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Illegal Dumping Leading to Closure of Recycling Center



Leah Peterson, 16, of Tysons (foreground) and Ani Kalousdian, 16, of Vienna practice drawing copies of a human foot Aug. 11 during a summer class in the McLean Project for the Arts’ Emerson Gallery. See story, Page 3. PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER

Vexed by persistent illegal dumping problems at the Blake Lane Park recycling drop-off center, Fairfax County officials have decided to shutter the facility permanently effective Sept. 15. “Illegal dumping creates a health hazard, is unsightly, pollutes our waterways and requires extra collection services,” officials said in a media statement. “Despite signage and monitoring, illegal dumping at the site has become a chronic problem, resulting in a high number of resident complaints.” The county established the drop-off site, located at 10033 Blake Lane in Oakton,

in the 1980s before curbside recycling became available to residents. That latter service greatly reduced the need for the Blake Lane site, officials said. The Sun Gazette reported on the problems in July 2015. Supervisor Linda Smyth (DProvidence) said county officials had set up cameras to monitor illegal dumping, but the equipment was stolen. “It’s very hard to catch the culprits who are doing these things,” she said at the time. County officials had tried to combat the problems by dispatching a dump truck from a facility in Newington once or twice per week to clean up the messes at the Blake Lane Park Continued on Page 17

Mid-Summer Real-Estate Market Slightly Down in Fairfax

Both home sales and average sales prices were down slightly across Fairfax in July from a year ago, with total sales volume dipping just over 7 percent, according to new figures. A total of 1,617 properties went to closing last month, down 4.7 percent from the 1,697 transactions reported a year before, according to figures reported Aug. 10 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service.

FHA-backed loans (172) and cash (167). Inventory, which has been running below mid-2015 figures across Northern Virginia, was down 15.5 percent to 3,749 available properties at the end of the month. Figures represent most, but not all, homes on the market. All figures are preliminary, and are subject to revision. – Scott McCaffrey l Like us on Facebook: sungazettenews l Follow us on Twitter: @sungazettenews @sungazettespts

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Add up the sales and prices, and total sales volume for July stood at $882.3 million, down 7.3 percent from $951.4 million a year before. Homes that sold in July spent an average of 41 days between listing and ratified sales contract, up from 40 a year before, and garnered 97.4 percent of listing price, unchanged. Of homes that sold, conventional mortgages were the means of transacting the sale in 937 cases, followed by

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The average sales price also dipped slightly, declining 2.7 percent to $545,668. All three segments of the market posted declines, dropping 2 percent to $706,414 in the single-family sector, 0.6 percent to $378,637 among townhouses and down 2.7 percent to $280,590 in the condo market. In the upper brackets, a total of 203 of the homes countywide sold for more than $1 million.


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Class on Fundamentals Draws a Crowd of Students BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

McLean Project for the Arts’ Emerson Gallery usually hosts finished artworks, but with no exhibits scheduled for August, the space became a venue for art creation. A model sat on a tall chair surrounded by a semicircle of easels where budding young artists learned the fundamentals of their craft. The teenagers practiced blocking in human heads by drawing egg-shaped vertical ovals bisected by a curving line that ran between the subject’s eyes, down the nose and through the mouth. Artist Kerry Vosler of Tampa, Fla., put the students through their paces. “We’re exercising them, getting them to see the head in space,” she said. “You can’t put all the detail in before you do the whole head.” The weeklong class, held Aug. 8 through 12, catered to 11 students ages 13 to 18. All the participants were girls; a couple of boys signed up, but dropped out because of sickness or scheduling difficulties. Sessions ran from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with an hour in the middle for lunch and a presentation by a visiting artist, either in person or via Skype. On the last day of class, students would make drawings of a live model and receive certifi-

cates from Vosler. Students initially copied drawings of body parts, including feet, from a book by Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gérôme. “It jump-starts their knowledge and hones their observational skills before working with a live model,” Vosler said of the exercises. “This can all be learned and taught to people of any age – the younger the better.” Pupils from her workshops in Florida who returned the following year retained much of their earlier knowledge, she said. “Like writing things down, you tend to remember it,” Vosler said. “It creates muscle memory. Your hand automatically knows where to go.” When drawing human heads, students drew the basic shape, looked for the central axis running down the middle of the face and blocked in Leonardo da Vinci’s “thirds,” horizontal hash marks denoting spaces between the bottoms of the chin and nose, the bottom of the nose and the eyebrow ridge, and that ridge to the hairline. “They’ll look at a skull’s bone structure and primary features and layer in lots of content,” Vosler said. “We’re trying to keep them very disciplined and have them find the most vital information at this point.” Schools often have feeder programs for sports, music and dance, but not for skills-

Maia Luján, 16, who attends Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, hones her drawing skills Aug. 11 during a summer class in the McLean Project for the Arts’ Emerson Gallery. PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER

based drawing, she said. “Once they learn the fundamentals, they can become fabric designers, sculptors, graphic designers or whatever they want,” Vosler said. Class participants had a wide range of abilities. Tysons resident Leah Peterson, 16, a rising junior at George C. Marshall High School, began taking art classes in seventh grade. She plans to take an Inter-

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Clinton, Trump Business-Friendly in Own Ways? Women-Focused Entrepreneurial Panel Looks at Government and Politics BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Voters may hold starkly different views of presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but business people view this year’s race through a clarifying prism: What will the winner likely do and how will it affect us? While both candidates inspire revulsion in each other’s supporters, each favors business-friendly policies, albeit in different ways, said Debbie Kobrin, government-relations director with Madison Services Group Inc. Clinton wants to increase lending to businesses and Trump seeks to reduce taxes on business income, she said. “We want both those things,” said Kobrin, a panelist at an Aug. 11 forum titled “Women Entrepreneurs and the 2016 Elections.” The event was hosted at Maggiano’s restaurant in Tysons Galleria by the Regional Women’s Circle of Influence, a group composed of members from six local business organizations. Joining Kobrin on the panel were Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council, and Kristie Arslan, entrepreneur-inresidence and small-business counsel with the same organization. The panelists agreed the long presidential race has been grueling for candidates and voters alike. “I feel like the campaign started on

Jan. 21, 2013,” said Kobrin, referring to the day after President Obama’s second inauguration. Discussion of real issues has taken a back seat to “noise” surrounding various controversies, Arslan said. “People are either turned off or can’t turn away because it’s like a train wreck,” she said. Clinton and Trump are proposing markedly different solutions to the nation’s problems, Arslan said. “On all the things you care about, they differ completely,” she said. “It’s important to hear their plans of action.” Arslan recommended voters examine the presidential candidates’ advisory teams and leadership styles. Trump’s management is more top-down and Clinton’s appears to be more bottom-up, she said. Kerrigan said both candidates have a small-business focus. “There are differences in what they would do, but there is a commonality in the issues they’re addressing,” she said. Regardless of who wins the presidential election and the 469 U.S. House and Senate races Nov. 8, thousands of new people will be working for the government, Kobrin said. Entrepreneurs should build relationships with candidates and policy makers and apprise them of issues affecting the small-business community, she said. Arslan recommended women business owners tell lawmakers their stories, as those officials often respond well to


business organizations from across the region will present the “Northern Virginia Regional Elected Leaders Summit” on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Chamber offices in Tysons. Top elected officials from Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria have been invited to participate. Bruce Potter of Northern Virginia Media Services/InsideNova will serve as facilitator. “We look forward to hearing from the elected leaders of the largest jurisdictions in Northern Virginia on how they are working to grow our regional economy,” said Jim Corcoran, president of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, one of the groups sponsoring the program. The Alexandria Chamber of Com-


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merce, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Regional Commission also are serving as sponsors, as is the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. Tickets are $35 for members of the sponsoring organizations, $50 for others. For information, see the Web site at www. FAIRFAX SALES-TAX RECEIPTS IN POSITIVE TERRITORY: Sales-tax receipts

distributed by the state government to the Fairfax County government in fiscal 2016 totaled $178.7 million, up 1.4 percent from a year before, according to figures reported by the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget. “Growth would have been weaker absent a transfer of $2.2 million that the county received in fiscal 2016 as a result of a state audit,” county officials said.

Karen Kerrigan and Kristie Arslan listen as Debbie Kobrin makes a point during “Women Entrepreneurs and the 2016 Elections,” a panel discussion held by the Regional Women’s Circle of PHOTO BY BRIAN TROMPETER Influence on Aug. 11 at Maggiano’s restaurant in Tysons Galleria.

personal anecdotes. While legislators frequently act upon constituents’ recommendations, Congress often blunts the impact of such changes by passing temporary legislation. Uncertainty about laws and policies makes business owners hesitant to invest and act, panelists said. Business owners also should reach out to staff members of lawmakers and candidates and be sure they’re put in contact with the people who handle business concerns, Arslan said. Arslan, who with her husband owns a popcorn business in Alexandria, said selfemployed people are double-taxed because they have to pay both the employee’s and employer’s share of taxes. They also cannot deduct health-care costs as a business

expense, which cost them dearly. Kerrigan advocated for regulatory reform, noting that business owners encounter many of the most nettlesome rules at the state and local levels. Kobrin pressed for more women in Congress, and said female lawmakers helped end the “just awful” federal-government shutdown in 2013. The country’s 10 million womenowned businesses face plenty of hurdles, panelists said. Only 4 percent of bank loans go to such companies and just 2.7 percent of the venture capital, they said. Women generate about $1.6 trillion in economic activity annually in the United States, Kerrigan said. “We have a very strong voice and need to leverage that,” she said.

In July, tax receipts distributed from the state government to the county government were totaled $14.7 million, down 4.6 percent from a year before. Tax revenue is distributed to localities two months after retail purchases are made; the July disbursement represents purchases made in May.



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Airport Officials Aim to Cut Costs for Airlines Using Dulles Staff Writer

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) officials are taking steps to reduce airline costs at Washington Dulles International Airport, and are hoping for a future financial boost from Metro’s Silver Line. Airlines – and hence their passengers – pay higher fees at Dulles than at Reagan National or Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall airports because operating costs at Dulles include debt service for a slew of recent capital improvements. As part of their lease agreements with MWAA, airlines cover their share of operating expenses at Dulles and Reagan National airports. Airlines divide those expenses by the number of people boarding their airplanes to come up with a “cost per enplanement” figure. While existing debt at National mostly has been paid off, that airport’s expenses will increase when MWAA builds a new concourse there and relocates some of the facility’s security functions, said MWAA spokesman Christopher Paolino. MWAA president and CEO Jack Potter outlined challenges facing Dulles during a springtime presentation. The airport has made $5 billion in capital investments

and paying them off has resulted in one of the highest cost-per-enplanement rates in the country, officials said. Dulles, which opened in 1962, has seen many capital improvements in recent years, including the addition of a second control tower, parking structures, an underground people-mover system, a new runway and a new security pavilion. MWAA officials said Dulles’ cost per enplanement, which peaked at just over $25 per passenger in 2013, has begun descending from its previous trajectory and now is in the low $20s per passenger, officials said. “This number goes down as the airport is able to generate funding from non-airlines sources like parking, concessions or grants from the commonwealth,” Paolino said. MWAA officials also saved more than $200 million by refinancing $2.4 billion worth of debt since 2010 and hope to refinance another $1.9 billion of debt by 2020. They also plan to hold discretionary spending steady, consolidate redundant networks and operations, re-bid some service contracts and maximize informationtechnology efficiencies. MWAA leaders also hope to increase enplanements (i.e., boardings) at Dulles Continued on Page 17

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Our View: Get Those 13,000 Voters Re-Registered

Given the slipshod way that he handled things in the first place, it is smart of Gov. McAuliffe and his administration to be more methodical this time around when it comes to restoring the civil rights of Virginia’s ex-incarcerees. Slapped down by the Virginia Supreme Court in late July, McAuliffe made noises that he planned to act expeditiously in restoring the rights of the 200,000 Virginians he tried, but failed, to do earlier in the year. Those inside the nitty-gritty of the process knew better; we were told early on that the key would be to put in place a process that would pass court scrutiny, and such an effort couldn’t be accomplished overnight. When prioritizing how to move forward, it seems as if the McAuliffe administration will be focusing on the nearly 13,000 released felons who had registered to vote before the court ruling came down. Locally, that includes 125 people in Arlington, 424 in Fairfax County, seven in Falls Church, 89 in Alexandria, 146 in Loudoun County and 327 in Prince William County.

The governor’s office last week released a complete list of all those who had registered to vote under provisions of the since-struck-down executive orders. In combing the list, opponents of the McAuliffe administration no doubt will find some individuals who – for a variety of reasons – should have been ineligible. But the vast majority simply exercised the civic right they had been given back by the governor, and for that, they should be saluted. With 200,000 ex-incarcerees to be individually vetted, it seems to us that first priority should go to those who already have signaled their interest in resuming their role in the commonwealth’s social fabric by taking the step of registering to vote. Time is ticking; the voter-registration deadline for the upcoming presidential race is Oct. 27. He bungled the first time and was roundly pilloried for it, but if Gov. McAuliffe acts appropriately this time, we’ll have no criticism of his efforts to restore the rights of those who have done their time for doing their crime.

Sunrise Supporters Make Weak Arguments Editor: In an Aug. 4 letter [“NIMBYs Attempt to Scuttle Sunrise Plan”], the writer notes that developing the proposed Sunrise Senior Living project in McLean with single-family homes would add a projected 100 additional car trips per day in the area, while the Sunrise development would result in 250 additional trips. But he then breaks it down by trips per person to say that the Sunrise development would generate a little over two additional trips per day per person, versus 25 to 33 trips per day per person for the single-family homes. The latter would thus result, it claims, in “congestion at 12 to 15 times the rate of the se-

nior residences.” Anyone else have the line popularized by Mark Twain about “lies, damned lies, and statistics” coming to mind? The per-person stat is utterly meaningless. It does not change the total number of trips or cars on the road. To take this to the extreme, does it matter whether 100 people make one trip each versus one person making 100 trips? NO! In fact, for purposes of congestion, it’s better to have fewer people making more trips each, because they would obviously have to be spread out over the course of a day. More people making fewer trips could cause congestion if they all travel at similar times, which is probably what the Sunrise opponents

fear. The letter’s conclusion is simply absurd. The letter also indicates that “neighbors may want to move out of their preUniversal Design homes to a nearby place where they can age in place close to friends and community.” Well then, let’s put an assisted-living facility in every neighborhood. Oh, wait, there already is senior housing in that neighborhood: Chesterbrook Residences, just up Westmoreland Street past Longfellow Middle School, less than one-half mile away and not right next to a busy intersection. Jefri Wood McLean

Rep. Comstock Fails to Lead on Transit Issues Editor: Metro subway service, provided at reasonable cost (about $3 for a typical trip), reduces vehicle traffic and makes getting around the region a much more pleasant and reliable experience than it would otherwise be. However, the maintenance and safety of the Metro system have suffered from chronic underfunding, leading to a series of accidents and service interruptions over the last several years. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia provide the bulk of public funds that subsidize ridership. The federal government, however, does not provide a source of dedicated funding for the system, despite the fact that federal employees are among its biggest beneficiaries.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R10th), who represents many of these Metro riders, does not want to talk about providing adequate funds to keep the system safe and reliable. At a recent congressional hearing, a number of Republican House members, Comstock among them, appeared ready to throw in the towel and sell the system off to the highest bidder. Unfortunately for those seeking privatization, experience elsewhere suggests that private ownership, besides being unprofitable, leads to higher fares and less reliability. Federal-government funding was essential in building the Metro system. Now it’s time for the feds to lead the effort to identify a dedicated funding source for the system that is adequate to

maintain safe and reliable public transportation in the region. Comstock could provide leadership in this effort, if she were willing to let go of her obsession with privatization. Linda Burchfiel McLean Join the conversation! We love letters to the editor, and you can get yours included for consideration by sending it to the Sun Gazette by regular mail, fax or e-mail (contact information can be found at left). Please make sure letters are of local interest, are exclusive to the Sun Gazette and are direct and to the point. Like all content in the Sun Gazette, letters are subject to editing for length and clarity.

Local Lawmakers Score Well on Chamber ‘Partner’ Ranking BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

State lawmakers whose districts cover Loudoun County and the Dulles, Reston, Mount Vernon and Lee areas received high ratings on the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s 2016 Legislative Scorecard, released Aug. 3. The scorecard rated lawmakers on their votes, cast in committees or subcommittees on which they serve or on the floors of their respective legislative bodies, pertaining to bills either championed or opposed by the business partnership. State Sens. Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27th) received 100-percent ratings, followed by Barbara Favola (D-31st) with 86.67 percent; Richard Black (R-13th) at 76.47 percent; David Marsden (D-37th) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33rd) tied at 73.33 percent; and George Barker (D-39th) at 71.43 percent. Ratings for area House of Delegates members ranged by higher and lower than those of their Senate counterparts. Leading the pack with better-thanperfect scores, courtesy of bonus points, were Dels. Tim Hugo (R-40th) with 150 percent and Tag Greason (R-32nd) with 118.18 percent. Delegates receiving 100percent rankings included David LaRock (R-33rd) and J. Randall Minchew (R-

10th). Dels. Jennifer Boysko (D-86th), Mark Keam (D-35th) and Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) tied with ratings of 83.33 percent, while Dels. John Bell (D-87th) and James LeMunyon (R-67th) shared identical scores of 66.67 percent. Del. Kenneth Plum (D-36th) earned a 50-percent rating, the lowest of all the ranked legislators. Plum introduced House Bill 597, which would have raised the state’s minimum wage immediately from $7.25 per hour to $10, then hiked it to $15 per hour by July 2018. The bill, opposed by the partnership, died in committee. Formed seven years ago, the partnership is a collaboration between the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, Loudoun County and Mount Vernon Lee chambers of commerce. The ratings awarded one point if legislators consistently agreed with the chamber partnership on a specific issue and deducted a point when they regularly disagreed. If legislators served as chief patrons for a priority bill sought by the partnership, they received two bonus points. Conversely, the organization deducted two points from legislators who chief-patroned bills that were inconsistent with the partnership’s priorities.


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424 in Fairfax Awaiting Action on Voting Status SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

A total of 424 Fairfax County residents remain in voting limbo, waiting to see if they’ll be able to register – again – before the deadline for the Nov. 8 election passes by. POLITICAL The 424 are among POTPOURRI 13,000 nearly ex-incarcerees across Virginia who registered to vote in recent months after some of their civil rights were restored by Gov. McAuliffe. Their right to vote was stripped after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on July 22 that McAuliffe overstepped his authority in restoring civil rights to more than 200,000 released felons in blanket fashion. The governor’s office has said it will work expeditiously to restore voting rights on an individual basis, but so far, that has not happened. Arlington election officials say there’s nothing they can do but wait, and say those who want to vote will have to go through the registration process a second time. Virginia’s voter-registration deadline occurs approximately three weeks prior to Election Day. Those who have had their voting rights restored will need to apply

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fter a summer of fun, getting back into the swing of the classroom can be difficult for students of all ages and family backgrounds. But parents can help, say experts. “It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn’t enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the tone of making learning fun, ease the backto-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Reigelman suggests seeking out free resources, such as Camp Wonderopolis, a virtual camp and online learning tool available to all families, libraries, schools, and community organizations. Getting kids into an out-of-classroom learning habit now will set them up for future success. For younger kids, NCFL offers these great back-to-school tips for families. • Choose a letter of the day. Look for the chosen letter in any printed materials you see -- the newspaper, street signs, billboards, or advertisements. Make up a silly sentence using only words beginning with the letter of the day. (For example: Cats can cuddle. Dogs don’t drive.)

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Police Beat SEXUAL BATTERY: n On Aug. 2 at 10:43 p.m., a man approached a woman in the 500 block of North Piedmont Street and grabbed her buttocks, then fled before police arrival. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s, 5’10”, 160 pounds. ARMED ROBBERY: n Arlington police arrested and charged six suspects – five adults and a juvenile – in connection with an alleged home-invasion robbery that occurred on Aug. 5 at midnight. According to police, an officer responding to a report of a fight in the 3000 block of Military Road conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. Investigation revealed that the occupants had forced entry to a home through a rear door, police said. Once inside, the suspects – armed with a handgun, knife and pepper spray – threatened the occupants and took multiple items as well as cash, police side. One of the occupants received a non-lifethreatening stab wound. The five adults each are either 18 or 19 years old, and are residents of Arlington, Alexandria and Annandale. They were charged with a variety of offenses. The 17-year-old juvenile also faces multiple charges. ROBBERY:

n On July 30 at 3:57 p.m., an individual entered a store in the 1200 block of South Hayes Street and concealed merchandise, police said. When confronted by an employee, the suspect sprayed a caustic substance in the employee’s face before fleeing on foot. The suspect is described as a black female, 5’9”, 120 pounds. n On Aug. 6 at 9:50 a.m., police responded to the 1200 block of South Joyce Street for a report of a woman being assaulted and her cell phone being taken. Upon investigation, police arrested 26year-old Antoine Darnell Nicholson of Arlington. He was charged with assaultand-battery and robbery, and was held without bond.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: n On Aug. 3 at 12:36 p.m., a man asked another man for money in the 2700 block of South Arlington Mill Drive, then assaulted him and destroyed his cell phone, police said. The suspect – 26-year-old Aikeem Turner of no fixed address – was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, assault-and-battery and destruction of property. He was held without bond. UNLAWFUL WOUNDING: n On Aug. 5 at 2 a.m., police were Continued on Page 17

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Our never-ending quest for the best in local real estate this week takes us to a private drive off Georgetown Pike, where a fully renovated, gated colonial sits on a glorious lot of 5 acres. Offering more than 9,000 square feet of sumptuous interior space, the property is a testament to elegance, from the majestic formal rooms to the rarified confines of the master retreat to the versatility of the walk-out lower level. And outside, you can enjoy the seasons with your own barbecue and fire pit. The property currently is on the mar- floor, top appliances, separate breakket, listed at $2,995,000 by Barbara Lew- fast room and pantry, while the family is and Diane Lewis of The Lewis Team, room is a more informal spot, featuring Washington Fine Properties. a wood-burning fireplace and French We pass through the gates of the doors leading to the stone veranda. property and a sense of enchantment The main-level master retreat is a begins that will follow us through our study in design excellence, with lovely exploration. And it all starts on the cov- natural sunlight and a separate sitting ered marble porch, which leads to the room to augment a lovely bath and cotwo-story foyer with Palladian windows pious closet space. Four additional bedand grand chandelier setting the tone. rooms can be found upstairs, with one The formal living and dining rooms more on the lower level. are ornate and yet still welcoming, each Speaking of the lower level, it feaoffering a wood-burning fireplace with tures a large recreation room, home INSIDENOVA pocket-sized. carved-wood surround and marble theater with tiered seating and an exerhearth. cise room, plus a bonus room and full Now no matter where you are, get all with your local The kitchen you is a can stunner, stonenews, bath.

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Special touches abound, from the ornate ceiling in the family room to the wood-and-wrought-iron circular staircase that whisks you from the main level to the upper. The home is in move-in condition and ready for personal touches to be added by its next owner. All this, and you have the convenience of a Georgetown Pike address (while actually entering the home off a private side road). Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (703)738-2520.

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Address: 8031 Georgetown Pike, McLean (22102). Listed at: $2,995,000 by Barbara Lewis (703) 887-5000 and Diane Lewis (703) 973-7001, The Lewis Team, Washington Fine Properties. Schools: Spring Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High School.

Affordability? It Can Be Found – If You Look The U.S. home-ownership rate has slowly fallen in recent years to currently its lowest level since 1965, but new research from the National Association of Realtors reveals that there are affordable metro areas right now with above-average hiring and a large segment of current renters who earn enough income to qualify to buy a home. The trade association reviewed employment growth, household income and qualifying income levels in nearly 100 of the largest metropolitan statistical areas across the country to determine which areas with employment gains above the recent national average also have the largest share of renters who can currently afford to buy a home. Of the top 10 metro areas with the highest share of renters who earn enough to buy, nine were either in the South or Midwest – including three cities in Ohio. The top markets with the highest share of renters who can afford to purchase a home are Toledo, Ohio; Little Rock, Ark.; Dayton, Ohio; Lakeland, Fla.; St. Louis; Columbia, S.C.; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Tampa; and Ogden, Utah. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said there’s been a significant increase in renter households – both young adults and those who lost their home – since the Great Recession, and especially in metro areas that have seen robust job creation and a resulting influx of new residents. This has led to a multi-year run-up in rents in several markets that have contributed to many of these renters’ inability to advance into home ownership. “Overall housing affordability and local job market strength play a pivotal role in a renter’s decision on whether to buy a home or sign another lease,” Yun said. According to Yun, it’s no surprise that many of the markets with the most renters qualified to buy are in the Midwest and South. The median existing-home sales price in these two regions continue to be lower than the Northeast and West, and while many of these areas were slower to recover from the recession, improvements in their local labor markets in the past year have pushed their hiring levels to at or above the national growth rate.

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Public-Safety Notes 2 SHOT IN VEHICLE IN McLEAN: Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds following a shooting that occurred Aug. 14 sometime after 4 a.m. on Dolley Madison Boulevard near Kirby Road, Fairfax County police said. Preliminary information suggests the incident stemmed from an altercation between several people at a party somewhere in Arlington County earlier in the night, police said. One group left the party in a vehicle and when they reached Dolley Madison Boulevard and Kirby Road, another vehicle pulled alongside and fired several shots, striking two occupants in the first vehicle, authorities said. The unidentified suspect vehicle then fled the scene. Little is known about the two victims at this point, other than they drove themselves to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. There is no suspect or vehicle description, police said. Detectives from the Crime Scene Section, K9 teams and the police helicopter responded to assist. POLICE ARREST ALLEGED SERIAL BANK ROBBER FOLLOWING MERRIFIELD HEIST: Fairfax County police

arrested an alleged serial bank robber Aug. 9 following a heist that occurred at around 3:45 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank, 2903 Gallows Road in Merrifield. Police broadcast a lookout and offi-

cers from the McLean District Station quickly saturated the area, set up a perimeter, and located and detained a suspect a short time later. Police transported the suspect, David Canavan, 53, of Vienna to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with robbery. County police and the FBI’s Washington Field Office Violent Crimes Task Force then conducted an investigation. Authorities think Canavan also was responsible for two other bank robberies in Fairfax County on June 1 and July 5 this year. County police detectives on Aug. 9 obtained three robbery warrants, which authorities served on Canavan. The suspect is being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center. DISTRICT MAN ARRESTED ON TYSONS CHARGES: Fairfax County police on

Aug. 8 at around 12:57 p.m. arrested a 22-year-old Washington, D.C., man after receiving information that he had stolen a car from another jurisdiction and used a stolen credit card to rent a hotel room in the Tysons Corner area. According to investigators, the suspect also allegedly attempted to use the stolen credit card to purchase other items. Officers responded to the hotel and after an extensive search, located the suspect nearby in the 8400 block of

Old Courthouse Road. Authorities took the suspect, Delonte Hall, into custody and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with credit-card fraud, unauthorized use of a vehicle, obtaining money by false pretenses, identity theft, eluding law enforcement and resisting arrest. PEDESTRIAN ASSAULTED, ROBBED IN TYSONS: Fairfax County police are

looking for several suspects who reportedly assaulted and robbed a pedestrian on Aug. 8 at 6 a.m. in the 8600 block of Westwood Center Drive in Tysons. While walking, the victim was approached and assaulted by three to four male suspects, police said. The suspects took cash and property and fled. The victim incurred non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects were described as Middle Eastern or Hispanic, police said.


A local resident called Vienna police on Aug. 6 at 4:30 a.m. to report a vehicle was driving erratically and had driven up onto a sidewalk and struck a tree in the 500 block of Ware Street, S.W. The resident stated the vehicle then pulled back onto the street and pulled into a parking lot. Vienna police located the vehicle matching the resident’s description in a parking lot. As one officer approached the vehicle, he observed

front-end damage and tree branches in the front bumper of the vehicle. An officer spoke with the vehicle’s driver and detected signs of possible impairment. Police offered the driver standard field-sobriety tests, which he initially agreed to take, but then declined to finish. Police arrested the 21-year-old Vienna man on charges of driving while intoxicated and refusing an official breath test. Police transported the man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. MARYLAND WOMAN CHARGED WITH MAKING THREATENING PHONE CALLS TO VIENNA RESIDENT: A woman living

in the 100 block of East Street, N.E., spoke with Vienna police recently about receiving threats over the telephone. After police advised her about the warrant process, the woman went to the Magistrate’s Office and obtained a warrant. On Aug. 9, a 48-year-old Potomac, Md., woman turned herself in to Vienna police and was served with the warrant for using profane, threatening language over a public airway. Police transported her to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The Sun Gazette is the community’s source for news and information of McLean, Vienna, Oakton, Great Falls and Tysons. We’ve got everything from public-safety to education to sports, each week!

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There were three winners from Arlington pools at the Northern Virginia Swimming League’s individual all-star competition on Aug. 6. From Arlington Forest, Eli Martin took first in the boys age 10-under inmedley in SWIMMING dividual 1:17.48. He also placed second in the 9-10 freestyle. Donaldson Run’s Charlie Greenwood won the boys 9-10 breaststroke (39.93). He took third in the 10-under IM. Overlee’s Elysha York won the girls 9-10 breast in 35.67 and was fifth in the 10-under IM. Also for Overlee, second was Shane Sleighter in the boys 9-10 breast; third was Alexis Lee in the 11-12 girls IM; finishing fourth in races were Lee, Emerson Hart, Mary Kate Reicherter, Kayle Park, Katherine Bailey and Paul Kinsella; and fifth was Emme Yoder. Also for Arlington Forest, Bryn Edwards was third in the 15-18 breast. Donaldson Run’s T.J. Hutchison was Continued on Page 16

Top: Eli Martin of Arlington Forest won a race and was second in another at the Northern Virginia Swimming League individual all-star meet. Above: Gracie Jansen of Donaldson Run won two races late in regular-season action and had a top-20 finish at all-stars. PHOTOS BY DEB KOLT

Patriots Host Golf Event; W-L Has New Coach DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

The Yorktown Patriots amassed a 341 team score at their own Patriot Invitational golf tourney, which Battlefield won with a 299 total.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNUP Leading Yorktown was Bridget Hart with a 79. That score was the lowest by a female player. Jack Ogden shot 83, Chris Rita 85, Charlie Finn 94 and Zach Allen 98. Wakefield’s A team shot 360, led by Matt Westrick’s 84 and an 89 from Jake Karton. At McLean High School’s George Pavlis Tournament, Karton shot 87 and Westrick 89.

At the Glory Days Grill Charger Challenge, Yorktown finished 11th with a 338-328–666 total. Ogden shot 84-77– 161 and Hart 83-83–166. Hart was the sixth best female finisher. During regular-season play, Yorktown and Washington-Lee compete in the Liberty Conference. Matches begin later this month. Wakefield defeated Edison, 187-201, in an earlier Capitol Conference match. n Bill Drake will be the new head cross country coach at Washington-Lee High School when the fall season begins in September. He replaces Matt Przydzial, who stepped down to spend more time with his growing family, after a successful run as coach the last few years. Drake, 46, was an assistant coach for

W-L last season and has been an assistant track and field coach at the school for two years. He is a math teacher at the school. “Being the head coach is something I was very interested in,” Drake said. “I know the program and kids, and have learned a lot about coaching the last two years.” Drake ran in high school in Denver, then at the University of Colorado. The season opens for W-L Sept. 10 at the Monroe Parker Invitational at Burke Lake Park. Top runners returning for the W-L boys are expected to be Jonny Jackson, James Gusmer and Marco Viola. For the girls, top returners are Laura Ramirez and Eva SmithPerry are top returners.

This happens most in gymnastics, golf, tennis, swimming and more and more these days in soccer and sometimes basketball. This fall, a talented golfer at one high school in Northern Virginia isn’t playing for his team, instead training on his own and competing in various junior tournaments. Over the years, talented female gymnasts frequently have bypassed the high school sport to continue participating full-time in club gymnastics. Tennis players do the same, opting to play the junior circuits. A local girls basketball player skipped her final three years of prep ball a few years back, yet still landed a Division I college scholarship. The biggest reason for the snub is talented athletes are now more often recruited by colleges and earn scholarships based on their participation in non-high school sports, like club soccer, AAU basketball and travel baseball. It’s easier for college coaches to attend a showcase baseball tournament, AAU basketball competition or big summer junior golf event, for example, where they can observe multiple players rather than see only one or two at a single high school event. That’s the same for pro baseball scouts. Recruiting has changed. The majority of the top baseball and basketball players continue to play high-school ball, but that could change. Why play for a high school team if a college scholarship or pro contract is already in hand? The reasons athletes should compete for their high schools deal with community pride, fun and publicity. High schools always receive much more press than other sports. Win a state title in club gymnastics, and it’s probably not publicized. Do the same in high school and there are headlines and photos.

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Overlee’s Hannah Karlin in senior girls and teammate Michayla Eisenberg in freshman girls finished in their age groups at the DIVING second Northern Virginia Swimming League’s individual diving all-star meet on Aug. 7. Also from Overlee at all-stars, Annika Creedon was fifth in senior girls, Chris Cobey was fifth in freshman boys, Sophia Bailey placed sixth in junior girls, Laine Stoker took ninth in intermediate girls, Jonathan Teitelbaum was ninth in senior boys and Matthew Kress ninth in junior boys. From Dominion Hills at all-stars, Luke Di Benigno was sixth in junior boys, Luke Dangel seventh in intermediate boys and Ellie Joyce seventh in freshman girls. From Arlington Forest, Ava Smialowicz was seventh in junior girls. From Donaldson Run, Ellie Simmons was ninth in junior girls. At the NVSL’s Division 2 dive meet prior to allstars, Overlee earned the team championship award. For Overlee in freshman girls, Eisenberg finished first, Abbey Shumsky was second and Avery Stoker sixth. In freshman boys, Cobey was second. In junior girls, Bailey was third and Kress was second in junior boys. In intermediate girls, Laine Stoker was second and

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Lara Sunter eighth. In senior girls, Karlin won, Creedon was second and Emily Hay sixth. In senior boys, Teitelbaum was third and Thomas Hassett fifth. n The Washington Golf & Country Club dive team won the Country Club Swimming and Division Association championship for a 19th straight season this summer, doing so under long-time head coach Amy Kress. Some of the top divers for Washington Golf were

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quarterback and Arlington Sun Gazette Player of the Year Drew Powell recently signed a professional football contract to play quarterback in the National Gridiron League in Australia for the Sydney Express. Similar to the Canadian Football League in pay, the NGL use NFL rules. Powell reports to Sydney Aug. 28. The season begins Oct. 9. Powell was the starting quarterback for multiple years in college at Division II Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. ARLINGTON RESIDENT IN 2017 NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES: Arlington res-

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Northern Virginia Senior Softball spring and summer playoffs recently concluded. Vienna Green was the champion of the National Conference with the Springfield Maroon second, the Leesburg Navy Blue third and the Fairfax Royal Blue fourth. In the American Conference, the

Haymarket Royal Blue were the champs with the Lansdown Maroon second, the Arlington Gold third and the Springfield Silver fourth. In the Continental Conference, Vienna Gold won the crown. Lake Ridge Green was second, followed by the Great Falls Red and Arlington Navy Blue. The fall season resumes in September and continues into October. Visit www. or call (703) 524-5576 for more information. ARLINGTON SAGE SOFTBALL TRYOUTS: The Arlington Sage girls fast-

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All-Stars Continued from Page 15 third in the 11-12 boys breast. From Dominion Hills, Bridget Morris-Larkin was second in the 11-12 breast and Nathaniel LeNard was third in the 9-10 butterfly. Some swimmers did not compete in the NVSL all-star meet because of other commitments. n The Fort Myer Squids had individual winners Charleston Couture and Cyrus Beauvais at the Colonial Swimming League’s all-star competition. Couture won the girls age 11-12 breaststroke in 38.13. Beauvais won the 9-10 boys breast in 41.44. Beauvais had 16

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Mackerels at the Colonial Swimming League’s all-star competition, Mac Marsh and Jane Markowicz won races. Marsh won the boys age 11-12 freestyle in 28.05. He placed second in the butterfly and breaststroke. Markowicz won the girls 8-under fly in 20.72. Zach Rosenthal had a second and a fourth. n Donaldson Run swimmer Gracie Jansen, 11, won two freestyle races in the age 11-12 girls category in recent regular-season meets for the Thunderbolts. Then, Jansen had a top-20 finish in the girls 11-12 backstroke race at the Northern Virginia Swimming League’s individual all-star competition on Aug. 6.

Police Beat Continued from Page 11 dispatched to the 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard, where a fight was reported at a restaurant. According to police, a verbal altercation escalated when a man was struck in the face by another individual. The suspect – 34-year-old Abdul-Lawal Desina Azeez of Alexandria – was arrested, charged with malicious wounding and assault, and was held without bond. INDECENT EXPOSURE: n On July 29 at 1 p.m., a man with his genitals exposed approached another man at an elevator in the 5500 block of

Voting Continued from Page 1 In late July, the League of Women Voters in Arlington and National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice scheduled a community forum to register to vote those who had been giving back their voting rights. A day before the event, the Supreme Court stepped in with its ruling; the program carried on to provide education as well as register those whose previously had had their rights restored.

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PEEPING TOM: n On Aug. 1 at 1:45 a.m., a woman in the 5100 block of 10th Street South reported witnessing a man looking through her window. Upon arrival, police located a suspect matching the description. The suspect – 64-year-old Tuoi Tran

State officials recently released a list of all those who had registered to vote based on the governor’s executive order. Locally, in addition to the 125 in Arlington, there were seven in Falls Church, 89 in Alexandria, 424 in Fairfax County, 146 in Loudoun County, 107 in Stafford County and 327 in Prince William County. Edgardo Cortés, Virginia’s commissioner of elections, said in a letter to those affected that the governor was working to restore rights in “a way that is fair and transparent and complies with the court order.” Karl Brower, president of the Prince William branch of the NAACP, called the court ruling “disappointing” but said he

expected McAuliffe will keep his word on getting those who previously registered back on the electoral rolls. “The governor is committed to restoring these rights, and he has the authority to restore them,” Brower said. Still, Brower, an attorney, took a cautious tack and said it was important for those who registered to understand they cannot go to the polls in November unless they re-register after the governor signs an order with their name on it. “Their current registration is void. [They] need to be careful not to vote based on that registration, because that, itself, could be another felony,” Brower said. Brower’s counterpart, Arlington

– 29-year-old Jaclyn Devino of Burlington, Vt. – was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. n On Aug. 1 at 11:27 p.m., a man exposed himself to a woman in the 2300 block of North Fort Myer Drive, then fled before police arrived. The suspect fit the description of a similar incident nearby.

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Aug. 27 is the deadline to register by mail for participation in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, to be held at venues across the region in September. The deadline to register online is Sept. 5. For information, call (703) 830-5604 or see the Web site at LINE-DANCING CLASSES OFFERED AT NUMEROUS SENIOR CENTERS: Line-

dancing classes for all levels of experience are offered throughout the week at a number of county-government senior centers. For information, call (703) 2284721. TAI CHI PRACTICE OFFERED: Tai chi

practice is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-3304.






Friendly games of poker are offered on Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 22

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current 73. Plural of #62 Down DOWN 1. Stay out of its way 2. Gulf V.I.P. 3. Mountain cap? 4. One tenth 5. Less taxing 6. Additional 7. *Geography classroom

Lee Senior Center. For information, call the senior centers: (703) 228-5722 (Aurora Hills) and (703) 228-0555 (Lee). RHYTHM-AND-BLUES GROUP TO GATHER, REHEARSE: The Blues Kats,

a rhythm-and-blues music group, meets on Monday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Lee Senior Center. For information, call (703) 228-0555. ICE-CREAM SOCIAL OFFERED: An ice-cream social with musical entertainment will be offered on Monday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. For information, call (703) 2284403. TRAVELERS HEAD TO REHOBOTH: Arlington County 55+ Travel hosts a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The journey includes a stop at Adams Fruit Market on the return. The cost is $38. For information, call (703) 228-4748. ONE-ON-ONE LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFERED: Free legal assistance for eligible

seniors is provided by Legal Services of

prop 8. Milan’s La ____ 9. Bad impression 10. Vegas cube 11. *Biology lab supply 12. Casual affirmative 15. Monument Valley landforms 20. Rainbow fish 22. Sixth sense, for short 24. Make reparations 25. *American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation 26. On the fritz 27. Absurd 29. Sky defender 31. Assign PG-13 or R, e.g. 32. Incompetent 33. “____ clear” 34. *Miss ____, Matilda’s teacher 36. Woman’s underskirt 38. Lump in yarn 42. Above “Don’t tread on me” 45. Powerfully persuasive 49. Viet____ 51. Sales lure 54. Miss America’s headdress 56. British race track 57. Regard 58. Eye up and down 59. The Colosseum today 60. “Read ’em and ____” 61. Desmond ____, apartheid opponent 62. Evening purse 63. Sales force 64. Lingerie staple 66. *PE

Northern Virginia on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Walter Reed Senior Center. Call (703) 778-6800 for an appointment. TRAVELERS HEAD TO MARINE CORPS BARRACKS: Arlington County 55+

Travel hosts a trip to the Marine Corps Barracks in the District of Columbia for the evening parade on Friday, Aug. 26. The cost is $5. For information, call (703) 228-4748. WALKERS TREK AT COLVIN RUN: The Arlington Walking Club travels to Colvin Run Mill in Fairfax County for its weekly amble on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Lubber Run Community Center. For information, call (703) 2284403. WALKERS AMBLE IN EAST FALLS CHURCH: The Lee Walkers of Lee Se-

nior Center head to the Overlee Knolls/ East Falls Church area on Friday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m. for the weekly walking program. The cost is $3. For information, call (703) 228-7369.

Arlington history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. Find out more on local history at the Web site August 20, 1936: n The County Board has announced it will pay a $50 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is filing false fire alarms. n Wilson Boulevard will be resurfaced with concrete from 10th Street North to Glebe Road. n There will be new fines for those who double-park in Clarendon. n Gov. Perry says the state’s revenues of $62.9 million for the past fiscal year were the largest in history. n The Sun is conducting a presidential poll among Franklin Roosevelt, Alf Landon and third-party candidates. August 19, 1949: n Ballston residents are celebrating improvements to Fairfax Drive. n There were 68 traffic accidents reported in the county last month. n Washington-Lee High School’s booster club will hold its back-to-school “kickoff dinner” on Sept. 14. n About 20 percent of Virginians who take the state driving exam each year flunk due to nervousness, a report notes. August 19, 1961: n The County Board plans to vote on a nature-preservation plan next month. n Arlington school officials have decreed that no materials of the American Nazi Party be distributed to students. n Amid fears of a nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union, there will be 250 radiation-monitoring stations set up across the commonwealth. n A total of 146 Northern Virginia Swimming League all-stars will compete at Poplar Heights Pool today. August 19, 1976: n The Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention remains bitterly divided between President Ford and Ronald Reagan. n The crime rate for the first six months of the year is down in most local jurisdictions. n A Sun editorial says the County Board is “on the verge of making a fool of itself again” by considering adoption of an obscenity ordinance to stop the proliferation of pornography.


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