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   Vol. CCXXV, No. 47                           Serving Alexandria for over 200 years • A Connection Newspaper                                      November 26, 2009

Dirty                                                                                                                                                    Gentleman
New report
                                                                                                                                                         Walter Beverly
                                                                                                                                                         had playful spirit
lists waterfront                                                                                                                                         and powerful
coal-fired power                                                                           Samantha Dixon of Granny’s Knot was busy                      connections.
plant as second                                                                            kitting another hat while displaying this
                                                                                           season’s work.
dirtiest in state.                                                                                                                                               By Michael Lee Pope
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        By Michael Lee Pope                                                                Annual                                                                   por-
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        n environmental advocacy
                                                                                           Bazaar                                                        A        trait
                                                                                                                                                         Walter Egbert

A       group known as Environ-
        ment Virginia released a
report this week that identifies
                                                                                              St. Mary’s School on
                                                                                           Green Street was trans-
                                                                                           formed into the annual
                                                                                                                                                         Beverly over-
                                                                                                                                                         looks       the
                                                                                                                                                         grand foyer of
Alexandria’s Mirant coal-fired                                                             holiday fair and bazaar on                                    the house with
power plant as the second dirtiest                                                         Saturday, Nov. 21. Vendors                                    the giant white
in Virginia. The report, titled                                                            filled the gym and lined the                                  columns on the Walter E.
“America’s Biggest Polluters,” used                                                        hallways. Lunch and snacks                                    top of the hill Beverly
carbon dioxide emissions data                                                              were served in the cafete-                                    at the end of
from 2007 to conduct an analysis                                                           ria while children’s craft         Signs pointed in           Canterbury Lane. The expression
of the plants and create a ranking                                                         tables were set up through-        all directions in          on his face is one of quiet deter-
system. The finding comes at a                                                             out the school. Santa also         the main hallway           mination, a man comfortable in his
time when city officials are coor-                     Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette     made an appearance and             of the school,             own skin who might make a few
dinating with Mirant to erect a 30-      Santa visits with the younger                     posed for photos with the          including the              well-placed calls to get you a job
foot windscreen in an effort to          children during the annual fair.                  young shoppers.                    North Pole.                if you needed one. Beverly, a long
          See Reports, Page 14                                                                                                                                      See Family, Page 29

Surgeon Operates on Indigents in Latin America
                                                                            has teams of surgeons, internists,
                                      Doctors, nurses                       anesthesiologists, nurses practitio-
                                                                                                                   need at least $150,000 for a trip,
                                                                                                                   a figure which would also cover
                                                                                                                                                         sively. The answer: the U.S. mili-
                                                                                                                                                         tary, which flew those supplies to
                                      volunteer for                         ners, nurse anesthetists, nurses,
                                                                            and scrub technicians throughout
                                                                                                                   the medical necessities.
                                                                                                                      He turned to the people he
                                                                                                                                                         Quito, which were packed by
                                                                                                                                                         members of the Mount Vernon
                                      Operation Walk.                       the country that give up one week
                                                                            of their vacation to spend it in an-
                                                                                                                   knows best: his patients. And the
                                                                                                                   contributions flowed in. Small
                                                                                                                                                         Rotary Club.

                                                                            other country performing surgery       checks for $25, $50, $75 from         “BASICALLY, we’re a bunch of
                                                  By Jeffrey Aaron          on people that need it but can’t       hundreds of patients. And medi-       doctors and nurses who want to
                                                        Gazette Packet      afford it.                             cal and pharmaceutical compa-         give back,” said Julia Warner, who
                                                                               Engh, who along with his            nies, which donated supplies to       is the patient care director at the
                                                erry Engh had an idea.      brother, Charles, heads the Ander-     receive a tax write-off. And clubs,   Joint Replacement Center at

                                      J         Five days a week, four
                                                weeks a month, 12
                                                months a year the re-
                                      nown hip- and knee-replacement
                                      surgeon — and it’s safe to say he
                                                                            son Orthopaedic Clinic in Alexan-
                                                                            dria and Arlington, had found
                                                                            what he was looking for: an estab-
                                                                            lished program that he could or-
                                                                            ganize here. His team could even-
                                                                                                                   such as the Mount Vernon Rotary
                                                                                                                   Club, which donated crutches and
                                                                                                                   walkers for the team’s most recent
                                                                                                                   trip to Ecuador. And then there’s
                                                                                                                   the question of how to get the
                                                                                                                                                         Mount Vernon-Inova Hospital in
                                                                                                                                                         Alexandria. She also coordinates
                                                                                                                                                         the team’s missions, which have
                                                                                                                                                         also included two visits to Nicara-
                                                                                                                                                         gua. Another had been planned to
                                      is renown, his clients come to him    tually become the 12th such pro-       items from here to there inexpen-              See Doctors, Page 6
                                      for his expertise in the field from   gram in the nation.
                                      all corners of the map — wanted          He began asking colleagues             Alexandria, VA 22314
                                      to help others who couldn’t help      whether they too would be inter-               T 1604 King St.,

                                      themselves. He could write a          ested. The answer was an un-
                                                                                                                   Address Service Requested

                                      check, or bid on an item at a char-   equivocal yes. But everything in
                                      ity auction, but he wanted to do      life comes down to money. It             Postmaster:
Dr. Jerry Engh spent about            something more tangible.              wouldn’t be polite to ask his col-        Attention

a week with his colleagues               The 68-year-old surgeon learned    leagues who were already giving           Permit #482
in Quito, Ecuador perform-            about a program called Operation      up a week of their vacation to pay
                                                                                                                     Alexandria, VA
ing surgery on 38 patients            Walk. Founded in 1994 by a Cali-      for their flight, their hotel rooms,
                                                                                                                       U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                       PRSRT STD
unable to walk painlessly.            fornia surgeon, Operation Walk        and their meals. He was going to                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 1
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                                                                                                                              To learn more about Operation Kid Comfort, visit the Web site at:

     Council Notebook                                                            News                             More,or e-
                                                                                                                            mail Susan Simms at

  Democracy in Alexandria
     When Mayor Bill Euille was explaining the concept of a pub-
  lic hearing to a recently visiting delegation of former Ukrainian
  judges, the foreign dignitaries had a hard time believing it. The
  particular point of confusion was the part about members of the
  general public being given the opportunity to walk into City Hall
  and speak publicly on any issue.                                                                                                                                           One of the
     “They were astounded,” Euille said. “They couldn’t believe that                                                                                                         quilts
  we allowed people to come here and speak.”                                                                                                                                 produced
     If the judges were in town on Saturday, they would have a                                                                                                               by Giselle
  better understanding of how contentious the public hearings can                                                                                                            Schneider
  be. Members of the Alexandria City Council were accused of                                                                                                                 for
  welcoming illegal aliens, making King Street “porn-friendly” and                                                                                                           Operation
  treated to a dramatic performance approximating the jarring                                                                                                                Kid
  middle-of-the-night sounds coming from the Norfolk Southern                                                                                                                Comfort.
  train yard.
     “It’s fun,” said Euille of the public hearing, adding that none of
  European cities he’s visited allow members of the public to speak.
  “Do we always do everything right? No. But that’s all the more
  reason why we allow you to come and tell us when we do things
  right and when we do it wrong so we can be responsive.”

  Point of Order
     Tensions are running high at City Hall, with council members
  from different parties trying to get along with each other while
  closing a $43-million shortfall. Sometimes the internal discord
  manifests itself in the form of procedural squabbling over how to
                                                                          Operation Kid Comfort
  apply Robert’s Rules of Order. Earlier this month, council mem-         Something for soldiers’
  bers got into a disagreement about how they should proceed af-
  ter one of the members “called the question,” essentially ending        children to hold onto.
  the debate.                                                                                            By Bridget Allen
     Councilwoman Alicia Hughes argued that a question could                                                   Gazette Packet
  not be called without another member offering a second the
  motion. But she was overruled when she wanted to engage in a                 t’s not certain who said, “War is Hell.” Yet, the
  discussion of the issue, and the council moved forward with a
  vote on a motion to hold the next City Council election in No-
  vember 2012. Then last weekend, Hughes raised the procedural
  issue again during a discussion of an ordinance to create a tax
                                                                          I    families of soldiers who serve in the Iraq and
                                                                               Afghan wars are certain of one thing: the phrase
                                                                          is true, especially for the children. That’s why Op-
                                                                          eration Kid Comfort — a program where volunteers
  exemption for pollution-control equipment. This time it was             make quilts for children whose family members are
  Hughes who called the question, then made the same point about          deployed — is so important.
  how a member must second the motion to call the question be-               Susan Simms, manager, branch/corporate rela-
  fore the motion could be considered.                                    tions for the Armed Services YMCA in Alexandria,
     “I’ll take over,” announced Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, before          explains the program, its technical aspects and its
  calling for a second to Hughes’ motion to call the question and         popularity: ”Operation Kid Comfort started at Ft.
  then moving on to vote on the main motion. “We have now lost            Bragg/Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C., in
  10 minutes of our lives that we will never get back.”                   2003, as part of the Armed Services YMCA
                                                                          [ASYMCA]. Since 2004 the program went from be-
  Communication Strategy                                                  ing at a single site to several sites across the coun-
                                                                          try. Volunteers are taught the basic steps of quilt
     City officials like to pat themselves on the back when they win
                                                                          making, how to crop and scan pictures, how to pre-       Giselle Schneider with Cathy and Nathan
  awards, and the announcement of various honors is a regular
                                                                          pare the fabric and how to use other necessary equip-    Jung, who received the quilt at the 9-11
  feature of City Council meetings. But one recent prize struck a
                                                                          ment. Photographs of the deployed parent are placed      National Day of Service and Remembrance
  nerve in Cameron Station, where residents are still upset with
                                                                          onto the quilts via “photo-transfer;” the photos of      at the RFK Stadium.
  the city government for failing to tell them about a hazardous
                                                                          the family member, or photos with the children and
  materials facility until a month after it began operations last year.
                                                                          the family members are scanned into a computer,          separated from my father for two years when we came
  Last month, the mayor announced that the city received an award
                                                                          printed, and then placed onto the fabric.”               to this country as refugees. I can still recall wishing I
  from the Virginia Municipal League for its outreach efforts to
  inform residents about Norfolk Southern’s facility that loads liq-                                                               had a picture of my dad to hold close to my heart
                                                                          OPERATION KID COMFORT has proven so popu-                during thunderstorms, or just when I felt lonely. Hav-
  uid ethanol from rail cars to tanker trucks.
                                                                          lar that the demand exceeds the number of quilts         ing my dad’s picture near would have been a great
     “While you did post 2,500 pages related to this debacle, this
                                                                          available. Two volunteers Giselle Schneider and          comfort to me. Through the OKC program, the quilt
  was only done after a Freedom of Information Act request from
                                                                          Karen Mudry Avil explain their involvement with the      or pillow a child receives has pictures of the child
  Cameron Station Civic Association,” said Mindy Lyle, president
                                                                          program, and why it’s so special to them.                and their parent.”
  of the association. “Ironically, this award-winning communica-
                                                                            “I learned about the program by reading a news-          Mudry Avil a homemaker also from Great Falls tells
  tion plan also failed to notify residents and the public of a recent
                                                                          paper article and I’ve been working with Operation       how her friend’s suggestion became her own labor of
  ethanol spill until a day, at least, after it occurred.”
                                                                          Kid Comfort for about 2 1⁄2 years, “Schneider said.      love for Operation Kid Comfort: “I heard about the
     Lyle called the award “bogus” and said that the situation was
                                                                          Even then, juggling the responsibilities of mother-      program from my neighbor, Giselle Schneider, who
  an example of inept government She also suggested that Cameron
                                                                          hood, work and other volunteer responsibilities, the     had a son in the Marines. I asked her if there was
  Station residents should call the home telephone number of Nor-
                                                                          Great Falls resident, still made time for the OKC pro-   anything I could do to benefit her son or the Marines
  folk Southern Vice President David Lawson when they are
                                                                          gram. When asked why she committed to such time-         and she said I could help her make quilts.”
  awakened in the middle of the night by the hazardous-materials
                                                                          consuming and labor intensive volunteer work, she          Since that time, Mudry Avil has also been with the
                                                                          seemed oblivious to the physically challenging as-       program for the last two and a half years, “I set a
     “I can’t believe we accepted the award,” said Councilman Paul
                                                                          pects involved, instead she emphasized the personal      goal of making two quilts per month but right now I
  Smedberg. “We shouldn’t have applied or accepted.”
                                                                          reasons, that caused her to become a volunteer for       am working on 13 quilts.” What’s her reason for stick-
                                                                          Operation Kid Comfort.                                   ing with such arduous volunteer work? “To help the
                                           — Michael Lee Pope
                                                                            “I can empathize with the feelings of loss a child     military in a small way compared to what they do for
                                                                          has when they are separated from a parent … I was                            See Operation Kid, Page 29                                                                                       Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 3
       Business Matters
  Beer To Go
     In many ways, Virginia is still recovering from Prohibition. An-
  tiquated laws discouraging the demon alcohol still govern the
  commonwealth, and state regulators routinely march through res-
  taurants looking for violations and levying fines. Last year, for
  example, restaurants were finally allowed to mix brandy and wine
  to make sangria thanks to a King Street restaurant that challenged
  the ban. Now Pizzaria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser may have
  another fight on her hands.
     At issue is the ability of customers to purchase craft-brewed
  beers to go.
     When Gresser submitted her special-use permit, she requested
  “to sell wine and beer both on and off-site.” But the Alexandria
  Police Department raised strong objections, so the Planning Com-
  mission slapped requirements on approval of the permit. One was
  that all off-premise sales be made in conjunction with a to-go or-
  der. The other was that all to-go alcohol sales be made in four-
  packs, six-packs or bottles of more than 40 fluid ounces.
     When the Alexandria City Council considered the special-use
  permit application last weekend, Gresser’s attorney said that the
  Pizzeria Paradiso locations in Georgetown and Dupont Circle were
  able to sell their craft-brewed beer for off-premise consumption.
     “The craft-brewing industry is booming,” said Cathy Puskar,                                                                                          Jenny Ruley Photography
  who is also chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.            Winners of Burke & Herbert Calendar Photo Contest, front row, left to right: Richard
  “Being able to make these sales really helps them to survive.”         Niquen, Ray Lehr, Joseph LaMountain, George Lovelace, Laura Howell, Burke & Herbert
     The request was denied, and members of the City Council did         Bank CEO E. Hunt Burke, Venise Lewis, Judy Morse, Susan Kehoe, and Randy Benarick.
  not want to allow Gresser to have a competitive disadvantage           Back row, left to right: Vic Russillo, John Crowell, Charles Thomas, Gunnar Westerlind,
  over other businesses that wanted to sell alcohol for off-premise      and Ned Stone. Not pictured: Mary Calvert, Paul Barkley, Allison Marocco, John David
  consumption.                                                           Coppola, Ronald McCallum, Frederic Tompkins, Alexandra Sandlin, and Ed Ruggiero.
     “I do think it’s time to revisit this policy,” said Puskar.
                                                                         Burke & Herbert Releases Photo Calendar
  Tale of Two Fridays                                                           urke & Herbert Bank unveiled its 2010 Cal-      Burke & Herbert Bank’s 21 branches throughout
    This week marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season,
  but the Great Recession has cast a pall on Black Friday. Some
  retailers say they are expecting the best while others are on the
                                                                         B      endar featuring the winning images selected
                                                                                in its second annual photography contest. The
                                                                         photography contest theme was “Virginia People &
                                                                                                                                Northern Virginia.
                                                                                                                                  Burke & Herbert Bank plans to make the photog-
                                                                                                                                raphy contest an annual event with winning entries
  verge of disaster. Vicki Burkett is in the former group. She owns      Places” and the full-color calendar features the 13    featured in each year’s calendar. Burke & Herbert
  Embellishments of Alexandria, a boutique home décor shop on            winning photographs along with two pages of “Hon-      Bank & Trust Company, established in 1852, is the
  Upper King Street. Her store has been open for four years, and         orable Mention” photographs.                           oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and
  she says business has never been better.                               The calendar will be available on a complimentary      the oldest continuously operating bank in the Wash-
    “This will be my best Christmas ever, I know it,” said Burkett. “I   basis starting Nov. 30 while supplies last at all of   ington, D.C. area.
  think the recession is over, and you can’t cancel Christmas.”
    Across the street, Yousef Shupe is in the latter category. He
  rests his chin against an outstretched palm as he sits under a row
  of hand-carved masks at the Ethiopian Hand Craft Shop. Two or
  three years ago, he said, business was brisk. Now he can sit there
  for hours without a customer walking in. A sad song plays on the
  radio as he watches the door, waiting for a customer to appear.
    “I hope business will pick up soon,” said Shupe, who opened
  the store five years ago. “People just don’t have money.”

  Chamber Rebounds
     Over the last three years, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
  lost about a third of its membership. By the time the organization
  hired a new chief executive officer this summer, membership had
  dwindled from a high point of 900 to a low point of 600. The
  recession contributed to the decline, but new chamber president
  Tina Leone said the drop in membership was also the result of
  internal turmoil.
     “I think the chamber had some problems that we had to deal
  with,” said Leone. “The chamber was actually without a CEO from
  January until when I came on in July.”
     Leone said that the organization had about 570 members when
  she started, and she’s been able to grow the membership about
  20 percent to 700 members. In addition expanding networking
  opportunities, Leone is also engaged in an effort to work with
  Alexandria businesses to find parking solutions.
     “One of the things we’ve done is help get the word out about
  the parking that is available in the garages and how inexpensive
  it is after 5 o’clock,” said Leone. “We also asking the businesses
  that own parking garages that are not open to the public to open
  them up in the evening so people have other options.”                    5th Anniversary
                                                                           Five years ago, Matt McKinnis assembled a team of fitness professionals to launch
                                           — Michael Lee Pope              Alexandria’s first Fitness Together studio at 300 North Washington St. The entre-
                                                                           preneur also owns the Fitness Together in Scott Circle and Georgetown, D.C.

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          Bulletin Board
                                                                                        input from the community. At George
  To have a notice listed, e-mail         TUESDAY/DEC. 1                                Washington Middle School,         Alexandria Academy Admissions                 Cafeteria, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.,
Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412           Information Meeting. Alexandria            Alexandria. Contact Emily Baker, City
with questions.                              Academy, endowed by George                 Engineer, 703-746-4045,
                                             Washington in 1785, will be       or
                                             reopening in Old Town in Fall 2010.        visit
MONDAY/NOV 30                                Come and meet the Headmaster and           StrategicPlanning.
World AIDS Day Service                       learn about the Academy’s classical
  Excellence Awards Program. 7-              curriculum. New independent school
  8:30 p.m. The awards program will          serving grades 5-8 in 2010-2011.        WEDNESDAY/DEC. 2
  honor the extraordinary efforts of         Meeting held at the Campagna            Annual Christmas Tree Sale
  peer-nominated HIV/AIDS providers          Center, 418 S. Washington St 6:30-8       Begins. 5-8 p.m. Fund-raiser for the
  and advocates in Alexandria. At First      p.m.                                      Alexandria Police Youth Camp.
  Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932      Strategic Goals Meeting. 6:30-9              Weeknights, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  King Street, Alexandria. To RSVP,          p.m. City of Alexandria’s Strategic       weekends. The sale is held by the
  contact Nechelle Terrell, HIV/AIDS         Goal for Health & Environment. A          Amtrak Station, 110 Callahan Drive,
  Coordinator, at 703-838-4400, ext.         formal meeting will begin at 7 p.m.,      Alexandria.
  305 or e-mail                              which will provide an overview of the         strategic planning process and obtain   See Bulletin Board, Page 15

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Doctors, Nurses Volunteer for Operation Walk
From Page 1                         tients. Engh pars them down to 60.                                                                                           Gehring. And then he asked
                                       He is looking for patients who                                                                                            Gehring to add one more item to
Costa Rica, but fell through due don’t have access to the type of                                                                                                his volunteer list. He asked him to
to logistics.                       care he can provide, according to                                                                                            become the team’s medical direc-
   This team — a total of 40, half Warner.                                                                                                                       tor.
of which come from Mount               Upon arrival, Engh and the team                                                                                              “I’ll think about it,” Gehring said.
Vernon-Inova — spend 12 to 14 interview and evaluate each of                                                                                                        “Well, you have to think fast,
hours a day in a hospital perform- those 60 proposed patients in per-                                                                                            because the U.S. ambassador to
ing surgeries and other necessary son. From there, about 40 patients                                                                                             Ecuador is coming and I want to
medical        tasks                                    are selected.                                                                                            introduce you as the medical di-
which eventually                                        “The hardest                                                                                             rector of Operation Walk,” Engh
lead to giving pa-
tients the ability to
                     “Americans are                     thing to do is
                                                        turn someone
                                                                                                                                                                 told him.
                                                                                                                                                                    In a country where the land is
walk and walk
                     seen as arrogant,                  away,” he said.
                                                          Last Wednes-
                                                                                                                                                                 lush and green and roses cost
                                                                                                                                                                 $1.25 a dozen, this team gave back
   But how do you
choose a patient
                     rich, and                          day as Engh                                                                                              to 38 people what Engh calls fun-
                                                        and Warner                                                                                               damental: the ability to walk.
when there are so    uncaring. This                     presented a                                                                                                 And he did it through the help
many who need                                           slideshow of                                                                                             and cooperation of hundreds. But
help?                changes the image                  the Quito trip                                                                                           there’s one more thing Engh and his
   First, Engh and                                      to members of                                                                                            team accomplished: a change in at-
his team make a      of us in many of                   the     Mount                                                                                            titude toward Americans, he said.
                                                                                       Twenty-four hours after most patients have undergone
proposal to a hos-
pital that is willing
                     their eyes.”                       Vernon Rotary
                                                        Club, internist                surgery they’re able to walk.
                                                                                                                                                                    “Americans are seen as arrogant,
                                                                                                                                                                 rich, and uncaring. This changes
to give up two,                   — Dr. Jerry Engh David Gehring                                                                                                 the image of us in many of their
sometimes three                                         called the ex-                 hadn’t been able to do it. Some         One day while there, Engh         eyes. This changes their perspec-
operating rooms, and willing to perience “religious.”                                  were as young as 40, others as old   pulled Gehring aside and said:       tive of who we are,” he said.
help with the advance work before      This was Gehring’s first mission                as 80.”                              “God brought you here.” Gehring         “When you’ve had a successful
the team from Operation Walk ar- with the team. “I went down to do                                                          can’t remember what he said but      career, as a Christian, you want to
rives. Patients are made aware of God’s work but came back with a                      THE TEAM’S PRESENCE in               it was a polite, non-committal       give back,” said Patricia Engh, who
their pending visit. Doctors there better understanding. Thirty-eight                  Quito gained the attention of the    comment.                             has accompanied her husband on
send Engh and his colleagues the [patients] were walking within 24                     U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, who         Engh pressed on.                  every mission. “It’s simple, but it’s
medical files of 100 potential pa- hours. Prior to that time, they                     sent translators.                       “No, really, He did,” Engh told   our spirituality.”

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           ceived a bachelor’s de-
           gree in business from
the College of William and Mary
before going to law school at
                                                                        Zupan is
                                                                        an attor-
                                                                        ney with

                                                                                                                                         Stop by, call or visit

George Mason University. After
receiving his juris doctorate in
1985, he clerked for the three                                                                                                                                                Since 1976
judges of the Alexandria Circuit
Court: Donald Kent, Donald Had-               ter. Pia Trigiani has been the com-
dock and Alfred Swersky. He later             mittee chair for the marketplace
joined the firm of Hazel and Tho-             at the Scottish Walk weekend go-
mas, which later merged with
Reed, Smith. In 2007, he became
                                              ing back into the 1990s, and she
                                              was the commentator for the pa-
                                                                                               $4.00 OFF                                            • stationery
a founding partner at Mercer,                 rade on the local cable broadcast                   Per gallon of any
                                                                                                                                                               • invitations
Trigiani. Zupan will portray Santa            from 1996 to 2000. In 1998                           Regal Product
Claus in the Scottish Walk parade             Franchesca Noone, who is our of-                  Must be presented at time of purchase.                                      • calligraphy
on Dec. 5.                                    fice administrator, was the chair-

What’s the relationship
                                              man of the Scottish Walk week-
                                              end. They asked me to be Santa
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with Mercer, Trigiani and                     Claus, and I said I would be happy                Drop Cloth and                                              703.549.2880
the Scottish Walk?                            to do it.                                         Sanding Sponge
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tionship with the Campagna Cen-                              See Zupan, Page 25                 Must be presented at time of purchase.

    Everything You one
               Convenient Place.
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                                                                     CAPITAL BAGEL BAKERY.......................703-379-6462
                                                                     CHEVY CHASE BANK ...........................703-998-6503
                                                                     CHICKEN OUT ...................................703-998-8802
                                                                     DRESS BARN......................................703-379-4462
                                                                     FOOT SOLUTIONS ..............................703-931-3668
                                                                     FOXY NAILS .......................................703-824-9292
                                                                     GNC................................................703-578-4122                                                                   Informational
                                                                     GIANT .............................................. 703-845-0851                                                                     Lunch
                                                                     GOLDEN DRAGON .............................703-575-8079                                                                              Tuesday,
                                                                     HAIR CUTTERY...................................703-998-9387                                                                      December 15th
                                                                     HARDWOOD ARTISANS.......................703-379-7299                                                                                   RSVP
                                                                     KING STREET BACK & NECK ................703-578-1900
                                                                     KYOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT .............703-379-8060
                                                                     MIXERS’S ICE CREAM ...........................703-671-4799
                                                                     MCDONALD’S ...................................703-379-0441
          “Swingin’ with Snoopy”                                     National Art & Framing...................703-998-5888
        $14.95 with each purchase                                    PALM BEACH TAN ..............................703-933-0096
         of three Hallmark cards                                     Potomac Paint & Design Center.....703-379-5800
                (Reg.$29.95)                                         PRO FEED ......................................... 703-820-3888
                                                                     RITE AID ...........................................703-931-7095
                                                                     ROBCYNS ..........................................703-379-7800
     ALEXANDRIA Pastry Shop & Cafe ........ 703-578-4144             STARBUCKS........................................703-845-9563
     ATLANTIS PIZZA .................................703-671-0250    SUBWAY ............................................703-931-3700
     B & C JEWELERS ................................ 703-379-6010    SUNTRUST BANK ............................... 703-838-3280
     BANNERS HALLMARK .......................... 703-820-4449        TC UNISEX SALON .............................703-379-6397
     BATTERIES PLUS ................................. 703-575-7711   U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ......................1-800-275-8777
     BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO ......................... 703-820-8820        UNWINED .........................................703-820-8600
     BLUE RIBBON DRY CLEANING..............703-998-5118              VIRGINIA ABC...................................703-845-6374
     BRADLEE BARBER SHOP ...................... 703-998-9830         VIRGINIA VACUUMS ........................... 703-931-6100
     BRADLEE DENTAL CARE .......................703-820-2273         WACHOVIA BANK .............................. 703-671-7523
     BRADLEE FLORIST ...............................703-379-6166     WASHINGTON SPORTS CLUB...............703-933-3777

   Bradlee Center                                                                King Street, just west of
                                                                                 Quaker Lane in Alexandria                                                                                                              Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 7
                        Opinion                                                                                                                                       Alexandria
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Give Locally                                                                                              Where To Donate
                                                                                                          ❖ ALIVE (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically)
                                                                                                          ❖ The Campagna Center in Alexandria 703-549-0111
                                                                                                          ❖ Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia,
                                                                                                             Arlington, 703-521-9890
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More local families in                               have the money to buy food, up from 13 mil-
                                                     lion households in 2007. That’s 49 million           new ones. In some cases people who own                   NEWS DEPARTMENT:
                                                                                                                                                             To discuss ideas and concerns,
need right now than                                  people, up from 36 million in 2007.
                                                        The numbers are almost certainly higher
                                                                                                          homes are stuck, unable to sell their houses
                                                                                                          because the homes are worth less than they
                                                                                                                                                                     Call: 703-778-9410
ever before; thankfully,                             now, as 2009 draws to a close.
                                                        The ongoing recession and loss of jobs are
                                                                                                          paid for them, and are facing foreclosure as
                                                                                                                                                                     Steven Mauren
                                                                                                          well.                                                     Editor, 703-778-9415
most of us are                                       driving an ongoing surge of families turning           Families have used up their safety net, spent
                                                     to food banks here in Northern Virginia. There       their savings. They find themselves without
in a position to help.                               are more unemployed people in Northern Vir-          being able to put food on the table, and they
                                                                                                                                                                       Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                                                                                     Reporter, 703-778-9437
                                                     ginia than in any other part of the state, ac-       turn to local food banks, food pantries,
                                                     cording to the Virginia Employment Commis-           churches and other charitable organizations for               Steve Hibbard
                                                                                                                                                                 Associate Editor, 703-778-9412
             uring 2008, more families across        sion. While the employment rate is lower here        their most basic needs.                  

D            the country were without enough
             food during part of some months
             than at any time since 1995 when
the U.S. Department of Agriculture began
monitoring the extent and severity of food in-
                                                     as a percentage of the population, this area
                                                     still has by far the largest number of people
                                                        In August, there were 69,770 unemployed
                                                     people in Northern Virginia, with an unemploy-
                                                                                                            Food pantries around the area have launched
                                                                                                          additional food drives to try to meet the need.
                                                                                                          Many local charities also offer winter coats and
                                                                                                          holiday gifts, and are also turning to the com-
                                                                                                          munity to meet the rising needs.
                                                                                                                                                                        Jon Roetman
                                                                                                                                                                  Sports Editor, 703-224-3015

                                                                                                                                                             To place an advertisement, call the ad
security in U.S. households.                         ment rate of 4.7 percent. The rate was down            With the holiday season underway, it’s time         department between 9 a.m. and
                                                                                                                                                                    5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  Last year, 17 million households in the            from 5.1 percent in July, but up from 3.3 per-       to help.
United States were without enough food for           cent in August, 2008.                                                                                   Display ads                    703-778-9410
                                                                                                                                                             Classified ads                 703-778-9411
some part of some months because they didn’t            People have lost their jobs, are unable to find                                  — Mary Kimm         Employment ads                 703-778-9413
                                                                                                                                                                         Julie Ferrill
       Letters to the Editor                                                                                                                                  Display Advertising, 703-778-9446
Study This                              Northern Virginia.
                                          It’s bad enough when drivers
                                                                                I suggest that maybe someone
                                                                                from the Department of Transpor-
                                                                                                                        Learn about                                    Jane Hughes
                                                                                                                                                              Display Advertising, 703-778-9448
Intersection                            don’t stop when there’s a stop sign.
                                        Many drivers ignore the stop signs
                                                                                tation would just monitor that
                                                                                area for awhile, park within that
                                                                                                                                                                         Ginger Krup
To the Editor:
  As an activist in support of safety
                                        located on many side streets. I
                                        believe pedestrians should not
                                                                                area and try exiting. Maybe one
                                                                                or two motorists may be nice
                                                                                                                        Cancer                                 Display Advertising, 703-778-9447
in any means when it comes to the                                                                                          To the Editor:
                                        have to be placed in a position of      enough and let you exit. It may not                                                     Andrea Smith
welfare of a life [“Road Kill Legis-                                                                                       November is National Pancre-      Classified Advertising, 703-778-9411
                                        playing a game of Pac-Man with          seem important, but it is impor-                                   
lation Again”], I support the city                                                                                      atic Cancer Awareness Month.
                                        his or her life.                        tant to the residents that reside
council members’ effort to encour-                                                                                      I encourage you to visit                     Barbara Parkinson
                                          There have been on-going issues       within that area.                                                                   Employment Advertising
age legislation in Richmond that                                                                               to
                                        with the traffic at the corner of the                                                                                           703-778-9413
would force drivers to stop at cross                                                                                    learn how to take action against
                                        600 block of South Patrick Street
walks throughout our City of Al-                                                                                        the fourth leading cause of can-
                                        and the 900 block of Gibbon Street                         Geri Baldwin                                                                Publisher
exandria as well as other parts of                                                                                      cer death in our country. With
                                        of Alexandria. For safety reasons,                            Alexandria                                                              Jerry Vernon
                                                                                                                        your help, we will increase the
                                                                                                                                                                        Editor & Publisher
                                                                                                                        number of our community vol-                        Mary Kimm
                                                                                                                        unteers and advocates, and
                                                                                                                                                                       Editor in Chief
                                                                                                                        urge them to raise awareness                    Steven Mauren
                                                                                                                        and help us raise the cure.                     Photography:
                                                                                                                                                                 Louise Krafft, Robbie Hammer
                                                                                                                           By the end of this year, this                 Art/Design:
                                                                                                                        deadly disease will have                Geovani Flores, Laurence Foong,
                                                                                                                                                                  John Heinly, Wayne Shipp,
                                                                                                                        claimed more than 35,000                          John Smith
                                                                                                                        loved ones. Among them no-                 Production Manager:
                                                                                                                                                                           Jean Card
                                                                                                                        table American’s including ac-
                                                                                                                                                                         Editor Emeritus:
                                                                                                                        tor Patrick Swayze, NCAA Presi-                   Mary Anne Weber
                                                                                                                        dent Myles Brand and NBA Hall
                                                                                                                        of Fame coach Chuck Daly.              CIRCULATION: 703-778-9427
                                                                                                                                                                  Circulation Manager:
                                                                                                                           Whether well known or not,                   Ann Oliver
                                                                                                                        they are all people like us —
                                                                                                                        mothers, fathers, siblings and          CONNECTION NEWSPAPERS,
                                                                                                                        grandparents in families like                Peter Labovitz
                                                                                                                        yours and mine.                               President/CEO
                                                                                                                           Pancreatic cancer is affecting               Mary Kimm
                                                                                                                        more and more people each             Publisher/Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                                                        year. The only way to reverse
                                                                                                                        this trend is to increase the                   Jerry Vernon
                                                                                                                        number of people who know              Publisher/Executive Vice President
                                                                                                                        about pancreatic cancer and
                                                                                                                        understand how to join in the                    Wesley DeBrosse
                                                                                                                        fight to end it.
                                                                                                                                                                       Debbie Funk
   Snapshot                                                                                                                Join me, and the Pancreatic
                                                                                                                        Cancer Action Network this No-
                                                                                                                                                                National Sales, 703-778-9444
   Members of the U9 Girls Alexandria Fire Red Team ended their first Fall season of
                                                                                                                        vember and help raise aware-                   A Connection Newspaper
   travel soccer by playing in this year’s Bethesda Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament
                                                                                                                        ness of this deadly disease.         The Alexandria Gazette Packet is distributed weekly
   on Nov. 14 and 15. They are, back row, from left to right, Jed Bobier, Elizabeth                                                                              to selected homes in the City of Alexandria.
                                                                                                                                                              Any owners or occupants of premises that do not
   McGinn, Marin Cahill, Elspeth Collard, Mary Rose Bell, Auggie Burke, and, front                                                                            wish to receive the paper can notify the publisher
                                                                                                                                                                by telephone at 703-917-6480 or by email to
   row, Hannah Plishker, Eleanor Nuechterlein, Mackie Wainstein, Payson White, and                                                                  , and the
                                                                                                                                     Courtney Farrell         distributor will be notified to discontinue service.
   Rae Harrison. Not pictured is Elizabeth Gately.
8 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                     
      Opinion                           Be a Part of CHILDREN’S (& TEENS’) GAZETTE
                                                                           Every year between Christmas
                                                                        and New Year’s, the Alexandria

Many                                                                    Gazette Packet turns its pages over
                                                                        to the contributions of local
                                                                        students. We are seeking artwork,
                                                                                                                                     Échos Chamber Ensemble sings
                                                                                                                                AN INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS
                                                                                                                                        Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7pm
                                                                        photography, poetry, opinions,                 Peace Lutheran Church • 6362 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria, VA

Thanks                                                                  short stories and reflections. We
                                                                        welcome contributions from
                                                                        public schools, private schools and
                                                                                                                                 Choralis & The Classical Brass Quintet
                                                                                                                                 A CLASSIC BRASS CHRISTMAS
  By Dr. Morton Sherman                                                 students who are home schooled.                             Saturday, December 12th, 7 pm
    Superintendent of Schools                                              E-mail: to PhotoAX@connection                               With Choralis Youth Choirs
                              , or mail or deliver contributions by Dec. 4, to          Westminster Presbyterian Church • 2701 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria, VA
            hen Plymouth colonists      1606 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Please be sure to include the
                                                                                                                                     Sunday, December 13th, 7 pm

W           and Wampanoag Indi
            ans shared one of the
first Thanksgiving feasts in 1621,
                                        student’s name, age, grade, school and town of residence along
                                        with each submission. For information, call 703-778-9410.
                                                                                                                                      With Edison HS Concert Choir
                                                                                                              Falls Church Presbyterian Church • 225 E. Broad Street (Rt. 7), Falls Church, VA

                                                                                                                          Tickets & info: or 703 237-2499
they celebrated the fact that they
had survived to live another day                                                                                             ADVANCE PURCHASE RECOMMENDED
after countless hardships. Times
were tough; yet throughout the
ing     Day
tions ran
the themes
of hope and
upon which
this great
was built.
During our
current challenges, it is with this
spirit that we look toward the fu-
   I continue to feel humbled and
honored each day to serve the chil-
dren of Alexandria City Public
                       Schools. De-
                       spite the cur-
Commentary rent eco-
                       nomic situa-
tion, those of us in Alexandria City
Public Schools have much for
which to be thankful: We continue
to appreciate the generous support
of this community, even when
most residents do not have school-
age children; we are forging new
partnerships with parents as well
as local and national organiza-
tions; and we continue to see ris-
ing student achievement.
    ❖ Compared with last year, the
overall on-time graduation rate for
ACPS increased 2 percent. The in-
creases for some No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) subgroups were
more substantial: 9 percent in-
crease for students with disabili-
ties; 8 percent increase for stu-
dents who are economically dis-
advantaged; and 7 percent in-
crease for Hispanic students.
    ❖ The drop-out rate for stu-
dents with disabilities decreased
dramatically from 2008 to 2009,
from 20.21 percent to 12.63 per-
cent. The overall drop-out rate for
ACPS decreased slightly from
11.10 percent to 10.54 percent.
The rate for economically disad-
vantaged students went from
15.33 percent to 11.52 percent;
Black students went from 9.03
percent to 6.63 percent.
   ❖ Twelve Alexandria schools

  See Many Thanks, Page 18                                                                                   Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 9
                                                                  Climate Change Act
                                                                  Let’s not water down Alexandria.
                                                                           By Karen Pallansch             that may include human and ani-
                                                                    General Manager, Alexandria           mal waste. Climate change could
                                                                           Sanitation Authority           make an already bad situation
                                                                                                          even worse.
                                                                            ucks paddling on Union           Another potential victim to ex-

                                                                  D         Street. Sandbags protect-
                                                                            ing businesses. Flood
                                                                  waters creeping up King Street.
                                                                                                          treme weather? Our infrastruc-
                                                                                                          ture. Flooding can result in costs
                                                                                                          — to reconfigure and reconstruct
                                                                  The City of Alexandria and its resi-    facilities — ranging into the bil-
                                                                  dents are no strangers to the           lions. Lack of water caused by
                                                                  Potomac spilling over its banks         drought can lead to higher pollut-
                                                                  after days of heavy rains or a stray    ant concentrations entering our
                                                                  tropical storm. Some take it in         treatment facility, taxing processes
                                                                  stride. After all, it doesn’t happen    and requiring more infrastructure
                                                                  every year. Or will it?                 to meet clean water requirements.
                                                                     Although greenhouse gases and           The National Association of
                                                                  rising temperatures seem to com-        Clean Water Agencies and the As-
                                                                  mand the most attention in the          sociation of the Metropolitan Wa-
                                                                  current debate; climate change is       ter Agencies released a report
                                                                  fundamentally about water. If glo-      which put the cost of adapting
                                                                  bal warming continues unabated,         these facilities to climate change
                                                                  scientists and climatologists pre-      at between $448 billion and $944
                                                                  dict a much more extreme weather        billion through 2050.
                                                                  pattern, including heavier rains,          A changing climate does not al-
                                                                  stronger storms and Noah-like           ter ASA’s mission. We remain com-
                                                                  floods in some areas, including         mitted to providing clean and safe
                                                                  possibly ours.                          water and ensuring the strongest
                                                                     We in the clean water commu-         protections for public health and
                                                                  nity are growing increasingly con-      the environment. Our economic
                                                                  cerned about the impacts of cli-        security depends on it. However,
                                                                  mate change. Here’s the problem.        in the midst of a changing climate,
                                                                  Extreme wet weather threatens           we need help ensuring we can con-
                                                                  not only our basements and back-        tinue to provide these vital public
                                                                  yards, but our ability to recycle the   health and environmental ser-
                                                                  water.                                  vices.
                                                                     Most wastewater treatment               In this regard, we urge the Sen-
                                                                  plants — including the Alexandria       ate to pass the Clean Energy Jobs
                                                                  Sanitation Authority (ASA) — sit        and American Power Act (S.
                                                                  in low lying areas, such as by riv-     1733), which includes the Water
                                                                  ers. That’s not by coincidence.         System Mitigation and Adaptation
                                                                  Gravity serves as the main force        Partnership program. It would es-
                                                                  for moving wastewater from our          tablish a competitive grant pro-
                                                                  homes and businesses to treat-          gram through which the nation’s
                                                                  ment plants that are located along      water,       wastewater,        and
                                                                  these waterways and near our            stormwater utilities could compete
                                                                  coasts.                                 for billions of dollars in funding
                                                                     Even today, heavy downpours in       to help them adapt to the poten-
                                                                  a short period of time can result       tial impacts from climate change.
                                                                  in sewage overflows from treat-            With the proper tools to deal
                                                                  ment and collections systems that       with the foreseeable water-related
                                                                  were not designed to handle large       challenges of climate change, Al-
                                                                  volumes of water. This comes with       exandria and other U.S. commu-
                                                                  serious environmental, economic         nities will be able to avert poten-
                                                                  and health consequences. Some           tially serious public health and
                                                                  public health officials in the Chesa-   water pollution risks.
                                                                  peake Bay watershed advise                 The good news is that these risks
                                                                  people to stay out of the water for     can be substantially avoided if fed-
                                                                  48 hours after a heavy rain for fear    eral climate legislation now before
       299                                                        they may contract serious illnesses
                                                                  caused by the overflow and dan-
                                                                  gerous runoff from other sources
                                                                                                          Congress is enacted. We urge our
                                                                                                          Senators, Mark Warner and Jim
                                                                                                          Webb, to support S. 1733.

                                                                  Rapid HIV Test at Inova Alexandria
                                                                    Inova Juniper Program is now          gency Department patients aged
                                                                  offering free rapid HIV testing to      13 to 84, regardless of behavioral
                                                                  patients of the Inova Alexandria        factors and health history.
                                                                  Hospital Emergency Department.            For more information about
                                                                  The tests, which return results in      Inova Juniper Program services,
                                                                  15 minutes using one drop of            call 703-321-2600 or visit
                                                                  blood, will be offered to Emer-

10 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                  
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                                                                                                 Rug Repair
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 POINSETTIAS                             GREENERY
                                         99¢ a Yard
                                                    FRASER FIR
                                                     Fresh Cut
    GREEN HOUSE FRESH                     Garland     Superior
     6” Poinsettias                      Wreaths       Quality
        Buy One,                          Holly    Live Christmas
    Get One 50% OFF                      Mistletoe      Trees
   ALL POTTERY 60–75% OFF                35% TO 75%                                                                                                      Facility
                                         OFF ALL Trees & Shrubs                                                                                          Re-Opens
                                         SHREDDED HARDWOOD MULCH                                                                                         The Boys and
                                                                                                                                                         Girls Clubs of
                                          3 CU. FT. Bag $ 99       2                                                                                     Greater
                                                 Bulk Mulch                                                                                              Washington

  60,000 POTS                             $ 1999 Reg      $29 99   cu yd
                                                                                                                                                         officially re-
                                                                                                                                                         opened on
                                                                                                                                                         401 N. Payne
    Buy 1 at Regular Price 25% SUPER                                                                                                                     St. on Nov.19.
         Get 2 FREE        OFF SPECIALS
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                                           BONSAI,        50% OFF
   FREE                                    ORCHIDS        Magnolias, Hollies,
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                                            CACTI                                                                                   Photos by LaShawn Avery/Gazette Packet
   Hardscape Estimates PERENNIALS Crape Myrtles
   PATIOS, WALLS,      New Truckload TALAVERA
     WALKWAYS,          Hand Painted Mexican Pottery

  PAVER DRIVEWAYS,             SINCE 1973
  Off-Season Pricing
                               of this
         Concrete                                                               Branch director Tammy Valencia Mujica
       Stone Masons                       Major credit cards accepted           and her husband Juan Mujica attended the   Board members Virginia Record and
       Brick Layers                      Open 9-5, 7 days a week                re-opening.                                Denire Dunbar enjoy the festivities.

   Come Taste the Difference
         Two Alexandria Locations
      Bradlee              Belle View
  3690J King Street 1600A Belle View Blvd.
    703.820.8600          703-384.6880
           Open Thanksgiving Day
                9 a.m.-1 p.m.
          King Stree Location Only

              We proudly offer dozens of great
            locally made food, wine & gift items.
   Present this ad and take 25% off all local products:
   ME Swings Coffee • Best Buns Bakery • Pollystyle •
    Meadow Creek Dairy • Select Virginia Wineries •
        Autumn’s Crush Wine Wrap • and more!
    (Does not combine with case discounts. Offer valid 11/25/09-11/29/09)

12 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                  
          Opinion                                                                                                                                                                SINCE 1990
                                                                                                                                     ❁       ORIENTAL STAR              ❁
Giving Thanks for Safe Haven                                                                                                        Chinese~Japanese~Thai Fusion Restaurant
                                                                                                                                       EXCEPTIONAL VEGETARIAN MENU ❁ CARRY-OUT MENU
                              By Mary Anne Weber                                                  Where will these home-             Fine Dining with Full-Service Bar & Catering
     Chair, Alexandria Community Services Board                                                 less in need of housing and         Free Delivery Minimum $15•Within 3 Miles
                                                                                                care come from? Right here           We Use 100% Vegetable Oil
         s we gather around our dinner tables tomor-                                            on the streets of Alexandria            OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
A       row for Thanksgiving with family and friends,
        many of us will be living in leaner times than
last year. Still we will have good things to celebrate,
                                                                                                where they currently live,
                                                                                                uncared for, disintegrating.
                                                                                                According to years of data
                                                                                                                                    10% off with this ad, Dine-in Only
                                                                                                                                    Business Hours                         MSG
good food to eat, the fellowship of the people we                                               on any given day or night           Mon-Thurs & Sun: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
love and for those of us at the Community Services                                              there are at least 100 home-        Fri & Sat: 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Board, the knowledge that despite bad times, good                                               less individuals on the
work is still being done.                                                                       streets, many of them long-
                                                                                                                                     3221 Duke St., Alexandria Commons • 703-370-4100
                                                                  Mary Anne Weber
   Back in 2004 we received permission from the City                                            time residents and even
Council to apply for HUD funding for a Safe Haven,                natives of Alexandria.
permanent supportive housing for chronically home-                  Yes we have shelters but some of these chronic
less people. The concept had been discussed for sev-              homeless cannot be housed in our shelters for a va-
                     eral years. That is why Safe Ha-             riety of reasons. Those using the shelters are being                 YOU WANT QUALITY SERVICE
                     ven became part of Alexandria’s              helped to find jobs, to manage money, to save and
Commentary 10- year-plan to end                                   find places of their own. That is hard enough to ac-                 FROM A LOCAL AGENT
                     homelessness. It was not a novel             complish in these bad times but our clients may not
concept, we were far from pioneers and had plenty                 ready for that kind of help . They need a place to
of expertise to drawn upon.
   Similar projects were up and running in Philadel-
                                                                  come in out of the cold and then, once safe, the help
                                                                  to begin the road to recovery. Some will make it all
                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Umbel
phia, Baltimore, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut,                the way back and be on their way, others will always
                                                                                                                                                                    State Farm Agent
Seattle, to name just a few and the news from these               need our help.                                                                                  703-751-4404
places was good. Not only did such housing get frag-
ile people off the streets, it cut costs significantly in         CONSTRUCTION of Safe Haven is expected to be
                                                                                                                                                              We are open on Saturdays!
other areas. Seattle reported that mental health hos-             finished in December, staff soon hired and hopefully                                              Hablamos Español
pitalizations dropped by 89 percent and arrests and               residents will be living there by spring. Since the time                                     Visit Us at
incarcerations by 93 percent. Baltimore said emer-                the permits have been approved, there have been no
gency room use dropped by 75 percent while Min-                   delays in moving the project toward completion and                   Auto • Home • Business • Life • Health
nesota reported that emergency detoxification days                there have been no cost overruns.                                  State Farm                         Home Office Bloomington, IL State
dropped by 84 percent.                                               As for the funding, the city’s share is $111,891 a
   Right here in northern Virginia we only had to look            year, HUD’s funding is $54,608 a year. There is addi-
to neighboring Arlington and Falls Church to see Safe             tional funding from the state and those fees paid by
Havens already in operation with no disruption to                 the clients themselves and Medicaid.
   So we began the slow and steady progress toward
                                                                     No the project is not cheap. Neither is it extrava-
                                                                  gant or untried. The cost of doing nothing is much
                                                                                                                                     Intelligent Office Presents
having a Safe Haven of our own, a place where home-               higher. If the homeless in a community are left un-                The 2009 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
less people with mental illness and or substance                  treated and uncared for, then local emergency rooms,
abuse disorders could have a permanent place to stay              jails and courts bear the burden and the costs. We
and a chance to begin the road to recovery. The site              don’t imagine that. We know it as we look at the
was selected, 115 North Patrick Street, once the home             experiences of urban areas across the country in
of the Clubhouse which has now moved to larger                    lesser recessions than now. Surely no one can forget
quarters on upper King Street. Notices were sent out,             the days not too long ago when our train stations,
neighborhood meetings held, and detailed informa-                 bus stations, libraries, church steps and porches,
tion presented including a 10-page document. There                parking garages and park benches were homes for
were multiple public hearings and public meetings                 the homeless. Is that our vision for Alexandria?
to involve and inform the community and secure re-                   Yes in hard times we cut out luxuries, we elimi-
quired approvals for the project. Finally all the nec-            nate those things which are not necessary, but we at
essary permits were obtained, HUD granted the fund-               CSB cannot imagine an Alexandria that would con-
ing and renovation of the building began.                         sider housing the homeless, treating the sick and
                                                                                                                                            Thursday, December 17 • 6-9 P.M.
                                                                  feeding the hungry as luxuries.                                                       Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
THE SAFE HAVEN program, now called Riley’s                           The Alexandria CSB has been celebrating 40 years                             625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Place, will contain three apartments, each housing                of caring over this past year including all the pro-
four residents. All but two of the residents will have            grams and innovations that have been accomplished.
                                                                                                                                       Satin Doll Trio • Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres
their own bedrooms, modest in size, but a room of                 One is certainly Safe Haven. Once it is open and run-                 • New and improved voting system
their own. In addition to housing they will be pro-               ning we will have an open house. And you are all                      • Free cab rides will be provided by Alexandria
vided with the help they need from a 24-hour staff.               invited to come.                                                       Yellow Cab from 8:45 to 10:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                        • Reduced hotel room rates and a complimentary
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for City Services                                                                                          breakfast for two provided by the Holiday Inn to
   All City of Alexandria government       703-838-4911, the sexual assault              be closed on Nov. 26. The Chinquapin
                                                                                                                                         anyone who books a room for the event
offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov.   hotline, 703-683-7273, and the child          Recreation Center will be open from 6                          Sample and Vote for the
26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance     protective services hotline,                  a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27. All neighbor-
of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Health       Libraries: All Alexandria Library          hood recreation centers will open from
Facilities: The Alexandria Health De-      branches will be closed on . 26 and 27.       9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27. The Jerome
partment (4480 King St.) and the Flora        Parking: The Alexandria Police De-         “Buddie” Ford Nature Center will be
Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N.        partment will suspend enforcement of          open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Howard St.) will close at noon on Nov.     parking restrictions at metered spaces,           Refuse Collection: Residential                          Martini Bar Entry fee $150
25 and remain closed on Nov. 26 and        as well as time restrictions in residential   trash and recycling will be collected on
27. The Adolescent Health Center (3701     permit parking districts and other areas      the regularly scheduled day during the                     First 20 bars will be accepted
W. Braddock Road) will be closed on        with signed parking time limits, on Nov.      week of Thanksgiving, including              Pre-registration required: $75 for members, $90 for non-members
Nov. 26 and 27.                            26 and 27.                                    Thanksgiving Day, November 26.                           Reservations: Visit
   Hotlines: All emergency hotlines           Recreation Centers: All City of                Schools: The Alexandria City Pub-
operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,   Alexandria recreation centers, including      lic Schools will be closed from Nov. 26
                                                                                                                                                    Questions: Call Janelle at 703-739-3808
including the domestic violence hotline,   the Chinquapin Recreation Center, will        - 28.                                                       or email                                                                                                        Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 13
                                                                  Reports Lists Plant as Second Dirtiest
                                                                  From Page 1
                                                                  control fugitive dust from the
                                                                  “It’s very disappointing, but I must
                                                                  say it’s not surprising,” said Coun-
                                                                  cilwoman Del Pepper. “I’m hope-
                                                                  ful that with the $ 34 million we
                                                                  got to improve the plan will ad-
                                                                  dress some of the problems.”
                                                                     In a $34-million settlement ar-
                                                                  ranged last summer, the Atlanta-
                                                                  based energy company consented
                                                                  to spending $32 million to reduce
                                                                  output of particulate matter from
                                                                  the plant and $2 million to con-
                                                                  trol fugitive dust.
                                                                     City officials say their long-term
                                                                  goal remains closing the plant, al-
                                                                  though nobody seems to have a
                                                                  timeline for when that might hap-
                                                                                                                                           Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
                                                                  pen. Mirant officials had no com-
                                                                                                          The Mirant plant in north Old Town as seen from the
                                                                  ment on the study.
                                                                                                          Potomac River.
                                                                     “We would like to see the Mirant
                                                                  plant closed,” said Glen Besa, Vir-     second dirtiest power plant in Vir-     “It’s time for the oldest and dirti-
                                                                  ginia chapter director for the Si-      ginia in 2007 based on carbon di-     est power plants to clean up their
                                                                  erra Club, in an interview last Sep-    oxide pollution, according to a       act,” said Environment Virginia
                                                                  tember. “But the law allows for the     new analysis of government data       community organizer Pamela
                                                                  burning of coal, and there are lim-     from the Environmental Protec-        Leibowitz. “In order to stop glo-
                                                                  its to how hard you can push a          tion Agency. The report also found    bal warming and reap all the ben-
                                                                  company like Mirant. We pushed          that power plants built three de-     efits of clean energy, we must re-
                                                                  them pretty hard.”                      cades ago or more produced 73         quire old coal-fired clunkers to
                                                                     The report concluded that the        percent of the total pollution from   meet modern standards for global
                                                                  Mirant plant on the Potomac is the      power plants in 2007.                 warming pollution.”

14 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                        
Ralph Martin                                                    Guinea, where they served five
                                                                years. In 1997, , Mr. Behrens
Behrens                                                         returned to the mission field to
                                                                teach Bible classes to seminary
   Ralph Martin Behrens was                                     students in Côte d’Ivoire as a
born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Ar-                                   short-term missionary.
lington Heights, Ill., the 11th                                    Mr. Behrens served in a num-
child of Gustav and Mary                                        ber of capacities with the LC-
Behrens. He attended high                                       MS Southeastern District, in-
school and college at                                           cluding the Board of Directors.
Concordia Teachers College in                                   He received the Servant of
River Forest, Ill., training to                                 Christ award for his work as
become a teacher in the Lutheran Church-            teacher, administrator, and churchman from
Missouri Synod (LC-MS) school system.               both Concordia College, Bronxville, N.Y., in
Following graduation in 1946, Mr. Behrens           1987 and the LC-MS Southeastern District
was called to serve as principal and teacher        in 2003.
at Immanuel Lutheran School in Alexandria,            Mr. Behrens died Oct. 30, 2009, of com-
Va. For 41 years, Mr. Behrens taught at             plications of Parkinson’s Disease. He leaves
Immanuel and influenced the lives of hun-           behind Lola, his wife of 61 years; three
dreds of students.                                  daughters, Jacquie (Dennis), Julie (Steve),
   In 1987, he and his wife Lola were called        and Jean (Peter); seven grandchildren;
to become educational missionaries with             three great-grandchildren; and his sister
the LC-MS in the highlands of Papua New             Elvira.

         Bulletin Board
From Page 5                                            Initiative. At the Alexandria Black History
MONDAY/DEC. 7                                          Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Contact
                                                       Krysta Jones at or 703-
“Tea and Talk.” 1-3 p.m. All are invited to share
  the story of their civil rights experiences in
  Alexandria and how it was shaped by the
  Parker-Gray School and Charles Houston. At the    FRIDAY/DEC. 11
  Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe
                                                    Commonwealth Academy Open House. 9-10
  St., Alexandria. Reply by Dec. 4 at 703-746-
                                                      a.m. Learn about its award winning college-prep
  5588, or by email at
                                                      program for students with learning differences
                                                      and AD/HD. Grades 4-12. Meet with faculty and
THURSDAY/DEC. 10                                      staff and tour the school. At the Commonwealth
                                                      Academy, 1321 Leslie Avenue, Alexandria. Call
Health Care Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the
                                                      703-548-6912 or go to
  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Health Justice
                                                                                                                        Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 15
16 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009   Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 17

                                                                                   DecemBER CATALOGUE AUCTION
                                                                                 SATURDAY, December 12th – 10:00 AM
                                                                                            VAAR#0704                                                            Thanks
                                                                                                                                                                 From Page 9
                                                                                                                          PREVIEW IN OUR GALLERY
                                                                                                                  Saturday, Dec. 5 ~ 10-5 Sunday, Dec. 6 ~ 1-4
                                                                                                                        Monday-Friday, Dec. 7-11 ~ 10-5             made Adequate Yearly Progress
                                                                                                                   526 N. Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA 22314   (AYP) during the 2008-09 school
                                                                                                                                  703-684-4550                   year, even as the required pass
                                                                                                                                                                 rates increased by 4 percent. Over-
                                                                                                                        Selection of Fine Estate Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                 all in ACPS, reading pass rates in-
                                                                                                     Large Collection of                                         creased 4 percent over last year,
                                                                                                     Fine Jewelry including                                      and math pass rates increased 3
                                                                                                     Cartier, Tiffany and
                                                                                                     Lalaounis and a 2 carat                                     percent. The middle schools made
                                                                                                     diamond necklace                                            AYP for the first time in English
                                                                                                                                                                 and math.
                                                                                                          Bust of a Gentleman
                                                                                                                       C. 1870
                                                                                                                                                                    ❖ The percentage of qualifying
                                                                                                         White Carrara Marble,                                   scores (3 or better) on the spring
                                                                                                                      h: 32 in.                                  AP exams was the highest ever
                                                                                                          signed by H. Powers
                                                                                                                                                                 since ACPS changed its policy in
                                                                                                                                                                 2005, requiring students who take
                                                                                                                                                                 AP courses to take the exams.
                                                                                                                                                                 More than half (54 percent) of the
                                                                                                                                                                 AP tests taken were awarded
                                                                                                                                                                 qualifying scores.
                                                                                                                                                                    ❖ The percentage of eighth-
                                                                                                                                                                 grade students taking Algebra in-
                                                                                                                                                                 creased from 27 percent last year
                                                                                                                                                                 to 42 percent this year. Part of that
                                                                                                                                                                 increase is due to the fact that we
                                                                                                                                                                 have identified more than 75
                                                                  Contents from Embassy and Movie Staging Firm                                                   eighth-grade students who are
                                                                  including objects from ‘Salt’ starring Angelina Jolie
                                                                  and ‘How Do You Know’ with Reese Witherspoon.
                                                                                                                                                                 ready to begin studying Algebra
                                                                  Over 350 objects.                                                                              the second quarter.
                                                                                                                                                                    We also continue to support the
                                                                                                                                                                 arts, physical education, and ca-
                                                                                                                                                                 reer and technical programs even
                                                                                                                                                                 though there are no standardized
                                                                                                                                                                 tests for those areas. These sub-
                                                                                                                                                                 jects are important for the tests of
                                                                                                                                                                    Our successes are encouraging,
                                                                                                                                                                 but we will not rest until each and
                                                                                                                                                                 every student is achieving at high
                                                                                                                                                                    We recently presented to the
                                                                                                                                                                 School Board a detailed draft edu-
                                                                                                                                                                 cation plan, the action steps to
                                                                                                                                                                 accompany the Strategic Plan that
                                                                                                                                                                 was adopted last year. It is posted
                                                                                                                                                                 online at
                                                                                                                                                                 board/strategic-plan. The plan
                                                                                                                                                                 shows objectives for seven prior-
                                                                                                                                                                 ity areas, the metrics for measur-
                                                                                                                                                                 ing progress towards the objec-
                                                                                                                                                                 tives, and achievement targets for
                                                                                                                                                                 school years 2009-2010 and 2010-
                                                                                                                                                                 2011. We have our work cut out
                                                                                                                                                                 for us.
                                                                                                                                                                    Our accomplishments are com-
                                                                                                                                                                 mendable and our goals ambi-
                                                                                                                                                                 tious, even more so considering
                                                                                                                                                                 the challenges we have faced with
                                                                                                                                                                 budget reductions, increasing en-
                                                                                                                                                                 rollment, and ever-higher stan-
                                                                                                                                                                 dards of accountability. In these
                                                                                                                                                                 tough times, we have not only per-
                                                                                                                                                                 severed, we have built upon our
                                                                                                                                                                 strong foundation and moved for-
                                                                                                                                                                    For this, I am deeply thankful for
                                                                                                                                                                 the support from parents and com-
                                                                                                                                                                 munity members and the hard
                                                                                                                                                                 work and dedication of our tal-
                                                                                                                                                                 ented ACPS employees.
                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Thanksgiving to all.
18 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                         
                                                      Roz White As Pearl Bailey
                                                      Club-style bio-revue
                                                      plays MetroStage.
                                                                         By Brad Hathaway
                                                                                    The Gazette

                                                                year ago, audiences enjoyed a

                                                      A        short club-style performance by
                                                               Roz White as Pearl Bailey at
                                                      MetroStage. This year she’s back doing the
                                                      same material with a different jazz pia-
                                                      nist but with pretty much the same effect
 Arts ❖ Entertainment ❖ Leisure                       — audiences having a good time. The big-
                                                      gest difference? The price. Last year a
                                                      ticket cost $35. This year it will set you
Old Town Boutiques                                    back $45 - $50 to get in.
                                                         White runs through 16 of Bailey’s sig-
Offer Black Friday                                    nature songs … every song was a signa-
Bargains for All                                      ture song when Pearly Mae sang it. Her
                                                      style was, to say the least, distinctive. The
                                                      songs range from some of her early hits,
   Members of the Old Town Boutique Dis-              such as 1946’s “A Woman’s Prerogative”
trict — a collection of 26 Alexandria-owned           and “Legalize My Name,” both of which                                                                         Colin Hovde/The Gazette
retailers — are teaming up once again to en-                                                          Roz White stars in “Pearl Bailey … by Request” at MetroStage.
                                                      she introduced in her Broadway debut in
courage area shoppers to buy locally and save.        “St. Louis Woman,” right through “Hello         “King” Cole and Duke Ellington.
If you buy from one of the participating stores
your receipt becomes an instant 10 percent
                                                      Pearly,” which gives a nod to her success
                                                      leading the 1968 all-black cast version of
                                                                                                        MetroStage has decked out its playing
                                                                                                      space as you might expect of a nightclub
                                                                                                                                                     Where and When
off coupon redeemable at any of the other             “Hello Dolly” 22 years later.                                                                    “Pearl Bailey … by Request” plays
                                                                                                      with a small stage for the combo and star.
participating stores.                                    Bailey had a unique blend of comic                                                          through Dec. 20 at MetroStage, 1201
                                                                                                      A two-step riser provides a spot for the
   Some of the retailers may set a few restric-       blues delivery and drew her audience’s                                                         North Royal Street, Old Town Alex-
                                                                                                      star to stand in silhouette as Hubbard in-
tions, but there’s no limit on the number of          into her confidence with asides urging                                                         andria. Performances are Friday at 8
                                                                                                      troduces her. The sound fills the small
stores you can visit, or the amount of savings        them to recognize her talent and her                                                           p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
                                                                                                      space nicely and there are even a few
you can rack up. For example, if you buy              beauty. That she was talented is undeni-                                                       and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tick-
                                                                                                      cabaret tables in front of the stage for
something from Bloomers, you’ll get 10 per-           able. She never became a parody of a sexy                                                      ets are $45 - $50. Call 703-548-9044
                                                                                                      patrons who wish to bring in a drink from
cent off at Red Barn Mercantile. Your full-           lady like, for example, Mae West, but as                                                       or log on to
                                                                                                      the lobby concession stand.
purchase receipt can get you 10 percent off           she aged she turned on the glamour and                               ❖❖❖
purchases at La Cuisine, Mystique Jewelers,           turned up the humor.                              Brad Hathaway reviews theater in Vir-      Web site covering theater in the region
The Christmas Attic and other Old Town stores            White can deliver these songs with style.    ginia, Washington and Maryland as well       ( He can be
too.                                                  That style isn’t exactly a duplicate of         as Broadway, and edits Potomac Stages, a     reached at
   The offer is good only from 11 a.m. to 6           Bailey’s. After all, Bailey was often re-
p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 27. “This is a re-         ferred to as “inimitable.” Many imperson-
ally great way to save, get to know some of           ators tried to capture that style, and some
our local retailers and help the local economy        succeeded more than others, but what
all at the same time,” said Kim Putens, co-           White is doing at MetroStage is more sug-
owner of Bellacara and Bloomers. “We did              gestion of a style than a spot-on imper-
this last year and it was a big hit with cus-         sonation. It sure is close enough to give
tomers. This year, we have about 15 more              you a feel for her subject’s gifts.
stores participating. That means a greater               A talented performer, White has ap-
selection and bigger savings on gifts for just        peared on this stage before under the di-
about everyone on your list.”                         rection of Thomas W. Jones II in “Two
   Visit             Queens, One Castle” and “Cool Papa’s
                                                      Party.” Jones is again directing for this
                                                      evening of Pearly-isms.
Holly, Woods and                                         White is joined for a few of the num-
                                                      bers by William Hubbard in the role of
Vines Helps Deliver                                   Hot Lips Page, the trumpeter and singer
                                                      who had accompanied Bailey in record-
Christmas Spirit to                                   ings of Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold
                                                      Outside” and the racy blues number “The
Troop Families                                        Hucklebuck,” both of which are included           From left to right: Adrien Finlay, Executive Director, Alexandria
   Holly, Woods and Vines is proud to be the only     in this show. He acts as a combination
location within the D.C. metro area to participate                                                      Symphony Orchestra; Rosa Fullerton, Co-Chair 2010 SOLA Ball;
in the Trees for Troops program. This holiday sea-
                                                      partner and master of ceremonies with his         Nancy Lasley, Co-Chair 2010 SOLA Ball; Adron Krekeler, Chair Live
son, Trees for Troops is expected to collect and      own brand of charm and humor.                     Auction; Karen Olson, Co-Chair Silent Auction; Leef Smith Barnes -
deliver more than 15,000 real Christmas trees from       Three of the four jazz musicians who           Winner of the Name the Ball Contest; Sharon Walker, Co-Chair
across the nation to military families across the     played in the quartet behind White/
United States, as well as to soldiers serving over-                                                     Silent Auction; and Tina Riviello, Artist of the original artwork for
seas. Consumers will have the opportunity to
                                                      Bailey last year are back and each                the 2010 Ball.
purchase trees at Holly, Woods and Vines and do-      makes a solid contribution. The new
nate them to Trees for Troops.                        face isn’t all that new. It is William
   The collection and delivery of trees will take     Knowles at the piano. He wrote the ar-            SATURDAY/MARCH 6
place Dec. 4-6. Consumers may make contributions                                                          Le Moulin Rouge Ball. The 23rd annual Symphony Orchestra League of Alex-
to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation at                 rangements for the show last year and Or visit           has appeared at MetroStage behind the             andria (SOLA) Ball. At the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Contact Jane Ring at 703-                               singers in a number of jazz-inflected             548-7454 or To purchase ASO concert tickets, contact their
   Holly, Woods and Vines is located at 8453 Rich-    shows including the similarly structured          box office at 503-548-0885 or go to
mond Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-799-1607.
                                                      club-style evenings of the music of Nat                                                                                             Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 19
                                                                          Fine Arts
                                                                  NOW THROUGH JAN. 3
                                                                                                                                                                        NOW THROUGH DEC. 7
                                                                  New Mythology/Tracey Clarke
                                                                  Tracey Clarke’s otherworldly work pairs                                                               Tory Cowles’ Solo
                                                                     dramatic images with short narratives                                                                 Exhibit, “Boing!”
                                                                     that both answer — and ask —                                                                       In Tory Cowles’ latest series
                                                                     questions. An artist’s reception will be                                                              of abstract paintings, she
                                                                     held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. On                                                                     strives to incorporate
                                                                     display at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201                                                                 more interactive three-
                                                                     Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-                                                                  dimensional elements.
                                                                     548-0035 or visit                                                                          Her work has always
                                                                                                                                                                           been light, playful, and
                                                                  NOW THROUGH DEC. 31                                                                                      joyful, but now the work
                                                                  Gallery West Presents: The 30th                                                                          invites the viewer to
                                                                     Anniversary Celebration/Small                                                                         participate. Cowles is a
                                                                     Works Show                                                                                            resident artist at the
                                                                  Join the members of Gallery West in a                                                                    Torpedo Factory Art
                                                                     month-long celebration of the gallery’s                                                               Center. In The Art League
                                                                     30th year. The gallery is located at                                                                  Gallery: Daily, 10 a.m. –
                                                                     1213 King Street in Old Town                                                                          6 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon
                                                                     Alexandria’s Boutique District, between                                                               – 6 p.m.; Open Thursdays
                                                                     Payne and Fayette. Shopping and fine                                                                  until 9 p.m.
                                                                     dining are nearby.
                                                                  The gallery is open from 11 – 6 p.m.
                                                                     Wednesday through Sunday. Images of           Union Street, ground floor Studio 19,
                                                                     work by the members are on view at            Alexandria. Call the Scope Gallery at
                                                                     the gallery’s Web site:          703-548-6288 or visit                                    .
                                                                                                                                                             NOW THROUGH NOV 30
                                                            Call 703-549-6006.                 “New Works.” More than 20 Arlington
                                                                                                                   scope.                                      artists will exhibit paintings, prints,
                                                                                                                                                               and collage in a variety of styles
                                                                  NOW THROUGH NOV 29                                                                           including realism, impressionism, non-
                                                                  Scope Gallery — Table Talk. Over a            DEC. 8 TO JAN. 3                               representational abstraction, and other
                                                                     dozen Ceramic Guild potters have been      Size Matters: Two Shows-Two                    traditional and contemporary styles.
                                                                     creating cups, plates, bowls and other        Jurors. Juried by Peg Koetsch and           “New Works” by members of the
                                                                     serveware to complete a table and add         Brett John Johnson. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.       Arlington Artists Alliance will be on
                                                                     originality and color to a holiday            daily except second Thursdays 2 to 9        display through Nov. 30 at The Gallery
                                                                     spread. The show runs now through             p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art             at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane,
                                                                     Nov. 29, Monday through Sunday                Center, 105 N. Street, #312,                Alexandria. The Gallery is open
                                                                     from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays        Alexandria. Call 703-683-2205.              Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3
                                                                     open until 9 p.m.; closed on                                                              p.m. Meet the artists at a reception
                                                                     Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. The gallery                                                    Friday, Nov. 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m. with
                                                                     is located on the ground floor Studio      THURSDAY/DEC. 10                               wine and light refreshments. More
                                                                     19, 101 North Union Street Alexandria.     Pandora’s Box: Reception and                   information at
                                                                     Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or        Unveiling, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jury talk at
                                                                     visit                7 p.m. Local youth from the new
                                                                     galleries/scope.                             Charles Houston Recreation Center
                                                                                                                  will create a large group artwork piece    NOW THROUGH DEC. 3
                                                                                                                  in conjunction with the Torpedo            Recycled As Art. At Mary Mount
                                                                  NOW THROUGH NOV 29                              Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery          University’s Barry Gallery: Art by Heidi
                                                                  Artist Renee van der Stelt —                    national exhibition Pandora’s Box. The       Fowler, Ed Gross, Donna McCullough,
                                                                     Projections: Line on Land. Target            piece will be displayed at the Torpedo       and Sabyna Sterrett. Hours are
                                                                     Gallery’s 2009 Open Exhibition               Factory and celebrated with a                Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
                                                                     Winner, Renee van der Stelt, will be         reception. At the Torpedo Factory Art        and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6
                                                                     exhibiting her drawings/sculptures           Center, 105 North Union St,                  p.m. The Gallery is located in the
                                                                     that explore how a drawing can affect        Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, ext. 4        Reinsch Library on Marymount’s Main
                                                                     and shape space. At Target Gallery,          or go to             Campus - 2807 North Glebe Road,
                                                                     TFAC, on the Waterfront in Old Town          Open daily 10-6 p.m. and Thursdays           Arlington. Contact Judy Bass, the
                                                                     Alexandria.                                  until 9 p.m.                                 Gallery curator, at 703-284-1561 or by
                                                                                                                                                               e-mail at
                                                                  NOW THROUGH DEC. 20                           DEC. 10 TO JAN. 4, 2010
                                                                  Heavenly Dialogue: Photographs of             Pamela H. Viola, “The One Less               DEC. 1-31
                                                                    Natural Occurrences. New Work                  Traveled.”                                Small Works/Holiday Show and
                                                                    by Lucy Herrman. A portion of the           Photographer Pamela Viola’s solo artist        Silent Auction at Gallery West.
                                                                    sales from this show will be donated to        exhibit at The Art League Gallery, “The     Silent Auction is Saturday, Dec. 5
                                                                    SHARE of McLean. At 2401 26th Road             One Less Traveled,” features                from 3-6 p.m. The 2nd Thursday
                                                                    South, Arlington. Call 703-585-1705.           dreamlike, mysterious landscapes that       Reception is Dec. 10 from 6-9 p.m.
                                                                    Go to                                          challenge the viewer to see the world       Patrons may peruse the show and
                                                                           in a new and different way. Opening         place their bids on the pieces marked
                                                                                                                   Reception: Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 – 8      for the auction on or before
                                                                                                                   p.m. Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 6      Saturday, Dec. 5. Winners will be
                                                                  NOV 30 TO JAN. 3                                 p.m. Sundays, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Open         announced at that afternoon’s
                                                                  The Kiln Club Show. Runs Monday                  Thursdays until 9 p.m. Exhibitions and      reception, which runs from 3–6 p.m.
                                                                    through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.          events are free and open to the public.     At 1213 King Street in Alexandria.
                                                                    with Thursdays open until 9 p.m.               The Art League,105 North Union              Call 703-549-6006 or go to
                                                                    Scope Gallery is located at 101 North          Street, Alexandria.               

20 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                      
Spend the Holidays
At Mount Vernon
   After last year’s successful new      Center. Ranging in heights of up to
event, Mount Vernon is again joy-        12 feet tall, the trees will be profes-
fully decking the halls for Christmas    sionally decorated with themes re-
at Mount Vernon, a special daytime       lating to Mount Vernon, George
program offered from Thanksgiving        Washington, and the 18th century.
Day weekend through the Twelve             Former White House Pastry Chef
Days of Christmas (Nov. 27 – Jan.        Roland Mesnier will create from
6). Themed decorations (including        scratch a 5-foot-wide and 2-foot-tall
12 Christmas trees), a gingerbread       gingerbread replica of the Mansion.
Mount Vernon by former White               Traditional boughs of hand-cut
House pastry chef Roland Mesnier,        greenery will adorn doorways in the
historical chocolate-making demon-       Mansion, which will be staged with
strations, and 18th-century dancing      an elaborate course in the formal
will be offered.                         dining room. The Mansion’s rooms
   The popular tradition continues       will be changed from their normal
of opening the rarely-seen third         appearance to reflect the home pre-
floor of the Mansion and inviting        paring for overnight guests.
visitors to meet “Mrs. Washington.”        More than 100 poinsettias will fol-
Schedules may vary for dancing and       low hallways and other paths
“Mrs. Washington.” Christmas at          walked by visitors.
Mount Vernon is included in regu-          The Shops at Mount Vernon in-
lar Estate admission: $15 for adults,    clude a large Christmas section, with
$7 for children ages 6-11, and free      dozens of ornaments, Byers’ Choice
for children under 6.                    Carolers – including a George and
   Twelve festive Christmas trees will   Martha Washington – snow globes,
grace Mount Vernon’s Ford Orien-         and wooden advent calendars.
tation Center and the Donald W.            Call 703-780-2000; 703-799-
Reynolds Museum & Education              8697 (TDD);

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                                                                                                                                                            Queen Street

                                                                                          Prince Street          Athenaeum       Friendship Fire House    Seven Foot House
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                                                                    Todd Healy, Artist   Gadsby’s Tavern
                                                                                                               Robert E. Lee’s
                                                                                                               Boyhood Home
                                                                                                                                  Lee Fendall House      George Washington’s

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     • Alexandria Gift Tags                                               the framing gallery, Studio of Artist Todd Healy
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                                                                  THURSDAY/NOV 26                                                                                         Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m.
                                                                  Alexandria Turkey Trot. 10                                                                              NOVA Community Chorus, Dr.
                                                                     a.m. At the Cora Kelly                                                                               Mark Whitmire, Director, with
                                                                     Recreation Center, 25 W.                                                                             the Alexandria Band. At the
                                                                     Reed Ave., intersection of                                                                           Schlesinger Concert Hall,
                                                                     West Reed and                                                                                        Northern Virginia Community
                                                                     Commonwealth Avenues, in                                                                             College, 3001 North Beauregard
                                                                     Alexandria’s Del Ray                                                                                 Street, Alexandria. Call 703-845-
                                                                     community. The 5-mile race                                                                           6097.
                                                                     is cosponsored by the Del
                                                                     Ray Business Association
                                                                     (DRBA) and the DC Road                                                                               DEC. 3-4
                                                                     Runners Club. The onsite                                                                             Holiday Market. 9 a.m. to
                                                                     entry fee — with two cans of                                                                         12:30 p.m. Shop for jewelry,
                                                                     food — is $25 for adults 22                                                                          purses, soaps and more. At St.
                                                                     and over and $20 for                                                                                 Luke’s Day School, 8009 Ft.
                                                                     individuals aged 13-21 years.                                                                        Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call
                                                                     Children 12 and under can                                                                            Tracey Navratil at 703-417-
                                                                     participate for $10 at the                                                                           9219.
                                                                     door and two cans of food.
                                                                     Call Paul Coleus at 703-933-                                          Bao Bao Zhang Photo
                                                                     0520 ext. 203 or email           National Chamber Players artistic direc-                            FRIDAY/DEC. 4
                                                                      tor and NSO cellist James Lee.                                    Holiday Luminarias. 6-9
                                                                     Visit http://                                                                                      p.m. Free viewing. Lit candles
                                                                        TUESDAY/DEC. 1                                                  and Christmas trees line the
                                                                     sign-up/turkey.                                                                                    streets, providing a holiday
                                                                                                        An Evening of Baroque Music: Works by Telemann
                                                                                                                                                                        glow. In the Historic Del Ray
                                                                                                           and Bach. 7:30 p.m. The National Chamber Players will
                                                                                                                                                                        District, Mount Vernon Avenue
                                                                  FRIDAY/NOV 27    .                       perform Sonata No. 1 in A major and the Tafelmusik
                                                                                                                                                                        from Bellefonte to Hume
                                                                                                           Quartet in D minor by Telemann, and Bach’s
                                                                  Music for the Clarinet. 8                                                                             Avenues.
                                                                                                           Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. Free. At Pendleton Hall,
                                                                     p.m. Free. Presented by the                                                                        ArtFest 2009 Open House.
                                                                                                           Ainslie Arts Center, Episcopal High School, 3900 W
                                                                     U.S. Air Force Band Chamber                                                                        6-9 p.m. Free. Exhibits, holiday
                                                                                                           Braddock Road, Alexandria. There will be a gallery
                                                                     Players. At the George                                                                             sales and more. The event
                                                                                                           opening and reception for Wildfires: Photographs by
                                                                     Washington Masonic                                                                                 features 2D/3D exhibits, holiday
                                                                                                           Youngsuk Suh, in the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery at
                                                                     National Memorial, 101                                                                             ceramic sale, jewelry sale,
                                                                                                           6:30 p.m. Go to, email
                                                                     Callahan Drive, Alexandria.                                                                        wearable fiber art show and sale,
                                                                                                 , or call 703-933-4135.
                                                                     Call 202-767-5658 or visit                                                                         music by Rew Smith Band, artist
                                                                                                                                          demos and food and drinks.
                                                                  City Tree Lighting Program. 7 p.m.                                                          The Ceramic and Pottery Show and
                                                                     Entertainment features a message from                                                       Sale will run through the weekend
                                                                     the Mayor, a visit from Santa, a             SUNDAY/NOV 29       .                          and will feature ceramic vessels and
                                                                     performance of Santa’s Frosty’s Follies      MVUC Presents. 7 p.m. DMA Piano Solo           forms made by students and associates
                                                                     by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center,            Recital, Khe Sin Khoo, Malaysia. A         of The Art League that are perfect for
                                                                     and caroling with a community sing               fourth year DMA piano performance          holiday gift giving. Times are: Friday,
                                                                     along. At Market Square, 301 King                from WVU, Morgantown. At Mount             Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec.
                                                                     Street, Alexandria. Sponsored by the             Vernon Unitarian Church Chapel, 1909       5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6,
                                                                     City of Alexandria. Call 703-883-4686            Windmill Lane. Call 703-765-5950.          12 noon-5 p.m.
                                                                     or the Special Events Office at 703-                                                     The Jewelry Show and Sale, featured
                                                                     746-5418.                                                                                   Friday and Saturday, will showcase a
                                                                                                                  MONDAY/NOV 30         .                        variety of jewelry to fit all tastes. Times
                                                                                                                  St. Andrew’s Day. 7:30 p.m. Kirkin of          are: Friday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and
                                                                  NOV 27-JAN. 6                                       the Tartan Service. The service will       Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. At the
                                                                  Christmas at Mount Vernon. 9 a.m.-4                 include a blessing of the tartans and a    Madison Annex in Old Town
                                                                     p.m. The halls are decked for                    bagpiper and will be followed by a         Alexandria.
                                                                     Christmas at Mount Vernon. Exciting              reception with Scottish foods and       Parent’s Night Out. Once a Month
                                                                     additions include a dozen themed                 beverages. At St. Andrew and St.           from 5-10 p.m. At Meade Episcopal
                                                                     Christmas trees, historical chocolate-           Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church,      Church, Alexandria. Meade staff will
                                                                     making demonstrations, and 18th-                 402 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria. Call       entertain kids ages 1-9 with age-
                                                                     century dancing! $15/adults, $7/                 703-683-3343. Visit                        appropriate educational theme
                                                                     children ages 6-11, free for children                activities. Cost is $15/child ($80 family
                                                                     under 6. At Mount Vernon Estate &                                                           maximum). Call 703-549-1334.
                                                                     Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon
                                                                     Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Call            WEDNESDAY/DEC. 2
                                                                     703-780-2000 or                              Country Music Open Mic night. 8-11          DEC. 4-5
                                                                                        p.m. Novice and aspiring Country        Campagna Center Scottish
                                                                                                                      musicians — bring your instrument          Christmas Walk, Parade and
                                                                                                                      and a few Country songs and plug in at     Weekend. Free. Parade is Saturday,
                                                                  NOV 27-29                                           Nicks Open Mic night. Mics, PA and         Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Even dogs wear kilts
                                                                  Mount Vernon by Candlelight. 5-8                    amps provided. Solos and bands             during the annual Scottish Christmas
                                                                     p.m. Mrs. Washington hosts 18th-                 welcome. Advanced sign ups and walk        Walk. Christmas Marketplace is Friday,
                                                                     century Christmas with candlelit walks,          ins accepted. At Nicks Night Club          Dec. 4 all day, George Washington
                                                                     fireside caroling, and early American            Alexandria, 642 South Pickett St.          Masonic Memorial. Taste of Scotland,
                                                                     décor. Cost is $18/adults, $12/children          Contact                 Friday, Dec. 4, evening. Call 703-549-
                                                                     under 11. At Mount Vernon Estate &           Holiday Biz-aar. From 6-7 p.m.,                0111, or go to
                                                                     Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon                       Enterprising Moms Networking and 
                                                                     Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Call                Shopping Hour; 7-9 p.m., Public         The Nutcracker. Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30
                                                                     703-780-2000 or                                  Holiday Shopping Event. The Biz-aar        p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 and 6:30
                                                                                        will feature entrepreneurial moms          p.m. Performance includes ballet,
                                                                                                                      selling children’s apparel and             pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop
                                                                                                                      accessories, organic home                  dance and gymnastics. Joint venture
                                                                  NOV 27, 28, 29                                      organizational solutions, handcrafted      between West Potomac Academy and
                                                                  “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio                jewelry, children’s hand-print and         Alexandria Community Dance. At West
                                                                     Play.” Six actors portray 43 voices in           artwork preservation solutions,            Potomac High School. For tickets,
                                                                     this visual recreation of a 1940’s NYC           creative stroller covers. At Spill the     contact Courtney Betzel at 703-718-
                                                                     radio station. Produced by ACCT.                 Beans Organic Coffee and Chat House,       2641 or, or Gennifer
                                                                     Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday             Fort Hunt Centre, 1900 Elkin Street,       Lissenby, Alexandria Community
                                                                     at 2 p.m. At Aldersgate United                   Alexandria. Contact Carolyn Semedo at      Dance director, at
                                                                     Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood               703-395-6676 and visit http://   
                                                                     Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $9/      
                                                                     adults, $5/children 12 and below. Go
                                                                     to or call 703-660-2611.                                                  DEC. 4-6
                                                                                                                  THURSDAY/DEC. 3                             Holiday Market at Del Ray Artisans.
                                                                                                                  Torpedo Factory Holiday Open                   Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
                                                                  NOV 28 TO DEC. 19                                   House. 6 to 9 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-      noon to 4 p.m. Unique handmade fine
                                                                  Alexandria Jaycees’ Christmas Tree                  kind gifts as live music and               arts and crafts from 16 local exhibitors
                                                                     Sales. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 6-           refreshments get you into the holiday      and bake sale items to benefit Food for
                                                                     9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;               spirit at this annual bash! Guests are     Others. Free. Go to
                                                                     Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trees priced            also invited to give back with a food The Del
                                                                     from $45-$90. At the Safeway parking             drive benefiting Carpenter’s Shelter.      Ray Artisans Gallery is located at the
                                                                     lot in Old Town, 500 South Royal                 At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105     Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704
                                                                     Street, Alexandria. Call 703-866-7171            N. Union St., Alexandria. Visit
                                                                     or visit           or call 703-             See Calendar, Page 23
22 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                         
       From Page 22
Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Call
Mount Vernon by Candlelight. 5-8
  p.m. Mrs. Washington hosts 18th-
  century Christmas with candlelit walks,
  fireside caroling, and early American
  décor. Cost is $18/adults, $12/children
  under 11. At Mount Vernon Estate &
  Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon
  Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Call
  703-780-2000 or
                                                                                                                                                    DC’s historic Warner Theatre
                                                                                                                                                      December 10–27, 2009
Respite Day for Kinship Care                                                                                                                              Tickets start at just $29!
   Families. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free
   activities for kinship children ages 3-12                                                                                                   , 877.598.8497
   who are residents of Fairfax County or
   the cities of Fairfax or Falls Church. At                                                                                                            or the Warner Theatre Box Office
   Gum Springs Community Center, 8100
   Fordson Road, Alexandria. Pre-                                                                                                              Visit for more information.
   registration required by Dec. 1. Call
Holiday Concert. 2 p.m. At Market
                                                                                                                                                   Don’t miss this DC holiday tradition!
   Square, 301 King Street, Old Town.
   The Family Choir of Beth El Hebrew
   Congregation will perform Hanukah
   favorites. Call 703-883-4686.
Opera Production. 7:30 p.m. $20
   admission/$15 students. The
   Repertory Opera Theater of
   Washington presents Guiseppe Verdi’s
   “Un Ballo in Maschera;” a story about
   love, betrayal, and the fate that binds
   us all. At Immanuel Church-on-the-
   Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria.
   For advanced tickets, call 571-403-
   0814 or email
Musical Event. 2 p.m. Mystic Harmony
   will perform Celtic-influenced folk
   music. At Washington Street UMC, 115
   S. Washington Street, Alexandria. Go
Concert Featuring Ars Choralis. 7
   p.m. Ars Choralis, under the direction
   of Douglas A. Beck, will be featuring
   selections from Handel’s “Messiah,”
   with soloists and brass and strings
   accompaniment. Ars Choralis is the
   choir-in-residence of St. Paul’s Old
   Town Episcopal Church, 228 South Pitt
   Street, corner of Pitt and Duke Streets                                         The                                                              OLD TOWN’S FAVORITE
                                                     Royal Restaurant
   in Old Town. Call Douglas A. Beck,
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. 6-7
   p.m. Some 50 brightly lit powerboats                                                                                                          COUNTRY FRENCH RESTAURANT
   and sailboats parade down the
   Potomac River from D.C. to
                                                                          (now smoke free)
                                                            “What’s for Dinner?!”
   Alexandria’s harbor. Santa arrives by
   fireboat at 4 p.m. at the Alexandria
   Marina, One Cameron Street.
   Sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank.
Holiday on the Avenue. Alexandria’s
                                               You don’t have to think too hard, let us solve this classic question.
   Del Ray neighborhood gets into the                In addition to our award winning menu, we have added
   festive spirit with Holiday on the
   Avenue. Local businesses around the              some popular specials that add variety for everybody taste.
   one-mile stretch of Mount Vernon
                                                  Real food, for real people at reasonable prices.
   Avenue feature all-day events and stay
   open until 9 p.m. The Del Ray tree
                                                                                                                                               Old Town’s most authentic country
   lighting is at 6 p.m. at Colosanto Park       Monday - Kids Night
   at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue. Then
   follow Santa down the luminary-lit
                                                 Burger Night (Kids eat 1/2 price) Each child must be accompanied by adult having entree.        French restaurant since 1983
   Mount Vernon Avenue. Kids can sit on          Tuesday - Greek Night
   Santa’s lap for a photo at the end of
                                                 Lamb Marinated and Roasted for 3 hours,
   the walk. Join in the caroling and stop
   in the shops for a hot drink. Free.
                                                 Athenian Roast Chicken, Moussaka!                                                                            Winter Specials
Ornament Decorating Workshop                     Wednesday - All American Night
   for Families. 1-4 p.m. Be inspired by
   the colors and patterns of pottery
                                                 Meatloaf, Chicken Fried Chicken. Va. Ham                                                                        Dover Sole • Bouillabaisse
   excavated in Alexandria and make a            Thursday - Italian Night
   memorable holiday keepsake.
   Participants can decorate and take
   home dough ornaments which are
                                                 Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, Calamari                                                                               Frog Legs • Beef Wellington
                                                 Friday - Fish Night
   shaped like artifacts from the
   museum’s own collection. 1-4 p.m.
   Free. At the Alexandria Archaeology
                                                 Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Scallops over penne pasta with white sauce                                                     Coq au vin • Cassoulet
   Museum (inside the Torpedo Factory),          Saturday -Steak and Chop Night
   105 N. Union Street, #327,
   Alexandria. Call 703-838-4399,
                                                 Prime Rib, Lamb, Surf and Turf, Pork Chops, and Moussaka                                                              Chef Specials
A Soldier’s Christmas. Noon-4 p.m.
   The “Soldier’s Christmas” program will        Brunch served 7am - 2pm                                                                                                             Old Town
   feature re-enactors from the First
                                                         Dine in or call ahead and your dinner will be ready for pick up.
   Virginia Regiment, as well as
   interpreters from the Carlyle House                          Dinner hours 2:30-9:30pm
   and will highlight life in Alexandria                     730 North Saint Asaph Street                                                   127 N. Washington St., Old Town • 703-548-4661
   during the holidays at the time of the                        Alexandria, VA 22314                                                                  Smoke Free Restaurant
   American Revolution. Activities and
   games for children. $5 suggested
                                                                    (703) 548-1616
   donation. At 121 N. Fairfax St.,                                      Ample Free Parking                                                     
   Alexandria. Call 703-549-2997.                                                                                                                Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 23
Sheriff Honors Nine Employees, Promotes 24
            ine members of the Al-                                      two awards, one for the best idea of the                                    Harry Covert, public information officer,    ber Dunham, Robert Gilmore, Juan

N          exandria Sheriff ’s Office
           have received plaques for out-
standing service while 24 others received
                                                                        year and as outstanding performance by a
                                                                        civilian supervisor. Records Manager Debbie
                                                                        Akinbami was nominated for outstanding
                                                                        performance by a civilian supervisor.
                                                                                                                                                  was presented the Office’s Community Ser-
                                                                                                                                                  vice Award. Alexandria’s Circuit Court Clerk
                                                                                                                                                  Edward Semonian gave the oath of office.
                                                                                                                                                    Elevated to Deputy Sheriff IV were Shawn
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Guzman, Raymond Herring, Kha Le, Gary
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Moore, Gregory Perez, Clarence Sims and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 E. Todd Stubblefield.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Other promotions included Desha Hall-
promotions. Presentations were made by
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne during ceremonies                                   Deputy Audrey Eskridge received the Es-                                 Buker, Georgianna Howard, Dawn Jefferies,      Winstead from senior probation officer to
Nov. 17 in the Fine Arts Center of First Bap-                           prit de Corps plaque for her professional                                 Eric Murray, Earline Pierre, and Greg Scott.   Program Coordinator. Previously an-
tist Church, Alexandria.                                                spirit and teamwork. Other nominees were                                    Elevated to Deputy Sheriff III were Trina    nounced promotions were Tony Davis to
   Tony Di Cesare, a 26-year veteran of the                             Sergeant Dorothy Pope and Deputy Quentin                                  Graves, Ricky Hart, Stephen Mackey,            Undersheriff; Wendy Webb and Frank
Sheriff’s Office, was promoted to the rank                              Wade.                                                                     Delnice Molaski, Tonya Moss, Vikas Ohri,       Milano to captain; Carlton Dewberry to lieu-
of Chief Deputy and commander of the                                      Deputy Lisa Speed received the outstand-                                Valerie Perry, Raymond Veney and Gloria        tenant; and Michael Neebe, Ronald
Detention Center Service Bureau. He was                                 ing performance for a sworn deputy. Other                                 Wright.                                        Lawhorne, Rawle Kelly and Melissa Josiah,
promoted to sergeant in 1987, to lieuten-                               nominees were Deputies Ernesto Arroyo,                                      Elevated to Deputy Sheriff II were Am-       all to the rank of sergeant.
                                                                        Joseph Pankey, Leroy Thomas and Charlie
ant in 1990 where he was watch com-
mander for 12 years and promoted to cap-                                Winstead.                                                                                                                Ken Harvey Speaks
                                                                          Sergeant Ronald Lawhorne was honored
tain in May 2005.
   Rony Wise, director of records, received                             as the Outstanding Performance of a sworn                                                                                To Jail Inmates
                                                                        supervisor. Henry Young received the Out-                                                                                  Retired Redskins Linebacker Ken Harvey
                                                                        standing Performance by a civilian. Other                                                                                told inmates of the Alexandria Detention
                                                                        nominees were Allison Baker and Lenora                                                                                   Center that “you can’t succeed without
                                                                        Murphy.                                                                                                                  working for it. Each one of you has talent
                                                                          Deputy Trina Graves was selected for the                                                                               and the ability to achieve. Life is full of
                                                                        Uniform and Physical Fitness award.                                                                                      bumps and bruises but you can achieve.”
                                                                          The sheriff also honored David Tubbs, a                                                                                  The professional football player is the
                                                                        computer systems analyst of the Circuit                                                                                  author of four children’s books and a lob-
                                                                        Court, for his contributions to the sheriff’s                                                                            byist in Washington. He said football is
                                                                        office by an employee of a city agency, or-                                                                              teamwork and that players must work hard
                                                                        ganization or contractor. Other nominees                                                                                 to build a strong team. “You must have a
                                                                        were Paul Devin and Warren Leach, both if                                                                                plan and the determination to succeed,”
Records Director Rony Wise re-                                          the city’s General Services division and Eric                                                                            Harvey said. He is active in Grace Covenant
ceived two awards from Sheriff                                          Valenzuela of the Alexandria Police Depart-                               Retired Redskins Linebacker Ken                Church and is active working among young
Dana Lawhorne.                                                          ment.                                                                     Harvey                                         people in the greater Washington area.

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24 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                                                                   
From Page 7

Have you ever done any-
thing like this before?
  No I haven’t. I’ve been trying to
get a little more involved in things
in the community, and this was a
good opportunity. I’m looking for-
ward to a merry Christmas, and
I’m excited to be part of it.

Have you had any chance
to practice being Santa
  I’ve been walking around the
house practicing my “ho, ho ho!”

Are you going to appear on
the back of a fire truck?
  Yes. It’s usually the last thing in
the parade — the fire truck with
the Santa.

Are you excited about that?
   Yea. I’m looking forward to it.
It’s something new for me. I’ve
never done this before. It should
be fun. I’ve been to the Scottish
Walk parade several times, but I’ve
never been in it and I’ve never
been Santa Claus. So this is all new
and fun for me.

Where will your costume
come from?
  I’m a pretty big guy, so I think
the firm is going to be looking at
getting one that’s big enough. But          Visit These Houses of Worship
we might end up donating it to the
Campagna Center when we’re
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Isn’t Santa a trial lawyer’s                                    Anglican Church                                                                                                                                                            CHURCHES—PRESBYTERIAN
                                                                                                                                                                      10 am Sunday Worship Service                                  CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH...703.768.8510
dream? I mean, there’s                                       “To Love & Serve the Lord with
                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday School classes (child to adult)                                   ALEXANDRIA PRESBYTERIAN
liability issues with every                                 Gladness & Singleness of Heart”                                                                                                                                                   CHURCH…703-683-3348
                                                                                                                                                                    and youth group (7th to 12th grade)                                         OLD PRESBYTERIAN
rickety chimney, every toy                           Location - Washington Mill ES
                                                                                                                                                              9 am to noon Monday through Friday Pre-School                               MEETING HOUSE…703-549-6670
                                                     9100 Cherrytree Drive
made of toxic material and                                                                                                                                                                                                             HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN…703-360-9546
                                                     Christmas Eve Service - Dec 24th at 5:00 pm
every glass of milk served                           Sunday Worship Service - 10am
                                                                                                                                               Wesley United Methodist Church                                                        MT. VERNON PRESBYTERIAN…703-765-6118
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN
at room temperature.                                 Inter-generational Sunday School - after service                                                      8412 Richmond Ave, Alexandria, VA 22309                                            CHURCH…703-549-4766
  The fact that Santa Claus has                      Vicar, The Rev. Huey J Sevier                                                                    (just off Richmond Highway, near Fort Belvoir & Mount Vernon)                       CHURCHES—UNITED METHODIST
avoided litigation for all these                                                                                      703-780-5019 •                                     ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST...703-765-6555
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BEVERLY HILLS COMMUNITY
years is a testament to the magic                                      703-953-2854                                                                                                                                                         UNITED METHODIST...703-836-2406
of Christmas.                                                                                                                                  Good Shepherd                                                                      DEL RAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH...703-549-2088
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FAIRLINGTON UNITED METHODIST
                                                  UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST                           CHURCHES—BRETHREN                                                                                                                            CHURCH....703-671-8557
                                           HOPE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST...703-960-8772        GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH…703-548-1808               Catholic Church
Cook as Grand                                   CHURCHES—AFRICAN METHODIST
                                                       EPISCOPAL ZION
                                                                                             ALEXANDRIA CHURCH OF GOD...703-548-5084
                                                                                                                                                               Mass Schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ROBERTS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ST. ANDREW’S UNITED METHODIST
                                                                                                            BUDDHISM                                                                      Weekdays
Marshal for Walk                             ALLEYNE AME ZION CHURCH…703-548-3888

                                                                                           THE VAJRAYOGINI BUDDHIST CENTER...202-331-2122
                                                                                                                                               Saturday Evening
                                                                                                                                               5:00 pm; 6:30 pm (en Español)
                                                                                                                                                                                          (Mass or Communion Service)
                                                                                                                                                                                          9:00 am (followed by Rosary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH…703-549-5500
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WASHINGTON FARM UNITED
                                                                                                   CHURCHES—ROMAN CATHOLIC                                                                Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  Alexandria Police Chief Earl                   CHRIST THE SAVIOR... 703-953-2854                         GOOD SHEPHERD                       7:30; 9:00; 10:30 am; 12:00 Noon           Sundays (Sept.-July) during 9:00 am                   METHODIST...703-780-4696
                                                   ST. ANDREW & ST. MARGARET                                                                                                              Mass (English)                                     WASHINGTON STREET UNITED
Cook will serve as Grand Marshal                  OF SCOTLAND… 703-683-3343
                                                                                                   CATHOLIC CHURCH…703-780-4055                2:00 pm (en Español)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sign Language Interpreter                       METHODIST CHURCH…703-836-4324
                                                                                             ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH…703-836-3725           6:30 pm Mass (Starts Sept. 13)
of the 39th Annual Scottish Christ-                                                           ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC CHURCH…703-765-4421
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday at 9:00 am Mass
                                                    CHURCHES—APOSTOLIC                                                                           8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria VA, 22309                                              CHURCHES—UNITARIAN
mas Walk Parade, to be held Dec.              LOVE OF CHRIST CHURCH…703-518-4404              ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH…703-836-4100
                                                                                                                                                Tel: 703-780-4055 Fax: 703-360-5385                                       MT. VERNON UNITARIAN...703-765-5950
5 at 11 a.m. A 30-year veteran of                                                                      CHURCHES—CHRISTIAN                      Loving as Christ loves, serving as Christ serves                                                CHURCHES—UNITY
the Alexandria Police Department,           ALFRED STREET BAPTIST CHURCH…703-683-2222           HIS KINGDOM MINISTRIES... 703-313-5029
                                                                                                                                                       CHURCHES—EPISCOPAL                             EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNITY IN ALEXANDRIA…703-931-8507
                                               BAPTIST TEMPLE CHURCH…703-548-8000                  FIRST CHRISTIAN OF ALEXANDRIA
Chief Cook assumed the position                DEL RAY BAPTIST CHURCH…703-549-8116                      CHURCH... 703-549-3911
                                                                                                                                            EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH...703-683-0798                   CHURCH….703-765-5003                      SYNAGOGUES
                                                                                                                                            ST. AIDAN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH...703-360-4220             GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN          AGUDAS ACHIM CONGREGATION…703-998-6460
of Police Chief in August 2009. He           DOWNTOWN BAPTIST CHURCH…703-549-5544
                                                                                                                                             ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH... 703-780-3081
                                                         FIRST AGAPE BAPTIST                     CHURCHES—CHRISTIAN SCIENCE                                                                         CHURCH-ELCA….703-548-8608
was the first African-American                   COMMUNITY OF FAITH…703-519-9100                 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST
                                                                                                                                             ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH...703-765-4342           IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH,                  CHABAD LUVAVITCH OF
                                        FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ALEXANDRIA…703-684-3720                                                      ST. MARK EPISCOPAL CHURCH...703-765-3949
police captain and is now the first     PROVIDENCE- ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH…703-683-2565
                                                                                                      ALEXANDRIA...703-549-7973                                                                    MISSOURI SYNOD…703-549-0155         ALEXANDRIA-ARLINGTON…703-370-2774
                                                                                                     CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH                                                                     MESSIAH EVENGELICAL LUTHERAN
African-American Chief of Police                    SHILOH BAPTIST…703-683-4573
                                                                                                      MT. VERNON...703-768-2494
                                                                                                                                                                                                    CHURCH, ELCA...703-765-5003             To Advertise Your
                                             MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH...703-256-1239                                                               EPIPHANY LUTHERAN
in the City’s 260-year history. For                 VICTORY TEMPLE…703-370-2233                                                                    CHURCH-ELCA….703-780-5077
                                                                                                                                                                                                        NATIVITY LUTHERAN                   Faith Community,
                                                                                                       CHURCH OF CHRIST                                                                            CHURCH, ELCA….703-768-1112
more information on the Scottish               PLYMOUTH HAVEN BAPTIST...703-360-4370
                                                                                            ALEXANDRIA CHURCH OF CHRIST…703-836-3083            BETHANY LUTHERAN….703 765-8255                                                        call Karen at: 703-917-6468
Christmas Walk Weekend, visit                                                                                                                                          Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 25
Old Town
WHAT’S A BUSINESS-                              King Street property — the city’s
FRIENDLY CITY?                                  primary shopping venue in Old
   ‘Towners, we’ve got trouble right            Town.
here in river city. At least I think               Compounding all of this is that
we do. And, as you know, your                   city officials from the organiza-
friendly neighborhood columnist                 tions mentioned earlier took
is seldom wrong.                                strong offense that OTCA and HAF
   It seems our city fathers (and               would take a position that would
mothers) are going bonkers over                 suggest our town is not business-
assuring that those of us who love              friendly. Wow! It’s known that the
this old port city don’t do anything            Chamber and the ACVS urged the                       Skipp Calvert Mark Anthony, Cat Woman Tamara
to suggest that Alexandria is not a             Planning Commission to kill the                      Saltonstall, Hippie Mary Calvert and Godzilla Andrew
business friendly city.                         amendment to restrict sex shops                      Saltonstall.
   The culprits who believe this                in Alexandria. The vote was 5-1                                                                                Lee and Ted Ellett.
aren’t your regular nuts who think              to kill. Again, wow! The “no” vote
there might be a conspiracy to                  came replete with lectures pum-
build a 40-foot wall around Old                 meling those favoring the amend-
Town to keep out (or regulate)                  ment. Wow, a third time.
anyone who suggests that we’re                     Let Poul Hertel, president of
tough on business, on expansion,                OTCA and a vocal opponent of
on rapid growth. No. The folks I’m              those who some fear are allowing
talking about are from your (our)               King Street to become a mini-red
Chamber of Commerce, the Alex-                  light district, offer his take after
andria Economic Development                     the vote: “I am very disappointed
Partnership and the Alexandria                  that the representatives of the
Convention and Visitors Associa-                business district pushed the City
tion. Maybe even our own Alex-                  into a Faustian bargain that could
andria Planning Commission.                     jeopardize all retailers on King
   The Commission the other night               Street. What is more, as if to fin-
voted down a complicated legis-                 ish off the Kafkaesque perfor-
lative maneuver to control the                  mance of the Planning Commis-                                                                    Tony Moore, Ted Ellett and Matt Smith
number of so-called Adult Stores                sion, one of the commissioners lec-
in Old Town. The first opened on                tured on how important the busi-                    Wayne St. John and his chil-
King Street earlier this year. A sec-           ness communities’ turnout has                       dren Taylor and Anthony.
ond opened on King only recently.               been for the result.”
The new store even offers to de-                   Hertel concluded: “So in the end
liver its merchandise to folks stay-
ing at downtown hotels.
   Groups such as the Old Town
                                                it was about business is business,
                                                was it not? In being so afraid to
                                                appear business unfriendly, we
Civic Association and the Historic
Alexandria Foundation, among
others, were quick to make known
                                                now have to be porn-friendly on
                                                King Street.”
                                                   Poul Hertel described the Plan-
                                                                                                    In Old Town
their complete disgust that the city            ning Commission’s performance as
sat on its hands when the first                 “Kafkaescue.” My description                        Scenes from
Adult Store (don’t read Adult Store
as “Louis Vuitton.” It’s not). Now,
                                                would be “looney tunes.”
                                                                                                    a house party
along has come another on prime                                    — Bob Feldkamp                   on Wolfe Street.
             Legal Notices                                   Legal Notices                                                                   Walter and Joanne Lukens as the Mad Hatter
                                                                                                                    Photos by Mary Calvert   and the Queen of Hearts.
                                                Judith A. Janney

                                                Judith Ann Janney, 58, of Franklin County died
                                                Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Alexandria.

                                                Mrs. Janney was a native of Ellwood City, PA.
                                                She was a graduate of Grove City College and
                                                later received her master’s in Computer Science
                                                from American University. She retired from the
              City of Alexandria                Department of Defense.

 Carlyle/Eisenhower East Design Review Board    Survivors include her husband, John R. Janney,
                                                Jr.; her son, Brian John Janney of Alexandria;
               Public Workshop                  her daughter, Stephanie Ann Perkins of Colum-
                                                bus, OH; her father, John “Jack” Dunning of Ell-
                    Agenda                      wood City, PA; her step-son, Shannon Bristow
                                                Janney of Key West, Fla.; her brother, John
                                                Dunning of Rochester, NY; and her grandson,
Friday, December 4, 2009                        John Ethan-Tyler “Jet” Janney of Alexandria.
                                                She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty
1:00 pm                                         Dunning and her sister, Carole Ann Billyk.

Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall   A funeral service will be held at Noon Saturday,
                                                November 28 at Covenant Funeral Service,
                                                Fredericksburg Chapel with the Rev. R. Ken-
1.         Call to order                        neth Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in
                                                Oak Hill Cemetery.

2.        DRB # 2009-0002: Blocks 11 & 12       The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
(Hoffman Towers) –                              Friday, November 27 at the funeral home.
Concept design, 2210 Eisenhower Avenue.
By: Hoffman Company, Stephen Smith              In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be
                                                made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, c/o               From left to right, Merrick Johnston, Trondheim, Norway; Jordan Agusti,
                                                HCR Manor Care Foundation, 333 N. Summit                   New York City; Carrie Agusti, Gloucester, Ma., and Olivia Agusti and
3.         Other Business                       St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086.
                                                                                                           Alexander Hyde with baby Marley Isabella in the sling, from Jamestown,
                                                Online guestbook is available at
4.         Adjournment                                                R.I. All were in town to celebrate Marley’s Christening at St. Paul’s the
                                                                                                           following day. Merrick is the godmother.
26 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                    Alexandria Gazette Packet Sports Editor Jon Roetman

                       Sports                                                                                                        703-224-3015 or

Yates, Rowland Lead Confident Titans into 2009-10
T.C. Williams                                                                                                                                                                                      ning is what we’re used to — that’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                   how it goes at T.C. … At T.C., we
boys basketball                                                                                                                                                                                    have a program. From freshman to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   [junior varsity], they all understand
team looks to                                                                                                                                                                                      already. That’s why we’re so good:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   because everybody can step in and
remain among                                                                                                                                                                                       do what they’re supposed to do.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Like his players, King projects a
the state’s elite.                                                                                                                                                                                 winning mentality. His philosophy:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   if you’re going to compete, go for it

                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Louise Krafft/The Gazette Packet
              By Jon Roetman                                                                                                                                                                          “As I always say, I don’t see [be-
                   Gazette Packet                                                                                                                                                                  ing a target] as any pressure be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   cause we expect to win every
             n interview with T.C. Wil-                                                                                                                                                            game,” he said. “We don’t start the

A            liams         basketball
             standouts Ryan Yates
             and Billy Rowland
neared completion when the duo
was asked if either had anything to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   season in the offseason thinking,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Hey, let’s win a few games and see
                                                                                                                                                                                                   if we get lucky.’ We put in the work
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to go into the season and say, ‘Hey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   we’re trying to win it all.’
add.                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Why coach, why play if you’re
   “Get your popcorn ready for the                                                                                                                                                                 not trying to win it all?”
season,” Rowland said, quoting
brash NFL receiver Terrell Owens                                                                                                                        KING ENTERS his third season
to advertise the Titans’ ability to                                                                                                                     with the program, second as head
entertain.                                                                                                                                              coach. He started as an assistant on
   “Make sure the rest of the region                                                                                                                    the 2008 state championship team
is ready,” Yates said, placing future The T.C. Williams boys basketball team has                 not lost a Patriot District game since the             under head coach Ivan Thomas.
opponents on notice. “We’ll give a 2004-05 season.                                                                                                      King enters the season having
lot of coaches headaches.”                                                                                                                              learned from his debut head-coach-
   Rowland then described the team’s men- guy. He’s a jack of all trades. I can just                                                              ing campaign.
tality: “We’re humble, yet confident.”             put him at any spot on the floor and he   “As I always say, I don’t see                          “[I learned to] remember that they’re
   While the players’ quotes leaned toward can get it done.”                                                                                      high school kids and always expect they
the latter, it’s hard to blame members of the        Rowland, a 6-6 senior center, is the    [being a target] as any                              know nothing and assume they need to
T.C. Williams boys basketball team for be- team’s top rebounder and go-to player
lieving in their ability. The Titans have not for low-post scoring. Rowland trans-
                                                                                             pressure because we expect                           be taught every day and it needs to be
                                                                                                                                                  reinforced all the time,” said King, last
lost a Patriot District contest since the 2004- ferred from Bishop Ireton before his jun-
05 season. During that four-year span, T.C. ior season.
                                                                                             to win every game. … Why                             season’s Patriot District Coach of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                  “Never assume that they’re just going to
Williams won at least 24 games each sea-             “He’s my workhorse, [our] go-to guy     coach, why play if you’re not                        be ready to play each game on their own,
son and captured the 2008 state champi- inside,” King said. “He took a lot of heat                                                                because they’re just kids.”
onship.                                            last year — a couple nights, maybe, he    trying to win it all?”                                 King is looking for senior guard Tayron
   Yates, a first-team all-district selection last didn’t perform up to expectations. But                                       — Julian King,    Chambers (6-3) to step up as a rebounder
year, and Rowland, an all-district second- you know what? It was his first year play-                                                             and the Titans’ No. 3 scorer. Senior guard
teamer, are the top threats for a T.C. Will- ing with us, being in an organized sys-
                                                                                                 T.C. Williams head boys basketball coach Rodney Lewis (6-0) and junior forward
iams group looking to remain one of the tem. I think he did pretty well and I think                                                               Tyrell Sitton (6-3) are strong defensive
state’s elite during the 2009-10 campaign. he’s going to have a breakout year this year.”           “It’s kind of deceiving because, although players for the Titans.
Yates, a 6-foot-7 senior guard, is the team’s                                                     we have a target [on our backs], we still      Senior Cortez Taylor (5-8), the other re-
most potent perimeter scorer and tough YATES, ONE of two players remaining                        get disrespected a lot,” he said. “They un- maining Titan from the 2008 state title
defensive player. He will also be relied upon from the Titans’ 2008 state championship            derestimate our talent.”                     team, and sophomore Daquan Kerman (5-
to rebound.                                        team, said T.C. Williams’ annual graduation      Any worries about snapping the streak of 10) will share point guard duties. Senior
   “He’s capable of playing four positions for of talented players leads to a lack of respect     successful Titan teams?                      forward Darius Porter (6-4) is an athletic
me,” head coach Julian King said. “He’s my from opponents, despite the Titans’ success-             “That’s not even going through our minds,” rebounder, and junior center Jay Whitmire
coach on the floor. He’s my level-headed ful track record.                                        Yates said. “We practice way too hard. Win- (6-8) will provide size and strength inside.
           Sports Briefs
  Cheerleading Exhibition                                       event with teams from the Washington D.C., Virginia, and
                                                                Maryland areas competing against the Alexandria teams.
                                                                                                                                 noticed. To have youth sports items printed or posted on
                                                                                                                                 the Web, send the information to Sports Editor Jon
    The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and             Tickets will be on sale in advance of the exhibition at the   Roetman at
  Cultural Activities will host the Annual City-Wide            neighborhood recreation centers as well as at the Lee Cen-
  Cheerleading Exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 12 at T.C.
  Williams High School beginning at 11 a.m. The exhi-
                                                                ter Recreation Services Division Office now through 5 p.m.,
                                                                Dec. 10. Adult tickets for ages 13 and older are $5; youth
                                                                                                                                 Winter Box
  bition features cheerleading teams from Charles
  Barrett, Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Mount Vernon,
                                                                tickets for 6-12 years are $2, and youth 5 and under are
                                                                free. Tickets will be sold at the door for $6 for adults and
                                                                                                                                 Lacrosse Registration
  Nannie J. Lee, Patrick Henry and William Ramsay Rec-          $3 for children.                                                   The Beltway Box Lacrosse League is registering now
  reation Centers. There will also be special performances         For more information on the cheerleading program and          for a boys high school and youth winter box lacrosse
  by the T. C. Williams High School cheerleaders and            other youth sports programs, call the Youth Sports Office        program beginning Dec. 19. Games will be played in
  others.                                                       at 703-746-5402.                                                 Alexandria at the in-line hockey rink behind Francis C.
    The exhibition features teams in three divisions: the                                                                        Hammond Middle School. Divisions are boys high school
  pee wee, junior varsity and varsity divisions. Teams will                                                                      varsity and JV and youth U-9/U-11, U-13, and U-15. A
  display their skills and enthusiasm as they prepare for       Submit Youth Sports News                                         seven game season is planned. US Lacrosse member-
  the main event, the cheerleading competition, in April         The local youth winter sports seasons are starting and the      ship is required. Information is available at
  of 2010. The April competition will be an invitational        Gazette doesn’t want any child’s accomplishments to go un-                                                                                          Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 27
                                                                                                          Super heroes, balleri-
                                                                                                          nas, cowboys, prin-
                                                                                                          cesses, witches and
                                                                                                          ghosts paraded around
                                             Celebrating                                                  the block from Pitt
                                              5 Years in                                                  Street to Royal and
                                             Alexandria                                                   back stopping for
                                                                                                          photos in front of the
                                                                                                          church last month.

                                                                                                        Photos by Louise Krafft/
                                                                                                        Gazette Packet

                                                                  St. Paul’s
         Get a
       personal training session
                                                                  Shaffer has
                                                                  her arms full
                                                                  of treats for
               (an $85 Value)                                     the children
                                                                  on the pa-
     300 N. Washington St., Suite 106                             rade route.
            877-345-FTFT                                                          Family, friends and neighbors of the children
                                                    lined the street in front of the church as the                                            parade returned to school.

28 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009                               
Family, Friends Recall Beverly
From Page 1                                      drop.”
                                                                                                   Employment Home & Garden                                                       
time executive with Travelers Insurance,           After he received his law degree, Beverly       TELEPHONE TELEPHONE                                                             CLEANING                      CLEANING
died at his home of cholangio carcinoma          was offered a job at one of Richmond’s most       A great opportunity to                A great opportunity to
on Nov. 17 and was later buried at the           prestigious firms — Hunton and Williams.          WORK AT HOME! WORK AT HOME!
Mattox Family Cemetery in Glade Hill. He         But the job paid $100 a month, so he turned       NATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTER             NATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTER             A CLEANING SERVICE
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   “Maybe Dad was the person you turned          elers Insurance that paid $150 a month. The       ☎☎       Weekdays 9-4      ☎☎ ☎☎               Weekdays 9-4      ☎☎                    Quality Service at a Fair Price
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antique was,” said son Walter Beverly dur-       worked his way up the corporate ladder,                                    Need an Extra $500 - $1000                                     Comm/Res. MD VA DC
ing the eulogy last weekend at Immanuel          eventually moving to the headquarters in                                    per mo. to pay Bills ??                     
Church on the Hill. “Or maybe you were           Hartford, Conn., where their daughter was                 Call Sue @ 703-451-5864                                                       703-892-8648
the motor-mouthed extroverted relative in        born.
whom Dad recognized a born salesperson.            “They had to throw Virginia dirt under
He encouraged you, arranged interviews for       the bed,” joked Jamie Beverly Waldrop, who
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coconut cake at Easter and applesauce cakes      Alexandria in 1967. The family bought a                       Home Instead Senior Care.                                         
at Christmas. Although he was the consum-        new house on Canterbury Lane, quiet sub-                         Call Today: 703-750-6665
mate professional at work, he displayed a        urban neighborhood in the center of the city                                                                                    ELECTRICAL                    ELECTRICAL
quirky and irreverent sense of humor at          near the Virginia Theological Seminary.
home.                                            They attended Immanuel Church on the Hill
                                                                                                                    PEDIATRIC RN
                                                                                                     Our busy happy stimulating pediatric prac-
   “He had a way of rolling up his eyelids to    and were active in Republican politics —            tice in Alexandria & Fairfax has immediate
show red, looking down at you so only the        even launching an unsuccessful campaign             openings for PT positions. Ideal for nurses
whites showed and walking like Franken-          for City Council in the 1970s.                      returning to the workforce. Competitive
stein to the delight of all my cousins and          “The Republican Party in the late 1960s          salary with benefits. Orientation provided.
me at family reunions,” said his son. “He        and early 1970s was like a band of broth-                  Fax resume to 703/914-5494 or
made contraptions that made you think a          ers, and the Beverlys were part of that,” said          call Sharon at 703/914-8989, ext. 107.
furry animal was coming out to bite you,         George Cook, a former Republican mem-
which surprised and delighted all who saw        ber of the Alexandria City Council. “We were
it.”                                             just coming into our own.”
                                                    As a member of the Friendship Firehouse              HOLIDAY                                                                     GUTTER                       GUTTER

A NATIVE OF Rocky Mount in Franklin              board of directors, Beverly marched in the
                                                                                                          HELP                                                                    PINNACLE SERVICES,
County, Beverly’s father was the editor of       inaugural parade after the reelection of
                                                                                                                                                                                  • LEAF REMOVAL Inc.
the Franklin Gazette, now known as the
Franklin News Post. While a high school
                                                 President Richard Nixon. Beverly eventu-
                                                 ally launched a private law practice in Al-
                                                                                                      $17.00 Base-Appt.                                                           • GUTTER
student, Walter E. Beverly met the woman         exandria and became active in a number of                Immediate Openings! PT/FT.                                                CLEANING
who would later become his wife in the           civic organizations. He was active in An-          Temp/perm. Cust. Sales/Service. Ideal
gymnasium of Franklin County High School.        tiques in Alexandria and the Alexandria             for students/others. Flex. schedules.                                        703-802-0483
                                                                                                                                                                                   GROUP RATES AVAILABLE
                                                                                                        All ages 18+. Conditions Apply.                                                  FREE EST
That was at the conclusion of a girls’ bas-      Assembly. Over the years, he developed a
ketball game, when Opal Mattox was               skill for recognizing talent and making con-                        703-359-7600
awarded the All-Star of Franklin County.         nections.
  “He said, ‘That’s a nice game,’” recalled
Opal Mattox Beverly. “And then we just sort
                                                    “He got me an interview with Hartford
                                                 Insurance Company, and that changed my
                                                                                                     ASS’T OPERATION MANAGER
                                                                                                   Established freight forwarding company in
                                                                                                                                                                                   Metro Gutter
of struck up a connection.”                      life,” said Donna Giardina, a niece who lives     the Northern VA. area seeks experienced in-
                                                                                                                                                                                 • Wood Replace & Wrapping • Pressure Washing
  The two hit it off and the couple became       in Bethlehem, Pa. “He did that sort of thing      dividual to assist in the day to day operations
                                                                                                                                                                                         • Chimney Sweeping & Repair
an item, writing letters to each other after     for people all the time.”                         to include routing, tracking and tracing of
                                                                                                   shipments. Prospective applicants must have                                                   20 YEARS EXP.
he enrolled at Virginia Military Institute and      Beverly is survived by his wife of 63 years,
later during his Navy service in the Pacific     Opal Mattox Beverly; a son, Dr. Walter B.         2-3 years experience in the freight forwarding                                          703-354-4333
                                                                                                   business as well as excellent communication
during World War II. After the war, the two      Beverly of Lynchburg; a daughter, Jamie           skills. Experience with Cargowise or other
were married and settled in Richmond af-         Beverly Waldrop of Roanoke; five grandchil-       shipment tracking programs is a plus. Salary
ter spending their honeymoon at the sto-         dren, Walter Bryant Beverly Jr., Andrew                                                                                          HANDYMAN                      HANDYMAN
                                                                                                   based upon experience. Please e-mail resume
ried Hotel Roanoke. She worked as the sec-       Quinn Beverly, Preston Adam Waldrop Jr,           to or fax resume to 703-
retary for a corporation court judge, and        Tess Jamison Waldrop, Christopher Bear            518-4729 no phone calls please.
he enrolled at the T.C. Williams College of      Waldrop and many adoring nieces and                                                                                               HOME IMPROVEMENT
Law at the University of Richmond, where         nephews.                                                  Highly Skilled Financial                                                   Repairs & Remodeling:
he was a member of the McNeill Law Soci-            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made              Client Service Associate                                               Plumbing, Electrical, & Painting!
ety.                                             to the Children’s National Medical Center                                                                                                   703-455-3858
  “He was quite the speaker,” she said.          or the Antiques in Alexandria Endowment           Successful small Wealth Mangement firm                                
“When Walter spoke, you could hear a pin         Fund.                                             in Arlington in search of experienced,                                                   No Job too Small
                                                                                                   professional and detail-oriented Client

Operation Kid Comfort                                                                              Service Associate for full time position.

                                                                                                   Pay to commensurate experience.                                                RCL HOME REPAIRS
From Page 3                                      Greater DC Cares, the leading and largest         Generous small firm benefits. Experience                                                Handyman Services
                                                 coordinator of volunteerism in the greater-       in financial industry a MUST. We are not                                           Springfld • Burke • Kingstowne
                                                                                                   affiliated with a BD so we cannot hold any                                           Light Electrical • Plumbing •
  our country,” she said.                        Washington area, as part of a 9/11 National
                                                                                                   securities licenses.                                                            Bathroom Renovation • Ceramic Tile •
  Schneider and Mudry Avil aren’t the only       Day of Service and Remembrance ,many
                                                                                                                                                                                               Drywall Repair
dedicated people working with Operation          other people discovered and fell in love with                     Contact Sossy Matos
Kid Comfort. More than 200 volunteers met        the program that provides big quilts, for                                                            703-922-4190
in a recent three-hour quilt-making mara-        children to hold on to when their parents                          703-387-0919 X502                                             LIC.           INS.
thon at RFK Stadium on Sept. 1. Hosted by        are away at war-time.                                                                                                         Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2009 ❖ 29
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                                                      Concrete etc Mobile Homes etc Gutter Guards
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  • Decks • Porches (incl.
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                                                          LANDSCAPING                                                                                                                                                          •Crafts
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