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                                                                                                News, Page 12
                                                                                                News, Page 12

                                                                                                                                                                       Grading Policy
                                                                                                                                                                                 News, Page 3
                        Photo by Donna Manz/The Connection

                                                                                               Westbriar Elementary School first-grad-
                                                                                               ers Serena Agnew, Kayla Domschke, and
                                                                                               Sammy Sedgwick think there will be lots
                                                                                               of work in first grade. Serena says they
                                                                                                                                                                                Close Race
                                                                                               will be learning “a lot of math, reading,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          News, Page 5
                                                                                               and writing;” Kayla is looking forward
                                                                                               to reading and writing; Sammy says he
                                                                                               was being “chased by a second-grader”
                                                                                               which is why he wasn’t here earlier.

                                                                                           September 3-9, 2008 ❖ Volume XXII, Number 36    Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 1
2 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008
                                                                                                                                     Vienna/Oakton Connection Editor Kemal Kurspahic
                                                                                                                                      703-917-6428 or

Does Fairfax Give Fair Grades?
Panel discusses whether                                                                                                                                                                                        efit. In Montgomery County, students en-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               rolled in both honors and AP/IB classes
tougher grading scale puts                                                                                                                                                                                     automatically earn a 1.0 GPA bonus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Some parents and students said these dif-
students at a disadvantage.                                                                                                                                                                                    ferences in grading add up and ultimately

                                                                                                                                               Photo by Julia O’Donoghue/The Connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                               hurt Fairfax students. Last January, a hand-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ful of county residents formed FAIRGRADE,
                By Julia O’Donoghue                                                                                                                                                                            a coalition that advocates for changes to
                          The Connection                                                                                                                                                                       Fairfax County Public Schools grading poli-
        f a high school student earns a 92 per                                                                                                                                                                   One McLean High School graduate specu-

I      cent average in the fall semester of
       their honors calculus course, what
       grade do they receive?
   Well, it depends on where they live.
   If the student attends a Fairfax County
                                                                                                                                                                                                               lates that his GPA would have been a 4.1 in
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Montgomery County, even though it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                               only a 3.4 in Fairfax. Had he received above
                                                                                                                                                                                                               a 4.0 GPA, the student would have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                               considered one of McLean’s valedictorians
Public School, she earns a B plus. If she goes                                                                                                                                                                 and said he might have been looked at more
to a school across the Potomac River in                                                                                                                                                                        favorably by colleges.
Montgomery County, Md., the student re-                                                                                                                                                                          In addition to college admission, a
ceives an A.                                                                                                                                                                                                   student’s GPA impacts whether they qualify
   The discrepancy in grade point averages                                                                                                                                                                     for merit-based scholarships, college hon-
(GPA) for the same grade in an honors class       School Board member Janie Strauss (Dranesville) chats with FAIRGRADE                                                                                         ors programs, collegiate sports programs
is even wider.                                    co-founder Sara Pacque’-Margolis after a Grading Policy Round Table                                                                                          and “good student” car insurance discounts.
   In Fairfax County, a 92 percent in an hon-     Aug. 25.                                                                                                                                                       According to FAIRGRADE, there is proof
ors calculus class translates into a 3.5 GPA.                                                                                                                                                                  that Fairfax County students receive GPAs
In Montgomery County, the same score                In Fairfax, students must earn a 94 per-      GPAs of students who do advanced                                                                             that are, on average, lower than their peers.
would earn a 5.0 GPA for that course.             cent to receive an A, an 84 percent to earn     coursework.                                                                                                    The organization’s analysis shows that
                                                  a B and a 74 percent to earn a C. The 10-         Fairfax County will bump students up a                                                                     about 10 percent of Fairfax students have a
FAIRFAX COUNTY employs a tougher six-             point scale awards an A for a score of 90       .5 point on the GPA scale for a course an                                                                    GPA of 3.75 or higher. In other comparable
point grading scale than the traditional 10-      percent, a B for a score of 80 percent, and a   Advanced Placement (AP) or International                                                                     school districts across the country, the share
point scale used by Montgomery County             C for a score of 70 percent.                    Baccalaureate (IB) class. But students who
and several other school systems.                   Fairfax also adds a lighter “weight” to the   take an honors course receive no GPA ben-                                                                                      See Grading, Page 12

  Pastor Retires after 14 Years
  Eugene Buie
                                                                                                                                                                         Photos by Donna Manz/The Connection

  leaves Antioch
  Christian Church.
           ourteen years after he first stepped

  F        up to the pulpit at Antioch Chris
           tian Church in Vienna, the Rev.
  Eugene Buie stepped down.
     “Tomorrow is the first day in retire-
  ment,” said Buie, as he spoke to his con-
  gregation for the final time. “It came with
  relentless insistence, whether I was ready
  or not.”
     Every morning, it’s time to turn around
  and face the future, he said.
     Approximately 90 Vienna-area resi-
  dents belong to Antioch, the small                                                                                                                                                                           The Rev. Eugene Buie is retiring
  white country-style church on Beulah                                                                                                                                                                         as pastor of Antioch Christian
  Road.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Church after 14 years of service
     “I’m wearing black because I’m in                                                                                                                                                                         to the congregation.
  mourning because you are leaving,” Lola         The Rev. Eugene Buie and his wife, Johannah, will be moving to their
  Wayland of Vienna told Buie. Lola               retirement home in Harrisonburg. They have no plans, and are “waiting                                                                                          Buie and his wife have no plans be-
  Wayland and her husband, Leonard, have          to see what comes next.”                                                                                                                                     yond the move to Harrisonburg. “We will
  been members of the church for two                                                                                                                                                                           wait to see what happens,” Buie said. “We
  years, and wish they had found it ear-            No new pastor is yet assigned to the          be razed.                                                                                                    are all in God’s hands. We must go for-
  lier.                                           church. A new parsonage has been built            The congregation presented farewell                                                                        ward in faith … waiting to see what
     “I’ll truly miss his sermons,” said          in Francis Young Estates, abutting church       gifts to Buie and his wife, Johannah, at                                                                     comes next.”
  Leonard Wayland. “Rev. Buie tells it like       property. When the Buies leave the old          a church luncheon after the service on
  it is. He talks straight.”                      parsonage, a modest brick rambler, it will      Aug. 24.                                                                                                                           — Donna Manz                                                                                                              Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 3
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                                                                                  said Dan Scandling, Wolf’s
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                                                                                              See Feder, Page 22                                                                                                                   Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 5

Taste of
Holy Transfiguration
Church hosts
15th annual
community event on
Labor Day weekend.                                 Holy Transfiguration congregation member, Connie Herrmann of Vienna,
                                                   share thoughts on the food offered at the Middle Eastern Food Festival
                                                                                                                                     Omar Samaha tends to lamb
                                                                                                                                     roasting on spits at the
                                                   held at the church over Labor Day weekend.                                        Middle Eastern Food Festival.
                                                                                                                                     The meat made its way into
                   hen the parishioners of Holy                                                          Photos by Donna Manz        kebabs and gyros.

W                  Transfiguration Melkite
                   Greek-Catholic Church
                   throw a Middle Eastern food
festival, the food takes center stage. At Holy
Transfiguration’s 15th Annual Middle East-
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ern Food Festival, tables set along a 30-foot
wall were laden with gooey, honey-
drenched sweets marked by nuts and spices.
Inside the Church hall, guests ordered from
a menu featuring kebabs, shawermas [gy-
ros], falafels, stuffed grape leaves and baba
ghannouj, among a variety of other favor-
ites. Outdoors, volunteers manned barbe-
cues celebrating meats — lamb, chicken,
   “This is authentic,” said Stephanie
Garmirian of McLean. “It’s the real thing.”
Garmirian came, she said, to support this
church, the sister parish of her own McLean
church, St. John the Beloved.
   The two-day Middle Eastern Food Festi-
val is always held on the Labor Day week-
end. Cars spilled out on to Lewinsville Road       Stephanie Garmirian and son,
and along side roads as the church parking         Kevork, of McLean, came to the
lot filled.                                        Middle Eastern Food Festival to
   Anne Gallagher of Leesburg has been a           support their sister church.
part of Holy Transfiguration since the be-         Stephanie Garmirian calls the
ginning. “People should come to our food           food festival “authentic,” the
festival because we are so friendly, we have       “real thing.”
good food, a beautiful church, and Arabic
dancing,” said Gallahger. “It’s definitely an
exposure to our culture.” Gallagher, a             “This is authentic.
church secretary, says the festival grows big-
ger every year.                                    It’s the real thing.”
   Holy Transfiguration began in Washing-                         — Stephanie Garmirian
ton, D.C., in 1967, in a garage. Today, it                                    of McLean
sits on an expanse of grassy land at the
crossroads of Lewinsville and Spring Hill
Roads, within the shadows of Tysons Cor-             As dancers in native dress performed,
ner. It is the focal point of the Melkite Greek-   people clapped to the music, and, in short
Catholic community in the metro area, with         order, many audience members joined the
members and supporters coming from                 dancers.
Maryland, Leesburg, and North Carolina,              “We have this event to share our religion
and as close by as McLean and Vienna.              and culture with the community,” said event
Connie Herrmann, who lives in the Shouse           co-chair, and Debkeh dancer, Marianne
area of Vienna, has been active in Holy            Tahhan of Fairfax.                            Marianne Tahhan, Barbara Fleshman, Jennifer Bawab (back), and Nikki
Transfiguration since its founding 40 years                                                      Haddad take orders for the Middle Eastern main dishes sold inside the
ago.                                                                      — Donna Manz           hall of Holy Transfiguration Church in McLean.
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                                                                   • Christening Gowns to Cherish
   Vienna area students in grades 6-8
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school program at Club Phoenix
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munity Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The                            • Accessories to Make you Smile
program for this school year begins
Sept. 2. Hours are 12:30-6:30 p.m.                                 • Infants to Size Four
Monday and 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Friday. Get help with home-
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Club Phoenix also offers pool and ping
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video games, and much more.                                         (Next to the Vienna Quilt Shop)
   For more information, call the Vienna
Parks and Recreation Department at
703-255-6360             or         visit

   “Writing Your Personal His-               Music! Movement! Stories! Puppets!
tory,” an informal, group-run class for
people interested in documenting their
life stories for themselves and future                                                   Award
generations to enjoy, will be held each
Thursday, September 4-March 27, from                                                    Winning
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vienna
Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E.
Class members select topics about which
to write, and read their work to each
other for supportive feedback.
   The class is free of charge; a donation
of $5 will be used to provide coffee and
tea at each class. Space is limited and
registration is required. For more infor-
mation, call the Vienna Parks and            Classes for infant -5 years with Spanish and ASL
Recreation Department at 703-255-
6360 or visit                  Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna
  The Vienna Woman’s Club 49th
annual Holiday Bazaar and Fall
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voters a chance to see                              key tradition involves live candidate debates, served by letting voters know what their posi-
                                                    which voters can attend in person or watch on tions are on the issues. So why would any of
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V          be choosing their congressman, a
           U.S. Senator and a president.
             Voters in Northern Virginia don’t
vote a standard party line, they vote for the
candidate they like regardless of party. But how
                                                    person, as well as having the option to
                                                    watch on video. (Some of these debates
                                                                                                              We urge the candidates to appear in
                                                    amount to little more than joint appearances, public in multiple venues, with candidates for
                                                    but still the candidates answer questions, and the House of Representatives scheduling mul-
                                                    voters can learn much from watching this pro- tiple debates so that at least one is accessible
                                                                                                                                                                      Kemal Kurspahic
                                                                                                                                                                     Editor ❖ 703-917-6428

                                                                                                                                                                        Donna Manz
                                                                                                                                                                      Contributing Writer
will they get to know which candidates they         cess.)                                          to each locality.                                 
like?                                                 For statewide races, like the race for gover-   And let’s admit that we’re living in the                         Julia O’Donoghue
   With the presidential race taking up the at-     nor, voters need access to televised debates.   YouTube era, and let have every debate appear                      Education and Politics
tention of many, voters need more than cable          It’s fair to say that all the candidates who on television and with replays available.
                                                                                                                                                                        Nicholas Horrock
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Volunteers                              democracy, make for a powerful        crat led Congress went on vaca-                                                             Ken Moore
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                                        tonic to counteract the cynicism      tion without doing anything while
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Needed                                  with which so many of us have         many Americans had to cancel or                                         

For Election Day
                                        come to view the American elec-
                                        toral process.
                                                                              curtail their vacation plans. Sure
                                                                              a few Republicans tried to show
                                                                                                                        Hurts Students                                     Rich Sanders
                                                                                                                                                                   Sports Editor ❖ 703-917-6439
                                          To volunteer, call the office of    support of Americans by crying            To the Editor:                        
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they can volunteer as election of-      Who Does Our                          our interests. They are just inter-
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                                                                              our interests. It is said that we get
first-time voters, the need is espe-       Americans are suffering from a                                                 The end result is that FCPS stu-
                                                                              the government that we deserve.
cially great.                           financial crisis brought about by                                               dents end up with lower grade                    Editor in Chief
                                                                              Let us stand up together and show                                                           Steven Mauren
   It is, admittedly, a long day.       the mortgage fiasco and oil prices.                                             point averages than similarly situ-
                                                                              our government that we deserve                                                            Managing Editors
Workers arrive at the precincts at      More then ever before, they need                                                ated systems. This affects every-        Steve Hibbard, Michael O’Connell,
                                                                              better. Let our vote this November
5 a.m. to set up; polls are open        their money to help them over-                                                  thing from college admissions and                Kemal Kurspahic
                                                                              show them that we will not be                                                               Photography:
from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and then         come this crisis.                                                               scholarships to insurance dis-             Robbie Hammer, Louise Krafft,
                                                                              trifled with, that we demand our
closing the polls takes another            How does our Congress re-                                                    counts given to good students. The                Craig Sterbutzel
                                                                              rights, that we demand to be rep-                                                            Art/Design:
hour and a half. For this 15-plus       spond? By ignoring their constitu-                                              newspapers appropriately re-
                                                                              resented and have our interests                                                      Zohra Aslami, Geovani Flores,
hours, Fairfax County pays $100.        ents, and handing their hard-                                                   ported on the county’s success on          Laurence Foong, John Heinly,
                                                                              protected and if they do not lis-                                                        John Smith, Stu Moll,
(You can do the math to figure out      earned money to bad corpora-                                                    the SAT front. But unfortunately
                                                                              ten, we will fire them.                                                                Tam Nguyen, Wayne Shipp
the hourly wage, but I don’t rec-       tions. Corporations that duped in-                                              the media only told half the story.           Production Manager:
ommend it.) People who can’t            nocent people into giving up their                                                                                                   Jean Card
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                                                                                         Virginia 10th District                                                         Linda Pecquex
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pecially attractive to parents of       companies come in to fill the need.                                                                                      CONNECTION NEWSPAPERS,
young children.                         But our Congress, both Democrats                                                                                                       L.L.C.
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8 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                                                           
            News                                                                                                                                              Get Involved
                                                                                                                                                                 The “Citizens Who Care” 9/11
                                                                                                                                                              benefit will be held from 7 to 9:30

Honoring Service, Bravery on 9-11
                                                                                                                                                              p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Tav-
                                                                                                                                                              ern at Great Falls, 9835
                                                                                                                                                              Georgetown Pike. Donations are
                                                                                                                                                              appreciated. To make a donation
                                                                                                                                                              in advance, send a check to 173rd

Sept. 11 event                        ering at the Tavern at Great Falls
                                      for the evening of Thursday, Sept.
                                                                                                                                                              Sky Angels Fund, c/o Terry and
                                                                                                                                                              Cheryl Blaskowski, P.O. Box 164,
                                                                                                                                                              Cheboygan, MI 49721 or send a
honors remark-                        11.
                                         While most soldiers return to
                                                                                                                                                              Paypal        donation
                                                                                                                                                     to the e-mail ad-

able brigade.                         homecoming parties at bases in                                                                                          dress airborne173rdskyangels-
                                                                                                                                                     To learn more
                                      the U.S., this unit is based at Camp                                                                                    about the 173 rd, 2/503 Infantry
             By Mike DiCicco          Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, where                                                                                         Airborne Brigade, visit http://
                The Connection        there are few Americans to throw                                                                              
                                      a party for them.
                  hen         Judi       The 173rd, 2/503 Infantry Air-
                                                                                                                                                            “It’s the look in
W                 Hershman of
                  McLean got a call
                  from her friend
Jeff Lubore, asking her to help
with a Sept. 11 benefit in Great
                                      borne Brigade was one of the first
                                      units into Iraq and has since served
                                      two tours in Afghanistan, and its
                                      time in combat has not been easy.
                                         Lubore, a Vienna resident, said
                                                                                                                                                            their eyes when you
                                                                                                                                                            say, ‘Thank you. We
Falls, she knew it was important.
Although Lubore has worked to
                                      he met a number of the unit’s
                                      members at a pool party a friend
                                                                                                                                                            really appreciate
raise money for the United Service    of his hosted for wounded veter-                                                                                      your sacrifice.’”
Organizations (USO) and other         ans, and he said he was moved to
                                      do something for them. “They                                                                 Photo Contributed                              — Jeff Lubore
causes for some time, she said,
                                      were exposed to a lot of the really    From left, Specialist “Ice” Hice, Specialist Michael                           fund-raiser, which will run from 7
“He’s never asked me once before
                                      bad fighting,” he said, adding that    Denton, Specialist Tyler Stafford and Sgt. Ryan Pitts of                       to 9:30 p.m., with a live band and
to contribute or help out or any-
                                      the soldiers’ last tour had been a     the 173rd 2/503 Infantry Airborne Brigade relax at a pool                      no formal agenda.
                                      15-month stay in mud huts in vola-     party in Great Falls.                                                            “It’s going to be a party atmo-
  When he called her less than two
weeks ago, Lubore told Hershman       tile northern Afghanistan.             Hershman said about $85,000 had       members of the brigade for their         sphere,” Hershman said.
he wanted to put together an event                                           been raised, “and they raised that    efforts and sacrifices. “It’s the look     One of the soldiers who will be
that would recognize soldiers in        THE PARENTS of two slain             on like $5 and $10 donations.”        in their eyes when you say, ‘Thank       in attendance is Sgt. Ryan Pitts,
the 173rd, 2/503 Infantry Airborne    members of the brigade decided           Lubore said he hoped to put the     you. We really appreciate your sac-      who is staying at Walter Reed
Brigade and raise money to get        to raise money to throw a party        173rd Airborne Sky Angel Fund         rifice,’” he said. Twenty or so mem-     Army Medical Center, having been
them to a memorial service and        on Sept. 25 at the base in Italy, to   over the top in terms of fund-rais-   bers of the brigade, as well as at       wounded on July 13 in the Battle
“homecoming” party at their home      be preceded by a memorial cer-         ing but that the most important       least one parent of one of the sol-      of Wanat, a fierce, hours-long
base in Italy. They planned a gath-   emony for fallen comrades.             goal of the event was to thank        diers killed in action, will be at the       See Community, Page 19                                                                                                                 Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 9
                                                 Incidents reported by the Town of            Aug. 27 the two men were spotted by         ACO Harrington, the investigating
                                               Vienna police department from Aug. 23          Detective Sylmar and Detective              officer, had received notice from
                                               through Aug. 29.                               Wickes driving near Cedar Lane in           Warren County, Va. that there were
                                                                                              Vienna. After stopping the                  two felony warrants outstanding for
                                                                                              individuals, they were placed under         the lady. The warrants were for bad
                                               ARREST                                         arrest for the fraud case warrants          checks in Warren County. The
                                               Navy Federal Credit Union, 800                 which had been secured days earlier         woman, a 30 year old female of
                                                 Follin Lane, S.E. June 6. Detective          and transported to the Fairfax              Nelson Drive in Vienna, was arrested
                                                 Sylmar was called after an employee          County Adult Detention Center.              by PFC Shaver and transported to the
                                                 of Navy Federal Credit Union was             Subsequent to an inventory of their         Fairfax County Adult Detention
                                                 found to be fraudulently using               vehicle prior to towing, Officer            Center. She was served with the
                                                 another’s identity to obtain funds.          Mangan discovered stolen chain saws         warrants and held on a $2000. bond.
                                                 After cooperative investigation by           in the truck. As a result of this
                                                 Navy Federal and Detective Sylmar            discovery, the 31 year old was also
                                                 the employee, a 23 year old female of        charged with Possession of Stolen        ASSAULT
                                                 Temple Hills, Md. was arrested and           Property for the chain saws. Both        600 Block Hillcrest Drive, S.W.
                                                 charged with Identity Fraud and              men are currently being held without        Aug. 24 11:08 p.m.
                                                 Grand Larceny; both felonies. She            bond.                                    Officer Finelli responded to a report of
                                                 was transported to the Fairfax                                                           an assault. His investigation revealed
                                                 County Adult Detention Center and         200 Block Cedar Lane, S.E. Aug. 24             that a boyfriend and girlfriend were
                                                 held on $2000. bond.                         2 p.m. Officer Mangan observed an           having an argument and some minor
                                                                                              individual that was displaying signs        physical contact had
                                               900 Block Carole Court, S.E.                   of impairment and wandering about        occurred. Both individuals were
                                                  Between July 11 and July 30.                the Cedar Lane Shopping Center. The         counseled and the situation was
                                               The Town of Vienna Police Department           individual, a 47 year old male of           stabilized. The parties were advised
                                                  have arrested a 31 year old male of         Cedar Lane in Vienna was arrested           about the warrant obtainment
                                                  Duncan Trail in Reva, Va., and a 44         and transported to the Fairfax              process.
                                                  year old male of Massies Mountain           County Adult Detention Center. He
                                                  Rd. in Washington, Va., for                 was formally charged with Drunk in
                                                  defrauding an elderly homeowner             Public.                                  DOMESTIC
                                                  out of thousands of dollars. The two     200 Block Cedar Lane, S.E. Aug. 24          1000 Block Cottage St., S.W. Aug.
                                                  men were soliciting in and around           2:10 p.m. Officer Monaco located an        22 12:33 a.m. Officer Ruddy was
                                                  Vienna offering to do tree work. After      individual that was displaying signs       dispatched to investigate a domestic
                                                  beginning the tree work, the men            of impairment and wandering about          disturbance. Her investigation
                                                  then told the homeowner that he             the Cedar Lane Shopping Center. The        revealed that several subjects had
                                                  needed repair work on his house and         individual, a 34 year old male of          shown up at a residence and were
                                                  that it would cost an exorbitant            Cedar Lane in Vienna was arrested          unwanted. Upon asking them to
                                                  amount. Once the homeowner                  and transported to the Fairfax             leave, an argument took place. The
                                                  responded that he couldn’t afford the       County Adult Detention Center. He          situation was successfully resolved by
                                                  price, the men told him they would          was formally charged with Drunk in         Officer Ruddy and both parties were
                                                  do only the “essential” work for a          Public.                                    advised about the warrant
                                                  reduced price; which was still           Vienna General District Court, 127            obtainment process.
                                                  thousands of dollars. The men then          Center Street, South. Aug. 25,           100 Block Ross Drive, S.W. Aug. 26
                                                  collected the reduced amount in the         10:46 a.m. A female subject was            7:50 p.m. A boyfriend and girlfriend
                                                  form of a check and cashed it. Days         appearing in General District Court in     were arguing outside a residence.
                                                  later the men returned to tell the          Vienna on an animal care/ neglect          PFC Shaw was able to successfully
                                                  victim that they had completed the          charge where multiple cats were
                                                  work, when in fact they had not. On         found in her home in need of care.                      See Crime, Page 11

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          Crime                                                                           Your Friendly, Neighborhood Thrift Shop
From Page 10                                     vehicle. The victim’s purse and wallet
                                                 were left inside the vehicle. Several
                                                                                                      YESTERDAY’S ROSE
resolve the situation without incident.
100 Block Center St., South. Aug.
                                                 credit cards were stolen from the
                                                 wallet. As the victim began notifying                          BOOKS WANTED!
   28 2 p.m. At the Vienna Elementary            the credit card companies, she
   open house, a father and daughter             discovered that her credit cards had                                In Good Condition
   were inside a vehicle. The ex-fiancée         already been used fraudulently. This
   of the father came over to the vehicle        case is still being investigated.                 • Text Books • Self Help • History
   and allegedly struck the father. No        Giant Food, 300 Block Maple Ave.,
   probable cause for an arrest was              East. Aug. 28 between 7:30 p.m.                   • Art • Cooking • Fitness • Childrens
   apparent so the parties were advised          and 7:50 p.m. A shopper’s handbag
   of the warrant obtainment and                 was stolen out of her shopping cart                                  Tax Receipt Provided
   protective order processes by Officer         while she turned her back to look at
200 Block Park Terrace Court. Aug.
                                                 food items. The handbag contained
                                                 cash as well as credit cards and other
                                                                                            Clothing •Furniture • Housewares
   28 8:08 p.m. A family dispute was             items. This case is still being          Proceeds Benefit: American Red Cross-Nat’l Capital Ch. • The Arc of Northern Virginia
   successfully resolved by Officer              investigated.                               • National Council of Jewish Women-No. Virginia Section • Service Source Inc.
   Finelli without incident.
1000 Block Echols St., S.E. Aug. 28                                                       9960 Main St. Fairfax, VA • 703-385-9517 •
   11:30 p.m. A husband and wife had a        PETIT LARCENY
   verbal and minor physical                  500 Block Valley Drive, S.E.
   confrontation over loud talking              Between Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and
   during the Obama acceptance speech.          August 25 at 7 a.m. A “Vote for
   No probable cause for arrest existed         Obama” sign was stolen from the
   so the warrant obtainment process            front yard of a residence.
   was explained to the two parties by        200 Block Maple Ave., S.E. August
   PFC Bailey.                                  26 between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30
                                                p.m. A blue mountain bike was stolen
                                                from a bike rack. No other
FRAUD CASE                                      information about the bicycle was
Westwood Country Club, 800                      available.
   Maple Ave., East. Between Aug. 12
   and Aug. 26. An employee reported
   that someone with a Middle Eastern         RECKLESS DRIVING
   accent has been calling and                1100 Block of Maple Avenue, East.
   purporting themselves to be a                Sergeant Elias conducted a traffic
   detective. The caller has personal           stop on Saturday Aug. 3 at 2:20 p.m.
   information on the complainant. It is        for speeding. The vehicle was
   believed that this is a scam whereby         travelling in the 1100 Block of Maple
   the caller tries to get the other person     Avenue, East. The driver, a 26 male
   to send money to avoid going to              of Greensboro Drive in McLean,
   court for a fraudulent warrant. This         Virginia had no driver’s license and
   case is still being investigated.            was charged with Reckless Driving
400 Block West St., N.W. Between                for his speed of 83mph in a 35mph
   Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. A citizen               zone.
   reported that her credit card number
   and identity were used fraudulently
   online to purchase items. This case is     SUSPICIOUS EVENT
   still being investigated.                  100 Block Church St., N.W. Aug. 25
500 Block Malcolm Road, N.W.                      1:33 p.m. A shopkeeper reported that
   Between Aug. 23 and Aug. 25. A                 she believed a customer had stolen
   credit card was stolen during a                stones and scented oils from her
   sleepover. After discovering the card          store. The suspect was not observed
   to be missing several days later, the          actually stealing anything but was
   owner went online and checked her              merely
   account. She found that the card had       acting suspiciously. Officer Ruddy
   been used fraudulently at several              resolved the situation to the
   locations.                                     satisfaction of the complainant.
This case is still being investigated.        100 Block Pleasant St., S.W.
500 Block Maple Ave., West. Aug.                  Between Aug. 26 at 6:40 p.m. and
   27 between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. A                Aug. 27 at 10:13 a.m. A suspicious
   stolen credit card was used                    email was received by a citizen
   fraudulently at the 7-11 store. This           referencing her child. This case is
   case is still being investigated.              being reported because the Fairfax
                                                  County School Board had recently
                                                  notified the complainant that her
GRAND LARCENY                                     son’s personal information had been
Shell Gas Station, 500 Block                      compromised from Marshall Road
  Maple Ave., West. Between Feb. 1                Elementary School. This case is still
  and Aug. 25. Money has been stolen              being investigated.
  from an employee activated drop safe
  over the past 6 months. This case is
  still being investigated.                   TELEPHONE CASE
Whole Foods,100 Block Maple
  Ave., East. Aug. 22 between 10:45
                                              300 Block Courthouse Road, S.W.
                                                Between Jan. 25 and Aug. 25. A
                                                                                             100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  a.m. and 11:15 a.m. A citizen had             citizen reported that a known
  her wallet and its contents stolen            individual has been calling his cell
  while shopping at Whole Foods. The            phone and threatening him for
  wallet was inside a purse and was             several months. The citizen was
  taken while her attention was                 advised of the warrant obtainment
  diverted in the Deli area. This case is       process.

                                                                                                                                               $25             Off
  still being investigated.
Whole Foods, 100 Block Maple
                                                                                          Call our bonded and
  Ave., East. Aug. 25 11:45 a.m. A
  visible purse was stolen from a             900 Block Lynhill Court, N.E. Aug.          insured professionals
  parked vehicle while the owner was            25 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:33 p.m.
                                                                                          today for a FREE estimate                            1st Time Cleaning
  inside Whole Foods. A male subject            Toilet paper was placed on 5                                                                      Expires 9/30/08
  was observed near or in the vehicle           branches of a tree while the
  but fled the area when the
owner returned. This case is still being
                                                homeowner was out shopping.
                                                                                          703-691-7999                                           Not valid with move in/
                                                                                                                                                   move out service

  investigated. Follow up: The purse
  was located by a citizen near the W &       ANIMAL CASE                       
  O.D. Trail. Most of the contents were       300 Block Arcadian Circle, S.W.
  recovered however several items               Aug. 21 5:19 p.m. Officer Myers
  were missing.                                 responded to a citizen’s home for a
300 Block Moorefield Road, S.W.                 deceased opossum. The homeowner
  Between Aug. 26 at 11:30 p.m. and             stated that her dog killed the
  Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m. A citizen                opossum and she was concerned
  reported that she left her garage door        about a rabies infection. The
  open during the night and an                  opossum was collected and
  unknown subject entered her garage            transported to the Fairfax County
                                                                                              Nobody Out cleans The Maids.
  and then entered her unlocked                 Animal Shelter for testing.                                                                                                                                       Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 11
                       News                                         Vienna Schools Welcome First-Graders
                                                                                                                                                                               First day, first
                                                                                                                                                                               grade - so far,
                                                                                                                                                                               so good.
                                                                                                                                                                               Wiseman says
                                                                                                                                                                               he likes li-
                                                                                                                                                                               brary, and
                                                                                                                                                                               Maya Varghese
                                                                                                                                                                               voiced a vote
                                                                                                                                                                               for recess on
                                                                                                                                                                               their first day
                                                                                                                                                                               back at Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                               Trap Elemen-
                                                                          It’s off to school in Fairfax County.                                                                tary School.

                                                                                                                                                                      Wolf Trap Elementary
                                                                                                                                                                      School Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                      Principal Kim Price,
                                                                                                                                                                      Principal Anita Blain,
                                                                                                                                                                      Ulysses Cox, Director
                                                                                                                                                                      - Cluster 2, and Assis-
                                                                                                                                                                      tant Superintendent
                                                                                                                                                                      Phyllis Pajardo -
                                                                                                                                                                      Cluster 2, introduce
                                                                                                                                                                      themselves to Debbie
                                                                                                                                                                      Clinage’s third-grade
                                                                                                                                                                      class on opening day.

Westbriar Elementary School students stand still long-                                                                                                              Photos by
enough at the Cinnamon Creek bus stop for parents to                                                                                                                Donna Manz/
document the anticipation of the first day of school.                                                                                                               The Connection

Grading Policy Reviewed                                                                                                                                          Reacts to
                                                                                                                                                                 SAT Report
From Page 3                            sity of Maryland at College Park,       have, said Roberts.                      are, he said.                               Fairfax County Public Schools
                                       George Mason University, Univer-          “We try and get an understand-            “If the number of A’s given out       (FCPS) recent report showing
  of students with a GPA of that       sity of Virginia and Johns Hopkins      ing of what the grade means in           increases by three times, then the       FCPS high school students have
caliber is closer to 20 or 30 per-     University.                             that school and in that class,” he       value of the A goes down,” said          again surpassed SAT Scores for
                                                                                                                                                                 the state of Virginia and the
cent, they said.                          Of those admissions officers who     added.                                   Latting, who has also worked at          nation is further evidence that
  “Our kids will be reviewed           attended the forum, the reactions                                                the California Institute of Technol-     grading scale policies need to be
against kids from Montgomery           to FAIRGRADE’s proposed changes         IF FAIRFAX changed its grading           ogy and Stanford University.             adjusted for FCPS students -
County. … And our kids are com-        to Fairfax’s grading policies were      policy and started awarding more            Latting added that certain re-        FAIRGRADE announced last
peting with fewer A’s,” said Megan     mixed.                                  A’s, Roberts and the other three         gions of the country, such as Cali-         “How is it possible that FCPS
McLaughlin, a co-founder of               None of the admission officers       admissions officers said it would        fornia, are famous for grade infla-      students are outperforming
FAIRGRADE, parent and Braddock         thought the change from a six-          not result in more Fairfax students      tion. Other areas, like New En-          students not only across the
                                                                                                                                                                 state of Virginia but across the
community member. McLaughlin           point to a 10-point scale would         being accepted to their institu-         gland, are known for having “de-
                                                                                                                                                                 entire United States in the SAT
has also worked for admissions         hurt Fairfax County Public Schools      tions.                                   pressed” grades.                         tests, and yet, FCPS students’
offices at Georgetown and Duke         reputation. But most had doubts            “This is not going to be a silver        He suggested the school system        GPAs don’t show similar,
universities.                          that it would have much of a posi-      bullet. Don’t get too far out ahead      first look at increasing the GPA         higher-than-national achieve-
                                                                                                                                                                 ment?” said FAIRGRADE
                                       tive impact on how Fairfax County       as to how much this would change         “weights” awarded for honors and         President and co-founder
FAIRFAX COUNTY Public                  students would be viewed by col-        things,” said Andrew Flagel, the         AP/IB classes, so that those stu-        Megan McLauglin.
Schools agreed to review the im-       lege admissions officers.               dean of admissions at Mason.             dents injecting more “rigor” into           “FCPS’ SAT report just further
pact of its grading policy in re-         “I couldn’t care less if [an A          Flagel added that, even if the        their coursework are rewarded.           bolsters FAIRGRADE’s conten-
                                                                                                                                                                 tion that current grading
sponse to the agitation of             means] 94 to 100 or 90 to 100,”         grading polices changed, it is not          But all admissions officers ac-       policies deny FCPS students the
FAIRGRADE and other county resi-       said Greg Roberts, the University       clear that student grades would          knowledged that Fairfax’s grading        fair grades they deserve. It’s
dents.                                 of Virginia’s senior associate dean     alter that drastically. Teachers have    policy probably drives down the          time to change these grading
  Pat Murphy, an assistant super-      of admission. Roberts has also          a lot of discretion when it comes        amount of scholarship money stu-         policies to ensure that they
                                                                                                                                                                 work for our students rather
intendent with the school system,      worked in admissions at Emory or        to grades and could continue to          dents receive. Few national schol-       than against them,” said
said he expects to issue a report      Georgetown universities.                give the same marks regardless of        arship programs — such as those          McLaughlin.
on Fairfax County’s grading poli-         Virginia reviews its undergradu-     the policy change, he said.              offered by large business organi-
cies to Superintendent Jack Dale       ate applications holistically and          Hopkins undergraduate admis-          zations — “reconfigure” student
by late fall. The school system also   the admissions officer has a pro-       sions dean, John Latting, said           GPAs to account for a tougher          ment on the scholarship side,” said
held a “Grading Policy Round           file of the school district and indi-   moving toward awarding more A’s          grading scale or “weighting” sys-      Flagel.
Table” — which more than 200           vidual school the student attends.      could actually hurt higher achiev-       tem the way a college admissions         A few FAIRGRADE members also
residents attended in the middle       They try to put the students’           ing students. When more students         office would. Many simply have a       point out that Fairfax County’s
of a workday — Aug. 25. The            grades in context and not just          receive A’s, it is harder for colleges   GPA cut off that Fairfax students      grading policies could put students
round table featured college ad-       judge by how high their GPA may         and universities to discern whom         might be less likely to meet.          at a disadvantage with colleges and
mission officers from the Univer-      be or how many A’s they might           the very high achieving students            “There is more substantial argu-    universities outside of the region.
12 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                                                          
From Page 7                                                 long-term care facility. Interviews of applicants will
                                                            be held this summer in preparation for the next
   Festival is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8 at              annual training, scheduled for Sept. 15, 16, and 26,
the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE.             9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. The Northern Virginia
. Funds raised are used for the annual Scholarship          Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a public
Program and other community projects. To rent a             service, funded in part by the Fairfax County Area
space, call N. Volpe 703-938-7716 or email                  Agency on Aging. For information and an applica- for information or an application.           tion,      call    703-324-5422          or     visit
   Volunteer ombudsman advocates are
needed for local nursing homes and assisted-living            Chinese Conversation Group meets for
facilities. They make weekly visits, meeting one-on-        practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m.,
one with residents and work with the residents,             Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton
their families and the staff of the facility, to ensure     Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-
that the residents’ rights are being protected. Ap-         225-7697.
plicants must be available to volunteer four hours
per week, primarily during regular business hours.
Volunteer ombudsmen must not be employed by a                                   See Community, Page 21

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Author Gary Ecelbarger will sign
  his new book The Great Comeback:
  How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds
  to Win the 1860 Republican
  Nomination, at 7 p.m. at Barnes &
  Noble’s Tyson’sCorner Center store,
  1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean.

An Evening with Bill Kirchen and
  Too Much Fun. Rock/country/
  rockabilly. 8 p.m. $20. Jammin Java,
  227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-
  255-1566 or visit

 Jody Marshall Ensemble. Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           701 West Broad Street (Route 7)
   dulcimer teacher performs with folk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Falls Church, VA 22046
   group. 5-7 p.m. at Palladium Civic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Telephone: 703-237-6500
   Green, 1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean.
   Call 703-288-9505.
Gardening with Butterflies. 10 a.m.
   Tour the Butterfly Garden with
                                             Vienna resident and author Bill Farrell will read his new children’s book, Walter’s Pond,
   horticulturist Laurie Short as she        at the Patrick Henry Library on Monday, Sept. 8. Farrell will also do a presentation on                                                Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun will appear on Friday,
   describes its function and the reasons    Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Vienna Unitarian Church called ‘Turning Your Life into a Story’,                                             Sept. 5 at Jammin Java, with their blend of rock,                               Radney Foster, playing a mix of country and blues,
   these plants are grown here.                                                                                                                                                     country and rockabilly.
   Participants will receive tips to
                                             for adults who want to write their life stories.                                                                                                                                                                       will be at Jammin Java on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
   increase the butterfly population
   visiting their properties. Reservations
                                               child, $2 per adult. Reservations          Quilt and Fiber Arts Show and                   and Colonel John Singleton Mosby.            occasional catfish. $20 per boat;           Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Ave., E., Vienna.      from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry                                      Family-Owned Serving
                                               required. Cub Run Rec Center, 4630           Sale. Quilting demonstrations and             Meetings are open to the public.             maximum three people per boat.              Call 703-255-6360 or visit        St., S.E., and return around 8 p.m. Friday. The
   recommended; free. Meadowlark               Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. 703-8127-       lectures; new and antique quilts, fiber       Women with an ancestor who fought            Prepaid reservations required.            September 12 is the registration deadline for         cost per person for Town of Vienna residents is                           Falls Church Families for Over 30 years.
   Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark
   Gardens Court, Vienna. Call 703-255-
                                             American Cancer Society’s Bowl
                                                                                            arts, linens, antique sewing tools,
                                                                                            books and fabric. Door prize. $9
                                                                                                                                          for the Confederacy or who gave
                                                                                                                                          material aid are eligible for
                                                                                                                                                                                       Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                       St., Great Falls. 703-759-9018.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   an overnight trip to the casinos in Atlantic City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thursday, Oct. 9 and Friday, Oct. 10, sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $179 single occupancy, $130 double occupancy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and $121 triple occupancy. Cost per per person is
   3631.                                       with a Goal. Registration at 5:30            adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. Sully        membership in the United Daughters                                                       by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department.      $198 single occupancy, $151 double occupancy,                               eye exam, contact lenses by independent Dr. Peter Ellis
Grammy Winners Cathy Fink &                    p.m.; event 6-8 p.m. BowlAmeriica,           Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way,       of the Confederacy. Call Nancy                                                           A charter bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. Thursday     and $140 triple occupancy. Call at 703-255-6360.
   Marcy Marxer launch a Family                140 South Maple Ave., Falls Church.          Chantilly. 703-437-1794.                      Wigginton at 703-408-8019.                THURSDAY/SEPT. 11
   Jamboree concert series at Jammin’          Proceeds will benefit the American                                                      Mothers First is a nonprofit                 The Town of Vienna’s seventh
   Java. 5-7 p.m. The all-ages event           Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery                                                          organization dedicated to supporting         annual “A Day to Remember”
   includes a short concert with the duo       program, providing transportation for      MONDAY/SEPT. 8                                  women who have chosen to alter their         community commemoration of the
   plus kids and families who are making       cancer patients to and from                ”Walter’s Pond” book signing. 4                 careers to raise their children at           2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. will
   their own music, followed by a 45-          chemotherapy and radiation                    p.m. Author Bill Farrell will read and       home. Activities include parent and          be held at 10 a.m. on the grounds of
   minute jam session. Tickets are $10.        treatments . $40, includes bowling,           discuss his new children’s book              child morning meetings and field             the historic Freeman House, 131
   Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E.             shoe rental, dinner, and soft drinks.         “Walter’s Pond”, the adventure of            trips, mothers’ nights out, and              Church St., N.E, Vienna. The public is
   Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit          Full lane reservations are available for      three brothers who get in trouble            educational lectures. Meetings are at        invited to remember those who lost                          $240 per lane and each lane                   when they decide to go fishing in the        10:15 a.m. at the Patrick Henry              their lives and to show support for
The Great Falls Lions Club will be             accommodates up to 6 people.                  wrong pond. Long-time Vienna                 Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna.          those engaged in the ongoing fight
   holding their annual all-you-can-eat        Contact Marty Sullivan at                     resident Farrell draws on the outdoor        Call 703-827-5922 or                         against terrorism. “A Day to
   crab feast at the Great Falls                  exploits of his childhood as one of 11                        Remember” is sponsored by Vienna’s
   Firehouse, from 1-5 p.m. In addition        or 301-231-0009 ext. 227. For more            children to create this entertaining      Radney Foster. Country/blues. 8 p.m.            American Legion Post 180 in
   to unlimited crabs, hot dogs, corn on       information about Road to Recovery,           tale about the importance of making          $15. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E.,         cooperation with the Town of Vienna.
   the cob, soft drinks, and iced tea are      visit                         good decisions. Age 5-9. Patrick             Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit           For more information, contact Post
   included in the price. Advance tickets                                                    Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue                              180 at 703-938-9535.                                                                   RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
   are $37 for adults and $20 for                                                            East, Vienna. Free; registration          Christopher Buckley will read and            9/11 Tribute will be held at the Great
   children if mailed to Great Falls Lions   SUNDAY /SEPT. 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sushi Buffet Sat. Noon - 3pm
                                                                                             required, call 703-938-0405.                 sign “Supreme Courtship” at                  Falls Tavern Restaurant, 7-9:30 p.m.
   Charities, PO Box 43, Great Falls VA
                                  Difficult Run Jazz Band. 6:30 p.m.                      Jeb Loy Nichols. Soul/country. 8 p.m.           7:30 p.m. at Borders Bailey’s                Great Falls Business and Professional                                                  • Sunday Brunch 9am - 2pm
   22066 and post marked by September
                                    at the Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple
   1. Tickets at the door are $41 for
                                                                                             $15. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E.,         Crossroads. Call 703-998-0404. In            Association will be supporting a 9/11                                                  • Catering & Elegant Banquet
                                    Ave., E., at 6:30 p.m. Free of charge,                   Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit           bestselling author Christopher               Tribute Benefiting the Army’s 173rd
   adults and $22 for children 12 and
                                    sponsored by the Friends of the Town                                     Buckley’s novel, the President of the        Memorial and Homecoming. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hall Available
   under.                           Green. Bring a lawn chair or blanket                  Louis Bayard will read and sign                 United States, ticked off at the Senate      community is invited to join in                                                        • Gourmet Deli
Legal Aspects of Separation and     for seating. Call the Vienna Parks and                   “The Black Tower” at 7:30 p.m.               for rejecting his nominees, decides to       honoring those who have served in
   Divorce. 10 a.m.-1p.m. McLean    Recreation Department at 703-255-                     Where: Borders Bailey’s Crossroads. Call        get even by nominating America’s             the Iraq and Afghanistan War.
   Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill
                                    6360 or visit                          703-998-0404. A tantalizing historical       most popular TV judge to the              My Favorite Highway, We Shot the                      SPORTS & SAKE BAR
   Road, McLean. Jeffrey Sprowls,Early Fall Tour of the Potomac                              mystery about the fate of Louis-             Supreme Court.                               Moon and Mercy Mercedes.
   Esquire or David Levy, Esquire,                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Happy Hour Specials
                                    Valley Native Plant Collection. 2                        Charles, the lost son of Marie            Claude Moore Colonial Farm,                     Rock. 7 p.m. $15. Jammin Java, 227               Mon. - Fri. 4 - 7 pm
   Surovell, Markle, Isaacs & Levy, PLC.
                                    p.m. See this remarkable native plant                    Antoinette and King Louis XVI.               Colonial Ceramics Workshop. 6-               Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-
   $55 registration fee / $45 members. A                                                                                                                                                                                             • Pay-Per-View Events
                                    collection change with the seasons                       Published by William Morrow, to be           8 p.m. An interactive presentation on        1566 or visit             • Wine Bottles 1/2 Price
   practicing attorney explains the rights
                                    and learn about the life histories of                    released August 2008.                        18th century pottery. Learn the           Fall FusionFest. 5:30-8 p.m. Meet tech
   and responsibilities of parties                                                                                                                                                                                                     Monday-Friday. All Day
                                    the plants. Free. Meadowlark                                                                          differences in the glazes, shapes and        executives, leaders and newsmakers.
   involved in separation and divorce.                                                                                                                                                                                               • 15 Flat Screens & 1 Projection in HD
                                    Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark                                                                    sizes of ceramics used in the 1700s.         Beverages, snacks and prizes.
   Learn how the legal process works in
                                    Gardens Court, Vienna. Call 703-255-                  TUESDAY/SEPT. 9                                 Reservations required. $5; $3 for            Registration, Reston Town Center              • Wi-Fi Now Available
   the Virginia courts and how to work
                                    3631.                                                 Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save            Farm members and current                     Pavilion, 11900 Market St., Reston.
   with your lawyer. Support group
                                 Matthew Ryan Vs the Silver State                            the Pentagon on 9/11 book                    volunteers. Workshops intended for           NVTC members $55, non-members
   available. To register visit or call
                                    and Garrison Starr. Rock. 7:30
                                    p.m. $15. Jammin Java, 227 Maple
                                    Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or
                                                                                             signing. 7:30 p.m. Authors Patrick
                                                                                             Creed and Rick Newman discuss their
                                                                                             book Firefight: Inside the Battle to
                                                                                                                                          adults and mature children. All
                                                                                                                                          workshops located in office area of
                                                                                                                                          Farm. For information on programs,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bat Basics. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $2 OFF $2 OFF 20% OFF                                                                     9:00 am—F.U.N. (ages 7-11)
Ultimate MC challenge. Hip hop.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10:00 am—S.N.A.P (ages 12-15)
   9:30 p.m. $15. Jammin Java, 227
                                    visit                                Save the Pentagon on 9/11. Books             events and membership visit                  importance of bats. $5 per child;                  Saturday                    Sunday                 Lunch
                                 From Opera to Broadway!, with
   Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-
                                                                                             will be available for sale and signing. Claude Moore                   children 12 and up Reservations                                                                                                                      Sep 20—Nov 1
   1566 or visit
                                    Alex Ramirez and Michelle                                Fairfax County Government Center,            Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown               required. Cub Run Rec Center, 4630                Sushi Buffet                 Brunch                Mon.-Fri.                              TO REGISTER: call 703-391-3783
                                    Schulman in concert. 4 p.m. Musical                      Board Auditorium, 12000                      Pike, McLean. Call 703-442-7557.             Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. 703-8127-
Toadally Cool Fall Froggin’. 10-11  selections will range from opera to                      Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.                                                       9407.                                              Mention this ad.         Mention this ad.       Mention this ad.
   a.m. Search for frogs and tadpoles,
                                    Broadway: Puccini, Gershwin,                             Free; call 703-324-8428.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Join us for the annual           Kids come and join us for
   and learn about their life cycles.
                                    Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.                     The Laura Ratcliffe Chapter,                 WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 10                                                                                                                                                                 “Walk from Obesity”              the annual “Fun & Fit” walk
   Suitable for age 3 and up with an                                                                                                                                                FRIDAY/SEPT. 12                                       Restaurant Hours: Mon. – Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm                                Saturday, Sept. 13
                                    Free; donations accepted. One of a                       United Daughters of the                   Needtobreathe with Andy Davis.                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday, Sept. 13
   adult. $3 per child, $2 per adult.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bar Hours: Mon. – Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am                                    8:00 am at
                                    series of concerts celebrating the                       Confederacy, meets at the Dolley            Pop/rock. 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance/        John Eddie. Rock. 9:30 p.m. $15.                                                                                                      Fair Oaks Mall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           8:00 am at
   Reservations required. Cub Run Rec
                                    300th anniversary of the founding of                     Madison Library in McLean. The              $15 at the door. Jammin Java, 227             Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deli Hours: Mon. – Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Register at:                     Fair Oaks Mall
   Center, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd.,   the denomination, the concert will be                    Chapter takes its name from Laura           Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-255-          Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit                       9715 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
   Chantilly. 703-8127-9407.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -        To register call
                                    in the sanctuary of the Oakton Church                    Ratcliffe, an acknowledged spy who          1566 or visit                                               (Next to Harvey David son)                                          (Fairfax) or call 703-391-3783
Turtle Talk. 1-2 p.m. Look for turtles;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    703-391-3783
                                    of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse                        lived in the Frying Pan area of the       Family Fishing by Boat. 6-7:30 p.m.          Bluegrass music by Jimmy and                              Tel: (703) 691-7677 • Fax: (703) 691-7673
   learn how they survive. Suitable for
                                    Rd., Vienna. Call 703 281-4411 or                        county and provided military                Follow the naturalist to hidden fishing       Moondi. 6:30 p.m. Free; bring a                      
   age 3 and up with an adult. $3 per
                                    visit                            intelligence to General J.E.B. Stuart       spots for bass, sunfish and the               lawn chair or blanket for seating. the
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                                                           “EXQUISITE THAI CUISINE”                                      Faith Notes are for announcements and
                                                                                                                       events in the faith community. Send to
                                                            ✭✭✭ Conde Nast Traveler                                    Deadline is Friday.
                                                            “50 Best” Washington Post
                                                            “.. Would be equally hip in Paris, Bangkok or Soho.”         Rummage Sale and Car Wash
                                                                                    The New York Times March, 1998     will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8
                                                                                                                       a.m.-12 p.m. at Epiphany United
                                                                                               Methodist Church, 1014 Country
                                                                                                                       Club Drive N.E., Vienna. Call 703-930-

                                                                                                                          Guest Speaker Bob Sorge at
                                                                                                                       Christian Assembly, 8200 Bell Lane,
                                                                                                                       Vienna, on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                       Sorge served for thirteen years as senior
                                                                                                                       pastor of Zion Fellowship in
                                                                                                                          Canadaigua, N.Y., and now bases his
                                                                                                                       writing and traveling ministry in Kansas
                                                                                                                       City MO. Among his works are, Secrets
                                                                                                                       of the Secret Place, Exploring Worship,
                                                                                                                       The Fire of Delayed Answers and Pain,
                                                                                                                       Perplexity, and Promotion.

                                                                                                                          Vale United Methodist Church
                                                                                                                       Family Festival Hoedown, Sunday,
  With satisfied clients all over Northern Virginia,                                   Photo by Kenneth M. Wyner       Sept. 7. Food, games and prizes from
                                                                                                                       11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and a square dance
  you can count on us to be professional and                                                                           from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Moon bounce, spin
                                                        Open Daily: Mon – Sun • Happy Hour Mon – Fri 5pm – 7pm
  reliable. We’ll walk the dog, feed the cat, water                                                                    art, duck pond, pie throwing and more.
                                                       11964 Market Street (Reston Towncenter) Reston • 703-435-4188   Vale United Methodist Church, 11528,
  the plants, and watch the house all for one low                                                                      Vale Road, Oakton.
  price. I’m proud of my staff and my company!           8142 Watson St. (Tysons) McLean • 703-356-2288
                                                                                                                          Northern Virginia Hebrew Con-
  Call me for more information.                         2340 Wisconsin Ave. (Georgetown)N.W. • 202-337-2340            gregation invites new and prospective
                                                             *Premier Outdoor Garden @ Georgetown Location &           members to its Annual Open House
                                             Lydia                                                                     Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 7,
                                     703-587-4410                          Valet Parking Available                     from 2-4 p.m. in the Social Hall. Enjoy
                                                        FREE Delivery at our Tysons Location $15.00 Minimum            an ice cream sundae, meet and speak
                                                                                  with Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk, Cantor
                                                                              (Limited Area)                           Irena Altshul, Religious School Director
                          ,                    ,                                                                       Moshe Ben-Lev, Preschool Director Fran
                                                                                                                       Gibbs, Temple Administrator Fay Weiss,
                                                                                                                       and other temple leaders. Take a tour of
                                                                                                                       the temple and learn about the programs
                                                                                                                       offered. 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston.
                                                                                                                       Call     703-437-7733        or    visit

                                                                                                                          Adult students may register for ESL
                                                                                                                       classes at St. Mark Catholic
                                                                                                                       Church, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna, on
                                                                                                                       Sept. 9, Sept. 11 and Sept. 16. Seven
                                                                                                                       class levels, from beginner to advanced.
                                                                                                                       $15 plus the textbook. Free child care is
                                                                                                                       available, and an optional basic com-
                                                                                                                       puter skills class is offered to
                                                                                                                       intermediate and advanced students.
                                                                                                                       Classes are Tuesday and Thursday eve-
                                                                                                                       nings. Call 703-424-1046 or
                                                                                                                       703-216-4488            or        email

                                                                                                                          St. John’s Episcopal Church
                                                                                                                       Homecoming Celebration, on Sun-
                                                                                                                       day, Sept. 7 after the 10 a.m. service.
                                                                                                                       Join the fun on the front lawn for food,
                                                                                                                       friends, and the moon bounce. Church
                                                                                                                       School registration will also take place.
                                                                                                                       At the picnic on the lawn, Subway sand-
                                                                                                                       wiches and beverages will be provided.
                                                                                                                       St. John’s Church, 6715 Georgetown
                                                                                                                       Pike, McLean. Call 703-356-4902 or visit

                                                                                                                          Great Falls United Methodist
                                                                                                                       Church Fall Sermon Series is called “40
                                                                                                                       Days of Purpose,” beginning Sept. 7 at 10
                                                                                                                       a.m. and continuing each Sunday. The
                                                                                                                       series will end Oct 26th. The series top-
                                                                                                                       ics include:
                                                                                                                          Don’t Waste Your Life; What On Earth
                                                                                                                       Am I Here for?; Worship-You Were
                                                                                                                       Planned for God’s Pleasure; Fellowship-
                                                                                                                       You Were Formed for God’s Family;
                                                                                                                       Discipleship-You Were Created to Be-
                                                                                                                       come Like Christ; Ministry-You Were
                                                                                                                       Shaped for Serving God; Evangelism-You
                                                                                                                       Were Made for a Mission; What Have
                                                                                                                       We Learned.
                                                                                                                          Sunday School sessions will also be
                                                                                                                       held to discuss the topics of the Series
                                                                                                                       each week. Phone: 703 759 3705. Email:
                                                                                                             ; Web site:
16 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                   
Journey to Success
   Success In The City’s founder        certified show house.
Cynthia de Lorenzi will interview          The event runs from 7:30 to 10
Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin Wil-
son Home on Sept. 10. Wilson will
                                        a.m. and will be held simulta-
                                        neously at the Tysons Corner and                                                                                                     703-631-2222
be visiting from New York City to
be the featured guest at “CEO Chick
                                        D.C. locations of Pillsbury Winthrop
                                        Shaw Pittman LLP Wilson will ap-
                                                            .                                                                                                                        FAIRFAX, VA
Chat” to share her personal journey     pear live at 2300 N Street, NW.
to success. Wilson, a design, home      Washington, D.C., and a video feed                                                                                              WWW.FAIRFAXSUBURBANSEPTIC.COM
and lifestyle expert, has appeared      will be shown at 1650 Tysons Blvd.
on many TV shows and has been           in McLean, 14th floor.                                                                                                           SERVING ALL FAIRFAX WITH
featured in several national publi-        Cost: Success In The City mem-                    Cynthia de Lorenzi, founder
cations. She focuses on eco-friendly    bers $35; non-members $45. Reg-                      of the Success in the City                                                OVER 4O YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
living. Notable projects include the    ister in advance via the Events page                 (right) — pictured with
renovation of the Harlem office of      of or call 202-                 Laura Lee — will interview
President Clinton in 2004 and the       747-1782 x100. Fee includes con-                     Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin
2008 Good Housekeeping LEED-            tinental breakfast.                                  Wilson Home on Sept. 10.

Dancing at
Kennedy Centre
  Liza Mayman, a junior at Lan-
gley High School, will be perform-

                                                                                                                                             Photo by Kevin Dohmen
ing with Tappers with Attitude
(TWA) Youth Ensemble at the 8th
Annual Metro DC Dance Awards
at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace
Theatre on Monday, Sept. 8.
Mayman has been dancing for 10
years and has been performing
with Tappers with Attitude for the
past six years.
                                        Liza Mayman performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center
                                        on May 31.
Journey Across
Seas Discussed
   Veronica Li, a resident of Vienna,
will speak on “Journey across the
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                      A Must See!                                                                  Week in Vienna
            “GREEN” Home Renovation
              with Custom Built Ins                                                        Town Remembers                                               On Aug. 27, the two men were observed by Detec-
                                                                                                                                                     tive Sergeant Wickes as they were driving near Ce-
                   Open House Sat 9/6, Sun 9/7 • 11-4pm
                                                                                           Sept. 11                                                  dar Lane in Vienna. After conducting a traffic stop,
                                                                                                                                                     the individuals were placed under arrest for the war-
         GREEN FEATURES:                                                                     The Town of Vienna’s seventh annual “A Day to
 •Salvaged brick from original home                                                                                                                  rants on the fraud case, which had been secured days
  was reused in the project.                                                               Remember” community commemoration of the 2001             earlier. The subjects were transported to the Fairfax
 •Highest efficiency, Weather Shield                                                       terrorist attacks on the U.S. will be held at 10 a.m.
  energy star windows .                                                                                                                              County Adult Detention Center where they are be-
 •Insulation of interior & exterior walls for                                              Thursday, Sept. 11, on the grounds of the historic        ing held without bond.
  thermal breaking and sound deadening.                                                    Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E.                          Subsequent to an inventory of their vehicle prior
 •Salvaged Poplar & Magnolia trees from
  site were milled for use in the home.
                                                                                             The public is invited to remember those who lost        to towing, Officer Mangan discovered stolen chain
 •Two zone heating and air conditioning                                                    their lives and to show support for those engaged in      saws in the truck. As a result of this discovery, one of
  units are 90% efficient .                                                                the ongoing fight against terrorism.                      the arrested individuals was also charged with pos-
                                                                                             “A Day to Remember” is sponsored by Vienna’s            session of stolen property for the chain saws.
                                                11142 Popes Head Road, Fairfax, VA 22030   American Legion Post 180 in cooperation with the             Anyone with any information relevant to this case
                                                       571-436-2228                        Town of Vienna. For more information, contact Post        may contact Detective Sergeant James Wickes of the
                                                                                           180 at 703-938-9535.                                      Vienna Police Department at 703-255-6394.

                                                                                           Two Arrested for                                          Madison Band
                                                                                           Defrauding Client                                         Plans Tag Day
                                                                                             The Town of Vienna Police Department has arrested          The Madison High School band and color guard
                                                                                           two subjects who are charged with defrauding an eld-      will hold its annual tag day on Saturday, Sept. 13.
                                                                                           erly homeowner out of thousands of dollars. The two       Chaperoned students will go door to door through-
                                                                                           men were soliciting in and around Vienna offering to      out the school community of Vienna and Oakton so-
                                                                                           do tree work. After beginning the tree work, the men      liciting contributions and thanking the community
                                                                                           then told the homeowner that he needed repair work        for its support. Tag day is a fund-raiser that helps
                                                                                           on his house and that it would cost an exorbitant         with equipment, travel, supplemental instruction and
                                                                                           amount, according to police. Once the homeowner           other costs that make the Madison band stand out
                                                                                           responded that he couldn’t afford the price, the men      as the “Pride of Vienna.”
                                                                                           told him they would do only the “essential” work for a       This year’s band leadership includes drum majors
                                                                                           reduced price which was still thousands of dollars. The   Olivia Calzada and Adri Mundy, leading the band in
                                                                                           men then collected the reduced amount in the form of      this season’s marching show entitled “The Grand
                                                                                           a check and cashed it. Days later the men returned to     Canyon.”
                                                                                           tell the victim that they had completed the work, when
                                                                                           in fact they had not, according to police.

                                                                                                                                                                                            There are
                                                                                                                                                                                            kinds of
                                                                                                                                                                                            people in
                                                                                                                                                                                            the world:
                                                                                                                                                                                            those who
                                                                                                                                                                                            those who
                                                                                                                                                                                            and those
                                                                                                                                                                                            who won-
                                                                                                                                                                                            der what
                                                                                                                                                                                             —Ace Harder

18 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                                                                    
Community Supports Heroes
From Page 9                              Pitts was not a part of the brigade’s                     been overwhelming.”
  firefight that left nine members       2003 tour in Iraq. He was still in                           A number of the soldiers attend-
of Pitts’ company dead and 15            high school at the time.                                  ing the Sept. 11 fund-raiser will
wounded. He sustained shrapnel              He said his company of roughly                         be troops wounded in the Battle
injuries in his legs and arm from        150 soldiers was a tightly knit                           of Wanat.
rocket-propelled grenades and            group that he looked forward to                              No specific admission fee will be
hand grenades. In the end, he said,      rejoining at the celebration and                          asked, but a “fill the jump boots”
about 50 American soldiers held          memorial ceremony in Italy.                               campaign will be accepting dona-
off an estimated 200 Taliban at-         “Some of us have done two years                           tions of any size, and there will be
tackers at a small U.S. encamp-          together, come up together, got                           a $10 “50-50 raffle” at the door,
ment.                                    promoted together,” he said.                              in which half of the proceeds go
  It was the deadliest battle in Af-     “We’ve been through some hairy                            to the raffle winner and half to the
ghanistan since 2005.                    situations together. We just fought                       Sky Angels fund.
  Pitts, a 22-year-old from New          for the guy to our left and the guy                          Western Electric Band, of Ari-
Hampshire, said he had previously        to our right, and when it came                            zona, agreed to play at the event
been in 10 or 15 skirmishes dur-         down to it, that’s what we did.”                          free of charge. The McLean post
ing the most recent tour, while                                                                    of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
some other companies in the bri-           PEOPLE HAVE BEEN “very                                  the Annandale American Legion
gade had seen more fighting than         supportive” of him and his fellow                         post and the office of Del. Margi
that. During their stay in the Kunar     soldiers since he came back, Pitts                        Vanderhye (D-34) are partnering
Province of northern Afghanistan,        said. “We all appreciate                                  in the fund-raiser, and Vanderhye
he said, “all the companies were         everybody’s support. That’s made                          will be present, as will members
in quite a few firefights.” Pitts said   a big difference for us,” he said.                        of Rolling Thunder.
the brigade had been working to          “We don’t take it lightly.”                                  Lubore, who used to be an
stabilize the area, helping to bring       “It’s been overwhelming,” said                          owner of the Tavern at Great Falls,
in better roads, schools and other       his mother, Kelly MacCorquodale.                          said he had no problem convinc-
infrastructure and helping to bring      From simple things like being able                        ing the current owner to host the
the region under more govern-            to get toothpaste and laundry de-                         event. He said the response to his
mental control.                          tergent at the Red Cross to having                        calls for assistance and donations
  During the brigade’s first tour in     residents open up their homes for                         had been “phenomenal” and that
Afghanistan, by contrast, Pitts was      pool parties, she said, “the out-                         he was expecting 200 to 300
involved in three major firefights       pouring of support from the com-                          people to turn out for the fund-
but only a handful of skirmishes.        munity, from private citizens, has                        raiser.

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                                             Visit These Houses of Worship
  line is Friday.                                          Join A Club, Make New Friends, or Expand Your Horizons...
  THURSDAY/SEPT. 4                                                                                                                                                                                           Church of the Holy Comforter ... 703-938-6521
  School Board Regular
                                                   FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VIENNA                                                                                                                              Church of the Holy Cross ... 703-698-6991
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 St. Francis Episcopal ... 703-759-2082
    Meeting. 8 p.m. Work
    Session/Forum Immediately                          450 ORCHARD STREET                                                                                                                                                 Jehovah’s Witness
    following. Jackson Middle                               VIENNA, VA                                                                                                                                            Jehovah’s Witnesses ... 703-759-1579
    School, 3020 Gallows Road,                             703-938-8525
    Falls Church.703-204-8100.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lutheran
                                                                                                                                                                               Emmanuel Lutheran Church...703-938-2119
                                                                                                                                                                                       St. Athanasius Lutheran Church... 703-455-4003
  School Board Work Sessions.                  Dr. KENNY SMITH,                                                                                                                                                                Methodist
    11 a.m. Gatehouse
    Administration Center I, 8115                   PASTOR                                                                                                                                                 Andrew Chapel United Methodist ... 703-759-3509
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Church of the Good Shepherd ... 703-281-3987
    Gatehouse Road, Falls Church.                                                                                                                                                                           Dunn Loring United Methodist ... 703-573-5386
    571-423-1000.                                   SUNDAY WORSHIP, 7:45 AM & 11:00 AM                                                                                                                       Ephiphany United Methodist ... 703-938-3494
  Northern Virginia                                  MIDWEEK SERVICES, WED. 7:00 PM                                                                                                                          Great Falls United Methodist... 703-759-3705
    Community College Board                                                                                                                                                                                   Oakton United Methodist ... 703-938-1233
    meeting. 4-6 p.m. in Room                                                                                                                                             Buddhist                              Vale United Methodist ... 703-620-2594
    144 at the Loudoun Campus,                                                                                                                           Vajrayogini Buddhist Center... 202-331-2122           Wesley United Methodist ... 703-938-8700
    1000 Harry Flood Byrd                                                       ONE GOD MINISTRY                                                                                                            Smith Chapel United Methodist ... 571-434-9680
    Highway in Sterling. The                                             A Global Church
    agenda is available at http://                                                                                                                               Church of the Brethern                                 Non-Denominational                 A None-Denominational Multi-racial Bible-based Christian Church Dedicated                                  Oakton Church of the Brethern ... 703-281-4411        Christian Assembly Church ... 703-698-9777
  Business & Professional                        to the Spiritual Empowerment and Enrichment of the Human Race
    Women (BPW) of Greater                                             ~ Join Us For Worship ~                                                                            Catholic                                           Presbyterian
    Fairfax kick off new season of                                                                                                                           Light Mission Church ... 703-757-0877        Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church ... 703-560-6336
                                                          At 4280 Chain Bridge Road • Fairfax, VA 22030                                                   Our Lady of Good Counsel ... 703-938-2828
    monthly dinner meetings at                                                                                                                                                                                Korean Central Presbyterian ... 703-698-5577
                                                           Sundays 10:00 am–10:45 am Sunday School                                                      St. Athanasius Catholic Church ... 703-759-4555          Vienna Presbyterian ... 703-938-9050
    6:30 p.m., at la Madeline
    Bakery & Café in Tysons                               Sundays 11:00 am–12:30 pm Worship Service                                                       St. Mark’s Catholic Church ... 703-281-9100
    Corner, with Kristina Bouweiri,                      Wednesdays 7:00 pm–8:30 pm Worship Service                                                                                                                             Quaker
    president and CEO of Reston              Phone: 703-591-6161                                     Fax: 703-591-6262                                                                                             Langley Hills Friends...703-442-8394
    Limousine. RSVP to SANDY                                   Email:                                                           Christian Assembly ... 703-698-9777                       Seventh-Day Adventist
    Amato at                                                 Visit Our Website:                                                                                                    Northern Virginia Christian Fellowship ... 703-242-9001                                                                                                                                                                             Vienna Seventh Day Adventists ... 703-938-8383
    405-2631 by Sep 5.                                                                                                                                               Church of Christ
                                                            Assembly of God                               Peace Baptist Church ... 703-560-8462            Berea Church of Christ ... 703-893-7040                     Unitarian Universalist
                                                Vienna Assembly of God ... 703-938-7736              Bethel Primitive Baptist Church ... 703-757-8134                                                           Congregation of Fairfax ... 703-281-4230
  WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 10                           Washington Christian Church...703-938-7720              Cartersville Baptist Church ... 703-255-7075                 Disciples of Christ
                                                  Cristo Es Mi Refugio...703-938-7727                                                                     Antioch Christian Church ... 703-938-6753                               Unity
  Great Falls Friends Sept.                                                                            Fellowship Baptist Church ... 703-385-8516
                                                                  Baha’i                                                                                                                                            Unity of Fairfax ... 703-281-1767
    meeting, at 8 a.m. at the                                                                             First Baptist Church ... 703-938-8525
    Great Falls Library. Light               Baha’i Faith for Northern Virginia ... 703-821-3345       The Light Mission Church ... 703-757-0877
    breakfast and speaker Doug
    Cobb. Call Candace Bouvee at
                                                  Global Mission Church ... 703-757-0877
                                                                                                         Vienna Baptist Church ... 703-281-4400          To Highlight Your Faith Community
                                                                                                       New Union Baptist Church... 703-281-2556
    703-759-0375.                                                                                                                                           call Karen at: (703) 917-6468                                                                                                                                                             Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 19
                      The County Line

Locals Relish Convention Roles
                By Marilyn Campbell                                                                                                                                                  found the convention particularly impor-
                    For The Connection                                                                                                                                               tant.
                                                                                                                                                                                       “I was led into politics while I was a
                 argo Horner of Arlington                                                                                                                                            teacher at T.C. Williams High School,” said

M                was inspired into a politi-
                 cal career by her grand
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rigby, who taught at the school for 30 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     and was on the faculty during the school’s

                                                                                                                                         Photos by Marilyn Campbell/The Connection
                 mother who was active in                                                                                                                                            desegregation process. She is a precinct
politics in Alabama.                                                                                                                                                                 chair in Alexandria and was in charge of
  Horner was involved in the Democratic                                                                                                                                              credentials for the delegation.
club at her high school and as a teenager in                                                                                                                                           “I was overwhelmed by all of the action
the mid-60s, she traveled to Atlantic City,                                                                                                                                          on the floor,” she said.º“I’ve been involved
N.J. as part of a youth caravan for Presi-                                                                                                                                           in many campaigns. My father was a yel-
dent Lyndon Johnson.                                                                                                                                                                 low dog democratic and he told me to be
  Her political activism reached new heights                                                                                                                                         one, so I’ve always been a Democrat.”
last week at the Democratic National Con-
vention in Denver. Horner, who is the 8th                                                                                                                                            “THIS IS A ONCE-in-a-lifetime event and
Congressional District Chair of Virginia and                                                                                                                                         I’m glad I’m here to be part of it,” said Euille.
a member of the steering Committee of the                                                                                                                                            “I wouldn’t have missed it. Even if I weren’t
Virginia Democratic Party, made the trip for                                                                                                                                         a delegate, I would have found a way to be
the four-day convention, Aug. 25-28 as part                                                                                                                                          here in Denver .”
of the 101-member Virginia                                                                                                                                                              Horner who has attended conventions in
delegation that included                                                                                                                                                             the past as part of the Virginia delegation
members of Congress, state     “Each                          Many local delegates were among the 84,000 people packed                                                               said that one of the key differences in this
lawmakers, city council                                       into a Denver stadium to hear Barack Obama’s acceptance                                                                year’s convention and those of years past
members, and others.
                               convention                     speech at the Democratic Convention, Aug. 28.                                                                          was the group’s proximity to the podium.

                               event is like a           people who endured
                                                                                                                                                                                               “Now we’re a battleground state,”
                                                                                                                                                                                            she said. We haven’t been on the floor
EVENT is like a great chap-
ter in a book about all of the
                               great chapter             sweltering heat and
                                                         stood in long security
                                                                                                                                                                                            and close up in a long time. In the
                                                                                                                                                                                            past, we’ve been in rafters or what
great things that we’ve        in a book.”               lines for a chance to                                                                                                              you call the bloody-nose section.”
done,” said Horner. “You just
                                      — Margo Horner witness Obama’s his-                                                                                                                      Each morning during the conven-
keep going every night and                               toric     acceptance                                                                                                               tion, the Virginia delegation held a
it is constantly building on                             speech at Denver’s                                                                                                                 breakfast at the delegation’s hotel, the
something and has absolutely been phe- Invesco Field.                                                                                                                                       Crown Plaza Denver Hotel. Each
nomenal.”                                    The bleachers were packed with                                                                                                                 night there were social receptions.
   For many, the most emotional moment supporters waving American flags                                                                                                                     During the day, it was a mix of cau-
was the convention’s historic finale, when and lighting up the stadium with of Horner                Rigby              Euille                                                              cus events, meetings and party poli-
on the 45th anniversary of Reverend Martin camera flashes.                                                                                                                                  tics.
Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” Sen.  Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille was “elevated Martin Luther King’s work to its                                                          Outside of the state delegate events, Vir-
Barack Obama accepted the Democratic in the standing room only crowd in the del- highest and praised the fact that while we                                                          ginia leaders were featured throughout the
Party’s nomination for president, becoming egates section of the arena floor when have attained a certain level of success there                                                     week at national events.
the first African-American to become a ma- Obama took the stage.                      is still an awful long way to go.”                                                                The state Democratic Party produced and
jor political party nominee.                 Euille, who was attending his third con-    Hazel Rigby, a delegate from Alexandria                                                     posted video of convention events. The vid-
   Horner was among the more than 84,000 vention, said Obama’s acceptance speech who was attending her first convention,                                                             eos are available on the front page of the
                                                                                                                                                                                     party’s Web site,
           County Notebook
  Candidates Decline Debates                                  Women Voters extended an invitation to both Warner and
                                                              Republican Jim Gilmore within a week of the Republican
                                                                                                                             Democratic opponent Judy Feder. He said one will take
                                                                                                                             place before the Prince William County Committee of
     Voters may have few opportunities to see how candi-      convention last May, which confirmed Gilmore would be          100. Another will be located in Loudoun County.
  dates match up side-by-side before the election Nov. 4.     the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate.                     But Wolf – who represents McLean, Great Falls,
     U.S. Senate candidate Mark Warner (D) and Rep.             “The scheduling matter is ridiculous. He knows he is high    Herndon, Centreville and Chantilly in Fairfax County –
  Frank Wolf (R-10) have turned down invitations to par-      up in the polls and he wants to hide his positions and ride    has turned down the opportunity to participate in a
  ticipate in upcoming televised debates sponsored by the     that wave to the U.S. Senate seat,” said Ana Gamonal, a        Fairfax County debate. The local chapter of the League
  nonpartisan League of Women Voters.                         spokesperson for Gilmore.                                      of Women voters had initially scheduled an appearance
     Eleventh district congressional candidate Keith Fimian     The debates which Warner and Wolf have agreed to might       between Wolf and Feder Sept. 8.
  said he is unaware of any scheduled debate between          not to be available to as wide of an audience as those orga-      “They have sort of backed out. His staff had called
  himself and his opponent, Fairfax County chairman           nized by the League of Women Voters.                           and said they would not be participating,” said Luke
  Gerry Connolly (D).                                           Warner and Gilmore squared off once before a private         McFarland, Feder’s campaign manager.
     Some candidates choose not to participate in a de-       audience at The Homestead resort this summer. The Fairfax         McFarland added the Wolf and Feder – who challenged
  bate if they already have an advantage in the polls, ac-    County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the only other        Wolf in 2006 – had participated in a League of Women
  cording to Olga Hernandez, president of the Virginia        debate before the U.S. Senate election Nov. 4.                 Voters debate two years ago.
  League of Women Voters.                                       Though the chamber’s event is open to the public, it takes      Wolf said that Congress will be in session on Sept. 8,
     “Sometimes, when candidates are ahead, they perceive     place in middle of a workday and people must pay a fee to      and he will have to be on Capitol Hill.
  they have more to lose than to gain in a debate. So they    attend, said Hernandez. The chamber has also reported             According to Fimian, he and Connolly have only made
  decide not to participate. But we do not think that is      that the event is sold out.                                    one joint appearance together. The two candidates
  good for voters,” said Hernandez. “I think the citizens       “We are putting is a request for C-SPAN [to cover the        talked to the residents of Greenspring Village, a Spring-
  of Virginia lose out.”                                      Fairfax Chamber debate],” said Gamonal, who added that         field retirement community, about four months ago, he
     Warner’s campaign has said his busy schedule could       Warner has declined to participate in several other tele-      said.
  not accommodate the League of Women Voters debate           vised appearances with Gilmore.
  before the election. But Hernandez said the League of                                                                       More at
                                                                Wolf has agreed to participate in two debates with his

20 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                                                                                           
          Health                                                                                    Community Notes
  Health notes are for support groups,                                                     From Page 13                              partment hosts smoke-free Bingo
exercise classes, blood drives and similar     At Epiphany United Methodist                                                          every Sunday night in the Flame               The Vienna Host Lions Club
events open to the public at no or mini-     Church, 1014 Country Club Drive, NE,             Vienna Newcomers Club: a social        Room at the fire department, 400 Cen-       meets every second and fourth
mal cost. Send information to                Vienna on Mondays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.            group meets every second Thursday         ter St. S. Doors open at 4 p.m., sales      Tuesday evening at the American Le-             active for life/low impact, call Lynn         of the month at the Marco Polo Italian    begins at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7       gion Post 180 building on Center Street
Deadline is Friday.                          Mosteller at 703-698-8624.                    restaurant. Social gathering at 11:30     p.m. Visit          in Vienna. For additional details and
                                               At Grace Presbyterian Church,               a.m., with a lunch and program at noon.      Historic “Little Library,” located       more information, contact Mike Mead at
   Substance Abuse Recovery Sup-             2381 Cedar Lane, Vienna, on Tuesdays          Call Nancy at 703-938-4835 for reserva-   on the grounds of the Freeman House,        703-938-5235 or
port. For support in dealing with a          and Thursdays, 9:45-11 a.m. call              tions. September through May, the         131 Church St., N.E., will be open the
substance abuse issue, come to the           Lynne Brents at 703-242-8826.                 lunches have guest speakers. At the De-   first Sunday of every month, 1-4 p.m.          Vienna Toastmasters meets at the
Natural Horizons Wellness Center on                                                        cember holiday lunch, there will be       Members of Historic Vienna, Inc., will      Vienna Community Center the second
Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6-7 p.m. for an          At Emmanuel Lutheran Church,                seasonal music. The club also has a       provide a history of the building and its   and fourth Wednesday of each
overview on the holistic substance abuse     2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, on            monthly book exchange, bowling league     role as Vienna’s first library. Built in    month at 7.30 p.m. Toastmasters can
program and how it can provide support       Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:15-                 and other activities. Call Mary Ann at    1897, by 1969 it was the oldest continu-    help participants overcome fears of pub-
on road to recovery. Limited space; call     10:30 a.m. active for life/low impact,        703-620-4432.                             ously used library building in Fairfax      lic speaking. For more information, call
703-246-9355 to reserve. 10640 Main          call Lynn Mosteller at 703-698-8624.                                                    County. For more information, call 703-     Nicola at 703-268-5001.
St., Suite 300, Fairfax.                                                                     The Vienna Volunteer Fire De-           938-1791.
                                                Support meetings for parents of
   Northern Virginia Epilepsy                children with AD/HD are held every
Group, a support group for teens and         first Wednesday of the month at 7:15
adults meets every Wednesday 7-8             p.m. at the offices of Annette Spector,
p.m. at Falls Church High School, En-        6845 Elm St., Ste. 710, McLean. E-mail
trance 1, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail,, call 703-
Falls Church. Free. Sponsored by the         641-5451 or visit
Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, for ad-     Free.
ditional information, call Dana at
703-425-6660.                                  The Alzheimer’s Association of
                                             the National Capital Area is starting a
   Balance and Beyond. Persons               new caregiver support group that will
with Parkinson’s Disease who can walk        meet on the second Monday of each
unassisted are invited to join a balance     month at 1 p.m. at The Sylvestery, 1728
class that meets weekly on Wednes-           Kirby Road in McLean. The Sylvestery is
days at 1:15 p.m., at the Vienna             Vinson Hall Retirement Community’s
Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E.        new assisted living residence for the
The classes are sanctioned by the            care of people with memory impair-
Parkinson Foundation for the National        ments. Barbara Adams, M.S.W., will be
Capital Area (PFNCA) and are led by a        the support group leader.
certified instructor of the American Se-
nior Fitness Association. Call Cheryl          Multiple sclerosis support
Bartholomew at 703-281-1560. To reg-         group. For anyone with multiple scle-
ister, call 703-255-6360 and specify the     rosis and/or their friends and family. 7
“Balance and Beyond” class.                  p.m. on the second Wednesday of
                                             every month at Vienna Presbyterian
   The Parkinson’s Foundation of-            Church, 124 Park St., N.E. Sponsored by
fers weekly support groups (previously       the National Capital Chapter of the MS
located at the Providence Recreation         Society. Call 703-768-4841.
Center) for patients and caregivers.
They meet every Tuesday at 10 and               CTS Partners in Health offers free
11 a.m., at the Lewinsville Senior Cen-      classes on Friday evenings from 6:30-
ter, 1609 Great Falls St., McLean. Call      7:30pm at 443 Carlisle Drive in
703-891-0821 if interested in joining or     Herndon.º Call 703-568-9224 for more
for more information.                        information:

  Vienna Weight Watchers. Meet-                 Northern Virginia Stuttering
ings at the Vienna Community Center,         Support Group, a support group for
120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna are every       people who stutter meets the third
Tuesday from noon-1:15 p.m. Cost is          Tuesday of the month at the Unitarian
$150 for 12 weekly luncheon sessions,        Universalist Congregation of Fairfax,
payable in advance. To register call 703-    2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, at 7:30
255-6350.                                    p.m. Call 703-319-8382 or e-mail
   Vienna Community Center has
open gym for ages 17 and under,                Parkinson’s                Disease
3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and            Caregivers/Carepartners Support
Friday. Call ahead to check on availabil-    Group meets third Tuesday of the
ity.                                         month, 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Li-
                                             brary, lower level meeting room, 1244
   Heart and Sole. Persons with              Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson
Parkinson’s Disease are invited to join      Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes
an exercise class that meets weekly on       caregivers and family members. Call
Fridays and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.,          Angela Robb, 703-277-9666.
at the Vienna Community Center, 120
Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. Care partners         The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac
and family members are welcome to            Blood Services Region of the American
come and assist the PD patient. For ses-     Red Cross is seeking volunteers to
sion dates, fees and information, call       assist its blood collections staff at blood
Cheryl Bartholomew at 703-281-1560.          drives and blood donor centers. This
To register, call 703-255-6360 and           position is offered to people who are 14
specify the “Heart and Sole” class.          years of age or older. Training is pro-
                                             vided. To register for training, call the
   Body and Soul fitness classes             American Red Cross Volunteer Office at
recently began. Contact instructor for       1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail
more information on individual classes;
visit for more
classes. New students receive 15 percent        Great Falls Parkinson’s Disease
discount. At McLean Bible Church, 8925       Support Group meets on the fourth
Leesburg Pike, McLean, on Mondays            Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at
and Fridays, 9:45-11:15 a.m., free           St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220
childcare, call Mary Ward at 703-754-        Georgetown Pike. The Parkinson Foun-
3722.                                        dation welcomes PD patients and family
                                             members. They are dedicated to mutual
   At McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020       self-help and the enhancement of cop-
Balls Hill Road, McLean on Tuesdays          ing skills for those with Parkinson’s
and Thursdays, 12:30-1:15 p.m.,              Disease. There is no fee. Call Glenn
strength training only, call Dana Elsnick    Lawrence at 703-406-2732.
at 703-847-9814.                                                                                                                                   Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 21

Edging to Success
Players Edge in                                  McMahon, director of technology, creates
                                                 recruiting videos, emphasizing the player’s
Tysons Corner                                    strengths to help college coaches and scouts
                                                 discover potential in a perspective player.
provides baseball,                                  The use of technology is not limited to
                                                 recruiting videos: Using the Right View Pro
softball and off-season                          system, both baseball and softball players
                                                 are able to compare their pitching mechan-
athletic training.                               ics and hitting techniques to those of pro-
                                                 fessional athletes. “Our technological capa-
                       By Hailey Milon           bilities here are what allows us to operate
                          The Connection         at a high-level, and really use what we know
                                                 to perfect a player’s skills,” said Pippin.
                clean resident Craig Pippin         Derek Anderson, a pitcher for Trinity Col-
                                                 lege (2008 Division III National Champions)

M               played baseball for the Uni
                versity of Florida before go
                ing on to play pro-ball with
the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates,
and Cleveland Indians. Now he puts his ex-
                                                 is currently using PE’s video technology to
                                                 keep his college coach updated on his
                                                 progress while he is on his summer break.
                                                 “Video is the best way for a coach to evalu-
perience and expertise to use as the owner       ate a player because they can break down                                            Contributed
and founder of the Players Edge in Tysons        their mechanics, and see what flaws may         Craig Pippin rubs down Derek
Corner, the hub of baseball, softball, and       be there and how they can be fixed,” said       Anderson’s arm at Players Edge in
off-season athletic training.                    Anderson.                                       Tysons Corner.
  Because of Pippin’s expertise in baseball,
the center specializes in providing baseball       ANDERSON is one of about 40 college
and softball lessons to boys and girls be-       players that work out at PE over the sum-
ginning at the age 7, and through college.       mer. “Typically, the summer is our slowest         More Information
The lead instructor, Brian Crosely, played       season. The players come in to ‘tune-up’              Players Edge Training Center is located
at Coppin State University and coached at        their skills while playing on various teams.       at 8209 Watson Street in McLean. Call 703-
                                                 Things really pick up during the off-season,       288-0057. For more information, visit
Hagerstown CC. “All athletes are assured                                                  
quality training while at Player’s Edge. The     which is fall and winter,” said MaryAnn Pip-
staff really know what they are doing”, said     pin who runs the center together with her
Pippin.                                          husband Hal Pippin.                             director of sport performance. “The focus
                                                   Once the spring and summer seasons            of the program is injury prevention for ama-
  PLAYERS coming to the center at an             come to a close, the center will become busy    teur athletes through strength and condi-
early age are taught the fundamentals and        with people trying to improve their athletic    tioning, and sport specific skill training,”
techniques of the game. Players Edge works       ability. The strength training and condition-   said Craig Pippin.
to cultivate their skills and build on their     ing program at PE includes basketball, foot-       Players Edge’s facility is also used by lo-
natural abilities as athletes. The center even   ball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, baseball and    cal dance teams and karate classes. “We do
helps with the application process for play-     softball players. “We go through a combi-       everything we can to try to make the cen-                                         Contributed
ers looking to continue their baseball ca-       nation of agility workouts, weight lifting,     ter as accessible and as helpful to local ath-      Craig Pippin, owner and
reers at the collegiate level. Jason             and injury prevention,” said Joe Helisek,       letes as possible,” said MaryAnn Pippin.            founder of the Players Edge.

Feder Attracts More                                                                                Contributions by ZIP Code
                                                                                                     The Washington D.C. metropolitan area is traditionally one of the most lucrative regions of the
                                                                                                   country for federal campaign contributions. Here is where the people by ZIP code who are send-

‘Outside Contributors’                                                                             ing their donations. This financial information listed includes contributions made from January
                                                                                                   2007 through June 2008 and is provided by the Center for Responsive Politics,

                                                                                                      In McLean, two ZIP codes are among those that produced the largest campaign contributions
From Page 5                                      opponent in 1980 complained about Frank
                                                                                                   to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees in the country. ZIP code
                                                 Wolf’s money coming from outside the dis-         22101, with approximately $5.1 million contributed, brings in the 14th largest amount of cam-
  Larger donors, such as local business in-      trict,” said McFarland.                           paign contributions in the country. ZIP code 22102, with approximately $3.7 million contributed,
terests, often back the incumbent because                                                          is ranked 27th in the country.
they are more likely to get elected again.         REGARDLESS of the fund-raising num-                ZIP code 22043 has donated $458,600, approximately 12 times what an average ZIP code gives.
Challengers typically have to rely on other      bers put up by either candidate, Loudoun          22101 Top Contribution Recipients:
networks to be able to compete, they said.       County Republican Committee chairman              Republican National Committee                                             $415,264
  In the case of Feder, she appears to have      Glen Caroline said he is confident Wolf will      Barack Obama (D) – Presidential candidate                                 $401,754
relied heavily on her colleagues in higher       win the election.                                 Hillary Clinton (D) – Presidential candidate                              $390,620
                                                                                                   John McCain (R) – Presidential candidate                                  $385,704
education.                                         Both Feder and Wolf faced primary op-           Mark Warner (D) – U.S. Senate candidate                                   $204,954
  The democrat is the former dean of the         ponents June 10 and almost twice as many          National Republican Senatorial Committee                                  $162,690
Georgetown University Public Policy Insti-       people turned out to vote for Wolf — who          Rudolph Giuliani (R) – Presidential candidate                             $119,050
                                                                                                   Frank Wolf (R) – U.S. Congress candidate                                  $101,950
tute and has received several donations          earned 16,726 votes — as Feder and her            Mitt Romney (R) – U.S. Senate candidate                                   $97,950
from people connected to Georgetown, The         Democratic opponent Mike Turner com-              Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee                                  $89,150
George Washington, Columbia and Harvard          bined, said Caroline. Wolf also beat Feder        22102 Top Contribution Recipients:
universities, according to the Center for        by approximately 16 percentage points in          Hillary Clinton (D) – Presidential candidate                              $296,735
                                                                                                   John McCain (R) – Presidential candidate‘                                 $282,562
Responsive Politics.                             the 2006 general election, according to the       Barack Obama (D) – Presidential candidate                                 $229,736
  McFarland also said that when Wolf first       Virginia State Board of Elections.                Republican National Committee                                             $191,625
took on a incumbent for the seat in 1980,          “At the end of the day, dollar bills don’t      Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee                               $143,584
he raised most of his money from outside                                                           Mitt Romney (R) – Presidential candidate                                  $97,900
                                                 vote. Loudoun Republicans vote and they           Freddie Mac                                                               $88,827
Virginia.                                        are going to vote for Frank Wolf,” said           PricewaterhouseCoopers                                                    $82,700
  “I have the Washington Post articles. His      Caroline.
22 ❖ Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Craig Sterbutzel/The Connection
Marshall, with its week one win under its belt, will look to improve to 2-0 when it plays at Fairfax High this Friday night.

Marshall Football Wins Season Opener
Backup QB                                         turn for a touchdown
                                                  from senior Jamie Cleer    “We have a lot of guys                      A lot of that learning
                                                                                                                       took place during
                                                                                                                                                  present, Stalcup is also a starting safety for
                                                                                                                                                  Marshall on defense.
Stalcup fills in nicely                           and a rushing score
                                                  from senior run ning
                                                                             who didn’t start last                     training camp and
                                                                                                                       those less experienced
                                                                                                                                                     “He looked great,” said Biddison, of
                                                                                                                                                  Stalcup’s showing at quarterback against
for injured Sweet.                                back Christian Ovando.
                                                  As a result, the States-
                                                                             year. All of a sudden,                    varsity members will
                                                                                                                       continue to learn over
                                                                                                                                                  Hayfield. “He did a real nice job. He was
                                                                                                                                                  going to be one of our top receivers. He was
                        By Rich Sanders           men held a 14-0 lead at    they’re not JV guys                       the course of the sea-     a JV quarterback last year.”
                           The Connection         the half.                                                            son.                          Cleer provided perhaps the biggest high-
                                                     In the second half,     anymore. They have a                        Biddison said 40         light of the game for Marshall with his 51
            hroughout the Marshall High           John Peterman booted                                                 players (varsity and JV    yard punt return for a score.
                                                                             lot to learn.”
T           football training camp, States-
            men head coach J.T. Biddison
            was impressed by what he saw
from his players. They worked hard, back-
ups from a year ago were focusing on play-
                                                  a field goal and junior
                                                  quarterback Justin
                                                  Stalcup, who is also the
                                                                                                                       combined) came out
                                                                                   Marshall coach J.T. Biddison for the team last year.
                                                                                                                       That number improved
                                                  starting safety on defense, ran for a score. to 57 this season. Last year’s successful sea-
                                                     “It was really about our offensive line,” son certainly has given the program a boost.
                                                                                                                                                     “He probably ran 100 yards [on the re-
                                                                                                                                                  turn],” said Biddison, joking about Cleer’s
                                                                                                                                                  route to the end zone. “He went from the
                                                                                                                                                  right side to the left side. He ran around
                                                                                                                                                  and juked a couple of guys. He’s got great
ing more important roles this season and          said Biddison, pleased with the holes his                                                       stop and go speed.”
the overall attitude was at a good level.         line opened against the Hawks to power the       MARSHALL defeated Hayfield without                A year ago, Cleer broke his hand in
  “We had a real good camp,” said Biddison,       running game.                                 its first string quarterback, senior third-year   Marshall’s game against Langley. As a re-
who led Marshall to an 8-4 overall record            On the night, the Statesmen rushed the starter Harold Sweet, who broke his hand              sult, he played in only three games all sea-
last year and to a trip to the Div. 5 playoffs.   ball 54 times, eating up lots of clock and during a scrimmage game versus Battlefield           son. This season, Cleer, a versatile player,
  And the Marshall team carried all of that       keeping the Hayfield offense off the field.   High a few weeks ago. The 6-foot-4 inch           is healthy again and will help Marshall at
positive momentum from training camp                 “Hayfield has loads of talent and their Sweet could be out for a while, according            running back, receiver and at cornerback
into its season opening game last Friday          quarterback is dangerous,” said Biddison.     to the coach.                                     on defense.
night when the Statesmen defeated visit-             Marshall has numerous players starting        “He’s a great kid, fast, has a good arm           The key to Marshall’s success this season,
ing non-district opponent Hayfield, 23-12.        this season who were backups on last year’s and he’s coachable,” said Biddison, of his          Biddison said, will be how well its offen-
  Marshall, in the win, rushed the football       winning squad, and several who played JV injured signal caller. “He’s definitely the            sive and defensive lines fare.
for over 250 yards. Leading the ground at-        in 2007.                                      leader of the team.”                                 “We’ll rely heavily on our lines this year,”
tack was junior running back Victor                  “We have a lot of guys who didn’t start       Stalcup filled in nicely at the position for   he said.
Vanegas, who rushed for 130 yards on 25           last year,” said the coach.                   the Statesmen against Hayfield, conducting           Marshall will travel to Fairfax High to take
carries.                                             “All of a sudden, they’re not JV guys any- the offense and running for a score. Along        on the Rebels this Friday night. Quick Re-
  In the first half, Marshall got a punt re-      more. They have a lot to learn.”              with being the team’s quarterback for the         ply                                                                                                               Vienna Connection ❖ September 3-9, 2008 ❖ 23

Leib’s Warhawks are Young, Optimistic
Following week
one loss to Oakton,
Madison preparing
for Yorktown.
                       By Rich Sanders
                          The Connection

             he James Madison High football

T            team might not be quite as ex-
             perienced as last year’s squad
             which finished 9-3 overall and
reached the Northern Region Div. 5
quarterfinals, but the Warhawks are excited
about this fall’s chances of reaching the
postseason once again under veteran coach
Gordon Leib.
  Madison opened the current season with
a tough 21-14 home loss to cross-town ri-
val Oakton last week, but the Warhawks will
be looking to get into the win column when
they travel to Yorktown this Friday night in
  “I think our challenge right now is to over-
come our inexperience,” said Leib.
  The coach said the focus during training
camp in August was particularly on teach-
ing positional fundamentals because of the
fact that several players were taking on new
positions. He was pleased with what he saw
                                                                                                                                                  Photos by Craig Sterbutzel/The Connection
from his team’s offense during pre-season        The Oakton Cougars will look to improve to 2-0 when they host the tough Annandale Atoms this Friday night.
games. Defensive progress was a little
slower.                                          backer position.
                                                   “He’s a speed guy and one of the fastest
   MADISON has just three returning start-       guys on the team, and he’s hitting pretty
ers on its offensive unit and two on defense.    good,” said Leib. “He should [also] be a
   “Offensively, we’ve been moving the ball      big threat receiving the ball [on offense].”
good,” said Leib, prior to the team’s season
opener against the Cougars. “More than             LEIB SAID his team was excited about
anything the kids are learning positioning,      opening the season against neighborhood
mainly their positioning on defense.”            rival Oakton. While the two teams are in
    Will Clarkson, a senior, is back as the      different districts, with the Warhawks in the
team’s starting quarterback.                     Liberty and Oakton in the Concorde, the
   “He throws an excellent football, he’s a      schools have a long tradition of playing one
leader and his biggest strength is accuracy      another in most sports.
[throwing] the ball,” said Leib. “Expecta-         “It’s a friendly rivalry and respectful,” said
tions are greater for him [as a second year      Leib, of the football meetings between the
starter].”                                       two schools. “We’re so close to each other
   Running backs Sacha Vandalov, a senior        [geographically], everyone knows one an-
fullback, and junior Mike Vasic will lead a      other. There is no animosity. They have a
ground game which is improving by the            good coaching staff.”
week.                                              Coach Leib said this year’s Madison team
   “I think our running game has been com-       might not hit the ground running as much
ing around pretty good,” said Leib.              as last year’s team, but he expects the
   Other key players will include senior out-    Warhawks to be a Div. 5 playoff team by
side linebacker Taylor Mead, junior defen-       the end of the regular season.
sive end/offensive tackle Chris Barbeau,           “I think we’re going to develop a little
and senior two-way lineman (tackle) Chris-       slower than last year,” he said. “We should
tian Underkoffler, Madison’s lone returning      be in the playoffs. We know what [Liberty
All-Liberty District selection from a year       District and state champion] Stone Bridge
ago.                                             is about, and we know Langley and                  Madison has just five returning players from last
   One of the keys to Madison’s defensive        Woodson have improved.”                            year’s team that went 9-3.
success, the coach said, will be the team’s        While Madison will play Yorktown this
play at linebacker. Along with Mead, seniors     Friday, Oakton will be at home against             Kynes, who threw for 153 yards and two        Bruce Hanson, is playing a team which de-
Kody Klugh and Chris Doumas will be look-        Annandale.                                         touchdowns while rushing for 70 yards and     feated non-Northern Region opponent Wil-
ing to have stellar seasons running down           The Atoms, under coach Dick Adams, are           a score in the Atoms’ win over the High-      son High (D.C.), 27-6, in a week one game.
ball carriers and helping out in pass pro-       coming off a convincing 49-19 week one             landers last Thursday night.                  The Patriots are led by senior running back
tection.                                         win over McLean. The Cougars will need               Meanwhile, Madison, In facing Yorktown,     Kyle Toulouse, who ran for 94 yards with a
   Mead brings exceptional speed to the line-    to slow down Annandale quarterback Cason           a perennial Div. 5 playoff team under coach   touchdown in his team’s win.
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    2024 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington, Virginia                       4904 N. 16th Street, Arlington, Virginia
        In execution of a Deed of Trust from Elizabeth Trinh,
dated August 24, 2006, and recorded September 14, 2006, in
                                                                              In execution of a Deed of Trust from Ronald J. Sneijder
                                                                       and Edwin H. Aguilera, dated February 23, 2007, and recorded
                                                                                                                                                                                                101 Computers                •Services
Deed Book 4021 at page 1539 among the Land Records of Ar-
lington County, Virginia, the undersigned substitute trustee will
                                                                       March 6, 2007, in Deed Book 4075 at page 782 among the
                                                                       Land Records of Arlington County, Virginia, the undersigned                                                                                           •Entertainment
offer for sale at public auction at the front entrance of the Court    substitute trustee will offer for sale at public auction at the front                                                    PERSONAL
House for Arlington County, at 1425 N. Courthouse Road, Ar-
lington, Virginia, on
                                                                       entrance of the Judicial Center for Arlington County, at 1425 N.
                                                                       Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia, on
                                                                                                                                                                                                COMPUTER                     •Announcements
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 1:30 a.m.                             Friday, September 12, 2008 At 1:55 p.m.                                                                               for Individuals &
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Small Businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •Real Estate
the following property being the property contained in said the following property being the property contained in said
Deed of Trust, described as follows:                        Deed of Trust, described as follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Advice on Equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Set Up and Configuration
                                                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Installation
Lot 12, Ed Peete Company's 18 West Subdivision as the same
appears duly dedicated, platted and recorded in Deed Book
                                                                       Lot 12, Block 3, Forest Park Addition to Waycroft, as the same
                                                                       appears duly dedicated, platted and recorded in Deed Book
                                                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Troubleshooting
                                                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Tutorials and Instruction
3751 at page 57, as corrected in Deed Book 3754 at page                379 at page 452, among the Land Records of Arlington Coun-
1271, among the Land Records of Arlington County, Virginia.            ty, Virginia.                                                                                                          ✓ General Help
Commonly known as 2024 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington, Commonly known as 4904 N. 16th Street, Arlington, Virginia
Virginia 22213.                                           22205.                                                                                                                              703-535-3254
         TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of $12,000.00 or ten per-
cent (10%) of the sale price, whichever amount is less, in the
form of cash or its equivalent will be required of the purchaser
                                                                                TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of $100,000.00 or ten
                                                                       percent (10%) of the sale price, whichever amount is less, in
                                                                       the form of cash or its equivalent will be required of the pur-
at the time and place of sale; the balance of the purchase mon-
ey being due and payable within fifteen (15) days after sale,
                                                                       chaser at the time and place of sale; the balance of the pur-
                                                                       chase money being due and payable within fifteen (15) days                                                                                            •Pets
time expressly being of the essence, with interest at the rate of      after sale, time expressly being of the essence, with interest at
6.75 percent per annum from date of sale to date of
settlement. Provided, however, that if the holder of the se-
                                                                       the rate of 4.875 percent per annum from date of sale to date
                                                                       of settlement. Provided, however, that if the holder of the se-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •Yard Sales
cured promissory note is the successful bidder at the sale, no
cash deposit shall be required, and part of or the entire indebt-
                                                                       cured promissory note is the successful bidder at the sale, no
                                                                       cash deposit shall be required, and part of or the entire indebt-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Give me                     •Crafts
edness, including interest and costs, secured by the Deed of           edness, including interest and costs, secured by the Deed of
                                                                                                                                                                                              where to stand,
Trust, may be set off against the purchase price.

        Any defaulting purchaser shall forfeit the deposit and
                                                                       Trust, may be set off against the purchase price.

                                                                       Any defaulting purchaser shall forfeit the deposit and
                                                                                                                                                                                              and I will move                •Hobbies
stand the risk and cost of resale.                             stand the risk and cost of resale.                                                                                               the earth.                   •And More!
        Sale shall be made subject to all existing easements
and restrictive covenants as the same may lawfully affect the
                                                                               Sale shall be made subject to all existing easements
                                                                       and restrictive covenants as the same may lawfully affect the
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real estate. Sale is further subject to mechanic's and/or materi-
alman's liens of record and not of record. The property will be
sold subject to all conditions, covenants, restrictions, rights of
redemption of federal lienholders or encumbrances, and agree-
                                                                       real estate. Sale is further subject to mechanic's and/or materi-
                                                                       alman's liens of record and not of record. The property will be
                                                                       sold subject to all conditions, covenants, restrictions, rights of
                                                                       redemption of federal lienholders or encumbrances, and agree-
                                                                                                                                               21 Announcements 21 Announcements 21 Announcements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For All
ments of record affecting the same, if any.

        In the event the undersigned trustee is unable to con-
                                                                       ments of record affecting the same, if any.

                                                                         In the event the undersigned trustee is unable to con-
vey to the purchaser good title, then purchaser's sole and ex- vey to the purchaser good title, then purchaser's sole and ex-
clusive remedy shall be in the refund of the deposit paid at the clusive remedy shall be in the refund of the deposit paid at the
time of sale.                                                    time of sale.
        This sale is being made subject to two superior trusts.                 The subject property and all improvements thereon will
                                                                       be sold in "as is" condition without warranty of any kind. Pur-
  The subject property and all improvements thereon will be            chaser shall be responsible for any and all building and/or zon-
sold in "as is" condition without warranty of any kind. Purchas-       ing code violations whether of record or not of record, as well
er shall be responsible for any and all building and/or zoning
code violations whether of record or not of record, as well as
for all unpaid and enforceable homeowners' or condominium
                                                                       as for all unpaid and enforceable homeowners' or condomini-
                                                                       um owners' association dues and assessments, if any. Pur-
                                                                       chaser also shall be responsible for obtaining possession of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It Works.
owners' association dues and assessments, if any. Purchaser
also shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the prop-
erty at his/her expense. Purchaser shall assume the risk of
                                                                       the property at his/her expense. Purchaser shall assume the
                                                                       risk of loss and shall be responsible for any damage, vandal-
                                                                       ism, theft, destruction, or the like, of or to the property occur-
loss and shall be responsible for any damage, vandalism, theft,
destruction, or the like, of or to the property occurring after the
time of sale. Conveyance will be by special warranty deed.
                                                                       ring after the time of sale. Conveyance will be by special war-
                                                                       ranty deed. Conveyancing, recording, transfer taxes, notary
                                                                       fees, examination of title, state stamps, and all other costs of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             After Week.
Conveyancing, recording, transfer taxes, notary fees, examina-         conveyance are to be at the expense of purchaser. State and
tion of title, state stamps, and all other costs of conveyance are     local taxes, public charges, and special or regular assess-
to be at the expense of purchaser. State and local taxes, pub-
lic charges, and special or regular assessments, if any, shall
                                                                       ments, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and there-
                                                                       after shall be assumed by the purchaser.
be adjusted to the date of sale and thereafter shall be assumed
by the purchaser.                                                                The undersigned trustee unconditionally reserves the
                                                                       right: (i) to waive the deposit requirement; (ii) to approve or dis-
                                                                                                                                               21 Announcements 21 Announcements 21 Announcements
          The undersigned trustee unconditionally reserves the         approve the creditworthiness of any bidder and/or purchaser;
right: (i) to waive the deposit requirement; (ii) to approve or dis-   (iii) to withdraw the property from sale at any time prior to ter-
approve the creditworthiness of any bidder and/or purchaser;
(iii) to withdraw the property from sale at any time prior to ter-
mination of the bidding; (iv) to extend the time for bidding; (v)
                                                                       mination of the bidding; (iv) to extend the time for bidding; (v)
                                                                       to reject any or all bids; (vi) to postpone or set over the date or
                                                                       time of sale; and (vii) to extend the period of time for settlement
to reject any or all bids; (vi) to postpone or set over the date or
time of sale; and (vii) to extend the period of time for settlement

                                                                             Additional terms and conditions of sale may be an-
                                                                       nounced at the time of sale.
      Additional terms and conditions of sale may be an-
nounced at the time of sale.                                                        DAVID N. PRENSKY
            DAVID N. PRENSKY

                        Substitute Trustee                             FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                                                                   Substitute Trustee
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:                                               David N. Prensky
David N. Prensky                                                       Chasen & Chasen
Chasen & Chasen                                                        Suite 500
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. #500                                       5225 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015                                                 Washington, D.C. 20015                                                                                                                                  to your community
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