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Vol. 11, No. 33 Alexandria’s only independent hometown newspaper August 13, 2015

Alexandria City Public Schools’ Performance

Subjects

Pass rate

2013 - 2014

Pass rate

2014 - 2015

Change

English: Reading 66% 71% 5%

English: Writing 71% 70% -1%

History and

Social Studies 76% 77% 1%

Mathematics 64% 69% 5%

Science 66% 68% 2%

Missing Alexandria

teen’s face to join

billboard campaign

Alysha Howard and other

area missing children are

part of summer effort

By Chris teale

Source: Virginia Department of Education

ACPS sees big gains

in SOL test results

2014-15 scores up across

all four core disciplines

By Chris teale

It is only one way in which

student progress is measured,

but the data is indisputable: Alexandria

City Public Schools

appears headed in the right direction

based on the pass rates

of the 2014-2015 Standards of

Learning tests, released Tuesday

by the Virginia Department

of Education.

The SOLs show overall

improvement across all four

core disciplines — English

Reading, Math, History and

Science — with 14 of 16

schools seeing increased pass

rates in Reading and Math.

Nine schools saw increases in

History pass rates, while 12

had increases in science.

The most encouraging

strides were made at Jefferson-

Houston School, which is at the

end of its first year of a threeyear

plan to gain state accreditation.

Having been set benchmarks

for improvement, ACPS

officials said Jefferson-Houston

has met two years’ worth

of goals in just one year, and

would appear to be on track to

fulfill its timeline.

The school’s pass rate for

science nearly doubled from

2014 to 2015, rising by 26 percentage

points to 60 percent

of students testing proficient.

Meanwhile, Jefferson-Houston’s

math scores increased

by 18 percentage points —

to 58 percent passing — and

its English Reading scores

increased by 12 percentage

points to a 57 percent pass

rate. The school continues to

lag behind on English Writing

— a test only given at the middle

and high school levels —

at just 28 percent proficient.

“Jefferson-Houston specifically

I think is a wonderful story

of movement,” Schools Superintendent

Alvin Crawley told reporters

at a briefing. “Jefferson-

Houston is moving full steam

ahead; we’re very optimistic

with the continued persistence

of the work [being done] to

make sure there is a relevant,

rigorous and rich program there

at Jefferson-Houston.”

“It’s almost unheard of

for those kind of gains with

the state benchmarks that

they put three years out,

and sometimes districts don’t

even make it in three years,”

added school board chairwoman

Karen Graf. “What I

think is amazing is about not

only all the scores but about

Jefferson-Houston specifically

is that, even with the leadership

change at the school and some

of the challenges of the last

three years that we’ve faced

with that school, to see this

growth means that whatever

SEE SOL | 9

Alexandria teenager Alysha

Howard has been missing since

October 2014, but officials hope

a new initiative displaying her

face on digital billboards at bus

shelters across the Washington

and Baltimore areas will jog

someone’s memory as police

continue to investigate her disappearance.

Described as a chronic runaway,

Howard disappeared from

shelter care last year and is the

city’s only remaining missing

child from 2014 out of a total

of 261.

Now, the 16-year-old’s face

will be part of the “Summer for

Hope” billboard campaign,

a collaboration between The

National Center for Missing

and Exploited Children

and Clear Channel Outdoor

Americas. On 50 bus shelters

in the Washington region and

14 billboards in Baltimore, the

faces of missing children from

the area, including Howard,

will be displayed for four minutes

every hour until the beginning

of September.

In addition to Howard, the

displays will show the face of

Relisha Rudd, a D.C. youth who

went missing from the D.C. General

homeless shelter in March

2014 and Jacob and Sarah

Hoggle of Clarksburg,

Even though

the juveniles

have left by their own

choice, they are still

missing juveniles.

It’s important because

there are many

criminal elements out

there that they are

vulnerable to.”

- Crystal Nosal,

Alexandria Police spokeswoman

Md., who are missing and feared

dead, allegedly at the hands of

their schizophrenic mother.

Howard is described as being

5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing

about 160 pounds with black hair

and brown eyes. The NCMEC

notes in its brief profile that she

may use the date of birth June 6,

1999, as opposed to her actual

birth date of June 5 of that same

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Alexandria restaurants are

readying themselves for Alexandria

Restaurant Week,

which kicks off August 21 and

lasts until August 30 across

the Port City, including two

weekends.

More than 60 restaurants

will offer a $35 three-course

dinner or a $35 dinner for two,

while more than two dozen restaurants

also are offering lunch

deals at $10, $15 or $20 per

THE WEEKLY BRIEFING

Transportation Security Administration

to relocate to Alexandria

After a years-long bidding

process, the U.S. General Services

Administration announced

Wednesday that the new headquarters

for the Transportation

Security Administration will

relocate to the Eisenhower Valley

in Alexandria. The move is

scheduled for 2017, when all

headquarters renovation and

construction is completed.

The agency’s new offices

will be located at the Victory

Center, an existing vacant office

building owned by an investment

fund managed by Prudential

Real Estate Investors. It

is hoped that with the move, the

TSA will become the anchor of

the west end of the Eisenhower

Avenue corridor. Approximately

3,400 employees work at the

person in addition to the dinner

specials. Some also offer threecourse

lunch menus, including

the likes of Vermilion, Jackson

20 and Bastille, among others.

Columbia Firehouse will offer

a three-course brunch menu

during Restaurant Week, and

drink specials will be available

at Fontaine Caffe and Creperie,

Casa Felipe, La Tasca, Tempo

Restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill

and King Street Blues.

New participants include

Blackwall Hitch along the waterfront,

Hunting Creek Steak,

Bistrot Royal and Bistro du

Soleil as well as wine tasting

room and bistro Sonoma Cellar,

which opens this week in

Old Town.

A menu flip-book and information

on reservations is available

at www.alexandriarestaurantweek.com.

- Chris Teale

Youth Leadership Conference to begin Monday

Alexandria’s fourth annual

Youth Leadership Conference

is set to commence Monday at

First Baptist Church of Alexandria

at 2932 King St.

The three-day event is

sponsored by the Alexandria

Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy,

the Substance Abuse

Coalition of Alexandria and

T.C. Williams’ Keep It 360 and

Above the Influence clubs to

train young leaders and help

facility, which currently is located

in Arlington, and officials

estimate it will generate $25

million in new tax revenue for

the city over 15 years.

“GSA’s decision to locate

the TSA headquarters at Victory

Center is a huge economic

boost for Alexandria as a whole,

and for the West End in particular,”

said Mayor Bill Euille in a

statement. “The city is working

on a small area plan for Eisenhower

West that encourages

new investment, redevelopment

and business activity. TSA will

serve as a catalyst, and will add

a daytime office population and

on-site retail activity to this developing

market.”

Approximately 500,000

square feet of the existing Victory

Center office building will

be occupied at 5001 Eisenhower

Ave. by the new headquarters

and the adjacent construction

of a new 140,000-square-foot,

LEED Gold-certified technology

and meeting center. The

federal government will lease

the space for an initial term of

15 years.

Alexandria won the bid after

a competitive process between

other localities in Northern Virginia

and developers. The GSA

estimates that the new TSA location

in the Port City will save

federal taxpayers more than $95

million over the initial 15-year

lease period, and will use considerably

less energy and water

than typical office buildings.

- Chris Teale

More than 60 eateries set for Alexandria

Restaurant Week

them be more civically engaged

in the city.

Delegate Charniele Herring

(D-46) will open the conference,

and she will be joined by

community and nonprofit leaders,

elected officials and representatives

from several local

boards and commissions.

The event is free to rising

ninth through 12th graders

in Alexandria, and scheduled

workshops include professionalism

and networking; resume

writing; becoming a community

change maker; teamwork

and critical thinking; budgeting

and money management;

and more.

For more information about

the conference, visit www.preventitalexandria.org

or contact

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alexandriava.gov or 571-213-

9489.

- Chris Teale

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Anti-fraud credit cards could

cause headaches for businesses

Microchip cards must be

accepted by October 1

By Chris teale

Small businesses in the Port

City could run into trouble this

fall, as they come up against

new requirements to accept antifraud

microchip credit cards set

to go into effect October 1.

The new system, Europay,

MasterCard, Visa — EMV for

short — has been in use in Europe

and Canada for years and

is a global standard aimed at reducing

card fraud and identity

theft, augmenting the magnetic

stripe found on debit and credit

cards with a microchip. In 2017,

all new cards issued must have

these chips, but businesses must

be ready to process them beginning

this year.

From the businesses’ standpoint,

they require what are

known as EMV-ready terminals,

where the customer inserts

their card as opposed to the

cashier taking it from them to

swipe it themselves. The terminals

already are widely-used in

chain retailers like Giant, Target

and CVS.

In the Port City, Danielle Romanetti,

owner of knitting shop

fibre space, has been at the forefront

of helping local businesses

understand the coming changes.

She prepared a one-page handout

for the Alexandria Chamber

of Commerce to distribute

to other businesses explaining

the new requirements, and says

the fraud-prevention measures

included in the new cards will

be of enormous benefit to both

businesses and customers.

“[EMV] should help protect

us from receiving fraudulent

credit cards,” she said. “The new

chips, which have been used in

Europe for quite some time, are

requiring that our customers insert

the card themselves and a

chipped card is not going to be

able to be replicated. A lot of the

fraud is happening from gas station

machines and other places

where the card readers are reading

numbers and then allowing

someone who has hacked that

machine to replicate the card.

The chips are preventing that

from happening, so it’s really

cutting down on fraud.”

Romanetti said the shift to

EMV compliance could be complex

depending on the business

and whether a business currently

processes debit or credit card

payments using its point-of-sale

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By Dr. Vivek Sinha

One of the top questions that

I hear on a daily basis is some

variant of: “Doctor, how can I

get healthier?”

We hear about “health” all

the time. Television, radio,

magazine articles, even friends

and family have no shortage of

tips and advice on how to get

healthy. If one were to follow

all that advice, then we would

be hopping from one fad diet to

another, cutting out carbs, sugar

and gluten and running from

gym to gym wearing nothing

but the highest end sport shoes.

So what is the safest, most

effective way to improve your

health? The answer varies by

the person; for example, an

85-year-old man will have different

needs than a 25-year-old

woman. But there are some

general points that are applicable

across all patients.

First, define what “health”

means for you. Do you want

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be able to fit into smaller sized

jeans? Do you want to keep up

with your grandkids or run that

10K? Or do you simply want to

feel better and hopefully live

longer? This question is an important

first step.

After my patient

has defined their

goal, I usually spend

some time obtaining

objective data.

Height and weight,

blood pressure, heart

rate, cholesterol level,

sugar level and a

detailed medical history

are just a few of

the data points that

physicians use to risk stratify

their patients. Occasionally, if

a patient’s numbers are so abnormal,

they may need intervention

(medications, cardiac

clearance, etc.) prior to starting

exercise. I use the example of a

rowboat that is taking on water.

You want to start rowing towards

the shore (your goal) but

you also need to start bailing

water (medications) to ensure

that you get there safely.

Second, getting healthier

takes a planned approach that

involves at least one lifestyle

change. It may mean that the

day’s meals have to be prepared

or planned the night before. It

may mean setting aside a block

of time for exercising. I usually

advise my patients to prepare

for a lifestyle change like they

are preparing to go into battle.

Formulate a game plan, gather

your resources and have a start

date. Tell your friends, family

and coworkers about your

plan, so they can keep you honest

and motivated. Ideally, find

someone to join you — helping

someone else is a fantastic way

to help yourself.

Thirdly, exercise is essential.

People may say that if you

simply change the way you eat,

you will lose weight. But not

only will exercise jumpstart

that weight loss, but it also will

help keep the weight off. I advise

my patients to get a calendar,

and each Sunday, they

should circle the five days of

the week when they will work

out. They should also weigh

themselves each

morning and write

that number on the

corresponding date.

One basic rule of exercise:

do an activity

that makes you sweat

and do it for at least

20 to 30 minutes.

Dr. Vivek Sinha

Walking, running,

biking, jumping rope

— anything that gets

the heart pumping is

good. Keep it fun. Playing basketball,

tennis or softball is not

only effective but also fosters

competition, which may cause

you to work harder.

Finally, health cannot be

achieved without proper nutrition.

We need the appropriate

fuel to think clearly and function

at peak level. One of the

worst things that we can do is

to skip breakfast. When people

skip breakfast, the body has to

get its fuel from muscle and not

from fat. Six small meals a day

maximize your metabolism.

I advise patients to eat a fruit

or vegetable with every meal.

These whole-fiber, high-water

foods are integral in creating

that “full feeling.” Replace sugary

drinks like soda with water

throughout the day.

Ultimately, getting healthier

is a journey, one that takes commitment,

but one that you do

not have to take alone. Talk to

your doctor. They will provide

plenty of practical, personalized

advice on getting healthier.

By working with your primary

care physician, you can reach

your goal safely and effectively.

The writer is the chief

medical officer at Belleview

Medical Partners.

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instructional practices are being

put in place across the district

are working for everyone and

every student.”

The results are notable for

being the first full academic

year since Crawley was appointed

permanent superintendent,

and the first since the reconsolidation

of Francis C. Hammond

and George Washington

middle schools from five separate

schools on two campuses

to two schools. Crawley’s vision

came in for special praise, especially

his emphasis on rigor and

achievement.

“Last year, as part of my transition

into the school division,

we started having conversations

about excellence and high-performing

schools,” Crawley said.

“Across the school division and

working with our principals and

our teacher leaders, we started

talking about excellence. What

does it look like within a school?

What does it look like in a classroom?

What do we know from

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our curriculum, we call that the

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The third leg of that tier

is what we call the ‘why,’ which

is the relevance. How is this relevant

to us as a school division,

how is it relevant in the lives of

our students?”

One area that has seen progress

is in the teaching of students

for whom English is a second

language, something that is of

particular importance to ACPS

given that students come from

125 countries and speak 87 different

languages. Among English

language learners, the pass

rates across all four areas improved,

with English seeing the

biggest improvement, jumping

from 45 percent last year to 51

percent in 2015.

“We’ve had a lot of discussion

on ELL within our school

division, and I think there are a

number of things,” Crawley said.

“One, there is an ELL plan that

we’ve been implementing in the

school division. Part of that is to

look at the structures or collaboration

between ELL teachers

and general education teachers,

and that’s something we continue

to look at around purposeful

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for students who need

the support. The second part of

that is around the professional

learning that we’re doing with

our ELL teachers as well as our

general education teachers.”

There was also slight improvement

in the results among

students with disabilities and

special educational needs across

every subject, with schools officials

noting that there would be

a focus in the coming months on

how to maintain that momentum.

Leading the way in special

needs education were James K.

Polk and Patrick Henry elementary

schools, and Crawley added

that the sharing of best practices

between schools is something

he actively pursues.

“When I talk about digging

into the data, part of that is

looking at places where great

things are happening, why are

they happening and then how

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do we share those successes

or duplicate those strategies

or approaches in another

school,” he said. “In special

education, we’ve had a lot

of discussion in our school

division about special education,

and we have developed

a specific plan to increase

the achievement of students

with disabilities within the

school division, and that plan

has specific benchmarks that

we’ve established what we

want to see, what defines

progress for us and some of it

is related to the instructional

program and looking at the

rigor within the instructional

program.”

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Alexandria Police Department

spokeswoman Crystal

Nosal noted how dangerous

life can be for young runaways,

especially given the possibility

that they could be easily exploited

on the streets.

“Even though the juveniles

have left by their own choice,

they are still missing juveniles,”

she said. “It’s important

because there are many criminal

elements out there that they

are vulnerable to.”

The billboard effort comes

as part of the yearlong “Be

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launched in May by NCMEC

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raise awareness about national

child safety issues. It is hoped

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of missing children in Los

Angeles, Minneapolis and

Chicago.

In 2014, there were more

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most helpful tools when searching

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safely recover children.

“When we share photos of

a missing child, we invite everyone

who sees the photos to

be a part of the search to bring

that child home,” said Michelle

Collins, NCMEC’s chief operating

officer, in a statement. “We

are very grateful to Clear Channel

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support in helping us engage the

public by featuring the faces of

missing children on billboards

throughout the country.”

“Our latest effort with the

NCMEC strengthens our commitment

to making a difference

in the lives of missing children

and protecting others through

greater public awareness,” said

Toby Sturek, executive vice

president of specialty businesses

at CCOA, in a statement.

Police officials are hopeful

the billboard campaign can have

an impact in jogging someone’s

memory if Howard has been

seen recently, especially with

her face displayed so prominently

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“I think in many cases, especially

the cases that are much

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are not missing of their

own choice, it can bring closure

to families,” Nosal said. “For a

case such as ours, involving a

runaway, it could lead to locating

the juvenile and allowing their

family to know where they are.”

Nosal recommended anyone

with information about Howard’s

possible whereabouts to

call the Alexandria Police Department’s

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at 703-746-4444.


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Turning Back Time

This week in 2009:

Potomac water taxis ride wave of support –

“With the opening of the stadium-side pier at Nationals Park

this summer, the anticipated water taxi service from Old Town

and National Harbor to the Southeast D.C. stadium could be a

reality in a matter of weeks.”

Creativity comes out when you’re young at art

– “Young at Art celebrated its 23rd year on Thursday, August

6 with an opening reception, awards ceremony and exhibit

launch at the Durant Recreation Center. The juried show was

open to all metro area artists ages 55 and older and has consistently

attracted accomplished artists who work in all mediums.

Works by teachers, professionals and amateurs have been submitted

and accepted.”

Little League All-Stars make state semis – “The

Alexandria Little League All-Star Team fell to all-stars from

the Warwick (Newport News) league — the eventual state

champions — in the Virginia state semifinals late last month.

Warwick went on to win the Virginia state championships.”

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ROGER A. ARROWOOD (63),

formerly of Alexandria, July 27, 2015

CHARLES SPANN BAUMANN,

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ROBERT C. HOFFMAN (87),

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MALCOLM P. HOOKER (95),

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CARROLL M. JOHNSON (76),

of Alexandria, August 6, 2015

then being logged in the system.

She said that if it is important to a

business to stay with their current

payment processing software,

employers should see what EMVcompliant

options are available

from their current provider.

“For me, the most important

thing was to not change my pointof-sale

system, because of our database

and it’s the center of everything

we do and I’m not interested

in changing it,” Romanetti said.

“If it’s important to a business to

do that, to stay within their POS,

then they have to start by contacting

that company and finding out

who they offer as a processor that

is providing the equipment to be

EMV-compliant. For us, that was

only one option, we only had one

processor that we could use. We

could keep our merchant services,

we just needed to change to

this processor.”

She added that the change

might be simpler for businesses

that ring up customers using a

manual machine and use a separate

terminal to charge credit

cards. Those businesses can simply

purchase a new card terminal

to maintain their current process.

Romanetti said when she

shifted to the new software, it

took her a few hours, but that it

was relatively straightforward.

One thing that might be

difficult is for consumers and

cashiers to change their habits

when it comes to processing card

payments. While people may be

used to doing so at big box stores,

it is quite a change for small businesses

to require customers to

swipe their own cards.

“What’s a little weird is that in

the U.S., we’re not accustomed to

using EMV processing,” Romanetti

said. “The biggest change is

the fact that a consumer is actually

going to be processing their

own credit card, just like they do

at a grocery store. Right now in

our store our customers are swiping

or inserting their own card

into the machine. That’s been the

biggest hurdle, it’s just a retraining

on habits of the consumer because

they’re not used to that ... in

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a small business.”

Romanetti said the rise of

microchipped cards has been

somewhat disregarded by some

business owners, and with the

October 1 deadline now looming,

they have started to move

more frantically to cope with

the change.

“For whatever reason, this

industry ignored it for quite a

while even though they knew it

was coming and so there’s this

mad scramble to get things up

and running,” she said. “For

a large POS [system] like the

one that I’m using to say to me,

‘Well you’ll have only one company

you can process with because

there’s only one that we’re

working with to provide these

terminals,’ it really just shows

that they’ve not been working

on this for very long.

“There are probably not a lot

of options out there for becoming

EMV compliant as far as

processors. Businesses are just

going to have to talk to merchant

services to find out who

they can process with.”

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Best Coffee Shop

Misha’s Coffeehouse

and Roaster

102 S. Patrick St. / 703.548.4089

www.mishascoffee.com

Other Favorites

Killer E.S.P. (1012 King St.)

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub (2300 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Fast Casual

Restaurant

District Taco

701 S. Washington St. / 517.386.1400

www.districttaco.com

Best Ice Cream/

Frozen Yogurt

shop

The Dairy Godmother

2310 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.683.7767

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Other Favorites

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream (109 King St.)

Ben & Jerry’s (103 S. Union St.)

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in a row!

Your Votes

+ Quotes

“Aquilano is the best hair salon

around! Their staff are like

family and we love them!”

“I think PureBarre Alexandria

is the best studio/barre workout

out there. We are so fortunate to

have a PB studio in Alexandria.

They are at the corner of John

Carlyle Street and Ballenger in

Carlyle area of Alexandria.”

BEST Brunch

Jackson 20

480 King St. / 703.842.2790

www.jackson20.com

Other Favorites

Del Ray Café (205 E. Howell Ave.)

Chadwicks (203 The Strand)

Best Happy Hour

Virtue Feed & Grain

106 S. Union St. / 571.970.3669

www.virtuefeedgrain.com

Other Favorites

Hank’s Oyster Bar (1026 King St.)

Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mount Vernon Ave.)

Honorable Mention to Newcomer

Blackwall Hitch (5 Cameron St.)

Other Favorites

Nando’s Peri-Peri (702 King St.)

Holy Cow (2312 Mount Vernon Ave.)

BEST burger

Holy Cow

2312 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.666.8616

www.holycowdelray.com

Other Favorites

Five Guys (Various Locations)

BGR (106 N. Washington St.)

Best BBQ

Winner

2

years

in a row!

Pork Barrel BBQ

2312 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.822.5699

www.bbqdelray.com

Winner

2

years

in a row!

Chadwicks

203 The Strand / 703.836.4442

www.chadwicksrestaurants.com

Other Favorites

Columbia Firehouse (109 S. St. Asaph St.)

Southside 815 (815 S. Washington St.)

Best Wine List

Grape & Bean

118 S. Royal St. / 703.664.0214

2 E. Walnut St. / 703.888.0709

www.grapeandbean.com

Other Favorites

Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St.)

Cheesetique (2411 Mount Vernon Ave.)

Best patio dining

Winner

2

years

in a row!

Best Restaurant

Restaurant Eve

110 S. Pitt St. / 703.706.0450

www.restauranteve.com

Other Favorites

Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.)

Vermillion (1120 King St.)

Best Live

Performance

Venue

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!

The Birchmere

3701 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.549.7500

www.birchmere.com

Other Favorites

Basin Street Lounge at Two Nineteen Restaurant

(219 King St.)

MetroStage (1201 N. Royal St.)

Best Fine Dining

Restaurant Eve

110 S. Pitt St. / 703.706.0450

www.restauranteve.com

Other Favorites

Vermillion (1120 King St.)

Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.)

Best Cocktail list

PX

King St., find the blue light

www.barpx.com

Other Favorites

Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St.)

Jackson 20 (480 King St.)

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Other Favorites

Rocklands Barbeque (25 S. Quaker Lane)

Sweet Fire Donna’s (510 John Carlyle St.)

BEST PIZZA

RedRocks

904 King St. / 703.717.9873

www.redrocksdc.com

Other Favorites

Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mount Vernon Ave.)

Faccia Luna (823 S. Washington St.)

Best Steak

Hunting Creek

1106 King St. / 703.836.5126

www.huntingcreeksteak.com

Other Favorites

Flat Iron Steak & Saloon (808 King St.)

Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.)

Blackwall Hitch

5 Cameron St. / 571.982.3577

www.theblackwallhitch.com

Other Favorites

Taverna Cretekou (818 King St.)

Hunting Creek (1106 King St.)

Best kid friendly

establishment

Los Tios Grill

2615 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.299.9290

www.lostiosgrill.com

Other Favorites

Austin Grill and Tequila Bar (801 King St.)

Chadwicks (203 The Strand)

Winner

2

years

in a row!

Best Place

to Watch Sports

T.J. Stone’s Grill House

& Tap Room

608 Montgomery St. / 703.548.1004

www.tjstones.com

Other Favorites

Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mt. Vernon Ave.)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill (1700 Fern St.)

Best Bakery/

Candy Shop

Lavender Moon

Cupcakery

116 S. Royal St. / 703.683.0588

Other Favorites

Sugar Cube (1218 King St.)

Sugar Shack Donuts (804 N. Henry St.)

Winner

2

years

in a row!


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Best Hair Salon

Aquilano Salon

712 N. Washington St. / 703.683.0755

www.aquilanoartistry.com

Other Favorites

Lulu Sage Salon and Spa (610 Madison St.)

The London Bob Hair Design (415 S. Washington St.)

Best Spa

Sugar House

Day Spa & Salon

111 N. Alfred St. / 703.549.9940

www.sugarhousedayspa.com

Other Favorites

Lulu Sage Salon and Spa (610 Madison St.)

Serenity Day Spa (209 Madison St.)

Best exercise/

fitness sTUDIO

FitOne Studio

814 N. St. Asaph St. / 703.548.2223

www.fitonestudio.com

Other Favorites

Pure Barre (429 John Carlyle St.)

Fitness on the Run (210 N. Lee St.)

Honorable Mention to Newcomer

Sand & Steel Fitness (109 S. Alfred St.)

Best Pet Store

Olde Towne School

for Dogs

529 Oronoco St. / 703.836.7643

www.otsfd.com

Other Favorites

The Dog Park (705 King St.)

Nature’s Nibbles (2601 Mount Vernon Ave.)

Best Pet Boarding

A Dog’s Day Out

403-B Swann Ave. / 703.739.2336

www.adogsdayout.com

Other Favorites

Your Dog’s Best Friends (2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy.)

Whole Dogz (4748 Eisenhower Ave.)

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!

20

Best Vet

Del Ray

Animal Hospital

524 E. Mount Ida Ave. / 703.739.0000

www.delrayanimalhospital.com

Other Favorites

Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre

(1221 Belle Haven Road)

VCA Old Town Animal Hospital (425 N. Henry St.)

Best Pet Groomer

Olde Towne

School for Dogs

529 Oronoco St. / 703.836.7643

www.otsfd.com

Other Favorites

Hairy Situations Dog Grooming

(1561 Potomac Greens Drive)

Barkley Square (211 N. Union St.)

Best

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Readers’ Choice

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Readers' Choice

Your Votes

+ Quotes

“FitOne is simply the best fitness

studio with its exceptional staff

and great facilities.”

Winner

3

years

in a row!

15

Best Pet Sitter/

Walker

Barkley Square

211 N. Union St. / 703.329.1043

www.barkleysquare.com

Other Favorites

Doggywalker.com (202 E. Custis Ave.)

Bow Wow Meow (113 E. Windsor Ave.)

Best Consignment

Boutique

Mint Condition

103 S. St. Asaph St. / 703.836.6468

www.shopmintcondition.com

Other Favorites

Bellies & Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.)

529 Kids Consign (122 S. Royal St.)

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Best Antique Shop

Evolution Home

6239 Shields Ave. / 703.519.1911

www.evolution-home.com

Other Favorites

Maggie Jane’s (913 King St.)

Reunions (1709 Centre Plaza)

Best Art

Studio/Gallery

Torpedo Factory

Art Center

105 N. Union St. / 703.838.4565

www.torpedofactory.org

Other Favorites

Principle Gallery (208 King St.)

The Art League (105 N. Union St.)

Best Jewelry Store

Mystique Jewelers

of Old Town

211 The Strand / 703.836.1401

www.mystiquejewelers.com

Other Favorites

King’s Jewelry (609 King St.)

Coco Blanca (210 S. Union St.)

Best Shoe Store

The Shoe Hive

127 S. Fairfax St. / 703.548.7105

www.store.theshoehive.com

Other Favorites

Comfort One Shoes (201 King St.)

Bishop Boutique (815-B King St.)

Best Children’s Store

Bellies & Babies

1913 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.518.8908

www.belliesbabies.com

Other Favorites

Pink and Brown Boutique (1212 King St.)

529 Kids Consign (122 S. Royal St.)

Winner

2

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!

Winner

3

years

in a row!


18 | August 13, 2015 ALEXANDRIA TIMES

Sports

New Titans to remember?

PHOTo/Chris Teale

Members of the T.C. Williams football team loosen up before the start of the first day of practice under

new head coach Marc Matthie.

T.C. Williams kicks off

2015 football season

under new head coach

By Chris Teale

Listen to Marc Matthie talk

about how to become a better

football player and part of a

better team, and the conversation

quickly becomes about

how to become a better person

off the field.

It is a message he delivers

with great enthusiasm and gusto,

and one that he has brought to

the Port City as he takes charge

of the T.C. Williams football

team. Matthie arrives with the

Titans after guiding Centreville

to three state championship appearances

and a title in 2013 at

the end of an undefeated season.

Preparations for the new

season kicked into high gear

Monday after an offseason

of strength and conditioning

work. Matthie packed his

players into the campus rotunda

for a brief meeting before

their first full training session,

in which he outlined his

expectations and his vision for

the upcoming season.

“If you think this is about

picking up a ball and playing

football, you are sadly mistaken,”

Matthie told his players.

“This is about using football to

make you a better person.”

Over the course of their

30-minute meeting, Matthie

went on to explain his philosophy

and desire to see each player

reach their full potential both

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in high school and beyond.

“I think that’s the reason

why sports are here,” Matthie

said in an interview. “Sports

is here not for self-exploitation

or self-gratification, it’s really

here for the ability to learn

and to grow, because there’s

no truer sense of teaching you

about real life than athletics.

You’re going to deal with failures,

you’re going to deal with

successes and the big question

is, can we get our kids to learn

how to deal with those things

when the game is not life?”

For the players, Matthie’s

new regime represents an opportunity

to grow and succeed,

especially for the seniors as

they prepare for life after T.C.

Williams.

“It’s really profound what

they’re trying to do here, trying

to not just only get us to grow

as a team but get us to grow as

young men as well so we can

be productive citizens in society,”

said senior running back

Mahlique Booth. “I think that’s

what I appreciate most about

Coach Matthie.

“No matter what you can

say about him, he is truly here

to better you as a person — all

you’ve got to do is buy into

what he has to say. If you do

that, you’ll achieve things you

never thought you could.”

The idea that every player

must subscribe to the process

is a key aspect of Matthie’s

vision, and the seniors on

the roster know the onus is

on them to ensure that every

player is held accountable and

doing their part.

“As a leader, I just make

sure everybody buys in, from

the young ones all the way up

to the older cats,” said senior

defensive back Chris Waddell.

“Make sure everybody gets it,

everybody is on time, everybody

is doing the right thing

and not following the wrong

crowd or anything like that.”

“As leaders of the team, us

seniors need to step up and

make sure everybody does it

every single day, day in and day

out,” said senior wide receiver

and defensive back Tom Huston.

“Like coach said, just make sure

we have no regrets, make sure

every day we’re getting better.”

Several players spoke of

their desire to unite the community

around them once

more and take advantage of

their unique position as the

only public high school in the

city of Alexandria.

“What would make this season

a great season would just be

everybody in the city being happy

and proud of what we’ve accomplished,

not even winning

a state championship but just

maybe going to the playoffs and

just having people say that T.C.

is back, the program is back,”

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20 | August 13, 2015 ALEXANDRIA TIMES

At Home

Cabin fever

HOME OF THE WEEK

Smart Homes are up-andcoming

in Alexandria and Regent,

a real estate investment

firm, is paving the way with

their first project in the

city, a Smart Home located

in Wellington. The

house has more than 10

features that classify it as

“smart,” all while maintaining

classic style, comfortable

living, increased

safety and reduced utility

bills.

Designed for a practical

and modern lifestyle,

this home is complete

with hardwood floors, detailed

molding, two gas fireplaces,

five bathrooms, a mudroom,

study, great room, upstairs open

sitting area, high-end custom

kitchen with walk-in pantry and

master suite featuring a luxurious

walk- in closet.

By Mary G. Pepitone

You don’t need a mountaintop

experience or woodland

dwelling to treat your cabin

fever. The warm, rustic design

details of a cabin getaway can

be brought into your home no

matter where you live, says Jeff

Balmer, a fourth-generation

builder, cabin designer and an

owner of Lands End Development

in Crosslake, Minnesota.

“Most everyone has those

childhood memories of escaping

to the lake house or going

down to a beach home for vacation,”

Balmer says. “The first

step to bringing a little cabin

PHOTO/RICK HAMMER

A wide hallway was transformed

into a bedroom in an O’Brien

Lake, Minn., cabin when Lands

End Development constructed

built-in bunks along the walls. A

wood-paneled vaulted ceiling and

light give the bedroom-hallway a

warm, cozy feeling.

Mount Vernon’s first Smart Home

Regent’s technologies give

you access to your home via your

phone or tablet. Smart technologies

included in the house are

light switches and smart outlets,

smoke detectors, fan controls,

Kohler smart touchless toilets,

a wifi thermostat, music

hub and garage door

opener. Large front and

back yards and a front

porch, back deck and

patio complement the

home, which is located

on a quiet family-friendly

street in the sought-after

Waynewood Elementary

School district.

This combined with

Smart Home technology,

a functional open layout

and custom high-end finishes

makes the first Smart Home in

Mount Vernon quite a gem.

into your own home is to create

informal, rustic spaces meant

for entertaining people.”

While it might not be in the

budget to build a new mountain

retreat or a house by the water’s

edge, Balmer says the relaxed

energy found in a cabin can

flow through an existing home.

“We do renovations to a home’s

lower level, the master suite or a

bonus room above the garage to

create a getaway,” he says. “The

cabin feel in a home is about

getting back to basics and using

natural materials.”

COMBINING NATURAL

ELEMENTS

While beach cottages tend

to be light, bright and white

with cool colors throughout,

Balmer says many traditional

cabins tend toward warmer color

tones, utilizing stained pinewood

and natural stonework to

achieve a rustic look and feel.

“A cabin should feel cozy,

without being suffocating,” he

says. “An open floor plan or

vaulted ceilings give cabins an

air about them.”

The four earth elements are

often represented in a cabin’s

design: land, air, water and fire.

“In a family room we see this all

coming together: the stone and

woodwork; the airiness of vaulted

ceilings, the views through

the windows of the lake outside;

and, of course, the fireplace,”

Balmer says. “For those who

are remodeling and don’t live

near water, people can purchase

an indoor fountain and have the

added benefit of hearing the water

trickling, too.”

BRINGING THE INDOORS

OUTSIDE

Cavorting with nature is

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At a Glance:

Location: 7948 Bolling Drive,

Alexandria, VA 22308

Neighborhood: Wellington

Price: $1,195,000

Built: 2014

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5

Fireplaces: 2

Photos/Lindsey Hobson

Contact: Brittany Patterson,

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty,

703-310-6201, britt@pattersonrealestategroup.com,

www.phyllispatterson.com


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part of the cabin experience.

“There’s always talk about bringing

the outdoors inside a home,”

Balmer says. “But, in a cabin, you

also bring the indoors outside,

and building a porch is a good

way to start.”

Whether you’re shooting the

breeze or just catching one, a

porch is a natural place to gather

without having to stray too far

from home. A transitional space

by its very nature, a porch connects

a home to the outside world.

“Some people enclose their

porch, so they can enjoy it all

four seasons,” Balmer says.

“Even on the smallest house,

building a porch is high on the

list for those who want to enjoy

a cabin lifestyle.”

Of course, a porch swing is a

prerequisite for many, but having

comfortable seating, surrounded

by fragrant flowers and landscaping,

is also an essential part of creating

an inviting atmosphere.

An invigorating way to bring

the cabin experience home is

to install an outdoor shower,

Balmer says. “It’s not for everyone

and certainly won’t work in

every residential situation, but

if you’re close to the beach, it

makes sense to have one to get

the sand off before going into the

house,” he says. “Some people

even use them as part of their

regular showering routine.”

Balmer says installing an outdoor

shower isn’t difficult, but it

requires a drain and a water source

that can be shut off during the winter

months in colder climates. Of

course, the shower surround can be

private or open to nature, but Balmer

says there’s nothing like washing

up at sun-up in an outdoor shower.

BUILDING BUILT-INS

A cabin is meant to be a gathering

place, so space can be at a premium

with a house full of people.

“It’s in the cabin style to use every

nook and cranny of a home, whether

you’re building a bookshelf or a

bunk bed,” Balmer says. “To create

that rustic look, the trick is to

use solid modern-day craftsmanship,

but build in details that are

usable and look like they’ve been

there for decades.”

PHOTO/RICK HAMMER

There’s no need to rough it in today’s rustic kitchen. This Wynne Lake,

Minn., cabin is built with modern amenities with a rustic charm that comes

from the use of antique decor, custom distressed cabinet finishes and old

barn boards above the cabinetry.

A wide hallway became a bedroom

in an O’Brien Lake, Minnesota,

home when Balmer’s team

constructed a double set of built-in

bunks along the walls. “A higher

ceiling and plenty of light gives

owners, the great outdoors has

also become the newest frontier for

culinary construction. An outdoor

kitchen is built with amenities often

found in its indoor counterpart,

with appliances, countertops or

that bedroom-hallway a warm, cabinetry built to withstand a wide

cozy feeling,” Balmer says. “And

when you have a bunch of people

staying with you, you need to use

every bit of space you have.”

KITCHEN IS CENTRAL

While the kitchen is most often

considered the heart of the home,

it is also the core to cabin-style

living. “When it comes to home

design, we often start with the

kitchen, and the rest of the house

flows from there,” Balmer says.

“You want the kitchen to be open,

not only to the house, but to the

outdoor spaces, where people can

cook and eat outside.”

There’s no need to rough it

range of temperatures. A large gas

or charcoal grill is often the center

of the outdoor kitchen, but before

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Our View

Kudos to Alexandria

schools for outstanding

SOL scores

So, which do you want first: the good news, or the really,

really good news? Happily for Alexandria City Public Schools

students, parents and educators — and for city taxpayers —

results of the 2014-2015 Standards of Learning tests released

Tuesday show a range of impressive gains over the past academic

year.

Citywide, scores are up across the four core subject areas of

English: Reading, Math, Science and History. The gains were

seen in most individual schools, not just one or two strong

schools pulling up the system as a whole. In both Reading and

Math, 14 of 16 individual schools, a nifty 87.5 percent, showed

improvement over last year.

And the news is even better at Jefferson-Houston School,

where remarkable one-year performance leaps accompanied

the school community’s first year in their state-of-the-art new

building that opened last September.

Jefferson-Houston is in the midst of a process to regain accreditation

from the Virginia Department of Education. While

in actual terms the school’s pass rates are low at 58 percent

for Math and 57 for Reading, the one-year improvements are

astonishing — led by the pass rate in Science, which nearly

doubled in one year to 60 percent. The turnaround is even more

impressive given that just two years ago, Jefferson-Houston

was almost taken over by the state because of persistent poor

performance.

These strong results warrant much kudos. We congratulate

Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley for setting the tone

from the top in his first full year on the job in a permanent

capacity. Crawley has emphasized greater academic rigor and

better teaching methodologies. Congratulations are also due

to Alexandria’s school board and chairwoman Karen Graf for

working with Crawley, among other things, to successfully

reconsolidate George Washington and Francis C. Hammond

middle schools from five schools on two campuses back to

two schools.

Jefferson-Houston principal Christopher Phillips has to be

the school system’s “Rookie of the Year” for his school’s performance

in his first year at the helm. The school even has an

impressive YouTube video that was released in March: https://

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxqWGWw7LFs.

Yes, we recognize that one year of SOL data — even strong

across-the-board improvements — do not mean all is instantly

well at ACPS. For one thing, SOL performance is just one

measure of a school system’s success. Graduation and college

acceptance rates, success at job attainment and other measures

of well-being are also important. And in absolute terms, the

school system’s pass rate of around 70 percent in most subjects

is not optimal.

But there is no denying that these new scores reflect movement

in the right direction. They are a validation of the changes

being made by Crawley and his leadership team. We look for

continued successes in the coming school year.

Opinion

“Where the press is free and every man is able to read, all is safe.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Your Views

Alexandria needs cap-and-trade parking

To the editor:

City Councilor Justin

Wilson’s quest for obscure

regulations found another

one to redress. Like the

hapless Confederate soldier

statue that inspired a spirited

dialogue to re-write history,

this find — a regulation

restricting to three days

the time a car can remain on

a street in the same spot —

also hit a nerve.

To pinch it, he observes

that the three-day restriction

becomes a violation

primarily when a neighbor

complains, implying there’s

something unsavory about

the neighbor, the complaint,

or both. I don’t know when

this regulation was enacted

or why, but its purposefulness

has arrived. It is among

the first consequences of a

parallel, but far more impactful

quest: the one for

evermore tax dollars.

Our city council, controlled

by Democratic Party

members for a generation,

has deliberately opted for

more density and debt to

produce never-enough revenue.

And it has succeeded.

But with more residents,

there come more cars.

Lots of households have

lots of cars, often one per

adult. Add to this the homes

that have no driveway or

garage, then the problem

becomes apparent. But now

what? Where should we

put all these vehicles when

driveways are inadequate

and garages are unavailable?

The street.

And why not? It’s public

property maintained by

taxes paid by the very residents

whose cars are congesting

them. But just as

the number of people who

can occupy a public building

is restricted, it’s time to

manage vehicular density.

It wouldn’t be hard either.

For example, restricting

the number of residential

parking stickers to one per

household is the most reasonable

and understandable

limit. It will be acceptable

too, but only if the stickers

are transferrable. This will

allow those that have them

because they are taxpaying,

home-owning residents, but

don’t own cars, to sell them

to those residents who need

extra parking stickers.

The result? The city garners

respect for capping the

number of cars that can be

permanently crammed into

Alexandria while simultaneously

giving an incentive

to use anything but a car for

transportation. Plus, it allows

taxpayers who pay for

roads, but who don’t own a

car, an opportunity to recoup

some of their taxes

from those needing an extra

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Write-in campaign would bring

out the worst in politics

To the editor:

It’s difficult to understand

the response

of some of our local

politicians to the voting

outcome that put Allison

Silberberg in the

running to be the next

mayor of Alexandria. Is

it just a knee jerk reaction

to losing absolute

power and absolute control,

the greatest danger

of one-party rule?

Unlike the two-party

madness across the river,

our city council and mayor

have reacted most violently

against their own

residents, by exercising

To the editor:

Next month, city

council will consider the

Alexandria Redevelopment

and Housing Authority’s

appeal of the

Parker-Gray Board of

Architectural Review’s

unanimous denial of its

request to demolish the

15-unit scattered-site

public housing complex,

known as Ramsey

Homes. Some are framing

this case as historic

preservation versus affordable

housing, implying

it is a zero-sum game.

But that is a false dichotomy,

as both aims can

and should be achieved.

The solution for

Ramsey Homes is exactly

the route the city

took with regard to the

old Health Department

super majority votes that,

despite public discussion,

are decided in advance.

It is now even more

apparent that any slight

variance from certain

opinions can provoke

near hysterical reaction.

Some want to form a

political action committee,

mirroring the worst

of what has happened

nationally. The power of

the pocketbook to “buy”

votes is undeniable.

Some sore losers want

to rerun the entire vote;

if you don’t get what you

like the first time, just

throw it out. In the end,

Ramsey Homes are ripe for

adaptive reuse

parking FROM | 22

residential parking pass.

But what about those

households that amass

several residential parking

passes? If they park

building at 509 N. Saint

Asaph St. In 2012 when

the city sought to sell off

unneeded property, it

asked the BAR governing

the Old and Historic

District to examine the

property. It concluded

that the building, which

is composed of a central

core that was built

between 1944 and 1947

with two additions constructed

in the 1970s, to

be architecturally and

historical significant,

and recommended preservation.

A June 2012 memo

from the city manager

to city council argues

that the building should

be preserved and adaptively

reused. Among

the reasons staff cite for

preserving the build-

their cars on the street

in the same place for

more than three days,

then they run the risk of

generating a complaint

their car has been abandoned.

And who will

Bill Euille’s campaign

spent more than three

times what Kerry Donley’s

or Silberberg’s campaigns

did. Apparently,

some people still believe

that holding a write-in

campaign, with even

more donor money, will

change the result.

The question is: Why

do these dissenters refuse

to accept a fairly cast vote,

done legally, and within

all standards of good ethical

practice? Past mixedparty

councils have rarely

shouted at one another,

SEE Write-in | 24

ing are that it remained

remarkably intact, exemplified

the city’s

institutional architecture

program from the

post-war period, represented

the work of a

well-known regional

architecture firm, and

that the building was

“in scale with the surrounding

historic and

more recent townhouses

buildings.” Today, the

building’s exterior walls

remain but the interior

has been completely

gutted so that the building

can be reconfigured

into nine luxury townhomes.

Like the old Health

Department building,

Ramsey Homes also were

SEE ramsey | 24

know if abandonment

has really happened?

Why, the neighbors, of

course.

- Jimm Roberts

Alexandria

Alexandria in Action

with John Porter

Vote: It’s your responsibility

“The will of the people is the only

legitimate foundation of any government.”

This quote from Thomas Jefferson

rings as true today as at any time

in history. And with our country basically

divided almost equally on what

the “will of the people” is, it is now as

important as ever to make the predominant

“will” known to those who govern

our nation, state and city.

What is the best way to accomplish

this awesome responsibility? With the

upcoming election season, getting actively

engaged now, learning

as much as you can about the

various candidates and exercising

your right to vote certainly

seems to be the most immediate,

if not the best, response.

But how will many of us exercise

said responsibility? With

history as the indicator, at the

local level we can expect somewhere

around 30 to 35 percent of the

city’s registered voters to come out on

a local election day to cast their ballots

for the candidates of their choice —

those who will govern our wonderful

city until the next election cycle.

During state election cycles and

particularly during national elections,

the percentages can be somewhat on the

higher side. But, in addition to the more

than 60 percent of those who don’t vote

in local elections, how many more may

be out there who have not registered or

have failed to complete the process correctly

and thus will also not be able to

participate in this important principle

of democracy?

Nationally, it is estimated that 33

percent of eligible voters are not registered

to actually vote, according to the

Statistics Brain Research Institute. In

Virginia, the number is approximately

18 percent, placing the commonwealth

as eighth nationally in voter registration.

While I’m much too old to remember

the registration process when I was

first eligible to vote, I understand the

process is, in many ways, much simpler

now and even can be done online.

According to Anna Leider, Alexandria’s

general registrar, “It’s very easy to

register to vote in Virginia. Simply go online

to the state’s secure website, https://

www.vote.virginia.gov … or submit

a paper registration application, which

can be obtained from www.alexandriavoter.org

or by calling the Alexandria

Voter Registration Office at 703-746-

4050.” But do so soon, as October 13

is the registration deadline for the upcoming

November 3 election. Leider

notes that the state website also may

be used to update your registration information,

confirm your polling place

and learn who and what will be on the

ballot this fall, including contact information

for all the candidates who will

appear on the ballot.

But why do some of

those who are registered

choose not to vote? In a

recent study, The Society

Pages, an open-access social

science project at the

University of Minnesota,

indicates that the single

John Porter

most common reason for

not voting was that the

person was too busy or their schedule

conflicted with available voting hours

(18 percent) followed by illness or disability

(15 percent). Interestingly, about

13 percent of those not voting indicated

a lack of interest in the election, while

another 13 percent didn’t like the candidates

or the issues. Voting patterns

also showed marked differences when

broken down socioeconomically, particularly

in reference to outside factors

causing individuals to not vote —

transportation, weather, etc.

So, what to do? While those we’ve

elected battle over the broader election

issues — voter eligibility, voter identification,

requirements for voting, timing

of elections, and the like — we can

resort to the old adage that if you don’t

vote, you shouldn’t complain. But better

yet, we can be a bit more proactive

and ensure first that we do our duty by

learning as much as we can about the

candidates and the issues and vote.

Without being too self-righteous, we

can also encourage others, particularly

family and close friends, to do the

same. The crucial point is that the time

to get engaged, to learn more, to meet

the candidates and discuss the issues is

now. November will be here before we

know it — don’t waste a moment.

The writer is the president and

CEO of ACT for Alexandria.


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From military barracks to an

unsanitary military hospital

One of the more interesting

aspects of the history

of Alexandria’s

original West End neighborhood

is the Union Army’s use

of certain land areas within the

rural village, once centered

on Duke Street and

Diagonal Road. As early

as 1861, level parcels of

open land in the area were

used as camps for the 1st

and 8th New York infantries.

Soon after, federal

troops built a large cattle

yard, stable and guards’

houses at the head of King

Street, and the fortification

Fort Ellsworth atop

Shuter’s Hill.

The campgrounds

provided protection for

the U.S. Military Railroad

trains leaving and entering

Alexandria and the

fort structure high above the

city provided sweeping views

down the Potomac River,

Great Hunting Creek and

across major transportation

routes from Fairfax County

that might be used in a Confederate

attack. Fannie Catts,

the owner of the nearby Drover’s

Rest, complained bitterly

that her property and outbuildings

had been damaged by the

federal presence, and that her

fences were disassembled and

used to construct crude cabins

to house soldiers on her land.

South of Duke Street, in

the area that now contains

the Carlyle development, was

Last Week

What should city council do about the three-day

parking rule?

47% Extend the limit or offer permits for long stays.

33% Get rid of it.

20% Keep it as is.

a hastily arranged tent complex

known as Camp Slough,

named for military governor

John Slough. The conditions

at the camp were barely tolerable,

and by 1863 the small

tents were replaced by a series

of temporary wood-frame barracks

intended to house several

hundred Union soldiers.

But as soon as the complex

of buildings were completed

in 1864, they were converted

into a large medical facility

called Slough Hospital. The

hospital served the ever-increasing

number of wounded

and sick men. Laid out in a

large quadrangle, the large

complex included a headquarters

building, 15 medical

wards, a kitchen, laundry,

washhouse, outhouses and one

large “Dead House,” where

corpses were kept until they

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could be processed for burial.

To compensate for the

loss of the barracks, the army

quickly patched together a series

of 100 tents provided by

the Quartermaster Department

and arranged them to form

10, 140-foot long canvas

structures arranged in a

half-circular, spoke-like

configuration. These new

shelters opened onto a

muddy drill field just opposite

the hospital complex,

as seen in these

1865 images, which could

be accessed by a series

of boardwalks. Latrines

emptied into nearby

Hunting Creek, which

was also used as a source

for bathing and drinking

water.

In a May 1864 letter

to his superiors, Col.

Richard Rush lamented that his

men were living in such poor

and cramped conditions and

were forced to routinely expose

themselves in an indecent manner

to women passing on the

street or living in nearby homes.

When the war ended in 1865,

military hospitals in Alexandria

began to close and transfer their

patients to Slough. The facility

was the last to close in the city,

ending its medical services in

June 1866, and the buildings

were sold at public auction.

Out of the Attic is provided

by the Office of

Historic Alexandria.

A. Yes.

B. No.

From the web

In response to

“My View: Public

Confederate memorials

imply government

approval,” July 30:

Tristan Regan writes:

Mr. Brinkman suggests that

the Appomattox memorial represents

“the canard of apologists

of the day…” but it does

not. It was erected by the survivors

of the 17th Virginia Infantry

in memory of their friends.

There is nothing nobler than to

lay down one’s life for one’s

friends. “Greater love hath no

man than this, that a man lay

down his life for his friends.”

There is nobility in that.

The statue is not a commemoration

of slavery; it is a commemoration

of community.

[The writer] should consider

that before casting judgment.

West Ender writes:

Since there are no more surviving

members of the 17th Infantry,

we won’t offend anyone

if we take down or repurpose

the statue. The only people

who would oppose it or get offended

are neo-Confederates.

The Confederates were a

loser army, losing the war for

a loser cause. We should erect

a larger monument to the victorious

federal forces.

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Weekly Words

3

across

1 Uses as a target

8 Cowpoke’s rope

13 Called by loudspeaker

18 Features of attentive people

20 Mossy growth

21 Public square, in ancient

Greece

22 Get recorded for posterity

24 Morocco’s capital

25 “It’s ___ state of affairs!”

26 It’s right on a map?

27 T. ___ (noted dinosaur)

28 Give a formal speech

29 Capone and Gore

31 Bug spray

34 Unagi, in a certain bar

36 Massachusetts’ Cape ___

37 Double-check a sum

39 Garfield’s girlfriend

40 Quarterback maneuver

42 Kotter of “Welcome Back,

Kotter”

43 “Yeah,” formally

44 Battle of nations

47 Indicate

50 Galena and iron

51 Four-poster, e.g.

52 Many a Middle Easterner

54 Some Monopoly props.

55 Compass dir., sometimes

56 Fury

57 One overdoing the praise

59 Giant hop

60 About 1.3 cubic yards

62 Ticket part

63 Red October, for one

64 “I take it back”

65 Be self-evident

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69 Teetotaler’s vehicle?

72 “Amazing Grace” verse ender

73 Holiday tune

74 “You never know ...”

77 Prison disturbance

78 More smudged

80 Baseball player’s wear

81 “Go on ...”

83 Jewish month

84 ____ de corps (morale)

85 Ewe’s mate

86 Chorus member

87 Fence picket

89 Pig’s home

90 Jet effect

91 Hamilton’s dueling opponent

92 Offer one’s two cents

94 Congenitally attached

97 Climber of Mount Sinai

98 Kipling’s “Gunga ___”

100 Tues. preceder

101 A, B or O

103 Long Island iced ___

104 ___ Allan Poe

106 Sick

108 Layer of a wedding cake

109 1980 Olympics host (Abbr.)

111 Not very familiar with

112 Take forever

117 “Let me reiterate ...”

118 Lead from the dugout

119 Sea god

120 Eyelid afflictions

121 Giant of wrestling

122 Money saved for a rainy day

DOWN

1 Navigation hazard

2 It’s offered on Wall St.

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Visibly embarrassed

4 Adam’s grandson

5 Alaska Purchase negotiator

6 “Biography” network, once

7 Prefix with “angle”

8 Lend an ear

9 Part of a play

10 Height-challenged

11 Like the Sahara

12 Translucent quartzes

13 Felon on provisional release

14 Ice cream thickener

15 Review

16 A Muse

17 Archaic

19 Looked like a villain

20 Fine, twisted thread

23 School walkways

29 A noble gas

30 Acquires knowledge

32 Cash recipient

33 Banister post

35 “Bitter” follower

38 ___ Moines

41 Comparison

45 One stockpiling

46 Ceremony

48 Kind of gas

49 Spot visually

51 Make beer or ale

52 Fraction of a whole

53 Unwanted name in “Roots”

56 A magnet attracts it

57 Where some are young

58 Batman and Robin are a

“dynamic” one

61 Vacation for the vain?

62 Soaks, as a tea bag

64 Click the fingers

66 Doctrines, informally

67 Finger’s counterpart

68 Muslim holy man

69 Finish a shoot

70 Verdi classic

71 What some make a little do

75 Railing at the side of a

staircase

76 Main order

78 Musical “repeat” sign

79 Qatar currency unit

80 Not forthright

82 Backs, anatomically

85 Dirty, run-down digs

86 Actress Olivia d’___

88 Expert hunters

90 Bearing a heavy load

93 Riddle relative

95 Foolish affection

96 Ear pollutant

97 Bad situations

98 “Rescue Me” actor Leary

99 What i.e. means

101 Dull

102 Paramedics search for it

105 End in ___ (be deadlocked)

107 Homebuyer’s need, usually

110 Roasting skewer

113 Cigarette ingredient

114 Charged particle

115 Gear tooth

116 Chang’s twin

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SION & CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER - 2015

LEGAL NOTICE

The items described below will be heard by the

Planning Commission and the City Council

on the dates and times listed below. NOTICE:

Some of the items listed below may be placed

on a consent calendar. A consent item will

be approved at the beginning of the meeting

without discussion unless someone asks that

it be taken off the consent calendar and considered

separately. The Planning Commission

reserves the right to recess and continue the

public hearing to a future date. For further

information call the Department of Planning

and Zoning on 703-746-4666 or visit www.

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COMMISSION

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

7:00 PM, CITY HALL

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

9:30 AM, CITY HALL

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

301 KING STREET

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

Special Use Permit #2015-0028

Encroachment #2015-0003

2312 Mount Vernon Avenue (Parcel Addresses:

2318 Mount Vernon Avenue & 111

East Oxford Avenue)- Pork Barrel BBQ,

Holy Cow, and The Sushi Bar

Public hearing and consideration of: A) a

request to amend existing Special Use Permit

#2010-0011 to increase number of seats,

add live entertainment, and for a parking

reduction; and B) a request for an encroachment

into the public right of way; zoned CL/

Commercial Low, Mount Vernon Avenue

Urban Overlay, and R2 5/Residential Single

and Two Family.

Applicant: Hog Thaid LLC

[This case was deferred from the June 2,

2015 Planning Commission hearing.]

Street Name Case #2015-0001

Public hearing and consideration of a

request for approval of new public street

names: Stabler Lane and Osprey Place in

the Cameron Park development at 430 and

450 S. Pickett Street.

Applicant: JBG, represented by

Kenneth Wire, attorney

Special Use Permit #2015-0055

612-C South Pickett Street (Parcel Address:

600 South Pickett Street) - General

Automobile Repair

Public hearing and consideration of a request

to operate a general automobile repair

business; zoned I/Industrial.

Applicant: Mohammad S. Khan

Special Use Permit #2015-0056

2216 Mount Vernon Avenue - Del Ray

Pizzeria

Public hearing and consideration of a request

for an amendment to existing Special

Use Permit #2014 0033 to allow for restaurant

seating and dining on the second floor

with an existing parking reduction; zoned

CL/Commercial Low and Mount Vernon

Avenue Urban Overlay.

Applicant: Del Ray Pizzeria LLC

Special Use Permit #2015-0063

1314 King Street-Marlowe Ink

Public hearing and consideration of a

request to operate an amusement enterprise

(tattoo and body piercing establishment)

and for a parking reduction; zoned KR/

King Street Retail.

Applicant: James Marlowe represented

by Trish McMaugh, agent

Special Use Permit #2015-0064

100 East Windsor Avenue - The Del Ray

Montessori School

Public hearing and consideration of

requests (A) to amend previously approved

Special Use Permit #2014 0084 to increase

enrollment and increase hours of operation

at an existing private academic school

and day care center and (B) for a parking

reduction; zoned R 2 5/Residential Single or

Two Family.

Applicant: The Del Ray Montessori

School represented by Sarah Fondriest

Special Use Permit #2015-0067

111 North Pitt Street - Burger Fi

Public hearing and consideration of a

request to operate a restaurant; zoned KR/

King Street Retail.

Applicant: David J. Landry

Special Use Permit #2015-0066

2700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Unit A

Souvlaki Bar

Public hearing and consideration of a request

to operate a restaurant; zoned I/Industrial

Applicant: Souvlaki Bar, LLC

Special Use Permit #2015-0072

3000 & 3014 Colvin Street - Northern

Virginia Auto Sales

Public hearing and consideration of a

request to operate an automobile sales business;

zoned I/Industrial.

Applicant: Thomas Judd

Special Use Permit #2015-0073

6003 Kelley Court - Child Care Home

Public hearing and consideration of a

request to operate a child care home; zoned

R 12/Residential Single Family.

Applicant: Vigdonia Guzman

Special Use Permit #2015-0074

1855 Emerson Avenue (Parcel Address:

520 John Carlyle Street) - Carlyle Block L

Public hearing and consideration of a request

for an amendment to the Carlyle Special Use

Permit (SUP #2015-0024) to allow flexibility

for office or retail use; zoned CDD#1/Coordinated

Development District #1.

Applicant: Post Carlyle I LLC represented

by M. Catharine Puskar, attorney

Development Special Use Permit #2015-0002

Transportation Management Plan SUP

#2015-0057

3640 Wheeler Avenue - EZ Storage

Public hearing and consideration of requests

for: (A) a development special use permit and

site plan with modifications to construct a

storage facility including special use permits

approval for an increase in Floor Area Ratio

(FAR) and a parking reduction; (B) A special

use permit for a transportation management

plan; zoned I/Industrial.

Applicant: Siena Corporation represented

by M. Catharine Puskar, attorney

Development Special Use Permit # 2015-0006

4880 Mark Center Drive - Mark Center

Plaza IA - Building 5

Public hearing and consideration of a

request for an extension and update to

standard conditions, including the conditions

relating to the TMP, to previously

approved Development Special Use Permit

#2007-0027; zoned CDD #4/Coordinated

Development District #4.

Applicant: Institute for Defense Analyses

represented by Kenneth Wire, attorney

Development Special Use Permit #2014-0028

3000 Potomac Avenue - National Industries

for the Blind - Potomac Yard

Public hearing and consideration of requests

to amend previously approved Development

Special Use Permit #2012-0013, to construct

an office building, including Special

Use Permit approval for a parking reduction

and site plan modifications; zoned CDD#

10/Coordinated Development District #10.

Applicant: National Industries for the

Blind represented by Kenneth Wire, attorney

THE FOLLOWING WILL BE HEARD BY

PLANNING COMMISSION ONLY, (AND

BY CITY COUNCIL ONLY UPON APPEAL.)

Development Site Plan #2015-0012

1900 King Street - King Street Metro Reconfiguration

Public hearing and consideration of a request

for approval of an amendment to Development

Site Plan # 2011 0027 for improvements

to the existing parking lot; zoned UT/

Utility and Transportation.

Applicant: WMATA and the City of

Alexandria


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ABC NOTICE

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

2901 Hermitage Road / P.O. Box 27491, Richmond, VA 23261

www.abc.virginia.gov

RETAIL LICENSE APPLICATION—PART 2 (POSTING AND PUBLISHING)

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

2901 Hermitage Road / P.O. Box 27491, Richmond, VA 23261

www.abc.virginia.gov

PUBLISHING NOTICE

RETAIL LICENSE APPLICATION—PART 2 (POSTING AND PUBLISHING)

Please publish the following item in the legal notice section of your newspaper. Please refer to the instructions provided on page 9.

PUBLISHING NOTICE

Please publish the following item in the Pizzaiolo legal notice section Management of your newspaper. Group Please LLC refer to the instructions provided on page 9.

[Full name(s) of owner(s):] ________________________________________________________________

If general partnership, enter partners’ names or name of partnership. If LP, LLP, LLC or corporation, enter

name as recorded with the State Corporation Commission. If association or tax-exempt private club,

Pizzaiolo enter name. Only Management if a sole proprietor, Group enter first, LLCmiddle and last name.

[Full name(s) of owner(s):] ________________________________________________________________

Pizzaiolo Cafe If general on Fern partnership, enter partners’ names or name of partnership. If LP, LLP, LLC or corporation, enter

Trading as: ____________________________________________________________________________

name as recorded with the State Corporation Commission. If association or tax-exempt private club,

(trade name) enter name. Only if a sole proprietor, enter first, middle and last name.

1623 Fern Pizzaiolo Street

Trading ____________________________________________________________________________________

Cafe on Fern

as:

(exact street address where business will trade)

(trade name)

1623

Alexandria

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

Fern Street

(city/town)

(exact street address where business will trade)

Alexandria City 22302-2620

____________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________ Alexandria

____________ Virginia ____________

(county) (state) (zip + 4)

(city/town)

Alexandria City 22302-2620

The ______________________________________________________ above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC ____________ VirginiaBEVERAGE CONTROL ____________ (ABC)

(county) (state) (zip + 4)

Limited Mixed Beverage Restaurant on Premise

for a _ _ _ license

(type[s] of license[s] applied for)

The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC)

to sell Limited or manufacture Mixed alcoholic Beverage beverages. Restaurant on Premise

for a _ _ _ _ license

Lawrence (type[s] of license[s] J. Ponzi, applied III, for) Member

____________________________________________________________________________________

(name and title of owner/partner/officer authorizing advertisement)

to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages.

NOTE: Lawrence Objections J. to Ponzi, the issuance III, Member of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing

____________________________________________________________________________________

(name and title of owner/partner/officer authorizing advertisement)

date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www.abc.virginia.gov

NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing

or 800-552-3200.

date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www.abc.virginia.gov

or 800-552-3200.

805-4 rev. 09/2012. This is an official state document. All information contained or submitted therein is public information. Please Retail License Application, page 11

refer to privacy statement (pg. 3) regarding personal/tax information. Reference instructions (provided separately) with questions.

ABC NOTICE

805-4 rev. 09/2012. This is an official state document. All information contained or submitted therein is public information. Please Retail License Application, page 11

refer to privacy statement (pg. 3) regarding personal/tax information. Reference instructions (provided separately) with questions.

Classifieds

PUBLIC NOTICE

FORMER BRIGHTON CLEANERS

6237 LITTLE RIVER TURNPIKE

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public

comment on a proposed remedy to a release

from a former dry cleaner.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: August

9, 2015, through September 9, 2015.

FACILITY OPERATOR: Grand Shopping

Center, LLC (GSC)

FACILITY NAME AND LOCATION:

Former Brighton Cleaners, 6237 Little River

Turnpike, Alexandria, Virginia, 22312.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The lease

space located at 6237 Little River Turnpike,

Alexandria, is the site of a former dry cleaner

at which a chemical release has been identified.

GSC is conducting environmental

assessment, risk analysis, and remediation

of former dry cleaning operations pursuant

to the Accelerated Dry Cleaner Remediation

Process (ADCRP) under the Virginia

Voluntary Remediation Program. Investigation

to date has not identified conditions

indicating contaminant migration to adjacent

properties. Proposed actions at the site

include declaration of restrictive covenants

(e.g., the site shall not be used for residential

purposes; groundwater shall not be used).

Collection of a final round of sub-slab vapor

samples is anticipated to be completed during

September 2015. Active remediation is

not anticipated; however, should September

2015 sub slab vapor results identify a risk,

the ADCRP requirement for installation of a

LEGAL NOTICE

sub-slab depressurization system will apply.

HOW TO COMMENT: Comments may

be submitted by e-mail, fax or postal mail.

All comments must include the name, address,

and telephone number of the person

commenting and be received by GSC within

the comment period. Copies of the documentation

to be submitted to the DEQ in

support of the ADCRP Final Report may be

obtained upon request.

SUBMIT COMMENTS, DOCUMENT

REQUESTS, OR ADDITIONAL IN-

FORMATION TO: Anthony W. Creech,

P.G., Section Manager, Groundwater and

Geology, Resource International, Ltd., P.O.

Box 6160, Ashland, VA 23005, 804-550-

9209, acreech@resourceintl.com. William

Lindsay, DEQ Remediation Project

Manager, may also be contacted to answer

questions regarding the Voluntary Remediation

Program process at (804) 698-4521 or

William.lindsay@deq.virginia.gov.

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complex technologies including but

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searches include Patentability,

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studies. Proficiency in using

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