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                                                                                           Former Coach
                                                                                           Pleads Guilty
                                                                                           John Hamilton molested young
                                                                                           athletes, exchange student.
                                                                                                                By Bonnie Hobbs       “Are you enter-
                                                                                                                      Centre View   ing these pleas of
                                                                                                                                    guilty freely and
                                                                                                       hey didn’t get to testify    voluntarily and

                                                                                           T           in court Tuesday
                                                                                                       morning, but the
                                                                                                       mothers — and even a
                                                                                           grandmother — of John
                                                                                           Hamilton’s victims all sat together
                                                                                                                                    because you are, Hamilton
                                                                                                                                    in fact, guilty of
                                                                                                                                    the crimes charged?” asked Fairfax
                                                                                                                                    County Circuit Court Judge Brett
                                                                                                                                    Kassabian. “Yes, sir,” replied
                                                                                           in the front row of courtroom 4F         Hamilton.
                                                                                           to hear him enter his pleas.               Before moving to Centre Ridge,
                                                                                              And before they all left,             Hamilton was a popular, well-re-
                                                                                           Hamilton, 39, of Gabrielle Way in        spected and long-time Little
                                                                                           Centreville, pleaded guilty to two       League baseball coach for the Fort
                                                                                           counts of aggravated sexual bat-         Hunt Youth Athletic Association.
                                                                                           tery, two counts of taking indecent      But unbeknownst to the parents
                                                                                           liberties with a minor and one
                                                                                           count of crimes against nature.                  See Hamilton, Page 7

                                                                                           No Citizen Oversight
                                                                                           Police chief, county executive
                                                                                           oppose citizen oversight of
                                                                                           Fairfax County Police Department.
                                                                                                      By Michael Lee Pope           leased last week, experts began
                                                                                                                      The Gazette   questioning the extent of research
                                                                                                                                    that was invested in the proposal.
                                                                                                     itizens will have no role        “I find it perplexing that they

                                                                                           C         in a model for investigat-
                                                                                                     ing allegations of police
                                                                                           misconduct under a recommenda-
                                                                                                                                    made no effort to contact the Na-
                                                                                                                                    tional Association for Civilian
                                                                                                                                    Oversight of Law Enforcement,”
                                                                                           tion presented to the Fairfax            said Phillip Eure, former president
                                                                                           County Board of Supervisors this         of that organization, adding that
                                                                                           week by Police Chief David Rohrer        he’s still waiting to receive a phone
                                                                                           and County Executive Anthony             call from Fairfax County. “It really
                                                                                           Griffin. For advocates of a citizen      makes you wonder about the ex-
                                                                                           review board, the move was a dis-        tent of the best-practices research
                                                                                           appointing rejection of an effort        they conducted.”
                                                                                           more than a year in the making.            The March 29 memorandum
                                                                                           Almost immediately after a memo-
                                                                                           randum outlining the plan was re-                   See Rohrer, Page 6

                                                                                           Requested in home

  An Orphan’s Tale                                    Photo by Louise Krafft/The Gazette       Time-sensitive

  Hondo Lilly (the dog), Maya Brettell and Fiona Penn perform in the Mount Vernon

  Community Children’s Theatre’s production of “Annie!” at the Carl Sandburg
                                                                                                Permit #482
                                                                                               Alexandria, VA

  Middle School. Two performances remain: April 2 and 3.
                                                               More photos, Page 3               U.S. Postage
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             wo performances remain on

T            April 2 and 3 for the Mount
             Vernon Community Children’s
             Theatre’s production of
“Annie!” at the Carl Sandburg Middle
  The cast and crew are also working on
an outreach collection for the Orphan Foun-
dation of America. The OFA will pack care
packages in April for the thousands of col-   Summer Davis, Nikki Amico, Delaney Keefe, Ellie Milewski, Maya Brettell, Lauren Duffy, Mollie
lege students across America who have aged    Passacantando and Owen Albrecht.
out of the foster care system and are going                                                                                   Photos by Louise Krafft/The Gazette
to school without family support.             ❖ Pre-packaged light-
  MVCCT asks for support for this project     weight snacks that don’t
with items such as:                           crumble or spoil: Boxes of
❖ $10 or $15 gift cards: Starbucks, Target,   Rice Krispy treats, packages
Walmart or national fast food chains          of gum, microwave popcorn
❖ New school supplies: Trendy notebooks,        Collection boxes will be
pens, calculators                             at each performance and at
❖ Toiletries: Toothbrushes, toothpaste (not   the Variety Store in Hollin
travel size), small travel Kleenex packets,   Hill and the carry-out side
hair clips for older girls                    of Primo Family Restaurant
❖ Personal accessories: Small collapsible     in Belle View.
❖ Games: Decks of cards, games enjoyed          For more information
by college age kids                           visit

  Amy Conley
  plays the
  piano for
  the show.

                                                                             Barbara Peisch                           Jessica Niles

Emma Kelly, Nasya Cabanez, Megan Huck, Elizabeth Rader, Katharine                        Kate Simpson, Alia Smith, Ellen Livingston, Delaney Keefe and Adrianna
Niles, Anna Rizzi, Emily Roddy and Chloe Sinn                                            DeLorenzo                                                                                       Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 3
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                                                                          Photos by La Shawn Avery-Simons/Gazette Packet
  Annual Book Sale                                                                                                         Hundreds of books are
  The Mount Vernon Unitarian Church’s annual book sale                                                                     stacked on shelves and
  was held inside Hollin Hall mansion on Saturday,                                                                         tables for the Unitarian
  March 26.                                                                                                                Church annual book sale.

        At Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association
                               By Gerald A. Fill             Passed by a vote of: Yes-20 No-6
                                         The Gazette         ❖ The Budget Committee’s Resolution was debated
                                                          on several issues, including a successful effort to
             esolutions passed March 23 by the Mount      eliminate language in the Resolution that would

R            Vernon Council of Citizens Association
               ❖ Education Resolution to support the
County Executive’s recommended budget for educa-
tion that included a recommendation to add money
                                                          have, if approved as submitted, recommended elimi-
                                                          nating funding for the Fairfax County Economic De-
                                                          velopment Authority. Another amendment intended
                                                          to reduce the recommended property tax rate to
                                                          $1.05 instead of the recommended $1.09 was de-
to support the growth in enrollment projections           feated for lack of a second on the motion. An amend-
($17.8 million) and recommended that the property         ment to strike the language calling for a one-year
tax rate be $1.09, consistent with the MVCCA Bud-         delay on the North Hill housing project was defeated.
get Committee’s Resolution.                               The Budget Committee resolution included support
   Passed by a vote of: Yes-24 No-3                       to fund the projected enrollment growth in the School
   ❖ Environment Committee Resolution to support          Board budget transfer of $17.8 million, and support
the establishment of an interim off leash dog park        for the overall request for funding of the School
(OLDA) at Westgrove Park, and until such time as          Board’s budget as submitted by the county execu-
the Master Plan for Westgrove is completed and a          tive.
long-term planned is decided. After a spirited de-
bate an unsuccessful effort was made to amend the         SUPERVISOR GERALD HYLAND’S presentation
Resolution to include a requirement that a fence be       to the council included the following:
installed, on an interim basis, for that portion of the     ❖ Announced that he has asked county staff, jointly
park to be used for an OLDA. It was argued by the         with Supervisor Jeff McKay, to study the efficacy and
critics of the fence amendment that the cost to in-       feasibility of installing a trolley that would operate
stall such a fence would be approximately $20-            on the Route One Corridor.
30,000. They argued that if required it would likely        ❖ Discussed his recent letter to the MVCCA co-
kill any effort to establish an OLDA on an interim        chairs requesting the Council’s views on the county’s
basis because the cost to install a fence would be        staff recommended options to potentially greatly
prohibitive for the designated volunteer dog park         expand the number of housing units at the North
community managers. The amendment failed and
the Resolution passed as submitted.                                                                                           See At MVCCA, Page 14                                                                                                                          Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 5
Rohrer and Griffin Oppose Citizen Review Board
From Page 1                                     fin suggest having the county auditor re-        fered a motion to postpone the matter and        board video footage of the incident, even
                                                view the police investigation. The brief         send it to the Public Safety Committee and       when the information was requested in a
         outlining the plan does include a      memorandum outlining how this would              the Citizen Advisory Committee. The move         Virginia Freedom of Information Act re-
      1997 report indicating that only 98       work explains that the auditor, who reports      was cheered by many who were concerned           quest. Yet Rohrer and Griffin now say the
      out of 651 eligible agencies had pub-     to the county executive, would not have the      that the public had no opportunity to re-        existence of the dashboard video footage is
      lic review. But critics of the proposal   power to subpoena witnesses. Instead, the        spond to the proposal. Now that the police       a reason citizen input is not needed.
      say much has changed in the last 14       auditor’s review would be limited to exam-       chief and county executive are on record            “In summary, an independent auditor is
      years, and that if the county officials   ining the police investigation.                  opposing citizen oversight, those who            a recognized model and option to provide
      had examined the current state of the        “It is not proposed that the Internal Au-     would like to see a more public process say      an independent look at significant responses
                                                ditor will do an independent investigation       they will be fighting for a more public pro-     by police and alleged police misconduct,”
                                                separate from the police,” Rohrer and Grif-      cess than the one currently under consid-        the memorandum concludes. “It allows the
“Having an auditor                              fin write in the March 29 memorandum.            eration.                                         public to initiate reviews of the Police De-
                                                “There may be instances, however, when the         “Having an auditor review the police in-       partment actions, and coupled with the
review the police                               Internal Auditor will need to contract for       vestigation is like having the fox guarding      Board’s anticipated acquisition and instal-
                                                consultants to aid in a view to compensate       the henhouse,” said Kent Willis, executive       lation of digital cameras in police patrol
investigation is like                           for a lack of particularized expertise in a      director of the American Civil Liberties         vehicles, which the Police Department has
                                                specific area.”                                  Union of Virginia. “Citizens should have the
having the fox guarding                            Critics say this model presents a conflict    opportunity to evaluate, investigate and
                                                                                                                                                  long sought, the public’s trust of police
                                                                                                                                                  should be enhanced.”
the henhouse.”                                  of interest. Because the auditor and the
                                                chief of police report to the same individual,
                                                                                                 review police activity.”
                                                                                                   Rohrer and Griffin, on the other hand,
                                                                                                                                                     The Fairfax County Police Department has
                                                                                                                                                  long maintained the position that its inci-
                         — Kent Willis,         how would the public ever know if the two        believe that a citizen review board would        dent reports should be kept secret, even
     executive director, American Civil         disagreed on an investigation? Also, would       not provide “additional value” to a review       though these documents are routinely avail-
            Liberties Union of Virginia         an employee of the county executive be           process. In the memorandum outlining their       able in the vast majority of jurisdictions
                                                willing to issue a report detailing police       proposal, they say the citizen’s role would      across the country. Even when one of their
                                                misconduct?                                      stop at asking for an investigation. Because     officers shot and killed the unarmed man
      field they would have discovered that        Advocates for a citizen oversight panel say   the auditor already investigates allegations     in 2009, the department refused to iden-
      Fairfax County is the largest jurisdic-   the only way to ensure an independent in-        of inappropriate behavior and business           tify the officer who fired the fatal shot.
      tion in the country without any inde-     vestigation is to create a system outside of     practices, they say, he or she would be fa-         “What does the name of an officer give
      pendent review of its police depart-      the existing power structure.                    miliar with police procedure and investiga-      the public in terms of information and dis-
      ment.                                        “It’s clear that they are doing everything    tor practices.                                   closure?” asked police spokeswoman Mary
         “It’s unfortunate that the board is    in their power to avoid citizen oversight,”        “There is no strong evidence that a citi-      Ann Jennings at the time. “I’d be curious to
      seeking guidance from Chief Rohrer        said Nicholas Beltrante, executive director      zen review board provides additional value       know why they want the name of an of-
      because I feel he’s a big part of the     of the Citizens Coalition for Police Account-    to a review process,” they wrote. “Public        ficer.”
      problem,” said Ronald Koch, presi-        ability. “I would encourage the Board of         review boards have the same issues as any           Because the auditor would merely review
      dent of the Citizens Coalition for Po-    Supervisors to adopt our proposal rather         publicly appointed body.”                        information submitted by police, critics say,
      lice Accountability. “He would much       than the one presented by the chief of po-                                                        the department’s reputation of secrecy
      prefer to continue to have police po-     lice and county executive.”                      THE MOVEMENT to create a citizen re-             would be counterproductive for investigat-
      lice themselves.”                                                                          view board in Fairfax County began in Feb-       ing allegations of misconduct.
                                                ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSAL from                       ruary 2010, shortly after police officer David      “We’re happy they’ve acknowledged
      INSTEAD OF HAVING an indepen-             Rohrer and Griffin was on the docket for         Ziants shot and killed an unarmed driver         there’s a problem,” said Koch. “But the pro-
      dent investigation of allegations of      the Board of Supervisors meeting this week,      on Richmond Highway. Police officials failed     posal currently under consideration is not
      police misconduct, Rohrer and Grif-       Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland of-         to release the incident report or the dash-      what we were looking for.”

Lorton Incinerator Purchase Goes Up in Flames
Supervisors choose                              fordable and environmentally preferable          cated they weren’t satisfied with the deal       Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield).
                                                trash disposal for the next 30 years,” said      Covanta presented. The county board                “The terms we laid out were not accepted
to continue                                     Fairfax County Chairwoman Sharon Bulova          unanimously voted to give Covanta a list of      by Covanta. That is why I think the pur-
                                                (D-At-large).                                    “must haves” for Fairfax in the new con-         chase [of the incinerator] remains the bet-
lease agreement.                                  Under the new agreement, Covanta will          tract.                                           ter option. Nothing has moved substantially
                                                own and operate the incinerator until 2041,         If Covanta declined to accept these terms,    since Feb. 8,” said Supervisor Gerry Hyland
                By Julia O’Donoghue             but Fairfax will continue to own the land        the supervisors said they would be likely to     (D-Mount Vernon).
                               The Gazette      on which the incinerator sits, said Bulova.      move forward with the purchase of the              Hyland, who represents the communities
                                                This arrangement requires Covanta to lease       waste management plant.                          that surround the incinerator, was only
         he Fairfax County Board of Super-      the incinerator property from the county,           Bulova said the threat to purchase the        county board member to vote against ex-

T        visors ruled out a government pur-
         chase of the $432 million Energy
Resource Recovery Center in Lorton, a pri-
                                                even though the private company owns the
                                                facility outright.

                                                IN FEBRUARY, Fairfax County Executive
                                                                                                 incinerator did ultimately produce a better
                                                                                                 financial deal for the county this month. The
                                                                                                 new agreement saves Fairfax $300 million
                                                                                                 over the life of the 30-year contract when
                                                                                                                                                  tending the county’s agreement with
                                                                                                                                                    “That agreement, in my opinion, does not
                                                                                                                                                  go far enough,” said Hyland, who wanted
vately owned facility better known as the
county’s trash incinerator, on March 29.        Anthony Griffin had recommended that the         compared with previous agreements that           the county to move forward with purchas-
  The supervisors voted 9-1 to extend           supervisors purchase the incinerator rather      had been presented, she said.                    ing the facility.
Fairfax’s public-private partnership with       than sign a new lease agreement with                “When we looked into purchasing the in-         In an interview, Bulova acknowledged
Covanta Energy, which currently owns the        Covanta. The company had been asking too         cinerator, it gave us some leverage with         that the county didn’t get everything it
plant, under a new agreement. Fairfax           much of the Fairfax and buying the plant         Covanta and put us in a much better bar-         wanted from Covanta.
County staff is expected to finalize the new    appeared to be cheaper for the county in         gaining position,” said Bulova.                    “Time was out and I think we negotiated
contract with Covanta and bring it back         the long run, he said.                              Other supervisors characterized the new       as good a deal as we possibly could have,”
before the board for approval over the next       “Staff believes it is still negotiating with   agreement and success of this month’s            she said.
60 days.                                        Covanta but [the agreement] is not to a          negotiations differently, saying the contract
  “Renewing the contract on the terms           level that we should continue a long-term        closely resembled the one that had been on       FAIRFAX’S NEW ARRANGEMENT with
county staff has negotiated provides an eco-    relationship with them,” said Griffin on Feb.    the table in early February.                     Covanta doesn’t give the county enough
nomical, safe and secure way to ensure          22.                                                 “There has not been any substantial
Fairfax County residents have reliable, af-       At that time, the supervisors also indi-       change to the contract,” said Supervisor                             See County, Page 7
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Hamilton Pleads Guilty to Five Sex Crimes
From Page 1                                      Hamilton was charged with crimes against           The third young man told authorities that,     derstand that, by pleading guilty, you may
                                                 nature.                                         when Hamilton was his Little League coach         waive your right to appeal any decision of
  who trusted their sons to his care and tu-                                                     in fall 2001, he victimized him, as well. Said    this court?” asked Kassabian? “Yes, sir,” an-
telage, he was doing things to some of the       AFTER HIS ARREST, police issued a press         Stott: “Hamilton “touched him through his         swered Hamilton.
boys that had nothing to do with baseball.       release and asked any others who were vic-      shorts” and [performed sex acts on him].”            Kassabian also made sure Hamilton re-
  It was under the radar, though, until          timized by Hamilton to step forward and         For this offense, police charged Hamilton         alized that the attorneys have made no
2009, when a 24-year-old man came for-           tell their stories. In response, three more     with aggravated sexual battery.                   agreement regarding his sentence, and that
ward and accused Hamilton of wrongdo-            young men told police what had happened            The prosecutor also told Judge Kassabian       — following his conviction and sentenc-
ing. He told authorities the incidents oc-       to them.                                        that, after the grand jury indicted him, Aug.     ing — he’ll have to register as a sex of-
curred during June and July 1997 when he           In one case, Hamilton coached a boy from      17, 2009, on all five felony charges,             fender. Furthermore, the judge told
was 12 and Hamilton was his baseball             ages 10-13 and, at some point, moved into       Hamilton was slated to enter his pleas to         Hamilton the maximum punishment he
coach.                                           his home to become a nanny for the boy’s        them, Oct. 7, 2009, in Circuit Court. But         could receive for each aggravated sexual
  In court, Assistant Commonwealth’s At-         widowed father. According to Stott, this vic-   when he didn’t appear, a bench warrant was        battery is 20 years in prison; indecent lib-
torney Kathy Stott said the young man            tim told police that, “three or four times a    issued for his arrest.                            erties, 10 years; and crimes against nature,
“came to the police department and re-           week,” he and Hamilton engaged in a par-           “He traveled to Germany with his mother        five years. And if his sentences are run
ported that his Little League coach sexu-        ticular sex act. For this offense, police       and refused to return to the U.S.,” said Stott.   consecutively, said Kassabian, “You could
ally molested him in his [Hamilton’s] ve-        charged Hamilton with aggravated sexual         “But on Aug. 25, 2010, he was arrested by         receive a maximum sentence of up to 65
hicle in the parking lot of Carl Sandburg        battery.                                        the Polish Border Guard as he tried cross-        years.”
Middle School.”                                    Another former baseball player of             ing into the Czech Republic.”                        Hamilton’s attorney, Ted Sibert, chose to
  As a result, police arrested Hamilton, of      Hamilton’s said that, between June 1 and                                                          reserve his comments for sentencing, and
Centre Ridge, on May 22, 2009, charging          Aug. 31, 1999, when he was 14, he received      HAMILTON WAS THEN extradited back                 Kassabian accepted Hamilton’s pleas and
him with taking indecent liberties with a        extra batting practice from his coach. One      to the U.S., returning to Fairfax County’s        found him guilty of all the charges. He then
minor. When police went to his home, said        day, said Stott, Hamilton told him and an-      Adult Detention Center on Jan. 20; but this       set sentencing for June 24.
Stott, they discovered a 16-year-old, male,      other boy that, if he beat them at bowling,     time, he was denied bond. He was initially           Afterward, outside the courtroom, the
Danish exchange student living with him.         they’d have to do yard work at his home.        slated for a March 29 jury trial, but instead,    grandmother of the boy sexually abused in
“He told police that Hamilton walked             Then, while they did the yard work, she         decided to plead guilty.                          fall 2001, plus the mothers of each victim,
around naked in front of him and had per-        said, “[Hamilton] exposed himself” to the         Appearing in court Tuesday in the green         all said they “hope [Hamilton] gets the
formed [sex acts] on him,” said the pros-        14-year-old. Subsequently, Hamilton was         outfit of a county jail prisoner, Hamilton        maximum — 65 years.” In addition, one
ecutor. These incidents occurred between         charged with taking indecent liberties with     answered a series of questions from the           mother said, “He took us all in and [emo-
Aug. 15 and Dec. 25, 2008 and, for them,         a minor.                                        judge after entering his pleas. “Do you un-       tionally] raped an entire community.”

County Decides against Purchase of Incinerator
From Page 6                                “There were many questions          are also among the most generous        Bulova and Hyland continue to        up selling to Dominion Power ev-
                                        about changing technology and          donors to county board campaigns      worry about one aspect of the          ery year, said Bulova.
power over what outside waste           what the recycling market will be      and frequently give more money        county’s lease extension with            So a decline in the amount of
might be burned at the facility, said   like 20 years from now. There are      to candidates endorsed by the         Covanta. The county is obligated       trash coming into the Lorton in-
Hyland.                                 no short-term savings with the         chamber.                              to provide the facility with a cer-    cinerator could result in the
   Given the shortage of landfills      purchase option and there could           When asked if he felt the          tain amount of trash, otherwise it     county have to pay a fine to
and other waste management op-          be no long-term savings,” she said.    chamber’s outspoken opposition to     has to start paying Covanta a fi-      Covanta and potentially losing rev-
tions on the East Coast, the super-        The Fairfax County Chamber of       the incinerator purchase made a       nancial penalty, said Hyland. The      enue from the sale of energy to
visor worries that the Lorton in-       Commerce also lobbied hard for         difference, Corcoran said: “I think   incinerator also has to receive a      Dominion, costs that would ulti-
cinerator might attract trash from      the supervisors to reject incinera-    it did. I think that was truly de-    large amount of trash in order to      mately have to be covered by the
several neighborhood states. More       tor purchase option.                   mocracy in action.”                   produce the energy Fairfax ends        taxpayers.
trash trucks on the roads could            “We are very pleased with the
aggravate the traffic congestion in     decision. Chairman Sharon Bulova
Lorton and along Interstate 95.         has shown a lot of leadership on
   “Additional truck traffic would      this issue,” said Jim Corcoran,
be a problem,” he said.                 president and chief executive of-
   Hyland had also wanted               ficer of the Fairfax Chamber.
Covanta to provide more generous           “It would have sent a very nega-
community benefits. The company         tive message for Fairfax to take
currently helps pay for Fairfax’s       over a facility from a private busi-
mass document shredding as well         ness,” said Corcoran, who con-
as computer and electronic dis-         firmed that Covanta is a chamber
posal events, but Hyland said           member.
Covanta had done more in other             The entire Board of Supervisors
communities where it operates.          is standing for reelection in Fall
                                        2011 and the Fairfax Chamber of
POTENTIAL INNOVATION in                 Commerce is one of the most in-
energy production and the power         fluential players in local politics.
industry led Bulova to steer clear      Over the last 15 years, the
of purchasing the incinerator.          chamber’s political action commit-
  Under the scenario presented          tee has donated approximately
the county executive, Fairfax was       $47,639 to Fairfax supervisors’
not expected to reap any financial      political campaigns, according to
benefits from buying the trash          the Virginia Public Access Project,
burner for another 17 to 20 years.      a nonpartisan organization that
By that time, advancements in           tracks campaign finance data.
technology could render the incin-         Perhaps more importantly, indi-
erator obsolete, said Bulova.           vidual members of the chamber                                                                                                         Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 7
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County needs more                                 ing workforce housing and this project in par-
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                                                                                                          How can any family survive on less than
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affordable housing of                             and other businesses.” These workers often
                                                  cannot, at the beginning of their careers, af-
                                                                                                          $25,000 here?
                                                                                                            Fairfax County has the largest number of                NEWS DEPARTMENT:

all varieties.                                    ford to live in Fairfax County.
                                                     “Opportunities to live close to where they
                                                                                                          renters with what is described as “worst case
                                                                                                          housing” in Virginia: More than 12,000 Fairfax
                                                                                                                                                              To discuss ideas and concerns,
                                                                                                                                                                      Call: 703-778-9410
                                                  work helps employees reduce commute time                County renter households pay more than 50
           fter a recent vote to approve 270 and improve their quality of life. And that                  percent of their income for housing costs, have             Steven Mauren
                                                                                                                                                                     Editor, 703-778-9415

A          apartments that would be rented to translates into a business advantage,” said
           families with a variety of income Douglas Koelemay of Science Applications In-
           levels, the three members who voted ternational Corporation (SAIC).
against it — John Cook (R-Braddock), Michael         More than 70,000 households in Fairfax
Frey (R-Sully) and Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) County have income of less than $50,000 per
                                                                                                          incomplete plumbing facilities and/or live in
                                                                                                          severe overcrowding.
                                                                                                            Fairfax County is smart to take underused
                                                                                                          county-owned property, like the land around
                                                                                                          Government Center and other “surplus” prop-
                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                                                                                  Reporter, 703-615-0960
                                                                                                                                                                         Steve Hibbard
— called the project “subsidized luxury hous- year, less than half the area median income                 erty to help create more opportunities to ex-           Associate Editor, 703-778-9412
ing” which would compete with the private for a family of four, $102,700, according to                    pand lower cost rental apartments.
sector.                                           the 2008 US Census Bureau’s American Com-                 The biggest boom in the county will come in               Julia O’Donoghue
                                                                                                                                                                      Education & Politics
  Fairfax County desperately needs a mix of munity Survey,                                                the next few years in Tysons Corner, where the
affordable housing. The county offers a wide         More than 26,000 households in Fairfax               county must engage every creative mechanism
                                                                                                                                                                         Jon Roetman
variety of options, from tiny efficiency apart- County have income of less than $25,000 per               to boost housing opportunities for every in-             Sports Editor, 703-224-3015
ments for a single person that can cost less than year.                                                   come of Tysons worker.                    
$400 a month including utilities, to                         Think about it for a minute. If you’re
three-bedroom apartments that cost                         reading the Connection in newsprint,                                         — Mary Kimm,          To place an advertisement, call the ad
$1,100 a month for families of four or
                                            Editorials chances are that your household has                               department between 9 a.m. and
                                                                                                                                                                     5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
more who could earn $100,000 a year.
  But there is not nearly enough such housing                                                                                                                 Display ads           703-778-9410
available. There are more than12,000 families        Redistricting Maps To Be Released Just after Presstime                                                   Classified ads
                                                                                                                                                              Employment ads
or individuals languishing on a waiting list that    Don’t miss your only opportunity to comment          Leesburg.
                                                                                                                                                                          Julie Ferrill
could take three years or more. Some families locally in Northern Virginia on newly drawn                   New districts are on a fast track to approval      Display Advertising, 703-778-9446
are waiting in homeless shelters.                 state district lines for Virginia Senate, House         in time for summer primary elections.      
  This isn’t a case of wanting to spread the of Delegates and U.S. Congress. The public                     For more, see                       Helen Walutes
wealth around. This is a serious economic de- hearing is Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. at the             dates/redistricting,         and        http://      Display Advertising, 703-224-3028
velopment issue.                                  Fairfax County Government Center, Board of                 and
  “Businesses today are seeking young creative Supervisors Auditorium.                                                            Andrea Smith
                                                                                                                                                              Classified Advertising, 703-778-9411
professionals with state-of-the-art technology       Or travel to Loudoun, the only other North-                                                    
skills,” said Gerald Gordon, of the Fairfax ern Virginia hearing, on Thursday, March 31,                                                — Mary Kimm,
                                                                                                                                                                      Barbara Parkinson
County Economic Development Authority, call- 7:30 p.m. in the Loudoun County Board Room,                                     Employment Advertising
         Letters to the Editor
Still Leaving                           the District of Columbia have such
                                        boards. These boards have en-
                                                                                remained with the department.
                                                                                   While the recommendation of
                                                                                                                        vocating drastic tax increases to
                                                                                                                        address county budgetary pres-
                                                                                                                                                                          Jerry Vernon

Out the Public                          hanced the public’s trust of police
                                        and have made their communities
                                                                                County Executive Anthony H. Grif-
                                                                                fin is a step in the right direction,
                                                                                                                        sures. At its March meeting, only
                                                                                                                        eight member associations showed
                                                                                                                                                                     Editor & Publisher
                                                                                                                                                                         Mary Kimm
To the Editor:                          a better and safer place. In doz-       it falls short of the CCPA’s recom-     up, but that was enough atten-                Editor in Chief
   In April 2010 the Citizens Coa-      ens of cities in California and in      mendation for a review board            dance for the committee to agree                Steven Mauren
lition for Police Accountability                                                                                                                                       Photography:
                                        cities like New Orleans these           comprised of Fairfax County citi-       to send a resolution to the MVCCA                Louise Krafft
(CCPA), a grassroots citizens ad-       boards have provided an indepen-        zens. The independent review pro-       Council which enacted it.                        Art/Design:
vocacy group was founded. One of                                                                                                                                Geovani Flores, Laurence Foong,
                                        dent review process to investigate      cess as proposed by Mr. Griffin           This country continues to be in          John Heinly, John Smith
its primary goals was to urge the       allegations of police misconduct or     does not include citizen participa-     the depths of a deep recession. I          Production Manager:
Fairfax County Board of Supervi-                                                                                                                                           Jean Card
                                        negligence.                             tion. The CCPA is hopeful the           was amazed to read a report from
sors to appoint a Citizen Review           Under present policy in Fairfax,     Fairfax County Board of Supervi-        the Gallup polling organization         CIRCULATION: 703-778-9427
Board to accept and investigate         only the police “police” the police.    sors will adopt our proposal to give    published earlier this month that            Circulation Manager:
citizen allegations of police mis-                                                                                                                                          Ann Oliver
                                        In recent years, there have been a      citizens a voice in the review pro-     reported the current unemploy-
conduct or negligence and report        number of questionable actions by       cess. It is important to note that      ment rate at 10.2 percent. More
its findings and recommendations        Fairfax County Police, such as the      county officials recognize the need     astounding is what they describe        CONNECTION NEWSPAPERS,
to the Chief of Police. Over the past                                                                                                                                     L.L.C.
                                        shooting deaths of David A. Mas-        for an independent review process       the rate of “underemployment,” a             Peter Labovitz
year many Fairfax County citizens       ters and Dr. Salvatore Culosi. In       to investigate citizen allegations of   term described as the combination             President/CEO
have endorsed the CCPA’s pro-           addition, a number of officer-in-       police misconduct.                      of those unemployed plus those                   Mary Kimm
posal. Additionally, more than a        volved shootings of mentally ill                                                working part-time who seek full        Publisher/Chief Operating Officer
dozen prominent local, state and                                                                                                                                        703-778-9433
                                        citizens including Ian Smith have                Nicholas R. Beltrante          time work. That number is 19.9
national organizations have also        caused alarm among the families                  Executive Director, CCPA       percent. The report may be read
endorsed our proposal. They in-                                                                                                                                          Jerry Vernon
                                        of the victims and mental health                                                at the following link:                  Publisher/Executive Vice President
clude the ACLU of Virginia, the
NoVa Chapter of the NAACP and
                                        organizations. Several recent po-
                                        lice incidents have led to civil law-
                                                                                Tax Increase                    
                                                                                                                                                                      Wesley DeBrosse
the National Association for Civil-
ian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
                                        suits in federal courts for the sums
                                        of $1.5 and $2 million. Prior to
                                                                                Talk IIl-Advised                        ment-mid-march.aspx Thus, one
                                                                                                                        in five U.S. workers are either un-
                                                                                                                                                                        Debbie Funk
Many leading law enforcement            these trials, the Board of Supervi-     To the Editor:                          employed or seek more employ-            National Sales, 703-778-9444
leaders have also expressed their                                                 In the immortal words of Presi-                                   
                                        sors settled out-of-court. In these                                             ment.
approval of citizen review boards.      difficult budgetary times, Fairfax      dent Ronald W. Reagan, “There             In this context, the MVCCA                  Jeanne Theismann
   Throughout the U.S., hundreds                                                you go again” MVCCA. For the                                                     Special Assistant to the Publisher
                                        County can ill afford these pay-                                                Resolution is completely out of                   703-778-9436
of cities and counties have success-    ments of taxpayer’s monies for          third consecutive year, the             touch with reality. Our County’s
fully established review boards in      questionable police actions. The        MVCCA’s Budget & Finance Com-
                                                                                                                                                                     A Connection Newspaper
recent years. Thirty-six states and     officers involved in these incidents    mittee has passed a resolution ad-               See Opinion, Page 19
8 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                                                                    Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 9
                                                                                                   Retail Summit To Spotlight Route 1
                                                                                                     The Southeast Fairfax Development Cor-                gence of walkable town centers. This retail

  GastroEndoscopy Centers                                                                          poration (SFDC) is hosting “Retail Trends
                                                                                                   & Opportunities,” a retail summit on April
                                                                                                   13, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites
                                                                                                                                                           summit will discuss the impact of these
                                                                                                                                                           trends in a way that will be useful for at-
                                                                                                                                                           tendees in determining how to attract a vi-
                                                                                                   at 5821 Richmond Highway.                               brant mix of retail to the Richmond High-
  Gastroenterology/Hepatology: Accredited Endoscopy Centers                                          Interested individuals and businesses are             way Corridor in Northern Virginia.”
                                                                                                   invited to attend and learn about recent                  A panel of experts in the retail develop-
  Jonathan McCone, M.D. and Mark C. Mattar,                                                        trends and opportunities in the retail mar-             ment field will speak to the shift from Baby
  M.D. practice gastroenterology and treat                                                         ket in Northern Virginia.                               Boomers to the “X and Y” generation as ma-
  liver diseases in our Accredited Alexandria
                                                                                                     “The Route 1 Corridor is home to highly               jor market drivers and the competitive im-
  and Lorton office/endoscopy units. Much of
                                                                                                   successful retail areas such as Beacon Cen-             pact of the internet on traditional bricks and
  what we do involves screening and preven-
                                                                                                   ter and Mt. Vernon Plaza. There are signifi-            mortar retailers. They will also discuss strat-
  tion of colon cancer by means of
  colonoscopy. By finding and removing small                                                       cant transformational shifts occurring in the           egies for advantage of the area’s projected
  polyps, we prevent them from growing into                                                        retail sector due in part to demographic                population growth over the next decade.
  cancer. Colon cancer is the #2 cancer killer                                                     changes and the impact of the internet on                 Advance Registration is required. Conti-
  for both men and women (killing more                                                             shopping behavior,” said SFDC interim ex-               nental breakfast will be provided. Contact
  women every year than cervical and ovarian                                                       ecutive director Janet Gregor. “Included is             the SFDC through its or by
  cancer combined). We use an anesthesiolo-                                                        a discussion of the relocation of thousands             calling 703-360-5008.
  gist to achieve sedation for maximal comfort                                                     of people to Fort Belvoir and how it will
  and safety.                                      Mark Mattar, M.D.     Jonathan McCone, M.D.     affect the retail sub-market, and the emer-                                     — Gerald A. Fill
  We are Board Certified, and evaluate all GI/liver problems (swallowing problems, GERD and
  heartburn, abdominal pain, ulcer disease, colitis, colon cancer, rectal bleeding, constipation             Crime Report
  and diarrhea, celiac disease, blood loss anemia, pancreatic and liver problems such as             Activities reported by the Mt. Vernon police department through March 25.
  hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis). Dr. Mattar recently joined Dr. McCone, having completed his GI
                                                                                                                                                           7300 block of Fordson Road. License plate
  Fellowship at Georgetown University. He has a special interest in liver and inflammatory         ROBBERY                                                   stolen from vehicle.
  bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease                                    A 20-year-old woman was robbed of her                   7900 block of Fort Hunt Road. Light bulbs
                                                                                                      purse in the 8200 block of Russell Road around         stolen from residence.
            8109 Hinson Farm Road                        9455 Lorton Market Street                    4:38 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. The suspect         8400 block of Fort Hunt Road. Laptop
                   Suite 515                                     Suite 203                            was described as black, about 6 feet 3 inches tall     computers stolen from school.
                                                                                                      and 190 pounds, wearing a black, red and white       2300 block of Huntington Ave. Beer stolen
           Alexandria, Virginia 22306                      Lorton, Virginia 22079                     motorcycle jacket. He fled in a white 2009             from business.
                   Phone: 703.780.0994 • Fax: 703.780.0929                                            Hyundai Elantra. The victim was not injured.         2300 block of Huntington Ave. Beer stolen
                                                                                                                                                             from business.
                               Please call for an appointment                                                                                              3100 block of Jackies Lane. License plates
                                                                                                   LARCENIES                                                 stolen from vehicle.
                                                                7900 block of Central Park Circle. Radio and            7200 block of Jon Paul Drive. License plate
                                                                                                     iPod stolen from vehicle.                               stolen from vehicle.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Colon Cancer Awareness Month!
                                                                                                                                                                       If you are in the general population
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                                                                                                                                                                      are African-American age 45 or older,
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                                                       Recommendations at MVCCA
                                                       From Page 5                                            staff to look into building various forms of
                                                         Hill development project. It was noted               multi-family dwelling units at North Hill
                                                       that the Board of Supervisors is scheduled             that would include market rate housing on
                                                       to vote on the 67 units on June 21 to fi-              the 11 acres as part of a new plan. Staff
                                                       nance 67 affordable units on 11 acres of               responded with three possible scenarios,
                                                       land. Hyland stated his commitment to                  from 264 units to as many as 528 units.
                                                       maintain 67 affordable housing units in all            Hyland’s letter said that if the MVCCA sup-
                                                       the options discussed by the county staff.             ports a Comprehensive Plan amendment
                                                       However, consideration of higher density for           and rezoning of the property for higher
                                                       the North Hill project, he pointed out, is             density he would work with the Redevel-
                                                       fully consistent with the Comprehensive                opment Housing Authority and the county
                                                       Plan (CP) and the Hyland Visioning Task                to bring the applications to the Board of Su-
                                                       Force recommendations. Hyland requested                pervisors for approval as quickly as possible.

                                                                Bulletin Board
                                                         To have a notice listed, e-mail gazette@connection      of clean-up, tree planting, and other projects to
                                              Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-            beautify the Lorton/Mason Neck area. Christalyn
                                                       9412 with questions.                                      Solomon, a senior at Mount Vernon High
                                                                                                                 School, was chosen as Student of the Year.
                                                       THURSDAY/APRIL 7                                          Among many volunteer activities with her
                                                       Fort Belvoir Hospital Update. 11:30 a.m. Cost             church and in the community, she has also
                                                         is $25 before April 5; $35 after. Presented by          created a school club which encourages teenage
                                                         Col. Susan Annicelli, commander of the Fort             girls to “change the world, one girl at a time.” At
                                                         Belvoir Hospital. At the Fort Belvoir Officers          the Laurel Hill Golf Course. Information and
                                                         Club, 5500 Schultz Circle, Fort Belvoir. Register       reservation forms are available at
                                                         online at        
                                                         AprilBizLunch.htm or call 703-360-6925.
                                                                                                              WEDNESDAY/APRIL 13
                                                       SATURDAY/APRIL 9                                       Retail Trends and Opportunities. 8 a.m. to 10
                                                       MVCCA Gala. Selected for Citizen of the Year is          a.m. Four of the retail industry leaders from the
                                                         the Rev. Jeri Fields, chosen for her outreach          region will be the featured panelists for an in-
                                                         work with Ventures in Community, Affordable            depth discussion at the evolving landscape of
                                                         Housing, and Hypothermia Outreach Project              the retail sector. Continental breakfast.
                                                         among others, as well as chaplain to the Mount         Registration is required. At the Hampton Inn
                                                         Vernon Police Department. Chosen as                    and Suites, 5821 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria.
                                                         Organization of the Year is the Mason Neck             Visit the SFDC website at
                                                         Lions Club, in recognition of more than 10 years

14 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                             

Signature’s New York State of Mind
Premiere of “And                        work would be given a world pre-
                                        miere here in their venue in
                                                                                 Where & When
The Curtain                             Shirlington.
                                          The first two have already been          “And The Curtain Rises”
Rises” features                         produced.        Michael     John
                                        LaChiusa’s sprawling musical stag-
                                                                                 plays at Signature Theatre in
                                                                                 Shirlington through April 10.
out-of-town                             ing of Edna Ferber’s novel “Giant”       Performances are Tuesday -
                                                                                 Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.,
                                        was given a striking production in
talent.                                 2009. Ricky Ian Gordon’s semi-           Thursday - Saturday at 8
                                        autobiographical musical “Sy-            p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. with
           By Brad Hathaway             camore Trees” was on this stage          2 p.m. matinees on Saturday
                      The Gazette       in 2010 and has been nominated           - Sunday. Tickets are $55 -
                                        for four Helen Hayes Awards in-          $81. Call 703 573-7328 or log
         art of the reason for the      cluding the Charles MacArthur            on to www.signature-

P        success of musicals at Sig-
         nature Theatre, a local
company with a national reputa-
                                        award for Outstanding New Play
                                        or Musical. Both of these relied
                                        more on talent recruited in New
                                        York than on local cast members,

                                                                               as Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the
                                                                               Beast,” Fraulein Schneider in
tion in the field of the American
musical, has been its success at        and it is disturbing that the third    “Cabaret” and Ida Straus in “Ti-
finding local talent and giving         in the series continues and even       tanic” has the biggest Broadway
them a spotlight in which to shine.     accelerates that trend. Of the 15      name.
Its strange, then, to see Signature     members of the cast of “And The           The production is being adver-
turn almost exclusively to per-         Curtain Rises,” only two have ap-      tised with the slogan “Partly his-
formers whose careers have been         peared on Signature’s stage before     torical. Totally hysterical.” It is a
built elsewhere — principally in        and only two others who have           half accurate description. The
New York — for the core of the          named roles have Washington            script by Michael Sladedoes take
cast of its latest adventure in stag-   area credits in their bios.            some liberties with the historical
ing new musicals. The result for          Earlier importations from the        event on which the story is based
“And The Curtain Rises” is cer-         talent pool in New York have           but those liberties don’t do vio-
tainly not an improvement in the        brought big name Broadway stars,       lence to historical fact, at least as
performance                                                                    far as can be determined since
talent on dis-                                                                 there is no definitive history on
play this time      Leading lady Rebecca Watson                                which to draw. It is the story of an
                                                                               1866 show in New York City,
out. Instead,
we get an en-
                    may not have been given                                    which became such a hit it
joyable but
certainly not
                    much sparkling material to                                 spawned many imitators starting
                                                                               the evolution of what we now
evening of mu-
                    perform, but she lends a                                   think of as the American Musical.
                                                                               That show was the result of a com-
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Scott Suchman
                                                                                                                       Nick Dalton (as William Wheatley) enlightens his hopeful
sical theater.      bright personality and a                                   bination of events at a propitious      cast — Rebecca Watson (as Millicent Cavendish), Laura
                                                                                                                       Keller (as Jacqueline) and Erick Devine (as Jeremiah
   Regular at-                                                                 time. America was just emerging
tendees at Sig-     strong voice to the                                        from a bloody civil war and was         Burnett) in “And the Curtain Rises.” At Virginia’s Signa-
                                                                                                                       ture Theatre through April 10, 2011.
nature       are                                                               ready for new diversions. At just
well aware of       proceedings.                                               that time a theater in New York
the strength of                                                                called Niblo’s Garden was prepar-       Campbell. As seems to be the fash-     sents the stage of the historic
the talent pool in the local area       some of whom have become regu-         ing a major melodrama when a            ion these days, each is delivered      Niblo’s Garden with views from
and have come to anticipate great       lars here. None of the New York        troupe of ballet dancers became         with a single singing of the melody    both front and back. When viewed
things when the likes of Donna          performers in this production have     available due to a fire that had        without development. There is a        ostensibly from back stage, the
Migliaccio, Harry A. Winter,            established star status. While they    destroyed the theatre where they        very brief overture which does not     orchestra is seen in the pit with a
Lauren Williams, Christopher            all are at least acceptable in their   were scheduled to perform. Add-         introduce many of the melodic          shockingly anachronistic view of
Block or Bobby Smith are cast in        roles, no one reaches the heights      ing dancers to the melodrama,           lines but, rather, serves as a tone    hanging mics to pick up the sound.
challenging roles. Unfortunately        that we’ve enjoyed from Signature      then deciding to add songs as well      setting transition from the pre-       This is supposed to be 1866, some
for Signature, all of them and quite    regulars over the years.               made for a new blend of ingredi-        show piano solos to the full orches-   10 years before the invention of
a few others happen to be work-           The strongest is Rebecca             ents for a popular entertainment.       tra sound of the show. The             the microphone and nearly a cen-
ing at Ford’s Theatre this month        Watson, this production’s leading      The show, “The Black Crook,” was        entr’acte is even briefer and only     tury before microphones in the
where they are in another new           lady playing a leading lady in the     a huge success, perhaps mostly          one or two melodies are given a        orchestra pit became a frequent
musical, “Liberty Smith.” Planning      show-within-a-show that forms          because those dancers appeared in       reprise, so the audience has little    sight. Signature veterans Kathleen
for Signature’s world premiere of       the basis for “And The Curtain         flesh-colored tights giving the im-     chance to catch and appreciate the     Geldard and Colin K. Bills supply
“And The Curtain Rises” goes back       Rises.” She may not have been          pression of almost being naked.         musical qualities of the score. The    satisfying costumes and lighting
to well before casting for shows at     given much sparkling material to       Now that sold tickets!                  one time something approaching         design. All this is under the direc-
other theaters was an issue, how-       perform, but she lends a bright           The other aspect of Signature’s      a soaring melody is attempted is       tion of Kristin Hanggi whose work
ever.                                   personality and a strong voice to      slogan for “And The Curtain Rises,”     for an imitation of the overly sen-    on “Rock of Ages” on Broadway
   This new musical is the result of    the proceedings. Nick Dalton,          that it is “totally hysterical,” is     timental ballads of an age gone by     earned a Tony nomination.
a commission Signature an-              playing a producer, is even better     much more of a stretch. The script      and it is interrupted and then dis-       Brad Hathaway reviews theater
nounced back in May of 2006 as          with his dialogue scenes and has       includes a few laugh lines that         missed in the dialogue of the show     in Virginia, Washington and Mary-
part of the American Musical            a vibrant singing voice but that       draw a chuckle or a murmur of           as “insipid garbage.” A 14-piece       land as well as Broadway and writes
Voices Project funded by The Shen       voice unfortunately wavers from        mirth but few outbursts of laugh-       orchestra supports the numbers         about theater for a number of na-
Family Foundation. Under terms of       true pitch from time to time.          ter and none of the gags build one      with a good, solid sound, however.     tional magazines. He welcomes
a $1 million grant, Signature was       Among the supporting players,          on the other to reach any comedic          That orchestra, or at least part    feedback from those he writes about
able to give commissions to three       Erick Devine as a classically          heights.                                of it, becomes an element in the       and those he writes for. He can be
up- and-coming composers and            trained actor is a standout as is         The songs feature music by Jo-       scenic design of Broadway de-          reached                           at
guarantee them that their new           Alma Cuervo who, after her stints      seph Thalken and lyrics by Mark         signer Beowulf Boritt who pre-                                                                                                         Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 15
                                                       EVERY THURSDAY
                                                       Environmental Activists Needed. 6
                                                         to 9 p.m. Clean up your community,
                                                         your country, your planet — meet with
                                                         the Sierra Club at its new NOVA Hub
                                                         in Del Ray, 2312 Mount Vernon Ave.,
                                                         Suite 206, Alexandria. RSVP to Phillip
                                                         Ellis, Sierra Club Field Organizer at
                                                         571-970-0275 or
                                                       NOW THROUGH THROUGH APRIL 3
                                                       “Design for Murder.” A whodun’ it
                                                          murder mystery by George Batson,
                                                          produced by Bailey R. Center and
                                                          directed by Liz Owens. Presented by
                                                          Aldersgate Church Community
                                                          Theater. Tickets are $15/adults; $12/
                                                          youth/seniors. Fridays and Saturdays,
                                                          8 p.m.; April 3 Sunday Matinees, 2
                                                          p.m.; and March 31 Special Thursday,
                                                          Dinner Show, 7 p.m. Dinner show
                                                          ticket prices are $30 for adults and $25    SATURDAY/APRIL 9
                                                          for youth. Discount tickets at              Movies with a Mission. 4:30 p.m. Free. “Promised Land.” Though apartheid
                                                 At Aldersgate             ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites
                                                          United Methodist Church, 1301                 remain unresolved. As revealed in this award-winning film, the most potentially
                                                          Collingwood Rd. Alexandria. Call 703-         explosive issue is land. Screening will be followed by a discussion and gallery
                                                          660-2611.                                     walk. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. At the Alexandria Black
                                                                                                        History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Contact 703-746-4356.
                                                       THURSDAY/MARCH 31
                                                       The HGS 7th Annual Arts &                        Austen, George Washington, and              Horray for Books. Meet author Mary
                                                           Sciences Exhibition. 7 to 9 p.m.             Abigail Adams in Gadsby’s Tavern            Pope Osborne, lyricist Will Osborne
                                                           See what students have been up to:           Museum’s historic ballroom. At              and Traveling Duo, “Jack” and “Anne,”
                                                           taking photos, painting, writing,            Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North           stars of the Magic Tree House: The
                                                           performing and recording music. At           Royal Street, Old Town Alexandria.          Musical. Call 703-548-4092. To learn
                                                           The Howard Gardner School, 4913              Call 703-746-4242.                          how you can get involved in local
                                                           Franconia Road, Alexandria.               “Nurses, Spies and Soldiers: The               poetry activities, e-mail
                                                       “Straightlaced — How Gender’s Got                Civil War at Carlyle House.” Free , or call Cheryl
                                                           Us All Tied Up.” 7 p.m. Free film            admission. Hours are Tuesdays through       Anne Colton, Regional Program
                                                           screening. How pressures around              Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;           Director, Office of the Arts, at 703-746-
                                                           gender and sexuality are shaping the         Sundays noon to 4 p.m. At Carlyle           5565.
                                                           lives of American teens. At the Durant       House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax
                                                           Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria.        Street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-   APRIL 1 AND 2
                                                           RSVP to                                      549-2997 or e-mail:                      “Hansel and Gretel.” 7 p.m. Presented
                                                                              by the Rose Hill ES Players. Tickets are
                                                       18 Century Dance Classes. 7:30                                                              $3/children; $5/adults. At Hayfield
                                                           p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $30/series or   FRIDAY/APRIL 1                                Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph
                                                           $12/class. Learn the dances of Jane       Magic Tree House Tour. Sponsored by           Road, Alexandria. Call 703-313-4200.
                                                                                                                                                 APRIL 2 THROUGH OCT. 30
                                                                                                                                                 Civil War Walking Tour. Saturdays
                                                                                                                                                    and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                    Covers the changing role of African
                                                                                                                                                    Americans on the estate, views on
                                                                                                                                                    George Washington from the
                                                                                                                                                    perspective of Union and Confederate
                                                                                                                                                    supporters, and the Washington-Robert
                                                                                                                                                    E. Lee connection. At Historic Mount
                                                                                                                                                    Vernon. These tours are limited in
                                                                                                                                                    capacity and cost $5 in addition to
                                                                                                                                                    Estate admission: $15 adults; $7
                                                                                                                                                    children (6-11); free for children 5 &
                                                                                                                                                    under. Visit or
                                                                                                                                                    call 703-780-2000.
                                                                                                                                                 THROUGH APRIL 2
                                                                                                                                                 “Little Shop of Horrors.” At the
                                                                                                                                                    Theatre at Bryant High School, 2709
                                                                                                                                                    Popkins Lane, Alexandria. Friday, April
                                                                                                                                                    1 - 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 2 - 2

                                        Put Us to                                                                                                   p.m.; Saturday, April 2 - 7:30 p.m. Visit
                                                                                                                                           for tickets.

                                        The Test                                                                                                 SATURDAY/APRIL 2
                                                                                                                                                 National Tartan Day. 1 to 6 p.m. Join
                                                                                                                                                    in celebrating Alexandria’s Scottish
                                        ❦ Selection                                                                                                 heritage at the 2011 Tartan Day
                                                                                                                                                    Festival and Clan Gathering. Enjoy

                                        ❦ Service
                                                                                                                                                    piping, drumming, dancing, kilt-
                                                                                                                                                    flipping, shopping, and music auld and
                                                                                                                                                    new. Special appearance by the Devil’s

                                        ❦ Price
                                                                                                                                                    Tailors, dance performance and dance
                                                                                                                                                    lessons throughout the day by the
                                                                                                                                                    Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
                                                                                                                                                    At Alexandria Market Square, 301 King

     Come Taste the Difference
                                                                                                                                                    Street, Old Town Alexandria.
                                                                                                                                                 Evening of A Cappella. Seven groups
                                                                                                                                                    will compete in a variety of styles at
                                                                                                                                                    the 27th Mid-Atlantic Regional
        Two Convenient Alexandria Locations                                                                                                         Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella
                                                                                                                                                    Competition — Barbershop, jazz, pop,
                   Open 7 days a week                                                                                                               rock, contemporary and more. At The
                                                                                                                                                    Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.,
         Bradlee                   Belle View                                                                                                       Alexandria. To purchase tickets log
     3690J King Street       1600A Belle View Blvd.                                                                                                 onto: or go to
                                                                                                                                           or call 1-800-
      703.820.8600                571.384.6880                                                                                                      745-3000.
                                                                                                                                                 April in Paris Gala. 6 p.m. cocktails;
                                                                                                                                                    7:15 dinner; 8:30 live auction; 9 p.m.
                                                                                                                         dancing. Tickets are $135/person.

                                                                                                                                                 See Entertainment, Page 17
16 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                                                     
From Page 16                                                                                                                         Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Order by                       R.E. Lee Camp Dinner. 6:15 p.m. Hear         DJ Dance party. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission
                                                                                                                                     calling 703-360-0686.                                         author Jayne E. Blair speak on “They         is $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick’s
Sponsored by the Friends of UCM. At the
                                                                                                                                   ETAP Benefit for Japan. “The Show                               Fought Valiantly,” based on her book         Nightclub, 642 South Pickett Street,
    Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old
                                                                                                                                     Must Go On” will be performed April 2                         “Tragedy at Montpelier: The Untold           Alexandria.
    Mill Road, Alexandria. Contact Diane
                                                                                                                                     at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; April 3 at 2 p.m.                       Story of 10 Confederate Deserters from    “For My Father” Film. 7 p.m. The film
    Tollefson at 703-980-2757 or
                                                                                                                                     At Northern Virginia Community                                North Carolina.” Come and meet               tells the story of a Palestinian, forced
                                                                                                                                     College’s Richard J. Ernst Community                          friends and members of the Alexandria        on a suicide mission to redeem his
Kids’ Rummage Sale. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     Cultural Center. A percentage of ticket                       R.E. Lee Camp 726, Sons of                   father’s honor, who is given a second
    Sponsored by the Good Shepherd
                                                                                                                                     sales will be donated to the American                         Confederate Veterans and the Gen.            chance when the fuse on his explosive
    Mom’s Group. A $1 donation will be
                                                                                                                                     Red Cross to help the victims of the                          Samuel Cooper Chapter 105, Military          vest fails to detonate. At the James M.
    collected at the door for charity. At
                                                                                                                                     Japan earthquake and tsunami. Tickets                         Order of Stars and Bars. The cost of         Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501
    Good Shepherd Church, 8710 Mount
                                                                                                                                     are $15-$21. Call 703-222-5511 for                            the evening is $25/person. RSVP to           Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria.
    Vernon Highway, Alexandria.
                                                                                                                                     group bookings.                                               Mr. J.J. Smith at 703-299-1725.              Contact 703-746-1705.
Spring Concert Fund-raiser. 11 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Checks should be made out to R.E. Lee     Virginia Tech Politics and Planning
    to 1 p.m. Free. With guest artist Dr.                                                                                          SUNDAY/APRIL 3                                                  Camp #726 and mailed to 401 Wilkes           Series. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free.
    Adlan Cruz, international pianist
                                                                                                                                   Community Bingo. 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is                            St., Alexandria, VA 22314, and must          “Remembering Alexandria Civil Rights
    virtuoso. At Grace Covenant Church
                                                                                                                                     $20 for 20 games, $15 for students,                           be received by April 1. To be held at        Pioneer Samuel W. Tucker,” a
    and Conference Center. To register,
                                                                                                                                     pay at the door. Prizes from local                            the American Legion Post 24 Hall, 400        conversation with Stephen J.
    email or call 1-
                                                                                                                                     businesses will be offered (e.g.,                             Cameron Street, Alexandria. Visit            Ackerman, a noted expert on Tucker,
    877-570-9488 or visit                                                                                                               restaurant certificates, entertainment,                                          and Louis Hicks, director, Alexandria
Civil War Guided Tour. 10 to 11 a.m.                                                                                                 home & garden consulting, tourist                          Jars of Clay. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are             Black History Museum. At the
    The Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical                                                                                                 events, and home/kitchen/car/health                           $29.50. Performs at The Birchmere,           Washington Alexandria Center, 1021
    Preservation Society will conduct an                                                                                             & beauty care items). Monetary                                3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria.            Prince Street, 3rd Floor. Contact Matt
    inaugural Civil War Guided Tour of Ivy              Kay Krekow as Floria Tosca.                                                  donations can be made at                                      Visit or 800-           Dull at or 703-706-
    Hill for the Friends of Alexandria                                                                                      At West                                 745-3000.                                    8117.
                                                        SUNDAY/APRIL 10                                                              Potomac High School, 6500 Quander
    Archaeology. At Ivy Hill, 2823 King                                                                                                                                                         TUESDAY/APRIL 5                              THURSDAY/APRIL 7
    Street, Alexandria. Enter from King                 Puccini’s Opera “Tosca.” 4 p.m.                                              Road, Alexandria. Contact Christian
    Street, through the Ivy Hill Gate, turn               Tickets are $25. Presented by the                                          Reynolds, 703-799-2609.                                    Spoken Lessons. 7 p.m. Tickets are           Story Time. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    left, and park along the side of the                  American Center for Puccini Studies.                                     Drawing the Clothed Figure. 1 to 4                             $10. Hosted by Sonya Renee of HBO’s           Designed for young children and
    driveway. Contact Ruth Reeder at                      There will be pre-performance                                              p.m. In this workshop students will                          “Def Poetry Jam.” Spoken Lessons is a         caregivers, this event will feature story or 703-                  operatic entertainment and light                                           practice drawing the clothed model in                        poetic teacher showcase and                   time and a small craft. Fee is $3 per
    746-4719 for reservations.                            Italian fare available, beginning at                                       a simplified manner intended to                              community forum. Teachers from area           child. Call 703-548-1789 or visit
Talk on Preservation. 1 p.m. Free.                        3:15 p.m. At First Christian Church of                                     express the underlying human form.                           schools will share poetry inspired by At Lee-
                                                          Alexandria, 2723 King Street,                                              Cost is $15/DRA members; $18/                                classroom experiences. Amy Young,             Fendall House Museum & Garden,
    Hear Dr. Dennis Pogue, vice president
                                                          Alexandria. Call 301-602-4389 for                                          nonmembers. Contact Katherine Rand                           Alexandria’s Poet Laureate, will also be      Alexandria.
    of preservation at Mount Vernon,                                                                                                                                                                                                           th
    discuss the history of Mount Vernon’s                 tickets. Visit                                         at 703-836-1468 or                                           reading her work. At the Athenaeum,        18 Century Dance Classes. 7:30
                                                                                                                                                              201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call           p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $30/series or
    preservation, recent challenges and
    current methods to preserve. At                                                                                                                                                               703-548-0035 or visit              $12/class. Learn the dances of Jane
                                                                                                                                   MONDAY/APRIL 4                                                                                               Austen, George Washington, and
    Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N.                      APRIL 2 AND 3                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY/APRIL 6
    Royal St., Alexandria. Call 703-431-                                                                                           Tavern Toddlers. 10:30 a.m. to noon.                                                                         Abigail Adams in Gadsby’s Tavern
                                                        “Annie.” Presented by MVCCT. Show                                            Cost is $7 for a group of three, which                     Civil War 150th Lecture. 7:30 p.m.              Museum’s historic ballroom. At
    2869.                                                  times are 7:30 p.m. nightly with an
St. Mary’s School Auction. 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                 must include one adult. Or $30 for a                          “Alexandria, VA: Southern Town,              Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North
                                                           April 3 matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are                                     five-week pass. For toddlers (walkers                         Yankee Citadel” presented by James G.        Royal Street, Old Town Alexandria.
    Items range from landscaping services                  $8/students; $10/seniors and are
    to painted furniture to fine dining at                                                                                           through 36 months) and their                                  Barber, National Portrait Gallery            Call 703-746-4242.
                                                           available for purchase online at                                          caregivers. At Gadsby’s Tavern                                historian and author of “Alexandria in
    local restaurants. Bid online at              Organized groups                                                                                                                                                   APRIL 7 AND 8 At St. Mary’s School,                                                                                             Museum, 134 North Royal Street,                               the Civil War.” Admission is $10/
                                                           receive a discount and can order group                                    Alexandria. Visit                                             person. At The Lyceum, 201 South          Musician Colin Hay. Former with Men
    400 Green Street, Old Town                             tickets by calling 703-360-0686. At
    Alexandria.                                                                                                             or call 703-                            Washington St., Alexandria. Call 703-       @ Work. Performs at The Birchmere,
                                                           Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428                                         746-4242.                                                     746-4994.                                   3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

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                                                                                                OF SCOTLAND… 703-683-3343
        6:30 pm Mass (starts Sept. 12)     Sunday at 9:00 am Mass                                                                                                BUDDHISM
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          Fine Arts
New Exhibit Opens. “Nurses, Spies and Soldiers:
  The Civil War at Carlyle House.” At Carlyle House
  Historic Park. Alexandria became a major
  transportation route and many buildings were
  commandeered for use as hospitals. The Carlyle
  House and the properties that once surrounded it
                                                                                                                  And All That Jazz
  were known as the “Mansion House Hospital.” A
  grand hotel before the war, the building could                                                                  Hammond Middle School’s Ambrose,
  hold up to 700 wounded soldiers. This exhibit
  takes a close look at Carlyle House’s figures,
  including poet Walt Whitman, Confederate spy
                                                                                                                  ASO team up in Charlie Parker tribute.
  Frank Stringfellow, and Sarah Emma Edmonds,
  who disguised herself as a Union soldier. Visit                                                                  By Jeanne Theismann or call 703-549-2997.
                                                                                                                             Gazette Packet
New Exhibit Opens. “The Marshall House                                                                                     or 12 years, he has in-
  Incident” exhibition. At Fort Ward Museum. The
  deaths of Union Col. Elmer Ellsworth and
  secessionist James Jackson at the Marshall House
  Hotel on King Street during the Federal occupation
  of Alexandria on May 24, 1861 stirred patriotic
                                                                                                                  F        spired students in
                                                                                                                           the Alexandria City
                                                                                                                  Public School system to
  fervor in the North and South. This exhibit will
                                                                                                                  reach for their musical
  feature objects from Fort Ward’s collection, like a                                                             dreams. On April 2, Francis
  star from the flag that had flown over Marshall                                                                 C. Hammond Middle School
  House, and items from the Mary Custis Lee
  Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy to
                                                                                                                  music director Vaughn
  tell this story that launched the Civil War in                                                                  Ambrose will fulfill one of
  Alexandria. Visit or call 703-                                                                 his own as he takes to the
  746-4848.                                              Jennifer Halvorson (IL) , Beloved,
                                                         hotworked and blown glass, tatted                        stage with the Alexandria
NOW THROUGH APRIL 3                                                                                               Symphony Orchestra in a
                                                         lace, wool, straw, antique egg
Kiln Club Annual Show. At the Scope gallery in                                                                    tribute to jazz great Charlie
   the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Hours are             basket 12”x6”x6”
   Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
                                                         APRIL 2-MAY 15                                              “‘Charlie Parker With
   with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. At 105 North
   Union Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria.     The Nest Project. What does home mean to you?            Strings’ is one of my all-time
   Call the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 , visit          This project is a four-part endeavor that enlists and          the help of a dozen local D.C. area art groups,        favorite jazz recordings and                                    Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, and         a staple in jazz history,” said
                                                           the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association.              Ambrose, who made his
NOW THROUGH APRIL 4                                        Outdoor nest installations are created by local
Water Marks. Watercolorist Barry D. Lindley                DC arts groups. All nests will be composed             conducting debut with the
  creates striking paintings portraying the effect         primarily of natural renewable resources like          orchestra at last year’s ASO
  water has on natural and man-made objects. On            leaves, twigs, and driftwood, but could also           Children’s Festival under the
  Display in the Art League Gallery.                       contain recycled materials. Reception is April
                                                           14, 6-9 p.m., with Gallery Talk at 7 p.m., Target      new Symphonica Nova se-
APRIL 4 TO MAY 1                                           Gallery. Torpedo Factory Artists’ In-Studio Nests      ries. “It’s a huge honor to
“Flowers & Garden: Outdoors and In.” This                  - April 2-May 15. Indoor Community Nest                have the privilege to play
   potting season, come to the Torpedo Factory Art         sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Northern
   Center’s Scope Gallery to see some ceramic              Virginia - April 2-May 15.                             this music.”
   groundbreaking odes to fleglings and flora,                                                                       Parker recorded the leg- Hammond Middle School music director
   focused on home and garden clay accents. Clay
                                                            Schlesinger Center’s Margaret W. & Joseph L.          endary selection of popular Vaughn Ambrose.
   artists will feature bird sculptures, nesting bowls
   and home-inspired work surrounding the nest
                                                            Fisher Gallery, NVCC Campus, Alexandria.              standards backed by a string
   centerpiece. At Scope Gallery, 105 North Union        APRIL 6 TO MAY 1                                         orchestra after World War II with help
   Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria. Call                                                               from famous jazz producer Norman Symphonica Nova of the ASO Jazz Se-
                                                         River Views and Moldau Visions. Watercolor
   703-548-6288 or visit
                                                            paintings by Helen Dilley Barsalou. Barsalou’s        Gantz.                                     ries at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at
                                                            exhibition is comprised of four parts: River Views,      “I’ll be performing standards from Artisphere. Now in its second year, the
TUESDAY/APRIL 5                                             Moldau Visions, Florals, and Animals. An opening
                                                            reception is Sunday, April 10 from 2 – 6 p.m.         that time including ‘I’m In the Mood for series is produced in partnership with
From Social Work to Sculpture. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.
   Featuring Carol Gellner Levin, Torpedo Factory
                                                            Watercolor painting demonstration on Saturday,        Love,’ ‘Summertime,’ ‘April in Paris’ and Arlington Cultural Affairs.
                                                            April 23 at 2 p.m. At Gallery West, 1213 King         ‘Can’t Take That Away From Me,’”
   Artist. At Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street,                                                                                                         “Through this concert, I hope people
                                                            Street in Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District.
   Alexandria. Visit or call                                                                Ambrose said. “The concert will also are transformed back to a time when
                                                            Visit or call 703-549-6006.
                                                                                                                  feature two songs that didn’t make the music was in its purist form,” Ambrose
APRIL 5 TO JUNE 5                                        APRIL 7 TO MAY 2
                                                                                                                  final cut: ‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ and said. “Before electronics, the music and
                                                         “Food, Glorious Food.” Free. Artist Cindy Packard
Two Visitors Exhibit. Photography by Laurie Sand                                                                  ‘Scootin’, which for some reason was melodies were simply incredible and
                                                            Richmond food-scapes on display. Meet the artist
  and Colleen Spencer Henderson. Opening
  reception is April 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. At Multiple
                                                            reception is Thursday, April 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.   never recorded anywhere.”                  these have stood the test of time.”
                                                            At the Art League Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6        When he is not teaching the sym-          When Ambrose takes to the stage to
  Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N.
                                                            p.m. daily; Thursdays until 9 p.m.; Sundays noon
  Union Street, Studio 312, Alexandria. Call 703-                                                                 phonic, marching and jazz bands at perform “Charlie Parker With Strings,”
                                                            to 6 p.m. Visit
                                                                                                                  Hammond, Ambrose leads his own jazz which was honored with the Grammy
FRIDAY/APRIL 8                                           NOW THROUGH APRIL 10
                                                                                                                  ensemble in the D.C. area and has per- Hall of Fame Award in 1988, he’ll do
                                                         “Bare Bones/Ruth Trevarrow.” Show contains a
3 North Carolina Poets. 8-10 p.m. Washington,                                                                     formed with such famed artists as the his best to pay tribute to one of the
                                                            collection of powerful shapes and lines that dare
   D.C.’s Ruthless Grip Poetry Series visits Del Ray
   Artisans for National Poetry Month. Acclaimed
                                                            us to see a lush beauty in bare bones. At The         Temptations, Lou Rawls, Aretha world’s greatest jazz musicians.
                                                            Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Visit       Franklin and Gladys Knight. In March         “I’m excited and honored to do this,”
   North Carolina writers Lee Ann Brown, Chris
   Vitiello, and Dianne Timblin will read from their                                                              of 2009, he participated in a six-week Ambrose said. “And as Charlie Parker
   works. Email Bryan Koen ( or         NOW THROUGH APRIL 10
                                                                                                                  long U.S. State Department tour to the once said, ‘I’m just trying to play all the
                                                         Asian Inspirations. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing,        Middle East, performing and lecturing pretty notes.’”
APRIL 1 TO MAY 1                                            and wall pieces are some of the items that will be
                                                            exhibited. At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio      in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq and Leba-      Symphonica Nova of the ASO presents
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, But I Like It! Del Ray
    Artisans’ April show, pays homage to all things
                                                            18 of Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North           non.                                       Charlie Parker and Strings takes place
                                                            Union Street, Old Town Alexandria.                       “Right now, all my free time is focused April 2 at 8 p.m. at the Spectrum The-
    Rock ‘n’ Roll. All-media show, juried by Fierce
    Sonia and Jen Chappell. Meet the artists at the      APRIL 15 TO JUNE 3                                       on this concert,” said Ambrose, who has atre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St.,
    opening reception, Friday April 1, from 7-10 p.m.
    A day of rock-themed movies is planned for
                                                       Solos 2011. Opening reception is Friday, April 15          been playing the saxophone for more Arlington. The theatre is located two
                                                          from 6 to 9 p.m. D.C. collector and curator             than 25 years. “For the last two months, blocks from the Rosslyn Metro and there
    Sunday, April 10, noon-9 p.m. An open mic lyric
                                                          Michael Pollack and independent curator Melissa
    slam is planned for Sunday May 1, 2-4 p.m. Visit                                                              I have been practicing for an hour-and- is free garage parking available. Tick-
                                                          Keys, former of the Perth (Australia) Institute of or
                                                          Contemporary Art, selected this year’s crop of          a-half every night working on this mu- ets: Youth tickets (up to age 18) always
                                                          promising artists from across the Mid-Atlantic          sic.”                                      $5; $10 student, $15 senior, $20 adult.
APRIL 1 TO MAY 15                                         region. Artists in the exhibition are Mindy Hirt,
                                                          Mariah Anne Johnson, Ailsa Staub, Leigh Davis,             The concert, which will also include For tickets or more information, call
Artist Linda L. Anderson. Dimensional
   Landscapes: New Perspectives of our Natural
                                                          Joshua Wade Smith and Jennifer Coster. At the           works by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers 703-548-0885                  or         visit
                                                          Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd.,               and Arthur Schwartz, is part of the new
   World. Artist’s Reception is Saturday, April 2 from
                                                          Arlington. Call 703-248-6800. Visit http://
   5 to 7 p.m. Artist’s Talk at 6 p.m. At the
18 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                                                                          
From Page 8                                       nounced the vote, 10 in favor of removing
                                                  the fence requirement, 3 opposed. The 3
   status as one of the most affluent is no       opposed were Ms. Martin, Bill Cleveland
excuse or justification for advocating tax in-    and Martin Tillett. Subsequently, the com-
creases during times of economic turmoil. I       mittee voted 11-3 to pass the resolution
                                                                                                                                                                         State Senators
know one local business owner who gave            as amended.
                                                                                                                                                                         Patsy Ticer,
his employees the choice of either accept-          At the MVCCA Council meeting, with Ms.
                                                                                                                                                                         George Barker,
ing a 10 percent salary decrease or he would      Martin presiding, Mount Vernon Tree Com-
                                                                                                                                                                         and “Toddy”
have to cut 10 percent of the employees.          missioner Eleanor Quigley moved to amend
                                                                                                                                                                         Puller speak to
They chose the salary decrease. Such sce-         the resolution to re-insert the fence require-
                                                                                                                                                                         the chamber of
narios that are likely not isolated don’t show    ment. In my opinion, as soon as this amend-
up in unemployment statistics but they ex-        ment was proposed, Ms. Martin had a moral
ist nevertheless. Increasing the BPOL tax as      obligation to immediately tell the Council
the resolution proposes will trigger the lay-     that the issue had been thoroughly ad-
offs prevented by salary cuts.                    dressed in committee and rejected. Instead,                                                                         MVLCC Photo
   The resolution also includes but the lat-      she initially refrained from any mention of
est attempt by MVCCA partisans to kill af-        the committee deliberation and vote. It was
fordable housing at North Hill. It requests
that all funding contemplated for North Hill
                                                  only much later when a Council represen-
                                                  tative specifically asked about the commit-            Legislators Address Chamber
instead be used for “public safety, human         tee vote on the fence that Ms. Martin fi-
services, and education, resulting in the         nally admitted that the committee had de-                           hile the 2011 Session of the      tion No. 292 that provides for a transit
delay of the North Hill project by one year.”
It justifies this proposal “to limit structural
damage to County agencies due to budget
                                                  bated and rejected the fence, but then she
                                                  claimed that she didn’t remember the vote
                                                  tally and hadn’t recorded it. Once the com-
                                                                                                         W            General Assembly was diffi
                                                                                                                      cult, it wasn’t as bad as the
                                                                                                         2010 Session. As Del. Dave Albo said,
                                                                                                                                                        study of Richmond Highway from
                                                                                                                                                        Quantico to the Beltway. Puller said that
                                                                                                                                                        the Virginia Department of Rail and Pub-
cuts.” Depriving the poor of affordable hous-     mittee action on the fence was made                    “We did most of the heavy lifting last         lic Transit will take the lead on this study
ing is not the way to balance the budget. In      known, the Council swiftly voted down the              year. This year wasn’t as brutal.”             which is estimated to cost $1.5 million.
an article published in last week’s Gazette,      amendment by a 17-8 vote followed by ap-                  Speaking to the Mount Vernon-Lee            The study will be done by January 2012
MVCCA P&Z chair David Dale is quoted as           proval of the resolution unamended.                    Chamber of Commerce, state Senators            and ready for the next session to con-
describing the affordable housing proposed                                                               George Barker, “Toddy” Puller, and             sider.
at North Hill as a “low-income slum.” His                                       H. Jay Spiegel           Patricia Ticer, along with Delegates Albo,        Surovell said that the Route One Tran-
solution? Apply the money to be used at                                           Mount Vernon           Mark Sickles, and Scott Surovell re-           sit Study sponsored by Puller “will bring
North Hill instead to purchase foreclosed                                                                counted their individual initiatives and       more long-term benefit to the quality of
homes in his Spring Bank neighborhood and
house the poor there. In other words, use
                                                  Ever-Growing                                           major accomplishment of the last session.
                                                                                                            MVLCC recognized Ticer for her 15
                                                                                                                                                        life in the Mount Vernon area” than any
                                                                                                                                                        other legislation passed during this ses-
the government’s money to prop up prop-
erty values. People who use civic involve-
                                                  Senior Population                                      years of service in the General Assembly
                                                                                                         with an engraved clock. “Thank you for
                                                                                                                                                           Albo talked about the quandary the
ment to pursue personal agendas should not        To the Editor:                                         your devoted service,” said Chamber            state has with Medicaid payments say-
be permitted to serve. All too many mem-             A fall can be a catastrophic event to a se-         President Michael Gailliot, “For all those     ing, “Increases in Medicaid are unsus-
bers of the MVCCA leadership fit this cat-        nior citizen. The Centers for Disease Con-             years, all those trips to Richmond.”           tainable. It’s hard to look people in the
egory.                                            trol and Prevention (CDC) report falls as                 Surovell also presented to Jeff Todd,       eye and tell them they can’t get the ben-
   The resolution also advocates consider-        the number one cause of injury deaths in               past Chairman of the Chamber, a resolu-        efits they expect, but we can’t continue
ation of defunding the County’s marine pa-        the senior population. Yearly in the United            tion passed by the General Assembly rec-       the increases in Medicaid payments.”
trol, fireboats and helicopter force. Appar-      States more than one third of adults 65                ognizing his many accomplishments in           Albo also discussed his support for the
ently, the Budget & Finance Committee has         years of age and older have a fall; 15,800             the community.                                 governor’s transportation bill saying it
lost sight of the fact that we live in a sub-     people 65 and older died from injuries re-                Beginning a five-minute presentation        was smart to build as much infrastruc-
urb of our nation’s capital. Those counties       lated to unintentional falls in 2005. More-            by each elected official, Barker com-          ture as possible now while interest rates
surrounding the District of Columbia and          over, the incidence of fall-related deaths in          mented that the budget passed with no          are low.
the District of Columbia along with federal       the senior population has been steadily in-            dissenting votes. Puller said that she had        Sickles touched on several issues spe-
and state assets combine together to pro-         creasing over the past 10 years. The U.S.              never seen a budget pass unanimously           cific to the business community includ-
vide a ring of security around Washington.        Census Bureau estimates the senior popu-               in both Houses. Barker sponsored 20 bills      ing revisions in the accelerated sales tax
That ring of security includes use of heli-       lation will more than double to 89 million             that were passed into law including leg-       provision to eliminate more small busi-
copters and boats as first responders to pre-     by the year 2050. With the ever-growing                islation on economic development and           nesses from this requirement. He also
vent terrorism and provide assets to react        size of the senior population, the fall num-           verifying the immigration status of state      mentioned the legislation to require
to terrorism acts.                                bers could increase drastically in the not so          employees and contractors.                     abortion clinics meet the same standards
   It would have been appropriate to urge         distant future.                                           Puller discussed Senate Joint Resolu-       as hospitals saying, “it was a bad idea.”
the Board of Supervisors to seek Federal             Physical activity is a critical facet of health
Homeland Security funds to subsidize our          across an individual’s lifespan. The U.S.
Marine Patrol, fire boats and helicopter          Department of Health and Human Services              grant money to Mount Vernon At Home for          ing senior center or constructing new fa-
force, given their role in protecting our re-     states, “Being active is one of the most im-         the purchase of a vehicle and a $5,000 ap-       cilities.
gion from terrorism. But defund them with-        portant steps that Americans of all ages can         propriation to the Fairfax County Senior            The senior population is growing at an
out a suggestion to replace the funding with      take to improve their health.” Appropriate           Center Without Walls program. These              immensely fast rate and the health needs
Federal funds? Irresponsible, short-sighted       physical activity among the senior popula-           amendments could make a difference in the        of this population are growing just as fast.
and ignorant.                                     tion can aid in a multitude of health issues.        important work of these two innovative           Initiatives such as Mount Vernon At Home
   Meanwhile, at the same MVCCA Coun-             Senior citizens who engage in regular physi-         endeavors.                                       and the Senior Center Without Walls pro-
cil meeting, by a vote of 20-6, the Council       cal activity are more inclined to have a                Mount Vernon At Home is a nonprofit           gram can assist our senior population with
passed the resolution concerning the pro-         stable weight, lowered blood pressure, im-           organization providing its members assis-        access to recreational, educational, and so-
posed interim use off-leash dog area              proved cognitive functioning, reduced os-            tance to live independently in their homes       cial activities. Specifically, these endeavors
(OLDA) at Westgrove Park. However, the            teoporosis, controlled diabetes, reduced             for as long as possible. Transportation to       can provide access to physical activity, a
journey to that result was not without con-       heart disease, improved mood, improved               recreational, educational, and social activi-    pivotal key to improving the health and re-
troversy. As earlier recounted, at the March      arthritis, and less falls. According to the          ties is one example of the numerous ser-         ducing the number of falls in our Mount
2 MVCCA Environment & Recreation                  CDC, senior citizens who participate in ap-          vices offered to its members. The Senior         Vernon senior population.
(E&R) Committee meeting, the original             propriate physical activity are less likely to       Center Without Walls program is a public-
resolution included the interior fence. Dur-      suffer a devastating fall.                           private venture between the Fairfax County                            Susanne M. Young
ing the debate, a motion was made to re-             On Jan. 20, Del. Scott Surovell announced         government, faith communities, and local                              Certified Therapeutic
move the interior fence. A lengthy discus-        his introduction of six amendments to the            businesses. The program provides recre-                                Recreation Specialist
sion ensued culminating in the vote on the        2010-2012 Virginia budget. These amend-              ational, educational, and social activities to             Master of Public Health Student,
motion. E&R Chair Elizabeth Martin an-            ments include a $10,000 allocation in state          senior citizens without the use of an exist-                      George Mason University                                                                                                             Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 19
                                                                                                                                     Mount Vernon Gazette Sports Editor Jon Roetman

                        Sports                                                                                                     703-224-3015 or

West Potomac Softball Misses Opportunities
            ailing to score with the bases

F           loaded and nobody out in the first
            inning sent the West Potomac
            softball team down a path of frus-
tration in its Patriot District opener against
South County on March 25. A missed sign
in the third inning was too much for the
Wolverines to overcome.
  South County’s Julia Kastner broke a
scoreless tie with a two-run home run in
the third inning and the Stallions pulled
away for a 10-0, six-inning victory at WPHS.
Wolverines head coach Craig Maniglia said
Kastner was supposed to see a curveball on
the outside part of the plate, but instead
she saw a screwball on the inner half and
drove it out of the ball park.
  “I saw the pitch,” Maniglia said, “I saw
[the catcher] set up and I went to scream
timeout but it was too late.”
                West Potomac’s problems
              started in the first inning, when
Sports the Wolverines loaded the bases
                                                         Photo by Jon Roetman/The Gazette                                                                                   Submitted photo
Briefs with nobody out and failed to              The West Potomac softball team                 The Fort Hunt Sportsmen’s Association recently participated in a dinner
              score against South County          dropped its Patriot District opener            fundraiser with the West Potomac Crew Club. The Sportsmen presented
pitcher Kyra Ketch. West Potomac also came        to South County on Friday.                     the club with a $1,000 donation for this crew season. From left, the team
up empty during a bases-loaded opportu-                                                          leaders are: women’s junior captain Nell McKeown, men’s junior captain
nity in the fourth.                                 Junior catcher Jasmine Picini and senior     Jeff Barger, team president Julia Bolger, men’s senior captain Matt Bird
  “It just comes down to making a hit when        center fielder Sara Link are also team cap-    and women’s senior captain Anna Leonard.
you’ve got the players in position to score,”     tains. Junior right fielder Danielle McHugh
Maniglia said. “We let that game slip away        will also be a key contributor for West        March 22. The Wolverines earned their first   Woodson at 7:15 p.m. on March 31.
in the very first inning with bases loaded        Potomac.                                       win of the season against Edison on March
and no outs and we couldn’t get anything
out of [our] 4-5-6 [batters].”
                                                    The Wolverines bounced back from the
                                                  loss to beat Annandale 3-1 on March 29.
                                                                                                 18, beating the Eagles 1-0 in overtime.
                                                                                                   West Potomac will travel to face Lee at 7
                                                                                                                                               West Potomac Boys
  While West Potomac struggled against
South County, Maniglia still expects big
                                                  West Potomac will travel to face Lee at 6:30
                                                  p.m. on April 1.
                                                                                                 p.m. on April 5.                              Lacrosse Wins 2 of 3
                                                                                                                                                  The West Potomac boys lacrosse team
things from a Wolverines team that has sev-
eral experienced travel ball players.
                                                                           — Jon Roetman
                                                                                                 West Potomac Girls                            opened the season with wins against Arch-
                                                                                                                                               bishop Carroll (11-0) and Saint Vincent
  Team captain Morgan Maniglia returns as
the team’s No. 1 pitcher and one of its top
                                                  West Potomac                                   Lacrosse Starts 3-2                           Pallotti (11-7) before losing its Patriot Dis-
                                                                                                   The West Potomac girls lacrosse team        trict opener to Lake Braddock 10-4 on Fri-
hitters. While the junior had a rough out-
ing against the Stallions, she’s confident the
                                                  Baseball Drops                                 defeated Hayfield 13-5 on March 29, one       day. The Wolverines will travel to face
Wolverines can turn it around.
  “I think we’re going to be a really good
                                                  Two Straight                                   day after a 14-5 win over George Mason.
                                                                                                 The Wolverines also defeated Lee (13-2)
                                                                                                                                               Woodson at 7:15 p.m. on March 31.

                                                    The West Potomac baseball team started
team,” she said “and we’re definitely going
to learn from this.”
                                                  the season 3-0, outscoring its opponents 49-
                                                                                                 while losing to Yorktown (14-6) and Lake
                                                                                                 Braddock (12-5). West Potomac will host
                                                                                                                                               Mount Vernon
                                                  9. Since then, the Wolverines have lost two
                                                  in a row, falling to South County 15-4 on
                                                                                                                                               Soccer Starts 4-0
                                                  March 28 and Annandale 10-0 on March                                                           The Mount Vernon boys soccer team de-
                                                  29. West Potomac will travel to face Lee at                                                  feated Marshall 1-0 on March 28, improv-
                                                  6:30 p.m. on April 1.                                                                        ing its record to 4-0. The Majors won their
                                                                                                                                               National District opener against Wakefield
                                                                                                                                               2-0 on March 24. Ruben Alvarez and Bryon
                                                  West Potomac Girls                                                                           Castellon scored goals against the Warriors,
                                                  Snap Win Streak                                                                              while Castellon and Aldaid Rodriguez each
                                                                                                                                               had an assist.
                                                     The West Potomac girls soccer team had                                                      Mount Vernon will travel to face
                                                  its three-game win streak snapped with a                                                     Centreville at 7 p.m. at April 1.
                                                  4-2 loss to South County on March 28. Prior
                                                  to the loss, the Wolverines defeated Mount
                                                  Vernon (1-0), Edison (3-0) and Fall Church                                                   Mount Vernon
                                                  (2-1). West Potomac will host Annandale
                                                  at 7 p.m. on April 5.
                                                                                                                                               Girls Earn Tie
                                                                                                                                                 The Mount Vernon girls soccer team
                                                                                                                                               played to a 1-1 tie against Marshall on
                                                  West Potomac Boys                                                                            March 28 after the Majors started the sea-
                                                  Drop Another                                                                                 son 0-2. The Majors will host Centreville at
                                                                                                                                               7 p.m. on April 1.
                                                  One-Goal Decision
     Photos by Louise Krafft/The Gazette
                                           The West Potomac boys soccer team lost                      Photos by Louise Krafft/The Gazette
Bryon Castellon and the Mount            to South County 5-4 on March 28. The de-                Jayme Murray and the West
Vernon boys soccer team started 4-0. feat followed a 2-1 loss to Falls Church on                 Potomac baseball team started 3-2.                        See Sports Briefs, Page 21
20 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                                                            
          Schools                                                                              Sports Briefs
  Send announcements to the Mount           winning design, which will serve as the    From Page 20
Vernon Gazette, by e-mail to                official poster for the 2011 White House           Easter Egg Roll.                                                                                   MV Boys Lax
Deadline is Thursday at noon for the fol-                                              Mount Vernon
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encouraged. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-
778-9412 with questions.
                                            High School students entered their
                                            projects into the Regional Science and     Softball Starts 2-2                                       The Mount Vernon boys lacrosse team lost to
                                            Engineering Fair held at Robinson Sec-        The Mount Vernon softball team challenged Na-        Madison 9-2 on March 29 and Centreville 17-1 on
   The annual Stratford Landing El-         ondary School last Sunday. These
ementary School Spring Fling will           projects had scored well at the school-    tional District power Yorktown on March 28, but         March 26. After losing their season opener to South
take place Friday, April 1 in the school    based fair held last month and earned      fell short, losing 1-0 in 8 innings.                    County (8-5) on March 17, the Majors bounced
at 8484 Riverside Road. The event is the    the right to progress to the next level.      The Majors opened the season with a 10-0 loss        back with wins over Wakefield (18-0) on March
school’s largest fundraiser, providing      MVHS had an outstanding day with 12        to West Potomac, but bounced back with wins over        22 and Woodbridge (8-7) on March 25 in over-
PTA funds for class field trips, after-     MVHS students receiving awards and/
school learning activities, school          or recognitions at the Regional Fair.      Washington-Lee (5-3) and Stuart (16-3).                 time.
supplies and more. The auction is sup-         The following students were awarded        Mount Vernon will host Falls Church at 7 p.m.
ported by parent and grandparent            the following places and prizes.           on April 1.
donations, teacher donations and dona-         Callista M. Skaggs — 1st Place
tions from local businesses and dining      Environmental Science;
establishments.                                John G. Victoria — 1st Place Plant
   Through parent donations, each           Sciences;
class chose a theme and a class basket         Ginna L. Doss — 2nd Place Chem-
was developed. Raffle tickets are sold      istry;
throughout the event at 50 cents each
and the winning raffle tickets are
drawn at the end of the evening. The
                                               Mohamed D. Lahlou — 2nd Place
                                               Kaitlyn J. Schneider — 3rd Place
                                                                                                                            HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW
event begins with an ice cream social at
6 p.m.
                                            Animal Science;
                                               Alexander A. Weinberg — 3rd
                                                                                                                             ARRIVAL AT BELLE VIEW?
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   All elementary and middle school stu-       Angelica De Freitas — 3rd Place                                                    Jewelry • Pashmina Scarves • Men’s Distinctive
dents are invited to submit poster          Microbiology;
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                                                                                                                                     Wall Hangings • Driftwood Coffee Tables
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Egg Roll Poster Contest by Monday,          Physics and Anatomyp;
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                                               In addition to receiving top honors,
                                            John Victoria is also a CIA (Central In-
                                            telligence Agency) winner and together
                                                                                                                              Mon.-Wed. 10-7,
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request) and should relate to this year’s   ner, will attend an awards ceremony
theme, “Get Up and Go!” First Lady          and a tour of the CIA Headquarters in
                                                                                                         Located in the Belle View Shopping Center
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but please don’t                                                                                                                                       religious studies from Duke University and is the author of seven books including A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of
                                                                                                                                                       the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award in non-fiction. Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest
send us anything                                                                                                                                       of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the
irreplaceable.                                                                                                                                         Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY. (From Diana Butler Bass’ biography)                                                                                                              Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 21
                                                                                                        703-917-6464                                                                                                             703-917-6400
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 • Mount Vernon                       Employment                                                         Zone 3 Ad Deadline:
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                                                                                                                                • Mount Vernon                    Classified                                                      Zone 3 Ad Deadline:
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TELEPHONE TELEPHONE                                                                                                                117 Adoption                  117 Adoption                   4 RE for Sale                  102 Instruction
A great opportunity to                A great opportunity to                       RETAIL SALES
                                                                                                                                                                                                2BR 1.5 BA Condo
WORK AT HOME! WORK AT HOME!                                                   Old Town Boutique seeking student                                                                            $224,900 SS apl Fee inc util      Experienced Tutoring
NATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTER             NATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTER               for summer work. Refs req’d. Call
                                                                                                                                 A Loving couple will cherish your newborn                 NBI Realty Jerry 703 625 3051     Available in the Northern
No sell! Salary + Bonus + Benefits!   No sell! Salary + Bonus + Benefits!    Mrs Lasker evenings at 703-765-7583                    into a life filled with endless love and                                                       Virginia Area
 301-333-1900                          301-333-1900                                                                                  opportunities. Expenses to be paid                                                         Dean's List College
                                                                                                                                                                                                 26 Antiques
☎☎       Weekdays 9-4      ☎☎ ☎☎               Weekdays 9-4      ☎☎                                                                    Leslye/Marc 1-877-410-6302 or                                                           Graduate with Years of
                                                                                                                                             learn more about us at                                   BOOKS                  Accounting/Finance Degree
                                                                                       RETAIL SALES                                                      OLD & OUT-OF-PRINT                     All Ages and
                 BOOKKEEPER                                                  Old Town Boutique seeking reliable per-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Looking for good homes for
                                                                                                                                                                                               my old books & yours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grades Considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Math, Spanish, English
 Looking for a 1/2 time for Mom dur-                                         son for P/T sales position, 2-3 days/wk.                                                                          Carolyn Johns Books,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from $35/hour
                                                                                                                                                                                               8101 Richmond Hwy
 ing school hours or a retired person                                        Refs req’d. Call Mrs Lasker evenings at              101 Computers                 101 Computers                     (Inside Market).           Call Hal @ (703)864-6616
 with experience. $10. - $12 an hour.                                                    703-765-7583                                                                                              571-216-8875

 Duties include AP, AR, data entry,
 reports, filings, collections, and pay-
                                                                                                                                HDI             EASY COMPUTER SOLUTIONS FOR
                                                                                                                                                INDIVIDUALS & SMALL BUSINESSES              We pay top $ for antique
                                                                                                                                                                                             furniture and mid-century
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           116 Childcare Avail.

                                                                                  Part-time receptionist                        JENNIFER O. SMITH • COMPUTER CONSULTANT                            Danish/modern            Christian Nanny. Exp’d - all
 roll entry, and once a month state-                                                                                                                                                                                         ages. CPR/ first aid, car,
                                                                                                                                ➣ TRAINING ➣ INSTALLATION ➣ TROUBLE-SHOOTING                teak furniture, STERLING,
 ment mailings. Quick Books is the                                          Needed to answer phones & greet cus-                                                                            MEN'S WATCHES, jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              great refs, VA resident.
                                                                                                                                ➣ LET US TAME THAT BEAST FOR YOU                                                               Allison 410-733-1742
 program used for the accounting.                                           tomers at our auto dealership. We need                                                                             and costume jewelry,
                                                                                                                                  Serving the Area Since 1995                                paintings/art glass/clocks.
 Alpha Graphics Printing, 1001                                              a                                                                                                                   Schefer Antiques @              117 Adoption
 North Fairfax Street #100, Alexan-                                         bright, cheerful, customer service orient-              (703) 765-2222                                                 703-241-0790.
                                                                            ed individual with a clear, pleasant phone                                 
 dria, VA 22314, 703-549-2432.                                                                                                                                                                                               A happy young couple
     email: alpha graphics printing<                                        voice for evening/wkend hours. 20 – 25                                                                                                               praying for the
                                                                            hrs/wk. Cust serv exp helpful. Contact                                                                              28 Yard Sales                 blessing of a baby to                                                                                                     3 RE for Rent                 3 RE for Rent                                               welcome into our hearts
                                                                            Lauri Rhoades at 703-797-5350 or                                                                                Child's Consignment Sale         and home. Bright future
                                                                                                                                                        Sat 4/2 10AM-1PM             awaits!. Expenses paid.
                                                                                                                                         Just Minutes to King Street metro,                                                  We would love to talk to
              EDUCATION TRAINING                                                                                                              $850/mo includes utilities                      Clothes Toys Cribs etc
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Good Shepherd                         you.
                                                                                                                                      One BR sublet in a 3BR/1.5 Bath renovated                                                  Karen/Michael
                                                                                                                                townhouse with driveway and street parking. Share                Catholic Church
   Pharmacy Technician Trainees                                                     PEDIATRIC RN/LPN                            house with 2 other professional young adults. Fully        8710 MtVernon Hgwy Alex VA
                                                                                                                                     renovated with new kitchen, new bathrooms,
          Needed Now!                                                        Our busy happy stimulating pediatric prac-            updated basement and living room. $850/month
    Pharmacies now hiring. No experience?                                    tice in Alexandria & Fairfax has an upcom-          includes utilities. Bus stop at front door, one mile to        Legal Notices                   Legal Notices
  Job Training & Placement Assistance Avail.                                 ing opening for a F/T position. Some trav-                 King St Metro, Duke St near Old Town.
                                                                                                                                       Available May 1-July 31. 240-460-7375.                                      ABC LICENSE
                1-877-240-4524                                                el between offices. Ideal for nurses return-                                                                          Mongolian Dining Venture III, LLC trading as
                             CTO SCHEV                                        ing to the workforce. Competitive sal-                                                                                  Genghis Grill, 7001 F Manchester Blvd.
                                                                               ary with benefits. Orientation provided.                                                                           Alexandria, VA 22310. The above establishment
                                                                                                                                   15 Getaways                    15 Getaways                     is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
    DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINEES                                                       Fax resume to Attn: Sharon @                                                                                     ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mixed beverage on premises, Beer & wine on
          NEEDED NOW!                                                                     703/914-5494                                                                                                 premises license to sell or manufacture
  Dental Offices now hiring. No experience?                                                                                      Beautiful family beach house in                                     alcoholic beverages. Vernon Keith Sullins,
  Job Training & Placement Assistance Avail.                                                                                      the town of Bethany Beach:
                              CTO SCHEV                                           CASE MANAGEMENT                                  Beach block: 6bds, 5ba: all inclusive                        Legal Notices                   Legal Notices
                                                                                      ASSISTANT                                    rental by owner. Available July-Sept.
        MED BILL & CODING                                                                                                                   Brochure Available.                                                      OBITUARY
         Trainees NEEDED NOW                                                 Alexandria Alcohol Safety Action Program
                                                                                         (35 hours per week)                       Call Judy @ 314-821-2207 or                             THOMAS MICHAEL SCANLON, 66 of
 Medical Offices now hiring. No experience?                                                                                       email@                              Alexandria died Saturday, March19, 2011 at his residence.
 Job Training & Placement Assistance Avail.                                         $15.00 per hour, No benefits                                                                           Born June 9, 1944 in Lawrence Mass., he was the son of the
                                                                            This position will be responsible for provid-                                                                  late Patrick and Mary Walsh Scanlon. Mr Scanlon was retired
              1-800-385-2615                                                                                                                                                               Director of Budget for the U.S. Dept of Agriculture.
                             CTO SCHEV                                        ing general office support, data entry and
                                                                            preparation of documents related to monitor-                                                                   He is survived by two daughters: Meghan B. Reynolds and
                                                                            ing ASAP participants. Minimum Qualifica-                                                                      husband John of Charlottesville,, Amy Sherwood and husband
   HOW TO SUBMIT ADS TO                                                     tions: high school diploma or equivalent and                                                                   Matthew of London England, one son; Brendon P. Scanlon and
                                                                                                                                                                                           wife Kelly of Fairbanks Alaska, a brother, Timothy Scanlon and
                                                                             experience in computer operations, data en-                                                                   wife Janet of Connecticut, two sisters; Patricia Lyons and
                                                                              try and problem solving. Must be able to                                                                     husband Romeo of Vancouver Washington, and six
                       Newspapers & Online                                                                                                                                                 grandchildren; Fiona Mary Reynolds, Mary, Paul, and Patrick
                                                                              successfully pass a criminal, DMV check                                                                      Sherwood, Ruby and Maya Scanlon.
                       CLASSIFIED                                            &drug test. To apply: Resumes must be re-
    DEADLINES                                                                ceived no later than 5:00 pm April 4, 2011.                                                                   A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April
    Zones 1, 5, 6............................Mon @ noon                                                                                                                                    2 at the Preddy Funeral Home, 250 West Main St, Orange, VA.
    Zones 2, 3, 4 ........................... Tues @ noon                         Visit our website for application                                                                        Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in
          E-mail ad with zone choices to:                                         instructions:                                                                         Lawrence, Mass at a later date. The family requests that in lieu                                                                                                                                                 of            flowers             memorial            contribu-
                                                                                                                                                                                           tions be made to charity of your choice.
          or call Andrea @ 703-778-9411
    DEADLINES                                                                         Case Manager
    Zones 5, 6 .............................. Tues @ 11:00                     35 hrs/wk, $20/hr, no benefits
    Zones 1, 3 ................................ Tues @ 4:00                                                                                                                                                                      703-917-6464
    Zone 2 .................................... Wed @ 11:00
    Zone 4 ...................................... Wed @ 1:00
         E-mail ad with zone choices to:
           or call Barbara @ 703-778-9413
                                                                             Alexandria Alcohol Safety Action Program
                                                                            This position will be resp for the screening,
                                                                            monitoring & supervision of program partici-
                                                                            pants, including preparation of reports &
                                                                            documents related to monitoring participants
                                                                                                                                Zone 3: • Alexandria
                                                                                                                                • Mount Vernon               Employment                                                           Zone 3 Ad Deadline:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday 4 p.m.
      Zone 1: The Reston Connection
              The Oak Hill/Herndon Connection
                                                                            & will testify in court hearings. The case              SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS                                     Summer Web Internships Available
                                                                            manager will be resp for evaluating all aspects     The Alexandria Country Day School, a small                  Educational internships available for enthusiastic college
      Zone 2: The Springfield Connection
              The Burke Connection                                          of program participation. Min Quals: a bach-          independent, K-8 school is looking to hire                students to join our new website launch team. This is an
              The Fairfax Connection                                        elor’s degree from an accredited college or                                                                     exciting opportunity to help develop content and sections
              The Fairfax Station/Clifton/                                                                                          substitute teachers for all subject areas.              for our new website, due to launch in late spring.
                                                                            university w/a major in criminal justice, psy-                                                                  Throughout the summer, we’ll be adding specifics to our
                  Lorton Connection
                                                                            chology, social work or related field. Must be        Enthusiastic, child-friendly, team players
      Zone 3: The Alexandria Gazette Packet                                                                                                                                                 entertainment and events sections, creating special pro-
              The Mount Vernon Gazette                                      able to conduct interviews, analyze data. Must       are encouraged to apply! University degree                 jects and content, and exploring new media. Internships
      Zone 4: Centre View North                                             be able to pass a crimina/DMV & drug test,             and criminal background check required.                  are unpaid, but offer an unusual chance to work with
              Centre View South                                                                                                    Candidates should email their résumé to                  award-winning editors while developing first-rate online
      Zone 5: The Potomac Almanac                                             To apply: Resumes must be received no                                                                         presence. Internships require a commitment of at least
      Zone 6: The Arlington Connection                                             later than 5: 00 pm April 4, 2011   or mail to Alexandria                  six weeks, 16-40 hours a week. Please e-mail a statement
              The Vienna/Oakton Connection                                                                                      Country Day School, Attn: Amanda Addison                    of interest and a resume to
              The McLean Connection                                               Visit our website for application                                                                         internship@connection
              The Great Falls Connection                                            instructions:               2400 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301          

22 ❖ Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011                                                                                                                                               
  Zone 3: • Alexandria
  • Mount Vernon
                                                  Home & Garden                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                               Zone 3 Ad Deadline:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday Noon

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                                                                M. C. Lynch                                                              A&S LANDSCAPING                                                             Falcon Roofing
 A CLEANING SERVICE                                          Home Improvement
                                                                                                           Mixed Seasoned Hardwood       FALL CLEAN-UP                           PATRIOT                            Roofing & Siding
           Since 1985/Ins & Bonded                      Family Owned & Opererated
                                                   Rotten Wood, Wind Damage, Trims,
                                                                                                               $130 half cord
                                                                                                               $220 full cord
                                                                                                                                            Planting • Mulching • Sodding
                                                                                                                                          Patios • Decks • Driveway Sealing,
                                                                                                                                               Asphalt • Retaining Walls
                                                                                                                                                                                 PAINTING                                   (All Types)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soffit & Fascia Wrapping
         Quality Service at a Fair Price                                                                         Call Joe at
                                                                                                                                         Erosion Control • Drainage Solutions
                                                                                                                                                                                          New Gutters
           Satisfaction Guaranteed                 Windows, Doors, Deck, Stairs, Vanity,                       301-856-4436                                                                                             Chimney Crowns
          Comm/Res. MD VA DC                      Basement Framing, Garbage Disposal,                        301-602-9528 Cell            703-863-7465                          Wallpaper Removal,                       Leaks Repaired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No job too small                      Painting, Power Wash, Siding Repairs.                                                                                             Carpentry,
                                                         Licensed, Bonded, Insured                                                               ANGEL’S                                                              703-975-2375
                                                                                                                  GUTTER                 LAWN MOWING
                                                                                                                                                                                 Power Washing.
           703-892-8648                                        703-266-1233                                                              •Trimming •Leaf & Snow                  Int/Ext Painting                     TREE SERVICE
                                                                                                            PINNACLE SERVICES,
                                                                                                            •GUTTER CLEANING
                                                                                                                                           Removal •Yard Cleaning               Free Est. • Satisfaction Guar.!
     CONCRETE                   CONCRETE                                                                    •SMALL REPAIRS                    •Hauling •Tree Work               Lic./Ins.              Int./Ext.   ANGEL’S TREE REMOVAL
                                                   The HANDYMAN                                             •SCREENING                   703-863-1086
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brush & Yard Debris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Leaf & Snow Removal
                                                   A DIVISION OF NURSE CONSTRUCTION                         •POWER
 Concrete Done Right!                             BATHROOM REMODELING, DRYWALL,
                                                                                                            703-802-0483                  LAWN SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gutters & Hauling
 •   Patios - Sidewalks                           PAINTING, CERAMIC TILE, CARPENTRY,                                                                                                                                703-863-1086
 •   Retaining Walls                              POWER WASHING & MUCH MORE
                                                                                                             GROUP RATES
                                                                                                              AVAILABLE                                                          571-283-4883                       703-582-3709
                                                                                                               FREE EST
 •   Driveways                                       You have tried the rest - NOW CALL THE BEST!!
                                                                                                                                          Fertilizing, Sod,
                                                              Proudly serving Northern VA - 46 yrs. exp.
 •   Flagstone                                                                                                   HAULING                  Spring Clean-up,
                                                  Licensed        We Accept VISA/MC
 •   Pavers                                                                                                                                  Mulching,
                                                  Insured         703-441-8811
     703-339-5773                                                                                             ANGEL’S
                                                                                                           TRASH REMOVAL                   Tree Cutting,                                                                                   •Junk & Rubbish •Furn.,        Handyman work
                                                   ART’S Home Improvement                                     Yard, Construction
                                                                                                                 Debris • Mulch &
                                                                                                                                            Licensed Insured
                                                                                                                                          THE MAGIC GARDENER
     ELECTRICAL                ELECTRICAL                                                                        Spring Clean Up             703-780-2272 or
                                                        Renovation & Remodeling                            703-863-1086
                                                        Kitchens Baths Basements                            703-582-3709
                                                        Roofing Plumbing Painting                                                               MASONRY
                                                                        Art Redfern                          AL’S HAULING
                                                                                                             Junk & Rubbish              JDF Masonry CO, LLC
                                                             540-212-8485                                     Concrete, furn.,office,
                                                                                                             yard, construction debris
                                                                                                                Low Rates   NOVA
                                                                    Over 35 yrs exp.                                                      ◆Bricks           ◆Blocks,
                                                                                                             703-304-4798 cell           ◆Flagstone ◆Concrete
                                                    A&S Landscaping                                           7 DAYS A WEEK

      GUTTER                      GUTTER           • All Concrete work
                                                                                                                                            Free Est.   Lic & Ins.
                                                                                                                                              Affordable Prices
                                                                                                                                                                                      Now! Complete
                                                   • Retaining Walls • Patios
                                                   • Decks • Porches (incl.
                                                                                                             LANDSCAPING                   LANDSCAPING
                                                                                                                                                                                       Print Editions
                                                     screened) • Erosion &

                                                     Grading Solutions
       MOWING, TRIMMING,                           • French Drains • Sump Pumps
            EDGING, MULCHING                       • Driveway Asphalt Sealing
                     & TRIM HEDGES
                                                                                                                 Cut FRESH Daily                                                The full print editions of all 18
                   Group Rates Avail.!                703-863-7465                                                                                                              Connection Newspapers are now
       703-802-0483                                                      LICENSED
                                                    Serving All of N. Virginia                                           703-327-0908                                           available on our Web Site in PDF format,
                                                                                                                 Homeowners & Contractors                                       page by page, identical to our weekly
     HANDYMAN                  HANDYMAN
                                                   LAWN SERVICE                        LAWN SERVICE                                                                             newsprint editions, including print
                     Hand and Hand                                                                                                                                              advertising. Go to
                                                                                                            LAWN SERVICE                  LAWN SERVICE
          General Remodeling
        Residential & Commercial
                                                    LAWN CARE J.E.S Services                                                                                                    and click on “Print Editions.”

             Specializing in:                       Extraordinaire! LC
    Kitchen/Bathroom/Basement Remodeling                                                                    LANDSCAPE & CONSTRUCTION
    Plumbing • Electrical • Custom Carpentry        FOR THE DISCERNING HOMEOWNER!
       Doors Windows • Hardwood Floors
        Crown Molding • House Cleaning
                                                                                                            •Patios •Walkways
  Interior/Exterior Painting • Brick/Stone Work
      Ceramic Tile • Decks, Fences, Patios
                                                                LIMITED OPENINGS!                            •Retaining Walls
    HOA Maintenance, Granite Counter Tops            Excellence in annual, all-inclusive,                   •Drainage Problems
        Realtors Work and Much More                FULL SERVICE, LAWN MAINTENANCE                          •Landscape Makeovers
 Licensed and Insured Serving Northern Virginia        (mowing, trimming, aeration
     703-296-6409                                       properly timed treatments.)                         Call: 703-912-6886
                                                                                                              Free Estimates
 IMPROVEMENTS               IMPROVEMENTS             Friendly, Reliable, Personal Service!
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                                                    FOR A FREE ESTIMATE CALL BILL ARMSTRONG
                     R&N Carpentry
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                                                        Exclusively serving homeowners in
 Foreclosure specialist/Power washing                                                                          New Installations & Repairs
          ✦Exterior Wood Rot More!                 South Alexandria, Fort Hunt and Mount Vernon
     Deck & Fence repair, Screen Porches                            since 1999!                             Stone - Flagstone - Brick - Concrete
             No jobs too large or small                                                                              FREE ESTIMATES!!
      Free est. 37 yrs exp. Licensed, Insured
                                                              Licensed and Insured!                                             Lic. & Ins
               703-987-5096                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mount Vernon Gazette ❖ March 31 - April 6, 2011 ❖ 23
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