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ChantillyFair Oaks ❖ Fair LakesWellbeingPage 9Progress ReportOn Road WorkCalendar, Page 12 ❖ Classifieds, Page 10 ❖ Sports, Page 10News, Page 3WHS Hosts One-Act FestivalNews, Page 2Mental Health First AidWellbeing, Page 9The existing, Walney Roadbridge (inset photo) overFlatlick Branch is disintegratingstructurally and surpassedits life expectancy some 18years ago. So VDOT is replacingit with a wider, sturdierand safer bridge (artist’srendering main image).Photo Courtesy of VDOTFebruary 4-10, 2015www.ConnectionNewspapers.comonline at www.connectionnewspapers.comChantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 ❖ 1


RoundupsEastbound I-66Closures ScheduledAll lanes of eastbound Interstate 66 will close intermittentlybetween midnight and 5 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 and Thursday,Feb. 5 for the installation of gantries. Each closure will last up to30 minutes.The Wednesday into Thursday closures will occur between Route29 in Centreville (Exit 52) and Route 28 (Exit 53). The Thursdayinto Friday closures will occur between Route 123 (Exit 60) andNutley Street (Exit 62).Message signs will be posted in advance of the work so thatmotorists can use alternate routes.The closures are part of the Virginia Department ofTransportation’s ongoing effort to install 36 new gantries as partof the I-66 Active Traffic Management System. The traffic systemis scheduled to begin operating between Route 29 in Centrevilleand the Capital Beltway in mid-summer 2015.‘State of the Station’ MeetingThe Sully District Police Station and its Citizens Advisory Committeewill present a special, “State of the Station” meeting onWednesday, Feb. 11, from 7:30-9 p.m. The station is at 4900Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly, and refreshments and dessert willbe offered.The new station commander, Capt. Bob Blakley, will be the mainspeaker and will discuss crime and policing efforts in the SullyDistrict. A crimeanalyst will also be on hand to provide historic, plus real-time,data about crime in the local area.The meeting is open to the public. Information will be given onlast year’s crime trends, as well as the ways the officers of theSully District Station will continue serving the community throughout2015. It’s also an opportunity for residents to raise any issuesor concerns they may have about what’s happening in the community.Free Carseat InspectionsCertified technicians from the Sully District Police Station willperform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Feb. 12,from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. inChantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should installthe child safety seats themselves so technicians may properlyinspect and adjust them, as needed.Because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arrivingon each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may haveenough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct useof the child seat. (The inspection may be cancelled in the event ofinclement weather). Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirmdates and times.Learn about Police DepartmentInterested in learning more about the Police Department’s creationand evolution from a five-person organization to a nationallyrenowned department of more than 1,700? Throughout theyear, the Police Department will host a series of lectures as partof the department’s 75 th anniversary.❖ Feb. 20 – The FCPD Crime Scene Section, 1 p.m. at the DPSCMeeting Room followed by Crime Scene Facility tour.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crime-scene-section-lecture-andtour-tickets-15304580412❖ March 18 – FCPD Narcotics – Investigations, Trends, andPublic Awareness, 1 p.m. at the Sully District community Roomhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/fcpd-narcotics-investigationstrends-and-public-awareness-tickets-15373711184Food Donations for WFCMWestern Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry needs donationsof canned vegetables (except for green beans), canned pastaSee Roundups, Page 4NewsWestfield’s one-actplaydirectors are(from left) AndrewBrockmeyer, JessiSwanson, JenessyGarcia, TatyanaGerman and DavidKoenigsberg.Photo byBonnie HobbsThe ConnectionWHS Hosts One-Act FestivalA production offeringlaughter, romance, dramaand pirates.By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionComedy, drama – even an award-winning,original piece – will all be presentedduring Westfield High’s One-Act Play Festival.The five plays are all directed byseniors in the school’s Theater Department.Show times are Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,Feb. 14, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb.15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. The playsare as follows:‘TURBULENCE’Written and directed by Jessi Swanson, “Turbulence”was the play Westfield took to this fall’s VirginiaTheatre Conference (VTA) – where it won fourawards, including Best Original Play.A drama, it’s a surreal piece about a woman in thelast minutes of her life, and she’s looking back onsome of her most important memories. “You see themunfold in front of her,” said Swanson. “And she comesto the realization that we build our lives on thechoices we make — and then we have to live withthose choices.”The character, named Mary, is shown four glimpsesinto her past by an angelic version of herself. Portrayingher is senior Sam Dempsey. Classmate DavidKoenigsberg plays her husband, George, and juniorKeegan Garant portrays Rick, a chauvinist man who’sthe antagonist during most of Mary’s life.“The actors confront some difficult life issues inthe show, so they’ve had to study realism and connectingwith their inner selves to connect with thisshow,” said Swanson. “The audience will like theplay’s shock value, plus the real-life situations it presentsand the sincerity of the actors in each scene.”She loved directing and says she’s always had apassion for it. In fact, said Swanson, “I opened myown theater company this year. I love being able tosee the story unfold in my mind and then put it onthe stage and see my art come to life. I love creatingsomething out of nothing.”‘ALMOST, MAINE’The play, “Almost, Maine,” is a series of vignettesthat director Tatyana German culled three scenesfrom to create her one-act. “It’s a drama with a littlecomedy, here and there,” she said. “And each scenehas a man and a woman in it.”In one scene, a woman goes to see the NorthernLights because her husband recently died and theselights are supposed to carry his soul to heaven. Theactors are Morgan Perigard and Keegan Garant.In the second scene, featuring Porsche Amaya andJackson Armstrong, two people are in a laundry roomand the woman accidentally hits the man with anironing board. But he can’t feel pain, and she eventuallyfalls for him.Meagan Morrison and Zach Schwartz are in thethird scene. In it, a woman comes to a man’s houseto get back all the love she gave to him. And shegives him bags and bags filled with the love he gaveto her. Then comes a surprise …“This show’s a combination of drama and comedy,and each scene involves a love story,” said German.“So there’s something for everyone.” It’s her first timedirecting, and she’s enjoying it. “It’s hard to be assertivewith your friends, but I get to teach others,”she said. “Directing takes lots of extra planning —choosing the scenes and making certain stage directionsto tell the cast. I’m also involved in the costumesand rehearsal dates.”German’s also discovered that she prefers directingto acting because she doesn’t like memorizinglines. And she says the audience will like her play:“Although we only had a short time to pull this alltogether, I’m confident in my actors’ abilities to puton a great show.”‘SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD’Directed by Jenessy Garcia, “Scott Pilgrim vs. TheWorld” is a comedy based — not on the movie —but on the series of books by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It’sabout a self-righteous, young man smitten by a mysteriousgirl who suddenly moves into town. He getsa chance to win her heart; but to maintain their relationship,he has to defeat her ex-boyfriends — whoall have particular superpowers.“This play has a new taste of humor with a lot ofwit,” said Garcia. “It’s fast-paced and has a good lovestory girls will enjoy and lots of action for the boys.”There’s a cast of 13, with four leading roles. Portrayingthem are Daniel Williams as Scott; ElizabethCoo as the love interest, Ramona Flowers; and ZachSzmerekovsky, David Johnson and Embrey Grimesas the three exes.Garcia also likes directing. “It’s different becauseit gives you control over the image you want,” shesaid. “And you get that freedom of expression youcan’t get from acting when someone else is leadingSee WHS, Page 52 ❖ Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


NewsChantilly Connection Editor Steven Mauren703-778-9415 or chantilly@connectionnewspapers.comPhoto by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionSouthbound Route 28 traffic in Centreville backs up during the Friday,Jan. 30, evening rush.Photo by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionWestbound Route 29 traffic heads home to Centreville in the late afternoon.Three lanes, instead of two, will help ease the evening rush-hourgridlock.Work Progressing on Road ProjectsFrey gives updateto community.By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionSeveral local road projects are eitherunderway, in the pipeline or nearingcompletion. And during theWest Fairfax County CitizensAssociation’s (WFCCA) Jan. 19 quarterlymeeting, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) presented an update on them:❖ Route 28 WideningThis project will widen Route 28 from OldCentreville Road to the Prince WilliamCounty line at Bull Run from four to sixlanes. The work includes intersection improvements,plus pedestrian and bicyclefacilities. Cost estimate: $47.35 million;FCDOT approved: $47.35 million.It complements the I-66/Route 28 interchangeand, in conjunction with other roadprojects, would complete the Route 28 corridorthrough the entire county. This projectincludes intersection improvements, as wellas pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Preliminaryengineering should start between nowand January 2017.A large development just south of thecounty line is expected to exacerbate existingcongestion. So this widening is intendedto reduce congestion between Prince Williamand Centreville. And as a transportationcorridor of regional significance, itwould improve access to Dulles InternationalAirport, Reston and Herndon.❖ Route 29 from Union Mill Roadto Buckley’s Gate Drive:This project provides pedestrian facilitieson the north side of Route 29 and widensRoute 29 in this area from four to six lanes.It complements the VDOT bridge-replacementproject at Little Rocky Run and completesthe widening of Route 29 fromShirley Gate Road to Centreville.It’s currently the last segment of Route29 between the City of Fairfax andCentreville that’s not six lanes, so this workwould eliminate the last remaining bottleneck.Cost estimate: $32.7 million; FCDOTapproved: $25 million. Preliminary engineeringcould start as early as July 2018.❖ I-66/Route 28 Interchange:Reconstruct portions of the existing interchange.Remove four traffic signals onRoute 28 to enhance safety and improvecapacity. A VDOT study is underway. VDOTalready has $50 million programmed forthis project. Cost estimate: $122 million.Six-year funding approved by FairfaxCounty Department of Transportation(FCDOT): $54 million.Widen and reconstruct westbound I-66 offramp to northbound Route 28. RealignBraddock/Walney roads and construct overpasswith ramp connection from northboundRoute 28 to the new bridge. Providenew connections from Braddock to eastboundand westbound I-66, from Braddockto and from southbound Route 28, and fromsouthbound Route 28 to eastbound I-66(flyover).This project extends Poplar Tree Roadacross Route 28 from Stonecroft Boulevardto Walney Road. It also involves constructionof a new access road to E.C. LawrencePark and reduces congestion on both I-66and Route 28.“The Route 28/I-66 interchange is movingforward, but it’ll result in the loss of thesenior center,” said Frey. “So we’re lookingfor a new site for it. But the start date forthe interchange is yet to be determined.That’s because the General Assemblyadopted a new process last year saying itfirst has to be proved that a project will reducecongestion.”❖ Lee Road Widening/Culvert:A .2-mile section of Lee Road in Chantillyhas been widened from two to four lanesand its box culvert extended over SchneiderBranch. The widening should relieve congestionby eliminating a previous chokepoint there.Construction began in June 2014 and, lastThursday, Jan. 29, all four lanes of Lee Roadbetween Albemarle Point Place and PenrosePlace opened to traffic. Overall completionof this $3.3 million project should be earlynext month — meaning that it came in underbudget and three months ahead ofschedule.See Work Progressing, Page 4Photo Courtesy of VDOTThe new, southbound lanes of Lee Road in Chantilly.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comPhoto by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionEastbound Route 29 traffic has now been shifted to the area closest tothe bridge over the Little Rocky Run stream in Centreville, while work isdone in the median.Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 ❖ 3


NewsPhoto Courtesy of VDOTArtist’s rendition of a widened Walney Road Bridge, with inset photo ofcurrent bridge.From Page 3❖ Stone Road Overpass over I-66from Route 29 to Route 28:This project provides an alternative toRoute 28 that goes from Centreville to theWestfields Corporate Center. It receivedpartial funding for an alignment study, environmentalanalysis and preliminary engineering.Cost estimate: $81.55 million;amount approved by FCDOT: $5 million.Construct a four-lane divided road betweenStone Road at Route 29 and NewBraddock Road. The work includes curb andgutter, a 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk onthe east side and a 10-foot-wide shared-usepath on the west side of Stone Road.Construct a bridge over I-66 and anotherbridge over Big Rocky Run. Re-stripe westboundNew Braddock Road to provide two,through travel lanes. This overpass couldreduce congestion at the I-66/Route 28 andI-66/Route 29 interchanges. In addition, afuture Metrorail station near this site islisted on the county’s Comprehensive Plan.❖ Route 29 Bridge Replacement:VDOT is currently replacing the Route 29bridge over the Little Rocky Run stream inRoundupsFrom Page 2and pasta sauces, canned tomatoes,canned fruit, peanut butter, canned and drybeans, and granola bars.Also needed are toiletries, which WFCMclients cannot purchase with food stamps.Especially needed are shampoo, diaperssizes 4 and 5, deodorant, toothpaste andtoilet paper.Bring all items to WFCM’S food pantry,weekdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 13888Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza andKumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s SullyPlace Shopping Center. A volunteer stocker/bagger is needed Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.Centreville. Besides improving the bridge,itself, the project will also result in a newsidewalk and shared-use path. The newbridge will go from .2 miles east of PickwickRoad to Union Mill Road and will be justunder a half-mile long.It will be built six lanes wide to accommodatefuture traffic, but will initially bestriped for four lanes. A 16-foot-wide, raised,grass, median strip will separate north- andsouthbound lanes. Each outer lane will be15-feet wide, with the outermost three feetearmarked for bicycle riders.On the bridge’s south side, a path willconnect to existing trails. The north side willhave a 5-foot-wide sidewalk connecting tothe Faircrest community and existing sidewalks.Estimated cost is $17.7 million andanticipated completion is this October.❖ Walney Road Bridge and Widening:The existing, Walney Road bridge overFlatlick Branch is disintegrating structurallyand surpassed its life expectancy some 18years ago. So VDOT is replacing it with awider, sturdier and safer bridge.The new bridge will have a four-lane capacitywith bike lanes. Walney Road willContact Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656,ext. 110, or abosley@wfcmva.org.Help Re-stockFood PantriesFor many of the local, non-profit pantriesthis is the time of year when their shelvesare minimally stocked. The only collectionlocation within the Sully District will takeplace on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Clifton Giant,5740 Union Mill Road between 9:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Donations collected atthis site will benefit the Western FairfaxChristian MinistriesPhoto by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionThe busy, Braddock/Pleasant Valley roads intersection during Friday’sevening rush.Work Progressing on Local Road Projectsalso be widened from two to four lanes from250 feet south of Mariah Court to WillardRoad.In addition, the downhill curve on northsouthWalney will be smoothed out significantlyto make it descend gradually. Theroad will also be raised 10 feet higher in thearea where it currently dips down as driversleave the bridge, for better sight distance.“Utility relocation is ongoing, and fullblownconstruction will start any day,” saidFrey. “They’ll close the bridge and implementa detour in April through summer. Thegoal is to complete the bridge by the end ofthe year.” Estimated cost is $15.5 million.❖ Route 50 Widening West ofChantilly:Construction began in fall 2011 to widen3.7 miles of Route 50 from four to six lanesbetween Poland Road in Loudoun Countyand Route 28 in Chantilly. It was neededbecause increased development and congestionin Loudoun County created backupsduring much of the day on the four-lanesegment, especially during morning andevening rush hours. But because of thisproject, things have improved significantly.“It’s now open to six lanes — three in eachVisit fairfaxcounty.gov/living/food/stuffthebus for more information.direction — all the way out to SouthRiding,” said Frey. “It’ll still need most ofthe rest of this year to finish putting in thetraffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks.”Besides the new travel lanes, this $100million project includes improved turn lanesand traffic signals, curb and gutter on theoutside lanes, crosswalks and pedestriansignals, widened and upgraded bridges,plus pathways on both sides of the road.Route 50 will also be more level and providewider buffers between the lanes androadside hazards.❖ Roundabout at Braddock andPleasant Valley Roads:VDOT plans to build a roundabout toimprove traffic flow at the Braddock/PleasantValley roads intersection by Cox Farmsin Centreville.Fort Myer Construction Corp. won thecontract to do the work. Estimated projectcost is $5.8 million, with completion expectedby spring 2016.“It’ll probably be under construction intwo or three months,” said Frey. “VDOT willhave a ‘pardon-our-dust’ meeting for thecommunity to let people know what theycan expect.”How to HireCLRC WorkersThe Centreville Labor Resource Center(CLRC) serves businesses and homeownersneeding help with just about any home remodelingor maintenance project. Call 703-543-6272 or go to www.centrevilleLRC.organd click on the “How to Hire” link. Tellwhat kind of work is required, how manyworkers are needed and when.The CLRC will match the needs to its registeredworkers’ skills and set up the job.The price for work will be negotiated. Afterthe job is completed, employers are encouragedto provide the CLRC with feedback.Meals on WheelsVolunteersFairfax County needs Meals on Wheelsdrivers in Chantilly and group coordinatorsin Chantilly and Fairfax. Call 703-324-5406,TTY 711,email VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteersolutions.htm.4 ❖ Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


From Page 2NewsWHS Hosts One-Act Festivalyou.”As for her actors, she said, “The cast is really workingwell with the original script, and I’m very happywith them. It’s also an ensemble show and everyone’sdoing a great job.”‘NO EXIT’Andrew Brockmeyer is directing a cutting of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit.” In this drama, three charactersare locked in a room in hell. “They’re to be punishedfor their sins,” said Brockmeyer. “But ratherthan physical torment, they’re psychologically torturedby the other two people in the room. None ofthem intend it, but it happens because of their personalities.”The actors playing them are Eni Oyeleye, Cait Eganand Meredith Mehegan, with Gabby Moses as thevalet who introduces them to each other. AndBrockmeyer couldn’t be prouder of them.“I have the most fantastic actors,” he said. “Theseare very difficult roles and they’re rising to the challenge.And I think the audience will appreciate theexistentialist themes and the characters’ interactions.This play explores some serious themes and the ideaspeople have about hell and punishment, in particular.”Brockmeyer has also found that he likes the processof directing. “As an actor, I’ve seen a director dosomething I think is arbitrary,” he said. “I’m nowlearning the reason behind it.”Like his fellow student directors, he, too, enjoys“seeing the transition from on paper to on stage,because you realize the final impact you can haveon a show due to the choices you make.”‘PIRATE SONG’‘Pirate Song,’ directed by David Koenigsberg, is acomedy about pirates who go on an epic quest.They’re looking for treasure based on a map theygot from a man named Hook Captain.This show features a cast of about 24, with AndrewSharpe and Keegan Garant playing the leads.Sharpe is the newest pirate and Garant is the old seacaptain who’s recruited him.“But it’s more of an ensemble show,” saidKoenigsberg. “It’s a coming-of-age story for Andrew’scharacter — but with pirates. And I think the audiencewill enjoy the story’s uniqueness. I came up withthe idea, and several of the cast members and I wrotethe script together. It’s also a musical, inspired by aScottish, pirate, metal band we found calledAlestorm.”Koenigsberg calls directing fun and is glad he gotthe opportunity to do it. “I’ve done acting and techwork,” he said. “But this year, we get to take the reinson our own projects, and it lets us grow as writers,directors and even actors.”Initially, he said, he tried to run things democratically,but it was tough. “But at the end of the day,because I created this story, my colleagues respectedme and were willing to work with me to get the best,final product,” said Koenigsberg. “The best part wasworking with friends, and it’s been a nice change-ofpacebeing allowed to pursue our own experiment.”Your LocalUpscale Resale StoreAll Proceeds BenefitFriends ofHomeless AnimalsA No-Kill Shelter for Cats & DogsAdopt Volunteer DonateThe Treasure Hound14508-D Lee Road,Chantilly, VA(Corner of Rt. 50 and Lee Rd.One light West of Rt. 28)703-263-9073Varietyof BeautifulTreasuresGreatPriceswww.foha.orgwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comChantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 ❖ 5


OpinionChantillyNo Justification for Secrecy,Delay on Geer ShootingEverything about this case erodes publictrust and demonstrates police departmentsshould not be allowed to apply “blanket”exemptions to release of information.After waiting 17 months for any informationabout the investigationinto the shooting death of JohnGeer, the information released lastweek is deeply troubling.Fairfax County Police officer Adam D. Torresshot and killed John Geer of Springfield insidethe doorway of his own home in Springfieldon Aug. 29, 2013. Police were calledto Geer’s home following Geer’s argumentwith his longtime partner. Policespoke with him for more than half anhour while he stood in his doorway, unarmed,with his hands raised and resting on the frame.As he began to lower his hands, by all accountsstill at shoulder level, he was shot in the chestand died in his house without receiving medicalattention.It took more than 16 months, a $12 millioncivil suit by Geer’s family and a court order toget the first tiny bit of information on the shooting,which came earlier this month when policenamed the officer who fired the shot thatkilled Geer.On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in response to acourt order, Fairfax County released more than10,000 pages of documents about the shootingand the investigation.We now know that investigators learned onEditorialthe same day Geer died, Aug. 29,2013, that at least five witnessesincluding the police officer actuallytalking to Geer at the instant he wasshot, disputed Torres’s version ofevents. Torres said Geer suddenlydropped his hands to his waist; noneof the other witnesses saw Geer’shands move below his head.On the day of the shooting,investigators and prosecutorshad compelling informationto take to a grand jury.Instead, after a long period of silence,obstruction and obfuscation,the investigation was turned overto the Justice Department, wherethere is no timetable for resolution(and no adequate explanation forpunting the investigation to the feds).Without the Geer family lawsuit and thecourt order to turn over documents as part ofdiscovery, the public might never know whatreally happened that day.The question of accountability for what happenedremains.As we have said many times, the problemgoes beyond Fairfax County, and beyond policeshootings.Letters to the EditorFairfax Should Pay for ‘Quality’ PerformanceTo the Editor:The Fairfax County Board ofSupervisors is preparing to pass a27 percent pay raise for themselves.The raise, from $75,000 to$95,000, will be implementedwith the incoming 2016 Board.This measure was approved despiteseveral troubling factors apparentlyignored by all but twoboard members.Fairfax County is currently facinga budget shortfall surpassing$140 million. Taxes of county residentshave increased approximately14 percent over the pastthree years. The board is urgingbond rating agencies to maintainour threatened AAA bond rating.Commercial property vacancy ishovering around 19 percent whichis the highest in a quarter century.This year, our schools have cut 720positions, cut programs and increasedclass sizes. And it’s notgetting better anytime soon.Schools are projecting an additional$100 million deficit next520daysIt took a court order and 520 days afterFairfax County police officer Adam D.Torres shot and killed John Geer ofSpringfield for basic information aboutwhat happened that day to be released.The public now knows what investigatorslearned on the same day Geer died, Aug.29, 2013, that at least five witnessesincluding the police officer actually talkingto Geer at the instant he was shot,disputed Torres’s version of events. Torressaid Geer suddenly dropped his hands tohis waist; none of the other witnesses sawGeer’s hands move below his head.year. It’s also worth mentioningthat School Board members areseeking to double their pay from$20,000 to $40,000 per year. Notbad for a part time job.The last pay raise for supervisorsoccurred in 2007. The proposedincrease will equate to over 3.5percent per year, far more thanteachers and many other “fulltime” county employees have receivedin the same period. Despitesome assertions to the contrary,the supervisors position is a parttime job. Several supervisors, inaddition to their service to thecounty, have full time careers.Some, in trying to justify the payraise, have referenced higher salariesof supervisors in neighboringMontgomery County, Md. Commonsense would dictate that we shouldalso compare job performancewhen we compare compensation.Montgomery County has propertytaxes that are approximately 30percent less than Fairfax County.Montgomery County has a balancedbudget. Montgomery Countypays their teachers higher salarieswhile we continue to delay raisesfor our teachers and many countyemployees. One might argue thatMontgomery County is paying fora job well done.In addition to managing thecounty budget, the Board of Supervisorsis also responsible forhiring the police chief and countyattorneys. The supervisors are alsoresponsible for oversight of thePolice Department. On Aug. 29,2013, an unarmed man, JohnGeer, was shot to death by a policeofficer as he stood in the doorwayof his home with his hands inthe air. The Police Department,along with county attorneys, withheldinformation from both stateand federal investigations. It took16 months, federal interventionand two court battles at taxpayerexpense to get the county to reluctantlyrelease information thatshould have been made publiclong ago. The supervisors, by theirPolice officials in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandriahave adopted what they call a “blanket”approach to using their exemption. Thatmeans they have decided to withhold any documentthey can without any analysis of whetherthey should.It’s past time for change.— Mary Kimmmkimm@connectionnewspapers.comsilence and lack of supervision,supported the stonewalling. In thefallout, they now intend to hire an“expert,” at taxpayer expense, totell them when and what informationshould be released when anofficer takes a life. Why can’t thisboard make such a simplecommonsense decision withoutwasting more tax dollars?In my opinion, at least eight ofour supervisors don’t deserve reelection,let alone a raise. SupervisorsHerrity and Smyth, votingagainst the pay raise, are the onlytwo that seem to understand theproblems that this county is facing.In November, we need to electeight new supervisors that representthe people, not the police. Weneed to elect supervisors that canbalance a budget without continuallypassing the burden to thepeople in the form of new taxes.We need to elect supervisors thatcan produce “quality” results. Thecitizens of this great county deserveno less.Jeff StewartChantillywww.ConnectionNewspapers.com@ChantillyConnecNewspaper ofChantillyFair Oaks / Fair LakesA Connection NewspaperAn independent, locally owned weeklynewspaper deliveredto homes and businesses.Published byLocal Media Connection LLC1606 King StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314Free digital edition delivered toyour email box. Go toconnectionnewspapers.com/subscribeNEWS DEPARTMENT:chantilly@connectionnewspapers.comSteven MaurenEditor, 703-778-9415smauren@connectionnewspapers.comBonnie HobbsCommunity Reporter, 703-778-9438bhobbs@connectionnewspapers.comJon RoetmanSports Editor, 703-752-4013jroetman@connectionnewspapers.com@jonroetmanADVERTISING:For advertising informationsales@connectionnewspapers.com703-778-9431Karen WashburnDisplay Advertising, 703-778-9422kwashburn@connectionnewspapers.comAndrea SmithClassified Advertising, 703-778-9411asmith@connectionnewspapers.comDebbie FunkNational Sales703-778-9444debfunk@connectionnewspapers.comDavid GriffinMarketing Assistant703-778-9431dgriffin@connectionnewspapers.comEditor & PublisherMary Kimmmkimm@connectionnewspapers.com@MaryKimmExecutive Vice PresidentJerry Vernonjvernon@connectionnewspapers.comEditor in ChiefSteven MaurenManaging EditorKemal KurspahicPhotography:Deb Cobb, Craig SterbutzelArt/Design:Laurence Foong, John HeinlyProduction Manager:Geovani FloresSpecial Assistant to the PublisherJeanne Theismannjtheismann@connectionnewspapers.com@TheismannMediaCIRCULATION: 703-778-9426circulation@connectionnewspapers.com6 ❖ Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


SchoolsCHS Hall of FameChantilly High School honored members of its inaugural athletic hall of fame classon Jan. 30. Inductees are (not in order): Brian Snyder (baseball-1976); Scott Secules(football- 1983); Amy Colvin (cross country/track-1987); Sarah Colvin (cross country/track-1987);Terry Warren (football/basketball/baseball- 1987); Michele Shaw(softball-1992); Darryl Franklin (basketball- 1992); Kevin Johnson (wrestling-1994);Eric Post (cross country/track – 1997); Bhawoh Jue (football/basketball- 1997);Alyssa Aiken (track & field-2000); Joe Koshansky (baseball- 2000); Alena Koshansky(basketball-2003); Jenny Suh (golf-2003); Chris Ake, state champion softball coach(1989, 1990); Danny Meier, state champion football coach (1996).School NotesPhoto by Will Palenscar2ND ANNUALBoys & Girls Club Fairfax Casino NightFriday, March 6, 2015The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons CornerOF GREATER WASHINGTONFAIRFAX COUNTY REGIONThe Boys & Girls Clubs of GreaterWashington/Fairfax Region helphundreds of at-risk youth every dayright here in Fairfax County.Casino Night is a fun-filled evening featuring:• Full complement of staffed gaming tables including Texas Hold ’em,Black Jack and Craps, Roulette• Fabulous dinner buffet * open bar * amazing raffles, live and silent auction• Celebrity Emcee with music and dancing.The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia 22102 • On the Silver LineTickets: www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/casino-night/Friday, March 6, 20156:30-11:30pmTickets: $95.00 per person,$175.00 per coupleSpecial Overnight Guest Room Rateat the Ritz-Carlton forFriday March 6, 2015 -- $119.00We invite your organization to consider sponsorshipopportunities for our 2nd Annual Boys and Girls Clubsof Greater Washington, Fairfax Region Casino Night.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington/Fairfax Region help boysand girls of all backgrounds build confidence, develop character, and acquireskills fundamental to becoming productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.BGCGW provides a safe and positive environment for our youth.Email announcements to chantilly@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline isThursday at noon. Photos are welcome.Stephanie Feeback of Oak Hill hasbeen named to president’s honor roll forthe fall 2014 semester at Oklahoma CityUniversity.Westfield High School is one ofnine establishments serving food inFairfax County to receive the 14 CarrotGold Food Safety Award for 2014 fromthe Fairfax County Health Department.Westfield High was joined by eight restaurantsacross Fairfax County as arecipient of the 2014 award, and wasthe only school in the county to be recognized.The 14 Carrot Gold FoodSafety Award recognizes establishmentsthat demonstrate outstanding foodsafety practices and promote food safetyeducation among their employees.The award was established to recognizeestablishments that go above andbeyond food code requirements andexcel in sanitation and food safety.Patrick Kenna of Chantilly, a seniormajoring in management, was named tothe dean’s list of Saint Vincent College(Latrobe, Pa.) for the fall 2014 semester.Jeremy Carlin was named toSusquehanna University’s (Selinsgrove,Pa.) dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester.Carlin, a graphic design major, is a2014 graduate of Chantilly High School,and is the son of Craig and Alice Carlin.Katherine Ellinger of Chantilly,has been named to the dean’s list atYoungstown State University (Youngstown,Ohio) for the fall 2014 semester.Ellinger is majoring in integrated socialstudies education.Emily Rosenthal of Oak Hill, hasbeen named to Millersville University ofPennsylvania’s dean’s list for the fall2014 semester.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comPhoto by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionNow 13-4Mary Clougherty and the Chantilly girls’ basketballteam defeated Herndon 31-30 on Jan. 30 at ChantillyHigh School, improving the Chargers’ record to 13-4.Chantilly will travel to face Oakton at 6 p.m. onFriday, Feb. 6.Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 ❖ 7


Connection file photoSportsChantilly Connection Sports Editor Jon Roetman703-752-4031 or jroetman@connectionnewspapers.comLocal Prep Football Coaches React to End of Super Bowl XLIXMajority say theywould have called arun play.By Jon RoetmanThe ConnectionTony Verducci still regrets not calling a timeout.Kyle Simmons is still botheredby failed personnel decisions.Trey Taylor remembers when he couldhave been a goat, but ended up a hero.Football coaches spend countless hoursduring the season preparing their teams forgame day. They must develop a strategy forattacking and defending against a particularopponent. They must choose which oftheir athletes will get the most playing time.And they must find a way to motivate theirplayers to perform to the best of their ability.After all the time, effort and emotioncoaches spend preparing their teams for agame, sometimes a contest can be decidedby a single decision.On Sunday night in Glendale, Ariz., SeattleSeahawks head coach Pete Carroll andoffensive coordinator Darrell Bevell combinedto make a decision that will be rememberedfor years to come.Seattle trailed the New England Patriots28-24 with less than 1 minute remainingin Super Bowl XLIX. TheSeahawks faced second-and-goal at the1-yard line with the clock ticking andone timeout available. Through 59-plusminutes, Seahawks running backMarshawn Lynch, nicknamed “BeastMode” for his violent running style andability to break tackles, had amassed102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries,including a 4-yard run on the previousplay that placed the ball just shyof the goal line.ON THE VERGE of becoming the firstteam in a decade to win back-to-back SuperBowls, Carroll and Bevell called for apass play rather than handing the ball totheir star running back. The play called forwide receiver Ricardo Lockette to run a slantpattern. In theory, Lockette, with the helpof a “pick” from fellow receiver JermaineKearse, was supposed to flash open for atouchdown. But when quarterback RussellWilson fired the football toward Lockette,New England rookie defensive backMalcolm Butler jumped the route and interceptedthe pass, securing the Patriots’fourth Super Bowl championship of themillennium and leaving the Seahawks wonderingwhat could have been.Instead of putting the ball in the handsof the Seahawks’ best player (multiple timesif needed), Carroll and Bevell called for apass play into a crowded area of the fieldand came up empty. After the game, the playcall received harsh criticism from fans, mediamembers, and players from other teams.From ESPN.com: “Carroll botches SuperSouth Lakes football coach Trey Taylor was “shocked” the SeattleSeahawks passed the ball at the 1-yard late in Super Bowl XLIX.“Everybody is a footballexpert on Monday. The natureof being a football coach (or aweatherman) is that you willget second-guessed.”— Lake Braddock football coachJim PoythressBowl.”From The Seattle Times: “Seahawks lostbecause of the worst call in Super Bowl history.”From the San Jose Mercury News: “Anyway you look at it, Seattle’s insane pass atthe end of the Super Bowl was the worstplay-call in modern sports history.”The following day, several high schoolfootball coaches from Northern Virginia andMontgomery County, Md., shared theirthoughts about the final minute of SuperBowl XLIX. The majority of those who respondedsaid they would have called a runplay on second-and-goal from the 1. Somecoaches acknowledged that it’s easy to secondguess a decision, and some sharedtough decisions they had to make in thepast.Verducci, head football coach at BishopIreton (Alexandria), was “shocked” bySeattle’s decision to throw the football.“In a similar situation against Green Bay[in the NFC Championship game on Jan.18] the Seahawks ran ‘read option’ andRussell Wilson was virtually untouchedscoring a touchdown,” Verducci wrote in anemail. “During the timeout [prior to firstdown], I would have called a power runningplay for Lynch on second down andthe read option for Wilson on third down ifthey did not score. I would have used myfinal timeout if the second and third downruns were unsuccessful.”Verducci is haunted by his own toughdecision gone wrong. Facing St.Christopher’s in the 2011 state semifinals,Bishop Ireton led 34-31 with less than aminute remaining in the fourth quarter. St.Christopher’s faced fourth-and-15 at its own2-yard line with less than 1 minute remainingand no timeouts.“My gut instinct was to call a timeout,”Verducci wrote, “but I did not call one.”St. Christopher’s executed a hook-andlateralplay that broke loose for a 98-yardtouchdown and the Saints held on for a 38-34 victory.“I still regret the fact,” Verducci wrote, “Idid not call the timeout to discuss the possibilityof a trick play, among other things.”Simmons, who has led the Westfieldfootball team to four consecutive regionchampionship games, was “surprised”Seattle opted to pass.“They had one timeout left and an almostunstoppable running back,”Simmons wrote. “I said out loud, Seattlejust needs to run the ball now. … I wouldhave run the same play they ran on firstdown. They almost scored on that one.”Simmons said he remembers some ofhis failed choices as a coach.“My biggest regrets come with personneldecisions,” Simmons wrote. “Andyes, when I look back on some of thosedecisions it bothers me very much.”Taylor was the head coach at W.T.Woodson in 2008 when he called for a fakepunt at the Cavaliers’ own 10-yard line in agame against Westfield. The intended receiveron the play dropped the pass andWoodson went on to suffer a lopsided loss.“The play was there, we just failed to execute,”wrote Taylor, who is now the headcoach at South Lakes. “… For the Westfieldgame, we knew we had to do some thingsout of the box to have a chance to win. Wewere prepared to do things like we did, sothe decision didn’t bother me because it waspart of the game plan.”In 2009, Woodson defeated eventual regionchampion Lake Braddock 43-42 duringthe regular season. Taylor took a risk atthe end of the game and it paid off.“We score on a 90-yard screen play to pullwithin one with about a minute to go,” Taylorwrote. “We opt for a 2-point conversionfor the win. We convert and win the game43-42. After the game, several people commentedon how that isn’t what they wouldhave done. Since we won it was a good call.If we wouldn’t have, then everyone wouldhave had a better idea. But at the moment,that is what felt right.”Seattle had the ball at the New England11-yard line with 6 seconds remaining inthe first half. The Patriots led 14-7 and the“safe” play would have been for Carroll tokick the field goal and go into the lockerroom down by four. Instead, he opted torun one more offensive play and it paid offwith a touchdown pass from Wilson to ChrisMatthews.CARROL’S DARING DECISION at theend of the game didn’t pay off.Lake Braddock head coach Jim Poythressdefended Carroll, who led Seattle to a SuperBowl title the previous season and wona pair of national championships with theUniversity of Southern California.“Hindsight is always 20/20. Last Ichecked, Coach Carroll had won a lot of biggames,” Poythress wrote. “Everybody is afootball expert on Monday. The nature ofbeing a football coach (or a weatherman)is that you will get second-guessed. I wish Icould show up at the work place of thosewho have criticized our program and saywhatever ridiculous comment I wanted.“Where were the experts after the NFCChampionship [when Seattle overcame a16-0 deficit to win 28-22 in overtime]?Didn’t Coach Bevell lead the comeback? Itake my hat off to Bevell for getting themto the 1-yard line [in the final minute ofSuper Bowl XLIX]. He did that with littletime left and probably 100 million peoplewatching. More importantly, I credit theSeahawk players for sticking together afterthe game. Nobody pointed fingers or laidblame. Even Marshawn Lynch, who everybodyloves to hate, had only positive thingsto say about the call and his teammates.”Lake Braddock finished the 2014 seasonwith a 10-3 record and reached the 6ANorth region semifinals despite the graduationof star quarterback Caleb Henderson,who is a freshman on the University ofNorth Carolina football team.“After winning 10 games this year, wewere still second-guessed as a staff after theWestfield loss [in the region semis],”Poythress wrote. “We had some seniors thatwanted to lay blame on the underclass. Wehad parents cry about their kid’s touches orstats. After the last-second win versus WestSpringfield [in the region quarterfinals], wewere the greatest staff in the area. The nextweek we were dog dirt. It comes with theturf and you won’t last long if you pay attentionto it. At the end of the season, onlyone team is happy.”Carroll, Bevell and Seahawks players willhave all offseason to think about comingup 1 yard short of winning Super Bowl XLIXand the play call that led to the game-endinginterception. Will they get over the disappointment?According to ESPN.com, theWestgate SuperBook and the William Hillsports book have Seattle as 5-to-1 favoritesto win Super Bowl 50 following the 2015season.8 ❖ Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


EntertainmentEmail announcements chantilly@connectionnewspapers.com. Include date,time, location, description and contact forevent: phone, email and/or website. Photosand artwork welcome. Deadline isThursday at noon, at least two weeks beforeevent.ONGOINGThe Airbus IMAX Theater atNational Air and SpaceMuseum Udvar-Hazy Center,14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway,is showing movies including“Interstellar”, “D-Day: Normandy1944”, “Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot” and“Hidden Universe”. Visitairandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy or call703-572-4118 for the movie scheduleor to schedule an IMAX On Demandshow for groups of 50 or more.Sully Historic Site. 3650 HistoricSully Way, Chantilly. Enjoy guidedtours of the 1794 home of NorthernVirginia’s first Congressman, RichardBland Lee. $7/adult; $6/student; $5/senior and child. Hours are 11 a.m.-4p.m. 703-437-1794.Singing. 7:30 p.m. at Lord of LifeLutheran Church, 13421 Twin LakesDrive, Clifton. The Fairfax Jubil-Airesrehearse every Wednesday whichincludes training by an awardwinningdirector. Visitwww.fairfaxjubilaires.org for more.PET ADOPTIONSAdopt a Dog. Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. at PetSmart,12971 Fair Lakes Center, Fairfax.Adopt a puppy or dog. Visitwww.lostdogrescue.org for more.Adopt a Dog. Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. atPetco, 13053 Lee Jackson Highway.Visit hart90.org for more.Adopt a Dog. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. atPetco, 13053 Lee Jackson MemorialHwy. Adopt a puppy or dog.Visitaforeverhome.org for more.WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY/FEB. 4-5Menopause The Musical. 8 p.m. atHylton Performing Arts Center,10960George Mason Circle, Manassas.GFour Productions bring thisinternational hit show to Manassasfor two shows only. Tickets areavailable at the Hylton PerformingArts Center box office,hyltoncenter.org, or by calling 703-993-7759. Now celebrating 13 yearsof female empowerment throughmusical comedy, Menopause TheMusical has evolved as a “grassroots”movement of women who deal withlife adjustments after 40 byembracing each other and the roadahead. Visitwww.MenopauseTheMusical.com.THURSDAY-SUNDAY/FEB. 5-8“Beauty and the Beast.” Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.;Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m.; andSunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m. in the Skip A.Maiden Theatre, Centreville HighSchool, 6001 Union Mill Road,Clifton. Theatre Centreville presents“Beauty and the Beast.” $15.SATURDAY/FEB. 7Evergreens For Every Garden. 10a.m. at Merrifield Garden Center,12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax.Evergreens are a must-have in everygarden. They provide year-roundinterest, structure, define spaces andserve as backdrop to other plants.Attend this seminar to discover themany varieties. Visitwww.merrifieldgardencenter.com orcall 703-968-9600Children’s Gardening Workshops.2 p.m. at Merrifield Garden Center,12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Theseseminars are ideal for parents andgrandparents who want to introducechildren, ages 6-12, to gardening.Each child will learn and have funwhile creating a dish garden to bringhome. An adult must be present.Space is limited. Visitwww.merrifieldgardencenter.com orcall 703-968-9600.SUNDAY/FEB. 8Model Train Show. 1-4 p.m. atFairfax Station Railroad Museum,11200 Fairfax Station Road, FairfaxStation. The Northern VirginiaNTRAK members will hold an Ngauge T-TRAK model train show.Museum members, free; adults 16and over, $4; children 5-15, $2;under 4, free. Information on themuseum and shows is atwww.fairfax-station.org or call 703-425-9225.Design with Roses. 2-4 p.m. atMerrifield Garden Center, 12101 LeeHighway, Fairfax. Arlington RoseFoundation hosts “Fun Designs withRoses, ” with floral arranger CarolInskeep. Rose bouquets as doorprizes. Light refreshments. Free. Call703-371-9351.THURSDAY/FEB. 12Author Event. Noon at the UnitedStates Navy Memorial, NavalHeritage Center, Presidents Room,701 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington,D.C. Centreville author Alan Remswill speak at the “Authors on Deck”book lecture series bringing oftenoverlooked fighting in World War II’sSouth Pacific Theater to life. “SouthPacific Cauldron: World War II’sGreat Forgotten Battlegrounds,” isthe first historical account thatCENTREVILLECOMMUNITIESOF WORSHIPTo highlight yourfaith community,call Karen at703-917-6468The Anglican Church of the AscensionTraditionalAnglican Services1928 Book ofCommon Prayer1940 HymnalHoly Communion 10 A.M. Sundays(with Church School and Nursery)13941 Braddock Road, (north off Rte. 29) Centreville, VA703-830-3176 • www.ascension-acc.orgembraces all land, sea, and airoperations in the South Pacificduring World War II. Remssummarizes the theater’s activitiesfrom January 1942 to September1945 by examining the perspectivesof the Americans, Australians, andJapanese. Free and open to thepublic. Call 202-737-2300 or visitwww.navymemorial.org for more.FRIDAY-SUNDAY/FEB. 13-15Singing Valentines. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.The Fairfax Jubil-Aires will send asinging quartet of elegantly dressedgents to serenade a loved one atwork or at home delivered with twosongs, a message from the sender, along-stemmed rose, and a mini boxof candy. $50 on Friday, Feb. 13 orSunday, Feb. 15; $70 on Saturday,Feb. 14. For $30 a telephone singingValentine will be delivered anywhere.Visit www.fairfaxjubilaires.org or call571-418-3840.Winter One Acts. Friday andSaturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday andSunday, 2 p.m. at Westfield Theatre,Westfield High School, 4700Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly. $10 at thedoor. Visitwww.westfieldtheatreboosters.comfor schedule.SATURDAY/FEB. 14It’s All About the Birds and theBees. 10 a.m. at Merrifield GardenCenter, 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax.Flowers can be so much more thangifts for a Valentine. Find out howthey use their shape, fragrance andcolor to attract the perfect partner forpollination and reproduction. Is itlove, biology or both? Visitwww.merrifieldgardencenter.com orcall 703-968-9600.SUNDAY/FEB. 15Model Train Show. 1-4 p.m. atFairfax Station Railroad Museum,11200 Fairfax Station Road, FairfaxStation. The Northern VirginiaNTRAK members will hold an Ngauge model train show. Museummembers, free; adults 16 and over,$4; children 5-15, $2; under 4, free.Information on the museum andshows is at www.fairfax-station.orgor call 703-425-9225.TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY/FEB. 17-18Auditions. 6:30-9 p.m. at MountainView High School, 5775 SpindleCourt, Centreville. Auditions for TheAlliance Theatre’s production of“Curtains.” It’s the brassy, bright, andpromising year of 1959. Boston’sColonial Theatre is host to theopening night performance of a newmusical. When the leading ladymysteriously dies on stage the entirecast and crew are suspects. Actorsmust be at least 17 to audition andcome prepared to dance incomfortable clothing and shoes.Actors should prepare a 32 bar cutwith own accompaniment or acappella. Sides will be provided. Coldreadings will be done. Call backsThursday Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m.Rehearsals begin Feb. 23, 7 p.m.Performance dates are April 24-25,May 1-9. Register atwww.thealliancetheatre.org/auditions.html.SATURDAY/FEB. 21Boxwood and Flowering Shrubs.10 a.m. at Merrifield Garden Center,12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax.Discover the many new and differentvarieties of boxwood and discussflowering shrubs to complement yourboxwood. Visitwww.merrifieldgardencenter.com orcall 703-968-9600.12 ❖ Chantilly Connection ❖ February 4-10, 2015 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com

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