consultants Martin, Beam and Paganelli or make reasonable attempts to limit noise, as subject to the fire marshal’s approval. Vienna Town Council member Pasha Majdi said he had read the acoustic consultants’ report and found it “very encouraging.” The lounge, located at 303-A Mill St.,
N.E., is owned by Rawad Elhasrouni and frequently has been the subject of resident complaints about late-night noise. Vienna police have been called to the site 27 times since Nov. 18, 2015. Through Nov. 9 this year, when the first conditionaluse permit for live entertainment expired, officers came to the business 15 times and found no violations, issued warnings in five other instances and cited the lounge’s management on six occasions. Vienna police have been called to the site once since the permit was renewed Nov. 9, but did not observe a violation in that case, said Lt. Tom Taylor, the department’s operations commander. Most complaints lodged against the business occurred after midnight, Vienna Planning and Zoning Director Patrick Mulhern said at the Town Council’s Nov. 21 meeting. Vienna BZA vice chairman Robert Petersen, in a Nov. 23 order affirming the
conditional-use permit’s continuation, noted the applicant had taken steps to reduce noise and that no evidence had led BZA members to believe the noise issues directly resulted from live entertainment. “Without a numerical decibel limitation, the town’s current noise ordinance could be considered subjective,” Petersen added. Town code restricts excessive noise between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and days before federal holidays and from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. If a police officer can hear music outside a property’s boundary line during those hours, it would constitute a noise violation regardless of the decibel level, Taylor said. But loud talking and vehicles in the lounge’s parking lot, while rude to the neighbors, do not constitute noise violations for the business, he added.
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Supervisors OK Brewing Company’s Expansion Plans BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Merrifield Town Center’s latest addition will creatively reuse an existing warehouse and make and sell a tasty product that’s becoming increasingly popular in Northern Virginia. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 1 unanimously approved a special-exception request by Caboose Brewing Co. LLC to convert an existing building at 8301 Lee Highway into a brewery and eating establishment. The 1.34 acre site is owned by EDENS, the developer of Merrifield’s revitalized town center, also known as the Mosaic District. Company officials said they have been trying for five years to find a user for the warehouse property. “We think this is one of the best findings that we could have found,” said Steven Teets, a senior project manager with the applicant. “We really like good, local retailers and restaurateurs and we’ve found that with Caboose. We found some very energetic young men who have been producing a product in Vienna.” The site currently is home to a vacant 8,100-square-foot medical-industrial building, which was built in 1973, plus a gravel parking lot. The county’s comprehensive plan recommends a floor-area ratio of up to 0.5 for the site, but the new development will have an FAR of 0.14.
Caboose Brewing Co., founded two years ago by Matt Greer and Tim McLaughlin, opened a popular brewery and eatery along the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail in Vienna. The company’s Merrifield expansion will include a brewery, a restaurant with about 160 seats, a 3,240-square-foot tasting room and an outdoor beer garden. Caboose’s new location will have an outdoor seating area south of the building and an urban green on the site’s northeast portion. The property currently has no vegetation and the applicant has pledged to provide about 23 deciduous trees and 203 shrubs at the site, which would have 28 percent open space, according to the county’s staff report. The applicant will provide 48 parking spaces and build parking lots north and south of the structure, both of which will be accessed via Eskridge Road. The company also will build an 8-foot-wide sidewalk along Eskridge Road and a crosswalk leading to Strawberry Lane in the Mosaic District. The building will be a maximum of 40 feet tall and have design elements on all four sides. The eating establishment will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and have five or six employees on site at any one time. Up to 15 percent of the building’s gross square footage may be used for retail sales.
The building formerly was used by United Rentals for the repair of large tractors, Teets said. Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) noted tractors had hit the structure several times. “We do want to be sure that we have a building that’s not going to reflect a dented past, but something that will blend in with Mosaic,” she said. “What we are seeing in these illustrations is what I would consider a minimal attempt at cleaning up the building, and I’m expecting something more.” Teets assured her the addition of the park, trees, outdoor-seating umbrellas and other features would make the site
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Fairfax Is 6th Regionally in Median Price of Real Estate Homes in the city of Falls Church sold for the highest median price of any jurisdiction in the Mid-Atlantic during the first 10 months of the year, according to new data. With a median sales price of $725,000, Falls Church was up 7.4 percent from the same period in 2015 and was well above any other local jurisdiction, according to figures reported by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiplelisting service. The Falls Church median price benefits from a large percentage of single-family homes, but the city also has posted significant price appreciation – the highest yearover-year change among the 10 jurisdictions with the highest median prices. By contrast, Arlington, which at $550,000 had the second highest median sales price in the January-to-October period, was down 1.8 percent from a year before. Rounding out the top five jurisdictions were the District of Columbia ($545,000, up 4.8 percent); Alexandria ($495,000, unchanged); and the city of Fairfax ($482,800, up 0.1 percent). The next five were Fairfax County ($479,000, up 0.8 percent); Loudoun County ($442,000, up 2.8 percent); Montgomery County ($410,000, up 2.5 percent); Howard County ($399,000, up 0.6 percent); and Fauquier County ($360,000, up 2.9 percent). Also at or above the Mid-Atlantic median sales price of $310,000 were Prince William County ($335,000, up 3.1 percent) and Stafford County ($310,000, up 2.9 percent). Figures represent most, but not all, homes that went to closing. All figures are preliminary and are subject to revision. Arlington Tops Suburbs in Per-SquareFoot Cost: Those purchasing homes in Arlington during the first 10 months of the year spent the most per square foot of any jurisdiction in Northern Virginia, according to new figures, as the county was second only to the District of Columbia in the Mid-Atlantic region. Homes that sold in Arlington went to closing for a median $446 per square foot, up 2.3 percent from $436 during the same period last year, according to data from RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. Only the District of Columbia had a higher median price: at $495, up 1.6 percent from $487. The city of Falls Church placed third, with its median price per square foot of $434 up 9.1 percent from $398 a year before. (The median price of homes that sold in Falls Church during the Januaryto-October period was higher than the median in Arlington, in part because Falls Church has a larger percentage of singlefamily homes in the overall housing mix.) Rounding out the top five jurisdictions in the Mid-Atlantic region were Alexandria ($350, up 3.9 percent) and the city of
Fairfax ($285, up 7.1 percent). Next in line were Fairfax County ($281, up 1.1 percent), Montgomery County ($247, up 3.4 percent), Rappahannock County ($229, up 21.8 percent), Howard County ($206, up 2.5 percent) and Loudoun County ($205, up 3 percent). Among other local jurisdictions, median per-square-foot prices during the 10month period were $186 in Prince William County, up from $185; $178 in the city of Manassas Park, up from $162; $174 in the city of Manassas, up from $170; and $159 in Stafford County, up from $154. The median per-square-foot price in the Mid-Atlantic for the period was $189, up 2.7 percent from $184 a year before. Figures represent most, but not all, homes that went to closing. All figures are preliminary and are subject to revision. State Home Sales Tick Down, Prices Rise as Inventory Remains Tight: Home sales across Virginia posted a slight yearover-year decline in October, according to new figures, while the median sales price increased. A total of 8,798 properties went to closing during the month, according to figures reported Nov. 22 by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR). That’s down 0.9 percent from the 8,870 transactions of October 2015. The market is both being held back by limited inventory, and is gaining some traction as prospective buyers move quickly to snap up what has come on the market, said incoming VAR president Claire Forcier-Rowe. “Pent-up demand remains a strong contributor,” Forcier-Rowe said. “It’s a great time to enter the market, as financing remains so accessible, and it’s a great time to consider listing, as sellers can anticipate that prices will be buoyed by buyer eagerness.” Statewide, the median sales price for all residential properties in October was $262,500, up 5 percent from a year before. Bucking the tradition of monthly declines as the market transitions from summer to fall to winter, October’s median was unchanged from September’s. Homes that went to closing in October spent 65 days on the market between listing and ratified sales contract. It’s the highest figure since April, but remains well below the 78 days on the market reported a year ago. “The relative speed of transactions reflects sustained urgency among buyers,” VAR analysts said. Prospective purchasers who have the credit to obtain financing continue to pay rock-bottom interest rates. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30year mortgage was 3.47 percent nationally in October. It’s the fourth month in a row rates have been at their lowest of the year, with slight wobbles between 3.44 percent and 3.47 percent depending on the month. – A Staff Report
Q&A with Author of Book on Post Office Murals The 1937 dedication of Arlington’s main post office, located in Clarendon, can in a sense be considered the moment the county evolved from a collection of separate, perhaps tribal community enclaves to the start of the “urban village” of modern times. Several years after the opening, the interior of the postal facility was adorned by artwork of Auriel Bessemer (1909-86), who in the Depression was commissioned by the federal government to paint murals Toby McIntosh at post offices in several states, and also painted murals on everything from railroad cars and union halls to corporate offices. Bessemer was among more than 800 artists commissioned by the federal government through the Treasury Department and, later, the Federal Art Project. His works at the Clarendon Post Office reflected historical themes dating back to before the arrival of colonists, up to relatively modern (for the era) scenes like polo players at Fort Myer. A refurbishment effort a decade ago helped bring the images back to life.
One of the murals by Auriel Bessemer at the Clarendon post office shows slaves at Arlington House harvesting tobacco. Image courtesy U.S. Postal Service.
Toby McIntosh, who lives near the post office, has penned “Apple Picking, Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee: Arlington’s New Deal Murals and Muralists,” a book that delves into both the artist and artwork. (More about the book can be found at virginianewdealart.com. Copies can be purchased through the author via firstname.lastname@example.org or via BookBaby, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.) The Sun Gazette recently conducted a Q&A with McIntosh about his effort. What was the driving force behind writ-
ing your work? I have an interest in the 1930s federal programs that helped artists weather the Great Depression and produced some wonderful public art. Also, the Clarendon post office is near my house, so when I semi-retired I thought it would be a kick to learn more about the murals, their subjects and the muralist. The research took a lot longer than I thought it would; one question seemed to lead to another. I describe each of the seven murals in the book. So, for example, to learn about the mural on picnicking at
Great Falls I read about the trolley lines of Arlington, segregation, amusement parks, fashions of the times, the canal ruins there, etc. I’ve tried to pack fun and educational information into each mural description. In your research, what did you learn about Auriel Bessemer, the artist who created the murals? What about his work appeals to you? Auriel was a complex, intense and spiritual guy. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to meet him. I would start by asking what it was like to be a kid raised in a religious commune, taught that the earth surrounded the sun. Arlingtonians of the time might have questioned his unorthodox beliefs. His overblown rhetoric is a bit hard to digest. He was passionate that society was headed in the wrong direction, misdirected by greed and ego, and needed salvation. He warned about fascism and designed a huge mural on the subject. He served as an Army graphic artist in World War II. (It was only from Army records that I learned he was blind in one eye.) It sounds as if some of the artwork was controversial in its day. What was the reaction of typical local residents to it? The newspaper reviews were positive, though not effusive. “Extremely handsome,” said the federal official who chose Continued on Page 28
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RESTON MAN FACES SLEW OF CHARGES AFTER FLEEING VIENNA TRAFFIC STOP: A Vienna police officer on Nov.
22 at 12:35 a.m. initiated a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Chain Bridge Road after seeing a vehicle with defective equipment. As the officer began to interact with the driver, the man accelerated his vehicle and drove off at a high rate of speed, almost striking the officer, police said. Police issued a lookout to other local law-enforcement agencies and shortly thereafter a Fairfax County police officer located the vehicle and its driver. Authorities determined the driver was wanted on a warrant in Fairfax County charging failure to appear in court. Vienna police arrested the 21-year-old Reston man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with felony eluding of police, assaulting a police officer, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and the failure-to-appear charge on the warrant. Authorities held the man without bond. OAKTON MAN INJURED AFTER ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGING PISTOL:
Fairfax County police officers responded Nov. 19 at around 9:45 p.m. to a report of a shot person in the 10300 block of Emerald Rock Drive in Oakton. A 36-year-old man accidentally had discharged one round after mishandling his pistol. Rescue personnel transported him to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and possible charges are pending, police said. RACIAL SLUR, SYMBOL DISCOVERED AT LANGLEY HIGH SCHOOL: Staff
members at Langley High School, located at 6500 Georgetown Pike in McLean, told Fairfax County police on Nov. 22 that they had discovered a racial slur and symbol etched into a bathroom stall. The graffiti did not appear to be targeted at anyone specific. School officials had the stall repainted to repair the damage, police said.
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MAN ARRESTED ON VIOLATING CHILDSUPPORT ORDER: A Vienna police of-
ficer on Nov. 20 at 12:34 p.m. observed a vehicle with expired registration parked at the Vienna Wolf Trap Hotel, 430 Maple Ave., W. The officer checked the vehicle’s registration and found the vehicle’s owners were wanted on outstanding warrants in Fairfax County. The officer then located the two men and woman, who were staying in the hotel with their six children. The officer arrested the 43-year-old man on two warrants for child-support violation and his 36-year-old wife for one warrant on the same charge. Neither suspect had a fixed address. Police transported them to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and Child Protective Services officials responded to take custody of the six children.
VIENNA RESTAURATEUR SAYS EXEMPLOYEE ASSAULTED WORKER:
The owner of Plaka Grill, 110 Lawyers Road, N.W., told Vienna police on Nov. 20 at 9:45 p.m. that an ex-employee had returned to the restaurant and assaulted one of the employees. The ex-employee left the area before police arrived, authorities said. Police advised the victim of the alleged assault on how to obtain a warrant, should he wish to pursue charges. Police also advised the owner on how to ban the ex-employee from the restaurant. BEDROOM FIRE DESTROYS GREAT FALLS HOME: The Fairfax County Fire
and Rescue Department on Nov. 20 at around 2:33 a.m. dispatched units to a reported house fire in the 1000 block of Northfalls Court in Great Falls. Firefighters arriving at the scene found a two-story, single-family home with heavy fire showing from multiple floors. Crews attacked the blaze from the home’s exterior because of the large volume of fire. There were no occupants home when the fire occurred. A passerby on Route 7 saw flames and called 911. The Red Cross offered assistance to the home’s occupants, but they so far have declined to use it, officials said. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries during the blaze. Investigators determined the fire started in a second-floor bedroom area, but the blaze’s exact cause remains under investigation. Officials estimated the fire caused $726,250 worth of damage, which is the home’s total value.
CHECKS FORGED, CASHED AT VIENNA BANK: A local woman recently told Vien-
na police that between Nov. 17 and 22 two of her checks had been forged and cashed at BB&T Bank, 440 Maple Ave., E. Vienna police continue to investigate this case. Items compiled from reports by local public-safety agencies across the region, edited by the Sun Gazette.
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Fairfax County Notes SCHOOL BOARD HIRES SEARCH FIRM TO FIND SUPERINTENDENT: The Fair-
fax County School Board has awarded a contract in the search for a new superintendent. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates was selected to lead the search. The contract totals $47,500 plus approved expenses. The firm will help lead the effort to find a replacement for Superintendent Karen Garza, who is departing by the end of the year. It was selected “because of its successful track record in placing superintendents in large school districts and national reach,” said School Board member Karen Corbett Sanders (Mount Vernon). Garza had been superintendent for just a little over three years when she announced plans to depart for a non-profit organization in Ohio. After her announcement, school officials were dealt a rebuke by voters, who on Nov. 8 turned down a proposed Fairfax County meals tax that would have funneled an estimated $70 million more per year into school-system coffers. School Board members have not yet finalized community-engagement and public-input aspects of the superintendent search, but plan to update the public “throughout the coming months,” school officials said in a statement.
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totaling 12 miles have been added to the Fairfax County sign-removal initiative, which is overseen by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. Since 2013, the Fairfax County government has had the authority to removal illegally placed signage on roadways controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Since its start, more than 75,000 signs have been collected along 71 major roadways. Collection is undertaken by Community Labor Force crews, described by county officials as well-screened incarcerees overseen by sheriff’s deputies. “This is a win-win for the county and state,” Sheriff Stacey Kincaid said. “The roadsides and medians are cleaner, the sight lines are safer and there is no added cost to county residents.” New roadways added to the program include portions of Annandale Road and John Marr Drive in Annandale; Carlin Springs Road, South Jefferson Street and Seminary Road in Baileys Crossroads; North Shore Drive in Reston; Elm Street, Fleetwood Road, Nolte Street, Westmoreland Drive and Whittier Avenue in McLean; and Dorr Avenue, Hartland Road, Juniper Street, Merrilee Drive, Merrifield Avenue, Porter Road, Willow Oaks Corporate Drive and Williams Drive in Merrifield. Also, Patrick Henry Drive in Seven Corners; Bland Street and Commerce
Street in Springfield; and Boswell Drive, Fairhaven Avenue, Fordson Road, Lockheed Boulevard, Old Richmond Highway and Sherwood Hall Lane in the Richmond Highway corridor. State law allows county officials to levy a $100 civil penalty against sign owners for each illegally placed sign. The fine is levied by the Department of Code Compliance. LIBRARY SYSTEM ASKS PARENTS TO JOIN READING EFFORT: The Fairfax
County library system is promoting its “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative with games and prizes. “The library has a full calendar of fun reading events for young children and a children’s reading section at the library branch closest to you,” library officials said in a push to parents. Children are eligible to take part until they enter kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to sign up after a child has had 25 books read to him or her; multiple readings of the same book count toward all the goals. Prizes are offered at local branch libraries when families reach the following milestones: 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1,000 books. There also is a phone app available as part of the program. State officials say more than one-third of children entering kindergarten in Vir-
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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating again in this year’s annual National Capital Region Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments’ 2016 Toys for Tots Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children,” officials said. Last year, the Fire and Rescue Department collected more than 13,000 toys. Children served by the campaign include toddlers and youths up to age 17. Continued on Page 21
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Fairfax County Notes Continued from Page 20 The campaign will only accept new, unwrapped toys, which residents may drop off at any of the department’s fire stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to “Toys for Tots.” Fire stations will accept donations through Friday, Dec. 16. COUNTY POLICE TO ESCORT SANTA AS HE VISITS HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN:
As Christmas approaches, children everywhere will be watching the skies for Santa Claus. Here in Fairfax County, some very special children won’t have to wait until Christmas Eve. Since 1988, Santa and his elves have been rumbling down the streets of Fairfax County on motorcycles picking up and delivering toys to children in local hospitals. Once again this year, Santa will temporarily trade in his sleigh and reindeer for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and police escort. The Fairfax County Police Motorcycle Squad, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Fairfax City Police, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office and Vienna and Herndon police departments, will escort Santa on his annual “Ride for Children.”
During the second week of December, Santa and his elves will collect donated toys from local police stations, other government facilities and eight Fairfax County public schools. The following day, Santa and his helpers will deliver toys to children at Inova Children’s Hospital’s Child-Life Services Center and the Georgetown Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Some of the toys that are not handed out on the day of Santa’s visit will be left with the child-life programs at each hospital. Those toys are used throughout the year to give the children something to keep their minds off their treatments. Toys will also go to various local charities, including Life with Cancer and Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help). County police look forward to bringing Santa to the hospitals and are grateful for the opportunity to bring smiles to the children’s faces for at least a moment. Anyone wishing to make a donation should bring a new, unwrapped toy, game, book or other gift to any Fairfax County police station, the print shop at the Fairfax County Government Center and the lobbies of the Pennino and Herrity office buildings. All donations should be made before 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. An itinerary for Santa and his helpers is available upon request from the county
More than 300 applications were considered, with grant funding up to $50,000 approved for various organizations. In Fairfax County, funding went to Northern Virginia Family Service, Medical Care for Children Partnership, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Lorton Community Action Center and New Hope Housing.
The New Dominion Women’s Club recently kicked off the holiday season with its “Cocktails for a Crowd” celebration, benefiting local charities. Shown are Mary Ann Miller, Erika Keogh, Carol Brunner and club president Desi Woltman. The event was chaired by Miller, Christy Murry and Monica Gibson Ronecskevitz, assisted by Karen Martins, Sherri Hiele and Car- PARK AUTHORITY PROJrie Salaway. ECTS WIN AWARDS: Two
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Fairfax County Park Authority renovation and expansion projects have been honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The Spring Hill RECenter in McLean and Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole in Reston received Best New Renovation/ Addition Awards in their categories during the society’s annual conference, held in Roanoke. The Spring Hill project features the addition of a two-story fitness center, multi-purpose fitness rooms and gymnasium with elevated track. The Water Mine project added new water slides and other updated amenities.
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Fewer in U.S. on the Move During 2016 The percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all time low in the United States to 11.2 percent in 2016, according to tables released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “People in the United States are still moving, just not to the same extent as they did in the past,” said David Ihrke, a survey statistician in the Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch. Among those who moved, 42.2 percent said they moved for a housing-related reason, such as wanting a new or better home/apartment. In comparison, 27.4 percent said they moved for a family-related reason, 20.2 percent said they moved for an employment-related reason, and 10.2 percent said they moved for some other reason. Among regions, the South saw the greatest number of people moving out (901,000), but also saw the largest inflow of people moving into the region (940,000). The highest mover rates by race were for the black or African-American-alone population (13.8 percent) and the Asian-alone population (13.4 percent). The white-alone population moved at a rate of 10.3 percent. The Hispanic/ Latino population (12.6 percent) was more mobile than the non-Hispanic white population (9.8 percent). Among other findings: • Approximately 16.9 million people moved annually to a different county, and nearly another 1.9 million people moved to the United States from abroad. • New York had 69,289 migrants to Florida, and California had 65,546 migrants to Texas. • More than 1.5 million people living in Florida were born in New York. This was the largest flow between state of birth and state of current residence followed by more than 900,000 million people who were born in New York living in New Jersey. • The two largest county migration flows were Los Angeles County to Orange County in California with 41,558 movers and Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County in California with 39,865 movers. Among metro areas, in California, the Los AngelesLong Beach-Anaheim metro area had 87,565 movers go to the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area.
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Tutor Is Familiar Fixture for Local Students SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer
For any number of academically ambitious students across Northern Virginia, the route to acceptance to the college or university of their choice begins at a small table on the second floor of Arlington’s Central Library. There, they huddle with Paul Gruber, who has carved out a niche in assisting students in navigating the college-admissions process. “There’s a cover for every pot,” Gruber says of connecting students and colleges. He’s there to help. Students working with Gruber over the past year have ended up at Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech – “across the board, really good schools,” he said. Sipping on a smoothie (food and beverages are allowed at the library these days) in between appointments on a recent Thursday evening, the Arlington resident takes the chance to detail his journey from a nearly 40-year career in New York’s school system to becoming a tutor whose students travel from across Northern Virginia, as well as Maryland, for his services. Upon retirement in New York, Gruber ended up in Arlington – not typically thought of as a place to retire to – because he had family in the area, it had a good
cultural life and was close enough to his old home to get back when he wanted to. Starting out tutoring those hoping to improve scores on the SAT and ACT standardized college-entrance exams, Gruber has expanded his repertoire. From math to English to Spanish, he’s become a goto guy over the past six years. “My name floats around, I guess,” Gruber said. “I get lots of family members, relatives of relatives of relatives.” Students at high schools as varied at James Madison, Washington-Lee and Gonzaga are represented. Tutors and coaches are not miracleworkers, Gruber said. Planning for college has to begin early and needs to actively involve both students and their parents. “You’ve got to be very honest with students about what you can do and what you can’t do,” he said. “Look at where you’re at, look at what you want to do. It’s a family project.” Having served as both a teacher and guidance counselor – and led seminars for teachers about standardized testing – Gruber suggests the college search begin in earnest in a student’s freshman year of high school. “You can change your mind seven, eight times, that’s OK . . . [but you] have to start thinking about where you want to end up,” he said. Parents should begin taking their children on college visits as high-school fresh-
Paul Gruber has built up a retirement career as a tutor to students across Northern Virginia, using the second floor of Arlington Central Library as his base.
men, and students should consider taking summer programs at college beginning in their sophomore years. “I’m seeing more kids coming in earlier, prepared earlier,” he said, noting that the youngest student he’s currently tutoring is in fifth grade. (The oldest, by the way, is 50 years old, studying for the GRE exam for graduate school.) The challenge comes when parents and students put off their efforts. Suddenly, a student’s senior year has arrived, and he/ she has no firm grounding on even where
to start in finding a college. “It’s hard to play catch-up,” Gruber acknowledged, and advises against getting frantic in the effort to do so. “You can only be yourself; don’t try to be someone else.” For those simply overwhelmed by the whole process, Gruber says local residents have a good option: They can take core classes at Northern Virginia Community College, then transfer them to a four-year Continued on Page 28
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McLean/G. Falls Notes McLEAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS PHOENIX HOUSE: The
McLean Community Foundation has presented a $10,000 grant in support of Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic’s expanded residential facility and health-fitness center. Grant funding will go toward new retractable basketball hoops and other fitness and classroom equipment at the Arlington-based facility, which provides services to adolescent males. “Given the current public-health emergency in Virginia, due to the increased use of heroin and other opioids, [the foundation] is proud to support this leader in treatment and long-term-recovery methods,” foundation officials said in a statement. Other recent grants from the foundation went to Historic Pleasant Grove and the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center. Founded in 1978 by the McLean Citizens Association, the McLean Community Foundation works to meet the philanthropic needs of the community.
HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR APPROACHES:
The Woman’s Club of McLean will hold its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring five local, festively decorated McLean homes. Homes will be served by buses at 15-
minute intervals from Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean. There also will be a MarketPlace celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 before Dec. 1 and can be obtained at Mesmeralda’s of McLean, Karin’s Florist in Vienna, Great Dogs of Great Falls and in several other local venues. Tickets are $30 on the day of the event. Admission to the MarketPlace is free. For information, call (703) 556-0197 or see the Web site at www.mcleanwomansclub.org. ‘REINDOG PARADE’ RETURNS FOR 20th APPEARANCE: The 20th annual
McLean Reindog Parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Langley Shopping Center. The event is sponsored by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce. Participation is free, with registration taking place at 8 a.m.; those participating are asked to contribute two cans of dog food per entrant to be donated to a local animal shelter. In addition to the parade of dogs in all shapes and sizes, there also will be a salute to Paws of Honor, a non-profit organization that assists handlers of retired military service dogs with medical expenses of the animals. The community is invited. For information, see the Web site at www.mclean-
chamber.org. McLEAN HOLIDAY PARADE IS ON THE HORIZON: The annual McLean Holiday
Parade is slated for Sunday, Dec. 4 with entertainment beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the parade beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Old Chain Bridge Road near the Langley Shopping Center. There is no charge to attend the parade, which will be emceed by Peggy Fox of WUSA-TV, but participants are asked to bring donations of gift cards to support SHARE Inc. Due to the parade, Old Chain Bridge Road will be closed to all traffic from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. For information, see the Web site at www.mcleanwinterfest.org. ‘HOLIDAY FEST ART MARKET’ ON HORIZON: Great Falls Studios will host its
annual Holiday Fest Art Market on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Grange and Forestville School, 9818 and 9812 Georgetown Pike. The event will feature the chance to meet the artists and purchase gifts for the holiday season. There also will be greenery and desserts available for purchase. The weekend will conclude on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with the annual Celebration of Lights at Great Falls Village Centre. All events are free and family-friendly. For information, see the Web site at www. greatfallsstudios.com.
CHURCH TO HOST BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: St. Francis Episcopal Church
will host its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church, 9220 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. Those attending will enjoy a holiday breakfast, crafts and a picture with St. Nick. The breakfast will support Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up. There is no charge, but attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for children from birth through age 12.
BOOK SALE SLATED FOR TYSONSPIMMIT LIBRARY: Friends of the Tysons-
Pimmit Library will host a quarterly book sale for all ages from Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the library, 7700 Leesburg Pike. The sale will run Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call (703) 338-3307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ALDEN THEATRE PRESENTS CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION: The Alden The-
atre of the McLean Community Center will present Vital Theatre’s “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas” with performances on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 and 4 p.m. Designed for ages 5 and older, the Continued on Page 30
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VIENNA POLICE WELCOME NEW OFFICER: The Vienna Police Department on
Nov. 16 welcomed its latest officer, Walter Harter. Harter previously served for about 27 years with the Fairfax County Police Department, where he worked in patrol, background investigations, the personnelresources division and internal affairs, including two years as a sergeant and three as an second lieutenant in patrol. He spent the last two years as a second lieutenant in the department’s Robbery Section. Officer Harter was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and began his law-enforcement career in 1989 with the Fairfax County Police Department. He graduated from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy’s 13th Session, the same class as that of Vienna Police Chief James Morris, Deputy Chief Daniel Janickey, Master Police Officer Erik Hall and Officer John Sterling. Harter and his wife of 16 years have two children. An avid athlete, Harter has completed the Ironman Triathlon twice. When he is not patrolling the streets of Vienna, Harter enjoys watching New York Yankees and New York Giants games. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College in Virginia. SHEPHERD’S CENTER VOLUNTEER LAUDED AT NATIONAL LEVEL: Julius
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VIENNA GOVERNMENT TO HOST RECYCLING EVENT: The Vienna town govern-
ment will hold its final quarterly recycling day of 2016 on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill St., N.E. Vienna residents can recycle a host of items during the event. Among those not accepted are large computers and televisions, as well as household waste. For information, call the Department of Public Works at (703) 255-6380.
Walter Harter, left, is welcomed as the latest officer on the Town of Vienna Police by Chief James Morris.
ton-Vienna recently was honored with the Donald Owen Smith National Volunteer Leadership Award, presented by Shepherd’s Centers of America. Hankin was a founding member of the Oakton-Vienna affiliate, and is one of the hardest working volunteers, said Michelle Scott, executive director of the organization. “He is an ambassador not only in our community, but also in surrounding communities that would benefit from a Shepherd’s Center.” More than 250 volunteers at the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna serve as drivers, friendly callers, health-and-well-
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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SLATED AT FREEMAN STORE: Historic Vienna Inc. will
host holiday shopping on three successive Saturdays – Dec. 3, 10 and 17 – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in addition to regular store hours at the Freeman Store and Museum. On Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, the store will host a kids’ shopping day. Santa’s helpers will be on hand to assist children with holiday shopping, while refreshments will be available for adults. The store and museum is located at 131 Church St., N.E. For information, call (703) 938-5187.
TRADITIONAL BRITISH HOLIDAY TEA SLATED: Historic Vienna Inc. will host
a traditional British holiday tea on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Free-
man Store and Museum, 131 Church St., N.E. The cost is $35, and advance registration is required. For information and to R.S.V.P., call (703) 938-5187. CHURCH TO HOST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Epiphany United Methodist
Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1014 Country Club Drive, N.E., in Vienna. Handmade wreaths, candy, jewelry, baked goods and poinsettias will be on sale. The event also will feature a silent auction, and there will be a special area for children with gifts from $1 to $5. Proceeds will benefit missions of the church. For information, call (703) 9383494 or see the Web site at www.epiphanyumc.com.
CHURCH TO HOST BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Oakton United Methodist
Church will host breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the church, 2951 Chain Bridge Road. The cost is $11 for those over 11, $7 for those ages 3 to 10. Digital copies of the visit from Santa also will be available for purchase. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running through 1 p.m., the church will offer pet photos at a cost of $5 to $10. Pets must be leashed or brought in a carrier. For information, call (703) 938-1234 or Continued on Page 30
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Murals Continued from Page 17 him to paint the murals, who was an Arlington resident. I found one reference to Auriel giving a talk about the murals to an Arlington group. I wonder if he baffled them with his spiritual views, but he was a regular and accomplished lecturer. There was some early concerns about depicting Robert E. Lee receiving his
Tutor Continued from Page 23 institution. “NOVA is a very good program – [and] it’s a better buy,” he said. As for taking standardized exams, Gruber believes it should not be an either/or decision when considering the SAT or its rival, the ACT. “Absolutely I think [students] should take both,” he said. “Some people are going to do better on one, some are going to do better on the other.”
military commission from the Virginia legislature, but the subjects for the murals all were approved by the first county board chairwoman. I used the Lee scene to recap his residency in Arlington House, including the story of the daughter Lee’s father-in-law had with a slave of Martha Washington. Do you think the artwork holds up well (artistically) today, three-quarters of a century after its creation? Physically, what is the condition? The murals were restored in 2007 and are in good condition. Unfortunately,
they’re still positioned near the ceiling in the post office lobby and hard to see. I think the book brings them closer, making it easier to appreciate them. The figures can seem stiff and similar, but the colors are bright. The compositions are balanced and the spirit of the subjects shines through. I like the apple-picking mural, but in a vote taken at a book party, the tobaccoharvesting mural was narrowly chosen as the favorite. As your book notes, the Clarendon community has had its ups and downs over
the past century. What do you see as the neighborhood’s future? I’ve lived in Clarendon since 1983, when there were only three bars. In drawing attention to the post office and the murals, I hope to help us appreciate our local history and reflect on an older, slower time. Imagine, the 1937 groundbreaking for the new post office was celebrated by a big parade. Now Arlington’s population is five times bigger, which makes it more of a challenge to create a community feeling.
For generations, students in the local area were wedded to the SAT. Over the past decade, the ACT has made significant inroads, in part because it’s a shorter test (about half the five hours needed for the SAT). The organizations that run the two tests seem to have different views of change: While the ACT “is always evolving . . . but it doesn’t change its format,” the SAT occasionally does a major revamp. The latest significant revision, which occurred last spring, has meant colleges are left wondering if a 1500 score from previous years really equates to a 1500
score now. “It’s a great exam, but nobody knows what it means,” Gruber said of the new SAT, although he expects everything will settle down as educators and administrators have more data to work with. Gruber believes students should take the SAT for the first time in the second semester of their junior year, and the ACT in the latter part of their junior year, to align with what’s being taught in class. Standardized tests are different from classroom tests, requiring students to approach them in a different way. The key to standardized-testing suc-
cess – and a place where coaches can help – is “knowing how the test is constructed, what you have to look for,” Gruber said. “They want students to basically think outside of the box; how do you get outside the box?” he said. “Everything is step by step.” “The biggest hurdle is generally math, even for students who are good at math in school,” Gruber said. But parents and students need to remember that testing is only one part of the college-admissions process. Institutions of higher learning are looking for “the overall package,” Gruber said.
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Breweries Continued from Page 1 districts in Clifton and Centreville, Pesto said. Those businesses will need special exceptions from the county to expand their facilities, she said. Five other applications received by the ABC Board before the July 1 deadline also will need special exceptions, Pesto said.
The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6 also will set a pair of public hearings regarding the establishment of craft breweries in the county. The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a Jan. 12 hearing on the proposal and the Board of Supervisors will follow up with a Feb. 28 hearing. “What the amendment proposes to do is to establish craft-beverage production as a new, distinct land use and specify which zoning districts it can operate in,” said Andrew Hushour, who also is a dep-
uty county zoning administrator. “Up until now, the handful of small breweries in the county have been permitted as a general manufacturing use, which severely limits how and where they can operate,” he said. “This amendment, if adopted, will allow the use to operate in more districts, both commercial and industrial, depending on operation characteristics.” Craft brewing is escalating in popularity statewide and county officials, in an effort to diversify the local economy,
are trying to attract more such businesses. Under the proposed rules, breweries would be allowed to produce up to 15,000 barrels of beer, 36,000 gallons of distilled spirits or 5,000 gallons of wine, cider or mead each year, officials said. The Board of Supervisors on Nov. 1 approved a special-exception request by Caboose Brewing Co. LLC to convert an existing building at 8301 Lee Highway into a brewery and eating establishment. The company already has a brewery in an industrial area in northern Vienna.
a question-and-answer period preceding the meeting at 6:45 p.m. The program will focus on using Photoshop and other digital applications. For information, see the Web site at www.vpsva.org.
Vienna/Oakton Notes Continued from Page 26 see the Web site at www.oaktonumc.org. AUTHOR TO DISCUSS ‘STEELE’ AT PATRICK HENRY LIBRARY: Patrick Hen-
ry Library will host Brooke Stoddard, author of “Steel: From Mine to Mill, the Metal That Made America,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the library. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. For information, call (703)
VIENNA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY TO MEET: The Vienna Photographic Society
will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Oakton Elementary School, with
McLean/Great Falls Notes Continued from Page 24 story tells the tale of Nancy, whose plans to purchase a Christmas-tree topper go wildly awry. Tickets are $10 for McLean residents, $15 for others. For information, call (703) 790-0123 or see the Web site at www. mcleancenter.org.
MARSHALL DRAMA STUDENTS TO PRESENT MUSICAL: George C. Mar-
shall High School’s drama department will present “Little Women, the Musical” Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the black-box theater at the school, 7731 Georgetown Pike. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and teachers.
‘BLUE CHRISTMAS’ CHURCH SERVICE SLATED: Great Falls Area Ministries
will host a Blue Christmas service of remembrance and hope for those who are stressed, lonely or grieving on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Katie’s Coffee House, 760 Walker Road in Great Falls. For information, e-mail Carol Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Madison Topped in Semifinal
Winter Season Has Much Championship Potential
Here comes the winter high school sports season. It started this week, earlier than ever.
Bulldogs’ Defense Stingy in 2nd Half DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
A couple of long second-half scoring plays, one on defense and the other on offense, broke open a one-point game helped the FOOTBALL and Westfield Bulldogs to a 31-13 road victory over the Madison Warhawks in a 6A North Region Tournament semifinal football playoff game Nov. 26 in Vienna. The loss ended Madison’s season with an 11-2 record and snapped the No. 2-seed Warhawks’ five-game winning streak. Defending champion and No. 3 seed Westfield improved to 11-2 with its eighth straight high school playoff win and hosts South Lakes (12-1) in the region final Dec. 3. “Eleven wins is a very good season,” Madison coach Lenny Schultz said. “We lost to a well-coached team today. We had our chances, but we didn’t capitalize on them. We had to play a perfect game, but we made some mistakes.” Continued on Page 33
Top: Madison’s Jacob Choutka scores. Above: Madison’s Sam Kid grabs Westfield’s Saadiq Hinton by the jersey. See a slideshow at www.insidenova.com/sports/fairfax. PHOTOS BY DEB KOLT
Warhawks Persevered Despite Key Injuries DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
Before preseason practice even began there already was a significant seasonending knee injury FOOTBALL suffered by one of the Madison Warhawks’ starting high school football players. That was to senior running back Casey Koshuta, who ran for 407 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. He also was a starting linebacker. Then, during game three against the McLean Highlanders, there was another returning starting running back – senior Wiley Counts – who was helped off the field with yet another knee injury that ended his campaign. Counts, who also played a lot in Madison’s defensive 32
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secondary, had 247 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season before the injury. Still, the Warhawks persevered without the key production of those two valuable players. Madison finished with an 11-2 record, tied for the Liberty Conference championship, and advanced to the semifinals of the 6A North Region Tournament where it lost to defending champion Westfield. A big reason Madison continued to produce on offense was the running of speedy junior Landan Thomas. He stepped in and became the team’s featured running back after the loss of Koshuta and Counts. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Thomas finished the season running for more than 1,300 yards and he ran for 21
touchdowns. He also caught a handful of passes for two TDs. The breakaway threat ran for 100 or more yards in six games, including 138 in the loss to Westfield, and gave the Warhawks a home-run threat capable of breaking a long run on any play. Prior to Count’s injury, Thomas had only 60 yards rushing in the first two games. He finished with 175 against McLean, making an immediate impact. Madison coach Lenny Schultz said the initial plan was to use all three players on offense. Thomas would have been more of a slot back, getting carries and catching passes from that position. “They all would have played and they would all have played a lot,” Schultz said. “It’s too bad we never had that chance.”
Used to be the winter campaign didn’t begin until around Dec. 10, but the start date has been creeping forward in recent years. Competition kicked off Dec. 1 in 2015. So what should be expected from the many 2016-17 indoor varsity teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas? In basketball in Arlington, the Bishop O’Connell girls and boys teams will be top contenders in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. On the public-school ranks, both Wakefield teams will be strong. This might be the year the girls break through and win a conference championship, then make noise on the region level. Also in Arlington, watch out for the Yorktown girls in gymnastics, a team talented enough to win a state championship. In indoor track and field, Washington-Lee’s Benedict Draghi will be the favorite to win conference, region and state shot put crowns. In the Sun Gazette’s Fairfax County coverage venues, the Langley Saxons and Oakton Cougars should be conference, region and state contenders again in girls basketball. Keep an eye on Langley, Madison and Marshall, and maybe Oakton, in boys hoops. In private-school ball, the Flint Hill and Potomac School girls return a number of top players that could make them conference contenders, as do both boys teams. Madison and McLean will be strong again in wrestling. With good distance runners, the Oakton and Madison indoor track and field teams have title potential. In swim and dive, there are too many quality competitors on the public- and private-school levels in the paper’s coverage areas to list. In summary, the possibilities exist for a championship winter for many local teams and individuals.
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High School Roundup ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL: Three Flint
Hill School girls volleyball players were chosen first team all-state in Division I of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. The three were Siron Hardy, Krissy O’Malley and Sydney Reed. Flint Hill’s Hana Lee made second team. Flint Hill finished second in the state in Division I this season after winning conference and city championships. ALL-STATE BOYS SOCCER: Potomac
School’s Tyler Manderfield was chosen first-team Division I all-state in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association for his play this fall in boys soccer. Manderfield helped Potomac School finish second in the Division I state tournament. Flint Hill School’s Alex Shahmirzadi made second-team all-state.
ALL-STATE GIRLS TENNIS: Potomac
School’s Moriah McDonald was chosen first-team Division I all-state in girls tennis in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. Making second-team all-state were Potomac School’s Carolyn Beaumont, Flint Hill’s Isabelle Ditthavong and Madeira’s Emilija Platukyte.
OAKTON ATHLETES SIGN: Oakton High
School held a recent ceremony for athletes who signed Division I letters of intent to play sports in college. The athletes were Delaney Connolly (women’s basketball, Loyola University in Maryland), Kailyn Fee (women’s basketball, University of Richmond), Maddie Royle (women’s basketball, American University), Stephanie Palmucci (women’s lacrosse, University of Connecticut),
High school athletes from Oakton, top, and Langley, above, sign college letters of intent.
Toma Shigaki-Than (baseball, Duke University), Ryan Davis (baseball, Georgetown University), Owen Lamon (baseball, Georgetown University) and Tommy Hallock (swimming, Virginia Tech). LANGLEY LACROSSE PLAYERS SIGN:
Four senior players from the upcoming 2017 Langley High School girls lacrosse team recently signed letters of intent to
Madison Continued from Page 32 The biggest mistakes were four turnovers, with the most costly of those a 55-yard interception return by Hinton Saadig for a Westfield touchdown with 7:01 left in the third quarter. Brian Delaney’s third of four extra points gave the Bulldogs a 21-13 advantage after leading 14-13 at halftime. Saadig’s first varsity interception came on a flanker screen when he read the eyes of Madison quarterback Jacob Choutka. “I knew what the receiver’s route was going to be, then I saw the pass coming at the same time. I happened to be there In the right position,” Saadig said. Said Schultz: “That was a big moment and changed the momentum.” Westfield’s momentum became even bigger when the Bulldogs took a 28-13 lead with 9:59 left in the game on an 80yard scoring pass from Rehman Johnson to Sean Eckert. Westfield’s defense
Madison’s Luke Kustra and Nick Quinto embrace after the loss. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT
did the rest, with Delaney capping the game’s scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 5:54 to play. The Bulldogs’ defense stiffened in the second half. In the final two quarters, Westfield held Madison to only 74 yards, recorded three sacks, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble after
play in college. Anna Hofgard, an attack, committed to the University of California at Davis, midfield Emma Crooks to Virginia Tech, midfielder Marina Smith to the University of California at Berkley and goalie Megan O’Hara to Hamilton College in New York. “We are very proud of their hard work and dedication to Langley, and look forone of those sacks. “They have a really good defense, and they shut down our running game in the second half.” Schultz said. “It was a windy day, you saw some passes floating out there and it was hard to hit big plays throwing the ball.” Madison’s one big play on offense came on an 84-yard run by Landan Thomas (138 yards rushing) to the Westfield six-yard line. That set up Choutka’s one-yard quarterback sneak. After David Louden’s extra point, the Warhawks led 7-0 with 7:46 left in the first quarter. The advantage lasted 12 seconds. Eckert returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a TD, Delaney converted and the game was tied at 7. Westfield took a 14-7 lead on its next possession, then Madison answered to cut the lead to 14-13 on an 18-play, 91yard drive capped by Thomas’s five-yard run. The extra point was blocked. On the drive, Madison converted two fourth downs and as many third downs. “It’s hard to drive the ball that far and for that many plays against a good defense like that,” Schultz said. “That
ward to seeing them play at the next level in college,” Langley coach Bucky Morris said. FLINT HILL FIELD HOCKEY: In its third season, the girls field hockey team at the Flint Hill School continued to make progress and become more competitive. The Huskies finished 6-12 this fall, but during one stretch won three of four matches. Flint Hill head coach Stefanie Vestal said the high school team looked like a completely different squad than the 22 novice players who first stepped onto the field in August 2014 for that inaugural campaign at the private school. The Huskies’ top players this fall were seniors Caroline Shevlin, Carolyn Holran, Anna Krisko, Tori Herman, Sara Paulsen, and Isabel Rice-Martorell. “Each put in countless hours in the off-season at camps, clinics, leagues and practices, and their hard work paid off,” Vestal said. Each senior had either a goal or an assist in a 7-1 victory over Wilson. Rice-Martorell, Shevlin and Krisko were among the top goal scorers. Paulsen, Rice-Martorell and Herman led in assists. Other contributing players for Flint Hill were goalies Nia Simmons and Julie Ellison and field players Bella Stork, Avery Mengenhauser, Nina Jenkins, Niu Niu Luken, Phoebe Chess, Madison Brandt, Lauren Hayler, Natalie Plaut, Kate Walker and Molly Paulsen. MADISON ICE HOCKEY: The Madison
High School club ice hockey team defeated Biship Ireton, 2-1. Kamron Sarmadi scored the first goal. Late in the second period, Sammy Thompson, assisted by Jeff Hunter and Jason Calem, scored the go-ahead goal. Madison goalie Dean Kern got the win in net.
got us right back in the game.” For the game, Madison had the advantage in total yardage, 283-234, but was hurt by the four turnovers. Choutka was 10 of 17 passing for 165 yards and was intercepted twice. Sam Kidd had five catches for 51 yards, Johnny Hecht four for 32, and John Finney two for 23. Senior wide receiver Nick Conforti caught one pass before leaving the game with a collarbone injury. On defense for Madison, Kidd had an interception and Joey Goldsmith and Steven Hildebrand recovered fumbles. For Westfield, Nolan Cockrill had a sack and fumble recovery on the same play, Zach Jewell had a couple of sacks, and Joey Free had a late-game interception in the end zone. NOTES: The meeting between Madison and Westfield in football was the first. Westfield opened in 2000 . . . Madison was 2-1 in the region playoffs, its best showing since winning the title in 2003 . . . Westfield will be playing in the region final for the sixth straight season. December 1, 2016 33
Former Soccer Player Had 8 Victories in Races This Fall DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
The story isn’t unfamiliar. A young athlete entering high school as a freshdeCROSS COUNTRY men cides to run for the cross country team in order to get in better shape for another sport. It happens all the time. Marshall High School junior Heather Holt is one such example. She took up cross country as a high-school freshman to get in better shape for travel soccer. Holt immediately became one of best runners in the state. This season, she won eight races, including the Capitol Conference, 5A North Region, then the 5A state championship. At running, she is a natural. Holt capped her 2016 Virginia High
School League season Nov. 12 on the Great Meadow course in The Plains by winning her second state championship. She won as a freshman, then was second last fall. Prior to high school, Holt and Marshall High’s Heathher twin sister, er Holt won a second Ashley, were socstate title Nov. 12. PHOTO BY BILL KAMENJAR cer players. When entering Marshall, the two sisters and some of their travel soccer teammates decided to give cross country a try to help improve their soccer skills and stamina.
Heather Holt doesn’t play soccer anymore. Running is now her main sport. “I really grew to like running right away,” Holt said. “It’s fun and I’ve been pretty good at it. Me and my sister and some of the other soccer players on my travel team said we wanted to give cross country a try. Now, this is what I want to do.” Holt’s high-school portfolio of accomplishments is impressive. That resume includes three Capitol Conference championships, three region crowns, two state titles and a second place in the state, and her senior season is still to come. Marshall cross country coach Darrell General recognized Holt’s ability right away, as well as that of Ashley, who is injured and not running this fall. Ashley Holt finished third in the region
as a freshman. “Heather is very dedicated. She runs and trains hard, is quietly focused, and puts pressure on herself to improve and be the best she can be,” General said. “She listens well, is focused on staying healthy, and she is at the top of her game right now. I think as soon as she started running for us, she saw her potential.” General said one of Holt’s main goals was to help Marshall stay focused as a team and win its first state championship. Marshall was fifth in the state last year and sixth Holt’s freshman season. “The last two years, something went wrong for us each time at states,” General said. “This year, the goal from the first day was to finish first in states.” That happened as Marshall won the 5A state team title Nov. 12. Visit www. insidenova.com/sports/fairfax.
Flint Hill Junior Finishes Second in Division 1 State Meet DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
What a difference a year makes, and certainly two. John Moxley was far from an accomplished high school cross country runner CROSS COUNTRY asf re s haman when he just took up the sport at Flint Hill, improving somewhat as a sophomore. This fall, as a 16-year-old junior, Moxley firmly established himself as one of the top private-school boys runners in Virginia by placing second Nov. 11 at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Division I state meet at Fork Union. Moxley ran 16:48. His finish was the highest ever by a Flint Hill runner in the boys state meet, as he is quickly becoming the most accomplished cross country runner in school history. Cape Henry sophomore Owen Rich-
ards won in 16:43, passing Moxley in the final 100 meters. The two traded leads throughout the race, with Moxley getting a pass to lead late. “It was a man-on-man race. We kept passing, then he kicked past me at the end,” Moxley said. “I wasn’t happy, because he’s a sophomore and I’m a junior.” The Oakton resident was surprised by his finish. “I was hoping for a top 20, but I am getting more competitive and racing better,” Moxley said. Flint Hill coach Craig Davis was not surprised. “Right away, when John came out for cross country you could see he was a driven and tough kid. He works really hard and puts his time in during the summer. That’s so important. He has been consistently improving, and he almost won the state.” That could come next year, according
Flint Hill junior John Moxley had a strong finish in the recent Division I state meet by placing second. PHOTO BY CRAIG AMOSS
to Moxley, if he keeps improving and lowering his times. “I’m looking forward to my senior year, as I’m expecting even more im-
provement,” Moxley said. “I believe that next year, if I put in the hard work, I’ll be able to take the state-championship title.” Moxley couldn’t break 17 minutes a year ago when he finished 22nd in the state in 17:48 and 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championships in 17:30. This fall, Moxley was second in the MAC in a personal-best time of 16:39. He also broke Flint Hill’s course record by more than 20 seconds. Moxley took up cross country his freshman season to join his brother, Stephen, on the Flint Hill team. He played house-league lacrosse before that. “I never had a passion for lacrosse like I do now for cross country and running,” Moxley said. Next, Moxley begins the indoor track and field season for Flint Hill this winter, followed by the spring outdoor campaign.
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sel school tennis team in Vienna finished 12-0 during the regular season and the Catholic-school team had match record of 72-3 in total games played. In semifinal playoff action, the team nipped St. James Red, 2-1, and topped St Mary’s White, 2-1, in the final. The team members were fourth-graders Giavana Glogowski, Pari Abadian, Tatum Carney, Camila Velazquez, Mae Gillespie and Ronan McConville; and fifth-graders graders Nataly Jadrijevic, Jason Carino, Michael Murphy, Joshua Perrone and Max Perez. Gregg Glogowski and Lan Nguyen were the coaches.
FLINT HILL BOOK AND BALL CLINIC: The Flint Hill School girls basketball program held its 15th annual Book & Ball Basketball Clinics for players in grades 1 through 8 earlier this month. Mothers of players were invited to participate. The cost to attend was one used or new book per participant. Many brought more. The clinic focused on all basketball fundamentals
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Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. December 4, 1942: n The Arlington-Fairfax chapter of the Izaak Walton League is sponsoring a feather drive for the war effort. n A new state law requires nurseries for children to obtain licenses in order to operate. December 3, 1944: n With more and more draftees being ruled unqualified for service as the war drags on, Virginia’s draft boards are planning to call 15 percent more men than usual this month in order to meet the quota. December 2, 1961: n The state attorney general says Prince Edward County is within its rights to close its public schools rather than integrate them, because the Virginia constitution does not require public education. n More than half of the Washingtonbased staff of the Central Intelligence Agency has moved into the new headquarters in Langley. n The Fairfax Education Association is considering whether it should integrate by taking in black members. n Fairfax County lawyers ribbed elected officials and judges during the annual Bar Association “Libel Night.” n President Kennedy will join more than 102,000 spectators this weekend at the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia. December 4, 1968: n Some state legislators representing Fairfax County want the new Virginia constitution to include a ban on the death penalty. n U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, spent $115,000 on his re-election bid. December 5, 1975: n The Metro system is “on the verge of default” due to cash-flow problems, and the general manager has announced he plans to step down in January. n Fairfax School Board members have heard withering criticism of the proposal to establish a sex-ed curriculum. n The School Board appears to be evenly split on the need for a school-bond referendum in the fall. n On TV tonight: “Chico and the Man,” “The Rockford Files,” “Sanford and Son” and “Wall $treet Week.”
© StatePoint Media ACROSS 1. Group of pupils 6. Fossil fuel 9. Dust arachnid 13. Abdominal muscle, pl. 14. Grass bristle 15. Like a ballerina 16. Deflect 17. *She played wife and mom in 21 Across 18. Lazybones 19. *It happened on 34th Street 21. *Nicholas Cage ‘s “The ____ Man” 23. Wednesday’s child issue? 24. Mouthful, swallowed 25. ____ Francisco 28. ____ Verde National Park 30. Adorn the halls with holly, e.g. 35. Singer Tori 37. Jailbird’s home 39. Tax of one tenth 40. Popular e-reader 41. DNA half 43. Inmate’s weapon 44. Loose-fitting top 46. “____ and sound” 47. Performed alone, pl. 48. Madison Square Garden and Staple Center, e.g. 50. Snouts or beaks 52. *“____ Takes a Holiday” with Basil Rathbone (1930) 53. Inoffensive manner 55. Long time 57. *Jim Carrey’s green grump 60. *Holiday movie time
traveler 64. Courtroom excuse 65. Bo Peep’s follower 67. Bus commuter 68. Object of Tiny Tim’s affection 69. Corn piece 70. Twig of a willow tree 71. Aquatic snakes
Regional News CLASSICAL MUSIC HIGHLIGHTED BY ENCORE LEARNING: Encore Learning’s
“Meet the Speaker” series continues on Monday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Arlington Central Library. Dan DeVany, general manager of WETA’s classical-music operations, will discuss “What Makes Some Classical Holiday Music Classics?” The program is cospsonored by the county library system. For information, call Encore Learning at (703) 228-2144. MARYMOUNT READIES CHRISTMASTREE LIGHTING: Marymount University
will host its annual Christmas-tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the Lodge building on the university’s main campus, 2807 North Glebe Road. The event also will feature scripture readings and caroling.
CHURCH TO HOST ‘MESSIAH’ SINGALONG: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will
host its 26th annual “Messiah” sing-along on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 4250 North Glebe Road. The concert will feature the Adult Choir, Chamber Orchestra, World Children’s Choir and soloists. Attendees can bring their own score, or purchase or borrow one at the door.
72. Pastrami partner 73. Proceeds DOWN 1. Pack like sardines 2. Denim innovator 3. Maple, to a botanist 4. Scarecrow stuffing 5. “The Goldbergs,” e.g.
The community is invited. There is no admission, but donations of cash and nonperishable food items will be accepted. For information, see the Web site at www.stpetersmusic.org. CHURCH PREPS LIVING NATIVITY: Cherrydale United Methodist Church will host a Living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the church, 3701 Lorcom Lane in Arlington. The event will feature live animals, caroling and refreshments. The community is invited. ‘WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL’ ON HORIZON: The Penrose Square Winter
Wonderland Festival is slated for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 2501 9th Road South in Arlington. The event will feature a holiday social, lantern-making festival and, at 5 p.m., a lantern parade. The event is sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Division of the Arlington County government. For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonarts.org.
LOCAL NONPROFIT RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM BOEING: The Arlington-
based bilingual culinary-training program La Cocina VA has been selected to
6. Arc de Triomphe, e.g. 7. Leave speechless 8. Big mess 9. Between mini and maxi 10. Short for “it will” 11. He plus she 12. “Ever” to a poet 15. Marine gastropod 20. Olden day blood-drawing equipment 22. Priest’s vestment 24. Like a knight in shining armor? 25. *Billy Bob Thorton’s was bad 26. Love, to Napoleon and Josephine 27. Nobody 29. ____ Candies, chocolatier 31. Treat without respect 32. ____ vs. pathos 33. Popular cook-off dish 34. *“Home Alone” main character 36. *Jim Carrey’s was green when he stole Christmas 38. *It’s wonderful? 42. Three-masted vessel 45. Tabby’s favorite herb 49. Pollen ____ 51. Feeling at a funeral 54. Holiday feeling 56. Hustle and bustle sound 57. Tar to feathers 58. Tiny river 59. Wading bird 60. Dried up 61. Norse deity 62. Turned to the right 63. Makes mistakes 64. Gobbled up 66. *“Jingle All the ____”
participate in the Boeing Co.’s “Leading Change” program, which matches its employee volunteers with non-profit organizations in the community. La Cocina VA empowers those in the local area’s Hispanic community with a 13-week food-training program, workforce-skills development, job-placement assistance and vocational-English training. “We believe that by using the power of food, we can generate opportunities for social and economic change,” said Patricia Funegra, founder and president of La Cocina VA. “We are grateful to Boeing for providing consulting expertise that will play such a vital part in the success of our mission and expansion plans.” ANNUAL ‘MIRACLE ON 23rd STREET’ CELEBRATION SET: Linden Resources
will host the annual “Miracle on 23rd Street” celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the non-profit’s office, 750 23rd St. South in Arlington. The event will feature musical entertainment, a raffle, refreshments and a tree-lighting ceremony featuring Santa arriving via an Arlington Fire Station #5 firetruck. The event is free, and the community is invited. December 1, 2016 39
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