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Snowed In Emergency personnel work around the clock to respond to large snowfall. conditions. Parts of West Springfield, McLean, Great Falls, Clifton and Kings Park West remained totally unplowed and, in he Virginia Department of Trans- some cases, without power four days after portation expected to remove first storm and less than 24 hours before 500,000 tons of snow from the second storm was scheduled to arrive, Northern Virginia roads this according to local elected officials. week, and that was before weather teams “If we get [another] 20 inches of snow, started calling for a second storm to hit the that is going to be a huge problem. I think region this week. the next couple of Parts of Fairfax days are going to be County received as harder than the last much as 34 inches of couple of days,” said snow during the initial Supervisor John Foust storm that started Fri(D-Dranesville), day, Feb. 5. A few days whose neighborhood later, local emergency street in McLean still — Supervisor Patrick Herrity had not been plowed responders were brac(R-Springfield) on Feb. 8. ing for a second wave of winter weather, expected to bring as much as 10 to 20 inches DOMINION POWER, the largest local of additional snow on Tuesday, Feb. 9. utility company, expected to restore service A few Fairfax neighborhoods had not re- to all their Fairfax customers by the 10 p.m. covered from the first storm, let alone been on Tuesday, Feb. 9. As of Monday afternoon, able to prepare for second wave of harsh approximately 100 households in the By Julia O’Donoghue
“The people without power are my biggest concern.”
In preparation for the second big snowstorm to hit the region in a week, members of the National Guard set up cots Monday, Feb. 8 at the Fairfax County Government Center. county served by Dominion still had no electricity, said company spokesperson Daisy Pridgen. A few of the more isolated parts of Great Falls and some older West Springfield developments were still without electricity on the eve of the second storm, according to local elected officials. “The people without power are my biggest concern. We have seniors without power who are likely at risk,” said Supervisor Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield.)
VFW Honors ‘Unsung Hero’ Robinson teacher receives Citizenship Award. By Bonnie Hobbs The Connection
obinson Secondary teacher B. J. Sadtler is the winner of the Vet-erans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Citizenship Education Teachers Award. Presented by VFW Post 8469 of Fairfax Station, it recognizes the top U.S. instructors who teach citizenship-education and promote America’s history and traditions. A resident of Fairfax’s Woodbury Woods community, Sadtler teaches eighth-grade civics in the middle-school portion of Robinson and has been there 10 years. Social Studies Department Chair Sharon Gressle nominated her, and Principal Danny Meier and others wrote letters on her behalf. “She’s an unsung hero, almost embarrassed to be given such an award, because it’s not in her nature to be in the limelight,” said Meier. “She just quietly does a great job, each and every day.” He said it’s always a pleasure for him to visit her classroom because she’s such an “energetic and passionate teacher. She’s always been a great role model for our students, and this award is very much deserved. She’s an ace, a real star.” Sadtler received the award in January at the VFW post and was delighted. But she’s equally pleased just to be at Robinson. “I love teaching here,” she said. “We have a supportive community and staff, and teachers who really like what they’re doing. It’s
a friendly place. People are positive and happy to be here, and it makes a difference in your attitude in the classroom.” When learning what she does there, it’s easy to understand why she was honored. “I’ve worked hard trying to instill in my students the concept of citizenship, beyond what we learn in the classroom B. J. Sadtler – how we actually behave in a democratic society,” said Sadtler. “For example, close to my heart are the community-service requirements for students.” She uses herself as a model. She’s on her community association’s board; is in a volunteer medical reserve corps, helping out at H1N1 clinics; and is active in her church, Burke Presbyterian, and its mission program. She’s taken students to participate in missions at Food & Friends and at Christ House, a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter. She also volunteers with Fairfax County’s hypothermia program. For six or seven years, Sadtler sponsored Robinson’s Builders Club, affiliated with the Kiwanis Club, and dealing with building community. “We’ve done everything from collecting socks for the Lamb Center in Fairfax to recognizing school bus drivers,” she said. “We also took students to the Capital Food Bank in Lorton to learn about food insufficiency in the county, contribute food and work there sorting food.”
The level of electricity service that had been restored by Feb. 8 was an improvement over the prior two days, when thousands of Fairfax residents were without power, according to Fairfax County spokesman Merni Fitzgerald. “It went off all across the district. We had huge patches of Great Falls and McLean without power. Dominion has made very significant progress with getting them back See Fairfax County, Page 11
Unfreezing LCI McDonnell gives Fairfax Schools its ‘fair share.’ ov. Bob McDonnell (R) offered Fairfax County a bit of positive news Feb. 8 during what has otherwise been a extremely difficult and gloomy season of government spending and budget discussions. McDonnell announced he would reverse former Gov. Tim Kaine’s decision to “freeze” the state education funding formula so that the commonwealth’s financial assistance was allotted to school districts in the same proportions as last year. By “freezing” the formula, Kaine preserved money for downstate school districts but cost Fairfax County $61 million in funding at a time when Fairfax schools are considering raising class size for the third year in a row to save money. The formula, called the local com— Fairfax County posite index, has been used for 40 Chairman years to distribute limited state eduSharon Bulova cation dollars. The local composite index tends to favor school districts (D- At-large) with lower property values and lower median incomes, giving them more state funding for primary and secondary education. The formula assumes localities like Fairfax — with high property values and more affluent residents — can support
“This is great news for Northern Virginia.”
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Fairfax County Police are seeking a man that they say confronted a woman on Monday, Feb. 1, as she walked on a path near Lake Mercer and Hooes Road. According to a police release, the man approached the woman around 4 p.m. as she talked on her cell phone. Jumping in front of her several times, he put his hand Police Sketch down his pants, simulating masturbation and preventing her from continuing on the path. The woman shoved the man aside and continued on her way. According to the release, police believe that the man is the same person who was involved in similar incidents at Lake Mercer Park on July 24 and Dec. 3, 2009. He was described as black, between 20 and 30, around 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” with the message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Cook Hosts Constituent Day Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock) is hosting his fourth Constituent Day on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Woods Community Center, 10100 Wards Grove Circle in Burke Centre. The Constituent Day is a chance for Braddock District citizens to meet with their supervisor close to home. 4 ❖ Burke Connection ❖ Febuary 11-17, 2010
n what is likely to be the sixth or seventh trip to the polls over the last 16 months for some locals, residents will select a new representative for Virginia’s 41st District in the House of Delegates during a special election March 2. Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) vacated the delegate seat in mid-January when he won another special election to fill Fairfax County’s open State Senate slot. Since the start of the 2010 Virginia General Assembly session, the 41st District, which includes parts of Burke and Springfield, has had no representative in Richmond. Kerry Bolognese, who challenged Marsden for the delegate slot this past November, is running on the Republican side. Eileen Filler-Corn, who also had a prior run for the seat in 1999, is the local Democrat in the race. Both candidates live in the same neighborhood near West Springfield High School.
BOLOGNESE is also concerned about cuts to education funding, both at the local level and to Virginia’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
Local non-profit Our Daily Bread is hosting an Empty Bowls fund-raiser on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to help feed the hungry in Fairfax County. The event will take place 6:308:30 p.m., at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Area artists and high school students have made handcrafted bowls that will be sold at the event for $25 or more. Attendees will receive soup and bread as a reminder of the plight of hungry people in Fairfax County. The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will provide music and a silent auction will also be part of the evening. Our Daily Bread, a volunteer-based organization, aims to ease the plight of low-income residents in the Fairfax County area. Its volunteers come from local faith-based groups, community organizations, businesses, schools and universities. To learn more, visit www.our-daily-bread.org.
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talks to seem worried about the Commonwealth’s cuts in funding for Fairfax schools, much more so than any other issue. If the school system does not receive the additional funding, several of the programs that parents feel set Fairfax schools apart from others, like elementary music and foreign language immersion, could be eliminated. The school system is also considering a cut to full-day kindergarten programs in all but a few of the neediest communities. “We need to focus on transportation too but not at the expense of our schools. We want to preserve our qualify of life here,” said Filler-Corn in an interview.
REGARDLESS OF who wins the special election, the new 41st DisKerry Bolognese (R) Eileen Filler-Corn (D) trict delegate will have only a short time to make a difference in the 2010 General Assembly session. The session is schedThe Republican, who works for the National Assouled to end March 13, just 11 days after voters go to ciation of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the ballot box for Bolognese and Filler-Corn. said having a strong public education system from But having another person on hand, Democrat or kindergarten through the university level is part of Republican, in the Fairfax County delegation could what makes Fairfax County and Virginia attractive to be critical headed into the state budget vote, which the business community. traditionally takes on the last day of the session. “A well-educated work force is attractive to busiFairfax County delegates are currently trying to nesses and business people want the best education piece together enough political leverage to restore for their own children as well,” said Bolognese. $61 million in state funding to Fairfax County PubBut the Republican said the top concerns he hears lic Schools that former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) shifted about from constituents on the campaign trail are to other school districts in Virginia before leaving taxes and government spending. office. “My campaign has knocked on 10,000 doors and The issue is a top priority for Fairfax’s elected offi- the biggest issues for people is controlling the debt, cials across the board and has split the General As- even though that is really more of a Washington issembly along regional lines rather than by political sue,” said Bolognese. party affiliation. Having another Fairfax County delUnlike the federal system, Virginia’s constitution egate in the mix would improve the delegation’s prohibits the General Assembly from deficit spendchances of restoring the cut education funding. ing altogether. But Bolognese said it is still imporSo far, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has been reticent tant for McDonnell to have as many allies in the House on whether he would reverse Kaine’s decision on of Delegates as possible that will protect citizens from this budget matter. proposed tax increases. “My concern is that we don’t raise taxes. I know IF ELECTED, Filler-Corn said working to restore that is what Gov. Kaine proposed. … With the DemoFairfax’s state funding for local schools would be a crats controlling the Virginia State Senate, Bob top priority. McDonnell needs a strong House of Delegates to help “Most of us in the 41st District moved here be- get his agenda through,” said Bolognese. cause of the world class school system,” said FillerThe voters of the 41st District appeared to embrace Corn, who has two children in Fairfax County Pub- McDonnell’s platform as a candidate just three lic Schools and is a member of schools months ago. He won last November’s general elecsuperintendent’s business and community advisory tion with 55 percent of the vote in the 41st District, council. The Democrat said most 41st District residents she See 41st District, Page 11 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com
Funding From Page 3 their own schools. But with a steep fall in home values, Fairfax stood to benefit dramatically from the local composite index for the first time in several years. The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly made it their top priority to “unfreeze” the formula while the legislature was in session this winter. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has also been watching the issue closely. “That is what we tracking most in Richmond,” said Supervisor Jeff McKay (D -Lee), chair of the county board’s legislative committee. McDonnell said he supports unfreezing the formula because “it the right and fair thing to do.” Given the tough economic circumstances, the General Assembly is likely to decrease overall spending on primary and secondary education, meaning that Fairfax County may not get the full $61 million it thought it would receive. But with the formula “unfrozen,” Fairfax is sure to receive a larger share of the education dollars that it would have under Kaine’s proposal, said several local elected officials. “I am very glad that the Governor understands that fairness and equity issues with the freeze. This is great news for Northern Virginia,” said Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova (D- At-large). Supervisor Patrick Herrity (RSpringfield) said pressure from the business community — which leaned on the Governor to “unfreeze” the formula — also helped the cause. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce sent a letter, for example, expressing their support for reversing Kaine’s decision. “This is process that never should have been politicized and the governor stepped up to the plate and depoliticized it,” said Herrity.
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Opinion Surviving a Blizzard Together Connected neighbors save the day; time to check contingency plans, emergency supplies. ore than 48 hours after more than two feet of snow stopped accumulating, after two nights of single digit temperatures in many areas, there are still tens of thousands of households without power. During this blizzard, random and not-so-random acts of kindness have made all the difference for stranded families in the cold and dark. A little preparation to “shelter in place” also helped. In neighborhoods around the region, families with power offered help to those without. Consider a few examples of list-serve messages, all sent with addresses and phone contact information, and instructions to spread the word: “If any neighborhood residents still need a place to stay, you are welcome to come over. You can hang out for just a while to watch the game or stay overnight. We have lots of room and can accommodate a family with kids and pets — we have a large dog who would love to have a playmate for a while.”
“We have hot coffee, food and beds to sleep in. We also have a 4-wheel drive and if my husband can help with driving please let us know. Happy to help!!” “We have a warm house and food and beds. Anyone in need is most welcome. We are unplowed, so we can’t drive out ourselves.” Consider one family’s experience: an elderly mother who lives alone in the suburbs while her children live in other states. Stranded by two-feet of snow, Editorial and out of power for the second day, her children lost phone contact with her. While friends tried to get to her by 4-wheel drive, an appeal via list-serve brought multiple offers from “strangers” to hike through the snow to check on her, and offers to provide a place to stay. The friend of the family was able to reach her, and found indoor temperatures of 31 degrees before getting her to a warm, safe place. But another 24 hours in that house could have been disastrous.
It’s hard to fathom the combination of no power, bitter temperatures and no way to get out of the house or the neighborhood. By the time you read this, written on Monday in the respite between the blizzard and Tuesday’s predicted storm, we may already be dealing with the next round of snow in this record-breaking winter. It’s a great time to think about emergency contingencies. Do you know who on your block might need some extra thread in the safety net? Elderly, or lives alone, or any other special circumstance? Do you have a way to reach your family members during a power outage? Do you have food and water for a few days without power? Here are two links to Ready.gov, explaining the basics of an emergency kit and the required elements of an emergency plan. http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/ index.html http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/ index.html We welcome your snow stories, snow tips and snow pictures. Do you know of a random act of kindness to share? Please let us know. — Mary Kimm [email protected]
Getting Serious About Deficits Congressman opposes own party in his approach to deficit reduction. By U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly D-11
spent 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and each year we had to balance the budget. Some years were harder than others, but none were easy. Balancing a budget requires setting priorities, making tough choices and understanding that some people will be upset when they don’t get what they want. Over the course of my career on the Board, we had to make those tough choices, and I’m sure there were some who weren’t happy with them. But that’s what we were elected to do. I was sworn in to Congress on Jan. 6, 2009, and on that day, the federal budget deficit was estimated at $1.3 trillion, the largest in history, and the total public debt was $10.6 trillion.
THREE ACTIONS over the previous decade added $6.7 trillion to the debt: unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax cuts without offsetting expenditure cuts and an unpaid-for prescription drug program. The previous Congress had already passed, and President Bush had signed, the TARP bank bailout program, adding $750 billion to the deficit. That profligate spending and reckless financial approach contributed to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, causing tax revenues to dry up and safety net expenditures to rise.
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For too long in Washington, the tough choices were put off while the debt piled up. President Obama and the Democratic Congress did not create this deficit mess. But it is now our responsibility to clean it up. President Obama’s call for a spending freeze on non-discretionary spending is a significant and positive step, but not a complete solution. Congress should also pass statutory Pay-As-You-Go legislation, which prohibits spending increases or revenue decreases without corresponding offsets. PAYGO helped create the budget surpluses in the late 1990s. But there is more we can do. Recently, I called for unspent and repaid funds from the TARP bank bailout program to be used for deficit reduction. I have been concerned with the TARP program since its inception beI don’t believe there were Commentary cause enough protections built in to make sure the big banks were helping small businesses and consumers. For that reason, I voted against the release of TARP funds last January. But today, billions in TARP funds are available. Many in Washington, including the leadership of my own party, believe we should use this money to fund new programs. I disagree. Deficit reduction should be the first priority for these funds. That is why I voted against a recent $155 billion jobs bill introduced by Democrats. That bill would have spent $75 billion in TARP funds and added another $75 billion to the deficit, taking us in the wrong direction. That was a tough choice, and some people in my own party were unhappy with my decision. But to get our fiscal house back in order, we will have to make some tough choices. Thankfully, I have some experience doing just that.
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Opposing Connolly To the Editor: U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) should not be reelected this November. I am opposed to the current health care legislation and wrote to him last August to express this opposition and I know that many of my friends and neighbors did as well. Mr. Connolly replied to my e-mail by closing with “But we have to Letters get it right and take into account your concerns and the concerns of others.” Yet, on Nov. 7, 2009, Mr. Connolly voted in favor of HR3962 - Affordable Health Care for America Act. He voted “Aye,” ignoring the opposition of thousands of voters in the 11th District of Virginia. He apparently was more concerned with ingratiating himself to the House Democratic leadership to advance his political career than with listening to his constituents. Now, Mr. Connolly is See Letters, Page 7
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Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-993-8888. Chinese New Year Festival. 10 a.m.7 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Cultural life performances, including dragon and lion dance, Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, craft and business booths, children’s world and a lunar new year parade. Free. 703868-1509 or [email protected] or www.ChineseNewYearFestival.org. A Tribute to Neil Finn/Crowded House. 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. $25. 703938-2404 or wolftrap.org.
SUNDAY/FEB. 14 Love and Legacy: A Civil War Romance. 2 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209
371-9351. JCC of Northern Virginia Teens in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 2 p.m. at JCCNV Chaiken Auditorium, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $10 adults, $6 under age 12. Groups of 15 or more, $8 per person. 703-3230880. Dan Dietz’s ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. at George Mason University’s Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-9938888. Chinese New Year Festival. 11 a.m.7 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Cultural life performances, including dragon and lion dance, Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, craft and business booths, children’s world, and many more and also a lunar new year parade. Free. For more information, contact Tiny at 703-868-
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Furthur Winter Tour 2009 with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. 8 p.m. at The George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $53.50 at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities at 703-9933035. www.phillesh.net or www.patriotcenter.com. Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 Unoversity Drive, Fairfax. Under the direction of Alexei Kornienko, with pianist Alexander Sinchuk and cellist Julian Schwarz in a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘The Tsar’s Bride’ Overture and ‘Scheherazade,’ Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35, Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,’ Op. 43 and ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme in A for Cello and Orchestra,’ Op. 33. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $28-$56, available at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa. Microsoft Excel. 2:30 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Introduction to creating spreadsheets. Age 13 and up. 703-293-6227. One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer, navigate the Internet, and work with common software applications. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520. Deanna Bogart Band Reunionesque Show. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 703-2551566 or www.jamminjava.com. Punch Drunk Poets, Brainfang and The Resistance. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. JCC of Northern Virginia Teens in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 8 p.m. at JCCNV Chaiken Auditorium, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $10 adults, $6 under age 12. Groups of 15 or more, $8 per person. 703-3230880. Dan Dietz’s ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Black Box Theater in the
‘Red Derby Restaurant’ by Jackie Liedl, Fairfax
Enjoy Something ‘Red’ he Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan presents “Red,” an exhibit that will feature basketry by Barbara Weber of Arlington and local scene paintings by Jackie Liedl of Fairfax. The exhibit runs through March 1. The gallery is open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and is located at 309 Mill St., Occoquan. For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at www.theartistsundertaking.com.
Main St., Fairfax. Illustrated talk by Susan Inskeep Gray, curator, on the Civil War romance of suspected Confederate spy Antonia Ford of Fairfax and Union Army Maj. Joseph C. Willard, co-owner of the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Free. 703385-8414. The Acting Company in “Romeo and Juliet.” 4 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $18-$36. Charge at 888945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa. What A Night!, Light Up The Sky, Sub-Radio Standard and The Miniature Bears. 2 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. All You Need Is Love Songwriters Circle: a tribute to The Beatles and love songs. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-2551566 or www.jamminjava.com. Getting Rose Garden Ready for Spring. 2 p.m. at Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax. With Joe Mirilovich, Rose Expert of the Arlington Rose Foundation. Free admission, door prizes, refreshments and an opportunity to order discount products for your rose garden. 703-
MONDAY/FEB. 15 Eric Lindell and Jamie McLean Band. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $20. 703255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. Monday Bird Walk. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Eakin Community Park. Discover resident birds of the Accotink Stream Valley. Boardwalk is for all ages. Meet at the Prosperity Avenue parking lot. Activity is free. 703-9411065.
TUESDAY/FEB. 16 Book Discussion Group. 11 a.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Adults. 703-978-5600. Book Discussion Group. 6:30 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. “A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance” by William Manchester. Adult. 703-978-5600.
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Calendar From Page 8 Tiny Tots. 10:30 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-17 months with adult. 703-644-7333. Small Oneders. 11:45 a.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities for you and baby together. Age 18-23 months with adult. 703-644-7333. Evening Book Discussion Group. 6:45 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Adults. 703-644-7333. Evening Book Discussion. 7 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergis. Adults. 703-293-6227. Joe Firstman, The Kin and Ernie Halter. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. Reclaiming Your Financial Future. 7 p.m. at 10600 Arrowhead Drive #310, Fairfax $45 non-members, $35 members. www.thewomenscenter.org or 703281-2657. Paul VI Catholic High School 20th Annual Pancake Supper. 6-8 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. Food, entertainment, games, face painting, and more. Adults $6, children under 6 $4, omelet bar additional $3.50. [email protected] or 703352-0925 ext. 330.
THURSDAY/FEB. 18 Afternoon Reading Group. 1 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Adults. 703-293-6227. Make New Friends. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories, songs and activities about friendship. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-249-1520. David Choi. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-2551566 or www.jamminjava.com. Fairfax Antique Arts Association. 10:15 a.m. at City of Fairfax Senior Center (Green Acres Center), 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Speaker Ivan Dietrich will speak about life in Hershey, Pa. Free; annual membership fee required to attend subsequent meetings. $15 single; $25 couple. 703-359-2487.
FRIDAY/FEB. 19 Flying Cows of Ventry, 7-9:30 p.m., at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600. The Bigger Lights, Sing Me
Insomnia and Action Item. 6 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. The D.R.A.M.A Kings and The Blackjacks. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.
SATURDAY/FEB. 20 The City of Fairfax Band: American Treasures. 8 p.m. at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. Gould, Persichetti, Hanson, Sousa, Rodgers and Gershwin and more. $13 adults, $7 seniors, age18 and under free. www.fairfaxband.org or 703-7570220. Flying Cows of Ventry, 7 p.m., at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.. Simply Sinatra, with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and Vocalist Steve Lippia. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $21-$42. Charge at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa. One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke.Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-2491520. Minh ‘Dreamgirl’s Heart’ Release. 2 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com. Rocknoceros Family Happy Hour. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566.
Air Force Airman Anthony J. McAlum graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. McAlum is the son of Gary McAlum of Carthage Lane, Burke. He is a 2009 graduate of Bishop O’Connell High School.
Air Force Airman Jung Dong Lim graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Ji Bum and Tae Yul Lim of Pierrpont Street, Burke. Lim is a 2009 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School.
Military Notes Army Pfc. Jonathan T. Martin has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox,
Ky. He is the son of Joyce L. and Charles R. Martin of Glenbard Road, Burke. Martin is a graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary.
Road, Burke. Discuss your work with other writers. Adults. 703-644-7333. Needlework Group. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Bring a project to work on in the company of other needlecrafters. 703-249-1520. Mother-Daughter Book Club. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Book club for girls. Age 9-11 and their mothers. 703249-1520. An Evening with Tony Trischka. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $20. 703-2551566 or www.jamminjava.com.
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A Wintry Mix
Blanket of snow covers Burke area.
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Footprints in the snow lead off on a path at Burke Lake Park on Monday, Feb. 8.
A view through the trees at Burke Lake Park.
A cloud of snow flies up at the bottom of the hill near the GMU Field House.
Tracks of a cross-country skier leave evidence that somebody is enjoying the heavy blanket of snow that covered the region last weekend. Snow and ice cover Burke Lake. 10 ❖ Burke Connection ❖ Febuary 11-17, 2010
On Feb. 8, Karlene Matthes and Lon Osborne hike through the snow at Burke Lake Park. www.ConnectionNewspapers.com
Fairfax County Digs Out
41st District Election
bers of the National Guard to Fairfax County to help with both snowstorms. The guardsmen arrived Feb. online ” said Foust. 7, sleeping on cots set up in the Fairfax County GovIn the Springfield and Herndon areas, the highest ernment Center and a few fire stations around the concentrations of residents were without electricity county. for long periods of time. The Virginia National Guard is able to provide back The county opened two emergency shelters at the up to emergency responders overwhelmed with hunRobert E. Lee Center in Franconia and Oak Marr dreds of requests for assistance. For example, on Recreation Center in Oakton after the storm, partly Monday, Feb. 8, the guard transported an 88 yearto respond to the needs of those communities with- old dialysis patient who was snowed in to a medical out electricity, said Fitzgerald. No one showed up at appointment. the Franconia location and only two families went “Our mission here is medical transports, employee to the Oakton location before the county shut both transports, helping out police and fire squads, and shelters down Feb. 8. medical assistance,” said Specialist Jeremy AnderAt the Oakton location, one family took hot show- son, who was stationed at the National Guard’s emerers and left immediately. Another family spent sev- gency operations center, set up in the McConnell eral hours there and went home around midnight Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center once they found out their power had been restored, in Fairfax. said Fitzgerald. Fairfax officials also said regular citizens have been “The shelters were very well proof great assistance in the storm. Some moted but people found other ways county residents have been volunteerto deal with the lack of electricity,” ing their four-wheel drive vehicles to said Fitzgerald. transport other people to medical cenFairfax will consider opening the ters and doctor appointments. shelters again if they needed after the In a few cases, regular citizens have second snow storm, she added. also picked up and driven county Though the power had come back employees — such a fire and rescue on in most Fairfax houses, dozens of workers — to a job site, said subdivisions scattered throughout the — Joan Morris, Fitzgerald. county had yet to see a snowplow less “A lot of the people staffing the shelVirginia Department ters were picked up by volunteers and with than 24 hours to go before the of Transportation brought here,” she said. second storm was expected to hit. The Commonwealth of Virginia, not Fairfax County, is responsible for plowing the vast INOVA HOSPITALS have seen fewer snow-related majority of local roads. Transportation officials said injuries during this storm than the mid-December they aimed to make “at least one pass” with a snow storm, said Tony Raker, the health system’s spokesplow on every street in Fairfax by Tuesday night, Feb. man. 9, though the flakes were expected to start falling “We believe the reason is the difference between a again in the middle of that afternoon. 6-inch and 26-inch storm. The larger amount of snow “We are trying to get the plows to every street — has had a paralyzing effect on activity while the it’s a major challenge,” said Joan Morris, Virginia smaller amount has a tendency to generate a bit of Department of Transportation spokesman. over confidence, causing folks not to exercise as much VDOT does not have adequate snow removal equip- caution in the elements as they should,” said Raker. ment for a storm of this size. Hundreds of smaller Some county supervisors have received calls from four-wheel drive trucks that the transportation de- people in sensitive conditions. partment typically relies on for plowing have been In the Braddock District, one woman worried about all but useless in response to this storm. getting her son to the hospital later this week, when The smaller plows are built to handle a 4-to-6-inch he is scheduled to have surgery. Another woman is 9 snowfall but are not effective at removing the two months pregnant and worried about going into lafeet of snow that piled onto Fairfax streets after last bor and not being able to get to the hospital, said week’s storm. In some cases the snowdrifts on local Cook. streets were higher than the smaller plows them“It is the people who have an emergency, those are selves. the ones that we are really concerned about,” said Approximately 1,900 larger trucks from other parts Cook. of the commonwealth have been transferred to VirThe second storm may have posed a new set of ginia to respond to the shortage of appropriate plows. problems. But simply putting larger, industrial plows on local Virginia could have run out of the salt before the community roads is not always practical. end of the second snowfall. The plows are sometimes unable to physically fit “Salt could be a challenge during the next storm down side streets. In those cases, more specialize — we’ve been replenishing but the domes aren’t full,” snow removal equipment has to be brought to a said Morris. neighborhood, which clears the roads in a slower A few county officials also wonder where all the and more cumbersome fashion, according to officials. plowed snow will go once it is cleared, as the shoulIn general, the supervisors were pleased with the ders of major roads and large parking lots run out of Virginia transportation department’s snow removal space. efforts, saying they thought the agency was doing The transportation department typically hauls the best that it could. snow from the Capital Beltway and Interstate 95/ “[The Virginia Department of Transportation] is 395 to an area under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge not designed to handle a storm this big because we near the City of Alexandria. don’t get them this big. You don’t plan for the storm “Not running out of space [there] yet … You can of the century,” said Supervisor John Cook (R- check again later,” said Morris, in response to a quesBraddock.) tion about snow storage. Reporter Mike DiCicco contributed to this article. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has deployed 62 mem-
according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Several Democrats say political races in Fairfax County, and particularly in the 41st District, have more to do with the candidate than political party affiliation. And they think Filler-Corn’s professional experience makes her the stronger choice in the upcoming special election. Filler-Corn worked for former Gov. Mark Warner (D), now a U.S. senator, and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) at the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., monitoring and advocating for Virginia’s interests at the federal level. Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Rex Simmons said Filler-Corn’s background in state government means she already has an intimate understanding of Virginia’s economic and social needs. She is also a familiar face for several elected officials on both sides of the aisle. “I have really worked both in Richmond and at the federal level with the Virginia delegation. … I think it is important to have that working knowledge of Virginia,” said FillerCorn. The surprising win by Marsden in a Republican-leaning State Senate district last month has also given Fairfax Democrats momentum headed into this political campaign, said Simmons. About a third of Marsden’s new State Senate district includes the 41st District delegate seat. Still, Bolognese made a strong showing in November against Marsden, who was thought to be a relatively safe incumbent, in the general election three months ago. The Republican earned more than 10,000 votes and only lost to Marsden by a margin of 208 ballots. “Kerry is a great candidate to run because his name is still fresh in the minds of many voters and he has a very good list of supporters that he can use,” said Anthony Bedell, Fairfax County Republican Committee chairman. Even though McDonnell won the district by 10 points in 2009, Bedell said he still considers the delegate seat to be Democratic-leaning and a tough district to win for Republicans. President Barack Obama (D), U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) all won the 41st District by more than 10-point margins in the recent elections. “That is still a Democratic-leaning district, but I think it is more competitive than it has been in the past,” said Bedell.
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“Salt could be a challenge during the next storm.”
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Bulova, Petersen To Meet With Constituents on Feb. 20 On Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m., Del. David Bulova (D-37) is hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the City of Fairfax City Hall. State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34) is also participating in the event, which will provide an overview of issues that are before the General Assembly. The meeting will be in the Council Chamber at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. Bulova invites constituents to participate in his 2010 Constituent Survey, which can be found online at www.davidbulova.com.
Losing Their Training Wheels The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for volunteers to help Lose the Training Wheels, a five-day camp that teaches children with disabilities to ride two-wheel bicycles. The camp will run during Fairfax County schools’ spring break, March 29 to April 2, at Lee District RECenter. Volunteers must be at least 15. Volunteers may register by e-mailing Emily House at [email protected]; calling ADA Coordinator Gary Logue at 703-324-8727; or going online atwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ada/lose-the-wheels.htm.
Bruins Gymnastic Reign Ends W.T. Woodson upsets Lake Braddock in Patriot District Finals The Connection
ake Braddock’s run of gymnastics domination is over, at least for one season. On Feb. 4 at the Patriot District gymnastics finals, the Bruins were unable to win their third straight gymnastics title as district newcomer W.T. Woodson walked away with the title. Woodson won the team title with a score of 139.425 with Lake Braddock trailing in second at 134.650. West Potomac took third with a 126.075 score. Prior to the 2009-10 season, Woodson entered the Patriot District fray from the Liberty District and since then have created a budding rivalry with the Bruins in football, basketball and other team sports. Go ahead and add gymnastics to that list. Woodson’s upset victory at the 2009-10 Patriot District gymnastics finals is just another chapter in the growing Lake Braddock and Woodson rivalry. “It’s been a tough season for [the team] with Woodson coming into the district,” head coach Ellen Hagan-Bowerman said. “But the girls did well. I am proud of them.” The Bruins got off to a fast start at the district finals, taking first place as a team in the vault and uneven bars, but they couldn’t top the Cavaliers in balance beam and floor exercise events. “It was stressful,” sophomore Caitlin
Photos by Craig Sterbutzel/The Connection
By Reed S. Albers
Caitlin Liberatore pounces off the vault during the Patriot District gymnastics finals. Liberatore scored a 9.600 in the event and finished second in the all-around competition.
The vault was one of the Bruins’ strongest events. Lake Braddock had the highest team score in the even with a 36.100 average from their six vaulters.
Liberatore said. “Woodson is our biggest said. “But we gave it the best try we could. rival. By the time we got to It showed in our scores.” [the balance beam] the presHagan-Bowerman sure got to us.” praised her team’s spirited Liberatore also expressed efforts, singling out some the desire to live up to Lake of the top performers, inBraddock’s gymnastics — Caitlin Liberatore cluding Liberatore. legacy added an extra de“She really brought evgree of difficulty to the erything to the table tonight. night,” she said. “We had a weight on our shoulders,” she Hagan-Bowerman also cited the gritty
“Woodson is our biggest rival.”
The Bruins’ six competitors on the uneven bars averaged a score of 34.075, the best score of the six competing teams at the Patriot District finals. effort by captain Katie Kubik. “[She] has been out with several ankle injuries and came back to be outstanding on the bars,” Hagan-Bowerman said. Kubik scored a team high 9.050 on the bars and finished second overall in the event. Another strong performance came from sophomore Elizabeth White who finished 10th in the all-around competition despite See Woodson, Page 9
5 Qs with Bruin gymnast Caitlin Liberatore Q: What’s the song you have to hear before you compete? A: “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. The beat to it is really fun.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a gymnast? A: It’s that you get so nervous competing, but after you compete you just feel so accomplished. I remember being the little girl in the gym that looked up to the other girls, so it feels good to be that, the girl they’re looking up to.
Q: What’s the best part of being a gymnast for Lake Braddock? A: My team is just a huge family. It’s so much fun to get to know everyone. Q: Do you have any sporting goals? A: I hope to try and make it to college gymnastics. Q: If you could trade places with any athlete, who would it be? A: [1996 United States Olympic gymnast] Kerri Strug. Even though she broke her ankle, she put forth her best effort on the vault despite being hurt. — Reed S. Albers Caitlin Liberatore 12 ❖ Burke Connection ❖ Febuary 11-17, 2010
Mike Justice, right, shakes hands with West Springfield head coach J.T. Biddison after signing to play at Old Dominion University.
Justice Commits to Old Dominion enior offensive left tackle Mike Justice took advantage of National Signing Day on Feb. 3 and signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Old Dominion University. Justice played four years with the Spartans including one year on the freshman football squad. Justice has received a full athletic football scholarship to ODU.
Kohn Hops On Winter Olympics Ride U.S. bobsledder, Fairfax man earned bronze at 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. By Rich Sanders The Connection
or United States Olympian Mike Kohn, one newspaper announce ment back in 1990 has proven to play a dramatic impact on his life. Kohn, a 1990 Chantilly High graduate, learned of a U.S. bobsledding team tryout through his then-high school football coach Mark Bendorf, who had learned through a newspaper announcement of the tryout taking place at the University of Maryland in College Park. Bendorf, now the Robinson Secondary head football coach, immediately thought of Kohn, an athletic, driven individual who had played wide receiver position over two years as a member of the Chargers’ varsity. “I talked to Mike and read to him [from the tryout notice] what they were looking for and what tests would be done and said, ‘This is right down your alley,’” said Bendorf. “He jumped right into it full speed, went to the tryout, made the cut and went to [the U.S. bobsledding team headquarters in Lake Placid [N.Y.].” Thus began Kohn’s 20-year odyssey as a U.S. bobsledder, which includes earning a bronze medal as part of a four-member U.S. sled at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and earning a spot on this year’s U.S. Olympic bobsledding team, which will be competing at the Vancouver Games over the next couple of weeks. Kohn, who was a U.S. Team alternate at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, was a late addition to this year’s team. He was not originally named to any of the three, four-member sleds set to represent the U.S. in Vancouver. But a training accident to teammate Todd Hays, a driver on one of the U.S. sleds, opened up a door for Kohn, who went on to accumulate enough points during American Circuit competitions to replace the injured Hays and become a driver on the No. 3 U.S. sled. “The last month has been a whirlwind,” said Kohn, a 1997 George Mason University graduate who resides in Fairfax and serves as a sergeant in the Virginia Army National Guard. “I thought I’d hang it up because I didn’t hold hope [of making the Olympics team]. But I did hang in there and I’m glad I did.” Kohn and the entire U.S. bobsledding family were concerned first and foremost about Hays’ health following his bobsled-
Photos Courtesy of Amanda Bird/U.S. Bobsledding
ding accident, which occurred in Germany. But a phone call from Hays helped put Kohn at ease. “He wished me luck and asked me what he could do to help me get qualified [for the Olympics team],” said Kohn. “I asked him about his health. He had a pretty serious injury.”
erful Robinson in the 1996 season opener. “That might as well have been the Super Bowl for us,” said Kohn. “We had been talking about that game all summer. That win for us KOHN, 37, GREW UP Mike Kohn, a Fairfax resident, was one of our in Columbia, S.C. before has been bobsledding for 20 biggest ever. I had moving with his family years. In Vancouver, he will one or two to Northern Virginia compete in both four-man and catches [that when he was 12. He at- two-man sleds. night], I think.” tended Langston Bendorf appreHughes Middle School in Reston from sev- ciated Kohn’s dedication to the sport and enth through ninth to his teammates. grades before going “He was a wonderful young man to coach, to South Lakes High a hard worker and very unselfish as a team School. His family player,” said Bendorf. “He had all the tools moved to Chantilly to be a really good football player or at any following his sopho- other athletic endeavor.” more year and Kohn In track, Kohn excelled in the sprint — Mark Bendorf was enrolled at events. He was ninth in the state in the 300 Chantilly High, race during the winter indoor track season where he competed on both the football of his senior year. The Chantilly boys’ track team as well as the track and field squad. and field coach at that time was Greg He loved his overall experience at Sullivan, who currently is an assistant footChantilly. His best friend there was Doug ball coach at McLean High. Ewell, the current head boys’ basketball “The thing I liked most about Coach coach at Westfield High. The two would Sullivan was he was equal across the board ultimately be in the same graduating class to everyone,” said Kohn, who as a senior at GMU. was the Chantilly boys’ Team MVP of the One of Kohn’s greatest high school foot- winter season before earning the Coach’s ball memories was Chantilly defeating pow- Award that outdoor season. “If you worked
“He had the athleticism and was a fast, explosive kid and he had drive.”
Kohn, 37, was a late addition to the 2010 U.S. Olympic bobsledding team. hard, you would be rewarded for it. If not, you wouldn’t be.” Sullivan said Kohn’s ability, leadership and outstanding work ethic shined at Chantilly. “Mike was one heck of a hard worker,” he said. “He was a track kid for me and also played football. He definitely was a leader on the track team and the kids looked up to him. When he made up his mind he was going to do something he did it. He worked hard and didn’t play around in practice. That was the tone he set for all the sprinters.” Following high school, Kohn attended the University of South Carolina where he made the football team as a walk-on. He never played a down during his two seasons with the Gamecocks, but he was thrilled just to be a part of the team. “It was like the ‘Rudy’ story,” said Kohn, chuckling in recalling the famed movie of the Notre Dame football walk-on. “But by the end of my second year, I realized I wasn’t going to be going to the NFL.” True enough, but Kohn had already become involved with another sport he was growing a passion for — bobsledding. He had attended and excelled at the tryout camp at Maryland a couple years earlier and, following that, had gone to Lake Placid and been placed on one of the U.S. Team’s four-member sleds. “I caught on right away,” said Kohn, of the sport. “My first ride [in Lake Placid with See Kohn, Page 18
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an injury early in the competition. “[White] had her shoulder pop out, but she continued to work hard despite the injury,” HaganBowerman said. “She was really great for us tonight.” Hagan-Bowerman also welcomed the new rivalry with Lake Braddock. “It was nice to have someone to compete against,” she said. “Our district hasn’t been very strong for a long time, so it was nice to have someone you look forward [to facing].” Only two other teams in the past 15 years have won a Patriot District title. In 2003 and 2004 Robinson won the title, and in 2007 West Springfield wore the crown. Adding another plot to the evolving rivalry between Woodson and Lake Braddock is that both teams practice together throughout the season. “It’s kind of hard,” she said. “Woodson, Annandale, Falls Church and [Lake Braddock] practice as one
big team. We all know what we have, so there’s no surprises.” While the practices aren’t super-intense and the girls often make new friends from other schools, Hagan-Bowerman said it’s hard to cheer against the other teams major competitions. “We all help each other out,” she said. “But when you get here, you want everyone to do well. You don’t want to pick sides.” While the Cavs are Patriot District newcomers, W.T. Woodson head coach Mike Cooper is more than familiar with the district’s competition. Cooper was head coach of Lake Braddock’s gymnastics team from 1988 to 2000. “It was neat to come back,” Cooper said. “I was excited when we heard about the switch. I know Lake Braddock is a perennial favorite [in the Patriot District] so it was fun to go against them.” Lake Braddock and W.T. Woodson will now advance to the Northern Region finals on Feb. 11 at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
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Teacher Receives Award cation to mentor master’s degree candidates in teaching. Sadtler learned of her VFW award in DeDuring Hurricane Katrina, the Southeast Asian tsunami and the Haitian earthquake, cember and said it’s “always an honor to be Sadtler had her students made personal-hy- recognized for what you do. It’s humbling giene kits for distribution. They also col- because you work with other people who lected school supplies, through the military, are outstanding. Teaching is a collaborative experience and we for a school in Afall learn from each ghanistan. other. But I hope In the classroom, that, by recognizing the whole eighth me, they’re also recgrade conducted a ognizing the profesmock election for sion.” last fall’s Virginia Furthermore, races. Students — Danny Meier, principal, she’s also pleased voted online and Robinson Secondary because Robinson is compared their renamed for James sults with those in their county, precincts and state. The Youth Robinson, who received the Congressional Leadership Initiative in Charlottesville spon- Medal of Honor for his bravery during the sored it and compiled the votes and results. Vietnam War. “So that informs our teach“Some 700 students voted, and mine were ing and conduct here,” she said. “We’re inthe election officers, registering people to spired by his courage and bravery.” The first day of school each year, Sadtler vote,” said Sadtler. “They got hands-on experience in what it means to be a citizen takes her students to Robinson’s memorial and even did exit polls so they could see at the front of the building to read the citation of what he did. Then they discuss what the whole process of voting.” She teaches five civics classes, has helped it means for them as students. “That’s how I set the tone for the year,” train student teachers and, for seven years, was the lead mentor for Robinson’s new she said. “So to get an award from a veterteachers. This year, she’s a cross-curriculum ans organization is a great honor for someteam leader and continues working with one who teaches in a school named after a George Mason University’s College of Edu- veteran.” From Page 3
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Academies Host Information Nights airfax County Public Schools high school career academies are host ing information nights and open houses for prospective high school students who may be interested in academy courses for the 2010-11 school year. The open houses are open to students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 in 201011. Information about each academy’s information night and open house can be found below. ❖ Chantilly Academy—Engineering, Scientific Technology, Health and Human Services, Monday, Feb. 15, 5:458:30 p.m., http://www.fcps.edu/ ChantillyAcademy, 703-222-7460 ❖ Edison Academy—Engineering and Scientific Technology; Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 p.m., http://www.fcps.edu/ EdisonAcademy/, 703-924-1800
❖ Fairfax Academy—Communications and the Arts, Thursday, March 4, 7:30-9 p.m., http://www.fcps.edu/ FairfaxAcademy, 703-219-2226 ❖ Falls Church Academy—Health and Human Services, individual visits are welcome, http://www.fcps.edu/ FallsChurchHS/academy/index.html, 703-207-4011 ❖ Marshall Academy—International Studies and Business, Engineering and Scientific Technology, Monday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., http://www.fcps.edu/ MarshallAcademy, 703-714-5582 ❖ West Potomac Academy—Communications and the Arts, Health and Human Services, individual visits are welcome, http://www.fcps.edu/ WestPotomacAcademy/, 703-7182500.
Faith Notes Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, will have a sermon series through Feb. 21 at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, based on Bishop Robert Schnase’s book “The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.” Each of the five practices has a biblical underpinning and is structured to provide practical ideas. The church is also having a free Pancake Dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb 16, and an Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. on Feb 17. 703 971-5151 or [email protected]
Burke Presbyterian Church is participating in the Church World Service (CWS) humanitarian relief efforts to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The public can assemble and donate a hygiene kit or a baby kit. BPC is a collection point for the kits. To create a kit, visit either www.BurkePresChurch.org and click on “Haiti Relief” or visit www.ChurchWorldService.org and click on “Hygiene Kit” or “Baby Kit.” Drop off kits at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. 703-764-0456.
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OF VALUABLE TRUSTEE'S SALE IMPROVED REAL ESTATE OF VALUABLE Improved by the premises known as 9019 Scott Street, Springfield, Virginia
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In execution of a Deed of Trust from Susan W. Kane Improved by the premises known as and Victor D. Kane, Jr., dated September 7, 2004, and record4257 Americana Drive, #102, Annandale, Virginia ed [Deed of Trust Rec Date], [Page] among the Land Records of Fairfax County, Virginia, the undersigned substitute trustee In execution of a Deed of Trust from Sylvia G. Zamora, will offer for sale at public auction at the front entrance of the dated March 7, 2005, and recorded March 16, 2005, in Deed Judicial Center for Fairfax County, at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Book 17075 at page 1769 among the Land Records of Fairfax Fairfax, Virginia, on County, Virginia, the undersigned substitute trustee will offer for sale at public auction at the front entrance of the Judicial Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Center for Fairfax County, at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, on the following property being the property contained in said Deed of Trust, described as follows: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Lot 206, Section 2-A, South Run Forest, as the same appears the following property being the property contained in said duly dedicated, platted and recorded in Deed Book 6880 at Deed of Trust, described as follows: page 363, among the Land Records of Fairfax County, Virginia. Tax Map No. 070-2-14-01-4257D Commonly known as 9019 Scott Street, Springfield, Virginia Commonly known as 4257 Americana Drive, #102, Annandale, 22153. Virginia 22003. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of $50,000.00 or ten percent (10%) of the sale price, whichever amount is less, in the form of cash or its equivalent will be required of the purchaser at the time and place of sale; the balance of the purchase money being due and payable within fifteen (15) days after sale, time expressly being of the essence, with interest at the rate of 5.125 percent per annum from date of sale to date of settlement. Provided, however, that if the holder of the secured promissory note is the successful bidder at the sale, no cash deposit shall be required, and part of or the entire indebtedness, including interest and costs, secured by the Deed of Trust, may be set off against the purchase price.
TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of $20,000.00 or ten percent (10%) of the sale price, whichever amount is less, in the form of cash or its equivalent will be required of the purchaser at the time and place of sale; the balance of the purchase money being due and payable within fifteen (15) days after sale, time expressly being of the essence, with interest at the rate of 3.25 percent per annum from date of sale to date of settlement. Provided, however, that if the holder of the secured promissory note is the successful bidder at the sale, no cash deposit shall be required, and part of or the entire indebtedness, including interest and costs, secured by the Deed of Trust, may be set off against the purchase price.
Any defaulting purchaser shall forfeit the deposit and Any defaulting purchaser shall forfeit the deposit and stand the risk and cost of resale. stand the risk and cost of resale. Sale shall be made subject to all existing easements and restrictive covenants as the same may lawfully affect the real estate. Sale is further subject to mechanic's and/or materialman's liens of record and not of record. The property will be sold subject to all conditions, covenants, restrictions, rights of redemption of federal lienholders or encumbrances, and agreements of record affecting the same, if any.
Sale shall be made subject to all existing easements and restrictive covenants as the same may lawfully affect the real estate. Sale is further subject to mechanic's and/or materialman's liens of record and not of record. The property will be sold subject to all conditions, covenants, restrictions, rights of redemption of federal lienholders or encumbrances, and agreements of record affecting the same, if any.
In the event the undersigned trustee is unable to conIn the event the undersigned trustee is unable to convey to the purchaser good title, then purchaser's sole and ex- vey to the purchaser good title, then purchaser's sole and exclusive remedy shall be in the refund of the deposit paid at the clusive remedy shall be in the refund of the deposit paid at the time of sale. time of sale. The subject property and all improvements thereon will be sold in "as is" condition without warranty of any kind. Purchaser shall be responsible for any and all building and/or zoning code violations whether of record or not of record, as well as for all unpaid and enforceable homeowners' or condominium owners' association dues and assessments, if any. Purchaser also shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property at his/her expense. Purchaser shall assume the risk of loss and shall be responsible for any damage, vandalism, theft, destruction, or the like, of or to the property occurring after the time of sale. Conveyance will be by special warranty deed. Conveyancing, recording, transfer taxes, notary fees, examination of title, state stamps, and all other costs of conveyance are to be at the expense of purchaser. State and local taxes, public charges, and special or regular assessments, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and thereafter shall be assumed by the purchaser.
The subject property and all improvements thereon will be sold in "as is" condition without warranty of any kind. Purchaser shall be responsible for any and all building and/or zoning code violations whether of record or not of record, as well as for all unpaid and enforceable homeowners' or condominium owners' association dues and assessments, if any. Purchaser also shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property at his/her expense. Purchaser shall assume the risk of loss and shall be responsible for any damage, vandalism, theft, destruction, or the like, of or to the property occurring after the time of sale. Conveyance will be by special warranty deed. Conveyancing, recording, transfer taxes, notary fees, examination of title, state stamps, and all other costs of conveyance are to be at the expense of purchaser. State and local taxes, public charges, and special or regular assessments, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and thereafter shall be assumed by the purchaser.
The undersigned trustee unconditionally reserves the right: (i) to waive the deposit requirement; (ii) to approve or disapprove the creditworthiness of any bidder and/or purchaser; (iii) to withdraw the property from sale at any time prior to termination of the bidding; (iv) to extend the time for bidding; (v) to reject any or all bids; (vi) to postpone or set over the date or time of sale; and (vii) to extend the period of time for settlement hereunder.
The undersigned trustee unconditionally reserves the right: (i) to waive the deposit requirement; (ii) to approve or disapprove the creditworthiness of any bidder and/or purchaser; (iii) to withdraw the property from sale at any time prior to termination of the bidding; (iv) to extend the time for bidding; (v) to reject any or all bids; (vi) to postpone or set over the date or time of sale; and (vii) to extend the period of time for settlement hereunder.
Additional terms and conditions of sale may be anAdditional terms and conditions of sale may be announced at the time of sale. nounced at the time of sale. DAVID N. PRENSKY Substitute Trustee FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: David N. Prensky Chasen & Chasen 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. #500 Washington, D.C. 20015 (202) 244-4000
DAVID N. PRENSKY Substitute Trustee FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: David N. Prensky Chasen & Chasen 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. #500 Washington, D.C. 20015 (202) 244-4000
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Kohn Off to Olympics silver.” It marked the first time in 46 years that the team] was pretty rough. It was not the U.S. had earned a medal in bobsledwhat it looks like on TV. It’s a pretty violent ding. ride. There are no shock absorbers or comKohn said his family joined him at those fortable seats. There are no big padded tires Salt Lake City Games. While he was focused to run on.” on his sport and excelling, he said he also Bendorf, who had grabbed notice of the was able to take in the Olympic experience tryout announcement that led to Kohn’s as a whole. escapade into the world of bobsledding, said “At those games, we had fun and we Kohn was the perfect candidate to delve into worked hard and it turned out great,” he such a sport. said. “We went to see other sports and “He was the only one I approached be- events.” cause I thought he was costumed for that,” Four years later, Kohn served as an altersaid Bendorf. “He had the athleticism and nate on the U.S. team at the 2006 Games was a fast, explosive kid and he had drive. in Torino, Italy. He had that stick-to-it [nature] to him.” “Being an alternate is better than nothBoth Bendorf and Sullivan helped Kohn ing,” said Kohn, who during those Games prepare for those bobsledding tryouts at also served as a tutor to NBC telecasters as Maryland in 1990, which they covered the sport. “I proved somewhat compahelped the TV people unrable to a track and field derstand the sport better, decathlon event. Kohn had which was great. But it to prove his prowess in definitely didn’t compare numerous events that to Salt Lake City.” tested his running, jumpThis past month, upon ing and body strength. Aclearning he would be cording to Sullivan, athcompeting at the letes had to accumulate a Vancouver Games, Kohn point package of 600 or said he had to scramble better to qualify to join the for Olympics tickets for team in Lake Placid. Kohn family and friends. His scored 630 points. — Mike Kohn, girlfriend Jessica, who is The U.S. Team put Kohn, U.S. Olympic Team studying opera as a muwho weighed about 175 sic student at George Mapounds at the time of his son, will be in attendance. tryouts, on a regimented strength conditionOne of Kohn’s favorite things about ing and nutrition plan over the next nine bobsledding is the teamwork that goes into months. He put on 40 pounds but his body both a four-member and two-member sled. fat dropped 8 percent. He improved his 100“You become real close to the four guys dash running time from 11 flat to a world you work and train together with,” he said. class 10.4. He was totally dedicated to givIn four-team sleds, each member lifts a ing his best as a bobsledder. part of the 500-pound sled at the start of a Kohn ultimately earned a spot on the race. Then, as a unit, the foursome begin 2002 U.S. Olympics Team and, as a mem- running together in order to gain momenber of a four-man sled, earned a bronze tum for a fast ride. One by one, each team medal in Salt Lake City. What Kohn remem- member, starting with the driver, jumps into bers most about those Games was that they his respective seat. By the time each is came in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 seated, the enormous sled is whooshing terrorist attacks on the United States. along the icy course path. Ultimately, Olym“[The Games] were five months removed pic caliber bobsledders will reach up and from Sept. 11,” said Kohn. “I thought I’d be past 90 miles per hour. A fast start, which activated by the Army to go to Afghanistan, entails team members running 50 meters but the Army said I could compete in the in less than five seconds before jumping in, Olympics.” is crucial for a team’s success. Brian Shimer was the driver on the U.S. “If we get off the start block in first place, sled of which Kohn was a part of at the 2002 that’s the best place you can be because you Olympics. The foursome was in fourth place can [overcome later] mistakes,” said Kohn. going into their final run on last day of comKohn has a deep appreciation for the calipetition. One place away from a medal, the ber of athletes he has teamed up with over Shimer team came up big in that last race the years on a bobsled. to land a third place finish and the bronze. “Most of our top guys could run in a comA German team won the gold, and another petitive track and field meet in the U.S.,” U.S. team took the silver. said Kohn, who was named People “The moment [on the medal stand] will Magazine’s 50 most eligible bachelors in live forever,” said Kohn, of representing his 2002. “They’re as strong as the strongest country during a time when the U.S. was football players in the NFL. I would put our mourning the loss of life as a result of the guys up with anyone when combining terrorist attacks of the prior September. “It power and speed.” didn’t really matter what color [the medal] Kohn is scheduled to compete on Feb. 20 was, we had gotten a medal. What made it (two-man sled competition) and Feb. 26 better was the other U.S. team getting the (four-man). From Page 13
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