Vol. 15 No. 21 Serving Mount Vernon, Lee, and Alexandria June 8, 2016 50 Cents
Park Day Visit
See pages 6-7.
Staff photo/Steve Hunt
Students from Mount Vernon Woods ES visited Great Falls Park on Monday
accompanied by their congressman, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th).
By STEVE HUNT
After months, even years of debate, the
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted
Tuesday to place a meals tax referendum on
the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote
for or against implementing a 4 percent tax
on prepared meals in the county which is
estimated to generate nearly $100 million.
Board Chairman Sharon Bulova said
the meals tax revenues could be used for
Fairfax County Public Schools, capital improvements,
property tax relief, and other
“This action will allow Fairfax County
residents to decide whether the county has
a meals tax,” said Bulova, pointing out
Neighborhoods Protest Aircraft Noise
By STEVE HUNT
Mike Rioux performed double-duty Monday
night first addressing
the Mount Vernon Council
of Citizens Associations
transportation committee on
aircraft noise over Mount
Vernon, followed by a presentation to the
council’s planning and zoning committee.
Rioux is president of the Mason Hill Civic
Association, an aviation executive and the
Fairfax County — Mount Vernon representative
on the Reagan National Airport
Community Working Group and has been
busy during the past weeks and months attending
working group meetings and giving
presentations to citizens groups.
Fort Hunt residents in neighborhoods including
Villamay, Marlan Forest, Mason
Hill, Hollin Hills and others have become
increasingly concerned about planes departing
Reagan National to the south and
then turning west over their neighborhoods
at an altitude of about 3,000 feet.
Meanwhile, further south down the Potomac
River, residents of neighborhoods in
the area near Mount Vernon Estate, such as
Yacht Haven, Riverwood, and others, who
are already experiencing increased aircraft
noise from planes arriving from the south,
are concerned that their northern neighbors
are trying to shift the burden onto them.
At the transportation committee meeting
at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center,
chair Frank Cohn presented a proposed
resolution and attempted to assure the more
southern residents that that is not the case.
“This stuff is not going to get resolved overnight.”
— Frank Cohn, Transportation Chair
The draft resolution “Excessive Aircraft
Noise in Mount Vernon District Residen-
Meals Tax Going on Ballot
Voters Can Say Yes or No in November
tial Communities during South Flow Departures
from Reagan Washington National
Airport (DCA)” states that residents
of Villamay and adjacent
neigbhorhoods “have been
subjected to continuous
high noise levels since April
2015, created by aircraft departing
DCA and turning west five miles
See Noise Page 12
Former state Sen. Toddy Puller smiles after Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that a
new veterans care center in Fauquier County would be named for the Puller family.
that a meals tax already exists in most surrounding
jurisdictions including Arlington
County, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax
and Falls Church, and the towns of Herndon
Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, the
past Mount Vernon representative on the
Fairfax County School Board, has told the
Voice that not only does he support placing
a meals tax referendum on the ballot, he
supports implementation of the meals tax.
Both Storck and Lee Supervisor Jeff
McKay joined with six others in voting in
favor of putting the referendum on the ballot.
Two supervisors Springfield Supervisor
Pat Herrity and Providence Supervisor
Linda Smyth voted in opposition.
Because Virginia is a “Dillon Rule” state,
the county has limited authority to diversify
its revenue stream (unlike authority granted
to cities such as Alexandria), and the county
budget is heavily reliant on real estate and
property taxes, which account for almost 80
percent of General Fund revenues.
Most other revenue streams are capped or
require action by the General Assembly to
That means that the board of supervisors
does not have the authority to implement a
meals tax without approval by the voters.
“Today’s action gives that choice to Fair-
See Meals Tax Page 10
Vets Care Ctr.
By STEVE HUNT
Former state Sen. Toddy Puller knew
she was going to an event at the American
Legion Post in Springfield Thursday
where Gov. Terry McAuliffe was to
make a big announcement.
McAuliffe came to Springfield to announce
that a new Veterans Care Center
to be located in Fauquier County, something
that Puller had worked to make a
reality while serving in Virginia state
But what she didn’t know,was that it
would be named for the Puller family.
The 120-bed facility, to be named the
See Puller Page 10
Pets of the Week
Rebel is an adult male Treeing
Walker Coonhound who is
estimated to be about a year
and a half old. He has TONS of
energy and is always excited
to go on long walks or play in
the yard. He loves toys, food
and treats, but does not like to
share them with anyone else
— other animals or people.
Because of this, it would be
best for Rebel to be in a home
with adults and no other pets.
Rebel would make a fantastic
exercise partner for someone
looking for a companion
and fitness buddy. Animal ID
Tiggy is an adult male
domestic medium hair.
Animal ID #A058476
Max is an adult male black
Animal ID #A067753
Staff photo/Steve Hunt
Del. Paul Krizek (D-44th), left, recently presented Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
President and CEO David Levine with a joint resolution from the Virginia General Assembly
commending Good Shepherd for its vital work providing permanent housing and support
services to individuals and families in need in Fairfax County. The resolution notes that Good
Shepherd Housing, started in 1974, marked a milestone by acquiring its 50th housing unit in
2015. In addition to Krizek, patrons were Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd), and state Sens. Adam Ebbin
(D-30th), Scott Surovell (D-36th) and Dick Black (R-13th).
Wylie is a senior male Bengal
cat who is bonded to his best
friend Chiquita. Animal ID
Chiquita is an adult female
domestic medium hair who
is bonded to her best friend,
Wylie. Animal ID #A034028
The Hollin Hall Animal Hospital is proud to sponsor the
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s Pets of the Week.
For information on adopting this week’s pets go to
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2 June 8, 2016
Sex Assault Reported on Yellow Line
Metro Transit Police are investigating
a reported sexual battery
aboard a Yellow Line train from
Huntington which occurred about
9:30 p.m. Thursday and are seeking
the public’s help in identifying
The victim, an adult female, told
officers that she was approached
by three men aboard a northbound
train from Huntington.
“As the train traveled between
Eisenhower Avenue and Braddock
Road stations, the males
approached the victim and asked
her to perform a sexual act,” Metro
police stated. “When the victim
refused, the suspects assaulted
the female, including grabbing
her body through her clothing.”
The victim reported the incident
to Metro police officers who
broadcast a flash lookout and
conducted a canvass of trains and
stations along the line.
The victim declined medical assistance
and was subsequently
transported to her residence by
Police have released photos of
Metro Police photos
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying
these persons of interest.
the three suspects as well as descriptions.
All three are black males with medium
complexions aged between
18 and 30, between 5’8” -- 5’11”
feet tall and weighing 140 pounds.
One was wearing a red t-shirt
with “aero” logo and blue jeans.
The second was wearing a black
t-shirt with a white shirt underneath
and black jeans. The third
was wearing black Nike shirt
with yellow “P” Pittsburg Pirates
logo and blue jeans.
Based on the descriptions, police
were able to identify three
persons of interest using Metro’s
Anyone who may have information
about this incident is urged
to contact Metro police by calling
Teen Girl Assaulted on Way to School
Fairfax County police responded
to a report of an assault that
took place around 7:45 a.m.
Tuesday along Silverbrook Road
near Monacan Road in Lorton.
The victim, a 16-year-old girl,
was walking along the sidewalk/
pathway toward school when a
man grabbed her from behind
around the waist, police reported.
The victim screamed and the
man ran off south of the location.
She immediately reported the
alleged assault to the school resource
officer who checked the
area along with patrol officers.
The perpetrator was not located.
He is described as Hispanic, with
a mustache and was wearing dark
Anyone with information is
requested to contact Officer
C.Petrovich at 703-690-5517.
— FCPD report
NVTA Snubs Route 1 Sex Assault
The Northern Virginia Transportation
Authority has not included preliminary engineering and en-
Kelleher noted that last year the
widening Richmond Highway from vironmental assessments received Fairfax County police were called
Napper Road in Hybla Valley to start-up funding, however additional
funds are needed to meet critical Friday around 4:55 p.m. which oc-
for a report of a sexual assault on
Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
in its list of recommended projects milestones with other parts of project
preparation, such as completion
curred in the Lorton area.
for FY2017, despite a $5 million
request from Fairfax County, according
Southeast Fairfax Developlocation,
site plan, and right-of-way that a 20-year-old woman was
of the engineering phase, utility re-
An investigation determined
ment Corporation executive director acquistion.
walking in the area of Richmond
“These must be completed in order Highway near Cherwek Drive
“We believe their recommendations
are formed by a deeply flawed Richmond Highway between Nap-
behind, grabbed her dress and
to submit an application to widen when a man approached her from
analysis,” Kelleher said.
per Road (Costco) and Mount Vernon
Memorial Highway (Roy Rog-
sexually assaulted her before fleeing
For example, the NVTA rated the
proposed Richmond Highway project
as “weak” in the area of “im-
“Widening Richmond Highway is Police and a K-9 team searched
ers), she said.
proves connections between jurisdictions
a critical component in the exten-
the area extensively but did not
sion of Bus Rapid Transit, known locate the perpetrator. He is de-
“This is despite that the project improves
connections between Prince Kelleher commented.
inches tall and clean-shaven with
as “Embark” Richmond Highway,” scribed as Hispanic, about 5 feet 7
William County, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax
County, and the City of Alexan-
meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at
The NVTA is hosting a public
short, dark hair.
dria,” Kelleher said. “Additionally, 6:30 p.m. at the South County Center,
8350 Richmond Highway. hospital with non-life-threatening
The victim was transported to a
Richmond Highway connects to
the Beltway, I-95, and the Fairfax Although Richmond Highway is injuries.
again not recommended by NVTA Detectives canvassed the area.
“The intersection of Buckman staff for funding, public input can Anyone with information is requested
to call police at 703-691-
Road and Richmond Highway is at affect the outcome, according to
best, confusing, at worst, dangerous,”
— Staff report
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The Stormwater Planning Division of Fairfax County,
Virginia, hereby gives notice of the County’s intent to
revise the FEMA flood hazard map, generally located in the
Huntington area. Specifically, the flood hazard information
shall be revised along Cameron Run from a point
approximately 0.40 miles upstream of the Route 1 crossing
to a point approximately just upstream of I-495. The flood
hazard revisions are being proposed as part of Conditional
Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) Case No. 16-03-0626R for
a proposed project along Cameron Run. Fairfax County is
proposing to install a levee along the right overbank in the
Huntington area as part of a flood mitigation project. Once
the project has been completed, a Letter of Map Revision
(LOMR) request should be submitted that will, in part, revise
the following flood hazards along Cameron Run.
As a result of the revision, the Base Flood Elevations
(BFEs) will increase and decease and the 1% annual chance
floodplain shall widen and narrow within the area of revision.
Maps and detailed analysis of the revision can be reviewed
at the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000
Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. Interested
persons may call Mr. Donald Demetrius at 703-324-5500 for
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June 8, 2016 3
The Southeast Fairfax Development
Corporation will host a Restaurant
Trends Summit on Friday,
June 10, from 8:30 a.m. at the
Hampton Inn, 5821 Richmond
The summit will provide information
about the state of the
northern Virginia restaurant industry
and how the Richmond
Highway corridor is affected.
Speakers will be Adam Willamowsky,
director of Eat and
Drink Operations at StreetSense,
architect Herb Heiserman, managing
principal, Architecture Studio,
A light breakfast will be served.
The event is free and open to the
public. Go to www.sfdc.org for
The following incidents were reported
by the Mount Vernon District
Station of the Fairfax County
Police Department for the period
June 7 -- 3.
*Fairhaven Avenue 2400 block
-- June 7, 2:26 a.m. A man entered
a business and displayed a knife
in front of two employees. The
suspect took money and property
and fled in a silver Toyota Corolla
with Maryland tags. The suspect
was described as black, heavy-set,
wearing shorts and a white shirt.
The victims were not injured.
On Thursday, June 2, at about
6:44 p.m. patrol officers at the
Mount Vernon Police station received
a report of a sex offense.
The parent of the 6-year-old victim
reported that an adult man had
exposed himself to her son while
he was in the playground the previous
day sometime in the late afternoon.
The playground is located
in an apartment complex near the
6500 block of Tower Drive. The
victim did not require medical attention.
The suspect was described
as white with brown hair.
Anyone with information about
this event or a similar event to
please contact police at 703-691-
4 June 8, 2016
Summer Concert Season
Continues in June
The free summer concert series
kicks off beginning in June in Lee
and Mount Vernon.
Lee District Nights are held
Wednesday evenings from 7:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee District
Park Amphitheater, 6601
The Revelers (swamp pop) on
June 8; Natty Beaux (swing) on
June 15; The Pietasters (ska) on
June 22; and Patsy’s Honky Tonk
Torch & Twang (country/honky
tonk) on June 29.
Mount Vernon Nights at Grist
Mill Park, 4710 Mount Vernon
Memorial Highway, are held Friday
evenings from 7:30 p.m. to
Rick Franklin & His Delta Blues
Boys (Piedmont blues) on June
POSSESSION WITH INTENT
TO DISTRIBUTE W/IN 1000
FT OF A SCHOOL/
DRIVING ON SUSPENDED
*Tamarind Street 3700 block --
June 4, 11:09 p.m. An officer responded
to a report of a parking
complaint. While there, he saw a
man in another vehicle in violation
of a traffic offense. When he
approached to investigate, the man
resisted arrest. Once detained, further
investigation revealed he was
in possession of PCP, marijuana,
and other drug paraphernalia. Antonio
Dionte Barnes, 31, of Woodbridge
was arrested, taken to the
adult detention center, and charged
with possession with intent to distribute
PCP, possession with intent
to distribute marijuana, distributing
within 1000 feet of a school,
and driving on suspended license.
10; Mariahi Los Amigos (Mariachi)
on June 17; and Memphis
Gold (blues) on June 24.
Mount Vernon Nights at the
Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton,
9601 Ox Road, are held Saturday
evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sylver Logan Sharp (R&B) on
June 11; Jeffrey Foucault Trio
(blues) on June 18; and The United
States Army Blues Band (jazz)
on June 25.
In addition, the Fort Hunt Park
Concert Series in the A pavilion
at the park are held on Sunday
evenings at 7 p.m.
The National Concert Band of
America (50-member concert
band) on June 12; The Main
Street Community Band from
Fairfax City on June 19; and The
Potomac Harmony Chorus (a
cappella four-part harmony) on
*2900 block of Arlington Drive,
beer from business
*1500 block of Belle View Boulevard,
tip jar from business
*2500 block of Huntington Avenue,
merchandise from business
*7700 block of Inversham Drive,
license plate from vehicle
*6000 block of Richmond Highway,
radio from vehicle
*6300 block of Richmond Highway,
merchandise from business
*6700 block of Richmond Highway,
merchandise from business
*7700 block of Richmond Highway,
license plate from vehicle
*6500 block of Tower Drive, jewelry
*6300 block of Richmond Highway,
phone from business
*8000 block of Richmond Highway,
phone from business
*8200 block of Richmond Highway,
items from vehicle
*3100 block of Furman Lane,
property from residence.
*5800 block of Cameron Run,
2004 Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle
*6500 block of Dorset Drive,
2005 Nissan Frontier
The following incidents were reported
by the Franconia District
Station of the FCPD.
*7800 block of Cinder Bed Road,
wheels from vehicle
*5700 block of South Van Dorn
Street, license plate from vehicle
*5700 block of Cassel Glen
Court, sunglasses from vehicle
*7700 block of Gunston Plaza,
merchandise from business
*7200 block of Hansford Court,
wallet from residence
*5900 block of Kingstowne Towne
Center, cigarettes from business
Importance of Early
By Del. PAUL KRIZEK
Last Sunday I was honored
to emcee an event celebrating
the 30th Anniversary of United
Community Ministries’ (UCM)
Early Childhood Learning
Center. I was moved by the testimony
of many of the parents
about how much UCM’s educational
program helped give
their now college educated
children important early socialization
and educational skills.
Mountains of research indicate
that the largest determining
factor in a student’s later
academic success is whether or
not a child has access to quality
early childhood education
Unfortunately, many Virginians
and 44th district residents
will never benefit from early
childhood education programs
because it is an expense which
individual families must foot
themselves, exacerbating the
income and access gap between
the haves and have-nots.
Virginia provides about 14 to
19 percent more for each lowincome
student than for other
students. However, a June 2
Commonwealth Institute report
noted that this figure is not as
impressive as it might sound.
Virginia’s support for low-income
students is lower than the
29 percent boost provided on
average by states with this support,
and is well behind some
states that spend almost twice
as much for each low-income
It can cost two to two-and-ahalf
times as much to help lowincome
students reach similar
levels of performance as students
from wealthier families.
Fairfax County has a Free
and Reduced Meals student
population that alone would
qualify it as the fourth largest
school population in Virginia,
and statewide, this population
accounts for four out of every
We should thank the Fairfax
County Board of Supervisors
for making the best of the limited
resources it receives from the
state for early childhood education,
and making it a dedicated
line item in the budget, but the
Commonwealth needs to do
more for its low-income students
through funding universal
early childhood education.
One area of bipartisan consensus
with my colleagues
across the aisle is for the Commonwealth
to ensure equality
of opportunity rather than
equality of outcome.
Under this shared philosophy,
it becomes apparent that
it is long past due for Virginia
to fund universal early childhood
education. Even West
Virginia has a universal Pre-K
The Commonwealth Institute
reported that the National Bureau
of Economic Research
found higher graduation rates
and adult earnings for low-income
students after an increase
in state spending.
The study found that a 20
percent increase in per-pupil
spending for low-income students
across the 12-year period
would increase graduation
rates by 23 percentage points
and would result in 25 percent
higher earnings as an adult.
This translates to a larger base
for state income tax revenues
that could fund other Commonwealth
priorities down the
We simply cannot continue to
leave children behind because
their parent’s struggle to be
able to pay for early childhood
Providing the necessary funding
for universal access to
early education initiatives from
which low-income students
and families can benefit will
make a far greater investment
in our state’s future.
To put it simply, investing in
our children’s early learning is
critical. Funding early childhood
education not only provides
a strong foundation for
our children’s academic and
professional careers, it is also
a fiscally sound policy for the
future of our Commonwealth.
Feel free to contact my office
Unite to Fight
Brother against brother.
Not the Civil War but rather the airplane noise war.
Mount Vernonites from the northern part of the district
near Alexandria versus Mount Vernonites from
the southern part around Mount Vernon Estate.
That is a danger that Mount Vernon Council of Citizens
Associations Transportation Committee chair
Frank Cohn warned about Monday night during a discussion
of airplane noise at the committee meeting.
Cohn strongly stated that Mount Vernon citizens
fighting the greatly increased airplane noise over our
community must work together. Any action or resolution
on the matter must not in any way imply that
one area was trying to shift the noise problem to the
The discussion became lively, a point of contention
being that the proposed resolution was designed
to tackle only departing flights and the southern contingent
is more concerned with problems caused by
One step at a time, Cohn cautioned but informally
agreed to an inclusion mentioning that arrivals are
also of concern and would be dealt with in detail at a
Discussion spilled over to an MVCCA Planning and
Zoning Committee meeting next door in the Mount
Vernon Government Center where a formal presentation
was made by Mike Rioux, Mason Hill Civic
Association president and area representative on the
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Noise
Advisory Committee. Rioux had also spoken informally
at the transportation committee meeting.
What became clear at both meetings is that there a
number of concerned and thoughtful Mount Vernon
residents from both parts of the district who are devoting
a lot of time and energy to fighting increased
Convincing the FAA to change current flight paths is
an uphill battle. We need everyone on the same side to
stand a chance of succeeding.
Let’s unite and fight as one strong community.
What We Think
Should Bernie Sanders keep running for President
after the California Primary or should he suspend
his campaign before the convention?
Holly Hill Road
“He should not keep running.
You can see that he cannot win.”
“He should keep going until the convention.
Run it to the ground. Don’t quit.”
Belle View Boulevard
“This is America and he should do what he
wants. As long as people are voting for him he
has the right to keep going.”
“He should drop out because the Democratic
Party needs to get behind its front runner and he
makes that more difficult by staying in the race”.
“He should stay in because I want
him to be the next President.”
“Bernie has a song in his head and should stay
in until that song bears fruit. It’s like when Jesse
Jackson stayed in and got the states to count the
votes proportionately rather than having winner
take all. Institutions grow when they have to come
up with solutions that are good for everybody.”
By Mary Paden
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Mt. Vernon Woods ES Students Celebrate ‘Park Day’ with Their Congressman
Staff photos/Steve Hunt
In photo left, Beyer chatted and shook hands with numerous students before they boarded the
bus to go to the park. In photo above left, before departing to the park Beyer went on a tour of
the school speaking with staff including technology teacher Charlotte Bomar. In photo above
right, Beyer was greeted by administrative assistant Deanna Johnson upon entering the school.
In photo right, Beyer and students learn about the park from a National Park Service ranger.
Photos courtesy Aaron Fritschner/Rep. Beyer’s Office
Beyer was greeted by a National Park Service ranger
upon arrival at the park.
More than 80 fourth-graders at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School were not in class with the
rest of their classmates on Monday -- instead they spent the beautiful day out in the woods. But they
weren’t playing hooky, they were exploring Great Falls Park in McLean and learning more about
nature. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) met the students at their school and joined them on the bus
ride to Great Falls for a field trip as part of the White House initiative “Every Kid in a Park” which
encourages children to take part in outdoor recreation activities by allowing them free entry into
national parks such as Great Falls. During their three-hour visit in the park, students got to watch a
video about the park in the visitor center before breaking up into groups for a ranger hike to the Falls
overlook and the first loop of the River Trail, before enjoying lunch in the picnic area. Through the
Every Kid in a Park program, fourth graders nationwide can go to its website www.everykidinapark.
gov to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed
lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.
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Beyer and the students listened to a ranger speak about the park.
Beyer with Tamara Derenak Kaufax, the Lee representative
to the Fairfax County School Board, left, and Mount Vernon
Woods principal Dr. Pamela Simpkins at the park.
Kids with Beyer overlook the falls of the river.
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United Community Ministries
held a 30th anniversary celebration
for its Early Learning Center
(formerly the Bryant Early Learning
Center) Sunday at 2709 Popkins
UCM Deputy Executive Director
Elizabeth McNally welcomed attendees
saying that since its inception
in 1986, the UCM ELC has
been committed to actively raising
the quality of life for every child.
Staff photos/Steve Hunt
The Krizek family, Gene and Addy, seated, and, standing from left, Tracey Navratil, Khloe Krizek and Del. Paul Krizek (D-44th),
and the Shute family, from left, Zelda, Bill, Will, Nina and Dean were named t the UCM Heritage Circle.
Celebrating 30 Years!
“As we reflect on the ELC, I’m
reminded of the words of the
American author and educator,
Neil Postman, ‘Children are the
living messages we send to a time
we will not see.’”
McNally pondered what the program’s
original founders imagined
when they opened the center
30 years ago.
“Perhaps it was not simply to
See UCM Page 9
In photo left, Naudia, left,
and Nashea, right, of the
Creekside Dancers enjoyed
some cake after entertaining
the crowd. With them is dance
coordinator Deneisha Walton.
Below, Lee Supervisor
Jeff McKay presented a
proclamation from Fairfax
County. From left are UCM
deputy executive director
Elizabeth McNally, UCM board
members Jim Seeley, Suzy
Coffey, Claudio Creo, Dian
Brooks, ELC director Torria
Baker, board vice chair Janet
Heddsheimer, McKay and
board treasurer Joe Conti.
ELC director Torria Baker, left, presented Pre-K teacher Lolita
Sellers with an award recognizing her 25 years of service
teaching at the ELC and their appreciation on behalf of the
children and their parents in the community.
8 June 8, 2016
Oh How Far Down Poor Alice Has Now Fallen
By MICHAEL CASTLEBERRY
Young Mia Wasikowska as
Alice and Tim Burton as the
Director combined for lovely
Alice In Wonderland in
2010. With a wonderful cast and
a zest for the dark moments in
Lewis Carroll’s tale, it was a fine
For a second installment, Alice
Through The Looking Glass,
Mr. Burton is now the Producer.
They once again recruited Mia
Wasikowska and once again she
is fine. But that’s about all you
can say about this version of Carroll’s
much darker story.
They could have used the deft
directorial hand of Mr. Burton,
as well as his history with actor
Johnny Depp, once again the Mad
Hatter and even with his own lifestory
getting more than just a bit
more curiouser than even Mr.
Carroll could have scripted, they
might have pulled it out. But,
alas, ’twas not so.
It begins quite wonderfully, with
Alice sailing in the Straits of Malacca.
But it’s no pleasure trip:
she’s the lady captain of the ship
and she’s trying to get away from
Wasikowska is adept in showing
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provide child care or the possibility
of opportunity for children,
but to make a promise. A
promise that all children regardless
of race, creed, or circumstance
have a real opportunity to
achieve their full potential,” said
“The ELC is the embodiment
of that promise — opportunity
made real,” she added. “At the
ELC, each child’s gifts, curiosity,
and excitement for learning
are acknowledged and nurtured
giving each a real opportunity to
Also at the ceremony, the
Krizek family, Gene and Addy,
along with their son, Del. Paul
Krizek (D-44th), and his wife
Tracey Navratil, and their
daughter, Khloe Krizek, were
recognized, as was the Shute
family, Zelda and Bill, and their
children Nina, Will and Dean, in
how Alice can handle anything
but that doesn’t explain the lack
of story, story cohesion, and the
rather ponderous way in which
Mr. Bobin, the new director, handles
There’s a reason there are not
a lot of previous adaptations of
Through The Looking Glass.
It’s not a very happy story. Wonderland
is in turmoil and some of
the folks who could be counted
on during Alice’s first tour of
duty are, well, acting downright
weird. And that’s where Mr. Depp
He’s at the core of what’s happening
and what to do about it but
Depp seems almost to be acting in
another film. The Hatter is all depressed
and locks himself in his
house. He’s consumed by the loss
of his family and clings to hope
that they may be still alive. For
that, he needs Alice to time travel
and therefore save them from the
hands of the evil Jabberwocky.
Are you still with me?? Do you
Alice doesn’t believe him either
but, hey, it’s in the script, she has
Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd)
and state Sen. Scott Suorvell
(D-36th) attended the event.
a new category of donor recognition:
the UCM Heritage Circle.
McNally noted that Addy had
worked as a UCM director of development
when the ELC was
founded and served on the board of
directors in the mid-1990s through
2000 and continues to serve as
to do it. So she plunges in as only
Alice can do, e.g. stealing from
Mr. Time himself (that would
be Sacha Baron Cohen) in order
to get what she wants! (Didn’t
Victorians have any scruples???)
His Mr. Time rivals Depp’s Mad
Hatter as just plain weird but,
hold on to your hats, we’re not
done yet!! Nope, Helena Bonham
Carter hams it up as the crazy Red
Queen and Anne Hathaway opts
for a spaced-out White Queen,
they’re quite the Odd Couple.
You have to credit Alice for
showing up for work everyday.
She ricochets all over the
place, sparring with Mr. Time,
space traveling, oh, friends, it’s
just goes on and on and on.
We the viewers may have given
up by this point (and believe me
there’s a lot more left!) but Alice
never does. You have to admire
an actress who gives it her all
even when it seems to be going
down the toilet.
But my beef is with that screenwriter,
Linda Woolverton. She
had co-written a script for the
Lion King and also adapted the
script for the Beauty And The
Beast stage production. We know
she must have know what she
was doing but how did this mess
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a active member of the UCM
Emeritus Board of Directors.
She said the Shute family is
active at St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church and have volunteered
and supported UCM’s
youth education and community
development initiatives for
many years. Through friends at
church, they got involved with
the parents at UCM’s Creekside
Village Community Center, including
minors new to the country who
Also honored at the event was
Pre-K teacher Lolita Sellers for
her 25 years of teaching at the
In addition, Lee Supervisor
Jeff McKay, whose daughter
attended the ELC, presented a
resolution from Fairfax County
recognizing the ELC’s 30 years
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of a story happen????
The best part of the whole film
is the sonorous tones of the late
Alan Rickman as a butterfly
named Absolom who is the one
who gets Alice back to Wonderland.
While it as warming
just to hear his distinctive voice
once again, he did Alice no favors.
She should have stayed on
You, at least, have a choice. Go
see Alice if you truly love the
stories and can figure it all out
because you read the books.
Otherwise, make some delicious
heart-shaped cookies, brew some
tea, and sit and ponder what poor
Johnny Depp is going to have to
do to salvage his career, assuming
that’s what he wants to do.
With the Hatter coming so close
to Tonto in The Lone Ranger,
Mr. Depp has more troubles that
just his impending divorce. He
needs to re-create, and soon, his
career. The gifted young actor of
Benny and Joon, Edward Scissorhand,
and many other fine
films has fallen far. Another turn
at Capt. Jack Sparrow won’t be
enough to jump-start his career.
You decide — do I go down hole
or do I stay at home and ponder
Johnny Depp’s fate???
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Governor Honors Puller Family, Names Center
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Puller Veterans Care Center, will
be built on the former Vint Hill
Farms Station, which previously
served as a U.S. Army and National
Security Agency facility.
“I knew they were doing something,”
said Puller, who was being
driven to the event by Del.
Paul Krizek (D-44th), who holds
the delegate seat she once held. “I
didn’t know know until the governor
said something about it.
Her response to the announcement?
“I’m flattered and honored and
all that stuff,” Puller told the
McAuliffe said the care center
will be a state-of-the-art facility
providing skilled nursing care,
Alzheimers/dementia care, and
short term rehabilitative care.
“I am also very pleased to announce
that this care center will
be named Puller Veteran Care in
honor of the multigenerational
commitment by the Puller family
to military service and veteran
advocacy,” the governor stated
at the event held at the American
Legion Post 176.
The site where the center will
be located played a critical role
in eavesdropping on enemy communications
during World War
II, when it intercepted a message
that helped lead to the D-Day invasion
Virginia Secretary of Veterans
and Defense Affairs John
C. Harvey, Jr., stated, “With its
selection as the site of the veterans
care center, the former Vint
Hill Farms Station is once again
poised to serve as home to those
that answered the call of duty.”
The new care center will deliver
top-quality care to Virginia veterans
in a home-like setting and
will feature all private rooms that
will be organized into households
and neighborhoods that surround
a central community center.
Virginia Department of Veterans
Services Commissioner John L.
Newby II said the state-of-the-art
facility demonstrates Virginia’s
continued dedication to provid-
10 June 8, 2016
Former state Sen. Toddy Puller spoke after Gov. Terry
McAuliffe, right, announced that a new veterans care center in
Fauquier County would be named for the Puller family. Also in
the photo are state Sen. Bryce Reeves and John C. Harvey, Jr.,
Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, left.
ing excellent services to the nation’s
veterans and their families.
Construction of the new veterans
care center is planned to start
in late 2017 and be completed in
Planning for the veterans care
center, and a similar center in the
Hampton Roads region, began in
earnest during the 2015 General
Assembly session with legislation
patroned by Sens. Puller (D-
36th) and Bryce Reeves (R-17th),
and Dels. Kirk Cox (R-66th) and
Rich Anderson (R-51st).
Full funding for the two projects,
estimated at $96 million,
was provided for in the budget,
again patroned by House Majority
Leader Cox, and was approved
unanimously by the 2016 General
McAuliffe’s office noted that
Toddy Puller’s father-in-law,
Marine Corps General Lewis
B. “Chesty” Puller served with
distinction in Central America,
World War II and the Korean War
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before retiring in 1955. He is one
of only two people to receive five
Board Puts Meals Tax on Ballot
Meals Tax from Page 1
fax County residents,” Bulova
The county Department of Management
and Budget estimates
that $99 million in revenue would
be generated from a 4 percent
meals tax in the first year alone,
with 70 percent of the revenue
generated from the meals tax going
to FCPS, and the remaining
30 percent going to county services,
capital improvements, and
property tax relief.
The school board would determine
how to spend the meals tax
Bulova also noted that if a meals
tax is approved by voters, it
would apply to everyone, not just
to residents of Fairfax County,
but tourists, commuters and travelers
who choose to dine out in
It is estimated that non-county
residents eating out in the county
would generate 28 percent of total
meals tax revenue annually for
Fairfax County residents, which
would amount to nearly $23 from
tourists in one year.
The Department of Management
and Budget also notes that of the
estimated $99 million in revenue,
approximately $3 million would
Navy Crosses and is one of the
most decorated Marines in history.
He retired from the Marine
Corps after 37 years of service
and died in 1971 at the age of 73.
His son, and Toddy’s husband,
Lt. Lewis B. Puller, Jr. served
in Vietnam in 1968, where he
was severely wounded when he
tripped a booby trap howitzer
round, losing his right leg at the
hip, left leg below the knee, left
hand and several fingers on his
“Because he was out in front
of his platoon, he saved most of
them by taking the hit,” McAuliffe
He was awarded a purple heart
and several other military honors.
He graduated from William
& Mary Law School and ran for
Congress in 1978.
Lewis Puller won the 1992 Pulitzer
Prize for Biography or Autobiography
for his autobiography,
Puller died in 1994 due to a selfinflicted
gunshot at the age of 48.
Toddy was first elected to the
House of Delegates in 1991, and
go back to restaurants and businesses
to offset costs of implementing
the meals tax.
In Arlington and the cities of Alexandria,
Falls Church and Fairfax,
the meals tax rate is 4 percent,
3 percent in Vienna and 2.5
percent in Herndon. The meals
tax in the District of Columbia is
Fairfax County notes that a
meals tax would diversity the
in 1999 won a seat in the state
senate. During all her years in
the General Assembly she was a
staunch advocate for veterans.
She carried the legislation to
create Virginia Veteran and Family
Support, the Virginia Values
Veterans (V3) program, and last
year’s legislation to build the two
new care centers.
“There is not a part of the Department
of Veterans Services
unaffected by her legislative
efforts,which were always propelled
by the memory of her husband
and father-in-law,” McAuliffe
The northern Virginia region is
home to more than 200,000 veterans,
the second largest concentration
in the Commonwealth, noted
“We owe it to them, and their
families, to build this new facility,”
Puller said she is proud that
her family is being remembered
in this way and is proud to have
played a part in making it come
“I’m glad I was so involved in
it,” she said.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova and
Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay at a recent panel on school
funding where a meals tax was discussed to help provide
funding for Fairfax public schools.
county’s tax revenue base and a 4
percent tax is equivalent to more
than 4 cents on the current FY
2016 real estate tax rate.
The county also points out that
when the real estate tax rate is
increased, it impacts all propertyowning
residents, regardless of
their ability to pay.
However, a meals tax would apply
only to those residents and
others who choose to dine out.
Staff photos/Steve Hunt
Col. Alan Gropman USAF (Ret.) presented a program on Eisenhower and D-Day
Monday night at the Martha Washington Library.
Crowd Turns Out to Learn about D-Day
U.S. Air Force Col. Alan Gropman (Ret.) is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National
Security Policy at the National Defense University. Monday evening, on the 72nd anniversary
of D-Day, Gropman gave a presentation to a packed house at the Martha Washington Library on
Eisenhower and D-Day. Gropman said that Dwight Eisenhower saw West Point as a way out of
Abilene, Kansas, and also a free education. He finished in the top half of his class of ’15. His first
wartime operational assignment was in logistics, which was a key to understanding his growth.
A large crowd turned out to hear Gropman’s presentation.
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Committees Hear Report on Airport Noise Developments
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south of the airport to pass overhead
at 2,200 — 3,000 feet.”
It also asserts that the concentration
of aircraft making the west
turn at the same point is “directly
attributable” to the implementation
of NextGen area navigation
In addition, DCA operates flights
24 hours a day, and the flights generating
the increased noise exposure
are taking place earlier in the
morning and later at night due to
increased flight operations.
The resolution stipulates that
the objective “is to make specific
recommendations for MWAA
(Metropolitan Washington Airports
Authority) and FAA consideration
to reduce excessive noise
concentrated on affected communities
and not to simply move
the problem to other communities
both within and beyond the
Mount Vernon District.”
The draft resolution proposes
that the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors endorse the working
group’s recommendation to have
the planes fly south over the river
an additional roughly three miles
and increase the altitude at that
point to 5,000 feet before making
the westerly transition turn.
It also requests that the board
of supervisors recommend that
MWAA implement a DCA “Fly
Quiet” program as well as establish
a permanent noise advisory
working group after the current
group completes its work.
A Yacht Haven resident questioned
Cohn as to why it does not
Staff photo/Steve Hunt
In photo above left, Mason Hill resident Mike Rioux, a member of the Reagan National Airport Community Working Group, gave
a presentation about aircraft noise to the MVCCA planning and zoning committee Monday night. In photo above right, a diagram
illustrates a proposed revised flight path for south flow aircraft from Reagan National passing near the Maryland side of the
river, past Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Estate, before turning west.
address noise from arriving airplanes
Cohn explained that he feels that
the issue is complicated enough
and that noise from arriving aircraft
should be addressed in a subsequent
resolution once the one on
departing aircraft is approved by
the council, although he added he
could accept an additional “whereas”
referring the issue.
“We have to take it one step at a
time,” Cohn said.
Rioux, COO of Aviation Technology
Solutions, said he would
like to see at least some mention
of the issue of noise from arriving
planes as well in order to have
documentation from the community
that he can present to the
working group, which has thus far
not been concerned about noise
from arriving planes.
Cohn said that despite their best
efforts to seek noise mitigation as
soon as possible, it’s likely it will
take at least a year or two before
residents may see any relief.
“This stuff is not going to get resolved
overnight,” he said.
In the meantime, Cohn encouraged
residents to make complaints
through the MWAA website so
that they will be documented.
(Noise complaints can be filed
by going to www.flyreagan.com/
The committee passed the proposed
After speaking to transportation
committee members and answering
questions, Rioux then went
to the planning and zoning committee
meeting down the hall and
gave his presentation first pointing
out that the primary goals
of NextGen are to have planes
follow the shortest, most direct
routes, reduce greenhouse gases,
and mitigate noise.
“Two out of three ain’t bad,” he
Rioux presented a graphic illustrating
DCA 2015 Complaint
Stats with a total of 580 complaints
in Virginia, the vast majority
from Arlington (343) and
He also showed maps of where
the planes are flying south from
the airport over Mount Vernon
and how tight the flight patterns
For those who are interested, he
urged people to go to http://webtrak5.bksv.com/dca
to track flights
over their homes. The information
is available one hour after the
flight has passed and includes information
such as the aircraft type,
destination, speed and altitude.
In keeping with the transportation
committee’s proposed resolution,
the working group is also
recommending that the planes fly
further south over the river before
turning west, get rid of the loudest
planes (MD-80s), implement a
Fly Quiet program, form a permanent
advisory group and issue an
annual airline report card.
“I’m here to try and solve a problem,”
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