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Vienna’s Maple Avenue Commercial ordinance, or MAC, is big, has received a chilly public reception and is about to go under the knife for some revisions. The Vienna Planning Commission, during a special meeting held July 30 at Town Hall, fielded comments from about two dozen residents regarding several changes to the ordinance. Their main message: Put the brakes on such applications until town officials and the public can reach a consensus on how much development is desirable. “There are too many unanswered questions,” said resident Steve Potter. “The long-term implications of oversights are too serious to ignore. This is not something we should be rushing into unprepared.” Town planning staff members have proposed several alterations to the MAC, including capping the number of

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MAKING A SPLASH IN DIVING COMPETITION Dunn Loring’s Elsa Marsden (left), Vera Korff (top) and Lennon Brucker (above) were among those taking part in Northern Virginia Swimming League diving competition in recent weeks. See full covPHOTOS BY DEB KOLT erage in Sports.

It never hurts to ask, but the answer sometimes makes one cringe. Some McLean residents have pushed the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to consider a four-monthlong pilot program that would close the northbound I-495 entrance ramp off of Georgetown Pike from 1 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Neighbors living in that vicinity have been irritated by poor driving conduct at the Pike’s intersection with Balls Hill Road and lengthy vehicle backups that have made getting out of nearby driveways difficult. But when VDOT officials discussed the idea at an Aug. 2 community forum at McLean High School, the overwhelming majority of the roughly 280 people who showed up strongly opposed the proposed ramp closure. John Undeland, who lives in the Langley Oaks area of McLean and sometimes does consulting work for VDOT, said forcing residents to backtrack to Route 123 in order to access the Beltway’s Inner Loop would be a major hassle. “This proposed solution is a cure that’s worse than the disease,” he said. “This would maroon us from our communities Continued on Page 18 l On Facebook: sungazettenews l On Twitter: @sungazettenews @sungazettespts

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Vienna Post 180 Brings Home Va. Championship DAVE FACINOLI Staff Writer

Following a similar pattern of play that helped Vienna Post 180 win a District 17 tournament championship the previous week, the American Legion baseball team has added its first state-tourney crown in 28 years. Vienna (30-3) won the state title Aug. 4 at James Wood High School in Winchester with a 15-1 rout of Adams Post 86 in the championship game of the rainshortened event. More than two days of rain forced the losers’-bracket portion of the eight-team event to be cancelled. That left Vienna, 3-0 in the tourney, and Adams alive in the winners’-bracket to play for the championship. The state title was Vienna 180’s first since 1990 and the first state crown by a District 17 team since Burke Post 85 won the crown in 1992. “This is a dream, it really is,” secondyear Vienna manager Nick Good said. “It’s a dream for the players, the post, Vienna and for me. Winning the state was the real goal this season.” Vienna now advances to the eightteam, double-elimination Mid-Atlantic Region tournament, set for Aug. 8-12 at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville and hosted by Leesburg Post 34. Vienna plays a team from Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in its first game.

Vienna Post 180 gathers with the state-championship banner and trophy at James Wood High School in Winchester.

In the state-tournament final, Post 86 took an early 1-0 lead, then Vienna scored four runs in the fourth inning and 10 more in the sixth. Vienna had 12 hits and made no errors. Tournament MVP Justin Taylor led the way with three hits and five RBI. Cooper Rosner also had three hits, including a double. Also for Vienna, Liam Leone had two hits and two RBI; Eric Lingebach added a triple and a double; Nate Leas had a double and an RBI; Kyle Novak had a hit and an RBI: Jack Kidd had an RBI; and Sam Kobayashi walked twice and scored

two runs with a stolen base. On the mound, right-hander Jake Nielsen was the starting and winning pitcher in the state final, as he was in the district-tourney title games. In the state final, Nielsen tossed a complete-game six-hitter with three strikeouts and three walks. He threw a total of 99 pitches. “Jake did again what he has done for us all summer,” Good said. “He was outstanding and came through.” Vienna’s formula in winning district and state titles was stingy defense, strong hitting, solid pitching no mistakes (the





team made just two errors in the tournament) and not giving up when falling behind or tied, which Post 180 was in five of those six games. “This team really didn’t have a weakness, and we had so much depth and there were a lot of outstanding individual effort in key situations,” Good said. “Having that depth was huge in a lot of ways.” That depth came into play after leadoff hitter Will Irwin and starting pitcher Jack Nathan each were hurt early in Vienna’s opening state-tournament game, an 11-1 rout of Ashburn Post 2001, and did not play again in the tournament.

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School Board OKs Funding to Update Security Features BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

The Fairfax County School Board on July 26 unanimously approved the expenditure of nearly $4 million for security upgrades, including installing improved locks, hiring more mental-health workers and boosting systemwide security training. The biggest expenditure was $2,155,567 to hire 18 psychologists and social workers to strengthen mental-health sup-

port for students. These employees also will conduct follow-up work for threat assessments. All county high schools already have full-time psychologists and social workers. The newly hired employees would be assigned to middle schools and certain elementary schools. Acting on a recent internalsecurity report, School Board members approved $1 million to replace 1,880 dual-key interior classroom doors with push-button locks that will permit swifter

lockdowns in case of emergencies, according to the system’s Office of Safety and Security. Board members also signed off on spending $780,952 to hire eight full-time employees who will help train school officials in improved security methods. The employees will include two security planning and assessment specialists and one inspection technical specialist, who will work on a comprehensive safetyand-security training program. In addition, the school system

will hire five more security planning and assessment specialists to support increased frequency of “tabletop” training exercises, which give participants emergency scenarios so that the schools’ response and crisis management may be evaluated. Officials from the Office of Safety and Security in June recommended that the school system improve its lockdown drills; conduct annual “tabletop” training exercises; ensure compliance with electronic-door access

policies; require annual security and safety training, including briefings from principals; review and evaluate school-based threat assessments; and increase communication with principals and school communities. School Board members also are asking system officials for more information about installing interior cameras at middle and elementary schools (high schools have them already) and where such equipment should be positioned.

Action, Humor Helps ‘Beauty and the Best’ Stand Tall BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer

Tenderness, danger, humor, howling wolves and a wisecracking candelabra: “Beauty and the Beast” offers plenty for theatergoers of all ON ages. The musical, writSTAGE ten by Linda Woolverton, is the latest production from Vienna Youth Players. The play begins with an arrogant young prince (Ransom Cain) turning down a beggar who offers him a rose in exchange for shelter in a storm. The bedraggled person in fact is a lovely (if overly vindictive) enchantress who turns the prince into a beast who must wear a frightening mask with teeth and horns to cover his hideousness. The enchantress also casts a spell on the rose and commands the Beast to find love, and receive it in return, before the last rose petal falls, lest his disfigurement become permanent. Forming the other half of the title pair is Belle (Heather Colbert), a lovely and bookish young woman whose eccentric habits provoke disdain from less-literaryminded villagers. She dotes on her father, Maurice (Stephen Baldassari), an eccentric inventor. The pair affirm their loyalty to each other in a touching song, “No Matter What.” Matters become complicated when Maurice gets lost in the woods and enters the Beast’s castle without permission. The Beast imprisons him, but Belle arrives and offers to take her father’s place. Despondent in her captivity, Belle refuses to come to dinner, evoking the Beast’s wrath. But they’re meant to be

Heather Colbert and Ransom Cain star in the title roles in Vienna Youth Players’ production of “Beauty and the Beast,” which runs through Aug. 12 at the Vienna Community Center. PHOTO BY ANDERS HALVORSEN

together, and each eventually helps the other, Belle with reading lessons and the Beast with physical protection. The play benefits from a hefty number of outstanding supporting players, many of whom use campy French accents. Several of these are employees of the Beast who’ve been turned into household objects by the enchantress. The best is Lumiere (Luke Jackins), who sports candles instead of hands. He is a delight to watch, with keen comic timing, haw-haw-haw French accent and priceless reactions to others’ foolishness.

Also noteworthy are a talking teapot (Sophia Manicone), a nervous mantel clock (Zach Spafford) and an opera singer (Kamila Aclamczyk) who has been turned into a wardrobe. The biggest threat to Belle comes not from the Beast, but from Gaston (P.J. Pavot), an obnoxious egomaniac who’s used to having women swoon before him. Outraged by Belle’s rejection of his advances, Gaston plots revenge with the aide of an enthusiastic toady played by Jonah Uffelman. The fight scenes, overseen by McK-

enna Weipert, are well-executed, and choreography chief Heather Colbert obtains some graceful dancing and acrobatics from the cast. The show is a final curtain call for director Babs Dyer, who is stepping down after her 26th production. Following her usual habit, Dyer carried around a vial of glitter before the show to sprinkle on cast and crew members, which gave visual clue that she had spoken to each of them. Musical director Kathy Splitt, another company veteran who will be departing after this show, capably oversees renditions of songs featuring lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and music by Alan Menken. The two best numbers are rollicking ensemble pieces “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest.” The play’s lovely costumes, overseen by Cara Bretl, range from Belle’s brocaded gowns and yellow-feathered headdresses for the dancing flappers to Gaston’s puffy red shirt and the Beast’s blue coat. Given the extensive costume demands, the company borrowed some outfits from other local groups that have produced the play. The company went all-out in its playbill, which is larger than usual and features comments from the cast about what “enchanted objects” they would be. “Beauty and the Beast” has just a few slow patches, but the rest is packed with action and more than a few belly laughs. “Beauty and the Beast” runs through Aug. 12 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Its final shows are this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the community center or at www.viennava. gov/webtrac. For more information, call (703) 255-6360.

McLean Man Is Honored with Lifetime-Achievement Accolades The International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) recently presented McLean resident Peter Andrejev with the Frank Freiman Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding accomplishments in cost estimating and/or parametric analysis. It is presented 4

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to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and made an outstanding contribution (theoretical or applied aspects) to the cost-estimating and analysis community. Andrejev was recognized for his contributions as an ICEAA local and national officer, his lectures and publications on cost analysis-related

topics and, most importantly, his technical leadership in the many work products created over his career (including 28 years with Booz Allen Hamilton). In his nomination, he was characterized in as a “Johnny Appleseed” for the cost-analysis profession, making cost a prevalent topic in venues outside of the cost community,

and recognized for his willingness to “speak truth to authority,” especially regarding the risks and cost of large, complex public-sector programs. Still active as a management consultant, Andrejev serves as the director of certification for ICEAA and is proud of his reputation as a “GSD” (for his ability to “get stuff done”).

Local Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

Despite an uptick from the previous while the state-government workforce month, Fairfax County joblessness in was up a fraction. June remained among the lowest in the Nationally, Virginia reported the 12th commonwealth, according to new data. best jobs picture in June, nestled between With 632,250 county residents in the Maine and Wisconsin. The lowest unemcivilian workforce and 17,320 looking for ployment rates were reported in Iowa (2.5 jobs, Fairfax’s non-seasonally-adjusted percent) and Idaho and New Hampshire unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in June (2.6 percent each). The highest rates were was up from 2.4 percent in May, accord- found in Alaska (6.7 percent), Louisiana ing to figures reported Aug. 1 by the Virginia From Virginia Employment Commission, showing non-seasonally-adjusted civilian emEmployment ployment for June. “Previousâ€? is May.5IFNPTUSFDFOUNPOUITĂ HVSFTBSFQSFMJNJOBSZ Commission. Previous Pct. Jurisdiction Employed Unemployed That trend 2.2% 2.4% Alexandria 99,029 2,446 was mirrored 2.0% 2.2% Arlington 150,837 3,393 in many other 2.4% 2.7% Fairfax County 632,250 17,320 Northern Vir2.1% 2.4% Falls Church 8,227 203 ginia jurisdic2.4% 2.7% Loudoun 212,089 5,847 tions, which re2.6% 2.9% Prince William 239,400 7,772 ported generally 2.4% 2.7% Northern Va. 1,626,498 45,567 2.9% low joblessness 3.3% Virginia 4,265,970 143,604 3.6% 4.2% United States 156,465,000 6,812,000 but also saw increases from spring months. (6.1 percent) and Mississippi (5.7 perArlington’s unemployment rate of 2.2 cent). percent in June was up from 2 percent For full data, see the Web site at www. in May, while Alexandria’s rate of 2.4 percent was up from 2.2 percent. Falls Year-Over-Year Joblessness Down in Church also reported a 2.4 percent unem- D.C. Region: Year-over-year joblessness ployment rate, up from 2.1 percent. across the Washington metropolitan area Loudoun County reported an unem- declined in June, according to new data, ployment rate of 2.7 percent, up from 2.4 part of an ongoing but perhaps somewhat percent, and the unemployment rate of slowing trend nationally. 2.9 percent in Prince William County was With 3,463,540 regional residents in up from 2.6 percent. the civilian workforce and 127,913 lookAcross Northern Virginia as a whole, ing for jobs, June’s unemployment rate of the jobless rate of 2.7 percent for the 3.7 percent for the Washington region was month (up from 2.4 percent) represented down from 3.9 percent in June 2017, ac1.63 million in the civilian workforce and cording to figures reported Aug. 1 by the about 45,600 looking for jobs. federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statewide, the lowest unemployment The D.C. region was one of 298 of the rates for the month were found in Ar- nation’s 388 metropolitan areas to see a lington, Alexandria, Falls Church and, in year-over-year drop in joblessness. Una three-way tie at 2.6 percent, Bath and employment rates were higher in 61 areas Madison counties and the city of Fairfax. and unchanged in 29. The highest rates were reported in PetersNationally, the non-seasonally-adjustburg (6.5 percent), Buchanan County (6.3 ed unemployment rate of 4.2 percent was percent), Dickenson County and Danville down from 4.5 percent a year before. (6 percent each) and Wise County (5.9 Among all metro areas, the lowest unpercent). employment rate was reported in Ames Among metro areas, the lowest rates (Iowa) at 2 percent. The highest rate could were found in Northern Virginia, followed be found in El Centro (Calif.) at 19.1 perby Winchester (2.9 percent), then Char- cent. lottesville and Staunton/Waynesboro (3.1 Among the 51 metro areas with popupercent each). The highest metro-area lations of a million or more, the lowest unemployment could be found in King- unemployment rate was found in Minsport/Bristol (4.2 percent) and Lynchburg neapolis (2.8 percent) and the highest in (4 percent). Cleveland (6.1 percent). Statewide, Virginia’s non-seasonallyAmong Virginia metro areas outside adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 per- the Washington region, joblessness was cent was up from 2.9 percent, due largely down across the board, with unemployto an expansion of the labor force for the ment rates in June ranging from 3.1 perfifth month in a row. That labor force is at cent to 4 percent. an all-time high, as is household employStatewide, Virginia’s unemployment ment. rate of 3.3 percent was down from 3.9 Across Virginia, job gains were post- percent a year before. ed in the leisure/hospitality, finance and For full data, see the Web site at www. education/health sectors, among others. Government employment at both the local and federal levels was down slightly, – A Staff Report

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Our View: A Put-Up-Or-Shut-Up Moment It’s fair to say that those on the left flank of Democratic politics in Northern Virginia are not enamored of state Sen. Dick Saslaw, the Democratic Senate leader whose district includes the city of Falls Church and portions of Fairfax County. Saslaw is seen by his critics as too conservative, too much in the pocket of special interests, or both. Those complaints have fallen on deaf ears among Saslaw’s constituents, who keep sending him back to Richmond, but of late they seem to have had an impact on their target; the senator this year has been making statements a little to the left from where he has been in the past on certain issues, such as the environment. Critics, of course, retort that it’s little more than window-dressing, that Saslaw is just covering his bets as he readies for an almost guaranteed run for re-election next year. The lure of becoming majority leader if Democrats take control is too big for him to contemplate retirement.

The question is: Will those on the party’s left flank who are so critical of Saslaw find someone – someone with gravitas – to take him on and force a Democratic primary? It’s a wonderful put-up-or-shut-up moment, and there’s no reason the potential field should be limited to those currently living in Saslaw’s 35th District. There’s still plenty of time for those who have been so mouthy that Saslaw needs to go, but don’t live in his district, to make a move and set the groundwork for 2019. Odds strongly favor Saslaw surviving any intra-party challenge, if one even materializes, and given the political composition of the district, he will have no trouble in the November 2019 general election. The big question is whether those keyboard cowboys who post their complaints online can get their acts together and find a suitable candidate to at least make primary season interesting. As Elvis sang: It’s now or never.

‘MAC’ Plan Leaves Questions Unanswered Editor: The bottom line is that the development proposal for 430-444 Maple Avenue, West, is about money. Money for the investors. Money for the developer. Money for the builder. And money for the Vienna town government. I understand that, and certainly don’t have a problem with either investment/development profits or increased town revenues that don’t come through increased taxes. Folks should better understand that this development comes with both costs and benefits, and I have some questions. Among them: • With the post-development increase in town revenues over current property revenues, what are the Town Council’s plans to reinvest some of that incremen-

tal income in the mitigation of the traffic congestion that this development will create? • Will the town government increase the lengths of the turning lane(s) on Nutley Street onto Maple Avenue? • Will they seek agreement to install a “hawk light” at Roland Street to ease access blockage and facilitate pedestrian traffic? • Will they install time-limited noparking signs on Wade Hampton Drive, Glen Avenue and Roland Street? Or maybe enact neighborhood-only parking stickers (like they do in Arlington) and enforce them to minimize the development overflow parking? • Will they lease additional parking spaces from the neighboring commercial businesses to accommodate the development’s overflow parking?

• Will they install speed bumps for the traffic that will now cut through the Wade Hampton Drive, Glen Avenue, and Roland Street neighborhoods to avoid the congestion and back-up at Nutley and Maple Avenue? • And while not traffic-related, will they upgrade and expand the area sewer system so that, if it breaks, it will not contaminate the water table under the underground parking structure? Other than encourage public transportation, ride-sharing and biking, the developer doesn’t seem to have any real traffic-mitigation plans. In fact, it appears that they are exacerbating the parking problem by asking for fewer parking spaces than the MAC spec. Duane Merrill Jr. Vienna

Editor: Letter-writer Kyle McCauley wrongly characterizes the views of state Sen. Jennifer Wexton in the July 26 edition of the Sun Gazette. I was surprised to read his misguided charges. Wexton is in no way “Far Out in Left Field,” as the headline says. She has a record as a tough prosecutor and a legislator who has had more than 40 bills passed during her tenure in the state

Senate. As a member of the minority in the Senate, she succeeded by working for a consensus with bipartisan support. The focus on the naming of the George Mason law school, mentioned prominently in the July 26 letter, does not seem to be a major issue of concern to residents of the 10th District. The Koch brothers sought to buy influence on the legal educational system, which is their right but not by any means a

consensus-building exercise. It is telling that Mr. McCauley makes no reference to the Barbara Comstock, the Republican incumbent in the 10th District. That’s because the incumbent has failed to represent constituents effectively. Senator Wexton is the only moderate in this race, and deserves our support. Sue Boucher Falls Church

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Public-Safety Notes TYSONS WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER JUVENILES ARE SHOT: A Tysons woman is facing a mur-

der charge after allegedly shooting two juveniles in the 1500 block of Lincoln Circle on Aug. 5 at 10:15 p.m., Fairfax County police said. When officers arrived, they discovered two juvenile victims in an apartment. Rescue personnel took one victim to the hospital and that person remained in lifethreatening condition Monday. The second victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The suspect, 33-year-old Veronica Youngblood, was found in Loudoun County after an acquaintance called police when Youngblood knocked on the caller’s front door. With the assistance of Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Youngblood was taken into custody without incident. Authorities took Youngblood to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where she is being held without bond. A firearm, which authorities think was used in the incident, was recovered when Youngblood was arrested, police said. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the events leading up to the shooting. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on the deceased victim. Fairfax County police say they are prohibited by state law from providing information about juvenile victims unless parental consent is provided. 4 D.C. RESIDENTS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED MALL THEFT: Fairfax County

police officers on July 27 at 6 p.m. saw four people allegedly stealing from a business in Tysons Corner Center. As officers stopped the group, Kareemah Samuels, 18, of Washington, D.C., tried to run away, police said. Officers caught up to Samuels and took her into custody. While they were arresting Samuels, she allegedly kicked an officer in the face. Police arrested Samuels and authorities have charged her with petty larceny and obstruction of justice. A charge against Samuels for assault on a law-enforcement officer also is pending. Police also arrested Monae Washington, 22, Darnisha Godfrey, 22, and a teen girl, 17, all of Washington D.C., and authorities have charged them with multiple larcenies. MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY STEALING UNCLE’S VEHICLE – TWICE:

A man living in the 600 block of Frederick Street, S.W., told Vienna police that on July 27 between 4 and 4:22 a.m. he had heard a loud noise from outside of his home. When the man went to investigate the noise, he noticed his vehicle was missing, police said. The resident told police this was the same vehicle he had previously reported as stolen on June 13. In both of these cases, he believed it was his nephew, who resides with him, who had taken the vehicle.

Vienna police obtained two felony warrants for the resident’s nephew. Officers on July 28 at 3:03 p.m. served the warrant on the 33-year-old man at his home and took him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with auto theft in both cases. The resident’s vehicle was recovered, police said.

middle of the waterway and unable to return to shore. Swift-water personnel were able to return the dog safely to its owner without injury. Bystanders did the correct thing by staying out of the water, contacting 911 and helping identify the exact site of the emergency, officials said.



July 31 at 2:40 a.m. informed Fairfax County police that an alarm had been triggered at the Shell gas station at 2084 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons. Two unknown suspects entered the business by breaking a glass door and, once inside, stole cigarettes and food. The security camera captured two people with masculine builds who were wearing black hoodies, black shoes, masks and gray gloves. One of the suspects wore blue underwear, police said.

woman residing at the Vienna Wolf Trap Hotel, 430 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on Aug. 1 at 12:01 a.m. that she had been visiting with acquaintances in


Rescue Department personnel from Stations 12 (Great Falls), 18 (Jefferson), 39 (North Point) and 42 (Wolf Trap) responded with other supporting companies on Aug. 1 at 4:48 p.m. to a report of a dog trapped on the rocks in Difficult Run near Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. The dog was stuck on a rock in the

another room, but when she tried to leave the room, one of the acquaintances allegedly blocked the door and refused to allow her to leave, police said. Officers went to the hotel and arrested the acquaintance, a 49-year-old man, and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with abduction. Items are compiled from reports issued by local public-safety agencies, including the Fairfax County Police Department and Town of Vienna Police Department. Names of alleged perpetrators are included when provided.

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If you love small-town Vienna, Vienna’s MAC zoning encourages construction of massive buildings along Maple Avenue. In May, the Town Council approved 44 townhouses on two acres at Maple and Pleasant. Now they must decide on 444 Maple West, which would be over 60’ tall (4 stories with no top floor height variations), cover an area larger than a football field, and pack 160 apartments onto less than three acres. At least five other locations on Maple Avenue are potential candidates for similar development, including the Giant Food shopping center. Don’t let the size and density of this current proposal become the blueprint for the rest of Maple Avenue. Time is running out – please sign now, and give Vienna time to rethink MAC zoning.

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Vienna/Oakton Notes VIENNA COUNCIL MAKES APPOINTMENTS: The Vienna Town Council re-

cently made a number of appointments to local boards and commissions. Sandra Allen and Angela Sorrell were appointed to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and Deepa Chakrapani was appointed to the Town/Business Liaison Committee.

ories of people and places he knew growing up in the Northern Virginia. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the program, or can be obtained beforehand at the Freeman Store & Museum, 131 Church St., N.E. For information, call Historic Vienna Inc. at (703) 938-5187 or see the Web site at

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enna will host a book-signing by 95-yearold Vienna native George Baker Atkisson, who will discuss his new novel, “The Chalice and the Stirrup Cup,” on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The book is based on Atkisson’s mem-

government’s Summer on the Green concert series wraps up for the summer season with a performance by Richard Walton Group performing rock, jazz, swing and blues on Friday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on the Vienna Town Green.

CHILLIN’ ON CHURCH FESTIVAL SLATED: The Vienna town government will

host “Chillin’ on Church” community festival on Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. on Church Street. The event will feature the Josh Christina Band performing rockabilly and rock, along with food and beverages. All alcoholic beverages purchased must be consumed inside the designated event area, and no outside alcohol is permitted.


180 will host its monthly breakfast buffet on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the post, 330 Center St., N.


Park. Board members of the McLean Community Foundation also were instrumental in reaching out to secure more than $60,000 in funding for other park initiatives from community partners.

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The event includes omelets, blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon and other items. The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. For information, call (703) 938-6580. GARDEN-CLUB WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON HERBAL VINEGARS: The Ayr Hill

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With the Viagra Patent About to Expire, a New Sex Pill Takes the Spotlight A patented pill costing less than $1 a dose stands to help millions of men with failing sex lives; no prescription will be required By Ray Wilson Associated Health Press AHP− A new sex pill is set to take the spotlight with the Viagra patent about to expire. But unlike the former, it won’t require a prescription and is priced just under a $1 a dose. The new pill called Vesele is part of a new class of performance enhancers for men, which work instantaneously on the body and mind triggering arousal and firmer, harder erections. Formulated with a special compound known as an “accelerator”, Vesele can transport its active ingredients faster and more efficiently into the blood stream, where it begins to work its magic. The patented ingredient blend initiates a process known as vasodilation, which causes arteries and vessels throughout the body to expand. This allows blood to flow directly to penis and genitals, resulting in harder erections which last longer. Cialis and Viagra are based around a similar concept. But what makes Vesele so remarkable, and what these other sex pills can’t do, is that also directs a small portion of this blood flow to the brain, which creates feelings of intense arousal. In layman’s terms, users become incredibly excited and turned on. This is why the makers of Vesele say their pill has worked so effectively in clinical trials. It stimulates the two most important organs for great sex, the penis and the brain.

The Brain Erection Connection Until now, medical researchers did not fully understand the brain-erection connection. It has now been made clear with Vesele. When both are supplied with a constant blood flow, men are harder and firmer for longer...and have unbelievable sex drives. “Most of the research and treatment methods for men’s sexual failures have focused on physiological factors and have neglected the emotional ones. For the leading sex drugs to work, like Cialis and Viagra, you need visual stimulation” explains Dr. Henry Esber, the creator of Vesele. “And although they work for some men, the majority experience absolutely no fulfillment during sex. According to research published by the National Institute of Health, 50% of men taking these drugs stop responding or can’t tolerate their side effects...and on top of that they spend $50 per pill and it doesn’t even work half the time. This is what makes Vesele so different and effective. It floods the blood stream with key ingredients which cause arteries all over the body to expand. The patented accelerator speeds up this process even more.

The result is a rush of blood flow to the penis and brain, helping to create an impressive erection and a surging desire for sex. Often, this is all men need to get going. And when taken regularly, many men say they are energized and aroused all day.”

Great Sex At Any Age With the conclusion of their latest human clinical use survey trial, Dr. Esber and his team are now offering Vesele in the US. And regardless of the market, its sales are exploding. Men across the country are eager to get their hands on the new pill and according to the research, they should be.

Expiring Patent Opens the Door to a New Sex Pill: Vesele is a new pill that cost just $1 a dose does not require a prescription. It works on both body and mind to increase arousal and erection hardness.

In the trial above, as compared to baseline, men taking Vesele saw a staggering 85% improvement in erection hardness over a four-month period. Their erections also lasted twice as long.

This is why many men take it every single day.

These same men also experienced an astounding 82% increase in the desire for sex (libido/sex drive) and an even greater improvement in overall satisfaction and ability to satisfy their partners.

In the same study referenced throughout, Vesele was also shown to have an amazing (and somewhat surprising) effect on women too. That’s because the same arteries and vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the brain and genitals are the same in men and women.

Many men taking Vesele described feeling horny and aroused through the day. The anticipation before sex was amazing. They were also easily turned on. Their moods were more upbeat and positive, too.

Faster Absorption into the Blood Stream Vesele is made up of three specialized ingredients: two clinical strength vasodilators and a patented absorption enhancer often called an accelerator. According to an enormous amount of clinical data, each is very safe.

Recent Studies Show Positive Effects on Women

“In our most recent study, women taking Vesele saw a stunning 52% improvement in arousal and sex drive. Perhaps more impressive, they also experienced a 57% improvement in lubrication. You can imagine why some couples are taking Vesele together. Everything feels better. Everything works better. Everyone performs better. It’s truly amazing.”

A New Frontier of NonPrescription Sex Pills

Research shows that with age, many men lose their desire and interest in sex. They also struggle to produce an erection firm enough for penetration.

With daily use, Vesele is helping men (and women) restore failing sex lives and overcome sexual lets downs without side effect or expense.

And although there are many theories as to why this happens (including a loss in testosterone) one thing is certain, inadequate blood flow is virtually always to blame. That’s why sex drug manufacturers focus on blood flow, it makes your erection hard.

Through a patented absorption enhancer, the Vesele formula hits the bloodstream quickly, resulting in phenomenal improvements in erection firmness and hardness. By boosting blood flow to the brain, users also experience sexual urges and arousal they often haven’t felt in years.

But what’s more surprising, and what these manufacturers have failed to consider, is that lack of blood flow can also kill your sex drive. That’s because blood supplies energy for the brain. This energy is required for creating brainwaves that cause excitability and arousal.

This is the official release of Vesele in Virginia. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to anyone who calls within the next 48 hours.

Studies show the Vesele stimulates the entire cardiovascular system, including the arteries that lead to both the brain and penis. The extreme concentration of the ingredients combined with the accelerator ensures that this process starts quickly. The sexual benefits of Vesele are also multiplied as its ingredients build up in the system over time.

Where to Find Vesele

A special hotline number and discounted pricing has been created for all Virginia residents. Discounts will be available starting today at 6:00AM and will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-613-2991 and will only be open for the next 48 hours. Only a limited discounted supply of Vesele is currently available in your region.



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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,

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-

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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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Our zestful quest for the best in local real estate this week brings us to a stunning colonial, constructed by the acclaimed Morbill Homes, in McLean’s always-in-fashion Chesterbrook Estates. Featuring more than 7,500 square feet of living space that combines classic styles with an open, stylish floor plan, the home is a delight for entertaining while also providing a pitch-perfect backdrop for daily living. Four levels of exceptionality accentuate the custom craftsmanship throughout, and the home’s location, on a quiet cul-de-sac, provides bucolic living while being close to all the features of the evolving McLean core. The property currently is on the market, listed at $2,100,000 by Steve Wydler of Wydler Brothers Real Estate. Highlights abound from the moment

Address: 1528 Dahlia Court, McLean (22101). Listed at: $2,100,000 by Steve Wydler, Wydler Brothers Real Estate (703) 348-6326. Schools: Chesterbrook Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High School.

we step into the large and gracious foyer, which is flanked by the living room (with the first fireplace of our tour) and the dining room. The showstopper kitchen area, which walks down to the patio, offers a breakfast area that leads us over to the lovely family room. A home office with bay window rounds out the main level. Upstairs, the master retreat is a study in sumptuous refinement, with marvelous views over the rear yard that are coupled with an inviting master bath, dressing room and walk-in closet. Three additional en-suite bedrooms are found on the upper level, along with laundry facilities.

The second upper level is a bonus, with an en-suite bedroom and a bonus room that features a long dormer. The walk-out lower level is home to a huge (1,000-square-foot-plus) recreation room, augmented by a game room and the home’s final bedroom that features an en-suite bath and walk-in closet. Plentiful storage space is found on the lower level, as well. A charmer in every detail, this is a property that stands tall. Articles are prepared by the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Sun Gazette’s real estate advertising department at (703) 738-2521.

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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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More on the Web n High school roundup. n Youth sports results.

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A Perfect Summer at Oakton

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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.

Otters Finish at 5-0 To Win Division III

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A Staff Report

With a 5-0 record, the Oakton Otters are the 2018 Division III diving champion of the Northern Virginia Swimming League.

DIVING ROUNDUP Oakton capped its season with a dominating 55-17 victory over host Chesterbrook. Six Oakton divers placed first in their age categories. Isabelle Whang won the freshman girls with a score of 60.1. Max Messina in junior boys won with 86.25. Claire Newberry in intermediate girls was first at 116.2. Also, Spencer Dearman won intermediate boys (152.7), Molly Estes took the senior girls (145.8) and Josh Shipley earned the senior boys title (156.5). The Otters swept intermediate girls (Kalina Montel second and Molly Kenefick third). Other Otters who placed were Samantha Schuster (freshman girls, second), Jon Anthony Montel (freshman boys, second), Christina Angelicchio (junior girls, second), Brendan Doe (junior boys, second), Blaise Wuest (intermediate boys, second), Kyla Straker (senior girls, second) and Liam Klopfenstein (senior boys, second). This year’s NVSL individual diving all-star meet was held at Oakton. See a future issue of the Sun Gazette for results from that meet. n In NVSL Division I diving, Vienna Woods tied for first with a 4-0-1 record. Vienna Woods won its final match by a 55-17 score over Lee Graham. Winning their age groups for Vienna Woods in that victory were Marleigh daSilva (freshman girls), Ivor Brown (freshman boys), Noah Wanzer (junior boys), Nick Wanzer (intermediate boys) and Madison Grosz (senior girls). Second for Vienna Woods were Camren Knicely, Cru Miller, Dylan Paci,


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Oakton Otters’ veteran diver Molly Kenefick helped her summer team finish undefeated with a 5-0 record and win a division championship. PHOTO BY SUSAN ESTES

Evan Moss, Jessica Fritsch, Hunter Moss and Reilly Blanton. Third were Dylan Kalinock, Isabella Readyhough, Jonah Berger and Cody Redmon. n The Kent Gardens divers finished first in Division IV of the NVSL with a 4-1 record, defeating McLean rival Highlands, 44-28, in its final meet. Winning their age groups in that victory for Kent Gardens were Cy Hale Coons (freshman boys), Jocelyn Brooks (junior girls), Evan Brown (intermediate boys), Kate Li (intermediate girls), Sina Naeemi (senior boys) and Sarah Wood (senior girls). Finishing second for Kent Gardens were Charles Sundius, Corbert Thomas and Sean Memon. Third were Henry Phoel, Joseph Gonsalves, Madeleine Hersh, Safa Dhanani and Abigail Brooks. n Great Falls (3-1-1) placed second

in Division IV of NVSL diving, nipping Lakeview, 34-33 in its final meet. Cian Gallagher (freshman boys), Claire Vroom (intermediate girls) and Ellie Smith (senior girls). n In Division II of NVSL diving, Dunn Loring placed second with a 2-2-1 record, losing to Overlee in its final meet. In that loss for Dun Loring, George Miller (freshman boys), Camden Petree (junior boys), Spencer Bloom (intermediate boys), Elsa Marsden (intermediate girls) and Sam Duncan (senior boys) won their age groups. Lex Brucker and Rishi Vasudevan were second and Brook Fellow and Matthew Warren were third. See a future issue of the Sun Gazette for results of where divers placed at the NVSL’s individual diving all-star meet, that was held at Oakton.

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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High School Roundup STATE GOLF CHAMP SHINES AT U.S. AMATEUR: Rising Langley High School

sophomore golfer Kelly Chinn won the stroke-play portion of the 2018 USGA Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. by two shots, with an eight-under 36-hole total of 66-67–133. As a result, Chinn earned the top seed in the match-play portion of the competition, where he finished 1-1. Chinn won his first match 2 and 1, then lost his second, 1-up on the 20th hole. In stroke-play, Chinn made 12 birdies over the two rounds. On his final nine holes, he birdied five-of-the-last-six holes. Last fall, Chinn was Virginia High School League’s Class 6 individual state champion as a freshman. GIRLS ALL-STATE LACROSSE: Three players each from Langley and Madison high schools were Virginia High School League Class 6 first-team selections in girls lacrosse. From Langley, attack Caroline Bean, midfielder Charlotte Smith and defender Lilly Byrne made first team. From Madison were attack Zoe Dyer, midfielder Carly Rodgers and defender Ashley Go. McLean High School defender Julia Koehl made second team. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULES SET: The 2018 high school football sea-

son opens the night of Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. for the public-school teams in the Sun

p.m. at the school, with the team’s opening football game of the 2018 season to follow at 7 p.m. that night against visiting Fairfax. There will be food from local restaurants and food trucks, exhibitor booths and activities for all ages. Youth 12 and under receive a special prize. For information, e-mail Jeremy Hays at PATRICK TO LAKE BRADDOCK: Jim

Langley High School golfer Kelly Chinn played well at a junior event. PHOTO FROM THE USGA

Langley’s Charlotte Smith was chosen allPHOTO FROM LANGLEY state in girls lacrosse.

Gazette’s coverage areas. In a big neighborhood showdown that night, the Madison Warhawks host the Marshall Statesmen in a non-district clash. The Oakton Cougars play on the road in Prince William County against the Battlefield Bobcats. The Langley Saxons play on the road at the South County Stallions, and the McLean Highlanders host the Fairfax Rebels. All of those games are non-district contests. The 10-game regular season ends for those football teams on Friday night, Nov. 2. In private-school action, the 2018

season opens for the defending Division I state champion Flint Hill Huskies on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at home against Paul VI Catholic, and the Potomac School Panthers of McLean start their season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at home at 1 p.m. against Norfolk Academy. Flint Hill plays at Potomac School on Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon in the second-to-last regular season game for each of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference rivals. CELEBRATE McLEAN: McLean High

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Patrick, McLean High School’s former head football coach and director of student activities, recently took over as the new DSA at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke. Patrick had been the head football coach at Fairfax the past two seasons, leaving the McLean DSA position for that job. At McLean, Patrick led the football team to the playoffs a couple of seasons. “I will miss coaching, but this was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up,” said Patrick, who lives two miles from Lake Braddock. At Lake Braddock, Patrick joins recently-appointed interim principal Dan Meier, who previously held the same positions at Oakton and Madison high schools. Meier also is the former head football coach at West Potomac High School, where he coached against Patrick’s father, Bruce Patrick, back in the 1980s when he was the head coach at Mount Vernon High. The teams were huge rivals back then in the Gunston District.

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named the Powerbaseball Angels played a team from Great Falls at Nike Park during the squad’s recent three-week trip to the United States. The team was a group of underprivileged children that was led by former captain of Chinese National baseball team, Lingfeng Sun. The Powerbaseball Angels faced the Great Falls Nationals in a game between 12-under teams.


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smash them all and go for 10,000. STUDENT ATHLETE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: The Virginia Sports Hall of

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Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association is seeking individuals interested in becoming certified umpires for high school and recreational fast pitch softball. For more information visit or Also, the Northern Virginia Softball Umpire Association has started its fall training for softball umpires. The association officiates fastpitch softball in local area public and private high school leagues and at all levels of recreational softball throughout Northern Virginia. For more information and to register please contact Bob Angeli at:

FOOTBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Fairfax County Football Officiating Association needs more officials to cover all of its games. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and have reliable transportation. Training is provided. For more information about joining, contact the FCFOA at fcfoa1@gmail. com. SENIOR SOFTBALL: Northern Virginia

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Continued from Page 1 and add a tremendous amount of time to our travels.” Local resident Joanne Theon agreed, saying the pilot program would be an “extremely great inconvenience for me and my family.” VDOT chief engineer Garrett Moore said the agency had made no decisions yet regarding the pilot program, and would not implement it without strong support from the public. The proposal has “serious downsides,” he acknowledged, adding, “If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for us.”

Moore told the crowd he had observed traffic at the intersection, and characterized what he saw as “the most aggressive driving I can remember seeing in the United States.” A traffic-modeling study found closing the ramp would slow vehicles on the Inner Loop near the ramp, but move more vehicles along because the bottleneck had been eliminated, Moore said. Diverting vehicles to other Beltway entrances would increase traffic congestion, but not enough to seriously hamper those areas, he said. Moore attributed the backup problems to two factors: a bottleneck where lanes narrow down at the American Legion Bridge leading into Maryland and the use of wayfinding applications such as Waze,

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‘MAC’ Continued from Page 1 residential dwelling units to somewhere between 15 and 75 per acre. An ad-hoc committee studying the matter recommended that dwelling units be capped at 50 per acre for properties smaller than 5 acres and 40 per acre for sites 5 acres and larger. Several town residents who spoke at the hearing said the Town Council should reduce the potential amount of dwelling units to between 35 and 40 per acre. Town resident Christopher Hogan cautioned against a numerical limit, saying if one were imposed, developers would be entitled to ask for it, even if circumstances dictated that fewer units would be better. If town officials limit the number of units, they should lean toward the lower end of the range and offer to allow bonus units if developers made some of them affordably priced, Hogan added. Other residents said they preferred that town officials limit projects’ density by other means, as developers forced to build fewer units simply could construct larger ones.

very macro problem,” he said. VDOT will hold a second public meeting about the pilot program in September, Richter said. County, state and federal elected officials at the forum said the ramp-closure idea was a non-starter with residents. “You want community-based solutions and you want community buy-in,” said U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R10th). VDOT now will reconsider other options to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection, she said. State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) said the meeting showed residents had identified a problem, but disagreed on its solution. “There’s interest in coming together and deciding what trade-offs would be acceptable,” she said. “So we’re going to go back to the drawing board, and VDOT will come up with some other options. I don’t get the sense this one is going to fly, but I give VDOT kudos for spending the time and energy to think about a creative idea.” Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) said he was impressed by turnout at the meeting. “I think it’s common sense that if you close that ramp, you’re going to have an impact on traffic throughout other areas in the region,” he said. “People who live here, who would actually maybe benefit from closing it from a traffic standpoint, want it open because they use it.” Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) president Bill Canis said the group will continue to seek input from local residents about the proposal. “GFCA sees the value of reducing cutthrough traffic on local roads, but also knows residents often use this intersection to reach schools and jobs in Maryland,” he said. Other MAC revisions suggested by town staff include seeking a balance of commercial, office and residential space. “With the office market being non-existent, what we’re finding is we’re getting three stories of residential and minimal commercial” space, said Vienna Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Petkac. Town staff recommended the MAC encourage both neighborhood-serving and “destination-style” retail uses and require that commercial space on redeveloped sites be at least as intensive as what existed previously. Vienna resident Mike Mittel said town officials should seek more commercial and office space, as residential units tend to require more services. “Infrastructure costs cost you way more than the bump you get from increased tax revenues,” Mittel said. Residents concurred with the town staff’s suggestion of requiring fiscal-impact analyses from developers, but urged that these be conducted by third parties. Commission members did not vote on any recommendations that would be forwarded to the Town Council, but instead agreed unanimously to continue the public hearing at the Planning Commission’s Aug. 8 meeting.

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ly wet summer, it was perhaps no surprise: The Fairfax County Health Department on Aug. 2 announced it had identified the first reported human case of West Nile virus in the county for 2018. The patient, an adult resident of the northeastern part of the county, was hospitalized and is recovering from the illness, officials said. The first reported human case coincides with a large increase in West Nile-infected mosquitoes across the county, which has occurred earlier this summer compared with previous years, officials said. In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county, they said. To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long pants and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate. In addition to preventing mosquito bites, the public should take steps to reduce breeding of mosquitoes on their property and in their community, said Pieter Sheehan, the Fairfax County government’s director of environmental health. This includes “tipping and tossing” anything that holds water, including old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flower-


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pots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers. (Residents can request an inspection of their yard from the Health Department’s Disease Carrying Insects Program at 703246-8931.) West Nile can affect a person’s nervous system. Many individuals get a mild form, experiencing fever, headache and muscle aches that can last days to weeks. While most make a full recovery, severe cases can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and, in the most extreme cases, to death. People at highest risk for the most serious West Nile impacts are adults 50 or older and those whose immunity is suppressed because of a disease such as cancer or diabetes. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion and lethargy; those who experience them should seen medical attention promptly.


Fairfax County government will hold a series of three community meetings to discuss deer-management efforts planned for the fall. Meetings are slated for: • Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Confer-

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 ____”

ence Room 2/3, 12000 Government Center Parkway. • Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the North County Government Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive in Reston. • Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon District Police Station, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria. For information about the county government’s deer-management program, see the Web site at wildlife/deer-management-program. MATCHING GRANT HELPS SECURE REPLACEMENT CANOES FOR RIVERBEND PARK: The Fairfax County Park

Authority board has approved a $3,000 Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant that will help purchase new canoes for Riverbend Park. The support will aid Friends of Riverbend Park to replace 10 existing canoes that have been in use since 2010. The Friends group will put up a matching $3,000 in support of the effort, and the Park Authority will add another $454 to complete the purchase. Since 1999, there have been more than 170 Mastenbrook Grant projects with awards of approximately $1.6 million. The grants have gone toward projects in Fairfax County valued at more than $10.6 million.

Local history Items taken from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun. August 7, 1944: n Reports suggest that the liberation of Paris is “imminent,” with Allied troops just 130 miles away. 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 The Soviets put Maj. Gherman Titov into space for 25 hours. 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 Fairfax officials say the county’s water supply is drinkable, but has an “earthy” odor and taste. They say that should pass in a few days. 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.” August 7, 1986: n The White House and Congress continue to work out their differences over turning control of Dulles and National airports over to a regional authority. n Letty Fleetwood has been sworn in as Providence representative to the School Board.


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