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City Council members set to make
trade-offs as budget deadline nears.
By Michael Lee Pope
Gazette Packet
For the final awards presentation at the 2014
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Valor
Awards on April 17, 18 public safety officers including Officer Peter Laboy took a
place on and around the stage. Emcee Julie Carey, Northern Virginia News4 bureau
chief, described the events of Feb. 27, 2013 where Alexandria Police Officer Peter
Laboy received a critical gunshot wound and the efforts of the combined departments that succeeded in apprehending the suspect and stabilizing and transporting Officer Laboy to the hospital for emergency treatment. The following officers
were honored for their teamwork and valor: Officer Peter Laboy, Gold Medal;
Officer Frank Powers, Certificate of Valor; Medic Frederick Koerner, Life Saving
Award; Medic Michael Kohrt, Life Saving Award; Medic Tracy Earlenbaugh, Life
Saving Award; Medic Jason Cage, Life Saving Award; Medic Robert Honaker, Life
Saving Award; Firefighter Dale Barr, Life Saving Award; Firefighter Timothy Curley,
Life Saving Award; Captain Phil Perry, Life Saving Award; Firefighter Christopher
Smith, Life Saving Award; Police Sergeant Daniel Pang, Silver Medal; Officer Mark
Yawornicky, Silver Medal; Officer Jon Hartle, Silver Medal; Officer Kammy Stern,
Silver Medal; Sergeant Kevin Chittick, Bronze Medal; Medic Sergeant Tim Ryan,
Certificate of Valor, and Agent Jennifer Anderson, Certificate of Valor. More photos
on page 8.
Men and Women of Valor
See Money, Page 3
Who’s Trailing Beyer?
By Michael Lee Pope
Gazette Packet
ampaign finance documents show that former
Lt. Gov. Don Beyer
crushed the nine other candidates
in the hotly contested Democratic
primary. But who came in second
place? That depends on how you
want to count the numbers.
If second place means the candidate who came in second place
in terms of total contributions, that
honor goes to former Urban
League of Northern Virginia presi-
dent Lavern Chatman. But if second place means the second largest war chest of cash on hand, the
answer is radio personality Mark
Levine. Then again, if the silver
medal goes to the candidate who
took in the second largest amount
of money, that distinction belongs
to former Navy pilot Bruce
Shuttleworth. On the other hand,
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille issued
a press release claiming he was in
second place, only to later explain
that meant he raised the second
highest amount of money that did
See Who'sTrailing, Page 24
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Emcee Julie Carey, Police Chief
Earl Cook, Officers Trevor
Griffin and Hayden Johnson,
and Secretary of Public Safety
Brian Moran. On Dec. 28,
around 1:30 a.m. Officers
Trevor Griffin and Hayden
Johnson are credited for
apprehending and ultimately
saving a suspect’s life when
the suspect put himself in a
life-threatening situation. Both
officers received the Life
Saving Award.
Candidates elbow each other out
of the way to secure second place.
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Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
As Secretary of Public Safety Brian
Moran looks on, Police Chief Earl
Cook presents the Silver Medal of
Valor for Officer Raymond Golden
to Sergeant Daniel Briel. On March
16, Officer Golden encountered an
extremely dangerous subject who
was out of control and threatening
the lives of innocent citizens. Given
the situation and ineffectiveness of
the initial Taser deployment, Golden
would have been justified in escalating his force options accessible
to him. Golden is credited for saving not only the citizens from harm,
but also the life of the subject by
using the least amount of force to
effect an arrest.
estoring the controversial cut the city manager made to the senior tax relief program
will cost $1.3 million. But School
Board members are pushing for an
additional $2.4 million to address
growing enrollment. That means
City Council members are going to
have to strike a balance between
the two competing interests,
weighing the need to help seniors
against the needs of students.
“There’s just not enough money
to do all of it,” said Alexandria
Mayor Bill Euille. “But we still
have some time to fine tune it.”
Fine tuning the budget could
prove difficult, especially after a
heated budget work session this
week when council members
clashed repeatedly over the senior
tax relief program. The Elderly and
Disabled Real Estate Tax Relief
Program is available for residents
who are 65 years of age or older
or are permanently and totally disabled. Councilwoman Del Pepper
argued that cutting the program
would harm seniors who depend
on the tax relief program to make
ends meet.
“I just think that it’s totally inappropriate for us to be doing anything less than this,” said Pepper.
“This is something that’s tremendously valuable to seniors.”
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Alexandria Gazette Editor Steven Mauren
703-778-9415 or [email protected]
Council Notebook
Stalled Train
Fire Next Time
The heated debate over Engine 204 has extinguished, at least for
now. But another firestorm may erupt when City Council members take
up the budget next year.
At issue is Engine 204, which is currently located at the city’s Powhatan
Park headquarters on Second Street. City Manager Rashad Young suggested that it be moved to a new fire station on Eisenhower Avenue.
But neighborhood residents objected, raising concerns about their safety.
Now City Council members have reached a compromise — keep Engine 204 at its current location but move a roving medic unit.
“We heard quite clearly from the community some real concerns about
moving that engine,” said Councilman Justin Wilson. “So this allows
us to deal with some of the most dire issues we have on the West End,
which are medic issues, but we’re putting off dealing with the fire suppression issues.”
Taxed Twice
Think twice before increasing the tax rate.
That’s the advice members of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory
Council are giving to City Council members this year in their annual
report. In a section headlined “Future Forecasts and Tax Rate Projection,” the report warns about the city’s current trajectory. Unless the
economy grows at an unexpected rate, council members will need to
consider tax rate increases on top of increases from real estate assessments every year for the next five years.
“Since taxpayers will likely see increased taxes from rising property
values already,” the report concludes, “adjusting the tax rate up to balance the budget is, in essence, asking Alexandria citizens to pay twice.”
Under the Canopy
In politics, as in life, timing is everything. So when elected leaders
gathered on Earth Day to conduct the city’s legislative business, one of
the items on the agenda was a presentation about all the environmental programs the city has to foster sustainability. One environmental
indicator was a bit shady, though — percent tree canopy. The chart
showed that the city currently has 33 percent tree canopy, although it
didn’t say whether that was an increase or a decrease. City officials
said they changed their methodology on collating the information, and
they wanted to make sure they were comparing apples to apples.
“It’s not going up,” acknowledged Bill Skrabak, director of the Office
of Environmental Quality. “It’s in a downward trend.”
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg said Atlanta has focused attention on
its tree canopy and suggested that Alexandria should do the same,
adding that trees contribute to mental health.
“There’s a lot of tree canopy here,” joked the mayor, holding up a
156-page docket item on capital spending.
— Michael Lee Pope
City of Alexandria
Planning for a new Metro station at Potomac Yard has been put on
hold over the last year as city leaders try to figure out a way to address
concerns from the National Park Service that the station would violate
a scenic easement. As a result, Alexandria officials have been working
with railroad giant CSX to figure out a way to acquire some of its land
to move the tracks in a way that would protect the scenic easement for
Alternative B, a location behind the Target store.
Now, after months of research and calculations, that scenario is becoming clear. And it’s not a pretty picture.
This week, Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks told City Council members that acquiring the land to move the tracks would cost about $83
million, a process that would add three years to the timeline. It would
also eat into part of the development, which estimated would cost the
city at least $50 million in lost tax revenue. That’s an additional $133
million, plus the years it would delay the opening of the station. Councilman Tim Lovain suggested that would be an argument for Alternative A, which is at the northern edge of Potomac Greens.
“I think it’s pretty clear we’re going to end up with A,” said Lovain.
“Clearly Alternative B is the not advantageous for our long-term economic development perspective,” responded Councilman Paul
Smedberg. “One could argue why should we build it at all of it’s going
to be in the middle of a residential development?”
Tempers flare during a budget work session between Councilman Paul
Smedberg, left, and Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, center right.
Money for Seniors or Students
From Page 1
CITY MANAGER Rashad Young’s proposed
budget would save $1.3 million by cutting the
program from $3.3 million to $2 million, a 40
percent reduction in a program aimed at helping some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
To accomplish the reduction, city leaders plan to
deny tax relief to those who have assets worth
more than $500,000. Budget officials say some
of the people who currently participate in the
program have houses worth $1.5 million, which
means they receive about $16,000 in tax abatement each year.
“We have people who own a $1.5 million house
who pay zero real-estate tax,” said Wilson.
“That’s because they are house poor,” responded Pepper.
Currently, individuals are eligible for the program if their household assets do not exceed
$540,000, although the assessed value of the
property owned is not considered an asset. The
city manager’s plan would change the definition
of “asset” to include property owned by an applicant and eliminate tax relief eligibility for any
individual owning property worth more than
“In total, the assistance of senior housing is
being more means tested to be focused on lower
income people, especially renters,” said Councilman Tim Lovain. “And, yes, this would take
away some of the privilege for middle-income
THE DEBATE over the senior tax relief created
some of the most intense moments during the
work session, and the discussion grew so heated
at one point that the mayor had to step in and
try to cool tempers. Sparks flew when Vice Mayor
Allison Silberberg referenced a study from the
Community Foundation of Northern Virginia that
indicated the population of seniors in Alexandria would continue to grow in the coming years.
“I cannot stand the idea of balancing the budget on the backs of our seniors,” said Silberberg.
Councilman Paul Smedberg suggested that city
officials should require participants in the program to establish residency in the city before participating in the program. Silberberg suggested
that approach assumed seniors were being “conniving” by moving to the city in order to take advantage of the program.
“I didn’t say that, Allison,” responded Smedberg.
“Yes you did,” she responded.
“You use rhetoric that is so … Yea, we’re really
balancing the budget on the backs of seniors,” he
shot back. “That’s not rhetoric? Give me a break.”
CITY SCHOOLS’ enrollment projections continue to rise in the next few years. In the next
year, school officials estimate, enrollment will
grow from 13,623 to 14,171. That’s an additional
548 students, a 4 percent increase. Elementary
school enrollment accounts for most of that
growth, with an additional 376 students entering grades Kindergarten through fifth grade in the
upcoming school year. School leaders say handling
that increase will require money.
“Before we even brought our budget to you, we
cut $6.4 million,” School Board Chairwoman
Karen Graf told City Council members. “So we
really are trying to look at where we can find savings.” The city manager’s proposal included an
additional $5 million for the school system, increasing the transfer to the schools from $234.9
million to $248.9 million That’s a 2 percent increase. School leaders are asking for another $2.4
million, which they say they need to handle the
growing needs of the public schools. Council
members have signaled they are willing to add
some money for Alexandria City Public Schools,
ranging from Councilman John Chapman’s proposal to add $800,000 to Councilman Tim
Lovain’s suggestion that the elected leaders add
$1.6 million. “I’m still a little unclear how the
additional $2.5 million is going to be targeted and
used,” said Smedberg. “I thought about putting
my $1 million in contingent reserve until we had
a specific idea back.”
City Hall for Sale?
By Michael Lee Pope
Gazette Packet
hould city taxpayers fork over $50 million to renovate City Hall? Or should a
new $100 million facility be constructed somewhere else, opening the door
for a developer to transform the historic building? That’s the question that will be confronting City Council in the coming years as elected
officials decide whether or not they want to
invest in fixing the building.
“Maybe a private developer will pay hun
See City Leaders, Page 24
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4201 Ormond Ave. Stately custom built 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath brick colonial with
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Photos by Veronica Bruno/The Connection
Maia Cali and Kit Vontz (with bunny ears on), both
from Alexandria, took a moment afterwards to inspect
their eggs as the weather warmed up.
Weather Doesn’t Spoil Easter Egg Fun
he youngsters braved the
winter chill at Great
Waves Park at Cameron
Run in Alexandria on Wednesday,
April 16. Egg hunters came out in
all kinds of winter coats, hats and
gloves to protect themselves from
the artic chill as they hunted for
colored eggs along the mini-golf
course. Eggs were found along the
hills, near golf holes and all along
the course path. The Easter bunny
was on hand to greet the guests.
Although the cold weather forced
the cancellation of the rest of the
activities, most youngsters went
home with full baskets of eggs. The
Northern Virginia Regional Park
Authority had sponsored the
Maisy Alford, 5, from
Vienna and Leah Manes, 2,
displayed their egg hunt
Vivian Baker from Alexandria made quick work of
the hunt with a full basket
of eggs.
— Veronica Bruno
Carol Cahiri from Falls Church celebrated her find.
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Bulletin Board
Email announcements to [email protected] Deadline is
Thursday by noon. Photos welcome.
Author Talk. 7 p.m. at the Lee-Fendall
House, 614 Oronoco St. “Free Market
Warrior” author Loren Spivack
keynotes the Commonwealth
Republican Women’s Club Spring
Program. Buffet at 7 p.m.,
presentation at 7:45. Visit
Candidate Forum. 7-9 p.m. at
Antioch Church of Christ, 1120
Queen St. Candidate forum for 8th
Congressional District sponsored by
Alexandria NAACP. Visit
Condo Living Class. 7-9 p.m. at The
Station at Potomac Yard, 650 Maskell
St. The City and Arlington and
Fairfax Counties will host a two-hour
“Understanding Condominium
Living” class. Free, seating is limited.
Confirm attendance at 703-746-4990
or email
[email protected]
Absentee Voting Begins. For the
June 10 Democratic primary election
for U.S. House of Representative. To
determine eligibility and get more
information, visit http:// or call
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Awards Ceremony. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at
Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman
Park Drive, Alexandria. The City of
Alexandria Environmental Policy
Commission and Alexandria Renew
Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria
Sanitation Authority) are seeking
nominees for the Sixth Annual Ellen
Pickering Environmental Excellence
Award. Visit http:// for
Drug Take Back Day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
at police headquarters, 3600 Wheeler
Ave.; Del Ray Pharmacy, 2204 Mount
Vernon Ave.; and first Baptist
Church, 2932 King St. Part of a
nationwide initiative to collect
expired, unused and unwanted
prescription drugs and other
medications for destruction. The
service is free and anonymous, no
questions asked.
Political Discussion. 2:30-4:30 p.m.
at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St.
The Northern Virginia Chapter of the
ACLU of Virginia will host a forum on
religious freedom and personal
discrimination and other political
questions. Free, but registration is
required. Visit
Metro Discussion and Dinner. 7:15
p.m. at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower
Metro Center, 2460 Eisenhower Ave.
Agenda:Alexandria presents
“Potomac Yard Metro: On Track or
Off the Rails?” with Kerry Donley,
former Mayor; Frank Fannon, former
City Councilman; Poul Hertel, CoChair Alexandria Federation of Civic
Associations; and Mark Jinks, Deputy
City Manager. Dinner at 6:45 p.m.,
reservations required; $28 members,
$33 nonmembers by April 25; $35
members /$40 nonmembers after
April 25. Program only, $5
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Chamber Presents 2014 Valor Awards
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne congratulates
Deputy Sheriff Charles Poarch after receiving the Lifesaving Award.
Paul Brooks with the Center for Public
Safety Excellence chats with U.S. Park
Police Deputy Chief Patrick Smith and
Fairfax County Assistant Fire Chief Garrett
L. Dyer.
Police Chief Earl Cook and Officer Peter Laboy join in the
applause as the audience gives a standing ovation to all
of the officers involved in the events of Feb. 27, 2013.
Officer Jordan Young receives a Bronze
Medal of Valor from Police Chief Earl Cook.
Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook welcomes Officer Peter Laboy and his wife
Suzanne to the Valor Awards luncheon last
Thursday afternoon.
Officer John Bratelli
received a Bronze
Medal of Valor from
Police Chief Earl
Cook. Behind Officer Bratelli is
Office Jordan Young
who also was
awarded the Bronze
Medal of Valor.
Acting Fire Chief Andrew Snead presents the
Life Saving Award to Captain Joseph Beavan,
Lieutenant David Lukes, Firefighter William
Dunleavy, Firefighter Devon Kuny, Firefighter
Glenn Ross, and Firefighter Ronald Samuel and
the Certificate of Valor to Medics Catherine
Kroohs and Nancy McFadden.
Photos by
Louise Krafft
Gazette Packet
Police Chief Earl Cook presents Officer Douglas Golden
the Bronze medal and Officer Jonathan Griffin the
Certificate of Valor.
Police Chief Earl Cook presents U.S.
Park Police Sergeant Kevin Chittick a
Bronze Medal of Valor. Sergeant Chittick
was in the air and in the area when the
call came out that an officer was down
and there was a lookout for the suspected cab involved. Chittick did a few
sweeps of the area looking for the cab
and then with the help of a U.S. Secret Service agent on board, who was also a helicopter pilot, he landed his helicopter in the school yard at Lyles Crouch Elementary School.
He then transported Officer Laboy to the hospital.
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Acting Alexandria Fire Chief Andrew Snead and Medics
Michael Kohrt and Remi Howell who were awarded the
Life Saving Award.
Bulletin Board
From Page 6
at 703-548-7089 or email
[email protected]
Traffic and Parking Board
Meeting. 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Council
Chambers, City Hall, 301 King St.
Open to the public. View the docket
TrafficParkingBoard. Contact
[email protected] or
Business Workshop. 9-11 a.m. at
625 N. Washington St., Suite 400.
“People & Positive Productivity: How
Effective is Your Organization?”
Patricia Frame of Strategies for
Human Resources presents steps to
create a productive business
environment. Register at Call 703-778-1292 or
Eisenhower West Steering
Committee Meeting. 6:30-8:30
p.m. in the Great Room of the
Cameron Station Clubhouse, 200
Cameron Station Blvd. Discussion of
online survey results. Community
members are welcome to attend and
participate. Visit
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Mohan at 703-746-3850 or
[email protected]
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History Lecture. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St.
Historian and author Patrick O’Neill
presents “The Battle of the White
See Bulletin, Page 14
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Celebrating Creativity, Recovery and Mental Health
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lexandria will open its fourth annual
Art Uniting People celebration and
exhibition on May 7 with several
firsts this year. For the first time the
opening exhibition and reception will take
place at The [email protected] Convergence, a faith community that explores the
intersection of art, faith and the human experience, is well known for presenting the work
of local artists, musicians and dancers. That
mission complements the
Commentary purpose of Art Uniting
People that fosters a conversation about each
person’s uniqueness as well as the commonality we all share. It’s a conversation that might
well open with the question as to whether there
is a connection between creativity in whatever
art and mental health. Kay Redfield Jamison,
a professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, notes in her book
“Touched with Fire” that a possible link between madness and genius is one of the oldest
and most persistent of cultural notions; it is
also one of the most controversial, she says.
Part of the controversy she says arises from
confusion about what is actually meant by the
word madness.
Part of it too comes from a lack of understanding about what it means to be creative
and what intelligence is all about. For a couple
of centuries now, we have been aware of “outsider art” created by self-taught people, often
people with developmental and intellectual
disabilities, including people who lived their
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On May 7, TBD, an all-male, professional-level contemporary a cappella
group, offering high-energy performances of popular music using only the
human voice, will be performing at the opening reception of “Art Uniting
People at the [email protected] TBD members all belong to the Alexandria Harmonizers, a world-renowned men’s chorus specializing in four-part
close harmony which celebrated its 65th anniversary this year. In the top row
are Scipio Garling, Noah Van Gilder, Kellen Hertz and Ben Roberts. In the
middle are Jeremy Richardson, Josh Roots, Nick Leiserson, Terry Reynolds,
Troy Hillier and Joshua Desportes. Bottom row includes Tom Kraus, director,
David Hood and Todd Ryktarsyk.
entire lives in institutions. What is relatively
new is discovering that many of these artists
have their own complex and intricate world
view, have created their own myths or their
own understanding of religious teachings.
Their art is not childlike scrawls but their attempts to communicate how they see the world
and their place in it.
Since the artists who exhibit their work in
Art Uniting People are all people whose lives
have been affected by mental illness, addiction or developmental disabilities, they will all
be adding to what promises to be an extraordinary conversation. So it is fitting that for the
first time, the exhibition will be juried by three
See Art Uniting, Page 14
Letters to the Editor
Sewage Overflow
Requires Collaboration
To the Editor:
As cited in last week’s article, “Keeping Sewage Out of River by 2035,” the sewage pipes
under the streets of Old Town were laid in 1890
to remove both storm water and human waste.
Today, during rainstorms, these 120-year-old
pipes overflow rain-diluted sewage into the
Potomac. In this day and age, that’s not OK.
Solving the problem will require 21st century
thinking and collaboration.
There are a variety of options that must work
together to address this problem. One option
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10 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014
involves ripping up the streets of Old Town to
replace the old sewer pipes with much larger
ones. This would be prohibitively expensive
and hugely disruptive to the residents and businesses of Old Town. Another requires the use
and retrofitting of “green infrastructure” technology, like permeable pavement, bioretention
basins, rain barrels, tree boxes and green roofs
in our community. A third option is to build
large, underground storage tanks to capture
the extra flow during rainstorms and then
gradually pipe it to Alexandria Renew
Enterprise’s updated wastewater treatment
plant rather than allow it to discharge. Richmond and the District of Columbia, among
others, face the same sewage overflow problem as Alexandria — and they’re already building underground storage tanks or tunnels.
Unlike Richmond and D.C., where one
agency handles both the collection and treatment of sewage, Alexandria has two separate
entities responsible for sanitary sewage: the
city government and Alexandria Renew Enterprises. The city operates the sewer lines under
the Old Town streets; Alexandria Renew Enterprises operates the treatment plant and the
large trunk lines that collect all of the dry
weather dirty water from the city’s sewer lines.
The Alexandria Sanitation Authority (later renamed Alexandria Renew Enterprises) was created in 1952 to help the city government treat
its wastewater when Alexandria had all of its
sewage discharging into the Potomac.
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Solving the current sewer overflow
problems will require the city and
Alexandria Renew to work together in more creative ways than
in our past. Efforts have begun
between Alexandria Renew and
the city to discuss the most costeffective and environmentally-responsible solutions to this challenge. Both are currently exploring ways to get the most out of
public dollars by building longlasting infrastructure that could
capture both the combined sewer
overflows and wet weather.
Solving the problem of an antiquated combined sewer system
requires collaboration between all
of our public agencies charged
with cleaning dirty water and the
support of our community. We
welcome the opportunity to continue to work together to create
effective and efficient water environment solutions that will serve
all Alexandrians in the 21st century and beyond.
John B. Hill
Chairman, Board of Directors
Alexandria Renew Enterprises
To City’s Seniors
To the Editor:
On behalf of the board of directors of Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), we are writing to express concern about proposed cuts
to the Alexandria City budget
which will have an unfair and unprecedented negative impact on
the most vulnerable seniors in our
Since 1968, SSA has helped
Alexandria’s seniors age with independence, self-sufficiency and
dignity. The proposed changes to
the Real Estate Tax Relief Program
for the Elderly and Persons with
Disabilities and the total elimination of the Senior Taxi Program are
in stark contrast to the wellplanned goals of the Strategic Plan
on Aging, which was approved by
City Council in 2012. Housing and
transportation were identified as
key areas of importance, and critical to this is the Plan’s objective to
support in certain instances older
Alexandria residents’ desire to live
their remaining years in their
homes and community.
The steep cuts in property tax
relief for elderly, lower-income
homeowners will force many to
abandon their homes in order to
meet their other and basic essential needs to maintain their respect
and dignity. Moreover, the Senior
Taxi Program, whose budget was
already halved just this past year,
provides safe and reliable transportation for nearly 400 incomequalified residents, who use it primarily for medical appointments.
Because it appears that the potentially affected homeowners and
Senior Taxi Program participants
have not been notified of the proposed changes, before the budget
cuts are indiscriminately applied
we ask that further consideration
be given to these issues.
While we recognize that City
Council shoulders a heavy burden
in adopting a fiscally responsible
budget, it should renew and not
undermine its past commitment to
Alexandria’s less fortunate seniors,
particularly those with very limited resources.
We welcome the opportunity to
sit down and discuss a compassionate and fiscally responsible
strategy for the foreseeable future.
real estate tax relief. Maybe Kimm
trusts the council, but I and many
others do not. Our City Council has
shown that it has never met a tax
it did not like and would not increase. After all, these are the
same people who need lessons in
civic engagement.
As for the school system, we
have some of the highest per pupil costs and all we get are six
schools that do not meet standards
and one in the bottom one percent
of elementary schools in commonwealth rankings. In Economics
101 this is the classic text-book
case marginal (declining) utility,
where each additional dollar of
resource yields less result than the
preceding dollar. There is no reason to believe the additional $2.5
million in funding that Kimm refers to will somehow magically
and mystically produce results that
the first $190 million from the city
did not produce. Remember there
is roughly another $50 million
from the Commonwealth. What
makes that last 1 percent in funding so magical? Perhaps the bet-
ter approach would be to cut $2.5
million as a way to make the
school system think about how to
really improve performance. Almost any other school system anywhere would be thrilled to have
these kind of per pupil resources.
We see even more fiscal foolishness with the proposal to extend
parking meter hours. It is the veneer of a good idea, but it is social
engineering that is not thought
out. Our vice mayor understands
the possible negative impact.
See Letters, Page 12
Gregg Murphy,
Chair of the Board of Directors
Mary Lee Anderson,
Executive Director
Senior Services of Alexandria
Value of Tax
Money Spent?
To The Editor:
I found Mary Kimm’s March 27
editorial on access to income taxes
absolutely distressing. Giving our
city access to another revenue
stream is the political equivalent
of giving drugs to an addict. Taxes
are their drug of choice and it is a
delusion to think that a piggyback
tax will result in any significant
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Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 11
Lilly is caught behind the wheel in the
south Old Town Safeway parking lot.
Her dad, Jordan Yingling, was not
Marc Sakow with puppy, River, in front
of Sakow’s favorite lunch spot, T.J.
Stones in north Old Town Alexandria.
Sakow and his wife recently moved
here from Vienna, Va.
Photos by Sally B. Macklin/Gazette Packey
Out and About
Letters to the Editor
From Page 11
There is a direct linkage between meter hours, ticket revenue
and restaurant tax receipts. If
people enjoy a good meal and linger over dessert, they may not pay
attention to their parking meter.
The 90-minute use mentioned in
the article does not indicate a time
of day pattern. This is important
to understanding the impact of
changing meter hours. Since parking enforcement is one of our most
efficient city services, these diners
who just paid the 10 percent restaurant tax may find an expensive
ticket to complement their meal.
They will pay that $35 ticket, but
may decide Alexandria is not a
nice place to spend their money
and pay our 10 percent restaurant
tax. These bad experiences linger.
It may be the most expensive ticket
ever issued. Hopefully the City
Council will look at the bigger picture of the more important revenue source and visitor experience. We should not exacerbate
the falling meal tax stream. Given
parking enforcement efficiency,
maybe they should run the school
I also find it disgraceful that the
city manager is proposing a pay
raise for himself that is far higher
than the inflation rate. He is well
paid as it is.
This is why we do not need a
piggyback tax and why people in
other, poorer parts of the Commonwealth think poorly of Northern Virginia. We need to think
about how little we get for such
high taxes.
William L. Blumberg, MBA
12 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014
Fire Department
To the Editor:
Having been a resident of northeast Old Town from 2003-2010
who now resides on S. Whiting
Street, I would be upset too if my
local fire engine was being relocated. While I always knew engine
and trucks 204 often assisted with
calls in the Mount Vernon area, I
never realized, until moving to the
west end of town, how many calls
engine 204 has been dispatched to
my current area. East of Quaker
Lane, there are five active fire stations, a reserve station/engine,
and a volunteer station, plus whatever fire fighting apparatus is
maintained at the Lee Center. West
of Quaker Lane. we have a mere
two stations. What’s even more
unnerving is when we have a
multi-alarm response in the Landmark area is that at least half the
units are from Fairfax County.
The real unfortunate consequence is that the moving of Engine 204 is more representative of
the understaffing of our emergency response or at least in this
case, the fire department. Even
with all the lobbying Chief Thiele
did for resources, it has still left
us understaffed. Every time I’ve
read an article about the proposed
two new stations on Eisenhower
and Beureguard , I found myself
asking if the city was going to force
our fire department to go down to
two-man engines to staff the vehicles at the new stations.
For all the folks using idiotic
examples of a lack of funding from
the city government over the im-
balance between social services
and our infrastructure needs,
here’s the perfect example. At the
same time I also realize the “liberals” in the city would argue the city
doesn’t do enough to help those
in need, but unlike the federal
government who can borrow all
the money it wants, local governments cannot and therefore need
to do a better job at recognizing
its needs and responsibilities.
Ruben “Bill” Duran
Questioning City
To the Editor:
Thanks to Dave Beck (Gazette
Packet, April 17) for pointing out
yet another reason why the Old
Dominion Boat Club should remain where it is in addition to its
historic past and its contribution
year after year to the non-profit
world. As Mr. Beck points out, the
city doesn’t take care of what it
already owns. If it weren’t for the
Virginia Adopt-A-Park program, all
of our parks would look like this.
Thanks to civic associations and
neighborhoods living near our
parks, these green havens are
cared for by volunteer residents.
This also raises the issue again
of how the city spends our tax
dollars. As Van Van Fleet pointed
out in an earlier paper, we the taxpayers will have to pony up the $5
million for a new boat club as well
as repay the Open Space Fund to
the tune of $2.5 million. And for
what? To evict a long-standing
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From Page 10
professional artists who have offered their time for
this project.
Pat McMahon, a D.C.-area native, has been a local photographer for more than 15 years. He also
works with artists and photographers on a daily basis. His local business Old Town Editions, provides
high-quality art reproduction services to artists and
photographers worldwide. McMahon, like so many
others knows about disability personally. His brotherin-law Demetri suffered a severe head trauma years
ago, and now must use a wheelchair. He thrives,
despite his mental and physical handicaps, and is a
loving uncle to Pat’s young son Max.
Andrea Barnes is also a Washington D.C.-area artist who works in drawing, painting and mixed media in her abstract work. She combines found images including charts, diagrams, scientific illustrations, maps and photographs with expressive handling of paint. Barnes received a B.A. In philosophy
from Colgate University and studied fine art at the
School of Visual Arts in New York and the Corcoran
College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. She
works at her studio in Maryland.
Brian Beal Moore formally studied Greek and Roman Art and Architecture and Painting after 1945.
He has produced a series of paintings that explore
breaking boundaries, shot and edited experimental
films, written and published short stories, wrought
and directed plays and is the author of two still unpublished novels. He is fascinated with the creative
processes of all people knowing that original
thoughts and expressions do make an impact on the
human experience.
This year too for the first time, the Alexandria Harmonizers have volunteered to provide the entertain-
Exhibition Dates
For Art Uniting People
May 2 to June 12
The [email protected] Art Center
1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA
June 16 to Nov. 24
Lee Center
1108 Jefferson Street
Alexandria VA
Nov. 24, 2014 to July 6, 2015
Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron Street
Alexandria VA
ment at the opening reception. TBD, part of the Alexandria Harmonizers, is an all-male contemporary
a cappella group. For the past four years, TBD had
offered high energy performances of popular music
using only the human voice. Styled after groups such
as Rockapella and Da Vinci’s Notebook, TBD performs
a variety of genres from traditional a cappella standards to current radio hits.
The opening reception at the [email protected]
is on Wednesday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be
served during the reception.
The exhibition is the first in a series of three sponsored by the Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria,
the Friends of Alexandria Mental Health, Convergence, the Alexandria Department of Community and
Human Services and the Alexandria Department of
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities.
see or the Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign facebook
Art Uniting People Reception May 7
The opening reception for the fourth annual art exhibition
“Art Uniting People,” Celebrating Recovery, Creativity and
Mental Health will be held Wednesday, May 7 from 5 p.m. 8 p.m. at the [email protected], 1801 N. Quaker Lane in
All artists whose work is exhibited, their families and
friends and the public are invited.
The “Art Uniting People” exhibition is presented each May
to reduce stigma and foster understanding by engaging the
Alexandria community in a conversation about each person’s
uniqueness and the commonality we all share. The exhibit
presents the work of those whose lives have been affected by
mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities.
Convergence is a creative community of people who value
diversity, exploration and spirituality. The Church at Convergence cultivates creativity and the arts by providing resources
of space, community and professional and spiritual development.
Joining the celebration is TBD, an ensemble of professional
singers, who are members of the Alexandria Harmonizers, a
renowned men’s a cappella chorus that just celebrated its 65th
anniversary. TBD, which formed four years ago, sings in a
modern a cappella style. As part of the program, members of
the audience will be invited to participate.
The evening’s program starts at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information see
Bulletin Board
From Page 9
House: Bringing the Seat of War to
the Potomac River near Mount
Vernon in September 1814.” Part of
the War of 1812 lecture series. $5 per
person; free for Alexandria Historical
Society members. Visit or
call 703-746-4994.
Application Deadline. High school
students can apply to the “House
Student App Challenge.” The contest
is open to all high school students
who live in or are eligible to attend
public schools located in the 8th
Congressional District. Students must
provide a YouTube or VIMEO video
demo explaining their app and what
they learned through the competition
process by the competition deadline
on April 30, 2014. Viist
or through
HR Counseling. 50-minute sessions
for City of Alexandria businesses with
Patricia Frame of Strategies for
Human Resources. Email Gloria
Flanagan for information at
[email protected]
Williams Main Office, 3330 King St.,
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For
information or to volunteer, email
[email protected]
Federal Contracting Workshop. 9
a.m.-noon at 625 N. Washington St.,
Suite 400. “Federal Contracting: Set
Yourself Up for Success - Registration
and Certifications” presented by
Christine Rainwater, Procurement
Technical Assistance Center. Call
703-778-1292 or visit
Prom Donations. The Princess for a
Night project is collecting drycleaned formal dresses, shoes,
handbags, jewelry, new make-up and
nice shopping bags at the T.C.
Rain Barrel Workshop. 9-11 a.m. at
the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center,
1108 Jefferson St. Learn about water
quality issues and build a rain barrel
to take home after the workshop. $55
and registration is required, visit
Art Donations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at The
[email protected], 1801 N.
Quaker Lane. Art exhibit for Art
Uniting People. Contact
[email protected] or visit
Recycling and Earth Day
By Michael Renga
Business Manager,
Covanta Alexandria/Arlington Inc.
pril 22 marks the 44th anniversary
of Earth Day, a day specifically devised to prompt people to ask,
“What can I do to make a difference for the
earth?” Solving global environmental issues
like climate change may be so daunting for
some people that they automatically assume
there is nothing they can do to help. But in
reality, there are things
can each do every
Commentary we
day that can have a big
impact on our community and the environment. The simplest of
these is to recycle.
The benefits of recycling stretch farther
than most people realize. For starters, it
reduces the amount of waste that goes to
landfills. Currently, more than 250 million
tons of trash in the U.S. is sent to landfills
every year. Landfills are one of the largest
producers of methane in the world, a greenhouse gas (GHG) 34 times more potent than
CO2 and a major contributor to climate
change. In addition to methane, landfills
release an array of uncontrolled emissions
and create leachate, a liquid that can contaminate groundwater and make landfills
an environmental burden for generations.
Recycling products made of materials,
such as metals, plastics, glass and paper also
reduces greenhouse gases and saves energy
by avoiding new mining and reducing or
eliminating the need for virgin materials in
the production of new products.
At Covanta, we are firmly committed to
increasing recycling here in Alexandria,
where we operate Covanta Alexandria/Arlington Energy-from-Waste Facility. We demonstrate this commitment by recycling
8,000 tons of metal annually. This Earth
Day, please consider the following universal information in order to maximize your
❖ What cardboard is recyclable? All cardboard boxes, except waxed, are likely recyclable. If possible, remove adhesive labels
and tape.
❖ What about that pizza box? Recycle the
non-greasy half of pizza boxes and discard
the rest with the trash.
❖ It rained … Can I recycle my wet newspaper? Unfortunately, paper fibers can only
hold so much moisture, and if paper is too
wet, it may not be able to be recycled. Try
to keep papers indoors and set them out
for recycling when it’s dry out.
❖ What should I do with plastic bottle
caps and wine corks? Corks can be reused
in bottles, for crafts, or other creative endeavors. Remove plastic caps, and crush the
bottles so they take up less space, before
See Recycling, Page 25
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 15
Tax Burden Targets Low-Income in Northern Virginia
Average tax burden for low-income workers is highest in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax.
By Michael Lee Pope
Gazette Packet
amilies that are struggling to make
ends meet in Northern Virginia are
the target of local governments in
Northern Virginia, which has the
highest tax burden in the region for lowincome workers. Wealthy people face the
highest tax burden in Prince George’s
County and Montgomery County. But here
in Virginia, poor people face the biggest tax
burden in Arlington, according to a new
study by the Office of Revenue Analysis in
the District of Columbia. Alexandria ranked
second, and Fairfax County ranked third.
“People of color and low-income people
are being pushed farther and farther out,”
said Jon Liss, founder of Tenants and Workers United. “The whole anti-immigrant
backlash from 2006 to the present in Prince
William was against the influx of people of
color, particularly immigrants, being priced
out and taxed out of this area and moving
down there.”
The study included the average tax burdens for five different income levels, starting at a family that earns $25,000 a year
and ending with a family that earns
$150,000 a year. The families at each income level are assumed to own a single family home, although those in the $25,000 are
assumed to live in rental housing and own
a vehicle. The combination of income tax,
sales tax and automobile tax hit people at
the bottom end of the scale hardest
“There is no deliberate policy to impose
a disproportionate tax burden on the lowest income residents,” said Frank Shafroth,
director of the Center of State and Local
Leadership at George Mason University.
“Rather, it’s a lack of state-delegated authority to use other kinds of taxes, which would
provide greater options to create a more
responsive tax policy in each of these two
booming jurisdictions.”
ARLINGTON RANKS the highest for families that earn $25,000 — a very low income
for families who live inside the Beltway. The
median household income in Arlington is
about $103,000, which means the study
was looking at families who are struggling
to make ends meet in a county where most
families pull down salaries that are about
four times larger. County officials say the
tax burden tells only part of the story. Arlington leaders say the county offers a number of significant services
to low-income residents,
including public education and housing support.
“I believe we are the
only Northern Virginia
locality still providing
housing grants to lower
income families and seniors,” said Jay Fisette,
chairman of the Arlington
County Board. “We provide four to five times the level of support
to help make housing affordable as do our
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closest Northern Virginia neighbors.”
As people earn more money, the tax burden decreased on Arlington residents. The
same is true of people who live in Alexan-
state, so the relatively high tax burden on
low-income people is counter-intuitive. For
example, the Washington-based Tax Foundation ranks Virginia as the 25th lowest
among states levying an
individual income tax.
When the organization
looked at state and local income tax collections, though, it ranked
Virginia as the 11th
highest nationally.
“We reside in a low— Frank Shafroth, director of the Center of State and tax state,” said
Local Leadership at George Mason University Shafroth. “So there is
both a greater burden
dria, which ranks second overall for people on local governments to raise taxes than in
who are at the bottom end of the earnings Maryland, but limited state authority on
scale. Alexandria also has the third highest what kinds of taxes may be levied.”
tax burden among families with a $50,000
Among the Northern Virginia jurisdictions
and $75,000 income level, and the fourth that were part of the D.C. government study
highest tax burden among families with a on tax burdens, Fairfax County had the low$100,000 or $150,000 income level. Resi- est tax burden in all income brackets. That
dents in the District of Columbia have the means that Arlington and Alexandria imlowest tax burden in all five of the income pose a greater tax burden on their residents
than in Fairfax County. But as families earn
“Talk to people in D.C., and they wish they more money, the tax burden decreases in
had better services — EMS service, for in- Fairfax County.
stance, better police response times, more
“Saying that Fairfax has a lower tax burrecreation centers,” said Alexandria Mayor den than Arlington is like saying that Mount
Bill Euille. “So it’s what you invest in and McKinley is not as high as Mount Everest,”
reinvest in in terms of providing outreach said Arthur Purves, president of the Fairfax
and services to your taxpayers.”
County Taxpayers Alliance. “Fairfax
County’s tax burden and spending is still
VIRGINIA HAS a reputation as a low-tax way too high.”
“We reside in a low-tax state. So there is both a
greater burden on local governments to raise
taxes than in Maryland, but limited state
authority on what kinds of taxes may be levied.”
From Page 12
good neighbor and benefit two restaurants.
So, who are the real beneficiaries you might
ask. Once again the tilt is to property and
business owners, not residents.
All this at a time when the city continues
to seek more debt for a Metro station, supports a bike company (Alta) that is in financial straits, gives the city manager and
his staff huge increases, hands out consulting contracts right and left, and yet won’t
provide critical safety personnel to manage
Station 204. Libraries, senior services and
other non-profits have to go begging for
funding while the folks at City Hall continue
to make top-down decisions that short
change public safety while helping the One
Percent feather their nests even more.
As I’ve said in earlier letters, I don’t mind
paying taxes, but I really mind paying taxes
to a system that has its priorities topsy turvy.
Now is the time to let the city leaders know
that residents, the poor and children do
matter. Of course tourism is a good thing,
but not at the expense of tearing away history, jeopardizing public safety and hurting
the elderly.
Linda Couture
To the Editor:
One one of the most distinguished cham-
ber music series in the Washington, D.C.
area is the least well known. The National
Chamber Players, an ensemble made up of
National Symphony Orchestra members
and guests from the region and around the
country, perform four superb concerts a year
at Episcopal High School.
The National Chamber Players were created in 2004 when NSO cellist Jim Lee saw
the newly-renovated Pendleton Hall at EHS.
The hall, an intimate space that seats just
over 500 people and has excellent acoustics, inspired him to bring together a group
that included his wife Teri, an NSO violinist, and other friends and colleagues who
welcomed an opportunity to collaborate on
programming and to perform together.
Over the years an audience of devoted
and adventurous music lovers has grown,
mostly through word of mouth. Yet there
are always empty seats! The concerts are
free, and no tickets are required.
Highlights of past performances include:
Four cellos playing a program that began
with Bach and ended with Metallica;
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; Philip Glass accompanying a dance premiere by Dana Tae Soon
Burgess & Co; Leonard Slatkin conducting
a chamber adaptation of Mahler’s 4th symphony; Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition played by six cellos and four basses;
etc. etc. Regular guests include Nurit BarJosef and many members of the NSO, Benny
and Eric Kim, Kenneth Slowik and Rohan
de Silva.
See Letters, Page 25
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Email announcements to [email protected] Photos and
artwork are encouraged. Deadline is
Thursday at noon.
All Alexandria Reads. Spring events
mark Alexandria’s annual one book,
one community campaign. Adults are
invited to ready the recently
republished “When Washington Was
in Vogue,” a once-lost novel by
Edward Christopher Williams which
depicts the vibrant social life of
Washington D.C.’s upper class
African Americans during the Harlem
Renaissance and jazz age. Younger
readers are invited to read the
picture book, “Harlem’s Little
Blackbird,” by Renée Watson or the
chapter book, “Bud, Not Buddy,” by
Christopher Paul Curtis. Events begin
April 30 and more than 50 related
activities are planned through May;
for full list of programs visit
Pop Art Exhibit. Works by Art League
members celebrating the pop
movement with a modern twist.
Through May 5 at the Art League,
Studio 21 in the Torpedo Factory Art
Center, 105 North Union St. Gallery
hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday,
noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Art on the
Rocks cocktail reception Wednesday,
April 30, 7-10 p.m., $35. Visit or call 703683-1780.
Art Exhibit. “Printed Painted Potted,”
Avis Fleming’s one-artist show of
etchings, lithographs, monotypes,
paintings and ceramics features
landscapes of Ireland, Maine and
Louisiana and birds, people and dogs.
May 1-June 30 at Printmakers Inc.,
Studio #325 in Alexandria’s Torpedo
Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St.
Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening
reception Sunday, May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Call 703-683-1342.
Art Exhibit. May 2-June 8 at the
Schlesinger Center Margaret W. &
Joseph L. Fisher Gallery, 3001 N.
Beauregard St. Meditations on the
Boundless, an exhibit of acrylic
paintings on yupo paper by Arlington
artist Kimberly DiNatale. Opening
reception Saturday, May 3, 4-6 p.m.
Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday-Friday. Visit
Art Exhibit. See “LOULOUDI Flower/
To Flower” at The Athenaeum, 201
Prince St. The exhibit explores the
natural process of flowering and its
metaphorical context through object
making and installation. Free. The
exhibit runs through May 4. Call 703548-0035 or visit
Film Screenings. Duncan Cinema
Club begins monthly series, “Films of
the Pre Code Era,” May 7, 6:30 p.m.
Films will be shown the first
Wednesday of the month at Duncan
Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth
Ave. Post-screening discussions at St.
Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount
Vernon Ave. at 9 p.m. Call 703-7461705 for film.
Art Exhibit. “Words and Letters” May
8-June 22 in the Athenaeum gallery,
201 Prince St. This multimedia show
from regional artists uses text as a
component of visual art. Opening
reception Sunday, May 11, 4-6 p.m.
Art Exhibit. “Sound of Butterfly,” a
solo exhibition of new work by
Soomin Ham, a photographer and
multimedia artist. Through May 11 at
Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio
312, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105
N. Union St. Gallery hours are 10
a.m.-6 p.m. except Thursdays, 1-9
p.m. Call 703-838-4565 or visit
Photography Exhibit. “Threesomes,”
photography by Maureen Minehan in
sets of three standalone images. On
display in the Multiple Exposures
Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105
North Union St., Alexandria, May 13June 22. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
except Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Opening
reception Sunday, June 1, 2-4 p.m.
Art Exhibit. See “Spirit of Place: Dyke
Marsh,” an exhibition of photography
by Anthony Peritore and sculptural
works by Megan Peritore through
May 18 in the Crossroads Gallery,
located in Goodwin House Bailey’s
Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson St.,
Falls Church. Free.
Attics and Alleys Tour. Tickets are
now on sale for the Attics and Alleys
tour, a three-hour walking tour
featuring rarely seen spaces of four
sites — the Lee-Fendall House,
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, The
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Museum and Carlyle House. Tours
will be offered Saturdays in May, 9
a.m.-noon. $35/peron. Reservations
required. Visit
or 703-746-4242.
Spy Program at Mount Vernon. 3
p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through
June 1. Learn about spying during
the Revolutionary War, including
concealment codes, invisible ink and
double agents. Self-guided programs
with map provided. Free with
admission. Visit
Historical Exhibit. Through August at
the Alexandria Black History
Museum, 902 Wythe St. “Sit Down
and Take a Stand” commemorates
the 1939 library sit-in of five African
American men and its mastermind,
Samuel Tucker. One of the earliest
occasions of individuals using the sitin as an act of civil disobedience in
the modern civil rights movement.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Call 703-746-4356.
Doggy Happy Hours. 5-8 p.m. at
Jackson 20 and Hotel Monaco
Alexandria, 480 King St. Thursdays
during the summer. Free, drinks sold
separately. Treats and water for dogs,
with pet boutique and service
vendors. Portions of proceeds benefit
People. Animals. Love. Visit
Alexandria Cars & Coffee invites car
enthusiasts to meet for coffee at
Hollin Hall Shopping Center in front
of Roseina’s, 1307 Shenandoah Road.
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.
Songwriter’s Showcase. Every
Tuesday at 8 p.m. at The Old Town
Theater, 815 1/2 King St. Features a
different Songwriter’s Association of
Washington artist each week. Visit
Art Exhibit. See “Sit Down and Take a
Stand: Samuel W. Tucker and the
1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In” at the
Alexandria Black History Museum,
902 Wythe St. The exhibit focuses on
the life of famed civil rights attorney
Samuel Wilber Tucker, and highlights
the role of Robert Strange, who was
a runner between the library and
Tucker’s office, keeping Tucker
abreast of developments. The exhibit
runs through August. Free. 703-7464356.
Paul Morella
stars in “Underneath the
Lintel,” one of
two shows
now playing at
MetroStage Presents
‘Underneath the Lintel’
By Carolyn Griffin
Artistic Producing Director
torytelling at its best — storytelling in a
small intimate space where the audience is
actively engaged — this seems to be a common theme at MetroStage. In our two plays being performed on our stage In Rep this spring the
audience cannot escape. In “The Thousandth
Night,” they are being addressed by Guy de
Bonheur as he is stranded
Notes from temporarily but destined for
The Producer a concentration camp. Will
the stories from the Arabian
Nights (think Scheherazade’s 1,001 stories told
to the Sultan to save her life) convince the gendarmes in the train station to let this simple Parisian actor escape? When he asks them (you) directly for help, will anyone speak up? Is the lesson here that there are times in our lives when
we may need to speak up, but may not for fear of
some repercussion?
In “Underneath the Lintel,” The Librarian has
rented a hall to give a lecture. He has brought
tagged “evidences” to tell his story that begins with
an overdue book and ultimately continues on a
worldwide journey. Through a series of clues he
hopes that you will understand his drive and determination and maybe have a little better under-
standing of life’s meaning or the search for meaning in life’s journey.
Sounds like a heavy evening at the theatre right?
Actually they both have tremendous entertainment value — but underlying are stories of a very
serious human dilemma. Choices made, betrayals, and ultimately the search for meaning as we
journey through life — confronting both the unpredictable, unavoidable, unfathomable yet trying only to retain our humanity and integrity in
the journey. And, dancing when the opportunity
This is MetroStage’s first Rep series. Both can
be seen on the same day (with a dinner break in
between — we promise there will be lots to talk
about at dinner) or come on a Tuesday or Wednesday for a brief talk back with the actor and occasional invited speakers. Theatre is a thinking sport
but we offer entertainment as well. How often can
you experience both simultaneously?
We have a crazy schedule so please check out
our website ( for which
show is in performance which day (we are in a
perpetual state of confusion) and experience fascinating human stories in a communal setting and
leave the theatre knowing you will still be talking
about the experience well into the future.
For performance information or tickets, call 703548-9044 or visit
Art at the Center spring classes are
now open for registration. The spring
session runs April 21-May 30. Visit or call 703201-1250.
Pre-School Studio. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at
Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood
Hall Lane. June 9-19, MondaysThursdays children ages 4-6 attend
for explorations of clay, collage,
drawing and painting as well as
creativity, problem solving,
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collaboration and fun. Call 703-2011250 or visit
Youth Summer Classes. Beginning
Monday, July 7, Metropolitan School
of the Arts offers pre-professional
summer dance, music theater and
acting camps, as well as a wide
variety of youth summer camps
where students can explore and learn
many facets of the performing and
visual arts. Visit,
Martial Arts Camps. Potomac Kempo
teaches Shaolin Kempo, a blend of
Japanese Karate and Chinese Kung
Fu. Potomac Kempo’s locations will
host a camp “virtual tour” of China
July 14-18 at the new Huntington
location, 5914 N. Kings Hwy.; and
Japan, July 21-25 at the Foxchase
location, 4617 Duke St. For children
age 5-12. Campers will learn about
art, cuisine, history and language.
Morning and afternoon sessions or
all-day option. Visit or call 703-206-8064.
Metro Club After-School Program.
Through June, the Metropolitan
School of Arts presents an afterschool program for grades 1-6. The
program is located at both the Lorton
studio at Workhouse Arts Center,
9517 Workhouse Way and in
Alexandria at 5775 Barclay Drive.
Programs will focus on the arts,
including music, dance, theatre, yoga
and academics, as well as designated
homework time. The program will
run Mondays, 1-6 p.m., and TuesdayFriday, 3-6 p.m. Tuition runs from
$130-150. Call 703-339-0444 or visit
Life Drawing. Del Ray Artisans offers a
range of open life drawing sessions
for anyone to develop life-drawing
skills further. Just drop-in for the
session and bring your supplies to
draw or paint our live models. Fee
ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels
are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is
located at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Visit for
a schedule.
Photography Workshop. 10:30 a.m.noon at Multiple Exposures Gallery
on 105 N. Union St. Photographers
and enthusiasts of all skill levels are
invited to share work, ideas, and
questions at this free workshop held
on the last Sunday of each month,
except December. No reservations.
Call 703-683-2205.
Theater Camp. Mount Vernon
Community Children’s Theatre will
hold sessions starting June 30 to
Aug. 22. There are two-week sessions
with morning, afternoon or all day
sessions, and one-week sessions that
go all day. To register, visit
Spring Book Sale. 4-8:30 p.m. at the
Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005
Duke Street. $1 for paperbacks, $3
for hardbacks, kids books for less.
Members only preview, membership
at door $10. Visit or call 703746-1702.
Film Screening. 6:30 p.m. at Old
Town Theatre, 815-1/2 King St.
Screening of “Master and
Commander: The Far Side of the
World,” with cocktail reception,
exhibition of clothing worn on the
film set and a pre-screening film
discussion. Tickets $45+, benefiting
American Wounded Warriors and
British Help for Heroes. To purchase
tickets, visit https:// or, or call
703-746-4242 or 703-549-1025.
String Quartet Concert. 8 p.m. at
the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St.
The U.S. Air Force Band chamber
players present an evening of music
for string quartet, featuring music by
Olivier Messiaen. Free. Call 202-7675658 or visit
School Musical. 7 p.m. at Mount
Vernon High School, 8515 Old
Mount Vernon Road. AIDA (School
Edition) will be presented by the
Mount Vernon Players in the Little
Theatre. The show features original
choreography and technical design by
MVHS students in addition to student
performers playing the classic love
story about a Nubian princess and an
Egyptian army captain. Tickets are
$10 and can be purchased from cast
members, during lunch on show
days, or at the door the night of the
Spring Book Sale. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,
at the Charles E. Beatley Library,
5005 Duke Street. $1 for paperbacks,
$3 for hardbacks, kids books for less.
Open to general public. Visit or call 703746-1702.
Middle School Play. 7 p.m. at the
George Washington Middle School
Auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon
Ave. Adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s
Jane Eyre. Tickets $5, cash and check
only. Concessions available. Call 703706-4500.
Magic Show. 7:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton
High School theater, 201 Cambridge
Road. Visit
Walkathon. 8-10 a.m. at Fort Ward
Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. 18th
annual Project Discovery Walkathon
3K Registration at 8, walk at 9, prize
ceremony at 10. $5 students, $20
adults with fundraising goals to
benefit Project Discovery college
access program. Visit http:// to
donate or register.
Herb and Craft Sale. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
at the Carlyle House Historic Park,
121 N. Fairfax St. Celebrate spring
with the Friends of Carlyle House’s
Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft
Sale. Free. Admission for the House
tour is $5 for adults, $3 for children
5-12 years old, free for children 4
and under or free with your
Alexandria Garden Day ticket. Visit
carlyle_house_historic_park for more.
Flea Market. 8 a.m.-noon at Hollin
Hall Senior Center, 1500
Shenandoah Road. Hollin Hall Senior
Center Advisory Council Flea Market,
proceeds to benefit programs at the
Bike Collection. 9 a.m.-noon at
Trinity United Methodist Church,
2911 Cameron Mills Road. Donated,
gently used bikes go to people in
developing countries through Bikes
for the World. $10 cash donation
requested to help defray shipping
17th Annual Student Art Show
Del Ray Artisans and the T.C. Williams High School Art Department jointly
present the 17th Annual Student Art Show at the Del Ray Artisans gallery,
Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 11. The exhibit will feature the work of members of the National Art Honor Society. Twenty juniors and seniors comprise
this year’s selection. Many of these students will continue to study art at the
college level, and much of the work on exhibit was featured in their winning college admission portfolios. The opening reception will be held Friday,
May 2, 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704
Mount Vernon Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; First Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The
gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Visit for more.
costs. Visit
Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale. 9
a.m.-2 p.m. at 3601 Valley Drive.
Largest native plant sale in area with
16 vendors from four states selling
native perennials, shrubs and trees.
Call 571-232-0375 or visit
Raptor Rapture. 10 a.m.-noon at
Belle Haven Park off the George
Washington Memorial Parkway,
south of Old Town Alexandria. See
raptors up close, birds of prey that
have been rehabilitated but cannot
survive on their own. Call 703-7655233.
Spring Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
at the Charles E. Beatley Library,
5005 Duke Street. $1 for paperbacks,
$3 for hardbacks, kids books for less.
Visit or call
Alexandria Earth Day. 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800
Brenman Park Drive. Theme is “Are
you an Eco-Citizen?” Event includes
The Finest Country French
Cuisine in Old Town for 30 Years.
Spring Specials
• Dover Sole • Bouillabaisse
• Frog Legs • Beef Wellington
• Split Pea Soup • Cassoulet
• Venison • Coq au Vin
• Fresh Shad Roe • Fresh
Jumbo Soft Shell Crab
Old Town
127 N. Washington St., Alexandria • 703-548-4661
Smoke-Free Restaurant
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Bernard, a successful
architect, has three
fiancées. Complications
arise when the women’s
behavior does not match
Bernard’s careful
MAY 3–24, 2014
Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street • 703-683-0496
an upcycling showcase, featuring
Alexandria City Public School
students’ upcycling fashion creations.
Also includes Earth Day tree sale, live
animal exhibits, tree planting and
live music. Visit
Alexandria Historic Homes &
Garden Tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Old
Town Alexandria. Celebrating the
81st anniversary of Historic Garden
Week. $35 in advance; $40 day of;
$20 for single sites. Visit or come to
the visitors center at 221 King St.
Interactive Children’s
Performance. 11 a.m. at Old Town
Theatre, 815 1/2 King St. In “Now
This! For Kids,” children shout out
ideas and the cast turns them into
songs, comic sketches and musical
fairy tales. Visit www.theoldtown or call 703-549-1025.
Middle School Play. 1 p.m. and 7
p.m. at the George Washington
Middle School Auditorium, 1005
Mount Vernon Ave. Adaptation of
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Tickets
$5, cash and check only. Concessions
available. Call 703-706-4500.
Firefighting History Walking
Tours. 1-2:30 p.m. at Friendship
Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St.
Explore Alexandria’s firefighting
history through a tour. Learn about
three major fires, the five volunteer
fire companies and more. For people
age10 and older. $6/adults; $4/age
10-17. Reservations required,
FriendshipFirehouse or 703-7464994.
Poetry Salon. 2 p.m. Picture my
Words: Poets will share their poetry
along with corresponding visual
images. Free. Contact
[email protected]
Awards Gala. 6-9 p.m. at the Fort
Belvoir Golf Club, 8450 Beulah St.
Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’
Associations will recognize and honor
the Mount Vernon Magisterial
District Citizen, Organization and
Student of the Year. $55. Visit
Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s
Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt
Road. QuinTango, piano and strings;
Latin dance meets chamber music.
Tickets $20, $15 for seniors, $10
students and teachers. 703-765-4342.
Magic Show. 10 p.m., Bishop Ireton
High School theater, 201 Cambridge
Road. Visit
Cook Off. Noon-3 p.m. at The
Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Carpenter’s Shelter is bringing
together new and old restaurants.
Contributions from other
organizations help Carpenter’s serve
more than 1,000 homeless and
formerly homeless individuals and
families, provide shelter for more
than 300 individuals, and open the
Homeless Services Assessment Center
to serve and place homeless
individuals in shelter faster. Tickets
are $50 for adults and $15 for
children under 12. Visit or
Cleanup Registration. 12:30-4 p.m.
at Fort Hunt Park. Friends of Fort
Hunt Park will hold a cleanup day in
conjunction with National Parks
week. Contact [email protected] or 703-339-6539.
Poetry Salon. 1-2 p.m. at The
Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Picture
my Words: Poets will share their
poetry along with corresponding
visual images. Free. Visit or call 703-548-0035.
Spring Book Sale. 1-4:30 p.m., at
Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005
Duke St. $1 for paperbacks, $3 for
hardbacks, kids books for less. Visit or call 703746-1702.
Historical Lecture. 3-4:30 p.m. at
Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St.
One of a series of presidential salons
with President James Madison,
portrayed by John Douglas Hall.
Reservations recommended; $15
adults, $10 students. Visit https://
or call 703-746-4242.
Jazz Concert. 4 p.m. at Meade
Church, 322 North Alfred St. Jazz at
Meade features the Sandra Y.
Johnson Quintet. Light refreshments.
$15 donation requested. Call 703549-1334 or visit
Biography Book Club. 7-8 p.m., at
the Beatley Central Library, 5005
Duke St. The Life and Times of the
Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Visit, or call
The Art of Ballroom Dance. 7 p.m.
at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St.
Learn the Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango,
Swing, Salsa, Meringue, Rumba, ChaCha, and Samba. Come with or
without a partner. Beginner (7-7:45
lesson) and advanced (7:45-8:30
lesson) dancers welcome. Practice
8:30-9 p.m. $15 per lesson. Visit or call 703-548-0035.
Book Lecture. 7 p.m. at the
Alexandria Black History Museum,
902 Wythe St. Suzanne E. Smith
Special thanks to
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discusses the research from her book “To
Serve the Living: Funeral Directors
and the African American Way of
Death.” Call 703-746-4356.
Threads of Time and 1920s
Fashion Show. 7 p.m. at Beatley
Central Library, 5005 Duke St.
Models will showcase the history of
African American clothing trends.
Sponsored by local vintage boutique
Amalgated Clothing and Dry Goods.
Part of All Alexandria Reads. Visit
Art Exhibit Cocktail Reception. 710 p.m. at Studio 21 in the Torpedo
Factory Art Center, 105 North Union
St. Art on the Rocks with seven local
mixologists creating cocktails based
on art. $35, drinks and appetizers
included. Visit
Botanical Fiber
Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley
Central Library, 5005 Duke St.
Historian Ida E. Jones will speak
about her book: “Mary McLeod
Bethune in Washington, D.C.” Visit or call 703746-1751.
Theatre Performance. 5 p.m. at West
Potomac High School’s Springbank
Auditorium, 6500 Quander Road. A
Lot of Medieval Merry Making Set for
the West Potomac Theatre with
Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” $10/
students and $12/adults. Visit http://
Preschool Fun Fair. 4:30-7 p.m. at
7719 Fort Hunt Road. The
Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool
Annual Fun Fair has a carnival theme
with games, crafts, magic shows,
music and face painting. Food is
available for purchase. Tickets sold at
door: $12 per child ages 2 and up,
adults free. Visit
or email [email protected]
Art Reception. 6:30-9 p.m. at B&B
Gallery, 215 King St. Artist Serenety
Hanley will exhibit a series of black
and white oil on canvas pieces. Free,
contact [email protected]
Middle School Play. 7 p.m. at the
George Washington Middle School
Auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon
Ave. Adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s
“Jane Eyre.” Tickets $5, cash and
check only. Concessions available.
Call 703-706-4500.
Student Art Exhibit Opening
Reception. 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray
Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Twenty T.C. Williams High School
students selected as this year’s
National Art Honor Society inductees
exhibit artwork May 2-11. Visit
Free Comic Book Day. The goal of
Free Comic Book Day is to promote
the comic book medium to new
customers young and old and
celebrate independent comic book
retailers and their stores. Visit or
Morning Market. 8 a.m.-noon at
Epiphany Weekday School, 5513 Old
Mill Road. Crafters & home business
owners welcome. Enjoy crafts, yard
sale finds, and other items. Baked
goods & refreshments. Contact
[email protected]
Children’s Music. 10:30 a.m. at Old
Town Theatre, 815 1/2 King St.
“Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés,”
interactive, bilingual movement-andmusic show with Andrés Salguero,
full band and guests. Opening act
The Uncle Devin Show. Visit
“Depths” by Natalie Shudt or call
House & Garden Tour. Noon-6 p.m.
at Hollin Meadows Elementary
School on 2310 Nordok Place. Biannual House & Garden self-guided
walking tour of mid-century modern
architecture and landscape. Ten
Charles Goodman-designed
properties and three gardens will be
open. A lecture will take place prior
to the tours in the school cafeteria at
11 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of.
Middle School Play. 1 p.m. and 7
p.m. at the George Washington
Middle School Auditorium, 1005
Mount Vernon Ave. Adaptation of
Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.”
Tickets $5, cash and check only.
Concessions available. 703-706-4500.
Food History Symposium. 1:30-5
p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S.
Washington St. Four presentations by
local food historians and business
people, a post-symposium book
signing, and tasting of Shuman’s
famous Jelly Cake. $50, advance
registration encouraged. Visit https:/
or call 703-746-4994.
Theatre Performance. 2 p.m. and 7
p.m. at West Potomac High School’s
Springbank Auditorium, 6500
Quander Road. A Lot of Medieval
Merry Making Set for the West
Potomac Theatre with Monty
Python’s “Spamalot.” $10/students
and $12/adults. Visit
Art Exhibit Opening Reception. 4-6
p.m. at the Schlesinger Center
Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher
Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St.
Meditations on the Boundless, an
exhibit of acrylic paintings on yupo
paper by Arlington artist Kimberly
DiNatale. On display through June 8.
Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday-Friday. Visit
Kentucky Derby Party. 4:30-8 p.m.
at Belle Haven Country Club. Junior
Friends of the Campagna Center
present Bowties & Belles Kentucky
Derby Party. Watch the Derby and
enjoy a raffle, live music, silent
auction and cocktail reception. $100
tickets to benefit the Campagna
Center’s programs. Visit
Country-Western Dance. 6:30-10
p.m. at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710
North Chambliss St. Lessons, 6:307:30 followed by open dancing with
DJ. Couples and singles welcome.
Admission for NVCWDA members
$10; non-members $12; children
under 18 accompanied by a paying
adult $5. Smoke-free, alcohol-free.
BYO refreshments. Visit or call 703-860-
Natalie Shudt has created large,
flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall.
“Sway” will be on display at The Art
League Gallery through May 5.
Botanical and architectural forms
inspired Shudt’s three-dimensional
fiber sculptures. She uses silks,
wools and other fine fabrics, stitching and quilting them heavily
enough to build sculptures with
flowing lines and vibrant color.
“Sway” envelops the viewer
amongst hovering lily pads, flowing
leaves, and crawling mushroom
shelves. See “Sway” at the Torpedo
Factory Art Center, 105 North
Union St. in Studio 21. Visit or call 703683-1780.
Historic Attic and Alley Tours. 9
a.m.-noon, Lee-Fendall House
Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St.
or at the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum,
134 N. Royal St. The curious are
invited to visit rarely seen spaces at
four of Alexandria’s historic sites on
this special three-hour walking tour
of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Museum, Lee-Fendall House Museum
& Garden and Carlyle House Historic
Park. $35. Visit
Your Home…Your Neighborhood…
Your Newspaper
Women’s Bike Ride. 9:30 a.m.
beginning at Jones Point Park, under
the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Women
on a Roll Ride organized by
Alexandria Spokeswomen. Leisurely
ride will visit cycling shops to remind
businesses that female cyclists are a
growing market. Riders are
encouraged to wear green and must
wear helmets. Snacks and
refreshments provided at the shops.
Free, registration available at http://
Wetlands Awareness Day. Noon-4
p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701
Lockheed Blvd. Learn about the
wetlands and the birds and animals
that live there. Family fun fair with
displays, games, face paintings. Free
event, fee for some activities. Rain or
shine. Call 703-768-2525 or visit
T.C. Williams Titan Expo. 1-5 p.m.
at the school, 3330 King St. Carnival
games, car bash, bake sale, bingo,
used book sale and music. Rain or
shine. Free admission but activities
cost, to benefit scholarships.
Jazz Concert. 2 p.m. at Beatley
Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Jazz
music with the Northern Virginia
Community College Jazz Combo.
Visit or call
Art Exhibit Opening Reception. 2-4
p.m. at Printmakers Inc., Studio
#325 in Alexandria’s Torpedo
Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St.
“Printed Painted Potted,” Avis
Fleming’s one-artist show, on display
May 1-June 30.
History Lecture and Book Signing.
3 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House, 614
Oronoco St. Historian and author
John Beakes will speak on the
military career of Colonel Henry
“Light Horse Harry” Lee during the
American Revolution. Tickets $10 in
advance, $12 day of. Visit
Exp. 4/30/14
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 23
Who’s Trailing Don Beyer in Campaign Funds?
ONE CANDIDATE tried to portray his
campaign as superior to the Beyer campaign
in one aspect, pointing to the number of
individual contributors as a critical indication of support. Arlington Del. Patrick Hope
(D-47) issued a press release this week
claiming his campaign was the first to have
1,000 individual donors. That’s about 350
more donors than the campaign had on
March 31, the deadline for contributions in
the first quarter.
“We have made this election a referendum on standing up for the voiceless, the
sick, the disabled, the young and the elderly,” said Hope in a written statement. “I’m
so thankful that so many have responded
and helped fund the voter contact efforts
we will need to win onºJune 10th.”
Beyer campaign officials responded that
they have “well more” than 1,000 individual
contributors, although they declined to
Source: Federal Election Commission
From Page 1
not include loans or money from the candidate.
“Everybody else is still number two no
matter how you slice it,” said Stephen
Farnsworth, political science professor with
the University of Mary Washington.
No matter which way the other candidates sliced and diced the numbers, Beyer
comes out on top on the fundraising game.
The former lieutenant governor ran several
statewide races in the 1980s and 1990s, and
he later served as the chairman of the
American International Automobile Dealers
Association. More recently, he served as an
ambassador to Switzerland and
Lichtenstein. Since launching his campaign
to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Moran
(D-8) in January, Beyer has been able to
use those connections to raise more than
twice as much as any of his competitors,
even ones who loaned hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns.
“Don’s proven record on many progressive issues sets him apart in this race,” said
campaign finance director John Moffett.
“That distinction, coupled with his incredible work ethic, translated into a formidable
first quarter of fundraising.”
share specifics until the next fundraising
deadline in May. Federal campaign finance
documents do not specify the number of
individual donors, and individual contributions are listed only if they are more than
Beyer’s campaign finance documents list
$617,000 in itemized contributions and
$24,000 in unitemized contributions. Hope
supporters raised suspicions that these numbers could have come from more than 1,000
individual contributors because the average
contribution for an unitemized donor would
have to be between $25 and $40 rather than
a series of $100 checks.
“We’re not going to do a tick-tock of it
between now and then or respond when
another campaign decides they want to
announce something,” said Ann O’Hanlon,
senior advisor to the Beyer campaign.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE documents for
Chatman show that she raised the second
highest amount of total contributions, logging almost $270,0000. Her campaign was
able to benefit from a fundraiser her campaign held at the Crystal Gateway Marriot
in Arlington featuring Oprah Winfrey. The
event, which brought an audience of 400
supporters, focused on empowering women
and girls for leadership.
“In just a few months, our campaign continues to grow in momentum and strength,”
said Chatman. “I look forward to meeting
and connecting with more voters across the
8th District in the coming weeks.”
The Euille campaign responded with a
press release claiming the Alexandria mayor
had actually come in second place in
When asked how Euille could claim second place when Chatman reported about
$64,000 more than Euille in total contributions, the Euille campaign pointed out that
Chatman had contributed $100,000 to her
own campaign on March 21. By that logic,
the mayor’s campaign argues, Euille had
more “supporter contributions.”
“The fact that we are second in the race
for supporter contributions signals that the
people are making a strong statement about
who they want to see in Congress,” Euille
said in a written statement. “Momentum is
building just at the right time and it will
continue in the coming weeks.”
AS THE DEADLINE approached for the
first quarter fundraising documents, two
candidates issued massive unsecured loans
to their campaigns to boost their standing.
One was Levine, who issued two loans in
February worth $10,000.
Then on March 31, the last day before the
deadline, he loaned his campaign $240,000.
This gave him the second largest total for
cash on hand in the race.
“This is a people-powered campaign,”
Levine said in a written statement about his
campaign fundraising numbers. “People
from across the district and across the country are excited about my candidacy.”
When the Federal Election Commission
released the first-quarter fundraising documents last week, Shuttleworth’s original
report showed he had a negative campaign
The campaign has since filed an amended
report, explaining that a software problem
created errors in the first document. His
amended reports shows he issued several
unsecured loans to his campaign totaling
$330,000, some of which date back to his
last campaign against Moran. His campaign
issued a statement declaring “Bruce
Shuttleworth and Beyer lead in fundraising
in first quarter filings.”
“If you have to drop a lot of your own
money into a race, that suggests you are
not likely to be successful,” said Farnsworth.
“It suggests to potential donors that you
don’t need or can’t get money effectively,
and it also doesn’t really allow you to campaign as having the common touch.”
City Leaders Consider Selling Historic Structure
From Page 3
dreds of millions of dollars for that site,” said Mayor Bill Euille during a
recent budget work session. “Those are the things we have to look at, and
we would not be doing our fiduciary responsibility if we didn’t look at the
bigger picture.”
Much of the building is currently served by 40-year old mechanical equipment, which city leaders say has been piecemealed together as operations
have changed. Last year, budget officials estimated the cost of fixing the
HVAC system would be about $18 million. This year, though, that estimate
almost doubled to $34 million. Add a list of other structural problems,
and city officials could be looking at a $50 million renovation — leading
the mayor to publicly speculate about selling the building and relocating
the government somewhere else.
“I personally cannot imagine when this building would be gone and be
replaced by something else and that City Hall would be somewhere else,”
said Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg. “Hopefully we can fix what needs to be
Alexandria Library Local
History Special Collections
The current version
of City Hall was
designed by Adolf
Cluss in 1871,
although the side
facing Market
Square is a 1960s
See City Leaders, Page 27
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From Page 17
The next concert, the last of this year’s series, is
on May 6: Benny and Eric Kim will be guest artists in a program that includes Arensky’s Quartet
in A minor (Op. 35) for violin, viola, and two cellos.
If you would like more information or to receive
email notifications of concert dates and programs,
please call 703-433-9135, or email Ginger Peabody
at [email protected] You may also
subscribe to email announcements of forthcoming concerts at
Bruce Miller
Urban Mode
To the Editor:
Going by foot is the most natural, energy efficient, safe, and uncongested way to traverse an
urban environment. It is overwhelmingly sociable,
nonthreatening, accommodating and doesn’t require much by way of an investment to enjoy. Feet
were made for walking, and people navigate even
the smallest, tightest spaces best as pedestrians.
And left to themselves, it is exceedingly rare to
find that pedestrians are a hazard. A recent intercept study, done for a possible transformation of
the unit block of King Street, showed 80 percent
of those traveling in that area were pedestrians.
The remaining 20 percent of transportation modes
were cars, trucks and bikes. As always, Old Town
has continued to succeed as a prime example
of how a dense urban environment works best
— on foot. This is also what contributes to the
uniquely sociable and welcoming place that is
packed into the Old and Historic District. Even
the Tot Park on Royal Street, where many small
children and their grateful mothers talk and
play, is reached on foot. Fun to speculate on
just how many of these tots actually took their
first steps among the tiny park’s abundance of
shared toys and trikes!
The problem at the moment is that vehicles,
i.e., cars and bikes, control our conversation
about how to move people in ways that make
everyone happy and keep them safe. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Group, even when they
ostensibly speak for pedestrians, base all their
advocacy on “bikes” and form all their phrases
and arguments around the evils of autos. Public transportation is a complete shadow player,
although arguably the best mode for moving
masses of people, reliably and safely, over short
periods of time. In fact, in the complete and
shared streets concept the modes feature pedestrians and public transit options … buses or
metros. The “Last Mile” was originally coined
by Smart Growth activists to describe the lack
of sidewalks to connect pedestrians with public transportation.
Global studies and projects have yet to demonstrate that designing or combining three
modes (pedestrians/bikes/cars) can work without failure for one or more. Believe me, I’ve
searched Japanese, Danish, American, South
American, Swedish, Viennese, British, and
Dutch reports. The one thing they have in com-
mon is an admission of failure to design and
operate a multi-modal system, one that is
safe, equitable, and free flowing for everyone. The general result seems to be that vehicles, i.e., cars and bikes, become tangled
and congested; pedestrians abandon their
previously safe walking routes, and accidents
happen more often. Old Town is a walkers’
paradise, because the blocks are short and
have stop signs or lights on every corner. The
core of the city is a dense suburbia that is
shaded by mature trees and winding streets,
which make it a pleasant place to walk. But
as demonstrated by the recent King Street
Bike Lane fiasco, implementation of a trimodal street, undertaken without adequate
research or meaningful data, is a doubtful
way to move to “complete streets.” Worse,
by focusing keenly on cars and bikes, we risk
deep-sixing those who use the dominant
mode and walk for exercise and pleasure,
especially the aged.
Pedestrians are the dominant means of
travel and will be for a long time to come.
Instead of using bicycles and eliminating
parking spaces to force change, let’s concentrate on creating an urban setting that favors the human foot on well-maintained
sidewalks. Feet are probably common to 99.9
percent of the people who traverse Alexandria. Let’s re-start the city’s conversation
about getting round town and put pedestrians in the lead.
Kathryn Papp
From Page 15
placing them in the bin.
❖ What should I do with batteries and electronics? Alexandria residents can drop off their
e-waste at 3224 Colvin Street,
Alexandria on Mondays and
Saturdays only from 7:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. In Arlington County,
e-waste can be dropped off at
the Water Pollution Control
Plant at 530 31st St. S., Arlington, or residents can schedule
a special pickup of these items
on the day their normal trash is
picked up.
❖ Can I recycle empty containers that once held chemicals? Yes, as long as the container is completely empty. Motor oil is the exception. You cannot recycle motor oil containers as the residual oil can interfere with the recycling process.
Armed with a little extra
knowledge, we can work together this Earth Day to improve our recycling habits, making an even bigger difference to
our environment and the world
we live in. Thanks for doing
your part and Happy Earth Day.
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 25
Enjoying the 4th Annual Mardi Growl
olorful boas and festival masks
greeted the guests arriving at
the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office on April 2 for the 4th
annual Mardi Growl benefiting the Animal
Welfare League of Alexandria.
Hundreds of items were donated by area
merchants and friends of AWLA for the silent auction. Major sponsors of the annual
fundraiser were Greenleaf Health LLC,
Rosenthal Auto, Jackie and Charles Cottrell,
Kendra Davis and Joe Trahern, Hayfield
Animal Hospital, Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, Andrew Palmieri of Saul Ewing, Tykie
Tobin, and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran was honored as
King of the Krewe of Barkus.
Evening emcees were Steve Rudin of
ABC7/WJLA-TV and the Alexandria Town
Crier Benjamin Fiore-Walker. Diane Vidoni
chaired the Mardi Growl host committee
with Shari Bolouri, Diane Devendorf,
Suzanne Goulden, Charlotte Hall, Tina
Leone, Sandy Modell, Gayle Reuter, Lisa
Waller and Sandy Yamamoto.
Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
Photo by John Bordner
AWLA executive director Megan
Webb, right, and ABC7’s Steve
Rudin listen to remarks during
Mardi Growl 2014 held April 2 at
the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.
Neal Trent, Janet Barnett, Lynnwood Campbell and AWLA executive
director Megan Webb.
Photo by John Bordner
Animal Control officer Joe Sesky
waves to Mardi Growl attendees.
Judge Connie Frogale, deputy director of AWLA Joe Seskey, Sheriff Dana
Lawhorne, Janet Barnett and Lynnwood Campbell.
Rachel Miller and Del Ray Pizzeria
chef Eric Reid.
Photo by John Bordner
AWLA executive director Megan Webb, deputy director Joe Seskey and director of development Paige
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Lisa Caputo and Ben Sandvik and Allie the Cat.
AWLA executive director Megan
Webb thanks the crowd for their
support at Mardi Growl 2014.
Photo by John Bordner
Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
AWLA executive director Megan Webb talks with King of
the Krewe of Barkus U.S. Rep. Jim Moran.
Patsy Ticer enjoys a laugh as AWLA
board member Lynwood Campbell
addresses the crowd.
Former Gov. Jim
Gilmore, left, with
Josh Hamidi and
Alexandria Cupcake
owner Adnan
Photo by John Bordner
City Leaders Consider
Selling City Hall
From Page 24
fixed and keep what is historic.”
CITY HALL is one of Alexandria’s crown
jewels, although a number of earlier buildings were once located there. The first building was a market house constructed in
1750. Then there was the Fairfax County
courthouse, which was constructed in 1752.
A schoolhouse and town hall were built in
1759, and a brick prison was constructed
in 1763. Then there was the addition of the
Friendship Volunteer Fire Company in 1774
and the Sun Fire Company in 1775. In 1782,
another building was added to serve as the
Hustings Court.
The cluster of buildings became confusing and crowded, though, and city leaders
of that era wanted one building that would
serve as a center of government. So in 1817,
Alexandria commissioned architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe to design a three-story
brick building with a distinctive clock tower.
That building was destroyed by a massive
fire on May 18, 1871. So city leaders hired
architect Adolf Cluss to build a new City
Hall, incorporating Latrobe’s design for the
clock tower.
In 1961, architects Robert Willgoos and
Dwight Chase designed a southern addition
that filled in the yard that has long served
“So the prior renovations
have really been passing
the buck, and a certain
point in time you have to
pay. And now the bill is
— Jeremy McPike,
director of General Services
as Market Square. Then in the 1980s, the
firm of Neer and Graef gutted the building
and created the interior space that modernday visitors experience when they visit City
“The last time City Hall was renovated in
1990, it was really more of a superficial
renovation,” said Jeremy McPike, director
of General Services. “So the prior renovations have really been passing the buck, and
a certain point in time you have to pay. And
now the bill is due.”
Euille said the building would remain in
tact, even if the building is sold. Meanwhile,
city leaders don’t have to make any decisions in the near future. Budget officials
have set the funding for 2021.
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 27
Photos by Veronica Bruno/Gazette Packet
Andrea Hardy and Joan Silver reminisced in the
foyer of LTA’s theatre over cocktails during the
pre-performance party.
From left, Jean Coyle, Lois Legoske and
Nancyann Burton shared a laugh while socializing in the courtyard of LTA.
Mike Toomey greeted Doris Wolf as she and
her husband, Jerry Wolf (left), signed in to
the guest book.
Little Theatre of Alexandria Celebrates 80 Years
upporters and company members
came out on Saturday, April 12, to
celebrate Little Theatre of
Alexandria’s 80th anniversary extravaganza. The evening began with a
champagne reception where patrons had a
chance to reminisce about the
organization’s years of productions and
The evening culminated in a showcase
that featured stars from past and present
productions and lots of song and humor.
Musical numbers included “No Business
Like Show Business,” “Anything Goes,” “All
That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and “That’s Entertainment.” The audience was treated to
highlights from Shakespeare’s “Taming of
the Shrew,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof.” Vice Mayor Allison
Silberberg welcomed the audience.
— Veronica Bruno
Actress Sharon Clark-Napolitano ran into LTA longtime member and supporter, Bonnie Jourdan, a 90year-old performer with the company. Jourdan performed in the musical theatre class’s opening and
closing songs for the show.
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg and Lynn Bostain
greeted Rance Willis as he joined the reception.
Named Virginia
Social Worker of Year
Photos by Sally B. Macklin/Gazette Packet
On Exhibit
Katie Runnerstom shows some
of her large abstract paintings
at the Athenaeum last month.
She also gave a free workshop
to children.
Artist Katie Runnerstom with the director of the Athenaeum,
Catherine Aselford.
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BonillaGaldamez is the recipient of the 2014 Social
Worker of the Year
Award from the National Association of
Social Workers Virginia
(NASWVA) Chapter.
NASWVA presents the
honor to only one individual annually.
Bonilla-Galdamez is a school social worker
at Charles Barrett Elementary School.
“Ms. Bonilla-Galdamez is so deserving of
this honor. She works tirelessly, with boundless enthusiasm, to support our students and
their families each day,” said Charles Barrett
Principal Seth Kennard. “She has created
support groups for parents, as well as a
mentoring program pairing students with
police officers, fire fighters and teachers to
serve the needs of our community. We are
so lucky to have her and thrilled that her
dedication to doing whatever it takes for
our students and families is being recognized.”
Email announcements to [email protected] Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome.
Photo Contributed
Twenty-five residents of Alexandria have been
named to the fall semester dean’s list at Radford
University. They are Kestra Noel Aardema,
sophomore art major; Kennise J. Baker, sophomore social work major; Matthew Glen Collins,
junior music major; Julie Gosline, senior interdisciplinary studies major; Jonathan Lee
Krashevski, senior management major; Kelsey
Jean Lawhead, senior interdisciplinary studies
major; Evan Kwon-Lee Scott, senior exercise,
sport and health education major; Anne Marie
Warren, senior interdisciplinary studies major;
Sylvia Kwandzewa Addison, senior psychology major; Derek M. Barrera, junior political
science major; Ayda Mamuye Bekele, senior
nursing major; Destiny Boyd, freshman political
science major; Burt Griffin Brown-Glazner,
senior geospatial science major; Charles Edward
Crawford, senior exercise, sport and health education major; Castro Basoa Frimpong, senior
exercise, sport and health education major; Alyssa
P. Klinksiek, sophomore music major; Jasmin
Dominique Lawrence, senior communication
major; Linnea Christine Markson, junior interdisciplinary studies major; Richard Osei, junior
art major; Jessica Painter, freshman exercise,
sport and health education major; Lauren
Painter, freshman exercise, sport and health education major; Natasha Perez, freshman political
science major; Sarah Brynne Rainey, freshman
biology major; Ariam Goitom Tedia, freshman
pre-nursing major; Joshua Patrick Wagner,
sophomore management major; and Chelsea
Lorraine Willis, junior pre-business major.
Inspiring Students
Tyler DeWitt, former high school teacher, MIT student, and leading
innovator in making science education fun, shared his enthusiasm
for STEM with students at T.C. Williams High School as part of the
USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty program that
brings top scientists to local schools to inspire students about
STEM in advance of the April 26-27 USA Science & Engineering
Festival in D.C.
Shuaib Kamara, a student at Davis & Elkins
College, was named to the fall 2013 dean’s list.
Kamara is the son of Rashida Kamara of Alexandria.
Michael Patrick Flynn was named to the
dean’s list at Texas Lutheran University.
Timothy Bryan Long graduated with a master of business administration degree through
Averett University’s Graduate and Professional
Studies Program.
Gregory Lambert of Alexandria, graduated in
December from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
with a bachelor of science degree in business administration - management.
Christopher Fry, who studies electrical engineering, and Jocelyn Griser, who studies
mathematics, were named to the dean’s list at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Emily Rose Jayne graduated from University
of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science
degree in special education.
Leah Griser, Sophia Naide and Phoenix
Wilson have been named to the honors list at
Mary Baldwin College.
Jonathan Forbes has been named to the
dean’s list at Virginia Commonwealth University’s
School for the Arts. He is studying music education
and trumpet performance.
Anna Dixon, who majors in nursing, and
Carolyn G. Lucas, who majors in theatre, were
both named to the dean’s list at DeSales University.
Victoria Polchinski received academic honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at
Arizona State University by making the university’s
dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.
Kathleen Wyskoczka was named to the
deans’ list/honor roll at University of NebraskaLincoln. Wyskoczka is a junior pre-mild/moderate
disabilities K-6 major in the
College of Education and Human Sciences.
ture and Urban Studies, Renee C. Von
Guggenberg, a senior majoring in biochemistry
in the College of Science, Shauna M. Erickson,
a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College
of Business, Adil Mahmood, a senior majoring
in computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Vincenzo Caballero- Acuna, a senior
majoring in electrical engineering in the College of
Engineering, Eileen Cheng, a junior majoring in
chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, Bryauna J. Clark, a senior majoring in
interior design in the College of Architecture and
Urban Studies, Kelsey E. Donley, a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the
Pamplin College of Business, Olivia N.
Foroughi, a junior majoring in sociology in the
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,
Xavier E. Gomez, a junior majoring in general
engineering in the College of Engineering, Molly
E. Vaughan, a junior majoring in architecture in
the College of Architecture and Urban Studies,
Zhiyuan Yang, a senior majoring in finance in
the Pamplin College of Business, Elizabeth V.
Schwartz, a junior majoring in political science
in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,
Devin B. Amole, a senior majoring in political
science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human
Sciences, Khoki N. Bernier, a junior majoring in
business information technology in the Pamplin
College of Business, Edward B. Harmon, a junior majoring in civil engineering in the College of
Engineering, Laura A. Jacobs, a freshman majoring in agricultural sciences in the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Guchenwu Jia, a
sophomore majoring in management in the
Pamplin College of Business, Michael C.
Pourchot, a sophomore majoring in mathematics in the College of Science, Hans Carlo E.
Rivera, a freshman majoring in biochemistry in
the College of Science, Zoe E. Riviere, a sophomore majoring in human development in the
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,
Michael L. Robertson, a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science, Anthony
Q. Tran, a freshman majoring in university studies, Alexander W. Cheng, a senior majoring in
architecture in the College of Architecture and
Urban Studies, Kevin H. Corcoran, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering in the
College of Engineering, Kathleen H. Driscoll, a
senior majoring in psychology in the College of
Science, Alexandra K. Dunn, a senior majoring
in international studies in the College of Liberal
Arts and Human Sciences, Anna M. Gehring, a
junior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,
Gabrielle N. Gonzalez, a sophomore majoring
in environmental policy and planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Mark C.
Micklem, a sophomore majoring in finance in the
Pamplin College of Business, Ian S. Philips, a
senior majoring in food science and technology in
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Joseph F. Taylor, a junior majoring in aerospace
engineering in the College of Engineering, Karina
S. Bakhshi-Azar, a freshman majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and
Human Sciences, Lindsey M. Baumann, a senior majoring in communication in the College of
Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Julianne D.
Bigler, a senior majoring in psychology in the
College of Science,Catherine S. Canary, a
sophomore majoring in environmental policy and
planning in the College of Architecture and Urban
See Schools, Page 32
The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech
were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013semester: Catherine J. Vermillion, a sophomore
majoring in human development in the College of
Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, D’Elia M.
Chandler, a senior majoring in English in the
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences,
Samuel J. Ferrara, a junior majoring in civil
engineering in the College of Engineering,
Catherine M. Hadeed, a sophomore majoring
in university studies, Andrew K. Kicinski, a senior majoring in mathematics in the College of
Science, Sean T. Ledbetter, a senior majoring in
public and urban affairs in the College of Architec-
Outstanding Crossing Guard
Photo Contributed
Photo Contributed
Charles Barrett Elementary School
Crossing Guard Angie Thigpen was
named by the Virginia Department of
Transportation as one of six Most
Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2013.
VDOT’s Safe Routes to School program
sponsored the contest in conjunction
with Virginia’s first Crossing Guard
Appreciation Day, held Feb. 12. Students and parents from across the
Commonwealth nominated 25 crossing
guards for the honor. Thigpen, a
Charles Barrett crossing guard since
2006, received nominations from
multiple parents in the community.
Dance for all Ages
Alexandria’s Successful Aging Committee and T.C. Williams High
School Student Government sponsored a “Senior Prom” for
Alexandria’s seniors — a night of fun with dancing, refreshments
and door prizes.
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 29
Beverly Bresler Beidler
Vantross Medina-White
Ria Kristine S. Namata
Michael A. Tilghman II
Gala To Benefit Scholarship Fund
he Scholarship Fund of Alexandria will hold
its 28th Annual Spring Gala dinner dance
and silent auction on Saturday, April 26 at
the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary
Road. The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, which
was named the 2013 Nonprofit of the Year by the
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, provides approximately $900,000 annually in scholarships to T.C.
Williams graduates.
Each year at the gala, the Fund honors former
scholarship recipients who have used their scholarship support to attain their college and career dreams.
These “Portraits of Success” relied on SFA funds to
partially fund their educations. This year’s honorees
are: Vantross Medina-White, Ria Kristine S. Namata,
and Michael A. Tilghman II.
Medina-White, a 1995 graduate of T.C. Williams,
fulfilled her dream of a career in education and now
teaches special education at James K. Polk Elementary School in Alexandria. A double graduate of
George Mason University, Medina-White holds a B.A.
in psychology and a master’s in special education.
Medina-White recently became a National Board
Certified teacher. She describes teaching as her passion. Namata arrived in Alexandria as a child when
her family moved to the U.S. from the Philippines.
She graduated from T.C. Williams in 2002 and com-
pleted a B.S. degree in finance at George Mason
University. Namata is currently the group business
finance manager with Gibbs and Cox in Crystal City.
In the spirit of giving back, Namata and her husband, who is also a T.C. alumnus, donated some of
the money they received for their wedding to the
Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Tilghman, who graduated from T.C. Wililams in
2001, values the encouragement he received from
his teachers and his counselor at T.C. He completed
a B.A. in international affairs at George Washington
University and a Juris Doctor at Cornell University.
He is now an attorney specializing in employee benefits and litigation for the firm of Bailey & Ehrenberg,
PLLC in Washington, D.C. Tilghman volunteers his
time and expertise as a citizen member of the Alexandria Criminal Justice Board.
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria relies on support of the community with essential support coming from our Corporate Partners Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, MGAC, CNA, Southern Towers, The
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Beverly Bresler Beidler, a trailblazing woman who was one of the
first female elected officials in Alexandria, died March 28, 2014. She
was 85.
“She was so diligent and committed,” said Councilwoman Del Pepper. “She was someone who saw what needed to be done and did it.”
Beidler got her start in politics as president of the League of Women
Voters in Alexandria, where she served as president from 1965 to 1967.
She was first elected to the City Council in 1973, serving two terms
and stepping down in 1979. During her years on council, she was known
for her public information program, distributing information to civic
associations at a wide range of locations including libraries, recreation
centers, schools and commercial locations.
In 1987, she became registrar of voters and served 13 years in that
office. In 2000, shortly before her retirement, she served as chairwoman
of the Year 200 Complete Count Committee for the city, an effort to
make sure all Alexandria residents were counted in the Census. After
she retired in 2000, the City Council passed a proclamation honoring
year years of service.
“Beverly Beidler worked diligently for 13 years to increase opportunities for Alexandria residents to register and vote,” the proclamation
explained. Beidler was married to the late John Hassinger Beidler. She
was mother to Diana Simonton (Rich) of Alexandria, Gary Williams
Beidler (Deedie) of Massachusetts, Linda Moncure (William) and Bruce
Beidler (Theresa) both of Alexandria. She is survived by two brothers,
Ted Bresler of Florida and Mark Bresler of Pennsylvania as well as seven
grandchildren, Fredric, Mariah, Colin, Chloe, Drake, Athena and Emily.
The family will receive family and friends on Saturday, April 26, 2014
at 3 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, where a Memorial service
will be held at 4 p.m.
Sallie Leah Conley Scherrer
Sallie Leah Conley Scherrer died March 15, 2014. She resided at
207 N. Pitt St. and at the Alexandria House from 2000 until 2009.
Sallie is survived by her husband of 65 years, Victor, son Huel of Apple
Valley, Minn. and daughter Marla Merrick of Jonesborough, Tenn., six
grandchildren and one great grandson.
Sallie was born in Garrett, Ky., on Aug. 13, 1923. She graduated
from Alice Lloyd College, Ky., Berea College, Ky., The University of Kentucky, with additional graduate studies at the University of North Carolina and Northeastern University. Sallie taught in every grade beginning at age 16 in a one-room school on Mud Creek, Floyd County, Ky.
She went on to teach at Alice Deal Middle School in the District of
Columbia, The Estabrook School Lexington, Mass., and five schools in
Prince Georges County as a reading teacher, assistant principal and
principal. She has devoted her life to education and educating others.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is buried in her family cemetery, The Mimia Conley Family Cemetery, near Garrett, Ky.
A memorial contribution can be made to Alice Lloyd College, Box
100, Pippa Passes, KY 41844. Funeral arrangements were by Dillow
Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough, Tenn.
Volunteer Alexandria To Honor Community Leaders
olunteer Alexandria has named the
winners of its philanthropy and
community awards which will be
presented at the 16th annual Alexandria
Business Philanthropy Summit. The Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 7
from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the First Baptist
Church of Alexandria and be keynoted by
Good360 Board Chair and former HewlettPackard Company CEO, Carly Fiorina. The
Business Philanthropy Summit is the first
of two Spring for Alexandria events in May.
The 2014 award winners are:
❖ Mike Anderson, local philanthropist
and restaurateur, is the 2014 Business Philanthropist of the Year. This award is given
to an Alexandria business leader in recog-
nition of extraordinary commitment to
volunteerism and financial support to the
Alexandria community.
❖ J. Glenn Hopkins, who has served since
1991 as the President/CEO of the Hopkins
House, is the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of the
Year. The award is given to a nonprofit executive who has shown extraordinary leadership for his or her organization, as well
as has made a broader impact on the Alexandria community and the region.
❖ Joseph F. Viar, Jr, who has supported
Inova Alexandria Hospital since the early
1980s by leading its board, raising muchneeded funds and volunteering countless
hours, is the winner of the 2014 Nonprofit
Board Leader of the Year. This award is
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given to an individual for their extraordinary commitment to volunteerism, board
service and support of nonprofit organizations in the Alexandria community.
❖ Brendan O’Toole, Marine Corps veteran
and founder, The Run for Veterans, is the
2014 Veteran of the Year. This award is given
to a military veteran who has demonstrated
exceptional leadership in volunteerism,
philanthropy, patriotism and public awareness of veterans’ needs in Alexandria. This
is the first time this award will be given.
❖ The late Thomas J. “T.J.” Fannon, who
worked his entire career at Thomas J.
Fannon and Sons, Inc., his family heating
and air conditioning business founded by
his grandfather, is the winner of the 2014
Business Philanthropy Legacy Award. This
award is bestowed on families and their
businesses that continue to make a difference in Alexandria through their legacy of
dedication to local nonprofit organizations.
Co-Chaired by Val Hawkins, Alexandria
Economic Development Partnership’s president & CEO, and Pam De Candio, senior vice
president of John Marshall Bank, the Summit is a breakfast event where business and
nonprofit leaders gather.
The second Spring for Alexandria event,
the Community Service Day in partnership
with the City of Alexandria, will be held on
May 16 throughout the city of Alexandria.
Guests at the Summit can sign up for the
Service Day.
Alexandria Gazette Packet Sports Editor Jon Roetman
703-224-3015 or [email protected]
Bishop Ireton Girls’ Lax Eyes WCAC, State Titles
Cardinals have
improved each year
under Coach Sofield.
By Jon Roetman
Gazette Packet
Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
he Bishop Ireton girls’ lacrosse
program has improved through
out Rick Sofield’s four-year tenure as head coach. In 2011,
Sofield’s first season with Ireton, the team
finished 12-9. In 2012, the Cardinals went
15-8 and reached the VISAA state championship game, where they lost to national
power St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes.
Last season, Ireton posted a 17-6 record,
finished runner-up in the Washington
Catholic Athletic Conference and reached
the state semifinals.
This year, the Cardinals have shown no
signs of slowing down. Ireton defeated
Springfield Delco High School (Pa.) 16-8
on April 17, improving its record to 10-2.
Among the Cardinals’ victories is a 13-12
win over Georgetown Visitation on April 7.
The Cubs were recently ranked No. 2 in the
Washington Post’s top 10.
Ireton’s two losses came against Good
Counsel, the team which defeated the Cardinals in last season’s WCAC title game, and
the undefeated Brighton Barons of Rochester, N.Y.
“Last year, we got to the conference finals and that was a great experience,”
Sofield said. “We led at half and we didn’t
finish. We played a good team and they
outperformed us in the second half. We
know what it’s like; it’s not a mystery anymore. We want to get back there and we
want to come out on the other end this
Bishop Ireton junior Charlotte
Sofield is committed to the University of North Carolina.
Bishop Ireton junior Kelly Mathews
is committed to Boston University.
Junior attacker Kelly Mathews said the
loss to Good Counsel last season is a motivator for the Cardinals.
“Over the past couple years, we’ve definitely gotten better and better each year,
so we’re definitely expected to do big things
this year,” Mathews said. “But I think losing that game last year definitely lit a fire.
All the girls are really like, we’re up for the
challenge and we want to do big things this
Mathews, who is committed to Boston
University is the team’s leading goal scorer
this season, while junior midfielder Charlotte Sofield, who is committed to the University of North Carolina, is the team’s
leader in assists, according to stats from the
Washington Post’s The
duo performed well against Springfield
Delco, helping Ireton bounce back from a
17-7 loss to Brighton (N.Y.). Sofield finished
with four goals and five assists, and
Mathews tallied four goals and an assist
during the Cardinals’ 16-8 win.
“[Mathews is] great off ball,” Rick Sofield
said. “She’s sneaky. Half the time, you look
at her and you’re not sure what she’s up to
and all of the sudden she takes two steps
and she’s wide open. Charlotte’s our best
feeder — she leads the region in assists —
and she’s finding Kelly open. It’s just a great
“Charlotte is tall, so she can see over the
defense. Kelly is a really deceptive cutter
and she catches anything near her. You
throw the ball anywhere near her, she’s
going to catch it and she knows exactly what
to do with it after she catches it.”
Charlotte Sofield said she is 6 feet tall,
which has its ups and downs.
“I’ve always been in the tall group, but in
seventh grade I had a growth spurt,” she
said. “… It’s a little bit awkward being a 6foot 13-year-old, but you get used to it.
Everything has its advantages and its disadvantages. It’s good for me for feeding and
I can get big, I can get more power on my
shots. But it has its disadvantages: I get a
little bit more fouls than most people, look
a little bit more threatening.”
Senior attacker Kendall Cunningham, one
of three team captains (Charlotte Sofield,
junior defender Kaitlin Luzik), scored three
goals against Springfield Delco.
“We’re hungry this season,” she said. “We
want to get Good Counsel back. … The team
is looking good.”
Cunningham will play for Rhodes College
in Memphis, Tenn.
“When she maintains that maximum effort, positive attitude, the whole team follows her,” Rick Sofield said. “She’s a natural leader and they gravitate to her and
that’s what makes her such a strong player.”
Ireton will travel to Georgia to play three
games the weekend of April 25-27. The
Cardinals will return home to host Bishop
O’Connell on Monday, April 28.
Rick Sofield said Ireton’s focus is on winning the six games in May necessary to bring
home WCAC and VISAA state championships. “Our expectations are consistent,” he
said. “I tell the girls every year we want to
win championships and don’t be shy about
that. It’s not a secret. That’s the goal and
that’s the goal every season.”
T.C. Williams Crew Dominates Smokey Jacobs
Titan rowers win six, finish second in two.
fter spending their spring break last
week getting up before dawn for a
grueling series of two-a-day practices on the Potomac, members of the T.C.
Williams crew team saw their hard work
pay off this past Saturday at the Smokey
Jacobs Regatta, where they turned in their
most dominant performance in years.
In total for the day, Titan rowers were
victorious in six races and were runners-up
in two others.
The boys’ lightweight 8 made it down the
1,500-meter race course with a time of
4:54.80, which was nearly five seconds
faster than the second-place boat from
Washington-Lee. Members of the lightweight 8 include: coxswain Jessica Gray and
rowers Angelo Leitner-Wise, Calvin
Heimberg, George Waskowicz, Toavina
Rotolojanahavy, Sarin Suvanasai, Alex
Psaltis-Ivanis, Perry Connor and Preston
Tracy. The “Lights” are guided by T.C. Will-
iams head boys’ crew coach Pete Stramese.
The girls’ first varsity 8 sprinted down the
race course with a time of 5:20.40, which
was over two seconds faster than the girls’
crew from McLean. Members of the T.C.
girls’ first varsity include: coxswain Rosa
Procaccino and rowers Katie Pickup, Claire
Embrey, Maria Justinanio, Kyra McClary,
Amelia Bender, Giulia Pastore, Maeve Bradley and Kate Arnold. The first varsity 8 is
guided by coach Jaime Rubini.
The boys’ third varsity 8 crossed the finish line with a time of 05:14.00, which was
over eight seconds faster than runner-up WL. Members of the third varsity include:
coxswain Brianna Zuckerman and rowers
Drew Jones, Alan Birchler, Jack Kane,
Callum Jaffe, Luis Teran, Conor Ferris, John
Hogan and Sam Lally. The third varsity is
also guided by Stramese.
The girls’ freshman 8 “A” boat made it
down the course with a time of 5:35.10,
which was over 26 seconds faster than the
second-place boat from West Springfield.
Members of the freshman 8 “A” boat include:
coxswain Elizabeth Roda and rowers Anissa
Ashraf, Olivia Anthony, Reed Kenny,
Caroline Hill, Lily Warden, Katie Murphy,
Sierra Arnold and Emily De-Bodene. The
frosh 8 are guided by T.C. Williams girls’
head crew coach Patrick Marquardt.
The girls’ freshman 8 “B” boat crossed the
finish line ahead of W-L (final times were
not posted on the race). Members of the
freshman 8 “B” boat include: coxswain
Amanda Eisenhour and rowers Cobie
Johnson, Jessica Mellon, Ella Benbow,
Fatima Chavez, Lauren Kelly, Dilma Mejia,
Cecilia Fernandez and Tori Cook. The frosh
8 “B” girls are guided by coach Cara Donley.
The girls’ novice 8 made it down the race
course with a time of 6:07.60, which was
over 14 seconds faster than the runner-up
boat from Lake Braddock. Members of the
novice 8 include: coxswain Andi Scroggs
and rowers Cleo Lewis, Grace Hogan, Emma
Carroll, Grace Vannatta, Holly Garrett, Hope
Parsons and Meredith Lemke. The novice 8
are also guided by Donley.
In addition to winning these six races, the
Titans also had two boats that captured second-place honors in two events. The boats
were: the T.C. boys’ varsity 8, who finished
with a time of 4:45.56, just over two seconds behind Woodson; and the T.C. boys’
freshman 8, who crossed the wire with a
time of 5:21.21, also behind Woodson.
The Titans now enter the most challenging part of their schedule. First up is the
Charlie Butt Regatta, which will be held this
Saturday along the Georgetown waterfront
and will feature some of the top crews in
the Washington, D.C.-metro area. The
Charlie Butt Regatta will be followed by the
Virginia State Rowing Championship at
Occoquan, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in
Philadelphia, the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in
West Windsor, N.J., and the Canadian
Schoolboy Championship.
Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 24-30, 2014 ❖ 31
From Page 29
Studies, Christina L. Devine, a senior majoring in engineering science
and mechanics in the College of Engineering, Todd P. Ferri, a sophomore
majoring in university studies, Miles H.
Gheesling, a freshman majoring in
theatre arts in the College of Liberal Arts
and Human Sciences, Thomas C.
Gigure, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science,
Dylan M. Keightley, a junior majoring in mathematics in the College of
Science, Saskia R. Kroesen, a junior
majoring in human nutrition, foods, and
exercise in the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences, Marc O. Lotterie,
a freshman majoring in French in the
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Corinne C. Mayer, a senior
majoring in biological sciences in the
College of Science, Matthew G.
McLean, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of
Engineering, Leo T. Naegele, a senior
majoring in architecture in the College
of Architecture and Urban Studies, Kyle
S. Parker, a senior majoring in computer science in the College of
Engineering, Lauren M. Price, a
freshman majoring in international
studies in the College of Liberal Arts and
Human Sciences, Catherine B.
Royka, a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Laina
Schneider, a senior majoring in crop
and soil environmental sciences in the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Brian T. Smith, a sophomore majoring in university studies, Robert G.
Soule, a freshman majoring in statistics
in the College of Science, Susan L.
Sterne, a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science, Jackson
B. Toth, a freshman majoring in physics in the College of Science, Sean M.
Trenchard, a sophomore majoring in
business information technology in the
Pamplin College of Business, Trevor R.
Woods, a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of
Engineering, Blake H. Barrow, a junior majoring in international studies in
the College of Liberal Arts and Human
Sciences, Megan E. Cole, a freshman
majoring in human nutrition, foods, and
exercise in the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences, Hunter J.
Fairchild, a junior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of
Business, Travis E. Frank, a senior
majoring in landscape architecture in
the College of Architecture and Urban
Studies, Sonia Garakyaraghi, a
sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering,
Andrew K. Hicks, a senior majoring
in civil engineering in the College of
Engineering, Louis G. Michael, a
sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering,
Kevin R. Ng, a freshman majoring in
political science in the College of Liberal
Arts and Human Sciences, Matthew J.
Petroff, a sophomore majoring in geosciences in the College of Science, Amy
J. Rhodes, a sophomore majoring in
mechanical engineering in the College
of Engineering, Serenna R. Schantz,
a freshman majoring in university studies, Mirab A. Somuah Sampong, a
junior majoring in international studies
in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Nicholas O. Velkoff, a
freshman majoring in international
studies in the College of Liberal Arts and
Human Sciences, David A. Anderegg,
a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering,
Chaabane Bekkadja, a junior majoring in economics in the Pamplin College
of Business, Jodie R. Burnett, a freshman majoring in general engineering in
the College of Engineering, Christopher P. Cornett, a sophomore
majoring in general engineering in the
College of Engineering, John B.
Dasteel, a senior majoring in building
construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Daniella E.
Diaz, a sophomore majoring in animal
and poultry sciences in the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Gillian
F. Gavino, a freshman majoring in international studies in the College of
Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Jason J. Gebran, a senior majoring in
biochemistry in the College of Science,
Jisue Han, a sophomore majoring in
mathematics in the College of Science,
Navneeth Kikkeri, a senior majoring
in electrical engineering in the College
of Engineering, Frank C. Kozuch, a
junior majoring in civil engineering in
the College of Engineering, Andreas C.
Kunkel, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering in the College of
Engineering, Natalie S. Montequin,
a senior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and
Human Sciences, Deloris D. NimakoMensah, a senior majoring in
management in the Pamplin College of
Business, Meriam G. Nure, a freshman majoring in university studies,
David C. Oetjen, a senior majoring in
mechanical engineering in the College
of Engineering, Morgan L. Pixa, a
senior majoring in biochemistry in the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Stefan J. Povolnya, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering in the
College of Engineering, Megan P.
Rigsbee, a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of
Engineering, Jennifer L. Thompson,
a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science,
Rebecca K. Truong, a sophomore
majoring in biochemistry in the College
Veeramachaneni, a sophomore ma
Leah Devendorf and Marie and Leia Hubbard sing and perform “How Much Is That
Doggie in the Window?”
Lyles-Crouch Students Perform for the Animals
tudents took the stage singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and more to
benefit the animals at the Animal
Welfare League of Alexandria in
February at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. The program, the
first annual musical benefit, received donations of supplies and
money from the families and
friends of the performers.
Abigail Wondwossen plays
an original piano solo “If
Cats Ate Cupcakes.”
Mia Salazar demonstrate
“Naturally Tae Kwon Do.”
McKenna Buckley plays
“Lyles-Crouch Traditional
Academy Cats and Dogs.”
“When the Saints (Dogs) Go
Marching In” is performed
by Luca Gwathmey on the
Amanda Davis takes a
bow after her dance
routine “The Cat is
Always a Gymnast.”
Photos by
Louise Krafft
Gazette Packet
See Schools, Page 33
Good Shepherd
Catholic Church
Mass Schedule
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
& Saturday
Mornings: 9:00 am Mass,
followed by Rosary (on First
Friday, Mass followed by
Eucharistic Adoration)
Thursday & First Friday
of the Month:
7:30 pm Mass en Español
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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joring in accounting and information systems in
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Del Ray Realtor Honored
for Community Leadership
Jen Walker receives the Marguerite
Payez Leadership Award.
By Marilyn Campbell
The Gazette
hen Jen Walker moved to
the Del Ray section of Alexandria in 1997 she received
a warm welcome and felt an
immediate sense of community.
“The day I moved, neighbors came over
to welcome me, offered to loan me a lawn
mower if I needed one,” said Walker. “Del
Ray is a small community in a big city. Being from the South, it reminded me of my
small town in Georgia. You know your
neighbors, their kids, pets. We help each
other. You need something, just ask. Sometimes you don’t even have to ask, it just
The sense of community she felt led her
to community action.
“After moving to Del Ray, I wanted to get
involved,” said Walker. “My colleague and
mentor Nancy Dunning suggested I join the
Potomac West Business Association [which
is] now the Del Ray Business Association. The
next thing I knew [I was
asked] to join the market- Jen Walker
ing committee of the Del
Ray Business Association. Next thing I knew,
I was asked to chair First Thursdays. The
rest is history.”
THAT HISTORY has culminated with
Walker being named winner of the Marguerite Payez Leadership Award. Established by
the Alexandria Commission for Women, the
award is given to a woman who, through
volunteer work, has exhibited leadership
qualities and has trained other women to
assume leadership roles in the community.
Marcia Call, CEO, TalentFront, a corporate recruiting company, and a friend and
neighbor of Walker’s, nominated her for the
award. “Jen says yes first to any request for
help and then figures out what it is you
need,” said Call. “We have a close-knit community because Jen invested her time and
money in making it so.”
In addition to her community involvement, Walker is a real estate
agent at McEnearney Associates,
a locally owned real estate company. “Jen is an exceptional real
estate agent,” said Dave Hawkins,
Managing Broker in the Alexandria office of McEnearney Associates. “She lives and breathes it.
She has the biggest following and
the largest business in the Del Ray
marketplace in large part because
of her community involvement.”
Friends say that she is a shining
example of how women can become community leaders. “She is
the perfect role model for my
daughters,” said Call. “In addition
to being very successful in business, she brings joy to people who
know her. She always has time for
her friends and neighbors.”
Hawkins said, “She is a big supporter of the organizations that do
a lot of good. Jen is intimately involved in various charities, group
and neighborhood activities that
go on in the Del Ray area.”
Walker supports non-profit organizations and local schools to
raise funds for important causes
including the Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, T.C. Williams High School’s All Night
Graduation Party, First Night Alexandria, and Northern Virginia
Aids Ministries (NOVAM).
See Honored, Page 3
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Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
elebrating the 81st anniversary of
Historic Garden Week in Virginia,
this year’s tour features five pri
vately owned Old Town homes
and gardens in the southeast quadrant. The
chairs of the 2014 Alexandria Historic Home
& Garden Tour are Beth Eley, Maria Hopper
and Lucy S. Rhame. The tour is April 26, 2014
from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Tickets include admission to local historic properties Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Carlyle
House Historic Park and George Washington’s
Mount Vernon at no additional charge.
Tickets available on tour day at any of the
homes and at the Alexandria Visitors Center for
$40 for the tour or $20 for a single site. Advance
tickets: $35 and at the
Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King Street.
The formal garden has a long allee
of grass edged with flower beds
surrounded by a re-constructed
stone wall marking the footprint
of an early out-building. Of special
note are the marble steps salvaged
from Blair House during a mid20th-century remodeling.
Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
The garden at
206 Duke Street
features the “Little
Temple” encircled
by wisteria, providing a dramatic
focal point and
comfortable seating area.
Saturday, April 26,
2014, 10 a.m -4 p.m.
or at the Alexandria
Visitors Center, 221
King Street.
A proliferation of spring blooms add a border
beneath one of the garden walls.
Bowers of roses on cast iron trellises soften the brick walls at
206 Duke Street.
Evergreens, lacy Japanese maples,
sheared hornbeams and various
espaliers form the framework of
this garden.
Del Ray Realtor Honored for Community Leadership
From Page 2
the Heart of Del Ray award from the Del
Ray Business Association, an honor “given
to a business that serves as the heart and
soul of Del Ray.” In 2006, she created Cinema Del Ray, a free outdoor movie summer
series for Alexandria families.
Friends also applaud her modesty. “She
never talks about herself,” said Call. “She is
always helping others. She is the kind of
person I am raising my girls to be.”
Walker has volunteered to shovel snow
for Alexandria Snow Buddies, served coffee during the Alexandria Turkey Trot and
filled goodie bags for the Del Ray Halloween Parade.
“It’s not just about events,” said Walker.
“It’s helping others, giving to a cause, be-
ing passionate about something besides
Walker works to underscore the importance of community service. “Everything
that happens in Del Ray event-wise is run
by volunteers,” she said. “If we don’t help
things won’t happen. ... What can you do
to make things better for others. Help your
parents. Shovel snow for the neighbors,
hold a door, help someone unload their car.”
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She has also served on numerous Alexandria boards and commissions including
the Board of Zoning and Appeals, the Commission for the Arts, First Night, Senior Services and the Alexandria Police Association.
“Alexandria is a great city full of women
and men who are generous with their time
and money,” said Walker. “I’m just following
in their footsteps and trying to do my part.”
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Local Designers Help Unveil DC Design House
Area tastemakers dream home,
currently on the market for $3.85 million.
By Marilyn Campbell
The Connection
ocal designers showed off their
master work when the 2014 DC
Design House was unveiled recently. From Arlington to Burke,
and Alexandria to Potomac, Md., the area’s
top designers competed for an opportunity
to donate their talent to transform a local,
grand home into a showcase home.
The home, which is on the market for
$3.85 million, is now open to the public for
tours. It features six-bedrooms, five full-and
two half-baths. Built in 1929, the home features a three-car garage and a pool. The
stone house offers three levels and nearly
8,000 square feet of living space, which local designers transformed.
THE HOME’S FRONT FAÇADE was designed by David Benton and Jim Rill of
Potomac’s Rill Architects. Inspired by the
stately stone home, the duo decided to add
a bit of detail and interest in the form of
“style appropriate light fixtures, shutters,
furniture and accent colors.” When choosing a paint color for the front door, they
wanted a hue that was traditional, but unexpected. Their choice: a “high-gloss verdigris green-blue [that] immediately catches
your eye from the street. They replaced the
existing solid wood single door with a glasspaned French door that “pulls outside views
sand daylight into the entry hall.”
Victoria Sanchez of Victoria At Home in
Old Town, Alexandria, designed the family
breakfast room. “I wanted to create a room
with a casual and cozy feel,” she said. The
room, which has large picture windows that
offer uninterrupted views of nature, connects the kitchen with butler’s pantry/wine
tasting room. Sanchez choose woven rattan
furniture to fill the space.
Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown of Akseizer
Design Group in Alexandria designed the
family room, which overlooks the pool and
patio. The design duo created a room with
French doors that open to the pool area
when the weather is mild, but added a linear, modern fireplace to create a warm and
cozy space during cooler months. They created “cascading light down the hand-woven
wall covering…” The room is filled with organic textures, tone-on-tone colors and
“nods to both a mid-century flair and modernism.”
One of the home’s guest bathrooms was
created by Arlington-based Allie Mann of
Case Design/Remodeling Inc. Mann describes the small space as “chic, classic and
timeless … a jewel box bath.” The room features Calcutta marble flooring in a herringbone pattern and the acoustic “Moxie” showering system that allows one to listen to
music while bathing. Mann was able to preserve and refinish the home’s original iron
Susan Donelson and Sharon Bubenhofer,
of Cleveland Hall Design created a guest
Go: D.C Design House
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One of the home’s guest bathrooms
was created by Arlington-based
Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling. The room features Calcutta
marble flooring in a herringbone
pattern and the acoustic “Moxie”
showering system that allows one
to listen to music while bathing.
bedroom in the home. In an effort to create
a light and airy space, the duo selected wall
paper in a pink floral pattern. “We choose
streamlined furniture and fabrics to accent
the Asian feeling of the wallpaper.” The
room, designed whimsically in pink and
green, features twin beds. The art in the
room was painted by Donelson’s mother,
“I wanted to create a room
with a casual and cozy feel.”
— Victoria Sanchez, of Victoria At Home
in Old Town Alexandria
Photo by Marilyn Campbell
Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown, of Akseizer Design Group in Alexandria,
designed the family room of the DC Design House. The room is filled
with organic textures, tone-on-tone colors and “nods to both a midcentury flair and modernism.”
Photo by Marilyn Campbell
Victoria Sanchez, of Victoria At Home in Old Town, Alexandria, designed the family breakfast room. The
room, which has large, picture windows that offer uninterrupted views of nature, connects the kitchen with
butler’s pantry/wine tasting room.
Janice Donelson, a classically trained artist.
by Nancy Colbert of Design Partners in
McLean. The space was repurposed to al-
low for a larger master bathroom and a walkin closet with built-in shelving. Colbert discovered a painting that she thought would
be perfect for a master bedroom, and designed the room around it. She chose an
ivory turned-post king bed that she furnished
with silk bedding in parchment and seafoam
green. Colbert added crown molding for
additional detail. “One of the room’s multipurpose features is a silver toned gilded
butterfly side table that was created by a
newly discovered artist. It is a work of art
and a table.”
Beth Boggs, Teri Lohmann and Lynne
Parmele of C2 Paint, Potomac Paint & Design with locations in Alexandria, Arlington
and Chantilly, added color to the back staircase. The team chose paintable wallpaper
in shades of plum, lilac, and spring green.
Paintable wall paper “conveniently camouflages old plaster wall cracks, provides durability for high-traffic use and creates a
Photo by Marilyn Campbell
Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown, of Akseizer Design Group in Alexandria,
designed the family room of the DC Design House. The duo created a
room with French doors that open to the pool area when the weather is
mild, but added a linear, modern fireplace to create a warm and cozy
space during cooler months.
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striking textured design.”
Now in its seventh year, the annual event
is a fundraiser for Children’s National Health
System, formerly Children’s National Medical Center. The D.C. Design House has raised
more than $1 million and attracted more
than 55,000 visitors over the past six years.
Photo by Marilyn Campbell
Photo by Marilyn Campbell
The master bedroom was designed by Nancy Colbert, of Design Partners
in McLean. The space was repurposed to allow for a larger master
bathroom and a walk-in closet with built-in shelving.
Photo by Angie Seckinger
The home’s front façade was designed by Rill Architects’ David Benton
and Jim Rill of Potomac.
Susan Donelson and Sharon Bubenhofer, of Cleveland Hall Design created a light and airy guest bedroom in the DC Design House. The room,
designed whimsically in pink and green, features twin beds. Art in the
room was painted by Donelson’s mother, Janice Donelson, a classically
trained artist.
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Sampler of New
Homes Offerings
New homes
in Vienna in
the Maymont
built by
Basheer &
Basheer & Edgemoore Wins Silver
Pulte Homes
Photos by Louise Krafft
Metro West — with prices from $454,990$831,845, Pulte has 1,256-1,942 square-foot
condominiums and townhomes next to the Vienna
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2952 Rittenhouse Circle, Fairfax. Call 888-8172201 or visit
The Maymont community in Vienna, Va. won a
Silver Award for Basheer & Edgemoore at the National Sales and Marketing Awards for 2014.
Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders, Basheer & Edgemoore took silver in the
Community of the Year category.
The 5,000-8,000-square-foot homes at Maymont
feature amenities such as hardwood flooring, granite countertops and brick and stone exteriors.
Since its founding, Basheer & Edgemoore has
emerged as a leading developer and builder of
Photo by Craig Sterbutzel
luxury estates and communities. The company selects and develops each property based on its
natural beauty, convenience and potential, with a
sense of respect for preservation and history.
Over the years, Basheer & Edgemoore used technological advances and improvements in
construction and design, and these efforts have
garnered industry recognition for leadership and
Potomac Yard — 1,736-4,167-square-foot
condominiums and townhomes priced from
$619,990-$1,133,845. Located at 2400 Main Line
Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22301. Call 888-617-8583 or
800-665-4161, or visit
Van Metre
Van Metre
The Van Metre Portsmouth Model at Brambleton includes 3,692 square
feet with five bedrooms and three baths with a main level bedroom and
full bath. Van Metre homes operates an award-winning new homes
design center at 24600 Mill Stream Drive #400, Stone Ridge, VA 20105.
Ryan Homes
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Ryan Homes is offering several models of single family homes up to 6,000 square feet at Hampton
Reserve in Fairfax Station. Homes at Hampton Reserve sit on lots of at least one acre and have threecar garages. Located at 8830 Chrisanthe Court, Fairfax Station, VA, 22039. Call 540-940-9397.
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Stanley Martin
Evergreene Homes
Summit Oaks — a community of new single
family homes in Lorton, will offer two floorplans:
The Carey (3,331-5,849 square feet) and The
Davidson (3,492-4,917 square feet). Prices start in
the low $700,000s. Contact Lisa Sullivan at 703339-9670.
Cameron Glen – new homes located just off
Judicial Drive in the City of Fairfax, with the benefits of new construction amidst the charm and
conveniences of Old Town Fairfax. Prices start at
$639,900. 4092 Sutherland Place, Fairfax, VA
Callaway – a community of new single family
homes in Annandale, with three single family floor
plans ranging from 3,037-4,363 square feet. Prices
start in the upper $700,000s. Contact Rhonda
Shapiro at 571-266-9172 or Lisa Chapel at 703994-3780.
Columbia Place — 1100 S Edgewood St., Arlington, VA 22204, Condos From the Mid 500s Towns from the 800s. Call 703-868-8196.
Vale Oakton — 11797 Stuart Mill Road,
Oakton, VA 22124. Single Family, $2,313,925. Call
Wolf Trap Woods — 9518 Leemay St.,
Vienna, VA 22182. Single family- $1,449,900. Call
Oakton Heights — 10412 Miller Road
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million. Call 888-925-7411.
Westover Place — 1009 North Kensington St.,
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What to Expect
Real estate experts offer a forecast for spring.
By Marilyn Campbell
Gazette Packet
eal estate agent Joan Caton
Cromwell says she lost a home
bidding war last week in Falls
Church even though her client
was a strong contestant.
“We were one of five contracts and we
even waived the appraisal,” said Cromwell
of of McEnearney Associates. “Any house
that is close-in [to Washington, D.C.] and
that is in nice condition, is going to attract
a lot of attention.”
Real estate agents say spring is one of the
busiest times of the year for home sales and
there is dearth of available homes in popular neighborhoods. “The lack of inventory
in sought-after communities like Arlington
and McLean has already ushered in the return of bidding wars for move-in ready properties,” said John Eric, Vice President TTR
Sotheby’s International Realty in Arlington.
“I expect all sectors of the market to see price
gains and demand to remain high.”
HOME PRICES are on the rise. “If you put
a home on the market and it gets multiple
offers, the eight other people who didn’t get
Proximity to public transportation increases desirability. “For example, Reston is
popular because of the Silver Line,” said
Cromwell. “North Arlington and Falls
Church are popular. Anything that offers a
decent commuting experience for someone
becomes compelling when buyers see
Sanders said some communities are especially competitive. “Virginia has two of
the wealthiest counties in the country,
Loudoun and Fairfax counties, so those communities should see a fairly short turn over.”
“We see a new trend in all price
ranges where buyers want to buy
where they can walk to amenities,
restaurants and shops. Buyers
are satisfied with smaller houses
that are conveniently located.”
trend. “We’re not seeing middle class families buying homes through the mortgage
market,” said Sanders, the GMU professor.
“Their income was devastated during the
housing bubble burst due to foreclosures.
Real household income has fallen since
2007. So the American middle class is worse
off than it was in 2007. It’s more high-income families with cash or investors who
are buying homes.”
Homes priced below $1.3 million “are
being snapped off the market if they are well
conditioned and fairly priced. The ultraluxury market, homes over $2 million, is a
little bit slower paced at present, but there
are signs that these buyers are out there and
wanting to buy,” said Schuman.
Cromwell agrees, “The 600-900K price
point is very busy for a house in good condition.”
the house will bid on another house,” said
Cromwell. “In a market where there are
multiple offers it definitely drives the prices
up and it drives them up quickly.”
Anthony B. Sanders, Ph.D., Distinguished
Professor of Real Estate Finance at George
Mason University said, “Very simply, this is
still an area that is growing,
so housing home sales will
continue to rise, but more
slowly than during the real
estate bubble.”
Still, agents are optimistic
as they enter the spring buying season. “The state of the
real estate market is great,”
said Marsha Schuman of the
Washington Fine Properties’
Schuman Team. “The
weather is behind us and
there is a momentum going into the spring
market that feels very positive.”
The spring market in the Washington,
D.C, area is aligned with academic calendars. “It starts in April and May in the suburbs,” said Cromwell. “Those in the military or who work for the World Bank for
example, put their homes on the market in
spring to prepare to relocate during the
who can’t afford what they want in the city
will be sought after.”
Schuman said, “We see a new trend in all
price ranges where buyers want to buy
where they can walk to amenities, restaurants and shops. Buyers are satisfied with
smaller houses that are conveniently located. They want an easier life. Convenience
is the new real estate buzzword. Property
A Picture Perfect Home
Tips from the pros on boosting a home’s curb appeal.
By Marilyn Campbell
Gazette Packet
hen Realtors Marsha
Schuman and Betsy
Schuman Dodek drive
up to a home to show it to a prospective buyer, they know that
they have only one chance to make
a good first impression. Potomacbased Dodek and Schuman of the
Schuman Team of Washington
Fine Properties say a home’s curb
appeal matters.
“When we think of curb appeal
we think of the lawn and landscaping, front door, windows, roof and
how it all looks,” said Dodek. “Buyers want to buy from someone
who has taken really good care of
their home and that translates in
to curb appeal.”
Schuman added, “If things are
not nice on the outside, then [potential buyers] wonder what the
house will be like on the inside.”
buyers want to purchase a wellcared for home, and the exterior
aesthetic of a home creates that
impression. Whether you’re planning to put your house on the
market or would just like a clean
and fresh exterior to welcome you
home each day, local real estate
experts offer advice on enhancing
a home’s exterior.
McLean-based realtor Chris
Pritchard of McEnearney Associates suggests starting by critiquing your own home. “Stand in
front of your house and take a
look,” she said. “Walk up the driveway, ask yourself what you would
want to see if you were shopping
for a house.”
“The sense of
arrival is very
important — you
never get a second
chance to make a
first impression.”
— Chris Pritchard
The yard should be pristine and
vibrant. “Trimming, mulching and
planting some colorful plants are
key,” said Pritchard.
“Add color with flowers, pots
with plants, choosing things like geraniums and pansies,” said Dodek.
“Adding color just makes such a dif-
ference. It makes the yard pop.”
Consider safety. “Is the yard hazard-free?” asks Dodek. “It needs to
be freshly mowed and mulched
with dark mulch because that
makes the greenery pop. Make
sure your bushes are trimmed and
proportionate. Look at trees to
make sure they aren’t blocking the
size of the house.”
“One of the next areas we look
at are patios, walkways and
fences,” continued Dodek. “Do
they need repairs? Is there loose
McLean Realtor Ann McClure of
McEnearney Associates says that
a home’s exterior should be welllit. “You need good looking and
functional lighting which should
be on in the evening.”
Examine the entrance. “Take a
look at the front door,” said Dodek.
“Does it need painting? We had a
recent listing and we painted the
door red and added new hardware
and a kick plate and that made it
stand out. That is something that
is very cost effective to do.”
A clean appearance is critical.
“There should be no algae stains
on the roof,” said McClure. “The
homeowner should make sure that
if they have siding that it doesn’t
need power washing.”
“Power wash driveways, walkways and even the house sometimes,” said Pritchard. “The house
should be washed before it is
painted. Do any kind of painting
or touch up painting of siding trim
and doors that needs to be done.
Sometimes you don’t have to paint
at all if you do power washing. All
homes get dusty. Sometimes paint
fades and needs repainting.”
“Another easy thing is the windows,” said Dodek. “Remove
screens and wash the windows.
You want your house to sparkle
inside and out.”
Pritchard said, “Curb appeal also
goes to having a fence in good
shape: washed and painted or
washed and sealed. The home’s
deck should be in good shape.
More often than not a deck should
be power washed and painted or
stained or sealed or whatever the
appropriate finish is.”
Minor touches can make a major impact. “Take a look at your
mailbox,” said Dodek. “Is it upright? Is it tilted? Does it need to
be painted?
Don’t hide your amenities. “If
you have a swimming pool, we get
them to remove the cover,” said
Dodek. “There’s nothing more
beautiful than a beautiful blue
swimming pool.”
• Residential and
Personal Organizing
• Downsizing, Moving
and Staging
• Event Planning
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Alexandria REAL ESTATE
Photos by
Veronica Bruno/
The Gazette
Top Sales in February 2014
In February 2014,
103 Alexandria
homes sold between
519 Princess Street —
3 504 Ivy
Circle —
i ar
y d
N Wa hington
Se m
19 Donelson
Street North —
Duke S
414 Duke Street —
204 Commonwealth Avenue — $1,100,000
Address .............................. BR FB HB ... Postal City .. Sold Price .... Type ....... Lot AC . PostalCode ....... Subdivision ......... Date Sold
Boulevard —
1 414 DUKE ST ....................... 5 .. 6 . 2 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $3,025,000 .... Detached ..... 0.13 ........ 22314 .............. OLD TOWN ............. 02/07/14
2 519 PRINCESS ST ................. 4 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $1,225,000 .... Townhouse .. 0.03 ........ 22314 ........ BULFINCH SQUARE ....... 02/28/14
3 504 IVY CIR .......................... 3 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $1,125,000 .... Detached ..... 0.14 ........ 22302 ................ IVY HILL ............... 02/28/14
4 19 DONELSON N .................. 4 .. 4 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $1,118,181 .... Detached ..... 0.19 ........ 22304 .......... COOPERS GROVE ......... 02/24/14
5 204 COMMONWEALTH AVE .. 4 .. 3 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $1,100,000 .... Detached ..... 0.14 ........ 22301 .............. ROSEMONT ............. 02/28/14
6 151 CAMERON STATION BLVD 4 .. 5 . 1 ..... ALEXANDRIA .. $1,008,000 .... Detached ..... 0.10 ........ 22304 ........ CAMERON STATION ....... 02/05/14
Copyright 2014 RealEstate Business Intelligence. Source: MRIS as of March 14, 2014.
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