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Separation of diversity associate director raises questions at GMU ■ Dr. Shaoxian Yu advised student organizations and helped organize events for the university’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month By Angela Woolsey Fairfax County Times Losing a job isn’t easy for anyone, but George Mason University’s decision to remove Dr. Shaoxian Yu, formerly an associate director for the college’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME), has provoked a particularly strong reaction from students and other community members in Fairfax, where the university’s main campus is located. After working at the university since 2002, Yu received a letter from GMU Office of University Life assistant vice president Jana Hurley on Feb. 3 informing him that he had been “separated” from ODIME effective immediately. He was reassigned to INTO Mason, a program that provides language and academic assistance to international students, through Nov. 3, his final day of employment at GMU. Yu was the only person of Asian descent working in ODIME

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Former Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education associate director Shaoxian Yu (left) poses with members of GMU’s Asian Pacific American Coalition. at the time of his separation. “I think somebody like me who has been serving Mason University for 14 years shouldn’t be terminated. I just could not imagine why,” Yu said in an Apr. 11 interview. “I want to continue to support George Mason. I don’t want to leave George Mason University by the end of

this year.” Hurley’s letter stated that Yu had been terminated without cause under section VIII of Mason’s administrative and professional faculty handbook. According to the faculty handbook, the term “separation” is synonymous with a termination without cause, and administrative

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student organizations needed to find new faculty advisors, and it cast doubt on the future of events that Yu helped plan, such as the Annual Veteran’s Day Powwow that’s normally scheduled during National American Indian Heritage Month. “Once we found out that he was separated, we were all very hurt by that,” Kappa Phi Lambda sorority president Sherika Callen said. “He’s one of the few faculty members on the campus that wholeheartedly supports students and has been there for them.” A sorority established by and for Asian American women, Kappa Phi Lambda is one of seven organizations included in GMU’s Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC). APAC is one of the student groups that Yu advised. Mason boasts more than 16 Asian cultural student organizations, highlighting the university’s growing Asian population. According to George Mason’s office of institutional research and reporting, more than 5,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander students were enrolled at the university during the spring 2016 semester. That makes Asian students the largest ethnic minority group at GMU, comprising 15 percent of the university’s 33,364 students compared to 10 percent for African American students and 11 percent for Hispanic students. See Dr. Yu GMU at Page A-4

Gardening volunteers needed to help bees thrive ■ Public is encouraged to plant flowers near Government Center

By Angela Woolsey Fairfax County Times The sobering statistics came fast and frequently at Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity’s town hall on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic that has recently swept through Fairfax County and the rest of Virginia. Over 70 percent of heroin users start with prescription drugs. 728 people in Virginia died from drug overdoses in 2014, outnumbering the figure of fatalities in the state from car accidents. 44 people die from opioid overdoses every day in the U.S. More than 23 million people, including children as young as 12 years old, are currently in recovery for addiction to alcohol and other drugs. “This crisis is not confined to any specific community,” Herrity said during his opening remarks to start the town hall, which was held May 3 at the Fairfax County Government Center. “It’s not just in our bad neighborhoods. It’s throughout Fairfax, throughout Virginia and throughout our nation.” Yet, the speakers at the town hall made clear that the national opioid epidemic isn’t just about numbers. It’s about people.

and professional faculty members can be separated from the university at any time. “Separation from the university implies no fault or cause for the ending of an appointment, but can only occur after the required notification period,” the handbook, which was last updated in 2012, reads. “The decision to

separate an A/P faculty member is not appealable or grievable.” The required period for the university to notify faculty members if they’ve been separated varies depending on the individual’s service time at the institution. Someone who worked at GMU for one year or less has a required notification period of one month, while someone who has four to 10 years of service has a required 6-month notification period. Though it appears to have been conducted in accordance with university procedure, Yu’s removal from ODIME and impending termination alarmed students. A petition on the grassrootsorganizing website Change.org asking GMU President Angel Cabrera to reinstate Yu has accumulated more than 2,000 signatures from current students, alumni, other faculty members and even at least one person attending a college in New York. As an associate director for ODIME, Yu was responsible for offering academic support, helping students adjust to on-campus life, and advising student organizations. Before he was taken out of the office, Yu advised between nine and 10 organizations, most of which are aimed toward people of Asian or Native American heritage. He also helped organize events during Mason’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and National American Indian Heritage Month. Yu’s removal meant that those

By Bonnie Stephens Fairfax County Times Fairfax County government is asking for volunteers to bee part of the pollinator exercise to plant a one-acre meadow near the Government Center.

The pollinator meadow is planned for the north side of the Center between the asphalt trail and the forest edge. Contractors have been removing unhealthy trees, installing silt fencing, cutting down invasive vines, and preparing and seeding a portion of the lawn to create the meadow that will improve water quality and support hundreds of native plant pollinators. Volunteers are being recruited to install 2,000 native plants to supplement the seed-

ing and provide color and food for wildlife while the meadow grows in over the next two years. Currently there is one final date for public participation on Saturday, May 14. Chairman Sharon Bulova and Superintendant John Cook were on site yesterday at 10:00 a.m. Green thumb volunteers can register on the volunteer portal of fairfaxcounty.gov, or call Lilly Whitesell at 703-324-1423.

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Karl Colder, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Washington, D.C., division, explains how heroin gets distributed in the U.S. and what the agency is doing to educate medical professionals at a town hall meeting. As Fairfax County Board of heroin, the autopsy showed that Supervisors Chairman Sharon the teen had a mix of morphine, Bulova said, it’s a human prob- Alprazolam, oxycodone and alcohol in her system when she lem. Herrity’s town hall meeting was found unconscious and not came just a day after an autopsy breathing at her home in March. Morphine and oxycodone are report released by the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office re- both types of prescription painvealed that Centreville High killers or opiates, meaning that School student Alexia Springer, they belong to the same class 17, had died from an accidental of drugs as heroin, while Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine often drug overdose. Though county police ini- used to treat anxiety. tially said Springer’s death was See Herrity at Page A-4 the result of complications from

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PUBLIC SAFETY NOTES VATF1 receives reclassification The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s urban search and rescue team (USAR), VATF-1, has successfully completed the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group’s (INSARAG) External Reclassification Exercise. This allows Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) to continue to operate as an international search and rescue team. VATF-1 is a domestic and international disaster response resource comprised of approximately 200 specially trained career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel with expertise in the rescue of victims from collapsed structures following a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The task force has extensive international (USAR Team 1) and domestic (VATF-1) disaster response experience. In 1986, the VATF-1 was established in partnership with the US Agency for International Development – Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID-OFDA) to fill the void of qualified international search and rescue resources in the Americas Region. In the early 1990s, the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) announced plans to develop a domestic urban search and rescue response system. VATF-1 was accepted into this system in 1991. VATF-1 is proud to be one of 28 domestic resources qualified by FEMA to assist with homeland security and one of only two resources utilized by USAID-OFDA for international response. It is recognized as a premier leader in for the provision of training in catastrophic event mitigation, response and recovery techniques, and readiness. When activated, the VATF-1 sends a team of 70 people comprised of

firefighters and paramedics from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and highly-trained civilians, including physicians, canine handlers, structural engineers, communications experts, and heavy rigging specialists. All related expenses are fully reimbursed by USAID-OFDA and FEMA resulting in no cost to the citizens of Fairfax County. To remain operational, VATF-1 must be classified by INSARAG External Classification (IEC). INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organizations under the United Nations umbrella and deals with USAR related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on INSARAG guidelines.

pounds with a muscular build and dark hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a red T-shirt. If you recognize this person, or if you have any information about this crime, please contact Detective Phil Edwards at 703-922-0894. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http:// www.fairfaxcrimesolvers. org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703691-2131.

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Police seek public assistance in Centreville homicide On Sunday, April 24, at approximately 4:24 p.m., patrol officers from the Sully District Station were called to a residence in the 5600 block of Gresham Lane, in Centreville, for a report of an unresponsive adult. Officers located a deceased man, later identified as 21-year-old Hosung Lee in his bedroom. Lee appeared to have trauma to the upper body. Major Crimes Division detectives were summoned and took over the investigation. An autopsy was conducted the next day and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest and the manner of death was homicide. During the investigation, detectives learned that Lee had attended a party at a residence on Oxon Road in Herndon on the night of Saturday, April 23. It is believed that Lee was involved in

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Detectives release suspect sketch in Springfield assault Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect in an assault that occurred on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 around 12:30 a.m. in the 6300 block of Amherst Avenue. A woman was at a bar when an unknown male approached her from behind and inappropriately touched her. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as white, 28 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 to 180

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a physical altercation at the party. Through further investigation, detectives learned that patrol officers had responded to the Oxon Road address earlier on Saturday evening for a loud party complaint. Detectives then went to the Oxon Road address and found it vacant and in disarray. A search warrant was obtained and executed for the Oxon Road address. Detectives from the Homicide and Crime Scene Sections spent three days processing the crime scene and collected in excess of 700 pieces of evidence. Numerous interviews have been conducted and many more are anticipated. Detectives have released two images of people in attendance at the party on Oxon Road on the night of Saturday, April 23. They strongly encourage anyone who might know the identity of anyone in the images to contact Detective Bond of the Homicide Section at 703-246-4057 [Call: 703-246-4057] . Callers may also contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers. org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703691-2131

Chief Roessler shares Information Release Report Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police for the Fairfax County Police Department, has received the final report of the review of information release policies and procedures, which was a study conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). This review was requested to help the Police Department strengthen and improve our transparency at all levels. The full report is located at, https://fcpdnews.wordpress. com/2016/05/06/chief-roesslershares-information-release-report/ The Fairfax County Police Department will continue

to strengthen and improve transparency at all levels and we welcome the review as we further our re-engineering of information release policies and procedures to keep all members of our community informed.

MS-13 Gangsters Convicted of Multiple Murders and Attempted Murder Six members of the street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, were convicted today by a federal jury for their roles in three murders and one attempted murder in Northern Virginia, among other charges. “These violent gang members brutally murdered three men and attempted to murder a fourth,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Extreme violence is the hallmark of MS-13, and these horrific crimes represent exactly what the gang stands for. This was a highly complicated, death penalty eligible case with 13 defendants and more than two dozen defense attorneys. To say I am proud of our trial team and investigative partners is an understatement. I want to thank them for their terrific work on this case and for bringing these criminals to justice.” “The defendants terrorized our local communities with senseless, depraved acts of threats, intimidation and violence,” said Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “They murdered in the name of MS-13, but as this jury’s verdict makes clear, no gang can protect them from facing justice for their crimes. This verdict sends a clear message that the FBI will hold violent gangs and murderers fully accountable for their actions. I would like to thank the agents, analysts and prosecutors for their tireless efforts to eradicate gang violence in our communities.” A total of 13 defendants were charged in this case. Of those, six defendants went to trial and were convicted of all charges.

Six defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial, and one defendant was severed from the case and will have a separate trial at a later date. Each defendant convicted at trial faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when sentenced. Jaime Rosales Villegas and Pedro Anthony Romero Cruz face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit murder charge, in addition to a consecutive minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Villegas also faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the attempted murder charge. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. For more information on the case and defendants please visit, https://www.justice.gov/ usao-edva/pr/ms-13-gangstersconvicted-multiple-murders-andattempted-murder.

Detectives Seek Help Locating Missing Juveniles Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old girl, Facette “Daniel” Lema and a 14-year-old boy, Rudy Torzano who were reported missing around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. Although detectives believe that they are missing voluntarily, Lema is in need of medication which she did not take with her. The two were last seen shortly after 10 p.m. last evening at their respective homes in the Fairfax area. There is a possibility that the pair took a taxi-cab to the Jessup, Maryland area. For photos and more information, https://fcpdnews. wordpress.com/2016/05/11/ detectives-seek-help-locatingmissing-juveniles/

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PEOPLE AND PLACES Public Hearings on Transportation Scheduled A number of transportation public meetings related to various aspects of planned improvements to I-66 were announced by Delegate Jim LeMunyon’s office. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission will hold a hearing on the Use of Future Inside the Beltway Toll Money on Proposed Transit Projects May 18. An open house will take place at 4:30 p.m. with the hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Reston Station, 1904 Reston Metro Plaza in Reston. For more information about this project and how to submit comments online visit http://www.virginiadot. org/VDOT/Projects/asset_upload_file615_50766.pdf. Hearings on widening I-66 outside the Beltway will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 23. A brief presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The hearings will be held at the Oakton High School Cafeteria (Entrance #1 or #14), 2900 Sutton Rd. in Vienna. Also the next night the hearings will be held, May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a brief presentation at 7 p.m. at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax. To view a live stream of this hearing at 7 p.m. visit transform66.org. For information about this project and how to submit comments online visit http://www.virginiadot.org/ VDOT/Projects/asset_upload_ file636_50766.pdf.

Dulles Greenway Drive for Charity is May 19 Drive for Charity is a day each year in which tolls collected on the Greenway are dedicated to local Loudoun charities. This year the Drive for Charity will be May 19 and Dulles Greenway and its parent company, Toll Road Investors Partnership II are working with six charities and the Dulles Greenway Scholarship program to share in the distribution of the one-day revenues. Last year the Dulles Greenway contributed $298.885 to local organizations. For more information visit www.dullesgreenway.com/drive-for-charity.

Inaugural TEDx Tysons Event June 3 Organizers of the Tysons inaugural TEDxTysons event announced the event host, speakers and performers. The theme for 2016 is “Future Tense?” TEDxTysons will feature some of the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers. The host of the event will be: Sarah Fraser, Host of the Hey Frase Podcast. Speakers include Aaron Black, Director of Informatics, Inova Translational Medicine Institute; Alfred Grasso, President and Chief Executive Officer, MITRE; Andrew Chapman, Publishing Entrepreneur and Author, Social Motion Publishing; Dr. Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author; Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State; Diana Sierra, Co-Founder and CEO of Be Girl; Jason Green, Co-Founder, SkillSmart; John Bailey, Second Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia; LaVerne H. Council, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, Office of Information and Technology; and Michael Edson, Associate Director/Head of Digital at UN Live – Museum for Humanity. Performers include Boris Willis, Associate Professor GMU, Choreographer & Video Artist; and Pages Matam, Director of Poetry Events, Busboys and Poets. The event will take place 1 to 6:30 p.m., June 3 at the TEGNA/Gannett building, 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. For more information visit http:// www.tedxtysons.com.  The inaugural event is limited by the TED organization to 100 attendees. Apply to attend at tedxtysons.com. Also, TEDxTysons will stream the event live and host viewing parties around the region. Partner applications are open. Interested organizations should contact Stacy Bradford by e-mail at partners@tedxtysons. com.

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Students Named to Radford University Fall Dean’s List Radford University named the following area residents to the Dean’s list for the fall semester. They are Thomas Martin Gallogly, freshman; Kirsten Nicole Guy, senior; Jessica Renee Smith, junior; Sarah Ashleigh Elizabeth Stroop, senior; Nicholas J. Tamburelli, junior; Kelli Taranto, senior; and Rachel Wimer, junior; all of Fairfax Station. Lindsay Nicole Harvey, junior; and Giancarla Kristel Rojas Mendoza, senior of Falls Church. Katherine Adams, freshman; and Juliana Mary Mahon, senior of Great Falls. Herndon residents Kyle Robert Alger, junior; Nina Patience Bagley, senior; Bryce David Bishop, senior; Sydney Paige Chervenic, junior; Collin Donner, sophomore; Casey Michelle Drumm, junior; Timothy Carl Eisnaugle, senior; Austin Neil Jobson, freshman; Daniel Phillips Johnsen, sophomore; Christopher W. Llorens, sophomore; Tucker James Morgan, freshman; Kelsey Elizabeth Nielsen, senior; Sophia Pishvaian, junior; Alexander B. Polk, senior; Lisa Marie Sheffer, junior; Matthew Wilson Van Shufflin, freshman; and Wendy Melissa Viana, senior. Nelly Zauma Abdul, senior; Damaro Anthony Dacosta, senior; Kelsey Clare Dott, senior; Cari Marie McGregor, senior; Hanan Ouchene, freshman; William Patrick, junior; Laura Catherine Peterson, senior; Courtney A. Ward, sophomore; and Katie M. Zatt, senior; all of Lorton. Katherine Elizabeth Ludwick, senior; Patrick Joseph Ludwick, freshman; David Paul Morabito, senior; Mark Allan Short, senior; and Serina Marie Whisman, senior; of McLean. Devon M. Burton, junior; and William D. Krieger, senior; of Oak Hill. Oakton residents: Christopher J. Liakos, freshman; Ricardo Javier Manoatl, junior; and Alyssa Nicole Myles, sophomore. Vienna residents: Emma Catherine Aulestia; Renee Melania Dauerer, senior; Kevin Drake Ivey, senior; Jillian Elizabeth Kelly, senior; Matthew Bryant Kelly, senior; Chloe Fernande Lefrancois, senior; Viktoria Lipnicky, junior; Lesleigh A. Martin, junior; Brandon Samuel Miskell, fresh-

man; Rachel Helen Mitchell, junior; Sandra Linette Moncivais, senior; Jenni Patricia WatersHeflin, sophomore; and Robert Anderson Williams, sophomore. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have taken 12 or more graded credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

Area Residents Graduate from Coastal Carolina University Several Northern Virginia residents were awarded degrees during commencement ceremonies May 6 and 7 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Candidates for graduation included: Kaitlyn Dawson, of Fairfax, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marine science. Alexa Frischkorn, of Alexandria, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in public health. Barbara Gregorowicz, of Lorton, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Danielle Lafreniere, of Springfield, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Ryann McDonald, of Herndon, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in resort tourism management. Nickolas Meyers, of Alexandria, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Megan Rhinehart, of Alexandria, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Adrienne Williams, of Annandale, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in interdisciplinary studies.

Area Students Capture First in Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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In Memoriam - Karen Byrd Karen Cleland Byrd of Centreville, Virginia passed away in her home at the age of 67 on April 30, 2016. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. A loving and devoted mother to son Todd M. Byrd and daughter Danielle M. Eaton, she found her greatest joy in her grandchildren, Joshua D. Byrd and Kinsey S. Eaton. After many years of dedicated service, Karen had recently completed her distinguished career as a program manager and contracting officer for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy. Her noble, joyful, and beautiful spirit will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Karen is also survived by her sister Sylvia E. Spahn, her brother-inlaw Carl A. Spahn, her daughter-in-law Julianna S. Byrd, her son-in-law James N. Eaton and numerous others who called her mom. Memorial services were held on May 5, 2016 at Arcola United Methodist Church in Dulles, VA. Donations in her memory may be made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at www.tnbcfoundation.org.

In Memoriam - Susan Hurley DeConcini Susan Margaret Hurley DeConcini passed away peacefully at age 79 on April 29, 2016. Our beloved matriarch, mother, grandmother, soul mate, sister, and friend was a woman of humble action and powerful faith. Our inspiration, moral compass, and most reliable confidant, she was unwavering in her devotion to those she loved. She has changed our lives and shaped our hearts forever. Born in Phoenix Arizona August 10, 1936 to Norman and Peggy Hurley, she was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s High School and then attended Vanderbilt University. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1959, where she was the President of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, a lifelong sisterhood which meant the world to her. At the U of A, she met her, now former, husband, Dennis DeConcini, retired United States Senator. Following in the activism of her suffragette grandmother, her life was grounded in faith, volunteer work, charitable fundraising, philanthropic giving and love of family and friends, touching the lives of thousands, both in Arizona and the Washington DC area. Her mother Peggy, a strong and resilient woman, was a guide and inspiration to her. She lived the gospel message of giving without asking the cost. Unrivaled in compassion, she gave freely of her time and energy and was generous in every possible way. She served as an influential leader of and participant in numerous organizations, including the Junior League of Tucson, Tucson American Red Cross, Tucson United Way, Kino Learning Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Brewster Home, and St. Luke’s Board of Visitors, to name a few. Whilst loyally maintaining ties in Arizona, she continued her life of service in the DC area after moving to McLean, Virginia in 1977. A relentless advocate for those in need, she not only supported both the political career of her husband, Dennis, but also earned her Masters in Social Work in 1981 at Catholic University, where she later served on the Board of Trustees. A tireless advocate for children’s issues, she was the Co-founder of the US Senate Child Care Center, and led several resource centers for adolescent mental health in Tucson. She worked as a psychotherapist, life insurance agent, and the President of her property management company. She is survived by the love of her life and second father and grandfather to her children and grandchildren, John Adams; her three children and their spouses: Denise (Bob Ramin), Christina (Jim Sweeney), and Patrick (Susy Rotkis); seven grandchildren, Peggy, Danny, Abby, Jacob, Hannah, Tessa, and Luke; sister, Norma Hurley Fitzgerald; nieces, nephews; dozens of godchildren; and thousands of friends; all of whom feel her deep love for them. The memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, Friday, May 20th at 12 o’clock. She has requested that memorial donations be made to the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund (C/O National Park Foundation, P.O Box 96591, Washington, DC 20090-6591, wwwflight93friends.org).

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in Titusville, Fla. April 20 through 24. Team Kosmos was one of more than 90 teams from around the world who attended the competition. They took the first place award in the CyberTechnology and Security Category. The students were selected as Pete Conrad Scholars. Team Kosmos members include Kavya Kopparapu, Alex Peng, Rahul Rajan and Justin Zhang from Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology and Namn Singh from Westfield High School. The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. It is an annual competition that brings together innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop viable solutions in one of the four areas: Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and Environment, Cyber Technology and Security and Health and Nutrition. Team Kosmos now has an expense paid invitation to present their Innovation at the American Society of Engineering Education in New Orleans from June 27-28.

Park Authority Seeks Nominees for Elly Doyle Service Awards It’s time once again to honor the thousands of individuals and numerous organizations which volunteer each year in local parks and support the many programs and initiatives of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Volunteers are the backbone of the Park Authority, and in order to recognize their contributions, nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. Volunteers provided more than 180,000 hours of service in the past fiscal year, providing innumerable benefits to this community. The Elly Doyle Park Service Awards were established in 1988 in honor of Ellamae Doyle’s many years of service and accomplishments as a member and chairman of the Park Authority Board. The County’s park system expanded and thrived during her tenure with the addition of sig-

Page A-3 nificant open space, construction of new recreational facilities, and a commitment to the preservation of natural and cultural resources in Fairfax County. Anyone may submit a nomination for the awards. The awards are open to those who have made outstanding service contributions during the past year. A service contribution is the giving of time or expertise to the Fairfax County Park Authority for the advancement of recreational and/ or educational opportunities or the protection of natural, cultural or historic resources in Fairfax County. Groups and individuals are eligible. Recipients will be honored at a reception and ceremony in November.  All nominations are due by June 17. Award applications and additional information about the Elly Doyles are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ parks/ellydoyleawards.htm. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at  703-324-8662  or via  Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Herndon Fortnightly Club Announces Deadline for Scholarship Opportunity

The Herndon Fortnightly Club is accepting applications for one-year scholarships from individuals living in the greater Herndon area. Past recipients of Fortnightly scholarships are not eligible for further consideration. Candidates should be accepted for entrance or enrolled in an educational institution before applying for a scholarship. Qualifying coursework includes undergraduate college level, post graduate, continuing education and coursework required for reentering the workforce. Candidates should write a one-page letter, without attachments, to The Herndon Fortnightly Club explaining why the scholarship is needed, what career goals are being pursued and what academic institution has or will provide acceptance. Also included should be comments Fall registration is relating to activities, community service and academic standing. Underway at NOVA The letter with your name, adOpen registration for Northern dress and phone number should Virginia Community College’s be sent to Scholarships, c/o The fall 2016 semester begins Monday. Herndon Fortnightly Club, P.O. Students may secure classes early Box 55, Herndon, VA 20172in the registration period while 0055. Application letters must the most choices are available be received by and not pay tuition until July May 25. 25. Starting July 25, tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the next Fishburne Military business day after registering. Students must register no later School Announces than 11:59 p.m. on the day beSummer Session Dates fore a session begins. The 16week fall semester starts Aug. Fishburne Military School is 22 with several shorter sessions now accepting applications for its beginning later in the semester. summer session, which runs from Students can register 24 hours June 25 to July 30. a day at  www.nvcc.edu/startFishburne’s summer program strong  or get in-person service is filled with a robust schedule during normal business hours at of academics, athletics and acNOVA campuses in Alexandria, tivities designed to keep cadets Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, fully occupied, engaged and off Springfield and Woodbridge. the couch. Fishburne Military Online courses start on vari- School’s Summer Army JROTC ous dates throughout the year. program is one of only four sumNearly 40 degrees and certifi- mer programs nationwide that is cates can be completed entirely accredited by Cadet Command. online through NOVA’s  ExTo apply and learn more, go tended Learning Institute.  to  www.fishburne.org/admisIn addition, registration is un- sions/summer-fms/ or call us derway for NOVA’s summer at 1-800-946-7773. session. Most summer classes begin May 16 or June 27.    To learn more about NOVA, call 703-323-3000.


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Continued from Page A-1 By contrast, the 2013-14 George Mason factbook, the most recent version available online, says that there were 45 Asian administrative and professional faculty members, or 5.7 percent, out of 788 total staff members in the fall 2013 semester. Black or African American administrative and professional faculty came in at 60 people, or 7.6 percent, while Hispanic faculty members were listed at 20 people or 2.5 percent. According to the factbook, there were no Native American or Pacific Islander administrative and professional faculty members at that time. George Mason University has emerged as one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the country, with the U.S. News and Report ranking it sixth among national universities for the 2014-15 school year with a 0.66 out of 1 diversity index.

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Continued from Page A-1 Another recent incident in Burke where three students overdosed while at a party, though they all survived, also prompted Herrity to organize the town hall, according to a FOX5 DC report. Several local and state government officials attended the town hall. Along with Herrity and Bulova, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40th District) emphasized the need for increased awareness of the problem as well as improved access to treatment for users. Cities along the East Coast have been particularly vulnerable to the heroin epidemic due to the way that the drug gets distributed after transport from Mexico and South America, where it’s typically cultivated, according to Karl Colder, who serves as the special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington, D.C. office. Though the DEA has stepped up its law enforcement efforts to combat opiate distribution, with the state collecting 38,000 pounds of drugs just in the weekend before the town hall, education for medical professionals and the general populace is just as important. “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem,” Colder said. In response to the epidemic, Fairfax County has developed a number of treatment and prevention programs such as Diversion

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Yet, Yu’s separation from ODIME has raised concerns among students that GMU isn’t quite as culturally or ethnically diverse as its marketing claims. “They decided to get rid of the one Asian American, culturally-competent staff member in the office of diversity, so that’s why we’re really upset,” APAC member Christine Nguyen said. “Right now, we don’t have representation. We don’t have someone who knows or understands most of what we’ve gone through and can relate to that.” APAC members say there’s a distinction between having diversity, which is mostly a matter of the composition of students or faculty, and being inclusive, which implies that everyone feels welcome and is given a voice. “Compared to other campuses, we are diverse,” Callen, a senior at Mason, said. “It’s more about the inclusiveness that we lack on campus and trying to build more of that than just focusing on numbers and what that does for Ma-

son.” APAC representatives, including Callen and Nguyen, have met with the George Mason administration, first with Vice President of University Life Rose Pascarell and Vice President of Diversity and Ethics Julian Williams on Mar. 17 and again with Dean of Students Juliet Blank-Godlove and ODIME interim director Amena Johnson on Apr. 1. “It was pretty much a lot of talking but not a lot of information,” Nguyen said of the Mar. 17 meeting. They arranged that meeting in large part because the administration hadn’t provided any explanation for its decision to separate Yu, who says his termination without cause came as “a total surprise.” Michael Sandler, Mason’s director of strategic communications, says that it’s the university’s practice not to comment on personnel matters. Criteria for GMU’s annual faculty and staff evaluations vary

depending on each individual and their specific responsibilities and department goals, according to Sandler, who calls diversity one of Mason’s greatest strengths and a top goal of the university’s 10year strategic plan. “We know we have more work to do to achieve our goal of creating an inclusive and diverse academic community that reflects the diversity of the national capital region,” Sandler said. “To achieve this, we are recruiting, retaining and advancing diverse faculty across disciplines and ranks, building a diverse administration and staff, and promoting an organizational culture where all members of our community can thrive.” The administration is aware of student and community concerns, however, as the Office of the Provost hosted a discussion on student and faculty inclusion on Apr. 5 As reported in the Apr. 11 issue of GMU student newspaper Fourth Estate, the “Doing What

Matters: Pathways to Inclusive Excellence” event opened with a speech by Mason President Ángel Cabrera and featured Dr. Tricia Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, as a keynote speaker. Cabrera announced on Mar. 21 that his office had established a diversity and inclusion leadership council headed by Pascarell and Williams to recommend initiatives that promote diversity and identify potential barriers attracting and retaining a “diverse mix of faculty, staff and students.” Still, this council likely won’t change Yu’s position. Yu says that he has still been unable to meet with Pascarell or anyone else in the GMU administration to discuss his separation. He is considering taking legal action against the university, for which he has set up a page on the crowdfunding website Gofundme to help pay legal fees. Despite his separation, Yu says that George Mason has achieved

First, an initiative that allows certain drug users to get treatment instead of incarceration if they’re arrested, and Project Revive, which trains people to use the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. In addition to the government officials, Herrity’s town hall included speakers with lived experiences of dealing with substance abuse. Nick Yacoub is a person in recovery from addiction and currently serves as a regional supervisor and certified peer specialist for the Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA), while The Chris Atwood Foundation co-founder and executive director Ginny Atwood Lovitt lost her younger brother to a heroin overdose in 2013. Both Yacoub and Lovitt highlighted the need to remove the stigma that society associates with addiction, a barrier that often silences users and stops them from seeking help. “As a society, we still look at drug addicts as bad people,” Yacoub said after detailing his experience with addiction and recovery, the latter of which he says made his life worth living. Given that many of Fairfax County’s overdose victims are underage, the role that schools should play in solving the opioid problem emerged as one of the evening’s most heavily discussed issues. County budget cuts eliminated the drug counselors who used to work at the high school level in

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and several people, including Herrity and community members who participated in the town hall’s question-and-answer session, suggested that those positions should be restored. Centreville resident Devon Flynn went through the FCPS system until graduating in 2010 has lost friends to drug addiction. “I really hope that they reinstate substance abuse counselors,” Flynn said. “Back then [in 2010], you didn’t want to come forward because you were ashamed. Now, students want to come forward because they want help, but they don’t know where to go.” Many parents expressed similar concerns, offering up stories of the challenges they faced in dealing with their children’s addictions or getting them treatment. One man, an 11-year recovered heroin addict, suggested that schools allow recovered addicts to volunteer so they can offer advice and support to students. A woman who lost her son to addiction in 2014 proposed that FCPS institute peer-to-peer programs or invite people in recovery to talk to students. Another woman touched on an issue that has rarely been examined in discussions about the opioid epidemic: as someone who

has chronic pain issues, she worries that state and federal pushes to reduce the amount of opiates prescribed to patients will make it difficult for her to get the medication she needs to survive. “We want to make sure that whatever we’re doing isn’t creating problems for people who are in the situation you described,” Comstock said in response, arguing that healthcare in general needs to become more individualized. “This won’t be one-size-fitsall because what’s good for one person isn’t good for others…We need to provide those options.” With the town hall discussion concentrating as much on recovery as on police efforts to reduce opioid use, one of the overriding themes of the meeting was the country’s overall mentality shift from treating addiction as a criminal or legal issue to treating it as a health one. “In Virginia, I think we’ve had a realization that not everything’s a law enforcement issue,” Hugo said. “A decade ago, everything was lock them up, and now there’s a thought of what’s the most effective means to help Virginia, Fairfax, and these young men and women? Many times, I think it is treatment.”

Warner, Kaine address legal protections for Virginia transgender students ■ Senators call for

guidelines to better protect transgenders in middle schools, high schools, and colleges By Times Staff In what they are calling “a response to recent attempts of legislatures in states like North Carolina to limit the rights of LGBT people and transgender students,” U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (DVa.) and former Va. governor Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with 38 Senate Democrats, have urged the Department of Education to release comprehensive guidance on the full scope of protections afforded to transgender and gender non-conforming students in Virginia middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In recent years, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have clarified that Title IX – which prohibits any educational institution receiving federal funding from

a lot in terms of diversity since he first started working for the university. ODIME, which started a few years ago when the office of diversity programs and services where Yu worked merged with the multicultural resource and research center, has been a significant contributor to that progress, even though it is continually underfunded and understaffed. Though he still doesn’t want to leave the university and hopes that the administration will change its decision to separate him, Yu wants to continue working in higher education after his November termination date arrives. “My commitment and passion for students, that will never change,” Yu said. “I’ve been working very hard every day supporting the students at INTO Mason.”

discriminating on the basis of sex–also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including in singlesex classrooms and in cases of sexual harassment. In a letter to the Department of Education, the Senators asked for further clarification on what Title IX means for transgender and gender non-conforming students, who continue to face a disproportionate amount of discrimination compared to their peers. “We strongly believe that it is our responsibility— not just as senators, but as adults—to protect our children and young people, and to help them flourish,” wrote both Senators in a release. “We applaud and thank the Department of Education, as well as the Department of Justice, for sharing that goal, and for their commitment to equality and work in support of LGBT students. We respectfully request that the Department complete that work by issuing clear, comprehensive guidance.”

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After contentious election, Fairfax mayor looks to the future ■ Mayor Silverthorne reflects on election cycle Frank Muraca Special to the Times It’s been a tumultuous year for recently reelected Fairfax City Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne. Last summer, Silverthorne was laid off from his job at the National Association of Manufacturers and had his house foreclosed on. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with cancer, which he would eventually beat after months of chemotherapy. His opponent Thomas Ammazzalorso, a Prince George’s County government teacher who challenged the two-term mayor, carried Silverthorne’s financial woes into the city’s spring election season. During the campaign, Ammazzalorso criticized Silverthorne and the six-member council on development and taxes, questioning Silverthorne’s ability to handle city issues given his own financial difficulties. “While some members of Council work diligently to restrain spending, the Mayor leads the agenda,” Ammazzalorso posted on his campaign website. “And we need a Mayor who will ask the hard questions, demand accountability and require a quantifiable return on taxpayer dollar investments.” During the campaign, Silverthorne defended the council’s record, arguing that the services provided by the city are a good investment of taxpayer dollars. “To say that I was disappointed of the personal attacks is an understatement,” Silverthorne said. “Yes, I’ve had challenges over the past year, both health and financial, but what bothered me more were the attacks on the city council’s record, which I’m the leader of the council. I took that very personally because the city council has worked their rears off to do the right thing and move this community forward.” Silverthorne was reelected on May 3 with 57.8 percent of the 2,934 votes cast in the mayor’s race. Ammazzalorso received

41.5 percent. But Silverthorne says that this election didn’t come without lessons. “I have to do a better job about getting the message out. I am the mayor, I have the bully pulpit, and I am going to use it in the next two years.” One way Silverthorne plans on accomplishing that is to organize an annual “State of the City” address and to work with the council to publish an annual report on how the city has changed over the year. “I’m going to solicit input on all of these things from the council and will have my own stamp on this too. But the reality is it’s just to report the facts: The data to report facts, the data to report spending, the data on taxing, and the data on development.” A handful of projects will drive the city council’s agenda over the next two years, as well as a full reevaluation of the Comprehensive Plan, which sets guidelines for where and how the community should grow. A key part of Silverthorne’s agenda is to continue redeveloping the city’s aging shopping centers along Fairfax Boulevard. That includes Scout on the Circle, a mixed-use redevelopment off of Fairfax Circle, which was first approved in 2014. It will include 400 apartments, a 54,000-square-foot grocery store, and an additional 28,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. According to Silverthorne, the development, also called Fairfax Circle Plaza, will include shuttle service to the Vienna Metro Station, just over a mile north. Last year, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington announced that Paul VI Catholic High School would be relocating to Loudoun County in 2020. Since then, developer IDI Group COS. has been planning a mixed-use development for the 18-acre property and should present it to the Planning Commission and City Council within the next six to 12 months. Those projects are part of a larger conversation on how the city should grow over the next decade. Since December 2013, the city has been coordinating a community-wide zoning rewrite,

to simplify and update ordinances, some of which have gone untouched for nearly 30 years. “Most jurisdictions do this every 25 years,” Silverthorne said. “The goal is to provide more predictability in the process for anyone who goes through it. It includes everything from parking, to signage to land use, to special use and special exceptions. It governs largely everything we do from a legislative body perspective.” A public hearing is scheduled for May 23 to consider to the most recent ordinance drafts. “From my perspective, the goal is to clearly define how all of our districts that are developing should be developed,” Silverthorne said. After the council votes on the final Zoning Rewrite, it will turn its attention to the Comprehensive Plan, last updated in 2012, which outlines what kind of development goals should be set for each area of the city. “That’s where we really need community buy-in…to help lead us and guide us in how they want the community to grow in the next twenty years,” Silverthorne said. “It’s really important that they participate.” “[The Zoning Rewrite] is going to be dovetailing with our Comprehensive Plan. They’re kind of tied together. That’s the future blueprint.” Stehle elected as council’s newest member On May 3, Jon Stehle was elected to the city council with 1,865 votes. Jeff Greenfield, who has served eleven terms on the council, did not win reelection. Stehle, a city resident since 2007 and a strategic analyst at MITRE, first ran for council in 2014, coming in seventh in an eight-way race. “It has always sort of been in my blood to serve,” said Stehle, who recalls looking up to his grandfather who served on the city council in Butler, Pennsylvania. “It’s on our shoulders now, this generation that chose to make Fairfax City our home, to keep this good thing going. You can’t keep going by standing still. You have to step forward, and that’s really what I’m about here.”

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Reelected Fairfax City Mayor R. Scott speaks at the Derby Q event last weekend. Prior to his election, Stehle was chair of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, which he was first appointed to in January 2015, and served on the Green Acres Feasibility Committee. The committee was established last year to look at possible projects for the aging Green Acres Center on Sideburn Road. The building

currently houses the Main Street Child Development Center and the City’s Young At Heart Senior Center. It was originally built in 1961 as Green Acres Elementary School until 2000. “I’m on a committee that is looking at how we can use that land in the future,” Stehle said. “We are drafting the white paper

right now. I think the vision is that that would be presented to council before this term is up. That building is well past its useful life. So something has to be done. I think it will be a fairly comprehensive look, a pretty good analysis how to think about what to put there.”

CALL FOR COVENANTS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Covenants Committee. One seat representing the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District and one to fill an AtLarge seat. Both positions are for three year terms. The Covenants Committee protects the integrity of property values in Reston by administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants set forth in the Reston Deed of Dedication. Responsibilities of the committee include: § § §

Developing Use and Maintenance Standards. Considering requests for temporary exception permits. Considering and deciding violations in accordance with adopted procedures that are found by staff or other Association Members.

The time commitment is a 1 to 3 hour meeting once per month plus property inspections prior to meeting dates (attending inspections is optional based on committee members’ availability).

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United commemorates 30 years of connecting Washington Dulles hub to the world ■ Dulles area airline treated its employees to a day of fun, food and celebration By Bonnie Stephens Fairfax County Times “Fly the friendly skies” may be their motto in the air, but on the ground Monday morning, United Airlines employees enjoyed a day of friendly smiles and appreciation for their service. On May 9, hundreds of United employees and local civic leaders gathered on the airfield at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to celebrate an important milestone: the airline’s 30th anniversary of serving IAD as a hub. Although United Airlines has been flying out of Dulles for more than 50 years, this month marks the anniversary of its dedicated hub with its own terminal and transport system. Against the backdrop of a Boeing 777, executives from United and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), along with several local, state and federal elected officials, delivered brief remarks during an employee appreciation event. Hundreds of dedicated workers, many of whom have worked for United for more than 30 years, were on hand to celebrate the festivities together on the airfield with friends and food. A large Houston-style barbecue tent was set up for employees to enjoy, reconnect and celebrate their corporate history together. United catering crew even cooked its meals on a scaled down smoker version of a passenger jet, complete with burgers, barbecue and buns in the miniature cabin. The airline had a humble beginning: United Airlines began in the spring of 1926 as a small mail carrier in Idaho, Varney Air Lines, aptly named after its founder Walter Varney, who also founded Continental Airlines.

In May 1986, United Airlines commenced hub operations at IAD with 58 departures serving 24 destinations. Its continuing history has been nothing short of turbulent, with mergers, high fuel costs, employee strikes, reorganization plans and public fear of flying after terrorist attacks. But United remained aloft. Today, United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. “Over the last 30 years, United has employed nearly 17,000 dedicated employees at IAD who have helped connect more than 500 million people through Washington Dulles to destinations around the globe,” said Jon Roitman, senior vice president of airport operations for United. “We are committed to providing our customers at IAD and throughout the world with an elevated travel experience, and we look forward to delivering unmatched service from the national capital region for decades to come.” United carries the world’s most comprehensive route network and, in addition to Dulles, it includes U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, and San Francisco. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

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Mason Baseball drops series finale at St. Bonaventure ■ Final score: St. Bonaventure 16-3 By Times Staff The George Mason baseball team dropped the final game of its series at St. Bonaventure 16-3 Sunday afternoon at Fred Handler Park. St. Bonaventure (23-19-1, 9-9 A-10) took the lead in the bottom of the first against Mason starter Brian Marconi. After an infield single and a throwing error allowed the leadoff batter to reach third base for the Bonnies, sophomore Cole Peterson drove in the first run of the game with a RBI ground out to make the score 1-0. Mason (16-31, 5-13 A-10) answered in the top of the second. After a double by freshman Tim Quinn, freshman Alejandro Aponte lined a single to rightcenter field, with Quinn crossing the plate to tie the score 1-1. St. Bonaventure scored two runs in both the second and third inning to jump out to a 5-1 lead. In the top of the fourth, after freshman Ryan Tassone reached on a fielder’s choice and Quinn

doubled, Aponte drove in two more runs for the Patriots to cut the advantage to 5-3. In the fifth inning, the Bonnies sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on four hits. Junior Dave Vaccaro drove in six runs in the inning with a threerun home run and a three-run double. He finished the day with two home runs and seven RBIs. Mason allowed 15 runs in the first five innings. St. Bonaventure tacked on another run in the seventh for the 16-3 final. Marconi (1-4) allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits in 2.1 innings and suffered the loss. Mason used six pitchers in the game. Senior Drew Teller (5-1) allowed one hit in 2.0 innings in relief for the Bonnies and earned the win Aponte went 3-for-4 with two singles and his first triple of the season and drove in all three runs for Mason. Tassone finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double, Quinn was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and freshman Caleb Walls went 2-for-3 and reached base four times. The Patriots begin a three game series against La Salle Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

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Freshman Alejandro Aponte was three for four hits in the game against St. Bonaventure.

Virginia high school students sprint to the finish line ■ Chantilly’s Brandon McGorty beats Drew Hunter By Times Staff Last weekend’s 52nd running of the historic Dogwood Track Classic in Charlottesville, Va. was shaping up to be a very special day for Virginia Track and Field. All eyes were looking toward a spectacular field of some the most talented distance runners

in the nation, all from Virginia. The race featured the number one distance runner in the country, Loudoun County’s Drew Hunter who has run multiple subfour minute miles and was threatening local legend Alan Webb’s coveted National High School mile record set in 2001. Hunter is a repeat National Champion in the 3200M and rarely races the 800M; his hopes were to improve his 800M best of 1:53 and to be part of what was likely to be a very fast race. Also entered was Chantilly

High School junior, Brandon McGorty, who had the nation’s no. 7 best time entering the race at 1:51.5, and was fresh off a 1:49 split in March when his Chantilly sprint medley team set the National High School Record at the New Balance Nationals in New York City. Alex Lomong of Fork Union High School (Fork Union, Va.) was also a top-10 U.S. ranked 800M runner heading into this meet. There was little question that this was the featured race of the day, and the announcer declared

it so. The stadium came to silent attention as the starting gun was fired. McGorty immediately burst into the lead covering the first 200M in 25.5 seconds and gapped the competition by nearly 10 meters as he completed the first lap in 52 seconds. McGorty held the lead until Hunter and Lomong started closing the gap

with 150 meters to go. The sprint down the final stretch had the crowd at their feet as McGorty pulled the field across the line in a spectacular photo finish. The results were historic with Brandon McGorty winning with a huge personal best of 1:48.58, Drew Hunter placed second with another huge personal best of

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Tech companies invest in industry, securing region’s future ■ Recent success

for two companies, Xavient and SecureAuth, illustrates Northern Virginia’s emergence as a technological hub By Angela Woolsey Fairfax County Times Though they were both born in California and deal with electronic technology, Xavient Information Systems and SecureAuth are distinctly different companies. The former is an information technology and software services hub that dabbles in business sectors from telecommunications and financial services to retail and healthcare. The latter is a security provider focused on improving authentication processes and protecting users’ identities. Together, however, the two organizations serve as an example of how Fairfax County, and Northern Virginia in general, has emerged as a significant center for the technology industry on the U.S. Eastern seaboard. According to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Fairfax County boasts more than 8,400 technology firms

ranging from locally-based startups to major corporations. “The D.C. metro area has an amazing blend of demographics and resources,” Xavient president and chief operating officer, Saif Ahmad, said. “There is a huge concentration of technology resources servicing some of the largest federal contractors and what not…The [available] talent pool, mixed demographics and location, I think those give this area a lot of advantages.” Xavient predominantly services commercial customers because Ahmad and his business partner Rajeev Tandon, who founded the company in 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif., believe that they’re underserved by other organizations compared to the federal sector. Though its headquarters are still located in California, specifically in Simi Valley near L.A., Xavient opened an office in Herndon, Va., almost five years ago after Ahmad and Tandon bought a business that was based in the World Gate Drive suite where their Herndon office is now located. With the company’s other U.S. offices located in California, Georgia, Colorado and Washington, the Herndon office gives Xavient a strong presence on the

East Coast and provides more extensive coverage to clients in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions. Recent success and growth allowed Xavient to open a second office in the region on Jermantown Road in Fairfax. “We pretty much delved into the business by starting out with just a handful of people,” Ahmad said. “Today, we are over 5,000 employees, so it’s been pretty good growth over the last 13-odd years.” When Xavient started, it focused primarily on telecommunications and digital media, and by specializing in that one field instead of offering general IT services, the company was able to offer a level of technical expertise that some other organizations lack, according to Ahmad. The company has since expanded into other domains beyond telecommunications, offering everything from engineering solutions and IT infrastructure management to consulting and testing services, but it has maintained a commitment to providing knowledge to its customers as opposed to just manpower. “Every time we talk to a customer, we can explain to them the problem they’re facing,” Ahmad said. “While [our competitors]

had the size advantage on their side, we had a lot of specialty advantages on our side.” With this growth, which Ahmad says has come at a rate of 45 to 50 percent over the past couple of years, Ahmad and Tandon hope to keep expanding the company and expect increases in hiring at all of its offices. They’re currently looking to fill 30 to 40 positions at the Herndon office alone. Xavient is particularly interested in recent college grads, as the company is working on a training program that will let new employees develop their skills while on the job. “[IT work is] not as complicated as it sounds from the outside, so what we’re trying to do is invest back in the community,” Ahmad said. “They learn on the job, and hopefully in three to six months time, as they pick up key skills, we get them as full-time employees…That will create more local jobs and give more opportunities to local kids to get trained in technology to become part of the workforce.” Compared to Xavient, which has offices and data centers around the globe, SecureAuth is still relatively new and small. Founded in Irvine, Calif., in 2005 by current CEO Craig Lund and Garret Grajek, the identity

security provider opened an office in Reston on Apr. 21 that serves as the corporation’s federal headquarters and as a base for its East Coast operations. SecureAuth’s main product is called an IdP, and it uses biometrics, geo-location, device recognition and other processes to protect users’ access to their accounts and networks, a step up from the two-factor authentication still frequently used by many companies. “The company was really founded on the principle of coming up with an innovative way of coming up with strong authentication without requiring hardware tokens,” SecureAuth chief technology officer Keith Graham said. “Organizations are realizing that they need capabilities like ours to better protect themselves against today’s advanced attacks.” Like Xavient, SecureAuth has grown in recent years, now serving more than 1,000 customers, including major companies like General Mills and Southwest Airlines, and boasting an international office in London, England, along with its stateside locations. The corporation’s Reston office currently has 21 employees and might expand to 30 by the end of the year.

For SecureAuth, the concentration of technology companies in the area made Northern Virginia an attractive location for an office, and while the corporation mostly caters to large enterprises, having a presence in Reston opens the door for more federal clients. “It also exists to provide time zone coverage,” Graham said. “Whereas before, being in southern California, we were in Pacific time, now we have eastern time zone coverage. It also lets us better support our customers in Europe as well. Instead of being eight hours removed, we’re only five hours removed.” At a time when Fairfax County’s overall economy has taken a hit from decreases in federal spending and procurement due to sequestration, the success of companies like SecureAuth and Xavient suggests that the region still has the potential to grow and attract new businesses. “The economy is not just recovering, but in the technology space, it’s been booming,” Ahmad said. “The valuations of technology stock are at their highest, and generally, the pay rates are better than any other vertical, so I think…generally technology has been doing better than some of the other verticals.”

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival celebrates 25 years ■ The weekend will feature over 200 artists By Times Staff

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Partial end of forced arbitration THE LEGAL EDGE by PAUL

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This past Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new rules that among other things would allow consumers to file class action lawsuits against financial companies. You mean they can’t now? Right. Until the new rule passes, consumers with disputes against financial companies are required to sign arbitration clauses that bar them from participating in class action lawsuits. After an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank law in 2010 requiring the CFPB to study the issue, and now with the issuance of a 377-page report, what has been obvious and well known to any who would look at the issue of forced arbitration, now, finally, it appears this one-sided bigbusiness-favored economic advantage is going to come to an end. The new rule will apply to bank checking and deposit accounts, credit cards, prepaid cards, money-transfer services, certain auto and auto title loans, payday and installment loans and student loans. One typical example of the unfairness of the current status was reported by the Oregonian. In August 2013, Stephanie Banks “was battling lung cancer,” and she “also was struggling with her finances,” so “she turned to Rapid Cash for help.” Banks “took out a $300 loan from the payday and title loan lending company” with an annual percentage rate of 153 percent, “the most allowed under Oregon law.”

Banks soon “became too weak to work her $15-an-hour job as a bookkeeper at the Salvation Army and she declared bankruptcy.” She “thought the $300 loan was history until she got a letter claiming that she owed $40,000.” The Oregonian added that “because of a clause in the loan contract Banks signed,” she and her attorney “couldn’t go to court to dispute the $40,000 amount – or argue that Banks shouldn’t owe any money to Rapid Cash or collection agency Ad Astra.” This latest rule proposal by the CFPB is not its first, nor is it the only movement to stop these unfair clauses from hurting consumers. The CFPB already prohibits mandatory arbitration of most mortgage and home equity disputes. Transactions targeting military cannot have these clauses if they involve payday loans or vehicle-title loans. In March, the Department of Education came out with proposals to ban mandatory arbitration clauses by schools that receive federal funding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is also considering restricting the use of these mandatory clauses in long-term care facility contracts. Whether consumers know it or not, and the problem is that most do not, when a product or service is purchased, either at a store or on an Internet website, such as a money transfer service like Paypal, you are agreeing to resolve all disputes by way of binding arbitration. Corporations conduct extensive market research to de-

sign the arbitration provisions in their contracts in a way that makes them easy to miss or ignore, with headers such as there’s nothing you need to do. It is almost impossible to see these clauses before applying for a credit card or purchasing a product, which means just by “receiving” the product or service, one is “agreeing” to sign away all legal rights and protections. To make matters worse, consumers do not gain anything from “agreeing” to waive their rights. Consumers do not get better rates, faster service or enjoy any other form of passed-on savings. The contracts you sign require you to agree to arbitration. You are not allowed to file a lawsuit, nor can you participate in a class action lawsuit, because that type of litigation was also prohibited in the contract. If all was fair, arbitration as a solution to a dispute might be fine. The problem is, the cards are so stacked against you that saying the process is “fair” is more ridiculous than asserting the existence of the Easter Bunny. The truth is, the business wins in arbitration proceedings, virtually all of the time. How is the outcome stacked? The first answer is that arbitration groups, such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) own millions of dollars in the shares of companies that are also their clients. Corporations also pay millions directly in “memberships.” Conflict of interest? Exactly. Arbitration for American consumers, simply, is not fair. 1. The business chooses the location for the hearing.

This can be an immediate obstacle for the consumer. Paypal requires consumers to arbitrate in California, no matter where they live or what resources they have to travel.

2. The business picks the arbitrator. Sometimes, the business allows the consumer to pick an arbitrator from a list the business provides. The “chosen” arbitrator is clearly financially beholden to the business for supplying that business. Ruling against the business would likely result in an end to the repeat business gravy train. 3. The business can change the rules mid-stream if it chooses, such as cancelling the agreement with the consumer or allowing or disallowing certain types of evidence. This is akin to moving the goalposts closer in a football game when you are on offense, and moving them further when you are on defense. 4. Consumers, who are at an extreme financial disadvantage compared to the business, must pay all of their own costs, and they do not get to recoup these expenses even if they win. This often forces abandoning the thought of fighting. In 2012, more than 500 Wall Street brokers that mishandled investors’ money had the records erased by arbitrators, meaning future investors would have no knowledge of the prior misconduct. The new rule, according to the agency “will also require companies to report arbitration results to the agency, making it easier for regulators and consumer

groups to spot bias and other trends that would be harmful to consumers.” A 90-day public comment period will take place, then a drafting of the final rule will take place, then the Office of Management and Budget will review it, and by next year, the favoritism for financial companies will be history. The new rule is most certainly going to take affect, because it does not require congressional approval. As would be expected, the financial industry is fighting hard to prevent the rule from taking effect. The claim arbitration is faster and less expensive. Sure, for them. The proposed rule will finally level the playing field between consumers and financial companies. No more mandatory arbitration clauses, consumers can collectively sue, meaning class action law-

suits would be allowed (now they are not). The rule would still prevent consumers from filing individual lawsuits. Step by step, inch by inch, injustice is falling. Paul A. Samakow is an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia, and has been practicing since 1980. He represents injury victims and routinely battles insurance companies and big businesses that will not accept full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause. He can be reached at any time by calling 1-866-SAMAKOW (1866-726-2569), via email, or through his website. His book “The 8 Critical Things Your Auto Accident Attorney Won’t Tell You” can be instantly downloaded, for free, on his website: http:// w w w. s a m a k ow l a w. c o m / book.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Conservation of prairies needed

Dear Editor, I wish to provide some perspective on a diminishing ecological community with regards in helping conserve as well advocate native prairies to our community. It seems hard to believe that vital tall-grass prairies and associated wetlands are slowly disappearing and are in need of our protection. As an undergraduate biology student currently taking a grassland ecology course, I was not previously aware of how essential these grasses are to us humans, but to other organisms as well. As one of the most endangered ecosystems, prairies would surprisingly benefit urban areas, creating visual appeal and bring forth wildlife. In the urban cities of Texas, many environmental-

ists and the collaboration of community members, have managed to create prairie conservancies in which the structure and function of native prairies are replicated. “Pocket prairies” or gardens of native foliage, are planted to scale within! Texas’ urban communities allowing them to strive and potentially no longer be endangered. Like Texas, Virginia particularly Fairfax County, can continue to grow and urbanize with the addition of pocket prairies, providing a fountain of education to the community. Just think, without nature, where would we be? Sylvia Orellano Springfield

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Take charge of your mental health NEURISHING NEWS by TERESA

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Feeling old is a state of mind, as many have said, but the cliché may be truer than you realize. I have relatives that snow skied until they were 75+ yrs of age, only stopping because they were afraid if they did break something, it would be harder to heal; I have known others that have retired in their 50’s and have been waiting to pass on. Modern medicine is rewriting the rules of aging. How people age differs greatly and “normal aging” may be an outdated and misleading concept. Experts say that only about 30 percent of physical aging can be traced to our genes; the rest is up to us. We can do a lot to take charge of our health and improve the quality of our life, no matter when we start. The old advice of eating right, staying active and get-

ting plenty of rest still holds true. Aging research has shown us that our mental health, or cognitive fitness as some might call it, is as important to our overall quality of health as the physical health is, and it demands similar attention. Stay socially connected. A wealth of research evidence suggests that people with good social networks live longer and are physically and mentally healthier than people who are isolated. A major public health study involving more than 116,000 people found that those with strong relationships had less mental decline and lived more active lives, free of pain and physical limitations. Other studies support these findings, including suggesting that people with the most limited social connections are twice as likely to die during a given period than those with the widest social networks, such as during an illness.

Combatting loneliness takes effort, both in establishing new relationships and in deepening existing ones. Here are some suggestions: • Get involved in projects that entail regular contact with others • Investigate programs and services that are offered within your community • Seek out people who share your interests • Volunteer your time doing something you love • Get connected while you improve your health: join a gym, walking group or take an educational course in something that interests you • Don’t overlook animal companionship: furry friends can bring great joy and purpose into our lives. Remember, you are responsible for your own health! If you have a health related question you would like to see addressed, email neurishingnews@yahoo.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Appreciate parents everyday Dear Editor, Every year people in the world take out 24 hours, one single day to appreciate their Mothers for all they have done throughout their life. As everyone is aware this year Mother’s Day was on Sunday, May 8. Islam has no concept of Mother’s Day or any such day to appreciate one person on a single day as the Holy Prophet (PBUH) stated, “Heaven lies under the feet of your mother” (Ahmad). This highlights that Islam holds the status of mothers very high and it teaches everyone to love, respect and honor their mothers on a daily basis as a

means of spiritual improvement. The Holy Qur’an also states “Worship God and join not any partners with Him; and be kind to your parents…” (4:37). It is therefore absolutely necessary for every Muslim to treat his/her parents with the utmost respect. This further rejects the notion about the status of women in Islam being lower than the men as Islam was the first religion to champion educational and economic rights to women. Islam also granted economic rights to women 14 centuries ago, establishing for women the ability to own, keep, and manage their

own property and wealth, to seek divorce, to remarry, to inherit, and to ensure their own economic independence. We should keep these points in view and instead of celebrating one day dedicated to our mothers/ fathers the whole year should be spent in the act of appreciating all that they do for each one of us. Arsalan Ahmad Khan Member, Muslim Writers Guild of America Woodbridge, VA

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Transgender bathroom laws operate on an invalid assumption

Gloucester High School middle-schooler Gavin Grimm had been in school only seven weeks before his school passed a policy that would require him to use the women’s bathroom. This policy is similar to the recent North Carolina bathroom law that requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex at birth. So Gavin, being a transgender boy, would be forced to use the bathroom based on what is written on his birth certificate as opposed to how he currently identifies. The ACLU subsequently filed a lawsuit on his behalf against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia as violating Title IX – meaning the school was discriminating against Gavin based on gender. Thankfully, the federal court that examined the case just recently ruled in favor of the student, setting an important precedent on bathroom laws that would negatively affect transgender people in any state these kinds of laws are being considered in. Transgender people face daily risk of verbal and physical harassment from transphobic people, especially in areas segregated by sex like the bathroom, and official policies that deny the identity of transgender people only adds to the constant societal attack on their identity. But still, there are those who argue against the court ruling and believe Gavin should use the restroom of the gender he was “born as”. In other words, he should use the bathroom corresponding to his biological sex, and not his gender identity. So, taking the main focus of bathroom usage to be biological sex, let’s look at another area that has been grappling with the topic of biological sex and transgender people - sports. In late 2015, athlete Chris Mosier became the first transgender man to qualify

for a US national team, specifically for a duathlon competition. However, at the time, it was not clear if he would be allowed to compete as a man, until January of 2016 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) struck down the rule that athletes have to get reassignment surgery in order to compete as their gender, with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) following shortly after. This rule was one of three, including a policy that athletes must be legally recognized as the gender they wish to compete as, and must have been receiving hormone therapy for two years. Under this revised set of rules, Mosier would be able to participate in the 2016 World Duathlon Championships with his fellow male brethren. Recently, the distinction between sex and gender has been more widely accepted than previous decades, with sex being a biological and relatively immutable trait, and gender being based on social norms. Sports clearly have an extremely physical focus and thus mostly deal in terms of views on biological sex as opposed to gender identity. If sex is a fixed and stagnant biological identity, then how can a group of people like the IOC redefine what it means to be one gender or another? Examining this rule change, beforehand, a transgender male athlete who has completed two years of hormone therapy and is legally recognized as male, but has not undergone reassignment surgery (like Chris Mosier) would not be considered to be a man. After the rules were altered, suddenly, Mosier is considered a man and will be allowed to compete as one. In this it can be seen that the definition of biological sex is based on testosterone levels. But where does male end and

female begin? The IOC changing their policy essentially shifts this arbitrarily set line between sexes, redefining this “immutable” aspect of one’s identity. This suggests that the concept of biological sex is socially produced, similarly to gender. If biological sex in sports – determined by how much testosterone a person has – isn’t as much of an innate trait as many believe it to be, then biological sex in terms of bathroom usage is most definitely not some kind of perfect binary that every person fits into. A person’s legal sex is determined by genitalia at birth, and around 0.1% to 0.2% of babies are born with genitalia ambiguous enough to warrant special medical scrutiny. This can include being referred to “gender identity teams” or subjected to irreversible surgery that designates the child as male or female with no knowledge of how they will identify later in life. For comparison, this percentage is about the proportion of the world population that is Jewish. Variation is a natural and vital part of evolution, and binaries are not. So claiming someone like Gavin should use the women’s restroom because he’s biologically female is an invalid argument. Gavin isn’t biologically female. Gavin isn’t biologically anything other than composed of the same elements that make up every other human being. Just because he was interpreted to be female at birth based on body parts and an educated guess on how much testosterone or estrogen he would produce in the future does not mean it’s ok to deny his identity and force him to use the wrong restroom. Luke Thorsell Fairfax

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Living the sweet life ■ All-Star food and lineup featured in local music festival By Keith Loria Special to the Times

PHOTO COURTESY GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON

Drinking Virginia

For the 20th year, George Washington’s Mount Vernon is celebrating Virginia’s wine making history with the Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. On May 13 through May 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. enjoy tastings from 20 state wineries on the land of our first President. Also included with tickets are exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by the first couple and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River. Individual tickets are still available for Sunday night and VIP tables are available for all three nights. For more information, http://www. mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/ events/spring-wine-festival-sunset-tour/

PHOTO COURTESY VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION (VIRGINIA.ORG)

A day in Jamestown

Make this a historical weekend along with your Spring Wine Festival tickets by taking a day trip to Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown Settlement this Saturday, May 14. This year’s Jamestown Day is celebrating its 409th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English colony in America. The day includes interpretive programs on Powhatan and English interactions, military and maritime displays, family-friendly tours and activities and traditional music and entertainment. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free; however there is a normal fee to enter the Jamestown Settlement. For more information, http:// www.virginia.org/listings/Events/JamestownDay/

Music fans of all ages will be heading to the annual Sweetlife Festival on May 14, as some of the biggest names in music today will be playing at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in an all-day musical extravaganza. Founded in 2010 by Georgetown University graduates and Sweetgreen owners Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru, Sweetlife has become a favorite not only for its amazing music and delicious and healthy food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability and company culture. “Music has power unlike anything else — it has the ability to connect people emotionally, to bring people from all different backgrounds together and to add context to every occasion,” Neman said. “We want people to walk away with a sense of community that comes from a shared love of music and food. We also want people to be reminded that you can have a party with a purpose, that you can have fun and be healthy.” Blondie headlines the event, and the iconic Deborah Harry promised that favorites such as “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass” and “Rapture” will all be included on the day’s set list. “One of the great things about this is that reward of playing a song that is 40 years old and still seeing the audience respond the way they do… there’s nothing better,” she said. “We try to cover so much territory because people like to hear their favorites and we do as much as that as we can and incorporate our new material to create a total picture of the evolution of Blondie.” Other big musical names playing on the day include The 1975, Halsey, Flume, Grimes, Shamir, DIIV, Eagles of Death Metal, Mac DeMarco and Prinze George. “There is something for everyone at this year’s lineup from singer songwriters to hip hop artists,” Newman said. “For us, Sweetlife is about unique combinations that inspire and

An art walk

Walking through the old neighborhoods in D.C. is always a nice change of pace from the touristy Mall or the bustling bar scenes of Adams Morgan and U Street. Starting this weekend through Oct. 22 “Turf and Terrain” comes to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood for the biyearly Arts in Foggy Bottom event. See artists local, regional and international display their work in front of D.C. homes. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. and tours start at 842 New Hampshire Avenue, NW (the yellow house on the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW). For more information, http://artsinfoggybottom.com/

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Blondie will be a main headliner at the Sweetlife Festival this weekend.

that is why having a diverse lineup all in one place is very important.” For example, the Maryland-based Prinze George is comprised of Naomi Almquist (vocals), Kenny Grimm

Sweetlife Festival nn Merriweather Post Pavilion nn All day beginning at noon, Saturday, May 14 nn Tickets: $100-$150 nn For more information, visit sweetlifefestival.com

(instrumental) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), and the indie rockers quickly made a name for themselves thanks to their breakthrough single, “Victor” and strong follow-ups in “Make Me” and “This Time.” “This festival is important to us because Sweetgreen is both a responsible company that makes excellent food and a company that originated here at home,” Almquist said. “Playing the festival this year definitely feels like a natural rite of passage.”

The Sweetlife festival emphasizes Sweetgreen’s mission to merge passion with purpose, and to build community around healthy eating while doing it. “In past years, we’ve had great success discovering up-and-coming artists, so we looked for artists people are starting to discover like Thundercat, Shamir and Wolf Alice as well as today’s most in-demand bands like The 1975 and Flume when selecting the lineup,” Neman said. “We also really look to book bands that put on a great live show. It’s all about the experience.” Wolf Alice was recently nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance at the 2016 awards and its song, “Moaning Lisa Smile,” was a fixture on the alternative charts for much of last year. The UK-based band is excited to play this year’s event. “We’re pumped to get out there and play this part of the States for the first time,” said Joel Amey, Wolf Alice’s drummer. “There are some amazing acts playing and I hear they

have some great food, so it’s going to be an incredible time.” This year, Sweetgreen is partnering with chefs, vendors and food trucks from the community to provide nutritious and delicious delicacies for all. Expect offerings from The Big Cheese, Crepe Love, DGS, Little Sesame, Misfit Juicery, Pops by Haley, Luke’s Lobster, Buredo and Pepe Truck. Sweetgreen has also teamed up with Blondie to create a limited edition salad, One Grain or Another, in celebration of the band’s performance at the event. Inspired by the group’s greatest hit, “One Way or Another,” the salad will be available at the festival and all Sweetgreen locations until May 23. “Our mission is to inspire healthier communities, and we know that ‘healthy’ isn’t just about the food you eat,” Neman said. “We’re hoping to change the way people think about food and to catalyze serious change in the food system. That means making healthy food accessible, and teaching kids about healthy eating.”

NextStop stages Tony winning play ■ City of Angels coming to the Herndon black box theatre By Keith Loria Special to the Times

PHOTO BY KATE WARREN

PHOTO COURTESY SWEETGREEN

Fans of film noir will want to head to the NextStop Theatre to witness one of the best musicals ever to tackle the popular cinema form, as it will be staging the 1990 Tony-winning “City of Angels.” Written by Larry Gelbart (“Tootsie” and TV’s “M*A*S*H), with a score by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel, “City of Angels” won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. “I have known about this show for a long time but I had never seen it, and a big reason for that is that it has never been done professionally in the D.C. area, as far as I can tell,” said Evan Hoffmann, NextStop’s artistic director, who is directing the production. “Considering it was done in 1990, and here it is 2016 and we’re doing the D.C. professional premier of the show, which I am thrilled about.” In some ways, Hoffmann can understand the reluctance of others to stage the show, as it is a “big” show and technically very complicated, but still, he’s amazed NextStop has the opportunity to be the first. “The music is amazing and it has this great jazz score and a cool concept. People will be humming the music when they leave the theatre,” he said. “D.C. theaters don’t tend to be

afraid of doing big shows but this one seemed to elude people and we have enjoyed the chance to take on challenges that may seem too big for us.” Although NextStop’s black box theatre might not seem the ideal location for such a large production, Hoffman noted the theater has a history of turning big Broadway spectacles into a feel of a chamber musical. “We have done a lot of big shows—‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Secret Garden,’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’—and when you take a big show that people think of in terms of spectacle and lavish and we find a creative way to make it work in our space, by default the show becomes a lot more personal and a lot more intimate,” he said. “We make the characters more personal because we put our audiences right up next to them and make them experience the story and characters in

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a way you don’t normally think of in a big theater.” The setting for “City of Angels” is Hollywood in the late 1940s, with two stories occurring simultaneously: a Hollywood comedy and a detective drama, with most in the cast doubling to play a character in both the “real” and “fictional” parts of the production. “One story is about a guy who is translating his detective novel into a

PHOTO COURTESY NEXTSTOP THEATRE

NextStop Theatre steps into Hollywood history. screenplay for a big Hollywood movie and the struggles he has in doing that adaptation with everyone telling him how he should do it,” Hoffmann explained. “At the same time, you’re actually watching the detective story he is writing about this Gumshoe who gets hired to find the step-daughter of this beautiful, rich woman.” The NextStop production will feature 14 actors and a seven-piece jazz combo, and a unit set that evokes the idea of Old Hollywood. “It was tough casting this because the vocals in this show are unbelievably difficult and the harmonies unbelievably complicated” Hoffmann said. “On top of that, it’s a very wide range of acting styles, and the film noir style is not a type of acting that a lot of people do anymore. It’s very mellow-dramatic and we needed to find people who could act in that way without making it seem like a joke.”

The show stars Bobby Libby as Stine, the writer; Ryan Burke as Stone the detective; and Katie Keyser as Gabbi, the wife of Stine in the real world, and Bobbi, the ex-girlfriend of Stone in the novel. One of the more interesting things about the production is that scenes displaying the real world are in fullcolor sets and costumes, while the movie scenes are done with a blackand-white feel. “The world of the screenwriter is happening in color while the world of the detective is happening in black-inwhite, so figuring out logistically with the actors and designers how to create those two worlds and jumping back quickly between the two, has been the most tricky thing,” Hoffmann said. “I think audiences will feel like they are seeing something very different than what they would expect from musical theater.”


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THE FAIRFAX CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: SPRING FOLLIES The final concert of the Central Campus Youth Chorus this season celebrates the songs of the stage. 7 p.m. $25/adults ($20 in advance), $10/students. Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. http://fairfaxchoralsociety. org/event/spring-follies-2.

BIG SCREEN ON THE GREEN The young and young-at-heart will enjoy watching a movie outdoors on a really big inflatable screen when the Vienna Parks and Recreation and Navy Federal Credit Union present Walt Disney’s animated classic “Aladdin” (G). Free popcorn while supplies last. Festivities begin on the Town Green at 8 p.m. The movie begins when it is dark enough. Rain date is May 14. Free. Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Ave., East, Vienna. www. viennava.gov.

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Enjoy a day of fun and free events on the Occoquan River—including complimentary boat rides on Miss River Shore. Activities include: Children’s midway ($5 for wrist band), history paddle, snails alive!, nature hikes, stream science with GMW, kids fishing event and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton. https://www.novaparks.com/parks/occoquan-regional-park.

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FRIDAY, MAY 13 Ask the Cardiologist: Your Heart Keep it Pumping Join Cardiologist Dr. Tarek AbouGhazala from the Virginia Cardiovascular Group to learn how you can improve heart health, recognize a heart attack and how heart failure is diagnosed and treated. Register online or call 703-6892700. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. Fashion in Motion Fashion Show, The Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts’ Fashion Careers class is presenting their Fashion in Motion show. This is an annual event put on by juniors and seniors of Fairfax County Public Schools who are in Fashion Careers classes. 7:30 p.m. $15/person with $5 going to Hope for Justice, an organization founded by Natalie Grant that is dedicate to ending slavery and human trafficking across the world. The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 571991-2190.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Spring Garden Day More than 40 local garden vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and master gardeners are on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. For more information call 703-642-5173. Grand Opening of Primrose School Local families and children are invited to attend this event which will include face painting, balloon artists and more. 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. will officially mark the grand opening. Primrose Schools offer care and education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years and afterschool care of children up to age 12. Primrose School, 3460 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. For more information call 703-437-1600 or visit www.PrimroseChantilly.com. Spring Farm Day, get a taste of what life was like in Fairfax County before the beltway, multiplexes and super stores came along. Spring Farm Day gives the whole family a chance to experience what life was like for farmers before modern inventions. See demonstrations of antique farming equipment and learn how they provided food for the table. Visitors two and older can try their hand at milking a cow or goat and watch a sheep get sheared. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $7/person online, $8/walk-in day of. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. http://1. usa.gov/1T96S9w. Dog and Cat Adoption, offering spayed or neutered pets. Noon to 3 p.m. Fees apply. Seven Corners PetSmart, 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-295-3647 or www.lostdogrescue.org. Maximizing Social Security Financial Advisor Albert Wu discusses how Social Security benefits are calculated and simple strategies to increase them. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Pl., Oakton. Registration is required by calling 703-242-4020 or http://bit.ly/ okss. Dock Diving Dog Competition PetMAC of Lake Anne will bring diving dogs back to the lake featuring the

world champion dogs from the Chesapeake Dock Diving Dog Club. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. For more information visit www. LakeAnnePlaza.com. Community Spaghetti Dinner is hosted by the Oakton United Methodist Church and proceeds benefit location and international mission activities of the United Methodist Women. Tickets are available at the door or at the church office. $10 adults, $30 for a family (two adults and up to four children ages 3 to 12). Children ages 3 to 12, $6 and children under age 3 are free. Dinner includes spaghetti and sauce (meat if desired), salad, roll, beverage and dessert. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oakton United Methodist Church, 2951 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton. For more information visit www.oaktonumc.org. Big Pants and Hot Flashes, Cool Cow Comedy presents Kevin Meaney and Julia Scotti as they blend their brands of comedy into one hilarious night. 18 and over only. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20/pre-sale, $25/at door. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. http://www.coolcowcomedy.com/events/9798.

SUNDAY, MAY 15 Taste of Arlington The Ballston Business Improvement District hosts this annual event benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Featuring cuisine from more than 50 Arlington restaurants, two concert stages with live music, expanded beer and wine garden, a 5K race benefiting Girls on the Run and more. Noon to 6 p.m. Held on Wilson Blvd. in front of Ballston Common Mall. Parking is available all day at the Ballston Public Parking Ga-

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rage. Free. A book of 10 taste tickets to sample food is $40. For more information visit www.tasteofarlington.com or call 703-664-1194. Fairfax Station Displays N Gauge Trains The NTRAK Model Train group will have a display of running N Gauge model trains at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults 16 and older, $4, children ages 5 to 15, $2. Museum members and children under 4 are free. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station. For more information visit www. fairfax-station.org. Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax Book Fair An afternoon event for the whole family with performances, demonstrations and activities. Book fair proceeds benefit the Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax. 1 to 5 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr. Fairfax. Classic Movie Matinee Check out the online calendar to find the title of this month’s multiple award winning film. 2 p.m. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. This event is for adults age 62 and older. Register online at http://tinyurl. com/classicmoviematinee or call 703-689-2700.

MONDAY, MAY 16 Adventures in Learning This six-week session occurs every Monday starting today from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and runs through May 9. The session begins with gentle exercise followed by speakers on various topics including personal development, finance and more. Afternoon breakouts are book club, bridge and canasta. $30 for the session. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd., Fairfax in the social hall located at the back of the church. Bring a brown bag lunch. Call the office at 703-426-2824 or visit the website at www.scfbva. org to print the registration form and class schedule.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 Stories from Strawberry Park, enjoy a live interactive performance taught by a group of unique storytellers (held outside, weather permitting), 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., The Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. http://mosaicdistrict. com. Get a Free Smoothie Area Smoothie King restaurants are offering a free, 12-ounce Caribbean Way smoothie to all guests between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. To find the location near you visit http://www.smoothieking.com/locations. McLean Rotary Club Lun-

cheon Members of the community are invited to join the women and men of the Rotary Club of McLean for our weekly luncheon meeting and meal. Noon. Fellowship Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean.  The Rotary Club of McLean is a service club actively involved in the McLean Community and in international areas related to our community.  Email mcleanrotary.va@gmail. com to RSVP. For additional information view our webpage at www.mcleanrotary.org. Emotions Anonymous (EA) is a self-help support group based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Members come together to share their experiences - good and bad. Our goal is to share their concerns and to hear of the progress of their peers, which is an important element in the healing process. The only requirement for membership is the desire to become emotionally well. No dues or fees. EA is not a replacement for professional therapies but rather a complementary support activity. What is said to each other remains with each other. EA is not allied with any sect, denomination, political organization or institution. Meetings are held in basement room #10 of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2598 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna, Va. every Monday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information, contact Sterling at 703-969-5689.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Blood Drive Homewood Suites Dulles International Airport is hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Homewood Suites, 13460 Sunrise Valley Dr., Herndon. Bereavement Support Group A six-week general bereavement group will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through May 11. Registration is required. Two groups for widows and widowers will run on Saturdays. For more information contact Haven at 703941-7000 or e-mail at havenofnova@verizon.net. Living Free Support Groups at Jubilee Christian Center of Fairfax will cover “Stepping into Freedom,” “Concerned Persons Group” (for families and friends of addicts), “The Image of God in You,” and “Handling Loss and Grief.” The support groups will meet Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. and Sundays at 10:10 a.m. Free. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Rd., Fairfax. For information or to register call 703383-1170, visit www.jccag. org or visit livingfree@jccag. org.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 Farmers’ Market The Herndon Farmers’ Market includes an opportunity to purchase plants, produce, baked goods, mean and more. Come on out and enjoy seasonal events and entertainment. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Historic Dowtown Herndon. The Other Side of Cannabis Confused about the effects of today’s marijuana? Make plans to attend the premiere of this award-winning documentary and panel discussion. 7 p.m. Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax. Advance tickets for $10 plus handling fee are available online at http://upcfilmosc.eventbrite. com. Youth under 18 are free. Tickets will also be available at the door at 6:30 p.m. for $15. For more information visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org. Vietnam Veterans Honor Student Artists Chapter 227 of the Vietnam Veterans of America invites the public to attend their chapter meeting which will feature the presentation of awards to the winners of the 16th Annual Vince Kaspar Awards for Excellence in the Arts. This community program recognizes art and poetry talents of local high school students. 7:30 p.m. Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Vienna. For more information visit www.vva227.org or call 703-255-0353.

ONGOING Haven Seeks Volunteers Haven of Northern Virginia offers training to people interested in providing support to the bereaved and seriously ill. A 30-hour training period is required. To become a Haven volunteer, please call Haven for orientation at 703-9417000. Drugs: Costs and Consequences A national touring exhibit developed by the DEA and the DEA Educational Foundation, formally known as Target America, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Sept. 16. In this interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individual and society, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and current science behind drug law enforcements, drug prevention and drug treatment specific to Loudoun County and surrounding Northern Virginia communities. 750 Miller Dr., SE, Suite F-1, Leesburg. For more information visit www. drugexhibit.org.

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Send community calendar notices at least two weeks prior to your event to ffxtimesevents@gmail. com. Please limit submissions to event name, date, time, cost, address and contact information. Events are listed on a space-available basis. ART EVENTS Herndon Senior Center Anniversary and Arts Festival Submit your fine arts in any medium, crafts of any type and/or perform. This show is open to all creative people ages 50 and up. Drop of your work or sign up to perform no later than 4 p.m. today. Festival takes place 10 a.m. to noon May 17. Free. Herndon Senior Center, 1533 Rudds Store Pl., Herndon. For more information visit www.herndonseniorcenter.org. Creative Aging Festival The Arts Council of Fairfax County selected seven outstanding artists who will be part of a diverse line up this month. Fifty free activities and events are planned at 14 senior centers throughout the county during this month. To find an event near your senior center visit http://www. fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/news/ ni2016/2016_creative_aging_ festival.htm. Botanical Garden Exhibit Vienna Arts Society members will be exhibiting at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens through June 30. Free. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. For more information call 703-255-3631. Vienna Photographic Society Competition may be useful for artists and photographers learning about composition. The judge will make suggestions for improving composition and photographic techniques. 7:30 p.m. May 18. Free. Oakton Elementary School Auditorium, 3000 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton. For more information see the newsletter at vpsva.org. Open Rehearsal The Fairfax Jubil-Aires Barbershop Chorus invites men of all ages who enjoy singing to visit us Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Lord of Life Church, 13421 Twin Lakes Dr., Centreville. For more information visit www.fairfaxjubilairs.org or call 703-991-5198. McLean Project for the Arts Summer Art Camp Registration is ongoing for MCC district residents with an exciting menu of camp offerings for children ages 3 to 12 and teens ages 12 to 18. For more information and to register visit http://www.mpaart.org/ sign-up-for-summer-2016-artcamp/. Painting and Drawing Classes for Ladies No experience is necessary. 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays. The cost of $185 per month covers four two-hour sessions per month. There is a one-time $100 registration fee. All materials are provided by the studio. For more information visit www. meadeartstudio.com or call 703-802-6243. Oil Painting: Creative Still Life Through creatively constructed still life set-ups, explore color, composition, light and shadow and develop self-expression with instructor John Francis Murray. Students will learn techniques to freshen up their oil painting techniques in general and gain confidence in capturing the spirit of the subject matter. Mondays through May 23. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost starts at $288 for residents with a discount for seniors. McLean Community Center, 1234

FAI RFAX COUNT Y T I MES Ingleside Ave., McLean. For more information or to register visit http://tinyurl.com/ creativestilllife. The Artist’s Sketchbook Discover the fun and versatile freedom of the sketchbook with instructor Paul Glenshaw. Drawing and painting with watercolor and other media, you will explore various techniques. Classes will be held outside, weather permitting. Wednesdays through May 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prices start at $240 for residents with a discount for seniors. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. For more information and to register visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/mcleancommunitycenter/Activity_Search/5298. Vienna Idol 2016 is a music competition benefiting Khristin Kylio Memorial Fund and SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) research. Auditions are semi-weekly at either Caffe Amouri or Whole Foods in Vienna. Finals take place at a concert on the Vienna Town Green June 10 where fans vote for their favorite “idol.” Go to www.viennaidol.org for registration, audition details, dates and locations. Summer Art Camps and Teen Studios enrolling now. From McLean Project for the Arts partnership with the Vosler Young Artists’ Studio to Young Rembrandts Drawing Camp, there is something from every age from June through August. For more information and to register visit http://www.mpaart.org/summer-camps/.

IN THE GALLERIES Art Gallery Grand Opening Join Alexia Scott, landscape painter, at her studio in the heart of Falls Church. Artists Cheryl Bearss, Deborah Taylor, Elisabeth Hudgins, Persimmon Street Studio, Theresa Wells Stifel and Two Sisters Art Glass will also be joining this grand opening. Enjoy live music and more. Tonight starting at 6 p.m. with hours tomorrow and Sunday. Alexis Scott Studio and Gallery, 106 Little Falls St., Falls Church. A percentage of sales will benefit Arlington Philharmonic. Free but RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP by e-mail to grandopening@stifelandcapra.com. For more information call 703-407-0770. Surrealism: a Photography Exhibition is a collaborative effort between Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio. Exhibit continues through May 29. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. For more information visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/. Two Views features new works by Pat Macintyre and Gail Axtell-Erwin who create their interpretations of nature in mixed media and acrylic on canvas. This show is on exhibit until Jun 2. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at Reston Art Gallery & Studios, 11400 Washington Plaza, Reston. For more information visit www.RestonArtGallery.com or call 703-481-8156. Images of Fairfax Exhibition features sketches, maps, photographs and artwork depicting buildings and landscapes. Highlights include a collection of City of Fairfax residents, Randolph and Ellen Lytton, and historic photographs of the Burke area on loan from the Burke Historical Society. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 10. Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. For more information call 703385-8414.

CONCERTS Blossoms Blooming 2016 features a variety of bands today, tomorrow and Sunday at Quail Ridge Lake in Aldie. Day passes are $60. Parking is $5 and there is no re-entry. For more infor-

mation visit www.facebook. com/BlossomsBloomingMusicFestival/. To purchase tickets visit http://holdmyticket.com/ event/226137. Wittenberg Choir Concert Features a 43-member touring choir made up of singers from all walks of life. The choir’s repertoire includes traditional American spirituals as well as folk songs as well as both English and German songs. Thomas Herzer will also play a brief concert on Good Shepherd’s 1872 pipe organ. Free but donations will be accepted. 7:30 p.m. Tonight. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1133 Reston Ave., Herndon. For more information visit www.gslcva.org. Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series If you like bluegrass, “on the edge” and magnificent down home humor, then Dry Branch Fire Squad will have you laughing and clapping all evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tonight. $15 for adults, children 12 and younger admitted free. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. For more information or to make a reservation call 703-435-8377. Live Music with Eddie Pockey Well known throughout the region as an amazing vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Eddie Pockey, performs a show every Friday at Pistone’s Italian Inn. Admission is free with a $10 minimum food/ drink purchase. 9 p.m. to midnight. Pistone’s Italian Inn, 6320 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. For more information call 703-533-1885. Reston Orchestra will be joined by juggler/comedian Jonathan Austin in a concert featuring circus music, big laughs and split-second timing. Free but donations are appreciated. No tickets are required but seating is limited. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. For more information visit www. restoncommunityorchestra. org/free-concert-series/annual-concert-for-youth.

THEATER Theatre in the Woods The 2016 season lineup for Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods features diverse acts including puppetry, storytelling, dance, theater, and music.  Situated in the heart of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre-inthe-Woods welcomes families, school groups, caregivers, and their young ones Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning June 21 through August 6. Tickets are $8 - $12 and children under two enter free of charge. For more information see the listing of performance dates at wolftrap.org/youngatarts or purchase tickets at wolftrap. org/woods. Phantom of the Opera far beneath the splendor of the Paris Opera House hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Join Oakton High School Drama at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. Tickets pre-sell for $12 and are $15 at the door. For more information visit www.oaktondrama. org. Caroline, or Change presented by Creative Cauldron is a musical that blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish klezmer music to tell the story of the Gellman family and their African-American maid. 8 p.m. showings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning tonight and running through May 28. General admission is $18 to $26. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave., Falls Church. For more information visit http://creativecauldrom. org/caroline_change_271.htm.

BALLET Evening with Classical Ballet Theatre This contemporary gala comes to the CenterStage tomorrow. The audience will complimentary pre-performance cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. $18 to $22. Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. For more information visit http:// www.cbtnva.org/evening.

PHOTO COURTESY RESTON ART GALLERY & STUDIOS “Tree of Light” by Gail Axtell-Erwin. Artist Axtell-Erwin’s new work will be on display at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios. For more information see, IN THE GALLERIES section of the arts calendar.

Simply

Sinatra A Man and His Music Starring: Chris Ryan and Jerry Katz May 14th and 21st Café Montmartre, Lake Anne, Reston Show and Dancing: 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM Dancing continues till 10:30 PM

During the show you’ll learn about the songs and the role these songs played in Sinatra’s career. The $25 ticket includes a $20 Food/Drink coupon. The $38 dinner package includes show ticket, choice of either an appetizer or dessert, one of four entrees, tax, and tip. Reservations are a must; tickets are nonrefundable.

Call or email Café Montmartre at 703-904-8080 email: SimplySinatra@cafemontmartre.com.

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SHAKE IT OFF Dance for Everyone The Second Saturday Dance features Ed’s DJ music mix suitable for a wide variety of dances. Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson starts at 7 p.m. followed by a beyond basic class at 7:45 p.m. Dance for everyone begins at 8:30 and lasts until 11:30 p.m. to a DJ mix of contemporary and classic dance music including west coast and east coast swing, hustle. Light snacks, sodas and set-ups included in the $15 fee. Colvin Run Dance Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. For more information visit www. colvinrun.org. Dance for Everyone These Tuesday dances feature Ed’s DJ music mix suitable for a wide variety of dances. Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. to a DJ mix of contemporary and classic dance music including west coast and east coast swing, hustle. Light snacks, sodas

and set-ups included in the $12 fee. Colvin Run Dance Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. For more information visit www.colvinrun. org. Come Dance with Us Dance the Carolina Shag every Wednesday with the Northern Virginia Shag Club from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Free lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. No partner needed. $7 members and $8 non-members to pay for the DJ. Under 21 Free. Arlington/Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. For more information visit www. nvshag.org. Square Dance Lessons Join Boomerangs Square Dance for classes every Wednesday beginning May 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Greenspring Village, Accotink Room, 7410 Spring Village Dr., Springfield. $30 per for classes for a series of 12 classes. For more information call Nancy at 571-2105480.


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Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, 2016

see FILM. be INSPIRED.

CREATED BY, FOR, AND ABOUT VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

The GI Film Festival, also known as “Sundance for the Troops, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the stories of military veterans through film, television and dynamic live special events. GI Film Festival films cover every film genre, every American conflict and everbranch of service, helping to connect service-members to society and facilitate their transition home.

5 DAYS OF STAR-STUDDED FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT Coming to the Angelika Film Center at Mosaic

SATURDAY, MAY 28

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

FREE FAMILY FITNESS BOOT CAMP

SUNDAY, MAY 29

SPECIAL OUTDOOR EVENT

TOP GUN 30TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT WITH VAL KILMER

SCREENING AND PARTY

13 HOURS DVD RELEASE SCREENING AND PARTY WITH CAST

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER AT MOSAIC

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER AT MOSAIC

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER AT MOSAIC

2911 District Ave. Fairfax, VA, 22031

2911 District Ave. Fairfax, VA, 22031

8:30 am

Bring the whole family for our free Family Fitness Boot Camp, hosted by True Health and Wholeness. Join in the fun and break a sweat with other families in the community as we celebrate military appreciation month.

Feel the need? The need for speed? Come dressed in your ’80s best and join us on the highway to the danger zone to celebrate the 30th Anniversary our America’s favorite Navy pilot film, Top Gun. Come watch the actionpacked film and see Ghost Rider, Goose and Iceman on the big screen as if it were your first time.

8:30 am - 9:00 am Grit Workout (recommended 12 and up)

Grit is a high-intensity interval style workout using just your body to exercise with music.

After the screening, join special guest Val Kilmer (aka Iceman) for a Q &A session before heading to a rocking 1980’s themed party at Black Finn for complimentary drinks and food. Shoulder pads, high hair, 80s attire, aviators and bomber jackets are encouraged.

9:15 am-10:15 am Kids Circuit-Style Workout (ages 6-12)

Game based outdoor fitness fun

7:00 pm

No RSVP - just show up for the fun!

gifilmfestival.com/films/top-gun

SCREENING AND PARTY

2911 District Ave. Fairfax, VA, 22031

6:30 pm

What better way to end the week-long GI Film Festival festivities than with the star-studded cast of 13 Hours and the real-life warriors who fought the Battle of Benghazi, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist. For the ultimate Hollywood experience, moviegoers will walk down the red carpet to attend a special DVD release screening and party for the Michael Bay-directed film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Special guests include Dominic Fumusa (13 Hours, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and the real-life Benghazi warriors depicted in the film: Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist.

gifilmfestival.com/films/13hours

BEYOND GLORY WITH STEPHEN LANG

DIRECTED BY LARRY BRAND

SATURDAY, MAY 28 ANGELIKA FILM CENTER AT MOSAIC 2911 District Ave. Fairfax, VA, 22031

5:40 pm

Beyond Glory is a feature length documentary that tells the story of famed actor Stephen Lang’s yearlong journey in the evolution, process, and response to his award-winning, one-man play “Beyond Glory.” In the film, Lang portrays eight men who received the highest U.S. military accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Using first person accounts, Lang embodies each man, as he tells their stories with power, compassion, and a note of healing humor. From War II, Korea, and Vietnam, the men represent a racially mixed cross-section of America – both urban and rural – from California to New Jersey, from Arkansas to Montana, from Texas to Hawaii. Beyond Glory is both a tribute and a celebration, as it explores the nature of heroism; and the concepts of solidarity, courage, fortitude, faith and humility. Lang believes that this is the most personal work of his career: “Our film offers a common ground where we can meet, witness, and experience together.” TICKETS: gifilmfestival.com/films/beyond-glory

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Roasting among us ■ Rare Bird Coffee Roasters make northern Virginia moves By Hannah Menchhoff Fairfax County Times Working out of the Off the Beaten Track Warehouse in D.C., Bryan Becker and Lara Berenji were gaining some traction on their wholesale specialty coffee. People wanted to come see the space that held Rare Bird Coffee Roasters. Because the District doesn’t have a coffee roaster specific permit, Rare Bird was technically considered a delicatessen. This worked out in the couple’s advantage however, because that meant they could open up a couple times a month and sell coffee and food. “In the warehouse we are in now, it was a fantastic way to start because it kind of gave us a taste of how well received our coffee would be and how much there was an interest in it. Even with just the open houses we got such fabulous response it

FAI RFAX COUNT Y T I MES did give us confidence to move. [The warehouse space] also frustrated a lot of people there because we were only open to the public, like with our doors open and the whole warehouse being open every first and last Saturday,” Berenji explained. “…So it really wasn’t accessible for the general public. We tried to figure out a way to do it there but it just didn’t make any sense.” Not only did the public like their coffee, Becker and Berenji also really enjoyed serving the public. So after some research, they found a space available on West Broad Street in Falls Church. Falls Church may not seem like the most likely place for a specialty coffee roaster. It doesn’t exactly follow those “hip” or “indie” vibes people expect with coffee nowadays. On a fundamental level, the location made sense since Falls Church is a much shorter commute for the Arlington based couple. They could also find a cheaper rent than they could in D.C. or Arlington. They also found that Falls Church is an untapped location in the growing specialty coffee industry. Shortly after renting the space in northeast D.C. Becker and Berenji realized that a number of popular area coffee roasters were already there or nearby, for example Zeke’s Coffee and Compass Coffee.

PHOTO COURTESY RARE BIRD COFFEE ROASTERS

Rare Bird Coffee Roasters former space at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse in D.C. Falls Church location.

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PHOTO COURTESY RARE BIRD COFFEE ROASTERS

A 3D rendering of design plans for Rare Bird Coffee Roasters’ in progress Falls Church location.

Arlington also has some local favorites like Northside Social or Caffé Aficionado. “I really did want to bring specialty coffee to this area a little bit more because there really is nothing out here and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be,” Becker, who is in charge of the roasting, said. What started off as Becker’s hobby roasting in a Whirley Pop in the couple’s kitchen, slowly turned into a fully fledged career for the both of them. With this shop they hope to bring approachability to a slightly outof-reach industry. “I want to bring inclusiveness to coffee lovers and coffee experts and novices. I want everyone to feel welcome. I don’t want to make anyone feel excluded that they can’t just come into the shop and get a cup of coffee. Also, on the flip side that they can still come in and get something super special,” Berenji said. “If you’re really into coffee and you want our Rwanda Kanzu, you know pour

over, and no sugar, no milk, and that’s what you want, that’s what you think is the best cup of coffee, I want to welcome them. And I want to welcome the person who says give me whatever’s on tap and I’m going to put sugar and cream and can I have a splash of vanilla. I don’t want people to feel like they can’t approach us.” Becker continued, “We want to be approachable, but have something special. Maybe something a little bit different than the normal coffee shop that we’ve seen around here…” By approachable they mean things as basic as easier-to-understand coffee tasting notes. Sometimes you look at a bag of coffee, just as you might look at the tasting notes on a bottle of wine, and have no idea what the producers are going for flavor wise. Instead of starfruit as a tasting note on the coffee bag for example, Becker chooses flavors people are likely to have actually had and are familiar with. For one coffee he chose lemon-

ade, to evoke a tart and sweet flavor. They also hope to educate the customer. “I know that it seems like everybody does cuppings [the coffee equivalent to wine tastings], which is fun and valuable, but I always find that whenever I’m trying out a coffee, I’ll go from the cupping table to brewing it, it’s going to taste a little different,” Becker said. “I’ve heard talks with people, what’s the point of cupping if it’s going to taste completely different over here. You have to put it all together, not what’s the point of it, it is important.” What Becker means is bridging the gap between what is made in the coffee shop to a customer’s home, because somehow it is always a bit different. So instead of just offering public cuppings and the opportunity for customers to see the roasting, he wants to go farther and offer events like brew method classes. With information like this you can feel included in the coffee making process.

Ultimately, as their storefront starts to take shape Becker and Berenji are just excited to bring expand their coffee world of two people to new customers, friends and employees. “…It’s bringing it home and being in an area where we actually know people as well. It would be nice to see people that we know coming in and also meeting new people. We really enjoy serving and talking to people. I think it’s a lot of fun, people often come in and they’re curious about things. It’s fun to talk to them about the different methods that we’re doing and also serving them something that might be a little different than what they’re typically expecting and have them ask questions about that. Just having people around every day will be a lot of fun. Bring able to roast here and having people come in and see the whole process, I think that’s an interesting thing for people to see,” Becker said. Rare Bird Coffee Roasters is looking to a summer opening.

Layla Messkoub, In Dialogue (detail), collage

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New beginnings ■ Empty-nesters find personal renewal in a whole house makeover By John Byrd Special to the Times Sometimes the second act requires a set change. In the case of Cindy Borer, for instance, agenda-busy lives came to a satisfactory pause. Retired from two decades as a teacher, Borer’s only son moved out of the house to begin a promising career. Meanwhile, husband PHOTO BY BRYAN BURRIS PHOTOGRAPHY Chris, a former naval officer, doesn’t have to travel as much Lead designer Jon Benson removed a wall between the Borer kitchen and the dining room, custom-building a twonow that he’s posted at the Pen- level food preparation surface and dining counter that gives needed support to several newly identified work tritagon. In short: it’s a perfect angles. The new first level floorplan “circulates beautifully,” said owner Cindy Borer. time for new beginnings. this was just the beginning of a everything was quite dated – ing the wall would dramatically “Of course, large-scale life lot of discoveries about my own including our early-American increase natural light, and create changes don’t necessarily re- tastes—which is what made the style furniture.” the footprint for an alternative quire a whole house makeover,” journey so exciting.” Considering the options, layout that would be useful for Cindy admitted. “On the other But to start at the top: that Borer wondered if she could ac- both daily use and entertaining. hand, when you’re discovering spring the Borers had celebrated complish a better result by enBut how does one remove a an interior design style that re- 20 years of residency in their larging a few rooms. She also wall that supports the entire secally speaks to you, the process two story, four bedroom Colo- found herself comparing the ond floor? builds momentum. Especially nial-style production house in house to one with an “open” Not a problem, Durosko when you’ve got the tools Burke, and were taking stock of floorplan the couple had owned explained. Three new vertineeded to explore in depth.” what they wanted from the years in California many years ago, cal supports artfully concealed By “tools”, by tools she ahead. idly wondering if some interior behind main level walls do the mostly meant multi-faceted At just over 800 square feet, walls to her current home might heavy lifting: one extending an space-planner/lead designer Jon the home’s circa-1980s main be moved. existing basement support into Benson, and the project team at level living area seemed adIt was at this juncture that the center of the house behind Sun Design Remodeling selected equate for two; even so, there Sun Design founder Craig Du- a powder room wall; the other to get her sweeping whole house were persistent shortcomings: rosko was summoned to discuss two embedded within perimeter makeover off to an appropriate the formal dining room and adja- feasibilities. walls on opposite sides of the start and keep it on track for two cent den on opposite sides of the In sum, Durosko pointed house. months. front-facing foyer were scarcely out that the couple didn’t lack With supports in place, a “It was an inspiring collabo- used; the main level rooms were living area so much as a space horizontal beam is installed atop ration,” Cindy Borer allowed. dark and clutter-prone. plan configured to serve specific of the posts, undergirding the “I had attended Sun Design “We had upgraded the needs. He confirmed that the second floor and allowing for seminars earlier, toured several kitchen cabinets—but that was mid-house floor-to-ceiling bear- unimpeded front-to-back sightremodeled homes and talked to it,” Cindy recalled. “Now I ing wall that divided the front lines. past clients, so WSPN_BuySaveMore_10.81x6.625_05202016_L1.pdf I was confident was looking at our interior SS_DC 1 more 5/12/16and12:17 backPMof the first floor could “Craig solved our primary of what to expect. Turns out, critically; it was obvious that be deleted as required. Remov- design challenges on the first

visit,” Borer said. “The basic floorplan came together that same day.” In addition to the call for more natural light and visual continuum, the Borers also identified three aspects of the existing interior that had proven continually problematic. First, with the front door a mere 3 feet from a hall closet, the foyer was cramped and unwelcoming. Secondly, the breakfast table midway between the kitchen and family room regularly obstructed traffic to the rear sun room. Finally, the kitchen itself lacked well-conceived work triangles, making food preparation and clean-up unnecessarily time-consuming. Beyond these considerations, Borer pointed to several “traditional” interior design features she wanted to preserve, even as she acknowledged that she wasn’t sure what could accomplished within the context of an “open” floor plan. Enter lead designer Jon Benson, 20-year veteran home remodeling specialist and a nationally-recognized custom fur-

niture designer: “When the goal is to improve the space plan while staying inside the envelop of the home, properly re-allocating a few square feet can greatly improve overall effectiveness,” Benson observed. “In this case, it made sense to find alternative places for closets and other storage features while creating custom built-ins to support necessary day-to-day tasks.” That said, Benson’s proposal called for re-situating the front hall closet to the right of the front door, widening the foyer and creating front-to-back sightlines. In the kitchen, he eliminated a closet/pantry complex between the kitchen and the dining room, replacing it with a 27.5 square feet food preparation surface and dining counter. By borrowing a mere 3 by 3 feet of dining room floor space, he also found room for a small mudroom with bench immediately to the right of a side kitchen door.

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National Inventors Hall of Fame holds 44th Induction Ceremony ■ 16 inventors recognized for lifechanging patents By Bonnie Stephens Fairfax County Times Americans often take for granted the mechanics of a car, cell phone, electronic tablet and even the internet—all great inventions deserving of protective patents. Even more personal, patents for ideas such as water purification, food safety, the Epi-Pen, and dental implants also need recognition. All of these life-changing inventions, along with those for carbon fiber and butyl rubber, were recognized at the annual ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Alexandria. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened its doors to the 44th Annual National Inventors Hall

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Two halves make a whole Mustang, historically speaking. of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring 16 inventors who have had a revolutionary impact on American progress. Hall of Fame inductees placed their emblem on the prismatic glass wall of inventor’s names—a group of interlocking hexagons modeled after the honeycomb, nature’s proof of a successful bee hive. All abuzz with excitement, nearly 100 attendees witnessed

the induction of these innovation trailblazers into the Hall of Fame and the unveiling of the expanded National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum. Together, these great minds have influenced continued progression in the past, present and future. Mo Rocca, Emmy awardwinning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and Host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Na-

tion, served as Master of Ceremonies, and cut the ribbon to the new Intellectual Property Power™ Exhibit. The new wing of the museum included a walk through the progression and development of the camera, from its early days in 1887 to a wafer-thin chip in all smartphones. Just inside the doors, visitors met a “50-year old with a split personality,” a Ford Mustang from 1965 merged together with a Mustang from 2015, to showcase the car’s progress. Elsewhere in the new wing, the Qualcomm interactive display showcased smartphone technology that enhanced the lives of billions of people worldwide, a process which began decades ago with the aim of giving people their own phone number. “It is a privilege to partner with the National Inventors Hall of Fame for more than four decades and highlight the nation’s brightest luminaries while inspiring the next generation of innovators,” said Under Sec-

retary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Michelle K. Lee. “This year, the USPTO is thrilled to also help unveil a reinvigorated museum that celebrates the story of Intellectual Property and illuminates its significance to American life, progress, innovation and culture.” The Inventors Hall of Fame also showcased many other notable inventions such as skin grafting, the Gossamer Condor (self-propelled aircraft), a graphing calculator, portable batteries, dry cleaning, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Also with the help of Hall of Fame inductees, the museum has nurtured and highlighted curiosity in two million children with its Camp Invention. “Our role as a Hall of Fame is to honor individuals whose inventions have made significant contributions to modern life. But our purpose is to assure that American ingenuity continues

to thrive in the hands of coming generations,” said CEO Michael Oister. “The National Inventors Hall of Fame is the only Hall of Fame that pays it forward and continues to be an advocate of innovation through our K-12 educational programs, and it starts with the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation.” More information on the National Inventors Hall of Fame can be found at invent.org.

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The wall of inventors; the design is modeled after a honeycomb.

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Continued from Page B-6 Measured in square feet, the changes are small. Yet, according to Borer, the revisions completely “liberate” the first level circulation, reorganizing the entire first floor into rooms that are both interactive and distinctively articulated. To visually differentiate the front-facing library from the family room, Benson converted existing overhead beams into an elegant tray ceiling supported by Craftsman-style piers. A new floor-to-ceiling bookcase—also a Benson original—provides an elegant, yet highly-functional wall elevation for the new reading room. A new family room fireplace hearth was, likewise, designed from scratch to accommodate an expansive plasma screen TV that now hangs above it. Additional finish work and furnishing decisions largely emerged from the Borer’s collaboration with the team’s specialty designer, whom the homeowner says provided both hands-on support and invaluable research advice. “I was directed to web sites that allowed me to think-through furniture design considerations,” Borer said. “Ideas that I liked were added to a project scrapbook.” As space plan modifications

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Before: The old family room was cramped and narrow. Sun Design showed the Borers how to remove a mid-house bearing wall and allow more natural light. proceeded, Borer’s research revealed a strong personal attraction to the “transitional” interior design style—essentially, a contemporary idiom that seeks to reconcile traditional architecture with the spatial freedom of an open floor plan. The furniture acquisition process, in turn, informed final finish work considerations. A virtuous cycle. Bensen’s floor plan sketch, for instance, anticipates the use of love seats as ground level

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room dividers in the family room and den. Meanwhile, Borer’s preference for soft white and grey duotones lead to an interior paint scheme that deftly combines bright white and khaki as seminal color themes throughout the main level. In the kitchen, Giallo Sioriato granite surfaces are set off by a vividly original glass tile and stone backsplash which lends an invigorating streak of color to the broader visual panorama. “All of this is what makes a home your own,” Cindy said. “And it brings Chris and me to a whole new place in our lives. I’m now hosting a new book club and entertaining more. We really feel re-invigorated, and ready.” Sun Design Remodeling will be sponsoring tour of a recently remodeled Fairfax Station home on March 12, 2016. Headquartered in Burke, the firm has a second office in McLean. For information: 703.425.5588 or www.SunDesignInc.com John Byrd has been writing about home improvement for 30 years. He can be reached @ www.HomeFrontsNews.com or byrdmatx@gmail.com

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Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole What You Need 12 slices French bread 16 oz. softened cream cheese 1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen 12 large eggs 1 c milk 1/3 c maple syrup or honey 1 c sugar 2 tbsp cornstarch 1 c water 1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen 1 tbsp butter Directions • For casserole, spray 9 X 13 dish with non-stick spray. Tear bread into cubes and arrange in dish. • Cut cream cheese into 1 in cubes. Drop cubes on top of bread. • Sprinkle 1 c blueberries on top. • In mixing bowl, combine 12 eggs, 1 c milk, and 1/3 c maple syrup. • Pour mixture, a little at a time,

until the bread soaks up the milk but not soggy. • Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. • For blueberry sauce, stir together 1 c sugar and 2 tbsp cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Add 1 c water and stir until smooth. Stir well so cornstarch won’t be clumpy. Heat to boiling and stir 2-3 minutes until thickened. • Add 1 c blueberries, simmer for 8-10 min, stirring occasionally until blueberries start to burst. • Turn heat off and stir in 1 tbsp butter. Store in container and refrigerate until ready to use. • The next morning, preheat oven to 350. Take casserole out of the refrigerator. Place covered casserole in oven and bake for 30 min. • Then uncover and bake for another 25-30 min or until top is a golden brown and center is set. • While casserole is baking, heat blueberry sauce. Serve over top of casserole.

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“A salute to the Irish rising”

■ The Kennedy Center honors 100 years of Ireland’s arts history By Keith Loria Special to the Times In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, an event that led to Ireland’s independence, the Kennedy Center will present “Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture” from May 17 through June 5. “We’ve been planning this for about three-and-a-half years,” said Alicia Adams, the Kennedy Center’s vice president of international programming and dance, who is curating the festival. “We are really familiar with Ireland through literature and performance, and this was a chance to delve deeper and look more at contemporary times and look at their traditions.” The three-week festival will highlight Irish culture and its relationship to America, through more than 30 Irish and Irish American acts in more than 50 performances of music, theater, dance, as well as installations,

culinary events, and literary panels. “We are the flagship festival for the U.S., representing the salute to the Irish rising,” Adams said. “There are so many Irish Americans in this country and there has been a great deal of excitement about this from all parts of the U.S.” Noted Irish actress and director Fiona Shaw, best known for playing Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, will serve as the festival’s artist-inresidence. During the festival, the Oliver-award winning actress will direct the opening performance, present the U.S. premiere of one of her works, and lead a panel discussion and a master class. The opening event will take place on May 17 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The performance will feature choreographer and dancer Colin Dunne, soprano Tara Erraught, tenor Anthony Kearns, fiddler Liz Knowles, actor Louis Lovett, pianist Barry Douglas, a trio of Uilleann pipers (Gay McKeon, Emmett Gill, and Amy Campbell) and sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird along with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of leading Irish conductor, David Brophy.

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The Gloaming will perform at the Ireland 100 Festival, Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Among the performances scheduled for the festival include “The Plough and the Stars,” Seán O’Casey’s classic drama, which will be restaged by Sean Holmes May 18-19; “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly,” a

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Louis Lovett in “The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly.” Theatre Lovett will perform the play from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.

family play about a brave Irish lass who crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, staged May 20-22; and “Installation: A Girl’s Bedroom,” an immersive theatrical installation featuring the voice of actress Charlie Murphy and directed by Enda Walsh, which will run May 28-June 4. “An added dimension to this festival is that it’s outside, as the North Plaza will be transformed into a green space,” Adams said. “We will have performances every day, food trucks, a Guinness truck, picnic tables and green grass.” There are plenty of other things going on as well. On May 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Kennedy Center will pay tribute to redheads and redheads-at-heart with a free celebration featuring music acts, dance performances, demonstrations, and activities for the whole family, culminating in a redhead kids’ parade and photo gathering. One of the things Adams is

really excited about is the Plays for Ireland and America, taking place May 24-25. Last year, Fishamble: The New Play Company asked people in Ireland to recount things from their life in about 500 words and put together a selection of works that have been overwhelmingly re-

Ireland 100 nn The Kennedy Center nn May 17-June 5 nn Some events are free; performances vary in price nn For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit kennedycenter.org/festivals/Ireland.

ceived in Ireland. “Over 500 budding playwrights from across the country answered our call for original ‘tiny plays’ inspired by President Kennedy’s life and legacy, celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit,” Adams said. “Each of these plays will be produced alongside 20

tiny plays from Ireland.” The Kennedy Center is also honoring the centenary of President Kennedy’s birth with a yearlong celebration of his legacy throughout the 20162017 season, and the festivities will launch during Ireland 100 on May 29 during “Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future.” Award-winning chef and restaurateur Catha Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) will serve as the festival’s culinary consultant and present a free culinary demonstration on the Millennium Stage on May 25. Additionally, the KC Café and Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar will feature Irish cuisine, plus there will be special tasting events for whiskey and beer & cheese on select nights. “With any of our festivals, we always strive to include something for everyone and offer a diverse selection of performances and events,” Adams said. “This is something that I expect a lot of people will enjoy and come out for, and we hope people take advantage of as much as possible.”


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Breed: Pomeranian/ Husky mix Age: 15 month Gender: Female Penny is a purebred Pomsky and weighs 12 pounds. She has been with kids and loves to play run and chase games. She’s active and quite the explorer but also loves to cuddle. For more information, contact Humane Society of Fairfax County. www.hsfc.org 703-385-7387

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Warmer weather brings along with it, some pawfectly great fun for dogs and humans alike! My rescue, PetConnect Rescue, is hosting a Canine Carnival on June 11, 2016 (rain date, June 12) at 20163 Unison Road, Round Hill, Va., 20141. You’re invited to celebrate the rescue dogs of PetConnect Rescue! Bring your family, the mini-humans, the pup, lawn chairs, and an appetite for a fun afternoon of showing off your pup. Barkingly, dogs must be leashed and well- socialized for the safety of all attending. Dog Park rules apply. Dogs must be properly vaccinated. Please leave pups that do not do well in such settings or is feeling sick home as you join the party. Mini-humans under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The tickets include entrance, food and refreshments. A small fee to bring Fido and play the family games! Cash/checks accept-

ed. Money raised at Canine Carnival will benefit animals! I’ve got a few friends from PetConnect Rescue who want to meet you.

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Scotty

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Corona

Meet Corona! A smart, love bug who can’t wait to find her humans and a “Forever Home! Corona loves to hang out with other dogs, especially puppies, and seems to have a mothering instinct which dials back her playfulness to their speed. She would love a home with a fenced yard to run and play. Corona is 9 months old, has excellent house manners, learning the leash walking thing quickly, is the perfect age to settle into a new home, meet new canine siblings and learn the ropes! If you are looking for brains, smarts, and affection, Corona is your girl! Now, Scotty’s a special, sensitive, loyal, loving, affectionate male Staffordshire

mix with a stellar personality and dashing good looks. Sometimes he’s awkward in meeting new people- except beautiful ladies then he’s Mr. Casanova! It’s the guys he’s a bit shy around! Scotty is being crate and potty trained, leash trained, obedient, a kiss monster, a professional snuggler, quiet, fun, fetches, marathon napper, best friend ever. He does well with dogs and ignores his foster’s cat.

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Jeannie

My next paw pal is Jeannie who is possibly a Lab/ Terrier mix. She’s playful, affectionate, and curious. Jeannie’s aspiring to be a lap

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Mia (left) and Ginger (right)

And, my cat friends can’t be left out! Meet Mia! She’s sweet, easy going, and extra friendly who loves humans! Mia’s favorite activities are purring loudly, belly rubs and playing with feathery toys. She chirps when she is happy! She likes to march in place and kneads with her paws to express her gratitude for you! She does well with the foster’s dog! One terrific kitty who is great with humans of all ages, and will make some family very pawleased! Ginger’s a petite little lady who was a mama to

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrating 50 Years ■ Country rock legends head to Hamilton Live By Keith Loria Special

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The genesis of contemporary country and roots music is often attributed to the year 1966, when singer/guitarist Jeff Hanna, drummer Jimmie Fadden, multiinstrumentalist John McEuen and singer Bruce Kunkel formed a rock/jug-band hybrid known as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Long Beach, Calif. “We were only 18 when we started, and it was fun, and there was this big rock movement going on in California, but we really liked folk music so we wanted to find an alternative to the rock bands out there and the jug band was just perfect for us,” Hanna said. “It was almost kind of a lark.” This year, the band is celebrating its golden anniversary. Although the group has undergone numerous lineup changes over the course of five decades— including adding Bob Carpenter on keyboards in 1977—all but Kunkel remain from the original foursome. “It’s pretty astounding to us. Most bands have a shelf-life of about 5-10 years if they are lucky, so when we hit 20, we thought that was really cool, and the next thing we knew, we were somewhere in the mid-40s and we knew we had to do this,” Hanna said. “We’ve been doing this the majority of our adult lives and it’s great to have had fans who have hung in there with us through all kinds of musical changes.” Best known for hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” over the years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has released countless platinum and gold records, have won numerous Grammy and CMA awards and their groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress. Last September, the band played to a sold out crowd at The Historic Ryman Auditorium with some close friends to film a 50th Anniversary Special that aired on PBS in March. “It was a great night and celebration of our 50 years,” Hanna said. “It’s raised our profile in a really positive way and it’s been great to have people show up and

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform at the Hamilton Live next week. help us light those candles on our birthday cake.” In a more private celebration, the guys got together with their families to mark the occasion as well. “There’s a couple of guys in the band who don’t drink, but we certainly raised our glasses in a fashion,” Hanna said. “There was a lot of hugging and backslapping and high-fiving. It’s quite an accomplishment and I don’t think it was lost on any of us.”

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On May 19, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will head to Hamilton Live, celebrating 50 years of playing great music. “We have a lot of songs and we’ll try and cover all the bases and dig deep into that songbook which goes way back,” Hanna said. “We’re fortunate in that I think we all still play and sing as well as we ever had, and that’s another thing to celebrate as well.” A special guest at the concert

will be Jim Photoglo, a long-time friend of NGDB and co-writer of one of their signature songs, “Fishin’ In The Dark.” “He’s been a good pal all of these years and he’s taking a break from his touring schedule to come out and sing and play bass with us, so we’re all excited about that,” Hanna said. “We have a lot planned that will excite our fans.” Hanna and his bandmates have seen plenty of changes in the music industry since 1966, but he thinks the most impactful is the way artists are developed in the 21st century. “The biggest change in our industry to me is that artist development has become a thing of the past. These days, if a kid gets signed to a record deal, they are going to expect he or she to have a million-seller right out of the box,” he said. “When we started making records, it wasn’t unusual that an artist’s best album was their second or third, so you had a chance to grow. I think the pressure of economics and the fact there is so much out there has caused a lot of talent to not be developed properly.” As for the future, Hanna noted the band is going to continue playing and staying relevant and is grateful fans are coming along for the ride.

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Audit Manager @ BDO USA, LLP (McLean, VA) F/T. Resolve auditing issues. Apply GAAP and GAAS in complex situations. This position req’s a Bachelor’s deg (or foreign equiv) in Accounting or rel followed by 5 yrs of exp in the job off’d, as an Audit Assoc, Sr. Auditor, Assoc Director or rel. Exp must incl: exp w/ public accounting; applying GAAS, GAAP & SEC regulations; auditing both public & private companies; reviewing fin’l statements w/ disclosures; researching intermediate areas of accounting; & providing support for conclusions w/ authoritative literature. Must have CPA license. Emp will accept any suitable comb of edu, training or exp. Send resume to: T. Brown, HR, BDO USA, LLP; 1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28203 Indicate job title and code “BDO-JF” in cvr ltr. EOE.

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TAKE NOTICE that you are required to make defense to such pleading no later than forty (40) days after the date of the first publication of this notice, exclusive of such date. Upon your failure to do so, the Petitioners will apply to the Court for relief sought in the Petition. Any parental rights that you may have will be terminated upon entry of the decree of adoption. This is the 27th day of April, 2016. Paul D. Williams II P.O. Box 82 Sanford, NC 27730

[(Full name(s) of owner(s)]: CAN FOODS LLC Trading as: Chatkazz 13951 Metrotech Dr Chantilly, Fairfax County, VA 20151

The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Wine Wholesaler and Wine Importer License to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages.

The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Beer On Premises License to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages.

[(Full name(s) of owner(s)]: The Addis 4 LLC Trading as: Le Mediterranean Bistro 4008 University Dr Fairfax, Fairfax County, VA 22030 The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Wine and Beer On Premises License to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Helen Gebrhiwot, Member NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www. abc.virginia.gov or 800-552-3200.

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IT Professionals: Ent. Lvl to Sen. Lvl. Websphere Administrators, Oracle Functional Consultants. .NET Dvlprs, Java Dvlprs are needed for our Chantilly, VA office. May Req. Travelling. Send resume, ref., and Sal. Req. to, Isolvetechnology, Inc., 14558 Lee Rd, Ste. 105, Chantilly, VA 20151

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ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT, ZOTA #16-05. Establishment of a Fee for Operation of a Mobile Food Unit Preparer, Full Service on Private Property. Descriptive Summary of Proposed Action: Consideration of an amendment to the Town of Herndon Zoning Ordinance (2007), Herndon Town Code (2000), as amended, to revise section 78-201.2(c) Fee Schedule, to establish a fee of $150.00 or less for the permitting mobile food preparation businesses, such as food trucks, and categorized as Mobile Food Unit Preparer, Full Service to operate on private property within certain zoning districts. People having an interest in the above item are invited to attend the public hearing and to state their opinions. Items required to be made available for public examination by state or town code will be available for examination by the public beginning at 3:00 pm, on Friday, May 13, 2016, in the Town Clerk’s office, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon.

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[(Full name(s) of owner(s)]: Impero Wine Distributors VA Inc. Trading as: Impero Wine Distributors VA Inc. 7964-Q Conell Court Lorton, Fairfax County, VA 22079

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TAKE NOTICE that a petition for Adoption was filed by Paul D. Williams II on the 27th of April, 2016, with the Clerk of Superior Court for Harnett County, Lillington, NC, in the above-entitled special proceeding. The petition relates to a male child born on November 9, 2008 in Womack Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC. The birth mother’s name is Natasha Williams.

Roberto D’Onofrio, President NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www.abc.virginia.gov or 800-552-3200. 1956527 (5-6-16, 5-13-16)

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Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Herndon, Virginia, will hold a work session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. and a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers Building located at 765 Lynn Street, Herndon, Virginia, on the following item:

FOR THE ADOPTION OF: Jaden Derrell Williams BY: Paul D. Williams II TO: Marcus A. Davenport, Respondent

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CUSTODIAN – for garden apartment community in Merrifield, VA. Must pass background check. Salary plus benefits. Apply in person at 8130 Prescott Drive, Vienna VA 22180

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Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in McLean, VA seeks multiple Business Analysis Seniors to act as primary interface btw tech infrastructure & bus/functional area. Req’s Bach’s or frgn equiv in applied math, fin math, econ, stats/ probability, or rel quant discipline fllwd by 5 yrs prog resp bus analysis exp OR Master’s or frgn equiv in or rel quan fld & 3 yrs bus analysis exp. If interested, submit resume/cv via email to: im_jobs@freddiemac. com & reference JO# 14-1620.

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[(Full name(s) of owner(s)]: 7-Eleven Inc and Megha Sales Corporation Trading as: 7-Eleven 10652C 427 Maple Avenue Vienna, Fairfax County, VA 22180 The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Wine and Beer Off Premises License to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. David Seltzer, VP, 7-Eleven Inc Anil Khanal, President, Mega Sales Corporation NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www. abc.virginia.gov or 800-552-3200.

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[(Full name(s) of owner(s)]: Virginia Winery Distribution Company Trading as: VWDC 15950 Lee Hwy Centreville, Fairfax County, VA 20120 The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Virginia Wine Wholesaler’s License to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages. Randy Phillips, Chairman NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www.abc.virginia.gov or 800-552-3200. 1956582 (5-13-16, 5-20-16)

Pursuant to §54.1-2405 of the Code of Virginia, in connection with the closure of the professional medical practice of Mark D. Vickers, M.D., deceased, formerly operated at 1850 Town Center Parkway, Suite 314, Reston, Virginia 20190, his patients’ records shall be transferred to Internal Medicine Group of Northern Virginia, Ltd. (“IMG”), which is located at the same address where Dr. Vickers practiced. At the written request of a patient or an authorized representative, the records of copies shall be sent, within a reasonable time, to any other physician of the patient’s choice or provided to the patient, purusant to §32.1-127.1:03 of the Code of Virginia. Charges for supplying the patient or chosen provider any such records shall be billed to the patient or individual requesting the records consistent with Virginia law. Patients and authorized representatives wishing to exercise these rights should contact IMG at 1850 Town Center Parkway, Suite 314, Reston, Virginia 20190.

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