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n 1990, real estate investor and businessman Joseph E. Robert Jr. started an event that many now call one of the premier social and fundraising event in the greater Washington area. Fight Night has raised millions of dollars to support programs under D.C.-based nonprofit Fight For Children that help at-risk youth obtain better educational opportunities. The organization focuses on early childhood education, helping some 30 schools and thousands of children between the ages of three and eight in lower-income D.C. neighborhoods. “Many of these kids come from really tough situations, who might just have one parent and not have stable housing,” said Keith Gordon, president and CEO of Fight For Children. The organization has strong ties to Northern Virginia and Loudoun County. Loudoun resident and businessmen

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hile many childhood memories are filled with baseball games, model planes, road trips, and that first school crush, Alfredo Carlin’s childhood was full of gears - Motorcycle gears, Muscle car gears. While other kids had bicycles, Carlin was riding his first motorcycle. He has his father to thank

for this journey off the beaten path. A mechanical engineer by trade, he introduced Alfredo to the automotive and motorcycle world at an early age. Watching films such as “Easy Rider” and “LeMans” with Steve McQueen, the fascination not only stuck with him, but began to form a link between motorcycles and cars - and a common bond with American freedom for an entire generation. A bond which would stick with him for the rest of his life. It was at that moment that he knew what

kind of work would define himself and his future. Following service in the Army as a welder, machinist, fabricator and mechanic, Carlin obtained master professional certifications from both ICAR and ASE, continuing on to work for an elite auto Continued on Page 5


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e have seen a tremendous rally on Wall Street, nearly nine months long, with the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average repeatedly settling at alltime peaks. Investors are delighted by what they have witnessed. Have they become irrationally exuberant? The major indices do not always rise. That obvious fact risks becoming “back of mind” these days. On June 15, the Nasdaq Composite was up 27.16% year-over-year and 12.67% in the past six months. The S&P 500 was up 17.23% in a year and 7.31% in six months. Performance like that can breed overconfidence in equities.1,2 The S&P last corrected at the beginning of 2016, and a market drop may seem like a remote possibility now. Then again, corrections usually arrive without much warning. You may want to ask yourself: “Am I prepared for one?”3 Are you mentally prepared? Corrections have been rare in recent years. There have only been four in this 8-year bull market. So, it is easy to forget how frequently they have occurred across Wall Street’s long history (they have normally happened about once a year).3,4



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Markets Have Cycles, The Major Indices Will Descend The next correction may shock investors who have been lulled into a false sense of security. You need not be among them. It will not be the end of the world or the markets. A correction, in a sense, is a reality check. It presents some good buying opportunities, and helps tame irrational exuberance. You could argue that corrections make the market healthier. In big-picture terms, the typical correction is brief. On average, the markets take 3-4 months to recover from a fall of at least 10%.4 Are you financially prepared? Some people have portfolios that are not very diverse, with large asset allocations in equities and much smaller asset allocations in more conservative investment vehicles and cash. These are the investors likely to take a hard hit when the big indices correct. You can stand apart from their ranks by appropriately checking up on, and diversifying, your portfolio as needed. Thanks to the recent rally, many investors have seen their equity positions grow larger, perhaps too large. If you are one of them (and you may be), you may want to try to dial down your risk exposure. Do you have an adequate emergency fund? A correction is not quite an emergency, but it is nice to have a strong cash position when the market turns sour. Are your retirement and estate plans current? A prolonged slump on Wall Street could impact both. Many older baby boomers had to rethink their retirement strategies in the wake of the 2007-09 bear market.



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Finally, a deep dip in the equity market should not stop you from consistently funding your retirement accounts. In a downturn, your account contributions, in essence, buy greater amounts of shares belonging to quality companies than they would otherwise. A correction will happen – maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for the rest of 2017, but at some point, a retreat will take place. React to it with patience, or else you may end up selling low and buying high. Citations. 1 - nasdaq/ [6/15/17]   2 - sandp/ [6/15/17] 3 - [3/9/17] 4 - [6/15/17] Securities and Advisory Services offered through Centaurus Financial, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC a Registered Investment Advisor Bull Run Financial Group and Centaurus Financial, Inc. are not affiliated. Supervisory Branch: 1602 Village Market Blvd SE, Suite 430 Leesburg, VA 20175 (800) 699-0299 For more information on how to weather a financial corrections, reach out to Bull Run Financial Group at (703) 477-8598 or For more information visit Your Wealth. Your Way. Our Advice.™

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BE AWARE: GREEN COUNTY STICKER You Still Need County Sticker Thru July ‘18


hile the front windshield decal and its enforcement through Project Fairness have been eliminated, taxpayers should be aware that the 2018 green vehicle decal is still necessary and should be displayed through June 30, 2018. The Board of Supervisors has eliminated the decal requirement effective July 1, 2018, at which time a license fee of $25.00 will be assessed thereafter each tax year. The deadline to display the green, 2018 vehicle decals is No-

vember 15, 2017. All past due taxes must be paid in full before a decal can be purchased. Tax payers can determine the total amount due by utilizing the counties online Search & Pay or by calling 703-777-0280/ Payments received will automatically be applied to delinquent taxes first. Currently, leased-vehicle decals can only be purchased in person at the Sterling or Leesburg offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Every year more than 99 percent of Loudoun County vehicle owners have replaced the sticky,

adhesive registration decal from their front windshield. While many have complained about it, removing the need for stickers could cost the county up to $20 million a year. “A lot of people can’t stand the county sticker. If there’s a way we can do it as efficient, or more efficient without it, I’m all for it,” Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) said. “It’s a 30-second annoyance for literally millions of dollars,” said County Treasurer Rodger Zurn (R). Zurn said the sticker is a large reason why 99 percent of Loudoun residents properly register their

cars. He said it becomes a point of pride and accountability. Without a prominent display, Zurn fears collection rate will fall to between 92 and 94 percent. He estimates each lost percentage point costs the County around $2 million. During the Board’s Finance Committee prior to the decision to rid residents of the stickers, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman questioned Zurn’s findings, saying Loudoun’s collection rate was only 96.8 percent and that Fairfax’s, a jurisdiction no longer using stickers, was 99.4 percent.

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SWEAT & GEARS from page 1

building American iron of all kinds. With a shop in his name, and experience to boot, he realized it was time to have his own custom chopper. Built from scratch, the project took several months to complete, however his efforts quickly paid off. During an early test-ride while sitting at a local gas station, Carlin received his first-ever offer for a custom chopper build, from a complete stranger. Not willing to sell “his first� - he promptly offered to build the man a one-off custom to his own specifications. It was with this first sale that Hardcore Choppers hit the ground running in the mid-1990s.

shop where he mastered his skills on high-end models, such as Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette and other iconic vehicles. This passion for classic cars, muscle cars and hot rods led him to open up his own shop in the early 1990s, at a time when Loudoun County was still considered rural, and Rt. 28 was a simple two-lane byway. Guided by his childhood passions, Carlin opened up his first shop - Hardcore Hot Rods, in a small strip mall shop off of Rt. 50. It was in this small shop that, where he worked 6 days a week, 12 to 14 hour days, restoring and 23734 The Londoun Tribune OCT



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VIRGINIA TIRE & AUTO 13 Shops, 400 Employees, Still Growing By Kevin Shay


ver 40 years ago, Myron Boncarosky left Texaco Oil to pursue a dream of opening his own business. Starting with less than a dozen workers at Main Street Shell in Fairfax, spending a decade growing from one full-service station to several - his one-time dream has strategically grown into a 400 - employee chain of 13 Virginia Tire & Auto shops, including six in Loudoun County. Boncarosky has since stepped aside from the daily operations, letting his daughter, Julie Boncarosky Holmes, and her husband, Mike Holmes, manage what could now be considered one of

the most successful small business in the area. Julie and Mike run Virginia Tire & Auto with the same sense of values and specialized customer service which started the business 41 years prior. “We know our industry doesn’t always have the best reputation,” said Julie, President of the company, speaking from the headquarters on the third floor of a Fairfax office complex. “We work hard to change that and be a different type of repair business. We follow through with what we say and believe in transparency. We provide a high level of integrity.” The company has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Those include being named a Top Shop in North America by industry trade magazine Tire Review, an award for in-

novation, ethics, and philanthropy from the Washington Business Journal and the Virginia School Boards Association 2017 Business Award. Many recent reviews on Yelp and other social media sites are full of praise. Words such as “great deal,” “honest,” “wonderful” and “fabulous” are not uncommon. To stay on top of the ever-growing competition, Virginia Tire comes up with distinct services, such as VTA Valet. For $15, a technician will pick up a customer’s vehicle, leave a loaner car and drive it back to the shop to complete the work. When it’s done, an employee will return the car. The transports are fully covered by insurance. “We know people are really busy and may not have time to take their vehicles to the shop and wait,” Julie said.

“This has become a popular service…. We make sure we are meeting the needs of our customers. It’s not just lip service.” Shops also stay open later, usually until 8 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Most are open on Sundays. There are special touches such as free WiFi and kids’ play areas. Many technicians are certified to ensure car seats are properly installed. The company has been affiliated with Goodyear since 1988 and Bridgestone since 2010. Virginia Tire has been opening shops almost every other year with the last one being in Bristow in July 2016 – when race car legend Mario Andretti signed autographs at the grand opening. Andretti, a family friend of Boncarosky, was also at the opening of their Ashburn location.  The Continued on Page 28

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CORK & KEG TOURS Personal Service, Accommodating Every Detail By Kevin Shay


he idea for Loudoun County’s latest winery and brewery touring company germinated during a 2009 trip to the California wine country, a likely birthplace. What was not so likely was that a tour in an old school bus provided sparks. “We loved that tour,” said Don Ventrice, who runs Cork & Keg Tours with his wife, Renee, out of their home in the Broadlands area. “But if we did something like it in Loudoun County, we knew we had to make the transportation more luxurious and comfortable.” Since April, the couple has hosted specialized tours of the county’s ever-growing inventory of wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Rather than a remodeled school bus, guests are driven in style in a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van-limousine that accommodates 12 people on four

customized, plush leather seats that face each other. The interior is roomy enough for a 6-foot-1 rider to stand. “We didn’t want guests to have to turn around to talk with each other,” Don, senior director of intelligence at cybersecurity company CrowdStrike who runs the bulk of the financial aspects of their side business, explained while showcasing the vehicle’s impressive interior.

“We want to provide a social experience while making them feel as comfortable as possible – We’re more of a concierge service than a touring business. We refill drinks and assist with making purchases. We arrange for the tastings and meals ahead of time. We provide a personal touch.” Renee, the outgoing marketing, creative and navigating part of the duo, demonstrated the Sprinter’s variety of lighting. “We can go

from strobes to softer lighting,” she noted. A wood-grain wine and scotch bar that also includes water, mints, and snacks stands ready. Two 40-inch, high-definition television sets display scenic views. If hosting a couple with a wedding anniversary, she explained that they obtain the wedding video to play at the right moment on those screens. They customize music lists and slideshows. “Our goal is to make our clients forget about their stress for one night,” said Renee, business development director for Woofie’s, an Ashburn provider of mobile pet spas and services like dog walking and pet sitting. She also emcees Broadlands Live summer concerts. “We make it so that when you want to get away, you really get away.” Testimonials on the business’s Facebook page lend evidence that they are doing something right. “They made us feel like VIPs,” wrote one client. “They had the hookup everywhere we went so we Continued on Page 40

Heed The Warning About Identity Theft Advice From Director Of Cyber Security

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ecurity breaches seem to have become part of daily living. With the recent Equifax hack and a long string of others to large reputable organizations, I often get asked: how do consumers keep their personal information safe? It starts with consumers being aware of how they contribute to their own insecurity when it comes to identity theft. The risk is real. Criminals are getting better at coming up with new ways to hack. According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million US consumers in 2016, up from $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims in the prior year. Over the past six years, identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion. Locally, Maryland had the highest number of identity theft complaints with 11,006; Virginia had 10,329, and Washington,

DC had 1,533. To protect personal information, Apple offers these warning signs to help consumers recognize their risk of identity theft: 1. Shopping online over a public Wi-Fi connection. Although public Wi-Fi in the airport or coffee shop is convenient, it gives thieves an opportunity to intercept your connection and steal your personal information. Don’t use them for things like shopping or checking your bank account. 2. Allowing others to use online and mobile device account names and passwords. NEVER 3. Sharing payment card numbers share login information for your and/or PINS. It is surprising how personal accounts or for your mobile device with others. Sharing that many family members and friends information immediately comprogive each other their cards. It is mises your safety. Create passvery generous and a sure sign of words and PINs that are difficult shared trust, but the problem is that for thieves to guess, such as your you now have no idea where that birthday or mother’s maiden name. card and PIN may end up. Children especially may not know what Instead, create something unique. is a risky purchase. With your mobile phone, include a fingerprint identification if possible. 4. Failing to enroll in credit mon-

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first time she got hit. “Most people when they get hit, they do this,” he said, falling back and feigning fear and dishevelment. f your waitress at the Ashburn IHOP asks, “She fought. Her instinct was to hit back.” “Do you wanna box?” you had better make After winning two straight Golden Gloves titles sure she is talking about your leftovers. as a boxer, Nelson had already exceeded her own If that waitress is Tori Nelson, your answer expectations. But she was far from finished. could plant you in the ring with a three-time Golden “My manager said, ‘I think it’s time. You can’t go Gloves and four-time professional boxing champion. any higher being an amateur. You need to just go pro.” “She’s the nicest, sweetest person to talk to,” said Nelson grew up in southern Virginia and moved Brian Mason, who was staffing the front counter at to Ashburn about 10 years ago. She drove a school UFC Gym in Herndon when Nelson showed up to bus for Loudoun County and would waitress at work out. Then, Mason nodded toward the boxing night. Now she is a waitress at the IHOP in Pipeline ring that takes up one side of the gym. “But when she Plaza. She had two young children – daughter Simgets in there, she’s an animal.” one, who is now 22 and son Q, who is 19. Nelson – who boxes with the nickname “My kids didn’t have their play time so they “Sho’Nuff” – took up boxing 12 years ago at the age played in the gym,” Nelson said. “They grew up in the of 29. At that age, many boxers are having their gloves gym. They just loved it. made into bronze trophies. “They still come to my fights. They come to every one of my fights. The training part is boring for “She was 200 pounds when we started,” trainer them, but they are still excited about it when it comes Craig Fladager said. “She just wanted to compete. to the fights.” Now she is a four-time world champion. She is a Nelson said moving from amateur to pro boxing pioneer in women’s boxing. She is quite a story.” was difficult. Fladager said Nelson didn’t look like much in “I stepped up training a whole lot. My first pro terms of raw materials, but he soon something he fight was against the No. 1 girl in the whole United knew he could work with. “You can’t teach tenacity -- the instincts of fight- States in middleweight. I was so nervous. ing,” Fladager said. “I could see that right away – the Continued on Page 29


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Public Safety

TEXTS, WRECKS, STATISTICS Information You May Not Know

By Joseph Dill


o texts, no wrecks. That is the simple message county and state law enforcement officers are trying to convey to Loudoun County drivers. Unfortunately, that message is landing on too many people who are off the grid. “It’s a very dangerous trend and there are so many people out there doing it,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said. “It’s pretty common for all of us to pull up next to someone on Route 7 or Highway 28 and see them looking down at their phone. It’s very common and it’s a very dangerous thing to do behind the

wheel of a car.” The statistics are overwhelming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 3,477 traffic deaths were caused by distracted driving in 2015. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year and nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. According to AAA, 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving, and a AAA poll found that while 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the danger, 35 percent admitted to doing it anyway. While it seems to be a behavior people easily recognize in others and readily admit is dangerous, many

people find themselves taking the risk, anyway. “I think human beings have a subconscious reaction that when you hear a phone ring you jump up and want to see what it is,” said Deputy First Class Matthew Moats of the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office. “That was true back when telephones hung on the wall and now that it is in your pants pocket. It draws your attention. That doesn’t alter the dangers of it.” There are many things that can distract a driver, from pets and kids to food and beverages. But the rise of technology has brought about a new wave of problems for first responders. “With the current environment we have with the jammed roads here

in Loudoun County, any time you take your attention off the road you are placing you and the people in the car in a situation where you could be involved in a serious crash,” said 1st Sgt. Alvin Blanenkship, Virginia State Police Area Commander for Loudoun County. “The reality is our society is so electronics driven. A lot of our crashes here in Loudoun County are rear-end crashes. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel can contribute to that.” Virginia’s neighbor to the north, Maryland, has a very strict and simple law with regards to driving and the use of hand-held electronic devices. In a word – Don’t. In another word – Continued on Page 35

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What You Should Be Doing


By Tribune Staff he tragedy in Vegas is another reminder that safe travel is subjective to circumstances, often beyond our control. For those in our control, thinking like a threat assessor and following a hotel safety checklist may mitigate risk. Whether you’re staying at the cheapest place in town or at the most exclusive address frequented by celebrities, no hotel is immune to attacks, break-ins, fire, and theft. Take these extra precautions to ensure a trouble-free hotel stay. Choosing a Hotel

Start by selecting a safe neighborhood. If a police station is nearby, that is always a plus. Scan review sites to determine if any of the hotels in that area have a security issue. Once you’ve chosen a hotel, call and inquire about the security it has in place. Is the front desk staffed by multiple people around the clock? Is the general public restricted from accessing the hotel’s lobby? Is the parking area well lit and monitored by security personnel and surveillance cameras? Are programmable key cards used rather than actual keys? The more security measures there are in place, the better. When Making a Reservation

Instead of your full name, make your reservation under your first initial and your last name. If you are a female traveling alone, you may want to include a “Mr. and Mrs.” on your reservation. If the hotel is multi-storied, request a room that is on floors 3 through 6. Outside intruders are more likely to break into a ground-floor or second-floor room. Rooms above the 6th floor are more difficult to reach in case of fire. When it comes to room location on a floor, opt for a room closer to the elevator, where more foot traffic will deter thieves. At Check-In

Check-in can be a busy time, with many people gathered around the front desk. Keep your luggage at your feet so it’s less likely to be stolen. When the front-desk agent is confirming your name and room number, it should be in writing rather than saying it aloud.

If the latter happens, request another room and ask the agent to write it down for you. Hand over your credit card to the agent, don’t place it on the counter where an experienced identity thief can see your card’s number, expiration date, and security code. Refrain from discussing your travel plans with the agent. By broadcasting your comings and goings, you make yourself an easier target. While you’re at the front desk, enter the hotel’s reception number on your cell phone, in case you need it in an emergency. In the Elevator

Be the last to enter the elevator, and select your floor after everyone else has done so. Position yourself in front of the push-button pad. If you feel that you are in danger, you can press multiple floors to disembark quickly. If others are getting off on your floor, let them exit the elevator first before you make your way to your room. If you believe you are being followed, do not go to your room. Instead, call reception and speak to a hotel employee as you return to a communal area. Ask for security personnel to escort you to your room if you ever feel uncomfortable or threatened. Every Time You Enter Your Room

As you approach your room, have your key card in your hand. Fumbling for your key card or being otherwise distracted can make you more vulnerable to attack. Every time you enter your room, check the closets, behind the drapes, under the bed and desk, and in the bathroom - including drawing back the shower curtain. If there is a balcony off your room, inspect that, as well.

When you’ve determined all is clear, lock the door. Your Room’s Security Features

There should be a deadbolt as well as a security chain on your room’s main door. If there is a peephole, cover it with a Band-Aid or Post-it note when not in use. Doors to adjoining rooms should have a working lock, preferably a deadbolt. The same is true of balcony doors. Bring rubber door wedges with you as an extra level of protection. Utilize locks on your windows. The room safe offers a false sense of security. A determined thief can carry it off. Instead, store valuables in the hotel’s safe after creating a written record of what you’re having safeguarded. Better yet, leave your valuables at home. When You’re Out of Your Room

Break-ins are less likely to happen if thieves think you’re in your room. Hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door at all times. Draw the curtains. Turn on the lights and the television. In Case of Fire

Read through the fire escape plan posted in your room. When you hear a fire alarm go off, don’t call reception, evacuate immediately. Take your key card with you in case you have to return to your room. Memorize the number of doors between your room and your floor’s stairwell so you can escape in a smoky hallway. If smoke or fire makes it impossible for you to continue, return to your room. Call reception to report that you need to be rescued. Turn off the air conditioning or fans, which may draw smoke into the room. Use towels and sheets to

seal cracks around the doors and vents to keep smoke from seeping in. Move toward the window and hang a sheet outside so that firefighters can see you. Keep the window open as long as smoke doesn’t come into the room. Keeping Dangerous People Out

Expecting company? When you hear a knock, check the peephole to confirm it’s your visitor. Not expecting company? Do not open the door, even if the person says he or she is affiliated with the hotel. Call reception to verify that the person at your door is there for a legitimate reason. If the person is confirmed, stay on the phone while you let the person in and until he or she leaves. Social Media Usage

As much as you would like to share your adventures on social media, wait until you return home to post your online album. Enterprising criminals can use your pictures, location pins, and commentary to quickly determine your whereabouts and whether or not you have possessions worth stealing. To ensure a safe stay, consider a hotel’s location and security before you book, make specific requests at reservation time, be vigilant at check-in and when riding the elevator, conduct a complete inspection every time you enter your room, employ the security features in your room, make your room seem occupied when you’re out, be prepared in case of fire, exercise extreme caution when allowing people into your room, and stay off social media. By following these steps, you can worry less and focus on growing your business.


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iffney Laing has spent most of her life learning about African American leaders. Now she’s turning her passion for history and leadership into educational toys designed to inspire young learners. An Ashburn resident, Laing released the History Makers Puzzle Block Set in 2016, an educational toy designed for pre-school to elementary aged children to learn about African-American history makers. The wooden puzzle set features pictures

of some of the 19th and 20th century’s most successful African-American leaders, along with historical information, alphabet letters and numbers. A dedicated educator and faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Sterling, Laing said she wanted to find a way to connect children to history and their self-leadership ability. She said extraordinary lessons of leadership are found in history and we all benefit from these acts. Laing added that she wanted to instill a love and appreciation for history among school-aged students. She said the positive, inspiration effects of retreat-style workshops often

fizzle out quickly for adults. Instead, Laing said it was more important to reach people at a younger age to create a life-long passion for learning. “I wanted something that can be instilled from the beginning because if you can teach them when they’re really, really starting to develop their personality and characteristics, that’s when you got them,” Laing said. ”That’s when you know they’ll get it and live it and have it as part of their life every day.” Laing realized the best way to reach children was through play. After conducting a survey with parents that showed books and toys were the best

way to educate children, Laing created the History Makers puzzle and a booklet to go along with it that features more than 24 historical figures and events combined. As the puzzle developed, instead of focusing on time periods of slavery or the civil rights movement, Laing wanted her toy to highlight the accomplishments of lesser known African-Americans in between those time frames. Among the many historical figures, the puzzle includes surgeon Daniel Williams, pilot Bessie Coleman, journalist Ida B.Wells-Barnett , Continued on Page 35

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HARRY KUMAH: PAINTED TIGER ART STUDIO An Outlet Of Expression For Kids and Adults By Veronike Collazo


arry Kumah has always identified as an artist. He remembers his elementary teachers being fascinated and impressed with his work. Kumah said it was the first positive reinforcement he received outside of his family and the experience stuck with him. His love of artful expression is something Kumah would take with him and share for the rest of his life. “The first way I was truly comfortable expressing myself was through art,” Kumah said. “It’s therapeutic in a way to just be able to try to create something.” Kumah has spent the past 15 years working as a Loudoun County Prevention/Intervention Specialist, which constitutes helping youth and families within the community, he said. He’s always incorporated art into his work by having students work on projects

like creating paintings and murals in schools and county buildings. Kumah said it not only helps the kids get an outlet to express themselves, but it also instills teamwork and leadership skills. In addition to his county job, Kumah decided to expand his involvement with art by opening his own studio, The Painted Tiger Art Studio. Here, he will continue to expand his own horizons as well as continuing the work he’s been doing with local youth.

One of Painted Tiger’s first objectives is offering classes for young people to show them how art can be an extension of the self. Kumah plans on having kids work on an individual pieces as well as a big class piece in order to teach leadership and team building. “I’ve always done that. I definitely get enjoyment from that, not just teaching art, but the whole process of developing within expressing yourself through art,” Kumah said. “I want to

utilize art to help them grow and be successful members of our society. I use art to help them challenge themselves.” Kumah has sponsored students from low income communities so that they have the opportunity to get involved with the arts in the studio. Community members have also offered to sponsor kids, and Kumah hopes The Painted Tiger will become a space known for community support. One comment found on the studio’s Facebook page, “Our girls are in this class right now and it is amazing! Harry is a wonderful teacher who not only teaches his students about art techniques, but also about teamwork and charity. We will be signing up for more classes!” The Painted Tiger also offers classes for adults. The studio has a liquor license so some adult classes also offer wine from local businesses. Kumah tries his best to support his neighboring businesses in Market Station and downtown Leesburg. Class sizes are kept small to help instill a comfortable, intimate environment.


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BULLYING KIDS WHO ARE DIFFERENT Strategies To Help Kids Stand Up To Bullies By Tribune Staff


t least one in four American children will experience bullying at some point during their school years and children with disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, according to the National Center for Education. Even those who are bound for celebrity status as award-winning actors can experience bullying. “Growing up, my disability made me a target for bullies,” says RJ Mitte, who portrayed Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on the AMC series Breaking Bad. Like his character, Mitte has cerebral palsy. A former patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children(R), Mitte has partnered with the organization to promote its 2017 #CutTheBull anti-bullying campaign. “I was harassed, knocked down and even had my hand broken,” he recalls. “Now I have an opportunity to give a voice to people with disabilities and promote acceptance.”

Understanding bullying

Twenty-eight percent of children in grades 6-12 say they’ve been bullied, and 70 percent of young people say they’ve witnessed someone being bullied at their school, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). While cyber-bullying grabs headlines, it’s actually the least common type of bullying; verbal and social attacks are the most common. Bullies tend to target children who are perceived as different, which is why children with disabilities are at greater risk of being bullied. Physical vulnerability, appearance and social or emotional difficulties, can make children with disabilities easier targets for bullies. According to DHHS, “persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion and despair, as well as depression and anxiety ...” Cutting the bull

Standing up to bullies is the best way to stop bullying, experts agree, whether the person who stands up is the victim or a bystander. In fact, when a witness to bully-

ing speaks out, the bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57 percent of the time, the DHHS reports. Through the #CutTheBull campaign, Shriners Hospitals for Children offers some guidance for parents and kids to prevent and stop bullying: • Parents should teach (and model) the three R’s of anti-bullying: Respect, Reach Out and Respond. Children should try to look beyond differences to see and respect everyone’s abilities and value. They should talk to, get to know and include someone who may be different, or who is being treated differently. Finally, if they witness bullying or experience it themselves, kids should speak out and tell an adult. • Help children identify ways to respond to bullying, either as the victim or as a bystander. For example, children who are being bullied could choose to walk away and ignore the bullying, calmly tell the bully to stop, or act bored and disinterested in the bully’s words. Children who witness bullying can tell the bully to stop or inform an adult.

• Encourage children to take up activities they enjoy and that give them an opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Activities can help children build their self-confidence and create friendships that will help protect them from being bullied. • Help children understand that bullies are looking for an emotional response from their victims. Acting confident not only helps children feel more confident, it can deflect a bully’s interest. Practice confidence-building and calming exercises with kids, such as taking a break when they’re feeling upset or breathing in and out to relieve stress. • Research bullying policies in your school and anti-bullying laws in your state, so you know what resources are available to you. “It’s time to embrace our differences,” Mitte says. “It’s time to accept people for who they are. It’s time to cut the bull.” To learn more about how to prevent bullying and download anti-bullying tools, visit cutthebull. org.

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Community 5ENSE OF THAI ST Every Detail Invites Diners To Touch All 5 Senses

By Jill Devine


n a warm fall evening, guests on the patio of Sense of Thai St. restaurant at One Loudoun might look up at that big October moon and imagine -- just for a moment -- that they are enjoying their meal along the bustling Charoen Krung Road in Bangkok. When Sense of Thai St. rolls up its wall of industrial exterior garage doors, borders disappear between the exciting energy of the streets of One Loudoun and the interior of this warm and inviting destination. Laughter, chatter, and music spill out to the sidewalks, mingling beneath the stars with the conversations of pedestrians and the hum of traffic. If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday night, you might even get pulled in to join a dance party. It’s the closest thing Loudoun County has to a city dining experience, giving a nod to the busy streets of Thailand, where locals gather in great crowds every evening to sell, cook, buy, and eat products and dishes that are sourced locally and cooked quickly. General Manager and Beverage Director/Chief Bartender Jeremy Ross waves an arm toward the breezy entrance and smiles: “No matter what’s on a menu, a venue needs to bring the patrons in to fill the tables. The setting, the location, and the feel are just as important as the food, and we do a great job of making customers enjoy the whole experience.” “A lot of customers ask us about our sign,” said Ross. “Did you notice that the ‘S’ in ‘Sense’ is actually a numeral 5? It’s because we are committed to satisfying all five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.” He points to his menu, where on the last page is printed a poem he found long ago in one of his many tattered well-used bar manuals, which he keeps proudly displayed on a customized shelf at the bar for easy and quick reference:

Why We Clink Glasses (A Toast for Toasters) When friends with other friends contrive To make their glasses clink, Then not one sense of all the five Is absent from a drink. For touch and taste and smell and sight Evolve in pleasant round, And when the flowing cups unite We thrill to sense of sound. Folly to look on wine? Oh, fie On what teetotalers think … There’re always five good reasons why Good fellows like to drink. Struck by the sentiment of the poem, Ross says he has searched for the author’s name and history without success, but it fits the philosophy behind the restaurant very well. It’s easy to see why tables fill quickly at Sense of Thai St. The restaurant provides several seating options, which flow from romantic (outdoor patio beneath twinkling strung lights), energetic (alongside the expansive and gorgeous front entrance bar or near the bustling cooking station), or intimate (quiet padded booths set back from

the rest of the activity). Every detail invites diners to become part of the community. Strolling in from the sidewalk, visitors are greeted by a hostess stand that is an actual retired Thai food cart. One can’t miss the floor-to-ceiling paneled wall of rich wood, designed to replicate temple doors in Thailand. Painted cinnabar chairs warm the room, which is illuminated by rows of chandeliers fashioned from wooden fishing crates. Repurposed brass fishing lanterns dangle above the booths It’s never a bad idea to begin your visit at the way-cool and locally infamous bar, which is lined with comfortable industrial stools and spans the entire front width of the restaurant. It’s behind this bar that Ross and his staff perform nothing short of magic, producing what is affectionately termed “dealer’s choice” cocktails, where customers are encouraged to describe their likes and dislikes, and the cocktails are personally crafted based on those descriptions. The shelves and counters are lined with a kaleidoscope assortment of

colored bottles and glasses of every shape and size. Ross knows exactly which liquid to pour, which herb to pinch, and which spice to add to create a drink that is unique, delicious, and perfect for the recipient, capping it off with glistening artisan ice and a twirl of garnish. Ross trains all bar staff, so use of ingredients and techniques produce consistent results within the establishment, and all are trained to suggest and pair cocktails with the diner’s meal choice as well. Ross is not your average bartender. Besides his duties as general manager, Ross has an impressive history and reputation as one of the most highly regarded and highest ranked bartenders in the entire D.C. region. After graduating at the top of his class in Navy “A” school, he served as an IT specialist in D.C. at the Naval Criminal and Investigative Service. In the transition between the Navy and the private sector, Ross took jobs at local restaurants and soon found that his real passion was in the hospitality Continued on Page 18


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industry. The more Ross learned, the more he realized he was good at creating products to make customers happy. He quickly worked his way up to some of D.C.’s most prominent establishments. It was that sterling reputation that caught the eye of Sense of Thai’s co-owners, Sing Chokesatean and Pat Pattanamekar, who recruited him to help them open their exciting new establishment in One Loudoun. Not only did Ross leave D.C. to work in Loudoun County – he decided to move to Loudoun County and lives in One Loudoun. Regrets about leaving the big city bar scene? “None,” he says definitively. “I love it here. I love Loudoun County.” One way he shares this love of place is by incorporating products that are grown, sourced, and produced in Loudoun into as many of his creations as possible. On days off, Ross visits local distilleries, wineries, and breweries, where he has developed relationships with owners and staff all while honing his knowledge and skills. Those products are all available at Sense of Thai, where customers often request specific local brews or spirits by name. Another facet of running an

The Loudoun Tribune I October 12, 2017 establishment in Northern Virginia is the diversity of patrons. “The first week we opened, I realized we didn’t have enough high chairs,” he laughed, explaining that in D.C. family evening dining is more limited. Ross loves the mix on any given day – everyone from seniors from the local retirement community, business professionals, moms’ lunch, families with small kids, singles, young dates. They all come together at Sense of Thai, and it works. The menu at Sense of Thai is a mix of authentic Thai dishes, specialty “street food” favorites, and a few fun whimsical dishes that marry Thai and other cuisines, such as Mexican and Italian. Co-owners Pat and Sing travel to Thailand regularly, bringing back bulk supplies of their special paste so critical to some of the signature dishes. Hand-selected chefs travel back with them, too, each bringing with them their own unique and authentic recipes and styles. “Every one of our chefs is from Thailand,” says Ross. When asked to pick a personal favorite off the menu, Ross pointed to Chiang Mai Noodle, with chicken egg noodle, Thai curry, pickled mustard green, red onion chili oil, crispy noodle, and dry shallot, saying he likes the mix of textures and flavors. Where does one start with this menu? Space allows for only a few

highlights. Appetizers include delicious Healthy Rolls (minced chicken, lettuce, rice noodles, bean sprouts, scallions, basil, cucumber, and rice paper with a spicy peanut dipping sauce) and Duck Roll (batter fried duck breast, roti, cucumber bell, pepper, scallion, finger peppers, plum sauce). Soup and salad selections are amazing, including Tom Yum Gai (lemongrass, chicken, cherry, tomato, mushroom, cilantro, lime leaf, chili, lime), Nam Tok (marinated flank steak, toasted rice powder, onion, cilantro, chili, scallion, tamarind spicy sauce, rice), and Som Tum (green papaya, carrot, green bean, cherry tomato, peanut spicy lime sauce). The menu offers many fried rice, curry, and noodle variations, most derived from the secrets of specific Thai food cart owners. Just a few of Sense of Thai St.’s Signature dishes: Street Fried Rice (Thai sweet pork sausage, spicy tamarind and pork paste, green bean, red bell pepper, carrot basil, finger peppers, onion, and salty egg), Roasted Pumpkin Curry (crispy seitan wheat tofu, pumpkin, bell pepper, eggplant, coconut milk, green curry, rice noodles), and Grilled King Fish Custard (king mackerel, curry paste, coconut milk, cabbage, basil, banana leaf, kaffir lime leaf). Every Monday offers $5 Pad Thai Gai and half-priced bottles of wine from 5 p.m. to closing, dine-in only. After dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, Loudoun County shows up to dance. From 10 p.m. until closing at 2 a.m., tables make way for DJ Snow, and the entire front dining area, patio, and bar become a favorite gathering spot for friends or those seeking friends. Ross likes to present period themes, such as “Tiki” nights. Soon the bar area will have a spooky Halloween theme, with a Halloween event in the works. There’s always plenty to do at One Loudoun, from the summer concerts and movies, to the annual tree lighting in winter. A huge bonus for Sense of Thai: It shares a dynamic street corner with the highly anticipated Barnes & Noble bookstore, set to open soon. Jeremy Ross can’t wait. “I’ll be right in there with everyone else, looking to add to my growing book collection,” he grins.

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“We offer you a chance to experience the sense of Thai food which, until now, could only be found in the endless and sleepless streets of Thailand. Here, you’ll discover rustic, vibrant, tasty and fun food that reflects our culture in every bite. Allow your senses to guide you through the dining experience and you will see why we’re so passionate about Thai street food. ” One Loudoun: 20413 Exchange St., Ashburn VA 20147 • Hours: Sun - Thurs 11.30am - 12am & Fri - Sat 11.30am - 2am


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AFTER STERLING CHIPOTLE Who Has Outstanding Health Violations? By Kevin Shay


fter the Loudoun County Health Department reported that more than 135 customers of the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant on Tripleseven Road in Sterling became ill last July, some potential patrons may wonder how safe it is to eat there. And perhaps at other eateries. All it takes is a few clicks. Since 2003, the local health department has posted reports of its inspections of restaurants and similar establishments through a website. Users can look up the recent reports on more than 1,000 restaurants, fast-food joints, school cafeterias, hospital cafes, detention centers, hotel buffets, mobile food trucks, country clubs, shelters and other places with permitted eateries. There is a useful search function. For example, type in “Chipotle,” and you will discover that most of those restaurants in the county had no major violations during their last examinations. But one that did was the Tripleseven eatery, which was handed two priority and three core violations on August 23, according to the site. The priority infractions are generally more severe than core offenses, said Victor Avitto, environmental health supervisor with the Loudoun health department. Some may consider a core roach violation to be worse than certain priority offenses. The state implemented some new classifications last year, such as changing critical violations to priority ones, to better align with federal guidelines. Priority transgressions refer to those that can lead to a foodborne illness, while priority foundation violations identify problems that can lead to a priority offense.The core infractions usually relate to general sanitation, operational controls, facilities and equipment, including the existence of roaches and flies. The priority violations the Sterling Chipotle received were for a spoon having “visible accumulations of soil and debris” and not effectively sanitizing kitchen equipment. Both were corrected during the inspection. The core violations in the Sterling Chipotle’s case were for flies observed in the kitchen, employees being without proper hair protection and utensils being stacked while wet after being

cleaned – they need to be allowed to air dry before put away to avoid microbial growth. The restaurant had no violations in two previous inspections conducted in late July and mid-August sparked by customer complaints. Chipotle takes “quick and appropriate action” to address any reported violations, said Chris Arnold, a company spokesman. The chain employs an outside vendor to search health department inspection reports on its restaurants around the country to centralize the response. “Our teams here can follow up with restaurants and operations leadership accordingly to be sure any issues are addressed,” Arnold said. In July, two of the customers of the Tripleseven Chiptole tested positive for the same strain of norovirus, according to the Loudoun health department. Chipotle voluntarily closed the restaurant for two days in mid-July to do a thorough sanitization. The situation led to at least two customers filing lawsuits in Loudoun County Circuit Court seeking $74,000 each in damages. The cases were pending, as of early October. That was the only time a Loudoun restaurant has had to close lately, Avitto said. That Chipotle was by no means the only area eatery to receive recent priority violations. Among others were an Olive Garden and McDonald’s in Sterling, a Whole Foods Market and Burger King in Ashburn, a Chili’s and Taco Bell in Dulles, a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Purcellville, and a Ledo Pizza and Chick-Fil-A in Leesburg. Most permitted food establish-

ments are inspected from one to four times annually. The ones considered high risk - based on factors like how complex the cooking process is, such as whether an establishment makes food from raw ingredients or not – are inspected more often, he said. The restaurant inspection site

regularly undergoes upgrades with a change to a more user-friendly format about three years ago, Avitto said. The department could hire a new contractor for its data system in 2018, which may alter the complexion of how inspections are inputted on the website, he said. When the department first began putting health inspections online about 14 years ago, officials received “a lot of feedback” from restaurant owners and managers concerned about the impact to their business, Avitto said. Many had questions about what certain level of violations meant, he said. The department site takes pains to inform users that “it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations,” and a report is a changing “snapshot” in which violations are often corrected prior to an inspector leaving. “These days, we could go a whole couple of months without hearing from owners,” Avitto said. VDH/Loudoun/Web.nsf/home.xsp

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Loudoun Resident Bill Grella with TV start Guy Fieri

AN ADVENTURE IN DINING 600 Restaurants and Counting By Kevin Shay


few months after Guy Fieri – the rambling TV restaurateur with the bleached, spiked hair – started his “Diners, Driveins and Dives” show on the Food Network in 2007, Loudoun’s Bill Grella became hooked. The Leesburg resident thought it would be fun to visit one of the eateries featured on the show. Grella chose Richmond’s funky Village Café in 2008. Then he went to another. And another. And he couldn’t stop, recently attending his 600th locale featured on Fieri’s Triple D show. “I don’t know anyone else who has visited 600,” which is about twothirds of the total Fieri has featured, said Grella, 54. A New Jersey resident who had eaten at 390 eateries showed up at Grella’s 600th celebration at the Carving Room Kitchen and Bar in Washington, D.C., he wrote on his blog, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Adventures. It was their first face-toface meeting since becoming friends through the show’s Facebook page. To some, Grella’s journeys sound a little obsessive. But it’s really a fun hobby that allows him to meet some interesting people, including restaurant owners, patrons, and fellow Fieri fans, he said. Most establishments welcome him warmly; the Carving Room greeted him with gold balloons that spelled “600” and a wooden carving board that noted the milestone. “I’ve always liked diners and dive

places,” Grella said. “This quest has made me visit places I’d never have thought to go to on my own.” His cuisine adventures have taken him to as many as 30 states, from Maine to Hawaii. Hillbilly Hot Dogs near Huntington, W.V., was among the more memorable excursions. “The dining area is two old school buses put together,” Grella said. “It looks like a bad yard sale from the outside. The owner lets you write your names on the wall.” He’s eaten “unbelievably good” lobster pie at the Maine Diner and meltin-your-mouth brisket at Pecan Lodge in Dallas, where he had to wait behind some 100 people in line. He’s been to the closest ones to Loudoun County – Metro 29 Diner in Arlington and the former La Caraquena in Falls Church. While a Loudoun eatery has yet to be highlighted by Fieri, among those that deserve to be is Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville, Grella said. “They make great barbecue, which almost equals that of Pecan Lodge,” he said. Grella met Fieri – who he called genuine and fun-loving – briefly in 2009 at a public appearance in Norfolk. He got the celebrity restaurateur to sign his book, which he has taken to the establishments he visits. Owners or employees sign the page where their eatery is featured or another appropriate place. He estimated he had collected between 450 and 500 such cuisine autographs. Fieri, who owns several classic cars that he shows off on his programs, has his own “Guy Fieri effect.” After a restaurant is highlighted on his show, business booms, according to numer-

ous published reports. Working for an airline at Dulles International Airport loading planes with cargo, baggage and more helps Grella travel to some of the more far-reaching sites. “They call us baggage handlers, but we do more than handle bags,” he

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By Bonnie Leonard hether you’re a beer or food enthusiast, there are some great establishments in Loudoun County that offer top-notch beer and fantastic food., a website promoting local breweries, shares some of the best places folks can visit. Quattro Goomba’s in Aldie is a farm brewery (and winery) that boasts an executive chef, Seth Olinger, with over twenty years of experience. Changing the menu every couple months, Seth spoils his customers with mouthwatering recipes. The Brewdoun team stopped by to sample some of his newest concoctions and enjoyed several items from the current menu. The ham and cheese sliders, accordion baked potato, and berry veal (Berryville) burger was among our favorites. The berry veal burger is 7 ounces of grilled beef and veal topped with blackberry mustard, artisanal lettuce, and Swiss cheese. With an innovative blend of flavors, the burger melts in your mouth. The ham and cheese sliders are

as divine as they sound and are served with Seth’s tomato gazpacho, a real upscale treat. The executive chef also takes special consideration of guests with dietary restrictions. The accordion baked potato (a gluten free option) was crispy and savory… and Seth isn’t stingy with the bacon. If by some miracle nothing seems to catch one’s eye on the menu, Quattro Goomba’s also has a top-notch pizzeria on site. Seth, though rather engaged when Brewdoun stopped in, made time to recommend their Thiriez Red, a barrel aged Saison, to accompany his veal burger. The farm brewery offers a wide selection of craft beers (or wines) to enjoy with select food items. The Redemptive Fruition, an American IPA, had mango and passion fruit to balance the bite of hops. The location is also featuring their popular Saison series right now, two of them aged in wine barrels. Belly Love Brewing Company in Purcellville features a delightful menu of bites and snacks as well as stellar beers by Tolga Baki. The location is known for taking into special consideration those with gluten issues. With

some recent changes to the menu, Katie Baki is making sure there are still some gluten free options available. Their Caprese Flatbread made with oven-roasted tomato and fresh mozzarella is a flavorful dish with a gorgeous presentation. It pairs perfectly with their house lager, the Narcissist. For a particularly special treat, Brewdoun recommends their hummus plate topped with olives. The house recipe avoids coarser garlic notes and was incredibly palatable. Belly Love recommends pairing it with their 50 Shades of Gold, their Belgian Strong Ale. Brewdoun also enjoyed Marz Attacks, an amber lager easily paired with most dishes. The German malts also make it ideal for Oktoberfest. Dog Money is a full-service brewpub restaurant in downtown Leesburg. The location offers a full menu of tacos, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, salads, and more. Behind the scenes is executive chef, Joe Ganzer with 20 years of experience in the industry. His skillset is shown in the quality of fresh made food at the location. The Brewdoun team was able to sample his specialty

on our visit, Deviled Eggs Du Jour. The particular deviled eggs of the day, tomato basil, were an exquisite blend of flavors. Joe enjoys spoiling his customers with a new recipe every couple days, some as unique as California roll or French toast. For Oktoberfest, Brewdoun recommends stopping by Dog Money to try their sausage platter featuring three different types of sausage, sauerkraut, braised red cabbage, and pretzels. The platter has a great blend of flavors and one of the sausages is soaked in their craft red ale. Additionally, vegan and gluten free options are always available for Dog Money’s customers. Dean T. Lake, brewmaster and founder of the location, has a more old school, traditional brewing style. The unfiltered beers were a pleasant tasting experience and offer excellent pairing options. Chef Joe helped us with the pairings. The Fish N’ Chips with Loudoun Common Golden Lager (crisp and refreshing), the bratwurst with Dog Money Red Ale (full malt flavor with a dry finish), and the German Continued on Page 35

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Ask Dr. Mike:

The National Anthem Controversy: A Teachable Moment for Young Children


Dr. Mike Oberschnieder, Psy.D.

Alejandro Villanueva jersey and commented that Villanueva was his new favorite player because he stood for the Anthem with his hand on his heart. Not a single one of my younger patients has asserted support for any of the players or teams that kneeled this past week – even for players for whom my younger patients are fans. Of course, parental influence and socio-economics may have something to do with the forceful one-sided view from these youngsters inasmuch as the median household income is over $125,000 and the median home value is $478,000 in Loudoun County. By no means then do the voiced concerns for my younger child patients represent the concerns of all younger children in the US; demographics likely bring about divergent interpretations on this topic for children. But beyond socio-economic, cultural and

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he ongoing contentious debate over kneeling for the National Anthem escalated this past week in response to President Trump’s position that the act is disrespectful to our flag, our military and our nation as a whole. Those in opposition to Trump’s position have argued that kneeling during the national anthem is their constitutional right and a symbolic statement of solidarity to call attention to serious social injustices in the US today – incidents involving police brutality, racism, inequality, etc. There’s no denying that the argument over kneeling for the National Anthem isn’t going away anytime soon, but regardless of your feelings

or opinions as adults on this topic, it’s important to remember that our younger children are the most at risk emotionally as a group. As a child psychologist, I have been dealing with the emotional impact of the National Anthem controversy with a number of my younger child patients. While I am perforce in the role of treating children with emotional and behavioral struggles, there are times when larger societal issues can enter the therapy space — and this is certainly one of those times. Many of my younger child patients have broached the topic of kneeling with me this week with a heightened sense of confusion, anxiety and even anger. Children have said, “We were at the Redskins game and we all booed when they didn’t stand for the National Anthem” and “I’m not a Steelers fan anymore…they didn’t even have the guts to come out of the locker room” and “Colin Kaepernick should move to Canada” and, “Drew Brees did the right thing to stand.”  One client even proudly displayed his recently purchased


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A Guide to the 21st Century Relationship Part 4 – Commit to Living Your Life


just can’t find a man ready to commit.” You have heard it and you have said it. If you can’t find a Mr. Man who wants to commit, or you continually find reasons why you can’t commit to a relationship, the issue is you. You have a problem committing and your experiences with men reflect this. Question: Do you continually up the ante in arguments, finding fault at every turn? Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? Do you leave for a better lawn, which turns out to have just as much dog poo on it as the last one? Do you pick a new Mr. Man expecting a different outcome, only to find yourself in the same place you were with the last Mr. Man? You are the non-committer. You might reply, “Yes, but if he asked me to marry him I’d say yes—it’s his problem.” No, it’s your problem for being in a relationship with a man who won’t ask you. If you commit to a man or to a series of men who won’t commit to you, you are committed to non-commitment. It’s your problem. Get over the shock waves. No longer can you say, “I just can’t find someone willing to commit” or “I can’t find the right one to commit to.” You must say, “I have a problem with commitment.” Fear is the reason many women are not able to commit. The fear can be manifested from an experience of loss, betrayal, or being left. Women also fear they will pick the wrong guy and be stuck with Mr. Wrong when Mr. Right shows up. They are trying to avoid a bad decision, which leads to no decision. Which is an active decision to avoid commitment. There are also passive ways to avoid commitment. A classic passive technique is patiently waiting for Mr. Man to make a decision to commit. Sound familiar? When a woman patiently waits

for Mr. Man to make the decision to commit, her pseudo-patience turns into resentment, even when the outcome is his commitment. Don’t be “patient.” “Patience” holds energy in place against its natural tendency. Life is moving. Resentment can’t grow in the moving energy of life. You must move forward and live your life. You don’t have to be aware of all your commitment issues or conquer your fears to do this. Conquering fear is like counting sand on a beach, with each grain of sand representing a reason. It’s an impossible task, because the reasons, like grains of sand, are constantly shifting. If you like to dig on the beach because you believe you can’t change your problem without knowing its origin, then dig away. Just don’t believe you will dig until you come to some cathartic moment that will remove all your blocks about being in a relationship. You may have that cathartic moment, but experience holds that once you have the moment, there is another one and another one. Before long you have dug from Destin Beach, Florida, to Santa Monica, California. Get off the beach. Life is not static and it’s not an intellectual exercise. Living life is how you commit to life and Mr. Man. I vividly remember having a conversation with a client who called about her Mr. Man. She expressed how much she loved and cherished him, but he wasn’t able to make a commitment to her. He was open and honest about his inability to commit and his desire to have multiple relationships. “Take him at is word,” I said. “He is not ready to commit. He will work his issues out. In a couple of years he will be ready for a bona fide faithful commitment for life, without other people in the background.” However, I knew the problem was hers. I explained to her that she was a passive non-committer. She had pulled in someone that gave her the ability not to commit. I suggested she stop focusing on his commit-

ment problem and work on her own. Going further I warned, “Do not have so-called patience, do not wait to live your life. Stay open to other relationships. If you find someone of interest, pursue it. Do not shut down to life, live it. Live your life.” And I added, “Do not sleep with him unless you are all right with him sleeping with other women.” My recommendation was that she see him if she wanted to, but without judgment of his process. I told her she had the choice to see him or not, but not the choice to change him. My counsel was not to wait for him with the false belief that she was waiting for what she wanted, because she wouldn’t want it when she got it. If she “sacrificed” her time waiting for him, she would resent him. I told her she should not hold him accountable for her decision to wait. This was her way not to commit. Over the years I had many calls with her where I reiterated the same message: “Live your life. Don’t wait. You are using him to avoid your issue of non-commitment.” Without fail, her Mr. Man came to the end of his road and said to her, “I love you. I have always loved you. I was afraid of getting hurt, and I realize not committing is not keeping me safe.” Then he proposed. Her response? “I just can’t marry you after what you have done to me over the past few years.” He had gotten over his non-commitment by living his life. She had

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stayed in non-commitment by not living hers, all the while using pseudo-patience to build resentment in order not to commit—yet again. To recognize you have the problem of non-commitment is the biggest part of the solution. Ownership is your salvation. Ownership of your seen and unseen behavior will set you free. Once it is yours, you can change the wiring that causes your repetitive behavior of non-commitment. Non-commitment is a survival program created by a part of you that you have long since forgotten. Rewiring and changing your programming makes new thoughts bigger, fuller and more alive than your old thoughts. So let’s change your root thoughts about commitment right now and set you free to commit to living your life.

statements delivered electronically, eliminating the risk of bad guys grabbing statements out of your mailbox. 6. Throwing your bank statements, credit card statements and offers into the trash. Always use a shredder when you discard documents with your personal information on them. Thieves will go through your trash so they can get your personal information. By avoiding risky behaviors, consumers can take charge and help protect their identification.

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The crowd has been a “who’s who” of D.C. in the past with numerous visiting celebrities and performers, said Gordon. Boxers Muhammad Ali, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, James “Buster” Douglas and Leon Spinks, as well as John Legend, MC Hammer and Frank Sinatra Jr., were among the previous attendees or performers. Baltimore sport apparel company “Under Armour” started a multi-year partnership with the organization in 2014. Gordon joined Fight For Children in 2015 as chief operating officer and was promoted earlier this year. Part of the lure in joining Fight For Children was to be able to spend more time with his wife and two children at home in McLean, he said. “I was traveling a lot through my previous jobs, and while that was often great, I missed being involved in a lot of my kids’ activities,” he said. “I also get to work for an organization that is helping those who really need it.”



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“In amateurs, you wear headgear but in pros there is no headgear. It was very overwhelming. I got a draw. I actually beat her but I got a draw.” Fladager said Nelson nearly lost that first fight because she was so overwhelmed. “We went up and fought No. 1 – Shelly Sievert of Baltimore -- in her own backyard,” he said. “Tori was very nervous and had butterflies and I mean I really yelled at her in the corner. I’m usually pretty calm in the corner but I had to wake her up. So from about the middle of the first round until the end, she basically won the fight but they gave her a draw. She came back a year and a half later and won a unanimous decision against Shelly – in her hometown again. Then Shelly never fought again. It kind of shut her down.” Since then, Nelson has compiled a 16-0-3 record with one knockout. She now holds belts in four weight classes, moving up and down to find women who will fight her. Her next fight, Nov. 4, will be

The Loudoun Tribune I October 12, 2017 special. She will headline a card at the Silver Eagle Group Arena and it will mark her first-time fighting in front of her hometown family and friends. “It’s the first time boxing will be in Loudoun County,” Nelson said. “I’m very excited. All of Ashburn is going to be there. Being that I drove the school bus, a lot of the kids and their parents know I’m a fighter. So. a lot of the kids and their families are so excited that now they get to see me live.” Fladager described Nelson’s opponent, Tasha Barton, as a “journeyman” fighter, but Nelson said she has to be prepared nonetheless. “I take no one for granted,” she said. “I train just the same for everyone. It only takes that one punch. I train hard for absolutely everybody.” Fladager said Nelson is ultimately preparing for the biggest fight – and probably her biggest payday as well – in the upcoming year. “We need to stay busy and be ready for Clarissa Shields, the twotime Olympic gold medal champion,” Fladager said. “That fight will happen next year. That fight will be on national television. That will be a big fight.” Whether it’s Tasha Barton or Cla-

rissa Shields, Nelson said the pre-fight anxiety is always the same. “Before the fight when they call my name I get so nervous and my anxiety gets terrible,” my manager just says ‘Let’s go’ and he puts my mouthpiece in so I don’t grit my teeth. And then we just go. “The walk to the ring is the worst, but when I get into the ring, it all lifts off me because it’s like I’m home. I feel


like it’s just me, so I feel good.” And what about the Jekyll-Hyde transformation in her personality? “I don’t know. I just get focused and I just switch. When I get in there it’s just different. I’m just a totally different person. “It’s a business. I look at it that this person is trying to knock my head off so I need to get them before they get me. That’s how I look at it.”

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other demographic differences, there are developmental and social factors that, for the most part, are universal for younger children in this moment. First, younger children don’t possess the cognitive (or emotional) resources to truly grasp the complexity of the kneeling or what it represents; using logic to solve problems in relation to others and the larger world toward more involved solutions requires abstract reasoning skills, which typically don’t develop until around 11 years of age and older. Just as 6 or 7-year-old children do not fully understand and cannot accurately explain the meaning of a metaphor or analogy, expecting a younger child to comprehend the social, cultural and racial

conflicts behind the National Anthem debate would also be unreasonable. Second, younger children are rule bound, and they are expected to listen to and obey the adults in their lives, so challenging authority in this way is also not acceptable to them. A veteran second-grade school teacher shared with me this week that in her many years of teaching not once has one of her students not stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, nor has a single parent made such a request.  For the elementary school child, you stand for the National Anthem because you’re expected to and it’s the right thing to do, and younger children will have that same expectation for professional athletes with the National Anthem. But while younger children tend to be more black and white or concrete in Continued on Page 39

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Award Winning Photo by Ellen Zangla

LOUDOUN PET PHOTOGRAPHER Ellen Zangla: International Bronze Medalist

By Tribune Staff


nyone reading the Tribune will notice each issue has a section dedicated to Pets. One of the attractions is being able to use cute or adorable pet pictures. Professional Loudoun-based pet photographer, Ellen Zangla, takes pet photography to the next level.

Pursuing her website’s photo gallery of dogs, cats, pets and their people, puppies and kittens, whimsical pets, dogs in actions – will steal any pet lover’s heart. “In 2009, I merged my love of pets with my love of photography and started my business,” said Zangla. “As a niche photographer—all I photograph are pets and pets with their people. I understand pet behavior,

know how to get them to look at the camera with that ‘look,’ light their fur correctly, and capture the relationship they have with their owners.” Nationally, less than five percent of dog owners put their furry family member through professional training. As many pet owners know, those cute moments, even with cell phones, are not easily captured. “I have a lot of patience, giving

dogs, cats and other pets time to relax, knowing that it can take some time to get the perfect image,” said Zangla. Zangla’s patience and expertise with pets has paid off. In In 2015, Zangla won a Silver Medal at the Professional Photographer’s of America (PPA) International Print Competition (IPC). In 2016 she won Portrait Photographer of the Year from the Continued on Page 31

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Maryland Professional Photographers of America, and had a Top Ten Animal Image at IPC. This year, Zangla was named a Bronze Medalist during IPC. A panel of 33 from across the US selected the top photographs from nearly 5,800 entries. The IPC award is known as one of the most prestigious of its kind. “I love my job, and getting recognition for the quality of my work is an added bonus,” Zangla said. Outside of her niche furry photo subjects, Zangla is a true pet lover and raises money each year for various causes. Zangla teams with local businesses including Woofie’s, one of the largest local pet sitters, dog walking and mobile pet grooming, Leesburg Veterinary Hospital and Happy Hound for fundraising photo shoots. Zangla and the businesses work together to plan and promote events that include pet photos taken by Zangla. A donation is requested for the photo, and that money, plus other money raised during the event, is donated to different pet-related organizations, such as the Loudoun County Animal Shelter or Friends of Homeless Animals. “I am donating 100% of my session fees in September to the Houston SPCA,” said Zangla. “There is such dire need in so many parts of the country right now, and I wanted to do what I could to help.”

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Award Winning Photo by Ellen Zangla

Zangla will be at Woofie’s in Ashburn on October 21 for their first annual Halloween pet photo shoot, costume contest, and party.  Hundreds of pet owners are expected to attend with 100% of all proceeds benefiting the US Humane Society in its efforts to help the many animals

still impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The fundraiser will feature photos of costumed pets taken by Zangla and prizes for the top three costumes with the grand prize winning a custom pet painting by Jill Perla Art.  Food, fun and entertainment with demon-

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EAR INFECTIONS Causes and Solutions

By Kimberly Correnti Owner DogGone Natural


he reoccurrence of a dog’s ear infection is not surprising. In the pursuit for pet health, topical medications or antibiotic treatments are weapons which can help win a battle, but will most likely fail to win the war. These do not address the underlying cause, which is the existence of an environment favorable to the invaders. To win this war, we need to destroy the root of their economy, as it were, to stop creating the environment they find favorable to begin with. So where does this environment come from? Like nearly everything, it starts with your pet’s daily diet. Most ear infections stem from an imbalance that is occurring in diet and digestion which ultimately weakens the immune system. Our dogs are evolved to subsist on a diet consisting primarily of animal protein.

Unfortunately, many of today’s commercial processed pet foods, even those proclaiming to be organic, natural or grain free often contain an excess of carbohydrates and starch, which are not highly digestible by your dog. Breaking down such foods, produces undesirable by-products of digestion that must be dispelled. When, finally, the primary excretory systems become overloaded, the skin and ears become the body’s only remaining outlet for “house cleaning”. Yeast infections are very common and thrive in warm, moist environments, and your dog’s ears are no exception. When the smelly odor of yeast is present in the ear, it is an indication that an imbalance is occurring and present not only in the ears but in the bloodstream and digestive system. Often simply upgrading your dog to a higher quality diet, rich in animal protein, is enough to turn the tide. Animal protein is easier to digest and doesn’t pollute the body with waste. By

freeing the body from dealing with this waste, the immune system is strengthened and better equipped to handle with any occasional flareup or imbalance on it’s own. When an improved diet isn’t quite enough to turn the tide, there are several supplements we can use for an extra boost that will help the body’s own infection fighting abilities. Adding a highly concentrated acidophilus supplement to your dog’s diet will aid in building the immune system by balancing the digestive system. Through the use of Ester C and immune boosting herbs, like astragalus, olive leaf and echinacea, ear infections and many skin eruptions can often be eliminated naturally. Finally, washes which do not disturb the natural chemistry of the ear can be used to reduce the outer discharge and smell. Herbs like calendula, mullein and rosemary, in a base of vinegar, witch hazel and essential oils, can be a helpful addition to your grooming

routine. Steeping and cooling Green Tea and applying to the outer ear using a cotton ball is wonderful for soothing inflammation. Be sure to only wipe away the exude that is on the outer ear flap, do not drench or dig down into the dogs ears. Their ears, like ours are very sensitive. I have often quoted a great Ayurvedic proverb, “When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” The routine reoccurrence of a pet’s ear problems shows us that only treating the visible symptoms of an ear infection is a temporary mask for a more fundamental problem. (The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. This article is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice by a Veterinarian. The reader should consult a Veterinarian in matters relating to his/her pet’s health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention)

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Never. In the case of Virginia, the law is much more lenient and, importantly, much more difficult to enforce. The Virginia law (Code No. 46.2 -1078.1) only applies to the actual sending or reading of a text message and excludes GPS, talking on a cell phone or any factory installed or mounted devices. The code specifies that to be in violation, a person must “manually enter multiple letters in the device” … or … “Read any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within the device.” “I’m kind of jealous of Maryland, honestly,” LCSO Deputy First Class Garry Epple said. “We have to use unmarked vehicles, usually higher so we can look down into vehicles. We have to actually observe them manipulating the device multiple times while driving.” Loudoun County runs operations roughly on a monthly a basis to step up enforcement and reduce the dangers of texting while driving. According to LCSO Public Information Officer Alex Kowalski, the first such operating was conducted in December 2016 and there have been 10 follow-up operations since then – six in the western part of the county and four in the Dulles South area. It is illegal in Virginia for anyone 18 and younger to use a cell phone while driving. While this indicates the distracted driving is particularly serious among younger people, it is not limited to Millennials. “I think it’s universal,” Chapman said. “I do think young people who are a lot more computer savvy and have grown up on cell phones and iPhones so I think you see a

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Shepherd Cake (a fan favorite) with Mo’ Porter is recommended. Lost Rhino Brewing Company in Ashburn offers a full menu from wraps to nachos. Brewdoun sampled their fabulous nachos with beer-b-que pulled chicken, spicy beer queso, and jalapenos. (The dish is also easily made vegetarian.) One can enjoy their New River American Pale Ale to complement the nachos. Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling shares space with Senor Ramon Taqueria offering customers a full menu. Brewdoun recommends ordering up one of their IPA’s, such as Heart and Soul, to enjoy while eating some tacos. Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling

The Loudoun Tribune I October 12, 2017 lot of younger people doing this. That’s why I think it’s important to get the message out and we have a brochure we hand out to kids who are going through the licensing ceremony.” Loudoun County has a wide variety of roadways and traffic patterns, but is almost void of long stretches of open highway on which a driver can set the cruise control and relax. That makes distracted driving, particularly trying to send or read text message, a crash waiting to happen. “The distance you travel (sending or reading a short text) can be more than a football field,” Moats said. “That’s 100 yards where you don’t see what is going on in the street and on the roadway in front of you. If a person in front of you has to stop suddenly, you are into their bumper.” While other distractions can cause accidents, sending or reading texts is dangerous on several levels. “It’s worse than the radio or eating,” Moats said. “They have their eyes on the screen, their hands are involved in something and are off the steering wheel and the intellectual part of their brains are focused on working the hand-held device. You have to look away and use your motor skills to send an email or text.” While law enforcement officials agree there are loopholes in Virginia’s statutes, Blankenship emphasizes that laws and the enforcement of them are not the solution to distracted driving. “It truly is up to individual driver to police themselves and teach their kids in the proper way to drive,” Blankenship said. “It’s not something we are going to correct just with enforcement. It is a social issue that has to be addressed at home and it has to start with a good example.” offers a full menu of Southwestern cuisine to pair perfectly with their fresh brewed beer. Teri Levine reports that she likes to visit Sweetwater tavern on Monday nights to take advantage of the half price burger night that is an attraction offered to lure guests in and on to a bar stool on a Monday night. Shannon knows them as regulars and can pretty much take there order with nobody saying a word. Teri’s beer of choice is the light, in house brewed, “Naked River” beer. This helps the great tasting burger slide down. Both Teri and her husband order the “almost donut” tasting “ozzy” rolls with the creamy butter that they call “frosting”. Her husband’s entree of choice, even on burger night is the Sauteed Chicken Breasts. It comes with Roasted

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chemist Percy Jullian and historian Carter G. Woodson. “It’s not about the complaining, and it’s not about looking at African-American history as something where people were victims of slavery,” Laing said. “That’s not where history stands. It’s so much bigger than that. African American history is the embodiment of leadership, faith, survival, and inspiration.” The History Makers Puzzle Block Set is sold on the company’s website, Amazon, and is also available at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan, and several National Parks including the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also looking to market the product to area Pre-K- elementary schools. Laing is currently creating the next toy to be released fall 2018. Laing works full-time at NOVA, and is also a wife as well as a mother to a fiveyear-old daughter. Daily she woke up at 3 a.m. to work on History Makers, dealing with

Peppers, Mushrooms and Arugula over Angel Hair Pasta with a Brown Butter Sauce and his words it is “damn yummy” and the best item on the menu. One should not discount other breweries for a visitation, especially when it comes to the weekend. All Loudoun County breweries go to extra lengths to consider the comfort of their customers and that includes full, happy bellies. Vanish Farmwoods Brewery in Leesburg boasts Chef Dan on the weekends, treating customers to his special made barbeque. If one is not a BBQ fan, the location also offers nachos, pizza (including GF crust), and more. Brewdoun recommends their Dry Hopped Kolsch with some barbeque. Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn does an incredible job lining up various food

35 everything from creating designs to locating manufacturers. She still follows this tireless routine today. Laing said creating History Makers, and its parent company, Ancestors &

Descendants, now doing Business as Bevy & Dave was a calling from God. In 2014 she felt called to use her love of history and leadership to give back to society. While attending Oprah Winfery’s “The Life You Want Tour” in September 2014, she said she received her inspiration to create her product. After launching the company’s flagship product, people from diverse backgrounds expressed their excitement for the toy concept and requested the inclusion of toys for other ethnic groups. With that in mind, Laing recently expanded the company’s mission to include multicultural history. She hopes that these educational toys will  revolutionize how children learn and understand history. Eventually, Laing wants to work full time for her company and one day pass it on to her daughter. In the meantime, she’s grateful for the opportunity to share her passion by teaching others about the accomplishments of her ancestors. “I feel some people think history is boring or sad. It’s not. It’s all about perspective,” Laing said. “You can’t be a great society unless you honor those who came before you.” Laing’s company sells the History Makers Puzzle Block Sets on their website trucks such as jambalaya, pizza, Italian, and Thai. Try the Oxorcist II, their Imperial Pumpkin Ale, for Oktoberfest on your next visit. Brewdoun also loves local cideries. Corcoran Vineyards and Cidery in Waterford offers Cork Belly Barbeque on Saturdays and one can enjoy pulled pork, chicken, or maybe even candied bacon. Brewdoun recommends PoPo Peach, slighty sweet with a dry finish to wash it down. Whatever you decide on, Dean at Dog Money states it best. “Pick the food you like. Pick the beer you like. Some like complementary, some like contrast. It all depends on the person.” In other words, with such good beer and food abounding, you really can’t go wrong.


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Amazingly Popular In Loudoun

By Kevin Shay


isit the outer edges of Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg, past the youth baseball games on a typical fall or spring weekend, and you will see players engaging in a sport that dates back two centuries farther than the diamond game. There are balls and runs and innings. There are even home runs, though not technically called that. Rather than pitchers, catchers and batters, cricket has bowlers, wicket-keepers and batsmen. It’s a game that has grown by leaps and bounds in Loudoun County. The county’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services started hosting a recreational adult league in 2009 with just five teams, and now there are 48 teams and some 1,400 players, with a waiting list. Most games are at Bolen or Mickie Gordon Park in Middleburg. There is also the privately-operated Loudoun Cricket Club near Bolen, which opened a professional cricket pitch between two artificial turf soccer fields in 2015. “The passion of the players is definitely driving more interest, as word gets out that we have a cricket league,” said Terry Ellis, an adult sports specialist with the county’s parks department. “Loudoun County has a significant population from Southeast Asian countries who has grown up playing cricket…. There is more youth interest. The demand is there.” Loudoun’s Asian Indian population grew enormously by more than eight-fold between 2000 and 2010 to about 20,000 residents, the largest Asian group in the county by far, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. Of the influx of foreign-born residents between 2000 and 2014, the greatest share was from India at 20 percent, according to census figures. While cricket originated in England in the late 16th century, the sport was soon introduced to other areas. It is now the world’s second most popular spectator game behind soccer, being especially favored in India, Pakistan, Great Britain, southern Africa and the West Indies. To many recreational players, the lure is to remind them of their home-

land, stay fit and socialize. “It’s a way of staying active and connecting with others,” said Harsha Sarjapur, a committee member with the Loudoun County Cricket League whose ties to the sport dates to his youth in India. He emigrated in 2000 and joined a league in Fairfax before moving to Loudoun. “It’s the national sport of India,” said Rajneesh Kurre of Ashburn, who plays for Nova Riders. “We’ve kept our passion for the game.” “I come to refresh and meet people from both north and south India and other countries,” said Jaspal Singh, a 52-year-old South Riding resident who is among the older players. He emigrated from India in 1998. ”It’s a great way to socialize.” He admits his age makes it harder to compete with players in their 20s and 30s who comprise the bulk of the participants. “Running and throwing the ball are tougher these days,” Singh said. “Other than that, I’m fine.” Nova Riders started with one team a few years ago and has branched out to three, said Ravi Ganapuram, the team captain. “There is huge demand for cricket in the area,” Ganapuram said. “Loudoun County is doing better and providing facilities, but we need more dedicated cricket grounds like the Mickie Gordon cricket ground.” The typical recreational cricket game lasts about the same length as baseball at three hours, said Sarjapur, who owns a software consulting business. The league has corporate sponsors and attracts more spectators during playoffs, he said. Most local players are from India, Pakistan,

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with a few from other places like the United Kingdom and Australia. Rather than a leather ball, the recreational league uses a hard tennis ball, which still takes some skill to catch without a glove. The only player who has a glove is the wicket-keeper. The field is concentric, and bats-

men defend a target called the wicket – a set of three wooden stumps topped by smaller sticks - at each end of the pitch area. The batsman can hit the ball to any angle, including behind him. The bowler delivers the ball overhand, usually arriving to the batsman on a hop. The batsman is out if a ball is caught, while he can account for multiple runs if he hits one on the fly beyond the boundary, which in the LCCL is roughly 200 feet from the batsman. “A major difference between cricket and baseball is that the batsman does not have to run when he hits the ball,” Sarjapur noted.”He can wait for a better opportunity to run.” One key tool implemented by the LCCL about two years ago was scoring electronically using an app. “It’s much more efficient than our prior system, which was using paper,” Sarjapur said. “This cuts down on arguments over scoring. The app tracks scoring automatically and makes it easier for the league to post statistics for batting and bowling.”

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SELMA MANSION HISTORIC REBIRTH The Passion of Sharon Virts and Scott Miller

By Joseph Dill


he fan club was gathered at the entrance, fervent arrows straining to be loosed. In a moment, the door would be opened and they finally would meet the rock star. “I can’t believe I’m actually here,” said one woman in her 30s or 40s. “This is like a dream,” said another, perhaps toward the higher end of the same age group. On the other side of the door was their idol. Their obsession. A star they have followed day by day for months or years. Like cyber-stalkers – with permission. And today, they have more than permission; they have an invitation to Selma Mansion. The historic mansion and its property have a history dating back to the family of founding father George Mason IV. After more than a century of opulence, the structure had fallen into disrepair until being purchased in 2016 by Sharon D. Virts and Scott F. Miller. Together, they launched the Selma Mansion Rebirth, and the 100 fans gathered Sept. 24 were the top “friends” of that rebirth’s Facebook page. “We have 65,000 followers on

Facebook,” Virts said as the last guests were being taxied back to their cars after the tours. “That following, I think, has really propelled our efforts and helped spread the positive word about what we are trying to do here. I think we just decided, Scott and I, that we wanted to thank them for all they do.” Virts said these Facebook fans are a vital part of her efforts with Selma and historic preservation in general. “There is something special about saving a bit of the past, making it your own and living in it. This was our way of thanking them and maybe inspiring them to start a movement.” The view from Selma’s front steps is commanding and inspiring of itself. It looks down over the 10,000 acres sold around 1741 by Lord Fairfax to Stevens Thomson Mason – the brother of patriot and Bill of Rights “father” George Mason. The original structure was built by Armistead Mason, the son of Stevens and Ann Thomson Mason, in the early 1800s. That home was destroyed by fire in 1890 and the property was sold in 1896 to Elijah B. White, who built the current structure between 1900 and 1902. The home was inhabited until

the 1990s, although all but 50 acres of the original estate was sold off to developers. The home fell into disrepair toward the end of the century and by 2009, it was listed on Preservation Virginia’s “Most Endangered Historic Sites” list. In 2016, a friend posted pictures of a dilapidated Selma Mansion from the “Most Endangered” website and Virts spurred to action. I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was sickening. I didn’t sleep for about three days and then I called up a real estate person that I know and asked him to find out who owns it and if I can buy it.” Then, she shared her vision of buying, restoring and moving into Selma with her husband. Miller said he took his wife seriously, but wasn’t sure the house could be saved. “I think my reaction was more, ‘I wonder whether the bones are good enough for this thing to stand. How bad was it?” Miller said. “So, the deal we made was that if the structural engineers said we could renovate it, we would do it.”

was turning into a nightmare. “That month was pretty bad,” Virts said. “We fired the GC (general contractor) and we were pretty desperate.” “We weren’t making any progress,” Miller said. “It seemed like we were spending a lot of money and nothing was happening. Then they kept finding things that we hadn’t planned on.” For example, they had to replace 12 of the 13 existing chimneys. Virts said every time they fixed one problem, another popped up. “We started saying, ‘What’s the Selma surprise of the day?’ ‘What’s the Selma surprise of the week?’ There was always some surprise someplace,” said Virts. The couple said things started to turn around when they became more hands-on with the project. “For me, the turning point was when we stopped thinking about it as the Selma project and we started looking at individual projects,” Miller said. “For example, winter is coming -- let’s focus on getting the heating finished.

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After convincing the owner to sell, Virts and Miller took ownership in March 2016 and work commenced. By August, the dream

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about safety and the condition of the manor. She reminded her guests that while renovation efforts have come far enough for the family to move in, there still is much work to be done. “This is an active construction zone,” Virts said. “You are not seeing the real deal.” While there is a whole edition -- featuring a three-car garage and master bedroom suite -- yet to be constructed, work also continues within most of the rest of the historic home. “There are going to be 31 chandeliers in the main mansion, so if you see [a] hanging bulb, there is going to be a chandelier there,” she jokes. None of Virts’ disclaimers or warnings dulled the enthusiasm as the fan club waited on the front porch. They had been following the progress day-by-day on the Selma Mansion Rebirth Facebook page and knew pretty well roomby-room what is finished and what is not. From the giant entry area, the pink parlor room and wood-covered dining room, the entrance is grand. Straight ahead is the living room, complete with a pianist

setting the mood with a classical masterpiece. The tour proceeded down hallways and past bathrooms featuring “million dollar toilets” of pink granite crowned with a golden seat cover. The second floor features iconic bedrooms with names things like the Dog Room and the Bunny Room. The third floor features bedrooms for the children and a recreation room that is roughly the size of the main floor of many Northern Virginia townhouses. Around the back, across the area where the new garage and master suite are being constructed, is the only entrance right now to the smoking room. This is where the home’s original owner – White – had spring water piped in because that was the only water he would use to dilute his whiskey. Virts said the pipeline system is still in place and they plan to utilize that system to have the spring-water tradition continue at Selma. The ’New’ New

According to Virts, old is the new, new. That is the approach they are taking with the restoration of Selma, that is the approach they are taking in a larger historic preservation context with the Virts Miller Foundation, and that is the

approach she wants to see people take in communities around Virginia and the world. “We’re losing too many of our old homes and too much of our history is being torn down to make room for cul-de-sac communities,” she said. “I’m fine with those, I mean we lived in one for a while. I’m not one of these people who says we must preserve at the expense of progress. If the community doesn’t have opportunities, the community dies. But we can’t just wipe whatever is there and build something new. You’ll have a community that doesn’t have any history, or culture or identity.” Miller said that passion and vision are behind their efforts with Selma and with the Virts Miller Foundation. “History and culture are very important to her and preserving it is paramount,” he said. “I think in her mind, this is her part of preserving history that has been her for 200 years and we have an opportunity, because of our own luck or success, to be able to do that. It’s an obligation we have as a member of the community to help it preserve its culture and history.” The Dining Room Door

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the philosophy of Virts and Miller, may come down to that one swinging door that separates the kitchen from the entry back into the kitchen area. “They wanted to refinish it and I said ‘no, no, no, no,’” Virts said. “I want to keep it just the way it is. “On the other side, it’s been finished to match the room. So, you have both sides – the old and the new -- right there. I think that’s what we need to learn – how to balance that. That stance is most evident in a brick section of the home they call the 1814. They were encouraged by the county and the original general contractor to level it and start from scratch. Sharon and Scott persisted, and what remains is the oldest – and perhaps the most beautiful part of the remaining structure. The bricks were eroding – 20 percent had to be replaced -- and a tree was crashed through one corner of the 1814 when Virts and Miller took ownership, but now a two-story brick family room with partial mezzanine is vividly contrasted with modern art. This, again, shows the blending of new and old gracefully according to Virts’ vision.

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their thinking and problem solving — right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, etc. – life events sometimes force them to employ some degree of abstract thinking in recognizing the underlying lessons and meanings of more grey moments. Why does God let people die?  Or if there’s love in my family, why are my parents divorcing?  Even younger children, with our assistance, can accomplish some understanding to these sorts of complex questions and realities when compelled. Professional sports play such a large role for so many children that, in my opinion, the current National Anthem controversy and debate is an unavoidable teaching moment for parents.  Thus, I offer the following 5 tips to help parents to better manage what is happening right now for their younger children. Be aware of your own biases and feelings. Before speaking to your younger child or children about the National Anthem debate, be aware of your own feelings on the topic. Whether you are for standing, for kneeling, for locking arms or for something in between, make sure you don’t bring too much of your emotional weight or too many of your strong, negative feelings to the conversation. Children can be very perceptive to how their parents are feeling, so make sure you’re calm, reassuring and confident if and when you choose to discuss what’s happening. Remember who you’re talking to and why. Consider your audience when determining what you share or do not share on this topic with your children. Regardless of the concerning or upsetting information, we receive as parents via the media, we must always be mindful of what our children are capable of handling before discussing things.  Your child’s age, maturity level, and threshold for becoming emotionally upset are all things to consider before discussing the National Anthem controversy.  Just as you would not discuss natural disasters or school shootings in the same way with 4, 12, or 16-year-old children due to developmental differences, you would not do the same for this topic for your children of varying age. Make diversity, bias and social justice okay to talk about. Children are aware of racial differences as early as infancy, and racial biases can form as early as 3 years of age to 5 years of age. So, the earlier you teach your children about diversity, bias and social justice the better since these topics will also come up for them in different ways in both elementary school and middle school.  Using examples from history, TV shows or movies can be a helpful way to tackle these challenging areas with your younger child.  For example, I am Rosa Parks, by

The Loudoun Tribune I October 12, 2017 Brad Meltzer, is a great picture book for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years that age appropriately addresses the importance of standing up for what one believes is right. While the concept of segregation, or while understanding why Ms. Parks’s action to remain seated was illegal or why she was arrested, may not be entirely clear for younger children, you can discuss these deeper points with your children slowly and over time.  Moreover, the Disney film, “Zootopia,” does an excellent job of addressing the harm that can come from stereotypes, intolerance and prejudice, and the good that can come from confronting these ideas toward making meaningful change. Minimize exposure to the media. Turn off the news! For the past week, news agencies have been on fire with the National Anthem controversy and debate and the high contention between professional athletes and the President.  And while the Anthem debate is a newsworthy story, such widespread exposure can cause increased anxiety and upset for our younger children.  So, on game day, don’t let your younger children watch which professional athletes chose to kneel during the National Anthem and what the commentators said afterward.  Instead, I recommend that you avoid the TV at that moment and throw a football with your younger child or children in the backyard or grab some tasty pregame snacks together before sitting down for the actual game. Model empathy, compassion, and kindness.An older teenage client of mine shared his very thoughtful and mature view on the controversy with me the other day when he said, “I don’t think it’s right to kneel for the Anthem, but I also don’t think people would be kneeling if they didn’t care…I think those guys are doing what they think is right, and I think they love America and they’re just hurting.”  While you may have strong feelings about standing for the National Anthem or kneeling for it, how you manage those feelings and what you model for your children as a parent is extremely important.  Younger children are highly impressionable, and they learn from what they experience.  So, racist or derogatory messages, inappropriate jokes or insults, judgment, criticism, whether overt or subtle, can become a part of a young child’s value system if parents believe in those sorts of ideas themselves.  I recommend then that if and when you discuss the National Anthem kneeling controversy and debate with your younger child that you do so with empathy, compassion, and kindness.  It’s your job as parent to teach your child what you believe to be right and just, but it’s also good practice to have an open mind and a kind heart when discussing opinions or positions that differ from your own.


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didn’t have to wait in line,” said another. “Personalized service where every detail is taken care of,” wrote a patron. “High class, high-quality service, and experience,” said another. Cork & Keg has had groups travel as far as New Jersey to tour the local wineries and breweries. “We sometimes use the VisitLoudoun website to help them find a bed and breakfast or some other lodging,” Renee said. She obtained a certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and incorporates educational elements, such as the process of making wine and beer and types of beverages, in the tours. Working on most weekends since they have their full-time jobs during the week, the couple has introduced at least 200 new people to the county’s attractions, Don noted. When they first started talking with winery and brewery owners about their tours, they sensed some thinking, “Another touring company?” But the Ventrice’s, who have been married for 23 years and met in Spain when they were both in

The Loudoun Tribune I October 12, 2017 the Navy, soon showed they were different in doing things like calling ahead and cleaning up afterward. As a result, they regularly receive referrals from the businesses. The financial impact of domestic travelers – defined as those who travel at least 50 miles to a destination – rose by 3 percent in Loudoun County last year from 2015 to $1.69 billion, according to a study by the U.S. Travel Association released in September. Tourism-related state and local tax receipts for Loudoun both increased about 5 percent to $45.7 million and $27.2 million, respectively. Wineries and breweries are a significant part of the county’s attractions, along with the equine industry, farms, historic sites and sports and entertainment complexes. While the idea for the business might have been sparked eight years ago, the Ventrice’s really started developing a plan last November. Getting the right design for the vehicle took some time since they wanted something that would deliver a unique experience to stand out among the array of limos, vans and tour buses that deliver guests to local wineries and breweries. Loudoun has more than 40

wineries and 20 craft breweries, the most of any jurisdiction in Virginia. Of course, people can only visit a handful at a time on a given evening, so the Ventrice’s offer tours targeted to their interests and occasions. The Tours are broken into packages called Clusters. Take, for example, a wine tour called The Potomac Cluster.  The backdrop for the tour is Route 15, roadside stands, antique shops, farms and mountains along the Potomac River.  The tour visits Carroll Vineyards, Creek’s Edge Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Hidden Brook Winery, Lost Creek Winery, Tarara Winery and Win-

ery 32. On the drive, passengers have beverages, light snacks, and photographs taken from start to finish.  The drive can also include gourmet cheese, fruit, customized music and video packages along with catered lunches. Cork & Keg has hosted larger bachelorette parties and quieter wedding anniversaries, as well as blended tours that book a variety of patrons. One related to football watching is among the ideas. Most run some six hours, with the longest one going about eight. “We may start out the evening as strangers, but we end up as friends,” Renee said.

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hen the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Norther Fauquier County co-sponsors an event Oct. 17 on Raising Charitable Children, the author’s presentation may be a metaphor for the foundation’s mission in the community at large. Carol Weisman’s program is about one of her books – of the same title as the presentation. It is sponsored by the community foundation and the Rust Foundation, and will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., in Leesburg. Admission is free but a reservation is required by emailing to “Carol Weisman is well-known in the community foundation arena, and there are more than 700 community foundations across America,” said Amy Owen, executive director for the foundation. “She is incredibly humorous. She really engages the audience. It will be a very interactive evening. I just have a lot of confidence that she is going to keep people entertained and intellectually on the learning track.” Owen said Weisman’s presentation will be helpful for people already involved in the foundation and parents who want to get their families involved. “We have about 3,000 donors who have contributed to us or one of the many funds we provide stewardship for,” Owen said. “So many of those people are getting a personal invitation. The rest we are just pushing out into the community that they are welcome to join us if they RSVP.” Owen also said Weisman’s program also could help with one of the foundation’s core objectives – “Raising a Charitable Community,” if you will. “I think that with the wealth here in Loudoun County, many of the parents here want to pass along their charitable values,” Owen said. “What Carol Weisman is going to do is give them very concrete ways to help those children think outside of themselves and about charity and philanthropy.” A quote from Weisman’s book addresses that very point. “Children today are inundated with all kinds of messages about being consumers – to want for themselves rather than to give of themselves … What they need even more is

the warmth of human contact – the warmth that comes from giving more than receiving.” That message tied directly in with the community foundation’s mission statement: “To build local endowment by fostering a community of grantmakers, promoting strategic leadership and investing in partnerships for the benefit of the community of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier.” Owen said many people misunderstand the fundamental role of a community foundation and don’t realize that they can be philanthropists – even if they are not billionaires. “Many people don’t realize that they can be philanthropists and that is what a community foundation is really designed to do,” Owen said. “We can help people be charitable in the immediate, we can advise them and direct them toward local programs that are strong in doing good things or fill the value niche they are interested in, be it housing or food or animals or conservation. “But, what community foundations are designed to do at the core is build permanent endowment so that grants and scholarships roll out into the community not just for this generation but for forever.” Owen said her foundation provides stewardship for about funds, each of which is tailors by the donors who founded them. “You might have who starts a fund in the community foundation and they know exactly who they want this money to go to,” she said. “They

want it to go to their faith-based institution or they want to help our favorite food pantry. They know exactly where it’s going to go and we document that in the paperwork. Every year, we send a check to those people. “Then you might have another grantmaker, like 100 Women Strong that has a really robust grant-making process where you have to submit a letter of intent and then if you are invited back you submit a grant and they have a very formal process and we help them manage that. It’s up to the donor.” The foundation’s help is nestled inside that word, “stewardship.” “We provide all the accounting and all the administration, we provide one filing with the state and one filing with the feds,” Owen said. “So the people working on “this” part of their goal don’t have to worry about the administration side of things. “We provide an outside review of their finances – there are best practices that we take care of. Plus, you get staff, so you can really focus in on being a grantmaker. That becomes your primary goal when you work with the community foundation.” Owen said a large part of her job is helping people understand foundations – and what they are not. “The difference between a charity and a foundation is blurred for many individuals, so my first question is ‘Are you going to hire staff and be program-focused, are you just interested in putting money out into the community?” she said. “If they are hiring staff and program-focused, they

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 WHERE: River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. HOW: The event is free, but reservations require at Candida@Commnity FoudantionLF. org or 703-779-3505. The first 50 to make reservations and attend receive a complimentary copy of Carol Wesiman’s book, “Raising Charitable Children.” REFRESHMENTS: Light bites and cash bard.

probably do want to start their own charity. “But many groups simply want to use their own funds or they want to raise funds and then get them back out into the community. Those are perfect fits for a community foundation.” Owen said Weisman’s program and everything the foundation is involved with goes back to the partnership-building core of its mission statement. “Another way to describe it is a healthy community foundation is as a hub, a healthy place where dots are connected between donors and charity and government and philanthropists,” she said. “Then you can help build constructive relationships to benefit the community.” To learn more about the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Norther Fauquier Counties, visit


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Blessed with continued success, his path towards building lucrative local businesses with over 2,000 clients both local, nationally and abroad has also allowed Carlin to give back. The company’s unique skill set has allowed them to build many choppers, which have been auctioned off by charities such as Fight For Children, Fisher House Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors [TAPS] and Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In the past dozen years or so, Carlin has estimated that his efforts have raised more than $1 million for the various charities. That figure includes more than $500,000 for Fight For Children, a Washington, D.C., organization that supports educational opportunities for at-risk youth, and holds an annual Fight Night event to support the cause. “It’s not just the money Al has raised, but the business network he has brought.” said Liz Warnecki, administrative manager of Fight For Children. “Word of mouth is huge for us” Warnecki said. “Al raises the bar for others.” added Keith Gordon, president and CEO of the Fight For Children. Carlin first donated a chopper to be auctioned off during Fight Night in 2006, having been introduced to the event and organization through Chuck Kuhn, president of JK Moving. He recalled standing in the back as the motorcycle was brought out, praying it would sell for a substantial sum. The chopper sold for $110,000 that night. “I was really relieved when it sold for that amount.” Carlin said. “I wanted to make sure that we completed the mission with flying colors.” Another chopper, the Captain America chop-

per, sold in 2010 for a cool $100,000. Another popular Fight Night chopper, designed around a unique Washington Nationals theme, was purchased by a local businessman after the 2012 season for $100,000. The buyer donated it back to auction off again at this year’s Fight Night, slated for Nov. 2 at the Washington Hilton. It will be the first Hardcore-built chopper to be sold at the event in several years. The chopper includes autographs from numerous players, including current All-Star Ryan Zimmerman and former fan favorite Michael Morse. Organizers hope to obtain more signatures from this year’s players. “I’m very grateful to be in this position to help raise money for a great cause.” said Carlin, who has also built choppers for disabled vets, ones which utilize hand controls rather than foot controls. “It’s the least that I can do for the servicemen who risk their lives every day in support of our continued

freedom and way of life. After all, they are the real heroes”. Gordon and Warnecki recently visited Carlin at his new, 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art shop in Sterling, viewing workers building and restoring classic vehicles like a 1946 Chevy truck and 1965 Ford Mustang, as well many other muscle cars and hot rods. The restoration process can take several months. Parts can be hard to obtain for the more vintage vehicles. Sometimes parts that can’t be found are made from scratch from the specialized equipment and the lost metal working techniques that is part of a daily routine by his craftsmen. “All old cars have a story to tell. I’ve been called an artist many times for bringing them back to life, however I like to think of myself as a craftsman more than an artist.” explained Carlin, who participates in local classic auto shows, and has owned many classics throughout the years himself.  Carlin’s

current stable includes a 1965 Shelby Cobra, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Porsche 911 Slatnose and a 1970 Chevelle SS. “I think it is important to preserve and enjoy as many of these icons as possible.” Carlin’s newest business is the Speedway Garage and Speedway Cycles brand, intended to broaden and diversify his core enterprises. Carlin credits his level of success to a loyal and talented employee base, the main core of which has been with him for more than 15 years. “All my guys have been handpicked, based on their talent level and dedication.” Carlin explains, “Like they say, you are only as good as your people. We know our customers take pride in the skill level of the techs that wrench on their vehicles.” The Speedway brand not only performs complete restorations of classic vehicles (one of the few Northern Virginia shops to do so) but performs all-over paint jobs, collision repairs, performance upgrades, complete mechanical repair, electrical repair, dyno tuning, upholstery, as well as building groundup custom cars and motorcycles. They also sell and specialize in both late-model and classic Harley Davidson motorcycles, choppers, classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars.  “It’s evolved into a much larger identity for us all, one which we are very proud of.” Carlin said. “I see this as the final chapter of an incredible journey. We will continue giving back as we always have, but hopefully to a degree we’ve never seen before.”  Carlin explains how giving back has allowed his vision to come full-circle, with the opening of this new brand, “After all, it’s really a tribute to the speedway... that’s where this all began.”

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