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Smarting from a failure in June to approve a major rezoning case, the Vienna Town Council now hopes to modify the town’s code to make it harder for surrounding property owners to force “supermajority” votes in such cases. Council members at an Oct. 17 work session discussed the advantages and drawbacks of an ordinance amendment drafted by Vienna planning-and-zoning staff that would increase the percentage of signatures needed on protest petitions, widen the number of groups from which they would be obtained and set an earlier submission deadline so the signatures could be verified. The trouble began this spring when the Council considered Vienna Market, a rezoning application that would have added 49 townhouse-style condominiums, 28,000 square feet of retail and an underground parking area at the northwest corner of Maple Avenue, W., and Pleasant Street, N.W. The site now is home to the now-closed Marco Polo Restau-
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Governors of Maryland and Virginia and the District of Columbia’s mayor agreed Oct. 12 that the region needs more trade, economic diversification, affordable housing, skilled workers and transportation improvements. The most imminent threat, however, is a possible second round of federal “sequestration” cuts that would be five times worse than the ones suffered from 2011 to 2013, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said at the Capital Region Business Forum at the Washington Hilton. Virginia lost an estimated $9.8 billion and 115,000 jobs during the first sequestration period, he said. “This is a gigantic hurricane coming at us,” he said. “Hopefully, we can handle it.” The panel discussion, hosted by the Northern Virginia and Prince George’s chambers of commerce and Greater Washington Board of Trade, was moderated by George Washington University president Steven Knapp. The panelists, who also included Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), agreed the Washington region long has been too dependent on federal spending and must attract a wider array of new businesses. The leaders spoke of traveling to for-
eign countries to stimulate international trade and trying to arrange a joint trade mission in Canada, the region’s largest trading partner. Bowser, Hogan and McAuliffe supported workforce-training initiatives to ensure the region’s businesses can obtain qualified talent. The nation is undergoing another industrial revolution and its education system will need to adapt to meet those new requirements, McAuliffe said. Hogan mentioned Maryland’s PTECH program, which teaches students technical skills and allows them to earn their high-school diplomas and associate’s degrees simultaneously. McAuliffe pledged that during Virginia’s next budget session he would not cut funding for education or economic development. Much of the region’s desirability and economic vitality will hinge on well-maintained roads and mass transit, panelists said. “Gridlock doesn’t help us attract new businesses,” Bowser said. “It has a real economic impact.” Metro must be a part of the solution and would benefit from dedicated regional funding, Bowser said. The federal government also must do much more to help finance the transit system, as 40 percent of local federal workers use Metro, she added. The three top officials expressed concern about Metro’s safety and reliability.
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The system’s ridership is down not only because of recent SafeTrack maintenance activity but because area residents have difficulty reaching their destinations in a reasonable amount of time,” McAuliffe said. The Maryland and Virginia governors were impressed by the efforts of Metro’s new general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, to tackle the system’s problems, but wanted to see concrete results before pledging more funding. “You can’t throw good money after bad, but you can continue to invest in things that make sense,” Hogan said. “The system has been broken for a long time, apparently with no one in charge.” The Washington region needs upgrades to the American Legion and Memorial bridges and would benefit from
an additional public crossing, panelists said. While Maryland is paying to build a new Potomac River bridge on U.S. 301 south of Washington, a new span between Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Md., would face community opposition and a lack of funding, Hogan said. Knapp asked the panelists’ views on public-private partnerships and got mixed responses. While the leaders saw the benefit of using private funding to achieve greater results, McAuliffe urged caution, noting some road and tunnel projects in Virginia that turned out to be white elephants. “They’re not the panacea,” he said of the partnerships. “It’s all how you negotiate those deals.” The three leaders agreed the region lacks affordable housing, and the problem will grow worse with the area’s continued economic success. “People want to be here,” Hogan said. “It’s not just something we can make go away.” Washington, D.C., will spend about $100 million per year on affordable-housing efforts and deliver about 5,300 affordable dwelling units by 2018 – but even that will not be enough to sate demand, Bowser said. Their advice to the next U.S. president? Bowser urged support for D.C. statehood, Continued on Page 29
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Former Fairfax County Supervisor Lilla Richards (D-Dranesville) was honored with the Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Award at the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business & Community Awards, also known as “Suits & Sneakers,” held Oct. 4.
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Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kathleen Martin of Vinson Hall was saluted as Non-Profit Executive of the Year at the annual “Suits & Sneakers” celebration. At left, newsman and longtime McLean resident Roger Mudd was saluted with the Community Champion Award by Chamber chairman Marcus Simon.
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The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce paid tribute Oct. 4 to outstanding community and business leaders at the organization’s 2016 Business & Community Awards, aka “Suits & Sneakers.” Chamber leaders bestowed Community Leadership Recognitions to U.S. Reps. Don Beyer (D-8th) and Barbara Comstock (R10th), state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Dels. Marcus Simon (D-53rd) and Rip Sullivan (D-48th) for their “contributions to sustaining and promoting a thriving business climate in the Greater McLean area, in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” chamber officials said. The chamber gave famed television broadcaster Roger Mudd its 2016 Community Champion Award and presented its Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Award to former Dranesville District Supervisor Lilla Richards. Chamber officials honored the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority with its Collaborative Impact Award, gave their New Business of the Year Award to Robek’s Fresh Juices and Smoothies, awarded McLean Hardware as Retailer of the Year, named Wildfire McLean the organization’s Restaurant of the Year and bestowed the Small Business of the Year Award on Ross, Langan, McKendree LLP. Other chamber award winners included Northrop Grumman Corp., Corporate Business of the Year; Frederick O. Keown of Seasons 52, Young Professional of the Year; Robert Matyas of GYMGUYZ McLean, Entrepreneur of the Year; Vance Zavela, President’s Award for Exceptional Engagement; Marnette Myers of Frank & Co., Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year; Mike Paris, Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce/Rotary Club of McLean Citizen of the Year. Chamber officials also recognized two businesses celebrating 40th anniversaries: JR’s Custom Catering and Flowers & Plants, Etc. Winners of the 2016 Community Awards included: Irv and Jan Auerbach, Volunteers of the Year; Frank Crandall, Environmental Stewardship Award; Ed Pickens, Beautification Award; Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, Non-Profit of the Year; and retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kathleen Martin of Vinson Hall, Non-Profit Executive of the Year. This year’s McLean Volunteer Fire Department award winners were Bob Flores, Administrative Member of the Year, and Lynn Clancy, Operational Member of the Year. The McLean District Police Officer of the Year was Pfc. Danny Romanoff and the McLean District Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year was Auxiliary Police Officer William Selah. Quentin Levin, a senior at The Potomac School, received the Youth Leadership Recognition Award. Finally, chamber officials recognized the decennial anniversaries of several local community organizations, including American Legion McLean Post 270 (70th anniversary), St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church (60th anniversary) and the reconstituted McLean Planning Committee (20th anniversary). – Brian Trompeter
Vienna’s Acting Public-Works Chief Now Permanent BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer
Vienna Town Manager Mercury Payton announced at the Sept. 26 Vienna Town Council meeting that he had selected acting Public Works Director Michael Gallagher as the permanent successor to Dennis Johnson, who retired this spring. “I’ve been here for six years and am honored to continue to serve,” Gallagher told the Council. A native of Cherry Hill, N.J., Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. He joined the town staff in July 2010 as a civil engineer II and was elevated in February 2012 to deputy public-works director, a post Payton created to ensure continuity of command in the department director’s absence. Gallagher’s selection marks the second straight time an acting director has been tapped to succeed his predecessor in the Public Works Department. Johnson served as acting director following the departure of Holly Chu in spring 2011 and was chosen by Payton as the new director that August. Gallagher had scored some successes over the summer, including overseeing completion of the town’s first-ever miniroundabout at Park and Locust streets, S.E. Vienna Council Approves PublicWorks Contracts, Extended Lease for
Parks Department: The Vienna Town Council on Sept. 26 unanimously awarded an $89,860 contract to Sagres Construction to install curb and gutter near new developments being built by JDA Custom Homes. The developer is building sidewalks at the sites, town officials said. The contract’s price, which includes a 10-percent contingency allowance, includes $43,889 for curb and gutter on Nelson Drive, N.E., and $45,971 for similar work at 329 Adahi Road, S.E. The Council also voted 7-0 to award an $89,700 contract to National Asphalt to provide cold mix, tack and reclaimedasphalt paving. Town crews use asphalt cold mix to patch potholes in the winter, said Public Works Director Michael Gallagher. Asked by Council member Carey Sienicki why the cost was so high, Gallagher responded that the amount is not necessarily what the town will use, but a number set to compare contractors’ bids. Council members also unanimously agreed to amend the town’s lease with GRI Cedar Park LLC for continued relocation of the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s offices at the Cedar Lane Shopping Center while the Vienna Community Center is being renovated. The Council’s action will extend the current 15-month lease, which expires Oct. 26, by eight months. The town will have the option of renting the offices month-to-month if officials need to ex-
tend the lease past June 30, 2017. The monthly rent for the 1,665-squarefoot office suite on the shopping center’s second floor will continue to be $2,081 per month, said Parks and Recreation Director Leslie Herman. The department has budgeted $38,000 for off-site offices, rental facilities and storage areas during the community center project. Vienna Readies for Winter with Nearly $10K Snow Blower: The town of Vienna will be ready if Mother Nature piles on the snow this winter. The Vienna Town Council on Oct. 3 unanimously agreed to purchase an 84-inch snow blower from Bobcat of Northern Virginia, using a Fairfax County contract. The snow blower will be used with the $61,511 Bobcat Skid Steer loader the Council bought on Sept. 12. The attachment will be able to shoot snow into a truck and will prove valuable for clearing the town’s new mini-roundabout at Park and Locust streets, S.E., said Vienna Public Works Director Michael Gallagher. “I think this may be insurance to have a pleasant and mild winter,” said Town Council member Carey Sienicki, aware she was tempting fate. Vienna Officials to Monitor Possible Proffer-Law Changes: Vienna officials, along with their counterparts elsewhere in the state, will be alert during next year’s General Assembly session for potential changes to recently approved legislation
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Our View: Fairfax County Bond Referendums One can argue – and we do – about the priorities of the Fairfax County government each budget season. And one can complain – rightly – about the arrogance of the School Board in attempting to sop up all available tax revenue at the expense of other, equally important, community priorities. But even fiscal hawks can’t really voice complaint with the county government’s long-term-debt situation. In general, bonds sent to voters in referendums are measured and reasonable. The overall debt level is modest, and because of strong grades from bond-rating houses, Fairfax officials can
borrow funds at low rates. Headed to voters on Nov. 8 are three referendums: $107 million for parks and park facilities; $85 million for human services and community development; and $120 million for transportation and to fund Fairfax’s share of the capital-improvement program of the Metro system. The money being sought seems reasonable for what it will provide. As a result, we urge voters to SUPPORT the three bond referendums that will be on the ballot.
Rep. Connolly Does Not Deserve a Free Ride Editor: The re-election of unopposed U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly may be a foregone conclusion, but maybe our votes can be used to send the message that Fairfax County can do better. The 11th District certainly deserves better than the opportunity we have been given: re-electing a career politician whose ideals have been unscrupulously bought and compromised by fringe special interests. That is why I urge voters in the 11th District to write in another qualified district resident as a candidate. Rep. Connolly, who holds a key seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has the power to help reverse course the most disastrously failed and longest running foreign policy in American history: the ban on trade and travel with
Cuba. In supporting the termination of the embargo, Connolly could alleviate the suffering of the Cuban people and promote democratic values in a nation that has been ruled for decades by a selfserving and cynical elite. But Connolly has instead adopted the hard-right position of U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with whom he stands in lockstep on matters related to Cuba. Why does Connolly support with such gusto an old and tired policy which has been an utter failure and seems so out of step with the liberal-leaning district he represents? Maybe it is no coincidence that the pro-embargo PAC has contributed handsomely to Connolly’s campaign coffers over the past eight years. Yet in 2016, Connolly is running un-
opposed and did not need to rely on the money of the fringe, ultra-conservative U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC to get reelected. Yet he continues to act as their lackey. As a Cuban-American and lifelong Democrat, I strongly support the election of Hillary Clinton as president, but I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a candidate who supports policies that have caused my family members on both sides of the Florida Straits to suffer over the past six decades. Therefore, I will write in the name of another Democratic politician who resides in Connolly’s district, either state Sen. Chap Peterson or Del. Mark Keam. I urge voters in the 11th District to write in qualified residents, as well. Daniel Rubiera Zim Vienna
Meals-Tax Referendum Deserving of Support Editor: As president-elect of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, I urge my fellow parents and neighbors to vote “yes” for the Fairfax County meals tax on Nov. 8. For just a few pennies more: • A 4-percent tax on prepared meals will generate $100 million for schools and county services, with $28 million being paid by tourists and visitors. • Fairfax County Public Schools will receive 70 percent of those revenues to help stem the loss of our best teachers and address classroom sizes. • County services will receive 30 percent of net revenues to address unmet public safety needs and those of our libraries and parks • Fairfax County can diversify its tax base and relieve property tax pressure on homeowners while maintaining its AAA bond rating. Why a meals tax, rather than a tax
on cigarettes or alcohol? The answer is simple. Virginia state law strictly limits the taxing authority of its counties – a meals tax is the only option at this level of government. Why not pursue state funding? The short answer is that our children will be grown by the time state funding is brought to an appropriate level for Fairfax County. The state continues to push more of the cost of K-12 education back to localities. Fairfax County estimates that the shortfall in state funding for K-12 education has climbed to more than $1 billion annually since 2009. In fact, the reliability of the state money promised to education is now in question. The governor recently advised the state legislature that that Commonwealth may experience as much as a $1.5 billion revenue shortfall in its twoyear budget. Historically, PTA is an advocacy organization, and the efforts of parents
have resulted in immunizations, school lunches, child labor laws, among other accomplishments. PTAs do not promote candidates for election, but they do promote issues which benefit children. Virginia PTA supports any meals tax where 50 percent of the revenue goes to public schools. Here in Fairfax, the proposed meals tax would do far more. The PTA’s motto is “Every Child. One Voice.” All Fairfax County children need the best education our community can deliver. Parents, please vote yes for your children. Beth Henson Tudan Fairfax The Sun Gazette welcomes your submission of letters to the editor. We can be reached by regular mail, e-mail and fax; contact information can be found here on Page 6.
Bennett Understands Importance of Infrastructure Investment Editor: Northern Virginians understand the relationship between a good transportation system and a good economy. Unfortunately, for the last decade or more, our country has neglected its transportation infrastructure; we currently only invest about 2 percent of our gross domestic product for infrastruc-
ture improvements and repair. European countries spend about 5 percent; China spends 9 percent. We live in a global economy. If the U.S. doesn’t keep pace with its competitors, our long-term economic development will be jeopardized. There are solutions to this challenge. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner worked with
Comstock the Candidate Best Ready to Keep Community and Nation Safe Editor: As a West Point graduate, I learned long ago that strength is a key deterrent to any potential enemy. Given McLean’s proximity to Washington and remembering very well the chaos of 9/11, national security is something that is always in the forefront of my mind. Terrorists and radical regimes seemingly want nothing more than to destroy our way of life, and Washington is a prime target for terrorists and state actors alike. U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock understands the real threats facing our nation. She served in the Justice Department during and after the 9/11 attacks, and worked with senior national-security officials. In Congress, she has a strong record of supporting the national-security and intelligence communities by voting
to give them the tools and resources needed to secure our homeland and take the fight to our enemies abroad. Her opponent, LuAnn Bennett, on the other hand, supports cuts to defense spending and reducing our nuclear deterrent. Bennett strongly supported the misguided Iran nuclear deal and has even fund-raised on her support for this deal, which gave Iran more than $100 billion in sanction relief which it now can use to subsidize terrorist activities. Given the threats our region faces, and given the amount of defense-industry companies and defense agencies we have in Virginia, it would make no sense to support a candidate who favors cutting defense spending and unilaterally disarming us in the face of danger. Gary Wingo McLean
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What Took Comstock So Long to Break with Donald Trump? Editor: Congratulations, of sorts, to Barbara Comstock for finally breaking her silence and denouncing her Republican presidential standard-bearer, Donald Trump. What she needs to do now is explain to her constituents what took her so long. After all, Donald Trump is not an
unknown. He is and has been a misogynist, anti-immigrant, racist and an enabler of the haters in our country. Unfortunately, Rep. Comstock has a history of coming late to things. To name a few, in her previous position as a delegate, she voted against money for transportation and the Metro, both vital to her district. Now she
claims to be a supporter of both. She voted against women’s health issues, even voting to use ultra-sound on them and by her silence, she seemed to be supporting Trump’s views of women. She has also consistently voted with the Tea Party faction of her Republican Party, and now she claims she works
with her Democratic colleagues to help her district. The voters need an explanation. Is this more re-election conversion, or is it a real redemption of ignorance? Either way, this is why a better choice is needed. Fariborz Fatemi McLean
Comstock Is Bipartisan and Is Always Focused on the Future Editor: A few weeks ago, my twin daughters started the first grade. It’s always exciting to send them back to school because of how happy they are to show my wife and me the activities they did during the day. While I have always recognized my daughters’ potential, it has become more evident through their positive engagement with their new school activities. They’ve been engaged deeply in learning, through the books they bring home, the coloring projects they’re working on or their confidence in advancing to more
difficult math, and it makes me a proud father to see their progress. These two girls remind me of why I’ll be supporting U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock this November. I know she understands the importance of helping the next generation of young women reach their potential. She has been a strong advocate for women, and has created numerous opportunities for young girls and women in the 10th District to succeed. This past year, she authored the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (IN-
SPIRE) Women Act, supporting funding for NASA programs that encourage women to pursue STEM careers. This legislation will positively benefit girls, and hopefully even my own daughters when they pursue higher learning. Empowering young women and girls to pursue a course toward STEM careers demonstrates how focused Comstock is on providing equal opportunities to all students. Women are critical to encouraging innovation, and as a father, my hope has been to see my girls continue to reach their potential in all possible endeavors.
Hundreds of young women have participated in Rep. Comstock’s “10th Congressional District Young Women Leadership Program.” This is the first congressional program that has supported advocating for women to pursue leadership in all fields. I appreciated she had leaders from diverse political-party backgrounds, because Rep. Comstock understands empowering young women and girls is not a political agenda, but something everyone can work towards. Dr. Stan Idiculla Vienna
Editor: In years past, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) and the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Fairfax Area have held – or tried to hold – fo-
rums for candidates for local and state offices. That will not happen this year, because only one of the two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 10th District agreed to partici-
pate. That one is LuAnn Bennett. The other is U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock. MCA tried several times to reach Rep. Comstock but got no response.
The LWV was told that Rep. Comstock could not participate “due to her congressional responsibilities and other campaign activities.” Rep. Comstock has agreed to participate in two forums, both sponsored by chambers of commerce. They are not really public, as there are admission charges for non-members: $75 for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce event (which already has taken place) and $60 for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce event. Citizens ought to be able to hear the candidates’ views and ask questions without having to pay for the opportunity. Irv Auerbach McLean
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MCA Leaders Lament Action on Mount Daniel Elementary The McLean Citizens Association passed a resolution in July opposing a plan by Falls Church school officials to expand Mount Daniel School, a city school located on Fairfax County property. But the association’s efforts and those of numerous critics did not sway the Fairfax County Planning Commission, which in September agreed to allow the school’s expansion. MCA had resisted because of concerns about traffic congestion and safety along the school’s access road, North Oak Street. “It’s unbelievable that buses go through there,” MCA board member Martin Smith said of the narrow street, which often is lined with parked cars. After a contentious Planning Commission hearing in July, Mount Daniel officials offered additional protections for
the neighborhood, said Ron Bleeker, cochairman of MCA’s Planning and Zoning Committee. MCA’s resolution against the school’s expansion may have played a role in securing those concessions, which including binding enforcement procedures, he said. MCA member Rob Jackson said he had spoken with Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) about the matter and was told the Board of Supervisors likely would not pursue an opportunity to overrule the Planning Commission’s decision. However, county supervisors may press for a zoning-ordinance amendment that would require such non-county-owned parcels to obtain special exceptions rather than undergo “2232” reviews, such as Mount Daniel School’s, which only determine compliance with the county’s comprehensive plan, Jackson said.
FCPS On-Time Grad Rate Dips cent in 2015 and 92.6 percent in 2014. Statewide, the on-time-graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 91.3 percent, up from 90.5 percent a year before. On “on-time graduate,” as defined by the state government, is one who graduates high school no later than four years after entering ninth grade. – Staff Report
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Vienna Town Council members recently made their annual pilgrimage to the Virginia Municipal League’s fall conference and said they came away inspired, better informed and only slightly soggy from the storm-battered event. “We braved the band of the hurricane!” said Mayor Laurie DiRocco. “Overall it ended up being sunny and beautiful.” Six of the seven Council members went to the conference, held Oct. 9 through 11 at the Virginia Beach Conference Center. (Council member Howard Springsteen was not able to attend.) The event featured dozens of sessions and roundtable discussions on everything from investment pools and stormwater management to community festivals and ways to increase healthy retail-food options. “I get a lot out of these presentations and get to know what’s going on in this state,” said Council member Carey Sienicki. “There’s always something new that pops up.” The trip might have ended in a soggy disaster, but fortunately Hurricane Matthew largely had dissipated by the time Council members arrived. First-responders still were coming to the city and not many people were on the roads. Several scheduled mobile tours around Virginia Beach also had been canceled and the storm had damaged some buildings, Sienicki said. “Our hotel didn’t have power and couldn’t check us in, then they realized there was water infiltration,” she said. “That wasn’t the hotel’s fault, it was the hurricane’s fault.” Sienicki, who has served on the Council since 2011, said she enjoyed a presentation about the Maker Movement, which the conference’s program describes as a “community of curious tinkerers and entrepreneurial inventors who share tools, space and know-how to build things ranging from fun and games to life-changing products.” “People who are good with spreadsheets can help people in the arts,” Sienicki explained. Sienicki also was inspired by a pair of speeches. One, given by Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), told how she began her public life as a community activist, then was elected to the Norfolk City Council and later the General Assembly. “She knew how to work with staff and citizens to get things done, even though people said, ‘Who are you to do these things?’” Sienicki said. The Council member also enjoyed remarks from retired astronaut Leland Melvin, a Lynchburg native who worried he might not make it to space after a training exercise burst his eardrums and left him
deaf. He eventually traveled into orbit twice to help construct the International Space Station. Council member Pasha Majdi called the conference “great” and said it was time well-spent. Majdi was intrigued by a presentation on public-private partnerships, a concept the town may use again – after an aborted effort in 2013 – to build a municipal parking garage. Such partnerships “may be useful for the town in the future,” Majdi said. “There are a lot of different avenues. What’s most appealing is you can leverage your dollar and get a lot more return for your citizens. But it has to be the right arrangement and fit for your community.” VML members discussed topics they wished to add to the group’s annual legislative agenda, which outlines the localities’ key concerns for state legislators. Some of those items may be folded in with Vienna’s legislative agenda, which every year also exhorts the General Assembly to give localities flexibility to address challenges, avoid imposing unfunded mandates and “do us no harm,” DiRocco said. The mayor and the Town Council’s newest member, Douglas Noble, said they were impressed by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s new trip-making and accessibility tools. VDOT soon will make available to localities data from smartphones and other devices, collected by private companies, which show traffic patterns and allow local officials to plan better, they said. During the conference, DiRocco was elected to VML’s executive committee, where several Vienna Town Council members previously have served. Vienna leaders accepted a VML Green Government Challenge “Green Level” award at the conference for the town’s environmental initiatives. Vienna previously had obtained a higher ranking, but the standards since have been made more stringent, the mayor said. The conference was the first for Noble, who joined the Council this summer, but not his first VML event. Noble this summer attended the group’s Institute for Local Officials, which schools new and veteran officials on the basics of governance. Noble said he liked a presentation concerning Virginia’s new proffer law, which local officials badly would like to amend to give them back leverage with developers. He also enjoyed the chance to catch up with former Vienna Town Council member Michael Polychrones, who now works on the Virginia Municipal League staff. Noble was impressed by how VML, Virginia Beach officials and Dominion labored to keep the city running smoothly despite the hurricane. “Everybody stepped up to the plate and got it all working,” he said.
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Year-over-year homes sales across Northern Virginia were up in September compared to 2015, according to new figures, but average sales prices fell – mostly by small amounts – in all three segments of the market. A total of 1,675 properties went to closing across the area last month, according to figures reported Oct. 11 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. That’s up 2.7 percent from the 1,631 transactions reported in September 2015. (Figures represent sales in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.) The average sales price, however, declined 3 percent to $532,554. Part of the drop was due to a smaller percentage of pricey single-family homes in the overall mix, but there also were declines within the three segments of the market: • The average price of single-family homes was down 1.3 percent to $722,580. • The average price of attached homes, such as townhouses, was down 0.3 percent to $400,094. • The average price of condominiums was down 0.01 percent to $329,695. The median sales price of all homes that sold during the month was $465,000, down 2.9 percent from a year before. Total sales volume for the month stood at just over $892 million, down a fraction of a percent from $895 million a year before.
The results, if not robust, are at least in line with, and in some cases exceeding, expectations. “Election-year jitters never quite materialized,” said Derrick Swaak, managing broker of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in McLean. Of homes that sold during the month, properties spent an average 51 days on the market, an improvement from 54 days a year before, and garnered 96.7 percent of original listing price, up from 96.3 percent. “Our local economy is clearly not at a standstill,” said Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. Of homes that sold, conventional mortgages represented the method of financing the transaction in 1,018 cases, followed by cash (206), VA-backed loans (178) and FHA-backed mortgages (174). The market of available properties continued to contract from a year before; in September, there were 4,885 homes on the market, down 16.6 percent from 5,821 a year before. “The fall can be a great time for buyers,” said Gary Lange, managing broker of Weichert in Vienna. “Though you don’t have the same inventory to choose from, you may have more opportunity to get closing-cost assistance or a reduction in price.” Where is the market headed? Pending sales and homes coming under contract
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Schools & Military n Vocal musicians from 12 Fairfax County public schools, including several in the local area, have been named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2016. The elite group represents 125 singers from around the commonwealth. A total of 31 Fairfax County students were selected, with an additional five named as alternates. Among students from schools in the Sun Gazette coverage are: – From Langley High School: Christiana Ivanova, Mary Margaret Chalk, Danbi So, Camila Maric and Ammad Akbari, and alternates Akshay Nag and Theodore Herzfeld. – From James Madison High School: Benjamin Schwartz. – From George C. Marshall High School: Sarah Koo, Amelia Lindsey and Cagan Goldstein, and alternate Satori Green. – From Oakton High School: Jillian Tate and Violetta Nagy. n A number of local students from Fairfax County’s public schools have been recognized by two national student-journalism organizations for their outstanding work. The Highlander, the student newspaper at McLean High School, and TJ Today, the student newspaper at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, have been named Crown Awards finalists by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. National awards will be announced early next year. Five Fairfax County students have been named finalists in individual contests by the National Scholastic Press Association. Locally, they include John Corvari, The Highlander (newsmagazine), McLean High School, sports story; Maggie Laird, The Clan (yearbook), McLean High School, sports action photo; and Susie Hyland and Jodie Lee, the Hawk Talk (newspaper), James Madison High School, newspaper page-one design. n More than 200 students at Oakcrest School participated in a school-wide service day on Friday, Oct. 7, as part of the school’s Fall Spirit Week. Among efforts undertaken, eighthgrade students volunteered for Northern Virginia Family Service by organizing and sorting donated items at the Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Falls Church, and students in grades 9 to 11 participated in the Youth Leadership Foundation “PALS” program, a social-outreach initiative aimed at at-risk inner-city girls. Other students volunteered at D.C. Central Kitchen, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and Hopkins House Innovative Preschool Academy, among other venues. Located in McLean and slated to move to a new campus in Vienna next year, Oakcrest School is an independent school for girls in grades 6-12, guided
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An enchanting opportunity awaits, as this week’s featured property is a sumptuous, yet subtle, Mediterraneaninfused villa of more than 10,000 square feet, set on a nearly two-acre lot in the Peacock Station community of McLean. “Embassy-sized” in this case is not hyperbole – the home is designed to welcome large gatherings, whether in the extraordinary ballroom, the glorious entrance hall or the other expansive formal areas. Yet it also retains a warmhearted charm that makes it perfect for daily living. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,995,000 by Fouad Talout and Pascale Karam of Long & Foster Christie’s International Real Estate. The iron gates provide security and serenity, and fear not – the home is anything but stuffy. Filled with light, it’s welcoming and inviting. Gleaming top to bottom, the property was created and has been maintained to make an impression. The stately original home, with its lovely columns that frame a covered portico to welcome guests, was augmented in 2002 with an entertainment wing. Should your soirée call for accommodating 40 people or 400, this space is up to the challenge with 14-foot tray ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a wide balcony that all add to the overall ambiance, while a few steps down, you have access to the wet bar/refreshment area.
The hardwood dance floor is illuminated by the skylight above, and whether your preference is to waltz to a string quartet or to boogie until dawn to the latest tunes, this space is fully accommodating. Family living spaces include the eatin gourmet kitchen, while the adjoining family room features hardwood flooring and a gracious fireplace. The dining room is positioned between walls of glass, with the expansive deck showcasing lovely vistas of the domains. The master retreat is the first of six bedrooms, each a charmer and a stunner. A home theater is among the highlights of the lower level. There is so much more to see, with every stop on our tour exuding elegance. Go take a look yourself!
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Address: 1005 Union Church Road, McLean (22102). Listed at: $1,995,000 by Fouad Talout (703) 459-4141 and Pascale Karam (703) 472-3749, Long & Foster Christie’s International Real Estate. Schools: Spring Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High School.
Association of Home-Builders Embarks on Rebranding The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced a big change with the launch of its new branding and industry-wide tagline: “Remodeling Done Right.” Described as much more than a logo update, rebranding has created a system of expression that galvanizes NARI’s 6,000 member-companies, cements the value of NARI’s programs and services, and telegraphs externally to consumers a brand promise that emboldens the value of remodelers to homeowners and communities. “Rebranding NARI represents an opportunity to address three strategic outcomes,” said NARI board chairman, Judy Mozen. “One, activation and growth of NARI’s membership. Two, market development and prosperity for our members. Three, increased member value and participation in NARI’s programs.” Demonstrating NARI’s new brand externally to consumers is where this initiative gets really exciting,” Mozen said. “Our rebranding elevates the remodeling industry and our members to the marketplace. We are proud of the fact that we now have a clear position and messaging statement to the industry and consumers that’s second to none.” NARI CEO Fred Ulreich said that the organization had not rebranded in 33 years, and that 2016 “represented an extraordinary opportunity to revitalize the industry brand and communicate a promise to consumers of what they can expect from NARI members.” “We elicited feedback from our members, chapter leaders, board of directors and staff to chart a new course for the remodeling industry. The process revealed that NARI not only owned the word ‘remodeling’ but needed to capitalize on what our members do,” Ulreich said. NARI enlisted the assistance of Chicago-based McKenna Design Group to partner on the rebranding. The firm’s Warren McKenna says the efforts have “BUMP”: “They are believable, unique, memorable and proprietary. McKenna updated the blue colors to be more dynamic and engaging. The typography is more current and timeless . . . ‘Remodeling Done Right’ captures the essence of what NARI members do.”
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Vienna/Oakton Notes VIENNA HALLOWEEN PARADE SET TO STEP OFF: The 70th annual Vienna Hal-
loween Parade looks to its origins – “Jivin’ Back to the 1940s” is the theme – when it steps off on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Maple Avenue. Sponsored by the Vienna Business Association and town government, the event will include floats and marching groups. Children in costume (with parents) can gather at the United Bank, 374 Maple Ave, E., in preparation for marching. To accommodate the parade, Maple Avenue will be closed between East Street and Lawyers Road from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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VIENNA THEATRE COMPANY PREPS NEW SHOW: The Vienna Theatre Com-
pany will present “Eclectic Essentials II,” four one-act works from a range of playwrights, the weekends of Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5 at 8 p.m. each night at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, S.W. The venue has been hosting the theater troupe over the past year while the Vienna Community Center is under renovation. Tickets are $14. For information, see the Web site at www.viennatheatrecompany.org. CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS CONCERT: The Vienna Choral Society will
present “The Call of Music” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, S.W. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Youth 14 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying patron. For information, call (703) 349-7150 or see the Web site at www.viennachoralsociety.org. VIENNA COMMUNITY BAND TO HOST CONCERT: The Vienna Community Band
will present a free concert for all ages on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road. The community is invited; no tickets are required. For information, see the
Web site at www.viennacommunityband. org. DOCUMENTARY SCREENING TO FOCUS ON DIPLOMACY: Patrick Henry
Library and the Shepherd Center of Oakton-Vienna will present a screening of “America’s Diplomats” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the library. The documentary looks at the U.S. Foreign Service and diplomacy from Ben Franklin to Benghazi. Registration is recommended. For information, call (703) 938-0405 or see the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.com and search for Patrick Henry Library.
AYR HILL GARDEN CLUB TO HOST BULB SALE: The Ayr Hill Garden Club
will continue its fall bulb sale on Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church, 301 Center St., S., in Vienna. Proceeds from the sale will help support six town gardens in Vienna that are cultivated and maintained by members of the club, which was founded in 1929. For information on the club, see the Web site at https://ayrhillgardenclub.shutterfly.com/.
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den Club will host a program on “Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter” featuring guest speaker Kathy Jentz on Monday, Oct. 24 at 12:45 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road in Vienna. The community is invited. TROMBONISTS FEATURED IN CHURCH CONCERT: 7th Position, an ensemble fea-
turing four trombonists and a drummer, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Road in Vienna. The concert is free; donations will be accepted to support community-outreach efforts of the church. For information, call (703) 281-4411 or see the Web site at www.oaktonbrethren.org. Your submissions are always welcomed for inclusion at the Sun Gazette. Send ’em our way and we’ll spread the word!
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McLean/G. Falls Notes McLEAN CHAMBER TO HOST MEALSTAX FORUM: The Greater McLean
Chamber of Commerce will host a community forum on the proposed Fairfax County meals tax on Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Speakers will be Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), who supports imposition of the 4-percent surtax on restaurant meals and prepared foods, and Supervisor Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield), who opposes it. “The voters deserve to be informed by both sides, and business owners deserve an opportunity to ask about the need, implementation and potential economic effects of the tax,” said Paul Kohlenberger, president of the Greater McLean Chamber. Kohlenberger noted that his organization was the only chamber of commerce in Fairfax County to host a forum on the meals-tax referendum, which will be held as part of the Nov. 8 general election. The event is free, and the community is invited.
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Frank Wolf will speak on “The Importance of Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad” on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. While in Congress, Wolf – who repre-
sented Virginia’s 10th District from 1981 to 2015 – was the author of the International Religious Freedoms Act, and founded and co-chaired the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Since retiring from Congress, Wolf has focused on human-rights and religiousfreedom issues, and holds the Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University. He also serves as a distinguished senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which works to promote religious freedom. The event will include a reception. For information, e-mail David Jessee at email@example.com. SCREENING OF DOCUMENTARY ON GUN VIOLENCE SET: The League of
Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will host a viewing and panel discussion of
“Under the Gun,” a documentary narrated by Katie Couric, on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center. “We strive to promote reasonable and meaningful measures to prevent future gun violence and save lives,” said Peggy Knight, co-president of the Fairfax organization, who said the effort focuses on “common-sense solutions” to address the issue. Panelists will take written questions
from the audience. Questions can be submitted in advance through firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, see the Web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org. McLEAN SYMPHONY GEARS UP FOR NEW SEASON: The McLean Sympho-
ny, under the baton of Dingwall Fleary, will open its 45th season with “Changing Times” on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center. The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Velke and Scarborough, and kicks off “A Sapphire Celebration” of the organization’s anniversary. Additional concerts during the 201617 season will be held Dec. 18, Feb. 19, April 9 and June 4. For information, see the Web site at www.mclean-symphony. org. ROTARY CLUB HOSTS OKTOBERFEST FUND-RAISER: The Rotary Club of
Great Falls will host its annual Oktoberfest fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to midnight at Riverbend Golf & Country Club. The $100 admission includes unlimited German beer, wine and food, plus Bavarian-themed entertainment. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For information and tickets, see the Web site at www.rgfoktoberfest.brownpapertickets.com. ‘JAZZ MASTERS’ SERIES LOOKS AT
LOESSER: The “Jazz Masters with John
Eaton” series continues on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center, focused on the work of Frank Loesser. Jazz pianist and musicologist Eaton will share stories and music from Loesser’s work, which includes hits like “Guys and Dolls” and “The Most Happy Fella.” Tickets are $5 for McLean residents, $12 for others. For information, see the Web site at www.mcleancenter.org.
ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR TO SPEAK AT ART SOCIETY: Joe Spollen, a graphic art-
ist, illustrator and instructor, will be the featured guest at the monthly meeting of the McLean Art Society, to be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the McLean Community Center. Spollen will use pastels to demonstrate drawing with spontaneity, as well as pastel painting. The community is invited.
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Public-Safety Notes COUNTY POLICE: SOMEONE MAY HAVE FIRED BULLET INTO FAIR OAKS RESIDENCE: Fairfax County police
dispatched officers to 3900 Tallow Tree Court in the Fair Oaks area on Oct. 10 at 9:03 a.m. after receiving a report of what appeared to be the sound of gunshots and an apparent bullet found inside someone’s home. The victim did not require medical attention and no one else was injured. The investigation continues, police said.
VIENNA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING DOMESTIC DISPUTE: Vienna police dispatched of-
ficers to Kingsley Road, S.E., on Oct. 10 at 7:17 p.m. to investigate a reported domestic dispute between a father and son. A responding officer determined the disagreement was verbal in nature and while investigating the dispute, the officer observed signs of possible narcotic use, police said. Police arrested a 31-year-old Vienna man on charges of possessing Schedule I and II controlled substances and controlled paraphernalia. Police transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on bond. McLEAN RESIDENT REPORTS HOME BURGLARY: Fairfax County police re-
sponded on Oct. 13 at around 10:45 p.m. to a reported burglary at 2200 Casemont
Drive in McLean. The homeowner reported that someone had entered the home through a secured door and taken property. PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, INJURED IN VIENNA: A pedestrian was treated for
injuries after being struck by a vehicle at Maple Avenue, E., and Park Street on Oct. 8 at 9:35 p.m., Vienna police said. The pedestrian was walking south in the intersection’s crosswalk when a vehicle traveling westbound on Maple Avenue in the left lane struck the pedestrian, police said. Rescue personnel transported the pedestrian to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police issued the vehicle’s male driver a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian. DRIVER INJURED IN MAPLE AVENUE COLLISION: A motorist needed to receive
medical treatment following a two-vehicle accident at Maple Avenue, E., and Niblick Drive, S.E., on Oct. 12 at 4:48 p.m., Vienna police said. The motorist was on Niblick Road, S.E., and tried to make a turn onto Maple Avenue, E., but did not yield the right-ofway to a vehicle traveling eastbound on Maple Avenue, police said. The vehicles collided and the driver from the turning vehicle had to be taken by rescue personnel to a hospital for treatment of non-life-
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VIENNA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN DRUG-TAKEBACK INITIATIVE: In con-
junction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local lawenforcement agencies, the Vienna Police Department will again participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes. The Vienna Police Department on Oct. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will provide a collection site for old, expired, unused or unwanted medications. Prescription medications, controlled or non-controlled substances, and over-the-counter drugs may be turned in anonymously at the collection point inside Vienna Police Headquarters, 215 Center St. S. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing it and disposing of it directly into the collection box. If an original container is used, authorities recommend removing any identifying information from the prescription label. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container to prevent leakage. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to associated hazards. Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities may not use this event as a means to discard expired medications or medical waste. PUBLIC-SAFETY AGENCIES RECOG-
agencies are looking a bit more colorful this October. For the entire month, members of Fairfax County Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Management and Department of PublicSafety Communications are wearing pink shirts to show support for those battling cancer. The shirts are worn as a symbol of support and recognition for all those who have been touched by breast cancer. At the Oct. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting, all five public-safety agencies will join Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) in issuing a proclamation recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, the police department has brought back its pink cruiser, which serves as a moving tribute to breastcancer victims, survivors, their families, friends and caregivers. In 2014, the Fairfax County Police Foundation paid to paint the car pink and volunteers applied police markings. The police department is encouraging anyone with a connection to breast cancer to sign the cruiser. Items are compiled from reports issued by the Fairfax County Police Department, Town of Vienna Police Department and other public-safety agencies across the region, and are edited by the staff of the Sun Gazette.
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Transportation Notes N.VA. TRANSIT BODY WANTS ‘BALANCE’ ON CUTS TO METRO HOURS:
The head of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) is expressing concern about the possibility of Metrorail service hours further being scaled back, and also about the ramifications of substituting late-night bus service in place of rail service. If current cuts – part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s “SafeTrack” improvement program – are expanded and made permanent, there would be “potential long-term consequences” on Northern Virginia jurisdictions, residents and businesses, said Jay Fisette, the Arlington County Board vice chairman and 2016 chairman of NVTC. Last June, Metrorail service hours were temporarily adjusted to a midnight closing, seven days a week, as part of SafeTrack. Metro officials have proposed four options that would further reduce hours of rail service, with a final decision set for December. A public hearing on the proposals is set for Oct. 20, with public comment being taken through Oct. 25. “NVTC both recognizes the importance of and appreciates the intent behind your proposal to modify Metrorail’s service hours,” Fisette said in a letter to Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld. “It is our hope that WMATA will be able to strike an appropriate balance between
the need for late-night weekend service and ongoing rail maintenance.” The letter said WMATA’s plan to provide Metrobus service in place of Metrorail may be an option, but officials need to be assured that this service will be a reliable and convenient alternative to Metrorail service. “NVTC and its jurisdictions, which subsidize Metrorail, need to be provided a true understanding of the cost implications of substituting bus for rail under WMATA’s proposal,” Fisette’s letter said. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is empowered by the state government to act on issues related to transportation and transit in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. HYNES SETTLING IN ON COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD:
Northern Virginia’s new representative to the Commonwealth Transportation Board says she is learning the ropes and realizing the interconnectedness of the commonwealth’s different regions and types of transportation modes. “I love new puzzles – how things work and fit together,” said Mary Hynes, who was appointed to the powerful transportation body by Gov. McAuliffe over the summer to start a four-year term on the 17-member panel.
Hynes served on the Arlington County Board for eight years, and for five of them was Arlington’s representative to the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which oversees the Metro system. In remarks Oct. 12 to the Kiwanis Club of Arlington, Hynes discussed planning for projects that include Interstate 66 inside and outside the Capital Beltway, as well as new lanes planned for Interstate 395. During upcoming periods of construction, “we’ll all sort of live through the madness,” Hynes said, speaking specifically of the $125 million plan to widen I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston in preparation for tolling set to start on that interstate in 2020. One of Hynes’ goals on the statewide panel is to help her non-Northern Virginia colleagues understand the importance of transit to the local region. Members of the body were slated to travel on the congested Blue Line during rush hour when they met in Northern Virginia Oct. 18-19. Hynes said Virginia is benefiting from efforts – nearly unique nationally – to use metrics in prioritizing which transportation projects provide the greatest bang for the buck. (There also are some quirks of the job. Hynes noted that the CTB, as it’s known, also has regulatory authority of outdoor theaters across the commonwealth. “An
odd thing. I guess because they might distract you as you’re driving down the highway,” she said.) Hynes was appointed to the body after the legislature removed the power of new governors to dump existing members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board at will, so she is guaranteed to serve at least through 2020. Not being subject to removal from office “gives us the ability to be more independent – but also puts us on the hot seat” to get things done, she said. HEARINGS SET ON I-395 EXPRESS LANES: The Virginia Department of
Transportation and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation have slated two public hearings on design plans to extend the Interstate 395 Express Lanes from Edsall Road to the Pentagon. At the events, the environmental assessment for the project will be available. Hearings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a presentation slated for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 at Wakefield High School in Arlington and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Francis Hammond Middle School in Alexandria. For information, see the Web site at www.virginiadot.org/395expresslanes. The Sun Gazette is the community’s source for information about transportation and transit around the region!
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D.C., Inner Core See More Home Sales in September A modest increase in homes sold across the D.C. inner core in September was slightly offset by lower average prices in two of three market sectors, leading to a generally flat dollar volume for the market. A total of 4,183 properties went to closing across the region last month, according to figures reported Oct. 11 by RealEstate Business Intelligence, an arm of the local multiple-listing service. That’s up 1.6 percent from the 4,117 properties that went to closing a year before.
Forum Continued from Page 3 McAuliffe recommended undertak-
Zoning Continued from Page 1 those groups need to sign the petition for it to be valid. The amended ordinance also would require such petitions to be submitted no later than noon on the date of the rezoning’s first public hearing. Protesting property owners who submitted the peti-
(Figures represent sales in the District of Columbia; Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.) The average sales price of $485,748 was down 1.5 percent from $493,001, in part due to a smaller percentage of singlefamily homes in the mix. But there were declines in average prices both in the single-family sector (down 0.34 percent to $574,763) and attached-home segment
(down 0.5 percent to $412,849), Condominiums saw an increase in average price of 1.9 percent to $353,340. Add it all up, and sales volume for the month totaled $2.03 billion, up 0.11 percent from a year before. Homes that went to closing during the month spent an average of 46 days between listing and ratified sales contract, an improvement from the 50 days required a year before, and garnered an average of 96.9 percent of listing price, up from 96.8 percent.
Conventional mortgages were the method of transacting 2,227 sales, followed by FHA-backed mortgages (685), cash (642) and VA-backed loans (330). With 11,102 properties on the market at the end of the month, inventory was running about 14 percent below the same period last year. Figures represent most, but not all, homes on the market across the region. All figures are preliminary, and are subject to revision. – A Staff Report
ing a massive infrastructure program and avoiding sequestration cuts at all costs, and Hogan favored ending partisan divisiveness and seeking common-sense solutions to the nation’s pressing problems. U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
(D-D.C.), who gave the opening remarks, said she was thankful the region’s two governors and D.C. mayor worked collaboratively “as if there were no borders.” Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Com-
merce, said he was heartened by the panelists’ focus on infrastructure and trade. “Economic advancement relies heavily on education, transportation, housing and health-care,” he said. “I like where we’re at today, but we can always get better.”
tion that killed the Vienna Market proposal via a supermajority vote did so just 15 minutes before the start of that Town Council meeting. Under the new rules, if officials find the petition signatures to be valid, the Council would have to achieve at least a five-sevenths supermajority of the quorum assembled. Mayor Laurie DiRocco called the fivesevenths vote “reasonable,” saying it was the same supermajority required when the Council decides on the town’s real estate
tax rate and budget. Council members Howard Springsteen and Douglas Noble argued in favor of a lower threshold for signatures – say 30 or 40 percent – while member Linda Colbert wanted the new requirement to exceed 50 percent of such property owners. Former Planning Commission member Charles Anderson, who lives near the Vienna Market site and was among those who protested that rezoning, said he had not seen a precise rendition of the proposed zoning-code change, but was con-
cerned about its potential impact. “I think it may be short-sighted, based on a single experience with what was a highly flawed development,” he said. “This is a property-rights issue that provides some protection for anyone in town who is facing a rezoning.” The 20-percent signature threshold is not too low, as many more people oppose such rezonings, but decline to speak up, Anderson said. “There needs to be large consensus within this town before they go forward with a rezoning,” he added.
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‘Best Haunted House’ Provides Mix of Chills, Humor MATT REVILLE Staff Writer
Just in time for the run-up to Halloween, Encore Stage & Studio goes a little scary (but not over-the-top scary) in a production of “The Best Haunted House Ever,” reprising a ON production it last in 2010. STAGE presented (More on the differences between the two later on.) The set-up: Two groups from rival high schools separately come up with the idea of using an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town for a haunted house. Over the course of two acts and 90 minutes, they manage to scare the heck out of each other, and then all end up flipped out when the surprise twist ending takes hold. The troupe says the production is best for ages 6 and older, and I’d concur. The scariness factor is appropriate for that age as well as older youth, although maybe sitting right up front isn’t the best option for the most skittish among us.
The chills are leavened by comedic moments, and virtually everyone on stage has the chance to mug for the audience at one point or another, pulling it off with varying degrees of effectiveness. The production requires a large ensemble cast, with everything kept in motion by director Susan Alison Keady, so it’s hard to single out anyone – the entire cast works together as one piece. However, two bands of boys from the rival schools (Nicholas Boone, Jackson Dove and Dimitrios Owen on the one side and Max Belmar, Josh Ramthun, Oliver Meek and Jeffrey Pippins on the other) handle much of the action, and do so very effectively. Two police officers (Xander Tilock and Declan Roberts) also are solid. Lingering menacingly through the production, as the maniacal (and believed to be long deceased) biology teacher whose home the teens have invaded, is Ryely Rogers. (Even the Sun Gazette gets a cameo appearance.) Going back in time six years to read my review of the last “Best Haunted
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Smash-Mouth TD Drives Occasionally Still Happen Maybe it was a coincidence, but the result was sure fun to watch, at least for those who still appreciate smashmouth power football.
Team Opens MAC With a Key Victory DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer
With a strong overall showing, the Flint Hill Huskies began defense of their conference championship Oct. 15 with an important win. Flint Hill (5-1, 1-0) defeated the host Potomac School Panthers, 33-10 a Mid-Atlantic FOOTBALL inAthletic Conference neighborhood rivalry high school football game. Potomac School, hosting its homecoming contest, fell to 3-4, 1-2. Flint Hill, ranked second in the state’s Oct. 12 Division I private-school pool, has three MAC games remaining on its schedule and probably has to finish 4-0, as it did a year ago, to repeat as champions. Potomac School is likely out of contention to win the league. In its Oct. 15 victory, Flint Hill took a 14-0 lead, was ahead 17-3 at halftime and 20-10 entering the fourth quarter. Junior running back Mark Lewis led the Huskies with 265 yards rushing on Continued on Page 33
Potomac School running back Ricardo Facey is tackled by Flint Hill’s Elijah Wasson on Oct 15. For a slideshow of the game, visit www.insidenova.com/sports/fairfax. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT
Madison Falls from Ranks of the Undefeated A Staff Report
In important conference football games Oct. 14, the Madison Warhawks (6-1, 3-1) lost for the first time this season and the Oakton Cougars (2-5, 1-3) dropped their third in a row. Madison fell to the host and undefeated South Lakes Seahawks, 21-13, in a Liberty Conference high school football clash. In Concorde Conference play, host Oakton was defeated by the Chantilly Chargers, 27-23. The Warhawks trailed 14-0, then 14-7 at halftime as three turnovers and a blocked field goal were costly for Madison in the first half. Nick Quinto scored Madison’s second-quarter touchdown on a two-yard run. South Lakes moved in front 21-7 in 32
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the third quarter. Madison scored its final touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Jacob Choutka to Sam Kidd in the fourth period.
FOOTBALL ROUNDUP South Lakes made a big defensive stand late in the game to keep Madison from scoring the potential tying points. For the game, Choutka was 19 of 30 passing for 208 yards. John Finney had six catches for 60 yards, Kidd five for 54 and Johnny Hecht and Nick Conforti three each. Landon Thomas had 28 yards rushing and caught two passes. On defense, Quinto had an interception and Brad Porter had a sack. Finney had 76 yards in kickoff returns. Oakton trailed 13-10 at halftime, then
took a 23-20 lead in the third period. After Chantilly went ahead, Oakton got the ball back with 38 yards left, moved into Chargers territory, but a fourth-down pass was intercepted to clinch the win for Chantilly. For Oakton, quarterback Ahmad Shaw was 12 of 20 passing for 163 yards and he ran for 30 more and a touchdown. Nate Brodsky had 98 yards rushing and Elias Lindsey 72. Each ran for a TD. John Daido had six catches for 121 yards, Craig Benson three for 32 and Ryan Harris two for seven. Oakton had 363 total yards. Matt Prosser booted a 34-yard field goal, his sixth field goal of the season.
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In the Centreville Wildcats’ 21-12 victory over the visiting Oakton Cougars in Concorde Conference high school football action Oct. 7, the winning team put together a lengthy 14play touchdown drive that spanned parts of the third and fourth quarters and lasted nearly nine minutes. What was unique about the march, at least considering how the game is played these days? All 14 plays were runs. That’s a rare accomplishment now, and dates to the old-school smash-mouth type of football, which has been abandoned by so many teams on all levels and replaced with wideopen, finesse pass-happy offenses. That time-consuming running drive was nice to see, especially for fans who still enjoy that type of rough-andtough football. It also proves that such an offensive attack still works. It’s interesting that Gordon Leib is a first-year assistant coach for Centreville this fall. When Leib was the head coach at Vienna’s Madison High School for many years, his teams were noted for such frequent and effective running drives. Some think that style is boring, but Leib’s team won often. In a Northern Region championship game a few years back, Leib’s Warhawks put together consecutive run-dominated, time-eating first-half scoring drives to take a 14-0 lead over the Yorktown Patriots en route to a surprising victory. Yorktown was a much more explosive offensive team with speed to burn, and was expected to fly past the Warhawks. Madison slowed the pace that night with a deliberate approach, keeping the ball from the Patriots and frustrating the team. What’s interesting is Yorktown has reverted to more of a run attack this season. The power ground game is still effective and still not boring to some.
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fall, including the Liberty Conference crown a week before the region event when the Saxons set a tournament scoring record. At Magnolia Green, the Saxons won on a difficult course with sloping greens. “I felt like we survived more than anything in the final round because the course and greens were so tough,” Berg said. “It was hard out there. But all season this was really a good team effort.” Langley was led at the state by the third-place finish of Brandon Berry, the only senior among the team’s top six. Berry shot 71-77–148 to tie for third. “This was kind of our main goal all
season, winning states,” said Berry, who has been in Langley’s top six for four years. “We kept our motivation from last year.” A year ago, Langley did not qualify for the state when it lost in a playoff for second place in the 6A North Region tourney after a poor final round. The region’s top two teams qualify for states. “That really hurt last year,” Berry said. “This year is a great sense of accomplishment.” Also for Langley at states, freshman Nikita Gubenko shot 76-75–151 to finish seventh, freshman Brian Feinstein 74-80–154 was ninth, junior Eli Thrasher tied for 12th at 79-80–159, junior
Matthew Feinstein shot 84-83–167, and junior Chris Dillard 84-84–168. “Our freshmen really came through and played great,” Berry said. “That was a big key for us.” Berry played the final round despite suffering from the effects of food poisoning after eating a hamburger with a fried egg the night before. “That sounded good, but I think it was a terrible mistake,” Berry said about the food choice. “I felt so bad on the course. It was hard to stay focused all the time, I three-putted a bunch of holes and my short game wasn’t very good. I played with a 103-degree temperature once, but playing with this today was worse.” Madison sophomore Aaron Liu shot 78-77–155 to finish 10th in the state in his first appearance. McLean senior Kevin McCarthy had a strong second round with a 77 after a first-round 85 to place 16th at 162. See a more detailed story about Langley’s state title and a sidebar at www.insidenova.com/sports/fairfax. NOTE: Berry said he and his teammates wanted to win as much as anything for Berg. “We all really love being around him,” Berry said. “Coach Berg is so supportive, helpful and a great coach.”
runs of three and 13 yards. He completed 4 of 16 passes for 52 yards. Daniel White had 52 yards rushing for Langley and scored on a 34-yard run, and Nico Vasiliadis had 47 yards rushing. Langley ran for 248 yards. “We played hard in the first half and we were in it,” Langley coach John Howertons said. “We missed a pass on fourth and goal from their three that could have made it 14-7 us. We’ve had trouble stopping people on defense.” The coach praised his quarterback, who had never played high school foot-
ball until this season, his senior year. “Hosley has been good this year. He’s a baseball guy that came out for football for the first time,” Howerton said. Said Hosley: “We’re going to bounce back. We want to keep the good things and improve on the bad things.” Blocking for Hosley was an offensive line that included Zach Tucker, Ryan Tucker, Cooper Keating, Will Koopman and Nick Ashouripour. Michael Killion had an interception for Langley. For McLean in its loss to Yorktown,
Carter Govan completed 10 passes for 74 yards. “We were doing a lot of good things early on, and they gave everything they had on the field,” McLean coach Shaun Blair said. “But again, our own mistakes are killing us. It became a snowball effect.” n In Capitol Conference action on Oct. 14, the visiting Marshall Statesmen (2-5, 1-2) lost to the host Lee Lancers, 42-28. Marshall plays Wakefield on Oct. 21 in another conference game.
Herdman’s second catch, a leaping grab between two defenders, went for 25 yards on a fourth-and-10 situation to the Potomac School 9-yard line. Lewis ran for a touchdown on the next play to up the lead to 27-10. Potomac School coach Blake Henry said Herdman’s catch was the biggest play of the game. The Panthers had cut the lead to 20-10 and had grabbed the momentum until that point. “That was a huge play for them,” Henry said. “We had two guys right there and he made a great catch and a play. Flint Hill is really well-coached and did not make mistakes today. Their power-running game was working.” Leading that running game was the blocking of linemen Matt Stottlemyer, Hudson Merrick, Xavier Formey, Carter Beatty, Dennis Giuliani and Herdman. “As a team, we played real well and grinded and did not make mistakes,” Flint Hill coach Tom Verbanic said. “Our scout team gave our starters a great week of practice to prepare for
this game.” Flint Hill had 399 total yards and 19 first downs. Justin Duenkel booted field goals of 26 and 20 yards and three extra points, and Ellison recovered a Herdman fumble in the end zone for the team’s first touchdown. Potomac School had 211 total yards. Senior running back Ricardo Facey had 66 yards to give him 1,000 on the nose for the season. Quarterback Carter Bosch ran for 34 yards and was 14 of 26 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Nash Lougee had six catches for 59 yards, Facey had four for 26 and Preston Bacon three for six. Daniel Albrittain had one for 21. On defense for Flint Hill, Hawkins and Duenkel had interceptions. Hawkins broke up two passes and Zach Garcia broke up one. For Potomac School, Zach Roeder had a sack, Sam Lu recovered a fumble and Tristan Nelson had multiple tackles for losses, with help from Nathan Evans.
NOTES: Flint Hill routed Potomac School, 42-0, last season when Henry felt his team could have given a better effort. He said that wasn’t the case during the Oct. 15 loss. “The young men made huge gains today and fought back and kept fighting. That’s what we want to do.” . . . In Potomac School’s recent 42-6 win over Sidwell Friends, Facey had five touchdowns and 200 yards rushing. Bacon added a touchdown as well. On defense, Henry Cronic had six tackles, including two tackles for a loss, and Taylor Hosmer had a sack.
A season with much promise began with a victory in an invitational tourfor the Langley GOLF nament Saxons, then ended with the biggest prize of all when the high school golf team won the Virginia High School League’s 6A state golf tournament. Langley won the two-day, 36-hole title Oct. 10-11 with a 300-312–612 total on the par-72 Magnolia Green Golf Club near Richmond. The Saxons won with 22 strokes fewer than the runnerup Battlefield Bobcats (312-322–634). A week earlier, Battlefield won 6A North Region Tournament and Langley rallied to place second with a strong final round. The state championship was Langley’s first since 2011 and fifth in school history, and the team celebrated with a victory meal at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We thought from the start of the season we had the talent and a team that should be in the mix for the state title. That didn’t change as the weeks progressed,” longtime Langley head coach Al Berg said. “These guys were hungry to win states.” Langley won four tournaments this
Football Continued from Page 32 n In other Liberty Conference games Oct. 14, the visiting McLean Highlanders fell to 0-7 with a 35-0 loss to the Yorktown Patriots, and the host Langley Saxons (1-6, 1-3) lost to the Hayfield Hawks, 42-21. Langley quarterback Danny Hosley had a big night. He rushed for 149 yards on 24 carries, scoring on touchdown
Huskies Continued from Page 32 32 carries and ran for two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. The performance gave him 1,134 yards rushing this season. “Our line blocked great and allowed me to get to the second level of the defense,” Lewis said. “We kept doing what was working, so we kept running because the line was blocking. You can’t lose that way.” Flint Hill quarterback Walker Venable was 12 of 18 for 143 yards and one TD pass to Trey Tucker for nine yards. “We played so well as a team, and our offensive line was great,” Venable said. “We focused on doing our stuff.” Jamarian Hawkins had four catches for 45 yards for Flint Hill, Gage Herdman two for 33, Justice Ellison two for 30, Tucker two for 18 and Lewis two for 17.
Langley High School golf coach Al Berg holds the state championship trophy while the players make like Olympians and bite their individual gold medals. PHOTO BY NANCY BERRY
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High School Roundup Marshall High School junior Heather Holt won her fifth race of the fall cross country season on Oct. 15. A week earlier she won her fourth by placing first in 18:03 in the girls seeded division of the Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park. Her effort helped Marshall finish second in the girls’ team standings with 142 points. Lake Braddock won with 70. Also for Marshall, Ava D Bir was 11th (19:22), Sophie Tedesco 27th (20:11), Natalie Barbach 47th (20:28) and Jenna Robbins 60th (20:40). Holt has finished either first or second in six races this fall, placing second in two. In the boys seeded division, Marshall’s Patrick Lynch was third (16:07). CROSS
The Potomac School Panthers placed third in the girls varsity race and sixth in the boys at the Annapolis High School meet. n
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hawks enter the Liberty Conference Tournament with an 11-5 overall record and a three-game winning streak. The Warhawks defeated Langley, 2-1, Yorktown, 2-0, and South Lakes, 3-2, in its final regular-season games. n The Langley Saxons enter the Liberty Conference Tournament with an 11-5 record, including recent wins over South Lakes and Hayfield. n The Oakton Cougars are 8-6-1 and take a three-game winning streak into the Concorde Conference Tournament. Those three wins came against Centrev-
ille, Chantilly and Marshall. n The Potomac School Panthers played one of their best games of the season in defeating Bishop Ireton, 2-0. After a scoreless first half, sophomore Maddie McGavin scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to give the Panthers a lead. The entire defensive unit played well. BOYS SOCCER: The Potomac School Panthers defeated The Heights, 1-0, and Flint Hill Huskies, 3-1, and lost to St. Andrew’s, 2-1, in recent conference and non-conference games. Herbert Padilla scored the lone goal in the loss to St. Andrew’s and Harrison Osborne in the win of The Heights on an assist from Miles Wilson. Against Flint Hill, Osbourne, Wilson
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The Madison High School girls lacrosse program will host its sixth annual LaxO-Ween Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the turf field. Teams are guaranteed four 25minute games. Bring a canned food item to donate. The Madison team is collecting items for Food For Others. High school, club and mixed groups are welcome. Teams and players should register by Oct. 19. The cost to play will be $60 per player. Register at: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/lax-o-ween-2016-registration27601368436.
Sports Briefs TEDDY BEAR RACE: More than 300 runners and walk-
ers of all ages participated in the fourth annual Teddy Bear 5K & 1K Walk/Run Sept. 25 to raise attention for early-childhood education for children who are at-risk, and to benefit the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, home to 75 students. All participants received a teddy bear as they crossed the finish line. The event raised $34,000 for the center’s annual fund. Winning runners included Chaira Mizzo, Kaida Mizzo, Salar Nasimov, Alan Pineda, Ava Jones, Matt Knook, Zoe Perkins, Ginny Brough, Karen Armandi, Jason Yang, Julie Rice, Kolby Dehart, Jeremy Prior, Kristen Verderame, Christopher Booth, Ronald Schmidt, Traci Goodwin, Beth Monarch, Ted Poulos, John Brough, Marcy Mayhugh, Gertrude Bojo, Jay Jacob Wind, Jan Bojo and Abolfaz Iman.
McLEAN GOLFER HONORED: The late Edgar Coff-
man, a longtime McLean resident and a WashingtonLee High School graduate, was honored at an Oct. 11 dedication ceremony at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., for his financial contributions to the school’s Golf Teaching Center. His family attended the event. Coffman was a McDaniel alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1953. An avid golfer, he bequeathed more than $100,000 to the center, which is open year-round for the college’s men’s and women’s golf teams to use. Coffman’s wife, Joan, continues to live in McLean and also is a McDaniel alum. Edgar Coffman was a
McLean resident Joan Coffman , second from left, cuts the ribbon with golf team members during a dedication ceremony at McDaniel College for the school’s Golf Teaching Center.
Various runners begin the recent Teddy Bear 5K race that benefited the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center.
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College Roundup LANGLEY BASEBALL GRADUATES: A number of former Langley High School baseball players were members of college teams during the spring season. n Jake McSteen had a 2-2 record and a 4.56 earned run average in 471/3 innings and made 14 appearances with seven starts for the Division I University of Nebraska baseball team. The red-shirt freshman left-hander had 23 strikeouts. n Cal Jadacki batted .265 with 54 RBI and he hit 10 home runs and had five doubles in 53 games for the Division
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I St. Joseph’s University team in Philadelphia. The junior left-handed hitting infielder/outfielder stole four bases in five attempts. n Matt Moser batted .297 in 38 games for the Division III Tufts University team in Massachusetts. The senior shortstop/pitcher hit four home runs, had 39 RBI, 13 doubles and 41 hits. On the mound, Moser was 1-0 with a 1.42 earned run average in 61/3 innings. He had three appearances. n Michael Byrne had a 34-2 record
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Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. October 22, 1936: n Dairies across Northern Virginia, which have been selling milk for 10 or 11 cents a pint, have been ordered by the state government to increase that price to 13 cents. n Prices for Virginia’s tobacco harvest are higher this year than last fall. October 22, 1956: n Adlai Stevenson’s presidential-campaign strategists say they are closing in on the number of electoral votes needed for victory. n Annual federal tax revenues have topped $100 billion for the first time. October 22, 1964: n The Sun has strongly endorsed Lyndon Johnson for president. n Gov. Harrison has bowed to a court order and will call a special session of the legislature to deal with redistricting. n At least one member of the Board of Supervisors is “indignant” that the county police department purchased Ford Mustangs to use in vice operations. n The county sheriff says the Board of Supervisors’ decision not to promote one of his deputies smacks of politics. October 20-21, 1972: n Virginia has 400,000 more voters this year than during the 1968 presidential election. n Not all new voters are youngsters; Fairfax resident Mrs. Laura Browne recently cast her first vote at the age of 96. She voted absentee at a local nursing home. n The county’s school enrollment of 135,780 is down 168 students from last year. n The General Assembly is considering whether to create a state panel to rate motion pictures. October 22, 1984: n McLean/Tysons Corner ranks first in the number of information-technology firms in the commonwealth, according to a new survey. Vienna ranks third. n Democratic challenger Edythe Harrison says U.S. Sen. John Warner is an “ideological twin” of Jesse Helms. n Two of Virginia’s top political scientists say the second Reagan-Mondale debate was a draw.
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ACROSS 1. Group of islands in the South Pacific 6. Charlotte’s creation 9. Sail support 13. As opposed to poetry 14. Part of H.M.S. 15. “Saturday Night Fever” music 16. Was rebroadcasted 17. Beatle bride 18. Trojan War story 19. *Most titled baseball team 21. *Athletics’ hometown 23. Be indisposed 24. Drop-down menu option 25. 0.001 inch 28. Resist 30. Block of the earth’s crust 35. Black tropical cuckoo birds 37. High school musical club 39. Your own teacher 40. Equinox month 41. Makes a raucous noise 43. Asian starling 44. *Lineup or batting ____ 46. Gallop or trot 47. “____ Jim” 48. Thomas Paine’s “The Age of ____” 50. Heroin, slang 52. *Typically used on pitcher’s shoulder after game 53. Sure or uh-huh 55. H+, e.g. 57. Uto-Aztecan language 61. *Dirt in a diamond 65. Pastoral poem
66. ____ de Triomphe 68. Plural of folium 69. Outlines 70. Pigeon sound 71. What tide did 72. Volcano in Sicily 73. *____ Griffey Jr. never won one 74. Woodwind mouthpieces
DOWN 1. Light on one’s feet 2. Geographical region 3. Between dawn and noon 4. Port city in Japan 5. Aeneas’ story 6. “____ Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” 7. Poetic “even”
8. Stew over something 9. Manufacturing facility 10. “Heat of the Moment” band 11. CAT or PET 12. *____ Stottlemyre, two-time World Series champ 15. Stalin’s order, e.g. 20. Lament for the dead 22. Cupid’s ____ 24. Iris cleanser 25. *Like baseball’s league 26. Accustom 27. Singer Ronstadt 29. *Design element on World Series trophy, sing. 31. Bottom lines 32. More than one stylus 33. Not Doric nor Corinthian 34. *a.k.a. inning 36. “____ Candies” chocolatier 38. Larger-than-life 42. Mark on reputation 45. *2015 champions 49. After taxes 51. Pleating iron 54. Archaic exclamation of regret 56. She turned to stone, Greek mythology 57. Cairo’s waterway 58. Mine entrance 59. “Amazing Grace”, e.g. 60. Arm part 61. Clickable picture 62. Hamburg river 63. Behaved like Pinocchio 64. Jay Pritchett and Mr. Brady, e.g. 67. Poor man’s caviar
Fairfax County Notes COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HITS RECORD AMOUNT AT ANNUAL GALA: The
Community Foundation of Northern Virginia raised a record $544,000 during its 2016 gala, which honored Inova Health Systems’ CEO J. Knox Singleton. The event drew more than 600 business and community leaders to the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner on Oct. 7. Guests at the “Raise the Region” gala also participated in live and silent auctions. Funds raised will go to support the foundation’s philanthropic efforts across the region. For information on the event, see the Web site at www.cfnova.org. RENOVATION EFFORT SUPPORTS HOMELESS FEMALE VETERANS: For-
merly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children soon will have a newly renovated and upgraded place to call home, part of a collaboration between HomeAid Northern Virginia and Final Salute, a group that provides support services to homeless female veterans. The Final Salute home in Fairfax County provides nearly 9,000 square feet of living space for up to 10 residents. Winchester Homes will lead the $330,000 renovation efforts, which also will provide space for a live-in resident manager.
“Too often, supportive-housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans and, in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen Booth, founder of First Salute. “Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War; it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned,” Booth said. About half the renovation cost will be paid for by HomeAid Northern Virginia, an outreach effort that was begun in 2001 by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes. DOMINION GUILD TO HOLD ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: The Dominion Guild will
hold its annual open house, boutique and coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4134 40th St. North in Arlington. Tickets are $20 at the door, and are available for $15 in advance at Mesmeralda’s and The Preppy Pink Pony in McLean, Two the Moon in Arlington and
the Antique Guild in Alexandria. Proceeds will benefit a number of local charities, including the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Arlington READY Coalition, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center and the Tahirih Justice Center. ‘FACETS’ TO HOST ANNUAL FALL CELEBRATION: FACETS, a nonprofit organi-
zation providing basic-needs services and other support to at-risk Fairfax County residents, will hold its 17th annual “Taste of Fall” celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. The event’s theme is “Carnival of Culture,” and it will feature a live and silent auction, food, games and entertainment. Tickets are $50. For information, call (703) 352-3268 or see the Web site at www. facetscares.org. The Sun Gazette welcomes submission of items for inclusion in the paper. Whether it’s the news of achievements of local students and members of the military, or notices of upcoming event, let the Sun Gazette help you spread the word. Contact information can be found on Page 6. October 20, 2016 39
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