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   Vol. CCXXV, No. 23                          Serving Alexandria for over 200 years • A Connection Newspaper                                                June 11, 2009

Favorite Son Falls Short
After primary, Brian Moran returns to his law practice.
                          By Michael Lee Pope           in the days leading up to the election, as the mo-
                                    Gazette Packet      mentum began moving toward Deeds — once con-
                                                        sidered a long-shot candidate who was ignored dur-
          rian Moran put everything on the line, re-    ing much of the campaign as Moran and McAuliffe

B         signing from his leadership position in the
          House of Delegates to concentrate on his
          race for governor. Then he rolled out a se-
ries of progressive policy initiatives before launch-
ing a harsh campaign against
                                                        traded barbs. In a brief concession speech to disap-
                                                        pointed supporters, Moran described Deeds as an “in-
                                                        vincible” opponent to take on the Republican chal-
                                                        lenger in the general election, former Attorney Gen-
                                                                             eral Bob McDonnell.
chief Democratic rival Terry                                                    “We sat together for six
McAuliffe — culminating in a      “Brian is not wealthy,                     years,” Moran said of Deeds,
regular feature his campaign                                                 who represents Bath County.
dubbed the “Pinocchio Report”     so now he’s got to get                     “Maybe a lot of my policy posi-
challenging the campaign
                                  back to work and build                     tions rubbed off on him, and

                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
rhetoric of the former chairman                                              that’s how he got elected.”
of the Democratic National
                                  up his law practice.”                       ALTHOUGH MORAN SPENT
  Ultimately, though, it was                             — John Moran years crisscrossing the state to
state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-25)                                                  recruit candidates for the Gen-
who won on Election Day by snagging 50 percent of       eral Assembly and built a base of endorsements from
the vote statewide. McAuliffe came in second place      local officials across the commonwealth, he was un-
with 26 percent. Although he was once considered        able to win more than a handful of jurisdictions —
the front-runner, Moran found himself in third place    Alexandria, Dinwiddie, Hampton and Petersburg.
with 24 percent. The former delegate and his family     And even though he won every precinct in Alexan-
took the stage at the Hilton Mark Center shortly af-    dria, he was not able to score victory in the eighth
ter 8 p.m. Tuesday night to concede the race.           congressional district — the seat that his older
  “You guys have to go to school tomorrow,” Moran       brother has represented in Congress since 1991.
said to his two young children, who attend                “He overreacted to McAuliffe when he should have
MacArthur Elementary School. “Sorry.”                                                                             Brian Moran addresses his supporters Tuesday night
  The mood among Moran supporters had been grim                                 See City Voters, Page 5           after losing the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

  Change Approved Despite Concerns                                                                                Eyeing November 2012
                                                                                                                  City Council is set to consider the
  School Board passes plan for five smaller, close-knit                                                           fate of May elections this weekend.
  schools to improve SOL scores and graduation rates.                                                                        By Michael Lee Pope      nicipal elections from May to No-
                                                                                                                                     Gazette Packet   vember, city politics is about to en-
                         By Maham Ayaz and              school. “Almost everybody was against it except                                               counter the most dramatic change
                  Erica Kicak-Vanderhoeven              for one person,” said Timothy. “They just thought                 et ready to say goodbye     since the old ward system was
                                    Gazette Packet

           imothy Bender, a sixth grader at George
                                                        it was a stupid idea.”
                                                           However, the School Board passed the proposal
                                                        for the new middle school model on Thursday,
                                                                                                                  G       to May elections. And get
                                                                                                                          ready for a lengthy No-
                                                                                                                  vember ballot.
                                                                                                                                                      abolished in the 1950s. The item
                                                                                                                                                      is on the docket for this Saturday,
                                                                                                                                                      when council members will hear

  T        Washington        Middle
           School, learned about the
  proposed middle school plan dur-
                                       “We don’t have
                                                        June 4. It will divide GW into two and Hammond
                                                                          into three smaller schools with
                                                                          450 students in each school,
                                                                                                                    With a majority of City Council
                                                                                                                  members now publicly supporting
                                                                                                                  a proposed ordinance to move mu-
                                                                                                                                                      public comment on the issue and

                                                                                                                                                                See Council, Page 4
  ing the school morning announce-                                        within their respective buildings.
  ments on Friday, May 22. A few
  hours later, he discussed the is-
                                       every specific                     Currently, the middle schools are
                                                                          divided by grade level and then            Alexandria, VA 22314

                                       answer and every
                                                                                                                          T 1604 King St.,
  sue with his social studies class,                                      into teams, where students take         Address Service Requested
  began a petition against the                                            classes together and have the
                                       specific detail
  changes, gained 70 supporters                                           same teachers. The new model            Time-sensitive
  during lunch, and had 143 signa-                                        will take the team concept several
  tures by the end of the school day.  spelled out yet.”                                                             Attention

    Many GW students were
                                                                                                                     Permit #482
                                              — Charles Wilson,            See New Middle School,                   Alexandria, VA

  against the changes to their
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        Council Notebook                                                            News
 Junk and Trunks
    For years, Councilman Paul Smedberg has been trying to bring
 some sense of consistency to how city officials demand new busi-
 nesses purchase trash cans and plant trees. Now, finally, the coun-
 cilman can count a newly crafted policy as hard-won battle that
                                                                            Student Autism Rates Rise
 was years in the making. “Some people might see this as trivial and
 very small,” said Smedberg. “But it’s a policy decision.”
                                                                            Schools adjust                                                                   system. A major difficulty is
                                                                                                                                                             the varying spectrum of au-
    Time and time again, Smedberg has questioned city officials on          for estimated                                                                    tism: Some people with au-
                                                                                                                                                             tism may present with severe
 why they chose to charge some permit applicants for a trash can
 while others were not bothered. More recently, the argument grew           12.2 percent                                                                     impairments, while others
                                                                                                                                                             have more mild symptoms.
 to incorporate demands that special-use permit applicants plant
 trees near their business. Just last month, the councilman grilled         increase.
 staffers on why they hadn’t added a $250 tree-planting fee to a                                                                                            WHAT SOME STUDENTS
 new restaurant known as “Burger Joint” — eventually adding the                        By Erica Kicak-                                                      with autism need to be suc-
 fee to the permit as a friendly amendment.                                             Vanderhoeven                                                        cessful in school can be com-
    “I hate to be this picky,” he said at the time. “But we need consis-                    Gazette Packet                                                  pletely different from the
 tency.” Enter the city’s new policy on trees and trash cans. Adopted                                                                                       needs of other students.
 by City Council members Tuesday night, the new rules require spe-                         12.2 percent in                                                    As Deborah Hammer, one
 cial-use permit applicants to pay one lump sum contribution that
 would go into a joint infrastructure fund for street trees and trash
 cans. Although Councilman Rob Krupicka suggested a $300 fee,
 Smedberg persuaded his colleagues that a $500 contribution would
 be appropriate — but not before expressing his frustration.
                                                                            A            crease is projected
                                                                                         in the number of
                                                                                         students with au-
                                                                            tism from this school year to the
                                                                            start of school in September,
                                                                                                                                                            of two autism resource spe-
                                                                                                                                                            cialists employed by the
                                                                                                                                                            school system’s central office,
                                                                                                                                                            said, “People with autism are
                                                                                                                                                            just like any other people —
    “It took five years to get to this stupid point,” he said before vot-   mirroring the growth nation-                                                    they’re individuals …. Accom-
 ing to adopt the new plan.                                                 wide. The increase leaves the                                                   modations are completely dif-
                                                                            city schools trying to figure out                                               ferent.”
                                                                            how best to help students with                                                    All special education stu-
 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow                                                  a wide range of needs.             Shawn Williams works as a                    dents have their own Indi-
    Uncle Sam may be spreading more stimulus largess to children               According to Virginia Com- paraprofessional in special                       vidual Education Plans
 in Alexandria — specifically 54 low-income children. But don’t ex-         monwealth Autism Services, education at Cora Kelly                              (IEPs), which determine the
 pect the generosity to last. This week, the City Council approved a        autism is characterized by re- Elementary School.                               best way for the student to be
 new grant application for one-time funding for the Head Start pro-         stricted, almost obsessive, in-                                                 served by the school system.
 gram through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The               terests and behaviors, and qualitative impairments Any given student with autism can have a different
 money would fund an expansion of the existing program serving              in social skills and communication, which make it IEP than any other student with a diagnosis of au-
 252 children by filling Head Start classrooms to capacity. Yet even        difficult for those with the disorder to relate to oth- tism. One major point of the IEP is having students
 if the stimulus money were approved, the new money would only              ers. There is no definitive answer for why there is in the “Least Restrictive Environment.” “Least Restric-
 serve a portion of the need in Alexandria.                                 such a rise in diagnoses of autism. Some researchers tive Environments” can range from students being
    “The current Head Start waiting list stands at more than 200            suspect that childhood vaccines or food additives sent to residential facilities to students spending the
 plus,” wrote City Manager Jim Hartmann in a memorandum                     could be the culprit, while others believe that au- majority of their time in mainstream classrooms. Sixty
 explaining the stimulus application. “The need for services for low-       tism is being diagnosed more frequently simply be- of the projected 83 students with autism who will be
 income children, age three to five, is also confirmed by data from         cause people are more aware of autism than they in the school system next year will be spending the
 the program’s annual community assessment.” The application ap-            were in the past. Still, there is no conclusive evi- majority of the school day in special education class-
 proved this week will ask the federal government for up to $400,000,       dence as to why there is such a rise in the number of rooms. Those students are better served by the indi-
 which includes $28,500 startup funds plus salaries and benefits.           children being diagnosed with autism.                   vidual attention of a special education classroom or
 Because of the city’s budget crunch, no city funds are expected to            Alexandria schools now face the challenge of de- a self-contained classroom specifically for students
 supplement the program in future years. “If the money is not there,        termining how to prepare for the increasing number with autism. Still, other higher-functioning students
 the program ends,” said Debra Collins, assistant city manager              of autistic students who will be entering the school                      See Student Autism, Page 13
 for Community and Human Services.

 Olive Branch Extended
    The standoff between city officials and Alexandria businessman
                                                                            Chaplain Volunteers at City Jail
 Rob Kauffman seems to have cooled a bit, although the situation                           By Maham Ayaz           devoting my life to prison minis-
 remains unresolved. After applying a coat of pale green paint to                             Gazette Packet       try. Now I try to go into places
 previously unpainted brick to a building on Prince Street two years                                               without chaplains and meet the
 ago, Kauffman and city officials eventually reached a stalemate.                      native of Middleburg,       challenges.
 Late last week, Kauffman sent a letter indicating he was willing to
 agree to a new paint-removal test by a contractor that recently
 stripped paint from a house on South Pitt Street. “Since preserva-
                                                                            A         Calvin Scott received a
                                                                                      doctorate of divinity from
                                                                            Washington Bible College in 1982.
                                                                                                                   What is the role of a chap-
                                                                                                                   lain in jails?
 tion is as critical as presentation, I would submit it would be worth-     He is currently a volunteer chap-        When I got started, it wasn’t
 while to ask for a testing and paint removal proposal from this            lain at the Alexandria City Jail in    common for chaplains to work in
 company to determine whether it is able to implement a better              affiliation with The Good News         jails. Then, eventually, the Good
 process capable of an improved result,” Kauffman wrote in the June         Jail and Prison Ministry.              News Jail and Prison Ministry
 8 letter.                                                                                                         changed that. On a typical day, we    Calvin Scott
                                                                            How did you get started as             have a Bible study; we just have a    sponse of the inmates to
 Post-Election Whiskers                                                     a chaplain?
                                                                               I have been a chaplain now since
                                                                                                                   good time. We are not all that re-
                                                                                                                   ligious, we just give them the
                                                                                                                                                         your work?
                                                                                                                                                            The response on a scale from 1
    Nobody wants to lose — in politics or in life. And so politicians       1978. I have served all over the       Bible, we let them all think, feel,   to 10, I’d say 9. They enjoy it. I
 that are rejected by voters sometimes go through a mild identity           world from Thailand to Germany         and work on their own. We try to      don’t think there’s a young person
 crisis, questioning their old assumptions and finding a way to move        back to Turkey. I got started when     get them involved in life-learning    that didn’t ask me for more time
 on. Take Councilman Justin Wilson, who was edged out of his                I was 39 years old. I started doing    programs to give them something       or want me to answer their ques-
 seat on the City Council last month. Since the election, the 30-           it because I wanted to help young      to do and something to talk about.    tions. We don’t tell people how to
 year-old lame-duck councilman has grown a beard. When asked                people — no salary, just a Bible,      A chaplain is a counselor. Some-      get out and change the world but
 about the new look, Wilson said it was part of his new outlook on          and I went into the Upper              times young people don’t know         we do listen to their concerns. I
 life. “It’s the Al Gore thing,” said Wilson, referring to the former       Marlboro detention center. I was       what’s wrong and what’s right and     can see myself in their shoes be-
 vice president’s post-election transformation after 2000. “I’m going       trained to be a chaplain, not the      that’s where the chaplain comes       cause if good people hadn’t taught
 to gain 30 pounds, grow a beard and win a Nobel Peace Prize.”              pastor of a church. I prefer jails     in.                                   me, helped me, and prayed for me,
                                            — Michael Lee Pope              and I’m pretty good at what I do.                                            I don’t know where I would be to-
                                                                            For the last 35 years I have been      What is the general re-               day.                                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 3
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                                                                                                                                                                                  — Del. David Englin (D-45)
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                                           From Page 1                                        tion change council members have the author-                  elections. According to the earliest city
                                                                                              ity to approve is a simple move from May to                   records, the first local elections in the 1750s
                                             cast a final vote on the long-debated reform.    November. So the item on the ballot Saturday                  took place in February. By the early 1800s,
                                             “Arlington has an election for the County        is a placeholder of sorts — forcing a change                  they were moved to the second Tuesday in
                                           Board every year, and local issues are never       now, with more revisions planned for a series                 March. After the Civil War, municipal voting
                                           overrun by national issues,” said lame-duck        of charter amendments that could be intro-                    moved to the second Tuesday in June. The
                                           Councilman Justin Wilson, who has been one         duced during the next session of the General                  city’s current practice of balloting on the first
                                           of the leading advocates for the reform effort.    Assembly.                                                     Tuesday in May was institutionalized back in
                                           “In many ways, I think, Arlington has a more          “That’s not smart,” said state Sen. Patsy Ticer            1973.
                                           civic participation than we do.”                   (D-30), who is a member of the Senate sub-                       “This is not a time to forge new policy,” wrote
                                             But opponents say moving city elections to       committee that oversees charter amendments.                   Councilman-elect Frank Fannon in a written
                                           November is a mistake because it’s hard            “If they want other changes, they really should               statement. “Pushing through political legisla-
                                           enough for voters to know enough about the         introduce all the changes as a package of char-               tion during a lame-duck session isn’t putting
                                           City Council and School Board candidates even      ter amendments.”                                              the citizens of Alexandria first.”
                                           when they have their own election. Last month,        Ticer has long opposed moving the City                        Although increasing turnout is the ostensible
                                           for example, the ballot contained 21 names —       Council election from May to November, fear-                  goal of the effort, Republicans have charged
                                           and that included three seats that were uncon-     ing that local issues deserve their own elec-                 that the move is a cynical ploy to increase the
                                           tested.                                            tion when they can be debated at length. But                  power of the Alexandria Democratic Commit-
                                             “My own mother has a hard time keeping           even if she supported the effort, she said, the               tee. By maximizing the number of Democrats
                                           our names straight,” said lame-duck Council-       reform effort would make more sense if it were                at the polls during elections for governor of
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                                           lot that has 35 to 40 names on it, plus consti-
                                                                                              a completely formed proposal that included
                                                                                              lengthening terms and staggering elections.
                                                                                                                                                            the House of Delegates, they say, Democratic
                                                                                                                                                            candidates for City Council will benefit. And
   Per gallon of any                       tutional amendments?”                              Others say prompting the reform effort by sup-                although increased turnout is frequently men-
                                                                                              porting the ordinance on this weekend’s bal-                  tioned as a key goal of the plan, the contested
    Regal Product                          SUPPORTERS of the reform effort say they           lot is the best way to force a change.                        election between Englin and Republican chal-
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                                           have no intention of holding an election for          “I don’t see any reason why they should                    lenger Mark Allen only drew about 30 percent
                                           City Council and School Board members dur-         wait,” said Del. David Englin (D-45). “If this is             of voters to the polls.
     FREE                                  ing presidential years. The movement has al-       what they want to do, they should do it and                      “This ordinance isn’t perfect, but it’s better
 Drop Cloth and                            ways been sold as part of a package that would     then start talking about the next set of                      than what we’ve got now,” said Wilson, add-
 Sanding Sponge                            include other changes, including lengthening
                                           terms to four years and staggering elections
                                                                                              changes.”                                                     ing that last month’s election drew a 15 per-
                                                                                                                                                            cent turnout. “Even if all we accomplish is sim-
     6229 Richmond Hwy                     so that all members were not chosen at once.       LOCAL ELECTIONS have always been con-                         ply moving the election from May to Novem-
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                                             Yet under the code of Virginia, the only elec-   ducted separately from national and state                     ber, that’s progress.”

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   been focused on Deeds,” said John Moran, an older
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since 1991. “Brian is not wealthy, so now he’s got to       ❖ Creigh Deeds             4,080         32 percent
                                                            ❖ Terry McAuliffe          1,641         13 percent
get back to work and build up his law practice.”                                                                          Enhancing The Value of Real Estate
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a woman. And he was the only candidate to oppose            “People were trying to buck themselves up by cre-
a new coal-fired power plant in Surry.                    ating different scenarios for victory,” said Del. Adam
   “Conventional wisdom says that a low-turnout elec-     Ebbin (D-49). “I’m not sure what Brian could have
tion favors the candidate with the best field opera-      done differently, to tell you the truth.”
tion,” said Del. David Englin (D-45). “But in this case
conventional wisdom was wrong because McAuliffe           BY THE TIME votes were posted to the State Board
seemed to have the best field operation, and he still     of Elections Web site Tuesday night, the bitterness
lost to Deeds.”                                           between Moran and McAuliffe had been reduced to
                                                          a sideshow. Deeds ended up with almost as many
BEFORE LAST SUMMER, Moran’s team had                      votes as both of his opponents put together. Political
mapped out a strategy against Deeds and took on a         analysts voters rejected McAuliffe’s circus-barker
seasoned team of Virginia political veterans — most       image and Moran’s negative campaign. Deeds, by
notably Mame Reilly and Steve Jarding. But then           contrast, won voters by positioning himself as the
during the Democratic National Convention in Den-         moderate Democrat who could take on the Republi-
ver, McAuliffe began testing the waters for a guber-      can candidate.
natorial bid. By November, the dynamics of the race         “McAuliffe really got into the heads of the Moran
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                                                                                                                        Civil rights
                                                                                                                                                       Sunday, June 14th
                                                                                                                        stories were
                                                                                                                        shared at the
                                                                                                                        “Tea & Talk” at
                                                                                                                        Charles Hous-
                                                                                                                        ton Recreation
                                                                                                                        Center on

Recalling Civil Rights Movement
“Tea and Talk” reveals need to record recollections.
                                                   By Erica Kicak-Vanderhoeven        unveiled in April of 2011.
                                                                     Gazette Packet     As a timeline of civil rights in Alexandria was read,
                                                                                      there were frequent interjections of events of sig-
                 his is a wonderful day in Alexandria’s                               nificance that were not mentioned and details and

“T               evolving history,” said Jim Henson at
                 the “Tea & Talk’s” Sharing
                 Alexandria’s Civil Rights Stories event
on Monday, June 8. The tea was held for Alexandrians
to share their experiences with the civil rights move-
                                                                                      stories specific to Alexandria’s history.
                                                                                        Although the tea began with old friends greeting
                                                                                      one another, there was concern over a pressing is-
                                                                                      sue: recording the civil rights history of Alexandria
                                                                                      while there were still people that could remember
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ment in Alexandria, particularly experiences involv-                                  the events firsthand. Ferdinand Day suggested that                     Diann Hicks
ing Parker-Gray High School and Charles Houston.                                      the city should pay to have people’s experiences re-                    703-628-2440
  In all, 33 people attended what is intended to be                                   corded by a professional, saying, “We need a story
the first of many such community activities for arts                                  about how the city came together to transform the
and history at the Charles Houston Recreation Cen-                                    entire city. To me to look back over the years and the
ter. Another such tea is planned for the fall. In atten-                              shameful things that occurred, it is enlightening to
dance were Alisa Carrel, the director of the Office of                                me to see how far we have come. We must stop and
the Arts in Alexandria, Cheryl Anne Colton, the cul-                                  tell that story.”
tural arts administrator of the Office of the Arts, Louis                               As the afternoon progressed, people recalled the
Hicks, the director of the Alexandria Black History                                   protests, the churches, major “firsts” for African
Museum, as well as many who played a role in the                                      Americans within the city, and the “Secret Seven.”
history of Alexandria. Members of the Stakeholders                                      “It’s worth telling for white folks and for black
Advisory Group for the Charles Hamilton Houston                                       folks,” said Day.
Memorial Public Art Project also participated.                                          One of the only regrets that those in attendance
  The program began with details about the public                                     had was that neither the mayor nor any city council
art project for the Charles Houston Memorial to be                                    members attended. If they had been, they might have
placed in front of the Charles Houston Recreation                                     been able to help determine how a recording of
Center, the site where Parker-Gray High School used                                   Alexandria’s story could come into fruition.
to stand. A nationwide competition will be held to                                      Still, Jim Henson had this message for those who
determine the design of the memorial, which will                                      did attend the “Tea and Talk:” “I commend the people
commemorate the legacy of Parker-Gray as well as                                      who came out, but I also appreciate the people who
Charles Houston. The memorial is planned to be                                        came before to make it possible for us to be here.”

                                          At Saint Stephen’s
                                          St. Agnes Graduation
 Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet

                                                                                                         Emma Rollinson Oxford
                                          The Senior Chorale         Commencement speaker                delivers the valedictory
                                          directed by Dallis Byrne          .
                                                                     James P Toomey ’79.                 address.
                                          sings “Seasons of Love.”                More photos at                                                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 7
                                                                          New Middle School Model Approved
                                                                          From Page 1

                                                                            steps further. All students now have Individual
                                                                          Achievement Plans from the start of middle school
                                                                          that lays out their path to high school.
                                                                            “The teams were an effort to create smaller
                                                                          schools, but it wasn’t complete,” said School Board
                                                                          member Charles Wilson. In the new model, students
                                                                          in the different schools will stay with the same teach-
                                                                          ers, guidance counselors, principals, and other stu-

                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Michael Lee Pope/Gazette Packet
                                                                          dents from sixth through eighth grade. Also, students
                                                                          in different grades may have classes together. For
                                                                          example, advanced sixth grade students might have
                                                                          classes with seventh graders who are doing grade
                                                                          level work and also with eighth graders who are
                                                                            The multi-age classes are a point of concern for
                                                                          middle school students and parents alike. Timothy
                                                                          mentions the multi-age classes as his second largest
                                                                          concern, after the possibility of not being able to
                                                                          have classes with friends in a different school. He
                                                                          worries that “Eighth graders might resent sixth grad-
                                                                          ers” in their classes, which could lead to tension and

                                                                          SOME CRITICS of the plan say that it is too big of        After learning about the middle school
                                                                          a change, especially to be happening so quickly. “If      reorganization, Timothy Bender started
                                                                          we waited a whole year planning, there’s a whole          a petition opposing the proposal.
                                                                          grade we would lose,” said Superintendent Morton
                                                                          Sherman, who initially encouraged the adoption of         make the classes smaller when you have the same

  Everything You Need…                                                    the Middle Years IB Program.
                                                                             Middle school teachers will be required to do some
                                                                          training over the summer and during the next school
                                                                                                                                    number of students and the same number of teach-
                                                                                                                                    ers?” said Tim’s mother, Rhodessa Bender. “I don’t
                                                                                                                                    think they were being very forthcoming with us.”

  in One Convenient Place                                                 year to learn how to interconnect their classes.
                                                                          Sherman considers the program to be “a framework
                                                                          for existing curriculum, not a curriculum in itself.
                                                                                                                                      Dr. Larry Golemon, also a sixth grade parent, put
                                                                                                                                    together a 46-page document titled “A Parent-
                                                                                                                                    Teacher’s Guide to Small School Research” that de-
  ABC STORE #297...................................703-823-7349           Students have already chosen their classes for next       tails the ideas behind small learning facilities, its ben-
  AUTHENTICALLY AMISH.............................703-212-9890            year and those choices will remain intact. The schools    efits and its drawbacks. He summarizes his work by
  CHIPOTLE ............................................... 703-370-2152   will continue to offer Talented and Gifted (TAG)          saying that the success or failure of the program de-
                                                                          classes.                                                  pends on its implementation, “on whether or not the
  CURVES FOR WOMEN...............................703-751-2500                Wilson believes that although “we can’t make it        plans were comprehensive and collaborative.” The
  DUKE CLEANERS ...................................... 703-751-1223       perfect” and “we don’t have every specific answer         information was made available to other parents, so
  EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION ...................703-751-7778                 and every specific detail spelled out yet” the change     that they would be better informed so they could draw
                                                                          will help improve SOL scores and decrease the num-        their own conclusions.
  FOXCHASE FLORIST...................................703-370-3602         ber of students that drop out once they reach high          Assistant Superintendent John Porter, a former high
  FOXCHASE PHOTO LAB .............................703-370-3756            school. “Ten percent of kids are going to do well no      school and middle school principal, supports the new
  H & R BLOCK ......................................... 703-751-1903      matter what the structure is. Ten percent of kids will    plan for the middle schools. “Smaller settings with
                                                                          fail no matter what the structure is. But eighty per-     closer contact and relationships with teachers and
  HANA TOKYO STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR .. 703-823-3168                       cent would benefit” from the smaller school struc-        other adults will help make those transitional years
  HARRIS TEETER ........................................703-461-7082      ture of the middle schools.                               [of adolescence] easier”, said Porter, who went on to
  HONG KONG EXPRESS..............................703-823-8808                The majority of the School Board agreed with Wil-      compare the new middle school model to the con-
                                                                          son, with the new plan being passed with eight votes.     cept of having ninth grade students get used to high
  JEWELRY DESIGNERS .................................703-370-2993         Sheryl Gorsuch was the only “no” vote. “I wanted to       school in the smaller Minnie Howard setting.
  KITCHEN AND GRANITE EXPO ....................703-370-0037               make sure we had quality implementation,” said              The Middle Years IB program will be “cost neutral.”
  L.A. WEIGHT LOSS CENTER ...................... 703-751-6290             Gorsuch. While she is “not opposed to the small           meaning that any new expenses will be met using
  LA CASA RESTAURANT...............................703-370-3600           school concept”, she worried that “expectations were      federal money and stimulus funding. The only major
                                                                          not in line with reality.” Still Gorsuch wants to make    change will be the division into smaller schools and
  MY EYE DOCTOR .....................................703-370-7111         clear that “though I voted against it, I will be ac-      the personalization of the program, but Wilson said,
  NAILS FOXY/EXCEL CORPORATION ............. 703-739-6245                 tively supporting the implementation next year.”          “Sixth grade is a big change anyway. The biggest
  NEW LOOK SALON ...................................703-823-3422                                                                    change [for incoming middle school students] is
                                                                          PARENTS ARE also a bit skeptical. “How can you            graduating from fifth to sixth grade.”
  PAUL GIBBERMAN, DDS...........................703-823-6616
  PAUL STASIEWICZ, DDS...........................703-751-5052
  PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION..........703-504-6234                     Non-Profit Receives $50,000 Bequest
  RITE AID #3662.....................................703-751-4901            Rebuilding Together Alexandria     more than 20 years. In 1995, she        understood the needs of seniors
  SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP ........................703-370-1200               was a recipient of $50,000 from       was voted Woman of the Year by          and their caregivers.
                                                                          the estate of Catherine Joan Cole.    Washington Women in Public Re-            With this bequest, Rebuilding
  WACHOVIA BANK, VA 9657.....................703-739-3495                 A long-time Washington area resi-     lations. She was married for 60         Together Alexandria and its volun-
                                                                          dent, she worked in public rela-      years to Dr. Hugh Cole, a promi-        teers will continue to rehabilitate
                 Duke Street,                                             tions, serving as the publicist for   nent military historian. During the     and improve homes of low-income
                                                                          the Smithsonian Resident Associ-      last years of her life, Cole cared      seniors. This year the organization
   just west of Jordan Street in Alexandria                               ate Program from 1983 to 1997         for both her husband and her            will assist nearly 100 homeowners
                                                                          and at the Hecht Company for          daughter until their deaths, and        and non-profit agencies.
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                                                              Bulletin Board
                                                      To    have    a   notice    listed,   e-mail             10:15 a.m. $15/$20. Learn to increase profits,
                                           Call Steve               eliminate up to 75% in capital gains taxes, and
                                                    Hibbard at 703-917-6407 with questions.                    more. South County Government Center, 8350
                                                                                                               Richmond Hwy., Room 22, Alexandria. RSVP to
                                                                                                               Rachel at 703-360-5008 or
                                                    THURSDAY/JUNE 11                                        Belly Talk. 6:30-8 p.m. Monthly Info-Swap and
                                                    Rainbow Health Day. 9 a.m. to noon. Wegmans                Support for Pregnant Women. At the James M.
                                                      employees participate in Head Start location at          Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth
                                                      Gum Springs Children’s Center in Alexandria.             Avenue, Alexandria. Call Jess at 703-946-3027.
                                                      The event will help 3- to 5-year-olds learn the       Duncan Book Discussion Group Meeting. 7
                                                      importance of eating fruits and vegetables and           p.m. At the Duncan Library, 2501
                                                      engaging in physical activity.                           Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Discussing the
                                                                                                               book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Contact Ruth at
                                                    SATURDAY/JUNE 13
                                                    The Alexandria City Council will hold a public
                                                                                                            WEDNESDAY/JUNE 17
                                                       hearing at its meeting on Saturday, June 13, at
                                                       9:30 a.m. at City Hall, (301 King St.) to receive    India’s Poorest Children Talk. 4:30-6:30 p.m.
                                                       comments on a proposal to move City Council             Anita Edgar, founder of charitable organizations
                                                       and School Board elections from May to                  that care for India’s poorest children, will speak
                                                       November, beginning in 2012.                            on the continuing programs of El-Shaddai
                                                    Discuss State Issues. 10 a.m. to noon. Del.                Charitable Trust. At Commonwealth Baptist
                                                       Kristen J. Amundson will be holding Community           Church, 700 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703-740-
                                                       Office Hours at Sherwood Regional Library,              7994; El-Shaddai Charitable Trust:
                                                       2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Anyone   ; or Mindful Hands:
                                                       from the community is welcome to come discuss 
                                                       state-related issues, and no appointments are        Green Workforce Forum. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At
                                                       necessary. Call 703-619-0444 or                         the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932
                                                                             King Street. A panel of industry experts will lead
                                                                                                               discussions on ways to work in the new “green”
                                                                                                               economy. RSVP by June 12, 2009 to Dennis
                                                    SUNDAY/JUNE 14                                             McKinney, Evelyn Quiles, or TD Mitchell at 703-
                                                    Community Green. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The                     838-4316.
                                                      American Horticultural Society is hosting its first   Code Compliance Walk. 8-10 a.m. Hume
                                                      annual Community Green at the Society’s                  Springs and Lynhaven community members
                                                      headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria.                walk the areas of Hume Springs and Reed
                                                      Admission is $10/adult, $5/child. Call 703-768-          Avenue to identify any quality of life issues and/
                                                      5700, ext. 112.                                          or code compliance matters. Meets at
                                                                                                               McDonald’s, 121 W. Glebe Road. Call Capt.
                                                                                                               Eddie Reyes, 703-838-6360, ext. 1509 or
                                                    MONDAY/JUNE 15                                   
                                                    Alexandria Democratic Committee Monthly
                                                       Meeting. 8 p.m. At Minnie Howard School,
                                                                                                            THURSDAY/JUNE 18
                                                       3801 W. Braddock Road. Call 703-549-3367.
                                                                                                            India’s Poorest Children Talk. 12:30-1:30
                                                                                                               p.m. Anita Edgar, founder of charitable
                                                    TUESDAY/JUNE 16                                            organizations that care for India’s poorest
                                                    More Money for Small Businesses. 8:15-                           See Bulletin Board, Page 35

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Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet

                                        Laurie and Tom Field’s family join them at the reception at Joe Viar’s. They received
                                        one of the two Julia Johns Awards for 2009.
                                                                           More photos at

1872 Society Pays Tribute
            he 1872 Society’s 17th Annual Member                                                            The award was established to recognize and honor

T           ship Reception brought forth members
            from Mt. Vernon and Alexandria to pay
            tribute to the 2009 Julia Johns Award of
Distinction honors. The awards are named after Julia
Johns who led a group of women who brought the
                                                                                                          individuals who embody the same spirit as the
                                                                                                          founder, Johns, and have made a significant contri-
                                                                                                          bution in the advancing of healthcare for the com-
                                                                                                          munity of Alexandria. This year’s honorees were
                                                                                                          Laurie and Tom Field and Janet and her late hus-
Alexandria Hospital into being on Dec. 12, 1872.                                                          band Carl von Sternberg.

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Student Autism Rates Rise
From Page 3                                               dents with autism. The shift is in part because of the
                                                          increase in the number of students with autism in
   with autism benefit by being in a regular class-       the city and also because the city has changed the
room, to better improve their social skills.              ratios of special education students to teachers. For
   So far, Alexandria schools have prepared for the       students with more severe autism, the new ratio is
rise in autism by hiring two city-wide autism research    to have six students per teacher and three students
specialists. Sarah DiGioia, who works out of John         per paraprofessional.
Adams Elementary School, is the specialist for the          Alexandria offers a unique opportunity for students
primary grades, and Deborah Hammer, who works             with autism: Wesley McCune’s music class. McCune,
out of Hammond Middle School, is the specialist for       who has been working with students with autism
the upper grades. Next year, the schools plan to add      for 20 years, began using the music of Bach when he
more teachers specifically for students with autism       taught students with autism. The results have been
and also to add self-contained classes for students       better than he’d hoped for. “I thought that the cur-
with autism in more of the city schools, but the spe-     riculum I’d developed would take me a whole year
cific numbers have not been decided yet.                  to get through and I was very surprised to discover
   Currently, there are self-contained classes for stu-   that by the middle of October the children could al-
dents with autism only at Cora Kelly and John Adams       ready do what I’d hoped they’d be able to do by June,”
elementary schools and also one at Hammond Middle         said McCune. The music seems to have helped some
School.                                                   of the children to open up more as well. McCune
                                                          said, “There’s much more eye contact now with me.
IN THE COMING SCHOOL year, more self-con-                 They’re much more involved in what we’re doing.”
tained classes for students with autism will be added.    McCune has received grants for his work and re-
The school system will be hiring two more teachers        search, which might be used for more technology
and two more paraprofessionals specifically to work       and training. He plans on delving further into the
with students with autism, using funding from the         works of Bach with his classes next year. Two of his
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provision     students will be moving on to middle school, but with
to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The        the rise in autism, he expects that he’ll have more
schools will also be shifting from teachers for stu-      new students with whom he will hopefully continue
dents with learning disabilities to teachers for stu-     this year’s success.

Taylor Run                             of DMV procedures and pool back-
                                       ground information from all
                                                                                  ACLU formed a coalition to work
                                                                               on this problem. The Senate passed
  The Northern Virginia chapter of     sources.                                a bill automatically restoring the
the American Civil Liberties Union                                             right after a sentence was served. It
turned out in large numbers (over         RIGHT TO PETITION                    failed by two votes to get out of com-
150) to eat crabs, elect officers,        Ten percent of voters in             mittee and onto the floor.
and hear a talk from Kent Willis,      Colchester County signed a peti-
executive director of the Virginia     tion unseating three members of           A STARTLING REPORT
ACLU.                                  their Board of Supervisors. A dis-        The State Police formed what
  There was a very lively Q&A ses-     trict court judge not only denied       they called a fusion center to as-
sion; ACLU members are espe-           the petition; he fined them             sess the threat of terrorism. They
cially good at that activity.          $80,000 for presenting it.              produced a secret 215-page report
                                          An ACLU-sponsored bill passed        which ACLU obtained and leaked.
  SOME GOOD NEWS                       the General Assembly declaring            It used racial and demographic
  A bill overturned the Board of       such fines illegal, but the original    stereotypes rather than facts to
Elections ban on campaign buttons      petitioners are still in court trying   predict terrorism activity. Rich-
in polling places. ACLU had long       to recoup their $80,000.                mond and Norfolk, for example,
worked on this denial of free                                                  it declared dangerous because
speech.                                  VOTING RIGHTS RESTORA-                they contained black colleges.
  Virginia became the 22nd state       TION
to pass a bill objecting to the fed-     Virginia and Kentucky are the           AL QAEDA IN VIRGINIA                   To honor dad on Father’s Day, send us your favorite snapshots of you with your dad and The
eral ID law passed but not imple-      only two states in the U.S. which         Most surprising was the state-         Gazette will publish them in our Father’s Day issue. Be sure to include some information about
mented by Congress in 2005. Tak-       permanently deprive convicted           ment that there had been 414 en-         what’s going on in the photo, plus your name and phone number and town of residence. To e-mail
ing the place of drivers’ licenses                                                                                      digital photos, send to:
                                       felons the right to vote unless they    counters with Al Qaeda here. No
                                                                                                                            Or to mail photo prints, send to: Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Me and My Dad Photo Gallery,”
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would require the total overhaul       ernor. Few manage that procedure.                 — Lois Kelso Hunt                             self-addressed envelope, but please don’t send us anything irreplaceable.                                                                                                                     Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 13
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        News                                                                                                                         5th Annual Cameron Station
                                                                                                                                            Festival in the Park

Party                                                                                                                                            Brenman Park Dr. • June 13, 2009 • 9am to 4pm
                                                                                                                                         (Brick walk between Cameron Station Blvd. and Summervelle)
                                                                                                                                  30 Venders:                                    • Gourmet Coffee, Baked Goods, Crepes,
                                                                                                                                  • Children’s Books and Wooden Puzzles            and Wine Tasting
         he Alexandria Symphony                                                                                                   • Designer Clothing, Jewelry, Handbags,

T        Orchestra celebrated its
         6th Annual Garden Party
at the historic home and garden
                                                                                                                                    and Machine Embroidery
                                                                                                                                  • Visual Arts: Glass, Photography,
                                                                                                                                    Paintings, Pottery, and Sculpture
                                                                                                                                  • Pet Photographer, Dog Duds, Dog
                                                                                                                                    Walkers, and Treats
                                                                                                                                                                                 • Alexandria Animal Welfare League,
                                                                                                                                                                                 • Fire and Police Departments, and Tucker
                                                                                                                                                                                   Elementary School
                                                                                                                                                                                 Planned Event:
of Ann and Mark Kington, the boy-                                                                                                 • Flowers and Vegetables                       • Bike Rodeo
hood home of Robert E. Lee. Rain
was in abundance, but so was the
generosity of the Symphony’s pa-
trons, as more than $52,000 was
raised through sponsorships, tick-
ets, and auction items. U.S. Sen.                                                                                                             It costs you no more
Mark R. Warner and Lisa Collis
served as honorary co-chairs of the
fundraiser; Donnan C. Wintermute
chaired the event.
   Proceeds from the Garden Party
                                                                                                                                  to buy the                                                  BEST
support the ASO’s educational pro-
gramming and concert operations
                                                                                                                                         Lowest Prices of the Year
for its 2009-2010 Inspired by Na-
ture season. Further information
is available at or
by calling 703-548-0885.

                  A quartet of
        symphony musicians’
           greet guests at the
         annual garden party.                                                                                                                     End of Spring Sale

                                                                                                                                     Arlington                                           Dulles
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                                                                                                                                  703-524-7275                                    703-661-3999
                                                                                                                                                w w w. p a r k c a r p e t . c o m

                                                                                                                                                          Prefinished Flooring
Vicki and Fabrici Vasques.            Party chair Donnan C.        Former U.S. Sen. John
                                      Wintermute and Michael       Warner arrives in time for
                                      Fogarty announce the start   the auction.
                                      of the live auction.
                                                                                                Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette

Party host Mark Kington talks with Fred             Garden party hostess Ann Kington                                                             Another Community Partnership
and Tristi Lowther.                                 greets guests in the entrance hall.                                                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 15
    Opinion                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alexandria
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Gazette Packet

Teen Safety in the Summer                                                                                                                                                                                   Newspaper of Alexandria
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Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s tips for                                                           last year ensuring that teens convicted of driv-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Alexandria, Virginia 22314

                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEWS DEPARTMENT:
keeping teen drivers and passengers safe.                                                                ing after consuming virtually any amount of
                                                                                                         alcohol will lose their driver’s licenses for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   To discuss ideas and concerns,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Call: 703-917-6431
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fax: 703-917-0991
                                                                                                         year.                                                                                                   e-mail:
          roms and graduation season is upon      ❖ Provide structure. The National Center on               ❖ Even if you know your teen won’t drink                                      

P         us. Most schools have organized Addiction and Substance Abuse found that teen
          events that deter drinking and driv- children of “absentee parents” were four-times
          ing around these joyous times, al- more likely to abuse substances than children
though there have been tragic exceptions in in structured homes.
recent years.                                     ❖ Host a party. Host a teen party in your
                                                                                                         alcohol, make sure he or she also knows how
                                                                                                         to avoid getting in a car driven by someone
                                                                                                         who has been drinking.
                                                                                                            ❖ Beware of your civil liability. In most cases,
                                                                                                         it’s unlawful for parents to allow their
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Steven Mauren
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Editor, 703-917-6431
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reporter, 703-615-0960
  Two years ago, on June 14, 2007,                     own home following guidelines of no               children’s friends to consume alcohol in their                                                      Steve Hibbard
four young women died in on the
Beltway in Springfield; two of them
                                           Editorial drugs or alcohol. Ask another leaves,
                                                       to help chaperone; when a guest
                                                                                          parent         home. If these same “friends” are later involved
                                                                                                         in a crash, the providing parents may be re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Editor, 703-917-6407

had graduated earlier in the day from                  do not allow them to return; make your            sponsible for injuries, property damages and                                                       Mark Giannotto
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sports Editor, 703-917-6409
West Potomac High School, and police reported presence known; and if you suspect that a guest            wrongful death. These same parents may also                                     
that alcohol was found in the car.              has used alcohol or drugs, contact their par-            face criminal charges of contributing to the
  The summer continues to be the most dan- ents.                                                         delinquency of a minor.                                                                             ADVERTISING:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   To place an advertisement, call the ad
gerous time of year for teens and drinking and    ❖ Instill self-confidence in your teen by talk-           ❖ Be a role model. Parents, themselves,                                                   department between 9 a.m. and
driving. WRAP’s top tips for parents to deter ing with them about peer pressure. At some                 should be good role models by making sure                                                        5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
underage drinking and drunk driving this sum- point, your teen will be offered alcohol. As the           their behavior is appropriate. Use alcohol mod-                                           Display ads                    703-838-0302
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Classified ads                 703-917-6400
mer include:                                    National Institutes of Health points out, teens          erately, serve as a responsible host and never                                            Employment ads                 703-917-6464
  ❖ Talk. Parents can have a significant — if prefer quick “one-liners” that allow them to               drink and drive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Julie Ferrill
not most significant — impact as to whether dodge a drink without making a big scene.                       ❖ If you suspect that your child is drinking,                                           Display Advertising, 703-927-1364
their teens will engage in risky behaviors in-    ❖ Lay down the law. In Virginia, it’s a crime          intervene. Talk to your child and obtain quali-                                  
cluding the use of alcohol. Talk openly to your to possess, transport or purchase alcohol if             fied professional help if necessary.                                                                Jane Hughes
teen about alcohol.                             you’re under 21. A new law went into effect                 For more, see                                                             Display Advertising, 703-838-0302
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ginger Krup
         Letters to the Editor                                                                                                                                                                       Display Advertising, 703-702-1372

May Elections                             Second, Alexandria is a bedroom
                                        community to Washington D.C. and
                                                                               adopted it is a positive force. And
                                                                               don’t believe it if someone tells you
                                                                                                                                                             Morningside, Mount Ranier, New
                                                                                                                                                             Carrolton, North Brentwood,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andrea Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Classified Advertising, 703-917-6401
Are Valuable                            Tysons Corner with most registered
                                        voters working in D.C., Tysons Cor-
                                                                               that few other jurisdictions have
                                                                               local elections outside the national
                                                                                                                                                             Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, Uni-
                                                                                                                                                             versity Park, Upper Marlboro.                 Barbara Parkinson
To the Editor:                                                                                                                                                                                            Employment Advertising
                                        ner or Maryland. These voters may      cycle. In fact, at least 28 neighbor-                                                                                          703-917-6418
   There are two compelling rea-        not have time or the inclination to    ing cities have elections outside of                                                             Bob Martins
sons why moving city council elec-      learn about the issues and choose      November, the majority occurring                                                                   Alexandria                         Publisher
tions to November would dimin-          not to vote, which explains the low    in May. These are in Fairfax                                                                                                         Jerry Vernon
ish the role of informed citizens
in choosing Alexandria’s elected
                                        voter turnout of about 20 percent
                                        in local elections. However, mov-
                                                                               County, Prince William County
                                                                               and Prince Georges County and
                                                                                                                                                             School Plan                                      Editor & Publisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mary Kimm
leaders. First, if elections are held
concurrently with national and
                                        ing the elections to November will
                                        increase turnout marginally by in-
                                                                               include Vienna, Haymarket,
                                                                               Occoquan, Quantico, Dumfries,
                                                                                                                                                             Too Hasty                                        Editor in Chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Steven Mauren
state elections, discussion of local    cluding party-line voters who cre-     Berwyn Heights, Brentwood, Capi-                                              To the Editor:                             Louise Krafft, Robbie Hammer
issues will undoubtedly be muted        ate local coattails for national and   tol Heights, Cheverly, Colmar                                                   I am surprised that the Gazette                  Art/Design:
by intense media scrutiny of more                                                                                                                            has been such a mouthpiece for                    Geovani Flores,
                                        state candidates. This may be time-    Manor, Cottage City, Districty                                                                                           Laurence Foong, John Heinly,
photogenic races. The singular fo-      honored politics, but does it make     Heights,         Eagle       Harbor,                                          the ACPS plan to convert Alexan-             John Smith, Wayne Shipp
cus on Alexandria’s governance          for quality local government?          Edmonston, Fairmount Heights,                                                 dria middle schools into five                Production Manager:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jean Card
during the May election cycle is          Regardless of the reasons why        Forest Heights, Glenarden,
good for the city.                                                                                                                                                                                             Editor Emeritus:
                                        off-cycle voting was originally        Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Laurel,                                                   See Letters, Page 17                      Mary Anne Weber

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       Williams High School art students’ 12th annual                                                                                                       Fireflies by Eliza                         to selected homes in the City of Alexandria.
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                                             Dodging poison ivy and putting up with
   Invasive Plant Removal Day                the drizzly skies last month, volunteers
   removed over 20 tightly packed 2 cubic foot bags of the invasive plant Garlic
   Mustard along Holmes Run from Van Dorn Street southward almost to the Bicen-
   tennial Tree. Through volunteers, the City of Alexandria was able to accomplish
   the annual Garlic Mustard removal work that the Horticulture Section has paid
   workers to do for the past six years. City funds were unavailable this year.

From Page 16                          The grandiosity of the plan — to
                                      provide a “world class education”
   smaller schooling units aspiring
to the International Baccalaure-
                                      to all Alexandria children —
                                      serves instead to mask its likely
                                                                              May Elections
ate (IB) program. To date, you        intent as a longer term funding         To the Editor:
have not explored the character       strategy. Either we will see a huge       On May 5 the citizens of Alex-
of the districts rapid-fire PR cam-   bond proposal after the federal         andria elected new leadership to
paign — which stifled community       stimulus money runs out, or the         serve as their voice on local issues
debate, dissent, and alternative      School Board will finally secure        over the next three years. The
models— and you have ignored          federal Title I dollars for some of     new City Council takes office on
the traumatic effects upon stu-       the schools. In just a few years,       July 1 and the next few weeks are
dents and teachers as this hasty      the IB program will be too expen-       an opportunity for incumbents
conversion is forced upon them.       sive to maintain in all five schools,   and new members to work to-
In addition, your readers are un-     so ACPS computers will adjust en-       gether in the best interest of the
aware of the close-mindedness of      rollments so that the majority of       city. This is not a time to forge
                                                                              new policy.
ACPS staff and most of the Board
to learn from 20 years of research
                                      them become Title 1 populated
                                      and funded, while the other one           The current issue at hand is the     Come Taste the Difference
about small school conversions —      or two are kept as islands of elite     timing of the City Council election
                                                                              and moving it from May to Novem-          Bradlee Shopping Center
which has been shared with them       IB learning, which serve as mag-
— and their lack of response to       net schools that meet Title 1 sanc-     ber. For years this has been a topic              3690J King Street
IB’s studied ineffectiveness in       tions requiring district “choice.”      of conversation and has yet to be               Alexandria, VA 22302
                                                                              resolved. On the heels of an elec-
closing the achievement gap           In the end, the promises of an in-
                                                                              tion that yielded unexpected re-                 703.820.8600
around race and class. The School     ternational circle dance that de-
Board members (except for one,        livers “world-class education” to       sults to some, this issue has      
thank goodness) bought the ACPS       all Alexandria children will most       emerged as a priority by the cur-             Open 7 Days a Week
staff proposal hook-line-and          likely devolve into a Title 1 two-      rent Alexandria City Council.
                                                                                                                        Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
sinker on June 4, without any         step, which keeps pockets of elit-        Alexandrians voted for a more
                                                                              balanced City Council in order to               Sunday 12-5 p.m.
adjustments or corrections, and       ism around race and class pro-
despite clear evidence of paren-      tected in the district. Given the       gain fresh perspectives and ideas.
tal dissatisfaction — voiced at one   window of opportunity that was          Pushing through political legisla-
                                                                              tion during a lameduck session                                             th
PTA meeting that none of them
attended — over the haste of the
                                      here for community-based and
                                      equitable reform of the Middle          isn’t putting the citizens of Alex-    WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 , 6-8 PM
process. What could have been a       Schools, the Board has chosen           andria first.
                                                                                The existing Alexandria City
                                                                                                                      Winemaker Visit and Tasting featuring
carefully planned, year-long con-     instead to allow ACPS staff to
                                                                              Council is holding a public hear-      Sean Minor of Four Bears Winery in Napa.
version that involved the entire      drive this silver bullet-train right
community in shaping school           past us, and on tracks that have        ing on Saturday, June 13 at 9:30       Don’t miss the chance to meet Sean, while
names, themes, curricular varia-      not been well-laid.                     a.m. at City Hall (301 King Street)     tasting his delicious, affordable wines.
                                                                              to hear your opinion on moving
tions, and flexible teaching sched-
                                                                              City Council elections from May to        Reservations are not required,
ules, has instead been foisted                        Larry Golemon
upon the community a top-down,                        6th grade parent,       November beginning in 2012.                     admission is free!
corporate restructuring of our            the school formerly known as
children’s learning experience.                        “GW” Alexandria                 See Letters, Page 18                                                                                                  Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 17
  ALEXANDRIA BASEBALL                                       Opinion
        IS BACK!
           Alexandria Aces vs.

                                                                                                           Photos by Vincent Kraus
             Youse’s Orioles
           Saturday, June 13
             Double Header

                                                                                                                                     Del Merei Grille was the winner of Kids’
                                                                                                                                     Choice (hot dogs) and Best Dressed Res-
                                                      Jackson 20 wins the People’s Choice                                            taurant. Table theme was outdoor camp-
                                                      Award for their crab balls.                                                    ing complete with tent and fishing gear.

                                                      Cooking Up a Fundraiser
                                                        Carpenter Shelter held its 7th Annual Cook-off at the Birchmere last month. Guests were treated to
                                                      taste samples of food from over a dozen local restaurants and then choose their favorite. Proceeds
                                                      from the event benefit the shelter.

    Wooden Bat Collegiate Baseball is back          From Page 17                           of Mayor, Council and School                             restitution from the develop-at-
                                                                                           Board from May to November. We                           any-cost city officials who allowed
     in Alexandria for our second season.           Here’s what you can do to get in-      believe this is an important move                        an elementary school and an en-
                                                    volved:                                to make because:                                         tire community to be built near an
                                                       1. Contact Alexandria City Coun-       ❖ The turnout for May elections                       existing railroad transfer station.
         The Alexandria Gazette Packet,             cil members by phone or email to       is abysmal;                                                 Who are these asleep-at-the-
            Game Night Sponsor on                   let them know you support May             ❖ People are accustomed to vot-                       switch people and what were they
                                                    elections. You can find all current    ing in November;                                         thinking when they approved plac-
           Saturday, June 13 at 5 p.m.              city council members contact in-          ❖ The City of Alexandria, like                        ing a new, dense development so
           Second game will start at                formation on the city Web site at      many governments, is in a bad fi-                        near the railroad transfer station
                                                    nancial state. Why are we wast-                          in the first place?
            approximately 7:30 p.m.                    2. Speak in person on June 13       ing money on all these elections
                                                    to share your opinion. You may         while staff and services are being                                           Jim Roberts
                                                    register in advance to speak by        cut? Consolidate the elections!                                                 Alexandria
       The Regular Season Home Opener               calling the City Clerk at 703-838-        ❖ This move will also take the
     that was rained out vs. the Rockville          4550 or come and register that day.
                                                       Following the public hearing,
                                                                                           time of election away from the
                                                                                           same time as the final work on the
                                                                                                                                                    Oppose Election
       Express has been rescheduled for
          Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
                                                    the Council will take action on the
                                                    proposed ordinance.
                                                                                           City budget. Finalizing the budget
                                                                                           is a more worthwhile expense of
                                                                                                                                                    Date Change
                                                       You will read and hear opinions     time and effort!                                         To the Editor:
                                                    leaning both ways on this issue. I        We hope that the May and mem-                            On Saturday, June 13 at 9:30
                                                                                                                                                    a.m., our City Council will hold a
          Come see the baseball stars               want you to keep in mind that Al-      bers of Council will consider our
                                                                                                                                                    public hearing on the issue of
                                                    exandria isn’t alone holding May       plea to move the elections when
     of tomorrow play at Four Mile Run              local elections; at least 28 neigh-    they undertake this matter on Sat-                       changing Alexandria municipal
        Park this summer. Located at                boring cities have elections outside   urday, June 13.                                          elections from May to November.
                                                    of November, the majority occur-                                                                I disagree with this change and to
       3700 Commonwealth Avenue in                  ring in May. These are in Fairfax          Richard and Ann Dorman                               encourage all Alexandrians who
    Alexandria, behind Cora Kelly School.           County, Prince William County                                                                   feel the same way to appear at City
                                                                                                                                                    Hall to voice your concern.
                                                    and Prince Georges County. There
                                                    are good reasons to separate local
                                                                                           Stop Chasing                                                I disagree with a vote on chang-
                                                                                                                                                    ing our municipal election day
      A great night in Alexandria at an             politics from national and state
                                                    level campaigns and I hope you
                                                                                           Windmills                                                now, because Council does not re-
    affordable price: only $5.00 for adults         will show your support for contin-     To the Editor:                                           tain the ability at this time, but
     and $3.00 for children 12 and under.           ued May City Council elections.           Stop wasting our diminished                           rather, must seek special permis-
                                                                                           trove of tax dollars trying to pun-                      sions from the General Assembly,
                                                                Frank Fannon IV            ish the railroad for using its long-                     to resolve all issues of interest to
                                                        Alexandria City Councilman-        standing transfer station to offload                     our electorate regarding munici-
                                                                               elect       ethanol from tank cars into trucks.                      pal elections. City Council should
                                                                                              Instead, challenge those who are                      not legislate piecemeal on such a
                                                                                           the driving force behind this quix-                      sensitive issue.
                                                    Reasons                                otic quest to explain why there is                          Virginia is governed by the
                                                                                           zero concern when this ethanol is                        Dillon Rule. As a result under state
                                                    For Change                             blended with gasoline and then                           law, any powers not expressly enu-
                                                    To the Editor:                         taken by trucks to gas stations in                       merated to local governments, can
                                                      We had hoped to be in atten-         every neighborhood in Alexandria                         only be derived from the Com-
                                                    dance at this Saturday’s public        where it’s transferred into under-                       monwealth. The effect of the same
                                                    hearing on this issue. However,        ground storage tanks.                                    is local governments, without first
        Collegiate Summer Baseball                  business has taken us out of the          If the city council wants to have                     receiving express permission from
                    City. We so want to be on record       our city attorney be really produc-                      the General Assembly, do not re
                                                    in support of moving the elections     tive, have him find and then seek                                 See Letters, Page 32
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Naina Narayana Chernoff
    FREE wine glass charms                                                         Burgundy Farm Country Day School’s Class of 2009 with Middle School Head Nancy
          with the purchase                                                        Kaplan (left, second row) and teacher Joel Christenson (left, third row) gathers prior
                                                                                   to the graduation ceremony on June 4.
         of $150 of Pandora
           While supplies last.
           One per customer.                                                       Class of 2009 Graduates from Burgundy Farm
                 Please Join Us June 18th
                                                                                             urgundy Farm Country Day School’s eighth      lege High School, Maret School, The New School of
             For the “Wine & Cheese Pandora Event”
             Thursday June 18th from 5:30 - 8:00pm

                     B&C Jewelers
                                                                                   B         grade Class of 2009 graduated on June 4.
                                                                                             The 31 students will attend a range of sec
                                                                                             ondary schools, including private, public,
                                                                                   and parochial schools
                                                                                     The following is a list of schools where the gradu-
                                                                                                                                           Northern Virginia, Potomac School, Sidwell Friends
                                                                                                                                           School, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, St. Stephen’s &
                                                                                                                                           St. Agnes School, The Field School and Westtown
                                                                                                                                           School in Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                                                             Burgundy is an independent day school in Alexan-
                                                                                   ates were accepted: Bishop McNamara High School,        dria, serving 278 students in grades Junior Kinder-
3652 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302•Phone 703-379-6010•Fax 703-379-8136   Edmund Burke School, Episcopal High School, Flint       garten through Eighth Grade. For more information,
                                                       Hill School, Georgetown Day School, Gonzaga Col-        see

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        Schools                                                                                                                                  School Search
Choosing the Right School                                                                                                                        AUGUST: Finalize schools that you plan to
                                                                                                                                                    inquire about.
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Request admissions and financial aid
                                                                                                                                                    material by phone or online.
   Adapted from the National Association of      and/or sensitive to your child’s special        school’s financing options? What is the fi-     ❖ Review admissions materials to determine
                                                                                                                                                    which schools to visit.
Independent Schools. For more, visit the         needs.                                          nancial aid application process? When are       ❖ Keep a calendar of pertinent deadlines for
Parents’ Guide from the National Associa-                                                        the deadlines?                                     admission and financial aid and
tion of Independent Schools at                   CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES                                                                         procedures, such as when schools start
                                                                                                                                                    taking reservations for individual tours and                            Call potential schools to request admis-     SIX CONSIDERATIONS                                 interviews.
                                                 sions literature, and examine their Web           Location. Size, both (a) average class size   ❖ Register for standardized tests—the SSAT or
START EARLY                                      sites. Then compare what you read there         and (b) overall number of students in the          ISEE (for middle school and high school).
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Review the test Web sites to learn
  Public schools take in new children all        with what you’re looking for in your ideal      school. Educational philosophy; ask ques-          procedures and see sample questions;
year round. But not independent schools.         school. Among the questions you should ask      tions such as, how are classes actually            consider whether you want to buy a test-
Most schools’ admissions and financial aid       yourself about each school:                     taught? How are expectations conveyed?             preparation book.
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Call to schedule individual tours, interviews,
timelines are like colleges; applicants start       Basic Facts: How many students does the      Curriculum: core courses as math, the hu-          class visits, and “shadow days.” Ask
the process almost a year before they plan       school have? Where is it, and how does the      manities, and science are taught, and is           elementary schools about their test
                   to attend.                    location affect your transportation needs?      there a strong interdisciplinary emphasis?         schedules and how to make an
                      Learn the deadlines —      For high schools, what are the graduation       Faculty: see where the teachers went to         For more see
                   for both admission and        requirements? What percentage of students       college, whether their degrees match with       OCTOBER
                   financial aid — by check-     enter college, and what kinds of colleges       what they teach, and whether they have          ❖ Visit open houses.
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Call to schedule tours, interviews, class
                   ing websites. Call indi-      do they attend? Is the school accredited, and   advanced degrees in the subjects they teach.       visits, and school-based tests if you haven’t
                   vidual schools if you         if so, by whom?                                 Facilities.                                        already.
                   have questions. The en-          Educational Quality: What is the school’s                                                    ❖ Attend information sessions and take tours.
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Finalize school(s) to which you will make
                   tire process will be easier   mission, and does its philosophy appeal to      THE OPEN HOUSE: Although the major-                application.
on your family if you know the deadlines,        you? Does it have a particular educational      ity of open houses occur in the fall, some      ❖ Take standardized test.
keep track of them carefully, and give your-     focus? Is the atmosphere competitive? Nur-      schools have one right after the first of the   NOVEMBER
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Follow through on activities you may not
self plenty of time to meet them.                turing? Or what?                                year. Most schools list open houses in the         have completed, such as scheduling tours,
                                                    Beyond the Basics: What types of learn-      admissions section of their Web sites; if you      interviews, class visits, and standardized or
DO YOUR HOMEWORK                                 ing experiences are available—in class, on      can’t find the information there, call the         school-based tests.
                                                                                                                                                 ❖ Continue to watch for open houses you may
   Start by working with your family to de-      the playing field, in extracurricular activi-   admissions office. Check to see if you need        want to attend.
termine your ideal educational community.        ties, and in community service? Do the          to register or if you can just drop in. Also    ❖ Start lining up teacher recommendations.
Ask yourself whether the school would be:        school materials discuss parental involve-      find out if there will be a formal welcome      ❖ Start working on applications, financial aid
                                                                                                                                                    forms, student questionnaires, essays, etc.
small or large; day school or boarding           ment?                                           at the open house and what time it will oc-     DECEMBER Complete any remaining
school; coeducational or single-sex; tradi-         Costs: What is the tuition? Are there ex-    cur. This brief presentation is an ideal op-       applications, questionnaires, etc. Most
tional or progressive; source of special pro-    tra charges, such as for books, lab fees,       portunity to hear how the school head and          application materials are due in January or
                                                                                                                                                    early February.
grams; representing a diverse community;         transportation, and so on? What are the         admissions director speak of the school.

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       Established Since 1957                                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 27
                                                   Old Town Boutiques                                                                                                     21 Participating
                                                   Celebrate Summer                                                                                                       ❖ Apple Seed, 115 S Columbus St, 703-
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Bellacara, 1000 King St, 703-299-9652,
                                                    Stores offer shopping                                                                                                 ❖ Bloomers, 924 King St, 703-312-0852
                                                                                                                                                                          Diva, 116 S Pitt St, 703-683-1002,
                                                    extravaganza June 26-28.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Gossypia, 325 Cameron St, 703-836-
                                                                              By Steve Hibbard                                                                            ❖ Hysteria, 125 S Fairfax St, 703-548-
                                                                                         The Gazette                                                                      1615,
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ La Cuisine, 323 Cameron St, 703-836-
                                                              he 21 independent stores in the Old                                                                         ❖ Lawrence Miller & Co, 121 S Royal St,

 Arts ❖ Entertainment ❖ Leisure
                                                    T         Town Boutique District are cel-
                                                              ebrating summer with three days
                                                    of special sales, gifts and events, June 26,
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Little Monogram Shop, 106 N Co-
                                                                                                                                                                          lumbus St, 703-549-3777, www.thelittle
                                                    27 and 28.                                                                                                            ❖ Mint Condition, 114 S Royal St, 703-
                                                       Known for its one-of-a-kind, locally                                                                               836-6468,
                                                    owned boutiques, the Old Town Boutique                                                                                ❖ Monday’s Child, 218 N Lee St, 703-

    RAMMY Award                                     District offers a charming shopping and
                                                    strolling experience that is an alternative

                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Mystique Jewelers, 211 The Strand,
    Winners for Best                                to corporate chain stores and retail centers.                                                                         703-836-1401,
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr,
                                                    The stores are different enough that they
    Restaurants                                     complement each other.
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Pink & Brown, 1212 King St, 703-684-
                                                       Events and discounts include Olive Oil                                                                             1050,
           ore than 1,400 of the metro-             tastings at La Cuisine, free lemonade and                                                                             ❖ Red Barn Mercantile, 113 S Columbus
   M       politan Washington’s restaurant
   glitterati gathered at the Omni
                                                    lip scrubs at Bellacara, candle design and
                                                    personality match consultations at The
                                                                                                                        Photos by Maham Ayaz/The Gazette
                                                                                                             The Hour, 1015 King St.
                                                                                                                                                                          St,    703-838-0355,

                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ Stanton Gallery, 121 S Royal St, 703-
   Shoreham Hotel for the 27th Annual               Christmas Attic, free design consultations               of bringing these items so you don’t have                    299-3055,
   Restaurant Awards Gala, The                      at Red Barn Mercantile, 25 percent off all               to do the research,” she says. “We’re using                  ❖ The Christmas Attic, 125 S Union St,
   RAMMYS. The “Oscars” of the restau-              summer baby wear at Apple Seed, and 25                   our eyes to select great gifts, or clothing or               ❖ The Full Cup, 218 N Lee St, Ste 206,
   rant community, The RAMMYS cel-                  percent off all Red, White and Blue at Diva              home items.”                                                 703-836-9441,
   ebrate and honor the best restaurants,           Boutique.                                                  Hysteria, of 125 S. Fairfax St., offers con-               ❖ The Hour, 1015 King St, 703-224-4687,
   chefs, sommeliers, and hospitality em-              “I think the beauty of Alexandria is the              temporary women’s clothing, accessories            
                                                                                                                                                                          ❖ The Shoe Hive, 115 S Royal St, 703-
   ployees of Washington, D.C., and                 fact that many of the stores are privately               and jewelry with items like Royal Highnies,                  548-7105,
   Northern Virginia.                               owned and not chain stores, so you do find               MZ Wallace bags and Jack Rogers sandals.                     ❖ Treat, 103 S St Asaph St, 703-535-3294,
   From a slate of finalists representing a         these pleasant surprises in the items you                  “There’s a spirit here that’s very unique        
   wide range of styles, cuisines and               see,” said Gossypia owner Amanda Lasker.                 for retail,” said Victoria Vergason, owner of                                  ❖❖❖
                                                                                                                                                                          To learn more about the Old Town Boutique
   neighborhoods, Robert Wiedmaier,                 Gossypia, which means “cotton” in Latin,                 The Hour, which offers cocktail glassware                    District or to join its mailing list, visit
   chef/owner of Washington, D.C.’s Bras-           specializes in eclectic clothing, turquoise              and jewelry. “You can come to my store and         
   serie Beck and Marcel’s, took home the           and silver jewelry, Latin American folk Art,             get glassware, then you can go across the
   2009 Chef of the Year honors and                 such as mini-nativities, Day of the Dead                 street and get some fancy underwear.”
   Alexandria’s Restaurant Eve, guided by           objects.                                                   The Hour, at 1015 King Street, celebrates
   the hand of chef/co-owner and 2007                  “I think the strength of our city is in the           the art of the cocktail hour with the rebirth             trays and napkins together to be able to
   Chef of the Year Winner Cathal                   private stores. You tend to find more differ-            of cocktails. “It’s bringing back the ’40s, ’50s          have your own parties at home.”
   Armstrong, emerged as 2009 Fine Din-             ent things,” she adds.                                   and ’60s flair but with a modern twist,” she                 “These are the longest days of the year,”
   ing Restaurant of the Year.                         Alicia McCaslin, manager and buyer of                 says.                                                     says Elizabeth Todd, owner of The Shoe
                                                    Hysteria, says the advantage of choosing a                 She carries vintage cocktail glassware,                 Hive, 115 S. Royal St. “What better way to
                                                    boutique shop is that the owner has already
   RAMMY Honorees:                                  “edited” the merchandise for its customers.
                                                                                                             handmade black lacquer trays, and designer
                                                                                                             collections. “My idea is to show the next
                                                                                                                                                                       use the extra daylight than to shop at one
                                                                                                                                                                       of the region’s coolest shopping destina-
   ❖ Chef of the Year: Robert Wiedmaier -              “ I mean, we’re doing a lot of the legwork            generation how to throw glassware and
   Marcel’s/Brasserie Beck/Brabo Tasting Room
   & the Butcher’s Block, Wash., D.C.
   ❖ Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year                        Calendar
   — Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
   ❖ Upscale Casual: Rasika, Wash., D.C.
   ❖ Rising Culinary Star: Anthony Chittum            E-mail announcements to the Gazette,                      galleries. Live music and breakdancing                   directions and online registration at
   - Vermilion, Alexandria, VA             Photos and art-           performances. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, or contact Theresa
   ❖ Best New Restaurant: Cork, Wash., D.C.         work are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for       105 N. Union St., Alexandria.                            Kulstad at 703-283-0399 or
   ❖ Power Spot of the Year: Central Michel         the following week’s paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-   Target Gallery Reception. 6 to 8 p.m. Target              Lantern Tours. 7-10 p.m. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern
   Richard, Washington, D.C.                        917-6407 with questions.                                    Gallery hosts the reception for The Mysterious           Museum, 134 N. Royal St., by candlelight with a
   ❖ Neighborhood Gathering Place: The                                                                          Other featuring artwork by CMDupre, the Friends          costumed guide to see how guests experienced the
                                                                                                                of the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year. Visitors      historic tavern and hotel before the advent of
   Liberty Tavern, Arlington VA
                                                    ONGOING                                                     are invited to hear a gallery talk by juror Shauna       electricity. Cost is $5 per person, ages 5 and up.
   ❖ Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene: Co Co.                                                                       Lee Lange at 7 p.m.                                      Call 703-838-4242.
   Sala, Washington, D.C.                           The Third Annual Alexandria Film Festival is
                                                      soliciting entries from U.S. and international         The Art League Gallery Reception. 6:30 to 8
   ❖ Pastry Chef of the Year: Kate Jansen -                                                                     p.m.
   Willow, Arlington.                                 filmmakers. The festival will be held Sept. 24–27                                                                SATURDAY/JUNE 13
                                                      at the George Washington Memorial Masonic              The Art League Gallery hosts the reception for the All-
   ❖ Associate Member: Belair Produce Inc./                                                                     Media Membership Show and Nancy Pane                   2nd Annual Patriot 10K Race/ 3K Family
                                                      Temple. This year, the Film Festival is partnering
   Watermark Foods                                                                                              Fortwengler’s solo show, Fabrications.                    walk for Polio Eradication in the World. 8 a.m.
                                                      with Withoutabox, the film industry’s premier
   ❖ Wine and Beverage Program: CityZen,              online service platform. To submit your film                                                                        Starting and ending at Fort Hunt Park along Mt.
   Washington, D.C.                                                                                          FRIDAY/JUNE 12                                               Vernon Parkway. Race is sponsored by the Rotary
                                                      online, visit
   ❖ Restaurant Employee of the Year:                 All entries submitted through Withoutabox will         Great Waves Free Admission. 5-7 p.m. At Great                Club of Mt. Vernon. Call 703 360-1999 or 360-
   Juan Francisco Lopez - Marcel’s/Brasserie          receive an additional discount. For more                  Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park. Enjoy                 9162 for details and registration.
   Beck, Washington, D.C.                             information or to obtain entry forms and                  burgers and hot dogs at 1959 prices in the newest      Establish an Herb Garden. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
   ❖ Restaurant Manager of the Year:                  submission guidelines, visit                              pool shelter picnic area. At 4001 Eisenhower Ave.,        Workshop at Green Spring Gardens. Fee is $50. At
   Ryland Johnson - Zola, Washington, D.C.   Call 703-838-6348.                Alexandria.                                               4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-
   ❖ Your Favorite Restaurant: (voted by                                                                     Lox & Vodka Performing. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mt.                   642-5173
   online/newspaper ballot): Teatro Goldoni,                                                                    Vernon Nights Summer Concert Series at Grist Mill      Take in the Blooms. 9-11 a.m. Come to Huntley
   Washington, D.C.                                 THURSDAY/JUNE 11                                            Park. Lox & Vodka, blend traditional klezmer with         Meadows Park and take a plant ecology hike with
   ❖ Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement         Guided Walk. 6:45 p.m. Native Ferns, an                           jazz, folk of contemporary flavors. Free concerts.        the naturalist. See the buttonbush, swamp rose,
                                                Introduction. Free. With The Potowmack Chapter                  At Grist Mills Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial             and lizard’s tail all in full bloom. Reservations are
   Award: Dimitri Mallios
                                                                                                                Hwy. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469).                            required. The cost is $6 per adult. Call 703-768-
   ❖ WHERE MAGAZINE Visitors’ Choice            of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Indoor lecture
                                                                                                             Re-String Your Bling! 6:30-9 p.m. At the Del Ray             2525 to reserve. At 3701 Lockheed Boulevard in
   Award: The Prime Rib                         at 7:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green
                                                Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.                     Artisans Gallery in Alexandria. Jewelry designer          Alexandria.
   ❖ 2009 RAMMY Honorary Award: Billy                                                                           Jen Judd will instruct students to re-fashion their    Break A Board-a-Thon. Noon. Virginia Martial Arts
   Martin’s Tavern                           Second Thursday Art Night: Dancing in the
                                                Streets. 6-9 p.m. Browse open studios and                       broken or outdated beaded jewelry. Details,                                See Calendar, Page 29
28 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                        
           Calendar                                                                            The Shops at 801 South Washington Street•Alexandria
                                                    Tickets are $5 advance purchase/$10
From Page 28
Institute fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s       at the door, children under 12 free. All   A         NEXT DAY BLINDS
    Research Hospital. At the Virginia              access pass that includes unlimited        K          703-548-5051                                        HEALTHY
    Martial Arts Institute.
Sacramento Community Day
                                                    carnival rides for adults are $15/$20 at
                                                    the door, for kids $10 in advance/$15      E                                                               BACK
                                                    at the door. Call 703-684-5697, ext.
    Celebration. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live
    entertainment, resources and                    310.                                                                                                      703-535-
    giveaways, contests and family games.       River Farm Community Green
                                                    Event. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At AHS River      A                                                                5544
    UCM Sacramento Neighborhood
    Center, 8792 E. Sacramento Drive,               Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive,
                                                    Alexandria, on the Potomac River.
    Alexandria. Call 703-619-2964.
Community Yard Sale. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.                  $10/adults; $5 children 3-12. Call         W FARSH                OLD TOWN HARDWARE
                                                    Sharon Grant at 703-768-5700, ext.
    at Anthony T. Lane Elementary School,
    7137 Beulah St. Hosted by the                   116 or email Exhibit       A CARPETS                 703-879-0475
                                                    space available.
    Alexandria Jaycees. Free. Visit for more.               Jazz Concert. The Committee for Jazz at        L & RUGS
Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friends              Meade featured artist will be the
                                                    Marshall Keys Group. At Meade
                                                                                               K 703-548-                                    WILLIAMS-SONOMA
    Book Sale. Kingstowne Library, 6500
                                                    Church, 322 N Alfred St, Alexandria.
    Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, 703-
    339-4610.                                       $15. Light refreshments                        8884                                       703-836-1904
Elixirs and Edibles. 7-10 p.m. The              will be served.                                O
    Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
    Museum is hosting “An Evening of
                                                Bon Voyage Concert. 3 p.m. Adult
                                                    Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,      N
    Elixirs and Edibles,” a benefit inspired        directed by Douglas A. Beck, organist-
    by herbs and spices. Reservations are           choirmaster. Free. At St. Paul’s
    available online at                             Episcopal Church, 228 South Pitt           T                                                               SOUTHSIDE or 703-
    838-3852. Tickets range from $75 to
                                                    Street, Alexandria. Call 703-549-3312.
                                                Music Performance. 3 p.m. at St.               H     CANDEY’S OF ALEXANDRIA                                       815
    $1,000, depending on sponsorship                Paul’s Old Town, 228 S. Pitt St. Hear
                                                                                               E         703-822-7237
    level.                                          the St. Paul’s Choir. Free. Donations
                                                Community Green. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SUNDAY/JUNE 14                                      The American Horticultural Society
                                                    headquarters at River Farm in
Film and Gospel Concert. 5-8 p.m.
   “Come Walk in My Shoes” Film and                 Alexandria. Admission is $10 per adult     O                        703-549-3193
   Gospel Choir Concert. Part of the
   Juneteenth Film and Music
                                                    ($8 for AHS members) and $5 per
                                                    child aged 3 to 12 (under 3 are free).
   Celebration. At MetroStage, 1201 N.              Call 703-768-5700 ext. 112 or visit the    T   PERK UP                                                       M&T
   Royal Street, Alexandria. To purchase
   tickets online ($25), visit:
                                                    AHS web site at
                                                    river_farm/09/community_green.htm.         H    COFFEE                                                        BANK
                                                Washington Revels Summer
   or call 703- 838-6348.                           Solstice Festival Day. 1 p.m. Spend        S   703-838-                                                     703-579-
Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival. Noon
   to 7 p.m. Outdoor concert, Central and
                                                    the day singing, dancing and
                                                    picnicking with the Washington Revels.
                                                                                               I     2812               FACCIA LUNA TRATTORIA                     6350
   South American cuisine, music and                Those wanting to perform may sing in
                                                    the chorus, act in a mummers’ play,
                                                                                               D                            703-841-0464
   crafts and the Reithoffer Carnival. At
   24 West Reed, Alexandria, in the field           learn and do a Morris dance, or play in    E
   next to the Cora Kelly Rec Center.                    See Calendar, Page 31

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Farce Fares Well at Little Theatre
Gomez Stages                                                                                                           a nurse from his                                              stable who
                                                                                                                       past shows up to
                                                                                                                                             Where and When                          turns out to be
Second Cooney                                                                                                          tell him that a
                                                                                                                       son was born             “It Runs In The Family” continues
                                                                                                                                                                                     the uncle of an-
                                                                                                                                                                                     other colleague
                                                                                                                                             through June 27 at the Little Theatre
Romp.                                                                                                                  from their brief
                                                                                                                       liaison and the
                                                                                                                                             of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street. Per-
                                                                                                                                             formances are Wednesday - Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                     (Brian Clarke)
                                                                                                                                                                                     who is rehears-
                                                                                                                       boy, now 18,          at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tick-
           By Brad Hathaway                                                                                                                  ets are $15 - $18. Call 703-683-0496
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing a Christmas
                                                                                                                       wants to find his     or         log           on        to   show for the
                      The Gazette
                                                                                                                       dad. Not good               hospital pa-
                                                                                                                       timing, this.                                                 tients and staff;
         oland Branford Gomez is
R        well known for staging a
         wide variety of shows at
the Little Theatre of Alexandria
                                                                                                                                                                 and, a very funny John Shackelford
                                                                                                                       the evening’s furious festivities, it as a confused patient who may see
                                                                                                                       is Adams’ attempts to keep the the confusion more clearly than any-
                                                                                                                       powers that be within the medi- one.
from gentle comedies to major
musicals. This month he returns                                                                                        cal community (as well as his wife)         The fun all transpires on an im-
to the works of a master of the                                                                                        from knowing of his indiscretion pressive set of the doctors’ “com-
British farce and those who en-                                                                                        from the past that drives the plot. mon room” designed by Robert
joyed his production of “Run For                                                                                       Lies pile on top of lies as he des- Gray in his first effort at LTA in
Your Wife” four years ago will          The cast of “It Runs In the Family” now playing at the                         perately tries to keep things three years. His is a welcome re-
want to catch the new production        Little Theatre of Alexandria.                                                  straight.                                 turn as he had provided some
of the even funnier “It Runs In The                                                                                                                              marvelous designs in the past and
Family” which plays through June        landish situation and add layer         half-hour performance rushes by        FARCE FREQUENTLY involves this new one doesn’t disappoint.
27.                                     after layer of complication while       so fast you may come away think-       many complex relationships and Indeed, on opening night the mere
                                        keeping the story clear for the au-     ing it is briefer than all that.       this one is no exception. Populating sight of the set when the curtains
THE FARCE is another in the             dience to follow.                         Mark Lee Adams kicks it all off      the doctor’s world are: Jeffrey parted was enough to generate the
many written by an author well            Gomez has the benefit of a very       as an English doctor rehearsing a      Clarke, as a colleague onto whom first ovation of the evening.
                                        skillful cast but the production is     speech he’s about to give which he     he deflects suspicions about the par-                      ❖❖❖
known in London’s theater district                                                                                                                                 Brad Hathaway reviews theater in
but whose name is not very famil-       notable for the director’s ability to   believes will elevate him to the       enthood of the boy who (in the per- Virginia, Washington and Maryland as
iar to theatergoers on this side of     bring that cast together as a unit,     chairmanship of his hospital’s         son of Jimmy Day) shows up in well as Broadway, and edits Potomac
the Atlantic. He is Ray Cooney,         working together in fine ensemble       practice and might even bring a        green-spiked hair and a studded Stages, a Web site covering theater in
                                        form and at a very high energy          knighthood his way. With mere                                                    the region (
who has made a very good career                                                                                        leather collar; Margaret Bush, as the He          can     be   reached      at
out his ability to take a fairly out-   level. As a result, the two-and-a-      minutes to go till his introduction,   former nurse; Jim Howard, as a con-

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the band. Festival Day “Mini-Revels”
    performance at 5:30 p.m. At Fort Hunt                                                                                                                       THURSDAY/JUNE 18
    Park. Go to or call
    301-587-3835.                                                                                                                                                 Peruvian Concert. 7-9
                                                                                                                                                                p.m. Free. By the acclaimed
                                                                                                                                                                ensemble Alma Folclorica del
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   registration, $20/late registration.                                                                                                                                                                                                    • VA Class A Contractor
                                                                                                                                                                Park Amphitheater, 4301 West
   RSVP to Rachel at 703-360-5008 or                                                                                                                            Braddock Road, Alexandria.                                  KATHMAR ASPHALT CONSTRUCTION                                                                                                                                               Call     703-883-4686        or                            Office:   703-370-3737 Mobile: 703-910-0083
Mount Vernon Genealogical                                                                                                                                                                                                              Serving All of Northern Virginia
   Society. 1 p.m. Room 112 of the
   Hollin Hall Senior Center in
   Alexandria. Features a presentation
   entitled “ Your Gateway                                     synonymous with the Kansas City                                             Museum presents an illustrated lecture
   to the National Archives or                                              tradition of American jazz, opens                                           by historian C.R. Gibbs on the African
   Rummaging through Our Document                                           Thursday, June 18 at the Alexandria                                         Peoples in Texas. At 902 Wythe Street
   Attic.” The program will be presented                                    Black History Museum at 902 Wythe                                           in the historic Parker-Gray community.
   by Jan Gavin Taylor. The Hollin Hall                                     Street. The exhibition will be open                                         Visit
   Senior Center is located 4 miles south                                   through Saturday, Aug. 8.
   of Alexandria just off Fort Hunt Road                                 The Alexandria Black History Museum will
   at 1500 Shenandoah Road in                                               host a free opening reception on June                                 SATURDAY/JUNE 20
   Alexandria. Free and open to public.                                     18 from 6-8 p.m. The reception is open                                 Skatefest 2009. 2-7 p.m. At Wakefield
   Call Harold McClendon at 703-360-                                        to the public, but reservations are                                      Skate Park. For ages 5-50. The
   0920 or                                               requested. Those wishing to attend                                       preliminary rounds of the skateboard
Free Web chat with Dr. Keith Sterling,                                      should call 703-838-4356.                                                competitions will be held on Friday,
   chief of interventional radiology at                                  The Alexandria Black History Museum is                                      June 19 at Wakefield Skate Park from                    Performances: Friday & Saturday, June 12 & 13 and June 19 & 20
   Inova Alexandria Hospital. 8 p.m. This                                   open Tuesday through Saturday, 10                                        4-7 p.m. Sponsored participants will                                    Sunday, June 14 Matinee 3 p.m.
   is an online question and answer                                         a.m. to 4 p.m., and suggested                                            ride along a check pointed route
   session about minimally invasive                                         admission is $2. Go to                                                   through the Wakefield Skate Park. A                                        Aldersgate Methodist Church
   treatments for varicose veins. Call 703-                                                                       festival and 4 event Skateboard                                    1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22309
   504-3840.                                                                                                                                         Competition will follow. Fund-raiser
                                                                                                                                                     for Children’s Hospital National
                                                                         FRIDAY/JUNE 19                                                              Medical Center. At 8100 Braddock
THURSDAY/JUNE 18                                                                                                                                     Road, Annandale. To sign up for SK8
                                                                         Alexandria Citizens Band. 7:30 p.m.
Silent Auction. 6-9 p.m. To benefit the                                     concert. Jack Dusek, interim                                             For A Cause and the Skateboard
   Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, at the                                      conductor. At Market Square, Old                                         Competition, visit
   Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 625 First                                    Towne Alexandria. Call 703-339-6643                             , visit Fairfax
   Street, Alexandria.                                                      or go to                                      Surf Shop (3936 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax)
“The Fine Art of Jazz,” an exhibition                                    The Secret History of Juneteenth. 7-                                        or call 703-425-5400.
   highlighting the names and faces                                         8:30 p.m. The Alexandria Black History

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From Page 18                                                                                                                                                     the City’s budget. One of the top       do each year, our “Portraits of Suc-

                                                                                                             Photo by Paul Kadel, Chinquapin Recreation Center
                                                                                                                                                                 priorities of Council is to pass a      cess” — recipients of Scholarship
   tain the right to change the                                                                                                                                  budget by early May; however            Fund awards who have achieved
terms of their council members                                                                                                                                   during this critical budget season,     notable success in their chosen
and the mayors, to stagger terms,                                                                                                                                which affects our city more than        fields.
or to change municipal elections                                                                                                                                 any other action, Council members          This year’s Portraits of Success
from November to May once they                                                                                                                                   must divert their attention to cam-     included: Tacheka Monique Bailey,
have been changed from May to                                                                                                                                    paigning instead. These local ad-       T.C. Williams Class of 1999, a U.S.
November. Thus at present, the                                                                                                                                   vocates should be more interested       Public Health Service Officer;
City of Alexandria’s only current                                                                                                                                in having additional budget ses-        Marie Bangura, T.C. Class of 1996,
right is to change the date of the                                                                                                                               sions and hearings so they can pro-     who overcame severe injuries and
May election to November.                                                                                                                                        vide input on how our tax dollars       is now an Institutional Review
   Alexandria has held municipal                                                                                                                                 are spent rather than having ad-        Specialist for the U.S. Department
elections in May since 1973.                                                                                                                                     ditional campaign rallies.              of Education; Sarah Fulwiler, T.C.
Changes to our municipal elec-                                                                                                                                                 Kelly Thomasson           Class of 2002, now a Special Edu-
tions have been contemplated be-                                                                                                                                                         Alexandria      cation Teacher at T.C.; Sean
fore. Most recently, the issue was                                                                                                                                                                       Kumar, T.C. Class of 1997, an at-
considered in 2007. In March
2007, the Mayor created a bipar-
                                                                                                                                                                 Avoid                                   torney; and Bruce Milton, T.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Class of 1991, a successful
tisan commission [hereinafter re-
ferred to as “the Hobson Commis-
                                        Remembering Mary Ann Fath                                                                                                Confusion                               videographer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Every year, as it has for more
sion”] to consider, among other         George Fath, Alexandria, flanked by some of his                                                                          To the Editor:                          than two decades, the Scholarship
things: (1) whether to change the       children and grandchildren, cut the ribbon and                                                                             Moving the May Election to            Fund helps T.C. graduates like
May elections to November; (2)          placed a dozen red roses on a new park bench dedi-                                                                       November for the City Council           those featured in our Portraits of
whether to stagger the terms of         cated May 6 in memory of his late wife, Mary Ann                                                                         and School Board would affect           Success go on to live their dreams
council; and (3) whether to             Fath. The bench is located at the City of Alexandria’s                                                                   the character of our City. The          of achievement. Few communities
change the length of terms from         Chinquapin Recreation Center. The bench was do-                                                                          May election is a historical mo-        in the country have resources like
three to four years.                    nated to the city in memory of Mary Ann Fath by                                                                          ment with its own singular im-          this available. It’s easy to see why
   Robert Hobson was joined by          friends who used the Chinquapin pool with her.                                                                           portance.                               so many in this city generously
several well-respected and in-          Standing behind Fath are, first row, left to right, all                                                                    The local election should remain      support the Scholarship Fund of
volved Alexandria residents, a          from Alexandria are: Barbara Seaman, head of the                                                                         separated from the long list of can-    Alexandria. We thank you all very
number of whom have been                bench fundraising effort; son Vincent Fath, and                                                                          didates in November elections.          much.
elected to public office in Alexan-     daughters Micheale Fath, Marie Fath, and Dennise                                                                         That may confuse voters.                   While we certainly do have
dria, including Rebecca Davies,         Fath. Second row, left to right, are: grandchildren                                                                                         Geri Baldwin         much to celebrate, the Scholarship
Bob Calhoun, Chris Campagna,            Stephanie Nasta and Ed Payton, and family friend                                                                                                 Alexandria      Fund’s mission and purpose are
Lynnwood Campbell, Bill Cleve-          Rod Swank. Mary Ann Fath, who died May 25, 2008,                                                                                                                 more important than ever before.
land, Iris Henley, Anna Leider and      was an almost-daily user of the Chinquapin pool for                                                                                                                 The cost of post-secondary edu-
Joyce Woodson to look into how          more than 20 years.                                                                                                      Assemble                                cation has skyrocketed in recent
we elected our local officials.
                                                                                                                                                                 Picnics                                 years. At the same time, high
   In a vote of 7-2 in June 2007,
the Hobson Commission voted to
                                      Where Are                              lice and Fire Departments. What
                                                                             we don’t want is poor                                                               To the Editor:
                                                                                                                                                                                                         school dropout rates have climbed
                                                                                                                                                                                                         to an alarming level. Recent ar-
recommend leaving our municipal
elections in May. The two dissent-
                                      City’s Priorities?                     trashºremoval,ºun-mowed public
                                                                             lawns, trashy looking newspaper
                                                                                                                                                                    Prompted by the May 14 Farm-
                                                                                                                                                                 ers’ Market article: One of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ticles in the Washington Post have
                                                                                                                                                                                                         highlighted these troubling devel-
ers, Calhoun and Leider, both con-    To the Editor:                         boxesºand sandwich boards all the                                                   Washington-based bus tour lines         opments. One reported that tu-
ditioned their dissent on having         It is absolutely incomprehen-       way down King Street that we con-                                                   that routinely comes to Alexandria      ition hikes have resulted in part
members of council elected to         sible to me, who has lived             tinually bump into.                                                                 might feature a summer Saturday         from dramatic reductions in state
four-year terms and in November       inºAlexandria for the last 24 years,      Take the consultant money and                                                    morning stop at the Market Square       funding to public colleges. George
of the year before presidential       that the City Council continues to     provide it to those departments                                                     Farmers’ Market for visitors to as-     Mason University’s state aid, for
elections. At present, City Council   be incapable of prioritizing our       that need it, especially those who                                                  semble their own picnic breakfasts      example, has been cut about 62
does not retain the ability to af-    funding needs. For openers, ifºyou     have had to lay off workers. This                                                   to be enjoyed at picnic tables across   percent over the last 10 years, ac-
fect either of these changes.         look at the parks lately you will      Council always wants to take the                                                    Royal Street in the courtyard. Ven-     cording to the article. Another re-
Hence, the issue of how we man-       see that all of them need to be        easy road. In this case they have                                                   dors who sell ready-to-consume          porter chronicled a growing num-
age elections cannot be wholly        mowed. The reason they are not         raised our real estate taxes in ad-                                                 items such as orange juice, coffee,     ber of students who have had to
resolved at this time.                is that Parks and Recreation had       dition to a raft of other taxes. So                                                 muffins and ham sandwiches might        forego their preferred college
   Council had two opportunities      to fire a couple of their              what we are ending up with are                                                      have a balloon tethered above their     choices due to financial limitations
after hearing the Hobson Commis-      personnelºbecause ofºthe eco-          parks and streets that are going to                                                 stalls as a beacon. A volunteer         — a situation affecting even
sion recommendations, but did         nomic turn down. This just hap-        look lousy while we are paying                                                      could offer trays improvised from       middle income and seemingly af-
not seek authority from the Vir-      pens to be one ofºa number of          higher taxes for it. Welcome to the                                                 small, shallow cartons obtained         fluent families in the current eco-
ginia General Assembly during ei-     fundingºcuts that the City had to      People’s Republic. Next time vote                                                   from Safeway or Giant.                  nomic climate. And while many
ther the 2008 or 2009 legislative     adopt during the FY 2010 budget        the rest of them out!                                                               In the absence of bus visitors, local   students are struggling to pay for
session to make additional            process. At the same time the City           Townsend A. “Van” Van                                                         people might like picnic breakfasts.    college, a growing number of oth-
changes to our municipal electoral    has decided to initiate a Water-                                     Fleet                                                                     Sally Hunter        ers, regrettably, are not complet-
process. If we are to pursue any      front Plan and the Department of                                Alexandria                                                                          Alexandria     ing high school. A recent Washing-
measure with regard to our elec-      Planning is spending literally mil-                                                                                                                                ton Post editorial noted that nearly
                                      lions on consultants to do it. The
tions and giving thoughtful con-
templation to an advisory commis-     Planning Department has a ridicu-      Focus on Budget ‘Portraits of                                                                                               nine percent of Virginia public
                                                                                                                                                                                                         high school students in the class
sion of citizens established to
probe election issues, should this
                                      lously large staff, yet they have to
                                      hire consultants to do their work.
                                                                             To the Editor:
                                                                               Supporters   of keeping
                                                                                                       Success’                                                                                          of 2008 had dropped out of school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         That number was even higher in
                                         Why are we initiating this plan     Alexandria’s local elections in May                                                 To the Editor:
not be part of our order of busi-                                                                                                                                                                        Alexandria.
                                      during this terrible economic          have suggested that the elections                                                     It was truly inspiring to see more
ness for the 2010 legislative ses-                                                                                                                                                                          Over the past 24 years, the
                                      downturn? What’s the hurry? This       attract voters who care about lo-                                                   than 500 citizens, political figures,
sion first? One can only question                                                                                                                                                                        Scholarship Fund of Alexandria
                                      plan could be deferred indefinitely    cal issues. However, if these sup-                                                  business and community leaders
the motivation to undertake steps                                                                                                                                                                        has helped clear some of these ob-
                                      and no one would know the              porters of May elections really                                                     at the Scholarship Fund of
outside of this order now.                                                                                                                                                                               stacles to higher education for our
                                      difference.ºAll we citizens want       cared about local issues they                                                       Alexandria’s annual Spring Gala
                                                                                                                                                                                                         community’s students. Since its
                                      for the taxes we pay is to have our    would support moving the elec-                                                      on May 9. They were there not
                Alicia Hughes                                                                                                                                                                            inception, the Scholarship Fund
                                      streets and parks look pristine in     tions to November so that our City                                                  only to help support the Scholar-
         Alexandria City Council-                                                                                                                                                                        has provided more than 3100 T.C.
                                      addition to having top notch Po-       Council and Mayor can focus on                                                      ship Fund, but also to honor, as we
                    woman-Elect                                                                                                                                                                                     See Letters, Page 33
32 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                                               
                        People                                                                                                                                         Letters
                                                                                                                                                                From Page 32
                                                                                                                                                                   graduates with over $6 million

Museum Employee Receives History Award                                                                                                                          in scholarships. On May 28, the
                                                                                                                                                                Scholarship Fund will be honor-
                                                                                                                                                                ing the T.C. Class of 2009 schol-
                                                                                                                                                                arship recipients, who, collec-
Civil War historian Wally Owen honored by                                                                                                                       tively, will receive more than
                                                                                                                                                                $360,000 in funds for higher
Northern Virginia organization.                                                                                                                                 learning this year.
                                                                                                                                                                   The Scholarship Fund’s staff
                                                                                                                                                                also advise scores of T.C. students
             he Northern Virginia        tions to history and historic pres-                year. Owen is also a member of
                                                                                                                                                                and their parents every year on

T            Association for History
             presented        Wally
             Owen, assistant direc-
tor of Fort Ward Museum and His-
toric Site, with the Joseph L. Harsh
                                            A native Alexandrian, Owen is
                                         a Civil War historian respected for
                                         his research, lectures and publi-
                                         cations, including the book “Mr.
                                                                                            the 1971 T.C. Williams High
                                                                                            School State Championship foot-
                                                                                            ball team made famous by the
                                                                                            movie “Remember the Titans.”
                                                                                              His professional experience in-
                                                                                                                                                                how to navigate the complicated
                                                                                                                                                                maze of financial aid forms and
                                                                                                                                                                programs, so they can take full
                                                                                                                                                                advantage of other available fi-
                                                                                                                                                                nancial resources. Indeed, for
Award at a luncheon on Saturday,         Lincoln’s Forts: A Guide to the                    cludes curatorial work for the Na-
                                                                                                                                                                every dollar of scholarships
May 2, in Fairfax. The annual            Civil War Defenses of Washing-                     tional Archives, and cultural as-
                                                                                                                                                                awarded by the Scholarship Fund
honor is named for the founding          ton.” Co-authored with B.                          sessment studies for Civil War
                                                                                                                                                                each year, our students also re-
president of the Northern Virginia       Franklin Cooling, this book about                  sites throughout Northern Vir-
                                                                                                                                                                ceive an additional $6 to $8 of
Association for History and former       the Union forts protecting the                     ginia. Owen has served as assis-
                                                                                                                                                                financial aid from other sources,
chair of history at George Mason         Federal capital during the Civil                   tant director and curator of Fort
                                                                                                                                 Wally Owen, assistant          on average.
University, and is presented in rec-     War is being republished with                      Ward Museum and Historic Site
                                                                                                                                 director of Fort Ward Mu-         But our students must remain
ognition of significant contribu-        updated information later this                     since 2002.
                                                                                                                                 seum & Historic Site           in high school in order to achieve
                                                                                                                                                                the promise of higher education.
                                                                                                                                                                The Scholarship Fund works to

Elizabeth ‘Buff’ Walke Celebrates 100 Years                                                                                                                     address this issue, too. Through
                                                                                                                                                                targeted outreach to our schools
                                                                                                                                                                — even elementary schools — the
         former long-time resident       Va., then in Mount Jackson, Va.,                   African-American teachers (closed                                   Scholarship Fund helps students

A       of Alexandria, Elizabeth
        “Buff ” McDonald Walke
celebrated her 100th birthday on
                                         and later in Alexandria. She mar-
                                         ried Commander Richard Walke,
                                         U.S. Navy, of New York City, in
                                                                                            in 1955), and was a leader in the
                                                                                            effort to establish Harpers Ferry
                                                                                            National Park. Her mother was Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                form the vision and expectation
                                                                                                                                                                that they can and will remain in
                                                                                                                                                                school and pursue post-secondary
May 24. Walke wishes all friends         1945. Residing in Alexandria, they                 Elizabeth McDonald who taught                                       education. Additionally, countless
to know that she is in good health       had one child, Sali Walke. Wid-                    languages at Storer. Her siblings:                                  T.C. students see others just like
and can still touch the palms of her     owed in 1960, Walke continued to                   Mrs Francis Caywood (deceased)                                      themselves featured in the “Por-
hands on the floor. She lives with       reside in Alexandria until 1978, at                of Hartford, Conn.; Mrs Marian                                      traits of Success” which adorns
her daughter, Saii Walke, and di-        which time she moved to Maine                      Durkee (deceased) of Alexandria;                                    the walls of the Scholarship Fund
vides her time between homes in          at her current address.                            and Lieutenant Commander Frank                                      office. Many of those honorees
Saco, Maine and Palm Coast,                Her favorite pastimes have in-                   McDonald, U.S. Navy (Retired) of                                    overcame poverty, English lan-
Florida.                                 cluded enjoying the beach in                       Portsmouth, Va.                                                     guage limitations and other chal-
   Walke received her early educa-       Maine and traveling to different                      Although Walke has lived in                                      lenges to have promising careers
tion in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and in      places in the Americas and Europe.                 many places, she often speaks with                                  in medicine, law, journalism and
Boston, Mass.                              Her family included her father,                  special fondness of Alexandria and                                  many other fields. In that way,
   Following graduation from             Dr. Henry T. McDonald, who, from                   its people. She would love to hear                                  our Portraits of Success help in-
Hillsdale College, Michigan, she         1899 to 1944, was president of                     from friends. Her addresses are                                     spire T.C. students to see that
became an elementary school              Storer College in Harpers Ferry, a                 356 Ferry Road, Saco, Maine                                         they, too, can attain similar suc-
teacher, teaching first in Big Island,   school founded immediately fol-                    04072 and 50 Osprey Circle, Palm     Elizabeth “Buff” McDonald      cesses.
                                         lowing the Civil War to educate                    Coast, Florida 32137.                Walke                             We at the Scholarship Fund of
                                                                                                                                                                Alexandria are proud of what we
                                                                                                                                                                do, and gratified by the generous
                                                                                                                                                                support our community provides.
                                                                                                                                     Meredith Wade              But to continue to advance our
                                                                          Festive Fund-raiser                                        (front), Nora Partlow      important mission, and to build
                                                                                                                                                                on our successes, we need your
                                                                                                                                     and other supporters
                                                                                                                                     enjoy the festivities      help more than ever.
                                                                                                                                     at the annual Fiesta          As our students make the most
                                                                                                                                     Cinco De Mayo              of the opportunities we provide
                                                                                                                                     fundraiser. The            and get ready for college, let’s
                                                                                                                                     event, held at Jack        make sure they have both the vi-
                                                                                                                                     Taylor’s Alexandria        sion of achieving higher educa-
                                                                                                                                     Toyota, offered            tion, as well as the financial re-
                                                                                                                                     regional flavors,          sources to get there. With your
                                                                                                                                     drinks, salsa danc-        help and support, T.C.’s hallways
                                                                                                                                                                from one end to the other will be
                                          Photo by Jerry Vernon/Gazette

                                                                                                                                     ing, silent auction
                                                                                                                                     and a raffle as a          lined with Portraits of Success.
                                                                                                                                     fund raising pro-           Arthur E. Schmalz, Board of
                                                                                                                                     gram to benefit the                                   Trustees
                                                                                                                                     Arlandria Health           Joan M. Renner, Chair, Board
Ministry Degree                                                                                                                      Center located on                                  of Trustees
                                                                                                                                                                      Debbie Wells, Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                     Glebe Road in Alex-
Lee Earl of Alexandria                                                                                                               andria.                             Jeffrey J. McQuilkin,
received a doctor of minis-                                                                                                                                                              Treasurer
try degree from Ashland                                                                                                                                                   Tim Elliott, Secretary
Theological Seminary in                                                                                                                                              Michael Porterfield, Past
Ohio during the commence-                                                                                                                                                                     Chair
ment ceremony on June 6.                                                                                                                                         Scholarship Fund of Alexandria                                                                                                                   Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 33
                                                                                                                         Alexandria Gazette Packet Sports Editor Mark Giannotto

                        Sports                                                                                             703-917-6409 or

‘Sense of Anticipation’ Greets Aces’ Second Season
                                                                                                                                                                                           and Malone thinks that number will
Alexandria’s baseball                                                                                                                                                                      only grow once Alexandrians real-
                                                                                                                                                                                           izes there’s quality baseball at an af-
team kicks off second                                                                                                                                                                      fordable price literally in their back-
                                                                                                                                                                                           yards. The Aces play at recently re-
year with “long term                                                                                                                                                                       named Frank E. Mann Field in Four
potential” in mind.                                                                                                                                                                        Mile Run Park next to Cora Kelly
                                                                                                                                                                                           Recreation Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                             “We see the long term potential
          By Mark Giannotto                                                                                                                                                                of the Aces in Alexandria and we’re

                                                                                                                                               Photo by Louise Krafft/The Gazette Packet
               The Gazette Packet                                                                                                                                                          starting to build a following,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                           Malone. “We have a sense of antici-
            eing one of just three                                                                                                                                                         pation that we didn’t have. Last year

B           players back for a second
            season of Alexandria
            Aces baseball, right
handed pitcher Max Knowles from
University of North Carolina-                                                                                                                     THERE WEREN’T many that
                                                                                                                                                                                           nobody knew about us and we were
                                                                                                                                                                                           reintroducing the city to wooden
                                                                                                                                                                                           bat baseball.”

Wesleyan noticed a different vibe                                                                                                                 knew about Knowles when he ar-
in the dugout almost as soon as he                                                                                                                rived in Alexandria last summer. He
stepped foot in the dugout at Four                                                                                                                was coming off a freshman season
Mile Run Park a few weeks ago.                                                                                                                    at UNC-Wesleyan in Rocky Mount,
  Just like the year before, the Aces’                                                                                                            N.C., in which he pitched just 16
inaugural season in the Cal Ripken                                                                                                                innings, amassing a 1-1 record.
Senior Collegiate Baseball League                                                                                                                   But he “worked on some things”
(CRSCBL), Knowles was presented                                                                                                                   over the summer with the Aces and
with a clubhouse full of new faces Pitcher Kent Worthington and the Alexandria Aces kicked off their second season                       in       closed his sophomore season as his
and names to learn. But this time the Cal Ripken Senior Collegiate Baseball League this past weekend.                                             college team’s No. 3 starter with a
around, despite having just com-                                                                                                                  5-2 record. That gets down to the
pleted his sophomore year in college, collegiate wooden bat baseball team. While the 1980s and early 1990s as they tried to               crux of why the Alexandria Aces and the
Knowles is a grizzled veteran.                 the struggling economy has minor league bring a Major League Baseball franchise to         seven other teams from around the area that
  “Coming back, it’s a little more of a leader teams of all kinds anxious about how fami- the area, came up with the idea for the Aces    make up the CRSCBL exist.
role because people are asking you ques- lies will choose to spend their disposable franchise back in 2006.                                 Now in his second season as manager of
tions about the coaching staff and how income this summer, team president Pat               Alexandria had been without summer            the Aces, Eric Williams thinks the best part
things are run,” said Knowles. “There’s al- Malone and the rest of the franchise can baseball since 1983, when the Class A Alex-          about the league is watching college kids
ways that awkwardness the first week or point to last season’s inaugural campaign andria Dukes left town to become the present            come in for the summer, get acquainted with
so when it’s a new team, but I would say in which the Aces drew more fans than all day Potomac Nationals. The 15-year lapse               some new teammates and philosophies, and
there’s less nervousness this year.”           but one team in the CRSCBL.                didn’t seem to affect the enthusiasm and re-    then use those experiences to further their
  The same could be said for the entire Al-                                               ception the Aces received from the commu-       own games.
exandria Aces franchise as it enters its sec- MALONE, who was a member of the Wash- nity, though. Last summer, the team drew
ond season providing Alexandria with a ington, D.C. Baseball Commission during close to 3,000 fans for their 21 home dates,                                                                               See Aces, Page 38

         Alexandria Sports Briefs
T.C. Williams                           half, TC Williams was able to build
                                        on its lead and finish the game
Wins Rugby                              with two more scores from Bran-
                                        don Burke at the 61st minutes and
State Title                             another from Kamara in the 63rd
   The T.C. Williams rugby team
                                           It was the first time that TC Wil-
captured its first-ever state title
                                        liams won a title as part of the two-
this past weekend, shutting out
                                        year-old Rugby Virginia League.
Menchville of Newport News, Va.,
                                        Led by coach Jeff Murphy, T.C.
28-0, on a game played in Alex-
                                        Williams will build on this win
andria on the Titans’ home field.
                                        with their deep roster, youth, and
It was the first time that two school
                                        quality coaching provided by
clubs would vie for a Rugby State
                                        Coach Jeff Murphy.
Championship in the two-year-old
Rugby Virginia League.
   T.C. Williams was led by inside      Youth Track Star
center Abu Kamara, who got the            Alexandria resident Bobbie
scoring going with two tries in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Courtesy of Rugby Virginia

                                        Parham, III, a 9-year-old fourth
first half. Down 14-0, Menchville       grade grade student at Patrick
was able calm the tempo of the          Henry Elementary School shined
game, retain possession of the ball,    at a recent youth track meet on
and make forays near the TC Wil-        June 6. At last weekend’s district
liams goal line, only to be pushed      youth track meet, which included
back by a strong TC defense.            athletes from all over Northern
   The game entered halftime with       Virginia, Parham took first place
a 14-0 score.ºMenchville battled in     in the 100-meter dash and third
the second half to get back in the
game. Near the end of the second
                                         See Sports Briefs, Page 38             The T.C. Williams rugby team celebrates its first-ever state title last weekend.
34 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                                   
           Bulletin Board                                                                                                Legal Notices                                         Legal Notices                                          Legal Notices
                                                                                                                                                                 CUPANCY VEHICLES LANES) of Article A                   tion 2-4-140 of Article S (ALEXANDRIA-CAEN
From Page 10                                            Eat Crab Feast on Saturday, June 20                                                                      (GENERAL PROVISIONS) and Section 10-3-                 SISTER CITY COMMITTEE), Chapter 4 (COM-
                                                                                                                                                                 1242 (PARKING IN SPACES RESERVED FOR                   MITTESS, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS), of
children, will speak on the continuing                  from 6-10 p.m. at 322 North Alfred                                                                       PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY) of Article B                Title 2 (GENERAL GOVERNMENT) of the Code
    programs of El-Shaddai Charitable                   Street, Alexandria. Tickets are $45.                                                                     (RECKLESS DRIVING, SPEEDING, ETC.),                    of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as
    Trust. At Mindful Hands, 211 King                   Call 703-549-1334. Proceeds will be                                                                      both of Chapter 3 (OPERATION OF VEHI-                  amended.
    Street. Call 703-740-7994; El-                      used to fund the church’s activities                                                                     CLES), Title 10 (MOTOR VEHICLES AND
    Shaddai Charitable Trust:                           such as the feeding program for the                                                                      TRAFFIC); and Section 10-4-44 (PARKING                 The proposed ordinance changes the member-
                                                                                                                                                                 PROHIBITED IN HOV LANE) of Chapter 4                   ship of the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Com-; or Mindful                     homeless.                                                                                                (STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING), Title                mittee from a 17 member committee, with 16
    Hands:                                                                                                                                 10 (MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC), of the                members who are citizens-at-large and 1 mem-
Volunteer Fair. 4-7 p.m. Offers                                                                                                                                  Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981,        ber representing the Sister Cities Committee, to
    opportunities for older adults. A “Sail          TUESDAY/JUNE 23                                         Alexandria Board of Architectural Review            as amended.                                            a 17 member committee of which all 17 mem-
                                                                                                                        Parker-Gray District                                                                            bers are citizens-at-large.
    into Service” event co-sponsored by              Workshop for Business Owners. 8-                                                                            The ordinance seeks to enhance compliance
    Catholic Charities’ RSVP program,                  10 a.m. King Street Retail Strategy.                  LEGAL NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING                    with disabled parking restrictions and high-occu-      ******
    AARP, and Volunteer Alexandria.                    Workshop will demonstrate how the                   ====================================                  pancy vehicle (“HOV”) lane restrictions by in-
    Alexandria’s Vice Mayor “Dell”                     best practices of modern                                 =========================                        creasing the penalties for violations of the City      AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No.
    Pepper will be guest speaker. At St.               merchandising and store planning                                                                          Code provisions that govern the use of HOV             4584 for the purpose of authorizing the City
                                                                                                           A public hearing will be held by the Alexandria       lanes and of parking spaces that are reserved          Manager and Director of Finance of the City of
    Martin de Porres Senior Center, 4650               can be applied to small to medium                   Board of Architectural Review on WEDNES-              for use by disabled individuals. It increases the      Alexandria, Virginia, or either of them, to accept
    Taney Ave, Alexandria.                             sized stores and restaurants to                     DAY, JUNE 24, 2009 begining at 7:30 PM in             fines for HOV lane moving violations, making           a bid for the purchase of all or a portion of the
                                                       increase customer satisfaction and to               Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall,          them equal to the fines imposed by the Com-            bonds authorized under Ordinance No. 4584 as
                                                       improve sales. At City Hall, Room                   301 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia on the          monwealth of Virginia on state-maintained              Build America Bonds under the provisions of the
SATURDAY, JUNE 20                                      2000, 301 King Street. Facilitated by               following applications:                               roads. The new fines will be $125 for first of-        American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
                                                                                                                                                                 fense, $250 for a second offense that occurs           2009, and irrevocably designate such bonds as
Meade Memorial Episcopal                               Bob Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group                   CASE BAR2009-0058                                     within five years of the first violation, $500 for a   Build America Bonds.
  Church will sponsor an All-You-Can-                  Inc.                                                Request for approval of demolition/                   third offense that occurs within five years of the
                                                                                                           encapsulation at 702 N. Patrick St, zoned RB          first violation, and $1000 for the fourth or subse-    The proposed ordinance would amend Ordi-
                                                                                                           Residential                                           quent offense that occurs within five years of the     nance No. 4584 in order to authorize the City
                                                                                                           APPLICANT: Alamin & Nadia Negash                      first violation. The ordinance also increases          Manager or Director of Finance to accept a bid
                 Legal Notices                                      Legal Notices                                                                                from $50 to $200 the fine for parking in a HOV         for the purchase of all or a portion of the bonds
                                                                                                           CASE BAR2009-0059                                     lane during the hours when the lane is designat-       authorized under the foregoing Ordinance as
                                                                                                           Request for approval of addition/alterations at       ed for HOV use, and increases to $500 the fine         Build America Bonds, under the provisions of
                                                                                                           702 N. Patrick St, zoned RB Residential               for unauthorized parking in a parking space that       the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
                In Memoriam                                                                                APPLICANT: Alamin & Nadia Negash                      is marked as reserved for individuals with disa-       of 2009, and irrevocably designate such bonds
              Mrs. Eleanor Massie                                                                                                                                bilities.                                              as Build America Bonds.
            May 18, 1941 - June 13, 2001                                                                   CASE BAR2009-0109
                                                                                                           Request for approval of demolition at 224 N           ******                                                 ******
                                                                                                           Fayette St, zoned CRMU/M Commerical
                                                                                                           APPLICANT: William Cromley                            AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain the                 AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-
                                                                                                                                                                 1992 Master Plan (2008 ed.) of the City of Alex-       tion 4-2-21 (CHANGES IN VIRGINIA STATE-
                                                                                                           CASE BAR2009-0110                                     andria, Virginia, by adopting and incorporating        WIDE FIRE PREVENTION CODE), Article B
                                                                                                           Request for approval of alterations at 419 N          therein the amendment heretofore approved by           (FIRE PREVENTION), Chapter 2 (FIRE PRO-
                                                              NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING                    Patrick St, zoned RB Residential                      city council to such master plan as Master Plan        TECTION AND PREVENTION), Title 4 (PUBLIC
                                                                                                           APPLICANT: Robert A Grove                             Amendment No. 2008-0008 and no other                   SAFETY) of the Code of the City of Alexandria,
                                                                     CITY COUNCIL,                                                                               amendments, and to repeal all provisions of the        Virginia, 1981, as amended
                                                             CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA                  CASE BAR2009-0111                                     said master plan as may be inconsistent with
                                                                                                           Request for approval of alterations at 516 N          such amendment.                                        The proposed ordinance removes the amount of
           Mom, It has been now 8 years.               There will be a Special City Council Installation   Alfred St, zoned RB Residential                                                                              specific fire prevention fees from City Code and
      Mom it’s still so hard to say goodbye, but I     Meeting of the newly elected City Council of the    APPLICANT: Gregory Nelson                             The proposed ordinance accomplishes the final          permits City Council to set the amount of those
        truely know you’re in a better place.          City of Alexandria, Virginia, at 7:00 p.m. on                                                             adoption of Master Plan Amendment No. 2008-            same fees from time to time by resolution.
                            Love always,               Wednesday, July 1, 2009. The meeting will be        Information about the above item(s) may be            0008 to amend the Landmark/Van Dorn Small
                         Your devoted son              held at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King        obtained from the Department of                       Area Plan Chapter of the 1992 Master Plan              ******
                           Billy T. Massie             Street, Alexandria, Virginia.                       Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 301 King Street,      (2008 ed.) of the City of Alexandria, to include
                                                                                                           Room 2100, Alexandria,                                the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan.                   PUBLIC HEARING on the Environmental Action
                                                          For information, please call (703) 746-4550.     Virginia 22314, telephone: (703) 838-4666                                                                    Plan (Phase II) for the Eco-City Alexandria Proj-
                     OBITUARY                                                                                                                                    ******                                                 ect and Setting the Plan for Public Hearing on
   Frances Bailey                                                        Jacqueline M. Henderson                                                                                                                        Saturday, June 13, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                 AN ORDINANCE to grant to Verizon Virginia,
   Frances Real Bailey, 91, died May 31, 2009 in                        City Clerk and Clerk of Council    ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                  Inc., its successors and assigns a franchise, un-      ******
   Hilton Head, SC.                                                                                        Case No JJ029071-05-00                                der certain conditions, permitting the grantee to
                                                                                                           Commonwealth of Virginia                              use the public rights-of-way in the City of Alex-      PUBLIC HEARING on the Final Report of the
   She was predeceased by husbands, James A.                                                               VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                   andria, for the design, construction, mainte-          Affordable Housing Initiatives Work Group and
   Somerville, Roger B. Doulens, W. Neal Bailey        ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic               nance, and operation of a telecommunications           Consideration of Recommendations From the
   and, daughter Jane Somerville McGhee. Born          Case No JJ021082-06-00                              Relations District Court                              system, excluding cable services, in the City.         Work Group.
   in McCook, Nebraska, Mrs. Bailey graduated          Commonwealth of Virginia                            Commonwealth of Virginia, in re
   from Texas Tech College in 1938. After gradua-      VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                 ALBERT WILSON                                         The proposed ordinance grants a franchise to           ******
   tion, she worked for Farmer’s Home Administra-      Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic             The object of this suit is to:                        Verizon Virginia, Inc., to provide telecommuni-
   tion where she and Mr. Somerville met and mar-      Relations District Court                            Approve the foster care plan submitted by the         cations services, excluding cable services, in         AN ORDINANCE to adopt Section 2-2-1 (NO-
   ried in 1942. They lived in the Washington, DC      Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                     Alexandria Department of Human Services, to           the City.                                              VEMBER ELECTION OF MAYOR AND COUN-
   area for over 30 years.                             DAVID E. SAUZO                                      terminate the residual parental rights of the fa-                                                            CILMEN) of the Code of the City of Alexandria,
                                                       The object of this suit is to:                      ther, and to give the right to Alexandria DHS to      ******                                                 Virginia, 1981, as amended.
   She is survived by three children, James (Bob-      Approve the permanency plan submitted by            place the child, ALBERT WILSON, DOB,
   bie) Somerville of Hilton Head, SC, Frank (Lyn)     Alexandria DHS, to terminate the residual pa-       11/06/97, for adoption.                               AN ORDINANCE making supplemental appro-                The proposed ordinance changes the election of
   Somerville of Little River, SC and Nancy Somer-     rental rights of Cesar Sauzo and to give the        It is ORDERED that the defendant OCTAVIO              priations for the support of the government of         the Mayor and City Council from the May gener-
   ville Korvin of Rochester, NY.                      right to the Alexandria Department of Human         ALMANZAR appear at the above named Court              the City of Alexandria, Virginia, for fiscal year      al election cycle to the November general elec-
                                                       Services to place the child for adoption.           and protect his or her interests on or before         2009.                                                  tion cycle.
   A memorial service will be held in Hilton Head,     It is ORDERED that the defendant Cesar Sau-         7/10/2009 at 9:00am
   SC on a later date.                                 zo, appear at the above named Court and pro-                                                              The proposed ordinance accomplishes the final          ******
                                                       tect his or her interests on or before 7/24/2009                                                          adoption of the supplemental appropriations for
   In lieu of flowers, donations to the American       at 9:30am                                                                                                 the operation of the city government in fiscal         AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-
   Red Cross would be gratefully appreciated.                                                              ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                  year 2009.                                             tion 2-2-4 (COMPOSITION, TERMS AND DU-
                                                                                                           Case No JJ010206-08-00                                                                                       TIES OF COMMITTEES), Article A (GENERAL
   The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in                                                             Commonwealth of Virginia                              ******                                                 PROVISIONS), Chapter 4 (COMMITTEES,
   charge of arrangements.                                                                                 VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                                                                          BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS), Title 2 (GEN-
                                                       ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                                                                      AN ORDINANCE making provision for the sup-             ERAL GOVERNMENT) of the Code of the City
                                                       Case No JJ021082-07-00                              Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic
                                                                                                           Relations District Court                              port of the government of the City of Alexandria,      of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
                                                       Commonwealth of Virginia                                                                                  Virginia, for fiscal year 2010.
   ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                 Commonwealth of Virginia, in re
                                                                                                           NIKKE WILSON                                                                                                 The proposed ordinance imposes a maximum
   Case No JJ021083-07-00                              Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic                                                                   The proposed ordinance appropriates funds for          service period of 10 consecutive years for any
   Commonwealth of Virginia                            Relations District Court                            The object of this suit is to:
                                                                                                           Approve the foster care plan submitted by the         the operation of the city government in fiscal         member of a board, committee or commission,
   VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                 Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                                                                           year 2010.                                             unless the term of service is otherwise governed
   Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic             DAVID E. SAUZO                                      Alexandria Department of Human Services, to
                                                                                                           terminate the residual parental rights of OTIS                                                               by state law, City code or by another document
   Relations District Court                            The object of this suit is to:                                                                            ******                                                 that creates the committee, board or commis-
   Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                     Approve the permanency plan submitted by            WILLIAMS and to give the right to Alexandria
                                                                                                           DHS to place the child, NIKKE WILSON, DOB,                                                                   sion. There is a phase in the period for incum-
   FERNANDO DANIEL RIVAS                               Alexandria DHS, to terminate the residual pa-                                                             AN ORDINANCE approving and authorizing the             bents impacted as of the effective date. The
   The object of this suit is to:                      rental rights of unknown father of David Sauzo,     10/22/96, for adoption.
                                                                                                           It is ORDERED that the defendant OTIS                 sale of property owned by the City of Alexan-          maximum service term may be waived by City
   Approve the permanency plan submitted by            born to Ninfa Rivas on 6/10/2007 and to give                                                              dria, located at 322 Wesmond Drive in the City         Council by resolution.
   Alexandria DHS, to terminate the residual pa-       the right to the Alexandria Department of           WILLIAMS appear at the above named Court
                                                                                                           and protect his or her interests on or before         of Alexandria, Virginia.
   rental rights of the unknown father of Fernando     Human Services to place the child for adoption.                                                                                                                  ******
   Rivas, born to Ninfa Rivas on 7/22/2001, and to     It is ORDERED that the defendant unknown            7/10/2009 at 9:00am
                                                                                                                                                                 The proposed ordinance authorizes the sale of          AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-
   give the right to the Alexandria Department of      father appear at the above named Court and                                                                the City owned property at 322 Wesmond Drive.
   Human Services to place the child for adoption.     protect his or her interests on or before                                                                                                                        tion 2-2-10 (ESTABLISHEMENT OF ELECTION
   It is ORDERED that the defendant unknown fa-        7/24/2009 at 9:30am                                                                                                                                              DISTRICTS AND POLLING PLACES), Chapter
                                                                                                                                                                 ******                                                 2 (ELECTIONS), Title 2 (GENERAL GOVERN-
   ther, appear at the above named Court and pro-
   tect his or her interests on or                                                                                                                                                                                      MENT) of the Code of the City of Alexandria,
                                                                                                                                                                 AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-                Virginia, 1981, as amended.
   before 7/24/2009 at 9:30am                                                                                                                                    tions 2-5-33, 2-5-35, 2-5-36, and 2-5-37, in Arti-
                                                       ORDER OF PUBLICATION
   ORDER OF PUBLICATION                                Case No JJ019662-06-00                                                                                    cle C (EMPOLYEE HOMEOWNERSHIP IN-                      The proposed ordinance changes the locations
   Case No JJ021083-06-00                              Commonwealth of Virginia                                                                                  CENTIVE PROGRAM) of Chapter 5 (OFFI-                   of two voting places in the City. The Charles
   Commonwealth of Virginia                            VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                                                                       CERS AND EMPLOYEES) of Title 2 (GENER-                 Houston Recreation Center would replace the
   VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                 Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic                                                                   AL GOVERNMENT) of the Code of the City of              Fire Department Headquarters as the voting
   Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic             Relations District Court                                                                                  Alexandria, Virginia.                                  place in that district and the Patrick Henry Rec-
   Relations District Court                            Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                                                                                                                                  reation Center would replace St. Martin de
   Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                     CHRISTON WILSON                                                                                           The proposed ordinance amends the Employee             Porres Senior Center as the voting place in that
   FERNANDO DANIEL RIVAS                               The object of this suit is to:                      Public Hearing will be held by the City Council       Homeownership Incentive Program to increase            district.
   The object of this suit is to:                      Approve the foster care plan submitted by the       of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, in the Council   the maximum loan to be used at closing on the
   Approve the permanency plan submitted by            Alexandria Department of Human Services, to         Chambers, City Hall, City of Alexandria, Virgin-      property from $5,000 to $10,000. The ordi-             THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED THAT AMEND-
   Alexandria DHS, to terminate the residual pa-       terminate the residual parental rights of the un-   ia, on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., or      nance will also make the loans secured rather          MENTS OR ADDITIONS MAY BE MADE TO
   rental rights of Raul Rivas and to give the right   known father, and to give the right to Alexandria   as soon thereafter as may be heard on the             than unsecured personal loans, and makes two           PROPOSED ORDINANCES WITHOUT FUR-
   to the Alexandria Department of Human Serv-         DHS to place the child, Criston Wilson, DOB,        hereinafter described items.                          technical corrections related to the allowable         THER PUBLICATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED
   ices to place the child for adoption.               3/14/08, for adoption.                                                                                    purchase price level for the program.                  THAT PERSONS INTERESTED IN ANY OF
   It is ORDERED that the defendant Raul Rivas,        It is ORDERED that the defendant unknown            ******                                                                                                       THESE ORDINANCES OBTAIN FREE FULL-
   appear at the above named Court and protect         father appear at the above named Court and                                                                ******                                                 TEXT COPIES FROM THE CITY CLERK AT
   his or her interests on or before 7/24/2009 at      protect his or her interests on or before           AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-                                                                      CITY HALL. JACKIE M. HENDERSON, CMC,
   9:30am                                              7/10/2009 at 9:00am                                 tion 10-3-2 (COMMUTER BUS AND HIGH OC-                AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Sec-                CITY CLERK                                                                                                                                                                Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ June 11-17, 2009 ❖ 35
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                                                                                                 703-917-6400                          Sports
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 • Mount Vernon                     Classified                                                    Zone 3 Ad Deadline:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Louise Krafft/The Gazette Packet
   3 RE for Rent                   15 Getaways                     15 Getaways                   28 Yard Sales

  HOUSE FOR RENT               Looking for a vacation            FRIPP ISLAND, SC             Yard sale, June 13, 9-2,
Charming three bedroom,                                          4 BR/4BA OCEAN-                maple DR table seats
three and one half bath
                                or summer retreat?                 FRONT VILLA                6-10; 6 chairs; enclosed
house for rent in the sought   Stay along the Chesapeake         Reg.$3100/week Disc.           porch chairs & table.
after Chesterbrook/Franklin    Bay – come to the Tides Inn       to $2700 Weeks avail.             other furn, plus
Park area of McLean, VA.       in Irvington, Virginia. Great    6/13, 6/27,7/17, 8/1, 8/15,
Three bedrooms, one and                                                                         decorative & misc h/h
                                location for family gather-       8/22,8/29 Call Sharon
one half baths, large master                                      Douaire 703 764-8224        items 4508 Dolphin Ln.
bedroom with walk in closet,     ings/reunions, weddings,                                         Mt Vernon area
large family room, fenced in     anniversary celebrations
back yard. Very convenient     and association events. We
location,   great    schools                                       26 Antiques                  101 Computers
(Chesterbrook Elementary,        might be closer than you
Longfellow     Middle   and        think! Take a look at:
                                                               We consign/pay top $ for
McLean High Schools),
close to Metro, D.C and
                      Call Ally      antique/semi antique furn.            HDI
                                 Ward at: 804.438.4415 –         including mid century &      EASY COMPUTER SOLUTIONS
Tysons Malls.                                                                                      FOR INDIVIDUALS
Available August 1, 2009.
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                                                               watches, painting/art glass,   COMPUTER CONSULTANT
                                                                 clocks, jewelry, costume
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                                                                                                                            Catcher Will Davis (right) talks with a teammate during Monday night’s
21 Announcements 21 Announcements                              Antiques @ 703-241-0790.       ➣ INSTALLATION                home opener, won on a walk off homerun by Tommy Grandieri.
                                                                                              ➣ TROUBLE-
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and provide a stable, loving home. Generous monthly            branch of the Potomac,         (703) 765-2222
stipend; 24-hour support; ongoing training provided.              Springfield district
 Call Phillips Teaching Homes (703) 941-3471 ext.              previously perked, $60k.
                                                                   Possible owner
                                                                                                 From Page 34
                                                                                                                                                                            Aces Open
217, for more information or visit our website.
                                                                                              105 Health & Fitness             And like Malone and Knowles, he thinks
                                                                                                                            a year under his belt will help everything
                                                                                                                                                                            With a Walk Off
                                                                                               ARE YOU STRESSED                                                                The plan was for the Alexandria Aces to open up
                                                                                                 FROM WORK?                 run that much smoother. This year’s roster      their second season in the Cal Ripken Senior Col-
21 Announcements 21 Announcements 21 Announcements                                              Do you have sore achy       has 29 college players from as close as         legiate Baseball League last Friday night with a
                                                                                              muscles? Maybe you want
                                                                                                  to pamper yourself?       nearby Mount St. Mary’s College in Mary-        dedication of their home turf, Frank E. Mann Field
                                                                                                 I provide professional     land and as far away as University of San       in Four Mile Run Park. Mann was a former Alex-
                                                                                              therapeutic Massage in the                                                    andria mayor and GM of the Alexandria Dukes
                                                                                              privacy and comfort of your   Francisco in California.                        back in the 1980s.
                                                                                                 home. Male Therapist
                                                                                                  Licensed & Certified         “The organization is a little stronger, a       But the continual downpour that dominated the
                                                                                                      $75/Swedish           little more put together,” said Williams, who   region last week wreaked havoc on the Aces’ home
                                                                                                  202-658-5888                                                              opener, canceling the game and moving the dedi-
                                                                                                                            has previously coached high school base-
                                                                                                                                                                            cation ceremony inside to nearby Cora Kelly
                                                                                                                            ball in the area at Annandale and Lee High      Recreation Center.
                                                                                                                            Schools. “Just the familiarity with the
                                                                                                When spider                 ballparks and the whole league, and what
                                                                                                                                                                               But the team more than made up for the sched-
                                                                                                                                                                            uling snafu in dramatic fashion Monday night,
                                                                                              webs unite, they              to expect at different places is better. We     winning their new home opener, 2-1, over the
                                                                                                                                                                            College Park Bombers after outfielder Tommy
                                                                                              can tie up a lion.            only have three guys returning, so the key
                                                                                                                            early on is getting to learn who is capable
                                                                                                                                                                            Grandieri (Penn) jacked a walk off homerun in the
                                                                                                                                                                            bottom of the 10 th inning. Pitcher Kent
                                                                                              -Ethiopian Proverb            of doing what.”                                 Worthington threw seven innings of shutout ball.
                                                                                                                                                                               The Aces improved to 1-2 on the season with the
                                                                                                                               In the first week of this new season, Wil-   win. They have road games Wednesday and Friday
                                                                                                                            liams has liked the contributions he has        before returning back to Alexandria for a double-
                                                                                                                            gotten from catcher Will Davis (Penn) and       header on Saturday afternoon.
                                                                                                                            power hitters Brad Johnson and Landon
                                                                                                                            Joost of Yashiva, an Arizona school that
                                                                                                                            plays with wooden bats during the college         “The biggest thing I’d like to see this sea-
                                                                                                                            season.                                         son is more people come watch games, bring
                                                                                                                               The Aces started this season 1-2 after       their families, and just be a part of the ex-
                                                                                                                            finishing in fifth place with a 16-24           perience,” said Malone. “We have a venue
                                                                                                                            record. The team has 18 more home               where people can see wooden bat baseball
                                                                                                                            games on their schedule. To find out when       at an affordable price and literally get to see
                                                                                                                            they are and what sort of promotions the        future stars today. It’s really good baseball,
                                                                                                                            team is offering this summer, go to             we think we have a great product.”

                                                                                                                                    Alexandria Sports Briefs
                                                                                                                            From Page 34

                                                                                                                            place in both the 4x100-meter relay and the
                                                                                                                            long jump. He had advanced to the district
                                                                                                                            meet thanks to three second-place show-
                                                                                                                            ings at an earlier Alexandria city meet. He
                                                                                                                            has now advanced to the State track meet
                                                                                                                            and will represent Northern Virginia as the
                                                                                                                            top male runner for the 9 and ten-year old
                                                                                                                            boys’ age group in the 100-meter dash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Courtesy of Patricia Britt

                                                                                                                            Swim Results                                    Nine-year-old Bobbie Parham III of
                                                                                                                                                                            Patrick Henry Elementary School.
                                                                                                                              The NVSL summer swim season is right
   E-mail:                                                                              around the corner and the Gazette Packet
                                                                                                                            doesn’t want any child’s achievements in the
                                                                                                                                                                            results posted in the Gazette Packet each
                                                                                                                                                                            week, contact sports editor Mark Giannotto
                                                                                                                            pool to go unnoticed. To have swim team         at
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