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Boundary Revisions on Horizon

New Elementaries Will Require More Shuffling SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

If this composite photo by Amy Kohan looks familiar, it is – it was used on the 2017-18 Arlington County Tax decal and honors the David M. Brown Planetarium. The planetarium is likely to be closed for a little over a year in 2020-21 to accommodate construction at the ARLINGTON COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE adjacent Arlington Education Center (shown at right in photo).

Temporary Closure of Planetarium? Construction Nearby Could Put Facility Out of Commission in 2020 The Arlington school system’s David M. Brown Planetarium could be closed for a year or more in 2020-21 as construction takes place to turn the adjacent Arlington Education Center into classroom space. Closing the planetarium for the duration of the construction project “is the intent,” said John Chadwick, the county school system’s construction czar, during an Aug. 2 presentation to School Board members.


The planetarium, located along North Quincy Street, dates to the 1960s. In 2010, Superintendent Patrick Murphy – in what was a rookie mistake for the new schools’ chief – proposed closing the facility to save funds, a move that provoked a community outcry. Eventually, School Board members agreed to keep the facility open, with a non-profit group providing financial support for programming.

“We’re trying to find some way they will be able to continue their programs in the year or so it will be closed,” Chadwick said. That was a positive development, according to School Board Vice Chairman Tannia Talento. “We have a lot of community members who care about that,” she said. James Gartner, vice president of Continued on Page 18

The next round of elementary-school redistricting across Arlington, set to take place in the fall, will potentially impact attendance areas at 11 schools. And that’s just the start. The upcoming redistricting, and a subsequent boundary-adjustment process slated for 2020, represent another case of “no pain, no gain” for a school system whose student body now exceeds that at the height of the Baby Boom and shows no sign of slowing down in the short term. “Every school, potentially every community, is affected,” School Board member Barbara Kanninen said of the upcoming process, one of several boundary-adjustment efforts the school system has undertaken in recent years. “We have to go through the pain – but this is a great step forward,” Kanninen said. “We have many schools that are overcrowded.” The first round of attendance-area rejiggering is being necessitated both by an imbalance of students at a number of schools and by the planned opening in September 2019 of Alice West Fleet Elementary School, currently being constructed adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Middle School. When that school opens, students at Patrick Henry Elementary School will move en masse Continued on Page 18 l On Facebook: sungazettenews l On Twitter: @sungazettenews @sungazettespts

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In Manassas, Parallels to Arlington’s Reevesland SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

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In a case that in some ways parallels Arlington’s lengthy process to determine what to do with the historic Reevesland property, the Manassas city government has decided to return the historic home of Northern Virginia architect Albert Speiden more than a decade after the property was designated for the city’s use by Speiden’s daughter in her will. Manassas City Council members voted July 9 to return the home. Virginia Nelson Speiden Carper, who died in 2005, created two trusts via her will: one that included the title of the 100-year-old home at 9320 Battle St. and another that included $450,000 to restore and maintain the property as an historic landmark, open to the public. The funding also was intended to be used to teach about Albert Speiden’s architectural contributions and about local history in the early 1900s. Speiden designed the house, the old town hall and several churches in Manassas, plus several buildings in the District of Columbia, said Elizabeth Via-Gossman, the city’s director of community development. The city government officially accepted the house into its museum system in 2006

and subsequently spent a portion of the endowment to fund improvements and routine maintenance. Manassas officials did make an effort to fulfill the wishes of their benefactor. In 2008, the city’s museum director applied for a special-use permit to allow the house to be used as a museum. But residents’ concerns – including the number of tours, noise from tours and private functions, and parking – led the city to table the proposed museum. The house needs plumbing and electrical repairs before a certificate of occupancy can be issued, according to a staff memo to the council. Since the property is in the historic district, the exterior cannot be changed nor can the house be torn down without approval from the city, ViaGossman said. There are parallels, some direct and some indirect, to the Reevesland situation. The Arlington government 17 years ago purchased the former home of Nelson Reeves and some of the surrounding acreage in the Dominion Hills neighborhood. The house, built in the late 19th century, was the home of Reeves, who until the 1950s operated what was Arlington’s last dairy farm and in his later years disposed of much of his acreage, allowing for residential development and the expansion of Bluemont Park. Reeves died at age 100 in


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The story of this historic Manassas home has parallels to the situation involving the Reevesland property in Arlington.

2000. Once the Arlington government had the Reeves property in hand, the home seemed to be forgotten for more than a decade, with only minimal levels of maintenance occurring. After several years of wrangling and community hubbub, Arlington government leaders last year determined that they would retain some of the acreage but try to sell off the home and its immediate surroundings, totaling about one-third of an acre. That process currently is in the works. Like the Manassas property, Reevesland sits in a local historic district, which gives it some protections, and Arlington officials recently placed the property in a preservation easement, effectively prohibiting future owners from tearing it down.

While Arlington was considering its options, Fairfax County officials decided to take stock of their own historic properties. In a number of instances, Fairfax has proposed that a number of historic homes be turned over to “resident curators” – those who would be able live in the properties for free but would agree to provide maintenance. The first property in Fairfax to see a resident curator was the 1930s-era Stempson House, a 1,500-square-foot, two-bay frame house in the Lorton area. The resident curator, Steven McCullough, moved in earlier this year and has been providing blog updates ( on his efforts to rehabilitate the property. But back to the Manassas situation. The city’s mayor, Hal Parrish, said the donation represented a noble purpose, but just didn’t pan out from a logistics standpoint. “We appreciated the thought behind it,” Parrish said. “Ms. Carper was a great supporter of the museum.” According to Carper’s will, if the city doesn’t use the house as a museum, the property will be the responsibility of the trustee, Larry Hughes, a former Manassas city manager. “My guess [is] a family will go in there and really enjoy that home and enjoy Old Town and be a part of this historic community,” Parrish said.

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School Board Appoints New Principals for Elementaries Arlington School Board members on Aug. 2 appointed two new elementaryschool principals, as the school system continues to gear up for the start of classes in early September. Eileen Gardner, most recently assistant principal at McKinley Elementary School, was appointed principal at Nottingham Elementary. Gardner has more than 23 years of experience in education, 20 of which have been with the county school system. She “focuses on empowering teachers and staff to be creative in their teaching and building strong collaborative learning teams to ensure educational excellence for

all,” school officials said in making the announcement. Carlos Ramirez, most recently assistant principal at Claremont Immersion Elementary School, has been named principal at Randolph Elementary. Ramirez has 20 years of education experience, and joined the county school system in 2013 as a dual-language teacher at Claremont. He “has earned a reputation throughout the division as a strong leader who advocates for multicultural awareness and fosters collaboration with staff and families,” school officials said. The school year starts on Sept. 4.

New principals Eileen Gardner of Nottingham Elementary and Carlos Ramirez of Randolph Elementary.

School System’s Teacher-Recruitment Efforts on Track SCOTT McCAFFREY

Other school districts may be experiencing challenges in hiring new teachers, but Arlington Public Schools expects to meet all its needs in time for the opening of school in SeptemSCHOOL ber. are in very BOARD good“Weshape – we are NOTES on track to have all of our classrooms ready to go with folks in front of students on the first day of school,” Superintendent Patrick Murphy told School Board members on Aug. 2. Murphy said almost 300 teachers had been hired already, and there had been 2,000 applicants to chose from. New teachers will report for orientation on Aug. 19, with returning teachers coming back Aug. 23. “We’re beginning to slowly gear up and get ready,” Murphy said. “There’s a lot going on.” The school system has a number of over-the-summer construction projects it is completing, including redesigns of the interiors of Yorktown High School and the Arlington Career Center to make room for a larger student body. “It’s going to make it very inviting and very exciting for our students,” the

superintendent said of efforts to brighten the Career Center while also expanding space. School Officials Seek Volunteers for Committee on Washington-Lee Name: It probably should come with battle pay: The Arlington school system is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that will recommend a new name for Washington-Lee High School. School officials on Aug. 2 put out feelers for candidates, who must fit specific categories in order to be considered. They include students, parents and staff at the school; representatives from surrounding civic associations; alumni; and a member of the Arlington Historical Society. Applications are due by Aug. 17. School Board members will receive recommendations for the composition of the committee from staff on Sept. 6. The committee is expected to work through the fall and recommend a new name for the high school in December. Earlier this year, the School Board voted to strip the name of Robert E. Lee (and potentially George Washington) from the high school, a move that generated community discontent – in part because School Board members trampled over their own announced timeline, apparently in an effort to get the decision made before community opposition mobilized – and is likely to become a central issue in

the upcoming School Board race. For information on the renaming committee, see the school system’s Web site at School Board Members OK Schematic Design for Westover School: Arlington School Board members have affirmed their desire to see the cost of a new 725seat elementary school in Westover come down, but have left it in the hands of a planning group to proffer cost-cutting suggestions. Board members on Aug. 2 approved the schematic design for the new elementary school, to be built adjacent to Westover Library, while providing “strong direction” that the building-level planning committee find ways to trim costs. The school initially was budgeted at around $49 million, but currently is estimated to cost $55 million – without yet accounting for the possibility of construction materials costing more due to international trade disputes. The vote on the schematic design was 3-0; School Board members Nancy Van Doren and Barbara Kanninen were absent. Tdap-Vaccination Rate of 100 Percent Requires an Asterisk: And you thought “new math” was a relic of the 1960-70s. It turns out that Arlington Public Schools’ contention that last year brought 100-percent compliance with state regula-

tions on Tdap vaccinations was slightly askew, although likely not intentionally so. The school system never gets 100-percent compliance, school officials acknowledged after an inquiry, because every year some parents opt their children out of the vaccination requirement due to either moral or medical objections. State law, which requires all incoming sixth-graders to have the vaccination prior to the start of school, carves out an exemption for parents to use. Arlington Public Schools’ spokesman Linda Erdos says, each year, about 15 to 20 county students are exempted – about 1 percent of incoming sixth-grade classes. Arlington Public Schools’ 100-percent compliance before the start of the 2017-18 school year, referenced during a presentation by Superintendent Patrick Murphy in July, included all students not exempted. The Tdap vaccine offers protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Most students receive their vaccines through family physicians, but the county government’s public-health office does offer them on Tuesdays afternoons and Wednesday and Friday mornings at 2100 Washington Blvd. Inoculations also will be offered as middle-school “information nights” during the run-up to the start of school.

A decade after the U.S. housing market crashed, half of the country’s homes have regained the value they lost during the recession, according to new data. But in the Washington area – where the recession didn’t take as big a bite out of home prices as most other parts of the country – the rebound has not been as robust, according to a new report from Zillow. Nationally, the median home value is $217,300, up 8.3 percent over the past year and 8.4 percent above the highest point of the housing bubble. The median home value has surpassed its bubble peak level in 21 of the nation’s 35 largest housing markets. But the Washington area is not among

them. Only 22 percent of homes in the metro area have surpassed the pre-recession peak, with the median home value of $399,500 up 4.2 percent from a year before. Figures include the entire metro area, and include single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. In places that have seen some of the strongest growth since the market crashed, nearly every home is now more valuable than it was during the boom years. In Denver, the typical home is worth $397,700, which is 66 percent higher than its pre-recession peak in June 2006. In that market, 99.6 percent of all homes are worth more than they were during the bubble. While half of the country’s homes have regained all of their lost value, that

still leaves many trailing in the housing recovery. One example: Despite strong median home-value growth in recent months in Las Vegas – home values have grown at a double-digit pace for 15 consecutive months – less than 1 percent of homes there have fully recovered from the housing bust. “Even a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, and five-plus years into the recovery, it’s clear that the housing boom and bust was felt very differently in various markets – and is still being felt today in many,” said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. “In markets like Las Vegas that got farthest ahead of themselves during the boom, and consequently fell the most, a

large majority of homes are still not worth as much today as they were a decade ago,” Terrazas said. “But in markets like Denver that were more stable a decade ago, many more homes are worth more now than ever before.” There are wide fluctuations among metro areas nationally. The percentage of homes whose value is now above the pre-recession peak were 29 percent in New York, 64 percent in Los Angeles, 15 percent in Chicago, 98 percent in Dallas, 10 percent in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, 83 percent in Boston, 96 percent in San Francisco, 13 percent in Phoenix, 97 percent in Seattle, 9 percent in Baltimore, 88 percent in Charlotte, 5 percent in Orlando and 99 percent in Austin.

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Highs & Lows HISTORY CAN BE INSTRUCTIVE, especially when it provides insights into the reality that nothing is ever as good, or as bad, as it seems in a given moment. We point this out because, in last week’s local-history column, there was an intriguing item from the Northern Virginia Sun edition of Aug. 6, 1965 – a whopping 53 years ago. It noted that the Arlington Planning Commission was calling on County Board members to support a study on the “crisis in low-income housing.” It seems that all that’s changed over the past half-century-andchange is the name used, as “lowincome” has been supplanted by

coming Arlington County Fair in the midst of the construction project taking place on the campus of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Construction of the new Alice West Fleet Elementary is at the halfway point; at the time of the 2017 fair it was just ramping up, and by the time of the 2019 fair it’ll be on the downward slope. Let’s take it all in stride and go with the flow; next year this time, the new elementary is expected to be almost ready to welcome students, and the construction process will be winding down. And then, all will be right with THUMBS UP: To all those who the world again, despite the unwill be making it through the up- avoidable hassles of construction.

“affordable.” Yes, the inner suburbs were a challenging place for those of limited means to live in 50 years ago, just as they are today, and just, almost assuredly, as they will be 50 years from now. (We’re hoping someone else is putting the paper together then . . .). That it doesn’t mean that fiscally prudent efforts should not be made in support of affordable housing. But does mean that it’s probably time to stop calling the affordable-housing issue a “crisis” – as history shows, it’s simply a fact of life in the local area.

Give Hospital Officials Parking They Require Editor: When it comes to the expansion of Virginia Hospital Center, I’m with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce [“Arlington Chamber Backs Hospital’s Expansion Plan,” Aug. 2]. I am reminded of the last serious conversation I had with Ellen Bozman, well after she had left the County Board. I was at the then-Arlington Hospital for an appointment and she was at the door, waiting for pickup after a knee operation. We talked about the controversy

that at the time surrounded the planned name change to Virginia Hospital Center. She pish-tushed it, waved her hand, said the name was not in the slightest important, what was important was that our community had this really wonderful hospital. Indeed, we do have a truly wonderful hospital. (Although, despite her guidance, I remain slightly surly about the name.) The notion we can compel more

hospital patients and staff to arrive by – what, bus? bicycle? pogo stick? electric scooter? – if we just limit the number of parking spaces seems to me unserious. I think the right number of parking spaces to allow the hospital to build is the number they think they need. It’s past time to permit this project. The phrase is “lead, follow, or get out of the way.” Arlington should get out of the way. Dave Schutz Arlington

Editor: Arlington is served best when residents can showcase their respective expertise and services to benefit our community at large. Embracing the Arlington Way, I served on the board of the Arlington County Fair from 2012-15, and believe that when volunteers step forward, events like the County Fair can and will become more successful, especially with the challenges of construction at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and many local residents who go on vacation during summer break. While suggestions are always appreciated, the workload has to be led by a

responsible volunteer; it is important for an individual to consider stepping up to the plate. In a community where many people have opinions, successful ideas need to be implemented properly while oversight and accountability must be managed smoothly. If you have suggestions for furthering green energy or an idea to trim expenditure costs incurred at the fair, I am confident the fair would appreciate input and comments. If a local talented artist can demonstrate a sample of embracing Arlington diversity and community spirit especially through graphic design, I think showcasing neighborhood diverse skill sets would be welcomed.

One of my ideas is to have highschool seniors submit possible themes for the fair. However, it would need the commitment of a group of volunteers, identifying several judges and overseeing a potential theme contest. Perhaps sponsors to the County Fair could allow a representative from their organization to participate. Every organization can benefit from the strength of volunteers, so if you know someone who may be interested, a great way to be involved and utilizing creativity is to help the Arlington County Fair board become more successful. Carolyn Carlson Arlington

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Neighborhood-Conservation Projects Open Can of Worms

Editor: If you have ever thought of applying to the Arlington government for a Neighborhood Conservation project, think again. My block on 24th Street North, along with several blocks of North Illinois Street, suffered through one such project. Our neighbors wanted a sidewalk for safety reasons for their toddler children. Being good neighbors, we signed on. Little did we know what we were getting into. The project was scheduled to take four months. It took 13. During the construction, we parked our cars on neighboring streets. Some of those neighbors called the county government to tow the parked cars. (This is Arlington, after all.) One reason for the project was to add curbs and sidewalks to North Illinois Street, especially at the intersection of 22nd Street. The county government has a policy of saving mature trees, and 22nd Street has three mature trees, two that are healthy and one that is so “mature” that it is half dead. During storms, dead branches from the tree fall to the street below. To save these trees, 22nd Street narrows to half its width at the intersection. When traveling west, a driver must drive into what would normally be the oncoming lane, or he will drive straight into the trees. It is a safety hazard. When these trees die, the county government will spend tens of thousands of dollars to redo the intersection. Couldn’t the county have taken these trees out, fixed the intersection properly, and planted two or three trees for each one it cut down?

The construction equipment shook the ground and our houses. The months of shaking caused walls and foundations to crack. The ceiling of a neighbor’s bedroom collapsed. And then there was the mud and grit. We couldn’t escape it. We tracked it into our houses and our cars. We were constantly vacuuming to prevent our wooden floors from being scratched and our carpets from being soiled. Flat tires from driving on the torn-up street were a common occurrence. It has been a rather wet year. And when the sewers are blocked to prevent silt from entering them and piles of gravel block the gutters, that water has to go somewhere, and that somewhere was our yards – and my basement. Our back yard became a river every time it rained. A neighbor’s fish pod was flooded several times, costing her hundreds of dollars. We do like the sidewalk. The nice thing about it is that it brings the neighbors out. The bad thing about it is that it brings the neighbors out – with their dogs. For some reason, it has become acceptable for dog owners to not clean up after their dogs, even when they do their business in the middle of the sidewalk. And it took less than two months after the street was finally paved for the gas company to cut into the fresh pavement. So, when a neighbor stops by to ask you to sign a petition for a Neighborhood Conservation project, politely say that you need time to think about it. And when they stop by again, don’t answer the door. Dan Wagner Arlington

Editor: The Aug. 2 article “Next Stop for Aquatics Center? Determining Operating Costs” offered a perfect example of what continues to be wrong with County Board decision-making and why I, a lifelong Democrat, believe we need to re-elect John Vihstadt to the board on Nov. 6. The board approved a $60 million project without gauging current need for the facility or determining the operating subsidy it will require. Only Vihstadt voted against proceeding with the project, precisely because of these

unknowns. Unfortunately, once the aquatics center is built, we can virtually guarantee that, like Artisphere, revenues will lag behind estimates and maintenance and operating expenses will be higher than promised, since that is usually what happens with rosy County Board and staff predictions. But, unlike Artisphere, we will be stuck with this boondoggle. The gold-plating of Arlington continues unabated. Barbara Taylor Arlington

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Democrats Aim to Make Volunteering for Party Easier SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer

The Arlington County Democratic Committee has launched an online signup form aimed at making it easier for the party and prospective volunteers to connect. “This is a brand-new initiative to make volunteering easier and more information about election activities readily available to all,” the party said in its monthly newsletter. The new initiative allows prospective volunteers to tick off the type of campaign activities they want to be part of, either at

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have announced plans to back Matt de Ferranti, who is taking on independent County Board member John Vihstadt in November. De Ferranti previously had picked up the endorsement of County Board Chairman Katie Cristol; state Sen. Adam Ebbin; Dels. Alfonso Lopez and Rip Sullivan; School Board members Barbara Kanninen, Tannia Talento and chairman Reid Goldstein; Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson; Sheriff Beth Arthur; and Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy. County Board member Libby Garvey, Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos and Treasurer Carla de la Pava – also Democrats – have endorsed Vihstadt, who won a special election in 2014 and then the general election several months later to become the first non-Democrat to occupy a County Board seat since 1999. The endorsements of Levine and O’Grady leave a relative few Arlington elected officials (or elected officials with districts that include Arlington) up for grabs for Vihstadt and de Ferranti in this race. Still on the sidelines: State Sens. Janet Howell and Barbara Favola; Del. Patrick Hope; County Board members Erik Gutshall and Christian Dorsey; and School Board member Nancy Van Doren. All are Democrats. Oh Promises Not to Take EnergyCompany Funds: It’s a pretty fair bet that major corporate donors will not be beating down the door of Republican congressional candidate Thomas Oh between now and Election Day. But just in case, he is putting some limits in place. Oh has become the first Republican candidate to promise not to take campaign contributions from Dominion Energy or Appalachian Power as part of a pledge sought by Activate Virginia, an advocacy group that supports candidates – to date, almost entirely Democrats – who agree to eschew corporate financing, specifically from the two power companies. Activate Virginia’s policy positions tend to align more with Democrats’ than Republicans’, but Oh said he was happy to add his name to their pledge – and, in facts, rejects all corporate funding. “We need to fight back against these corrupt politicians and corporations that do not care about the future of our home,” Oh said in a statement. “I care about the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the world that we live in.” “Don Beyer, [the 8th District] Democrat incumbent, has . . . chosen to take over $20,000 in contributions from Dominion Energy just this election cycle alone,” Oh’s campaign said in a statement. “This contradicts Beyer’s claim to stopping the effects of climate change and reducing carbon emissions.” To say Oh, the youngest candidate nationally in a congressional race, has an uphill battle to unseat two-term incumbent Beyer might be an understatement. The district is among the most reliably Democratic in the nation; Beyer barely broke a sweat in fending off challengers in 2014 and 2016.

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man won $200,000 in a recent Powerball drawing, Virginia Lottery officials said. Guy DeKoninck’s ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball in the drawing July 11, according to a news release. “I checked the numbers and woke up my wife. I think she was slightly annoyed,” DeKoninck said. He spent an extra dollar for a Power Play on his ticket, driving the value of the prize from $50,000 to $200,000. DeKoninck bought the winning ticket at Lobby Shop at 1300 17th St. North in Arlington. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. COUNTY FAIR IS ON THE HORIZON:

The Arlington County Fair, a fixture in the community since 1977, will be held Aug. 15-19 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. The free-admission event includes food, vendors, rides, entertainment and competitive exhibits. Parking around the community center will be restricted; shuttles ($2 round-trip, free for seniors and children 12 and under) will provide service from the Arlington Career Center, I-66 parking garage and Pentagon City and Virginia Square Metro stations. For a complete schedule and additional information, see the Web site at www. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS GEARS UP FOR FALL PROGRAMS: Its leader-

ship team is in place and the League of Women Voters of Arlington has a number of programs slated for fall. Joan Porte will serve as president for 2018-19, with Mary Voulgaris vice president, Don Gurney treasurer and Seema Jain secretary. Directors include Nancy Tate, Natalie Goldring, Ann Sharp, Marlene Nyman, Connie Potter, Jackie Rivas, Carol Brooke and Beth Cogswell. On Sept. 15, the organization will present a community forum on housing solutions for Arlington’s middle class, and on Sept. 25 there will be a forum on the restoration of voting rights for ex-incarcerees. For information on the organization, see the Web site at


applying to the Leadership Center for Excellence Young Professionals Program Class of 2019. Formerly a four-month program offered twice a year, the Young Professionals Program is now an eight-month-long program that meets once a month on Saturdays. Participants engage in sessions designed to enhance self-awareness and


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leadership presence, work with and lead teams and strengthen networking skills. For information and an application form, see the Web site at ENCORE LEARNING TO FOCUS ON WOMEN OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES: Encore Learning will

present a lecture on “Sabotage, Seduction and Secret Pockets: Lady Spies of the OSS” on Monday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. at Central Library. The speaker will be Ellen Butler, whose recent book, “The Brass Compass,” highlights the role of women in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. The community is invited. A booksigning will follow the presentation. The program is co-sponsored by the county library system. For information, call (703) 228-2144. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO AID ‘STEM’ EDUCATORS: Volunteers are being

sought to assist elementary-school and secondary-school science, technology, engineering and math teachers in Arlington as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s STEM Volunteer Program during the 2018-19 school year. A training session is slated for September. For information, e-mail Don Rea at or see the Web site at


Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s annual “Football & Fundraising” event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Glory Days Grill in Fairfax. The event will feature a buffet and auction of sports memorabilia. NFL Pro Bowler Gary Clark, who played wide receiver for the Washington Redskins from 1985 to 1992, will be the featured guest. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For information, see the Web site at


Cancer Resource Center hosts a series of monthly programs and support groups for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. For information on programs that are offered and registration, call (703) 5585555.

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is Trilogy® at Lake Frederick, a vibrant 55+ community just 90 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. Built around the 117-acre Lake Frederick and set on more than 900 acres of rolling, woodland beauty, Trilogy at Lake Frederick is in between Front Royal and Winchester and close to the Virginia Wine Country. Here in this age-restricted community, you can enjoy the amenities of the city while savoring the quiet beauty of this breathtaking mountain lake setting.

Inspiring Homes in a Special Place Whether you’re seeking a comfortable empty-nester bungalow or an expansive home to host your entire family during the holidays, you’re sure to find it here at Trilogy at Lake Frederick. We have seven beautiful floorplans that range from ~1,762 to 5,033 square feet, starting from the mid $300,000s. Our homes are innovative in every way and have lots of amazing features and designs: open living spaces, spacious kitchens, comfortable great rooms, covered patios, luxurious master suites, and more!

Where it All Happens: Shenandoah Lakeside Lodge At the epicenter of Trilogy is the stunning, ~36,000-square-foot Shenandoah Lodge. Here, residents enjoy an award-winning restaurant, Region’s 117, which offers a spectacular lake view and a regional menu that features locally sourced ingredients curated within 117 miles of the Club. The Club also has a charming café, an educational culinary studio, and other social and event spaces. Members and guests love the sports escape with poker and card tables, billiards, flat screen TVs, and more, a sports and fitness center, and more. With all this excitement plus a full calendar of events and activities—from wine dinners to community gatherings to fitness classes—it’s no surprise that Where to Retire magazine ranked Trilogy at Lake Frederick one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States in 2017!

Join Trilogy for Our Open House Weekend This weekend (August 11-12th), we’re hosting an Open House event and we invite you to join us! No appointment is needed. Just stop by between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday or Sunday to see for yourself what Trilogy at Lake Frederick is all about. You can explore our fabulous floorplans, including the newly redesigned Nice Model Home. Tour the community, check out our homes and homesites, and have an ice cream on us. We hope to see you this weekend!

Sales and Construction: Shea Homes Limited Partnership (#2705152813). Homes at Trilogy at Lake Frederick are intended for occupancy by at least one person 55 years or older, with certain exceptions for younger persons as provided by law and the governing covenants, conditions and restrictions. This is not an offer of real estate for sale, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, to residents of any state or province in which registration and other legal requirements have not been fulfilled. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Models are not an indication of racial preference. Price for this home does not include closing costs, application of incentives, includes costs for certain options and upgrades, specific list of which is available at the Trilogy at Lake Frederick sales office, and is subject to change. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Arlington Jobless Rate Still Lowest in Commonwealth

Despite a second month in a row of upticks, Arlington’s unemployment rate in June remained the envy of Virginia’s 132 other cities and counties. With 150,837 county residents in the civilian workforce and 3,393 looking for jobs, Arlington’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.2 percent in June was lowest in the commonwealth, according to figures reported Aug. 1 by the Virginia Employment Commission. The rate has risen slightly in recent months – a not-unusual phenomenon this time of the year – having stood at 1.9 percent in April and 2 percent in May. That trend was mirrored in many other Northern Virginia jurisdictions, which reported generally low joblessness but also saw increases from spring months. Alexandria’s unemployment rate was 2.4 percent in June, up from 2.2 percent in May. Falls Church also reported a 2.4 percent unemployment rate, up from 2.1 percent. Both Fairfax and Loudoun counties reported unemployment rates of 2.7 percent, up from 2.4 percent, and the unem-

ployment rate of 2.9 percent in Prince William County was up from 2.6 percent. Across Northern Virginia as a whole, the jobless rate of 2.7 percent for the month (up from 2.4 percent) represented 1.63 million in the civilian workforce and about 45,600 looking for jobs. Statewide, the lowest unemployment rates for the month were found in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and, in a three-way tie at 2.6 percent, Bath and Madison counties and the city of Fairfax. The highest rates were reported in Petersburg (6.5 percent), Buchanan County (6.3 percent), Dickenson County and Danville (6 percent each) and Wise County (5.9 percent). Among metro areas, the lowest rates were found in Northern Virginia, followed by Winchester (2.9 percent), then Charlottesville and Staunton/Waynesboro (3.1 percent each). The highest metro-area unemployment could be found in Kingsport/Bristol (4.2 percent) and Lynchburg (4 percent). Statewide, Virginia’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was up from 2.9 percent, due largely to an expansion of the labor force for the


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fifth month in a row. That labor force is at an all-time high, as is household employment. Across Virginia, job gains were posted in the leisure/hospitality, finance and education/ health sectors, among others. Government employment at both the local and federal levels was down slightly, while the state-government workforce was up a fraction. Nationally, Virginia reported the 12th best jobs picture in June, nestled between Maine and Wisconsin. The lowest unemployment rates were reported in Iowa (2.5 percent) and Idaho and New Hampshire (2.6 percent each). The highest rates were found in

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Alaska (6.7 percent), Louisiana (6.1 percent) and Mississippi (5.7 percent). For full data, see the Web site at Year-Over-Year Joblessness Down in D.C. Region: Yearover-year joblessness across the Washington metropolitan area declined in June, according to new data, part of an ongoing but perhaps somewhat slowing trend nationally. With 3,463,540 regional residents in the civilian workforce and 127,913 looking for jobs, June’s unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for the Washington region was down from 3.9 percent in June 2017, according to figures

reported Aug. 1 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The D.C. region was one of 298 of the nation’s 388 metropolitan areas to see a year-overyear drop in joblessness. Unemployment rates were higher in 61 areas and unchanged in 29. Nationally, the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 4.2 percent was down from 4.5 percent a year before. Among all metro areas, the lowest unemployment rate was reported in Ames (Iowa) at 2 percent. The highest rate could be found in El Centro (Calif.) at 19.1 percent. Among the 51 metro areas with populations of a million or more, the lowest unemployment rate was found in Minneapolis (2.8 percent) and the highest in Cleveland (6.1 percent). Among Virginia metro areas outside the Washington region, joblessness was down across the board, with unemployment rates in June ranging from 3.1 percent to 4 percent. Statewide, Virginia’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was down from 3.9 percent a year before. For full data, see the Web site at

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Address: 2509 Fowler Street, Falls Church (22046). Listed at: $1,699,000 by Laura Vickers, Weichert, Realtors (571) 331-2877. Schools: Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle, George Mason High School.

ceilings and a gas fireplace, the dining room is filled with sunlight, and the grand kitchen is prepared to exceed the expectations of all serious chefs, and is a visual showplace with top-quality appliances and custom cabinetry. There is no need to keep the entertaining indoors; go out and enjoy the expansive deck area, whether for entertaining or just relaxation. A treat is the main-level bedroom, which would work well for an in-law suite (equally well as a home office). The spacious master retreat is the highlight of the second level, with a three-sided gas fireplace, separate sitting area, sumptuous bath and plentiful closet space.

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Three en-suite bedrooms are found on this level, and the bonus second upper level hosts to an enormous flex space plus another en-suite bedroom. The walk-out-and-up lower level is home to a large family room with wet bar and a space that works equally well as a bedroom or office. One one additional note: As the property straddles the Falls Church-Fairfax border, students can attend either school system. It’s your call! Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (571) 333-6272.

More Realtors Coming Into the Profession The income and sales volume of National Association of Realtors members dropped slightly over the last year, but membership increased as younger members continue to enter the industry, according to the 2018 National Association of Realtors Member Profile, released recently. There was a rise in new members from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.3 million in April 2018, and the profile found that 29 percent of members have less than two years of experience, an increase from 28 percent and suggesting prospective entrants into the realestate profession are excited about the long-term prospects. “Younger Americans are seeking business opportunities that working in real estate provides,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Members of the National Association of Realtors account for about half of all active real estate licensees in the U.S. Realtors’ median age was 54 this year, slightly up from the last two years. Sixty-three percent of Realtors are female. Only five percent of Realtors reported real estate was their first career. The most common first careers reported by those in the industry are in management, business or finance, or in sales and retail, both at 16 percent. New members of the trade association tended to be more diverse than more experienced members; 25 percent of members with two years of experience or less were minorities, up from 22 percent last year. According to the survey, the main factors that limit potential clients in completing transactions are difficulty finding the right property (35 percent), housing affordability (17 percent), and difficulty in obtaining mortgage financing (12 percent). “A familiar story lingers from last year, as limited inventory continues to plague many housing markets across the country,” Yun said. Eighty percent of respondents reported that they are certain they would remain in the real estate business, while those who were newest to the profession were least certain they would remain. The 2018 National Association of Realtors Member Profile is based on a survey of 200,964 members, which generated 12,495 usable responses.

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shaping up to be ugly for commuters and other Metrorail riders through much of the remainder of August. From Aug. 11 to Aug. 26, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to conduct round-the-clock construction on portions of the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, resulting in limited capacity. Under the current plan, Silver Line and Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes at all times, while there also will be impacts on the Blue and Yellow lines. “All Orange, Blue and Silver line customers are encouraged to use alternate transportation and to only use Metro if you have no other option,” transit officials said in a statement. The work is being conducted in August because there traditionally is a lull in ridership during the month. Officials said the work is needed to address the tightest curve in the Metrorail system, found between the McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations. Crews will rebuild the track infrastructure, including installation of new rail and new fasteners, and make repairs to the concrete pads that support the rails. Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained,


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officials said. During the construction period, Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery; additional Yellow Line trains will provide service during rush hour between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. On the weekends of Aug. 11-12 and 25-26, the Farragut West and McPherson Square stations will be closed, and the lower-level platform at Metro Center (Orange, Silver and Blue lines) also will be closed. UNITED ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO SERVE TEL AVIV FROM DULLES: Pend-

ing final approval from the respective governments, United Airlines plans to begin operating three-day-a-week service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport starting next May. It will be the first nonstop flight between the two cities by an American carrier, and will buttress existing United service to Tel Aviv from Newark and San Francisco. “We are thrilled to welcome another United Airlines flight to Israel from the United States,” said Yariv Levin, Israel’s minister of tourism, when the announcement was made Aug. 2. The proposed service, Levin said, “opens many more opportunities for both countries to continue to build strong re-

lationships while growing business and expanding tourism.” United anticipates using Boeing 777200ER aircraft. Under current plans, flights will depart Dulles on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings and arrive in Tel Aviv the following afternoons. Westbound flights will depart in the early mornings (local time) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Washington the same mornings. Flight time will be about 11 hours from Dulles to Israel, 80 minutes longer on the reverse trip. Passengers arriving at Dulles will be able to connect to nearly 70 cities on United flights, airline officials said. Gerald Gordon, who heads the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, was – not surprisingly – pleased by the possibilities United’s announcement opens up. “A direct flight from Dulles to Tel Aviv helps not only the business and residential communities in this region, but it also will enable [the authority’s] office in Tel Aviv to be more successful in sending Israeli companies to our county,” he said. “Israeli businesses have world-class technologies that are appropriate for this marketplace,” Gordon said. “Fairfax County’s office in Tel Aviv has had considerable success in helping bring Israeli companies to Fairfax County, and this will greatly accelerate that effort.” Currently, travelers from the Wash-

ington area to Tel Aviv have a myriad of options, but must make at least one flight connection en route. The shortest duration from Dulles to Tel Aviv among currently available options, according to the booking site Orbitz, is 13 hours and 20 minutes via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. United is the dominant carrier at Dulles, responsible for more than 60 percent of the airport’s annual passenger count. The airline currently offers about 230 domestic flights and 30 international flights daily from the airport. UNITED ADDING SERVICE FROM DULLES TO MIAMI: United Airlines has

announced plans to add seasonal service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport, running from Dec. 19 to March 30, with twice-a-day service during the peak holiday-travel period of Dec. 24 to Jan. 6. The airline – dominant at Dulles – will use two-class, 128-passenger Airbus A319 aircraft for the flights. The flights are part of the airline’s expansion of service from Dulles and other United hub airports, which have totaled 33 new destinations in 18 states in recent months. At roughly the same time as United’s service commences, American Airlines will eliminate its Dulles-to-Miami nonstop service, officials with that airline said.

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berg of Arlington earned degrees during recent commencement exercises at Miami University. n Arlington students Mary Gay, Shalini Hicklin-Coorey, Madison Ihrig, Priya Kral and Matthew Padgett have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis. n Anna Santiago of Arlington, a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Colgate University. n Adriana Asef-Sargent of Arlington, a graduate of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, and Connor Berry of Arlington, a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Eckerd College. n Sean Haselby of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Virginia Tech. n Kathryn McCool of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Virginia Tech.

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Police Beat ROBBERY: n On Aug. 1 at about 8:45 p.m., an individual was riding his bicycle in the area of Patrick Henry Drive and Wilson Boulevard when he was approached from behind by a man who brandished a knife and demanded his bike and personal belongings. The suspect then fled prior to police arrival. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, 5’4” to 5’6” tall, with a goatee. ASSAULT ON POLICE: n On July 30 at 9:47 a.m., police were dispatched to a restaurant in the 3000 block of Washington Boulevard where a man had been making verbal threats to customers, police said. Upon arrival, police made contact with the man, who was then banned from the store. At approximately 10:30 a.m., police were dispatched to a report of what turned out to be the same man trespassing and causing a disturbance.

According to police, as officers attempted to place the suspect into custody, the suspect became combative and a struggle ensued. The suspect did not obey the lawful commands of the officers, and a Taser was deployed, police said. The suspect – Masakela Blackmon, 42, of no fixed address – was arrested and charged with two counts of assault-andbattery on police, one count of obstruction of justice and one county of trespassing. BURGLARY: n Sometime between July 29 at 8 a.m. and July 30 at 7 a.m., two suspects gained entry to the fenced yard of a home in the 800 block of South Adams Street and stole items of value. There are no suspect descriptions. n On July 31 between 12:42 and 2:50 p.m., a home in the 1000 block of North Monroe Street was burglarized. Items of value were taken. The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks. – Staff Reports

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Divers on Target in Arlington

Teeing Off

Baseball Needs to Get Real Serious About Pace of Play Must go faster, a lot faster. The game of baseball is played at a naturally slow pace. But there is no reason the action has to drag to an agonizingly sluggish turtle crawl that is occurring now on so many levels.

Three Teams Are Summer Champs

Dave Facinoli

A Staff Report

For the fifth straight summer, at least one Arlington team has won a division diving championship of the Northern Virginia Swimming League.



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Overlee diver Libby Moir performs during the team’s final meet of the summer season against visiting Dunn Loring. Overlee won the Division II league championship. PHOTO BY DEB KOLT

man boys), Addie Hans (freshman girls), David Alves (junior boys) and Matt Cassat (intermediate boys). Second were Julia Green, Matthew Petruccelli, Charlotte Weir, Ava Smialowicz, Justin Clark and Christine Siegal. Third were Billy Hans, Ada Jordan, Annie Madden, Neil Murray and Ella Wyman. Other top Arlington Forest divers included Annabeth Stokley, Sam Alves, Caroline Mason and Conor Hogan. n Dominion Hills finished 1-3-1 in Division VI this summer, tying its final meet at 36 with Camelot. In that tie, Gavin Simpson (junior boys), Ellie Joyce (junior girls), Luke DiBenigno (intermediate boys) and Grace Dennis (senior girls) won their age groups for Dominion Hills. Second were Logan DiBenigno, Joseph Nixon, Max Jolley and Luke Dangel.

Third were Luke Jolley, Lulu Ax, Paige Shelton and Riley Shelton. Check a future issue of the Sun Gazette for results of Arlington divers at the NVSL’s individual divisional and all-star meets. n For the 21th straight year, the Washington Golf and Country Club diving team is the champion of the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association, recording a 3-0 record this season, then winning the league-wide title with a 136 point total, with Chevy Chase second with 85. In dual meets, Washington Golf defeated Army Navy, Congressional and Manor. Since 1970, Washington Golf has won 23 league diving titles. Check a future issue for more on the Washington Golf team.


This year, Overlee in Division II with a 5-0 record and Donaldson Run in Division V with a 4-1 mark won championships thanks to victories in their final regular-season meets. Overlee nipped visiting Dunn Loring, 37-35, and Donaldson Run downed host Sleepy Hollow, 42-30, in those rainy competitions. For Overlee, the Division II crown was its second in three years, each with 5-0 marks. Overlee was 2-3 in Division I last summer. In the win over Dunn Loring for Overlee, Cici Yen (freshman girls), Michayla Eisenberg (junior girls) and Hannah Karlin (senior girls) won their age divisions. Second were Izzy Eisenberg, Christopher Cobey, Libby Moir, Olivia Morgan, Jacob Kreider and Annika Creedon. Third were Haynes Deegan, Avery Stoker, Guy Shoji and Juliette Mitrovich. Other top divers for Overlee this summer included Laine Stoker, Sophia Gray, Jonathan Teitelbaum, Dashiell May, Samantha Brady, Nate Cohen, Flynn Shoji, Noah Al-Saigh and Sophie Green. In Donaldson Run’s win over Sleepy Hollow, Adrian Judson (freshman boys), Matthew Mastrostefano (junior boys), Rachel Conley (junior girls), Kenny Judson (intermediate boys) and Peter Fleckenstein (senior boys) won age divisions. Second were Jack Reed, Lucy Holley, Olli Mulchandani, James Wiese and Elise Maher. Third were Hank Holley and Emma Webb. n Also in Division II of NVSL diving this summer, Arlington Forest compiled a 2-2-1 record and defeated Crosspointe, 43-25, in its final meet. Winning age groups in that victory for Arlington Forest were Alex Hans (fresh-

Speeding up the game is always talked about. But that’s just lip service. Nothing is strictly enforced or ever truly put into practice. Once contests begin, there is no sense of urgency to play faster. Forget about the Major Leagues. With all the commercials, there’s no chance pace-of-play will ever increase by much. Three- and four-hour games always will be the norm. That doesn’t have to be the same for summertime amateur-level baseball, like play in many of those Babe Ruth and Little League all-star tournament contests. Two recent seven-inning games of a district Babe Ruth tournament lasted right at three hours. Actually, the pace of play moved along at an acceptable pace. It was the endless meetings of all types, and constant lineup changes, in addition to way too much warmup time with players delaying, then walking to their positions during change overs that caused the slow motion. Umpires made no attempt to speed things along, at times chatting among themselves as a pitcher waited with no one in position to receive warmups. Again, there was no sense of urgency despite so much wasted time. Someone should keep track of the total combined time of all the various meetings, warmups and standing around that occurs during a game. Then, compare that to the real playing time. There is a possibility that playing time would be a smaller number. That should not be the case. Baseball needs to get very serious and police itself on this matter. Continue to do nothing, and young players will continue to keep leaving to play soccer or lacrosse. Others will stop watching and being involved.

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Yorktown Graduate Earns a Baseball Shot in the Pros DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

It took time, perseverance and working through a lot of setbacks and frustration, Jake Marshall BASEBALL but achieved a big goal this summer and became an everyday professional baseball player. The Yorktown High School graduate recently completed the 2018 season as a starting rookie catcher for the High Desert Yardbirds of the independent Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, which operates in western states. The High Desert Yardbirds are located in Adelanto, Calif., and ended their season July 26. It is a 25-and-under developmental league. Marshall, 23, finished his rookie pro season playing in 38 games. Nicknamed “Sarge,” the switch-hitter batted .262 with two homers, a triple and two doubles, and he had 15 RBI and 22 walks,

including four in one game. The 5-foot11, 205-pound Marshall was the team’s only catcher for its final six games, so he caught every inning for six straight days in heat of 100-plus degrees. Marshall, who eventually wants to join the Army, claimed that playing in heat like that was “Ranger training.” Marshall’s grandfather was an Army Ranger. Marshall is known best for his strong defensive skills. He enjoyed the pro baseball experience and is working to catch on with another team this season or next. He had a recent tryout with the Martinez Clippers of the Pacific Association. “It has been a great experience out here,” Marshall said. “It has been the most consistent playing time I have had in a long time, and that is fantastic. I have learned so much.” Marshall said he wants to continue playing baseball in pro leagues until he is told he can’t compete anymore. He has yet to be told that despite hitting roadblocks

in his development. “If it works out, I’ll keep playing,” Marshall said. At Yorktown, Marshall was the startJake Marshall ing catcher as a senior, then was on the junior college team at Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va., with limited playing time for the highly-regarded baseball program. Next, he was involved with the West Virginia University Division I program, mainly as a bullpen catcher. He graduated from West Virginia with a degree in history in the summer of 2017. After a stint trying to join a pro team in Australia, Marshall got stronger and bigger, his name was circulated – again mainly for his defensive skills of blocking and framing pitches and throwing out

runners – so eventually he wound up in the Pecos League. “I planned to join the Army out of high school,” Marshall said. “But nobody ever told me I could play anymore. So when I was able to go to Potomac State, I decided to keep playing until I can’t.” Coincidently, one of Marshall’s teammates with the High Desert Yardbirds was Kent Blackstone, a standout in Northern Virginia when he played at Marshall High School then in college at George Mason University. The two had never met until they joined the Yardbirds, where they lived with the same host family and became fast friends. “He lives a county and a couple of miles away from me in Northern Virginia, and I’d never heard of the guy,” Marshall said. “Then I meet him all the way across the country. Small world.” Blackstone has since moved on to play in another independent league for the rest of the summer.

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swam for Tuckahoe in a June 23 meet and won two races.

College Roundup LAURA CRAWFORD: Yorktown High School graduate Laura Crawford was a freshman attack on the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Pennsylvania this spring. Crawford played in 11 games, scoring four goals and taking nine shots. She had one game-winning goal and gathered three ground balls. MARIE GONZALES: Bishop O’Connell High School graduate Alice Marie Gonzales started 12 games and played in 13 this past winter season for the Division III Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team.


She played 25.8 minutes per game, averaging 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. ERIN MORRISSEY:

Erin Morrissey was a junior goalEvie Geisman ie on the Division III Bowdoin College women’s lacrosse team this spring. In high school, she played for Yorktown. Morrissey played in eight games this past season, making 15 saves for Bow-

EVIE GIESEMAN: Washington-Lee High School graduate Evie Gieseman finished her freshman year of swimming at Lehigh University for the women’s team. She scored points for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in seven out of nine meets and won the 50 freestyle against Rider University. Gieseman also was a member of the 4x100 free relay that notched a win against Army. Gieseman swims for the Tuckahoe and Washington Golf and Country Club pools during the summer. She

OLIVIA BARKSDALE: Bishop O’Connell High School graduate Olivia Barksdale did not play softball during the spring for the Clark University women’s team. During the fall, Barksdale did play women’s field hockey for Clark in Worchester, Mass., for the third year in a row. She had a team-high 19 points, including a team-best seven goal. That gave Barksdale 32 goals for her career. At O’Connell, Barksdale helped the softball team win conference and state championships.

Four New Members Selected Into Arlington Hall of Fame A Staff Report

In past years, the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame held its induction of new members during the annual Better Sports Club’s annual awards banquet in June. This year, because of the banquet’s emphasis on honoring student-athletes and the interest of the Hall of Fame board to have a separate induction ceremony, the event is Oct. 10. Still, the four new inductees were announced and recognized at the June 6 Better Sports Club banquet. The new Hall of Fame members are Joe D’Emidio, Bill Duryee, Mary O’Connor Schade and Peter Weilenmann. D’Emidio is the longtime head gymnastics coach at both Washington-Lee High School, the Arlington YMCA and sometimes at Wakefield High. His W-L girls teams have won district and region championships and placed high in state meets. D’Emidio has coached hundreds of gymnastics during his tenure at both Washington-Lee and the YMCA. Combined, he has coached the sport in

Arlington for more than 46 years. He is a 1973 graduate of Yorktown High School, where he was a state champion on the rings. D’Emidio continues as WashingtonLee’s head coach, overseeing one of the metropolitan area’s longest running gymnastics invitational. He previously was chosen as the Better Sports Club’s high school Coach of the Year.

n Schade has lived in Arlington since 1981. For 37 years she has cut wide swaths in swimming, soccer, Senior Olympics and triathlons. In addition, Schade has coached in Arlington schools and youth leagues. Now in her 70s, Schade is a 25-time Virginia Senior Olympics gold medalist, a five-time qualifier for the National Senior Games and an accomplished open-water swimmer. In the past year, she was the secondoldest finisher in cold and rough water conditions at the Alcatraz Escape From the Rock Swim across San Francisco Bay. During her time as boys and girls soccer coach at Williamsburg Middle School, Schade compiled a 92-4 record. n The late Duryee was a track and football star at Bishop O’Connell High School, graduating in 1961. He is an O’Connell sports Hall of Fame member. Duryee set records by winning Catholic-league sprint championships at O’Connell, and tied a state mark of 9.9 seconds in the 100-yard dash. Duryee received a track and field

scholarship to LaSalle University, where he became a team captain and standout in the sport, leading the squad to multiple conference titles. Duryee was inducted into LaSalle’s Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1993. n Weilenmann is a lifelong Arlington resident, and for the past 25 years has worked for Arlington Public Schools. Weilenmann loved playing soccer, but he made his mark in track and field as a standout runner in high school at Landon in Bethesda, where he won many races and was chosen all-conference. Weilenmann attended James Madison University and became a three-time conference cross country champion. On the track, he set JMU records in the outdoor 1,500 and indoor 3,000 meter races. In 2017, Weilenmann was selected into the JMU Sports Hall of Fame. After college, Weilenmann found success in various races and competed on five U.S. national teams from 1991 to 1996. In 1992 he reached the finals of the Olympic trials in the 5,000. In 1994, Weilenmann won the local Army 10-miler. August 9, 2018 17

CPRO Garners Grant Funding Boundaries The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) will receive $7,000 for its street-banner program is part of $172,000 in Virginia Main Street grants, announced by Gov. Northam. “Vibrant downtown neighborhoods are important to help our cities and towns attract new businesses, invite tourism and grow the Virginia economy,” the governor said in a statement. “The Virginia Main Street grants support efforts to revitalize downtown buildings, spark new economic development and drive more private investment to these areas.”

A total of $35,000 in funding was awarded, collectively, to affiliates of the Main Street program, including CPRO, Russell County, the city of Galax and the towns of Narrows, Glade Spring and Stanardsville. The remainder of the funding was for seven projects for Main Street partner communities in the towns of Abingdon and South Boston, and the cities of Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Winchester, according to the governor’s office. – A Staff Report

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to the new building. The Patrick Henry building then will be used for the Montessori program currently housed at Drew Model School, while the vacated space at Drew will be used to accommodate additional students in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition to Fleet, Henry and Drew, schools that will be looked at as part of this fall’s boundary process include Abingdon, Arlington Science Focus, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Hoffman-Boston, Long Branch, Oakridge, Randolph and Taylor. Most are in the southern and central portions of the county. School Board members plan to hold a work session on draft plans for the boundary changes on Aug. 28, with a public hearing tentatively set for late November. If past is prologue, any proposal that is rolled out likely will engender vocal community feedback; even a June information session with School Board members brought out several community members pressing their own preferences. School officials, who already have been spreading the word about the upcoming process over the summer, are planning to ramp up efforts in coming weeks. “We need to be ready to hit the ground running when school starts in the fall,” said Lisa Stengle, director of planning for the school system. (For full information, see the Web site at School officials are planning yet another round of boundary reconfigurations for elementary schools starting with the 2021-22 school year, with that process set to kick off in the fall of 2020. School officials say 14 schools will be looked at in that next round of adjustments, which will be necessitated by the opening of a new elementary school in Westover.


(Some schools are slated to be included in both boundary processes, but specific school-attendance-area “planning units” will only be impacted once, school officials said, in order to minimize the number of times that individual students are impacted.) At a recent School Board meeting, a number of board members said planning staff should at least consider doing the entire boundary-adjustment process in one swoop, then phasing in the changes as the new schools open. “That gives people the ability to plan and have some surety on what’s going to happen,” School Board member Nancy Van Doren said. Board chairman Reid Goldstein also voiced support for considering a one-and-done boundary process rather than the two-step effort being contemplated. Still an open question: How much leeway will be given parents whose students are slated to move from one school to another, but don’t want to make the switch? “We are going to work with the community. We’re going to try to be as flexible as we can,” Stengle said. School leaders also will have to contend with the need to balance enrollment among elementary schools – some are overcrowded and some have empty seats – while not playing a constant game of musical chairs with individual students and families. “This is a difficult one,” Goldstein said of the conflicting goals being addressed. “This is a very problematic part of the process.” Even with the opening of new schools, growth in Arlington’s elementary-schoolage population will require the use of portable classrooms – called “trailers” by some and “learning chalets” by others – said Gladis Bourdouane, a planner for the school system. But, Bourdouane said, the new schools coupled with boundary changes will help even out disparities. “We want to balance enrollment,” she said.

the reasons it had to close temporarily. “Initially, we had hoped the planetarium would remain open throughout construction,” he said. “However, it is tied Continued from Page 1 into the Ed Center building’s systems and Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown would require its own electricity, heat, Planetarium, said the superintendent’s and other basic support to operate indeoffice has been proactive in working with pendently.” In 2008, the School Board named the the group. “We are continuing to work with APS planetarium in honor of David Brown, on determining how long the planetarium a 1974 Yorktown High School gradumay not be available to the community, ate who went on to become a physician, how APS might use that opportunity U.S. Navy aviator and astronaut. Brown to provide needed improvements to the was among those killed in 2003 when the planetarium’s infrastructure, and how the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during Friends can continue to produce shows, re-entry. School officials currently estimate the talks, and STEM-related activities for both students and the public in other APS construction project to turn the Educaspaces during the closure,” Gartner told tion Center into classroom space will kick off in the summer of 2020. The reconfigthe Sun Gazette. The closing will be a blow to the orga- ured building is slated to be ready for ocnization, but Gartner said he understood cupancy in September 2021. The Sun Gazette and its predecessors have covered the Arlington community since way back in 1935. We’ve got the institutional memory to ensure that issues are covered comprehensively and with views from all sides.

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5. Like U.S. and U.S.S.R. in WWII 6. Conjunction in comparatives 7. *Heuristically programmed algorithmic computer, for short 8. Enlighten 9. Biblical pronoun 10. Ethiopian currency 11. Initial stake, as in poker 12. Swedish shag rug 15. Shiny cotton 20. Not asleep 22. One of #35 Across 24. “Miss America” contest, e.g. 25. *“Star Wars” creator 26. Shoemaker without shoes, e.g. 27. Hose woes 29. *Captain of Nautilus 31. “La Vie en rose” singer 32. #23 Across, past tense 33. Cause for food recall 34. *One of the “fathers of science fiction” 36. Proofreader’s mark 38. “____ ____ good example” 42. It’s black or white and lives in Africa 45. Office errand boy 49. Barn sound 51. Bureaucratic task 54. Relating to uvea 56. Capital of Vietnam 57. So be it 58. Dispatched 59. Avian wader 60. Center of authority 61. Iron horse track 62. Research facil. 63. Visually perceives 64. Bar association 66. *“Doctor ____”

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travels to Eakin Park West in Fairfax County for its weekly walking program on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $4 for transportation from Madison Community Center. For information, call (703) 228-4403. ‘WEDNESDAY WALKERS’ TAKE AN AMBLE: The Wednesday Walkers of Walter

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Arlington history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. Find out more on local history at the Web site August 7, 1944: n A horse show, sponsored by the Arlington Lions Club, will be held at the Ballston Stadium. n Reports suggest that the liberation of Paris is “imminent.” August 7, 1961: n Northern Virginia’s postmasters are asking businesses to deposit their mail throughout the day, rather than all at once in the evening, to help ease a nighttime crunch. n Planners have agreed on the location of the Three Sisters Bridge, to be situated just north of Key Bridge. n Arlington retail sales were up slightly in 1960 compared to 1959. Restaurant sales also rose. n The Soviets put Maj. Gherman Titov into space for 25 hours, once again beating the U.S. n The pope’s limousine was involved in a fender-bender with a Rome police motorcycle. There were no injuries. n Mickey Mantle hit his 363rd home run, to move into ninth place on the alltime list, ahead of Joe DiMiaggio. August 7, 1969: n County Board members have authorized the county manager to purchase flood-prone homes, at full value, from homeowners in the Four Mile Run watershed. n The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control board has approved 336 permits for liquor-by-the-drink at bars across Virginia. n State officials have offered to mediate the 16-day-old strike of Piedmont Airlines pilots. August 6, 1979: n Support for President Carter is waning in Virginia, with at least one member of Congress saying he wouldn’t be surprised if the president didn’t win renomination next year. n The Northern Virginia Swimming League’s all-star meet saw four records broken and one tied. n On TV tonight: “Little House on the Prairie”; “M*A*S*H”; “The White Shadow”; “WKRP in Cincinnati”; and “Lou Grant.”


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