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Local Inventor Receives Patent - pg. 9 Clifton Art Show - pg. 16 New! Meet Your Furry Neighbors - pg. 19

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Welcome to the March issue of Clifton Living. Spring is finally rounding the corner and folks are eager to start enjoying some sunshine and warm weather. This month, we introduce you to the Kinzer family of Clifton. The Kinzers are quintessential adventurers, creating a very special travel experience for their family with - of all things - a renovated school bus! What an amazing story; be sure to read it. This month, we also offer everything from help and advice for those of you who may be entering the Spring real estate market, to how to handle invasive plants on your properties. We also spotlight some cool local events such as the art show currently under way at the Clifton Wine Attic. A new feature this month is a Pets Corner that spotlights some pretty special furry neighbors. We hope you'll help us expand it in coming months by sharing your fourlegged family members with us. This is our 5th issue, and we have received lots of positive feedback from the community about our publication. We encourage you to keep your comments and suggestions coming. Thank you for sharing and we hope you'll continue to send us your news and stories. Enjoy this issue, and as always, we think you'll find plenty to enjoy about living in Clifton and Fairfax Station. Happy Spring!

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hapel Road Park is a little gem of a park nestled between Pope’s Head Creek and a bend in Chapel Road. Other than the occasional dog walker or horseback rider along the trail, it is little used by humans and is a haven for wildlife. But up until recently, the plants that support that wildlife were being choked out by invasive non-native plants that had escaped from neighboring properties. Four years ago, volunteers got to work to take back the park from these rampantly growing invaders. Winter uncovers some of the pre-park history of the area. The raised railroad bed of the never-finished Manassas Gap line, with its unbridged abutments, runs along the north side. Just up the slope on the east side of the park is evidence of quarrying that was done by a farmer who raised pigs in what is now Frosty Meadows. An old drainage ditch is now an intermittent stream. About 25 years ago, volunteers had planted saplings on either side of that stream to form a riparian buffer zone. Those saplings are now tall trees, but invasive Japanese Honeysuckle and Oriental Bittersweet vines and the climbing Multiflora Rose threatened to bring them down. Meanwhile, the open areas of the park had become infested by non-native plants that had seeded in from neighboring yards. By 2014, the park was in danger of being swallowed up by Autumn Olive trees and Japanese Barberry.

Fairfax County runs a volunteer program in about 40 sites to take parks back from the invaders. Under the program, volunteer site leaders organize other people to help pull, clip, or saw away at invasive plants during periodic events. Two Girl Scouts, Brigid Dobson and Katie Dietz got together to tackle the invaders in Chapel Road Park for their Silver Award project. On two late-autumn days last year, they gathered their troops in the field and gave them a presentation on the importance of native plants to the ecosystem and on the destructive nature of invasive plants from Asia, Europe, and South America. Fortified by donuts and hot chocolate, the hearty band set to, uprooting the invaders when they could, and cutting them back and covering them with light-proof plastic if they were too big for pulling. With the help of the Girl Scouts and many other teams of volunteers at events held throughout the year, Chapel Road Park has a new lease on life. The Autumn Olive trees are almost all gone. The trees have been rescued from the vines. With enough volunteers and persistence, there is hope of keeping many of the invasives under control, although continued vigilance will be needed. For other plants such as the Japanese stilt grass, no solution has been found. But enough native plants remain to support a thriving ecosystem. Monarch butterfly caterpillars enjoy the milkweed. Flocks of birds dart in and out of the blackberry thickets. Several

species of dragonflies breed in the marsh. An ambling walk through this park is a chance to see how life could be on our own properties with a little more attention to our plants. Not everyone is able to volunteer to hack and haul away invasive plants. But everyone can help by removing them from their own properties. Local residents have begun to do just that. Just up the hill on Glencove Drive, several residents have either removed the invasive plants themselves or allowed a volunteer to do it for them. Off of Henderson Road, a resident took out a hundred Autumn Olive trees on his own property then did the same thing for his neighbor. Just as important is to abstain from buying invasive plants to begin with. Common examples include Bradford Pear, Burning Bush, Chinese Privet, Chinese Wisteria, Common Daylily, English Ivy, Japanese Pachysandra, Japanese Spiraea, Miscanthus Grass, Nandina, Periwinkle, Sweet Autumn Clematis, and Tree-of-Heaven. The landscaping culture of Northern Virginia has been changing slowly in recognition of the importance of plants to the future of all of us, but the process depends on landowners insisting on plants that do no harm to wildlife. To see more photos of dragonflies and other wildlife of Chapel Road Park, check out the iNaturalist web page: projects/chapel-road-park-clifton-virginia. Lists of invasive plants in Virginia can be found online. Native alternatives can be found on the Plant NOVA Natives website.

Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Honeysuckle entwines a tree

Girl Scouts Katie and Brigid lead an invasive removal at Chapel Road Park

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THE KINZERS: ADVENTURE AWAITS By Sarah Midgley | Photography by Stephanie Ascari Photography


rom their early childhood years, John and Sam Kinzer have always appreciated the beauty of growing up in Clifton. Surrounded by lush landscape and loving family members, neighbors and friends, John and Sam learned at a young age to cherish the things that would later bring them to each other and establish the foundation for their future: love of nature and family. John and Sam first met in a biology class at Robinson High School. They soon became friends, and they both attended Virginia Tech. Sam ran track in college, and John played football. “We remained close friends from ninth grade through junior year of college. We saw each other a lot at Tech’s athletic facility and made trips to other colleges to visit our Clifton friends. We were really, really close,” says Sam. In December 2007, Sam graduated with a degree in urban planning, and in May 2008, John graduated with a degree in building construction and development. John and Sam also began dating in college and were later married at Clifton Presbyterian Church on November 14, 2009, celebrating the day with a reception at the newly opened Trummer’s on Main. Now, John is Vice President and Senior Loan Officer at Intercoastal Mortgage Company, and Sam takes care of their two children, Laurel and Jack, and is an elder at the Presbyterian church. With homeschooling, community involvement, and a special family project of their own, the Kinzers are keeping busy.


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Both Laurel and Jack Kinzer love playing in the outdoors. “They like to be outside in the creek catching crawfish and salamanders,” says John. “We’re really lucky; the geography of Clifton is so special. We love the easily accessible creeks and forests,” says Sam. Laurel, six years old, is homeschooled and is currently in the first grade. Besides enjoying playtime outside, she loves the responsibility of taking care of animals. “We used to have chickens, and they were her favorite. It was her responsibility to feed them, pick up their eggs, and generally take care of them. She loved being their special caretaker,” says Sam. Laurel now has her eyes set on getting a new animal companion. “Laurel’s hoping for a dog,” says John. “We’re try-

Resident Feature ing to teach her financial responsibility as well, so she needs to earn a certain amount of money first. She’s halfway there; we’re keeping track.” Laurel’s resourcefulness has helped her to raise the dog fund. “She sets up shop at the end of our driveway and sells rocks, sticks, hot cider, or hot chocolate, depending on the day,” says Sam. “She’s so dedicated. Our driveway is fairly secluded and not frequently driven, so she waits hours for customers.” And Laurel’s customers recognize and commend her perseverance. John says the notoriety of Laurel’s shop reached him at the office one day. “A friend at work pulled up a picture of Laurel’s stand on Facebook and asked me if everything was going OK over there,” he laughs. Jack is four years old and goes to preschool at the Presbyterian church. He’s active, full of adventure, and loves the outdoors as much as his parents and sister do. “He’s the kid who’s out at the creek when it’s thirty degrees outside,” says Sam, “You just can’t stop him.” Jack loves playing with his dad and sister on the homemade zipline and rope lines John designed and built in their backyard.

As a family, the Kinzers prioritize spending time together in nature, either expanding their knowledge, imagination and creativity, or just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. In 2017, over Thanksgiving dinner, John and Sam discussed with John’s cousin and his wife how much fun it would be to travel to Nova Scotia together with their families. They thought about travel logistics (flying vs. driving), and John came up with an idea. He suggested renovating an old school bus into a one-of-akind RV. “By December 1st we had bought the bus,” laughs Sam. They bought a 2001 model that was mechanically sound but needed some minor body repairs in addition to a total interior renovation. John started tearing out the seats and repairing the floor – “just clearing it out took an incredible amount of work,” says Sam. In March 2018 they started building. The family spent most nights and weekends working together. “We wore headlamps and had a heat lamp to help us work at night. The kids had so much fun helping and were always out there with us. They sanded and carried lumber, took measure-

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Resident Feature ments; it was such a great project we were all invested in together,” says John. With the Nova Scotia trip set for June 16th, the Kinzers made sure not to waste any time. “The deadline pushed us to keep going on days we didn’t want to work. The final product is beautiful, but the actual time we spent working on it, despite its tough moments, was a ton of fun,” says Sam. Their hard work paid off, and "Velveeta", the yellow school-bus-turned-RV, was ready to go to Nova Scotia and beyond. The Kinzers and John’s cousin’s family (also the Kinzers), a party of eight, drove up to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in Velveeta for a two-week camping trip full of incredible experiences and memories to last a lifetime. When they came back to Clifton, John and Sam were surprised to see the kids back on the bus the following morning. “You would think that upon finally coming back to your house you would feel so relieved, but we love it out there. We’re

one-day trips, and we’re planning lots this summer,” says Sam.

always looking forward to the next trip,” says Sam. For the Kinzers, that next trip will be to Wolfe’s Neck Center, a sustainable, eco-friendly farm on the coast of Maine, where the kids can participate in fun summer camp activities while John and Sam relax in their beautiful surroundings. In the meantime, the Kinzers are enjoying taking Velveeta on nearby excursions. “We took Velveeta to its first tailgate this year at the Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame game. We also took it to the Festival of Lights in Bull Run. Velveeta’s always ready for fun

While they look forward to exploring places near and far in their special custom RV, the Kinzers know Clifton will always be home. “We originally moved into the house next door and later moved into our current home. I think we would be happy to live on the bus if it meant staying in Clifton,” says John. Sam continues, “We consider ourselves so lucky to live here. Growing up here as a child was such a unique experience, and we knew that if we were going to live in Virginia, then we were going to live in Clifton. I never forget how lucky we are to live in a community that cares about each other so deeply. When I think about my own childhood, then think my kids are having the same experience, I am over the moon.” You can follow the Kinzers on their adventures with Velveeta on Instagram @velveeta228!

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he Union Mill Elementary School PTA organizes Operation Feed the Need to help students throughout Fairfax County. The Weekend Power Pack Program provides Fairfax County students in need with nutritious food for the weekend when they are unable to get healthy breakfasts and lunches at school. Each weekend pack includes two drinks, two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks (all single-serving packages) for the weekend. Each grade collects food like single-serve tuna kits, ravioli meals, mac & cheese, Ramen noodles, cereals, juices, and more. Students bring in donated items and packs are assembled at the end of each collection by all children in that grade. PTA volunteers help to make sure that the pack assembly goes smoothly. Last year the students made more than 2,000 packs! The Operation Feed the Need program helps to ensure that no child in neighboring communities goes hungry.

ocal Clifton inventor Bob Martinisko takes cleanliness seriously. So seriously that he invented a device designed to keep people germ-free when handling the dirty job of commode plunging. And the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is taking it seriously as well. In June, 2018 they issued Martinisko a patent for his disposable splashguard, appropriately named “Plunger Pal” and the product is taking bathroom cleanliness to the next level. Martinisko, who is a general contractor, says the idea came to him while preparing a proposal for contract work. “One day over ten years ago, I thought, why hasn’t anyone invented a splash guard to be used while plunging a toilet? Then a chain of events started that hasn’t stopped. Three patent submittals and ten years later, I finally received patent for a disposable splashguard to be used everywhere from private homes to commercial buildings while plunging a toilet,” he says. Martinisko, says his invention is welcome everywhere from private homes to public offices, hotels, restaurants, and cruise ships, but especially to hospitals whose job is to protect patients and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria such as MRSA, staph, C.dfficile, and more. “Not only does it protect the health and safety of the public, it also helps improve the safety of maintenance workers too,” he says. His design started out as a flat piece of cardboard, then morphed into a see-through dome shape with a peel-and-stick gasket that secures the device to the rim of the toilet and keeps germs contained. When finished, the Splashguard is simply pulled over the plunger to contain any contamination to be disposed in a sanitary way. “There were several times over the almost ten year period that I was completely stumped on perfecting the design of the PlungerPal and I would put it aside for six months or more at a time. But I felt if I created a product that saved even one life it would be worth it." But the light bulb would go off eventually and I would solve the issue at hand and keep moving forward. Martinisko is proud of the fact that the Plunger Pal and its components are all made in the USA: “I insist on American manufacturing, which may mean I make less money but the wealth will be spread with more American jobs.” Today, the PlungerPal is available locally at the Twins Ace hardware store in Clarendon VA. Commercial orders may be placed by emailing or calling 703-9263042, or visiting splashguard.htm.

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around the world hand-picked by owners Renée & Juan Navarro. Time: Mar 2-Mar 31: 12-8pm Daily, Sat: 11:30am-9pm, Sun: 11:30am-6pm Cost: Free Contact Vicki Vidal Blum 703-618-6070, FRI-SUN, MAR 8-10 24th Annual National Capital Boat Show @Dulles Expo Center,4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly Boats, boats and more boats! That’s what you’ll see at one of the largest Boat Shows in the region. Dealers from Virginia will fill the building with everything from jon boats to motor yachts. Marinas, electronics, water sports and safety equipment will be on display. Plus you can talk to experts about insurance, financing, repair, maintenance and boating safety. Time: Fri 12pm - 8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am - 5pm Cost: $10 Adults, 12 & under: FREE FRI-SUN, MAR 8-10 Manassas Ballet Theatre: A Fantasque Evening @Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, Science and Technology, 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas The evening begins with original choreography in Act One – a season highlight. Act Two, La Boutique Fantasque (The Magic Toyshop), tells the story of a world-famous French toymaker who welcomes customers from around the globe to his enchanted shop of dancing dolls who have a love story of their own. The Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra accompanies the program. Time: Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm Cost: $25-$30, 703-999-7759

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the UMES PTA will receive 10% of your purchase. Time: All Day Cost: FREE More info: FRI-SUN, MAR 15-17 Super Pet Expo @Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly Welcome to the Pet Lovers Dream Weekend! FUN - Exciting Edutainment for Pet Lovers. Shop 150 Local & National Exhibitors, meet adoptable pets, learn about different pets and pet related products. Leashed pets are welcome. Retractable leashes are not permitted. See dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small animals and more. NEW - Canine Good Citizen Testing with the AKC, the Aquarium Experience and CatCentric Exhibitor. Time: Fri 3pm - 8pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 10am - 5pm COST:$13-$20 SAT, MAR 16 Fermented Drinks Workshop @100 Bowls of Soup Kitchen, 279 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon In this workshop you will learn the principals of drink fermentation by tasting and demonstration. We will try water kefir (a non-dairy version of the popular probiotic dairy drink), beet kvass (an eastern European health elixir), pineapple tepache (a Mexican fermented drink), and yogurt drinks. Each participant will take home water

kefir grains, instructions, recipes, and additional resources to create this and other probiotic drinks at home. (This workshop does not include making beer, wine, or kombucha). Time: 11am - 12:30pm Cost: $25 SAT, MAR 16 STEAM Fair @Union Mill Elementary School, 5774 Union Mill Road, Clifton The STEAM Fair is a family friendly event where parents and kids can participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics games and activities. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase. Interactive virtual reality systems, live demonstrations, games, and arts and crafts activities are planned.Enjoy an afternoon of fun STEAM games, crafts, and activities like the Samsung virtual reality experience and more! Time: 4-7pm COST: FREE More info: SAT, MAR 23 Slime Expo DC @Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield Join us as we celebrate slime time at SLIME EXPO DC! This event is the DC metro area's largest Slime Expo. Activities include: meet and greet your favorite slime brands, live demos,slime recipes, various booth raffles, surprise crowd giveaways, VIP DIY Slime

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lifton resident Lynne-Garvey Hodge is past president and active on the Fairfax County History Commission since 2000. She is President of LGH, Inc. a management development company that has served Fortune 500 corporations. She holds a Fine Arts Degree and a Master's of Public Administration and Human Resources. Lynne has written a book, “Clifton” part of Arcadia Publishers “Images of is America” series. This article offers a historic look at one of Clifton's landmarks, Ivakota Farm, written by Lynne Garvey-Hodge. One cold, wintry night in the late 1870’s, a young, abandoned unmarried woman and infant appeared on the doorstep of Rev. Dr. Robert South Barrett and his wife, Dr. Kate Waller Barrett in Richmond, Va. Seeing their despair, Dr. Barrett invited them in, soon realizing how similar they were – except one lacked a home and support from family and friends. That evening, Dr. Barrett personally committed to provide caring homes and a community, teaching marketable skills so a mother and child remain together and could resume a respectable life.

At the same time, a wealthy New York pharmacist, Charles Crittenton, who was grieving the loss of his young daughter Florence, soon joined forces with Dr. Kate Waller Barrett. Their work culminated in Congress chartering the National Florence Crittenton Mission in 1893, (NFCM) for unwed mothers. At its height, NFCM comprised over 98 homes nationally. One of the most successful homes was Clifton’s Ivakota Farm where Dr. Barrett oversaw nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, ministers, and farm workers. IVAKOTA had its inception during 1913, when Dr. Kate Waller Barrett wrote columns for the Washington Times, inspiring Clifton landowner Ella Shaw to donate her 264-acre farm. Ivakota Farm was named for the three states where Ella had lived: Iowa, Virginia and North Dakota. It had a large campus, including a cemetery, (the final resting place for hundreds of mothers and babies). An outstanding facility, it gave a second chance to many young, ill, and single mothers with babies and children. By 1917, the farm, which eventually totaled more than 400 acres, was a fully functioning home for unwed mothers and their children. Many mothers were diseased, emotionally unstable, illiterate, or despondent, yet Ivakota had an amazing success rate. Judges in Virginia often sent their delinquent female offenders to Ivakota, confident they would receive the care and reform necessary to bring them to a whole and productive life. One of the last remaining structures dotting the Ivakota campus was the school house/auditorium. A grand building in its day, it housed a second floor theatre and four classrooms on the first floor. In 1962, the local Boyd family purchased and renovated the facility. A stay at Ivakota might last from two to five years, until staff believed the mother was ready to take her place back in society. This new life included morning devotions, calisthenics, nursing skills, music, shoe repair, animal husbandry, picture framing, carpet weaving, carpentry, cement work, cooking, baking, gardening, preparing dairy products, sewing, and caring for a home and a child. They annually produced over 52,000 pieces of clothing, 15,000 cans of vegetables, 3,000 cans of pickles, and over 580 quarts of berries. Sold at the Ratcliffe-Allison House in Fairfax, the revenue paid for one third of Ivakota’s expenses. The average number of residents was 50 annually. Currently, the property is in a somewhat forlorn condition, located on Compton Rd., across from Balmoral Greens. It was recently purchased by another family intending to bring this beautiful property back to life as a family home.


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Recipe Corner bourbon glazed salmon By Lucy Taylor, Chef & Clifton Resident


• 4 salmon steaks with the skins on • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey (substitute white wine or apple cider vinegar) • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar • 1/2 cup soy sauce

• 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic • 4 tablespoons butter • ¼ teaspoons of chicken flavored bouillon • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard • 1 lime (juiced) • pepper to taste


Step 1: Combine the bourbon, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon, and mustard in a small saucepan, Bring to a boil and simmer on low until the liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat and let sit. This glaze will further thicken while it cools


Step 1: Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towel and season with bouillon and pepper on both sides Step 2: In a small frying pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar Step 3: Place the salmon steaks on top of the butter/sugar mixture, meat side down. Cook for 10 minutes. (flip the salmon after the first 5 mins) and turn off the heat


Step 1: In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Set aside Step 2: When the water is boiling, add the salt, bok choy and lima beans and leave for 2 mins. The florets will turn bright green. Drain and transfer to the iced water bath. When the vegetables are totally cooled, drain and set on paper towels to remove any excess water

Step 3: Heat a large non-stick, heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the olive oil and bell peppers and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes Step 4: Add the garlic, toss well and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the cooled vegetables and sprinkle the salt over the vegetables. Sauté for 2 min Step 5: Transfer to a serving platter and place the salmon on top Drizzle with the remaining sauce and serve


• Cooking the salmon with the skin own first will enable your spatula to slide easily underneath the salmon before flipping • Remove the skin on the salmon before plating to give it a nice look • To remedy dry cooked salmon, pair it with a vegetable dish. Vegetables hold a lot of water that will moisten your salmon • Use herbs to brighten the taste of your salmon. Salmon loves parsley and basil • Properly cooked and stored salmon will last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator • When buying raw salmon, check for firmness: it should be resistant to light pressure and bounce back easily once depressed

NUTRITION: Calories 808/Total Fat 44g (Saturated Fat 13g/Trans Fat 0g/Polyunsaturated Fat 11g/Monounsaturated Fat 15g/Cholesterol 174mg/Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 5g/ Sugars 26g)/Protein 58g

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The Spring Real Estate Market is Here! Are you Ready? By Carrie Shokraei - Your Neighbor and Local Real Estate Expert


t’s what sellers wait for all year: the Spring real estate market. It's the time of year when more buyers are perceived to be in the marketplace, and that typically means more favorable conditions for sellers. “I would rather be a seller than a buyer in 2019,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor. com. predicts the median home price will increase by 2.2% this year, and that’s down slightly according to Hale because of rising interest rates. Real estate search engine Zillow has a more upbeat forecast, saying home prices will rise 3.8% in 2019. Over the past twelve months, nearly 390 homes sold in Clifton and Fairfax Station, on all lot sizes, including the neighborhoods of Little Rocky Run and Barrington. Of that number, 124 homes sold on lots with one acre or more. Many of those sales took place between March and July of last year – more proof of the spring market bump. What does all this mean as a seller in Clifton and Fairfax Station? Homes that are priced right and in good condition will sell fast in today’s current market where inventory is low. However, homes that are overpriced, especially in higher end markets, will likely sit. Econ-


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omists say the biggest reason for lower inventory is uncertainty over interest rates. A higher monthly payment will keep some buyers out of the market. Those selling will have to buy something else, at a higher rate too. Homes in Clifton and Fairfax Station typically sell in a range from 600k to over $1.3 million. What will make your home stand out? “Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds.” That's advice from well known former realtor Barbara Corcoran, now ‘Shark Tank’ investor. It is time to put the buyer goggles on and see what works and what doesn’t. Buyers tend to expect homes in this area to be updated. That includes hardwood floors, newer kitchens and baths, and fresh paint throughout. Updated windows and doors, gourmet kitchens, in-ground pools and patio hardscapes are just a few more of the bonuses buyers like to see. Homes without updates or misplaced updates (like an improvement that you’ve made for your own taste

but likely won't resonate with the general public) will likely be slow to sell and buyers will expect the price of the home to reflect it. If you have had any thoughts of selling, now really could be the perfect time. Outside of making sure your home is ready to compete, it’s important to hire the right Realtor – a neighborhood expert. It’s especially true in Clifton and Fairfax Station where there are so many rules and restrictions that go with properties on well and septic and large lots. That is where Carrie Shokraei and her team come in. Carrie has lived in Clifton since 2006, and has sold hundreds of homes since becoming a licensed Realtor and Broker. She loves her home town. Carrie has worked with many Clifton and Fairfax Station residents and wants to work with you next no matter what season it is. Curious about the value of your home? Carrie would love to hear from you. She can be reached at carriesoldme@ or 703-297-2109.

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FAMILY BINGO NIGHT A BIG HIT AT UNION MILL ELEMENTARY By Michelle Winston The UMES PTA hosted another family friendly event at their annual Family Bingo Night last month. It was a full house and all the kids went home with prizes. Thanks to all our volunteers and families that participated and all the donations to our 50/50 raffle. Thank you also to the family that donated all the wonderful gift certificates for our adult prizes. For more information on our future events, visit us at or follow and like us on Facebook at



he Clifton Wine Attic hosted a very successful launch party for its Clifton Art show last month. Ten local artists displayed and sold work at the launch party, which drew a large crowd of area residents interested in art and wine. The show will run through March 31, so if you missed the launch feel free to stop by and enjoy the art. Local artists displaying work include: Vicki Vidal Blum

Phoebe Twichell Peterson

Diane Crean

Lauren Rauch

Lynne Garvey-Hodge

Amy Waldrop

Jack Pardue

Peggy Weed

Anne Rust Pearson

Sharon West

Art will remain on display and available for purchase through end of March. The Clifton Wine Attic is located at 7145 Main Street, Clifton, next to Villagio's. For more information, call the Wine Attic at 703-543-8406.


MARCH 2019

Real Estate


Lot Size (Acres)

Above Grade Beds (Sq Ft)

Real Estate Full Partial Sold Baths Baths Price





0 $890,000

6118 EMMETT GUARDS CT , FAIRFAX STATION (Fairfax Station) 0.5




0 $655,000

11903 HENDERSON CT, CLIFTON (Ashleigh of Clifton) 1.2




1 $791,000

13211 KILBY LANDING CT, CLIFTON (Centreville Green) 0.3




1 $631,000


0 $325,000

5724 OSPREY CT, CLIFTON (Centreville Green) 0.0



6617 ROCK LAWN DR , CLIFTON (Little Rocky Run) 0.3




1 $680,000

13908 SPRINGSTONE DR, CLIFTON (Little Rocky Run) 0.3




1 $656,000






2 $1,050,000

13613 WILDFLOWER LN, CLIFTON (Sequoia Lea) 0.0




2 $350,000


1 $1,125,000

12925 YATES FORD RD, CLIFTON (Wyckland)





Real Estate

13768 BALMORAL GREENS AVENUE, CLIFTON (Balmoral Greens) $4,950,000 12109 BEAVER CREEK ROAD, CLIFTON (Maple Branch)


5613 CLIFTON ROAD, CLIFTON (Willow Springs)


7332 CLIFTON ROAD, CLIFTON (Clifton Meadows) $969,000 7773 CLIFTON ROAD, FAIRFAX STATION (Brimstone) $709,900 10801 COGSWELL PLACE, FAIRFAX STATION (Brimstone) $725,000 COMPTON ROAD, CLIFTON


12840 DUNVEGAN DRIVE, CLIFTON (Glencairn) $765,000 13000 EVANS FORD COURT, CLIFTON (Noble Estates) $699,000 8104 FLOSSIE LANE, CLIFTON ( Flossie E Compton) $905,000 5675 GOSLING DRIVE, CLIFTON (Centreville Green)


12206 HENDERSON ROAD, CLIFTON $2,499,990 12329 HENDERSON ROAD, CLIFTON $899,000 12360 HENDERSON ROAD, CLIFTON $1,069,900 11306 LILTING LANE, FAIRFAX STATION (The Singing Woods) $1,125,000 13110 LOTH LORIAN DRIVE, CLIFTON (Loth Lorian) 6026 MAKELY DRIVE, FAIRFAX STATION (Fairfax Station)

$1,189,000 $764,999

5839 ROBEYS MEADOW LANE, FAIRFAX (Robeys Meadow) $1,024,900 13913 ROCK STILL COURT, CLIFTON (Little Rocky Run) $729,900 13803 STONEFIELD DRIVE, CLIFTON (Little Rocky Run) $649,900 6729 SURBITON DRIVE, CLIFTON (Surrey Acres)




5610 WILLOW CROSSING COURT, CLIFTON (Clifton Manor) $699,900 5512 WILLOW VALLEY ROAD, CLIFTON (Clifton Farm) $928,000 7104 WOLF DEN ROAD, FAIRFAX STATION (Clifton Park)


12122 WOLF VALLEY DRIVE, CLIFTON (Wolf Run Estates) $925,000 Best Version Media does not guarantee the accuracy of the statistical data on this page. The data does not represent the listings of any one agent or agency but represents the activity of the entire real estate community in the area. Any real estate agent’s ad appearing in the magazine is separate from the statistical data provided which is in no way a part of their advertisement.

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By Sylvia Laiti

he Fairfax Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will hold their 39th Annual Fashion Show/ Luncheon Friday, April 12, at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. Fashions will be presented by Lord & Taylor of Fair Oaks. Featured will be children, ladies and men’s fashions. Modeling for the first time will be Bonnie G. Smith, local author of six novels and a book of short stories. After spending a lifetime reading history, biograph and historical fiction, she decided to write her own novels, which include The Tudor Chronicles, Ms. Smith’s crime novels, Only the Heart Knows and The Secret Lives of Inanimate Objects. There will also be a Silent Auction of more than 100 items to bid on to support the fundraiser. Also featured will be a Jewelry Corner, Attic Treasures and a hat contest. Prizes awarded to three of the winners wearing the most original festive themed hat. In addition, door prizes will be awarded. The event will begin at 11:15 with entertainment by Jason Paul Curtis, a local jazz singer, who has performed at the White House, Mt. Vernon, the Gaylord (National Harbor), McLean Symphony, Blues Alley, the National Women’s Museum and the National Building Museum. Jason released his first album, “Lovers Holiday” in 2012 and released his second holiday album, “These Christmas Days” in 2017.


MARCH 2019

Models gather for a group photo in the lobby of the Waterford at Fair Oaks, Fairfax. These models and 7 children will participate in the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary 39th Annual Fashion Show/Luncheon/Silent Auction to be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Waterford.

A luncheon will be served at noon followed by the fashion show at 12:50. All proceeds raised will support several programs of the Salvation Army benefiting children and families in Fairfax County. This fundraiser allows the auxiliary to operate its annual back-to-school program of donated school supplies and backpacks in August and its annual stocking stuffer program for Christmas in December. Funds raised also support the Salvation Army’s summer program at Camp Happy Land in Richardsville, VA, where children and young adults from the Fairfax area attend a week-long camp. Funds also support the after-school program, the music program and two children’s homes in Mexico. Tickets for the Fashion Show/Luncheon are $40 each. Reservation deadline is March 27. Please call Jo Porter, Ticker Coordinator, at 703690-5245 or email or Sarah Capponi at 703-3237822 or email

Pet Corner Sponsored by Janet Weaver-Dull • Keller Williams Fairfax Gateway



n Clifton and Fairfax Station, we love our pets! Here are a few of our furry family members submitted by local residents. If you would like your dog, cat, horse, or any pet featured on our Pet Corner, email your pics to! Be sure to include a high-resolution photo, along with his or her name, age and a short introduction. We look forward to meeting our four-legged residents and sharing them with you.

Elmo & Soloman

Meet Elmo (yellow lab) and Soloman (black lab)! Six years ago we adopted Solomon (7 yr old black lab) from a farm in Central Va. Two months later we adopted Elmo (8 yr old yellow lab) when he dropped out of search and rescue training due to a paw injury. They have been best friends since day one. Like all dogs, they each have their own unique personalities. Elmo will persistently “bump” into people for pets until they give in (and they always do)

and pet him. Solomon likes to sleep with his pink tongue hanging out of his mouth, which is absolutely adorable. Here's Kibbie, a beautiful 14year Clifton resident cat who just kibbie loves life. Her favorite things are her catnip mice, snoozing on the heating vent, watching chipmunk and squirrel videos on YouTube, and having her food bowl topped off. Say hello to Fergus! Fergus, (the tiny three-legged terror), fergus was found by the side of the road with a broken leg that ended up needing to be amputated. His foster family fell in love with him, and the rest is history!

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Clifton Living March 2019  

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