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Working Against a Slowdown
Alexandria developments
hope to reverse job loss trends.
with the opening of the Silver Line
and more development out east,”
said Jinks. “There’s more compehen asked how tition among the localities. In our
Alexandria’s do- experience, the metro station at
ing, interim City the Potomac Yard development is
Manager Mark the best chance at fighting that.”
Jinks’ reaction is tepid. The good
Jinks warned that Silver Line
news is that income is high, as is developments were the biggest
hotel occupancy, but it basically immediate threat to Alexandria’s
stops there.
economy. If Alexandria can’t open
“The region is experiencing a more development capabilities
slowdown. [Washingwith metro accessibilton D.C.] was the secgrowing companies
Neighborhood ity,
ond fastest growing
will look towards the
economy in the coun- Outlook
less expensive opportry,” said Jinks, but the
region has fallen to 14th out of 15
“There are millions of square
in job growth. “Now Detroit is the feet of unopposed development
only city not growing faster.”
along the Silver Line,” said Jinks.
Jinks attributes the slowdown “Eighty-five percent of office space
primarily to the stall of federal is built within one-quarter mile of
government spending, the primary the metro.”
economic driver in the region. AcThe Potomac Yard Metro is
cording to the U.S. Labor Depart- funded primarily from new taxes
ment, the region lost 14,000 total on developments moving in and
jobs last year, including 10,000 the property tax increases on real
government jobs and gained 6,000 estate in the immediate vicinity.
new ones. Even these new jobs, The city is currently considering
Jinks says, are service industry five alternative plans for the
jobs and are much lower paying Metro, including a no build option,
than the federal jobs the area was which range from a $209 million
built on. With less people coming station built on the tracks at the
to work in Alexandria, apartments north end of Potomac Greens to a
in the area have gone down in $492 million station built closer to
the Potomac Yard Shopping Cen“Basically, we’re dead in the ter.
water,” said Jinks.
“The new Metro station is going
The biggest development story to be an incredible asset,” said
for Alexandria in 2015 is the plan- John Long, president and CEO of
ning for the Potomac Yard Metro the Alexandria Chamber of ComStation. According to Jinks, the merce, “it’s a major cog in the New
Metro station is Alexandria’s pri- Alexandria.”
mary defense against losing more
The Potomac Yard Metrorail
jobs and more office space to de- Implementation Work Group is
velopment in Tysons and Herndon scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on
with the opening of the Silver Line. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the City Coun
“There’s more competition now,
See City's, Page 3
By Vernon Miles
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Development continues on National Science Foundation and the Park Meridian residential tower.
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Neighborhood Outlook
City’s Developments Hope To Reverse Job Loss Trends
From Page 1
cil Workroom in City Hall.
Potomac Yard
Housing and retail
continues at
Potomac Yard.
AT A CITY COUNCIL meeting on
Jan. 28, city staff laid out the prioriPhoto by
ties for the long-term Waterfront DeLouise Krafft
velopment plan. Priorities were idenGazette Packet
tified in a survey of 70 Old Town residents and an assessment from the
project’s engineering staff. The top
priority, and the first phase of development on the plan, will be the flood
mitigation and promenade construction along the waterfront. The flood
mitigation and promenade plan is expected to cost $33 million.
“This had better be one glorious
promenade,” said Councilwoman Del
There has been controversy over
the implementation of the City’s Waterfront Development plan, including
an impending review by the Virginia
Supreme Court of a lawsuit dismissed
by the City of Alexandria that alleged
that the City had engaged in illegal
spot zoning.
Long identified balancing between
construction and
the historic
as one of the
biggest challenges in Alexandria development.
“There’s always a balance,” said
Long. “People
like change, Contruction of
the National
that they like.
When change building rises
— Interim City Man- starts, people on Eisenhower
ager Mark Jinks get excited by
that, but it’s
really about
implementing change well. The ho- ber 2012.
tels have done a really good job of
Alexandria got a big win in 2013 with the
working together with the commu- announcement that the National Science
nity. There’s a point where you need Foundation would move into the lot adjato move on, and that’s where Alex- cent to the Hoffman Town Center on
andria is right now.”
Eisenhower Avenue. The NSF is expected
The first site of private develop- to directly bring in 2,100 new jobs to Alexment in the Waterfront plan is already andria, and Jinks notes that those jobs are
underway at the Indigo Hotel at 220 part of a high paying and highly educated
South Union St. Construction at the workforce, but the bigger news for develsite is expected to be completed by opment in the area is the 30,000 visitors to
Summer of 2016.
the NSF every year and the expected 60,000
At the Jan. 27 City Council meet- person hotel room occupancy increase.
ing, city staff identified the GenOn
Between the Patent and Trademark OfPower Plant at the northern end of fice (PTO) at one end of Eisenhower Avebue
the Waterfront as the largest private to Telegraph Road just past the metro staparcel of land and as an area of in- tion, Jinks said the area is going to be full
terest for the city to develop. The of hotel development for the NSF and PTO.
property has been empty since Octo- The first stage of the development involved
A new Metro Station at Potomac Yard means big
changes for north Alexandria. The Potomac Metro Yard
is estimated to spur on development of an additional
7,100 residential units in the area as well as additional
office and retail development within a quarter mile of
the metro. The station is expected to open in 2018.
The City of Alexandria’s waterfront plan
lays out a series of redevelopments between Montgomery Street in Northern Old
Town down to Gibbon Street near Jones
Point Park. The majority of the plan focuses around three major redevelopment
zones, adding new hotels and restaurants
to the Waterfront. Completion of the entire plan could take between 20 to 30 years
to implement.
King St
Duke St
N Washin
gton St
orn S
“There’s more
among the
localities. In
our experience,
the metro
station at the
Potomac Yard
development is
the best
chance at
fighting that.”
National Science Foundation
With the National Science Foundation moving to
Eisenhower Avenue, adjacent to AMC Hoffman Center 22,
construction has started on the new hotels and apartments
expected to fill the other side of Eisenhower to provide
housing for employees and guests at the Foundation. The
National Science Foundation is expected to open in 2017.
tearing down the empty Trucking Association building on Mill Road adjacent to Route
495. The building, originally constructed in
1984, had been empty since 2007. On a
nearby lot on Eisenhower Avenue, construction has begun on the 25-story Park Meridian apartment building, expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
“There are a series of high rise towers
planned between there and the metro,” said
Jinks. “They’re approved but not financed
Alexandria’s deal with the NSF came at
the cost of a $28 million tax abatement to
the foundation, nearly a third of the tax
revenue expected. However, Jinks noted
that the gain, even with the abatement, is
far more than what the city could have expected from anything else that was planned
for the lot.
“It’s a $28 million abatement, but we get
a $90 million gain,” said Jinks. “That’s over
$60 million we wouldn’t have had otherwise … It’s a tax credit for a building that
wasn’t here. And we’re getting 60,000 to
90,000 hotel rooms and we’re bringing in
the top scientists to the area. We will see
consulting firms and businesses come into
the area and bring a secondary economic
benefit over the long run.”
With regards to future development, Long
identified National Harbor as a potential
partner in retail growth and trans-Potomac
endeavors. Mayor William Euille identified
improvements to transportation on the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge as a priority for
Alexandria. Euille mentioned that there are
See City's, Page 13
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Democrats fight for small
wins in legislature.
By Vernon Miles
Gazette Packet
ith Republicans now controlling
Virginia’s legislature, local Democratic delegates and senators are
carefully choosing their legislation
for the 2015 session.
Two themes of the legislators’ bills are political
ethics and sexual assaults on campuses.
“All Universities in Virginia need a sexual assault
crisis center,” said state Sen. Barbara Favola. “We
want to ensure that [victims] … have access to counseling. That’s a big topic in the General Assembly in
the wake of the news headlines over the past several
Favola believes that the controversy over the accuracy of the recent Rolling Stone article exposing
sexual assaults at the University of Virginia doesn’t
change the sexual assault crisis in Virginia’s universities.
“The issue of sexual assaults on college campuses
didn’t start there,” said Favola. “These problems predate that article and served to shine a national spotlight on the issue. Regardless of what we now know
to be the factual problems with the article, [Bill 275]
takes a small but significant step towards fixing that
Favola previously introduced sexual assault legislation in 2014 with Senate Bill 275, which would
have prohibited insurance policies from charging any
cost-sharing requirement for HIV prevention medication to victims of sexual assault. The bill would
have required persons seeking coverage for the HIV
medicine to have reported the assault to the police
or verified by a sexual assault nurse examiner or
equivalent program. The bill was referred to the
Committee on Commerce and Labor.
Del. Charniele Herring from Alexandria’s 46th District focused on sexual assaults in a town hall meeting Jan. 10.
“We want to allow victims to come forward and to
provide them a liaison between the university and
local counseling,” said Herring.
The legislation, House Bill 1683, would “require
each institution of higher education to designate one
employee to serve as the institution’s liaison to the
local department of social services and local law enforcement .…”
Photo by Vernon Miles
Del. Charniele Herring (left) meets with
local resident Sam Ulm.
Herring, who currently serves on the Courts of
Justice subcommittee, also proposed bills that would
limit the powers and jurisdiction of private police
departments throughout Virginia, specifically referencing security at the King’s Dominion amusement
park. In the wake of the Hannah Graham case, another law enforcement reform Herring proposed
would eliminate the waiting period before accepting a “critically missing adult report.” A critically
missing adult is defined as any missing adult 21 years
or older law enforcement suspects may have disappeared in a circumstance that may pose a risk to their
health or safety.
Herring and other Democratic delegates have also
put forward legislation that would accept student
ID cards as valid voter identification. On the senatorial side, Adam Ebbin from the 30th district, which
includes Alexandria, Arlington, and parts of Fairfax,
has also proposed a bill to accept out-of-state student IDs as voter identification.
“With our photo ID laws for voters, we penalize
college students who attend school outside of Virginia,” said Ebbin. “We accept in state attendance at
a college. But if you worked at Georgetown university, your work ID is valid, but your student ID is not.
We need to make is easier to vote, not harder.”
Ebbin supports decriminalizing marijuana in Virginia. Senate Bill 686 would change the current $500
and 30-day jail sentence for marijuana possession to
a $100 civil penalty without jail time.
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Email announcements to [email protected] Include date,
time, location, description and contact for
event: phone, email and/or website.
Deadline is Thursday at noon, at least two
weeks before event.
The City of Alexandria’s Office of
the Arts will begin accepting
applications for Arts Program Grants
on Monday, Jan. 5. Grant funds are
available to eligible arts organizations
and individual artists for operations,
programs and special projects that
occur in Alexandria between July 1,
2015 and June 30, 2016. The Office
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of the Arts will conduct a series of
grant workshops and webinars to
assist interested applicants in
preparing their grant applications.
Online application forms, instructions,
and frequently asked questions for all
grant programs will be available
online at
on Jan. 5. Online applications are due
by Friday, Feb. 28.
Registration for Winter Classes.
The Department of Recreation, Parks
and Cultural Activities’ Winter 2015
Program Guide is now available
online. The guide highlights City
classes, camps, programs, activities
and special events occurring January
through March 2015 as well as park
and facility information. Register
online, in-person or by phone at the
new Registration & Reservation
Office, located at the Lee Center, 1108
Jefferson St. For additional
information, call the Department of
Recreation, Parks and Cultural
Activities at 703-746-4343 or visit the
Department’s website at
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Working as a Public Defender
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Photos by Shirley Ruhe/Gazette Packet
cal motel that the police patrol.
Pepper came to the Public Defenders office after serving as a pilot in the Navy.
By Shirley Ruhe
“It’s sort of interesting. When I
Gazette Packet
was in high school I read a book
by F. Lee Bailey called ‘The Defense
emain seated; the court
Never Rests.’ He was a public deis back in session.”
fender and a pilot. It stuck with me.
Judge Nolan Dawkins
I wanted to do something like that.”
enters the courtroom with the 12
So Pepper was a Navy pilot first and
juror chairs lining the right wall
then in 1995 he went to law school.
and sits in his large black chair.
To qualify for a public defender’s
There is complete silence as the
services, an individual has to be
hand on the clock ticks to 10:27
certified as indigent with an ina.m. The clock is located over the Paul Pepper in his office on come of $14,000 a year or less. “If
blue door where the prisoners en- N. Royal St..
you are wealthy you can afford an
ter the courtroom. Paul Pepper,
attorney and if you are indigent
deputy public defender, had walked up the steps of you can get a public defender, but those people in
City Hall and down the long hall of Circuit Court between are caught. If you commit a serious crime
182 to Courthouse 1. He carried several manila fold- and you make $20,000 your bond can be so high
ers and a thick green “Police, Crimes and Offenses- you can’t afford it and you can lose everything.”
Virginia” volume under his arm. He checks the list
He says many of the people they represent are
of cases posted on the wall, and as usual all cases homeless, alcohol-or drug- addicted or have mental
are listed for 10 a.m.
health issues. “We try to get them into a shelter, job
“Today I’m lucky; my cases are all training. Many of them won’t change but some do. I
At Work in the same courtroom. Sometimes I’m encourage them every time, don’t give up.” Pepper
running between three different court- added, “I feel good about any positive results even if
rooms and somebody gets ahead of me when they it is temporary. I had a young man with a lot of pocall up my case and I’m in the other courtroom. My tential who had a chance to go to college. He had
day lengthens,” he said.
brothers in and out but he was different. When we
He sits and waits. Today Pepper has two cases with won he broke down crying. But he didn’t move on.”
three motions. The schedule is really “hit or miss”
One of the funniest cases he remembers was a man
with sometimes eight cases at a time. It is about noon. who fell asleep outside with a can of sardines, juice
The prosecutor calls up case #CF11001387. The dripping down his arm. He had tried to start a stolen
man, wearing a baggy gray uniform with PRISONER car with a screwdriver. “But luckily we won this case
printed on the back, is facing a probation violation. because he was very drunk and the car looked exPepper has already talked to the client about an of- actly like one he had just sold,” Pepper said.
Thursday is the busiest day in court with most of
In the second case the Commonwealth has filed a the criminal cases scheduled. When he isn’t in court,
motion for new counsel. “Your honor, “ Pepper says Pepper is helping train the junior lawyers, assigning
leaning over the podium, “the Commonwealth didn’t cases, doing video arraignments at the jail, fielding
tell us there was a conflict of interest until we wanted questions, and discussing issues on pending cases.
a trial. Now all of a sudden there is a conflict. The He said, “You try to understand the clients; the emoCommonwealth just can’t decide when the public tions of all the clients are different. People who have
defender has a conflict.” The case also involves an never been in the criminal justice system are much
issue of Facebook privacy surrounding an undercover more profoundly affected. And you always have your
police officer seeking to befriend the defendant un- eye to the sentencing phase and mitigating things. I
der false pretenses and without a warrant. Pepper still remember when I got a sentence I didn’t expect;
argues the action is illegal and is seeking a motion it was a slap in the face.”
to get details on how the information was obtained.
Pepper added, “Juries are always unpredictable. I
Pepper has been with the Alexandria Public De- had one case with three different trials, a hung jury.
fenders Office for 17 years. He started with minor It was a learning experience for me. I asked the one
misdemeanor cases such as trespassing and petty hold-out why she didn’t find the young man guilty
larceny. Then he moved through traffic, juvenile do- and she said, ‘it could have been my son.’
mestic relations, and juvenile
“In this trial something had to
push the client to make the emo“That’s what we like to do
tion come out. He was embarwith new attorneys, rotate them
rassed at the charge and he
through, about nine months for
couldn’t express himself. I had to
each,” he said.
surprise him. I pushed him and
Pepper has been doing strictly
made him mad at me on the stand
felony work for 12 years. These
and that’s when we won. It is a
are serious charges like murder
job,” he added, “for someone who
and rape. “We have two murlikes to think on his feet.
der cases right now, and we
“What I like is we are the only
have a rape case every several
people who put a check on the pomonths. And now we have hu- Paul Pepper walks to the
lice and the court. We challenge
man trafficking. We were ini- door of City Hall, papers
everything the government does.
tially representing prostitutes and references tucked
It’s a responsibility I enjoy doing.
but now they are going more af- under his arm, as he heads
All of us here root for the underter the pimps.” He says the op- to check the day’s cases
dog. We try to keep the system
eration is running out of a lo- listed on the wall.
Trying to keep
the system fair.
Creating Tapestries
Michael Heilman to participate
in Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
By Senitra T. McCombs
Gazette Packet
t this year’s Sugarloaf
Craft Festival, Alexandria artist Michael
Heilman will showcase his naturally dyed tapestries and rugs.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
will be from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at
the Dulles Expo Center in
Although this is not his first
time at the festival, Heilman
was excited to have his work
featured in this year’s festival.
“It is always nice to have
other people tell you that you
do good work,” he said.
While working in Morocco,
Heilman’s interest in rug making and weaving was piqued
after visiting a rug-making cooperative where they created a
rug from one of his designs.
Fifteen years later, he was at
an antique shop on the Eastern
Shore, Md., when he came
across a rug-making tool called
a shuttle hook, which re-ignited
his interest in weaving and rug
After investigating the shuttle
hook’s history and purpose, his
next goal was to create his own
rug using the tool.
“So I went out to a hardware
store and got some burlap for a
backing and then went to a craft
store and got some yarn and
made my first ugly rug,” he said.
His success with making
hooked rugs led him to look into
learning how to weave rugs.
Soon after taking a weaving
class, Heilman built a loom and
begin making his own woven
Since there are few weavers
in the U.S. and the tools needed
are mostly dated, he had to
teach himself the craft. He is
currently working on four or
five projects in his home studio.
Heilman will be displaying
both his woven rugs and
hooked rugs at the festival. His
hooked rugs are created with
naturally dyed wool yarn. They
start off with a cotton or linen
backing on which he draws a
design with magic marker and
then pokes a needle through
the backing with a shuttle hook
to make a loop.
“Certain colors are just easier
to make naturally. I use black
walnut shells to make brown,
onion skins and indigo for
green dye, indigo for blue and
I also use a small beetle that
lives in cactus in Mexico for the
color red,” he said.
Heilman finds inspiration for
his designs from everyday
things such as graffiti or fabric.
Most of his recent patterns have
centered on an animal theme.
“I’m really open to designs
coming from everywhere. Once
I was in a high rise building and
I looked down at the parking
lot and I realized that the markings would be really interesting
for a rug. I did one pattern
based on a computer circuit
board,” he said.
It usually takes him from up
to 14 months to create a larger
tapestry or woven rug and
seven or eight months to create a hooked rug.
“Setting up the loom for the
woven rugs and setting up the
frame and fabric for the hooked
rug is very time consuming.
You’re lucky if you can start and
work consistently because usually you’ll find there is something you need to change such
as an issue with the design or
maybe you can play with the
colors in a different way,” he
See Heilman, Page 9
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Dougie and Donnie are working out this week in preparation for
Puppy Bowl XI. The puppies, both Team Fluff members, will be appearing on Animal Planet’s annual competition on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3
p.m. The pre-game show starts at 2 p.m. The puppies were rescued by
an Alexandria-based group, Operation Paws for Homes, Inc.
Bulletin Board
From Page 4
Jefferson St., Alexandria. For taxpayers
with low and middle income. All ages,
with special attention to seniors.
Federal and Virginia tax returns
prepared and electronically filed by
IRS-certified volunteers. Tax questions
can be answered. Bring your photo
ID(s), Social Security Card(s), tax
documents, and your prior year tax
Donation Drive. Christ Church Youth
will launch a food drive to tackle
hunger and poverty issues in our own
community as part of the SOUPer Bowl
of Caring. In the week leading up to
the big game, Christ Church Youth are
taking a collection of full-size toiletry
items (shampoo, conditioner, bath
soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
deodorant) and/or monetary
donations. The goal is to collect 1,000
items for the Christ Church Lazarus
Ministry Food Pantry. Donated items
may be dropped off at the entrance to
the Christ Church Memorial Parish
House building at 118 North
Washington Street in Old Town from
8:45-9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1. Visit for
Lower School Admission
Curriculum Coffee. 9:30-10:30
a.m. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, Lloyd
House Living Room, Lower School
Campus, 400 Fontaine St., Alexandria.
For prospective parents, grade JK-5.
This is an opportunity for parents to
learn about the academic program.
Registration required, contact April
Toman at 703-212-2705 or
[email protected]
Potomac Piranhas. Opening
Reception, Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Pitch,
Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office, 401 Dulany
St., Alexandria. The Potomac Piranhas
are using the model of ABC’s popular
“Shark Tank” program to accelerate
improving the Potomac River
watershed, in which entrepreneurs
and businesspeople will pitch
innovations and business models to a
panel. The event will also include
panel discussions on the issues of
innovation, capital and
entrepreneurship. Visit
home.html for more.
Genealogy Crash Course. 11 a.m.3:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Black
History Museum, 902 Wythe Street,
Alexandria. Join cultural historian
Michael W. Twitty for a day’s course
on tracing family roots back to Africa
using tools currently available. The
intimate museum setting provides for
one-on-one interaction. $15 per
attendee covers course reading
materials and lunch. Call 703-7464356 for reservations.
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Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Photo by John Bordner
Walter Clarke with his mother Gracie and
brother Thomas.
Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Matt Whitaker, Julie Hodge and Jerome Davis
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is welcomed by CEO and
Chairman of the Board at Burke & Herbert Bank
E. Hunt Burke
‘From K Street to King Street’
By Jeanne Theismann
Gazette Packet
o wear or not to wear?
That was the question
Jan. 22 as hundreds of
men and women pondered their attire for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce “bow
ties and pearls” Chairman’s Reception honoring Burke & Herbert
vice president and bow tie aficionado Walter Clarke as the 2015
board chairman.
“It’s great to see so many different faces here tonight,” Clarke said
as he formally took the reins of the
chamber board from outgoing
chair Joe Haggerty of United Way
Worldwide. “This is such a diverse
crowd and good representation of
businesses in the city of Alexandria.”
Held at the historic Terminal A
at Washington Reagan National
Airport, the event featured a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Tim
Kaine and remarks by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
President and CEO John E. Potter.
“I’m excited and honored to
have this opportunity,” Clarke said.
“It’s a real privilege for me to work
with such a dynamic chamber staff
and a board filled with some of the
finest and most accomplished professionals in the region.”
A graduate of Virginia State
University, Clarke brings more
than 25 years of banking and financial experience to his position
at Burke & Herbert Bank, one he
has held for just over four years.
He credited his mentor and Burke
& Herbert Chairman and CEO
Hunt Burke for what is now
Clarke’s signature look.
“Not long after I was hired, I
walked into a meeting at the bank
and Mr. Burke was there wearing
a bow tie,” Clarke said. “I remember thinking, ‘So that’s what success looks like,’ and have been
wearing a bow tie pretty much
ever since.”
As chairman of the board, Clarke
hopes to continue the growth of
the chamber, which is now one of
the largest in the region.
“One of the goals this year is to
continue our growth as a chamber without boundaries,” Clarke
said. “We want to continue advocating, educating and promoting
business in Alexandria, from K
Street to King Street, so if you do
business in Alexandria, you should
be a member.”
In 2015, the 109th year for the
chamber, Clarke and his team will
be initiating programs to support
a stronger quality of life in the
community. Examples include:
Disconnected Youth with City &
Public School Young Entrepreneurs Academy; Start-Up Academy; Minority Program; and
Young Professionals Program,
while continuing programs like the
Valor First Responder Luncheon
and Business Leader & Awards
Clarke leads
Chamber into 2015.
Photo by John Bordner
Photo by John Bordner
Pam DeCandio of John Marshall Bank with
O’Kelly and Karen McWilliams and Isaac
Lewis sign a white dinner jacket for Cham- restaurateur and former board chair Mike
ber of Commerce board chair Walter Clarke. Anderson.
“Going forward, I hope to expand on our recently initiated programs like the GOV/CON Council,
Non-Profit/Association Academy,
Armed Forces Valor Awards Breakfast and Power Roundtable and
Business Competiveness Summit,”
Clarke said. “I’d like to see these
grow as well as continue the
chamber’s neighborhood business
association partnerships.”
Clarke and his wife Kellye, coowner of Hometown Title & Escrow Company, are the parents of
daughter Kameron, 14, and son
Clayton, 11.
“I couldn’t do any of this without the support that I get from
Kellye and my family,” said Clarke,
whose mother and siblings were
also in attendance. “Kellye is the
glue that holds everything together.”
Presenting sponsors of the event
included Burke & Herbert Bank,
the MWAA and United Way Worldwide. Jane Hughes of Hadeed Carpet managed the silent auction
which raised more than $5,600 for
the chamber’s nonprofit foundation and Gordon and Rees LLP
sponsored the entertainment provided by the Johnny Artis Band.
“This was such a great turnout,”
Clarke said. “All the usual suspects
were joined by some exciting new
members and our focus will turn
to growing the membership to 800
by the end of the year. Now the
fun begins.”
Photo by John Bordner
Walter Clarke dons a dinner jacket signed by attendees of the Chamber
Chairman’s Reception.
Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Noemi Riveira and Edythe Kelleher
Incoming Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Walter Clarke and his
wife Kelly.
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Executive vice president and chief
revenue officer of the Metropolitan
Washington Airport Authority
Jerome Davis and Margaret
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Sophie Delquie and Victoria
Heilman To Participate in Sugarloaf Craft Festival
From Page 6
Unlike creating a hooked rug,
making a woven rug or tapestry
requires the artist to work slowly
from the bottom up. This causes
the artist to have to fight against
the grid pattern that forms from
weaving the yarn in the loom if
they want to do any sort of curve.
Therefore, the artist has to plan
ahead more. In addition, it is also
more challenging to go back an
“unweave” a mistake.
“You have to be more discipline
when doing a weaving and it is
much slower than doing a hooked
rug. And you don’t really know
how it is going to turn out,” he
His favorite piece is a 5-by-8 foot
colorful abstract rug that he made
four years ago and decided that he
never wanted to part with it. “It
was sort of a personal challenge
to see if I could incorporate all
sorts of geometric and curved
shapes into one rug. I hope that
one of my daughters will want to
have it when I’m gone,” he said.
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Many bright spots will be overshadowed in the
coming budget season in Northern Virginia.
ong awaited, the opening of the Silver Line promises to bring transformation to Tysons and around the
current station in Reston, with another Reston station and Herndon to come.
The opening of Springfield Town Center has
been greeted by enthusiastic shoppers, showing plenty of demand for retail and restaurants.
Housing prices are up, although so is the
number of houses on the market, while the
number of houses sold is down from last year.
But from local government,
economic conditions
overall look more like this:
Job growth has slowed, and
the jobs that are being created are lower paying. There is a decline in federal and business
services employment, while the job growth that
the region is experiencing is dominated by
gains in hospitality and retail sectors. Slowing
job growth and lower wages mean lower demand for home purchases and retail spending,
while declines in federal jobs and government
contractors mean lower demand for office
space. The region is growing, but it is growing
at a slower rate than projected one or two years
Lower demand for office space translates into
19 million square feet of vacant office space in
Fairfax County alone. Just for some sense of
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scale, that is like having eight malls the size
Tysons Corner Center (2.4 million square feet)
completely empty. Arlington County has an
office vacancy rate of more than 20 percent;
in Rosslyn, the rate is approaching 30 percent
(27.7). Overall, Northern Virginia has an office vacancy rate of more than 17 percent.
Not only are companies moving their offices
from older office space to newer space, more
transit-oriented space, but as they do so, they
are downsizing the amount of space, leaving
more less modern space vacant in the process.
The result will be a very difficult budget year
in Northern Virginia. It’s also a call to do things
Critical to a successful economy will be to
create housing that service and hospitality
workers can afford. We have a massive shortage of affordable housing, and the opportunity transform some of the massive quantities
of vacant office space into thoughtful, welldesigned housing.
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We invite you to send us stories about your
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frogs, rabbits, or whatever other creatures
share your home or yard with you.
Tell us the story of a special bond between a
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Letters to the Editor
My Giant
To the Editor:
For me, at least, it is a big loss. I
know the little Giant in Old Town
North wasn’t the fanciest of stores.
In fact, there wasn’t much fancy
about it at all. But for 24 years it
has been the place I’ve gone to
stock my shelves and refrigerator.
Over that time I’ve become ac-
quainted with many of the staff
who, in a very real way, became a
part of the neighborhood. For instance, there was Miss Betty. She
stopped me one Saturday and told
me I shouldn’t pay for the milk that
was sitting in my cart. She went
on to explain that the week before
she had neglected to give me the
bag with the milk I had purchased.
I then remembered discovering it
was missing a few hours after leaving the store. I decided not to pursue the matter, and by this time it
was completely out of my mind —
but not hers. More recently on my
60th birthday, I returned home
from work to find 2 and a half
cases of beer outside my door.
(That’s 60 cans.) Come to find out,
my brother in Arizona had contacted one of Giant’s managers,
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Lisa, and she arranged to have the
surprise delivered up the street to
my place, “Happy Birthday” balloon in tow. And over the years I’ve
looked forward to seeing my favorite Saturday cashiers, like
Linda, Jameka, and Tasha, all of
whom made me smile or laugh
each time we interacted.
Yes, the produce wasn’t always
particularly fresh, and it’s the only
store I have ever shopped at that
would occasionally have no carts
available because so many customers used them to transport their
groceries home. And yet for me,
and I’m sure many of my neighbors, that little old store was a central part of our area. And even
though we now have other local
choices, I will always remember
“my Giant” with fondness and
gratitude for being a part of Old
Town North for so many years.
Peter Ramsberger
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Focus on Economy, Budgeting
By Adam Ebbin
State Senator (D-30)
ast week, my fel
low Democratic
Senators and I
unveiled our 2015 legislative priorities, an
“Opportunity Agenda,” which focuses on six
core principles. They are Economic Security; Voter Access and Participation; Equality; Education for a Brighter Future; Restoration of Faith in Government; and Leading Healthier and Safer Lives. When I spoke
at our news conference, I invited our Republican colleagues to partner with us in
support of these core Virginia values.
An integral part of
building a stronger
Commentary economy is making sure
that hardworking Virginians receive an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. In
2013, 113,000 Virginian’s earned the minimum wage of just $7.25 per hour. If the
minimum wage was indexed to inflation, it
would be more than $10.50 per hour today. That is why I co-sponsored Sen. David
Marsden’s bill to give hardworking Virginians a raise. Unfortunately, the bill failed
on a party line vote in the Commerce and
Labor committee.
Much of the focus this session so far has
been on the budget. One budget amendment I submitted is for smart investments
in support of Community Health Centers
(CHC’s), non-profit organizations that provide primary medical care in addition to
dental and behavioral services to those in
need. Neighborhood Health is one CHC with
branches in Alexandria, Arlington, and
Mount Vernon that provide services to lowincome residents who would otherwise go
without healthcare. My proposal would provide state grants to match private, foundation, and federal funding. Supporting great
organizations like Neighborhood Health
will bring down medical costs by increasing access to preventative care.
I introduced multiple pieces of legislation
to address tax disparities that would bring
in more revenue. One would to be levy an
excise tax on e-cigarettes at a lower amount
than tobacco cigarettes. The second would
reduce the tax preference for yachts valued
at over $100,000.
I have also introduced a bill to outlaw the
import and sale of ivory and rhinoceros
horns. While it is illegal under federal law
to transport ivory and rhinoceros horns
across state lines, there is a loophole regarding trade within states. The ivory black
market is a global security issue, as many
of poaching proceeds fund terrorist networks like al-Shabaab. My bill aims to close
the loophole and expand the penalties for
dealing with those who break the law.
Please join my colleagues and me for a
legislative town hall meeting this winter.
❖ Mt. Vernon: Saturday, Feb. 14, 10:30
a.m. – noon, at the Mount Vernon Government Center (2511 Parkers Lane) with Sen.
Toddy Puller and Del.Scott Surovell.
❖ Alexandria: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:30 – 4
p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation
Center (905 Wythe Street) with Del. Rob
Krupicka. Take my online survey at You can also
email me at [email protected]
I am active on Twitter @AdamEbbin and
EbbinCampaign. You can sign up for my
It is my continued honor to represent the
citizens of the 30th Senate District.
Speaking on Senior Travel
By Mary Lee
Executive Director
Senior Services of
ransportation is
a major issue
for seniors — and Alexandria has
lots of options. The Senior Speaker Series
event on Feb. 11 will feature local experts
sharing information about affordable, safe
and reliable ways to get around town. And
for anyone thinking about your next vacation, come find out about the fantastic options offered by the Road Scholar Program
— and get handy tips on how to make your
trip easier from a senior travel expert.
Local experts will
Senior Services be on hand from the
Of Alexandria Washington Metropolitan and Alexandria Transit (DASH) Companies talking
about the various local public transportation options for seniors, traveler trainer
workshops and the benefits of bus transportation in Alexandria. There will even be
a DASH bus on hand to explore at the event.
You will also learn about the Senior Taxi
and DOT Paratransit taxi services which
provide a very affordable alternative for
many seniors.
A Road Scholar Ambassador will be on
hand to give an overview of their programs,
and share how you can explore the world
with Road Scholar. Road Scholar has been
a not-for-profit leader in educational travel
since 1975, offering over 5,000 educational
tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.
Local and renowned experts guide in depth
and behind-the-scenes opportunities
through cultural tours and study cruises.
There will also be a travel expert from
Beatley Central Library sharing tips on what
to consider when planning a trip, senior
friendly places to travel, and best times to
This event will be held on Feb. 11 at the
Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street
in Alexandria. Doors open at 9:30 with coffee and a light breakfast; the program begins at 10. It is free and open to the public.
To register go to www.seniorservices or call 703-836-4414, ext 10.
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Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ January 29 - February 4, 2015 ❖ 11
Alexandria REAL ESTATE
Photos by Veronica Bruno/The Gazette
2014 Top Sales
1 601
Fairfax Street
North #609
— $3,195,000
2 414 Duke Street —
King St
Duke St
N Washin
gton St
6 8
3 209 Saint Asaph
Street South —
700 Pitt Street South — $2,700,000
Address .............................. BR FB HB ... Postal City .. Sold Price .... Type ....... Lot AC . PostalCode ....... Subdivision ......... Date Sold
1 601 FAIRFAX ST N #609 ........ 3 .. 2 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $3,195,000 .... Mid-Rise 5-8 Floors ....... 22314 ........... THE ORONOCO .......... 08/13/14
14 Wolfe
Street —
2 414 DUKE ST ....................... 5 .. 6 . 2 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $3,025,000 .... Detached ..... 0.13 ........ 22314 .............. OLD TOWN ............. 02/07/14
3 209 SAINT ASAPH ST S ......... 4 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,900,000 .... Semi-Detached 0.09 ........ 22314 .............. OLD TOWN ............. 01/06/14
4 700 PITT ST S ....................... 4 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,700,000 .... Townhouse .. 0.22 ........ 22314 .............. OLD TOWN ............. 10/03/14
8 16 Wolfe
Street #54 —
5 208 VIRGINIA AVE ................ 6 .. 4 . 2 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,662,500 .... Detached ..... 1.65 ........ 22302 .......... JEFFERSON PARK ......... 09/08/14
6 14 WOLFE ST ....................... 3 .. 4 . 3 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,575,000 .... Townhouse .................. 22314 ............ HARBORSIDE ............ 07/30/14
7 208 SAINT ASAPH ST S ......... 5 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,535,000 .... Detached ..... 0.12 ........ 22314 .............. OLD TOWN ............. 10/06/14
7 208 Saint Asaph
Street South —
8 16 WOLFE ST #54 ................ 2 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,500,000 .... Townhouse .................. 22314 ............ HARBORSIDE ............ 03/18/14
9 210 NORTH VIEW TER .......... 6 .. 7 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,375,000 .... Detached ..... 0.34 ........ 22301 .............. ROSEMONT ............. 07/11/14
10 815 PRINCE ST ..................... 4 .. 4 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $2,300,000 .... Attach/Row Hse0.05 ..... 22314 ................. FARNEY ................ 07/03/14
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Neighborhood Outlook
City’s Developments Hope To Reverse Job Loss Trends
From Page 3
likely to be transportation, and potentially
commercial, effects of the new MGM Casino opening at National Harbor in 2016.
2015 centered on Potomac Yard and the
Waterfront, some have expressed concerns
that western Alexandria is being left behind.
“A lot of focus needs to be on the West
End right now,” said Long. “The time has
come to recognize that as the next area of
major development.”
Most of the development in western Alexandria is focused around housing developments. The Eisenhower West Small Area
Plan Committee is expected to present its
report to City Council in fall of 2015 detailing land use, connectivity, and density goals
for the area. Eisenhower West Small Area
Plan’s next community meeting is Monday,
Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Beatley Central Library.
The city’s Beauregard Small Area Plan,
adopted in 2012, requires $210 million in
developer contributions to fund a fire station, affordable housing, landscaping, and
increased regional transit. The Beauregard
Design Advisory Committee is currently reviewing Developmental Special Use Permit
applications for the Beauregard area.
Jinks said that increased transit capabilities are vital to keeping eastern and western Alexandria connected.
“We’re currently working on the Bus
Rapid Transit (BRT) to make [the West End]
more accessible,” said Jinks. “With Arlington, we’re working on opening the first regional BRT lane that would connect Crystal City and Braddock Road.”
Despite high profile developments in
Potomac Yard and around the new NSF
building, Jinks said the city can’t afford to
lose sight of it’s affordable housing needs.
“The affordable housing on Route 1 is past
its life-span,” said Jinks. “It needs redevelopment.”
According to Jinks, the current
plan is one-to-one development,
which means they redevelop
them one building at a time to
minimize impact to the community. The public planning for that
development is going and will
be a part of Jinks’ upcoming discussions with the community.
“We’re trying to do this differently,” said Craig Fifer, director
of communications and public
information for the City of Alexandria. “We’re hoping for
more public input before the city
manager proposes his budget.
Instead of reacting, we can get
that public feedback first.”
At 6:30 in the Lee Center on
Feb. 5 and 9, the city will host
public meetings to receive public input on the upcoming budget and priorities.
By Vernon Miles/Gazette Packet
Photos Contributed
The scope of Alexandria’s Waterfront
Redevelopment Plan.
The four potential design plans for the Potomac Yard Metro.
Construction vehicles
remove debris from
demolished Trucking
Association building.
Transit and housing development goals for the Beauregard Small
Area Plan.
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ January 29 - February 4, 2015 ❖ 13
Winter Fun
‘Bessie’s Blues’
At MetroStage
By Carolyn Griffin
Producing Artistic Director
essie’s Blues” is probably the
biggest show we have ever
done — certainly the biggest
set. And with eight on stage
(seven actors and one dancer) and five
musicians — probably
the biggest cast. And
Notes from
did I mention the proThe Producer jections and the eight
foot tall letters that spell BLUES? With LED
lights and video projected on the surface of
the letters. Don’t want to give it all away
before you see it, but honestly it’s going to
be amazing.
Not to mention the incredible cast.
Bernardine Mitchell returns after a triumphant fall production of “Three Sistahs,”
along with Roz White (always the middle
sistah), both of whom were in the original
production of “Bessie’s Blues” at Studio
Theatre 20 years ago. Lori Williams (the
stunning Ella in “Ladies Swing the Blues”
— her performance recognized with a Helen
Hayes Nomination), and the incredible TC
Carson (remember that sexy lover in “Two
Queens One Castle” at MetroStage a few
years ago? and of course he can still be seen
on television as Kyle in reruns of “Living
Single”) — both return to MetroStage. Actors debuting on our stage in this production are LC Harden Jr, Djob Lyons, and
Stephawn Stephens all triple treats as actors, singers and dancers. Dancer Nia Harris joins the cast as well.
“Bessie’s Blues” is written, directed and
choreographed by Thomas W. Jones II, who
has been associated with MetroStage (in
spite of living in Atlanta) for the past 14
years. Speaking of a triple treat (maybe
quadruple since he is also an actor), he
brings a unique, original voice to all of his
scripts, characters, themes and music. His
“Three Sistahs” last fall touched the hearts
and souls and had audiences rushing home
to call their sisters. His direction of “Gee’s
Bend” garnered a Helen Hayes Nomination
for outstanding direction among other
things, bringing the lives and music of the
women quilters of Gee’s Bend into the lives
of our audiences. Witness musicians “chasing the music” in “Ladies Swing the Blues”
or in the words of Cool Papa “keep
seconds from destiny…tracing new foot-
“Bessie’s Blues” writer, director and and choreographer Thomas W.
Jones II with MetroStage Producing Artistic Directer Carolyn Griffin.
steps…” from “Cool Papa’s Party.”
Tom Jones writes about themes, values
and circumstances that all can relate to because they are timeless and universal. Specific stories, yet universal, timeless themes.
MetroStage is proud to present this body of
work that touches our audiences, leaving a
memorable impression well into the future.
It is what theatre is meant to be and what
we at MetroStage intend to keep doing for
the next 30 years.
Happy anniversary MetroStage and here’s
to the future.
Performances, through March 15, are
Wednesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and
8 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m.
MetroStage is located at 1201 North Royal
St., Alexandria. Tickets $55-60. Visit or call 800-494-8497.
Email announcements to [email protected] Include date,
time, location, description and contact for
event: phone, email and/or website. Photos and artwork welcome. Deadline is
Thursday at noon, at least two weeks before event.
Girls in SOHO Outreach Program
Exhibit Their Photography.
Through Feb. 2 at The Art League
Gallery, 105 North Union St., Studio
21, Torpedo Factory Art Center,
Alexandria. Each of the 12 girls in
the 2014-2015 Space of Her Own
(SOHO) class was given a film
camera and the opportunity to create
a series of narrative-based
photographs. At the completion of
the program, the teams remodel each
of the girls’ bedrooms, incorporating
all of their artwork, to truly give each
girl a “space of her own.” Visit or call 703683-1780.
“The Space Between.” Through Feb.
2 at the Multiple Exposures Gallery,
The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105
N Union St., Studio 312.
Photographer Janet Matthews
presents a portfolio of new work in
this solo exhibit at the Multiple
Exposures Gallery, looking beyond
the literal representation of objects to
explore their edges and the space
that surrounds them. Visit
or call 703-683-2205 for more.
Signature Tour. 2 p.m. or various
other availability. Through Thursday,
Feb. 12 at Mount Vernon Mansion,
3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount
Vernon. During a guided exploration
tour of the Mansion, visit areas not
normally open to guests, including
the basement and the third floor
where Martha Washington retired
after the death of her husband in
1799. $5/per person in addition to
general admission. Hours vary. Visit for more.
Exhibition “Unearthed |
Unleashed.” Through Sunday, Feb.
22 in the Athenaeum Gallery 201
Prince St., Alexandria. An exhibition
of the works of Michael Gessner and
Joanne Kent. Gessner’s mixed media
sculptures reference a variety of
natural forms. Kent’s minimal works
with thickly applied paint and wax
appear to be a reflection on organic
elements and artifacts. Free. Visit
“Beyond the Board” Art Exhibit.
Through Feb. 22. Prudential PenFed
Realty, 4900 Seminary Road,
Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans’
presents “Beyond the Board.” A
portion of artists’ sales go to the
PenFed Foundation, supporting
active military families, veterans and
their families. Visit
gww/ for more.
“Front and Back.” Feb.11- March 15,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
second Thursday of the month at
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Studio
18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center
at 105 North Union Street,
Alexandria. Artists’ imagination plays
with Items that are different front vs
back; right vs left; top vs bottom;
inside vs outside; right side up vs up
side down; positive space vs negative
space. Anything that has two or more
sides can be used to show two
different visuals. Free admission. See
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Alexandria Cars & Coffee invites car
enthusiasts to meet for coffee at
Hollin Hall Shopping Center in front
of Roseina’s, 1307 Shenandoah Road.
Owners of classic cars, hot rods,
exotic cars, motorcycles and more
meet to share car stories and drink
coffee. Group meets the first Sunday
of every month. 8:30-11 a.m.
Fifty Years of Collecting. TuesdaySaturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays
noon to 5 p.m. Fort Ward Museum
4301 West Braddock Road. An
anniversary exhibit of objects from
the Fort Ward collection. Free. Visit or call 703-7464848.
Dinner for the Washingtons. Noon
at George Washington’s Mount
Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon
Memorial Highway. A walking tour
that goes behind the scenes to find
out how food was prepared and
served before the era of microwaves
and TV dinners. $5 in addition to
estate admission. Visit for more.
Second Thursday Music.
Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. 7 pm.
Second Thursday of every month.
Visit to view concert
calendar and listen to upcoming
Second Thursday Music artists.
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has
been a weekly event at Huntley
Meadows since 1985. It takes place
every week, rain or shine (except
during electrical storms, strong
winds, or icy trails), at 7 a.m. (8 a.m.
November through March), is free of
charge, requires no reservation, and
is open to all. Birders meet in the
parking lot at the park’s entrance at
3701 Lockheed Blvd. Direct questions
to Park staff during normal business
hours at 703-768-2525.
Bob Hume and Martha Capone. 7-9
p.m. at John Strongbow’s Tavern,
710 King St., Alexandria. Visit or call
“Smellin’ Up the Den.” At Port City
Playhouse, 1819 Quaker Lane,
Alexandria. The classiest potty humor
in the DMV. Audiences will be
treated to an hour–long whirlwind of
hysterical vignettes. $18-$24. Visit or
Tea with Martha Washington, 2-3
p.m. at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount
Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon.
Listen to Martha Washington’s stories
about life at Mount Vernon while
enjoying a selection of lite fare
prepared by the Mount Vernon Inn.
Following tea, enjoy a self-guided
exploration of the estate and
decorative arts found in the Donald
W. Reynolds Museum and Education
Center. $30 for adults, $20 for youth
(12 and under), includes tea, lite
fare, and general estate admission.
The Taste & Style of George
Washington. 2 p.m. Mount
Vernon’s first fine arts tour offers
guests the chance to appreciate a
lesser known quality of George
Washington – his keen eye. This tour,
which includes the mansion as well
as the museum, explores
Washington’s tastes and his selection
of decorative fine arts for his home.
This tour is included in admission,
visitors must register for a tour ticket
online or at the ticket window.
Limited capacity. Visit for more.
Wonders of Science. 1-4 p.m. at The
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax St.,
Old Town, Alexandria. The
Apothecary Museum hosts a day of
18th-century natural and medical
science exploration and
demonstrations. Discover curious
objects, from poison bottles to
dragon’s blood, and find out how
they were used – and if they worked.
This hour-long program includes a
tour of the museum, with new groups
beginning every 30 minutes.
Recommended for 3rd grade and
older. $6, children and adults.
Reservations recommended, space is
limited. Visit or call
Walk with Washington Tour. 2
p.m., at Alexandria Convention and
Visitors Bureau, 221 King Street,
Alexandria. The walk focuses on
important Old Towne sites associated
with George Washington. 60-90
minutes. Free. Call 703-746-3301.
Philharmonic Performance. 3 p.m.
at The George Washington Masonic
Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive,
Winter Fun
Please make reservations
early for Valentine’s Day
Alexandria. The Washington
Metropolitan Philharmonic welcomes
pianist Thomas Pandolfi along with
trombonist Brian Bourne as featured
musicians for their February
performances of Franz Liszt’s Les
Preludes, Brahms’ Piano Concerto
and the world premiere of Sparkling
Dialogue for trombone and strings.
Adults, $20; 18 and younger, free.
Visit or call
History Lecture. 7 p.m. at the
Athanaeum, 201 Prince St.,
Alexandria. As Saint Valentine’s Day
approaches come learn about love,
lust, and magic in the ancient world
from Egyptian love poems to the
origins of our Valentine’s Day in the
Roman Empire. Adult content: not
appropriate for children. Free. Visit or call 703-548-0035.
Winter Specials
Photo by Matt Liptak
Bob Hume and Martha Capone. 7-9
p.m. at John Strongbow’s Tavern,
710 King St., Alexandria. Visit or call
Larry Calvert Cookie Class. 6-8 p.m.
at the Athanaeum, 201 Prince St.,
Alexandria. Join cookie artisan Larry
Calvert as he makes hand-decorated
sugar cookies. Six different cookies
per student will be supplied for
creating and taking home. This class
is hands-on training with all supplies
included. $45. Visit or call
City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums.
See Winter Fun, Page 17
• Split Pea Soup
• Venison Medallions
• Beef Wellington
• Dover Sole
• Coq au Vin
• Cassoulet
• Bouillabaisse
The Game’s Afoot
With inflated egos, boundless bitchiness and great camaraderie, The Little Theatre of Alexandria presents “The Game’s Afoot.” Starring Simon Bright (Joe Quinn),
Aggie Wheeler (Maureen R. Goldman), William Gillette (John Henderson), Felix
Geisel (Chuck Leonard), and Madge Geisel (Pam Kasenetz), the Ken Ludwig farce
turns an Agatha Christie-–like murder mystery into melodramatic mayhem and a
fun piece of whodunit nonsense. Playing through Feb. 7 at The Little Theatre of
Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. For tickets or more information, call 703–-683–-0496
or visit
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Winter Fun
‘Dare to...Follow Your Heart’ for Valentine’s Day
By Kim Allen Kluge
Music Director,
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
am very excited about the Alexandria
Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming
Valentine’s weekend concerts. They will
take place on Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., at
the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall &
Arts Center, and on Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m., at
the George Washington MaMaestro’s sonic Memorial. The Feb. 15
Musings performance will be the second concert in our new Sunday matinée series at the Memorial. The
George Washington Masonic Memorial provides a wonderful concert venue in an iconic
Alexandria setting at the vortex of Old
Town, Rosemont and Del Ray, making the
ASO concerts Metro- accessible.
“Dare to...Follow Your Heart” is the title
of this fun and romance-filled concert—the
third in our 2014-2015 “Dare to...” Season.
I am looking forward to sharing the music
from three light classic romances. These
delightful and whimsical stories all involve
multiple love interests, often fraught with
misadventure. Happily, all end with exuberant and joyful unions and celebrations.
These are truly Valentine’s weekend concerts.
The music from these enchanting love stories represents some of the freshest sounding music ever written—as if they were
written in a blaze of inspiration. And indeed they were.
I still vividly remember the very first time
I heard Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” it was
revelatory and had a profound influence on
me. As a child I was far too young to fully
appreciate the romances, and certainly too
unsophisticated to completely fathom the
more serious undertones of the storyline. I
simply was mesmerized by the sheer magic
and whimsy of it all. Such is the power of
masterpieces such as “The Magic Flute”—
they speak to audiences on so many different levels.
Guest vocalist Elizabeth Overmann will
display astonishing versatility in two Queen
of the Night arias from “The Magic Flute,”
music that shows off almost superhuman
vocal fireworks. Ms. Overmann will also
sing “Weep You No More, Sad Fountains.”
This languid melody was penned by Patrick
Doyle for his film score to Jane Austen’s
“Sense and Sensibility” (1995). It’s deliciously full of sensuality and longing.
These Valentine’s weekend concerts will the musicians...and the music itself. It’s a
also feature the beautifully lyrical and be- beautiful thing to experience, and especially
guiling melodies of the cello symphony by appropriate for these intimate Valentine’s
Villa Lobos, “Bachianas Brasilieras #1.”
Day stories and music.
The concerts will conclude with Felix
During these concerts we will unveil the
Mendelssohn’s delightfully evocative inci- ASO’s 2015-16 Season—a program that I
dental music to Shakespeare’s “A Midsum- sincerely believe will be the most enthusimer Night’s Dream.” It contains one of the astically talked-about season of my long camost often played pieces of music ever writ- reer with the Alexandria Symphony Orchesten—the rousing Wedding March that is tra.
played at the end
I am truly lookof practically eving forward to
ery wedding certhese Valentine’s
emony. I never
weekend concerts.
cease to marvel at
Presenting the muhow Mendelssohn
— Lysander from “A Midsummer Night’s sic to these fantasis able to tell
tic and enchanting
Dream” by William Shakespeare romances should
story in music. All
make for a really
of the drama is in the music itself, contained fun concert for the orchestra, audience and
in its very notes.
I can’t wait to make music again in the
incredibly unique and intimate setting at
See the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. at Schlesinger ConThe very special feeling that is created be- cert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard
tween the orchestra and audience in that St. and Sunday, Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m. at the
remarkable hall is palpable. The semi in- George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101
the-round setting allows the audience to Callahan Drive. Visit or call
wrap around the orchestra, as if embracing 703-548-0885.
“The course of true love
never did run smooth...”
Alexandria Coin Show
Free Admission • Free Parking
Open to the Public • Dealers Welcome
Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Springfield American Legion Post 176
6520 Amherst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150 (Just south of the Beltway)
Door Prizes! • Seminar at 1:00 P.M.
Sponsor: Alexandria Coin Club •
Meets the 3rd Wednesday each month, at Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria
Good Shepherd
Catholic Church
Mass Schedule
6:30 pm Mass (Español)
Saturday Evening
5:00 pm Vigil Mass
6:30 pm Vigil Mass (en Español)
7:30 am; 9:00 am (with Sign
Language Interpreter &
Children’s Liturgy of the Word);
10:30 am; 12:00 Noon; 2:00 pm
(en Español); 6:30 pm
Weekday & Saturday
Mornings: 9:00 am Mass,
preceded by Rosary (on First
Friday, Mass followed by
Eucharistic Adoration)
Thursday & First
Friday of the Month:
7:30 pm Mass (Español)
preceded by 7:00 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria VA, 22309
Tel: 703-780-4055 Fax: 703-360-5385
Loving as Christ loves, serving as Christ serves
To Advertise Your Faith Community, call Karen at 703-917-6468
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Winter Fun
From Page 15
9:30-10:30 p.m., at John Strongbow’s
Tavern, 710 King St., Alexandria.
Visit or
call 703-329-3075.
“Elements” Art Exhibit Opening
Reception. 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray
Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon
Ave., Alexandria. John Bordner,
Kathryn Brown, Michele Reday Cook,
Linda Elliff, Kim S. Joy, Marlin Lord
and Tamara Wilkerson present
artworks which incorporate elements
of earth, water, air and fire in
materials, media and subject matter.
Gallery hours are Thursdays 12-6
p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays 12-9 p.m.;
Sundays 12-6 p.m. Visit
Coin Show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at at the
Springfield American Legion Post
176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield.
The coin show features 50 tables
with a variety of coins, currency and
numismatic collectables. Prizes to the
first 500 visitors. An instruction
period is included for those new to
collecting. Additionally, there is a
raffle for Gold & Silver coins. Visit or
email [email protected]
Carlyle’s Birthday Celebration.
noon-4 p.m. at 121 N. Fairfax Street
in Old Town Alexandria. Step back in
time to the 1770’s at one of
Alexandria’s finest and oldest houses
to commemorate the 295th birthday
of Alexandria town founder, Col.
John Carlyle. Call 703-549-2997 or
Tea with Martha Washington, 2-3
p.m. at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount
Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon.
Listen to Martha Washington’s stories
about life at Mount Vernon while
enjoying a selection of lite fare
prepared by the Mount Vernon Inn.
$30 for adults, $20 for youth (12 and
under), includes tea, lite fare, and
general estate admission. Visit
The Beverly Hillbillies. 7:30 p.m. at
MVCCT, Heritage Presbyterian
Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road,
Alexandria. After accidentally
striking it rich with oil, watch the
whole Clampett family find their way
in this new land inhabited by movie
stars and the fabulously wealthy.
$12. Purchase tickets at
The Taste & Style of George
Washington. 2 p.m. Mount
Vernon’s first fine arts tour offers
guests the chance to appreciate a
lesser known quality of George
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The Navy Concert Band. 2 p.m. at
the Athanaeum, 201 Prince St.,
Alexandria. The Navy Band Chamber
Music Series features musicians from
the U.S. Navy Band. This chamber
music recital will feature traditional
and modern music for woodwinds
and brass. Free. Visit for
Walk with Washington Tour. 2
p.m., at Alexandria Convention and
Visitors Bureau, 221 King St.,
Alexandria. The walk focuses on
important Old Towne sites associated
with George Washington. 60-90
minutes. Free. Call 703-746-3301.
The Beverly Hillbillies. 3 p.m. at
MVCCT, Heritage Presbyterian
Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road,
Alexandria. $12. Purchase tickets at
Winter Warmer Tea with Martha
Washington. 3-4:30 p.m. at
Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, 138
North Royal St., Alexandria. Sip a
special blend of tea from Gadsby’s
Tavern Museum, “take” a cup of
American Heritage Chocolate, and
eat period-inspired delicacies, both
sweet and savory, with your 21stcentury friends. A historic guest who
will be visit during each tea. $35 per
person all inclusive. Reservations are
required. To make reservations and
purchase tickets, call 703-746-4242
or visit Ticket
also includes a tour at 2:15 or 2:45
prior to the tea.
Philharmonic Performance. 3 p.m.
at The Church of the Epiphany, 1317
G. St. NW, Washington, D.C. The
Washington Metropolitan
Philharmonic welcomes pianist
Thomas Pandolfi along with
trombonist Brian Bourne as featured
musicians for their February
performances of Franz Liszt’s Les
Preludes, Brahms’ Piano Concerto
and the world premiere of Sparkling
Dialogue for trombone and strings.
Adults, $20; 18 and younger, free.
Visit or call
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Washington – his keen eye. This tour,
which includes the mansion as well
as the museum, explores
Washington’s tastes and his selection
of decorative fine arts for his home.
This tour is included in admission,
visitors must register for a tour ticket
online or at the ticket window.
Limited capacity. Visit for more.
Alice’s Restaurant 50th
Anniversary Tour. 7:30 p.m at the
Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Arlo Guthrie celebrates the event that
inspired the song “Alice’s Restaurant
Massacree.” Call 703-549-7500 or
visit for more.
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The Art of Ballroom Dance. 7-7:45
and 7:45-8:30 p.m. at the
Athanaeum, 201 Prince St.,
Alexandria. Learn the Fox Trot,
Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa,
Meringue, Rumba, Cha-Cha, and
Samba, taught by Gary Stephans.
Come with or without a partner.
Beginning and advanced dancers
welcome. Both classes are invited to
practice from 8:30-9 p.m. $15. Visit for more or email
[email protected] or call 703505-5998.
Second Thursday Live. 7 p.m. at the
Athanaeum, 201 Prince St.,
Alexandria. “The Course of True Love
Ne’er Did Run Smooth” —
Shakespeare’s unhappy love scenes.
Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day: A
reminder that dysfunctional love is
eternal. DC-area theatre actors will
read scenes of love and discord.
Dessert reception follows the
reading. $15. Visit or call
Andrew O’Day. 8-11 p.m., at John
Strongbow’s Tavern, 710 King St.,
Alexandria. Visit or call
Eric Benet. 7:30 p.m. at The
Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Tickets $59.50. Visit
or call 703-549-7500.
The Beverly Hillbillies. 7:30 p.m. at
MVCCT, Heritage Presbyterian
Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road,
Alexandria. $12. Purchase tickets at
“Blues Babies.” 12:30-2 p.m. at
Alexandria Black History Museum,
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Enjoy
an afternoon of live music
interwoven with multi-media and
storytelling, exploring the
modernization of the Blues and its
influence upon Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm
& Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, Soul
Blues, and other related music genre.
Free. Call 703-746-4356.
Burlesque-A-Pades in Loveland. 6
p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, at The
Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
In this Valentine’s Day production,
Burlesque-A-Pades is serving up an
evening jam packed with
entertainment, including among
others, award winning Burlesque
Queen Angie Pontani. Full dinner
and cocktail service is offered at the
show. Visit
The Beverly Hillbillies. 7:30 p.m. at
MVCCT, Heritage Presbyterian
Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road,
Alexandria. $12. Purchase tickets at
Food & Drink
Take the Cherry Challenge
The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee in Alexandria
presents the seventh annual Cherry Challenge. In the spirit of the old cherry
tree tale, celebrate with the restaurants participating in this culinary contest through Feb. 10. Vote for favorite drinks, starters, entrees and desserts
which include cherries. Each patron who orders a cherry item will have the
opportunity to rate the item on taste, creativity, and presentation. At the
end, the ballots will be collected, and tallied. Visit Restaurants include:
❖ Bilbo Baggins — 208 Queen St.,
❖ Café Pizzaiolo — 1623 Fern St.,
❖ Casa Rosada Gelato — 111 South Payne St.,
❖ Chadwick’s — 203 Strand St.,
❖ Chart House — 1 Cameron St.,
❖ Del Ray Café — 205 E. Howell Ave.,
❖ Dishes of India — 1510 Belle View Blvd.,
❖ Fire Flies — 1501 Mt Vernon Ave.,
❖ Gadsby’s Tavern — 138 North Royal St.,
❖ The Grille at Morrison House — 116 South Alfred St.,
❖ Haute Dogs — 610 Montgomery St.,
❖ Indigo Landing — One Marina Drive,
❖ John Strongbow — 710 King St.,
❖ Killer E.S.P. — 1012 King St.,
❖ King Street Blues — 112 North Saint Asaph St.,
❖ La Bergerie — 218 North Lee St.,
❖ Laporta’s — 1600 Duke St.,
❖ Le Refuge — 127 North Washington St.,
❖ Mackie’s Bar and Grill — 907 King St.,
❖ Mount Vernon Inn — 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
❖ Murphy’s — 713 King St.,
❖ Daniel O’Connell’s Bar & Restaurant — 112 King St.,
❖ Olea — 703 King St.,
❖ Pizza Paradiso — 124 King St.,
❖ RedRocks — 904 King St.,
❖ Tempo — 4231 Duke St.,
❖ TJ Stone’s — 608 Montgomery St.,
❖ Trademark — 2080 Jamieson Ave.,
❖ Vaso’s — 1118 King St.,
❖ Waterfront Market and Café — 7 King St.,
Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week, Jan. 23-Feb. 1. FIrst-time
participants include BRABO Tasting Room, with its casual Belgian fare,
alongside Alexandria newcomers City Kitchen and Mackie’s Bar & Grill, as
well as Old Town favorite Taverna Cretekou. Restaurants in
neighborhoods throughout Alexandria, including Old Town, Del Ray and
the West End offer a $35 three-course dinner or $35 dinner for two; select
locations offering lunch from $10-20 per person. Visit for a menu flip-book or
Port City celebrates it’s fourth anniversary with a week of events starting
with Port City Brewing Company’s Colossal Fourth Anniversary Party on
Friday, Jan. 30; Colossal Four Saturday at Port City Brewing Company and
a pub crawl in Dupont on Saturday, Jan. 31; Colossal Sunday in the
Tasting Room, Feb. 1; Colossal Joggers & Lagers with Pacers Running,
Monday, Feb. 2; Colossal Tap Takeover & BeerYoga, Tuesday, Feb. 3; Beer
Science with Doctor Lange and Fourth Anniversary on the Fourth at
Jackson 20, Wednesday, Feb. 4; DC101 FeBREWary Live on Colossal
Thursday and Colossal Port City Pizza Night at RedRocks Old Town,
Thursday, Feb. 5; and Firkin Friday: Colossal Edition, Feb. 6. Visit for a complete list of events.
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not be verified that the head of the
BAR during that era, Mr. Barrow,
and the head of the City Council,
Mr. Spratt, were run out of town
with pitchforks and torches soon
thereafter; nonetheless the endurance of these rumors is instructive.
On the technological front, the
ambiguous feelings the Grantham
family holds towards technological advancement is likely not serving us well.
The Lord Grantham’s hostility to
“the wireless” is reflected in his
city council’s hostility towards
working with Verizon to install
“the FiOS” on our quaint streets,
and in his indifference to working
with all of His Majesty’s utilities
to restart “the undergrounding,”
which was abandoned after a
comic 100 yards. On the upside,
seeing Lady Mary and Lord
Grantham work together to bring
a new business sense to the Manor
shows promise, but a positive outcome is no certain thing. Her recommendation to fire all the chauffeurs and go with “the Uber” is a
particularly risky move.
It is also worth noting that the
arrival of the new head of ACPS,
Ms. Sarah Bunting, shows real
promise. The school board should
take heed, though, of her habit of
offending any occupant of a house
larger than a postbox, and require
that she put that habit in check.
As a final comment, I would like
to join all Alexandrians in greeting to our humble village the recent guests from Russia. We heartily suggest that we welcome them
with the same warmth and open
arms that we offered to our other
recent foreign guests, the British,
in 1814.
Fred Knops
Then and Now
To the Editor:
In the late 1990s, developers
sought to build a significant number of homes on the land surrounding the late Judge Bryant’s
property on King Street. City of
Alexandria officials were concerned that this development
could adversely disrupt the surrounding neighborhoods and detract from the residential character of King Street. As conditions
for the development of the
planned 24 new homes in the
Kings Cloister Circle community,
the city imposed many limitations.
First, the developer was required to invest a considerable
amount of financial resources to
construct a state of the art drainage system with bio-retention areas and storm drains. This system
was primarily to protect Taylor
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Run Parkway homes and other
neighborhoods east of Kings Cloister from the added water runoff
that so much new impervious surface would generate. Next, the city
imposed strict architectural controls on the design of each the 24
homes that would surround the
Judge’s former home. The architectural plan for each house had
to be approved by the city. In addition, for those houses on the new
circle that would back onto King
Street, the city required that they
be designed with a second “false
front” facing King Street as well –
to make sure that they were consistent with the residential character of the homes in the surrounding King Street community.
Finally, the city planners required
that all significant modifications to
the exterior of any of the homes
in this community, be preapproved
by the city to make sure that they
were architecturally consistent
with the character of the area – a
requirement very much still in
When we purchased one of the
homes backing onto King Street in
2003, we did so with an understanding of, and an appreciation
for, these restrictions. We understood that they were designed to
protect the residential character of
this part of King Street, and while
they imposed limitations on us as
individual homeowners, they provided us, and the greater community, the benefits of stability and
predictability as well.
That was then, when city planning officials focus was on making sure that development in Alexandria was consistent with the
character of the communities in
which we lived. Unfortunately, we
now seem to live in a far more
commercial “now.” Much has been
said in recent months about the
development issues now confronting the city’s residents. Last week’s
Letter to the Editor entitled
“Spending Spiral’s Effect on Elections?” fully captures my feelings
on the direction that city officials
have chosen to take in pursuit of
developer dollars. While I do not
know that letter’s author, I share
her view on the inappropriateness
of the Woodbine expansion as the
latest chapter in the city’s quest for
all things commercial. When we
moved to this community in 2003,
we knew Ivy Hill Cemetery was
our quiet and stately neighbor, and
next to it was a vacant residential
lot that we were told was zoned
for up to four houses.
The city planners that were so
cautious on the planning of the
King’s Cloister community 15
years ago would have never let a
project of the magnitude of the
new Woodbine be wedged into a
small residential lot. Obviously
Photo by Louise Krafft/ Gazette Packet
From Page 10
acknowledge that times are changing, and perhaps adapt to these
changing times. With that stated,
it is important to recognize when
our patron and his family are serving us well, or conversely when
they have hindered, this small
First of all I want to address reports Lady Mary and the Lord
Gillingham were seen leaving
Gadsby’s Tavern, with luggage,
together. While the reports may be
credible, rumors that their untoward if acrobatic dalliances may
have caused the recent burst pipes
and flooding in that noble building are to be disregarded as idle
gossip. Similarly, statements that
it was Lady Mary’s icy heart that
froze the pipes will also be disregarded by the gentler members of
this community as unnecessarily
On the other hand, we must applaud the behavior of our Lord and
Lady Grantham. Lady Grantham’s
recent tour of the Torpedo Factory
Art Center, accompanied by their
head curator, is to be congratulated. Her commentary that it
seems “a bit the same” is worthy
of note. Say what you will of her
constant sideways glances and
just-ate-a-lemon pucker smirk, her
suggestion that perhaps artists be
limited to five years, and be required to show up from time to
time, is worthy of note. Being invited to work at this facility is not
a royal appointment.
We must also applaud Lord
Grantham and Mr. Carson finding
common ground to create a memorial to our recent war, and deciding that a location on our main
street is the right solution. We
would recommend Schuters Hill as
the correct location for a memorial. We trust that the proposed
memorial will avoid too gaudy of
a design, and of course should be
of a respectable and humble
Most importantly we all applaud
Lord Grantham’s firm statement
that “I will not build 50 modern
houses” on the Alexandria Waterfront. This shows real wisdom.
Apparently he has taken heed of
the example provided by the noble
Captain John Harper, who purchased a number of lots and built
a historically-sensitive series of
houses on the north side of Prince
Street at the end of the 18th century. This street is now universally
admired and is named Captain’s
Row in his honor; Lord Grantham
has also surely noted the example
the recent unfortunate “troubles,”
recently referred to as urban development, which gave us such ignoble buildings as the sickly yellow Tavern Square and the gravestone-like Alexandria House. It can
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2:36 p.m., Jan. 21, Alexandria National Cemetery
city planning officials now have
different priorities. It is increasingly clear in those priorities
where the residents and the voters fit. As was so aptly stated in
last week’s letter, it is an “increasingly important reality that 2015
is a City Council election year.”
Jacqueline G. Arends
For the City
To the Editor:
One wonders why citizens don’t
have a say on who becomes city
My question is why Acting City
Manager Mark Jinks has not been
appointed as permanent city manager since he has been a deputy
city manager and acting city manager.
Often it seems that our city managers only stay for two or three
years and then Jinks steps in to
manage the city until someone else
is hired.
For the past 10 years or so, Mark
Jinks seems to have done a good
job. I just wonder: Would Mark
Jinks like to have or hold such
position as our city manager?
Why has such a person who has
stood and upheld our city not been
appointed for this position?
With no disrespect: Are our city
Geri Baldwin
City Stadium
Within Reach
To the Editor:
With all the negative news on
the city’s budget issues, with
schools in disrepair, with accusations of moving money in budget
transfers , and finding money out
of nowhere with project cost overruns I am desperate for some positive news. I feel like things are out
of control. I feel like we need
something to break the negativity
we needed something positive,
something earth shattering.
Citizens of Alexandria, the city
has recently received a special gift
that they have not shared with you
so let me be the first to share the
news. The city was given a wellpositioned, fully turfed field complete with lights already installed
and ready for use. Let me repeat
that again the city has a field
which can be converted into a city
See Letters, Page 19
for all of our stigma as the only
public school in the area with no
lights — then folks this is it. This
opportunity to customize the stadium will close soon as construction is nearing an end. Remember
this is a city stadium not the Taj
Mahal so we will look to manage
additional expenses and finishes
unlike the other structures we
have built before (Jefferson-Houston, T.C. Williams). At a cost of less
than $1 million this gift is too good
to pass up in a time of budget uncertainty-bordering on crisis. For
once the benefits do outweigh the
expense. So do it, there are no
other spaces left to choose from
in this city, just do it. Now!
William A. Goff
Out of Control
To the Editor:
Building a new Metro in
Potomac Yard is a waste of money.
But unless an intervention occurs
to break a serious spending habit,
our mayor and his rubberstamp
council will waste your money and
others’ too. They are addicted to
using Alexandria’s creditworthiness to borrow until the cows
come home.
Thanks to insider help from a
passel of Democrats in state office,
including Potomac Yard Metro advocate and former council member Krupicka, they are now poised
to put our city further into debt.
And what is this new debt for? It
will pay roughly 20 percent of the
cost of a new Metro within
Potomac Yard, a new community
in Alexandria which is still a-building.
To a discerning reader, you will
wonder why this new community
deserves a Metro anyway. It’s conveniently located between two as
it is, National Airport and
Braddock Road. For the residents
of Potomac Yard, these two Metro
stations are a healthy walk for
some, a short bike ride for others
and a pleasant bus ride for the rest.
So what’s the justification to
push Alexandria deeper into debt?
Short answer: The city believes a
Metro will engender more revenue
for it to spend. Where from, you
ask? Why from taxing the additional structures, their occupants,
businesses and their cars that a
new Metro is expected to attract
to its vicinity. In other words, it’s
another bet: More Density Now for
Maybe More Future Dollars.
Here’s what’s guaranteed if a
new Metro is built: Your taxes will
go up, up; more structures will be
built; more people will occupy
them; more schools will be required for their offspring; more
Realizing Her Dream
By Katharine Dixon
CEO, Rebuilding Together Alexandria
014 was life-changing for Elizabeth, who
works as a travel specialist. She is one of
15 Alexandria residents who became
homeowners last year through A Home of Your
Own, a Rebuilding Together Alexandria program
offered in partnership with the City of Alexandria as part of its Neighborhood
Rebuilding Stabilization
Through the program, we reTogether ceived a revolving grant to purAlexandria chase foreclosed or short sale
properties, rehab them, and sell
them to income eligible, qualifying homebuyers.
Every sale we make, allows us to buy another
house. Each property is fixed up by our volunteers, creating instant equity for buyers of 5.2
percent on average. Already, Rebuilding Together
has been able to help seven first-time, low income buyers — and their families — become
homeowners, including Elizabeth.
The idea of becoming a homeowner was part
of Elizabeth’s plan for some time. She fondly remembers the three-level house where she grew
up. Neighbors knew neighbors and held block
parties. She walked to school from this home,
which was also close to church.
In fact, 12 years ago she applied for the city’s
First Time Buyer’s Certification and kept reapplying every year. But life events kept this longtime Alexandria resident from realizing her
dream. She had to put her plan on hold to care
for her grandmother, since family is always a priority for her.
In summer of 2013, the time was right. She
applied again and learned about the A Home of
Your Own program and started working with one
of our program officers. Through the program,
she took classes where she learned what it meant
to be a homeowner, including how to put together
a budget for a home. Once completed, she went
through the process of getting financing and finding one of the available properties that fit her
needs and budget.
This past summer, she moved into an adorable
home — completely rehabbed by Rebuilding To-
cars will be on Alexandria’s finite
number of roads and, to add insult to injury, Metro travelers will
experience a further delay from
having to stop at a new station.
What’s the payoff by allowing
our elected officials to make this
bet that increases our taxes, debt,
density and delay? I don’t know
either. But I do know the ideal intervention: Put into office fiscally
responsible representatives replacing the borrow, spend and tax addicts now in place, especially the
mayor. They’re are outta control.
Jimm Roberts
Legacy of
Donated Books
To the Editor:
Photo Contributed
From Page 18
stadium to showcase T.C. Williams
High School sporting events which
would include football, soccer and
lacrosse, something the city has
coveted since 2005. You now have
the potential for a city stadium.
Can you believe it! I can hear those
soccer and lacrosse associations,
those semi- pro football teams, as
well as the recreation department
screaming for joy.
Let me explain. The Clark Construction Company is currently
constructing a water treatment
plant in the Eisenhower Avenue
corridor approximately one-quarter mile from the Hoffman Theater
area. The entire infrastructure of
this project will be finished to include field lights, a turfed field and
any necessary accessory lighting as
well as shrubbery and fences.
There is ample street parking adjacent to the field, there are parking lots adjacent to businesses in
the area and there is a multi-tiered
outside parking garage some four
blocks away and the field is within
walking distance to Metro. The
stadium is directly accessible to
major highways and the project
should be completed by October
of this year. How about homecoming at the new stadium this year?
Listen, the project estimate to
place lights at T.C. Williams is
grossly underestimated as is customary with School Board. The figure of $4.5 million is a guesstimate
not an estimate. A more reasonable estimate based upon the previous 50-60 percent under-budgeting of tennis lights and the construction of T.C. Williams High
school would yield an estimate of
$6,750,000 -$7,200,000 to play a
game or eat a hot dog on that field
at night. I am not an architect nor
a builder but I would bet that the
cost to finish the Eisenhower field
— including a press box , a
scoreboard, a sound system,
grandstands and a concession
area, all ancillary expenses would
be less than $750,000. Bottom line
you get a city stadium for
$750,000 and save $6 million-plus
which could be well spent on funding school repairs and renovations,
repairing playgrounds at Maury
and Mount Vernon schools and
expanding the academic development of our students. This is a big
deal! When was the City Council
going to inform us of this good
So if the city really cares about
Friday night lights which will bring
our city together (School Board
member Bill Campbell’s words)
and reward our athletes by attracting scouts so as to promote scholarships (Bill Campbell’s words
again), aid and abet our students
development, and rid us once and
Rehabbed house became first-time
buyer’s home.
gether Alexandria volunteers — that has a welcoming, yellow front door — her favorite color.
She has now settled in and met her neighbors and
describes the kitchen as her favorite room.
Elizabeth says being a homeowner means “having something of your own to put down roots …
it gives a great sense of pride and security.” And
perhaps best of all, she is now able to tell her families and friends: “Come to my house!”
For more information about the program, visit Interested buyers can also join the online eNews (Affordable
Housing Opportunities subscription) at
We write to offer the warmest
feelings of gratitude to the Alexandria community for their generous support during last month’s
season of giving.
I’m on the board of the
DreamDog Foundation, a 501c 3
organization that operates a handful of programs aimed at supporting Alexandria’s youth.
One of our most successful
projects is the Alexandria Book
Shelf. This program distributes
gently used children’s books at 35
sites throughout the city of Alexandria.
A 2010 study by the University
of Nevada, Reno found that regardless of whether you’re rich or
poor, the child of barely literate
parents or college graduates, having books in the home will increase the level of education that
children attain.
And that’s what Alexandria Book
Shelf does – provides children access to books all year long. Our
goal is to create a whirlwind of literacy – to put good books in the
hands of all children. And this holiday season, thanks to the generous support of Alexandria residents, we gave more than 5,000
books to our at-risk children – part
of more than 60,000 free books we
have distributed this year. We recently launched similar programs
in both Arlington and in Washington, D.C. We’d also like to thank
the Potomac Yards Barnes and
Noble for making us their December book drive recipient and for
Alexandria’s Boutique District
holding a back-to-school book
drive for our program, as well as
See Letters, Page 22
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Alexandria Gazette Packet Sports Editor Jon Roetman
703-752-4031 or [email protected]
TC Gymnastics Has Sights Set on Regional Berth
Defending conference champs field 2nd complete team in 3 decades.
By Jon Roetman
Gazette Packet
Lager placed fifth in the all-around
“Holland was really good last year and
she carried us and she’s gone now,” Lager
said, “but I think we’re still really good as a
Titans head coach Pete Novgrod said Lake
Braddock is considered the favorite to win
the conference title, though T.C. Williams,
South County and West Springfield could
challenge for the championship and one of
two regional berths.
“I think they can make regionals,”
Novgrod said of the Titans. “I think it’s going to come down to a three-way battle,
maybe four.”
Girard, the defending conference beam
champion, was the only gymnast competing for T.C. Williams during her freshman
year in 2011-12. Girard said she’s pleased
the Titans were able to field another complete team.
“It’s my senior year and I was hoping that
we’d finish out with a whole team so we’d
have a chance to go further than districts,”
she said. “It’s exciting that it didn’t end so
Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
or the second time in three decades, the T.C. Williams gymnastics program is fielding a complete
team, which requires a minimum
of four competitors.
In 2014, TC’s first full team since the
1980s captured the Conference 7 championship, crushing second-place Woodson by
more than 10 points. This year, despite the
graduation of conference all-around champion Holland Cathey, the Titans are hoping
to secure one of the conference’s two regional berths during the Conference 7
championship meet on Feb. 4 at Lake
Braddock Secondary School.
Part of what made the 2014 T.C. Williams
team so strong was each of the four gymnasts competed for the same club team —
the Arlington Aerials. After Cathey’s graduation left TC with three gymnasts, the Titans looked to another Aerials teammate to
complete the roster — Minnie Howard
freshman Schyler Vander Schaaf.
Vander Schaaf joined seniors Grace Girard
and Jordan Mambert, and sophomore
Cailyn Lager.
“I knew I had to [join the Titans] because
they wouldn’t have a team without me, so
I’d feel really bad if I said no,” Vander Schaaf
said. “I always knew that I could do it.”
Like last season, the Titans have not consistently had four gymnasts compete during regular-season meets. However, TC has
won each of the three meets this season in
which it had a complete team.
On Jan. 22, TC won a six-team meet at
West Potomac High School, posting a score
of 134.475. Westfield finished second
(124.7), followed by West Potomac
(112.225), Thomas Jefferson (104.725),
Falls Church (81.025) and Centreville
Lager won the all-around (35.025),
Girard placed second (34.9) and Mambert
was third (34.325).
Two days later, Lager, Mambert and
Vander Schaaf competed in the Barbara
Reinwald Invitational at Washington-Lee
High School. The Titans placed third as a
team (top-three format) with a score of
97.725, finishing behind W-L and Yorktown.
Cailyn Lager helped the T.C. Williams gymnastics team win the
2014 Conference 7 championship.
1,700 To Participate in MidAtlantic Erg Sprints
D.C. United
Academy player
and T.C. Williams senior
seen last season
as a junior, was
named to the
U.S. U18 men’s
national team’s
roster for a
tournament in
Mexico. The
U.S. begins play
Friday, Jan. 30.
Gazette Packet file photo
TC’s Williamson Named to
U18 Men’s National Team Roster
semifinals are scheduled for Feb. 6, and
the championship game is Feb. 7.
The tournament includes three groups
of five teams.
Williamson competed in two friendly
matches for the U18 team in December.
He joined the D.C. United Academy in
the summer of 2014 and scored a U18
team-high 10 goals in 11 matches during the fall.
As a junior, Williamson led the T.C.
Williams boys’ soccer team to the VHSL
6A state championship in the spring of
2014. He scored a goal in the Titans’ 2-0
state final victory over Washington-Lee,
and netted a hat trick against C.D. Hylton
during a 6-2 win in the state semifinals.
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Robinson, T.C. Williams, Walt Whitman,
Bishop O’Connell, Gonzaga, Woodrow Wilson, Washington Lee, Oakton, Sidwell
Friends, Bishop Ireton, National Cathedral,
James Madison, St. Albans, St. Stephen’s &
St. Agnes and Episcopal. Universities that
will be represented include Liberty, George
Mason, Maryland, Catholic, Georgetown,
St. John’s, University of Miami, and the
Naval Academy.
The MidAtlantic Erg Sprints are hosted
by the Alexandria Crew Boosters, the Alexandria City Public Schools, and T.C/ Williams High School. More than 250 local volunteers will staff the event, and more than
20 exhibitors and vendors will be present.
Photo contributed
.C. United Academy player and
T.C. Williams senior Eryk
Williamson was named to the
U.S. Under-18 men’s national soccer
team’s 20-player roster for the 2015
Copa Chivas Internacional tournament
in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The United States, competing in Group
A, will open play against Monarcas
Morelia at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 before facing Cruzeiro Esporte Clube at 10
a.m. on Jan. 31, Club Tijuana at 10 a.m.
on Feb. 2 and Club Deportivo
Universidad Catolica at 10 a.m. on Feb.
The top eight seeds advance to the
quarterfinals, which begin Feb. 5. The
he MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, the 30th
iteration of this annual event, will
be held at T.C. Williams High School
in Alexandria this Saturday, Jan. 31.This
year’s competition will feature more than
1,700 athletes from 135 teams in 13 states
and the District of Columbia.
The competition will feature more than
100 events for junior, college, and masters
rowers, as well as events designed for lightweight rowers, coxswains, parent/child
teams and children. The Erg Sprints will
also feature events for adaptive rowers —
a category specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. Rowers considering their future options and looking for tips
on fitness and nutrition can attend one of
two seminars on Rowing in College and
Beyond. Olympians Esther Lofgren,
Giuseppe Lanzone and Linda Miller, along
with other top collegiate rowers and
coaches, will provide advice and answer
questions at the seminars.
Races will begin at 8 a.m.; the final event
will be held at 4:30 p.m. Among the most
anticipated races are the junior 2,000 meter
competitions at 1:30 p.m., the college and
open 2,000-meter races at 2:30 p.m., the
Adaptive Rowers’ events at 3:20 p.m., and
the relay and 500-meter sprints championships at 4:20 p.m. The seminars will take
place at 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
A brief ceremony to commemorate the
30th anniversary of the MidAtlantic Erg
Sprints will take place around 1:30 p.m.
More than 135 teams will compete at the
MidAtlantic Sprints, including high school
and university rowers. High schools with
the largest participations include Yorktown,
Approximately 1,700 athletes from
135 teams will compete at the
2015 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, to be
held at T.C. Williams High School
in Alexandria on Jan. 31. It is the
second-largest indoor rowing
competition in the country and the
largest for high school athletes.
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314, on or before 3:00 pm, February 18,
2015. The time of receipt shall be determined by the time clock
stamp in the Procurement office. Proposals appropriately received will be opened and the names of the firms responding
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All questions must be submitted before 1:00 p.m., February 11,
2015. If necessary, an addendum will be issued and posted to
the ACPS web site. No proposals may be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days after the opening of proposals except as
may be set forth in the RFI. ACPS reserves the right to cancel
this RFI and/or reject any or all proposals and to waive
any informalities in any proposal.
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Worth Preserving
To the Editor:
Here we go again. Again, the owner of
the Old Town Theatre wants to convert the
building to retail use, totally altering the
interior of the building to two floors for retail use. This would mean the irreversible
loss of Alexandria’s only historic theater.
Luckily there will be a public hearing on
Feb. 3 at the Planning Commission, as he is
required to get a a special use permit to
expand the floor area ratio in the building.
I first opposed removing the vestiges of
the theater in place of the theater marquee
and ticket booth at a Board of Architectural
meeting. At the time the owner proposed
replacing them with plain glass doors. I
opposed it because there would be no hint
that the building was ever a theater without any evidence of its historic use. If this
SUP is allowed I will not be surprised to
see a proposal to remove the marquee and
ticket booth again. If it is not a theater then
what is the point of these? At the Board of
Architectural Review I did not discuss the
interior of the building, because the interior is not the purview of the board. But it
was “due to public efforts” as the SUP report says, from myself and others, that I
believe the owner realized there was interest in having a theater. But now it seems
like because of failed efforts to operate it,
which involved a mixed variety of programming, we should give in and lose what is
In the report it says “Staff is aware that
the loss of the 100-year old theater use is
not an ideal situation, but this project, and
the potential change of use, is a result of
the current state of single-auditorium the-
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aters throughout America that have great
difficulty remaining viable. The loss of theaters along America’s Main Streets is prevalent in towns and cities across the country
resulting from changes in movie projection
methods and consumer behaviors as well
as the limited resources available for performing arts projects.” This is definitely not
an ideal situation and should be of concern
to all our historic boards, commissions and
organizations. The owner did an outstanding job of renovating the theater, but operating a theater, especially at a profit, is definitely difficult. So should we join the ranks
of all those other cities that have lost there
theaters, or can we be more creative about
finding a solution? What if there was a different model than a for-profit model, and
the city were to purchase the theater from
the present owner? We know the Torpedo
Factory Arts Center attracts visitors, and
Metro Stage does a marvelous job in North
Old Town, and for a short time a theater
was considered as part of the Waterfront
Plan. We have a venue on the West End of
the city, the Schlessinger Center, where the
Alexandria Symphony plays. Would this be
succesful if it was not supported by the city,
and had to run at a profit? I doubt it would
exist. The arts are a draw and a showcase
that can bring communnity together. An arts
venue can bring visitors to Old Town who
will shop and dine, support stores, and bring
revenue through sales taxes. It would be a
great venue for First Night, Chirstmas concerts or film festivals. The city is able to
spend $5 million to buy the Old Dominion
Boat Club, build a $45 million school a few
blocks from the theater, and is considering
spending $250 million or more on a Metro
Station. I believe the Old Town Theater
would be also be an economic asset for the
city. I also suspect that there would be many
grants available if it was run as a non-profit
than as a for profit venture.
And for those of you who might say,
“There he goes again!” I want to let you
know that I am not advocating for this theater because I want a theater to go to, but
because I think it is in the long-term interest of Alexandria to maintain it. Visitors to
Alexandria come primarily because of its
history, and heritage tourists, as they are
called, spend three times as much and stay
three times as long. If Alexandria is no
longer a unique place to visit and there is
another retail in place of our theater, we
will lose in the long term. This theater is
100 years old, and is surely a part of our
history worth preserving.
Boyd Walker
Tale of Two
Historic Districts
To the Editor:
On Jan. 21, the Board of Architectural
Review (BAR) conducted its
5th Concept Review of the EYA Robinson
Terminal South redevelopment. Outside of
the door leading to the hearing chamber
the developer’s representatives passed out
“Revitalize the Waterfront” badges to many
who did not even live in the Old and Historic District.
However, the real issue is that BAR mem-
bers are appointed by the desperate, developer-loving City Council, which approves
every large development without any meaningful concessions. The motivation behind
this rubber stamping of developments is to
increase the tax base to offer some relief
from the city’s half billion dollar debt, and
its annual $64 million debt service.
This desperation is the motivation behind
stacking the BAR with individuals who will
support unconstrained development. At the
end of this hearing, the BAR chairman
stated that although 10 citizens had spoken against the development, 17 had endorsed it, so it must be a good development
plan. And that’s the way they voted.
It is glaringly apparent that EYA has no
intention to alter the mass, scale,
flat roofs and general inappropriateness
of this particular development. They have
only “tweaked” the setbacks on the hulking
Wolfe Street condo building, but as of yet,
they have done nothing to the other monolithic buildings directly on the waterfront.
These buildings drastically alter the
riverscape and aerial view of Alexandria’s
Old and Historic District because they evoke
National Harbor, which is a unique and
separate venue without any connection to
Old Town except for the water taxi.
The Wolfe Street condo should be relocated to the middle of the development, or
over to Duke Street opposite the Carr Hotel, while bisecting or trisecting the two
other oversized condo buildings on the
waterfront. In addition, the 26 redundantly
grouped town houses, (which replicate the
Lofts development opposite the Wythe
Street Post Office) have no connectivity to
the historic waterfront. Nothing in this particular development is connected to anything in the Old and Historic District except for 2 Duke Street itself.
The real sad commentary on this entire
process is that EYA tossed a very small bone
to the citizens by providing some minor
setbacks on the upper floors of the Wolfe
Street condo building, while keeping the
egregious mass and scale of the entire development.
As a contrast, Charleston, S.C. is a city
that is comparable to Alexandria in many
ways. It too, is on the water, and it has an
Old and Historic District. It also has significant development pressures, but the mayor
(Joseph P. Riley Jr.) knows how to shepherd
developments in his historic area. He ensures that all new buildings fit in or connect somehow to the Historic District, and
he respectfully regards his historic district
with a touch of reverence due to its place
in history. Also, since its tourism is greatly
dependent on retaining the historic character of Charleston, it was the first city in
the nation to be covered by a preservation
ordinance. When one compares the careful
stewardship of Charleston to the reckless
squandering of the historic nature of Old
Town Alexandria by the City Council and
its minions, it is apparent that Alexandria
is in for a long and slow process of killing
the goose that laid the golden egg, and in
due course, the Old and Historic district will
become a meaningless jumble of buildings
that few will want to visit.
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Alexandria, VA 22305
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