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and OaktonViennaWellbeingPage 10Koshuta Scores 39in Semifinals LossOpinion, Page 6 ❖ Entertainment, Page 8 ❖ Sports, Page 12 ❖ Classifieds, Page 14Vienna Honors‘Mayor Jane’News, Page 3Sports, Page 12Photo by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionSupervisors Clearthe Way For OakcrestSchool RelocationNews, Page 4Madison junior Kelly Koshutascored a career-high 39 points andgrabbed 19 rebounds during a lossto Stonewall Jackson in the 6ANorth region semifinals on Feb. 27at Robinson Secondary School.www.ConnectionNewspapers.com March 5-11, 2014online at www.connectionnewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 1


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Photo by Andrea Worker/The ConnectionPhoto contributedNewsVienna Honors ‘Mayor Jane’Hundreds bidfarewell toVienna MayorM. Jane Seeman.Vienna/Oakton Connection Editor Kemal Kurspahic703-778-9414 or vienna@connectionnewspapers.comBy Andrea WorkerThe Connectionmated 600 in attendance, by thirty minutes prior tothe start of the 2 p.m. service on Friday afternoon,Feb. 28, the lower level of the VPC Chapel at 124Park St. NE in Vienna was already full and those stillarriving began filling in the upper galleries. The stateflag was ordered at half-mast in the state capital onFriday, as well as at public buildings in Vienna, FairfaxCity and around the county. Vienna Town officesclosed at 1 p.m. to allow staff to attend and offertheir personal farewells to the much-loved mayor.Seeman, who succumbed to lung cancer on Feb.23 at the age of 76, was a resident of Vienna since1968. Her political career began with her appointmentto the Vienna Town Council in late 1996, to fillthe seat left vacant by the death of her husband,Rodger. After winning two full terms to the Council,Seeman was elected Mayor in 2000, and was stillfulfilling her duties just days before her passing.A “LIFE CELEBRATION” for “Mayor Jane” (as shewas known to so many) was held at Money and KingFuneral Home in Vienna on Thursday. The onlinecondolence book on the Money and King website isfilled with the tributes, remembrances and condolencesof friends and colleagues from Vienna andaround the country, recalling Seeman’s devotion asa friend and to the town. The writings posted thereand on other media sites demonstrate Seeman’s interestand willingness to participate in dozens ofcommunity organizations and events and charitableactivities. The Town of Vienna Public InformationOffice posted Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki’s tribute withthe announcement of the Seeman’s death. “MayorSeeman has left us all with the legacy of how to be amodel citizen through her leadership, education andservice to the community with a caring compassionto others…Jane has left this world a better place andwe are privileged to have known such a wonderfulperson…”While there were certainly a large number of colleaguesand political figures at the Church service,including rows of Council members and staff, representativesfrom the Fairfax County Fire and RescueDepartments, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11),and Fairfax County Board Supervisor Cathy Hudgins(D-Hunter Mill) among them, the emphasis of thememorial was on Seeman as mother, grandmother,and friend. “This is not a political funeral,” declaredPastor James. “This is a celebration of an amazinglife.”James offered a brief biography, speaking ofSeeman’s roots in Kansas, where “she was a rabidKansas University Jayhawks fan – and, I’m sure stillwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comThe Honor Guard – motorcycle police officers clear theway as they escort the hearse carrying Vienna Mayor JaneSeeman from Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna toOakton for burial at Flint Hill Cemetery.Alife “defined by faith,family and friends,”was how Senior Pastorthe Rev. Dr. Peter Jamesof the Vienna Presbyterian Church(VPC) described long-time ViennaMayor M. Jane Seeman at the servicesto honor her life and memorializeher passing. With an estiis!”Seeman met her future husband Rodger whileboth were studying Business and Economics at FortHays State College. “Actually, I should say where Janewas tutoring Rodger in Economics,” the Pastor saidlaughingly. When the family arrived in Vienna,Seeman immediately dove into the community as apreschool teacher, a volunteer at the Patrick HenryLibrary, and a Neighborhood Watch member, to namejust a few of the activities and events in which sheparticipated or helmed. “And she served tirelesslyhere at Vienna Presbyterian Church,” added James.“The Seemans joined VPC in October of 1968. Janewas an usher, a coffee server; she delivered mealson wheels and so much more. I told you, hers was alife of faith, family and friends.” And it was her familywho then paid tribute through song, prayer andpersonal remembrances.GRANDDAUGHTER HANNAH COLBERT performed“Amazing Grace” accompanied by her fatherMike Colbert on acoustic guitar. GranddaughtersJaclyn Seeman and Heather Colbert both deliveredNew Testament readings. Heather also initiated thefamily remembrances, and was then followed by hermother, Seeman’s daughter Linda Colbert.“My mother was, and still is my best friend,” saidLinda Colbert. “And I learned that I always had toshare her with everyone. She was everyone’s friend– including all of my friends when I was growing up.She was just genuinely interested in people.” Colbertspoke of her mother’s love for the library and herwork as a volunteer there. “She put in some 3000hours there,” she said. “So many people had no ideathat it was the mayor reading to their kids or helpingthem find something. She had no need to be recognized,just to help.”Son Bill Seeman continuedpainting a picture of a mother supportive of her childrenat all times - “Even when I brought home ‘pets’that I found out really creeped her out!” – and of agrandmother who created memorable adventures foreach of her grandchildren. “The trips we went onand the ones she arranged and took us on were incredible,but the best part was always being togetheras a family and the way she made each of us feel.”“She’s gone too soon. She had so much more todo,” said Bill Seeman, “but, I guess when I thinkabout it, she lived ten normal people’s lives in herone life.Following the service, a motorcycle cavalcadeescorted “Mayor Jane” to Flint Hill Cemeteryin Oakton. The family then returned to Vienna PresbyterianChurch for a reception and to continue sharingtheir stories and celebrating the life of MayorJane Seeman.Louise Archer Elementary in Vienna is celebratingits 75th anniversary.Time to Celebrate 75 YearsLouise Archer Elementary invitescommunity to open house.By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionLouise Archer Elementaryand Principal MichelleMakrigiorgos are celebratingthe school’s 75th anniversaryand the community isinvited. An open house is slatedfor Friday, March 7, from 6-8p.m., at the school, 324 NutleyStreet, N.W., in Vienna.Community members, localbusinesses, former and currentstaff, students and families arewelcome to join in the festivities.In honor of the occasion,Archer will be transformed intoa historical museum featuringfounding artifacts, as well asnew displays made by currentstudents. Besides the library“museum,” activities will includestudent-led tours pluslight refreshments.“We are very excited to behosting a 75th anniversary celebrationbecause we have a richhistory and long-standing traditionsthat make our publicschool a wonderful and uniqueplace to learn,” saidMakrigiorgos. “We want toshare this celebration with everyonein our community whohas so generously supportedour school for more than threequarters of a century.”But there are still more thingsthe school would like to do forits students, so the Louise ArcherPTA is also accepting “$75for 75” birthday donations. Taxdeductiblecontributions maybe made in the names of currentor former students, relatives,friends or communitymembers. All donations will beacknowledged on a paperpresent surrounding a giantbirthday cake in the school’sfront hallway.The goal is to raise $28,000by March 7. The funds will gotoward purchasing two, technology-based,75th-birthdaygifts to the school: 32 laptopsfor a student mobile lab for usein the 3-6 classrooms and eightSmartBoard projector mountsfor the K-3 classrooms. Formore details, go to http://www.louisearcherpta.org.Besides the evening event,the school will hold an assemblythat afternoon for the studentsand invited guests only.Madison High Principal MarkMerrell will be the guestspeaker, and former studentswill also be in attendance. Inaddition, the current studentswill perform tributes to theschool’s namesake, LouiseReeves Archer.Archer’s goal in life was tomake sure African-Americanchildren in Vienna received aneducation. For 26 years – fromSeptember 1922 to March 1948– she was the principal of whatwas then called the Vienna ColoredSchool. She also taughtgrades five through seven atthe same time.Highly respected in her profession,Archer imbued her studentswith valuable life skills,as well as academics. She diedin April 1948 and, afterward,the community wanted tohonor her memory in a significantway.So parents petitioned theSchool Board and, in 1950, theschool’s name was officiallychanged to Louise Archer Elementary.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 3


Courtesy of Oakcrest SchoolPhoto by Ethan McLeod/The ConnectionNewsSupervisors Clear the Way for Oakcrest School RelocationThe FairfaxCounty Boardof Supervisorsapproves aspecial exceptionamendmentFeb. 25.By Ethan McLeodThe ConnectionThe Fairfax CountyBoard of Supervisorsapproved a specialexception amendmentfrom the Oakcrest School onTuesday, Feb. 25, providing for atraffic light at the intersection ofHunter Mill Road and Crowell.The decision ended a four-yearback-and-forth between theMcLean-based Oakcrest School,landowners near the intersectionof Hunter Mill and Crowell roads,and the board of supervisors.With the approval of its specialexception amendment, OakcrestSchool can now begin building itsnew facility, which will include aheavily disputed driveway entranceon Crowell Road.“We’ve been on hold and inlimbo for four years, which has putan incredible strain on our tinylittle school,” said Miriam Buono,chair of the new-campus committeefor Oakcrest’s board of directors.“We have been completelytied up in knots up until this vote.It allows us to finally build a campusthat fulfills the mission of theschool.”THE OAKCREST SCHOOL, anWeek in Viennaall-female Catholic preparatoryschool with an enrollment of about200 students, has been attemptingto move from its current locationon Balls Hill Road in McLeansince first purchasing the propertyoff of Hunter Mill Road in 2010.According to Buono, Oakcrest’scurrently facility, vacated byMcLean Bible Church in 2007,lacks a gymnasium, athletic fields,and even windows in some rooms.Under the special exceptionamendment passed Feb. 25,Oakcrest will be able to build theirschool with a setback front yard,soccer fields and a softball field aslong as they provide adequate foliageand rocks for screening.Oakcrest was originally granteda special exception from the Boardof Supervisors in 2010 providingfor a roundabout at the intersectionof Hunter Mill Road andCrowell Road. The proposed exceptionalso included an extendeddriveway to the new school onHunter Mill Road through the GolfPark owned by John Thoburn.Thoburn notably sold the propertyCommunity ServiceAward NominatThe Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee invitesnominations, by March 7, of businesses and businessowners for the 2014 Carole Wolfand Community ServiceAward. It’s given each year to a Town business entityor owner in recognition of outstanding contributionsto the community life and spirit of Vienna.To nominate a business or owner, submit the businessname, address and phone number of nominee, a descriptionof the contribution/action to be considered andwhy (200 words or less), plus the name, address andphone number of the nominator.Submit entries by March 7 to: Town/Business LiaisonCommittee, c/o Joseph Pudlick, Vienna Town Hall, 127Center St. South, Vienna, VA 22180, by fax to (703)255-5729 or email to tblc@viennava.gov (put TBLCA rendering of the front of Oakcrest School’s new campuson Hunter Mill Road, which officials hope will open inFall of 2015.The Board vote provided for a stoplight toreplace the three-way stop sign at the intersectionof Hunter Mill Road and Crowell Road.Award in subject line).to Oakcrest School and agreed tothe special exception’s conditions.Six weeks after its passage, however,Hunter Mill East, LLC, representingThoburn and two otherproperty owners, sued the Boardof Supervisors to prevent theimplementation of the drivewayand the accompanying roundabout,according to a lawsuit filedwith the Circuit Court of FairfaxCounty.Oakcrest, unable to build theirnew facility, attempted to workwith county staff and Hunter Millresidents for the next three yearsto gain their approval for an alternateaccess road on Crowell Road.On Feb. 21, Oakcrest filed a specialexception amendment requestingto change from a roundaboutat the intersection to a trafficsignal, which the board approvedin an 8-2 vote four dayslater.Though Oakcrest officials arehappy with the decision, someresidents who live near the intersection,currently a three-way stopsign, feel cheated.Echols St. Contract AwardedThe Vienna Town Council last Monday night, Feb. 24,awarded the Echols St. S.E. reconstruction contract toSagres Construction Corp. It was the lowest bidder out ofseven firms bidding for the contract. The work will consistof rebuilding the curb, gutter and sidewalk.Family Skate NightsFamily Skate Nights are held on Friday nights, 6:30 to 8p.m. in the gym of the Vienna Community Center, 120Cherry Street SE. The cost is $1 per person and is appropriatefor the whole family! Participants need to bring theirown skates and safety equipment; no scooters; roller skatesand in-line skates only. Parents are required to stay andare invited to participate!“This was an eleventh hour attemptto involve the community,and the perception is that the decisionwas already preordained,”said Laddie Suk, who served onSupervisor Hudgins’ (D-HunterMill) outreach committee for thisissue. Suk lives about one milefrom the often-congested intersectionand said that the stoplight willlikely make traffic worse onHunter Mill Road.“The school has hired traffic engineers,and county staff havedone what they believe is an assessment,but anyone with commonsense who travels this roadevery day understands that a stoplightis going to be a failure.”Hunter Mill District residentsalso feel that this is a case ofdouble jeopardy in which thecounty voted against the measureat one point and flip-flopped severalyears later, according to SteveHull, an executive board memberfor the Hunter Mill DefenseLeague.In 2010, the board rejected aproposal for a Crowell Road entrancewhen the property was stillin the Dranesville District. In 2011,its redistricting brought the landinto Hunter Mill District.“Our opinion is that they’vedone this community a great disservice.The Board of Supervisorsjust voted themselves out of a lawsuit,”said Hull.MANY ARE CONCERNED thatthe passage of Oakcrest’s specialexception amendment will openthe doorway for other future development,a notion that Buonodenied was linked to Oakcrest’sexpansion at their new plannedfacility.According to Hull, however, regardlessof their intentions,Oakcrest “became a party” tonearby landowners plans for futuredevelopment. Hull expectsCrowell Road residents may pursuelitigation as an avenue to fightfuture development.Oakcrest School, meanwhile,will aim to open its doors onHunter Mill Road in Fall 2015, accordingto Buono.Want to Join Vienna Police?The Town of Vienna Police Department is looking forpeople interested in becoming police officers here. Thesalary and benefits are competitive with other areas.For application information, call 703-255-6350 or visit:http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vienna/default.cfm.Report AnySuspicious ActivityVienna residents are reminded by Town of Viennapolice to call and report any suspicious activity. Even ifcallers choose not to provide their names or other personalinformation, the police still need their help as extraeyes and ears in the community. Call 911 or contact MPOGary Lose at glose@viennava.gov or 703-255-6396.4 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


NewsOaktonFireCauses$20,000DamageFire officials say improperlydiscarded smoking materialscaused an accidental firein an Oakton home. Damage wasestimated at $20,000. The incidentoccurred Monday, Feb. 10, at 2615Hunter Mill Road.Fairfax County Fire and RescueDepartment units responded tothe single-family home around10:25 p.m.Upon arrival, firefighters encounteredheavy smoke comingfrom the front of the two-storyhouse.They conducted an aggressiveattack and quickly brought theflames in an upstairs bedroomunder control. Fire damage wascontained to that bedroom.The home had no workingsmoking alarms, but the occupantswere able to escape from thehouse before the firefighters arrived.Four adults and one childwere displaced; no one was injured.In light of this incident, fireofficials offer the following tipsabout smoking materials andsafety:❖ Completely douse cigarettebutts and ashes with water beforethrowing them away, as they cansmolder and cause a fire.Never smoke in bed. Providelarge, deep ashtrays with a centersupport for smokers. Before goingto bed, check furniture for anydropped ashes.Empty ashes into a fireproofcontainer filled with water andsand.❖ Keep smoking materials awayfrom anything that can burn (forexample, mattresses, bedding,upholstered furniture, draperies,etc.).Never smoke in a home whereoxygen is being used. Smokersshould choose fire-safe cigarettesbecause they’re less likely to causefires.❖ To prevent a deadly cigarettefire, people must be alert. But fireofficials say it’s not possible ifpeople are sleepy, have been drinkingor have taken medicine orother drugs. Adults are alsowarned to keep matches and lightersup high, out of children’s sightand reach.— Bonnie Hobbswww.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 5


Photos by Jaime WindonPhoto contributedCalendarAudrey Rinehart, 17, receiving feedback from celebrityjudging panel which included Tony winner and currentstar of “Pippin” on Broadway Patina Miller and threetimeGrammy winner and bassist/composer/vocalistEsperanza Spalding.Vienna Student JoinsDC-CAPital StarsThe 6th annual DC-CAPital Stars tookplace on Tuesday,Feb. 25 at the JohnF. Kennedy Center for the PerformingArts in the EisenhowerTheater followed by a gala receptionin the Nations Gallery.This year’s theme: A Tribute toBroadway.The event is DC College AccessProgram’s (DC-CAP) majorannual fundraiser. His ExcellencyYousef Al Otaiba, UnitedArab Emirates Ambassador tothe United States, was the presentingsponsor of the event. Manylocal corporations also sponsoredthe event.Each year the event raises hundredsof thousands of dollars – thisyear more than $700,000 – to supportthe organization in helpingevery DC public and public charterschool student have a chanceto go to and graduate from college.Celebrity Judges Headline Idol-Style Competition: Audience membersvoted using handheld devicesand the celebrity judges – includingTony-winning star of “Pippin”Patina Miller and Grammy-winningVienna resident Audrey Rinehart, 17, performing“Don’t Rain on My Parade.” She was a runner-up andreceived a $2,000 scholarship in the 6th annual DC-CAPital Stars at the John F. Kennedy Center for thePerforming Arts.bassist/vocalist/composerEsperanza Spalding – commentedon each performance. Winnerswere determined 50 percent byjudges input and 50 percent basedon audience vote.❖1st prize winner drummerKweku Sumbry, 16, junior at DukeEllington, won the $10,000 scholarshipgrand prize.Solving the VEXing Challenge Of STEMThe ‘Pearls Team’ from Cornerstones Clubhouse competingat the Regional ‘Toss Up State Qualifer.’❖2nd prize winner singerNikita Crowell, 17, senior atDuke Ellington, won a $6,000scholarship.❖3rd prize went to dancerBrandon Taylor Gray, 17, seniorat Duke Ellington, with a$4,000 scholarship. The remainingrunners-up each received$2,000 scholarships.After months of practiceand winning the localcompetition, theBailey’s Computer Clubhouseteam was elated to learn itqualified to enter the State VEXRobotics tournament inDoswell, Va. in February. Thatenthusiasm, however, wasquickly tempered as the teamsponsors realized, although thekids were ready, willing andable to go, they simply didn’thave the entry fee or money fortransportation to make it happen.The good news is that, led byFairfax County Office of Partnerships(OP3), the communitystepped in to make their dreama reality. OP3 facilitated a coalitionof interested businesses,nonprofits and Fairfax Countyagencies, resulting in buses contributedby the Fairfax CountyNeighborhood and CommunityServices; a donation of $1500to cover registration fees, mealsand logistics courtesy of GAPSolutions, Inc.; and shirts generouslyprinted courtesy of RestonShirt and Graphics.With all of this support the teamsembarked for the state competitionalong with their coaches, NorthernVirginia Community College Students.The teams are part of the NorthernVirginia Community College’s(NVCC) SySTEMic Solutions initiative.Created in response to theregion’s critical shortage of scientists,engineers and technicians, theprogram’s ultimate goal is to meetthe demand for a trainedworkforce in advanced technologies.Students in SySTEMic Solutionsare likely to be the first intheir family who have consideredcollege, and come from a moderateor lower income family.With multi-institutional collaborationat the secondary andpost-secondary level coupledwith collaboration among K-12school divisions and industry,this key best practice is set toincrease college success andcompletion rates amongst atriskstudent populations.Through SySTEMic Solutions,NVCC has created a collaborativearrangement amongK-12 school divisions, highereducation institutions, localgovernment and employers tocreate a sustainable workforcepipeline that by the year 2015will have more than 3,000 studentspreparing for STEM careers.Now that’s a winning solutionto a VEXing problem.NOTE: Coaches and mentors arealways needed and welcome. Formore information contact: WendyLemieux, Fairfax County Office ofPublic Private Partnerships, 703-424-1805,wendy.lemieux@fairfaxcounty.govSend announcements tovienna@connectionnewspapers.com.Deadline is Friday for the followingweek’s paper. Photos/artwork encouraged.FRIDAY/MARCH 7Seed Bead Workshop. 7-8 p.m.,Vienna Community Center (VCC), 120Cherry St SE, Vienna. MelissaGrakowsky-Shippee presents herwonderful seed bead designs.www.nvbs.orgSATURDAY/MARCH 8Mardi Gras Party. 8 p.m., AmericanLegion Post 180, 330 Center St. N.,Vienna. A veteran’s fundraiser and ATribute to Fats Domino and music byNew Orleans’ own, Terry Lee Ryan.$35. www.Legion180.net.ºSUNDAY/MARCH 9The Stern/Andrist Duo Concert. 3p.m. Alden Theatre of McLean, 1234Ingleside Avenue, McLean. This freeconcert will feature violinist JamesStern of the University of Marylandand multi-talented pianist AudreyAndrist in a program that includes asonata by Janacek, Four Pieces bySuk, Theme and Variations byMessiaen, and the Sonata in C minorby Beethoven.MONDAY/MARCH 10Lunch ‘N Life. 12 p.m. EmmannualLutheran Church, 2589 Chain BridgeRoad, Vienna. Join the Shepherd’sCenter of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) fortheir first in 2014 schedule of Lunch n’Life events. It includes lunch anddessert followed by Ric Edelman, whoappears on stage frequently, talkingHappy St. Catrick’s Day!You’ve heard about St. Patrick who drove thesnakes out of Ireland‚ but did you know aboutSt. Catrick, who saved the kittens out of shelters?Now’s your chance to find out! Join Lost Dog & CatRescue Foundation for a St. Catrick’s Day celebration,and learn how you can help save lives.Charlie, delivered by St. Catrick,is available for adoptionJoin us atLost Dog Café-McLeanSaturday, March 15, 3-7 p.m.Enjoy snacks & soft drinks whilelearning how you can help.1690 Anderson Road, McLean(near Safeway)www.lostdogandcatrescue.orgFRIDAY/MARCH 7Boys & Girls Clubs of GreaterWashington’s (BGCGW)Fairfax County RegionInaugural Casino NightFundraiser. 6:30-11:30 p.m. TheRitz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd,McLean.The Fairfax Regional Board will bringa bit of friendly Vegas-like fun tosupport the programming for theregion’s two Clubs. Unlike themoney and chips found in realcasinos, Casino Night guests willreceive funny money and a biddernumber. They will use theirwinnings from casino-favoritessuch as Black Jack, Texas Hold‘Em, and Craps to bid on fabulousraffle prizes. The more chipsplayers accumulate at the gamingtables the better their chances towin great raffle prizes at end ofeveningThe Fairfax Region of BGCGWprovides a safe haven for morethan 580 young people betweento thousands of people every year,and is widely acknowledged as anentertaining and informative speaker.Visit http://scov.org/calendar.htm orcall the office at 703-281-0538. $10per person. Reservation andprepayment required by Wednesday,March 5.FRIDAY/ MARCH 14Casino Night & Silent Auction. 7p.m., The Grand Atrium, 2236Gallows Road, Vienna. JamesMadison HS (JMHS) Athletic BoosterClub hosts its 8 th Annual Casino Night= Foster Crew Members will answerquestions about the mostimportant thing you can do tohelp.= Adoption Center Coordinators willprovide information aboutvolunteering at PetSmart centers.= Our Transport Coordinator willexplain how you can help withlittle more than some time and acar.Can’t make it, but still want to help?Email cats@lostdogrescue.org for more informationthe ages of 5 and 18 years old attwo sites: Culmore Character Cluband Murrygate Village Club. Theclubs serve poor children,providing support for homeworkand academic success, life skillstraining, character building andfun. Ninety-Two percent of theClubs’ members qualify for freelunch.Casino Night will not only be a nightof fun and excitement, it will be athrilling opportunity to supportyouth in the Fairfax communitywho need us most. The eveningincludes Ritz-Carlton dinnerbuffet, open bar, casino games,raffle, dancing, DJ and more, for$95 a person or $175 per couple.Special overnight room rate of$119 available.Register now. To purchase tickets forCasio Night & and moreinformation about Fairfax Regionof Boys & Girls Clubs of GreaterWashington visit:www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/casinonight/& Silent Auction. Advance: $55, Atthe door: $65.www.warhawksports.org orjmhsathleticbooster@gmail.com.SATURDAY/MARCH 15Ballroom Dance. 8-11:30 p.m., ColvinRun Dance Hall, 10201 Colvin RunRoad, Great Falls. DJ music fromCraig Bukowski playing favorite dancetunes from the 1930s to today. $15.703-759-2685 or www.colvinrun.org.Model Trains. 231 Dominion Road NE,Vienna. 1-5 p.m. See and hear modeltrolleys and steam and diesel trainsplus Thomas and some of his friendsThe Newton School serves studentsin grades K-8 who benefit from:• Small classes (4-8 students) with a 4:1 studentto teacher ratio• Strong academics, customized to meet student’s needs• Lots of physical activity integrated into the day,in a beautiful 24,000 sq. ft. facility• Nurturing socialenvironment• Weekly field trips toenhance hands-onlearning• Daily communicationwith parentsin the Historic Vienna Train Stationalong the W&OD trail just past theCaboose. The layout reflects themountainous terrain and towns ofWestern North Carolina with awardwinning structures. Hosted by theNorthern Virginia Model Railroaders.www.nvmr.org.SUNDAY/MARCH 30Capitol Steps. 4 p.m. James MadisonHigh School, 2500 James MadisonDrive, Vienna. The quick witted multifacetedcongressional staffers, will beperforming their popular fast-pacedmusical political satire. Proceeds toThe Newton SchoolENHANCING MINDS THROUGH MOTIONPlease call703.772.0480 or e-mailaabraham@thenewtonschool.orgto arrange a personaltour today.45965 Nokes Blvd., Suite 120 | Sterling, VA 20166www.thenewtonschool.orgbenefit the Class of 2014 All-Night(Drug Free, Alcohol Free) Grad Party.To pre-order ticket(s), include yourname, telephone, address & e-mailand mail your $25 (per ticket) checkpayable to: JMHS All-Night Grad2500 James Madison Drive Vienna,VA, 22181 or purchase now onlinehttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/569720 or (if available) on thenight of the performance will be $30.Contact us for additional info here:jmhscapsteps@gmail.com. Special:due to popular demand, there is aSenior Discount that we are offeringto those who are 65 and over, only$23.ONGOING“EXQUISITE THAI CUISINE”✭✭✭ Conde Nast Traveler“50 Best” Washington Post“.. Would be equally hip in Paris, Bangkok or Soho.”The New York Times March, 1998www.busara.comStraight Ahead Jazz. 8 p.m., at theMaplewood Grill, 132 Branch Road,Vienna. Every Monday drummer KarlAnthony hosts a night of straightahead jazz featuring guest musiciansand open to sit-in musicians.www.maplewoodgrill.com.Personalized ebook/e-ReaderInstruction. Dolley MadisonLibrary, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave.,McLean. Learn about your e-readerand downloading eBooks; eventcontinues through March 31.Photo by Kenneth M. WynerJoin Us ForLunch & DinnerOpen Daily: Mon – Sun11964 Market Street (Reston Towncenter) Reston • 703-435-41888142 Watson St. (Tysons) McLean • 703-356-2288FREE Delivery AvailablePlease call for details for each location.Check outsome modeltrains andThomasand hisfriends atthe historicViennatrain stationonSaturday,March 15 at231 DominionRoadNE, Vienna.8 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 9


Photo courtesy of Elizabeth ReesWellbeingCreating a Harmonious Family LifeLocal experts offertips for keeping yourfamily happy.By Marilyn CampbellThe ConnectionAs Elizabeth Rees drove her daughterand two of her daughter’s friendsto a library reading group recently,the Alexandria mother of three admits thatshe felt like a chauffeur at first. But she hada change of heart after hearing sounds oflaughter.“They were giggling and so sweet in theback,” said Rees, the associate rector atSaint Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria.“Suddenly that moment of graceturned it all around and I felt privileged tobe there. I think that sort of thing happensall the time if only we are paying attention.”What are the keys to paying attention andcreating a happier family life? Experts sayit’s important to stop trying to do everything100 percent and make other things a priority.They offer their top tips for creatingbalance.“With three young kids, a two-careermarriage and way too many activities, I findthis balance as hard as everyone else andam absolutely preaching to myself,” saidRees.EXPERTS SAY living in a competitive arealike the Washington, D.C., region can makecreating balance even more challenging. “Isee children who are stressed to always bethe best,” said Dr. Bruce Pfeffer, a Potomac,Md.-based child psychiatrist.Parents play a critical role in helping childrencreate a healthy balance of work andplay, he added, explaining that “parentsmust serve as rudders to guide their children[toward the] peace of mind that comeswith a supportive home environment, emphasison gaining joy in life, along withappropriate goals and achieving.”Michael Moynihan, head of the UpperSchool at The Heights School in Potomac,Md., agrees. “The most significant obstaclesto harmonious family life today are overscheduling and over connectedness … resultingin families that are pulled in manydifferent directions for activities, and whenthey have those brief moments together, areoften plugged into various electronic devices,”he said.Make finding uninterrupted family timea priority. “The solution is to schedule familytime such as meals together — withoutelectronic devices — and to protect this timefrom other activities,” said Moynihan.Rees suggests being present and engaged.“So much of life is spent in work and preparationand accomplishments that it’s hardsometimes to live in the moment,” she said.“Maybe some days the only time you havetogether is in the car. ... Try to remember tomake the most of even those moments.”Elizabeth Rees, the associate rector at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria,says laughter, forgiveness and gratitude are among the factors that create aharmonious family life. Here she is pictured on a family vacation with her daughterMaya, 3; her husband Holden Hoofnagle; her son Dylan, 7; and daughterSophia, 10.Colleen Vesely, Ph.D., an assistant professorof early childhood education and humandevelopment and family science atGeorge Mason University, said “It’s also importantto find joy in the mundane and togive one’s self and others a break ... to bepatient, empathic and compassionate withyourself and with your coparent. ... But thatdoesn’t mean not holding everyone accountableto thefamily system,which is alsocritical.”Rees encouragesstressedparents to givethemselvestime alone aswell. “I ampart of aprayer and listeninggroupon Tuesdaynights. Wecome togetherand have atime of silenceand share where we are in our lives. Forme, that’s my chance for renewal, refreshment,and it makes me return home with acompletely different attitude. … For others,it might be a walk in the woods or coffeewith a good friend, or an hour at the gym.It’s hard to make space for yourself, but itcan make a big difference in how you treatthe people around you.”When it comes to building a harmoniousfamily life, which elements matter most?“Love, obviously, is essential,” said Rees.“But that’s a big and amorphous word andreally has to be much more about how welive than what we feel when it comes todaily relationships. When we are stressed“The solution is to schedulefamily time such as mealstogether — without electronicdevices to interrupt beingpresent to each other — andto protect this time from otheractivities.”— Michael Moynihan,head of Upper School, The Heights Schoolor worried or tired, our closest relationshipsare the ones that take the biggest hit. It isin those all-too-frequent moments that wehave to work the hardest at things like kindness,respect, thinking of how the otherperson feels.”The willingness to forgive oneself andone’s family members is also vital to familyharmony. “We all do and say things withoutthinkingall the timewith our families,”saidRees. “Theybear the bruntof all theweight wecarry. Try torememberthat in theheat of themoment andput asidep e t t ygrudges.”Sometimes,says Rees, it’ssmall, often overlooked actions that canhave a major impact. “Little things matterso much in family life,” she said. “Replacingthe soap in the soap dish, or askingsomeone about their day and really caringabout the answer, or giving a hand whenyou see someone struggling. When my husbandhears my car in the driveway when Ireturn from the grocery store and comes outto help carry the bags … I notice and I feelcared for.”Bethany Letiecq, Ph.D., an associate professorof human development and familyscience at George Mason University adds,“With myriad external stressors and pressureson family systems, it is really importantthat families … work togetherto model positive copingstrategies and moderateconflict and anxiety levels.Parents can model healthyconflict resolution practicesand support their children’spositive coping and adaptation.This often takes a lot ofwork, learning skills that wemay not have picked up fromour own family systems [suchas] practice, cooperation andpatience.”“Learn and implement effectivecommunication skills,”said Rees. “Share what youare feeling with those all-important‘I statements’ that weknow about but find so hardto use in the heat of the moment.Stop what we are doingwhen there is somethingwe really need to listen to, andthen really listen with empathyand love. … Not just thinkingit, but saying ‘I love you,’‘I’m sorry,’ ‘I forgive you,’‘thank you.’”Manage expectations. “Reasonable expectationsseem like a big piece of this, for ourselves,for our kids, for our partners,” saidRees. “Remember to step back and thinkabout what really matters and try to placeless importance on the rest.”Parents are a child’s best role models fordealing with setbacks. “Parents must helptheir children be resilient when goals arenot met,” said Pfeffer. “Sometimes the bestgrowth can be gained by resilience after adisappointment.”LAUGHTER HELPS A LOT, too. “Try notto take things so seriously and to see thehumor even in the mistakes and the impossiblemoments,” said Rees.Practice gratitude. “Lately, I keep readingabout the link between practicing gratitudeand feeling happiness. I find it true inmy own life,” said Rees. “When I consciouslylook for things to be grateful for, I am muchmore aware of the moments of love andbeauty in my life. So practice gratitude foreach member of our families, for the goodthat we see in them, for the moments thatwe have with them. When, after a long day,I get to sit down and read a book with myarms around my kids, I try to remember tothank God for that moment.“There really is not one ‘right’ way to parenta child or engage in family life,” saidLetiecq . “Every parent-child relationship,every family system is unique in terms ofwhat each person brings to the relationship:temperaments, interests, skill-sets, personalitytraits, personal histories, past familialexperience, health issues, etc. … There is arange of parenting styles, but what seemsmost important is to do what works bestwith your child’s temperament and what isgoing to be most supportive and least stressfulfor the entire family.”10 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


Volunteers Needed to Help Older AdultsMeals on Wheels needs drivers in Fairfax. Call703-324-5406, TTY 711, visitwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and link toVolunteer Solutions or emailVolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.The Northern Virginia Long-Term CareOmbudsman Program needs volunteer advocatesfor residents in assisted living and nursingfacilities.Training is provided in March. Call 703-324-5861, TTY 711 or emailLisa.Callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov.Letters to the EditorFrom Page 6Members who sit on the Courts of Justice.The fact that some of our elected delegatesobstructed passage of common sensegun laws is terrifying. It is easy to ignoreissues that do not affect us personally andgun violence always seems to affect others– but this is an issue that all Virginiansshould care about.I used to be oblivious to gun violence. Myeyes – like so many others – were openedto gun violence through the unspeakabletragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting. As aparent of elementary school-aged children,I was finally paying attention. My daughter’sschool held a meeting to reassure parentsthat they were taking every precaution tokeep our children safe – and at this meetingthe principal explained that children atmy daughter’s school are at greater risk ofdomestic violence than a mass shooting.What should have brought parents comfortis actually quite alarming. Domesticviolence and guns are a lethal combination.Most victims of intimate partner homicideFairfax County needs volunteers to drive olderadults to medical appointments and wellness programs.Call 703-324-5406, TTY 711, visitwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and link toVolunteer Solutions or emailVolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.The Little River Glen Senior Center inFairfax needs help with special events and an artsand crafts instructor. Call 703-324-5406, TTY 711,visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and linkto Volunteer Solutions or emailVolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.are killed with a gun, and the presence of agun in a domestic violence situation makesit five times more likely that the woman willbe killed. A bill like SB510 would havehelped keep guns away from abusers andsave lives in Virginia.That’s why it is so disappointing that someof our delegates chose to preserve the gunrights of criminals over the safety ofVirginia’s women, children and families.In the wake of Sandy Hook, Virginiamothers are paying attention to the epidemicof gun violence in our country – weknow its not just mass shootings but everyday gun violence that harms our communities.And when it comes our turn to vote,we will remember who voted on the side ofpublic safety and who did not – we will holdour political leaders accountable.Ruth HoffmanMcLeanRuth Hoffman, is the membership lead for MomsDemand Action for Gun Sense in America.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 11


Photo by Teri FraminanPhotos by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionSportsGreat Falls Connection Sports Editor Rich Sanders703-224-3031 or richsand8@aol.comMadison’s Koshuta Scores 39 Against ‘Idol’ FloydWarhawks loseto StonewallJackson in regionsemifinals.By Jon RoetmanThe ConnectionThe Madison girls’ basketballteam’s seasonhad ended and KellyKoshuta stood tearyeyedinside Robinson SecondarySchool, saddened that she hadplayed with her senior teammatesfor the final time.Koshuta, a 6-foot-2 junior, did allshe could to extend the Warhawks’season, but a career-high 39 pointsand 19 rebounds weren’t enoughto beat Stonewall Jackson, whichdefeated Madison 78-72 duringthe 6A North region semifinals onFeb. 27. The Warhawks finishedone win shy of reaching the regionchampionship game and securinga state playoff berth.While Koshuta fought back tearsduring a postgame interview, shewas more than happy to talk aboutthe talented athlete she battledduring Thursday’s contest. StonewallJackson senior Nicole Floyd,a 6-foot-2 post who signed withWake Forest, scored 32 pointsagainst Madison. Floyd’s versatileskillset — her ability to drive tothe basket, produce in the paintand knock down 3-pointers —helped her score 18 points in thefirst quarter and 10 in the fourth,when the Raiders were holding offa late Warhawks rally.“She’s a great person to playagainst,” Koshuta said, “and shedid amazing today.”But Floyd was more than just aquality opponent and an on-courtchallenge for the Madisonstandout. Koshuta admires Floydas a talented athlete who battledthe same kind of adversity shefaced.IN THE SUMMER OF 2010,prior to her freshman year, Floydtore the ACL in her right knee. Shereturned near the end of the season,helping Stonewall defeat WestSpringfield in the state semifinalsbefore the Raiders lost to PrincessAnne in the championship game.Two years after Floyd suffereda torn ACL, Koshuta tore the ACLin her left knee during an AAUgame prior to her sophomore season.Koshuta sat out the entire2012-13 campaign and theWarhawks were eliminated in theregion quarterfinals.As Koshuta worked her wayback onto the court, she spokewith Floyd, who she knew throughAAU ball, about returning from anACL injury. Floyd explained theneed for hard work and remainingmentally strong.“[Koshuta] came up to me [and]she asked how long it took for meto get back and I told her it tookme a full eight, eight-and-a-halfmonths,” Floyd said. “She said shewas just getting back and I told herMadison junior Kelly Koshuta goes up against StonewallJackson senior Nicole Floyd during the 6A North regionsemifinals on Feb. 27 at Robinson Secondary School.just take it slow. It’s a tough, terribleinjury to have. It’s a terribleprocess, just keep rehabbing.”Koshuta spoke highly of Floyd.“She’s amazing. She’s my idol,”Koshuta said. “She tore her ACL,too. She recovered from it. Iwatched her recover and I lovethat. When I [injured] mine I actuallytalked to her about it and itwas great. Seeing her recover isamazing. She’s going to Wake Forestand that’s a great accomplishment.”Floyd appeared flattered wheninformed Koshuta referred to theStonewall star as her “idol.”“That’s really good to hear,”Floyd said. “I always want to set apositive example for somebodyelse looking up to me; what theycan do as a player, and not just asa player, [but] as a person off thecourt, also. That’s a great thing tohear form an opponent, especiallyafter a big game like this.”Floyd and Koshuta both performedwell during Thursday’s“big game,” and Floyd did so whilebattling the flu. Floyd’s 18 firstquarterpoints, including a pair of3-pointers, helped Stonewall builda 25-17 lead by the end of the period.“Kelly did the best she could ondefense,” Madison senior guardKatie Kerrigan said. “Nicole, givea lot of credit to her, she has theflu, but she was still knockingdown those shots. She would notmiss. Kelly did a good job. She didall she could do.”“I think that they played reallytough,” Madison head coachSaxon Ice Hockey Season Ends with Semi-Final LossThe Langley hockeyteam played fourgames in their finalweek of the season and cameone goal away from upsettingStone Bridge a second timedeep in the playoffs.The playoffs opened with alackluster start againstOsbourn Park. Osbourn struckfirst with a power play goaland went into cruise modeuntil senior Jeremy Kim scoredthe equalizer midway throughthe second. Both teams tradedscoring chances until Osbournscored the go-ahead with sixminutes left in the game. Thestunned Saxons continued battlingand with just two-and-ahalfminutes left in the game,assistant captain Will Clemsonteed up a slap shot from theThe Langley hockey team celebrates after scoring againstStone Bridge.point that was tipped in by captainDrew Schneider to tie thegame at 2. Barely a minute later,freshman Sam Shapiro fired a lobbingclear that landed on streakingwinger Lizzy Weingast’s stickat the top of the circle in Osbourn’szone. Weingast buried the puck 5-hole and Langley went ahead forgood. The game ended 4-2 afterand empty-netter by Jason Guidi.With the opening round behindthem, the Saxons faced Oakton fora rematch in the quarterfinals. Theprevious matchup led to a disappointing12-7 loss as the game wasscheduled while all three ofLangley’s netminders were on holidaybreak.This game, Oakton would not beso lucky as senior Ryan Framinanwas between the pipes. The Saxonicers came out strong in the firstwith two goals from Guidi and onefrom Alsaif to end the period 3-0.They never looked back and closedout the tilt 4-0. With the win onLangley’s home rink, they wereslated for a rematch against StoneBridge on their home ice inAshburn.Langley knew that Stone Bridgewas going to come at them fastafter their previous matchupwherein Langley handed StoneKirsten Stone said. “I was proudthat they came back from the [18-point deficit]. I think that takes alot of gumption, a lot of strength.I’m really proud of them.”While Madison cut Stonewall’slead to two twice during the finalminute, the Warhawks would getno closer as the Raiders scoredseven of the game’s final 10 points.Sophomore guard AidanMcWeeney scored 13 points forMadison, including a trio of 3-pointers. Kerrigan finished with 12points and sophomore AlexisHermes added six.DESPITE LOSING its first fourgames of the season, Madisonended the year with a 19-9 recordand finished runner-up in Conference6. After a loss to South Lakeson Jan. 10, Madison responded bywinning its next 12 games and 14of its final 16.Stone, the region Coach of theYear, figures to have a strong teamnext season. Kerrigan wasMadison’s only senior starterThursday night, and Koshuta, afirst-team all-region selection, figuresto be even better.Plus, Floyd will have graduated,improving the chances of Koshutacrying tears of joy at regionals in2015.“We’re going to come back stronger,”Koshuta said. “That’s my secondtime losing in the [semifinals]and next year I’m not ending mylast high school game in the [semifinals].We’re going to go all theway — that’s the plan.”Bridge their first regular-seasonloss in more than two years.Stone Bridge drew first bloodwith a goal at the 4:33 mark ofthe first period and nevertrailed. The third period startedwith Langley down 4-1 beforeGuidi scored at the 13-minutemark followed by Shapiro’sstrike with the 2:24 left in thegame. Down by a single goal,the Saxons pulled theirnetminder for the extra skaterbut were unable to capitalizeand lost 4-3. Stone Bridge wenton to lose in the finals to BriarWoods.Seniors Schneider, assistantcaptain Jeremy Kim, MichaelCox, Weingast, and goaliesRyan Framinan and Ryan Guidicontributed to another successfulseason for Langley Hockey.12 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com


Photo contributedNewsVienna Writer Wins ‘A Gift’By David SiegelThe ConnectionChris “Stezin (Vienna) is,hands down, one of FirstDraft’s biggest crowdpleasers,” said Leslie Kobylinski(McLean), First Draft artistic director.“He’s a prodigious writer whocontinues to be inventive andoriginal. Just when you think youknow his writing style, he’ll surpriseyou.”First Draft is a professional nonprofittheater company dedicatedto developing new plays and enliveningaudiences with free playChris Stezinreadings in Arlington and D.C. The free readingsprovide immediate audience feedback to playwrightsto enhance their fresh, new works.In announcing Stezin’s appointment as writer-inresidenceKobylinski noted that “our audiences lovewhat he has to say...I get the most enthusiast emailsafter a Chris Stezin play.”Stezin called his new position “a gift.” It will enablehim to present his works in-progress and then“get feedback from an interested audience.” It willhelp to enhance his plays at an early stage.“The Amateur - A Screenplay for the Stage” is oneof Stezin’s new plays. On a recent evening at Theateron the Run in Arlington, seven professional actorsread the script before an audience who providedtheir personal reactions to Stezin and the actors.“The Amateur” had its beginningswith a song, “So Alive” byRyan Adams with lyrics, “I am onyour side, And so alive. So alive itisn’t real.”“I had that on in my car, reallyloud, and it’s this kind of 80sthrowback song, and I startedthinking about a chase scene setto that song as a soundtrack,” saidStezin. “A guy gets picked up bysome gangsters in a black car, getsaway, gets chased through traffic,and on and on.”Twice Stezin has been nominatedfor outstanding new play forHelen Hayes Awards. He also acts,most recently in the “The Laramie Project” at Ford’sTheater. Stezin is head of the writing departmentwith WILL Interactive, Potomac, Md. “WILL Interactivemakes what can most easily be described as‘choose your own adventure’ movies as learning toolsfor Federal agencies and other organizations. Learnersmake interactive decisions with immediate consequences.rather than just watch. “You see wherethat takes you...These are mostly deployed for leadershipskills, suicide prevention and intervention, offthe-fieldconduct for professional athletes, like that,”Stezin noted.At a First Draft reading, “I get insights from incrediblyastute theater-goers,” said Stezin. “I thankeveryone for that.” Additional information on FirstDraft is at: http://www.firstdraft.org/Federal Convictions forVienna Man, ParentsBy Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionMany families enjoy doing things together.However, the Yeh familyof Vienna chose to do somethingillegal – defraud the federalgovernment.Last Wednesday, Feb. 26, in U.S.District Court in Alexandria, HenryWashington Yeh, 32, pleadedguilty to filing false and fraudulenttax returns. His father, JimmyAn-Twig Yeh, 57, and his mother,Zhi Hua Wang Yeh, 60, bothpleaded guilty to aiding the filingof false tax returns.All three of them were indictedby a federal grand jury, Sept. 24,2013, on money-laundering andtax charges. Each one could nowreceive as much as three yearsbehind bars when they return tocourt May 9 for sentencing.In a statement of facts filed withthe plea agreement, Henry Yeh, aconvicted drug dealer, admittedthat, from 2004 through 2009, hemade nearly $1 million in cashfrom the distribution of more than100 kilograms of marijuana. Buthe deliberately concealed this illicitincome from the authoritiesand the IRS, and he also solicitedothers to help him conceal theseproceeds.In 2009, 2010 and 2012, Yehfiled false and fraudulent federalincome tax returns with the IRSfor taxable years 2005, 2006 and2007. He did so by misrepresentingboth the actual source of hisgross income – marijuana sales –and the true amount he earnedfrom that activity. 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Not Yet,ReallyBy KENNETH B. LOURIEWhile we’re exchanging pleasantries here, insemi real time – although this column will not bemost read until March 6th (I need to submit it onMonday, March 3rd as we go to press onTuesday, March 5th), I feel the obligation, givenhow last week’s column ended, to update youon the results from my February 26th CT Scan.Presumably, by the title you all have determinedthat as of this writing, Saturday, March 1st, I havenot heard back from my oncologist. Typically, Iwould have already heard from him, electronically.But so far, not a peep, electronic or otherwiseand believe me, I’ve been checking, as youmight imagine.This non-communication has happened twicebefore that I can remember. The first time, myoncologist did not e-mail results to me becausehe said, as a presumptive courtesy, he doesn’tlike to share bad news in an e-mail. The secondtime he neglected to send a post-CT Scan e-mail,the news was good and sort of not worth mentioning,he said, because the news wasn’t bad; ifthat makes any sense at all. Either way, thesilence is hardly golden. And the longer I live, theless patience I have for such irregularities.And what complicates my interpretation ofthis most recent electronic silence is that I havepreviously made it clear to my oncologist that mynot receiving these post-CT Scan results, howevergood, bad or indifferent they may be, is farmore difficult for Team Lourie than actuallyreceiving them. So now, after we’ve establishedthese communication guidelines (expectations,requirements even) it is a bit perplexing as towhy we’ve not heard anything. But is it cause forconcern? I’ll tell you what it’s cause for: unnecessaryand barely controllable anxiety and stressconcerning the interpretation of what any of itdefinitively means.Maybe it means nothing because there wasan internal computer problem that “sent” e-mailsinto cyberspace, rather than their intendedrecipients? Perhaps the staff Radiologist called insick that day or had to leave town unexpectedlyand no replacement could be found – in a timelymanner, to read all the X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs,etc. that day and as a result, results and communicationof said results have been delayed?Maybe my oncologist is on vacation or out sickhimself or had to leave town unexpectedly andmy scan results/his assessment/summary of themare sitting in his in box and were not sentbecause, as I would understand, he prefers tosend out his own e-mails? Heck, there mighteven be protocol/privacy issues that prevent suchcommunications from being forwarded unless allparties agree in advance. In fact, never beforehave I received e-mails from any other oncologist.It’s always been Dr. “H.” Or maybe, theresults are so bad that, despite our previous conversationson the subject, my oncologist is ignoringmy preference in order to tell me in person,since he will be seeing me on Friday, March 7thfor our regularly scheduled post-CT appointment?Or maybe the results are so good, hewants to tell me in person and see for himself thejoy and relief his care has brought to a patient ofhis whom he originally characterized as terminaland gave a “13-month to two-year” prognosis?Or, as Paul Harvey never said: you don’t knowthe rest of the story.Consequently, what one experiences, asmaybe you can tell from the previous paragraph,is a non-stop rearranging and reinterpreting ofone’s medical circumstances, potential medicalcircumstances, real and/or imagined medical circumstances,and anxiety over any and all ofthem.Still, I’ve been through this kind of waitingbefore for medical results. 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John Watkins (R-Powhatan).“Marketplace” takes the $2 billion in taxespaid by Virginians under the AffordableCare Act and keeps it in Virginia, where itcan provide insurance for the 400,000 Virginiansnot currently covered.These new policy holders, most of whomare currently uninsured, will be able to usetheir new “Marketplace Virginia” cards toreceive medical care that otherwise wouldhave been paid for by hospitals, doctors, andeveryday insurance policy holders.By a 23-17 vote, the Senate incorporatedThe father of a Vienna woman wasone of six World War II veterans ofthe D-Day invasion who wereawarded the French Legion of Honor awardfor their service to France at a ceremonyTuesday, Feb. 18, held at Fort Myer.John C. Sheban, 91, was a staff sergeantand waist gunner on a B-24 liberatorbomber and participated in three bombingmissions under heavy fire over Normandy,France and inland German positions duringthe June 1944 D-Day invasion. Shebanpreviously received a number of medalsfrom the Army for his actions during theinvasion that turned the tide of World WarII in Europe.Sheban is the father of Lorraine Sinclairof Vienna and he lived in Vienna for severalyears before returning to Delaware.“Marketplace” into its budget, which meansthat the Commonwealth will be able to saveapproximately $1 billon between now and2022, receive $2 billion in revenue from theFeds to cover the 400,000 uninsured Virginians,and create 30,000 new jobs in thehealth care industry.“Marketplace Virginia” will only remainin effect as long as the premiums are paid.If the Feds ever cut their commitment inthe future, the policies in the programwould be canceled. “Marketplace” is a nobrainer.We should not let Virginia tax dollarspay for other states’ health care.— Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34)Former Vienna Resident ReceivesFrench Legion of Honor AwardThe Church of the Good Shepherd,a United Methodist church inVienna, celebrates the publishing ofits 15th annual Devotions for Lent booklet.The booklet of daily devotionals written bymembers and friends of the congregationwill be available at the March 5 Ash Wednesday7:30 p.m. service at the church, locatedat 2351 Hunter Mill Road.More than 19,000 of the booklets will bemailed to church neighbors, and the bookletalso will be available on the church’swebsite at www.GoodShepherdVA.com. Thechurch will distribute the daily devotionalsby e-mail, and the community is invited tosign up via the church’s website to receivethe devotionals electronically.The Rev. Mark Burgess, pastor at GoodShepherd, said he continues to be amazedat the reach of the devotional booklet,which also includes drawings by children“It is important that we recognize thesemembers of the ‘Greatest Generation’ fortheir selfless service and valor to our nationand the world,” U.S. Rep. GerryConnolly (D-11) said. “I congratulate Mr.Sheban and all of these World War II heroeswho are being honored by France fortheir valor and their hallowed place in history.”The Legion of Honor award was establishedby Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor ofFrance, in the early 1800s.Five other veterans of World War II alsoreceived the Legion of Honor for their valoron D-Day: Arthur W. Ordel of Keswick, Va.;Robert L. Sales of Madison Heights, Va.;Henry E. Ponton Jr. of Frederick, Md.;Charles S. Toms Jr. of Frederick, Md; andGeorge A. Shenkle of Lansdale, Pa.Vienna’s Church of the Good Shepherd CelebratesPublishing its 15th Annual Lenten Devotionalof the church. This year a church in Atlantarequested copies, he said. He invites readersto use the booklet to spend some timealone with God.“Lent is a time of year to step back fromour busy lives so that we may more thoughtfullyfocus on what God has done for us,”the Rev. Burgess said.“We do so in imitation of Jesus, who also,from time to time, withdrew to quiet placeswhere he could be alone with God. We praythat you may find a place like this for yourselvesand that these devotions may assistyou as you likewise seek God’s presence.”Each Sunday The Church of the GoodShepherd has 8:30 a.m. morning prayer,followed by Sunday school at 9 a.m. andits worship service at 10:15 a.m.For more information, call the church officeat 703-281-3987 or visit the churchwebsite at www.GoodShepherdVA.com.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 ❖ 15


Photos by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionNewsMotion, Distance, Flame Retardants and MoreStudentsparticipate inMadison High’sscience fair.By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionMadison High’s Feb.5 science fairbrought out thecuriosity and creativityin the students participatingin it. Below, some of them explaintheir projects:James StephensA junior, James Stephens investigatedprojectile motion in reallife. He said that, given an upwardforce, a volleyball won’t just gostraight up, but will curve outwardand then upward.“I wanted to prove projectilemotion works,” he said. “So I tookmeasured values from my experimentand compared them to theoreticalvalues – without any spinthat would affect the curve. And Iproved that projectile motion doeshappen in real life.”Stephens used a volleyball, plustennis and lacrosse balls, and tooka video of himself tossing eachone. Then he analyzed theirheights and distances. “The lacrosseball was much closer to theactual idea of projectile motionbecause it was smaller and, therefore,had less air resistance.”Christina Tran,Quynh NguyenJuniors Christina Tran andQuynh Nguyen teamed up to considerthe role distance plays onfalling dominoes. They decided toprove scientist Robert Banks’s universaltheory about falling objects.“We wanted to see, if wechanged the distance betweendominoes, would we be able toprove a theory for falling dominoes?”said Tran.“We thought that the fartherapart the dominoes were fromeach other, the longer it wouldtake them to fall down,” saidNguyen. “But the opposite wastrue. We made a pendulum ofwaxed floss and a marble on aLego structure for a constant forceon the first domino in a line, andall the dominoes fell down.But, added Tran, “Our experimentwas inconclusive becauseour velocities didn’t match theJames Stephens investigated projectile motion in reallife.(From left) are Christina Tran and Quynh Nguyen withtheir project.Kyle Karp, Grace Rogers researched electrolyte levels inbeverages.scientist’s velocities.”Sydney GoddardSenior Sydney Goddard investigatedwhat composts the fastest.“My neighbors have compost intheir backyard and I wonderedhow well it worked,” she said. “SoI made my own compost andtested paper bowls, plus plantbasedcups and forks. My hypothesiswas that the paper-basedbowls would compost fastest becausepaper breaks down prettyquickly.” Goddard put the bowls ina bin filled with a compost mixtureof food and leaves and placedthe bin in a closet. For six weeks,she measured the bowls’ massweekly. “The bowls broke downfirst, halfway through the experiment,”she said. “The cups andforks didn’t break down, at all. Sopeople probably shouldn’t putthem out to compost, at least inthe short term.”Kyle Karp,Grace RogersJuniors Grace Rogers and KyleKarp tested the electrolyte levelsin common beverages to see howefficient they were in replenishingelectrolytes in people. They testedorange, apple and lime juices,Gatorade and Powerade. Theymade an electrode and created acircuit to test the electric conductivityin each beverage.Senior Sydney Goddard illustrates her science project.(From left) Phillip Sullivan and Liam Murphy researchedflame retardants.“Our electrode was a straw heldby two wires attached to a batteryand a multimeter,” said Karp.“We dipped the straw in eachbeverage in a cup and took readingsafter one minute,” addedRogers. “We concluded that thejuices, as we’d hypothesized, containedthe most electrolytes, comparedto Gatorade and Powerade,”said Karp. “Lime juice had themost because we used 100-percentlime juice, but the other juices hadsugar and water added.”Phillip Sullivan,Liam MurphySophomores Phillip Sullivan andLiam Murphy considered the effectof flame retardants on a fabric’sflammability. “We wanted to findsafe alternatives to commercialflame retardants because the onescurrently used on children’s clothingare carcinogenic,” explainedMurphy. “We cut squares of cottonand polyester and treated eachwith household chemicals,” saidSullivan. “Then we burned themto see which burned quickly. Wetested potassium alum, sodiumchloride and sodium bicarbonateagainst a commercial flame retardantand non-treated fabrics.” Theydiscovered, said Murphy, that “potassiumalum – a food preservativeyou can buy in bulk in supermarkets– was almost as effective as acommercial fire retardant and couldbe used as a safe alternative.”16 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ March 5-11, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com

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