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                                    Vol. CCXXVI, No. 17                Serving Alexandria for over 200 years • A Connection Newspaper                                           April 29, 2010

                                                                                            Last-Minute Changes
                                                                                            City Council members suggest additions and deletes in
                                                                                            final round of budget negotiations.
                                                                  Earth Day                         By Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                              Gazette Packet

                                                                                                        axpayers can expect a


                                                                                                                                                                                                             Courtesy of the City of Alexandria
                                                                                                        higher tax bill and a
                                                                                                        new tax to pay for
                                                                                            ment. Once again, commercial-
                                                                                            property owners have dodged a
                                                                                            bullet on the possibility they might
                                                                                            have to pay a higher tax rate than
                                                                                            residential property taxpayers.
                                                                                            Drivers can expect higher fees for
                                                                                            parking. And homeowners are
                                                                                            about to get the option of using
 Photos by Louise Krafft/Gazette

                                                                                            larger recycling bins. These are
                                                                                            some of the issues where members
                                                                                            of the Alexandria City Council         Fixing stormwater problems such as this one are likely
                                                                                            have come to an agreement.             to be funded by a dedicated part of the tax rate rather
                                                                                              But it ain’t over yet.               than a user fee that would be based on the amount of
                                                                                              Many key issues remain unre-         impervious surface on a particular property.
                                                                                            solved, including what is perhaps
                                                                                            the most important action the City     entered the final frenzied days of      of items to add or delete from City
                                                                                            Council will take all year — set-      negotiation. The horse-trading cul-     Manager Jim Hartmann’s pro-
                                                                                            ting a tax rate. With this year’s      minated in a four-hour session          posed budget. It ended with a
                                                                                            budget season only days from           Monday night, when council mem-
                                                                                            completion, council members have       bers arrived at City Hall with a list      See Last-Minute, Page 34
                                   Montie Kust ceremoniously plants a Bald Cypress
                                   tree on the hillside at Ben Brenman Park during the
                                                                                                                                                           Police Department cracks
                                   city’s Earth Day activities last Saturday. Kust is the
                                   recipient of the second annual Ellen Pickering Envi-
                                   ronmental Excellence Award. She was selected by the
                                                                                            Arlandria Daze                                                 down on individuals who
                                   City of Alexandria’s Environmental Policy Commis-
                                   sion and the Alexandria Sanitation Authority.
                                                                                                    By Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                              Gazette Packet
                                                                                                                                                           are drunk in public.
                                                                                                     he streets of Arlandria are   of crime, and so the crackdown          Arlandria’s leading Hispanic advo-

                                                                                            T        known for many things —
                                                                                                     a rich and vibrant His-
                                                                                            panic community, restaurants spe-
                                                                                                                                   was intended to prevent crime by
                                                                                                                                   taking the drunks off the street.
                                                                                                                                   Meanwhile, budget cuts have re-
                                                                                                                                                                           cacy group. “It’s telling because it
                                                                                                                                                                           shows how the city responds dif-
                                                                                                                                                                           ferentially to problems that affect
                                                                                            cializing in Central American cui-     duced the substance-abuse treat-        different parts of the community,
                                                                                            sine and the annual summertime         ment options and expanded               and I would argue that they might
                                                                                            Chirilagua festival. But this neigh-   waitlists, prompting an expansion       have found a different alternative
                                                                                            borhood near the Arlington bor-        of last-resort services at the jail.    if higher concentrations of arrests
                                                                                            der has a dark side. According to        “This speaks to a broader trend       were made in other parts of the
                                                                                            the Alexandria Police Department,      that tends to criminalize people of     city.”
                                                                                            it’s become the central focus of an    color,” said Lucero Beebe-Giudice
                                                                                            ongoing effort to crack down on        of Tenants and Workers United,                See Cracking, Page 22
                                                                                            people charged with being drunk
                                                                                            in public.
                                                                                               In the first three months of           Alexandria, VA 22314
                                                                                                                                           T 1604 King St.,
                                                                                            2010, police officials conducted
                                   Jane Yeingst of the Buddy Ford Nature Center
                                                                                                                                   Address Service Requested
                                                                                            what they call a “suppression de-
                                   brought a few of the nature center residents to the
                                                                                            tail” in Arlandria, cracking down      Time-sensitive
                                   Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 24. Here Yeingst                                            Postmaster:
                                                                                            on public intoxication and increas-
                                   is showing a young female American snapping turtle
                                                                                            ing arrests for drunk in public 300
                                   to a group of children. When fully grown, the turtle
                                                                                            percent. Police say Arlandria resi-
                                                                                                                                      Permit #482
                                                                                                                                     Alexandria, VA
                                   will weigh-in at 75 pounds. The Buddy Ford Nature
                                                                                            dents who are drunk in public are
                                                                                                                                       U.S. Postage
                                   Center, is located at 5750 Sanger Avenue.
                                                                                            more likely to become the victims
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          Council Notebook
  Bypassing Old Town
    Runners who participate in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half
  Marathon Race will take the path of least resistance. According
  to a unanimous vote of the Alexandria City Council, that means
  bypassing a proposed route through the streets of Old Town. In-
  stead, council members approved a plan Tuesday night that will
  route runners coming south from Fairfax County directly from
  Washington Street to the bridge and into Maryland.
    Race organizer Endurance Enterprises president Steve
  Nearman hoped to persuade the elected leaders to route 4,000
  runners through several south Old Town streets before hopping
  on the bridge and heading toward National Harbor. But he hit
  the wall Tuesday night at City Hall. Although Councilwoman Ali-
  cia Hughes trotted out a motion to approve the Old Town route,
  none of her colleagues were willing to follow her lead.
    “I don’t really see the benefit to the city,” said Councilman
  Paul Smedberg. “It’s not starting here, and it’s not ending
    Smedberg said he was particularly disappointed that the race
  organizer failed to reach out to individual council members in an
  effort to explain the request. And City Manager Jim Hartmann
  said he was concerned that high-end grocer Balducci’s might lose
  business. As the finish line approached, it was clear that council
  members were more concerned about inconveniencing Old Town
  drivers than offering a route for thousands of runners.                 Welcome
    “We want to participate,” said Councilwoman Del Pepper. “But          The parking lot behind
  we need to do it in a way that’s the least intrusive.”                  the Tenants Workers
                                                                          United on Mount Vernon
  Rejecting Advice                                                        Avenue overflowed with
                                                                          residents waiting for the
     Few advisory bodies have the clout of the Budget and Fiscal          arrival of Gaby, Luis,
  Affairs Advisory Committee — a body that’s probably better known        Felipe and Carlos and the
  by its meaty acronym BFAAC (pronounced BEEF-ack). But that              delegation of the “Trail
  doesn’t mean that elected leaders who appoint its members al-           of Dreams” on Monday
  ways take their advice.                                                 evening, April 26.
     Take this year, for example. The advisory body suggested that
  council members support an “add-on tax” that would create a
  commercial tax rate three cents higher than the residential tax
  rate. In their annual report, committee members explained they           Photos by Louise Krafft/
  felt this would fund needed transportation projects and reduce                            Gazette          Gaby, Luis, Felipe and Carlos — undocumented students
  the burden on residential taxpayers. But council members are                                               — introduce themselves to the crowd and describe
  certain to ignore that advice, according to the council’s prelimi-                                         their trip walking from Florida and their hopes for
  nary add/delete session Monday night.                                                                      immigration reform.
     Then there’s the matter of paying for stormwater projects. Mem-
  bers of the advisory committee supported a plan that would raise
  money through a user-fee approach designed to reflect the rela-
                                                                                                                           Railroad construction project
                                                                        Whistle Stop
  tive proportion of impervious surface area located on the prop-
  erty. But City Council members indicated this week that they are
  more likely to dedicate a portion of the tax rate for this purpose.                                                      prompts train whistle.
  Yet again, score one against BFAAC.
     “Well,” shrugged vice chairman Jim Butler. “Them’s the                    By Michael Lee Pope           tracks. That means a whole lot of     Day.”
  breaks.”                                                                               Gazette Packet      whistling is going on in Alexan-         The expanded capacity is
                                                                                                             dria.                                 needed to facilitate more frequent
  Back to the Future                                                             lexandria has become a         “The neighborhood is really up-    and reliable service for Amtrak
    Just when you thought it was safe to celebrate Confederate
  History Month, Alexandria officials are plotting their strategy for
  commemorating the Civil War. Or is that the War Between the
                                                                        A        whistle stop town — in
                                                                                 more ways than one.
                                                                        Trains have been a regular feature
                                                                                                             set about it,” said Mindy Lyle,
                                                                                                             president of the Cameron Civic
                                                                                                             Association. “During the day it’s
                                                                                                                                                   and Virginia Railway Express. Rail-
                                                                                                                                                   road workers are working to re-
                                                                                                                                                   place an existing one-track bridge
                                                                        of city life here since before the   fine, but people who live near the    built in 1904 with a new double-
  States? Perhaps it’s the War of Northern Aggression.
                                                                        Civil War. But lately they’ve been   train tracks are losing sleep over    track bridge constructed with two
    Yes, the South is rising again.
                                                                        making a ruckus. All over Alexan-    this.”                                million pounds of steel and 12,000
    But at the old Union artillery fort along Braddock Road, an-
                                                                        dria, the sound of train whistles       The project is part of a larger    bolts. The new bridge is being as-
  other story is just beginning to be unearthed. The gravesites of
                                                                        has been heard at all hours of the   effort to construct a third “main-    sembled on the construction site
  long-forgotten African-Americans, long desecrated by a mainte-
                                                                        night and day.                       line” railroad track between          adjacent to the existing bridge,
  nance yard where city vehicles parked, have now been cleared.
                                                                          The reason for the noise is        Fredericksburg and Washington,        and it will be rolled into place
  Archeological investigation has identified at least 38 potential
                                                                        simple — construction.               D.C. The Alexandria railroad          when assembly is complete.
  burials, and more could be discovered as the project moves for-
                                                                          For months, CSX workers have       bridge replacement is the link be-       “The whistling doesn’t bother
  ward. By the time, the sesquesentiallial begins next year, Fort
                                                                        been constructing a new bridge       tween seven miles of new “main-       me so much,” said Dak Hardwik,
  Ward could have a counter-narrative for the story of Johnny
                                                                        over the Norfolk Southern line       line” beginning at the Franconia-     who lives near the construction
  Reb and Billy Yank. Meanwhile, Office of Historic Alexandria
                                                                        near Cameron Run Regional Park.      Springfield VRE station in Fairfax    site. “What keeps me up at night
  director Lance Mallamo has cordoned potential gravesites with
                                                                        The construction project involved    County and continuing to              is all the noise coming from Nor-
  old fence posts from his former home in New York.
                                                                        workers on site, which means that    Alexandria’s Union Station.           folk      Southern’s        ethanol
    “It’s a completely green solution,” he told City Council mem-
                                                                        people are around when the trains       “They’re about a month behind      transloading operation.”
  bers Tuesday night. “And it didn’t cost the city a penny.”
                                                                        barrel though the area. According    schedule because of the snow-            The whistling will stop soon. But
                                                                        to federal regulation, engineers     storm,” said city spokesman Tony      the ethanol operation — and all
                                          — Michael Lee Pope
                                                                        are required to blow the whistle     Castrilli. “The goal is to have the   the related noise — is expected to
                                                                        when they see people near the        new bridge in place by Memorial       continue indefinitely.                                                                                              Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 3

                                                                                   Bagpiper Marsha Bell leads off the 2008 Walkathon. She will be at the
                                                                                   head of the line again this year.

  Achievement Recognized
  The Alexandria Detention Center hosted a GED graduation cer-
                                                                                   Walkathon This Sunday
  emony on April 22.
                                             Photos by LaShawn Avery/The Gazette
                                                                                   Fundraiser benefits                           Blankenship, director of ALIVE! CDC, the
                                                                                                                                 Center’s mission is to provide high-qual-
                                                                                   ALIVE! Child                                  ity, affordable early education and care to
                                                                                                                                 the children of Alexandria’s working fami-
                                                                                   Development Center.                           lies.
                                                                                                                                    “Our program has just three classrooms
                                                                                                                                 and a maximum enrollment of 38 children,”
                                                                                               By Sandy Levitz Lunner            Blankenship said. “Because of our small
                                                                                                             Gazette Packet      size, staff, children, parents, and volunteers
                                                                                                                                 get to know each other and appreciate each
                                                                                          t’s time for Alexandrians to put on    other’s gifts.”

                                                                                   I      their walking shoes for the 29th an-
                                                                                          nual Step ALIVE! Walkathon this Sun-
                                                                                          day, May 2. ALIVE! (ALexandrians
                                                                                   InVolved Ecumenically), is a nonprofit or-
                                                                                   ganization of volunteers from more than 40
                                                                                                                                    Walkers will gather at the First Christian
                                                                                                                                 Church, 2723 King Street, at 1:30 p.m. for
                                                                                                                                 the 5-mile walk through Old Town. The
                                                                                                                                 event includes entertainment on the Mar-
                                                                                                                                 ket Square Plaza during the walk and a pic-
                                                                                   religious congregations and the community     nic immediately following the walk back at
                                                                                   working together to help those in need in     First Christian Church.
                                                                                   Alexandria.                                      Registration fees are $10 for adults, $5
                                                                                       Step ALIVE! Walkathon benefits the        for seniors and youth and no fee for chil-
                                                                                   ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC)         dren under 12. Walkers are encouraged to
                                                                                   which was recently awarded a four-star        raise additional funds through pledges of
  Guest speaker Police Chief Earl                                                  rating from Virginia’s new early childhood    support from friends, family and associates.
  Cook talks to the inmates before                                                 education rating program — the highest        For more information call 703-837-9321, or
  the GED certificates are pre-            Melvin Parks receives his GED           rating awarded to date. According to Pam      visit the website at
  sented.                                  certificate.

  Krista Sofonia, adult education coordinator, stands with the in-
  mates before the GED ceremony begins at the Alexandria Detention                 New Mode Grass, a bluegrass band that played in the rain at Market
  Center on Thursday, April 22.                                                    Square during last year’s Walkathon, will be featured again at this year’s
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                                                                                                                   LIGHTING & SUPPLY
                                                                                                                     ... is making some

                                                              Photos by Sandy Levitz Lunner/Gazette Packet         Starting WEDNESDAY APRIL 7th,
The cast of “Chicago” performs “All That Jazz.” Senior Madeline Bryan as Velma Kelly
(center).                                                                                                          we are Open Every Wednesday!
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presents musical “Chicago”                              Department students.                                               703-548-2320
                                                          “They are young, talented, and eager to learn and      
this weekend and next.                                  grow as actors and actresses that can also sing and
                                                        dance. They are what we call a ‘Triple Threat’ in the
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                      By Sandy Levitz Lunner            tors to bigger and better things in future T.C. Will-
                                    Gazette Packet      iams Productions,” Jones said.
                                                          The cast includes: Seniors Madeline Bryan as Velma
         ix-time Tony Award-winning Broadway mu-        Kelly and Kyle Travers, Student Director; Juniors

S        sical, “Chicago” is a tale of fame, fortune,
         and “all that jazz.” And Alexandrians have
         an opportunity to hear the show-stopping
songs and see amazing dancing in their own back-
yard when the musical opens this Friday at T.C. Wil-
                                                        Zachary Frank as Billy Flynn, Dafna Bliss, Student
                                                        Stage Manager; Sophomores Kirby Porterfield as
                                                        Roxie Hart, Brielle Welch as Matron Mama Morton,
                                                        and Samuel Jones as Amos.
                                                          “Chicago” opens this Friday, April 30 with shows
liams High School.                                      on Saturday, May 1, Friday, May 7, and Saturday,
   Executive Director for “Chicago” and T.C. Williams   May 8 which is the performance that will be judged
drama teacher Leslie A. Jones says she is excited       for The Cappies, a high school critics and awards
about directing her second dance musical at T.C.        program involving more than 50 schools in the Vir-
Williams. Her dance musical directing debut was         ginia, Maryland and D.C. areas.
“Little Shop of Horrors.”                                 All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults
   “The students have been great to work with and I     and $6 for ACPS employees, students, and senior
know they are enjoying themselves,” said Jones. She     citizens.

T.C. Williams students perform “He Had It Coming” from the musical, “Chicago.”                                                                                          Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 7

Surviving Against All Odds
Metro crash victim tells her story.                                               was OK, she replied yes but
                                                                                  pointed to the ground and said, ‘I
                                                                                  don’t think she is.’ I moved around
               By Gale Curcio            vilian employee I work with              the debris, and heard someone
                   Gazette Packet        named Marty Griffith,” said              yelling at me that the line was still
                                         Oglesby. “We boarded the Red Line        ‘hot’ [referring to the power rail
              manda Breeding re-         coming out of Silver Springs, Md.,       for the train] and to ‘stay the f***

A             members
              through the air. She
              does not remember

landing. Breeding also doesn’t re-
member the first seven operations
                                         after a site visit of a location where
                                         we are holding a function for our
                                         upcoming PR Conference in Au-
                                         gust. We loaded the Metro in
                                         Takoma and were headed for con-
                                                                                  away from it.’ I assured him that I
                                                                                  was OK and needed to get to the
                                                                                  girl on the ground. He told me to
                                                                                  ‘be careful.’
                                                                                     “Once I got around the debris I
she had following the Metro crash        necting lines at Union Station.          saw a young woman, mid 20’s ly-
on June 22, 2009.                        There were six cars and we en-           ing flat on her back. Obvious
   Living in Maryland at the time,       tered the fifth car at the station,      wounds were evisceration of the
Breeding had originally planned to       initially standing, we both decided      upper portion of her right leg with
visit her parents, Jim and Dorothy       that it would be better to sit. We       minimal bleeding. A large avulsion
Breeding, that day. Her parents          stopped a couple of times and the        wound over her left breast (but no
live in Del Ray and own Breeding         conductor announced that we had          sign of puncture), and her left arm
Construction, Inc.                       to wait for some maintenance             was cut in a spiral from her wrist
   However, her father was recov-        problems but would be moving             to her elbow. She was losing a lot
ering from surgery for kidney            shortly. After a third stop the con-     of blood, possibly arterial from this
stones and her mother suggested          ductor didn’t say anything and as        wound. I talked with her and con-
that she come another day. She           we were slowly starting to move          tinued my assessment while apply-
decided to visit a friend in Virginia,   forward we were plowed from              ing pressure to her arm to keep it
and boarded the Red Line in Mary-        behind by another Metro [car].           pressed against her stomach.
land. The train was unusually               “We were knocked around in our           “Marty returned with two shirts
crowded that day, so instead of          seats along with everyone else and       that he got from other passengers.
boarding one of the middle cars,         after getting to our feet I asked        I used one to loosely bandage her
she headed up to the first train.        Marty if he was OK; he nodded            leg and the other to apply pres-
She chose a seat near the front of       and I said ‘let’s go help.’ We made      sure on the arm. Her name was
the train, but gave it up when an        our way through the connecting           Amanda. She was alert, responsive
older woman and her husband              doors asking and moving people           but complaining of difficulty
boarded. Breeding later claimed          along and directing them to the          breathing. I moved between the
the seat right behind the train con-     front of the train. Upon arriving        victims several times to check on
ductor.                                  to the end of the last car there was     everyone but knew I had to focus
   “I was sitting there. The train       one gentleman dazed and wander-          my attention to the girl Amanda.
came to a complete stop and I re-        ing around. He had blood on him          Upon returning she asked me not
member flying through the air,”          and I asked if he was OK, he said        to leave again. I noticed that she                                                                Courtesy photo
Breeding said. “I went through the       it wasn’t his blood. We all looked       was starting to close her eyes more     This was what was left of the first rail car of the second
Plexiglas and hit the ground.”           up and noticed that blood was            and seemed to be having increas-        train lifted upward.
   The next thing she remembers          dripping through the top of the car.     ing difficulty breathing.”
is lying on the ground next to the       I told the man to get to the front          Breeding said that she wasn’t        to help me try and get Amanda           prepare the site for putting her on
train. “I heard a bunch of people        of the train and get out. I looked       panicking at this point. “When I        bandaged up a bit better. I put a       a backboard and to give room at
screaming and crying. I heard            out the north side of the car doors      tried to move [and couldn’t] —          roll of gauze at the joint of her el-   her head to facilitate putting on
somebody yelling, ‘My mom’s foot         and didn’t see anyone then looked        that’s when I panicked.”                bow in order to help slow the           the neck brace.”
is stuck.’ I knew that the trains had    out the south side, where I noticed         Oglesby tended to Breeding, but      bleeding. I also applied bandages
crashed and I could just smell           several bodies on the ground that        also kept triaging and assessing        to her leg and while doing so de-       “I REMEMBER being put on the
burning around me.”                      were yelling and crying. I tried to      the other people. He remembers          bris was falling on my back from        helicopter and people talking to
   She remembers two men and a           pry open the doors and Marty lo-         Breeding saying, “Don’t leave me.”      the Fire Department trying to get       me, but I don’t remember the he-
girl talking to her as she lay on the    cated and activated the emergency           He estimates that emergency          victims off the roof of the rail car    licopter ride or getting to the hos-
ground. One of those men was             door locks.”                             personnel arrived on the scene          next to us. Someone was yelling         pital,” said Breeding.
Dennis Oglesby, who had been                                                      about 24 minutes after the crash.       for them to stop when a large pipe         With the help of a couple of
riding on the car that was struck        TRAINED AS A MEDIC while in              Oglesby and the injured passen-         fell at some point and hit me and       firefighters and some of the pas-
by the train that Breeding was           Special Ops, Oglesby immediately         gers were in a tight area between       Amanda.                                 sengers, they got Breeding on the
traveling in. He and Marty Griffith      went into action and started             a wire fence and the Metro car. A         “Chris arrived with oxygen and        board and passed through to
were headed back to the Pentagon         triaging and assessing the injured.      firefighter named Chris ap-             a mask which we put on Amanda,          emergency personnel. Oglesby
from a site visit. It was the first         All the while, Griffith was there     proached Oglesby and asked who          who was becoming increasingly           and Griffith continued to assist
time he had ever taken the Red           helping him, as were other passen-       he was.                                 more unresponsive and was going         other passengers. After about two
Line.                                    gers. A young couple was sitting            “I told him my name was Den-         in and out of consciousnesses.          and a half hours, they headed
   As soon as he felt the impact, he     near the fence with some injuries        nis, and he said, ‘No who are you,      Chris was still searching for a neck    through the fence that had been
knew that something had hap-             and he attended to them. He saw          what do you do?’ I told him I was       brace and backboard. I informed         cut to get the victims out, walked
pened. He was seated in the sec-         a girl named Molly and asked if          in the Army, Special Forces, and        him that Amanda was becoming            to the Fort Totten station, jumped
ond train and was jostled around.        she was OK. She said she was PK,         Chris said, ‘You’re doing a good        increasingly more unresponsive          on the subway and headed back
Both he and Griffith immediately         but said that there was another girl     job, stay with her and tell me what     and we needed to move her to an         to work.
headed towards the back of the           who really needed help.                  you need.’ I told him I needed O2,                         .
                                                                                                                          ambulance ASAP I said that we              Being trained as a medic, he had
train, but the door had jammed.             “I looked up to see a young           bandages, neck brace and a              needed to get her a neck brace and      no trepidations about boarding the
They directed people to the front        woman across from some more              backboard. He handed me a pack          get her on a backboard. While we        Metro. “As a paratrooper, we
of the train where they were able        debris that had come from the            and said, ‘There are gloves in the      were waiting for the other medi-        learned that if you have a prob-
to activate an emergency switch.         train. She had blood and dirt all        top if you need them.’ While Chris      cal gear I asked a few people to        lem with your parachute, you grab
                                         over her face; she was staring at        was locating the other medical          help me move some of the debris
“I WAS TRAVELLING with a ci-             me. I stood up and asked her if she      gear I asked one of the passengers      from around Amanda in order to                  See Surviving, Page 9
8 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                                   
Surviving                                [Breeding] would make it through
                                         the night. We felt that we had to
                                         take a shot.”
                                                                              been traveling on it that day.
                                                                                Baker said that they needed to
                                                                              come with him right away; the
                                                                                                                    and we told her not to come. We
                                                                                                                    had no idea that she was on the
                                                                                                                                                         ing pumped in and her wounds
                                                                                                                                                         were still untreated.
                                                                                                                                                           “She was so swollen; you
                                           They drove over to Del Ray         doctors were concerned that              “My heart sank when the detec-    couldn’t tell it was her,” said Dor-
From Page 8                              where Dorothy and Jim Breeding       Amanda wouldn’t make it. Dor-         tive came to the door and started    othy Breeding. “She looked like
                                         live with Amanda’s sister and        othy Breeding and her other           asking questions — ‘Are you Dor-     the ‘Michelin Man.’ She had some
   another one, and head back up         brother. Dorothy Breeding remem-     daughter rode with Baker, while       othy? Is your daughter Amanda?       injuries to her head and a gash at
in the air for another jump.             bers getting a knock on their door   Amanda’s father followed in the       Are you aware of the [Metro] ac-     the back of her head. My husband
   “I wasn’t sure where we were,”        at 3 a.m. Baker asked if they were   car.                                  cident?” said Dorothy Breeding.      and I were in disbelief.”
said Oglesby, who had never been         Amanda’s parents and if they knew      “Amanda was supposed to come                                               When they got to the hospital,
to that part of the city. “We were       about the Metro crash. They had      to the house that day to get some     WHEN THEY ARRIVED at                 the nurse explained what was go-
covered with blood [from the vic-        heard about the crash, but had no    of her things,” said Dorothy Breed-   Amanda’s hospital bed, they saw      ing on. They learned that Amanda
tims] and as we were walking,            reason to be concerned; they         ing, “But her father was recover-     that her body was incredibly swol-
everybody kept asking us if we           didn’t realize that Amanda had       ing from surgery for kidney stones    len from the liquids that were be-          See Surviving, Page 16
were OK.”
   In the meantime, Breeding was
flown to Washington Hospital Cen-
ter. She doesn’t remember being
in the helicopter or arriving at the
hospital. Her first memory after
being moved from the crash scene
was the next day when she woke
up to see her parents and younger
sister next to her hospital bed.
   Because Breeding’s backpack
was separated from her, it took the
investigators almost 12 hours to
determine her identify and notify
her family. At first, they thought
that her name was Lucy, but then
realized that was the other girl
who was traveling in the same car.

DETECTIVE Brian Baker arrived
on the scene at 5:20 p.m. He is
with the Criminal Investigation
Division of the Metro Transit Po-
lice Department.
   “My job was to find out how
many people were seriously in-
jured,” said Baker, who was told
that there were at least five to six
people who were seriously injured.
He also heard from a girl named
Molly about the girl named
Amanda who was really badly hurt
— she was ejected from the train
and had cuts and bruises all over
and was covered with dirt.
   Baker’s next job was to identify
Amanda and notify her parents.
They found a passport, but weren’t
sure if that was Amanda. Since
passports don’t contain addresses,
Baker checked the FBI database,
hoping that she would have
worked for the government at
some point, but that came up
   Baker went to the hospital and
waited until Breeding came out of
surgery, hoping that he could talk
to her. Once he found out that
Breeding was still unconscious and
placed in intensive care, he and
Detective Brandon Twentymon
went back to the scene, sifting
through people’s property, hoping
that they would find something
else to identify Breeding. He went
back to the hospital and held up
the passport photo next to Breed-
ing. She was so swollen that it was
hard to tell, but they felt like there
was some resemblance.
   It was getting late and Baker
said, “They didn’t think that she                                                                                                     Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 9
                                                 Opinion                                                                                                                             Alexandria
                                                                                                                                                                              Gazette Packet

Outstanding Sales Professional of the Year                                                                                                                                           Newspaper of Alexandria
                                                                                                                                                                            An independent, locally owned weekly
                                                                                                                                                                                     newspaper delivered
            enneth B. Lourie, award-winning ability to find a Boston Red Sox fan anywhere                                reader exemplifies the effect his writing has            to homes and businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                    1606 King Street

K           columnist and sales representative he goes. And he’s an award-winning colum-
            with the Connection Newspapers nist who isn’t afraid to write about his need
            and Potomac Almanac, was named for new underwear.”
Virginia Outstanding Sales Professional of the     For more than 12 years, Lourie has been our
Year, receiving his award on Saturday, April 24, most organized and creative sales professional.
                                                                                                                            “While we have not met, I want to let you
                                                                                                                         know how much your newspaper columns re-
                                                                                                                         lated to your cancer mean to me; I have saved
                                                                                                                         them all. I can relate to many of the feelings
                                                                                                                                                                              Alexandria, Virginia 22314

                                                                                                                                                                                  NEWS DEPARTMENT:
                                                                                                                                                                            To discuss ideas and concerns,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Call: 703-778-9410
at the annual advertising conference of the Disciplined, committed and tenacious, he has                                 you write about from experience. … It is im-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Steven Mauren
Virginia Press Association in Portsmouth.        always been among the top performers in our                             pressive to see how you approach your situa-              Editor, 703-778-9415
  It’s a bit unusual to use editorial                   sales staff. His medical condition is rel-                       tion with grace and honesty; that is the best
space to tout sales awards, but this is
an unusual case.
                                                                      as to the timing of this
                                            Editorial evant onlythe recognition it provides
                                                        award and
                                                                                                                         one can ask of oneself. You are doing a lot by
                                                                                                                         your writing to help other people learn and go
                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Lee Pope
                                                                                                                                                                                    Reporter, 703-778-9437
  Many of our readers are familiar with                 and as proof of his unbelievable tenac-                          through this experience with you. None of us
Lourie’s longstanding weekly humor column, ity, commitment and good humor.                                               really knows what is ahead of one in life, and                Steve Hibbard
                                                                                                                                                                                Associate Editor, 703-778-9412
The Daze of my Life, which runs in many of         Lourie’s column, The Daze of my Life, has                             you provide a good example of the value of
our papers and on our web site.                  developed a loyal following and addresses                               approaching each day with love and hope.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Jon Roetman
  In the past year, Lourie has tackled the more some of the quirks and milestones of every day                              You can read Lourie’s columns by going to            Sports Editor, 703-224-3015
serious topic of his diagnosis and treatment life, but also tackling more serious topics. An                    and typing  
for stage IV lung cancer in his columns, but excerpt from a recent letter he received from a                             “Lourie” into the search field.
with the same pointed humor of his previous                                                                                                                                 To place an advertisement, call the ad
columns. Meanwhile, despite these challenges,
he remains one of our top sales performers.
                                                                    Call for Mother’s Day Photos (Father’s Day Too ...)                                                        department between 9 a.m. and
                                                                                                                                                                                   5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

  Lourie’s award was presented by Carol Tay-       Every year at this time, the Gazette puts out                           We prefer digital photos in .jpg format; email   Display ads                    703-778-9410
                                                                                                                                                                            Classified ads                 703-778-9411
lor, chairman of VPA’s Advertising Committee the call for photographs of moms and their                                  them to Gazette@ConnectionNewspapers               Employment ads                 703-778-9413
and a sales executive with Richmond Times children, grandmothers and their children and                                  .com, and write Mother’s Day Photos in the                     Julie Ferrill
Dispatch. “This year’s Outstanding Sales Pro- grandchildren. Most years, we’re lucky                                     subject line. Or you can mail a CD with your        Display Advertising, 703-778-9446
fessional of the Year award honors the kind of enough to receive a photo or two that includes                            photos on it in .jpg format.
sales professional who is a role model, some- four generations, great-grandma and all the                                  We will also accept prints, and we will do                 Jane Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                             Display Advertising, 703-778-9448
one whose qualities have led to great success rest.                                                                      our best to return photos that include a self-
in the newspaper advertising profession,” Tay-     Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9, and once                               addressed-stamped envelope for that purpose,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Tara Lloyd
lor said in giving the award.                    again the Gazette will publish a gallery of                             but please do not send us any photos that can-       Display Advertising, 703-778-9447
  Taylor continued: “Among other important Mother’s Day photos, celebrating the mothers                                  not be replaced.                           
attributes, this award recognizes leadership who make so many things possible in families,                                 Send         photos       to       Gazette@                 Andrea Smith
and tenacity. … It celebrates extraordinary communities, schools and other institutions in                     , or mail to Ga-           Classified Advertising, 703-778-9411
customer service and an attitude that embraces local neighborhoods.                                                      zette, Mother’s Day Photo Gallery, 1610 King
the unprecedented change we’re seeing inside       Send in photos as soon as possible, includ-                           Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.                              Barbara Parkinson
                                                                                                                                                                                   Employment Advertising
and outside of our industry. … Our recipient is ing information about who is in the picture,                               And remember, a few weeks from now it will                  703-778-9413
well known for his cold calling prowess and the date the picture was taken, the ages of the                              be time to send photos of Dads and children,
his reliance on old-school technology, like note children and sentence or two about what is                              grandfathers and children and grandchildren.
cards. His customers rave about his flexibility, happening and the location (who, what, where,                           Or feel free to send your Mother’s and Father’s                     Jerry Vernon
his patience, his attention to detail and his when, why).                                                                Day photos at the same time.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Editor & Publisher
                                                                                                                                                                                           Mary Kimm
                                                                             Letters to the Editor                                                                                    Editor in Chief
                                                                    Making Tough                                            A lot of City contracts and consultants are
                                                                                                                         required by law, e.g. for external audits, and
                                                                                                                                                                                       Steven Mauren
                                    Snapshot                        Budget Decisions                                     they often involve using consultants with tech-
                                                                                                                                                                                Louise Krafft, Robbie Hammer
                                                                                                                                                                               Geovani Flores, Laurence Foong,
                                                                                                                         nical expertise City employees don’t have. Us-          John Heinly, Wayne Shipp,
                                                                    To the Editor:                                       ing outside consultants also allows the City to                 John Smith
                                                                       Councilwoman Hughes’ proposal to cut $7.5         temporarily “surge” resources when necessary             Production Manager:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Jean Card
                                                                    million from the City budget just by cutting         without adding to the City’s payroll.
                                                                    contract and consulting fees is another example                                                                     Editor Emeritus:
                                                                                                                            Make no mistake, cutting $7.5 million in                     Mary Anne Weber
                                                                    of shortcut, “look-Ma-no-hands” budgeting that       contract and consulting services means cutting
                                                                    avoids making tough budget decisions.                City services and programs by that amount.           CIRCULATION: 703-778-9427
                                                                       In their book, “Governing by Network,”                                                                    Circulation Manager:
 Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette

                                                                                                                         And it would cripple the City’s ability to uti-               Ann Oliver
                                                                    Stephen Goldsmith and William Eggers de-             lize private sector and non-profit partners on
                                                                    scribe how governments have increasingly             projects where they could implement City              CONNECTION NEWSPAPERS,
                                                                    come to rely “less on public employees in tra-                                                                       L.L.C.
                                                                                                                         policy more efficiently.                                   Peter Labovitz
                                                                    ditional roles and more on a web of partner-            It’s tempting for elected officials to find a            President/CEO
                                                                    ships, contracts, and alliances to do the public’s   deus ex machina to cut spending so they don’t                 Mary Kimm
                                                                    work,” overseen by public sector managers.           have to get their hands dirty, but the respon-      Publisher/Chief Operating Officer
                                                                    Governments are finding that private sector          sible thing to do is to go over the City budget
                                                                    and non-profit partners can often implement          line-by-line and make the hard choices.                       Jerry Vernon
                                                                    government policies more efficiently and ef-                                                              Publisher/Executive Vice President
                                                                    fectively than doing things in-house.                                                         
                                                                                                                                                       Tim Lovain
                                                                       Contracting-out is no panacea. A few years                      Former Member of City Council                    Wesley DeBrosse
                                  Del Ray Farmer’s Market is        ago, in the same budget year, the Alexandria
                                                                    City Manager proposed to contract out recy-                                                                       Debbie Funk
                                  brimming with new spring arriv-
                                  als. Bedding plants, herbs,       cling services while taking mosquito eradica-        Shame on City Council                                 National Sales, 703-778-9444
                                  spring onions, greens, Amish      tion services back in-house. I was the chair of      To the Editor:                                               A Connection Newspaper
                                  cheeses and much more fill the    the City’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory          I read in the Alexandria Gazette in the April    The Alexandria Gazette Packet is distributed weekly

                                  vendor stalls at Oxford and       Committee at the time and, after close exami-        22, 2010 edition, in a blurb entitled “Skyscrap-       to selected homes in the City of Alexandria.
                                                                                                                                                                             Any owners or occupants of premises that do not
                                  Mount Vernon Avenues every        nation, we decided that both proposals were          ers Approved,” how once again our city coun         wish to receive the paper can notify the publisher
                                                                                                                                                                               by telephone at 703-917-6480 or by email to
                                  Saturday morning.                 sound. Every situation is different. But con-                                                  , and the
                                                                                                                                                                             distributor will be notified to discontinue service.
                                                                    tracting-out is often a good option.                                        See Letters, Page 11
10 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                                           
Operation Prom Dress
        McKenya Dilworth-               year, we were able to gather more
                   Abdalla              than 100 gowns, of which, a num-
        Acting Center Director          ber were in fact new. Shoes,
         Nannie J. Lee Memorial         purses, tuxedo shirts and beauti-
             Recreation Center          ful jewelry were also donated to
                                        the program. Some girls from TC
       t’s that time of year again!     Williams were able to pick and

I      The time when young
       people get all dolled up and
       polished for an event that
becomes a defining moment in
their adolescent development.
                                        choose whatever they desired, as
                                        long as they attended at least two
                                        Prom Survival Workshops facili-
                                        tated by the Office of Women.
                                           Operation Prom Dress isn’t just
That event is the prom. It is sup-      interested in providing the fluff;
posed to be a time when decisions       we wanted to also give some sub-
are carefully weighed against all       stance in the way of etiquette
                   of the other im-     crash courses, self-esteem boost-
Recreation portant occur-
                   rences in a
                                        ers and of course learning how to
                                        maintain safety boundaries. If you
                   youth’s life, but    are interested in volunteering
some young people will not be at-       and/or donating gently used or
tending because of the cost of the      new goods to the cause, please call
preparation. Well, that’s just not      Ms. Dilworth-Abdalla at 703-746-
fair and in a world where people        5533.
are quick to remind us of how un-          While the bigger youth are go-
fair things can be, I believe this is   ing to their Proms, a Kiddie Prom
one injustice that can be easily        is underway at the Mt. Vernon
remedied.                               Recreation Center. For more infor-
  Operation Prom Dress is a part        mation on the Kiddie Prom please
of the solution to the prom ex-         contact Center Director Elsie
pense. It is a fairly new program       Akinbobola at 703-746-5475. This
of the Department of Recreation,        is one problem we can solve to-
Parks and Cultural Activities. Last     gether, one dress at a time …                                                  Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 11
From Page 10                                    to Alexandria’s affordable housing fund. It’s    ture. It’s a fact that poor people will be liv-   unaffordable-for-most development.”
                                                bad enough that Alexandria will be blighted      ing in Alexandria 30 years from now (and             I’m a life-long resident of Alexandria and
  cil and the Hoffman Company, a real es-       by skyscrapers, but to lessen Hoffman’s (or      “in perpetuity” most likely) and the city         I remember when our city was not overrun
tate developer, sold out the poor people of     any other developer’s) obligation to afford-     council should realize this and take stron-       with development and when poor people
Alexandria. The city council approved a         able housing is another blow to poor people.     ger current actions to protect them. They         were treated more fairly. Developers always
plan for three skyscrapers to be built along      The city council should have stuck to its      live here too, just like you and me, and they     seem to get their way in Alexandria and the
Hunting Creek and originally, an agreement      original agreement and required the “in          are poor and need proper assistance (let’s        city council never holds them to their origi-
was in place between the city council and       perpetuity” language to remain, but instead,     not fool ourselves by sugar-coating their         nal agreements. This happened with
Hoffman for 56 units to be reserved in per-     was bought off by a contribution. I’m sure       plight with such names as “low-income”),          Cameron Station and it is happening again
petuity for affordable housing. The city        that the affordable housing fund does some       but they live in decreasing areas because of      in Hunting Creek. Sadly, it seems that the
council changed its mind and let Hoffman        good, but it only does this after the fact;      Hoffman-like development and escalated            only pressing issue with Hoffman for some
off the hook by only requiring that Hoffman     requiring Hoffman to reserve these 56 units      housing prices. And, “gentrification” has         of the city council members is the street
reserve this affordable housing for 30 years,   “in perpetuity” is a stronger action that pro-   become just a more pleasant-sounding word
in exchange for a $3.3 million contribution     tects poor people presently, and for the fu-     for “price out the poor people with new                              See Letters, Page 13

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                                                                             Everything You one
Keep Alexandria                                                                         Convenient Place.
Open for Business                                                                                                                            BRADLEE SHOE REPAIR........................703-931-9210
                                                                                                                                             CAPITAL BAGEL BAKERY.......................703-379-6462
                 By Tina Leone        nomic development process — a                                                                          CHEVY CHASE BANK ...........................703-998-6503
                                                                                                                                             CHICKEN OUT ...................................703-998-8802
               President & CEO        shift that would mean dramati-                                                                         DRESS BARN......................................703-379-4462
         Alexandria Chamber of        cally fewer businesses and signifi-                            Japanese Restaurant                     FOOT SOLUTIONS ..............................703-931-3668
                     Commerce         cantly higher tax rates on residen-                                                                    FOXY NAILS .......................................703-824-9292
                                      tial property as a result.                                                                             GNC................................................703-578-4122
                                                                                                      Lunch                                  GIANT .............................................. 703-845-0851
              he battle to keep Alex-    The business community is will-                          11:30am-2:30pm                             GOLDEN DRAGON .............................703-575-8079

T             andria        business ing and able to pay its fair share
              friendly has picked up — but we frankly believe that
              steam.                  we’re paying that right now. The
   Members of the Alexandria City must continue to exercise
Chamber of Commerce were budgetary restraint this year, es-
                                                                                             Mon - Thur
                                                                                                                                             HAIR CUTTERY...................................703-998-9387
                                                                                                                                             HARDWOOD ARTISANS.......................703-379-7299
                                                                                                                                             KING STREET BACK & NECK ................703-578-1900
                                                                                                                                             KYOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT .............703-379-8060
                                                                                                                                             MIXERS’S ICE CREAM ...........................703-671-4799
                                                                                                                                             MCDONALD’S ...................................703-379-0441
pleased in recent weeks to learn pecially as our businesses are re-                                                                          National Art & Framing...................703-998-5888
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                                                                                                                                             Potomac Paint & Design Center.....703-379-5800
andria City Council plan to oppose downturn in decades.                          3676 King Street • Alexandria, VA 22302
                                                                                                                                             PRO FEED ......................................... 703-820-3888
attempts to saddle local businesses      Defeating the proposed business                       703.379.8060                                  RITE AID ...........................................703-931-7095
with yet another tax.                 tax hike will send a clear message                                                                     ROBCYNS ..........................................703-379-7800
   The growing momentum against as to the importance of keeping Al-          ALEXANDRIA Pastry Shop & Cafe ........ 703-578-4144             STARBUCKS........................................703-845-9563
                                                                             ATLANTIS PIZZA .................................703-671-0250    SUBWAY ............................................703-931-3700
the imposition of a three cent busi- exandria “open for business” —          B & C JEWELERS ................................ 703-379-6010    SUNTRUST BANK ............................... 703-838-3280
ness property “add on”                           incentivizing companies     BANNERS HALLMARK .......................... 703-820-4449        TC UNISEX SALON .............................703-379-6397
tax is a good sign — but                                                     BATTERIES PLUS ................................. 703-575-7711   U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ......................1-800-275-8777
the battle to keep this
                              Commentary to reinvest theirby hir-
                                                 earned revenues
                                                                             BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO ......................... 703-820-8820        UNWINED .........................................703-820-8600
                                                                             BLUE RIBBON DRY CLEANING..............703-998-5118              VIRGINIA ABC...................................703-845-6374
tax out of Alexandria is                         ing new employees, ex-      BRADLEE BARBER SHOP ...................... 703-998-9830         VIRGINIA VACUUMS ........................... 703-931-6100
far from over. City Council must panding operations, and, in turn,           BRADLEE DENTAL CARE .......................703-820-2273         WACHOVIA BANK .............................. 703-671-7523
still formally reject this new tax decreasing the overall tax burden         BRADLEE FLORIST ...............................703-379-6166     WASHINGTON SPORTS CLUB...............703-933-3777
proposal when it adopts its bud- on residents because of strong and
get next week.
   We hope that members of the sector.
business community — along with
                                      sustained growth in the business

                                         It has been a pleasure to work
Alexandria residents — will take with the City Council on many is-
                                                                             Bradlee Center                                                              King Street, just west of
                                                                                                                                                         Quaker Lane in Alexandria
just five minutes out of their busy sues important to the Alexandria
days to contact their elected offi- business community, and we’ve
cials and express their views. Citi- been impressed with the respon-
zen activism on this issue is also siveness and true concern of our
crucial, because the imposition of elected officials. We’re confident
a new tax on businesses will stunt that they’ll agree with us on this
Alexandria’s economic growth just crucial issue — and that they won’t
as the City recovers from one of saddle businesses unfairly with a
the toughest economic times in a tax hike that would stunt our city’s
generation.                           economic growth.
   By rejecting a commercial real-       But, until that hope is realized
estate “add on” tax, the City Coun- through a vote against the tax
cil will send a clear message in hike, you can expect the Alexan-
support of Alexandria’s businesses dria Chamber of Commerce to
— which already provide this City continue its vigorous campaign
with substantial revenues via taxes against this tax — and members
and fees of all varieties. There is, of Council can expect to keep hear-
in fact, a limit to how much money ing from concerned members of
can be appropriated from busi- the business community who seek
nesses without seeing a dramatic to keep Alexandria a place their
shift in the City’s taxation and eco- businesses can call home.

From Page 12                            with Hoffman for perpetual afford-
                                        able housing). Shame on the city
   names for the new development        council for favoring development
(ironically, these city council mem-    over lasting affordable housing.
bers want to disregard the old
street names in the same way they                     Robert Cushmac
disregard their original agreement                           Alexandria

Positive Force
To the Editor:                          would have given me some good
  I never had the privilege to meet     advice filled with hopes and
civil rights activist Dorothy           dreams for a world we live in to-
Heights; she was a strong lady          day.
with visions for the people. If I had
had the chance in meeting and                             Geri Baldwin
talking with her, I am sure she                              Alexandria                                                                                                           Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 13

Long Time Coming
                 By Mary Anne Weber             Brown and Susan Drachsler, who have been
  Chair, Alexandria Community Services          providing services and funding to those in
                                Board           recovery for 25 years. They will also be
                                                donating a painting for the front lobby to
       t was a long time coming, 17 years to    welcome visitors.

I      be exact. So there was plenty of rea-
       son for the beaming smiles and giddy
       joy that pervaded 115 North Patrick
St. last Wednesday night. It was the official
ribbon cutting to announce the opening of
                                                   The new Safe Haven program, called
                                                Riley Place, in honor of Mary Riley, will be
                                                welcoming residents soon. It is the concrete
                                                result of a number of changes in how we
                                                look at illness, mental and physical and how
Safe Haven, a place that would provide per-     we treat those who are ill.                          Cutting the ribbon are from left are Mary Riley, former chair of the CSB;
manent housing and supportive services for         Those who advocate housing first believe          Winston Burse; Vice Mayor Kerry Donley; Mayor Bill Euille; Council-
12 individuals who were homeless with           there should be no litmus test for love and          woman Del Pepper; Executive Director of the CSB Dr. Michael Gilmore.
mental illness and or other disabling con-      help, no conditions to providing the basics,
ditions.                                        a warm, clean place to live, food to eat and
  Most of those there had been part of the      the offer of assistance when you are ready
dream. Dr. Michael Gilmore, executive di-       to begin the journey to recovery. Best medi-
rector of the Alexandria Community Ser-         cal practices today say that those with
vices Board, who was told when he arrived       chronic illnesses, be they mental or physi-
seven and a half years ago that Safe Haven      cal or both, even children, should be equal
was a top priority. Mary Riley, former chair    partners in their care, their eventual recov-
of the CSB, a long-time advocate and part       ery or, if not recovery, control of their ill-
of the Alexandria Homeless Services Coor-       ness. That means the person decides with
dinating Committee, who never lost sight        the help and advice of others what is best
of the goal looking at property after prop-     for him or her, whether it is medication,
erty. Carol Layer, director Extended Care       therapy, diet, exercise or lifestyle. Good pro-
Services Division and Judy Carter, assistant    fessionals recognize there will be setbacks,
director, who learned more about architec-      there will be crises. That good health and
ture and engineering than they probably         recovery are not easy to obtain but worth
ever wanted to know as they guided the          striving for.
project to completion. Former CSB board            Safe Haven will provide a warm secure
members Bud Hart, who lent his legal ex-        environment for those who are homeless
pertise and Ruth Chamowitz, whose office        and cannot cope with the world as it is. For
was in the neighborhood, who became an          some it will be a way station. They will get         Speaking about his experiences on the street is Winston Burse, who was
advocate and a board member.                    better, find employment and eventually               homeless in Alexandria for seven years. He is now an employee of the
  None of it would have happened without        places of their own. For others it will be a         City and will be the janitor at Safe Haven. Listening from left are
the support of the city council. Mayor Bill     more permanent refuge as their path to re-           Deborah Warren, director of the Chld, Family and Prevention Division;
Euille, who has strongly pushed for an end      covery will take longer.                             Judy Carter, assistant director of the Extended Care Services Division;
to homelessness, brought his own scissors          For all who pass through its doors, it will       Liz Wixson, director of the Acute Care Division, CSB board member Roy
for the ribbon cutting; Kerry Donley who        be new beginning, a second chance, which             Shannon; former CSB board member Ruth Chamowitz; City Manager Jim
was mayor when the project began its legal      is why the smiles never stopped Wednes-              Hartmann and Debra Collins, assistant city manager for community and
trek through the system and Councilwoman        day night.                                           human services.
Del Pepper, once a member of the CSB and
a strong supporter, were also there to cel-     HSCC SURVEY DATA FOR SHELTERED & UNSHELTERED INDIVIDUALS 2001 – 2010
ebrate as was City Manager Jim Hartmann,           Year              Sheltered1         Unsheltered2              Total         Chronic3
deputy city manager Michelle Evans and             2010                 194                  38                    232             106
                                                   2009                 216                  32                    248              76
assistant city manager Debra Collins.              2008                 178                  68                    246              73
  As they toured the three-story building          2007                 158                  92                    250             114
that had once been a firehouse, a court-           2006                 158                 104                    262              94
                                                   2005                1824                  80                    262              91
house and then a clubhouse for those re-           2004                1755                 736                    248              93
covering from mental illness, visitors got a       2003                 172                1137                    285             104
chance to see up close the work of archi-          2002                2028                  85                    287       Data not available
                                                   2001                 180                  59                    239       Data not available
tect John Savage who made the most of
cramped spaces originally offered, carving
                                                HSCC SURVEY DATA TOTALS FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS 2001 – 2009
out three apartments that will house four
                                                   Year             Total Individuals          Total Persons in Families        Grand Total
residents each, office space and meeting           2010                    232                            159                       391
space for the staff and a roof top garden.         2009                    248                            145                       393
The individual bedrooms painted in desert          2008                    246                            132                       378
                                                   2007                    250                            154                       404
colors of peach, sage and yellow were ship-        2006                    262                            147                       409
shape with beds with built in drawers be-          2005                    262                            203                       465
neath, built in cupboards and shelves. Each        2004                    248                            200                       448
                                                   2003                    285                            247                       532
apartment has a laundry room with washer           2002                    287                            185                       472
and dryer and a common-room that com-              2001                    239                            248                       487
bined kitchen, dining and living room.
Plenty of washers and dryers are necessary      DEMOGRAPHICS – HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS: 2010
when the residents are poor and don’t have                                         Unsheltered             Hypothermia            Sheltered
much clothing.                                                                       (n=38)                    (n=51)             (n=143)
                                                   Severely Mentally Ill; Chronic Substance Abuse; and/or Dually-Diagnosed
  The dining area of the first floor apart-                                             (27)                     (39)               (103)
ment got its first use with sandwiches and         Chronic Health Problems               (6)                     (22)                (47)
snacks provided by the Friends of the Alex-        Veterans                              (5)                      (5)                 (8)
                                                   Chronically Homeless                 (25)                     (31)                (50)
andria Mental Health Center, a group of            Male/Female                        (29/9)                    (42/9)             (95/48)
volunteers headed by Tiffeny Sanchez               Employed                              (0)                     (10)                (64)         A bedroom in Safe Haven.
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                                                          From Page 9

                                                             had a major gash to her right leg
                                                          and to her left arm.
                                                             Jim Breeding, who is a hunter,
                                                          said that it looked like her leg had
                                                          been filleted like a fish. Amanda
                                                          had already been through surgery
                                                          where they tied off the artery to
                                                          stop the bleeding to the leg and
                                                             “We lifted the blanket and you
                                                          could smell the dried blood,” said
                                                          Dorothy Breeding. “So many
                                                          things were thrown at us. She was
                                                          still in a collar — they didn’t know
                                                          all of her injuries yet. They said
                                                          that youth was on her side and
                                                          would know more in a few hours.
                                                          They just wanted to get her stabi-

                                                          “I WOKE UP in the hospital bed
                                                          the next morning and my dad,
                                                          mom, sister and Detective Baker,”
                                                          said Amanda Breeding. “I don’t
                                                          remember anything else that day.
                                                          I had a breathing tube so I couldn’t
                                                          talk for three days. I couldn’t eat
                                                          or drink anything. They ran a cen-
                                                          tral line because I had lost so much
                                                          blood that they couldn’t find a
                                                             There was so much dirt in the
                                                          wounds that it took a long time to
                                                          clean and debride. At first they
                                                          worked on her every day, then ev-
                                                          ery three days, then once a week
                                                          — all the time cleaning the
                                                          wounds, closing them up and
                                                          starting the grafting process.
                                                             Because Amanda Breeding had
                                                          lost so much blood, she was given
                                                          Factor 7. This heavy duty blood
                                                          clotting mechanism costs thou-
                                                          sands of dollars, and is given only
                                                          in extremely rare cases.
                                                             The first 12 hours were the
                                                          worst, but they determined fairly
                                                          soon thereafter that Amanda
                                                          Breeding was going to survive. The
                                                          road to recovery, however, would
                                                          be long.
                                                             Five weeks of bed rest, another
                                                          three weeks doing therapy and 15
                                                          operations. When Amanda Breed-
                                                          ing was being wheeled to the op-
                                                          erating room for her eighth sur-
                                                          gery, she was shocked when her
                                                          father said that it was her eighth
                                                          surgery. She had no recollection of
                                                          the first seven procedures.
                                                             Because there was so much
                                                          swelling, each operation closed
                                                          her up a little more. Amanda
                                                          Breeding said that it took weeks
                                                          for her mother to remove the
                                                          blood, dirt, Plexiglas, sheet metal,
                                                          screws, gravel and twigs that were
                                                          in her hair.
                                                             Both Dorothy and Jim Breeding

                                                                See Surviving, Page 25
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David Dillon, who works
out of the Parkfairfax Post
Office in Alexandria, will be
joining his fellow letter
carriers for the “18th
Annual Stamp Out Hun-
ger!” food drive on May 8.

Letter Carriers
To Collect
Food Donations
   On Saturday, May 8, Alexandria mail-
ing area letter carriers will collect food
donations in order to provide assistance
to the increasing number of Americans
who are struggling with hunger during
the National Association of Letter Car-
riers’ (NALC) “18th Annual Stamp Out
Hunger!” food drive.
   A nationwide effort to help re-stock
local food banks and pantries, nearly
one billion pounds of food have been
collected since the drive’s inception in
1993, including a record setting total of
73.4 million pounds in 2009.
   Participating area food banks include:
ALIVE Inc., United Community Minis-
tries, Capital Area Food Bank, Rising
Hope Inc. and Koinonia Inc.
   To help, residents should leave a bag
of non-perishable food where their let-
ter carrier normally delivers the mail.
The letter carrier will then pick up and
deliver the food to a local food bank. Ex-
amples of non-perishable items include:
Canned soup, canned meats and fish,
canned juices, canned vegetables and
fruits, boxed goods (such as cereal), and
pasta and rice.
   For more information, visit

          Bulletin Board
  To have a notice listed, e-mail Call
Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with

Park Meeting on Open Space
  Properties. 7 p.m. Attend meeting
  to discuss the upcoming park
  planning and design process for the
  open space at 4109-4125 Mount
  Vernon Ave. At 4131 Mount Vernon
  Ave. Call Laura Durham at 703-746-
  5493 or email:

Business Philanthropy Summit.
  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The annual
  summit is held to recognize and
  honor corporate philanthropy in
  Alexandria. At First Baptist Church
  of Alexandria, 2932 King Street,
  Alexandria.                                                                        Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 17
                                                            Send announcements to the Gazette Packet, by e-mail to
                                                 Deadline is Thursday at
                                                          noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encour-
                                                          aged. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

                                                             The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
                                                          has awarded the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Inova
                                                          Alexandria Hospital its Spring 2010 prestigious Beacon Award
                                                          for Critical Care Excellence. Inova Alexandria Hospital is one
                                                          of just six hospitals in the Washington, DC region to earn the
                                                          Beacon award and one of 242 hospitals in the country to
                                                          achieve this status.

                                                             Central Fairfax Services Inc. announces the appoint-
                                                          ment of James Lewis, its Community Relations Manager, to
                                                          the City of Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabili-
                                                          ties. James was appointed by the Alexandria City Council to
                                                          the Commission at its April 13 meeting. The Commission on
                                                          Persons with Disabilities researches programs and legislation
                                                          relating to persons with physical and sensory disabilities and
                                                          advises the City Council and members of the community
                                                          about these programs and laws. It serves as a forum for per-
                                                          sons with physical and sensory disabilities and serves as the
                                                          local Disabilities Services Board.

                                                            The Jewish Theological Seminary honored local com-
                                                          munity leaders at the 2010 Northern Virginia Tribute Dinner
                                                          on April 25. Rabbi Jack Moline received the Rabbi Gerson D.
                                                          Cohen Rabbinic Leadership Award; Shirley and John Baer,
                                                          Mike Stein, and Marty Zelman each received the Community
                                                          Service Award; and Michael J. Jacobs received the Young
                                                          Leadership Award.
                                                                                                                                             Photo by Louise Krafft/Gazette
                                                             The International Sleep Products Association has
                                                          appointed Ryan Trainer, its current executive vice president
                                                          and 30-year Washington veteran, as its new president, effec-
                                                                                                                            Raising Awareness
                                                          tive immediately.
                                                             Trainer joined ISPA in 2002 after more than 20 years in        For Clean Water
                                                          government and private law practice in Washington. During         Makda Kibour, owner of Mak’s Salon on
                                                          that time, he built a strong reputation as an advocate for        East Braddock Road, styles Lola Horning’s
                                                          business in public policy debates while serving at the U.S.
                                                          Commerce Department and with several leading law firms.           hair on Monday afternoon, April 12. Dur-
                                                          Since coming to ISPA eight years ago as the group’s second        ing the month of April, Earth Month,
                                                          ranking professional and general counsel, he has played a key     Mak’s is donating a portion of its proceeds
                                                          role leading its statistics, legal, consumer product safety and
                                                          sustainability platforms.
                                                                                                                            to the Potomac Conservancy.

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                            OSE NOT
                 THANKING TH OUGH
                   THANKED EN
                                                               Cracking Down on Drunk in Public
                                                               From Page 1

                                                                  But other parts of the city are not at

                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Michael Lee Pope/Gazette Packet
                                                               issue, say police officials and city lead-
                                                               ers. Between Jan. 15 and March 1, the
                                                               Alexandria Police Department logged
                                                               109 arrests for drunk in public. Of the
                                                               individuals arrested, two were sent to
                                                               the emergency room for treatment and
                                                               47 were diverted to the city’s detox cen-
                                                               ter on Mill Road. The vast majority were
                                                               taken to the jail, where capacity for sub-
                                                               stance-abuse treatment has recently in-
                                                               creased from 35 to 57.
                        FUNDRAISER                                “Yes, it’s reactive,” said Tony Briggs,
                                                               who oversees the mental-health services
             TUESDAY NIGHTS, 7PM                               at the jail. “But if they can’t come here
                                                               and do something that’s going to give
                                                               them more coping skills or another op-          Substance-abuse treatment services at the jail have
      UNIFORM SERVICES NIGHTS                                  tion, then we’re just sending them back         been expanded as budget cuts have cut back op-
                                                               out there.”                                     tions outside the jail.
                                                               CITY OFFICIALS say expanding the jail’s treatment cials estimate that the cost to the city’s treatment and
      FREE POOL FOR UNIFORMED SERVICE MEMBERS                  services is not a perfect solution. But because city criminal justice system vary significantly based on
                                                               officials were able to reorganize the substance-abuse number of variables. Costs range from a low of $225
                                                               treatment services in a way that didn’t take on any for each case to a high of $1,600 for each case. The
                                                               additional expense, it was the only solution the city variation is influenced by police time and costs asso-
                                                               could afford. Some of the jail cells are now home to ciated with incarceration, treatment in the hospital
                                                               two inmates instead of one, and                                                          emergency department, EMS
        STARTING MAY 4TH AT THE BUNGALOW FRANCONIA             a new curriculum was imple-                                                              services, court services and
                         703-924-8730                          mented. Perhaps the biggest           “It’s a policing solution                          treatment at the city’s detox fa-
                 7003-C MANCHESTER BLVD, 22310                 change is the reassignment of                                                            cility.
                                                               a Spanish-speaking licensed           to poverty and people                                 “Since June 2008, grant and
                                                               counselor from another posi-
                                                               tion at the jail.
                                                                                                     with substance-abuse                               foundation opportunities to
                                                                                                                                                        fund community-based treat-
  New Bistro Serving Affordable Fine French Cuisine               “Culturally, whenever there’s
                                                               any kind of celebration, alcohol
                                                                                                     issues. The last I                                 ment services in the Arlandria
                                                                                                                                                        community have been investi-
                          Pre-Dinner Special                   is present,” said Dr. Yorvska         heard, alcohol and                                 gated,” wrote City Manager Jim
                          Buy One Entrée,                      Salazar, who has offered sub-                                                            Hartmann in a recent memo-
                          Get a Second Entrée Free             stance-abuse treatment to             alcoholism is a disease,                           randum on the issue. “Unfortu-
                                                               Spanish speaking inmates since                                                           nately, no viable funding op-
                          4:30 to 6:30 pm Daily                February. “And, for them, they        not a crime, yet we are                            tions have been realized.”
                          Saturday and Sunday Brunch           don’t look at it as an issue until
                                                                                                     moving people toward
                                                               they get incarcerated or they                                                            THE HIGHEST COSTS are
                          10:00am to 4:00 pm                   begin to have problems.”
                                                                  Outside the jail, services are
                                                                                                     the jail.”                                         associated with incarcerating
                                                                                                                                                        suspects at the jail or sending
                                                               being cut back or eliminated.                  — Jon Liss, executive director, them to the emergency room.
                                                               Substance-abuse treatment op-                    Tenants and Workers United The lowest cost is associated
                                                               tions have decreased over the                                                            with bringing people to the
                                                               last year, and waitlists have ex-                                                        city’s detox center on Mill Road,
             235 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA                panded. Funds available for longer-term residential but that program is stretched beyond capacity. Dur-
         703-329-1010 ~ Open 6:00 am until Midnight            substance abuse treatment have been eliminated. A ing the first six months is this fiscal year, the detox
      Across from Eisenhower Metro and the AMC Movie Theater   staff person who provided prevention and outreach facility saw a 300 percent increase in the number of
                                                               work in Arlandria was redeployed to provide treat- drunk-in-public admissions — partially because of a
                                                               ment services to children in another program.                   recent expansion of beds and partially because of the
                                                                  “Budgets are always a question of priorities,” said police department’s suppression detail.
                                                               Jon Liss, executive director of Tenants and Workers                “As a result, the detox unit is chronically full and,
                                                               United. “It’s one thing to give lip service to what’s at times, cannot accept new admissions,” wrote
                                                               important, but where you put you money shows Hartmann. “Those denied admission at detox are
                                                               what’s really important to you.”                                taken to the Alexandria Detention Center and crimi-
                                                                  The problem costs taxpayers each time an Alex- nally charged.”
                                                               andria police officer makes an arrest. Budget offi-                Critics say this is an approach that creates legal
                                                                                                                               jeopardy for those who are already grappling sub-
                                                                                                                               stance-abuse problems. When space is available at
                                                               Who Was Arrested?                                               the detox facility, people who have been detained for
                                                                  City officials conducted a “point-in-time” survey of all in- being drunk in public are not charged and do not
                                                               dividuals picked up on drunk-in-public charges during two
                                                               four-day periods in March 2010. Here’s a snapshot of what appear in court. Yet because the facility cannot meet
                                                               the analysis found:                                             the demand, charges are filed and the court’s docket
                                                               ❖ All were men                                                  is expanded. It’s a way of dealing with the problem
                                                               ❖ 81 percent were under the age of 33
                                                               ❖ 62 percent were from countries other than the United States
                                                                                                                               that some say isn’t fair.
                                                               ❖ Half were unemployed                                             “It’s a policing solution to poverty and people with
                                                               ❖ 90 percent had been the victims of crime while intoxicated    substance-abuse issues,” said Liss. “The last I heard,
                                                               ❖ Half already had legal problems associated with alcohol
             Another Community Partnership                         abuse
                                                                                                                               alcohol and alcoholism is a disease, not a crime, yet
                                                               ❖ Most had never received treatment for their alcohol abuses.   we are moving people toward the jail.”
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$1 Million
Oscar Davila of Alexan-
dria, with Virginia
Lottery Executive
Director Paula Otto,
became the eighth
player to claim the top
prize of $1 million
over 25 years in the
$120 Million Cash
Blowout game. As the
construction worker
received his check
from Otto, he said he
hopes to use his win-
nings to buy a house.

                                                                                                           Visitors enter the Fawcett-Reeder House for a garden
                                                                           Garden Yard Sale                yard sale open on Saturday, April 17.
                                                                               Photos by LaShawn Avery/
                                                                                          Gazette Packet

From left to right: Vola Lawson (former city manager);
state Sen. Patsy Ticer; Sandy Modell; and Councilwoman
“Del” Pepper.

DASH General Manager Honored
  The Alexandria Commission of      over 20 years, and during her
Women has selected Alexandria       tenure, opening doors to women
Transit (DASH) General Man-         in various capacities within the
ager, Sandy Modell as the recipi-   organization. When Modell was
ent of this year’s Salute to        appointed as the general man-
Women Leadership in Business        ager of DASH in 1989, she be-
and Career Development Award.       came one of only three female
The award was presented at its      transit managers in the entire
30th annual awards banquet on       country. As a result of her efforts,
March 22, which was held in con-    there are now 20 women drivers,                                        A sterling-silver tea set is one of the items on display at
junction with Women’s History       six women supervisors and man-         Owner of Fawcett-Reeder         the yard sale outside in the Fawcett-Reeder House
Month. Modell was honored for       agers, and a parts manager who         House is Joe Reeder.            garden.
leading the DASH bus system for     is female.

                                                                       For Love’
                                                                                    hat started out as a

                                                                       W            Valentine’s Day party for
                                                                                    The Fund for Alexandria’s
                                                                       Child and “The Love Boat” Cruise an-
                                                                       nual fundraiser morphed into a celebra-
                                                                       tion of “Fools for Love,” when the Bliz-
                                                                       zard of 2010 forced postponement to
                                                                       April Fools Day.
                                                                          Many turned out at the home of Sue
                                                                       and Marty Goodhart to support The
                                                                       Fund, which helps children in foster care
                                                                       and others who have been abused or
Advisory Council members Callie MacKenzie and Nancy                    neglected enjoy experiences others take Sue Goodhart talks to Fund Advisory Council member
Van Gulick with Rob MacKenzie.                                         for granted,                              Thar Roeung and other guests.
24 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                           
                                                  ‘Restaurant of the Year’
Surviving                                         Rita Restaurant Corp. an-
                                                  nounced its “Restaurant of the
                                                  Year” for 2009: the Don Pablo’s
From Page 16                                      in Alexandria, 3525 Jefferson
                                                  Davis Highway. From left, Paul
  took leave from their family                    Seidman, president and CEO of
business, Breeding Construction,                  Rita Restaurant Corp., pre-
to be with Amanda. They were for-                 sented the “Restaurant of the
tunate to have a room in the hotel                Year” award to Don Pablo’s
at Washington Hospital Center.                    Joseph Miller, general manager,
Their daughter stayed with them                   and Mario Claros, assistant
as well. Their younger son was                    general manager.
staying with Dorothy’s sister, and
didn’t see Amanda until the sec-
ond week.
  “I’m thankful that he didn’t have
to see her like that,” said Dorothy
Breeding. “I think that it would
have been scary for him.”
  “I was in ICU a week and then
everybody came to see me after
that,” said Amanda Breeding.
  It wasn’t until Aug. 11, 2009,
that Amanda Breeding was cleared
to leave the hospital.
  “It was great to be out of the
hospital and in my own bed,” said
Amanda Breeding. “I could get
around with the help of a cane and
my mom. The first couple of
months, I spent building up my
endurance. I still have some nerve
problems and scoliosis in my back.
A lot of family member say that
I’m the ‘miracle child.’”
  Amanda Breeding originally said
that she would never go back on
the Metro — although she has
traveled on it once. She has flash-
backs sometimes just seeing the
train go by. Early on, she had
nightmares, and had to start tak-
ing medication. She hasn’t had
nightmares since then.

“MY MOM has been very pa-
tient,” said Amanda Breeding.
“She helped with dressing, bath
and shower. She and my dad didn’t
work for eight weeks; they stayed
at the hotel in the hospital.”
   “We were happy to have her
home,” said Dorothy Breeding. “At
first, we weren’t sure what she
needed. We had to learn how to
change the dressing — the nurse
made it look so easy but it wasn’t.
Amanda handled everything very
well. There were some bad days
when she was still in the hospital,
and said, ‘Why me? I want to go
   Dorothy Breeding said that John
Cato, general manager of Metro at
the time, called several times. “He
was very nice — a sympathetic,
sincere and concerned person,”
she said.
   The older woman to whom
Amanda Breeding gave her seat
was Ann Wherley, wife of Retired
Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr.,
former commanding general of the
District of Columbia National
Guard. They were both killed in
the crash.          Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 25

                                                          Eager to
                                                          Move on
                                                                                                 Jon Roetman
                                                                                                    The Gazette

                                                                        icole Burdett’s mother encouraged
                                                                        the T.C. Williams senior to figure out
                                                                        her college plans early to avoid stress
                                                                        as her high school days came to a
                                                          close. Burdett took her mom’s advice and was
                                                          accepted to Coastal Carolina University right
                                                          before Thanksgiving.
                                                             Five months later, Burdett, who said she’s been
                                                          “chillin’” since her acceptance to the South
                                                          Carolina school, discussed her excitement over
                                                          the future while sporting a
                                                          Coastal Carolina sweat shirt
                                                          and sweat pants.
                                                             “My cousin went there and
                                                          it’s 20 minutes away from                                                                       Louise Krafft/Gazette Packet
                                                          Myrtle Beach,” Burdett said.                               T.C. Williams senior Nicole Burdett said she will
                                                          “They have a great marine                                  double major in marine biology and history at
                                                          biology [program] and they                                 Coastal Carolina.
                                                          do a lot of internships.”
                                                             Burdett, who played
                                                          volleyball for the Titans, said                            decision in style.
                                                          she was overcome with                                        Kilby had two hits, including a two-run home
                                                          nervousness after she                                      run, and topped out at 89 mph on the mound
                                                          applied, worried that she’d                   File photo   during a game against South County. Watching
                                                          get rejected. But after           T.C. Williams            from the crowd that evening was Navy head
                         St. Louis                        receiving reassurance from
                                                          her boyfriend — and the
                                                                                            senior Matt Kilby
                                                                                            committed to play
                                                                                                                     baseball coach Paul Kostacopoulos. The Midship-
                                                                                                                     men had recruited Kilby since his sophomore
                                                          acceptance letter — she’s         baseball at the          season and, after Kilby’s strong performance in
                      Catholic School                     ready to move on to the next Naval Academy.
                                                          stage of her life. She’s
                                                                                                                     the South County game, the Titans slugger com-
                                                                                                                     mitted to play baseball the Naval Academy.
                           looking forward to living in a warmer climate and            “I really decided on Navy because of the great
                                                          playing intramural beach volleyball. Burdett said          opportunities that are there,” Kilby said. “You’re
                                                          she’s going to double major in marine biology and          set with a job right after college, you learn disci-
              THANK YOU,                                  history.
                                                             “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of
                                                                                                                     pline and get a great education for a [quality]
          ST. LOUIS TEACHERS                              being an independent person,” she said, “and
                                                          being responsible about taking care of ” myself.
                                                                                                                       Kilby, who was also considering Yale, Penn and
                                                                                                                     Virginia, is more than just a baseball player. He
      The St. Louis PTO thanks our devoted                                                                           entered the 2009-10 academic year at the top of
                                                            Fellow T.C. Williams senior Matt Kilby was               his class with a 4.24 GPA. He’s interested in
      teachers during Teacher Appreciation                pondering a visit to Georgetown, even though he            studying mechanical engineering and attending
      Week. Your dedication to our children               was leaning heavily toward another college. On             Navy home football games — a requirement for
              is greatly appreciated.                     April 15, the all-region baseball player made his          Midshipmen.

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26 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                        
              Neighborhoods                                                                                                                                Mount Vernon
                                                                                                                                                           Paint Company
Taylor Run
TEENS                                                                                                                                                      (703) 768-1975
  Several talented young people
from our neighborhood are hav-
ing a wonderful time on stage in
“Chicago,” the spring musical of
the T.C. Williams Drama Depart-
  “I really love it,” says 9th grader
Keira Moran. “I had had musical
training, but not dance, so this is
a whole new world for me. I am
so grateful to Miss Jen, our chore-
  Eleventh grader Ian Zvidema is
also grateful for the dance num-
  “I used to be shy about appear-
ing on stage,” he says, “so this has
done a lot for me. We work to-
gether almost like a family.”
  Ellen Broetzmann, a 10th
grader, has the part of Mary Sun-
shine. Givliana Mortimer, another
10th grader, is very busy repre-        T.C. Williams students rehearse for their upcoming performance of “Chicago.”                                       $4.00 OFF
senting 4 different people.                                                                                                                                 Per gallon of any
                                        seminars and other trainings to         in the Northern Virginia Odyssey       liams Garden Club, Polk Elemen-
  The show opens tomorrow, April
                                        help meet the challenges of rais-       of the Mind tournament, garner-        tary School, The Salvation Army,      Regal Product
30, and runs May 1, 7, and 8 at                                                                                                                            Must be presented at time of purchase.
                                        ing children with a disability.         ing 4th place out of 13 competitors.   the Alexandria Mental Health Cen-
7:30 in the T.C. Williams audito-
                                           It’s that time of year again … the   This was Hammond’s first time          ter, the Alexandria Tutoring Con-
   “I hope everyone comes out to
                                        T.C. Williams Drama Department          competing in the tournament, so        sortium, and the John Adams De-        FREE
support our youth,” says Angie
                                        is presenting “Chicago” on April        great things are on their way.         velopmental Center. The grants      Drop Cloth and
                                        30, May 1, May 7 and May 9. Sev-           The Brookville-Seminary Valley      ranged from $85 to $350, total-
Moran, Keira’s mother.
                                        eral Seminary Valley/West End           Civic Association has announced        ing $1,302.
                                                                                                                                                           Sanding Sponge
                                        teens are in the cast: Caroline         its Community Grant Awards for                           — Mia Jones          6229 Richmond Hwy
ATHLETIC FISH                                                                                                                                              Must be presented at time of purchase.
                                        Chamberlain, Alex Daniels, An-          2010. They include: The T.C. Wil-
  Dorathea Peters gathered a
                                        drew Flack, Zachary Frank, Maria
group of friends for a buffet by her    Jones, Sam Jones, Anthony Parker,
backyard pool, where they were          Ben Ribler, Maria Simpkins and
entertained by the world-class          Brielle Welch. Tickets are $8 ($6
jumping of the Koi who live there.      for ACPS employees and seniors),
                                        and each performance starts at
WHO WAS THERE                           7:30 p.m. A word to the wise …
  Mary Alice Delaplane, Kathy           this is not a show for young tykes,
Burns, Lillian Brooks, Leslie           due to adult themes and salty lan-
Hagan, Alice Azzozi, Ann Norloff,       guage.
Susan Dunn, Sandy Wheeler, and             Some of you may be wondering
Jan Spence all enjoyed the party.       what those red “Rock the Red for
                                        Jackson” yard signs mean. Jimmy
          — Lois Kelso Hunt             and Kristin (Donley) Dundon, who
                                        live on Polk Avenue, found out in
Seminary Valley                         January that their precious 2-year
                                        old son Jack has an inoperable
   If you, like our family was out
                                        brain tumor. Jimmy and Kristin are
of town over the Easter weekend,
                                        working with doctors to determine
you may have missed the very sad
                                        the best, most effective treatment
news that Anne Lipnick passed
                                        for Jack so he can be back watch-
away after a battle with cancer.
                                        ing SportsCenter with Daddy and
Anne, her husband Bob and chil-
                                        being super active with Mommy
dren Deborah and David have
                                        just as soon as possible. Jackson
lived on Pender Court in Seminary
                                        is longtime neighbor Kerry
Valley for many years. But more
                                        Donley’s grandson. Contact Beth
importantly, Anne was the
                                        Posey at if
lynchpin for a community of
                                        you’d like your own sign. For more
Alexandrians with special-needs
                                        information on other fundraisers
children. In fact, as reported here
                                        for Jackson, go to Facebook and
and elsewhere, the City honored
                                        find the group “1000 Strong for
Anne by naming its Parent Re-
source Center after her. Seminary
                                           Congratulations to Hammond
Valley has lost a valuable neigh-
                                        student Sydney Schaedel. The 8th-
bor and friend, and Alexandria has
                                        grader’s film, “Beauty Is Motion”
lost an incredible advocate for par-
                                        received an Award of Merit at the
ents and children. A special fund
                                        Virginia PTA Reflections contest
in her memory has been set up at
                                        (having beaten out other entries
Children Together (www.children-
                                        from Alexandria, Falls Church and; the Fund will be
                                        Fairfax County). Sydney also par-
used to assist parents in accessing
                                        ticipated with five other Admirals                                                                                                      Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 27
Designs                       By Delia Sava
                              Gazette Packet

                 his means so much to me,

“T               I’ve never won something
                 like this before,” said Sarah
                 Concepcion, a 15-year-old
9th grader at T.C. Minnie Howard Campus,
chosen to receive first prize in the Del Ray
Greens Mosaic Contest. A check for $1,000
was presented to Concepcion by Julie
Wadler, founder of Alexandria-based
epiphany productions, inc and owner of Del
Ray Greens, the first privately owned, LEED
certified green building in Del Ray.                  From left, Julie Wadler, Sarah Concepcion and Kate Elkins.                                                                                        Sarah Concepcion holds a render-
   “I have always really liked mosaics, so this                                                                                                                                                         ing of her winning design: “I have
contest was an inspiring way to connect               Concepcion have this opportunity. “ I’ve                                 the corner of Hume and Mount Vernon Av-                                  been doing art since kindergarten
with the community about our innovative               taught her since kindergarten and she re-                                enues will have commercial, mixed use                                    but this is really great.”
new building. I was impressed to see the              ally has a unique perspective on the world;                              space. Wadler’s company, epiphany produc-
students’ creativity and enthusiasm. The              she really has a gift for seeing things in a                             tions, inc. will occupy the second floor; the                            start collecting the bottle caps at the school.
winning designs will have a lasting impact            creative way.” The school’s art department                               rooftop will have a community farm where                                   Second place went to Khanh-Chau Mai, a
as integral parts of the building’s design and        is also receiving $1,000, as it will be respon-                          organic fruits and vegetables will be grown.                             7th grader at Arlington’s Swanson Middle
décor,” said Wadler. Two large mosaics will           sible for helping Concepcion produce the                                    According to Wadler, the two winners                                  School who receives $500, as does the
adorn the new building’s main entrance.               7’ x 6’ mosaic.                                                          were selected based on their creativity, use                             school’s art department. A panel of judges
The contest was open to all students in the              “We wanted to get diverse community                                   of color, design and incorporation of three                              that included Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille,
City of Alexandria Public Schools and Ar-             involvement, from the front door to the top                              different themes: business, local community                              Arlington School Board Member Libby
lington County Public Schools.                        of the building,” said Wadler.                                           and the environment. Concepcion’s design                                 Garvey, Architect Skip Maginniss, Alexan-
   Kate Elkins, the art teacher at the Alex-             Scheduled to break ground later this                                  uses metal bottle caps found on glass soda                               dria City Planner Maya Contreras and
andria school, says she is thrilled to see            spring, the two-story building, located on                               and beer bottles. Plans are underway to                                  Wadler, selected the two winning designs.

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28 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                                                                                          
Synetic’s Latest Show Could Bug You
Company stages                            world with this adaptation in which
                                          words become as important as im-
                                                                                                                                                                     his duties. Caitlin Cassidy, who ap-
                                                                                                                                                                     peared in Goldman’s adaptation of
“Kafka’s                                  ages. In doing so, they abandon
                                          their area of strength to concentrate
                                                                                                                                                                     “Lysistrata,” lends her pure voice as
                                                                                                                                                                     the music in Gregor’s mind.
Metamorphosis.”                           on an area where they haven’t had
                                          as much success. Theater companies
                                                                                                                                                                        This is not the first time an ad-
                                                                                                                                                                     venturous local theater company
            By Brad Hathaway              need to stretch in order to grow, but                                                                                      has tried its hand at Kafka’s story.
                        The Gazette       Synetic may have pushed just a bit                                                                                         The Catalyst Theater Company
                                          too far and taken a larger step than                                                                                       staged another adaptation on Capi-
        f you have a thing for the        they are ready to.                                                                                                         tol Hill five years ago with Scott

I       avant-garde in art, and the
        farther out the better, the new
        show “Kafka’s Metamorpho-
sis” by the movement-based theater
company, Synetic, should be on your
                                             This is the second collaboration
                                          between Synetic and director/
                                          adapter Derek Goldman of
                                          Georgetown University’s Davis Per-
                                          forming Arts Center. Last year they
                                                                                                                                                                     Fortier delivering a tremendously
                                                                                                                                                                     moving performance as Gregor
                                                                                                                                                                     without the use of prosthetics — no
                                                                                                                                                                     makeup, no shell, nothing but pure
                                                                                                                                                                     acting talent. Synetic chose to go a
must see list. If, on the other hand,     mounted his adaptation of                                                                                                  more “realistic” route and equipped
you can’t quite see yourself accept-      Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” at the                                                                                          Milosich with not only a shell but a
ing a hero who is turned into a cock-     Davis and now they perform his                                                              Photo by Graeme B. Shaw        gaggle of dangling legs and, for a
roach before your very eyes, this         “Kafka’s Metamorphosis” in the            John Milosich as Gregor Samsa and Clark Young as Franz                           while, a bug eyed helmet. The ef-
might not be the best introduction        Rosslyn Spectrum.                         Kafka in Synetic Theater’s “Metamorphosis.”                                      fect is to put the emphasis on what
to Synetic’s usually impressive work.        The single act plays out on Natsu                                                                                       is happening to Gregor’s body and
   Franz Kafka’s short story of           Onoda Power’s dream of a set — lit-       As is often the case at Synetic,       when it is doing its best work,           not to his mind. When he sheds that
Gregor Samsa who, as the first sen-       erally a dream brought into physi-        Lortkipanidze has composed music       doesn’t need a narrator to give de-       shell for a body suit with exposed
tence in one translation tells us,        cal form. The majority of the set is      that becomes both a soundscape, in     scriptions — the movement tells it        organs, the impact is to once again
woke one morning to discover that         poor Gregor’s bedroom as seen from        this case augmented by the work of     all.                                      draw attention away from the in-
“in his bed he had been changed to        above. What would be the back wall        sound designer James Bigbee               The supporting cast includes a         ner turmoil. It makes just too much
into a monstrous verminous bug,”          of the set is the floor of the bedroom,   Garver, and the throbbing heartbeat    number of locally prominent actors        of the metaphor.
is an overwhelming metaphor for           what would be the floor of the set is     of the story to which the perform-     who are known for their work at
the purposelessness of life. Kafka,       a sloping wall with a window              ers synchronize their actions. The     more traditional companies, but are
an early 20th century fiction writer
living in Prague, wrote of a young
                                          through which the unfortunate hero        impact is greatest when the blend
                                                                                    of sight and sound isn’t interrupted
                                                                                                                           new to Synetic’s unique style. Char-
                                                                                                                           lotte Akin is a chipper delight as the
                                                                                                                                                                      Where and When
                                          is swept along with all the rest of                                                                                           Syntetic Theater’s “Kafka’s
man who was the sole support of           the trash after his death. Next to the    by actual speech.                      family’s maid who has to deal with
                                                                                                                                                                      Metamorphosis” plays through
his family trapped in a life in which     bed is a floor lamp jutting toward          For this production, however,        the increasing detritus in Gregor’s
                                                                                                                                                                      May 22 at the Rosslyn Spec-
he felt constricted only to have con-     the audience which is but the most        speech becomes a key element.          room. Steve Beall and Annie Hous-
                                                                                                                                                                      trum, 1611 North Kent Street.
striction become real.                    noticeable handhold for Synetic           Goldman not only has Milosich voic-    ton are convincing as Gregor’s par-
                                                                                                                                                                      Performances are Thursday -
   Synetic, well known for highly         regular John Milosich to grasp as         ing the words of the newly             ents, more concerned over the loss
                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday
visual adaptations of classic works       Gregor as he crawls about in what         insectisized young man, he adds        of his support to their life style than
                                                                                                                                                                      at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 - $50.
in movement that seems a union of         has become his cage.                      Clark Young playing the writer         his own torment. Frank Britton is
                                                                                                                                                                      Call 800-494-8497 or log on to
dance and athleticism, but fre-              Nearly as impressive as the set is     Franz Kafka as a character, sitting    suitably cavalier as Gregor’s em-
quently with few or no lines of dia-      the lighting by Colin K. Bills and the    to the side describing what is going   ployer, whose only concern is when
logue, steps out of their wordless        music by Konstantine Lortkipanidze.       through Gregor’s mind. Synetic,        he can expect his clerk to return to

Stylish Gowns on Display in Oscar Wilde’s ‘Fan’
            By Brad Hathaway                                                                                               distracted, barely dutiful “Lady          fection.
                        The Gazette                                                                                        Agatha.”                                    The performances of the men are
           irector Stephen Scott                                                                                             One needn’t worry that Lawrence,        in some contrast to the colorful

D          Mazzola paid as much
           attention to selecting cos-
tume designers as to casting lead-
                                                                                                                           as Mrs. Windermere, wouldn’t get
                                                                                                                           a sartorial spectacle of her own,
                                                                                                                           however. By the end of the evening
                                                                                                                                                                     women but one stands out as the
                                                                                                                                                                     strength of the evening, that of
                                                                                                                                                                     Adam Downs as a lord in love with
ing roles for the new production of                                                                                        she’s not only created a complex and      Mrs. Windermere who is
Oscar Wilde’s drawing room com-                                                                                            intriguing character as a lady who        emboldened to hope for a chance
edy      of    manners,        “Lady                                                                                       suspects she’s been wronged, she’s        for her affection by the rumors of
Windermere’s Fan,” which opened                                                                                            resplendent first in a white silk gown    scandal that might be expected to
this week for a four-week run at the                                                                                       in which she presides over the last       break up her happy home.
Little Theatre of Alexandria.                                                                                              high-society ball of London’s 1892          Other male roles get suitable per-
  Kathy Dodson and Chris Macey                                                                                             season, and then a high necked day        formances from the likes of Lars
provide an evening-long parade of                                                                                          gown of subtle pastels in which she       Klores who lays on the stiff upper
delightful couture. While the men’s                                                                                        receives visitors the next morning.       class veneer just a bit too thick, Pe-
costumes look like they came from                                                                                            The really splendid costumes are        ter Laager whose befuddlement
a rental tux shop (but what can                                                                                            reserved, however, for the mystery        over the ways of society’s women is
you do with the oh-so-proper but                                                                                           woman who shakes up the lives of          a delight and Seth Vaughan whose
blah Victorian era formal wear?),                                                              Photo by Doug Olmsted       the Windermeres and their circle,         booming voice almost overwhelms
the women appear in one glorious                            .
                                          From left: Karen V Lawrence (Lady Windermere), Adam                              played with superb presence by            a few scenes although the lines
gown after another with the best          Downs (Lord Darlington), Lars Klores (Lord Windermere),                          Rebecca Lenehan, first in a shock-        Wilde gave his character are cer-
reserved for the principal charac-        and Rebecca Lenehan (Mrs. Erlynne).                                              ingly red outfit that would make          tainly worth savoring.
ters. Each gown not only lets the                                                                                          every eye at the ball focus on her           “Lady Windermere’s Fan” plays
audience know something of the            Lawrence in the title role in a non-      haughty Gayle Nichols-Grimes that      even if she weren’t the topic of the      through May 15 at the Little Theatre of
                                                                                                                                                                     Alexandria, 60 Wolfe Street. Perfor-
time and place of the scenes, they        descript house gown, which gives          matches the stuck-up nature of her     town’s hottest gossip of the moment       mances are Wednesday - Saturday at 8
reveal the characters of the ladies       no warning of the ensembles to            “Duchess of Berwick,” and a delight-   and, later, after we’ve learned her       p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are
who wear them.                            come. But suddenly, there’s a puffed-     ful near duplicate for the mugging     secret and come to appreciate her         $15 - $18. Call 703-683-0496 or log on
  The evening begins with Karen V    .    up contraption for a fabulously           of Meg Greene as her daughter, the     virtues, in a creme and coffee con-                                                                                                            Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 29
   A Pampered Mother is a Happy Mother                                                           Calendar
   Mother’s Day Spa Package - $350                                                       E-mail announcements to the Gazette,
   Includes:                                                                          tos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline
   • Haircut                                                                          is Thursday at noon for the following week’s
   • Manicure                                                                         paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412
                                                                                      with questions.
   • Pedicure
   • Deep Cleansing                                                                   ONGOING
     Facial (1 Hour)                                                                  Operation Prom Dress is a program
   • Body Massage (1 Hour)                                                              that collects prom gowns, shoes,
                                                                                        purses, tuxedo shirts and jewelry to
   • Complementary                                                                      donate to people who could not afford
     Gift Bag                                                                           to attend their proms. This year, the
                   1322 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314                             Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation
                                                                                        Center will be organizing the prom
                              703.535.8100                                              gown drive and serving as a collection
                                                           site. If you are interested in
                                                                                        volunteering and/or donating gently
                                                                                        used or new goods to the cause, call
                                                                                        McKenya Dilworth-Abdalla at 703-746-
                                                                                      While the bigger youth are going to their
                                                                                                                                     SUNDAY/MAY 16
   Find a Fabulous Mother’s Day Gift                                                    Proms, a Kiddie Prom is underway at
                                                                                        the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center. For
                                                                                        more information on the Kiddie Prom,
                                                                                                                                     Minds Wide Open. 7 p.m. Folk/pop singer Lindsay Mac with special guest Margot
                               Don’t miss the                                                                                          MacDonald. Tickets are $18/general, $15/advance at At Church
                                                                                        contact Center Director, Elsie
  ~ Empowered Women International Show ~                                                Akinbobola at 703-746-5475.
                                                                                                                                       of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria.

             from tonight through May1, Saturday                                                                                        Alexandria Jaycees. On May 1 from 9          Bridge. Call Claudia Hamblin-Katnik at
  and take advantage of a 2 day trunk sale next week featuring                        FRIDAY AFTERNOONS                                 a.m. to noon, organizations will be at       703-746-4068.
                     ~ Neman Jewelry ~                                                Tea Dances. 1-3:15 p.m. Group class               First Baptist Church of Alexandria,
                                                                                                                                        2932 King Street collecting food,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Civil War Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Civil
                                                                                                                                                                                     War camp life and weapon firing
                                                                                        from 1-1:30 p.m. Ballroom, Latin and
         High Fashion Jewelry from Paris and New York                                   Swing music. $11/person. At the                 clothing and supplies. Visit http://         demos. The day features re-enactors
          One-Man Show • 18 kt Gold • May 7th–8th                                       Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth        Or call         and period-era activities, including
                                                                                        Street, 2nd Floor (off Duke Street),            703-866-7171 or go to                        blacksmithing with an 1862 traveling
                                                                                        Alexandria. Call 703-751-8868.                                 forge. Special guests portray Colonel
                                                                                                                                                                                     John S. Mosby and a “Yankee
                                                                                                                                                                                     schoolmarm.” At the Historic Blenheim
                                                                                      THURSDAY/APRIL 29                              FRIDAY/APRIL 30                                 Estate, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.
                                                                                      Broadway Performance. 7 to 8:30                Business Philanthropy Summit. 7:30              Admission is $5 per person and $3 per
                                                                                         p.m. Free. Laura Benanti, who won a           a.m. Keynote speaker is Earl W.               child 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit
                              Custom-designed jewelry & repair • Wholesale Diamonds      Tony Award for her performance in the         Stafford, entrepreneur and                    the restoration and maintenance of the
       Store Hours                                                                                                                     philanthropist. At First Baptist Church,      Blenheim Estate. Free parking and
  Mon-Fri – 10:30-6:00 pm           1400 King St., Alexandria, VA                        2008 revival of “Gypsy,” will perform
                                                                                         at Mt. Vernon High School. Sponsored          2932 King Street, Alexandria.                 shuttle service is provided at the
   Sat – 11:00-5:00 pm                    703-683-0333                                   by ArtSpeak!, a program that brings         Spring for Alexandria. 8-9:30 a.m.              nearby Fairfax High School, 3501
   Sun – 12:00-4:00 pm                                         artists to school and helps increase          Followed by Spring for Alexandria             Rebel Run. Call 703-591-0560.
                                                                                         awareness of theater and the arts.            Community Service Day, 10 a.m. to 2        Tours of the Apothecary Museum. 1
                                                                                      Port Tobacco Pickers. 7-9 p.m. Free.             p.m. Event brings together business,          p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3
                                                                                         Seven-piece bluegrass band from               government, nonprofits, and neighbors         p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Admission is $6 per
                                                                                         Southern Maryland will perform a              to honor Alexandria’s proud                   person. Hands-on 18th-century science
                                                                                         musical medley of bluegrass, Southern         philanthropic tradition and ensure it         demos using fossils, specimens, flora
                                                                                         rock, train songs and an Irish whiskey        continues to thrive. At First Baptist         and fauna typically collected in the
                                                                                         tune. At the Torpedo Factory Art              Church of Alexandria, 2932 King               1700s. Advance reservations can be
                                                                                         Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria.         Street, Alexandria.                           made by calling 703-746-3852. Visit
                                                                                         Call 703-838-4565 or go to                  Abrakadoodle’s Kids’ Imagination      
                                                                                                      Project. 7:30-9:30 p.m. At The Art         Teen-Up Concert. Noon to 2 p.m.
                                                                                      Generations of Giving Gala. 6:30-10              Whino Gallery, 173 Waterfront St.,            Performers include: Thao Pham,
                                                                                         p.m. Hosted by Alexandria’s                   National Harbor. RSVP to Karin                Natayla Dyhouse, Jordan Hellmuth,
                                                                                         Community Foundation (ACT). Tickets           Machusic at 866-419-4278.                     Stephanie Felice, and Ramon
                                                                                         are $175. At the new headquarters of                                                        Concepcion, along with other high
                                                                                         the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,                                                       school students. To benefit children’s
                                                                                                                                     SATURDAY/MAY 1                                  cancer research. At Mount Vernon
                                                                                         600 Dulany Street, Alexandria. For
                                                                                         tickets, call 703-739-7778 or visit         Giant Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.         Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood
                                                                                                      Washington Farm United Methodist             Hall Lane, Alexandria. To reserve seats
                                                                                                                                        Church, 3921 Old Mill Road,                  beforehand, email:
                                                                                                                                        Alexandria. Rain or shine. Call 703-      Church Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Tons
                                                                                      APRIL 29-30                                       780-4696.                                    of furniture, household, clothing, etc.
                                                                                      Poetry Expo. “Dare to be Different:            White Cane Day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The            Funds raised will support Rebuilding
                                                                                        Paint the Blue Sky Red.” Guest poets            Mount Vernon Lions Club will be              Together Project. At Nativity Lutheran,
                                                                                        will perform their poems and share              asking for donations for its vision          1300 Collingwood Road, Alexandria.

                                                     Put Us to                          their inspiration and passion for poetry
                                                                                        with the students. Hosted by the
                                                                                                                                        projects at the Safeway in the
                                                                                                                                        Belleview Shopping Center. Also
                                                                                                                                                                                     Call 703-678-9324.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Community Family Fun Festival.

                                                     The Test                           Mount Vernon High School English                collecting old eyeglasses and hearing        Noon to 4 p.m. Featuring carnival-style
                                                                                        Department. In the Little theater at            aids. Contact Andrea Corsillo for            games and rides, local vendors, spring
                                                                                        MVHS.                                           information 703-960-4973.                    flower sale, music and dancing. At
                                                                                                                                     Taco-Tastic 2010. 2 p.m. Be the master          Browne Academy School, 5917
                                                     ❦ Selection                      APRIL 29 TO MAY 1
                                                                                                                                        of the taco and win one free meal a
                                                                                                                                        week for a year. Sign up by emailing
                                                                                                                                                                                     Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Call 703-
                                                                                                                               Cost is $10 to   Spring Plant Swap Brunch. Noon to 1
                                                     ❦ Service                        Trunk Show. 6:30-8:30 p.m. on
                                                                                         Thursday. The art sale will continue on        enter. At Old Town Austin Grill, 801
                                                                                                                                        King St., Alexandria. Call 703-684-
                                                                                                                                                                                     p.m. Hosted by the Huntington
                                                                                                                                                                                     Community Association. Gardeners
                                                                                         Friday, April 30, noon to 8:30 p.m.;
                                                     ❦ Price                             and Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6          8969.                                        bring in their extra seeds, seedlings,
                                                                                         p.m. Made by Women for Women in             Collecting Bicycles. 9 a.m. to noon. For        bulbs, roots, and extra plants from
                                                                                         partnership with Gold Works and                Bikes for the World, which provides          their gardens to exchange or give
                                                                                         David Martin Designs. Featured artists:        bikes to many third world countries. At      away, along with an item to share for a

     Come Taste the Difference                                                           Meseret Desta, Mekbib Gebertsadik,             Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911        potluck brunch. At Huntington
                                                                                         Naomie Belayneh, Rabia Naeem                   Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. For          Community Center, 5751 Liberty
                                                                                         Pervez, and Sharmila Karamchandani.            tax purposes, bikes may be claimed at        Drive, Huntington. Visit
                                                                                         At Gold Works, 1400 King St., in Old           the fair market value plus the $10/bike
          Two Convenient Alexandria Locations                                            Town Alexandria.                               cash donation (to defray some of the      Outdoor Art Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                        actual cost to ship them).                   Some 20-plus artists will display
                    Open 7 days a week                                                Alexandria Gives: A Community
                                                                                         Contributions Day. A celebration of         Invasive Species Plant garlic                   original 2D/3D works. Free and open
                                                                                                                                        Mustard Pull. 10 a.m. Volunteers are         to public. Del Ray Artisans Gallery,
          Bradlee                   Belle View                                           giving and service throughout the city.
                                                                                         Includes the Generations of Giving             needed to take part in the statewide         2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.
                                                                                                                                        Garlic Mustard pull. Meet at the             Contact Rob Rudick at 301-270-2323
      3690J King Street       1600A Belle View Blvd.                                     Gala on April 29, the Business
                                                                                                                                        intersection of Holmes Run Parkway           or
                                                                                         Philanthropy Summit, Community
       703.820.8600                571.384.6880                                          Service Day and Celebration on Market          and Pegram Street (near the kiosk and        Directions at
                                                                                         Square on April 30, and Alexandria             pedestrian bridge). Event focuses on
                                                                                         Gives: A Community Contributions Day           hand-pulling and bagging the plants       Church Barbecue. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                                              and Kids Helping Kids’ Lemonaide Day           along the paths of Holmes Run from           Pork and chicken North Carolina style
                                                                                         on May 1. Coordinated by the                   the western end of the City at Dora
                                                                                                                                        Kelly Park east to the Duke Street                See Calendar, Page 31
30 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                                                   
                From Page 30                                                                                                                 Old Town’s most authentic country
barbecue with hot dogs, beans, cole slaw        TUESDAY/MAY 4                                    makers, and over mature makers.
                                                                                                                                               French restaurant since 1983
                                                                                                                                              ❀                                                                       ❀
   and soft drinks. Cost is $8. At St. Luke’s                                                    Tickets are $25 each and must be
   Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt             Schubert’s String Quartet. 7:30 p.m.             purchased in advance. Call 703-548-
   Road, in the Hollin Hall/Wellington             With the National Chamber Players. To         1789. Visit
   area, off the George Washington                 benefit Autism Speaks. Guest artists        Gerry Hyland to Speak. Fairfax
   Parkway south of Alexandria. Call 703-          Benny and Eric Kim join the National          County Supervisor Gerry Hyland will
   765-4342 or visit                               Chamber players in a performance of           join the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club                       Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C          for dinner and then speak about the
Family Fun Festival. Noon to 4 p.m.                major, op. 163. Pendleton Hall,               current and future situation in Fairfax
   Games and rides, crafts, exhibits,              Episcopal High School, 3900 W.                County with a Q&A. At the Mount
   magic, music and more. Spring flower            Braddock Road, Alexandria. 703-933-           Vernon Country Club on Old Mill
   sale. At Browne Academy, 5917                   4135 or          Road.

   Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Call 703-           Reception following the concert. No         Opening of the Upper King St.
   960-3000. Sponsored by the Browne               tickets necessary.                            Fresh Farmers’ Market.
   Academy Parent Association.                  “Lady Windermere’s Fan.” 7-10 p.m.
                                                   Sponsored by the Mount Vernon
                                                                                                 Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. At King
                                                                                                 St. Gardens Park, 1806 King St.,
                                                   Kiwanis Club. Wine, cheese, and               Alexandria. The Upper King St.
MAY 1-2                                            snacks are complimentary before and
Mosaic Harmony Community Choir.
  7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1; 5 p.m. on
                                                   during the intermission. Special raffle
                                                   baskets and silent auction trips are also
                                                                                                 Farmers’ Market is open to the public
                                                                                                 on Wednesdays through Oct. 27. This
                                                                                                 outdoor market is the only mid-week
                                                                                                                                                                  Jumbo Soft Shell Crabs
  Sunday, May 2. Tickets are $20/adults;           available. Tickets are $25, first come        market, located across from the King
  free for kids under 12. At Bishop Ireton         first served. At the Little Theater of        Street Metro Station. Visit
  High School. Visit
                                                   Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street (corner
                                                   with S. St. Asaph). Write to Bruce
                                                   Malkin at or
                                                                                                 farmersmarketfrontpage.htm.                                      Open Mother’s Day
                                                   call 703-360-7725 for reservations.
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. 3 p.m.
                                                “Carmina Burana.” 7:30 p.m. Free.
                                                   Chorus Band Concert with Carl Orff. At
                                                   the Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N.
                                                                                               THURSDAY/MAY 6
                                                                                               Yoga for Tone. Free first class for                                                 3 Course Menu
   Solo performance by Edward Newman                                                              beginners at The Body in Balance
   performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto
   No. 9 in E-flat Major, K.271. At George
                                                   Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call
                                                                                                  Center, 1423 Powhattan Street, Suite
                                                                                                  7, Alexandria. Call 703-578-4434.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch & Dinner
                                                Benefit Concert for Autism Speaks.
   Washington Masonic National
   Memorial in Alexandria. Visit                   Schubert Cello Quintet in C. At
                                                                                               Celebration of Song. 7 p.m. Hale/
                                                                                                  Davis UCM Benefit Concert — From                                             Please Make Early Reservations                              Episcopal High School, in Pendleton            Mozart to Broadway. Tickets are $25/
Words of Albert Schweitzer and the                 Hall in the Ainslie Arts Center, 1200          general, $20/seniors, $10/students. At
   Music of Bach. 4 p.m. A musical and             North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call            Aldersgate United Methodist Church,

   dramatic portrayal using words of the           703-933-4135.                                  1301 Collingwood at Fort Hunt Road,
   man who earned world respect for his                                                           Alexandria. Call 703-360-9546.
   life of humanitarian ministry to Africa,     WEDNESDAY/MAY 5                                Toast to Fashion. 6:30-10 p.m.
   and as a scholar of organ music of J.S.                                                        Proceeds benefit the programs of the
   Bach. At Mount Vernon Unitarian              Spirits Tasting. 7:30-9:30 p.m. At Lee-           Campagna Center. Tickets are $45/
                                                   Fendall House Museum and Garden.
   Church, 1909 Windmill Lane,
                                                   John Vickers-Smith will lead attendees
                                                                                                  advance; $50/door. At the Belle           127 N. Washington St., Old Town • 703-548-4661
   Alexandria.                                                                                    Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt
Art Show. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by             through a tasting of four Maker’s Mark         Road, Alexandria. To purchase tickets                Smoke Free Restaurant
   Art for Humanity. At Lincolnia United           products designed to show the                  visit and
   Methodist Church, 6335 Little River
   Turnpike, Alexandria. Visit or contact
                                                   progression in the barrel: White Dog,
                                                   2-year-old Kentucky Straight, mature
                                                                                                  click on Events then 11th Annual Toast
                                                                                                  to Fashion.
   Bill Heinzman at Lincolnia Church at
Fashion Show for the Earth. 6 p.m.
   $25 admission. Proceeds go to the
   Potomac Conservancy, a nonprofit
   organization dedicated to preserving
   the Potomac River. At the Lorien Hotel          * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *                                                 Neighborhood
   in Old Town Alexandria. Call 800-283-                                                                                                   Health Services, Inc.
Opening of the West End Farmers
                                                     ECLIPSE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
   Market. 9 a.m. At Ben Brenman Park,
   4800 Brenman Park Dr. This year, the
                                                       SEASON’S FINAL CONCERT
   West End Farmers Market is open on                           George Washington Masonic Memorial
   Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from                            101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA
   May 2 through Nov. 21. Call 703-746-
   4343.                                                     Free parking; 1 block from King Street metro
Step Alive! Walkathon. 1:30 p.m. A
   five-mile walk through Old Town                                     SUNDAY, MAY 2nd at 3PM
   Alexandria to support the Alive! Child
   Development Center. Meet at the First
   Christian Church, 2723 King Street.                                                 J.S. Bach:
   Registration: $10/adults, $5/seniors.                                                  Sinfonia in C, Op. 9, No. 3
   Walkers are encouraged to raise                                                     Mozart:
   additional funds through pledges from                                                  Piano Concerto No. 9
   friends and family. All proceeds go to
   support early childhood education for
                                                                                          in E-flat Major, K. 271
   low income families in Alexandria.                                                  Edward Newman, piano
   Visit or call 703-
Alexandria Running Festival. 7 a.m.                                                       Symphony in C Major
   Open to the first 1,500 runners of all                                              Tickets $5-$25
   ability levels. Aims to raise funds and
   awareness of the partner charities that
   work to improve the plight of children          * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
   and families, locally and globally,             ECLIPSE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S ANNUAL GALA
   including Haiti. Race course starts at
   near the Eisenhower Metro and covers                               SUNDAY MAY 16th from 5-9pm
   the Eisenhower Avenue Corridor.                                     Water Music on the Potomac                                                 Wednesday, May 12, 2010 • 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
   Runners can register at                                                                                                                              at Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota or call 703-683-7500.                Cruise the Potomac aboard the “Odyssey” while wining                                         3750 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22305
Man vs. Machine. 2 p.m. The
   President’s Own U.S. Marine Band.                    and dining and listening to Handel’s Water Music                                     Please join us for an evening of festive food, drinks, music and a fabulous
   With Col. Michael J. Colburn,                                                                                                              silent auction to benefit Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.,
   conducting. At the Rachel M.                                          Sixth and Water Streets, SW                                                providing primary health care at the Arlandria Health Center.
   Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts                                           Washington, DC
   Center, NVCC, 3001 North Beauregard                                                                                                        A growing number of uninsured people receive critical health care at the
   Street, Alexandria Campus.                                                 (parking available)                                               Arlandria Health Center; 37,000 health care visits were held in 2009;
Healing Power of Gratitude. 2 p.m.                                                                                                                      more than 9,000 children and adults were uninsured.
   Talk by national speaker and Christian                          Boarding at 5PM - Departure at 6PM                                             While enjoying a wonderful Fiesta, your participation and support
   science practitioner Betty Jean O’Neal.                                                                                                       will make a big difference in the lives of many children and adults!
   At the Charles Houston Rec Center,                       Tickets - $200             Sponsorships - $500-$5,000
   905 Wythe Street, Alexandria (Route 1                                                                                                   Tickets are only $55 Per Person. Special thanks to the
   North). Call the Alexandria Christian                          For reservations call 703/635-2770
   Science Reading room at 703-683-
                                                                                                                                               For more information, visit or call 703-360-4387                                                                                                                          Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 31
                                                                            Fine Arts
                                                                                                                                                          makes art from recycled magazines.
                                                                NOW THROUGH MAY 16                                                                        At the age of 23, Coyle has developed
                                                                Virginia Celebrates Women. At                                                             a technique where she takes ordinary
                                                                   Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery,                                                            magazine pages and turns them into
                                                                   Alexandria,                                                                            works of art. Her first major solo
                                                                                                                 exhibition will be shown at the Fisher
                                                                                                                                                          Gallery in the Schlesinger Arts Center
                                                                                                                                                          in Alexandria. The opening reception
                                                                NOW THROUGH MAY 16                                                                        is on Saturday, May 22 from 3 to 5
                                                                Gallery Exhibit. Inspired by Teresa                                                       p.m., with an artist talk at 4 p.m. The
                                                                  Pollak’s “Grace Street in the Spring.”                                                  exhibition includes several 18x24-
                                                                  At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery,                                                          inch collage works on paper.
                                                                                                                                                       NOW THROUGH MAY 9
                                                                                                                                                       Cedric Williams’ Nostalgia and
                                                                NOW THROUGH MAY 20                                                                       Dereliction. The hours are 10 a.m.
                                                                Works by Artist Maria Hock. At the                                                       to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and
                                                                  Kingstowne Library, 6500                                                               during performances. At the
                                                                  Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call                                                    Schlesinger Center Margaret W. &
                                                                  703-339-4610.                                                                          Joseph L. Fisher Gallery, at the
                                                                                                                                                         Alexandria Campus of Northern
                                                                                                            MAY 6 THROUGH JUNE 7                         Virginia Community College. Visit
                                                                SATURDAY/MAY 1                              Teresa Oaxaca, “Classical          
                                                                Outdoor Art Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.            Realism: New Works.”
                                                                  Some 20-plus artists will display         Teresa Oaxaca, a 2005 graduate of HB
                                                                  original 2D/3D works. Free and open          Woodlawn and resident of Arlington,     MONDAY/MAY 10
                                                                  to public. Del Ray Artisans Gallery,         will have her recent paintings          Figure Drawing Workshop: Focus
                                                                  2704 Mount Vernon Ave.,                      featured at The Art League Gallery,        on Line. 2-5 p.m. Cost is $12/
                                                                  Alexandria. Contact Rob Rudick at            inside the Torpedo Factory in Old          members; $16/non-members. Lines
                                                                  301-270-2323 or                              Town Alexandria, in her solo exhibit.      from loose to precise, lines that give
                                                                         Opening Reception: Thursday, May           mass to your figures, lines that give
                                                                  Directions at                                13 from 6:30-8 p.m. Gallery Hours:         life to your drawings, and minimal
                                                                           Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12           lines that make your drawing look
                                                                                                               noon-6 p.m. Open Thursdays until 9         finished will be explained and
                                                                                                               p.m. Exhibitions and events are free       demonstrated in this workshop. At
                                                                MAY 1-30                                       and open to the public.                    the DRA Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon
                                                                WomanMade. Part of the Minds Wide                                                         Ave., Alexandria. Contact Katherine
                                                                  Open celebration of women in the                                                        Rand at 703-836-1468 or
                                                                  arts. Lillian Fitzgerald, curator and     MAY 4 TO JUNE 10                    
                                                                  art consultant, chose 28 artists’ work    To Point B: New Work by Frank
                                                                  from more than 400 artists who had           Phillips. Gallery opening Tuesday
                                                                  applied submitting over 1200 images          May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Opening              NOW THROUGH MAY 16
                                                                  for her review. She chose work that          reception will be followed by the       Minds Wide Open: Virginia
                                                                  provided a small window into the art         National Chamber Players concert.         Celebrates Women. Jewelry,
                                                                  being made by women today.                   Call 703-933-4135 or                      sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces
                                                                  Reception to meet the artists and   At          are some of the items that will be
                                                                  hear the juror speak on Thursday,            Angie Newman Johnson Gallery,             exhibited. At Potomac Fiber Arts
                                                                  May 13, 6-8 p.m. Also a special dance        Episcopal High School, 3900 W             Gallery, in Studio 18 of the Torpedo
                                                                  performance by Karen Reedy Dance             Braddock Road, Alexandria. Gallery        Factory Art Center, 105 North Union
                                                                  will follow the juror talk at 7:30 p.m.      hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.       Street in Old Town Alexandria. The

           The                                                    At the Target Gallery.                       to 5 p.m. or by appointment.              gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                                         6 p.m., except on Thursdays when it
                                                                                                                                                         is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

      Royal Restaurant                                          MAY 9-31
                                                                In the Genes? Free. Torpedo Factory
                                                                   artists explore the possibility of a
                                                                                                            NOW THROUGH MAY 2
                                                                                                            Artist Gail C. Weyant Solo Show,
                                                                                                               “Storytelling Artwork.” Straight        MAY 14 THROUGH JUNE 13
                                                                   “creative gene” with this building-         Photography, Computer Enhanced          Megan Coyle’s Piece by Piece:
                                                                   wide exhibition that celebrates the         Images, and Ceramics. At Gallery          Figurative Collage. Opening
      SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET                                  family bond. Mother’s Day reception         West, 1213 Duke Street, Old Town          reception is Saturday, May 22 from
                                                                   is May 9 from 1-4 p.m. At the               Alexandria. Hours are Wednesday to        3-5 p.m. At the Schlesinger Center
                                                                   Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N.          Sunday, 11-6 p.m.                         Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher
                                                                   Union St., Alexandria. Open Daily 10                                                  Gallery, 3001 North Beauregard
                                                                   a.m. – 6 p.m., Open Thursdays until                                                   Street, Alexandria. The Gallery Hours
                                                                   9 p.m. Visit;     NOW THROUGH MAY 3                            are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
                                                                   or call 703-838-4565.                    Fierce Sonia’s Solo Exhibit,
                                                                                                               “Paper Dolls.” Joe Chiocca, Old
                                                                                                               Town’s favorite band, will play and     MAY 21 TO MAY 30
                                                                                                               reunite with special guest singer Kim   Finding Beauty Show. Opening
                                                                                                               Kenny. Part of the statewide event,        reception Friday, May 21 from 7-10
                                                                                                                         Minds Wide Open: Virginia        p.m. This is Virginia Commonwealth
                                                                                                                         Celebrates Women in the          University student Amanda R.
   Sunday Breakfast Buffet                            7-11 am                                                            Arts. At the Art League
                                                                                                                         Gallery, 105 North Union
                                                                                                                                                          Wright’s Master of Interdisciplinary
                                                                                                                                                          Studies Thesis Exhibition. Details
    Adult........$11.75*         Children under 12 ....$4.50*                                                            Street, Alexandria. Go to        and hours at
                                                                                                                or At the
   Mother’s Day Brunch Special                     11 am-3 pm                                                            call 703-683-1780.               Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the
    Adult........$14.00*        Children under 12 ....$7.95*                                                                                              Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704
                                                                                                                                                          Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.
                                                                                                                         MAY 5 TO JUNE 6
                   Alcoholic beverages available                                                                                                          Visit or
                                                                                                                         You Are Here by Susan            contact Amanda R Wright, 703-501-
            Most Breakfast Buffet Items                                                                                  LaMont, contemporary
                                                                                                                         realism artist. The show
                                                                                                                                                          6838 or

             on our brunch fare menu.                                                                                    features four large works
                                                                                                                                                       TUESDAY/MAY 25
                                                                                                                         that examine the
   Chilean Sea Bass & Salmon, VA Ham & Raisin Sauce,            “Conversing” woodfired stoneware                         relationship between          Art and Hors d’oeuvres. 6-7 p.m.
                                                                                                                         people and their                 Free. Monthly art receptions with
      Omelette Station, Sliced Hot Roast Beef Au Jus,           statues by Elke Seefeldt of Arlington,                   increasingly complex             Torpedo Factory artists. The public is
   Chicken Florentine, Oven Browned Potatoes, Rice Pilaf,       Va. (12" tall)                                           environments. Reception
                                                                                                                         is Saturday, May 8 from 5-
                                                                                                                                                          invited to meet the artists whose
                                                                                                                                                          work is on display and enjoy
             Pasta Marinara, Green Vegetables,                  NOW THROUGH MAY 23                                       7 p.m. Second Thursday           complimentary hors d’oeuvres during
       Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit, Home Made Desserts             Above the Curves: A ceramic celebration of women
                                                                  through earthy forms. Curves are presented in clay
                                                                                                                         reception is May 13 from
                                                                                                                         6-9 p.m. At Gallery West,
                                                                                                                                                          the monthly receptions. At Morrison
                                                                                                                                                          House, 116 South Alfred Street,
                    - Reservations Recommended -                  art as Washington Ceramic Guild potters embrace        1213 King Street,                Alexandria.
      The Royal is where Old Town Dines since 1904!               womanly organic forms with delicate and intricate      Alexandria. Visit
                                                                  clay detailing. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s or
        734 North Saint Asaph Street                              Scope Gallery. The gallery is located on the ground    call 703-549-6006.            MAY 28-JULY 4
                  (703) 548-1616                                  floor Studio 19, 101 North Union Street                                              Bucky-Art Project. A temporary
                                                                  Alexandria. Hours are Monday through Sunday                                            outdoor art exhibit that pays homage
        *plus taxes & gratuities. One per person                  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until      MAY14THROUGHJUNE13              to the scientific mind of R.
                                                                  9 p.m. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit     “Piece by Piece                 Buckminster Fuller and his creation
                                 Free Parking            and             Figurative Collage.”            of the Geodesic Dome. Part of the
                                                                                        Collage artist Megan Coyle      Crystal City BID’s ARTFUL Program.
32 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                        
                                                and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. For ages 4
MAY 6-29                                        and up. Run time: 1 hour. Tickets are
Teatro de la Luna. Rifarl el Corazón            $12/advance, $15/door, $10 for
  (Heartstrings) by Dino Armas                  parties of 10 or more. Call 800-494-
  (Uruguay). Thursdays, Fridays,                8497 or At the
  Saturdays at 8 p.m. Saturday                  Synetic Family Theater, 4041
  matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25/           Campbell Avenue, Arlington.
  regular, $20/students and seniors. At
  Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two,
  2700 S. Lang St., Arlington.               NOW THROUGH MAY 30
                                             “Sophisticated Ladies.” Starring
                                               Maurice Hines. At Arena Stage at the
NOW THROUGH MAY 15                             Lincoln Theatre. Show times are
“Lady Windermere’s Fan.”                       Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at
  Wednesday through Saturday at 8              7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. curtain on 4/25);
  p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. At the Little         Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8
  Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe             p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees
  Street, Alexandria. Contact Rachel           at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. curtain on 4/25);
  Alberts @ 703/795-0659 or                    Weekday matinees at noon on 4/21,                          4/27 & 5/5. Tickets range from $25
                                               to $74. For tickets, call 202-488-
                                               3300. At Arena Stage, 1800 S. Bell
MAY 18 THROUGH JUNE 13                         Street, Arlington.
“Sycamore Trees.” “Sycamore Trees”                                                       NOW THROUGH MAY 9
  is the second part of Signature’s                                                      “Son of a Stand Up Comedian.” A
  “American Musical Voices Project”          NOW THROUGH JUNE 27
                                                                                           Scottish Jewish Rock Musical starring
  sponsored by The Shen Family               [title of show]. Presented by                 Paul Scott Goodman. The show is
  Foundation. Show times are Tuesday             Signature’s ARK Theater. Tickets are      about an artist’s struggle to live and
  and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.,                    $52 to $76 and are available by           survive as a writer, performer, lover
  Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.,                 calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-          and, ultimately, a father in the
  Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and             SEAT or visiting www.signature-           searing hot summer of Manhattan
  Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets   Show times are Tuesday       1988. At MetroStage. Tickets are
  range from $52 to $76. Call                    and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.,               $45 and $50 and can be reserved
  Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT                   Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.,            through
  (7328) or go to www.signature-                 Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and        494-8497 or by calling 703- 548- At Signature Theatre,             Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There         9044. Go to
  4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.                 are no performances of [title of
                                                 show] on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
                                                 and Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. At
NOW THROUGH MAY 16                               4200 Campbell Avenue (22206) off I-
“The Fool at the Circus.” Saturdays              395 at the Shirlington exit.

   The Birchmere
  3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call
                                                 Historic Alexandria Photo Contest
703-549-7500            or          visit           Have a favorite place in Old Town? A memorable view of the West End                               or a great scene in Del Ray? Then share those insider tips and photogra-
April 30-May 1: America with Larry               phy with visitors to the city. The Office of Historic Alexandria is calling all
Burnett and Don Chapman (4/30) and               photographers to show off what they love about this city. The top six im-
The Nadas (5/1)                                  ages will be displayed in the Historic Alexandria History Center and
May 3: The English Beat
May 6: Kathy Mattea
May 7: Shawn Colvin with Rachael Sage
May 8: Dan Tyminski (Duo) and John
                                                 Museum Store located in the Torpedo Factory Arcade for thousands of visi-
                                                 tors to see this summer. Submit entries to Flickr Group, Historic Alexandria
                                                 Photo Contest, no later than Monday, May 17.
                                                                                                                                    Fundraiser for Haiti’s
and Jay Starling
May 10: Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra
May 11: Shelby Lynne with Findley
                                                    See the Flickr Group (
                                                 for complete details and rules of entry, including these submission require-
                                                 ments: All eligible entries must be received by Monday, May 17.
                                                    Winners will be notified no later than Monday, May 24, and must pro-
                                                                                                                                     Earthquake Victims
                                                 vide the Office of Historic Alexandria with a high-resolution image in JPG
May 12: Roomful of Blues and Janiva              or TIFF format on CD by Friday, May 28.
Magness                                             Only photos taken within the City of Alexandria in publicly accessible
May 13: Iris Dement with Elizabeth               places are eligible. It must be apparent where the photos were taken so
Cook                                             that others can go there.
May 14: Crooked Still & Chatham                     No identifiable people in the photos.
County Line                                         Photos must have content appropriate for use on a government website.
May 15: Virginia Coalition                          Photo entries must have been created by the contributor, and he or she
May 21-22: Sweet Honey in the Rock               must be the sole owner of all rights to the photos submitted.
May 27-28: Toad the Wet Sprocket                    By entering the contest contributors are consenting to the use of their
May 29: Sonny Landreth with Tom                  work by the City of Alexandria in print and web media without compensa-
Principato                                       tion and without seeking further approval. When possible, photo credit will
May 30: Alex Bugnon                              be given.
June 4: Southside Johnny and the                    For more information, contact Michele Longo at 703-746-4242.
Asbury Jukes
June 5: The Seldom Scene and Legends
                                                                                                                                    T.C. Williams High School’s Titan Aid Club is
                                                                                                                                    organizing a benefit concert, “Titan Aid Live,”
                                                                                                                                    to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
                                                                                                                                               The Birchmere
                                                                                                                                          Featuring: Virginia Coalition
                      Trattoria da Franco                                                                      Opera Nite
                                                                                                                Sunday                      Saturday 5/15 7:30pm
                                    Award–Winning Roman Cuisine                                                 MAY 23rd
                           ~Celebrate Mother’s Day With Us~                                                                                Tickets are $20 • See
                                 Relaxed Atmosphere • Outdoor Seating
                                                                                                                                    Proceeds raised by Titan Aid will be donated to
                               Special Mother’s Day Menu Available All Day                                                          Architecture for Humanity to help create lasting and
                                     Franco’s Piano Bar is open with live music
                                                                                                                                    sustainable solutions for Haiti. Titan Aid is dedicated
                               Friday–Saturday Evening with Betsy Lubs from Russia                                                  to raising money and awareness for victims of disasters
                   305 S. Washington Street • Old Town • 703-548-9338                                                               around the globe.
                              Daily Specials • Private Party Rooms • Ample Free Parking                                                      Special thanks to the                                                                                                            Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 33
             Legal Notices                                       Legal Notices

                                                                                                       Last-Minute Budget Changes
Case No JJ025802-07-00                             Case No JJ025802-08-00
Commonwealth of Virginia                           Commonwealth of Virginia
VA. CODE § 8.01-316                                VA. CODE § 8.01-316
Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic            Alexandria J & DR Juvenile and Domestic
Relations District Court                           Relations District Court
Commonwealth of Virginia, in re                    Commonwealth of Virginia, in re
TRINITY MICHI BURCH                                TRINITY MICHI BURCH                                 From Page 1                                            shortsighted and counterproductive. Again, Fannon’s
The object of this suit is to:                     The object of this suit is to:
Approve the permanency plan submitted by           Approve the permanency plan submitted by                                                                   proposal was rejected.
DHS, to terminate the parental rights of Tiffany   DHS, to terminate the residual parental rights of      sense that next week’s budget could end in a five-    “I’m really not interested in balancing the budget
Burch mother of Trinity Burch, DOB 4/16/09,        the unknown father of Trinity Burch, born to Tif-
and to give the right to the Alexandria Depart-    fany Burch on 4/16/09, and to give the right to     to-three vote.                                         on the backs of our workers,” said Councilwoman
ment of Human Services to place the child for      the Alexandria Department of Human Services
adoption.                                          to place the child for adoption.                       This is the first year of a new bipartisan council, Del Pepper.
It is ordered that the defendant Tiffany Burch,    It is ordered that the defendant uknown father,     and the budget talks have taken a dramatically dif-      Again and again, Fannon suggested that volunteers
appear at the above named Court and protect        appear at the above named Court and protect
his or her interests on or before 6/23/2010 at     his or her interests on or before 6/23/2010 at      ferent course this year. The five Democrats have re- and corporate sponsors could take responsibility for
3:00pm                                             3:00pm
                                                                                                       peatedly clashed with a Republican and a Republi- services to take the pressure off of city taxpayers.
                ABC LICENSE
David Jabro trading as Maggio’s Italian & Latino                                                       can-leaning independent over spending priorities During Monday night’s meeting, he suggested street
Cuisine, 2260 Huntington Ave, Alexandria, VA              Give me                                      and taxes. Some of the battles                         cleaning and community policing could be financed
22303. The above establishment is applying to          where to stand,
the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC                                                                   have already been lost, such as                                                 privately. But when the “City
BEVERAGE CONTROL for a Beer and Wine,                  and I will move
                                                                                                       Councilwoman Del Pepper’s at-                                                   of Alexandria Pipe and
off and on premises, delivery license to sell or
manufacture alcoholic beverages. David
                                                         the earth.
                                                            -Archimedes                                tempt to add funding to keep
                                                                                                                                                  “It’s like this money is             Drums” threatened to remove
                                                                                                       holiday lights installed year-
                                                                                                       round on King Street or Coun-
                                                                                                                                                  going into a black hole.”            Alexandria from its name un-
                                                                                                                                                                                       less City Council members re-
             Legal Notices                                       Legal Notices                         cilman Rob Krupicka effort to         — Councilwoman Alicia Hughes on stored funding, Fannon ar-
                                                                                                       implement an energy-efficiency                           consultants’ fees gued that $5,000 public fund-
                                  LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT                                                  tax credit. Others disputes have                                                ing was needed — a position
                                                                                                       been successfully resolved, such as paying for                                  that struck some as counter-
 The Board of Equalization and Assessment Review for the City of Alexandria will convene at 9:00
 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 301 King Street, City Hall, Room 3008, Alexandria, Virginia,        stormwater management with a tax rather than a intuitive.
 for the purpose of equalizing real estate assessments. The purpose of this meeting will be to dis-    fee in a fund that could not be raided for other pur-    “You’re talking about citizens raising money for all
 cuss meeting dates, docket order and processing, and other administrative issues. On succeed-
 ing days, as established during the May 18 organizational meeting, the Board of Equalization and      poses.                                                 kinds of things,” said Krupicka. “They can raise money
 Assessment Review will meet for the purpose of hearing complaints of inequalities wherein the
 property owners allege a lack of uniformity in assessment, or errors in acreage in such real estate      “We don’t come to any of this lightheartedly,” said for pipe and drums.”
 assessments. The Board also shall hear complaints that real property is assessed at more than         Mayor Bill Euille. “These are very important deci-
 fair market value. Persons who wish to appeal to the Board of Equalization and Assessment Re-
 view may obtain the necessary forms by applying to the City of Alexandria Department of Real          sions.”                                                WITH THE ELIMINATION of a merit step off the
 Estate Assessments, 301 King Street, City Hall, Room 2600, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, between
 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you wish only to obtain the necessary forms                                                               table and the effort to create furloughs dead, council
 related to the assessment appeal process, please call 703.746.4180. The form may also be print-       THE SPECTER looming over deliberations this year members moved on to the other significant proposal
 ed from the City’s web site at......
                                                                                                       is the possibility that Councilman Frank Fannon and by independent Councilman Alicia Hughes. Her list
                                                                                                       Councilwoman Alicia Hughes might end up voting of spending reductions included a proposal to strip
                                                                                                       against the budget. Both ran campaigns last year $7.5 million out of the city’s budget for consultants.
 If, after receiving or printing the forms you would like further information, please call
 703.746.4646 during normal business hours. The deadline for filing an appeal is July 1,               based on fiscal discipline and low taxes. Now they During a meeting with her colleagues on Monday,
 2010. Appeals with a postmark after July 1, 2010, will not be accepted. The July 1, 2010,             are serving through their first budget cycle in office Hughes said she was willing to cut back the effort to
 appeal deadline is not applicable to appeals of assessments made pursuant to Virginia Code
 § 58.1-3292.                                                                                          and trying to live up to their campaign promises. a $3.5 million reduction if other council members
                                                                                                       Fannon has repeatedly said he can not support a bud- would sign on to the effort.
             Legal Notices                                       Legal Notices                         get that exceeds last year’s budget, a pledge he reit-   “It’s like this money is going into a black hole,”
                                                                                                       erated Monday night.                                   said Hughes.
                                                                                                          “I don’t want to go to the citizens and say we’ve     According to a budget memorandum prepared by
     ALEXANDRIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT UPDATE                                                              increased spending and we’ve raised your taxes,” said the city manager’s office at Hughes’ request, Alexan-
 Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and CSX Transportation, part-                   Fannon. “I can’t support a budget that does both of dria plans to drop about $54 million in contractual
 nering with VRE and Amtrak, have been working to add more VRE and Amtrak                              those things.”                                         services this year. Examples range from minor expen-
 service and improve existing service by constructing an additional railroad track be-
 tween Fredericksburg, VA and Washington, DC.                                                             To balance the books, Fannon suggested some dra- ditures such as advertising and uniform cleaning to
                                                                                                       matic cuts. One of the most significant reductions major financing for health services and solid-waste
 The project includes replacing a 100-year old, single track CSX railroad bridge with
 a new double-track railroad bridge over Norfolk Southern tracks, located near 4500                    was a proposal that would eliminate a merit step disposal. Hartmann said he would be willing to cut
 Wheeler Avenue adjacent to Cameron Run Park. The construction began during the                        for city employees, saving about $2.8 million. The the budget for consultants if asked, but he added that
 summer of 2009, and despite the unforgettable Snowmageddon 2010, the project is
 still on track for completion later this spring.
                                                                                                       Republican councilman explained that he was hear- making such a reduction could have unexpected im-
                                                                                                       ing from residents who were struggling to make ends plications.
 We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community during the con-                         meet, and that many of his constituents felt that city   “There would be a lot of unhappy people at this
 struction of this important project. While the heavy construction that caused the
 most noise in the late evening hours are behind us, the crews are still working very                  employees should shoulder some of the burden table and in the community,” said Hartmann.
 close to the tracks at night in an effort to make up for snow days and keep to the                    people in the private sector are experiencing. None      One significant issue that remains unresolved head-
 schedule. To ensure the safety of the construction crews, trains are required to
 sound their horns to notify workers that they are coming through the work zone.                       of this colleagues supported the proposal.             ing into the final deliberations is how to fund the
                                                                                                          “I think Councilman Fannon is trying to play poli- city’s subsidy to the Washington Metropolitan Area
 However, the finish line is near! The actual Bridge Roll-In is scheduled for Memorial
 Day Weekend 2010 and after that time, the vast majority of the evening train horn
                                                                                                       tics with the budget,” said police union president Transit Authority. Hartmann’s proposed budget in-
 noise in the area due to construction will cease. Completion of the entire project is                 Mike Kochis, whose members did not endorse cluded no increase for the operating subsidy. But the
 being targeted for July 4, 2010. The project team thanks you for your patience and                    Fannon last year. “If he wants our endorsement in WMATA board of directors could result in a city sub-
 understanding. For more information, contact Quintin Kendall at (804) 592-2485.
                                                                                                       the future, he’s going to have to explain why he says sidy increase of $4 million. Council members ex-
                                                                                                       he supports police in public but then acts against pressed a willingness to reduce the appropriation to
                                                                                                       our members when it counts.”                           the school system to pay for the increased Metro sub-
                                                                                                          After failing to eliminate the merit step, Fannon sidy if necessary. But Mayor Bill Euille, who is a mem-
                                                                                                       moved on to another controversial budget-cutting ber of the WMATA board of directors, said he hopes
                                                                                                       proposal — creating a four-day citywide furlough that can be avoided.
                                                                                                       for non-public-safety employees. Budget officials es-    “My gut tells me we are not going to have a sub-
                                                                                                       timate that this could save about $2.2 million, but sidy increase,” said Euille. “But I’ve been wrong be-
                                                                                                       it’s a strategy that Hartmann has argued against as fore, so don’t hold me to that.”

                                                                                                                 Military Notes
                                                                                                          Air National Guard Airman 1st           Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son   Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape
                                                                                                       Class Brooke A. Sorrell graduated          of Francis Luginbill Jr. of Greenleigh    May, N. J. Curtis is a 2001 graduate of
                                                                                                       from basic military training at Lackland   Lane, Alexandria, and Mike and Arleen     Loudoun County High School of
                                                                                                       Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She    Strider of Garrity Road, St. Leonard,     Leesburg, Va.
                                                                                                       is the daughter of Chris and Roberta       Md.
                                                                                                       Sorrell of Cromwell Place, Alexandria.                                                  Ketajh Brown, of Alexandria,
                                                                                                                                                    Coast Guard Seaman Alex E.              joined candidates from 34 states to be-
                                                                                                         Air Force Airman Francis L.              Curtis, son of Joyce R. and stepson of    gin Phase 1 of Officer Candidate School
                                                                                                       Luginbill III graduated from basic         Donald L. Davis of Alexandria, Va., re-   (OCS) at Camp Fretterd Military Reser-
                                                                                                       military training at Lackland Air Force    cently graduated from the U.S. Coast      vation in Reisterstown, MD.
34 ❖ Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                   Alexandria Gazette Packet Sports Editor Jon Roetman

     Sports                                                                                                                         703-224-3015 or

TC’s Yates Ready for Life’s Next ‘Journey’
Senior competes in                                                                                          “It’s the end of one journey and the beginning
two all-star games                                                                                            of a new one. As much fun as I had [during]
as high school                                                                                             this journey in high school, I should have more
comes to a close.                                                                                                                   in college and hopefully
                                                                                                                                   professional” basketball.
                       By Jon Roetman

                                                                                                                                                Photo by Louise Krafft/The Gazette
                            Gazette Packet
                                                                                                                                                                                      — T.C. Williams senior and Liberty &
                                                                                                                                                                                               Patriot All Star Ryan Yates
          iberty & Patriot All Star Ryan Yates

L         had done his part with the bas-
          ketball in his hands, scoring a
          game-high 24 points. But with his
team in danger of losing the Northern Re-
gion all-star game, the T.C. Williams senior
                                                                                                                                                                                     forward — best fits his size and abilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                       “It’s the end of one journey and the be-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ginning of a new one,” Yates said of his high
                                                                                                                                                                                     school days winding down. “As much fun
                                                                                                                                                                                     as I had [during] this journey in high school,
turned to mind games.                                                                                                                                                                I should have more in college and hope-
  The Concorde and National All Stars led                                                                                                                                            fully professional” basketball.
by two with 5.7 seconds remaining in the                                                                                                                                               Yates’ T.C. Williams teammate Tayron
fourth quarter when Yorktown’s Mike Veith                                                                                                                                            Chambers also played in the Northern Re-
stepped to the line with a chance to put the                                                                                                                                         gion all-star game, scoring 11 points for the
game out of reach. That’s when Yates and         T.C. Williams senior and Liberty & Patriot All Star Ryan Yates scored a                                                             Liberty & Patriot All Stars.
teammate Martez Redfearn (West Potomac)          game-high 24 points in a losing effort during the Northern Region all-                                                                                                       .
                                                                                                                                                                                       Redfearn also scored 11 points for L-P The
approached Veith to offer some words of          star game on April 24 at Wakefield High School.                                                                                     6-foot-3 guard wants to play basketball in
“encouragement.”                                                                                                                                                                     college and major in business.
  We told him “if he missed it we’d let him      Langley’s Travis Hess coached the L-P squad     two regional championships he was a part                                              “We all shared the ball,” Redfearn said of
party with us in Alexandria,” Yates said of      and Mount Vernon’s Alfonso Smith led the        of with the Titans.                                                                 his teammates. “First time doing this, it was
the duo’s attempt to disrupt Veith’s concen-     C-N team.                                          “This game and the Capital Classic were                                          nice. I really had fun.”
tration.                                           The 6-foot-7 Yates, a first-team all-region   two games for me to play with my area                                                 Redfearn’s fun continued after the game,
  Veith made 1 of 2 free throws, allowing        selection, also competed in the Capital Clas-   friends and have fun,” Yates said. “But this                                        when he jokingly pushed C-N All Star Rob-
the L-P All Stars a chance to tie. But they      sic on April 15. Facing some of the top tal-    one was even better, getting to play against                                        ert Smith (Mount Vernon) out of the way
came up empty on a final 3-point attempt         ent in the Washington D.C. metro area,          the other kids in the region.”                                                      and said “Not you!” when both were ap-
and the C-N All Stars won 102-99 on April        Yates scored 11 points in 14 minutes as a          Yates said next year he will attend Lee                                          proached for an interview.
24 at Wakefield High School. Standout se-        member of the Suburban All Stars, which         Academy, a prep school in Lee, Maine, to                                              “They should have [passed the ball] to
niors from the Liberty and Patriot districts     lost to the District All Stars, 109-100.        build strength and work on his overall                                              me” late in the fourth quarter, Redfearn
faced athletes with similar credentials from       During the Northern Region all star game,     game. He also wants to determine which
the Concorde and National districts.             Yates playfully reminded his peers of the       position — possibly shooting guard or small                                                               See Ready, Page 36

        Sports Briefs
SSSAS Girls Lacrosse
                                                   Robin Bomberger and August Bryant each
                                                 scored three goals for the Titans. Jay
Wins 12th Straight                               Whitmire, Ben Bilodeau, Kodie Richards
                                                 each scored one goal and John Bray and
  The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes girls la-
crosse team defeated Georgetown Visitation
                                                 Ben Goodwin each had one assist. The loss
                                                 dropped TC’s record to 3-7.
                                                                                                   Five questions with
12-7 on April 27, improving its record to
17-2. The Saints have not lost since falling
                                                   Two days earlier, the Titans defeated
                                                 South County 12-9. Bilodeau and
                                                                                                   T.C. Williams senior
to Bryn Mawr 16-9 on April 1.
  SSSAS travels to face Flint Hill at 4:15
                                                 Bomberger each scored three goals and
                                                 Jimmy Carragher added two.
                                                                                                   pitcher Chris Cattaneo
p.m. April 29.                                     TC wraps up the regular season at West
                                                 Potomac with a 7:15 p.m. game on April            Q: What is the farthest location                                                  is going to get done.
TC Baseball Falls to                             29.                                               from the Washington, D.C. metro
                                                                                                   area that you’ve traveled?                                                        Q: Who is your favorite pro
Lake Braddock                                    TC Girls Tennis                                     A: Italy, this past summer. It wasn’t                                           baseball team?
  The T.C. Williams baseball team lost to                                                          technically a school trip but a teacher                                             A: I have two teams: Boston, because
Lake Braddock 14-3 on April 23, drop-            Beats Annandale                                   took us.                                                                          that’s my dad’s favorite team, and my
                                                                                                                                                                                     mom’s from Philadelphia, so I like the
ping its record to 7-6. The Titans travel          The T.C. Williams girls tennis team de-
to face Woodson at 6:30 p.m. April 29                                                              Q: Who is your favorite music                                                     Phillies, too.
                                                 feated Annandale 8-1 on April 27, improv-         artist?
and host West Springfield at 6:30 p.m.           ing its record to 7-5.
April 30.                                                                                            A: I love AC/DC. I love all style of                                            Q: You’re going to Old Dominion
                                                   The Titans received singles victories form      music, but AC/DC gets me pumped be-                                               next year. What are you most
                                                 No. 1 Maggie Kennedy (10-7), No. 3                fore the games.                                                                   looking forward to about the
TC Boys                                          Kathryn Hendley (10-2), No. 4 Paula
                                                 Mitchell (10-5), No. 5 Bella Davenport (10-
                                                                                                   Q: What’s the best feeling you                                                       A: It’s going to be tough, I know that. I
Lacrosse Loses                                   0) and No. 6 Corinne Conn. TC also won            can have during a baseball                                                        definitely have to buckle down and study
  The T.C. Williams boys lacrosse team                                                             game?                                                                             a little bit more than I do in high school.
scored its fourth-highest goal total of the                                                           A: One where it feels like everything
season but came up short against Annandale                                                         is going your way and you just know stuff                                                              — Jon Roetman
on April 27, losing 17-9 at Minnie Howard.                  See Sports Briefs, Page 36                                                                                                   Alexandria Gazette Packet ❖ April 29 - May 5, 2010 ❖ 35
                                                                           Ready for Life’s Next ‘Journey’
                                                                           From Page 35                                                         tory. He scored six points while playing for his high
                                                                                                                                                school coach. The 5-foot-11 point guard said he wants
                                                                              said. “I was wearing No. 24 — Kobe Bryant —                       to play basketball in college next season, possibly at
                                                                           they should have just given me the ball.”                            Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. He said
                                                                              Redfearn and West Potomac teammate Keevyn                         the better team won the all-star game and he en-
                                                                           Hankins competed in the dunk contest prior to the                    joyed the environment and playing against some of
                                                                           game. Hankins advanced to the final against                          the top talent in the region.
                                                                           Oakton’s David Larsen, but Larsen stole the show                        “Everybody knows our names, everybody knows
                                                                           by throwing the ball between his legs and off the                    who we are everywhere we go,” Smith said. “Little
                                              Gift Certificates            glass before catching it and stuffing it home.                       kids look up to us. We’re having fun. … We got the
                                                                              Hankins’ go-to dunk was the windmill, but he                      better side of our districts. They were real competi-
                                                                           couldn’t get it to drop.                                             tive. At first they jumped out on us early but we pulled
                                                                              “It was a good experience because I’ve been want-                 it out in the end.”
                                                                           ing to do it since I was a freshman,” Hankins said.                     Alfonso Smith, who led the Majors to a second con-
                                                                           “I’m just kind of mad that I lost. [The windmill has]                secutive National District title this season, said it was
                                                                           been going down for me, it just wasn’t going down                    fun getting to coach such a talented team. He also
                                                                           today.”                                                              enjoyed getting the chance to coach his point guard
                                                                              West Potomac coach David Houston III, who led                     one more time, after the Majors ended the 2009-10
                                                                           the Wolverines to their first Patriot District title since           season with a loss to Chantilly in the regional semifi-
                                                                           1996, watched the evening’s festivities from the                     nals.
                                                                           stands.                                                                 “Robert, it seems like he’s been an extension of the
                                                                              “We actually do some stuff throughout the year                    program forever,” Alfonso Smith said. “I was happy
                                                                           and have a little [dunk] competition every couple                    to have another opportunity to coach him. The last
              Celebrating 5 Years in Alexandria                            practices or so,” he said. “It was good to see those                 time we were on the court together we went out with
                                                                           guys out there. I think they were a little nervous                   a loss. To have an opportunity to come out here and
                                        Alexandria                         because I’ve seen them do much better.”                              get a win is special. He’s been a special part of our
                                300 N. Washington St., Suite 106              While Redfearn joked with Robert Smith after the                  program over the last several years and I’m definitely
                                       877-345-FTFT                        game, Smith got the ultimate laugh with the vic-                     going to miss him.”
                                                                                     Sports Briefs
                                                                           From Page 35                                                         served at 7 p.m. The awards program will begin at 8
                                                                                                                                                p.m. Sal Sunseri, assistant head coach of the national
                                                                             all three of its doubles matches, with victories from              champion University of Alabama football team, will
                                                                           No. 1 Hendley/Mitchell (8-0), No. 2 Michelle                         be the guest speaker.
                                                                           Martineau/Harris (8-6) and No. 3 Davenport/Conn                        Tickets are $60 per person. To purchase tickets or
                                                                           (8-3).                                                               for more information call Richard Downs at 703-647-
                                                                             T.C. Williams travels to face West Potomac at 4:30                 1205 or 703-677-1266 or e-mail him at
                                                                           p.m. April 29.                                             

                                                                           TC Boys Tennis Loses                                                 SSSAS Boys LAX
                                                                             The T.C. Williams boys tennis team lost to
                                                                           Annandale 8-1 on April 27, dropping its record to 3-
                                                                                                                                                Improves to 14-2
                                                                           8. The Titans host West Potomac at 4:30 p.m. April                     The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes boys lacrosse team
                                                                           29.                                                                  won its fifth consecutive game, defeating Woodberry
                                                                                                                                                Forest 13-8 on April 27. The win improved the Saints’
                                                                                                                                                record to 14-2.
                                                                           Awards Banquet                                                         SSSAS won its first nine games before dropping
                                                                             The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club will hold its 55th                 back-to-back contests against Georgetown Prep, 6-5,
                                                                           annual awards banquet May 18 at the Westin Hotel                     on April 6 and Bullis, 9-7, on April 9.
                                                                           at 400 Courthouse Square. The silent auction and                       The Saints travel to face Loudoun Valley on April
                                                                           cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be                30 and host Landon on May 4.

                                                                                     School Notes
                                                                             Send announcements to the Alexandria         office at the T.C. campus, from 7:30 to 4    week with the remaining time with the
                                                                           Gazette Packet, by e-mail to                   p.m., Monday through Friday. Monetary        host family. For more information,
                                                                               donations to help pay for tuxedo rentals     email
                                                                           Deadline is Thursday at noon for the fol-      for students in need can be sent to Patty
                                                                           lowing week’s paper. Photos are                Moran, T.C. Williams High School, 3330          The following Marymount University
                                                                           encouraged. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-         King St., Alexandria, VA 22302; checks       students are recognized in the 2009
                                                                           778-9412 with questions.                       should be made out to “T.C. Williams”        edition of Who’s Who among Students
                                                                                                                          with “Sponsor-a-Tux” on the memo line).      in American Universities and Colleges:
                                                                              T.C. Williams High School will              Dress selection times at T.C. Williams are      ❖ Christine Bradley, of Alexan-
                                                                           participate in the seventh annual Princess     4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14; 9 to       dria, who is majoring in Nursing
                                                                           For a Night (PFAN) project, which allows       12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. Email           ❖ Justinne Cano, of Alexandria,
                                                                           young women from across the region to or call          who is majoring in Nursing
                                                                           attend their proms without breaking the        703-824-6768.                                   ❖ Ada Cuadrado, of Alexandria,
                                                                           bank. Dry-cleaned, formal dresses, shoes,                                                   who is majoring in Graphic Design and
                                                                           handbags, jewelry and unused make-up             Host families are needed for 25            in the Honors Program
                                                                           (such as sample cosmetics) are being col-      high school French students visiting            ❖ Teressa Madrid, of Alexandria,
                                                                           lected through May 7. Especially needed        Alexandia. If you are interested in learn-   who is majoring in Liberal Studies
                                                                           are dresses for full-figured (sizes 18-plus)   ing about new cultures, sharing the             ❖ Quynhnhu Nguyen, of Alexan-
                                                                           and petite (sizes 0 to 4) young women.         American way of life, and have an extra      dria, who is majoring in Fashion Design
                                                                           Do not donate velvet or wintery dresses,       bed/space for sleeping, you would make          ❖ Damata Payida, of Alexandria,
                                                                           soiled items, outdated items, casual           a great host family. Students will be        who is majoring in 2nd Degree Nursing
                                                                           dresses or items for mature women. Do-         here Aug. 1-21. Students will be partici-       ❖ Emily Turnbull, of Alexandria,
                                                                           nations can be dropped off at the main         pating in three activities as a group per    who is majoring in Graphic Design
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