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).


Staff Writer

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

county services.

“This action will allow Fairfax County

residents to decide whether the county has

a meals tax,” said Bulova, pointing out

Neighborhoods Protest Aircraft Noise


Staff Writer

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

Courtesy photo

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

and Vienna.

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

be adjusted.

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.

Honors Pullers


Staff Writer

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

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Tiggy is an adult male

domestic medium hair.

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Max is an adult male black

Labrador retriever.

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

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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 perpetrators.

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

Metro police.

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

camera systems.

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

on Corridor

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

Edythe Kelleher.

“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

on foot.

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

and nodes.”

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.

County Parkway.

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,”

she added.

— 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

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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

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floodplain shall widen and narrow within the area of revision.

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June 8, 2016 3

SFDC Restaurant

Trends Summit


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 for

more information.

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

Telegraph Road.

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

8:30 p.m.

Rick Franklin & His Delta Blues

Boys (Piedmont blues) on June






*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

June 27.

*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

from residence

*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

Childhood Education



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

10 students.

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

at delpkrizek@house.virginia.


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

arriving aircraft.

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

future time.

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

airplane noise.

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?

Cynthia Wooten

Holly Hill Road

“He should not keep running.

You can see that he cannot win.”

William White


“He should keep going until the convention.

Run it to the ground. Don’t quit.”

Gina Cavallaro

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.”

Patty Sheetz

New Alexandra

“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”.

Ashley Badie


“He should stay in because I want

him to be the next President.”

Roosevelt Edwards

Huntley Meadows

“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

See news story on page 1.


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June 8, 2016 5

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


Contributing Writer

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

film experience.

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

nasty pirates!

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

comes in.

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

even care???

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

tutoring unaccompanied

minors new to the country who

needed help.

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

of operation.

— Steve Hunt

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

her boat!!

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

of Normandy.

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

Courtesy photo

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

late 2019.

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

the county.

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

right hand.

“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,

Fortunate Son.

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

10 percent.

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,”

McAuliffe said.

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.

Photo/Mary Paden

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

as well.

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


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

Alexandria (180).

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

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,”

Rioux said.

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